SAN FRANCISCO — When the offseason began, the Giants understood there would be a wide-open competition to attract the best possible manager candidates.Jobs range from high-profile gigs with pressure to win immediately such as ones with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies to positions leading rebuilding teams with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals.Eight different clubs have spent at least part of October searching for a new manager, which would theoretically complicate …
9 February 2009A report from the task team set up to investigate options to help struggling sectors of South Africa’s economy should be ready by next month, President Kgalema Motlanthe told journalists in Cape Town on Sunday.Motlanthe said the task team, comprising representatives from the government, business and organised labour, had been mandated to make proposals for government assistance to sectors crumbling under the recessionary global environment.“There will be a report available soon from the task team . and we expect they will come back with concrete proposals on how we should respond to the economic meltdown,” Motlanthe said.“We must be mindful of the fact that we don’t know how far the meltdown is going to go, but we have not touched the ground yet. It is difficult to know whether it is a recession or depression,” the President added.Asked how the government might help struggling sectors of the economy, Motlanthe said it would not just throw money at the problem. The task team was looking at various options, he said, with the primary focus on saving jobs.In his state of the nation address in Parliament on Friday, Motlanthe said the global economic meltdown posed “serious dangers for the economy in terms of job losses and the quality of life of our people.“Our central and immediate task is to fully appreciate the consequences of these developments on our economy and our region, and devise responses that will minimise their impact on the most vulnerable sectors of our society.”The demand for South Africa’s exports had decreased and job creation had been negatively affected, with retrenchments already taking place in the car manufacturing sector, among others.The government would adapt industrial financing and incentive instruments to help deal with the challenges in various sectors and to allow employees to keep their jobs, he said.Source: BuaNews
15 March 2010Durban/eThekwini is so hyped for the 2010 Fifa World Cup that the municipality has launched an informal challenge among its departments to see “which team can be dubbed the best 2010 Fifa World Cup Supporter”.First it was the Revenue branch, with an innovative weekly campaign showcasing different countries participating in the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (See: Football Fridays take off in eThekwini.) Now the Treasury Admin team has got in on the act.“We at Administration, are challenging the Revenue Call Centre,” says Lauren of Treasury Admin. “We too have the soccer fever and an even mightier team spirit! We will also soon be challenging them on the Diski Dance.”Click arrow to play slideshow.Then click bottom right button for fullscreen (ESC to exit).To view captions in fullscreen, click “show info”.The competitive juices are clearly starting to flow in South Africa’s “Surf City” as the World Cup kick-off approaches. Go, Durban!Football Fridays News Desk
Being a better hider begins long before a lucky adventurer claims a FTF (First to Find) on your brand new geocache. It even begins before you submit your freshly hidden geocache for review. Some geocachers are already experts at hiding great caches. For the rest of us, here are four quick pointers to be a better hider.1 — Land Owner or Manager PermissionMake sure to get permission from the land owner or manager before placing a geocache – even many public locations require permission. This step will help to offer a great experience to geocachers without them being concerned about seeking the cache at that location, and means you won’t need to worry about cache removal.2 — LocationGeocaching guides treasure-seekers to a precise set of coordinates. The adventure begins there. Make sure that “there” is the right “there.” You should double (even triple) check your coordinates using a dedicated GPS receiver. Avoid using smartphones to establish coordinates for new geocaches.3 — Weather ProofingDo your best to ensure the cache and the log sheet are weather proof. A soggy log sheet can dampen the joy of geocaching. See examples of great geocache containers that help keep the log and contents of the cache dry.4 — Creative CachingPlace the geocache in a location you would like people to visit. Ask yourself, “Would I show my favorite person in the world this geocache?” Is the geocache placed in a scenic overlook? Does it reveal a hidden history or is the geocache experience creative? If you answered at least one “yes,” you’re on the right rack to placing a great cache. Check out some creative cache ideas here.You can learn even more. Get to know the geocaching guidelines. Your geocache needs to meet all the guidelines before it is published. This Week…Be a Better Hider Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedBe a better hiderAugust 21, 2018In “News”How to hide a geocacheSeptember 3, 2019In “News”The 4 Most Common Geocache Hiding MistakesMay 6, 2014In “Maker Madness”
Using a DSLR or mirrorless camera to create a narrative film with a pro cast and crew can be a huge undertaking. Yvonne is a good example of a film that pulled it off while working with a simple Samsung NX1 setup.Images from Samsung USAYvonne, a short film from screenwriter Steven Rowley (based on a short story by Sandy Frances Duncan) and directed and produced by Andrew Putschoegl (BFFs, Nerdgasm) perfectly demonstrates how to create a professional-looking movie with a $1,699.99 compact mirrorless camera—all in 4K.The film was shot with the Samsung NX1 and stars Marissa Jaret Winokur as Yvonne, a woman who struggles with her identity as a wife, mother, and homemaker. To escape her routine, Yvonne starts an alternative life inside her refrigerator, which Putschoegl creates in a visually original way.‘Yvonne’ was part of Samsung 4K content series in which they teamed up with filmmakers across the country to showcase the NX1, especially in regards to 4K capture. The program collaborated with RocketJump, Wittydud and Pitchfork.Although Putschoegl has worked with DSLRs in the past, he had sworn off the platform for awhile because he was “more frustrated than happy with the quality he was getting” compared with high-end digital motion picture cameras like the ARRI ALEXA. The mirrorless NX1 was an interesting alternative, outputting 8-bit, 4:2:2 4K files to an Atomos Shogun recorder. The NX1 contains a 28.2MP BSI APS-C CMOS sensor, which can capture 4K or UHD video on board to standard SD cards.Putschoegl had numerous discussions with cinematographer Robert Brinkman (The Rules of Attraction) and the look of the movie was motivated by Rowley’s script. Putschoegl explains…We talked about at the beginning we wanted Yvonne to have this muted color palette to accompany the fact that she’s very underappreciated and not having much of a life outside of the small space that she inhabits on a daily basis. We also talked about keeping things a little tighter and more controlled.As the film moves on, the team expanded the film’s color palette and developed Yvonne’s wardrobe and makeup, which ultimately leads to her freedom at the end of the film.The production shot with the NX1, outputting 8-bit, 4:2:2 4K files to an Atomos Shogun recorder. The NX1 can capture 4K and UHD to SD cards but it’s in the H.265 format, which is a more compressed format than H.264. H.265 is also not yet compatible with any of the current NLEs.Putschoegl and Brinkman also put the camera in a cage housing with professional camera accessories for focus pulling, as well as an Anton Bauer battery solution to power both the camera and recorder. According to Putschoegl, since they were shooting in a studio space, they didn’t have any problem controlling highlights since they had total control over lighting.Here’s a cool behind-the-scenes video of Yvonne…For lenses, the NX1 contains a proprietary NX-mount, which gave Putschoegl some concern since there are only a handful of professional NX lenses on the market. He used Samsung’s Premium S-series zoom lenses, including the 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS and 50-150mm f/2.8 S ED OIS.In terms of developing a flat, neutral color profile, Putschoegl and Brinkman employed the NX1’s D Gamma setting to increase the camera’s dynamic range. “We wanted a really flat profile so we could have more flexibility in post,” explains Putschoegl. He continues…I would love — and I know a lot of filmmakers would love — a Log profile and I think Samsung will be including it in a future firmware update. You can certainly get a pretty flat profile, but it’s not quite the same as Log yet. That said, once we started color correction, we ran into no issues whatsoever, so I don’t think that we ever said, ‘Oh man, I wish we could have shot this in Log — it has so much more latitude.’ We had zero problems.Here’s the the finished video…Samsung recently screened Yvonne at Social Media Week LA.Looking for more information about shooting in 4K? Here are a few PremiumBeat articles you might find interesting:How Industry Titans are Standardizing 4K TechnologyEffective 4K Workflows in Avid Media ComposerTips For Optimizing Your Computer for 4KThink you might be up to the challenge of shooting a professional-looking film with a DSLR or mirrorless camera? Sound off in the comments below and let us know how YOU would approach the situation!