Padda apologetic after much-improved Adamson misses Final Four

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “This speaks volumes that there are pro teams that are actually calling us about trying to field their teams with our players and that wasn’t happening last year,” said Padda.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ “I know I didn’t live up to their expectations, I know I didn’t meet their expectations this year and I have apologized to the team for that too,” said Padda at Blue Eagle Gym.Padda, however, believes she’s done her job of elevating the team that won just three games in the season prior to her arrival.“I know we just came under making the Final Four but if you look at the improvement of the program overall, I think they’re much better than they were before I got here.”Padda cites the demand the club teams have displayed for her players as a sign of progress for the Lady Falcons.Mylene Paat is signed with Cignal, Jema Galanza is at Creamline, and Mary Joy Dacoron is poised for a stint in one of the two major commercial leagues.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Adamson University’s valiant stand in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament has come to an end on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Despite having a promising campaign that ended with a 25-6, 25-23, 25-23 win over University of Santo Tomas, the Lady Falcons won’t be attending the big dance as they settled for fifth of the tournament after the eliminations.The Lady Falcons finished the season with a 6-8 record, a vast improvement from their 1-13 finish in Season 79, but expectations hounded them even before the start of the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAir Padda was aware that school management wanted more from her team the moment they went on a stellar campaign in Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference where they went undefeated in the group stage.And those expectations have chipped away at her anxiety as she now faces uncertainty ahead of Season 81. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident UST goes for ‘total revamp’ in buildup for Season 81 View commentslast_img read more

Extra toes and a cattle herder as India unearths unlikely heroes

first_imgGold medallist Swapna Barman of India celebrates during the medal ceremony for the women’s hepatatlhon at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 30, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Juni KriswantoFrom a twelve-toed heptathlete to a one-time cattle herder, it was an eclectic mix of athletes mostly from rural areas that saved the day for India at the Asian Games in Jakarta.After teams from traditional powerhouse sports kabaddi and hockey crashed out, it was up to this group from humble origins to turn around the country’s fortunes. ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Their win in the bronze play-off against arch-rivals Pakistan was barely any consolation as the one-time hockey powerhouse missed out on a chance to qualify for Tokyo 2020.India’s women settled for silver after losing the final to Japan.One official in India claimed the men’s poor performance was down to their bad attitude. “Our men players have become spoilt brats. They are always busy on social media and have no regard for discipline,” the hockey official was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.Still, India towered over its neighbours Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nepal who could only muster seven medals between them, while Bangladesh and Sri Lanka drew a blank.Pakistan teenager Nargis, who goes by a single name, was the first woman to win a medal for her country at the Asiad after bagging bronze in karate. Nepal got a silver in paragliding, but Bangladesh went home without a medal for the first time in 36 years.“We don’t have good (enough) infrastructure to produce medal-winning athletes. There are not many facilities in districts,” AK Sarkar, Bangladesh’s deputy chef de mission, told AFP. TNT stops skid, outlasts winless Columbian in OT Javelin-thrower Neeraj Chopra, a farmer’s son from a rural Delhi suburb, didn’t disappoint as he claimed victory with an Indian record of 88.05 metres to add to his Commonwealth title.Meanwhile Dutee Chand, who was barred from the 2014 Games over her hyperandrogenism, a condition that raises testosterone levels, captured two silver medals in the 100 and 200m women’s sprint.India’s total of 15 golds, 24 silvers and 30 bronze surpassed their previous best of 65 medals in the 2010 edition in Guangzhou, China.Brij Bhushan Singh — India’s wrestling federation chief and the team’s chef de mission — said the country’s Asiad campaign was a success, barring the two blips in kabaddi and hockey.“It was a decent showing by our squad. There were more medals than the previous years and there are more silvers than bronze. And even the gold count increased in the last few days,” Singh told AFP.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Swapna Barman stood out with her twelve toes — six per foot — to clinch gold in heptathlon, chipping in to help India achieve a record 69 medals at the continental games.A daughter of a rickshaw puller from the West Bengal city of Jalpaiguri, Barman overcame serious pain as she blazed to victory with ill-fitting shoes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’For jobless Manjit Singh — once a cattle herder — it was gold in the 800 metres as he outpaced race favourite Jinson Johnson to become a national hero. Singh, who hails from a small village in the northern state of Haryana, trained far away from home for over a year, helped out for money by his father. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “More importantly there was no controversy of any kind. All the players showcased utmost discipline. There was disappointment in kabaddi and hockey but these things happen in sports,” he added.‘Spoilt brats’India’s failure to reach the men’s kabaddi finals had threatened to plunge their Games campaign into crisis after Iran stunned the seven-time winners in the semi-finals.India had already slumped to their first Asian Games kabaddi defeat against South Korea in the group stages, but having to settle for bronze in a sport widely thought to have originated in India was a bitter pill to swallow.The Indian women also lost out to Iran in the final.The defeats were part of a wider scandal in India that saw a high court rule the selection process for athletes as “eyewash” a day before the Games began.In a bizarre series of events, it was decided that the Asian Games team would have to square off in September against the athletes who missed out to win the right to keep their competition bonuses.Singh said events back home likely impacted the performance of the Asiad team.“They must have been under pressure to win here and then go for the trials back home,” he said. “So that would have played on their mind, but nonetheless it was disappointing.”India’s hockey team was also in the firing line as they suffered a shock loss to Malaysia in the semi-finals.last_img read more

‘Most SMEs Lack Capacity to Access Loans’

first_imgThe Deputy Chief of Party of the United States Agency for International Development Investment for Business Expansion (USAID/IBEX), Augustus Flomo, has disclosed that most Small Business Micro Enterprises (SMEs) in the country lack the capacities to access loans.He said that because of this trend, his institution has embarked on creating the necessary environment to enable businesses develop to impact Liberia’s economy.Mr. Flomo made the disclosure recently in Monrovia at a one-day stakeholders’ workshop on agriculture.Deliberating on the topic, “SMEs Access to Finance in Liberia; Challenges, Opportunities,” Mr. Flomo said that many of the businesses in Liberia, particularly agri-businesses are still operating in an informal manner.According to him, there is no financial institution that will want to transact business with SMEs, which are not standard in their activities.“Business records and good leadership in managing businesses are very crucial to getting loan for the expansion of small businesses. No entrepreneur can convince the banking sector if these mechanisms conducive for making business with the commercial banks are not put into place,” he said.He disclosed that IBEX has trained at least 200 SMEs in the country with basic financial management skills to enable them access loans.Mr. Flomo added that among the 200 SMEs trained, about 15 of them have gotten opportunities to get money to improve their business ventures, adding that 90 percent belong to the agricultural sector.He named the counties where SMEs have been approved for financing as Bong, Margibi and Montserrado counties.Though, there are concerns by some Liberians that the country’s lacked more market opportunities, the deputy IBEX chief of party differed that there is indeed markets for the agricultural produce.He said that there is need that entrepreneurs learnt to identify the market.“We do have market for crops like pepper, bitter ball in Liberia. But instead of Liberians toping in such a business, people from neighboring countries are making money from such produce,” he mentioned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UK Court Frees Mrs. Agnes Taylor of “Rape and Torture”

first_imgAgnes Reeves-Taylor previously worked as a lecturer and head of department at Coventry UniversityThe United Kingdom International Tribunal on Friday, December 6, 2019, dismissed torture charges against former Liberia leader’s ex-wife Agnes Taylor, who faced allegations that she conspired to use rape to torture women during the Liberian war in 1990.The charges were dismissed at the Old Bailey, which is Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, located in London and one of a number of buildings housing the Crown Court, the BBC reported on Friday.Agnes Reeves-Taylor, 54, was charged in 2017 over a string of offenses — some involving children — allegedly committed during Liberia’s civil war.At the time of her arrest, she was a university lecturer from Dagenham in east London. She denied wrongdoing and was due to stand trial in January but, after a technical appeal, the Judge, Justice Sweeney, dismissed all charges against her.Ms. Reeves-Taylor was due to face a trial for torture and conspiracy to torture, relating to events alleged to have taken place in 1990, during Liberia’s bloody civil war.Up to 250,000 people are believed to have been killed during the civil conflict between 1989 and 2003. Ms. Reeves-Taylor’s ex-husband was Liberia’s president from 1997 until 2003, and is currently serving a life sentence for war crimes in Sierra Leone.However, Mr. Justice Sweeney, ruled that the case against Agnes could no longer continue.He said there was a lack of evidence that the Taylor regime had governmental control over the areas where Ms Taylor’s alleged crimes happened.“This was a key test for conviction for torture in UK law — and therefore, Ms. Reeves-Taylor, had to be released from remand in prison, the Judge said.What was Reeves-Taylor accused of?Agnes Reeves-Taylor previously worked as a lecturer and head of department at Coventry University.The eight allegations Ms. Reeves-Taylor faced concerned events in 1990, as the civil war raged across Liberia. The charges included conspiracy to commit torture by allegedly facilitating the rape of captive women by soldiers in Charles Taylor’s forces (National Patriotic Front of Liberia). It was further alleged that three of the torture allegations related to inflicting “severe pain or suffering,” including assaults on a 13-year-old boy.The Old Bailey had also heard one allegation of torture related to a “pastor’s wife,” who had resisted being raped by one of Charles Taylor’s commanders.Mr. Justice Sweeney said the evidence of that allegation was that Ms. Reeves-Taylor “ordered that the woman be tied [in a manner that caused pain amounting to torture].The defendant then shot and killed the woman’s two young children, saying, ‘See if you refuse an order this will happen.’ She had denied she had been involved in any crimes.In his ruling, Mr. Justice Sweeney said: “I have asked myself in relation to each count whether there is sufficient evidence taken at its reasonable height upon which a jury could properly conclude that at the time and location of each offense, the NPFL [Charles Taylor’s forces] was exercising governmental function in the relevant area.“In my view, the answer in each instance is clearly in the negative.”Ms. Reeves-Taylor smiled as she appeared in a video link from Bronzefield women’s prison in Surrey to hear the ruling.Detectives at the Metropolitan Police’s war crimes unit began looking into her background in 2014, after receiving allegations from investigators working for two justice campaign groups in West Africa. The business lecturer was then arrested and charged in June 2017. Since then, she has fought to have the case dropped — and her lawyers have previously told the court that she had no official position in Charles Taylor’s regime.Ms Reeves-Taylor has lived in the UK since 1998, but her future is now uncertain.Agnes Taylor (far right) faced allegations that she conspired to use rape to torture women during the Liberian civil war.War crimes, torture and British LawIncidents amounting to war crimes committed abroad can be prosecuted in the UK under two different laws Section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988, was used to try to prosecute Agnes Reeves-Taylor for torture.The Supreme Court ruled that a jury must be sure that a defendant under this charge was both an official in a regime or government — and that the regime had some kind of administrative control in the area where the alleged crime happened.This test could not be met in the Reeves-Taylor case.The International Criminal Courts Act 2001 allows prosecutions for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. But it does not apply to events before 1991 – and so could not be used in the Reeves-Taylor case. While she is legally resident having claimed asylum, her application to settle permanently was refused under a Home Office rule that there were serious reasons to consider that she had, amongst other things, committed a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity.Her appeal against that decision remains outstanding.Emmanuelle Marchard, of Civitas Maxima, one of the two campaign groups that had assisted the Scotland Yard investigation, said the end of the case was “heartbreaking” for those who wanted their stories to be heard in a British court.She added: “However, as a legal organization, we recognize the legal achievements of this case. In this sense, we welcome the decision that the UK Supreme Court delivered in November, which confirmed as a legal principle that members of non-State armed groups may be prosecuted for crimes of torture under UK law.”And Charlie Loudon from Redress, a UK charity campaigning for war crimes justice, said while the result was “difficult,” it was clear that armed groups such as ISIS, and the Taliban could now be prosecuted for torture in a British court.“The priority is that the UK continues to invest in prosecuting cases like this. For many victims across the world, their only hope for justice is through a British court,” Mr Loudon said.A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the “landmark case” had helped define the boundaries of torture law in the UK.The BBC has contacted Ms Reeves-Taylor’s representatives for comment, but there were no response until this newspaper went to bed.Source: BBCShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Executive controls disciplining, subverts transparency

first_imgIntegrity Commission Act amendments…all Govt ministers should be jailed – JagdeoPresident David Granger may be exempted from facing disciplinary action if he violates any of the provisions under the Integrity Commission Act, which was intended to uphold transparency and accountability in public officials.Government has said that its proposed amendments to the Integrity Commission Act will further strengthen transparency and accountability in public office-holders, but the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) believes it is all just a veneer. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has warned that the amendments will lead to a further deterioration of transparent and accountable governance, as the Act will now bestow disciplinary powers in the hands of the Head of State and the State Minister, Joseph Harmon.The new article stipulates: “The authority for ensuring the observance of the provisions of this Code shall rest with the President in the case of the Vice-Presidents or Minister, and the Minister of State in the case of other persons in public life.”It further states: “A person in public life may be removed from office when he or she contravenes any of the provisions in this Code.”Since the President and the State Minister are the authorities for ensuring public officials abide by this Act, they ultimately have the power to remove persons from public life should they believe those individuals are in breach of the Act.Therefore, Jagdeo questions: If the President has the ultimate power to remove ministers from public life, who disciplines him if he breaches the Act?Jagdeo also observed that the Act gives Minister of State Joseph Harmon the power to remove parliamentarians from office − a move which he emphasises is illegal.According to the former President, the proposed amendments are only an attempt to destroy the Integrity Commission, but Government is contending that those powers were already vested in the President. Jagdeo has, however, outlined that the Integrity Commission had only a reporting relationship with the President. “In the past, all he had was a relationship (wherein) the Integrity Commission reported to him, and this report should be made public,” he contended.According to the existing Act, “Where a person who is required to do so fails to file a declaration in accordance with this Act, or to furnish particulars under section 18, the Commission or the President, as the case may be, shall publish the fact in the Gazette and in a daily newspaper.”“We saw a slew of misinformation coming from Government and their public relations apparatus. They are just arrogating more powers to the Executive; (but) without improving accountability, transparency will deteriorate with this new Act. Public relations matter more to this Government than reality,” Jagdeo stated.He added that there appears to be a new trend in Government, wherein its ministers “openly lie” to the public, as with the case of the 50 percent salary increase. “They obfuscate issues by making excuses; they deliberately sidetrack people by subterfuge; they give comments that are ambiguous; and they equivocate on issues, all with the intent of misleading the public,” he stated.The Opposition Leader contends that all Government Ministers should be in jail right now for committing numerous breaches of the Code of Conduct. The Code stipulates that Ministers must declare all private interests relating to duties of public officials; demonstrate objectivity in executing business; and make decisions based on merit and solely in the national interest, without benefit or personal gain.Jagdeo had previously announced his intention to file criminal charges against members of the Government for a variety of issues for which he believes they are criminally liable.last_img read more

Local Wheels in Motion event sets ambitious goal

first_img[asset|aid=2925|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a951fee440f599a91c496221ce1d47d6-Lori Slater_1_Pub.mp3] Also because this is the 25th anniversary of the Man-in-Motion tour the local fund raising goal has been set at $25,000[asset|aid=2926|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a951fee440f599a91c496221ce1d47d6-Lori Slater-2_1_Pub.mp3] Northern BC has the highest incidence of spinal cord injuries per capita, in all of North America.Advertisement Photo: At the 2009 event, organizer Lori Slater accepted a cheque from Scotiabank at the Rick Hansen’s Wheels in Motion Day – Amber Davy/Energeticcity.ca- Advertisement -By Dwight FordWe are now just over two weeks removed from Wheels in Motion, the awareness and fund-raising event held every second Sunday in June, in support of people with spinal cord injuries.Locally, the 8th annual event at Centennial Park on June 13th will start at 1pm with registation starting at 12pm.The wheel, walk, role, kick-off is designed to give those who participate a small insight into Rick Hansen’s Man-in-Motion World Tour a quarter of a century ago.Local Organizer, Lori Slater….Advertisementlast_img read more

Sanchez transfer hinges on Mkhitaryan deal, says agent

first_img0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez, pictured in December 2017, looked set for a reunion with his former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola at the Etihad but Manchester City officially withdrew their interestLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 16 – Manchester United’s bid to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal hinges on Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving the other way, the Armenian player’s agent said Tuesday as Antonio Conte distanced Chelsea from a potential deal.United boss Jose Mourinho admitted on Monday that his side “have a chance” to sign Sanchez in the January transfer window, with previous suitors Manchester City understood to have pulled out of the race for the 29-year-old due to the cost involved. There has been speculation Mkhitaryan will be offered as a makeweight from United to land Sanchez, and Mourinho left the playmaker out of the squad to face Stoke on Monday due to “doubts about his future”.Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola told Britain’s Times newspaper that Sanchez’s transfer to United was reliant on his client joining Arsenal as part of the deal.“Manchester United are not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal,” Raiola told the newspaper.“Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract so it’s his decision.“Sanchez is part of the Mkhi deal, not the other way around.”Conte told a press conference he did not think the club were trying to sign Sanchez.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Karzai scolds U.S. over gunfire

first_imgKABUL, Afghanistan – President Hamid Karzai on Thursday condemned the use of gunfire by U.S. troops to suppress Afghans angered by a traffic crash involving a military truck that sparked the worst riots in the capital since the fall of the Taliban. Speaking in his native Pashto language, Karzai used phrases that left open whether the U.S. troops had fired into a crowd that had gathered at the scene of Monday’s crash, or only over their heads. But he was strongly critical. “The coalition opened fire, and we strongly condemn that,” Karzai said in a national radio address. “I have to say, all the time we tell them to be careful because we have one joint aim, which is the struggle against terrorism.” A U.S. military spokeswoman had no immediate comment on Karzai’s brief address, which is likely to cause some friction between his U.S.- backed government and Washington amid disenchantment among Afghans over America’s powerful presence there. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 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

DONEGAL MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON LITANY OF CHARGES INCLUDING SEXUAL ASSAULT

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A Donegal man has appeared in court on a litany of charges including sexual assault.The man, 41, was charged with more than 180 alleged offences including a number for sexual assaults against seven minors.He appeared before Letterkenny District Court this morning where three different Gardai read out charges against the accused. Solicitor Frank Dorrian applied for bail for the man which was granted.Garda Inspector Kevin Gately said he did not object to bail but said it should be with certain conditions which included signing on at a Garda station, surrendering his passport and not contacting alleged victims or their families.Judge Paul Kelly ordered the man not to have any contact with the injured parties and adjourned the case for a later hearing.DONEGALDAILY.COM – DONEGAL’S BIGGEST NEWS WEBSITE ADVERTISE FOR JUST €3..click www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDONEGAL MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON LITANY OF CHARGES INCLUDING SEXUAL ASSAULT was last modified: October 21st, 2011 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:sex assaultlast_img read more

YOUNG BASQUE FILMMAKER FINDS ANCIENT CONNECTIONS IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe timeless landscapes of Donegal and the ancient art of storytelling is to feature in a forthcoming documentary by a 21 years old Basque filmmaker, Iker Esteibarlanda.Iker EsteibarlandaIker spent 6 weeks in Ireland last summer filming storytellers and capturing enchanting Irish landscapes on camera, while travelling along the western seaboard, from Clare to Donegal.While in Donegal, Iker visited Donegal Town, Kilcar, Slieve League, Glencolmcille, Ardara and Glenties and was taken aback by the timeless Atlantic coastline. He met and recorded Seosamh Mac Suibhne and Keith Corcoran in a traditional style cottage near Donegal Town, while renowned Ardara storyteller, Eddie O’Donnell, also features in his forthcoming documentary. Beneath the TreesIker was born in a small coastal town called Algorta, in the Basque Country, and studied film at the University of Navarra, Pamplona. He has been fascinated by the ancient art of storytelling for many years and sees Ireland as one of its last precarious refuges.Iker speaks fondly of his visit, “I got a very good feeling when I arrived in Donegal. The local people were very kind to me and made me feel very welcome. I feel a cultural affinity and special connection between my people (The Basques) and Irish people, especially in more rural areas.”His documentary entitled ‘Beneath the Trees’, is an exploration of the important cultural position storytelling once held in Ireland; how storytelling still survives today; and what the future holds for this ancient art form.Iker explains, “The storyteller’s gift once transported the audience to different worlds by the power of the spoken word. Nevertheless, as a form of entertainment, education and moral instruction, the folk art of storytelling is struggling to hold its own in today’s modern world.” ‘Beneath the Trees’ may be perceived as a critique of modern times but the young Basque filmmaker prefers to describe it as a a tribute to the ancient art of Irish storytelling.Iker has just launched an online Crowdfunding campaign to garner financial support to finish his documentary, which is currently in post-production. In the coming weeks, media groups and organisation such as Film Ireland will be asked to spread news of the documentary through Facebook, Twitter and their online newspapers. People can make a donation to support the post-production costs of the film by clicking http://www.verkami.com/locale/en/projects/5039-beneath-the-trees and receive free gifts in exchange.To watch the trailer, find out more about this unique documentary, and help Iker promote it, you can follow “Beneath the Trees” on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beneath-the-Trees/424478290973917The trailer to ‘Beneath the Trees’ can also be viewed in Vimeo, through the link: http://vimeo.com/65636552There are already provisional plans to show a special screening of Iker’s documentary in Donegal at a future date. Seosamh and Keith interviewed for new documentaryYOUNG BASQUE FILMMAKER FINDS ANCIENT CONNECTIONS IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 21st, 2013 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:BasquedonegalfilmmakerIker Esteibarlandalast_img read more