first_imgEvery week we will be giving away a FREE family pass (one adult and three children or two adults and two children) to Century Cinemas in Letterkenny.All readers have to do is to email the answer to a simple movie-related question.The question is “Which spin-off of the Lord of the Rings series is now showing at Century Cinemas?” The answer could well be on the Century Cinemas website below!Email your answer with your name, address and mobile phone number to [email protected] before midnight tonight.The winner will be announced tomorrow morning (SAT).And don’t worry if you don’t win this week – we have lots of FREE family passes available in the coming weeks. FILM IT FRIDAY – WIN FREE CINEMA TICKETS was last modified: December 13th, 2013 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:Century Cinemasfree ticketslast_img read more

The stars come out to educate Warriors’ Stephen Curry on moon landings

first_imgIt was as predictable as the moonrise.Stephen Curry’s thoughts about men on the moon, dispensed in a recent podcast, had barely hit the ether when reaction began rolling in.Astronaut Scott Kelly, a veteran of four space flights and who set a record for accumulated number of days spent in space, was one of the first to check in.Steph, so much respect for you, but re the moon landing thing, let’s talk. DM me. — Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) December 11, …last_img read more

Changing SA one heart at a time

first_img“All the problems in the world are basedon a breakdown of relationships, from thefinancial crisis right through to HIV andAids,” says Dr Garth Japhet. A still from the television series Hopeville,which aims to teach the values of theHeartlines campaign.(Images: Heartlines)Wilma den HartighWhen Dr Garth Japhet started his career as a medical doctor he had no idea he would one day pioneer Soul City and Heartlines, two highly successful social change projects.Japhet always knew that he wanted to be a doctor, but was never interested in opening a private practice. He had a desire to provide medical care to poverty-stricken people and decided the best way to do this was to work in rural and township clinics.He worked in rural clinics for five years, but soon became despondent seeing people’s everyday suffering .“I realised that I wanted to make a difference to people’s health in Africa and I wanted to find a way to communicate health issues,” Japhet explains.His first idea was to use newspapers. He approached the Sowetan in 1991 and started writing about health in a non-clinical and accessible way.“I wanted to write in a language that people could understand, make health issues interesting and relate it people’s everyday lives,” he says.But he soon realised that the written medium wouldn’t reach a large majority of South Africans – some of whom have no access to newspapers, or cannot read.He decided that a multimedia approach, including the use of radio and television, would be most effective. He went on to create Soul City, a series of programmes that examine health and development issues. Today it is one of the three most-watched dramas on South African television.His move to television was a major shift from the dusty township streets.  But although he may have swapped his stethoscope for the television cameras, he says he is still a doctor, only using different tools.“Now I use communication instead of medication. I’ve just chosen a different medium to help people,” he says.Japhet is delighted at the major impact the Soul City series is having on people’s lives in South Africa. The programmes are also popular elsewhere in Africa, being broadcast in 10 countries on the continent and reaching about 45-million people.Japhet’s work didn’t end with Soul City. He then went on to launch the Heartlines project, an initiative to promote social change through promoting values.“All the problems in the world are based on a breakdown of relationships, from the financial crisis right through to HIV and Aids,” he explains.Heartlines also uses television to broadcast its message, through the highly successful Hopeville series. Hopeville, currently on SABC 2, attempts to restore relationships by telling the story of a community without hope transformed by one man’s courage to live out his values.Heartlines challenges people – irrespective of race, gender, age or religion – to live out positive values in a way that will build people, families, communities and the nation. Japhet believes that the vast majority of South Africans already aspire to a set of good values, which, if lived, would transform our country.He says that television is predominantly a medium to provide entertainment, but it can also be a powerful tool to bring about social change. South Africa is no different – at least 85% of the population can access television.“It is my firm belief that media drives culture,” he says. “Television should not just be about entertainment, but also about doing good.”Their goal is to reach 80% to 90% of the South African population, but it seems as if Japhet and his team is already successful in communicating their message.“The Heartlines films have been extremely well received and have won numerous awards for film excellence,” he says. Other African countries have also expressed interest in the programmes.  Zimbabwe will soon flight the first Heartlines series in an effort to help restore relationships in that damaged country.He adds that the story-medium has also contributed to the success of Heartlines: “We found that story-based programmes instead of talk shows is the best approach, because everybody loves a good story.”What is next after Hopeville? Japhet is already started working on developing the Movement for Good, a new initiative that will use cell phone text messages and the internet to inspire and motivate people to take action for good. It will be membership-based and anyone can join. The Movement for Good is another step in the right direction to make South Africa a safer, healthier and more compassionate place.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesIt starts with youPreventing HIV with OneLove An open solution to healthcare Children’s radio, by children HIV/Aids in South Africa Useful linksSoul CityHeartlinesMovement for Goodlast_img read more

NBA: Durant, Curry lead Warriors to rout of Cavs, 2-0 series lead

first_imgSpectacular passes, slam dunks, deadly shots and high-leaping playmakers dominated the night as the game was played at a fast-paced, high-intensity tempo that had spectators roaring with delight.Durant became only the third player in NBA history to score 25 points in his first seven NBA Finals appearances, joining Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal.Curry seized command in the third quarter with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors stretched a 67-64 half-time lead to 102-88 entering the fourth quarter, a margin no finals team had squandered so late to lose since 1992.From there, Golden State steadily pulled away, the Cavaliers having no answer for the Warriors speed and outside shooting.“The second half we settled in and just tried to play better and played tougher on defense,” Durant said. “We’re just trying to play good basketball every time down the floor.”The game turned when Curry sank a 3-pointer and two free throws, then dribbled impressively around James for a layup to cap a 10-3 run that put the Warriors ahead 83-73 early in the third.Cleveland battled back but a steal set up a Durant fast break layup and 3-point play and Shaun Livingston followed with an uncontested dunk to ignite a 16-6 run to close the quarter.The Cavaliers went scoreless for more than 3:30 late in the third despite Draymond Green going to the Warrior bench with a fifth personal foul.Durant and Curry each scored 15 first-half points, but Golden State had 13 turnovers at the break after just four in the series opener.James scored 18 points in the first half with 10 assists, his most assists in any playoff half in his career. Golden State moved within two games of becoming the first NBA champion to complete an unbeaten playoff run, seizing a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven championship series, which shifts to Cleveland for games three and four on Wednesday and Friday.LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to match a record with his eighth career NBA Finals triple double. Only former Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson had eight prior finals triple doubles. No one else has more than two.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTogether with Curry’s triple double, it was only the second time in playoff history that two rivals had managed triple doubles in the same game, the other coming in 1970 by New York’s Walt Frazier and Milwaukee’s Lew Alcindor, who would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.Curry credited his first finals triple double to the tension of the title quest and the effort needed to answer the Cavs’ challenge. “We’re in the finals. That’s all the motivation we need,” Curry said. “We leave everything on the floor.”Kevin Love scored 27 points for the Cavaliers while Kyrie Irving added 19 in a losing cause.Klay Thompson added 22 points for the Warriors, with Curry saying the Warriors still have work to do to play their best.“I could play much better,” he said. “Some good things going on but we’ve got to get better.“We’re young. We’re hungry. We’re playing great basketball. We’ve got a great opportunity in front of us and we’ve got to seize it.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant #35 and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors are interviewed following their 132-113 win in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPKevin Durant scored 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Stephen Curry added 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists Sunday as the Golden State Warriors ripped Cleveland 132-113 in a historic second game of the NBA Finals.The Warriors, who welcomed back coach Steve Kerr after he missed 11 games with health issues following back surgery, stretched their playoff win streak to an NBA-record 14 games by dominating the defending champion Cavaliers in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Muguruza, Venus out; French Open to have 1st-time Grand Slam champ Tristan Thompson played fewer minutes for the Cavs, with Iman Shumpert seeing more time to help ease the defensive load on James guarding Durant.Curry went 10-for-10 at the free throw line and scored 15 points as Golden State took a 40-34 lead in the highest-scoring NBA Finals first quarter in 50 years and the second-highest ever.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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