White named new Del Norte HC

first_imgWhite will coach … The Del Norte High football team will be led by a new face this fall.Nick White, an assistant coach on the team for the past six seasons, was named as the program’s new head coach on March 21.White will replace long-time Del Norte head coach Lewis Nova, who retired from the role in February.“I’m excited to work with our guys, the energy and effort the kids — both the returners and the younger guys — bring is great,” White said. “We have a great group coming back.”last_img

Don’t Read Face of Molecular Clock at Face Value

first_imgA press release from PLoS Biology says the so-called “molecular clock” (the idea that genes mutate at a steady rate) is “not so dependable after all.” Mutations tend to cluster around microsatellites in the genome, biasing the arrangement of genetic changes. The claim is based on the work of Edward Vowles and William Amos, who found that “the clock is anything but constant. Instead, a mutation in one spot in the genome affects the chance of getting another mutation nearby.”The finding disputes evolution, but the article claims that mutations are the raw material for evolution. It also repeats the myth that the genome is mostly filled with “apparently meaningless nonsense.” Any evidence? Nope. Any assumptions? Yep. Junk DNA? See 06/03/2004 headline.(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA reinstates legal deposit

first_img26 July 2006South Africa has reconstituted its legal deposit committee and designated two places of legal deposit in order to collect and preserve the country’s published documents comprehensively and systematically.Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan, officially re-launching the legal deposit committee in Pretoria on Tuesday, said the concept of legal deposit dated back hundreds of years.The preservation of the country’s cultural and intellectual heritage was a matter of public interest and a state responsibility, he said.According to the Legal Deposit Act of 1997, official publications depositories must be established to serve as centres for promoting public awareness of, and access to, official publications and information held by the government and institutions listed in terms of the Public Finance Management Act.So far, the minister has designated two official publications depositories in the country: the Constitutional Court Library in Johannesburg, and the Phuthaditjhaba Public Library in the Free State.Information and human rightsThe Legal Deposit Act “also provides for public access to databases and other information sources,” Jordan said.“It is my belief that information and access through libraries and other means will play a vital role in furthering democratisation and promoting human rights and development in South Africa.”Jordan said that libraries played a crucial in the “knowledge economy”, promoting lifelong learning and nurturing social cohesion.The re-capitalisation of South Africa’s libraries would ensure greater public access to information and communication technology and its related benefits.Legal deposit in the digital age“If we are to take advantage of the opportunities that the e-world offers, we have to think much more creatively, beyond our institutional boundaries and certainly collaboratively on a national scale.“It is important that places of legal deposit commit themselves to sustainable development to meet the needs of our developing country, and preserve and make available to all users – without discrimination – the variety of published documents reflecting the cultural and linguistic diversity of our society.”The biggest challenge now, the minister said, was to encourage private and commercial publishers to deposit their material.Another major concern, he added, was that the constant updating of digitally stored information meant that data could disappear and no longer be available for the historical record.“Does this mean that the national places of legal deposit should limit themselves to solely to [the preservation of] tangible materials? The answer is an unambiguous ‘No’.”Constitutional Court LibraryThe Phuthaditjhaba Public Library is on the corner of Moremoholo and Motloung Streets in Phuthaditjhaba, Free State province. Postal address: Private Bag X805, Witsieshoek 9870. Tel: (058) 718 3782/90. Fax: (058) 718 3777.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

From Nollywood to New Nollywood: the story of Nigerian film’s runaway success

first_imgNollywood is Africa’s first economically viable film industry and one of the greatest explosions of popular culture ever seen on the continent. Nigerian film, long known for B-grade fare, is now producing high-quality movies able to compete internationally – allowing Africans to tell their own stories to the world.Lizelle BisschoffThe film industry of Nigeria has been described as one of the greatest explosions of popular culture that Africa has ever seen. It is the first economically self-sustainable film industry in Africa.Initially through the use of video technology, and now affordable digital technology, Nigeria produces more than 2000 films per year. The industry, popularly called Nollywood, is currently ranked as the second-largest in the world in terms of output after India’s Bollywood.Nollywood’s popularity has spread across the African continent, to the African diaspora in Europe, North America and Australia. It has even gone as far as the Caribbean and Pacific Islands.Watch the trailer for October 1, the latest film by award-winning Nigerian director Kunle Afolayan:The appeal of homegrown stories and charactersBut it is in Africa that Nollywood has had the greatest impact. For African audiences who have for decades been fed imported films, the development of a local, homegrown film industry is hugely significant and important.The industry is an example of Africans being empowered to tell their own stories to the world and to each other, using their own creativity, platforms and experience.Nollywood’s popularity has spread across the continent and Nollywood films are watched all over Africa, from Kenya and Tanzania to Cameroon, Guinea and Togo. They are sometimes dubbed or translated through live interpretation at public screenings.The model has also been exported and adapted across the continent. Video-film industries have been emerging in many countries, including Riverwood in Kenya, Ugawood in Uganda and Bongowood in Tanzania. There are also similar industries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.The most obvious explanation is that the films display familiar and recognisable cultural beliefs, lifestyles, traditions, societal and sociocultural structures, histories, settings and locations. Their themes and narratives tap into the fears, dreams and aspirations of audiences.Nollywood seems set to expand, grow and diversify along with audience tastes, viewing habits and the industry’s technological advancements. This is evident in the hugely popular Tanzanian video-film industry, Bongowood.Born out of adversityGoing back to the beginning, the seeds of Nollywood were planted in financial turmoil in the late 1980s. Nigeria was experiencing difficulties as a result of political unrest and measures imposed by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.This economic climate made film-making on celluloid prohibitively expensive, and created a fertile ground for other, more affordable methods to develop. Nigerian businessman Kenneth Nnebue is generally credited with producing the first major Nollywood film, Living in Bondage (1992).The film follows the tale of a man who joins a secret cult and murders his wife in a ritual sacrifice to gain wealth. It is set within the thematic and stylistic characteristics of superstition, witchcraft, religion, the quest for upward mobility and melodrama in Lagos’s urban landscape.It explores corruption, love triangles and domestic disputes – all themes that have since been replicated in many Nollywood narratives.Watch Living in Bondage in full:Click here to watch Part 2 of Living in Bondage. From VHS to digitalSince the VHS industry of the 1990s, Nollywood has embraced digital technology. The industry captures the entrepreneurial spirit of Nigeria through the use of affordable and accessible technology. These are small-scale digital cameras, desktop editing software, and distribution primarily on DVD and video compact disc. These sell for around $2 per copy in Nigeria, and are watched at home, on street corners, in cineclubs or in video parlours.While the term Nollywood is generally used to refer to the entire industry, it is important to note that it is not unified. There is a great deal of diversity and many different variations. Different genres exist, including horror, melodrama, comedy and action, as well as language divisions. It also includes films in English, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa.Watch the 2002 comedy Aka Gum in full:Despite its enormous output, financing remains low, with the average budget for a Nollywood film being around $20 000 to $75 000 (around R270 000 to R1-million). The industry is often criticised for low production values. It is characterised by rapid turnaround times, the lack of script development, bad lighting and sound, low-budget special effects and amateur editing.Directors are mostly self-taught, and are often less important and lower down the Nollywood food chain than stars, producers and distributors. Distributors often act as producers.Despite all of this, the popularity of Nollywood demands film aficionados, scholars, festivals and cinema programmers take it seriously. A growing body of Nollywood scholarship has emerged over the past 15 years.From budget to blockbusterA number of Nollywood directors have started to make higher quality films. These are sometimes referred to as “New Nollywood”, New Nigerian Cinema, or the New Wave. These films are seen more widely than standard Nollywood fare and are accessible to non-African audiences. New Nollywood includes the work of directors such as Kunle Afolayan, Obi Emelonye, Jeta Amata, Stephanie Okereke and Mahmood Ali-Balogun.The budgets for these films have also increased considerably, ranging from $250,000 to $750,000 (R3.4-million to R10-milllion). The production cycles are also much longer. The New Nollywood films should therefore be recognised as very different from the low-budget video format films.Red-carpet premieres attracting huge audiences now take place regularly across the world from Nigeria to other African cities and urban centres with a big African diaspora. Film festivals internationally have also picked up on its huge popularity. Special programmes with a Nollywood focus have taken place in Paris, London and New York, among others.Nollywood can also be watched on pay-TV networks and free-to-air broadcasters across the continent and beyond. South Africa’s M-Net, which broadcasts across Africa, has channels dedicated to Nollywood. Intrepid distributors, mostly from the African diaspora, have created video-on-demand platforms for Nollywood. One example is the huge iROKOv. This has increased accessibility to African diaspora audiences.Even Netflix has acquired a number of Nigerian films, indicative of the platform’s realisation of Nollywood’s popularity and commercial potential across the world.Watch the trailer for the 2013 drama Finding Mercy, one of the Nollywood movies now available on Netflix:Lizelle Bisschoff is a Research Fellow in Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of GlasgowThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

The Mother of the Nation – By Tebogo Ditshego

first_imgThe Mother of the NationBy Tebogo DitshegoWhile the struggle has been romanticised,truth is, it was a living hell,The legacy of which remains today, the ashes we still smell,In the shacks of Khayelitsha & Diepsloot, the stench of apartheid’s inferno lingers on,In the landlessness & lack of equal economic opportunities the stench remains very strong,Mama Winnie, you raised this without fear of consequences, you were consistent,For you prioritised justice over your own interests,During apartheid they stripped you of your rights to mother your own creation,Little did they know, you’ll be the Mother of the Nation,I wonder how it felt to be punished for asking questions,7 days and 7 nights of torture in your bloody & brutal detention,Where did you get the fortitude to do 18 months in solitary confinement?Or to hold the torch of liberation high to ensure there’s no misalignment,But they have the tenacity to ask why you were livid,At a system that tried to burn all you had to ashes because of your pigment,The same people who used the K-word countless times after a smash and grab in all their vanity,Will ask why you were angry at a crime against humanity?After many decades of blood, sweat and tears, freedom was on the horizon,You walked hand in hand with uTata Madiba, your clinched fist raised in the air, as rock solid as diamonds,These many sacrifices were the seeds that bore the fruits of our democracy,But you never let justice go, as you exposed its hypocrisy,But as the years went by I wonder how it felt to be betrayed & ignored,For exercising the very freedoms you risked your life for,Did it feel like getting one thousand lashes and being thrown on a cactus? Hands in bondage while being asphyxiated in plastic? Being forced alive in a casket and burnt to ashes?That’s not romantic, that’s more than traumatic,For the pain you endured is more than just tragic,While in our darkest hour they stripped you of your rights to mother your own creation,Little did they know, you’ll be the Mother of the Nation!last_img read more

Aqua Notes: For When Inspiration Strikes In The Shower

first_imgRelated Posts adam popescu Tags:#Products#web If you do your best thinking in the shower, you either have soggy wads of paper on the floor or a lot of forgotten ideas. But it doesn’t have to be that way.Check out Aqua Notes. For $7, you get a waterproof notepad on which to jot brilliant ideas that occur as you’re scrubbing down. Finally, multitasking while getting your shower on, and, potentially, turning inspiration into realization.The reason we forget, is a notion psychologists call retrieval failure, which means if information is not retrieved and rehearsed, you forget it. So what’s the answer to remembering — truly remembering? Writing it down so it doesn’t decay!This isn’t the be-all for we memory-impaired, but let’s be honest, you’re more likely to use Aqua Notes for shopping lists or as a reminder to call the woman you met — after the obligatory three-day wait is satisfied. In either case, it’s worth $7 not to forget.Photo by Steven Depolo A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

WI vs Ire: Smith hits a ton as Windies beat Ireland by 44 runs

first_imgWindies opener Devon Smith scored a century as West Indies beat Ireland by 44 runs in their World Cup Group B match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Friday. Score Put to bat, West Indies scored 275 all out in 50 overs even as the Irish bowlers applied the brakes on batsmen who were going hammer and tongs at one stage.The most devastating apart from Smith was Kiron Pollard, who put an impressive 94 off just 55 balls.In reply Ireland fell 44 runs short of the target left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn scalped four wickets on the day.Early in the Irish innings, West Indies left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who has been in form in the tournament, claimed opener Paul Stirling with his turner early in the game to reduce Ireland 6/1 in the second over of the innings. Then it was the turn of skipper William Porterfield to take a walk. And he did it in opposition captain Darren Sammy’s over, giving a catch at mid-on to substitute Ravi Rampaul. He fell for 12 and Ireland lost their second wicket on 42.Later, Ed Joyce, who was part of the England team during the 2007 World Cup, and Niall O’Brien decided to forge a partnership. Their partnership had amassed 44 runs when Benn struck again to despatch Niall O’Brien on 25. Ireland fell to 86/3 on the last ball of the 21st over.Then Joyce and Gary Wilson got on with a partnership. The two stayed at the crease for more than an hour putting 91 runs for the fourth wicket before a yorker from Andre Russell got the man the Windies wanted. Ed Joyce was completely beaten as the ball caved in mid-air from the off and wasted the batsman’s attempt to click it at last go. Before he could realise his stumps were gone. Joyce fell for 84 and Ireland to 177/4.advertisementMore celebrations followed as an over later West Indies skipper Darren Sammy despatched big game player Kevin O’Brien on five to reduce Ireland to 187/5. And slowly the West Indies got to the point where victory was in sight.Sammy then came back to send home Gary Wilson to seal any hopes that the Irish players had of a revival. Wilson fell for 61 and Ireland lost their sixth wicket on 199/6.Skipper Sammy ended his over and wisely put in left-arm spinner Benn and the result was there for all to see as the change of pace foxed Alex Cusack who fell on two.West Indies were now just three wicket away from victory and Andre Botha got run out in the next over to signal the Irish fall.Ireland could only manage to put 231 runs on board before getting out on the last ball of the 49th over.West Indies inningsIreland restricted West Indies to 275. The West Indies innings was dominated by opener Devon Smith and Kieron Pollard’s fine batting performances.While Smith completed his ton, Pollard missed his century by six runs. Among the Irish bowlers Kevin O’ Brien proved to be the destroyer-in-chief with four wickets despite the fact that he went for 71 runs in the nine overs that he bowled.Earlier, put to bat Shivnarine Chanderpaul, opening in place of regular opener Chris Gayle – rested owing to his abdominal strain, put on a fine 89-run for the first wicket with Devon Smith before Kevin O’Brien decided to break their stand. It turned out to be a soft dismissal with Chanderpaul edging a catch to skipper William Porterfield in the extra cover region. Chanderpaul scored 35.West Indies lost their first wicket on 89, but the second wicket too fell on the ssame score, with Kevin scalping Daren Bravo for a golden duck. He fell on very first ball that he played and Kevin ended with two wickets in the 25th over.In the 32nd over Ramnaresh Sarwan too fell. He attempted a big hit off George Dockrell, but ended up giving a catch to John Mooney at long-off. He fell for 11 and West Indies lost their third wicket on 130.But, opener Devon Smith was still at the crease and he was in form too. He continued to torment the Irish bowlers on way to his century. But as soon as Smith completed his ton he fell. A good one from Kevin caught him off guard and his stumps were uprooted. He fell on 107 and West Indies lost their fourth wicket on 218.Then Kevin went on to scalp skipper Darren Sammy cheaply to increase his victims tally to four. Late Boyd Rankin claimed Devon Thomas to reduce the Windies to 228/6 on the last ball of the 45th over.advertisementBut, Kieron Pollard wasn’t bothered, he went on a a charge right away and hammered a four and then followed it up with two massive over the fence shots in the 48th over of Kevin’s ball. However, it wasn’t Kevin who accounted for him but Mooney did that job with ease.On the first ball of the 49th over, Pollard went for a massive heave and ended up giving a catch to Rankin in the deep. He missed the ton by just six runs. His 94 came off just 55 balls and included eight fours and five sixes. With his wicket West Indies lost their seventh batsman on 267/7.Mooney then claimed Andre Russell on the very next ball but missed a hat-trick chance. Then Andre Botha claimed tail-ender Sulieman Benn on the second ball of the last over and then Kemar Roach on the last ball of the innings to restrict West Indies to 275.last_img read more

British scientists create 3D-printed meals

first_imgLondon, Oct 8 (PTI) British scientists have created 3D-printed meals for a school in east London to inspire an interest in science subjects among young pupils. Scientists from the annual Big Bang Fair, which promotes science, technology and maths (STEM) subjects, worked with St Helen’s Primary School in Canning Town to create dishes such as geometric fish and chips, cauliflower cogs and a pie in the shape of the mathematical constant of ‘Pi’ as part of the project. “We were delighted when the Big Bang Fair approached us to be part of the 3D-printed school dinners project,” said Claire O’Sullivan, a teacher at the school. “Demonstrating STEM in this way is a fantastic opportunity to allow our pupils to see innovative technology first-hand and there is nothing that gets them more excited than bringing classroom learning to life,” she said. The meals, served during school lunchtime this week, followed a survey by the Big Bang Fair that found 71 per cent of 11-16-year-olds think it is crucial to have access to this kind of technology at school not just in science labs and classrooms, but the school gym, playground and even the canteen, with 40 per cent believing it will enable them to learn something while they eat. “Our research and this trial show just how big an appetite there is amongst young people to experience new technologies,” said Beth Elgood from EngineeringUK, organisers of the Big Bang Fair. “Building on young people’s curiosity about how they might shape the world in the future and inspiring them to think about where their science, technology, engineering and maths studies might take them, is what the Big Bang Fair and Competition are all about,” she said.advertisement The team hopes the futuristic meals, being dished out by the school’s cooks alongside engineers, will inspire children to take up careers in STEM-related fields. Brenda Yearsley, UK Schools and Education Development Manager, Global Social Innovation Team at Siemens, a long term supporter of the Fair, added, “3D printing is fast becoming a mainstream technology but that makes it no less groundbreaking and exciting, with a vast number of applications across sectors, from medicine to motor sports, improving lives across the board and enabling STEM specialists to make ever bigger leaps and bounds in their fields”. PTI AK KUNKUNlast_img read more

Pogba reveals new look for return of PL action

first_imgManchester United Pogba reveals new look as Man Utd prepare for return to Premier League action Last updated 2 years ago 17:24 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Man Utd Getty Images Manchester United Paul Pogba Premier League WTF The France international midfielder is embracing being a Red Devil as he once again changes his hairstyle ahead of the resumption of domestic duties Paul Pogba will be sporting a bold new look when Manchester United return to Premier League action at Stoke on Saturday.Having spent time away with France since his last domestic outing, the 24-year-old has decided that it is time for another image change.Man Utd 11/2 to beat Stoke 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing He left for World Cup qualifying duty with a blonde streak in his hair, but has embraced being a Red Devil as he prepares to step back into the fold with Jose Mourinho’s side.Pogba has enjoyed a productive opening to the 2017-18 campaign.He has two goals in his three Premier League appearances to date, with those efforts helping United to nine points and a standing at the top of the early table.His performances have also landed him the club’s Player of the Month award for August.Pogba will be looking to maintain those high standards when he steps back into action this weekend, with it vital that he continues to make as many headlines for his displays as he does his image.There is, however, no doubting that the Frenchman has become one of the game’s most iconic figures.That standing has been enhanced this summer by the revelation that Pogba is the biggest draw when it comes to UK shirt sales, with his branded United jersey outselling the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.last_img read more