Friday, April 29, 2011

Facebook deletes political pages

It appears that since we have Political policing, this should extend to Facebook policing.

In the previous 24 hours, Facebook have shut down the following politically related sites. More may be also added to this.

FACEBOOK PAGES THAT HAVE BEEN DELETED IN THE LAST 12 HOURS :
UWE Occupation
Chesterfield Stopthecuts
Camberwell AntiCuts
IVA Womensrevolution
Tower Hamlets Greens
No Cuts
Arts Against Cuts
London Student Assembly
Beat 'n Streets
Roscoe 'Manchester' Occupation
Bristol Bookfair
Newcastle Occupation
Socialist Unity
Whospeaks Forus
Ourland FreeLand
Bristol Ukuncut
Teampalestina Shaf
Notts-Uncut Part-of UKUncut
No Quarter Cutthewar
Bootle Labour
Claimants Fightback
Ecosocialists Unite
Comrade George Orwell
Jason Derrick
Anarchista Rebellionist...
BigSociety Leeds
Slade Occupation
Anticutsspace London
Anti-Cuts Across Wigan
Firstof Mayband
Don't Break Britain Unite...
Cockneyreject Anarqu\...
SWP Cork
Westiminster Trades Co...
York Anarchists
Rock War
Sheffield Occupation
Central London SWP
North London Solidarity
Southwark Sos
Save NHS
Rochdale Law Centre
Goldsmiths Fights Back
Open BirkbeckSee More

UCL occupation protest said:
"A bunch of our sister accounts have been deleted by Facebook today: Goldsmith Fightback, Occupy Monaco, Bristol Uncut, North London Sol Fed and Open Birkbeck. Looks like FB is clamping down on political organising. If so, it's outrageous censorship. Danger we could disappear at any moment too, so make sure you're following us on Twitter. Screw you Zuckerberg!!"

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Radical Media...or just more corporate adverts?

A global media company that makes adverts has trademarked the phrase 'radical media' and is threatening legal action against grassroots media groups covering radical politics for using 'radical media' in the title of a conference this October.www.radicalmediaconference.org
It's corporate globalisation gone mad.
A protest is being held at Radical Media's London office on World Press Freedom Day to tell them 'We make radical media, you make adverts'.

Check out Radical Media's adverts: http://www.radicalmedia.com/
Talk to them on Twitter: @radicalmedia

Protest on Tuesday, May 3 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location Radical Media London office
1 Alfred Mews

If you are involved in radical media work, then consider adding your name to this letter.

Dear friends,
In response to @radical.media's attempts to bully us into changing the
name of the 2011 "Radical Media Conference" (see www.radicalmediaconference.org), we're sending the letter below to the national press on Monday (2 May) morning for possible publication on the 3rd (World Press Freedom Day). To have your name added as a signatory please e-mail us at rebelliousmediaconference@riseup.net no later than midnight on Sunday (1 May). Please include any institutional info eg.
"(author, INSERT BOOK TITLE HERE)" or "(INSERT YOUR MEDIA ORGANISATIONS
NAME HERE)".
Best wishes,

Gabriel
www.radicalmediaconference.org


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Three protesters are arrested in advance of the royal wedding.

Three activists who were planning a mock execution of royalty with a guillotine to mark the royal wedding have been arrested and detained at Lewisham police station.

Officers arrested Professor Chris Knight, a leading member of the G20 Meltdown group, outside his home in Brockley, south east London at around 6.15pm, according to an eyewitness.
Also with the protesters at the time of their arrest was a Channel 4 film crew, filming for the Unofficial Royal Wedding, due to air at 7.10pm on Monday. Some of their equipment, which was in the activists' van, was also confiscated.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bristol anti tesco riot film

Ben from I contact video has released a roughcut of a short film looking at what happened in Stokes Croft Bristol at the beginning of the bank holiday.
he said 'We have decided to put it up as a public rough cut as there does not seem to be an independent (i.e. non mainstream) account of what happened and why it happened Homepage: http://vimeo.com/22968797

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Police raid squats to preempt protests against royal wedding

Yesterday (wed 27/04/11) early in the morning, about 8am, two squats in Hove were illegally evicted by over 30 Metropolitan police officers. They had photos of three known anarchist activists from recent demos in London, that they said they wanted to arrest for "conspiracy to cause violent disorder".

This is believed to be part of Operation Brontide, a met police operation to round up people they believe to be "ringleaders" behind acts of criminal damage at some of the student demos, and the 26th March TUC demo.

Only one of the three activists they were looking for in Brighton was actually there when they raided. He was taken all the way to a police station in central London to be held for 8 hours and be given bail conditions banning him from being in central London!
This clearly indicates that part of the reason for the raids was to keep "troublemakers" away from the Royal Wedding on Friday.
Read more on
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2011/04/478374.html


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Undercover cop in Nottingham

I have just heard that the Undercover cop Mark Kennedy has been in Nottingham within the last hour being interviewed by BBC radio and filmed by Century films.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-13207019


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Friday, April 22, 2011

St Petersburg Sixteenth International Environmental Film Festival

Get your fims in..i went to this festival years ago and it was very inspiring.

We are honoured to invite you to take part in the Sixteenth International Environmental Film Festival ''Green Vision" to be held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on 22-26.11. 2011.

Details of entry form and guidelines contact us at: festivalgreenvision@gmail.com



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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Ideas Fund for green projects

The Ideas Fund is offering eight IdeasTap members (aged 16 to 25) £5,000 each to realise creative projects that either address green issues or are produced in an environmentally sustainable manner.

They are looking for ideas that offer exciting new angles on climate change – or new ways to make art in an eco-friendly fashion. It doesn’t matter what medium you work in – from film to theatre, photography to music, visual arts to literature – because Ideas Fund Green is open to all creative disciplines. The key is innovation.

Deadline: 23 May 2011, 5:00
Website: http://tinyurl.com/3ns6g6x


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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Eco film festival seeks entries

Our spotlight this year is landscapes: natural and manufactured.
Please visit http://www.planetinfocus.org/festival/submissions to download
our 2011 submission form.

If eligible, please apply for the Planet in Focus Green Screen Award
http://www.planetinfocus.org/festival/submissions


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Informers for Police worldwide

New Zeland - cops had infiltrator in Protest groups
http://www.indymedia.org.nz/article/76392/beauty-hindsight-how-police-informant-ac


USA cops and protest group informer

http://breakallchains.blogspot.com/2010/03/lisa-fithian-fbi-informant-brandon.html



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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monbiot says disband ACPO

If some good is to emerge from the outrageous (undercover cop)Kennedy saga, it must start with the disbanding of the ACPO. Though it has now lost some of its powers, it remains a sinister and undemocratic organisation. There is no role for a private company overseeing public policing, especially a private company run by senior public servants.

The police chiefs who commissioned the spy rings run by ACPO's organisations must be held to account. If they have broken the law, they must be put on trial. Only then will we have some chance of believing that the law applies to everyone, and is not the exclusive property of corporations and secretive chief constables.
Read

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/2011/apr/19/mark-kennedy-saga-disbanding-acpo

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One Million views for Undercurrents Bushcraft & Survival video series

April marked the first million views of an online video series recorded in Swansea. A-Z of Bushcraft & Survival Skills is presented by Andrew Price from Killay, founder of the company Dryad Bushcraft.

A-Z of Bushcraft & Survival video series displays the art of living and learning in the natural environment. The series includes episodes on understand the natural environment on Swansea woodlands, beaches but also within the urban environment as well.

In the online videos, Andrew shows the abundance of edible wild plants growing on our doorstep in the city. Out on Gower he demonstrates how to forage on the beaches to prepare laver bread and cockles, and how to cook freshly caught fish over an open fire.

Bushcraft was made popular by Ray Mears on television but Andrew has become the face of the internet for the aincent skills. The series has become so popular that a number of USA television producers have wanted him to audition for their own survival shows.

Andrew Price said
'It is brilliant that the A-Z of Bushcraft has become so popular. Since I was born, I have spent every spare moment in the pursuit of Adventure. Is traveled extensively all over the world in order to study the traditional skills of indigenous peoples including the Orang Astli people of the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, as well as the native inhabitants of Australia and Canada.'

Andrew is an experienced practitioner of a wide range of outdoor pursuits including Kayaking, Cycling, Rock Climbing, and Mountaineering. Andrew hosts Bushcraft & survival courses open to all via Dryad Bushcraft. His aim
is to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge that would have been second nature to our ancestors.

The video series can be watched online for free on
http://www.azbushcraft.com



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Malcolm Lewis finds quality beyond Disney and exotic settings…

Out of the 500 top-grossing films just six are set in Africa, but none are about Africans. Two are cartoons from Disney and Dreamworks – The Lion King and Madagascar. Then there’s The Prince of Egypt, about Moses, two Mummy films, and Black Hawk Down, about an American army raid in Mogadishu. Apart from there being a few lions and lemurs about, you wouldn’t learn much about Africa from any of them.

The experience of a person in an African village or township doesn’t figure high in filmmakers’ priorities. It’s not just Africa that misses out. The four top-grossing films set in South and Central America are one Indiana Jones adventure and three trips with Pirates of the Caribbean. You get the picture – we don’t actually get pictures which are about the place.
Read more
http://www.newint.org/columns/media/film/2010/12/01/real-cinema/

One of the best at The Native Spirit Festival was a conventionally unclassifiable short, Native New Yorker, about a Native American following an old trail to a burial ground. Its opening brilliantly captures the energy and hubris of the transformation before we see the twin towers of the World Trade Center on fire. In 13 minutes it brilliantly encapsulates aeons. It ought to be – but hasn’t been – widely seen. (www.nativenewyorkerfilm.com)

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Policing and protest in an age of austerity

5 May 2011
Henry Thomas Room, LondonMet, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB (nearest tube station -Holloway Road)

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has spoken of a new era of civil unrest sparked by protests against education cuts and university fee increases. How might civil and political rights be challenged if austerity produces significant social or industrial unrest? What will be the role of the police in facilitating peaceful protest in such a climate?

Introduced by: Prof Malcolm Gillies, Vice Chancellor, London Met
Chair: Prof. Philip Leach, Director, HRSJ Research Institute
Programme:
5:15: Registration
6 - 8pm
Sir Hugh Orde, President, Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
Jane Gordon, Human Rights advisor to ACPO and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary
Tim Parsons, Senior Lecturer in Policing and Criminology, John Grieve Centre, London Metropolitan University
Roger Smith, Director, JUSTICE
Phil McLeish, Climate Camp legal support

8 - 9pm: Networking & wine reception
http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/research-units/hrsj/seminar-series-2011/seminar-4.cfm

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Funding for projects

The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust operates three application rounds a year,
one for each type of organisation ? local, regional and national. Applications are
now being accepted from national organisations that have a remit to cover the whole
of Wales and that are operating in the majority of counties in Wales. Eligible
organisations include not-for-profit organisations; properly constituted voluntary
organisations; charitable organisations; and voluntary groups working with local
authorities. Grants of up to £12,500 are available for projects in four categories,
one of which is arts. The Trust is keen to support arts projects that are creative,
unique and work with disadvantaged or deprived individuals and groups throughout
Wales. In particular, the Trust wishes to develop and improve the knowledge and
practice of the arts and to increase opportunities for people to see and participate
in the arts throughout Wales. The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 21 April
2011. For more information, go to www.millenniumstadiumtrust.co.uk

he Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust awards grants to charitable organisations in
the United Kingdom and overseas. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available
for projects, and the themes chosen for 2011 are Music and the Arts, and Overseas.
Applications are welcomed from charitable organisations in the UK and overseas
(although overseas projects will only be considered in the stated years). The
deadlines for applications are 1st June and 1st November each year. See:
www.austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk


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Insight News TV workshop

Sat 7th & Sun 8th May 2011, 10am-5.30pm
The London Film School, Covent Garden
Fee: 350 (includes all equipment hire)

This intensive 2-day workshop with es the tools
and techniques essential to making broadcast quality News features.

Emmy and Rory Peck award-winner Ron McCullagh reveals how the industry
professionals make factual films using the most basic equipment: a digital
camera, a microphone and a light. By the end of the workshop participants
will be armed with the knowledge, confidence and practical experience
required to single-handedly shoot a well-crafted twelve minute News
feature. In addition participants will have been introduced to some of the
realities of international journalism, finding ways to truthfully report
stories through the experiences of the people involved. In short, to make
the important interesting.

During the final session of day two, Ron will be joined by Emmy and BATFA
award winning journalist Sorious Samura.

The workshops aims to:
- Introduce participants to the necessary skills to single-handedly shoot
their own short factual films.
Increase confidence in the technical aspects of cameras, lighting, and
sound.
- Give a raw insight into guerrilla style camera work from award winning
professionals with many years of experience of filming in adverse
conditions.
- Outline the basic requirements necessary to make broadcast quality
films, keeping in mind the ethical responsibilities of the journalist.

Feedback from previous participants:

I really liked Rons dont-worry-about-this-button approach. He
offered a brilliant mixture of anecdote, theory and nuts & bolts and was
energetic, inspiring and humorous throughout.

"At the end of the weekend I thought, Why on earth arent I doing
this already? " which I guess is the point.

Sometimes in life you meet remarkable people. Ron is one of these. He
sensitively stripped down the techniques he employs as a filmmaker and was
a fantastic instructor.

For more info visit www.lfs.org.uk/courses/workshops or email
workshops@lfs.org.uk.



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Monday, April 18, 2011

DPP say Activists can appeal against Police spy case

Director of Public Prosecutions Kier Starmer QC has told 20 people to appeal against convictions over planned protests at a power station.His letter comes after revelations that the Ratcliffe-on-Soar protesters had been infiltrated by an undercover police officer.

Mr Starmer said the CPS had reviewed the 2010 convictions amid allegations about former Pc Mark Kennedy.The Court of Appeal should look at the cases as soon as possible, he added.The 20 protesters contacted by Mr Starmer were convicted in December 2010 of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass at the Nottinghamshire power station the year before.They were given a mixture of community service orders and conditional discharges - and the judge accepted they were "decent men and women" motivated by their concern for the environment.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13117333#story_continues_2

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Machynlleth Comedy Festival 29th April

Friday 29th April - Sunday 1st May
Machynlleth Comedy Festival
This comedy festival is being developed entirely by volunteers who work in the
comedy industry and who share a vision for a boutique comedy festival taking place
in Wales, and more specifically Machynlleth.
Ticket Information
e: hello@machcomedyfest.co.uk
f:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=322057433454&ref=ss#!/group.php?gid=322057433454&v=wall

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Friday, April 15, 2011

UK Green Film Festival, which runs from 20 - 22 May 2011,

Premiering in five cities across Britain, the first national UK Green Film Festival, which runs from 20 - 22 May 2011, will show a selection of the best films, documentaries and shorts that highlight climate change and other environmental issues. Produced by volunteers from Igloo Regeneration and with formative links to the San Francisco and Washington DC environmental film festivals, this pioneering new film fiesta will feature world and UK film premieres along with some new takes on environmental classics. It will be held at independent cinemas in Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester and London, spreading wider in 2012.

Undercurrents will be doing a retrospective of our work in Cardiff on May 22
http://www.ukgreenfilmfestival.org/

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Put the kettle on..

Kettling of G20 protesters by police was illegal, high court rules
Aggressive tactics used by Met against Climate Camp activists in 2009 were unlawful, says judgment

Police kettled the climate camp in Bishopsgate, London, during the G20 ptotests in 2009.The high court has ruled that the Metropolitan police broke the law in the way they "kettled" protesters at the G20 demonstrations in 2009.
In a landmark judgment on Thursday, high court judges found for protesters who had claimed police treated them unfairly. It also criticised the use of force by officers.In the case, the court heard that officers used punches to the face, slaps and shields against demonstrators who police chiefs accept had nothing to do with violence. The judgment does not strike down the police tactic of kettling or mass detention, but it will be seen as a rebuff to the Met.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/apr/14/kettling-g20-protesters-police-illegal

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My Street film competition

My Street is many things... It's where I live, it's where you live,
it's an idea, it's your hood, your locale, your community, your
neighbours, it could even be your corridor or your lift.

Now it is 2 more things: it's a nationwide competition for you to make
a short documentary film about your "street" and it is a new website
where your film will be seen, telling the nation's stories, street by
street ... by you. Anyone can take part. Professional, amateur,
journalist, animator, young, old, activist, artist. You can make a new
film or perhaps you already have one.

Each year the short-listed films will be showcased at the OPEN CITY
London Documentary Festival (June 16th - 19th 2011). The submission
deadline for this year is May 26th. Films submitted after this date
will be eligible for the festival in 2012.
http://www.mystreetfilms.com/about




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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Catherine Zeta Jones quits Swansea Bay film festival

Following my investigations, Catherine Zeta Jones has quits Swansea Bay film festival
Read more
Also on BBC

Read my full investigation here

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Technology4Good Awards,

The UK Technology4Good Awards, run by AbilityNet celebrate the best
use of computers and the internet to deliver positive social change.
They are an opportunity for people from not for profit organisations,
business and government to learn more about what works, share
inspirational stories and identify best practise in areas such as
accessibility, digital inclusion and social media.

The Awards are open to any UK-based charity, business, community
organisation, public body or individual. There are eight different
awards.

Deadline: Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 9 May.
Website: http://www.technology4goodawards.org.uk/


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• Police asked whether pathologist Patel could 'rule out' assault injuries

Live reports from the Ian Tomlinson inquest – Tuesday 12 April 2011
• Former Home Office pathologist Freddy Patel giving evidence
• Police asked whether Patel could 'rule out' assault injuries
• Ian Tomlinson died at the G20 protests in London in 2009

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/blog/2011/apr/12/ian-tomlinson-inquest-live-updates


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The decline of Welsh news media

by Andy Williams, 17 July 2010
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a national newspaper, in possession of a venerable reputation, must be in want of readers. Wales has not one, but two, national papers which are seriously lacking in this respect. Circulations at North Wales’ Daily Post and South Wales’ Western Mail are in serious (some suggest terminal) decline.

In 1979 the Western Mail had a circulation of 94,000; three decades later this has decreased by almost two thirds. In the last ten years circulation fell by 22,000 copies, from 55,000 in 1999 to 33,000 in 2009. In early 2010 the paper’s circulation fell below 30,000 copies for the first time. The Welsh Daily Post is also haemorrhaging readers at an alarming rate. Since 2004 (until then the Post in Wales was produced as part of the Liverpool Daily Post) average circulation has fallen from 41,000 to 34,000.
Read more
http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/andy-williams/unholy-trinity-decline-of-welsh-news-media

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Funding for Feature lenght films

http://www.cinereach.org/



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Monday, April 11, 2011

Newspapers refuse to publish advert against Royal Wedding

The Daily Telegraph has joined the Daily Mail and refused to run an advert that mocked the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles and urged support for an elected head of state, a republican group claimed today.
Earlier today MediaGuardian.co.uk reported how the group said the editor of the Mail, Paul Dacre, had personally intervened to make sure the advert did not appear in tomorrow's paper.

Now the group behind the anti-monarchy campaign says the Telegraph has just told it it will not be running the advert either.
The newspaper today confirmed that it rejected the advert on the grounds that it was "inappropriate".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2005/apr/06/pressandpublishing.advertising?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

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Undercover protest cop unit costs £35m in 10 years

by Laurie Hanna, Daily Mirror 9/04/2011
AN UNDERCOVER police unit set up to infiltrate 'domestic extremist' groups cost the taxpayer more than £35million in 10 years, it was revealed yesterday.
The National Public Order Intelligence Unit hit the headlines in January when PC Mark Kennedy was exposed for ­infiltrating an eco-warrior group before siding with its members.

Charlotte Linacre, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Independent checks must take place to ensure that this unit isn’t just an undercover waste of cash.”
Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/04/09/undercover-cop-unit-costs-35m-in-10-years-115875-23047562/#ixzz1JDaOmCiB



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Friday, April 08, 2011

Funds for projects

The Main Grants Programme offers grants ranging from below £5,000 to in excess of £1million and the Foundation continues to maintain a balance between supporting large-scale projects, with far-reaching effects, and small-scale community endeavours. All grants are awarded at a meeting of the Trustees, held twice a year. As there is no fixed schedule for these meetings, applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
http://www.cloreduffield.org.uk/page_sub.php?id=73&parent=35

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Apple the 'sweatshop brand'

Oh dear..this doesn't bode well...In January this year the Beijing-based non-profit Institute of Environmental and Public Affairs published a report into 29 global technology companies operating in China. The 36 non-governmental organisations that contributed to The Other Side of Apple placed Apple last in terms of 'responsiveness and transparency to health and environmental concerns'. After a nine-month study into seven of its suppliers, the report dubbed Apple: 'a sweatshop brand [that] based its mass production on its subcontractors, without proper protections in the workplace.'
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/837185/apple_the_hidden_costs_of_your_ipad_and_iphone.html

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What message would you leave for people 100,000 years from now?

Stunning film http://www.intoeternitythemovie.com/


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Tune into the mind of a cop

Full coverage as the inquest hears a third day of evidence from PC Simon Harwood, the police officer who struck Tomlinson at the G20 protests moments before he died
This really get inside the mind of a cop on the streets- how he lies, misleads, fakes concerns..fascinating accounts so tune in
http://www.tomlinsoninquest.org.uk/Tomlinson/HearingTranscripts


http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/blog/2011/apr/06/ian-tomlinson-inquest-live-updates

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Making sense of paying tax

It's the first day of 2011/12 tax year, meaning an all change in the tax system:
rates are rocketing, allowances ascending and thresholds thinning ...

* Find what you'll take home. We've updated the IncomeTaxChecker tool with the
new data - put in your salary and it'll instantly reveal how much will be lining
your bank account (or overdraft), and easily compare this year to what you'd
have earned last year to last.

* Personal allowances up. The amount you can earn before paying tax is up a
grand to £7,475 for under 65s meaning lower earners take home more. Those aged
65+ get £9,940 and 75+ £10,090 tax-free unless they earn over £24,000 when
gradually that bigger allowance is clawed back.

* National Insurance (NI). The amount you must earn before paying NI has
increased too, another boon for lower earners. Yet above that NI's increased
from 11% to 12% of your salary and from 1% to 2% above £42,485 - which has the
same effect on your paypacket as putting income tax up.
New Guide: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/tax-calculator/


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Funds for interactive video websites

The TFI New Media Fund provides funding and support to non-fiction, social
issue media projects which go beyond traditional screens " integrating
film with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps
to social networks and interactive websites. We're looking for projects
that activate audiences around issues of contemporary social justice and
equality around the world and demonstrate the power of cross-platform
storytelling and dynamic audience engagement.
http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org/filmmakers/newmedia/
deadline for submissions is May 25th.


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Police record themselves threatening to rape environmental protester

'Give me your name and address or I'll rape you.'

The recorded words of an Irish Police Sergeant as he discussed with other officers how they were going to interrogate a female anti-Shell campaigner.

On Thursday, 31st March 2011, several Gardai (Police), including a Sergeant, accidentally recorded their own conversation while traveling in a squad car in north Mayo. They had just arrested two female protesters at a Shell compound at Aughoose, had seized their video camera and had let the camera continue recording in the car. The women were traveling in two other Gardai cars in the same convoy.

After the women were released without charge, and the video camera returned to them, the women discovered the recording of the Gardai conversation. This included the Gardaí talking about threatening to rape one of the women in their custody. They also talk about whether they should bother adhering to safety procedures for removing protesters from heights: the Sergeant advocates ignoring the rules learned in Gardai training.

Earlier that morning one of the women had boarded a Shell tractor, transporting bog mats to a new works site at Aughoose along the public road. She sat cross-legged on the cab, reading while the second woman videotaped the interactions when about eight gardaí, including members of the Public Order Unit, arrived on the scene.

Unaware that they had been recorded, the Gardai returned the 37-minute tape to the women after their release without charge. They had been kept in custody, in separate cells, for about an hour.
One of the two women described how on playing back the tape
'It was terrifying to hear Gardaí talk in this way about rape. How can women living in the area feel safe when such a culture of brutal intimidation and violence exists here?'

Watch RTE TV report


Listen to the 2 minute audio.
Pic: One of the two campaigners shortly before being arrested, source indymedia.ie

Dublin Shell to Sea spokesperson Caoimhe Kerrins has said of the recording that 'This is shocking and extremely serious. It is very frightening for those of us involved in the campaign. Gardai are the people that women are supposed to trust when they need to report a rape.Gardai are supposed to be responsible for bringing rapists to justice.'

Policing of the Shell Corrib gas dispute has amounted to over € 14 million to date.
This huge sum is set to rise sharply over the coming months with expected protests increasing as Shell builds the longest raw gas pipeline tunnel in western Europe. The subsea tunnel, which is through a Special Area of Conservation, will take over two years to build and will involve around 472 truck movements a day, along the narrow, winding roads in this rural area.
Read more
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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

How a man died after being attacked by cop in G20 protest

PC Harwood, the police man who struck Ian Tomlinson is in the witness box today and it reveals just how bad a cop is at covering his own arse. Take just these few points:

10.38am: On to the scene seconds later, and we see footage of Harwood with his back to Royal Exchange Buildings, standing beside a handful of other officers he did not know.Harwood said the crowd was "very hostile", although I'm not quite sure the footage alone shows that.
"I was aware of a large number of objects being thrown," he said. "I believe I got hit on the back of the head by an object at the time, by a protester."
Asked by Hewitt where the object was thrown from, Harwood said it came from behind him. When Hewitt pointed out he had his back to a building, Harwood said the object was thrown at him moments before that.

10.34am: An important development. Another camera angle, and the jury is being shown footage of Harwood knocking into a BBC TV cameraman, Tony Falshaw. The footage shows Falshaw falling to the ground.In his initial statement, Harwood said he "collided" with the cameraman. In contrast, Falshaw described being "pulled" to the ground by the officer.
Having watched the footage again, Harwood accepted he pulled the BBC cameraman to the ground. He said his balaclava and helmet impeded his peripheral vision, so he did not see Falshaw's camera. He said he turned to "keep him [Falshaw] away from myself".

10.25am: The jury is being shown footage of this moment. In the days after Tomlinson's death, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) claimed there was limited CCTV in the area. It was one of the explanations given for not opening a full investigation into Tomlinson's death for almost a week.
But this inquest is suggesting the opposite: almost every relevant moment has been captured, albeit much of it on cameras and mobile phones held by bystanders and handed to the Guardian or uploaded on to YouTube.


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Music inspired videos wanted

The South Yorkshire Filmmakers Network is on the hunt for short films that
have music at their heart. They are looking for:

- documentaries whose subject is music
- music videos
- short films whose theme is something musical
- films about musicians or musical places
- anything else along these lines

The films will be screened on 3rd May as part of SENSORIA, the festival
of music and film in Sheffield. More about it all at www.sensoria.org.uk
Maximum length is 30 minutes, preferred lengths between 5 and 20 minutes.
Please submit on DVD.

Send entries to:
SYFN Shorts
2nd Floor, Site Gallery
1 Brown St
Sheffield S1 2BS

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Monday, April 04, 2011

Is the face of a killer?

PC Simon Harwood arrives at the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson who died during the G20 protests.

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Films wanted for Scottish Outdoor Cinema

STREETLAND OUTDOOR CINEMA
SATURDAY 30TH APRIL 2011
We are looking for short films for an outdoor community cinema in the Govanhill
area of Glasgow at the end of April. We want films that will inspire positive
community engagement; the programme should be of relevance to the lives and
struggles of the local community in Govanhill.

The aim is to encourage people to feel connected and empowered to take positive
local action. By showing both local and international films we aim to give the
audience a sense of their place in the world, as well as giving clues and
sparks of inspiration from elsewhere that will help to create, nurture and grow
positive solutions within their own lives and communities.

What local endeavours can we reflect? What struggles or common purpose exist
within Govanhill? (that also have films or images to put upon the screen? - a
series of photographs could serve the purpose.) And juxtapose those with
elsewhere communities that have grown to new levels of community activity and
taken collective action for the common good of it’s people.

The idea is to create a narrative for the audience and take them on a journey
which begins with themselves, their neighbours and their community - and bring
them to pastures new; to inspiring and achievable examples of how community can
be developed.

The Outdoor Cinema will held in the space that used to house the Hampden Picture
House, a cinema that originally seated 1,040 people. It was opened in December
1920 and closed again after nearly 50 years in 1969 - thereafter it was used as
a bingo hall, a cycling club and a social club. It was a music venue until it
was demolished in 2007. This event will give the local community the opportunity
to reclaim it’s original communal space.

I am looking for films (no more than 15 minutes long) that could fit into the
programme, as well as people, preferably with a background in performance to be
authentic usherette’s for the evening, we also need a compere.

Please contact me, Fran Higson with ideas for films to screen or if you are
interested in being a cinema usherette or compere. And please pass this e-mail
on to anyone else you think might be interested.

Thank you.

franderhig@yahoo.co.uk
07939 157575


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Sunday, April 03, 2011

Asked about a loan online? Now you've become a lead

Financial advisers and brokers will pay up to £50 for the personal details you've given. It means they can ring and try to sell you something

You've been thinking about getting a new mortgage, or taking out some life insurance or a loan, so you key your details into a price comparison site. You may not realise it, but your personal information – name, phone number, email address – is about to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, and you have now become a valuable "lead" that will be bought by a financial adviser or broker.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/apr/02/asked-loan-lead

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Policeman who attacked Ian Tomlinson in court on Monday

On Monday PC Simon Harwood is appearing at the inquest of Ian Tomlinson at around 11am. The proceedings start at 10am.If you are able and in the area please can you attend. Don't be put off by the surroundings YOU CAN enter the hearing if there's room. Further details here http://www.iantomlinsonfamilycampaign.org.uk/2011/03/attending-ian-tomlinson-inquest.html

The hearings are taking place at the International Dispute Resolution Centre at 70 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1EU.

Timetable.
Monday 4th April
Inspector Timothy Williams (I/C TSG)
PC Simon Harwood

Tuesday 5th April
PC Simon Harwood
Kamran Saleem (Witnessed Ian Tomlinson’s collapse)
Daniel Boettcher (Witnessed Ian Tomlinson’s collapse)
Lucy Apps (Medical Student who assisted Ian Tomlinson)
Peter Apps (Witnessed Ian Tomlinson’s condition)


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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Lighting Workshop

Lighting Workshop
South, OX4 3AH
Course start date: 14th May 2011
http://www.ofvm.org/training.php?course=56

This course will introduce the students to the principles of lighting. After it they will have a better understanding and confidence to deal with lighting situations. During the course you will be encouraged to rig and use the lights yourselves. Tutor Graham Reed
I worked for the BBC for 21 years, first as a camera assistant, then as a cameraman, then Senior Cameraman before becoming a Freelance Lighting Cameraman.
I’ve worked on every type of TV programme in studios and on location. I’ve gained invaluable experience by working with many great artists and directors. I also learnt much by working with well known and respected cameramen, Ron Green, Jim Atkinson.

I now spend my working time as a Lighting Director, Lighting Cameraman, Cameraman, either in a studio, on location or on an OB. Because of my great experience and skills I easily change from planning large lighting rigs, as a Lighting Director, being Camera Supervisor on a multi-camera shoot to operating a Z7.

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TT3D : Closer To The Edge official trailer

I saw the trailer for this last night in the cinema so looking forward to it
“By vividly recounting the TT’s legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man’s unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to win the world’s most dangerous race. The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is the greatest motorcycle road race in the world, the ultimate challenge for rider and machine. It has always called for a commitment far beyond any other racing event, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice in their quest for victory. A story about freedom of choice, the strength of human spirit and the will to win. It’s also an examination of what motivates those rare few, this elite band of brothers who risk everything to win. The vision of top commercials director Richard de Aragues, this promises to be one of the most thrilling films of 2011.”
http://tt3dmovie.com/


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Friday, April 01, 2011

Why Do U.S. Networks Hate (Fear) Al Jazeera?

Might U.S. news organizations be afraid Al Jazeera is offering better coverage of
world news?

One of the fascinating things that has happened since the outbreak of popular revolts
in Tunisia and Egypt was finding out from The New York Times that White House decision makers were getting their news from the Al Jazeera English channel.

Why?
Al Jazeera English, the largest news organization in the world but a pariah
among U.S. networks, was the only one keeping up with breaking events in the Middle
East and Africa. As CNN, which made a similar impact during the first Gulf War,
has cut back its international bureaus, people around the world have turned to Al
Jazeera for a different slant on news not beholden to the American left or right.


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