Rugby sewing initiative kicks off

first_imgThe balls are made of old billboardmaterial stuffed with plastic shoppingbags. Unemployed women with sewingexperience are able to bring in anincome from the sale of the balls (Image: CLE Communications) MEDIA CONTACTS • Makgabo Seema   EnviroServ public relations   +27 11 422 2560 or +27 82 969 5120RELATED ARTICLES • Playing a part to back the Boks • Zuma: 2011 the year of job creation • Springboks given euphoric send-off • Pumping up Bok support for World Cup• Amarula project uplifts SA womenEmily van RijswijckRugby is not normally associated with job creation and recycling, but a resourceful new project called Touch Initiative is teaching unemployed seamstresses to manufacture rugby balls out of old billboards.Initiated and sponsored by Gauteng-based waste management company EnviroServ, the Touch Initiative hopes to use the momentum of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, currently under way in New Zealand, to create more awareness around the drive.“This particular initiative will focus on rugby balls to tie in with the World Cup,” says Thurlow Hanson-Moore from Thewinwingroup, the advertising agency that conceptualised the project.In time Touch will be expanded to create other types of balls and products, he says.Jobs through wasteThe emphasis of the Touch project is on job creation through innovative waste management.According to EnviroServ’s marketing manager Delia Lavarinas, there can be no greater waste than that of wasted talent in South African communities.“We also wanted to harness the energy around rugby in 2011, giving communities a tangible reason to get excited about the world cup.”The campaign provides industrial sewing machines and training for unemployed women with a background in sewing. So far 20 seamstresses have been trained to make these balls, at six hubs in Mpumalanga.The women are able to earn up to R200 (US$24.4) a day from sales of the balls, which cost R50 ($6.1) each. Of this amount, R30 ($3.7) goes straight back into the community and the balance contributes towards operating costs.Once the template is cut from the billboard material, women stuff the balls with up to 30 plastic shopping bags which have been reclaimed from the streets. This too represents an employment opportunity, as people are needed to gather the bags.According to Hanson-Moore, response to the initiative has been enthusiastic, with orders of up to 1 000 balls streaming in.“The idea is to get corporate support, and we are approaching the various rugby unions to get them involved as well,with a positive response.”The plan is to roll the initiative out across the country, establishing employment hubs in all nine provinces. “We want to keep the drive going beyond the World Cup,” confirms Hanson-Moore.To find out more or to place an order for balls, contact Hosia via email or call +27 72 288 9088.Creating jobs, tackling povertyEnviroServ’s core business is to provide innovative and sustainable waste management solutions for South Africa. The company has a number of corporate social initiatives on the go – one of them is the Intuthuko Sewing Project in Etwatwa near Springs in eastern Gauteng.Art lecturer Celia de Villiers and businesswoman Susan Haycock facilitate this embroidery project.EnviroServ approached De Villiers to start the project as the company operates a waste management site in the area and wished to couple it with poverty alleviation in the nearby township. The project employs 35 women and one man.In 2004 the Intuthuko project won an award for its magnificent Journey to Freedom embroideries. The women have since purchased a stall at the Rosebank Rooftop market and are doing exceptionally well.Kick-offThe 7th IRB Rugby World Cup is underway in New Zealand and will conclude on 23 October with the final at Eden Park in Auckland. Nineteen other countries are battling to snatch the title of world champion from reigning champions South Africa, who walked off with the laurels at the previous competition in France in 2007.South Africa and Australia are the only two countries who have been able to win the Web Ellis Trophy twice, and the national team, the Springboks, are campaigning to be the first team in history to successfully defend their title, as well as to win it three times.The Rugby World Cup is now established as the world’s third biggest sporting event after the Olympic Games and Fifa World Cup. In recent years it’s achieved its goal of merging the traditional rugby powers with new and emerging nations to make it a truly worldwide sport, according to the world cup website.The competition takes place every four years under the auspices of the International Rugby Board. England will host the competition in 2015 and Japan in 2019.last_img read more

Banyana ready to tackle Tanzania

first_img29 August 2014South Africa’s women’s football team, Banyana Banyana will wind up Women’s Month with an international friendly against Tanzania at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday evening.They returned from Zambia earlier this week after a 4-0 win over She-polopolo and went straight into camp ahead of the African Women’s Championship in Namibia, which takes place from 11 to 25 October.On trackCoach Vera Pauw said in a statement that her charges’ preparations are on track for the biggest women’s football tournament on the African continent, which will also serve as a qualifier for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup, with the top three finishers qualifying to play in the finals in Canada.“We travelled back to South Africa on Monday and we gave the players a day off on Tuesday but the girls are looking great. We will be ready for Tanzania come Sunday,” Pauw said.Amanda Dlamini is recovering well from a knee injury which she suffered in match against Namibia at the Dobsonville stadium on 10 August.Places up for grabsWith Pauw yet to name her final squad to compete at the African Women’s Championship, competition among players for a place in Namibia is stiff.“Everyone is working hard in the team. It’s not going to be easy for the coach to make the final selection as everyone is putting in great effort,” Banyana Banyana captain Janine Van Wyk said.African Women’s Championship preparationRunners-up in the last African Women’s Championship in 2012, South Africa qualified for this year’s finals after thrashing the Comoros 13-0 away from home in May. The islanders subsequently withdrew from the return leg of the tie, opening the way for Banyana Banyana to play a number of friendly internationals as preparation for the continental showpiece.In eight outings in 2014, all against African opposition, South Africa has won six matches and drawn twice against Zimbabwe: 2-2 in Johannesburg in April and 0-0 in Harare in July.Banyana’s other results include the 13-0 thrashing of the Comoros, a 4-0 defeat of Botswana on 7 June, a 2-1 win over Namibia in Windhoek on 5 July, a 2-0 victory over the same opposition on 10 August on home soil and the recent 4-0 victory over Zambia in Lusaka.GroupsSouth Africa has been drawn in Group B for the African Women’s Championship finals, alongside Cameroon, Algeria and Ghana. Group A consists of Nigeria, Namibia, the Ivory Coast and Zambia.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

After Effects Quick Tip: Minimizing Pixelation and Artifacts

first_img2. Find Edges and Camera BlurFor this method, duplicate the image and precomp it, telling it to “Leave all attributes” in the original comp. Open the precomp and apply a Find Edges effect. You’ll use this as a matte to blur out any pixelated edges. I hope these three methods help when you’re stuck using tiny assets! If you’ve got any of your own recipes for minimizing grain in After Effects let us know in the comments below! Here are three quick ways to minimize pixelation and artifacts in low-res pictures!No mater how much you try to avoid it, eventually you’re going to have to use some images in a project that are just too small. There are some creative motion-graphics solutions for getting around scaling the images up to a point where you see any pixelation, but here are three quick ways to minimize pixelation when you really need to scale them up to full-fame or larger in After Effects.Here’s the low-res picture we’ll be using at it’s original size in a 1080p comp.Yes, that’s me. I was an awkward teenager. Can we ignore that please! 🙂I’ve had to scale it up to 450%, so you can see the artifacting below:1. Detail-Preserving UpscaleThe Detail-Preserving Upscale effect is a relatively new feature in After Effects, and it’s pretty simple to use. Leave the layer’s scale at 100%, then increase the layer scale in the effect itself. It does a pretty great job, though sometimes the images come out looking just a bit over-sharpened. Go back to the main comp, turn off the precomp, and apply the Camera Blur effect to the original picture. Set the Blur Map to the precomp and set the Blur Radius to 1. This kind-of has the opposite effect of the Detail-Preserving Upscale. You lose a bit of detail/definition, but it’s not a total blur of the whole image.3. Add Film GrainMy personal favorite, and in my opinion, the easiest of all. If you don’t mind a bit of a vintage look, film grain is a great way to cover pixelation. I pulled in a “16mm” clip from my personal Cinegrain package (any equivalent film grain will do), set it to overlay.I then selected “Freeze Frame” (an optional step). Right away, you can see that almost all traces of the pixelation/artifacting are hidden by the grain. The heavier the grain, the more pixelation/artifacting it covers up!last_img read more

Katrina Kaif wants to be in the Game of Thrones

first_imgMumbai, Aug 23 (PTI) Bollywood star Katrina Kaif is a huge fan of fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” and if given a chance the actor would love to work in the HBO series.Katrina posted on Instagram a picture from a recent photoshoot, in which she sports tribal inspired swimwear with heavy silver anklets, and expressed her desire to join the cast of the popular TV series.”Can I be in #gameofthrones pleeeeeasseee… #ilovejonsnow #pleasetakemeintheshow moodyandbroodingismything,” she captioned the photo.Katrina, 34, made her Instagram debut in April this year and currently has 117 posts and 4.6 million followers.The seventh season of “Game of Thrones” has reached its finale with only one episode left. PTI SHD SHDlast_img

BC government sets out new rules for provincial infrastructure projects

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – British Columbia government projects worth billions of dollars will now be built under a so-called community benefits agreement that sets out job training, who can work on the projects and the wages to be paid.The agreement is aimed at boosting apprenticeship opportunities and hiring more women, Indigenous people and other under-represented workers who will be organized under a new Crown corporation — BC Infrastructure Benefits Inc.Premier John Horgan said Monday the framework will make it a priority to hire local workers and provide good wages for people building roads, bridges, transit and hospitals.However, independent contractors and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation say it’s really a sweetheart deal for unions that will force costs up for public infrastructure.Horgan said the framework will allow everyone to bid on the projects.“Our objective here is to make sure that we can, to the greatest extent possible, hire local contractors to make sure they hire local workers,” Horgan said. “I’m confident there will be no shortage of work.”The first two projects to be delivered under the plan will be the new $1.3-billion Pattullo Bridge and the four-lane expansion between Kamloops and the Alberta boundary on Highway 1.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation said it has deep concerns with the B.C. government’s new “union first” rule for taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects.Contracts for bridges, roads and hospitals should go to groups with the best bids, said Kris Sims, B.C. director of the federation.“It’s very troubling to see the NDP government creating a new Crown corporation just to hand out contracts to their favourite unions, all at taxpayers’ expense.”The Independent Contractors and Business Association said there are nearly $30 billion in government construction projects planned over the next three years and overpaying by creating a union monopoly will cost taxpayers billions of dollars.The government’s announcement was long on taxpayer costs and short on details, said Chris Gardner, president of the association.“Procurement should be open, fair and transparent, not a payoff for political favours.”Horgan said the framework is flexible, would maximize the number of quality bidders and ensure public projects are competitive.“This is a new way of doing business in British Columbia, the previous government delayed and slowed projects by putting obstacles in the way,” he told a news conference at the ironworkers training facility at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.Tom Sigurdson of the B.C. and Yukon Building Trades Council said the best news coming out of the announcement is for apprentices currently in the system.He said the province is facing a severe shortage of skilled labour with more workers leaving than are entering the workforce.“One of the reasons that we have a shortage, or incompletions in the apprenticeship system, is because apprentices are not given job opportunities,” he said. “This is going to allow for apprentices to be on publicly funded projects. It’s something we’ve been calling for for years.”Sigurdson said the agreement means the government will, essentially, be the employer.The Crown agency will work with winning contractors to hire trades and will do the payroll and all the paperwork.“We do have a number of contractors that do not play in the legitimate economy,” Sigurdson said. “In the construction industry there are a lot of workers who are in the underground economy and the contractors are very happy to pay them cash. That’s going to end.”— By Terri Theodore in Vancouverlast_img read more

Trev Talks – Kinder Morgan Court Decision

first_imgThis week on Trev Talks, we discuss the recent court decision that stopped construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.  Alan Yu of Fort St. John for LNG joins Trevor to talk about the decision and what it means for our region and the country.They also discussed LNG, Prime Minister Trudeau, Premier Notley and of course all things Energy.You can watch the Youtube version of the show above or watch it on Facebook below. Listen for Trev Talks every Friday at 10 a.m. on Moose FM and shared live on Facebook and Youtube.last_img

Resident doctors ratify agreement under provincial mandate

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Finance has announced that members of the Resident Doctors of B.C. and the Health Employers Association of B.C. have ratified an agreement under the Government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.According to the Government, the mandate focuses on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation.Nearly 1,350 resident doctors working for publicly funded health-care employers in B.C.’s hospitals and public health facilities are represented by RDBC. The agreement includes a three-year term, general wage increases of two percent in each year, and a collaborative approach to addressing workload that will support greater engagement with resident doctors, with the intention of retaining them in B.C. when they complete their programs.To learn more about public sector bargaining in B.C., you can visit the Government’s website.last_img read more

Polls around corner water crisis far from getting over in Okhla

first_imgNew Delhi: With just a few days to go for polling, the residents of Okhla Vihar still wake up to ‘pani le lo pani’ call from vendors on rickshaw carts selling RO ( Reverse Osmosis) water. They have big white water cans which they supply at a cost of 15 Rs to 20 Rs depending upon the floor they carry water. Areas like Batla House, Zakir Nagar, Jogabai, Jasola, Okhla Vihar, Abul Fazal and Shaheen Bagh are still waiting for drinking water.Syed Akhter can’t afford to sleep late, he has to get up early in the morning to buy a water can before he departs to his office. “If somehow I miss to buy drinking water from these local rikcshaw vendors, chances are I might not get water the whole day as I come late from office. I had to rely on mineral water bottle then which proves costly,” Akhter said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSeveral years have passed but the area’s water woes are far from over. Drinking water has always been an area of concern for the locals. Sensing business opportunity, several RO plants have cropped up in the region from where the daily vendors on rickshaw buy water to sell it further to the residents. Submersible water is used for daily chores other than drinking. The hardness of water also results in the low life of the RO machines in the houses. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe worst affected areas are Shaheen Bagh and Abul Fazal, two adjoining areas near the Yamuna banks at Kalindi Kunj which have the major scarcity of drinking water. Both areas are still waiting for water pipelines. Though the AAP MLA from Okhla says that much has been done and water is likely to reach most of the areas very soon. “We have provided drinking water in Haji Colony, Gaffar Manzil Extension, Johri Farm, Taimur Nagar Extension and parts of Zakir Nagar. Pipeines have been laid in Batla House, Okhla Vihar, Old Jasola, Ali Vihar, Madanpur Khadar Extension and Nai Basti. We are hopeful to end the water crisesin the area soon,” says Amanatullah Khan, Okhla MLA.last_img read more

Congress White House Look to Fight over Defense Policy Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The House and Senate got a relatively early start on negotiations over a conference agreement for the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill, but enactment of the measure is not certain as the Obama administration has issued a veto threat due to its opposition to a variety of policy provisions in the two versions.The administration’s sticking points include language in the Senate version reorganizing the Pentagon, including a provision which would eliminate the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, and assign its duties to multiple officials, including an undersecretary for management support. DOD objects to other changes to its acquisition policies as well.The White House criticized the House version over its reliance on $18 billion in overseas contingency operations account (OCO) funds for base budget items — including more weapons and equipment, and higher end strength levels — not requested by the DOD. Using the funds allocated to the OCO account — which is not subject to the statutory budget caps — in an effort to restore shortfalls in military readiness would result in funding for overseas operations to run out at the end of April.“There’s a code term in there, ‘strongly object,’ which is normally interpreted as a veto threat, and there were more than 18 of those in this year’s statement of administration policy,” said Andrew Hunter, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.Committee leaders began formal conference talks in July, with staff working out many of the lower-profile issues since then in an effort to agree on a compromise version when lawmakers return in September. With Congress back in session, the pace of negotiations should pick up.Lawmakers say they are hopeful they can reach agreement on a final bill before November, but analysts believe another late-year vote is more likely, reported Defense News.“It’s unlikely to make much progress in September,” said Justin Johnson of the Heritage Foundation.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For November 24 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, November 24, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.Town Yardwaste Recycling Center: The Recycling Center, located off Old Main Street at the Wilmington/Woburn line, will be open for leaf and brush drop-off from 9am to 4pm. Only Wilmington residents will be allowed to use the facility for leaves and brush drop-off. Residents must show an ID at the entrance to the facility. No grass clippings will be accepted. No contractors or commercial vehicles will be allowed. Residents using the Recycling Center must purchase a punch card for $15 which will be good for 5 visits to the center. Punch cards may be purchased Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall. Cards purchased previously that have unpunched visits are still valid.Class Reunion: Wilmington High School Class of 2003 is celebrating its 15-Year Reunion on Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 7pm to 11pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (downstairs). Tickets cost $5 at the door. Email any questions to KristieC@chchne.com.Class Reunion: Wilmington High School Class of 1998 is celebrating its 20th Class Reunion on Saturday, November 24, from 7pm to 11pm, at Luna Rossa (1699 Shawsheen Street, Tewksbury). Join us for great music, appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets, which cost $40, can be purchased HERE.Class Reunion: The Shawsheen Tech Class of 2013 is holding its 5-Year Reunion on Saturday, November 24, from 7pm to 10pm, at Sissy K’s (4 Commercial Street) in Boston. Tickets cost $30 and must be purchased in advance online HERE. No tickets will be sold at the doors. Food, drinks, karaoke, DJ and dancing are included in the ticket price. Plus ones are welcome, but they must purchase their own ticket. Guests must be 21 years or older with valid ID. There will be an open bar from 7pm to 9pm. This is a private event where entry will be granted with valid ID and purchased ticket.In The Community: The 24th Annual Castleberry Faire Holiday Craft Festival will take place on Friday, November 23 (9am-5pm); Saturday, November 24 (10am-5pm) and Sunday, November 25 (10am-4pm) at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road).This three day shopping bonanza includes over 250 of the nation’s finest Craftspeople, displaying and selling this American made works; including Holiday Décor, Pottery, Tile, Fine Jewelry, Soy Candles, Turned Wood, Soaps, Fine Art, Toys, Wildlife & Nature Photography, Ceramics, Wearable Art, Folk Art, Hair Accessories, Painted Stemware, Stained Glass, Floral Arrangements, Country Wood Crafts, Knits, Ornaments, Puzzles, Personal Care, Victorian Wreaths, Leather, Pet Treats & Accessories, Oil Painting, Children’s Clothing, Clay, Decorative Slate Painting, Scarves, Ladies Apparel, Garden Décor, Holiday Wall Hangings, Sports Apparel, Calligraphy, Lamp Shade Covers, Sheep Skin Accessories, Embroidery, Repurposed Wind Chimes, Fleece, Custom signs, quilts, doll clothes, table games, cutting boards, cribbage boards, wooden inlay art, up-cycled Mittens, Terrariums, Pine Cone Wreaths, Nonfiction, Fused Glass, Totes, Fragrance, Paper Crafts, Pewter, Aroma-Therapy, Landscape Photography, Watercolor, Holiday Pendants, Soft Sculpture, Up-cycled Crafts, Chainmail Jewelry and so much more.A “food sampling” extravaganza will be presented with such specialty delights as Herbal Dips, Fudge, Marinades, Roasted Nuts, Pickles, Jams & Jellies, Salsas, Hot Sauces, Biscotti, Honey, Olive Oils, Chocolates, Wine Slush Mix, Toffee, Exquisite Pastries, Hot Chocolate, Gourmet Soups, Candy, Balsamic Vinegars and more.Admission costs $8 per person. Children 14 and under are FREE. Click HERE for a $2-off coupon. One admission is good for ALL 3 DAYS. Parking is free.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.In The Community: 6th, 7th and 8th grade students living in Wilmington are invited to join the Wilmington Youth Center and enjoy being part of a community that offers a safe place to hang out with your friends and have fun! The Wilmington Youth Center, located inside Villanova Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue), will be open every Saturday night, from 7pm to 9:30pm, from November 17, 2018 to March 30, 2019. Registration costs $40 per child or $80 per family.  Registrations will be accepted on Saturday nights during the season. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 7, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more