What we learned in the Warriors’ win over the Hawks

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceThe Warriors picked up their first road win since October 29 on Monday, beating the Atlanta Hawks 128-111 in the Peachtree State.You might remember that Oct. 29 game — that was the contest where Klay Thompson set the NBA record for 3-pointers in a game with 14. Here’s what we learned from Monday’s contest:Kevon Looney is (still) the Warriors’ best centerOf course, this was true before Monday’s …last_img

Soweto to Oxford and beyond

first_imgTamara O’ReillyIf the Rhodes Scholarship Trust were looking for a poster boy, Nhlanhla Dlamini would probably make the cut.As the latest recipient of the generous and prestigious Rhodes scholarship, 23-year-old Dlamini possesses all the certificates, medals, blazers and fancy “colours” that have come to be expected of applicants.The scholarship, founded by Cecil John Rhodes more than a century ago, will see him begin reading for his Masters in African Studies in September 2008 at University of Oxford, England. Dlamini views this as a vital step in achieving his goal of playing an active role in the broader development of his community, and ultimately Africa.“I understand that my analysis of Africa’s problems is incomprehensive. It is this acknowledgment that leads me to want to pursue a Masters in African Studies,” he says. “It will broaden my knowledge of African economics, history and sociology – three essential areas in understanding Africa’s context and challenges. By being in a class that will explore socio-economic concepts in Africa, I will be able to deepen my passion for my continent by grounding it in evidence and research.”His selection, over several other hopefuls from the Gauteng, North West, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga regions who no doubt displayed credentials that were also admirable, has not surprisingly been stunning.“I am extremely grateful at this stage to all those who have influenced me and contributed to moulding me into the person I am today,” says Dlamini. “Everyone has been overwhelmingly congratulatory and happy for me. It’s been a humbling reminder just how many friends and family members I have who are always rooting for me.”‘Resigned to a life of hardship’Although he was born in Soweto, at age seven his family moved to a traditionally white suburb and he was transferred to a multiracial school.Beyond the challenges of acculturation, both his parents were also retrenched from their jobs in the early 1990s, resulting in significant financial woes for his family.“I was convinced at the time that my family and I were resigned to a life of hardship,” says Dlamini.In 1992, what he calls a “seemingly small event” changed his outlook on what he could achieve academically.“At the end of Standard One [now Grade Three], I was invited to a prizegiving. I knew nothing of prize giving or what actually happens at such evenings. It turned out I was awarded the “Most Conscientious Student “ award. For the first time since I had moved to my new school, my background didn’t matter. It didn’t matter that I came to school in a jalopy or that I was part of an awkward minority in the school.”By the end of his secondary education at Marist Brothers College in 2001, Dlamini finished top of his class with five distinctions and full academic colours. He had also by then amassed several other awards in the areas of academics and community work. In Grade 11, he became the first pupil in the school’s history to be awarded an Honours Blazer, an accolade usually reserved for final year students.In 2002 he enrolled for a BCom Degree in Information Systems at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He graduated cum laude, making the Dean’s Merit List every year and pronounced Wits University Council’s Academic Merit Scholar from 2002 to 2004.Dlamini is an avid sportsman with several school and university captaincies to his name in the games of rugby and soccer. He is a national silver medalist in martial arts.He is currently employed in Atlanta, USA as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, a firm that advises leading companies on strategies around operations, staff and advancing their business.Dlamini returns to South Africa in March 2008 and he has left the six months remaining until he begins at Oxford without serious commitment for now, affording him well-deserved time to “tie up loose ends and perhaps take a road trip through the country”.Useful linksRhodes Scholarship WebsiteWits Universitylast_img read more

Brand South Africa appoints Chief Marketing Officer

first_imgLynette Oelschig has a wealth of experience in the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors, and has served on the boards of Econet Wireless Lesotho and MultiChoice Kenya. She is known for her impactful turnaround communications expertise and has been a marketing communications, brand alignment and marketing management lecturer at Vega School of Brand Management and AAA School of Advertising.Notably, Oelschig recently developed and implemented South African Parliament’s ‘Image and Positioning Project’, which included a comprehensive  positioning strategy, new emblem and Identity Management Guide, media relations, public participation and an internal culture programme to align behaviour to values. She further developed an interactive online strategy for SARS.She has pioneered the launch of K-TV, M-NET’s first regional office in Africa and the launch of Econet’s cellular brands in Nigeria. Ms Oelschig has also developed brand alignment programmes for MNET, MWeb Africa, Cell C, Discovery Health, Holcim Cement, Business Connexion and the South African Venture Capital Association. She is a member of the Marketing Association of South Africa and the Woman’s Business Forum (JHB) and has a BA Communications (Hons), as well as IMM Diploma.“Ms. Oelschig has incredible passion for our country and a proven track record in marketing, communications and global brand management. She brings dynamic drive and creativity to our team,” says Brand South Africa CEO, Miller Matola.“Our people, skilled marketers and communicators, hold the key to the successful conceptualisation and implementation of Nation brand building campaigns. It is our vision for South Africa to be acknowledged as a Top 20 Nation Brand  and a Top 30 nation in the Global Competitive Index (WEF) by 2020, and to make a contribution towards sustainable economic growth  by encouraging local and foreign investment, trade and tourism  through the promotion of ‘Brand South Africa’,” concludes Matola.last_img read more

PG vs. R Ratings: What’s the Difference for Summer Action Films?

first_imgA film’s rating ensures a certain kind of audience. Here, we discuss the logic and thought process behind making a summer action film.Every filmmaker working on a summer action film faces a decision: to make an R-rated film with strong adult appeal, or to create something more accessible for larger audiences. So how do you make this determination?Earlier this year, Rossatron released a great video essay about the importance of blood in film. The video essay explores how a lack of blood in violent action scenes also creates a lack of consequence for those violent actions.I can’t disagree with that critique. When we see our hero plow through a warehouse shooting the bad guys and they instantly fall bloodless to the floor, it does somewhat diminish the seriousness of the action. On the topic, James Mangold, director of Logan and 3:10 to Yuma, said the following:I have a lot of misgivings about violence and PG ratings. A PG film might show hundreds of people dying, falling off buildings, getting mowed down by rapid-fire guns, but you don’t feel the deaths because the ratings system dictates the amount of agony being played by the actor. In a weird way, that makes violence more palatable because when we excise the upsetting bits, we de-sensitize ourselves to death to the point where it’s almost like shooting ducks at a carnival.Notably, despite the glaring lack of gore from slices, stabs, and gunshots, many summer action films that play it safe are either top box office contenders or happily ensconced in the museum of classics. Whenever we hear an announcement for a popular hard-edged character coming to the big screen, there are always anxious moviegoers pleading for the film to be R-rated and show the violence in all its glory. But are audiences longing for an adult take on a popular character (see Logan), or are they just bloodthirsty? First, let’s look at the ratings system.R-RatedTypically, if a film shows violence that’s both realistic and extreme, the film will garner an R-rating — or in the UK, a 15 rating (although these evaluations can become convoluted — we touch upon this below). An R-rated film requires someone under the age of seventeen to be accompanied by an adult, and a BBFC 15 rating will only permit those who are fifteen and above to watch the film. It doesn’t matter if you have an adult accompanying you or not. But what does realistic and extreme mean? Well, let’s look at two instances with the character Wolverine from films X-men 2 (PG-13) and Logan (R).In the following sequence from the PG-13 X-men 2, enemy combatants invade the X-mansion, and in his savage-but-protective nature, Wolverine chops down any foe in his wake to protect the children.Despite having razor-sharp claws that can cut through any material, the soldiers who regrettably find themselves in Wolverine’s path visually receive nothing more than torn clothing, despite the slicing and stabbing. Conversely, in a scene that almost mimics the events from the 2003 film, Wolverine again goes berserk against a group of enemy combatants to protect young children.The difference, however, is that if Wolverine slices an enemy solider’s neck, we see the blood splatter from the initial cut, flesh flung in the direction of the attack, and a gush of blood running from the soldier’s wound. Typically, this is an example of violence that is both realistic and extreme.Of course, bloody gore isn’t the only factor involved in a movie’s rating. There’s also sex, nudity, language, drug use — each category has an extremity limit that will push the rating into the next class. Regarding violence, the exact level of extreme is somewhat blurred, and both the MPAA and BBFC have been criticized — for decades — by filmmakers and audiences alike. For example, in the clip beneath from beloved summer action film Black Panther (PG 13), the character Killmonger (the antagonist), shoots and wounds another character named Ulysses Klaue. Not following the norms of PG-13; however, we see the two bullets penetrate Klaue, along with bloody entry wounds. More frequently, we’d see the character being shot from an angle, where the bullet impact is hidden (see this clip from Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier), the effect is visible, but we only see damage to the clothing and not the flesh, or the character gets shot off frame, and then we see a small amount of blood on the character’s shirt.Of course, we cannot disregard the economic factor. Both The Dark Knight and X-men 2 are inherently violent, but a large portion of the core demographic for summer action films are teenagers and children. And without those adolescent seats, studios lose a ton of box office cash and merchandising. Not to mention that R-rated films miss out on advertisements on teen-friendly spots — teen TV channels, Happy Meals, gaming websites, and so forth.The Demand for Blood or Adult Tone?Over the last few years, we’ve unquestionably seen a demand for more R-rated action films. Not necessarily for action films such as Die Hard, but for comic book films like Logan and Deadpool — along with future films based on more street-level characters. With the recent news that Marvel Studios will be bringing Blade into the fold, the internet was quick to rally behind the mantra that Blade, like the first iteration, needs to be bloody and R-rated. But are audiences longing for senseless bloody action in their summer action films, or do they merely want to see the characters they’ve grown up with now presented in a more adult-like tone?While there is an argument for visceral violence in these films (hey, I’m for it too), do we really need squirts of blood from every orc that Aragorn cuts down, in the same way that we saw from those slain by Jon Snow‘s sword? The thing is, unless it’s a blood-soaked horror film where the gore is the selling point, the nature of onscreen violence is usually a by-product of the tone of the film. What do I mean by that? Well, again, James Mangold has words on the topic. Speaking at the 2018 Writers Guild Association Beyond Words Panel, he said the following:You have to have a slightly off-pedal goal for your film, and the people who are gonna go: ‘What the fuck is that 8-minute scene between Professor X and Logan? That’s light 8 minutes of two guys in a tank talking.’ And it’s like ‘Yeah. That’s not gonna change because the vibe of this movie is an adult drama.’ That’s why, for instance, we wanted an R-rating. It wasn’t because of the violence and it wasn’t because of the language, but because I didn’t have to write a movie, and neither did my compatriots, for eleven-year-olds. If we had a rated-R movie, there were gonna be no Happy Meals. There can be no action figures. There was gonna be no marketing on Saturday morning cartoons or anything like it. So that, suddenly, you’re not making a movie written for someone under fourteen, fifteen. And that changes the length of scenes. It changes what they’re talking about.This is apparent when we compare the likes of Game of Thrones and Lord of The Rings. Both are fantasy epics, both involve creatures and magic, and both are set in a world different than ours. Yet, Game of Thrones is naturally more grounded in reality than Lord of The Rings, and as such, when a character meets the sharp end of a blade, you expect to see the real consequence to that action. With Lord of The Rings, not so much. The film, in tone, is fantastical. The unimaginable and unreal is around every corner, and as a result, the lack of blood in skirmishes doesn’t seem that outlandish.There’s undoubtedly a disparity between the content in teen-friendly summer action films and the absence of blood to make it age-appropriate. It seems impracticable to have Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury shoot down a dozen bad guys with a machine gun, but it’s okay as there’s no blood splatter. As I said before, the rating system for movies, both domestic and foreign, has been scrutinized for years. It was actually the focus of the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated. Going forward, it’ll be interesting to see if the hold over the use of blood effects changes.Cover via Marvel Studios.Looking for more on the film and video industry? Check out these articles.“The Lucas Effect”: When Filmmaking Creativity Goes UncheckedWhat the Marvel Cinematic Universe Means for the Future of Film10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets ComparedThe History and Power of Sound Design in the Film IndustryThese Tribeca Docs Will Renew Your Faith In The Power of The Cameralast_img read more

Ask the weight-loss coach

first_imgI believe daily exercise is a must for a healthy heart. What is the ideal fitness regimen to keep my heart strong? – Sameera AbhichandaniAn active lifestyle, regular exercise and a sensible diet are the three pillars of a healthy heart. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, at least 30 minutes (up to 60 minutes) of low-to-moderate cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise done on most days of the week will help you maintain and improve your heart health.Walking, weight training, jogging, cycling, swimming, aerobics, dancercise are also excellent. All exercises should be done at a moderate intensity. An increase in intensity will certainly burn more calories and make the body stronger but will also increase the risk of injuries. Intensity should be increased depending on your age and fitness level. When it comes to weight training, one has to be selective. Isometric exercises are to be avoided at all times and strength training should be done using low resistance (lighter weights) and more repetitions. Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates can be included in addition to the aerobic workout. Consult your physician before joining any exercise programme, though. Here are some suggestions to enjoy your workout and get it right:Take professional guidance for exercise and diet.Exercise for an hour on all days of the week.Exercise with friends and choose an activity you enjoy.Nisha Varma is a Reebok master Trainer based in delhi. Write to her at nisha.v@ preventionindia.comlast_img read more

Shivpal Yadav’s supporters lash out at Akhilesh

first_imgChaotic scenes were witnessed today on both Vikramaditya Marg and Kalidas Marg, two roads in Lucknow synonymous with the Samajwadi Party and government. Angry and upset supporters of Shivpal Yadav started gathering again outside his official residence on KD Marg, just a few blocks away from the CM residence, after the midnight drama to express allegiance to their leader. They were told to express their anger to ‘Netaji’ Mulayam Singh Yadav.SHIVPAL’S SUPPORTERS RAISE SLOGANS AGAINST AKHILESHSoon the entire mass of people moved to the Samajwadi Party headquarters on Vikramaditya Marg in the hope of being able to persuade Netaji. They shouted slogans against Akhikesh likening him to a dictator and asked his father to ‘do justice’. Many supporters were seen sporting white tee shirts with Shivpal’s face printed on them. They alleged Akhilesh had insulted their leader and they would not tolerate that.Also read:Yadav clan reaches a truce: Shivpal to remain state party chief, Akhilesh gets big say in ticket distribution For the young Akhilesh, who has spent virtually four and a half years of his tenure in the shadow of his father, uncles and Azam Khan, the tag of a dictator may perhaps be a bit over stretched but the resentment in the Shivpal camp was clear. Protests also broke out in Etawah with even women stepping out to ‘plead’ with the party supremo to placate the warring factions.NO RIFT IN THE PARTY: MULAYAMMany of his supporters squatted outside the SP office in Lucknow and there was a massive rowdy rush as Mulayam Singh Yadav came to the headquarters post noon to address the party workers. He assured them that there was no rift in the party and also made the public announcement of Gayatri Prajapati’s return to the cabinet. Prajapati is seen as a man close to Shivpal.advertisementPost the announcement, as Shivpal left his house to meet Mulayam, unruly supporters ran along with his car shouting slogans of ‘zindabad’, knocking down bikes and other objects in their way. Some stood in the rains and continued to shout slogans only to be distracted by samosas that were being given out to supporters outside. It is this clout at the grassroots that Shivpal is using to leverage his position within the party as the family feud gets messy.last_img read more

Narendra Modi leads birthday wishes for Amitabh Bachchan

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 11 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today extended his warm greetings to Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on his 74th birthday, saying his versatility and humility has many admirers. “Dear @SrBachchan, wishing you a very happy birthday. Your versatility & humility has many admirers. Praying for your long & healthy life,” the PM tweeted.Union ministers like Rajnath Singh and M Venkaiah Naidu, and Bachchans admirers from the film industry and the sports world took to Twitter to wish their favourite birthday.”Birthday wishes to Shri Amitabhji @SrBachchan who is one of the finest actors of our country. May he be blessed with good health & long life.” Singh tweeted.”Greetings to @SrBachchan on his birthday. May he be blessed with long life with good health,” wrote Naidu.Actor Arjun Rampal, who shared screen space with Bachchan in “Aankhein”, tweeted, “Happy birthday @SrBachchan thank you for being such an inspiration, for setting such high standards. Love you always #thelegend.””There are heroes & then there are Legends!! Happy birthday legend @SrBachchan,” tweeted choreographer-director Farah Khan.While Bachchans “Shamitabh” co-star posted, “@SrBachchan many many happy returns of the day sir:).”Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, known for his dry humour, wished Bachchan in this manner, “I celebrate today when planets conspired to get Sri Harivansh Rai n Sri Teji jis joint venture to give rise to phenomenon of @SrBachchan.””To the LEGEND… the best who is an inspiration to every generation!!!! Happy birthday Amit uncle @SrBachchan… you are the BEST!!” wrote filmmaker Karan Johar.advertisement”Many happy returns of the day to a legend !a gentleman ! and one of the most humble human being Ive ever met God bless you mr @SrBachchan,” wrote criketer Yuvraj Singh. PTI PSH PSHlast_img read more