The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies officially launches the upgraded Seshego Industrial Park in Polokwane on 28 July 2016. (Image: The DTI, Twitter)Johannesburg, Monday 29 August 2016 – Brand South Africa, in partnership with the Departments of Trade and Industry, Home Affairs, the Industrial Development Corporation and the National Research Foundation will host media in Polokwane, Limpopo where elements of the province’s competitiveness will be showcased. The visit is scheduled from Tuesday 30 August – Thursday 1 September 2016.This comes within the context of Brand South Africa’s mandate to positively position South Africa’s competitiveness. Provincial and city brands are the building blocks of the Nation Brand. Competitive strengths of provinces and cities therefore impact positively on the South African Nation Brand.In this regard, the following sectors will be profiled in Polokwane: investment, manufacturing, agriculture, research as well as science and technology.Media will visit the Seshego Industrial Park recently re-launched by Minister Davies; the Seshego Hospital to experience early registration of birth to communicate how this will contribute to the integrity, credibility and reliability of the national population register; Kay T’s Green Tea – a South African company in the business of processing Kombucha Green Tea on a commercial basis for 8 years; the University of Limpopo where some scientific innovations will be showcased as well as attend the annual Awards function hosted by Minister Pandor and the National Research Foundation.Participate in the conversation on #ExperienceSA #SANationBrand
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jevon Rockwell, Erie CountyWe’ve been really moving along now. We have 800 acres of beans off. The first beans we cut were in the mid-40 range and those were our worst. Since then we have been in the mid-60 range and we did have a 45-acre field average 84 bushels and those were weighed across the scale.In some places on the lighter ground or gravel ridges it seems like the beans died off and then started re-growing. The beans themselves are dry but some of the stems are green. I think those beans got too dry and stalled out for a while then started re-growing. These late rains and nice weather we have had, though, helped them even out and they are easy harvesting now.Either today or tomorrow we are going to get wheat planted. Sitting in line at the elevator has been eating up my schedule as far as getting wheat planted. Probably tomorrow I’ll get it planted.We have not touched any corn yet. We have been cutting about 200 acres of beans a day so in about three days we’ll be done with beans. We’ll go right into corn. A lot of it is starting to break over. I was next to a corn field yesterday cutting beans and you could see corn down pretty bad. It is time to get going with the corn.We have been moving right along. It is good to have nice weather.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google held a major search product event today and among many incredible new products and features displayed was real-time search. Fresh search results pushed live to the search results page, with a pause button above that section of the page.Results are coming in from freshly published web pages, Tweets, MySpace updates and shockingly, Facebook public profiles. Check out the demo video below.Want to see real-time results for any query right now? Go to http://google.com/trends and click on any of the hot topics on that page. Replace the search query in that page’s URL with a new search term and if real time results are available, you’ll be able to see them. This looks a lot like what Collecta offers with its XMPP API. This option should be baked into Google.com’s main search results pages soon.The company also says that technologies like personalization and localization will be baked into real-time search in the future. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Google#Real-Time Web#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. This article (Four Defining Traits of a Successfully Networked Professional) was originally published Thursday September 6, 2012, on the Military Families Learning Network blog, a part of eXtension. Many professionals who are struggling to master social media are still not getting the big picture — and make no mistake: there is a big picture.They equate social media success with developing a Facebook page or learning how to tweet. While that’s a big part of it, there’s more.There is an even bigger issue at stake: These applications and many others like them are changing all facets of life as we know it.Social media adoption involves more than just a working knowledge of a handful of apps. We’re being challenged to undergo a complete change of mindset — a new way of thinking that will transform how we will work in the 21st century.There are (at least) four defining traits of a successfully networked professional:Harnessing the Generative Capacity of Online MediaThis term, generative capacity, may sound complicated, but it isn’t. It simply means that the interactions taking place within online media are generating knowledge and insights at such rapid rates and in such volumes that we can no longer ignore them and remain viable in our jobs.For whatever reason, a lot of professionals think that applications such as Facebook and Twitter are simply add-ons to their work, much as e-mail was a generation ago. Many of us don’t understand that older ways of doing things simply can’t keep pace with these new media.The generative capacity of this new media demands that we see these new media for what they are: game changers — every bit as far-reaching as the printing press was in the 15th century. They are game changers because they are changing all facets of how we live and work.In building presences on Facebook, Twitter and other applications, we are taking the first steps toward engaging with our audiences in the places where most human exchanges will occur in the future. Here’s another way of looking at it: We are equipping ourselves to compete at the speed and in the volume that this new information order demands.We are fully harnessing the generative capacity of these new media.Network Participation and BuildingOnline media are also challenging all of us to be networked professionals. Yes, face-to-face communication as well as printed text will still be valuable ways to communicate in the 21st century. A handful of professionals will also have access to mass media, such as radio and television.The big difference now is that online media and the extended networks that have grown out of them have freed our clients to seek out information on their own. They are no longer the passive audiences they used to be. Knowledge is no longer being handed down to them from on high by information brokers.We are being called upon to engage our audiences where they are increasingly being found: in highly fluid networks.Fostering Creativity and Innovation through Network BuildingWe have got to understand that openness, creativity and innovation are the core values of this new information order and the reasons why online networking has become so valuable.Much of what passes as progress today is being driven by ordinary people operating in fluid, open environments — networks where ideas in the course of meeting and mating morph into new ones that enhance opportunities for further creation and innovation.Here’s another way of looking at it: Networks are providing us with greater opportunities than ever for moving our ideas from the drawing room to the assembly floor and, ultimately, to our end users.This change is calling on us to understand network building for what it is: new opportunities to share, discover, discuss, and build on ideas.Building Professional CredibilityOnline networks present us with enormous opportunities to build social capital with our clients. In the course of building this social capital we also enhance our standing as credible professionals.How do we build this social capital? By adding value to the insights and knowledge generated by this network interaction, often by showing people how to understand these insights in deeper and more enriched contexts.Yes, mastering social media takes time. In a way, it’s a lot like a capital investment. Like any investment, these efforts will pay dividends over time. You’ll know that you have passed a professional milestone when more of your tweets are retweeted — or when you’re thanked by a complete stranger at a regional or national conference for all the useful information and insights you provide.In time, you’ll also gain a deep appreciation for how exchanges with diverse audiences in social networks have deepened your understanding of your own profession.By learning to engage with your audiences — by providing interesting and useful knowledge products through your social media channels — you will be viewed as a professional on the cutting edge of your field, someone who is making a big difference in the lives of your audiences, whomever they happen to be. Author: Jim Langcuster
Shooting a documentary or corporate video? These shotguns and lavs are some of the best microphones for capturing sit-down interviews.Top image BEEP via We Are Moving StoriesThe best microphone options for sit-down interviews are shotgun mics and lavalier mics. The best setup is actually one of each — that way you have quality backup audio recorded. Here are a few of the most popular shotgun microphones and video-friendly lavalier mics.Best Shotgun Microphones for InterviewsImage via Rode MicrophonesThese are the most popular microphones for video production. They can be mounted and plugged directly into the camera, or they can be attached to a boom pole and plugged into an audio recorder. Shotgun mics can be used to record in a variety of ways, and it’s their versatility that makes them a must-own for every filmmaker and video producer. Here are the most popular options.1. Rode VideoMic Pro (MSRP: $229 USD)If you own a DSLR or mirrorless camera, the Rode VideoMic Pro is the mic for your camera. Just about everyone uses this microphone for its ease of use and compatibility with the audio jack on DSLR and mirrorless cameras. You just need a 9V battery and you’re ready to go. The microphone comes with a built-in shoe mount to attach to the camera.Specs:Supercardioid Condenser Microphone40Hz to 20kHz Frequency ResponseLightweightLow Noise and High Sensitivity9V Battery Powered1/8″ (3.5 mm) Mini-Jack OutputTwo-Step High Pass FilterThree-Position Level Control2. Sennheiser MKE 400 (MSRP $199 USD)Another shotgun microphone with a built-in shoe mount is the Sennheiser MKE 400. This shotgun microphone comes in at $30 cheaper that the Rode VideoMic Pro, complete with an all metal body and first-rate sound quality. It also takes a single AAA battery, so powering it is cheaper too.Specs:Supercardioid/Lobar40Hz to 20kHzSingle AAA Battery (300 Hours)Coiled 1/8″ (3.5mm) Mini-JackIntegrated Shock MountAll Metal Construction3. Sennheiser MKE 600 (MSRP: $329 USD)Another great shotgun mic from Sennheiser is the MKE 600. This has a traditional shotgun mic body — a single tube that can be mounted to mic stands, boom poles, or attached to cameras. The mic can run with phantom power via XLR cable or with a single AA battery.Specs:Supercardioid/Lobar40Hz to 20kHz48V +/-4V via XLR-3 or AA Size BatteryFor Camcorders and Video DSLRsHighly DirectiveSwitchable Low-Cut FilterShock-Mount for Camera ShoeFoam WindshieldAll Metal Housing4. Rode NTG-2 (MSRP $269 USD)The NTG-2 is Rode’s most popular shotgun microphone. The traditional body can be mounted to mic stands, boom poles, or attached to cameras. Like the MKE 600, this shotgun mic can run with phantom power via XLR cable or with a single AA battery.Specs:Supercardioid Condenser20Hz to 20kHzAA Battery or Phantom PoweredExcellent Off-Axis Signal RejectionBroadcast Sound QualityMetal ConstructionTwo-Step High Pass Filter (Flat/80Hz)Low Weight — 161g5. Rode NTG-3 (MSRP: $699)The Rode NTG-3 is the big brother to the NTG-2, and it has the price point to prove it. This microphone outperforms others on this list, but prepare for the cost — and not just the price point. You’ll need to supply phantom power to operate this mic, so make sure that’s an option with your audio recorder.Specs:Supercardioid Condenser40Hz to 20kHz48V Phantom PowerRF Rejection and Low NoiseBroadcast Sound QualityLightweight — 163g Bonus Budget Buy: Azden SMX-10 (MSRP: $79 USD)The Azden SMX-10 is a budget-buy microphone that will get you decent quality at a tiny cost. No need to go into further detail, you know what you’re getting here — a cheap microphone that will still get the job done.Specs:Dual Unidirectional Stereo Shotgun Microphone100Hz to 18kHz1/8″ (3.5mm) Mini-JackSingle AAA Battery PowerIncludes Windscreen & Mount Best Lavalier Microphones for Sit-Down InterviewsImage via ShutterstockLavalier microphones — or lav mics — are so commonplace in video that audiences don’t even care if the microphone is visible or not. It’s still best to hide the mic — and there are plenty of ways to do that — just make sure your subject is okay with you running cables underneath their clothes. Lavalier mics are best in rooms that have little ambient noise. They come in both wired and wireless varieties, but those options will affect the overall price.1. Sennheiser ME 2 (MSRP: $149 USD)The Sennheiser ME 2 is one of the best all-around lav mics on the market. It’s trusted by amateurs and professionals alike. If you opt to purchase a wireless Sennheiser system, odds are this is the mic you’ll receive with it.Omnidirectional Electret Condenser30Hz to 20kHzWired/Wireless with Transmitter and Receiver1/8″ (3.5 mm) Mini-Jack2. Rode Smartlav+ (MSRP: $79 USD)The Rode Smartlav+ is the perfect lavalier microphone for those without an audio recorder. Designed to be used with smartphones and tablets, the Smartlav+ plugs directly into iOS and Android devices and uses the Rode Rec App for recording. The 3.5mm mini-jack can also be plugged directly into cameras and audio recorders (if you do have one).Omnidirectional60Hz to 18kHzWirediPhone and Android CompatibleUse with Rode Rec App for Apple iOS3. Countryman B3 (MSRP: $238 USD)The Countryman B3 lavalier mic comes in a variety of colors – designed to be hidden from cameras and audiences. It’s practically invisible on camera, measuring only 0.2 inches in diameter. It’s resistant to moisture, so it can easily be hidden in hair or taped to bare skin. Omnidirectional Condenser20Hz to 20KHz +/- 3dB3-Pin XLR Hardwired Connection9V to 48V Phantom4. Countryman B6 (MSRP: $420 USD)The Countryman B6 lav mic is tiny. Very tiny. Like the B3, it’s practically invisible on camera, measuring only 0.1 inches in diameter. It’s also resistant to moisture, so it can easily be hidden in hair or taped to bare skin. Omnidirectional Condenser20Hz to 20kHz +/- 3dB3-Pin XLR Hardwired ConnectionBonus Budget Buy: Audio-Technica ATR-3350iS (MSRP: $29 USD)The Audio-Technica ATR-3350iS is certainly one of the most popular options out there due to its extremely low price. This microphone is okay. If you have a limited budget, I would go with this strictly for backup audio. It can connect to cameras, smartphones, tablets, and audio recorders.Specs: Omnidirectional CondenserWiredLR44 BatteryLow Profile Design1/8″ (3.5mm) Dual Mono OutputiOS/Android Smartphone AdapterIncludes Tie Clip & Foam WindscreenWhat are your go-to microphones for sit-down interviews? Share your gear in the comments below!
Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has criticised the organisers of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) and said that the poor state of preparedness has dented India’s image severely. Jairman, who is in New York along with External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna for the United Nations General Assembly session, hoped that the CWG controversy would end soon. “It is pretty depressing to read such things in the international media. India’s image has taken a beating,” Jairman told Headlines Today. “I hope we come out of this soon.” “We are among the fastest growing economies. We could have done without this embarrassment,” he said. Krishna, on the other hand, said he would do all he could to reassure leaders of Commonwealth nations about the CWG.”If there are any misgivings, we will certainly try to set it right,” Krishna said.