Watch more in iWant or TFC.tv TORONTO - In celebration of National Women's Month, a special screening for documentary film "A Piece of Paradise" was held in Toronto. The film followed 3 Filipino women for several years as they built their lives as immigrants and foreign domestic workers in Toronto. The film, which was written, produced, and directed by Dr. Patrick Alcedo, earned best first feature film and centennial best Canadian film from local award-giving bodies. "As an anthropologist, it was important for me to really share what is Filipino culture in Canada but from people’s lives. I wanted to have the message of resilience, I wanted to create a film na empowering... may ability ang tao to overcome," Alcedo said. One of the key people featured in the documentary was the adolescent son who embodied the second generation of Filipino-Canadians who are no longer connected to their roots. "Perhaps I wanted to show that message that as Filipinos with first generation parents, in … [Read more...] about News ‘A Piece of Paradise’: The struggle of Pinay workers in Canada
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By Caleb Jones The Associated Press Tues., May 8, 2018 PAHOA, Hawaii — The slopes of Kilauea offer a lush rural setting and affordable land that contrasts sharply with Hawaii’s more expensive real estate, but living on one of the world’s most active volcanoes comes with risks: A dozen lava vents have opened in streets of the Puna district and 35 structures have burned down. It was difficult to immediately tell from aerial surveys how many are homes and how many are other uninhabited structures, said Wil Okabe, acting mayor of Hawaii County. Cheryl Griffith’s Leilani Estates subdivision was ordered to evacuate after lava from Kilauea volcano burst through cracks in the ground, destroying homes. But the 61-year-old did not leave. As lava crawled down Leilani Road in a hissing, popping mass, Griffith stood in its path and placed a plant in the a crack in the ground as an offering to the Native Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele. “I love this … [Read more...] about Despite risks, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano offers affordable piece of paradise
By Marco Chown Oved Investigative Reporter Robert Cribb Investigative Reporter Thu., March 29, 2018 The Toronto Blue Jays receive secret commissions on every ticket sold on StubHub, allowing the club to profit on the scalping of its own seats — all without telling fans — a joint Toronto Star/CBC investigation has found. And the size of that scalping market is larger than anyone suspected. At least 20,519 tickets to the opening day game — 45 per cent of all stadium seats — were posted for sale on online ticket reselling platforms StubHub, VividSeats, TicketsNow and SeatGeek, a detailed analysis of online ticket listings over the past two months shows. The average price for those online seats was 205 per cent of face value — a large markup that will soon be illegal in Ontario. StubHub’s head of global communications Glenn Lehrman confirmed the Jays receive payments — like all Major League Baseball teams … [Read more...] about Jays getting a cut from online scalpers
ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS First of 2 parts And it is one that is written in the narrative of blood and money. In February 22, 2013, a 26-year-old Ati youth leader named Dexter Condez was brutally murdered, shot six times by an unknown assailant as he was walking with two female companions after attending a meeting. Condez was the spokesman of the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization (BATO). As such, he was at the forefront of the Ati struggle to assert their ancestral rights over their land. The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), as supported by anthropological studies, has established that the entire Boracay Island is the ancestral domain of the Atis in that they were its earliest settlers. In fact, the island’s name is in their language. But like the fate of many indigenous peoples, the Atis were displaced and forced to retreat into the forested areas of the island when tourism investors began to descend on Boracay in the 1970s. But before that, local peoples from the … [Read more...] about Blood and money in the sand: The tragic story of the Atis of Boracay
PLEASE NOTE: This article contains material that may offend some readers. Thailand, despite it’s many natural wonders, superb street cuisine, vibrant culture and (mostly) warm weather, still has a reputation well-earned. Let’s call it the three Ps – Patpong, Pattaya and Patong. Whereas, say ten years ago, you could visit a few go go bars, see an occasional ping pong show and chat up a bar girl, these days things are getting a bit more hard core. Dateline December 27, 2017: Bangla Road, Patong. No longer content with touting for some seriously over-priced drinks and the option of a ping pong show (choose your own animal accessories), now the offerings are increasingly raunchy. At least three venues along the party-strip are now offering full ‘F**king Shows’. Some of the shows can attract up to 200 people at a time, all whilst plying the customers with over-priced drinks. Drinks seem to run between 300-1200 baht a pop in these venues. The price for entering … [Read more...] about From ping-pongs to the real-deal. The evolution of sex-shows in Bangla Road.