Thutong – “place of learning” in Setswana – features a searchable database of annotated web-based curriculum resources for various education sectors, grades and subjects.The portal is a free service to registered users, who must go through a once-off, no- cost registration process. (Image: Thutong)Brand South Africa ReporterThe government’s education portal – www.thutong.org.za – aims to improve learning in South Africa through technology.Launched in 2005, it offers a range of free educational resources: curriculum and learner support material, professional development programmes for teachers, and administration and management resources for schools.Thutong – “place of learning” in Setswana – features a searchable database of annotated web-based curriculum resources for various education sectors, grades and subjects.It also carries news and information on the latest developments in education in South Africa.As Thutong’s key focus is to create “strong and vibrant’ online communities of practice, users are encouraged to connect and share information and ideas with experts and their peers throughout the country and overseas.Virtual communities have been set up according to interest groups, and their are communities for each learning area and subject. Other groups focus on grades and phases, or special interest such as “inclusion’ and “mobile learning’.There are also groups focused on school management, administration and teacher education. The portal’s resources are designed to encourage and develop professional and lifelong learning.The portal is a free service to registered users, who must go through a once-off, no- cost registration process.Teachers grappling with the challenges of introducing the new Curriculum and Assessment Policy can browse different “learning spaces’, where policy documents are explained as well as downloadable printable, quality-assured resource material.Users are encouraged to rate the resources for quality and usefulness, and to submit and share content they might have developed themselves in the course of their teaching.In its user guide, Thutong says that as it is an online community developed to help and support South African teachers, its usefulness is dependant on the richness of the interactions between community members.“It is, therefore, essential that community members express their views using the blogs and forums, contribute materials through the upload facility and subscribe to newsletters.’Users are encouraged to make use of the free resources and to print, photocopy, and distribute them for no profit – as long as they acknowledge the source.Thutong also serves as a one-stop South African education policy shop, carrying national and provincial policy documents and legislation plus amendments, annotated versions, commentary by experts, and summaries.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Geocache Name:RUDNIK MANGANA / MANGANESE MINE (GC4RCD7) — by marko0037Location:Jesenice, SloveniaN 46° 27.000 E 014° 06.000Difficulty/Terrain Rating:D3.5/T3.5Why this is Geocache of the Week:This geocache is the kind that brings you to a place you would probably never have otherwise heard of or visited. Set deep into a forest on Slovenia’s northern border, this multi-cache will take you on a hike in the woods past old mining artifacts, culminating in an old manganese mine dating back to the 19th century.The mine itself is still accessible via two entrances — but use caution. And if you’re not comfortable going inside the tunnel, there’s plenty of lovely nature to explore nearby. Plus, if you find this cache, or any cache in Slovenia, you’ll earn a shiny new Slovenia country souvenir.This cache was the first to be awarded the Geocache of the Month award by the Slovenian Geocaching Club.What the cache owner has to say:What sorts of things will a geocacher find while on this multi-cache tour?On the beginning of the path, you can see water slide between the two dams and an interesting springs of the stream Javornik. At the upper dam on the information board find the coordinates of the manganese mine. Do not forget to look the ore below an information board on the entry of the 200 year old manganese ore mine.Why did you want to bring people to this location?Beautiful nature, walking in silence, without other visitors. Historic mine in which it is still possible to enter, but only a few – 10m.What can you tell us about the history of the manganese mine?This mine was just one of many manganese mines in Slovenia. Manganese ores were processed in Jesenice ironworks. From this ore it was in Jesenice ironworks under the leadership of ing. Lambert PANTZ in 1872 that, for the first time (in the world), that blast furnace was used to produce manganese iron. The Industrial Company Kranj was awarded with the gold medal for extraordinary innovation at a global industry exhibition in Pennsylvania on the hundredth anniversary of the United States.Photos: SharePrint RelatedWalensee 8° — Geocache of the WeekAugust 7, 2019In “Community”I FEEL sLOVEnia: Brand New Geocaching Country Souvenir for SloveniaNovember 16, 2015In “Community”This is Mine 2 GC14EEQ GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 17, 2011October 17, 2011In “Community” Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. Share with your Friends:More
Millennials are more willing than baby boomers to pay higher rents for housing equipped with automated and remote-control devices, a recent study says.According to a survey of 1,000 multifamily renters in the U.S. by Wakefield Research and Schlage, 86% of millennials said they’d pay higher rents for features like keyless entry doors, while only 65% of baby boomers agreed, Construction Dive reported.When housing incorporated smart technology, millennials were comfortable with rents that were 20% higher. The study published by Schlage, a manufacturer of door hardware, found that 61% of millennials were likely to rent an apartment specifically because it came with electronic access. Conversely, 63% would move out of an apartment because of inadequate security; and 44% said they would give up a parking space to live in a high-tech apartment.(There’s no standard for who’s considered a millennial, also called Generation Y, but this article in The Atlantic provides some background, and defines millennials as those born between 1982 and 2004.)Big builders are taking note as more first-time home buyers enter the housing market. In two new communities in California’s Silicon Valley, KB Home has included home automation features controlled through the Apple HomeKit platform, Construction Dive reported separately.The technology allows homeowners to control lighting, HVAC systems, garage doors, cameras, thermostats, windows shades, and door locks with their iPhones or iPads.For more information on installing smart-home technology in rental units, see Firm Will Test Smart Features in Rentals.
Convert your AVCHD .mts files for video editing with these handy FREE applications!If you’re working with AVCDHD files then these helpful tips should assist with any kinks in your workflow. The most important thing to remember with any digital card format is to copy the entire card, as this will maintain the folder/file structure that a lot of non-linear editing applications need to work with the files.For the first tip. head over to Shedworx to download a free app that will let you preview the first frame of your .mts files in the finder window. This is a quick way to find the footage you need when rummaging through several cards at a Finder level.Ingesting AVCDHD Media In AvidChris Hocking and LateNightFilms.com have put together an incredibly detailed step by step guide to ingesting AVCHD media into Avid Media Composer which you can directly download here. Its a great guide for anyone new to Avid (like me!) who wants to do things in a methodical manner.Also for visual learners Alex Walker has posted this walk through of an offline/online AMA workflow using AVCHD media:Importing AVCHD into Premiere ProImporting your AVCHD files into Adobe Premiere is incredibly simple – you just drag and drop them into the bin and you’re done. If you’re looking for a document on the ins and outs of working with AVCHD media and the Adobe suite of programs check out this handy official paper.Importing .MTS files into FCPXFor an in-depth tutorial on working with file based media in FCPX, Larry Jordan has a great freebie from his FCPX training series available on Youtube. Larry demonstrates how to import AVCHD media into FCPX and you’ll also learn plenty of other great keyboard shortcuts and tips on working with FCPX at the same time. When importing .MTS files into FCPX it’s important to remember to go to ”Import from Camera > Open Archive” rather than going straight to ”Import”.Importing .MTS files into Final Cut Pro 7It is pretty straight forward to work with AVCHD files in FCP7 – just copy the card structure to your hard drive and then ingest via Log and Transfer. Set the transcode codec in the preferences cog of Log and Transfer.The tutorial below from Genius DV walks you through the FCP7 ingest steps in a couple of minutes. If you ever get a red exclamation mark in FCP7 this quick tip will show you how to solve it.Free Apps for converting .MTS filesWhat happens when you don’t have the whole card structure to work with? Well these apps will convert standalone .MTS files for you for free.Re-wrap in Quicktime Pro X: Apparently you can simply use Quicktime Pro X on Mountain Lion to re-wrap your AVCHD media out of its .MTS wrapper and into a friendly .mov wrapper (keeping the internal H.264 codec that was inside the .MTS file all along). As I’m still on Snow Leopard I can’t check this for myself but Apple talks about it here.Media Converter: This free app lets you batch re-wrap .mts files into Quicktime H.264 .movs with uncompressed audio. Download the app from the Kiwi Fruitware source-forge site. Then download any of the presets you like, including the Re-wrap AVCHD for Quicktime – uncompressed Audio Preset. Pretty nifty and all for free! Thanks to EOSHD.com for pointing out this app.Paid Apps for Converting .MTS filesIf you want more options and power for converting your .MTS files then you can’t do much better than Divergent Media’s moustachioed ClipWrap ($49.99) which will batch convert or re-wrap your AVCHD and HDV files at great speed. I’ve used it for a long time and I’ve never had a problem with it.Another app that comes in both a paid and lite flavour is Rarevision’s 5DtoRGB which also works with AVC files. One of the benefits of 5DtoRGB Batch ($49.99) is its high quality 10-bit encoding and timecode compatibility You can also download a lite version (that doesn’t do batches) from the Rarevision site.5DtoRGB takes a no-compromise approach to quality. 5DtoRGB bypasses QuickTime decoding altogether, works internally at 10 bits and uses your video card’s GPU for its YCbCr to RGB conversion. It also recognizes Canon’s full range 8 bit YCbCr values (0-255), avoiding clipping and the resulting loss of picture information. The resulting files are the absolute highest quality you’ll ever get out of the camera. In fact, you could argue that they’re even better than the camera originals since they’ve undergone high quality chroma smoothing.The AVCHD Folder ”Cannot Open” ErrorIf you’ve ever run into the situation where you get a ”Cannot Open” message from Mac OSX while using a NAS (network-attached storage) device or a case sensitive disk, then this helpful blog post from Adam Wilt on PVC will show you how to fix the problem…and with a free app too!AVCHD and DaVinci ResolveAs a last little tip my DP friend Adam Roberts has posted a quick tip on a smooth workflow using FCPX and DaVinci Resolve to ensure you maintain quality and easy playback when grading from your AVCHD files.Got AVCHD tips to share?Let us know in the comments below!
Kent DriscollAPTN NewsAn award winning Nunavut program that teaches northern kids computer programming now has a full time address.Kent dropped by the opening of Iqaluit’s new Makerspace and has this [email protected]@kentdriscoll
Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsEvery night Niki Dumas feeds herself through a tube.The 30-year-old can no longer stomach solid food.For the past four months Dumas has been relying on a daily tube feed to receive the nutrients she needs to live.Dumas lives with a rare abnormality called intestinal malrotation, which is a condition where the intestines are not in the correct anatomical position.“My organs are in the wrong place. My large and small bowels are completely twisted,” Dumas told APTN News from her home in Carberry, Man.People living with intestinal malrotation have a hard time digesting things.Because of this people can experience intense bouts of vomiting, nausea and overall discomfort.(“I run out of energy. I get really tired fast,” says Niki Dumas seen here in the hospital. Submitted photo)Dumas, who is originally from Mathias Colomb First Nation in northern Manitoba, has been sick since she was an infant but was only diagnosed with the condition in 2017.She was four months pregnant with her youngest at the time when she started experiencing violent spells of vomiting.She was hospitalized numerous times before doctors were finally able to determine what was wrong.Since then Dumas has been in and out hospitals every month.She has to travel from her home in Carberry to either Brandon or Winnipeg to receive treatment to help alleviate the pain.“I run out of energy. I get really tired fast,” said Dumas. “Half of the time I’m sleeping because I’m so uncomfortable.”“I just can’t be a mother to my children because I don’t have the energy.”Dumas has three children aged six, four and her youngest is now 15 months.She has undergone numerous surgeries to correct the issue including laparoscopic and open bowel surgery; she’s had her gall bladder and appendix removed; and the Ladd procedure, which is the most commonly used procedure to treat intestinal malrotation.Dumas had all but given up hope of a solution when through a Facebook support group, she learned about a specialized surgery option based at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States – the only problem is Manitoba Health won’t pay for it, she said.This appears to be an issue across the country.Last year Andrea Taylor, 32, traveled from her home in Prince Edward County, Ont., to the Cleveland Clinic on her own dime after the Ontario government refused to pay for the surgery.“The procedure has given me my life back,” Taylor said over the phone from her home. “It has given me more than what I had before.”Taylor was the first to tell Dumas about the surgery.She was diagnosed as a newborn and received the Ladd procedure at 12-weeks-old.“The Ladd procedure is a bit of a band-aide on a bullet hole. It’s really good in emergency situations but for overall gut function it kind of just sets things up for problems down the road,” said Taylor.(“The procedure has given me my life back,” says Andrea Taylor. Submitted photo)Those problems came throughout the years ultimately leading to complete gut failure in 2017.Taylor was placed on IV nutrition support for nine months. She had to quit her job as a teacher and move back home with her parents.Both Taylor and Dumas were essentially told the surgery is considered experimental and therefore would not be covered.Taylor’s family and friends spent months fundraising to cover costs.The nearby Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory also helped fundraise for the family. Taylor, who is non-Indigenous, worked at the school as well as her mother for most of her life.Taylor says governments need to be held accountable because lives are at risk if the surgery isn’t covered.Dumas has also started her own fundraising efforts through GoFundMe.LINK: https://www.gofundme.com/malrotation-of-the-bowelShe says doctors in Cleveland have estimated it could cost up to half a million dollars for travel and surgery.Last month, Dumas completed a five-day awareness walk from Carberry to Winnipeg where she ended at the Legislative Building.She called on the government to intervene.“I’m hoping…they help me get on my way to receive this life saving surgery that I need,” Dumas told reporters at the time.Since then, Dumas says she has received numerous messages of support but little has changed.Manitoba Health did send a Winnipeg man to Cleveland for the surgery last year.According to a government spokesperson, out of province procedures can be covered if a physician deems it necessary.Dumas says she hasn’t had much luck with her previous doctors. She has since been assigned a new one and is working to meet with a [email protected]@bhobs22