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first_imgEskom electricity pylons march across thelandscape in KwaZulu-Natal. The gameSave It! is part of the government’snational energy efficiency campaign,launched in 2008.(Image: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Bheki KhumaloHead of Communications, Dep’t of Energy+27 12 679 9037 or +27 82 773 2388• Laura HallamInternational Brand Manager and PR, MXit+27 21 888 7024 or +27 84 575 5127 USEFUL LINKS• Department of Minerals and Energy• Save It! – energy efficiency campaign• MXit• AirgamesJanine ErasmusSouth African children are learning early about the benefits of saving electricity, and having fun at the same time, thanks to a new internet- and mobile-based game distributed and promoted by the national Department of Energy.Save It! – which teaches children about energy efficiency in the home – was launched by Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters at the Tygerkloof Combined School in Vryburg, North West province, during August 2009.The game, designed and developed by Johannesburg-based Airgames, is part of government’s national energy efficiency campaign implemented in 2008 to deal with energy supply problems in the wake of the power crisis of late 2007 and early 2008.The campaign centres on energy demand management, which is driven by national power utility Eskom and seeks to influence the pattern of end-usage, thereby helping consumers to use their energy more efficiently and save costs.Pushing their buttonsThe energy department has taken the logical step of reaching out to youngsters on a platform they can easily access and relate to – gaming and social media.At the Vryburg launch Peters said her department was excited with the development, as it used new media to connect with today’s techno-savvy generation.“Reaching the hearts and minds of South Africans starts with reaching the youth,” she said. “We hope that they will take what they have learnt into their homes, their schools and, ultimately, into the future.”Young gamers can play Save It! on their mobile phones or computers. A web browser is all that’s needed for the computer. On phones, users must first install the MXit instant messaging and chat application – although given MXit’s popularity among South African teenagers, chances are good they will have it already.MXit was developed in South Africa and is now used in over 120 countries around the world. It currently has over 14-million users, most of them in South Africa. With 25 000 users signing up every day, MXit is one of the largest mobile communities in the world.MXit is keen to demonstrate its usefulness as more than just a chat room and messaging service. The company has come in for some criticism especially with regard to the safety of its young users, but has recently made a number of improvements, such as implementing stricter rules with regard to personal behaviour, profanity filers and moderation in chat rooms, and a facility that enables users to ban others they consider troublesome.MXit also actively engages with schoolchildren to raise their awareness of staying safe online.Media analyst Arthur Goldstuck applauded the Save It! idea, but added the department was missing out on a large portion of its target audience because primary schoolchildren do not use MXit as extensively as their high school fellows.“The initiative is visionary in that it tries to talk to children where they are, rather than trying to attract them to a government portal, which would seem an alien environment to them,” Goldstuck said.Superhero teamIn the game children play as one of three superheroes – Captain Watt and his trusty sidekicks Dyna-Mo and Miss X-Static – to fight against the evil Energy Guzzler, the monster that is using all the electricity in their homes. Their mission is to save as much electricity as they can in the home while outmanoeuvring the wasteful Guzzler, who is bent on undoing the hard work.After each action, for example, switching off a light, players get a pop-up explanation of the benefit to the environment and the electricity bill. In this way the eco-friendly message is reinforced. At the end of the game they can submit their score via e-mail and compare themselves with other players.Save It! is available as a free download through MXit Tradepost, the application’s e-commerce section. Users can also play online for free on the national energy efficiency campaign’s website.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgIf you’re really committed to learning keyboard shortcuts than you can also buy custom keyboards and keyboard covers with the shortcuts displayed right on the keys (useful tools for getting in the habit of using and learning the shortcuts). These keyboards can be a bit pricey but they will save a lot of time in the end and optimize your workflow.This awesome aluminum keyboard by LogicKeyboard is designed specifically for After Effects and goes for about $110 dollars on B&H. If you’re into motion design, but haven’t mastered the shortcuts yet, it’s a solid investment:After Effects Keyboard ShortcutsHere’s a solid list of the best After Effects keyboard shortcuts. Print it out or save it to your computer. It may be cumbersome (and painful!) to use shortcuts at the start, but the trick is to keep at it. In no time you’ll see tremendous gains in your work speed. Click image for larger view:Created by Denis Klepcha Speed up you motion graphic workflow with keyboard shortcuts in Adobe After Effects.Keyboard shortcuts will supercharge your video editing, motion design or graphic design work. If you’re not utilizing shortcuts you’re only working at half-speed!In the following video tutorial by PremiumBeat blogger and video pro Mikey Borup, he demonstrates a few of the most helpful keyboard shortcuts in Adobe After Effects. The video covers:Transform shortcutsCreating various layers using only the keyboardSpeeding up your After Effects workflowlast_img read more


first_imgIndian batsman Virat Kohli and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha will replace Yuvraj Singh and offie Harbhajan Singh in the third Test in Edgbaston. Both players will join the Indian team at the earliest. A BCCI release said on Wednesday while Yuvraj Singh’s injury may take around four weeks to recover, Harbhajan Singh is likely to recover in three weeks’ time. Yuvraj has fractured his left index finger and Harbhajan Singh has a Grade I abdominal muscle strain. Harbhajan, who had sustained injury during his team’s 319-run defeat in Nottingham, had bowled only 13.4 overs at Trent Bridge and his absence during England’s second innings increased the workload of India’s seam attack. He has also been in poor form, taking 1 for 69 in the second Test after conceding 1 for 218 in the first at Lord’s. Yuvraj, who played at Trent Bridge because of the elbow injury to Gautam Gambhir, got hit on his left hand in the final innings by a short ball from Tim Bresnan. India are also waiting to see what sort of fitness and form Virender Sehwag is in. Sehwag missed the first two Tests, because he was recovering from shoulder surgery and is expected to join the team this week and play the tour game in Northamptonshire.  It is not yet clear whether Zaheer Khan, who pulled out during the Lord’s Test with a hamstring injury after bowling only 13.3 overs and missed Trent Bridge, will be fit to play at Edgbaston.last_img read more


first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The Ateneo-De La Salle rivalry is not only limited to basketball and it’s been established that the fiery competition between the two schools has spilled to the women’s volleyball landscape.The Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles met each other six straight times in the finals from 2012 to 2017 and that resulted to this massive must-watch spectacle that even regular elimination games between the two squads have become a fixture in the Philippine sporting world.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ And the two teams’ meeting in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament is once again treated with championship atmosphere.La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus said the rivalry that constantly draws thousands of live spectators and immeasurable television audiences is normal in the sporting context since it was heavily marketed during the first few years of their matchupFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think that’s normal because if you’d look at it this was blown up because of the TV because when Ateneo and La Salle started playing each other there was almost no camera crew but now it’s everywhere,” said De Jesus in Filipino Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.De Jesus added that the arrival of Tai Bundit on the Ateneo bench further enhanced the rivalry because that was when the Lady Eagles won their two titles in the league cementing the program as one of the best in the UAAP. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES 1Bataan falls to Tokyo Dime in 3×3 Super Quest final View comments La Salle, though, had already established itself as one the premier volleyball schools in the country winning its first title in 2004—10 years before Ateneo earned its first.“The television helped and it also improved because Tai arrived,” said De Jesus, who was the architect of all 11 titles that La Salle won in its storied history. “La Salle was already there at the top before Ateneo got its turn.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more


first_imgHere you will find all player of the final and player of the series awards for all divisions at the 2005 Asics NTL. You will also find the referee grand final appointments, the referee of the tournament awards and the upgrades that several referees achieved. Congratulations to all award winners! PLAYER AWARDS: Womens 20’s: Player of Final- Melissa Tyack (Sharks) Player of Series- Jarah Jennings (ACT) Mens 20’s: Player of Final- Scott Naughton (Southern Suns) Player of the series- Ricky Morris (Northern Eagles) Mixed Open: Player of the Final- Tony El Takchi (Mets) and Megan Smee (Mets) Player of the Series- Riki Best (Sharks) Amy Fong (Sharks) Womens Open: Player of the Final: Louise Winchester Player of the Series: Sharyn William Mens Open: Craig Pierce Medal for the Player of the Final- Ben Robinson (Sharks) Player of the Series- Drummayne Dayberg (Sharks) Mens 30’s: Player of the Final: Garry Sonda (Mets) Player of the Series: Jason Yee (Mets) Mens 35’s: Player of the Final: Paul Forbes (Mets) Player of the Series: Andrew Yiangou (Mets) Mens 40’s: Player of the Final: Jeff Cheung (Scorpions) Player of the Series: Wayne Moore (Sharks) Mens 45’s: Player of the Final: Bill McLean (Cobras) Player of the Series: Gary Simmons (Scorpions) Mens 50’s: Player of the Final: Len Blakeney (Hornets) Player of the Series: Michael Gallagher (Hornets) Womens 30’s: Player of the Final: Tracey Frith (Crusaders) Player of the Series: Jody English (Scorpions) Womens 35’s: Player of the Final: Debbie Potts (Hornets) Player of the Series: Debbie Potts (Hornets) Womens 40’s: Player of the Final: Carol Forlonge (Sydney Scorpions) Player of the Series: Michelle Smidt (Sydney Scorpions) REFEREE AWARDS OPENS AND 20’S AWARDS: Mens Open Final: Adam Foley, Gavin West, Jason Charlton Mixed Final: Lawre Gafa, Dave Baggio, Brad Smith Mens 20 Final: Mike Medlin, Dale Lawrence, Luke McKenzie Womens Open Final: Richard O’Connor, Nick Hollingworth, Jenny Madders Womens 20 Final: Garry Mournehis, Matt Vernon, Sam Mournehis Referee of the Tournament: Adam Foley No 1 Ranked Female of Tournament: Jenny Madders Upgraded to Level 6 Badge: Sam Adarti (NSW) Jodie Burnes (QLD) Sam Esen (NSW) Russ Hendry (QLD) Alan Hodsdon (WA) Phil Morabito (NSW) Sam Mournehis (NSW) Jamie Oliver (QLD) Derek Shuttleworth (NSW) Anthony Smith (NSW) Upgraded to Level 5 Badge: Annabelle Connolly (WA) Steve Cratchley (VIC) Martin Jones (NSW) Greg McBrien (NSW) Kim Skelly (NSW) Deon Wilson (QLD) Karen Woods (WA) REFEREE AWARDS- SENIORS TOURNAMENT: Mens 30s Final: Lawre Gafa, Dave Baggio, Luke McKenzie Mens 35s Final: Bill Slade, Willy Barnes, Derek Shuttleworth Mens 40s Final: Barry McNamarra, Mick McGrath, Peter Cominos Womens 30s Final: Mark Fenton, Sharon Foster, Greg Taylor Mens 45s Final: Kerry Disney, Steve Lyons, Joe LoGrande 6.Mens 50s Final: Damien Carlson, Steve Cratchley, John Bedford Womens 35s Final: Dave Brown, Alan Davison, Luis Piriz Womens 40s Final: Jon Hall, Karen Strachan, Freda Black Referee of the Tournament: Lawre Gafa No 1 Ranked Female Referee: Kerry Disney (unavailable for Womens 30 Final appointment due to work commitment) Upgraded to Senior Level 6 Badge: John Bedford (WA) Dave Brown (NSW) Mark Fenton (NSW) Greg Taylor (ADF) Upgraded to Senior Level 5 Badge: Rick Andrew (QLD) John Frost (NSW) Jim Hogan (QLD) Dave Piccinelli (QLD) Steve Ryan(NSW) Rob Ward (QLD)last_img read more


first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan coach Spalletti sympathises with Napoli after late Lautaro winnerby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti had sympathy with Napoli after last night’s late 1-0 win.Lautaro Martinez went on to win the game at the 92nd minute.“I saw a strong Inter tonight from start to finish. In some ways, we deserved the victory, as we pushed hard,” Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia.“At the same time, if Asamoah hadn’t cleared off the line, we could’ve lost, as that was a tough situation to get out of. It was more importantly a very entertaining game between two teams who moved the ball with pace, played good football and in a way, both deserved the points.”Lautaro came off the bench and snatched a last-gasp winner just moments after Kwadwo Asamoah’s goal-line clearance to deny Piotr Zielinski.“Lautaro is doing what he has to do. He could’ve done better in the past, but he took his opportunity coming off the bench today.“Napoli have a squad of absolute quality and move the ball around at 1,000km/h.” last_img read more


first_imgMGo.Fail.com website created for Michigan being so arrogant.mgofail website eleven warriorsMichigan’s last-second blunder against Michigan State hasn’t just delighted Spartans fans. Of course, Ohio State supporters have been reveling in the aftermath as well. One Buckeyes site – Eleven Warriors – has come up with a humorous way to celebrate.11W has created a new website, named MGo.Fail, which chronicles five of Michigan’s biggest disappointments over the years. There’s this past Saturday’s punt fail, Ohio State’s invasion of the Big House in 2009, Michigan’s stinker against Toledo in 2008, Michigan’s loss to FCS-level Appalachian State in 2007, and Michigan’s collapse against Colorado back in 1994. They’ve included videos as well.mgofail website eleven warriorsOhio State fans will probably enjoy spending time on the site. Michigan fans probably won’t.last_img read more


first_imgA closeup of Buddy Hield celebrating in an Oklahoma Sooners uniform.ANAHEIM, CA – MARCH 26: Buddy Hield #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the first half while taking on the Oregon Ducks in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament West Regional Final at Honda Center on March 26, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield put on a performance for the ages Monday night, pouring in 46 points for the Sooners in a tough, three-overtime loss to Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. It turns out that it wasn’t just fans of OU who were impressed by the future NBA star.After the contest, Hield stuck around to do an interview with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt. Dozens of Kansas fans did too, applauding Hield after he was done. Check it out:Kansas fans give Buddy Hield a standing ovation after his ESPN interview. pic.twitter.com/iVX0fQW2sN— MarcusD (@_MarcusD_) January 5, 2016Props to Kansas fans for recognizing greatness – even when it’s a player on the other team.last_img read more


A little more than four years ago when the two were freshmen, they sat next to each other in the locker room. Then, they played on the same line during games. Now, they’re in all the same classes. Senior forwards John Albert and Sergio Somma have developed a unique friendship while playing on the Ohio State men’s hockey team, which allows them to joke around but be serious when it’s time to take care of business. They seem to have a certain comfort level with each other, which was evident the moment they were asked to say something about the other. “His feet smell terrible; it’s pretty bad actually,” Albert said of Somma, with a chuckle. “I think over the years I’ve gotten used to it.” Albert had a few more fun facts about his buddy. “He really cares about his sticks,” Albert said. “If there’s a little dent on his stick … he always puts it in my face.” Somma wasn’t shy about sharing some tidbits about Albert either. “He eats funny,” Somma said. “He like dips his head down and shoves food in his mouth … and he, like, doesn’t move his head.” While the two aren’t afraid to point out the other’s faults and embarrassing habits, they also have a certain respect for each other. They don’t hesitate to talk about how much they like being teammates and how their friendship helps out on the ice. “(John is) a real great skater, a real dynamic player,” Somma said. “Somebody you enjoy being around off the ice, you’re probably going to click better with on the ice. … It happens to be like that with me and John.” Albert said he enjoys playing with Somma and their friendship makes it easy to be teammates. “I have a great time playing with him,” Albert said. “It’s great. He’s a great player; he’s feisty on the ice.” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said he knows he has to keep Somma and Albert on the same line because they make each other play better. “We’re trying to keep those two together,” Osiecki said. “They feed off each other.” Somma and Albert said they enjoy being on the same team now, but wonder what it would be like to play on different teams at the next level — the NHL. Albert has been drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers and Somma could receive offers after this season. Albert gave the impression that Somma is a player he wouldn’t want to face. “As an opponent,” Albert said, “I think it’d be a struggle to play against him.” Somma thought differently of facing Albert. “It would be funny,” Somma said. “Just give him a smile and a whack, and then you keep playing.” NHL fantasies aside, both players said they are concentrated on this season with the Buckeyes. Albert said the off-ice friendship makes it easier for the two to give each other constructive criticism on the ice. “He’s always there to pick me up,” Albert said, “and I think it’s vice versa.” Throughout the four years they’ve played together and been friends, Albert said, he wonders what Somma really thinks of him. “At least I hope he likes me,” Albert said with a smile. Somma reassured that they’re friends, saying even if he didn’t like Albert, he’d still act like it. “Everyone thinks I do,” Somma said, “so I guess I’m doing a pretty good job acting like it.” read more


Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell controls the ball during the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Idaho on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team had to ferociously compete in its 85-64 win against No. 14 Stanford and in its 95-90 overtime loss to No. 5 Louisville, but its road to victory against Idaho proved to be much easier.Behind a 59-35 rebounding advantage, No. 9 Ohio State (2-1) defeated Idaho (1-1) 99-56 to pick up the program’s 1,000th victory Wednesday night at the Schottenstein Center.Redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper tallied a team-leading 18 points and 18 boards. Ohio State a 22-4 advantage in offensive rebounds and 5-foot-8 Harper, who started in the Buckeyes’ four-guard starting lineup, led the team with six offensive boards.“I’m just trying to be whatever the team needs me to be,” Harper said. “Yeah, I think it’s very versatile, but I think it requires a very mental, disciplined focus from me to be able to switch back and forth.”Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga had 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added 14 rebounds. She struggled in the Buckeyes’ second game of the year against Louisville after corralling a school-record 26 rebounds against Stanford in the season opener. “She gives that inside presence,” head coach Kevin McGuff said. “What it does is it gives us more balance. We can get shot-happy from the perimeter. If we can get the ball to her around the basket, just get a little more balance in what we’re doing.”Mavunga and Harper each had double-doubles before halftime. The Buckeyes held a 19-0 edge in second-chance points and 36 of their points came from inside the paint. Ohio State’s 59 rebounds were more than it had in any game last season.The Buckeyes trailed 7-5 to begin the game, then redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun drained a jumper and they went on an 18-point run fueled by impressive ball movement. The Vandals, who made 18 3-pointers in their season-opening 83-69 win against Colorado State, had open looks, but failed to convert them into points. Idaho made six of its 32 3-point attempts.“We defended it well in practice and that just carried over to the game,” Harper said. “We just tried to focus on that and make sure that we kept them off the line because they’re a very great 3-point shooting team.”The Buckeyes connected on 13-of-34 shots from beyond the arc. Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell led Ohio State with four 3-pointers and scored 16 points while adding four assists.The Buckeyes ended the first half on an 11-1 run in the final 3:04 of the second quarter and entered halftime with a commanding 49-24 lead. Idaho never came within 23 points of Ohio State the remainder of the game.Calhoun rebounded from her 2-for-14 performance last game and made 6-of-13 shots for 15 points. Sophomore guard Jensen Caretti scored double-digits for the first time in her career, connecting on 5-of-9 shots for 14 points.“Tonight was really valuable for her and hopefully she can continue to gain confidence as we aspire to expand our rotation a little bit more,” McGuff said.Guard Mikayla Ferenz and forward Geraldine McCorkell led the way for Idaho, scoring 17 and 14 points, respectively.Ohio State will next take the court at 7 p.m. Friday against Quinnipiac. read more

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