Code of Conduct Launched to ‘Transform Education System’

first_imgAuthorities at the MOE yesterday launched the Code of Conduct for teachers and school administrators across the country.The Code of Conduct, which was launched in the conference room of the ministry in Monrovia, is being hosted on the theme, “Transforming the Education System.”The exercise is one of measures undertaken by the MOE to build a disciplined  teaching force that is professional. Its development is in consonance with objectives of the Education Reform Act of 2011, which seeks to promote and sustain public confidence in the Educational System. It is further to promote and protect the concept of human rights for all Liberians, both with respect to access and opportunities for quality education.The Code of Conduct serves as a guide and provides the acceptable behavior for all teachers, school administrators and staff. It stipulates the acceptable behavior in carrying out their professional duties and responsibilities in and out of the school and classroom, among other things.The launch of the exercise brought together stakeholders in the educational sectors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Chelsea miss out on Malaga winger

first_imgChelsea have missed out on the signing of Malaga winger Fabrice Olinga.The 18-year-old midfielder has opted to join Sampdoria following a trial at the club that was set-up by former Chelsea man Samuel Eto’o.Olinga is from Cameroon, just like Eto’o, who has also just moved to the Serie A side from Premier League club Everton.The teenager became La Liga’s youngest ever goalscorer at 16 years and 98 days when he scored on his debut but he has failed to fulfil his promise since.Malaga have sent him on loan to Belgian club Waregem and Greek side Apollon Limassol over the last two seasons but he is now set to link up with Eto’o in Italy.Olinga came through Eto’o’s academy and the ex-Blues striker kept the west London club informed on his progress, but they did not firm up their interest allowing Sampdoria to swoop. 1 Fabrice Olinga during his time at Belgian club Waregem last_img read more

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NHL roundup

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card at Chicago 1 (OT) Oleg Kvasha beat Blackhawks’ rookie goalie Adam Munro off a rebound at 3:02 of overtime, and Rick DiPietro made 34 saves for the Islanders. Alexei Yashin scored in regulation for New York. at Colorado 5, Toronto 3 Martin Brodeur broke a tie with Hall of Famer Tony Esposito for fifth place on the NHL’s career victory list, making 26 saves for the Devils. Brodeur has 424 victories to pass Esposito on a career list. N.Y. Islanders 2, New Jersey 5, at St. Louis 3 center_img Milan Hejduk scored a pair of power-play goals 34 seconds apart for the Avalanche and gave them a tie for the Northwest Division lead. Rookie Marek Svatos scored his 27th goal of the season. Carolina 4, at Philadelphia 3 (SO) Rod Brind’Amour scored in the fourth round of a shootout for the Hurricanes’ eighth straight victory. The first four shooters in the shootout scored, before Brind’Amour got the decisive goal after Simon Gagne failed to win it for the Flyers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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1,800 feared dead in Philippines slide

first_img Soldiers were being shuttled to the disaster zone in the shovels of bulldozers that carried them across a shallow stream. They were given sketches of the village so they could figure out approximately where the houses used to be. Farnacio said the troops were digging only where they saw clear evidence of bodies because of the danger that the soft, unstable mud could shift and claim new victims. “We can only focus on the surface,” he said. “We cannot go too deep.” Low clouds hung over the area, obscuring the mountain that disintegrated Friday morning after two weeks of heavy rains, covering the village’s 375 homes and elementary school. Rescue workers trudged slowly through the sludge, stretchers and ambulances waiting for survivors or the bodies of victims. Joining them was Dionisio Elmosora, a 42-year-old farmer who was looking for his wife and two sons. “What’s important is for me to find them even if they’re dead,” said Elmosora, his eyes bloodshot and his face grief-stricken. “I’ve not eaten since this thing happened.” The landslide left Guinsaugon, which is on the southern part of Leyte Island, looking like a giant patch of newly plowed land. “Our village is gone, everything was buried in mud,” Eugene Pilo, who lost his family, told local media Friday. “All the people are gone.” “It sounded like the mountain exploded, and the whole thing crumbled,” Dario Libatan, who lost his wife and three children, told DZMM. “I could not see any house standing anymore.” A helicopter pilot, Leo Dimaala, estimated that half the mountain had collapsed Friday morning. “We did not find injured people,” said Ricky Estela, a crewman on a helicopter that flew a politician to the scene. “Most of them are dead and beneath the mud.” Aerial TV footage showed a wide swath of mud alongside stretches of green rice paddies at the foothills of the scarred mountain. Pat Vendetti, of the Greenpeace environmental action group, said although logging is illegal in the Philippines, a combination of poor governance and corruption has hampered enforcement of the law. “There were similar landslides at the end of 2004 and the end of 2003, both directly linked to illegal logging on land above villages, and both in the Philippines,” said Vendetti. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies blamed a combination of the weather and the type of trees prevalent in the area. “The remote coastal area of southern Leyte … is heavily forested with coconut trees,” the Red Cross said from Geneva. “They have shallow roots, which can be easily dislodged after heavy rains, causing the land to become unstable.” Southern Leyte province Gov. Rosette Lerias said many residents evacuated the area last week because of the threat of landslides or flooding, but had started returning home during increasingly sunny days, with the rains limited to evening downpours. Even before the landslide, “trees were sliding down upright with the mud,” Lerias said. Army Capt. Edmund Abella said he and about 30 soldiers were wading through waist-deep mud. “It’s very difficult, we’re digging by hand, the place is so vast and the mud is so thick,” Abella told The Associated Press by cell phone. “When we try to walk, we get stuck in the mud.” He said the troops had just rescued a 43-year-old woman who “was crying and looking for her three nephews, but they were nowhere to be found.” Abella called the conditions extremely hazardous. “A few minutes ago, mounds of earth came down from the mountain again with the rain and rescuers ran away to safety,” Abella said. “Help is on the way,” President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said in televised remarks. “It will come from land, sea and air.” The International Red Cross launched an emergency appeal for $1.5 million for relief operations. The U.S. military dispatched at least two warships and other forces to the scene to provide medical assistance and other relief. The United States also is sending money requested by the Philippine government for search and rescue, White House spokesman Trent Duffy said. He did not say how much would be sent. Last weekend, seven road construction workers died in a landslide after falling into a 150- foot-deep ravine in the mountain town of Sogod on Leyte. In 1991, about 6,000 people were killed on Leyte in floods and landslides triggered by a tropical storm. An additional 133 people died in floods and mudslides there in 2003. In 1944, the waters off Leyte Island became the scene of the biggest naval battle in history, when U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur fulfilled his famed vow “I shall return” and routed Japanese forces occupying the Philippines. Looking back Some of the major landslides in the Philippines in recent years: Feb. 17, 2006: Rain-soaked mountainside disintegrates into torrent of mud, swamping villages on eastern Leyte island. At least 23 people die, an additional 1,500 missing. February 2005: Landslides and flash floods triggered by torrential rains kill 13 in eastern and southern Philippines. December 2004: A powerful rainstorm triggers landslides and flash floods in the east that kill nearly 1,500 people. December 2003: Landslides kill at least 160 people in eastern Philippines. September 2003: Monsoon rains cause mudslide in southern mining village, killing 22 miners and a 5-year-old boy. November 2001: Tropical storm kills 171 people, leaves 118 missing in central Philippines. July 2001: Typhoon Utor kills 121 people in northern city of Baguio. July 1996: Typhoon Gloria pummels Philippines’ main island, killing 20 people and leaving six missing. November 1995: Killer typhoon leaves 500 dead, displaces more than 500,000. October 1995: Tropical Storm Cybil slams into heart of Philippines, killing 28. September 1995: Flash floods triggered by massive landslides that plunged into a lake kill 15 people in southern Philippines. January 1995: Mudslides and flash floods kill 20 people, with 45 missing, in central Philippines. November 1991: Tropical storm triggers floods and landslides on Leyte that kill about 6,000 people. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “We presume that more or less that 1,800 are feared dead,” a grim Farnacio said as search efforts resumed today in a drenching rain and high winds that made the task even more miserable. Only 57 survivors have been found – none so far today – out of a population of 1,857. At least 24 bodies have been pulled from the mud, and a child who was rescued died overnight from head injuries. The search was focusing on an elementary school amid unconfirmed reports that relatives of the 250 children and teachers had received mobile phone text messages from survivors. Only one girl and a woman had been rescued alive nearby. Many blamed persistent rains and illegal logging in Guinsaugon, about 400 miles east of the capital, Manila. The logging “stopped around 10 years ago,” Roger Mercado, a member of Congress who represents the area, told Manila radio station DZBB. “But this is the effect of the logging in the past.” GUINSAUGON, Philippines – The village of Guinsaugon disappeared Friday. And so did nearly every man, woman and child who lived in this eastern Philippines farming community of 1,857 people. Only a few jumbles of corrugated steel sheeting, sticking up from 30 feet of sludge, indicate Guinsaugon ever existed. Rescue workers held little hope today of finding more survivors from a devastating landslide that sent a wall of mud and boulders tumbling down the mountain at a terrifying speed. Lt. Col. Raul Farnacio, the highest-ranking military officer at the scene, estimated the death toll at about 1,800. last_img read more

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FIXTURE LIST RELEASED FOR GAA FOR ALL SCHOOLS FINALS AT O’DONNELL PARK

first_imgDETAILS have been released of the finals of the GAA For All primary schools finals on Wednesday next.In a message to the schools, Odhran Doherty writes:On behalf of everyone involved the GAA for All PEACE III Project I want to thank you sincerely for taking part in the Schools league for the past four weeks, without your help and cooperation it would be impossible to run such a huge event. I hope that you and all the children enjoyed the games and used the league as an opportunity to meet new friends and colleagues from the other schools. It is important to remember that the idea of this league was to celebrate the lives of two great local women from the Letterkenny area, Elaine Winston Friel and Susan Carr who spent their lives promoting the values and benefits of participating in sport and having an active lifestyle. I hope that our coaching programme in your school and your participation in the schools league has provided your children with a platform to take part in Sport and Physical Activity. I hope you all enjoy the day and good luck to your teams! Yours in Sport,Odhran DohertyBOYS: Elaine Winston Friel Memorial Cup Final (12:20 PM) Termon V Lurgybrack GIRLS: Susan Carr Memorial Cup Final (11:30 AM)Gaelscoil Adhamhnain V Scoil Mhuire Gan SmalBOYS: GAA for All Cup Final       (12:20 PM) Scoil Colmcille v GaelscoilGIRLS: GAA for All Cup Final (11:30 AM)    Lurgybrack v TermonBOYS: GAA for All Shield Final (12:20PM) Woodlands v KilmacrennanGIRLS: GAA for All Shield Final (11:30 AM) Illistrin v WoodlandsBOYS: GAA for All Plate Final    Play-Off (10:45 AM) Illistrin v GlenswillyGIRLS GAA for All Plate Final Play-Off (10:45 AM)Ballyraine v Glenswilly   BOYS: Final       (12:20PM) Ballyraine/Glenswilly or IllistrinGIRLS Final (11:30 AM)Ballyraine/Glenswilly or KilmacrennanPLEASE NOTE;The playoff match for both the boys and girls GAA for ALL Plate Final will take place at 10:45 am. All the girls final will be played at 11:30 am while all the boy’s finals will be played at 12:20 pm. Presentations of medals to all participants in the league as well as the cups to the winners of the finals for both boys and girls will be presented at 1:00 pm by representatives from the Friel, Winston, Carr and Mc Granaghan families as well as local representatives. RULES–        30 minutes per game, 15 minutes per half. 2 minute turn around at half time.–        11 a side per team, no limit to substitutions, run on and off.–        Maximum two touch before releasing the ball, e.g. solo & bounce or two solos.–        Kick outs 10 metres from goals from hands–        45’s from the ground or hands 25 metres from the goals–        1 point is awarded for a point and 3 points for a goal– ALL PLAYERS MUST WEAR A MOUTHGUARD WHILE PLAYING–        All players and coaches must line up and shake hands at the end of each gameFIXTURE LIST RELEASED FOR GAA FOR ALL SCHOOLS FINALS AT O’DONNELL PARK was last modified: March 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FIXTURE LIST RELEASED FOR GAA FOR ALL SCHOOLS FINALS AT O’DONNELL PARKlast_img read more

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Tracy to Bucs official

first_imgJim Tracy finally got the long-term contract the Dodgers wouldn’t give him, signing a three-year deal worth slightly more than $3 million on Tuesday to become the next manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. With that done, Tracy quickly began stocking his new coaching staff with holdovers from his old one. Pitching coach Jim Colborn and bench coach Jim Lett will join Tracy in Pittsburgh, filling the same positions they held in Los Angeles. Tracy likely will ask other members of his Dodgers staff to follow him as well, although it isn’t clear whether such offers have been extended. All the Dodgers coaches were given permission by general manager Paul DePodesta to pursue other opportunities when Tracy and the Dodgers agreed on Oct. 3 to go their separate ways. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “You want to be appreciated wherever you go, and I don’t think we were,’ Colborn said. “I never heard anything to that effect. There is a lot of tugging and pulling and a lot of stuff I don’t understand. But now, I don’t have to worry about processing it anymore.’ DePodesta has said the Dodgers’ next manager will be allowed to bring in his own staff, something he told all the coaches by telephone on Oct. 4. But Colborn criticized DePodesta for leaving the information on some of the coaches’ voice mail as DePodesta was leaving town that day to attend his sister’s wedding in Italy. After spending Tuesday afternoon with Triple-A Las Vegas manager Jerry Royster, the first of five candidates who will be interviewed for the job Tracy left vacant, DePodesta said he still intends to speak directly with every member of the coaching staff. Colborn also implied the front office didn’t consult Tracy and his staff enough before making major organizational decisions. “You just never got the feeling you were part of the process,’ Colborn said. “You were part of it, but a dispensable part of it. But that’s all right. Maybe they had their own point of view, and they probably figured (we) weren’t going to carry out what they wanted done. Colborn didn’t go quietly. The man who oversaw Eric Gagne’s conversion from middling starter to the game’s top closer, who oversaw Jose Lima’s conversion from reclamation project to a prominent place in Dodgers history and who oversaw Jeff Weaver’s conversion from a guy with questionable makeup to an arguable staff ace, fired a few parting shots Thursday. They were aimed directly at the Dodgers front office. center_img “They have the right to bring in their own people. But I don’t really look at it is I did a bad job or that I failed any kind of test. But whatever I had to offer, they didn’t think it was valuable.’ DePodesta declined to get into a war of words with Colborn. “I would just say exactly what I said (when Tracy’s departure was announced), and that is that anybody who wears or has worn the Dodger uniform will absolutely get my public support,’ DePodesta said. “I have repeatedly said during the course of the past year that our manager and coaches have done everything they could to get the most out of all our players.’ Colborn received overtures from both Seattle and Florida, but said he ultimately decided on Pittsburgh out of loyalty to Tracy. The Dodgers’ managerial search continues today with an interview of former Detroit manager Alan Trammell, who was fired by the Tigers the same day Tracy left the Dodgers. San Francisco bench coach Ron Wotus will be interviewed Thursday, followed by Dodgers player development director Terry Collins on Friday and Cleveland minor league manager Torey Lovullo on Saturday. Tony Jackson can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Women’s Basketball Downs Liberty, 96-68

first_img at Wyoming 11/21/2017 – 7:30 PM Next Game: Junior Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) added 11 points while redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) and sophomore Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) both scored 10. Senior Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) just missed double-digits with nine points going a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range. Redshirt junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) chipped in eight points. Story Links The Bulldogs were led by the hot-hands of junior Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) who recorded a game-high 18 points as well as tying a career-high with six steals. Bachrodt shot an impressive 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) including going 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) put up 15 points and the pair were joined in double digits by three other Bulldogs. PDF Box Score In her first start as a Bulldog, freshman Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.) recorded a career-high seven assists while redshirt junior Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) tied for a game-high six rebounds. Full Schedule Roster Despite being cooled in the third quarter to shooting only 4-of-13 from the floor, the Drake offense came out hot again in the fourth making 9-of-12 from the floor with five three-pointers. Liberty was led by KK Barbour with 16 points while Keyen Green added 14 points. Kierra Johnson-Green added six rebounds for the Flames.center_img  Print Friendly Version Drake (2-1) shot an impressive 31-of-58 (53.4 percent) from the floor including going 41.2 percent (14-of-34) from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs recorded an impressive 13 steals while forcing 18 turnovers by Liberty. The Bulldogs’ win extended their active home winning streak to 20 games, the fourth-best streak in the country. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake women’s basketball team concluded the preseason WNIT with a dominant 96-68 victory over Liberty on Friday night at the Knapp Center. Liberty (1-2) wasted no time opening the first quarter with a quick layup before Bachrodt hit back-to-back threes sandwiched around a jumper by Hittner helping Drake get out to an 8-4 advantage as they would never relinquish the lead. Drake went on a 10-4 run before ending the first quarter with a 28-18 lead. The Bulldogs scoring prowess continued in the second quarter lengthening a 16-2 run from the first. Drake didn’t let up taking a 54-30 lead into halftime after shooting 10-of-19 including a 45.5% (5-of-11) performance from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs will hit the road for three consecutive games. Up first for the Bulldogs is a trip to Laramie, Wyo. to play Wyoming on Nov. 21. Drake closes the week with two games at the Rocky Mountain Classic hosted by Colorado, Nov. 24-25. The Bulldogs return to the Knapp Center on Nov. 30 to host Iowa State. HTML Box Score Preview Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Mountain West Digital Listen Live Watch Livelast_img read more

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Thomas Piketty to deliver Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

first_img22 September 2015French economist Thomas Piketty has been called a rock star economist, but Britain’s The Guardian newspaper described him as actually being “boyish” and “shy”. Piketty garnered international acclaim after his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century became a best seller.Now he is heading to South Africa to deliver the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, to take place on 3 October at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus.Piketty is a professor of economics at the Paris School of Economics, and has also penned articles in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics and Journal of Political Economy, among others.In the Media: Articles on #NelsonMandela Annual Lecture speaker, Thomas Piketty https://t.co/aIqNzVeFBf#PikettyinSApic.twitter.com/jjwGXrKaJd— NelsonMandela(@NelsonMandela)September 21, 2015“In 2014, the Nelson Mandela Foundation identified inequality and poverty as critical issues affecting South Africa, the African continent and the rest of the world,” the foundation said. “This informed the theme for the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. We are in discussions with a cross-sectoral group of institutions to convene a national conversation on the issue and to start considering mitigating strategies.”Sello Hatang, the chief executive of the foundation, said Piketty was a natural choice to deliver the lecture. “He is currently the world’s most recognised academic who has produced seminal work on the political economy of poverty and inequality in the modern world.“We were keen to find a voice who could speak eloquently to a new global economic model and who is well equipped to engage fruitfully with the South African and African political economy today. Professor Piketty is ideal for this purpose,” said Hatang.Professor Njabulo Ndebele, the chairperson of the Board of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said the organisation was fortunate to have Piketty deliver the lecture. “Professor Piketty’s deep research into global economic development since the birth of capitalism to its current control of the global economy, and his assessment of the challenges confronting all of us, offer valuable lines of enquiry for stimulating and raising the debate in South Africa and on the African continent.”Piketty’s best sellerThe foundation said Piketty was one of the most influential thinkers of our time, based on his research and findings in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.“Piketty, through the painstaking collection and analysis of tax and other data, tracks back income and wealth over the last century in Britain and the United States and over a longer period in France, where tax records have existed for longer,” the foundation explained.“He shows that income inequality rose until the Great Depression in 1929 before falling sharply for the next 15 years and then stabilising from the end of the Second World War through to the mid-1970s. After this, however, inequality has risen sharply, hitting 1929 levels again by 2008.”The central theme of the book is that equality in societies increases when the rate of return to capital outstrips the rate of growth. The Guardian wrote about Piketty’s premise: “The wealthy are getting wealthier while everybody else is struggling. Inequality will widen to the point where it becomes unsustainable – both politically and economically – unless action is taken to redistribute income and wealth. Piketty favours a graduated wealth tax and 80% income tax for those on the highest salaries.”Piketty notes that developing countries are also affected by rising inequality. In countries such as South Africa, Columbia and China, wealth is becoming increasingly concentrated at the top, and not trickling down to the rest of society.The first chapter of Capital in the Twenty-First Century starts with the tragedy in Marikana in South Africa. “This episode reminds us,” he wrote, “that the question of what share of output should go to wages and what share to profit – in other words how should the income from production be divided between labour and capital? – has always been at the heart of distributional conflict.”Growing inequality had an effect on political stability and democracy and so, Piketty’s lecture “is timely and a fitting voice in the debate about development, inequality and democracy in South Africa”, said the foundation. It also ties in with the country’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030, which looks at creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.Don’t miss itEveryone can watch the lecture, which will be broadcast live on SABC 2 from 3pm to 4.30pm. It will also be live streamed on the Nelson Mandela Foundation YouTube account and website.Previous speakersThe first Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture was delivered in 2003. The people who have spoken are those who have left their mark on the world:2003: Former US president, Bill Clinton2004: Social rights activist, Archbishop Desmond Tutu2005: Former South African president, Thabo Mbeki2006: Chilean-American author, activist and professor of literature and Latin-American studies, Ariel Dorfman2007: Kenyan Nobel laureate, Professor Wangari Maathai2008: Former secretary-general of the UN, Kofi Annan2009: President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf2010: Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Grameen Bank, Professor Muhammad Yunus2011: Director of the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, Ismail Serageldin2012: Former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson2013: Founder and chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Dr Mo Ibrahim2014: President of Chile, Michelle BacheletWatch last year’s lecture:SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Classic South African action film returns to the big screen

first_imgJoe Bullet, a South African film made in 1971 had a limited re-release on big screens in Johannesburg and Cape Town this past January with more planned for the rest of the year.In 1971, Ken Gampu starred as Joe Bullet, a no-nonsense real South African movie hero. (Image: Retro Afrika Bioscope webpage)CD AndersonJoe Bullet has made an appearance back on the big screen. The South African action film, made in 1971 had a limited re-release in Johannesburg and Cape Town this past January, with more showings planned for the rest of the year.The film is the story of a local soccer team caught in the web of the criminal underworld. It features a strong black South African action hero, something almost unheard-of in the South African film industry during apartheid. It had an all-black cast, including singer Abigail Kubeka and Ken Gampu as Joe Bullet.A digitally restored Joe Bullet has recently been shown at The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg and in The Company’s Garden in Cape Town. It was restored by Gravel Road Distribution, supervised by the film’s original producer, Tonie van der Merwe.The showings proved to be a great success, with more screenings planned across South Africa for the rest of the year, as well as a possible DVD and digital release available soon, the company says.Originally banned by the apartheid government, and then later unbanned but never released commercially, Joe Bullet has a very South African feel and setting.Local filmmakers Van der Merwe and Louis de Witt specialised in making films for black South African audiences. The company’s aim was to tell South African stories using film, and developing black South African actors and technical expertise at a time when most film production was dominated by white South Africans.The producers made more than 400 films, quickly and cheaply, specialising in human drama stories and action films that did not upset the government too much. The films proved popular among black audiences eager to see stories and characters that they could identify with.However, due to the positive portrayal of a black hero in Joe Bullet, the film was their most controversial film. Apartheid government censors cut short the film’s potential to entertain the masses.Van der Merwe received an African Movie Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for his contribution to the South African film industry, and helping launch the careers of many of the country’s prominent black actors and crew workers, all in the face of apartheid government interference.Joe Bullet himself, Gampu, went on to act in local films and television series. He also had an impressive international film career during the 1980s, starring alongside some of Hollywood’s best, including Sharon Stone (in King Solomon’s Mines), Richard Burton and Roger Moore (in The Wild Geese). Gampu also starred in one of South Africa’s most popular cinematic exports, The Gods Must Be Crazy. He died in 2003.African films from the 1970s and 80s have enjoyed a recent renaissance among local film fans. Previously unavailable films have been released on DVD, while some of the era’s best films have been broadcast on the DStv Mzansi Bioskop channel (164).Watch the Joe Bullet trailer belowVisit the Joe Bullet Facebook page for more information on future screenings in Johannesburg and Cape Town.For more information on iconic South African films from the last 50 years, visit the Retro Afrika Bioscope website.Source: Channel24 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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PSL Finals: Petron sweeps F2

first_imgPhoto by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERPetron proved Thursday night that it deserves to be called a super team.Holding off a hard-fighting F2 Logistics squad, Petron hacked out a 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11 victory to capture the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference championship via a two-game sweep at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ It was Petron’s first title in two years, completed after a three-hour Game 2 battle.The Blaze Spikers, who swept all 13 games in the 2015 edition, also reaped the rewards of a multimillion-peso build up that snagged for them A-list players like Mika Reyes and Rhea Dimaculangan and young chargers Bernadeth Pons and Remy Palma.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut at crunch time, it was team captain Ces Molina who delivered the goods, unleashing an ace for 14-11 after breaking free from an 11-all deadlock in the fifth.F2 Logistics was then slapped a net foul that had Petron’s bench storming the court in jubilation. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Blaze Spikers opened the best-of-three series with a 25-23, 25-21, 25-19 victory on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Malacañang gave full backing to the country’s hosting of the 19th Asian Senior Women’s Championships on Aug. 9 to 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Saso pads lead to four; Malixi moves into contention MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveralast_img read more

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