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Ross lauds Fajardo: He’s in conversation to be best PBA player ever

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “What makes it work is he’s such a selfless guy and I think he could probably average 30 if he wanted to but I don’t think that’s in him. He wants to share the limelight and pass the ball. He doesn’t want it all to be about him.”Ross is a two-time Finals MVP and was two steals away from a quadruple-double in the Beermen’s closeout game of the Hotshots.Fajardo’s monstrous double-double in Game 5, however, was too big of a shadow that it towered over Ross’ line of 13 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and eight steals.The Kraken put up a ridiculous 42-point, 20-rebound double-double that earned him his second Finals MVP.“I’m glad he’s the leader of our team and I’m glad that I’m able to play with someone as humble and as great as him,” said Ross. “40 and 20 in a closeout game? That’s for you guys to talk about. He works hard and he really does this for us.”ADVERTISEMENT Top 2 seeds set in East and West; everything else TBD LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The Beermen have compiled six titles from 2015 until the early part of 2018 when they won their fourth straight Philippine Cup, beating Magnolia, 108-99, in Game 5 Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.San Miguel is thoroughly in the midst of greatness, and in the middle of that success is four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFor point guard Chris Ross, having Fajardo alone puts them one step closer to become one of the greatest teams ever.“We all benefit from his greatness, he’s in the conversation of probably being the best player ever to play in the PBA,” said Ross, who also compiled a resume worth of note. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ San Miguel has inarguably been the most dominant team in the PBA for the past three seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

LeBron, Harden unanimous selections to All-NBA Team

first_img‘It’s about time’: Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James keeps the ball from Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris during the first quarter of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Cleveland Cavaliers superstar forward LeBron James was named to his league-record 12th All-NBA First Team on Thursday, joining Houston Rockets guard James Harden as a unanimous selection.James, seeking an eighth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals in his 15th NBA campaign, moved past Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone for the most selections to the elite squad by a global media panel, being named on all 100 ballots.ADVERTISEMENT The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player ranked third in the league with 27.5 points a game and also averaged 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 9.1 assists a game.Harden, this season’s NBA scoring champion with 30.4 points a game, was a unanimous choice for the second year in a row. He also led the NBA with 265 3-point baskets and has sparked the Rockets into the Western Conference final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOthers on the All-NBA First Team included Golden State forward Kevin Durant, New Orleans center Anthony Davis and Portland guard Damian Lillard, who was given his first nod onto the select squad.Davis ranked second in the NBA with 28.1 points per contest and grabbed 11.1 rebounds a game, while Lillard was fourth with 26.9 points a game and four-time scoring champion Durant ranked sixth with 26.4 a game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations James, Harden and Davis are finalists for this year’s NBA Most Valuable Player award.Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Cameroonian center Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers were named to the All-NBA Second Team along with San Antonio forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook and Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, who edged Golden State’s Stephen Curry by one vote for the last spot on the second squad.The All-NBA Third Team included Curry, Indiana guard Victor Oladipo, Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns and Oklahoma City’s Paul George.It was the first time on any of the post-season honor teams for Embiid, Oladipo and Towns.Davis led the NBA in blocked shots with 2.57 a game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ James had a career-high 18 triple doubles and played in all 82 games for the first time in a season.Harden record the first 60-point triple-double in NBA history and had 50-point performances this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

HARPS HELD IN FRUSTRATING DRAW BY BOTTOM CLUB WATERFORD

first_imgAction from tonight’s clash at Finn Park. Pic Joe Boland/NorthWest NewsPixFINN HARPS were held to a scoreless draw by Waterford at Finn Park this evening.And the home side will be kicking themselves as they had a number of opportunities to take all the points against the side at the bottom of the First Division.Damien McNulty did have the ball in the back of the next with a quarter of an hour to go, but celebrations on the pitch and off it were short-lived as his header was ruled off-side. Having missed three glorious opportunities in the first half, Harps pressed for a winner on the second, but it never came.In fact it was the visitors who went closest, Corey Galvin’s 56th minute strike coming back off the Harps goal-post.Ciaran Coll and Nathan Boyle however both had chances to win for Harps, but neither could convert their chances on a frustrating night in Ballybofey.   HARPS HELD IN FRUSTRATING DRAW BY BOTTOM CLUB WATERFORD was last modified: September 5th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Division Onefinn harpsLeague of IrelandWATERFORD UNITEDlast_img read more

Red Star Belgrade vs Liverpool: Confirmed line-ups and live commentary stream

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ tense whoops These two teams clashed in matchweek three last month, with Liverpool securing a routine 4-0 defeat of the Serbs courtesy of goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane either side of a Mohamed Salah brace.Full commentary of Tuesday’s match is available on talkSPORT, with the action getting under way at 5:55pm.What the managers are sayingVladan Milojevic (Red Star): “For the club, Belgrade, Serbia and the whole region tomorrow is an important occasion, and we are looking forward to a spectacle. We will try to make the best of the game.”Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool): “I have heard so many wonderful things about the city of Belgrade, and the country of Serbia as a whole, from friends and colleagues who’ve visited before, so now I’m really looking forward to taking Liverpool there for a great game of Champions League football.” Most Read In Football Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City revealed Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST BEST OF scrap Liverpool take on Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday evening in their fourth match of the 2018/19 Champions League season.The Reds currently sit top of Group C, ahead of second-placed Napoli, with Tuesday’s opponents rooted at the foot of the table. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? latest Shaqiri scored against Serbia at the World Cup and celebrated by making a double-headed eagle gesture, symbolising the Albania flag Liverpool will experience one of the world’s best atmospheres at the Rajko Mitic Stadium Confirmed line-upsRed Star: Borjan, Stojkovic, Savic, Degenek, Rodic, Jovancic, Krsticic, Srnic, Marin, Ben, PavkovSubs: Popovic, Jovicic, Babic, Stojiljkovic, Simic, Causic, GobeljicLiverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Lallana, Mane, Salah, SturridgeSubs: Mignolet, Fabinho, Keita, Firmino, Gomez, Moreno, Origi. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT SORRY Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 2 Where can you listen?Red Star Belgrade vs Liverpool is LIVE on talkSPORT, kick-off 5:55pm. Click here for the Red Star vs Liverpool live commentary streamTeam newsXherdan Shaqiri has not been included in Liverpool’s squad so as to ‘avoid any distractions’ that may be caused by his Albanian heritage. Jordan Henderson (injury) and Nathaniel Clyne (illness) also miss out. 2 gameday cracker RANKED last_img read more

FOUR SUSPECTS ARRESTED AS MADDIE McCANN INVESTIGATION INTENSIFIES

first_imgFour suspects have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Maddie McCann.Madeleine (second from left) on her last trip to Donegal before she disappeared in 2007.The suspects arrived at Faro Police station on the Algarve for questioning over the disappearance of the little girl who has strong Donegal connections.The suspects will be quizzed by local police in the presence of Scotland Yard officers who claim they are getting closer to the truth of how little Maddie disappeared. Those arrested are said to be three Portuguese nationals and a Russian computer expert, whose Praia da Luz home was searched by police shortly after Madeleine went missing in May 2007.Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood arrived just before 9am today to lead a team of around half a dozen Scotland Yard officers.It is understood that eight other people, thought to be mainly former workers at the Ocean Club holiday resort where Madeleine vanished during a family holiday, are also due to be questioned as witnesses.The police questioning is expected to last until Friday. It comes less than three weeks after police dug up waste land near the Ocean Club and inspected sewers using a hi-tech camera over nearly a fortnight in a grim search for Madeleine’s body.The search and this week’s police quizzes have happened at the request by Operation Grange detectives leading the British hunt for Madeleine.Scotland Yard are working on the theory burglars killed Madeleine during a bungled break-in while her parents ate dinner with friends 100 metres away – and then buried her body on waste ground in the resort. FOUR SUSPECTS ARRESTED AS MADDIE McCANN INVESTIGATION INTENSIFIES was last modified: July 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AlgarvedisappearancedonegalMaddie McCannportugallast_img read more

Google chooses SA code gurus

first_imgEstablished in 2001, Translate.org.za works to provide South Africans with useful open source software in their mother tongue.Janine ErasmusTranslate.org.za is a non-profit organisation that translates free open source software, such as internet browser Firefox and e-mail client Thunderbird, into South Africa’s 11 official languages. Two of the company’s products have been selected for internet search engine Google’s Summer of Code 2008.The Summer of Code is a collaborative programme that brings together students and mentors from 90 countries around the world to work during the US summer holidays on free open source software products, enhancing and modifying them. Open source software can be freely modified, since the underlying code has been made available to users by the developers.Products are provided by selected mentoring organisations. Students then evaluate the products and choose those which match their skills and interests. They submit an application to work on their product of choice and if accepted, receive a stipend for their work. Applications from students may be submitted to Google from 24 March 2008.The two Translate.org.za products are Translate Toolkit and Pootle, both of which assist in language translation and localisation.Translate Toolkit is a set of tools that enables programmers to switch between various translation formats (such as OpenOffice.org formats and Mozilla formats). This simplifies the work because only one translation editor is needed for a variety of applications.Pootle is a set of online translation and translation management tools. The web interface is translated into more than 35 languages, and translations of the interface are updated live. Both projects are written in the Python programming language.Making software accessible to non-English speakersEstablished in 2001, Translate.org.za aims to empower South Africans by providing useful open source software in their mother tongue. The company believes that its solutions not only promote indigenous languages and provide practical interventions, but that they also encourage other software vendors to play a more active role in adapting their products to the requirements of those who do not speak English as a home language.According to Dwayne Bailey, director of Translate.org.za, about 80% of South Africa’s population is not fluent in English, and therefore the work is important because it allows everyone access to technology.The organisation has notched up some notable achievements in recent years. These include the translation of Firefox and Thunderbird into all 11 official South African languages, the release of the first free Afrikaans spell checker, translation of parts of the Red Hat distribution of Linux into Afrikaans, Pedi (Northern Sotho) and Zulu, and the release of free office suite OpenOffice.org in the 11 official languages.Translate.org.za has also created South Africa’s first multilingual keyboard that can display the special characters needed by the Venda, Afrikaans, Pedi and Tswana languages, as well as the DejaVu font for Venda.The organisation has garnered numerous awards for its achievements. In 2006 it won an African ICT Achiever Award for helping to make essential software accessible to more people in Africa. These awards are endorsed by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development and were established to reward individuals and organisations that have made a difference to the ICT industry in Africa.Translate.org.za also received a Pan South African Language Board award in 2007. The board promotes the equal use and enjoyment of all the official languages of South Africa. The “Multilingualism and Nation Building: eBusiness Institution of the Decade” award celebrates not only Translate.org.za’s accomplishments but also its ongoing work with universities in training students to translate software through its Translate@thon programme.The Translate@thon is a one-day translation drive held at tertiary education institutes where students and staff work intensively on translation of software.The first Translate@thon took place in 2004 at the University of Cape Town. Students and staff translated the OpenOffice.org glossary into Xhosa. A follow-up event in 2005 resulted in a fully translated version of Firefox in Xhosa.The Translate.org.za team also worked in 2005 with staff and students from the Durban Institute of Technology and the University of KwaZulu-Natal to translate Firefox into Zulu.The most recent Translate@thon was held in May 2007 at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape on translating the campus email system into Xhosa. All work was done using Pootle.Related articlesSouth Africa onlineUseful linksTranslate.org.zaPan South African Language BoardDepartment of Arts and CultureNew Partnership for Africa’s DevelopmentAfrican ICT Achievers AwardsDurban Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Cape TownUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalRhodes UniversityGooglelast_img read more

Brand South Africa partners with Bassline Fest for Africa Day celebrations

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 22 May 2019 – Brand South Africa has again partnered with the Bassline Fest to host a three-day event ahead of Africa Day. This year, celebrations kick-off on the 23 – 25 May 2019 under the theme 25 years of democracy.Africa day is a marked to commemorate the establishment of the African Union to acknowledge and celebrate Africa’s history, heritage and culture annually on the 25 May.Speaking on the collaboration, Strategic Stakeholder Relations Manager; Ms Toni Gumede shares that; “The work of Brand South Africa is centred on positioning the country as a competitive destination globally, domestically, we work to build pride, patriotism and active citizenship. The domestic aspect of our mandate hopes for the realisation of social cohesion. Brand South Africa continues to collaborate with platforms such as Bassline Fest that promote social integration and intra-Africa collaboration. In this programme, we will celebrate Africa’s diversity in arts, culture and heritage. This is  also an opportunity to appreciate and acknowledge the contribution of the arts, in particular, music, in bringing Africans together and in its role in South Africa’s journey to a now twenty-five-year-old democracy.”The three-day programme will include a launch and media tour, dialogues and the music concert. The media tour will visit spaces that played a significant role in Intra-Africa music collaborations. As part of the launch, Brand South Africa will showcase the work done in raising awareness of the South African constitution through the #INSPIREDBYMYCONSTITUTION campaign, in collaboration with Gemini Major, who will also share his journey as a Malawian artist living and working in South Africa.The dialogues, which will take place in collaboration with Democracy Works on Friday, 24 May, are themed; “The democracy of music as a unifier amongst Africans” as well as “Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy in South Africa: a path to re-focus on our constitutionalism and African integration.” Speakers include the likes of; musician Sipho Hotsticks Mabuza, Prof. Mageshen Naidoo a Director for Jazz Studies in the Department of Music at the University of Pretoria and award-winning student activist, Fasiha Hassan.“This programme will afford everyone an opportunity to reflect on those features of our society that bring us together as Africans and recommit to embrace diversity and constitutionalism as enshrined in the South African Constitution”; further adds Ms Gumede.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 064 890 6819Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

South African entrepreneurs talk about making eco-friendly products

first_imgSeveral small business owners made a conscious decision to produce non-toxic and biodegradable products. Here’s their why.Khululekani Nyobole is an entrepreneur helping to save the planet through his business. “We want to make eco-friendly products accessible to every household in South Africa. It is not just a trend; it is a movement of nurturers – nurturing ourselves, our loved ones and the planet.” (Image supplied)Melissa JavanHer passion for the environment and making a conscious decision that she would do anything so her children could see wildlife and nature, led to her company manufacturing eco-friendly cleaning products, said Blendwell Chemicals‘ Judy Sunasky.Blendwell Chemicals’ head office is in Midrand, Johannesburg. The company makes three ranges of cleaning products, including Enviroblend, which is plant-based and readily biodegradable.“I am passionate about the environment, nature and being outdoors.“I want a future that is bright for my children. I want them to see an Earth where there is wildlife and we are able to feel grass under our feet and sunshine on our faces,” she said, explaining her motivation to make eco-friendly cleaners. It underlines her adherence to the saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”Judy Sunasky of Blendwell Chemicals says her company started producing eco-friendly product in 2011. “Enviroblend is the green, eco-friendly certified range. These products are innovative, sourced from sustainable plant-based chemicals and are non-toxic and readily biodegradable.” (Image supplied)Sunasky is not the only one with this sentiment. Khululekani Nyobole of Nurturer and Raj Lalloo of OptimusBio also make environmentally friendly products.Their products are sold through distribution agents and their websites.Collective responsibilityWriting on Bizcommunity.com, Justin Smith said South African companies, including those in the retail sector, continued to experience a significant change in customers’ mindset.“The reality is that doing business is no longer just about profit, but also about creating shared value and meeting responsibilities to contribute to inclusive economic development, and to give back to communities and our planet.”Smith is head of the Woolworths Good Business Journey, the retail chain’s sustainability programme. He wrote that we were seeing things such as changing weather patterns in South Africa and increased frequency of climate-related disasters.These issues, along with other agricultural concerns, plus water scarcity, affected food security and food prices, which ultimately put pressure on South African consumers.“It is our collective responsibility as corporate citizens to look to reduce resource consumption patterns, both in our respective places of business and along our supply chains, to see where efficiencies can be enhanced.”Woolworths is an example of a company doing things differently in support of the environment. It replaced all the plastic microbeads in its label beauty and personal care products with biodegradable alternatives, reported Bizcommunity.com.Microbeads are tiny, non-biodegradable plastic spheres that are widely used in face and body scrubs to deliver the exfoliating action. Because of the microbeads’ size, they clog sewerage systems, water courses and oceans, endangering marine and aquatic life.Woolworths replaced the microbeads with natural and biodegradable ingredients such as jojoba oil beads, apricot kernels and synthetic wax beads.NurturerEntrepreneur Khululekani Nyobole was born and raised in the Cape Town township of Khayelitsha. “This (area) is where the majority of the people work for survival – to get their basic needs met,” he said.According to News24, Nyobole matriculated from Crystal Secondary School in Hanover Park, after failing Grade 10 three times. “I’d always wanted to start my own business. I wanted a qualification. I wanted stability. That’s when I decided to start Nurturer because the environment is close to my heart.”Nurturer makes affordable, environmentally friendly cleaning products. They went to market in February 2017.Eco-friendly products found on shop shelves were not only inaccessible as they are available in the more affluent areas, but they were high-end products that were sold at a premium, Nyobole said.“Even if they would care for the environment, their financial state does not allow them to buy better products,” he explained about his community.“This bothered me because eco-friendly products are part of the solution to the crisis of environmental degradation and to our healthcare. Their purpose cannot be fulfilled in Africa if they are only used by the minority or the elite. This is the fundamental reason why we (Nurturer) exist,” Nyobole said.His company developed a direct selling model so that a “nurturer” could talk to consumers one-on-one. “We aim to create awareness by sharing information about toxins that are lingering in their homes from the products they use and the consequences of using such products such as poor indoor air quality and skin/eye irritations.“We then share the benefits of switching to eco-friendly products and exhibit this through demonstrations.”OptimusBioRaj Lalloo, OptimusBio chief researcher and chief technical officer, said the company was a spin-out from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) that produces next-generation biotechnology products for green cleaning, sanitation, water and waste treatment.Founded in September 2014, the company is in Pretoria. OptimusBio makes products for domestic and institutional cleaning, rural sanitation, water treatment, industrial waste treatment, agriculture and aquaculture.It uses technology developed at the CSIR’s Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre. Lalloo explained: “The technology is based on the concept of biomimicry, which is when good bacteria are used as nature’s ‘machines’ to clean wastes.“Our indigenous bacteria integrate into natural ecosystems through the principle of bio-augmentation. The products were developed with the aim of replacing the harsh chemicals and pollutants with next-generation biological and biodegradable alternatives, to improve wellbeing, while preserving scarce water and environmental resources.“This is a highly impactful offering from CSIR technology, developed over many years, and we are excited about how it will change the landscape towards a more sustainable planet.”For example, the products helped with rural sanitation, pit latrine toilets and septic tanks by biologically degrading waste, he said. “This assists with quality of life, odour, disease and flies.”PhepisaPhepsile Maseko founded Phepisa Natural Resources Institute in Johannesburg in 2010. Phepisa focuses on developing and distributing safe, traditional and natural innovative treatments that help people lead a healthier life.They include the Gwenge range of skincare products. All of the items in the range have a South African plant extract as the main ingredient.Maseko, who is a traditional healer, says on her website that she grew up having a recurring dream that later became a vision. The dream involved a bunch of rich, green, medicinal plants shaped like a carrot.“I was later to learn that it was a sign from the ancestors that I was the chosen one to be taught about ancient healing methods and secrets that have been passed down in my family for over three generations.”Maseko’s father taught her where to find and identify the different herbs and plants for medicine. “He would then teach me how he makes formulations for different ailments from these plants. This was an exciting world for a young girl; it was also my schooling in African traditional medicines and healing practices.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Building a $100 Cinema Camera

first_imgHow inexpensively can you put together a digital cinema camera package? Here’s what to spend your money on in the post-peak-camera era.Film will only become an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper.– Jean CocteauWords from a mid 20th century filmmaker, often repeated when talking about the “democratization” of filmmaking. A lot of us have assumed he meant the cost of gear, so I did a reality check to see if we are there yet, or more practically: how inexpensively can I put together a digital cinema camera package?I spent less than $100 on a camera body and memory card, and grand total of 178 dollars to build a rig with a camera body, recording media, interchangeable lenses, rails and follow focus. Here’s how you can do it, too.USED IS “NEW” TO YOUIn the last couple of years, the camera body has become the most volatile expense when building rig for filmmaking. It started with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC): a micro 4/3rds sized sensor that captured images in high bitrate and raw video codecs that cost less that a thousand dollars. The trend has continued with DSLRs and other M4/3 systems gaining higher bit rate codecs, slog and UHD (aka 4K). The decision to shoot on these small camera bodies no longer means a compromise in recording quality. This removes a significant barrier between professional and prosumer gear.While DSLRs and other camera/video hybrid M4/3 systems are priced above the one thousand dollar mark, Blackmagic continues to lower the price bar, debuting its micro cinema camera at NAB this year. The BMMCC shots raw 1080P video, boasting 13 stops of latitude on a 16mm sized sensor. The camera is tiny — it’s really just a sensor with a box around it. No screen, no frills, just a high-end sensor that you can attach all kinds of things to. This is a camera designed for a drone or to be shoved into small places.The Black Magic Pocket Cinema CameraThis is a good thing, because in a year, there will be larger sensors recording more stops of latitude, higher frame rates, and costing less. It makes so much sense to just swap a sensor unit out to prevent the rest of your gear from becoming obsolete.This could be the subject of a very interesting article, that’s not what I am writing. I am writing about what to do when someone throws out their old amazing camera to pursue the shiny and new. This is about the camera for the “rest of us”.1080P capable camera bodies are already flooding the used markets of Ebay, Craigslist, and Amazon. We have reached some kind of critical mass in abundant cheap digital camera gear. There are enough spare parts laying around now to quickly and cheaply cobble together a digital motion picture camera. Will this camera set the bar for performance and image quality? No. That’s not the point. This project is not about high-end performance, it’s about an “all access” affordable motion picture camera that borders on semi-disposable. I give you the “$100 Digital Cinema Camera.”THE RULESThe Panasonic Lumix GF2First, some ground rules: by cinematic image, I mean a large enough sensor that a visible change in depth of field could be achieved natively (aka shallow focus.) Second, the sensor had to be sensitive enough so that at least 7-8 stops of latitude would be possible. Finally, I wanted the recording format to be as lossless as possible. 24 progressive frames per second was the target frame rate. Ideally I would get this natively, but, if I had to post process to get this, that would work too. And I wanted to spend a hundred dollars or less on the camera body and media.Must record an HD imageMust record either a native 24P frame rate or a 60i frame rate (to convert to 24P in post)interchangeable lensescamera raw or high bit rate codec to minimize compression artifactscamera + recording media < $100large sensor, equivalent to 16mm or largerAny accessory must be less than 40 dollars, preferably less than 20!A hundred dollars is arbitrary, I know. It’s kind of an economic and psychological pain threshold. It’s the cost of a week’s groceries, or two and a half tanks of gas, a pair of nice sneakers, etc. It’s an amount that fades into the day to day background of a large percentage of people’s economic lives. While not the cost of a pen and paper, it approaches a level of affordability that has the potential to make it just as ubiquitous. Most importantly, it puts the camera and potential for cinema in the hands of some of the most creative and least economically affluent people I know — young people.I settled on a hacked Panasonic Lumix GF2 shooting 1080/60i at 50m/bits that I picked up used on Amazon for 78 dollars. Using Magic Bullet Frames I was able to swizzle the fields and convert the 60i to 24P just like in the olden days of 2002.THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CHEAPOpteka CXS-25 15mm Rod System When you spend $78 on a camera it gets hard to justify buying expensive support gear like a Zacuto rig. So instead I spent $60 on the cheapest used kit I could find on Amazon and got rails and a follow focus.I got a Nikon G to M4/3 adapter for $25 so I can use my Nikon 50mm f1.8 and Nikon 20mm f2.8 from my still camera. And I bought a 32GB class 10 SDHC card as an open box special at Best Buy for $15.HACKING THE CODECThere is a vibrant community of Lumix camera hackers that have juiced the video codec from a meager 17mbit AVCHD up to a card-crushing 110mbit monster. Also there’s a 100mbit MJPEG 4:2:2 codec if you have a fast enough SDHC card. I honestly can’t tell the difference between the rock-solid-50mbit AVCHD codec and the crashes-often-100mbit MJPEG. They both capture a tremendous amount of detail.RESULTSMy “$100” Cinema CameraIt works! Of course, there are funny things that you have to deal with since it’s a hacked codec (like the camera locking up from time to time.) But I have strapped this system to the top of my car and gone speeding down the streets of San Francisco with it, not really worrying if it flies off, because it was so inexpensive. The cost of the unit makes me feel way less precious about it, like pencil and paper.Am I making great cinema now that I have a close to zero-cost cinematic camera?Not really. While M3/4 systems and DSLRs are perfectly capable of capturing stunning cinematic moments, cameras don’t create cinema, they capture it. Cinema is what goes on in front of the lens with light, shadow, color, performance and story. Cinema is experience and craft, not a the result of a camera package alone.My advice is spend as little as you have to on a camera that works. Spend your budget on wardrobe, location, and lighting. By all means save your money, just don’t spend it on a camera package because now you don’t have to. Instead, take time off work and write a great story. Beautiful image making is unbelievably cheap to do now, almost the cost of pen and paper, while telling a compelling and cinematic story is just as hard, and costly, as it’s ever been.The upshot is that in a year or two you’ll be able to pick up a used 4K, HFR capable camera body with 17 stops of latitude for next-to-nothing. So, you know, start planning the shot list now!Here’s some more camera-related (and budget-minded) content from PremiumBeat:The Best Camera Options for Production Company Startups8 Killer Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000Lens vs Camera: Which is a Better Investment?Ready to rush out and build your $100 cinema camera? Share your plan in the comments below!last_img read more

Tripura on alert after dengue outbreak in Bangladesh

first_imgThe Tripura government has sounded an alert across the state, following an outbreak of dengue fever in neighbouring Bangladesh, a top official said on August 5. The administration has come up with an advisory for people travelling to Bangladesh from the State.“After we came to know about the outbreak in Bangladesh, we have issued an alert in all the eight districts. We have also launched an awareness campaign and made arrangements to fight the disease,” Secretary of the Health Department, Debasish Basu, told PTI. Bangladesh is facing one of its worst-ever dengue fever outbreaks, with the government confirming 15,369 such cases since January 1. Of those, 9,683 patients were diagnosed between July 1 and July 30.“The government is working to tackle dengue,” Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had recently told an emergency meeting of the ruling Awami League party. Custom officials said on an average, around 1,200 Bangladesh nationals travel to and fro the neighbouring country through eight check posts every day.last_img read more