2 October 2009The 2010 Fine Art project, a visual celebration of the world’s most-watched sporting event, is assembling an international collection by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists to promote African visual arts and Africa as a powerful cultural destination.2010 Fine Art is a South African company that has acquired a global licence to produce and distribute fine art related to the 2010 Fifa World Cup – the first time in the 80-year history of the tournament that Fifa has granted such a licence.And according to general manager Rob Spaull, the project will be one of the largest international art collaborations in history.“We are assembling an international collection by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists that celebrates Africa and the Fifa World Cup,” Spaull said in a a statement last month.“With five artists from each nation that qualifies to play in South Africa, we will have 160 original works from every corner of the globe.“Add to that the exceptional pieces being assembled for the 2010 African Fine Art Collection, and the fact that we will be exhibiting not only here in South Africa but in all 32 countries during 2010, and you start to get a sense of how big an opportunity this is to promote African art and Africa as a destination of choice.”According to Spaull, 2010 Fine Art is busy adding artists to its international and African collections, and has begun to identify and appoint gallery partners in the 32 countries where it will be exhibiting.“The second phase of development will see the creation of a three-dimensional virtual art gallery in which all of the works from both collections will be able to be viewed online as part of a seamless virtual walkthrough,” Spaull said.The 2010 Fine Art website – www.2010fineart.com – allows visitors to see which countries have qualified for the World Cup and what art is available from each. As new teams qualify, their art will be loaded and updated.“Art is a language common to all,” says Spaull. “It opens windows of understanding between foreign cultures, and unites peoples who might otherwise share no common experiences. Sport, like art, creates bridges between cultures, and brings people together through shared excitement.“The eyes of the world are turning to South Africa as never before. We must make every use of these global opportunities to promote African visual arts and Africa.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The exercise of our rights should not compromise another’s. How then are we living up to the responsibilities required by the exercise of our rights, asks Brand South Africa CEO Miller MatolaIt’s everyone’s responsibility to lend a hand to efforts to build SA as we celebrate our rights in freedom, says Brand South Africa chief executive officer Miller Matola.“Freedom Month conjures up the memory of victory over oppression in 1994. A culmination of many people making great sacrifices for our liberty.Our freedom did not come free.So much blood was spilt to reverse the disenfranchisement of our people.The right to vote that we now take for granted was something for which countless people paid with their lives.Every right comes with a responsibility and the right to vote equally comes with responsibilities.It is for this reason that this election must stir a new consciousness about our responsibilities as citizens of a democratic country.Our constitution guides us on how to exercise our rights.The exercise of our rights should not compromise another’s. How then are we living up to the responsibilities required by the exercise of our rights?Are we among the millions who will sit at home on May 7 and refrain from expressing our choice about who will run our country for the next five years?Are we among those who won’t take the responsibility of voting seriously?After voting, how do we play our part in holding our leaders accountable?How many times in the past 20 years have we attempted to go through draft legislation that affect our lives?Are we part of a handful who show up for public hearings to consider laws that shape our democracy?Or are we among those who complain about the laws after they are passed?Before we protest, do we give input into how our municipalities should be run? How should we celebrate these freedoms?Recently there was a big debate triggered by the question: Should graduates do community service?Medical graduates have been doing it for the longest time.No one has questioned why.It was taken for granted that if the state spent seven years supporting and subsidising your education it’s logical that you have to give something back. No one has asked why this only applies to medical graduates and not others who have received similar subsidies.I believe the time has come for all of us to ask when we are going to give of ourselves to improve the lives of others.Entitlement – in which we only focus on rights and not responsibilities – has to be replaced by service to others, which is a key ingredient in building a new culture that enables and strengthens social cohesion.The biggest slice of the national budget goes to education, but this does not remove the responsibilities of parents to be involved in their children’s education.It is clear that such involvement is scant.Surely parents should have raised alarm bells way before the June exams. But it is clear that many were not even aware that textbooks were missing.This is worrisome as it underlines a trend where we believe that the government must do everything.The culture of volunteerism is poor.This may be linked to the high unemployment rates, but it is not the end of the story.Even among the gainfully employed, the culture of giving of time for community is eroding fast. This has to be revived if we are to build a new society.Ask yourself as an individual, in the midst of hunger: How am I sharing the little food I have?Are there people next door who can use the clothes you have not worn for the past five years and are about to throw away?In the midst of illiteracy, what role are you playing in your community to support education? Is it not possible to use some of your disposable income to take just one child to school so they can have a better life?How are we playing our part in efforts to curb crime? Have we desisted from buying stolen goods?Do we speak out against corruption where we know it to be going on?If we consider these effortless things we may well be on our way to ensuring that the rights bestowed on us are matched with responsibilities.This way we can play our part in building a new society that does not merely look to the government to prosper, but looks deep within its own resourcefulness.”First published in The Star read more
The first Group 2 game in the Super Eights promises to be a fight between two strong bowling line-ups belonging to Pakistan and South Africa.Neither team has played at the R Premadasa Stadium during the World Twenty20, with Pakistan coming in from the batting-friendly Pallekele and the Proteas from Hambantota, which all-rounder Albie Morkel called ‘just like home’.But on the turning tracks here, every opponent will need to be wary of Pakistan’s trump card, Saeed Ajmal, who has become virtually unplayable in any format and conditions. South Africa skipper AB de Villiers said “no” when asked whether any of his batsmen were able to read Ajmal. “But we have a few areas where we’d like to attack him,” he said.”They are a very good team. They have been in the semi-finals of all tournaments and have also won once. But our focus is more on what we can do well,” de Villiers said. The Proteas have a terrific batting line-up led by the runmachine Hashim Amla and young gun Richard Levi at the top, followed by the legendary Jacques Kallis, de Villiers himself, JP Duminy and Francois du Plessis.Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel make for a scary new-ball pair, and can be ably backed up by allrounders Kallis and Albie, and two quality limited-overs spinners in Johan Botha and Robin Peterson.Pakistan, on the other hand, have a misfiring fast bowling line-up, but do possess a lot of in-form batsmen like skipper Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed and the Akmal brothers – Kamran and Umar. In the end, the match will probably come down to how the South Africans negotiate the Pakistani spinners.advertisementPakistan vs South Africa, Live from Colombo, on STAR Cricket from 3:30 pm read more
APTN National NewsDespite the empty halls of Parliament there’s been a development in the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian government.A Conservative MP’s private members bill to repeal outdated portions of the Indian Act is now law.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.
The Canadian PressOTTAWA — The country’s prison watchdog wants the new Liberal government to act on outstanding recommendations from his office, including a call to create a deputy commissioner of Indigenous corrections.Howard Sapers, the correctional investigator, says outcomes for Indigenous inmates — who represent 24 per cent of the prison population — continue to be far worse than for other offenders.Sapers says issues facing Indigenous inmates, including more time spent in custody and segregation cells, are urgent enough that they require stand-alone leadership within the Correctional Service of Canada.“On just about every measure we look at, there are huge gaps and we believe it’s time that somebody was accountable to address those gaps,” Sapers said. “We think that leadership needs to be put in place.”He also said the government should address Indigenous-specific provisions in the Corrections and Conditional Release Act designed to enhance community involvement in corrections and address the over-representation of Indigenous people behind bars.“We reported that the will of Parliament has not been fully reflected in how the Correctional Service of Canada has conducted itself over the last 20 years,” he said. “In fact, not enough attention has been paid to implementing those sections.”The watchdog says, for example, there are no healing lodges operated by Indigenous communities in the North or in Ontario and British Columbia, where there are high concentrations of offenders.Among the 94 recommendations in the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a call for the creation of additional healing lodge spaces across the country.“We know that the platform of the Liberal party prior to the election included a full and robust response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” he said. “That’s something we will be looking for.”Sapers noted his findings were not addressed by action from the former Conservative government.He recalled that his office released a 2013 report examining whether the correctional service was doing everything it should be doing, according to the law, to deal with ballooning rates of Indigenous incarceration.“It was tabled as a special report in Parliament, one of only two special reports my office has ever issued in its more than 40-year history,” Sapers said. “That, itself, is a signal that this was a very urgent and important matter.“It was tabled in Parliament by the minister of public safety as a special report calling for urgent action and really, it received anything but.”The report noted that close to one-in-four inmates in federal penitentiaries were of Indigenous ancestry, yet specific legislative provisions were chronically under-funded, under-utilized and unevenly applied by the correctional service.Sapers said the government’s overall response was business as usual, which was very disappointing and not at all responsive to the recommendations.The watchdog said he is hopeful other recommendations issued by his office on Indigenous incarceration, including calls for culturally appropriate programming and staff training, will be addressed as a complete package by the new government.Sapers said one of the difficulties has been a “lack of a coherent response.”“We don’t need any more piecemeal reform,” Sapers said. “We need to re-introduce some coherence into the system.” read more
Share your voice Originally published Nov. 15, 2018. Update, Aug. 6: Adds new ABC information. Marvel Target ABC Tessa Thompson played a Valkyrie warrior in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel With a new live-action series focused on Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) called WandaVision headed to the new Disney Plus streaming service. And now it looks like ABC might be eyeing a Marvel female superhero series for its own network.”I have spoken to Marvel and we are in active talks about one project in particular,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke told Deadline on Monday. Burke said the character would be “something brand new, mostly” to align with ABC’s strategy of focusing on female superheroes.While we’re excited that both ABC and Disney Plus are exploring more Marvel characters for upcoming shows, we have our own list of female superheroes we think deserve their own TV series.Enlarge ImageShe-Hulk in the Marvel comics. Marvel 1. She-Hulk When lawyer Jennifer Walters gets an emergency blood transfusion from her cousin Dr. Bruce Banner, she ends up getting a milder case of his Hulk condition. Unlike Hulk, Walters can keep her emotions in check when she transforms into She-Hulk. The lawyer-by-day, vigilante-by-night angle worked well for the Marvel character Daredevil in the hit Netflix series, so why not She-Hulk? Perhaps ABC or Disney Plus can relaunch She-Hulk as a Law & Order-type drama, or maybe even an Ally McBeal comedy. In the comics, She-Hulk was also a member of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the Defenders and S.H.I.E.L.D., so the crossover potential is endless. 2. Black WidowNatalia “Natasha” Romanova/Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson in the MCU) was a Russian spy and adversary to Iron Man. She ultimately defected to the US and joined S.H.I.E.L.D. Later, she became an important member of the Avengers. Black Widow is already getting her own prequel movie where we see how she transformed from spy to superhero, but what about a series with Black Widow as a teenager? High school Natasha Romanova could be like Riverdale with a lot more fighting.Enlarge ImageThe fictional nation of Wakanda in “Black Panther” was guarded by the Dora Milaje, which took inspiration from a real group. Marvel Films 3. The Dora MilajeThe warrior women of Wakanda from Black Panther are fierce and fabulous, so why not give them their own women-centric spin-off series? Black Panther director Ryan Coogler recently commented that he’d be interested in making a spin-off movie about them. Even the real-world 19th-century Dahomey Warriors — the all-female military regiment who inspired the Dora Milaje — are getting a TV series. It would be interesting to see how the Dora Milaje came to be, before Wakanda was revealed to the outside world. 4. X-23Laura Kinney AKA X-23 was created to be the ideal killing machine thanks to Wolverine’s stolen DNA. In the Marvel comics, Laura’s mother Dr. Sarah Kinney was hired by a top-secret program to recreate the Weapon X experiment that originally turned Logan into Wolverine. Laura — named X-23 — was a clone created from these experiments and trained to kill. But she eventually escaped and eventually found Charles Xavier and joined the Avengers Academy. Imagine what she could do with her own TV series?Enlarge ImageZoe Saldana as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel 5. Gamora Then there’s the female space assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Her character’s complex history would make for an ideal ABC series, particularly if the show focused on why she’s the last of her species (Zen-Whoberis) after everyone was exterminated by the Badoon. Overcoming her tragic past to later rise up as one of the deadliest assassins in the universe is inspiring to say the least. 6. Danielle Moonstar It’s about time fans were introduced to one of the first female Native American characters in a series all her own. Danielle Moonstar is a mutant raised as part of the Cheyenne Nation. Under the guidance of X-Men’s Professor Xavier, she learned to hone her ability to create images of people’s greatest fears. This series could either focus on her life with other teen mutants at the school, or the superhero she became later as an adult.7. A-Force The Avengers might have felt like the superhero all-stars in their heyday, but the all-female A-Force is even cooler. This lineup consists of Captain Marvel, Dazzler, Medusa, She-Hulk, Singularity, Nico Minoru and a female Thor who band together to fight evil. That alone sounds like the best series ever. Enlarge ImageSpider-Gwen in action. Marvel Animation 8. Spider-Gwen Peter Parker’s flame Gwen Stacy is living her own web-slinging adventures as Spider-Gwen in an alternate universe. It would be refreshing to have a Spider-Man series with a female lead for a change. Plus considering how much fans were excited to spot her as an Easter egg in Avengers: Endgame, now might be the perfect time for a Spider-Gwen TV series. 9. Misty Knight When police officer Misty Knight lost her arm in battle, she soon got an bionic arm and became the kind of superhero New York City deserved. We’ve already seen her character (played by Simone Missick) impress fans in the Netflix series Luke Cage, but it might be time to shine the spotlight more on Misty to tell her full story. 10. Kamala Khan as Ms. MarvelMeet 16-year-old Pakistani-American Kamala Khan from Jersey City, New Jersey. She idolizes Carol Danvers and wants to follow in her superhero footsteps. In 2014, Khan was given her own Ms. Marvel comic book series by Sana Amanat, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona. She is the fourth character to take the name Ms. Marvel. She’s also the first Muslim superhero character to headline her own comic series. This could be a great character for Disney or ABC to explore more, giving their network some much-needed diversity.11. The Valkyries Fans got a glimpse of the female demi-goddesses known as the Valkyries in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok. Actor Tessa Thompson stole the movie as the hard-drinking character Scrapper 142, previously a legendary Valkyrie warrior. A prequel series all about this character could show how the Valkyries came to be, and why they were ultimately defeated. The 15 most powerful female superheroes right now (pictures) Tags Comments 6 TV and Movies 17 Photos read more
The Supreme Court rejected on Monday Tehelka magazine founder Tarun Tejpal’s plea to quash rape charges levelled against him in a Goa court. The top court further directed the lower court in Goa to complete the trial within six months. Tejpal was accused of sexual assault by a female colleague in 2013. The SC bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, said that this is a “serious and morally abhorrent offence”. The bench added that there could be no further delay since the complaint was filed six years ago. The complaint was filed by a former female employee of Tejpal’s, who alleged that he sexually assaulted her in an elevator of a five-star hotel in Goa, following which shed quit her job. Tarun Tejpal at the Bombay High Court bench in Panaji on 4 March, 2014.IANS FileTejpal had stepped down as Tehelka editor. He was arrested on November 30, 2013, after his plea for anticipatory bail was rejected. Tejpal has been on bail since May 2014. He is facing charges under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 376 (rape) and Section 354 (b) (criminal assault with intent to disrobe) of the IPC.The former editor had said in court that the allegations were “absolutely false” and were motivated by “political vendetta”. However, the CCTV footage of the elevator shows that he assaulted the victim. Due to the allegations levelled against him, the Editors Guild of India (EGI) had ousted Tejpal along with MJ Akbar, who was called out in the MeToo movement last year. A statement from the EGI read: “The Editors Guild of India (EGI) had sought the views of its Executive Committee (EC) on what action should be taken against Mr M.J. Akbar, a dormant member at present and one of its past presidents, Mr Tarun Tejpal and Mr Gautam Adhikari in light of the charges of sexual misconduct levelled against them by several women journalists. A majority of the EC members suggested that the membership of Mr Akbar should be suspended.” IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:24Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:23?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close SC rejects Tarun Tejpal’s plea; directs Goa court to complete trial in 6 months read more