SA tackling challenges through NDP: Gordhan

first_img23 January 2014 South Africa is aware of its challenges and committed to resolving them through the policy framework provided by the country’s National Development Plan (NDP), Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told delegates at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday. The NDP, South Africa’s strategy for reducing unemployment, inequality and poverty by 2030, provides a strong platform for collaboration among business, government, labour and civil society. The plan promotes enhanced competitiveness, expanded infrastructure, greater spatial efficiency in growing cities, and accelerated rural development. It prioritises measures to build a capable, effective state that delivers services to citizens while encouraging business investment and growth. According to Business Day, Gordhan told delegates, including CEOs from around the world, that South Africa was well aware of its challenges in energy, infrastructure and skills, and was committed to resolving them. “We are quite determined to confront our challenges, and the NDP is the framework within which we are doing that,” Gordhan said. According to Business Day, Gordhan was upbeat about South Africa’s growth prospects for this year, saying that higher global demand and the continued recovery of economies in the US and Europe would support stronger economic growth in South Africa. “But the private sector will have to play an important role, together with other role players, to create the right levels of confidence,” Business Day quoted Gordhan as saying. Speaking to South Africa’s Davos delegation in Johannesburg last week, President Jacob Zuma urged them to tell the world that “we know exactly where we want to be by 2030 and we are working very hard to get there as South Africans. “We are busy factoring the NDP into the draft Medium Term Strategic Framework that will be discussed by the Cabinet that will be appointed after elections in its first lekgotla. “In a few months, the plan will have been mainstreamed in the work of every government department,” Zuma said, adding: “We do trust that the private sector will also factor the NDP into its own strategic plans in every company so that we move seamlessly together.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Audio Masterclass: How to Be a Better Sound Designer

first_imgImprove the quality of your sound recording, design and mix with these free masterclasses!Getting good audio is critical to producing a high quality film that audiences can not only hear properly, but engage with fully. All too often (especially in low-budget filmmaking) the sound isn’t thought of until something goes wrong with it and then it’s all too little too late. Fortunately there are plenty of great sound recordists, designers and mixers out there who are willing to share their knowledge with the rest of us.In the ‘mini-masterclass’ above, production sound mixer Simon Hayes describes the intricacies of how a whole team of people work together in concert within the sound department to create perfectly recorded production audio. It’s a great insight into how each role works in tandem with the rest and how critical a great boom-operator is on your shoot.In this behind the scenes featurette from Baz Lurhman’s Australia, you can see all of the individual crew members of the production sound department in action on set, which really helps to see how each role works in practice:Sound Mixing MasterclassesIn this three short clips from the Sight Sound & Story: Soundshow NY you can hear the sound team from Life of Pi discussing how they created the final mix for a few of the of the most memorable sequences in the film. If you want to go far more in-depth with the team from Life of Pi, then this Dolby masterclass focusing on the Dolby Atmos mix of Life of Pi, with a distinguished panel of post production sound professionals will give you an hour of great insight. Skip to about 8 minutes in if you want to just hear the discussion:The CallSheet.co.uk has a fantastic interview with Sound Mixer Chris Munro, who won both an Oscar and a BAFTA for his work on Gravity. The whole interview is well worth a read, but here is a choice quote:“Black Hawk Down” was another of those very technical films. Ridley Scott is an amazing director and one of the few that can use multiple cameras so effectively. I think that at times we had up to 14 cameras including aerial shots. Not many people were using multitrack recorders at that time and we were recording to digital multitracks. It was a challenge, but very satisfying This was also the first time I had been able to use live ammo for sound FX recording, which gave some great results and sounds very different to some of the gun FX in libraries. I have since done this on many subsequent films with results that I have been very happy with.Another Dolby panel discussion that is worth a watch is this hour long conversation from Sundance in 2013, featuring some of the most legendary men in film post production sound alive today, including Ben Burtt and Randy Thom. Jump to 15 minutes in to skip all the introductions and hear Ben Burtt describing how he created some of the original sound design for Star Wars.Lastly, if you’re after a comprehensive set of sound editing tutorials then check out this post featuring a huge collection of tutorials from dialogue editor John Purcell.Got your own sound design tips to share?Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Regional language broadcasters should get more voice, power:

first_imgIraniNew Delhi, Oct 26 (PTI) Information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani today pitched for giving “more voice and power” to regional language broadcasters and called for a viewership measurement system that reflects the strength of regional languages and varied tastes of viewers.”If we want the broadcasting landscape to be powerful that it adds strength to our democracy, first thing (we need to do) is that equal importance should be given to regional broadcasters, whether news or entertainment, as is given to those in the national capital or in English reporting,” Irani said.The Union information and broadcasting minister said that Prasar Bharati provides services in rural areas where private broadcasters might not be interested.She also pitched for giving “more voice and power” to all those who broadcast in regional languages.”How much accurate is the measurement of viewership in rural areas? If we want to have a model structure of broadcasting to strengthen our democracy, we have to first democratise the measurement system for our viewership in our country,” she said while addressing the Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture 2017 here on Model of broadcasting landscape for Democracies.She said that the model structure of broadcasting should focus on democratised viewership.”This should be based on an accurate measurement system that reflects the strength of regional languages, varied tastes of viewers and bridges the divide on issues related to agenda setting, creative content and revenue between the mainstream and regional platforms,” Irani said.Citing an example, she said if her speech today also appears in regional languages such as Marathi, it would reach more people.advertisementThe minister said she wanted to give her speech in Hindi but was told that the lecture has a history that it has always been delivered in English.Irani gave her speech in mix of Hindi and English, saying that what would Patel, who is known for his contribution to the integration of India after independence, think of his memorial lecture being only delivered in English.Stressing that public interest was above the profit and business interest, she said Prasar Bharati, which runs Doordarshan and All India Radio, provides services in those parts of the country where the private sector broadcaster “does not feel it is reasonable nor profitable to go there”.The minister said huge responsibility lies on Prasar Bharati as there are “so many stories to tell in so many languages” and they need to be told in the public interest.She said the public broadcaster serves the national interest from the perspective of news by “staying away from the normal masala kind” of news which would probably get more eyeballs but might not be in the larger interest of the country.”The biggest service we can give as a broadcaster is to give the news but not with the added element of drama,” she said.Talking about the news segment of the broadcasting landscape, Irani said that news today had become a “spectator sport” as technology had blurred the lines between content and broadcast.The Mann ki Baat programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was an ideal example of how a technology platform blended the prime ministers message with citizens understanding and awareness of the issues highlighted by him in each episode, Irani said.”While a certain section of the media space adhered to codes, ethics and conduct rules, the other segment was driven by rush for TRPs, eyeballs thereby being influenced by the headlines competing with hashtag,” she said.Talking about social media, Irani said while some say it is “distracting”, she feels it gives new pathways to tell stories in new ways with internet, mobile and content coming together.If the young audience is asked here that how many of them listened to AIR in the morning today and how many of them private channels, then the response may probably look odd to the AIR director general, she said, without elaborating further. PTI MP ASK ASKlast_img read more

AEK rally back to earn draw while late goal sinks Apollon in Europa League

first_imgSource: cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shares AEK fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Spartak Moscow while Apollon were sunk by an injury-time goal away to Grasshopper (2-1) in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round.Up against one of the toughest opponents of the round, AEK knew they would be tested to the limit at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium.The visitors started brightly, with the first good effort on goal coming from Ivelin Popov, whose shot from distance forced AEK keeper Ruben Mino into a decent save.At the 21 minute mark came the game’s first clear-cut chance, as Spartak’s Roman Zobnin peeled away from his man from a corner and volleyed inches over the bar.Soon enough, however, the Russians took a deserved lead. Jano Ananidze dribbled his way past a handful of AEK defenders before unleashing a fine shot beyond Mino for 0-1, and a vital away goal to boot.Spartak should have had a second on the stroke of half-time but were grateful to see Quincy Promes fail to hit the target with just the keeper to beat.AEK came out far more purposefully in the second half. Their first real chance came on 50 minutes when Ortiz’s cross found Tete but the Spaniard did not make solid enough connection with the ball.The equaliser eventually did come for the home side on 65 minutes when some fine work on the left wing from Tete more than made up for his earlier miss as he set up Andre Alves who headed in for 1-1.AEK pushed on for a second but eventually had to settle for the draw which means they now have a tough challenge waiting for them in Moscow.Apollon opened their Europa League campaign away to Grasshopper in Switzerland. The Limassol side should have taken the lead after four minutes when a wonderfully whipped in cross from the right picked out Angelis Angeli just outside the six yard box but the centre-back skied the ball well over the bar.Moments later, another golden chance was spurned by the Cypriots. Abraham Gneki Guie was brought down in the penalty area but Alex Da Silva skewed his effort horribly wide from the spot.Apollon were made to pay for their missed chances as the hosts took the lead on 11 minutes through Haris Tabakovic who was afforded far too much space in the box before dispatching on goal.The game began to open up in the second half, as Apollon went in search of the leveler that would drastically change the complexion of the tie.And on 76 minutes, the Limassol side finally got the goal they deserved as Guie, who had proved a menace all night, powerfully headed in from a corner for 1-1.Just as it looked as though Apollon were to come away with a positive result, a lapse of concentration allowed Numa Lavanchy to ghost into the box and tap in Ridge Munsy’s cross for a 2-1 Grasshopper win.AEK will have plenty to do in Russia but can take heart from the character they showed, while Apollon will still feel they are capable of reversing the tie in next Thursday’s return leg.last_img read more