Tony Award for SA puppet company

first_img9 May 2011South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company has won a coveted Tony Award for the life-size puppets that are at the heart of the highly acclaimed West End and Broadway play War Horse.The Cape Town-based company has already accepted the honour for the 2011 Tony Awards taking place later this year. The award was an exclusive one, meaning that no other puppet-making companies were eligible for it.Basil Jones, Handspring co-founder, said: “It was wonderful to be able to announce it on the factory floor.”The award will be presented to the company on 12 June 2011 at the 65th Annual Tony Awards ceremony.Another South African export, world-renowned playwright Athol Fugard, will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony.Horses at warThe life-size cane and plywood horses used for the play War Horse have earned the puppet company kudos for its contribution to the creative industry. The play has received five Tony nominations – for best play, best direction, best scenic design, best lighting design, and best sound design.The play, which premiered at London’s National Theatre in 2007 and started its Broadway run in April 2011, depicts the story of a boy’s horse taken by the British cavalry to participate in World War One. It is based on the 1982 novel of the same name, written by British poet, playwright and children’s author Michael Morpurgo.Jones said: “The roots of War Horse were in a production called Tall Horse that Handspring did with a Malian puppet company and which a National Theatre creative team saw in South Africa.“We had hoped the National Theatre would take Tall Horse, which featured a giraffe, to London, but instead they came to Handspring with a proposal to do work based on animals and war.”The horses were made by a team of 12 craftsmen using durable material to make sure the wear and tear of the horses didn’t affect the play during its running.The original set of horses lasted for 1 000 performances and didn’t need professional puppeteers to work them, although Handspring sent a puppeteer to help during the first season of the play.For its use of these magnificent creations, the London run of War Horse won an Olivier Award, an Evening Standard Theatre Award and the London Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for design.Creative collaborationThe 30-year-old puppet company has collaborated with many innovative South Africans in the creative industry, including theatre directors Malcolm Purkey and Barney Simon and renowned painter, filmmaker and director William Kentridge.Kentridge, who has worked closely with the company, said: “Audiences see the puppeteers at work in pieces like War Horse, but you can’t stop yourself believing the reality of those horses, it’s kind of magical.“I think it’s fantastic that their years of work and their extraordinary skill get this recognition.”Kentridge and Handspring first collaborated in 1992 on a play based on German playwright Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck on the Highveld.Awarding theatrical excellenceThe Tony Awards were established in 1947 after the American Theatre Wing sought a way to award those who excelled in theatre.The Tony Award is regarded in the arts industry as theatre’s most prestigious accolade.The awards were named after Antoinette Perry, an actress, director, producer and philanthropist, who was the leader of the American Theatre Wing during World War Two and had recently passed.Although the Tonys were established in 1947, for the first two years of the awards there was no medallion to go with the award.The medallion was design by Herman Rosse in 1949, after the designers union, United Scenic Artists, sponsored a medallion design contest, and has been used ever since.First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Building up Momentum for Change

first_img7 December 2011Ten innovative projects which will help thousands of people across the world deal with climate change have been launched at COP 17 in Durban as the first platform of the UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change initiative.President Jacob Zuma, International Relations Minister COP 17 president Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres launched the projects at an informal event on Tuesday.Zuma showed his lighter side by making a joke about people in KwaZulu-Natal thinking COP 17 was about police officers before delving into the importance of such projects.Focus on public-private partnershipsThere are two South African projects on the list: the Buffelsdraai Landfill Site Community Reforestation Project, where rural communities collect seed, grow trees and plant these in a degraded forest area; and the eMalahleni Reclamation Plant, which treats underground water for everyday usage.The first platform of the Momentum for Change initiative is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and focuses on public-private partnerships, especially those that benefit the urban poor in developing countries.One project that stands out involves “solar bottle bulbs”, where a 1 litre soda bottle is filled with a solution of purified water and bleach. The bottle is inserted halfway through a hole drilled in the metal roof and its sides are sealed. The bottle then looks like a bulb through a sunroof and provides a good amount of light by deflecting sunlight into gloomy interiors.These are now used in Manila, providing light to almost 10 000 people.Enabling people to contribute in practical waysThe projects, Zuma said, made it possible for individuals and communities to contribute in a very practical way to the process of reducing emissions, adapting to climate change and improving their quality of life.“These are projects that give people access to energy while at the same time, saving water,” Zuma said. “These are the projects that protect our ecosystems and … improve our food and water security. These are the projects that can be scaled up, replicated, enhanced and further innovated.”Nkoana-Mashabane used her address to highlight the role of women in Africa when dealing with adaptation and mitigation for climate change.Implementation? Ask a woman!She asked for projects to bring change and impact on the lives of women. She said women should no longer have to walk long distances to fetch water or wood, which in turns causes harm to forests.She added, half jokingly, that when you wanted projects to be implemented, you should ask women to do them for you.Ban, a self-confessed champion of gender equality, challenged African men to do more on the continent to help cope with climate change.He said if sustainable development was to become a reality, issues around global health, water scarcity, food prices, poverty and gender inequality had to be addressed.He once again said leaders needed to look beyond their borders, because climate change impacts did not respect borders and affected both the rich and poor.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Looking for a Ride to SXSW? Get on the Startup Bus

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web Why hop a plane to SXSW this year when you can get on a bus? Okay, let’s rephrase that – why hop a plane when you can get on a bus with 20-something other folks, drive across country, and try to formulate a viable startup idea along the way?At least that’s the idea behind the Startup Bus, the brainchild of Elias Bizannes, which is now in its second, vastly expanded incarnation.The idea, which started out as “a half serious but fully beer-infused joke about driving an RV to SXSW 2010 with a bunch of friends and hacking on the way” has turned into a full-on country-wide competition this year. Bizannes says that the idea is not only to potentially create potential businesses, but to create collaboration and community among entrepreneurs.“Successful startups come from good people. And good people build rapport by collaborating together,” said Bizannes. “While I don’t doubt some real businesses will come out of this, the real value is the fact these strangers work together and get to know each other”This year’s competition is ramping up to include up to six buses, with six teams per bus and more than 150 people total. Right now, Bizannes says buses are definitely leaving from San Francisco, New York and Cleveland, with Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles all penciled in as possible departure points. The basic idea then is that all of these people hop on a bus, self-organize into teams, and build a functional website or prototype to present to a panel of judges when they arrive in Austin two days later. Waiting at the finish line will be Josh Baer, from Austin’s startup incubator Capital Factory, looking for potential opportunities.“Last year, people actually launched with products that would be considered real web services had you not known,” said Bizannes. “I think everyone was shocked how much coding you can do on a bus in 48 hours.”Bizannes says that Xero has signed on as a sponsor, so the plan is full steam ahead, but some details, such as the exact departure cities, still need to be ironed out. So how do you get in on the road-tripping, brainstorming, startup-forming fun? Sign in on the Startup Bus website using your Facebook login and hope someone in your community has an invite. If you’re not connected to the right community, says Bizannes, then helping to spread the word about it through Twitter could help get an invite. Getting on the bus, as it were, isn’t only about the competition – it’s about the community that can form afterward.“I want to turn this into a community, where the initiation rite is being on the bus and you tap into this rich alumni community of founders, startup enthusiasts, and talent,” said Bizannes. “So, we have plans of creating a private community website after that would have things like a job board.”center_img mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Apple iOS 8 Preview: Everything We’re Expecting

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dave smith Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Apple#iOS#iOS 7#iOS 8#iOS 8 apps#iOS 8 features#iOS 8 release#iOS 8 release date#new iOS Related Posts center_img In less than a month, Apple will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. Apple typically uses this event to unveil new versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems, and WWDC 2014 should be no different.See also: How iOS 8 Will Fix Apple MapsAt last year’s event, iOS 7 was easily the star of the show. The new version of Apple’s mobile operating system was packed with the most striking visual and functional changes since the very first iPhone launched in 2007. iOS 7 was the first version of iOS directly managed by Apple’s lead designer, Sir Jony Ive, who took over “human interface” duties in late 2012 after longtime iOS chief Scott Forstall got the boot following the disastrous launch of the Apple Maps app as part of iOS 6.Considering iOS 7 was generally betterreviewed than its predecessors, iOS 8 is expected to arrive with plenty of polish as well as some new features. (Apple typically releases the latest version of iOS to the public just a few days before launching its newest iPhone, which usually takes place in the fall.) But what can users actually expect from iOS 8, even before its presumed unveiling at WWDC 2014?Return Of The MapsTwo years ago, Apple replaced Google Maps with its own homegrown solution as the default navigation app in iOS 6. In short, it didn’t go so well: Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a public apology, and the company fired Forstall, as well as the manager directly responsible for Maps in iOS 6.Apple didn’t have much time to focus on Maps in time for last year’s release of iOS 7—an effort that required borrowing engineers from the Mac team in order to ship on time. But this year, Apple is expected to release a major update to its Maps app that will reportedly accommodate local businesses and those that commute via subway, bus, train, taxi, biking or walking.Apple bought a host of mapping companies in 2013, no doubt to help bolster its Maps offering in a year’s time. Apple purchased Locationary, HopStop, Embark Inc., WiFiSLAM, and may have also purchased a company called BroadMap, which prided itself on managing, sorting and analyzing maps data. See also: Apple’s Next EarPods Could Be The Ultimate Wearable DeviceThe WiFiSLAM acquisition could mean Apple plans to offer indoor maps for malls and other public places. According to a patent issued to Apple in 2011, Apple has envisioned augmented reality functionality for Apple Maps that would allow users to see visible points of interest nearby using the compass embedded in every iPhone. In other words, it could be Apple’s version of Street View—one that doesn’t require cars with Apple logos to drive around and take pictures.Making Health An Open BookMany believe 2014 will be the year Apple finally lifts the curtain on its health-oriented smartwatch. But Apple first has to add the health functionality to its mobile operating system before anyone can use these much-rumored iWatch features.In March, 9to5Mac posted “complete recreations of screenshots” of a new iOS app called “Healthbook,” citing “multiple sources working directly on the initiative’s development”: Besides Siri, Apple may also unify its Notification Center, doing away with the “All” and “Missed” categorizations, while Game Center could actually disappear as a standalone app, instead turning into a feature integrated into games themselves. CarPlay, Apple’s integration with built-in car displays, will also reportedly get support for Wi-Fi connections so users don’t need to rely on a Lightning cable.One More ThingThere’s one more rumor out there, though it’s a bit of a long shot. In January, the Wall Street Journal suggested Apple would tie a mobile payments system to its Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which was introduced in last year’s iPhone 5S and will likely be included in this year’s round of iPhones, as well as iPads.In an earnings call with investors in January, Cook said mobile payments is an area “we’ve been intrigued with,” adding “it was one of the thoughts behind Touch ID.”Touch ID can currently help iOS users purchase digital music and video via the iTunes Store and App Store. In iOS 8, Apple may expand this functionality to payment for physical goods and services through a number of partner apps. If you’re wondering which companies Apple might partner with initially, look no further than the apps available for Passbook, which features airlines like Delta, American and United, sports associations like the MLB, ticketing companies like Fandango and Ticketmaster and Starbucks.Correction, 11:45 a.m. PT: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Healthbook screenshots had first surfaced on the Chinese social network Weibo. Thanks, Mark! The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Healthbook, like the existing Passbook app, is expected to offer biometric information based on your sleep and and physical movements in simple cards with tabs for different health and fitness components. According to the images, iOS 8 users might be able to access information about their blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, hydration levels, oxygen saturation and respiratory rate—directly from their mobile device.Obviously, one big main question is how Healthbook will get its data. The M7 motion coprocessor within the iPhone 5S—and, one would assume, the next-generation iPhone—can measure several movement-based biometrics. But it’s likely the new Healthbook app will pull data from a first-party accessory—the iWatch, or possibly even Apple’s next-generation EarPods—as well as third-party apps and accessories like the Nike Fuelband and Jawbone Up.iTunes TweaksLast year, Apple introduced its streaming music service, iTunes Radio, as part of the Music app in iOS 7. For the release of iOS 8, however, the site 9to5Mac has reported that Apple will separate iTunes Radio from the rest of the music app to increase the visibility of the ad-supported service (iTunes Match subscribers don’t have to listen to ads as they stream music).Apple is also expected to add song recognition capabilities to the Music app thanks to a partnership with Shazam, the popular song identification app. That integration would presumably give users the option to purchase a newly identified song through iTunes.An Expanded iCloudIntroduced in 2011, iCloud lets users store documents and files and have them sync across all Apple computers and mobile devices. According to 9to5Mac, the company is reportedly building mobile versions of Preview and TextEdit, the company’s apps for PDF viewing and simple word processing, respectively, in time for the release of iOS 8. Other ImprovementsApple’s voice assistant Siri may be able to tap into a new slew of third-party apps in iOS 8, as reported by The Information. Apple has a few unique partnerships with OpenTable and WolframAlpha to help power Siri, but Apple might be working on enabling third-party integrations that don’t require custom business deals.last_img read more

Perez, Erram earn PBAPC honors

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Koronadal, South Cotabato archers on target He made his presence felt right on his PBA debut when he exploded for 24 second-half points to steer the Dyip to a 124-118 upset of defending champion San Miguel Beermen. He finished with 26 points and five rebounds.For his impressive work early this season, Perez emerged the unanimous choice as the first recipient of the PBA Press Corps Rookie of the Month for January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMeanwhile, John Paul Erram has proven that he deserves a spot with NLEX after grabbing the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for Jan. 28-Feb. 3.Acquired during an offseason trade with Blackwater, the 6-foot-8 Erram swatted away a potential game-tying basket by Ranidel de Ocampo in the dying seconds to lift NLEX to an 87-83 win over Meralco in a Petron Saturday Special game in Antipolo. MANILA, Philippines – CJ Perez was quick to validate his status as the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s PBA draft.The 25-year-old Perez guided Columbian to an even 2-2 record in his first four games in the season-opening Philippine Cup, leading the Dyip in scoring and rebounding with averages of 16.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while adding 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

More Local Companies Urged to Invest in Research and Development

first_img Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says more local companies need to invest in research and development (R&D) in order to stimulate economic growth. Story Highlights Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says more local companies need to invest in research and development (R&D) in order to stimulate economic growth.He indicated that the work directed towards innovation, introduction and improvement of products and processes is often lacking in some entities.“We do not invest in R&D. We are about just purchasing and selling. We import and we sell, but this does not contribute to our own economic development,” he noted.Dr. Wheatley was addressing the official opening of Kleen Manufacturing Koncepts Limited at Sydenham Commercial Plaza, Old Harbour Road, St. Catherine, on December 14.Studies have indicated that investing in R&D increases economic growth. The United States (US) spends the most on R&D worldwide, which was estimated at US$465 billion in 2014, followed by China and Japan.“That is what we are about as Government. We want to provide an opportunity for our people to express their inherent innovative capacity,” he pointed out.He commended Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kleen Manufacturing Koncepts Limited, Omar Ricketts, for his innovation and growth of the company over its seven years of existence.The small business, which has been operating from its present location since 2013, produces purified bottled water for distribution entities, retailers, wholesalers and other bottled-water companies across the length and breadth of Jamaica.The 2,000-square-foot plant, which represents investment of about $10 million, includes water processing stations, office, kitchenette, restroom and a storage area.Mr. Ricketts informed that the company has moved from employing two persons to 12, and will open a new refilling station at Brunswick Avenue, Spanish Town, in the coming year that will employ a further three persons.He also informed that the company will be introducing two new products –kiwi-flavoured water and lime-flavoured water.The new location is approximately 50 square feet, and is expected to serve at least 200 customers on a daily basis. “We do not invest in R&D. We are about just purchasing and selling. We import and we sell, but this does not contribute to our own economic development,” he noted. Studies have indicated that investing in R&D increases economic growth. The United States (US) spends the most on R&D worldwide, which was estimated at US$465 billion in 2014, followed by China and Japan.last_img read more

Military Installations Shouldnt Be National Cyber Bases Scientist Says

first_imgUnless they are focused on protecting DOD networks, national cyber units should not be housed on military bases, according to an op-ed in Cyber units created to support federal, state and private sector resources need to be located in proximity to the nation’s critical IT infrastructure, including large data centers, to allow for a rapid response capability, writes Jan Kallberg, a research scientist at the Army Cyber Institute at West Point and an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy.“A cyber unit that is housed in an office building in St. Charles, Missouri, on an office floor in Federal Plaza, Manhattan, or along the I-75 corridor in northern Texas is closer to the action when it happens,” Kallberg says. “The cyber units of the future should be based where their ability to reach mission success is highest, no matter the locale.”Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher McCullough Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Italy motorway bridge collapses dozens feared dead

first_imgThe collapsed Morandi Bridge is seen in the Italian port city of Genoa on 14 August 2018. — Photo: ReutersA motorway bridge collapsed on Tuesday over the northern Italian port city of Genoa, killing dozens of people according to the local ambulance service, in what the transport minister said was likely to be “an immense tragedy”.The local fire brigade said the bridge collapsed at around 11:30 a.m. (0930 GMT) during torrential rainfall. Television showed images of the collapsed section of the bridge, built on the A10 toll motorway in the 1960s.The head of the ambulance service said there were “dozens of dead”, according to Italian news agency Adnkronos. At least 10 people were killed and 20 vehicles were involved, local police sources said.An ambulance official told Reuters the service could only confirm two injured people so far, “but we suppose there are unfortunately a lot of dead.”Restructuring work on the bridge was carried out in 2016. The highway operator said work to shore up the foundation of the bridge was being carried out at the time of the collapse, adding that the bridge was constantly monitored.The elevated road crumbled over a river, railroad tracks and buildings. The highway is a major artery to the Italian Riviera and to France’s southern coast. Train services around Genoa have been halted.A witness told Sky Italia television he saw “eight or nine” vehicles on the bridge when it collapsed in what he said was an “apocalyptic scene”.Transport minister Danilo Toninelli said in a tweet that he was “following with great apprehension what seems like an immense tragedy”.Shares in Atlantia, the toll road operator which runs the motorway, were suspended after falling 6.3 per cent after news of the collapse.last_img read more

Presidency mulls introduction of Comparative Literature dept

first_imgKolkata: Worried over the huge number of vacant seats in the Hindi department, Presidency University (PU) is planning to expand its Humanities stream by introducing Comparative Literature from the next academic year.”At present, 128 seats at undergraduate and post graduate are lying vacant and most of them are in the Hindi and Philosophy department. We have been witnessing this for the last six or seven years. Hence, we are thinking of transforming the subject,” said Anuradha Lohia, Vice-Chancellor of PU. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to a senior administrative official of the university, the meeting of the faculty council and the governing body will be held soon to take a decision on how to address the problem.It may be mentioned that the varsity will further extend the dates of admissions till September 15 for Hindi and Philosophy and if the situation persists, then the university may also bring down the number of seats in Hindi. The present number stands at 48.”Jadavpur University has Comparative Literature as a subject at the undergraduate level which focuses on both Indian and Europeon Literature. We are planning to introduce Comparative Literature with the focus entirely on Indian Literature,” a senior official said.According to Lohia, it has been a big challenge on the part of the university to fill up the seats in Hindi. “We have found that a good number of students who study Hindi in rural colleges but the number of students pursuing the subject in Kolkata are not many,” the V-C maintained.last_img read more

Sudhir Garg stresses on marketing efficiency to keep up with ongoing competition

first_imgKolkata: Addressing a large gathering of MSME entrepreneurs and members of BNCCI, Sudhir Garg, CMD, NSIC stressed on the marketing efficiency, technological adoption and quality awareness to stick to competition. He explained that in India there is only one technology incubation and testing centre per 3 lakh MSMEs but in Western world such incubation centre exists per 33,000 MSME units.The Central government has sanctioned Rs 6,000 crore for implementing 20 new technology centres and five active facilitation centres (in various segments like pump, mechanical etc). To improve marketing capability, he advised to adopt lean manufacturing, design development and consequent waste reduction. He lamented that thousands of projects are being designed in Regional testing centres and institution of repute like CSIR but it hardly becomes beneficial for industry. To adopt proper marketing strategy finance is equally important, he maintained. Mentioning a cordial relation with NSIC over the years, Satyam Roychowdhury, president, BNCCI, said the Chamber organised several rounds of Buyer Seller Meets and Vendor Development Programmes. He lauded different schemes including National SC/ST hub for the promotion of SC/ST entrepreneurs.last_img read more