19 Dec

SA’s eighth World Heritage Site

first_img29 June 2007The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape has become the eighth South African site to be inscribed on the World Heritage List of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as a place of “outstanding value to humanity”. The site was listed during the 31st session of Unesco’s World Heritage Committee in New Zealand on Wednesday.World Heritage in South AfricaDid you know that the Vredefort Dome is the largest and oldest visible meteor impact crater in the world? Or that the Drakensberg has Africa’s richest concentration of rock art? SA is home to eight Unesco World Heritage sites, places of “outstanding value to humanity”.Already listed are SA’s Cape Floral Region, Cradle of Humankind, Isimangaliso Wetlands Park (formerly the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park), Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, Robben Island and Vredefort Dome.The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape covers 160 000 hectares of dramatic mountainous desert in the north-west part of South Africa. A unique feature of the site – both in South African and international terms – is that it is owned and managed by a community that until recently had very little to call its own.Characterised by extreme temperatures, the communally run landscape affords a semi-nomadic pastoral livelihood for the Nama people, descendants of the Khoi-Khoi people who once occupied lands across southern Namibia and most of the present-day Western and Northern Cape provinces of South Africa.A century or more back, the Khoi-Khoi were pushed north by the spread of farms from the Cape. A few years ago, the Richtersveld area was returned to the ownership of the Nama under South Africa’s land restitution programme.Today the Nama live in three small villages, established as mission settlements outside the proclaimed area: Kuboes to the north, Lekkersing to the south-west, and Eksteenfontein to the south. The seasonal migration of the Nama between stock-posts with traditional demountable mat-roofed houses reflect a practice, once widespread over southern Africa, which has persisted for at least two millennia – the Nama being its last practitioners.“The extensive communal grazed lands bear testimony to the land management processes which have ensured the protection of the succulent Karoo vegetation,” the World Heritage Committee said in a statement. “This demonstrates a harmonious interaction between people and nature.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

12 Dec

Create a Modern Slideshow Animation in After Effects

first_imgIn this video tutorial, learn to create a powerful, modern slideshow animation with these amazing After Effects techniques.With the many ways to create motion graphics in After Effects, it’s important to understand the style you’re trying to create — especially when it comes to slideshow presentations. Knowing what style you’re going for before you get started will set your project up for success. Looking for more After Effects tutorials? Check these out.How to Create a Motion Graphics Template in Adobe After EffectsVideo Editing 101: How to Export Your Project in After Effects3 Typography Motion Graphics Tips | After Effects TutorialCreate An Animated Website Presentation Using After EffectsVideo Tutorial: Animate a 2D Mobile Device with After Effects So What Elements Are in a Modern Slideshow?To begin with, the modern style is always evolving, so we’ll stick to popular techniques.Clean GraphicCreating shapes is a good way to improve your project with a little bit of detail. You can use consistent shapes as a background texture — or even overlay them on top of your footage.Simple TypographSans serif typefaces will keep your titles clean and easy to read. Don’t go flashy or over-the-top. The white space in your titles is a huge element of your project. Either large or small will work. Just be consistent.Background DistortionBackground distortion is a common trend at the moment. Adding some activity to your background with clean cuts will lend the design some personality.Focused MotionEvery graphic or animation you create should lead your viewer’s eyes to what is important on screen. If you’re using shape animation, make sure it drives attention to your titles or to the important section of your footage.What to Take Away from This After Effects Tutorial?In our Modern Slideshow tutorial, you will learn how to create and animate shapes that focus on your titles. You’ll also learn how to create clean typography that sticks out to your viewers. Learn how to create background distortion with your own custom shapes. Lastly, you’ll also learn to create a sliding transition.And if you’re looking for inspiration, here are some great slideshow examples from RocketStock.com:Metropolis.Sierra.Exposé.last_img read more

1 Dec

Supreme Court stays Maharashtra’s EWS quota

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Thursday passed an interim direction that the 10% reservation for the economically weaker sections introduced by Maharashtra for postgraduate medical courses in the State through notifications dated February 12 and March 7, will not apply for this academic year, since the admission process had already started in November 2018.A Vacation Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said, “We are of the view, at this stage, that though the State may act under the enabling provision contained in Article 16(6) of the Constitution, as introduced by the 103rd Constitutional amendment, unless additional seats are sanctioned by the Medical Council of India, the existing seats cannot be subjected to the provisions of the aforesaid Constitutional amendment by issuing appropriate notifications, as has been done in this case.”Also Read  The court said it is open for the Medical Council of India “to sanction additional seats, if deemed fit”.The two had extended the benefit of reservation to the extent of 10% to economically weaker sections in postgraduate medical courses.By the 103rd Constitutional amendment, Article 16 (6) was inserted, allowing States to make “any provision for the reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any economically weaker sections of citizens other than the classes mentioned in clause (4), in addition to the existing reservation and subject to a maximum of ten per cent of the posts in each category.”The court’s interim direction came on a plea filed by a student Rajat Rajendra Agrawal from general category on whether the Constitutional amendment would apply to the ongoing admission process, which had commenced in November 2018, that is, well before the coming into force of the Constitutional amendment (January, 2019) and the notifications of February and March, 2019.“Not only we are reminded of the time-tested principle of law that the modalities of selection cannot be changed after initiation of the process, in a similar matter involving reservation of 16% seats for socially and educationally backward classes including the Maratha community in the educational institutions in the State of Maharashtra in terms of provisions of the Maharashtra State Reservation (of Seats for Admission in Educational Institutions in the State and for Appointments in the Public Services and Posts under the State) for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018, the Bombay High Court had taken the view that the said Act, having come into force with effect from 30.11.2018, could not be made applicable to the very same admission process as the same had been initiated earlier i.e. on 2.11.2018,” the court observed.The special leave petition against the said order of the Bombay High Court has since been dismissed by this Court.Based on this, the Court took the tentative view on Thursday that the notification of the State of Maharashtra on March 7, insofar as the admission to postgraduate medical courses is concerned, would have no application to the ongoing process of selection, so as to enable the representatives of the economically weaker sections to avail of the benefit of reservation for admission to postgraduate medical courses.The interim direction would continue till a final decision is arrived at by the Court in the proceedings.“We have kept in mind the need to balance the competing claims which balance could be upset by claim of equity, if the reserved category candidates are allowed to undergo the medical course(s) and in the event their admission is found to be untenable at a later stage of the present proceedings,” the Bench reasoned. Notice to implement 10% quota for EWSlast_img read more