Ceres has eyes on lead

first_imgView comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In the other match in Laguna, Global Cebu returns to action against leader Kaya Iloilo at 4 p.m.The Iloilo side is gunning for a fifth straight victory against Global, last season’s runner-up that has struggled to get going this year after key players like Rufo Sanchez, Wesley Dos Santos, Paolo Bugas and Marco Casambre left the club. —CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The match features the biggest names in Philippine football with the Busmen parading national team stars Manny Ott, Kevin Ingreso and Patrick Reichelt while the Aguilas counter with Phil and James Younghusband and Simone Rota.Ceres is a point behind Kaya with 15 points from six matches, while Davao has 14 points from seven matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt will be the second meeting this season between the two sides with Ceres overcoming the Aguilas, 2-0, at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The Busmen last played a league match last May 12 when they lost to Kaya, 0-1, also at Panaad Stadium. Defending champion Ceres-Negros and Davao Aguilas seek to bounce back when they clash on Wednesday night in the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.A week removed from their last match in the AFC Cup in Myanmar, the Busmen can regain top spot with a win in their 7 p.m. duel with the Aguilas, who dropped a 2-4 result to Kaya Iloilo on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Unified corner best foil versus Matthysse MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Proteas win series, secure No. 1 ranking

first_imgThe victory means South Africa will be number one on the Reliance ICC Test Championship table on the 1 April cut-off date. With that position comes a reward of $450 000 (R4.01-million), which is considerably higher than the $175 000 that was up for grabs last year. Bowling rankingsAfter taking 9 for 99 in the win in Cape Town, Vernon Philander has taken his test bowling ranking to a career high of 889 points, only 18 points behind world number one Dale Steyn. Belief and performanceWhere coach Gary Kirsten has excelled is getting the players to believe that they all have a contribution to make. From that belief, top performances have followed. Neither England nor Australia, ranked second and third in the standings, and losers at home to the Proteas in 2012, will be able to catch Graeme Smith and company, regardless of their results in test series against New Zealand and India respectively. Peterson also picked up 2 for 94 and 3 for 73 with the ball to finish the match with five wickets. With a four-wicket victory over Pakistan inside four days at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday, the Proteas clinched a test series victory. It was their fifth win in a row and their sixth series triumph in succession. Only one point separates England and Australia, but there’s a big money difference between second and third, with second place picking up $350 000 and third $250 000. In rand terms, that’s a difference of R890 000. Morne Morkel, who suffered an injury after sending down only three overs in the second innings at Newlands, is in ninth place in the bowling rankings, giving South Africa three players in the top 10. England and Australia have two players on that list. Therefore, there appears to be a very important correlation between a team’s bowling ability and its overall performance. Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, who picked up 10 for 147 in the match, is up to a career best ranking of 847 points. He occupies third place in the rankings. Younis Khan, after innings of 111 and 14, is in ninth place. Azhar Ali (4 and 65) is in 11th position, Misbah ul-Haq (0 and 44) in 12th, and Asad Shafiq in 16th, at a career high 680 points, after knocks of 111 and 19.center_img 19 February 2013 It opens up the possibility of two players from the same team achieving the elite 900-point mark at the same time. To put that astounding achievement in context, since the first test match was played in 1877, 136 years ago, only 20 players have managed to reach 900 points. Batting rankingsAmong batsman, Hashim Amla tops the test batting rankings with 893 points after innings of 25 and 58. AB de Villiers is in fourth place on a career high 851 points after scoring 61 and 36. Jacques Kallis, who the ICC admitted should not have been given out in the first innings, is in eighth place, while captain Graeme Smith occupies 13th spot. Crucial inningsHe played a crucial innings of 84, his highest in a test, after South Africa had slumped to 164 for 6 in their first innings. As the last man out, he was at the crease while the Proteas added a further 162 runs to take their innings’ total to 326 all out, just 12 runs shy of Pakistan’s 338 all out. What his performance underlined is the ability of all players in the South African team to contribute, much as Faf du Plessis made a massive contribution when he first came into the team after an injury to JP Duminy in Australia. Happily, for the South African players and fans, they have excelled under pressure. In the past, they often folded and were labelled “chokers”. That tag can no longer be applied, for the current team has been at its best when under pressure. Peterson was the latest to demonstrate that. The man of the match award in Cape Town, though, went the way of a man ranked 100th among batsmen and 57th among bowlers, Robin Peterson. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Remembering Mama Africa: 10 classic Miriam Makeba moments

first_img9 November 2016Zenzile Miriam Makeba was born in Johannesburg on 4 March 1932; she died on 9 November 2008 in Castel Volturno, Italy, following a concert performance.Miriam Makeba a.k.a. Mama Africa (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008) – She was a South African singer and civil rights activist. #F2FA #africa pic.twitter.com/Y5sA8NAvuf— Face2face Africa (@Face2faceAFRICA) November 3, 2016She began her professional singing career in the 1950s as a member of the Manhattan Brothers, later working with the Skylarks. Her powerful, distinctive voice and fresh approach to mixing traditional African music with newer jazz sounds helped to make her 1956 solo single Pata Pata a national radio hit.Makeba sang the lead in the local musical King Kong and following an appearance in the anti-apartheid documentary Come Back, Africa, she left South Africa to reprise her King Kong role on London’s West End.She met American singer Harry Belafonte in 1959, who helped to boost her singing career in the US. Makeba released her first solo album in 1960, featuring her signature hit song, the classic Click Song.Makeba performed for the American president, John F Kennedy, and appeared on the popular Ed Sullivan television show, which boosted her profile among American audiences. Time magazine called her the “most exciting new singing talent to appear in many years”, while Newsweek compared her to Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.Unable to return to apartheid South Africa, Makeba lived in exile for the next 30 years.Makeba and Belafonte married in 1964 and together recorded the Grammy- winning An Evening with… featuring the hits Train Song / Mbombela and Malaika. She was considered one of the innovators of the world music genre and was famed for her idiosyncratic, proudly African fashion sense. She re-recorded Pata Pata in 1967, which become a global smash hit.Makeba and Belafonte divorced and she went on to married US civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael. She addressed the UN in 1975, calling for global political and economic pressure on South Africa’s apartheid government. Makeba later moved to Brussels, Belgium, to focus on family life and her political activism; she also undertook several successful tours on the European jazz circuit.After touring with Paul Simon on his groundbreaking Graceland tour in 1987, Makeba’s music career experienced a revival, and she released her first new music in a decade. She also performed at the 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute in London, where she performed the song Soweto Blues with Hugh Masekela to an estimated global audience of 600 million.Makeba returned to South Africa in 1990, after the release of Mandela, and set about creating, alongside other former musical exiles, a new soundtrack for post- apartheid South Africa. Her 1991 album, Eye on Tomorrow, featured performances with American jazz greats Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie.Her final studio album, Homeland, released in 2000, featured an updated version of Pata Pata and earned the singer a Grammy for Best World Music Album.Makeba suffered a fatal heart attack following a performance in Castel Volturno, in Italy, on 9 November 2008. Grammy Award-winning Beninoise singer Angélique Kidjo curated a performance piece, titled Mama Africa: Celebrating Miriam Makeba, that gathered together African and international female performers to pay tribute to the life and art of Makeba and her groundbreaking role in bringing African music to a global audience.Source: South African History OnlineSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Brand South Africa congratulates Play Your Part Award winner, Intercessory Army Franchising

first_imgThe 6th annual South African Premier Business Awards hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry, in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa took place in Sandton on Wednesday 13 March 2019.SAPBA celebrates business excellence and honours organisations that are drivers of innovation, job creation, healthy business ethics and quality.Brand South Africa is excited to have presented The Play Your Part Award that inspires citizens to contribute positive change, by steering and executing social programmes. The award was scooped by Intercessory Franchise Brands founded by Bulelani Balabala. As the CEO of IAF and founder of TEA (Township Entrepreneur Alliance), a branch of IAF, Balabala centres his work around empowering young people.Balabala was honoured by Minister of Trade & Industry, Minister Rob Davies for his commitment and implementation of entrepreneurial and youth development programmes.Through the 4-year old TEA Programme, Balabala and his team have impacted over 9800 townships and rural entrepreneurs, and more 25 000 high school students. The programme is aimed at  knowledge sharing, skills development, enterprise development and giving young entrepreneurs  access to markets.In addition, IAF conducts weekly township school visits through Sbusiso Leope Education Foundation (SLEF), where they inspire students to go the extra mile with their studies and become well-rounded citizens.Brand SA salutes Bulelani Balabala for being an agent of change and for leading a group of people who practice the spirit of Ubuntu. To find out more about what the IAF does, click here.last_img read more

Where ‘We Steal Secrets,’ The Wikileaks Film, Falls Short

first_imgbrian s hall Manning’s story demands to take center stage, but unfortunately, the film fails to deliver. Wikileaks was as much a vehicle for Manning as it was the instigator of his deeds. A young man who seemed to have lived his entire life utterly unsure of his identity sought to define himself through a singular stunning act. For good or ill, he succeeded.Sadly, all this is underplayed in We Steal Secrets.Missed OpportunityMeanwhile, the larger implications of Wikileaks and what it has wrought go largely unexplored. The documentary fails to give us the full story – or even a very good story – on Manning, government secrecy, the explosion of personal digitized data, the tension between security and privacy, or what all of that portends. We StealSecrets features war, leaks, terrorism, cover-ups, social media, identity crises, intrigue and an upending of traditional power structures. Yet after a well-paced introduction, it somehow barely manages to holds the viewer’s interest. Just one more sad, inexplicable failing in a saga replete with sad, inexplicable failings.Images courtesy of We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Instead, We Steal Secrets devotes an inordinate amount of time to Assange himself – in particular, to the sexual assault allegations lodged against him in Sweden. (Those formed the basis for an extradition warrant that forced Assange to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he’s now lived for more than a year.) Such charges are, of course, serious in their own right. But in the context of this film, they amount to a distraction from the much bigger issues at stake.People, Not MachinesThe film traces the creation of the Wikileaks site, focusing primarily on Assange’s troubled past and conflicted present. It then quickly touches on several of Wikileaks’ greatest hits – the so-called “collateral murder” video from Iraq, the release of State Department diplomatic cables spanning decades, and leaked documents from the financial industry following the 2008 financial collapse.The prim, arrogant, self-serving Assange, as the film depicts him, was the right person at the right time to seize upon the opportunities presented by a new world, one in which everything is online and therefore accessible. Wikileaks was a audacious, highly visible attempt to encourage the uncovering and exposure of long-guarded secrets inside the halls of established power, both government and corporate. Tags:#film#Government#privacy The high-profile documentaryWe Steal Secrets:The Story of Wikileaks expanded into wider release in theaters and video-on-demand on Friday. Which would seem to be fortuitous timing, given this week’s revelations that the NSA has been rifling through email and personal documents stored by Internet giants like Google and Apple and collecting months of call-related data from Verizon.And yet We Steal Secrets, which sets out to show how the post-9/11 American security state collided with the rise of global connectivity and social media, regrettably fails to probe what it all means. The documentary, directed by the undeniably talented (and Oscar-winning) Alex Gibney, doesn’t even bother to ask – much less answer – the biggest questions raised by the entire Wikileaks saga, such as:When does purportedly protective surveillance overreach, threatening personal privacy and constitutional protections?Is the U.S. safer because of Wikileaks? Or more democratic?Is it even possible to keep state secrets anymore?Where should we draw the line between government transparency and legitimate security? Related Posts Unexpectedly, the long-running U.S. war in Iraq provided Assange with just the opportunity he needed – in particular, when a tormented Army private named Bradley Manning enters the story. Portrayed as a mostly tragic, slightly heroic figure, Manning served unhappily in Iraq, tormented by his objections to the war and his own uncertainty about his sexual identity.He was assigned the job of “intelligence analyst” and given near-unfettered access to shocking amounts of rather shocking military data. Which he then proceeded to hand over to Wikileaks, at least until he was arrested a few months later after an online “buddy” he’d confided in turned him in. (Manning’s espionage trial, by the way, also started this week.) Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Light Strokes in After Effects Without Plugins

first_imgWant to create stylish light strokes in After Effects without purchasing 3rd party plugins?  This video tutorial will show you how to create the effect with tools that come included with After Effects.Simulated 3D light streaks and strokes can add punch to your video graphics, especially when added to logos and write-on effects.  Red Giant Software’s Trapcode 3D Stroke is the industry leading 3rd party effects plugin for creating these cool light effects.  Check out this video for an example of Trapcode 3D Stroke in action:However, at $99 Trapcode 3D Stroke may be a bit out of reach for those just starting out in motion design or only needing to use the effect for one instance.  So, with a bit of time and After Effects know-how you can create similar light stroke effects without the need for third party plugins.  The following video tutorial from German motion design artist Equiloud shows how to mimic the look using After Effects’ Vegas Effect, Glow Effect and Turbulent Displace tools.  The 3D light stroke effect is actually faked in After Effects’ 2D space.Check out Light Strokes Effect with Built-in Plugins // After Effects Tutorial (best viewed full screen):last_img read more

Create A Shootout Scene In After Effects + Free Muzzle Flashes and Sparks

first_imgIn this After Effects tutorial, learn how to use muzzle flash and spark elements from RocketStock to create a realistic shootout scene — with free elements.A tradition unlike any other, the shootout or over-the-top action scene is about as common in modern film as yelling “action.” There are a ton of different ways to achieve realistic looks. Some methods are more involved, like using blanks, which means hiring an expert and getting the necessary permits and permission — then spending a bunch of money on the blanks and guns, THEN also putting your cast and crew in potential danger.I find it’s much better to achieve all this in the comfort of your editing suite. That’s where Ricochet by RocketStock comes in. In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to use some FREE elements from the Ricochet pack to pull off some pretty convincing action scenes.Using a few simple techniques and a little bit of time, you can use organically captured muzzle flash and smoke elements to composite some pretty intense moments. Whether that’s adding flashes and smoke to a shotgun blast or finding creative ways to use the smoke to beef up spark elements and ricochets.If you would like to follow along with the tutorial, the download below includes a couple of FREE muzzle flash elements — as well as some free smoke elements.DOWNLOAD NOW Ricochet by RocketStockRicochet by RocketStock is a fantastic tool. This pack contains over 450 muzzle flash elements from guns of all kinds. The pack includes both single shots and multiple shots (like you would need for some automatic weapons). As an added bonus, the pack also includes two folders full of smoke elements — perfect for creating the smoke coming out of the barrel of the gun. For all variations and calibers (as well as smoke elements), there are both side and front options. This pack offers a ton of versatility for any type of action scene.In this tutorial, I also use the freebie pack from RocketStock called Spark. This is a pack of 65 completely free spark elements that you can use to add more excitement and gunfire to your action scenes. These elements are perfect for motion graphics, compositing, or whenever you need bullets hitting metal — or even sparks from a welding tool. Setting Up Your SceneThe first step is to get everything set up in your scene so that you have all the correct elements in place and you don’t have to keep going back and redoing certain elements.One aspect of this might be removing the orange tip from the gun that you used. It’s always going to be safer to use what is clearly a toy gun or airsoft gun for your shootout scenes. This will mean that, in your footage, you will have an orange tip on your gun. While this creates extra work in post, it is certainly preferable to causing danger or harm to you and your crew.To get rid of an orange tip, you’ll need to use the Ellipse Tool to create a mask on an Adjustment Layer and use the Mask Path to animate it over time and cover up the orange portion of the mask. From there, you can add a Tint effect and color correction to remove the orange from the tip of the gun.You will also need to track your scene. Sometimes, depending on the scene, you might have to do your track in sections. In this case, we had to do three separate tracks over the course of the scene. Just make sure that you have tracking data for each portion for which you intend to add elements.Adding Muzzle FlashesOnce you have your tracking done and your scene set up, you can choose which muzzle flashes you want to use. The Ricochet pack includes many different styles of muzzle flashes.Go through your scene and find each place where you want a muzzle flash. Drop your muzzle flash into your scene, and set it to the Add overlay mode. Over the course of two frames, bring the opacity from 100% to 0% using the opacity stopwatch. This will create a more realistic falloff for the flash. Then you can choose to add Glow and Tint effects to the muzzle flash, depending on the environment of your scene.It might also be necessary to create an after flash. For example, in a darker scene, the muzzle flash would light up the entire composition. To do this, pre-compose all of your muzzle flashes together. From there, you can duplicate your pre-comp and shift it back one frame. Now, add a whole lot of Gaussian Blur to the muzzle flash element so that it will create a big flash across the entirety of your scene every time the gun goes off.Adding Smoke And Sparks To Your SceneThe Ricochet pack also includes various smoke elements that you can use in multiple ways. To add your smoke, drop it into your scene, and set it to the Screen overlay mode. Then, scale it, and place it wherever appropriate.You’ll want to parent your smoke elements to whichever tracked null you have created for that portion of the scene. This way, when the smoke appears, it will move along with your scene. The same principle applies to the spark elements from the Spark pack as well.To add sparks, pick whichever elements you like, and add them to your scene with the Add overlay mode. You may also choose to add smoke overlays and a Glow effect to these elements.Animating The Shotgun ShellAn easy way to add the effect of a shell flying out of the gun, whether it’s a shotgun or a standard handgun or machine gun, is to animate a simple shape layer across the scene.The trick to this effect is to keep your element moving so quickly that the motion blur causes it to become nearly unrecognizable. The more subtle the effect the better.Draw a rectangular shape layer into your scene, and over the course of 6-7 frames, animate it moving out of the gun in an arc — and add some heavy rotation to the animation as well.And voilà. You’re done.Looking for more After Effects tutorials? Check these out.How to Export Illustrator Icons to Use in After Effects and Premiere ProAnimate A ‘Top 10 Countdown’ Screen With After EffectsAnimate Clean Commercial Graphics in Adobe After EffectsHow to Animate a Text Stroke in Adobe After EffectsHow to use the VR Comp Editor in After Effects with 360° Videolast_img read more