Clarke expects high class meet

first_imgCalabar High’s head coach, Michael Clarke, is promising a high-class performance at home when the school hosts the inaugural McKenley-Wint Invitational Track and Field meet tomorrow.”We are really excited about the meet tomorrow and the guys are upbeat after training on the new synthetic track last Tuesday. They really want to do something special,” said Clarke.Clarke, who has coached three high school teams to top Boys’ Championships, is very confident that with the new track, it will be even harder for any team to wrest the title from them this year.”Training on the school campus is a great plus for the team and the institution as the boys will not have to travel away from school, and also, it has cut down on transportation costs as this money can go somewhere else in the programme,” he said. “It will be a family affair as we expect many past students to be present,” he continued.Calabar is the first local high school to have its own synthetic running track. The opening and dedication of the new track will take place today at a ceremony starting at 1 p.m. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will be the main speaker at today’s function.last_img read more

Round-up: Oscar, Phillips claim, Cook, Chelsea Ladies, Quins signing, Gould and Ouseph latest

first_imgFormer Chelsea winger Paul Canoville has told West London Sport he believes Oscar’s best role could be in the centre of the Blues’ midfield.Canoville, a crowd favourite during his five-year spell at Stamford Bridge in the 1980s, feels Oscar is wasted on the flank and that playing him in a deeper position would enable Cesc Fabregas to flourish in the number 10 role.Chelsea’s Under-21 side were in action on Wednesday evening – they thrashed Norwich 5-0 at Aldershot.Boss Guus Hiddink has backed Eden Hazard, whose performance against Paris St-Germain attracted much criticism from Chelsea fans on Twitter.Hazard has looked ell short of his best this seasonMeanwhile, former QPR winger Lee Cook has said he would like to eventually manage the club.Ex-Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn has claimed he wanted to sign QPR winger Matt Phillips and former R’s midfielder Joey Barton in the summer and that both players were interested in joining the Yorkshire club.R’s youngster Axel Prohouly has been called into the France Under-19 squad for a match against Italy being played next Wednesday.Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has apologised to supporters following the 3-0 defeat at Blackburn.Jokanovic’s side were well beaten at BlackburnBrentford have sold close to 2,000 tickets for the derby against QPR at Loftus Road on 12 March.Fran Kirby netted twice and new signing Karen Carney also scored as Chelsea Ladies thrashed Paris St-Germain’s women’s side 5-1 in a pre-season friendly.In snooker, Pinner’s Martin Gould completed his second final-frame victory in just over 12 hours to move in to the fourth round of the Welsh Open.Hounslow badminton star Rajiv Ouseph won again at the European Team Championship as England beat Bulgaria 4-1 in Kazan.And in rugby, Harlequins have signed England Sevens scrum-half Sam Egerton on a short-term deal.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa has plenty to offer international visitors

first_img16 October 2014The Orlando Cooling Towers in Soweto offer bungee jumping to visitors. (Photo: Gauteng Tourism)Britons Harbin Dawson and his sister Suzanne are regular visitors to South Africa. Each time they landed at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, they would immediately catch a connecting flight Cape Town to visit relatives.Born to a South African mother in West Sussex, in the south of England, the Dawsons visit South Africa once every four years and have never toured the rest of the country, except to visit relatives in Cape Town. It is only recently that they realised South Africa has plenty to offer visitors and they decided to explore Johannesburg.Vilakazi StreetOn a tour of Soweto, South Africa’s most famous township, the Dawsons decided to visit Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.“It is our first time touring Johannesburg,’ said 18-year-old Suzanne who, together with Harbin, their mother and extended family members, was having lunch at Thrive Cafe. Suzanne said Vilakazi Street is her favourite spot whenever she and her brother visit Johannesburg.Harbin echoed his sister’s sentiments, saying: “It’s our first time in Soweto, and so far, this is our only and favourite spot in Johannesburg. We normally just land at the airport and leave for Cape Town. This is a nice experience for us’.The Dawsons, who had been in the country for three weeks, said they would love to tour other parts of the country but, unfortunately, have to leave for England in two days’ time.Increasing international visitorsThe Dawsons are just a part of the increasing number of international tourists who are discovering the wonders that South Africa can offer visitors. The continuous increase in the number of tourists visiting the country remains one of the biggest success stories of the past 20 years.The latest release from Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) indicate that International arrivals have surged by 300% since 1994 to reach nearly 15-million in 2013. In 2013 alone, South Africa welcomed a total of 9 616 964 tourists, up from the 9 188 368 tourists that visited South Africa in 2012.South Africa’s international tourist arrivals grew at an annual average growth rate of 7.4% between 2011 and 2013, well above the global average of 4.5% during this period. The country also saw good growth out of Europe, its largest overseas market for tourist arrivals, in 2013. A total of 1 494 978 European tourist arrivals were recorded in 2013, a 7.0% increase on the 1 396 978 European tourists who visited South Africa in 2012.Hermanus, a favourite tourist spotThe Dawsons said when they are in the Western Cape, their favourite spot is Hermanus – a town on the southern coast, famous for whale watching during the winter and spring. Suzanne said she also admires the Waterfront and the beaches in Cape Town. “I love the view and everything about it,’ she said.The Dawsons said they find South Africa very welcoming and friendly. They said given the opportunity, they would visit more often. “There’s a nice, different feeling you get in South Africa, like. I don’t even know how to describe it, It gives you that natural feel,’ said Suzanne, who will begin studying Philosophy in England soon.In total, South Africa recorded 417 582 North American tourists in 2013, up from 393 446 in 2012. South Africa’s second largest market, the USA, accounted for 348 646 tourist arrivals in 2013, reflecting 6.7% growth on the 326 643 Americans that visited South Africa in 2012.US visitorsThirty-three year-old Brad Haynes from Tennessee, in the US, was visiting South Africa for the first time with his friend Josh Johnson. They said their stay in South Africa has been an amazing experience, although they have only visited Cape Town and Johannesburg.“The diversity and everything about the country have been amazing. There are no other places we have been to, that are similar to parts of America, like South Africa.“Cape Town is pretty similar to San Francisco, in terms of climate changes and its crazy people. Johannesburg has been awesome too,’ said Haynes, who works as an engineer in the US.Johnson said their South Africa tour had been a good experience. “Everybody is very friendly. We have been here for a few weeks. If we get another chance, we would love to tour Johannesburg more, and also go to Robben Island and the Drakensburg Mountains,’ he said.Thrive CafeThe Head Chef and Events Architect at Thrive Cafe in Vilakazi Street, Paddy Khuele, said the restaurant opened its doors in November last year, and already employs 12 South African youth.“Vilakazi Street lacked that cosmopolitan and contemporary offering. We wanted South Africans and tourists, who are not as adventurous, to find an exquisite restaurant in Soweto, which they would normally find in the suburbs of Johannesburg,’ Khuele said, adding that tourists contributed vastly in generating profit for the restaurant.However, the majority of support came from locals, who previously travelled to Sandton to get what Thrive Cafe offers, according to Khuele. “The ratio is almost 60:40, where the 60% of our clients are locals and 40% tourists. Even locals who are not from Soweto come to Thrive Cafe. We get a positive response from locals,’ he said.Safe environmentThe growing number of tourists in Soweto owes to the safe environment in the township and dispels the fallacious perception that South African townships are crime ridden. Khuele said ever since he started operating along Vilakazi Street, no crime has been reported along the street.Twenty-year-old Boikanyo Mataboge is one of the many street vendors on Vilakazi Street peddling craft ware. He said t-shirts with Nelson Mandela printed on them are his top-selling items.He realised his artistic talent in his teenage years and decided to turn it into a career about four years ago. However, he only started trading along Vilakazi Street in 2012.“I use recycled material to create my craft products, sometimes I buy off-cuts,’ said Mataboge, who grew up in Palm Ridge but now resides in Phomolong, Soweto.Mataboge said business along Vilakazi Street had its peak and off-peak days, with Wednesdays and weekends being the busiest days. “Sometime I subcontract another artist, when I see the workload piles up.’Mataboge said most of his customers are foreign visitors and he would like to see more locals supporting his business.“[Local visitors] are afraid of buying. They hold a perception that everything sold in Vilakazi Street is expensive, which is not the case,’ he said.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.govlast_img read more


first_imgJOHANNESBURG, 16 JANUARY 2019 – President Cyril Ramaphosa will be leading South Africa’s delegation to the world’s most important meeting of global CEOs at the 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF), taking place in Davos, Switzerland next week. The primary objective of the South African delegation will be to strengthen partnerships and collaboration for inclusive economic growth and development in South Africa, with particular emphasis on increasing international investment into the country.“We are going to Davos to interact with potential investors”. We are competing with other emerging markets where there is an oasis of investment opportunities for global investors and it’s where we want to be seen to be investing. We have a place of pride at Davos. We are recognised and accepted as being serious players. Some of our countrymen and women even play a role in the structures of WEF in Davos and we are going to speak with one language and the same message: South Africa is like a plane that is getting ready to take off,” the President said at a pre-WEF breakfast in Rosebank today. He was addressing Team South Africa, comprising Government Ministers and business leaders who will be accompanying him as part of the Team SA delegation.One of the focus areas for the team will be to showcase South Africa’s preparedness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in line with this year’s WEF theme: “Globalisation 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.The Forum will enable South Africa to build on the success of the President’s Investment Conference in October last year where R290 billion was raised for future investments.“We are on the right track. We had to deal with very difficult challenges in the past but those are challenges we are finding solutions to. We must put our best foot forward, we must go and engage the world with great confidence knowing we are representing this great country. We are going to start seeing improved growth in our economy and I think we can go with our heads held high, without arrogance, to tell our story, what we have done and how we have made progress.”The President together with Team SA will participate in a WEF Country Strategy Dialogue on South Africa on Wednesday, 23 January. This will focus on deepening understanding of current investment opportunities and challenges, as well as exploring new avenues to help enable the country to achieve the President’s investment target of $100 billion in the next five years. The session will be attended by investors, leading business leaders and experts.“We have turned the corner, it’s a new Dawn. We can confidently go back and say, remember what we told you, this is what we have done. As I often say, we are like a plane about to take off.”On Thursday, 24 January, Brand South Africa together with ABSA and Invest SA will host a South Africa Investment Seminar with a goal to support and initiate the next phase of the country’s investment drive. Potential investors will have the opportunity to hear from – and engage with – South Africa government and business representatives.Lastly, Team South Africa will entertain guests at a Brand South Africa Night Dinner with investors and potential investors where the best of South Africa’s cuisine will be showcased with Chef Benny.The President has confirmed the following ministers will be joining him to participate at WEF this year:• Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni;• Minister of Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu;• Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies;• Minister of Public Enterprise Pravin Gordhan;• Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel;• Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and;• Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi.last_img read more

Omnibus bill addressed milk labeling concerns

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The massive congressional spending bill signed into law last week  expresses Congress’ concern that many plant-based foods and beverages are not properly labeled. It builds on language from the DAIRY PRIDE Act (DPA), a bipartisan bill introduced last year in both chambers of Congress, to compel the Food and Drug Administration to act against misbranded imitations.Given the existing definition of milk as a product of a dairy animal, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said that Congress’ instructions to FDA in the omnibus bill should restrict the ability of beverages made from plant foods from using the term “milk” on their labels. This will also affect products misusing other dairy food names such as “cheese” and “yogurt” that are defined in the Code of Federal Regulations and cited in the congressional bill.Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF, expressed appreciation for the support of congressional members in both parties to ensure the spending bill included these and other priority issues of importance to dairy producers.“It’s shaping up to be a difficult year economically for many dairy farmers, and the passage of these provisions is a bright spot for our members,” Mulhern said.  “We will continue to work with the House and Senate on other priorities, such as additional improvements to the dairy safety net, and changes to our immigration policies that address the labor needs of our farmers.”last_img read more

WTO members support policy approaches to enable innovation in agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced that the United States has joined with 12 other nations to support policies that enable agricultural innovation, including genome editing. The International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology was released in Geneva at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.“Precision biotechnologies such as genome editing hold great promise for both farmers and consumers around the world. These tools can play a critical role in helping farmers address many of the production challenges they face while improving the quality and nutritional value of foods available to consumers worldwide,” Perdue said. “Unfortunately, such technologies too often face regulatory roadblocks that are based on misinformation and political posturing.  Therefore, it’s gratifying to see Argentina and other allies come together under the WTO umbrella to publicly embrace science-based regulatory systems that will allow us to unlock the huge potential of these new technologies.”Countries and organizations supporting the statement, to date, are: Argentina, which led this effort, as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Paraguay, the United States, Uruguay, Vietnam and the Secretariat of the Economic Community of West African States.The text of the joint statement, which is being updated as additional countries sign on, is available on the WTO website.last_img read more

Marketplace Economic Nexus Bill Passes Kentucky House

first_imgA bill containing marketplace economic nexus provisions and other sales tax provisions has passed the Kentucky House.Marketplace Economic NexusUnder current law, a remote retailer must register and collect Kentucky use tax if in the previous or current calendar year:– they make at least 200 Kentucky sales transactions; or– their gross receipts from Kentucky sales exceeds $100,000.As passed by the House, the bill would:– expand “retailer engaged in business in this state” to include remote retailers who meet either threshold and sell through marketplaces, and– require registration and collection by marketplace providers who meet either threshold from their own sales or from sales in their marketplaces.As currently drafted, the bill would also:– replace the definition of “marketplace facilitator” with “marketplace provider” and amend it,– expand “marketplace seller” to include sellers who would not be required to collect Kentucky use tax outside the marketplace, and– remove the definition of “referrer.”Other Sales Tax ProvisionsThe bill as passed by the House would:– amend the partial exemption for energy or energy-producing fuels used in the course of manufacturing, processing, mining, or refining;– exclude from “extended warranty services” services to certain utility property used to provide telecommunications or broadband; and– exclude certain fishing event charges, boat ramps fees, and nonprofit admissions from taxable “admissions.”H.B. 354, as passed by the Kentucky House of Representatives on February 21, 2019Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

How to Capture High Quality Audio for Low Budget Films

first_imgYou don’t have to sacrifice quality when capturing audio for low budget films. Find out how to record pro sound with this collection of educational and informative videos.As we’ve said a thousand times, not everyone has a massive budget. More times than not, you’re trying to squeeze every last penny you can out of what meager funds you do have. Fortunately, there are a lot of great resources out there for filmmakers and videographers with low budgets.  Scary Cow has a great article on their site that gives you the rundown on Recording Amazing Audio for Your Low Budget Short Film. It’s pretty essential reading. We’ve reviewed all of their suggestions and agree immensely with what they are suggesting.Basics of Sound Design and AudioAs filmmakers, we have to be constantly aware of our audio — especially for documentary work, as there are no retakes. To help you get on your way to capturing professional audio, we present you with a few videos and tutorials that you should be aware of. First up is a great lesson on the basics of audio from Filmmaker IQ.Here’s a great sound design tutorial from Lights Film School that goes over the full process of sound design for a film. This tutorial is specifically tailored toward indie filmmakers. You can view Lights Film School’s sound design course here on their website.Dual Audio System and SyncingAs Scary Cow mentions in the first section of their article, DSLRs have the capacity to capture great video. However, capturing audio is a completely different story. A better solution would be to utilize a Zoom H6 or Tascam DR-40 with a Rode NTG2. You can then use the scratch track audio from the camera to help sync up the field recorder audio in a program like PluralEyes 3.5. Here is a video from createasphere on how to shoot using a dual audio system with a DSLR.And for help with PluralEyes, Red Giant has a tutorial on how to get started.Film Riot Audio SeriesRyan Connolly of Film Riot has a great video series set that runs through the History of Audio, the three main types of microphones, and post-production work for foley and ADR. Here’s the video on the history of audio.Next is a breakdown on the three types of production mics. While, as Connolly states, you won’t find a lot of use for the handheld dynamic mic, the shotgun mic and the lavalier mic will be your best friend. I use lavaliers on both documentary and fictional films as they tend to capture the best dialogue audio you can get.Another great thing about lavs is the fact that they’re small and you can hide them in the shot. I like to have my doc subjects or actors hide them just under their shirt, close to the collar. The lav is secured to the clothing by using a piece of gaffer tape, which allows the clothing itself to act as a windscreen. See this video from izzyvideo to learn a few different ways to hide lav mics.Next, Film Riot goes over the process of creating foley for your project. Connolly gives you some tips and tricks on how to get the sounds you want using the editing system you have, provided you don’t have access to software like Pro Tools of Logic X.Now for this last video, Connolly takes us through the process of ADR. It’s going to happen at one point or another. You’re on location and you’re capturing great sound, but when you get into post you hear that something went wrong. If there just isn’t any way to clean it up, you’ll want do automated dialogue replacement or ADR. Be sure to have a condenser mic, pop filter, and headphones at the ready.For more in-depth info on audio for low budget films and the process of filmmaking, take a look at these articles:10 Crucial Pieces of Audio Gear Under $500Audio Tips for DSLR FilmmakersAudio Tips and Tricks: Removing Echo and ReverbKnow of any other tips for capturing professional audio? Sound off in the comments below!last_img read more

25 IAS officers transferred in Maharashtra

first_imgIn what could be a precursor to another major bureaucratic shuffle later this month, the Maharashtra government on Monday transferred 25 IAS officers, including controversial Panvel commissioner Sudhakar Shinde. The BJP-led Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) had moved a no-confidence motion against Mr. Shinde, who was facing pressure over transfer of the newly developed City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) nodes to the PCMC. The motion against the PCMC commissioner was rejected by the government this month. The timing of Mr. Shinde’s transfer indicates that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is buckling under pressure from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Prashant Thakur after he transferred Mr. Shinde as the CEO of the Mahatma Jotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana. Meanwhile, the Opposition slammed the government for “frequent” transfers, while senior officials said they were “surprised” at the pace with which the government has been conducting transfers. “Frequent transfer are a trademark of the Fadnavis government. The officers are not even allowed to complete their tenure of minimum two years. We condemn government’s efforts to make bureaucrats puppets,” said Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant. More transfers likelySources in the government said with the Chief Secretary Sumit Mullick due to retire in April end, another round of transfers could be expected. Mr. Mullick is likely to take over as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC). Contenders for the chief secretary’s post include additional chief secretaries D.K. Jain, Medha Gadgil and Sudhir Shrivastava. Among others transferred today are S.R. Jondhale who replaces Sampada Mehta as Collector, Mumbai City District. Naval Kishor Ram will be the new district collector of Pune replacing Saurav Rao who has been transferred as Commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation. The Commissioner of Nagpur Municipal Corporation Ashwin Mudgal will be district collector of Nagpur, Mr. Fadnavis’s home district. Lakshmi Narayan Mishra will be the new district collector of Washim district. Rahul Dwivedi has been shifted to Ahmednagar as collector. S.L. Mali will be the new Commissioner of Nanded Municipal Corporation and M.G. Adrad the new Commissioner of Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation.Shekhar Channe will be the new Maharashtra Transport Commissioner.last_img read more