First Lady of the Republic of South Africa, Dr Motsepe headed to the U.S for an official visit

first_imgDr Tshepo Motsepe, the spouse of President Cyril Ramaphosa and First Lady of the Republic of South Africa, will on Tuesday, 18 September 2018, embark on an official visit to the United States, ahead of the South African delegation, led by President Ramaphosa, attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York.Dr Motsepe will start her visit at her alma mater, Harvard University’s School of Public Health, where she will deliver an address at the Open Summit on Early Childhood Health and Development in South Africa. She will also have a conversation with a group of students and faculty from the Department of Global Health and Population.On the second leg of her visit Dr Motsepe will attend the unveiling of the Nelson Mandela statue at the United Nations Headquarters.Dr Motsepe holds a Master of Public Health in maternal child health and aging from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a qualified medical doctor, holding a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has also completed a Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).Dr Motsepe has worked in private practice and in hospitals including Chris Hani Baragwaneth Hospital in South Africa and Parirenyatwa Hospital in Zimbabwe – each the largest in their countries. She also worked with the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute which is a leading African research institute focusing on sexual, reproductive health and HIV research. She has also served as Chairperson of the Gauteng Health Department’s Accreditation Committee.Dr Motsepe is currently the Chairperson of African Self Help Trust (ASHA), a non-profit organisation which provides early childhood development support programmes for home based crèches in disadvantaged communities.Issued by the Presidencylast_img read more

Important Cameras of Cinematic History

first_imgThese game-changing cameras changed the face of cinema, one frame at a time.Above photo of cinematographer Robert Richardson from the set of ‘The Hateful Eight’After roughly a century of cinema, we’ve seen countless looks appear on screen as a result of countless camera variations, each with their own pros and cons. Among so many types of cameras throughout film history, few have stood out. With the transition from film to digital currently in its final stages, now is a good time to look back at some of the most iconic or game-changing cameras in movie history.1. Bell & Howell 2709 Standard 35MMIn the early 20th century, one of the biggest faults in camera technology was a lack of standardization. Manufacturers had yet to establish a universal film size that could be played back at any theater, but Bell & Howell changed this when they decided to only manufacture their various camera and projection technology according to a 35mm film width format. By standardizing their already popular equipment, they standardized the entire motion picture industry.Image via iCollectorThe 2709 Standard 35mm was arguably their most historically significant model, as prior to its existence cameras were built with wood and leather. After filmmakers Martin and Osa Johnson lost their camera to termites and mildew in Africa, Bell & Howell released the first ever all metal movie camera, the 2709 Standard. By 1919, almost all Hollywood productions were using Bell & Howell equipment.2. Bolex H16While the Bolex H16 didn’t quite provide a level of image quality comparable to many on this list, it was nevertheless very important in film history. Bolex chose to take a step forward in the consumer industry by giving more people the opportunity to experiment with the medium.Image via LiveAuctioneersEventually one of the best-selling cameras of its time, this consumer-level 16mm camera was a choice tool for the young Steven Spielberg, and was a blessing for many other aspiring filmmakers that were looking for something reliable and versatile, yet still cinematic. Arguably the equivalent of the modern day DSLR, the H16 offered a stellar picture at a reasonable price.3. Super Panavision 70/Ultra Panavision 70 SystemsThe Super Panavision 70 is among the more recognizable names on this list, having provided some of the definitive cinematic experiences in movie history. One of the quintessential 70mm systems, this spherical lens-based camera system brought you classics such as West Side Story, Lawrence of Arabia, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Image via EOSHDBoasting a simply massive image size that still exceeds that of most digital movies today, the Super Panavision 70 brought forth a sense of true scope and wonder synonymous with films such as Kubrick’s 2001. This camera’s anamorphic counterpart, the Ultra Panavision 70, is similarly recognized, and actually saw a recent resurrection for Quentin Tarantino’s western, The Hateful Eight.4. Sony HDW-F900The now industry-standard digital format is not as old as it may seem; at the turn of the century, the Sony HDW-F900 ushered in the digital era with the first (well known) all-digital production, Once Upon a Time in Mexico.Image via TheHDHouseGeorge Lucas worked with Sony to develop this camera for his upcoming Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but first showed it to director Robert Rodriguez, who would become the first to utilize it. Offering a resolution of only 1920X1080 that had to be cropped down to 1920X817 for widescreen, this camera showed that digital had a long way to go before surpassing the quality that film offered. With that being said, it also showed that digital was at least potentially viable in the future.5. RED ONEIf the Sony HDW-F900 highlighted the weaknesses of digital filmmaking, the RED ONE highlighted its strengths. Oakley owner Jim Jannard founded RED Cinema in 2005, and completed the company’s first camera, the RED ONE, in 2007.Image via VocasThe ONE was designed to revolutionize digital cinema, and did just that, as the first ever 4K-capable camera. Also offering high frame rates and surprisingly impressive low-light performance, the RED ONE made the digital platform seem a viable one for the first time. Since then, RED has excelled with many newer models that are constantly pushing the limits of what one can do on a budget.6. IMAXIMAX premiered to audiences is in the early 1970s, with a showing of Tiger Child in Osaka, Japan, and later, its first permanent installation in Toronto, Canada. Yielding an unforeseen film size three times larger than that of standard 70mm, IMAX is roughly the digital equivalent of a 12K image. Unfortunately, the size of the film stock limited the running time of an IMAX feature, and they are therefore mostly used to show documentaries in museums and the like.Image via MovieMailAs technology has progressed, a number of Hollywood productions have made it to IMAX screens, the first being Apollo 13. 6 years later, The Dark Knight was the first ever mainstream feature to actually shoot parts of the film with an IMAX camera. A handful of later films have used IMAX cameras, with The Dark Knight Rises holding a record of 72 minutes of IMAX footage. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the more recent examples of brief IMAX use, featuring it during the Millennium Falcon chase scene on Jakku.  The upcoming Avengers: Infinity War will be the first ever full-length feature shot entirely in IMAX.7. ARRI ALEXAThe ARRI ALEXA has become the final nail in the coffin for film. When ARRI, an established name and frontrunner of Hollywood film, made the transition to digital cinematography, it arguably marked the true start of the digital era. Up until 2010, digital movies were becoming increasingly prevalent, but still didn’t dominate all facets of the industry. Sony and RED were both excelling in digital cinema, but the ALEXA soon overcame them both to become by far the most common platform for digital shooting.Image via NoFilmSchoolThe ALEXA took digital to the point of exceeding most of the capabilities of film, even convincing acclaimed cinematographer and film lover Roger Deakins to make the switch and declare digital the future. With the stunning possibilities that the new ALEXA 65 showcased in The Revenant, it’s now more clear than ever that times are changing.The history of film has seen so many variations of camera technology that have almost all contributed something to the industry, but these cameras were able to stand out with true innovation that impacted cinema forever.What camera technology has furthered your own creativity? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

14 days agoBig Serie A interest arriving for Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Big Serie A interest arriving for Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozilby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSerie A interest is arriving for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.Ozil is on the outer at the Gunners this season.Fenerbahce have entered into negotiations with Arsenal about a loan deal for the German.But Calciomercato.it reports there is also interest from Italy.Inter Milan, AC Milan and Napoli are all ready to make a move for Ozil ahead of the January market. last_img

Sacked school employees body found in pond

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a youth in Rajarhat on Sunday morning. The body was seen floating in a pond by local residents.Police said on Sunday morning, some local residents saw a decomposed body floating in a pond near Shilpota in Rajarhat. Rajarhat police station was informed. Later, police retrieved the body and sent it for autopsy. The deceased was identified as Kabirul Gaji (27) of Mohammadpur at Gajipara in Rajarhat. According to his family members, Gaji was missing since Friday night. It is alleged that he received a phone call from one of his friend and went out of the home. Since then his family members failed to locate him. After being informed, police lodged a missing diary. However, on Sunday morning local residents at Shilpota saw body of Gaji floating in a pond. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSome of local residents claimed that there were several injury marks on Gaji’s body. The police claimed that the marks were not due to injury and it developed as the body was decomposed and immersed in the water for a long time. However, the police are trying to know who had called Gaji on Friday night. But till Sunday night no foul play was detected. The police also claimed that Gaji was addicted to drugs and also an alcoholic. He must have fell in the pond in drunken condition, cops said. He used to work in a private school in New Town but was recently sacked from the job. After that Gaji used to sell ‘sattu’ in front of the TCS building in New Town. Police are questioning his friends. No complaint was lodged till Sunday night.last_img read more

Ed Asner Announces The Foundation Of The Ed Asner Family Center

first_imgLegendary Emmy-winning actor and comedian Ed Asner, who has brought us laughter and entertainment for more than four decades, today announced the creation of The Ed Asner Family Center (TEAFC), dedicated to promoting self-confidence in differently abled individuals and bringing balance and wellness to those individuals and their families.A longtime advocate for the developmentally disabled and those on the autistic spectrum, Asner personally understands the challenges that Special Needs families face, and the healing power of a creative, loving environment. The center is currently fund raising for the flagship site in Los Angeles, the first of many branches nationwide, and will debut classes and programs in June 2018.Said Asner: “This is a dream of mine. To establish an oasis of creativity in every special needs community. A place where our most beautiful dreamers of all can have their opportunity to thrive and in doing so learn valuable lessons about themselves and the world and in the same building give families an opportunity to be healthy. This center of enrichment is where we can develop a most important part of our being, character.”The Ed Asner Family Center will be offering a wide variety of Arts programs as well as mental health support and de-stress classes such as mindfulness and yoga dedicated to promoting self-confidence and balance. Additional classed include music, dance, voice over, theatre, fine arts, culinary, resume building and job mentorship classes.“Less than a decade ago I was a single mother with four young children, two impacted by autism,” said Navah Paskowitz Asner, Executive Director of The Ed Asner Family Center. “I was in desperate need of mental health support due to my challenges in life and financially unable to pay for the support I needed. Our goal in TEAFC is to provide mental health support to ALL special needs families while giving their children enrichments at the same time. We plan to create an environment where the parents, the typical siblings, the entire family begins to not just endure but to live and thrive and feel joy and HOPE in their lives no matter how hard their personal burden may be.”The Ed Asner Family Center plans to offer various approaches to therapy. The center’s mental health programs are aimed at helping those experiencing depression, anxiety, worry, grief, or anger management problems. These issues are much more prevalent with the addition of a special needs family member. Therapy is offered by licensed clinicians including marriage and family Therapists, clinical Social workers and other clinicians trained to help couples, families or individuals to address their ongoing needs. Clinicians explore with the client productive ways to de-stress and find support.Family Counseling and Individual Therapy: This program is designed to help all family members in the special needs household, including grandparents or caregivers and typical siblings. The family will learn how to comfortably express their feelings, de-stress and find better ways to communicate with each other, to solve problems, be able to understand special needs and to address struggles in the home, school, workplace or in the community. By defining clear goals and ways to support those goals, clinicians work closely with all family members. Sessions are focused on teaching the skills necessary to encourage the family as a whole to be become better communicators and focus on a healthier way of living and a higher quality of life for the entire family. Each individual family member can be supported by peers in a group setting or a private one- on-one counseling session.Sibling Group: This program offers support for the sibling of a special needs child. Often the siblings wonder why everything is focused on their brother or sister and not on them. They might feel that they don’t get enough time to do the things they want to do. Siblings may feel guilt or anger towards their brother or sister for always being the center of the parent’s attention. Participants will be able to express feelings through games and activities while attending group sessions as well as find comfort and support with likeminded peers.Enrichment/Vocational Programs: The Ed Asner Family Center will feature enrichment and vocational classes from some of the top established programs in the country and is proud to partner with Spectrum Laboratory, Autism Works Now, Autism Movement Therapy and The Miracle Project.For more information about The Ed Asner Family Center, and sponsorship opportunities contact: Navah Paskowitz-Asner at Navah@edasnerfamilycenter.org.last_img read more

New school in Northwest Angle 33B has elders smiling

first_imgJohn Murray APTN National NewsThe Bimose Tribal Council has found a winning formula for education – one that has been so successful it led to the opening of a school on a remote reserve on the Lake of the Woods.It’s a big deal – one that means children don’t have to go away for school – and the sounds of them at play has elders smiling.“Two generations of students have gone from K to 12 without living in the community,” said Chief Kimberley Sandy-Kasprik. “And so our Elders told us that we need to put a stop to that. Our children need to grow up in our community. They need to be a part of the community. They need to know where they are from. They need to walk on the land.”jmurray@aptn.calast_img

High court seems likely to side with Merck in Fosamax case

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seems likely to side with drugmaker Merck in a dispute over the warning label on its bone-strengthening drug Fosamax.During arguments Monday in a lawsuit against the New Jersey-based company, only two justices seemed inclined to rule against Merck. A trial court initially threw out claims against Merck. An appeals court revived them.The case before the Supreme Court involves hundreds of people who sued Merck, alleging they were injured by Fosamax. They say they suffered Fosamax-related thigh-bone fractures and that Merck failed to provide adequate warnings on the drug’s label.Merck says the Food and Drug Administration rejected its warning attempt because the FDA believed available data didn’t initially support one.Fosamax is prescribed to prevent and treat osteoporosis in women who have gone through menopause.The Associated Presslast_img read more

9 CBI officers get medal in excellence from MHA

first_imgNew Delhi: Nine CBI officers have been given medal for excellence in investigation, a first for the agency, for 2018 by the Union Home Ministry, officials said on Thursday.This award has been given to a total of 101 police officers from across the country, including nine from the Central Bureau of Investigation for the first time after being instituted by the ministry, they said. The winners from the CBI include Deputy Superintendents of Police — Velladurai Navaraju, Seema Pahuja, Roshan Lal Yadav, Ramavtar Yadav, Rajesh Kumar, K Pradeep Kumar and Inspectors Chandrakant Vithal Pujari, Girish Kumar Pradhan and Raman Kumar Shukla, they said. “The objective for institution of the medals for police investigators is to promote high professionalism standards of investigation of crime in the State Police and Central Investigating Agencies in the country and to recognise such excellence in investigation by investigating officers of the Police organisations,” a CBI spokesperson said.last_img read more

Purity of Indian democracy too sacred EC monitoring use of social media

first_imgNew Delhi: IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Wednesday sounded a warning to social media companies not to allow their platforms to be abused to influence elections, and said the Election Commission is maintaining vigil on the issue. Stating that the purity of Indian democracy is “too sacred”, the minister said while the use of social media for campaigning was okay, platforms should ensure that the data is not abused under any cimcumstances. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Asked if the IT ministry was monitoring the situation, he said the Election Commission (EC) is already monitoring it and also has the power to take action. Prasad said, “the Election Commission is already monitoring it (situation). Let them monitor it…They held a meeting…it is only appropriate and desirable that the EC must monitor, co-ordinate and lay the ground rule for working of social media during elections. “On my side, I can only make this observation that the purity of Indian democracy is too sacred, and social media please ensure that the data is not abused to influence election. If someone wants to use social media for campaigning I have no problem.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The comments come a day after the social media intermediaries and the internet and mobile association Tuesday told the Election Commission that they would shortly come up with a draft ‘code of ethics’ for the industry as part of a mechanism to prevent abuse of social media platforms during the Lok Sabha elections beginning April 11. Representatives of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and TikTok had been called by the poll panel to discuss the issue of evolving mechanism to prevent abuse on social media platforms. The EC also wanted to ensure that elections are insulated from outside influence. A statement issued by the EC had said the meeting also discussed evolving a ‘notification’ mechanism by social media platforms for acting upon the violations of Section 126 of Representation of the People Act, 1951, and preventing misuse of these platforms. Section 126 of the Act prohibits advertising and campaigning on TV and other electronic media during the silent period, which is 48 hours before the end of polling. With ensuing general elections, the Indian government had warned social media platforms of strong action if any attempt was made to influence the country’s electoral process through undesirable means. Over the past few months, social media players and tech firms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google have promised to infuse more transparency into political advertisements on their platforms, and have since announced a slew of measures as part of election integrity efforts.last_img read more

Emery Ramsey remains an important member at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery insists that Aaron Ramsey remains important to him, although he will not get involved with his contract talksThe 27-year-old midfielder’s current deal will expire at the end of the season with latest reports suggesting that a new offer by Arsenal has been withdrawn.The Gunners have also allegedly decided to part with Ramsey in the winter transfer window should no further progress be made at that point.Speaking ahead to Arsenal’s home game against Watford on Saturday, Emery gave his take on Ramsey’s situation at North London.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“There are three elements, three aspects. One is the player and also the player with their family and representatives. The other is the club and the other is the squad. My focus is always on the team,” said Emery on the club website.“My focus is preparing with the players and only thinking about the match tomorrow.”Asked whether he considers Ramsey to be important, Emery replied: “For me, every player is very important with their relation with the team. I consider each player an important space in the squad.”last_img read more