7 June 2010 Just days before South Africa meets Mexico in the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup at Soccer City, Johannesburg, President Jacob Zuma took the opportunity to welcome the world to South Africa. Briefing the media at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Sunday, Zuma said that the country was “truly blessed and humbled to host the world in our country for this historical and extraordinary event”. Zuma said the country had been preparing for the tournament from the moment that Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced South Africa as the hosts on 15 May 2004. “We knew from that moment that South Africa would never be the same again,” Zuma said. “Indeed South Africa has resembled a construction site for the last six years as world-class stadiums have been built and roads, rail, airports and communication systems upgraded in record time to meet the demands of the tournament and the country’s developmental needs for years to come.Uniting the nation But more than that, Zuma noted how the World Cup was already bringing a nation, with a difficult and divided past closer together, with the South African flag now the most popular item on the shopping list of South Africans. “The enthusiasm, joy and excitement that has engulfed the entire nation in recent weeks has not been witnessed since President Mandela was released from prison.” Before ceremonially handing the World Cup trophy to Blatter, Zuma thanked the Fifa president for consistently expressing his confidence in South Africa’s ability to host the event, even as Afro-pessimists and others expressed doubts at points along the way. “Bringing the World Cup to South Africa is to trust South Africa, South Africans, to trust Africa and say you are strong,” said Blatter, who described himself as “a happy man”. He also thanked former president Thabo Mbeki for his leadership of the project during his term of office, the inter-ministerial task team led by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, and the Organising Committee led by Irvin Khoza and his team, including CEO Danny Jordaan and the staff who worked behind the scenes to make things happen. “The long hours of hard work have finally paid off,” Blatter said. “The nation is proud of you!” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
By Phindi MadunaAs the official custodian of the country’s Nation Brand, Brand South Africa was pleased to partner with the Abantu Book Festival for the second year in a row. The organisation consistently promotes African youth development and advocates for the culture of reading, writing and literacy.The four-day celebration of African arts and culture which took place from 5 to 8 December this year, goes a long way in showcasing the vibrant township of Soweto to South Africans and people the world over. What started off as a mainly continental gathering has now developed to become an internationally supported and much anticipated get-together. There is no better place than the historic location of Soweto to redress the effects of the apartheid system that displaced spaces occupied by black people. In the post-apartheid era, education is at the heart of nation building. Education has proven to be instrumental in shifting this displacement and mind-sets.Once again, Brand South Africa partnered on the Creative Writing Workshop Masterclass. This is an effort to mentor writers with skills and competencies to share their stories with the world. This is an important educational interaction and exchange of information for aspiring writers who may otherwise not get the opportunity to engage with seasoned authors.Mohale Mashigo, the convenor of this year’s workshop, is one such seasoned author whose critically acclaimed debut novel ‘The Yearning’ brought much needed original subject matter to the South African literary scene in 2016. It is also noteworthy that Mohale is an all-round creative – a singer, songwriter and poet. Brand South Africa urged the participants to take the opportunity to learn and draw inspiration from her.“To Thando Mgqolozana and his team of creatives, you exemplify youth who have emerged as a creative and constructive force that can find solutions to South Africa’s social, economic and political challenges.” Said Thulisile Manzini, Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Officer. About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dwane Miller, Extension Educator, Agronomy, Penn State UniversityWhile many parts of Pennsylvania have yet to take a cutting of hay in 2018, I was on a farm in Chester County in mid-May where first cutting alfalfa/orchardgrass was made the previous week. As you head to the field this year, it’s important to pay attention to cutting height in your hay crop. One of our goals as farmers is to maximize our yield; however, cutting a hay crop too low can lead to several negative issues.The introduction of the disk-type mowers (discbines) allows for cutting very close to the ground. I’ve seen many fields that have been “scalped” right to ground level. This differs considerably from the older sickle bar mowers (haybines), whose technology required some level of stubble height remain. Stand longevity can be compromised when the crop is cut too low. As a general rule, alfalfa can be cut closer to the ground than our grass hay crops. We need to think about where energy reserves are stored in the crop. For alfalfa, carbohydrates are stored below ground in the taproot. Our grass hay crops store their energy above ground in the stem base or tillers. Frequent mowing at a close height will continue to deplete these energy reserves, resulting in stand longevity issues.The second consequence for mowing too close to the ground is increased ash content of the forage. All forage has a natural ash content of approximately 6%. However, mowing too closely with disk mowers can add soil to the crop, and increase the ash content by as much as 10% to 12% (18% ash content in total analysis). If we all had table-top smooth fields, it would also be much easier to make a closer cut across all fields. However, things such as groundhog holes and the unevenness of fields can add to increased ash content of our harvested forage.So, the million dollar question is how low can you go? The best answer is…it depends! The first question I always ask is: is it a solid stand or a mixed stand? If you have grasses involved, you must keep cutting height higher than a pure stand of legume, if you want to keep the grass in the stand. Keep in mind these are minimum recommendations; it’s okay to mow higher than the numbers below. Here are my minimum cutting height recommendations:Alfalfa or clover2 inches minimum. Some literature shows a cutting height of 1 inch will not reduce stand longevity, but remember the increased ash content issue. Also, keep in mind that frequent cutting at early maturity will continue to deplete carbohydrate reserves. One cutting of alfalfa should be allowed to reach the bloom stage each year.Cool season grasses (Orchardgrass, Timothy)4 inches during the establishment year3 inches minimum during production years. This is where we see most of our stand longevity issues. Frequent cutting of cool season grasses at a low height will continue to deplete energy reserves.Mixed standsYou must manage for the predominant species. Do you have a grass stand with some alfalfa, or an alfalfa stand with some grass?Alfalfa with some grass: 2.5-inch minimumGrass with some alfalfa: 3-inch minimum (if you want to keep the grass stand!)
curt hopkins Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification According to a new study by Semiocast, Asia is now the region that produces the most Twitter posts, surpassing North America, which declined 7% in the last three months. Asia rose 5.5% in the same time period, to 37%. It is also the fastest-growing region in terms of Twitter use. The U.S. is still number one in terms of countries, with 25% of Twitter messages, down from 30% in March. But the second and third positions belong to Japan and Indonesia with 18% and 12% respectively. Indonesia knocked Brazil out of third position.South Korea enters the top 10 at the 7th position. More than 2% of messages are sent from South Korea, up from 1% three months ago. India, the fourth Twitter nation in Asia, represents less than 1% of messages. The company did the geolocation study as a proof of value for Semiocast API, the company’s multilingual geolocation message processing technology that launched today. The Paris-based real-time web data service surveyed 2.9 million messages on one day, June 22. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#twitter#web Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…
Here’s a trick for overlaying textures, footage or graphics in your video projects when color grading in DaVinci Resolve 9!Professional colorist and editor Juan Salvo shares a trick for creating unique overlays in Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve 9. Sure, you can overlay a texture as a new track in the Resolve timeline, but this can inadvertently cause problems. The sizing may not match the source footage, the overlaid clip wouldn’t be ‘connected’ to the clip below it….just not a very streamlined process.Juan suggests a better way to do this by connecting an overlay clip to your footage as an ‘external fill’ and adjusting the blending mode. The biggest advantage of this seems to be that the overlay is then “attached” to your footage – a better way to keep your Resolve project organized. You can also adjust the size and position of the overlay, grade it separately or quickly enable/disable it.This is a handy feature for adding grain to your footage (as shown in the video example) but would also be useful when working with graphics, flares or other textures. See how it’s done in this DaVinci Resolve video tutorial and be sure to check out Juan fantastic color grading reel below.Juan Salvo is active on Twitter. Follow him!Resolve 9 External Fill from Juan SalvoJuan Salvo ColorReel 1080 from Juan Salvo
Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Former boxer Oscar Dela Hoya (left) and MMA fighter Conan McGregor. AFP FILESLOS ANGELES, United States — Retired boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya has said he would be ready to step back in the ring to face mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor.The 44-year-old fighter turned promoter, who has not fought since being battered to defeat by Manny Pacquiao in 2008, said he has been “secretly training” and is confident he could beat UFC champion McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor, 29, was knocked out in the 10th round of that fight, which De La Hoya derided as a “circus” and a “farce”.De La Hoya said he would only consider fighting McGregor under boxing rather than MMA rules.“Let’s get it straight: In the cage, he would freaking destroy me,” De La Hoya said. “Only in the ring.“I’ve been working out for the last five months. (My confidence) is how I feel now from my training. I don’t know what it is, but I’ll tell you now that I’ve never felt so good before in my life.” /cbbADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles02:40Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ “You know I’m competitive,” De La Hoya said on ‘Golden Boy Radio with Tattoo and the Crew’, a daily digital radio show.“I still have it in me. I’ve been secretly training. I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight. Two rounds. Just one more (fight). I’m calling him out. Two rounds, that’s all I need. That’s all I’m going to say.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDe La Hoya flirted with the idea of a comeback in June 2015 only to rule it out a week later.The 1992 Olympic gold medallist, a 10-time world champion, was one of the loudest critics of McGregor’s foray into boxing earlier this year, when he lost a money-spinning duel with Floyd Mayweather. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Azkals held to draw QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort
Kontron has introduced its new COMe-m4AL10 (E2) module. The module is available with either Intel Atom, Intel Pentium or Intel Celeron processors of the latest 5th generation. With dimensions of only 84 mm x 55 mm, it is an ideal solution for space-limited applications; furthermore the E2 version is designed for use in the industrial temperature range from -40 to +85°C. Thanks to its large number of interfaces, significantly improved computing power and excellent performance-per-watt ratio, the COMe-m4AL10 (E2) is ideally suited for use in industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 applications. Medical imaging, autonomous vehicles, surveillance and security devices benefit as well from the powerful, yet extremely small modules. Thanks to the industrial-grade-by-design versions – specified for industrial temperature operation – and the long term availability, the new COMe-m4AL10 (E2) meets the special requirements of applications in transportation as well as defence markets.The COMe-m4AL10 (E2) will be available in five different processor versions, as DualCore or QuadCore processors. Together with the COMe-mAL10 (E2), which supports DDR3L ECC memory, Kontron now offers a broad range of module solutions for every possible customer requirement.The COMe-m4AL10 (E2) supports up to 16 GB LPDDR4 memory down and two independent displays: 1x DP++ (DP/HDMI/DVI) 4096×[email protected] and 1x Single Channel LVDS with DPtoLVDS (eDP on request) 3840×[email protected] The module comes with storage options for two SATA II 300 Mbps interfaces and on request with additional eMMC memory (up to 128 GB MLC). In addition to having two serial ports, it provides two superfast USB 3.0 interfaces, up to eight USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, as well as four PCI-Express® Gen2 lanes for customer specific expansions.As an optional feature the new Kontron COMe-m4AL10 (E2) supports the Kontron APPROTECT security solution based on Wibu-Systems CodeMeter. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also enables new business models such as ‘pay-per-use’ and time-based trial versions. Kontron offers BSPs for the following operating systems: Windows 10, Enterprise, Windows 10 IoT, Linux and VxWorks 7.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous EKF: 5 to 15 port 1000BASE-T Ethernet switchNext AAEON: BOXER-8170AI powering a connected AI
Under a rare clear London sky, Allyson Felix shot around the track in the 200-meter race like a woman determined to not have a third failure in the event of her life.With 40 meters remaining to cover before the finish line – and the elusive Olympic gold medal – Felix burst pass Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to glory.The disheartening results of previous Olympics mattered not. The gold was hers, and she left no doubt about it, either, winning by .21 seconds.Felix won the race in 21.88 seconds, topping Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, who won the 100 four nights earlier and Team USA’s Carmelita Jeter, who added a bronze to go with her silver in the 100 meters.One more spot back was Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, who defeated Felix in the Athens and Beijing Games and was trying to become the first woman to win the same individual track and field event in three consecutive Olympics.It was the third-place tie in 100-meter qualifying at U.S. trials last month that hovered over Felix’s run-up to these Olympics — forcing her to defend herself off the track for the first time in an otherwise-pristine career.Her tie with Jeneba Tarmoh for the third and final spot in the 100 forced USA Track and Field officials to scramble for a solution. One possibility was a coin flip; instead, they settled on a run-off. But Tarmoh begged off. Felix, never a serious medal contender for the 100, had to defend her decision not to give up the spot, and she went on to finish fifth.“Everyone just expected me to give up this spot, because I think lots of people … know me and they know that I’m seen as this very nice girl,” Felix said with a chuckle a few days before the start of track and field in London. “But it’s not just about me.”On this night, finally, it was.
When Ohio State junior long jumper Michael Hartfield takes off down the runway, he doesn’t merely jump — he soars. “I love long jumping,” Hartfield said. “It feels free. That’s the only way I can describe it.” Hartfield has exploded into the spotlight since his arrival at OSU. A transfer from Rend Lake junior college, located in Ina, Ill., Hartfield has already earned second-team All-American honors, yet he’s far from satisfied. Early in the season, Hartfield said he wanted to consistently hit 7.62–7.93 meters in the long jump. “The goal is still to be first-team All-American,” he said. “Hopefully get on that podium at nationals.” When Hartfield competes, he does so with passion and charisma, and those around him can’t help but notice. “Mike brings a lot of energy and fun to the team, along with a great amount of talent,” OSU junior long jumper Steve MacDonald said. “Our jump squad has become very close and we feed off each other’s strengths.” Hartfield’s pre-jump routine is almost as electrifying as the jump itself. Before each jump, Hartfield starts a steady, rhythmic clap that builds as teammates, competitors and fans join in. Then, Hartfield shoots down the runway to the rapid rhythm just before he lifts off. “It’s just something to get me hyped, you know, to get the crowd into it,” Hartfield said. “When you’re running you can hear the rhythm in the background, and one of the most important parts of your run up is having a rhythm.” His routine is working. When the track & field team traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Relays in late April, Hartfield finished second and set a new personal record with a jump of 7.95 meters. The jump even surprised Hartfield. “I was in shock,” he said. “One, I didn’t feel like it was that great of a jump. Two, I didn’t expect to PR because of all the traveling.” The track & field team’s journey to Iowa didn’t go as smoothly as it had hoped. “We were at the airport for 12 hours before we left, and missed our flight in Chicago,” Hartfield said. “And then had to wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning, and we didn’t get to Iowa until that day.” The Drake Relays were a high point for Hartfield in what has been an up-and-down year. For Hartfield and his family, signing at OSU was a big deal. “When I first signed Ohio State, my dad was super excited,” Hartfield said. “He always told me to stay hungry, always compete no matter what.” But, shortly after Hartfield arrived at OSU, his father passed away. Despite the loss, Hartfield has used the memory of his father as inspiration. “I’ve kind of just been living through him and doing a lot of things for him just in his name because I know that’s what he’d want me to do,” Hartfield said. “It’s a big family thing that’s really pushing me this season, and it’s going to continue to push me.” The adversity Hartfield faced helped him grow as an athlete and as a person. Following high school, academic issues forced Hartfield to make changes. “I didn’t pass the NCAA Clearinghouse regulations,” he said. “My GPA from my core classes and SAT scores didn’t meet the regulations, so I had to go get my associate’s degree first before I could go Division I.” The experience helped Hartfield get back on track. Since transferring, Hartfield has raised his GPA to a 3.4. “I just had to get serious about the books like I was about track,” he said. “Definitely was a learning experience, and I definitely matured a lot because of it.” Hartfield said he knows part of the team’s success depends on his performance. Helping the team win pushes him to give his best effort. But when it comes to success, Hartfield doesn’t credit himself. Instead, he attributes his success to the people who surround him. “Definitely the coaches and the training, and just my whole team really. My training environment from this year compared to last year in junior college is 112 percent different,” Hartfield said. “Everybody’s attitudes toward the workouts, and the equipment … all the little things, they all add up and contribute to you getting better.”