Not too long ago, it didn’t look like the South Fork football team would get the chance to play the fellow unbeaten in the North Central League III North Division, Upper Lake.But with a little creativity and some reshaping of the postseason format, it’s a go.The top two teams in the NCL III North Division will face off for not only a division title tonight in Upper Lake, but also for a spot in next week’s league title game against the South Division’s championship. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. …
An artist’s impression of the completed Cape Town Film Studios. Nico Dekker, CEO of Cape Town Film Studios, on the construction site. (Images: Cape Town Film Studios)Jennifer SternClouds of loose sand fly about and huge trucks cart in giant steel beams as construction starts on the first of the custom-designed Hollywood-Style studios that will transform 100 hectares of moribund and neglected farmland about 20km east of Cape Town into South Africa’s first Hollywood-style film studio.Initially called Dreamworld, Cape Town Film Studios (CTFS) has been in the planning stages for a while, but it’s all coming to fruition now, and is expected to be up and running by April 2010.At a cost of R430-million (US$44.3-million) over a seven year period, CTFS represents a major investment by its main shareholders, Anant Sing’s Videovision, and Sabido Investments, headed by Marcel Golding. The Cape Town metropolitan municipality and the Western Cape provincial government, through its trade and investment agency Wesgro, are each contributing R30-million ($3-million).The film industry is rapidly becoming a major money spinner for the province. A study commissioned by the Cape Town Film Commission and the city municipality estimated the economic impact of the Western Cape film industry at R2.65-billion ($272.4-million) in the 2005/6 financial year. And about 77% of this, or R2-billion ($205.6-million), was earned within the city of Cape Town itself.An awesome locationSince the turn of the new century, about 100 movies have been made in Cape Town. Some were pretty small indie productions, but a number of Hollywood blockbusters are among the line-up. Films like Blood Diamond, Lord of War and Ask the Dust saw the likes of Nicholas Cage, Leonardo de Caprio, Salma Hayek and Colin Farrel discovering firsthand the amazing destination that is the city between the mountain and the sea.And at the moment, Oscar winners Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman are in town filming The Human Factor, a movie about South Africa’s victory on home soil in the 1995 Rugby World Cup and how Nelson Mandela and rugby captain Francois Pienaar came together to inspire the nation, only a year after the end of apartheid.Cape Town has long been a favourite destination because of its scenery and climate, but it’s not just the mountain, the sunshine, the incredible beaches and the variety of urban environments. International movie makers are now homing in on this destination for the concentrated expertise as well.So it’s not surprising that CTFS will be marketing itself as a world-class professional film studio that just happens to be in a beautiful place. In fact, many of the movies that will be made there may not even take advantage of the beautiful scenery.High tech hubThe Hollywood-style studios will give CTFS the ability to host major productions all year round, and the studio is also investigating the possibilities of attracting new technology, such as 3D action film making, to Cape Town.“3D is the way of the future,” says Nico Dekker, CEO of CTFS. “The major US-based studios are already busy producing a significant number of films in the 3D format, and billions of dollars are being spent to upgrade theatres around the world to accommodate the latest 3D technology.”Of course the actual studio will only be a small part of the whole centre.“We’re planning a really interesting tenant mix,” says Dekker. “We want industries that will complement the studio, and we are already negotiating with suitable companies. There will also be a residential sector.”Giving backBut it’s not all just about big business. The ground on which the studio is to be built was once farmland, and the surrounding wetland has become severely overgrown with alien vegetation, which has destroyed the delicate balance of the system. It is also fairly polluted.Before starting construction, CTFS removed tons of litter from the canal that runs past the eastern edge of the lot. The development will only cover 100 hectares, which is about 50% of the total land area. The rest, especially the wetlands, will be rehabilitated.And it’s not just the flowers and frogs that will benefit. CTFS intends creating a platform for local creatives to market their work to the broader public. It all goes to strengthening the industry.So Capetonians had better get used to Hollywood A-list celebrities wondering the streets of the city. It looks like they’ll be here to stay.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesCape Town: Africa’s HollywoodFast, furious – and femaleRough Aunties to the rescue 2010 opportunities for SA film Global acclaim for SA film South Africa: top film location Rebate boost for SA film Useful linksCape Town Film StudiosCape Film CommissionAnimation South Africa
22 May 2015Celebrate Africa Month by visiting the We Are Africa design and innovation exhibition at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), in Glenwood, Durban, which is on until 7 June.Africa Day is held on 25 May each year across the continent to mark the founding of the Organisation of African Unity – now known as the African Union – in 1963. It is a celebration of the diversity of and a call to unity for the continent.South Africa is celebrating Africa Day with a month-long celebration of what it means to be African. Africa Month sees a festival of ideas and cultural exchange with the aim of promoting and strengthening the creative economy, cultural diplomacy and social cohesion. The theme for Africa Month is: “We are Africa – opening the doors of learning and culture to promote peace and friendship from Cape to Cairo.”“We believe our programme will contribute to the attainment of the African Union’s vision 2063, which strives for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena,” said Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa.ExhibitionAs part of the festivities, his department, in partnership with Design Indaba, is presenting the We Are Africa themed exhibition. It brings together the work of 55 designers and innovators from 16 countries across the continent, including Senegal, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda and South Africa.It provides a visual survey of emerging, established and unexpected talent in the fields of ceramics, fashion, jewellery, furniture, textiles, graphics, animation, architecture and industrial design. The work featured at the exhibition was selected and sourced by Design Indaba, through a call for entries put out to creative communities across the continent.“It is exciting to see the level of craftsmanship and innovation that African creatives are producing right now. In celebration of Africa Month, we hope the exhibition will continue this trajectory, inspiring others to contribute to our continent’s creative future,” said Kim Seeliger, the Design Indaba expo manager.Africa Month aims to increase appreciation and demand for arts and culture as well as goods and services, all in the hopes of stimulating competitive intra-Africa trade. Activities take place across the country and include music, literature, theatre, visual arts, film, fashion, food, seminars, exhibitions, lectures and panel discussions.AnthemMeanwhile, schools throughout the country will mark Africa Day by singing the AU anthem during assembly. The Department of Basic Education said a ministerial directive had been issued to all provincial education departments to instruct schools across the country to call special assemblies at 8am on 25 May.The AU, which comprises 53 member states, aims to promote greater unity and solidarity between African countries as well as accelerate the political and socio- economic integration of Africa. It is also at the forefront of the drive for peace, security and stability on the continent.Cultural congressIn Johannesburg, the fourth Pan-African Cultural Congress will start on Africa Day, running until 27 May, at the Sandton Convention Centre.The theme is “Unity in cultural diversity for Africa’s development”. The congress is being held by the AU Commission in collaboration with South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture. It will be attended by cultural experts, policy makers, private sector and civil society organisations working in the arts and culture sector.The objective of the congress is to take stock of the challenges and record good practices on harnessing cultural diversity to enhance development. Specific objectives include:To facilitate the exchanges of ideas and experiences among arts and culture professionals, researchers, creators/producers of culture, decision/policy makers in the area of cultural diversity in Africa;To organise a thematic exhibition on African shared values and the spirit of pan-Africanism to showcase Africa’s creative and cultural potential with a view to boosting sustainable development; andTo provide pointers for the development of the first 10-year implementation plan for Agenda 2063 as it particularly pertains to Aspiration 5 and other related focus areas and flagship projects.SAinfo reporter
Is AI Really a Threat to Traditional Jobs? Tags:#money tips#Trending Bart Schachter Related Posts Most people start side hustles because they want to be business owners and make some extra money — maybe even enough to eventually stop working their day job. But if they’re not careful, their side hustle could actually end up costing them money.U.S. News & World Report found that some people lose money on their side ventures. Their money was sunk in certifications, workspace rentals, maintenance fees, and self-employment taxes. Add in potential lost productivity from physical exhaustion or distractions, and you may be losing money at your day job, too, in terms of raises, bonuses, or promotions.That means it’s important to save money before and during the launch of your side hustle. Having a cushion makes it possible to plan ahead, make smart decisions regarding your business, and expand when you’re ready. It also guarantees you’ll take action based on what’s best for your business, not what’s best for your wallet in the moment.Here are a few ways to help your side hustle be profitable without draining your funds. Sign up for automatic savings. A lot of people open checking accounts and savings accounts simultaneously, with the goal of eventually moving money from checking into savings to create a safety net. With 57 percent of Americans having less than $1,000 in their savings accounts, it’s clear that doesn’t happen often in reality.To overcome your best intentions you never fulfill, open an account that has automatic savings set up. Chime has an Automatic Savings program that ensures users automatically transfer 10 percent of their paycheck to savings and have rounded-up amounts added to their savings every time they use their Chime card. In turn, you’ll be saving without doing anything additional, and the best savings are the ones you never see — because you’ve never tempted to tap them. Presell your goods and services with advance payment. Harvard Business Review reported that presales can actually boost long-term sales, so this is a great investment in your business’s end game. Best of all, presales ensure there’s a market for your product or service, meaning you won’t be wasting money by investing more in your side hustle.Presell what you’re working on, whether that’s a webinar, a line of T-shirts, or a translation service. One great way to do this is by offering some sort of sample, from an online portfolio of your work to a case study of another project you worked on. Ask people to not just sign up but commit to your offering by paying upfront. This allows you to anticipate and cover expenses — say, materials or the web designer who’s building your webinar landing page — before using any of your own money. Trade services. If you’re just starting your side hustle, you’re likely reliant upon others to help you get started, whether that’s a screenprinting press you rent time at or a photographer friend who helps you capture images for your website. While some people will simply help you out of the goodness of their heart or their excitement to see you succeed, some won’t — and it’s also not a great idea to be indebted to lots of people from the outset.Instead, work with vendors, distributors, or service providers to establish a trade relationship. If your service translates work into Spanish and your website builder is actually needing translation services for a few clients’ websites, you have a setting ripe for exchange. If your T-shirt business works with a screenprinter whose passion project is a summer camp, offer to design shirts for special camp events in exchange for screenprinting time. These are all ways to staunch the outflow of cash while setting your side hustle up for success. Use your blog to profit. In this day and age, you need a blog to propel your business to success — even if you don’t have a big following, sharing your knowledge and experiences with visitors to your site can build your credibility and push them to work with you. But you don’t have to see your blog as a drag on delivering your products or services — it can be its own source of income, too.By working with affiliate marketers, hosting ads on your blog, and writing sponsored posts or reviews, your blog can bring in money, too. And these can be helpful to visitors — say, a post about a brand of running shoes you highly recommend pairing with your running app — which helps make you “sticky” in clients’ minds. You can use additional income from sponsored posts or affiliate links to fuel your side hustle, making it a money saver rather than a distraction. Claim all your small business expenses. While there are some sticky tax details regarding side hustles — like estimated quarterly taxes — there also some benefits, like claiming expenses for your business. A lot of entrepreneurs miss the deductions hidden within the 74,000 pages of tax code, so educate yourself on what you can claim.If you use your home office, for example, you can claim not just the space, but also the utilities associated with it, such as internet. You can write off equipment you’ve purchased for your side hustle, from computers to cake decorating utensils; you can also write off expenses for travel, including airfare, mileage, or lodging. But you have to track it all in order to claim it. 1tap is a platform that helps entrepreneurs track receipts so they can claim every deduction owed come tax season; it even uses character recognition to eliminate data entry, saving hustlers both time and money.Side hustles are intended to make money, not bleed you dry. To avoid putting in more than you’re getting out, take advantage of these methods for saving your side hustle money so it can make a profit. If you can avoid worrying about money, you’ll be able to focus on building a strong business — and you may even find yourself no longer needing your day job. Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… 5 Trendy Gift Ideas for the Secret Santa Exchan… Bart Schachter is an investor, operator, and tech affectionado, with a passion for business operations, team building, product design, finance, and deal making. Bart has been an entrepreneur, VC, corporate executive, and turn-around operator. He lives in San Francisco and all his view are his own. The Significant Role of Smartphones in Human Lives
Southgate says Man City whiz Foden not ready for Englandby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Southgate says Phil Foden isn’t ready for an England call-up.Raheem Sterling vouched for his young Manchester City teammate after his goal in Tuesday’s win over Dinamo Zagreb.Despite the snub, Southgate believes the talented attacking midfielder is at the right place to develop.”Every player has a different journey,” said Southgate.”Some go straight into a Premier League team, others have been in the lower divisions and worked their way up, and Tammy Abraham has been at a big club and then had the loan moves.”There’s no perfect path, it doesn’t exist. It’s different for them all. Phil Foden’s training with great players every day. He’s still young and developing physically, and sometimes it’s not right to put them in too soon.”You can’t put young players in just to put young players in. We’ve only put them in because we think they’re good enough.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the launch of the Guidance and Counselling Policy represents a continuation of efforts to improve governance in schools. The Guidance and Counselling Unit in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has launched a policy aimed at creating certain objectives, strategies and performance standards for the guidance and counselling profession in schools. Story Highlights In his address, read by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dean-Roy Bernard, at the Policy’s launch at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library on January 31, Senator Reid noted that the Policy was developed in the context that homes and schools represent training grounds for character building. The Guidance and Counselling Unit in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has launched a policy aimed at creating certain objectives, strategies and performance standards for the guidance and counselling profession in schools.The Policy sets up a framework around the operations of guidance counsellors and a strategy to hold counsellors and schools accountable to the expectations of the Ministry.Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the launch of the Guidance and Counselling Policy represents a continuation of efforts to improve governance in schools.“It ensures that administrators and teachers are equipped with a policy that prepares and guides them for all areas in the life of our students,” he said.In his address, read by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dean-Roy Bernard, at the Policy’s launch at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library on January 31, Senator Reid noted that the Policy was developed in the context that homes and schools represent training grounds for character building.“In these environments, the child may learn lessons about human individuality and dignity and about responsible freedom and love,” he said.“We want our children to know love and care within and beyond the walls of the classroom. We want to help them make sensible and responsible decisions, and we want to help them broaden their vision about what they can become,” he added.The Minister further noted that there is the need to address the level of professionalism that is offered in the name of guidance and counselling and to ensure that students receive the needed psychosocial interventions in addressing what they encounter in their lives.“We have long realised that our mandate that is streamlined through the Guidance and Counselling Unit is to influence, shape behaviours and encourage positive values and attitudes, which is clearly articulated in a number of polices,” he said.They include the Reintegration of School-Age Mothers into the Formal School System, Health and Family Life, and the Programme for Alternative Student Support (PASS).The Policy is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, and others of special interest.“What drives it is the knowledge that our guidance counsellors are game changers in the lives our children,” said Senator Reid.Meanwhile, General Secretary of the Jamaica Teachers ‘Association (JTA), Dr. Margaret Chin, said the Policy is timely and serves to strengthen the position of guidance counselling across the nation’s schools.“I am sure that this Policy will serve to guide counsellors in carrying out duties as professionals who answer to the needs of our children. This policy could not have come at a better time,” she said.Dr. Chin noted that her organisation supports the Guidance and Counselling Unit in the promotion of high educational values and ensuring that all students, especially the most vulnerable, have access to the full range of services available to them in the school system.The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative for Jamaica, Mark Connolly, expressed pleasure at the Policy coming to fruition.He pointed out that the Policy represents a key component of UNICEF’s country programme for Jamaica, as schools play a significant role in keeping children “safe and alive”.
zoom A fire has been reported on board the Maersk Kensington while the 6,188 TEU containership was en route from Salalah, Oman, towards Suez, Maersk Line said.As informed, the fire erupted in one of the containers in a cargo hold of the ship on March 16.All 26 crew members are safe and accounted for and the fire is reported to be contained.“Safety measures were taken immediately. The crew reacted swiftly and as per procedure, by releasing CO2 into the cargo hold to contain the fire,” Maersk Line said.The company added that the cause of the fire is unknown, however, based on the initial investigation there seems to be no link between this fire and the one that broke out in the cargo hold of Maersk Honam on March 6, claiming five lives.A full investigation into the matter is expected to ensue.The containership is owned by Maersk Line’s U.S. subsidiary Maersk Line, Limited (MLL).The U.S.-flagged Maersk Kensington is currently at anchor outside the port of Salalah and is getting assistance from shore.The 2007-built vessel is carrying 3518 containers corresponding to 5,616 TEU, Maersk Line added.
OTTAWA — Former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister Yves-Francois Blanchet will confirm he is running for the vacant Bloc Quebecois leadership, The Canadian Press has learned.Blanchet will confirm his intentions later today in the foyer of the House of Commons where he will be accompanied by at least two Bloc MPs.So far, five of the 10 members of the Bloc caucus have confirmed their support for Blanchet should he decide to run.A well-known political commentator on Radio-Canada in recent years, he was first elected provincially in 2008 and served as environment minister in Pauline Marois’ short-lived minority PQ government between 2012 and 2014.Blanchet was critical of former Bloc leader Martine Ouellet during her tumultuous run as party leader, so those loyal to her could be displeased by his arrival.Interim Bloc leader Mario Beaulieu has been attempting to bridge the factions within the party for the past eight months.The Canadian Press
Houston running back Arian Foster has made a lifestyle change that he hopes promotes better health and tranquility. He’s given up meats.“Officially a vegan now. We’ll see how this goes. But week one down. So far, so good. Feels wonderful,” the 6-foot-1, 229-pound running back said of giving up any form of animal products.News of Foster’s diet decision caused a social media uproar.“People feel so strong about meat and milk. I wish they felt this strong about peace,” the two-time Pro Bowler wrote shortly after his original tweet.“I don’t think there is any better place for a new vegan to gain notoriety than Texas, the only state that shows up twice on the list of America’s most obese cities,” said Cameron Patton, a writer for OneGreenPlanet.Org “People are already converting their diets in the wake of Foster’s decision, tweeting comments that thank him for the push. (Comments like) ‘Arian, you have inspired me to go vegan; I hope I can do it. Gotta try to be healthier.’“Believe it or not, Arian is not the first NFL player from a Texas team to go vegan. Tony Fiammetta, who plays for the Dallas Cowboys is 6 feet tall and 242 pounds is also fueled by a plant-powered diet.”Since taking hold of the Texans’ starting job in 2010, Foster has run for 2,840 yards on 605 carries and caught 119 passes for 1,221 yards. Undrafted out of Tennessee four years ago, he signed a five-year, $43.5 million contract with Houston in March.
Just five games and seven weeks into the season, the Ohio State football team has already found itself with two bye weeks.The Buckeyes (5-1, 1-0) are scheduled to return to the field this weekend, two weeks removed from their 52-24 win against Maryland on Oct. 4. On Monday, OSU coach Urban Meyer met with members of the media to discuss the unusual early-season breaks, the development of offensive skill players and the talent on his young roster.Meyer said the Buckeyes have to find a way to keep the momentum going after a week off between the Maryland win and the week leading up to a matchup with Rutgers.He called the second early-season bye week “a little bit of uncharted waters for myself.”Meyer called Rutgers’ last game — a 26-24 win against Michigan on Oct. 4 — a “tremendous effort.”Meyer: “We’re a young team that’s getting older.” He said the young players on both sides of the ball are continuing to develop and contribute.He said he will talk to the team “like grown men” to discuss keeping the momentum going this week.Meyer said the Buckeyes are “no where near where we will end up.” Said the team is “still growing” and “much better” than where it was two weeks ago.He said the defensive line needs to find more depth, young players need to step up and contribute.Meyer said the OSU offensive coaching staff adapts well to the available personnel. Had to adapt to a new-look group this season.He said the offensive staff is in charge of the product on the field as long as the players have the talent, which is the case at OSU.Meyer said he would “always go defense first” if given the option in an overtime game.He said it makes no difference that he and his players haven’t gone up against Rutgers before and said its win against Michigan caught his eye.Meyer said he voted Mississippi No. 1 on his ballot this week.He said he wishes more true freshmen — like freshman linebacker Sam Hubbard — were playing this season, but added it’s not worth wasting a year of eligibility for a player to get into games for a handful of snaps.Meyer: “This is an extremely young team that got hit in the face in training camp with some injuries.”He said despite those injuries, “the cool thing is we had a redshirt-freshman quarterback grow up right in front of our eyes.”He said credit is due for a few guys — Barrett, redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett and redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas — who weren’t really factors in the past.With 13 of 24 starters being freshmen or sophomores, Meyer said it’s “a good sign for the future” at OSU.Meyer said injured senior quarterback Braxton Miller gave the Buckeyes the “wow factor,” which isn’t as prominent with Barrett under center.He said he feels better about the offensive skill this season than he has in the past.Meyer said redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith was a “non-factor” during the spring but is now a strong contributor.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday to take on Rutgers at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.