Monday, August 30, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Overs, and out. As Pakistan continues to suffer from devastating floods, a betting scandal engulfs cricket, the country's national sport.
Mercury rising. A new report shows that, despite claims to the opposite, extraction from the tar sands is increasing the amount of downstream toxins in the Athabasca River.
Denial. Rwanda's justice minister says the UN report of a genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- at the hands of Rwandan soldiers -- is untrue, and doesn't warrant investigation.
Labour's love lost. A two-week old general strike in South Africa has fractured relations between the African National Congress and trade unions.
Pressed for a way to memorialize someone? A new service called "And Vinylly" offers to make LPs from a loved one's ashes.
And a fen time was had by everyone. A new swimming record is set at the world bog-snorkeling championships.
As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that loves to stroke the mire.
There are allegations that players from the Pakistan Cricket team have deliberately overstepped the mark. In a new scandal to hit the sport, it is alleged that players are throwing "no balls" at specific times in matches to correspond with advance information bought by bettors. Armed with this knowledge, these gamblers are making a small fortune betting on the smallest of details of the game.
The British tabloid 'the News of the world' has released a video showing their reporter paying a cricket agent 150,000 pounds to get details of when three "no balls" would be thrown in the Pakistan team's most recent game against England. The allegations have sent shockwaves across the cricketing world and British and Pakistani police are now investigating the papers' claims. Faraz Sarwat is a columnist for the Toronto Star and has written extensively about the sport. We reached him on his mobile phone in Montreal.
It's another knock for the oil sands industry.
|Album:||ACOUSTIC EP/JUDGEMENT DAY|
|Album:||BELA FLECK: THE BLUEGRASS SESSIONS|
|Label:||WARNER BROS, CDW 47332|
On Friday's program, we told you about a leaked United Nations draft report that says actions by soldiers in the Rwandan Patriotic Army, or R-P-A, could amount to genocide. The attacks took place over a seven year period -- beginning in 1996 -- and according to the report, resulted in the brutal and systematic deaths of tens of thousands of Hutus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
|Album:||AWARDS FOR WORLD MUSIC 2004|
|Label:||UNION SQUARE, MANTDCD223|
|Album:||3:10 TO YUMA, SOUNDTRACK|
The town of Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales is a sporting capital - but not for the kind of sports you might expect. Back in June we reported on the town's Man vs Horse race, which as pits a man against a horse in... well in a race. And during that interview, Gordon Green, the Horse vs Man race's creator, listed all the other events in the town, including the World Bog Snorkeling championships. In this event competitors have to snorkel two lengths of a 60-yard trench cut into, you've guessed it... a bog.
Yesterday, the town held its latest championship and since the last time we touched base with the World Bog Snorkeling Championships was way back in 1993, we thought it was about time for an update. Sheelagh Tompkins is the organiser of the competition. We reached her at her home in Llanwrtyd Wells.
It's time for us to come up for air, and take a break for the news. We'll be back after that for the second part of As It Happens. When we return:
Unions, and disunity. After two weeks of violent confrontations between police and labour activists in South Africa, Jacob Zuma struggles to hold the African National Congress together.
Taking this trip could be habitat-forming. To expand their living space, dormice are encourage to use a specialized, three-hundred-thousand-dollar bridge over a busy highway in Wales.
A groovy way to remember. A company offers to press the ashes of the departed into a long-playing record.
Stay tuned. I'm LL.
And I'm RF.
It has become one of the greatest tests of Jacob Zuma's leadership in South Africa.
|Album:||BEYOND SKIN/NITIN SAWHNEY|
For most of us, there comes a time in our lives when thoughts turn to how we'll be remembered after we're gone. Often this inspires some kind of memoir, an attempt to live on in the hearts and minds of future generations. Well, now a British company, called And Vinyly, is offering a whole new spin on life after death.
And if your life didn't play out exactly as you expected, with this service you can ensure that once it's over, it plays out -- over and over again -- just as you envision it. So if being laid to rest isn't quite your speed, you can be pressed to rest in style -- in a vinyl recording. Or what's left of you, anyway. You see, for just over three-thousand dollars, And Vinyly
takes your ashes, and sprinkles them onto a raw piece of vinyl -- what's known in the biz as a "biscuit" or "puck". Your biscuit is then literally "pressed" between two plates, creating a grooved record into which your humanly remains have now been eternally ingrained.
The recording itself can include almost anything -- your voice, your favourite tunes, or your last will and testament. Or if you like to think your life's record rather speaks for itself, you can simply settle for the resultant pops and crackles from your ashes being pressed into the vinyl.
The basic package nets you up to thirty ash-imbued discs, each lasting twenty-four minutes, and your choice of accompanying artwork.
As the website promises, it's a chance to "live on beyond the groove".
Jason Leach, the company founder, admits the most difficult part of creating your record is deciding what will go on it because you want it to be the best album you can imagine. Even though he's begun thinking about it, he's still working on what his own will sound like.
So what about you? When it comes time to shuffle -- or spin, as it were -- off this mortal coil, what sounds would you choose? Talkback wants to know. Call us at 1-866-481-5718. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Album:||LOST CHANNELS/GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS|
|Label:||NETTWERK, 0 6700 30830 2 7|
So it fell asleep at the Mad Hatter's tea party. Several times. But was that any reason to stuff the poor dormouse's head in a teapot? Well, now the charming little rodent has some good fortune, in the form of a three-hundred-thousand-dollar bridge over a highway in South Wales. The purpose of the bridge? An exclusive pathway for the sleepy creatures to safely cross the road.
|Album:||THERE IS LOVE IN YOU/FOUR TET|
|Label:||DOMINO, DNO 229|
They are four, typed, non-descript pages, yet the words on them carried an unparalled weight: they legalized the persecution of Jews and led to the Holocaust.
|Album:||SINGER MUST DIE/PAGE, STEVEN|
|Label:||PHEROMONE, PHER CD 1013|
For the past 9 weeks, every Monday evening following As It Happens, you've heard the summer series 'Promised Land' featuring the stories of people who risked everything to come to Canada.