Landgraf renews oath as state rep

first_imgLocal NewsGovernmentState AUSTIN State Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa, took the oath of office on Tuesday at the Texas Capitol to once again serve the Permian Basin as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. Landgraf and the other members of the Texas legislature convened at the Texas Capitol building for the 87th Texas Legislative Session Tuesday. Members of the Texas House and Texas Senate meet for a 140-day regular session beginning the second Tuesday in January every odd-numbered year to vote on legislation and pass a balanced state budget. “The good people who live and work in Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler counties deserve to have their voices heard loud and clear in their state government,” Landgraf said in a news release. “It’s a distinct honor to serve hardworking West Texans in the Texas House of Representatives.” During the next 140 days, the Texas House of Representatives, along with the Texas Senate, will consider legislation on hundreds of issues impacting the state, including solutions to address the state’s $1 billion budget deficit that is a result of the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19 closures and the drop in global demand for oil. This is the first legislative session since 2019, as Texas is one of the only states in the nation with a legislature that does not meet every year. In addition to passing a balanced state budget without raising taxes, Landgraf’s priorities this session include increasing transparency at every level of government, creating a statewide active shooter alert system, curtailing the ability of bureaucracies to operate without public oversight during times of disaster, and reducing the negative impact of “Robin Hood” and STAAR testing on public school students and families in the oil patch. “I took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution,” Landgraf said. “This duty is the ultimate role of any elected official, and an oath I will diligently uphold as I continue fighting to ensure West Texas voices are heard in the chambers and halls of their state Capitol.” Facebook TAGS  Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – January 12, 2021 WhatsApp Landgraf renews oath as state repcenter_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Previous article‘Staying Upbeat’ set for ThursdayNext articleCounty’s 2021 road work detailedWest 42nd widening to be extended Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Fulbright Scholars Program awards 21 from Harvard with grants

first_imgTwenty-one foreign scholars and professionals from Harvard have been named Fulbright Scholar Program grant recipients for 2009-10. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, participating governments, and host institutions in the United States and abroad, these grants allow scholars from across the globe to lecture or conduct research at the University.This year’s class of Fulbright Scholars follow:Hang Cao, language and literature (non-U.S.), China; Meriem El Karoui, biological sciences, France; Tal Ellenbogen, physics and astronomy, Israel; Hikmet Geckil, medical sciences, Turkey; M. Azzim Gulamhussen, history (non-U.S.), Portugal; Milan Janda, biological sciences, Czech Republic; Nicolas Kwiatkowski, history (non-U.S.), Argentina; Yu-Ping Lee, history (non-U.S.), Taiwan; Jo-Wang Lin, linguistics, Taiwan; Xin Liu, public administration, China; Nicole Maruo-Schroeder, American studies, Germany; Osamu Murao, urban planning, Japan; Tsuyako Nakamura, sociology, Japan; Oanh Ngo, law, Vietnam; Hagay Perets, physics and astronomy, Israel; Tatiana Postnikova, philosophy, Russia; Mala Rajo, history (non-U.S.), Malaysia; Junfeng Ren, political science, China; Maarten Roeffaers, chemistry, Belgium; Siobhan Wills, law, Ireland; Maria Yannakoulia, medical history, Greece.last_img read more

Brevard attorneys invited to join Lawyer Referral Service

first_imgThe Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service has added Brevard County to its coverage area, and is now recruiting lawyers from Brevard County to join the service.The Bar’s LRS began making referrals in Brevard County February 5. The service refers callers to an attorney in their county who practices the type of law requested. Under the Bar’s LRS, attorneys provide prospective clients with a half-hour office consultation for no more than $25.The referral service made 123,156 referrals in 2001, 7,000 more than the year before and more than in any other year since the service began in 1972.The 12 LRS clerks average about 500 referrals per day to lawyers participating in the service, with an additional 50 referrals per day to local bar association referral programs and other agencies.At present, more than 1,000 Bar members participate in the service, which covers 49 counties in the state. The remaining counties have referral services offered through their local bar associations.LRS clerks log a consumer’s name, telephone number, and brief description of their legal problems into a computerized referral system, which selects a panel member based on location and area of law. The clerk then provides the caller with the name, address, and telephone number of the panel member and advises the caller to contact the lawyer for an appointment.The LRS currently boasts five bilingual clerks who answer approximately 50 calls per day from consumers who don’t speak English. Those callers are referred to a Spanish-speaking attorney in their area.The number of referrals a participating lawyer receives depends on his or her area of practice and geographic location. Any member in good standing with no pending probable cause complaints who maintains an office in geographical areas not covered by a local bar referral service is eligible to join the panel by completing an application. The participating lawyers must also carry at least $100,000 in professional liability insurance.The service has established several specialty panels of lawyers who are willing to take elderly, low-fee, AIDS law, and disability law cases for clients in need.If a caller can be referred to a specialty panel attorney, the first half-hour consultation is free.To be eligible for the Low Fee Panel, a caller’s income must fall within the panel’s income eligibility guidelines.The Bar’s Elderly Referral Panel is designed to help those over 60 years old on a low or fixed income obtain simple legal services and advice at reduced rates.The Disability Referral Panel is designed to help disabled individuals on a low or fixed income obtain services for disability-related legal problems.Lawyers participating on the AIDS panel agree to take at least one referred case per year, participate in training to learn the legal and medical aspects of AIDS, and agree to go to the client if the client is unable to meet at the attorney’s office.For more information about the Lawyer Referral Service, contact Karen Kelly at (800) 342-8060, ext. 5810, or e-mail [email protected] Applications are available online or use the form below.JOIN THE FLORIDA BAR’S March 15, 2002 Regular News Brevard attorneys invited to join Lawyer Referral Service LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE During 2001, The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Staff made over 123,156 referrals to people seeking legal assistance. Lawyer Referral Service attorneys collected over $5.7 million in fees from Lawyer Referral Service clients. The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service: • Provides statewide advertising • Provides a toll-free telephone number • Matches attorneys with prospective clients • Screens clients by geographical area and legal problem • Allows the attorney to negotiate fees • Provides a good source for new clients NOTE: If your office is in Baker, Broward, Clay, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Nassau, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, or West Pasco counties, please contact your local bar association lawyer referral service for information. INTERESTED? PLEASE COMPLETE, CLIP AND MAIL TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION. Please send me an application and information about The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service. Name: Address: City/State/Zip: MAIL TO: The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300. The application also may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website or call The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (800) 342-8060, ext 5810 or e-mail your request to [email protected] . Brevard attorneys invited to join Lawyer Referral Servicelast_img read more

New study highlights what makes people switch credit unions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Fee transparency, inertia, and friends and family are three of the biggest determinants in whether a member joins a new credit union or engages with another financial institution, according to new research from Chicago-based Yes Marketing.The firm’s survey of 1,000 financial services customers found that 43% of respondents first heard about their current financial services provider from family or friends, and 57% said the thing that most influenced their trust in that financial institution was whether it provided comprehensive, up-front information about fees, rates and services.“More than 40% of customers selected their last financial services company based on the recommendation of family and friends,” the report said. “Additionally, more than half (53%) say they chose not to use a company because of negative feedback from family/friends.”Competitive rates and fees were the biggest draw to a new financial services provider for 42% of the respondents; 22% said it was the variety of services available. Only 13% of the respondents said the institution’s ability to protect member information would influence them to use a financial services provider they’ve never used before, and only 10% said the same for branch and ATM proximity. Five percent or fewer said the mobile app, customer service reputation and the convenience of the enrollment process were the most significant factors for them.last_img read more

Baseball Sectionals @ Shawe Memorial Postponed

first_imgThe Baseball Sectional games that was scheduled for Saturday (5-30) at Shawe Memorial has been rescheduled for Monday (6-1).Game 1 will feature Jac-Cen-Del battling Academy at 5 PM.  Game 2 follows with Rising Sun squaring off against Hauser.Other area Baseball Sectional games on Monday.The Sectional Championship at South Ripley will be Milan going up against Austin starting at 5:30 PM.The Sectional Championship game at Franklin features Lawrenceburg clashing with South Dearborn  at 5:30 PM.The Sectional Championship game at Bloomington North will pit the Bloomington Schools, North vs. South, at 7 PM.Courtesy of the IHSAA.last_img

Wind Advisory: Storm Spurs Dangerous Conditions On SE Florida Beaches

first_imgForecasters expect increasing chances of rain today into Friday. A subtropical storm named Arthur is expected to start forming today could turn southeast Florida beaches into danger zones. The tropical or subtropical storm is forecast to generate dangerous waves and life-threatening rip currents along South Florida’s beaches before it starts producing rain. The tri-county area is under a wind advisory until tomorrow. Gusts could reach speeds over 40 mph.last_img

Inside Conditions…Delusional

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE Last Sunday night was the official beginning of fall and the Halloween season for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Steelers nation. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger officially donned his Peewee Herman costume and played like he was in the playground at pre-K.  I am in my snitchin’ mood. I am, I gotta, I refuse not to tell it.What is wrong with these P-burgh scribes?  A few of them have become linguistic alchemist’s using and twisting the English language to misinform and distort  the truth into nothing but…well, you know.Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had the nerve to title his Monday morning column; titled; “No more leaning on Big Ben.”  As far as I am concerned, “Big” Ben Roethlisberger resembled the “Leaning Tower of Pisa” far more than he looked like a top fight NFL quarterback based on his Sunday night performance against the Chicago Bears.As of Monday the Steelers were the 26th ranked offense in the NFL and the 7th ranked overall defense.  It appears to me that the team is leaning on the defense…not Ben Roethlisberger. The defense is forced to nullify or at least help cancel out negative decisions and plays that the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback makes game after game and year after year.Collier had the nerve to spew out this bit of mis-info, “So it’s no longer correct to scream about the Haley offense failing to produce points. Sunday night it pounded out about 44, 23 of its own and essentially 21 of the opposition’s.” Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley did not fumble away the football almost guaranteeing  the “Chi-town” Bears victory. Collier also had this to say.  “All the truths we hold as self evident in the floundering season of 2013 were on display again for the bemusement of NBC’s national Sunday night audience.”Well maybe just, just maybe; the truth is nowhere self evident to Gene Collier because judging by his self-centered and slanted assessment of the game; the actual distance from his mind and the truth may be farther than the distance between Earth and the planet Pluto. The only thing that is and has been floundering is Ben Roethlisbeger.What is up with this media love affair with Ben “do no wrong” Roethlisberger.  There is nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with Todd Haley or his offense.  Roethlisberger has held the ball far too long from his rookie year to the present. “Big Ben” could be playing behind an offensive line with five All-Pros but he can’t continue to hold onto the ball as if it was a magnet extracted from an MRI machine. How many overthrows, under-throws and no throws plus fumbles were committed by this man who the Steelers have to lean on, game after game?If the Steelers have to lean on him that is relative to two “four legged” people using one crutch. Or as we used to say; “like a pegged, legged centipede.” Some people pretend just not to know any better. This is the last of the info freely given by Monsieur Collier describing the current makeup of the men of steel; He had this to say. “Maybe this will all look better if they pick it up and put it on another continent. Maybe in London the Todd Haley offense will finally make sense, being accustomed as it is to the fog ’n ’at, right?Maybe London seems like a long way to go just to have Adrian Peterson run up 150 yards against you, but few would disagree today that the Steelers might as well leave the country for a little while rather than try to impersonate an NFL team in these United States.” How would Gene Collier feel if someone said or wrote that he was a football writer impersonator? There are many reasons that the Pittsburgh Steelers are in a rut and the main reason is not the defense. Folks had better get off the soapbox and wash their filthy and dishonest trains of thought.Alan Robinson from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote; “They rallied behind the Ben Roethlisberger-to-Antonio Brown passing combination to get within four points midway through the fourth quarter, but two late Bears touchdowns secured Chicago’s 40-23 victory.” How did the Bears get two late touchdowns and what was the circumstances preceding those touchdowns? Rallied, rallied what you talkin’ about Willis? Rallied. Even some of the most notorious arsonists in history stuck around to gaze with admiration at their handiwork before they lent a smudged hand to attempt to snuff out the blaze.Ya can’t finish any game anytime anywhere unless you have the football.  You can’t fumble, bumble and stumble the football and expect the opposing team not to take advantage of your miscues.  If Ben Roethlisberger plays a mistake free game, then guess what? In all probability, the Steelers win the game. The Temptations once had a hit song titled, “Just My Imagination” (running away with me).  It appears to me that the imagination of some of those who cover the Steelers is not just running away, it has crossed the finish line.(Aubrey Bruce is at: 412-583-6741.) Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more

Divining the CMB

first_imgWhat do you see in this pattern?  Look very closely.  The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) is a faint glow of electromagnetic radiation that pervades the universe.  What it means is a matter of intense and sometimes bizarre speculation by cosmologists.    The spectrum of the CMB matches almost perfectly that of an ideal radiator, or blackbody, with a peak temperature of 2.7° Kelvin (graph)  The spectrum is so smooth that it took years of analysis of the COBE satellite data to find any variations – inhomogeneities or anisotropies, as they are called.  In 2001, the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe teased out the variations to the highest resolution ever measured for a blackbody (picture).  In the maps, the colors exaggerate the variations.  They are exceedingly faint – on the order of 18 microkelvins, or parts per 100,000.  They can be compared to tiny ripples on a calm sea.  What does this imply?  Does it shed light on the origin and nature of the universe?    Cosmologists advertise that the discovery of the CMB by Penzias and Wilson in 1965 (for which they received the Nobel Prize) was a confirmation of the Big Bang theory.  It represents the cosmic afterglow of the primeval fireball, they said.  Though such a glow had been predicted by George Gamow, Ralph Alpher and Robert Herman, the predicted value (28K) was higher than the measured value.  Moreover, finding the spectrum to be so extremely smooth exacerbated the “lumpiness problem” in cosmology: if the universe began from a uniform explosion, where did the lumps come from?  The universe is made up of lumpy aggregates of matter like galaxies and clusters of galaxies with near vacuums of empty space between them.  The discovery of inhomogeneities, therefore, was latched onto quickly as an explanation: these tiny ripples grew into gravitational attractors for material that coalesced into the lumps.  The discovery of the inhomogeneities won George Smoot the Nobel Prize in 2006.    Today, cosmologists continue to probe the CMB for clues to even grander visions.  Here’s what some recent reports are claiming are visible in maps of the CMB that, to a layman, would look as meaningless as modern art.Donuts:  The universe might be donut shaped.  That’s what Nature News reported May 28, complete with a drawing.  “Mmm… Universe,” teased the caption.  “Calculations show it really might be shaped like the snack favourite.”  How does one salivate over visions of donuts while looking at a CMB map?  The vision lies in missing long wavelengths, which some cosmologists interpret as indicating the universe might be finite but non-spherical.  Of the possible wrap-around shapes, a 3-torus seems to match the WMAP data best, they think.  Yum.Treasure:  The BBC News reported in March that the WMAP data constitutes a “treasure trove” of information about the universe – not only its age and early history, but its fate.  A group from Oxford University believes that they see the faint glow of neutrinos in the map.  Dr. Joanna Dunkley said, “We see patterns in light, light that has been travelling for billions of years, affected in the early infancy of the Universe by whatever the Universe was composed of at that point.”    This is more fun than an amusement park fortune-teller.  Dr. Dunkley now sees “an impression of conditions billions of years ago” by inferring from the amount of helium today a “sea of neutrinos” that must have been given off early on by nuclear reactions, assuming it was built inside stars.  Most neutrinos pass right through the earth without stopping.  Very few are detected in the very few detectors built to look for them.  There they are, right on the WMAP plot, staring us in the face.  Don’t you see?    Dr. Dunkley also sees fog, but it clears up in her crystal ball.  The dissipating fog reveals secrets about the first stars.  “We basically have the first evidence that how the first stars switched on was a long, drawn-out process that took half a billion years,” she said.  “We weren’t able to see that before.”  Some of us are wondering how she sees it now.The Land Before Time:  The familiar WMAP plot showed up in a story on the BBC News that suggested other universes are betraying their presence in the data.  The possible observation of a slight asymmetry in the CMB from one direction to the other could clue us in that we inherited a structure from a parent universe, says a Caltech group.  The fluctuations in the CMB are telling us that “new universes could be created spontaneously from apparently empty space.”  If so, “From inside the parent universe, the event would be surprisingly unspectacular.”  It’s just one of those ordinary things – everything from nothing, bubbling off in a flash from a previous universe that cannot be observed.    Sean Carroll (Caltech), who proposed the second idea, wants to convince his colleagues to think big.  “We’re trained to say there was no time before the Big Bang, when we should say that we don’t know whether there was anything – or if there was, what it was.”  Why say anything, then?    Carroll admits that we don’t know if universes can bud off from pre-existing ones.  But if ours did, he thinks it would explain why time flows forward instead of backward in our universe.  “Much work remains to be done on the theory:” the BBC said; “the researchers’ first priority will be to calculate the odds of a new universe appearing from a previous one.”An untrained layman looking at the CMB would be astonished that such inferences could be conjured up out of faint color changes on a bland-looking map.The know-nothings (02/22/2008 commentary) seem to know an awful lot (emphasis on awful).  They have a lot to say about things they admit they can’t say.  Did it occur to any of them that science was meant to be restricted to phenomena that are observable, testable and repeatable?  Yes; tell us about the odds of getting a new universe from a previous one.  Tell us all about it.  Do a demo in the lab.  Tell us about the infinite regress while you’re at it, and why there was something instead of nothing.    Today, we no longer need a calf liver, pendulum or water witch to play around with divination.  We have trendier things with which the Babble-onions, Chaldeans and sooth-slayers can respectably practice their ancient Craft.  The only thing they seem unable to divine is the Divine Nature (Romans 1).  Odd; most of us lacking the divination tools can see it clearly all over the place.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Beetle mania grips World Cup

first_imgThe red Beetle carries a large vuvuzelaon its roof. A giant football and pair of sunglassesadorn the white Beetle. The third stretch Beetle in progress.Although just a shell at the moment itwill soon look as vibrant as the other two.(Images: Natalie Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Wynand ViljoenNew Electrical Panel Beaters+27 12 800 2548 or +27 83 744 063Janine ErasmusA passion for football and the venerable Volkswagen Beetle has resulted in the creation of a growing fleet of one-of-a-kind stretch Beetles, vibrantly decorated in national colours and football elements.Gallery: Beetle maniaA group of four football fanatics at an unassuming panel-beating shop in the industrial suburb of Lindo Park, east of Pretoria, have turned their enthusiasm for the Beautiful Game into an eye-catching mobile show of support for the home team, Bafana Bafana. The national squad takes on Mexico in the opening game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup on 11 June in Johannesburg.Auto electrician Wynand Viljoen, mechanic Chris Neuwenhuizen, and panel beaters Tinashe Zivovo and Wellington Mugocha are the enterprising foursome.As their way of getting involved in the World Cup and adding to the growing buzz around the event, they have channelled their creativity into producing two stretch Beetles so far, with another one in production.Heads turn when these cars are on the road, and fans who wish to turn up at World Cup matches in style may rent them for their grand entrance.“I started building the first one for the fun of it,” said Viljoen, “and it has just taken off. I’ve had enquiries from a number of people, including a local coloured community and the Home Affairs department.”The Afrikaans Taal en Kultuur Vereeniging (Language and Culture Organisation) has also expressed interest, as they have arranged a World Cup song in Afrikaans.Labour of love“It took us about three months to build the first one,” said Mugocha, explaining that the stretch Beetle starts off as two cars that are each reduced by two-thirds and joined to produce the limo-style end result.One Beetle is cut at the windscreen and the other is cut at the rear window post. The two bigger sections are then welded together, providing a blank canvas for lavish football-themed refurbishment.The third stretch Beetle is just a shell at this stage, but once the welding and panel-beating work is finished, it too will emerge as a tribute to football and a testament to automotive skill.The team has not yet decided on a theme for the third car, but are working on some ideas. They hope to build another two or three, according to Mugocha.“The red one has a number of improvements on the white one, so our third car will be the best yet.”Proudly South AfricanFans need not worry about their safety – each car is completely road-worthy, and has received the green light from the licensing department.The first vehicle off the production line was the white model, which is topped with a huge fibreglass football. On the right-hand side of the car, just under the ball, sits a huge pair of flashy sunglasses, similar to the oversized accessories seen on makarapas – colourful modified hard hats worn at football matches. The lenses of the glasses are fully functional windows.The red Beetle carries a giant vuvuzela – the plastic African trumpet that either excites or irritates – just above the sunroof. The 4m-long instrument is wired to the sound system, an installation of teeth-jarring power, and is also used as the hooter. A standard-sized vuvuzela can fit onto the lower end, amplifying the sound.Inside, each has room for six people to sit in comfort. In addition to the driver and passenger seats, the white car has two double seats facing each other, while the red car’s seats are arranged conventionally, all facing forward.Both interiors are decked out in a football and vuvuzela theme, though with different colour schemes. Central locking and power windows have also been installed.The national flag and the words “Bafana Bafana” are prominent features of the exteriors. Both cars are powered by the trusty 1 600cc Beetle engine, which has seen thousands of Beetles around the world clock up vast mileage.Dedicated fansBafana Bafana’s inconsistent performances of late have not fazed the four colleagues at all, nor shaken their faith in the home side, despite some negative comments from members of the community.The foursome is convinced that South African football fans are set to be pleasantly surprised by their team’s World Cup performance.“We are 150% behind football and Bafana Bafana,” Mugocha said.last_img read more

Film Africa takes African stories to the world

first_img28 October 2016The Film Africa film festival, hosted by the Royal African Society, is considered the premier global film event for showcasing African filmmaking. Held this year in London from 28 October to 6 November, Film Africa will feature 52 features, short films and documentaries from 22 African countries.The selection of African-produced and African-themed films will be supplemented with a series of discussions by actors and filmmakers as well as with exhibitions by African production companies. Professional workshops, live music events and industry seminars will also all highlight film, art and culture from the continent and its diaspora.The best new Nigerian cinema @FilmAfrica this year! https://t.co/EYJQx6kWSL #FilmAfrica16 @kunleafolayan @niyiakinmolayan @femiodugbemi pic.twitter.com/fMUZ1Eblb0— Film Africa (@FilmAfrica) October 11, 2016The festival culminates in an awards ceremony recognising the best of the festival’s acting and filmmaking talents. It includes the Baobab Award for Best Short Film and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film.One of the topical themes at the festival this year is: Why I’m Here: Stories of Migration. It comprises a collection of personal film narratives that reflect the intricacies of migration, political asylum and other challenges faced by Africans living outside [email protected] explores the Somalian refugee experience in A Stray by @Musasyeed https://t.co/l9NrxOPDIk @SomaliWeekFest pic.twitter.com/Nvgt1rQqlt— Film Africa (@FilmAfrica) October 19, 2016Another predominant theme, one specifically focused on South Africa, is the cost of attaining and retaining freedom.The film biography of struggle icon Solomon Mahlangu, titled Kalushi will open the festival. The film looks at Mahlangu’s life during the 1976 Soweto student uprising, as a soldier in Umkhonto we Sizwe and the influence he had on the fight against apartheid. A post-screening discussion with director Mandla Dube and star Thabo Rametsi will also unpack his influence on contemporary protests such as Fees Must Fall.Catch our very own @ThaboRametsi with Minister of @ArtsCultureSA @NathiMthethwaSA on @MorningLiveSABC today #Kalushi pic.twitter.com/33BzXx7bT3— #GoSeeKalushi (@KalushiMovie) September 22, 2016There will also be a screening of the 1994 film about the Soweto student uprising, Sarafina, starring Leleti Khumalo and Whoopi Goldberg. It will be shown along with a companion piece, a new documentary called Soweto: Times of Wrath, which looks at the influence of the 1976 generation on young Sowetans today.The screenings will be followed by a discussion, led by the six young filmmakers involved in the documentary, on the state of human rights in post- apartheid South Africa and how communities are taking action to have their voices heard.Also on at the festival is British director Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, a film about the love affair between Botswana’s first democratic leader, Seretse Khama, and British office worker Ruth Williams. The film is courting a lot of 2017 Oscar buzz, thanks to powerful performances by stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, as well as meticulous cinematography that convincingly captures Africa and its people.David Oyelowo e Rosamund Pike em posters internacionais de A United Kingdom. pic.twitter.com/OCatJasoZd— Cinemito (@cinemito) October 26, 2016The festival ends with the world premiere of Wùlu, a Mali-France co-production. A political thriller set amidst the 2012 Mali political rebellion, the film blends elements of traditional African storytelling with fast-paced action.Wùlu , a Film by Daouda Coulibaly. Starring Ibrahim Koma & Inna Modja . pic.twitter.com/mKwLbMTEoZ— Inna Modja Official (@Innamodja) September 15, 2016International critics have hailed the film and its director, Daouda Coulibaly, as Africa’s answer to atmospheric action auteur Michael Mann. It is being touted for selection for a Best Foreign Language Academy Award in 2017.Source: Film Africa festival 2016SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more