BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic soldiers killed at least 44 rebel fighters in an offensive against the rebel coalition that has been launching attacks in efforts to overtake the newly reelected president, the government said. The offensive was launched in the village of Boyali, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Bangui, the capital, Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada said. The army also regained control of Boda in the southern part of the country, with the support of Rwandan and Russian soldiers.
Ryan Spahn(Photo by Caitlin McNaney) View Comments Former Broadway.com Fresh Face Ryan Spahn and more have been tapped for the New York premiere of Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy. Directed by Kip Fagan, the previously announced limited engagement will run March 30 through May 6 at Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Tickets are now available for the production, which is scheduled to open on April 12.Joining Spahn (Gloria) as Ricky in the cast will be Michael Cullen (King Liz) as Arnold, Aimé Donna Kelly (Witch in Macbeth) as Sadie, Rey Lucas (Orange Is The New Black) as Luce, Deirdre Madigan (A Delicate Balance) as Pam, Christina Nieves (The House on Mango Street) as Jania and Brandon J. Pierce (Metamorphoses) as Donnie.The drama tackles the future of public education and follows the chaotic final days of an urban public high school.Exit Strategy will feature scenic design by Andrew Boyce, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Thom Weaver and sound design by Daniel Perelstein.
Mikel’s agents give Valencia Friday Deadline on wagesDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has cautioned John Mikel Obi to think twice before accepting offers from outside Europe as he is set to jump off Stamford Bridge in the winter transfer window.Specifically, the Franco-German coach is not too comfortable with news that Mikel has given Valencia Friday deadline to meet up with his wages demand or else he was going to open talks with other offers on the table including the lucrative deal from China. “I prefer Mikel stays in Europe and play in an European team. When I was in London two weeks ago, we spoke about that. But Mikel is an experienced and intelligent player and he knows what to do,” revealed Rohr at a parley with sports journalists in Lagos yesterday.He however stressed that Nigerians will need to respect Mikel’s choice if China is his first option.“If he decides to choose the money of China then we must respect that. If he goes to China and is playing well, I have no problem with that,” the Eagles supremo observed.Mikel’s representatives were reported to have handed Spanish La Liga side Valencia Friday deadline to meet the wage demands of the Chelsea midfielder or they will begin to look at other option like the lucrative offers on the table from China,“Mikel representatives have given Valencia till Friday to match the player’s wage demands,” a source close to the player informed AfricanFootball.com“I don’t know what the demands are, but Valencia’s initial offer does not match it.”The same source had last week hinted a decision on the player’s next destination was imminent this week.Various media reports suggested thatValencia’s Sporting Director, Jesus Garcia Pitarch, on Christmas day met with Mikel in London during the holidays over a move to Spain.However, the source close to the Chelsea ace has also maintained the handlers of the player have also not foreclosed a more financially rewarding transfer to China.“If Valencia failed to meet Mikel’s expectations, the offers from China on the table will be more seriously considered,” he said.“As expected, they have tabled more cash and that’s what the player is now considering.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Stuart Dallas is on the bench for Brentford against Brighton, who give a full debut to striker Sam Baldock. Brentford: Button; McCormack, Tarkowski, Dean, Bidwell; Douglas; Odubajo, Pritchard, Judge, Jota; Gray.Subs: Bonham, Craig, Tebar, Diagouraga, Dallas, Toral, Proschwitz. Brighton: Stockdale, Calderon, Greer, Dunk, Bennett; Holla, Crofts, Gardner; Teixeira, Colunga, Baldock.Subs: Bruno, Hughes, Forster-Caskey, Ince, LuaLua, Mackail-Smith.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Eureka >> For three weeks the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team has been looking at the same record in the standings.Six wins, nine losses.It’s been a waiting game as the Corsairs’ first game of 2017 slowly approaches.“That is a very big understatement,” CR sophomore forward Will Ingersoll said when asked if the Corsairs are ready for their lengthy break to be over. “I think we’re more than ready to play. We’re all antsy. (Saturday) is the first game of league, so it should be …
John Kani in a scene from the play“Nothing but the truth”. The movie adaptation won the Silver Stallion of Yennenga, the Second most prestigious prize at Fespaco. (Image: Village Voice) A scene from the gangster movie Jersusalema, set in the hard Johannesburg inner-city flatland of Hillbrow. (Image: Jerusalema) Rapulana Seiphemo, who plays the grownup, streetwise Lucky Kunene, won the Best Actor Award at Fespaco. (Image: Jerusalema) Tendeka Matatu, the producer of “Jerusalema”, shortly after receiving the three awards scooped by the movie.(Image: Khanyi Magubane) A riot scene from the four part series “When we were black”. (Image: SABC)Khanyi MagubaneVeteran actor John Kani’s screen adaptation of his play Nothing but the Truth took the top honours at the Fespaco Film Festival in Ouagadougou when it won the Silver Stallion of Yennenga, the second most prestigious award at the festival.The film also won the Ousmane Sembene Prize for Peace, sponsored by Ecobank, one of Burkino Faso’s leading banking institutions.In the film, director and lead actor, Kani, plays a librarian, Sipho, who is denied a promotion. Sipho is embittered by the favouritism his parents showed his elder brother, who died in exile, leaving Sipho the burden of burying him after his daughter repatriates his remains.In real life, police shot Kani’s brother dead in a church while reading a poem at the funeral of a nine-year old girl killed during an anti-apartheid riot.Telling Soweto storiesThe imaginative director Khalo Matabane’s television series When we were Black received an award for the Best Television Series.When we were Black is set in Soweto in the 1970s and deals with the coming of age of a 17-year-old boy, Fisto. Determined to get the girl of his dreams, Mangi, he even joins the school choir because she sings in it. Unfortunately for Fisto he is tone deaf and the choirmaster terminates his singing career, but keeps him as an assistant.After a dramatic series of events, Fisto eventually declares his love for Mangi. That day the two make love the first time.The theme of innocence lost is used as an extended metaphor as the day they consummate their love is also the day of the Soweto student uprisings, June 16 1976.The two lovers watch in horror as the town outside explodes with students confronting policemen, bodies, young blood and gun fire filling the streets.Their innocence is lost forever in that moment, and so is Soweto’s, which will never be the same.The film was initially pitched at the Sithengi Film and TV Market as a feature, but later commissioned as a four-part one-hour series by the SABC.It was, however, re-edited into a full feature for the festival. To give the film an authentic feel of the student uprisings, actual archived material is used as part of the production.In addition, a portion of a neighbourhood in Soweto was used to recreate the 1970s.At the 2007 South African Film and Television Awards, Matabane scooped seven awards for the project. These included best music score, script, wardrobe and overall drama.“Working with Khalo Matabane on this important and historical series was an incredible journey.“His ability to work through the characters and how the characters drive the story, the conceptual decisions to shoot the series very tight so as to be authentic to 1976 with the limitations we faced, was both an honour and an emotional experience,” says film producer Carolyn Carew.The gangster movie Jerusalema, set in Hillbrow in downtown Johannesburg, received three awards for Best Actor, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.The film follows the rise of Lucky Kunene, a once petty criminal who rises in the ranks of the criminal underworld.After cutting his teeth on hijacking, he moves to Hillbrow, where he tries to make an honest living in the taxi industry.However, after his taxi is stolen, he moves to a new enterprise, stealing buildings. Along the way he makes numerous enemies, falls in love with a Jewish girl, and is constantly on the run from the police.With the police closing in on him, the streetwise Kunene tries to stay ahead of the game.In the Best Documentary category, the award went to Egyptian filmmaker, Jihan El-Tihari, for Behind the Rainbow.Behind the Rainbow tells the story of liberation movements who go on to assume power. The catalyst for the story is the relationship of former president Thabo Mbeki and current ANC president Jacob Zuma.The once close relationship of the two men crumbles as comradeship quickly evaporates to make way for power mongering within the organisation.Preserving African heritageAnother South African project, which was nominated for this year’s awards, was the documentary feature of award-winning filmmaker, Zola Maseko’s Manuscripts of Timbuktu. This is not the first time that South Africa has featured prominently in this competition. In 2005, Maseko’s film Drum took the top award, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga.The history of the manuscripts can be traced as far back as the 12th century. Islamic scholars brought them to the city of Timbuktu, then a trading hub for businessman, especially in the salt industry.There were several thousands of manuscripts. The bound texts contained teachings of Islam during the middle ages and covered a variety of subjects. These included astronomy, medicine, mathematics, chemistry, judicial law, government, and Islamic conflict resolution.By the 1300s the “Ambassadors of Peace” (who were the great teachers of the time) centred at the University of Timbuktu, created roving scholastic campuses and religious schools of learning that travelled between the cities of Timbuktu, Gao, and Djénné. At its peak, over 25 000 students attended the University of Timbuktu.By the beginning of the 1600s, Moroccan invasions from the north started to affect scholars and they slowly drifted to other areas of the Mahgreb, or North Africa, where they could study in peace. As a result the city’s manuscripts suffered a severe blow, many falling into an irreparable state.The film reveals the history of the priceless manuscripts, through the story of Ahmed Baba, one of Africa’s greatest yet seldom acknowledged or known intellectuals.Regarded as one of the most prolific writers of his time, this intellectual held great knowledge and subsequently became one of the most frequently consulted figures in the Mahgreb.In a bid to take the viewer back to the heart of 14th century Timbuktu, when it was regarded as an intellectual hub for writers, teachers, religious leaders, mathematicians and scientists, Maseko dramatises the major periods in Baba’s life.The film allows the viewer to experience life within the city and its holy mosques. It also tracks Baba’s journey, which eventually saw him uprooted from the great city and travelling to his final destination, Morocco.Talking about his film, Maseko says the idea was first pitched to him four years ago by then-justice minister Brigitte Mabandla. “Back then, I didn’t even know much about the manuscripts.“I remember her [Mabandla] describing to me in great detail about tattered old trunks under people’s beds and how these manuscripts have survived over hundreds and hundreds of years.”While conducting his research, the history and intrigue of the manuscripts became more than just a concept. “We have a rich, intellectual heritage that has been kept hidden from us and the more I researched, the more obsessed I became. The final product is The Manuscripts of Timbuktu.”Related articles2010 opportunities for SA film 2010 TV opportunity for youth Cape Town: Africa’s Hollywood Global acclaim for SA filmUseful linksTimbuktu foundationSABC Corporate Jerusalema – the movie
A contrite Chad Ochocinco apologized for showing disrespect when he slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week, and the judge released him from jail after only a week instead of 30 days.Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted the former NFL star’s apology and cut his 30-day jail term for a probation violation to the seven days he has already served since the rear-swatting incident.Johnson, a flamboyant wide receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, said in court that he’d had time to think about why his flippant attitude was wrong — especially in a domestic violence case.“I just wanted to apologize for disrespecting the court last time,” said Johnson, wearing a tan jail jumpsuit with his hands shackled at the waist. “I apologize. I did have time to reflect on the mistakes I made in this courtroom.”Johnson walked out of jail shortly after 4 p.m. and was met by his attorney, Adam Swickle, and sports agent Drew Rosenhaus. Johnson told reporters he was thankful to McHugh because she was the first person to get him to slow down and think about the path his life was taking.“No one has been able to do it, not even my parents,” he said. “I thank her. Everything she did was justified.”Asked if he hoped to latch on with an NFL team, Johnson said, “I just have to say my next move, my best move.”McHugh noted that in a previous hearing, Johnson had put his arm around a female prosecutor’s shoulders, prompting the prosecutor to tell him twice not to touch her. The judge also pointed out that when Johnson head-butted his then-wife, Evelyn Lozada of the reality TV show “Basketball Wives,” she suffered a 3-inch gash on her head that required eight stitches. The judge called those injuries horrific.McHugh also said Johnson failed to appreciate “the gift of probation” after pleading no contest to battery in the altercation last August with Lozada, which prompted her to quickly file for divorce. Johnson, 35, was in court because he had failed to meet with his probation officer for three consecutive months.“I find that’s an arrogant disregard for a court order,” the judge said.McHugh ordered Johnson to perform 25 hours of community service and attend domestic violence counseling sessions twice a week during probation, and she extended his probation an extra three months through mid-October.Swickle, the attorney who had his backside slapped, said Johnson will fully comply with all probation conditions and hopes to resurrect his NFL career. The six-time Pro Bowler was cut by the Miami Dolphins after his arrest for battery; he played most of his 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals followed by one year with the New England Patriots.“He understands that this is the kind of situation that can derail a person’s career,” Swickle said. “We’re very confident he will do what he should do.”Terrell Owens visited Johnson in jail on Saturday and tweeted that his former teammate was in “good spirits.”“I really didn’t know what to expect but to see the homie locked up is a very humbling experience, to talk to him via vid conference let me know that’s not where anyone wants to be,” Owens wrote. “I know he’s only in the county jail but to someone that has never been locked up…Jail is jail!”