Striker Huntelaar keen for future to be resolved – report

first_imgDutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – said to be a target for Chelsea – has not decided whether he wants to move to England but would like his future resolved by January, The Sun report.Huntelaar’s Schalke contract expires in the summer and it is claimed he is wanted by the Blues as well as Arsenal and Liverpool.“Klaas has not decided,” the 29-year-old’s agent Arnold Oosterveer is quoted as saying.“He’s had offers from England, Italy and Spain. It’s also possible he could stay in Germany.“He wants his future planned by the winter. In the next 45 days he wants to know his next project and it will be decided by his football ambitions and not by money.“His dream is to fight to win titles in Europe and to have chances to be successful, because today he is one of the best strikers in Europe.”This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Giants’ Pillar goes in-depth on the art of robbing home runs

first_imgCINCINNATI — If Kevin Pillar looked like a natural climbing the center field wall in Cincinnati on Saturday night, it’s because he is one.The Giants outfielder scaled an eight-foot fence to rob Reds rookie Nick Senzel of his first major league home run, impressing his teammates and everyone in attendance at Great American Ball Park with how easily he moved himself into position to make the play.Sports Info Solutions said Pillar’s Saturday robbery was the third of his career, and considering …last_img

Q and A with few of South Africa’s influential women

first_img18 August 2016What do Nomzamo Mbatha, Bonang Matheba, Kass Naidoo, and Farah Fortune have in common? Besides being in the limelight, they are successful women who learnt important life lessons from influential women in their lives.With the 9th of August having been National Women’s Day, we celebrate the contribution of women through the month. Journalist Melissa Javan conducted question and answer sessions with a few of South Africa’s prominent women.Nomzamo Mbatha is a South African actress and the face of the skincare range Neutrogena South Africa and the Puma’s local brand ambassador. (Image: Nomzamo Mbatha, Facebook)Who are the women in your life who have inspired you, and why?Roxy Burger, TV presenter: My mother. Cliché, I know but she is the epitome of an amazing career woman. She will also do anything for her family. I also admire broadcasters such as Leanne Manas, Anele Mdoda and others internationally.Farah Fortune, entrepreneur: My mum is my biggest female inspiration. She’s a strong woman who raised six children and always has the best advice. I would have loved to meet Maya Angelou, because she was a huge inspiration to me too.Bonang Matheba, media personality: I come from a family of strong women. My mother is my biggest inspiration. From her I learned what it means to be resilient, not shaken, to love and nurture. Her sisters have also been my other role models in being a woman. They pursued education, held down households whilst being captains of their industries.Nomzamo Mbatha, actress: My grandmother has an incredible amount of influence on the woman I am becoming and have become. She taught me everything – having strength, resilience, humility and charm. One of the things she’d say is: “People are like fingers on your hand. They may not be the same in terms of social standing, but are treated the same. Treat people equally, no matter who or what they are, because you need them.” I also admire Basetsana Kumalo, Khanyi Dhlomo, Viola Davis and mam’ Winnie Mandela.Kass Naidoo, sports presenter: There are many women who I admire. One of my earliest inspirations was West Indian Donna Simmonds. She was cricket’s first woman commentator. These days, I’m proud of South Africa’s 800m Olympic heroine, Caster Semenya. She consistently displays courage, strength and champion temperament without apology.Roxy Burger is television presenter for the lifestyle series Top Billing and Strictly Come Dancing. She is also a celebrity blogger. (Image: Roxy Burger)What does Women’s Month mean to you?Roxy Burger: It is of course special and women deserve to be celebrated. I do wish that the respect and celebration women receive during this month continues and we achieve equality in all aspects of our lives.Farah Fortune: It means we get to highlight issues in South Africa that affect us. I’m not overly fond about Women’s Month though. I feel a little disappointed that our issues are only highlighted during this month. I wish we had more platforms throughout the year for the issues and rights that affect us.Farah Fortune is the founder and chief executive officer of the public relations company African Star Communications. (Image: African Star Communications)Bonang Matheba: Every year, I use 9 August as a time to reflect on what 20 000, fearless women risked in order for me to have a voice and a position in society. This year it’s been more about what the Bonang Legacy will look or read like in 60 years’ time. I am ensuring that I do my part through the camp for girls I am hosting in December.Nomzamo Mbatha: It’s an exciting time! Many women say: “It shouldn’t just be during this month that we are celebrated, it should be every month.” Of which I fully agree. However, come August, there’s a breeze in the air, women walk taller, owning who they are, unafraid of their voices, sharing their stories, being bold, demanding their voices to be heard, reminding men how powerful we are. Women’s Month for me means that we are claiming a place in this world that belongs to us in the most fiercest and fearless way.Kass Naidoo: Women’s Month gives us the opportunity to amplify our message to raise profile of South African women in sport, and comes on the back of a daily commitment to support our athletes and women in sport.Kass Naidoo was South Africa’s first female cricket commentator. She is also founder of G Sport for Girls, an online platform that promotes girls and women in sports. (Image: Judd van Rensburg/ Jet Club, Kass Naidoo)Can South African women move the country forward?Roxy Burger: Of course. This goes without saying. I believe that the emotional strength women have is something that is not respected enough. Sometimes this is even seen as a weakness but I believe a high EQ is a leadership quality we as women should embrace.Farah Fortune: Yes! We are a strong willed nation of women leaders. We need to create our own platforms to have our voices heard. When we look at what women have done for South Africa since 1956 alone, the evidence is there that we as women in South Africa are capable of anything.Bonang Matheba: Most definitely. Women are the cornerstone of society. When anything goes wrong with a child in the home or community, it is always the woman who is looked upon to give answers and speak solutions to that.Nomzamo Mbatha: Absolutely! South African women have one of the deepest and strongest narratives. Our forefathers fought and had resilience which was imparted on us when they left this earth. As women of this country we have woken up and realised that we are worldly, and can become absolutely anything in this world, and guess what, we want it! There is a strength that we have and a sense of leadership that we are fighting for now. We are becoming anything and everything that we have always wanted to be.Kass Naidoo: South African women are moving the country forward, because of our tenacity, ability to endure, and our hunger for success.Bonang Matheba’s resume´ includes radio disk jockey, television presenter for lifestyle shows like the Afternoon Express, and being a global ambassador for Revlon cosmetics. (Image: Bonang Matheba)Any advice to women?Roxy Burger: Run your own race. Try not to compare yourself to others. And let’s stop pulling each other down. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. Let’s support one another and uplift one another and that is how we can create change.Farah Fortune: Always do what’s best for you. Your gender is not a disability.Bonang Matheba: Be each other’s champions. We are so much more than the bickering.Nomzamo Mbatha: Have resilience. The resilience to fight for your voice, your place and your dreams. We can and will be any and everything that we want to be. Society is afraid of the strength we have, now is the time to be the change. Now is the time! Let us love each other, support each other and know that if one of us wins, it’s a win for all!Kass Naidoo: My advice for women is to find your passion, work hard and reach for the stars!Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Pack of 4 strong and resilient 9 : long hair slide combs

first_imgOk but poor quality ( brittle ). Bought 2 of this product ,i`m very satisfied with it. Nice combs, can be used with any colour hair, and do not have sharp pointed comb ends like most hair combs, so do not hurt your head when using them. I chose to get this product on line as it is very hard to get bigger combs in the shops i am very pleased with them and they were delivered very quick thank you. These are perfect for gray hairlong hair slide combsPack of 4 strong and resilient 9.5cm long hair side combs. Available in 3 colours; Black, Brown tortoiseshell effect or Clear. Useful hair accessory for many hairstyles. (Clear)Pack of 4 plastic hair combsMeasure 9cm wideplasticAll measurements approximate across widest point I had looked for combs everywhere and decided to try the internet where i found these. They are really great, strong and well made. I can now make hair ornaments for my grand-daughter’s bridesmaids. Does not grip fine hair easily. Everything which was required. Arrived 4 days before due date. Pack of 4 strong and resilient clear long hair combs 9. 5cm arrived in cardboard box with package nuts. To keep them safe and damage free. The combs are great for long hair. Thank you these side combs are nice and big and hold my hair in place just fine as my hair is still thick and long. Also the clear go with my blond hair must add they are strong and did not break in my hair. These are perfect for gray hair. These are perfect for gray hair. They are strong – not like some i have purchased over the counter before, which lose teeth easily. These are the best i’ve had. Love this product, good value for money.last_img

Tablets Will Surge Beyond Projections, IDC Says

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Yet if IDC’s predictions prove out, Microsoft might be in trouble.The research firm is calling for Windows-based tablets to have a 10.3% market share in 2016. That includes Windows RT, Windows 8 and Windows 7 tablets (what little there are). When Microsoft started shipping its newest Windows 8 slates, it was probably thinking it would control more than a tenth of the market come 2016.Yet, Windows 8 and RT sales have been poor through the first month or so of availability and Microsoft has reportedly cut its own tablet shipments. And the rise of the tablet will come at the expense of the traditional e-reader along with cutting into the sale of PCs. In the coming years, many people will be using their tablets as the primary way to access the Internet, communicate, play games and work. “Tablets continue to captivate consumers, and as the market shifts toward smaller, more mobile screen sizes and lower prices points, we expect demand to accelerate in the fourth quarter and beyond,” Mainelli said.  Tags:#Android#Apple#iPad#tablets Tablets are the hot gifts this year. If you are in the market for a new slate, options abound and people are rushing to buy. The popularity of the tablet sector is so big right now that research firm International Data Corp. has increased its tablet forecast for the rest of 2012 by nearly 5 million shipments.That might not seem like a lot, but if you consider we are already a week into December, IDC’s tablet projection is significant.The recalculation from IDC comes as tablet sales surge on the strength of Apple’s new iPad Mini along with a plethora of strong Android competitors and the release of Windows 8. IDC is now calling for a year-end total of 122.3 million tablet shipments, up from its earlier prediction of 117.1 million. “Android tablets are gaining traction in the market thanks to solid products from Google, Amazon, Samsung and others. And Apple’s November iPad mini launch, along with its surprise refresh of the full-sized iPad, positions the company well for a strong holiday season,” said IDC’s research director for tablet Tom Mainelli in a press release. IDC has also increased its tablet projection for the years to come. For 2013, the research firm forecasts 172.4 million shipments (up from 165.9 million). For 2016, IDC predicts 282.7 million units (up from 261.4 million). What IDC is saying is that pretty soon everybody you know is going to have a tablet of some sort. Your most gadget-enthused friends will likely have a couple. IDC predicts that iPad rule tablets at least through 2016, with a 49.7% market share. That means that Apple would ship nearly 140.5 million iPads in 2016, more than double what it is likely to ship in 2012. Android is expected to lose more ground to Apple in 2016, mostly due to increased popularity of Windows tablets, which will eat somewhat into Android sales.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts last_img read more

Color Grading: Using DaVinci Resolve’s Multiple Split Screens

first_imgDaVinci Resolve has a little-known tool known as Split Screen which can be useful at various points in your color grading sessions.See different graded versions of the same shot in DaVinci Resolve. In this post we’ll delve into Split Screen, and demonstrate its various modes and how each can be practically used when color grading.Split Screen can be accessed by clicking on the little three-by-two icon above the main image viewer, between Image Wipe and Highlight.Access Split Screen by clicking on that little grid:Selecting this will kick us into our first option called Versions, which can display up to sixteen versions of the shot selected in the timeline. Sixteen versions is probably more than your creative mind can run through, so for all purposes we can hardly call this a limitation. Versions is useful at the session’s beginning if you have a client that is unsure of what look they want. The current version you have selected will be highlighted in the monitor with an outlined gray box.For instance, I can show four versions of a shot to the client right when she comes in:Certain fashion jobs may have no still image campaign to match the video to, so often the director will be open to grading suggestions. Fashion jobs also may not have a clear answer as to where the grade wants to head due to their often otherworldly shooting environments. If you have time before the director comes in, roll through a bunch of tasteful options and select Versions when she comes in. It’s a great way to show a bunch of different styles and palettes. You may not get the palette right, but it’s still a useful talking point. Upon seeing the various grades the director will typically respond in one direction more strongly than another. At least, they should, if they’re a decent director.Versions and Original is similar to Versions, simply showing the ungraded clip for comparison. Further into the session, this might be something you wouldn’t want to keep showing, although it always seems to amaze clients when you show them how far the image has come. Endless tweaking will do that.Comparing the four grades against the original uncorrected image:A word of warning. While showing six, eight or even sixteen clips at a time might look impressive, don’t try to play all the clips at once at the risk of getting playback at a crawl, or worse, a software crash. Simultaneous video streams are subject to your graphics cards and the speed of your system and hard drives. Show the stills to the client, then apply the grade and play it down for them on a single clip.The Groups option shows up to sixteen clips that have been manually grouped together by the colorist. This option is useful for quickly evaluating how consistent similar clips in a setup are. It can also be used to rapidly determine lighting changes for, say, an exterior interview setup shot in the middle of the day, in a way that the Lightbox view can’t, since it’s cluttered with the rest of the clips in the sequence.Grouping clips beforehand (denoted by the green chainlink) allows me to use Groups effectively:Selected Clips, as the name implies, includes clips the colorist has selected using command-click. Again, up to sixteen clips can be evaluated. This is useful as above for identifying inconsistencies, but with clips you don’t want in the same group, like opposing angles in a two-character dialogue scene.Selected Clips uses clips you’ve command-clicked as well as the current clip in its view:Neighbor Clips doesn’t require any clicking or grouping. This option shows the current clip in the lower left corner. The previous two clips are shown at the top and the next clip in the sequence is on the lower right. After all, you may not be concerned with lighting changes in an exterior interview if those clips are never shown side by side, compared to the clips immediately preceding and following them. This option is best when working with a pretty locked cut, as opposed to grading dailies. This option works whether or not you have black space in between the clips.Clips next to and including the current clip in the timeline are shown:Gallery Grades compares your current shot with any gallery still. This is a great way to roll through a bunch of options without necessarily committing to any of them. If you have a bunch of PowerGrades in your arsenal, you can click through and see which would be appropriate for this shot. Or, you might have already done an amazing grade on shot one but wonder what the grade for shot two would be. Creating another version, only to delete it when a grade is applied and doesn’t work, can be clunky. Gallery Grades makes testing out grades a snap.The only issue with this option is that it doesn’t pay attention to the grading you’ve already done on the clip, so this is best used in the very beginning of the session, before you’ve even balanced your shot.A side-by-side comparison of the current clip (with its grade) and a gallery grade:Lastly, Highlight Modes allows you to see detailed information on the current shot’s mattes. The top left shows the shot as it has been graded. When you select a node with a matte in the tree, you will see the two types of mattes in the right quadrants of the screen: the gray matte and the high-contrast matte. You probably have set the preference for which matte you prefer in the General Options preferences, but here you can see both, if that’s your thing. The fourth quadrant on the lower left shows the key’s effect by displaying a difference matte of the graded versus the original shot.Highlight Modes gives you the current shot’s grade, the two types of key display views on the right, and the effect of the key on the bottom left:These various Split Screen modes, while far from being Resolve’s most essential feature, are great to incorporate into a workflow to make the task of managing grades and presenting options to clients a breeze.last_img read more

Fine for abandoning milch cows

first_imgAbandoning milch cows in Haryana may come at a price as a fine of ₹5,100 would be imposed on those who do so, according to Haryana Gau Seva Aayog chairman Bhani Ram Mangla.For this purpose, a mobile application is being prepared which would reveal information about the place and district of animal on the basis of tag number, he said.He was speaking at a function where financial assistance cheques to Gaushalas in Bhiwani district were distributed.Mr. Mangla on Monday distributed cheques of about ₹26.50 lakh to 24 guashalas, an official release said.According to a decision of the government, he said ‘Gau Seva Kendras’ (Cow Service Centres) would be established in villages for the safety of ‘Gauvansh’.The government would give financial assistance for this purpose, he said. The registration of these ‘seva kendras’ would be mandatory and a committee of eminent persons would be constituted for their functioning, he said.last_img read more

Good, but inadequate, provisions in new proposals: Goa-based NGO

first_imgThe proposed Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 has some good provisions, but may not address the demands of the victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, says a Goa-based social work organization, ARZ, committed to combating such trafficking across the country.Speaking to The Hindu here on Tuesday, Director of ARZ, Mr. Arunendra Pandey asks, “Undoubtedly, the Bill has some good provisions but can that be the only reason for demanding it’s passage in Parliament?Mr. Pandey, who recently documented views of such survivors and victims from across the country, said that most of the victims and survivors feel that only prosecuting traffickers is not enough.“During our interactions with victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex workers, both have shared that they want protection from prosecution, non-shelter-based rehabilitation, livelihood alternative/job, house, and pension,” said Mr. Pandey. But the Bill does not address most of these demands, he added.As a major stakeholder in combating this crime, that collaborates with law enforcement agencies and also undertakes rehabilitation work in a big way, NGOs working towards this cause should have been consulted in a comprehensive and a transparent exercise, Mr. Pandey said.“Have the NGOs supporting this Bill informed the beneficiaries that in the name of “right to rehabilitation” they have been provided the option of choosing between a “Protective Home” and a “Rehabilitation home”. I wonder if they know that even if they are victims they can be prosecuted for soliciting, indulging in commercial sexual activity in a public place, lack of proper documents, etc.,” Mr. Pandey said.“Should the NGOs in the best interest of the victims, be demanding the passage of the Bill in its present form or to send it to the Parliament select committee for review?” he asked.ARZ has rehabilitated many women from the erstwhile red-light area of Baina in the port town of Vasco in south Goa, through an alternate livelihood option provided by “Swift Wash,” a mechanised laundry unit.On the occasion of “World day Against Trafficking in Persons” on July 30, ARZ will release a documentary series “Mandi” which will kick off a # MeToo victim of sex trafficking campaign to create awareness, in Panaji, Mr. Pandey said.“Mandi” consists of four movies highlighting experiences of victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation at different stages. Of these, “Helpless” emphasises reasons for entry, “Commodity,” the truth about life in commercial sexual activity, “Opportunities,”about demands and experiences around exiting, and “Misconceptions,” which details how society misunderstands these victims.“The voices in these documentaries are of victims from red light areas of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Goa,” said Mr. Pandey.For this initiative, ARZ is collaborating with the Mumbai-based Centre for Criminology and Justice, Tata Institute Of Social Sciences.last_img read more

‘Sundari’ may not be shifted to Nandankanan

first_imgSundari, the tigress captured following a few incidents of mauling in Odisha’s Satkosia Tiger Reserve, may not be shifted to the Nandankanan Zoological Park as the Central Zoo Authority has advised against transfer of animals from the wild.The ambitious tiger reintroduction programme at STR had run into controversy after Sundari, which was translocated from the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, attacked a man in Satkosia leading to his death. Angry villagers had then vandalised public property demanding shifting of the tigress.Bowing to public pressure, the State Forest and Environment Department decided to tranquilise the big cat. State Forest Minster Bijoyshree Routray had then said that Sundari would be shifted to Nandankanan after her capture.After successful tranquilisation of the tigress on November 6, the animal was shifted to a makeshift enclosure set up at Raiguda, deep inside the Satkosia forest.Terming the shifting of Sundari “unlawful”, a wildlife activist, Ajay Dubey, had moved the CZA over the proposed shifting of the big cat to Nandankanan. “As per the strategy to achieve objectives of zoos specified in the National Zoo Policy, 1998, para 3.2.1 says except for obtaining founder animals for approved breeding programme and infusion of new blood into inbreed groups, no zoo shall collect animals from the wild,” said CZA member secretary D.N. Singh in a letter addressed to Odisha’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Sandeep Tripathi, in response to the allegation.Mr. Singh asked the Odisha government to consider all the pros and cons and arrive at a decision in accordance with the National Zoo Policy.“We have written a number of times to the National Tiger Conservation Authority and the Wildlife Institute of India to come to Odisha and give us technical guidance. Now, we are approaching them again to guide us on the future course of action,” said Mr. Tripathi, reacting to CZA’s point of view.Meanwhile, a man was trampled to death by a trained elephant, which was brought to tranquilise Sundari, on Thursday. The victim was identified as Sudur Pradhan.last_img read more