23 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: News24
Domestic phone maker Xolo has launched a new smartphone, the Q600s. The device is listed on its official website for Rs 7,499. It will also be available on Snapdeal.The Xolo Q600s comes with a 4.5-inch IPS display. The Android Kit Kat powered handset has 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory, which can be expanded up to 64 GB via microSD card. It packs a 2000 mAh battery with total music playback time of up to 35.5 hours. It comes with a 1.2 GHz Broadcom Quad Core Processor having VideoCore IV GPU.As per the claim, “Q600s has a combination of GPS & GLONASS which improves navigation even in areas where GPS satellites are not able to accurately provide your location, getting you to your destination every time.”It sports a -5MP rear camera and a VGA front camera with operator video calling facility.The Q600s is one of the slimmest smartphones available with a z-height (thickness) of just 7.9mm.
Barisal University students stage demonstration by putting up barricades on Barishal-Patuakhali highway. Photo: Prothom AloBarisal University (BU) students have been staging demonstration by putting up barricades on Barishal-Patuakhali highway since Wednesday morning demanding the vice-chancellor’s resignation, reports UNB.The agitated students also vowed to continue their protest unit their demand is met.Meanwhile, communication of Barishal with Patuakhali, Barguna and Bhola districts remained suspended since the morning, causing immense sufferings to the commuters.Witnesses said the students took to the street around 11:00am after keeping the main entrance of the academic building locked. They also boycotted all classes and examinations.On 28 March, authorities shut down the university for an indefinite period amid student protests demanding withdrawal of the VC for his ‘offensive’ comment made while addressing a programme marking the 49th Independence Day on the campus.The following day, professor Imamul Huq apologised for his comment, saying it was misunderstood by the students.On 26 March, students started demonstrations claiming that the VC organised the Independence Day programme on the campus without inviting students. During the programme, the VC reportedly labelled them as offspring of collaborators who helped Pakistani army in Bangladesh’s liberation war in 1971.However, a meeting of the district administration, teachers and students decided to reopen the university on Sunday.
A teen in the Third Ward will have to choose between twenty colleges this month. Lamar High School senior Micheal Brown, 17, has a full ride to each university where he applied.Brown said it was a slow build up of excitement as his acceptances started coming in last November through March. Brown will now begin visiting schools to decide which he will attend this fall. “I never imagined this would happen,” Brown said, “but I’m really happy about it.”Michael Brown celebrates his acceptance to Stanford. The 17-year-old from Houston, Texas, applied to 20 of the best universities in the US and was admitted to every single one with a full ride — and $260,000 in additional scholarship offers https://t.co/YZZdYtKOB5 pic.twitter.com/nIUB14cYjg— CNN (@CNN) March 31, 2018Trisha Cornwell is the Executive Director of EMERGE, a program Brown was involved with, since the 10th grade. The group “empowers & prepares high-performing students from underserved communities to attend and graduate from selective colleges & universities across the nation,” according to its mission statement.“We’re so excited for Micheal. He’s really a prime example of what happens when talent and preparation meet opportunity and access. And that’s what we do at EMERGE,” Cornwell told News 88.7.“Our real focus is ensuring the most talented students in Houston get the same opportunity and access as their wealthy peers from some of the most elite private schools in the city. My hope is that Micheal’s success inspires other students from his neighborhood, and neighborhoods like his across the city, to reach higher, and know they can apply to the most selective colleges across the country and get in,” Cornwell said.Brown said he has narrowed down his choices to Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Georgetown, and Vanderbilt. He attributed his success to the mentors he’s had while growing up. “Especially looking forward, I think something that’s going to be important to me is like the simple idea of giving back to others the things that have been given to me,” Brown said.Brown wants to major in political science and become a lawyer or politician. He said he wants to help create change in his community, citing the election of President Barack Obama as highly influential. Share