Peter Crouch’s first goal of the season gave Stoke the lead in the Capital One Cup third-round clash at Craven Cottage.The former QPR striker exchanged passes with Peter Odemwingie before firing into the bottom corner from just inside the box on 32 minutes.Fulham boss Kit Symons made six changes from the side beaten at Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, with on-loan Cardiff City goalkeeper Joe Lewis and summer signing Sakari Mattila making their full debuts.With defenders Ryan Fredericks and Middlesbrough loanee James Husband both cup-tied, Tim Ream moved to left-back with Dan Burn replacing him at centre-half, while there were also starts for Alex Kacaniklic, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Cauley Woodrow.Kacaniklic forced Stoke keeper Shay Given into a save from an acute angle early on but the Whites have so far struggled to create chances.Fulham: Lewis, Richards, Stearman, Burn, Ream, Christensen, Mattila, Kacaniklic, Pringle, McCormack, Woodrow.Subs: Lonergan, Kavanagh, Evans, Hyndman, Bodurov, Tunnicliffe, Dembele.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
5 February 2009A major international trade journal with a global readership has rated Wines of South Africa (WOSA) one of the world’s most influential beverage organisations in building public awareness of the environment.WOSA was listed in fifth position, just behind US President Barack Obama (in fourth), but ahead of any other national wine marketing body, on its Green List by The Drinks Business, a specialist beverage publication with an international circulation amongst key decision makers in the beverage industry.The Green List, published in January, identifies the 50 most influential drinks companies, individuals and organisations who have made caring for the environment their priority by focusing on such issues as renewable energy, reducing the use of water, measuring carbon emissions and addressing packaging. It highlights how “even in the midst of an economic crisis, the drinks industry continues to prick consciences and have a strong environmental influence over many consumers”.The first three positions on the Green List were taken by multinational retail giants Tesco, Carrefour and Wal-Mart respectively.Unique positioningWOSA CEO Su Birch said the acknowledgement of South Africa’s role in promoting best-practice in sustainable wine production was helping to still further advance the country’s unique positioning as a producer of highly varied wines and wine styles in a way that celebrates and protects its uniquely abundant biodiversity.The Drinks Business praised WOSA for its involvement in the partnership between the wine industry and the conservation sector in minimising further loss of threatened natural habitat, which had “contributed to sustainable wine production through the adoption of biodiversity guidelines”, and identified the Integrated Production of wine (IPW) which focused on “every stage in the production process from environmental impact studies and the correct preparation of soil to the use of recyclable packaging”.“In the present economic climate, in which consumers are more circumspect when spending their money, they are seeking not only outstanding value, which South Africa is able to offer across all pricing segments and a wealth of styles, but also an affirmation of production integrity,” Birch said.She said South Africa’s eco-sustainable wine production standards were regarded as the most progressive in the wine world. “That we are in the company of the world’s most powerful retail chains, who are able to exercise significant influence, as well as the new and highly popular president of the United States, makes us feel extremely proud.”Birch added that the country’s Variety Is In Our Nature marketing strategy, which had served to set it apart from its competitors, had played an important role in building South Africa’s global footprint.Export growthSouth Africa is now the fastest-growing supplier of wines to the UK market, with a 22% year-on-year volume increase, according to recent AC Nielsen data, she said. The country occupied fifth position by volume with a 10% share of the UK market, which had recently been identified in a Vinexpo-commissioned study as the world’s largest consumer of imported wine with 1.6-billion bottles purchased in 2007.Exports to Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia had also shown substantial growth. South Africa is now the front-ranking New World player in Germany, Holland and Sweden. While final figures are still awaited from SA Wine Information Systems (SAWIS), it is estimated that more than 400-million litres of wine left South Africa’s shores in 2008.“Earlier this decade we set ourselves a goal of achieving annual exports of 300-million litres a year by 2010, a level we managed to reach in 2007,” Birch said. “Now we continue to build our international presence in established and newer markets, such as Africa, Eastern Europe and parts of Asia.”Biodiversity and Wine InitiativeBirch also lauded the role of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) in promoting and protecting biodiversity within the Cape Floral Kingdom, where over 95% of the country’s wines originate.“In less than four years, local wine producers, under the auspices of the BWI, have set aside 112 550 hectares for long-term conservation – significantly more than the total national vineyard of 102 000 hectares, and new members are committing to the project on an ongoing basis.”South Africa is the ninth biggest wine producer in the world, with 101 957 hectares cultivated to vine, representing 3% of global output.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
SharePrint RelatedPirates Bay – Corfu — Geocache of the WeekAugust 9, 2017In “Community”It’s time to get stealthy. – Atomium – stealth challenge (Expo58) (GC1EG4C) – Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”New country souvenir, Egypt, with Geocache of the Week: Tauchen im Roten Meer / Diving in the Red SeaApril 17, 2019In “Community” Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2.5/3.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:On December 22, we’ll be celebrating our love for geocaching around the world by releasing six new country souvenirs. One of those countries is Greece. This geocache will take you on a journey to a little-known cove, where you can relax, soak up some sun, and gaze at the awesome new souvenir you just earned.Country souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that are displayed on your Geocaching profile page when you find a geocache in certain locations. Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. You can view which ones you’ve already earned by checking out your Souvenirs on Geocaching.com.Your new Greece souvenir. What geocachers are saying:“For a milestone, we tend to look for special and great caches. While on a holiday in Corfu, we wanted to make this one our 600th find.” –Anjer291“The entire walk down the mountain graced us with beautiful views of the bay. We even met a snake on our way back, before arriving to the nice little beach.. it didn’t prevent us from swimming there by the way ! 🙂 Thank you very much for this cache and greetings from France!” – SuperMouffette“We spent a wonderful one week holiday in Corfu and we found some nice caches there too. This multicache was the best. Thanks.” – washar Now this is my kind of place to geocache in. Photo by geocacher kubacomGeocache Name:Pirates Bay – Corfu (GC1X5VF) Photos:Not a bad place to take a break, is it? Photo by geocacher CoKaA closer look at the pirate’s cove. Photo by geocacher malin.sedlacekTake a refreshing dip after making the find. Photo by geocacher pädeldreterWhat’s your favorite way to celebrate a successful day of geocaching? Tell us and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More
VFX world influencer Michael Conelly gave PremiumBeat an in-depth interview on the unlimited possibilities of AR and VR technology.PremiumBeat: You’ve worked in the VFX world for a long time as a supervisor on projects such as Snow White and the Huntsman and Charlotte’s Web. What is your process? Are you normally involved with the producers and director during pre-production regarding what can be live action and what should be an effect?Michael Conelly: It varied quite a lot per show. Generally speaking, I was involved very broadly across the whole production spectrum — often on set, often involved in the design phase — but the bulk of my work came in the form of steering very large teams of artists, making sure they were all working in sync with the best tools for each phase of work, and that the kinds of assets they built fit the director’s vision and the producer’s time and budget constraints. It was a very complex job, but very rewarding for the enormous range of work I did from show to show.One might invent a new workflow or piece of software one day, then hand it off to a team and teach them how to use it. Deep in production, it’s more about making sure predictions are smoothly turning into actuals — that characters perform the way they need to, that render times are manageable, that shot complexity doesn’t overwhelm production, that change orders are folded smoothly into a complex flow of work. There’s a lot we could go into more detail on, but that’s the gist.Image via Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal Pictures).PB: What is AR/VR technology, and how is it transforming storytelling?MC: Broadly speaking, I’m far more interested in VR than AR, particularly as a storyteller. There are very few stories that are best told in my kitchen, or wherever I happen to be. There’s a very good reason that movie theaters go black before the movie starts. We want full access to your senses, we don’t want you distracted, and we don’t want you expecting that a story must somehow integrate with the physical world — where you find yourself — when the “play” button is pressed.As far as the technology, we could speak for a long time about what all is required for VR and AR to work seamlessly, but broadly speaking, VR technology is based on a computer knowing exactly where your eyes and hands are (the more of you the computer knows about the better). Once the computer knows where your eyes are, we can draw pictures for each eye that mimic the kind of perspective and parallax that you experience in the real world. So, we can make it seem to you (visually) that you’re seeing a whole other world that maps perfectly to how you’re moving your head and eyes and body. This is complex stuff. We need to update the image ninety times a second in order to trick your brain into thinking it’s really somewhere else. And if the images we draw don’t conform exactly to how you’re moving, it starts to feel really weird, really quickly. There are incredible issues with optics that need solving; there are issues with how to track your motions within a large room; there are issues with wanting to make sure you don’t walk into things in the real world, once you have the headset on. It’s all delightful when it syncs up. It’s engrossing and captivating in ways no other form of media can approach. From a storytelling standpoint, it’s an absolutely remarkable medium. I can think of no better way to transmit imagination from my head into yours.Video Playerhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/pbblogassets/uploads/2019/06/18130330/Caliban-Below-trailer-B.mp400:0000:0000:44Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.PB: Your Blackthorn Media has created a 360-virtual reality, interactive origin story called Caliban Below. What is the user experience and what are the new special effects — and how do they yield the emotional result you want with the story?MC: Caliban Below is a short story, which is part of a much larger project called The Abbot’s Book. So there’s some lineage to the piece, but it’s carefully constructed to work as a stand-alone experience, too.With each of the pieces we’ve made, we’re targeting a broad audience. We want to appeal to gamers (since they’re currently the most likely to have VR gear), but even more, we want to appeal to people who just like movies and TV. This is why we’ve been so pleased to present our work at film festivals. People have heard of VR, but most people still haven’t experienced it. So, the stories we make first and foremost are built for people who have never done VR before. We have an “on ramp” for the piece that orients our visitor — gives them a framework for the experience — it’s 1680AD, Northern Italy. And then, we teach them just the bare minimum necessary to have the story experience. We teach them how to move around with little teleports we call “blinking,” we demonstrate that their hands can interact with the world, and then we tell them that they will play the part of Caliban: “The scion of a broken lineage, struggling to understand his dark inheritance.” It’s a mystery. It’s a world to explore. A story is there to be found, and your place in it yields some wonderful moments of empathy and, I think, a very new and organic way of experiencing a story. People who go into this world don’t know what to expect, and they come out having a pretty sophisticated understanding of a much larger world, and a sense of generations that have preceded their visit to the place.In terms of “special effects,” I think that’s the most special. There are all kinds of technical things going on under the hood, but the real magic of the thing is that this “recipe” for storytelling is purely experiential in a way that no other medium has previously achieved. You become this character, you live in this world that moves and changes as you go through it. And there’s a bit at the end, in particular, which engrosses and captures the visitor in a very unique way. I don’t want to give away the ending — it’s quite an effective and wonderful moment of living a narrative.Michael ConellyPB: With Caliban Below, the technology is engaging the viewer in a very immersive, unconventional way. You’ve collaborated with Game of Thrones sound designer Paula Fairfield – how does the use of movement and locations connect to music and sound?MC: I’m such a big fan of Paula. We’re great friends now, after years of collaboration, and I can’t say enough great things about her. She’s like a magician. So creative, so interested, so able to produce a tapestry of aural experience that is absolutely crucial to the end result. She really fell in love with the power of VR and audio as a medium along the way. I think she’s pretty hooked now, making her own stuff. I’m hoping to collaborate with her on a whole new project she’s dreamed up — we’ll see how that percolates in the coming months.Back to your question though, the sound is so massively important to Caliban Below. There are so many tiny details that you feel subconsciously, rather than in the front of your mind. A bird roosting in a ruin, for instance, can be a passing detail, but it instantly fires a host of associations, and helps you understand the world better: “Ah, this place is old; no one cares to clear the birds out. I wonder how long it’s been this way?” Somewhere else, there might be the sound of a trickle of water, and while we may not see it, that too can speak to important backstory. There are thousands of these moments that fly by, and they form a richness that helps sustain a complete illusion.Image via Caliban Below.PB: Where do you see the future of VR?MC: Oh, great question. We’ve been hoping that VR would take off as a mass medium sooner than it has. I continue to love it, but when you compare the audience size for VR versus TV or movies, the economics of it have been pretty janky.What I’ve continued to watch for is the “big boys” of the technology continuing to invest in it: Valve, Oculus, HTC, Apple, Google. Their interest in AR and VR evolves over time, but in general, the technology continues to improve. If the tech stagnates, then I think it would be hard to justify sticking with it. As it is, it’s moving slower than I’d like to see. But — and this is a big but — one of these days, it’ll be good enough and cheap enough that I think it finally will break through. That’ll be great to see.When used right, there really is no medium more potent for transmission of ideas and feelings. And so the future continues to be promising. I think it’ll get here someday, it’s just a question of when. It would be spectacular to see the budget of a Marvel movie funneled into a VR experience. The things you could do with a “proper” budget would be mind-bending and electrifying. With any luck, someday the market economics will support that evolution. Until then, we’ll have to make do. I think the love of the work shines through just fine today. With any luck, more is in store in the not too distant future. Til that fine day!Looking for more industry interviews? 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The launching of ‘Operation Digital Board’ across 15 lakh classrooms in the country in the next four years will change the face of education in the country, said Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar.Speaking at the third edition of Excellence in Education conclave organised by The Hindu group in association with Blue Star here on Thursday, Mr. Javadekar said, “We get valuable inputs from such events to raise the educational standards in the country. The media is not just a loudspeaker but has to critically examine government programmes and come up with new suggestions so that the country is benefitted and enriched.” In his special message delivered via video link, Mr. Javadekar mentioned the initiatives undertaken by the NDA government to harness the digital revolution. “Our government has taken benefit of the digital revolution to educate 15 lakh teachers and making education available online and offline. Education policy today is based on accessibility, accountability, affordability and equity,” he said.He said that the HRD Ministry had unveiled initiatives like SWAYAM and the National Digital Library (NLD) to revolutionise the structure of education in the country.He further said that the granting of complete autonomy to IIMs was a major step towards ensuring excellence in education. The concept of research parks and Atal innovation centres was a major step towards fostering entrepreneurship, he added.State Education Minister Vinod Tawde said The Hindu conclave was “a breakthrough” for thinking about the education system not only in Maharashtra, but in the entire country.“Our educational system still languishes in the industrial revolution era. The conclave will help in providing inputs on how the curriculum can be adapted to today’s digital educational epoch,” Mr. Tawde said.He further remarked on the need to mull about the emotional and spiritual quotients and not merely the intelligence quotient in education.In his keynote address, Maharashtra Education Commissioner Vishal Solanki noted that the three critical issues were digitalisation in 21st century schools, excellence in education and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit.“While phrases like ‘Technology is a great leveller’ sounds good to the ears, in reality, a lot needs to be done towards improving digital connectivity in the State’s — and India’s — rural hinterland,” Mr. Solanki said.Observing that while education offered by some establishments was expensive, he questioned whether an ‘Ivy League’ education truly guaranteed quality education or imbibed the right values in moulding children’s characters.“It is necessary to introspect in this digital age if a wealthy education is the sole guarantor of quality? For there is an amazing hunger for education among children in the rural areas as opposed to their privileged urban counterparts. We also have to ask hard questions as to how effective is the vocational training being imparted to students in institutes across the State,” he said.Fondly recalling his eager wait for The Hindu during his days as a civil services aspirant, Mr. Solanki said Pune was an apt place to host the conclave as it had a number of excellent institutions with a 200-year academic pedigree.Commenting on the yeoman service rendered by The Hindu in upholding journalistic values and maintaining literary standards, B. Thiagarajan, Joint Managing-Director, Blue Star, said the conclave symbolised a marriage of two iconic brands in fostering education and an entrepreneurial spirit through knowledge.“For educationists as well as the student fraternity, The Hindu is indelibly associated with high-quality English writing and a judicious choice of informative articles. Likewise, a commitment to providing quality vocational training constitutes a significant part of Blue Star’s CSR initiatives,” said Mr. Thiagarajan.
The CGF CEO Mike Hooper on Thursday refused to take any blame for the mess in which the Delhi Commonwealth Games finds itself, saying India alone is responsible for all the problems surrounding the mega event.Hooper said the prime responsibility of delivering the Games lies alone with India.”Absolutely. India has made a massive investment in trying to deliver the Games … But at the end of the day the responsibility for delivering on the obligations, promises made sits with India,” Hooper said.”Certainly our job is to work with (OC), get things done.Implementation and delivery is the responsibility of India the Organising Committee, the government of India and government of Delhi etc.,” he told a news channel.
LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Arwind Santos, SMB raring to pull off another title series comeback Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel’s journey in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup has been one of its toughest in the last five years.The Beermen experienced fair share of challenges in their first four Philippine Cup campaigns under Leo Austria and this season hasn’t had any shortage of adversities.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fajardo, a two-time Finals MVP, added that no team will hold any advantage over the other in Game 7 as winning a do-or-die for all the marbles boils down to which team has the greater desire.“There really is no advantage because they beat us three times, it’s really a level field” said Fajardo, who finished with 23 points and 18 rebounds. “The one who will win is whoever will give their best in Game 7.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Its 7-4 finish for the No. 5 spot in the standings was the lowest San Miguel finished in the elimination round under Austria and reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo knows all too well that the Beermen did have a hard time this conference.This will be the third Game 7 in a Philippine Cup final that Austria’s Beermen will undertake after going back-and-forth against Magnolia through six games with neither team able to win two in a row so far.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It was hard, it was really hard because the other teams have improved so much, there are no weak teams now,” said Fajardo in Filipino after leading the Beermen to a 98-86 win over the Hotshots Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Magnolia is a really strong team, and reaching Game 7 is hard enough. Magnolia is tough, and you really can’t underestimate them.” MOST READ
Braxton Miller One-HandedUpdate: Miller posted a video on his own account from a different angle. Earlier: Any concerns over Braxton Miller’s hands following his move to wide receiver could likely be alleviated by watching this video from the Ohio State football Instagram account. In the clip, Miller fields a ball launched from a JUGS machine while holding five other footballs. Ohio State deleted the post for some reason, but For The Win put it on YouTube. Yea, looks like he’s going to adjust just fine. [ For The Win ]
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A defence lawyer says his client’s ongoing psychosis makes him unfit to stand trial for the murder of a high school girl in Abbotsford, B.C.Martin Peters says Gabriel Klein can’t meaningfully participate in a trial because he has reported hearing voices, has difficulty communicating because of his disordered thinking, and the stress of a trial could cause his mental state to deteriorate further.Klein is accused of the second-degree murder of 13-year-old Letisha Reimer and the aggravated assault of a second Grade 9 student who were attacked in the lobby of Abbotsford Senior Secondary in November 2016.Peters says Klein should be remanded back to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, where he has been treated four times since he was arrested.A psychiatrist who has been treating Klein told the court yesterday that the man has schizophrenia and is psychotic.Klein’s trial is set to begin May 7, but a judge first has to decide if he’s mentally fit.