first_img…and traditionalistsOne wonders if Clement Rohee understood the irony of transmuting the Stabber’s use of the word “hip” to “hipster” to describe the unnamed PPP leader – who evidently didn’t agree with his (Rohee’s) description of the protesters to the parking meters in Georgetown – as “middle class”. In his letter taking them on, we’re sure he didn’t intend to big-up SN’s compliment! But what he also inadvertently let slip was how out of touch he is with today’s jargon – as much the ideological shifts in the modern world that SN identified.But your Eyewitness notes how quickly the Stabber veered from a discussion of ideological protestations to the concrete instance of the “meter protest”. The latter is safer, but how long can they avoid ideology? The PPP’s already began the process internally through a debate in the letters’ pages between two members of the Central Committee – Hydar and irfaan Ali. Rohee aligns himself with Hydar Ali and professes that Marxism’s alive and well – if not kicking! – in the PPP. Where, if he’s to be believed, a thousand flowers are blooming!But he should know among flowers, not all are appropriate for every occasion. A rose sends its own message, after all. The question he should address is of what relevance is Marxism today in Guyana? How relevant is its message? In the rest of the world, the question has been pitched at an even higher level of generality – of what relevance is the “left” – much less its extreme Marxist wing. What history has demonstrated in a resounding voice is not all who cry, “the poor! the poor” will get the support of the poor. Can’t blame them. They’ve seen every other group but them inheriting the earth a hundred years after the promise of the October Revolution.Right here in Guyana, if Rohee is to be taken at his word, the Marxists “dominated the leadership of the PPP” for the longest while. But were they able to take the poor to the Promised Land under the banner of “class interests”? “The Big Question is why”? Rohee rather approvingly cited one of Henry Jeffrey’s old rejections of the “one love”, “unity government” spiel that’s been offered as one way out of our political mess. But shouldn’t he have proposed his alternative? The coalition Government, after all, claims they’ve achieved “racial unity” after the Afro-dominated APNU picked up Moses Nagamootoo’s 11 per cent Indians.Is this Rohee’s vision also? He mentioned the arch-Marxist Jagan’s proposal for a unity government – but in addition to panning Jeffrey’s critique, maybe – as a self-processed Marxist – he could answer the question Burnham posed to Jagan on racial interests.“What is the class content of race?” And if not race or class, what then?…and ironyThe Public Security Minister really must answer why the Police Force hasn’t been able to nab the “Cultural Advisor to the Ministry of Education” who threatened to burn down the Sanata Complex. Which houses – as the Advisor took pains to point out – the Guyana Times, the Evening News and RGI.In any other jurisdiction, the Minister would’ve defended his charges being made out to be bungling buffoons, who’re incapable of locating “a big man in a small room”! But this is Guyana, and for some it’s “one for the money”! Your Eyewitness understands the fellow’s defence – when the Police do catch up with him – is he was being “ironic”!Being a composer of doggerel (according to one eminent critic), maybe the fella can explain what kind of irony – situational, dramatic or verbal – covers his explicit “go break down all the parking meters and then proceed to torch the Sanata complex.”Isn’t this “slow fyaah; mo fyaah” redux!!…in retirementThe original Guyanese hipsters were fellas who might’ve been middle class but were “hip” to sounds like jazz and the boogie-woogie – when it was new.Clive Thomas?!last_img read more

Higuain, Ronaldo help Juventus beat Leverkusen 3-0

first_imgHiguain scored early on and then set up Federico Bernardeschi’s goal after the break before Ronaldo added the third in the 89th.Higuain was loaned away to AC Milan and Chelsea last season but is back with Juventus under new coach Maurizio Sarri, who also coached “Pipita” at Napoli.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I came here with great determination,” Higuain said. “I wanted to prove I could stay here.”With Atletico beating Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 in the other Group D game, Atletico and Juventus moved atop the standings with four points each. Lokomotiv is next with three and Leverkusen has zero. ‘People evacuated on their own’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Real Madrid salvages 2-2 home draw against Club Brugge Higuain had already exited to a standing ovation when Ronaldo finally found the target after taking a through ball from substitute Paulo Dybala and scoring with a precise, angled drive.It was Ronaldo’s 127th goal in 164 Champions League matches.Eight-time defending Serie A champion Juventus visits Italian league leader Inter Milan and former coach Antonio Conte on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Lagunacenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ “It was an important game after our draw in Madrid,” Higuain said, “so we knew we needed the victory to get closer to qualification.”When Jonathan Tah failed to clear a long ball from Juan Cuadrado, Higuain was waiting and used two touches to find the target with an angled shot from the edge of the area 17 minutes in.Ronaldo was off target for much of the night and failed to take advantage of an enticing setup from Cuadrado near the hour mark as goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky stopped his low shot.Minutes later, however, Ronaldo started the action that led to Juve’s second goal with a through ball for Higuain, who pulled it back from the endline toward the Portugal star. Ronaldo couldn’t connect and Higuain’s ball reached Bernardeschi, who fired in from the center of the area.Miralem Pjanic nearly made it 3-0 with a corner that hit the post before Higuain set up Ronaldo for another excellent chance wasted by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.ADVERTISEMENT Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group D soccer match against Bayer Leverkusen at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 2019. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)TURIN, Italy — Gonzalo Higuain scored one goal and set up another, with Cristiano Ronaldo also getting on the scoresheet as Juventus beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.It was an encouraging performance for the Bianconeri after squandering a two-goal lead in a draw at Atletico Madrid to open the group phase.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

The traditional Guyanese Christmas

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratChristmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and it is a time we use to reflect on the year we have had, along with focusing on family and giving to charity. It is a season that brings together people across boundaries as they all part take in the festivities. It is also a time where children are at their happiest and filled with anticipation as they wait to see what presents they find under the tree on Christmas morning.Every part of the world has its unique spin on Christmas and how they celebrate the season. But the common factor is that the season focuses on family and charity. In Guyana, you know Christmas is around the corner when you hear the boom-boom boxes blasting “A rich man for Christmas” and grapes and apples being sold at giveaway prices.You know it is Christmas when the pavements, particularly along Regent Street, Georgetown, are lined with new appliances as well as roadside vendors galore. The Christmas season is the busiest season for businesses, research has proved.Every country has its own Christmas tradition, but I say, without bias, a truly Guyanese is the best Christmas. Nowhere else in the world will you wake up on a Christmas morning to the intense aroma of the pepperpot reheating on the stove, with freshly baked bread to accompany the succulent meaty dish, and don’t forget the ginger beer. That tall glass of beige goodness with ice cubes floating brings together the entire dish.In Guyana, Christmas is our version of Thanksgiving since it is food centred. Some people start their Christmas cooking weeks before December 25.However, the traditional Guyanese Christmas does not start without the remodelling of the house and extravagant spending.“We are breaking away more from the traditional Christmas, because I remember as a little girl what it was like. We had very little, but we always made it the best. We used to make Christmas trees by going in the back and cutting one of the bush and decorate it with paper decorations. It was a time where friends came together and the Kool-Aid was enough for many of us,” Patricia Ramdass remembers.She tells me that they would anticipate Christmas because it was the time when they would don their best pieces of clothing and eat lavishly. It was a time where they would dance past their bedtime and be merry with their friends. For her, that is what Christmas really is. It is a time for friends and family to come together and have the best time of their lives.Speaking to the more traditional aspects of Christmas, Susanna King tells me Christmas is a time to go to church and commit to being a better person. The 69-year-old said that now people were more focused on decorating their houses and overspending, adding that takes away from the true meaning of Christmas.“In Guyana, Christmas means that you get to eat pepperpot and bread, and garlic pork. It is when we get a black cake and nice time. But it is a time where we have to remember the true meaning of the holiday and go to church and pray. We have to pray that God takes care of our sins and guides us to the path of success. We have to embrace family and charity. We need that and that is what the traditional Guyanese Christmas is,” she said.So however you celebrate Christmas, make time out for your family and ensure that you give something to charity.last_img read more

Former girlfriends arrested for setting DJ’s house on fire

first_imgTwo women were arrested on Friday for allegedly setting alight the house of Dorrel Romeo, popular known as Deejay Magnum on Sunday last.Fire ripped through the wooden and concrete structure located at Lot 238 Good Intent Village, West Bank Demerara after it was purposely set on fire.Persons gathered at the scene of the fireThe two females – one from Windsor Forest, West Coast Demerara and the other from Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo – remain in Police custody. Both of them were said to be in a relationship with the deejay.A Police source confirmed that one of the women, who was implicated in setting the house on fire appeared on a television interview and denied the allegation when it was thrown at her, but the Police, he noted have sufficient evidence to institute charges.Reports are on the night of the devastating fire, the two women went to the house of the popular deejay to confront him on a personal issue, but he was not at home. He was reportedly at a function on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway.Dorrel Romeo popularly known as DJ MagnumThe women waited, but the deejay never showed up. Out of anger, the deejay’s former girlfriend allegedly lit an object in the vicinity of the back step and the duo left. However, as they reached a short distance away, they realised that the house was on fire and panicked. Out of fear, they called and taxi and left the scene.The taxi driver, who collected the women, is reportedly a close friend of the deejay and upon realising that something was amiss, he contacted the Police. It was based on the information he provided to the Police that led to the women’s arrest.The Police confirmed that the Windsor Forest resident give a detailed account of what transpired, but the former girlfriend of the deejay is allegedly holding out that she did not mean to burn down the man’s house.Guyana Times understands that the suspect was the same woman who posted a video of the deejay handcuffed to a bed on social media.Meanwhile, on the night of the fire, the deejay explained that his mother who lives in the United States contacted him and informed him of the fire. He and his present fiancé reportedly rushed home only to see his house reduced to debris.At the scene, the Police received information that two women were seen leaving the yard moments prior to the blaze. Both women are expected to be charged with arson. Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

Federer makes it a perfect 10

first_imgFederer improved his streak to a 36 wins, became the first man in the Open era to twice win three straight majors and has collected six of the last seven Grand Slam titles. He tied Jack Crawford’s 73-year-old record by reaching his seventh consecutive final in majors. “If somebody would have told me I’d win 10 Grand Slams from mid ’03 till today, I never would have thought there was any chance,” he said. Even before the tournament, he had enough points to ensure he will break Jimmy Connors’ record of 160 consecutive weeks atop the men’s rankings by the end of next month. Although he knows he’s only one-quarter of the way there in 2007, a season Grand Slam is his objective. He was two sets from that last year, when he won the first set of the French Open final before losing in four to Rafael Nadal. That was his only defeat in the last seven majors. Nadal was 26-0 on clay last season and is on a record 62-match streak on the surface. “I think it’s going to be a very interesting French Open for me … hopefully win the title,” he said. “That will be a dream come true. That’s the only way I can make this season a better one than last year. Otherwise it won’t be possible.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rosewall was in the crowd Sunday night, and Federer gave him a nod in a composed victory speech. It was the mere presence of another Australian great, Rod Laver, that reduced Federer to tears the previous year at the trophy presentation. “I can’t force them out every year!” Federer said of his sobbing celebration in 2006, when he accepted the trophy from Laver. “I had a wonderful tournament. A great end. Just because there were no tears doesn’t mean it doesn’t mean anything to me.” Laver, the last man to win the Grand Slam, made the trip from California to see Federer dismantle Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 in the semifinals. He met with Federer in the locker room after the semifinal and said he had little doubt the 25-year-old Swiss star could beat Pete Sampras’ record 14 Grand Slam singles titles, and just about every other tennis record as well. “The best way to beat him would be to hit him over the head with a racket,” Laver joked in a column. The last man to go through a major without dropping a set was Bjorn Borg at the 1980 French Open. The only other man to win the Australian Open without dropping a set was Ken Rosewall in 1971, although he had to play only five matches. “Equaling records, doing something that hasn’t been done for a long time, it’s really nice, no doubt,” Federer said. “All I care about in the end is to hopefully hold that trophy. Of course, now that it’s over, it’s great to think, `Wow, you know, not having dropped a set.’ It’s quite amazing.” center_img MELBOURNE, Australia – Roger Federer held back the tears this time. He didn’t hold back much else at the Australian Open. Federer underlined his 10th Grand Slam title by winning 21 straight sets, saving a set point in Sunday’s final before finishing off Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-4. last_img

Kante confounds Conte as Chelsea sink West Ham

first_imgAsked to sum up Kante’s display, Conte complained the former Leicester City midfielder had only completed 45 of the 50 passes he had attempted, only to then burst out laughing.“I know that he made 50 passes and he made five mistakes. He has to improve on this,” said Conte, whose side re-established their 10-point lead at the top of the table.“I’m joking, yes. I have to find one situation to tell him to improve. He’s playing very well. N’Golo is a really good player.“He has great stamina, but also good quality. We are working to improve the quality. I’m pleased for him, but I think all my players played very well.”Hazard put Chelsea ahead midway through the first half, coolly finishing off a razor-sharp break involving Pedro that started when Mark Noble gifted the ball to Kante.Diego Costa added a second goal early in the second half, kneeing the ball in from close range after Cesc Fabregas’s corner had flicked off West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang’s head at the near post.But Chelsea did not have things all their own way and had to weather sustained pressure from their hosts at the start and mid-way through the second half.Chelsea had seen Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City chip away at their lead over the weekend and Conte said their display against West Ham demonstrated their mental fortitude.“I think this period is tough because although there are only 11 games, for me 11 games are a lot,” said the Italian, a three-time Serie A champion as a manager with Juventus.“Now in this period it’s very important to live the pressure in the right way. Above all when you play the game after you know your opponents won the day before.“I’m pleased for the commitment, for the right mentality of my players. Very focused.“They showed me great will to win the game and to suffer in the first part of the first half, but stay compact because we didn’t concede great chances for West Ham to score.”– ‘Too late’ –Asked if he had faith in his players not to blow their lead, Conte replied: “I trust them absolutely.”Conte’s one criticism of his side was that they had not been “more clinical”, with the visitors’ failure to take more of their chances giving West Ham hope of mounting a comeback right until the end.The home side eventually halved the deficit in stoppage time, Manuel Lanzini arrowing a shot into the bottom-left corner following a surge to the edge of the box by substitute Andre Ayew.But West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, whose side remain in 11th place, accepted his team had been well beaten.“We scored the goal too late,” said the Croatian.“Statistically it looks good. The game looks even. But every attack after 2-0, they looked really dangerous. They deserved to win.“If we had scored in the 61st or 62nd minute, when we had pressure on them, maybe things would have been different.”While there are 11 games still to go this season, Bilic is convinced the fans in attendance had seen the champions.“They look very serious and I can see them staying on top with the quality they have and also how solid and concentrated they are,” he said.“Most of all how physically in good shape they are. From all the teams, Chelsea look the most solid. They’re 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League for a reason.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s midfielder N’Golo Kante, pictured in 2017, harried West Ham united from first minute to last© AFP/File Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, March 7 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte joked he is struggling to find ways to improve N’Golo Kante after the France midfielder starred in his side’s 2-1 win at West Ham United.Kante’s interception laid the foundation stone for Eden Hazard’s 25th-minute opener at London Stadium on Monday and he harried his opponents from first minute to last.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGALDAILY CAR REVIEW BY IAN LYNAS: SLOW, boring and uninteresting are words that you might use to describe an electric powered vehicle but this is not the case with the MINI E.I got behind the wheel of one from the MINI plant at Cowley, England and was I in for a surprise!The MINI E is a zero emissions vehicle that combines striking design with high performance and a state-of-the-art electric drive train. This very special MINI has been tested on UK roads by a mixture of private, corporate and public sector drivers, all of whom have given valuable feedback to the project consortium.These findings will ultimately be used in the engineering and infrastructure support of mass-produced electric vehicles and establish the social and economic issues and aspects of running an electric car.I am assured that it can travel around 100-120 miles on a single charge, depending on driving style and conditions, and of course it has the all the characteristic performance for which the MINI is famous.Performance The MINI can reach 0-62mph in just 8.5 seconds and it has an electronically-limited top speed of 95mph.Powering the MINI E, a front-mounted 150-kilowatt electric motor,which generates the equivalent of 201bhp.  The motor’s energy supply comes from a high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which is installed in the rear of the car in place of the back seats.This is strictly a two seater and the battery unit, which uses the same technology already widely used in mobile phones and laptop combines ample storage capacity with remarkable power output.BatteryIt can be recharged from empty in around four and a half hours. The MINI E’s drivetrain features regenerative braking, which claws back the energy lost when the driver releases the accelerator to extend the range by up to 20 percent. I must point out that once you take your foot off the accelerator pedal the MINI E slows dramatically, in other words there is braking.With the same suspension design as the standard MINI, slightly modified to reflect the electric car’s different weight distribution, it remains great fun to drive.This very special MINI made its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2008 and was initially available under lease to selected private and corporate customers as part of a trial project in the US states of California, New York and New Jersey.The overwhelmingly positive feedback from these first trials led to similar large-scale tests being introduced in Germany (early 2009) and now over in the UK, the three largest markets for MINI. It’s arrival in Ireland isn’t far away. Running Costs If someone from the Rathmullan area was travelling to work each day in Letterkenny, the cost of charging would be somewhere in the region of 60cent. Looking at a month of driving, including weekends, the MINI E would be about 90% cheaper than a normal car which delivers 35mpg. When can you buy a MINI E?The million dollar question, the test cars are all prototypes from a one-off production run of 600 cars for all the tests around the world and  MINI will need the cars back after the test for a full technical evaluation of their performance. So there is no date available as to when the MINI E will be available at your local dealer. Word amidst the motoring world is that later this year we shall see an electric BMW.A race version of the MINI E has been built and it made its public debut at the Nurburgring in May when it covered several laps of the challenging 20.8 km Nordschleife driven by Thomas Jager, 2006 MINI Challenge Champion.Jaeger managed a lap in 9 minutes 51.4 seconds and achieved a top speed of 117mph on the sinuous Eifel tarmac.TECH SPEC:POWER: 201bhpRANGE: 153 milesFULL RECHARGE: 28 kilowatt hours of electricity from gridCHARGE TIME: 4.5 hoursCOST TO CHARGE: 60c per dayCAR REVIEW: IT’S THE FUTURE….THE NEW ELECTRIC MINI! was last modified: January 11th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Watch stunning Tommy Hope volley in MK Dons’ win over Cardiff in FA Youth Cup

first_imgRonnie Radford, Steven Gerrard and now Tommy Hope is one of the latest players to score one of the great FA Cup goals. Although Hope’s strike was merely in the third round of the FA Youth Cup, it was a strike that most senior players would be incredibly proud of. The centre-back’s 87th-minute volley was all that separated the two sides and ensured the MK Dons reached the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup for the first time in their history. Have a look at the video above to see Hope’s goal in all its glory!last_img read more

Tottenham vs Dortmund free live stream: Watch without paying extra – here’s how

first_img Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 2 BOOST on target 2 LATEST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEWS Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury Tottenham star Son Heung-min Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton ready? The north Londoners now take on Bundesliga leaders Dortmund looking to end their own poor run int he tournament.Spurs faced the BVB in last season’s group stage, winning both home and away. Aiming high Tottenham take on Borussia Dortmund tonight in their Champions League Round of 16 first-leg clash.Spurs have not reached the quarter finals of Europe’s top competition since beating Inter Milan at this stage eight years ago. When is Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund?The Round of 16 clash will take place on Wednesday, February 13 with kick off at 8pm.The return leg in Germany will be on Tuesday, March 5 and will get underway at the same time.talkSPORT’s Natalie Sawyer and Ally McCoist will be at Wembley for our Kick Off Around the Grounds show from 7pm tonight. To listen live, click here.How can I watch Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund for FREE?BT Sport 2 will be showing the Champions League clash live, with their coverage getting going from 7pm.You can find it on channel 414 or 868 (HD) if you have Sky, while Virgin Media customers can head to 528. Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze If you have BT TV, go to channel 409 or 431 (HD) or those with BT Sport can also live stream the match via the app on their computer, mobile and tablet device.EE phone subscribers can also catch the action without paying anything extra by signing up for their free three-month trial.You can do this by texting SPORT to 150 or phoning 07953966502 and follow the instructions.The free trial will allow you to watch all BT Sport channels – excluding the red button options – and when it’s over you can continue using this service for £5 a month.You can cancel at any time during the free trial, simply by texting STOP SPORT to 150.Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund line-upsTottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Foyth, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sissoko, Winks, Eriksen, Son, Moura.Subs: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Rose, Lamela, Wanyama, Llorente, Skipp.Borussia Dortmund: Burki, Hakimi, Zagadou, Toprak, Diallo, Witsel, Delaney, Sancho, Dahoud, Pulisic, Gotze.Subs: Hitz, Guerreiro, Balerdi, Philipp, Wolf, Schmelzer, Bruun Larsen.Referee: Antonio Jesus Lopez Nietolast_img read more

South Africa looks to build on film, TV incentives

first_img30 May 2014 The government will continue to improve its incentive scheme for South Africa’s film and television industry, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at a meeting with members of the industry on Thursday. Davies said the film industry had demonstrated that it had the capacity to contribute significantly to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). “It’s for that reason that we have been working to continuously improve the film incentive. A baseline study by the National Film and Video Foundation said that the film sector contributed R3.5-billion to South Africa’s GDP,” he said. “It created more than 25 000 full-time jobs. That is a significant number of jobs and a significant contribution to the GDP.” Davies noted that a beefing up of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) film and TV incentive scheme in 2008 had shown impressive results. From its inception in 2004 through to 2008, the scheme supported 49 productions, whereas between 2008 and 2013 it supported 398 projects. Of these, 256 were South African productions, 77 were co-productions (with other countries), and 65 were foreign productions.Improving the scheme While this was good news, Davies said, there was still room for improvement – hence the department’s continued engagement with the industry. “There are a few features of the current rebate we need to [look at]. We have to have an incentive that is competitive with what exists around the world. We need to be frank about the fact that we are a small, developing economy.” Being competitive was important not only in monetary terms but also in terms of “the certainty and reliability of the scheme, so that when filmmakers come, they know that it’s not just a vague promise that is made to them but it is a certainty,” he said. The scheme also needed to be continuously improved in line with what was happening in the industry, both domestically and abroad. “It’s about making adaptations when they are necessary.”‘More than just a good location’ South Africa, Davies said, should be seen as more than just a good location for films. “We still have that, but I think we need to make it clear to the world that we’ve moved on to things like the ability to provide a world-class film studio in Cape Town. Also, companies are moving into the production of animated films, which are particularly popular. [We] also have the ability to produce the industrial materials that go into the construction of sets.” Davies added that the department was looking into the issue of supporting smaller black film makers. “It’s something under active consideration. We are looking at how we can address that concern.” Filmmaker Eric Miyeni and Film Afrika representative Rudi van As, who attended the meeting, described the DTI’s rebate as a “lifeblood for the South African film and television industry, which is regarded as being very efficient”. “Unlike some incentive schemes out there, it is reliable. This allows filmmakers to predict accurately how much their rebate amount will be and that it will materialise,” said Van As. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more