South Africa, Spain to cement relations

first_img2 July 2012 South Africa and Spain are to advance bilateral political and economic relations when the two countries meet for their eighth annual consultations this week. International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim will lead the South African delegation during the talks, which will be held in Madrid on Monday and Tuesday. The visit takes place within the context of enhancing North-South Dialogue. “The visit will afford South Africa an opportunity to further strengthen bilateral relations with Spain in support of South Africa’s national priorities and foreign policy objectives by promoting high-level consultations to discuss bilateral, regional, multilateral and other international issues of mutual concern,” the Department of International Relations said in a statement on Friday. The South Africa-Spain Annual Consultations serve as the main forum for co-ordinating relations between the two countries and it was established in terms of a memorandum of understanding signed in December 2000. The two countries enjoy cordial relations as Spain places a high priority on its relations with the African continent, as seen by its 2009-2012 “Africa Plan”. The plan pledges support for the Sub-Saharan African development agenda, highlighting the need to harmonise, co-ordinate and develop both bilateral and multilateral initiatives, including the African Union. The two countries are committed to multilateralism, with Spain having supported South Africa’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2011-2012. South Africa and Spain also share a common belief that United Nations governance should be restructured, particularly the Security Council and global financial architecture. Source: read more

The Cinematic Power of Hitchcock’s Dolly Zoom Technique

first_imgCover image via Vertigo.Looking for more filmmaking and video production tips and tricks? Check these out.7 Reasons Why You Need a Producer for Your DocumentaryPromotion Tips: How to Get Standout Press For Your FilmWhat Do Filmmakers Mean When They Refer to Composition?How to Shoot Your Aerial Footage: Drone vs HelicopterFilmmaking 101: Creating Tension and Suspense in a Sequence Technical DetailsThe Hitchcock Shot is simultaneously zooming in while dollying out — or the other way around, while focusing on a single point in space. Imagine you’re looking through an archway. The further from the archway you are, the less of the world beyond it you can see. If you were to look through a telescope, the archway would look closer in your eye, but you would still see the same amount of the world beyond it as before. However, if you physically move yourself towards the archway you are able to progressively see more of the outside world.Take note of the image above. The final position of both the zoom-out and dolly-out are the same. However, the zoom-in merely magnifies the images whereas the dolly-in creates perspective distortion, allowing us to see more of the world beyond the archway. We see this illustrated by the different number of pool chairs you can see between the two shots.The Hitchcock Shot opposes these two principles. If we make the archway our focus and dolly in as we zoom out we create an effect that leaves the archway the same size in the frame (the opposing techniques nullify the focal point’s visual movement), but the outside appears as if it’s moving closer because of the change in perspective, thus creating the visual illusion (look between the zoom-in and dolly-in images).To pull this effect off, you need a smooth dolly track (a slider can work, but it limits your range of movement as the slider is likely to appear in the shot) and a fast zoom lens (you don’t want the F-stop moving up or down as you zoom in or out). The zoom lens is best accompanied by servo zoom gear for precise and consistent control and a follow focus to keep your subject crisp and clear. Gear aside, it requires practicing your movement and timing.Power of the ShotWhen we dolly out and zoom in, we create the illusion that the world is closing in around us. You can use this for several kinds of visual metaphors, such as paranoia or impending danger (something unseen creeping up on the viewer or the subject in the frame).We see this effect put to good use in The Fellowship of the Ring.Once the hobbits get off the road, Frodo becomes uneasy as he senses something unnatural and horrifying approaching. He’s yet to hear of the Nazgûl or their purpose, but even before he can hear or see one, he can feel its hellish presence closing in. The Hitchcock shot here visually emphasizes this unnatural feeling by portraying it visually through the shot’s uncanny manipulation of space.When we dolly in and zoom out, we create the reverse effect: the world pushing away from us. Visually, this can illustrate feelings of isolation, or in the case of Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist, the feeling that one’s destination or goal is perpetually out of reach.We are comfortable with zooming or dollying independently, as they mimic natural movements and changes of perspective. Combined, though, they create an unnatural manipulation of space, and that catches our attention. Even if the audience doesn’t recognize why the shot makes them feel uncomfortable, it naturally will.Of course, you can use the Hitchcock Shot for many other purposes. Check out this awesome compilation of dolly zooms over the years, starting with Hitchcock’s first use in Vertigo.You can pull this technique off on a low budget, but it can be quite tricky. At minimum, you need at least a decent zoom lens and some stable gear to move the camera. You can even pull off a simple version of it with your smartphone, but it won’t really be Hollywood quality.Practice the technique, and see if you can incorporate it into your next project to emphasize the character’s sense of paranoia or isolation — or any other emotion you think you can use it to convey. The beauty of Hitchcock’s Dolly Zoom is that it will definitely catch your audience’s eye.And if capturing the illusion in-camera simply isn’t an option, here’s how to pull off the trick in post-production: The Hitchcock shot is a tricky maneuver, but its results are powerful. So what are the secrets behind this famous filmmaking technique?The Hitchcock Shot (technically the Dolly Zoom), originated in Vertigo. It was the culmination of smoother zoom lens technology and the creativity of Hitchcock and his second unit DP Irmin Roberts. It’s tricky to pull off, even with the right equipment, but the visual and psychological effect are well worth the effort.So how does this shot work, and what makes it so powerful?last_img read more

Morecambe’s Kevin Ellison: ‘I’m probably one of the most hated players’

first_imgNothing is off limits over almost an hour of candid conversation. He says being transparent was deeply uncomfortable but necessary. “It is about looking at yourself in the mirror,” says Ellison, who believes Chris Kirkland and Danny Rose detailing their difficulties has led to an increased understanding around mental health. “It is hard, it is painful and it will bring tears but it’s the only way to come back a better person.” He does not want fans, teammates or anyone else to beat about the bush in his company. “As long as people continue to do that, I don’t think we will get rid of the stigma. People say: ‘You’re on X amount, you’ve got this, you go on these holidays, you have a nice house.’ Yeah, we have, but I’m the same as the person who works 9-5 in Tesco. I’ve still got feelings, I’m not a robot – I’m a human being … Football is what I do, it’s not who I am.”Ellison turns 41 in February and, after signing up for his 21st season as a professional, he is determined to savour every minute, with Salford City next up on Saturday. The mantle for the Football League’s oldest player has turned into a case of who blinks first, though it remains with Crawley’s Dannie Bulman, a month Ellison’s senior. “I still get butterflies before I go out and when they decide to leave me I’ll know it’s time to hang the boots up. If you had told me at 21 that I would play professional football for 10 years I’d have snapped your hand off. When you get to 31, you’re just thinking: ‘Another year, another year.’ And before you know it I’m 35, it’s: ‘You’re a pensioner, a dinosaur and all this.’ But here I am still going strong.” Share on Pinterest For years Kevin Ellison suffered in silence and put his depression on the back burner. It may not correlate with the terrace perception of the evergreen Morecambe winger – “I was seen as the macho man, a big, bald scouser, who’s quite mouthy” – and nor does it chime with another, self-proclaimed, tag – “I’m probably one of the most hated players in the Football League” – but that is the point the 40-year-old is at pains to make about an illness that does not discriminate. Ellison became an accomplished actor, who effectively wore a metaphorical mask into work until the dark clouds subsided.“The lowest I felt was driving up to training on the M6 and thinking to myself: ‘Would people’s lives around me be better if I just swung a right into the central reservation here?’” Ellison says, pausing for a second. “That was a very dark moment and I know my kids are going to read that in the future but that’s where I was at. Now I can control my thoughts a bit more and certain things don’t eat me up as much as they did back then. It is what it is, and if I can help somebody by speaking out then that’s brilliant.” Facebook Last year Ellison had a laugh by contesting his paltry “pace rating” of 35 on the Fifa 19 game after revealing sprint results, as tracked by GPS monitors, that prove he is quicker than several teammates rated twice as high. In a video, which has amassed 1.5m views on YouTube, Ellison pokes fun at himself by walking off with a Zimmer frame. “Straight away my son said to me, laughing his head off: ‘Dad, Dad, you’re on this, 35 pace, a snail moves quicker than you.’ My sprint speed was 33km/h but I’ve actually gone up a notch this season. If Fifa do put me down again, we’ll have to have round two …”Ellison grew up in Anfield and played for Liverpool schoolboys alongside Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen. He also played with Gerrard as an under-13 for Denburn Juniors. After moving to Hull, Sheffield and Lincoln, Ellison is back home in Liverpool. “The Liverpool players drive past my house in all of their flash cars – the Aston Martins and Range Rovers – and there’s me getting out of the Ford Focus. When I pick my kids up from school, they’ll be hanging out of the window trying to get a little thumbs-up off Mo Salah or Jordan Henderson.” Read more Twitter Football League blog Share on Facebook Pinterest Kevin Ellison in action action Crawley last season. Photograph: Ian Muir/ProSports/Rex/Shutterstock Matt and Joseph Mills: ‘Our parents can drive to the same ground now’ Share via Email interviews Pinterest Liverpool broke Ellison’s heart when they released him at 15. “They told me I that I wasn’t going to be a professional footballer … It gave me a determination and a desire to go and prove people wrong.”Ellison believes he has played some of his best football at Morecambe under Jim Bentley, though they did not always see eye to eye. “We had each other by the throat in one match at the Don Valley Stadium,” he says of a clash when they were players on opposing sides. “It was a nothing game really but we were effing and blinding; ‘I’m going to kill you,’ all of this. But I was his first signing as a manager and here I am today, hopefully repaying him.”In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email or In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at Twitter Share on Twitter Mental health Share on Messenger The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. League Two Morecambe Share on WhatsApp Kevin Ellison playing for Stockport against Burnley in 2001, aged 22. ‘If you had told me at 21 that I would play professional football for 10 years I’d have snapped your hand off.’ Photograph: Alex Livesey/Allsport Topics Facebook Today Ellison feels healthier and happier but continues to do all of the things that helped wrestle back control of his thoughts, including yoga and meditation. “The lads laugh and think I’m going crazy but your thoughts are sometimes not really your thoughts; they’re not always you and some people can cope better than others. I was one of them where my thoughts overran me and turned me into somebody I didn’t want to be.”He believes his struggles were triggered by his former partner suffering a miscarriage, the death of relatives and a form of job insecurity, with 12-month rolling contracts suddenly the norm on joining Morecambe eight years ago. Even now, Ellison replays angry confrontations with opponents and referees and wonders whether that was the depression seeping in.“I didn’t want sympathy, I just wanted to get the monkey off my back,” says Ellison. “It was a weight off my shoulders. Now if I go in [to training] and I am a bit moody, the lads will maybe step aside and ask: ‘Is he OK?’ But, back then, it was like: ‘Why are you snapping again? What’s up with you?’ And I’d be like: ‘Nothing, nothing, I’m fine.’ But I wasn’t fine. Deep down inside, I was broken, I was hurt and it was killing me. Away fans reached out and my first thing to them was: ‘I still want you to cane me, I don’t want you to feel sorry for me and, if anything, I want you to give me a bit more stick to drive me on.’” Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Exclusive: WSW in discussions with Spanish-based winger

first_imgTransfers The Covert Agent: Wanderers in discussions with Spanish-based winger The Covert Agent Last updated 1 year ago 01:20 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lass Bangoura Transfers Western Sydney Wanderers A-League Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers EXCLUSIVE: The Covert Agent reveals the red and black are closing in on a foreign winger Western Sydney Wanderers have started talks with Rayo Vallecano winger Alhassane “Lass” Bangoura as a replacement for Japanese attacker Jumpei Kusukami.The Covert Agent can reveal that Wanderers are keen to bring the Guinean attacker to the club, but discussions are currently complicated by wage issues.Bangoura started his career at Vallecano as a 17-year-old in 2010 and has made 151 appearances across Spain’s top two divisions, with the bulk of those in La Liga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 25-year-old scored nine goals and assisted 14 during his time at Vallecano and has also had loan spells at Granada and Reims.He is also capped 34 times for the Guinean national team – scoring four goals.In 2015, Bangoura was rumoured to be a target for Spanish giants Barcelona after impressing against the Catalans at the Nou Camp.Western Sydney have a vacant foreign spot after the recent departure of Jumpei and are looking to strengthen in wide areas.The club is in sixth place on the A-League table with four wins from 14 games after a 1-1 draw at home against Adelaide United on Wednesday night.last_img read more

Ontario teacher guilty of pushing antivaccine views suspended for talking to media

first_imgAn Ontario high school science teacher who was found guilty of professional misconduct after pushing anti-vaccination views says he was suspended without pay for three days for speaking to the media about the case.Timothy Sullivan said he received a letter from the Grand Erie District School Board that said he had breached the ethical standards of the Ontario College of Teachers.“You have drawn your employer, the board, into the media attention,” said the letter, dated April 20 and signed by superintendent of human resources Scott Sincerbox.“The result of that is that the board’s image in the public domain has been negatively impacted.”Sullivan said he served his suspension last week.In February, the southwestern Ontario teacher attended a public hearing at the Ontario College of Teachers in Toronto.The college accused Sullivan of professional misconduct for his actions on March 9, 2015, when he shouted at a public health nurse administering vaccines at his high school and accused the nurse of withholding information from students receiving vaccinations.The proceeding also heard Sullivan asked a student if they knew that one particular vaccine could cause death.An independent disciplinary committee of the college found the teacher guilty of five offences, including abusing students psychologically or emotionally. He is awaiting sentencing from the college, which is seeking a suspension for one month, completion of an anger management course and a public reprimand.Sullivan denies the allegations from that case, despite his finding of guilt, and is confused about the suspension for speaking with the media.“I didn’t think it was actually hidden. The charges against me were on the Ontario College of Teachers website, the hearing dates were published in advance and the hearing itself was public,” Sullivan said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“Yet, I’m hesitant to talk because that’s an odd letter and here I am talking to the media.”In the letter, Sincerbox chastised Sullivan for speaking to reporters during the college’s two-day hearing, calling the media attention “excessive.”“Tim, your actions brought unnecessary publicity and attention to the matter,” Sincerbox wrote. He also wrote that the board was not looking for a repeat of “the unwanted media attention.”Another line from Sincerbox’s letter that sounded ominous to Sullivan read: “Please note that future incidents of this nature may lead to further discipline, up to and including dismissal.”Sullivan said he turned to the media because his union, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, dropped his case and didn’t attend either the hearing with the college or the meeting with the board.The union said it would not comment on the matter.Sincerbox declined comment in an email citing employee confidentiality.During the hearing with the college, the school’s principal at the time testified that parents and students had complained about Sullivan’s views on vaccination in the past, adding the teacher had told his pupils there is a link between vaccines and autism — a view that is widely denounced by the scientific community.Is he against vaccines?“I won’t say I’m anti-vaccine, as it does seem like they’ve had some benefit over the years, but the number of them and the ages of — no, I’m going to end it there,” Sullivan said. “I’m pro informed consent, let’s leave it at that, OK?”last_img read more

Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street Planning Meeting

first_imgThe Lower Georgia Avenue Community invites residents join them as they provide a platform for members of the community to provide input for a future Lower Georgia Ave Corridor. The group will discuss promotion, design, economic vitality and organization. Lunch will be provided and admission is free. This event will be held in the Howard University Mackey Building, 2366 6th St. NW on July 8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. To register for this event, visit

How to Deal With Increasingly Picky BusinessSoftware Buyers

first_img 5 min read When the topic is B2B software, easy-to-use and intuitive aren’t words that usually come to mind. More often, descriptions like clunky or confusing are more appropriate. Here’s another: crappy.Related: Be Sure to Balance SEO and User Experience in Your Web Page DesignWhat is it about software built for businesses, that we expect it to be pretty much unusable? I’m not going to name names, but you know who they are. They’re “powering” the HR, finance, sales and reporting functions of the world’s enterprises and SMBs alike.Dig a bit deeper and you’ll find a few reasons why B2B software has traditionally gotten a pass, despite torturing users with a clunky experience. Notably, the people who green-light the software haven’t been the same ones using the software. And that’s been a problem..In addition, the people actually using the software have seemed tolerant of their crappy user experience (UX) because that’s just part of their job — or so they think. As a software developer myself, I find that sad.Poor UX is also expensive: When you have many, many users, bad UX costs you money, in terms of extra support. In B2B, companies compensate by hiring more humans. But while that gives users the guided tutorials and support they need — creating a negative co-dependency — the companies with the bad UX don’t solve the customers’ problems.But, wait, there’s hope — what I like to call Great UXpectations. Read on.We’ve been guilty of substandard UX ourselves.It’s been almost a decade that HubSpot has been around, and we too have been guilty of delivering a substandard (read: crappy) user experience at times. But we’ve reacted to our customer feedback, and I’m proud to say that our customers now tend to love where HubSpot has gone. It’s been no small investment to get us there.The listening function alone — added to the response — has resulted in significant costs. When you have many, many users (as with B2C), you can amortize the investment in user experience across a broader base. When you have only hundreds of users, it doesn’t matter as much.The hope on the horizon that I alluded to is coming from our collective expectations for a great user experience. That’s true, whether we’re talking about users sharing photos with friends, finding a date or quickly analyzing sales trends from the past quarter. As B2C software has become woven tightly into the fabric of our daily lives, we’ve become far less inclined to differentiate between software that’s for business or pleasure. Because, quite often, those parts of our lives are intertwined.Related: Can ‘User-Experience’ Experts Become ‘Customer-Experience’ Experts?When we look to technology to power our personal lives, the new expectation is that your 85-year-old grandmother should be able to use it. That’s what I mean by “Great UXpectations.” So, what companies are delivering on these Great UXpectations?Shopify, for one, is bringing ecommerce to the masses — bringing stores online in droves. Entrepreneurs are finding Shopify’s user-friendly interface a saving grace for bringing their goods to the global market. Uber is another example of software that provides a seamless solution for getting from point A to point B, regardless of who is paying for it: you or your company.Is Uber easy to use? You bet. Does the company listen to its riders and drivers (actual users) to provide updates to the platform? Yup.Uber also is a good example of the disruptive factor of the next generation of user-friendly (and often free or freemium-model) B2B software. It got its foothold in companies through employees using the app. Those employees then demanded that their own employers get on board and adopt.Others such as Box, Dropbox and Slack (all terrific UX) have penetrated the business through usership among their employee ranks. Notably, that didn’t happen because the afore-mentioned companies knocked down the doors of purchasing or IT departments and CIOs.At HubSpot, we’ve seen great initial results from a few of our most recent products for businesses, including our browser plugin Sidekick, as well as HubSpot CRM. Already, more than 60,000 companies are using our sales platform. We see that as a sign that, like our peers at Dropbox and Slack, users are finding these products really useful.A happy user is a chatty user. He or she tells a colleague — be it a fellow sales team member, a business development associate or, just maybe, the CIO — and the love grows from there.So, if I were to pull out my crystal ball — or maybe just play Captain Obvious for a moment — I’d say that those B2B software companies that aren’t doubling down on UX right now should expect to see their growth stall. There’s just too much opportunity for upstarts to disrupt the technology in businesses one user at a time until adoption becomes inevitable.The consumer is in control now. And the expectations are great.Related: User Experience is Integral to Winning App Design Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals August 27, 2015 Register Now »last_img read more

Couples go on ultimate search to find their seats in WestJets latest

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> CALGARY — In what can be considered the ultimate scavenger hunt, WestJet has unveiled its newest marketing video titled #WestJetSeatCity.Launched in partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), the video follows three couples from Flight 1116 on April 30, 2018 as they seek out their WestJet “seats” somewhere in Sin City. One couple’s hunt leads them up front and centre at the Fountains of Bellagio, another couple is led centre stage at Cirque du Soleil, while the third couple is brought ringside at a UFC fight.“Las Vegas is a unique adventure with so much to offer Canadians looking for a quick getaway,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Marketing Communications. “The campaign harnesses what both WestJet and Vegas are known for – unforgettable experiences that speak to the hearts of our guests and visitors. There is no better way to get there than with WestJet, Canada’s biggest airline to Las Vegas.”More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalCathy Tull, Chief Marketing Officer for the LVCVA, said that it’s through partnerships with airlines like WestJet – which offers more seats to Las Vegas than any other international airline – that Las Vegas is able to connect with Canadians in new and unique ways.“As seen in the #WestJetSeatCity video, Las Vegas is a premier vacation destination for Canadians, inviting visitors to enjoy breathtaking entertainment, over-the-top attractions, exciting sporting events and much more,” she said.#WestJetSeatCity is the second experiential campaign the airline has partnered on with the LVCVA and Rethink. Last year’s ‘Las Vegas Desert Lights’ video received two Guiness World Records for spinning the world’s largest LED wheel in the desert outside of Las Vegas.Since 2005, WestJet has flown more than 8.9 million guests to Las Vegas, making it one of its top destinations. It currently serves Vegas from Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto and Winnipeg, across 65 weekly flights during its summer schedule. Share Posted by Tags: Las Vegas, LVCVA, WestJetcenter_img Couples go on ultimate search to “find” their seats in WestJet’s latest video Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Travelweek Group last_img read more