first_imgIf you want to rub shoulders with the guests on episode seven of the Play Your Part TV series, and lend a hand to their initiatives, here’s information on how to do it.Alan Farber, who has been in the film industry for more than 20 years, helps budding filmmakers in Diepsloot to create and submit pitches to television channels. (Image supplied)Brand South Africa reporterYou can get involved in initiatives that advance skills development for youth and unemployed people by contacting the guests who appear on episode seven of the Play Your Part TV series.The guests featured in this episode are filmmaker Alan Farber, Tumi Ramasodi and her team of Boys and Girls Clubs, and Odette van der Haar, CEO of the Association for Communication and Advertising.The episode, which is hosted by musician Kabelo Mabalane, airs on Saturday, 21 October 2017, at 18:00. It is part of a 26-episode series.Here’s how you can get involved with the three guests and their initiatives:Alan FarberFarber, a filmmaker and scriptwriter, found a way to attract Diepsloot residents and have them develop skills for the film industry.Contact detailsTwitter: @AlfieStraight2Email: alan@straight2dvd.tvOdette van der HaarOdette van der HaarKey advertising player Van der Haar highlights the positive impact the sector has made in terms of tertiary education and skills development.Contact detailsWebsite: www.acasa.co.zaTwitter: @odette_roper and @ACA_SABoys and Girls ClubsTumi RamasodiTumi and her team run the Boys and Girls Clubs, which serve as a safe haven for children from the ages of six to 18. The organisation is an after-schools facility that focuses on teaching youth things such as self-discipline and character-building.Contact detailsWebsite: www.bgcsa.orgEmail: info@bgcsa.orgTwitter: @BGCSA_PimvillePlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


first_img7 March 2016Orisha’s Journey, a short animated film by New York City-based Ghanaian filmmaker Abdul Ndadi, brings a distinctive African feel to the world of animation, through vivid colours, its soundtrack and storytelling.In the film, the title character, Orisha, listens sceptically to a fairy tale told by her grandfather. She decides to find her own fairy tale, one that truly speaks to her. To do so, she embarks on an adventure, and along the way encounters magical creatures and monsters from African folklore.Orisha also makes new friends and realises that reality can sometimes be stranger than fiction. Ultimately, the girl learns more about herself, her culture and the interconnectedness of nature and humanity.ORISHA’S JOURNEY on Vimeo – https://t.co/i38WpevBWs pic.twitter.com/aDoxuFwbAk— The Sunhead Project (@sunheadmag) February 21, 2016The film began as a thesis project by Ndadi while he was studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2013. It soon evolved into a passion project, as well as his calling card for his talent in the often competitive world of animation. Orisha’s Journey, completed in 2014, has been screened at several festivals, including the 2015 Cannes Short Film Corner and the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan in 2014. In addition, it has been screened at festivals across Africa and North America, and has got a buzz among animation studios in the UK and the US.Orisha’s Journey, a fantasy tale of a girl’s journey through the Spirit World by Ghanaian. https://t.co/VVx9agLJ68 pic.twitter.com/9iI0OsDwBD— Afrokanist Magazine (@Afrokanistmagaz) February 20, 2016The film can be watched online, and it has notched over 20 000 views on YouTube and Vimeo combined.Speaking to the Okayafrica arts and culture website, Ndadi explains the symbolism of the film’s elements: “I wanted my film to have a certain pan- Africanism, so (African children) all could feel like they’re part of my film.”Orisha, which is a Nigerian Yoruba word, means “nature spirit”, and the character acts as a metaphor for discovering one’s true nature and identity, he says. It also identifies the yearning of young Africans in the African diaspora to rediscover their roots, and learn a history and folklore that sometimes feels as if it is in danger of being forgotten or overruled by Western modernity.Ndadi explains that “we (can) teach our youth the truth (about history) and they will carry it on and build a world where we are all truly equals”.He credits his parents for instilling this love of African history and folklore: ” (They gave me) a strong sense of pride in my culture and never (let) me forget my roots. Without one’s roots, I feel it’s easy to become like a leaf blowing in the wind, with nothing to keep you grounded in who you truly are.”Ndadi’s journey to Cannes in 2015, to show his short film at the annual film festival:http://abdulndadi.tumblr.com/post/140349901506/abdulndadi- abdulndadi-going-to-the-cannesSource: Okayafricalast_img read more


first_imgYou are not alone out there in the run up to new lead paint laws that take effect on April 22 of 2010. For us the law won’t alter the way we do business on a whole bunch of jobs since the majority of our projects are on homes born after 1977–homes to which the law does not apply. We work mostly in the suburbs, and considering the enthusiasm with which this city sprawled through the last quarter of the 20th century, there is no shortage of 15-30 year-old homes that need help. However, the small number of projects that we do on older homes tends to account for a disproportionally large percentage of our gross revenue so that means we have to pay attention.There are two types of certificationAn examination of the guidelines reveals a distinction between who must become certified for what: Renovation companies that are not sole proprietorships must be certified as both a “firm” and as a “renovator”, while sole proprietorships require only the “renovator” designation. To become a Certified Firm, you have to apply to the EPA www.epa.gov/oppt/lead/pubs/toolkits.htm and prove that a representative of your company has completed the proper training–for us that is Tommy, our VP of Construction Operations—and pay $ 300.00 (registration is good for five years). This can take up to 90 days so you better get started today!The representative who has completed the training is the renovator. Renovator training involves attendance at an 8-hour class (better than defensive driving, but not as cool as concealed handgun training), with lots of technical procedures, pretty good pizza and a very nice certificate. Tommy learned that if children under the age of six are present on a regular basis in an older home where more than 6 square feet of lead-based paint are to be disturbed in a room (or 20 sq. ft. of lead-based paint on the exterior), testing must be done. The testing is not difficult, and it is not technical, but like everything else related to compliance and CYA it requires comprehensive documentation.We deal with the small jobs and sub out the big stuffIf a swab comes back the wrong color, we have to do two things: use more swabs to see how widespread the issue is, then decide if the cure is something we want to tackle ourselves or not. It will be something we want to do if it involves, for example, limited removal and repair of some baseboards and window sills. Anything more than that, though, means we hire someone to do it the dirtiest work for us—an independent contractor who is a full-time specialist. And we are no more interested in becoming a lead-paint expert than in becoming a master plumber, electrician, or watchmaker. What we are very interested in is orchestrating the specialists and managing the new regulations. We must adhere to important new standards and document every single step along the way whether we do the remediation ourselves or not.Share your leaden war stories with Tommy, our lead Renovator or Michael, President of our Certified Firm!last_img read more


first_imgAmid the raging controversy over Padmavati, an education officer in Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas district has issued a circular banning a song from the film from being played at cultural programmes in schools.However, the district collector on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of the circular with immediate effect and said a showcause notice has been served to the officer concerned to explain his action within three days.In the circular issued on Wednesday, Dewas district education officer (DEO) Rajiv Suryavanshi directed the principals and head masters of all government and private schools to stop using the film’s song, titled ‘Ghoomar’, during cultural programmes in their respective institutions.last_img


first_imgWith less than two days until the Australian Touch Football Teams hit the fields for the start of the 2015 World Cup in Coffs Harbour, the Australian Open and Senior teams have ventured out into the community to give the locals some world class skills, tips and strategies.Australian Teams conducted skills and drills clinics at Boambee Primary School, Coffs Harbour Public School, Karangi Public School and Orara High School.  Players and coaching staff enlightened the staff and students on what it is like to play for their country. All participants were thrilled to have the Australian Teams at their schools and be able to participate in drills and skills sessions with such talented athletes.Australian teams also conducted visits of a different kind, making an appearance at Park Beach Plaza, swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Marine Magic, visits to the Coffs Harbour Disability Support Services and Coffs Harbour Legacy Nursing Home, as well as a visit to the staff and animals at the RSPCA Animal Shelter. The patients, nurses and doctors at the Coffs Harbour Hospital’s Children’s Ward got a huge surprise when Australian Mixed players Kylie Hilder, Dean Springfield, Daniel Barton, Patricia Michaelopoulos and Manager Mat Gilbertson brought the children some special Touch Football Australia gift packs.For all the photos from this morning, check out our album on Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksAussie Visitslast_img read more


first_imgCarroll says Newcastle deserved win over Man Utdby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll says Newcastle United deserved their win over Manchester United.Debutant Matty Longstaff scored the only goal of the game.Carroll said, “We’re buzzing! I think we deserved it – we were the better team throughout. You couldn’t write Matty’s goal. It’s his first Premier League game alongside his brother against Man United at home and he’s scored the winner. You can’t ask for any better and I’m absolutely delighted for him along with the rest of the lads.“The lads are buzzing for him. Matty’s a great lad who has worked hard. He’s deserved his start today and kept his head down. He’s grafted since I’ve been here and he deserved his chance and taken it with both hands.“I think it just shows what we have got in the squad. It was terrible last week and we’ve bounced straight back. We’ve worked very hard all week in training, and it has shown today as we dominated the game.“It’s important to show what we are about after last week. When you play a top team like (Manchester) United, it’s always going to be a tough game but when you haven’t won at home and you’re struggling, like last week, I think it’s a great win all round.“The morale in the dressing room right now is great and we are buzzing heading into the international break. It’s nice that we can celebrate for a couple of weeks and it eases the pressure on us. It’s good going into the international break with a win rather than a defeat!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — A temporary injunction freezing a joint venture between airplane manufacturers Boeing and Embraer has been overruled by a Brazilian justice.The ruling was made Saturday morning by Federal Court President Therezinha Cazerta, who said that the matter is outside the court’s purview.The $5.26 billion venture was stalled by a similar court procedure earlier in the month.Labour unions say that it’s actually a sale and will move most of the business to the U.S.Under the current terms, Boeing is to receive 80 per cent of the venture and Embraer the remaining 20 per cent. The subsidiary is expected to take on all of Embraer’s commercial aviation activities.The agreement between the two companies is championed by Embraer as necessary to keep the company competitive.The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Kyrghyztan on Tuesday where she will represent India at the two-day meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)here. In a statement released here on Monday, the External Affairs Ministry said this will be the second CFM meeting that India will be attending as a full member of the SCO. Sushma Swaraj had attended the last CFM meeting in Beijing in April 2018. “India actively took part in various SCO dialogue mechanisms under the Chairmanship of the Kyrgyz Republic over the past year. The next SCO Summit will be held in Bishkek in June,” the statement said. Sushma Swaraj will also issue a joint call of SCO Foreign Ministers on Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. The CFM meeting iwill review the preparations for the forthcoming SCO Summit in Bishkek on June 13-14 and also exchange views on topical issues of international and regional importance.last_img read more


In layman’s terms, the Nets have essentially adopted the same offensive principles as the analytically friendly Houston Rockets, coached by Atkinson mentor Mike D’Antoni. (Fitting that these clubs combined for an NBA-record 106 3-point attempts in a game last week.) Russell, who leads starting ball-handlers with 61.5 pick and rolls per 100 plays, will run you around screens all day, and he and his Brooklyn teammates generally avoid midrange shots, instead probing for much higher-percentage looks. No NBA team has driven to the basket more than the Nets, and this would mark the third consecutive season that Brooklyn ranks in the top 10 in free-throw rate.Defensively, the story is much the same. The Nets have excelled at forcing opponents to walk the analytics plank, ranking among the top five in 2016-17, 2017-18 and again this season in terms of how often they coax teams into longer midrange 2-pointers. When teams are fortunate enough to get to the basket, they’re often met by 20-year-old Jarrett Allen, a big man who has erased some of the game’s biggest names at the rim while sometimes playing a one-man zone. The Nets also rank near the top of the NBA in boxing out, to finish those defensive possessions.That combination — continuing to take the most efficient shots possible on offense while taking those same shots away on the other end — has been the NBA equivalent of Andy Dufresne’s rock hammer in “The Shawshank Redemption.” The team’s strategy and talent, combined with its newfound maturation in the clutch, have finally set it free.Brooklyn basically looked shackled at the ends of games last year and at the start of this season. Whether it was inexperience, consistently bad whistles or a combination of the two, the Nets were managing to find new, devastating ways to lose close contests each night.But even that’s changed of late. The Nets, who were a dismal 4-10 in clutch situations as of Dec. 1, have since gone 11-4 in those same scenarios.One noteworthy shift there is rooted in Russell and Dinwiddie’s ability to coexist during the hot streak — something that had consistently backfired from a net-rating standpoint over the past two seasons. (Their ability to play together, or lack thereof, will be worth watching because of the decision the Nets have to make about the future of Russell, who’s a restricted free agent this summer. Yet it looks like Russell will have the show to himself, as Dinwiddie, who just signed a three-year, $34 million extension, could miss considerable time with a torn ligament in his thumb.) But other elements also stand out. Joe Harris is one of the NBA’s best perimeter shooters. Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs was a great find and is a fluid scorer at 6-foot-9.While the Nets are clearly ascending, they still have their issues, too.Brooklyn has one of the highest turnover rates in the league. The Nets can occasionally find themselves with matchup problems against teams with floor-spacing bigs because of how Allen anchors himself to the paint on defense. The lack of pressure on pick-and-roll ball-handlers hurts their ability to force turnovers. For how well the team gets to the stripe, Russell, its leading scorer, takes fewer free throws than any other volume shooter in the NBA.1This includes any player taking at least 15 field-goal attempts per game. Injuries have nagged Brooklyn all year, and while it’s fair to expect a boost from players if and when they return — especially from LeVert — key players’ roles may have to shrink to accommodate everyone once they’re back. And the Nets, who have enjoyed one of the easiest slates so far, will be thoroughly tested by their upcoming schedule — especially from mid-March to the end of the season.There’s a reason we hear so much about the Nets eventually landing a player like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler. Aside from the fact that they’re one of few big-market teams that seemingly has a direction, a blank-enough canvas (in terms of not having a star) and cap space to make something happen, they also would become an instant contender by adding someone of that caliber. Again, the decision on Russell could complicate that. Yet the reality is that getting past the second round likely requires more than this current cast, even at full strength.For the time being, though, it has been eye-opening to watch the 22-year-old Russell play this well since the turn of the new year, a span in which he’s averaged 24 points and nearly eight assists on 49 percent shooting from the floor, along with his rainbow-arc triples falling at a 44 percent clip.While he’ll never possess the sort of bounce that some of his counterparts have, the former No. 2 overall pick has leveraged the threat of his pull-up jumper into being able to beat defenders to certain spots. When he senses defenders on his hip, he’ll often make use of ball fakes to buy himself more space before shooting.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Russell.mp400:0000:0001:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.He’s been more consistent with the ball during that window, too, passing teammates open while logging a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in 2019 — up from 2-to-1 earlier this season and much better than his career ratio of 1.5-to-1 coming into the 2018-19 campaign.Certain elements of Russell’s offensive run lately, much like the team’s overall, are going to come back down to earth at some point. But with how hellish things have been in Brooklyn for much of the past five years, and with how sound the team’s strategy has been in digging out of that trench, Russell, the Nets and their fans all have ample reason to be enjoying this — even if they aren’t exactly sure what comes next.Check out our latest NBA predictions. For more than four years, the Brooklyn Nets had been more or less irrelevant on a national scale. Whenever the team came up in a larger conversation, it was usually to discuss how one of its first-round picks — dealt in that infamous trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — was benefiting another franchise that got to reap the draft payoff. You have to go back to 2013-14, a full season after the Nets left New Jersey for Brooklyn, to find the last time they finished .500.All of which makes the Nets — winners of five straight and co-owners of the NBA’s best record over the past month and a half — so compelling. At 26-23, the team is currently holding a playoff position in sixth place in the East. Coach Kenny Atkinson, again, is finding enormous success with his point guards, including D’Angelo Russell, who’s in contention for an All-Star spot. And the club, which in early December was mired in an eight-game skid and couldn’t hold late-game leads, is all of a sudden unbeatable in the clutch. And this is after Brooklyn lost perhaps its best all-around player, Caris LeVert, to a brutal long-term injury.But underneath all that past losing — and there was a lot of it, given that this team has had three consecutive seasons with fewer than 30 wins — there were several road signs that the Nets were tapping into an array of good strategies to begin a turnaround.Much of that was rooted in ideology and experimentation, necessities because of how bare the draft-pick cupboard was for a while. The team had to take some creative steps (read: accept salary dumps) in a bid to get some talent on its roster. And the club’s front office, led by Sean Marks, had to identify talent that was being ignored or undervalued, like guard Spencer Dinwiddie, and trust its own ability to help develop players like him into everyday rotation pieces.The hiring of Atkinson, a longtime NBA assistant, was a key catalyst. Well before the wins started outnumbering the losses, and before there was enough talent to expect playoff berths, the 51-year-old quickly began changing the team’s shot profile on both ends of the floor.During the 2015-16 campaign, a year before he came on, the Nets ranked 26th out of 30 in quantified Shot Quality, which measures the likelihood of shots going in, if taken by an average NBA player, according to stat database Second Spectrum. The club completely overhauled that at the start of Atkinson’s tenure, though, as Brooklyn finished fifth and fourth in 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively. And this season, the Nets rank ninth in the metric. read more


first_imgThe Manchester United striker is out with the Belgium squad getting ready for the World Cup, and a pre-tournament friendly against Portugal in Brussels on Saturday.But in a brief press conference at Belgium’s training camp, the forward was asked to choose between Belgium and United with a clear answer to the question “is the current Belgium squad better than the Manchester United squad?”, he acknowledged that Belgium squad is better by answering “Yeah”. However, it was after winced, took a deep breath and smirked his face, signaling how tough the decision was for him to make, according to the Mirror Uk.Also, in fairness to the striker, most football fans will also take his stance if asked and would surely agree with him so far Belgium’s preliminary squad for the World Cup includes Lukaku,Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen, Thibaut Courtois, Dries Mertens, Vincent Kompany, Mousa Dembele and more.last_img read more