Ekhaya: a bit of South Africa in London

first_img All South Africans, at home and abroad, are encouraged to wear their supporters T-shirts on Fridays to show their support for Team SA.Athletes’ village Dubbed Victory Park, the athletes’ village in Stratford, East London, has a uniquely British feel. It’s open for business from 16 July, housing some 17 000 Olympic athletes, 6 000 Paralympians and officials from 203 nations. It covers 36 hectares, with comfortable living quarters and large areas of open space. Competitors dine in a huge 225m x 80m tent, which is large enough to accommodate about 100 double-decker buses. This facility, which can seat 5 500 at a time, is open 24 hours a day. The menu includes popular British staples such as fish and chips, as well as Asian and halaal food. There is also a McDonald’s on site. The social hub of the village is a pub called the Globe Centre which, while it boasts 10 pool tables, live music and karaoke, will not serve a drop of alcohol. After the Olympics, the village will be converted into residential accommodation. Source: Brand South Africa Drum up support for Team SA;Market and promote South Africa through showcasing its successes and venues such as stadiums as the preferred places to host international events;Inspire people to visit the country and experience the culture of ubuntu; andHost journalists both local and foreign, with the intention of profiling South African athletes, political principals and the country. 17 July 2012 Team South Africa, as well as those citizens going to London to show their support, will find a welcomed at the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre, a home away from home for the duration of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Ekhaya Hospitality Centre will be run by a host of national government departments during the sporting spectacular – Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture, Trade and Industry, International Relations and Co-operation, and Tourism – in partnership with South African Tourism and Brand South Africa. Noluthando Ngendane, Brand South Africa’s public relations officer, explains: “The Ekhaya Hospitality Centre has been created as a base for Team South Africa, its sportsmen and women, their friends and families and, of course, their supporters to gather.’ But it is more than that: “It is a place where the spirit of South Africa comes alive,’ she adds. Facilities at the centre will include wi-fi and internet connectivity, meeting rooms, a media and business centre, a business lounge, function facilities, full coverage of all sports events, and a South Africa bar. Ngendane says: “South African businessmen and women can use the facilities to network and showcase the success stories of our beautiful country to visitors from abroad and the rest of Africa.’ The 30th Summer Olympics begin on Friday, 27 July and end on Sunday, 12 August. Ekhaya Centre is at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London. It will be officially opened and closed for the Olympics from 26 July to 12 August and for the Paralympics from 28 August to 9 September.Home away from home Ekhaya is a hospitality programme at overseas events presented by the Department of Sport and Recreation in collaboration with partner organisations. “Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is also intended to unite South Africans across race, gender, culture, geographical location, social status and class through sport, thereby promoting social solidarity and common citizenship,’ the department notes. South Africa is sending a team of 125 athletes to the Summer Games, with 13 names added to the initial 112 published in June. Blade runner Oscar Pistorius is among them. He will be making history as the first double amputee to compete in the Games. Pistorius will be running in the 4 x 400m relay with Willem de Beer, Ofentse Mogawane and Shaun de Jager. Among other activities, the Ekhaya programme will feature a daily cultural exhibition; Olympic and Paralympic events broadcast on big screens; meetings for London-based local businesses to network; and celebratory events for Team SA. The department describes the Ekhaya Centre as “a home away from home’ that provides an opportunity to:last_img read more

Editing With Custom Resolutions & Frame Rates in FCPX

first_imgLearn how to “trick” Final Cut Pro X into working with any resolution or frame rate.One ongoing frustration for many Final Cut Pro X editors is the inability to work with custom resolutions and frame rates.  With FCPX, Apple attempted to simplify many things, one of which being the ability to dial in unique frame sizes and rates.  You’re relegated to use the presets that come with Final Cut Pro X…or so it would seem.Several video pros have devised their own solution for overcoming this Final Cut Pro X limitation by forcing FCPX to adapt to the properties of a particular clip.  The trick then to editing with custom resolutions and frames rates in Final Cut Pro X is to create a clip with the custom attributes you desire.  Each of the solutions below address similar ways to tackle this FCPX workaround.  Find out which one is right for you:CUSTOM CLIPS with MPEG STREAMCLIPEditing plugin maker and post production guru Alex Gollner (we’ve posted about his great plug-ins previously) says the trick for getting custom frame rates and resolutions in FCX is to “create the timeline in a composite clip stored in an event.”  To do this you’ll need to have a clip with the desired settings.  He suggests you create it from a .JPG file in the free MPEG Streamclip video converting application.  More information on Alex’s approach here.Apple Motion: Create Compound ClipVideo editor T. Peyton posted a great video tutorial over at Creative Cow that showcases his approach to tackling this Final Cut Pro X issue.  He suggests that you can easily create a custom clip using Apple Motion, and then bring that clip into FCPX to create a timeline with custom resolution.  If you often work in unique resolutions and frame rates (say, vertical orientation video) then it’s a good idea to save these clips in a Presets Templates folder in FCPX so they’re easily accessible for future projects.  Get the rundown on how to modify the frame size and resolution in FCPX using Motion in this video tutorial (link to original Creative Cow post here):Larry Jordan: Compressor’s GeometryThe “godfather” of Final Cut Pro shares several tips for customizing your FCPX project resolution, including those mentioned above.  In addition, he personally contacted Apple to get their input on how to deal with this issue.  Apple suggests editing your projects using the presets in FCPX and then changing the frame rate and resolution in Compressor after export.  Modifying Compressor’s “Geometry” tab allows you to dial in custom frame sizes.  Personally, this seems like a bit of a backwards approach (Larry agrees that “it would really be helpful if FCP X could create custom image sizes”) but this workaround is worth sharing for anyone interested in tackling it this way.Perhaps Apple will add this feature to future updates, but in the meantime these handy workarounds make it possible to work with custom frame sizes and resolution in Final Cut Pro X!last_img read more

Reducing Friction and Creating Antifriction in Sales

first_imgIf you don’t know who your dream clients are, if you haven’t identified the best prospects in your territory, you have a form of friction that prevents you from prospecting.When you don’t know how to gain an appointment by trading enough value for the time you are asking for, the resistance you get when you ask for a meeting is unnecessary friction. The “no” you hear is friction.Your dream client has concerns about meeting with you, and those concerns are real to them. When you decide to overcome their objections you create resistance than would have been more easily removed had you decided to resolve their concerns. Unresolved concerns are friction.When you show up and begin a conversation by talking about your company, your products and services, your global footprint, and the big name logos you presently serve, you create the friction that comes with believing that you win sales by providing proof that your prospect should buy from you because your company and products are great instead of using that time to serve them. Self-orientation, in all its forms, creates resistance.Sometimes things that create friction feel like progress. Your dream client asks you tells you how impressed they are and asks you for a proposal and pricing. But because you haven’t collaborated around the solution and haven’t done the work to really understand their challenges or their constraints, you have created friction by providing them with something to which they can easily refuse. Lack of an effective theory about how to control the process is friction.In larger, complex, B2B sales, there are often more stakeholders than smaller, simpler sales. When you try to bypass including the people who are going to be effected by any decision to change, you create the friction that is their resistance to being excluded from the conversation. You also have likely created the additional friction that comes from losing the high ground that comes with dealing with friction.The intention to speed up sales does not create friction when the tactics employed mean slowing down. When the tactics you use speed things up, you create the kind of friction that can bring the entire process to a crawl.The remedy for friction is lubrication, making the surface smooth and even and easy for things to move from one side to the other. If there is a potential to create friction, then there is also the potential to create antifriction. If you want to make selling easier, then do the hard work of creating antifriction. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

D-League: Ebondo shines as CEU stings Zark’s Burgers

first_imgThat huge defensive stand gave CEU a 59-44 lead after three quarters as it ran away with the win.The Congolese big man delivered a monstrous 23-point, 21-rebound, and two-block performance to tow CEU to an even 2-2 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re slowly adjusting, but we still have lots of lapses,” said coach Yong Garcia. “We’re just trying our best to focus and improve every game. And it’s credit to the boys that they really focused on today’s game.”Christian Uri flirted with a double-double with his 11 markers and nine boards, while JK Casiño handed out 10 points, three assists, and two rebounds in the CEU win. Quarters: 27-22, 41-36, 59-44, 78-62.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The Jawbreakers could not sustain their winning ways after coach Jade Padrigao finally scored his breakthrough 109-91 victory against AMA Online Education last Monday.Clark Bautista topped Zark’s Burgers (1-4) with 16 points on a 4-of-6 shooting from threes, on top of four assists, while Robby Celiz got 10 markers and four dimes in the loss.The Scores:CEU 78 – Ebondo 23, Uri 11, Casiño 10, Wamar 9, Manlangit 6, Arim 4, Guinitaran 4, Jeruta 4, Cruz 3, Saber 2, Galinato 2, Intic 0, Aquino 0.ZARK’S BURGERS 62 – Bautista 16, Celiz 10, Mangahas 9, Nalos 7, Cudal 7, De Leon 6, Argamino 3, Sheriff 2, Cayabyab 2, Ferrer 0, Juruena 0.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCentro Escolar University tightened its grip on Zark’s Burgers in the second half to take home the 78-62 victory Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Rod Ebondo carried the load in the first half for the Scorpions, before they locked down on defense and limited the Jawbreakers to just eight markers in the third frame.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’?center_img WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Six schools to host NCAA on Tour 1st round View comments MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Malaysian icon thwarts rising PH star

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim READ: More medals from PH gymnastics as De Guzman, Capellan bag silver, 2 bronzes“I knew it was gonna be tough because she (Hadi) had a high-start value and which she executed cleanly,” said women’s artistic gymnastics team coach Jasmin Ortega of the Malaysian, whose face is splashed on LRT and MRT lines all over this city.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHadi won the event two years ago in Singapore and came into the finals at MITEC Hall as the prohibitive favorite for the gold.READ: Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul SEA Games: Bejar fades vs Indonesian, settles for silver “Kaitlin also performed very well and had a clean routine as well,” said Ortega, who sees a bright future for Philippine gymnastics with De Guzman in the fold.“We are very happy to have her with the team,” said Ortega of De Guzman, who only had one month to train with the team. “And she jibes well with the team like she’s been part of it for a long time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kaitlin de Guzman bags the silver medal in floor exercises in Gymnastics in the 2017 SEAG Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—Going for gold in her pet floor exercise, Kaitlin de Guzman ran into a Malaysian gymnastic icon Wednesday here in the Southeast Asian Games.The 17-year-old novice, daughter of a former SEA Games champion, ended up settling for silver against Malaysian Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, the very popular defending champion.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

London Olympics: Armstrong wins gold in cycling time trial in style

first_imgAmerican rider Kristin Armstrong charged to victory in the women’s Olympic cycling time trial event on Wednesday. Silver went to Germany’s Judith Arndt, who was 15 seconds slower than Armstrong.Russian rider Olga Zabelinskaya was 22 seconds off the winning time as she won her second bronze medal of the Olympics after coming third in the road race on Sunday.New Zealand’s Linda Melanie Villumsen had been within five seconds of Armstrong’s time at 20.4 km distance, but faded badly in the last eight km and finished fourth, losing out to Zabelinskaya by less than two seconds.last_img read more