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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela launches he...
Durban, Africa
By Elo B
17 Sep 2013

Traditoinal Indian dancers perfom during the launching ceremony of the book 491 days by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the Mother of the Nation, in Sibaya, South Africa

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela launches he...
Durban, Africa
By Elo B
17 Sep 2013

Traditoinal Indian dancers perfom during the launching ceremony of the book 491 days by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the Mother of the Nation, in Sibaya, South Africa

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela launches he...
Durban, Africa
By Elo B
17 Sep 2013

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the Mother of the Nation, during the launching ceremony of her book 491 days in Sibaya, South Africa

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Havana's Crumbling Houses
Havana, Cuba
By Transterra Editor
13 Sep 2013

Housing in Havana, Cuba

“It’s falling down.” This was the answer I invariably received when I asked the residents of Old and Central Havana about their homes. 

These photographs are born from my desire to see what living inside the crumbling grandeur of Havana’s buildings looks like. I photographed inside and outside almost a hundred different homes. Most of the homes I visited are in Old Havana.



Old Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. Since this date, many buildings have been restored and though the work continues, the emphasis is always on preserving key buildings rather than improving or saving the lives of the general population. While certain buildings are done up to a high standard, the vast majority of the homes remain in a dangerous state. 

Age, decay, neglect, over-crowding and amateur repairs combine with natural factors to threaten the stability of Havana’s Baroque, Neoclassical and Art Deco buildings. There are two or three partial or totally building collapses in Old and Central Havana every week. Residents have no choice but to continue to live in these buildings that have partially collapsed.

Seven out of every ten homes are in need of major repairs, according to official statistics. Some of the main issues faced by the people living in Havana are dangerous, including outdated electrical wiring, basic or even nonexistent plumbing, floors and walls that are unstable or that have already caved in, collapsing roofs and ceilings, water damage, mold and dangerously unstable stairs.

A shortage of homes means the province around the capital needs some 300,000 more properties. Most of the once high-ceilinged houses of Havana have been divided both vertically and horizontally to provide more floor space. This puts the already weakened structures under additional strain. It also creates many dwellings with no windows or ventilation.

 Despite the many positive developments in education and healthcare the communist regime has bought about Cuba, it has failed with Article 9 of Cuba’s Constitution: The state shall work to ensure that no citizen is denied comfortable housing.


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Havana, Cuba
By Alison McCauley
09 Sep 2013

A kitchen in Old Havana
The man who lives here is an alcoholic and he survives by begging.

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Havana, Cuba
By Alison McCauley
07 Sep 2013

A jumble of small dwellings that have been built onto the original flat roofs, further destabilising the already weakend structures of the buildings

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Havana, Cuba
By Alison McCauley
05 Sep 2013

Both the flimsy wooden supports holding buildings up and the vegetation growing in the damp cracks of the buildings can be seen all over Havana.

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Havana, Cuba
By Alison McCauley
02 Sep 2013

Humidity is one of the major factors in the deterioration of the buildings in Havana.

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Havana, Cuba
By Alison McCauley
01 Sep 2013

The Capitolio seen from the roof of the former Hotel Bristol in Central Havana. This 1930’s hotel was abandoned and fell into disrepair. The former employees of the hotel decided to live in the hotel. Every available space is being used, even the shaft of the broken elevator and the empty and cracked roof top swimming pool that is being used as a kitchen.

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Havana, Cuba
By Alison McCauley
01 Sep 2013

A man walks through the arcades below a dangerously unstable building that has been inadequately supported by wooden poles.

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Havana, Cuba
By Alison McCauley
31 Aug 2013

The inhabitants of this building, which is dangerously close to collapsing, have been evicted. The flimsy wooden poles that prop it up are insufficient and there is a serious risk that the building could topple at any time, injuring or killing people in this busy street in Old Havana.

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Havana, Cuba
By Alison McCauley
31 Aug 2013

Residents of a neighbourhood in Old Havana try to stabilise the top of a crumbling building. Debris from this building had recently fell into the street and injured people.

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Havana, Cuba
By Alison McCauley
31 Aug 2013

The view from an apartment in the former Hotel Bristol in Central Havana

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Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
23 Aug 2013

A turtle is swimming up to get some air close to Kapalai island, Malaysia.

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Rolker Gracie 01
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Lola García-Ajofrín
15 Aug 2013

In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Lola García-Ajofrín
15 Aug 2013

A portrait of Helio Gracie (founder of Brazilian jiu jitsu) in his gym Gracie Humaitá in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Una fotografía de Helio Gracie ( fundador del brasileño Iju Jitsu) en su gimnasio Humaitá en Rio de Janeiro (Brasil)

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Rolker Gracie 02
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Lola García-Ajofrín
15 Aug 2013

In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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Rolker Gracie 04
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Lola García-Ajofrín
15 Aug 2013

In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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Rolker Gracie 05
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Lola García-Ajofrín
15 Aug 2013

In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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Rolker Gracie 06
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Lola García-Ajofrín
15 Aug 2013

In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Lola García-Ajofrín
15 Aug 2013

In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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Rolker Gracie 07
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Lola García-Ajofrín
15 Aug 2013

In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Lola García-Ajofrín
15 Aug 2013

In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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Rolker Gracie 09
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Lola García-Ajofrín
15 Aug 2013

In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Lola García-Ajofrín
15 Aug 2013

In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Lola García-Ajofrín
15 Aug 2013

In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Lola García-Ajofrín
15 Aug 2013

In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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Daily Life After the Spring in Yemen
Sanaa, Yemen
By Serene Yordi
01 Aug 2013

A picture of daily life in Yemen after early 2011 when the Yemeni youth took the streets and forced the ouster of Yemen’s autocratic President, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab World, is now experiencing a transition rife with political corruption, unemployment, a real proliferation of AQAP (Al Qaida in the Arab Peninsula) and a depletion of natural resources. But though Yemen continues to feel the consequences post-revolution, people carry on their day to day work, traditional and holiday celebrations, as well as protests in the streets. The photographer documented this everyday existence over the course of a year in Yemen.

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Mandalay, Myanmar
By vincenzo floramo
26 Jul 2013

Harry loves to play football, a sport restricted to men in Burma.

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Inside The Ministry of Culture
Cairo, Egypt
By elmasdr
08 Jun 2013

A number of Egyptian artists in the open sit-in inside Ministry of Culture to demand that the minister of culture step down after fighting art in Egypt.

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Celebration of Sayeda Zeinab (7 of 9)
Cairo, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
04 Jun 2013

The miniature carnival out front of the mosque is a large draw for families, giving children an opportunity to ride swings and play games.

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Celebration of Sayeda Zeinab (4 of 9)
Cairo, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
04 Jun 2013

An estimated 15,000 people were on the street and entering the mosque, overwhelming the capacity of the building’s entrances and narrow passageways.

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Celebration of Sayeda Zeinab (8 of 9)
Cairo, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
04 Jun 2013

An onlooker watches men twirl to the beat of the music. The Sufi style of dancing involves twisting and turning in every direction, becoming a contorted blur.

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Celebration of Sayeda Zeinab (3 of 9)
Cairo, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
04 Jun 2013

Inside the Sayed Zeinab mosque, thousands make the final leg of the trek to tomb of the Prophet Mohamed’s granddaughter.

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Celebration of Sayeda Zeinab (2 of 9)
Cairo, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
04 Jun 2013

Exhausted from both the stifling heat and the journey, hundreds of the pious Muslims lay asleep on the carpets inside the mosque. Many have taken the traditional pilgrimage of 7 days from villages in Upper Egypt to visit the tomb of Sayeda Zeinab.

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Celebration of Sayeda Zeinab (1 of 9)
Cairo, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
04 Jun 2013

A child tries to take a photo of the tomb of Sayed Zeinab as his father holds him above the crowds of people filing into the room.

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Zip-line And Rappelling At Eiffel Tow...
Norzagaray, Bulacan
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 May 2013

It was in early 2000 when the Guballa family visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The elegance and beauty of the famous tower struck them and vouch to built their own Eiffel Tower in their hometown in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

It was in 2012 when they inaugurated their 110 feet version of Eiffel tower with rapelling and zipline features...

Rappelling at Eiffel Tower which is a multi-purpose high angle rappelling tower has 40ft anchoring point in height with 10ft. by 16 ft. in width. Jumping point height is 36 ft., and 22 ft ; designed for maximum of 7 jumpers or rappellers. Another attraction at the Eiffel tower is the Adventure Resort Zipline Challenge which height of the anchoring entry point of zipline is 40ft. and the stopping/endpoint is 12 feet with stairs base line of 6 ft in height by 4 feet, in width by 8ft.

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Hollywood Versus Nollywood, Trailer
Lagos, Nigeria
By Preditor Push
04 May 2013

Hollywood Contra Nollywood By Tee Jay Dan
APRIL 23, 2013 2 COMMENTS

“Critics should be active participants…propound and participate.” BM Dzukogi.

Nothing said in praise of Nollywood, in whatever fashion or design will invalidate the fact that the industry is threatened with poor funding, low quality production, technical ineptitude, piracy and blighted distribution channels. But we must not dwell on the many sins of Nollywood. We should appraise the industry; analyze her with the genuine hope of rediscovering her lost beauty. We must, stakeholders and consumers alike, collectively and jealously trade ideas and criticism; serve as a galaxy of souls to our very own motion pictures enterprise. I am playing my quota by writing this article in hopes that every reader will play their role by spreading the word until the identified defects are righted!

Here’s a little education on how a proper film industry functions. Top on the chain is THE MONEY nearly bracketed by THE FINDERS.

THE MONEY is further categorized into FILM and TV. The FILM category consists of major studios such as Universal, Disney, Warner Brothers e.t.c, whereas the TV category refers to Cable Networks such ABC, FOX, CBS e.t.c. Like every other business, these studios and Networks are structured with CEOs, Presidents, Creative Executives, Assistants and Business Affairs Executives.

THE FINDERS literally refers to professionals who find talents/stories for the studios/networks. The Finders serves as mediators between studios/networks and the products. Since studio execs are too preoccupied to read through heaps of specs/scripts these guys handle the hunt job. They function just like literary agents in the business of publishing.

It is the collation of these two factions; THE MONEY and THE FINDERS that makes up what is known as Hollywood. There is more to the solid structure of Hollywood but this will suffice for lack of space. Sadly, Nollywood strives on the exact the opposites of these dictates! There is no single Studio in Nigeria! The absence of a skeletal framework is Nollywood’s first and major problem. With a functional structure in place, Nollywood will look sexier to potential investors as investment returns will become guaranteed – only then can we bury the old days of financially constrained productions.

It is funny how the lots of producers in Nollywood believe funding to be the most pressing need that must be remedied if the industry is to be revitalized. They often find out albeit painfully so that even with the billions of the world they cannot make mind blowing movies with only money. In this business of ours it is believed that a good film could be made with a bad cast and poor production but no good film can be made with a bad story. There is no gainsaying the fact that our home videos are pretty predictable because the stories made into films are stereotypes! Any good screenwriter could easily hash out two or more stories from a typical Nollywood flick! Do you feel mentally exhausted after seeing a Nollywood film? This is because your brain is busy trying to patch together the unrelated stories/scenes in our home videos. Our producers need to pay closer attention to stories before they give the green light. Here’s an assignment: watch a Chinese, Bollywood or Hollywood movie without the sound then watch a Nollywood film in the same manner – watch the Nollywood clip first if you like. Then return here and share your experience. Please pick films you have not seen before and remember to mute the sound. Yes, that is the power of a good story of the lack thereof!

Recently I joined camp with Balogun Omo Oba Dayo of Ravernsbourne UK; a Nigerian Filmmaker based in the United Kingdom. In the course of our joint venture I learned a great deal. Nigerians making good movies are either independent producers or our brethren in the Diaspora. Movies like DR. BELLO, LAST FLIGHT TO ABUJA, TWO BRIDES AND A BABY, THE LOST NUMBER by Tony Abulu, Obi Emelonye, Blessing Egbe and Kester Nsirim respectively are clear examples. Oh, there are three kinds of filmmakers in Nigeria; the Nollywood filmmakers, Nigerian Filmmakers in the Diaspora and the Independent filmmakers. It is therefore out of good faith that I propose a conscious romance between these three factions of Filmmakers of Nigerian origin.

Funding is a crucial part of filmmaking especially in Nigeria. Here’s a bitter truth. Over 80% of filmmakers in Nigeria source for production money from marketers in Alaba. These marketers go as far as dictating names for films without reading the scripts! Have you noticed some Nollywood flick with a title that clearly conflicts with the storyline? Now you know why. A similar percentage of the technical crew are a bunch of ‘trial and error’ apprentices who self-graduated or were actually sent forth by their ‘masters’ to wreck Nollywood the more. The camera man you hire for your birthday today might be shooting Nollywood’s next ‘block buster’ tomorrow if he knows a producer or if a friend of his wins a lottery and decides to make a movie. As much as lack of funds is a problem, industry veterans should sign up for professional courses. It doesn’t take a lifetime!

We still suffer some shamefully from poor sound and picture quality in Nollywood. Take the just concluded AMAA 2013 event for instance.

Finally, because Nollywood churns out thousands of movies annually is not a yardstick to say it is without blemish. Popularity isn’t necessarily prosperity so goes the saying. A female Nollywood apologist argued that the industry guys are making big bucks alright hence do not need to up their game. This is laughable. See, in Nigeria pirates earn more than the filmmakers. Forget the paparazzi, safe for some side ‘runs’ our movie stars will be dying in penury. To say Nollywood is fine as it is is a terrible misconception. Let’s have a working structure then we can attract investors. Let’s build a tight knit industry and engage in collaborative ventures so we can make superb movies. Deal with Nigerians in the Diaspora, tackle piracy and pirates head on, mend the rift in AGN, and awaken DGN and SWG from slumber then watch Nollywood bloom.