D-Day for QPR in striker bid

first_imgHenrique’s application for a work permit is being considered this morning.QPR have agreed the signing of the Brazilian on an initial loan deal from Sao Paulo with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer, although there are doubts over whether the move will go through.Rangers have submitted the necessary paperwork in order to state their case and are hoping the striker, 20, is given the green light to move to England.Henrique attracted the attention of several European clubs at last year’s Under-20 World Cup, when he was top scorer and was voted the tournament’s best player.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Art show highlights Africa-America connection

first_imgThe Africans in America art exhibition highlights the connection between the US and Africa. Featuring a host of established and upcoming artists from the continent and the rest of the world, the exhibitionis at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg until 17 December 2016.(Photo: Goodman Gallery)CD AndersonA new exhibition at Johannesburg’s Goodman Gallery, titled Africans in America, is an exploration of the cultural and contextual parallels between the continent and the United States.The exhibition also forms part of the academic conference Black Portraiture[s] III. Reinventions: Strains of Histories and Cultures, held for the first time in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, from 17-19 November 2016.Black Portraiture[s] III is a collaboration between the US Department of State and Patrick Gaspard, the US ambassador to South Africa, as well as Harvard University, New York University and the Institute for African American Affairs. The forum offers an opportunity for artists, activists and academics from Africa, the US and the rest of the world to share ideas and perspectives on the African political and cultural identity within a global context.Emphasising that overall theme, the Africans in America exhibition itself runs until 17 December, presenting works at the Goodman and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Artists featured include Ghada Amer, Theaster Gates, Alfredo Jaar, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Odili Donald Odita and Kehinde Wiley.The exhibition is curated by Goodman director Liza Essers and Hank Willis Thomas. The work of the American visual artist and photographer has been widely praised for consistently challenging perceptions of identity, history and symbols, while igniting dialogue about African and diaspora identities, particularly in global political and pop culture contexts.A Place To Call Home (Africa-America)Thomas’s 2009 work, titled A Place To Call Home (Africa-America), represents the overarching identity of the Goodman exhibition.A wall-mounted sculpture of black metal against a white background, the piece epitomises the distinctive geographical, historical and political connection suggested by the African American identity. It challenges the mythological association between black Americans and the African continent.As Thomas describes it, “our roots may be from there, but many of us don’t necessarily feel any more at home on the continent than we do on the continent of our birth. Our home is a place in between.”Emerging African artistsAfrican artists involved in the Africans in America exhibition include Eritrean photographer Dawit L Petros, whose art incorporates migration and multicultural globalisation as metaphors for African modernity.Dawit L. Petros @HuisMarseille pic.twitter.com/vHErls1Wsi— The Culturist (@TheCulturist) September 18, 2016Rwandan visual artist Valerie Piraino uses the long history of mining and environmental damage in Africa to inform her minimalist work.Brendan Fernandes, a Canadian-Kenyan artist, explores pan-Africanism with a post-modern, multi-discipline slant.Established during apartheid, the Goodman Gallery has, over five decades, become an important art portal for African creativity. It has been under the directorship of Essers since 2008. The gallery is focused on shaping change through art and culture, as well as opening up avenues of dialogue between established and emerging South African artists, and artists across the continent and the globe.For more information on the Africans in America exhibition and the gallery, visit the Goodman Gallery website.Source: Goodman Gallerylast_img read more

isiXhosa sci-fi film wows at BRICS film festival in China

first_imgA new isiXhosa film, a futuristic sci-fi action film titled Stillborn, opened the International BRICS Film Festival held in China during June 2017.Mandisa Nduna portrays an android searching futuristic Johannesburg for her place in the world in Stillborn, a film by South African filmmaker Jahmil XT Qubeka. (Image: Vimeo)CD AndersonThe International BRICS Film Festival is an annual showcase of films from the BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The 2017 festival ran from 20-27 June 2017 in Chengdu, southwest China. More than 30 new productions from established and up-and-coming BRICS filmmakers were screened.A South African short film, the sci-fi drama Stillborn, written and directed by Jahmil XT Qubeka, opened the festival.Qubeka contributed the film to the festival’s collective film presentation, “Where Has Time Gone?”, which featured short vignette films from BRICS filmmakers. The coproduction was the first of many for the festival, which showcased filmmakers in line for scholarships to the prestigious Beijing Film Academy.Stillborn Teaser from Jahmil X.T. Qubeka on Vimeo.Qubeka is one of the country’s new generation of exciting and distinctive filmmakers, having directed the controversial but critically acclaimed noir film Of Good Report in 2013 and the crime thriller A Small Town Called Descent in 2011. His films, while adhering to the archetypal Western filmmaking traditions, offer a unique South African perspective and mood.The look and feel of Stillborn is no different.Based on a concept of a futuristic robot obsessed with its human ancestry‚ Stillborn touches on African and science fiction storytelling tropes such as cultural identity and the relationship between humans and technology. The film was made entirely in isiXhosa.Qubeka told the TimesLIVE news website before the film’s debut that it was the culmination of hard work and the bringing together of his Xhosa culture with his love of science fiction.“I grew up watching sci-fi films and‚ of course‚ my heritage is Xhosa. If I reflect on Xhosa and African culture there is a lot of potential sci-fi elements that I can draw from‚” he said. Qubeka admitted that his story might have been a little far-out and “too creative” for the festival audience, adding that “maybe we were too ambitious… with the project‚ but it was really well received”.The independently financed film was shot on location around Johannesburg, including at local mine shafts and the emblematic Orlando Towers.Stillborn’s lead, Mandisa Nduna — familiar to local audiences for her roles in the e-tv series The Hustle and the 2014 film Between Friends — plays the conflicted android. She said the demanding film shoot, often at night and in cold and cramped spaces, took a toll on her physically, but that the end result was worth the discomfort.She described the film as unlike anything she had done previously. “[Qubeka] told me that I should not look for any influence [on the character] but create her… from the ground up” and find something new to portraying a robot, with a true Africanness to it. “This was unique and I am so excited for audiences to see it‚” Nduna said.Culture of nation collaboration at festivalThe spirit of collaboration was very much the theme of the BRICS film festival, both creatively and economically.Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Makhotso Sotyu led a South African delegation to the festival, and said that the creative exchange between BRICS nations was an integral part of the theme of its most recent summit: the deepening of partnerships for a brighter future. Congratulating Qubeka and other South African filmmakers at the festival, Sotyu said that “film is one of the few unique artistic tools of expression that play an important role in cultural exchanges, co-existence and tolerance”.Festival jury member Xoliswa Sithole, a notable South African actress and director (Cry Freedom, Shouting Silent), also highlighted the need for the collective responsibility of BRICS nations to co-operate in art and culture. “We have a lot to share. China started trading with South Africa more than 1,000 years ago, so all what we are doing now is resuming the business.”The next BRICS Film Festival will be held in South Africa in 2018.Source:TimesLIVE, Brics Film Festival, Vimeo Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

How Andreessen-Horowitz Picked Its First Cloud Investment

first_imgTags:#Analysis#cloud Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watterscenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… On Monday, the cloud application management service Oktaannounced that it had secured a $10 million series A investment earlier this year led by Andressen-Horowitz. Okta allows companies to control their users, applications, and data both in the cloud and behind the firewall.Following the announcement, Ben Horowitz updated his blog with an explanation for the VC firm’s decision to back Okta. It’s a notable investment for two reasons: Firstly, Okta’s funding marks Andreessen-Horowitz’s first investment in the sector. As the firm has backed startups like Foursquare and Zynga, the move is a strong signal. And secondly, Horowitz himself was the founder and former CEO of Loudcloud, one of the original cloud computing companies. “I am,” he writes, ” considered somewhat of a domain expert in all things ‘cloud.’”As Horowitz notes, “our investment thesis starts, as always, with the entrepreneur.” Okta’s founding CEO Todd McKinnon ran Salesforce’s engineering team, and Horowitz describes him as one of the most astute engineering managers he’s ever worked with.McKinnon and Okta’s skill is being used to address what Horowitz calls “the cloud identity problem,” a problem that is different in the cloud than it is on-premise. Problems that have long been resolved – access to email, files, printers – remain issues in the cloud. Horowitz says, “I really like the market, because the cloud identity market will likely become the cloud management market. Given that those current markets combined are between $10B and $20B (depending on what you count), the resulting market will be extremely large.”While the Andreessen-Horowitz backing of Okta bodes well for the startup’s success, this positive investor statement is another strong endorsement for the expanding cloud sector as well.last_img read more

NBC Sale by Weapons Giant to Cable Giant Approved by FCC

first_imgThe Federal Trade Commission has approved the controversial sale of a majority share of NBC Universal by General Electric to Comcast, leaving only Justice Department approval for a deal that could define the changing landscape of national power. (Update, it’s all approved now, by the Justice Dept. as well.) Critics used to call into question the relationship between NBC, a leading provider of news and analysis regarding current events, and its owners General Electric, a leading provider of big weapons that made those current events go boom.Now we live in a different world, a post-Cold War information age. Power used to hinge in large part over who had the biggest bomb stockpile. In the future it may be a question of whose voice and content gets delivered through the tubes. If this deal goes through, the many tubes that belong to Comcast will have a vested interest in getting NBC content to customers fast. Other content, not as much. Into that breach may come legislation. The openness of the Web will be hotly debated.Brian Stetler and Tim Arango of The New York Times have the most detailed, yet accessible, media industry insider’s coverage.See also: Is the Comcast NBC Merger the End for Web TV Startups?They excerpt the following from the public statement of the one dissenter in the four to one FCC vote to approve the deal, senior Democratic commissioner, Michael J. Copps.“[It] confers too much power in one company’s hands…The Comcast-NBCU joint venture opens the door to the cable-ization of the open Internet. The potential for walled gardens, toll booths, content prioritization, access fees to reach end users, and a stake in the heart of independent content production is now very real.”The FCC has imposed a list of conditions on the deal that are intended to prevent that from happening, as well as compensate society for our trouble through steps like providing increased connectivity to underserved communities and more Spanish language programming. It seems like an interesting admission that this deal is risky for the interests of the rest of us that these kinds of conditions are included!What do you think about the Telecom Industrial Complex buying the old peacock? Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Analysis#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

UNDER THE NTL SPOTLIGHT…BELINDA HAMMETT

first_imgThe 2007 National Touch League is Australia’s most prestigious touch football tournament. Throughout the tournement Touch Football Australia will be profiling some of the biggest names in the game who are in action at the showcase event.Todays spotlight is on Sharks Womens 20s and Australian Womens 20s squad member Belinda Hammett.To read Hammett’s profile click here.last_img