Gyan’s scoring run continues, he scores 18th goal

first_imgAsamoah Gyan took his goal tally to 18 this season after helping Al Ain to a 2-1 win over Al Shaabab in the UAE Pro League on Friday.The Ghana captain’s 18th goal in ten matches was registered when he put Al Ain in front after 13 minutes.Gyan now just four goals shy of equaling his 22 goal return in his debut season in the UAE top flight.Champions, Al Ain are three points clear at the top of the table.last_img

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DTI: one-stop investment shop

first_imgThe Department of Trade and Industry offers a variety of services to those interested in conducting business in South Africa.Brand South African reporterThe Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provides a one-stop shop for investors, offering a variety of services to those interested in conducting business in South Africa – ranging from details on how to do business in the country to the different forms that businesses can take.Services for international investors include:Investment information: opportunities, incentives, regulations, policies, strategic sectors.Investment marketing: local and foreign marketing initiatives.Business facilitation: visas, investment missions, intergovernmental co-ordination, relocations, business introductions, black economic partnerships, financing and incentives.Outward investment: connections to other African investment promotion agencies, project financing, deal structuring.Contact the DTI Customer Care Centre on:0861 843 384 (local callers)+27 (12) 394 9500 (international callers)Download the Investors Handbook 2012/13 [PDF]Boosting investmentA chief objective of the DTI is to boost investment in South Africa. It works to encourage beneficial environments for investors and exporters via investor-friendly policies and incentives.While investment opportunities abound in all sectors of the economy, the DTI concentrates on those sectors in which South Africa has strong competitive advantages.See: Key investment sectors in South AfricaThe unit within the DTI which is dedicated to this is Trade and Investment South Africa, which aims to increase South Africa’s export capacity as well as support direct investment flows. It is also responsible for managing the DTI’s network of foreign trade offices.Read more: DTI: first stop for exporters Website: www.dti.gov.zaA group of institutionsThe DTI is a federation of agencies, not a single institution, and it collaborates with a range of institutions and stakeholders in developing strategies and policies to achieve its goals of industrialisation and growth.Industrial Development CorporationThe state-owned Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) promotes industrial development by offering a range of financing facilities to help private-sector entrepreneurs set up manufacturing concerns in South Africa and the Southern African region.The IDC provides development capital to new and existing undertakings, usually in the form of low-interest, medium- to long-term loans for acquiring fixed assets.Website: www.idc.co.zaNational Empowerment FundThe business of the NEF Corporation is to promote and facilitate black economic participation by providing financial and non-financial support to black empowered businesses, and to promote a culture of savings and investment among black people.Website: www.nefcorp.co.zaThe Small Enterprise Development AgencyAn agency of the DTI, Seda is mandated to implement government’s small business strategy. Its mission is to develop, support and promote small enterprises in South Africa, ensuring their growth and sustainability in co-ordination and partnership with various role players, including global partners, who make international best practices available to local entrepreneurs.Website: www.seda.org.zaProvincial investment promotion agenciesThe DTI works with investment agencies in all of South Africa’s nine provinces to promote economic development and meaningful participation in the global economic and trade environment.See the DTI website for a list of provincial agenciesSource: Department of Trade and IndustryWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Twenty years of constitutional freedom

first_imgThe applique Freedom Quilt by the Bethesda Arts Centre, part of the art collection at the Constitutional Court, depicts Nelson Mandela surrounded by citizens demanding the rights enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution.(Image: Constitutional Court Art Collection)MEDIA CONTACT• Director of the Constitutional Court Tel: +27 11 359-7459Fax: +27 11 339-5098Fax to email: 0866491253RELATED ARTICLES• South Africa’s Constitution• Government in South Africa • Brand South Africa supports governance debate • Making democracy work for all • Freedom Day: long time comingMelissa Jane Cook and Mary AlexanderToday marks the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s progressive Interim Constitution, signed into law on 18 November 1993. After centuries of conflict and racial oppression, the country made a leap of faith to establish, for the first time, a fully democratic and non-racial society where every citizen was protected by a comprehensive Bill of Rights regarded as among the most advanced in the world.The Constitution was a delicately balanced document intended to lay the foundations for a new South Africa as the country rebuilt itself after 40 crippling years of apartheid. It was the result of two years of of fractious negotiation, frequently abandoned, between the governing National Party (NP), the newly unbanned African National Congress (ANC) liberation movement, and a diverse collection of other groups ranging from the far left to far right.The Interim Constitution, which came into effect in 1994, not only set the stage for South Africa’s first democratic elections, but was – as the document itself explained – “a historic bridge between the past of a deeply divided society characterised by strife, conflict, untold suffering and injustice, and a future founded on the recognition of human rights, democracy and peaceful coexistence and development opportunities for all South Africans, irrespective of colour, race, class, belief or sex”.The document was the fundamental law of South Africa from the first non-racial general election on 27 April 1994 until it was superseded by the final Constitution on 4 February 1997.Unbannings and freedomThe story of the Constitution began on 2 February 1990 when, after months of behind-the-scenes dealing, President FW de Klerk shocked the whites-only Parliament by announcing the unbanning of the ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and other liberation movements. Two weeks later, on 12 February, Nelson Mandela was released from 27 years in prison; many other political prisoners and detainees were soon to follow.Through a series of accords in 1990 and 1991 the ANC and its allies agreed to suspend the armed struggle and negotiate a peaceful settlement with the white establishment. Talks began with the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (Codesa), in which all parties had a say, in late 1991.Establishing a new Constitution, and the way it would be done, was a critical component of the negotiations. There were two sides to the debate: the ANC insisted that it should be drawn up by a democratically elected constituent assembly, while the NP feared that the rights of minorities would not be protected in such a process, and proposed that the Constitution be negotiated by consensus between the parties and then put to a referendum.Codesa eventually decided that a negotiated transitional Constitution would provide for an elected constitutional assembly to draw up a permanent Constitution.In March 1992 the NP held an all-white referendum to test support for the negotiations process – and received overwhelming backing for reform.But the Codesa talks broke down, after the second plenary session in May 1992. A major point of dispute was the size of the supermajority required for the assembly to adopt the Constitution: the NP wanted 75%, which would have given it a veto.Threats to peaceSouth Africa’s peace process suffered a number of serious shocks, each raising the spectre of civil war. On 17 June 1992 more than 40 men, women and children were massacred in the township of Boipatong. State involvement was suspected. A few months later, in September, soldiers in the apartheid “homeland” of Ciskei fired on protestors in a mass-action campaign against the homeland system, killing many. That crisis was enough to bring negotiators back to the table after the suspension of talks.On 1 April 1993 the Multiparty Negotiating Forum (MPNF) gathered, with 26 organisations represented – including the Pan Africanist Congress, the Conservative Party and the Afrikaner Volksunie. The meeting was a success and defined the issues to be dealt with at multiparty negotiations. It also set the terms for a Negotiating Council.Talks were again threatened on 10 April 1993 when Chris Hani, leader of the SACP, was gunned down by right-wing extremists. But the negotiations went on. Later in April 1993, the Negotiating Council set up technical committees to carry on the negotiations. These committees were run by “experts” rather than party representatives, and were limited to six people each. This was a change from the style of negotiations adopted during Codesa.In June 1993 MPNF decided that 27 April 1994 would be the date of South Africa’s first non-racial elections. The technical committee on constitutional matters was asked to produce a transitional Constitution that would stand as the highest law in the land until the drafting and adoption of a final, democratic Constitution by an elected assembly.The committee produced draft outline of a transitional Constitution for discussion in late July 1993. In October the the ANC and the NP agreed on a government of national unity, a provision for two deputy presidents, the required percentage to elect a deputy president and the right to cabinet posts.On 16 November 1993, in a last-minute bilateral meeting between Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk, agreement was reached on the final issues required to complete the document. The MPNF then ratified the Interim Constitution in the early hours of the morning of 18 November.The final ConstitutionThe Interim Constitution was a bridge between the old order and the new, to regulate the country under a government of national unity while a popularly mandated constitutional assembly drafted the final document.After South Africa successfully held its first democratic elections on 27 April 1994, work began on the final Constitution. After much negotiation, and ratification by the Constitutional Court – now the highest court in the country – Nelson Mandela signed the Constitution into law in Sharpeville, in Vereeniging, on 10 December 1996, international Human Rights Day.The Constitution came into effect on 4 February 1997. The week of 17 to 21 March 1997 was named national Constitution Week, during which more than 7-million copies of the document were distributed in all 11 of South Africa’s official languages.Progressive reformThe Bill of Rights in the Constitution has forced major reforms to South Africa’s legal system, prescribed by rulings by the Constitutional Court.Rulings include the abolition of the death penalty in 1995, prisoners’ right to vote in 1999, and establishing the responsibility of the South African government to its citizens who are arrested in other countries, and the state’s duty to provide effective remedies against domestic violence, both in 2004.The court has also taken bold steps in protecting the rights of same-sex couples, often long before similarly progressive reforms were made in far wealthier, developed countries. In 1998 it repealed the legal prohibition against sodomy, in 1999 it recognised that gay couples should have the same legal rights as heterosexual couples, and in 2005 it ordered Parliament to draw up legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry.last_img read more

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Video Tutorial: 5 Transitions You Should Start Using

first_imgYou’ve got solid video, clean audio, and the perfect color grade. So don’t blow your edit with uninteresting transitions.Snappy transitions are all the rage these days, so I thought I’d show you my five favorites, which you can use without any additional plugins in Premiere Pro.However, the number one thing to realize here is that transitions can enhance your project, but they cannot save your story. Don’t rely only on fancy editing techniques to tell your story; instead, think of how they can merge two scenes or shots in a manner that improves your story rather than standing it for it.My number one rule with shooting is to keep my transitions in mind.  Your transitions should complement your project, not detract from it.So let’s take a look. Flicker CutMy first transition is the flicker cut. It’s easy to pull off, and it creates a strobe effect that ends your first shot and begins your second.My method is to take the last second of my first clip and cut out every other frame. After you’ve made your first section of cuts, follow this process for the first second of your following clip.Light LeakLight leaks are a great way to not only transition between two shots but also build atmosphere. All you need to do is apply a light leak overlay above your two transitioning shots.Whip PanThe whip pan is by far one of my favorite transitions and, like the flicker cut, is really easy to use. All you need is a short, blurry clip wherein the camera has moved quickly in one direction. You then splice 12 – 24 frames of that clip between two others.Parallel ImageryYou can use this technique when editing between two shots with similar imagery or framing. This works very well with fast-paced sequences because your audience isn’t scanning the screen for information.Time RampTime-ramping transitions are a huge hit right now, and (you guessed it) are also super easy to use.Step 1: Take the last second of your first clip and speed it up to 200%.Step 2: Take the first second of your second clip and speed it up 200%.Done.And there you have it. Give these transitions a try on your next project, and see what they can do to support your story.Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: How to Shoot Product Videos on a BudgetHow to Export Illustrator Icons to Use in After Effects and Premiere ProAnimate A ‘Top 10 Countdown’ Screen With After EffectsAnimate Clean Commercial Graphics in Adobe After EffectsHow to Animate a Text Stroke in Adobe After Effectslast_img read more

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10 Thoughts On Oklahoma State’s 44-20 Win Over Kansas

first_imgJordan Sterns is insane. https://t.co/utPwTH7BlP— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 20164. OSU was actually not that bad on offense …Oklahoma State averaged 3.14 points per drive on offense today.The No. 12 team in the nation averages 3.12 points per drive (#FireYurcich). It’s not always pretty, but Yurcich and Co. somehow always figure out a way to put up points. And yes, I know it was Kansas. Kansas also allows just 2.85 points per drive so you were better than the average team against them.5. … the offense also got a lot of help from its defenseOklahoma State’s drives started on its own 42 on average. That’s a crazy number. Mason Rudolph was nearly trotting out to midfield on average. OSU’s defense was throwing its offense some absolute softballs. In the second half, OSU started with the ball inside Kansas’ 30 three times.My biggest issue with the offense is that sometimes it feels like it’s trying to do too much. There was a ridiculous delay of game with 8:30 left in the second quarter that screamed “our playbook used to be eight plays and now it’s 800 and we don’t know what to run!”And I get it. Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken were better coordinators. There’s a reason they went on to become head coaches. I understand that this O doesn’t have the beauty of a Holgorsen-coached one. But it does seem to always figure out how to put up points when it needs them most, and that should count for something.Justice Hill is insane. https://t.co/f6er8hbedA— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 20166. Jalen McCleskey might be this team’s soulJames Washington was virtually nonexistent on Saturday. He was rarely targeted by Mason Rudolph, and even when he was, it did not go well.? pic.twitter.com/NGqQdkWN7E— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 2016On the other hand, Jalen McCleskey caught six passes for 129 yards and gave Mason Rudolph a lift when he needed it. BOX SCOREOklahoma State held on early and torched Kansas late nabbing three turnovers and riding freshman Justice Hill to its fifth win of the season. There was more angst than Mark Mangino at a Souper Salad in the first two quarters, but OSU did what OSU has done for several years now: Played poorly for long stretches against bad teams but still won handily at the end.The Pokes actually hit the spread (-24) right on the nose with Chris Carson’s final touchdown halfway through the fourth quarter and a game that felt incongruent at halftime was put to bed with a little juice heading for Homecoming next week. Let’s take a look at 10 Thoughts on OSU and Kansas.1. Justice Hill is a starHe has been a star for a while now, and he’s only solidifying it with every 100-yard rushing game he posts. He had 22 carries for 162 yards (7.4 yards per carry) and a touchdown on Saturday against Kansas. Kansas is No. 94 nationally in yards allowed per carry so I’m not going to lose my mind here, but it has become clear that Hill has the potential to be one of the best in the Mike Gundy Era.Also, quick shoutout to Chris Carson for an equally-strong day in his return from a broken hand (he also had 7.4 YPC). His ceiling sort of is what it is, and he’s had terrific days against bad teams (UTSA last year) so I’m not as excited about the rest of his career as, say, Hill. But he still has a legitimate role on this team for the rest of the season.Chris Carson high jump!! https://t.co/DwB84MRbUf— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 20162. This is Who We areI do love the weekly “we gotta fire everybody, quit playing football and burn the school down lest we are unable to harvest the grounds for wheat two years from now because OSU just went three and out” outrage on Twitter.(actually I do not love that at all)Here’s the reality: OSU is a good football team that is 5-2 (and should be 6-1) with a chance to win eight or nine games. Everything doesn’t have to be the best or worst thing in all of college athletics history.What evidence do we have in the last three years that this team is going to be a team that houses bad opponents early and often on the road? Zero. There is none. Is that frustrating? Absolutely. Do I wish it was different? Yes, I wish the Oil Baron was playing entire halves.But at what point do we just start expecting to be in close games for 30-40 minutes against crappy teams like Kansas? Why do we act more surprised than Kansas’ basketball players the first time they saw Bill Self without his toupee on every week it happens?3. It’s always Been About turnoversAlways has been. Always will be. Oklahoma State is now 48-6 when it creates three or more turnovers in the Mike Gundy Era. The flip side to this is that playing a high-risk, high-reward defense is a. poor for the health of your fans b. really bad when you don’t get those turnovers.Kansas was marching all over OSU’s defense at times on Saturday. It should have scored a TD on this insane three-lateral play, but instead OSU did what OSU does, flipped the field and scored 17 points off turnovers. For most teams, I would say this is untenable. For OSU, it’s commonplace. Just be sure to renew your heart medicine prescription. All of that led to this amazing stat.Touches and yards today:James Washington: 3 for 19 yardsCowboy D-linemen: 3 for 73 yards— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 20168. Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield …I’m scared.Ramon can’t set enough phone alarms for me to not be terrified of what they’re going to do to this secondary. Montrell Cozart (!!) threw for 250 yards (and it really should have been 320 if homeboy hadn’t taken one off the facemask for Sterns to take the other way). His previous career high in a Big 12 game was 150 against Iowa State last year.Montrell Cozart (MONTRELL COZART!) lit up OSU’s secondary so bad I thought Mary Fallin might institute a burn ban in northern Oklahoma for the rest of the month. What are Mahomes and Mayfield going to do?9. Mason Rudolph — good, not greatI thought Rudolph was all right on Saturday. He didn’t throw it away, leaned on No. 27 and protected what his defense gave him. His stats don’t wow you (16/24 for 220 yards and a TD), but it’s more disconcerting that an inability of OSU’s receivers to get open led to five sacks and a loss of 31 yards.One of Rudolph’s best qualities is field awareness and checking down, and he just had nothing going on. If you’re Mike & Mike you have to have Plan B, Plan C, and Plan D-Z for getting No. 28 open or using him as a high-level decoy. You can’t just say, “welp, KU is bracketing him so I guess we just better run it 65 times” against better defenses.10. No. 100 vs. Dana would be so sweetPeople will poo poo on this, but a 24-point win in Lawrence is a 24-point win in Lawrence. Do I wish it would have been 74-10? I do. But OSU whipping Kansas 27-7 in the second half gives it a little momentum going into the Homecoming game against West Virginia next week.And there would be nothing better than Jhajuan Seales and Tre Flowers dumping a Gatorade bucket of Red Bull on the head ball coach, lifting him to the skies and letting him crowdsurf the student section as OSU celebrates not only Homecoming but hopefully ruining West Virginia’s perfect season.I know today was supposed to be win No. 100 (or No. 101), but few scenarios could be better than beating an old pal at home to hop back into the Big 12 title race. Onto the next one.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!center_img Sick catch by McCleskey. https://t.co/JUigDTAM0j— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 2016He is not this team’s best player (Washington). He is not its heartbeat (Rudolph). But he, along with Jordan Sterns, might be its soul. Take them away and you still have something, but it’s not as full-bodied as it could be.7. The Blizzard and Tommie Frazier III have nicknamed DeQuinton Osborne “The Blizzard” and Carson says Vincent Taylor is the next Tommie Frazier. Three — three! — Oklahoma State defensive linemen got touches in the second half between Osborne’s slick pick and Jordan Sterns’ pitch to Taylor who pitched it to Jarrell Owens. That’s the same number of touches James Washington had on offense.last_img read more

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