SA, Ghana ‘poised to deepen cooperation’

first_img28 November 2013 South Africa President Jacob Zuma returned from a two-day state visit to Ghana on Wednesday, saying it was a highly successful trip which had “yielded very important results which will see our bilateral relations moving to a higher level”. Zuma was accompanied by a high-level government and business delegation on his trip, during which he held talks with Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama and addressed a session of the South Africa-Ghana Business Forum. The signing of a bilateral air services agreement as well as memoranda of understanding in transport and energy “highlight the level of cooperation between our two countries, and we have agreed that these instruments should translate into concrete projects,” Zuma said in a statement on Wednesday. Both Zuma and Mahama encouraged businesses to take advantage of the two countries’ strong relations, and Africa’s positive economic growth prospects, to increase trade and investment. Addressing the South Africa-Ghana Business Forum on Tuesday, Zuma said the two countries were “poised to deepen our cooperation further in the fields of tourism, communication, energy, oil and gas, manufacturing, mining, agriculture as well as science and technology”. He noted that the recently launched Saldanha Bay industrial development zone on South Africa’s south-western coast “provides a vehicle for partnership for upstream exploration and production service companies operating in the oil and gas fields of sub-Saharan Africa”. A feasibility study conducted ahead of the launch found that Saldanha Bay is strategically located to serve as a service, maintenance, fabrication and supply hub for Africa’s booming oil and gas sector, due to the increasing number of oil rigs requiring maintenance, and their traffic flow passing from the west to the east coast of Africa. In October, German company Oiltanking GmbH entered a joint venture with a number of South African companies to build a commercial crude oil storage and blending terminal at the port of Saldanha. The company said that Saldanha was an excellent location for a crude oil hub, “as it is close to strategic tanker routes from key oil-producing regions to major oil-consuming markets”. According to The Presidency, South Africa’s imports from Ghana – the bulk of which was crude oil – amounted to R1.9-billion in 2012, while its exports to Ghana stood at an estimated R5-billion. South Africa is the 14th largest investor in Ghana, with investments adding up to more than R64-billion in the decade between 2003 and April 2013. There are more than 80 South African multinational and small-scale companies registered in Ghana. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Why We’re in the Golden Age of Documentary Filmmaking

first_imgMore AccessibilityArguably, Netflix changed the way we consume video content. Many would also argue that Netflix is one, if not the, primary reason for this current spike and increased interest in documentary filmmaking. Before Netflix, documentaries were much more difficult to find. If you wanted to watch Super Size Me, you had to search your local video rental store and hope they had a copy. At the time, there were very few documentaries considered mainstream.Image via Super Size Me (Showtime).Now, documentary films are at viewers’ fingertips everywhere.More Supply, More DemandDue to increased accessibility, audiences have discovered that they actually like documentaries and enjoy watching them.The basic economics of supply and demand ring true for documentary filmmaking. This demand for quality, cinematic, entertaining documentary content is on the rise. As a result, much more documentary content is being created than ever before.This increased production has even trickled down to branded content. We’re now seeing many companies and brands use documentary filmmaking to promote their products — since their audiences enjoy the genre.Higher QualityThere’s no doubt that documentaries have improved over the years — in both storytelling and aesthetics.Narrative and documentary filmmakers have borrowed from each other pretty steadily. For example, consider the narrative TV show The Office. This mockumentary-style show borrowed heavily from documentary-style filmmaking .Image via The Innocent Man (Netflix).On the opposite end, the Netflix series The Innocent Man is one of the most narratively cinematic documentaries I have personally ever watched.Much of this increased quality in documentary is due to advances in equipment. In the mid-’90s, documentary filmmakers would’ve been floored to know there would a pocket-sized camera that can shoot as well as traditional cinema cameras. As a result, documentaries are shot at a much higher quality than ever before.The FutureOne can only predict what the future holds for the documentary. However, as it becomes a much more lucrative, respected, and in-demand form of entertainment, one can only hope it sticks to its grassroots and artistic background.Cover image via Apollo 11.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Industry Insights: Cinematographer Adrian Peng CorreiaHas Sigma Joined The Pocket CineCamera Game?How a Pre-Production Checklist Can Help Your Production10 Lessons I Learned From My First Feature Documentary“The Lucas Effect”: When Filmmaking Creativity Goes Unchecked We’re in the golden age of documentary filmmaking, and these films have now become as cinematically entertaining as their narrative counterparts.Documentaries have never been as accessible, diverse, and well-respected as they are right now. Before this golden era, documentaries were mostly just considered a dull method of filmmaking — a pill you were almost forced (or advised) to swallow. This method of filmmaking was typically regarded as a nearly surgical, methodical means to inform or educate an audience.When I started, documentaries were like the spinach of filmmaking. Nobody cared about them. Nobody wanted to pay for them. They weren’t sexy. Now, we’re in this amazing golden era of documentary and nonfiction storytelling, that just keeps getting more interesting. —Morgan Nevillelast_img read more

Hopeful Messi keen to end Argentina title drought

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Raptors miss opportunity in Game 5 of NBA Finals But, as so many times before, Messi was unable to recapture his Barca form while on international duty and dejection followed as the albiceleste were sent home in the second round after a 4-3 defeat to eventual winners France.But while Messi then missed Argentina’s next six matches — all friendlies — there was no talk of retirement this time.His son Thiago “loves it when I play for the national team,” Messi told Fox.But the disappointments have kept piling up despite a 10th La Liga crown secured in May.‘Beautiful cup’Messi had made no secret at the start of the season that winning the Champions League for the fifth time was his priority as he wanted to bring that “beautiful cup back to Camp Nou”.Things looked so good as Barca took a 3-0 advantage to Anfield for the semi-final second leg last month.What happened next — an inspired Liverpool stormed to a 4-0 victory and 4-3 aggregate success — left as bitter a taste in Messi’s mouth as had the Germany loss five years ago.“To lose a final of the World Cup is the most important of all, it is a big disappointment,” he said in May.But he admitted that the Liverpool loss felt a bit worse “because we were winning and we didn’t expect them to come back”.Messi has long been talisman for club and country but he will be even more so in Brazil with a rejuvenated squad full of inexperienced campaigners. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Nicaragua during their international friendly football match at the San Juan del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina, on June 7, 2019. (Photo by Andres LARROVERE / AFP)With Neymar sidelined by an ankle injury, Lionel Messi heads into the Copa America this weekend as the competition’s main attraction but one with a desperate need to end more than a decade of hurt with Argentina.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has one of the most impressive trophy hauls in football history but there is a glaring void when it comes to national team accolades.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport But that hasn’t dampened expectation either within the group or the country as a whole.“We’re going there with the same hope and desire as ever. Argentina is going through a process of change with young and new lads,” he told TyC Sports last week.“For most of them it’s their first official tournament, but that won’t stop Argentina trying to win the competition,” he added.It’s 26 years since Argentina last won the Copa America, despite contesting four of the last five finals.“It’s been a long time since Argentina won it and we all want to celebrate again, us and the fans want a title.”None more so than Messi himself, who turns 32 on June 24, the day after Argentina’s final group B game against invitees and 2024 World Cup hosts Qatar, the reigning Asian champions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Four Champions League crowns and 10 La Liga titles with Barcelona are not matched by Argentina success.And the 31-year-old knows he’s running out of time to rectify that anomaly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I want to end my career having won something with the national team, or at least try to do so as many times as possible,” he told Fox Sports last week.Four finals played with Argentina, four defeats, including the last two Copa finals on penalties against Chile. But the most painful was the 2014 World Cup final to Germany at the iconic Maracana, where Messi will hope to return on July 7 for the Copa title decider.That Germany defeat began a run of losing finals in three successive years and after the last of those, a bitterly disappointed Messi announced his international retirement.He and his team-mates came in for a torrent of abuse and criticism.“People were attacking us from every side,” he said.His retirement lasted just six weeks, though, and it was his hat-trick in Argentina’s final qualifier that secured a 3-1 win in Ecuador that sent the team to the World Cup in Russia last year.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

In Other News Army Faces Uphill Battle to Raise End Strength

first_imgAfter failing to meet its active-duty end strength goal of 483,500 soldiers for fiscal 2018, the Army now is striving to raise its end strength to 487,500, the target Congress imposed for FY 2019. Active forces stood at 476,000 as of Oct. 1. Recruitment remains the primary challenge for the service as its retention rate has reached higher-than-normal levels. The Army wanted to recruit 80,000 new personnel last year but only managed to attract 70,000 recruits, reports Army Times.Army photo by Mike Scheck Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

David Miliband defends Prime Ministers performance in EU referendum debate

first_imgUS investment bank JP Morgan has described a Brexit as a terrible deal for the British economy, warning it could cut up to 4,000 jobs if the UK chooses to leave the European Union later this month.Speaking alongside Chancellor George Osborne in Bournemouth on Friday (3 June), JP Morgans chief executive Jamie Dimon indicated the bank may have no choice but to reorganise our business model here should the Leave campaign have its way at the 23 June referendum. Brexit could mean fewer JPMorgan jobs in the UK and more jobs in Europe, he added.The lender, the worlds sixth-largest bank by total assets, employs 18,000 people across its UK operations in Basingstoke, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Swindon and London, which serves as JP Morgans European headquarters.However, Dimon warned the workforce would suffer a drastic cull in the event of a Brexit, with up to 4,000 jobs potentially set to go.After a Brexit we cannot do it all here and we will have to start planning for that, he said. I dont know if it means 1,000 jobs, 2,000 jobs – it could be as many as 4,000, and they will be jobs all around the UK.If the EU says anybody who does business as a bank with an EU company has to be based in the EU, youre talking about 3,000-4,000 JP Morgan jobs.The American lender is the biggest private employer in Dorset and Dimon conceded that, should Britain leave the 28-country bloc, the process of reorganising its operations in the UK could begin as soon as the 24 June.At a minimum, a Brexit will result in years of uncertainty and I believe that this uncertainty will hurt the economies of both Britain and the European Union, Dimon said.In a bad scenario — and this is not the worst-case scenario — trade retaliation against Britain by countries in the European Union is possible, even though this would not be in their own self-interest.The Chancellor stressed it was time for the Leave campaign to stop telling voters that jobs would be more secure outside the EU.Today, 10 of the largest companies in our services sector […] are all telling us that there will be damage to our economy and jobs will be at risk if we leave the EU, Osborne said.Lets end this deception that somehow if you quit the EU jobs wont be at risk. Our analysis shows in the services sector alone 400,000 jobs could be at risk.However, Steve Baker MP, a spokesman for the pro-Brexit movement urged the Remain campaign to engage in a honest discussion.The British people will not be bullied into voting to hand more money and more power to Brussels by someone whose bonus would make even some eurocrats eyes water and whose bank helped crash the economy, he said.Its time for the In campaign to engage in an honest debate, not make unsubstantiated and illogical threats which are the real danger to our economy.last_img read more

Treasure hunt ends in fiasco

first_imgExperts from Geological Survey of Bangladesh and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology conducted various tests, including heat sensitive scanning, to find the ‘hidden treasure’ beneath a house at Mirpur-10, Dhaka on Thursday. Photo: CollectedThe excavation work which started on 21 July in search of ‘hidden treasure’ underneath a house of Mirpur-10 in the capital, was officially abandoned on Thursday as experts did not get any metal objects there.Experts from the Geological Survey of Bangladesh and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) visited the house along with Dhaka district executive magistrate Tazwar Akram Sakapi Ibne Sazzad on Thursday afternoon, said Mirpur police station officer-in-charge Dadan Fakir.After conducting various tests, including heat-sensitive scanning until 4:00pm, experts said they had not found any trace of the metallic object under the house, UNB reports.Later, the authorities gave up the ‘treasure hunt’, the OC added.The policemen, who were deployed after the authorities postponed the excavation work on 22 July, have been withdrawn, said Dadan Fakir.The entire operation was postponed to avert the possible risk of the building collapsing. “We’ve postponed the excavation to avert any untoward incident,” said executive magistrate Tazwar Akram.The digging started in the morning of 21 July at the house of Monirul Islam at Road 16 (Block-C) of Mirpur Section-10 in presence of executive magistrate Md Anwar Uz Zaman after the house’s owner filed a general diary with Mirpur police station in this connection on 14 July.Later, the digging was postponed around 3:30pm for the day and it was scheduled to resume on the following morning.But the digging work was postponed on 22 July as the National Housing Authority’s executive engineer said there was a possibility of the building collapsing and loss of lives if the digging continued without taking proper measure.Monirul Islam, who is claiming himself as the owner of the house, said he got information on the hidden treasure from its previous owner, a Pakistan national.last_img read more

Bin Ladens son wants to avenge father

first_imgPersonal letters seized in the raid that killed former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden revealed that his son wants to carry on his murderous ideology and is bent on “avenging his dad’s death”, according to a former FBI agent.”That son today is poised to lead a stronger, larger Al Qaeda,” Ali Soufan, who was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe of the terror group after the 11 September, 2001, attacks, told CBS News in an interview.Soufan described a letter from the son, Hamza, that was collected in the raid and now declassified.”He tells Osama (in the letter) that he remembers ‘every look… every smile you gave me, every word you told me'”.Hamza would be about 28 now and wrote the letter when he was 22 and had not seen his father in several years.Hamza also wrote this: “I consider myself to be forged in steel. The path of ‘jihad’ for the sake of God is what we live.”Hamza’s potential as a leader was recognised years ago when he was still a boy, says Soufan.The child was used in propaganda videos, sometimes holding a gun.”He was a poster kid for the Al Qaeda, and for members of Al Qaeda, who were indoctrinated with these propaganda videos, he means a lot to them,” Soufan told CBS News.The US has named Hamza a “specially designated global terrorist” — the same classification his father once held.”He even sounds like his father,” says Soufan.”His recent message that came out, he delivered the speech as if it’s his father…using sentences, terminology that was used by Osama bin Laden.”Hamza has recorded four audio messages in the last two years.Soufan believes Hamza can inspire and unite the jihadi movement, adding “Al Qaeda is stronger than ever. I don’t believe even bin Laden in his wildest dreams thought that he will have followers who command armies, troops, lands.”Osama Bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on 2 May, 2011, by US Navy SEAL Team Six.Following his death, dozens of letters written by him to his family and senior members of Al Qaeda were released.last_img read more

2 more arrested over Noakhali gang rape

first_img.Two more persons were arrested from Chattogram on Friday over the gang rape of a woman of Noakhali’s Subarnachar upazila after the general election, reports UNB.The arrestees were Hasan Ali Bulu, 60, an associate of Subarnachar upazila unit Awami League publicity secretary and mastermind of the rape Ruhul Amin, and Jasim Uddin, 30, son of Motaher Hossain of Bagga village.Nizam Uddin, officer-in-charge of Charjabbar police station, said police arrested Hasan Ali from Madarbari of Chattogram city and Jasim from Nazirhat in Fatikchhari of Chattogram district in the early hours.Bulu allegedly hired miscreants at Tk 10,000 for committing the gang rape, according to police.With this, seven people have so far been arrested in connection with the gang rape of the woman.On Thursday, detectives in their separate drives arrested Ruhul Amin, also former member of Charjubli union parishad, and Bechu Miah in the early hours over the incident.A team of Detective Branch (DB) arrested Ruhul Amin from a poultry farm in Sadar upazila while Bechu Mia from a brick kiln in Senbagh upazila, the SP said.Earlier, police arrested Badshah Alam from Charbajuli on Tuesday while prime accused Sohel from Cumilla district and Md Swapan from Lakshmipur district on Wednesday.Meanwhile, local MP and district AL general secretary Ekramul Karim Chowdhury on Friday announced to take the responsibility of treatment, legal aid and rehabilitation of the victim.On behalf of the MP, an AL team went to Noakhali General Hospital in the afternoon to visit the victim and made the announcement.According to the victim’s husband, a group of hoodlums stormed their house in the early hours of Monday and tied up all the family members except his wife.They took the woman outside the house at gunpoint where they raped her in turns for casting her vote for ‘sheaf of paddy’, the victim’s husband claimed.After the rape, they also threatened the victim not to disclose the matter to anyone, saying they would kill her if otherwise, he said.With the help of neighbours, the victim was taken to hospital on Monday noon and a case was filed against nine people over the incident.last_img read more

Youll never guess how much this New York City bagel costs

first_imgYou’ll never guess how much this New York City bagel costs Share Travelweek Group Posted by NEW YORK CITY — I’ll have an everything bagel with gold flakes on top, please.This wouldn’t be your typical breakfast order but at the Westin New York hotel in Times Square, bagels aren’t just regular bagels – they come with a price tag that will make your jaw drop.The hotel has announced that it¹s bringing back its US$1,000 bagel next month for a limited time after it first appeared in 2007. WNBC-TV reports the bagel will feature Alba white truffle cream cheese, goji berry-infused Riesling jelly and golden leaf flakes.According to the hotel, white truffle is the second most expensive food in the world after caviar.Though almost laughably extravagant, all that money is being put to good use; 100% of the proceeds will go to Holy Apostle Soup Kitchen.The $1,000 bagel will be offered from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 and must be ordered 24 hours in advance.center_img Tags: Westin Hotels & Resorts, WTF Thursday, October 19, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Man sues British Airways for seating him next to obese passenger

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: British Airways Man sues British Airways for seating him next to obese passenger Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, November 19, 2018 LONDON — British Airways is being sued by a man who says he suffered personal injury while seated next to an obese passenger.Stephen Prosser, 51 of south Wales, is suing the airline for £10,000 after being forced to endure a 12-hour flight from Bangkok to Heathrow while seated next to a man “the size of Jonah Lomu”, the late New Zealand rugby player.While in Pontypridd county court last week, the self-employed civil engineer said his requests to cabin crew to be seated elsewhere were turned down due to the fact that the Boeing 777 was fully booked. He also claimed the crew did not permit him to swap seats with another passenger.As a result, Prosser, who is 5’3”, was forced into a “position of unnatural posture”. He described the obese passenger as being 6’4” and over 300 pounds, whose body was “overspilling into my seat by some inches”.Prosser also noted that the passenger had to “force his buttocks between the arm rests of the seats” and that, due to his size, his arm would rest on Prosser’s arm rest, inadvertently turning up the volume of his audio “to an extremely loud volume each time.”More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesOh, the horror.Prosser went on to say that as a result of the uncomfortable flight, which took place in January 2016, he was left with continual back spasms and in injury that caused his sacroiliac joint at the bottom of his spine to malfunction, reports The Guardian. The incident also re-aggravated a 12-year-old spine injury, prevented him from working overtime, affected his relationship with his partner, and forced him to give up mountain biking.British Airways representative Timothy Salisbury said cabin crew described the passenger as “tall but not overweight so had had encroached on the other seat”.The customer service manager onboard the flight also said in a witness statement that Prosser did not appear to be in any discomfort during the flight and was seen asleep at times.last_img read more