Liverpool flop set for Italy return? Lazio keen on much maligned striker

first_imgLazio are poised to make a move for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini at the end of the season, according to reports in Italy.Borini has struggled to make any impact at Anfield following his £10.5million move from Roma back in 2012 and has only started eight Premier League games.The Italy forward was shipped out on loan to Sunderland last year and even though he made a return to the Merseyside club, he has only scored one goal this season.Italian newspaper Il Messaggero claim Lazio will make their move to sign Borini if they reach the Champions League.The move could be an unpopular one with Lazio fans as he spent a season at their arch rivals Roma, but with uncertainty surrounding the future of Miroslav Klose, they are keen to bring in another striker during the summer. Liverpool striker Fabio Borini 1last_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

U.S. States’ Top Law Enforcement Officials Question Google

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Did Google test the Street View information gathering technology prior to employing it? Who was responsible for the code that allowed the Street View cars to harvest private information?How could Google have been unaware of the presence of the code that allowed the cars to collect this data? How was this code uploaded to the cars? In which exact locations was private data collected? Related Posts curt hopkins Tags:#Google#privacy#web We reported in June that the Attorneys General of 30 U.S. states held a conference call to discuss investigating Google. Google’s capture of private information while using Street View cars to gather mapping information has led to a host of legal troubles globally for the company. Now, this group of Attorneys General has grown to 38 (plus the District of Columbia). It has scheduled a Friday meeting with Google representatives and today it sent the company the latest in a long list of questions it wants answered. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is spearheading the AG probe, sent Google the letter on behalf of all the states involved. According to a statement issued by his office, he asked Google whether it had tested the Street View information-gathering technology prior to employing it. Here is a partial list of the questions the group of Attorneys General want Google to answer.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “We will take all appropriate steps,” said AG Blumenthal, “including potential legal action if warranted, to obtain complete, comprehensive answers.” Thanks to Simon Owens 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The EPA Rejects a Proposed Requirement for Lead Dust Testing

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency has defused a long-simmering debate over a dust-wipe testing rule that was one of the proposed revisions to the agency’s 2008 Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) program.In a July 15 announcement of final RRP updates, the agency rejected the dust-wipe regulation, which would have required third-party clearance testing for renovations in homes built before 1978. The EPA did, however, announce that it had toughened other rules, which now require:Construction of impermeable containment walls around exterior workspaces to prevent the spread of lead dust beyond the work areas. The enclosures must consist of a nonporous material, such as plastic sheeting, wrapped and secured in “vertical containment” fashion over scaffolding or another rigid frame.Training of uncertified workers in lead-safe work practices. Training must be administered by certified renovators.Monitoring by certified renovators to make sure their workers properly maintain containment envelopes and prevent the spread of debris.Dust-and-debris containment inside the enclosure during the use of power tools equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuums. The tools must be operated “so that no visible dust or release of air occurs outside of the shroud or containment system,” the EPA says.Another revision allows states to increase penalties for noncompliance with the containment rules. The dust-wipe testing rule, meanwhile, was shelved because, as EPA puts it, it “is convinced that the work practices established in the 2008 RRP rule are reliable, effective, and safe, and that imposing a dust wipe testing or clearance requirement is unwarranted.”Opposing viewsThe National Association of Home Builders, which objected to the dust-wipe testing proposal and had pushed for legislative action to try to curtail EPA funding unless it rejected the dust-wipe proposal, applauded the agency’s final take on the issue. NAHB claims the cost of dust-wipe testing would have unnecessarily increased the cost of renovations on homes covered by RRP regulations.Among the groups that supported the testing proposal, the National Center for Healthy Housing, a nonprofit developer of science-based strategies for creating safe homes, said it was disheartened that the EPA rejected the dust-testing rule but reasonably confident the RRP will be beneficial if properly enforced. “Some changes ease the burden for contractors while others strengthen the rule’s health protectiveness,” the NCHH said in a press release.While some contractors have pegged the cost of a third-party dust-wipe tests at between $100 to $500, Jane Malone, NCHH’s policy director, pointed out to GBA that in practice the actual cost would likely be close to $100. She also noted that RRP regulations are written on the presumption that lead is present in pre-1978 buildings, but that if a contractor, through EPA-approved third-party testing, proves lead isn’t in a pre-1978 residence before work begins, he or she doesn’t have to operate under RRP constraints on that particular project.Malone added that while there’s no getting around the extra costs on RRP-compliant projects, the cost of dust-wipe testing could come in well below that of other requirements, including vertical containment.last_img read more