Westbury Casino at Fortunoff Site Slammed by Critics

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hearing on a proposed mini-casino featuring 1,000 video lottery terminals—aka electronic slot machines—at the former Fortunoff property in Westbury was so packed that some people were turned away Thursday.An estimated more than 1,000 residents overflowed from the gymnasium at St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School in Westbury, where the crowd cheered the plan’s many critics and booed Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting (OTB) officials, who estimated the project will create 200 permanent jobs and generate $20 million in annual revenue for the county.“Hell no, casino!’” chanted opponents, many of whom held signs that read: “Stop the CasiNo at Fortunoff, we will remember in November.”The hearing came a day after Suffolk OTB officials held a closed-door meeting with county and Brookhaven town officials as well as civic leaders opposed to a similar proposal to build an estimated $40-million, nearly 100,000-square-foot parlor on a vacant lot in Medford that the agency bought for $10 million. That parlor may open by next year. Nassau’s mini-casino could open as early as November.Critics have been frustrated by the process. As quasi-public agencies, OTBs can build gambling parlors without approval of town zoning boards, officials said. The New York State Gaming Commission—which regulates gambling and is the only agency that the OTB must go to for approval to open the facility—has no role in site selection, an agency spokesman and OTB officials said.“What we’re doing is not a full-fledged casino,” Arthur Walsh, the OTB attorney negotiating the purchase of the property, told the rowdy crowd as they heckled him. “We’re talking about a different type of operation.”The proposal does not call for any live dealers hosting table games such as craps, or live card games, such as blackjack. But, there would be some electronic table games, such as roulette. The facility would have one-fifth as many games as Resort World Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, no hotel, and would not host large-scale events and concerts, the OTB said in a mailer to residents—some of whom live less than a mile from the site.Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro has indicated that although the site does not fall within village limits, he may file a lawsuit to try and block the parlor. Lawmakers in the Democratic minority of the GOP-controlled Nassau County Legislature have suggested replacing the three-member OTB board with others opposed to the plan. But, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) said that she hasn’t taken a position on the issue and no such a proposal will not be on the agenda at the legislature’s next meeting on Jan. 26.Other elected officials opposed to the plan range from the supervisors of the towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead—the property abuts the line between the two municipalities—to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, plus state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City).The parlor was originally proposed for the OTB’s Race Palace in Plainview, but community opposition previously nixed that idea. Many at the hearing called for the parlor site to be moved to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, which is preparing for a $200-million renovation—an idea that neighboring Hofstra University has opposed. OTB officials countered that the coliseum’s owners—Nassau County—did not express interest in having gaming on their property.Nassau OTB President Joseph Ciaro said in a statement that the agency “will work closely with all of the elected officials who represent the surrounding areas…to address any community concerns and answer any questions regarding the proposed location of the VLT facility.”On the other side of the county line, Suffolk OTB President Phil Nolan said that the Medford plan is currently in the traffic-study phase—part of the state-mandated environmental review process that Nassau OTB will face, too. Although he is also facing critics, he believes the positives, such as creating jobs, outweigh the negatives, such as concerns that crime will spike in the area.“We’re trying to be as good neighborly as we can,” Nolan told the Press. “Both facilities, when they open, they’re going to be positive…We are going to do our level best to minimize any problems in any area.”Back at the Westbury hearing, among the catcalls that residents shouted at Nassau OTB officials was: “Build it next to your house!”Opponents plan to rally outside the Fortunoff site at The Source mall on Old Country Road at 1 p.m. Saturday.last_img read more

Hope’s maiden ton underlines Red Force dominance

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Kyle Hope’s maiden first class hundred underlined Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s dominance of the third day of their sixth round clash against Windward Islands Volcanoes, putting them in pole position for their second win of the Regional four-day championship.In one of their best days of the campaign, the bottom-of-the-table Red Force produced a strong batting display to convert their overnight position of 23 for one into 203 for five declared.Hope, unbeaten on 10 at the start, finished on 105 not out while first innings century-maker Yannic Cariah got 47 and Isaiah Rajah, 30.Set 375 for victory, Volcanoes ended the day on 68 for one – requiring a further 307 runs on Monday’s final day to pull off an unlikely win.The hosts lost opener Tyrone Theophile cheaply for two in the second over but veteran left-hander Devon Smith struck an unbeaten 41 in a 66-run second wicket stand with rookie Taryck Gabriel who finished 24 not out.Smith has so far faced 114 balls in 127 minutes at the crease and struck a single four.Earlier, Hope produced his career-best as he batted Red Force into a potential match-winning position.All told, the Barbadian right-hander struck six fours in an innings spanning 212 deliveries in just under five hours at the crease.More significantly, he anchored two productive stands to propel the innings. Firstly, he put on 73 for the second wicket with Rajah who hit four boundaries in a 56-ball knock.When Rajah and Nicholas Alexis (0) perished in the space of 33 balls with just four runs added to leave Red Force on 87 for three, Hope controlled an 88-run fourth wicket partnership with Cariah who counted two fours in an 89-ball knock that lasted 127 minutes.RED FORCE 1st Innings 275Volcanoes 1st Innings 104RED FORCE 2nd Innings(overnight 23 for one)*K Hope not out 105J Solozano c Gabriel b Lewis 3I Rajah c Johnson b Mayers 30N Alexis c wkp Ambris b Sebastien 0Y Cariah c Peters b Johnson 47Imran Khan c Lesporis b Peters 9+S Katwaroo not out 2Extras (b4, w2, nb1) 7TOTAL (5 wkts decl, 68 overs) 203Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-83, 3-87, 4-175, 5-195.Bowling: Johnson 10-1-28-1 (w2), Lewis 6.5-2-21-1, Shillingford 18-2-42-0, Sebastien 14-1-42-1, Peters 12.1-1-44-1, Mayers 6-1-20-1, Theophile 1-0-2-0.VOLCANOES 2nd Innings (target: 375 runs)D Smith not out 41T Theophile run out 2T Gabriel not out 24Extras (b1) 1TOTAL (1 wkt, 35 overs) 68Fall of wicket: 1-2.Bowling: Cottrell 5-1-14-0, Richards 5-1-12-0, Pierre 8-2-14-0, Charles 10-2-18-0, Imran Khan 6-2-8-0, Cariah 1-0-1-0.Position: Volcanoes require 307 runs for victory with nine wickets intact.last_img read more

A quality team of ex-Leeds stars currently playing in the Premier League

first_img Midfielder – Fabian Delph (Manchester City) – Another Thorp Arch graduate, Delph earned regular game time under Gary McAllister and briefly Simon Grayson. He was named Football League Player of the Year in 2009 and, after the Whites failed to gain promotion from the third tier in the same season, Delph joined Premier League side Aston Villa. His transfer fee apparently went into the installation of corporate boxes in the club’s East Stand. Delph left Villa Park for Man City last year and is now an England international. 11 11 11 11 Defender – Alex Bruce (Hull City) – Whites fans will not rush to sing the praises of Bruce, but he is back in the Premier League after play-off success with Hull City. Now 31, Bruce spent two seasons at Elland Road, making 33 appearances. He had a good run in the side in his first season, memorably performing well in the FA Cup draw at Arsenal, before falling out of favour in the February. He went on loan to Huddersfield in 2011 before moving to the KC under his dad Steve’s management in 2012. 11 Right wing – Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) – A bargain buy from Livingston, Snodgrass is one of the best players to wear the Leeds shirt since their relegation from the Premier League. The right-winger lacks pace but he makes up for it with his footwork and creativity. The Scottish midfielder left Leeds after making nearly 200 appearances in four years, joining Norwich in 2012 before leaving for Hull two years later. 11 11 11 Defender – Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) – The England international left Elland Road having never made a first-team appearance. After coming through the academy, Rose was sold to Tottenham in 2007 to raise much-needed funds for the club. Now 26, Rose is an established left-back in the Premier League. Midfielder – Lewis Cook (AFC Bournemouth) – The 19-year-old is the latest Thorp Arch graduate to leave Elland Road for the Premier League. An England youth international, Cook has impressed in two seasons in the senior team. He has a small frame but is an intelligent central midfielder and a potential full international. Defender – Sam Byram (West Ham) – After breaking through to the first team under Neil Warnock in the 2012/13 season, Byram soon became a fan favourite. The academy graduate made nearly 150 appearances before Leeds reluctantly sold him to the Hammers in January 2016, months before the expiry of his contract. He made his West Ham debut days later against Man City, but has only played for Slaven Bilic’s side four times, partly due to injury. Midfielder – Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) – Bought from Man City in 2010, it took Clayton a while to make his mark at Elland Road. After Neil Kilkenny and Bradley Johnson left in 2011, Clayton stepped up and impressed in central midfield before Neil Warnock sold him to rivals Huddersfield Town the following summer. Forward – Max Gradel (AFC Bournemouth) – The Ivory Coast forward joined the club initially on loan from Leicester City. He became a fan favourite, making 84 appearances, on both the wing and upfront. He left for St Etienne in 2011, returning to England with Bournemouth in 2015. His first season in Dorset was hampered by cruciate ligament injury suffered early in the season but he should flourish in 2016/17. Midfielder – James Milner (Liverpool) – Milner made his Leeds debut aged 16, becoming the youngest ever player to score in the Premier League – aged 16 years and 356 days – and his record was broken two-and-a-half years later by James Vaughan of Everton. Milner left for Newcastle in 2004, as Leeds needed cash desperately and he went on to play for Aston Villa, Man City and now Liverpool while also captaining his country on a number of occasions. Do you ever wonder what could have been, Leeds United fans? The West Yorkshire club is renowned for its academy system, with a number of homegrown talents going on to play in Europe and for their country. READ MORE: Leeds United news: How the Whites may line up in 2016/17 under Garry Monk – including new signings Kemar Roofe and Rob GreenIn previous years it has been a familiar story for Whites supporters as they have seen their best players sold – with little evidence of reinvestment.From academy products Jonny Howson [then club captain] and Sam Byram, to top scorers Ross McCormack, Luciano Becchio and Jermaine Beckford, United have seen their heroes leave Elland Road for pastures new.So, talkSPORT has taken a look at former Leeds players about to ply their trade in the Premier League in 2016/17 – click the arrow, above right, to see who makes our XI, in a 3-4-3 formation. Do you agree? Should another play be included? Comment with your thoughts below.READ MORE: Top 10 teenagers in the Premier League, featuring Manchester United stars and £15m West Ham midfielder 11 11 11 Goalkeeper – Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) – Click the arrow, above right, to see other former Whites stars currently plying their trade in the Premier League – When the Dane was sold to fellow Championship side Leicester in 2011, Whites fans presumed he was taking a sideways step. But Schmeichel helped the Foxes to promotion in 2014 before winning the Premier League title two years later to follow in his father’s footsteps and write his name in the history books. Left wing – Aaron Lennon (Everton) – Lennon made nearly 50 appearances for Leeds before he was sold to Tottenham, as the West Yorkshire outfit raised much-needed funds. The academy graduate made his debut aged 16 years and 128 days and he was sold to the north Londoners in 2005. After ten years at White Hart Lane, where he became an England international, winger Lennon joined Everton in 2015.last_img read more

DD Fitness: Are protein bars healthy?

first_imgDuring the week, a study from SafeFood stated that the main ingredient in almost 40% of protein bars was chocolate and that most of them had a similar calorie content to a regular bar of chocolate.They also went on to say that many were also high in saturated fat and contained added sugar and salt.The research also stated that 37 per cent of people believed protein bars were “healthy”. So, what is the deal with protein bars?Are they something that you can have in your diet or are they a glorified bar of chocolate?First things first.Protein bars are a convenience food. They are there for you to get some protein in If you struggle to hit your daily protein needs from your diet.Unfortunately, like protein shakes before them, people tend to have an over reliance on convenience foods and tend to put more emphasis on them than they do on their diet.You diet should be 80-90% wholefoods and that is where you should be getting the majority of your food intake from.This will ensure that you are getting enough micronutrients, macronutrients and enough calories to suit your goals.If this is not in place, no amount of protein bars will help. You may think that you are doing the right thing by having your daily protein bar, but if your diet as a whole is a disaster, you are wasting your money.You are putting a BandAid on a gunshot wound and hoping for the best.But this is what people tend to do.They focus on the small things that they think will make big differences and then wonder why they aren’t getting any results.Setting up your diet is like baking a cake. The cake body is your vegetables, your healthy carbs, your protein intake from lean cuts of meat and your healthy fats from olive oil etc.The Icing around the cake is your training, getting your water in, taking your vitamins.The sprinkles on top is things like your protein bars.You can’t make a decent cake with just sprinkles and you will never get any results with just protein bars.There are also many other ways to get protein when it comes to snacks.• Greek Yogurt• Quark• Biltong• Jerky• Eggs• Tuna PotsThey are simple ‘grab and go’ snacks that you can use, and all will allow you to get the same amount of protein in as one of those bars, but you will be getting it from a better source.The article recommended nuts for a protein source, but they aren’t a great source due to the high fat and calorie ratio to protein you get.So, the short and long of it is this;You do not need to take protein bars if your diet is set up properly.They are simply a convenient way to get some protein in if you are caught out that day.Do not over rely on them.Don’t use them as your sole snack each day.The second thing I want to go over is the claims that was made about protein needs and the harmful effects that a higher protein diet may have.It was stated that people are getting more than enough protein and don’t actually need any more.It stated that a male with a 2500cal daily intake only needs 56g of protein per day and a female with a 200cal daily intake only needs 47g of protein per day.If you are someone who doesn’t train and inactive, then this may meet your needs.The World health Organisations recommendations for protein is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.Which means a 70kg person would only need 56g of protein per day.This RDA is the amount of a nutrient you need to meet your basic nutritional requirements. In a sense, it’s the minimum amount you need to keep from getting sick — not the specific amount you are supposed to eat every day. Source Harvard healthSo, the saying that people are getting enough each day is a bit of a loose statement.The research on people who are active and on those who are training shows different intake levels.It falls between 1.6 – 3g/kg of bodyweight depending on your goals and activity levels.So, the same 70kg person (who is active or training), can go between 112g – 210g of protein per day without any issues.In an RTE article reporting on the protein bar usage, claims were also made to do with high protein use and health effects.“The evidence we found showed that there may be some short-term weight loss and muscle gain from high protein diet, but no consistent evidence that this is maintained in the long term. In fact, a very high protein diet may be associated with liver disease, kidney disease and vascular disease.”This however is no longer a ‘fact’ and there have been several studies that has debunked this.• Some high-protein diets restrict carbohydrate intake so much that they can result in nutritional deficiencies or insufficient fibre, which can cause problems such as bad breath, headache and constipation.• Some high-protein diets include foods such as red meat and full-fat dairy products, which may increase your risk of heart disease.• A high-protein diet may worsen kidney function in people with kidney disease because your body may have trouble eliminating all the waste products of protein metabolism.source the mayo clinicProtein is not harmful, and you don’t need to be wary of taking in too much.It is one of the main macronutrients in your diet and as long as you are getting it mainly from wholefood sources and not from convenience foods and supplementation, you will be fine.#leanin2019DD Fitness: Are protein bars healthy? was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare 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

Chelsea ‘set to increase their offer’ for right-back

first_imgChelsea are to increase their bid for Spain right-back Cesar Azpilicueta having had a £5m offer rejected by Marseille, according to The Sun.The French club apparently want £8m for Azpilicueta, with Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo said to be determined to take him to Stamford Bridge.Di Matteo is keen to sign a right-back.The Sun also suggest Romelu Lukaku has told Chelsea he will only go on loan to one of their Premier League rivals.Belgian striker Lukaku, 19, has been linked with Fulham and a number of clubs in Europe.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report QPR’s possible signing of Celtic star Ki Sung-yueng.Talks between the two clubs have been ongoing for some time, and R’s chairman Tony Fernandes is quoted as saying: “Discussions are continuing with Celtic.”The Mail also report Cardiff’s move for QPR forward Heidar Helguson.Related West London Sport story: QPR’s Helguson a target for CardiffFinally, The Sun pick up on Real Madrid’s supposed interest in Moussa Dembele.It follows the player’s agent telling a Dutch newspaper that Real were looking to sign Dembele from Fulham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Following another tough GNAC loss, Humboldt State heads to Nebraska to face Chadron State

first_imgARCATA >> Could a break from Great Northwest Athletic Conference play be the well-timed tonic to get the Humboldt State football team back on track?That’s what junior outside linebacker Jeff Shott is thinking.“I actually feel like this is a perfect time for this game, it’s a perfect buffer game for us to get away from GNAC play,” Shott said. “We’re facing another good team in Chadron State. It’s going to be a good challenge for us, but the same time we’ll get back on the road and if we can …last_img read more

Stephen Curry wished his latest milestone played out differently

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – As soon as Stephen Curry reached yet another milestone, the Warriors’ star showed his wide range of emotions.First, there was excitement. Curry surpassed Chris Mullin as the Warriors’ fourth all-time leading scorer by nailing a deep 3-pointer in the third quarter of the Warriors’ eventual win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Oracle Arena. After …last_img read more

Films explore urban African tapestry

first_imgDebunking tired clichés about the continent, filmmakers on the short film project set out to reveal contemporary, cosmopolitan Africa. (Image: African Metropolis)• Goethe-Institut African MetropolisPress Liaison+27 11 442 [email protected] Jane CookWeaving intricate stories and creating tapestries of colourful narratives is a beautiful element of African culture, used to impart wisdom and keep history alive. This artistic tradition has now translated into African Metropolis, a collection of six short fiction films, set in six major African cities.These films will be shown at the independent cinema, Bioscope Maboneng, from 9 to 18 May. The series will then head to the Labia in Cape Town. An initiative of the Goethe-Institut South Africa and South African executive producer Steven Markovitz, the African Metropolis Short Film Project was supported by Guaranty Trust Bank and the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).The Bioscope, in downtown Johannesburg, is an innovative space with the aim of increasing the diversity of content on South African cinema screens. “The Bioscope has helped play a fundamental role in growing new markets for new films, becoming a vital mechanism in developing local audiences for locally and internationally produced cinema,” it says.Cape Town’s Labia Theatre, in the suburb of Gardens, is the oldest independent art-repertory movie cinema in South Africa.Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi are the six cities featured in the films. More than 50% of the population of Africa now lives in cities. Urban growth is escalating and transforming, and in African cinema there has been a dramatic shift in the stories told. Once dominated by the traditional, the inner city has now overtaken rural Africa in story themes.A cosmopolitan worldDebunking tired clichés about the continent, filmmakers on the short film project set out to reveal contemporary, cosmopolitan Africa. “There was a long discussion about what constitutes a metropolis,” explains the head of cultural programmes at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, Lien Heidenreich-Seleme, on the African Metropolis website: “In the end we chose more cities than we had money for. And we really wanted more North African cities, so we made a point of including Cairo.”African Metropolis premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in 2013. Three of the films were shown at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2013, and in Europe, the films premiered at the IFFR on 26 January. They had their American premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California, and have been seen, collectively or individually, in Washington, Vancouver, Milan, Dubai, Toronto and Warsaw.Gertjan Zuilhof, international programmer, and Peter van Hoof, head of the short film programme, at the IFFR, say: “Big city films from African big cities is just what we have been waiting for. It is about time we move on from pre-colonial nostalgia. The best would be if this project could work as a model for the future. Many occasional film projects have been done in Africa – and also Rotterdam had its share in them – but continuation is what is needed. ‘On to the next series’ should be the motto.”Heidenreich-Seleme defines the Goethe-Institut’s role in the project: “We wanted to change the perception of Africa in Germany, in Europe. Africans are sick of being treated as a continent that needs aid all the time, the images of starving Africans, the sexualised image of the exotic African woman. We started working on changing perceptions outside Africa, but we have also started facilitating inter-African projects, and this feeds into the larger goal of changing the perspective of Africa in Europe.”Cameron Bailey, the artistic director of the TIFF, adds: “African Metropolis really shows us a new generation of African filmmakers and gives us a glimpse of new talent from the continent. The short films reflect on some of the social realities.”Watch: African Metropolis at the Durban International Film Festival:The programmeThe films in the African Metropolis programme are:● Abidjan, Ivory Coast: To Repel Ghosts, written and directed by Philippe LacôteDuring a visit to Abidjan, American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat comes face to face with demons, ghosts, doubt and his own death. Basquiat died on 12 August 1988; this film pays homage to him by telling the unknown story of his trip to Ivory Coast. The artist arrived in Abidjan at a time when he was exhausted. Haunted by his ghosts, all his hope lay in this first encounter with Africa.● Cairo, Egypt: The Cave, directed by Ahmed GhoneimyIn a changing world, fitting in is the hardest thing to do. Ghoneimy’s slice-of-life film follows angry young musician Adham through the contrasting landscapes of an ever-evolving Cairo. For Adham, working class with limited opportunities, the city is an arena where the strong survive and the weak fall by the wayside. When he reaches out to an old friend, he finds he has moved on – and up – and the foundation of their relationship is not what it once was. The film is a sharp, poignant comment on the rapidly transforming social environment that is contemporary Egypt.● Dakar, Senegal: The Other Woman (L’autre Femme), directed by Marie KAA housewife in her fifties discovers her true self when she has to accept her husband’s second wife into her home. It is a brave film set in the secret world of multiple spouse households, telling the story of Madeleine and her husband’s new, young second wife. The women develop a relationship far beyond conventional norms. Their intimacy has the potential to blow apart a stable domestic world, but it also has the potential to rewrite the story of both their lives. It is a bold and exquisitely tender film, beautifully acted and sensitively filmed against the backdrop of colourful, beguiling Dakar.● Johannesburg, South Africa: Berea, directed by Vincent MoloiAlone in his high-rise apartment, Aaron Zukerman’s Berea has disappeared. Long after his friends and family have moved on, the Jewish pensioner remains in his inner-city apartment, his world getting ever smaller and smaller, as the city closes in on his memories and happiness. His focus is on a weekly assignation with a kindly prostitute, for which he prepares days in advance. But when her unexpected replacement arrives one Friday, an initially angry response sparks a chain of events that ultimately changes the way the old man sees his world. Berea is a gentle, poetic ode to the power of reinvention.● Lagos, Nigeria: The Line-Up, directed by Folasakin IwajomoHow far would you go to pay for your sister’s life-saving operation? Ten men in a taxi, strangers to each other, head to an unusual line-up, where they must strip and subject themselves to blindfolds and inspection by a mysterious woman and her charge. Only seven go home that night, big money in their pockets. But what happened to the other three? The ritual is replayed again and again, and the attrition continues. For one man the rumours of how much “the chosen” make spurs him on – he is desperate for the money to pay for his sister’s operation. But what is the price of being chosen? Iwajomo’s spooky, disturbing film confronts the perils of the poverty trap and the abuse of the desperate, in an allegory for the exploited.● Nairobi, Kenya: Homecoming, directed by Jim ChuchuFantasy, science fiction and infatuation fuse as an obsessed neighbour invents ever-stranger scenarios for wooing the girl of his dreams. Nothing is what it seems as Max, a nerdy voyeur, turns fiction into truth and the mundane into the unexpected in his quest to get the attention of Alina, the girl next door. Nairobi is threatened with imminent extinction, and now is his chance to save her and verbalise his unspoken desire. However, a mysterious stranger stands in the way of his happiness. Will Max overcome his fear and save the girl? Is Alina looking for a hero? Homecoming is a quirky, light-hearted look at obsession and the desire to be seen.African Metropolis attempts to confront and defy stereotypes, and as director Moloi says: “It’s only through films that we can start understanding each other. I sometimes feel that, as Africans, we are harsh to each other, we judge each other a lot, and these films represent Africa in conversation with itself.”last_img read more