Two Donegal winners at Food Safety Assurance Awards

first_imgThe Food Safety Professionals Association presented two Donegal catering businesses with an award at the Food Safety Assurance Awards on Wednesday last. Castlerea Community School and O’Donnell’s Bakery both received the Food Safety and Hygiene Award for recognition as being the best in class.Achieving the Award is the culmination of hard work, attention to detail and being fastidious about Hygiene Matters.More than that, it is an attitude and a commitment to quality, setting and maintaining the highest standards above and beyond the Regulatory Environment. Eibhlin O Leary, Training and Compliance Manager at The Food Safety Authority congratulated the companies on their achievement and prioritising protecting consumers health and working in the best interests of their customers and should be commended for doing so.Mary Daly, Chairperson of The Food Safety Professionals Association, said that she would like Winners to display the Award in a prominent place, include it in all promotional material and be justifiably proud of their wonderful achievement.”O’Donnell’s Bakery, Laghey1. Eibhlin O’Leary. Training & Compliance Manager, Food Safety Authority of Ireland2. Andrew McElhinney3. Sarah Ann McElhinney4. Lorraine Oman, FSPA5. Martin Lynch, FSPADonegal Region1. Lorraine Oman. FSPA2. Billy McGill. Get Fresh Catering Ltd @ Castlerea Community School3. Eibhlin O’Leary. Training & Compliance Manager, Food Safety Authority of Ireland4. Sarah Ann McElhinney, O’Donnell’s Bakery5. Andrew McElhinney, O’Donnell’s Bakery1. Eibhlin O’Leary, Training & Compliance Manager, Food Safety Authority of Ireland2. Billy McGill, Get Fresh Catering Ltd @ Castlerea Community School3. Mary Daly, Chairperson, FSPATwo Donegal winners at Food Safety Assurance Awards was last modified: March 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Leon Schuster: Mad Buddy of SA film

first_img With distinctive stereotyping and hi-octane pranks, he has consistently poked fun at South Africans regardless of class or race. His relentless social commentary has probed our national identity, relative culture and disparate heritage, and this with the wholesome impunity of a medieval court jester. He started with the You Must Be Joking films of the 1980s and went on to develop a broad burlesque style typified in later films like Panic Mechanic (1997) and Millennium Menace (1999). 28 June 2012 It is illogical that one man dominates the South African movie scene with such unbridled ferocity. This man is Leon Schuster. He has delivered one blockbuster after another without an ounce of CGI, or international input, and he’s made a mint while doing it. Let’s put things in perspective. Schuster’s most recent film, Schuks Tshabalala’s Survival Guide to South Africa (2010), made a whopping R37.4-million at the box office. It continued a trend that started in 2001 with his monster hit Mr Bones. His movies are so popular that they have even out-grossed mainstream Hollywood franchises Harry Potter and James Bond.‘Give the people what they want’ Like pioneering comedy auteur Jamie Uys, Schuster’s philosophy is simple: give the people what they want. So he has perfected a brand of comedy that is slapstick in nature and candid camera at heart.center_img But more than this, keeping it simple has meant an ear to the ground for his audience’s tastes and desires: arresting situations, lovable stock characters, un-PC shenanigans and ridiculous romps.Childhood pranks This magic touch has been with Schuster since childhood. Schuster was drawn to filmmaking as a boy when he and his brother would film practical jokes played on friends and family with a home movie camera. Even then, it was pranks and dress up, and strictly just for a laugh. From family lounge to national stage, it was simply a matter of scale, and time. As he has grown, so has his audience. What’s more, they are loyal to a fault. Schuster is clear about the reasons behind his success. “I think it’s a matter of knowing your audience. I don’t deal with high and mighty people,” he says with conviction. “I’m chommies with the okes who tell stories in pubs. Those are the people of this world, the ordinary oke walking the streets of Gauteng or the Free State and my rugby chommies with whom I grew up in Bloemfontein. Those okes tell me what they like.” From pub to page, his brand of filmmaking is a business, not an art. And like any thriving business, it is defined and sustained by a ready market.‘Making the issues easier to talk about’ It would be true to say that his fans (until fairly recently) have been white and Afrikaans. But this is the sociopolitical landscape into which he was born and in which he grew to professional maturity, so his comedy is designed to their expectation. What more can one expect from a court jester? In talking to his audience on their level, he makes the issues easier to talk about – for them and for us. If one were to remove the sociopolitical dimension, Schuster might sit comfortably alongside irreverent social commentators like France’s Coluche or the Italian Lino Banfi, beyond more obvious comparisons to the lowbrow Farrelly brothers (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber) or the likes of Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphy. But Schuster has not held a mirror to ordinary (white, Afrikaans) folk. He has also been custodian to their fears and dreams. In fact, he takes this as an injunction to entertain, and he has been doing this consistently, if not consciously. There’s a Zulu on My Stoep Let’s roll back the clock a little. “I ventured into something that was very risky with There’s a Zulu on My Stoep (1993), with characters who didn’t like each other because of apartheid history,” he says. Released on the cusp of South Africa’s transition to democracy, There’s a Zulu on My Stoep was an astute examination of racist attitudes of the time. Ironically, it might not sit as easily with us now in these dark days of self-righteous opprobrium. But remember for a moment that Chris Hani was assassinated in 1993. The country was in no way resolved about its future as many of us may have forgotten in the rainbow haze. With There’s a Zulu on My Stoep, Schuster broke with his past. He found traction with black audiences. They attend his film in droves now, but then it was new, and what he wanted. “My biggest reward is not an award, it has been sitting in movie theatres where I see mixed audiences – black kids, white kids, black mamas, Indian mamas, people – all together,” he says. “ “It’s a matter of unifying the nation on a very small scale. To get different demographic groups together in one theatre is a very satisfying prize and Mad Buddies is tuned in that direction.” “Again,” one might add. So he seems to be attempting to move the (white) masses along despite pervading suspicion and fear. And what better tool to use than comedy where only the fictional people get hurt? So is Mad Buddies a departure? Perhaps.Mad Buddies The story is about two larger-than-life characters, Boetie (Schuster) and Beast (Kenneth Nkosi), both dedicated anti-poaching officers. The backstory is a botched mission where they cause each other physical harm and become mortal foes. Years later, Boetie encounters Beast at the wedding of the daughter of the minister of tourism, Mda (Alfred Ntombela), and they expunge their mutual anger, only to ruin the wedding. Of course! To save face and prevent a media frenzy over a ‘racial incident’, the minister instructs the wretched duo to walk across the country. This will be an exemplary feat of racial harmony. They duly trek from KwaZulu-Natal to Gauteng with endless mishaps. What Boetie and the Beast don’t know is that the trip is being filmed as a TV reality show by a conniving producer (Tanit Phoenix) and that the whole of South Africa is in on the joke. When they discover they’ve been conned they join forces to exact revenge. So the question begs: Do we need to see exercises in racial harmony 18 years into democracy? Schuster clearly believes we do. Knowing that he has his finger on the pub and grub pulse, he may well be right.Schuster as himself There is another interesting shift. Audiences will know Schuster best ‘in character’ – as a prophesying white sangoma in Mr Bones or in black drag in Mama Jack. In Mad Buddies he plays a real person, sans dress up. As a foil to his real Boetie, Schuster has found a new comedy partner in Kenneth Nkosi, best known for his hilarious role in White Wedding (2009) – and for serious roles in Gaz’lam, Tsotsi, Jerusalema and District 9. Schuster consigns long-time co-star and diminutive funny man Alfred Ntombela to the supporting cast, as the stereotypical minister, thus leaving the space open for a ‘real’ relationship with Nkosi. Incidentally, Schuster and Ntombela’s pairing spans seven years, including Oh Schuks I’m Gatvol (2004) and Mama Jack (2005), since their first film together, Oh Shucks! Here Comes Untag (1989). Schuster is moving with the times, and moving his audience along with him: Ntombela to Nkosi, stereotypes make way for real characters; broader perspective means broader appeal. It’s a clever move any way you view it.Inspired by Jamie Uys The inspiration for Mad Buddies comes from a similar character-pairing. Hans en die Rooinek (1961) is an early comedy by Jamie Uys (The Gods Must be Crazy) and features a Boer and Brit at loggerheads. White society then was still coming to terms with the awkward marriage of English and Afrikaner under apartheid, even if politically there was a greater struggle emerging between black and white. So this is history repeating itself and Schuster has made the link. “I’ve been a great fan of Jamie Uys my whole life and started following his films when I was six years old, and Hans en die Rooinek made a particular impact on me,” says Schuster. “It’s about an Englishman and a ‘Boertjie’ who couldn’t get along and as punishment they had to walk from Johannesburg to Cape Town and were forced to bond, but no way could they.‘True to South Africans’ “With Mad Buddies I brought that idea into the new South Africa and a rainbow nation. The audience will wonder whether or not these guys will ever be friends,” Schuster says. “They really hate each other . but there are moments in the movie when they inadvertently get close; they are alone on the road, so who can they talk to? As they get closer and closer the audience will think, ‘Come on, please shake hands, it’s high time already.’ Then bam, something happens and they are off on a tangent.” Does this not sound unbearably familiar? Are we not confronted with this narrative daily, in life, in the media, in our hearts? The court jester, at work. Nkosi picks up on this: “As South Africans we can all see ourselves in this movie because it is true to us. I’m a black South African and Boetie’s a white South African and we have our differences, but in this movie it’s a case of how do you use those differences to get together instead of using them to clash.”Kenneth Nkosi Schuster first noticed Nkosi’s comedic abilities in what he calls “the great local brew movie” White Wedding (2009). “I observed the way he can play with his face, and get aggro, so there wasn’t even another actor in my mind. We didn’t audition anyone, and we gave the part to Kenneth cold,” he says. “When you write your own script you already see the person, maybe not the face, but you know that he has to have a fat gut, be bulky, and have a funny face.” What Schuster is not saying is that Nkosi also has a vulnerable streak. This is a healthy quality for any enduring (and endearing) clown, but it is also a must for any real character of depth.Disney link Most surprising is Mad Buddies’ link to Disney. The international studio has acquired the rights to distribute the film worldwide, under the Touchstone Pictures banner. It is the first distribution rights acquisition of a South African film for Disney. Producer Helena Spring knew that Schuster was a solid commercial brand when she was looking for film financing. “Disney is about family entertainment and so is Schuster, and we were offering a project to which they could relate, with solid comedic and commercial audience appeal,” she says. This is something that Schuster never dreamed of. “I still don’t know exactly how it happened,” he recalls. “When Helena said that there was a possibility that Disney might come on board I nearly fell on my back! It was like a dream come true but she said, “No, don’t get excited – let’s wait and see what happens.’ They asked for DVD copies of my four recent movies, and the Mad Buddies script, and then they came back and said they will join us.” Whether all of this keeps Schuster at the top of his game remains to be seen. But when one considers his creative acumen, and decades of getting it right, Mad Buddies seems destined to do exactly that. As well as add to his fortunes as the most reputable film brand in South Africa. Anton Burggraaf is an executive producer at Ochre Moving Pictures and lover of all things good. He writes in his personal capacity. This article was first published by the Gauteng Film Commission. Republished here with kind permission.last_img read more

Featured Royalty Free Music Composer: Haim Mazar

first_imgHaim Mazar is a Hollywood-based film composer with a vast list of film and TV credits under his belt. Born in the US and grew up in Israel, Haim brings to the world his unique and very eclectic style of music. In addition to being a composer and orchestrator, Haim is also an established pianist and he incorporates his piano skills into almost everything he writes, wether it’s a large orchestral piece, jazz. latin, or classical music. Due to the eclectic nature of Haim’s music, it has been used not only on the big screen but as well for TV shows, commercial spots, corporations, and movie trailers.last_img

Madhya Pradesh revokes Indore hospital licence after 11 lose sight post cataract surgery

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday revoked the licence of a private hospital in Indore where 11 elderly persons, who underwent cataract surgeries on August 8, suffered significant impairment of vision due to infection. “As a result of the loss of eyesight of 11 patients who underwent cataract surgeries at your hospital on August 8, this is to inform you of the cancellation of your licence under Section 6(1) of the Madhya Pradesh Upcharyagriha Tatha Rujopchar Samabandi Sthapnaye (Registrikaran Tatha Anugyapan) Adhiniyam, 1973,” District Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Pravin Jadia wrote in a letter addressed to the Director of the Indore Eye Hospital.District Collector Lokesh Kumar Jatav, however, told The Hindu that the patients had not lost their sight completely but were suffering from ‘blurry vision’ due to infection after the surgeries. “They have been shifted to the best eye hospital in the city and will undergo corrective surgeries. A team from Sankara Nethralaya from Chennai will perform the procedure. At this stage, we don’t know what caused the infection.”Under the Union Health Ministry’s National Programme for Control of Blindness, 14 persons aged between 45 and 85, 10 from Dhar district and four from Indore, underwent the surgeries on the day. Later, 11 of them complained of blurry vision. They have been shifted to Choithram Hospital and Research Centre in the city. The private hospital had conducted 386 cataract surgeries under the programme from April to August 8. A three-member team comprising the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) and two government ophthalmologists had been constituted to inquire into the case, said Mr. Jatav. A district health official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “Private hospitals get paid on the basis of the number of successful surgeries.”Meanwhile, Chief Minister Kamal Nath announced a compensation of ₹50,000 for each of the affected persons. “Our priority is to save their vision at this point,” Jitu Patwari, Higher Education Minister, told reporters. “The operation theatre has been sealed. Those responsible for negligence will be punished. Even the doctor who underestimated the extent of the infection will be punished.”The issue came to the notice of the authorities after Dr. Sudhir Mahashabde of the hospital wrote to the district blindness control society about it, said Mr. Jadia. Mr. Nath tweeted: “How the hospital was granted permission despite an incident there nine years ago, we’ll investigate it and take action against the accused.”In 2010, the hospital was in the dock when 18 patients who underwent cataract surgeries there lost their vision. However, surgeries were resumed following a six-month suspension period.last_img read more

Letters to the editors May, 2007

first_imgWanted: All-round Growth Your cover story on jobs is thought-provoking (“The Job Bonanza”, May 7). With the economy booming and corporates lining up investments for expansion, it’s heartening to read that there is not just opportunity, but also choice for the talented.-Viswanathan S., Chennai Although the IT and ITES sectors,Wanted: All-round GrowthYour cover story on jobs is thought-provoking (“The Job Bonanza”, May 7). With the economy booming and corporates lining up investments for expansion, it’s heartening to read that there is not just opportunity, but also choice for the talented.-Viswanathan S., ChennaiAlthough the IT and ITES sectors are booming, they are mostly creating lowend jobs. The boom will be complete only if India generates high-end jobs.-Hirak Sengupta, Delhi Though there is no dearth of jobs in the market, unemployment is rife. While job-hopping has become a trend for some, others prefer waiting for the right opportunity. India cannot hope to shine unless it achieves uniform and all-round growth.-Amitabh Thakur, LucknowIt is encouraging to see that a good education guarantees a lucrative job in our country. But India will truly surge ahead if opportunities are made available to skilled semi-literates.-K. Chidanand Kumar, Bangalore Moolah Mania It was nice to read about graduates from reputed B-schools who are refusing well-paying jobs abroad (“Opting for India”, May 7). At a time when MBA aspirants are lured by attractive pay packages, the role of the IIMs is not just to provide jaw-dropping monetary escalations, but also to impart quality education for life.-Jayendra Katti, MumbaiIt’s unfair to compare the salaries of professionals in India with those in the US. There is nothing unusual about the fact that senior marketing and finance professionals in India earn a fifth of the salary their counterparts in the US get.-Rama Subramaniam, on e-mail Inhuman Cargo Given that the number of criminal-minded and corrupt politicians is on the rise, it is hardly surprising to hear of the involvement of MPs in a human trafficking racket (“The VIP Smugglers”, May 7). Politics is now nothing but exploitation of power and money for personal use by those who wield them.-Mahesh Kumar, DelhiadvertisementOrganised crime cannot exist without the support of political bigwigs like Babubhai Katara.The business of human trafficking indicates the Government’s inability to tackle the problem of unemployment, which makes it easy for fraudsters and travel agents to sell dollar dreams to youngsters who want to make big money.-Arvind K. Pandey, AllahabadHow could immigration officials turn a blind eye to blatant smuggling of people with forged passports? It’s amazing that this fraud was not detected at foreign immigration checkpoints. God only knows how many people were bribed to allow such a serious violation of the law. It is time India introduced finger-printing on visas and passports.-D.B.N. Murthy, BangaloreIncrease in illegal immigration from Punjab is linked to increasing agrarian debt. Globalisation has led to a free flow of capital and products across borders, but sadly, it has not facilitated the flow of labour. The upsurge in trafficking is a direct result of the inequitable development in the state.-Vitull K. Gupta, BhatindaArjun Adamant  Ignoring protests and overruling objections, Arjun Singh, the self-proclaimed messiah of the backward classes, has doggedly pursued the reservation agenda (“Reprieved and Rebuked”, May 7). The rebuke of the Supreme Court may not be enough to deter him from his one-point programme of introducing reservation for OBCs in elite educational institutions.-Rama Kashyap, ChandigarhObviously, Singh is targeting the votebank, but at what cost? If meritorious students are denied admission in favour of undeserving ones on the basis of quota, they will look abroad for opportunities and India will face a massive brain drain.-Ranjana Manchanda, on e-mailKarunanidhi has been in the limelight due to his unsavoury comments on the Supreme Court stay on OBC reservation. Though he has developed as a strong regional leader over the years, he has not yet been able to shake off his wrong perception of so-called social discrimination.-V.S. Ganeshan, BangaloreCrime and PunishmentThe need to take decisive action against any transgression by the police should not detract attention from the fact that our judicial system must be redesigned so that criminals are punished promptly (“Encounter’s End”, May 7). Failure on this count may lead security agencies to resort to dubious short-cuts to deal with crime.-Bishan Sahai, on e-mailDeath in Cold StorageBal Thackeray has rightly highlighted the delaying tactics adopted by President Abdul Kalam in implementing the Supreme Court verdict of hanging Afzal Guru (Seedhi Baat, Indiascope, May 7). By delaying the disposal of the case lying with him for such a long time, Kalam is only making a mockery of the judiciary. -Asoke C. Banerjee, KolkataNot Made for Each OtherGreg Chappell and the Indian cricket team were a total mismatch (“No Encore Please”, May 7). It was like fitting a tractor tyre on a bus. We realised the mistake only when the bus toppled and fell into a deep ditch. Now Sharad Pawar has promised a new bus with a good start-up capacity.-Neelesh Shrivastava, Deolali, MaharashtraadvertisementAgeing Gracefully?Mark Tully may have sobered down and grown philosophical with success and prosperity, but India has only become more violent over the years (“The Mark of God”, May 7).-Nutan Thakur, LucknowLost GameKudos to Mani Shankar Aiyar for saying that the Asian Games will not benefit the people (“Face-off”, May 7).-Man Mohan Bhatia, DelhiConsidering India’s pathetic performance in international sporting events like the Olympics, one is baffled by Suresh Kalmadi’s insistence on spending astronomical amounts on hosting them.-Nalini Vijayaraghavan, ThiruvananthapuramWhile we hear about China’s preparations for the Olympics, all that we hear about Delhi is the widespread and troublesome demolition drive. No wonder we lost the bid to host the Asian Games.-A. Jacob Sahayam, Thiruvananthapuramlast_img read more

Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam justifies 2015 killings

first_imgParis, Jun 29 (AFP) The suspected sole surviving gunman from 2015 attacks in Paris has come close to admitting his role in the carnage in a rare statement to investigators in which he justified the killings, reports said today. Salah Abdeslam, in custody in France over the November 2015 attacks that left 130 people dead, has refused to cooperate with French judges ever since his arrest five months after the atrocities. But yesterday he recorded a statement in which he parroted the propaganda of Islamist extremist groups such as Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Bataclan concert hall, a sports stadium and bars in the French capital. “We don’t attack you because you eat pork, you drink wine or you listen to music, but Muslims defend themselves against those people who attack us,” Abdeslam said, according to the RTL and France Inter radio stations. They quoted a lawyer, Jean Reinhart, who is representing the victims of the attacks and has access to the case files. “Put your anger to one side and think about it a few minutes,” Abdeslam said in comments addressed to the dead and injured. “You are suffering from the mistakes made by your leaders.” In April, a Belgian court sentenced Abdeslam, a French national of Moroccan origin, to 20 years in prison over a gun battle with police in his hometown of Brussels where he was arrested in March 2016. At the opening of his trial, Abdeslam defied his judges, claiming to place his “trust in Allah and that is all”.advertisement Abdeslam was a pot-smoking delinquent in the crime-ridden district of Molenbeek in Brussels until he became radicalised by Islamic State propaganda around his 25th birthday in 2014, investigators believe. His Belgian lawyer revealed in 2016 that he had never read the Koran and said he had “the intelligence of an empty ashtray.” He has been held in solitary confinement in France ahead of a trial which is expected in 2019. (AFP) SCYSCYlast_img read more

Crowdfunding campaign launched to buy East Vancouvers Rio Theatre

first_img Facebook “We now have until midnight on April 2 to raise the funds for the down payment, so that we can secure a mortgage and finalize the purchase of the property,” according to the campaign’s Indiegogo page.Lea and her business partner Jonathan Kerridge have offered to buy the property near the corner of East Broadway and Commercial Drive.Leonard Schein, who holds the mortgage on the property, earlier listed the site for sale.Schein subsequently accepted the offer made by Lea and Kerridge.The single-screen movie theatre also serves as a venue for various live events.The campaign also announced plans for the creation of the Art House Society, a non-profit that will become an equity holder in the property.“Run by a board of industry professionals, this society is currently being created to ensure that funds raised by your donation will remain as a legacy project to help other Vancouver arts and culture organizations in the future,” according to the campaign.By Carlito PabloFollow Carlito Pablo on Twitter at @carlitopablo The operator of the Rio Theatre is hoping to raise $1.5 million from the public for the purchase of the East Vancouver venue.Corrine Lea needs another $1.5 million from private investors to come up with a down payment totalling $3 million.Lea has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in a bid to keep the Rio Theatre. Advertisement A down payment of $3 million is needed to purchase the 80-year-old Rio Theatre. (STEPHEN THOMSON) Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more