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Photoafrica shows Africa’s cityscapes

first_img“Eye coexist” by Noncedo Charmaine Mathibela aims to capture the concrete coexisting with nature. Mimi Cherono Ng’ok’s winning photo from2010, titled “Portrait of the artist as a young woman”, is the 2011 festival poster.(Images: African Film Festival of Tarifa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Filip Hrubý International press officer African Film Festival of Tarifa +420 775 011 550 • Adolphus OparaPhotographer and contestant+234 803 475 1075 RELATED ARTICLES • Bieber wins top press photo award • Cannes triumph for SA films • Local author gets top sci-fi award • SA puppet company wins a Tony • SA short film makes festival finalsShamin ChibbaThis year’s Photoafrica competition showcases the talent of 25 finalists from 11 African countries. The final group was chosen out of 75 applicants – a new record for the contest – who submitted over 400 pictures.The 2011 photography contest is the fourth edition. It takes place in Tarifa, in Cádiz province on Spain’s southernmost coast, between 6 and 19 June as part of the eighth African Film Festival of Tarifa.Of the hundreds of photos entered, just 27 pictures were selected for the exhibition, which will stand outdoors as large format prints before and throughout the festival.Fourteen South Africans made the list of finalists. However, they are up against strong candidates from neighbouring countries Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.Contestants from Morocco, Kenya (two finalists), Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tunisia make up the rest of the numbers.Working with this year’s theme Urban Spaces, photographers had to portray their own perceptions of the modern African cityscape.According to Photoafrica coordinator Gaetano Gualdo, the theme encouraged contestants to capture the radical changes taking place in Africa’s cities as more of its people relocate from rural to urban areas.The contest is open to all African artists living in an African country. The three best works will win €1 500 (R15 000), €1 000 (R10 000) and €500 (R5 000) respectively.Photos that tell storiesGualdo said the three prize-winning photographers are chosen according to artistic criteria, and that the photos have to tell a story and provide a new angle of view on African urban reality.He added that contestants are adjudicated on their use of light and composition in an artistic way.The 27 hopefuls will be assessed by a jury representing the exhibition’s organisers, Spanish cultural NGO Al Tarab and the Andalusian Centre of Photography.After the festival, the 27 finalists will be exhibited in various cities throughout Africa until the end of 2011.However, Gualdo is unable to list the African cities at present. “This is not fully confirmed yet, as the negotiations are still going on, but we are considering Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Malabo, Bata and others,” he said.A state of restlessnessAs a platform for promising photographers to display their best work, the contest has seen the launch of a number of successful careers.One of them was Nigeria’s Adolphus Opara, who won the first Photoafrica in 2008 and is again competing for the top honour in this year’s competition.Opara tried to capture one thing that African cities shared, which he said was a state of restlessness. He said that when living in a city, there is a feeling that there is always something to do “even when the day has gone its full 24-hour stretch”.He hopes that his 2011 entry, titled Urban Insomnia, will help people to feel the energy that emanates from typical African cities like Lagos.Another previous winner is Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, a photographer who commutes between Nairobi and Cape Town. Ng’ok’s winning shot from last year, titled Portrait of the artist as a young woman, was chosen to illustrate the festival poster for 2011.African photographers “high quality”Gualdo believes there has been a marked improvement in the quality of photographers in the last three years. The number of applications, which has doubled since the first version of the contest, is an indication of this progress.According to Gualdo, the pictures are comparable to those produced by photographers from other continents.Opara echoed Gualdo’s statement and added that, with a little support, African photographers may grow even faster.“I believe African photographers just need to be more professional about their works,” he said. “The larger part of the effort has to be from government authorities in these African countries to genuinely support the arts.”Gualdo said that participation in Photoafrica opens doors to the European cultural scene and helps increase the artists’ visibility, not only in Europe but also in their home countries.Spreading positive African imageReferring to the town’s geographical position, festival director Mane Cisneros said, “Tarifa is the only town all over Europe that wakes up every day looking at Africa.”Tarifa is the closest continental European town to Africa, separated from the continent by the Strait of Gibraltar, and sitting just 14 kilometres from the coast of Morocco. This close proximity has forged strong cultural links between Spain and this part of Africa.Furthermore, Gualdo said the Iberian country is one of the most Africanised in Europe since it is home to a large African contingent.He said the African population enriches Spanish society and resuscitates traditions of mutual history but at the same time its presence is a cause for prejudice and negative perceptions.“That is why the prime mission of our festival and Photoafrica is to spread a positive image of Africa. It is true that there are many problems in Africa, but it is also true that there are many people who are creative and productive, and fight for the development of their countries and people,” said Gualdo.He believes film and photography are superb tools for educating people about Africa.Noncedo Charmaine Mathibela: “Eye co-exist” aims to capture the concrete co-existing with nature. Mathibela is amongst 25 contestants competing for the 2011 Photoafrica prize.last_img read more

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Let’s talk some more about geocache quality

first_img SharePrint RelatedLet’s talk about geocache qualityJune 18, 2018In “News”Results of 2018 Cache Quality SurveyMay 14, 2019In “News”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” Earlier this year, we invited you to the beginning of a community conversation about geocache quality. Past projects such as the Geocache Health Score and introduction of Virtual Rewards were aimed at encouraging and rewarding high cache quality. Before considering new projects, we wanted to hear your feedback and ideas.Hundreds of you responded to the invitation in our User Insights Forum, answering questions about what makes up a high or low quality geocache, and offering ideas for what the community and Geocaching HQ might do to improve geocache quality.Now that we have compiled all of the feedback, we hope you’ll join us in the next phase of the conversation by completing this short survey. (The survey is also available in German and French.) The survey is built directly from your feedback in the User Insights Forum. For example, in the forum threads, cachers shared ideas for how Geocaching HQ can improve cache quality. For this survey, we have listed the most mentioned ideas so you can say how helpful you think each of them would be to improving cache quality.While we can’t guarantee implementation of every idea, your survey answers will help us to prioritize potential projects. The survey is open for three weeks, closing on December 28, 2018.Once the survey period is complete and we’ve analyzed the results, we’ll report back to the community with potential next steps for the future. We’re excited about the possibilities and really appreciate your participation in this important project!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Pitney Bowes: Business Giant Taps The Cloud in Shift From Software

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… PBBI is also partnering with Microsoft Bing. Aerial and hybrid imagery will be integrated with street map data.This is where WeoGeo comes into the story. Geodata needs to be readily available to work with the location intelligence in the PBBI data portfolio. WeoGeo will provide the geospatial content. According to the PBBI web site, Project Miami Marketplace key features allow the user to browse, view and select the content that fits the needs of their organization.Before, customers would only see a thumbnail image. Only after getting CD or DVD did the customer get to see the data. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#news#saas A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The value of cloud computing is reaching another giant of the business world with some help from WeoGeo, an emerging geodata service provider.Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI) is developing a “Data as a Service” (DaaS) platform that it is calling “Project Miami”. The company will use the WeoGeo platform to offer its geodata to Pitney Bowes customers. PBBI will integrate WeoGeo as a SaaS. Project Miami will go live in June.Pitney Bowes sees the cloud a rich place to serve its data to clients. But, according to Ventana Research, it took some time to get there. It’s a new initiative came to lie after the less than optimum integrations it did in recent acquisitions such as MapInfo.According to Ventana, Pitney Bowes President Mike Hickey said the company made the shift to a DaaS after a year of discussions with employees and customers.The new approach is a departure for Pitney Bowes from its focus on software. The new service will provide customers with a range of analytics-based data that will give it the capability to offer customers services such as “location intelligence.” Ventana:“It is clear that PBBI is making a major step to embrace cloud computing and the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model in which technology tools can be rented and data can be purchased in an online marketplace but how far and fast they can transform is yet not clear. Cloud computing is part of an industry transition to simpler access to applications and services, along with technology infrastructure, that in a traditional enterprise data center would be complicated and expensive to install, configure and maintain.” alex williamslast_img read more

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D-League: Che’Lu-San Sebastian holds off Zark’s-Lyceum for 3rd straight win

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City After 2 Olympic golds, Hanyu wants to master quad axel PBA IMAGESChe’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian used a strong start to shock Zark’s Burger-Lyceum, 97-88, Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Samboy de Leon ignited the 16-0 start which extended to a 31-10 lead in the first quarter en route to the wire-to-wire victory, the Reveller’s third straight, for a 5-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Marcelino topped the skidding Jawbreakers (4-3) with 15 points, seven rebounds, and four steals off the bench, while Spencer Pretta shot 4-of-10 from downtown to wound up with 14.The Scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 97 — Batino 24, De Leon 21, Calisaan 13, Bulanadi 9, Faundo 9, Ilagan 6, Siruma 5, Collado 2, Jeruta 2, David 0.ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 88 — Jc. Marcelino 15, Pretta 14, Jv. Marcelino 13, Perez 9, Santos 7, Tansingco 7, Baltazar 6, Ibañez 6, Caduyac 5, Yong 4, Serrano 2, Marata 0, Liwag 0.Quarters: 35-18, 51-43, 77-62, 97-88.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Hopefully, this will be the sign that we’re already jelling as a team and make it to the semifinals,” said coach Stevenson Tiu.Alfred Batino came off the bench and churned out 24 points and 13 rebounds, while De Leon shot 8-of-15 from the field to finish with 21 markers and nine boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMichael Calisaan also rung his 23rd birthday with 13 points and eight rebounds in the conquest, but exited the game early in the third quarter due to an elbow injury.Zark’s-Lyceum still tried to mount a late rally, getting to within seven, 93-86, with 24.6 seconds remaining, but Ryan Costelo was cool from the charity stripe to deny the uprising. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Aamby Valley auction process starts at Rs 37k cr reserve price

first_imgMumbai, Aug 14 (PTI) A Supreme Court ordered auction process began today for embattled Sahara groups luxurious Aamby Valley resort town with the official liquidator inviting bids at a reserve price of Rs 37,392 crore.Describing it as an “ultra-exclusive chartered city”, the liquidator said the property includes timber chalets, modern villas, golf course, hospital, school and airport, among other amenities.The official liquidator of the Bombay High Court published an auction notice today inviting prospective bidders for the integrated hill city township spread over 6,761.6 acres near Lonavala in Pune district, as also two land parcels measuring over 1,700 acres.Sahara group has earlier pegged the market valuation of this project at over Rs 1 lakh crore.The auction process has been initiated even as a Mauritius-based investor, Royale Partners Investment Fund, last week said it has offered to invest USD 1.67 billion (over Rs 10,700 crore) in Sahara groups Aamby Valley project.Last week, the Supreme Court had said the auction process can start on August 14, as scheduled, but if Rs 1,500 crore is paid, as proposed by the group, into the Sebi-Sahara refund account by September 7, then it may pass an appropriate order.The group had asked the court to postpone the auction till September 16 to enable Sahara group chief Subrata Roy arrange the money.The official liquidator said in the auction notice that the prospective bidders need to submit their KYC forms and on qualification they will have to invite bids along with 15 per cent of the reserve price as earnest money.The properties on action include an integrated hill city township spread over 6,761.642 acres in the great Sahayadri mountain range, 1,409.865 acres of land surrounding Aamby Valley City Development and land measuring 321.656 acres within the Satara district.advertisementThe liquidator said the properties are being sold under two distinct phases over a period of two days, as an alternate to each other, “given the quantum of the properties to be sold”.About the resort town, the liquidator said: “The ultra- exclusive chartered city has residential options ranging from the Timber Chalets to fabulously modern and customised villas in distinct architectural styles and several amenities such as golf course, airport, hospital, adventure sports, retail, entertainment, international school and hospitality”.It also said the properties being auctioned will be sold /leased along with all subsisting licences, consents, permissions, registrations, approvals, grants and pending applications (as applicable) as per the Supreme Court order of July 25, 2017.Sahara had moved an application before the Supreme Court seeking permission for entering into an agreement with Victor Koenig UK Limited, with the nominee Royale Partners Investment Fund Limited, for inviting an investment of USD 1.67 billion into its Aamby Valley project.In reply to an emailed query by PTI, RPMG Investment, which owns this fund, had also confirmed the proposed funding.Sahara lawyers had told the court that hotels in New York have been sold and soon money would be coming into the Sahara account after which Rs 1,500 crore would be deposited into the Sebi-Sahara refund account by September 7, as had been directed by the court.Sahara has been engaged in a long-running battle with the capital market regulator Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India).The apex court had on July 25 asked the Sahara chief to deposit Rs 1,500 crore in the Sebi-Sahara account by September 7 and said that it might then deliberate upon his plea seeking 18 months more time for making complete repayment.Sahara counsel Gautam Awasthi said last week that the Supreme Court, in its last hearing, opened a window for the group by permitting them to enter into the negotiations and deposit the amount.Awasthi had said if Rs 1,500 crore is deposited, then auction order will be withdrawn. PTI BJ BALlast_img read more

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