Isandlwana: past lessons apt today

first_imgThe sphinx-shaped hill of Isandlwana looms over the field of battle. (Image: Wikimedia Commons) President Jacob Zuma commemorated the 131st anniversary of the Battle of Isandlwana with a call to all Africans to heed the lessons of that day, and be as brave and tenacious as the Zulu warriors who fought for their freedom. In one of the most iconic paintings depicting the Battle of Isandlwana, a work by British artist Charles Fripp, a British commander can be seen pushing a bugle boy from his regiment ahead of him in an act of mercy, so that the youth could be killed quicker. Or so the story goes.This is just one of the thousands of stories that came out of the Battle of Isandlwana, fought on a patch of land 16km east of the Tugela River in then Zululand, now part of KwaZulu-Natal province. Almost to the day 131 years later, on 22 January, President Jacob Zuma stood on the very site to honour the 2 300 Zulu warriors and British soldiers who lost their lives.“At the time, the battle proved that although Africa may not have been as developed as the rest of the world, it was our determination and the spirit to fight for a better life, which is and will remain the main ingredient to success,” said Zuma.The president addressed a number of dignitaries including Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini, KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize, and the president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The Ugandan president was in South Africa on a state visit to complete a number of agreements related to development of agriculture, sanitation and public works amongst others.Drawing parallels to the Zulu triumph at Isandlwana, Zuma said Africans should use that same resilience to overcome our everyday battles against climate change and poverty.“As we continue the quest for peace and stability on the continent, we must be spurred on by the sacrifices of the warriors who fought so that Africa could be free and prosperous.”The Zulu army were led by the legendary King Cetshwayo who, said Zuma, believed in negotiation instead of war. According to Major Anthony Step, military historian and curator of the Buffalo Volunteer Rifles Military Museum in East London, Zuma’s statement holds true.“Cetshwayo told his impi warriors not to do anything until the British crossed the Tugela River into Zululand,” said Step.However, under the guidance of their commander-in-chief Lord Chelmsford, the British did just that, heading for Ulundi, the home of King Cetshwayo. The invasion mobilised the Zulus to attack.The battle started when a British scouting party found a massive gorge within which the Zulu army camped. Before the scouts could get their message back to their troops, they were killed, and thus the battle began.British excuses for defeatFor all the British technology and advanced weaponry, the Zulus’ warring spirit was all that was needed to ensure victory, albeit with assegais and shields made from animal hide versus the Martini-Henry breech-loading rifles and other artillery of the enemy.Step said there are many debatable reasons why the British were defeated. For one they were outnumbered and were beaten by the famous buffalo horn formation (izimpondo zankomo) that the Zulu warriors deployed.Zuma explained in his speech that the chest of the formation attacked the British infantry and the horns pounced on the right and left flanks, delivering a secondary blow that was to prove fatal. As a result, the 20 000-strong Zulu force annihilated the British third column.Step added that another reason for their defeat was that they ran out of ammunition. “Those who ran back for ammunition were denied by quartermasters who would not provide ammunition for troops in other companies.”Step also mentioned the construction of the metal boxes in which the ammunition were stored were cumbersome. The lid had to be unscrewed, which took too much time in the heat of battle. “The troops were not in a defensive position and they ended up in little pockets of resistance,” he said.Nevill Coghill and Teignmouth Melvill, both part of the South Wales Borderers infantry, made an effort to save the Queen’s colours of their regiment. While trying to cross the swollen Buffalo River, they were killed by the Zulus.“They both got Victorian Crosses for their effort. The colours were later retrieved, presented to Queen Victoria, and now reside at the Royal Welsh Brecon Museum,” said Step. “Their infantry’s lapel badge was that of a sphinx, and those who fought at the battle remarked that the Isandlwana mountain resembled the sphinx.”The British went on to redeem themselves at Rorke’s Drift, where they successfully defended their mission station against an assault of 3 000 to 4 000 Zulus.And what happened to the bugle boy in Fripp’s painting? “The boy was pushed ahead so that he could be killed quickly and not to be cut up into little pieces,” said Step.last_img read more

Ohio’s disaster aid levels still uncertain

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Though the disaster declaration for nearly half of Ohio’s counties extends low-interest loans to farmers, many growers are hoping for changes that could offer more financial help, according to experts with The Ohio State University.The full extent of benefits that come with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s disaster declaration are still unknown. The federal agency has yet to make decisions about the federal disaster aid bill passed in June.Growers want the USDA to approve requested changes to disaster aid packages that would increase payment guarantees to farmers who file crop insurance claims on acres where they could not plant a cash crop, said Ben Brown, assistant professor of agricultural risk management in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).Those changes, if approved, would mean higher payments for farmers hindered in planting this year’s crop as a result of persistent spring rain.Another proposed change to disaster aid would allow farmers who did not have crop insurance at planting time last spring to still potentially get payments on those acres where they could not sow a cash crop.“It’s important to note that the USDA can — but is not required — to make those proposed changes,” Brown said. “Could it happen? Yes. Will it happen? We don’t know.”On July 25, Perdue announced that 40 counties in Ohio can seek disaster relief. In the coming weeks, the USDA is expected to make decisions on the full scope of assistance available to farmers in those counties affected by the unusually challenging growing season.For now, farmers can apply for emergency low-interest loans, but more of them likely will get by instead by using their next payment from the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), Brown said. That assistance helps offset any losses growers experienced as a result of international tariffs on the crops and livestock they produce. The next trade aid payments will be issued in August and will range from $15 to $30 an acre, Brown said.“MFP payments will be significant for farmers in 2019, as they were last year too,” he said.Growers in western and northwestern Ohio were the hardest hit by unprecedented rain levels in the spring when growers typically plant. In Fulton County on the far northwestern border of the state, nearly half the acres that normally grow corn or soybeans won’t hold a cash crop this season, said Eric Richer, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Fulton County. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.“I think it’s important that government officials acknowledge the level of hardship that the 2019 growing season has placed on Ohio farmers, particularly those in northwest Ohio,” Richer said.last_img read more

Why Cinema Lenses Will Improve Your Next Film Project

first_imgStill lenses can be great pieces of filmmaking equipment. But are they preventing you from making the best film possible?Cover image via TB studio.Simply put, still photography lenses produce beautiful, cinematic imagery. We’ve all seen still lenses produce successful indie films (like Blue Ruin). So why bother spending the extra money on cinema lenses? Let’s take a look at why not using cinema lenses may be preventing you from making your best film.Image via REDPIXEL.PL.Better Optics Cinema lenses are built with a strict degree of precision in their optics. Consider, for example, the Canon CN-E line of lenses and Canon photographic lenses. If you did a side-by-side comparison, you would quickly note that a Canon 50mm 1.2 is less sharp than a Canon CN-E 50mm, both at their most wide-open apertures.You can see a great example of this kind of comparison in this LensProToGo evaluation of the Canon CN-E 70-200 vs. the Canon L 70-200 IS. You can quickly see that the CN-E offers a much sharper image with a higher resolution of details. While subtle, these small differences can elevate your film beyond the potential of still lenses. Better MarkingsThe first things you’ll notice when handling a cinema lens for the first time is the markings. A cinema lens offers vast amounts of data right on the barrel of the lens — for example, your aperture and focus marks are right before your eyes. This information is not something you always get with still lenses. Precise focus marks on your lenses will help you get pinpoint focus throughout your shoot.Image via Zeiss.Cinema lenses also typically feature a 270-300-degree barrel rotation, giving you more real estate on the barrel of the lens to find the perfect focus mark. A lot of still lenses don’t have this feature. Zeiss’s recent line of Milvus and Otus lenses have begun to feature longer barrel rotations to improve focus with the lens. However, these lenses don’t have the focus marks completely around the barrel of the lens. For that reason, I still find proper cinema lenses to be more useful.In short, cinema lenses have become much more accessible than when the DSLR revolution began in 2010. Now, cinema lenses are more affordable and available than ever before. If you have a big shoot coming up, or if you’re going to start on your feature film, definitely consider a set of cinema lenses. They will improve your workflow and help you make a much better film.Looking for more info on lenses? Check out these articles.A Look at the ARRI/Zeiss Master and Ultra Prime LensesShould You Use Vintage Lenses on Your Next Project?Hot Dog! You Can Now Make AR Lenses for Snapchat in Lens StudioGear Review: the Leica Summicron-C Series of LensesGear Tip: How to Clean your Lenses Like a Professionallast_img read more

Farmers continue stir, prices soar

first_imgSmall retailers and consumers across Maharashtra were harried as the farmers’ agitation dragged into the sixth day on Tuesday, sending prices of vegetables soaring even as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that farm loans would be waived by October end.The prolonged agitation, which retained its intensity in Nashik and Ahmednagar, is hitting the ordinary consumers in the pocket as prices of vegetables have continued to skyrocket.In fact, the protest has put a severe strain on Maharashtra’s rural economy in general, with sources assessing a ₹100 crore loss in Nashik district alone where 17 wholesale markets remained completely shut for the sixth consecutive day.Tomatoes soared from ₹10 a kilo to an incredible ₹60 a kilo, so did okra (lady’s finger), which rose from ₹15 a kilo to ₹50 a kilo . Leafy vegetables and potatoes witnessed a fourfold increase in their prices, said retailers in Pune.The Pune APMC in Gultekdi saw only 60% of the normal supply of vegetables on Tuesday morning.Milk procurement, while stabilising in urban pockets, remained lukewarm in the rural areas of Nashik and Ahmednagar, the hotbeds of the agitation, especially given several incidents of deliberate large-scale milk spillage witnessed during the protest.The agitation, backed by a number of political entities like the Shiv Sena, Raju Shetti’s Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana and the Sambhaji Brigade, witnessed activists of these parties ‘locking-out’ government buildings in a symbolic gesture of protest on Tuesday.last_img read more

Twitters testing a News Camera feature and its a lot like Snapchat

first_img See It Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See it Rylo 0 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Share your voice $155 at Google Express $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Post a comment Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Amazon Read DJI Osmo Action preview Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $299 at Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It See It Sarah Tew/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET $210 at Best Buy See at Turo $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Apple iPhone XS JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Amazon $59 at eBay $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Comments This isn’t the first time we’ve gotten a peek at News Camera. Social media consultant Matt Navarra spotted the feature earlier this month and demonstrated how the camera works in a video. Navarra also noted other potential new features like a (darker) dark mode, encrypted direct messages, an automatic night mode and a way to undock the composition button. You might also soon see a redesigned side menu, a way to react with GIFs and some drag-and-drop features for Apple’s iOS. The coveted edit functionality wasn’t among the potential new features. “I can confirm that we’re working on an easier way to share thing like images and videos on Twitter. What you’re seeing is in mid-development so it’s tough to comment on what things will look like in the final stage,” a Twitter spokesperson said. “The team is still actively working on what we’ll actually end up shipping.” 7 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 Boost Mobile Sprint $520 at HP Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview Twitter is apparently trying new tricks. Rolf Vennenbernd/Picture Alliance via Getty Images If you’re on Twitter, you may soon encounter a familiar Snapchat feature. The social media site has been developing a “News Camera,” according to code uncovered and tweeted by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. The new camera feature apparently will be accessible by swiping left from the home screen and let you add Snapchat-style captions to photos, videos and live broadcasts.Wong tweeted Thursday that posts created by the News Camera will be called Moments. Twitter removed its original Moments feature from its Android and iOS apps in October. $999 $6 at Tidal Twitter’s new Snapchat-style Camera, codenamed “News Camera” is coming soon!Posts created by News Camera will be called “Moments”— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) February 14, 2019 Mobile Applications,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Turo Best Buy The Cheapskate Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displayslast_img read more

Grey hair linked to higher heart disease risk in men

first_imgMen with more grey hair – irrespective of age – may be at increased risk of heart disease, warns a new study.”Our findings suggest that, irrespective of chronological age, hair greying indicates biological age and could be a warning sign of increased cardiovascular risk,” said Irini Samuel, a cardiologist at Cairo University, Egypt. Atherosclerosis, build-up of fatty material inside the arteries, and hair greying share similar mechanisms such as impaired DNA repair, oxidative stress, inflammation, hormonal changes and senescence of functional cells. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Atherosclerosis and hair greying occur through similar biological pathways and the incidence of both increases with age,” Samuel added. This study – presented at EuroPrevent 2017, annual congress of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC), being held at Malaga, Spain from April 6-8 – involved 545 adult men.The researchers assessed the prevalence of grey hair in patients with coronary artery disease – usually caused by atherosclerosis – and whether it was an independent risk marker of disease. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe amount of grey hair was graded using the hair whitening score – one referring to pure black hair, two to black more than white, three to black equals white, four to white more than black, and five to pure white. Data was collected on traditional cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension, diabetes, smoking, dyslipidaemia and family history of coronary artery disease.The researchers found that a high hair whitening score (grade three or more) was associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease independent of chronological age and established cardiovascular risk factors. Patients with coronary artery disease had a statistically significant higher hair whitening score and higher coronary artery calcification than those without coronary artery disease.”A larger study including men and women is required to confirm the association between hair greying and cardiovascular disease in patients without other known cardiovascular risk factors,” Samuel said.”Further research is needed, in coordination with dermatologists, to learn more about the causative genetic and possible avoidable environmental factors that determine hair whitening,” she add.last_img read more

This Mobile Seed Fund Just Added Two More Partners

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » 3 min read Days after dropping the title “accelerator,” this seed fund is bringing on new partners.On Wednesday, Silicon Valley-based Tandem announced it has added Shashi Seth, who has served as an executive at tech companies including Google, Yahoo and eBay, and Daniel Hoffer, a co-founder of CouchSurfing who has also worked at TripIt and Symantec.“Together our new partners have decades of experience building global consumer-facing businesses,” Doug Renert, co-founder of Tandem, said in a statement. “Tandem backs great founders from around the globe, and now they’ll all benefit from Dan and Shashi’s insights, experience and skills in the push for product-market fit.”While at Yahoo, Seth oversaw Yahoo Search, Local, Small Business and other products. At Google, he helped develop YouTube’s ad framework and worked in product development in search. Hoffer is one of the founders of CouchSurfing, a site that connects travelers with people willing to house them. The company was founded in 2004 and currently has more than 10 million members, according to its site. Both partners have served as advisors in the startup world.Related: How Millennials Can Ease Their Financial WorriesTandem, the largest mobile-first seed fund in Silicon Valley, now has 15 full-time team members who work directly with startups. With the addition of Seth and Hoffer, Tandem today has six partners including Renert and co-founder Sunil Bhargava, who started Tandem in 2007. The company has not yet brought on any female partners.  The announcement of the new partners comes days after Tandem’s announcement that the company had dropped the word “accelerator” from its title. The decision came as Tandem felt the term no longer encompassed the seed fund’s involvement and investment in its startups.”We simply felt that the typical accelerator (and its close relative, the incubator) had evolved a long way from our original investment approach,” the company said Monday in a blog post. “Tandem has always been focused on backing a limited number of talented founder teams and working with them very closely to discover product-market fit.”In January, Tandem completed its third investment fund, raising $100 million, a figure that tripled the size of its previous $33 million fund. The company says that plans to use the fund to partner with startups beyond the acceleration phase and expand its program to include companies working on the Internet of Things and connected devices. Related: The Best and Worst U.S. Cities to Launch a Businesscenter_img April 29, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more