Man U crash out of Champions League

first_imgWOLFSBURG, Germany (AP):Three-time winners Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League yesterday losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg who advanced to the round of 16 for the first time.Anthony Martial put United ahead in the 10th, but Naldo volleyed in the equaliser in the 14th. Vieirinha regained the lead for Wolfsburg in the 29th, before an own goal by Joshua Guilavogui in the 82nd tied the score. But two minutes later, Naldo scored his second with a header to seal Wolfsburg’s victory.The loss, coupled with PSV Eindhoven’s 2-1 home victory over CSKA Moscow, dropped United to third place in Group B, meaning that they will now play in the Europa League.Wolfsburg won the group with 12 points and PSV also advanced with 10 points, two more than United.Manchester United’s neighbours, Manchester, advanced as winners of their group with a 4-2 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.Raheem Sterling netted in the 80th and 81st minutes and Wilfried Bony scored in the 85th to spark City’s turnaround after a listless first-half performance at Etihad Stadium, where ‘Gladbach recovered from conceding early to David Silva.To qualify in first place, City also needed Juventus to lose in Sevilla. The Italian champions obliged for City, losing 1-0 in Group D.8-0 BEATING FOR MALMOIn Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 10 goals or more in the group stage of the Champions League, claiming four. Real Madrid whipped Malmo 8-0.The Portuguese striker reached 11 goals in six games, surpassing nine scored by Luiz Adriano with Shakhtar Donetsk last season. Ronaldo also scored nine times in the 2013-14 season.Ronaldo also set up two goals by Karim Benzema, who scored a hat-trick at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.The game meant little for Madrid because they had already secured first place in Group A.Other results: Benfica 1 Atletico Madrid 2; Paris Saint-Germain 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 0; Galatasaray 1 FC Astana 1; PSV Eindhoven 2 CSKA Moscow 1.last_img read more

Documentary festival brings environmental message

first_imgThe South African Eco Film Festival is taking place at four venues this year, in three cities and a retreat. Catch some of the finest thought-provoking short and feature-length documentaries, 12 of which have never been seen in South Africa before. All carry an environmental message. Project Wild Thing, One of the films showing at the South African Eco Festival, markets nature and the outdoors to children are too obsessed with technology. (Image: SA Eco Festival) Ray Maota Documentary films that both entertain and inform, carrying important environmental, social and political messages, will be screened at the South African Eco Film Festival.The festival is a project of While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town non-profit collective committed to bringing progressive documentary films with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences. Many excellent documentary films never make it on to the South African mainstream cinema circuit, prompting the creation of the project.It runs from 26 March to 2 April in three cities and one rural area. In Johannesburg, you can catch it at The Bioscope in the trendy Maboneng Precinct, in Pretoria at the Asbos Teater, at Theatre Labia in Cape Town, and at Khula Dhamma Retreat Centre and Ecological Farm near East London in the Eastern Cape.Dougie Dudgeon, publisher, music producer, documentary producer and member of While You Were Sleeping, says: “This year’s festival includes a number of South African productions and we want to share these magnificent and important films with as many people as possible. We are proud to announce that this year’s festival will be hosted at four intimate and independent venues: The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg, the Asbos Teater in Pretoria, Khula Dhamma Retreat Centre and Ecological Farm near East London and, of course, the Labia Theatre in Cape Town, which remains our home base.”Tickets for the Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg screenings cost R45 and for each ticket sold, R5 will be donated to Greenpop, the tree-planting organisation also based in Cape Town.Andreas Wilson-Späth, a geochemist, freelance journalist and co-founder of While You Were Sleeping, says: “We’ve branched out. After last year’s enthusiastic reception of the Cape Town Eco Film Festival, we’ve gone nationwide, sprouting offshoots in three additional venues around the country.“Our mission remains the same: to raise awareness about the many pressing environmental issues the planet is facing through the amazing medium of documentary film. We’ve put together a world-class selection of films that both entertain and educate.”MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, one of South Africa’s biggest community fundraising programmes, is the festival’s headline sponsor. Helène Brand, the marketing manager of the fundraising programme, says: “For the past 18 years, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has been working with schools and charities, helping to raise funds for education and social development. By partnering with the Eco Film Festival we aim to create additional platforms through which to encourage community engagement on crucial issues and also to inspire parents and children to become active citizens.”The Cape legFor Cape Town and Eastern Cape audiences, the Eco Kids Film Initiative (EKFI) is an exciting new addition to the festival programme, featuring films made for – and in some cases even by – children.Featuring a mix of documentary and narrative type films, both live-action and animated, this year the screenings will be aimed at children aged three to six, seven to 11, and 12 to 17.Tarien Roux, the director of EKFI, explains: “In order to nurture a social culture that is responsive to the youth’s environmental concerns, we need to ensure that children are aware of the relevant environmental issues and have a vehicle through which to voice their concerns in a creative and empowering manner. I believe this vehicle should be film.”Films on the programmeThe programme includes more than 25 beautifully shot, thought-provoking short and feature-length documentaries, 12 of which have never been seen in South Africa before. The audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film, which will receive the Silver Tree Audience Choice Award.Project Wild Thing, by David Bond, markets nature and the outdoors to children are too obsessed with technology.Cowspiracy, by intrepid filmmaker Kip Anderson, looks at animal farming and how it is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution. He investigates why leading environmental organisations are turning a blind eye to this issue.Nature is Speaking looks at what nature would say to humans if it could talk and features an all-star Hollywood line-up, with Julia Roberts as Mother Nature, Edward Norton as the soil, Penelope Cruz as water, Kevin Spacey as the rainforest and many more.Abalimi is an inspiring story of Xhosa women in the townships of Cape Town who micro-farm to fight extreme poverty, gain health and create food security for themselves, their families and the wider community.last_img read more

I wish you were still here

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Holding large portrait photographs, the families of missing and murdered First Nations, Metis and Inuit women called out to the rest of the country to help preserve the memories of their loved ones and join their fight for justice.Beneath the Peace Tower and cold blue skies, a crowd of at least 200 gathered Monday and listened quietly as the individual stories of some of the women in the photographs echoed off the stone walls of the Parliament buildings.Their stories were part of the ceremony marking the fifth annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil.There was the story told by Bridget Tolley, whose mother Gladys Tolley was hit and killed by a Surete du Quebec police car in October 2001.Tolley said she is still searching for answers about her mother’s death which happened as she walked home, crossing a highway that cuts through the Kitigan Zibi First Nations reserve, about 150 kilometres north of Ottawa.Tolley said she believed her mother’s death had been covered up by the investigating police agencies–among them the SQ and the Montreal police–to absolve the officer involved of wrongdoing.She said her request for a public inquiry into the death had been rebuffed by the Quebec government earlier this year.“For the past nine years I have been searching for answers. It has been a long and difficult journey,” said Tolley. “I will keep fighting. This fight is not only to restore my mother’s dignity, but to support all the missing and murdered Aboriginal girls and their families.”There was the story by Aileen Joseph, from Six Nations, whose grandson Ivan killed himself 16 months after his mother, Shelly Lynne Joseph, was murdered in Hamilton, Ont., in 2004“Not only did I lose my daughter. Due to the intensity of her death my grandson died from suicide 16 months later,” said Joseph, whose birthday is Oct. 5. “For my birthday in October 2005 he wrote a poem for her. It was his last poem he was ever to write.”And then she read the poem.“I wish you were still here. You know there are times in this world when every man in the world needs someone to talk to, someone who will be there to the end. Someone who will let you spread your wings…Yes I wish you were still here. You know even more than I like to admit from time to time, I still need your advice.“I remember telling you about a girl. I remember letting you back into my world. I remember the first day you said goodbye. I remember every night after that I cried.“And yes I wish you were still here, so right now there is nothing more in this world I would ever want than a friend to make up my mind….“…A match to light my way while I search for a better day and when I find it, I’ll wish you were still here.”And then Joseph delivered a message to the crowd, but aimed at the Conservative government.“Thank you for coming and showing the world our women are loved and worth more than $10 million.The Conservative government promised earlier this $10 million toward a strategy to deal with missing and murdered women.No details have emerged since the March Speech from the Throne.There was also Laurie Odjick, also from Kitigan Zibi, whose 16-year-old daughter Maisy Odjick disappeared on Sept. 6, 2008, along with friend Shannon Alexander, 17.Odjick said that she felt abandoned by the First Nations political leadership.She criticized both Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau, who is from the community, and Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo, for not spending enough of their energies on helping the families of victims.“You have Patrick Brazeau demanding accountability for the money First Nations receive…Who holds the police accountable for their lack of action, who holds them accountable for negligence and incompetence?” said Odjick. “Our native leaders should be here helping us. We have been asking too long to meet with you…I asked the national chief to meet with me…still no answer. They should hear our stories. They do not know what we are going through. No one does, unless you are living it.”Brazeau was in the audience listening. Other political leaders stood in the crowd, including Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and NDP leader Jack Layton.Native Women’s Association of Canada president Jeannette Corbiere Lavell said the vigil was an important event to help the families of murdered and missing women deal with the grief of their loss.“We cannot afford to lose any more of our women,” she said. “Each loss of our women and girls through violence, murder, through being abducted…it hits us gravely us grandmothers, mothers and sisters. This has to stop.”Lavell said her organization had tallied at least 600 missing women cases across the country and that she believed there were probably many more.AFN regional Chief Angus Toulouse, who spoke on behalf of the AFN leadership, said he was overwhelmed by the numbers of murdered and missing women.“There has been so many,” said Toulouse. “It is sad that we have to stand here today to remind government and officials that this is important and critical for our families…to put the kind of closure they need to move on. Without the answers to many of the questions still there…it won’t go away.”Shoshanna Tolley read a poem as part of the youth message for the day’s event.“They say it is better to light a candle than curse the dark.”There was a moment of silence.Then the silence was punctured by the drumming and singing of women who led a procession of victims’ families back toward the street where their voices lingered and were lost.last_img read more

AFN National Chief Bellegarde met with Minister Valcourt discussed deadly fire

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said he met with Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt on Wednesday and discussed the deadly fire on a Saskatchewan First Nation that left two children dead.The two met as a result of last week’s deadly fire on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation.“Any death in communities is tragic, we acknowledged that and we acknowledged that we have to collectively work together to work on solutions,” said Bellegarde.Bellegarde said he met with Valcourt on the fourth floor of Centre Block on Parliament Hill.Valcourt’s office did not return a request for comment on the meeting as of this article’s posting.Valcourt has blamed Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation for not having the ability to fight the fire .Bellegarde said in an interview Thursday he wanted to continue to pushing Ottawa on several fronts.“Not only the crisis with fires, but the crisis in housing, the crisis in education,” said Bellegarde. “Basically, we need to start working out our own strategies and solutions to deal with the fiscal imbalance that is there and ensure there is a proper fiscal relationship with the Crown.” read more