Apple goes for the jugular with iPhone X range

first_img UK consumers seek £1.5B from Apple Previous ArticleNokia offloads bulk of IP Video businessNext ArticleGoogle to axe Inbox app Kavit Majithia KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 SEP 2018 Apps Relatedcenter_img Home Apple goes for the jugular with iPhone X range Google taps retail with NYC store Apple bolstered its iPhone X line up with three new devices, offering consumers the option of larger screens, more power and a cheaper price point, as well as unveiling its new Apple Watch Series 4 which puts a bigger focus on health.At its traditional annual iPhone reveal, CEO Tim Cook outlined from the start this year’s event would focus on two of the company’s “most personal products”, the iPhone and the Apple Watch, and “how we are going to take them further”. This meant there was no updates on Apple’s other products including its headphones, Mac range or its wireless charging pad, which was unveiled in 2017 but still hasn’t been released.iPhone XS and XS MaxBuilding on the launch of iPhone X in 2017, which Cook proclaimed as the world’s most popular smartphone today, the 5.8-inch iPhone XS and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max retain much of the same design as the original, but differentiate mainly through processing power.Both devices use Apple’s A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine, which it said is the first use of 7nm silicon in a smartphone. Rival Huawei recently said it has also developed a similar chip, although it is likely to be first introduced on the Mate 20, due to be unveiled in October.The A12 Bionic chip is expected to help with both speed and energy efficiency, with the battery tipped to last 30 minutes longer on iPhone XS than iPhone X.In a bid to expand its appeal, Apple also introduced dual SIM capability on both devices through the use of a nano-SIM and digital eSIM. Phil Schiller, SVP of worldwide marketing, told the audience Apple will offer a device that can accommodate two physical SIM cards in China, where eSIMS are not used, as part of a bid to “reach as many customers as we can”.Other features include a “super retina display” with a custom OLED design and an improved 12MP dual camera system.The iPhone XS is priced $999 for the 64GB model (the same as the original iPhone X) and $1,349 for a 512GB version. Prices for iPhone XS Max are even higher, starting at $1,099 for a 64GB version and going up to $1,499 for 512GB. The fees mean the device now holds the title of being the company’s most expensive smartphone.Apple noted the screen of the XS Max, at 6.5-inches, was significantly larger than the iPhone 8 Plus (5.5-inches) launched in 2017, despite being similar in total size. The new model also packs the “biggest battery in an iPhone”, delivering an hour-and-a-half more battery life.In a tweet, Ben Wood, mobile analyst at CCS Insight said that with the iPhone XS Max, “Apple continues to break the rules on consumer electronics pricing ” noting the vendor is raising the price of its flagship at a time when rivals like Samsung are under huge pressure: “Confirms the premium that people are prepared to pay for Apple products.”Both devices will be available later this month.iPhone XRWith a starting price of $749, the lower-end iPhone XR will be released in October and represents a push by the company to attract consumers not prepared to pay $1,000 or more for the higher-priced range.The XR could therefore prove an attractive option, as the device also features the same processing power as the iPhone XS and XS Max, and packs a bigger screen than the former, at-6.1 inches. It, however, uses LCD rather than OLED screen technology, affecting image quality, and features an aluminum design over steel.It also only offers a single 12MP rear camera, unlike the dual cameras offered on the more expensive options.The XR comes with a choice of six colours and the same storage options.It also features Face ID, first introduced on the iPhone X, as do the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: Apple said the feature had been developed to work faster.All three new iPhones, therefore, do away with fingerprint ID in favour of the Face ID system, meaning none have a home button. The trio will also run the new iOS12 system and feature a 7MP front camera.Apple Watch Series 4Last but not least, Apple said its updated Watch not only represented a redesign, but something more “evolutionary”.In terms of design, it increased the display size by more than 30 per cent over the previous Watch, integrated in a smaller case, while a new interface provides users with more information on the home screen.Most eye-catching from the update includes a range of new health capabilities, including a new accelerometer and gyroscope which are able to detect if a user falls, along with an electric heart rate sensor which can take assess users’ health via an electrocardiogram (ECG) app.The capabilities have been enabled by electrodes built into the devices’s Digital Crown, with the heart rate sensor in the back.Apple said the device’s stereo is 50 per cent louder, while the microphone is relocated to improve performance.The GPS version of the device starts at $399 and GPS with cellular $499, both up from the $329 and $399 price tag on 2017 models. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Tags AppleiPhone Xlast_img read more

What we know about the bank VP who died after Southwest Airlines engine failure

first_imgObtained by ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Jennifer Riordan, a bank executive, community leader and mother of two, died Tuesday when her Southwest Airlines flight blew an engine in midair and its debris smashed a cabin window.Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was among 144 passengers and five crew members on board when the Boeing 737 suffered an engine failure some 20 minutes after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia International Airport, while en route to Dallas Love Field Airport, according to authorities.Two passengers managed to pull Riordan back inside when she was partially sucked out of the shattered window, according to witnesses. She was given CPR while the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport.Riordan was transported to a nearby hospital where she later died, though officials did not immediately confirm a cause of death. She leaves behind a husband, Michael Riordan, as well as two children.“Jennifer Riordan has passed away as a result of previously reported events on Southwest Airlines flight No. 1380,” her family said in a statement. “Jennifer’s vibrancy, passion and love infused our community and reached across our country. Her impact on everything and everyone she touched can never be fully measured. But foremost, she is the bedrock of our family. She and Mike wrote a love story unlike any other. Her beauty and love is evident through her children.”In addition to being a wife and mother, Riordan was vice president of community relations at Wells Fargo in Albuquerque, where she was “loved and respected,” according to a company statement.“The Wells Fargo family is saddened to learn of the death of our friend and colleague Jennifer Riordan – a community relations leader in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was a well-known leader who was loved and respected,” according to the statement.After graduating from the University of New Mexico, Riordan worked in media relations and marketing at the school’s Health Sciences Center, according to colleagues.“Jennifer was an amazing community leader, team member, wife and mother,” Paul Roth, chancellor for University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center, said in a statement posted to Facebook. “Her passion for our community, our students and our future was unwavering. We are committed to carrying on her work to ensure quality education and career opportunities to New Mexico’s youth.”Riordan became a key member of the Albuquerque community through her “leadership and philanthropic efforts,” Mayor Tim Keller.“Albuquerque lost a thoughtful leader who has long been part of the fabric of our community,” Keller said in a statement posted on social media. “This is a tremendous and tragic loss for Jennifer’s family and many others throughout our city. Her leadership and philanthropic efforts made this a better place every day and she will be terribly missed.”The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating Tuesday’s incident. Boeing said it is providing technical help to the investigation, with which Southwest Airlines is cooperating.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Family described ‘rain’ of volcanic rock as Hawaiian boat tour hit by lava bomb

first_imgABC News(HONOLULU, Hawaii) — It was supposed to be a bucket-list moment for Dawn Li, an exciting family outing to see where the river of lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano spills into the ocean.But in a flash, the pre-dawn boat tour on Monday for Li, her husband, and their two children turned into a horror show when a so-called “lava bomb” erupted, sending rocks raining on the vessel loaded with photo-snapping tourists.“I had just said, ‘This is like a Jurassic experience.’ And my husband said, ‘Well, this is on your bucket list,’” Dawn Li told ABC News. “So, we were super excited to see it. It was amazing. But the explosion hit and we all sort of turned simultaneously and my husband kind of leaned over me but we could feel the rocks hitting us.”Piercing screams broke out on the packed tour boat. A rock, or lava bomb, the size of a basketball came crashing through the aluminum roof of the Lava Ocean Tours boat aptly dubbed the “Hot Spot.”“It was literally like an explosion. I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said Li’s husband, Dr. Kaming Li, a trauma surgeon. “Just lava flying everywhere, and then this huge explosion and this very large rock hit the boat. When it hit the boat, it crashed through the roof and landed on a person and it was still glowing when it was on the ground.”Dawn Li said she was afraid the rock was so hot it was going to burn through the bottom of the boat. She said the captain and a crew member wrapped it up and shoved it overboard.After Kilauea first erupted in May, the U.S. Coast Guard restricted boats from coming within 984 feet of where the lava flow dumps into the ocean on the northeast side of Hawaii’s Big Island. But some experienced boat operators, including Lava Ocean Tours, have been allowed special permits to take tourists as close as 164 feet from the shoreline.Greg Valentine, a geology professor at the University of Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences, told ABC News that the term “lava bomb” refers to the bomb-shaped size of particles hurled in the air generally when they explode from the spout of a volcano. Any projectile larger than 6.4 centimeters in diameter meets the definition of a lava bomb, he said.He said the thing that was unusual about Monday’s lava-bomb event was that it was caused by an interaction of molten lava with sea water.“Sometimes the lava and the water interact in a certain way and creates a very powerful explosion,” Valentine said, adding that some projectiles can travel up to three miles and be as large as a couple of meters in diameter.Dawn Li said that when the explosion occurred panic spread through the tour boat and everyone rushed to the side furthest from the shoreline.“It’s raining lava rock,” Dawn Li said of the moment. “It’s hot, it’s steamy. My fear was that we were going to capsize because everybody ran to the other side of the boat and you could feel the heat and the steam coming up and the sulfuric fumes.”The water around the boat was “very hot,” Kaming Li said.“We think there was probably a lot of lava underneath the ocean at that place,” he said.Dawn Li added: “You could feel it bubbling, the steam coming up.”Passengers were being pummeled by red-hot rocks. Dawn Li showed ABC News one about the size of a golf ball that hit her.Her husband began treating peoples’ injuries, including a woman who was hit by the basketball-size rock that crashed through the boat’s roof. Her femur was fractured, officials said.“I used to be a trauma surgeon at USC,” said Kaming Li. “I’ve seen a lot of things. This was just crazy.”In the chaos, Dawn Li became separated from her teenage children, Christopher and Erica.“I started game planning in my mind: The life vests. Who can swim? If we go over, how do we keep ourselves from the shore?” she said. “My kids were separated from me, and so I was just like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to get to my kids.’”Erica Li said the experience went from terrific to terrifying in seconds.“It was really surreal,” she said.Christopher Li said when the explosion occurred he ducked for cover.“I immediately got on the ground and covered my neck,” Christopher said. “I got hit in the arms.”Both of his legs were also scalded by the downpour of sizzling rocks.“I got third-degree burns, some second-degree,” Christopher said. “But I’m glad to be alive.”Officials said 23 people aboard the boat were injured, but none were in life-threatening condition. Four people were hospitalized at Hilo Medical Center.“I thought for a moment that this was it, this is how it’s going to go,” Kaming Li said. “It was a terrifying moment.”Still holding the rock that hit her, Dawn Li said that while she usually collects rocks from wherever she and her family travel, this was a souvenir she didn’t plan to keep.“I’m going to leave it back for the Gods of Pele so that we have no more bad juju,” she said as she hurled it into the water.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Volvo sees success with two new coach models

first_imgFirst MCV-bodied Project 523 entry-level model handed over as range-topping 9900 generates businessThe first ‘Project 523’, an MCV-bodied Volvo B11R, was handed overVolvo debuted two coaches that are new to the UK market at EBE and it recorded further sales of both during the show.The first MCV-bodied B11R, one of eight for the operator, was handed over to Golden Tours. Currently known as Project 523, the model has been introduced to capitalise on growing demand for a standard-specification, cost-effective coach.Its official name will be announced shortly and Volvo will hold the model in stock at its Coventry sales centre with retail price starting at £215,000.Meanwhile, the hotly-anticipated super-high 9900 made its first public showing in the UK. It was the centrepiece of Volvo’s stand and is aimed at the top of the market. The first will be delivered to a buyer early in 2019.“It’s very exciting to launch two exceptional new coaches at EBE,” says MD Nick Page. “While they are positioned at opposite ends of the market, both have a huge amount to offer customers in terms of operational performance, safety features, aesthetics and passenger comfort.”Also on Volvo’s stand was an unbodied B8L tri-axle double-decker bus chassis. Volvo is working with bodybuilder partners Alexander Dennis, MCV and Wrightbus to deliver a 100-seat product. It will also unveil a zero-emission double-decker in conjunction with MCV in 2020, it has confirmed.last_img read more

Red Arrow reels forward

first_imgThe consignment had a total weight of 9.2 tonnes, with each steel reel measuring 3.3 m x 2 m x 3.3 m.Red Arrow provided rigging and crane services in Hartselle to load and secure each of the reels on to trailers. Once the cargo was lashed on board, Red Arrow organised all permits and escorts for the 3,540 km road journey to the Richmond facility.Red Arrow is a member of the WCA Projects network in the USA.  www.redarrowlogistics.comwww.wcaprojects.comlast_img

Get set for a National Arts Fest feast

first_img24 May 2011A spirit of artistic innovation with a range of national, continental and world premieres in theatre, dance, music and visual art will be celebrated at this year’s National Arts Festival, taking place in Grahamstown from 30 June to 10 July.“The artists come from everywhere, all disciplines, and are amongst the most excellent, courageous, thoughtful, provocative and iconic,” says National Arts Festival committee chairman Jay Pather.“The festival attracts the best administrators and production crew that help mirror a complex and vast nation on many fronts. From jazz to drama, installation art to comedy, we draw innovation and excellence from a variety of cultures. So we attract the most discerning, wide cross-section of audiences.”DanceThe main programme dance stage welcomes Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance Mamela Nyamza with Isingqala and amaFongkong. This double-bill features a solo work by Nyamza and a collaborative production with the Adugna Dance Theatre Company from Ethiopia.In creating Amafongkong, Mamela says that her intention was to hold an open space to explore the notion of “collaboration” in all its complexities, to see how and where similar and different bodies could meet in movement.The South African premiere of Desert Crossings is a cross-cultural collaboration between UK-based producers State of Emergency and South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma of Vuyani Dance Theatre, performed by a company of five dancers from different cultural backgrounds, with an original score by Steve Marshall.Batsumi is the lyrical new work integrating songs, dance, acting and live music by Thabo Rapoo. Presented by Moving Into Dance Mophatong, Batsumi celebrates the hopes, joys and struggles in the stories of Africa’s hunter-gatherers.The Baxter Theatre will present the Remix Dance Company’s Lovaffair as a celebration of bodies and love, turning perceptions of gender and disability on its head. The company was founded in 2000 with the aim of bringing differently-abled performers together on South African stages, and developing integrated dance locally.The Cape Town City Ballet brings Swan Lake to the festival. This version of the timeless classic is based on that of Vladimir Bourmeister and was first taught to the Capab Ballet Company, now the Cape Town City Ballet, by Frenchman Attilio Labis in 1971. Labis had danced as a guest in Russia in several different productions, and it was from these that he chose the elements to make it one of the most eclectic productions of Swan Lake in the world.The Rajastani Folk Dance Troupe will make their South African premiere at the National Arts Festival, using amazingly rich music and dance to describe the legendary battles of the Rajput rulers.In the SA premiere of Madam Silk, Ireland’s foremost aerial dance theatre company, Fidget Feet, presents a visually stunning show featuring spectacular aerialists, beautiful choreography and multimedia magic. Graceful aerialists Lindsey Butcher, Chantal McCormick and Jennifer Patterson dance, sweep and spin both across the stage and through the air in a universe of veils and drapes, using dance and circus skills on fabric and hoops, with choreography by Fred Deb.Twirling, twisting and arching her body up and around ropes, the Spanish artist who goes by the name FURA will perform two of her choreographed pieces at the National Arts Festival. Angel Heart is danced on a fixed trapeze, while Fourteen, inspired by the story of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges’ novel The House of Asterion, is a choreographed work on vertical cloths.TheatreHeadlining the main theatre menu at this year’s festival is Standard Bank Young Artists Ward winner for Drama, Neil Coppen, with his latest play Abnormal Loads. It is set in a fictional battle-field town known as Bashford, nestled in the once war-ravaged valleys of northern KwaZulu-Natal. With a narrative that whisks audiences through two centuries of South African history, Abnormal Loads presents a theatrical universe where the past runs in tandem with the present and events shift seamlessly from the grandeur of a battle-field in 1879 to the intimacy of the bedroom in 2011. Movement, sound, music, multimedia and shadows combine to create a breathtakingly original theatrical experience.The Table is created by Sylvaine Strike and presented by the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company in association with the Market Theatre and the Aardklop Festival. In this cutting-edge theatre production, Strike collaborates with an electrifying cast and acclaimed writer/dramaturge Craig Higginson to bring an enticing slice of a family dinner for audiences.Four children re-unite with their mother over a Friday night meal where a world of love, sibling rivalry, confused genetics, domesticity, tradition and, of course, food, is unveiled. Funny and moving, this is a journey into the heart of a family redefined by the South African experience.The Baxter Theatre brings Ariel Dorfman’s riveting play Purgatorio directed by Clare Stopford to the festival. Performed by celebrated actors Dawid Minnaar and Terry Norton, Purgatorio deals with a Man and a Woman in purgatory, a stark and soulless waiting room. Their identities are fluid, and as the drama unfolds it emerges that they are each other’s interrogators, searching for clemency and contrition. Their fates are bound together by a horrific past, and freedom depends on their willingness to sacrifice themselves, each for the other.Created by Rob Murray and presented by FTK:K and Conspiracy of Clowns, Benchmarks is a small story of great hope and rebirth. In the Mother City, three desperate and lonely individuals – a middle-aged clerk, a reclusive widow and a Zimbabwean refugee – get drawn into an unlikely relationship that will lead them on a journey of discovery, companionship, tragedy, and reconciliation.Benchmarks is a poetic celebration of the human spirit told by three performers in full character mask, by the crew that birthed Pictures of You, Womb Tide, QUACK!, and GUMBO.Billed as one of the finest plays ever written by Alan Bennet, The History Boys, presented by Peter Toerien and directed by Alan Swerdlow, is packed with superb one-liners is about a group of mostly working-class boys preparing for the entrance exams that will determine whether or not they will gain entrance to the elite world of Oxford and Cambridge.The last pro in Yeoville, written by Martin Kobokae and presented by Utlwanang Theatre Company, is the witty and compassionately told story of the 45-year old Camellia, an ageing white prostitute who loses her sex appeal in an upmarket brothel in Rosebank. She is forced to migrate to the less illustrious streets of Yeoville to retire ungracefully. Entwined in the tale is a 26-year-old mystery in the form of a coloured boy’s picture which elicits conflicting paths that have crossed in the past.Written by Joe Carlaco and presented by Redcan Productions, the South African premiere of Shakespeare’s R&J is set at an exclusive boarding school in the 1950s. Four pupils run into the chapel late one night in a bid to escape from their repressive school routines. One of them brings a copy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and they start acting pieces out. Shakespeare’s R&J ran for a year Off-Broadway, becoming the longest-running version of Romeo and Juliet in New York history and earning the play the Lucille Lortel Award.Sadako presented by Hearts & Eyes Theatre Collective makes use of video projection, puppets and live actors to tell the story of Sadako Sasaki and the legend of one thousand paper cranes. Sadako was two years old on 6 August 1945 when the atom bomb was dropped on her hometown, Hiroshima. She survived only to die 10 years later from “the atom bomb disease”, leukaemia.Death of a Colonialist, presented by the Market Theatre, deals with history, emigration, crime, national identity and family as it moves between a high school teacher’s bold perceptions of Xhosa history, the inter-personal relations within his family, and his wife’s quiet acceptance of her imminent death.Award-winning director Lara Bye is bringing Night, Mother to the Festival. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Marsha Norman gives Sandra Prinsloo and Annette Louw the opportunity to showcase their talents in the broken and beautiful love story about a mother and daughter in crises.The restaging of Anthony Akerman’s play Somewhere on the Border marks the 25th anniversary since it was first staged. After two decades of silence, the role of the military during the years of apartheid has found its way back into public discourse. Many conscripts who went through harrowing experiences as teenagers are looking back as adults and trying to make sense of it. Somewhere on the Border participates in this conversation.Using starkly elegant imagery, tender camaraderie and a dense and elegiac sound score, Melanie Wilson’s Iris Brunette delicately uncoils the remembrance of a friendship destroyed by the outbreak of war and the unfathomable demise of lost kinship and love. This is a warmly mournful and disarmingly engaging piece inspired by Chris Marker’s film La Jetee, and the 2009 winner of the Absolut Dublin Fringe Best Production.Mark Banks Live will provide laughter in large dollops in the festival’s popular stand-up comedy programme. Mark Banks is one of South Africa’s most respected comedians, digging in to all and sundry with his potent brand of humour.MusicOn the score sheet for the main programme music line-up, Standard Bank Young Artists Award winner for Music Ben Schoeman presents two piano recitals celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt (1811) and the pianist and composer Australian Percy Grainger, who died 50 years ago.The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra will present two programmes. The Symphony Concert under the baton of Tibor Boganyi with soloist Jerome Pernoo (piano) includes works by Offenbach and Brahms. Richard Cock will conduct the Gala Concert with soloists Ben Schoeman (piano) and Magdalene Minnaar (soprano). The programme comprises fascinating and charming works including Liszt’s Hungarian March, MacDowell’s To a Wild Rose, Grainger’s Country Garden and Ambroise Thomas’ Mad Scene from Hamlet, to name but a few.In two separate concerts, The Goldberg Trio and Diamond Ensemble bring renditions of some of the most remarkable works in the chamber music oeuvre. Mozart’s Divertimento in E Flat, K. 563 performed by the Goldberg Trio – Zanta Hofmeyr (violin), Morkel Combrink (viola) and Wessel Beukes (cello). Samson Diamond, winner of the 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music, has chosen two contrasting works, Franz Schubert’s deeply sublime String Quintet in C major, D. 956 and Tchaikovsky’s celebrated String Sextet in D minor “Souvenir de Florence” Op. 70 performed by the Diamond Quartet and two guest artists.The Westhuizen Duo presents a programme which includes the staple of the duo-piano repertoire: Rachmaninoff’s monumental Suite No. 2, Op. 17 for Two Pianos together with works by Schumann and Poulenc. They will also perform the world premiere of Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph’s It Takes Two to Tango and the South African premiere of American Groove for Two Pianos by Evan Mack (USA).Inspired by text from the Book of Revelation, Quartet to the End of Time (Quatuor pour la fin du temps) scored for clarinet, violin, cello and piano is a piece by French composer Olivier Messiaen. Written while a prisoner of war, this major work of the twentieth century premiered in Germany in 1941 to an audience of fellow prisoners and prison guards. Performed by Samson Diamond (violin), Alan Thompson (clarinet), Anna Wilshire Jones (piano) and Wessel Beukes (cello).Take one portion of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata for piano and violin, saute thoroughly and add four delicious tangos by Astor Piazzolla plus five well-known swing melodies and mix briskly until the consistency is almost that of jazz. Beethoven Tango is brought to you by Charl du Plessis (piano) and Zanta Hofmeyr (violin). This is music that you can taste!Come and hear such favourites as Don’t cry for me Argentina (Evita), Memory (Cats), Music of the Night and All I ask of you (Phantom of the Opera), Love changes everything (Aspects of Love) and a host of other famous and popular songs in Lloyd Webber & Friends. Veramarie Meyer (mezzo soprano) and Nicholas Nicolaidis (tenor) are joined by members of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra with narration by Richard Cock, who conducts.Auriol Hays Behind Closed Doors features her mature, classy, alternative pop songs fused with jazzy soul wedged between some darker powerful ballads will, at one moment, have you dancing, and in the next, holding your heart heavily in its musical hands. Songwriter/producer extraordinaire Andre Scheepers leads the band on keyboards. The programme will feature hit songs Take it Slow and Turn Up the Volume, both of which received massive commercial radio success.Ever since its debut, the Luca Ciarla Quartet has been appreciated by audiences and critics for its highly original tunes and arrangements, in which contemporary jazz and ethnic music happily blend together, creating an irresistible Mediterranean jazz sound. Presented by Violipiano Arts supported by the Italian Institute of Culture, the quartet is sure to wow festival audiences.Boo! was born in 1997 in the backstreets of Brixton, Johannesburg. Within seven years they acquired an enormous cult following worldwide, brandishing their self-styled genre of “monkipunk”. After breaking up in 2004, Chris Chameleon surprised his punk pundits and cohorts by becoming one of the best-selling artists in Afrikaans music. In 2010, Boo! emerged again and soon won Suckfree Radio’s “Greatest unsigned Band in the World” competition with their remixed and re-mastered album The Three of Us, which has already spawned two hit singles The Three of Us and To Do Today. 2011 is set be the “Year of the Boo!”François Sarhan will present a programme of two works: Lectures of Professor Glaçon performed in English with three French musicians from the collective vocal-instrumental ensemble crWth; and Telegrams from the Nose, created by François Sarhan and William Kentridge, which he performs with four South African musicians including Jill Richards with videos by Catherine Meyburgh.Visual artsOn the visual arts front, Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Nandipha Mntambo will be presenting her exhibition Faena which is the most beautiful and skilful section of a bullfight. It refers to a dance with death, where the matador must prove his courage and artistry. In this work, Mntambo presents an extension of her interest in the sport of bullfighting. Using the media of painting, drawing, video and sculpture, she creates an experience/encounter that interrogates the viewer’s sense of sight, hearing, smell and touch.The Johannesburg Art Gallery’s retrospective exhibition celebrates the life and work of Alan Crump (1949-2009), entitled Alan Crump: A Fearless Visionary. This memorial exhibition celebrates the extraordinary depth and integrity of his artistic vision by bringing together for the first time a comprehensive retrospective of his work.An innovative group exhibition featuring 26 South Africans and four international artists, each involved in some aspect of comic art and sculpture will collaborate in the CO/MIX Pavilion 2011. Drawing inspiration from the Beautiful Losers DIY street art movement, CO/MIX conjoins expressionist comic art with political and underground cartooning and the contemporary visual subcultures of skate, surf, street, hip hop, Indie craft & graffiti, overlaying it all with a passionate concern for aesthetic integrity in the creation of unique art objects.An exhibition presented by the Caversham Centre will feature works from the major portfolios printed by the Caversham Press, including well-known artists such as William Kentridge, Magkabo Helen Sebidi and the late Robert Hodgins and Gabisile Nkosi. The exhibition will offer a comprehensive history of personal visual concepts and observations mediated by experiencing life in pre- and post-apartheid South Africa. After two and a half decades, Caversham’s contribution to the story of South African printmaking reveals a complex dialogue of many voices and the evidence of many visions embedded in a rich diversity of imagery.… and walk in my shoes, presented by Brodie Stevenson Gallery, is an experiential installation that blurs the distinction between the roles of viewer and performer by Burundi-born artist Serge Nitegeka. As an installation, the sculpture is incomplete without viewer interaction and it gets completed by the viewer’s experience.For future generations is presented in association with the Albany History Museum and the International Library of African Music, and features instruments and artefacts from its vast collection. The exhibition is the outreach and education component of a two year cataloguing and digitizing project (2008-09) and it displays a selection of African musical instruments from the Hugh Tracey instrument collection and numerous features on Tracey’s field research, publications, films and audio recordings. Video stations offer footage of South African mine dancing, Chopi xylophone orchestras, Shona music and story-telling, and on ILAM’s history and current projects.Public performance artThe streets of Grahamstown will again comer alive with spectacular PUBLIC ART performances and exhibitions in public spaces. Following the success of the 2010 festival, this year’s festival will once again open and close with Move Your Mind, a street parade featuring a spectacle of enthusiastic giant puppets, the Phezulu Stilt walkers, the drumbeats of the Sakhaluntu dancers and drummers and physically trained and acrobatic artists from the Oddbody Collective.Members of the public are invited to join in with enthusiasm and a keen sense of frivolity as the throng of giant puppets, stilt-walkers, street acrobats and youth theatre projects parade down the streets of Grahamstown.The South African premiere of Machitun, devised as an outdoor spectacle for the whole family, will wow with flying bouncing acrobats, ethereal dance, aerial battles, the beat of many drums and the soaring harmonies of feminine voices, set against a dramatic backdrop of shadow and light, rain and fire. With direction by Argentine Javier Drucaroff, creator of the shows Doble Banda and Ritual, choreography and performance by Cirque du Soleil selected acrobat Pablo Descoubes, musical direction and score by the renowned Ernesto Romeo and guest-starring some of SA’s top musicians. Machitun has been designed and created for the National Arts Festival by Proyecto 34°S, with a team of professionals artists from Argentina and South Africa, with support from the Argentine Foreign Office.Funded by Culture Ireland, A Fairies Tale is a promenade theatrical performance pieces suitable for the entire family. Set in the idyllic Makana Botanical Garden, it is an adventure about finding out who or what is hiding out in some of the best-known children’s stories of all time. This show depends on the walk, and the audience follows the characters through the garden dancing, running and walking.Loosely adapted from the Antoine De Saint Exupery’s The Little Prince, Tshini Kwedini! takes the audience on a journey of a local herdboy who, tired of living in his tiny village and wanting to make a difference in the world, sets out on an adventure to far-away places in search of his destiny. With song, dance, clowning, music, stilts, juggling, acrobatics, and other circus tricks, this family event has something in it for everyone. Tshini Kwedini! is a local development initiative of the National Arts Festival and OddBody Theatre.Commissioned by the Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival, the 7x14m Bottle Top Mosaic is a public artwork conceptualized by Hannelie Coetzee and Usha Seejarim of Such Initiative, made up of over 90 000 discarded plastic bottle tops. The work took 10 weeks to produce. At its peak there were 8 community centres, 140 children, 30 disabled adults, 31 crafters and the Such Initiative management team actively cleaning and weaving the bottle tops into a cohesive artwork.Eastern Cape ShowcaseThe Eastern Cape Showcase is a dynamic revitalisation of which positions the East Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture not only as a major sponsor of the festival but also as the most important player in the preservation and promotion of arts and culture in the province.The provincial showcase will feature theatre, indigenous music and dance, exhibitions, a youth film projects and performances by independent theatre companies who are contributed to growing an arts economy in the province.Two Women, Two Worlds devised by UK actress Val McLane and Nomhle Nkonyeni, a veteran South African actress from the Eastern Cape, comparing and contrasting their lives in the two different countries on two different continents. Together they tell each other and the audience about their customs and their rituals from the choosing of a name to their chosen career paths. In the course of these stories they question each other and the audience; sometimes arguing over their lack of understanding of each other’s culture. They tell stories of determination and resourcefulness from their own family backgrounds, interspersed with songs and poems and dramatic episodes.A Century of Fallen Eastern Cape Artists pays tribute to those who fearlessly used their creative skills in speaking out against the ills of oppression. Their heroic roles in resisting socio-political atrocities contributed to the downfall of the apartheid ideology. The exhibition further highlights the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture’s commitment to social cohesion and nation building through the visual arts. Talented young artists express themselves highlighting the elusive economic freedom so desperately needed in a developing country.In the Crafter’s Exhibition, authentic craft art from a province unique in style, design and production techniques have been sourced from urban areas and the most rural villages in the province to create an all-inclusive array of diverse products. Visitors to the Crafter’s Exhibition are guaranteed to have access to craft art that have already made their mark on the global market. Festival visitors will also have an opportunity to interact with crafters who will demonstrate their skills. They will highlight the production process from conceptualisation to design, production and finished product.Rhythms of the Eastern Cape highlight the vibrancy of the sub-tribes of the Eastern Cape – amaBhaca, abaThembu, amaKhoisan, abeSuthu and amaMpondo. Drawn from the various districts of the province, the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture acts as a custodian of preserving and promoting indigenous knowledge systems and indigenous culture. Rhythms of the Eastern Cape, a fascinating display of the province’s rich music and dance heritage, is a potpourri of traditional dance and music ranging from the vibrant foot-stomping of the amaBhaca dance to the delicately refined animal movement of the Khoisan. In an extravaganza of five lunchtime concerts, audiences will be introduced to the sub-tribes or clans who will mesmerise with their indigenous music and dance. Artists will also be drawn from the newly-formed Indigenous Music Orchestra and Eastern Cape Cultural Ensemble.The Village Green Fair and Fiddler’s Green will offer festival goers enough space to take a break away from the performances and exhibitions and to indulge in the extravaganzas of strolling through busy festival markets to purchase from the spoils of hundreds of craft and food stalls.Festivals within the FestivalIn addition to the productions on the main programme, the National Arts Festival effectively runs seven festivals with the festival, including:The Arena programme, featuring productions by some of the winners of last year’s Standard Bank Fringe Ovation Award.The esoteric and eccentric Fringe programme, which often holds some unique theatrical gems and surprises.Think!Fest with its provocative and engaging conversations and debate.The Student Theatre programme showcasing work from the country’s leading university drama departments.The Standard Bank Jazz Festival, with Standard bank Young Artist Bokani Dyer.The Film festival, which will showcase, among others, films by festival guest Richard Stanley.Spiritfest and Wordfest, which also run alongside the National Arts Festival programme.The Festival will again run the Hands On! Masks Off! programme supported by Business and Arts South Africa, featuring a series of workshops and seminars on arts entrepreneurship.The Remix Laboratory, supported by various Embassies, funds community-based artists to attend the festival as a residency programme, allowing them to gain maximum benefit from presenting their own shows and by attending professional performances. Participants are also provided with a series of of creative skills capacity-building workshops with professionals.The festival’s Writer development laboratories allow emerging writers to be mentored by professional writers at the festival, and to have at least one work each year culminate in a full staged reading during the festival. The following writer development laboratories will be resident at the festival this year: Novel Script Project (funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy), Playwright Development Project (funded by the British Council) and the Theatre in Translation Project (funded by the Argentinean Foreign Office).The ARTReach Project, Arts Encounter Project, Art Factory and the Phezulu Project continue to demonstrate the festival’s commitment to providing access to the arts and artistic development to all communities in Grahamstown.The South African Post Office will be on board this year as a new sponsor of local initiatives to promote indigenous music, coinciding with the launch of a new South African postage stamp featuring African indigenous musical instruments.Now in its 36th year, South Africa’s National Arts Festival is one of the leading arts festivals in southern Africa. Tickets for all shows are available through Computicket.The National Arts Festival is supported by Standard Bank, the Eastern Cape Government, the National Arts Council, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the Sunday Independent and M-Net.For more information, visit www.nationalartsfestival.co.za.Source: National Arts Festivallast_img read more

SA app wins BlackBerry App of the Year

first_img16 May 2013 South African application (app) PriceCheck was named International App of the Year at BlackBerry Live, BlackBerry’s annual international partner conference, in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday night. The app, an extension of South African comparison shopping website www.pricecheck.co.za beat 100 000 BlackBerry 10 applications from around the world after making the BlackBerry Achievement Awards shortlist and then being voted for by the international public. “What is most gratifying is that users chose an app that makes a difference to their lives,” Andre de Wet, general manager of PriceCheck, said in a statement on Thursday. “Not a social or chat app, but one that helps them make better buying decisions. “The fact that a South African app won demonstrates what I have always believed – Africa is leading the way in terms of useful, elegant and technically sophisticated mobile application development.” De Wet said that nearly two years of research, development and subsequent fine-tuning had gone into the app, which “takes the best of the BlackBerry handset and the PriceCheck platform and presents an intuitive, functional and incredibly useful app to the user”. According to PriceCheck, the South African website generates monthly traffic of over 1-million unique shoppers searching for products on their web and mobile sites, with over 30% of this being mobile traffic. The website, owned by South African media group Naspers, recently reported rapid growth in the use of app, with weekend traffic in April surpassed that of the Christmas shopping period in December. De Wet attributes its growing success as a mobile price comparison tool to its ability to seamlessly integrate the shopping and buying experience. The app provides on-the-spot guidance with making a purchasing decision, driving highly qualified traffic directly to product pages through an advanced search and categorisation system. “Mobile shopping is not mobile buying,” De Wet said. “Our app is designed to help people shop, make decisions and get the best price. We have everything from daily updated pricing on 30-million items to expert reviews on 130 000 big-ticket items like cameras and television. “Our users are looking at products while in store and confirming that the product and price is right.” PriceCheck launched in Nigeria this month, and according to De Wet will be expanding into Kenya and Ghana by the end of the year. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Durban to host World Marathon congress

first_img30 AprilThe names of the speakers for the 20th World Congress of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), to be hosted by the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) in Durban on 29 and 30 May, have been announced.The theme of the Congress, which will showcase some of the continent’s great African runners, is “Africa: The Home of Distance Runners”.SpeakersAmong the speakers will be Blanche Moila, the first black woman to be awarded Springbok colours and a former South African Sportswoman of the Year; three-time winner of the Boston Marathon, Ibrahim Hussein; and Olympic medallist, world champion and former multiple world record holder, Elana Meyer.Renowned exercise physiologist Professor Tim Noakes, the author of The Lore of Running, will also be part of the notable line-up.Keynote speakerThe keynote speaker will be Luis Felipe Posso. One of the world’s top sports management agents, including in the worlds of athletics and football, he has represented some of the top talents in global sport including South Africa’s Josiah Thugwane, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games marathon champion.Posso’s address will focus on “The Emergence, Impact and Dominance of African Runners on the World of Distance Racing”.Personal experiences and perspectivesHussein, Moila and Meyer will talk about their personal experiences and perspectives on running, while Noakes will present an interesting take on the “Historical Reasons Why African Runners are Successful”.Race organisers will also have the opportunity to promote their races to over 50 000 runners and visitors at the Bonitas-Comrades Expo.Comrades MarathonThe Congress will culminate in all delegates attending the finish of the 89th edition of the Comrades Marathon on 1 June, where they will be accommodated in a special AIMS marquee on the finishing straight at the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead cricket ground in Durban.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Minnesota Follows IRS R&D Credit Guidelines

first_imgThe Minnesota Department of Revenue has announced that they will allow the use of GAAP expenditures for research and development credit calculations. By allowing this method, the department is following IRS guidelines.In order for the guidelines to apply, the taxpayer must be:a large business and international taxpayer filing a state business return; andmeet the federal requirements listed within the directive.IRS Directive Taxpayers for Using GAAP Expense Rules for R&D CostsThe IRS directive, “Guidance for Allowance of the Credit for Increasing Research Activities under I.R.C. §41 for Taxpayers that Expense Research and Development Costs on their Financial Statements pursuant to ASC 730,” is available on the IRS website.Recordkeeping RequirementsAdditional information about the recordkeeping procedures for the research credit required by the IRS can be found at http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/businesses/corporation/Pages/Research-Credit-Documentation.aspx.The full text of the bulletin is available at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNREV/bulletins/1cbfdd1.Bulletin, Minnesota Department of Revenue, December 14, 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

World Cup: Shami credits Shoaib Akhtar for improvement in bowling

first_imgShoaib Akhtar had advised Mohammed Shami to shorten his run-up to garner more speedCrediting Shoaib Akhtar for bringing back rhythm in his bowling, Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has said the former Pakistan speedster advised him to shorten his run-up, which has helped him increase his pace.”The recent change in run-up has surely increased my pace. So I am continuing with it and hoping that it pays rich dividends. I did have a chat with Shoaib (Akhtar) bhai and he suggested that I should reduce my big strides. So shortened my stride and it has worked. It (the new run-up) is smooth and comfortable and it has also increased my pace,” Shami said during the post-match chat.Shami, who returned to action against West Indies after missing a game due to a niggle, bagged three wickets at the WACA to help table-toppers India register their fourth straight win and book a quarterfinal berth from pool B.With the Men in Blue now in New Zealand for their final two games of the league, Shami is keen to carry on the good work without making any more changes to his action.”I don’t want to change much in my action. And most of the ex-players have advised me against making any major changes to my action. It is always a double edged sword, to change one’s action. It can work for you or go against you. I don’t want go through this confusion and I am satisfied with the little change that I have made to my run-up, said the Bengal medium-pacer.advertisement”I do not want to make much changes to my action or strategy in New Zealand as well. Very happy with how things have panned out and will just focus on my line and length and would like to continue my good work,” he added.Shami, who is India’s leading wicket taker in the World Cup so far with nine scalps in three games, said that after playing on different pitches around the world he loved the Perth experience.”I have enjoyed bowling in Perth because I was getting the bounce and carry. Wherever I have gone, I have found flat wickets. I had heard a lot about Australian wickets, but did not see them in the Test matches but now I see that in Perth, said the 24-year-old bowler.On Friday, Shami also got the all-important wicket of Chris Gayle, result of a well thought-out plan that turned things around for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side.”Our fine leg was being wasted, so after having a chat with Mahi bhai, we shifted the fine leg to away. We were trying to use the swing and the bounce of the wicket. We capitalised on both the options and it worked,” he said.”When we started off there was swing and bounce so we kept that in mind and executed our plans accordingly. We focussed on line and length and also use the available swing in the wicket,” he added.last_img read more