e’Lollipop sequel soon for South Africa

first_imgWandile Molebatsi, who plays Muntu Ndebele in A Million Colours: e’Lollipop II and the real Ndebele. Jason Hartman, who plays Norman Knox,on set at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Orlando East, Soweto. (Images: A Million Colours: Facebook) The young Ndebele and Knox portrayedon the poster for the original e’Lollipop. (Image: e’Lollipop) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bronwyn Williams  Ma-Afrika Films  +27 21 887 6894 RELATED ARTICLES • New Afrikaans film a hit • SA actresses make it big in Hollywood • SA film wins at Tribeca • SA film lauded at Canadian OscarsRay MaotaThe film A Million Colours: e’Lollipop II, depicting the lives of child actors Muntu Ndebele and Norman Knox during the years following the success of their iconic 1975 South African box office hit e’Lollipop, will be released locally in April.The two child stars of e’Lollipop, which movingly portrayed the friendship between a white and a black boy during the height of apartheid, led vastly different lives after the movie’s success.Ndebele descended into violence, crime and debauchery as he struggled with life after the movie, while Knox, conscripted into the army, refused to fight for the apartheid government and tried to spread the notion that all races can live happily together.Wandile Molebatsi and Jason Hartman star as Ndebele and Knox respectively in A Million Colours, while Masello Motana plays Ndebele’s love interest.Molebatsi said: “Muntu went through some hard times, which I shared in my own experiences. Some of the scenes were very emotionally charged and they took their toll on me, but the crew and actors were so professional.”“It’s a huge step forward for the local film industry,” said Hartman. “This film is on another level and can stand up to any production, locally and internationally.”A Million Colours was filmed on location in and around Johannesburg and in Kwazulu-Natal.According to the film’s Facebook page, it is “an inspiring true story of danger, adventure, romance, betrayal and redemption…set against the turbulent background of a nation in crisis.”It opens locally on 26 April 2012 at Nu Metro, Ster-Kinekor and selected independent cinemas countrywide.Second chancesThe film is a South African/Canadian co-production involving original e’Lollipop producer André Pieterse of Ma-Afrika Films, and Michael Mosca from Equinoxe Films, distributors of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, as the South African and Canadian producers respectively.Peter Bishai, the Canadian director of the movie, said: “The script came through Muntu’s experiences as he walked me through his life and the the places which had impacted on him the most.“He’s a natural story-teller and the movie has every ingredient for success – romance, intrigue, suspense and more.”Ndebele said that he was in trouble throughout much of his life and asked God for a second chance, which he has received as a reformed addict.Turning a wasted life aroundIt all started when Pieterse decided to contact Ndebele and Knox as he wanted to turn e’Lollipop into a DVD.He was able to find Knox but their search for Ndebele led them to a derelict Hillbrow flat where they found a drug riddled, sick man of 43kg.This meeting between Knox and Ndebele after so many years inspired Ndebele to kick the drug habit at last.His healing process involved contributions by both to a journal that documented everything Ndebele went through since they last met as children.This journal is what spawned A Million Colours.Following years of a healthy diet, regular gym, encouragement and discipline, Ndebele has made a full recovery.He said: “Now that I’ve reconnected with Norman that lost part of me is returning. It was never a ‘made’ friendship, it was a natural bond which transcended racial boundaries. God has used him to save me just as I in e’Lollipop saved him.”Ndebele is now a sought-after motivational speaker. His audiences include IBM; Deloitte and Touche; The British International College; Metro Evangelical Services; Robben Island Primary School; and British American Tobacco.Grabbing attention worldwideThe movie is yet to be released in Ndebele’s home country but has made waves overseas and enjoyed attention at multiple prestigious festivals.In 2011 it opened the Hollywood Black Film Festival and was showcased at the Montreal World Film Festival and Atlantic Film Festival.It was also selected for the Pan African Film Festival that took place in Los Angeles in the US from 9 – 20 February 2012.last_img read more

Greplin Open-Sources Asynchronous Python Tools

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Greplin, the company behind the universal search tool we covered last year, has open-sourced several tools for Tornado and Twisted, such as Tornado clients for sending e-mail with Amazon SES and SendGrid.Tornado is the non-blocking Web server built with Python by FriendFeed, and Twited is a Python-based event-driven networking engine.The tools are:greplin-twisted-utils: Utility library with functions for Deferred objects, DNS caching, and more.greplin-tornado-kissmetrics: Asynchronous client for KISSmetrics.greplin-tornado-mixpanel: Asynchronous client for Mixpanel.greplin-tornado-ses: Asynchronous client for Amazon’s Simple Email Service.greplin-tornado-sendgrid: Asynchronous client for SendGrid.greplin-tornado-stripe: Asynchronous client for Stripe.Event-driven programming tools are  right now. Apart from Tornado, Twister and, of course, Node.js there are also EventMachine for Ruby and  Perl Object Environment. See also  Mongrel2, a Web server with support for event based IO. klint finley Tags:#hack#Tools center_img Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

ED attaches ₹67-cr. worth assets in Manesar land scam case

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth about ₹67 crore in connection with the Manesar land acquisition scam in Haryana.The properties include 14.56 acres in Gurugram belonging to Mahamaya Exports Private Limited, besides four acres and bank balances of other accused persons. The ED had made an attachment worth Rs.42.19 crore in December last.The money laundering case is based on an FIR registered by the police in August 2015. The CBI later took over the case and filed a charge sheet against former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and 33 others.According to the probe agencies, the State government issued notifications in 2004 and 2005 for acquisition of land measuring 912 acres to set up an industrial model township.It is alleged that the farmers and landowners of Manesar villages in Naurangpur and Lakhnaula were compelled to sell about 400 acres to private builders at throwaway prices under the threat of acquisition. This allegedly caused a loss of about Rs.1,500 crore to them.According to the ED, ABW Infrastructure and its group entities allegedly bought most of the land in question. As alleged, it got licences for residential, commercial and group housing projects in connivance with government officials.The ED has also alleged that ABW sold some licences at high rates and earned “undue” profits. The group companies entered into “false” land sale agreements with different entities to conceal the income and avoid tax.The agreements were later cancelled, false cancellation-cum-settlement agreements prepared and amounts to the extent of six to seven times of the sum as per the agreements-to-sell were shown to have been paid to these entities in compensation for cancelling them.The compensation was credited to the bank accounts of these entities and taken back in cash, the ED has said.last_img read more

Gin Kings turn back Elite

first_imgRead Next “It was important to get this win because we turn around and play San Miguel Beer,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said, minutes after rallying for a 98-81 decision of Blackwater at Mall of Asia Arena. “The final score doesn’t give justice to the difficulty of this game.”Ginebra trailed early and needed one big spurt in the fourth period to put the Elite away and extend the tournament’s longest winning streak to seven after opening up with a loss and remain at No. 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You don’t want to play San Miguel coming off a loss, you need to have high energy coming into that game to have a chance,” Cone went on, referring to their 6:45 p.m. clash with the powerhouse Beermen on Sunday, which could ultimately mean No. 1 seeding for his Kings.Blackwater dropped to 4-5, losing for just the second time in six games since Henry Walker arrived. The Elite would need to sweep their remaining two games to advance to the quarterfinals outright. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:08Ginebra planning for long series vs San Miguel01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Earlier, Alaska pulled off a second straight win Friday night, downing GlobalPort, 101-88, as the Aces stayed in the running for a playoff berth.With the franchise-worst 14-game losing streak now behind him and needing his team to win its last three games to advance scot-free, Aces coach Alex Compton has gone on to borrow a cliché and rewrite it a bit.“When it rains, it pours and when it rained, it rained on us pretty bad,” Compton saidLaDontae Henton scored 36 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, and Calvin Abueva scored all of his 12 points in the fourth period as the Aces wriggled out of a 67-all tie after three quarters to rise to 2-6.ADVERTISEMENT Bayron overtakes Lascuña Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Working extra hard against an enemy that has made turns in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Friday night got the perfect reward for its effort and got ready for a bigger battle that’s just around the corner.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Slaughter shrugs off matchup with Fajardo: ‘It’s team-on-team’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ “San Miguel’s a pretty complete team and coming into this game, I was saying it’s not about the individual match-ups. It’s team-on-team.”The latest showdown between the Slaughter and Fajardo was the complete opposite of their previous encounter last year where the Gin Kings handily beat the Beermen, 110-86, in what was SMB’s worst defeat of their entire 2016 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis time, it was the Gin Kings who stared at a 26-point deficit in the third quarter before making a run that fell short in the end.Despite the result, Slaughter can take solace knowing that Ginebra never ceased fighting despite staring at a huge lead. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “That’s our calling card, never say die. We play all the way to the last buzzer, and just didn’t have enough time to make that comeback tonight. But I know we’ll probably see them again maybe in the playoffs so it’s just some game we have to learn from,” he said.One factor that has been constantly brought up for the Gin Kings’ lackluster start was fatigue, as they were coming off a 98-81 win over Blackwater last Friday.But rather than dwell on the defeat, Slaughter shared that the loss to San Miguel should be an eye-opener for Ginebra as it sets its sights on the playoffs.“We can’t make any excuse because when it comes time for the playoffs, we’re going to have a schedule just like that, when we play Friday and then we play Sunday. So for us, no excuses,” he said.“We just have to recharge, refresh ourselves, and get ready for these playoffs which are coming up,” said Slaughter.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  PBA IMAGESFacing off against June Mar Fajardo was the least of Greg Slaughter’s concerns on Sunday.“I wouldn’t really think about individual match-ups because we got down pretty big,” Slaughter said, shunning talks about his much-awaited duel with his fellow Cebuano behemoth.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Ross, San Miguel put clamps on Ginebra import Brownlee E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

Romeo confident ‘hardworking’ Gilas young guys will perform well

first_imgRio’s Olympics 1 year later: The good, the bad and the ugly Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright, and Roger Pogoy, all of whom were part of the 2017 Seaba Championship squad, were retained for the Asian championships.Also tabbe d in the roster were hardworking forward Carl Bryan Cruz and Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, who will replace Andray Blatche as the team’s naturalized player for the tournament.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 starsWith Gilas resuming practice on Thursday at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig, Romeo could only heap praises with the effort he saw from the young guns.“They are all hardworking and are focused on what they are doing. I can see that they can play good in this Fiba Asia,” he said. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ At 25, though, Romeo, isn’t really that old compared to these guys and he relishes the chance to represent the country in what would be his second straight appearance in the continental tournament.“I’m happy. We’ll have another chance to represent the country so we’re thankful to coach Chot (Reyes) for the trust, as well as the management,” he said. “We vow to give our best and I can promise that I’ll do everything I could to help the team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo believes that 2017 Jones Cup experience will be a huge asset for the cadets as they join the veterans in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup this August.“The experience is already there for them and I’m sure that they can perform well in this coming tournament,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

Games contracts to media houses arbitrary and biased: CAG

first_imgThe CAG has questioned the deals between the CWG and certain media houses as the organising committee (OC) apparently resorted to pick-and-choose policy in the award of contracts worth over Rs 6.73 crore. The CAG, in its report, tabled in Parliament last week, has dubbed the process arbitrary and biased.The CAG is more severe in its observations on the contract for creating a Games Time website, meant to put out real time information on sporting events, given to HT-Hungama – a consortium comprising Hindustan Times and Hungama. It has lambasted the process of awarding the contract to the consortium and said their work was deficient.The website lacked speed and was not really updated with the latest information, the auditors said.The website named Korea, Japan, Philippines and the US among the nations participating in the Games – but none of them did – and Commonwealth Games Federation head Mike Fennell went on record, saying “there is certainly a big problem with the official Games Time website”. A benevolent OC overlooked the non-performance and did not encash the performance guarantee of Rs 0.29 crore. A contract tweaked in favour of HT-Hungama had no other provisions for penalties case of non-performance, the CAG said.It said the bidding process was squeezed and completed within two months, leading to several irregularities. Among the three bidders, HT-Hungama’s documentation was deficient but ignored by the technical committee. It led the CAG to conclude that the process was tailored in HT-Hungama’s favour.The contract for production and broadcasting of commercials was given to two news channels, CNN-IBN and NDTV. The CAG said the OC followed an arbitrary approach with no planning for specific channels, time slots and cost benefit analysis.advertisementThe OC considered proposals in an adhoc manner and as and when they were received.last_img read more

Report: Napoli 3 Sassuolo 1

first_imgNapoli 3 Sassuolo 1: Partenopei go clear at Serie A summit Guy Atkinson Last updated 2 years ago 23:53 10/29/17 Napoli - cropped Getty Images Napoli have pulled clear of Lazio and Juventus at the top of Serie A as they brushed aside a limited Sassuolo outfit. Napoli moved three points clear at the Serie A summit with a comfortable 3-1 win over struggling Sassuolo at Stadio San Paolo on Sunday.Brazilian midfielder Allan opened the scoring midway through the first half for Maurizio Sarri’s side before Diego Falcinelli scored an undeserved equaliser in the 41st minute.Napoli’s advantage was restored on the stroke of half-time as goalkeeper Andrea Consigli parried a corner into his own net to concede a goal that was attributed to Jose Callejon, before Dries Mertens ensured a 10th win in 11 league games with a second-half strike. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Inter can move second and close the leaders’ advantage to two points if they win against Hellas Verona on Monday, but it is the Partenopei who are setting a blistering early pace in the race for the Scudetto. GL   @dries_mertens14 #NapoliSassuolo 3-1   #SerieATIM   #ForzaNapoliSempre   pic.twitter.com/N7c0WFzvPy — Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) October 29, 2017 The visitors almost took a shock lead after just 11 minutes, but Stefano Sensi’s whipped free-kick from the edge of the penalty area crashed back off Jose Reina’s crossbar.Sensi then played an unfortunate role in Napoli’s opener in the 22nd minute. The midfielder took too long to clear on the edge of his own area and had his pocket picked by Allan, who coolly slotted through the legs of Consigli.Faouzi Ghoulam came agonisingly close to extending the hosts’ lead shortly after, thumping a half volley against the post after a corner fell kindly to him.Sassuolo responded well to the setback and scored an unlikely leveller four minutes before the break. Matteo Politano delivered a teasing cross from the right and Falcinelli beat his marker to plant a firm header past Reina for his first goal of the season.Their joy was short-lived, though, as Consigli conspired to punch Lorenzo Insigne’s corner, which had glanced off the head of Callejon, into this own net just a minute before half-time to restore Napoli’s lead.#NapoliSassuolo is @dries_mertens14 ‘s th appearance for the club!   https://t.co/hO8uZmYzPR   #ForzaNapoliSempre   pic.twitter.com/UE0bKhqQVb — Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) October 29, 2017 Mertens’ stunning form continued nine minutes into the second half as he bundled home Raul Albiol’s knockdown for his 10th league goal of the campaign.Francesco Cassata thumped a header against the post as Sassuolo tried in vain to find a way back into the game, while substitute Piotr Zielinski was denied a fourth late on for Sarri’s side as his long-range effort hit both posts before being scooped up by Consigli, who also saw an injury-time strike from Mertens flash narrowly wide.  Key Opta stats:- Dries Mertens played his 200th games for Napoli in all competitions (80 goals).- The Belgian has found the net in each of the last two Serie A clashes against Sassuolo.- Diego Falcinelli took 19 shots to score his first goal in Serie A this season.- Just four of Callejon’s 52 Serie A goals have come from outside the box.- Napoli have not lost any of their first 11 Serie A match-days of the season for the first time since 1989-90, when they won the Scudetto.- Sassuolo have set a new negative record of points taken after 11 match-days, eight – they picked up nine in their very first season in the top flight. read morelast_img read more

10 months agoMonaco boss Henry targets Cahill, Koscielny to solve defensive crisis

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Monaco boss Henry targets Cahill, Koscielny to solve defensive crisisby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonaco are monitoring Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. The 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been told he can leave the club in January.According to beIN sports reporter Matt Spiro, Monaco are looking at Cahill, among a host of other defenders, to fix their poor defence.The Ligue 1 bottom-feeders, managed by Thierry Henry, are also scouting Laurent Koscielny, Pepe and Martin Skrtel.Cahill has also been linked with Aston Villa, West Ham, Southampton and Arsenal. last_img read more

Addiction support discussed at the Community Couch Conversation

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was an evening full of emotion, compassion and understanding on Thursday at the Lido for the FSJ Community Couch Conversation.Collaboratively hosted by Healthy FSJ and the Fort  St. John Community Action Team, the Opioid Dialogues was co-hosted by Julianne Kucheran and Edwina Nearhood.Mayor Lori Ackerman gave an emotional dedication to the event in honour of those who are affected by drug addictions. Ackerman lost her brother to substance use. Afterwards, personal stories of addiction were shared by those who have been touched by drugs and addiction.Each guest stated that there is no shame in addictions and that it can happen to anyone no matter your background.In a statement from Healthy FSJ, the goal of Community Couch Conversation is to foster a supportive evening, where the community comes together to learn, listen and think about how we can be there for one another to build a healthy and resilient community in the face of the opioid crisis. Six health professionals, who specialize in drug use and addictions were part of the opioid panel.The main message conveyed by the panel is that community support is key when dealing with addictions.“Those who suffer from addictions within Fort St. John are a part of your family and that the community must come together and work as one”, said Amanda Trotter executive director for the Women’s Resource Society.The panel agreed that more resources need to be made available for substance users in Fort St. John.“There is a disparity for those who receive help and treatment. The poor suffer. You’re very lucky if you are able to afford it”, said Connie Greyeyes of the Nenan Dane zaa Deh Zona Family Services Society.The panel concluded that there is more work to be done and the discussions must continue.last_img read more