Utter desolation shown in exclusive Russia Today footage of Ishinomaki Region of Japan after the tsunami. The silent soundtrack seems appropriate given the utter devastation.
The charismatic ( love him or hate him) former Prime Minister gives his take on the current T&T government which is largely composed of the party he founded. Interview was broadcast on February 4, 2011 on ieTV 1, Trinidad.
Part 2 of the interview can be found here.
The TallMan Foundation helps disadvantaged youth in one of the poorer areas of Port of Spain, Trinidad. Another great group making a difference in the lives of young people.
Their mission statement is: ‘Supporting the creative potential of the youth of Trinidad & Tobago to give them opportunities to stand tall, reach further and see beyond.”
According to the group’s own site:
“Beginnings: The TallMan Foundation took its earliest steps as a member of a partnership of stakeholders, community, religious and political, that came together under the program CITY – Community Intervention Transforming Youth. (CITY has since become CIT+E, Community Intervention for Transformation and Empowerment). CITY was responsible for the birth of the movement ‘Pride in Gonzales’, as its name suggests, a neighbourhood/community building exercise that sought to encourage the capacity of residents to manage their own social and infrastructural development. At the start, for TallMan, beyond advisory capacity, their involvement in real terms consisted of funding and equipping a photography course for young people.
Growth: The seed was planted. The popularity of the photography course, coupled with the founding members’ own belief in the transformative powers of the Arts, led to a big jump for TallMan, from funding one course, to designing and implementing an Arts program offering workshops in different disciplines, such as videography, drama, dance, music. This marked the first steps toward the overarching dream of TallMan, to establish a performing arts company with its own performance space in the community itself.”
Michelle is also the mother of T&T designer and former beauty queen Anya Ayoung-Chee.
Parkdale is a neighborhood right next to my home base in Toronto ( Bloor West Village) and I went to school there as a kid. It isn’t the most upscale of areas but it is something of a melting pot and is full of colorful characters. Recently a mentally ill man George Wass was attacked and died two days later. One of the residents, Paisley Rae was inspired to make a video. According to the Toronto Sun her decision was inspired by the always excellent Constable Scott Mills ( @TorontoPolice on Twitter) .
Montreal born Rick Genest , of Thierry Mugler catwalk fame has uploaded a new behind the scenes video for 47 Ronin. Apparently a lot of readers on this blog are fascinated by him so enjoy.
Via Mail & Guardian
“The resolution calls for an “open-ended intergovernmental working group to elaborate [on] new concepts such as sexual orientation”, and “decides that the aforementioned working group shall be the single modality and framework of the United Nations Human Rights Council within which all the deliberations on sexual orientation … shall be undertaken”.
The proposal has riled South African and international human rights and gay rights activists. Said Zackie Achmat, co-founder of the Social Justice Coalition: “As it stands the resolution would be unconstitutional.”
Read the article here.