Actors with Disabilities Joined Thousands For Inspirational ReelAbilities Film Festival

first_imgA blind state supreme court justice. A deaf teen girl who word slams in sign language. An inner-city schools basketball coach born without fully-formed arms. A double hand amputee meets the love of his life who doesn’t see his disability.RJ Mitte, Susan Brownknight, Nic Novicki, and Jamie Brewer attend the ReelAbilities Film FestivalThese stories and more were told at the largest and most unique film festival in the country celebrating the lives and art of people with disabilities (PWD), the ReelAbilities Film Festival held March 9 – 12 in Cincinnati, Ohio. More than 10,000 people attended the Hollywood-style film extravaganza showcasing dozens of moving and thought-provoking documentaries, features and shorts about people living and achieving with disabilities.The festival featured appearances by more than a dozen celebrities who live with varying disabilities including: • RJ Mitte, best known for his role as Walter “Flynn” White, Jr. on the award-winning TV thriller, “Breaking Bad;” • Ali Stroker – known for her role in “Glee,” and as the first Broadway actress in a wheelchair to appear on a Broadway stage. • Jamie Brewer – known for her role as Adelaide ’Addie” Lagdon in “American Horror Story,” and as the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week. • Lauren Potter – best known as Becky Jackson in the popular television show, “Glee.” • Nic Novicki – standup comedian known for his recurring role on “Boardwalk Empire.” • Kurt Yaeger, a fan favorite on “Sons of Anarchy,” and a recurring role actor on “NCIS: Los Angeles;” • John Lawson, A television, film and commercial actor with past roles in the long running television crime dramas, “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU” and “FX AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW.”The festival presents real-life PWD stories that are robust, inspiring and de-stigmatizing with the goal of transforming perceptions around people living with disabilities.“I’ve been working my whole life to work with it and evolve with it,” said actor RJ Mitte of his cerebral palsy diagnosis at age 3. “Growing up, I was never taught to use the words ’can’t’ or ’won’t.’ I was taught to believe that I can achieve anything I want and that disability does not define me. This festival focuses on how differences strengthen us individually and as a community and I’m excited to be a part of that message.”Among the notable films and screenings over the weekend were “The Astronaut’s Secret,” starring astronaut Rich Clifford who is managing Parkinson’s Disease; and “Chimes for Tyler,” about an autistic savant with the exceptional skill of distinguishing the sounds of the entire inventory of Woodstock’s chimes. Cult favorite “Spring Break Zombie Massacre,” written and acted by Downs Syndrome best friends Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt was also featured.Other special events at the festival included celebrity meet and greets and panel discussions; an interfaith breakfast; a veteran’s reception and brunch; and numerous acting and filmmaking-related workshops.The Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival has grown exponentially since its debut year in 2013 when a dozen films were screened by 1900 attendees. For more information on the Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival, visit www.CincyRA.org.last_img read more

Robin van Persie looking forward to being the coach of his

first_imgFeyenoord striker Robin van Persie revealed how he’s looking forward to his retirement from football but refused to rule out returning one day as a coachThe 35-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable career that saw him star in the Premier League for 11 seasons at Arsenal and Manchester United.Van Persie left the English top-flight in 2015 for Turkish giants Fenerbahce after managing an impressive tally of 144 goals and 65 assists in 280 league games along with one title.As of January 2018, Van Persie has since been playing his football at boyhood club Fenerbahce where he scored in their 3-0 KNVB Cup final win over AZ Alkmaar last season.But the Dutchman announced in October that he will likely call time on his successful career in June and appears to be looking forward to the prospect of being the coach of his own life.“I was on a good holiday in Dubai – 12 days with friends and family,” Van Persie told NOS.“Nemanja Vidic was there as well. He has been retired for three and a half years and said very fittingly: ‘When you retire, you have to be the coach of your own life’.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Everything is arranged for [players], a team manager and a coach tell you what to do, we are just children often going on school trips.“If that disappears, you have to become the coach of your own life. Is that difficult when your whole life is thought out for you? Yes, but I’m going to try it.DOETINCHEM, NETHERLANDS – AUGUST 12: Robin van Persie of Feyenoord looks on during the Eredivisie match between De Graafschap and Feyenoord at Stadion De Vijverberg on August 12, 2018 in Doetinchem, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)“I won’t have to do anything anymore, I’m going to swim, play table tennis, tennis, football. I like that a lot. Then when there is a time I can’t do anything, without thinking: there will be another competition soon.”The former Arsenal star revealed he’s held talks with Dutch Football Association director Eric Gudde over getting his coaching badges.“I think [coaching] is nice, but I don’t know,” added Van Persie.“I had contact with Eric Gudde and he provided options for my eventual trajectory, but nothing has been decided yet.”Despite entering what will likely be his last season, Van Persie shows no signs of slowing down with seven goals and three assists in 13 Eredivisie appearances for Feyenoord.last_img read more

Juba Leagues attack leads to transport strike in Sylhet

first_imgMap of SylhetTransport owners and workers will go on an indefinite strike in the Sylhet district from Wednesday morning to press home their two-point demand, reports UNB news agency.Sylhet Transport Workers’ Union President Selim Ahmed Falik came up with the announcement at a meeting held at the Sylhet Central Bus Terminal at 5:00pm on Tuesday.The announcement came following the attack on transport workers allegedly by a group of Juba League leaders at Tajmahal Hotel at 2:00pm on Tuesday.The two-point demand includes immediate arrest of the attackers, who assaulted the transport workers and hotel workers, and the recovery of illegal arms.Falik alleged the leaders and activists of local unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Juba League carried out the attack on the transport workers twice earlier.BCL is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) while Juba League is the youth front.last_img read more

Party registration rules contrary to public rights Left leaders

first_imgLeft-leaning leaders have called rules and regulations set by the election commission (EC) for registration of new political parties contradictory to constitutional rights of the people, reports UNB.The leaders of Ganasanghati Andolan came up with the observation at a roundtable at the Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday, following rejection of most of the applications for registration by the EC.The terms and conditions of the EC’s party registration rules were set in such a way that new parties would certainly fail to get registered, the leaders alleged at the roundtable chaired by Ganasanghati Andolan convener Zonayed Saki.Such rules, they insisted, are against the people’s right to form political party and contest elections. Certain provisions of such rules have made it difficult get a new party registered.The election commission on 30 October 2016 issued a notice for new party registration for general elections and Ganasanghati Andolan submitted its application on 31 December 2017 as per the rules, they said.On 8 April, the organisation also submitted all the required documents as per the rule of the EC and it was scheduled to conduct field-level inspection, if necessary, they said.But the EC before any field inspection, cancelled the applications of 73 parties among 75 stating that they failed to fulfill the terms and conditions and regulations of party registration and they (EC) did not even give any explanation over it, they added.They also presented some observations about the loopholes of the new party registration rules, and hoped that the EC would take positive decision about Ganasanghati Andolan and other political parties who applied for registration.The programme was also addressed by president of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Muzahidul Islam Selim, president of Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD), Khalekuzzaman, Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Jahangirnagar University professor Anu Muhammad, and journalist and columnist Syed Abul Maksud.last_img read more

7 BNP leaders granted bail

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra RoyThe High Court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bails to seven top BNP leaders including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a case filed with Hatirjheel police station, reports UNB.An HC bench of justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and justice Kashefa Hossain passed the order after the BNP leaders appeared before it with bail prayers in the case.The other leaders are BNP standing committee members Nazrul Islam Khan, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, the party’s vice-chairmen Amanullah Aman and Ruhul Kuddus Talukder.Moudud Ahmed, advocate Zainul Abedin and Mahabub Uddin Khokon stood for the BNP leaders.Advocate Zainul Abedin said the HC granted them bail for four weeks till submission of the charge-sheet of the case.The case was filed with Hatirjheel police station on charges of preventing police from discharging their duties and for “instigating” subversive activities on 1 October.last_img read more

City reels under hottest days of season no respite in sight

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore has issued heat wave alert in the Western districts for the next couple of days.A senior official of the Met office said that the temperature in Western districts like Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram, East Midnapore, Birbhum and West Burdwan may pulse between 41 and 44 degree Celsius in the next few days. The temperature feel would be sultrier than the actual temperature. Various other South Bengal districts will continue to burn as the mercury is expected to soar past 40 degree Celsius. The districts like Nadia, Murshidabad, North 24-Parganas will also record alarming temperatures. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe people might feel soaked in and uncomfortable due to high levels of humidity, which will be present along with the scorching heat. The temperature in Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas may rise by 2-3 degree Celsius in the next 48 hours. The humidity level is expected to shoot up further in the next two days. “There will be an intense spell of heat and humid condition in all the Western districts at least for two days. The situation is expected to improve from May 12 as a low pressure trough is likely to form. There is a possibility for thunderstorm in some South Bengal districts if the low pressure intensifies,” said Deputy Director General of Alipore weather office Sanjib Bandyopadhyay. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn case of North Bengal districts, there is a possibility of thundershower in the next three days. The temperature at night will be higher than the normal days. Due to the scorching heat, many roadside shop owners at Esplanade, Dalhousie and other areas decided to down shutters in the afternoon hours of Thursday. In various stretches of the city, the density of traffic was lesser than usual. Many people preferred to stay indoors in the afternoon to avoid the scorching sun. Priyanka Maity, a college student who visited the College Street area on Thursday afternoon, said: “We are trying to stay indoors in the scorching heat. We are stepping out only when it is absolutely necessary.” Many people were seen walking along the streets in Esplanade area with their faces covered with clothes and scarves. Some youths were found standing in queues at Esplanade East to have Lassi and fruit juice to get some relief from the heat. The city’s largest water park Aquatica recorded a huge footfall on Thursday morning, with many people indulging in various water activities.last_img read more

Want to Cheat the System Call Yourself a Tech Company

first_img 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now August 22, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.center_img A variety of factors contributed to Theranos’s prolonged public deception, though they’re often summed up by “tech hype.” The company’s founder, Elizabeth Holmes, was a Stanford dropout who dreamed of “making a difference in the world.” Her company was valued at nearly $10 billion. She was hailed as the “next Steve Jobs.”Blogger and media entrepreneur Anil Dash explains that Theranos successfully drummed up buzz about its faulty products “because the company, its founder and its investors all shielded themselves under the cultural cover of being a glamorous member of the ‘tech industry’ rather than a prosaic medical supplier.”Related: The 10 Best U.S. Cities for Tech JobsIt’s absurd to refer to companies that specialize in vastly disparate goods and services all under the umbrella of “tech,” Dash argues in a Medium post titled, “There is no ‘technology industry.’” If Theranos had been treated as a blood-testing company rather than a tech company, his argument follows, it would have been under far more scrutiny from day one.It’s not simply an imprecise description, Dash notes. He emphasizes that this overarching label obscures the reality that there is no such thing as the tech industry, in terms of a common set of regulations for the companies that supposedly exist within it.“Mature industries develop their own regulatory frameworks, their own systems for self-regulation, and their own standards for monitoring transgressions within the industry,” Dash writes. “Today, tech as an industry is almost completely lacking in all of these areas.”In other words, a “tech company” in pursuit of “disruption” is not exempt from the law. See: Uber and its disregard for background checks based on its self-designation as a technology company rather than a taxi service.Obviously Dash is not the first to make the argument that the tech industry is a misnomer for a nonexistent collective. In a May 2012 Slate piece, “It’s Official: There’s No Such Thing as a Tech Company,” journalist Matt Yglesias wrote of Apple and Amazon, “they’re in different lines of business, so there’s no ex ante reason to expect them to [be] valued in a similar way.”In March 2013, reporter David Yanofsky wrote in Quartz, “To stay competitive in today’s marketplaces, every company, by the current standard, could be called a tech company, which of course, is another way of saying that none of them should be.”Related: 10 Tech Companies to Watch – Entrepreneur’s Brilliant 100Yet in the third quarter of 2016, the phrase “tech industry” persists, as companies continue to incorporate technology, in the broadest most literal sense of the word, into their business operations and consumer products. Now that technology is omnipresent, it’s time to start conceiving of tech companies based on their sub-industries — transportation, information, food and beverage — and impose restrictions on them based on the specific services they provide.Every company occupies the “business” space, but society does not treat all of these companies as though they exist on the same plane. The same should be true of “tech.” Embrace the reality that your company is more than a “tech company” and establish what differentiates you from all of the tech startup bandwagoners out there. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more