Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves: The Case of the Ambitious Widow (1)

first_imgCharacters in the storyJason Doe – the lawyer who was excited to know much about the defendantEphraim Sackor – the angry candidate who became the defendant who did not want to be arrestedJanet Love – the beautiful secretary of Counselor Jason Doe.Judge Martina Yuo – the judge who wanted fairness in her courtroomCecelia Sackor – wife of the defendant who felt her husband was not having a nervous breakdownLt. Samson Swen – the prosecutor who wanted nothing but the defendant to hangTolbert Wolo – PUL propaganda specialist on whose testimony the prosecution hung its caseColonel Jackson Payne – the officer who led the investigationThe echoes of early morning traffic filled Benson Street as criminal lawyer Jason Doe entered his office and grinned at his private secretary Janet Love, who was busy at her personal computer.The lawyer hesitated and with a smile, said, “I’m feeling a little challenged this morning, Love.” The woman lifted her head from her assignment and with a smile said, “I can feel the challenge.”The lawyer strolled to her desk and said, “What is it, Miss Love?”She said, “There is a man waiting for you at the outer office who wants to see you very urgently.“Though he does not have an appointment he has insisted he cannot leave until he consults with you.”“What’s his name and what does he want?”She consulted an information sheet and after a couple of seconds turned to the lawyer.“Ephraim Sackor is his name and he looks about twenty-eight or thirty years. He was a candidate in the recent election at the Press Union and he claimed his rights were abused and as a result, he lost the elections but he said he would want to tell you his story his own way.“However, there is something about him that seems suspicious. He looks flamboyant, and mama’s boy is written on his face.”The lawyer strolled to the inner office and the young woman followed him.“What about his clothes?”The woman replied with a laugh, “He looks presentable and at second look there appears that he is from a rich family and has connections.”The lawyer grinned, said, “You have interested me with Mr. Sackor and I am wondering if he could come back…”“Well,” she interrupted him, “he is waiting at the client’s room right now and since your next scheduled client will not be around till eight o’clock, you can see him.”Jason Doe considered his wrist watch and said to himself, “There is some excitement about this client and I think I will give him at least twenty minutes.”“Janet, you may send him in.”The woman turned swiftly and the light echoes of her shoes hammered the cushioned floor, and within seconds returned with a smallish looking young man behind her. She allowed him to walk past her and she closed the door behind him.The man followed closely and as they advanced towards him, Jason Doe folded the morning newspaper and placed it on his desk and stared at them with a smile.The man extended his right hand and Jason Doe grabbed it with enthusiasm as he pumped it repeatedly.“Counselor I am mighty glad you can see me even though I don’t have an appointment this morning.”Jason Doe gave him a look-over and he could imagine the man’s self-importance. His appraisal of the client confirmed his secretary’s observation that ‘mama’s boy’ was written all over his face. His clothes were well ironed and his watch loosely hangs on his wrist, and his hair was well cut.Smiling at his statement, Jason Doe indicated a chair to his left.“Since I did not come by appointment, I will be snappy with my case,” he said.“Ok,” the lawyer replied, “I figured that when I was informed about the urgency of your case, Mr. Sackor.”“Thank you, sir.”“Ok, let me have it, what is your problem?”“I was an unsuccessful candidate for the recent PUL elections and for some reasons I want a payback.”“Well,” the lawyer said, “there are many who went into the elections but did not win.”“But not when my right as a candidate was abused. The point is, I am serious about all things I do, and I went into the elections with a large investment.“Nowadays elections mean spending money and I doled out money to my colleagues but in the end, a particular candidate organized and convinced many of the voters not to vote for me.”“Do you have any evidence?”The man gave that some thought and said, “I have a video recording of what happened.”“But does it worth consulting me, knowing that I am a trial lawyer? I fight before a jury when someone’s life is underline. My area is different and…”“That’s the reason I am consulting you, Counselor Doe,” the man interrupted him, “because I don’t want to be arrested.”His remark surprised the lawyer, who said, “Go ahead, Sackor, what do you have up your sleeves?”“I took someone’s money for the elections and if I had won, could have allowed me the chance to pay back.“I am trying to be sincere with myself for the money was huge.”“How much are you talking about?”“About U$30,000. I used part of the money to renovate my house and spent much on my friends before the elections.“I had an understanding with the lender, and truly the money was not for the reasons I used it. When I lost the elections and those who had promised to give back much of the money refused to, I went to the lender and explained my predicament.“Twenty minutes after I left, the lender reportedly collapsed and later died and there is the likelihood that I might be held responsible for his death.”The lawyer said with some excitement, “The story appeared in the local dailies last week and the District Attorney (DA) has a warrant out for your arrest. He is preparing to charge you with the murder of Clinton Dahn, 55, of Logan Town.”Ephraim Sackor lowered his head and clasped his hands together.In a whisper of disappointment, he said, “I don’t know how I am going to handle this. Now I am broke, unable to repay my debt and the lender is dead and the police will come get me.”The lawyer allowed some seconds to pass and said, “What was your intent when you visited the lender with the news of your loss?”“I wanted him to know that I lost the elections and therefore I could not repay the money as we had agreed upon as readily as possible.”“I see,” Jason Doe said, “but the District Attorney will claim your visit was intentional, knowing that the lender was not particularly in good health.“He would claim you made your visit on premeditation and that all you wanted was to ensure that the lender was dead.”The man lifted his hands and mopped his face, and said, “I have evidence that I acquired the money in good faith and part of it was used for my bid to lead the Press Union of Liberia.”The lawyer said, “The DA will not believe you since circumstantially you borrowed the money, and then you went to the lender, knowing very well your inability to repay the money, as well being aware of the lender’s poor state of health.“The DA will claim that you cleverly delivered the killer punch when you provided the information about your loss and that you knew the lender’s health would be affected by the news and hence you might have thought about these developments before delivering your deadly news which eventually killed him.”Sackor grimaced and deliberately looked at the lawyer: “What are my chances, Mr. Doe?”“Well,” the lawyer said, “if you want my honest opinion, I can surmise that the DA will be asking for your head.”Ephraim Sackor’s eyes dimmed as he waited in impatience, and said, “I did not mean it, as you just explained. Going to jail will ruin me.”“Exactly,” the lawyer said, “but the DA will also prove that you meant it; and what about your anger for a payback at some of the members of the Press Union of Liberia?”Sackor reclined on the chair and said, “I think they have some explaining to do.”“Why?”Sackor lifted his chin, and with his eyes directly at the lawyer said, “Counselor, look at the circumstances, is it not possible that they could be drawn into the case if I am arrested and charged with murder?”“How can you prove their involvement?”“Counselor, this was an election. And if I could borrow such an amount, imagine how much money others in the competition might have borrowed from other lenders or from the same guy. Imagine the connection and the real premeditation to get me to lose and get me locked up for good?”Counselor Doe said, “You make quite an interesting argument but it will be difficult to draw those you have in mind into the case.”Sackor said, hopelessly, “Can you get me from being arrested? Can you defend me from the evil plot, even if I am arrested?“Counselor, I have followed several of your cases and I am confident in your ability to save me from disgrace.”The lawyer said, “Will you be willing to be sincere with me and be prepared to tell me all necessary information relating to the money?”Sackor said hurriedly, “Yes, but the only problem is that I may not have the money now to pay for your services.”Counselor Doe said, “I am an officer of the law and since I am aware that there is a warrant out for your arrest I am going to call the DA that you are with me.” Every curve of Ephraim Sackor’s features seemed to express a man who was filled with extreme ambition which Counselor Doe saw as the ultimate drive to face the unfortunate circumstances of his life.Sackor folded his hands across his chest and lowered his head on the lawyer’s table as Counselor Doe dialed the number.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Northern Lights Raceway becomes IHRA’s 100th track

first_img“This is an exciting time for the IHRA and all of our racers and fans around the globe. Our primary goal has been the creation and continuation of new and exciting programs for our racers to make racing with the IHRA a fun and rewarding experience. We are excited to welcome the Northern Lights Raceway and all of our recently added tracks and look forward to continuing to provide great programs and opportunities for tracks and racers well into the future.”According to local racer Bryan Bates, the new sanctioning will be extremely beneficial to everyone involved in the track, bringing extra publicity to the raceway, while also providing drivers the opportunity to compete for trophies and points on a much larger regional circuit.The next set of races at the Northern Lights Raceway will be taking place July 14 and 15, when the track will begin operating under the IHRA banner.For more information on the Northern Lights Raceway, visit the track’s official website.Advertisement Robin DeRose, president of the club that runs the raceway, says the selection speaks to the quality of the track.”This sanctioning agreement recognizes the great facility we have here in Fort St. John and the quality of races we run. We are very pleased to be a part of the IHRA family and look forward to growing with their organization.”The local raceway received the news, along with the Gulfport Dragway in Mississippi and the Lakeland Dragstrip in Florida, as part of a flurry of new signings over the past month to help push the IHRA member track count to 100.- Advertisement -Northern Lights Raceway will join the Division 6 Border Bandits in IHRA competition, and with the signing, the IHRA track count reaches across 29 states and territories, four Canadian provinces, along with who additional countries in New Zealand and Aruba.The track is also the ninth Canadian track to sign with the IHRA and fourth from B.C.Skooter Peaco, IHRA Vice President of Race Operations, talked about the emotion that comes with signing new tracks from around the world.Advertisementlast_img read more

Clips finally win in Philly

first_imgHe missed the Clippers shootaround with the flu and wanted postgame intravenous fluids. The 76ers could only wish Cassell had been sick enough to sit out the game. Cassell scored 22 points and Cuttino Mobley had 17 to lead the Clippers to a 90-89 victory over the Sixers on Friday night. It was the Clippers’ first victory in Philadelphia in 11 years. • Photo Gallery: 02/09: Clippers vs. 76ers PHILADELPHIA – Sam Cassell looked completely spent, towel wrapped around his shoulders, eating an energy bar and welcoming the lift even a victory couldn’t provide. “I’m not surprised by anything (Cassell) does,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. Chris Kaman scored 15 points for the Clippers, who rallied from a 13-point deficit against the invigorated Sixers and improved to 2-3 on a seven-game, 12-day trip. The Clippers snapped a nine-game slide in Philadelphia and won here for the first time since March 10, 1996. “Wow, I knew it had been a while, but I didn’t realize it had been that long,” Elton Brand said. “We just needed the win.” Even with an illness, Cassell played all but 30 seconds in the fourth quarter and scored eight points. He capped a late rally with a jumper that put the Clippers ahead and made two free throws with 14 seconds left for a four-point lead. center_img “I wanted to do what I could to help us get the win,” Cassell said. Andre Iguodala again carried Philadelphia with 22 points, Kyle Korver had 15 and Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and 15 rebounds. But the Sixers fumbled away numerous opportunities down the stretch – missing easy layups, tossing airballs and getting badly boxed out. With a chance to put the Sixers ahead, Dalembert muffed a layup under the basket with about a minute left. Iguodala blocked a Brand shot from behind, but Shaun Livingston came up with the ball and hit the go-ahead basket for an 85-83 lead with 56 seconds left. Brand, who scored 12 points, made it 87-83 with 23.7 seconds to go. The Clippers kept their cushion from the free-throw line, with the Sixers forced to foul in the final minute. Kaman missed the second of two free throws, giving the Sixers one last chance. But a rushed 3-point attempt was no good and Dalembert put in a meaningless basket at the buzzer as the Sixers’ brief two-game winning streak ended. “Unfortunately for us, Sam missed that layup that could have put us up at the end of the wire,” coach Maurice Cheeks said. “But it was entertaining. You could say that.” The Sixers have been hanging on for some close victories lately, but not before they usually blow a late double-digit lead. This time, the Sixers couldn’t pull it out at the end. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Messi, Suarez to support South American World Cup host bid

first_img“We told him (Messi) about our aims, and he feels it’s doable.”Argentina’s minister of sport Carlos Mac Alister said “it’s important to know we have the support” of such high-profile players as Argentina’s five-time world player of the year Messi and Uruguay striker Suarez.“In 2030, we won’t be there any more, Messi will.“He showed great desire to help us. He will surely be the flag-bearer for the World Cup.”The very first World Cup in 1930 was held in Uruguay and won by the hosts, who beat Argentina 4-2 in a memorable final at the Centenary Stadium in Montevideo.Paraguay were also one of the 13 participants, but the World Cup has grown immeasurably since then and now features 32 teams, although that number will rise to 48 at the 2026 World Cup.In 1930 there were 18 matches, but that will become 80 in a 48-team tournament, making it far more difficult for a single nation to host alone.Before then the World Cup will be held in Russia later this year and then Qatar in 2022. The bid city for the 2026 edition has yet to be decided.The joint bid has the support of the heads of state of the three countries, all of whom were president of a football club before leading their country.Argentina’s Mauricio Macri used to head Boca Juniors, the country’s most successful club; Tabare Vazquez was in charge at Uruguay’s Atletico Progresso; while Paraguayan Horacio Cartes was once the boss at Club Libertad.The joint bid would see Argentina host eight of the 12 groups in the opening phase, with Uruguay and Paraguay given two each.The initial idea centred around a joint Uruguay-Argentina bid, which was announced in July.Paraguay were added to the bid in October with the backing of the South American federation, CONMEBOL.Uruguay and Argentina have both hosted the World Cup before, winning on home soil in 1930 and 1978 respectively.They have also both won the global football showpiece a second time — in 1950 for Uruguay and 1986 for a Diego Maradona-led Argentina.No other potential candidates have expressed an interest in hosting the 2030 tournament, but China are rumoured to be preparing their candidature.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000World Cup bid organisers hope Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will back a joint 2030 candidacy from Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Apr 9 – Stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are set to offer their backing to a joint bid from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to host the 2030 centenary World Cup, bid organisers told AFP.“Messi will join us in this initiative, and Suarez certainly,” Fernando Marin, the joint bid co-ordinator, told AFP on Monday.last_img read more

French firm settles Armenian genocide suit

first_img The lawsuit against AXA was filed in Los Angeles three years ago. The company was sued because it had purchased L’Union Des Assurances de Paris, which sold life insurance policies to Armenians. France was one of the first countries to recognize the deaths as genocide. The United States and Turkey, formerly the Ottoman Empire, have not made that acknowledgment. “Beyond compensating the victims, your action once more demonstrates the reality of the genocide committed against the Armenian people and the necessity for modern-day Turkey … to recognize and repair its mistakes,” the Armenian National Committee of France said in a statement about the settlement.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We wanted the matter resolved, and we were able to come to an agreement,” plaintiffs’ attorney Vartkes Yeghiayan said Thursday. AXA admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement and released a statement saying, “We are very happy to have reached an accord with the Armenian community.” Last year, Snyder approved a $20 million settlement between New York Life Insurance Co. and heirs of some 2,400 policyholders. It was believed to be the first ever in connection with the disputed event. Turkey rejects the genocide claim and maintains that Armenians were killed in civil unrest during the collapse of the empire. Yeghiayan said a third lawsuit is pending in a German court that makes similar allegations against an insurance company. That suit involves descendants of about 300 policyholders, he said. LOS ANGELES — — A French life insurance company has agreed to pay $17 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by descendants of Armenians killed 90 years ago in the Turkish Ottoman Empire. It was the second case settled in the past 15 months claiming relatives of people who died were not paid benefits after the alleged genocide of 1.5 million Armenians from 1915 to 1923. The latest agreement was reached between AXA and heirs of policyholders. It will be considered for final approval on Nov. 14 by U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder. Under terms of the deal, $11 million will be split by as many as 5,000 descendants; $3 million will go toward French-Armenian charities; and the remainder will be used to pay attorneys and administrative costs.last_img read more

DRIVE IN OLD, DRIVE OUT NEW WITH THE NISSAN SCRAPPAGE DEAL AT INISHOWEN MOTORS

first_imgThere was a rush to the forecourts this week to register new models, with the industry predicting the best New Year sales figures in quite a while.As we enter another new year and resolutions are being made, how about this for a resolution – in with the old and out with the new!Inishowen Motors and Nissan are pleased to announce their latest cost saving promotion. Trade in your old car now and you’ll get a guaranteed minimum of €4,000 towards a brand new Nissan Pulsar, Note, Juke or Micra.Hurry though, this is only until January 31st.It has never been a better time to buy a new car, with wage increases expected this year and fuel prices expected to fall even further.But buyers are still very budget conscious and economy and emission levels, which are directly related to road tax charges, are still big topics on the forecourt. Nissan have been at work on these issues, with new engines and car designs across the entire range, the new aerodynamic bodystyle on the Pulsar will cut through the wind the same way it’ll cut through your fuel costs.Tax for the year is just €180 on the diesel model which is the lowest you can get.The 110 BHP engine has plenty of power.Inishowen Motors is the place to go with your old car where you will get a guaranteed €4000 for it, all it needs is a valid NCT cert.These popular and stylish models have never been more affordable and according to the SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry), 2015 is the year to buy new. Alan Nolan Director General SIMI commenting on these figures; “As 2014 has drawn to a close we are pleased to end the year with new car sales 30% ahead of the previous year. ‘The feedback received from our members for January has been very positive, indicating continued growth in sales in January and the rest of 2015’Don’t make this year one of failed resolutions and make sure you avail of this great offer with Inishowen Motors and Nissan. This scrappage offer is only available until January 31st 2015 so act quickly and make sure this resolution drives you into 2016!DRIVE IN OLD, DRIVE OUT NEW WITH THE NISSAN SCRAPPAGE DEAL AT INISHOWEN MOTORS was last modified: January 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Lifeboat search stood down after reports of flares

first_imgA search by the Arranmore lifeboat has been stood down after flares were supposedly spotted.The flares were reported to the coastguard between Owey Island and The Stags.However, after two hours of searching, the search was halted. Lifeboat search stood down after reports of flares was last modified: January 25th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ARRANMORE LIFEBOATdonegalflaresearchlast_img read more

Women ruling the world in every field

first_imgRITU MENON, 54PublisherRitu Menon, PublisherThe glass ceiling lies in shards in the publishing world. Twenty-five years ago publisher Ritu Menon cofounded Kali for Women, India’s first feminist publishing press, with Urvashi Butalia. They wanted “a forum that gave women a voice”. Currently, Menon heads Women’s Unlimited, an associate of Kali,RITU MENON, 54PublisherRitu Menon, PublisherThe glass ceiling lies in shards in the publishing world. Twenty-five years ago publisher Ritu Menon cofounded Kali for Women, India’s first feminist publishing press, with Urvashi Butalia. They wanted “a forum that gave women a voice”. Currently, Menon heads Women’s Unlimited, an associate of Kali that discovers and publishes women writers from all over South Asia. “Women’s writing has greater visibility today. Even though a bias against women remains, within the literary circle things have definitely changed,” says Menon. Her tryst with literature began well before her days as a literature student at Miranda House. Keeping true to her cause, Menon is now co-authoring (with Kalpana Kannabiran) a book on violence against women, From Mathura to Manorama.SARIKA SEHRAWAT, 28RallyistSarika Sherawat, RallyistHer first rally was the sub-Himalayan car rally in 2002 where she came ninth out of 14 contestants. Fully charged, Sarika Sehrawat drove on. In 2005, this Venkateshwara College and Fore School of Management graduate topped the women’s category in both the Maruti Suzuki Desert Rally and the gruelling Raid de Himalaya Rally. A member of the JK Tyre woman’s rally team, Sehrawat is currently preparing for her upcoming wedding as well as the Raid de Himalayan rally due in October. “I’ve won the rally for the past two years and am aiming for a hat trick,” she says. Sehrawat has come a long way from the time when she had to persuade her family to let her rally. Today, her brother acts as her manager. Operating in a male-dominated arena, she has faced her share of woman-bashing. “There have been times when people have said that it is easy for me to get sponsors because I am a woman,” she says, “but I’ve worked hard to get where I am today.” Will marriage put on the brakes? “No. My fiance is a car modifier and we intend to run a sports management company that will focus on organising and popularising motor sports in India,” she says. Thumbs up to this professional union.DR DEEPIKA DEKA, 50Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, AIIMSadvertisementDr. Deepika Deka, Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, AIIMSDr Deepika Deka’s warm smile can put the most anxious mother-to-be at ease. As a gynaecology and obstetrics professor at AIIMS, she has not only witnessed hundreds of births, it is her job to ensure that the babies emerge healthy and safe. Deka’s specialisation is maternal foetal medicine, which involves providing care for both mother and foetus in complicated pregnancies. From saving the life of a healthy foetus by sacrificing its abnormal twin to using very fine needles to operate inside the womb, her high-risk cases force Deka to think out of the box constantly. “I have been performing this type of surgery since 1989 and every case poses a new challenge. Being a woman and mother, I understand the stress that goes with pregnancy and being able to help women during this time fills me with pride,” says the good doctor.TRIPTA KHURANA, 57Chief Architect, DMRCTripta Khurana, Chief Architect, DMRCFor someone who had to be cajoled to study architecture, Tripta Khurana’s career has shaped up nicely. As the chief architect of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Khurana leads a team of eight in planning metro stops, ensuring smooth passenger flow and beautifying the stations. At the moment, the team is busy finalising the layout of the 60 new stations that will come up across the NCR. Khurana got her architecture degree from the School of Planning and Architecture in 1970 and went to work at Himachal University and the CPWD. Thirst for more knowledge saw her return to SPA in 1992 for a postgrad in Urban Design. The Metro deputation in 1998 wasn’t planned but very welcome. There’s a palpable excitement in the architect’s voice as she says, “When the first section of the Metro opened and the train whistled, there was a huge sense of pleasure that our efforts had materialised.”ANJUM CHOPRA, 29CricketerAnjum Chopra, CricketerShe is the best-known face of Indian women’s cricket, a former captain and a long-standing pillar of the national side. Anjum Chopra made her debut for the Indian women’s team in 1995 and after more than a decade of international cricket behind her, wants to be best known for her stylish left-handed batting and competitive spirit. She has played in 12 Tests and 101 ODIs (incidentally, the highest notched up by an Indian woman player), including two World Cups. She was also part of the Indian team that made it to the final of the 2005 Women’s World Cup. Along with stalwarts like Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami, Chopra was a key member of the Indian team which scored its first-ever Test series win in England in 2006. For her standout performances, Chopra was one of the nominees for the ICC’s first-ever Women Player of the Year award. She became better known to vast swathes of the general public as a cricket expert on television commenting on the men’s game, her insightful views coming as a welcome change from the role normally given to women on cricket broadcasts: as clothes hangers or eye candy.SAMITA RATHOR, 35CartoonistadvertisementSamita Rathor, CartoonistOne of the few female cartoonists in the country, Samita Rathor’s powerful cartoons don’t just bring on a smile, they also force people to stop and think. An artistic bent of mind inherited from her mother Minu (who used to run theatre workshops) and a workshop by cartoonist Ponnappa led Rathor to take up freelance cartooning. Says this co-founder of the group Cartoonists Unanimous, “Animals are the pet subjects of my creations. I also like to work with social and environment issues.” Last November saw her showcasing 20 of her animal-themed works at an exhibition organised by the World Wildlife Fund in Delhi. Besides being an editorial cartoonist for niche magazines like Education World and Civil Society, Rathor has illustrated a humorous book, Things that make me go hmmm.ALIA GULATI, 28DJAlia Gulati, DJThe tables are turning all right. Spinning a new groove theory in the lounge circuit is disc jockey Alia Gulati. After moving to Delhi four years ago from London, Gulati pursued photography before switching to full-time DJing. “I knew I would indulge in music at some point in my life,” she says. Bringing an element of novelty to the game as a woman DJ, Gulati knows that she has to strive to survive in a profession that is generally considered a male monopoly. “I play music that I like listening to,” she says belting out clubby music with a house beat or world music with an electro lounge mix. Influenced by black music and funk, Gulati prefers music that “is not too produced and not with too much noise.” She played at Nashaa before it was sealed. Now she spins at the new resto-lounge Tabula Rasa, a perfect breeding ground for suave clubbers and gourmets who like their music as the main course.NALINI THAKUR, 54Conservation ArchitectNalini Thakur, Conservation ArchitectDelhi can become a world heritage city. As one of the fantastic historic cities in the world, it is on par with Rome.” Heartening. More so when the comments come from conservation architect Nalini Thakur. Ever since she moved from Madras to Delhi in 1970 to study architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Thakur has been working to protect and conserve heritage sites and enlighten people about their heritage. Associated with the SPA for years, first as a student and then working in various departments, Thakur has worked on several conservation projects such as INTACH’s Delhi Chapter on re-discovering Mehrauli, the concept of archaeological parks like Champaner-Pavagadh in Vadodara and Manipur’s Kangla Fort. Today, as a professor with SPA’s department of Architectural Conservation, she feels, “As long as there is heritage, there is work.” And there’s a long road ahead.TANIA SACHDEV, 20Chess PlayeradvertisementTania Sachdev, Chess PlayerTania Sachdev is a typical college student. The 20-year-old hangs out on Orkut, indulges in endless phone calls, loves to shop and goes to the movies. In between, she does her “Venky College” English literature tutorials. Yet Sachdev is not quite your girl next door. As the national chess champion and a Woman Grandmaster ranked 14th in the under-20 age group, she needs to juggle her time better than her peers. Ever since she won the Commonwealth age-group title as a seven-year-old, she has done up to 10 months of annual globetrotting. She won five age-group titles at the 1994 British Championships. At 12, she won the national title, at 16 she was Asian Junior champion. At 18, she became a WGM. Though chess swallows most of her time, she intends to do her MBA. And, yes, she does nurture ambitions to move further up the rankings ladder.WOMEN GUARDS, 25-35Vision Security GroupWomen Guards, Vision Security GroupWhen women take charge of security, you know times have changed. All over the city, in hospitals, in BPOs and even outside the homes of the rich and famous, there are young women in blue standing guard. These women are part of the 500-strong force of women employed with 24 Secure, a new wing of the eight-year-old security company, Vision Security. Says Kiran Tiwari, who supervises the women guards at Fortis, “It is a great feeling to know that you help someone feel secure.” Tiwari’s team member Seema Sinha, 30, has a bachelor’s degree in Sanskrit from Patna University. She says, “No one here is uneducated. We are all qualified women who are proud to serve here.” Some powerpuff girls these.MRINALINI MUKHERJEE, 56SculptorMrinalini Mukherjee, SculptorDaughter of Santiniketan artists Benode Behari and Leela Mukherjee and educated in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda and the Royal College of Art, London, Mrinalini Mukherjee is considered one of India’s most exciting sculptors. Be it her rope-knitted sculptures of the past or her more recent ceramics and bronze castings, Mukherjee’s creative concerns are inspired by nature and organic forms. Her work displays a sensual delicacy that has captivated artists and collectors from Delhi to London.GAGAN GILL, 38PoetGagan Gill, PoetHindi poet and writer Gagan Gill wishes to secure “long periods of silence in her everyday life” that she considers necessary to be “truly connected to words”. Gill has worked as a literary editor, was a visiting writer at the International Writing Program in Iowa and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She has published four collections of poetry and one volume of prose. These cover a range of subjects from the gamut of female experiences to the theme of sorrow in human existence and the enigma of desire.last_img read more

Minister Joly Meets with Creative Sector Organizations in Montréal to Better Support

first_imgDuring the meeting today, the Minister spoke with representatives from several organizations about finding long-term solutions to ensure safe workplace environments. . The stakeholders who met today agree on the need to work together to address concerns and promote a healthy work environment for all.The meeting hosted by Telefilm Canada was attended by Telefilm Canada representatives, the Canada Media Fund, the National Film Board of Canada, the Association québécoise de la production médiatique, the Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices de film du Québec, Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma and the Union des artistes. Advertisement Advertisement MONTREAL – On Jan. 23rd, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, participated in a meeting hosted by Telefilm Canada on the topic of harassment in the workplace in the creative sector. On January 5, Minister Joly requested the review of Canadian Heritage funding policies to encourage organizations to put in place measures that promote safe and harassment-free workplaces. Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: These stakeholder discussions are part of an ongoing series of industry initiatives aimed at finding concrete solutions.The Minister reiterated her support for these industry-shared approaches and committed to working with partners within the creative sector to ensure the health, safety and dignity of those working in arts and culture in Canada.Canadian Heritage aims to find ways to support workers by moving forward with projects such as toolkits and sharing of best practices, in order to provide the creative sector with the resources required to address workplace harassment issues.Quotes“Each and every Canadian deserves respect. The #metoo movement is not a passing moment: it’s a call to action. As a Minister and as a woman, this issue is close to my heart, and I am committed to doing my part to tackle issues of harassment in the arts and culture sector. I extend my wholehearted support to victims, and I am confident that together we will find solutions to eradicate this serious problem. I would like to thank Telefilm Canada for taking the lead on this important issue.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“Telefilm Canada is committed to working with industry in order to develop viable solutions. This approach has helped us achieve positive results in terms of gender equality in our industry, and we believe it is the best direction going forward. These calls to action reinforce our vision and our goal to build, together, a healthy and motivating industry for all.”—Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm CanadaRelated ProductsStatement on the Importance of ‎Harassment-free Work Environments in the Creative Sector Twitterlast_img read more

Nirav Modi Mehul Choksis 13 luxury cars on auction

first_imgMumbai: Thirteen luxury cars owned by fugitive diamantaires Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi went on online auction by the Metals & Scrap Trading Corporation, here on Thursday. The auction is being carried out on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which had seized these vehicles from Modi and Choksi last year. The vehicles include a silver Rolls Royce with a reserve price of Rs 1,33,00,000, a Porsche worth Rs 54,60,000, a red Mercedes Benz Rs 14,00,000, a white Mercedes Benz Rs 37,80,000 and a BMW Rs 9,80,000. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Besides, there are two Honda Brio, Toyota Innova, Honda CRV, Toyota Fortuner, Skoda Superb Elegance, Toyota Corolla Altis and Toyota Innova Crysta. Of these 13 vehicles, the BMW and Toyota Innova Crysta belong to Choksi and the rest belong to Modi, his family and his group companies. Prior to the auction, the prospective bidders were permitted physical inspection of the vehicles at various locations earlier this week. A MSTC official said that by 4 p.m. the highest bidders shall be known and communicated to the ED which will take the final decision on awarding the successful bids. The ED auction follows an order of the Special PMLA court permitting the sale of these cars.last_img read more