Tsetsi steps into the ring

first_imgTsetsi Davis, one of the crowd favourites over the years in the Wray & Nephew Contender boxing series, makes his debut tonight against American Courtney McLeave at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.Davis has been able to fight as both a welterweight and a middleweight in the competition and has actually been a finalist.At age 38, he now has what is regarded as his last chance to take the top prize of $2 million this year and has said repeatedly since being selected that he believes that this will be his time to shine.He enters the ring with a record of 14 victories and five losses, while his American opponent McLeave, is a 21-year old boxer who has been a professional for a year, and has a one-win and two-loss record. Based on these figures, Davis goes into the fight with a huge advantage as he has much more experience than his opponent.SEEDING METHODThe method of determining the fights in the preliminary round this year is by a draw. Previously, there were challenges in which two teams competed and a boxer from the winning team was allowed to select his opponent. This year, the boxers on both teams were seeded and the top four seeds draw an opponent from the bottom four of the opposing team.By this method, unless there is an upset, the better boxers go on to the quarter-finals and challenge each other for the semi-final and then final spots. The runner-up in the competition takes home $500,000, while third gets $250,000 and fourth $200,000.The first week of competition saw that fight end in only 55 seconds after the young American, Xzaviar Ford, tore a tendon in his right shoulder and could not continue to fight. There was great disappointment in the auditorium after this premature end.Last week, spectators saw a much better fight as highly rated Demarcos Corley defeated Iwan Azore from Guyana on points, by using his superior boxing skills and ring savvy to good advantage.McLeave’s camp is confident that their fighter can hold his own against the more experienced Davis, while the Davis camp is quietly confident.”We have seen his record and will be going into the fight confident of victory, but we are not taking anything for granted. We want a win and that is what we are going for. We just have to wait to see what he brings to the table,” a representative from their camp said.Jamaica at 9:30 p.m.last_img read more

Sappi unveils R800m empowerment deal

first_imgGlobal pulp and paper group Sappi has announced a black economic empowerment (BEE) deal that will see approximately 4.5% of the company, worth about R814-million, being transferred to employees, black managers, a community foundation and strategic partner companies. The second part of the deal entails the issue of approximately 4.3-million ordinary, listed shares to the participants of the group’s 2006 plantation BEE deal, namely Lereko Investments (who will now hold 0.37% of issued shares), Malibongwe Women Development Trust (0.08%), and AMB Capital (0.12%). 25 March 2010 “The transaction recognises the crucial role that our staff play in making the company a success and builds on the strong relationship we have developed with Lereko.” This transaction also includes qualifying Sappi employees represented by an employee share ownership plan, and follows the unwinding of the rights of all parties from the 2006 deal. New manager, employee trusts “Sappi views broad-based black economic empowerment as a key requirement for sustainable growth and social development in South Africa,” Sappi Limited CEO Ralph Boettger said in a statement on Wednesday. “We believe this investment will show significant upside for the consortium over the coming years. We are also confident that we will be able to assist Sappi in its other empowerment and transformation activities.” The first part of the deal consists of the creation of about 20-million of a new class of equity shares, which will be vendor financed and unlisted on the JSE, which will be allocated to three new trusts that have been created through the deal.center_img “Our relationship with Sappi has been substantive and has created significant opportunities for the consortium,” Lereko Investments executive director Lulu Gwagwa said. “While this work will continue, we are excited by the opportunity presented to us to become Sappi’s strategic partner at the holding company level. Strategic BEE partners “The transaction empowers our South African employees; will help attract and retain staff and in particular highly skilled black managers; and reinforces Sappi’s position as a responsible corporate citizen within the communities where we operate,” said Sappi Southern Africa CEO Jan Labuschagne. The deal translates into the empowerment of approximately 30% of the company’s South African business. “Furthermore, the transaction accommodates the key principles of [empowerment] and maximises the ownership component in terms of the Forest Sector Charter with Sappi moving from a Level Six Contributor to a Level Four Contributor on the Charter scorecard.” These includes an employee share ownership trust, which is for all Sappi full-time employees in South Africa who do not currently participate in a Sappi share scheme (holding 2.81% of issued shares); a management share ownership trust for all African, Coloured and Indian managers (0.67%); and the Sappi Foundation, which will focus on projects benefiting the communities around Sappi’s mills and plantations (0.45%). SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA fossils reveal new fox species

first_img28 January 2013 South Africa’s renowned Malapa cave at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site in Gauteng has yielded yet another discovery – a two-million-year old previously unknown fossil fox. The Malapa cave is one of the richest archaeological sites on the continent, and is best known as the resting place of skeletons of a new species of human ancestor known as Australopithecus sediba, found in 2008. The Malapa fox is the second new species, after sediba, to be described from this site. Professor Lee Berger, a palaeoanthropologist from the Institute for Human Evolution (IHE) and School of GeoSciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, says the discovery is important for South Africa, and the world. “Malapa continues to reveal this extraordinary record of past life,” says Berger, who made the discovery of A. sediba. “Often everyone pays attention to the major hominin discoveries we make, but the discovery of a new species is a very rare thing.” “We find fossils all the time, many of animals that are extinct now but did live at one time. Prior to this discovery, the world didn’t know that this fox existed.” Researchers from Wits and Johannesburg universities and international scientists published the findings in an article in the Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa on 16 January 2013.The cool factor Berger says when the fossil was discovered, carnivore specialists realised it was something that they had never seen before in science. The specimen they found at Malapa consisted of what looked like a piece of jawbone and parts of the skeleton – but the only way to prove it is an entirely new fox was through intensive research. The researchers had to analyse the fox closely to distinguish it from any living or extinct form of fox, based on the proportions of its teeth and other aspects of its anatomy. They named the previously unknown species Vulpes skinneri, in honour of the late world renowned South African mammalogist and ecologist Professor John Skinner of the University of Pretoria. Berger says the discovery can help scientists answer important evolutionary questions about modern African mammals, but it also reveals more unanswered questions about the origins of small carnivores such as foxes. “It can tell us more about the evolution of modern foxes and gives us insight into the ecology and world of our ancestors,” he says. “Now there is a whole new lineage of foxes out there that scientists can research.” Small carnivores often had much smaller and more localised habitats than larger mammals, and this is very useful to scientists. Berger says it could potentially help researchers learn more about the environment at the time.Mystery surrounds the ancestry of foxes The IHE’s Dr Brian Kuhn, head of carnivore studies at Malapa, says very little is known about the ancestry of foxes in comparison with other African carnivores such as larger dogs of the Canis group. “It’s wonderful to see a potential ancestral form of living foxes,” Kuhn says. Berger explains that so little is known about foxes because specialists studying small carnivores are very rare. “It is not a field of study often taken up by scientists.” Researchers also tend to focus on the study of “prestige animals” such as large mammals. He says smaller animals are also poorly represented in fossil records because often predators consume them entirely, leaving very little to study. And this is why the world’s newest fox is such an extraordinary discovery – it will inspire scientists to work on lesser known species and discover similar animals. Berger expects that many scientists are going to re-examine their existing fossil collections. If they take a closer look at what they have, they could perhaps uncover another new animal species. “I think we are going to see an explosion of interest in these small and very important mammals,” he says. “Who knows what we will find next?” First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Minimize the risk of harvest fires

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry corn and soybean fields have put farmers at greater risk of their combines catching on fire while harvesting crops.At least three combine fires were sparked across Ohio in one week this fall. Two happened during the recent week-long heatwave: one in Crawford County on Sept. 22, another in Miami County on Sept. 24. A third combine fire happened Sept. 28 in Shelby County leaving a man with serious burns, according to news reports.Combines can catch fire when the dry plant material or grain dust mix with heat generated by the combine’s motor, belts or exhaust system or by the static electricity produced as the combine is driven through a field, said Rory Lewandowski. He is an agricultural and natural resources educator for Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.Every year, harvest comes with some risk of combine fires, but this year was especially dry so the risk is higher than usual, Lewandowski said. The recent rains have certainly helped, but have not eliminated the risk.Having machinery equipped with a trustworthy fire extinguisher is one of the first lines of defense against field fires, said Dee Jepsen, state safety leader for OSU Extension. Combines should carry an ABC 10-pound fire extinguisher, while tractors are recommended to have a 5-pound unit. Every vehicle in the field should have a fire extinguisher, she said.“Nothing is worse than watching the combine go up in flames while you’re running to the end of the field to retrieve the fire extinguisher on the grain cart,” Jepsen said.Another safety measure is to attach a chain to the frame of the combine and allow it to drag along the ground, which can reduce the buildup of static electricity, Lewandowski said. Clearing away chaff from various parts of the combine could also reduce the odds of fire, he said.“We wouldn’t have near the risk of fires if we were harvesting under wet conditions,” he said.The week-long heat wave that began Sept. 21 and ended Sept. 27 included multiple record-high days, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for OSU Extension.In the first half of September, temperatures averaged 2 to 9 degrees below normal, then in the second half of the month, the mercury rose. During the heat wave, the northern part of Ohio was 12 to 16 degrees above normal, and the southern part of the state was 8 to 12 degrees above average.“It’s a pretty extreme shift,” Wilson said.Additional safety tips to avoid a combine fire include the following:Keep machinery in good repair. Apply grease to bearings and oil chains regularly to reduce friction. It is advisable to perform maintenance checks at the end of the day, rather than at the beginning, to detect any hot or smoldering areas that may break out into flames overnight.Keep machinery clean and free of plant materials, especially around the wrap points. Wipe up any fuel or oil leaks to eliminate additional fuel sources; and do not leave oily rags on equipment or in the cab.Take time to cool down the equipment each night, and check for any hot spots.last_img read more

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill, sets stage for final passage this year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On June 28 the Senate passed its version of the 2018 farm bill with a bipartisan vote of 86-11. The House passed its version on June 21. The two measures will now be reconciled before a final version is sent to President Trump for his signature.“Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow worked with other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee to deliver a bill that will continue to provide the risk management tools that America’s farmers need more than ever before. And the fact that Leader McConnell agreed this should be a legislative priority helped move this very important bill forward in the Senate,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “Of course, no bill is ever perfect, but this bipartisan effort gives us a solid framework for progress. We do have concerns about some of the provisions that were added to the bill that make it harder for farmers to manage risk, but we are confident that those issues can be satisfactorily addressed by the House/Senate conference committee. We look forward to working with conferees from both houses to get the best possible farm bill done for rural America.”The National Corn Growers Association was pleased with the robust federal crop insurance program included in the bill. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) was supportive of the $100 million in additional funding for the dairy title baseline. The Senate version of the Farm Bill contains enhancements to the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) sought by NMPF, including improved coverage levels and greater program flexibility.The Senate bill — which renames the MPP as the “Dairy Risk Coverage” program — raises the maximum covered margin to $9 per cwt. and adjusts the minimum percentage of milk that can be insured. It also includes an important agreement reached between NMPF and the International Dairy Foods Association on price risk management. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) included provisions in the bill that promote the consumption of fluid milk. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) included provisions of her Dairy Business Innovation Act in the bill to help foster innovation and new opportunities for the dairy industry.Kevin Kester, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, pointed out the Senate’s rejection of an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill offered by U.S. Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Cory Booker (N.J.) that sought to undermine commodity “checkoff” programs.“The rejection of this amendment is a win for America’s cattle producers, who voluntarily created and continue to overwhelmingly support the beef checkoff system. Legislation like the Lee-Booker amendment is largely pushed by militant vegans and extreme political organizations that essentially want to end animal agriculture,” Kester said. “We’re happy that producers can continue to lead the checkoff system and contract with whatever producer-led groups will best promote beef consumption and research.”The Senate bill also contains conservation provisions that will help producers access technical and financial assistance to carry out conservation practices on their operations. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) added a helpful amendment to give farmers greater flexibility in meeting their goals under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.Under the trade title, the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill also re-authorizes the trade promotion programs.As part of the Farm Bill, the Senate passed two amendments offered by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), including:An amendment by Portman and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to ensure that Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, can access funding under the Farm Bill that is available for 1890 land-grant institutions. Central State University is currently unable to receive the same level of federal funding as other historically black colleges, and this amendment would ensure that all 1890 land-grant intuitions are treated equal.An amendment by Portman and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) to promote rural community economic development, innovation, and broadband integration. Specifically, the Portman-Cortez Masto amendment would codify the Council on Rural Community Innovation to help promote policies that use technological innovation to resolve challenges related to health care, law enforcement, housing, and telecommunications. The amendment would also establish a Rural Broadband Integrated Working Group within the Council.Senator Sherrod Brown, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, pushed for the inclusion of several items in the bill including: the Local Food and Regional Market Supply (FARMS) Act designed to assist farmers in selling products directly to consumers, creating rural jobs, and investing in local and regional food economies; and the Give Our Resources the Opportunity to Work (GROW) Act to improve water quality in Lake Erie and across Ohio by refocusing federal investments to improve water quality and soil health.last_img read more

Seesmic Web Gets Lists and Geolocation

first_imgSeesmic just announced the launch of Twitter lists in its browser-based Seesmic Web Twitter client. Earlier this week, Seesmic released the first desktop Twitter client with support for lists. Despite Seesmic’s best efforts, Brizzly managed to become the first company to release a web client with support for lists earlier today. Seesmic Web offers another first for web-based Twitter clients, however: support for Twitter’s geolocation API.Lists With Auto-Updates In Seesmic’s web interface, users can now simply hover their cursor over profile pictures and a menu will appear. This menu, among other things, allows Seesmic’s users to add others to lists. One nice aspect of the web interface is that it auto-updates lists when new tweets come in. The desktop app – at least in the current version – doesn’t do this and forces users to manually refresh lists to see updates.GeolocationIn addition to supporting lists, the new version of the web client also supports Twitter’s geolocation API. Seesmic users can’t share their locations, but whenever a Twitter user broadcasts location data, a little pin will appear underneath the profile picture, and hovering over this pin will bring up a map. Only a few users actually have the ability to broadcast their locations at this point. Twitter is only giving platform developers access to this feature for now, but it should soon become a standard feature in mobile clients like Tweetie 2 and Twitterrific. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#news#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img frederic lardinois Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

The Benefits of Storyboarding Your Next Film

first_imgStoryboarding is a commonly overlooked part of the indie filmmaking process. Here are some ways that your production can benefit from storyboarding.While it may be true that storyboarding is not necessarily a mandatory part of a filmmaker’s process, there is a reason why most major feature films still storyboard every last shot.Storyboards not only let you and your collaborators “see” the totality of your film while in production, but they also help you get there in the first place by helping you sell your ideas more effectively to potential investors, producers, etc. When you consider all of the benefits of storyboarding, it will be hard to justify ever producing another film without properly storyboarding again.Why You Need to be Using StoryboardsImage from KyokukThe greatest incentive for storyboarding is simply the fact that storyboard will help you make a much stronger film by allowing you to visualize your movie before it’s even made. This is essentially your chance to create a blueprint for your film that will help you identify any potential problem areas or missed opportunities while you still have a chance to fix them.Technically speaking, you can include as much or as little detail as you want when storyboarding, as long as the ideas are accurately conveyed. By the time you get to post, your editor will be thanking you, as the film will have coverage in all the right places, proper transitional moments, and a slicker aesthetic.You Don’t Need to Be an Artist or DesignerImage from Cranky Muse ProjectIt’s a huge misconception that storyboarding requires that you have the ability to draw/illustrate professionally. That’s not at all to diminish the role of the storyboard artist, as they are truly masters of their craft and will inevitably deliver the best results… But if you can’t afford a storyboard artist or need to do it yourself, that’s perfectly okay.As an independent filmmaker, no one really needs to see your storyboards outside of you and your team, and once again, as long as your idea is conveyed that’s really all that matters. If you choose to storyboard by hand, your illustrations can be as simple as geometric shapes used to illustrate props/staging and stick figures for your characters. Or to make things even easier, you can use any of the vast number of storyboarding programs available to download on your computer, tablet or phone.If you’re still unsure of your ability to pull off a storyboarding project, check out this video from Indy Mogul.Storyboards Strengthen Your VisionImage from Art of the TitleYour screenplay is the backbone of your film, but no matter how beautifully written it may be, it will never translate exactly as you might be picturing it to film. There’s a pretty common saying among directors: If your final film looks even 70% of the way you thought it would, you did your job really well. From my experience, storyboards play a huge part in getting to that 70%, as they help you to visualize your project in a way that is not otherwise possible.The last thing you want is to get to set and realize that something about your shoot isn’t congruent with the script. Storyboarding will help you nip those issues in the bud, and keep your vision alive.The Basics of StoryboardingHaving now gone over some of the perks of storyboarding, I want to very briefly break down the basics of storyboarding your film for those of you that have never done it.Generally speaking, for every illustration (or storyboard) you create, there are five types of shots to choose from: master, long, medium, close-up, and extreme close-up. Sound familiar? Once you’ve decided on which of the 5 shot types you want to go with for any given shot, you’ll want to illustrate camera movement.Image from Creative UncutTo depict a panning or tilting shot, where the camera either moves sideways or up and down, you’ll want to create two frames to indicate where the camera will start and where it will wind up. From there, you can use arrows moving in both directions in order to portray movement. To illustrate a tracking shot, (which involves moving the entire camera in order to follow your continuously moving subject), you simply draw an arrow on the frame – indicating camera placement – and point it in the direction the camera will be moving in.Image from BungieYou can also illustrate zooming, which only involves a lens and no camera movement at all. To show zooming in (moving closer to the subject) and zooming out (moving away from the subject, taking in more of the scene in its entirety), you’ll have two frames on your storyboard, and depending on which direction the zoom is going in, you’ll either have arrows moving toward the interior frame or out toward the exterior frame.These are some of the basics of creating a storyboard, and as you can probably gather it’s pretty easy to pick up. Just remember how critical storyboards are to the filmmaking process, and at the very least, understand some general rules/technique associated with creating them so that you can ensure they get done properly. Here’s one more video tutorial from Film Riot that covers the foundation of storyboarding.Here are a few more articles from PremiumBeat that touch on the ins and outs of storyboarding:Storyboarding Your Film: Tips for Your Next Project10 Tips for Creating Storyboards from DreamworksStoryboarding Like A ProDo you incorporate storyboards into your creative process? Have any examples you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more