By Sarah Murdoch Special to the Star Fri., May 10, 2019 A Mother’s Day gathering of five new books that take a look at moms in all their variety. What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence, edited by Michele Filgate This collection of 15 essays — 11 by women, four by men — concern the first person in our life: our mothers. Editor Michele Filgate begins with her own experience: what she and her mother don’t talk about is the fact that her mother chose her husband, Filgate’s stepfather, over her, by refusing to believe Filgate’s accusations of abuse. In the essays that follow, we meet all types of mothers — flawed, tortured, loving and loathed. Inevitably, reconciliation and forgiveness are major themes. The Changeling: A Memoir of My Death and Rebirth, My Haunted Childhood, and My Education in Sainthood and Sin, Gail Gallant On Aug. 15, 1955, an infant named Gail Gallant … [Read more...] about Arrivals: Five books for Mother’s Day
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ROME: Egyptian police arrested and beat an Italian student who was later found murdered because they thought he was a British spy, according to fresh testimony reported by Italian newspapers on Sunday. The account of how Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old doctoral researcher at Britain’s Cambridge University, disappeared in Cairo in January 2016 came from a witness who overheard an Egyptian intelligence agent speaking about “the Italian guy”, La Repubblica newspaper said. The conversation about the tumultuous situation in Egypt in Arabic took place at a police convention in an unnamed African country in 2017 and was related to Italian prosecutors who have now asked Egyptian authorities for more information. The Italian foreign ministry tweeted Sunday that it “supports the Rome prosecutor’s request for information, in the strong hope that it contributes to the path of justice for Giulio Regeni.” The unnamed eavesdropper learned the Egyptian’s name … [Read more...] about Egypt thought murdered Italian student was spy: Report
By Sonaiya Kelley Los Angeles Times Tues., April 30, 2019 LOS ANGELES—The streets of South L.A. were marked and divided by gang warfare when Boyz n the Hood arrived in America’s movie houses, a violent and profane yet somehow deeply sentimental look inward for a troubled city. A coming-of-age story amid the destructive cross-currents of inner city life, the film marked the debut of a brash 24-year-old filmmaker, who had polished off the script in just 3 1/2 weeks during his senior year at the University of Southern California. In every sense, it was his story, his neighbourhood. The 1991 film, nominated for two Academy Awards, pulled John Singleton into the company of emerging Black moviemakers such as Spike Lee, Mario Van Peebles and Matty Rich. Relevant and thoughtful, Singleton remained prolific over the decades. On Monday, 13 days after suffering a stroke, Singleton died after being removed from life support. He was 51. In a statement, his family … [Read more...] about John Singleton’s first film, Boyz n the Hood, arrived like a thunderbolt
LONDON: Gerhard Berger can joke about how he plagued Ayrton Senna with frogs, and tossed the Brazilian's briefcase out of a helicopter over Monza, but there comes a point in every tale where the laughter stops.Triple world champion Senna died after crashing at Italy's Imola racetrack 25 years ago on Wednesday and Berger is wary of too much focus on the pranks that framed their friendship."We had bloody hard racing at the time. Really hard," the Austrian, a winner of 10 grands prix and survivor of a fiery crash at Imola in 1989, told reporters at a recent lunch."And then just to remember frogs, you feel no good. I'm happy to tell (the story) sometimes, but in general when I think about Ayrton I like to think about this era - maybe the best era in Formula One."The well-polished practical jokes played by the pair, McLaren team mates from 1990-92, are very much part of the legend, however, and still raise a laugh when Berger relates them.The Austrian once said he taught Senna how to laugh, … [Read more...] about Motor racing: Hard racing and frogs in the bed; Berger’s memories of Senna
The beautiful, sun-kissed islands of our tourism paradise of the Philippines have the mixed blessings of abundant natural resources, fertile volcanic soil and also lots of natural disasters once in a while, such as earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, typhoons, and others. How can businesses — most especially the numerous micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) — be prepared for any natural or manmade disasters? How can small enterprises and professionals survive calamities and accidents? The following is not based just on textbook research or interviews, but I personally suffered a destructive accidental fire in one of my businesses and it was caused by the fire from a next-door neighbor’s business (which had mysteriously been allowed to operate by the fire department without any fire extinguishers, while my staff had to use up to 13 units of 10-kilo and 20-kilo fire extinguishers). Here are suggestions for all of us: Review and be sure to update your … [Read more...] about How can small businesses & professionals prepare for disasters?