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Emphakatsi – INdlovukati (She Elephant) – Women in leadership and rural women empowerment series project

first_imgMrs Mpumalanga second runner-up 2017 – Lucia Ochan, is playing her part whilst in the running for the prestigious crown of Mrs Africa 2019. As a prominent businesswoman, founder and patron of the Lucia O Foundation. Mrs Ochan is making strides towards a better future for all in her community, this through her Emphakatsi – INdlovukati (She Elephant) – Women in leadership and rural women empowerment series project.The project will be launched in partnership with rural women in order to uplift, empower and develop the community positively.“The reality is that many rural people are rendered second-class citizens in their own countries,” said Ochan, adding, “They are often far removed from urban economic nodes and live under extreme measures of poverty often without basic amenities such as clean drinkable water, sanitation, housing, electricity, schools, etc.” The launch will consist of a Creative Masterclass for upcoming young fashion designers (youths between the ages of 18-26) in the morning and provide insights into the clothing, textile and jewellery industry. Brand South Africa through its Constitution awareness programme, fully supports initiatives that seek to ensure that the values enshrined in the widely admire constitution, are indeed a lived experience by all parts of our society. “Through our Play Your Part programme, Brand South Africa pursues to celebrate those amongst the community who take it upon themselves to initiate positive social change. We hope this programme inspires other members of the community to get involved and ensure young people can be fully engaged in their right to education”, said Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relations Manager; Ms Toni Gumede. Programme and Details: Date: 15 November 2018Venue: Nutting House, MbombelaTime: 11h00 – 15h00last_img read more

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French Officials Propose Disclaimer on Photoshopped Ads

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshirocenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… French member of parliament Valerie Boyer recently proposed a law to include a disclaimer at the bottom of all enhanced press, political, art and advertising-based photographs. Backed by 50 other French members of parliament, Boyer’s efforts aim to reduce the instances of eating disorders across the country. While the attempt is certainly a noble one given France’s influence on the fashion world, enforcing the legislation may be another story. While Boyer has already managed to pass a charter against inciting skinniness, policing image doctoring may prove to be a much tougher task. According to Reuters, if the bill passes, failing to add the disclaimer “would be punished with a fine of 37,500 euros ($54,930), or up to 50 percent of the cost of the advertisement.” In the case of Fashion Week advertisements, this could add up to millions. And trust me, it’s rare that any fashion, celebrity or campaign photograph hasn’t been retouched unless purposely made to reveal the subject’s flaws. Dartmouth computer science professor and forensic imaging specialist Hany Farid is convinced that photo manipulation isn’t just a 20th century phenomenon as employed in a Polish Microsoft ad last month, but rather something that has existed since at least the 1860’s. He cites an image of Lincoln as being a composite of the President and of another politician’s body. Says Farid in a recent issue of the IEEE Spectrum, “Even as experts continue to develop techniques for exposing photographic frauds, new techniques for creating better and harder-to-detect fakes are also evolving. As in the battle against spam and computer viruses, it seems inevitable that the arms race between the forger and the forensic analyst will continue to escalate, with no clear victor.”Farid points to abnormalities in quantization (or image compression) and multiple points of light as telltale signs of image tampering. As services like Picnik and Fotoflexer continue to power the editing features in common photo sharing sites like Flickr, Photobucket and Picasa, it will be interesting to see how many forgeries are actually detected should the law pass. Photo Credit: Art Comments (Lead Image), Hany Farid’s “Photo Tampering Through History” (Inset) Tags:#Adobe#Google#NYT#Photo Sharing Services#web last_img read more

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