South Africa is urbanising at a rapid pace and its major cities are taking the most strain. They may be affordable and possess a healthy job market, but numerous challenges keep them from competing with the world’s megacities. Brand South Africa presents its findings on South Africa’s cities based on the 2015 City Brands Index and the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index.By Dr Petrus de Kock & Ms Leigh-Gail PetersenThis research note update focuses on findings from recent studies that provide insight into the profile of South African cities from both a global reputation/awareness, and competitiveness point of view. The studies analysed include the 2015 City Brand Index and the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index. Read the full research note.The first section briefly outlines the critical role cities and metro’s play in not only national, but also the global economy.According to data from Statistics South Africa, as well as the World Bank, it is safe to say that South Africa’s population is urbanised at a rate of anywhere between 60 and 64%. From a demographic and economic point of view, cities therefore play a crucial role in the country’s human, economic and social development. From a reputation point of view the table below presents the rankings of South African cities in the 2015 City Brand Index.From a city profile point of view, the following associations with South African cities emerge from the City Brand Index (CBI). All three South African cities are most associated with:Natural beauty, followed byCultural diversity.It is also positive that the People of South Africa’s cities are described most prominently as:Hard working,Respectful of traditions, andTo a lesser extent “happy” and “easy-going.”People from Cape Town are seen as “energetic”.In terms of city competitiveness, the 2015 African City Growth Index shows that the South African cities measured in the index have strong infrastructural and governance features that make them attractive. However, some challenges faced by South African cities are noted below.Key African Cities Growth Index findings on SA cities Some reasons offered for the above scenario by ACGI include:Decreasing economic growth;Low household consumption;Labor inefficiency and low productivity;Decreasing competitiveness; andChallenges with education.The top five African cities according to the ACGI are:Lessons learnt from City Branding:Lesson 1 Due to the increasingly critical role cities are playing in the global economy, more emphasis has to be put on how these cities contribute to the national economy;Lesson 2South Africa has become a ‘young urban nation’;Lesson 3Perceptions of South African cities reflect on the Nation Brand and its reputation as well. Meaning that what cities offer residents and the world play a major role in shaping the reputation and competitiveness of the country as a whole;Lesson 4Need to interrogate reasons for lowering inclusive growth potential of South African cities as seen in the ACGI;Lesson 5Work on profiling the business, trade and investment offerings of South African cities more and to increase familiarity with the cities in key international audiences.
Poets and musicians collaborate on The Mash Up, a weekly SAfm radio show. Between them and the audience, they teach the host and listeners about South Africa’s musical history.Naledi Moleo, host of The Mash Up, says the first show was broadcast on 13 August 2016. It was nominated for Best Music show in the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards in April. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanTo learn about South African music from the listeners and the artists in studio is one of the benefits of hosting The Mash Up radio show on SA FM Radio, says Naledi Moleo.“Songs like Jikijela by Letta Mbulu and Naughty Little Flea by Miriam Makeba are songs we would never have sourced and played had it not been for the listeners and artists who have requested real South African classics,” she adds.The Mash Up, explains Moleo, is a weekly hour-long show broadcast on Saturdays. It features live poetry and music by renowned and upcoming South African poets and musicians. “Each week, The Mash Up will bring together a poet and a musician. Through interviews, live poetry and music performances, they collaborate by ‘mashing up’ their respective crafts.”The artists may also give a selection of their favourite South African songs. “The listeners will be introduced to artists from different backgrounds, ages and genres. The show is about nation building and celebrating the extraordinary talent from South Africa.“The listeners love it. I get excited especially when listeners SMS us, giving us names of musicians and poets that we should have on the show,” says Moleo.How it startedShe realised there was a major opportunity to create a platform for South African poets, says Moleo. “Poetry has the power to either make really difficult conversations more palatable or raise our awareness of injustices. More than anything, poetry can also just uplift and renew us.“I believe that South Africans really need that in this day and age. We are bombarded with so much bad news and pressure that it is necessary to reflect. I too am in need of therapy that the live music and poetry offer at the end of every long week.”It is just magical, she says, to watch two artists who have never collaborated forced to make it work live on air — they have no prior preparation. “They always come into the studio feeling completely nervous and leave on cloud nine because they are so proud of themselves.“South Africa has always been a country that enjoys music and poetry. Think of how we sing with every major event. Think of the praise poetry and official events and even traditional weddings. The Mash Up is just a reflection of how South Africans have always expressed themselves. As a talk radio host all I really am interested in is hearing those different forms of self-expression.”The collaborationsMoleo says the musicians are usually the underdogs in the industry. “Artists like Nono Nkoane, Msaki and Tribute Birdie Mboweni are immensely talented and underrated. We think it’s important to celebrate their work.“Every now and then we will also have some of the legends of the music industry. Maestros such as Lex Futshane, Vusi Mahlasela and Pops Mohamed have also graced our studio and it’s wonderful because we get to celebrate their wonderful work and share with a younger listener who perhaps hasn’t had the opportunity to interact with their work.”One of the collaborations was Tshepo Molefe and Sabelo Mthembu.#TheMashUp with @naledimoleo brings you poet @tshepomolefe942 and musician @sabelomthembu. Expect an hour of awesome live poetry and music pic.twitter.com/YtmwB6mhL3— SAfmRadio ? (@SAfmRadio) June 24, 2017#TheMashUp thanks so much to our guests this evening the phenomenal @sabelomthembu and wordsmith @tshepomolefe942 @naledimoleo pic.twitter.com/6Fdk60HnfO— SAfmRadio ? (@SAfmRadio) June 24, 2017Molefe has been writing poetry for two years. “It began when I was still a student at [the University of the Witwatersrand] and I entered a poetry competition called DFL Lover + Another. There, I met a poet who goes by the name NoLiFE [or Nobody Lives ForEver] and he introduced me to a platform called Cuddle Sessions. This in turn introduced me to the Joburg poetry scene. I haven’t looked back.”According to Molefe his poetry ranges from social issues, such as alcohol abuse and miscarriage from a father’s perspective, to political commentary to his own struggles and the problems he has with his family.He describes his experience on The Mash Up as amazing.Molefe believes collaborations such as these build a better and more versatile network between artists. “What I mean by ‘more versatile network between artists’ is often we get caught up our own artistic spaces, for instance I would normally stay in and interact with my poetry circles, and not know of other creative spaces that are out there.“Such spaces would include soul singers and instrumentalists. The Mash Up kind of collaborations opens doors for artists in different fields to first know that they exist and if they would someday want to work on a joint project, provided that they like each other’s work.”Musician Mthembu agrees: “I truly enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure what to expect. But the vibe between the poet and I was great. It was the first time I collaborated with a poet.“There was an instant gel of styles.”He says collaborations teach him that artists need each other to grow. “Working together we have the capacity to achieve more as a people.”Mthembu has been in the music industry for about 10 years. “I did backing vocals for Louise Carver for about five years before releasing my solo project.”He says although he started singing in church when he was five years old, singing was not a first career choice growing up. “I enjoyed doing it very much though. It was only after participating on South Africa’s Idols in 2007 that I decided to pursue it more aggressively.Besides Carver, he has contributed backing vocals on various artists’ projects. He calls his music “Afrosoul with a touch of jazz and classical music”.You can listen to the podcasts of The Mash Up here.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest June 15th has been circled on many calendars in farm country. That is when President Trump will release plans to put tariffs on $50 billion worth of China goods. It is also when soybean farmers will find out how retaliation measures taken by China may impact their bottom line. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more with Ohio Soybean Association President Allen Armstrong.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Luke Schulte, Beck’s HybridsAs I am writing this, many corn and soybean acres have yet to be planted throughout the state. However, my hope is that by the time you read this, your crop will have emerged and will be growing vigorously.One thing that is certain for later planted corn is that the vegetative growth period will be expedited. By now, many of you have been made aware of the research conducted by The Ohio State University and Purdue University which has shown that, on average, a hybrid requires 6.8 GDU’s less per day to reach black layer or physiological maturity when planted after May 1. This is possible because of the accelerated accumulation of heat units or GDU’s. Instead of producing a new leaf every five to seven days prior to the V7 growth stage, later planted corn will more likely produce a new leaf every four to six days within this same period. Corn that is between the V7 and VT growth stage typically produces a new leaf every two to three days, and late-planted corn leaf production will likely occur even quicker.This is important for several reasons, but primarily for the timely completion of sidedress nitrogen (N) applications as well as post-application herbicide treatments. Sidedress nitrogenNitrogen is important to corn for several reasons; however, its role in photosynthesis and silk development is critical.In the process of photosynthesis, chlorophyll absorbs light energy to transform carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen. Chlorophyll is primarily comprised of N. While the process of photosynthesis is key to corn at any planting date, late-planted corn has an increased need to maximize light absorption due to its condensed growing season.Nitrogen is also a fundamental component to silk development and thus, pollination. Corn begins the rapid N uptake period around the V7 to V8 growth stage and initial silk development occurs at approximately the V10 growth stage. Nitrogen is a vegetative nutrient that helps to drive silk development. Corn plants absorb N from the soil as both ammonium (NH4+) and nitrate (NO3-) ions, but because nitrate N moves freely towards the roots as they absorb water, most N is taken up as nitrate. Because the process of converting ammonium to nitrate can take several weeks, sidedress applications must be made with enough time prior to the rapid N uptake period to ensure adequate soil nitrate N is available for the plant. This is even more important when utilizing anhydrous ammonia, urea, or ammonium sulfate sources of N in sidedress treatments. POST herbicide treatmentsLate-planted corn can grow extremely fast, deceptively outgrowing post-application herbicide height restrictions. See example herbicide labels below:Roundup PowerMAX: Broadcast through V8 or 30 inches, 30- to 48-inch corn requires drop nozzlesLiberty: Up to 24-inch corn or in the V7 growth stageWhile a portion of the labeled height precaution speaks to the ability of getting adequate weed coverage as the corn plant grows taller and develops more leaves, it’s also important to recall what is taking place with the development of the stalk at various growth stages. The number of rows per ear is determined between the V5 and V8 growth stages while the potential number of kernels per row is determined approximately a week before silks emerge. Even hybrids containing herbicide-tolerant traits must still metabolize any post-applied herbicides. Because of this, post-application treatments applied off-label, or too late in the season, have the potential to negatively impact ear size.Be careful when it comes to deciding whether to utilize growth regulator herbicides (those containing dicamba, Stinger, or 2,4-D) in post-applications as these products have the potential to make corn brittle. As referenced above, late-planted corn will progress through the vegetative growth stages very quickly, making it already more vulnerable to wind or mechanical injury.
9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Innovative music startup Muxtape has announced that its future lies in HTML5. “I’m done with Flash,” developer Justin Ouellette wrote this morning. Though a much smaller company, Muxtape’s embrace of HTML5 is particularly notable as it happened on the same day that video portal Hulu said it was not going to support the new format any time soon.“HTML5 is great and does not require Steve Jobs’ permission to run a competing music market,” Muxtape wrote on its company blog. “Running in Mobile Safari has other advantages, too,” says Ouellette. “Since it’s privileged by Apple to run in the background, you can listen to music and use pretty much any other app simultaneously. For now this is only possible with HTML5.”“HTML5 is great and does not require Steve Jobs’ permission to run a competing music market.”…”Since it’s privileged by Apple to run in the background, you can listen to music and use pretty much any other app simultaneously. For now this is only possible with HTML5.”Muxtape made its splash as a wonderfully simple music player website for user generated playlists. After a short period of niche popularity, the company announced that it was shutting down due to music copyright pressure. Months later it relaunched as “a platform for bands.”The HTML5/Flash conflict has been watched closely all around the world because of the desirability of multimedia on Apple systems. Hulu, for example, cannot be viewed on the iPad because the company does not support HTML5 yet. Hulu VP of product Eugene Wei wrote this morning that HTML5 isn’t ready for prime-time yet. HTML5 lacks maturity in reporting, advertising and content security, Wei argued. Those are concerns that many companies are liable to share.As an independent and formerly legally questionable music outlet, Muxtape is very different from the mega-corporate premium content channel Hulu. Muxtape has presumably always placed less priority on things like reporting, advertising and content security. A demo HTML5 site has been set up by Muxtape at itllbebetter.com. Tags:#Multimedia#news#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Donal Power TE Connectivity is partnering with a consortium of companies to launch a new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) testbed for sensors connected to the cloud and smart factory machinery.A recent Control Engineering Europe article discussed the new testbed with Daniel Walldorf and Michael Hilgner from TE Connectivity. TE, formerly Tyco Electronics, designs and manufactures connectivity and sensor solutions for a variety of industries.See also: Is security the biggest threat to industrial IoT?The new testbed seeks to allow the analysis of IIoT production data by connecting operational technology and IT systems.“TE Connectivity and three partners have set out to implement a testbed that shows how existing sensors can be connected to the cloud and machines upgraded for smart applications under the umbrella of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC),”said Walldorf and Hilgner.They highlighted the role IIC in the testbed initiative. The Needham, Ma.-based organization of over 250 members is focused on developing and testing IoT ecosystems for smart factories and in other environments.“(The IIC) is creating experimental platforms (testbeds) that will be used to put future technologies, products and applications through their paces to find out whether they are feasible and what benefits they offer to users,” they said.Infrastructure needs upgradeable solutionsIn developing the new IIoT test bed for testing existing sensors to the cloud, TE partnered with SAP, the OPC Foundation and ifm. This testbed is being used to demonstrate how energy consumption can be reduced through intelligent solutions that involve optimized data capture, transport and processing.“The IIC testbed demonstrates how smart connectivity technology helps connect data from existing sensors to the cloud and then analyze it in an IT system in order to increase process efficiency – in this case, monitoring energy consumption,” say Walldorf and Hilgner. “Existing infrastructures in particular need upgradable solutions that minimize downtime, save costs and increase productivity. Pilot projects at TE’s own factories have shown that this approach also works in practice.” Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… Tags:#ifm#IIC#IIoT#Industrial Internet Consortium#IoT#SAP#smart factories#TE Connectivity How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Related Posts The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D…
If you can’t afford to have a Digital Imaging Technician on your crew, use these tips to help ensure your footage is safely backed up every time.Top image from Livebooks BlogWe recently discussed the ever-changing role of the Digital Imaging Technician. As technology evolves, the importance of having a dedicated DIT on set is becoming more and more crucial. After all, if you’re spending countless hours prepping for a project, and potentially thousands of dollars shooting that same project, you need to ensure that your media is protected as safely as possible. Further, a great DIT needs to be aware of the quirks associated with different cameras, media types, formats, and other variables that will change from shoot to shoot.Again though, not every production can afford a dedicated DIT and often times an AC or even a director will end up backing up their own footage. If this sounds like you, be sure to follow these three steps:1. Always Use at Least Two Hard DrivesImage: DIT on set from Pure Digital ServicesHard drives are extremely finicky and even the best of them will act up when you least expect it. I’ve had the unfortunate experience of having a drive die on me in the middle of the project and learned the hard way that you always need a second backup. Personally, I now make three backups of all of my footage and keep them on three separate drives just to be safe. It may sound like overkill, but when one of your drives fails and you’ve lost months worth of work – you’ll wish you’d just spent an extra $100 for another backup.2. Never Backup from the BackupImage: DIT workstation from No Film SchoolOne of the biggest mistakes that non-DITs will make when backing up footage is duplicating their backup drive instead of creating a new backup from the memory card. It’s very possible that when you transfer footage to a hard drive from your memory card that there could be an issue or a corrupted file in that backup. As you might imagine, if you were to then take that backup and save it to another drive, the corrupted file would transfer over and both backups would be flawed. Instead, always make sure to back up to one hard drive first, and then use the original memory card to create an additional backup.3. Always Have Extra Memory Cards on SetImage: DIT workstation from dit worldIf you think you only need two cards for the project you’re shooting, then bring four. Having too few memory cards on set can cause all sorts of issues when it comes to backing up your footage. For instance, if your cards aren’t transferring as fast as you’d like, you may have no choice but to wipe a memory card before it’s been backed up a second time, leaving you with only one original backup. Or alternatively, you may have one of your two backup drives die on set. Having a second set of memory cards allows you to leave your files on them if one of your drives fail and ultimately the cards can serve temporarily as your second backup.Here’s a few more articles from our friends around the web that deal with the world of Digital Imaging Technicians:Defining DIT: The Big Misconception – No Film SchoolWhat Does a DIT Do? – Jonny ElwynEssential Tools for Digital Imaging Technicians – PremiumBeatGot any tips for working without a DIT? Got any insight on working as a DIT? Share in the comments below.
Samiti to organise ‘Chitranna Seve’for ‘balance’ in rainfall in Karnataka “We got two clay frogs made and married them in order to bring rains to the State. But the rains are incessant now, so we separated them to stop the downpour,” Suresh Agarwal of the mandal told PTI.Madhya Pradesh has been witnessing heavy rains over the past few days, leading to several rivers flowing above the danger mark and low-lying areas getting inundated.A proper “separation ceremony” was conducted at the Turant Mahadev temple in Bhopal, and the two clay frogs were then released into a vessel filled with water amid chanting of mantras.The rainfall in the State so far has been 31 per cent excess of the annual average. Bhopal has received 81 per cent excess rain, an official of the India Meteorological Department said. A couple of months after they were wedded, two frog idols were ‘divorced’ in Bhopal earlier this week in hope that it would ‘reverse the effect’ of their union — the ceaseless rain.As per a long-standing superstition, frogs’ marriage appeases the rain gods and brings showers to parched areas.Members of Om Shiv Shakti Mandal, a local group from Indrapuri area, had two clay frogs married with a ceremony in July as the State awaited rains.Also Read
Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, from left, sit on the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LeBron James believes the Los Angeles Lakers face a “critical” offseason as the team attempts to rebuild after missing the playoffs for a sixth consecutive year.James told Bleacher Report in an interview that the Lakers would need to strengthen their roster this year if they were to challenge for honours next season.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The four-time NBA champion, who last missed the playoffs in 2005, said he was optimistic that the Lakers management duo of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka would be able to attract high calibre recruits.“I’m positive and very optimistic that Magic (Johnson) and Rob (Pelinka) and the franchise will be great,” James said.“They got me. I’m very confident. And I’m confident that players want to play with me. I’m very confident in that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Lakers are likely to be radically reshaped during the offseason, with seven members of the roster entering free agency.Uncertainty also continues to swirl around coach Luke Walton, whose position has come under scrutiny after a disappointing campaign.On Wednesday, Lakers owner Jeannie Buss refused to address Walton’s future when asked whether he would remain. “I’m not going to give you an answer to that question,” she told a Sports Business podcast.James, who joined the Lakers last year in a blockbuster move, meanwhile acknowledged that the clock was ticking if he wants to add to his collection of NBA titles in the twilight of his career.“It’s a critical summer for myself,” James told Bleacher Report. “Obviously, the franchise is going to live forever. But for me personally, it’s very critical, because I want to compete and I want to compete now.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 34-year-old NBA superstar said he planned to play an active role in helping the Lakers front office build a winning team.“I’ve never played fantasy basketball,” James told Bleacher Report. “But I will be as active as I need to be for this franchise to get better. That’s why I came here.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, logistics“I came here to win. And obviously, we need to get better, as far as our personnel. We have an opportunity to get better.“And there’s a lot of talent out there and a lot of guys that can help our franchise. So I’ll be as active as I need to be for us to get better and go from there.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ichiro Suzuki turns down Japanese government award for third time Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSV eager to take Man Utd youngster Tahith Chong on loanby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSV Eindhoven is eager to take Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong on loan in January.The 19-year-old Dutch winger, a graduate of United’s academy, has started United’s matches against Astana and Rochdale so far this season.The Sun says PSV are interested in taking Chong when the transfer window opens again in the new year.United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will decide whether or not to keep Chong at Old Trafford given the depleted ranks of his squad.But realistically, Chong is only going to get first-team football in the Europa League and domestic cup competitions this season.