first_imgTeam’s … SAN FRANCISCO — Four out of five preseason games, the Warriors played a team built to exploit their weaknesses.It took the third of four tries for these preseason Warriors to best the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers team they beat was just without LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green and Rajon Rondo.Without the top-end tandem designed to down them, the Warriors sprinted out a 124-103 win on Friday at Chase Center to finish the preseason 2-3. Here are some takeaways.last_img read more


first_imgDidi Sydown in a dance scene from Johann Strauss’ opera Die Fledermaus. Gerald Samaai, principal tenor for the Eoan Group, during a rehearsal at the Cape Town City Hall. May Abrahamse singing the role of Rosalinde in Eoan’s 1962 production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.(Images: Cloete Breytenbach)MEDIA CONTACTS• Dr Hilde RoosEoan book project co-ordinator+27 21 808 2597Wilma den HartighA new book has been published to celebrate the 80th birthday of the Eoan Group, South Africa’s first grassroots amateur opera, ballet and drama organisation.Eoan – Our Story is the first book to tell the story of the relatively unknown group, which was established in 1933 by British immigrant Helen Southern-Holt, as a cultural and charity organisation in the former inner-city suburb of District Six in Cape Town.The publication is a project of the Documentation Centre for Music (Domus) at Stellenbosch University (SU). It was compiled by the Eoan History Project, with Dr Hilde Roos and Wayne Muller as editors.The Eoan Group played an important role in promoting the performance of classical music in South Africa, developing artistic talent and preserving the vibrant cultural heritage of District Six.This historic area is known for the forced removal of about 60 000 of its residents during the 1970s by the apartheid regime.The name Eoan comes from the Greek word ‘Eos’, the goddess of the dawn. In Greek mythology she is personified as the one who brings the hope of a new day. The group’s founder chose this name as it referred to her desire to bring hope and new opportunities to the community of District Six.Despite working under the constraints of apartheid, the organisation provided a platform where gifted actors, musicians and dancers could express their life’s calling.“Their story is inspirational. It is time to celebrate their memory,” says Roos.For many people who had talent, this was their only chance.“This is why the organisation was so important,” she says. “It gave people an opportunity to develop their talent and perform, even if these were limited opportunities.“There is no other group like this.”Important memories preserved in printThrough the book the Eoan History Project hopes to preserve the organisation’s history for future generations.The publication tells the story of Eoan’s establishment, but also shows the impact of the apartheid government’s racial policies on South African communities.“What is extraordinary about this group is that there is just about no other example in the country where the evolution of a cultural group and the development of the apartheid regime are so closely linked,” Roos says.When the Eoan Group started, their headquarters were situated in District Six and 15 branches were established throughout the Cape Peninsula by the mid-1950s. They offered a wide range of activities that included ballet, folk dance, speech, drama, singing, painting and sewing.After the destruction of District Six, the group moved to their new premises, the Joseph Stone Theatre in Athlone.Years later, documents and photos of Eoan’s productions were found at the theatre. The photos, permits for performances, letters and programmes were organised into an archive which has been housed at the SU Music Department since 2008.Roos says many stories about the group and its members were undocumented for years, and numerous oral accounts of their activities appear in this book for the first time.The book is an oral history and includes extracts from 47 interviews which have been structured in a narrative around themes such as opera and ballet productions, and is complemented by photos and other archive material.The interviews were done mainly with former Eoan members, most of which sang in the group’s opera productions.A bittersweet storyDuring the 1950s, Eoan performed to mixed audiences. But Roos says the group’s activities became more restricted as apartheid intensified in the 1960s.“It had a major impact on their performances, but they kept going amid the political difficulties,” she says.Eventually apartheid legislation completely prohibited mixed audiences. To comply with these requirements, the group applied for permits to perform in the City Hall for mixed audiences from 1966 onwards.Roos says the group suffered a setback when they were forced to accept financial support from the apartheid government’s coloured affairs department, which caused their standing and support in the community to suffer.“They were forced into a tricky compromise,” she says. “They needed funding to put on performances but they also didn’t want to betray their community.”Despite these conditions, they remained successful and popular, and this was widely reflected in ticket sales and media coverage.Outstanding performances, against all oddsDuring their artistic peak from the 1950s to 1970s, the group often performed to packed houses in Cape Town’s best concert halls.Eoan performed the first full-length indigenous jazz ballet by a local composer for a South African ballet group. The Square by Stanley Glasser was about gang life in District Six.From 1956 until the late 1970s the group had an active amateur opera section which performed at arts festivals and annual opera seasons and toured throughout South Africa (1960 and 1965) and the United Kingdom (1975).In 1956 they performed Verdi’s La Traviata in the Cape Town City Hall, Eoan’s artistic home before apartheid legislation forced them to move to Athlone.By 1977 they had eleven operas in their repertoire: three by Verdi, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and La Bohème, Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.Making a name overseasSome of Eoan’s members went on to build successful international careers.“Many of them went abroad, got bursaries and took their chance at better opportunities,” Roos says. “Some big names emerged from the group.”They were mostly dancers, but a handful of singers also made it overseas, despite not having access to good vocal training in South Africa.One of the group’s success stories is Vincent Hantam. According to Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, Hantam danced most of the principal roles with Scottish Ballet from 1975 to 1991, and has performed with many companies on the local and international stage.Tenor Joseph Gabriels was discovered by Joseph Manca, musical director of the Eoan Group.“He had an exceptional voice,” Roos says.He received no musical or vocal training while in South Africa, but in 1967 he secured a bursary from the Schneier family of Johannesburg to study in Milan.In 1969 he won the famous Verdi competition in Busseto. He made his debut in 1971 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Canio in I Pagliacci – the first South African to sing there.The Eoan Group stopped performing operas in 1977, but the company still exists today and they focus on dance productions.According to the team who compiled the book, the interviews with former Eoan members show how much people invested into the arts through the group, the extraordinary circumstances in which they had to operate, and the influential role that the group played in so many lives.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest OMAHA (DTN) — This week’s export sales report should be viewed as bearish for corn and milo and neutral for milo and wheat, according to DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.For the week ending July 25, 2019, USDA reported an increase of 5.6 million bushels (143,100 mt) of corn export sales for 2018-19 and an increase of 5.1 mb (129,600 mt) for 2019-20. Last week’s export shipments of 27.7 mb were below the 31.9 mb needed each week to achieve USDA’s export estimate of 2.100 bb in 2018-19. Corn export commitments now total 1.964 bb in 2018-19 and are down 16% from a year ago. Thursday’s report was bearish for corn in 2018-19, Hultman said.For the week ending July 25, 2019, USDA reported an increase of 5.3 million bushels (143,100 mt) of soybean export sales for 2018-19 and an increase of 11.2 mb (305,500 mt) for 2019-20. Last week’s export shipments of 33.9 mb were just above the 33.1 mb needed each week to achieve USDA’s export estimate of 1.700 bb in 2018-19. Soybean export commitments now total 1.790 bb in 2018-19 and are down 16% from a year ago. Thursday’s report was neutral for soybeans in 2018-19, Hultman said.For the week ending July 25, 2019, USDA reported an increase of 14.1 million bushels (383,100 mt) of wheat export sales for 2019-20. Last week’s export shipments of 15.1 mb were below the 18.3 mb needed each week to achieve USDA’s export estimate of 950 mb in 2019-20. Wheat export commitments now total 327 mb in 2019-20 and are up 24% from a year ago. Thursday’s report was neutral for wheat in 2019-20, Hultman said.For the week ending July 25, 2019, USDA reported a slight increase of 200 mt of sorghum export sales for 2018-19 and none for 2019-20. Last week’s export shipments were below the 4.3 mb needed each week to achieve USDA’s export estimate of 85 mb in 2018-19. Sorghum export commitments now total 65 mb in 2018-19 and are down 67% from a year ago. Thursday’s report was bearish for sorghum in 2018-19, Hultman said.(BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgMicrosoft recently rolled out new Windows Phone Developer Tools, which include, among many things, the anticipated copy-and-paste functionality that will arrive in the operating system’s first major update. The public launch of that update is still unknown at this time, however.Says Microsoft, the toolkit will let developers build apps using the new assemblies that ship with the forthcoming Windows Phone OS update. Plus, any app built using these tools will also work on phones that have not yet been updated to the new OS.What’s Included in the New ToolsAccording to a Microsoft blog post from Brandon Watson, the update includes copy-and-paste functionality, improved app performance, updated reference assemblies and “other enhancements.” He also mentioned that Microsoft just crossed the 1 million download mark for the tools, which is notable since they have been out for less than a year.For an OS that’s not selling well enough for Microsoft to publicly tout sales figures, it certainly has strong developer interest. There are now 27,000 registered developers with Microsoft’s AppHub and over 7,500 apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace, says Watson.In addition, Microsoft also announced it has partnered with Zones.com, its OEMs and operator partners to sell phones to developers without a voice or data contract. To get this deal, developers are advised to go to http://www.zones.com/windowsphonedeveloperpurchase.For a bit of fun, a new infographic has also been making its rounds on the Web lately, showcasing stats related to the WP7 ecosystem. Unfortunately, it’s already out of date – the image is only current as of January 17, it says. And the number of apps it cites is just 5,855. Assuming that number was accurate at the time, the Windows Phone app store is seeing rapid growth if now, only a couple of weeks later, there are 7,500 apps available. Related Posts sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#news center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more


first_imgCheck out these great tips on how to make the most of your Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera’s RAW files inside DaVinci Resolve and FCPX.Creating One-Light Dailies from BMDCC DNG RAW files in ResolveIf you’re trying to get your Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera RAW files into an editable format the free DaVinci Resolve Lite software (as well as the full version of Resolve you received when you bought the camera) will help you quickly make that happen. In this straight forward tutorial, Dan Kanes walks through how to correctly set the color space for your DNG RAW files and transcode them to Pro Res quicktime files in DaVinci Resolve 9.1. Dan also demonstrates how to adjust your white balance and exposure adjustments in your RAW files and make global changes to all your footage to create one light dailies.Blackmagic Film to Video Plugin for FCPXAdam Roberts is a London based DP who has been sharing his progress with the BMDCC and on his blog.  He has some great tutorials and camera tests (previously shared on Premiumbeat here) which are well worth a watch if you’re looking into getting a BMDCC or trying to get started with the one you’ve just bought/hired. In this post Adam has been beta testing a Final Cut Pro X plugin created by Nick Shaw from Antler Post Production which allows you to apply the Film Log to Rec. 709 LUT (similar to what Dan Kanes does above) but without leaving the FCPX timeline.BMD Cinema Camera – Movie Making MachineDirector of Photography Shane Hurlburt has been preparing to shoot the upcoming feature Need for Speed and has posted this lengthy report on how he’s tested the BMDCC’s RAW capabilities to see if it could be the main camera for the shoot. If you’re hungry for technically detailed soaked camera tests then this is for you. Shane covers everything from sensor sizes, bit depth, filters, cages, eye-piece adaptors, lenses and more. Its a great example of what else is required to turn the basic BMDCC body into a feature filmmaking machine.last_img read more


first_imgExpressing anguish over the flouting of the order of the National Green Tribunal by devotees during the Chhath Puja, who broke open the gates of a Kolkata waterbody and performed rituals, Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim on Tuesday said that the state cannot suppress expression of any religious belief by using force.“They were not taking the law into their own hands. How can we use batons or tear gas on such people?” Mr. Hakim said.On November 2, thousands of people broke open the locks of the Rabindra Sarovar and performed Chhath Puja in the waterbody. In an order in 2017, the NGT had “strictly prohibited” performance of any puja, community picnic or organisation of other social events in and around the Sarovar. Spread over 192 acres, Rabindra Sarovar boasts of a huge biodiversity. On November 3, a film of oil floated above the lake water and several animals were found dead. According to the Mayor, 14 ponds were specially constructed for the puja so that devotees spare this waterbody. “I am sorry that despite taking many initiatives, we could not stop the devotees from going to Rabindra Sarovar. We did all what we could do but the people who traditionally come to Rabindra Sarovar came in large numbers and we could not stop them,” he said. The Mayor also suggested that ‘environmentalists’ should have instead spread awareness on the issue.“If the Mayor had listened to what the environmentalists had to say, then they would not have approached the courts,” Naba Dutta, a well-known environmentalist, said. Mr. Dutta said the ban on performing puja at Rabindra Sarovar was a result of years of legal intervention and it did not happen in one day. Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee had expressed his displeasure over the way devotees stormed into the lake.last_img read more