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South African academics: uncertainty affecting nation brand

first_imgIndepth analysis by some of the country’s top academics highlighted domestic issues influencing the reputation and competitiveness of the nation’s brand, at a Brand South Africa competitiveness forum held at the University of Pretoria, Tshwane, on 5 October 2016.“Gupta-gate, Nkandla scandal, Dalai Lama (visa debacle), (uncertainty surrounding Finance Minister) Pravin Gordhan and other incidents such as these, have a negative influence in our country,” said Dr Garth le Pere, visiting professor in the university political science department, during one of the forum’s panel discussions.Le Pere added that South Africa’s reputational cache in foreign policy and its relationships with the rest of the world and Africa had been affected because of this uncertainty. He urged politicians, diplomats and, indeed, all South Africans to reclaim and help build on the country’s strong historical moral identity before the overall brand image suffered more permanent damage.On the same panel, Professor George Angelopulo, from Unisa’s communication science department, said that while the economic and reputational growth of South African cities contributed greatly to building the nation’s brand, mismanagement of urban areas and economic inequality still exerted a negative influence on how perceptions of the country were formed.“Cities hold many benefits, but in the rapid transformation that characterises South Africa’s cities there are also significant challenges,” Angelopulo said. “Urbanisation is swift and largely uncontrolled, with growing slums and informal settlements, unequal access to urban services, significant climate impact and rising inequality.”Cities fulfilled a vital role in the destiny of the country because, as competitive positions within the nation, the economies of cities were connections to the rest of Africa and the world, he said, emphasising that cities must be “relevant to a wide spectrum of stakeholders of the South African brand – national and international business, institutions, government and its citizens”.Earlier in the day, during his introduction to the forum, general manager of research at Brand South Africa Dr Petrus de Kock drew attention to the recent university protests creating uncertainty about the reputation of South Africa’s tertiary education sector.“We must maintain the integrity of institutions and the protests are raising a question of instability of institutions and that’s something we really have to safeguard and protect because it’s an important nation asset.”Individuals, he said, underlying the forum’s overall theme of responsible citizenship, were the key to building the country’s reputation. Citizens, be they private or working in public or commercial service, had a responsibility to uphold the values that were the core of South African democracy and decency, urging that all “South Africans take responsibility of what you do”.SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Apple Farm Service, Inc. celebrates 60 years

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dale Minyo talks with Bill Apple at the Apple Farm Service covington location.Dale Minyo stopped by Apple Farm Service, Inc. in Covington this week for the first of four open houses to help them celebrate 60 years of service. To commemorate the occasion, the dealership has opened a new store in Mechanicsburg, revamped the website and is having a Customer Appreciation Days sale on parts at their four locations through Feb. 27.“Because it is our 60th anniversary and we added another store location on 29 outside of Mechanicsburg, we decided to clean out the shop and have our factory reps on hand just to commemorate our 60th year in business. Stop by, we are serving cheesy potatoes and chicken,” said Bill Apple. “We have open houses going in all four of our stores.”The Mechanicsburg location open house is on Feb. 22 and the Botkins location open house is on Feb. 25. Apple Farm Service is also busy with winter service work this time of year, particularly for planters. Apple said items that can help cut costs are getting attention right now.“Guys have the equipment they need for several years but they are looking for things that can save them money like precision agricultural tools to reduce seed, fertilizer and other inputs,” Apple said. “Self propelled sprayers have been a big seller and there are a lot of used ones out now too.”last_img read more

Adverse Childhood Experiences | Part 2

first_imgIn this second installment of the ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences: Recognizing and Minimizing their Impact on Children and Adults’ series, learn tips for how you can recognize behaviors that are linked to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the importance of trauma-informed care.Throughout this video, Laurie Naumann B.A. tells the heartbreaking story of a teenager who, through horrific circumstances, found herself in court at the age of 15 for drug trafficking. The true story of this young woman demonstrates the importance of trauma-informed care.Watch and listen below to learn more.This is part two of a four-part series, so be sure to check out the next!If you missed part-one, where Ms. Naumann and Dr. Mahadevan focused on defining and identifying ACEs and examining their impact on children and adults, you can find it at: Adverse Childhood Experiences | Part 1.This MFLN-Military Caregiving blog post was published on July 14, 2017.last_img read more

Premiere Pro CC: Working with Audio

first_imgAudio Plugin Manager – Lets you manage third party audio plugins. Previously talked about here.Control Surface is a separate preference, but lets you work with audio via a virtual or hardware Control Surface. Previously discussed here:Premiere Pro Timeline & Audio UpdatesRight-click in the audio header of the Premiere Pro timeline to get audio options.Note: I’m focusing on audio in this post, but right-clicking on the video header also gives you options. Premiere Pro CC adds additional functionality for audio editing! In this post, we’ll cover the new audio changes and how they can improve your video editing projects!Lets look at some essential tips for working with audio in Adobe Premiere Pro, as all of them aren’t obvious.Premiere Pro Audio PreferencesA few features have been added to the audio portion panel in the Premiere Pro Preferences.  Let’s dig in…Play Audio While Scrubbing – Leave this unchecked in Premiere Pro preferences if you don’t want to hear audio while scrubbing.You scrub by dragging the playhead, using the left/right arrows, and using shortcuts JK and L. For more flexibility you can toggle scrubbing on/off with Shift + S.Mute Input During Timeline Recording – This will prevent feedback when recording audio.Default Audio Tracks – You can change the default track settings by clicking “Use File”. This reveals a flyout where you choose the behavior of tracks.Minimum Interval Time Thinning – This is the number of keyframes that are recorded when using audio automation modes.  Check this and play with times of more milliseconds if you want to later manually adjust your keyframes (otherwise you will have a bunch of keyframes). This is similar to using peak keyframes in FCP 7.Default Thinning:400 Milliseconds Thinning:Increase Volume Many –  Premiere Pro CC adds shortcuts to increase the volume of a selected clip(s).This preference lets you set the dB increase when using “Increase Clip Volume Many” Customize – This allows you to change what options appear in the Track Header. This brings up the Button Editor, where you can drag options to the header. ( You also have a Button Editor for the transport controls in the Source & Program Monitors)I like to add Record,  Track Level, and Track Meters:You will need to switch from clip to “track keyframes” to see changes you make to the volume (the default is for the yellow line to show clip volume). You do this by clicking on the “show keyframes icon” and selecting “track keyframes”:Clip vs Track AudioI previously wrote about clip and track audio in Premiere Pro CS6 here.Premiere Pro CC adds an Audio Clip Mixer. If you want to work with Audio on a per clip level, you should be using the Audio Clip Mixer. If you want to work with Audio on a track level, use the Audio Track Mixer (both of these are under the “Window” menu). Remember that the default in a Premiere Pro timeline is to see “Clip Keyframes”.  Click “Show Keyframes” to change to “Track Keyframes”.For more info on working with Audio in Premiere CC, check out the Adobe help file.center_img Rename –  Allows you to rename to your track, and a handy way to keep up with what is on each track (you can also rename tracks in the Audio Track Mixer).Add/Delete Tracks – Delete will delete the current track. The track will be deleted even if the track is locked, so be careful with delete track. Add track will add an audio track to the bottom of the stack . If you are on track 1 and you had 3 audio tracks, clicking new track would create audio 4Add Audio Submix – You can now add an audio submix from the Timeline. If I had multiple tracks that I wanted to apply the same filter(s) to, I would create a submix. (like compressing all the interview tracks)You will still need to route the tracks to the submix in the Track Audio MixerAdd/Delete Tracks – Lets you delete all empty video or audio tracks or specify a track to delete. Add tracks also has the option of adding a track before the first track, which I find very handy.last_img read more

Behind the Sound Design: Nerf John Wick

first_imgThe team behind the recent viral video walk us through how they created the sounds for the action micro-masterpiece.Top image via CorridorDigital.The most recent viral hit from the consistently brilliant Corridor Digital is the instant classic Nerf John Wick. The video captured everything we love about the recent smash action franchise with a twist of childlike wonder. Here at PremiumBeat, we’re big fans of Corridor and have mentioned them in the past for their unique take on tutorials and general filmmaking insight.They’ve been working on the John Wick video for some time, and the finished product was definitely worth the wait.There are so many awesome parts to this video, we were hoping and praying we’d get a peek at how Corridor created it, and lo and behold, Corridor’s secondary channel, SamandNiko, has recently uploaded a stellar behind-the-scenes look at how they created the sound design for the video.Creating the SoundsFor the sound design and sound mixing, the team used Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Audition. The video breaks down one of the key action scenes, showing how each individual effect and recording contributes to the full scene. The key point is this tutorial’s simplicity. At one point, the foley artist is literally using his finger to flick the dart, creating a impact sound. Brilliant. Corridor are forthcoming about the lack of resources and how a budget is the first hurdle — but that it shouldn’t keep you from creating engaging and believable content.Gear UsedZoom H4N — $189.95Aputure Diety Full Mic Kit — $429.00If you don’t have the money or time to create your own sounds, check out PremiumBeat’s full sound effects and music library.In addition to the insanely creative sound design for the project, SamandNiko also released a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating the stunts. Seeing the two leads work out how to maneuver and load nerf guns in a stylish and graceful manner is entertaining in itself.Their channel is a shining example of how passion and hard work can yield huge results for low-budget filmmakers. Corridor has put out consistently good content for years and continues to push the boundaries of what being a content creator in this day and age can mean.What are some of your favorite Corridor Digital videos? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby Comments On Prospect Of Conference Adding Teams

first_imgA pylon with the Big 12 logo.FORT WORTH, TX – OCTOBER 25: The Big XII logo on a pylon at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Earlier today, Oklahoma president David L. Boren made headlines when he stated that he would like the Big 12 to add two schools to put the conference’s membership at 12. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has now commented on Boren’s statement. He wasn’t very surprised by it. Bob Bowlsby: “We talk about membership at ever meeting. I think our presidents individually have their own opinions on things.” (more)— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 24, 2015Bowlsby (more): “President Boren expressed his today. … His comments are not troubling. This is out there. ,,, (more)— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 24, 2015Bowlsby (cont): “I have not gotten the indication that the majority of our presidents feel that way. … (more)— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 24, 2015Bowlsby (cont): “I get the feeling that nothing has changed since we last discussed it.”— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 24, 2015Bowlsby said at some point majority in Big 12 may feel “that we should get bigger. I have not heard at this point that they feel that way.”— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 24, 2015Which teams would you want added to your conference, Big 12 fans?last_img read more

Michigan’s Devin Asiasi Posts Awesome Note About UCLA-Bound Friend Boss Tagaloa As They Head To College

first_imgDevin Asiasi and boss Tagaloa in high school.Twitter/@asibo_Jim Harbaugh worked very hard to recruit De La Salle High School teammates Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa this winter. Only one of the two blue-chip teammates, Asiasi, wound up signing with the Wolverines, but the two remain extremely close. Asiasi is set to head to UM, while Tagaloa will play at UCLA, and as their football paths diverge, Asiasi posted a very cool note about their friendship on Twitter.pic.twitter.com/CuyWCg2ZNo— Devin Asiasi (@asibo_) June 18, 2016 We’re sure the two would have liked to play together at the next level, but they both found the schools that are right for them as individuals. That is even more important.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

$1.83 Billion Port Antonio Water and Sewerage Project to Begin July

first_imgWork on the $1.83 billion Port Antonio Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Project, is slated to get underway in July. Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, yesterday (May 2) broke ground for the development, which will involve major rehabilitation and construction of water distribution, sewerage, and drainage systems serving the Portland capital and its environs. The project is being undertaken over 18 months through joint funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the National Water Commission (NWC), under its K-Factor Programme, and is expected to generate upwards of 250 jobs. Minister Pickersgill, in his address at the ceremony held at Bryan’s Bay, assured that the project will address water supply deficiencies in Port Antonio and adjoining communities, while providing supporting wastewater and drainage systems and services. He noted that the successful implementation of the project “requires all hands on deck”. “Let us resolve to work together to ensure better living standards for (all) the communities served by this system. With the current administration’s plan to replicate efforts like these across Jamaica, I have no doubt that we will steadily advance towards achieving our Vision 2030 goal of making Jamaica ‘the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business,” Mr. Pickersgill said. NWC Chairman, Dr. Leary Myers, who also participated in the ground breaking, said the project represents a “milestone” in the Commission’s increasing efforts to rehabilitate its infrastructure to deliver potable water and wastewater management services to its clients. “On completion of (this) water supply, sewerage and drainage project, Port Antonio and adjoining areas will, at the same time, reap the benefits of a full loop effort to improve water supply while managing the impact that waste generated by human activity and poorly channeled storm flows can have on the vulnerable…environment,” he stated. Dr. Myers said the NWC’s K-Factor Programme has enabled the agency to “slowly but steadily” transform its infrastructure, to enhance service delivery to clients. The programme provides for the sustainable regeneration, rehabilitation and improvement of the water and waste water systems, which are critical to the health, sanitation and well-being of Jamaicans, as well as to the development of the country. The NWC Chairman informed that the K-Factor Unit, which has been appointed to oversee the implementation of K-Factor projects, has, as its strategic focus, a mandate to guide the identification, scoping, and implementation of projects, which reduce non-revenue water, rehabilitate underperforming systems, and increase energy efficiencies while improving service to customers. The Port Antonio Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Project, which will be executed by French engineering firm, Vinci Construction Grands Projects, will see the major installation, construction, and repair works being executed under its three components – water, sewerage, and drainage. These will incorporate the laying of 10 kilometres of pipelines and the replacement and upgrading 1,000 service connections under the water aspect; installation of six kilometres of pipelines, 500 connections, and manholes under the sewerage segment; and placement of two kilometers of box and concrete pipe culverts, construction of a retaining wall, as well as drainage channel de-silting, and dredging works, under the drainage component. Vinci will undertake preliminary works in June, prior to the commencement of these activities. Vinci Constructions Country Manager for Jamaica, Etienne Andre, said efforts will be made to ensure that the project’s workforce comprises mainly locals, while giving the firm’s undertaking to minimize, as best as possible, anticipated inconveniences to vehicular and pedestrian movement.   Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more