UIW’s Evans Earns Southland Men’s Tennis Weekly Award

first_imgHonorable Mention: Thomas Rodrigues, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Oleksander Podgursky, Nicholls. UIW (8-9, 2-0 SLC) fell twice to No. 24 Baylor but wrapped up the week with a 6-1 win over Southland foe New Orleans (4-10, 0-5 SLC) to remain undefeated in conference play. The Cardinals look to keep their perfect league record in tact when they host Lamar (4-11, 1-1 SLC) Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. Evans’ week was highlighted by an upset against the 63rd ranked-player in the nation, Bjoern Petersen, in the top line of the first match of a doubleheader with Baylor on Friday. The junior from San Antonio, Texas, won in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. He then faced his second ranked opponent of the day in game two against the Bears, pushing No. 39 Johannes Schretter past the six-point minimum in set two, just falling 7-5 in No. 2 singles after being defeated 6-1 in the opening set. Evans and doubles partner, Sebastian Mortier, defeated their New Orleans counterparts 6-4 to clinch the doubles point in Monday’s conference matchup. Evans then defeated the Privateers’ Federico Boscarino in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to keep the Cardinals unbeaten in league action. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Gabriel Evans, UIW – Jr. – San Antonio, Texas FRISCO, Texas – UIW’s Gabriel Evans is the Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. This is the first weekly honor for UIW since Feb. 13 when Francisco Bendana earned the award. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Local businesses urged to be more competitive, innovative

first_imgGuyanese businesses must become more innovative, imaginative and competitive as well as industrious in order to grasp the countless opportunities which are emerging as of recent in several traditional and non-traditional sectors of the country, if buoyancy is to return to the sluggish and underperforming economy.This was the core sentiment expressed by the leadership of the Georgetown Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) as the entity launched the ninth edition of the ‘Business Guyana Magazine’ on Thursday evening at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown.That launch was attended by several high-level officials within the A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance For Change coalition Administration, the Private Sector, civil society and a handful of key socio-economic lobbyist groups. Guyana’s Finance Minister Winston Jordan and his Cabinet colleague, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin particularly attended the event in order to show support toGCCI President Deodat Indarthe thrust of the magazine.GCCI’s President Deodat Indar, while delivering opening remarks, lauded the work of the entity’s secretariat which resulted in a professional and diverse product being published on the Chamber’s work programme and ideological thrust.Indar explained that all of the revenue garnered from the publication via its sale, advertisements and cash gifts will go directly to the construction of a new GCCI secretariat and the rehabilitation of parts of the building, as he expressed gratitude to all those who played a direct and indirect role in assisting the GCCI in achieving this key objective.The GCCI President said a new secretariat was needed because the existing one was “getting dilapidated”. He emphasised that the Chambers presentation was important when meeting key stakeholders and foreign contingents to discuss itsThe GCCI magazinework-programme and business.Additionally, he called on the business community and those industry leaders present to tap into the lucratively performing sectors in the economy as he painted a picture that things were starting to improve in a number of areas which meant that there were new opportunities to be maximised and explored.He pointed to the growth and expansion taking place in the real estate industry and the construction sector which he said was “good news” for businesses.“Construction is good news… most of the money that I believe will come from the oil revenues… a large portion of that will go to the construction sector whether its (for the construction) of farm to market roads, bridges, Government buildings…”, the GCCI Head remarked.Indar also underscored the important of the education and standards industry which had a serious role to play in improving the quality and efficiency of Guyana’s human resource complement.“…Once you have the right people, you can move mountains”, Indar said to those present at the launch before telling them that the hospitality and tourism sectors, the service sector and whole sale and retail sector also had promise as theyA section of the gathering at the launch of the GCCI business magazineshowed potential to boost Guyana’s development.The GCCI President warned businessmen not to become too oil dependent as he explained that there was a price to pay for complacency and a lack of focus even though he did not downplay the ability of the resource to transform the country’s socioeconomic development.“Oil and gas, when it comes… it will be something so big that it will be the elephant in the room,” he remarked. As such, he called on the Private Sector to put its back to the wheel to drive the economy’s performance through consolidated and strategic economic approaches aimed at resolving conflicts and challenges which stand in the way of improved foreign direct investment, trade and economic progress.“Whatever challenges we confront, we as the Private Sector must work with the Government and other stakeholders… we must lock our heads and pilot strategies… we should not be blinded by oil wealth,” he explained.The magazine was launched under the theme “Guyana on the Rise” and features several writings and analyses of the GCCI as it continues to make its mark on the way business is organised, executed and engaged in Guyana.Three of the sponsors of the event;MACORP, Caribbean Airlines, and Century Tamara Energy Services noted that they are committed to ensuring that the business sector maximises its potential through their involvement with the GCCI. (Michael Younge)last_img read more

Northern Lights College receives funding from province

first_imgFuture health professionals in the Peace River district are getting some help from the government. Northern Lights College has received $58,000 in one-time funding from the province.This money will go towards two new seats to provide training for practical nursing programs in Fort St. John. – Advertisement -It will also go towards five new seats in the health care assistant program in Chetwynd. Peter Nunoda, Vice-President, Education of Northern Lights College says, “the college is pleased to receive this financial support from the Province making our programs accessible through videoconference to students at located at our campuses in Chetwynd and Fort St. John.”This funding is part of the provincial government’s almost 1.5 million dollar plan to support the expansion of health care programs across the province. Advertisementlast_img read more

Five Gor players nominated for KPL MVP gong

first_imgOther players to make the final list include Kariobangi Sharks forward and KPL Golden Boot winner Massoud Juma, Posta Rangers shot stopper Patrick Matasi and Nzoia Sugar’s Lawrence Juma.This year with the Kenyan Premier League management announcing that their awards will be postponed, the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) have decided to have their own awards, sponsored by among others electronics manufacturer LG.For the past two seasons the end-of-season awards have been done in collaboration between SJAK and the KPL.Posta Rangers goalkeeper Patrick Matasi with his golden glove award during the KPL awards gala in Nairobi on December 13,2016. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Matasi once again leads the list for the goalkeeper of the year award and will be in line to defend it. He will compete for the gong with newcomer John Oyemba of Kariobangi Sharks who made his top flight debut this season, toppling experienced Robert Mboya for the number one shirt at Sharks.Also listed for the award is Sofapaka’s Ugandan keeper Mathias Kigonya, Kakamega Homeboyz’s David Juma and Gor Mahia’s Boniface Oluoch.Usual faces Musa Mohammed and Karim Nizigiyimana of Gor Mahia headline the defender of the year shortlist, with the final list also including new faces Christopher Oruchum from Thika United, Charles Momanyi from Kakamega Homeboyz and Kariobangi Sharks’ Pascal Ogweno.Sharks who finished in the top five in their maiden appearance in the league also have a nomination for the midfielder of the year award with Sven Yidah nominated. Other new faces include Nzoia’s Juma, Zoo’s Mike Madoya, current holder Kenneth Muguna and his teammate Ernest Wendo.AFC Leopards striker Vincent Oburu is sandwicthed between teammate Ian Otieno and Kariobangi Sharks duo of Sven Yidah (left) and Elli Asieche during a Kenyan Premier League clash on October 7, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe awards ceremony will be held on December 18. The SJAK Football Gala will have eight categories namely; Golden Glove, Defender of the year, Midfielder of the year, Golden Boot, MVP, Young/New Player, Coach of the year and a special category dubbed SJAK AWARD.The prize awards are yet to be announced.Awards shortlist: GOALKEEPERSPatrick Matasi Posta RangersDavid Juma Kakamega HomeboyzMathias Kigonya SofapakaJeff Oyemba Kariobangi SharksBoniface Oluoch Gor MahiaDEFENDERSCharles Momanyi KK HomeboyzMusa Mohamed Gor MahiaGodfrey Walusimbi Gor MahiaHaron Shakava Gor MahiaJockins Atudo Posta RangersChristopher Oruchum Thika UnitedPascal Ogweno Kariobangi SharksKarim Nzigiyimana Gor MahiaMIDFIELDERSSven Yida Kariobangi SharksLawrence Juma Nzoia SugarMichael Madoya Zoo FCChrispinus Oduor Mathare UnitedGeorge Odhiambo Gor MahiaErnest Wendo Gor MahiaKenneth Muguna Gor MahiaHumphrey Mieno TuskerYOUNG/NEW PLAYERNicholas Kipkirui Zoo fcFaraj Ominde Chemelil SugarShafan Oyugi Chemelil SugarClinton Kisiavuki NakumattChris Ochieng Mathare UnitedVincent Oburu AFC LeopardsMichael Kibwage AFC LeopardsBrian Otieno Nzoia SugarMOST VALUABLE PLAYERMeddie Kagere Gor MahiaMasoud Juma Kariobangi SharksMusa Mohamed Gor MahiaKenneth Muguna Gor MahiaLawrence Juma Nzoia SugarPatrick Matasi Posta RangersJacques Tuyisenge Gor MahiaGeorge Odhiambo Gor MahiaCOACHWilliam Muluya Kariobangi SharksMike Mururi Kakamega HomeboyzSam Ssimbwa SofapakaSammy Omolo Posta RangersBernard Mwalala Nzoia Sugar0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Western Stima’s Kenneth ‘Junior’ Mugambi wins the player of the year award. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 11- Five Gor Mahia players headline the list for the 2017 Kenyan Premier League Most Valuable Player award, putting the record 16-time champions in line for a third consecutive player of the year award.Holder Kenneth Muguna, rumored to be on his way out of K’Ogalo leads the list alongside Meddie Kagere who finished second in 2015 when Michael Olunga won, skipper Musa Mohammed, forward Jacques Tuyisenge and winger George Odhiambo who won it in 2010.last_img read more

Federer cruises to win

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia – Top-ranked Roger Federer advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with an emphatic 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 win over Florian Mayer today. The 24-year-old Swiss player finished with 38 winners and closed out the 1-hour, 12-minute match with an ace. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardKim Clijsters, the 2005 U.S. Open women’s champion, spent 10 minutes longer on court than Federer in her 6-4, 6-2 victory over qualifier Yuan Meng. Clijsters, bothered by hip and back soreness, overcame 48 unforced errors and five doubles to beat Yuan, who had heavy strapping on both thighs and produced only two clean winners in the match. The second-seeded Clijsters needed treatment on her back and hip between sets and was not moving fluently, although she went to the net 14 times and won 12 of those points. “I’m happy with the win, but my body doesn’t feel too good at the moment,” Clijsters said. “Although I didn’t play my best tennis, not even close, I always felt like I could win. “As long as (the hip) doesn’t get worse, I’ll keep fighting and see how I go.” “It’s so nice to get quick matches in the heat,” said Federer, whose next opponent is 30th-seeded Max Mirnyi. “I thought I handled it well in the heat – I’m very happy with my performance.” center_img Third-seeded Amelie Mauresmo advanced with a 7-6 (1), 6-2 win over French compatriot Emilie Loit, and 2004 French Open winner Anastasia Myskina had a 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-3 victory over Jamea Jackson. Seventh-seeded Patty Schnyder beat Shinobu Asagoe 6-1, 7-6 (9). Federer was so dominating that Mayer never had a game point after holding serve to pull within 5-4 in the second set. Always a perfectionist, the normally stoic Federer did seem a little annoyed at his 18 unforced errors that accounted for one-third of Florian’s points. And after smacking a forehand crosscourt winner for his third break of the final set, he allowed himself a little fist pump. He finished off the match with two service winners and his eighth and ninth aces, then hit a ball high into the stands. “If I keep on playing the way I am, not losing too much energy out on the court, maybe it’s going to pay back eventually,” said Federer, who has lost only 12 games in the first two rounds. The overmatched Mayer tried a little of everything, charging the net and flicking soft drops from the baseline, but nothing worked as temperatures reached 88 degrees. He raised his racket to acknowledge the crowd after winning his first game – the sixth of the match. But he became increasingly frustrated, shaking his head and even looking to the sky for help. No. 5 Nikolay Davydenko, a potential quarterfinal opponent for Federer, advanced with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Kevin Kim and No. 6 Guillermo Coria overcame Federico Luzzi 7-6 (10), 6-4, 6-3. In women’s matches, 17-year-old Michaella Krajicek defeated Sania Mirza 6-3, 7-5 and Samantha Stosur beat Ana Ivanovic by the same score. No. 16 Nicole Vaidisova and No. 20 Flavia Pennetta were other seeded players advancing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MICKEY DOES IT FOR ‘FUN’ AS HARPS PUT DENT IN SHELS’ PROMOTION HOPES

first_imgOne of Finn Harps most consistent performers grabbed the headlines as the Donegal outfit put a dent in Shelbourne’s promotion hopes with a 3-2 victory at Finn Park.Influential Harps midfielder Michael Funston scored twice against Shels.Mickey Funston scored twice for the Ballybofey club in what was a good warm-up game for Harps upcoming FAI Cup semi-final.The Dublin outfit took the lead on the half hour through Gareth Coughlan but Harps Damian McNulty cancelled this out in the 40th minute. Funston then scored his first and put Harps ahead in the 63rd minute.Bu Shels refused to give up and drew level when Dylan Connolly slotted home past Conor Wynn in the 70th minute.It looked like the game was heading for stalemate until Funston popped up in the 87th minute when his shot when in off the post.Harps received a massive ovation as left the pitch with the team giving it al on the night. Is a victory over St Pats in Dublin too much to ask? MICKEY DOES IT FOR ‘FUN’ AS HARPS PUT DENT IN SHELS’ PROMOTION HOPES was last modified: September 27th, 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:donegalfinn harpsMickey FunstonShelbournelast_img read more

Emery reveals why he let Wilshere leave Arsenal

first_img Jack Wilshere is officially a West Ham player 2 Wilshere may have left but the Emery revealed he wants Aaron Ramsey to stay. The midfielder is one of four key players with a year left on their contract.“I’m very happy with him,” he added. “For me, every day, every training session, he has the ambition I want. He’s working with a quality, the type of ability that I want. I want to work with him. In my opinion, I’ve said to [chief executive] Ivan [Gazidis], Raul [Sanllehi, head of football relations] and Sven [Mislintat, head of recruitment] that I think he’s an important player for me.”Already, the club have made five signings, with Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Matteo Guendouzi. “It was a tactical, technical decision,” the Spaniard said. “The conversation with Wilshere was a very good conversation. I explained to him my opinion and how I will want to create the team and I couldn’t say for sure to him he’s going to play in the XI.“Also he explained to me the decision is not easy for him but he wanted to choose the best option for him. Every time it was with respect.“I know this player is very important for the supporters, he grew up here with Arsenal. But I don’t give for him one post in the starting XI. It’s for that he chose to leave here and I respect this.”center_img 2 Unai Emery has explained he allowed Jack Wilshere to leave because his place in the starting XI couldn’t be guaranteed and had nothing to do with his injury record.The midfielder had been with Arsenal since he was nine, but decided to leave when his contract expired and joined London rivals West Ham.Emery, who succeeded Arsene Wenger as manager, was keen to keep details of the conversation private.last_img read more

Profiling the AFCON teams: Angola

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019AngolaMALIMateusMauritaniaSrdan VasiljevicTunisia Angola will be featuring at their 8th AFCON tournament. (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)Angola will be featuring in their 8th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament and the first since 2013. The Giant Sable Antelopes’ best finish at the finals was reaching the quarter finals in both 2008 and 2010.In the 2019 edition, Angola is in Group E alongside Tunisia, Mali and Mauritania.Angola did not enter into qualification for the first 12 AFCON editions between 1957 and 1980.Their first participation in the qualifiers came in 1982 and it ended in disappointment as Angola failed to reach the finals’ tournament, the same outcome as in the next edition in 1984.After two failed attempts, Angola did not take part in the qualifiers for Egypt 86.They returned for the qualifiers of the 1988 edition but once again failed to reach the finals’ tournament. This was the same case in 1990, 1992 and 1994.In 1996, Angola reached their first AFCON tournament which was held in South Africa. At the tournament, Angola managed only a single point in their Group (A), drawing 3-3 with Cameroon. The other two games saw the Giant Sable Antelopes lose 1-2 to Egypt and 0-1 to South Africa.Angola would return for the 1998 edition in Burkina Faso but once again failed to exit the group. After two draws with South Africa and Namibia, Angola lost their last Group C game 2-4 to Ivory Coast to finish third in the group.In the next three editions between 2000 and 2004, Angola attempted but failed to qualify for the AFCON finals.They returned to the finals in 2006 but once again failed to get past the group stages. At the finals, they were placed in Group B alongside Cameroon, DR Congo and Togo. Angola drew 0-0 with DR Congo in their opening match, defeated Togo 3-2 before losing 3-1 to Cameroon and in the process finished third with 4 points.For both the 2008 and 2010 editions, Angola reached the knock out stages for the first and second time respectively.Angola reached the quarter finals of both the 2008 and 2010 AFCON tournaments.For 2008, they finished second in Group D which featured the likes of Tunisia, Senegal and South Africa. At the quarter final stages, they lost 2-1 to eventual winners Egypt.In 2010, they were placed in Group A alongside Algeria, Mali and Malawi. They finished as group leaders having drawn two and won one of their three games. In the last 8, they lost 0-1 to Ghana, once again exiting the competition at that stage.Angola continued their routine qualification through to 2012 and 2013 but on both occasions, exited the competition at the group stage.For both the 2015 and 2017 editions, the Giant Sable Antelopes attempted but failed to qualify for the respective finals’ tournaments.CoachSrdan VasiljevicVasiljevi? is a 46-year-old Serbian coach who has been manager of Angola since 2017.Vasiljevic has been Angola’s head coach since 2017.He came through the youth system of Red Star Belgrade and went on to play for Radnicki Beograd, Borac Cacak (twice), Obilic, Rad and Sartid Smederevo, before moving abroad. In early 2001, Vasiljevi? signed with Romanian club Dinamo Bucuresti. He then joined Kazakhstan Premier League side Kairat in 2002, appearing in nine championship games that year. Vasiljevi? also made two appearances in the 2002/13 UEFA Cup.After hanging up his boots, Vasiljevi? managed Serbian clubs Javor Ivanjicaa (twice), Cukaricki and BSK Borca. He also served as assistant manager to Vladimir Petrovic and Radonvan Curcic with the Serbia national team. In December 2017, Vasiljevi? was appointed manager of Angola.Star PlayerMateus Galiano da CostaMateus is a 34-year-old forward who features for Portuguese side Boavista FC.He started playing professionally for modest Portuguese teams (he had a stint with Sporting CP, but never moved past their reserves), he signed in January 2006 with Gil Vicente FC of the Primera Liga scoring on his debut.However, Mateus was at the centre of a judicial controversy that erupted in Portuguese football, known as Caso Mateus (Mateus Affair), after a supposedly illegal registration by the Barcelos club. Following a lengthy judicial battle between Gil and C.F os Belenenses, the former were relegated.After an uneventful season with Gil Vicente in the second division, greatly delayed by the legal consequences, Mateus joined Boavista FC for the 2007/08. His new team was also eventually relegated, due to irregularities.In 2008/09, Mateus moved to Madeira’s C.D National, being an important attacking element – whether as starter or from the bench– as they eventually qualified for the UEFA Europa League. He continued to be regularly played for the better part of the following years, notably netting nine goals in 24 matches in the 2011/12 season.Between 2014 and 2017, Mateus played for Premere de Agusto and Arouca before returning to Boavista for the start of the 2017/18 season.For Angola, Mateus has played 57 games, scoring 12 goals since making his debut in 2016.Mateus has scored 12 goals for Angola.Projection: Group StageAngola’s fixtures at AFCON 2019-Angola vs Tunisia, 24nd June-Mauritania vs Angola, 29th June-Angola vs Mali, 02th JulyAngola’s 23-man squad for AFCON 2019Goalkeepers: Toni Cabaça (1º de Agosto), Landu (Interclube), Ndulu (Desportivo da Huíla).Defenders: Isaac, Dani Massunguna, Paizo (1º de Agosto), Edy Afonso (Petro de Luanda), Wilson (Petro de Luanda), Bastos (Lazio), Jonathan Buatu (Rio Ave), Bruno Gaspar (Sporting de Portugal).Midfielders: Herenilson (Petro de Luanda), Show, Macaia (1º de Agosto), Stélvio Cruz (F91 Dudelange), Djalma Campos, Freddy (Antalyaspor), Geraldo (Al Ahly).Forwards: Mabululo (1º de Agosto), Mateus Galiano (Boavista), Wilson Eduardo (Sporting de Braga), Gelson Dala (Rio Ave/Sporting de Porutgal), Evandro Brandão (Leixões).Comments last_img read more

Jacks closer to new football coach

first_imgThe Jacks are moving toward filling their football head coaching vacancy, with plenty of interest reported in the position.The national listing officially closed on April 2 after being open for 30 days, and a search committee is currently sorting through the applicants.According to interim Athletic Director Duncan Robins, 79 candidates have applied for the job, which came open after longtime head coach Rob Smith stepped down in January.And that’s a number that has impressed the AD. …last_img

Made in Cape Town: African sci-fi

first_imgSweetheart, played by Inge Beckmann, sets out on the journey to find her family.The film is 100% homegrown. A promo shot for the forthcoming FiveFingers for Marseilles. (Images: Be Phat Motel) MEDIA CONTACTS • Michael MatthewsProducer, Be Phat Motel+27 74 101 2347 RELATED ARTICLES • Hollywood studio for Cape Town • All eyes on Spud: The Movie • SA-set sci-fi satire huge hit in US • Cape Town: Africa’s Hollywood• Cape Town’s creature creatorsJanine ErasmusFar from being a District 9 copy, the new black-and-white sci-fi film from Cape Town-based production company Be Phat Motel has its own dark ambience and unique character that is set to breathe new life into the genre.The self-funded thriller, titled Sweetheart, is not a full-length feature film but still manages to entertain throughout its 26 minutes. It previewed to a receptive audience on 2 December 2010 at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town.The film stars Inge Beckmann – former vocalist of local electronic group Lark – as Sweetheart, with theatre actor Andre Weidemann as Ogilvy and Survivor Africa host Anthony Oseyemi as Honest John. The supporting cast includes Norman Murray, model Pope Jerrod, and Aidan Whytock, a finalist in the 2010 Top Billing presenter search.Sweetheart is Be Phat’s first short film and is directed by Michael Matthews and written by Sean Drummond, with a score composed by James Matthes. The film was made purely for creative purposes, claim the Be Phat team, and not to deliver any specific message or lesson.Like District 9, Sweetheart was shot with Red One cameras. Its monochrome style, which the team says is based on the Coen Brothers’ 2001 The Man Who Wasn’t There, is a tribute to the noir films of the 1950s and 1960s. Many of the visuals were filmed in the old suburb of Woodstock, which lies about a kilometre from Cape Town’s city centre.In mid-2010 Be Phat released a teaser on the internet, and the full trailer may now also be viewed online.Mysterious eventsThe story, which was written in under a week and filmed in eight days at the beginning of 2010, plays out in the 1950s against the backdrop of one of the tense periods of the Cold War.“We shot the film two weeks after coming up with the idea,” said Matthews in a recent interview with Cape Town Magazine, “and without funding. I got the last part of the script on the morning we started shooting.”“We worked with a bunch of great actors on the film,” added Drummond. “Tireless, they all gave way more of themselves than they needed to – there was a great energy.”Sweetheart is a young wife and mother living on a farm with her family. Her husband and stepsons travel into town one day, and don’t come back. While she waits for them to return she catches glimpses of mysterious events in the distance.Eventually Sweetheart realises that her family is not coming back, and she’s forced to leave the farm and make the trip to the city – a strange, post-apocalyptic 1950s version of Cape Town – to look for them. When she gets there she finds the place deserted, except for random groups of survivors. This makes her task all the more dangerous, but if she wants to find the answers, she must press on.Bigger and better thingsBe Phat Motel was established in 2007 and from the early days of commercials and music videos, they are now set on a new course of producing feature films.The Be Phat core team comprises award-winning director Matthews, editor Daniel Mitchell, producer/screenwriter Drummond, and cinematographer Shaun Lee.The team originally planned Sweetheart as a five-minute experimental film, but found that it was better suited to its final length. Even without the considerable muscle of District 9 producer Peter Jackson, Be Phat has high hopes for Sweetheart and with the interest already seen online and at the preview screening, their hopes have every chance of being realised.Their first feature film is currently in development – Five Fingers for Marseilles, which starts off in 1980s rural South Africa and aims to merge the country’s history with the classic western theme. It follows the struggle for freedom from police oppression of the small community of Railway, which sits on the fringes of a fictional South African town called Marseilles.At first only five young men – the Five Fingers – are brave enough to stand up to the authorities, until one of them commits a crime that sends him to prison for 20 years. When he returns to his home town he finds it under threat from a new source, and must once again fight to save the day.Five Fingers will play mainly in Sesotho and isiXhosa, with some English.last_img read more