The Eastwood Park Computer Resource Centre has been renovated at a cost of $3.2 million by the Universal Service Fund, formerly Universal Access Fund. The facility, located at the Eastwood Park Road New Testament Church of God in Kingston, has been outfitted with 18 computers, a server and two printers. The Fund has also provided furniture for the centre. Addressing a ceremony to officially open the centre on January 28, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, welcomed the initiative, noting that he viewed these projects which provide communities with greater access to technology, as critical to the country’s development and creating a knowledge-based society. Host Pastor Rev. Alexander G. Simms, said he is grateful for the refurbishment, emphasizing that it will assist with the educational development of young persons and seniors from the surrounding community. [RELATED: Govt using ICT as a Tool for Development – Paulwell] He pointed out that the church is now able to provide a comfortable facility where homework can be completed, particularly for students who are at Grade 11 in high school and for whom computer access is vital for the completion of projects, such as their School-Based Assessment. “For those older folks who do not have a chance to understand the implications of the new communications technology as they are unable to afford personal computers, we will be able to offer them an opportunity to move into the 21st Century as far as information and communication technologies are concerned,” he said. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Universal Service Fund, Hugh Cross, commended the church fraternity for their vision, resilience and persistence in ensuring the provision of such a facility for the community. He urged the beneficiaries to take care of the equipment and make use of the facility, and pledged the assistance of the Fund to offset the cost of the monthly internet service. Royale Computers and Accessories, church members and other individuals also contributed to the renovation.
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The people’s choice Midnight Madness Award went to Joseph Kahn’s “Bodied,” followed by first runner-up “The Disaster Artist” from James Franco, and second runner-up “Brawl in Cell Block 99” from director Craig Zahler. “Sir, it would be my privilege to sit down and have a beer with you someday.” First runner-up was “I, Tonya,” a mockumentary-style dark comedy starring Margot Robbie as disgraced U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding. The Craig Gillespie film explores Harding’s hardscrabble upbringing and ascension up the skating ranks, and looks at the infamous 1994 attack on American rival Nancy Kerrigan. The Martin McDonagh film about revenge and redemption in small-town America beat out several other buzzworthy titles for the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at a ceremony Sunday closing out the 11-day festival. The TIFF win comes on the heels of best screenplay honours for “Three Billboards” at the Venice Film Festival. The people’s choice documentary prize went to Agnes Varda and JR’s “Faces Places.” First runner-up was awarded to Tragically Hip documentary “Long Time Running” from Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, with second runner-up prize going to Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!” Advertisement “It’s a story that connects with people. It’s really well-acted,” festival director Piers Handling said of “Three Billboards.” “It’s just told with humour and grit and rawness and doesn’t pull its punches.” Advertisement “I think it’s very important to talk about women’s issues all around the world because still we are facing gender discrimination,” Foroughi said. “I really wish to have equality soon.”By: Lauren La Rose “It’s not an easy film to watch; but as far as being Indigenous and an Indigenous filmmaker, it’s the truth,” said Thornton of “Sweet Country,” which set in 1929 in Australia’s Northern Territory. Last year’s winner was “La La Land,” which scored a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations. The Los Angeles-set musical starring London, Ont., native Ryan Gosling went on to win six Oscars, including best actress for Emma Stone and the director prize for Damien Chazelle. Oscar winner Frances McDormand is emerging as contender for another best actress statuette for her powerful turn as a grieving mother seeking vengeance after the rape and murder of her daughter. Her fight for justice arrives in the form of three large-scale signs targeted toward police chief William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson.) Second runner-up was Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” a heartbreaking love story and coming-of-age tale set in the Italian countryside. The film centres on 17-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet) who finds himself infatuated with an older student (Armie Hammer) working for his father. TIFF’s annual people’s choice prize, which includes a $15,000 cash award, is often regarded as a bellwether for success at the Academy Awards. Actor Frances McDormand is shown in a scene from the film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The film won the People’s Choice prize at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-TIFF MANDATORY CREDIT The $15,000 City of Toronto Award for best Canadian first feature film went to Wayne Wapeemukwa for “Luk’ Luk’l.” The film is a hybrid documentary about five Vancouverites living on the fringes of society during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Facebook Iranian-born, Montreal-based filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi won the Discovery program prize for “Ava.” Her directorial debut centres on an Iranian teenage girl struggling between traditions and modernity, and also earned an honourable mention for best Canadian first feature film. “It’s the truth I needed to get out there not only about Australia, but to to the world, to say there’s an alternative history, an oral history that we have passed down; and we’re starting to use for celluloid to tell, and that’s really important for us,” he said. Advertisement In a historic gaffe, “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner at this year’s ceremony before the prize was awarded to “Moonlight.” The $30,000 Canada Goose Award for best Canadian feature film went to Robin Aubert’s zombie film “Les Affames.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — The signs could be pointing to award season accolades for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” after the dark comedy captured the People’s Choice prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Aubert was unable to attend the awards, but paid homage to David Cronenberg in a written statement. He said he is “forever indebted” to the legendary filmmaker for proving “forward-thinking genre films can also be made in Canada.” Other winners included Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country,” which captured the $25,000 Toronto Platform Prize, the festival’s juried program that champions director’s cinema from around the world. Twitter