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Seasoned Fernandes wages ONE bantamweight title to young Leone

first_imgMain event combatants ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes (L) vs Andrew Leone (R)MACAU–—It’s the cliché storyline of experience versus youth as Bibiano Fernandes defends his ONE Bantamweight title to Andrew Leone in Kings & Conquerors come Saturday at Cotai Arena.Fernandes (20-3) is 37-years-old and has held his belt since October 2013 when he beat Soo Chul Kim for the undisputed title, while Leone, 27, (8-2) began his ONE career just a few months before in May of the same year.ADVERTISEMENT With a stellar ONE Championship career, there’s nothing left for The Flash but he assured that there will always be something new that he will bring to the table.“I always improve, every day I’m improving,” said Fernandes during the fight’s press conference Thursday at The Venetian. “I’ll keep improving, every time I step to the cage I evolve.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’As for Leone, who fought inside the ONE cage for just three times, fighting a more experienced fighter is nothing new to him.Leone took a unanimous decision victory over Shinichi Kojima in his second ONE Championship fight, and he admitted that the 38-year-old Japanese was someone he’ll always look up to. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “I fought Kojima and I looked up to him,” said Leone. “Bibiano has been a champion for a long time and I respect him, it’s going to be a tough night but I’m looking forward to it. I’m going out on Saturday to try to win a world championship.”Fernandes, though, isn’t just experienced on the mat as he’s also a stalwart in front of the microphone.“I’m going to bring my best to this fight, I’m going to bring my best jiu-jitsu,” said Fernandes. “I’m a disciplined fighter, I work hard and do my best in training. My opponent says he can defeat me, well let’s see.”ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ishige proves she’s more than a pretty face as she makes a name in MMA Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View commentslast_img read more

UG hosts Career Day

first_imgThe University of Guyana (UG) on Friday held its annual Career Day at the Turkeyen Campus on the East Coast of Demerara.Despite the light showers of rain, students and teachers from various secondary schools across Guyana graced the event so as to educate themselves about the career paths that some businesses and intuitions have to offer. A number of booths were set up by representatives of entities to effectively communicate what can be expected from them, as well as advise on future career plans.A chemist explaining to students the science behind his careerA representative of the Business Ministry booth, Gillian Edwards, explained the importance of this event, stating that students should be aware of the career path they would like to pursue, as the unemployment rate in Guyana is very substantial.“We’re trying to steer youths here to think about what they’re going to do when they leave school. Most likely, they have to create a job,” she said.Many of those present were students who were attending the event for the first time, and they detailed that it was an amazing experience for them.St Rose’s High School student Tonya George related, “This is my first time here, and since I’ve been here, I’ve been to the booths and I’ve seen different things; and it’s helping to develop my mind to see what career path I want to actually take, because before I came here I didn’t know what I actually wanted to do. Since I’ve been here, I’ve got a lot of ideas, and it’s been great.”There was also a booth set up by the University’s Berbice Campus, featuring the agricultural science faculty with the main focus being entomology and soil science.Agricultural science student of the Berbice campus, Daniel Jacobs, told this publication that many persons are not aware of what that campus has to offer. As such, the campus would like to enlighten the young students on the services being offered, and illustrate the resources it presently has. Samples of the books at the library were on display for students who are desirous of studying at the Berbice Campus.At the end of the day, many students had an idea as to what career path they might be interested in.last_img read more

Anti-harassment law comes into effect

first_imgThe new Protection from Harassment Act will come into effect on 27 April 2013.The new anti-harassment law will enable South Africans to approach the courts for protection from sexual harassment, including harassment via SMS or e-mail. (Image: Pixabay)Brand South Africa reporterThis year’s Freedom Day will not only mark 19 years of democracy, it will also see the new Protection from Harassment Act come into effect, enabling South Africans to approach the courts for protection from sexual harassment – including harassment via SMS or e-mail.Those hiding behind anonymity to send offensive SMSes will be able to be traced because the Act compels service providers to give the addresses and ID numbers of offenders when asked to do so by the courts.Currently, only people involved in a domestic relationship can seek recourse if they are the victims of domestic violence. They can obtain a protection order to ensure protection from the person with whom they are in a relationship.The chairman of Parliament’s portfolio committee on justice and constitutional development, Luwellyn Landers, said this left people not in a domestic relationship unprotected against harassment.“With the new law, they’ll have protection. They can approach a Magistrate’s Court and get an interim protection order, which comes into effect immediately upon being issued. Protection is immediate,” Landers said.The Protection from Harassment Act covers as many types of sexual harassment as possible because “sexual harassment comes in many forms”.“Suppose a woman was standing at a bus stop or taxi rank every day and was being pestered daily by a person, whom she didn’t even know, and who was making funny remarks,” Landers explained.“The victim of this unwanted attention can then go to a Magistrate’s Court to see the Clerk of the Court to persuade him or her that there was a case of harassment.”The clerk will assist the complainant to approach the Magistrate’s Court for an interim protection order, which will be given if the court is satisfied that there is enough substance in the complaint.In cases where the victim does not know the address of the stalker, mobile phone service providers can be approached for these details, as well as ID numbers. The Acts states they have to supply this information to the courts.“This is an order of a Court of Law which takes effect when granted. So the complainant doesn’t have to wait for it to be served and the stalker [to] sign acknowledging receipt of the document before the order comes into operation,” Landers said.“The order must be given to the person doing the stalking. The order must be served by the police, and the onus will be on the Clerk of the Court and not the complainant to see that it’s served on the person concerned.”The person on whom the interim protection order has been served will be given time to respond as to why it should not be made permanent.The complainant will also get a certified copy of the interim protection order to present to the police in case the harassment continues.It is not only victims who can appeal to the courts for help. Adults can ask the court for assistance in the case of minors whose parents fail to seek legal help. Further, people who have obtained an order against domestic violence may also apply for an interim protection order, Landers said.“This is an excellent law as it fills a gap that always existed in our law.”Source: South African Government News Agency.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing world

first_imgDurban harbour is one of the 10 largest in the world. South Africa’s World Bank ranking for trading across borders has jumped by 29 positions, due to the roll-out of government policy that addresses the need to decrease the time, cost, and red tape companies have to deal with to get products to port and shipped to international markets. (Image: Brand South Africa) • Manusha Pillai Communications Manager Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122 [email protected] • Zuma urges Team SA to sell South Africa at Davos• WEF Davos 2014: Keeping up with a fast-changing world  • Watch: Davos 2014 pre-meeting press conference• Cape to Cairo trade agreement to open up African borders • Watch: The South African Competitiveness ForumMiller Matola, CEO of Brand South AfricaWhen the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its Human Development Report in 2013, it contained powerful insights about the increasingly important role developing countries, such as South Africa and Brazil, are playing in the 21st century.The UNDP indicates that the South (developing nations and emerging markets) currently produces half the world’s economic output. To further illustrate the significant shift in the global economic balance of power, the UNDP argues that the combined GDP of eight developing countries – Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey – equals the GDP of the United States. This implies for the UNDP that countries such as Brazil, South Africa, India and China have become major drivers of the global economy and thus forces for change in the developing world.South Africa is becoming an economic force to be reckoned with in this rapidly changing global economic and, by implication, geopolitical environment, mainly due to the long-term socioeconomic vision and the associated policy-making of its government. Its successes, in terms of its global perception and rankings in key influential indices – such as the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report, the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index, the World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Index – could set a benchmark for other emerging countries to follow.What emerges is a pattern of country performance indicating that South Africa matches and outperforms other peer developing countries in critical areas of national competency. These are important indicators to utilise in the process of positioning South Africa as a reliable trade partner, and attractive investment destination.This continuing improvement in performance on the global stage is attributable to strong and highly focused government policies that support the country’s global and regional growth aspirations. As South Africa heads for 20 years of democracy, the country occupies an increasingly strong position globally, as a developing nation, in the early 21st century.The many global economic indicators used to assess the strength of nation brands highlight that South Africa has unique competitive strengths in the context of the developing world, and these are being leveraged to good effect to enhance the country’s standing in the global marketplace. This can be seen in the broader context of South Africa’s inclusion into the Brics grouping of nations, and the country’s competitiveness compared to other developing nations.Ease of doing businessThe most recent World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index ranks the country’s financial services sector, banks and stock exchange as the top global performers, while the country places 15th globally for the quality of its air transport infrastructure.Furthermore, South Africa, if compared to the other Brics nations, comes first in five of the 10 criteria the World Bank uses to assess ease of doing business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting credit, protecting investors, and paying taxes. This means that South Africa offers protection to foreign direct investments, and is certainly a business-friendly environment wherein new trade, investment, and related economic interactions can be fostered.The South African government’s commitment to creating an environment that makes it easy for companies to do business in the country has been recognised in the latest edition of the World Bank’s East of Doing Business Index (DBI), published in 2013. South Africa now ranks first among the Brics nations in six critical DBI criteria. The country can therefore make a strong business case to attract trade partners, investment, and clients from fellow Brics members. As a nation that offers several competitive advantages, an open business environment is an important feature to utilise as a selling point for South Africa as a business destination. New government policies introduced now make starting a business in the country easier than ever, by implementing new company law that eliminates the requirement to reserve a company name and simplifies the incorporation documents. South Africa has also made transferring property less costly and more efficient by reducing the transfer duty and introducing electronic filing.In addition, a new reorganisation process has been introduced to facilitate the rehabilitation of financially distressed companies. South Africa has also improved its performance on the trading across borders rank. In the same World Bank Index, South Africa has significantly improved its rankings (by 29 positions), due to the roll-out of government policy that addresses the need to decrease the time, cost, and red tape companies have to deal with to get products to port and shipped to international markets.Travel and tourismSouth Africa is also praised for its government policies, rules and regulations relating to travel and tourism, and their conduciveness to the sector’s development. The country now ranks 29th out of 140 countries globally in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Index, indicating that it has been making steady improvements in this area over the past few assessments.South Africa ranks third in the Sub-Saharan Africa region after Seychelles (first) and Mauritius (second). Important findings from WEF indicate South Africa comes in high at 17th place for its natural resources, and 58th for cultural resources. This, according to WEF, is due primarily to the country’s many World Heritage sites, rich fauna, creative industries, and the many international fairs and exhibitions hosted. The latter can be interpreted as a strong selling point for the country, with communications implications. A further positive finding WEF indicates is that South Africa’s infrastructure is well developed for the region, directly supporting the growth of the travel and tourism trade, with air transport infrastructure ranked 43rd, and a particularly good assessment of railroad quality (46th) and road quality (42nd).The golden thread that ties together and underpins all of these world ranking achievements for South Africa is the strength and innovative nature of its government policies, from the National Development Plan to the National Infrastructure Plan. Such strong government policy making and implementation sends a clear message to the world that South Africa is open for business and is a destination of choice for investment, based on solid and trusted fundamentals. This is a strategic, best practice approach that could be replicated for the benefit of fellow emerging market countries around the world.last_img read more

Tech Gifts For Every Mom in Your Life—For Under $100

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? When she doesn’t want to have to lug around a purse, this Fossil phone wallet ($55) is a great option. It fits most smartphones and other essentials like credit cards. The lightweight Withings pulse activity tracker ($100) clips onto Mom’s clothes and measures her steps, distance, elevation, calories, and sleep. It gets bonus points for syncing data wirelessly to iOS or Android phones with the free app. More stories from PopSugar Tech:11 Ways to Have the Coolest (Geeky) House on the BlockA Guide to Hashtags, Every Day of the WeekThe Only Apps You Need For the Best Cinco de Mayo EverThe Jurassic Park Score — Now in Epic Vinyl!Doodle 4 Google Makes Students the Inventors of a Better World The app-enabled Proximo Monitoring System lets her know where valuables are at all times. The starter kit ($60) includes one fob that alerts her when she’s left her phone behind and a tag to locate her personal items (keys, purse, etc.).  What’s better than sleek, practical headphones? A set ($77, originally $91) made from reinforced fiberglass that’ll withstand any damage and that comes with a microphone so Mom can hold all her convos in peace. Belkin‘s CarAudio Connect FM ($100) Bluetooth-enabled accessory connects smartphones to car stereos in seconds. Just pair the phone via Bluetooth, plug the accessory into a cigarette lighter, and voilà — mom can make hands-free calls or play music from a playlist through her car speakers.  This unique, handcrafted cherry wood stand ($55) for iPad and iPad Mini brings some natural beauty into Mom’s digital world. Check out the natural wood ($25) stand for iPhones too.  The new Kindle Paperwhite ($99) boasts improvements that moms will certainly appreciate. We’re talking a lightweight body, battery life that lasts weeks, and a built-in light. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Amazon Prime ($99 per year) is an online shopper’s best friend. She’ll get free two-day shipping on most items, complete access to Prime Instant Videos, one-click purchasing, and the ability to borrow hundreds of books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. This is the ultimate accessory for setting up a mobile office anywhere, at anytime. Turn an iPad into a workstation with Belkin‘s folio and keyboard for iPad 2, 3, and 4 ($100). The keyboard is removable, and the slim design eliminates bulk.  Not only is this slouchy vegan tote ($68) one of the prettiest bags out there, but it features a large removable zipper pouch to keep her laptop or tablet. Plus, it comes in different colors for every mom’s taste! So chic! This Python-embossed iPad Mini case ($88, originally $125) can be personalized with Mom’s initials so it’s uniquely hers. Tags:#mothers day#PopSugarTech#tech gifts lisette mejia Mom, more than most people, needs multiple chargers. Give her some battery power no matter where she is with this supercute kit ($24).  Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.If you liked Mother’s Day gifts under $50 but wanted to up the ante, consider one of these tech gifts for under $100. From chic totes to monitoring systems, you’ll find something for your mom, your aunt, grandma, and your sister. They deserve the best, after all! Why You Love Online Quizzes May 2 is the last day to order iPhoto Print Products ($4-$50) if you want to give her iPhoto books and calendars on Mother’s Day proper. Create beautiful memories of vacations or family outings for Mom, or a year full of family photos in iPhoto.  Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Why Mastering Deep Depth Of Field Is Crucial For Becoming A Better DP

first_imgWhile DSLR technology has opened up a whole world of possibilities when it comes to capturing cinematic like images, it’s also caused an overuse of extremely shallow DOF.Like many filmmakers, one of my largest goals is to create visuals that truly feel cinematic and filmic. By now, most of us know that there is much more to getting a cinematic looking image than simply using shallow depth of field, yet most of us to this day will focus on DOF over many other facets that are equally important. Framing/compositing, lighting, camera movement, and other critical cinematography techniques nearly always play second fiddle to depth of field for most filmmakers, and this can cause some big issues when developing your craft.Cinematography, like any art form needs to be constantly developed, practiced, and challenged. One of the biggest issues that DPs run in to (especially as they start getting really good at a particular style), is that everything that they shoot starts to look the same. They know how to make an image look good every time – they can frame a nice closeup, get proper lighting ratios for hair/fill lights, have good slider techniques, etc. But eventually this skill set becomes overused by the DP as it is an easy way to fall back on guaranteed nice looking images.Before I go on, it’s worth noting that I’m not suggesting that you throw out everything you know every time you get to set so that you never repeat yourself, but I am suggesting that you shake things up a bit so your work doesn’t become boring. And probably the best way to do this if you’re a DSLR shooter, is by shooting with a deep depth of field. Why Deep Depth Of Field?Mainly because it’s the exact opposite of what you want to do. It’s really easy to make an image look nice when you can throw the messy background out of focus, but when you need to shoot with a deep DOF, things get harder – which is a good thing. It’s when you’re challenged that you can really develop as an artist, so why deprave yourself of that personal and creative growth?Try shooting your next closeup scene at an F8 instead of an F2.8 and see how it will change everything. You’ll position your actors differently, frame up the shot in a unique way, clean up the production design, amongst many other things. When you eventually get your shot looking right (even if it took more work than shooting with a shallow DOF), you’ll end up with a result that is far different from what you would normally get. And hopefully for the better.To this day I still shoot the majority of my material with a shallow DOF, and I’m by no means advising against using it, but I am advising that you attempt to master shooting without relying on a wide open aperture. When you’ve mastered deep DOF, or at least grasped it more than you might have right now, going back to shallow DOF will yield much better results as you’ll be paying attention to different areas of the image that you otherwise may have not been focusing on.And by the way, deep DOF can look really cool. A lot of the times we associate deep depth of field with old camcorders, or the ‘video-look’. But there have been plenty of films since the early days of cinema that have employed deep DOF shots, and have been some of the most iconic and cinematic films in history. The most obvious example is of course Citizen Kane, which has one of the deepest DOF shots I’ve ever seen, and a lot more ‘cinematic’ than anything shot on a DSLR at F1.4!Assuming you’re already an experienced DP, just go out and experiment. Have fun with it. See what works and what doesn’t, letting yourself place a focus and emphasis on all of the other important components of cinematography. When you start nailing some shots without having to use the crutch that is shallow depth of field, you might just feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders.last_img read more