Google Photos unlimited free storage ends June 1

first_imgEven with the rollback, Google still offers a better deal than the 5GB of free storage you get from Apple, after which you have to pay at least $0.99 a month for 50GB. However, Apple One plans may look more appealing, since they include storage bundled with services like Apple Music, TV and Arcade. If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, you get unlimited photo storage, so that’s an option if you’re looking to move away from Google. It’s a big change from when Google Photos was announced in 2015, when the company promised free unlimited high-quality photos and video uploads and it seems like an easy way for Google to push people to pay for its Google One plans, which start at $1.99 per month for 100GB of storage.It’s a bit of a bummer for Google Photos users, who may have racked up five years’ worth of pictures under the assumption that Google would let them keep uploading new pictures for free.Google said the storage limit doesn’t apply to photos uploaded from its Pixel phones, which still get unlimited high-quality uploads for free. It also said that 80 percent of its users should get about three more years of storage before they even hit the 15GB mark.- Advertisement – Google on Wednesday announced the end of free unlimited storage for Google Photos, its online site for storing your pictures. Beginning June 1, 2021, any photos uploaded to Google Photos will count toward the free 15GB of storage it provides with Google accounts.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Major turnaround for South African ballet

first_imgSABT dancers in Coppélia, an acclaimed ballet. (Image: supplied by SABT) Funding is critical to ballet companies, danseur Dirk Weyershausen said. New employees Ishshah Basheh and Teboho Nkoana are aiming to contribute to SABT’s growth.  SABT’s executives Iain MacDonald and Fiona Budd.(Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fiona Budd, Managing Director,SABT +27 11 877 6898 RELATED ARTICLES • SA ballet shines in dark times • Celebrating heritage with dance • South African theatreBongani NkosiAfter months of financial strain, the South African Ballet Theatre (SABT) is back on its feet and ready to stage a glittering season of Carmen, thanks to a range of generous benefactors.After sending out an appeal for funding in late 2009, the company has collected R5.3-million in donations – slightly short of its initial target of R6-million.“We’ve certainly turned the corner,” SABT’s managing director Fiona Budd said at a media briefing in Johannesburg on 6 August. “The money received will give us breathing space and time to build up new relationships.”The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund donated a whopping R2.65-million, while the National Arts Council gave R500 000. Further funds came from well-known South Africans, including Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron and world-famous artist William Kentridge.A private donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated R1-million, which astounded Budd: “I thought my eyes had blurred because of so many zeros,” she said.The SABT was hit hard by the economic recession in 2009, as fewer patrons turned up for its seasons. It was also affected by some of its prominent funders pulling out to support more welfare-orientated initiatives like orphanages.Despite this, the company managed to stay debt-free and continued with its outreach programmes in the underprivileged Gauteng communities of Alexandra, Soweto and Katlehong.Where the funds will go The R5.3-million will be used for running the core businesses of the company, including staging productions, settling of music copyrights and paying salaries.A huge chunk of the funds will also go towards buying expensive tailor-made pointe shoes for the dancers, who need a new pair for every season, SABT’s spokesperson Samantha Saevitzon said. The pairs bought now will only last until mid-2011.The SABT has additional fundraising schemes to sustain it in the long run, with its most prominent one being “The Hall of One Thousand Stars”. This is appealing to 1 000 patrons to donate a minimum of R50 every four weeks in the hopes of generating at least R50 000 a month. This money will help keep the company and its social projects afloat.“The Hall of One Thousand Stars is bringing in a good income for us,” said Budd. “Some of our patrons give more R50 a month. We try to make ourselves more sustainable.”Fundraising criticalThe SABT recently created a new role within the company: stakeholder relationships manager, which is “essentially a fundraising position”, Budd said. Teboho Nkoana, who comes from a sales and marketing background, has been appointed for the job.Dirk Weyershausen, a German danseur practising in Norway, said ballet in several European countries is sustained because they “get a lot of their budget from the state”.But not all companies are that lucky. The SABT is no different from many groups across the world which rely on donations to cover the exorbitant costs of putting on a quality season.“I have great respect for doing fundraising, like the SABT does, to keep a company going,” Weyershausen said.The German national is currently working with the SABT on the upcoming season of Carmen, an acclaimed “sizzling and sultry” ballet that premiered in France in 1874. Weyershausen will dance the lead role of Don José, rotating with local and overseas greats like Xola Putye, Humberto Montero and Adam Thurlow.With Carmen needing a cast of about 35 dancers, the South African production will be a big collaboration with individuals from the Cape Town City Ballet and the internationally acclaimed Weyershausen and Thurlow, who comes from Australia.Youngsters trained by the SABT’s Alexandra and Soweto outreach programmes will take the supporting roles. “It’s important that these children are exposed to the environment of theatre, to see what they are training for,” said the company’s senior principal dancer Iain MacDonald.last_img read more

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R44m facelift for Mpumalanga reserves

first_img19 December 2012 Plans are under way to give the nature reserves in the South African Lowveld’s Panorama a R44-million facelift from next year, says Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza. “The emergency fund will be used to upgrade the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Manyeleti Reserve, Loskop Dam Nature Reserve and Songimvelo Reserve,” Mabuza said. However, the Blyde River Canyon will enjoy preference and renovations will start as soon as possible.” He said the renovations in the Blyde River Canyon will be done on Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, “Drie Rondawels” and Lowveld Views and River Falls. Bourke’s Luck Potholes will get a new entrance gate which will accommodate buses without obstructing the road. A restaurant will be opened with a capacity of 50 seats, and reconstruction of an eco-centre with new animal trophies, lighting and geological features will begin. Ablution facilities, offices and guest houses will also be upgraded and new boreholes will be drilled for water supply. God’s Window, just outside Graskop, will also have a new entrance gate, parking areas, walkways and view site railings. Potholes around “Drie Rondawels” and Lowveld Views will be patched and the road repaired. Walkways and railings to view sites will be installed and ablution facilities will be built, and River Falls will have new curio stalls and ablution facilities as well. Mabuza said the upgrading will also help the historic town, Pilgrim’s Rest, get back on its feet. He said the Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Department had been tasked with ensuring Pilgrim’s Rest is restored. “This campaign is targeting the festive season travellers from Gauteng and appealing to their travel needs of a tranquil and relaxed holiday,” said Mabuza. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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JAMPRO Collating Recommendations on Draft National Investment Policy

first_imgStory Highlights Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is seeking to finalise the collation of stakeholder recommendations from consultations now under way with key government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), on the draft National Investment Policy (NIP) Green Paper by the end of the week. Mrs. Cox was speaking at a National Investment Policy Forum, jointly hosted by JAMPRO and the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (October 9). Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is seeking to finalise the collation of stakeholder recommendations from consultations now under way with key government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), on the draft National Investment Policy (NIP) Green Paper by the end of the week.Vice President of JAMPRO, Shullette Cox, said this is aimed at updating the document for presentation to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, which has portfolio responsibility for JAMPRO.Mrs. Cox was speaking at a National Investment Policy Forum, jointly hosted by JAMPRO and the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (October 9).JAMPRO, the Government’s investment promotion agency, serves as the NIP Technical Secretariat.Mrs. Cox noted that the Ministry is expected to conduct a review of the policy, for which it has overarching responsibility, as well as other supporting engagements to finalise the Green Paper for submission to Cabinet for deliberation, approval, and subsequent tabling in Parliament.In this regard, she is encouraging public-sector stakeholders yet to finalise their comments and recommendations to endeavour do so and submit them by Friday (October 12).“We are working on very tight timelines, because we do want to update the document and submit it to the Ministry as soon as possible,” the Vice President said, while pointing out that the agency will consider extending the timeline where requested.Mrs. Cox said barring no delays, it is anticipated that the Policy could be implemented by the end of the 2019/20 fiscal year.The forum was held under the theme ‘Enhancing Jamaica’s Competitiveness among Global Investors’.Mrs. Cox, who heads JAMPRO’s Research Advocacy and Project Implementation Division, said the current round of consultations commenced in September following the Green Paper’s drafting and submission by a special consultant in June, and subsequent approval by a 15-member Policy Steering Committee (PSC), chaired by Government Senator, Don Wehby, in July.She said the document was disseminated to all stakeholders who were initially identified in the draft among those who the NIP will impact, for the feedback.Among the responders, to date, are the Office of the Cabinet; Ministries of National Security, and Justice; National Environment and Planning Agency; and Jamaica International Financial Services Authority.Mrs. Cox indicated that a short-term consultant has been recruited to assist in incorporating all of the comments and recommendations.She pointed out that JAMPRO has earmarked fiscal year 2019/20 for wider national consultations, the outcomes of which will serve to further refine the Policy, “before again tabling it in Parliament, hopefully as a White Paper, by the end of fiscal year 2019/20”.Noting that public education and sensitisation “is going to be critical”. Mrs. Cox said once the Green Paper is tabled in Parliament, “then we will go big on communication… both in the private and public sectors”.The National Investment Policy aims to establish a comprehensive policy framework that will guide the development, administration and monitoring of the investment community, to ensure cohesion among all related initiatives, programmes, incentives regime and stakeholder contributions. Vice President of JAMPRO, Shullette Cox, said this is aimed at updating the document for presentation to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, which has portfolio responsibility for JAMPRO.last_img read more

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