Warriors Profiles: Could Jordan Bell play his way out of the Bay Area?

first_imgWill this Warriors’ big man find consistency after a rollercoaster rookie year? Find out below in our latest preseason profile.(In case you missed them previously, here are the first installations of our ‘Game Faces’ feature, profiles on Jacob Evans, Jonas Jerebko, Quinn Cook, Damian Jones and Kevon Looney. Dope images provided by Jose Carlos Fajardo)Jordan BellContract: 1 year / $1,378,242 (Warriors can extend a $1.8 million qualifying offer this summer)Outlook: Jordan Bell’s rookie …last_img

Bible Name Found on Jerusalem Artifact

first_imgA man named Temech has risen from the pages of the Bible.  The Jerusalem Post reported that his clay seal was found in a dig south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem by archaeologist Eilat Mazar, who earlier found a portion of a wall from the same Nehemiah period (11/30/2007).  The article shows a picture of the seal.  This adds to the growing list of Bible characters found in archaeological digs (e.g., 07/11/2007).    Temech (or Temah) is mentioned in Ezra 2 and Nehemiah 7 as one of the returnees from Babylonian exile.  His seal may have been purchased in Babylon and brought to Jerusalem.  The date of the seal is 538 to 445 BC and is significant for identifying a temple servant from the First Temple period.  The blog at Bible Places also mentions the discovery.Update 02/02/2008: Bible Places Blog mentions that “Temah” is probably an incorrect translation.  Instead, the name may be that of another Bible character of the same period: Sophit, daughter of Zerubbabel (1 Chronicles 3:19).The seal seems to indicate a degree of syncretism with Babylonian religious imagery.  This should not be surprising.  “The fact that this cultic scene relates to the Babylonian chief god seemed not to have disturbed the Jews who used it on their own seal,” the article states as Mazar’s opinion.  We know from the books of Ezra and Nehemiah that the people needed repeated reprimands to purge their lifestyles of pagan influences.  Some returnees were more committed than others.    Popular idols are hard to exorcise.  Undoubtedly a future historian would wonder about the mixed messages in artifacts found among the remains of a typical 2008 church.  What icons of idolatry might be found among your own artifacts?  Would pins or rings with emblems of pop stars, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and other non-Christian iconic images make a future archaeologist wonder how to interpret the find?  Would an icon of Darwin be the modern equivalent of the Babylonian god Sin?(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Zuma calls on youth to help move SA forward

first_img3 March 2014President Jacob Zuma has called on young South Africans to dream big and to help the country move towards meaningful economic emancipation, saying that youth development and empowerment was “critical to the success of our democracy”.“You must dream about a prosperous South Africa; we dreamt about freedom and it happened,” Zuma said in his address to the Presidential Youth Indaba on Jobs and Skills in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg on Sunday.Zuma said the government was investing heavily in education and skills development, which were key to enabling young peopleto run the country’s economy.“To date over 8 000 youth have been assisted to rewrite their matric,” he said. “The results in 2013 were an impressive 78% pass rate.“At the level of higher education, 12% of our population now hold a postgraduate qualification, up from 7% in 1996. Student enrolments at colleges have increased by 90%. There are increases in enrolments at universities and universities of technology as well.Zuma said South Africa had to build an inclusive economy that created jobs, but importantly also one that reflected the demographics of the country. He said the ownership, control and management of the economy had to be changed, working with business, labour and the community sector.While ownership of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange had changed only slightly since 1994, Zuma welcomed the fact that over R600-billion in black economic empowerment transactions had been recorded since 1995, while the percentage of black people and women in senior management had increased from less than 10% in the 1990s to over 40% today.National Development PlanZuma asked the young conference delegates to start thinking about their contribution to growing an inclusive economy and to moving the country forward, and to familiarise themselves with the government’s long-term strategy for job creation and poverty reduction, the National Development Plan (NDP),“Within the NDP are some instruments that we want you to know and understand very well as young people,” he said.The President noted that the youth had pointed out issues of concern, such as work experience and finding the first funding to become an entrepreneur, adding that he was pleased that the heads of funding agencies like the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) were in attendance at the Indaba.In the past year, the Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC) and Sefa had approved funding of more than R160-million for young entrepreneurs.Zuma also noted that the government’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) had created 3.7-million work opportunities between April 2009 and September 2013, while 277 out of the country’s 278 municipalities had signed protocol agreements committing them to achieving their EPWP targets.The EPWP targets women and the youth, with 54% women and 50% youth making up the participants in the programme.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 28 November 2009

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies.1 – 3 December 2009: Boston, MassachusettsGilbane Conference BostonJoin us at the sixth annual “Gilbane Conference Boston: Content, Collaboration and Customers.”Your content is your business, and you need to make your Web content part of an integrated platform forcustomers. You need to know solutions and technologies that are ready to be implemented today. Gilbane Conference Boston is built around the four major areas of how enterprises use Web and content technologies:Web business and engagement;Managing collaboration and social media: internal and external;Enterprise content: searching, integrating and publishing;Content infrastructure.Visit www.gilbaneboston.com for conference details. ReadWriteWeb readers, use the discount code “GILBANE” to save an additional $200. Register today!1 – 3 December 2009: San FranciscoSupernova Tags:#Events Guide#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market andrew lobo 27 – 28 January 2010: Amsterdam, The NetherlandsEnterprise Social 2.0: Rip or ROI?This senior executive event will bring together decision makers from the Top Fortune companies to discuss innovative strategies on how to maximise business performance through social media engagement. The event will include keynote speeches, best-practice presentations as well as interactive discussion sessions.The summit will provide excellent opportunities for you to hear international experts discuss best practices on how to drive business performance using Web 2.0 and social media. Key issues to be discussed include:How to integrate social media programs successfully into business strategies?Building business momentum, visibility and market growth through social mediaMeasuring success and influence using metrics and analytics: what are the tools and techniquesIntegrating viral marketing and social media into traditional marketing mixDeveloping and activating audiences using social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only We hope you’re enjoying these weekly events guide. As always, you can download the entire event calendar in iCal format or import it into your Google Calendar. You can also import individual events using the link beside each entry. This events guide is a weekly feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.30 November 2009New Way to WorkDo you have a great story about your work environment? Job marketplace Elance and Vator.tv have partnered to host the “New Way to Work” competition, with a grand prize of $10,000 in cash or health insurance for the most compelling story. You can tell your story on Vator.tv, the premier platform for entrepreneurs to broadcast their voice, by uploading a video, posting an update, linking to a blog entry, or sharing a photo. Hurry, the competition ends on 30 November 2009. 7 – 11 December 2009: Chicago, IllinoisSearch Engine Strategies 2009From social media to local search to video SEO, Search Engine Strategies Chicago puts you in front of the experts who will help you sort which technologies and channel will take you to the next level and which are just hype.Search Engine Strategies is the pioneer of educational conference series in search engine marketing. It’s the venue where the industry visionaries and thought leaders gather each year to discuss the newest trends, share insights and present the strategic action plans you need to grow your business. Sessions include:SEO Through Blogs and FeedsDuplicate Content and Multiple Site IssuesWhat’s the Link Between Search and Social?Online PR: Where to Next?Search AnalyticsSee more at www.SearchEngineStrategies.com/chicago. ReadWriteWeb readers receive a 15% discount when registering here using RWW15 code.8 December 2009: San Francisco, CaliforniaDiscoveryBeat 2009DiscoveryBeat 2009 is focused on the “secret recipe” for application discovery and the opportunity to create the relationships needed to succeed in a crowded and competitive space. Hosted by VentureBeat, this half-day event will be led by the hottest and most sought-after app developers, entrepreneurs and leaders from the games, social and mobile eco-system. Speakers include the masterminds behind Zynga, Playfish, Smule, Playdom, Moderati and Backflip Studios.Save 15% off regular price tickets with your exclusive ReadWriteWeb discount by clicking here here.11 December 2009: Mountain View, CaliforniaAdd-on-ConAdd-on-Con is a single-day conference focused on the future of the browser and its emergence as a platform.Developer sessions will cover best practices, cross-browser development and mash-ups. Marketing sessions will focus on monetization opportunities, distribution strategies and stats. Join 200+ individuals involved in add-on development to help define an emerging new market in the Web’s eco-system.ReadWriteWeb readers save $50 by using the discount code “addoncon09RRW.”11 January 2010: Nashville, TennesseeSocial Fresh NashvilleThis is the social media conference that comes to you. Social Fresh is a one-day, case-study-rich conference targeted for marketers. Social Fresh Nashville will have 30+ speakers, including Jason Falls of Social Media Explorer, Gavin Baker of Ruby Tuesday and John Andrews of Collective Bias (formerly of Walmart).ReadWriteWeb readers get a 15% discount with the code “RWW15”.26 January 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaCatalyst ConferenceVator.tv , a leading platform for entrepreneurs and innovators to broadcast themselves, and provider of news and information through VatorNews, and Girls in Tech, a social network enterprise focused on education and empowerment of influential women in technology, are seeking five women-led startups across any stage to present at the Catalyst Conference on January 26, 2010 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. To be one of the five, join the Catalyst competition today and win the chance to present. Related Posts The Supernova Conference is the thought-leadership forum for the network age. It brings together over 500 business, government and technology influencers to understand how decentralization and pervasive connectivity are changing our world. It’s the only conference to focus on how networks have become the main instruments of change from both business and social perspectives.An ever-evolving network itself, the conference has become the place for highly interactive and spirited debates, making significant business connections and revelations on new innovation.ReadWriteWeb readers get a discount of $700 off the regular price when registering by 16 October 2009. Use code “RRW09”. After October 16th, the discount changes to $200 off the regular price. Register here.7 December 2009: San FranciscoSF MusicTech SummitThe SF MusicTech Summit brings together 600+ visionaries in the music/technology space, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology eco-system in a proactive environment, highly conducive to deal making. Register with a great ReadWriteWeb 15% discount. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. 4 February 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaVator SplashVator.tv, a leading platform for innovators and entrepreneurs to broadcast themselves, is holding its inaugural Vator Splash event on February 4, 2010 at the Cafe du Nord in San Francisco. Catch onstage presenters: Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, Smule CEO Jeff Smith, August Capital VC Howard Hartenbaum and Google Ventures VC Bill Maris. Ten promising startups will also get to present onstage. Enter the Vator Splash competition if you want to present.ReadWriteWeb readers get a 25% discount on their tickets using the code VatorReadWriteWeb.8 February 2010: Tampa, FloridaSocial Fresh TampaThis is the social media conference that comes to you. Social Fresh is a one-day, case-study-rich conference targeted for marketers. Social Fresh Tampa will have 30+ speakers, including Chris Barger of GM, Maggie Fox of Social Media Group and John Andrews of Collective Bias (formerly of Walmart).ReadWriteWeb readers get a 15% discount with the code “RWW15”.18 February 2010: Silicon Valley, CaliforniaFuture of FundingActive limited partners, top rated venture capitalists, and successful entrepreneurs are invited to Silicon Valley on February 18, 2010 to discuss the Future of Funding. The venture capital bubble has burst, and change is coming. Now is the time to have a constructive dialog about the future with all of the stakeholders at the table.Don’t miss the opportunity to partake in this exclusive event hosted by TheFunded. Please visit www.futureoffunding.com to see speaker and event details.ReadWriteWeb readers use the code “RWW” and get 10% off.15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams:last_img read more

Lone Operator? Make Your Next Purchase a Motorized Slider

first_imgLooking for more information on sliders? Check out this DSLR Slider Guide. VFX PlatesThe precision movement of a motorized slider creates opportunities for several types of VFX shots that require accurate, motion-controlled movement. As a lone operator, you may not be doing extensive VFX work, but it’s certainly helpful for VFX in passion projects.For example, if you’re shooting a short film that requires the same actor to play two different characters, perhaps twins, it’s common to set up the shot twice and position the actor standing apart from their opposite — and splice the two together in post-production. But with a motorized slider, you could track forward or backward and really sell the “clone” effect. This would be impossible with a regular slider because the movement has to be the same in both shots.And of course, let’s not forget, you can also capture amazing time lapses. Motorized sliders can make you more efficient on location, and they add production value to your work with a full-crew look.Cover image via Shutterstock.If you’re a lone wolf operator, ultimately, you want equipment that will make up for missing crew members, without weighing you down. It was only this year that I got my first motion-controlled slider, and I keep asking myself why I waited so long?First and foremost, we have to acknowledge that a motorized slider is going to add weight to your kit. I can fit my GlideTrack into a meter-long bag. My Syrup motorized slider requires a much larger bag and is twice as heavy. This is where many lone operators lose interest. Many have become accustomed to equipment that has steadily gotten lighter, smaller, and cheaper over the years. As a result, most of us don’t want to add extra gear, but in the case of a motorized slider, it’s worth it. Here are a few reasons why.Image via KesslerCrane.Secondary Camera Footage4K has given many videographers the ability to “fake” a B-cam. You can shoot in 4k resolution and later crop it in post-production to make it appear as if you have another camera closer to an interviewee. But nothing sells production value like moving footage. With a motorized slider, you now have a second camera operator.For wedding videos, documentaries, artesian videos, and even interviews, a moving shot cut with your primary mid shot can really take your production value to the next level. For a sole operator, producing footage that looks as if it has come from a small team is invaluable. A motorized slider lets you capture twice the footage with more variety than a simple tripod. And if you are shooting in 4K, you can still crop the motion-controlled movement and make it look like you have two moving cameras.Precise MovementHow many times have you been carefully moving the slider while panning the fluid head and you move too quickly or jerk the motion? That’s never going to happen with a motorized slider. While setting up a motorized slider may add an extra five to ten minutes to your setup, you’ll actually save time by avoiding wasted movements and reshoots.A basic motorized slider will simply move your camera from point A to point B, but you can buy sliders and accessories that also pan and tilt the camera for you. Depending on the slider, you can preprogram these movements and adjust them with a control panel or a smart phone app.last_img read more