Matt Dawson meets Matt Damon and Francois Pienaar

first_imgTuesday Feb 9, 2010 Matt Dawson meets Matt Damon and Francois Pienaar The highest profile rugby movie ever made, Invictus, premiered in the UK recently following releases in the US and the country the movie is about, South Africa. England’s World Cup winner in 2003, Matt Dawson, sat down to chat to actor Matt Damon, and the man Damon played in the movie, Francois Pienaar.The movie follows the 1995 Springbok rugby team as they, along with the help of newly elected president Nelson Mandela, set out to bring a racially and economically divided country together by winning the Rugby World Cup at the first attempt.Damon played the part of Pienaar, who in reality is far taller and bigger than the actor. Damon put a great deal of pressure on himself to do the role justice, spending many hours in the gym and taking time to perfect Pienaar’s South African accent.“The accent took about six months. It took a lot to get it. They talk real different down there,” he said. “It’s a big responsibility. It didn’t help that I liked Francois so much. I really wanted him to like the film.”When comparing the fitness regimes for Invictus to the Bourne Identity movies, he says this was far tougher than the other physical roles he’s played.“I was in better shape with this movie. Francois came to the gym with me a couple of times. This is his life. I dont want to embarrass him. If Jason Bourne looks a little flabby, thats on me! I wasnt going to be for any lack of effort – which actually is what the team is famous for.“They are known for going the extra mile. Knowing themselves, to say that we might not be the most talented team and the line is even in the movie, the coach says, We may not be the best team, but we will be the fittest. Francois told me their training regiment. Its unreal what those guys went through.”While reviews of the movie have been mixed, it’s fair to say that Director Clint Eastwood wasn’t out to change the face of movie making. What he did though, is create a biopic of a great moment in South African history, as black and white stood together to support one team, with a common goal in mind.Damon and Morgan Freeman, who played Mandela, have both been nominated for Oscar awards for their roles in playing two of the most influential men in the country’s history.“It’s such an incredible moment in South Africa’s history. I think everybody felt it who worked on the movie. It was different to other movies,” the actor added.Matt Dawson had a chat to Pienaar and Damon to hear their thoughts and feelings surrounding the film, and finds out if Pienaar felt it was a worthy portrayal of events as he remembers them. If you’ve seen the movie already, what were your thoughts on it? 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Biggest U.S. strike in over a decade: GM strikers battle on

first_imgAs the biggest (numerically) U.S. strike in over a decade enters its fourth week, General Motors workers are showing no signs of giving in. While they would like to see some resolution and return to work, they don’t want to go back in with a bad contract. The 49,000 United Auto Workers’ members want to see “temporary” and lower-paid “in progression” workers brought up to top pay and given equal  benefits. “Everyone Tier One!” has become a popular picket sign.Striking members of UAW Local 1005 outside the GM plant in Parma, Ohio. October 7, Day 22 of the strike.There are also demands to cancel plant closings, raise retiree pensions and give every worker a decent pay increase. Workers know that the company, which made $35 billion in clear profit over the past four years, can well afford to address all their concerns.The capitalist press has repeated on a near-daily basis GM’s complaint that its U.S labor costs hover around $62 an hour — higher than Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) or the non-union plants of Asian and European auto companies. This misleads the public into believing that autoworkers make that figure in hourly wages. But the amount includes many other labor costs, such as pension contributions, vacation and holiday pay, and health insurance. In 2007, the year of the last GM strike, pay was closer to $80 an hour.What isn’t often said is that labor costs are less than 5 percent of a vehicle’s price tag, and that overall labor costs per vehicle fall with each new generation of automation technology, which is designed to raise productivity and get more work for the same or less pay. Moreover, GM, Ford and FCA have all cut costs via the outsourcing and subcontracting of work previously done by the Detroit Three UAW workers. GM employs the biggest number of autoworkers in Mexico; it has more workers in China than in the U.S. Pay for these workers doesn’t begin to approach $62 an hour. South Korean GM workers are striking at the same time as their U.S. counterparts — also for higher wages and to make  temporary workers permanent.Hoping for the best, preparing for the worstStrikers were on a bit of an emotional roller coaster the weekend of October 5-6. On Saturday, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes gave workers an update, stating that “good progress” had been made, including a path to permanent status for temporary workers. The next day he informed strikers that negotiations had “taken a turn for the worse.”With all the publicity around corruption in the UAW International leadership, and the paucity of specific information from their negotiators, rank-and-file workers aren’t sure how much to believe about the deal being negotiated. In the past, the International has pitched concessionary contracts that contained the current language allowing the deplorable treatment of temporary workers.What strikers understand clearly is the sharp class conflict between GM’s determination to shrink workers’ pay and UAW members’ equally fierce determination to win wage equity, job security and a bigger share of the value they produce. Their strong will is a factor in the negotiations, which are continuing.Solidarity with the strike continues to build. The Michigan state chapter of the American Federation of Teachers has called on its members to join the picket lines. The NFL Players Association has just pledged its support. UAW Local 961, representing the FCA Marysville Axle Plant, delivered 30,000 pounds of food to Local 22 at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. Ford workers in Turkey are the latest to send an international solidarity message. The list goes on of unions here and abroad that see the GM workers’ fight as their fight. Grevatt is a retired UAW FCA worker and serves on the Executive Board of UAW Local 869.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Indian court fines 98 Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members for quarantine violations

first_imgThe Foreign Ministry reported in May that about 1,129 Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members were stranded in 13 foreign countries, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Jordan and Morocco, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.In early June, the ministry announced that 360 had returned to Indonesia.Retno said the Indonesian government would continue to communicate with and provide legal assistance to the remaining Indonesian Tablighi Jamaah members in India.”We will facilitate their independent repatriation process once they’ve gone through the legal proceedings and obtained exit permits. We are also maintaining communication with Indian authorities,” she added.Topics : A court in India has fined 98 Indonesian members of Tablighi Jamaat, a worldwide Islamic missionary movement, for violating immigration and quarantine policies in the South Asian country.Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Thursday that the 98 Indonesian citizens, who had made plea bargains, had been ordered by the court to pay 10,000 rupees or about Rp 2 million each.A total of 436 Indonesians – of the more than 700 Indonesians stranded in India after attending Islamic gatherings – have gone on trial between July 14 and 16, she added. They were accused of violating the provisions of their visas and the Epidemic Disease Act.During the trial, most of the defendants admitted to the violations but said they had never intended to break the law.Retno said that 19 of the 751 Indonesian members of Tablighi Jamaat in India had returned home.”They have gone through the legal proceedings and have obtained exit permits,” she said. “So, at the moment, there are 732 Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat in India.”last_img read more

Working way up Eaves’ mountain

first_imgJEFF SCORFHEIDE/Herald photoOne of UW men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves’ favorite metaphors — and that is one long list — regards the idea of ascending a mountain: Every practice, every game, every week is just another chance to keep climbing closer and closer to the top.Eaves hasn’t brought up that reference a whole lot since he used it seemingly on a daily basis last spring, when his Badgers brought home the program’s sixth national championship. But at his press conference Monday, Eaves pulled out the metaphorical mountaintop once again.”We talk about trying to get to the top of the mountain, and we’ve faced a lot of different storms this year, different from last year,” Eaves said. “It hasn’t been as easy a climb as we had last year.”Wisconsin actually took to the mountains — the Rocky Mountains, that is — last week and put their season on the line against Denver in a WCHA best-of-three opening round series.And though winning a title in 2006 certainly was no picnic, the Badgers actually made a colossally difficult feat — knocking off the No. 11 Pioneers in their own building — look pretty easy with a two-game sweep, sending UW to the Final Five this upcoming weekend.”I mean, last year, we had our storms,” Eaves said. “We seemed to have had a few more this year, and [another one was] to go into Denver at a critical time and knowing that we had to win.”The job isn’t done yet, says Eaves: There are still more mountains to climb.”I think our guys are excited,” Eaves said. “I think they know the task at hand. It’s a steep cliff to climb here. We got to take one step at a time.”Defend their honorIt doesn’t appear Wisconsin is going to get a whole lot of love this week when the WCHA yearly honors are released. This is especially true for the defensive corps, where nobody has really stuck out as a top-billing player.But that notion in itself probably bodes well for the Badgers.”The thing about this group, yeah, they’re not nominated for any league awards, but as a group, they don’t do anything outstanding. But … they’re not terrible at all,” Eaves said. “They can all play. They’re all solid WCHA defensemen. And as a core, I would go to battle with them in a heartbeat. I mean, they play to their strengths.”Eaves has had seven defensemen in his program, since freshman Nigel Williams left the Badgers in November. It speaks to Eaves’ trust in each of his blueliners that he has played every single one of them in recent games — opting for the 11-forward, 7-defender active roster as opposed to the template 12-6-2 system.”Even though they might not be flashy, or you don’t see them on the score sheet every night, Brian will be the first one to tell you he’s awful glad that they’re in front of him,” Eaves said. “They help get the numbers that he’s had in terms of save percentage and those kinds of things.”WCHA Round-UpWhile UW moved on to the Final Five in surprisingly businesslike fashion, some other top dogs made things a little more difficult for themselves. No. 2-ranked and MacNaughton Cup winner Minnesota and No. 3-ranked St. Cloud State needed a decisive third game to finish off their much weaker opponents — at home, no less.And even once the puck dropped on those third games, the top two seeds nearly slipped right out of the conference playoffs. No. 10 Alaska-Anchorage, owner of an 8-19-1 conference record this season, was up on the Golden Gophers 1-0 Sunday night before Minnesota finished off the Seawolves with a 3-1 victory.Even more amazing, No. 9 seed Minnesota-Duluth took a 2-1 lead into the third period against St. Cloud State, and the Huskies needed three overtimes to notch a 3-2 win and move into the Final Five.These tight series came of no real shock to Eaves.”I mean, our series could have gone to a third game very easily as well,” Eaves said. “So it just speaks to the parity. It seems that we talk about it every time we get together and the strength of our conference. So I wasn’t surprised at all.”What’s unfortunate for the Badgers is if the Seawolves and Bulldogs had yanked the rug under Minnesota and St. Cloud State, Wisconsin would have received the third seed in the Final Five and gone straight to the semis, as opposed to taking part in the play-in contest. But Eaves wasn’t bothered by the outcome, which calls for a meeting with No. 16 Michigan Tech Thursday night.”It really didn’t matter who we were going to play. The fact that we’ve played Tech recently, so we know more about them, the fact that they beat us, I think that that would be a motivating factor,” Eaves said. “They’re very similar to us. If we were to go to our team and say who are our opponents, and we described them, we would be describing ourselves in many ways.”last_img read more