South African films making global impact

first_img2 October 2015Following the critical success earlier this year of The Endless River, the feature film from Cape Town director Oliver Hermanus, at festivals in Venice and Toronto, two new South African movies are making their marks on international film festivals in the US and Europe.For Love And Broken Bones, directed by Tebogo Malope, and Ayanda, by Sara Blecher, are small, independent films that tell local stories in interesting and unusual ways. They both have a strong South African identity that is winning fans around the world.At home, this is a boost for the local film industry. Such recognition helps to grow the professional reputation of the film and television industry, which does much to create new job opportunities for South African talent, both in front of and behind the cameras. Outside the country, it also positions South Africa as a growing cultural brand in a global context, as per the Chapter 7 outcome of the National Development Programme.For Love and Broken BonesFor Love and Broken Bones won the Portland Film Festival’s flagship Best Film award, and beat 220 entrants for the US independent festival’s Jury Narrative Feature award. The festival ran from 1 to 7 September in the American city, and the awards were announced on the last night.The film has now been selected to be screened at the esteemed New York City Independent Film Festival, which starts on 12 October.Produced for the Mzansi Magic television channel by The Bomb Shelter, For Love and Broken Bones is directed by Tebogo Malope, based on his screenplay with talented storyteller Libby Dougherty. It is the latest success for The Bomb Shelter, the company responsible for the highly acclaimed, ground-breaking Yizo Yizo television series.This is Malope’s first feature film, following the success of his documentary The Pavement Bookworm. He is considered one of South Africa’s rising creative talents, with a storytelling flair that may help to change the landscape of local filmmaking.Malope on his filmmaking processThe film tells the story of a lonely and ruthless debt collector who falls in love with a feisty and passionate wedding planner, who also happens to be his latest assignment. It features stand-out performances from leads Lerato Mvelase and Mduduzi Mabaso.“We are so delighted that (the film) has been recognised with such a prestigious award,” producer Desiree Markgraaff said this week. “All credit to (director) Tebogo who really poured his heart and soul into this project to deliver a stunning debut. (with great support from) cinematographer Zeno Petersen and art director Dylan Lloyd, a very passionate filmmaking trio.”Film critic Chris Lambert from Film Colossus.com calls For Love and Broken Bones “an immersive and hypnotic experience. This is why it has the potential to be a seminal film in what could be a golden age of South African filmmaking.”AyandaAyanda is the highly anticipated new film by award-winning director Sara Blecher, who is currently riding high from the critically acclaimed Afrikaans-language feature Dis Ek, Anna. It was co-produced by actress and producer Terry Pheto, the star of the 2005 Oscar-winning Tsotsi.International film festivals have been snapping up the local movie, which tells the poignant story of a determined South African millennial attempting the heady transition to adulthood on her own terms.In June, the film won the Special Jury Prize at the prestigious Los Angeles Film Festival, following its debut screening at the World Fiction Competition, where it received rave reviews.Ayanda opened the 36th Durban International Film Festival, the most prestigious international film event in South Africa, in July.The film is currently being shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival, joining 375 films from 70 countries seeking expansive international distribution for small, independent movies made outside the usual Hollywood and European industries.In October, it will be screened at two British film festivals. At the BFI London Film Festival, Britain’s leading film event, Ayanda will join a select group of films from 57 countries for competition.It will also be screened at the Cambridge African Film Festival at the end of October, joining the best of contemporary African films, before returning for wide release in South Africa and the rest of the continent.Blecher calls her film “an African Juno“.“The international attention from audiences around the world demonstrates that Ayanda is a high-quality title,” says Helen Kuun, the chief executive of the film’s distributor, Indigenous Film Distribution.“Local media have responded extremely enthusiastically to the film, and we are looking forward to seeing how local movie fans react. In terms of plot, character, and production values, Ayanda represents an exciting new direction in local filmmaking.”Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Addition by subtraction

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weaning time is an excellent time to evaluate your cow herd and decide which cows get to remain in your herd as productive females. If they are not being productive for you, they need to be replaced by heifer calves retained from within the herd or by purchased bred females.Cows and heifers leave operations for a variety of reasons. Ask a room full of cow-calf producers for the key reasons to cull a female from the herd and I would feel confident that the reasons would include any or all of the following factors.1. Age or bad teeth2. Pregnancy status (open or aborted)3. Temperament4. Other reproductive problems5. Economics (drought, herd reduction, market conditions)6. Producing poor calves7. Physical unsoundness8. Udder problem9. Bad eyes.While all of these factors are valid reasons for culling, I suspect that the first three factors listed who be the top reasons for culling in any given year.Beef producers are often disappointed when an animal has to be culled from the herd. While marketing these cull animals is commonly viewed as a loss, keep in mind that it is also a significant source of income for a herd. Surveys have shown that cull animals can contribute up to 20% to 25% of a herd’s gross income. Slaughter cow prices tend to be the highest and relatively steady from February to August with the lows coming in October through December. Recognize that a timely opportunity to market cull animals may be rapidly coming to a close. If you have adequate feed resources, marketing cull animals in early 2018 may be the best option.I encourage you to view a moderate level of annual level of culling as a potential positive for the herd. Besides a supplemental source of income for the herd, a few strategic subtractions from the herd can add to its overall quality.last_img read more

Here Is How You Are Becoming a Commodity

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now There is this thing that you do that causes your prospective client to believe you are a commodity. When you do this, even though you believe you are making selling easier (something that should never be your goal), and even though you believe you are creating value for your prospective client, you are not doing either. What you are doing is commoditizing your company and contributing to the commoditization of your industry.What you are doing that creates such a negative result is trying to lower the price your prospective client is paying now.Reducing the price that a person or company pays for something is not the same thing as lowering their costs. These two outcomes are not at all the same. A lower price moves towards reduced outcomes, as outcomes follow the direction of the investment. This is the reduction of value, not an increase. A higher price moves towards greater outcomes, as more money is being invested in producing those outcomes. This is why you see two companies in the same industry with gigantic differences in price and produce a net profit (their real profit after they pay for their costs of goods and their operating costs) that is almost exactly the same.When you suggest that your client can produce the same or better result at a lower price, you are creating the perception that what you sell is a commodity, that there is no differentiation between you and your competitor and that no greater value can be created. You have made this clear by focusing on reducing the price they are paying instead of creating greater value, which would focus on something else, like lowering costs, improving some area of their business, capturing market share, capitalizing on some opportunity, or dozens and dozens of other worthy outcomes.If you believe that it is true that your prospective client should change to your company for a reduction in price, then that same prospect that moves from their current provider to your company is right to change to any other company that can promise to do what you do for less than you are doing it for now. In a lot of markets, there is a race to the bottom, but that isn’t a race you want to win.Even if you are a commodity, it doesn’t pay to sell like one. If you want to make selling easier, you go the other direction and do the work of providing a reason to choose you over your competitors—one that isn’t going to be threatened by a competitor who offers to save your client a few bucks by lowering the amount they are investing.last_img read more

WHERE ARE ALL THE NTL STORIES?

first_imgHave you been wondering where all of the NTL stories from earlier in the week are? Or how you view the draws, results and ladders? Or where you can see a selection of photographs?There were so many stories published from the Opens and 20’s and also the Seniors NTL, that they are slowly being archived. To see all archived stories on the 2006 NTL, just click on ‘National Touch League’ on the homepage or use this link: 2006 NTL STORIESAll draws, results, ladders and statistics can also be viewed at the TFA Sporting Pulse website which can be accessed using this link: TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITEHave you also been wondering where you can see a selection of photographs taken at the event? To view some of Sporting Images photos, check out the Gallery, using the tab on the TFA homepage or by using this link: 2006 NTL PHOTO GALLERYlast_img read more

Victim was a grandmother Manitoba RCMP make arrest in 10yearold homicide

first_imgMACGREGOR, Man. – RCMP in Manitoba have made an arrest in the homicide of a grandmother nearly 10 years ago.Mounties said the historical case unit took a 30-year-old woman into custody in MacGregor, Man., on Wednesday.Charlene Ward, who was 46 and from Portage la Prairie, was killed on Nov. 1, 2007.Ward had worked in a coffee shop, was divorced and had two grown daughters and five grandchildren.One of her daughters found Ward dead in her Portage home three weeks after she had been told by doctors she had beaten cancer.She had been stabbed three times in the neck.“I looked in her room and I (saw) her lying on the floor at the bottom of her bed. And when I looked up, there was blood all along her bed,” Britney Lake said in October 2010 when police made one of several pleas to the public for help.“She was clean and clear. She was just starting to live her life over,” said Cherie Lake, another of Ward’s daughters.Ward’s family believes she put up a fight because they saw bruises on her arms at the funeral home.The unsolved slaying weighed heavily on the family at the time of the 2010 police request for information.“I had nightmares. (I) still go through counselling. I’ll probably have to go for counselling the rest of my life,” said Britney Lake.Police say the investigation into Ward’s death is ongoing and anyone with information should contact the RCMP or Manitoba Crime Stoppers.— With background from CTV Winnipeglast_img read more

Tilray shares up as much as 40 per cent in Nasdaq trading

first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. – Shares of cannabis producer Tilray Inc. surged as much as 40 per cent on the Nasdaq market in its first day of trading, marking the first initial public offering for a Canadian marijuana company on a major U.S. exchange.The Nanaimo, B.C.-based company’s stock was priced at US$17 per share, higher than its previously stated marketing range of US$14 to US$16.Tilray’s shares rose as high as US$24 on the Nasdaq before closing at US$22.39.Tilray is the first Canadian cannabis producer to debut on a U.S. exchange but is the third to list its shares south of the border. Cronos Group Inc. started trading on the Nasdaq in February and Canopy Growth Corp. began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in May.Tilray, which had been wholly-owned and funded by Seattle-based private equity firm Privateer Holdings before a Series A round of funding earlier this year, has said it does not intend to list on any stock exchange in Canada.Its initial public offering comes as Canada prepares to legalize marijuana for recreational use on Oct. 17.In its regulatory filing, Tilray says its products are available in 10 countries and it has agreements with established pharmaceutical distributors in 12.In Canada, the company has signed agreements to supply medical cannabis to Pharmasave and Shoppers Drug Mart, subject to changes in Canadian regulations or licence approvals to facilitate such distribution.Tilray has also signed agreements to supply cannabis for adult-use with Quebec, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. High Park Company, an affiliate which Tilray established earlier this year to develop a portfolio of cannabis brands and products, has announced a supply deal with the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation. It has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the BC Liquor Distribution Branch.last_img read more

Frank Ross Elementary to get new school playground

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Premier John Horgan announced today that 51 schools across the province, including Frank Ross Elementary in Dawson Creek – will get new playgrounds in September as part of a new playground fund that will take fundraising pressure off of parents.Horgan said that the funding is part of a new, ongoing Playground Equipment Program that will provide up to $5 million each year to school districts to buy new or replacement playground equipment. This year, 26 schools are receiving $90,000 for a standard playground, and 25 schools are receiving $105,000 for a universally accessible playground. School Disitrct 59 will be getting $90,000 for the construction of the new playground.“All students deserve quality, safe and accessible playgrounds at school, regardless of how much their parents can fundraise,” said Horgan. “That’s why we’re lifting the burden off of parents by investing $5 million today, and every year moving forward, to build playgrounds where they are needed most.”The government said that generally, school parent advisory councils have to fundraise large sums of money for new and replacement playground equipment. The Ministry said that districts applied for the funding in April, with the new playgrounds being funded based on areas with the greatest need. Priority is given to schools where there is currently no playground, and then to schools where the existing playground is aging. Districts that did not receive funding this year will receive funding next year, if they apply for it.“I’ve heard from parents that they need relief from fundraising tens of thousands of dollars for playground equipment – that’s a lot of bake sales and bottle drives for today’s busy parents,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “Today, we’re delivering this fund to help parents, and provide access to communities that don’t have the fundraising capacity to buy the play equipment students need.”last_img read more

Morneau vows oilpatch support through Trans Mountain as protesters chant outside

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Hundreds of protesters chanting “Build that pipe now” jammed a downtown Calgary street for the second time in five days on Tuesday, this time to mark a speech by federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau.Organizer James Robson with the Canada Action Coalition says his group, which picketed a speech by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last Thursday, plans to show up every time a federal cabinet minister does because it’s important Canadians see the “pain” caused by low oil prices blamed on insufficient pipeline access to markets.Inside, during a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Morneau said Ottawa has shown its support of western Canadian energy workers by buying the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion and continuing to try to get its expansion project built after a court overturned its regulatory approval in August. He conceded that the “industry is under threat” and said he is sympathetic to the “extreme anxiety” Albertans are feeling but added policies unveiled in his fiscal update last week will help encourage investment in the country.He dodged questions about whether the federal government will contribute to an Alberta plan to buy railcars to transport oil to market, noting he is willing to listen to short-term solutions but repeating that the Trans Mountain expansion is the best long-term answer.Robson said his organization wants the government to rethink its Bill C-69 to revamp the National Energy Board and Bill C-48 to ban oil tankers on the northern coast of British Columbia, noting both make building pipelines more difficult.last_img read more

24yearold rape accused held after 3 years

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on March 3 arrested 24-year-old Rahul Victor, who was accused of rape and sexual exploitation, after three years on the run.In February 2016, a woman alleged that Victor had taken her to Gurugram where he offered her a glass of cold drink spiked with some form of intoxicant. Waiting for her to lose consciousness, the accused raped her and took photographs and video clips. He, later, used these to sexually exploit her several times by threatening to leak the complainant’s clips online. Victor also came to the victim’s house to threaten her following which she registered an FIR at Kotla Mubarakpur Police Station. A team of two sub-inspectors and two constables was set up immediately under the guidance of ACP Ranbir Singh, Defence Colony and investigation was promptly started. But, due to no known addresses of the accused, a technical team was mobilised that found an Aircel sim card that Victor was using at that time. Unfortunately, after the company’s closure, no phone records could be traced. The investigating team then started scouring social media sites like Facebook in search of the accused’s profile. After looking through several profiles, the victim identified Victor. The police, then, continued their investigation during which they identified his workplace through a selfie he had posted. They were finally able to nab him from Sikandarpur, Gurugram where he lives and registered a case under sections 376/328/342/506 of the IPC at Kotla Mubarakpur police station. South District DCP Vijay Kumar said that this was a challenging case as the accused was well-versed in hiding his phone and social media records and that the team must be commended for their work in apprehending the accused.last_img read more

FA Cup Citys Aguero in frame to face Brighton

first_imgManchester: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will travel with the rest of their squad for their FA Cup semi-final against Brighton and Hove Albion having nearly recovered from a hamstring injury, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday. The Argentina international, who is the Premier League’s top scorer with 19 goals, missed City’s 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Cardiff City on Wednesday and was a doubt for Saturday’s semi-final at Wembley. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Almost everybody is fit,” Guardiola told a news conference. “Sergio Aguero is almost fit. He is travelling.” City are challenging on all fronts this season and could potentially win three more trophies before the campaign ends, having already lifted the League Cup. The team are top of the league going into the weekend’s games and have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League as well as the FA Cup semis and Guardiola believes they are poised to build a lasting legacy. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We are still young in terms of a lot of titles but every season when you are able to win you become a better club, a better organisation, so that’s the target,” the Spaniard added. “We can’t deny the last decade in terms of English titles and being there in the Champions League, qualifying always, so it’s really good. We came from nothing with that, now we have that, we’ll see how far we’re going to get.” Stand-in left back Oleksandr Zinchenko has a hamstring injury and Guardiola is ready to draft Benjamin Mendy, who has been recovering from a knee injury, into the side for the first time Jan. 23 as a result. “Everybody has to help us, not just Mendy,” the manager added.last_img read more