A female Lollywood actress has lauded the leadership of the Liberian Movie Union (LIMU) for recognizing their hard work in the industry before announcing tough regulations to control substandard films on the market.Angelique Myer, one of the female artists who received an award during LIMU’s October 10 honoring program said the union’s leadership is doing just as it promised during the election and hope that it continues doing so.Myer said she appreciates the union’s leadership for keeping artists in mind, as demonstrated through the honoring program.“We believe that Martha E. Akorsah’s reign will bring huge transformations to the industry,” she added.The Blind Orphan cast member welcomed the union’s new policies and regulations – although they are yet to be implemented – and expressed hope that they will help improve the generation of income for actors, actresses and filmmakers.Hosted at Crown Hill cinema, the awards night was intended to honor movies makers for the positive contribution they make to the growth of the industry and inform them about a series of policies and regulations that the union is about to introduce in order to control the proliferation of movies on the market. “I’m looking forward for more robust programs that will improve the life of actors and actresses. Programs such as an annual movie festival will be great,” she said.The up and coming talent noted that the union leadership has been instrumental in taking the organization from nowhere to somewhere, showed concern for the wellbeing of its members and the growth of the industry.“Great things can begin from little starts before they expand to the highest levels. Bestowing these awards on us is the foundation of many great things to come,” said Myer.“This is the kind of concern that we waited on for many years from past leadership. Together success can be achieved.”The night’s other actors, producers and actresses who received certificates of appreciation included John and Paul Flomo, Samaguan, Jalloh, Killer Bean, Dugborma, among many more. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
11 September 2015Skyworth Digital’s Joburg factory had successfully completed its first shipment, delivering a total of 70 000 set-top boxes across South Africa, it was announced earlier this week.A set-top box is a device that usually has a TV-tuner input and displays output on a TV. It turns the source signal into a content form to be shown on a TV set. It is used by satellite television, and over-the-air television systems.The devices are necessary as South Africa migrates its broadcasting services from analogue to digital – a process called Broadcasting Digital Migration. The main focus is Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), which will enable South Africans to receive free-to-air digital television signals via satellite.When DTT arrived, City Press explained in a report unpacking the issue, we would all need decoders to receive the new TV signals. These were the decoders that all pay TV customers already had. Other viewers would have to buy new ones; yet others would receive theirs for free.Once the migration happened, said the newspaper, if you wanted to keep watching free-to-air TV (SABC, e.tv and community TV), you would need a decoder, or set-top box.“Skyworth Digital invests in its customers, their countries and the local people in order to foster long-term relationships, and so our strategy is to put our factories as close to where our customers are as possible,” said Angelique Boissy, the vice-president of global sales at Skyworth Digital.The company calls the strategy “edge manufacturing”. “It not only allows us to contribute to our customers’ local economies, but also speeds up time-to-market and reduces operating expenses: savings which can then be passed on to our customers,” Boissy said.The Johannesburg factory is the first in a series of new manufacturing centres Skyworth Digital plans to open as it looks to implement its edge manufacturing concept across the business.“Through partnering with local companies such as Bua Africa and increasing involvement in community initiatives and charities in South Africa, we have created hundreds of local jobs for underprivileged men, women and people with disabilities,” added Boissy.“We provide training and educational services to our staff to further develop their skill sets and provide them with tools for the future.”PartnershipsSkyworth Digital has partnered with various organisations in South Africa, including the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco), which helps people access vital government services, and Disabled People South Africa (DPSA), which helps to promote disability awareness.Currently, Skyworth Digital produces about 150 000 shipments a month, but it plans to increase this number to 400 000 shipments a month.About the companyShenzhen Skyworth Digital Technology Company provides solutions for the smart home through various devices.“With a strong background in consumer electronics, Skyworth Digital delivers more than 20 million units annually to more than 90 countries by partnering with customers to provide value-added, end-to-end solutions with the highest quality products and services.”SAinfo reporter
Gartner recently named the top nine technology trends that they see will have an major impact in modernizing information management (IM) in 2013. Regina Casonato, managing vice president at Gartner, said that “Information is one of the four powerful forces changing the way business is done. Significant innovation continues in the field of information management (IM) technologies and practices driven by the volume, velocity and variety of information, and the huge amount of value — and potential liability — locked inside all this ungoverned and underused information.” Big DataModern Information InfrastructureSemantic TechnologiesThe Logical Data WarehouseNoSQL DBMSsIn-Memory ComputingChief Data Officer and Other Information-Centric RolesInformation Stewardship ApplicationsInformation Valuation/Infonomics
Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… New for some, not seen by all – yet – Google has added “Shared By” and “Recent Update” elements to search result pages. Search Engine Land’s Danny Sullivan points out that some people’s results are now coming up with socially-engaging teasers such as “shared by 5+” next to news stories. Even more intriguing, a blue “recent updates” box is appearing to offer results from Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and more.As Sullivan notes, it’s quite different than the social search partnership Bing and Facebook rolled out last week. In Bing’s new social search results, they only show users what’s been shared by Facebook connections. Google, clearly flexing its search muscles, is looking to extend users’ social search reach much further.Earlier this month, Google tested Twitter integration with “friends” to news results, but the inclusion of multiple social networks is looking like a bold and significant change. We saw that Google Social Search launched in Labs last October, so this development isn’t coming as a complete shocker for everyone. But where they’re going with it is interesting to observe. In Sullvan’s post, he drills into what people are seeing when they follow the breadcrumb trail, providing a glimpse of what could be just the beginning of Google’s move toward becoming a force in the social sphere: becoming a social utility. Clicking on the “Shared by” links takes you to Google Realtime search, where you are shown all the people who are sharing that particular news story through services such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. Tags:#news#web violet blue A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In The Wake Of Bing & Facebook, Google Web Search Tests Getting More Social (searchengineland.com)
Will You Use Kindle Profiles?One issue I had when playing with my Kindle Profile was that much of my data was out-of-date. Goodreads is my social reading service of choice and there is significantly more of my reading data in Goodreads than on my Amazon profile. There appears to be no way to sync the two. Since I don’t feel inclined to keep two separate social reading services up-to-date, it’s likely that I’ll stick with Goodreads – since I enjoy that community and I have over three years worth of reading data there.Overall, it’s great to see Amazon making Kindle profiles social. Granted, it’s far from perfect. The interface is a bit confusing, especially the different private and public profiles. There is also a lot more social connectivity that Amazon could enable, for example allowing you to send highlights automatically from your Kindle to Twitter, Facebook or even Google Plus. However, the interface and additional social features will evolve over time. This is a good start by Amazon. Now the big question is: will you use it? As noted above, I’m inclined to stick with Goodreads for now. You? Secondly, you can connect your Kindle Profile to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. As noted above, this causes the system to auto-follow users in your social networks who have a Kindle Profile, too. You can also manually follow users – here is my public profile if you’re interested.There is an option to auto-share your reading activity to Twitter or Facebook. Again the default is private, but Amazon puts the public option front and center. This only applies to the status of a public book, so it doesn’t apply to books marked private or to Kindle highlights and notes. Your private Kindle Profile comes in a handy ‘homepage’ like package, offering features such as a “Daily Review” (selected highlights from your reading), recent activity, popular highlights, stats and “highly followed people” (featuring the usual social media suspects, e.g. Kevin Rose and Seth Godin). Tags:#Amazon#E-Books#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Your Kindle Profile Differs From Your Amazon ProfileAt a high level, your Kindle Profile is focused on reading and your Amazon profile is focused on buying. Specifically, there are two main differences between your Kindle Profile and your Amazon Profile.Firstly, Kindle Profile makes available your Kindle highlights and notes. Highlights are passages in a book that you literally highlight for later viewing. Notes are your own custom notations inside a book, much like scribbling in the margins of a paper book. Both highlights and notes are private by default, but you can make them public on a book-by-book basis. richard macmanus Kindle Profiles is a social service that was quietly launched by Amazon in March of this year. Its existence was little known, probably because it wasn’t very useful as a social tool until Amazon recently added connections to Twitter and Facebook. I myself only discovered the service after VC Fred Wilson blogged about it the over the weekend. Kindle Profiles appears to be gaining some early traction now, thanks largely to Kindle Profile users auto-following people in their Twitter and Facebook networks. As Wired pointed out, this is a somewhat dodgy tactic, because the user cannot turn off this auto-follow behavior.Regardless, what’s of most interest to me is how Amazon is actively trialing a social reading service connected to the Kindle brand. While Amazon owns the social reading service Shelfari, which it acquired three years ago, it hasn’t integrated Shelfari in a deep way into Kindle. In this post, we review the features of Kindle Profiles and ask whether you’d want to use this over competing services like Goodreads or Library Thing.Private & Public ProfilesKindle Profiles comes in both private and public flavors. The private one, as you’d expect, has much more in it. But as Facebook has done over the past couple of years with its initially private service, over time Amazon will likely prompt and tease you to make your private content public.Kindle Profiles isn’t even the official name for this service. In its inimitably clumsy branding way, Amazon calls it “Kindle.amazon.com.” The service aims to augment the reading experience by “bringing readers together and by helping them to learn more from the books that they read.” In other words: it’s social. You can follow people “to see their Public Notes and reading activities, and review your books, highlights, and notes.”The private profile lists out your Kindle booklist, which it gets from your Amazon profile (both purchased books and ones on your Wish List). Each book has a reading status and rating, which is populated from your Amazon profile if available. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Approximately 8,000 people will travel to Geelong over the next week to take part in the 14th Australian Masters Games. Touch Football is one of 40 sports on offer at the event, with the Touch Football component of the event being held from Sunday, 6 October through to Wednesday, 9 October. The Touch Football competition will see two divisions compete – Men’s and Mixed – at King Lloyd Reserve in Geelong. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the Australian Masters Games, please click on the link below:www.australianmastersgames.com.au. Related LinksAus Masters Games
Twitter/@Stephen_Bailey1Every summer, Syracuse football heads up to Fort Drum in Northern New York, home of the 10th Mountain Division, to get away from the distractions of campus for a few days and connect with the local military community. Today, the team is incorporating pugil fighting into practice, while in full pads. We’ve never quite seen a football drill like this…Rob Trudo beats Donnie Simmons in bugle fighting: pic.twitter.com/uWBiMjRrW2— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015Erv Philips vs. Antwan Cordy pic.twitter.com/76Mv7hzksK— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015An early look at the 2016 QB battle. Eric Dungey vs. Austin Wilson pic.twitter.com/muqELWXjwa— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015Freshman OL Colin Byrne vs. DE Jake Pickard pic.twitter.com/xWLfZcmECE— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015The intensity is a welcome sight for Syracuse fans. The Orange opens the season on September 4 against Rhode Island at the Carrier Dome.
Make no mistake: The Cubs have good hitters overall. They produced baseball’s seventh-best Weighted Runs Created Plus this past season,3Among non-pitchers. and its 16th-most runs scored per game. And against all pitches (fastball or no), the Cubs tended to whiff less than average — 22.8 percent, against an MLB average of 23.3 percent.But velocity is the Cubs’ kryptonite. On top of their tendency to whiff against the hardest fastballs, Chicago also made a lot of weak contact, reflected by pop-ups and a low batting average. Even when the Cubs could bring the bat to the ball, they failed to do much with it.Maybe, too, the Cubs’ tendency toward whiffs was exacerbated by the low temperatures in New York. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick showed that high velocity is especially effective in the postseason, due in part to the effect of October’s low temperatures. When you combine the Mets’ powerful arms with the pressure of the playoffs and 40-degree fall temperatures, perhaps we should have expected the Cubs to struggle with contact.(As for the Cubs’ pitching woes: Those have been much more unexpected, and much harder to explain.)The outlook for the Cubs is now grim, as only one team in MLB history has come back from a 3-0 deficit. Then again, that one team (the 2004 Boston Red Sox) was also battling a curse with the help of a front office run by Theo Epstein. We’ll have to see if Epstein’s team can pull off the same trick twice, but it’s safe to say that the overwhelming velocity of New York’s pitchers has put the odds firmly against it. Chicago’s worst fear has come to pass: The New York Mets lead the Cubs three games to none in the National League Championship Series. Scoring only five runs in three games, Chicago’s usually powerful bats have been held in check, and a series sweep may be imminent. What happened to a Cubs team that looked like the pennant favorite after winning the National League wild-card game?One oft–repeated explanation of New York’s dominance is that Chicago’s hitters struggle against quality fastballs. According to this theory, that weakness is magnified against a Mets rotation headlined by three of the hardest-throwing pitchers in baseball: Noah Syndergaard (average fastball velocity: 97.7 mph), Matt Harvey (96.5) and Jacob deGrom (95.8). When New York dials up the heat, Cub bats wilt.Here at FiveThirtyEight, there’s nothing we love more than taking down faulty narratives. But this theory does seem to be borne out by the data. While the average MLB hitter whiffs at 96 mph fastballs 22.8 percent of the time,1Using data from PitchInfo from the 2015 regular season. the average Cubs hitter swings and misses 25.7 percent of the time against the same pitch type and velocity.2To get these numbers and generate the following chart, I modeled whiffs with a binomial logistic regression that incorporated count and fastball velocity.
The logic was sound for Scott: Kessler/McCown as the most obvious case, the Browns starter last year up against the least bad Jets passer; Kessler/Hackenberg if the Jets were aggressively tanking; Kizer/McCown if the Jets had back-tracked on tanking and the Browns were attempting to invest in their future; and Kizer/Hackenberg if both teams were racing to the bottom for Southern Cal’s Sam Darnold, the presumed No. 1 pick at the time.To the untrained eye, Brock Osweiler going into the season could be the guy: He started the first two preseason games, had been a starting quarterback in two cities and even signed a baffling $72 million contract. To the trained — by which I mean open — eye, Osweiler is an awful quarterback, now riding the bench behind Trevor Siemian in Denver after failing to make the 53-man roster in Cleveland. Hogan, meanwhile, emerged as the sleeper candidate by earning the backup role ahead of incumbent Kessler, giving me some brief hope. But the Browns have fully committed to their rookie Kizer in the past four weeks — undeterred by the lowest QBR in the NFL.For the Jets, it’s been a far weirder ride. They are a team that cannot choose between tanking for Darnold (or Josh Rosen … or Mason Rudolph) and winning enough games to ensure that they do not obtain him. Bryce Petty remains inexplicably in the mix. Hackenberg obtained the No. 2 spot and then promptly lost it. For those questioning the logic of the “other” column, the Jets kicked Jay Cutler’s tires when he was a free agent. And yet, the mediocrity of McCown has helped the Jets win two whole games, all but ensuring that the Jets will not be able to draft a reliable replacement for him next year.All good teams are good for the same reasons, but all bad teams fail for different ones. It’s looking increasingly likely that I’ll owe Red [checks book] several beers. But good God, was the roller coaster worth it: Nothing quite like skin in the game to make the Jet’s inability to tank correctly entertaining. On July 31, I made what will surely be the single most entertaining bet of my NFL season, a down-to-the-wire nail-biter that this Sunday is manifested in either total glory or unspeakable defeat:Who on Earth would be the starting quarterbacks for Jets at Browns in Week 5?The teams, which have been the poster children for “problems behind center” in recent seasons (OK, recent decades), will each presumably field a passer during the Sunday game. The identity of those individuals was a mystery in late July. For the Browns — historically, the kind of quarterback trash fire that other trash fires look at and say, “Oh, God, the smell” — there were five possibilities in July: Brock Osweiler, Kevin Hogan, Cody Kessler, rookie DeShone Kizer and “other.” For the Jets, who had parted ways with Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier that year, the options were considerably slimmer: Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, second-year clipboard holder Christian Hackenberg and, of course, “other.”So here was the bet between me and internet friend Red Scott of Bunker Politics.1Full disclosure, this is our second bet. The first was which number would be higher, the combined wins of the Jets and Browns or the White House tenure of Anthony Scaramucci in months. I won that one. He gave himself even-money odds that he could guess the starting quarterback combo for New York at Cleveland in four tries. I would take the rest of the field. Here’s what he ended up picking:
Green BayRashan GaryDE1211.2+0.8 PittsburghDevin BushLB1015.5-5.5 WashingtonDwayne HaskinsQB158.8+6.2 TennesseeJeffery SimmonsDT1929.5-10.5 With the first round of the NFL draft complete, it appears that the wisdom of the crowds wasn’t particularly wise. The first three picks went relatively as expected, but the draft went off script with the Oakland Raiders’ pick at No. 4 overall: defensive end Clelin Ferrell of Clemson — a player who mock drafters believed would go somewhere in the middle of the first round. The Raiders’ pick was the first of many that defied expectations and left amateur GMs scratching their heads.In the case of the New York Giants, some fans were banging their heads against the wall and collapsing in tears. New York, which passed on many quarterbacks a year ago to take running back Saquon Barkley, took Duke QB Daniel Jones at No. 6. Jones averaged a 20.4 pick in mock drafts taken in the last 30 days before the draft but came off the board an eyebrow-raising 14.4 picks earlier. The Giants seemed to be trying to get ahead of a quarterback run that didn’t exist: Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins lasted until Washington took him at No. 15 (6.2 picks later than expected), and no subsequent QBs were taken on Thursday night.But the New York football Giants, armed with three picks in the first round alone, weren’t finished reaching. Using the 17th overall pick they acquired when they dealt Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, the Giants selected DT Dexter Lawrence of Clemson, 10.5 picks earlier than expected. The Giants were able to capture some surplus value with their third and final pick of the first round, however: Georgia CB Deandre Baker lasted 3.2 picks longer than expected and should help fill the void in the Giants secondary that was left when Eli Apple was traded to New Orleans last October for picks in the fourth and seventh rounds. Tampa BayDevin WhiteLB57.0-2.0 The NFL draft has been full of surprisesThe first round of the 2019 NFL draft by each player’s pick and his average draft position (ADP) in mock drafts since March 26, 2019 New EnglandN’Keal HarryWR3229.3+2.7 WashingtonMontez SweatDE2610.6+15.4 MiamiChristian WilkinsDT1319.0-6.0 BaltimoreMarquise BrownWR2525.4-0.4 Green BayDarnell SavageS2154.7-33.7 N.Y. GiantsDexter LawrenceDT1727.5-10.5 CincinnatiJonah WilliamsOT1113.3-2.3 The selections of Lawrence and Ferrell were part of a larger trend: NFL GMs appear to have been particularly enamored with Clemson players. Three Tiger defensive standouts from the national championship team were selected in the first round, and they went 10.5 slots earlier on average than mock drafts predicted.A dominant theme of the night, as expected, was NFL teams trying to find the next star pass rusher. But it was a pass rusher who had the biggest slide down the board among the first-round selections. Washington appears to have gotten a substantial value when it selected Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat 26th overall. In a draft class stacked with edge rushing talent, Sweat came off the board 15.4 picks later than expected.1Sweat was diagnosed with a heart condition earlier this year, which may have caused his stock to drop, but it was reported Thursday that the diagnosis could have been wrong.When we look at all 32 first-round picks, the correlation between what mock drafters expected and what actually occurred was about the same in 2019 as it was in 2018. In 2019, the average draft position in mock drafts explained 48 percent of variance, down slightly from 49 percent of variance explained in 2018. This year’s first round skewed toward reaches, with six teams trading up on draft day to get their guys. Overall, players came off the board six picks earlier than expected; last year, that difference was five spots.As a result, Day 2 of the draft should be one in which savvy teams can find more value than they may have initially anticipated. That could even drive more pick swapping, as teams look to swoop in and grab coveted players like mock draft darling D.K. Metcalf on the cheap. PhiladelphiaAndre DillardOT2217.6+4.4 CarolinaBrian BurnsLB1616.0+0.0 Sources: NFL, Ben Robinson HoustonTytus HowardOT2360.7-37.7 San FranciscoNick BosaDE22.1-0.1 OaklandJosh JacobsRB2427.2-3.2 N.Y. JetsQuinnen WilliamsDT33.7-0.7 DenverNoah FantTE2022.9-2.9 DetroitTJ HockensonTE813.0-5.0 AtlantaKaleb McGaryOT3143.3-12.3 teamplayerPositionpickADPdiff JacksonvilleJosh AllenLB73.7+3.3 BuffaloEd OliverDT99.3-0.3 L.A. ChargersJerry TilleryDT2831.6-3.6 MinnesotaGarrett BradburyC1825.7-7.7 N.Y. GiantsDaniel JonesQB620.4-14.4 SeattleL.J. CollierDE2962.9-33.9 OaklandJohnathan AbramS2733.6-6.6 OaklandClelin FerrellDE419.0-15.0 N.Y. GiantsDeandre BakerCB3026.8+3.2 AtlantaChris LindstromG1429.3-15.3 ArizonaKyler MurrayQB11.8-0.8 From ABC News: