Safta nominees named: best in South Africa film and TV

first_img23 February 2016See 2016 SAFTAs nominations list: https://t.co/BIJkOHSEEL pic.twitter.com/aCrZ6o2lYG— SundayWorld (@SundayWorldZA) February 18, 2016The Safta celebration, run by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is in its tenth year, and this year the event’s theme is a call for a “commitment to growth and development of the industry”.NFVF chief executive Zama Nkosi said at the announcement of the nominees that the tenth Saftas would be the best yet. “It is a great honour (for) the NFVF to have been the custodians of these awards from the very beginning. We have seen how much it has grown, we have seen it grow from 50 entries to over 400 entries.”Winners will be announced during two star-studded events on 18 and 20 March 2016, at Gallagher Estate and broadcast live on SABC 2. Strictly Come Dancingand Expresso presenter Katlego Maboe will be the ceremony host, along with TV personality Minnie Dlamini. Maboe is also nominated for Best TV Presenter.Nataniel was at the #SONA last week to suss what what matters: what everyone was wearing. https://t.co/SHyiaRa3Lz pic.twitter.com/FUaAs5bqHc— ZANEWS (@zanews) February 15, 2016The Emmy-nominated satirical comedy show, ZA News: Puppet Nation, leads the list with 11 nominations, while acclaimed SABC 3 sitcom Those Who Can’t received nine nominations.Puppet Nation director Alex Fynn, who earned a Best Director nomination, calls the nominations the fruits of a team effort. “I think most people don’t really know what it takes to produce this kind of show. (and) 11 nominations is exactly what this team needs to just keep on pushing and doing what we do.” The show is broadcast on the StarSat network, as well as through its online platforms.Other highlights include nominations for the SABC 1 soap opera, Generations: The Legacy, which missed out on recognition at the 2015 awards, and a Best TV Drama nomination – one of seven nominations – for the innovative interactive series Saints and Sinners, which begins its second season this year. The unique narrative of the show uses viewer polling to determine the outcome of each episode.The local television institution, Isidingo, and e-tv’s popular funeral business drama, Ashes to Ashes, each earned six nominations for acting and production.Ayanda, a movie produced by @TerryPheto has received five nominations at South African Film and Television Awards. pic.twitter.com/Pr7DQrzRWd— TransAfricaRadio (@TransAfrica872) February 19, 2016This year’s Safta film nominations feature some quality productions vying for top honours during a year in which a host of local films were released to critical acclaim and box office success.Nominations for Best Film include indie festival darling Ayanda, which got five nominations; Afrikaans drama Dis Ek, Anna; and the Mzansi Magic channel’s township drama, For Love and Broken Bones.The film, While You Weren’t Looking, that deals with the everyday lives of South Africa gay and lesbian society, features heavily in the acting categories with nominations for veterans Lionel Newton and Tina Jaxa.For a full list of TV and film nominations, visit the NFVF website’s Saftas page.Source: News24last_img read more

Green Building Myth: Technology Will Solve All Our Problems

first_imgThe last several weeks I’ve written about a number of common myths of green building. Here’s another: that the energy-conservation features and products we install are enough to ensure that our houses will be top energy performers.The starting point in greening a home should always be the sorts of features I cover weekly in this blog: high levels of insulation, good air sealing and weatherization, efficient heating and cooling equipment, energy-efficient appliances and lighting, and renewable energy systems. But these systems aren’t enough to ensure that our energy bills will be low. How we operate our houses also has a huge impact.To use an extreme example, even a superinsulated house with R-50 walls and triple-glazed windows will use a huge amount of energy if we leave the windows open all winter. Most of us would never do that — but we do leave the lights on and run water unnecessarily all the time. Below are a few strategies to help us save energy through thoughtful operation of our houses:1. Turn off the lightsLighting spaces that aren’t occupied wastes energy, pure and simple. No matter how efficient the electric lighting technology, turning those lights off saves more energy. Turn off the lights when you leave a room; if you can’t remember to do that — or if others in your family can’t — install occupancy sensors that turn off lights automatically after a room has been unoccupied for a certain length of time. (I like manual-on, auto-off occupancy sensors, so the lights don’t turn on when your cat walks into a room.) For outdoor lighting, if we can’t remember to turn lights on and off manually, motion sensors can be used to turn on lights only when needed, and photosensors will turn them off during the day.2. Use task lightingOften, we don’t need to light up a whole room. By turning on lights only where you need them — a practice known as “task lighting” — we can save lots of energy.3. Take shorter showersHeating water is one of the two or three largest energy uses in most homes — and as we improve the energy performance of our building envelopes (insulation levels, air tightness, windows, etc.), water heating becomes proportionally more important. Showers are typically the largest use of hot water in homes, and we can save a lot by not only installing low-flow showerheads (less than 2.0 gallons per minute) but also by taking shorter showers. A shower control that lets you turn the flow down while shampooing or lathering is another great way to save.4. Don’t leave the faucet runningIn the bathroom, avoid the temptation to leave the tap on while brushing your teeth or shaving. In the kitchen, don’t pre-rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, or if you must pre-rinse, turn on the water for just a few seconds to do so — and use cold water.5. Fill up the dishwasherMost dishwashers use almost as much water with a half load as a full load, so you can save a lot of water and energy by waiting to run the dishwasher until it’s full. Maybe you’ll have to buy a few more dishes, but you’ll save money in the long run if this permits you to run the dishwasher only every second or third day.6. Wash full loads of laundryThe same argument for running full loads in the dishwasher applies as well to clothes washers. Wait until you can run a full load.7. Hang clothes outdoorsIn good weather, you’ll save a lot of energy by hanging clothes outdoors. This will also save wear-and-tear on your clothes. (If you need evidence for this, think about where that lint you empty from the dryer trap is coming from!)8. During the summer, operate your house to reduce air conditioning useWith hot days and cool nights (except when it’s very humid), it makes sense to close up the house during the day and open it up at night. During the day close windows and also lower blinds if you aren’t home (to block solar heat gain). Then at night open the house up to bring in cooler night air. In some places or during some times of year, this can totally obviate the need for air conditioning.Achieving energy savings in homes is really a two-part strategy. First, we need the energy-saving technologies and systems in place. But often just as important is how we operate our houses for optimal energy performance. It isn’t rocket science, but it does take some common sense. Fancy technology isn’t the answer for everything.I invite you to share comments on this blog.—Alex Wilson is the executive editor of Environmental Building News and founder of BuildingGreen, LLC. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feeds.last_img read more

Two militants killed in Kashmir’s Kulgam

first_imgSecurity forces killed two Hizbul Mujahideen militants in a pre-dawn operation in Kulgam on Wednesday. The police said Irfan Manzoor Bhat from Poniwah in Kulgam and Zahid Ahmad Mantoo from Ferripora in Shopian were surrounded by a joint team of the Army, the police and the CRPF in the Gopalpora area of Kulgam. “The operation was launched on credible inputs. Both the militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site,” the police said.Mantoo, they said, was involved in planning and executing a series of attacks in the area. “He was involved in a case pertaining to the killing of three policemen at Batgund Shopian last year,” the police said.Bhat, who joined militancy recently, was “part of a militant group behind the killing of Abdul Majeed Dar from Shalipora in Kulgam”.In Poonch district in the Pir Panjal Valley, one solider was killed died and two others were injured in an “accidental” blast.An Army spokesman said the blast took place around 9.15 a.m. “during a training activity on a military post in the Mendhar sector”.“One soldier was critically injured in the incident and later succumbed to his injuries,” the Jammu-based Army spokesman said.last_img read more

Damian Lillard’s 3-pointer in OT lifts Blazers over Warriors

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lillard shot 7 for 20 with friends and family cheering him in the Blazers’ final scheduled trip to Oracle Arena before the Warriors move to San Francisco next season.“That’s a hell of a way to go out,” Lillard said. “We needed this win. It was a big game for us, especially having to play them two times in a row, having to play such a solid game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefKevin Durant missed a 13-footer off the front rim as the final buzzer sounded but finished with his second triple-double of the season: 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.“I’ve got to make that shot, plain and simple,” Durant said. MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lillard clearly had mixed emotions about the Warriors’ upcoming move, saying: “You wish it wasn’t happening. You know how much it means to the city of Oakland to have something positive happening, especially with the team having so much success right now. … So it’s sad to see them moving on.”SELLOUT STREAKGolden State’s 311th straight sellout Thursday became a new franchise best, topping a run of 310 consecutive sellouts from March 9, 1989, to April 19, 1996.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Portland pushed Golden State into nine first-half turnovers while committing just two. … The Blazers were 21 of 23 on free throws.Warriors: Durant has scored 20 or more points in his last nine games 23 of 24. … Golden State lost by 20-plus points at home twice in the previous six seasons but has done it four times already.UP NEXTTrail Blazers host Warriors on Saturday. The Warriors last played an opponent in two straight regular-season games against the Lakers on Nov. 23-25, 2016. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krauss BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Jon Jones defiant after failed drug test forces UFC 232 move PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 05: Damian Lillard #0 (R) of the Portland Trail Blazers talks with CJ McCollum #3 and Jusuf Nurkic #27 during the first half of the NBA preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 5, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. — Damian Lillard certainly left his mark over the years at Oracle Arena, and again in perhaps his final visit to a building he frequented as an NBA-crazed boy.Lillard hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime and scored 21 points back home in Oakland, sending the Portland Trail Blazers past the Golden State Warriors 110-109 in a wild one Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Curry’s 33-footer with 8:42 left in the third on a pass from Draymond Green got Golden State within two, then Curry found Green for a tying layup the next time down to make it 55-all.A series of silly mistakes followed: Thompson made a steal and threw it toward midcourt and Green couldn’t keep the ball from going over the line for a backcourt violation, as Portland regained possession. Then, Green clanked a one-handed dunk try off the back of the rim. This after he had earlier thrown a pass off Thompson’s head.The Warriors missed nine of their initial 11 free throws and finished an uncharacteristic 6 for 15 at the line.“Unacceptable to miss that many free throws,” Durant said.In the opener of a home-and-home series, both teams were trying to rebound from embarrassing Christmas losses in which the 3-point shooting was dismal: Golden State following that flop to the Lakers at home and the Blazers a 117-96 defeat at Utah.In his last five games against the Warriors, Lillard has averaged 31 points, shooting 42.4 percent and 38.8 percent on 3s.“I represent this city, so when I come here I want to represent myself well. I have a lot of family and friends coming to see me play, so you’re excited about that. You’ve got energy, that’s what it is,” Lillard said.LILLARD’S ORACLE MEMORIESWhen Lillard was 9 or 10, he came to a Rockets-Warriors game with his brother and lucked into getting to take a shot on the court.“My brother and I were up at our seats and Steve Francis was doing his pregame workout and the ball bounced up and into the stands and I ran down the stairs and got it and I was going to throw it back and he was like, ‘No, come shoot it.’ And I went on the court and shot a 3 and airballed. That’s the story.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Jusuf Nurkic had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who helped coach Terry Stotts pass Rick Adelman for second place on the Blazers’ career wins list with 292 behind Jack Ramsay’s 453. Stotts sipped some celebratory bubbly afterward.The Warriors couldn’t overcome a comedy of errors in losing a second straight at home. They took a 127-101 beating from the Lakers on Christmas night.Seth Curry largely outplayed big brother and Golden State star Stephen — whose poor pass with the Warriors leading by two was stolen on the sequence that led to Lillard’s shot.Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer with 10:46 to play in regulation, then his little brother rattled off 11 in a row with three consecutive 3s.Klay Thompson’s shooting struggles continued. He went 6 for 19 and was just 2 of 9 on 3-point tries on the way to 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View commentslast_img read more

APM Terminals Invests in Barcelona Terminal

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image by Tobias A. Müller on Unsplash Port and terminal operator APM Terminals Barcelona has invested EUR 47 million (USD 53 million) in the Spanish Port of Barcelona over recent months.This was announced last week while APMT Barcelona was providing an overview of its short and middle-term projects.“These recent investments are part of APM Terminals’ strategy to modernize its current fleet and increase equipment capacity and productivity, as well as improving safety at the Barcelona terminal,” Narcís Pavón, General Manager of APM Terminals Barcelona, explained. “We have renewed our commitment to the Port of Barcelona, equipping ourselves with the latest technology necessary to service the most modern container ships that currently stopover in the Catalan capital.”The most recent investment was the acquisition of 29 new straddle carriers, which will help APM Terminals Barcelona improve efficiency once operational this month.The terminal also took delivery of two new Super Post-Panamax cranes in April this year. The two new ship-to-shore cranes, which are now operational, allow operations with ships of up to 23 containers across the beam. In addition, they are capable of lifting 100 tons and can also operate in TWIN mode, which allows the terminal to further increase efficiency.This year the terminal also increased its reefer capacity by 31% through the installation of reefer racks that enable reefer containers to be stacked four high. The terminal now has a total of 632 connections, which allow for the expansion and increased rotation for equipment connections as well as complementary services.At the same time, the electrical capacity of the terminal was also improved, leading to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 600 tons per annum. This is the largest investment of its kind made in the Barcelona terminal.Also in support of high operational standards related to efficiency and security, APM Terminals launched real-time container tracking and vessel schedules via its website.In June, APM Terminals Barcelona also received Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status for protection and security from the Spanish Tax Agency. This certification standardizes the terminal’s customs operations, closing the circuit of customs processing and security in national and European transport. The purpose of the AEO status is to apply more rigorous and effective security measures and at the same time facilitate the flow of goods in international trade.“With this operation, APM Terminals demonstrates its firm commitment to efficiency and to providing greater transparency in the logistics chain, thanks to an innovative service that permits users to see the real-time status of containers. Improved energy efficiency of the new equipment will also result in reduced emissions,” Mercè Conesa, President of the Port of Barcelon, commented.“The company’s significant investment underpin the Port of Barcelona’s strategic plans, based on competitiveness, sustainability and innovation,” Conesa further said.last_img read more