Inaugural AACTA Asian Film Prize Spans Commercial Hits and Art House Gems

Smash hits “Dangal,” “Train to Busan,” “Your Name” and “Wolf Warriors II” are among the films nominated for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ best Asian film award. The prize is being presented for the first time by AACTA. The other five nominees include two more from India: “Pink,” and “Kaasav: Turtle”; two […]

Colorado Firefighters Ready To Deploy To California

By Kelly Werthmann FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado firefighters may be the next to get the call for help in California as deadly wildfires continue to burn out of control.
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Many agencies have added their names to a national list of crews available to respond to California if needed. Resources in neighboring states, like Washington and Oregon, have already been deployed. “The firefighters that are out there are probably trying more to evacuate people than fight the fires,” said John Lippert, Battalion Chief with Poudre Fire Authority said. “The closest agencies that are signed up get called out first because they can get there quicker,” Lippert said, “We’re ready to respond in a couple hours. We have people ready to be dispatched if they need to be.”
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PFA is among the many agencies in Colorado that sent crews to fight fires in Montana this summer, as well as assist in rescue missions in Texas and Florida following the hurricanes. Now the agency is preparing to possibly send supply trucks and boots on the ground out west.
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“The way the weather is looking and the forecast are, this is going to go on for awhile,” Lippert said, “It’s a tragedy.” If they get the call, PFA would send crews in a brush truck that’s equipped with wild land fire fighting tools as well as Type III apparatus that carries more water. Given the conditions in California, there may be more calls for help, and it’s a call Colorado firefighters are proud to answer.
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“Just like the High Park Fire we had out here and 160 engines deployed to our area… it’s kind of a ‘we help you, you help us,'” Lippert said. Other Colorado agencies have crews available to deploy west, including teams from Greeley, Loveland, Boulder, West Metro & South Metro Fire Rescue. Kelly Werthmann joined the CBS4 team as the morning reporter in 2012. After serving as weekend morning anchor, Kelly is now Covering Colorado First for CBS4 News at 10. Connect with Kelly on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @KellyCBS4.

Portage Park Girl, 15, Still Missing 8 Days After Disappearance

CHICAGO (CBS) — 15-year-old Kayleigh Green has been missing for eight days from her Portage Park home without a trace. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports her parents fear she was lured away by someone online, and into the world of sex-trafficking. “No one good lures a child from the safety of their parent’s home — no one good does that,” Kayleigh’s mother said. Anna and Dave Green say they’re broken and desperate to find their daughter. They believe the Taft High School sophomore walked out of the back door of their home in the middle of the night on Oct. 3rd and disappeared.
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“My worst fear is that someone has her — that she’s being held against her will for sex trafficking,” said Dave. “That’s my gut feeling. I pray to God I’m wrong.” The Chicago Police Special Victims’ Unit has been on the case for eight days, but no one had heard from Kayleigh since her disappearance. The Green’s say she left a note indicating she was heading to New York. However, she left her phone case and charger behind. Kayleigh also dumped her phone nearby, which sent out pings for three days. “We believe that she trusted someone. That someone recognized Kay for the really vulnerable child that she is and offered her an escape from her demons — from her depression,” the missing teen’s mother said. Anna says her daughter usually identifies as a male, plays on her school’s rugby team and started an online teen support group. Anna says Kayleigh has never run away before. dl5y2hjwsaaj8fb1 Portage Park Girl, 15, Still Missing 8 Days After Disappearance “There is no way Kay would have left this house without fully trusting someone.” Kayleigh’s parents believe if they found her phone it may provide some clues as to who she might have gone with or where she’s gone. They will be back with a group looking for the cell phone again on Saturday. Police have no updates.

Settlement Prompts Changes To RTD Light Rail Trains

By Karen Morfitt DENVER (CBS4) – RTD is starting to reconfigure the space on all of its light rail trains in an effort to better accommodate people with disabilities. Lyle Templer is confined to a wheelchair and uses the light rail every day to get to and from work.
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“There’s just not enough space for the disabled passengers to get their wheelchairs in the spaces safely,” Templer said. In 2014, those issues and claims that RTD was violating requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act prompted Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition to file a lawsuit.
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In August, RTD reached a settlement with the coalition that calls for changes across the board. Laurie Huff, a spokesperson for RTD, says they have agreed to have the work finished on 172 new and existing cars by 2022.
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“We’re going to be removing 16 seats per train which will be eight on each end,” Huff said. The redesigned seating provides more boarding spaces for people using wheelchairs, scooters and walkers. Templer is happy with the changes but says they cannot come soon enough. “It needs to be addressed and sooner than later,” he said.
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RTD officials say when not in use by someone using an assistive device, the additional space can be used as standing room. However, they want to make it clear that the additional space created by the removal of seats is not meant for bicycles, strollers, luggage or other large items that are brought aboard. Karen Morfitt joined the CBS4 team as a reporter in 2013. She covers a variety of stories in and around the Denver metro area. Connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @karenmorfitt or email her tips.

Annabelle Sheehan to Head New Zealand Film Commission

Veteran creative industry administrator, Annabelle Sheehan is to take over as CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission, replacing the departing Dave Gibson. Sheehan will take up the role from early-January 2018. The NZFC, despite its name which suggests a location attraction role, is the primary state-backed organization with oversight of the New Zealand film […]

‘Mr. Robot’ Season Premiere Recap: Elliot Embraces Direct Action

Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you’ve watched the season premiere of “Mr. Robot,” titled “eps3.0_power-saver-mode.h.” What a relief. That was my thought as the first episode of the new season of “Mr. Robot” entered its final minutes. It reflected the world’s darkness, and yet it seemed to set its protagonist on a path toward […]