Life’s been better than good for Stephen Curry. But that doesn’t mean the Warriors star doesn’t have some regrets during the meteoric rise of his 10-year NBA career.OK, maybe just one. Curry now wishes the world wasn’t introduced to his young daughter Riley during the 2015 Western Conference playoffs. His adorable girl may have stolen the show during Curry’s postgame interview, but it may have come at a price. “One thing I do technically regret in terms of how fast this all came …
Balance, by Colleen Alborough, reflects on“negotiations and manoeuvres we makewithin the complex, at times disconcertingand chaotic space of South Africa”.A scene from Atrophy, by Palesa Shongwe.(Images: Gauteng Film Commission)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sabine NiewaldaPress office, Oberhausen Film Festival+49 208 825-3073RELATED ARTICLES• SA short film makes festival finals• SA film shines at Zanzibar festival• Hopeville: a journey of restoration• SA film wins at Tribeca• Made in 48 hours, Joburg styleAnton BurggraafThree South African short films have been selected for the prestigious Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, or Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, to be held in May in the river city of that name in the Ruhr region of Germany.The films are Atrophy by Palesa Shongwe, Balance by Colleen Alborough and Steglitz House by Bridget Baker.The Kurzfilmtage is among the oldest film festivals in the world, active since 1954. Short films and video works across all genres are accepted but there is a notable emphasis on creative innovation and artistry. Hundreds of awards are given annually to the amount of €40 500 (almost R400 000).The festival has given a push start to many well-known filmmakers. Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Roman Polanski and Werner Herzog first presented films here.The renowned Wim Wenders is quoted on the festival website: “I smoked my first cigarette here. For years, I saw every single film at the Kurzfilmtage, looking forward to those days in Oberhausen every year. These events were important for me, for my decision to become a filmmaker.”More recently such greats as Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who made Delicatessen (1991) and Amélie (2001), and François Ozon, director of last year’s Potiche and the big 2002 French hit 8 Women, have debuted at the festival.Festival organiser Hilke Doering is enthusiastic about South Africa’s participation. “It’s the first time that we will screen so many films from South Africa in the competition and that we’ve had so many submissions from there.”This was due in part to Doering’s visit to the country last year to publicise the festival and the efforts of people she met who encouraged local filmmakers to enter.The festival has a tradition of setting trends. Its mission is to recognise new talent, support the avant-garde in short films and music videos, and nurture the exploration of new digital formats in a broad-minded association of art and short-form video. So conceptual work is often the mainstay of festival content.It is no surprise then that two of South Africa’s entrants are fine artists.BalanceColleen Alborough works in multimedia using video installation, stop-frame animation, video manipulation and printmaking – her interest is the intersection of traditional art media and new technologies.Alborough’s film Balance is a stop-frame animation piece. This form of animation is constructed with successive photographs of objects as they are moved over space and time. It is the oldest animation technique, even predating cartoons, where drawings replace three-dimensional objects.“I search for ways to include elements of the handmade in the making process, as a means to import haptic [tactile] qualities into the digital realm,” she says. “In the stop-frame animation, the sets and characters are made from cut-out dry point and monotype prints.”Although Balance is to be screened at the Kurzfilmtage as a standalone piece, it was originally exhibited as part of a larger work exhibited at the Standard Bank Gallery.Balance features a headless man trying to find his place (and his balance) in a shifting cotton landscape that is the chaotic detritus of seething Johannesburg. In the shadow of an impenetrable city skyline, he tries on a number of discarded heads but none seem to fit, and then sinks into a subterranean chasm, chased by gauze phantoms.The monochrome world Alborough creates is contradictory: soft but alien. It is her intention that the figures appear to be lost, “on an endless struggle to escape the nameless terrors and break free of the anarchic mass”. She adds that she hopes to highlight elements of the absurd that are present in the strange worlds of imagined fears. Here Alborough is consciously reflecting on the “negotiations and manoeuvres we make within the complex, at times disconcerting and chaotic space of South Africa”.Balance has a soundtrack created by the process-oriented composer and musician João Orecchia. He recorded the sounds in and around Alborough’s studio at Arts on Main in Johannesburg while she worked. This included the sound of equipment like the printing press, the computer CPU and a digital camera. The sounds were then mixed to produce a haunting soundscape that extends the disconcerting atmosphere of a peculiar and unnerving world.Steglitz HouseThe other fine artist is Bridget Baker with her film Steglitz House, which was filmed inside a scale model of a 1930s West Berlin home at the Arikalex Miniature Museum in Steglitz, Berlin.Baker used macro-lenses and slow tracking shots, beautifully crafted by cinematographer Moritz Kaethner, to teasingly explore what appears to be a recently abandoned home. Breakfast is laid out; there is a hat on the front door steps; letters have just been opened on the study desk bureau.There is an eerie evocation here to Nazi persecution of the era and the effect is a suggestive edginess like you would find in a spy thriller, albeit stripped of human presence. Baker on her website recalls growing up in South Africa during apartheid where the death of her father at an early age “set forth an ambiguous future tainted by absence”.According to Baker, her work “weaves together re-inventions of the personal and the historical, while associating failure, invisibility, memory loss, displacement and desire as threads to discover these traces”. So there are surprise personal artefacts like a certificate from Stellenbosch University and a South African passport in the one-in-12 scale model. By combining found locations, fabricated objects, photographs and personal effects, she constructs inventories, invents memory, and juxtaposes fiction and authenticity.Again, the soundtrack to Steglitz House is key to the tone of the film and comes in the form of an ambient drone created by sound designer Braam du Toit. The music oscillates between dramatic foreboding and ethereal reflection.AtrophyThe third film to be selected for the Kurzfilmtage is Atrophy by Palesa Shongwe, an emerging filmmaker. Shongwe has produced a number of respected documentaries focusing on human rights, social development and xenophobia. In 2009 she made Our Broken Dreams, about the plight of unaccompanied migrant children in southern Africa.She also recently graduated from the MultiChoice Film Talent Incubator – a programme launched in 2007 to develop local film talent from the previously disadvantaged community run by satellite broadcaster MultiChoice and training partner Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking. Atrophy is her first film and was awarded the prize for best directing.“My work is creating films, both dramatic and documentary, about social development and human rights,” says Shongwe. My passion lies in the power of story to create social awareness and connections across borders and social boundaries.”In August 2010 she attended the President’s Forum with Young African Leaders, hosted by Barack Obama. She was invited in recognition of her work along with 120 young Africans from various sectors across Africa to discuss the future of the continent and ways to expand opportunities for all Africans.Atrophy is a mood piece where picture, poetry, voice and music come together in a contemplative narrative about the lingering recollections of youth. Shongwe uses dance as a metaphor for life: it is both an expression of youthful exuberance and collective memory. She reflects on the sadness of how growing up and moving on can unexpectedly stifle freedom and creativity.Against archive footage of newly built apartheid townships, the narrator muses: “But we were colonies of dreamers, negotiating the politics of space. In backyards and passageways, mastering the choreography of confinement.”A provocative question lingers through the piece: “Does gaining the freedom of movement dispose of its necessity?”Big eventThe International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is not a small event: attendance figures top 16 000. To put that in perspective, 30 000 people go to Cannes and the Berlin Film Festival pulls in the region of 20 000 cinephiles.Of the 5 256 films that were submitted to Kurzfilmtage, only 375 were selected for screening. That makes the appearance of these three South African films all the more meaningful.Go to www.kurzfilmtage.de/en/competitions/selection.html for a complete list of films selected for all five competitions – International Competition, German Competition, NRW Competition, International Children’s and Youth Films Competition and MuVi Award for the best German Music Video.The entire programme with all 500 films is now online. Visit the festival website at www.kurzfilmtage.de.
Ray Maota Bechet High School, in Durban, is oneof the schools that have been part ofthe project with Anthony Golding fromMetso Automation as its PfP. Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEOof Symphonia, was the PfP atKannemeyer Primary School in GrassyPark, Cape Town.(Images: Symphonia of South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• James [email protected] Project Manager+27 21 786 2627/ +27 84 824 6832RELATED ARTICLES• Zuma: SA to meet 2015 education goal• Can drive raises R8.5m for education• Education focus of Mandela Day 2010• Teacher laptops to enhance educationIndustry and community leaders have been called on to become partners in the School at the Centre of Community project ([email protected]), which aims to tackle educational challenges in South Africa.The project is an initiative of Symphonia for South Africa, a company focused on developing leadership skills and the capacity of leaders in the [email protected] project manager James Eckley said: “Business and community leaders are not asked to just give money to schools to solve educational challenges, but are asked to be actively involved in seeking solutions.”The project came about when Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEO of Symphonia, looked at the challenges facing disadvantaged schools in South Africa and realised that education has to be a national priority, not just for government.The cost of participating in the year-long leadership and educational programme is R30 000 (US$4 000) and covers the cost of training sessions, coaching and support for the school.This could be paid for by the participant’s employer or a sponsoring organisation.Participation is not limited to business leaders – ordinary people who feel passionate about a school can also take part if they have the funds.The cost covers leadership courses for the participating individual and the chosen school’s principal, and community engagement programmes and seminars that address ways the school and the community can work together to get the best results out of their pupils.Brian O’Connell, rector and vice-chancellor at the University of the Western Cape, said: “It is clear that we all underestimate just how deeply our history has hurt people and institutions, but if our country is to have any chance of transcending that hurt and if our people are to take full ownership of our future, then our schools must lead the way.”O’Connell is one of the [email protected] project endorsers.Partners for possibilityCommunity and business leaders are urged to use their experiences and connections when they partner with principals of their desired school. It is hoped that this will help identify community projects that benefit both the school and surrounding community.Leaders will take up the role of Partner for Possibility (PfP). This is not a mentorship role, but rather becoming a “thinking partner” of the school’s principal, helping him or her find suitable solutions for the school and community’s challenges.Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEO of Symphonia, said: “”Being Ridwan’s partner was without any doubt the most powerful leadership development experience that I have ever participated in. It was, for me, more powerful than doing an MBA or a Doctorate.”Van Rhyn was the PfP at Kannemeyer Primary School in Grassy Park, in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. The school principal is Ridwan Samodien.Van Rhyn added that being the PfP taught her valuable lessons about a community she was detached from. “If all industry leaders were to experience this, it would be the beginning of the strengthening of South Africa’s societal fabric,” she said.Activities for each school and community will be unique to the needs of both parties.“[email protected] appeals to all South Africans to become citizens and to become actively involved in the education of our children. Education is the key to securing a bright future for all our children,” said Samodien.Schools already part of the initiativeThere are already a number of schools and communities that have already benefited from this project.There are nine schools in Cape Town, four in Durban and 10 in Johannesburg.These include John Ramsay in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town; Rippon Road Primary in Sydenham, Durban; and Bovet Primary in Alexandra, Johannesburg.Sanlam, Nedbank Business Banking, Metropolitan Foundation, Aurecon, Hollard, Murray & Roberts and Gijima People Development are some of the companies involved in the project.Benefits of the [email protected] from the organisation sponsoring the PfP, to the PfP, the school, pupils, and principal gain something from the projectThe school will particularly benefit from the exposure to the company sponsoring the PfP.Eckley said: “The PfPs spend a year working with the school and most cannot detach themselves from the school after that. Most of them stay on as the company usually ends up investing in infrastructure development at the school or sponsoring school events.”Due to increased involvement from parents, the community and teachers, pupils usually become more proactive in their studies.A principal’s job of running a school is also made easier as he or she is able to identify what it is the pupils and community need to make the institution more effective.Through greater participation in the school’s activities, the surrounding community gains a sense of belonging and relationships between individuals improve.PfPs and the organisations they represent will learn a lot about themselves and their problem-solving capabilities outside their usual environment.
Hitting out at the BJP’s ‘mega recruitment’ of senior leaders and legislators from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday said that those who recently defected were compelled to enter the saffron fold as they could not carry out development works in their constituencies.“All the three NCP legislators [Shivendraraje Bhosale of Satara, Vaibhav Pichad of Akole and Sandeep Naik from Airoli] who left the party had said they were unable to get work done in their respective Assembly segments. This implies that the ruling BJP either deliberately ignores the problems faced by elected representatives of the Opposition parties or adopts a hostile and un-statesmanlike attitude towards them,” said Mr. Pawar, speaking in Satara district a day after the MLAs, along with senior NCP leaders Madhukar Pichad and Chitra Wagh, joined the BJP in Mumbai.He said that this ‘harassment’ on the part of the ruling party forced them to enter the BJP. He dismissed the BJP’s vaunted claims on the ‘poaching’ of important Opposition leaders, remarking: “It is not any mega-bharti by any standards…only a handful of MLAs have joined the BJP.”‘No factionalism’Mr. Pawar denied Ms. Wagh’s claim that she quit the NCP because of raging factionalism within the party. He maintained that the latter was forced to quit owing to pressure allegedly exerted by the State anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on her husband, Kishor Wagh, who was trapped in a bribery case in 2016.“She told me that the ACB, which was probing her husband’s case, would be charge-sheeting him soon and that in the face of this pressure, it was becoming impossible to stay on with the party [the NCP],” he said. The 78-year-old NCP chief had swiftly reached Satara to take stock of his party’s strength following Mr. Bhosale’s exit from the party. He said Mr. Bhosale’s defection would not affect the NCP in the least. “I am not worried about the NCP retaining Satara nor about finding suitable candidates for contesting this Assembly segment…I have already received three applications for the seat and we will be announcing the candidature for this segment soon,” he said.Mr. Pawar further denied that the cause of Mr. Bhosale’s exit was due to his long-standing rivalry with his cousin and NCP MP from Satara, Udayanraje Bhosale.“He [Shivendraraje Bhosale] had himself assured me that he was with the NCP and would not go to the BJP. He had wished to have a meeting with the Satara MP [Udayanraje]. We had decided to hold this meeting sometime after the end of the monsoon session of Parliament. However, for some reason, Shivendra quit and joined the BJP before that,” said Mr. Pawar.The district has long been an NCP bastion, with four of the six Assembly segments being held by Mr. Pawar’s party.Seemingly unperturbed by the spate of defections from his party, the NCP chief managed to retain his sang-froid by drolly remarking, “All those leaders who left the NCP said that Sharad Pawar would always remain in their hearts. I suppose those who claim that ought to get their hearts examined.”Commenting on his party’s poll preparations, he said the NCP was eager to contest with other friendly parties like the Peasants and Workers’ Party (PWP) and the Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Paksha.Anti-EVM campaignOn electronic voting machines (EVMs), he said that barring the BJP and the Shiv Sena, all other political parties had joined the clamour for discarding electronic machines and holding elections by ballot paper.“The NCP will join hands with anti-EVM activists and outfits and our party workers would participate in the proposed ‘long march’ protesting the use of EVMs in elections in Mumbai on August 9 on the anniversary of the ‘Quit India’ Movement. We will also be participating in another all-party meet on this issue, which is slated to be held on August 16 or 17,” he said.
Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The NBA says Ibaka drew the stiffer penalty for several reasons. The league found he was the instigator and threw a punch at Chriss. The league also cited his history of fighting during games. Chriss’ suspension was for throwing a punch at Ibaka.The suspensions are without pay. Ibaka will lose about $448,000 and Chriss about $22,000.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick to send Juventus into Champions League quarters Urgent reply from Philippine football chief MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 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 NEW YORK — The NBA has suspended Toronto’s Serge Ibaka for three games and Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss for one game for their involvement in an on-court fight.Chriss will sit out Cleveland’s game Tuesday in Philadelphia. Ibaka will miss Toronto’s games against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, at Detroit on Sunday and against New York on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT
1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “I played the best I could here,” she said.But Williams hasn’t made it farther than the quarterfinals at any Premier Mandatory or Grand Slam tourney since last year’s BNP Paribas Open. Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since last year in the desert.Bencic was pushed to three sets for the first time in four matches at the tournament. She was coming off a straight-set upset of defending champion and top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.Pliskova raced to 4-1 lead before wrapping up the second set. In the third, she overcame a break point to hold at 2-all but only won one more game the rest of the way.“Physically, it was tough somehow, and the wind didn’t help much,” Pliskova said. “So my serve was bad, my shots were bad.”Bencic improved to 18-3 this year. She won her third career title at Dubai last month and her first since 2015. The 22-year-old Swiss player missed five months in 2017 after wrist surgery.“When you’re confident, you can really just trust your instincts and you don’t have to think about it at all,” Bencic said. “I’m definitely playing how I feel it, and it’s going well so I’m not planning on changing that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Milos Raonic, of Canada, celebrates winning a point against Miomir Kecmanovic, of Serbia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, California— Milos Raonic made sure Miomir Kecmanovic’s good luck finally ran out at the BNP Paribas Open.Raonic beat the 19-year-old Serb 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semifinals and improve to 19-4 at Indian Wells since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT “I knew he had nothing to lose, and I had to be really disciplined with myself,” Raonic said.In January, Raonic beat Kecmanovic in straight sets on his way to the title at Brisbane in January.Belinda Bencic beat fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semis, ensuring her return to the top 20 in the rankings.“I wouldn’t believe I win today again,” Bencic said. “I’m not going to the court with any expectation. I’m just trying to play. This is the mentality I have, and this is the mentality I’m going to keep having.”Bencic’s victory set up a semifinal against No. 8 seed Angelique Kerber, who beat error-prone Venus Williams 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a matchup of 30-somethings.Williams led 4-2 in the first set before Kerber won three straight games to go up 5-4. Kerber held to force the tiebreaker, which she dominated.It took Kerber several games in the opening set to get used to Williams’ changing tactics.“She changed the rhythm a little bit,” Kerber said. “Going for it when she put the lob ones and the high ones and the short ones. In the first set I was moving everywhere and when I have the chances to move her.”Williams fought off two break points to tie the second set 2-all before Kerber again won three games in a row for a 5-2 lead. She broke Williams in the match’s longest game that went to deuce five times when Williams’ forehand went wide.Williams alternately smacked winners from the baseline and sprayed shots beyond the lines. She had her right knee taped and didn’t appear to be moving with ease or serving with much pace. Barcelona against haste of introducing bigger Club World Cup Raonic fired 13 aces against no double faults in putting away Kecmanovic in 72 minutes on a sunny, windy and cool day in the Southern California desert.“Even when I was hitting the spots, I wasn’t hitting them that well,” Raonic said about his serving. “I think that can get better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe’ll try to improve next against No. 7 Dominic Thiem, who advanced via walkover when No. 18 Gael Monfils announced on court that he couldn’t play because of a left Achilles injury.At 15-3 this year, Monfils was off to the best start of his career. But he was 0-4 against Thiem. LATEST STORIES Kecmanovic was the first lucky loser to reach the quarterfinals at the tournament since it became a Masters 1000 event in 1990. Ranked 130th in the world, the Serb lost in qualifying, but his fortune soon turned.Three seeded players withdrew before the tournament began, clearing the way for Kecmanovic to become a lucky loser and receive a first-round bye.The teenager certainly made the most of it. Kecmanovic got by three players, including 30th-seeded Laslo Djere, in straight sets to set up his second meeting with Raonic.That’s where Kecmanovic’s luck ended.Raonic won 88 percent of his first-serve points and saved all three break chances against him.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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