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Nal’ibali’s Story Bosso is named

first_imgAthandiwe Sikade’s entry was an animated retelling of uMboleki, a humorous children’s story with a deeper message about how to behave appropriately in society. (Image: Nal’ibali)A seven-year-old has become South Africa’s Story Bosso after winning the Nal’ibali storytelling competition.Athandiwe Sikade of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, who is only seven, is the winner of the competition. Itis a nationwide talent search to get people of all ages excited about reading and telling stories.The competition invited members of the public to send in audio or video clips of themselves reading or telling their favourite stories.“We collected more than 2 000 submissions from across the country,” said Jade Jacobsohn, the managing director of the Nali’bali reading-for-enjoyment campaign.”Stories came in from all age groups and in all languages.“They ranged from those that made us laugh, to those that made us cry, but best of all, they showed us that a spirit of storytelling – oral, written and in many languages is alive and well, which we can use to inspire children to want to read and write.”Athandiwe is joined by two runners-up: 12-year-old Atang Makgata, who was selected for her original story, A Dream About the Enchanted Forest, and Kerrin Kokot and Jayne Batzofin who entered their bilingual story, The Lonely Frog, in English and Sign Language.The finalists each receive cash prizes, Ackermans vouchers as well as a home library with books courtesy of Exclusive Books, Bargain Books, Cambridge University Press, Jacana Media and the Save Our Seas Foundation.Jacobsohn added that while they were delighted to have discovered so many promising storytellers, Story Bosso was ultimately about helping to root a culture of reading in South Africa.“Sharing stories builds children’s knowledge, concepts, language ability and imagination. So, growing the storytelling and reading habit at home, is a perfect way to help children become motivated and curious learners with greater capacity to succeed at school,” said Jacobsohn.A STORY ON BEHAVING APPROPRIATELYAccording to Nal’ibali, competing against 14 other finalists for the title of South Africa’s first Story Bosso, Athandiwe was chosen for her spirited storytelling style and skill relative to her young age.Her entry was an animated retelling of uMboleki, a humorous children’s story with a deeper message about how to behave appropriately in society.Athandiwe received a surprise visit from renowned local author and Story Bosso celebrity judge, Sindiwe Magona, who treated her and her class to a special storytelling of her own.“In books and stories you will find all the dreams you will ever need,” said Magona.”You will find all the truth the world can give and all the fun there is for each and every boy or girl, little, or big, or somewhere in between.”Athandiwe is from Chumisa Primary in Khayelitsha, where Nal’ibali hosted one of 30 Story Bosso pop-up auditions to source stories directly from the campaign’s network of reading clubs and communities across the country.Along with its partners, Times Media, National Book Week, Jozi Book Fair, Soweto Theatre, Vodacom Teacher Centres, Mad About Art and Africa Unite, auditions were held which served as an opportunity for Nal’ibali to provide caregivers and children across the country with books and literacy materials in their home languages.Over 13 000 books and 26 500 story cards in a range of South African languages were distributed over the duration of the competition.last_img read more

A visit to Robben Island

first_imgGraves litter Robben Island, among them a cemetery for lepers who were once banished here to die. Photos: Lorraine Kearney T159 – the isolated block where Robert Sobukwe was put in solitary confinement.The heavy key – with its heart-shaped top – that locked Nelson Mandela’s cell door.By Lorraine Kearney8 November 2013In 1991, the last political prisoner left Robben Island. Yesterday, I visited The Island for the first time. There are some things every South African should do: visit Constitutional Hill, visit Robben Island and the Apartheid Museum, walk Reconciliation Road and, of course, vote.The Island is an astounding place, filled with a deep peace layered with dignity. In its life, it has been a home, a leper colony, a fort and a jail, and once again a home.There are hundreds of graves – almost double the 200-odd inhabitants who live there now. Resting in the sandy soil are the bones of lepers, prisoners and Irish immigrants who crossed the oceans to find a better life.The single privately owned property on Robben Island is a church, built by these immigrants and now owned by the Anglican Church of South Africa.Set apart from all other prisoners, staring longingly outwards, is the small rectangular structure where Robert Sobukwe was kept in isolation for six long, lonely years.Here has a man so powerful, his captors kept him locked away from other inmates. It is humbling to touch the walls he touched, to see the views he saw. What thoughts kept him alive and sane, his humanity intact, for all those years, I wonder.Deep within the thick walls of the prison block, there is a profound silence. Visitors speak in hushed tones, if at all.The brutality and aching loneliness of the place infiltrate your heart. But if you stand by a window, and listen hard enough, you can hear the sea outside the walls. It is the sound of freedom, the promise of hope.At the lime quarry, the glare is blinding. But the unmistakeable smell of fynbos and salt is on the air, and the gulls wheel and cry in the sky.There is a spot, outside the village, with the most beautiful, tantalising view of the Mother City, with her flat-topped mountain looming protectively over her. She beckons, calling her children to be comforted in her arms. And of course we answer, climbing back into the ferry to thunder across the water.The only way to travel is right at the top, in the open air, where you can watch The Island get smaller as the boat rounds into the harbour, and breathe the free sea air.Tears dried down my cheeks, from the wind or from The Island. I stepped ashore exhausted, profoundly moved and yet again aghast at what humans do to each other.Read more about South Africa’s heritage and history on SouthAfrica.info: Mandela’s ‘Robben Island University’last_img read more

U.S policy with Cuba important for trade

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In response to the Trump Administration announcement on the U.S. not lifting sanctions with Cuba, the National Corn Growers Association wants to emphasize the potential importance of Cuba as a trading partner.Cuba should be an easy market for U.S. corn farmers. Instead, that market has gone to our competitors — costing us an estimated $125 million in lost opportunity each year. If trade with Cuba were normalized, it would represent our 11th largest market for corn. Instead, we have just 11% market share in a country only 90 miles from our border. At a time when the farm economy is struggling, we ask our leaders in Washington not to close doors on market opportunities for American agriculture.last_img

West Holmes FFA takes the online forestry exam

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nathan Yoder, Jayme Pennell, Addison Yates, Drake MulletOn September 24 the West Holmes FFA had 7 members take the online forestry exam. The team was 19th out of 39 teams. Individually placing, Jayme Pennell 79th, Addison Yates 79th, Drake Mullet 128th, Lucas Shaum 165th, Nathan Yoder 199th, Clay Shepler 296th, and Dawson Doretich 371st out of 382 individuals. The participants had to answer a series of questions about forestry on a computer.Then on September 28 the chapter sent 4 members to Hocking College. The team was 19th out of 34 teams. Individually placing, Jayme Pennell 76th, Addison Yates 80th, Drake Mullet 97th, and Nathan Yoder 148th out of 204 individuals. During the contest members had to diagnose forest disorders, make decisions about managing forests, identify trees and cruise them for timber, and complete a chainsaw safety and identification practicum.last_img read more

Audio Gear: 10 Super Cheap Accessories for Your Audio Kit

first_imgTrue audio professionals always have a few equipment tricks up their sleeves. Luckily, they don’t always have to be expensive.One thing I’ve always loved about film production is the ingenuity involved — and the interesting uses of common household items to solve common filmmaking problems. You have the all-time classic, the C47 (known as the clothespin to the layman), and everything from different types of tape, cord, rope, to even using shower curtains for diffusion. These are all things you can buy at pretty much any store, and they will enhance the efficiency of your production.This is just as true for the audio department as it is for grips and lighting. In the video below, Andrew Jones from Deity Microphones walks you through 10 super low-cost things you need to add to your audio kit to become a total professional.Recording consistently great audio is obviously really difficult, especially if you don’t have all of the right tools. Lavelier mics can be pretty difficult to hide consistently (for example) and still get desirable audio. There are different fabrics and clothing styles, and every subject is going to present a different set of challenges.That is why these small, affordable items are so important — they open up many more possibilities on set and make consistency much more achievable.1. MoleskinMoleskin is, in a lot of ways, the “gaff tape” of the audio department. Normally, it’s a foot-care product (which is where you’ll find it in the store) that keeps blisters and other injuries from becoming worse as they heal — but it doubles as a perfect material for hiding and securing microphones. It’s soft, easily removable, and very versatile.2. Elastic Bandage StrapImage via Igor Sokolov (breeze)You need to be able to comfortably hide your audio transmitters on your subject just as you do your microphones. There are tools called transmitter straps that you can use to do this.However, if you don’t have one handy, you can always just use an elastic bandage strap.3. Medical Tape and ScissorsImage via Photo_for_You.One thing that is just as important as hiding your lav mic is hiding your mic cord. A mic cord left untreated will often create some really peculiar shapes and wrinkles on your subject — and is almost just as distracting as if you had left the mic and cord completely out in the open.Some medical tape is the perfect tool to help secure and run your mic cord to prevent any issues.4. Makeup SpongesImage via Jason Salmon.This one kind of blew my mind. I hadn’t ever thought of using something like this for this purpose. Turns out, a simple makeup sponge is a perfect tool for getting rid of the rustling of fabric against skin or vice versa — and helps you get a much cleaner signal out of your lav mic.Just make a small hole and poke your lav mic up through the makeup sponge, leaving only the tip of the mic exposed.5. Lingerie TapeImage via HFSecretes.Though this is a tool most commonly used by the wardrobe department, it has some great uses in the audio world as well. If you’ve ever used a lav mic, you know that your subject’s clothes can rustle around and create a lot of issues in your audio. Using some of this lingerie tape (most commonly used to help avoid a wardrobe malfunction), which is sticky on both sides, you can fasten a lot of loose fabrics together so that they won’t be able to move around as much.6. Laundry Dryer SheetsImage via Evgeny Atamanenko.This is another one that I would have never thought about — and am quite surprised that it is even a thing.Apparently, if your subject has some very starchy and rough clothing, rubbing a dryer sheet on the areas where you’re placing the mics will soften the fabric itself, which will help with the rustling of the clothes. Who knew?7. Unlubricated CondomsImage via JBNewcomb.This one is a little more on the . . . interesting side. Though it might seem weird to carry a pack of condoms in your audio kit, they are actually quite useful.The most important use for condoms in an audio kit is protecting your gear. For instance, if you’re shooting a scene that involves water (like a scene in the rain), or sweat, if you stick your transmitters in an unlubricated condom, the important bits won’t get wet. Not to mention, if you’re shooting with athletes and the like, you won’t be passing sweaty audio gear back and forth from person to person. Very smart.8. Breath MintsImage via bscmediallc.If you’ve ever had to mic anyone up, you’ll know that you get pretty up-close and personal. So, as a professional courtesy, you should make sure that you have something to freshen up your coffee breath.9. Cheap HeadphonesImage via Audrius Merfeldas.When running sound on bigger sets with lots of clients who want to hear playback and otherwise monitor things, you’re going to want lots of headphones around. It’s not a good idea to spend a ton of money on these because they’ll get lost or dirty — or a client won’t want to wear some strange pair of earbuds (there’s no telling where those have been).Instead, run by the drug store and buy a handful of sets of earbuds for each shoot, and give them away at the end. You can even add them as an expendable line item on your invoice.10. BatteriesImage via ArielMartin.Batteries are the audio guy’s best friend. If you don’t have enough batteries, or the right kind of batteries, you’re going to look extremely unprofessional. You’re expected to have fully functioning gear at all times — and a lot of audio gear can suck a battery dry much quicker than you’d think.In the video, Andrew explains that he often finds good deals on batteries by using coupons (sometimes multiple). Leave it to a professional sound mixer to find the best deals on batteries.Top Image via guruXOX.Looking for more audio trips and tricks? Check these out.5 Quick Tips: Mixing Audio for Film and Video ProjectsHow to Clean up Noisy Video and Audio in 30 SecondsAudio Tip: How to Get Good Sound on Every Budget9 Things You Should Check Before Recording AudioHow To Fix Out-of-Sync Audio on a Video Game Screen Capturelast_img read more

Ricky Ponting quits as Australian skipper

first_imgDays after suffering loss to hosts India in the ongoing ICC World Cup match, Ricky Ponting stepped down as the Australian captain on Tuesday.One of the Australia’s most successful captains, Ponting said he took the decision on his own and not because he was forced to. He had been facing a lot of criticism after the quarterfinal defeat to India.Making the announcement of quitting as captain, Ponting said he would be available for both Test matches and ODIs as a specialised batsman. He said this was the right time for another captain to assume responsibility.Ponting said it was unlikely that he would be around when the Ashes takes place in 2013-2014 or the World Cup in 2015.Ponting led Australia to successive World Cup wins in 2003 and 2007. He also became the only Australian captain in more than 100 years to lose three Ashes series against arch-rivals England.Australia’s recent dip in form, failure to defend the World Cup crown this year and Ponting’s own inconsistent show with the bat were the key factors for the big development.last_img read more

Jane Philpott stands by commitment she made as a Liberal not to

first_imgOTTAWA — Jane Philpott says she stands by the commitment she made as a Liberal candidate to support access to abortion despite her personal beliefs.The former cabinet minister, now running as an Independent after being kicked out of the Liberal caucus in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin affair, says there are some issues that may cause her to vote differently from her former party should she return to Ottawa after the Oct. 21 vote.But she says abortion is not one of them.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requires all Liberal MPs to vote with his government on matters of reproductive health, and would-be candidates for his party are asked during the nomination process whether that would be a problem.Philpott, a Mennonite, says that while she believes she would not personally choose to terminate a pregnancy, that has nothing to do with her obligations as an MP to uphold rights for all Canadians.The former health minister also says the Liberals were being “opportunistic” by circulating a 2005 speech by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer stating his opposition to same-sex marriage and suggesting he would restrict access to abortion, saying it feeds into cynicism about politicians.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

He really took something from me Montreal actress Erika Rosenbaum says Harvey

first_imgRosenbaum tells Chattopadhyay why she kept quiet about Weinstein until now.  Here is part of their conversation.Piya Chattopadhyay: Tell me about the first time you met Harvey Weinstein. Erika Rosenbaum: I was a very young actor, new to Los Angeles, and I was there with really very little qualifications or opportunities. I had very little money. I did not have an agent …So I was at a party and I met him and I didn’t really know much about him at the time. He had to explain to me who he was. And I think he got a kick out of my candor and the sort of small-town girl that I was at the time …Actress Rose McGowan has alleged that Harvey Weinstein raped her. She is one of many women in Hollywood accusing the producer of sexual harassment. (Richard Shotwell/Associated Press)I just wanted to impress him so that if I was in an audition room and he was on the other side of the table, he would remember me and I would have an advantage.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Twitter Warning:  This story contains disturbing details.As the Harvey Weinstein scandal ripples through the film industry, a Montreal actress joins the growing number of women accusing the Hollywood movie mogul of sexual misconduct.In an interview with The Current‘s Friday host Piya Chattopadhyay, actress Erika Rosenbaum, 37, says she first met Weinstein in her 20s in Los Angeles, which led to several “inappropriate” meetings with the film producer that left her with feelings of confusion, shame and powerlessness.‘I thought that something I had done had provoked this behaviour in him and so I was deeply guilty for whatever I had done to allow this to happen.’ Montreal actress Erika Rosenbaum, 37, says there were three separate instances in her 20s where Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein aggressively came on to her. (Reisler Talent Agency)last_img read more

Facebook says it’s limiting false stories for India election

NEW DELHI — Facebook says it is preparing for Indian elections by working to limit false stories, videos and photos on its platform.It says it is tying up with fact checkers and media organizations that are flagging false information and helping reduce its spread.Its assurances come as the Election Commission of India tries to rein in social media giants like Google, Twitter and Facebook to prevent the spread of politically motivated manipulative information and protect user data.Indian politicians increasingly are using social media to run campaign advertisements, share political songs and interact with young voters.Polling in the general election is to take place in stages from April 11 to May 19.Rishabh R. Jain, The Associated Press