Imbumba Foundation Caring 4 Girls

first_imgLil-lets We are Woman is one of the major partners in the Caring 4 Girls along with the City of Ekhuruleni, Bongani Mountain Lodge and uMkhosi woMhlanga (The Zulu Royal Reed Dance) innitiativeRichard Mabaso, founder of the Imbumba Foundation, has been pushing the envelope when it comes to playing his part in bettering the lives of those living in rural and poverty-stricken areas around southern Africa.Having grown up in a poor village in the province of Mpumalanga, Mabaso has an intimate understanding of the difficulties faced by people caught up in the vicious cycle of poverty and this, in part, is why he is so hell-bent on making a difference.The Imbumba Foundation delivers community development programmes, such as its Caring 4 Girls programme, to areas where they are most needed.The Caring 4 Girls programme helps get menstrual hygiene products to girls, as they often miss out on school without access to these. The programme is supported by partnerships and fundraising initiatives.TREK4MANDELA“What we decided, in 2012, was to come up with a concept that would not only make every day a Mandela day but something that would be more tangible and so we launched a programme called Trek4Mandela,” says Mabaso.Trek4Mandela creates mass awareness about the challenges faced by girls in underprivileged schools during their menstrual cycles and raises funds to buy menstruation hygiene products.The first Trek4Mandela expedition kicked off in July 2012 with Sibusiso Vilane, the first black African to conquer Mount Everest, joining Mabaso to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Their trip was their contribution for Mandela Day’s 67 minutes of activism.The expedition was a success, raising enough funds to buy more than the targeted 67 000 sanitary pad packs.“The bigger picture is to use Trek4Mandela as something that will talk to the echoes of making every day a Mandela Day … so we don’t wait for July anymore; we’re educating people about Mandela Day so it can be an everyday thing,” says Mabaso.Since Caring 4 Girls began its operations the organisation has moved from strength to strength and over the past two years has distributed more than 130 000 packs of sanitary pads and touched the lives of more than 10 000 girls, with the numbers steadily on the rise.“Through this programme we are not only able to provide sanitary protection to the girls but we then build their confidence in knowing that during that tough or challenging time of the month they are supported,” explains Mabaso.Partners in the initiative include Lil-lets We Are Women, the City of Ekhuruleni, Bongani Mountain Lodge and uMkhosi woMhlanga (The Zulu Royal Reed Dance) to support more than 30 000 girls.As part of its work with the City of Ekhuruleni, Caring 4 Girls visited Winnie Mandela Secondary School in Tembisa on 28 February to hand over 20 school uniforms and sanitary pad packs, provided by the mayor’s office and the Imbumba Foundation, to pupils.Mondli Gungubele, executive mayor of the City of Ekhuruleni, and his mayoral committee joined Mabaso at the school.Mondli Gungubele (right), executive mayor of the City of Ekhuruleni, and his mayoral committee joined Mabaso (left) at the school and pledged to support the school in their development (image: Mathiba Molefe)During his address to the students the mayor promised to take the secondary school under his wing and pledged his office’s support, saying, “We, as a city, took a view that whilst education competence is a provincial and a national phenomenon, as a city we are responsible for education, all South Africans are responsible for education.“To date we have adopted three schools in Ekhuruleni to test the relationship and the programmes that we have involving the environment and sports, as well as addressing social issues like pupils not being able to go to school because they cannot afford sanitary pads.“The time spent away from school because of this impacts heavily on the child’s education.”Winnie Mandela Secondary School principal, Eddie Kekana, says, “Through this particular partnership and through the adoption of the school by the mayor we are actually very optimistic of greater things to come out of this institution.”Thsegofatso Rebetse, a female Grade 11 pupil at the school said, “I’m glad that the mayor didn’t forget us; I’m also happy that Mr Mabaso came to help the girls in our school and I hope that I can be one of the learners that will make the school very proud and lift the name of the school.”LEARNING TO SAVE WITH IMBUMBAThe Imbumba Foundation and the Caring 4 Girls programme have also partnered with the Banking Association of South Africa‘s flagship financial literacy programme, Teach Children to Save South Africa, to promote saving among the country’s children.“Our partnership with the Imbumba Foundation goes back to 2012 when we met in Soweto at the launch of Mandela Day,” says Fikile Kuhlase, senior general manager in the association’s socio-economic growth and development division.“The concept of Caring 4 Girls spoke to what we would be interested in supporting and as a banking industry body we would be more interested in issues surrounding financial literacy and financial inclusion and Caring 4 Girls allows us to look at the social inclusion aspect.”“Through this partnership with Teach Children to Save South Africa we are now able to develop not only a girl child but both a girl and a boy child,” Mabaso adds.PLAY YOUR PARTThis July you can join Mabaso and Vilane as they drive and climb through Botswana, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania, on the way to Mount Kilimanjaro, to pay respect to democracies that played a role in shaping South Africa’s freedom.Mabaso says, “Join Trek4Mandela as we celebrate 20 years of democracy; we are uniting Africa and the world through the living legacy of Madiba.”To participate in this year’s Trek4Mandela call Mabaso on +27 (0) 73 5577 2189 or +27 (0) 35 797 3800.To find out more about the Imbumba Foundation, Caring 4 Girls and their many partners, visit the organisation’s website or call or send an email to Mabaso.last_img read more

What Do Filmmakers Mean When They Refer to the Cooke Look?

first_imgCooke lenses offer one of the most distinctive looks for filmmakers. So what is the “Cooke look,” and what does it mean for you?Cover image via Cooke.When someone refers to “The Cooke Look,” what exactly are they referencing? As filmmakers, we hear the term constantly, but can we pinpoint the meaning of that look — or recall its history?Cooke lenses have shaped the film industry for most of the last century. Filmmakers have used Cookes on countless films, granting the lenses industry-staple status. We’re going to take a look at the history of Cooke and what exactly the Cooke Look is — and why these lenses may or may not be right for your film. The BeginningCooke has a long history of lens-making under its belt. Cooke began in 1893 with the now famous Cooke Triplet design, which eliminated the softness around the edges of telescope lenses. Eventually, the company leveraged this into making lenses for cinema applications. In 1921, Cooke began making their well-known and often-used Speed Panchro Series I lenses, which secured Cooke’s foundation in the world of cinematography lens-making. Interestingly enough, you can still find these original Panchro Series I lenses.In 1935, the Director of Photography of Metro-Goldwyn Mayer studios said, ‘… at least 50% of our productions are made with Speed Panchros. I will try to name a few pictures that were made with Speed Panchros: Rasputin, Reunion in Vienna, Viva Villa, Going Hollywood, Riptide, Treasure Island . . . and others too numerous to mention. As I said before all of our productions are made with Cooke Lenses as this Studio is practically 100% Cooke equipped.’Cooke Speed PanchrosThe legacy of the Cooke Look began with the Cooke Speed Panchro lenses. Created in three different series (I, II, III) these lenses were a staple in Hollywood for decades. They created a warm look with cinematic texture, great skin tone, and the smooth sharpness that comprises the Cooke Look. In fact, these vintage cinema lenses have seen a huge resurgence in popularity in recent years. Many modern cinematographers are using rehoused versions of these lenses to create a more analog look in a digital world. New VenturesCooke has recently introduced the S7 line of lenses (to cover full-frame cameras), a set of anamorphic lenses, and a reissue of their vintage Speed Panchro set — due to increasing demand.Cooke lenses provided the foundations of many cinematographers’ careers. These lenses have been at the forefront of cinematography since nearly the beginning, and the Cooke Look will be around for generations to come.Looking for more information on lenses? Check out these articles.Hot Dog! You Can Now Make AR Lenses for Snapchat in Lens StudioGear Review: the Leica Summicron-C Series of LensesWorking with Vintage Lenses on Modern CamerasGear Tip: How to Clean your Lenses Like a ProfessionalUnderstanding Zoom Lenses and How to Use Them Properlycenter_img Cooke S4s/ S4 MiniThe most commonly known and used Cooke lenses today, the S4s, debuted in 1998. These produced the classic Cooke Look and featured a fast 2.0 aperture. In 2005, Cooke introduced the S4/i lenses, which recorded digital protocol. That meant all recorded lens information was available in post-production.The Cooke S4 minis debuted in 2009 as lower-cost and -weight alternatives to the S4s. They featured an aperture of 2.8. From 2009 to 2012, the mini S4s carried the name “Cooke Panchros.” Due to confusion with the Speed Panchro series, Cooke rebranded them as the mini S4s.last_img read more

10 months agoKeane slams Man Utd after Liverpool thumping: These players not good enough

first_imgKeane slams Man Utd after Liverpool thumping: These players not good enoughby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane slammed the standard of the players after defeat at Liverpool.Mourinho’s team looked lost throughout the encounter and speaking after the game United legend Keane questioned the quality within his former team.“I certainly believe a lot of the players playing for Man United today aren’t good enough for Man United,” Keane told Sky Sports. “I really believe that. They are good players, but not for Man United.”Again you look over the last year or two, the league campaign, to be so far behind the likes of Liverpool, Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea at this moment of time.”We’re on about creativity, but I really think their biggest problem is defensively. You have to try and get some kind of foundation to go forward and were on about scoring a goal, you’ve got to try keep some clean sheets. They are all over the place.“I think if Liverpool were really at it today, towards the last 10 and 15 minutes, they could have scored four or five.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool teenager Hoever will become ‘top, top player’ – Milner

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool teenager Hoever will become ‘top, top player’ – Milnerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Milner believes Liverpool teammate Ki-Jana Hoever will become a ‘top,top player’ in the future.The 16-year-old made his senior debut in Monday night’s loss to Wolves in the FA CupAsked about Hoever, Milner said: “I think it’s good for the young boys to come in and get that experience. It’s not good to taste defeat but you normally learn more in a defeat than you do in a win.”I think you’ve got to look at those boys today and say how well they’ve done. Ki coming on after a minute and playing like he did [was] absolutely outstanding.”He’s going to be a top, top player you can see that straight away [with] his temperament [and] he’s comfortable on the ball.” last_img read more

a month agoPotter defends playing Brighton kids for Cup defeat

first_imgPotter defends playing Brighton kids for Cup defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGraham Potter has defended playing Brighton’s youngsters in Wednesday’s loss to Aston Villa.The Seagulls were knocked out of the Carabao Cup after Potter made 10 changes to the line-up that drew with Newcastle United on Saturday.Asked by The Argus whether his line-up was out of choice or necessity, Potter said: “A bit of both, I would say.”With Chelsea on Saturday, we have got a couple of lads sick, a couple of players who are recovering (from injury) and quite close but we just thought it was too soon for them to play.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Unprecedented Year for Jamaica on World Stage – Minister Johnson Smith

first_img Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says that Jamaica is having a landmark year in terms of its regional and international engagements.She cited, among other things, the country’s participation in the Outreach Session of the Group of Seven (G7) Summit held from June 8 to 9 in Quebec, Canada, and the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held earlier in the year.She noted that Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was “heavily reported” in the media for his presentation to the global leaders at the Summit.“This level of participation on the world stage is unprecedented, and, together with the Prime Minister’s undisputed positive engagement and reception, is testimony to the very hard work of the team here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade,” she said.Minister Johnson Smith was addressing journalists at a press briefing held on Tuesday (June 19) at the offices of the Ministry, 21 Dominica Drive, Kingston 5.She further reported that she recently represented the Caribbean community at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Ministry is engaged in preparatory meetings leading up to a G20 Summit in the South American country later this year, which will be attended by the Prime Minister.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness will chair the 39th meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), scheduled to take place in Montego Bay from July 4 to 6.Jamaica will assume a six-month chairmanship of CARICOM from July 1 to December 31, 2018.In delivering the Throne Speech at the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament in Gordon House earlier this year, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen said the chairmanship “will provide Jamaica with an opportunity to influence the Community’s policy direction, development agenda and the regional integration process as well as engage CARICOM member states on the recommendations of the Report of the CARICOM Review Commission”.Minister Johnson Smith informed, further, that Jamaica will be participating in the Quartet of Foreign Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), including the EU (European Union) CELAC Ministerial Meeting to be held in Brussels in mid-July.Additionally, she said that Jamaica is presiding over the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.“I, myself, am president of the Council of Ministers and our Ambassador Sheila Monteith is Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels.” she said. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says that Jamaica is having a landmark year in terms of its regional and international engagements. She cited, among other things, the country’s participation in the Outreach Session of the Group of Seven (G7) Summit held from June 8 to 9 in Quebec, Canada, and the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held earlier in the year. Story Highlights She noted that Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was “heavily reported” in the media for his presentation to the global leaders at the Summit.last_img read more

Celebrity Experience Auctions Help The Red Cross

first_imgMusic fans interested in sitting in a VIP suite with Ryan Seacrest at Wango Tango, or getting a signed bass guitar from Motley Crue now have the chance to access these experiences with IfOnly.com!You only have until April 26th to make a bid and support The American Red Cross.Experiences also include the chance to meet or attend sold-out performances with A-list luminaries across the sports, comedy and dance worlds offered exclusively via IfOnly.com.Links to the above experiences are here with more details:· See Shakira, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Christina Aguilera, and More at Wango Tango- Enjoy this amazing concert in Carson in a VIP suite with Ryan Seacrest, five of your friends and a gang of celebrities. Access the auction here.· Tickets to Motley Crue’s Farewell Performance- Attend this coveted performance in Irvine and experience one of Motley Crue’s final concerts and get signed bass guitar. Access the auction here.· Private Piano & Voice Lessons with A Great Big World. – Join the band known for their hit single “Say Something” and enjoy a private piano and voice lesson in LA with your closest friend. You will get one hour with the band in LA plus a digital piano to take home. Access the auction here.There are many more experiences with your favorite stars – including Justin Timberlake, Shania Twain, Chelsea Handler, Lionel Richie and many more – up for auction. Click here to see more.last_img read more

Blueberry River First Nations tap water is now safe

first_img – Before using your water, run all the cold water faucets for one minute. – Remove all screens on your faucet and clean them in soap and water and then rinse. – Run all drinking fountains for one full minute. – If you have a water softener, run it through a regeneration cycle and be sure to check your owners manual for additional minutes.The First Nations Health Authority shares after you have followed all of the above instructions the tap water is safe to use.For more information, contact Health Centre, Environment Health Officer and/or Chief and Council FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The ban on drinking tap water for the Blueberry River First Nation has now been lifted.The First Nations Health Authority shares, corrective measure have been taken, Blueberry tap water was re-tested and it was determined that the previous lab-reported nitrate levels were inaccurate due to a sampling error. A wrong preservative in the sampling bottle caused an inaccurate result. Nitrate levels were re-tested at four locations in Blueberry on February 19, 2019, and all were satisfactory, so the tap water has always been safe.The following steps are to ensure your water is safe for drinking;last_img read more

Clippers catcher Santana named league player of the week

Catcher Carlos Santana earned the International League Player of the Week award in his first week with the Columbus Clippers.  Santana came to the Clippers from Class AA Akron to start the year and is considered a top prospect in the Cleveland Indians farm system.  In four games for the Columbus Clippers last week, Santana compiled a batting average of .438, a league-leading four home runs and eight RBIs.  “Santana is our guy. He had a great year last year with me in Akron,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “He’s a real exciting player, a switch-hitter who is really good from both sides of the plate. He has a great arm and is outstanding defensively behind the plate.” The awards keep rolling in for Santana, who was named Most Valuable Player of the Class A California League in 2008 and Most Valuable Player in Class AA Eastern League in 2009. read more

Football Ryan Day talks depth and recruiting on National Signing Day

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day stepped up to the podium on National Signing Day without much doubt as to what his class would look like. He began the day with 15 players who had signed their letters of intent in the 2019 class, including five-star defensive end Zach Harrison, five-star center Harry Miller and five-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson, bringing the roster total to 83. He added two more linemen:  four-star offensive guard Enokk Vimahi and three-star offensive guard Dawand Jones, making the roster at a full 85 players. After the Vimahi signing, Ohio State was ranked as having the No. 13 class in the country and the No. 3 class in the Big Ten. But to Day, after taking over the head coaching job from Urban Meyer, establishing relationships with the current recruiting class and planning ahead for the future, this 2019 class represented much more than that ranking entailed. “When you look at what we’ve done as a culture since August, with the coaching change, we’ve only had two guys leave the program,” Day said. “When you keep the retention like, it shows about the culture in the coaching change, but also it isn’t about signing 27 guys because you’re retaining guys. Guys want to stay in the program. That’s the strength of our team right now.” Even with the retention, Ohio State did lose depth at quarterback. Redshirt freshman Tate Martell transferred to the University of Miami, and is attempting to gain eligibility with the Hurricanes for the 2019 season.Day said he was disappointed to see Martell leave and wishes him nothing but the best moving forward.“First off, it’s hard to recruit a highly recruited guy, then recruit guys behind them,” Day said. “If they leave, after their third year in the program, it gets really hard. That’s the constant struggle of right now with college football and the quarterback situation. It’s very sensitive.” With former Georgia freshman Justin Fields coming in to replace Martell, it leaves Ohio State with only three scholarship quarterbacks: Fields, freshman Matthew Baldwin and junior Chris Chugunov. Day said he still wants a room with four quarterbacks, the roster would is full. “You have to adjust with what you have,” Day said. “You take it year by year, do the best you can to put the best product on the field, go from there.” Regarding Fields’ eligibility, Day said he is hoping to hear a ruling in the next few weeks, but is “holding his breath” and is unsure at what the ruling would be. According to the head coach, the ruling would determine how many reps Baldwin would get at quarterback in the spring. No matter if it’s Fields or Baldwin behind center at the start of the 2019 season, Day said the youth at quarterback is “a big challenge.”The head coach said he is approaching the 2019 season similarly to what he believes Clemson did last season when it started Trevor Lawrence, a true freshman at quarterback. This is something recruits want: to play immediately when they start college. However, it is not something that usually happens at Ohio State, something that Day is aware of and does not hide from recruits. “Guys want to play right now,” Day said. “The best way to combat that is to be honest in the recruiting process. To tell someone they’re going to come in and play right away is not right. I think you have to be honest with them, tell them it’s a competition. There’s no expectation problems when they get here.” But with one signing day under his belt, his first as the head coach, the future is here for Ryan Day, shown through the recruiting class he has helped shape in his first month on the job.Story updated at 6:43 p.m. after Dawand Jones commits to Ohio State. read more