Township ‘vluit’ hits the stage

first_img6 December 2004A comic play exploiting the township language of “vluit” – a unique whistling style that has its roots in the self-defence units of the once violence-ridden township of Katlehong – is now running at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.“Barbershop” explores the often overwhelmingly difficult, but comic experiences, of a street barber, Baba ka Dennis, an immigrant who leaves his rural home to make ends meet in the City of Gold.Baba ka Dennis sets up shop on a street in Johannesburg and has to learn street-talk – the township language of “vluit”. This he does with the help of a benevolent imbiber.There are temptations of the flesh as well as stumbling blocks in Baba ka Dennis’s life, difficulties which aren’t helped by the dangerous, wintry Jozi streets.The characters, played by Thabo Xaba, Pepe Sithole, Themba Skhosana and Bonginkosi Masango, live out their frustrations, anger, love and desires without a word being spoken – “vluit” says it all.“We have taken this language and turned it into a way of entertaining people and showing them more about the world we come from”, says Xaba, who is also the playwright.The unique whistling has its roots in the self-defence units of Katlehong, an East Rand township which was overrun by violence in the run-up to the 1994 elections. Former members of the units formed the Whistlers of Art theatre group after encountering the therapeutic power of theatre as part of an integration programme in 1995.Each group in the township, says Sithole, has its own code of whistles. “It’s a way of communicating in secret, especially at night when criminal gangs are at work. After you have seen the play, you will have a totally new understanding the next time you hear a whistle in the street.”“Barbershop” was developed at the Sibikwa Community Theatre and the Market Theatre Laboratory under renowned director Mncedisi Shabangu. The play has enjoyed acclaimed runs at the Wits Theatre, the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and the Market Theatre as part of the 2003 Arts Alive Festival.“Barbershop” is on until 19 December. For more information, contact the Market Theatre on (011) 832-1641.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

SA astronomers discover stars on edge of Milky Way

first_img16 May 2014 A team of South African and Japanese astronomers, using the Southern African Large Telescope as well as an infra-red survey facility at Sutherland in the Northern Cape, has discovered the first known stars in the flared disk of the Milky Way galaxy, the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) announced on Wednesday. The stars, known as Cepheid variables, are situated on the far side of the galaxy, approximately 80 000 light years from the Earth. “The discovery is important because stars like these will allow astronomers to test theoretical ideas about how galaxies, like the Milky Way in which we live, formed,” the SAAO said in a statement. “In particular these stars, which are close to the effective edge of the Milky Way, will help astronomers trace the distribution of the very mysterious dark matter.” Dark matter is known to be an important component of all galaxies, but its nature and distribution remain elusive. “The five stars involved in this discovery are very special ones whose brightness changes regularly on a cycle time of a few days,” the SAAO said, adding: “These Cepheid variables have characteristics that allow their distances to be measured accurately.” The team used observations made at the SAAO’s site in Sutherland to determine the distances of these stars and their locations within the galaxy. “The majority of stars in our galaxy, including our own sun, are distributed in a flat disk,” the SAAO explained. “Early in the 21st century, radio astronomers discovered that hydrogen gas, of which the galaxy contains a great deal, flared away from the disk at large distances from the galactic centre, but until now no one knew that stars did the same thing.” The team comprised University of Cape Town professor Michael Feast, John Menzies and Patricia Whitelock, both from the SAAO, and Noriyuki Matsunaga from the University of Tokyo. Their findings were published online in international scientific journal Nature on Wednesday. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Indians spend 33.4 minutes playing Android games daily: Report

first_imgOn an average, an Android gamer in India spends 33.4 minutes daily, playing games on their smartphone or tablet. For comparison, the global average for daily time spent playing games on Android devices is 37 minutes according to mobile analytic research by Flurry.The global average is 37 minutes daily On the basis of this research by the firm, American top the list of global gamers and spend 51.8 minutes as a daily average. The data was collected from 60,000 android devices and provides insight into the habits and preferences of gamers worldwide.Germany, Russia, Italy and South Korea follow the U.S. in terms of time spent on gaming and India is placed 6th according to this research. China closes the top 10 with a score of 28.6 minutes spent daily.The research also reveals that Action and Arcade games are the most popular category across the board with more than half the gaming population engaging in these games and as high as 3 in four people in South Korea, for instance, playing these games.Indians play two times more Casino and Card games than others Exception to the rule also reveal tidbits about various countries. India, for instance recorded an average of 68 sessions per month on Cards and Casino based games (more than double the global average) and got its kicks from games like Teen Patti and Poker. Germans in comparison, would much rather play Brain and Puzzle games (66 monthly sessions).In terms of sports based games, national passions again sway decisions, with the UK audience preferring Football, and Indians choosing to play -no runs for guessing- Cricket even while on their smartphones.advertisementThe research depicts the latest situation in the Android based mobile gaming industry which is expected to grow to $27 billion by 2017. The Android population itself has crossed 1 billion this year, according to Google, almost double from 530 million last year.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton join battle for West Ham defender Reece Oxford

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton join battle for West Ham defender Reece Oxfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton have joined the battle for West Ham defender Reece Oxford.Everton are joining the race to land West Ham’s Oxford, says the Daily Mail.The central defender’s future is uncertain after manager Manuel Pellegrini said he may benefit from a move.The 20-year-old, however, will not consider a loan move.And Everton are among the clubs interested in taking Oxford when the transfer window opens. last_img read more

10 months ago​Inter Milan target Man Utd veteran Valencia

first_img​Inter Milan target Man Utd veteran Valenciaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are being linked to Antonio Valencia.The Manchester United captain is out of contract in the summer.Sky in Italy claim that Inter want to sign the 33-year-old right back on a free transfer.Valencia has been at United for nearly a decade, starring at both right wing and right back in his time at the club.But he has struggled for both form and fitness this season, falling behind Ashley Young in the pecking order.Valencia has only started 5 Premier League games this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days ago​Guardiola told Man City players to eat f***ing s*** after Spurs loss

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Guardiola told Man City players to eat f***ing s*** after Spurs lossby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola spoke passionately to players after their Champions League defeat against Tottenham last season – in a bid to inspire them onto domestic glory.City felt hard done by when they went out on away goals in the quarter finals of the European competition to Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs last term.They went out in heartbreaking fashion when what seemed like a late winning goal was ruled out by VAR.The Sun reports that Pep said the following to his players after the game: “I’m proud of you. I know you feel like s*** and you think it’s not fair.”Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to do now. Eat this f****** s*** that we have to eat.”Because we did everything to eliminate Spurs and they f****** beat us, we’re out on our f****** a*****.”Now we just have to fight for everything we have left, stand up and fight for what we can still win.” last_img read more

9 days ago​Southend move on from Henrik Larsson

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Southend move on from Henrik Larssonby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthend have lost out on the chance to make Henrik Larsson their next manager.The Swedish legend was seen as the favorite for the job, but it appears that any deal is now dead in the water.Sportbladet says Tommy Johnson was set to take over as the head of recruitment at the club.It was part of the deal to bring Larsson as manager.Johnson is backing out and is taking another job, which means Larsson is reconsidering as well.Larsson told the Swedish newspaper: “I was ready to sit down on a plane, fly over and sign on. Everything was basically clear.”Johnson felt important because he knows this league.”Of course it’s sad. At the same time, I know how this business works. Nothing is done until everything is signed.” last_img read more

Worlds Largest Boxship Wraps Up Maiden Voyage

first_imgMSC Gülsün, the world’s largest containership, has arrived in Europe after completing its maiden voyage from the north of China, Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said.MSC Gülsün is the first of a new class of 23,000+ TEU vessels to be added in 2019-2020 to the company’s global fleet. Ten other ships in this class have been ordered by MSC.Built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Geoje shipyard in South Korea and delivered in July this year, MSC Gülsün is said to set a new standard in container shipping, in particular in terms of environmental performance.With a length of some 400 meters long and a width of more than 60 meters, the Panama-flagged MSC Gülsün has a record-size capacity for a containership – 23,756 TEU.As explained, this new class has been designed with environmental, efficiency, stability and safety matters in mind. One of the features is the vessel’s shape of the bow designed to enhance energy efficiency by reducing hull resistance. What is more, ship wind resistance is minimized, resulting in lower fuel consumption. Additionally, it is possible to connect the ship to shore power, enabling it to tap local power sources in port.MSC Gülsün’s improved energy efficiency and fuel economy ensure that MSC is on track to meet international 2030 environmental policy targets set by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) ahead of time, building on a 13 percent improvement in CO2 emissions per ton of cargo moved already achieved across the MSC fleet between 2015 and 2018, the company said.To comply with an upcoming marine fuel regulation in 2020, the ship is also equipped with a UN IMO-approved hybrid scrubber and has the option of switching to low-sulphur fuel or to be adapted for liquified natural gas in the future.MSC Gülsün and its 10 sister ships are also all designed to meet the next steps in digital shipping by enabling fast data transmission to shore and connection for smart containers.SHI will deliver six of the new class of ships, while SHI’s compatriot shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) is constructing the other five units.Image Courtesy: MSCRead more: World’s Largest Boxship Arrives at Port of Tanjung Pelepaslast_img read more

UEFA warns clubs over scrapping the Champions League

first_imgUEFA has warned clubs to forget the idea of scrapping the Champions League in the bid to form a Super League, hinting hey would ‘no longer be great’Speaking at the 43rd UEFA Congress in Rome on Thursday morning, UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin stood up to FIFA’s Gianni Infantino, asserting their ideas should be respected.“Respect also means telling our friends, family, colleagues, bosses, and partners when we disagree with them and when we think, in all humility, that they are wrong,” he explained.”What I can promise, is that, during this next term of office, we will work together to ensure that European football remains united, that European football remains respectful, respectable & respected, & that European football continues to demonstrate solidarity and bring hope.” pic.twitter.com/NlCj0h4yZ9— UEFA (@UEFA) February 7, 2019“It is often the yes-men who lure leaders to their demise. And conversely, it is often those who disagree in a measured, reasonable and constructive way, even if they sometimes do so in a direct, uncompromising fashion, who do them the greatest service, help them move forward and prevent them from making mistakes.“By telling FIFA that we disagree with their current proposals on the global Nations League and Club World Cup, we show them respect and we show respect to football, the game we love and the game we must protect.“We sincerely hope that FIFA will also show us respect by listening to our views… UEFA and European football deserve to be respected.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“As long as [ECA chief] Andrea Agnelli and I are in charge of these two organisations there will be no Super League. It is a fact. He disclosed via Football Italia.“[If clubs had split from the Champions League], they would have lost their status as great clubs in the hearts of the people. The only thing great about you would be your past.“Trust me, you will not regret [taking a stand against cynicism and greed].””It means thinking of our society, our children, future generations, our planet”#CommonGoal member Aleksander Čeferin, in his speech marking his re-election as @UEFA President, expressed the need for the football community to have a strong social and humanitarian vision! pic.twitter.com/Xwk0Jilx35— Common Goal (@CommonGoalOrg) February 7, 2019The organisation equally praised the FIGC for its handling of racism in recent times.The FIGC recently announced plans to tighten up anti-racism procedure at matches after Kalidou Koulibaly was abused during Napoli’s 1-0 defeat to Inter on Boxing Day, as well as ordering the Nerazzurri to play two games behind closed doors.“The FIGC acted in the right way. It made the right choices,” concluded Ceferin.last_img read more

Adani Power plans to invest Rs 18000 crore in Karnataka

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