Country of My Skull – the movie

first_img17 April 2003Samuel L Jackson and Juliette Binoche are in Cape Town for filming of a $15-million screen adaptation of Antjie Krog’s multiple award-winning Country of My Skull, a heart-rending account of South Africa’s unique attempt to put its past to rest at the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).The TRC was established in 1995 to record atrocities committed by all sides during apartheid. In two years, its committees heard evidence from 2 000 people (and written statements from another 18 000) and received 8 000 applications for amnesty for apartheid crimes. Poet Antjie Krog headed the public broadcaster’s team covering the hearings. But Country of My Skull is more the work of a poet than a reporter: a riveting mixture of transcript, storytelling, poetry and commentary.The feature film is already attracting widespread interest, partly because its two principle characters are mega stars – Samuel L Jackson (S.W.A.T, Changing Lanes, Pulp Fiction) and Juliette Binoche (Chocolat, The English Patient). Both have been in Cape Town for a few weeks already, preparing for their roles.Other key actors are Brendon Gleeson (Gangs of New York, Artificial Intelligence, The General) and South Africans Nick Boraine (Promised Land, Slash) and Menzi Ngubane (Gaz’lam, Ubambo Lwami, 37 Honey Street).Heavyweight moviemakersAccording to the South African Film Website, many other movie greats are involved in making the film. Country of My Skull is directed by John Boorman, whose previous films include Deliverance, Hope and Glory, The Tailor of Panama and The General.The screenplay is by Ann Peacock, known for Cora Unashamed and A Lesson Before Dying. Producers are Robert Chartoff (Rocky, Raging Bull and The Right Stuff), Mike Medavoy (Thin Red Line) and Lynn Hendee, with David Wicht and Mfundi Vundla as co-producers. SAfilm.org.za reports: “The story is told through the eyes of Langston Whitfield (Samuel L Jackson), a Washington Post journalist sent to South Africa to cover the TRC hearings. Coming face to face with the perpetrators of murder and the victims of torture on both sides of the political divide, Whitfield is forced to face his own demons.”Juliette Binoche’s role is loosely based on Krog herself. She plays Anna Malan, an Afrikaans poet who is covering the hearings for radio. “She is shattered by the accounts of the cruelty and depravity committed in the name of apartheid. Confronted by the depth and suffering inflicted on her fellow countrymen by a system that she had failed to challenge, Anna must reconcile her past and carve a new future for herself and her family.”Parallels with Iraq, Algeria …At a recent press conference where director Boorman and the stars spoke about the film, Boorman said he thought the film could have as great an impact as the TRC itself, because it could convey so much at once.According to the Cape Argus, Boorman said: “We feel that such an impact . the notion of a bloodless revolution, and notions of Ubuntu and reconciliation, is vital to so many things going on today”, clearly referring to the war in Iraq.Said Jackson: “Foregiveness and understanding are all things that are achievable if people sit down and listen to one another. Hopefully the war [in Iraq] will be done by the time the movie is finished.”Binoche, who has spent considerable time with Krog, told the Cape Argus that she was finding her role “emotional and demanding”.“It is about the horror and at the same time seems to be normal from the outside . For me as French, there are parallels with Algeria . we didn’t have a TRC and are still waiting for it”.Country of My Skull is being shot entirely in Cape Town over 10 weeks with a budget of $15-million. The crew comprises mainly South Africans, with many local actors and extras being used. Recently, 200 residents from Langa were hired for a six-minute scene. The Works, a UK-based company is distributing the film internationally.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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EPA Fights for Refiner Waivers in Court

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — A biofuels interest group last month asked a federal court to stop EPA from granting additional small refinery waivers, and on Monday, the EPA filed a motion in an ongoing court case to fight the request tooth and nail.One year ago, the Advanced Biofuels Association petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, asking for a review of those waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard that to-date, have totaled about 2.6 billion gallons of biofuels not blended in gasoline.The ABFA on March 6, 2019, filed a 97-page brief with the court alleging the EPA broke away from RFS requirements for granting small-refinery waivers starting in May 2017 and continued to deny a congressional order regarding which refiners qualify.This week, the EPA argued in a response filed in the DC court that the Advanced Biofuels Association waited too long to file for an injunction.“ABFA’s preliminary injunction motion is too late,” EPA said in court documents.“Motions for emergency relief ordinarily must be filed no later than 30 days after docketing. ABFA fails to justify its almost year-long delay in seeking emergency relief. A small refinery seeking an exemption from its annual volume obligations must petition EPA and demonstrate it qualifies for each calendar year in which the exemption is sought. Therefore, ABFA knew when it filed its petition in May 2018 that EPA would have to act on small-refinery petitions for the 2018 compliance year during the course of this case. Indeed, ABFA repeatedly agreed not to oppose, and at times, joined EPA in seeking extensions of time.”In recent weeks, President Donald Trump’s administration has taken heat for scrapping a proposal to make public more information about those companies receiving waivers.In an April 12, 2019, notice, the EPA proposed changes to the renewables enhancement and growth support, or REGS, rule. The rule would have provided the petitioner’s name, the name and location of small refinery facilities asking for waivers, the general nature of the relief requested, the time period for which relief is requested, and whether the agency granted or denied requests.The partially redacted document filed by the ABFA in March shows the agency originally was allowed to grant temporary, two-year, exemptions starting in 2005. In recent years, however, the agency granted exemption extensions beyond two years — including a refiner that never received a prior exemption.The EPA approved waivers for small refiners that didn’t have the minimum U.S. Department of Energy score to qualify, the brief said, and improperly considered the debts of small-refiners’ parent companies when examining waiver requests.In addition, the brief showed evidence the agency considered small-refiners’ operating losses whether or not they were related to RFS compliance. The agency also considered what small refiners might spend on biofuel credits without looking at revenue they would later generate from sales of Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs.The Advanced Biofuels Association asked the court to declare the agency’s methodology for determining disproportionate economic hardship as “unlawful” in asking for a national injunction to stop additional waivers from being granted.On Monday, the EPA argued in court documents that the agency has followed the law in granting waivers. The agency granted 53 waivers for 2016 and 2017, and has received 40 waiver requests for 2018.The Advanced Biofuels Association has argued the EPA changed the way it evaluates waiver requests.“EPA’s decisions fully explained its conclusion that, notwithstanding its previous approach, factors other than a threat to a small refinery’s long-term viability can demonstrate disproportionate economic hardship on a small refinery,” the EPA argued in court.“Nothing in the statute precludes EPA from considering some of the same information as DOE, yet coming to a different conclusion on the question of ‘disproportionate economic hardship.’ ABFA attempts to sidestep these limitations by mounting a generic facial challenge to so-called ‘modified evaluation criteria’ that EPA applies when issuing small refinery exemptions. The ‘modified evaluation criteria’ ABFA purports to challenge are not reflected in any rule, or even a guidance document.”EPA said the Clean Air Act (CAA) requires the agency to act on a waiver petition in consultation with the U.S. Department of Energy and to consider findings of a 2011 DOE study on waivers.The Advanced Biofuels Association has argued that falling prices of Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, in 2017 was caused by waivers granted.EPA argued in its response that the falling prices are not evidence of waivers granted.“The drop in RIN prices in 2017 that ABFA’s members cite as evidence of harm is within the historical range of variation,” EPA said. “This range reflects that RIN prices are affected by a wide variety of factors. The mere assertions of ABFA’s members that the purported harm correlates to small refinery exemptions, in light of other potential factors, fails to meet the burden of proof necessary to warrant injunctive relief.“ABFA’s public interest arguments presuppose that Congress directed EPA to maximize the revenue for the renewable fuels industry at the expense of small refineries. This is a fundamentally flawed view of the CAA. While the RFS Program encourages the use of renewable fuels, it does not do so ‘at all costs.’”Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(BAS/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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E-Commerce in China Poised To Top $265B, Higher Than The U.S. [Infographic]

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… nick statt Tags:#China#e-commerce#online shopping China’s economy is still on fire, with expected GDP growth of 8 percent in the first quarter of 2013. So it’s no surprise that e-commerce is also soaring. According to compiled industry research from Alibaba Group, 2013 will mark the first time Chinese online spending exceeds that of the U.S.Alibaba expects e-commerce in China to reach $265 billion this year, up from roughly $194 billion in 2012. The U.S., which generated $209 billion in e-commerce sales last year, will add a mere $21 billion this year, according to the projection. Of course, China’s 242 million online shoppers (out of an overall population of more than 1.34 billion) outnumber their U.S. counterparts by a cool 75 million. They buy lots of clothing and accessories, but relatively little in the way of household goods, digital media and electronics. Surveys show that China’s online shoppers like the fact that they can save money on the Web, but still worry about product quality. product quality). For the full breakdown of Chinese e-commerce projections and behavior, check the infographic below: center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Westbrook has season-best 46 to lead Thunder past Wizards

first_imgNBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City MOST READ Anthony is still getting used to his team winning when he has off nights.“I’ve got to remind myself that I am on the team with somebody else, and they do some of the things that you are capable of doing that you have been doing your whole career,” he said. “But for me to be on the same side as that — I don’t have to go after it every night. I just take what the other team is giving us. It’s a beauty to watch when it’s working and when it’s clicking, especially now when we are winning games.”Bradley Beal scored 41 points, John Wall had 21 and Markieff Morris added 20 for the Wizards, who committed 23 turnovers.The Thunder took a 54-40 lead into halftime, but Washington tied the score at 68 before the Thunder rallied. Felton hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Thunder up 10, and Oklahoma City led 82-74 at the end of the period.A powerful right-handed jam by Westbrook gave the Thunder a 92-85 lead in the fourth, and a steal by George led to a dunk by Westbrook that put Oklahoma City up 99-89 with just under seven minutes to play. Westbrook punctuated his performance with a two-handed breakaway jam with about a minute remaining.ADVERTISEMENT “We came back,” Beal said. “I don’t think the deficit was too bad. It was just those offensive rebounds and those turnovers down the stretch.“We clawed back into the game, we were moving the ball in transition efficiently, getting rebounds, and all of a sudden, that kind of died down and stopped. When that happens, the game totally flipped in their favor and the momentum changed.”TIP-INSWizards: Coach Scott Brooks spent seven years as Thunder coach. … Went more than four minutes without scoring to start the game. … C Ian Mahinmi committed three fouls in three minutes in the first quarter and finished with four fouls in 11 minutes.Thunder: George drained a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer but was called for a technical foul on the play. … Westbrook will be on the Team LeBron All-Star squad along with former Thunder player Kevin Durant.JOKE’S ON WESTBROOKAnthony had Westbrook, whose name appeared last, convinced the list of All-Stars was in order of selection. After Westbrook learned that the list was alphabetical, he responded to his teammate.“See, I told you man, it’s in alphabetical order man,” he told Anthony. “Of course I was first.”STAT LINESWestbrook is averaging just 2.5 3-point attempts during Oklahoma City’s win streak. He averaged 4.6 per game before that.“Yeah, trying to keep attacking the basket and find ways to get in the paint and make plays happen,” he said.QUOTABLEBeal on whether Adams, who was issued a technical foul for kicking him in the groin in the third quarter, did it intentionally: “I don’t know if it was or not, all I know is I got kicked where I shouldn’t have.”UP NEXTWizards: at Atlanta on Sunday. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Thunder: at Detroit on Sunday. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I just read the game honestly and if it’s time for me to take over, then that’s what I do,” Westbrook said.George scored 18 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Anthony added 13 on 4-for-11 shooting. Westbrook filled in the gap by making 19 of 29 field goals in one of his most efficient shooting performances of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We need him to be that way,” Oklahoma City reserve point guard Raymond Felton said. “Some nights he can score 46, some nights he can score 20. Whatever it is, we still need him to be aggressive the way he was tonight.”Steven Adams added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has won 20 of 28 after an 8-12 start. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Durant drops triple-double, Warriors hit 21 3s to beat Wolves Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots as Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony couldn’t find their shooting rhythm, so Russell Westbrook went into attack mode and overwhelmed the Wizards.Westbrook scored a season-high 46 points, and Oklahoma City beat Washington 121-112 on Thursday night for its sixth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

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BCCI forms special committee to look into India’s debacle on England tour.

first_imgThe BCCI has formed a special committee to look into India’s debacle on the England tour, the board announced on Monday.N. Srinivasan, who took over as the new president of BCCI, said the Indian team will bounce back from its defeat in England. “We have had just one bad series,” he said.India’s first World Cup winning team member Mohinder Amarnath, who once called the selection committee a bunch of jokers, and former Indian captain Anil Kumble will head the panel. Earlier, sources told Headlines Today that Amarnath might replace Yashpal Sharma as the representative from the north zone in the BCCI selection committee.Srinivasan also clarified that the Indian team had not received any specific invitation in London for the ICC Awards event that had created quite a row after M.S. Dhoni’s men skipped the ceremony.The BCCI chief also said former captain Sourav Ganguly will replace Sunil Gavaskar as the technically committee head. “We are yet to get his (Sourav’s) consent. I hope he agrees,” Srinivasan said.last_img read more

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