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Gallery: the SONA red carpet

first_imgThe State of the Nation Address by President Jacob Zuma took place on 11 February 2016, an important date for the country. It was the anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison 26 years ago. We take a look at the dignitaries as they arrived at Parliament. South Africa’s annual State of the Nation Address took place in Cape Town on 11 February 2016. (Image: GovernmentZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)• South Africa’s women in politics• Powerful women shape Africa• Quotable: Piketty on global inequality, human rights and South Africa• National Orders were bestowed on activists and cultural leaders• Gallery: South Africa’s rich and colourful heritage Compiled by Priya PitamberOn the 26th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, 11 February 2016, President Jacob Zuma addressed the nation in the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA). He described Mandela’s release as “one of the most remarkable episodes in the history of our country”.It was also the 50th anniversary of the apartheid government’s declaration that District Six in Cape Town would be a whites only area, leading to the forced removals of more than 60 000 residents.This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Constitution being signed into law by Mandela. The signing took place in Sharpeville on 10 December 1996.“We are proud of our democracy and what we have achieved in a short space of time,” Zuma said. “Our democracy is functional, solid and stable.”However, before the speech, ministers, members of the government and others put their best foot forward on the SONA red carpet. More often than not, the speech, which marks the annual opening of Parliament for the year, is a colourful affair held with much aplomb. Small Business Minister Lindiwe Zulu arrives on the red carpet in Plein Street for the State of the Nation Address in Parliament, Cape Town, on 11 February 2016. (Image: GovernmentZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr) Inkosi Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela and his wife arrive on the red carpet for SONA 2016. (Image: GovernmentZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr) Deputy Minister Buti Manamela and his partner walk the red carpet for SONA 2016. (Image: GovernmentZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr) Former ANC treasurer Matthew Phosa and his wife arrive for the 2016 SONA. (Image: GovernmentZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr) Thoko Didiza on the SONA 2016 red carpet. (Image: GovernmentZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr) President Jacob Zuma, Bongi Zuma, Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete, and NCOP chairperson Thandi Modise arrive at Parliament for SONA 2016. (Image: GovernmentZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)Minister of Home Affairs Mulusi Gigaba and his wife Noma #SONA2016 pic.twitter.com/SBFnp2XkST— Gabi Mbele (@TheGabi) February 11, 2016RED CARPET: Guests arrive for #SONA2016 pic.twitter.com/DfM9CdJzP1— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) February 11, 2016RT @andiMakinana: The Public Protector wearing Johan-Gert Coetzee. #SONA2016 pic.twitter.com/dqd8ei0tYQ— City Press Online (@City_Press) February 11, 2016RED CARPET: #DIRCO Deputy Minister Nomaindiya #Mfeketo arrives for #SONA2016 pic.twitter.com/dWfILMwfcG— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) February 11, 2016Guests have started arriving on the red carpet for #SONA2016 pic.twitter.com/zMxQrDshGS— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) February 11, 2016last_img read more

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Evernote for Android Gets More Secure, More Social, More Collaborative

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Evernote for Android lets you capture your location whenever you create a note – that’s not new. But now the app will map these notes for you, particularly useful if you’re using Evernote to chronicle a travel diary.(Here’s hoping Evernote for iPhone is next to see an upgrade!) The sharing platform Evernote has been on a tear lately, updating its mobile, desktop, and Web apps each in turn – not just polishing the UI but adding new features. Today it’s Android’s turn, and the newly updated Evernote for Android contains a ton of new features: better sharing, better collaboration, better editing, and better security.It’s this last feature that might make iPhone users wish it was their turn to have their Evernote app updated. If you’re like me and store pretty much every important thought, draft, image, brainstorm, account info, and story idea in Evernote, you’ve had that panicky thought, “What if this were to fall into the wrong hands?” Now, you can lock the Evernote app with a PIN. Whenever you return to the app, you’ll be asked to enter a special code. You can still compose notes, even without entering the PIN, but it’ll be necessary in order to view and search notes. (This feature is only available to premium subscribers.)The rest of the updates seem to follow the trajectory that we’ve seen in its other recentupdates: an emphasis on Evernote becoming more social and more collaborative. With this update, for example, Android users now can create notebook stacks, and they also have better access to shared notebooks. Notebooks are a stack of notes that you’ve sorted into one collection, something that greatly helps with organization. You can also share your notes to Facebook, Twitter, and email. Tags:#mobile#web Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … audrey watters Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Stop Telling People to Shoot Their Films on an iPhone

first_imgSo all you need to make a film is an iPhone. But should you?Before you grab your pitchfork, I want to make one thing clear, I’m all for unbridled positivity in the filmmaking world. I love making movies; I love just going out and making something fun with your friends and accomplishing a common goal together. To me, making a film is one of the greatest examples of artistic collaboration. It’s probably the world’s most collaborative art form, and it includes a little bit of all of the different artistic media — making it the perfect art form (in my humble opinion).It’s not easy to do. It’s not easy to get started. When setting out to become a filmmaker, you realize a few things very quickly: it’s expensive; it’s time-consuming; and it requires a lot of people, favors, and very difficult moments. Making a film, even a very short one, is a marathon of believing in yourself and your idea enough to make sacrifice after sacrifice. The result is the greatest reward of all: watching all of that blood, sweat, and tears become a story — something you can be proud of.Common pieces of advice I hear for beginning filmmakers is to “just get out and shoot,” that “the gear doesn’t matter,” and that you can make a film with anything — “even a cell phone.” These extremely well-meaning and relatively harmless sentiments are common answers from well-established and successful filmmakers when someone asks them “What advice do you have for beginning filmmakers?”This is me, the first time I was able to rent a true pro camera, the Sony F55. It was a half-day shoot, and I was over the moon about it for months.I struggled for years to finally start shooting things on the gear I wanted to use, and I always found that advice a little bit discouraging. This person over here who shot their last music video with an Alexa and anamorphic primes on a techno-crane with a crew of 30 is telling me I need to shoot my movie on an iPhone. Why would I do that? Isn’t my idea good enough to shoot it the way I pictured it? Why should I settle? Am I not good enough? Am I not motivated enough to just “get out and shoot?”This is why I struggle with this advice.You Have To Believe In YourselfImage via gnepphoto.Filmmaking is a long string of defeats and some victories. You may decide to give up about a million times during the course of your career (I know I have), and for most of us, we realize that we just can’t — It’s gotten a hold of us, and we just can’t stop.For me, a major point is that you have to believe in yourself enough to get whatever you need to make your idea happen in the manner best suited to it. We constantly hear that we have to pick the right lenses and the right gear to serve the story we’re telling, and then we also hear that we should shoot our movie on a smart phone. Well, which is it?Image via Levik1Operator.If you want to shoot a film on an iPhone, which has been done extremely successfully in the past, more power to you — but is it the way your story is meant to be told? Does it serve the emotional tone and direction of the story? Are you just grabbing the first camera you can find and selling your idea short?You have to believe in yourself enough as a filmmaker to get it done right. Nobody else is going to do it for you, and you can certainly do it. You have to sell other people on believing in your idea as much as you do, and get the necessary resources and tools to do it right.It’s Not As Hard to Source Gear As You Might ThinkSo you don’t have the right gear. You want to shoot with the perfect camera and lenses, and you know which ones you want, but you have no money. This is when you might hear that you should grab whatever camera you have and just make the film anyway. My advice is that you spend the extra time to perfect your idea, and you get every single moment of it planned to the point that it can’t fail. You believe in it enough to do the hard part. In the meantime, you save up to rent the nearest and best camera you can accept and afford, and you alter your expectations based on whatever that is. That extra effort will reward you.Throwing your cousin $20 bucks to borrow their Sony A7s and working extra hours all summer so you can rent some Rokinons to throw in front of it is much better than shooting on an iPhone or your parents’ Handycam. It will be more rewarding, too. Everyone who has ever made it in the film industry has done something like this at one point or another.Image via Theethawat Bootmata.While I don’t recommend that you max out some credit cards like Kevin Smith did, you still have to believe in what you’re doing enough to take the time and effort to do whatever it takes to make your project represent your vision. A perfect representation will never happen, but you’ll still be happier in the end. All in all, it’s really not that hard to make it work and call in the favors to do it right with the right tools — the hard part is believing in the project enough and having the courage to do it.It’s Not That Easy To Make A Film on An iPhone(Soderbergh shot UNSANE entirely on an iPhone 7, and it’s a great example of how phone footage actually serves the story.)I wish people would stop acting like you can make cell phone footage look cinematic. For what it is, it’s really great — a camera you have with you at all times. You can get some really cool-looking phone footage, no doubt, especially if you use gimbals or adapters like the moment anamorphic adapter (which I would absolutely love to try).For travel vloggers and YouTubers, the iPhone (or other comparable smart phones) is a fantastic tool, and you can, of course, create compelling content with it. Even well-shot content. However, for people interested in narrative filmmaking, it’s a nearly impossible and prohibitively cumbersome task — though, obviously, it has been done.(Tangerine is another famously iPhone-shot movie.)I don’t have to tell you that shooting with a phone is a limiting experience. It’s hard to color grade, there is very little dynamic range to speak of, and most basic camera options and functions are less than easily available. You’ll run out of space a lot, it’s kind of a pain to transfer footage, and, more than anything else, it just looks like phone footage. Even those YouTube videos we’ve all seen where they try to pretend that their iPhone footage is indistinguishable from a cinema camera aren’t that successful — at-least to my eyes. They look like you’re comparing a phone to a cinema camera.(These are just my opinions, admittedly, but I just have a much harder time getting excited to watch anything that was shot with an iPhone, compared to a more intentional and story-driven cinematic approach.)It’s More Rewarding in The EndMy first camera rig. A Canon 7D with borrowed Zeiss ZF lenses and a borrowed follow focus/matte box.I ultimately just wish more leaders in the filmmaking community would spend more time being honest about how difficult filmmaking is, and how often they’ve failed, rather than being falsely encouraging about how easy it is and how you should just go out and do it — and why aren’t you already? We don’t talk enough about our mistakes and how we all doubt ourselves and our abilities from time to time.You can do it. You really can. Making a film almost always feels nearly impossible. Your actors might cancel, your crew might not show up, your scene might not play out the way you had hoped. That’s all okay. That’s how it goes for everybody.Just make sure that when you make a film, you’re pushing yourself to the extent of your ability, which includes working tirelessly to source the right gear to tell the story that you want to tell. Don’t feel bad about wanting to wait until you can rent that set of lenses, or try out that new light kit you’ve been looking at. Save up and find some way tell your story the way you want to tell it, and spend the time in between perfecting your craft and idea itself. It may take some more time, but that’s okay.It’ll be more rewarding in the end.Cover image via Anasttrofimova20.Looking for filmmaking tips and tricks? Check these out.Production Tip: How to Edit a Fight Scene for Rhythm and PacingNew to Filmmaking? 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TMC indulging in ‘targeted killings’ of BJP workers, says Smriti Irani

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Dhoni terms England tour one of the toughest of his career

first_imgHis injury-ravaged team down in the dumps after back-to-back defeats and some key players experiencing indifferent form, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday conceded that the current England Test series is one of the most difficult tours of his career.”If you consider injuries, fitness, form, everything, there are quite a few things to worry about. It’s difficult to recall (any other) but it’s among the most difficult tour (I’ve been involved in),” Dhoni said ahead of the third Test at Edgbaston.Dhoni did not reject the idea of fielding four medium pacers on a green track. “The wickets so far haven’t assisted spinners. It pushes us to think if we can play four fast bowlers. The slow over rate doesn’t bother us. It’s important that we select the eleven suited to the track,” said the Indian captain.Despite opener Virender Sehwag’s failure against Northamptonshire, Dhoni underlined the value the Delhi dasher brings to the side. “He is a dynamic player and has a big impact on opposition bowlers.”Reacting to the riots in London and Birmingham, Dhoni said he and some of his teammates were planning to go out for dinner when the violence broke out.”Our security manager told us it was better if we stayed in the hotel. It’s sad, but there is much we can do as individuals cricketers.”There are concerned authorities. We should do what’s in control and that’s preparing the game. We are avoiding things we can avoid,” he said.Meanwhile, England are determined the prospect of becoming the world’s top Test side prove no distraction. “We’re approaching this Test any differently,” captain Andrew Strauss said. “We have been keen to keep everyone’s feet on the ground whether we are winning or losing.”advertisementStrauss said the match was opportunity for cricket to put feel-good factor. “Clearly, it’s our proudest moment as a country. When you watch those things on the TV it’s horrific but they haven’t affected our preparations,” he said.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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2009 Trends of the Game breakfast

first_imgThe annual Trends of the Game breakfast was held at the Panthers Sports Club with Australian coaches Peter Bell (18’s Girls), Kerry Norman (Women’s Open) and Tony Trad (Men’s Open) taking turns to speak to the audience about all things touch. Australian Mixed Open player Tony Eltakchi was the MC for the event. Bell spoke about constructing an elite game plan and the tactics younger players need in order to step up to the next level. He also told how the planning he had in place helped contribute to leading his 18’s Girls team to victory in the Youth Trans Tasman earlier this year. His speech consisted of elements of the game including A’s, line attack, driving, mid-field defence and line defence. He also spoke about the formula of success = preparation. Norman spoke of the principle of rucking and its importance and that controlling the ball can ensure that you control the game. Norman also spoke of her observations of rucking issues on day one competition at the 2009 X-Blades National Youth Championships and how to solve these problems. Tony Trad was next to take the stage, teaching the crowd about principles of line attack and acting half running. He told the audience about high and low percentage options and phase play and the significance of seeking help from the best in the business. “It’s really important to answer questions here at the presentation, at the fields, or via email…the purpose of these breakfasts is that TFA are trying to make resources available to you and we are part of those resources,” Trad said. You can be sure that the players, coaches and referees that attended the event will no doubt try to implement the things they learnt at the breakfast throughout the rest of the tournament.last_img read more

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a month ago​Lampard: Chelsea fans are smart. They know we’re improving

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Lampard: Chelsea fans are smart. They know we’re improvingby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard believes that everyone who follows the club knows they are improving.Lampard was speaking about the disappointing 2-1 loss to Liverpool.He believes the team are making progress on all fronts and thinks that fans can see that progression with their eyes.”Chelsea fans are smart in terms of football,” Lampard said to the club’s official website.”The older fans have seen a lot and those from the more modern era have seen a lot with different managers and different styles, but they are certainly now in a position where I think they are really behind us in terms of where we are at.”That is a club with a ban that has lost Eden and two strikers from what we had last year in terms of Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain. “Now we have younger players who I think the fans are very ready to be patient with. And they will need to be, but at the same time the rules always remain the same, if you show passion and fight and desire to play for the club, as we showed, then fans will respect that whether you win, lose or draw.”That is why the performance was appreciated and when you lose, sometimes that is when you need it even more. “It is that feeling of togetherness and now the players must take that on and show that every week. The same desires, the same passion, keep improving all the time and move forward.” last_img read more

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Phil Steele Ranks ACC As Second-Toughest Conference In College Football

first_imgACC.It’s a given that the SEC is the toughest conference in college football. When it comes to the second-best league in the country, the debate is usually between the Pac-12 and the Big Ten.In his 2016 College Football Preview, Phil Steele found a new No. 2 in the rankings that might come as a surprise to college football fans – the ACC.Steele emphasizes “experience“ as the significant factor in placing the ACC in the No. 2 slot – that is, how many players are returning for their squads.  Which conferences are have the most experienced teams this year? The ACC is #1, get the complete list in todays bloghttps://t.co/UhbAx909se— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) July 16, 2016Added to that is the fact that two ACC teams, Florida State and Clemson, are in the top five teams likely to reach the College Football Playoff this season.You can read more of Steele’s comprehensive analysis and reasoning for his rankings in this year’s copy of the football preview.last_img read more

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Rahul seeks PMs help for Kerala flood victims

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Congress chief and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Friday spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking help for people affected by flood following incessant rain in Kerala over the past two days. Modi assured him of all necessary assistance. “Wayanad MP Rahul GandhiA spoke to the Prime Minister seeking all possible assistance for the people severely affected by the floods and landslides in the state, especially in Wayanad. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The Prime Minister has assured to provide any assistance required to mitigate the effects of the disaster,” Gandhi’s Wayanad MP office tweeted. On Thursday, the Wayanad MP spoke to Kerala Chief Minister P. Vijayan to seek assistance for the flood affected people in his parliamentary constituency and other parts of the state. Gandhi had decided to postpone his trip to Wayanad as he felt it would affect the rescue operations. Incessant rain in Kerala have claimed 23 lives in the past two days. Over 22,000 people have been shifted to some 315 relief camps across the state, officials said. Till late on Thursday the toll was eight, but Friday’s count put the number at 23. Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad, Kasargode and Idukki were the worst affected. There has been 260 mm of rain in Wayanad — the parliamentary constituency of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi. A huge landslide has marooned around 2,000 people in Meppadi in the district.last_img read more

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BJP trying to bring in Presidential govt Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday warned that the country was heading towards a presidential form of government.”I want to tell you, especially to the educated class and to students, that we are heading towards a presidential form of government [with] one election, one leader, one political party and one emergency,” she said at a gathering to observe the foundation day of her party’s student wing, Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad, at Mayo Road on Wednesday afternoon. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee also touched upon a host of issues including the changes to Article 370 in Kashmir and the decision of the Reserve Bank of India to transfer ₹1.76 lakh crore to the Central government. Banerjee said she would meet the students and interact with them on November 14 and 15 respectively. “I will talk to them and pick leaders who will work for the next two years.” She set up a committee comprising Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee, state president Subrata Bakshi, ministers Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim and Moloy Ghatak and MMiC Baiswanor Chattopadhyay to give forms to the students. The ones among them interested in politics will be chosen and Banerjee will speak to them. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”BJP is trying to silence everyone to fulfill its agenda. In Kashmir, BJP did not talk to other political parties and have silenced the people at gunpoint. We really do not know how the people in Kashmir are spending their days. This is undemocratic,” she maintained, and added: “Bengal will stand by its friends in Kashmir.” Banerjee also added that BJP has created an atmosphere of fear throughout the country. “The Opposition leaders are summoned by the Central agencies. Anybody raising their voice against BJP becomes a target and the Central agencies are sent after them,” she said. “I may be sent behind the bars but I am not going to support the communal politics of the saffron party.” Criticising the media, the Chief Minister said: “All media houses, be it national or local, have been purchased. The electronic media cover only the BJP leaders. In print media, the same photographs of BJP leaders are printed in all newspapers. They are scared and they do not have any freedom.” Without naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said: “When the country is reeling under acute financial crisis, some leaders are touring abroad. The Reserve Bank of India has given Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the Centre by breaking the emergency fund.” She added: “The unemployment problem has taken an alarming turn. The Centre is going to disinvest in the Central PSUs. In Indian Railways and BSNL, people are losing jobs.” She also maintained that in view of the “dark period through which the country is passing,” it is absolutely necessary for students to come forward and protest against “all undemocratic steps taken by the Centre.” She urged them to protest against the fake news being circulated on social media by BJP. The TMC chief maintained that students will observe the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji, the bicentenary of Vidyasagar and the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh incident.last_img read more

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