Chess moves are life moves: Zuma

first_img24 December 2010Quick thinking was the order of the day at the recent Moves for Life chess tournament in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. Moves for Life patron Jacob Zuma was in attendance, squaring off against some formidable youngsters – and planning the next move in taking the game to even more South Africans.South African President Jacob Zuma, whose love for the game of strategy is well-known, had a trick or two to show the smart kids at Wednesday’s tournament.The participants came from all over KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng province. Among those in attendance were international master Watu Kobese and South African champion Kgaogelo Mosetle.Unlocking potentialMoves for Life met with Zuma at his house in Nkandla this week to plan their next move in taking the game that teaches logic and problem-solving skills to even more South African children.According to its website, Moves for Life helps to unlock people’s potential through exposure to the game of chess, with its unique features enabling an innovative, structured programme for chess education from the lowest grades up.“The basic analytical functions required to play chess are of the same nature as the brain functions required to tackle subjects such as maths and science,” says Moves for Life. “Chess training, at any level of competence, helps people to tackle logic-based problems like those found in maths and science.”Reaching out to more placesThe Moves for Life tournament is in its second year, and there are plans to make it even bigger.“The President wants us to reach out to more places, particularly where there are previously disadvantaged people,” tournament organiser Sandile Xulu told BuaNews. “Next year, we plan to move to other rural areas because people want us to, and the response has been great.”Moves for Life will also partner with KwaZulu Chess, co-founded by President Zuma, to roll out a chess programme for schools from February.Ten schools in KwaZulu-Natal, including schools in Nkandla and Richards Bay, will be among the first targeted. Xulu said they hoped to reach still more schools in the near future.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA voted top African retail market

first_img Only 21% of the surveyed retailers currently generate sales on the continent. “Of those which do, more than half (53%) say South Africa is their top market,” the company said. “When asked where in Africa they would consider expanding in future, South Africa remained the number one choice with 18%.” Ghana and Kenya were next on the list, with 6% and 4% respectively. This was due to the emergence of a growing middle class, as well as growth in the use of mobile technology. “Many of the trends which have driven the economic development of emerging economies in Asia and South America are beginning to take hold in Africa,” said head of retail and wholesale at Barclays, Richard Lowe. “Its rapidly expanding middle class increasingly need goods and services which cannot be catered for domestically, providing a golden opportunity for internationally-minded retailers. “This is a truly ‘ground floor’ moment in many African economies,” Lowe said. SAinfo reporter While the United States remains the top destination, Africa is emerging as an attractive market to invest in, the survey found. “Africa remains one of the final frontiers for retail, but the recent acquisition of South Africa’s Massmart shows how seriously global retailers are now taking the continent,” Barclays said in a statement. Almost a quarter of companies surveyed said Africa would be the “new retail growth story” in the next decade. 3 April 2013 South Africa is the top ranked market for retail expansion in Africa in the latest survey by UK financial services provider Barclays. The survey, released on Tuesday, asked British retailers about their attitudes towards international expansion.last_img read more

Cooperative merger approved

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agland Co-op and Heritage Cooperative stockholders have both approved the Merger Agreement between Agland Co-op and Heritage Cooperative. Now begins the work of finalizing due diligence and the unification of policies, procedures, systems, and people progressing towards an effective date of Sept. 1, 2017.In a joint statement, Jeff Osentoski, President and CEO of Agland Co-op, and Eric Parthemore, President and CEO of Heritage Cooperative both agree that, “The merger of Agland Co-op and Heritage Cooperative will create a dynamic organization built for the future. It will be a cooperative that brings value and benefits to members, employees, and our communities while protecting members’ equity, without compromising our fundamental core values or social responsibilities.”Heritage Cooperative serves the agricultural needs of farmers and residents in a 20 county area in central Ohio. The cooperative includes 30 locations which serve over 3,300 farmer members, and over 4,000 rural and urban customers.Agland Co-op, Inc. is based in New Philadelphia and serves customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois, and Kentucky. Agland Co-op has 23 locations which serve over 1,900 farmer members.last_img read more

Top 10 stories of 2017: #8

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 8. In the barn and out of troubleIn Clinton County, a new program is giving area youth an opportunity to find something more productive to do than they might otherwise choose. The Juvenile Court System has started a new 4-H group, called Bacon and Bits, and they are giving kids in that club a hog to show at the county fair that provides much more than just a summer project.last_img

Phenomenal geocaching community stories from 2017

first_img SharePrint Related3 countries + 2 geocachers + 1 geocoin = an incredible twist of fateMarch 30, 2017In “Community”Geocaching Vacation Destinations – Weekly NewsletterOctober 4, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”4 Legendary Trackables Every Geocacher Should FindFebruary 10, 2015In “Community” We look forward to what the next year brings to the geocaching community. Do you have a good story to tell? Tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter! Phenomenal geocaching communityA golden ammo box full of juicy geocaching secrets travels around France! A beloved German geocaching rock band retires after 10 years! A wheelchair-bound geocacher simultaneously nabs his first T5 and his 1,000th cache!Geocachers have always done great things and this past year was no exception. Here are some of the most phenomenal geocaching community stories from 2017. 3 countries + 2 geocachers + 1 geocoin = an incredible twist of fate3 countries + 2 geocachers + 1 geocoin = an incredible twist of fateTwo geocachers, one from Germany and one from Canada, meet at an event in Florida in the United States. The German cacher finds a treasured geocoin that the Canadian lost a year earlier on a muddy and flooded trail. At the end, one of them sums up the experience, “Clothing is wet, but spirits are high. Mission accomplished.”15 geocaches. 15 countries. 22 hours and 25 minutes. Geotrip ’17.15 geocaches. 15 countries. 22 hours and 25 minutes. Geotrip ’17.On a single day in April, a group of Finnish geocachers found geocaches in 15 different countries: Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czechia, and Poland. In 2011, a group of Dutch geocachers did this route in just under 24 hours. This new group beat them by an hour and a half! It should be noted that the Geotrip’17 team drove according to speed limits and took their time to find each cache and log them. In order to achieve this, they preselected low difficulty caches with a few backups just in case.How do you say, “Golden Ammo Box” in French?How do you say, “Golden Ammo Box” in French?Boîte à munitions dorée. Although not the first to implement the concept of the “golden ammo box,” this French Mega-Event hosting duo pays it forward. The box travels from Mega-Event host to host, and contains coveted tips and tricks on hosting a successful Mega-Event.  Congratulations PodCacher on 600 episodes!Congratulations PodCacher on 600 episodes!Sonny and Sandy have been geocaching together since 2004 and hosting PodCacher since 2005. We learn more about where they grew up, how they met, what it’s like to do a podcast for over 13 years, and some of their favorite geocaches.Mission 9 is alive!Mission 9 is alive!On August 17, 2017, Moun10Bike, owner of the long-archived Mission 9: Tunnel of Light APE cache, registered an Owner Maintenance log on the cache page, “The enemy agents thought they had us defeated, but we have persevered. T minus thirty-six hours.” That rescued the northwest APE cache from archival and back into the world.T5 Klettersteig caching in AustriaT5 Klettersteig caching in AustriaGeocaching superwoman and self-proclaimed flip-flop connoisseur Annie Love travels to Austria and nabs her first Klettersteig cache. Klettersteig or via ferrata is a protected climbing route that incorporates cables, iron rungs, pegs, and ladders. Not only did this cache require nerves of steel, it also required carabiners, steel cables, gloves, helmets, and of course, close-toed shoes.The Dosenfischer — The  final curtainThe Dosenfischer — The final curtainThe Dosenfischer was a very popular German geocaching band. That’s right — they wrote and performed songs about geocaching. This past summer, after 10 successful years, they hung up the bass, drums, and guitar and played their last gig. If there’s one country that is absolutely INSANE for geocaching, it’s Germany.Canadian geocachers rescue stranded camper in remote woodsCanadian geocachers rescue stranded camper in remote woodsTwo geocachers in Ontario woke early one morning to grab an FTF, locate a previous DNF, complete a cemetery Multi-Cache, and log some trackables. But through a series of events that changed their course that day, they discovered a camper who had fallen two days before in a remote location and helped save his life.Max enters the treeMax enters the treeMax is a young man living from the Netherlands who is bound to a wheelchair. An avid geocacher, he had always dreamed of logging an elusive T5 cache. To make his 1,000th find memorable, his local geocaching community got together to get him into a tree to log a very special cache.Are you crazy?!? No, I’m Radu! Geo-cycling through 16 countries in 5 monthsAre you crazy?!? No, I’m Radu! Geo-cycling through 16 countries in 5 monthsRomanian-born geocacher Radu Clapa (Radu C) did the exceptional this past summer: geocaching on a bicycle through 16 countries. Although he focused on T5, Virtual, and Webcam caches, and managed to find an additional 1,400 Traditional caches. His 7,800 km (4900 mi) adventure started in Denmark on July 5th and ended on November 15th in Romania. center_img Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Facebook Announces “Send” Button: A “Like” With Context

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Over the past year, we’ve become accustomed to using Facebook’s “Like” button for a variety of reasons – to show approval, to agree with a sentiment, to follow a brand and to share content. For this last function, however, the Like button can be a bit of a blunt tool when what’s really needed is a precision instrument.Today, Facebook announced the “Send” button. By using Send, Facebook users will be able to share content with specific groups of friends, rather than everyone on their friends list, giving them the precision sharing tool they’ve needed all along.The Facebook Send button launches today with 50 partner sites and will likely be implemented by more site quickly. Most often, it will likely accompany the Like button and allows users to share content with their friends by email, Facebook message or as a post to a Group’s wall.A year ago, we launched the Like button, which gives you a quick way to share the things you find on the web with all your friends. But there are times when you find something that you only want to share with a few specific people.Say you’re on Orbitz and want to tell your roommates about a great idea for a summer vacation, or you come across a Huffington Post article that you only want to share with people at work. With the new Send button, now you can share things with any of your Groups or individual friends on Facebook.As noted, Facebook’s Like button just celebrated its first birthday last week. In the last year, the button has been integrated on more than 2.5 million websites, with 10,000 new websites adding the button daily. Will the Share button, which is integrated similarly with a few lines of code, share in the Like button’s popularity?Facebook says that Groups, which launched just six months ago, now number well over 50 million. The ability to direct your content sharing on Facebook from third-party sites could certainly boost the popularity of Groups and catapult the popularity of a Send button, despite the simple, no-hassle, easy-to-understand functionality of the Like button. Related Posts center_img Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos mike melansonlast_img read more

Microsoft-GitHub Purchase’s Huge Price Tag Belies Big Competitive Worries

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Adam is a law professor at Michigan State University and directs its IP, information and Communications Law Program. His research interests focus on telecommunications, administrative law, and computational approaches to law. Adam is also a leader in gamification in legal education, designing and producing the first online criminal procedure course that relies on a video game based loosely on GTA. Tags:#Antitrust#GitHub#Microsoft Related Posts How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Adam Candeub Follow the Puck AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage In 2006 Google’s acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion, and Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion in 2012.   Many dismissed these purchases as indulgences of cash-rich tech behemoths, and federal regulators took no action.  But, these acquisitions were far from frivolous.  They shut out potential competitors, strengthening Google’s market dominance in search and Facebook’s in social media.And, now Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub repeats the pattern.  GitHub is a software company that few people have ever heard of, but on which programmers, developers, and techies depend.  The price tag, which is approximately 30 times GitHub’s annual recurring revenue, suggests that something other than GitHub’s profitability motivates Microsoft acquisition. Indeed, we think than Microsoft could use the personal information and information about software development on GitHub gain even greater dominance of the software industry.  That’s why we started to urge regulators to take a closer look at this deal and impose some conditions to protect consumers and the industry.Why is Microsoft not yesterday’s news? Many people think of Microsoft’s monopoly power as yesterday’s news. Yet while Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple have taken over their own niches–Microsoft rivals them all in its overall market capital–currently valued at over $800 billion with a portfolio including Office, Windows, Outlook, LinkedIn, Skype, and Azure’s Cloud services.  Microsoft merges its data from all of these platforms for everything to AI to advertising. While this can help create more efficient products, it also makes it harder for anyone else to compete, particularly in the software market.What is GitHub?When programmers and developers create software, theyneed some place to store the code which project members can access  as well as some way of tracking changed—or a distributed version control system, to use the lingo.  GitHub is the dominant open source platform that provides a repository and version control systems used by programmers to store code and collaborate on projects.What problems could this deal cause?GitHub has emerged as the industry platform for version project members.  Everyone in the software industry uses, including Microsoft’s competitors. It, has emerged as an unofficial social network for the programming community, with personal information creating an indelible record of the world’s top developers work histories and products. Control of GitHub grants insight into how the entire programming world trends—as well as individuals and entities shaping the trending.This could be a competitive problem because as Paul V. Weinstein has written in the Harvard Business Review,  Microsoft  will gain “access to the legions of developers who use GitHub’s code repository products on a daily basis”  so they can be “guided into the Microsoft developer environment, where the real money is made.”Thus, Microsoft’s $7.5 billion offer, approximately 30 times GitHub’s annual recurring revenue, seems makes more sense. By gaining GitHub’s unique insight into programmers and programming, Microsoft will be protecting its dominance in its software markets.What are some common sense remedies federal regulators could impose?Rather than block the merger, federal regulators could impose some simple conditions on the acquisition to protect the integrity of private information and prevent the possibility of Microsoft unfairly leveraging GitHub’s unique position to gain market advantage.Transparency.  Microsoft should disclose any changes it makes to GitHub, its policies, and account requirements–as well as immediately and publicly posting all takedown requests and the resulting actions, if any.  Microsoft should disclose any datamining of the GitHub platform and make results public. It should not sell or disclose developer information to third parties.Neutral Platform.  Microsoft should continue to offer GitHub as a neutral platform for all programs and developers. There must be no preferential treatment for proprietary code or affiliated developers and no discrimination against open source code or developers. By that token, the non-discrimination should prevent using GitHub to promote Microsoft products, or to disparage competitors’. GitHub should not become the Microsoft store or marketing channel.  Github users should be able to “opt in” to communications from Microsoft, rather than being required to opt out of emails and other communication.Privacy.  There must be a “Chinese Firewall” ensuring that GitHub users’ private information is never shared with Microsoft—or with any of Microsoft’s verticals.last_img read more

Deconstructing the Scene: Raiders of the Lost Ark

first_imgLet’s take a detailed behind-the-scenes look at how Steven Spielberg and company crafted one of the most iconic sequences in film history: The golden idol scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.Top image via NY Daily NewsBehind-the-scenes peeks are a perfect way to understand everything that goes into making movie magic. Let’s look at the iconic opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark, from previsualization to post-production.For reference, watch the scene one more time. The video below picks up just after the opening credits, as Indy and Satipo enter the temple and find themselves in the chamber of the golden idol.Video via Noble TreizeDevelopmentGeorge Lucas and Steven Spielberg developed the base concept for Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1977, just as Star Wars was being released worldwide. It wasn’t long before Lawrence Kasdan was brought on to write several drafts of the script. The entire film hinged on setting the stage for the character and the narrative in the opening sequence.As for the character of Dr. Henry Jones Jr., Spielberg and company looked to Charlton Heston and his character from The Secret of the Incas. Then for the actual opening sequence itself, Spielberg remembered the seventh issue of the classic Uncle Scrooge Comic, “The Seven Cities of Cibola,” which gave him the inspiration to develop the temple sequence.Images via Paramount and MarvelOnce the final script was developed, Lucas and Spielberg shopped the film to the studios, which proved difficult given the budget needed for the film. Paramount finally took a chance on the film, though budget concerns were expressed. Lucas and Spielberg knew they were going to have to stay on task and on budget — something Spielberg had not done in his previous three films.Pre-ProductionIn order for Spielberg to stay on task and on budget, he had his artists craft storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark. These storyboards included the iconic temple sequence with the golden idol and out-of-control boulder.Image via Amblin EntertainmentStoryboarding isn’t for everyone — some directors like to use only a shot list — however storyboarding can be extremely helpful, as we’ve covered before here on PremiumBeat. Spielberg developed his traditional stick figures and then gave those drawings to his artists to convert into the final storyboards. These storyboards, as seen above, allowed the crew to see the director’s vision before a camera ever even rolled.Image via Elstree Film StudiosNow that everything was written out and storyboarded, the director and crew turned to production. The majority of the opening sequence was shot on set at Elstree Studios in the United Kingdom. However, exterior shots for this sequence were completed at Kauai island in Hawaii, the same location Spielberg would use years later to film Jurassic Park.Set DesignSet design is crucial to the success of a film, as quality set design will allow the audience to become lost in the world of the film. For the opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spielberg and company knew that converting the Elstree Studios soundstage into a Peruvian temple was going to be a tough task — but if done correctly, it would transport the audience to another place and time.Image via ScreencrushIn the image above, you can see the exterior shells of the set that make up the individual areas of the temple. The key for production designer Norman Reynolds was to make sure that each of the sets looked authentic while giving Spielberg and cinematographer Douglas Slocombe the freedom to frame and capture the images they desired.Practical EffectsSpielberg wanted to utilize practical effects as much as possible for the project, as this would give the film a very classic serial adventure type of feel. The VFX team from ILM worked closely with the director and set designer Norman Reynolds to ensure that every element on set felt real and authentic.Image via ScreencrushJust like set design, visual effects, no matter if digital or practical, have to fit within the existing mise-en-scène. Effects must not stand out — rather, they must blend seamlessly into the set design.Image via ScreencrushLuckily for Spielberg, he had an amazing group of VFX artists who had recently wrapped up duties on another little project called Star Wars. While there aren’t a wide range of special effects in the opening sequence, it does have its fair share: the prosthetic Satipo, the small arrows in the idol chamber, the fiberglass boulder (that weighed around 800 lbs), and even the Golden Idol with mechanical eyes.CinematographyThanks to storyboards, Spielberg and cinematographer Douglas Slocombe had the entire film already mapped out, which allowed them to begin shooting quickly, instead of searching for the shot.Image via Paramount PicturesEven though Spielberg and his artists crafted the storyboards and notated where movement was needed, Slocombe added his own visual flair to the film as well. Throughout this sequence, Slocombe utilized longer takes, some of which dolly in or out. These are utilized to convey a sense of tension, or in the case of Sapito, a sense of relief.This visual construction is in stark contrast to the twelve quick cuts that Slocombe used moments earlier to introduce Indy to the audience, as well as the composition of the images to come.Image via Paramount PicturesWhen Indy finally makes his way to the idol and swaps it out for the bag of sand, Spielberg and Slocombe change the pace and framing of the film. While there’s one dolly shot as Indy runs through the chamber, a majority of the shots are locked down on sticks and are short in duration. This escalates the pacing of the film to coincide with the frantic action. However, it still takes an editor to put this all together.EditingMichael Kahn is an absolute genius when it comes to editing. For Raiders of the Lost Ark, he utilized Spielberg’s storyboards and Slocombe’s perfectly paced visuals to craft an amazing story. However, it’s more than just trimming and pasting into place.Image via Paramount PicturesKahn utilized the all important technique known as the J-cut, plus the occasional L-cut in some instances. In the image above, Indy is about to exchange the bag of sand for the idol. As the idol sinks and triggers the booby-traps, sound effects created by Ben Burtt hint at something dangerous — then there’s jump cut to a wide shot as Indy realizes the walls are crumbling around him. This ends the slower pace of the scene’s beginning and unleashes a new frantic pace for the remainder of the sequence.Image via Paramount PicturesKahn didn’t just stop with the chamber destruction either. He utilized another J-cut as Indy hears something happening behind him. Kahn jump cuts to a wide shot, revealing a boulder rolling toward Indy. So, even though everything was “laid out” for him in the storyboards and in-camera cuts, Kahn still had to go through the edit and make sure everything made sense and that specific techniques were used to aid the audience experience.Musical CompositionJust as cinematographer Douglas Slocombe and editor Michael Kahn utilized the pacing of the film to emotionally effect the audience, conductor John Williams had to do the same thing with the film score.Image via IMDbKnowing where and how to use the right music is crucial. Williams starts the sequence with a slow, tension-filled score. When the idol drops, the music changes and the brass section rises as the score picks up pace. So, as apparent above, there are several components that go into crafting a scene. The key to pulling off these scenes is planning, planning, and more planning. Once you have your vision, put it down in a tangible medium. Once you do this, then you can really begin to build your scene before you ever even roll on a single camera. This will aid you greatly during principle photography and post-production alike.What other iconic movie scenes would you like to see from behind the scenes? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Former BJD MLA Panigrahi joins BJP

first_imgFormer Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Ashok Kumar Panigrahi formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party at a public meeting in Bargarh district here on Monday.Mr. Panigrahi, who was elected to the State Assembly in 2000 on a BJD ticket, had been suspended from the party after he contested the 2014 elections as an independent candidate from the Bijepur Assembly constituency, leading to the defeat of BJD’s official candidate Prasanna Acharya.He is likely to be the BJP’s nominee in the upcoming by-poll for the Bijepur seat.The by-poll has been necessitated following the death of sitting Congress legislator Subal Sahu in August.Entry opposedMr. Panigrahi was welcomed into the saffron party’s fold by several senior leaders of the party, including Union Ministers Jual Oram and Dharmendra Pradhan, and BJP’s Odisha in-charge Arun Singh and State BJP president Basant Panda.President of BJP’s Bargarh district unit Narayan Sahu, who has opposed Mr. Panigrahi’s entry into their party, was absent at the meeting.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that Mr. Panigrahi’s joining the BJP will have no impact on the BJD’s electoral prospects in Bijepur. The CM has already announced that he will personally campaign for Ritarani Sahu, widow of Subal Sahu, who recently joined the BJD along with her son and a large number of Congress workers.While addressing the gathering on the occasion of ‘Misran Parv’ (joining celebration), Union Tribal Affairs Minister Oram accused the BJD and Mr. Patnaik of luring Sahu’s family members with the aim to capture the Bijepur assembly segment. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more