FIFA stops funding to T&T

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Football’s world governing body, FIFA, has confirmed that it has halted funding to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) over its failure to produce audited statements.TTFA receives an annual subvention of US$250,000 every year in four instalments but payments have not been wired to the association’s account, officials have said.”Financial assistance and approval of new programmes to the TTFA are currently on hold awaiting full compliance,” said a FIFA spokesman in an email response to Wired868.”In accordance with the General Regulations for FIFA Development Programmes, all member associations including the TTFA have to comply with certain standard procedures, such as internal financial audits in order to receive funds corresponding to the Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) and other FIFA development programmes”.TTFA auditThe TTFA audit, according to FIFA, should have been up to December 2014 and ought to have landed in Zurich by March 31, 2015.However, up until May 22, 2015, the football body had only done audited statements up until 2008.”Yes, we have not been able to pay the staff for July because our funding has not come through from FIFA as yet,” said Sheldon Phillips, general secretary of the TTFA.”Also we were forced to spend $650,000 that we had not budgeted for”.FIFA’s decision to withhold funding to Trinidad comes amid a war of words between president Raymond Tim Kee and Sports Minister Brent Sancho over the TTFA’s failure to supply audited reports to the ministry as well as account for their expenditure.last_img read more

Falcao to debut at World Cup when Colombia faces Japan

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda, right back Atsuto Uchida, defender Yuto Nagamoto and forward Shinji Okazaki are among the Japanese playing in their third World Cup. Borussia Dortmund forward Shinji Kagawa is in his second after making his tournament debut in Brazil.“Several of us will play in our third World Cup. Meanwhile, there are a host of young players who have made fast progress. These youngsters boast greater confidence,” Kawashima said. “So with a mix of experienced veterans and talented youth players, I am confident that we are capable of making history in Russia.”HOPE FOR JAMESFour years ago, Rodriguez rose to the global stage as the top scorer of the 2014 World Cup with six in five matches.Shortly after the tournament, he had such a disappointing three-year spell at Real Madrid that the Spanish team loaned him to rival Bayern Munich last year.The 26-year-old Rodriguez has performed better in Germany, but still far from his best days in 2014, when he scored a spectacular goal against Japan in the 4-1 victory.Rodriguez is recovering from a left calf injury and Colombia made a mystery of whether he will start the game in Saransk, but he has done some work at practice and is expected to play at some point.COACHING CHANGEAkira Nishino’s debut at the World Cup comes only a couple months after the 63-year-old coach who made his name steering Gamba Osaka was hired to replace Vahid Halilhodzic.Although Halilhodzic was the coach who qualified Japan for its sixth straight World Cup, Japanese federation officials were unsatisfied by his use — or lack thereof — of some of the country’s most established players. Colombia’s triumphs in the past World Cup included a 4-1 victory over Japan in the final game of group play. The rematch involves many of the same players, including, perhaps, attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, if his recently strained left calf doesn’t act up. But the Japanese are hoping that some different circumstances work in their favor.“Usually the first match is hard for every team and Colombia should be no exception,” Japan defender Maya Yoshida said. “I think it will be a tight game.”EXPERIENCE FACTORJapan first appeared in a World Cup in 1998 and has qualified for every one since, so they’re hoping their experience helps .“The current team has more experienced players than before,” said goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, who played for Japan in South Africa in 2010 and in Brazil four years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Russia’s World Cup headache: Keeping it safe, keeping it fun MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Yoshida said he can appreciate why the late-hour coaching change gives Japan the look of a team that is not expected to go far.“Although our expectations are not so high, the players’ aspirations remain unchanged,” Yoshida said. “Realistically, it would be a success for us to reach the round of 16. We will try our best to make a good World Cup for ourselves.”BOLD BLENDLess than half of the 23-man roster Colombia had in Brazil remains.Thirteen have never played a World Cup match, including Falcao. But eight of the likely starters played in the tournament four years ago.Colombia coach Jose Pekerman asserts that mix has his team poised to advance beyond the quarterfinals for the first time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The current incarnation has a richer blend of talent and is widely expected to overmatch teams such as Japan, which recently changed coaches in hopes of addressing communication problems and bouts of inconsistency.“We cannot fall in the trap of feeling overconfident in this match,” Colombia midfielder Abel Aguilar said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We are talented and we have a great team, but we must be clever at the World Cup,” Aguilar said in a FIFA interview. “We need to understand how to handle every game and have the desire to win.”The 32-year-old Falcao hasn’t scored much for Colombia — at least not yet. But he had 24 goals in 35 appearances for Monaco during the last club season. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In a Friday, June 1, 2018 file photo, Colombia’s Ramadel Falcao stands prior to the start of the riendly soccer match between Egypt and Colombia in Bergamo, Italy. With Radamel Falcao Garcia finally healthy enough to play in his first World Cup, Colombia is trying to get accustomed to handling higher expectations. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)SARANSK, Russia — With Radamel Falcao finally healthy enough to play in his first World Cup, Colombia is trying to get accustomed to handling higher expectations.Heading into its tournament opener against Japan on Tuesday, Colombia is no longer the upstart Cinderella story they became four years ago in Brazil, when they advanced to the quarterfinals despite Falcao’s absence.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

MOCI, UNCTAD Host 2nd Empowerment Program for Trade Community

first_imgParticipants at the kickoff of the 3-day empowerment training program yesterdayThe Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on Wednesday, March 22, commenced a three-day empowerment program for stakeholders of the National Trade Facilitation Committee of Liberia (NTFC). The training is intended to broaden the knowledge of stakeholders on international standards and best practices for the facilitation of trade.Speaking at the kickoff of the empowerment training at a local resort in Monrovia, the Deputy Minister for Trade Services at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Stephen T. Marvie Jr., said the training is intended to build the capacities of NTFC members, as well as provide international standards and recommendations for the committee.Minister Marvie told participants that the forum will also be used to rank the priority measures in the Action Plan emanating from of the recent documented trade Facilitation Agreement Report, a report that was done by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). “Many of you participated in the IFC on the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which is an important agreement for global trade community,” he added.He said the TFA came into force on February 22, 2017 following the ratification by two-thirds of the World Trade Organization (WTO) membership and will assist WTO members to ensure the rules of trade, and added: “though not very perfect, but it remains important to prevent the ‘law of the jungle’ from prevailing in international trade relations.”In Liberia, he said, “Many seem exhausted with sometimes bureaucratic delays and occasional red-tape, which pose a burden for moving goods across the borders for traders. But this problem is not new and is at times complicated by the fact that the process of change is gradual.”According to the Minister, this process led to Liberia welcoming the national initiative to introduce a single window platform to integrate trade processes and procedures in a more transparent manner, adding that Liberia needs trade facilitation to be simpler, modernized and harmonized for export and import processes.Looking at the benefits, Minister Marvie said estimates show that a full implementation of the TFA could reduce trade costs by an average of 14.3 percent and boost global trade up to US$1 trillion per year, with the biggest gains for the poorest countries.Importantly, he said, the implementation of TFA is linked to the capacity of the country to do so. Liberia has concluded an assessment of the TFA in terms of its capacity.“We would like to take advantage of the TFA facility, which is meant to assist developing and least-developed countries in implementing the TFA. Liberia’s commitments must be categorized in categories A, B, or C, and have been done in the assessment report,” he said.He indicated that the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry have demonstrated some levels of commitment in terms of meeting these notifications but must ensure that the commitments are implemented across other ministries, agencies and commissions.Bismark Sitorur, Economic Affairs Officer of UNCTAD, said UNCTAD is pleased to share its work with Liberia in terms of capacity building to ensure that the leaders play their role in the reform of the country.He said the training is in relation to article 232 of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, whereby member countries of the WTO are expected to establish committees that will take the role to facilitate the implementation of the article within the agreement.Mr. Sitorur said he believes that the training is timely for Liberia, because Liberia has entered into an agreement, which allows least-developed countries to submit their categorization to the WTO in categories A, B or C.Mr. Sitorur stressed the importance of private sector involvement in such an initiative, which will help the members of the committee to function well together.He said: “The government has a view on the facilitation needed at the borders; however, the private sector might also have a view, because they are the customers, exporters and importers and have direct experience in terms of moving goods across borders.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PSC to establish working group to address local content

first_img– PSC, civil society, labour unions and political parties to participateThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) will soon be establishing a “Multi-Stakeholder Working Group” inclusive of civil society, labour unions, and political parties in an effort to broaden discussions on local content legislation in light of numerous concerns being raised countrywide about the lack of a local content policy and repercussions of such.The Private Sector Commission of GuyanaAccording to the Council of the PSC, recent calls for legislative protection that were made by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) as well as the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) have gone unanswered and the issue of local content continues to be of major concern to businesses.As such, the Council, which comprises over 23 Private Sector organisations, convened its Trade and Investment Sub-Committee recently to discuss the concerns and to give effect to the call for local content legislation.Following its deliberations, a decision was made that there be the establishment of the “Multi-Stakeholder Working Group” quite soon.In September, Trinidadian local content expert, Anthony Paul had alluded to the fact that stakeholders’ calls were being ignored and that the Government’s Draft Local Content Policy (LCP) plan is essentially for foreigners.Paul, who had been tasked with completing the first two drafts of Guyana’s LCP, had told the media that the tax breaks being granted to foreign subcontractors in the LCP third draft could only be viewed as “discriminatory to locals” and that this should be addressed either by a review of contracts or by law.The Trinidadian local content expert is said to have emphatically outlined same in a report that he wrote on the request of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). That international organisation had commissioned this report for the Guyana Government and it was handed over in 2016. In that document, Paul had stressed that such exemptions undermine Guyana’s local content efforts.In the same report, Paul had added that any Local Content Policy Guyana pursues should ensure all international oil subcontractors are made to have a local partner.According to the Chatham House Advisor, it is in Guyana’s best interest to have a policy, which demands that such foreign companies collaborate with locals to get maximum local content impact.In February last, Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon had announced that oil consultant, Dr Michael Warner was hired to complete the policy replacing Paul. The cost of that contract was $22 million, a contract which the Government later admitted was never advertised.Absent from the third, and supposedly final draft of Guyana’s Local Content Policy, are three key things which stakeholders have long called for.First, it was found out that there is no recommendation in the draft for local companies to enjoy the same tax breaks that will be granted to the subcontractors and affiliated companies of the oil majors operating offshore Guyana.Secondly, the document makes no demand for oil companies and their subcontractors to increase their use of local labour and services over timeAnd thirdly, foreign companies will not be mandated to partner with local firms, despite a report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) calling for same.In fact, the draft policy states, “…it is the policy of the Government of Guyana to not mandate local-foreign joint ventures as a requirement for market access in the upstream petroleum sector, but instead to encourage such alliances…”With respect to tax breaks, oil companies, their affiliated firms, and all their subcontractors enjoy a range of tax exemptions. They are not required to pay Value Added Tax (VAT) or import duties on equipment and supplies.In fact, the only tax that being subjected to foreign subcontractors would be Excise Tax on fuel imports at a rate of 10 per cent. Meanwhile, locals have to pay 50 per cent.last_img read more

Survey of airline pilots finds close calls occur more often than believed

first_imgMOFFETT FIELD, California – An unprecedented national survey of pilots by the U.S. government has found that safety problems such as near collisions and runway interference occur far more frequently than previously recognized. But the government is withholding the information, fearful it would upset air travelers and hurt airline profits. NASA gathered the information under an $8.5million federal safety project, through telephone interviews with roughly 24,000 commercial and general-aviation pilots over nearly four years. Since shutting down the project more than one year ago, the space agency has refused to divulge its survey data publicly. After The Associated Press disclosed details Monday about the survey and efforts to keep its results secret, NASA’s chief said he will reconsider how much of the survey findings can be made public. “NASA should focus on how we can provide information to the public, not on how we can withhold it,” NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said in a statement. He said the agency’s research and data “should be widely available and subject to review and scrutiny.” Griffin said NASA will reconsider its denial of the data to the AP. Among other results, the pilots reported at least twice as many bird strikes, near midair collisions and runway incursions as other government monitoring systems show, according to a person familiar with the results who was not authorized to discuss them publicly.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Last week, NASA ordered the contractor that conducted the survey to purge all related data from its computers. Congress on Monday announced a formal investigation of the pilot survey and instructed NASA to halt any destruction of records. Griffin said he already was ordering that all survey data be preserved. The AP learned about the NASA results from one person familiar with the survey who spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to discuss them. A senior NASA official, associate administrator Thomas S. Luedtke, said earlier that revealing the findings could damage the public’s confidence in airlines and affect airline profits. Luedtke acknowledged that the survey results “present a comprehensive picture of certain aspects of the U.S. commercial aviation industry.” The AP sought to obtain the survey data over 14 months under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. “Release of the requested data, which are sensitive and safety-related, could materially affect the public confidence in, and the commercial welfare of, the air carriers and general aviation companies whose pilots participated in the survey,” Luedtke wrote in a final denial letter to the AP. NASA also cited pilot confidentiality as a reason, although no airlines were identified in the survey, nor were the identities of pilots, all of whom were promised anonymity. last_img read more

Liverpool’s Fabinho deal could cost Everton as they battle for £25m ace

first_imgEverton will have to fight off competition from Monaco if they want to sign William Carvalho – and it’s down to Liverpool.The Sporting Lisbon midfielder is once again being heavily linked with a move this summer after almost joining West Ham a year ago.The Hammers have since moved on from tracking the Portugal international, but Everton are now on his trail.The Toffees are set to appoint Marco Silva as their new boss and he wants to make Carvalho one of his first signings.Everton, however, should be braced for a transfer battle as – according to A Bola – Monaco are in for Carvalho too.The French club are in the market for a holding midfielder after selling Fabinho to Liverpool as part of a deal that could be worth over £40million.Sporting are reportedly finally ready to sell Carvalho if they receive a bid of around £25million. 1 Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho in action last_img read more


first_imgAdvertorialThe inside of Patrick Gildea’s new salon.Patrick Gildea Hairdressing love to hear feedback from their valued clients on their salon experience. This is why in order for them to continuously develop they created a system that clients could email them after a visit to give them honest verified feedback. Since the creation of the North West Hairdressing “Centre of Excellence” they have received so many fantastic reviews we felt it would be a shame not to share them with you!Patrick himself is so grateful to all their clients for their feedback.“We are overwhelmed that so many of our clients took time from their busy schedules to provide reviews on their experience, feedback is so important to us because it helps us to improve our client experience every day. We pride ourselves on the experience that we provide our customers and look forward to welcoming them back always,” said Patrick.There were so many great reviews that we found it difficult to choose but here are some of our favourites which have all been verified by Phorest Salon Software: Grace said “I had a great experience today. It was my first time and I know I will be coming to this salon for a long time now after the excellent professionalism the salon has. I was talked through in what I wanted to achieve and I was so happy with the result. This is the first time in all my experiences in various hair salons that I am happy leaving and that’s thanks to the Patrick Gildea team. I can honestly say as I have been to a lot of other salons and never compared to my experience today. Thanks so much again and I will be back real soon.”Anne said “This is my first time in this salon. It’s not just a haircut. It’s an experience”.Emma said “WOW! A Really special salon with excellent staff, delivers a master class in what a salon experience should be.”Maurice said “As always, the Patrick Gildea Team makes the experience both highly professional and enjoyable for the client and I am very impressed with the new Centre of Excellence. It is a pleasure to have my hair styled by the wonderful staff, and it is always great to get a catch up with them every 6 weeks or so”.Rose said “I spend time in Letterkenny every year and have been to the salon a number of times to get my hair done .Today was my first time in the new salon which I must say is fabulous very spacious but comfortable. All of the staff, who dealt with me today made me feel welcome, relaxed and I was given lots of detail re: what would be done with my hair. I was more than pleased with the result and will be back again. It is heartening to get such an experience I work in Customer Service Training in the UK covering a range of businesses and in my experience this is one of the best examples I have seen.” Roisin said “Such a relaxing experience. Felt I was in an exclusive salon in London but it was down to earth without city prices. All the staff were excellent.”Colette said “I found your staff extremely professional during my first visit to your new salon in the summer. I always feel apprehensive going to a salon for the first time but the consultation with your team reassured me and I was encouraged to try lowlights which I absolutely love as they are so subtle but added richness and tone to my colour. My second visit today was a lot more relaxing as I knew I was in capable hands and could trust your highly skilled staff. I will be recommending you to my friends.”Rebecca said “I was given a complimentary consultation on the hair product Nioxin stocked in their salon. The staff explained the range and advised me on the best available for my hair type. Whilst there I opted to have a Nioxin Dermabrasion treatment applied and a blow dry. The salon was buzzing the whole time and what I thought was excellent was not feeling lost which I have felt in other big salons before. That alone will bring me back although so far I am loving the way Nioxin is making my hair feel and look. Definitely recommend it.”Noreen said “Getting my hair done here is an unforgettable experience. Staff are so chatty & friendly while being so professional. I came out of your salon about 10 yrs younger thanks to my stylist’s recommendation. That was on Fri nite last &I have been asked several times since who did my hair. I must also mention that the girl who washed my hair was lovely. Lovely manner. Keep up the good work in there, I will be back!!!” Deirdre said “I always love going to the salon. All the staff are so lovely & professional. With fresh coffee & great magazines. Just a real treat & of course my stylist is fantastic. I always leave feeling a million dollars. Thanks everyone. Deirdre. X”Heather said “When I arrive I do not have to wait very long before I am in the chair & getting down to business, unlike other salons I have used. During the consultation process my stylist actively listens to what I want as well as offering their own professional opinions on what may work but never pushes them and leaves the final decision down to me. The standard of training and experience is evident as from my appointments in the salon I have learned there is a great deal more in achieving the desired shade of “blonde” than just using peroxide! The staff’s interpersonal / communication skills are excellent, they make appropriate conversation but is in no way intrusive or nosey!”Monica said “I love the service, the atmosphere and all the staff 🙂 I have a 1:30 hour return journey to get my hair cut with yourselves, well worth the trip. The new salon is fantastic!”Mary-Francis said “Got my colour and cut today and what a great job, such great hairdressers with lovely personalities who went out of their way to get me lemon for my glass of water and everyone who attended me was lovely. Overall brilliant salon beautiful surroundings very relaxing and most of all best staff in town. Next appointment made Thank you all.”WOW after reading all those amazing reviews, I really want to book an appointment with Patrick Gildea Hairdressing….what about you?PATRICK GILDEA – WHAT THE CLIENTS ARE SAYING! was last modified: November 8th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)Tags:donegalletterkennyPatrick Gildea Hairdressinglast_img read more


first_imgBY GERARD O’KANE, Donegal Photographic Tours: Radiating from near the bright stars Castor and Pollux in the constellation Gemini the Twins, the Geminid meteor shower is one of the finest meteors showers visible in either the Northern or the Southern Hemisphere.Your best bet is to watch on the mornings of December 13 and 14, from moonset until dawn.This was captured by Justin MacLochlainn whilst out enjoying a Donegal Photographic Tours night photography workshop at Fanad Light House on the Night of the 13th Dec – fellow photographers where not so lucky as the weather turned cloudy shortly after he captured this fantastic shot. Also captured was a magnificent example of a lunar corona Moon Ring Weather FolkloreFolklore has it that a ring around the moon signifies bad weather is coming, and in many cases this may be true. So how can rings around the moon be a predictor of weather to come?The ice crystals that cover the halo signify high altitude, thin cirrus clouds that normally precede a warm front by one or two days. Typically, a warm front will be associated with a low pressure system which is commonly referred to as a storm. WOW! PHOTOGRAPHER’S STUNNING IMAGE OF METEOR SHOWER IN DONEGAL SKIES was last modified: December 15th, 2013 by John2Share 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) Tags:donegalMETEOR SHOWERlast_img read more


first_imgA priest with strong Donegal connections has died after a fall in Wales.Donegal-educated Fr Donal Gillespie, died at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend in Wales after a fall outside the Church of St Joseph of Arimathe, Pyle.The 85 year old priest was educated at St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny and had been a piest for more than 50 years. Fr Gillespie was originally from the Derry Road in Omagh.He was a reporter for the Ulster Herald but was accepted for the Diocese of Cardiff in 1953 and commenced his training for the priesthood at St Peter’s College, Wexford.He spent all his years in the priesthood in Wales, his final appointment at St Joseph of Aramathea in Pyle where he retired in 2002.Fr Gillespie often returned to visit Omagh and was on a visit during the summer of 1998 when the devastating bomb exploded killing 29 people and unborn twins. He spent many days tending to the injured and comforting the families of those who had died and later spoke about the profound impact the atrocity had on him. PRIEST WITH STRONG DONEGAL CONNECTIONS DIES IN FALL was last modified: November 7th, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:deathfallFr Donal GillespieletterkennyPriestSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

Video: Young cast shine in ‘Izulu Lami’

first_imgIzulu Lami (My Secret Sky), the first feature film by Madoda Ncayiyana, won two awards at the 2009 International Pan African Film Festival in Tarifa, Spain in May, including the Best Actress award for 11-year-old Sobahle Mkhabase.Telling the story of two children who travel from the countryside to the city after their mother’s death, Izulu Lami features a cast of mainly young children who had never acted professionally before, discovered through extensive casting from the townships and informal settlements of Durban to the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal.The film received standing ovations at recent screenings in Japan and Zanzibar, and was a hit at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in France. Its had its South African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in July before opening at cinemas countrywide on 17 August.Click arrow to view trailer.last_img read more