Young African leaders sought for US fellowship

first_img2 October 2015 Young African leaders who are interested in gaining skills training in the United States, are encouraged to apply for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship.The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, opened in 2014, is the flagship programme of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali). The latter seeks to empower young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.Yali was launched in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. According to its website, applications for the fellowship are open from 1 to 31 October. Those who apply must have leadership qualities and demonstrate knowledge, interest and professional experience in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.These young leaders must also have the desire to plough back into the continent what they have learned abroad.The FellowsWatch former Fellows talk about how the initiative has changed their lives:The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organisations, institutions, communities, and countries. In 2015, Fellows represented all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa; half of them were women, and it was the first time 76% of them spent substantial time in the US.US activitiesAcademic and leadership institutesEach Mandela Washington Fellow takes part in a six-week academic and leadership institute at a US university or college in one of three tracks: business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management. In 2016, there will be a pilot institute on energy.Presidential summitFollowing the academic component of the fellowship, the Fellows visit Washington DC for a presidential summit featuring a town hall with Obama. During the three-day event, Fellows take part in networking and panel discussions with US leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.Professional development experienceFollowing these components, 100 Fellows are selected to remain in the US to participate in a six-week professional development experience programme with US non-governmental organisations, private companies, and governmental agencies that relate to their professional interests and goals.Watch how Fellows work in partnership with international companies to bring change:For more information on this initiative, read more here.Source: YoungAfricanLeadersInitiative and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

5 Tips for getting your video into GIFF 2015

first_imgFree Play MusicVimeo Music Store (choose Creative Commons/free)Computer apps: 3. Know the rules for submission Seriously. Don’t make “Thriller” your main theme song unless you have permission from the King of Pop himself. Though a particular song might suit your geocaching love story perfectly, the GIFF judges will regrettably but firmly have to chuck it back to you. And remember—any geocache featured in your film should follow all basic requirements for hiding a geocache. (Hint: no buried caches, folks!) Review the GIFF 2015 submission guidelines and contact giff@geocaching.com if you have any niggling questions. And check out these free music websites if you’re struggling to find appropriate tunes to use:Websites: A moment from GIFF 2014 finalist, “Spend a Little Time With You”.4. Make it visualShow, don’t tell! Film is visual medium—while you might love the sound of your voice, you’ll have your audience hanging on tenterhooks if you keep the voiceover and dialogue to a well-planned minimum. That being said, dialogue can still make or break a film, so be thoughtful about what you do include. This GIFF 2014 finalist film was able to do a lot with no dialogue at all.5. Quality over quantity The submission guidelines say it all: “Film length must not exceed 4 minutes (including credits).” That may not seem like a lot of video to write, shoot, and edit, but creating four minutes of absolute video gold is the challenge. So be discerning about what your audience gets to see. Make those four minutes the best four minutes of their week. Month! Year!Find out “How To Geocache in Thailand” from this GIFF 2014 finalist. [vsw id=”SmGMn7sPtE0″ source=”youtube” width=”620″ height=”445″ autoplay=”no”]Attention geocaching filmmakers! The deadline for submissions to the 2015 Geocaching International Film Festival is fast approaching (July 1, 2015). As you write, shoot, an edit your films, keep these 5 tips in mind. They’re straight from mouth of a GIFF judge. 1. Make it global Geocaching is an international game, and so is every GIFF audience. Try to show an element of the geocaching experience that people in different corners of the world can feel connected to. That can range from a tangible moment in the game—FTF hunt, anyone?—to something a little more abstract—like that feeling you get when you find the geocache after hours of searching…in the first spot you looked.2. Tell a story only you can tell There’s nothing wrong with your film being about a geocaching love story or a race to the FTF, but it’s exactly because these are such universal geocaching themes that you’ll need to work to make your film stand out from others. We have it on good authority that you are a unique person, so…make it personal! Show the GIFF audiences why this crazy/nerdy/wonderful hobby is your wacky/nerdy/wonderful hobby. Odds are, the things that matter the most about geocaching to you are some of the same things that matter the most to others. The perspective you use to show those things will be the catalyst for surprising and delighting your audience. This finalist from GIFF 2014 is an awesome example of this:[vsw id=”yvrBlIbXDW0″ source=”youtube” width=”620″ height=”545″ autoplay=”no”] Are you going to be in Seattle, watching GIFF 2015 finalists on the big screen with us? Log your Will Attend here! Share with your Friends:More Garage Band (mac)LMMS (PC) As someone once said, “We are on the edge of our exercise balls over here at HQ”…to see what geocaching filmmakers create for GIFF 2015. Watch all of last year’s finalists here. SharePrint Related6 Tips for Submitting a Film to GIFFApril 3, 2017In “Community”5 Film Genres GIFF Audiences LoveJune 5, 2018In “News”6 Tips for Hosting a GIFF Weekend EventSeptember 16, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

Music Services Now Compete on Features: Check Out Rdio’s New iPhone App

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#mobile#music#web marshall kirkpatrick The struggle between legal and illegal music online is over. Legal music has won. The major music labels have struck deals with ad and subscription supported streaming music services like MOG, Rhapsody, Spotify, Rdio and others that put a world of music at your fingertips – faster, easier, and more enjoyably than hunting for albums to pirate and at a price point low enough that the rational decision is now to pay for access to music. The only question is, who offers the best experience to pay for?I pay $10 each month for a subscription to Rdio, a web and mobile streaming service backed by the founders of Skype (among others). I’ve been very happy with it except for one big feature it was missing: recommendations. Today Rdio has launched a new version of its iPhone app and recommendations have finally arrived. Screenshots and some comparison between this and competing services below.How good are Rdio’s recommendations? I’m not sure yet. The company says recommendation is “at the heart of its service and is a core competency of the company.” That’s good, we’ll see how it works out for users. Now that music is cheap and almost everyone has access to the same libraries of music though, it’s things like quality of recommendation experience, discovery generally, artist information and music sharing that will be the primary points of contention. That’s not 100% true yet, there are still smaller labels that not everyone has cut deals with. Spotify, for example, has only 1 album by Arcade Fire. Rdio has 10. Spotify has 5 albums by Gillian Welch – Rdio has a zero. (Come on people, get it together, please!)Rdio’s recommendations look pretty good, especially after I hit refresh a few times. I like the new releases from this week, last week and two weeks ago, though hopefully those are vetted at least a little bit. Top albums and playlists are another nice discovery option. Screenshots of all of this are below.Rdio has said in the past that its primary differentiation in a crowded market is the social newsfeed of music suggestions based on your friends’ activities. I’ve found that utterly unhelpful though. I’ll keep trying, but I like the app even without using that.Right now I use Rdio to roll around town listening to music and through the Sonos wireless speaker system that company sent me to test. (How is it? The UX makes me jump up and down and clap, but I wish I could use Rdio’s own app through Sonos and my audio engineer buddy says the software had better be worth $400 because the speaker isn’t.)Then I’ve been using a test account on Spotify and of course Pandora to discover music. Sometimes some music blogs (Aurgasm, HypeMachine).Somebody’s probably going to solve all my music problems at once soon. Maybe it will be Rdio. I sure look forward to seeing all these services chase my $10 per month by competing on features, catalog and user experience!Check out these screenshots below. They sure look different from the previous version of the app – and even more different from the first leaked screenshots of this app that ReadWriteWeb posted before it launched in November. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Registration Is Open for Maine Passive House Conference

first_imgThe North American Passive House Network has opened registration and announced its schedule of seminars and events for the 2014 Conference and Expo in Portland, Maine, in September. (This Maine conference is not to be confused with the 9th Annual North American Passive House Conference in San Francisco, which is organized by Passive House Institute U.S.)The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) is aligned with the Passivhaus Institut in Germany. Its founder, Dr. Wolfgang Feist, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Maine conference, at 9:00 a.m. on Sept. 22. Feist will speak on “How the Passivhaus standard is evolving.”Speakers over the next two days will cover a variety of topics, discussing residential and non-residential Passivhaus projects in Europe, Canada, and the United States.Participants can choose from one of four sessions that run for about an hour each throughout each day. The conference ends on Sept. 23.At the accompanying trade show, more than 30 manufacturers or service providers will offer products or services useful for Passivhaus construction.Until July 31, registration is $350 ($300 for NAPHN members and $200 for students). After July 31, add $100. The conference takes place at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, a city of about 65,000 with a lively nightlife in the Old Port and a long list of well regarded eateries and brew pubs.last_img read more

NAB 2019: Polar Pro’s New Peter McKinnon Variable ND Filter

first_imgAt NAB 2019, Polar Pro just announced one of the best variable ND filters on the market, and it’s already selling like hot cakes.Polar Pro is slowly becoming one of my favorite companies. As with Aputure and Blackmagic Design, it seems they’re doing this crazy thing where they listen to their customers and make products that actually help people. So, that being said, the new “Peter McKinnon” branded filters are, quite frankly, super dope. Regardless of whose name is on the product, if something looks awesome and is a genuinely solid piece of equipment, by all means take my money.The filter is a fused, quartz glass, variable ND filter with apparently the lowest refractive index currently available. Here’s what Polar Pro has to say about how they made them and what they can do:Control your shutter speed in ever-changing lighting conditions. The VND Peter McKinnon Edition has laser etched stop indicators which precisely align two fused quartz glass elements to control the amount of light entering your lens. The controlled stop range eliminates cross-polarization and vignetting so your run-and-gun content is produced the way you intend it to be.The stop indicators are pretty rad, and they can really help you get the shot you want — perfectly exposed and consistent (as all things should be).Also, as you can see from their display at NAB, the cover for the filters is rubberized, adding a nice layer of extra protection to the filter when you’re not using it.There are two filter strengths available. The 2-5 stop filter runs for $249, and the 6-9 stop filter will set you back around $299. Since they announced these filters only a few days ago, apparently orders have been through the roof. As you can see on the site, the first and second shipments have already sold out. So, get in line I guess? Honestly, I’d be willing to wait. These things look pretty rad, and I’m sure we’ll start to see some reviews and videos in the near future.Here’s McKinnon himself talking about the new filters.McKinnon makes a good case for why these filters are different — and why you should consider using them in general. It’s clear a lot of thought and time went into making these things, and at the rate they’re selling, it seems to have worked. Here are the official specs from Polar Pro:Available in 2-5 and 6-9 stop variationsPreset stop range eliminates any chance of cross polarizationZero vignetting down to 16mm focal length lensesPure Fused Quartz ensures superior optical clarity over any glass on the marketIncludes a DefenderSlim cover for fingerprint-free installation(Side note, we recently put out a video on using Polar Pro filters for your drone. We’re pretty proud of it, so check it out.)Top Image via Polar Pro.Looking for more NAB 2019 coverage? Check out these articles.NAB 2019: LaCie Drops Their New 8TB Rugged RAID Shuttle DriveNAB 2019: Aputure’s New Gear — The 300d II, LEKO Attachment, and MoreNAB 2019: LiteMat Spectrum Shakes up the Light Panel GameNAB 2019: First Looks at the Sharp 8K Micro Four Thirds CameraNAB 2019: Deity Finally Releases Their New 2.4Ghz Wireless Systemlast_img read more

a month agoLyon playmaker Houssem Aouar back on Man City agenda

first_imgLyon playmaker Houssem Aouar back on Man City agendaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon playmaker Houssem Aouar is back on the agenda of Manchester City.Aouar has emerged as one of the most exciting prospects in football at Lyon.L’Equipe say City showed interest in Aouar once again in the summer window just gone.However, both the player and Lyon decided against a move away but Aouar has since struggled to find his best form during the new Ligue 1 campaign.It is reported that he is one of the players ‘shaken’ by Bruno Genesio’s departure as manager and the recent arrival of Sylvinho. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Florida State’s P.J. Williams’ Box Jump Is Extremely Impressive

first_imgP.J. Williams performs a box jump.IG/pjwilliams_26Jameis Winston gets most of the publicity out of this year’s Florida State players in the NFL Draft, but a number of other former Seminoles are enticing prospects as well. Cornerback P.J. Williams was one of the most important players on the FSU defense, and projects to be drafted in the first two rounds of this spring’s draft.Williams posted a video of himself doing a box jump on Instagram this afternoon, in which he shows off the athleticism and explosion that makes him one of the draft’s top defensive backs.We’re not sure exactly how high that jump is, but we are certainly impressed.last_img read more

Video: Syracuse Players Go Crazy When Team Finds Out It Made The NCAA Tournament

first_imgIt looked extremely unlikely that the Syracuse Orange would make this year’s NCAA Tournament after losing five of their last six games, including a one-and-done showing in the ACC Tournament. As it turns out, SU made the tournament as a 10-seed, avoiding the play-in games. Because of the bracket leak, some of the Syracuse players may have known their tournament fate ahead of time, but when the team was officially announced as ‘in,’ the team still had a pretty fantastic reaction.The MVP here has to be walk-on Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye, who broke out a few dances after the news came in. Congratulations to the Orange on the tournament berth.last_img read more

Ugly delicacy Industry touts weirdlooking Monkfish

first_imgPORTLAND, Maine – Now serving sea monsters.That’s the message from members of the fishing industry, environmentalists and regulators who are trying to persuade U.S. consumers to eat more of a particularly weird-looking creature from the deep — monkfish.Monkfish have been commercially fished for years, but recent analyses by the federal government show the monster-like bottom dweller can withstand more fishing pressure. However, U.S. fishermen often fall short of their quota for the fish.A lack of reliable markets for the fish and convoluted fishing regulations make it difficult to catch the full quota, fishermen said. Nevertheless, the U.S. government is upping harvesters’ limits for monkfish for the next three years.Some New England fishermen switched to targeting monkfish in recent decades when traditional species such as cod began to decline, said Jan Margeson, a Chatham, Massachusetts, fisherman who made such a switch himself. He said the availability of monkfish represents an opportunity for the industry.“It is healthy. We can’t even catch the quota,” he said. “We had to find an alternative species once groundfish died years ago.”Monkfish, also known as goosefish, are predatory fish that camouflage themselves on the ocean bottom and can grow to be about 5 feet long. With a gaping maw and uneven, jagged teeth, its appearance is the stuff of nightmares.But proponents often say the taste and texture of its flesh is similar to lobster. And monkfish, which is often sold as a whole fish or as steaks of tail meat, frequently is more affordable than some other kinds of domestic seafood.Tails typically sell for about $7 per pound at New England fish markets where popular items such as lobsters and flounder sell for $10 per pound or more.The fish is brought to shore from Maine to North Carolina, with most coming to land in Massachusetts.Fishermen have caught more than 15 million pounds of the fish every year since 1987. They were allowed to catch 32.5 million pounds of monkfish each year from 2013 to 2015, but typically caught less than two thirds of that amount. The federal government increased that limit to about 33.8 million pounds for the 2017-18 fishing year, and that number will hold until 2020.The Environmental Defence Fund Seafood Selector and Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch both give the fishery positive reviews for sustainability. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also touts the fishery as a “smart seafood choice” that is “sustainably managed” according to federal guidelines, the agency says on its website.Right now is a good time for fishermen to start exploiting that reputation, said Ben Martens, executive director of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association.“When we talk about diversification, monkfish is one of the things,” he said. “It’s a fishery that has opportunity for fishermen right now.”last_img read more

Beth MacPherson named honourary fire chief for the day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department named Beth MacPherson as Honourary Fire Chief for the Day on Thursday.MacPherson, a grade three student at Alwin Holland Elementary, had the honour of being paraded around the city in the comfort of a fire truck.The day included an interactive tour of the fire hall, a special lunch, and a meeting with community officials. Fire Inspector, Alyn Stobbe, says the selection of Honourary Fire Chief of the Day is part of the Fire Prevention Week program.“Every year we go through the schools for Fire Prevention Week, and so through that process, we get to educate the grade threes, well the entire elementary school, but the grade threes, in particular, they’re kind of our target group. So as part of that target group, for the grade threes, there is draws for Fire Chief for the Day. We collect ballots from the grade threes, and we randomly select one and this year we have Beth MacPherson as our Honourary Fire Chief for the Day”.A presentation of a certificate was made by Mayor Lori Ackerman and Fire Chief Fred Burrows in honour of MacPherson’s appointment as Fire Chief for the Day.last_img read more