SA cartoonist wins major award

first_img12 October 2005South African cartoonist Zapiro is the winner of the principal award of the Prince Claus Fund for 2005.The Netherlands-based Prince Claus Fund makes a number of awards annually to “support artistic and intellectual initiatives of high quality and strong social commitments”. The principal award carries a prize of €100 000 (about R800 000).Zapiro is the alias of 47-year-old Jonathan Shapiro.‘Out of the blue’“I am not quite sure what I felt when I heard the news. Bewilderment and disbelief, I think,” Shapiro told the Mail & Guardian Online last week.“It came out of the blue!”“Zapiro has been granted this award in recognition of his role in stimulating social and cultural development,” the Prince Claus Fund said in a statement.“The satire of his striking cartoons scrutinises the current social and political realities of South Africa, the African continent and the global arena.”The prize will be awarded in Amsterdam on 7 December.Since 1997 the Prince Claus Awards have been presented annually to artists, thinkers and cultural organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.Zapiro is not the first South African to be recognised by the awards. The District Six Museum in Cape Town were recipients of an award in 2003, Bush Radio and the Film Resource Unit in 2000, and artist David Koloane in 1998.Editorial cartoonistShapiro studied architecture at the University of Cape Town before switching to graphic design.Conscripted into the South African Defence Force, Shapiro joined the United Democratic Front, a broad anti-apartheid grouping.He was detained by the security police in 1988, before leaving the country to take up a Fulbright Scholarship at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he studied under Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman.Since 1994 Zapiro has been the editorial cartoonist for both the Sowetan and the Mail & Guardian. His cartoons also appear in the Sunday Times.In 2001 he won a category prize in the CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards, the first cartoonist to do so. Nine collections of his work have been published, as well as several exhibitions.“With the kind of thought I put in my cartoons and with the progressive agendas I’ve tried to follow while being involved in different organisations, I contribute to the debate and the kind of thinking that changes things,” Shapiro said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Sparks: A Package Management System for Codeigniter

first_imgSparks is a package management system for Codeigniter designed to make it easier to share, find and install libraries for the framework. You can browse the libraries shared on Sparks here.Here are the Sparks team’s reasons for the project’s existence:There are plenty of feature requests for CodeIgniter, especially when it comes to libraries. 99% of the suggested libraries don’t belong built-in to the framework. We hope that Sparks helps keep CodeIgniter one of the lightest, fastest frameworks for PHP.Some fantastic and useful libraries have been written for CodeIgniter, but they remain scattered around the internet on blogs, wikis, forums, and github. Using these in your projects is a chore of copy and paste.When you’re thinking of using someone else’s code, there isn’t much of a way to gauge whether it’s ready for the big-time. Is it fault tolerant? Unit tested? Reletively recent?Most importantly: CodeIgniter developers don’t have an easy way to share their code and contribute extensions to CodeIgniter functionality.And here’s a video that explains how Sparks work: klint finley Tags:#hack#Tools Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Time for A Review

first_imgNasser HussainThe India England match at Bangalore was just what the World Cup needed. The tournament was plodding along a predictable path and it was amazing to witness a classic contest between two quality sides in a 50-over match on a good batting pitch and in front of a capacity crowd.Though India scored 338, I could not help notice that they kept making basic mistakes such as running between wickets in a leisurely way, not taking crucial singles and not grounding the bat while completing a run. The fielding was laboured and the players looked slow and tired. It looked like India only had a Plan A at Bangalore, which was to put up a big score and then bowl England out with their spinners. But the belter of a track made batting easy for England and completely foiled India’s plan. For their first match at home in this World Cup, India should have done better on the field. They owe it to their fans.Sachin Tendulkar’s 98th international hundred was a masterpiece. The way Virender Sehwag bats at the top allows Tendulkar just to get in, take his time, settle down, not panic and mentally focus on getting a big total. Like Brian Lara, Tendulkar has a plan for each bowler. He plays out some bowlers and then goes after the ones he fancies, as he did against Paul Collingwood and Graeme Swann. He timed his innings perfectly and was a joy to watch.India didn’t play sensibly during their batting powerplay when Tendulkar was batting on a hundred. They should have waited for big hitters like M.S. Dhoni or Yusuf Pathan to come in. It resulted in Tendulkar doing something he needn’t have, moving away and creating space to hit the big shots instead of playing his normal game, and throwing his wicket in the process. India managed just 35 runs in the powerplay, which was not enough. They should have got close to 360. Tim Bresnan’s five-wicket haul and England’s fielding restricted India’s march.advertisementDhoni’s captaincy and field placements were not good. Some decisions like having a leg slip for so long for Piyush Chawla who was not bowling well, and also for Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh, even as England batsmen were sweeping comfortably and getting easy singles, were odd.Zaheer Khan celebrates taking Andrew Strauss’ wicketEngland also erred with their batting powerplay. They were cruising with Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell firmly in control of the situation. There was no hurry to go for it; they should have waited till the end of the 45th over when it would have become compulsory to take it. With just two fielders outside the 30-yard circle both Bell and Strauss had to go for the big shots which brought the pressure back on them. All credit to the way Zaheer Khan bowled his last spell. The in-swinging yorker that got Strauss leg before wicket bang in front of the base of middle stump, was magical. To get a batsman who is playing the innings of his life, out on 158, by beating him with pace and movement is not easy.India may have the Big 7 batting order, but England have the best No. 8,9 and 10 in this World Cup. Bresnan, Swann and Ajmal Shahzad came in at crucial stages and helped themselves to some big hits over the ropes and brought England back into the game.Not many batsmen have outshone Tendulkar on Indian pitches. Strauss did the impossible at Bangalore. It was one of the best one day innings that I have seen by an English batsman, quite possibly the best ever. Before this innings Strauss was rated as a good odi. With this knock he has announced himself on the world stage as a great odi player.Finally, a word on the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) which needs to be fine-tuned to minimise human error. According to the UDRS, in the case of an lbw decision, if the distance between the point of impact and the stumps is more than 2.5 metres, the final decision lies with the on-field umpire, even if the replay shows that the ball is hitting the stumps dead centre. Billy Bowden, whom I have a lot of respect for, upheld his decision to rule Bell not out, even though the replay showed that the ball that hit Bell on his shin would have gone on to hit the middle stump. This is exactly the opposite of what happened between England and Australia in an odi in February, where a batsman dancing halfway down the wicket had been given out lbw by the same UDRS system. There should be no ambiguity in the UDRS. Imagine if this were an India vs Pakistan semi-final and a decision had gone the Bell way. There would have been riots. My advice to the ICC is to keep technology simple to use. It’s far too complicated now.advertisementNasser Hussain is a former captain of the England cricket team. Syndicated by Sporting Excellencelast_img read more

Bow down: Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards

first_imgThe diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. Tears streamed down her face as she was joined onstage by her beaming husband and daughter, amid the numerous rumors surrounding her marriage.Beyonce sang and danced in a metallic leotard while Blue Ivy and Jay Z watched from their seats as the diva declared: “MTV, welcome to my world.”As Beyonce accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, the VMA’s version of a lifetime achievement award, at The Forum in Inglewood, California, she kissed her daughter and husband Jay Z, who called her the “greatest living entertainer.” The duo won best collaboration for the hit “Drunk In Love.””I have nothing to say but I am filled with so much gratitude,” she told the cheering crowd as they chanted her name repeatedly.Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy give Beyonce company on-stage Her performance easily outdid her competition throughout the night, though Beyonce lost video of the year, which instead went to Miley Cyrus who let a homeless man accept her award. It was in sharp contrast to the 2013 VMAs, when Cyrus twerked and danced shockingly onstage.”Thank y’all, my name is Jesse and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I am one of these people,” he said, as a teary Cyrus looked on. “Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight.”advertisementCyrus’ decision to let someone else accept her award to promote a cause was reminiscent of Marlon Brando’s 1973 Academy Awards best actor win, when he gave a Native American activist the stage rather than accept his Oscar trophy.The two-hour show was tamer than past VMAs: the most shocking moment was Nicki Minaj’s rump-shaking during her performance of “Anaconda” in the show’s first minutes and her wardrobe malfunction when she joined Ariana Grande and Jessie J for “Bang, Bang.””It felt amazing to open the show, and we ran out of time getting the dress zipped up,” Minaj said backstage.Taylor Swift was a crowd favorite when she performed her new single “Shake It Off” in shimmery, fringed shorts and a crop top. She got to the top of the stage, and as her tuxedoed male background dancers stood with their arms wide open waiting for Swift to jump she said, “One second. I don’t care if it’s the VMAs. I’m not jumping off there.”She continued: “It’s all kinds of people getting bitten by snakes. Dangerous.”Grande, who held hands with rapper Big Sean backstage, kicked off the show with a performance of her EDM hit, “Break Free” in a Beyonce-inspired leotard. The 21-year-old won best pop video for her smash single “Problem,” but lost best female video to Katy Perry, who won for “Dark Horse.”Perry sported a figure-hugging denim dress and was joined by Riff Raff in a coordinating outfit, mirroring Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears at the 2001 American Music Awards.The night also featured a serious social message: Rapper-actor Common held a moment of silence for Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer on Aug. 9, before he presented the award for best hip-hop video.”Hip-hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change, from Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar,” Common said. “Hip-hop has always been presented a voice for the revolution.”Later, a 15-second spot aired alluding to the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, urging viewers to take action to eliminate bias.”Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” a quote by author James Baldwin read on the screen.Lorde won best rock video for “Royals” and Ed Sheeran won best male video, beating out Pharrell, Eminem, John Legend and Sam Smith, who was a show highlight with his smoldering performance of his hit “Stay With Me.”Iggy Azalea and Ora appeared onstage as spider women when they performed their hit “Black Widow,” as Swift, Lorde and Charli XCX danced and sang along.last_img read more