Scorpions hunt third win

first_imgCaptain of Jamaica Scorpions Paul Palmer says the team will not be taking the Leeward Islands Hurricanes lightly heading into their fourth-round WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park today.The Scorpions, with a two-win, one-loss record, are currently second in the six-team standings, while the Leewards, with three defeats from as many starts, are at the foot of the table.”We will be going to play hard, positive cricket and not take anything for granted,” stated Palmer.”They are at the bottom of the table and want points, however, we are keen to ensure that they don’t register a win at our expense.”SQUAD CHANGESThe Scorpions, coming off an impressive six-wicket win away to the previously unbeaten Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, will enter the contest with two changes to their 13-man squad.Out goes wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton and fast bowler Jason Dawes. They have been replaced by Carlton Baugh Jr and left-arm quick, Sheldon Cottrell.Walton has examinations at the University of the West Indies, while Dawes has been the least effective pacer in the squad so far.The Hurricanes, with Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner in their line-up, have also made two changes to their squad, which lost inside two days against the Windward Islands Volcanoes last time out.England-based batsman Chesney Hughes has been included, along with wicketkeeper-batsman Jahmar Hamilton.last_img read more

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Team GB shocked by Mason’s death

first_imgNASSAU, Bahamas:Stephen Maguire head coach of Great Britain’s track and field team at the IAAF World Relays, says they are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Jamaica-born British athlete Germaine Mason.According to reports, at approximately 4:20 a.m on Thursday, Mason was travelling along the Norman Manley Highway when he reportedly lost control of the Honda CBR 600RR motor bike he was riding and crashed about 100 metres south of the Harbour View roundabout.DISAPPOINTED, SHOCKEDMaguire said while he has never personally met Mason, there has been obvious disappointment and shock among members of the British team since news surfaced of the Olympic silver medal-winning high jumper’s death.”It is very tragic,” said Maguire. “I have never met him (Mason) before, but anybody who has met him and guys in the team are visually upset and shocked by what happened.””All the athletes who knew him were just very visually shocked when they heard the news of his passing,” Maguire said.Maguire added that Mason’s death is a major loss not only to the British team, but also to international track and field.”It is a massive loss. I spoke to the coach who used to coach Germaine and he was very sad and very disappointed about his death,” Maguire said.”All the guys on the team are saying that he was such a nice guy and such a vibrant character. They said he was always brilliant around the team and so it is a very sad loss,” added Maguire.Mason matched his personal best of 2.34m to claim silver for Great Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, after he had switched allegiance from Jamaica in 2006.He holds both the national junior and senior records in the high jump event, winning medals at the Carifta, CAC Junior Championships, Pan American Games, World Junior Championships and World Indoor Championships for Jamaica.- R.B.last_img read more

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Police arrest Spanish soccer federation president and son

first_imgLIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES Marinerong Pilipino stays alive in D-League playoff hunt The probe led the state prosecutor’s office to suspect that Angel Maria Villar “could have arranged matches of the Spanish national team with other national teams, thereby gaining in return contracts for services and other business ventures in benefit of his son.”The prosecutor’s office said they suspect that Padron and the secretary of the regional federation of Tenerfe “favored the contraction of business” for their personal benefit.Inigo Mendez de Vigo, Spain’s minister of education, culture and sport, told national television moments after the raids that “in Spain the laws are enforced, the laws are the same for all, and nobody, nobody is above the law.”UEFA said in a statement it is “aware of the reports regarding Mr. Villar Llona. We have no comment to make at this time.”The 67-year-old Villar has been the head of Spain’s soccer federation since 1988, overseeing its national team’s victories in the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The state prosecutor and Spanish police both said that Villar, his son Gorka Villar, and two other soccer officials were detained while raids were carried out at the federation headquarters and other properties.Police said the other two men who were arrested were Juan Padron, the federation’s vice president of economic affairs who is also the president of the regional federation for Tenerife, and the secretary of that regional federation. The four men were arrested on charges of improper management, misappropriation of funds, corruption and falsifying documents as part of a probe into the finances of the federations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’As part of an operation called “Soule,” the Guardia Civil’s anti-corruption unit said it raided the national federation’s headquarters on the outskirts of the Spanish capital, the offices of the regional soccer federation on the island of Tenerife, and “headquarters of businesses and several private homes linked to the arrested individuals.”Police started the probe in early 2016 after a complaint was made by Spain’s Higher Council of Sport, the government’s sports authority. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation (FILES) This file photo taken on April 29, 2016 shows UEFA acting president Angel Maria Villar arriving to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the appeal of Michel Platini’s against his six-year FIFA ban for ethics violations in Lausanne.The president of the Spanish Football Federation, Angel Maria Villar, was detained by police on July 18, 2017 as part of a corruption probe, a judicial source said. Villar, 67, a former Spanish international footballer, was being held on suspicion of abusing his position to embezzle funds from the federation, among other charges, the source said. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIMADRID— Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar was arrested Tuesday along with his son and two more federation executives as part of an anti-corruption probe.The office of the state prosecutor in charge of anti-corruption said they suspect Villar, who is FIFA’s senior vice president and a UEFA vice president, of having arranged matches for Spain’s national team that led to business deals that benefited his son.ADVERTISEMENT Villar has also been at the heart of FIFA and UEFA politics since the 1990s, and has worked closely with several international soccer leaders who have since been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice.His son, Gorka, worked in recent years for South American body CONMEBOL as legal director then as the CEO-like director general for three presidents who were implicated in the American federal investigation. Gorka Villar left CONMEBOL in July 2016.Angel Maria Villar was a tough midfielder for Athletic Bilbao and Spain before retiring to work as a lawyer and soccer administrator. He was elected to the UEFA executive committee 25 years ago, and to FIFA’s ruling committee 19 years ago. He has also been an influential figure in the legal and referees committees of both organizations.Increasingly seen as a polarizing figure with leadership ambitions, Villar decided against trying to succeed Michel Platini as UEFA president last year.Before joining CONMEBOL, Gorka Villar was a prominent sports lawyer in Madrid. He helped represent cyclist Alberto Contador in a failed appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against losing the 2010 Tour de France title after a positive doping test.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View commentslast_img read more

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AG-Liberia Donates Mattresses, Lappas to ‘Ebola’ Survivors

first_imgThe scene at the courtyard of the Borough of New Kru Town Hall, outside Monrovia, was one of merry-making as authorities of the Liberia Assemblies of God (LAG) donated mattresses, cartons of high quality sardines, gallons of vegetable oil, bags of 25kgs of rice and assorted clothing to each of the Ebola survivors that have congregated in the area.ERDO is the humanitarian agency of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada that provides hope for widows, among others.The two institutions are helping Ebola survivors for sustainability under  the theme, “For when I was hungry, you gave me something to eat…,” based on the text at Matthew 25:35-36.Prior to making the donations to the beneficiaries who upon hearing the good news burst into singing and dancing, the  general superintendent of the AG-Liberia, Edwin A. Gbelly, said the items presented were valued at US$60,000.“We have been informed that those who survived the EVD had lost everything they ever owned because community members feared that keeping such possessions would have further spread the virus. Based on the report, we come to identify with each of you by presenting these items to you to restart you lives,” Rev. Gbelly declared as he presented the items to the cheering and grateful recipients.Rev. Gbelly was accompanied on the weekend tour by LAG’s director of relief, Reginald W. Fannoh, and Monrovia district senior pastor, Rev. Peter Kerkula, among others. Earlier, the church leadership carried out a rapid assessment plan intended to identify beneficiaries for the ERDO assistant project. The assessment was conducted by the team within the Monrovia area and Gbarnga City, respectively, where categories of targeted beneficiaries identified included current Ebola patients in five ETUs and Ebola Survivors in 17 other communities.The donated items included several pieces of assorted cloths, three-piece high quality lappas to each of the surviving elderly women, a cartoon of Princess Sardines, bags  of rice, a three-gallon of vegetable oil, and above all, an eight-inch foam mattress—a presentation that brought tears of joy to the survivors, who shouted praises to the AG-Liberia for their intervention.The survivors who spoke with our reporter after they received their share of the items expressed gratitude to leaders of LAG and ERDO for thinking about the plights of those afflicted by the EVD.In their separate story, since they returned from the ETUs, items they received over the weekend were the first mayor gift items that had ever received,  particularly from a  religious institution.As a token of their gratitude for the items, the survivors were seen dancing and merry-making,  expressing gratefulness to the AG-Liberia and partners. They asked God to spare the lives of the donors so that they would continue to identify with them (survivors).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MOE, GAC Claim First Win in Intra-Gov’t Tourney

first_imgMinistry of Education (MOC) claimed its first win in the opener of the 2016 Intra-Governmental League at the ATS in Monrovia.The MOE whipped the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) 4-2 in football.In the second football derby, the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) settled to a goalless draw.Earlier in the kickball, LIBTELCO pinned GAC 7-4 points, and LACC forfeited to MOE.In today’s fixture, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will meet the Judiciary (JUD) in both football and kickball, as well as the National Transport Authority (NTA) and LISGIS at the BYC’s Blue Field.Also today at the Willie Knuckles Sports Stadium (Alpha Field) on Duport Road, Paynesville, the Ministry of Postal Affairs (MOPT) meets the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), while the Liberia Broadcasting System/the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (LBS/MICAT) and the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) will face off in both football and kickball.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has appointed Assistance Minister of Sports, Murvee Gray as the chairman of the 2016 Intra Governmental Tourney.Min. Gray in an exclusive interview said the tourney provides recreation for public staff, which in turn will give them healthy lives to increase productivity.He said at the end of the tourney, six trophies would be given to first, second and third winners in each category.Min. Gray urged thanked the institutions participating in the tourney for their unprecedented registration of US$500 to underwrite the cost of the tournament.The Intra Governmental tournament, formerly Inter-Ministerial League – brings together all line ministries, agencies, public corporations and other branches of government together through various sporting disciplines.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NEC Addresses Media Reports

first_imgCllr. Kokoya: “The process remains credible though it has been postponed indefinitely.Authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) have cautioned journalists to double check the information or apply a bit of due diligence to their story before publication. The NEC statement comes in the wake of concerns expressed by the four collaborating political parties — Unity Party, Alternative National Congress, All Liberian Party and Liberty Party — that the NEC might be secretly registering voters in order to increase the number of votes in favor of candidates on the ticket of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).The Commission has meanwhile called on journalists and those accusing it of wrong doing to give due diligence to fact finding.“But what this Commission has to say is that those reports and assertions are false and that the public should not take them serious,” NEC chairman, Jerome George Kokoya told a news conference in Monrovia.“That story has no basis in fact; it is false and a dangerous attempt to undermine the electoral process and expose the Commission to public disrepute,” he added.He said NEC does not operate in secrecy and, as such, whosoever wants information on any of its operations should visit the Commission’s offices and he/she will get the needed answers.“Independent foreign partners are closely monitoring our activities and, apart from that, this Commission, under the law, is open to all political actors and citizens or residents with important concerns,” he said.About the replacement of lost and damaged voter cards, Kokoya said NEC is obliged by law to replace all voters’ cards that have been damaged or missing before the conduct of any by-election.He said no new voters’ cards were printed for anyone as alleged recently by politicians and some journalists.On the need for those who lost or damaged their voters’ cards to pay US$5, the NEC said it is granted under the new elections law of Liberia, and as such, people who are claiming that the Commission attempted to exploit the electorates were in complete error, and should see the need to investigate the truth for themselves.“Under the law, as recorded in Section 3.5 (2) of the New Elections Law of Liberia, it says in the event of loss or destruction of voter registration cards after proof has been established, the registrar shall issue a new card for a minimum fee of $5 to be paid in the internal revenue.Korkoya however said that the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) promised to pay for all lost and damaged cards.“It is the NEC that appealed to the Finance Ministry to facilitate the payment for the lost voter cards, since most of those who showed up to replace their cards did not have money to pay, so those who showed up to be registered the date for the exercise was expired, were denied,” he said.He said that the Commission’s extension of the voter cards’ replacement period was legally done on the basis to serve all those, who were not served earlier.“The registrars were overwhelmed by the presence of a huge number of people who wanted their lost or damaged cards replaced. They were not from a particular political camp, but from many parts of the country as citizens qualified by law to get their lost voting cards replaced,” he said.Korkoya said the total number of 1,649 lost and damaged cards were replaced during the last exercise.“Of the 1,649 cards replaced, 573 came from the Brewerville Election Magistrate’s office; 337 from the NEC Bentol’s office, while 739 cards were replaced here at the Sinkor NEC Headquarters for the pending by-elections,” he said.He said only individuals whose names were found on the 2017 final registration roll (FRR) were considered for the replacement of lost voters’ cards exercise.Of the 2,183,268 voters registered in 2017 nationwide, 778,291 are from Montserrado County. The number of registered voters in Montserrado Electoral District #15 is 39,005.“Montserrado has 488 precinct centers and, of this number, 31 are in Montserrado Electoral District #15,” Kokoya said.He added that the voter roll for each center in Montserrado in general and in District #15 will be posted for public viewing by all qualified voters.He said in the soonest possible time, the Commission will announce the date on which the pending by-elections will be held.“We are very certain that the date to be announced will not be changed as done with the previous dates, due to certain challenges. Meanwhile campaigns can continue until the Commission announces the next official date for the elections,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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M&CC to soon meet garbage collectors to renegotiate contracts – Town Clerk

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratThe administration of the City of Georgetown is expected to begin meeting with garbage contractors Puran Brothers Disposal Inc and Cevons Waste Management Inc to renegotiate the terms of their contracts after December 31.Town Clerk Royston King explained that the move was to ensure that garbage was collected in the city.Town Clerk Royston KingA few weeks ago, the M&CC had approached the Central Government through the Communities Ministry for a bailout of $475,635,245 to settle the city’s debt to Puran Brothers, Cevons and another company after they would have pulled their services owing to nonpayment. The bailout was granted, and Central Government decided to pick up the tab until December 31, after which the M&CC would step in.King, at last Monday’s statutory meeting, informed that the municipality would be engaging the contractors with revised contracts.“This means that during the budget discussion and considerations, we would have to reengage all of our contractors, including our solid waste contractor, and we will have to relook at the contracts we have with them with a view to going forward,” King informed.He noted that the budget consideration would have to factor in all of the city’s expenses. King reminded the Councillors that the monthly average revenue collection cost between $70 million and $80 million, adding that the salary tab was just over $112 million.“We have not yet addressed overheads and a number of other expenditure that we have to honour as a council…the budget considerations are important and that is when we will look at how to address that,” King stated.Puran Brothers Disposal and Cevons Waste Management withdrew their services on July 30, 2017, as City Hall’s debts had risen to the multimillion-dollar range. According to the companies, the issue of non-payment has been a longstanding one, with many debts going back as far as 2015.The two companies resumed garbage collection just last Sunday after the Government would have begun making payments to them.Solid Waste Director Walter Narine had earlier stated that the two contractors would come back with reduced responsibilities. He said that the new arrangement would see each contractor being paid $10 million per month for their services as compared to the previous range of $43-45 million per month.On September 1, the M&CC implemented fees for commercial waste collection. Small business operators are required to pay a $5000 monthly fee while medium businesses will pay $8000 per month. However, large business operators across Georgetown are required to pay the most significant figure of $12,000 per month for their waste collection.The Solid Waste Director had told the Council that while the originally approved fees for commercial garbage collection were $5000, $10,000 and $15,000, the last two were reduced to $8000 and $12,000 after consultations.last_img read more

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Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish enjoys dream full debut for England Under-21s

first_img Jack Grealish in action for England Under-21s 1 Jack Grealish scored his first goals in an England shirt as the Under-21s continued their winning start in the Toulon Tournament by thrashing Guinea 7-1.The Aston Villa youngster, who pledged his international allegiance to the Three Lions last year having represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level, struck twice in Monday’s Group B clash in Aubagne.England fell behind with just 48 seconds on the clock – Thierno Diallo grabbing a shock opener for the minnows – but Grealish quickly volleyed an equaliser.Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse put Gareth Southgate ahead from the penalty spot after a handball in the box before Norwich’s Nathan Redmond zipped in a third goal.Grealish then capped a full debut to remember just before half-time when the 20-year-old drifted past two defenders before firing home to effectively put the game out of sight at the interval.Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow was the star of the second half and he helped make it 5-1 four minutes after the break when his initial shot hit the woodwork then ricocheted into the net off the unfortunate Mohamed Toure.Woodrow got on the scoresheet himself just before the hour mark when he drifted in from the left channel and fired home past the exposed Guinea goalkeeper.And he grabbed his second in the 73rd minute after Duncan Watmore raced onto a Nathaniel Chalobah through-ball before delivering a precise cross from which the Fulham man side-footed home.last_img read more

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Top Fueler wrestlers place at section championship

first_imgTop Fueler wrestlers placed at Nor-Cal Jr. High Section Championship at Foothill High School in Redding recently. Brendon Blanchard took 4th, Dakota Bunn was 1st, Kadin Blanchard was 3rd. Not pictured is Duncan Pryatel, who finished 4th. 175Care about your community? We do, too.Sign up for our Morning Report newsletter Something went wrong. Please try again.SIGN UPCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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SA-set sci-fi satire huge hit in US

first_imgThe poster for District 9 Neill Blomkamp, District 9’s South African-born writer and director, speaks to fans about his movie at the recent Comic-Con convention in San Diego. (Image: Natasha Baucas, Wikipedia) USEFUL LINKS • District 9 official site • District 9 on the Internet Movie Database • QED International• Gauteng Film Commission RELATED ARTICLES • Top honours for SA movie • Movie draws public – and pirates • Bang Bang club lives on in film • New boost for Nollywood • 2010 opportunities for SA film • Hollywood studio for Cape Town • Rebate boost for SA film • Cape Town: Africa’s HollywoodSamson MulugetaA film shot on location in Johannesburg and directed by a young South African-born computer graphics whiz has taken the US box office by storm, earning the number-one spot and raking in US$37-million (R302-million) during its opening weekend on 14 August 2009.Directed by 29-year-old South Africa-born Neill Blomkamp, District 9 satirises the absurdities of apartheid in a science fiction account of extraterrestrials who become refugees in South Africa.Part of District 9’s success in the US can be attributed to a quirky and viral marketing campaign, which used billboards at bus stations to encourage people to call a toll-free number if they spotted “non-human activity”.What makes the film all the more remarkable is that it cost only $30-million (R245-million) to make, a small sum by Hollywood standards if one considers it took $250-million (R2-billion) to bring latest Harry Potter instalment to life.Obscure beginningsBlomkamp grew up in Johannesburg, moving with his family to Vancouver, Canada, when he was 17.Blomkamp dabbled in filmmaking while still at school in South Africa and later went on to specialise in animation and computer graphic design.District 9 began as a six-minute film clip, called Alive in Joburg, which Blomkamp wrote and directed in 2005 as a sample of his work.The fledgling director’s big break came when Peter Jackson, a New Zealand filmmaker, producer and screenwriter best known for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, approached him to direct Halo, a film based on a computer game.Although Halo never took off due to a profit-sharing dispute, it inadvertently led to bigger things, as an executive at Universal Studios who was overseeing the Halo project came across Blomkamp’s six-minute clip and showed it to Jackson.Jackson was impressed by Blomkamp’s work and asked him to turn Alive in Joburg into a feature-length movie. And thus District 9 was born.The involvement of Jackson gave Blomkamp instant credibility. In Blomkamp, Jackson saw a young man creating work based on his life experiences.“He saw South African society – both the good and bad of the society there – and he wanted to put a science fiction spin on what he witnessed growing up because he’s a science fiction geek,” Jackson told the Los Angeles Times at the recent Comic-Con convention in San Diego. “District 9 is not reflective of any movie that I can imagine. It’s really very original, which I love about it, and that’s totally Neill.”Science fiction satireDistrict 9 kicks off in the year 2010, 28 years after an alien spaceship arrives in Johannesburg. The craft hovers above the city without any contact, but eventually humans take the initiative and cut into the ship. There they discover a large group of malnourished and sick aliens and bring them back to earth. The newcomers are confined to an area called District 9 – a slum-like compound surrounded by barbed wire with no running water or sanitation.A documentary style with hand-held cameras and computer-generated images is used to create a fast-paced narrative.With its strong anti-segregation message and partly filmed in South Africa’s largest township of Soweto, the film is clearly a satire of apartheid. One District 9 website carries a Google Earth-like view of the district – using a satellite image of Soweto.The title District 9 plays on Cape Town’s District Six, best known for the apartheid government’s forced removal of over 60 000 coloured residents during the 1970s. The community was relocated to the Cape Flats 25km away.Although several parallels can be drawn to the apartheid era, Blomkamp says he tried hard not make the film a heavy “message movie”. He says he wrote the word “satire” in large block letters on a piece of paper and posted it in his office to remind that his first priority was to entertain audiences.It may seem incredible that Blomkamp successfully directed a Hollywood blockbuster before his 30th birthday, but he says he’s been working towards this moment all his life.“When I was 14 or 15 I got into 3D animation on the computer my parents bought me,” Blomkamp told the Los Angeles Times.“I was toying with practical effects – prosthetics, in-camera effects, models and photography. I knew I wanted to be involved in all that.”“I realised I could take all the ideas I had and have them make fun of themselves,” Blomkamp added. “At the same time, I could address all of the stuff I wanted to get in there.”Critical acclaimThe movie has opened to rave reviews, including one from New York Times critic AO Scott.“The South African setting hones the allegory of District 9 to a sharp topical point,” Scott said.“The country’s history of apartheid and its continuing social problems are never mentioned, but they hardly need to be. And the film’s implications extend far beyond the boundaries of a particular nation, which is taken as more or less representative of the planet as a whole.”Colin Covert of the Minneapolis Star Tribune described the film as “an electrifying sci-fi ride that defies all the usual Hollywood clichés. It’s that rarest kind of film, magnificent trash.”Gwen Watkins, a media blogger for Bizcommunity.com, was also impressed by the movie, but for different reasons.“Last week’s media preview of District 9, the new South African sci-fi film, left most of us quite shattered,” Watkins wrote. “The film is deservedly gaining credit internationally but in South Africa it may well be greeted with uncomfortable reactions – the film unashamedly draws on our past and current view of species different to our perception of what is human and how we treat them.”South Africans starring in District 9 include Sharlto Copley, Blomkamp’s childhood friend and frequent collaborator.In the movie Copley plays the role of Wikus van der Merwe, the bureaucratic official from Multi-National United, the giant corporation charged with relocating the aliens.Other locals who star in the film are Vanessa Haywood, Kenneth Nkosi, Mandla Gaduka, Eugene Khumbanyiwa, Jason Cope, David James, Louis Minnaar and Sylvaine Strike.Michael Murphy of Kalahari Pictures, based in Cape Town, was the film’s supervising producer.Blomkamp is currently visiting South Africa to promote the film. 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