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Sixteen Guyanese have, over the past few weeks, been arrested in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago after officials there mounted several anti-crime raids.The Guyanese had either overstayed their time in the twin-island republic, or did not have the requisite working papers and documentation to be considered legal immigrants.The illegal Guyanese are being processed, including being charged, after which it is likely that they would be deported.Trinidad & Tobago’s Senior Police Superintendent, Dale A. Black, has said that over 96 illegal immigrants have been detained during the immigration crackdown, which he described as a well-coordinated exercise involving other agencies.Ten Jamaicans, 47 Venezuelans, 1 Vincentian, 9 Chinese, 3 Colombians and 1 Dominican were among others detained.Guyana’s Crime Chief, Assistant Commissioner Paul Williams, has said he was not aware of the crackdown, but he explained that once it was an immigration issue, the necessary documentation would be sent to Guyana to start the deportation process of the illegal immigrants.Over the past years, scores of Guyanese have been deported from various Caribbean countries in which they had been caught staying illegally.
A still from the filming of the award-winning South African movie Of Good Report.National Film and Video Foundation+27 11 483 [email protected] NaidooWith the film industry raking R3.5-billion annually into South Africa’s economy (according to a 2013 study conducted by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), government – via the NFVF, the Industrial Development Corporation and the Department of Trade and Industry – has stepped in to provide incentives to improve on the sector’s growth.The trade and industry department revised its film and television production incentives – effective from April 2012, and to be administered up to 2014 – to attract international production houses to shoot on location and conduct post-production in South Africa. Its South African film and television production and co-production incentive is aimed at local movie producers creating local content.The foreign film and television incentive is intended to attract large-budget film and television production and post-production work in a bid to create jobs. It offers movie houses a 20% tax reduction on production expenditure for foreign productions filmed in South Africa with a budget of R12-million (about $1.3-million) or more. The incentive also provides a 22.5% to 25% tax reduction if post-production takes place in South Africa. Post-production expenditure must be R1.5-million (about $166 000) or more to qualify for the incentive.Local film production incentivesThe incentive for local moviemakers offers a 35% rebate for the first R6-million (about $662 000) spent, and 25% for the remainder of production expenditure.According to the NFVF’s study, “South Africa’s potential growth on local productions has improved over the last few years. Local film production is benefitting from increased assistance from government, co-production treaties with various countries and ordinary success of the film.”The country “generated revenues of more than R879-million in 2013 for the 204 films shown at the box office. This is due to a growing film industry and higher demand from consumers. Locally produced films have increased from 19 in 2012 to 25 in 2013, generating revenues of more than R98-million, putting SA’s box office share at 11%, while foreign films altogether generated more than R780-million with box office share of 89%.” The film industry annually rakes in R3.5-billion. (Image: Of Good Report)South Africa’s top two films at the box office for 2013 were Schuks! Your Country Needs You and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, grossing more than R20-million. Local films making substantial earnings in that year were Khumba (R8.5-million), Spud 2: the Madness Continues (R6.8-million), As Jy Sing (R6.5-million), Klein Karoo (R5-million), and Fanie Fourie’s Lobola (R3.7-million).More sophisticated local moviesAnother factor in local movies scoring more box office share is that local content is increasingly sophisticated. Comedies rely less on slapstick and opt for more nuanced storytelling, while local dramas are increasingly tackling difficult social issues, and coming up against censorship for it.An example is the movie Of Good Report, taking on a pernicious problem – age-disparate relationships in schools. With such sensitive subject matter, the movie came under fire from the South African Film and Publication Board.On 17 July 2013, just before Of Good Report was due to open the 2013 Durban Film Festival, the board ruled on a “refused” classification. The ruling is issued when the organisation deems a film contains “child pornography or propaganda for war, or incites imminent violence. Unless judged within context, the film or game is, except with respect to child pornography, bona fide documentary, scientific, dramatic or artistic merit or is on a matter of public interest.” The board later withdrew the classification.The movie, an homage to film noir, subsequently scooped awards for best feature film, best director, best actor (Mpthusi Magano), best supporting actor (Tshamano Sebe), and best supporting actress (Tina Jaxa) at the 2014 South African Film and Television Awards.South African film: the numbersAccording to the NFVF, around 25 films, officially, are locally produced for movie theatre release, but the real number is much more as made-for-TV films that go straight to DVD are not included. There are 750 cinema screens in more than 70 complexes across the country, and the industry creates some 25 175 full-time jobs, with additional employment opportunities at the 2 500 direct service providers to the industry.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus midfielder Ramsey: Arsenal going in right directionby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Ramsey has spoken of leaving Arsenal for Juventus.Ramsey left north London for Turin in the summer on a deal worth more than £400,000 per week after a contract offer was taken off the table by the Gunners amid what the player calls “a lot of confusion”.He told BBC Sport: “Yes. It was in the end. There was a lot of confusion and a lot of things were up in the air. The decision was made and that was the situation, so I had to look at other options. “Arsenal are going through a transitional period at the moment. They have many great players and a lot of talent coming through. They are definitely going in the right direction – but my situation now is at Juventus. I have an unbelievable opportunity at a massive club. “I just want to be part of this now. Hopefully I can help my team-mates and my club achieve some great things on the big stage.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp tells Oxlade-Chamberlain: You can do moreby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reminded Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain he could do even more, despite complementing the England international on his goal against Genk on Wednesday.The 25-year-old scored his second of the game with a sumptuous first-time strike with the outside of his foot from the edge of the box.”It was a pretty stiff first half,” Klopp said. “Then we could show the boys a couple of spaces which they could and should use in the second half. Then we scored the second goal – by the way, the first goal was very brilliant and the second goal even nicer, and all our goals were unbelievably beautiful.”It was absolutely a great moment for him, but I would say with Ox his performance was exactly the same as the performance of the team – the goals were great but all the rest could have been better.”
viral video black friday woman steals from kidThe video you’ll see below, which was “reportedly” shot during Black Friday, seems too crazy to be real. But it’s going viral, and since you’re going to wind up seeing it anyway, we figured we’d show it to you. We realize that it has nothing to do with college sports.The clip, which supposedly was shot in Saginaw, Michigan, shows a number of shoppers violently battling for vegetable steamers. An adult woman steals one from a kid and gets pummeled by the child’s mother.Given the fact that we’re talking about vegetable steamers, this sounds like the work of Jimmy Kimmel, but it’s hard to be sure. Either way, enjoy:
Kolkata: Trinamool MP Nusrat Jahan says so-called “cow vigilantes” have turned Lord Ram’s name into a murder cry and has appreciated members of civil society groups speaking up for human life.”There are numerous incidents of citizens being attacked by so-called ‘cow vigilantes’ over rumours of eating beef or cow-smuggling, etc. The government’s selective silence and inaction hit us hard. Lynch mobs have actually turned Lord Ram’s name into a murder cry,” Jahan said in a tweet. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the actress-turned MP, mob lynching criminals “are nothing but enemies of our country and are terrorists”. In an open letter, Jahan has urged fellow citizens to raise their voice as “hate crimes and mob-lynchings are on a steep rise in our country”. She mentioned that the period 2014-19 has recorded the most number of hate crimes against Muslims, Dalits and other minorities. “2019 by now has witnessed more than 11 hate crimes and 4 deaths. They are all minorities and suppressed,” she wrote. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayExpressing astonishment about the silence of the government, Jahan said: “The Hon’ble Supreme Court last year on July 17 has called on the government to come up with a law to tackle these horrendous acts of mobocracy. But the government is silent”. “As a young MP, representing new age secular India, I request this Government and all lawmakers to frame a law to stop such assaults on democracy by mob-lynchers,” she added. Jahan ended the letter with the poet Muhammad Iqbal’s lines Mazhab nahi sikhata aapas mein bair rakhna (Religion does not teach us to bear ill-will among ourselves). With agency inputs
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised their 2-1 victory at Tottenham as their best performance of the season.Liverpool maintained their perfect start to the season with their fifth victory in a row. Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino scored to hand Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool an important 2-1 victory away at Wembley, while Tottenham lost their second game in a row.Klopp is full of praise for his Liverpool side after their big win, which has put them on top of the Premier League table.“It was very good. It was a very intense job and the boys did it. It was a deserved win,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“Over 85 minutes we were dominant with the ball and without the ball. We caused them massive problems and the things they usually do that usually work didn’t today.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I don’t take things for granted because the boys came back after an intense international break abroad, had one session and then played and stuck to our plan like they did today.“Respect. That was really good. Everybody worked so hard and it was a good performance.“We played against one of the most confident teams in football. They are so used to what they do that it is so difficult to deal with and means we had to be compact.“When we had the ball we were really clear and it was the best game of the season so far.“I like the options we made, the passes we played. The performance was much better than the result.”