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  • Video: Diski Dancing in the Capital City

    first_imgThe Diski Dance featured large at Football Fridays’ launch in Tshwane/Pretoria on 30 Oct 2009. Lesego Madumo chats to choreographer Wendy Ramokgadi about South Africa’s signature 2010 dance – watches the Deputy President try out the moves – then gets on the other end of the camera!Click arrow to play video.last_img

  • SA’s debt ‘modest by global standards’

    first_img3 July 2012 The government is doing all it can to ensure sustainable debt levels while delivering efficient services to South Africans, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, noting that the country’s debt “remains fairly modest by international standards”. “When the crisis hit in 2008/09, we had a fiscal surplus which enabled us to absorb the shock from the recession. Our debt still remains fairly modest by international standards,” Gordhan said at the launch of the 2012 tax season in Pretoria on Monday. “We are doing everything possible as government to ensure that we maintain the sustainability of our debt picture on the one hand, and deliver effectively to South Africans that which we are required to deliver.” Fiscal strength played an important part in sustaining the government and economy. In the recession, South Africa lost R60-billion in revenue that has not been recovered. “We have managed to have a low debt load even by international standards,” he said. “Where gross debt might reach about 42% over the next three years, we are still better off than most countries in the world as far as our debt load is concerned.” The government would continue maintaining the same level of spending as before the recession, Gordhan said. “While we have made downward adjustments in our spending patterns, we’ll still sustain real growth in spending.”Registered taxpayer numbers have doubled The number of people registered as taxpayers in South Africa has doubled in the past two years, according to Business Report, growing from 6-million in 2010 to 13.7-million in March 2012. While many registered taxpayers fall below the income tax threshold, an estimated 12-million individual taxpayers contributed R251.6-billion to South Africa’s revenue last year. Gordhan thanked the public “for their loyalty to the country, enabling government to do what it has done in the past 18 years – some of which could have been done differently, and some which could have been done better”. The relationship between taxpayers and the government was crucial in order to have a viable democracy, Gordhan said. “Governments and the fiscal strength of governments play a very important part in sustaining both the government itself and the economy more generally.” Gordhan said he was aware of instances where taxpayers’ money was not used as effectively as it should be. “[We] want to assure taxpayers that we will continue to increase our efforts to ensure effective use of the money and effective implementation,” he said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

  • The Influence of Paintings on Filmmakers

    first_imgPaintings in FilmFrom characters visiting museums, famous works of art hanging in a protagonist’s home, to subtle storytelling cues — paintings have appeared in many different ways.The James Bond epic Skyfall used the famous British painting The Fighting Temeraire by J.M.W. Turner as a talking point, as Q asked Bond about his interpretation of the piece.Image: Skyfall via Sony PicturesQ: It always makes me feel a little melancholy. Grand old war ship, being ignominiously hauled away to scrap… The inevitability of time, don’t you think? What do you see?James Bond: A bloody big ship.This particular question was a meta reference to the aging James Bond franchise, and whether or not a fun-loving spy from the 60s had any place in this current generation.Image: Dr. No via United ArtistsSkyfall certainly wasn’t the first James Bond film to use paintings to influence the story, as the very first Bond film, Dr. No, featured Francisco Goya’s Portrait of The Duke of Wellington. That painting was famously stolen from the National Gallery in London on August 2nd 1961. A replica of the painting was used in the 1962 film, hanging in Dr. No’s lair — suggesting he was the one who stole it.Those two examples alone show how drastically paintings can be used in completely different manners. For more examples, I highly recommend diving through the archive of Paintings in Movies. The website is full of film stills with paintings — which you can sort through by styles of art (like impressionism or surrealism), as well as sorting by colors, artists, and topics like landscapes or portraits.Paintings and art theory certainly have plenty to offer filmmakers. For more inspiration, be sure to take a look at the basics of color theory, applying a film’s color palette to your own projects, and even turning your films into moving paintings.What are some of your favorite works of art showing up in film? Let us know in the comments below. See the art of painting and the art of filmmaking meet in beautifully composed shots.Top image: The Blue Boy via Wikipedia and Django Unchained via Columbia PicturesArtists have always influenced other artists, and many artists steal from each other. Whether it’s the influence of legendary painters on filmmakers, or a single painting helping a writer tell their story, there are countless examples of filmmakers finding inspiration in other works.Here are a few examples of paintings being recreated in films (and paintings showing up in films) to get your creative juices flowing.Paintings Recreated in FilmTo see the influence paintings have had on filmmakers, start with this great video essay series Film Meets Art by Vugar Efendi.In this first video, you will see how paintings come to life in film — as artwork like the Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli was recreated in the film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Terry Gilliam. Other inspirations include Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy in the Quentin Tarantino western Django Unchained, and Edward Hopper’s House by the Railroad being built as Mother’s home in Alfred Hitchcock‘s Psycho.The second installment has even more stunning recreations — including the actual recreation of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ La petite baigneuse, dit aussi Intérieur de harem in Jean-Luc Godard’s Passion. You will also see the classic Freedom from Fear by Norman Rockwell in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, and Jacques-Louis David’s La Mort de Marat in Alexander Payne‘s About Schmidt.last_img read more

  • ONE Championship visits Los Angeles, considers global future

    first_imgONE doesn’t plan to schedule an MMA show in the U.S. this year, and Franklin promised nothing — but he won’t be surprised if ONE takes a leap across the Pacific soon.“I believe 2020 will be a good year for us to make some noise on this side of the world,” Franklin said.ONE Championship is making stops this week in Seattle, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where it will appear Thursday — just two days ahead of UFC 235 on the Strip.ONE believes it stands out with a version of MMA less concerned with championships and trash talk than athletic inspiration and gracious behavior.Those principles appealed to Johnson and Alvarez, two recent UFC belt-holders who eagerly agreed to join ONE last year.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Big 2nd quarter propels Raptors to rout of slumping Celtics 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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ONE Championship at the Southwest Boys and Girls Club on Monday, February 25, 2019 in Seattle. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOLOS ANGELES — Rich Franklin joined ONE Championship as a vice president nearly five years ago, and the former UFC champion has enjoyed the ride during the Singapore-based mixed martial arts promotion’s rapid growth across Asia.After signing several American fighters and inking a new broadcast deal with Turner Sports’ B/R Live in the past few months, ONE’s ambitions are clearly becoming global.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte While the promotion hasn’t scheduled any events in the U.S. or Canada just yet, Franklin wants North American fans to keep their eyes on a company with a fresh approach to this inherently combative sport.“We’ve got a different product than a lot of fans are used in this part of the world,” said Franklin, the former math teacher from Cincinnati. “This promotion really stands for the values of compassion, discipline, respect, honor — all the things that my dad wanted me to learn when he put me in karate.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesONE is traveling the U.S. West Coast this week, staging its first North American public appearances on turf long dominated by the UFC and Bellator. Franklin and Miesha Tate — another former UFC champion now working for ONE as an executive — watched Tuesday while Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez and Sage Northcutt threw punches and did backflips for a loud contingent of hard-core MMA fans enticed by free T-shirts and the chance to meet three well-known stars who left the UFC last year.It’s tough to fully demonstrate ONE’s unique qualities in a brief open workout in a gym near the Los Angeles River’s famed concrete basin, but ONE’s shows are available online to any North American fan — and they could be even closer in the near future. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “I think we’re doing something great that’s going to threaten the North American market eventually,” Alvarez said.Alvarez, who lost his UFC belt to Conor McGregor in 2016, has already fought around the world for several promotions. The Philadelphia-based fighter said he had grown tired of “all the circus acts happening” in the UFC, from professional wrestlers getting prime promotional slots to the combative pre-fight posturing mastered by McGregor and others.“There’s a lot of people who want a sport with integrity,” Alvarez said. “We have a want for honesty, and that’s gone missing. I can get a title shot here, and how many followers I have on Twitter and Instagram doesn’t matter. I don’t have to be a WWF wrestler. I can just be good at fighting. Imagine how good that feels to all the good fighters out there.”Johnson was the UFC’s long-reigning flyweight champion before losing a decision to Henry Cejudo last summer. The 5-foot-3 fighter known as “Mighty Mouse” embraced the chance to have a new adventure, starting with his debut March 31 in Tokyo on a card including Alvarez.“I knew this was a company that I had a lot in common with, and I couldn’t pass it up,” Johnson said. “Also, I love to travel and see new things, and this is a chance to do that.”The 22-year-old Northcutt is one of the most high-profile prospects in MMA, going 6-2 in the UFC before it declined to renew his contract. He jumped at the chance to move to ONE, where he can also compete in kickboxing and muay thai as he attempts to become a multidisciplinary champion.“I just love everything about it,” Northcutt said, “and I really think all of the fans are going to love it, too.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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