Shoes keep schooling on track

first_imgA shoe handover at Ntokwe Primary in Taung in the North West Province. (Image: Walk A Child To School Facebook)Walk a Child to School is helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged children through the simple act of donating school shoes. You are urged to help the cause.All South Africans are on called to play their part by donating school shoes so disadvantaged children can go to school with pride.The Walk a Child to School campaign, spearheaded by two Stellenbosch social change drivers, Abulele Adams and Wisaal Osman, calls on people to donate school shoes. The initiative was inspired by Adams’ mother, a teacher, who spoke about a girl in her class who walked to school with broken shoes throughout winter.Her story propelled Adams and Osman to create the Walk a Child to School campaign. Adams told SA Goodnews that they planned to hand over shoes monthly to deserving schools throughout South Africa.“The overall plan for Walk a Child to School is to provide children from various schools with school shoes monthly and perhaps expand that to other learning materials, for example stationery, school bag, school uniform, etc.“Learners need to be encouraged to continue with school. Shoes should not be another barrier a learner must overcome in order to have a positive schooling experience,” he said.HOW IT WORKSThe initiative receives donations from people who wish to make a difference in their communities. Teachers identify the children at their schools who need shoes. The criterion for selecting children is purely social need. There are no academic requirements for any learner to get the shoes.Walk a Child to School then collects the money, buys the shoes and hands them over to the children.“Ideally, we collect as many shoes as are needed, but this is dependent on funding,” Osman explained. “We have completed a handover for 84 pairs of shoes at one school. At a different school we gave 30 pairs of shoes. It depends on the needs of the children at the school.”This month, the two will be handing over shoes at Goedgedacht School in Western Cape and at a school in Brandvlei, in Northern Cape.They have collaborated with organisations such as The Taung Child Foundation, Tshegetso Community Projects and Goedgedacht Foundation.Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the project by buying shoes or by donating money. There are no specific sizes or gender restrictions. You can donate cash to the following bank account:Bank: CapitecAccount name: Abulele AdamsAccount number: 1348645057Bank code: 470010Reference: Your name and surnameBENEFICIARIESSince the start of the project, in October 2015, nearly R10 000 has been donated and it has served many needy schoolchildren.The first school to receive shoes was Masakhane Primary School in Port Elizabeth, which got 64 pairs of shoes on 23 October 2015. Other schools that have benefited include: Parkhurst Primary School in Westridge, Mitchells Plain; and, Rietenbosch Primary School in Cloetesville, Stellenbosch.PRAISEDurban-born, American-based early childhood development expert Bonginkosi Hopewell Mkhize praised the duo.“I have worked with children over the past seven years,” he said. “I have seen a lot of kids going to school without shoes. I have noticed a huge negative impact on those kids’ academic records. It also affects their self-confidence. They have social withdrawal syndromes because of the stereotypical stigmatising treatment from their peers. Most of them lack motivation and they drop out of school.”It was very important that we all played a meaningful role and addressed this issue by supporting initiatives that sought to address challenges faced by our children, he added.“I rally behind the initiative and I wish that everyone can support this initiative.”Cape Town early childhood facilitator and peer educator Jonathan Ho’Bosch shared Mkhize’s sentiments.“We need more people to possess true integrity and leadership as community leaders,” he said. “Young people need to also be the change that they want to see in the world so the people doing these programmes must go to churches and society or stokvel groups for assistance.”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

10 Must-Read Video Editing Articles

first_imgKeeping an eye on the industry and staying refreshed is a great way to improve your video editing game. These must-read video editing articles have something helpful for pros and amateurs alike.Film and video professionals should constantly be devouring movies, commercials, music videos, books, and articles. They should be looking ahead at trends in the medium and looking back at where the medium has been. Media consumption is an important aspect of maintaining a flow of inspiration for your own work. With that in mind, here’s a collection of ten must-read articles for our readers living the video editing life.1. Designing Lower Thirds Like a ProFor video editors who find themselves working on a project that involves generating lower thirds graphics, here’s an article from Shutterstock that covers the basics. The article also covers color selection and typography and how those things impact the message you’re trying to convey. This is a great refresher for pro video editors and a great intro to lower thirds for new editors.2. Professional Video Editing Tips and TechniquesPremiumBeat’s very own Caleb Ward crafted this all-inclusive mega-article about video editing tips and techniques. This article covers just about every professional tip or technique you need to know as a video editor, starting with picking the right software and hardware. It also touches on editing for story, editing language, editing speed, shortcuts, and distribution. By the end of the article, you should have a basic understanding of video editing.3. Common Mistakes That Amateur Editors MakeOver at RocketStock, professional cinematographer, director, and editor Noam Kroll offers a list of common editing mistakes that rookie editors are prone to making in their earliest projects. Heed his advice and avoid the traps associated with cutting too little, overusing transitions, always opening with the master, and editing for dialogue.4. Video Editing Tricks to Increase Your Editing SpeedIncreasing your video editing speed sounds like a great thing — but it’s only great if the work being produced is still high-quality. Mike Wilkinson over at FStoppers knows this all too well. That’s why he wrote this great article that gives readers five tricks for better edits. Some of the tricks he covers: knowing how to use a J cut, cleaning up dialogue, using natural segues, and even adding markers. These tips aren’t mind blowing, but they are essential techniques for anyone wanting to increase their editing speed without losing  quality.5. 10 Video Editing Tips From TEDThis piece from the fine folks of TED gives you a real understanding of how to piece a narrative together. The article takes you step by step through the cutting process and features some great video examples from different TED Talks as a guide. While this breakdown is geared more toward the editing of a TED Talk, there are plenty of basic editing technique examples for video editors.6. Editing Techniques to Make Scenes More DramaticDoes the phrase “dramatic sync tempo decompression” mean anything to you? If not, you’ll find this No Film School article very eye-opening. Read along as Robert Hardy highlights the editing techniques of documentary editor Paddy Bird. 7. Editors Who Broke the SystemPremiumBeat author Michael Maher wrote a great piece on the pioneering female editors who broke the Hollywood system. Their influence is undeniable and their stories are great sources of inspiration for anyone in the world of film and video editing.8. Video Editing OrganizationWe’ve listed plenty of sources for video editing tips and techniques… but what about organization? Staying organized is paramount for video editors. With that in mind, here’s a great Videomaker article from Chris Gates that goes over five essential tips to help video editors stay organized and effective. 9. Improving Your Editing TechniquesLarry Jordan has been offering advice to filmmakers and video editors for years. In this piece, Jordan gives us a solid overview of professional editing techniques. Do yourself a favor and explore all of the embedded links within the article. There’s lots of good stuff in there.10. Steps to Becoming a Hollywood EditorRobert Lanford is a Los Angeles-based editor who has worked on major television shows like The Goldbergs, Decoded, and The Good Wife. In this blog post, Lanford goes over the steps an up-and-coming editor needs to take in order to make it as an editor in Hollywood.Did we miss anything? Seen any good video editing articles lately? Share them in the comments below.last_img read more

Don’t Leave Success to Chance

first_imgYou win new clients and new opportunities one of two ways: intention or accident. Intentionally won deals are how you grow your sales; accidental deals are how you fail to do so.A Series of Happy AccidentsWith a little luck, you can win a new client through a happy accident. Your dream client may find your company online and raise their hand and ask for help at just the right time. One of your existing clients may refer one of their contacts to you after discovering they have a problem you can solve for them. Marketing can churn up a lead that happens to be ripe for your offer, and everything can fall easily into place.But you can’t count on being found by the people you hope to serve. You can’t count on your existing clients bringing up your name to one of their contacts in a conversation about business. Even though marketing has an important role to play, your success belongs to you, and you alone.You cannot build success by hoping for happy accidents. All these happy accidents do is allow some salespeople to hold out hope for more.Intentionally Chasing Down SuccessIf you really want certain results, you can’t leave those results to chance. You have to chase them down. You build success by intentionally taking action on your goals and the outcomes that you need. Success is keeping score, and it knows when you have paid in advance for what you want.If you want to win your dream client’s business, you need to develop a pursuit plan, nurture relationships, and chase down those clients. Applying enough effort and energy against any obstacle long enough, and the obstacle yields. Applying enough hope against any obstacle doesn’t have the same effect.Luck can be a wonderful accident, but it is as fickle as all get out, and not to be trusted with your future. If you want success, in sales or anything else, you are going to have to achieve it intentionally, through massive, focused action. Nothing is guaranteed, but this is as close a sure thing as you will ever have. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Tiger Woods brings buzz to golf and to the PGA Championship

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue He has golf buzzing again after putting together the final piece on a captivating comeback by winning the Masters. Eleven years since he last won a major, two years after a fourth back surgery and with no guarantees he would play again, Woods ushered in a new era of Tigermania.For years, Woods was talked about in the past tense. Now it’s about the future.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd the wait for the next major is shorter than ever.“We were very excited about the May change before Tiger made his fireworks in Georgia,” said Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America. “We think we made a great decision, but we’d rather be lucky than good, in terms of what he did in the Masters. We thought it was smart. It looks brilliant now.” Even as memories are fresh of those impulsive chants from a Sunday unlike any other at Augusta National — “Tiger, Tiger, Tiger!” — the 101st PGA Championship is set to begin May 16 on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, New York.For all the talk about whether Woods authored the greatest comeback in sports, perhaps the bigger question is how much he has left. Anticipation now is based on results, not just wishful thinking.He is the betting favorite at the PGA Championship and for the first time in five years has a mathematical chance to reach No. 1 in the world. The more significant number is 18. That’s the number of majors Jack Nicklaus won, the record Woods — who won his 15th at the Masters — can contemplate again.“It took him an entire career to get to 18,” Woods said. “So now that I’ve had another extension to my career — one that I didn’t think I had a couple of years ago — if I do things correctly and everything falls my way, yeah, it’s a possibility. I’m never going to say it’s not.”Woods made his comments to GOLFTV, the Discovery-owned channel with whom he has an endorsement. His only other public comments since the Masters were at the White House Rose Garden when President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.ADVERTISEMENT Woods said at the ceremony his Masters victory was “the highlight of what I’ve accomplished so far in my life on the golf course.”Bethpage Black brings back strong memories.The public course on Long Island is where Woods first chased the calendar Grand Slam in 2002, winning the Masters and then going wire-to-wire in the U.S. Open at Bethpage. Lucas Glover won the 2009 U.S. Open on a sloppy Bethpage course that took on so much rain it took five days to get in 72 holes.The common denominator at both was Phil Mickelson settling for second at the two majors held at Bethpage.Mickelson made a strong bid to overcome a five-shot deficit to Woods, and he was tied for the lead with five holes to play in 2009. Cheers alone suggest Mickelson is the people’s choice for majors in the New York area. He missed the cut in his lone appearance ahead of the PGA Championship but still comes in with confidence from a pair of runner-up finishes in majors at Bethpage.“I think the best thing for me is the way the people there treat me,” Mickelson said. “They treat me so well, and I feel that is an advantage. If I can get my game sharp and play well, there is a good chance that energy can get me to the finish line.”Brooks Koepka is the defending champion and will try to join Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the PGA Championship since it switched to stroke play in 1958. Woods did it twice. Koepka held off a noisy charge by Woods at Bellerive in St. Louis last year to win by one. At the Masters, Koepka finished one shot behind Woods.“I got the better of him at St. Louis and he got the better of me at Augusta,” Koepka said. “I texted him on the way home on Sunday, on the flight home. Just said, ‘Congrats.’ That was awesome, fun to see. He responded with, ‘We’re 1-1.’ Hopefully, we’ll make that 2-1 very shortly.”Adding to the anticipation of the PGA Championship is that it’s more than just Woods and Koepka.Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, also was a runner-up at the Masters. That might have been the toughest major for Woods to win because it was the first time he had a half-dozen players to contend with on the back nine. In his previous 14 majors, he never had to worry about more than one or two players, if any. Jordan Spieth would love to be in the mix this time around, considering what’s at stake.This is the third time Spieth comes to the PGA Championship with a chance to become only the sixth player to complete the career Grand Slam. Rory McIlroy missed his fifth attempt at the Masters. Mickelson gets his fifth chance at the U.S. Open next month at Pebble Beach.Recent form would suggest a struggle for Spieth. He hasn’t won in his last 43 events worldwide. He hasn’t been in contention since he played in the final group of the British Open last year.“I think I’ll be flying under the radar compared with previous years, just based on results of the last year or so,” he said. “But I don’t mind that.”Maybe it helps that the PGA Championship is no longer the last major of the year, in August when temperatures approach triple digits and the season already feels long. The forecast next week is for temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s, which might make this feel more like the West Coast Swing.Bethpage Black is still a tough. There’s a reason it has a sign posted on the first tee that says, “Warning: The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which is recommended only for highly skilled golfers.” In two majors, only six players have finished under par.It might be different for the PGA Championship, although Kerry Haigh, who sets up the course for the PGA, says the fairways will be the same width as they were for the U.S. Open except on No. 18.What likely won’t change is the energy outside the ropes. Bethpage is notorious for its vocal crowds, and if bringing a major championship back to their public golf course isn’t enough, they now have the Tiger Woods they were used to seeing. 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Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ FILE – In this Sunday, April 14, 2019, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Woods goes for his next major on May 16 when the PGA Championship starts at Bethpage Black. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)The PGA Championship agreed to move to May for the first time in 70 years to help the golf season end before football and to energize a century-old major that was looked upon as the last and the least of the Grand Slam events.Tiger Woods took care of the latter.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View commentslast_img read more

Reliance likely to buy team in hockey league

first_imgReliance Industries is likely to be the next bigwig to join Hockey India League. According to sources, the business house will be the new owner of the Mumbai franchise after Dabur reportedly terminated its contract with Hockey India. “As per the recent developments, there are discussions being held with the Reliance group to take over the Mumbai franchise. An official confirmation is expected within a month,” a source told Mail Today.The Dabur group had pulled out of the league citing financial reasons. However, Hockey India has denied this even as it has been trying to find a new owner in its place. “After the success of the first two editions, the top officials were looking at expanding the league in the next season. So, after the Mumbai franchise pulled out, they did not want the team to be removed and hence started looking for possible owners to replace them. However, there is nothing confirmed as yet,” he said. The league, which was looking to expand from six teams to eight next season, suffered a huge setback after two of the six current teams withdrew. Besides Mumbai Magicians, Ranchi Rhinos also exited due to an alleged tiff with Hockey India over the franchise fee.While the players of the Mumbai team have already signed fresh auction forms for the mini-auction slated for next month, the players of the Ranchi team have not been informed about the future course of action.”We have only received an email from Hockey India stating that the Ranchi owners have withdrawn. There was no mention about the auction. We are yet to sign the auction forms,” a Ranchi Rhinos player told MAIL TODAY.advertisementNew Pune franchiseMeanwhile, Hockey India, on Friday, officially announced the inclusion of a new Pune-based franchise in the league. With the coming in of this franchise, there are now five teams in the fray, after the withdrawal of Mumbai Magicians and Ranchi Rhinos. The Pune franchise has been brought by a businessman, Anirban Sarkar.last_img read more

NYC Results – Day Three

first_img18’s Boys kicked of the third day of games at 8am to decide places in the finals series.Cobras disposed of Northern Territory 10-0. 12th seed Western Tigers kept the Eagles to a 7-7 draw. North Queensland produced the upset of the round, beating 10th seed the Suns 12-0. 14th place Tasmania also did well to keep the 5th seed ACT to a 3-3 draw.The 18’s Girls were the second division to play their final round of games, at 9am. 19th seed South Australia narrowly lost to 7th seed Scorpions, 5-4. ACT did similar, just losing 4-2 to the Suns, a team seeded 12 places above them. Northern Territory beat NSWCIS 8-5 in an upset.The 1st seeded Suns easily beat the Cyclones 10-0 in the 20’s Girls final round. 6th seeds the Mets easily beat the 3rd seeded Sharks, winning 7-1. The Hornets did well to beat the 4th seed Eagles, winning 5-1. The other results in this round were predictable, with Tigers beating Victoria and the Cobras beating the Sunshine Coast.In the 20’s Boys, 9th seeded Sunshine Coast drew with the 1st seeded Mets with the Sharks just overcoming the Hornets, 9-8. Suns beat the Eagles, 8-2 and the Cyclones beat Victoria 6-4. ACT and Cobras fought out a tough match, with Cobras winning 10-9.In the first round of finals, the 18’s Boys, 1st seed the Mets were beaten by NSWCCC, 6-3. NSWCHS were too good for NSWCIS, winning 4 touchdowns to 1. Due to their strong wins, CCC will play CHS in semi final two at 9am Saturday morning in a battle of the NSW schools. QSST overcame the Sharks, 5-2 to progress to the finals while the 16th seeded Cyclones knocked Sunshine Coast out of the running, 13-5. The Cyclones, the surprise packet of the 18’s boys, will now play QSST at 9am in their bid to make the Grand Final. In the 18’s Girls, QSST put out their finals warning, beating 12th seed Central Queensland 9-1. Sharks were too good against Sunshine Coast, winning 5-0. QSST and the Sharks will now face off for their shot at the title, playing their Semi Final at 8am. NSWCCC showed no mercy against Northern Territory, putting on 15 touchdowns and only letting in 3. Despite the difference in rankings, the Eagles put up a good fight against NSWCHS, losing 6-3. Like in the Boys 18’s, the Girls semi final number 2 will be NSWCCC V NSWCHS.In the 20’s Boys, the Cobras proved too strong for the Hornets, winning 8-5. The Cobras will now play the Sharks in Semi Final One at 8am. ACT beat the 2nd seeded Suns, winning 8-7 and has set up a show down against the 1st seed Mets in Semi Final One also at 8am.In the 20’s Girls, the Mets were too good for Hornets, winning 9-4. They have now set up a play off against the 1st seeded Suns, to be played at 9am. The Sharks beat the Tigers 5-2 to book a spot in the Semi Finals against the Cobras also at 9am.last_img read more