Humboldt Crabs kick off 75th baseball season Friday

first_imgThe Humboldt Crabs open their 75th season of baseball Friday night and the 2019 schedule features all the usual suspects — including a couple of series against the PUF Caps, a matchup which created some of the most memorable games of last season — and for the first time ever, an away game at the Humboldt B52s.The Crabs, which remain the oldest, continuously-operated, collegiate, independent, wood-bat summer baseball team in the country, will play 49 games this summer after going 37-10 last …last_img read more

Automotive boost for Eastern Cape

first_imgFAW plans to extend its commercial vehicleinvestment into passenger carmanufacturing. The venture will alsoresult in substantial job creation.(Image: First Automobile Works)MEDIA CONTACTS • Gustav MeyerBusiness development manager, CoegaDevelopment Corporation+27 41 403 0485• Mehdi AbbasOperations manager, FAW+27 11 394 1111Emily van RijswijckChina’s oldest and largest automobile manufacturer, First Automobile Works (FAW), plans to strengthen its already considerable South African presence in 2012 by investing US$100-million (R784-million) into a truck assembly plant in the Eastern Cape.Negotiations between FAW and government officials at local, national and provincial level have been underway for over a year, and will culminate when construction on the plant commences in the first quarter of 2012.The facility’s actual location will be announced in due course.The plant will be able to produce 5 000 truck units per year and will employ about 1 000 local workers by the time the first vehicle rolls off the assembly at the end of 2013.Another 400 skilled and unskilled labour will be required for assembly of the plant.The new facility will produce a wide range of trucks, from extra heavy commercial to five-tonners, with components imported from the parent company in China.According to FAW operations manager Mehdi Abbas, this is just the start of investment in the province, as there are also plans to extend the development to the assembly of passenger vehicles.This will include single and twin-cab pickups (“bakkies” in local terminology) and other types of sport utility vehicles.FAW foresees production of 30 000 units on the passenger vehicle assembly line which is planned for 2015. The company also hopes to introduce a sedan assembly plant later at the same site.“The plant will act as an export base for business into the rest of Africa,” says Abbas.FAW has been able to maintain its growth in tough economic times, even increasing its global market share, and believes its investment bodes well for South Africa.“The investment will have a positive effective on the perceptions with regards to the South African economy, showing that the macro-economic environment is still healthy and that overall, investment opportunities remain attractive in the country,” says Abbas.Fortune Global 500FAW came in at number 258 in Fortune magazine’s Global 500 list for 2010, and in 2011 was named one of the top 200 companies for the first time, at 197. Rankings are calculated on revenue and profit.The company is registered with the local engineering and manufacturing sector training authority merSETA and will continue to use its in-house training facilities to impart skills to local labour forces as part of its social investment programme, confirmed Abbas.Growth in local vehicle manufacturing sectorFAW is the third largest truck manufacturer in the world and China’s leading exporter of vehicles. The company has operated in South Africa for the last 18 years, with its head office in Isando, east of Johannesburg, and branches in Cape Town and Pinetown.Coega Development Corporation business development manager Gustav Meyer says the FAW investment in the province will be significant and will have upstream and downstream opportunities in the future.“In 2010, FAW sold over 2.5-million vehicles, 650 275 of which were their own home-grown brands, while the balance was split between Toyota and Volkswagen. The latter two are manufactured under licence in some of the world’s most technologically advanced vehicle assembly complexes.”Talks are currently underway between the business and government sectors to establish an automotive cluster in the Eastern Cape by March 2012.Through the Automotive Production Development Plan (APDP), vehicle production can be increased from the 550 000 units per annum currently produced to 1.2-million by 2020, according to President Jabob Zuma, who paid the Eastern Cape automotive industry a visit in October 2011.The APDP came into effect in 2008 and is aimed at stimulating local content production and exports through various tariffs and allowances.last_img read more

Sephaka named Springbok Women’s coach

first_img25 February 2014 Former Springbok prop Lawrence Sephaka was on Monday named the new Springbok Women’s head coach, while Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel was named assistant coach ahead of the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in France in August. Former Springbok Women’s captain Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe-Calata is the new team manager. Sephaka and his management team will work closely with Jacques Nienaber from the South African Rugby Union (Saru) Mobi-Unit, who will oversee the overall implementation of the Saru coaching blue print.‘A major coup’ “It is a major coup for us to have a former Springbok guide the national women’s team,” said Saru CEO Jurie Roux. “Lawrence is an up-and-coming coach and has worked with our elite women in the last few months, so he is familiar with the set-up and the expectations on the team. “His experience as a former Springbok and his familiarity with the demands and the pressure associated with representing one’s country will certainly add to his coaching input as he prepares the squad for the World Cup.”Consultant Sephaka, who played 24 tests between 2001 and 2006, was named as a consultant to the Springbok Women’s team before their first training camp in Cape Town last month, while Tsotsobe-Calata and Dazel also assisted at the camp in their respective roles. The former Springbok will work closely with the Gauteng-based players, in particular, in the months leading up to their next training camp in June and their pre-World Cup European tour, as he is one of five coaches who will run satellite coaching stations across the country with the women. The objective of these coaching stations is to ensure that the players improve their skills in all areas of the game, as well as role-specific preparation to excel in their respective positions.‘It makes sense’ Roux also welcomed the appointment of Dazel and Tsotsobe-Calata. “Renfred has been working closely with the Elite Sevens squad based in Port Elizabeth, and since those players will be eligible for selection for the 15-a-side Rugby World Cup, it makes sense to ensure continuity in the coaching team,” he said. “He has also played the sport at the highest level as a former Springbok Sevens player and provincial 15-a-side player so, similarly to Lawrence, he understands the demands on a national team. “It also gives Saru great satisfaction to appoint Nomsebenzi the team manager. She was the first captain of the Springbok Women’s team in 2004, and as she played alongside some of the women, she knows what the players need to deliver their best performance on the field. “I believe this trio is the ideal management team.”World Cup preparation The Springbok Women’s preliminary World Cup squad have been hard at work since early January to improve their fitness and skills levels, and will continue to work with the Saru Mobi-Unit and satellite coaches in the next few months to prepare for the international showpiece. The squad will assemble in Pretoria on 18 June for a seven-day training camp, which will be followed by a tour to London and France from 25 June to 5 July for warm-up matches against the Nomads and World Cup pool competitors, France, respectively. They will gather again in Stellenbosch for a pre-World Cup holding camp from 14 to 27 July, with the squad set to depart for Paris on 27 July for the international spectacle.Springbok Women management teamHead coach: Lawrence SephakaAssistant coach: Renfred DazelTeam manager: Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe-CalataTeam doctor: Jerome MampanePhysiotherapist: Tanushree Pillay SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Kanyamazane Government Senior Citizens – Episode 22 – Play Your Part

first_imgThe next episode of the Play Your Part Television Series will air on Saturday, 17 February 2018 on SABC 2 at 18h00.Episode 22 is aligned to health, innovation, and active citizenship in respect of volunteerism.It features the Kanyamazane Government Senior Citizens Social Club, Human Writes social innovation start-up and Ikamva Labantu charity organisaton, the Hands of Compassion Christian Community and University of Free State student, Andile Putu’s involvement in the Enactus Entrepreneurial Community.The Kanyamazane Government Senior Citizens Social Club, is a gathering of retired public servants who use their knowledge on health and wellness to assist in the health care of citizens in the community.The Human writ.es social innovation start-up improves child and adult literacy through the Ikamva Labantu charity organisation based in Cape Town.Under the guidance of Pastors Alan and Xana MacCauley, the Johannesburg based Hands of Compassion Christian Community affords second chances to young people.Andile Putu oversaw the Enactus Entrepreneurial Community while he was a student at the University of the Free State in an attempt to assist HIV positive orphans and reviving the manufacturing industry in the Free State province.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on every Saturday on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolvedTell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africalast_img read more

The Basic Properties of Color

first_imgColor is one of the most important tools you have in your kit. Do you understand the best ways to use it? Here are the basics.Top image via ShutterstockColor. It has been with you since the day you were born, and it will be with you until the day you die. A particular color can make you recall a fond childhood memory, another color can warn you of danger, and another may tell you how hot or cold something is.Moreover, as a storyteller, either through motion or still pictures, color is one of the most important tools you have in your kit. A simple tweak of the color could give your image an entire new symbolic or literal meaning to your image. For example, see the picture below.Image: Psycho III via Universal PicturesWith a simple color tweak, the house from Psycho becomes less haunting and more welcoming. (This color change revolves around a change in color temperature. You can read more about that here.)Knowledge of color is not just a factor needed to color grade sufficiently. I am confident you’ve probably used the tools (or something similar) in the picture below.Many are adequate with color grading and color correcting and will likely know their way around basic correction software. However, do you know exactly what is happening when you desaturate an image? Of course, the image is losing its ‘color,’ but how does it lose it? Knowing that information will help you make better decisions and ultimately better your work. Understanding basic color theory will not only assist you in post, but it will help with set design, costume, lighting and so much more.Image: A hue color wheelColor itself has three primary qualities: Hue, Chroma, and Value, also known as Hue, Saturation and Lightness.HueWe identify hue as a familiar color’s name, such as blue, which represents a particular wavelength of visible light. It is of the wavelength’s dominance that produces a particular hue.Simply put, hue describes the wavelength of the color. If science class is nothing but a distant memory and this talk of wavelengths has you tangled in a nostalgic web, here’s a quick recap on the science of color wavelengths.Human eyes can only process a tiny region of the electromagnetic spectrum; we call this visible light.  Part of the electromagnetic spectrum is measured in nanometers (nm), and the colors we can see fall between 400-700nm. Violet light and blue light have the shortest wavelengths and become scattered a lot easier in comparison with red, which has the longest [visible] wavelength of 635-700nm.What does this have to do with color theory? The answer is everything. The length of wavelengths will change what color is seen. The reason why the sky is blue is that blue wavelengths of light become scattered through our atmosphere. If green had the shortest wavelength, we would have a green sky.On a daily basis, you can see the process of dominant wavelengths changing the color of our environment. It is visually demonstrated at sunrise and sunset, also known as golden hour. As the sun is just about level with the horizon, the light has many miles of dense atmosphere to travel through and the blue light [wavelengths] becomes even more scattered in the atmosphere, leaving the longer wavelengths of yellow, orange & red to illuminate what we see.It is important to note that hues are not just light at one wavelength. Blue does not exist because the other wavelengths have ceased from the light spectrum. Each hue contains the entire array of wavelengths found in visible light, but one will be more dominant than the others which creates a distinct hue.Therefore, a hue is the founding dimension of a color determined by wavelength; in short, hue is just the base color. Below are the colors azure, cerulean, sapphire and aquamarine. While they each have their distinct properties, they are of a blue hue.When you start to add chroma and value to a hue, you start to create new tints, tones, and shades of a color.There is often discussion and arguments over what colors correctly are classed as ‘pure hues.’ Is it violet or magenta? Different color systems will vary slightly. For this article, we will use the most popular opinion of what classifies as pure hues: Red, Violet, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Orange. These six colors can be broken down into the following groups.Primary HuesTheoretically, these hues are known to be classed as primary, as they cannot be created by mixing other hues together. These are red, blue and yellow. This is not to be confused with primary colors of video, as video uses an additive color system of RGB.Secondary Hues Secondary hues can each be produced by mixing two primary hues. These are orange, violet and green.Tertiary HuesTertiary hues are usually named and created by mixing adjacent primary and secondary hues. For example, red-orange is the tertiary hue between red and orange. Blue-green (cyan) is the tertiary hue between blue and green.Chroma/SaturationChroma, more often called saturation, refers to the intensity and purity of a hue.  A hue will be most vivid in its natural state at 100% saturation. At 0% you will have the monochrome luna component.You can decrease the intensity of a hue by adding gray. Every increment of gray adjusts the tone of the pure hue. You can also desaturate a hue by adding its complementary color. For example, if we take a swatch of red and add a small amount of cyan (red’s complementary color), the grayer the red will become.When equal amounts of cyan and red are mixed, there will be no trace of either hue — only the gray will remain.Value/LightnessThe third property of color is value (lightness). Value measures the degree of light reflected — how light or dark a color is. Adding white makes the color lighter, which in turn creates tints, and adding black makes it darker and creates shades.The effect of value is relative to other components in the composition. For example, the image below shows three distinct differences in value because of the backgrounds.For one color of a particular hue, the perception of lightness is also more intense if we increase saturation. For example, a saturated yellow will always look brighter than a saturated blue. The practicality of this application is incredibly useful for directing the audience’s attention to specific areas within your frame.Much like the English language, there are plenty of color terms that have multiple meanings. For example, chroma is one of the two components of a video signal that carries color information.  Likewise, sometimes brightness and lightness can be interchanged. However, brightness is a human visual perception.As previously stated, understanding the basic properties of color is not a skill that only editors and colorists should learn. Filmmakers of all positions will better themselves knowing how colors work.How has understanding color theory changed your approach to filmmaking, videography, and photography? Share your story in the comments below.last_img read more

Pak wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider announces retirement

first_imgPakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who fled to London midway through a series against South Africa in the UAE after receiving death threats for refusing to fix matches, on Tuesday announced his retirement from international cricket.Haider told the ‘Geo News’ channel from London that he had taken the decision to retire since there was lot of pressure on him and he was getting threats from the people, who had wanted him to fix matches in the just concluded one-day series against South Africa in the UAE.”My family is also still getting threats. I have decided to retire because there is lot of pressure on me and I can’t take it,” he added.Haider left the team hotel in Dubai yesterday in mysterious circumstances and flew to London with the Pakistan Cricket Board later announcing it would be holding an inquiry into the whole matter.”I will be sending a letter to the PCB to inform them about my decision to retire,” he said.Haider also confirmed that the person who approached him to fix matches had met him outside the team hotel and that he got a feeling that there were others with him.”You will get lot of money if you cooperate with us but if you don’t cooperate with us you wouldn’t remain in the team and there will lot of problems for them.”Asked about reports that he was planning to take political asylum in the United Kingdom, Haider declined to to comment.With PTI inputsadvertisement”I think you should speak to the immigration authorities about this but I have decided nothing as yet.”last_img read more

Unseeded pair Stosur, Zhang win Australian Open women’s doubles title

first_imgChina’s Zhang Shuai, left, and Australia’s Samantha Stosur celebrate a point win over France’s Kristina Mladenovic and Hungary’s Timea Babos during the women’s doubles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)MELBOURNE, Australia — The unseeded pairing of Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai have won their first Grand Slam doubles title together, beating defending champions and No. 2-seeded Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 in the final.Australia’s Stosur now owns three major doubles championships, adding this to wins with Lisa Raymond at the 2005 U.S. Open and 2006 French Open. She also won the 2011 U.S. Open singles trophy.ADVERTISEMENT Russell Westbrook’s 15th triple-double leads Thunder past Pelicans View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The victory Friday was the 10th in a row for Stosur and China’s Zhang. Their most recent loss was against Babos and Mladenovic at last year’s U.S. Open.Stosur is the first Australian to win the women’s doubles title at the country’s Grand Slam tournament since Alicia Molik teamed with Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in 2005.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Fabinho reveals PSG interest

first_imgFabinho insists he is enjoying Life at Liverpool and after turning down the offer to join Paris Saint-Germain.The Brazilian has become a mainstay in the Reds starting line-up and has played a pivotal role in their title ambition despite a slow start.Fabinho joined Liverpool from Monaco in a £44m deal last summer but was linked with a return to France with Paris Saint Germain in November.“I never thought of going elsewhere,” Fabinho told L’Equipe and cited via Sky.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I know a lot of things were written in the newspapers, but it wasn’t true. What’s funny is that this PSG loan story came out just before our Champions League match [on November 28].“I had already experienced a similar story the day before the Coupe de la Ligue final between PSG and Monaco [in March 2018]. It’s a strange coincidence, isn’t it?”“If I had to sign at PSG, it’s the year before it could have been done,” Fabinho added.“They were very interested, I talked a lot with Antero Henrique [PSG’s sporting director] and the club’s leaders, but it didn’t work. The year after, I did not wait for them and then I thought it was time to leave France.”last_img read more