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NFL power rankings: Chiefs at top, Saints up to No. 2

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.1. Kansas City (8-1)Facing Cardinals is closest thing Chiefs can get to a bye (until they play the Raiders twice). Andy Reid’s crew has a week to sharpen up before Mexico City showdown with Rams on Nov. 19.Last week: 2 Next: Arizona2. New Orleans (7-1)In the NFC driver’s seat ahead of Rams following win Sunday. But here’s the rub — Saints face four more teams currently with winning records. The Rams face two. Oh, and the …last_img

Ntataise helps to give children the best start

first_imgThe benefits of early childhood development include greater physical, social, emotional and cognitive development and can have a telling effect on the child’s development into adulthood. (Image: Ntataise)Across the world people are waking up to the importance of making sure that the children in their care are equipped as best as possible, as soon as possible through early childhood development (ECD).ECD can mean closing the gaps between different classes and working to fight inequality in the long run by levelling the playing field. It can ensure that no class has an advantage over the next as a result of their upbringing.Ntataise, meaning “to lead a young child by the hand”, looks to use the benefits of ECD to foster a generation of children who are given the best possible start in life. Founded in 1980, the organisation was created with the aim of helping women living in underprivileged areas in Free State to establish their own ECD programmes.Since inception, the organisation has spread its influence from Free State to all corners of the country. It has been dedicated to improving the development of young children for the better part of the past three-and-a-half decades.Jane Evans, the founder and director of Ntataise, says the organisation is “one of the oldest and, I also like to think, one of the leading mental health organisations that works with communities in developing early childhood development for children who would otherwise not have access to this early intervention”.According to a report compiled by Ntataise, the organisation has empowered thousands of women across the country who have used the skills and knowledge acquired to benefit some 500 000 children. They have also helped to improve the standard of the programmes on offer nationwide. ECD can mean closing the gaps between different classes and working to fight inequality in the long run by levelling the playing field.NTATAISE NETWORKChief among the organisation’s successes is its ever-growing network, which includes some of the country’s leading ECD training organisations. The network has been in the making for more than 20 years and continues to swell its numbers as more and more people become aware of what ECD can offer.Today, the Ntataise network consists of 18 ECD programmes, spreading its influence to seven of South Africa’s nine provinces. Members of the network have access to:Accredited training programmes;Resources and learning materials;Moderation and assessment systems;Programme development; and,Mentoring, support and capacity building programmes for facilitators of ECD programmes.Angelina Mashio, the director of Siyathuthuka Nursery School Project, said the project had been “getting assistance from Ntataise since 2002”.“We also got training and more development, especially as new directors of organisations and programmes that offer this training,” she said. “Ntataise tries its best to improve our working conditions by capacitating us and developing our trainers.”The strength of the Ntataise programme lies in the fact that, through the network, it receives constant feedback from many sources. This allows it to continuously improve its programmes and ensure they are implemented properly and remain relevant.Its reports indicate that, through its network, Ntataise reaches about 3 000 practitioners and more than 100 000 children countrywide each year.GET INVOLVEDEvans believes it is vital that the public, the government and ECD organisations such as Ntataise work together to ensure the poorer sectors of society aren’t left behind.The sustainability of Ntataise’s programmes and its expansive network is dependent on the generosity of people who believe in the cause.To help ensure its longevity, visit the Ntataise website for more information regarding the part you can play in helping it deliver ECD programmes in future.last_img read more

South Africa’s national anthem

first_imgIt’s one tune that Jacob Zuma, Helen Zille, Hashim Amla, Jean de Villiers, and Julius Malema all know the words to. It pulls together two anthems, five languages – and more than 49-million people. South Africans, take ownership of your song!South Africans pledge allegiance to the flag and take pride in their national anthem. (Image: IEC)Brand South Africa ReporterRead the anthem:Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrikaMaluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,Yizwa imithandazo yethu,Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.Uit die blou van onse hemel,Uit die diepte van ons see,Oor ons ewige gebergtes,Waar die kranse antwoord gee,Sounds the call to come together,And united we shall stand,Let us live and strive for freedom,In South Africa our land.TranslationThe isiXhosa and isiZulu of the first stanza, the Sesotho of the second stanza and the Afrikaans of the third stanza translate into English as follows:Lord, bless AfricaMay her spirit rise high upHear thou our prayersLord bless us.Lord, bless AfricaBanish wars and strifeLord, bless our nationOf South Africa.Ringing out from our blue heavensFrom our deep seas breaking roundOver everlasting mountainsWhere the echoing crags resound .History: two anthems into oneBefore South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, the country had two anthems – an official and an unofficial one. The official anthem was Die Stem, in English The Call of South Africa. The unofficial anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, was a symbol of independence and resistance to apartheid, sung by the majority of the population and at all anti-apartheid rallies and gatherings.In the official anthem of the new South Africa, the two anthems merge into one.Die Stem van Suid Afrika (The Call of South Africa)Die Stem van Suid Afrika was originally a poem, written by CJ Langenhoven in May 1918. The music was composed by the Reverend ML de Villiers in 1921. At the time, the South African Broadcasting Corporation played both God save the King and Die Stem to close their daily radio broadcasts, and so the public became familiar with the Afrikaans anthem.Die Stem was first sung publicly at the official hoisting of the national flag in Cape Town on 31 May 1928, but it was not until 2 May 1957 that the government accepted it as the official national anthem. In 1962 the English version, The Call of South Africa, was accepted for official use.Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrikaNkosi was composed in 1897 by Enoch Sontonga, a Methodist mission school teacher. The words of the first stanza were originally written in isiXhosa as a hymn. Seven additional stanzas in isiXhoza were later added by the poet Samuel Mqhayi. A Sesotho version was published by Moses Mphahlele in 1942.Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was popularised at concerts held in Johannesburg by Reverend JL Dube’s Ohlange Zulu Choir. It became a popular church hymn that was later adopted as an anthem at political meetings, sung as an act of defiance.The first stanza is generally sung in isiXhosa or isiZulu, followed by the Sesotho version. Apparently there is no standard version or translations of Nkosi, and the words may vary from place to place and from occasion to occasion.Reviewed November 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Banking is the Next Personal Assistant

first_imgRelated Posts Hossein Rahnama is the founder and CEO of Flybits, a cloud-based, context-as-a-service solution with offices in Toronto, Redwood City, and London. Tags:#AI#Banking#Blockchain#Contextual Data#Fintech#mobile#personal assistant banking Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… We envision banks as these massive vaults filled with money. While there’s some truth to that assumption, your average bank is so much more. We can expect that banking is the next personal assistant. Banks are massively complicated institutions that operate on a lot of different (often proprietary) systems working seamlessly in conjunction with one another. Anyone working in IT for a bank will tell you every day is a challenge.Daily, banks manage to overcome a litany of internal and external obstacles — all while providing service with a smile. Long before anyone used online data and social media accounts to track people, banks could collect that sort of insight by following the money. Banks have access to a treasure trove of information about our financial preferences, which puts them in the position to act as concierges in our lives.The ubiquity of solutions such as AI, blockchain, and machine learning can only serve to contextualize the future of banking further. Instead of focusing on terms and conditions, it’s time for banks to leverage the wealth of information provided by these solutions to engage people and help improve customers’ financial well-being.Disrupting the Old GuardMost banking decision makers see the role technology and innovation can play in upending the status quo. PayPal’s mobile platform prompted several legacy providers to work on their own mobile offerings, and Bitcoin showed the value blockchain brings to the transaction process.The banking industry’s dated processes and operating systems are so entrenched that implementing widespread innovation is a challenge.In the past, IT was just one part of banking. Now that IT is such an integral part of the banking business model, legacy providers must rethink their customer engagement tactics and reimagine their internal infrastructure. That new vision should start with reframing the purpose that modern banks serve.For years, customers leveraged banks solely for their core financial services. That mindset persists through banking apps — users only see financial service apps for what the services they provide. The user doesn’t consider the banking app as entities that improve their financial decision-making.Banking’s future isn’t in the actual products banks provide but in how they’re serving those products to customers.We don’t need to understand the fine print of a mortgage or insurance policy if we can understand the value it brings to our daily lives. For example, mortgages documents, insurance, CDs, stocks, 401(k)s, and numerous other products come with polished banking terminology and drawn-out contracts that can perplex even the best lawyer.But imagine a banking platform that breaks legalese down into digestible bits. Instead of prompting you to click forward to complete the process, envision using an app that compiles all your past and current financial information and advises you regarding potential next steps.Banking that can genuinely help us live our lives a better way — or any fintech company in this mold are going to be the next big thing. Technology can be the catalyst to kick off this shift, but banking decision makers must reconstruct the roles they play if they want to bring this tech-reality to life. Instead of cold, numbers-driven institutions, consumers wish to have banks that offer friendly, knowledgable and familiar faces. A familiar and friendly help is where banks can start to become our personal assistants.The Next Frontier of BankingPeople like to say money isn’t essential, but it’s the fuel that runs our lives. That makes our banks the engine, and financial institutions that genuinely figure out how to steer us toward better lives will become the Ubers and Teslas of the financial industry. Thankfully, there are already financial companies pushing to provide better personal assistance.Manulife, for example, can tie Fitbit and other fitness tracking data into its Vitality program. Life insurance companies have a vested interest in keeping people healthy, and Manulife uses discounted premiums and other loyalty perks to encourage its members to lead healthier lives.Back in the banking arena, TD Bank’s “TD for Me” feature uses mobile data to send customers real-time, contextual offers while they’re on the go. Using a feature while on the go gives consumers peace of mind to make financial decisions no matter where they are.The Royal Bank of Canada is taking things a step further, integrating an Airbnb-like product into its offerings. The Canadian bank is constantly innovating its tech offerings to ensure the brand stays relevant, creating person-to-person marketplaces and ecosystems that align with current consumer expectations.Consumers still want banks for the same basic needs they’ve had for generations — to finance houses, cars, businesses, vacations, etc. The way we think about those basic needs has evolved, though. The key moving forward is for banks to understand what truly motivates people to spend money.Right now, we have more data available to accomplish that task than ever before. Companies that figure out how to leverage data and bridge the trust gap between consumers and banks will become the next big unicorn companies. 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Make Your Project Stand Out With 3D Titles in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgCreating 3D Titles in Final Cut Pro XStep 1: Drag the Text to Your TimelineTo get started, drag the Tumble 3D text effect into your timeline. You’ll find this effect under the Titles tab — it’s the one with the large “T” icon. When you drag the file into your timeline, you’ll be prompted to name the resolution and frame rate of your timeline. Choose whatever is appropriate for your project. In our example, we’re using 1080p HD at 23.98 frames per second.Step 2: Stylize the TextWith your text selected in the timeline, navigate to the Text tab in the Inspector window at the top right of the Final Cut Pro window. From this tab you can adjust all the various parameters that are going to make your text awesome. Pick a font that looks great on screen.For our example we’ll use the font called Marion. Perform the following steps to make your titles look exactly like our example:Increase the DepthRound the Depth to 40Change the Bevel Edge type to RoundIncrease the Edge Size to 3.3Change the Lighting Style to Diagonal RightTurn the Lighting Intensity Down to 20%Change the Custom Environment Map to ‘Soft Box Above’Increase the Intensity of the Lighting to 190%Change Your Material to Metal>Brushed CircularSelect Multiple from the Materials MenuChange the Side Material to Metal>Old SteelStep 3: Keyframe a DriftUnder the Video tab, add a scale keyframe by hitting the plus icon on the first frame. Move forward about five seconds and scale down the footage to create a drifting effect.Step 4: Add the BackgroundNow it’s time to add your background. You can do this by simply dragging your background video element down from your Clips panel.Step 5: Add the Flare ElementDrag your flare element into your composition. In our example, we had our flare over the text for a few frames, then below for the remainder of its duration. Change the Blending Mode to Add.Step 6: Apply Some Quick Color CorrectionTo make your text blend better with your background, apply the Color Correction effect to your text and change the levels as needed.This is, of course, one of the many ways to stylize 3D titles in Final Cut Pro X. For additional Final Cut Pro tutorials, check out our Final Cut Pro X page here on PremiumBeat.What’s your favorite way to create 3D text in Final Cut Pro? Share your advice in the comments below. Learn the trick to creating monumental 3D titles in Final Cut Pro X. Master the technique with FREE stock footage and music from Shutterstock and PremiumBeat.Thanks to an amazing set of textures and presets, it’s a breeze to create 3D titles in Final Cut Pro X. Using various video tools, users can create a wide assortment of 3D text without needing to first master a complex 3D application. Let’s look at how to create 3D titles in Final Cut Pro. This video tutorial will show you exactly how to make your 3D text stand out.But don’t just watch the clip… fire up Final Cut Pro X and make your own eye-catching 3D text! We’ve teamed up with Shutterstock to give you free assets so you can follow along.You can download the free footage, sound effects, and assets from the Final Cut Pro X page here on PremiumBeat.Download Free 3D Title Assetslast_img read more

Glossary: Leap of fate

first_imgHe played the young Sanjay Dutt in his father’s film Teja. Now Karanvir Bohra has grown up to take on Hollywood. The 32-year-old actor, best known for roles in tv soaps such as Kasautii Zindagii Kay, has bagged a role opposite actor Matt Damon. Based on the sports reality show,,He played the young Sanjay Dutt in his father’s film Teja. Now Karanvir Bohra has grown up to take on Hollywood. The 32-year-old actor, best known for roles in tv soaps such as Kasautii Zindagii Kay, has bagged a role opposite actor Matt Damon. Based on the sports reality show, Million Dollar Arm, and co-produced by Disney, the film is a rags-to-riches story of the two winners, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. Bohra plays Singh.last_img