3 November 2014The World Travel Market (WTM) tourism trade expo taking place in London will afford South Africa an opportunity to build on its reputation as a unique, diverse friendly and accessible destination, according to Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.Hanekom is leading a delegation of provincial and local government tourism marketing authorities, tourism and travel product owners, travel service providers and representatives from South African Tourism to the annual tourism trade expo which runs from Monday, 3 November to Thursday, 7 November.“We will be promoting the variety of experiences we offer in South Africa, and build on our reputation as a unique, diverse, friendly and accessible destination,’ said Hanekom in a statement.WTM a platform for doing businessHanekom said the WTM is one of the premier events where South Africa engages with the global travel trade. He said besides maintaining excitement about South Africa, the tourism trade expo will provide a platform for doing business and growing international tourist arrivals to the country.“Our tourism sector has a strong base from which we can grow further. Since the advent of democracy 20 years ago, South Africa has recorded truly impressive growth in international tourist arrivals. Our challenge is to do even better. We want to grow the tourism industry in a way that creates more opportunities for all our people and is sustainable well into the future.’According to latest figures from Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), international arrivals have surged by 300% since 1994 to reach nearly 15-million in 2013. In 2013 alone, South Africa welcomed a total of 9 616 964 tourists, up from the 9 188 368 tourists that visited South Africa in 2012.South Africa’s international tourist arrivals grew at an annual average growth rate of 7.4% between 2011 and 2013, well above the global average of 4.5% during this period. The country also saw good growth out of Europe, its largest overseas market for tourist arrivals, in 2013. A total of 1 494 978 European tourist arrivals were recorded in 2013, a 7.0% increase on the 1 396 978 European tourists who visited South Africa in 2012.World Tourism Organization & World Travel Market Ministers’ SummitBesides doing business and wooing visitors to South Africa, Hanekom will take part in a World Tourism Organization & World Travel Market Ministers’ Summit on Tuesday, 4 November. The summit brings together together tourism ministers and global industry leaders to explore international best practice.This year’s UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit will take place under the theme “Tourism and Mega-Events: building a lasting legacy’, and will focus on the links between tourism and mega events, looking in particular into the following issues:How to measure the impact of mega events on tourism destinationsHow to ensure adequate infrastructure development and planningHow to translate the hosting of mega events into strong destination brandsHow to promote community engagement and invest in human capitaHow to promote environmentally sustainable eventsAt the summit, Hanekom will share lessons that South Africa has learnt from hosting mega-events such as the FIFA World Cup, and discuss ways of further leveraging the opportunities presented by business tourism and event-based tourism.On the evening of the first day of the summit, Hanekom will present the Ubuntu Awards to South Africa’s travel and trade partners who have excelled in selling the destination to UK travellers.Hankom said the UK is more than just an important market for South Africa. With just under 500 000 arrivals from the UK in 2013, the market remains South Africa’s largest overseas source market. “Our UK trade partners must know that we are in this market to stay and that we will be working even harder and smarter to grow our market share,’ he said.World Travel MarketThe WTM houses 5 000 exhibitors from 186 countries and is one of the largest tourism trade platforms in the world. Annually, the tourism trade expo facilitates some R38-billion in industry deals and creates opportunities for the international travel and tourism trade to negotiate business deals, discuss issues that affect the sector and expand networks.This year, organisers expect to host over 50 000 product owners, tour operators and travel agencies, airlines, technology providers, government ministers, global industry leaders and international travel media during the course of the four-day event.SAinfo reporter
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Picking up the Pieces: Helping Couples Overcome InfidelityDate: August 11, 2016Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EasternLocation: Picking up the Pieces: Helping Couples Overcome InfidelityFlickr [IMG_2625 by Vortexas32, March 29, 2012, CC BY-ND 2.0]This session is being presented by Emily Brown, LCSW. Emily is the director of Key Bridge Therapy Center in Arlington, VA. She works with individuals, couples, and families regarding the underlying issues in relationships, marriage, divorce and betrayal. In this webinar, Emily will be assisting service professionals in the identification and treatment of affairs in couples. This will include special difficulties for military families when it comes to affairs in addition to the different types of affairs, how to handle the surfacing of an affair, how to intervene and work with couples effectively, and how to assist with forgiveness and closure. Join us on August 11th at 11:00 am Eastern!We offer 1.5 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.
While 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.
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