Auction action for kids’ camps

first_imgGENEROUS locals enjoyed morning tea and a charity auction for a special cause last week. Evergreen Retirement Village opened its…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

One step closer to digital broadcasting

first_imgThe migration from analogue to digital signal was first agreed to at the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency for telecommunication. Global shift to digital As part of the scheme, the government plans to subsidise 70%, or around R400, of the expected R700 cost of a set-top box. The council comprises Mamokgethi Setati (chairperson), Ruddy Rashama (deputy chairperson), Nomvuyiso Batyi, Dingane Dube, Calvo Mawela, Karen Willenberg, Zubair Munshi, Sabelo Silinga, Richard Paulton, Cawekazi Mahlati, Llewellyn Jones, Julia Hope, Masodi Xaba, Hlukanisa Zitha and Rosey Sekese. In August 2008, then Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri announced that the government would introduce a scheme for ownership support to help households that could not afford to buy set-top boxes. Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda this week named the 15 members of the Digital Dzonga Advisory Council, which will advise on and oversee the broadcasting migration process. According to the Department of Communications, the 15 members were drawn from 51 nominations submitted by the public. The council to oversee South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting has been appointed. The country’s analogue signal will be switched off on 1 November 2011, after which South Africans will require either digital-compliant TV sets or converters for their existing sets in order to watch television. After 1 November 2011, the analogue signal will be switched off, and viewers will need a set-top box to convert the digital signal for their analogue television sets. However, digital-compliant television sets, which do not require set-top boxes, will also be available by then.center_img The current period of “dual-illumination”, in which television will be broadcast via both analogue and digital signals, runs until 1 November 2011. The members represent a wide variety of backgrounds, ranging from regulatory, signal distribution, legal, broadcasting, labour, consumer groups and the government. Subsidies for poorer households 25 August 2010 The union took a decision that protection for analogue signals would cease in 2015. Member states were given timelines per region to comply with the decision. Africa forms part of region 1, together with Europe and the Middle East. Matsepe-Casaburri said the advantages of digital broadcasting far outweighed the estimated cost of such a subsidy. These include access to more channels, including focused educational channels, and direct access to new services, such as e-government services. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Inspired Design Decisions: Avaunt Magazine

first_imgInspired Design Decisions: Avaunt MagazineYou are here: HomeWeb DesignInspired Design Decisions: Avaunt Magazine Inspired Design Decisions: Avaunt Magazine Inspired Design Decisions: Avaunt Magazine Andrew Clarke 2019-06-13T12:30:16+02:00 2019-06-13T12:35:26+00:00I hate to admit it, but five or six years ago my interest in web design started to wane. Of course, owning a business meant I had to keep working, but staying motivated and offering my best thinking to clients became a daily struggle.Looking at the web didn’t improve my motivation. Web design had stagnated, predictability had replaced creativity, and ideas seemed less important than data.The reasons why I’d enjoyed working on the web no longer seemed relevant. Design had lost its joyfulness. Complex sets of build tools and processors had even supplanted the simple pleasure of writing HTML and CSS.When I began working with the legendary newspaper and magazine designer Mark Porter, I became fascinated by art direction and editorial design. As someone who hadn’t studied either at art school, everything about this area of design was exciting and new. I read all the books about influential art directors I could find and started collecting magazines from the places I visited around the world.The more inspired I became by mag- azine design, the faster my enthusiasm for web design bounced back. I wondered why many web designers think that print design is old-fashioned and irrelevant to their work. I thought about why so little of what makes print design special is being transferred to the web.My goal became to hunt for inspiring examples of editorial design, study what makes them unique, and find ways to adapt what I’d learned to create more compelling, engaging, and imaginative designs for the web.My bookcases are now chock full of magazine design inspiration, but my collection is still growing. I have limited space, so I’m picky about what I pick up. I buy a varied selection, and rarely collect more than one issue of the same title.I look for exciting page layouts, inspiring typography, and innovative ways to combine text with images. When a magazine has plenty of interesting design elements, I buy it. However, if a magazine includes only a few pieces of inspiration, I admit I’m not above photographing them before putting it back on the shelf.I buy new magazines as regularly as I can, and a week before Christmas, a few friends and I met in London. No trip to the “Smoke” is complete without a stop at Magma, and I bought several new magazines. After I explained my inspiration addition, one friend suggested I write about why I find magazine design so inspiring and how magazines influence my work. Avaunt magazine. (Large preview)That conversation sparked the idea for a series on making inspired design decisions. Every month, I’ll choose a publication, discuss what makes its design distinctive, and how we might learn lessons which will help us to do better work for the web.As an enthusiastic user of HTML and CSS, I’ll also explain how to implement new ideas using the latest technologies; CSS Grid, Flexbox, and Shapes.I’m happy to tell you that I’m inspired and motivated again to design for the web and I hope this series can inspire you too.Andy ClarkeApril 2019Avaunt Magazine: Documenting The Extraordinary What struck me most about Avaunt was the way its art director has colour, layout, and type in diverse ways while maintaining a consistent feel throughout the magazine. (Large preview)One look at me is going to tell you I’m not much of an adventurer. I don’t consider myself particularly cultured and my wife jokes regularly about what she says is my lack of style.So what drew me to Avaunt magazine and its coverage of “adventure,” “culture,” and “style” when there are so many competing and varied magazines?It often takes only a few page turns for me to decide if a magazine offers the inspiration I look for. Something needs to stand out in those first few seconds for me to look closer, be it an exciting page layout, an inspiring typographic treatment, or an innovative combination of images with text.Avaunt has all of those, but what struck me most was the way its art director has used colour, layout, and type in diverse ways while maintaining a consistent feel throughout the magazine. There are distinctive design threads which run through Avaunt’s pages. The bold uses of a stencil serif and geometric sans-serif typeface are particularly striking, as is the repetition of black, white, a red which Avaunt’s designers use in a variety of ways. Many of Avaunt’s creative choices are as adventurous as the stories it tells. © Avaunt magazine. (Large preview)Plenty of magazines devote their first few spreads to glossy advertising, and Avaunt does the same. Flipping past those ads finds Avaunt’s contents page and its fascinating four-column modular grid.This layout keeps content ordered within spacial zones but maintains energy by making each zone a different size. This layout could be adapted to many kinds of online content and should be easy to implement using CSS Grid. I’m itching to try that out.For sans-serif headlines, standfirsts, and other type elements which pack a punch, Avaunt uses MFred, designed initially for Elephant magazine by Matt Willey in 2011. Matt went on to art direct the launch of Avaunt and commissioned a stencil serif typeface for the magazine’s bold headlines and distinctive numerals.Avaunt Stencil was designed in 2014 by London based studio A2-TYPE who have since made it available to license. There are many stencil fonts available, but it can be tricky to find one which combines boldness and elegance — looking for a stencil serif hosted on Google Fonts? Stardos would be a good choice for display size type. Need something more unique, try Caslon Stencil from URW.Avaunt’s use of a modular grid doesn’t end with the contents page and is the basis for a spread on Moscow’s Polytechnic Museum of Cold War curiosities which first drew me to the magazine. This spread uses a three-column modular grid and spacial zones of various sizes.What fascinates me about this Cold War spread is how modules in the verso page combine to form a single column for text content. Even with this column, the proportions of the module grid still inform the position and size of the elements inside. © Avaunt magazine. (Large preview)While the design of many of Avaunt’s pages is devoted to a fabulous reading experience, many others push the grid and pull their foundation typography styles in different directions. White text on dark backgrounds, brightly coloured spreads where objects are cut away to blend with the background. Giant initial caps which fill the width of a column, and large stencilled drop caps which dominate the page.Avaunt’s playful designs add interest, and the arrangement of pages creates a rhythm which I very rarely see online. These variations in design are held together by the consistent use of Antwerp — also designed by A2-TYPE — as a typeface for running text, and a black, white, and red colour theme which runs throughout the magazine. © Avaunt magazine. (Large preview)Studying the design of Avaunt magazine can teach and inspire. How a modular grid can help structure content in creative ways without it feeling static. (I’ll teach you more about modular grids later.)How a well-defined set of styles can become the foundation for distinctive and diverse designs, and finally how creating a rhythm throughout a series of pages can help readers stay engaged.Next time you’re passing your nearest magazine store, pop in a pick up a copy of Avaunt Magazine. It’s about adventure, but I bet it can help inspire your designs to be more adventurous too.Say Hello To Skinny ColumnsFor what feels like an eternity, there’s been very little innovation in grid design for the web. I had hoped the challenges of responsive design would result in creative approaches to layout, but sadly the opposite seems to be true. Top: Squeezing an image into one column reduces its visual weight and upsets the balance of my composition. Middle: Making the image fill two standard columns also upsets that delicate balance. Bottom: Splitting the final column, then add- ing half its width to another, creates the perfect space for my image, and a more pleasing overall result. (Large preview)Instead of original grid designs, one, two, three, or four block arrangements of content became the norm. Framework grids, like those included with Bootstrap, remain the starting point for many designers, whether they use those frameworks or not.It’s true that there’s more to why so much of the web looks the same as web designers using the same grid. After all, there have been similar conventions for magazines and newspapers for decades, but somehow magazines haven’t lost their personality in the way many websites have.I’m always searching for layout inspiration and magazines are a rich source. Reading Avaunt reminded me of a technique I came across years ago but hadn’t tried. This technique adds one extra narrow column to an otherwise conventional column grid. In print design, this narrow column is often referred to as a “bastard column or measure” and describes a block of content which doesn’t conform to the rest of a grid. (This being a family friendly publication, I’ll call it a “skinny column.”)In these first examples, squeezing an image into one column reduces its visual weight and upsets the balance of my composition. Making the image fill two standard columns also upsets that delicate balance.Splitting the final column, then adding half its width to another, creates the perfect space for my image, and a more pleasing overall result. (Large preview)I might use a skinny column to inform the width of design elements. This Mini Cooper logo matches the width of my skinny column, and its size feels balanced with the rest of my composition. (Large preview)Sometimes, content won’t fit into a single column comfortably, but by combining the widths of standard and skinny columns, I create more space and a better measure for running text. I can place a skinny column anywhere within a layout to wherever I need my content. (Large preview)An empty skinny column adds whitespace which allows the eye to roam around a design. The asymmetry created by placing a skinny column between two standard columns also makes a structured layout feel more dynamic and energetic. (Large preview)Another empty skinny column carves a wide gutter into this design and confines my running text to a single column, so that its height reflects the image’s vertical format. I can also use a skinny column to turn typographic elements into exciting design elements.Developing With Skinny ColumnsDesigns like these are surprisingly simple to implement using today’s CSS. I need just four structural elements; a logo, header, figure, plus an article to contain my running text:Mini Cooper read more

De Sanctis: ‘No Roma alibis’

first_imgRoma team manager Morgan De Sanctis stood up for Nicolò Zaniolo and urged them not to use the injury crisis as an “alibi.” The Europa League game with Borussia Monchengladbach kicks off at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. Gianluca Mancini seems to be moved into midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but the Giallorossi are keeping their cards close to their chest. “We’ll see what happens…” smiled team manager De Sanctis on Sky Sport Italia. “We don’t want to focus on the difficulties, as that would be like looking for alibis. It remains an ambitious project, we are a little behind in terms of results, but we knew it would take time to work together and we’ll take the season before evaluating the situation.” Alessio Riccardi is on the bench today and could make an appearance during the injury crisis. “Riccardi is probably the clearest talent in the Roma academy. He has been under the spotlight for a while already, but remains 18 years of age and we are monitoring him carefully. The club and coach Paulo Fonseca consider him highly and he is moving gradually into the first team.” Fabio Capello caused controversy last night on Sky Sport Italia when suggesting Inter striker Sebastiano Esposito should not follow the example set by Zaniolo, a comment that infuriated the player’s mother. “Zaniolo has always delivered and for a year now has been a protagonist in the squad. He has always done what was asked of him, both on the field and off, while we renewed his contract. “With all due respect to Mr Capello, who made football history also with Roma, it was a real slip-up. We are receiving so much from Nicolò and there was no need to consider him outside of the rules or the profession.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

10 months agoThomas Partey insists he’s committed to Atletico Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Thomas Partey insists he’s committed to Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey insists he’s committed to the club.While Thomas started the match against Espanyol last week, he has often been left out of Diego Simeone’s starting line-up for the biggest matches.”Sometimes I feel unhappy at Atletico,” he said after the game.”To be happy you have to play in important games and feel stronger, more confident.The Ghanaian wanted to clarify his statements and went to social media in order to do so.”On Saturday after the match I made some statements that were not understood well,” he wrote.”I want to explain myself better.”Atletico is the club where I want to be and I would like to keep growing as a player, for the club and for the fans.”And it’s true that I feel like I can be even more important and that’s why I work hard every day.”I do not want to be content and that is good [as I look to become] the best player that I can be.”Merry Christmas and Aupa Atleti!” last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool fullback Robertson to miss Napoli clash

first_imgLiverpool fullback Robertson to miss Napoli clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndrew Robertson is set to miss Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Napoli.Robertson is a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Napoli on Tuesday night.Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool’s official website: “Robbo didn’t train today and we have to see. “It is not a major thing, it was more precautionary today, but it is not 100 per cent sure [he will be available].”We will have to test it tomorrow and then we will see.”Initially it was reported that Robertson had been cleared as he had travelled with the squad but he missed training on Monday morning with a slight knock. The Reds sold Alberto Moreno in the summer and did not sign a back-up left-back. This means James Milner or Joe Gomez is likely to play in defence if Robertson can not overcome his knock in time. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Grains mostly higher Livestock higher

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was off 7.80 cents at $5.0260 a bushel; Dec. corn was up .40 cent at $3.6660 a bushel; Dec. oats rose 6 cents at $2.8960 bushel while Nov. soybeans gained 4.40 cents at 8.7440 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle was up .98 cent at $1.15 a pound; Nov. feeder cattle rose .80 cent at $1.4890 a pound; Dec. lean hogs gained 1.70 cents at .5750 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Report EU aims for bloc to go carbon neutral by 2050

first_imgBERLIN — The European Union’s executive branch is reportedly proposing that the bloc should reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.EU climate chief Miguel Arias Canete told German business daily Handelsblatt in an interview published Wednesday that Europe “has all the tools (needed) to be ambitious” when it comes to cutting greenhouse gases.Scientists say only by ending the use of fossil fuels within about three decades — a process known as decarbonization — can the 2015 Paris accord’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) be achieved.The European Commission is due to present its plan in Brussels later Wednesday, days before the start of a global climate summit in Katowice, Poland.The proposal would have to be approved by the bloc’s member states.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Indian eves hold Malaysia to a 44 draw

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Navneet Kaur struck twice as the Indian women’s hockey team overcame a 2-4 setback in the third quarter to level the scores 4-4 in their third match against Malaysia in the five-match series here on Monday. Though it was India who established a strong position after taking an early 2-0 lead, the team made too many errors inside the circle while defending which led to conceding back-to-back PCs. Malaysia, on the other hand, ensured these opportunities were converted to goals. After Navjot Kaur scored a goal in the 13th minute and Navneet found the back of the net in the 22nd minute to give India a good start, Gurdip Kirandeep of Malaysia scored the team’s first goal in the 26th minute to narrow the Malaysian deficit to 1-2. This was Malaysia’s first goal of the tournament after losing to India 0-3 and 0-5 in the previous two matches. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThis goal propelled Malaysia to test the Indian defenders. An infringement on India’s part gave away a PC which Nuraini Rashid scored with ease. Two more PCs were converted by Nuramirah Zulkifli in the 35th minute and Nuraini Rashid scored again in the 38th minute to take a 4-2 lead in the third quarter. India, however, bounced back in the final quarter with two brilliant goals scored by Navneet in the 45th minute and Lalremsiami in the 54th minute as the visitors settled for a draw. “Obviously this wasn’t our best match, we must forget this and move on,” Chief India coach Sjoerd Marijne said.last_img read more

Celebrate Bengali New Year with Spencers

first_imgTo welcome Bengali 1426 and celebrate Poila Baisakh, Spencer’s announced its nine-day Matsyo Mahotsov at 15 Kolkata outlets on April 12, at the Quest Mall. Major attractions at the event were 27 kg Bhetki from Digha (West Bengal) and Katla (20 kg) from Nagarjun Sagar Reservoir (Telengana). Special arrangements were made to transport the big fish by refrigerated vans. The Bhetki (27 kg) arrived on the day after covering a 250 km journey in six hours. The Katla (20 kg) from Nagarjun Sagar covered 1500 kms distance in 30 hours. More than a hundred varieties of fish, the largest-ever in recent memory, will be available for Kolkata citizens from April 13-21 at 15 Spencer’s outlets everyday, between 9:30 am and 10 pm. The price begins at Rs 49 per kg (Mourala).last_img read more