PNG Orchids documentary praised

first_imgThe film premiered this week (8 April) in London’s Covent Garden district, the cultural hub of the city, and had to be moved to a bigger cinema screen after attracting a near sell-out audience. Most had never had the opportunity to watch a film about PNG.The High Commissioners of New Zealand and Tonga attended the premiere with large numbers of their staff members, alongside representatives from the Australian High Commission, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Foundation, the Rugby League International Federation and other sporting organisations, including the Pacific UK Sports Club.The film’s director, Joanna Lester, who grew up in London before moving to PNG to work in rugby league, also attended during a visit to launch the film in the UK.Kiap, who has been PNG’s representative in the UK since 2011, said the film tells the story of the next generation of ground-breaking PNG women who are changing their country through sport.“This film intends to portray that, from a difficult environment, women are coming out of the woodwork and fulfilling their dream to play rugby league, to represent their country, but most of all to excel in their sport and to exercise their right to open all doors and to walk through them,” she said in her opening speech.“I know the difficulties only too well. We live in parallel universes in PNG, where women have to emerge from one universe and cross to the other in order to find their voice and potential, to define themselves according to their dreams rather than according to cultural prescriptions.“The PNG Orchids are perhaps two generations from me. The mental shift has been great from my time to theirs. The emerging women of PNG are finding that they have the power to determine their own destiny through education, through sport.“If there is a critical mass of them to deflect cultural dictates which include domestic and other forms of violence against them, to set up examples of freedom to choose, then they leave a legacy for those following them.“This film’s tagline is, ‘Can one team realise the dream of millions?’ I say it has to, and it will. Until recently, rugby league was seen as a men’s sport. But if you go to watch a women’s rugby league game now in PNG, I am sure you will see that more than half of the spectators will be men.“That is a huge indication of barriers coming down and a huge investment of social capital in women in rugby league.“I thank Joanna for this film, for her effort to use this medium to bring change to women’s status in PNG, as well as to show that changes are happening. I wish her success as she takes the film to other UK cities and hope that her audience will recognise the determination of young PNG women to set their own goals and to find ways of reaching them.”The launch of Power Meri in the UK is supported by Rugby League World Cup 2021, which will be staged in England.The women’s and men’s tournaments will run alongside each other, and the number of countries in the women’s world cup will increase to eight (from six in 2017). UK Super League clubs are organising and supporting screenings of Power Meri, using the story of the PNG Orchids to promote women’s rugby league in England between now and the world cup.Since its release in October 2018, Power Meri continues to screen in cinemas across Australia, and NRL clubs including the Dragons and the Bulldogs have shown the film to their players.It has also been selected for film festivals in the USA and French Polynesia.(PNG High Commissioner, Her Excellency Winnie Kiap, centre left, and ‘Power Meri’ director Joanna Lester, centre right, were joined by Tongan High Commissioner, Titilupe Fanetupouvava’u Tu’ivakano, second from left, and New Zealand High Commissioner, Sir Jerry Mateparae, second from right, at the film’s London premiere)last_img read more

Helterbrand to sign one-year extension with Ginebra

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila WATCH: Damian Lillard debuts rap album with single ‘Growth Spurt’ BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise “He will be back. He will sign for another year,” said coach Tim Cone on Friday.Seldom used throughout the season, the 2009 Most Valuable Player reminded everyone his worth to the team in the Governors’ Cup Finals, proving to be a vital cog in Ginebra’s memorable series against Meralco.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentAnd Cone believes the 40-year Helterbrand still has some gas left in his tank.“He is ready to play. I think he is going to help in the build up for next season,” he said. Ginebra’s Jayjay Helterbrand. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter helping end Ginebra’s eight-year title drought, Jayjay Helterbrand gets one more crack at it before he calls it a career.Helterbrand, the other half of the Fast and the Furious duo, is set to extend his career for one more season to help the Gin Kings sustain the breakthrough they had in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Cone shared that Helterbrand and the management is yet to talk about the extension, but he expects to see his veteran point guard on the hardcourt once the preparations for the 2017 season begin on the second week of November.“The intention on both sides is the same so I expect the deal to be done,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway View commentslast_img read more

Jason Shurland – A designer with a touch of uniqueness

first_imgTwenty-six-year-old Jason Shurland is a well-known Guyanese fashion designer who also studied interior designing, hospitality and restaurant management. He considers himself multi-talented.He thought about a lot of professions but his dream was always be a chef, although his love for fashion is close to his heart.At the age of 17, he started to model for Guyana Fashion Week under the auspices of Guyanese Fashion Icon, Sonia Noel. While hitting the runway, he kept his focus on how Noel ran and managed her business and from then on, he knew he wanted to become a fashion designer. In 2013, he started his designing career when he created a swimsuit made out of coins. With that design, it gave him the recognition both locally and international.From then on, he continues to create gowns embellished with mirrors, glass, rose petals and a very elaborate black wedding dress.  These pieces again made him famous in the fashion industry.The black wedding gown took him two months to complete with all the details and hand sewing that was required.He recently came up with an idea to promote his work in the public domain. Most of his clients would agree for the pieces to be posted on social media.Within a short time, he recorded fashion tutorials/fashion illustration videos on how his sketches are done. One of his most recent video was done with reigning Miss Guyana Global, Poonam Singh in her song “Guyana”.His work continues as a fashion designer but more recently, he has been mentoring aspiring designers.“I help and guide them and also teach them the business format as well. As a word of advice to anyone who has a dream in any field… work hard. Without hard work, your dream will stay a dream,” Shurland told the Guyana Times Entertainment.last_img read more

Trev Talks – Boss Mare Betty

first_imgThis week on Trev Talks, we sat down to talk with Boss Mare Betty to talk about Fort St. John from a local bloggers perspective.  Boss Mare Betty has a unique take on Fort St. John and the events happening in our community.Check out her blog by clicking here.You can watch the Youtube version of the show above or watch it on Facebook below.- Advertisement -Listen for Trev Talks every Friday at 10 a.m. on Moose FM and shared live on Facebook and Youtube.last_img

Slaying of woman in El Camino Village called `beyond belief’

first_imgCRIME: The 76-year-old was an active great-grandmother who walked 4 miles per day. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER A woman found slain in El Camino Village was a 76-year-old great-grandmother whose assailant beat her as she walked just blocks from her home, a detective said Wednesday. Severa G. Madrona’s attacker moved her body into the backyard of a home at 152nd Street and Eriel Avenue after killing her Tuesday morning, sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Brackpool said. Madrona had no connection to that house. Investigators have not determined whether the 5-foot, 90-pound woman was robbed. She was not sexually assaulted, Brackpool said. Madrona, a mother of eight who had 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, lived on nearby 157th Street. An autopsy is scheduled, but a preliminary examination of her body indicated that Madrona was a victim of blunt force, detectives and coroner’s officials said. “She did have trauma to the upper body,” Brackpool said. Madrona’s body was discovered about 8:15 a.m., but she remained unidentified until 10:30 p.m., shortly after her daughter and son-in-law reported her missing. Virginia and Tom Bernard knew police were investigating a crime nearby, but had no idea it involved Madrona until deputies connected the woman to the missing-person report. Detectives knocked on their door with the horrible news. “It’s beyond belief,” Tom Bernard said. “How could (someone) do that to a 77-year-old lady?” Madrona would have turned 77 in November, but was so active she looked much younger. Before detectives identified her, they said the woman appeared to be about 50. At least twice a day, Madrona took long walks through El Camino Village, going to the nearby community college, chatting with neighbors and visiting friends. She’d walk about 4 miles a day. “This lady was in tremendous shape,” her son-in-law said. “Her medication was zero.” A native of the Philippines, Madrona grew up poor, working on her family’s rice farm. She immigrated to the United States about 24 years ago and soon became an American citizen. Madrona, whose husband died years ago, never missed voting in an election and regularly volunteered as a poll worker. She spent her days exercising, cooking, cleaning house, pulling weeds from the yard, and worshipping at St. Catherine Laboure Church in Torrance. “What mattered to her was just her family,” her son-in-law said. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

England blow as Karen Bardsley out for remainder of Euro 2017 with broken leg

first_img Karen Bardsley had to be substituted in England’s win over France England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has been ruled out for the remainder of Women’s Euro 2017 by a broken leg.The Football Association has confirmed the Manchester City player suffered a fractured fibula during Sunday’s quarter-final win over France.It had been hoped Bardsley would still be able to feature in the tournament but the full extent of the injury has now become clear following medical assessment and she will instead remain with the group in a supporting role.The news is a blow ahead of Thursday’s semi-final against host nation Holland but Bardsley had already been rated highly doubtful for the match in Enschede.Liverpool’s Siobhan Chamberlain, who played the closing stages against France and started the group clash with Portugal, is set to take over.Lionesses defender Demi Stokes commiserated with her stricken team-mate but insisted the remainder of the side would not take their eye off the prize.“I think it’s really unfortunate what’s happened to KB. It’s a real shame and something you wouldn’t want to happen to your worst enemy,” the Manchester City full-back said.“The whole team are around her and she’s got our full support. But this stuff happens in tournament football and it’s important to stay together as a group and remain focused.“Karen has played a big role in the squad and helped us get where we are. It’s absolutely right that she stays out here and she’s still a team-mate, that doesn’t stop.“We’re confident in Siobhan, we know she can get the job done and that’s why we have a squad here. Anyone who gets picked we are confident in.”Manager Mark Sampson will make one more enforced change, with midfielder Jill Scott ruled out through suspension.Sampson nevertheless is convinced his side are prepared for anything – including penalties – having made impressive progress through the tournament.The Lionesses have scored 11 goals in their four games and conceded just one. 1last_img read more

Real Madrid confirm new deal for long-serving star

first_img Marcelo has been at Real Madrid since 2007 Real Madrid defender Marcelo has signed a contract extension which will keep him at the club until June 2022.The 29-year-old Brazil international signed for Real from Fluminense in 2007 and has helped Los Blancos win three Champions League titles and four LaLiga titles.A statement on Real’s official website said: “Real Madrid CF and Marcelo have agreed to extend the player’s contract, which will see him remain at the club until June 30, 2022.”The contract news was announced for Marcelo shortly after he was given a two-match domestic ban by the Spanish federation (RFEF) for his sending-off in the 1-1 draw with Levante for kicking Jefferson Lerma in an off-the-ball incident.The left-back was shown a straight red card and will now miss LaLiga fixtures against Real Sociedad and Real Betis. 1last_img read more

Developing Mpumalanga’s farmers

first_img9 November 2011President Jacob Zuma, speaking at the launch of the Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative in Mkhondo local municipality in Mpumalanga province on Sunday, urged emerging farmers to use their farms to help create jobs and alleviate poverty in the country.He told community members that through agricultural projects initiated in the area, people could get jobs and poverty could be alleviated.“If you stand firm and make sure that these projects don’t fail in your hands, poverty can be alleviated and job creation can be high,” Zuma said. “We need to wake up and do things ourselves. Government is here to help you. People must not rely on [social] grants for a living when they have land.”Zuma co-founded the nationwide Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative with KwaZulu-Natal businessman Daebo Mzobe.On Sunday, he visited various agricultural projects that fall under the initiative around Piet Retief, handed over five houses, and also handed over the newly built Ezakheni Combined Boarding School in Donkerhoek. The school will accommodate children from child-headed families.‘Let the supermarkets buy from them’Zuma was accompanied by Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza.He promised that offices of the Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative would be built in Mpumalanga soon.“We have taken a resolution to build offices here in Mpumalanga, where Mpumalanga people can access them easily. We want people, including businessmen, to volunteer and boost projects in their communities.“We do not want the community to buy food from supermarkets, but let the supermarkets buy from them.”Mabuza promised that his administration would support the Masibambisane famers by buying food from them.“We will make sure that to sustain these projects, as government, we will buy food and vegetables for schools, hospitals and other government institutions. We will also help process them,” Mabuza said.Five houses handed overA recipient of one of the five houses handed over by Zuma at eThandakukhanya township, Nelisiwe Mbokazi, 37, who cares for 10 children, including six of her own, couldn’t hide her joy when she stepped into the solar-powered house.“This is something I will never forget in my life. I’ve been staying in a shack all my life, but having Zuma give me this house has changed all our lives,” she said. Mbokazi’s house was fully-furnished.Gigaba told the community that his department would spend R1-million electrifying 63 houses in eThandakukhanya township.He said R300 000 would also be spent electrifying agricultural projects that have been initiated in the area to boost their irrigation.“All the aforesaid help, especially the electrification of the houses, will start this week,” Gigaba said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Turning junk into treasure

first_imgEl Anatsui’s 2011 piece Stressed World was commissioned for an exhibition titled When I Last Wrote to You About Africa.(Image: Konnect Africa) Calixte Dakpogan specialises in creating figures and masks from plastic, iron, glass, copper, wood, and whatever else he can find. This 2002 piece is named La mort debout – Resuscitated.(Image: CAAC Art) La Bouche du Roi, by Romuald Hazoumé, is laid out to resemble a now-famous print of the British slave ship Brookes.(Image: Art Focus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Think Africa PressRELATED ARTICLES• Waste gives Such artistic inspiration• Recycled cricket gear creates jobs• Itlhabolole: beauty from waste• ConCourt art tells SA’s story• Recycled corks, safer communitiesSource: Craig Halliday via Think Africa PressAfrican artists have been recycling and re-using materials for hundreds of years. In Benin, a vast number of imported copper pans were recycled to cast various objects such as the Benin bronzes, while in Ghana the unravelling of imported foreign silks were used to increase the availability of thread colours for Kente cloth.Artists have long interrogated the significance of using different materials in art and for many the material chosen holds a crucial conceptual importance.Understanding this symbolic significance of a material requires an understanding of the context and environment in which the artist is working.Transformation through re-use, not recyclingOne artist with a love of raw materials is Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui. His work includes the re-use of woods and metals, which he gathers himself and transforms into sculptures.Working with whatever his environment throws up, Anatsui frequently makes use of discarded liquor tops. The liquor tops are cut up, flattened, arranged in a sequence and joined together with copper wire to create large cloth-like sculptures. The once rigid metals become flowing rhythmic representations of Ghanaian cloth, which portray particular Ghanaian symbols and representational values.There are good reasons for Anatsui’s choice of used liquor tops. The bottle tops’ malleability allows the artist to puncture holes through them, a quality unobtainable with discarded soda bottle tops.Furthermore, they refer to the historic ties of the alcohol trade between West Africa, Europe and America; to the pleasure of drinking or “building the stomach”, a common cultural turn of phrase; and they reflect the consumptive nature of society as a whole.El Anatsui does not recycle these bottle tops, but transforms them. And the connotations they carry become a part of the work itself – a commentary on his society, cultural history and environment.Material choice representing heritageCalixte Dakpogan of Benin is another artist who uses discarded materials. Dakpogan’s skilful manipulation of materials goes back to the time of an ancestor, who was a blacksmith at the 19th-century royal court of King Toffa, and the tradition has been passed down from father to son ever since.Dakpogan benefits from a seemingly inexhaustible abundance of car wrecks in his home town of Porto Novo, and other abandoned bits and pieces to make sculptural figures and masks.This allows him a great deal of symbolism on which to draw. The automobile is often seen as a symbol of power under the protection of Ogun – the Yoruba god of metal work – and Dakpogan’s sculptures also relate to the Fon statues from the early 19th century.Through his choice to use and transform these materials into relatable sculptural forms, Dakpogan’s artworks intentionally play with associations to his heritage and culture.In working with recovered materials, Dakpogan bestows a level of energy upon his sculptures which would be unobtainable if the artist used new materials. Whilst it is clear that the materials’ easy availability plays a role in their use, there is no doubt that Dakpogan’s choice of materials is based on aesthetics and artistic vision rather than necessity.Objects as metaphorsRomuald Hazoumé in Benin takes a slightly different approach in his used of discarded objects. He does not transform his objects per se, but re-uses them. An object used repetitively in his work is the petrol can, which implicitly draws reference to the black market petrol trade and its deeper social significance.With cheaper petrol prices in neighbouring Nigeria – until recently – the black market saw petrol flow easily, if illegally, across the border. The cans carried by black market transporters are worked to breaking point then discarded, something in which Hazoumé sees similarities with enslavement.He says, “Many people live in the same kind of conditions, bound to work their whole lives for rich bosses who use them without regard for their humanity, and who then throw them away, like refuse”.Hazoumé’s representation of slavery is most notable in the multimedia installation La Bouche du Roi (the mouth of the king) in which he uses dozens of petrol containers laid out to resemble an 18th century print of the British slave ship Brookes – this now notorious image was used by campaigners, led by William Wilberforce, against the transatlantic slave trade.The individual containers represent the people of Africa who were crammed together in the slave trade. The piece refers to the exportation of oil to the West with little in return, juxtaposing the historical image with that of the implement used to transport petrol. The used petrol cans act as a metaphor for slavery past and present.El Anatsui, Calixte Dakpogan and Romuald Hazoumé are just three examples of African artists with the ingenuity, creativity and contemplation to turn what others discard or see as junk into works of art. And, in doing so, creating dialogue about social, historical, and political realities.A material or use of material simply does not hold one value, connotation or significance; instead, any material holds a different value and characteristic depending on the context in which it is used. This is nowhere clearer than in African artists’ re-use of everyday bits and pieces.last_img read more

South African tax for investors

first_imgSouth Africa has a well-developed and regulated taxation regime. While the laws are constantly being revised and amended to keep them up to date and in line with international best practice, here are the tax basics for foreigners investing or working in South Africa.The tax regime is set by the National Treasury and managed by the South African Revenue Service (Sars).Websites:www.sars.gov.zaandwww.treasury.gov.zaKey starting pointsIndividuals who are South African residents are taxed on their worldwide income.Non-South African residents are only taxed on income from a source in South Africa.There is no group taxation in South Africa – so each company is taxed as a separate taxpayer.Partnerships are not recognised as separate entities for income tax purposes and are fiscally transparent. Instead, the individual partners are taxed separately on their share of the partnership profits.A company is regarded as a South African resident if it is incorporated in South Africa or if it has its place of effective management in South Africa.Businesses may select their own financial year-end. For individuals, the tax year runs from 1 March to 28 February.Businesses must file annual income tax returns with Sars. It is also a legal requirement for all companies and close corporations to file annual returns with Companies and Intellectual Property Commission annual basis. See www.cipc.co.za for more.Special dispensations are provided for companies who derive their income from mining, gold mining, oil and gas, and farming. See www.sars.gov.za for details.Income taxThe principal source of direct taxation revenue in South Africa is income tax. Individuals are taxed on a progressive basis up to a maximum rate of 40% on taxable income exceeding R671 000 a year (tax year end February 2013).Tax on the income of non-South African residents is source-based, meaning that any income from a source within (or deemed to be within) South Africa is taxed, irrespective of the residence of the recipient of the income.Domestic companies are taxed at a flat rate of 28%.A 15% withholding tax is imposed on dividends paid to resident or non-resident shareholders.Trusts (other than special trusts) are taxed at a flat rate of 40% on income and 66.6% of capital gains that do not vest in a beneficiary of the trust during the tax year in question.Special trusts, such as those created solely for the benefit of a person who is mentally ill or disabled, are taxed on the same progressive basis as individuals.Value Added Tax (VAT)The principal source of indirect taxation revenue in South Africa is Value Added Tax (VAT). If a subsidiary or branch of a foreign-owned company sells goods or provides services, it must register as a vendor with Sars and charge and pay over VAT.The standard rate of VAT is 14%. Exports, certain foodstuffs and other supplies are zero-rated, and certain supplies are exempt (mainly certain financial services, residential accommodation and public transport).Capital gains taxCapital gains tax is levied on non-residents to the extent that they dispose of immovable property situated in South Africa, or have a permanent establishment in South Africa and dispose of an asset of that establishment.Double taxation agreementsThe tax liability of a foreign company depends on the nature of the income derived by it, as well as the existence of a double taxation agreement.South Africa has agreements with most of its trading partners to prevent double taxation of income accruing to South Africa taxpayers from foreign sources, or of income accruing to foreign taxpayers from South African sources.In terms of these arrangements a foreign resident will be taxed in South Africa only if it conducts business through a permanent establishment in South Africa.Note: Any person who is deemed to be a resident of another state through the application of a double tax agreement will not be treated as a South African resident.Foreign tax creditsThe Income Tax Act grants rebates in respect of foreign taxes on income. A South African resident is entitled to a rebate equal to the sum of any taxes on income payable to the government of another country, in respect of, inter alia, income received by such individual from a source outside South Africa which has been included in that individual’s taxable income in South Africa. The foreign tax credit is limited to the attributable South African income tax on the foreign income.Headquarter company regimeThe headquarter company regime (HQC) is another push for South Africa to enhance its role as gateway to the continent. This aims to reduce the tax cost of operating a headquarter company in South Africa. For example, it exempts companies from withholding dividends tax and tax on interest and royalties on income flowing through them from foreign subsidiaries.Download: Taxation Laws Amendment Act, No 7 of 2010Other taxesOther taxes affecting subsidiaries or branches of foreign-owned companies:If a firm employs personnel, it must register as an employer with Sars and deduct tax (PAYE) from its employees’ salaries.A skills development levy at the rate of 1% of remuneration is payable.Transfer duty is payable on land and buildings (8% of the value of the property in the case of a corporate purchaser).Stamp duty at 0.25% is payable on transfer and issue of shares. Stamp duty is also payable on certain other agreements, such as leases and mortgage bonds.Securities transfer tax is due on the change in beneficial ownership of securities, such as shares in a company or members’ interests in a close corporation.Customs and excise taxes.Compulsory workmen’s compensation, assurance and unemployment insurance fund premiums are payable, although these are relatively insignificant. There are no other social security payments.Estate duty (20%) is paid on all assets of a deceased person’s estate if they are South African residents. For non-residents, only the assets within South Africa form part of the total value of the estate.Donations tax (20%), paid by the donor, is levied on the value of property donated by South African individuals and companies. Certain donations are exempt and non-residents are not liable for donations tax.Sources: www.sars.gov.za, www.webberwentzel.comSAinfo reporterReviewed: 25 March 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more