Tony Gonzalez, a former two-sport athlete from Cal who reinvented the position of tight end in the NFL, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday in his first-year of eligibility.Gonzalez, who played 17 seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, is the NFL’s all-time receiving leader among tight ends with 1,325 receptions, trailing only Jerry Rice (1,549) overall.Other selections included safety Ed Reed and cornerback Champ Bailey, also first-ballot selections, as …
27 June 2008The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has partnered with some of the country’s leading fishing companies to develop a new pilchard canning factory in Mossel Bay – the first of its kind the southern Cape region.In a statement earlier this month, the IDC said it provided R22-million in funding for black economic empowerment (BEE) company, Mossel Bay Processors, to obtain a 60% shareholding in the new venture, Afro-Fishing.Diversified fishing group Viking Fishing holds 30% and family-owned fishing company Salkanha Group holds 10% in Afro-Fishing, bringing effective black ownership in the company to 39%.The BEE consortium, which includes fishermen and women from St Helena Bay and Plattenberg Bay, was responsible for signing the 20-year lease on which the new factory was built.IDC Food, Beverage and Agro-industries strategic business unit head Rian Coetzee said industry expectations were that fish would remain in the region for the foreseeable future, essentially backing the investment into a new canning factory.“The investment is in line with the IDC’s purpose of promoting enterprise development,” he said. “That the project is being undertaken in partnership with key industry role players and promotes investment into a new arena, further underpins the organisation’s funding pursuits.”Using well-known brandsAfro-Fishing can produce around 20 000 tons annually during the eight-month catching season, having already secured the major portion of the required supply via agreements with its shareholders, with the balance of raw fish purchases being sourced from other quota holders.Afro-Fishing founder and MD Dewald Lourens said the finished product would be supplied as company brands for three of the industry’s leading companies, who collectively hold 40% of the local market share.The project creates 320 annualised jobs at full production, predominantly among previously disadvantaged women to benefit 450 people in the Mossel Bay community, recognised for its 40% unemployment levels.The location on the quayside will play another critical role in the project’s success by enabling Afro-Fishing direct access to the offloading vessels to minimise handling of the fish and time delays – giving the company a competitive advantage within the industry via cost savings, better margins and improved yields.“This project will have major spin-offs for the economy of this area,” said Lourens. “I would recommend the IDC as development financier to any company looking for a true partner.”Taking risks, continued growthCoetzee acknowledged that the industry remained vulnerable to a decreasing total allowable catch with pilchard volumes susceptible to environmental conditions and changes in sea temperature and plankton concentrations.The total allowable catch for 2008 was reduced considerably and future total allowable catch volumes at the current level were a concern.“Although the project shows strong economic merit and capital flow from the second year, this investment also demonstrates the IDC’s willingness to take risks when commercial banks may shy away,” he said.The South African market demand for pilchards remains the highest in the world, consuming around 6-million cartons annually, and Coetzee said demand would continue to show moderate growth, driven by an increasing population and the relatively high price of red meat and chicken as alternative protein sources.An estimated 89% of the South African population consumes pilchards with the product outselling tuna – often a substitute fish source in line with increasing disposable incomes – by a factor of 9:1.SAinfo reporter
Springbok fans turned out in droves on 1September to say farewell and good luck to the national rugby team at an event in Nelson Mandela Square.(Image: Ray Maota) The anthem:Download 1 (MP3, 1.6MB)Download 2 (broadcast quality, 20.1MB)Rugby World Cup bookmark:Download (PDF, 48KB)Phonetic guide to singing the anthem:Download (PDF, 364KB) RELATED ARTICLES • Pumping up Bok support for the World Cup • Playing a part to back the Boks • New campaign to power SA’s Proteas • Rugby World Cup – back the Boks • New drive to spark local sports frenzyNow that the Springboks have departed for New Zealand to do battle at this year’s Rugby World Cup, the call has gone out to South Africans to brush up on their rendition of the national anthem.The beloved tune merges two anthems and five languages:Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo, Yizwa imithandazo yethu, Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso, O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho, O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso, Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika!Uit die blou van onse hemel, Uit die diepte van ons see, Oor ons ewige gebergtes, Waar die kranse antwoord gee,Sounds the call to come together, And united we shall stand, Let us live and strive for freedom, In South Africa our land.TranslationThis is the official translated version of the national anthem. The first stanza is in isiXhosa and isiZulu, the second is in Sesotho, the third is in Afrikaans and the last stanza is in English.The translation is as follows:God Bless Africa Raise high her glory Hear our prayers God bless us, we her childrenGod protect our nation End all wars and tribulations Protect us, protect our nation Our nation South Africa – South AfricaRinging out from our blue heavens From the depth of our seas Over our everlasting mountains Where the echoing crags resoundSounds the call to come together… Brief history of the national anthemIn 1994 then-State President FW de Klerk proclaimed that South Africa would have two national anthems. They were the unofficial anthem Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika and the official The Call of South Africa, which also had an Afrikaans version titled Die Stem van Suid Afrika.Two years later a condensed and combined version of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika and The Call / Die Stem became the country’s national anthem.Die Stem van Suid-Afrika is a poem written in 1918 by CJ Langenhoven, and set to music in 1921 by the Reverend ML de Villiers. It was adopted as South Africa’s official national anthem in May 1957, five years after the English version had been accepted for official use.The first verse and chorus, as well as the music, of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika were composed in isiXhosa in 1897 by Enoch Sontonga, a Methodist teacher and lay preacher. Seven additional stanzas in isiXhoza were later added by the poet Samuel Mqhayi, and a Sesotho version was published in 1942 by Moses Mphahlele.The song has since been translated into numerous African languages, including Swahili, and is a part of the national anthems of Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia.
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Tags:#Fitbit#Internet of Things#IoT#wearables Clayton Jacobs Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… This article is part of a series about the importance of cross-cultural design, other installments of which have been published over the last month.Fitbit is a story of hope. After its entry into China in 2014, it had a lackluster two years. But then it completely changed its strategy to be more China-specific and has been rewarded for doing so.See Also: Did Fitbit try to buy longstanding rival Jawbone for Christmas?In the beginning, Fitbit really did nothing special to sell its products there and was instead riding the hype and “cool factor” that was associated with its product being a new concept in America. While this is not an awful strategy to sell gadgets, it can very easily turn a company into a “one hit wonder” with little prospect of long-term sustainability.Beyond the standard struggles Fitbit was having, wearable exercise technology was an over- saturated market in China with the heavy majority of the options being significantly less expensive than a Fitbit of any model. One advantage which allowed Fitbit to survive long enough to change its strategy and eventually thrive was that the Chinese market has a huge bias towards recognizable brands for reasons of quality and status. With the continuing middle-class growth in China, more consumers are able to purchase brand name items as a status symbol. And many Chinese consumers feel pressure to do so.While Fitbit never came out and acknowledged that its Chinese market share was falling near the end of 2015, its primary competitor, Misfit, a company heavily invested in by Xiaomi (owner of JD.com), made sure to let the world know how rapidly its products were gaining market share against Fitbit. Misfit was playing China the right way with its Xiaomi partnership since Xiaomi was using JD.com to spoon feed Misfit to Chinese consumers. As discussed earlier in connection with WalMart (see the fourth installment), JD.com is China’s largest e-commerce site. Even though Misfit is a company based in San Francisco with only a few dozen employees, it conducted a $40 million USD Series C funding round in which Xiaomi was a large investor. After this funding, Misfit began to quickly gain traction in China with the help of its new partner, Xiaomi.Learn from Fitbit’s pivotsEvery American company thinking about going to China should take notes from Fitbit’s ability to learn and pivot. Seeing Misfit’s success, Fitbit worked hard to find the right partnership and develop guanxi with another major player in China. It did this by partnering with a subsidiary of Alibaba, Tmall (discussed in the sixth installment of this series). The reason this move was so incredibly clever is that Alibaba is a natural competitor of Misfit’s investor, Xiaomi. And the purpose of Tmall is to provide a channel for luxury brand items that are verified to be legitimate and sold directly to the Chinese consumer. This, of course, is very helpful to Fitbit.See Also: Fitness wearables bulk up as consolidation trends buildIn addition to its efforts to develop corporate guanxi, Fitbit has developed a good relationship with the Chinese government. It joined in an effort important to the Chinese government by being one of the partners for Alibaba’s government-sponsored initiative “China is Getting Fit.”There is an enormous difference between the companies described earlier (in the second through the sixth installments of this series) who failed in China and Fitbit, who developed strategic partnerships with Chinese companies and befriended the Chinese government through helping to represent its health initiative. It cannot be stressed enough that while Fitbit is incredibly innovative and smart for its approach, any company could follow a similar path.The author is Clayton “CJ” Jacobs, who is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with, and the Head of Cross-Cultural Design at, ReadWrite. An area of focus for him is helping American companies understand and enter the Chinese market through taking a modern user-centric product design approach. You can contact him directly at clayton.michael.jacobs(at)gmail.com or find him on Twitter & LinkedIn. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puck
Find out everything you need to get started in DaVinci Resolve with this complete, six-part video guide to the best free video editor on the market.I don’t know about you, but I haven’t had a chance to master DaVinci Resolve yet. There are a lot of small details and techniques about Resolve that I’ve picked up from various videos over the years, but I haven’t been able to just sit down and take the time to learn the thing.DaVinci Resolve has always amazed me — what was once the industry-leading color grading software that only a small group of filmmaking professionals could use (or afford) became the industry’s best free editing software, and it is still the industry-leading color correction software.Image via Blackmagic Design.Yes, that’s right, DaVinci Resolve is a completely free download, and if you don’t have a copy of it on your machine, click here: DaVinci Resolve Download. (You’ll find the download link at the bottom of the page).It can be daunting to learn an entirely new NLE. Luckily, Lewis McGregor has our backs. Lewis is a certified Blackmagic trainer. So, just for you, he made a six-part video series that teaches you everything you need to know to get started. After you watch this series, you’ll be using the industry-standard color correction and editing software in no time.How to Organize and Import Media In ResolveOne of the first snags I always hit when I hop into Resolve is that I don’t really know the right way to get my media organized and into a bin. I’m so very used to the Premiere workflows — and previously Final Cut, from way back, which was relatively similar.Resolve is a bit different, but as McGregor shows us in this first episode, it’s not as different as it might initially seem. Creating a project and getting all of your media is very straightforward. There is a lot you can do with metadata and proxies, but it can also be simpler than that. It just depends on how you intend to use the software.After this video, I felt empowered to hop into Resolve and get started immediately.How to Use The Edit Page In ResolveAs someone who previously only used Resolve for color correcting a completed edit, I always had a little bit of trouble navigating the Edit Page.In this episode, Lewis explains everything about the Edit Page from a layout standpoint — and how to get everything in an interface that makes sense to you. He also covers the various parts of the page and what their purposes are.How to Edit Your Video In DaVinci ResolveNow we’re getting down to the nitty gritty. In this episode, we learn about the various tools for editing and fine-tuning directly on the timeline.In Resolve, it’s easy to find all of your favorite editing tools — trim tools, roll edit, ripple edit, slip edit, slide edit, and (of course) markers and flags.Once you get comfortable with the selection methods and the various edits, you’re pretty much on your way to doing everything you need editing-wise in Resolve.How to Edit Audio In DaVinci ResolveAudio is always one of the first reasons I don’t switch NLEs. Editing and controlling audio is a very nuanced process, and I feel like it’s one of the hardest things for an editor to master. You get used to doing it a specific way, and you start getting good results with your program of choice.In this episode, Lewis shows us how to edit audio in Resolve easily and effectively. As you’ll learn, Resolve actually offers one of the best sets of audio editing features of any NLE — the Fairlight audio page.After watching this video, you’ll be able to find all of the audio tools you need in Resolve — like the track mixer, EQ settings, pan mixer, etc.How to Render or Export In DaVinci ResolveNow that your edit is done, you need to know how to export it.In this episode, Lewis walks us through the Delivery Page. This is where you’ll find all of your rendering options. Resolve has included handy presets for various social platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), which stay up to date with the respective platform’s suggestions.Aside from that, the render settings and options are exactly what you’re used to in any other editing software.How to Set Up Basic User Settings In DaVinci ResolveResolve gives you a lot of control when it comes to GPU usage and memory settings. There are also a lot of settings for playback and audio input and output. As you are probably used to with other editors you’ve used, these settings are all among the basic user settings.In this episode, Lewis covers all of these various settings. This way, you can put everything you’ve learned to good use — with all of the right settings for your machine.How to Color Correct and Color Grade in DaVinci ResolveAs an added bonus, we didn’t forget the thing we all know DaVinci Resolve for the most — color grading! In this video tutorial from RocketStock, Lewis shows us the ropes with the color side of Resolve. Check it out!Looking for even more information on DaVinci Resolve? 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PBA IMAGESJune Mar Fajardo was unstoppable in the fourth quarter and San Miguel Beer edged Kia, 118-112, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The reigning three-time MVP scored 20 of his 41 points in the final frame as the Beermen bolstered their bid for a top four finish after climbing to 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight La Salle outguns NU for 2-0 start Read Next Johnson fired 42 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to offset his 10 turnovers but the Picanto just had no answer for Fajardo as they dropped their 10th consecutive game. Fajardo came two points shy of matching his career-high he set in a loss to Alaska in the 2016 Philippine Cup.Terrence Watson added a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds while Chris Ross collected 15 points, six assist and five steals for the Beermen, who trailed by six at the end of the third period.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 shutoutThe Picanto had lost their first nine games but played nothing like a winless team against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen.Kia, led by its explosive import Geron Johnson, kept itself in the game until Alex Cabagnot made a layup to put San Miguel ahead by six, 116-110, with only 15 seconds left. View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Cone apologizes to Black for handshake snub Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “Whatever happens [with his suspension], happens. Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.” Khristian Ibarrola /ra Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Less than a month later, his win was overturned and he got stripped of the title after testing positive for Turinabol, a banned anabolic steroid.READ: UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping testFEATURED 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 shutoutSpeaking during an interview on The TSN MMA Show, UFC President Dana White couldn’t help but express his disappointment with the promotion’s former poster boy.[It would be the biggest waste of talent] ever. Ever, in all of sports,” the UFC boss described Jones, as relayed by MMA Fighting. View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “The guy is so talented and gifted, God knows what he’d be doing right now if he had never got in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defense record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones.”Aside from being practically undefeated—with his lone loss coming from a disqualification—Jones holds the prestige as the youngest fighter to hold UFC gold.His reign included eight-title defenses, but he’s also been stripped of the title on three separate occasions—another UFC record.Jones is currently awaiting a hearing at the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) regarding his latest drug failure, which could earn him a possible four-year suspension.Regardless of Jones’ verdict, White made it clear that he won’t be losing sleep over it anytime soon.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jon Jones reacts after knocking out Daniel Cormier during UFC 214 in Anaheim, California, Saturday July, 29, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht /Los Angeles Daily News via AP)Disgraced mixed martial artist Jon Jones has been given plenty of chances by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), but his latest conundrum seems to be the final straw.After a string of run-ins with the law, the two-time UFC light heavyweight champion returned to glory last July, knocking out Daniel Cormier in UFC 214.ADVERTISEMENT
Mike Gundy had a pretty good day today. Not only did his unranked Cowboys knock off No. 10 West Virginia in homecoming, but he also earned his 100th career win as the Oklahoma State head coach.That calls for celebration.When you win your 100th career game on Homecoming, you #GundyDance #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/6ssJ3ymcxi— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 29, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.