Branding South Africa with one message

first_imgThe purpose of the conference is to ensure that South Africa communicates with one voice both domestically and internationally leading up to and beyond 2010.“We are already looking beyond 2010 to where we want to position South Africa in the next decade,” says Yvonne Johnston, the CEO of the IMC. “A major event such as the soccer World Cup attracts global attention but it has to be supported by strategies and structures to ensure a lasting legacy.”“Our objective is to establish Brand South Africa as one of the most prominent and desirable global brands,” says Johnston.Germany 2006 has shown that making the best of the opportunities offered by such an enormous event entails more than hosting soccer games successfully. The host country must brand itself at the same time, as was done so well by the Germans.Therefore one of the key-note speakers at the conference will be the man who did just that for Germany, Mike de Vries. He is the CEO of the branding company FC Deutschland GmbH.Another speaker is internationally renowned Raul Parelba from Spain, who will focus on the branding and marketing opportunities provided by a major event. He is Director Partner of Trout & Partners, the global positioning specialists.The speakers and their topics include:Minister in the Presidency, Essop Pahad, who will look at opportunities for the continent brought about by the World Cup.The CEO of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Themba Maseko, who will spell out the government’s commitment to and expectations for 2010.Danny Jordaan, CEO of the Local Organising Committee, who will highlight marketing opportunities for local corporates.Thaninga Shope-Linney, NEPAD’s general manager for communications and outreach, who will add to Minister Pahad’s continental perspective on the 2010 World Cup.Wolfgang Grulke, CEO of FutureWorld will look at Africa and South Africa in the 21st century. Yvonne Johnston, CEO of the IMC, will also be speaking at the Conference – spelling out Brand South Africa’s future strategy in her address. She has very high expectations of the Conference, describing it as “a tremendous opportunity for the world view South Africa even more positively and Alive with Possibility than it does now.”This conference is being hosted in collaboration with the 2010 National Communications Task Team.last_img read more

South African university gets global nod

first_imgCampus-wide student integration,reinvigorating academic culture andnurturing the most promising youngstudents through the vice-chancellor’sprestige programme are among theinnovations that earned the University ofthe Free State the Best Practice in HigherEducation in 2010 award.(Image: On the University)MEDIA CONTACTS• Lacea LoaderUniversity of the Free State+27 51 401 9111RELATED ARTICLES• Top award for Rhodes scientist• SA charity in line for top award• SA films scoop awards at Fespaco• SA scientists win AU awardNosimilo NdlovuThe University of the Free State has been honoured with the award for Best Practice in Higher Education in 2010 for its fresh approach in promoting racial harmony and academic excellence.The award, presented by the World Universities Forum, is based on a strict set of criteria, including innovative curriculums; quality of research projects; and student services.The forum said the award recognised a number of positive reforms at the university over the last year following a culture of “racial division, student failure and academic stagnation”.Campus-wide student integration, reinvigorating academic culture and nurturing the most promising young students through the vice-chancellor’s prestige programme are among the innovations made, according to university spokesperson Lacea Loader.In the last year the university sent 71 first-year students to US universities such as Harvard to help them become non-racial leaders on campus.It has also identified 20 of the most under-performing high schools in the Free State and is building relationships with them to help improve conditions.“We feel that the University of the Free State’s innovations demonstrate the profound impact higher education practices can have when they are well conceived and implemented. We applaud these innovations and the ways in which they promote racial harmony, student success and overall academic vitality,” the forum said.The university’s vice-chancellor and rector Prof Jonathan Jansen said: “We are humbled and encouraged by the recognition of academic excellence and institutional transformation that comes with this prestigious international award.”Jansen has had his work cut out for him following an incident on campus in 2008 which made international headlines. The media storm was in response to a racially insensitive video filmed by four students belonging to the university’s Reitz residence.Deserved recognitionThe university will formally accept the award at the World Universities Forum gathering at The Hong Kong Institute of Education from 14 to 16 January 2011.The forum was launched in Davos, Switzerland, in 2008 and meets annually at various venues around the world. It was held in Mumbai, India, in 2009 and again in Davos in 2010.The forum focuses on matters affecting higher education, politics and the global economy. During this year’s gathering, the forum will continue the discussion on the current role and future possibilities for universities around the world, and cultural tolerance at these institutions.“We are pleased that this discussion will include recognition of the University of the Free State and its tremendous efforts to address its own challenges,” the forum said.Loader said this was the first such honour for the university and representatives were excited about receiving the award.last_img read more

5 Bang-for-Your-Buck Cinema Lenses for Beginners

first_imgA plethora of makes, models, features, and price points for cinema lenses can overwhelm the first-time buyer. Let’s look at five solid investments.Use this resource as a guide for finding and purchasing your first set of cinema lenses — a set that’ll provide high value for years to come.Some of the Best All-Around Cinema LensesImage via B&HRokinon T1.5 Cine DS Lens SeriesThe Rokinon Cine DS series is one of the most popular bang-for-your-buck lens sets out there. Many DSLR and mirrorless shooters agree that there are few lenses available that match the quality vs. price ratio of these lenses. All lenses share a T-stop range of 1.5-22, are tack sharp, and are built for full-frame sensors. The lenses are equipped with industry-standard de-clicked focus and iris gears, making it easy for an operator or 1st AC to quickly and accurately pull focus and/or efficiently swap lenses on set.These lenses are available in six different focal lengths (14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 135mm) and are available in four different lens mounts (Canon EF, Sony E, Micro Four-Thirds, Nikon F). They’re also very popular with the Panasonic GH5 (and GH5S) and the Sony a7S series.One of the only drawbacks of these lenses is that the image becomes difficult to focus at T-stops wider than T2.8.The 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm can be purchased as a bundle for less than $1,700 — making this set of cine lenses an unbeatable bang-for-your-buck option. Image via B&HMeike T2.2 Manual Focus Cinema LensesThe build and mechanics of the Meike T2.2 Manual Focus Cine Lenses are on par with higher-end cine lenses, and favor the build of Veydra cine primes. The lenses are tack sharp and have a multi-layer coating that keeps veiling flares under control. Lens breathing on both the 16mm and 25mm is almost non-existent.There’s a slight difference in color and contrast between the 16mm and 25mm, with the 16mm favoring more punchy, bluish tones and the 25mm favoring more neutral, greenish tones.The set is available in Sony E, Micro Four-Thirds, and X lens mounts and are currently available in focal lengths of 16mm and 25mm. However, Meike plans to release a 12mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm sometime in late 2019.With the addition of these focal lengths, shooters can expect another high value option for budget cinema lens sets.Both the 16mm and the 25mm are available for purchase for less than $350 each.One of the Best Wildlife and Sports Lenses (and Yes — it Isn’t a Cine Lens)Image via B&HCanon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS III USMAsk any wildlife or sports photographer what their favorite telephoto lens is and they’ll likely reach for their Canon 70-200mm telephoto zoom. This isn’t a cinema lens, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find another telephoto zoom that gives you the quality and value at this price point. Canon released the first version of this industry-standard telephoto in 1995. Since then, there have been several generations of this sturdy, extremely versatile lens. The current IS III USM generation is the best yet.The lens offers a constant f/2.8 through the entire zoom range, and its Optical Image Stabilization allows you to shoot a rock steady image — even at 200mm.You can purchase the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS III USM for just $2,100.One of the Best Two Lens, Run-n-Gun CombosImage via B&HFujinon MK T2.9 Lens SeriesFujinon’s super lightweight MK T2.9 series lens offers shooters immense versatility in both studio settings and run-n-gun shooting scenarios. Available in 18-55mm and 50-135mm, these two lenses are almost identical in both form and function. Both lenses are par focal, meaning that run-n-gun shooters can set focus and adjust the zoom while keeping their subjects in full focus. Furthermore, both lenses offer a macro mode, enabling you to shoot objects placed within inches of the lens.Both lenses are only available in Sony E and Micro Four-Thirds lens mounts, and are designed for Super 35mm sensors. This makes the Fujinon MK T2.9 series perfect for run-n-gun doc shooters using Super 35mm camera systems, such as the Sony FS7.Both lenses can be purchased for less than $7,800 all-in, giving shooters a massive focal length range across two lightweight and versatile lenses.If You Buy Only One Cine Lens, Consider this One …Image via B&HSigma Cine T2 SeriesThe Sigma Cine T2 series is a re-housing of the wildly popular Sigma Art lenses. This means it includes the same coveted look of the Art lenses, as well as all the features of modern cinema lenses. The Sigma Cine T2 series includes two zoom lenses at the focal lengths of 18-35mm and 50-100mm.The lenses are designed for APS-C/Super 35mm cameras. The Sigma Cine T2 is a stellar performer in low light, and offers a T2 stop throughout the entire zoom range.If you’re only going to purchase one cinema lens, the Sigma Cine 18-35mm T2 is hard to beat at a bargain price of $4,000.Cover image by Tiwiplusk.Be sure to check out these awesome PremiumBeat resources on building your lens kit:Buyer’s Guide: The Best Macro Lenses on the MarketVideo Tutorial: The Best Lenses for Gimbal Cinematography5 Reasons You Should Purchase a “Nifty Fifty” 50mm LensThe Best Set of Go-To LensesBuild a Filmmaking Kit for Less than $5Klast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini tells 2-goal Anderson: I want more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini tells 2-goal Anderson: I want moreby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was delighted with two-goal Felipe Anderson after victory at Southampton.Pellegrini has now challenged the 25-year-old to be even better than his current form, although the manager is delighted with how the club’s record signing is performing.“He’s a different player,” Pellegrini said. “He’s a player that makes important things in every game. “I continue to think that he will continue to improve. He’s still losing too many balls; maybe he needs to understand that it’s not easy in the Premier League. “But in every game, he makes a difference, with important play.” last_img read more

a month agoNorway sensation Erling Haaland dreams of Leeds glory

first_imgNorway sensation Erling Haaland dreams of Leeds gloryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorway sensation Erling Haaland dreams of winning the Premier League title with Leeds United.The 19-year-old, son of former Leeds and Manchester City defender Alf-Inge, scored a hat-trick in RB Salzburg’s 6-2 win over Genk.Haaland has been linked with with Manchester United after playing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde.But speaking to Norwegian newspaper Aftenpostenback in 2017, Haaland said: “I want to be the best. The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds.”As well as that, the goal is to be a better player than Dad was. I hope to get more international matches than he did.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4 days agoAFC Wimbledon part company with boss Wally Downes

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say AFC Wimbledon part company with boss Wally Downesby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAFC Wimbledon have parted company with boss Wally Downes, two days after he was suspended for four weeks after admitting breaching Football Association rules around betting.Downes, 58, took over the Dons in December 2018 and led them to League One survival last season.However, he was suspended by the club in September after being charged with placing bets on games.The club said they had “reached an agreement” to part with Downes.A club statement said: “Wally leaves on mutually agreed terms and with our sincerest gratitude for his time with the club, especially his invaluable contribution last season.”The agreement was reached with the approval of the Dons Trust board.” last_img read more

Panama Canal Expects Over 230 Cruise Ships in 201617 Season

first_imgzoom More than 230 cruise ships are expected to transit the Panama Canal during the 2016-2017 cruise season, which begins on October 4, 2016 with the transit of the Coral Princess, on a voyage from Los Angeles, California, to the U.S. East Coast.“We expect the major cruise lines will use the Panama Canal route during the cruise season, which lasts until April 2017,” said international trade specialist Albano Aguilar of the Vice Presidency for Planning and Business Development.Similar to previous years, the main cruise lines, including Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line, will offer itineraries with full or partial transits through the Panama Canal.Smaller cruise ships will also transit through the waterway, including the Voyager Safari and National Geographic Sea Lion, with shorter seven- and eight-day itineraries, respectively, along the west coast of Central America.During this season, Regent Seven Seas, Holland America Line and Noble Calidonia will have ships transiting with new itineraries through the Canal. Regent Seven Seas Explorer will transit on January 2, 2017, Holland America Line’s Eurodam on April 13, 2017, and Noble Calidonia’s Hebridean Sky on April 17, 2017.After completing more than 160 successful transits through the new locks, the Panama Canal is now accepting booking requests for Neopanamax passenger vessels for transit dates beginning April 1, 2017. To date, 11 reservations have been made for passenger vessels to transit the Expanded Canal starting October 2017, for the 2017-2018 season.last_img read more

David Lingmerth wins 40th Memorial Tournament

Seung-Yul Noh watches after driving a ball during the 2015 Memorial Tournament on June 5 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor Spectators were treated to an exciting weekend of golf at Muirfield Village Golf Club, where David Lingmerth secured his first win on the PGA TOUR, defeating Justin Rose in a three-hole sudden-death playoff at the 40th Memorial Tournament.Lingmerth finished fifth or better two of the first three days of the tournament and entered Sunday’s action 12-under par.  The win was his 68th tour event.  He was visibly excited.“I can’t believe it right now.  I’m so happy.  I don’t know where to go,” Lingmerth said.Rose entered the final day three shots back of the leader, Keegan Bradley, and held a three-stroke lead before bogeying the 14th and 16th holes, finishing the regulation portion of the round at par.“I pulled off shots when I really had too, coming down the stretch.  I would have liked to put myself in a position where I could have sailed coming down the stretch, but I really had to dig for it,” Rose said.A win for Rose would have been his eighth on tour and his second at Muirfield Village, where he won the Memorial Tournament in 2010, his first victory on the American tour.“It would have been lovely to win in the playoff, but there is a lot I could look back and think I could have done better,” Rose said.The Memorial, the annual invitation-only tournament founded by Upper Arlington native and Ohio State alumnus Jack Nicklaus, has featured some dramatics lately, as two of the last three finishes have been decided by a playoff, and four of the last five by two strokes or fewer.Originally from Sweden, Lingmerth has had success on the European Tour, but he is still cutting his teeth on the American circuit, and he was eager to play at Muirfield Village.“I had never played here, I wanted to come experience it,” Lingmerth said.Lingmerth, who had been heavily recruited to return to Europe for part of the summer, expressed his desire to stay in the United States to seek his first victory, honeyed by the fact that it came at the Memorial.“This tournament, hosted by Mr. Nicklaus, I can’t think of many things that compare to it,” Lingmerth said.In choosing to play the Memorial, Lingmerth skipped the Nordea Masters in his native Sweden.Tiger Woods, a five-time winner at Muirfield, finished two-over, good for 71st on the leaderboard.  He rebounded somewhat on Sunday, carding a two-over after an abhorrent Saturday, when he had a career worst single-day score of 85.Woods had previously announced he will not play again until the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay on June 18.  He attended the Memorial out of respect for his friendship with Nicklaus, whom he is still seeking to dethrone as the all-time major tournament wins leader.The Memorial, Nicklaus’ pride and joy, samples elements of some of golf’s great tournaments.  The invitation process is similar to that of the Masters at Augusta National, and Muirfield Village is named after a course in Scotland where Nicklaus won his first Open Championship in 1966. read more

Highlights from Yesterdays House of Assembly Meeting

first_img Attorney General announces 14 Law Reforms for 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – New law now prevents the government from including scholarship funding in investor development agreements… this coming out yesterday, again in the House of Assembly during the parliamentary question portion of debate. The Public Finance mechanism, explained the ministers prevents TCIG from brokering these extras. Also from the Q&A portion, it was revealed that the Police Force Cold Case Unit had been sleeping… with the loss of key personnel, the unit fell inactive. The Attorney General was responding and explained that Inspector Daniel Miller has now been tasked with reviewing the unresolved death files. There are 15 cases in the Turks and Caicos counted as unresolved… the oldest is from March 2004. Law enacted gives Governor and Planning Board more clout Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp AG’s Office warns against false Registrar of Lands accusations Recommended for you Related Items:attorney general, police cold case unitlast_img read more