10 April 2014South Africans are encouraged to show their pride, wear their colours, take a “selfie” and upload it on social media using the hashtag #FreedomFridaySelfie and/or #20YOFSelfie as the country builds up towards its 20 Years of Freedom celebrations.See the latest “SAselfies” on Twitter: #FreedomFridaySelfie and #20YOFSelfieThe Department of Arts and Culture has reminded South Africans to mark this week’s Freedom Friday by wearing anything that makes them feel proudly South African.Leslie Sedibe, CEO of Proudly South African, said: “The Freedom Friday selfie initiative is an outstanding platform for proud South Africans to express their pride and love for our beautiful country and all who live in it.“Great strides have been made over the past 20 years, and it’s important for all of us to unite and collectively celebrate. We support the call for everyone to wear their SA colours with pride each Friday.”Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said: “We have reason to celebrate our achievements since 1994.“Our country still faces challenges, but together we can work towards a shared and prosperous future, with less than two weeks to go before Freedom Day, April 27, as part of the celebration, let us wear and show off our pride in being South African.”Freedom Fridays form part of the build-up programme towards the 20 anniversary celebrations of our freedom and democracy on 27 April. At the same time, it aims to promote and deepen social cohesion and nation building.Every Friday, people are encouraged to wear anything that expresses their national pride, including the flag, the jerseys of their favourite national sporting teams or anything that reflects their unity as a nation.The campaign is a partnership between the department, Brand South Africa, Lead SA, the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) and Proudly South African.Yusuf Abramjee of Lead SA called on the nation to support the initiative. “Freedom Fridays campaign is a powerful platform for us all. Together, we can make a difference.”The public can use a mix of social media sites to share their stories and thoughts on the last two decades of democracy:Twitter: @20_yofFacebook: 20YOFSource: SAnews.gov.za
Skimping on location can leave your film feeling amateurish and cheap. Here’s how you can get A-list locations for next to nothing![Above image from StarScream on Wikicommons]Production value is one of the most important elements during my filmmaking process, as having a film that looks high-end not only helps to connect with the viewers more effectively, but also keeps the perceived value of the project higher. This is key when it comes time to sell or license the film.Filmmakers today clearly understand the importance of production value, which is why the Internet just about explodes every time a new camera is released…but ironically there is such little emphasis often placed on the locations and in my opinion, it really shows. Personally, I would rather shoot a film on a less capable camera but use incredible locations. So if you’re like me, and understand the importance of production value – read on to hear my tips for getting great locations on a budget.Don’t Be Afraid to AskNo matter what you’re shooting, chances are some (if not all) of the locations may be available to you through friends and family. You need to be careful about going down this road, as you don’t want to simply use locations out of convenience. After all your best friend’s apartment might not look like the luxury condo that you wrote into your script. But when there is a location that you need, and that a friend or family member has access to – then ask! The worst thing that will happen is that they say no, but in a best case scenario you just landed a killer location for free. And remember to never take advantage of the situation. Giving them a credit on the film, or taking them out for dinner can go a long way, so always pay it forward.Strategic PartnershipsIn a lot of shooting scenarios, you can likely offer a product placement (or credit) to a location or business that may be willing to help. For example, if you need to shoot in that luxury condo I mentioned above, you might be able to contact real estate developers or agents that will let you shoot in one of their properties in exchange for a credit on your film. If your film is in any way substantial, you truly will be doing them a favor as well, so try to think outside the box and think of what businesses or business owners might be willing to help in exchange for easy publicity.Free Permit AreasFor exterior locations, permits are always the biggest hurdle, as many public areas can cost thousands of dollars a day to shoot in. The good news (and something that I only learned a couple years back) is that there are actually loads of areas that don’t charge for film permits.When I shot my first feature for example, I had my heart set on some locations in a rural town that would have looked incredible for the context of my story. After looking into it and initially becoming discouraged as a result of the high permit fees, I realized there was another option. Just down the road was the county line, and if I was able to just shift the location a few streets over I could avoid having to pay for permits entirely. This is something that you really need to look into, as you would probably be surprised to learn that a lot of fantastic locations can be had for nothing at all. You will still need production insurance in order to get the free permit, but if you do your homework you might just score some amazing exteriors for free.Guerilla ShootingI’ve shot a lot of my work guerrilla style (meaning with no permits) as sometimes you just have no other option. While some areas offer free permits, there will be times that you want to shoot in a very specific location and there is no free option that you can sub out for it. In these situations you might want to consider shooting guerrilla style. In a lot of cases, scenes can be reworked to avoid overly complex setups or heavy dialogue. If you’re in a tough situation, consider trimming your scene down a bit and getting some high production value shots by going guerilla. Just be sure that if you cut any important moments out of those scenes (in order to achieve them more easily without a permit), that you work them back into the script somewhere else.Also, proceed with caution as shooting guerrilla style can lead you to get your gear and footage confiscated, and you can also get fined. So be careful and be ready to deal with the consequences if they arise. Shoot ‘guerilla style’ at your own risk!Shoot Out of TownI would bet that a lot of you that are reading this live in LA, New York or another major city. Pretty much every major city (especially LA and NYC) are very in the know about film productions, and as such it is much harder to shoot in a metropolis. In major cities so many of the people that you will talk to about shooting (business owners, home owners, etc.) have already been through the ringer, and in some cases got burned. So they are unlikely to let you do it, unless you’re paying them the big bucks. For these reasons, shooting out of town could be a really great option, especially on a feature or any other project that requires loads of different locations. In smaller cities and towns, people are generally far more open to filmmakers as they see it as something exciting and fun, as opposed to a possible threat to their property.
‘Positives’ for HIV/Aids down in Turks and Caicos; Testing today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Apr 2015 – A pilot program is being launched which the National Aids Program believes will not only be more cost effective, but eliminate any stigma surrounding medical treatment of HIV infected residents.A three day workshop is underway this week to ready the medical staff of government clinics and private practitioners who will begin treating HIV at the primary health care stage. Leading the sessions is guest presenter from the Bahamas, Dr. Phillipa Pratt, Registrar of Infectious diseases. “The thing about HIV now, is we’re thinking about it like a chronic disease – like hypertension or diabetes – so the message is that you can live well with HIV, you can live with HIV, you could graduate, take care of your children and everything so it is important that people actually know their status and know it early, so that you can get the treatments that they need in a comfortable environment, not thinking that you’re gonna go one clinic and people are gonna know that you’re there for HIV, but you can go there with anybody else who is coming for regular cholesterol check-ups, pregnancy tests or STI screening.”Coordinator of the TCI program, Aldora Robinson said this strategy is a trending move now within the region, as HIV is treated as a chronic illness with no set day or time for those infected to get care.Six medical centers will participate in this six month trial run of the maneuver.The workshop, which is being held at the Environmental Center was opened by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, Tamera Robinson. EU money available for TCI smaller business owners; workshops planned to train on accessing it Local farmer helps North Caicos celebrate World Aids Day Recommended for you Related Items:Dr. phillipa pratt, Hiv, national aids program, tamera robinson, workshop
File photo of LightningSeven people were killed and 10 others injured in separate lightning strikes in five districts on Thursday, reports UNB.The five districts are Habiganj, Meherpur, Cumilla, Satkhira and Netrakona.In Habiganj, a farmer and a schoolgirl were killed when thunder bolts hit them in separate places in Baniachong upazila.The deceased were identified as Tarin, 15, daughter of Jahir Miah and a class IX student of Sujatpur High School and farmer Mizanur Rahman, residents of Sotomukha village in Sujatpur union.Tarin’s father Jahir Miah said a thunderbolt hit Tarin while working at the court yard of their house and she died on the spot.Besides, Mizanur was killed in lightning while he was cutting paddy at Daulatpur haor.In Meherpur, Helu Zoarder, 55, son of Nabin Zoarder of Mohammadpur village, was killed as a lightning struck him while he was working at the field of the village in Gangi upazila around 11:00am.Besides, six people were injured in lightning strikes at Mohammadpur, Kasba and Motmura villages of the upazila.In Cumilla, Md Ishak Miah, 55, a former union parishad member, was killed after being hit by a lightning at Baira village in Nangolkot upazila.The incident took place while cleaning hyacinth from his pond at noon.In Satkhira, a thunderbolt hit Ashraf Hossain, 28, son of late Abdul Majid of Ghola village in Shyamnagar upazila, while working at his fish enclosure, leaving him dead on the spot.In another incident, Aminur Rahman, 16, son of Abdus Sattar of Gangati village, was killed and two other teenage boys were injured as a streak of lightning hit him while he was sitting at the veranda of a mosque after saying zohr prayers.The injured are Mizanur Rahman, 15 and Akhterul Islam, 17.In Netrakona, Mitu Akhter, 12, daughter of Habibur Rahman, was killed and her grandmother Safura Begum and younger brother Rakib Hossain, 8, were injured in a lightning strike at Atithpur village in Barhatta upazila.