Consumer goods giant PT Unilever Indonesia announced on Friday its plan to appoint a new president director, president commissioner and director in a leadership change.Outgoing president director Hemant Bakshi is resigning from the post he has held since 2014 and will assume a leadership role at Unilever’s global division, which supervises the company’s Indonesian branch. He will also replace Maurits Lalisang as Unilever Indonesia’s president commissioner.Ira Noviarti, who currently serves as a director for the company’s beauty and personal care business, will be the new president director. She currently supervises the company’s soap brand Lifebuoy and toothpaste Pepsodent, among other products. The company will seek shareholders’ approval for the leadership change in a general meeting held in the near future, it said in a statement on Friday.“A series of achievements have been made during Bakshi’s leadership, including digital transformation in all lines of operations, a series of breakthroughs and innovations within the company’s brands and recognition both nationally and internationally through various awards received by the company,” the statement read.“Ira Noviarti, who is proposed to be the next president director, is a figure with strong capabilities.”Ira served as Unilever Food Solutions Southeast Asia managing director from 2015 to 2017. She worked as Unilever Indonesia’s director for ice cream, media and consumer market insight during the period of 2010 to 2015. She was also in charge of the company’s COVID-19-related programs, such as Unilever Untuk Indonesia (Unilever for Indonesia).“In addition, she also led the committee of diversity and inclusivity that focuses on improving female representation to create gender equality, open opportunities and access for the disabled and eliminate negative stereotypes in the workplace and society,” according to the statement.The company will also appoint Reski Damayati, who now serves as general legal counsel and secretary, as director to replace Sancoyo Antarikso.Sancoyo is resigning from his post after 30 years with the company.Unilever Indonesia, which operates nine factories in West Java and East Java, booked a net profit of Rp 3.6 trillion (US$242.04 million) in the first half of the year, marking an annual decline of 2.2 percent as the COVID-19 pandemic battered Indonesian consumers.The company’s stocks, traded under the code UNVR at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), slipped 0.31 percent to Rp 8,000 apiece on Friday as the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) dropped 0.87 percent.Topics :
Press Association Brian O’Driscoll’s citing hearing for stamping on Italy’s Simone Favaro will be heard in London on Wednesday morning, RBS 6 Nations organisers have confirmed. O’Driscoll was cited following the incident in Ireland’s 22-15 defeat in Rome on Saturday. The independent Six Nations disciplinary committee will be chaired by Robert Williams, along with Mike Hamlin and John Doubleday. O’Driscoll was sent to the sin-bin for only the second time in his 14-year professional career in the first half of the match at the Stadio Olimpico. The 34-year-old lifted his right leg and brought it down on to the chest of Favaro, the Italy openside, who yelled out in pain and writhed around on the turf. The act was out of character for O’Driscoll, who has a fine disciplinary record, and was evidence of his frustration as Ireland slumped to a first Six Nations defeat by Italy. However, he was lucky to have escaped a red card for an incident that clouded what is thought to have been his 125th and final Test in a green shirt. The recommended suspension for a low end stamping offence is two weeks, the mid-range five weeks and top end nine weeks, up to a maximum of one year. While the offence was serious, O’Driscoll’s lack of previous disciplinary issues will count in his favour. It will be hoped by his province Leinster that he is available for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final against Wasps on April 5 and for as much of their RaboDirect Pro 12 title push as possible.
29 November 2013 South African National Parks (SANParks) is to beef up its arsenal in the fight against rhino poaching with the deployment of a Gazelle military helicopter. The Gazelle was donated by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation and African aerospace and defence group Paramount, and forms part of an on-going capacity building partnership announced a year ago. A Seeker MKII Surveillance aeroplane, also donated by the foundation, has been operating in the Kruger National Park since December 2012. Speaking at the helicopter’s unveiling at Letaba in Limpopo province on Thursday, SANParks CEO David Mabunda thanked the Ichikowitz Family Foundation for their involvement, which has included the provision of fuel, pilots, specialised training and operational capacity. Ivor Ichikowitz, the chairman of the foundation and founder of the Paramount Group, said the Gazelle would give SANParks superior airpower in its fight against rhino poachers. The light attack helicopter has a maximum airspeed of 310 kilometres per hour and a range of 670 kilometres. “A critical part of this helicopter’s capabilities is its speed and the fact that the Gazelle has a night vision capable cockpit,” Ichikowitz said, adding “Part of our contribution is to the training of the pilots to be able to fly at night, thereby fundamentally taking the war directly to the poachers.”Kruger rhino census Mabunda, outlining the results of a census conducted a few months ago, said it was estimated that the Kruger National Park was home to between 8 400 and 9 600 white rhino. SANParks scientists conducted the census using a 40% block count survey method. The census took three weeks to complete in September, making use of three helicopters with a total of 220 flight hours. The bottom line, Mabunda said, was that despite escalating poaching, increased anti-poaching operations had ensured that there were relatively stable rhino numbers in the park since 2008. “We are certain that without intense anti-poaching operations, Kruger’s rhino population would have begun significantly declining by now.” Ichikowitz said that, with the Gazelle now part of SANParks’ anti-poaching operations, “we hope that the fight for the rhino will reach a tipping point in 2014”. He added that his foundation was assisting SANParks with further training of its game rangers in advanced bush tracking techniques, and together with Paramount would be providing SANParks with tracker dogs and related training in 2014. SAinfo reporter
13 January 2015There are nearly half-a-million opportunities available to the matric class of 2014, Blade Nzimande, the minister of higher education and training said at a media briefing in Cape Town on Monday.Outlining his department’s plans for the year ahead, Nzimande said post-school study spaces available at South Africa’s universities and other training institutions had increased by 28 646 from 2014’s 396 449 spots.“Many of those who have met the entrance requirements for university study will be pursuing degrees, diplomas and higher certificates at one of 26 public universities,” Nzimande said.This included Sol Plaatje University and University of Mpumalanga, both of which are new universities, and the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU), which was promulgated as a juristic person in May 2014 and would be opening its doors to its first student cohort in January 2015.Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the 2014 matric results last week. South Africa’s overall pass rate dropped to 75.8%, down 2.4% from 2013’s figure of 78.2%.University study was not the only option open to prospective students, Nzimande said: Students could also access opportunities in 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges and 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).Nzimande said available opportunities included:Some 204 522 new entrant opportunities at universities;44 000 Engineering and Business Studies opportunities at TVET colleges;37 000 National Certificate Vocational programme opportunities at TVET colleges;About 85 900 occupationally directed (apprenticeship or learnership) opportunities in collaboration with TVET colleges, SETAs and employers;Artisan opportunities totalling to 16 250; andAn additional 37 423 learning programme opportunities in the form of 3 380 apprenticeships, 4 513 bursaries and 29 530 learnerships will be further provided by SETAs.Nzimande said there were 150 752 opportunities for learners qualifying for admission to bachelor studies at higher education institutions and 166 689 opportunities for learners qualifying for admission to diploma studies at higher education institutions.There are further 86 022 opportunities for learners qualifying for admission to higher certificate studies.“The national average annual increase in first-time entering students at higher education institutions from 2011 to 2015 is 4.5%, with first-time entering students making up approximately 25% of the total university student population.“In 2015, our public universities will provide access to approximately 204 522 new entrants wishing to pursue their studies across all general, technical and professional fields including business and management; science, engineering, agriculture and technology; humanities, social sciences, the arts and education,” he said.Qualified artisansThe minister said matriculants who had obtained a minimum of a higher certificate achievement could consider studying further at a TVET college for a national diploma, with 44 000 study opportunities available for both business and engineering studies.The National Development Plan, South Africa’s blueprint for economic growth, relies on South Africa producing 30 000 qualified artisans per year.“Thirty-seven thousand study opportunities are also available for individuals wishing to pursue a vocational programme, which leads to a National Certificate Vocational qualification.“In South Africa there is a growing trend of matriculants utilising learnership or apprenticeship opportunities to become artisans in the civil, mechanical, electrical, manufacturing or support services career fields,” he said.Nzimande also said that the post-school education and training sector had, through the SETAs and the National Skills Fund, committed more than R1.7-billion in the 2015/16 financial year to opportunities in these artisan fields that would result in grants for more than 16 250 artisan learners.SAinfo reporter and SANews.gov
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marshall kirkpatrick Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement In the battle between mobile web and native mobile applications, access to local hardware like motion sensors and the phone’s camera has traditionally been a major advantage held by native apps. One of many announcements made today at Google’s I/O developer conference was about a still-forthcoming development in the Android mobile operating system: browser apps will be given access to local hardware capabilities. Mobile developers have expected this to happen for some time and now await details regarding which of the competing standards in development that Google will support. Hopefully Google will support a standard implementation and not a proprietary system that would fragment the mobile web. Whatever Google does could well end up being baked into the Webkit core and could give hardware access to mobile apps on many more phones, including the iPhone.Specifically demonstrated today were web apps with access to the motion sensor, camera and to Google’s incredible voice recognition. The ability for web apps to use voice recognition and Google’s computational ability to interpret a user’s “intentions” were put together to demonstrate the kind of mobile virtual assistant feature that Apple got when it acquired Siri. Except Google will be enabling some amount of that kind of functionality to be baked into any web app.It’s not clear when these new capabilities will be opened up to web developers, but this is the kind of feature that could make developing on the Android Web much more appealing. Instant, permission-free, web based deployment and updating of applications with access to local hardware? Look out Apple.Mobile-Centric StandardsWe asked mobile web app developer Jason Grigsby what he thought of the news and this is what he said: “I’m not surprised at all, Nokia’s been looking at it, it just makes sense. It seemed like an inevitable thing, but it will be interesting to see what they are implementing: Bondi or JIL, for example. The wholesale application community is trying to standardize access but there are competing standards and efforts. Whatever Google anoints is what will win. Can expect commonality between browsers or will it be fragmented?”Not surprised, but is Grigsby excited? He believes this will be a major move in the direction of a mobile-specific development platform, unlike all the recent focus on HTML5. “Hell yeah, it’s about time,” Grigsby said. “We’ve been focusing so much on HTML5, which was started before mobile took off. With the exception of offline storage and geolocation, the rest [of HTML5] was started before mobile was big. Now Google will build this in Webkit and there’s a possibilitiy this stuff will go back into the Webkit core.”Bring on a standards-based, hardware-integrated, mobile web app focused development environment! Tags:#Analysis#Google#mobile#web
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Keeping a project clean and organized is essential. Spend less time searching for assets and more time editing. In this post, we share organization tips and a free project file.If you’re going to call yourself a professional, you should work like a professional. An insanely disorganized project is a nightmare, and ultimately reflects poorly upon you as en editor. We bring in freelancers pretty regularly at my office and if I’m given the choice to bring back a great editor who leaves a disaster of files and other mess in their wake or a slightly less great editor who keeps things in order and under control you can bet I’ll choose the organized one every time. He or she makes it easier for me to quickly pick up the project for later revisions if necessary.In this post, I want to share a structure for how I like to organize my video editing projects. This is an empty skeleton that I use as a basis for all projects, then fill-in as needed: Here’s how I use these bins, including the thinking behind them:The Audio BinGenerally, nothing goes in the top-level Audio folder. Everything should be sorted into the appropriate subfolder: Music, SFX (Sound Effects) or VO (Voice Over).The Edits BinSometimes labeled as “Sequences” by my coworkers, this bin should have the most current version of the project directly inside. Previous/outdated versions should be put in the Archive folder for reference if needed, but out of the way of the current version so that there’s no confusion if another editor has to pick up the project.The Selects bin is for timelines containing your top picks from the footage, organized by B-Roll, Interview (organized by interviewee, question/topic or lumped into one), Scene X, Y, Z, etc.The Footage BinAll project footage goes into here. If I have to sync audio and make merged clips, I typically make a Raw bin and a Merged bin within the Footage bin. Otherwise, I just break up by card, reel, day, subject – whatever makes the most sense for the project.The GFX BinThis bin is used for assets that aren’t based on footage and are generally computer generated: titles, adjustment layers, logos, lower thirds, motion graphics, etc.The VFX BinThis bin is used for assets that are based on footage, but aren’t raw footage themselves. An example would be a keyed and rendered green screen shot, a shot that’s had matte painting or wire-removal, etc. I also use this bin for things like film grain (Cinegrain, Gorilla Grain, et al.), lens flares, light leaks, etc.All I have to do to keep my project organized is drag to the right bin when I import my assets. Super simple. That structure covers the major things that I encounter in most projects, and I can add bins when I hit something new. Below is an example of how I’ve used these bins in a project. Click image for larger view.Organization should be a basic skill for any video editor. That said, I know a lot of editors just aren’t organized, no matter how much they want to be. It’s often due to laziness (they don’t want to take the time to make bins) or having such a tight deadline they don’t keep things organized during the video editing process.The best way to combat this tendency (whether you have that tendency, or a coworker or employee has it), is to take the majority of the work of out organizing your project. A blank project with these bins already in it is a great thing to keep handy. Just duplicate the project file for every new project and you’re all set up. All you have to do is watch where you drag.Quick Tip: If you’re working in a multi-editor office, take a screenshot of the bin organization structure and distribute it to every editor. Laminate it and post it up at every video editing station so that each editor will use the same structure throughout their edit.As a little time saver and incentive to keep you and your fellow editors sane, you can download a Premiere Pro CC project below with this bin structure already set up. As an added bonus, it comes set up with one of my favorite Premiere Layouts that I’ve worked up (assuming you have Premiere set to import workspaces). Happy editing![maxbutton id=”8″]
Here are a few other DIY posts from PremiumBeat worth checking out:10 Cheap Tripod Dolly Options to Try at HomeMake Your Own DIY LED Light BarDIY Camera Stabilizers and Rigs for Under $25 Here are 5 ways to boost the production value of your video shots on a DIY budget.Cover image via Film Riot.One of the most valuable online resources for filmmakers and video producers is Ryan Connolly’s YouTube channel and production juggernaut, Film Riot. Film Riot provides actionable content on filmmaking questions, techniques, and gear recommendations. One of their recent videos focuses on a few DIY tips they’ve released in the past that will help reduce your budget or give you more time to focus on your production.Let’s take a look at some of these DIY tips as well as where to find the equipment they call for.Low FogIf you’re shooting a horror film, or any type of science fiction story, creating mood and environment is key. This low-lying fog adds a layer of creepiness and a boosts the sense of production value on your set. As Connolly advises, when handling the dry ice, make sure you wear gloves and make sure you don’t touch the ice with your bare skin.What you need:Styrofoam coolerFog machineDry Ice Spray Paint LightsLet’s say you don’t have the resources or time to get a few gels before your next shoot. Not to worry. You can simply spray paint the lightbulb. You can even include these in the shot, as they are visually appealing. Make sure you purchase heat-resistant paint because the bulbs become extremely hot as the shoot goes on (we’ve all seen what they can do to gels).What you need:Heat-resistant paint Lens FlareCapturing an organic lens flare in camera is easier than it sounds, and this cost effective technique will get the job done without taking your shoot outside. With a little bit of tape on the top and bottom of your lens, you can get the flare effect you’ve always wanted, without distracting your audience.If you still want more control over the flare or need to add one during the post-production process, check out RocketStock’s anamorphic lens flare pack here.What you need:TapeFishing line Do you have DIY production tips? Let us know in the comments. Simulating a PartyOne of the most frustrating aspects of shooting a scene that requires a lot of extras is actually rounding up enough people to make the scene look convincing. Fortunately for you, there’s a simple solution to subtly deceive the audience that uses only a handful of people and a few crew members to create the appearance of a raging party. Use your telephoto lens or zoom in enough to close the background up around your subject. Voila. If you want a little added spice, have a crew member walk in front of the camera or behind your subject to add even more to the illusion.What you need:A longer lens Shower CurtainUsing a shower curtain as a diffuser is not just a household trick. Professional cinematographers like Shane Hurlbut have used it on big-budget film sets. Even if you don’t have shower curtain with you on set, a quick visit to nearest online grocery or supply store will set you up with a super cheap solution. This curtain will add a level of diffusion that will help with harsh sunlight or shadows.What you need:Shower curtain
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has “strongly deprecated” the “casual manner” in which Bihar has filed an appeal before it after a delay of over 700 days and said a clear signal has to be sent to the government authorities that they cannot approach the court as and when they please. A bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Indira Banerjee dismissed the appeal filed by the Bihar government in a service matter and imposed a cost of Rs 20,000 on the state, saying it was a “complete wastage” of judicial time. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe apex court noted that an appeal against the division bench order of the Patna High Court was filed before it after a delay of 728 days and the state sought condonation of this “extraordinary” delay stating that it took time to obtain all the sanction from the respective departments and receive the affidavit. “We are of the view that a clear signal has to be sent to the government authorities that they cannot approach the court as and when they please, on account of gross incompetence of their officers and that too without taking any action against the concerned officers,” the bench said in its order. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”No detail of this delay of 728 days have been given as if there is an inherent right to seek condonation of delay by state government. The law of limitation apparently does not apply to the state government according to its conduct,” the bench said. Referring to an earlier judgement of the apex court, the bench noted in its order that such condonation of delay is no more admissible on the pretext of “government working lethargy”. The bench also noted that the state had earlier filed an appeal before a division bench of the high court against an order of its single judge in the matter after a delay of 367 days. The division bench of the high court had dismissed the application filed by the state seeking condonation of delay on the ground that there was no sufficient cause shown for it. “We strongly deprecate the casual manner in which the division bench (of the high court) was approached…,” the bench said.