News24 to carry Al Jazeera content

first_imgNumerous cultures, languages, religions 6 May 2009 Leading South African digital news provider News24 has entered into a content syndication arrangement with Al Jazeera English, the 24-hour news and current affairs television channel headquartered in Qatar. “We see the addition of international breaking news from one of the largest English-language news channels as an opportunity for South Africans to gain further perspective on the world,” News24 editor Jannie Momberg said in a statement this week. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material As part of the deal, News24 will publish daily video news bulletins from broadcast centres in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington on the News24 website. “Recognising the growing online population in South Africa, including mobile users, we see this partnership as an opportunity to contribute news from around the world to the benefit of the country’s digital citizenry.” According to Nielsen’s NetRatings Market Intelligence, more than two million unique users visited News24 in March. “South Africa is a country of numerous cultures, languages and religions, something that Al Jazeera tries to bridge as part of its news agenda,” said Al Jazeera global distribution director Phil Lawrie. “Offering an alternative worldview, we hope that content from Al Jazeera informs and stimulates debate around current issues and events relevant to South Africans as citizens of the world.” Presented as short, punchy news round-ups of two to three minutes, the stories from Al Jazeera will be visible online on News24’s World and Multimedia pages, as well as on certain mobile devices.last_img read more

A leading nation is a reading nation: World Book Day 2015

first_imgReading helped Thapelo Mokoena discover who he was and the career that could allow him to express himself to the fullestThe power of words and their ability to educate, inspire and uplift is celebrated on 23 April every year as World Book Day.This year, a handful of successful South Africans took to the stage at the University of Johannesburg’s Con Cowan Theatre to share with a packed audience their views on the importance of reading for pleasure and how books helped make them the people they are today.The speakers included social entrepreneur and founder of Miss Earth South Africa Catherine Constantinides, author Khaya Dlanga, businesspeople and news anchors.The event was hosted by Play Your Part ambassador Tebogo Ditshego, founder and head of public relations firm Ditshego Media. One of the company’s projects is the Twitter initiative Read a Book SA which, with its 30 000 followers, is the most followed project of its kind in Africa, encouraging people to read since its first tweet went out in 2012.“Knowledge is power,” Ditshego said. “Knowledge empowered me to empower other people.“South Africa is a beautiful country with awesome people and immense potential,” he said. “If you don’t read books and miss out on the knowledge that you can get from books, you’re going to be average. What’s going to make you special is the knowledge that you have.”Bongiwe Pityi, the general manager of OR Tambo International Airport, told the students that reading helped fuel her ambitionWORDS OF WISDOMBongiwe Pityi, the general manager of OR Tambo International Airport, told the students that reading helped fuel her ambition. “I was born in the Eastern Cape in a rural area,” she said. “I never thought that I would be heading up one of the most prized assets in this country.“Reading for leisure contributed to my drive to be a dedicated student at university and ultimately the business leader that I am today. I knew, from the books I had read, that getting my priorities right would be the catalyst to a future peppered with endless opportunity.“The most fundamental skill that one can learn is reading,” Pityi said. “Reading improves our attention span, confidence, discipline and through reading we gain knowledge.”She said reading had equipped her with other skills, such as a keen eye for detail that has allowed her to cement her place as a successful black businesswoman in an environment dominated by men.“The more knowledge we have the better the decisions we can make. The better the decisions we can make the more successful we can all become.”Reading is fun, but its benefits go far beyond an immersive pastime, she said. Reading allows people to expand their understanding of the world around them and the many different perspectives, challenges and backgrounds of the people in it.Actor and film producer Thapelo Mokoena told the audience he believed reading could allow people to reach what he called their “full P”, their full potential. Reading helped him discover who he was and the career that could allow him to express himself to the fullest.As a child Mokoena never really engaged with books, he said, and this had limited his views of the world and what it had to offer. It was during his varsity years that he discovered his love of reading. This love shed light on himself and helped him make the decision to pursue a career in filmmaking and acting.“I didn’t have the information I needed to decide what I wanted to do,” Mokoena said. “I was always that child who was artistically inclined, but growing up in a town like Ladysmith I had no extramural activities that fed my artistic bone.“I knew that I belonged to the arts. I knew that I belonged in performance and I was interested in film. But when I made the decision to come and study in Joburg, I really had no idea that one could study towards being a filmmaker, an artist, an actor, an editor, a writer, a director.“None of that information was shared with us.”Mokoena’s story illustrated how the knowledge gained from reading could fast-track our journey of self-discovery, and improve critical thinking and decision making, skills that inevitably lead to growth.“We need to invest a lot of time in words, in books,” he said, “and understand the power of words: how to use words and how to structure words to get the desired effect.”READING FOR AFRICAFor a continent so full of potential, Africa faces many challenges: poverty, disease and conflict. The event emphasised that education offers a solution to many of these problems. Harnessing the power that literature of all forms has to offer can go a long way to alleviating the troubles Africans face.Concluding the event, the host Ditshego summed up the sentiment: “If we want to create a leading nation, we have to create a reading nation. Do you feel your heart beating? That is your purpose, you are alive for a reason.”last_img read more

Learn to Appreciate The Subtle Art of Good Production Design

first_imgBehind any successful project is good production design. In this article, find out what that means and how to incorporate it into your next project.Cover image via The Criterion Collection.Any project, big or small, is only as good as its attention to detail. A production designer is the person (or sometimes, team of people) who stays on top of even the most minute details in every setting, scene, and shot. If you’re an up-and-coming director, or even an established name, understanding the value of your production designer is everything.Let’s explore the subtle art of production design — and how it literally sets the scene for any project.Defining Production DesignImage via Hulu.The role of a production designer is, ostensibly, to oversee a film’s overall visual look. However, that sells the role’s responsibilities a bit short. Production design (while sometimes the responsibility of one person) often involves a whole department, including many different teams and responsibilities. The head production designer works closely with the director and producer(s) from the get-go, then manages designs, budgets, and workflows through the efforts of other visual teams, costume designers, and VFX producers. Ideally, a good production designer has a diverse filmmaking background and multiple skill sets. A strong multi-tasking mindset is a must.The Production Designer’s RoleImage from the set of Poldark (PBS).Beginning with pre-production, production designers are some of the first people involved with scripts and location-scouting. Their job is to bring a project’s thematic elements to life. To do this, production designers have to carefully balance creative assets to make both overt and subtle elements on sets come to life — while keeping everything on track and on budget. In many films, the production designer is the one to make the call regarding when to use CGI and when to avoid it.Attention to DetailImage via The Killing of a Sacred Deer (A24).Another major tenet of production design is attention to detail. This is especially true in the early stages when production designers create sketches, mood boards, and sometimes even the storyboards. Designers discuss things like lighting, colors, and other elements of composition with the director and director of photography. Even the smallest aspects of a film get careful planning and construction. Here’s a great interview with production designer Jade Healy, who’s worked on films like Pete’s Dragon (with director David Lowery) and The Killing of a Sacred Deer (with director Yorgos Lanthimos).Honestly, the hardest part of a job at that level is getting the ideas out of your head and into everyone else’s hands.  That’s the challenge. It is certainly overwhelming to have so many people working for you. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t terrified of my first day! But once we got into the groove of things, everything just flowed.You can check out some of the original concept drawings alongside the final build for production and filming here. The final product is a careful and considered collaboration between the cinematographer and production designer that brings the set to life.If you’d like to read some more on the subject, check out some of these articles.Why Every Project Needs a Production DesignerHow to Create Great Production Design for Film & VideoThe Art Department: Design, Construction, Decor, and PropsThe Practical Guide to Independent Costume DesignHomemade VFX: Create and Film a DIY Meteor Strikelast_img read more

Formula One: Sebastian Vettel wins Japanese GP, cuts Alonso’s lead

first_imgSebastian Vettel put in a dominating performance in his Red Bull to win the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on Saturday and close in on Ferrari’s championship leader Fernando Alonso.The German led from the front to cross the chequered flag ahead of Felipe Massa in the Ferrari and local hero Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber.The retirement of Alonso (194 points) on the first lap due to a puncture after a rear-end shove from Kimi Raikkonen helped Vettel close the gap to just four points in the drivers’ standings with five races remaining.”When you are dreaming at night, you dream one day about racing a car like that,” said a jubilant Vettel. “The balance was so good and that’s why there was a gap behind,” he added, in reference to his 20-second winning cushion.It was Vettel’s third win of the season after Bahrain and Singapore. It was Massa’s first podium finish since South Korea 2010. The achievement may have persuaded Ferrari bosses to stick with the Brazilian for next season.Also in the championship hunt along with Alonso and Vettel are Raikkonen (157 points), who finished sixth to stay within 33 points of the leader, and Lewis Hamilton (152), whose fifth place kept him in contention a further five points back.The F1 trail hits South Korea next week, before arriving in India, Abu Dhabi, the United States and finishing in Brazil November 25.Results:1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)2. Felipe Massa (Ferrari)3. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)4. Jenson Button (McLaren)5. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)6. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)7. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)8. Pastor Maldonado (Williams)9. Mark Webber (Red Bull)10. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso)11. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes)12. Paul di Resta (Force India)13. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)14. Bruno Senna (Williams)15. Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham)16. Timo Glock (Marussia)17. Vitaly Petrov (Caterham)18. Pedro de la Rosa (HRT)19. Romain Grosjean (Lotus)Charles Pic (Marussia) Retired, lap 37Narain Karthikeyan (HRT) Retired, lap 32Sergio Perez (Sauber) Retired, lap 18Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) Retired, lap 1Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) Retired, lap 1advertisementlast_img read more

Hammer toe

first_imgDefinitionHammer toe is a deformity of the toe, in which the end of the toe is bent downward.Causes, incidence, and risk factorsHammer toe usually affects the second toe. However, it may also affect the other toes. The toe moves into a claw-like position.The most common cause of hammer toe is wearing short, narrow shoes that are too tight. The toe is forced into a bent position. Muscles and tendons in the toe tighten and become shorter.Hammer toe is more likely to occur in:Women who wear shoes that do not fit well or have high heelsChildren who keep wearing shoes they have outgrownThe condition may be present at birth (congenital) or develop over time.In rare cases, all of the toes are affected. This may be caused by a problem with the nerves or spinal cord.SymptomsThe middle joint of the toe is bent. The end part of the toe bends down into a claw-like deformity. At first, you may be able to move and straighten the toe. Over time, you will no longer be able to move the toe. It will be painful.A corn often forms on the top of the toe. A callus is found on the sole of the foot.Walking or wearing shoes can be painful.Signs and testsA physical examination of the foot confirms that you have hammer toe. The health care provider may find decreased and painful movement in the toes.TreatmentMild hammer toe in children can be treated by manipulating and splinting the affected toe.advertisementThe following changes in footwear may help relieve symptoms:Wear the right size shoes or shoes with wide toe boxes for comfort, and to avoid making hammer toe worse.Avoid high heels as much as possible.Wear soft insoles to relieve pressure on the toe.Protect the joint that is sticking out with corn pads or felt padsA foot doctor can make foot devices called hammer toe regulators or straighteners for you, or you can buy them at the store.Exercises may be helpful. You can try gentle stretching exercises if the toe is not already in a fixed position. PIcking up a towel with your toes can help stretch and straighten the small muscles in the foot.For severe hammer toe, you will need an operation to straighten the joint.The surgery often involves cutting or moving tendons and ligaments.Sometimes the bones on each side of the joint need to be connected (fused) together.Most of the time, you will go home on the same day as the surgery. The toe may still be stiff afterward, and it may be shorter.Expectations (prognosis)If the condition is treated early, you can often avoid surgery. Treatment will reduce pain and walking difficulty.Calling your health care providerIf you have hammer toe, call for an appointment with your health care provider:If you develop thick blisters or corns on your toesIf your pain gets worseIf you have difficulty walkingPreventionAvoid wearing shoes that are too short or narrow. Check childrens shoe sizes often, especially during periods of fast growth.ReferencesKrug RJ, Lee EH, Dugan S, Mashey K. Hammer toe. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD Jr., eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2008:chap 82.Ishikawa SN, Murphy GA. Lesser toe abnormalities. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia,Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 80.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.last_img read more

ISI sending agents to India-Pak Champions Trophy match to display banners on Kashmir

first_imgThe Inter-Services Intelligence agency plans to send as many as 14 operatives to the India-Pakistan Champions Trophy match on Sunday with the aim of displaying banners related to Kashmir, sources have told India Today.According to the sources, the agents have been asked to display A3 placards bearing pro-Kashmir freedom messages during the Champions Trophy clash in Edgbaston, England.Pakistan’s intelligence agency has instructed its agents to display these slogans: ‘Kashmir Seeks Attention’, ‘Kashmir is bleeding’, ‘We stand with Kashmir’, and ‘Free the state of Jammu and Kashmir now’.The idea seems to be to grab international attention should one of the cameras on the ground get any of the banners in frame. According to the sources, Indian intelligence agencies are aware of the ISI’s plans.The hotly awaited Indo-Pak game comes amid tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours. There have been a spate of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and a Border Action Team recently killed two Indian jawans and mutilated their bodies.   Just today, the Pakistan military said it had killed five Indian jawans along the LoC, a claim Indian Army denied.Meanwhile, the Narendra Modi government recently reiterated that a bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan is “almost impossible” until the latter ends its support for terrorism.Also Read:Jammu: Panthers Party protests against India-Pakistan match, calls it an insult to martyrsNo cricket with Pakistan until terrorism stops, says sports minister Vijay GoelAlso Watch:No cricket with Pakistan until terrorism stops, says sports minister Vijay Goeladvertisementlast_img read more

New Police Headquarters to be Built in Downtown Kingston

first_img National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says a new “built-for-purpose” headquarters for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be constructed in downtown Kingston. He advised that the facility, which will accommodate over 2,500 police officers, is to be built on 40 acres of land in an area referred to as ‘No Man’s Land’. Story Highlights “It will be home to all the non-geographic formations of the specialised units, such as Narcotics, National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) and Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), among others. This multifaceted headquarters will have customer-friendly reception areas (and) green spaces to ensure a strong community interface. This will represent the transformative approach the Government is taking to build the new Jamaica,” Dr. Chang said. National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says a new “built-for-purpose” headquarters for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be constructed in downtown Kingston.He advised that the facility, which will accommodate over 2,500 police officers, is to be built on 40 acres of land in an area referred to as ‘No Man’s Land’ (near Rema in South St. Andrew).“It will be home to all the non-geographic formations of the specialised units, such as Narcotics, National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) and Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), among others. This multifaceted headquarters will have customer-friendly reception areas (and) green spaces to ensure a strong community interface. This will represent the transformative approach the Government is taking to build the new Jamaica,” Dr. Chang said.The Minister made the announcement during his presentation in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate, which got under way in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (April 16).Dr. Chang said the facility’s construction in the heart of downtown Kingston will complement the Government’s overall plan to revive and reposition the capital city as a leading business district that is safe and orderly.He said No Man’s Land will be transformed into a shining beacon in the city and will elevate the space to represent a ray of hope, peace and prosperity.The Minister assured that residents will not be dislocated, adding that the National Housing Trust (NHT) will undertake to ensure coverage for all socio-economic groupings in the region.“There will be new jobs in the area, and we expect that as downtown Kingston returns to its primacy, we will see various segments of the population working there. We expect homes [to be built]… for attendants, cleaners, lawyers, doctors and business leaders, [with] all being able to live together around a shared, peaceful urban space,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Chang advised that Mobile West will be constructed in Montego Bay, St. James, to provide quality residence for 400 police professionals, with state-of-the-art equipment and appropriate furnishings to enhance their capacity.“The Government undertakes these significant projects as an investment to secure the peace and safety of future generations. We will get rid of the gangs, dons and their facilitators that continue to wreak havoc in the communities and our public spaces,” he underscored.last_img read more