Soweto’s university on the train

first_imgAll aboard for education. Professor Isabel Hofmeyr in discussionwith a commuter on a train to Soweto.Sermon on a Train encourages dialoguebetween the lecturer and the audience.(Images: Sermon on the Train)MEDIA CONTACTS• Molemo MoiloaSermon on the Train+27 84 892 0610RELATED ARTICLES• SA university puts lectures online• South African academics shine• University honour for Tutu• Education in South AfricaNosimilo NdlovuSowetan commuters are being given a taste of university education, with top South African academics giving free lectures on trains as part of the Sermon on the Train art project.The initiative takes up the old South African tradition of public preaching on trains in a different way, and aims to challenge the concept the “public lecture”.Final-year fine arts students Molemo Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in central Johannesburg started the project in early 2009 with academics from the university. The idea was that, while universities do occasionally give lectures open to the general public, these are not public enough.“Ordinary members of the public do not form part of the group of individuals that attend university public lectures,” said Mokgotho. “Hence, the sermon seeks to bring an exchange between the creative community and greater society.”Moiloa said Sermon on the Train began as a once-off art project for their degree. “Since then the project has taken on a life of its own,” she said. “Though we are still graded on the project, it has a greater public significance that has become separate to our degrees.”The sermons take place in the late afternoon, targeting workers returning home from work. They begin at Park Station in the city centre, where commuters board the train, and end in Soweto in the southwest of Johannesburg. Audiences are encouraged to ask questions and discuss issues with the lecturer, creating the opportunity for dialogue and the exchange of knowledge.The project kicked off in March, with the first lecture was given by Professor Anitra Nettleton, head of History of Art at Wits. On a train trip to Dube in Soweto, she spoke on the topic “Meditations on the African Avant Garde”.“The sermons serve as a critique of public access to information and the isolation and elitism often endemic in tertiary institution – particularly in relation to ordinary members of the public,” said Moiloa.All on boardThe first sermon was well received by the audience, to the relief of the organisers and lecturer. Soon other academics approached Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho, offering to do sermons.The second sermon was delivered by Wits architecture lecturer Professor Kirsten Doermann on a train to Orlando Station in Soweto in August. She read from a lecture by the radical avant-garde Greek architect Elia Zenghelis, dealing with democracy, urbanisation, globalisation and the role of the architect.Despite the seemingly daunting topic, the sermon set off critical discussion between the students, lecturers and commuters, confirming Moiloa and Mokgotho’s view that the initiative would encourage dialogue.In October award-winning writer and academic Professor Isabel Hofmeyr from the Wits School of Literature and Language Studies presented the third sermon, called “Revelations”, on the train to Phomolong, Soweto.Discussing African and Indian literature, Hofmeyr spoke of the birth of a new world power order, with the Indian Ocean as the central point of orientation. She handed out printed copies of the sermon to all commuters, which many read from top to bottom.Bridging social gapsMokgotho said their art had been about “re-observation and the defamiliarisation” of the everyday – questioning the way people saw the world and finding the aesthetic in the simple.More than this, according to the students, Sermon on the Train aims to raise questions about access, social divisions and the stereotypes that get entrenched by keeping people separate. The work also chips away at the hierarchy that separates students from lectures by encouraging lecturer-student collaborations.The university continues to provide resources to allow the project to grow further. “We have received major support,” Moiloa. “The university has sponsored the last two sermons because they feel it makes strides in some of the objectives of the university itself. This has resulted in a workshop and tutorial information packs we give out on the trains.”Some have argued that having a public lecture in a public space is imposing on that public. But Moiloa and Mokgotho believe it is no different to other performances such as public preaching, and are set to continue their journey.last_img read more

South Africa’s IEC has a new chairperson

first_img16 October 2015Vuma Glenton Mashinini has been appointed the chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa.The position has been vacant since the resignation of Pansy Tlakula in 2014, filled by Terry Tselane in an acting capacity in the interim. The Presidency made the announcement of Mashinini’s appointment on 14 October.Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Tlakula “guilty of gross maladministration” for the lease agreement of the IEC’s headquarters in Centurion.Mashinini was appointed as a commissioner of the IEC in April.He has previously served as a special projects adviser to President Jacob Zuma, as well as deputy chief electoral officer of the IEC from 1998 to 2001. In the latter post he was responsible for the establishment and administration of the national head office, all nine provincial electoral offices and approximately 350 municipal electoral offices.About MashininiMashinini was born on 22 January 1961 in Joburg. His family emigrated to Australia in 1980, where he studied business and commerce at Curtin University.Mashinini’s political life includes the position of race relations officer at the Curtin University Students Union, according to the SABC. “His work saw him joining the African National Congress (ANC) in Western Australia, where he co-ordinated anti-apartheid campaigns. He also worked for the Campaign Against Racial Exploitation, an Australian anti-apartheid movement.”Zuma wished Mashinini all the best in his new responsibility.The IECThe IEC is a permanent body established by the Constitution to promote and safeguard democracy in South Africa. It is a publicly funded body and while it is accountable to Parliament, it is independent of government.It was established in 1993, has five full-time commissioners, appointed by the president, whose brief is to deliver regular, free and fair elections at all levels of government – national, provincial and local.In terms of the Electoral Commission Act of 1996, the IEC has to compile and maintain the voters’ roll and it is responsible for counting, verifying and declaring the results of an election, which must be done within seven days of the close of the election.The IEC is also responsible for:Compiling and maintaining a register of parties;Undertaking and promoting research into electoral matters;Developing and promoting the development of electoral expertise and technology in all spheres of government;Continuously reviewing electoral laws and proposed electoral laws, and making recommendations; and,Promoting voter education.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

“You have to be odd to be number one” — First of each geocache type

first_img“You have to be odd to be number one”— Dr. SeussThe first to be something, now that’s something. Although a few of these geocaches are open for a spirited discussion, we’re fairly confident these are the “firsts” for each geocache type. Keep in mind that in the early days of geocaching, it was easier to change cache types after publication. Nevertheless, these geocaches should be fairly “pure”. Check out our list:First Traditional GeocacheThe Original StashGCFMay 3, 2000Oregon, USADave Ulmer’s original description restored from the sci.geo.satellite-nav newsgroup.Dave Ulmer at location of The Original Stash when the tribute plaque was installedFirst Mystery CacheOctopus GardenGC70October 30, 2000North Carolina, USAThe reason for the name of the Mystery CacheThe contents found in the first Mystery CacheFirst Multi-CacheTour of Stone MountainGC1EJune 11, 2000Georgia, USAAnd here it was, deep in the woods of GeorgiaNice use of the ammo can for the world’s first Multi-CacheFirst Virtual CacheRift ValleyGC536/15/2000 (The user carved his initials in a tree, years prior and listed it as a virtual cache in September of 2000, backdating to June of 2000. It’s possible that “Virtual Dublin” GC60 may be the true first.)Kenya Driving to the world’s first Virtual Cache in KenyaVirtually amazing?First Letterbox HybridOpen Space 6GC1901/15/2001 (This one is the most difficult to confirm. GC2D is the oldest Letterbox Hybrid in the database, but it was never found. It’s possible it was changed to a Letterbox Hybrid after the fact.)New Mexico, USAEn route to the Letterbox HybridEn route to the Letterbox Hybrid SharePrint Related First Event CacheAustin Geocachers Happy HourGC389March 24, 2001Texas, USAThe first Event Cache was a rousing successFirst Webcam CacheHouston Webcam Cache #1GC21DFOctober 11, 2001Texas, USARemember dial-up modems and websites that looked like this?Webcam image. No bull.First Locationless CachePlease Donate Blood CacheGC1C90September 12, 2001Locationless—duh! Blood, sweat, and cache<3First Cache In Trash Out® (CITO)Earth Day Cleanup at Raccoon Creek ParkGCE2F1April 26, 2003Pennsylvania, USAThe original CITO gangThat is a successful haul for a CITOFirst EarthCacheEarthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp HeadGCHFT2January 10, 2004 (other EarthCaches have earlier GC codes, but they were retroactively changed to EarthCaches from other cache types)New South Wales, AustraliaThis EarthCache rocks!Get one with nature with an EarthCacheFirst Mega-Event CacheGeoWoodstock 4GCRRC6May 27, 2006Texas, USAThe first ever Mega-Event had great weatherIf you were at the first Mega-Event, you remember these guysFirst WherigoWhere I went, HugoGC18FP7January 9, 2008London, UKYOU SHALL MAYBE PASSWhereveryougo, sign that logbook!First Giga-EventProject MUNICH2014 – Mia san Giga!GC4K089August 16, 2014Bayern, GermanySetting up for the GIGA!People from all over Europe and the worldGood fun for everyoneWhat do you think of our list? Do you know of geocaches that may qualify as “geocaching firsts”?Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

How to Add Sound Effects to a Sound Library in DaVinci Resolve 15

first_imgSetting up a PostgreSQL Database in DaVinci Resolve 15(Update: The DaVinci Resolve 15 Beta 2 update includes support for creating sound libraries using DaVinci Resolve disk databases, so the step outlined below is no longer necessary if you’re running the default disk database in Resolve 15 Beta 2 or higher.)If you’re a single user on a standalone system, chances are you’ll be using a Disk database (the default) to save your projects, settings, and grades in DaVinci Resolve. In order to get the Sound Library to work, you’ll need to add a PostgreSQL database to store the sound effects. (You can run both databases on your system.)(If you don’t know the differences between disk databases and PostgreSQL databases, watch this video tutorial by Alex of LearningColorGrading.com.)If, like me, you’ve never used a PostgreSQL database in Resolve, you may not even have PostgreSQL installed on your system — or you might have an old version of it.You can check your version of PostgreSQL on a Mac by going to Mac HD > Library > PostgreSQL. I have 8.4, which is incompatible with Resolve 15, and likely from an old version of Resolve Studio.Unfortunately the readme that ships with DaVinci Resolve says that you’re supposed to update your version of PostgreSQL before you update your OS (which I also recently did):Upgrading Your PostgreSQL Database Server on MacUntil DaVinci Resolve 12.5.2, the Mac installer used to ship with PostgreSQL version 8.4.2. Starting from macOS Sierra 10.12, PostgreSQL version 8.4 is no longer supported.If you intend to upgrade to the latest OS, you will need to upgrade your PostgreSQL database server to version 9.5.4 prior to upgrading macOS. Once your PostgreSQL installation has been upgraded and your data has been ported, you can then proceed with your macOS upgrade.We have provided apps to simplify upgrading your PostgreSQL version on your Mac. The apps along with instructions can be found in the /Library/Application Support/Blackmagic Design/DaVinci Resolve/Upgrade PostgreSQL folder.Starting from DaVinci Resolve 12.5.3, new installations will include PostgreSQL version 9.5.4.So, after backing up your existing PostgreSQL database (and assuming no other apps on your system are relying on PostgreSQL), you need to completely uninstall and then reinstall it at version 9.5, which is compatible with DaVinci Resolve 15.After much searching, I found these uninstall instructions from Dwaine Maggart on the Blackmagic Design forum.Installing PostgreSQL 9.5 for DaVinci ResolveYou can choose to install PostgreSQL Server on your Mac during the installation process for Resolve 15. Just click on the Customize button, and then check the box for PostgreSQL Server in the next window.Now, when you open DaVinci Resolve 15, you can create a PostgreSQL database (you would have previously gotten an error message with “no/incompatible version installed.”)When you first launch DaVinci Resolve 15 (or if Resolve is already open), click on the little House icon in the bottom right-hand corner, open the “Databases” sidebar by clicking on the icon in the yellow box (pictured above). Then click on “New Database.”In the dialogue box, select the “Create” tab. Choose PostgreSQL, and then give the new database a name, like “soundfx.”It’s best to leave all the others at their defaults — especially the location (which defaults to the local host, which is your computer) unless you want to store it on a shared server others can access (which is largely the point of PostgreSQL databases!).Now, when you open Resolve and go to the Sound Library, you should see “No Library Connected” rather than “No PostgreSQL database connected.”After all that, we’re finally ready to begin.Using the Sound Library in DaVinci Resolve 15The Sound Library works by scanning a folder (and its sub folders) for sound files and then building a searchable catalogue of those files, stored in the PostgresSQL database of your choice.As each PostgreSQL database can store its own catalogue of scanned files, it seems to make sense to make one library in one PostgresSQL database that stores them all for easy searching. However, if you have thousands of files, it’s possible that the database might get unwieldy.To actually add your sound files to a Library, just click on “Add Library,” and select the folder you want to scan. You’ll then see the dialogue box (pictured above) detailing how many sound effects have been added to the Library.Once you’ve added some files to your library, the only way to find them is to search for the keywords in either the filename or its metadata description. Hopefully, more searchable metadata fields will be available in the future, such as artist, album, duration, etc.As a test, I opened one of the sound effects in VLC media player to see if I could edit the metadata so DaVinci Resolve would recognize the text “Scary Action Riser” in the Description tab. But it didn’t work for me. Hopefully, these improvements might come in later editions of the beta.To add more files to your catalogue or library, click on the three little dots to the right of the Sound Library and press “Add Library…” and then select the target folder.To refresh the library, just reselect the same folder you’ve previously added, and any new items it finds will be added to the library as well.Adding Sound Effects to the TimelineIn both the Edit and Fairlight pages you can add any of the sound effects by dragging and dropping them into the timeline. It’s that easy.You can add In and Out points (shortcuts I and O) to set the range of the clip you want to edit in to your project. Within the Fairlight page, you also have a few more controls (pictured above), including setting a sync point marker, which allows you to set the frame within the clip that will match to the playhead in the timeline when you audition it.To audition a clip, select the track in the timeline that you want to paste the clip into, set the sync point marker (at the top of the riser) and press “Audition.” Resolve will temporarily paste the clip into the timeline with the sync frame at the position of the playhead. If you press “Cancel,” it will remove the clip — or leave it in place if you select “Confirm.”Feature RequestsOther than adding more metadata fields to search and scan, it would be great if you could sort the results by the metadata fields. This way you could sort the results by the number of stars in your rating column or the duration of the file — and so on.I also experimented with taking files in the library offline. (I simply moved a file out of the folder it had been scanned into.) The result was that the entry in the database still existed, but no waveform appeared in the preview thumbnail. As soon as I added the file back into the folder, the waveform reappeared. Next, I’m hoping we see flags for offline files that need to be replaced.Looking for more tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Everything You Need to Know About the LUT Browser in DaVinci Resolve 15Video Tutorial: How to Make 360° Videos Look BetterHow to Set Up a Tethered Shoot with the Panasonic GH5Tips for Creating the All Important Video Thumbnail Cover ImageBest Lenses for Gimbal Cinematography The new Sound Library browser in DaVinci Resolve 15 makes it much easier to find that perfect audio clip. Here’s what you need to know.One of the many new features in DaVinci Resolve 15 is the new Sound Library browser. This gives you a searchable database of all your connected sound libraries, accessible from the Edit and Fairlight pages.This makes finding and adding the perfect sound effect much easier than scrolling through folders, highlighting specific files, or trying to remember which “Whoosh” file is the best one.In this article, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to get started with the Sound Library.(When putting this post together, I encountered a problem with PostgreSQL (which we’ll get into). If you see “No Library Connected” when you open the Sound Library browser in DaVinci Resolve 15, you can skip the first section below.)To build my sound effects library, I’ll be working with the 120 free sound effects that you can download from PremiumBeat.com right here.last_img read more

GARY KIRSTEN QUITS AS TEAM INDIA’S COACH

first_imgGary Kirsten on Tuesday officially stepped down as the coach of the Indian cricket team and said that working with M.S. Dhoni and his boys had been one of the most cherished moments of his life.”Coaching the Indian team has been one of my most cherished moments. This Indian team is in a very healthy position. It has been a massive privilege to be a part of Team India,” Kirsten said at a press conference.”My goal while coaching India had been to make it the No. 1 team in the world,” he said.Kirsten lavished praise on Indian cricketers, especially captain Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar. “Dhoni is the best captain in the world. He always gives his 100 per cent,” he said.Asked if he saw Sachin playing in the 2015 World Cup, Kirsten said: “It would be great to have him around. I hope Sachin keeps going as long as he enjoys it. One never knows how long that could be.”Kirsten said the Indian team’s fielding had shown immense progress. “I was surprised to see how the players fielded during the knockout games at the World Cup,” he said, making a special mention of Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli.He said Kohli was now ready for Test cricket and Ishant Sharma was a star of the future.Kirsten said he had been overwhelmed by the love the players and fans had shown for him. “It has been one of the hardest goodbyes I have had to make,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Scorpio Bulkers Inks Sale and Leaseback for Six Bulkers

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Monaco-based dry bulk shipping company Scorpio Bulkers has agreed to sell and leaseback six Ultramax vessels to AVIC International Leasing.The vessels in question are the SBI Antares, SBI Bravo, SBI Hydra, SBI Leo, SBI Lyra and SBI Maia.Upon completion of the transaction, estimated to take place in the second quarter of 2019, the company’s liquidity is expected to increase by up to USD 62.4 million in aggregate. The figure comprises of up to USD 52.6 million upon closing after the repayment of outstanding debt and an additional tranche of up to USD 9.8 million for installation of scrubbers on the six vessels.As part of the deals, Scorpio Bulkers will bareboat charter-in the vessels for a period of eight years.The company has purchase options beginning after the end of the second year of each agreement. There is also a purchase obligation for each vessel upon the expiration of the contracts.last_img read more

Acerbi Lazio cant underestimate AC Milan

first_imgLazio defender Francesco Acerbi warned his teammates to not let their guard down against an injury-hit AC Milan sideManager Gennaro Gattuso will be without at least nine members of his squad ahead of Sunday’s Serie A showdown with Lazio.Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli and star striker Gonzalo Higuain are among the absentees for what could be a potentially crucial game for Milan.But Acerbi will not be taking them lightly with Milan just a point behind fourth-place Lazio in the Serie A table.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I’ve already talked about it with [Gigio] Donnarumma,” said Acerbi, according to Football-Italia.“The Rossoneri have some important players out with injury, but they still have great quality and they’ll definitely come to Rome to win.“We can’t underestimate Milan, or we risk looking bad.”Sunday’s game will take place at the Stadio Olimpico with kick-off to begin at 18:00 (CET).last_img read more

A Drone Unlike Any Youve Ever Seen

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 4, 2015 If I saw one of these flying overhead, I’d much sooner duck and call animal control than think I was being surveilled. But this is no living animal.A team of engineering professors at the University of Illinois are working on a fully autonomous drone like you’ve never seen before. It looks and flies just like a living bat. No joke. Bats were the inspiration behind the architecture of these drones because of “their unrivaled agility and maneuverability during flight,” the university says.“When a bat flaps its wings, it’s like a rubber sheet,” professor Seth Hutchinson said on the school’s website. “It fills up with air and deforms. And then when the wing gets to the end of its motion, that rubber wing pushes the air out when it springs back into place. So you get this big amplification of power that comes just from the fact you are using flexible membranes inside the wing itself.”Related: What the Heck Are Drones Good For, Anyway?In other words, it’s a drone that’s equal parts powerful and power efficient. The professors say their bat drones should have longer battery power than traditional quadcopter drones “because of their ability flap and glide instead of relying on constantly rotating propellers.”Take a look at the drones in action. They’re fascinating and, despite the upbeat music in the video, also a little frightening.OK, so people are creating bat drones. Now what? The professors plan on using the bats to monitor progress on construction sites.“Building construction projects are complicated, and rarely do they happen the way they are intended to happen,” Hutchinson said. “Keeping track of whether the building is being put together the right way at the right time is not trivial. So the bats would fly around, pay attention, and compare the building information model to the actual building that’s being constructed.”Related: Senators Push Bill to Legalize Commercial DronesThe professors believe their robo-bats could also someday be used for delivering packages, should such regulations be passed.Between drones that fly like bats and robots that run like cheetahs, well, what’s next? If you don’t believe me about the cheetah thing, see what I mean here. It’s crazy stuff.Related: These Giant Robotic Ants Could One Day Replace Factory Workers 3 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more