Sri Lankan gets Foreign Domestic Worker of the Year award in Singapore

Sri Lankan Jayawardena Mudiyanselage Sittamma Jayawardena has received the Foreign Domestic Worker of the Year award in Singapore, which comes with a cash prize of $2,000, the Straits Times reported.On top of household chores, the 60-year-old Sri Lankan cared for her employer’s bedridden wife from 1997 till her death last year. She would bathe the woman, change her diapers and urine catheter, feed her every few hours through a nose tube, administer medication, and even take the initiative to groom her with a haircut. Said her employer Chua Choo Hock, 76, who is retired: “The family is always thankful and appreciative of her dedication to my wife and our family… She has become more of a family member to us now after so many years.” The first and second runners-up in the foreign domestic worker category took home $1,500 and $1,000 respectively, while the five merit winners each received $500. The employers received certificates.Since its inception in 2005, Fast has provided subsidised training programmes for about 25,000 foreign domestic workers every year. It also runs a helpline and clubhouse for domestic workers and provides avenues for legal aid. Foreign Domestic Worker Day, organised by the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (Fast) and the Association of Employment Agencies (Singapore), drew more than 7,000 people this year who watched stage performances and took part in activities such as lucky draws.The annual competition saw more than four times as many entries compared with last year. Of the 442 entries, 341 were for the foreign domestic worker category. Ms Jayawardena intends to save part of her cash prize, and give the rest to her 100-year-old mother who lives in Sri Lanka. read more

This Is Spinal Tap stars join comedian to sue French film studio

first_imgFrom the 1984 film, This Is Spinal Tap Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Fair reward for artistic endeavour has long been raised by those on the wrong end of the equationRob Reiner It took nearly $5million at the box office and became one of the most culturally significant films of the period. But yet the stars of This Is Spinal Tap, who are now try to share in the film’s success, have been handed just £143. Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean are suing Vivendi and its subsidiary StudioCanal over money they say are owed for creating the hit “mockumentary”.The trio joined the lawsuit filed by comedian Harry Shearer on October 17 last year, which claims the studio withheld profits from the film, its music and its merchandise. From the 1984 film, This Is Spinal TapCredit:Everett Collection / Rex Features “Defendant Vivendi and its agents, including StudioCanal executive Ron Halpern, have engaged in anti-competitive business practices by manipulating the accounting between Vivendi film and music subsidiaries and have engaged in fraud to deprive the Spinal Tap creators of a fair return for their work.”Shearer said the addition of his co-stars to the lawsuit, which was filed in California, will only help the claim. He added: “Their participation will help demonstrate the opaque and misleading conduct at the heart of this case. We’re even louder now.”Reiner, who also directed The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally and A Few Good Men, said: “Fair reward for artistic endeavour has long been raised by those on the wrong end of the equation.”What makes this case so egregious is the prolonged and deliberate concealment of profit and the purposeful manipulation of revenue allocation between various Vivendi subsidiaries – to the detriment of the creative talent behind the band and film.”Such anti-competitive practices need to be exposed. I am hoping this lawsuit goes to 11.”McKean said: “This Is Spinal Tap was the result of four very stubborn guys working very hard to create something new under the sun.”The movie’s influence on the last three decades of film comedy is something we are very proud of.  But the buck always stopped somewhere short of Rob, Harry, Chris and myself. It’s time for a reckoning. It’s only right.”A spokesman for Vivendi said the company did not comment on ongoing litigations. It says the company engaged in anti-competitive and unfair business practices, as well as fraudulent accounting, directly related to its management of This Is Spinal Tap.Reiner directed and narrated the 1984 spoof documentary about the British rock band. Guest played Spinal Tap’s lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel, McKean played lead singer David St Hubbins and Shearer was bassist Derek Smalls.The stars are seeking the 400 million dollars in compensatory and punitive damages from Vivendi, up from the 125 million US dollars (£100 million) originally claimed by Shearer’s company Century of Progress Productions.The lawsuit says the creators have been told that global music sales from the soundtrack album total just 98 US dollars (£78) and they are only entitled to share 81 US dollars (£65) between them from global merchandising sales.It says: “This Is Spinal Tap and its music, which Shearer, Guest, McKean and Reiner co-wrote, including such songs as Sex Farm and Stonehenge, have remained popular for more than 30 years, and have earned considerable sums for the French conglomerate Vivendi S.A. But not for the creators.last_img read more