SA-born playwright wins an Oscar

first_img31 March 2003Cape Town-born playwright Ronald Harwood, who won an Oscar for his screenplay of the Holocaust movie The Pianist, may be a long way from home, but he credits South Africa for his success in the film industry.Harwood’s first Oscar win was not his first nomination. Harwood was first nominated for an Oscar in 1972 in the category of best original script for The Dresser, starring Albert Finney.Harwood left Cape Town at 17 to follow his dreams in London. However, this week his thoughts returned to his birthplace after he received the Oscar for best adapted screenplay.The Sunday Times reports that Harwood’s love for the theatre and films started when he was a child and his mother took him to the theatre in Cape Town. He became part of a theatre group while still at Sea Point Boys’ High, and won a scholarship to study drama in London.“I had a wonderful time in Cape Town. There was a company called the Brian Brooke Company, which staged plays in the Hofmeyer Hall. It was a weekly repertoire company and I went every week. I saw all the hits from London there.“I loved it and my mother loved the theatre and encouraged me to go. I had a wonderful teacher called Sybil Marx, now dead, who taught me and [acclaimed British actor] Nigel Hawthorne”, Harwood told Sunday Times.Harwood wrote the adapted screenplay for the film of Alan Paton’s novel, Cry the Beloved Country. Before that, he firmed his reputation in America with HBO’s Mandela, which starred Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard as Nelson and Winnie Mandela and was one of the pay TV service’s first original films.Harwood believes that the South African film industry has the potential to rise to the level of the Australian film industry.He also expressed astonishment at the small number of films made about the apartheid era, and feels that more films about this era need to make it onto the big screen.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

SA Airways lures US travellers

first_img19 June 2007South African Airways (SAA) has introduced lower and more flexible fares for flights between the US and South Africa.The new fares make it easier for travellers to access flights from more than 30 cities in the US to more than 25 destinations in southern Africa through SAA’s service from New York’s JFK and Washington Dulles International airports to Johannesburg.They also feature simpler rules that allow for between a 3-day minimum and 12-month maximum stay.SAA gives the example of tickets for a round trip flight from New York or Washington DC to Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban starting from as low as US$1 100 during the Fall months (August, September and October).From South Africa, SAA offers connecting flights to more than 25 destinations within southern Africa, giving travellers the opportunity to explore beyond South Africa’s borders.“This new fare structure makes it easier and more affordable for North American travellers to access southern Africa and all of its wonders, whether it’s the experience of the Cape Town winelands and Table Mountain, the rush of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, or the expansive desert and sand dunes of Namibia,” said SAA executive vice-president for North America Marc Cavaliere.“Coupled with South African Airways’ award-winning service, our membership in the Star Alliance, and the fact that we know Africa better than any other airline, there simply is no better way to and from the continent.”SAA has been voted “leading airline to Africa” and “leading business class to Africa” by the World Travel Awards, and offers the only non-stop service between the US and South Africa, with direct service from New York and daily departures from Washington DC.Through its Star Alliance membership, the airline is able to offer its customers access to 855 destinations in 155 countries and more than 16 000 flights daily, including convenient connections from more than 30 cities in the US through code share service with Star Alliance partner United Airlines.In addition, members of United Airlines’ Mileage Plus programme are able to earn miles on all SAA flights.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Cape Town bar on world top 20 list

first_img29 June 2012Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar in Cape Town came in fourth on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of “Best New Bars in 20 Cities” worldwide, it was announced in the international magazine’s July issue.The list profiles the best new drinking and dancing hotspots in the world.Tjing Tjing, located in a 181-year-old heritage building in Longmarket Street in the Cape Town city centre, claimed its spot on the list for its atmosphere, music and choice of food and wine.“Enveloped in the wooden mansards of the old attic is an eclectic mix of new and old, local and Asian, with a Japanese shrine-inspired red bar and black and white Tokyo imagery,” says tjingtjing.co.za. “The bar opens up to a lofty outside terrace.”The bar is well known for its music, playing a mixture of electronic and indie music, drawing a hip clientele that ranges from journalists to graphic designers.Tjing Tjing serves a variety of interestingly named cocktails, such as the Ginger Ninja and Asian Persuasion, and has an extensive wine list.There are wine tastings with the bar’s wine suppliers every Wednesday between 5pm and 7pm, with no charge and no bookings necessary.Their food also holds its own. “Our tapas menu boasts sticky Asian-glazed pork belly skewers as a favourite, cheese & charcuterie boards and springrolls,” the Tjing Tjing website says.The bar is located on 165 Longmarket Street.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Got a Question? Ask Aardvark on the iPhone

first_imgAardvark is a very nifty service that allows you to ask other users any question. These questions can be about local restaurants or JavaScript – Aardvark will simply find the best person to answer your question and give you an answer within minutes. Aardvark launched at SXSW last year and today, the company also finally launched its iPhone app. The app gives users access to all of Aardvark’s features, including the ability to ask and answer questions and make changes to your user profile. In addition, the app also taps into the iPhone’s own services and allows users to automatically geotag questions and receive push notifications when a question was answered by another user.Aardvark is surprisingly useful. Answers, especially about local and travel topics, usually arrive within minutes and usually you will get more than just one answer. Aardvark usually distributes questions by email and IM, but the iPhone app may just turn out to be the best interface for this. After all, you always have your phone with you. Another nice feature is that the app also supports Facebook Connect, so you can also query your Facebook friends easily. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement frederic lardinois Answering questions on the iPhone is also quite easy. Just head to the ‘Answer’ tab and a new question will pop up. You can customize what kind of questions you would like to answer in your Aardvark profile. If you don’t know the answer and want to switch to another question, just shake the phone and Aardvark will look for another one (and make some aardvark noises in the background as well).To route questions, Aardvark does some pretty sophisticated analysis in the backend to make sure your questions get to those people who can actually answer them. For users, however, all that matters is that questions actually get answered, and this is where Aardvark does a really good job. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

Trust of millions broken: Sharad Yadav

first_img‘I don’t agree with the decision in Bihar,’ says Sharad Yadav  ‘First time in history’Some RJD leaders and party workers were seen receiving Mr. Yadav and shouting slogans in his favour at the Patna airport. However, a lone senior JD(U) leader Ramai Ram, said to be close to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, also accompanied Mr. Sharad Yadav from the airport.Mr. Sharad Yadav continued his three-day journey of “direct interaction with the people of the State” and received a warm welcome at Hajipur, Sonepur and Muzaffarpur. “In the history of Independent India, it has happened for the first time that two parties contesting against each other on separate manifestos joined hands midway and formed the government,” Mr. Yadav said while addressing people at Hajipur.At Sonepur, he said, “People of the sarkari (official) Janata Dal have become the Chief Minister and ministers in Patna but, there is the real Janata Dal among the masses.” When asked whether his tour would not amount to ‘anti-party activity’, Mr. Yadav declined to comment.Meanwhile, JD(U) State chief spokesperson Sanjay Singh reminded him, “JD(U) means Nitish Kumar and Nitish Kumar means JD(U).” On his three-day Bihar tour, State JD(U) chief Basistha Narayan Singh said, “It is his [Sharad Yadav’s] personal initiative and the JD(U) has nothing to do with it.” Earlier, along with Sharad Yadav, two other JD(U) Rajya Sabha MPs — Ali Anwar Ansari and Virender Kumar — had also opposed Nitish Kumar’s decision to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).If sources in the JD(U) are to be believed, party chief Nitish Kumar may suspend Mr. Sharad Yadav from the JD(U), which would mean that the latter would lose all his privileges that a leader of party in the Rajya Sabha.Grapevine abuzzThe political grapevine in the State is abuzz that Sharad Yadav is in touch with some other disgruntled JD(U) leaders, MLAs and MPs to form a new alliance with the RJD and the Congress to take on Mr. Nitish Kumar.“The JD(U)’s 14 State presidents are with Sharad Yadav…let Nitish Kumar be with his Bihar unit and rule the State with the BJP,” said Arun Kumar Shrivastva, who was recently was removed from the post of general secretary of the JD(U) after the lone party MLA in Gujarat, Chhotubhai Vasava, declared that he had voted for the Congress candidate Ahmad Patel in the Rajya Sabha election. Also Readcenter_img Kicking-off his three day “direct interaction with people” programme in Bihar, disgruntled Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) leader and the party’s Rajya Sabha member Sharad Yadav on Thursday said, “I continue to stand by the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (‘grand alliance’) of the RJD, Congress and JD(U)…ending the alliance is betrayal of the mandate of 11 crore people of the State…the mandate was given for five years.”Accompanied by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders on his tour, the senior JD(U) leader said, “I was personally hurt and pained by [the decision] as I too had campaigned hard for the ‘grand alliance’.”last_img read more

Ateneo stuns UST for first win

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for 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 “This win was really important because we could’ve been 0-3 and at the bottom, and now we’re at par with a lot of teams even UST,” said De Leon, who had 11 points for Ateneo.Skipper Maddie Madayag said the trust they put on each other finally showed amid UST’s relentless push.“I guess the trust we have with each other was there because if we don’t have it there’s really nowhere to go,” said Madayag who finished with nine points. “And I think their confidence is slowly starting to show especially when they receive UST’s hits.”Kat Tolentino and Jhoanna Maraguinot also had 11 points apiece for Ateneo while Samonte added 10.Rondina had 22 points to lead the Goden Tigresses while Alessandrini and Tin Francisco combined for 21 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Ateneo tacked its first win after taking down University of Santo Tomas, 16-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Eagles improved to 1-2 to sport the same record as UST, which lost its libero Rica Rivera to a knee injury in the first set.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: UST libero Rivera suffers knee injury vs AteneoAfter trailing, 16-12, in the fourth set, the Lady Eagles battled back and took a 21-18 edge after Jules Samonte threaded the needle through UST’s blockade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCherry Rondina tried to keep UST alive with a booming kill that cut Ateneo’s lead to 24-22 and a triple block on Bea De Leon trimmed it further to 24-23.De Leon, however, finished off UST with her next kill bouncing off the defense of UST rookie Milena Alessandrini. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belangel stars as Ateneo completes UAAP juniors sweeplast_img read more