South Africa issues Nelson Mandela commemorative stamp reporter and Nelson Mandela Foundation The South African Post Office and the Nelson Mandela Foundation have launched a special stamp to commemorate the life and legacy of the late Nelson Mandela.While this is not the first stamp issue featuring Mandela, it is the first to be issued since he passed away on 5 December.It was released on Tuesday, 11 February – exactly 24 years since Mandela’s release from Victor Verster Prison in Cape Town on 11 February 1990 – as part of a philatelic souvenir folder containing a high-quality miniature sheet depicting Mandela along with a brief summary of his life history.Each souvenir folder costs R50 and is available at all post offices, as well as online at South Africa’s Virtual Post Office. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the stamps will be donated to the Mandela Foundation.This is the fourth stamp issued by the Post Office in honour of Mandela. The first came out in 1993, when Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize, the second in the following year when he became the first black and democratically elected president of South Africa, and the third when he turned 90 in 2008.Speaking at the launch of the stamp at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Johan van Wyk, senior manager of philately at the South African Post Office, said the organisation was especially proud of this contribution to the history of Mandela.“As far back as a year ago we were already working on a design,” Van Wyk said in a statement issued by Mandela Foundation. “That was premised on the fact that as much as we did not want him to die, we were aware of his mortality. So this design was coming from the perspective of a country in mourning – the focus was on grief.“But in December, when he died, the mood in the country was that of a nation wanting to celebrate his life and legacy – yes, we were sorry for his passing, but we wanted to focus on his contribution. And in one weekend, the design changed completely.“We are very proud of our efforts,” Van Wyk said. “We see our stamps as the smallest ambassadors for the country, but this one means more than that. It represents our contribution to his life and legacy, and through us issuing that stamp, we became a part of history.”Getty Simelane, a director at the South African Post Office, said the issue of the stamp “has made it possible for many people the world over to share in memories of Madiba. We believe that Madiba, the most passionate democrat the world has ever seen, would approve.”last_img read more

Nominate an ag teach for the Golden Owl Award

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Presented by Nationwide, the Ohio FFA and the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Golden Owl Award recognizes agricultural educators across Ohio for their tremendous contributions to helping the next generation of agricultural leaders. Students, fellow teachers and other supporters can nominate their favorite agricultural teacher and summarize what makes him or her the best in the state.Nominees have an opportunity to win great cash prizes and the distinction of being Ohio’s Agricultural Educator of the Year. Prizes include:$500 and an engraved plaque for each of the 10 honorees$3,000 for the Golden Owl Award winner (Ohio Agricultural Educator of the Year).To nominate someone for the Golden Owl Award visit This year’s nominations must be submitted by Nov. 16, 2019.John Poulson, a local agriculture teacher at Pettisville High School in Fulton County was honored as the 2018-2019 Ohio Ag Educator of the Year presented by the inaugural Golden Owl Award. Nationwide honored Poulson’s substantial contributions on future industry leaders of agriculture education.Poulson has mentored fellow agriculture professionals and made life-long impacts on his students during his 38 years in the profession. An Ohio State University graduate with a bachelor’s in animal sciences and a master’s in agricultural education, Poulson challenges his students to try something new, which has guided some to become agriculture educators themselves.The Golden Owl Award helps shed light on the importance of agricultural education and the tremendous contributions of teachers. As the number one farm insurer in the United States¹, Nationwide aims to bring attention to the growing need for agricultural educators. This effort is the result of a partnership between Nationwide, the Ohio FFA and Ohio Farm Bureau.last_img read more

Apple CEO Steve Jobs Announces Medical Leave of Absence

first_imgRelated Posts Apple CEO Steve Jobs has just announced that he is taking a medical leave of absence. He will continue as CEO, but will pass day-to-day operations of the company to COO Tim Cook.This is the email memo that Jobs sent to Apple employees today according to Business Wire.Team,At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.SteveJobs has not given a reason for the medical leave of absense. This is his second medical leave, following a battle with pancreatic cancer and a liver transplant in 2009.Apple is slated to give its quarterly earnings report tomorrow, and perhaps more details will be forthcoming at that time. audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#Apple#Breaking#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Go Behind Pulp Fiction’s Gimp Mask with Steve Hibbert

first_imgIn this industry interview, we go behind the scenes with Steve Hibbert on Pulp Fiction‘s Most Famous Small Role: The Gimp.The man behind the method, Constantin Stanislavski, once famously remarked that “There are no small parts, only small actors.” That’s not just true for actors. When you first get into this business, the prize might be a lead position above or below the line, but don’t discount the incredible opportunity to learn and build relationships while you dash for a cup of coffee for the crew or pull focus with a seasoned pro — or take a small acting role.We sat down with Stephen Hibbert, who had a small-but-seminal part in perhaps one of the most influential films of the ’90s — Pulp Fiction.  He’s in that scene. The most disturbing, outrageous, carnage scene set to surf band music you’ll ever see. Hibbert wasn’t new — he had been an actor and TV writer before Pulp Fiction — but he wasn’t going to turn down this opportunity, born from his stage comedy and the relationships he formed based on pure joy for the work.Image via Miramax.PremiumBeat: Did you know Tarantino, or were you submitted for the role?Stephen Hibbert: I actually knew Tarantino, at the time — around ’93. He was an occasional guest performer at the all-improv show at The Groundlings Theater on Thursday nights, and I was a regular performer. We started hanging out — fellow movie nerds and all that.By that point, Pulp Fiction was in pre-production, and Quentin had given me a copy of the script to read, and you could tell just from reading the incredible and complex screenplay — this was going to be an amazing movie. (Even from the script, Pulp Fiction felt like it could be one of those once-in-a-decade movies, like The Godfather, Raging Bull, etc.) And, of course, by then, the main cast had already been set, and it was all looking very promising/exciting.They were casting the rest of the movie, and Quentin — who enjoyed improvising with yours truly (I was a Groundling for years, and I’m now a proud alum) — asked if I’d like to come in and audition for The Gimp. I replied, “I sure would!”Image via Miramax.PB: You had no dialogue — what was the audition process for that role?SH: The brief (3-4 minute) audition was held in the low-rent “PF” production offices, located in a converted warehouse in Culver City, about a mile or two from Sony. (This is also where several interior scenes were shot, including the basement pawn shop/”Gimp” scene, Jack Rabbit Slim’s, a couple of apartment interiors, etc.)Basically, Quentin and I did a silent scene in which he played The Gimp’s master and ordered me about the small office. I seem to recall I did a lot of the peculiar dance moves and weirdo gestures then — things I would later do during the filming, and I think Quentin and the producers Lawrence Bender and Stacey Sher — who were at the audition, as well — thought it worked well.By the time I got back to my apartment that afternoon, there was a voicemail on my answering machine from Quentin saying, “Congrats! You’re ‘The Gimp.’” (Yes. Answering machine. Remember this was the old days — October of ’93.)PB: Do you think your background with the Groundlings and improv helped you land that gig?SH: Definitely! The number one rule of improv listening, “being in the moment,” “yes and…” helped me to plunge into and commit to a role that (thankfully!) isn’t like me, at all. And, of course, the Groundlings Theater is where I met Quentin. And as I mentioned above, where we would improvise together on occasion.PB: Most of your credits are in comedy — there is something comical to the part, but it’s a very intense scene. Did you play it for laughs or drama?SH: It was a pretty intense scene (he understated). I just played the reality of the scene. I was the mute and helpless slave of these two guys, and I had no choice in the matter but to do their bidding and be their plaything. And the other actors in the scene were/are amazing — that made being present and diving into the moment incredibly easy.It was a closed set on the days we shot (three total shooting days), and due to the graphic and grim nature of the scene, everyone was all business and focused. It was a fantastic experience for all concerned, and we definitely bonded over the course of the relatively brief shoot. I think everyone concerned felt this would be a memorable scene in what was obviously going to be a great film. I guess we just all knew it and did our jobs.Image via Miramax.PB: Did you and Tarantino talk about The Gimp’s backstory?SH: Not really. Quentin really loves and trusts actors; the few notes he gives are mostly technical: “Don’t turn too far to your left, you’ll be out of frame,” kind of thing. He just let me do my “gimpy” thing.I just assumed whoever The Gimp was, he had been kidnapped by the two pawn shop owners and led a life as their slave for God knows how long? We did decide they’d cut out his tongue, at some point, so the poor Gimp was incapable of speaking.PB: Did landing that role help your career? Did it open up new professional relationships?SH: I’m not sure if it helped my career. While I’ve done some acting, I mainly worked as a TV writer and did a number of freelance punch-up gigs working on screenplays over the years — notably all of the Shrek and Austin Powers movies. I do know that’s it is definitely my most intriguing, most famous credit. I think if I somehow found a cure for a terrible disease, my obit would still begin: “Steve Hibbert has died. Hibbert — who played in The Gimp in ‘Pulp Fiction’ — and later discovered a cure for . . .”Image via Titan Merchandise.PB: Any other memories or insight about the film you’d like to add?SH: One memory does stand out in particular. The weekend that the film opened, Oct ’94, I came home that Sunday afternoon to discover about 14 or 15 unheard messages on my blinking answering machine. Again, this was years ago. Almost all of the messages were from men telling me they’d “enjoyed” my performance and asking me “would I like to meet in person?” (Yes. Ew!) This meant those fellas had sat through the end credits to see who played The Gimp, remembered my name, and called 411 for my listing.Needless to say, I unlisted my number shortly after that. Well, after a couple of pretty crummy dates, that is. JOKE! I’m a nice, divorced dad of three amazing kids and pretty straight and normal, as they come. Which makes the fact that I played The Gimp all the weirder.Speaking of my kids, they love the fact that there are Gimp action figures — their Dad is an action figure. And that’s a pretty funny legacy from having played the role.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out:Round Table: Scream Queens on What Every Horror Director Needs to KnowInterview: Behind the Scenes with Producer Bonnie CurtisInterview: Keeping Score with Film and Television Composer Nathan BarrInterview: The Film Collaborative on Filmmaking Rights and DistributionInterview: The Editor of “This is America” on Building the Iconic Videolast_img read more

Ex-PBA veteran Cris Bolado dies in road crash in Cambodia

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Indians celebrate division title with eyes on Series win Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Photo from Cris Bolado’s Facebook accountFormer PBA veteran Cris Bolado was killed in a motorcycle crash on Sunday in Cambodia. He was 47.After having a successful PBA career, Bolado ran a Filipino restaurant in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The 6-foot-6 big man won 11 championships, including a rare Grand Slam as a member of Alaska Milk in 1996.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis former Alaska head coach Tim Cone remembered him as a “gentle giant” and a player always admired by his teammates.“I was so shocked and sorry to hear about the passing of Cris. He was such a joy to coach and both a gentleman and a gentle giant,” Cone told Monday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img “He was always loved by his teammates and that’s why his teams were successful every where he played. He was a great chemistry guy. My heart goes out to the family of Chris and my condolences. He will be remembered with great fondness,” Cone, who coached Alaska from 1989-2011, added.Bolado was selected by Alaska as the 13th overall pick in the 1994 PBA Draft. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

24 days agoWATCH: Barcelona B whiz Alex Collado hits stunning individual goal

first_imgWATCH: Barcelona B whiz Alex Collado hits stunning individual goalby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlex Collado is pushing for a fresh first team chance at Barcelona.The 20 year-old winger is starring for Barca B and scored a wonder goal on the weekend against Atlético Levante.Collado made his senior debut last season against Celta Vigo and is rated highly by Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.In July of last year he signed a contract until 2021 with a buyout clause of €50m while he is a B player – which will rise to €100m when he is promoted to the first team. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Young Boston College Fan Has Some Interesting Dance Moves

first_imgYoung Boston College fan's dance goes viral.Boston College’s women’s basketball team fell 86-68 to No. 9 Florida State yesterday, but the action on the court paled in comparison to the dance moves exhibited by a young BC fan in the stands. Check out the determination on his face:This kid deserves a lot of props. His boys are cracking up at first but he shows no insecurity or shyness. He’s just trying to break it down, and he even gets the kid in the orange shirt to join in at the end.There’s only one thing left for this young man to do. He must battle dancing UVA girl for ACC supremacy. Someone has to make this happen.last_img read more

Rickmers Holding to Delist Bond

first_imgzoom After it submitted an application for insolvency with the aim of restructuring, the German maritime services provider Rickmers Holding is looking to delist its bond issue.In a letter dated as of today, the company said that it has terminated the participation in trading of the bond 2013/2018 in the Prime Standard segment for bonds and the inclusion of the bond in the basic board at the earliest possible date.Upon effectiveness of the termination trading of the bonds may be suspended, the company added.The move was made on the back of HSH Nordbank’s decision to deny approval to Rickmers Holding’s term sheet dated April 19, 2017 and reject further negotiations of the restructuring.In April, Rickmers Holding reached an understanding with, inter alios, HSH Nordbank AG on a term sheet regarding the restructuring of material financial liabilities of the Rickmers Group that was subject to corporate approval of HSH Nordbank AG and contingent on the restructuring of the bond 2013/2018 issued by Rickmers Holding AG.Rickmers Group has accomplished all agreed and required steps to prepare the restructuring, however, HSH Nordbank has still decided to reject the credit applications.last_img read more

What Happened To All Those Absurd NBA Stat Lines

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Jan. 4, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle discuss Isaiah Thomas’s debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers after recovering from a hip injury he sustained last season. Next, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is putting up ridiculous numbers this season — but he’s one of the only ones. After a 2016-17 season that saw blowout wins and notable individual performances, this season is off to a much less explosive start. What happened to those absurd stat lines? We investigate. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on Andre Drummond.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Deadspin’s Lauren Theisen noted that it seems DeMar DeRozan can shoot threes now.Last year, Neil took a look at the league’s crazy stat lines. read more

Michigan hires Brady Hoke to replace Rodriguez

The University of Michigan announced Tuesday it hired former San Diego State coach Brady Hoke as its 19th head coach in program history. Hoke’s hiring came less than a week after Michigan fired former coach Rich Rodriguez. Hoke is coming off of his second season as San Diego State’s coach with a 13-12 overall record. Before San Diego State, Hoke coached his alma mater Ball State for six seasons, where his record was 34-39. Hoke spent eight seasons, from 1995-02, as Michigan’s defensive line coach under former coach Lloyd Carr. “We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brady,” Michigan athletic director David Brandon said in a statement. “He is a terrific coach and will be a great ambassador and leader for our football program. We look forward to having him build a championship program on the field and in the classroom.” Hoke’s hiring came a day after Brandon and other Michigan officials met with former Michigan offensive lineman and current LSU coach Les Miles about the coaching vacancy. On Tuesday, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva announced Miles would be returning to LSU for a seventh season. Hoke will have the challenge of turning around a Michigan program that has gone 15-22 in the past three seasons under Rodriguez. The Wolverines’ last game under Rodriguez was a 52-14 loss to Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl. A Michigan spokesperson told The Lantern that the university would reserve comment on the hiring until a 1 p.m. press conference Wednesday to formally introduce Hoke. read more