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Brathwaite shines as Delhi down Narine’s KKR

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (CMC): Twenty20 World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite once again put his all-round qualities on display with a superb Man-of-the-Match effort as Delhi Daredevils trounced Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs in the Indian Premier League here yesterday. In his first game in two weeks, Brathwaite belted a whirlwind 34 from a mere 11 deliveries as Delhi stormed to 186 for eight off 20 overs after being asked to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla. The West Indies all-rounder then returned with his medium pace to claim three for 47 as KKR were restricted to 159 all out off 18.3 overs. Six outings First game Off-spinner Sunil Narine, meanwhile, claimed three for 22 from three overs. West Indies Test and one-day captain Jason Holder finished with none for 35 from four overs in his first game of the season. In reply, opener Robin Uthappa stroked 72 from 52 balls, but Suryakumar Yadav, with 21, was the only other batsman to pass 20, as KKR collapsed. Brathwaite proved the architect of their demise, slicing through the middle order with a potent spell. He removed the dangerous Yusuf Pathan for 10 in his first over – the eighth of the innings – before accounting for Yadav in his third over and Rajagopal Satish for 17 in his final over. For Delhi, the victory was their fourth in six outings and it moved them into second spot on eight points while KKR lost their third in seven games and slipped to third, remaining on eight points. Brathwaite was a vital part of Delhi’s revival after the hosts slipped to 32 for three in the fifth over. Karun Nair top-scored with 68 from 50 deliveries, adding 105 for the fourth wicket with Englishman Sam Billings, whose 54 came from 34 balls and included three fours and two sixes. When Nair and Chris Morris (0) fell in the space of three deliveries in the 17th over, Delhi were stuttering on 137 for five, but Brathwaite and Billings put on a frenetic 37 off just 12 balls to give the innings impetus. The first two deliveries that Brathwaite faced disappeared for boundaries and he followed up by smashing left-arm spinner Brad Hogg over square leg for six in the next over, which leaked 18 runs. In the final over, he slammed the first ball from West Indies teammate Andre Russell over midwicket for six, but fell to the next delivery, caught at short fine leg off a slower ball. Seamer Russell conceded only four runs from the remaining four deliveries to finish with the excellent figures of three for 26 from his four overs.last_img read more

Matatu buses: Kenya’s mobile museums

first_img8 November 2016Kenya’s matatu buses are 12- and 14-seater urban transport vehicles – a little bigger than the average South African minibus taxi – that have become a permeating part of Kenyan commuter culture since they were first used for urban and long-haul public transport in the late 1960s. Variations of the matatu can be found in Uganda and Nigeria.#KitengelaMatatuAwards MAYBACH & BROOKLYN pic.twitter.com/r8EXTSuRb6— MatwanaMatatuCulture (@matwana_culture) October 31, 2016Matatus are built around a stripped chassis of a conventional one- or two-ton transport truck, with welded frames and steel panels giving them their bus shape.The buses are painted vibrant colours and designs, often featuring hand-painted portraits of prominent Kenyan and global cultural figures, pop stars and politicians, and spray-painted slogans. The buses also play loud, local music to drum up business around bustling terminals in Nairobi and other cities.Matatu culture: Documenting Nairobi’s ‘museums on wheels’ – CNN International https://t.co/MWYudlafDT pic.twitter.com/Mq5BFIb1Gs— Culture World (@CultureWrld) October 28, 2016Drivers often spend up to $20,000 (about R267,000) and a lot of time customising their buses, ensuring they outclass their rivals and appeal to riders. With increasing competition from improved municipal transport systems, metered taxis and a burgeoning Uber presence, and even the smaller, more conventional minibus taxi, the matatu has to fight hard to stand out and attract business.Since the ban on matatu artwork was lifted in 2015, drivers have been pimping their rides with abandon: https://t.co/BFhednK8dG pic.twitter.com/7xDOlCE9pX— CNN Africa (@CNNAfrica) October 30, 2016Government regulation is also threatening to curtail the matatu tradition, out of concern for public safety and in an effort to curtail air and noise pollution. In 2006, a law that banned the buses’ art and music was implemented, to much public outcry. The law lead to a dramatic drop in the number of bus operators in Kenya.That law was eventually lifted in 2015, but drivers and fans of the buses are concerned that a proposed new regulation to ban the larger, 14-seater buses may begin to wipe out the cultural tradition of the matatu, and more importantly, the operators’ livelihood.Nairobi resident Brian Wanyama began the Matwana Matatu Culture website to document the vibrant traditions of the buses and to protect the heritage of what they represented. He told CNN in October 2016 that the buses were Kenya’s “museums on wheels”.Wanyama’s venture has expanded to incorporate social media and an online video channel, all highlighting Kenyan youth culture within the context of the matatu buses. “It’s something that’s in (the youth’s) blood,” he told the news agency. “When you see the matatus and the art, you really understand Nairobi.”One of the more popular matatus seen on the website is The Flash, with its meticulously painted tribute to the comic book hero on the exterior and high-tech lighting, free on-board wi-fi and the latest audio-visual equipment on the inside.Using his various online channels, Wanyama and his team evaluate buses and artworks, interview drivers and artists, as well as keep fans up to date about new music and youth culture in the city.Above all, his mission is to safeguard matatu culture for future generations, saying that “without it we wouldn’t have a way of expressing ourselves”.”The culture needs to have a sense of belonging,” he explains. “If we do nothing about it, it might really come to an end.”Source: AFKInsider SouthAfrica.info reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Beyond Quora: 9 Q&A Services for the Enterprise

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Pulse is an enterprise microblogging platform from Neudesic. In addition to its core microblogging functionality, it features a Q&A section called Connect with Experts. Its Q&A capabilities are very similar to Quora’s. For example, users can vote answers up and down, or can ask questions of a specific individual. Like Newsgator, it can run as an add-on to SharePoint.SocialcastSocialcast started life as an enterprise microblogging tool, and added a Q&A feature earlier this year. Socialcast is, along with Qontext and SimplyBox, one a growing number of enterprise collaboration tools that can be embedded in existing applications. This means users can access activity streams, status updates and questions from the applications they already use every day. CEO Tim Young believes this will be the key to success for its Q&A feature. If users can both ask and answer questions from their standard applications, the tool has a better chance of being adopted and providing value. This helps solve part of the problem Opzi sees in terms of ingrained habits.As for routing, Socialcast monitors your behavior when using the system to determine what your interests are -accounting or Ruby, for example. When someone asks a question that’s related to your interests, you’ll be notified. It also has topic sections that users can check manually or subscribe to.Yammer IT + Project Management: A Love Affair MindQuilt is an early entrant in enterprise Q&A. Founder Daniel Kim says the company’s main competition is actually not any other product – it’s inaction. He says the company’s customers don’t ask about Opzi or Quora – instead the question MindQuilt is different from a wiki.And how is it different from a wiki? Kim says that most non-technical users don’t know how to contribute to a wiki. Also, it’s difficult to create and change a wiki’s structure. MindQuilt, he says, provides an easy interface and a simple structure for knowledge sharing.MindQuilt is promoting its routing features and game mechanics incentives key differentiators.OpziOpzi is set to launch next month. According to founder Euwyn Poon, Opzi is moving towards wiki format that emphasizes knowledge management.One thing the Opzi team is focusing on is how to harness users’ existing habits. There already a number of ways employees try to get their questions answer – such as asking the person sitting next to them or sending the question to a mailing list. Poon doesn’t think it’s a good idea to fight those ingrained habits. It will be interesting to see what the company comes up with.QhubQhub is less enterprise-focused than the other vendors on this list. It’s designed for business that want to build hosted Q&A sites. Typically, these will be public facing. It’s the Blogger or WordPress.com of Q&A sites, and is the sort of thing you’d add-on to an existing site or blog.Some companies are using it for customer service, which puts it into competition with companies like GetSatisfaction and UserEcho, which both include a Q&A feature.Enterprise Products with Q&A Baked-InBloomfire When Yammer launched its new social platform last year, expanding beyond its microblogging roots, it added a Questions app that gives users basic Q&A functionality. We’ve discovered several more vendors since we first looked at the enterprise questions and answers space earlier this year. It’s a young market, but one that’s heating up quick. There are pure Q&A vendors like the ones we mentioned before, and several other social platforms have added Q&A features to existing products.Here’s a look at nine companies that are trying to improve knowledge management through Q&A software.Pure Q&A VendorsMindQuilt Tags:#enterprise#Trends center_img klint finley Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Bloomfire differs from all the other vendors listed here in that it is a video-oriented solution. In this way, it could cross-over into our YouTubes for enterprise list. More specifically, Bloomfire is a social learning suite. Its customers include The Kellogg Company, Overstock.com and Lifesize (a division of Logitech).One of the goals of Bloomfire is to develop learning resources that answer multiple questions. “If normal Q&A sites are a rifle, we’re a shotgun,” says CEO Josh Little. What he means is that using a typical Q&A tool you normally get a very specific answer to a very specific question. Bloomfire wants questions to serve as the springboard for users to share much more knowledge about a subject than a single answer. It prioritizes creative presentations that answer a several questions about a topic.The use of video is one way to facilitate this. Although users can leave textual answers to questions, Little says most users are more comfortable just turning on a Web cam and speaking naturally than they are trying to craft a well thought-out written response.MindTouchMindTouch, an enterprise wiki geared towards developers crafting documentation, has a Q&A feature built-in. You can see it in action at the Complete Android Guide site.NewsgatorNewsgator provides a suite of social features that run on top of Microsoft SharePoint, including Q&A, microblogging and idea management.Pulselast_img read more

Packing For Your Next Business Trip: The Gear You Need

first_imgRelated Posts ReadWriteTrip is a series that chronicles the modern challenges of tech-savvy business travelers.Business travel has evolved over the past 10 years, and nowhere is this more true than what goes in your luggage. In fact, just about the only thing you can really count on getting better in business travel is what you carry in your bag.Over the last decade, I’ve traveled a minimum of 125,000 miles each year and have learned a few tricks to making life on the road a bit more like home.You Need One Bag—At Most TwoSome things never change. When traveling, you need to optimize for space and weight. If you spend as much time in airports as I do, or even if you simply don’t trust airlines to care for your baggage (you’re right to be paranoid), you don’t want to check bags. Ever. It’s therefore critical to pack light, preferably taking just one bag with you.The Tumi Alpha Deluxe Wheeled Brief has a laptop case tucked inside which you can take out.Which “one bag” should you buy? That depends on how you travel and what you carry with you, of course, but for me this Tumi Alpha wheeled brief is about as close to perfect as possible. If I’m traveling four nights or less, this is the bag I take. It’s not cheap but it’s the single best piece of luggage I’ve ever used. Still, for overnight trips I tend to instead use my Tumi Alpha expandable briefcase. Part of the reason one bag is possible is that far more fits into it.Everything Gets SmallerLaptops have gotten lighter: The MacBook Air is the perfect combination of weight, storage and processing power for the business traveler.But so have books.Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader eliminates dead-tree weight for reading material.I no longer carry a paperback book with me. Instead I haul thousands around with me on my slim, lightweight Kindle Paperwhite. Instead of carrying around my iPad, which is both heavier and less pleasurable for reading for hours at a time, I find the Kindle Paperwhite offers the optimal way to enjoy my literature. I also love that it syncs across devices. I read to my kids while I’m traveling, and can instantly tell if they’ve been reading ahead.And thanks to the recent FCC decision allowing use of smaller devices during takeoff and landing, I don’t need a backup magazine or newspaper—I can read for the whole flight.Speaking of reading, when I’m traveling abroad, I read to my kids over Skype. Available for years, Skype lets me call home on amazingly clear lines, even over spotty hotel Wi-Fi. I’m not one for video chatting, but friends of mine use Apple’s FaceTime or Skype to keep in video touch with loved ones while traveling. Each can make do surprisingly well with not-great Wi-Fi connections.One exceptional companion for phone calls, Skype sessions, and workouts are the Bose SIE2i sport headphones. I used to carry Bose QuietComfort noise-canceling headphones, but no more. They’re too big and bulky and lack the integrated microphone that the SIE2i headphones have, and can’t survive the sweat of the gym, anyway. While I still carry the diminutive Sennheiser IE60 earphones with me, I increasingly rely on the SIE2i’s. They serve multiple purposes so well.What To WearAnother revelation for me, albeit a low-tech one, are Nike Free running shoes. As mentioned, I never, ever under any circumstances will check a bag, so getting everything into my carry-on luggage is critical. For years my running shoes were a thorn in my side: they took up a lot of space that could have been used for extra clothes, because of the construction of their soles and sides. Now my running shoes take up hardly any room at all, because a pair of Frees compresses down to a very small size without damaging the shoe.The minimalist running shoe movement is good for travelers. But so are the materials from which exercise clothes are now manufactured. Here’s a pro tip: ditch anything made of cotton. Not only is it uncomfortable while working out, it also doesn’t allow you to easily wash and dry between exercise. I take my workout clothes into the shower with me, letting the soap and shampoo wash over the clothes. After rinsing I hang them up. Modern exercise clothes dry quickly, letting me use the same clothes for several days without becoming that guy or gal that stinks up the gym.When figuring out which clothes to bring, plan for multiple use. Coordinate colors and fabrics so that you can bring one pair of work shoes, belt, sport coat, etc. You don’t want to have to bring clothes that demand special favors—a different pair of pants to wear with only one particular shirt, for example. Oh, and when you’re packing your clothes? Think “roll,” not “fold.” Rolling your clothes yields fewer wrinkles and more space.Packing For MobilityEach of these tips contributes to making you an agile traveler. With just one bag it’s easy to navigate airports or city streets, and not checking bags keeps you flexible when the occasional weather delay or worse throws your plans askew. By focusing on a few items that serve multiple purposes, be they gadgets or clothes, it’s easy to get what you need in a single bag. Or, two, if you must.Just promise me you won’t check a bag. Ever.Photo by reinis 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Matt Asaycenter_img Tags:#business travel#kindle paper white#Nike Free#Trip#Tumi 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Working with Layered Photoshop Files in FCPX

first_imgHere’s an important tip for success in FCPX: Rasterize all layer effects before saving your Photoshop file. Adjustment layers and layer styles will not be translated into FCPX unless they are rasterized or flattened first.FCPX & Photoshop Best PracticesAfter the release of 10.0.3, Apple released a white paper on the best practices for creating a layered Photoshop file in FCPX. This is a lot of technical info, but here are a few standout points.Photoshop files should be in 8-bit RGB color mode before being brought into FCPX. 16-bit color mode files will come into FCPX flattened, 32-bit won’t input at allUse the default film and video frame sizes in Photoshop (files that are too big will cause FCPX to be sluggish or crash)Photoshop blending modes are supported only if there is a FCPX equivalentFCPX supports enabled and disabled layersYou can find tons of info and technical FCPX & Photoshop specs on Apple’s site. And if you’re looking to get better with Final Cut Pro X, our blog is loaded with tutorials, tips, and techniques — including our Final Cut Pro X Editor Kits, featuring free footage from Shutterstock and royalty free music from the PremiumBeat library!How’s Final Cut Pro X working out for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below! Round out your video editing skill set by learning how to optimize your Photoshop files for Final Cut Pro X!Importing layered Photoshop files into earlier versions of Final Cut Pro was one of the quickest ways to give yourself a headache. Layers ended up as a nested clip and it was time consuming to identify what each layer was. If you applied an effect or changed any aspect of one of the layers, you’d be in for painfully long render times. To top it off, the Photoshop files led to all sorts of instability issues, occasionally causing FCP to give errors or crash.Since the 10.0.3 release, you can now bring Photoshop files into Final Cut Pro X. A few of the above pain points have been addressed, but a few of these quirks still exist. Knowing how to prep your Photoshop files for Final Cut Pro X will keep you out of hot water.The following two resources provide everything you need to know about working with Photoshop files in FCPX.MacBreak Studio: Photoshop Files in FCPXIn the video above, the guys from Pixel Corp present an informative, entertaining primer on working with Photoshop PSD files in FCPX as part of their MacBreak Studio series. Discover how to bring Photoshop files in as layered graphics and how to add new layers to those graphics in FCPX (once new layers are added, they become compound clips). You can easily identify what elements are on each layer by taking advantage of the FCPX clip skimming feature. Other highlights from this video tutorial include:How to identify your Photoshop files in FCPXTransform and add effects to individual layersKeyframe specific layers of the Photoshop fileUsing transparency (alpha channels) from your Photoshop fileslast_img read more