WESTERN BUREAU:Edwin Allen High School’s girls continue to impress ahead of next month’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships at the National Stadium after dominating the high school categories at Saturday’s Milo Western Relays.They won five of six relay gold on offer, sweeping all the classes and establishing a new meet record 47.60 seconds to win the Class Four 4x100m. They finished in front of rivals Hydel High (49.26) and Holmwood Technical (50.67) seconds.The new record eclipsed their old standard of 48.35 seconds, which they ran in 2014, and signalled that their depth this year will make them hard to beat at Champs.Edwin Allen’s girls also won the Class One 4x100m relay in 46.34 seconds, with Hydel, once again, playing second fiddle with a time of 46.51, and Herbert Morrison taking third place in 47.56 seconds.In Class Three, they were equally impressive, winning in 45.98 seconds. Hydel, who finished second at Champs last year, looked good. They were timed at 46.84 seconds, with Manchester third in 48.25.Big surpriseCornwall College surprised everyone to win the Class One boys’ 4x100m ahead of powerhouse Kingston College in one of the races of the meet.Cornwall clocked 41.02 seconds in a driving finish from KC, 41.16, and Garvey Maceo, 41.21.That blip aside, the purple and white clad team from North Street was, at least, near their best.They ran a record 43.99 seconds to win the boys’ Class Three 4x100m event. Herbert Morrison took second spot at 44.84 and William Knibb third in 45.38.Munro won the Class Two 4x100m relay in a time of 42.31 seconds. KC’s time of 42.81 was god enough for second place, while fast-finishing Green Island High were third in 42.84.The Class Four title went to KC in 45.46 seconds. Herbert Morrison were second in 50.08 ahead of Munro, 50.86 seconds.St Elizabeth Technical High School were superb in the boys’ 4x800m relay, taking top spot in a new record 7:41.44 seconds, beating Spalding High’s old mark of 7:45.08, which they had set in 2014.Kingston College ran 7:47.57 for second place, and Holmwood Boys third in a time of 7:49.17 seconds.STETHS was again atop the podium, when their girls, led by the super-impressive Junelle Bromfield, made it look easy to win the Girls Class 4x400m relay Open event.Timed at 3:40.67 seconds, the STETHS quartet of Sethania Wright, Kenesha Chambers, Stacey Ann Williams and Junelle Bromfield won ahead of Edwin Allen, 3:41.36, with Holmwood taking third in 3:42.44.
The founder of Famram Solutions has been recognised for her work in keeping rural girls and young women in schools, by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development. She is driven by the belief that “education transforms women into inspirational leaders”.“Everyone has it within themselves to change the lives of less fortunate South Africans,” said Shamila Ramjawan, founder and CEO of Famram Solutions and the Famram Foundation. (Image: Supplied)For Shamila Ramjawan, receiving a Global Female Leadership Impact Award is an opportunity to spread the word of her work to a larger, more global audience. The Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (Celd) award ceremony will take place in Dubai this month. Ramjawan will not only be recognised for her work in uplifting South African women, but will also sit on a panel – “Transformational CEOs Discussion Panel” – with women from around the world who are driving economic growth.Female business and community leaders from 100 countries will gather in the Gulf nation to celebrate the impact of women on their communities. “What a great way to begin a new year,” Ramjawan says without pretence. “As a change agent, I am looking forward to meeting and networking with high profile people from various parts of the world as I am passionate about making a global impact. This award will contribute immensely to more exposure and visibility. Furthermore, I will be featured in a double page spread in the Amazon Watch Special Edition Magazine, which will be published in January 2018.”Girls and young women still in school often miss up to seven days of schooling every month. Shamila Ramjawan’s solution, the PrincessD Menstrual Cup, has not only changed the lives of these young women but has also created work across southern Africa.Ramjawan, the founder and CEO of Famram Solutions and the Famram Foundation, will be inducted into Celd’s Hall of Fame in the Emerging Economies Top 100 Most Influential Women in the World category. “It all feels surreal and I am excited to represent South Africa as an ambassador for Brand South Africa as this award is essentially the Academy Awards of Business Leaders making impactful contributions in society on a global scale.”Everyone has it within themselves to change the lives of less fortunate South Africans, she says. Through her communication and marketing work for corporates and the government, she came to realise the need for a sustainable solution for the menstrual needs of women, especially in rural areas.Girls and young women still in school often miss up to seven days of schooling every month. Her solution, the PrincessD Menstrual Cup, has not only changed the lives of these young women but has also created work across southern Africa. “Most corporates provide technology, science and maths resources and we advise them that if girls do not have sanitary products they will not benefit from those resources because they won’t be able to attend school for five to seven days a month. Instead, we send out requests to corporate and government departments to work with us in keeping girls in school with a sustainable ten-year product.”Ramjawan’s company motto is “Be the princess that you are. Period”. She holds that women can make an impact on their communities and the world if they are given opportunities. She has expanded the menstrual cup project to 15 countries in Africa, the USA, Canada and to the Philippines.The PrincessD Menstrual Cup – named for Ramjawan’s daughter, Daksha – project is more than just an initiative to keep girls in school. “We don’t give a girl a box and tell them to use it. We take them through the education around menstruation – how to use their cup, insert, remove and sterilise. We include empowerment of girls, telling our stories, inviting ambassadors and role models when we do handovers. We are growing the training and development project in 2018; we will be offering life skills and career guidance, and then will introduce the PrincessD Menstrual Cup under women’s health and menstruation matters.”“Education transforms women into inspirational leaders and we have to bestow a basic need on our school girls by providing them with a sustainable menstrual product so that we can keep our girls in school during menstruation as they are our future leaders,” said Shamila Ramjawan.In 2016, Ramjawan was nominated in the Unsung Heroine Special Category in Miss SA 2005 Joan Madibeng’s Women: Real Architect of Society Awards as was athlete Caster Semenya, who then decided to partner and become a co-owner in Famram Solutions.. Together they have started a green campus initiative with the University of Pretoria. The eco-friendly menstrual cup admits them to programmes designed to make universities more green.Famram has been invited to participate in the university’s health and wellness programmes under which the PrincessD Menstrual Cup is available at reduced rates for students. The university’s teaching staff have embraced the project and are buying cups for students whose budgets do not stretch far enough,” she says.It is further proof to Ramjawan that people are willing to do all they can to help others when given a chance. They believe as she does in the power of an educated girl. “Education transforms women into inspirational leaders and we have to bestow a basic need on our school girls by providing them with a sustainable menstrual product so that we can keep our girls in school during menstruation as they are our future leaders. Therefore, people can play their part by encouraging their organisations to partner with us so that we can, as champions of change, collaborate and change lives together.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material. read more
SharePrint RelatedDear (Aspiring) Geocache Hider: Earn a SouvenirMarch 10, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”Time to Phone-a-Friend: Sometimes hiding a geocache takes twoJune 24, 2014In “Community”Be a better hiderAugust 21, 2018In “News” Get your geocache building tools ready. It’s time to become a geocache maker. First things first. Check out this video to learn the basics of geocache hiding:Now, are you ready to take your geocache to the next level? You’ll need to learn the magic formula for creating an unforgettable experience: innovative container + inspiring location + powerful storytelling. Check out these 7 tips and tricks for making the ultimate geocaching experience:1. Think everyday, household items. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to make an innovative geocache. Simple latches (like child locks!) and magnets can go a long way towards building a cool container.A geocache by Herr Potter that uses child proof drawer latches.2. Make sure the location matches the container. A tupperware container is awesome if it brings you to an inspiring location; it’s less awesome if it brings you to a parking lot. You can make up for a less exciting location by using a container that requires some brain power to open or is itself a work of art.3. Don’t forget the geocache page! A person’s geocaching experience begins the moment they open a geocache’s page. Tell a fun, fictional story or use the geocache page to teach a history or science lesson. Make sure the necessary information, including coordinates, is accurate.4. Geocaching needs a planet. So let’s take care of the earth! Read these 6 tips for hiding an environmentally friendly cache.5. Ask for permission. While it may not be as exciting as making an innovative container or discovering the perfect location, asking permission before placing a geocache is essential to creating a quality geocaching experience. You wouldn’t want geocachers to have a negative run-in with a property owner who isn’t aware of your geocache!6. Think longevity. Geocaches can live for a very long time, but this requires some tender, loving care. Take the D2W quiz to see if your geocache is made for life, and make sure to follow up on Needs Maintenance logs posted by other geocachers. No one likes a soggy logbook.See step-by-step instructions to recreate some of the world’s coolest geocaches.7. Look to others for inspiration. There’s a lot of creativity out there in the geocaching universe. To get your own creative juices flowing, check out the Creative Hides on our Geocaching Pinterest page to see what geocachers around the world are doing. Then check out these step-by-step instructions to learn some of world’s greatest makers’ secret ingredients to building a world-class geocache:Geocache on the Rocks by FoggA SHOCKING Cache by WVTimSchrader’s Ode to Dayspring by Herr PotterYou’ve read the tips. You’ve seen the photos. Now you’re ready…. Go forth & create!Are you a geocache Maker? Tell us about your most creative hide in the comments below. Share with your Friends:More read more
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Storyboard Yourself if You CanWhile Rodriguez had the advantage of being a cartoonist to begin with, he still only found time to storyboard the opening shoot-out scene. Storyboarding, he explains, is a luxury that comes at a price. Namely, if you hire a storyboard artist, they can, in effect, end up creating your film for you.It is clear Rodriguez values having a clear vision more than a storyboard, although even having a single storyboard image for a scene or a complete self-drawn sequence can be very helpful in expressing your vision to others.Here are some good resources for storyboarding your projects.Free Storyboard Template for Film and Video Project The Unifying Power of StoryboardsWorkflow Tip: Storyboard Your Animations in Adobe Illustrator Keep Morale HighOne final note that Rodriguez slips into his video is the importance he places on keeping morale high with his crew. He mentions how after using his 2nd AD as a stand-in during the video storyboard rehearsal, he left him in for the actual filming, in part because it created a fun morale boost for the crew when they were trying to get so much done on a short schedule.Looking for more video production? Check out these articles.3 Rules for Shooting Action SequencesCinematography Tip: Creating the Illusion of SpeedFrame Action Sequences Like a Seasoned Director7 Explosive Action Video TutorialsLearn to Edit Fight Scenes in This Atomic Blonde Breakdown How a filmmaker famous for doing things his own way plans, practices, and films shoot-out scenes.Cover image via Columbia Pictures.While Robert Rodriguez has certainly established himself as successful and bankable filmmaker and director in Hollywood, he is still well-known for his upstart, DIY beginnings. He famously filmed his first feature, El Mariachi, for $7,000 (and would go on to earn over $2 million) — an experience he documents in his book Rebel Without a Crew (a great read for all filmmakers). He’s even offering others this same opportunity by giving away $7,000 to make films.As part of Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Film School, the famous DIY director breaks down how he planned, rehearsed, improvised, and filmed the opening shootout scene in his 1995 classic Desperado. Consider Video StoryboardsPerhaps the coolest aspect of his process, which Rodriguez shares in this video, is the footage from his video storyboard idea. As an indie DIY filmmaker, this creates many possibilities to help a director brainstorm and build out a scene shot by shot in a real setting with real actors.Rodriguez offers many great insights into how he was able to use this process to try things out and plan his production. Little things like holding the video camera high above your head to see a wide high-angle shot (toward the end of the video) can help you see what a shot will look like without building a platform or using a crane setup.Make the Most of RehearsalsAlong the same lines, filming action sequences (especially those involving gunplay) can be very tricky and intricate, so having time to rehearse and block out camera movements and action can be very helpful.In the video, Rodriguez not only has the luxury of having a star who can do his own stunts (Antonio Banderas), but also a stunt coordinator and stand-ins to help block out each action. Rodriguez also utilizes this time to figure out what works and what doesn’t, which saves time on set with the full crew.Figure Out Practical EffectsRodriguez also uses the video storyboard walkthrough as an early way to experiment with different practical effects. The shot of the person being kicked in the air needs a special harness suit to film safely, but it also requires some experimentation regarding where the camera will get the best shot.Here are some additional practical effect resources to read up on.Top 10 Best and Worst Practical Effects in Movie HistoryHow to Recreate Star Wars Practical EffectsVFX Breakdown: Subtlety and Practical Effects in Christopher Nolan’s Films Browse our full collection of video production articles here. read more