Here in Philly we are most certainly gearing up for what will be a whirlwind Labor Day Weekend with the return of Made in America. However, Earl Chandler LLC and DJ Aktive had something just a little different in mind. On August 30th, this collective will bring you Made in Philly, a concert featuring many of Philadelphia’s most talented up and coming music artists. Taking place at The Blockley in West Philadelphia this concert has a who’s who roster of Philly Talent. It has been duly noted that this year’s Made in America lineup does not feature any Philadelphia acts, so the people took it into their own hands, like Philadelphians do! The show will feature, AL 1 Thing, Phoenix, Chase Allen, Asia Sparks, Sterling Simms, Ley Jones and many more. The music will be provided by DJ Damage, DJ Ayeboogie, and DJ Aktive throughout the night. The host for the evening will be Hot 107.9’s own Q Deezy and there is buzz that there will be many more surprise guests throughout the evening! For more information and to purchase tickets, you can head here. Made in Philly August 30, 2013 7p.m. – 12a.m. The Blockley 3801 Chestnut Street Made In Philly
Corruption is the unacknowledged mistress of the Indian politician. Something we live with stoically, though with latent unease, like the ghost in the attic. Then why suddenly all this ballyhoo about bribes, doctored e-mails, manipulated tenders and multi-crore deals concerning the Commonwealth Games?Simple. Corruption has poisoned sports, that stormy petrel,Corruption is the unacknowledged mistress of the Indian politician. Something we live with stoically, though with latent unease, like the ghost in the attic. Then why suddenly all this ballyhoo about bribes, doctored e-mails, manipulated tenders and multi-crore deals concerning the Commonwealth Games?Simple. Corruption has poisoned sports, that stormy petrel of national pride, something that makes India feel good. Or angry. Sportsmen are our only heroes left.Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee may have been the last of India’s political icons; in the national lampoon, the Indian politician is a venal caricature. In the good old days, before India became obsessed with flat screen TVs, shiny new cars and the Great Indian Dream of buying an apartment in Gurgaon or Goregaon, corruption was the cocaine of the masses; in an era of Five Year Plans, Ambassador cars and Doordarshan there was little else to be self-righteous about. But today, Sachin Tendulkar is God, and when he lofts the ball for a six, completing another ton or falls to a sly googly, India weeps. When Abhinav Bindra wins the Olympic gold, Vande Mataram becomes the national raga. When the reclusive Saina Nehwal takes the Number 2 slot in World Badminton, India cheers. When the voluptuous Sania Mirza is criticised by clerics for wearing short skirts, India protests, and when she marries a Pakistani, it is a national shame. Sports is the most powerful face of Indian patriotism: never mind that Milkha Singh did badly at the Olympics in 1960, he is still a torch-bearing hero at most sporting marathons and events.advertisementSo, when the Commonwealth scandals erupted, it was dirt flung at the tricolour itself. Politicians took over sport a long time ago, but those who stay electric in the static of public memory are our sportspersons. The politician by common wisdom is corrupt. In 1939, the Mahatma wrote in despair, “I would go to the length of giving the whole Congress a decent burial, rather than put up with the corruption that is rampant.” But does India care? The last scandal that outraged India was the Rs 64-crore Bofors scam in 1985, a pathetic sum compared to today’s takes; Rajiv Gandhi lost the election, but not his job. In the Urea Scam under P.V. Narasimha Rao, the chemical never arrived, despite a Rs 133-crore payout to a fictitious company.In history, sport is war’s splendid heir, its glory sublimating into courage. The Olympics celebrates the triumph of the human spirit. Sports is valour, entertainment and an arena that births heroes. Into this, Kalmadi and friends have cast tainted shadows. In the end, justice may not triumph fully, but the country will never forget 2010 CWG. Or forgive.
MONTREAL – Police are continuing the search for a missing 10-year-old Montreal boy with the help of a specially trained dog on loan from the Nova Scotia RCMP.The search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou resumed at about 8 a.m. Friday near the shores of the Rivieres des Prairies with the dog that specializes in ice and water searches.Meanwhile, a boat belonging to Hydro-Quebec is once again cruising along the shores of the river and breaking up the ice.Montreal police divers have also been searching the river, but it was unclear whether they would be in the water again Friday.Ariel left his family’s home in the city’s north end on March 12 to visit a friend’s house, and a witness spotted someone matching his description in the park near the river shortly after.Police believe he most likely fell in the water and drowned.
APTN National NewsThe Conservative government has tabled Bill C-7, which proposes to reform the Senate. If the bill goes through, senators will have term limits of twelve years, and will be required to stand for election, instead of receiving an appointment for life from the Prime Minister.Right now, there are four Aboriginal senators in the Canadian Senate. Which leads APTN National News reporter Annette Francis to ask the question: how will Aboriginal people be represented in an elected Senate?