India and SA growing together

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma walks with Indian President Pratibha Devinsingh Patil at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.President Jacob Zuma welcomed a delegation of government and business leaders from India, led by President Pratibha Devinsingh Patil, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 2 May.Patil is in South Africa following an invitation from her South African counterpart. The two heads of state will discuss bilateral relations and will also address business leaders from both countries at a forum in Pretoria on 3 May.Patil is accompanied by a government minister, four parliamentarians, government officials from various departments, and representatives from business.“This is a significant state visit because relations between India and South Africa date back many decades,” said Zuma.“It is more important as it takes place during the year in which the country marks 100 years of the oldest liberation movement in Africa, the African National Congress (ANC).”The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1993, with numerous high-level visits resulting from the relationship. Furthermore, cooperation agreements have been signed in the trade, investment, education, defence, ICT, health, agriculture, and science and technology sectors.Boosting South Africa at home and abroad, forging international relationships, encouraging trade and investment and supporting tourism efforts are all vital components of Brand South Africa’s vision.Strong historical ties President Patil meets the various cabinet ministers in the South African government.“Our two nations share a history of struggles against colonial oppression and racism,” Zuma said.He added that the ANC’s centenary is important to India as well, as evidenced by the high level delegation sent from that country to the official celebrations in January.Zuma noted also the deep social, economic and cultural ties shared by the two countries.“In our talks we reflected on how we can further translate our historical ties into meaningful socio-economic development cooperation. Progress is being made in that regard.”The Indian delegation held private talks with their South African counterparts and then addressed the media, saying that there is a need for further cooperation in a number of areas, especially infrastructure development, training, trade relations and tourism.Investing in and visiting South Africa President Patil addresses delegates at the   meeting.(Images: GCIS)“We have once again extended an invitation to Indian business to invest in our infrastructure development programme, which will run until 2014 and is worth more than R800-billion (US$104-billion).”Of that investment, R300-billion ($39-billion) will go towards the energy sector and R262-billion ($33-billion) towards transport and logistics projects.The delegates identified a definite need for skills transfer with India in the areas of engineering; ICT; computer science; finance; economics and accounting.According to South African Tourism, between 2005 and 2010, there was an increase of 122% in the number of Indian tourists to South Africa.In 2011, the number in the first nine months of the year had already surpassed, by 29%, that of the same period in 2010. As a result, India is now ranked seventh in the top 20 source markets for South African tourism.“The Southern African Tourism Association is training more than 1 000 Indian travel agents and tour operators in India to ensure they have the skills and experience to market South Africa,” said Zuma.“We are doing this because we want tourism from India to South Africa to increase significantly, especially after this state visit.”Trade between the two countriesAccording to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, trade between the two countries stood at R48.2-billion ($6-billion) as of November 2011, with South African exports at R21.9-billion ($2-billion) and imports from India at R26.3-billion ($3.3-billion).The two countries have set a bilateral trade target of R111-billion ($14-billion) to be reached by 2014.“During our discussions, I also thanked the president for India’s continued development support,” said Zuma.Source: Mediaclub South Africalast_img read more

Learn Francis Ford Coppola’s Signature Dolly Move

first_imgLet’s take a look at the dolly Francis Ford Coppola developed for some of his most revered films — and how it affected the overall aesthetic.There’s no denying that Francis Ford Coppola‘s narratives always feel powerful — almost inevitable. From his Godfather trilogy to Apocalypse Now and The Conversation, the camera captures events that seem to stand out in history — that seem momentous.A big part of this is his masterful command of story and character, but he also moves (or doesn’t move) the camera in ways that enhance this aesthetic.In his interview with James Lipton on Inside the Actor’s Studio, Coppola talked about a technique he developed to give his dolly shots extra gravity — literally. He asked the grips to load the dolly with every sandbag on set until it weighed over 900 lbs. The resulting forward movement was slower, smoother, and had an ominous sense of power and fate about it.Robert De Niro and Francis Ford Coppola (via IMDb).One downside was that after he called “cut,” the crew had to quickly stop the dolly before it rolled off its track and demolished the set like a freight train.Because of the extra weight, the movement of the dolly has more inertia to overcome, and as a result, is slower to accelerate and decelerate.A dolly movement is markedly different from handheld because it contains none of the camera operator’s small movements, their sense of humanity. This is neither good nor bad but is, rather, a stylistic choice on the part of the director. Some films use handheld movement to a great effect — Coppola isn’t one of them.Image via Apocalypse Now (Zoetrope).If you have an operator sitting on the dolly, using the camera on a shoulder rig or handheld, it’ll subvert the effect — or at best create a hybrid. To get the most out of the weighted dolly, the camera needs to be on a tripod (or other mount) that can make slow, jitter-free movements. You may want to consider a heavier, cinema-style camera or a geared tripod head to enhance the effect.A weighted dolly move is like a normal dolly move, only more so. It conveys the sense of an objective, impartial observer — of the pages of history being written. It can also come across as an inescapable fate closing in on its victims — in contrast to the random, erratic sequence of events that handheld camerawork imparts.I did some experiments with both a dolly and a slider, adding weight to slow down the movement.‌ It isn’t easily noticeable, but it’s an effect you “feel.”  The slower shot definitely adds a weight that wasn’t there before.Image via The Conversation (The Directors Company).Make sure you check your dolly or slider’s weight capacity before adding too much weight. If you’re using rails and stands, be sure to check their capacity as well. Try not to hang sandbags or place the load in a way that’ll swing and disrupt the momentum, and keep it clear from where the operator needs to be to move the camera.This is a technique I plan to use in my dolly and slider moves from now on — as long as I’m not the one who has to carry hundreds of pounds of sandbags to the set and back again!Cover image via The Godfather (Paramount).Looking for more cinematography tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Everything You Need to Know About Chroma Key and Green Screen FootageThe Teradek RT System: A Positive Change in Focus PullingHas Sigma Joined The Pocket CineCamera Game?Choosing Aspect Ratio: A Guide to Everything You Need to Know3 Cheap, Underappreciated Cameras Filmmakers Should Considerlast_img read more

39 assists proof of Ginebra’s ‘unselfish mentality’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio made a beeline drive to the basket then set up Greg Slaughter for the uncontested dunk at the 5:24 mark of the third quarter.A little over a minute later, Scottie Thompson penetrated the lane before dropping a dime to Slaughter for another throwdown.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ginebra’s assist total was the most in 14 years, as per league head statistician Fidel Mangonon.The Kings made basketball simple by moving the ball and finding the open man, assisting on 39 out of their 44 made field goals.And with Ginebra playing unselfish and getting contributions from almost everyone, Kia, which trailed by as much as 34 points, was just lost defensively.“We change good shots into great shots with our ball movement,” Cone said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PSC halts sale of Rizal Memorial Sports Complex LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Those couple of plays made for two of the Gin Kings’ whopping 39 assists in their wire-to-wire win over the Kia Picanto on Wednesday.“I’m really proud of that. I’m proud of the way we’ve been assisting the ball. It just shows the unselfish mentality everybody has,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone after his team’s 120-99 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“LA is the leader in that but I think the key guy is Scottie. He’s so infectious with his passing and everybody wants to do it. Joe also loves to pass and Justin also loves to pass. It becomes infectious after a while and guys really look to move the ball,” Cone added.Thompson dished out a game-high 10 assists while Brownlee and Tenorio finished with seven and five, respectively.center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Tendulkar is by far the best batsman of his era: Lara

first_imgSachin Tendulkar is by far the best batsman of his era, according to West Indies’ batting legend Brian Lara who said it was an “honour” to rub shoulders with the champion Indian batsman during his playing days.Sachin Tendulkar”Tendulkar is the best batsman of the world,” Lara said on the sidelines of a cricket clinic at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium here on Tuesday.Asked if it was Tendulkar or Don Bradman, Lara added, “Respect his average (of 99.96) but haven’t seen the Don batting. And making comparison is very difficult for all of us.””It’s an honour to be talked about in the same breath, and to have rubbed shoulders with him during my playing days,” There is no superlative for Sachin,” Lara said.For over a decade, the world watched in awe as Tendulkar and Lara rewrote records after records.Asked if an Indian victory in the upcoming World Cup would make Tendulkar bigger than him, Lara said, “It doesn’t really matter. The records he has set, I don’t think they are going to be surpassed.”Lara also believed that Tendulkar could one day surpass the West Indian’s world record Test score of 400 not out. “It will soon be broken. I think Sachin is there, and there is Sehwag, Gayle; they may have the opportunities and they are all very attacking players. The top three in the batting order have the best chance,” Lara said.With cricket becoming more and more competitive, Lara said that the era of invincibility doesn’t exist anymore. “You can’t really tell who is number one now,” he said.advertisement”Ashes shows every country will have their time. It’s going to be very competitive. Sports is a cycle. West Indies had their team, we were an invincible team once. Then Australia dominated for a long while. Now, the time of invincibility has gone,” the stylish left-hander said.Lara was full of praise for the current Indian team, ranked number one in Tests and two in ODIs.”Indians are producing results we were not accustomed to. They have been on the top of their game, they will be a very tough team to beat (in the World Cup). They have a well-balanced team that can compete with anyone in the world,” he said.Talking about India’s tradition of producing quality batsmen, Lara said, “India batting has always been very good.The likes of (Mohammad) Azharuddin, Ravi Shastri, Navjot Singh (Siddhu), (Sanjay) Manjrekar, there were also world class batsmen, and Sachin was also there.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Some residents of Six Nations stage a rally and walk for peace

first_imgAPTN National NewsThey called it a walk for peace, respect and friendship.The people of Six Nations marched from a park in neighbouring Caledonia to the land they reclaimed at the former Douglas Creek Estates.APTN’s Donna Smith was there and files this report.We want to warn you there is strong language in this story.last_img

Provincial permits dont consider Species at Risk Act Environment Canada

first_imgA spokesperson for the Manitoba government said it considers the Species at Risk Act when reviewing development proposals and will have caribou range action plans by 2020.Eric Hebert-Daly of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society said the report emphasizes what groups like his have been saying for years.“At the provincial level, we have a lot of work to do”’ he said. “Provincial laws are either missing or their flexibility is too flexible.”The latest assessment of woodland caribou suggest 81 per cent of Canada’s herds are in decline. Loss of another one-third of the population is expected “in the near term.”The main threat to their numbers is alteration of habitat, which reduces its productivity and allows access by predators.Wilkinson said the federal government is able to oblige provinces to immediately enforce the Species At Risk Act.But for now, he said, Ottawa will continue to work with the provinces on conservation agreements funded from allotments in the most recent budget.“That allows us to bring some money to the table around reforestation or a range of other things the provinces need to do to protect the caribou.”Caribou conservation is often seen to be in direct conflict with forestry and energy and the jobs they generate. In late March, Alberta delayed its own caribou range plans over economic concerns.“There tends to be a lot of fear in those (resource) communities about what those impacts would be,” Wilkinson said. “We have to avoid this being seen as an environment versus economy issue.” OTTAWA, O.N. — Recovery of Canada’s declining caribou herds is being hampered because provincial agencies that license development on the habitat of the threatened species aren’t required to follow federal environmental laws.“It is a concern,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, parliamentary secretary to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.On Monday, Environment Canada released a report assessing how provinces are doing in protecting habitat for caribou, a threatened species in every jurisdiction that has them. The idea, said Wilkinson, was to examine actions on the ground and a province’s “legal architecture” to see if it was equivalent to federal legislation. The federal report also concludes that little conservation is taking place on the ground. Measures in almost every case are still in planning or draft stages.“We do need to start to see action on the ground,” Wilkinson said. “We’ve had several years of planning exercises. We need more action on the part of the provinces.”Saskatchewan’s Environment Ministry released a statement in response to the federal report saying it is committed protecting woodland caribou.“Saskatchewan is confident that it currently has all of the legislative tools necessary to protect critical habitat for woodland caribou.”center_img “What we have found is they are not,” he said. “There are gaps with respect to protection relative to species at risk nationally.”In every province, agencies that issue permits for forestry or energy development aren’t required to conform to the federal Species At Risk Act.The phrase “the discretion to authorize these activities is not subject to constraints consistent with those under SARA” appears again and again. Those constraints include requirements that at least two-thirds of critical habitat be left undeveloped.When the act was passed in 2002, the government of the time anticipated provinces would pass similar legislation.“With just a couple exceptions, the provinces haven’t done that,” Wilkinson said.British Columbia is developing such legislation. Ontario has an endangered species act, but it exempts forestry.last_img read more

Air strike kills 13 civilians, mostly children, in Afghanistan, says UN

first_imgKabul: At least 13 civilians were killed, mostly children, in an air strike by “international forces” in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz late last week, the United Nations said Monday. The strike happened between late Friday and early Saturday in support of ground operations conducted by pro-government forces fighting against Taliban militants in the area. “Initial fact-finding indicates that 10 of those killed were children, part of the same extended family whom were displaced by fighting elsewhere in the country,” the UN mission in Afghanistan said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe US is the only member of the international coalition in Afghanistan that provides air support in the conflict. A NATO spokesperson told AFP the coalition was investigating the claims. The deaths come as ordinary Afghans continues to bear the brunt of the war in Afghanistan, with more civilians killed in the Afghan war in 2018 than during any other year on record, according to a UN report. The uptick in violence in 2018 coincides with a significant increase in the number of deaths caused by the “deliberate targeting of civilians”, according to the report, mostly stemming from suicide attacks by insurgents allied with the Taliban or Islamic State (IS). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAn increase in air strikes by US and Afghan forces also led to more civilian deaths in 2018, with more than 500 civilians killed by “aerial operations for the first time on record”. Fighting continues to flare across Afghanistan even as the US and Taliban press forward in peace talks aimed at ending nearly 18 years of fighting. The ongoing peace talks with the Taliban follow years of escalating violence in Afghanistan.last_img read more

28 killed, 200 injured in army operations in Iraq’s Fallujah: hospital…

first_imgFALLUJAH – A total of 28 civilians were killed and 200 others injured in the western Iraqi city of Anbar since the start of military operations there weeks ago, a senior medical official told Anadolu Agency.“Most of the casualties were caused by the army shelling of homes, government buildings and worship places in the city,” said Abdel-Sattar Lawas, director of Fallujah General Hospital.The tally, however, does not include armed tribesmen killed in clashes with army forces, he said. The predominantly-Sunni Anbar province, of which Fallujah is a major city, has been rocked by violence since Iraqi security forces dismantled a months-old anti-government sit-in outside the provincial capital Ramadi in late December.The sit-in was a protest against perceived anti-Sunni discrimination by the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.Mohamed al-Bagari, spokesman of the anti-government protest camp in Fallujah, said that clashes were still raging between armed tribesmen and army forces in the city.He said that two tribesmen were killed and ten others injured in clashes between the two sides on Friday.Al-Bagari cited “difficulties” in moving the corpses of the victims to hospital, leaving residents with no other option but to bury their dead in their backyards.last_img read more

Mens lacrosse Buckeyes offense faces strong test against Penn State

OSU then-junior attackman Eric Fannell (20) during a game against Michigan on April 16, 2016 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team’s success thus far has been bolstered by a strong defense. For a win this weekend in University Park, Pennsylvania, that production will have to be consistent.On Sunday, the No. 5 Buckeyes (9-1) will take on No. 3 Penn State (9-0) in a clash of team strengths. OSU heads into the contest with the No. 3 scoring defense in the NCAA, averaging 7.20 goals given up per game. In contrast, the Nittany Lions are ranked No. 4 in scoring offense, averaging 15.33 goals scored per game.The Buckeyes have faced stiff competition all year, but they must regroup after suffering their first setback of the season in a 12-7 loss to Notre Dame. It was the second time this season in which the Buckeye defense had given up double-digit goals in a game.Penn State is one of the toughest challenges for the stellar Buckeye defense. Freshman attack Mac O’Keefe leads the way with 34 goals on the season, and he dictates how the PSU offense flows.OSU coach Nick Myers has taken notice of his team’s opponent, and the Nittany Lions offense is a focal point.“You’re immediately drawn to the fact that they have been able to generate offense in a number of ways,” he said. “They have a very skilled attack and are very well-coached.”From a player’s perspective, it comes down to what they have on their own sideline and the trust they have with their teammates to continue to play well defensively.“They have threats on offense and we know that, but we like our guys,” said Tom Carey, OSU’s redshirt senior starting goalie. “We want to do our best to put their shooters in spots that we want and give up the looks we want.”Like Carey mentioned, the Buckeyes have supreme faith in whoever is tasked at stopping the Penn State offense. The team wants to force the issue using its style of play to limit them to very few chances at scoring opportunities. With that being said, the goalie position has stepped up and contributed while using a rotation between Carey and junior Matthew Smidt.With rotations at a position in any sport, there can be concerns about inconsistent play. For the OSU defense, they have been an exception and have excelled with the duo. Both Carey and Smidt have kept their goals against average within Myers’ acceptable range, and they exert their upperclassman leadership whenever they enter a game.As for this weekend, Myers has his eyes set on who will lead the team onto the field in the Big Ten opener.“Tom (Carey) is our starting goalie and will start on Sunday night, and I think we need to do a really good job of supporting him,” Myers said.He said the duo is able to step in at any point due to the chemistry between them.“At the end of the day we’re great friends, and that (competition) comes with the territory of playing goalie,” he said. “It’s definitely clear that the coaching staff trusts both of us. Whichever one it is (on the field), we’re confident in the team in front of us.”Whether the team sticks to a rotation this weekend remains to be seen, but the team believes it will be prepared for whatever Myers chooses based on the flow of the game.Opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m. Sunday. read more