YouTube video makers help celebrate Mandela’s legacy

By on December 18, 2019

first_img23 May 2014The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Thursday published a sneak preview of YouTube Film Hack – a competition for South African video content creators, in collaboration with Google South Africa, to produce inspiring YouTube marketing content using Mandela’s legacy as the creative springboard.YouTube Film Hack competitors received a standard brief and a limited amount of time to create a YouTube campaign “that will inspire South Africans across the country to follow in the footsteps of the much-loved Madiba,” the foundation said in a statement.Submissions had to include a short YouTube film as well as an advertisement to drive traffic to the video. The three YouTube films that made it to the final round are currently live on YouTube. In no particular order, they are:According to the foundation, the number of views each film receives will be one of the judging criteria, along with innovation and interactivity.The final #LivingTheLegacy winner will be announced on 27 May. Two members of the winning team will earn a trip, sponsored by Google South Africa, to the 2014 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Hands On: The Difference Between The iPhone 5S And The iPhone 5

By on December 15, 2019

first_imgRelated Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#iPhone#iPhone 5#iPhone 5S center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement taylor hatmaker Today’s the day that the new iPhones have hit the shelves in the U.S. The pricier—and apparently more desired—iPhone 5S is not easy to find today, but after managing to get my hands on one, here’s a quick comparison between the new 5S model and last year’s iPhone 5.First ImpressionsThe iPhone 5S, at first glance, is identical to its forebear. But with a flashy new A7 64-bit chip, the M7 motion co-processor, Apple’s clever Touch ID fingerprint sensor and some powerful photography/video features, its insides bear little resemblance to the iPhone 5. Both phones boast a bright 326-ppi Retina touchscreen, of course, and the new version maintains the dimensions of its predecessor, weighing in at the same 112 grams. In our early testing, we compared a black 16GB iPhone 5S with a white Verizon iPhone 5 (pictured below).AppearanceFrom the front, you could mistake the iPhone 5S for last year’s iPhone 5 if it weren’t for the new home button. The iPhone 5S’s home button has lost the iconic rounded square of past generations in exchange for its nifty new fingerprint sensor. Beyond that, on the back of the device you’ll note that the 5S has a new oblong-shaped dual flash to the right of the lens. The charging port, headphone jack placement, buttons and speaker arrangement remain unchanged. Beyond that, about the only discernable difference is that the iPhone logo has been Jony Ive-ified, featuring the printed “iPhone” logo in a thin font to match iOS 7’s ubiquitous Helvetica Neue Ultra Light typeface.SpeedAs more comprehensive benchmarking comparisons would suggest, the iPhone 5S is noticeably faster than many competitors, easily doubling the speed of last year’s model in many tests. The iPhone 5 is certainly no slouch, but upon activating my device, a “space gray” 16GB iPhone 5S running on AT&T’s network, my first takeaway is whoa… this thing is fast. Granted, any new phone is blazing fast right out of the gate, but the 5S opens apps, loads webpages and executes so quickly it’s hard to imagine a phone actually doing things faster than this. Next to an iPhone 5 over a shared Wi-Fi network, everything happens faster on the 5S. The camera was actually the most notable—it recovers in an instant with no lag at all.CameraHow does the iPhone 5S and its juiced-up camera compare to the iPhone 5? Well, the iPhone 5S’s shooter is noticeably faster, like the phone is in most regards. The 5S, in our testing, seems to snap photos instantly. Burst mode is a cool trick, too—and one unique to the 5S, like the slow-motion video camera. Holding down the home button while shooting yields a ton of photos really, really quickly, but the only use cases we can imagine are tricky-to-capture shots, like maybe at a kid’s football game when objects (and children) are moving, in order to get an in-focus shot.The sample shots below compare the camera’s respective capabilities in a handful of shooting conditions, though we’ve got a more in-depth examination of the 5S’s camera features cooking too. In all of the pictures, we allowed autofocus to do its work rather than manually focusing with a tap like we make a habit of normally.iPhone 5iPhone 5SiPhone 5iPhone 5SiPhone 5iPhone 5SiPhone 5iPhone 5SiPhone 5iPhone 5SiPhone 5iPhone 5SAs you can see, the iPhone 5S performed a bit better under duress in bright- and mixed-light situations. The photos are mostly pretty comparable, though we’ll be testing the 5S camera and its improved flash in more settings to see where (and if) it shines. Bells and whistles like Slow-mo, burst mode and the True Tone flash will likely be its strongest qualities, so we look forward to playing with all of those further.last_img read more

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5 missing in Assam river mishap, Vizag Navy team arrives for rescue

By on December 3, 2019

first_imgA 10-member diving team from the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam reached eastern Assam’s Sivasagar town to help in the ongoing operation to rescue a family of five that went missing after their vehicle plunged into the Dikhow River on September 1.Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, supervising the rescue operation, had sought naval help via the Prime Minister’s office and the Ministry of Home Affairs, although a rescue team comprising Army and disaster response forces have been searching for the vehicle and its occupants.The naval team arrived with diving equipment, inflatable boats and side scan sonar for locating the vehicle and landed by Indian Air Force’s AN32 aircraft at Jorhat airbase from where it proceeded to Sivasagar by road. The team would be conducting the obstacle clearance and search operation on Tuesday morning.Eyewitnesses said the car, moving at high speed, fell into the river after the driver lost control. The five occupants of the car were identified as Haren Bora, his mother Phunu Bora, wife Punou Bora, and daughters Simpi and Munmi Bora. “A 44-member team of National Disaster Response Force team, a 30-member State Disaster Response Force team from three districts, a 14-member Para (Special Force) and five members from the Civil Defence have been at work using 10 boats,” a Sivasagar district official said.last_img read more

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9 months agoReal Madrid midfielder Modric signs with Mendes as Juventus circle

By on October 28, 2019

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Modric signs with Mendes as Juventus circleby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has joined super agent Jorge Mendes’ stable.Juventus are being linked with the veteran.Mediaset says the Ballon d’Or winner was linked with a move to Inter Milan after last year’s World Cup after six years at the Bernabeu.Mendes has been drafted in by the 33-year-old to facilitate a potential switch to Italy.Inter are desperate to take Modric to the San Siro but they could struggle to convince him to move to Milan if Juve are a viable option.The Milan outfit have offered the ex-Tottenham man a lucrative four-year deal worth nine million-a-year. last_img read more

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Video: Kansas Football Just Found The Worst Way To Lose A Game Ever

By on October 27, 2019

first_imgKansas playing South Dakota State.Twitter/@lukezimKansas is not very good at football. That much is true. Many picked the Jayhawks to lose to FCS power South Dakota State, and lose they did. The Jayhawks actually held it close until the end, with a chance to win the game on the final play. That…did not quite work out. In an attempt to spike the ball, quarterback Montell Cozart fumbled the snap, recovered it but was ruled down, and then attempted to spike the ball from the ground. He tried to quickly take another snap and spike, but the clock ran out before the Jayhawks could run a play.We’re sorry, KU fans, but here is the video, via SB Nation’s Luke Zimmermann.Not like this, Kansas pic.twitter.com/W4LQB07AKH— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) September 5, 2015Basketball season is closer than you think, Jayhawks.last_img read more

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National employment numbers for December from Statistics Canada at a glance

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgOTTAWA — A quick look at December employment (numbers from the previous month in brackets):Unemployment rate: 5.6 per cent (5.6)Employment rate: 61.7 per cent (61.7)Participation rate: 65.4 per cent (65.4)Number unemployed: 1,125,100 (1,124,800)Number working: 18,808,400 (18,799,100)Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 11.1 per cent (10.8)Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 4.9 per cent (5.0)Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 4.6 per cent (4.7)The Canadian Presslast_img

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Russian arms exports to India fell by 42 between 200913 and 201418

By on October 12, 2019

first_imgWashington DC: Russia’s arms export to India fell by a whopping 42 per cent between 2014-18 and 2009-2013, according to a new report. As a result, Russia accounted for 58 per cent of total Indian arms imports in 2014-2018, compared with 76 per cent in 2009-2013, according to the report “Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2018” released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effort to reduce country’s dependence on foreign arms, India’s import of arms decreased by 24 per cent between 2009-2013 and 2014-2018, according to the figures released by the report. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThis decline in India’s import is also partly due to delays in deliveries of arms produced under license from foreign suppliers, such as combat aircraft ordered from Russia in 2001 and submarines ordered from France in 2008. Still, India was the world’s second largest importer of major arms in 2014-18 and accounted for 9.5 per cent of the global total. Israel, the USA and France all increased their arms exports to India in 2014-18. Pakistan’s arms imports decreased by 39 per cent between 2009-13 and 2014-18. The US has become increasingly reluctant to provide military aid or sell arms to Pakistan: US arms exports to Pakistan fell by 81 per cent between 2009-13 and 2014-18, it said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangPakistan has instead turned to other suppliers. For example, in 2018 it ordered 4 frigates and 30 combat helicopters from Turkey, it added. The decrease in India’s arms import is significant given that the volume of international transfers of major arms in 2014-18 was 7.8 per cent higher than in 2009-13 and 23 per cent higher than in 2004-2008. The five largest exporters in 2014-18 were the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China. The five largest importers were Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Australia and Algeria. The US was the top arms exporter in 2014-18 and 2009-13. Its exports of major arms grew by 29 per cent between the two periods and its share of total global exports rose from 30 per cent to 36 per cent. As a result, the gap between the USA and Russia – the second largest exporter – continued to widen. In 2009-13, US exports of major arms were 12 per cent higher than those of Russia, whereas in 2014-18 they were 75 per cent higher. Russian exports of major arms decreased by 17 per cent between the same periods. The fall was partly due to general reductions in Indian and Venezuelan arms imports – two countries that have been among the main recipients of Russian arms exports in previous years, the SIPRI said. “Although India remained the chief recipient of Russian arms in 2014-18, Russian arms exports to India fell by 42 per cent between 2014-18 and 2009-13. Arms exports to Venezuela, which was the fifth largest recipient of Russian arms in 2009-13, decreased by 96 per cent between the two periods,” it said.last_img read more

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Jet defaults for 3rd time this time to debenture holders

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first_imgMumbai: Jet Airways Monday defaulted on payment to its debenture-holders—the third default since January—even as airline chairman Naresh Goyal assured the employee of a resolution in the immediate possible time, but said more time is needed to clinch bailout. Goyal, in a letter to the 16,000 staff, which comes ahead of the domestic pilots body National Aviator’s Guild annual meeting here, said talks with the airline’s strategic partner Etihad Airways and SBI-led lenders are going on. Though Goyal sought more time to clinch the deal, he did not offer a time-line for the same. The UAE flag carrier owns 24 percent in Jet and its board is considering a draft agreement as part of a debt- recast plan being mooted by the airline’s lenders led by SBI. Earlier, Jet informed the exchanges that “the payment of interest due on March 19 to the debenture-holders will be delayed owing to temporary liquidity constraints.” This is the third time the airline is defaulting in this year as earlier it failed to meet its payment obligations towards the domestic banks’ loans (in January) as well as on part-repayment of its external commercial borrowings due to liquidity crunch earlier this month. The airline, which has a debt of over Rs 8,200 crore, did not specify what is the quantum of interest due Tuesday nor quantum of the debt on this particular account. On February 14, its board had approved a bank-led- resolution plan, whereby the SBI-consortium of lenders will become the largest shareholders in the airline and Goyal would exit the management as the chairman and board member. If the resolution plans goes through, banks would convert a part of their debt into 11.4 crore shares for a consideration of Re 1 as per the RBI norms. Last week, SBI sounded hopeful of reaching an early solution by this week. In his letter to the employees, Goyal said, “the situation, though complex, has my personal attention towards an early resolution…the complexity of the process though has led to some delays and will require further time to conclude.” “Once again I assure you that I am personally committed to have the resolution process completed as soon as possible and restore the much-needed stability to our operations at the earliest,” he said. Since a larger number of planes from its over 100- fleet are grounded leading to drastically curtailed operations, the airline is struggling to prevent a nose-dive somehow. Of this as many as 41 aircraft are grounded for non- payment of lease rentals to lessors. Following this, the airline has indefinitely suspended its operations from Abu Dhabi, one of its two global gateways the other being one in Amsterdam. Jet Airways has been struggling to mop up cash to carry out operations. While discussions with the lessors continue, Goyal said as a responsible airline, Jet has “consciously” and “proactively” decided to curtail its schedule according to the number of aircraft it is currently operating. “This will ensure the sanctity of our schedule, while keeping the regulatory authorities briefed,” said Goyal, who set up the airline after converting his airline ticketing business a quarter of a century ago. For the past few weeks, its passengers have been venting their ire on social media as its flight cancellations have increased gradually due to rising number of planes getting grounded. On the non-payment of salaries to pilots along with senior management and engineers, Goyal said he is fully committed to ensure that their dues are cleared on priority once all parties sign on the resolution plan. The pilots with other senior staff are to get their full salaries of January and February besides 87.5 percent of the December pay. “We are holding our annual meeting Tuesday. During the meeting, besides discussing our general issues, we will also be deliberating on the present scenario (non-payment of salaries),” a source said earlier in the day. Having failed to get any assurance from the management on payment of overdue salaries, the pilots body last week wrote to Union labor minister Santosh Gangwar, seeking his intervention in recovering their dues along with the accumulated interest. The acute liquidity crunch has forced it to ground aircraft, shut down stations and delay salary payments to its pilots and engineers along with other senior staff. It has grounded four more planes, taking the number of aircraft that are non-operational due to non-payment of lease rentals to 41. “… an additional four aircraft have been grounded due to non-payment of amounts outstanding to lessors under their respective lease agreements,” the airline said in a filing to the stock exchanges. According to the company, as mentioned earlier, it is actively engaged with all its aircraft lessors and are regularly providing them with updates on the efforts taken to improve the liquidity. “Aircraft lessors have been supportive of the company’s efforts in this regard,” it said, adding that all efforts are being made to minimise disruption to its network.last_img read more

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SBI seeks bids for cashstrapped Jet Airways last date is April 10

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first_imgMumbai/ New Delhi: State Bank of India (SBI) Monday invited bids from strategic as well as financial bidders for stake sale in ailing Jet Airways. SBI, which is the lead lender of a consortium of domestic lenders that has extended loans to Jet Airways, is looking for “change in control and management” of the carrier, according to a public notice. SBI Capital Markets would be assisting and advising the lenders on the bid process. The bids have to be submitted by April 10. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe lenders’ consortium has taken control of the airline under a debt recast plan. Under the debt resolution plan approved by the Jet Airways’ board on March 25, lenders have taken a majority stake in the airline and are set to infuse Rs 1,500 crore. Besides, the carrier’s founder and promoter Naresh Goyal as well as his wife Anita Goyal quit the board. The shareholding of Goyals has come down to 25 per cent from 51 per cent earlier. As per the advertisement, the airline has availed various credit facilities aggregating over Rs 8,000 from a consortium of domestic lenders led by SBI. The company has subsequently come under stress and not been able to service its debt obligations in relation to the facilities. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAcute financial crunch has forced the airline to ground aircraft, cancel flights and delay payment of salaries, including to pilots. The consortium has proposed to offer at least 3.54 crore shares of the airline comprising 31.2 per cent of equity share capital of the company and up to a maximum of 8.51 crore shares comprising 75 per cent on fully diluted basis subject to approval, it said. “Bidders shall bear all costs associated with the preparation and submission of the EOI. The lenders or authorised representative shall not, under any circumstances be responsible or liable for any such costs in this regard, whether direct, incidental or consequential,” it added. It further said that the bidders can be strategic investors (SIs) and/ or financial investors (FIs). “SIs may include body corporates having experience in similar sectors with domestic or global experience or both. FIs may include private equity funds, investment funds etc,” it said. SIs should have a minimum three years of experience in commercial aviation business. In the event the bidder is a consortium, it should consist of not more than three members with shareholding of an individual member not being less than 15 per cent and should also have a lead member. Last week, the lenders said they would pursue resolution plan for the carrier in a time-bound manner under the present legal and regulatory framework. “The lenders are cognisant that the outcome of efforts of the lenders will depend on the interest shown by the parties on sale of stake in the company,” the statement issued by lenders had said.last_img read more

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We will draw first blood – McGinn

By on September 18, 2019

first_imgNiall McGinn insists Aberdeen are ready to draw first blood in Lancashire against Burnley and put pressure on them.Aberdeen winger McGinn is determined to put more pressure on Burnley when the two sides meet for the second leg of the UEFA Europa League qualifiers.The Premier League side have the edge after picking up a valuable 1-1 result away at Scotland.Conceding that goal at home means Aberdeen must score at Turf Moor to have any chance of making it into the next qualifying round.McGinn believes he saw enough of his team that could see them go over to Burnley create chances and also score against one of England’s best defence.“We know if can get the first goal at Turf Moor, it puts Burnley under pressure,” McGinn said via Evening Express.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign. “We know it’ll be a tough game over there, but we’re going with confidence and believe that we can cause them some problems.”“We’ve got to be proud of our performance. It’s only still half-time in the tie and there’s a lot to play for.”“We played against experienced internationals, who play every week in the Premier League and we believe we can make it to the next round.”McGinn believes he and his team are in familiar territory when it comes to overturning the odds whilst pointing to their 3-0 victory over Rijeka and 2-1 victory over Groningen in recent seasons.A win of any sorts for Aberdeen at Turf Moor could see them move into the next round where they’ll face Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.last_img read more

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