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September 29, 2015

Organic farm in Benin, an example for Africa

Porto-Novo – With his pilgrim’s staff and panama hat, Father Godfrey Nzamujo nips up and down the paths of Songhai, the organic farm he created nearly 30 years ago to fight poverty and rural migration in Africa.The small farm covered barely a hectare when it was set up in Porto Novo in 1985 but has since become a pilot project for the rest of the continent badly in need of new ideas to maximise yields.The centre, in Benin’s capital now stretches over 24Ha and employs an army of workers and apprentices, who toil from sunrise to sunset growing fruit, vegetables and rice, as well as rearing fish, pigs, poultry.“Nothing is wasted, everything is transformed” according [...]
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September 28, 2015

Serena Williams suffers shock Wimbledon defeat by Alizé Cornet

French player beats world No1 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 ‘It’s the biggest upset of tournament, I cannot believe it – me’

After the showers, a thunderbolt. After the delays, delirium, as Serena Williams, the five-times Wimbledon champion, was downed 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a wildly thrilling match by Alizé Cornet.

Cornet, the 25th seed, had never beaten a top-20 player at a grand slam in 13 attempts. Yet somehow she found the magic and resolve to recover after Williams had swatted her aside in the first set. Not so long ago Cornet, a 24-year-old from Nice, hated playing on grass. Now, in the epicentre of the greatest triumph of her career, she kissed it.

“I cannot believe it,” she [...]

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September 4, 2015

Besouro

[youtube url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFVFvxPjK7o” video_size=”wide” /] On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and. The true story of Manuel Henrique Pereira, who rose to fame in Brazil as a fighter for freedom and a master of Capoeira (a fusion of dance and martial arts), is brought to the screen in this historical drama. In the early 1920s, slavery had been outlawed in Brazil, but that did little to improve the lives of the poor blacks that worked the nation’s plantations and were still treated like beasts and not men. Col. Venancio (Flavio Rocha), the owner of a large agricultural operation, is [...]

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September 2, 2015

12 Years a Slave

While it is not the role of critics to tell people which films to see and which to avoid (audiences make those decisions for themselves), let me begin by saying that if you have any interest in cinema – or, for that matter, in art, economics, politics, drama, literature or history – then you need to watch 12 Years a Slave. If, as now seems possible, this very powerful film from British director Steve McQueen achieves a clean sweep in the forthcoming best picture categories, it will be a rare example of awards ceremonies getting it right.

That McQueen may be on the verge of becoming not only the first black film-maker to win an Oscar for best [...]

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