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Bavuma first black South African to make Test 100

first_img FIGHTBACK England were left ruing a bunch of missed catches, giving let-offs to Amla, Bavuma, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris, who all made half-centuries in the South African fightback. The dream batting strip helped South Africa as much as it helped England in their first innings, when Ben Stokes struck a stunning 258 from 198 balls. It was so good that tailender Morris hit boundaries with reverse sweeps off England spinner Moeen Ali and was the fifth South African to go past 50 with his 69. The only glimpse of hope for England came in the afternoon, when Amla’s dismissal sparked three quick wickets in four overs from Stuart Broad and James Anderson and a brief opportunity to push for victory. England had waited 70 overs for any kind of breakthrough. DERAILED CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP): Temba Bavuma became the first black South African to make a Test century in helping his team defiantly declare at 627-7 in reply to England’s 629-6 declared in the second Test yesterday. Captain Hashim Amla made 201 and Bavuma reached 102 not out to effectively wipe out England’s advantage and probably save a draw with one day to play on a serene pitch, where runs have flowed and bowlers have struggled. Bavuma, raised in a poor township in Cape Town, gave South Africa a feel-good moment after the pressure they have been under early in this series and in this game. “When I made my debut for South Africa, I came to be a bit more aware and realise the significance behind it more,” said Bavuma, the first black specialist batsman to play for the Proteas. “It’s always been an inspiration for other kids, black African kids, to aspire to.” England were 16-0 in their second innings to lead by 18 after batting out the last six overs of the day. Broad began by bowling Amla for 201 and had Quinton de Kock caught for just five. Between those strikes, Anderson forced out Faf du Plessis to a catch in the slips for 86. The three rapid strikes threatened to derail South Africa’s fightback and leave them still some way behind. But Bavuma and tailender Chris Morris responded with a century stand, the third of the South African innings. Bavuma sent a thick edge down to third man for four for his century and celebrated by removing his helmet and waving his bat excitedly at the crowd in the city where he was born. Bavuma’s family watched from the stands, including his father, who used to be a journalist. “He was here today. He’s quite happy. I’ll see him later tonight. He’ll probably have a few questions as well,” Bavuma said.last_img read more

Queen’s Baton Relay visits South Africa

first_img11 February 2014 The Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in Johannesburg on Monday on the last leg of its African tour. It will spend five days in South Africa. Similar to the Olympic torch relay, the Queen’s Baton Relay travels around the world prior to the Commonwealth Games. This time round it will visit 70 nations over 288 days, covering about 190 000 kilometres on its way to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Message from the Queen The relay left Buckingham Palace in London on 9 October, after Queen Elizabeth had placed a message to the Commonwealth in the heart of the baton. The message forms the visual core of the baton design and is illuminated from within by LED lights, but is unreadable until the opening ceremony in Glasgow on 23 July. Within the baton is a granite “gemstone”, native to Scotland, which is gifted to each Commonwealth nation and territory. It can only be released by opening a clever puzzle mechanism. On Monday, the baton was taken around Johannesburg accompanied by South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam, who was also acting in his capacity as the Commonwealth Games Federation’s vice-president.‘Enormous symbolism’ British High Commissioner Judith McGregor was also on hand after joining the relay for the Swaziland and Lesotho legs. “The baton passed through places of tremendous historical importance and it has enormous symbolism, especially for the younger people,” McGregor said. “I’m delighted and proud to be with you here on behalf of the British government.” At the Soweto Aquatics Centre, Sam and McGregor addressed school children from Orlando West High School. “Look at this baton very carefully,” Sam said. “When you watch this baton and its message being read out by the Queen on 23 July, you can say that you saw this baton when it came to South Africa.” Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy said in a statement: “We welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to South Africa and it is a reminder of the importance of participating in the Commonwealth Games. As Sascoc, we celebrate our achievements in our 20-year democracy and we hope this inspires the youth to be great achievers.” The 2014 Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow Scotland from 23 July to 3 August. SAinfo reporter and South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committelast_img read more

Holiday Outlook for eReaders and eBooks: Even Better Than Previously Thought

first_imgThere can be little doubt that eBook and eReaders are having a breakout year. Today, Forrester Research moved its original projection of 2 million US eReader sales in 2009 up 50%. Forrester now expects that 3 million eReaders will be sold in 2009 and that 30% of these will sell during the holiday season. Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps argues that sales are growing much faster than expected because of falling prices, better retail distribution, and the media buzz that currently surrounds eBooks and eReaders. For 2010, Forrester projects eReader sales of up to 10 million.Now that the competition among eReader manufacturers is heating up, a larger number of US retailers, including Best Buy, Costco, Target and Walmart have started to devote shelf space to eReaders. According to the Association of American Publishers, eBook sales since June have gone up 149% for the year and the industry now generates $14 million in sales every month.Reasons why Forrester is revising its forecast:Prices came downMore content available and accessibleRetail distribution improvedMedia buzzOne of the main reasons why Forrester is correcting its forecast is the fact that prices have come down (and this report was actually written before the Amazon announcement). In addition, Forrester also sees increased consumer awareness thanks to the current media buzz around eReaders. While the Kindle was mentioned 8,680 times in news stories in 2008, it has been mentioned over 15,700 times in 2009 already (including the month of September). In addition, the fact that more content is now available and that manufacturers like iRex and Sony are backing the open ePub standard is also opening up the market to buyers who previously weren’t interested in Amazon’s closed Kindle ecosystem.Outlook for 2010: Even BetterFor next year, Forrester expects that Barnes & Noble will become serious competition for Amazon. With the iRex Digital Reader 800 and the forthcoming Plastic Logic reader, B&N will be able to offer its customers a lineup of eReaders that can easily challenge Amazon’s Kindle – though not in the international market that Amazon just entered yesterday. Forrester also expects that Apple’s mythical tablet could become a major force in the eReader market, though for the time being, the Apple tablet is obviously nothing more than a rumor.Clearly the eReader market is growing at a rapid pace. Just yesterday, when Amazon unveiled the reduced prices for its Kindle 2 and the launch of the AT&T-powered “U.S. & International Wireless” version of the Kindle 2, Amazon’s CEO and founder Jeff Bezoz pointed out in an interview with the New York Times that whenever Amazon offers both a Kindle and paper version of a book, 48% of total sales now come from the digital Kindle edition. In May, this number was 35%. While Amazon doesn’t release sales numbers for the Kindle, these numbers are only possible if Amazon has sold a lot more Kindles than most analysts previously thought. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img frederic lardinois Tags:#E-Books#news#NYT#Trends#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Creating the Cloud City Duel from The Empire Strikes Back

first_imgLet’s take a behind-the-scenes look at Vader and Luke’s Cloud City duel from The Empire Strikes Back.Ask just about any filmmaker to identify their favorite Star Wars film and a majority of them will tell you The Empire Strikes Back. For many, Empire was just on another level in terms of narrative, cinematography, editing, pacing, and special effects. While many of us absolutely love A New Hope for taking us to places we had never been, Empire took us beyond that.There are countless moments in The Empire Strikes Back we could deconstruct and study, but there’s one quotable scene that stands out from the rest: the Cloud City duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.Video via Captain AmericaPre-Production of the SceneDuring the pre-production process, you always want to try and fully develop your scene ahead of time. For such a pivotal scene, concept design and storyboards were an absolute must. Producer George Lucas needed an artist who could conceptually design the scene he saw in his head, so he went back to his original legendary concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie.I think Ralph’s contribution to the Star Wars world is incalculable, it’s him bringing the characters that I described in words to life… It’s one thing to describe things, and then it’s one thing to hold a picture up, and the pictures were so accurate to what I wanted.  – George Lucas, Star Wars Concept Artist: Tribute to a MasterConcept art for The Empire Strikes Back by Ralph McQuarrie via Star WarsNot only were the storyboards and concept designs of the scene important, but the choreography of the scene was vital as well. Having such a long duel between two characters was a logistical challenge. They had to work the sword play in through essentially four different areas, so for the actors there as a lot to learn on top of their dialogue.Concept art for The Empire Strikes Back by Ralph McQuarrie via Star WarsBeyond the actual fight, the look and feel of the scene had to be perfect, as there was a lot of layered conflict going on in the scene. There was the obvious good versus evil — but there was also power versus weakness, control versus freedom, and order versus chaos. To portray this tangle of emotion and motivation, McQuarrie and the artists at ILM crafted a set that would stay fairly neutral, while the costumes and lightsabers would highlight the conflict.Set Design of the SceneSet designer Roger Christian worked diligently with Lucas, Kershner, and McQuarrie to get that look and feel that was needed for the film. As he did on A New Hope, Christian went against the grain and decided to use metal as his main material, versus the plastics featured in sci-fi films such as Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Again, the result of this decision made the inner structure system of Cloud City seem flat and void or neutral.All science fiction before was very plastic and stupid uniforms and Flash Gordon stuff. Nothing was new. George was going right against that. My first conversation with him was that spaceships should be things you see in garages with oil dripping and they keep repairing them to keep them going, because that’s how the world is. – Roger Christian via EsquireThere was great importance on making this final section of the scene feel isolated and dangerous. Because of the shocking revelation that Luke would receive from Vader, the set design should exist in such a way that it heightened the tension for the scene. With this in mind, Christian and set designer John Barry crafted the catwalk set on one of the sound stages at the legendary Pinewood Studios.Behind the scenes of The Empire Strikes Back via LucasfilmAgain, they needed the set to feel dangerous and isolated, not only for the audience, but for actor Mark Hamill as well. They achieved this by creating a massive set with a curved wall to highlight the inner structure’s depth. On the final section of the set, Hamill would find himself ten to twelve feet above the mattress-covered floor below, with a large fan blowing from this left.Behind the scenes of The Empire Strikes Back via LucasfilmThis scene would have never been able to really come to life and highlight that good versus evil conflict had Christian and Barry not designed a muted and isolated set for the drama to play out.Cinematography of the SceneJust as with any fight sequence or great dramatic stand-off, Kershner opted to begin the sequence with an establishing shot. He effectively places Luke within a space that is vastly different to the rest of the Cloud City. We get a sense right from the start that Luke’s already at a disadvantage, which plays directly off of the previous scenes on Dagobah.For a majority of the scene, we rarely get any character close-ups. Instead Kershner remains in medium or wide shots that allow the audience to watch the action unfold. This is in stark contrast with the current action-film trend of tightly cropped, jumpy camera work that makes it difficult for the audience to follow what’s going on.Though dialogue isn’t heavy during this scene, Kershner still needed to establish a version of the shot/reverse shot. He was able to do this several times throughout the sequence by placing the audience just off to the side and over the shoulder of each character as seen in the incredibly impressive dolly shot below.While simple in technique, its visual implication is massive to the story… Through this shot we gain a sense that Luke is not ready for the encounter, just as Yoda and Obi Wan warned.Post-Production of the ScenePost-production for the scene was heavy on visual effects. Today most people can simply add a lightsaber in After Effects, but the process to create such an effect was far more daunting in 1983. Still, the majority of what made this scene so special was the editing of Paul Hirsch.Paul couldn’t have the fight scene drag out for seven minutes straight, as you saw in the video above. While it’s interesting to watch, he knew other things were going on at the same time based on the script. By working with Lucas and Kershner, he made cuts that would allow the duel to play out alongside the attempted rescue of Han Solo from the hands of Boba Fett.Another editing technique he employed: jump cuts during the actual duel itself.  In order to amp up the pacing and keep the duel exciting and emotional, he would jump cut from wide to medium to close to wide and so on.Again, the editing of the scene is what really makes it all work. The pacing and structure are so perfect. It’s why this is scene is one of the greatest scenes in not only Star Wars history, but film history.What do you take away from the filmmaking techniques on display in the scene? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

How to Get Leverage

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now A few weeks ago I sent a newsletter to my subscribers about how to be compelling, how to help your dream client take action now. The gist of that newsletter was that in order to know how to compel your dream client you need to know what is already compelling them. I also wrote that it’s about the implications of not changing.Here’s a link to a YouTube video to accompany this post (you might want to subscribe when you get there).But I found a better word to describe what we are looking for: leverage.What Is Leverage?Leverage (noun): 1) the action of a lever, a rigid bar that pivots about one point and used to move an object at a second point by force applied at a third 2) power or ability to act or influence people, events, decisions, etc.You might believe that the second definition is more interesting than the first, but it’s the first definition that interests me. I like the visual of using a lever to pivot around point one and move the object at point two by applying force at the third point.So what is the third point? The third point is the person or persons who stand to gain the most from your initiative (or lose the most by not acting). What is the force you apply to that lever? Whatever is at stake.The third point, those stakeholders who would move forward with you if they could, need help with the object at the second point. Maybe that object is the status quo and its deeply entrenched defenders. Maybe the second point is occupied by the “decision-maker” or the person with the formal authority to bind the organization to a deal. Whatever–or whoever–is sitting at point two needs to move, and the greater the resistance the more leverage you need, the more you need to surround them with people who will press for your initiative and reasons to change now.Implications Create LeverageWeak implications or weak outcomes provide too little leverage to move heavy resistance. The greater the implications and the greater the outcome for your dream client, the more leverage you have, good or bad (even better to use both forms of leverage if you can).If your dream client tells you that they could buy from you as easily in June as they could in October, you have to find the leverage to move that date forward. You need to help them see what they lose over those four months.What does it cost them to wait? Does it cost them increased expenses, lost revenue, or lost profits? Do they provide their competitors a chance to steal market share while they wait? Do they lose the time they need to gain the new competencies that are going to allow them to do something they cannot do now? This is your negative force lever.What do they gain by acting now? Do they realize an immediate financial improvement? Do they gain some strategic advantage? What do they receive for moving the date forward? That’s your positive force lever.Different stakeholders may be compelled by different levers, so it pays to know your audience.Think about some stalled commitment you need? What is the leverage you need to use in order to move your contact off the fence? How do you apply the force necessary to the stakeholders at point three to help you move the heavy object on the other end of the lever?last_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins out indefinitely amid playoffs after muscle tear

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “The injury will sideline Cousins indefinitely and he will begin rehabilitation immediately,” a Warriors statement said. “Updates on his progress will be provided as appropriate.”US media reports Tuesday said the injury is likely to have ended Cousins’ season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWarriors coach Steve Kerr on Monday said the injury was “significant” and expected Cousins to be out “for a while”.Cousins exit came with the Warriors leading 11-9 in Monday’s game. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ The 28-year-old collapsed to the court and failed to get up after he lunged for a loose ball.The Warriors later suffered a stunning defeat, blowing a 31-point lead as the Clippers completed the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history to win 135-131 and level the series 1-1.Game three in the series takes place in Los Angeles on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Novak Djokovic labors into Monte Carlo 3rd round with scrappy win View comments Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins reacts after falling to the floor during the first half of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins faces an indefinite injury layoff after suffering a torn quadriceps muscle in the NBA champions’ defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers, it was confirmed Tuesday.Cousins exited Monday’s game-two loss in the first quarter clutching his left quad. An MRI scan on Tuesday confirmed a torn muscle.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Court Appoints Liquidators of Mercator Lines

first_imgzoom  The High Court of the Republic of Singapore has appointed liquidators of Mercator Lines as the shipping company pushes forward with the winding up of its business.As disclosed in a filing to Singapore Exchange, Yit Chee Wah, the company’s Judicial Manager and Joshua James Taylor have been appointed the Joint and Several Liquidators of the company on October 25, 2017.Singapore-incorporated Mercator Lines applied for winding up of its business on September 6, 2017 after it spent months under judicial management.During this time the Judicial Manager Yit Chee Wah held discussions with several potential investors to explore transferring the company’s listing status and/or its restructuring. However, these attempts failed.Faced with liquidity shortage and poor business performance, Mercator Lines decided to exit from dry bulk business and sell its fleet of 11 dry bulkers at the beginning of 2016.Earlier this month, the company completed the sale of its vessel Prem Poorva to Natalia Shipping Limited.Under the deal concluded on October 9, 2017, the Panamax bulker fetched a price of USD 3.8 million.Mercator Lines said it would use the proceeds from the sale to repay debts.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more