first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Guangzhou Long-Lions vs Seoul Samsung Thunders during The Asia League’s ‘The Terrific 12’ Semi-final match at Studio City Event Center on 22 September 2018, in Macau, Macau. Photo by Yu Chun Christopher Wong / Power Sport Images for Asia LeagueMACAU—Guangzhou used a strong fourth quarter to put Seoul down, 88-74, and advance to the finals of the Aisa League The Terrific 12 Saturday at Studio City Events Center here.The Long Lions, who beat the Samsung Thunders in the finals of the Super 8, from the Chinese Basketball Association will take on B.League’s Ryukyu in the championship match.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Kyle Fogg filled up the stat sheets for the Long Lions with 27 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists while Marreese Speights added 16 points and six rebounds.Muxtar finished with 15 points, all of his field goals coming from deep, while Sun Mingyang pitched in 14 points and eight boards for Guangzhou.Ben Mbala had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Samsung Tigers while fellow import Glenn Cosey had 16 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.The Korean Basketball League’s Samsung Tigers will face B.League’s Nagoya in the bronze medal match.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Baldwin puts Ildefonso, other recruits on notice: Ateneo is ‘right place to be’ PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Guangzhou held a humble 70-66 lead midway through the fourth quarter but a quick 11-3 run saw Shirelijian Muxtar knock down three 3-pointers gave the Long Lions an 81-68 lead with 4:11 left in the game.Long Lions head coach Juan Antonio Orenga said they had difficulties establishing their game at the start of the match with Seoul the first one to dictate the tempo, luckily for them they found their offense late in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Our big men started to play closer to the rim and that was the big difference,” said Orenga. “And the last seven minutes we were able to break the game.”Guangzhou managed to outmuscle Seoul underneath the basket scoring 10 more points in the paint, 36-26, and outrebound the Samsung Thunders 14-9 in the offensive glass. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe rich and unique culture of Guyana’s Indigenous peoples was showcased in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Sunday, as the Amerindian community of Speightland hosted its third Heritage observances.Some of the Indigenous delicacies on display as Speightland hosted its third Heritage observancesThe activity, which was hosted at the community’s playfield, showcased aspects such as Amerindian cuisine and dance.It was hosted in observance of Heritage month, which is currently being observed under the theme, “Maintaining traditional practices while promoting a Green Economy”. Residents of the small Amerindian farming community took pride in showcasing Amerindian delicacies and beverages such as the Tacoma worm, piwari, wildmeat and fish. A festive cultural programme kept the atmosphere alive as the Speightland, Surama and Rupertee culture dance groups presented traditional Amerindian dances supported by cultural Amerindian songs. A female cricket competition was also hosted which saw full support from residents.Minister of State Dawn Hastings-Williams in addressing the gathering said there was much to celebrate this month, despite numerous challenges.She also urged the community to look for solutions to any challenges they may face and to work together as a team for the good of the country.Meanwhile, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister, Sydney Alicock in his remarks emphasised the need to celebrate after hard work and successes. He also alluded to the importance of the residents working together, noting that unity is the best ingredient for building a community.During the celebrations, Minister Hastings-Williams also handed over a 12-month permit to the Speightland Logging and Agriculture Cooperative Society for the utilisation of the playfield. The field had in the past been subjected to issues regarding its ownership.Regional Community Development Officer Kevon Lorrimer, who is also President of the Agriculture Co-op, noted that the event was well supported by businesses in the region.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto: Heather Charlton tells students at North Peace Secondary School about the night she killed her best friend in a drinking and driving collision./Kimberley Molina – Advertisement -Heather Charlton starts off telling the group of students a story about how she met her best friend Maria in grade 8 and believed they would stay close friends forever, that is until the day one of Charlton’s choices caused her best friend’s death.In a presentation sponsored by ICBC and given to students at North Peace Secondary School, Charlton recounted how a series of decisions she made over a long period of time led up to the one fateful choice when she drove after a night of partying in Vancouver, killing her best friend and injuring three others, including herself. Charlton says she is one of only a few drivers in B.C. to come forward and share her story with students across the province.She had only graduated high school months before the day her and her friends had been out partying and she decided to drive despite have been drinking and smoking marijuana. She says that although she is not a monster, her decision was monstrous and she is 100 per cent responsible for the crash.Even though the car crash happened 16 years ago on Nov. 18, 1995, she says she still lives with the consequences. Those consequences include best friend’s death, a criminal record, which she has to explain every time she has a job interview or leaves the country, and having to pay out a lot of money to cover all the damage from the crash, which took several years. She says her having to pay for the damages was because if it is determined that someone caused a crash because of alcohol impairment, ICBC will not cover the damages. However, she said the worst part of the crash was the emotional and physical pain that she still suffers.Charlton says she does not remember anything about the crash and all the information she has comes from police photos and reports. She says according to police, she was driving down a road with her best friend Maria, her other friend Jennifer and her cousin Cathy at 2:30 a.m. after a night of partying. While driving, she reached speeds of 150 km/hour, turned at a bend in the road and lost control of her car. The car then smashed into a light pole on the passenger side. The car hit the pole so hard, the passenger side door ripped off, and then the car slid across six lanes of traffic, hit another pole and flipped several times. The car then travelled on its roof down the road, finally stopping two blocks away from where she hit the first pole.Advertisement Her friend Maria was declared dead on arrival at the hospital and firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to remove the other two girls from the back seat. She says she, her friend Jennifer and her cousin Cathy all suffered numerous physical and emotional problems, which they continue to suffer even to this day.Although she apologizes every day for what happened that night, Charlton says she can no longer visit her old neighbourhood for fear of running into Maria’s parents. She also says one of the worst effects of the crash is that both Jennifer and her cousin Cathy wanted nothing to do with her and will still not speak with her.Her powerful story seemed to touch many students as several turned their heads away from images of the crash and a few had to wipe away their tears. Charlton’s final message to the students was to be conscious of the choices they make and know how those decisions can affect them for years.last_img read more

first_imgIT WAS A hoopy new year for Celtic fans in Donegal today as Georgios Samaras hit the back of the net twice to give the Hoops a more than deserved victory over rivals Rangers – taking the green side of Glasgow four points clear in the SPL.Rangers were denied a fifth-minute lead when Emilio Izaguirre deflected a Lee McCulloch header off the crossbar.But Celtic took control after the break and Samaras rounded goalkeeper Allan McGregor to score after 62 minutes. The second came eight minutes later when Samaras was pulled down by Madjid Bougherra and scored with the penalty.Reigning champions Rangers responded but could not prevent Celtic claiming their first victory on their Old Firm rivals’ patch since December 2008.And it was revenge for a side beaten 3-1 the last time they met their Glasgow neighbours, at Celtic Park in October.An emotional day at Ibrox was ensured by an impeccably observed minute’s silence to mark the 40th anniversary of the Ibrox disaster that led to the death of 66 people at the Old Firm derby on 2 January 1971. Led out by famous captains John Greig and Billy McNeill, the respective sides had a chance to become modern legends.And it was Greek god Samaras who was the Celtic hero as the Hoops completely dominated the second half.IT’S A HOOPY NEW YEAR FOR CELTS FANS IN DONEGAL AS SAMARAS THRASHES RANGERS AT IBROX was last modified: January 2nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness has revealed he’s superstitious – and once made his players wreck a changing room…to find his lucky training whistle.In an interview with HotPress the Glenties man revealed: “I’ve a lucky whistle, which got mislaid one day at training.“I gathered the lads together and said, ‘No one’s going home till it’s back in my pocket!’ We had to tear the dressing-room apart but eventually we found it!” You can read the full interview on the link below: JIM McGUINNESS TELLS HOTPRESS: ‘I MADE PLAYERS TEAR DRESSING ROOM APART TO FIND MY LUCKY WHISTLE’ was last modified: July 31st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JIM McGUINNESS TELLS HOTPRESS: ‘I MADE PLAYERS TEAR DRESSING ROOM APART TO FIND MY LUCKY WHISTLE’last_img read more

first_imgDue to a bereavement in the area, tonight’s 5k at Illistrin, Letterkenny, has been cancelled. DD NOTICE: TONIGHT’S ILLISTRIN 5K CANCELLED DUE TO A BEREAVEMENT IN THE AREA was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DD NOTICE: 5K IllistrinNoticesSportlast_img

first_imgChef Martin AndersonYes it’s national bread week in case you haven’t heard ……well it’s nearly over but now is your chance to take part and make a loaf yourself .Now when I say bread week I’m not talking about the mass produced balls of chemically enhanced , bleached flour , batch backed , wrapped in plastic , mouldy in a day or even worse never go stale loaves of bread.I’m talking about real bread, sometimes a rarity in this day and age . When I first started catering I made a conscious decision to use only real breads. We are still asked to make white and brown sliced bread sandwiches but I always try and persuade our clients to have open sandwiches. That is real bread served with the topping on top, I will make the more traditional sandwich but I nearly always get my way!For our larger events and weddings I only serve real artisan breads , no par baked cuisine de tasteless for us.We are lucky here in the northwest that we have a fantastic selection of bakeries making real bread on a daily basis .One of my own personal favourites is Scarpello & Co . Based near Killea , they source only the finest of flour and use their own sourdough starter , that is they have produced the yeast based raising agent themselves, keep some for the next batch and so on.There are known cases of the starter being over 100 years old , it’s a chain reaction passed on through the generations of bakers . All their breads are baked in a wood fired oven , again unique compared to the trolley loads of bread wheeled in and out of massive ovens .They also bake a fantastic Guinness flavoured wheaten loaf , very popular with our clients , it tastes so good when buttered & served with fresh seafood chowder or even just lightly toasted & topped with homemade jam . Their sourdough is one of the best breads you will ever taste, delivered warm with a real crust and that amazing aroma of real bread and again a unique flavour. Baking real bread is a very passionate thing. Never bake when you are angry I’ve said that before but share the love and your bread will respond !!So to the baking. When you attempt your first loaf or even scones it is very important to follow the rules. Make sure you have a good recipe. Get one that a family member has used before or from a very good website. There are several available just ask the google and you will find one.There are also a lot of food bloggers who have great recipes that they have tried themselves and you’ll be able to ask them advice or see what other people have said about the recipes.One in particular is from a friend of mine , Anna-Jane Kingston , a young lady from Donegal , living in Galway and attracting a lot of attention at the moment with her blog, recipes, magazine articles and I believe she will be cooking on TV3 am next Monday as well. Check out here site for some fantastic recipes done to her, I’ve a great face for radio so luckily I never made it to TV !!! …….yet !!Anyway, back to the breads. Only use good quality flour. I find the value flours or cheaper brands just don’t make for good baking , if the recipe says butter …. use butter. If it says margarine then buy a good quality one. Why skimp on quality ingredients ? It will only ruin the flavour . Make sure you have the correct equipment. Don’t use that rusty loaf tin from the garage. Buy a proper tin , the same rule applies for all baking , get the correct tins for the job !!Make sure your oven is working correctly. No two ovens are the same , gas or electric , fan assisted or not. It may take a few attempts to get the shelving right and find where the hot spots are. If you burn the bread it’s a good hint that the oven is too hot !!Invest in a cooling rack , nobody likes a sweaty loaf ,bread must be allowed to cool naturally to form a crust after baking , unless you like a soft crust then you can place a damp cloth over the loaf and the steam will soften the crust for you .Take your time ! Never attempt a new recipe if you are under pressure , follow each step in the baking process………… It’s not the Great Irish Bake off , it’s for yourself & family ! Never be disappointed if your baking doesn’t work out the first time , even the best bakers make mistakes , it will work out in the end .So this weeks recipe is for a very simple Banana & carrot Bread , tasty & works out all the time for me. Happy Baking .Banana and carrot bread You will need.A 2lb loaf tin , make sure it is well buttered .120g of sunflower margarine.150g of honey.1 banana mashed.2 eggs.180g of wheaten flour.1 teaspoon of baking powder.100g of chopped walnuts20g of sultanas.1 medium carrot, grated.Nutmeg, cinnamon or ground cloves to season.Method.Pre-heat your oven to 170c.Beat your honey and margarine together until fluffy.Add the banana and carrot to the margarine mix.Beat the eggs and add to the mixture, finally add the baking powder to the flour and add to the wet mix, making sure it is well blended.Add the walnuts , sultanas and season with your spices .Pour the finished mix into a greased loaf tin and bake until cooked. (40 minutes or more).Leave to cool slightly and de-mould.Allow to cool on that wire rack you bought!USE YOUR LOAF………WITH CHEF MARTIN ANDERSON was last modified: October 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:chefdonegalMartin Andersonlast_img read more

first_imgThis is South Africa in the 21st century: modern, vibrant and productive, rooted in Africa – and in close touch with the world at large.A minibus taxi rank in Johannesburg. In order to get rid of unsafe taxis on the roads, the Department of Transport is implementing its R7.7-billion taxi recapitalisation programme. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa ReporterThe southernmost tip of Africa is home to a nation on the rise – a place where a warm-spirited and inventive people, great natural wealth and breathtaking landscapes come together to create fresh opportunities and new ways of doing things.This is South Africa in the 21st century: modern, vibrant and productive, rooted in Africa – and in close touch with the world at large.Since the end of apartheid in 1994, the consolidation of democracy and enviable economic stability has created both a new set of opportunities, and challenges all aimed at social transformation.Taking local conditions and international best practice into account, South Africa has launched a range of strategic initiatives to accelerate development and growth that will benefit the entire population and defeat poverty and the legacy of under-development.The programme of reconstruction and development complements its vision of a world characterised by democracy, peace, prosperity and social progress for all.Economic growthSouth Africa is now entering the ninth year of the longest economic upswing since national accounts have been recorded, and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) now ranks the country among the E7 – or Emerging 7 – group of nations comprising the strongest economies of the South.National income has risen by 22% per person since 1999, with increases across all income groups.Employment is rising faster than at any point since the 1960s. Fixed investment has increased sharply since 2002, by over 10% a year.The economy is expected to grow by 4.5% in 2008, before returning to about 5% a year in 2009 and 2010.South Africa is committed to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad). The continent is a key trading partner for South Africa.South African trade with Africa has grown by roughly 659% since 1994. Exports to the continent increased from Us$1.3-billion in 1994 to $7.6-billion in 2006, while imports increased from a low base of $0.4-billion to $4.2-billion.South Africa is the single largest source of foreign direct investment in Africa.Domestically, investment as a percentage of GDP has already risen above 21%, from 15% in 2002. This is a result of fixed investment growing by well over the 10% target set by the national economic plan known as the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA).Government infrastructure expenditure and spending on preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup – the first football World Cup to take place in Africa – has made a significant contribution to domestic investment.2010-related investments make up less than 10% of government expenditure, which means investment acceleration is intrinsic to but not monopolised by the 2010 Fifa World Cup.It is the most sustained, broadest and greatest investment surge in South Africa’s recorded economic history, and it will continue long after the biggest sporting event in the world in 2010.For South Africa, hosting the best ever World Cup will be part of building a nation united in its diversity, living the values of equality, non-racialism, non-sexism and human solidarity.2010 World Cup and beyondThe government has invested in the 2010 Fifa World Cup because doing so will build a better life for all. In the 2007/08 Budget, the government allocated $1.3-billion for transport and supporting infrastructure for the World Cup. A further $1.25-billion will be used for stadiums. The Budget also provides for sports and recreation programmes, volunteers, arts and culture programmes, costs associated with safety and security, and emergency medical services.This investment in 2010 projects will ensure that the government fulfils its guarantees to Fifa, and allow the country to take advantage of the opportunity to leave a developmental legacy, speed up economic growth and halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.Between 2006 and 2010 the government will invest more than $59-billion in infrastructure, from rail freight services and energy production to communications, airports and upgrading of ports of entry. It will also spend more on health, housing, safety and security and education.An important element of the 2010 legacy for South Africans and post-World Cup visitors to the country is a range of public transport systems that will benefit major urban centres and communities that need to access such centres.Priority has been given to World Cup-related projects, with the public and private sectors currently collaborating on a range of projects, including:Inner-city mobility systems;Links between airports and city centres, and the integration of different modes of transport;Bus Rapid Transit systems;Preferential facilities for high-occupancy vehicles; andCall centre services and information technology and telecommunications systems to support the planned infrastructure.Between the government and the private sector, the transport sector is committed to ensuring that the event in 2010 takes place in a seamless and error-free transport system.In November 2007, South Africa made a strong, positive impression on the Fifa family and the world’s media as it hosted the Preliminary Draw for 2010.Staged in the Indian Ocean city of Durban, the Preliminary Draw was the first official Fifa event connected to Africa’s historic first World Cup, and showcased South Africa’s organisational and logistics capacity, as well as its ability to work efficiently with international partners in various sectors.Attracting investmentWhile South Africa pursues its growth objectives, a growing number of foreign investors share South Africans’ own confidence in the growing economy.South Africa ranks 52nd out of 157 countries in the world in terms of economic freedom, according to the Index of Economic Freedom 2007, while global management consulting firm AT Kearney regards the country as the 18th most attractive foreign direct investment destination worldwide.Public spending has doubled in real terms since 1994, at an annual rate of 9.4%.Foreign investment has grown robustly in recent years. 2007 produced China’s largest foreign investment in the banking sector – a 20% stake in South Africa’s Standard Bank bought by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the largest single FDI deal ever done by China. This follows an earlier investment in a major South African banking group by the UK’s Barclays Bank.The economy also attracted investment in the automotive, hospitality and business processing sectors during the last 12 months.Tackling povertyCreating more jobs is the central challenge in reducing poverty. South Africa therefore takes pride in the fact that unemployment has fallen by about 6% between March 2003 and March 2007. This marks the strongest job creation performance since 1994.In terms of social transformation and creating a better life for all its people, South Africa faces significant challenges but has also recorded significant successes.Rising employment, rising wages and tax relief for lower income earners due to efficient tax collection are among the factors responsible for reduced poverty. This is alongside the provision of social grants to 12-million vulnerable South Africans. This is four times the number of grants provided just eight years ago.As life has improved for the poor, the proportion of households who use electricity increased from 56% in 1996 to 80% in 2007.The proportion of households who have access to piped water in their homes or on site increased from 61% in 1996 to 70% in 2007.South Africa’s investment in education has tripled since the end of apartheid in 1994. As a percentage of total government spending, the country’s education budget is among the highest in the world.Of South Africa’s over 12-million potential learners, more than 90% are in school – a far higher enrolment rate than in most developing countries.Overcoming skills shortagesProfessional skills in engineering, science, finance and management, as well as technical and artisan skills, are critically needed as the South African economy expands.The government, business and labour unions have come together to identify how to overcome skills shortages. This collaboration has identified key measures such as mentoring, fast-tracking trainees with overseas job placement, special training programmes, re-employing retired persons and expatriate South Africans, and drawing in immigrants.Targeted interventions in the key areas of mathematics and science have steadily been recording good progress. Five hundred and thirty schools have been targeted to double the maths and science graduate output to 50 000 this year.Other challengesSouth Africa’s economic growth demands a healthy population and workforce. To address the challenge created by HIV/Aids, the government has a comprehensive plan that is the largest programme of its kind in the world.Providing safety and security for citizens, visitors and investors is another major priority for South Africa, with the police service building and revitalising partnerships with all sectors of society to combat crime.The South African Police Service budget has grown by 58% since 2003, enabling reductions in certain key categories of serious crime.Currently, the police service has a personnel of just over 160 000, which will grow by more than 30 000 by 2010. This will ensure safe communities in South Africa and create a secure environment for the football World Cup.In the sports, social and cultural arena, South Africa’s victory in the 2007 Rugby World Cup and other achievements in these areas have built an enormous sense of national pride, supported by business confidence.South Africa’s performance in recent years has yielded an emerging economy and force for good in the world that offers opportunity at home and to those around the world in search of new horizons and markets.South Africa is a nation where opportunity outstrips challenge, but where challenges are clearly understood, faced and solutions are found.South Africa is Alive With Possibility.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_img29 October 2014South African businessman Patrice Motsepe has donated US$1-million to the fight against Ebola in West Africa.Motsepe, Founder of the Motsepe Foundation and Executive Chairman and Founder of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) made the commitment to Guinea a few weeks ago to assist the country with clinical management, social mobilisation, medical coordination and other key mechanisms of controlling the disease.Guinea, together with Liberia and Sierra Leone, have been worst hit by the epidemic which has claimed over 5 000 lives since March 2014.“According to the World Health Organisation, Ebola is an epidemic in certain countries in West Africa. However the impact of the disease has potentially far- reaching consequences for West Africa, Africa and the world. It is a global issue which requires the global community to work together and bring an end to the disease’ said Motsepe.Motsepe called on the African and international business community and the medical fraternity to continue contributing and assisting to fight the disease which has claimed thousands of lives in the latest outbreak.Western nations and international development banks are the biggest donors do far. According to the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) US$493-million has been donated to the fight against Ebola, with donated so far with US$279-million in pledges.On 8 November, the African Union (AU) will host an African business summit in Addis, Ethiopia to raise funds to fight Ebola.In September, the South African government launched a R250-million Ebola Fund aimed at corporates. The fund has so far managed to raise R16.5-million in cash and kind. The South African government, on the other hand, has budgeted financial and material support of R32.5-million.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgMuch of a movie’s tone, narrative, and look are decided long before scheduling shooting, and often before writing the script — but not always.From Disney to Pixar, Warner Brothers and beyond, the demonstrable value of storyboards and previs efforts in production is undeniable. The most dynamic alterations that shape a franchise can sometimes happen in post-production — in the midst of creative collaboration, with multiple minds at work in a video review session. Speaking with users of the video review tool, cineSync, we’ve collected some of the most unexpected, impactful post-production moments that changed the direction for the world’s biggest blockbusters.Jon Favreau – Iron ManImage via Iron Man (Marvel).Video review tools were indirectly responsible for the very first character crossover in what later became the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). During post-production for Iron Man, an ILM artist added Captain America’s shield into a scene — a little joke for Jon Favreau. From there, the crossover grew exponentially. Favreau told MTV News the following:We introduced Captain America’s shield briefly in one shot in the last film. An ILM artist put it in there as a joke to us for our cineSync sessions, when we’re approving visual effects. They got a laugh out of it, and I said, ‘Leave it in, that’s pretty cool — let’s see if anybody sees it.’ Of course, everybody saw it — so now it really was in his room, so we had to figure out how to deal with the reality that the shield was in his workshop.The MCU now encompasses twenty films, with twelve more in various stages of production. It’s the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, having grossed over $17.5 billion at the global box office.Peter Chiang – Exodus: Gods and KingsImage via Exodus: Gods and Kings (Chernin Entertainment).Ridley Scott‘s retelling of Moses leading the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, Exodus: Gods and Kings, stands out as a movie for which video review was invaluable. The pipeline led Ridley Scott to pick up a Wacom Cintiq tablet and annotate directly on set images from anywhere in the world. This was especially important as shooting took Scott from Mexico, to Morocco, and even to Fuerteventura. Peter Chiang, the film’s VFX supervisor, recalls the following:Ridley Scott draws brilliantly. We would draw several versions of a scene in cineSync to accurately meet his vision, saving a lot of time in post-production, even when Ridley Scott was traveling abroad.Ridley’s annotations pushed the quality of scenes to a new level — sometimes with minor refinements, and sometimes into an entirely new direction — allowing for full creative exploration so the VFX team could find the best solution to the shot. Chiang continues:The plague and Red Sea sequences went through a series of particularly dynamic changes.Swarms of locusts and parting oceans aside, the main VFX work on Exodus: Gods and Kings involved accurately portraying Egypt in 1300 BC, with all its grand architecture and magnificent environmental assets. All scenes in the movie passed under the artistic eye of Ridley Scott.We researched the time period early on in production, taking photos of existing temples and Egyptian monuments in Luxor. But, we had to imagine what those structures originally looked like without centuries of decay, and then introduce textures to hit what the audience understands as 1300 BC architecture. The sheer scale of the film relied heavily on a digital extension to Arthur Max’s sets, and plenty of work went on behind the scenes in post-production that changed the direction of the end look.Jake Morrison – Thor: RagnarokImage via Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel).From superpowers to capes and tights, every comic book hero has their own iconic look. Color plays an important part in creating that look within the Marvel Universe. Besides adding a bit of personality, a standout color scheme for each character can help audiences keep track of what’s happening in the midst of a heated battle royale.So, how does Marvel cycle through infinite shades of red, blue, yellow, green, and everything in between? Video review helped filmmakers isolate almost any color within a shot using a combination of contrast, saturation, and the hue wheel in cineSync.For example, in the last few weeks of production on Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel and Image Engine teamed up to create an interdimensional portal introducing the film’s main antagonist, Hela. The result was a rolling mass of energy called a “curly crackle,” almost like a three-dimensional lava lamp crafted through particle simulations. But something in the scene still didn’t look quite right. Jake Morrison, Marvel’s VFX Supervisor, explains:We grabbed hold of the color wheel, then and there, with all decision-makers present — the director, the executive producer, everyone — and we just started spinning through all possibilities for the portal. Then, we got to Hela’s signature green.Best of all, the team didn’t have to go back and do another fifty rounds of particle simulation to pinpoint Hela’s one, iconic color. Her character quickly developed into a different style than originally proposed.Cover image via Iron Man (Marvel).Looking for more insights into the film and video industry? Check these out.“The Lucas Effect”: When Filmmaking Creativity Goes UncheckedE3 2019: How Video Games Are Changing Cinematic Storytelling10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets ComparedThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic UniverseThe Cameras Behind Netflix Originals: Films and Serieslast_img read more