Portland Trail Blazers new logo

first_img Share on other sites Posted May 9, 2017 its one of my favorite sports logos because the idea/concept of it is so unique. the movement and relationship to the sport condensed into a single mark that actually makes sense. where most would have taken a basketball (or any other piece of sporting equipment if it were another sport) and slapped a letter inside of it, or set it on fire, this logo goes around all of that to complete what is a truly unique and clever mark. the only thing i ever questioned about it was the execution, and they’ve addressed that somewhat. 1,457 Sports Logo News Lights Out 2 86 Members 5,076 Link to post Share on other sites 22,644 Posted May 10, 2017 Next So pardon my ignorance but what is the pinwheel logo supposed to be or represent and does anyone know how it came about? tweaks Sign in to follow this   17 hours ago, anythinglogos said: Location:America Prev 175 Jonah Henderson Recommended Posts I don’t know if the team is using the pinwheel as a P in that ad… that looks more like problematic responsive coding to me. Posted May 9, 2017 Gothamite Share on other sites Share this post portland trail blazers I can see the P, but it’s not nearly obvious enough that they can get away with using the logo in lieu of a regular P. It’d be kind of like using an interlocking baseball logo like the Yankees’ NY, or Giants’ SF with times new roman font. It just doesn’t work in that context. It’s also weird that the logo being a B and a P has the be in front, so it’s like Blazers Portland. And their full name is Trail Blazers and there’s no T. Everything about this team’s branding is weird now that I think about it.  8 minutes ago, SilverBullet1929 said: im hoping the new uniforms will make use of what seems obvious, to pull those lines from the logo and incorporate them into striping or a pattern. otherwise, i think they missed a big opportunity with the wordmark, which is as plain as it gets and doesn’t pair so well with the icon. still, even if the uniforms don’t do that, there’s the opportunity for a custom typeface to be used in marketing pieces. i’m just trying to a way/reason to use those lines elsewhere; that’s a really key feature in this identity 3,076 4,356 Share this post … The most obvious change is that the red part of the pinwheel is now on top — it was previously on the bottom — and the bottom part of the pinwheel is now white rather than silver. The other “big” change is that the lines which comprise the two parts of the pinwheel are now connected by a straight diagonal line of the same color.  As for other changes, the font has been updated — there are now serifs on both the “P” and “T” — and the lines are now at a 45 degree angle, which according to the team represents “the 45th Parallel North that leads on a path to the Northwest region.” Anyone who has driven over and over again past that 45th Parallel sign on I-5 in Salem can attest to that. …While the team did consider rotating the pinwheel back to a vertical orientation, as was the case on the original logo, for whatever reason, the decision was made to keep it diagonal. 775 posts Members Posted May 9, 2017 Posted May 9, 2017 5,076 Link to post Share this post Share on other sites 3,760 Share on other sites 3,760 Link to post SilverBullet1929 Members Members Share on other sites 210 5,935 posts Gothamite UnclearInitial Posted May 9, 2017 And the fact that they’re still actively using it as a letter, albeit the wrong letter, indicates that they haven’t completely gone away from that original intention.  Somebody may think that’s a P, but it isn’t. Members Share on other sites Members Share this post Members 1 17,487 posts Share on other sites Posted May 9, 2017 All Activity Share on other sites Go To Topic Listing Link to post 6 Portland Trail Blazers new logo 5,033 2,838 posts Share this post Members So pardon my ignorance but what is the pinwheel logo supposed to be or represent and does anyone know how it came about? 22,644 5,902 posts generalshepherd141 Share this post 86 Quote The Invisible 0 Link to post 22,644 Location:Indiana > Miami Link to post Lights Out This isn’t a bad update, but it would have looked better with silver instead of white: Link to post 22,644 Share this post 5,076 Posted May 9, 2017 1 There’s no P, and never has been. On this update, I like how the lines now connect in the center, and the width between the inner black lines is more consistent. Overall a nice update to the NBA’s most unique logo, but I’m not so sure I like the word mark with just the P and T having sharp points on them. I wish they kept oblique lettering of some kind. Toronto206 5,076 Location:DC area Location:Provo, Utah 4 22,644 jaha32 Share this post 2 BrandMooreArt Other than that, this is a great update. Really like that the lines aren’t tapered anymore too; they’re much better straight. 38 minutes ago, Lights Out said: 22,644 Link to post Location:Oregon Gothamite Members I’m just glad they got rid of that boxy rhombus logo which was awkwardly tall and a poor solution to incorporating the team name. The rhombus version was a pseudo primary anyway because the pinwheel by itself was always a stronger mark and more commonly used. 22,644 22,644 8,685 jaha32 Share on other sites Share on other sites Sport 3 6,949 (edited) Share on other sites 53,284 posts 1 What’s the point if it is made to look like a letter? It is a classic logo as is, no need to screw it up. Share on other sites Agree completely on the “5 on 5″/ motion. Distinct and clever, evocative of the sport but not so literal as a piece of equipment.  It deserves to be timeless, even though they keep tinkering with it.  I like the update a lot: farewell ugly rhombus; good riddance pointless spiky things.  But this doesn’t actually fix the main problem I have with the logo, which is that it isn’t a P yet could so easily be.  I know, it’s a B for Blazers, but city initials are always better than nickname initials.  Besides, the NBA is even using the pinwheel as a P in an ad running across the top of the page:  Share this post i feel like they’ve fixed some things and broken other parts of it. the closed containing shape is better, i really like the mono-weight lines, the red being on top is fine because it’s the primary color. what i don’t like is the the lines close at the center now. it was done to divide the two “teams” in the mark, but it also weakened a sense of rotation and it doesn’t quite look whole now— more like two different shapes sitting next to each other.  175 GFB Share this post GFB 1 0 upperV03 Gothamite 7,283 posts 8,685 This isn’t a bad update, but it would have looked better with silver instead of white: Red Wolf Gothamite Sign in to follow this   This topic is now closed to further replies. 3,076 210 The article on NBA.com includes this delightful animation of their logo history: Posted May 9, 2017 Link to post (I)t should be noted that the pinwheel logo is now the team’s primary logo, which actually was not the case previously. The pinwheel placed within a black rhombus with “Portland” above the pinwheel and “Trail Blazers” below was actually the team’s primary logo, but nobody really liked it and it was difficult to deal with from a design perspective, so it’s now been scrapped. Most fans don’t seem to know that logo was the team’s primary, which just goes to show how infrequently it was used, which was in no way an accident. 2,958 posts Link to post Location:Dzekoburgh 13,075 6,949 still not quite there Share this post Gothamite 3 3,760 8,685 Gothamite All Activity Share on other sites 269 Share this post 26,359 posts 2,000 3,076 269 1 Red Wolf Share on other sites I think we all may be missing the best part of the new logo — it’s not a roundel!!  2 6 What is that supposed to be?  “bresented by Moda”?  “qresented by Moda”?    26,438 posts what the hell is ccslc? 5,076 13,075 Link to post WSU151 4,356 Link to post Portland Trail Blazers new logo 5 Agreed. Always loved their logo. It’s a true icon and the spiky one they’ve been using made it overly busy. In business logo design we tend to let more abstract works pass because businesses deal in thoughts and ideas while sports tend to be more concrete and obvious, but when your name is something like Trail Blazers an abstraction is the best way to go rather than a covered wagon or a flaming basketball like you said. Your second paragraph is my only complaint. In their animation (good job by whoever did it) there is a brief second where all of the lines are open and then are closed and it looks better without it.  Flip the pinwheel around, and it would be so much better.  Got it – thanks for the correction! Share this post 1 That said, this is a solid update to the old pinwheel design. It’s been around long enough, and looks good enough that I’m sure there’d be a revolt if it changed too much. After all, didn’t Portlandians chant, “You f***ed up!” at the Timbers logo reveal like they were at an ECW show?  2,838 posts 2,000 22,644 UnclearInitial The article on NBA.com includes this delightful animation of their logo history: Members FinsUp1214 SportsLogos.Net Prev Posted May 9, 2017 Members Share this post Forums Home SportsLogos.Net Share this post SilverBullet1929 Sport 7 Share on other sites JerseyJosh upperV03 5,076 Link to post Edit: they’re not now using it as a P, that was just bad coding on the website.  But it’s definitely intended to be a B.  Board Man + Young Trece I like the update a lot: farewell ugly rhombus; good riddance pointless spiky things.  But this doesn’t actually fix the main problem I have with the logo, which is that it isn’t a P yet could so easily be.  I know, it’s a B for Blazers, but city initials are always better than nickname initials.  Besides, the NBA is even using the pinwheel as a P in an ad running across the top of the page:  Members Members Location:Salem, OR Members 2 1 i feel like they’ve fixed some things and broken other parts of it. the closed containing shape is better, i really like the mono-weight lines, the red being on top is fine because it’s the primary color. what i don’t like is the the lines close at the center now. it was done to divide the two “teams” in the mark, but it also weakened a sense of rotation and it doesn’t quite look whole now— more like two different shapes sitting next to each other.  What is that supposed to be?  “bresented by Moda”?  “qresented by Moda”?    Toronto206 Webfooter 9,114 posts 175 235 posts Posted May 9, 2017 13,075 Members Forums Home It’s supposed to represent the 5 members of each team in motion on a court.  I never got that until I finally read an interview with the people who helped design the initial logo. It’s pretty obvious that the B was intentional; it’s even more clear in the logo’s original orientation, especially when compared to the typography they were using.  Share on other sites 53,284 posts WSU151 Link to post Share this post 5 Followers 3 5,033 3 hours ago, Gothamite said: Gothamite Share this post I took a crack at their logo and here’s what I would’ve done Edited May 10, 2017 by Gothamite So the pinwheel is just covering up the ad, not actually being used as the letter ‘p’. 22,644 2 Sports Logos Webfooter Link to post Share on other sites Posted May 9, 2017 Next 919 By Gothamite, May 9, 2017 in Sports Logo News Share on other sites Link to post 1,457 Favourite Logos:Miami Marlins and too many others to name… Location:Provo, Utah Members its one of my favorite sports logos because the idea/concept of it is so unique. the movement and relationship to the sport condensed into a single mark that actually makes sense. where most would have taken a basketball (or any other piece of sporting equipment if it were another sport) and slapped a letter inside of it, or set it on fire, this logo goes around all of that to complete what is a truly unique and clever mark. the only thing i ever questioned about it was the execution, and they’ve addressed that somewhat. 3 4,356 1 five boroughs, one City. Members As I’ve said in the other thread- the update to the pinwheel is great. Much improved imo. However, I don’t really like the word mark but maybe overtime it will grow on me. Looking forward to seeing the jerseys! Posted May 10, 2017 Weighing 4,000 pounds of heavy metal JerseyJosh 1,457 BrandMooreArt Members Members 3,678 posts Members Posted May 9, 2017 Graphic Designer That’s a good update on the pinwheel. Not really sure about the  bar joining the lines, it kind of undermines the dynamism that the pinwheel is meant to convey.  Link to post Joe InGOAT Share this post 53,284 posts 0 FinsUp1214 Trequartista FinsUp1214 Location:973 Location:The One True City of Arkansas 2,000 five boroughs, one City. Share this post Location:Wisconsin / South Korea nba 86 53 minutes ago, BrandMooreArt said: I’m a pretty big fan of it altogether, but one nitpick I have is that I think it’d look better if the motion lines were red and black with no background, like the old logos were. I never liked the black background on the primaries, the simple red and black lines were much cleaner (and of course, you can just do the red and white lines when the logo is against black). 210 Share this post Posted May 9, 2017 Location:Cincinnati Flip the pinwheel around, and it would be so much better.  generalshepherd141 Share on other sites 4 I presume this is already being discussed in a mega thread, but it’s worth a conversation on its own: the Trail Blazers unveiled new logos yesterday.  2,238 posts Location:Miami, Florida 5,033 5 Agreed on the 70’s font. Growing up in the 90’s, I’d always been partial to the italicized font because, well, that’s always been the Blazers look I’ve known. But getting older and getting more into design, I’ve come to really appreciate the 70’s font and see that it works even better with the pinwheel than the 90’s-current wordmarks have. I prefer it now. Portland Trail Blazers new logo 269 Posted May 9, 2017 22,644 Posted May 9, 2017 15 3 Posted May 9, 2017 919 919 1,500 posts Favourite Logos:*Devil Rays alternate cap logo, 1998*Red Sox cap logo*Chargers primary logo*Lake Elsinore Storm cap logo FinsUp1214 Favourite Logos:Hartford WhalersMinnesota WildMontreal ExposSan Diego Padres “Swingin’ Friar”Indianapolis ColtsCincinnati Bengals head Link to post Page 1 of 10   177 posts five boroughs, one City. Link to post Disagree completely. The silver always seemed like an inappropriate accent color to use in the pinwheel, and I think most Blazers fans would agree that switching back to a primarily red/black/white color scheme is more fitting. I’m fine with them keeping gray(s) as secondary colors to be used sparingly for merchandising and promotional materials, and possibly even the alternate uniforms, but the main scheme should absolutely be red/black/white. 53,284 posts Posted May 9, 2017 2 Link to post Joe InGOAT 22,644 5 My biggest gripe is the refusal to use the 70’s font full time. They even use it in the Pride uniform, so   they know that it’s a recognizable part of the Blazers brand. Not capitalizing on that is just stupid Page 1 of 10   2 I’m not sure it’s supposed to be seen as a letter, ever since they angled the lines years ago.  When it was vertical, yeah, it could probably be interpreted as a letter, but I think they are intent on it being a 5-on-5 pinwheel angled 45 degrees.   Followers 3 Posted May 9, 2017 I presume this is already being discussed in a mega thread, but it’s worth a conversation on its own: the Trail Blazers unveiled new logos yesterday.  five boroughs, one City. 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Bob nails the medal

first_imgLewiinski’s Golf SocietySunday, April 12, Green Valley – Monthly Medal1st Bob Stokes (16) net 642nd Eddy Beilby (19) net 733rd Christian Boysen (14) net 73 Bob Stokes was preparing to leave town on a high note, ending his holiday and heading back to his native Scotland, and he gave the gang something to remember him by with a sizzling gross 80 (net 64) at Green Valley.  Bob picked up the biggest prize of the month, the monthly medal, and also took possession of a lead crystal engraved whiskey goblet, a bottle of Jameson’s Irish whiskey and an invite to the yearend Gold Medal.  His name will also be etched on the Lewiinski’s wall of shame.Medal winner Bob Stokes with his wife Ann.Bob was nine strokes clear of Eddy ‘the Eagle’ Beilby and Christian Boysen, with the scales of justice tipping in Eddy’s favour.Bob Stokes, with a brace, and Claude Harder shared the ‘2’s pot.  After the presentation everyone wished Bob and Ann a safe journey home and a speedy return.Tuesday, April 14, Burapha C & D – Stableford1st Chris Crayforth (8) 38pts2nd Brett Soipe (9) 32pts3rd Ian Pickles (15) 32ptsSongkran week was upon us and several of the venues decided to cancel their fixtures rather than fight the water and the exodus of farangs.  Lewiinski’s has always been a halfway house for wayward souls, especially to those that stay behind at Songkran.Two non-members, Chris Crayforth and Brett Soipe, joined us for the day’s golf at Burapha, and when they left they did so with a few lucky Lewiinski’s baht in their pockets; Chris winning the day with a splendid 38 points as Brett lifted the silver a stroke adrift.Long time members Ian Pickles and Irishman Peter ‘the silver surfer’ Henshaw were tied on 32 points, but alas there was no luck for Peter and no podium spot for either.Wednesday, April 15, Eastern Star – Stableford1st Pierre Zbinden (19) 37pts2nd Jim Elphick (24) 34ptsAs most of the Lewiinski’s golfers were away “celebrating” Songkran, a depleted group braved the trip to the Robert Trent Jones Jnr. designed Eastern Star.The course was in fair condition, which suited Pierre Zbinden down to the ground as he was top man with a steady 37 points and was also the only player to better his handicap.  Jimmy ‘two shots’ Elphick lifted the silver as he edged Lou Zigzag off the podium steps in a count back, both tied on 32 points.Note: Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya land Soi 1, Beach Rd Soi13/13 near Walking Street.  Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and add your name to the list or call Peter on 086 139 6301.  Transport is provided.last_img read more

Catch-all punch death law praised

first_imgBy MELISSA MEEHAN AND DANNY BUTTLER THE mother of a Pakenham youth who died after being punched in the head…[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

About Town

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GTU must take some responsibility for current situation

first_imgDear Editor,I sincerely hope that the current impasse in relation to the contract for teachers could be resolved without a prolonged saga; our teachers deserve better. Having said that, I cannot help but feel that the Guyana Teachers Union must also take some responsibility for the current sad situation our teachers find themselves in. This position was arrived at as a result of the following three points:1. The initial offer proposed could at best be regarded as reckless and would have contributed to the perception that the Union is not taking this process seriously. It is one thing to devise a wish list for consideration under ideal circumstances and entirely another to establish a basis for serious engagement in the best interest of those you represent.The proposal from the Union was clearly the former and would have undermined their ability to sit at the table and engage in worthwhile negotiations without seeming to lose significantly – let us be real, a 40 per cent increase for over 9000 teachers retroactive to 2015 in this economic climate is a tall ask. Add that to the request for debunching, which any government would balk at given the enormity of the payout, you leave yourself in the untenable situation we currently face.More importantly, the Union seems to lack the capacity to devise alternative practical arrangements that would see the disbursement of those funds over a protracted period in forms that would see teachers potentially benefiting without an actual cash payout – it appears that they are hoping that the Government would devise same and they will wait forever for that.2. The Guyana Teachers Union, whether they would accept it or not, appeared to be playing politics all along rather than strictly sticking to the business of teachers’ welfare.Unfortunately, like other unions in Guyana, the GTU showed its hand early in 2015 when the pre-existing contract expired under the previous Government and just prior to the general elections they decided to ‘work to rule’ as a form of protest for not arriving at a speedy contract renewal engagement. Three years hence, they have not yet treated the business of teachers’ livelihoods with equal urgency and allowed themselves to be exposed in numerous charades and exercises in futility.The fact that it was Minister Ally who was sent to the meeting with the GTU, instead of someone with more authority to fully address the issues at hand, speaks volumes in relation to how the Union is regarded by the Government. One could only assume that she was sent there to appeal to their political sensibilities.As such, the opportunity for objective and balanced engagement has long been squandered and teachers are now in a rather tenuous situation. Few would be surprised if in a few days a different pronouncement is heard from the Union regarding some compromise that leaves teachers in no better position than they currently are – that has been the pattern, talk big then back down.3. The GTU has failed to establish themselves as a formidable force that would give them the clout to truly orchestrate the coup they are attempting. Their laughable mini protests to date, with the same faces I might add, are a reflection of the fact that they are out of step with the masses they represent. Teachers are not engaged in the type of professional experiences that would move them to develop the collective consciousness that the Union is now desperately relying on. The occasional meeting and some cases of advocacy on the part of teachers within the system is a far cry from the role this Union should play in the lives of the almost 10,000 teachers they represent.The Union needs to demonstrate that they are contributing to the professional development of teachers on a consistent basis. Teachers need to see tangible evidence that they are part of a professional association that contributes to their professional and personal advancement.On this count, the Union has failed miserably. Unfortunately, our teachers are now asked to awaken some dormant affiliation to a cause that they have no faith has been handled in the best manner.The almost three-year delay in promotions a few years ago did nothing to help thousands of teachers who saw their professional advancement delayed for an issue few still understand –who really won? In the midst of this crisis, this might be bitter medicine for the Union to stomach, but it should at the least awaken a desire to do better in the future, because simply put, our teachers truly deserve better.Sincerely,Vivian D Brothersonlast_img read more

Neighborhood Council meetings

first_imgVan Nuys Neighborhood Council general meeting, 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Room 1B at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 374-9884 or see www.vnnc.org. Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 14, Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411. Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 19, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see www.resedacouncil.org. Arleta Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the auditorium at Beachy Elementary School, 9757 Beachy Ave., Arleta. Call (818) 892-2457. Studio City Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21, CBS Studios, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City. Call (818) 655-5400 or see www.scnc.info. Encino Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 255-1040 or see www.encinocouncil.org. Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 28, Canoga Park Community Center, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 346-4892.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511 or see www.chatsworthcouncil.org. North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174. Winnetka Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Valley Village, 20830 Sherman Way, Winnetka. Call (818) 676-9766 or see www.winnetkanc.com. Sun Valley Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the assembly room at the Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 13, Porter Ranch Library, 11371 Tampa Ave., Porter Ranch. Call (818) 360-5706. Reseda Neighborhood Council candidate forum, 6 p.m. today, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see www.resedacouncil.org. Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. today, Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 831-0578 or see www.ghnnc.org. North Hills West Neighborhood Council will hold elections, 5-9 p.m. Tuesday at L.A. Baptist High School, 9825 Woodley Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see www.northhillswest.org. Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will discuss board election information and hold a board meeting, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in room 1B at Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 787-2831. last_img read more

Historic day for Mandela, South Africa

first_img10 June 2010 The 11th of June marks the kick-off of the first Fifa World Cup to be held on the African continent. But the day has a further significance in the history of South Africa. For one: it is the day Nelson Mandela and seven of his comrades were convicted for sabotage. Forty-six years ago, on 11 June 1964, Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Raymond Mhlaba, Denis Goldberg, Andrew Mlangeni, Elias Motsoaledi and Govan Mbeki were found guilty, in the Rivonia Trial, of sabotage. The following day, the eight, who had expected the death sentence, were each sentenced to a term of life imprisonment. Goldberg, being white, was separated from the group and incarcerated at Pretoria Central Prison. Mandela and the others arrived on Robben Island in the early hours of the morning of 13 June. Coincidentally, the 11th of July – the date of the final match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup – is also a historic day in South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle. It was on 11 July 1963 that the police first raided Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia and made several arrests, including those of Sisulu and Kathrada. Some of the other Rivonia accused were arrested elsewhere. Mandela was not among them. He was, by then, already a sentenced prisoner. On 7 November 1962 he had been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for leaving the country illegally and inciting workers to strike. The charges arose from his underground travels in 1962 to several countries in Africa, where he received military training and garnered support for Umkhonto weSizwe (Spear of the Nation), the armed wing of the African National Congress. He also visited London. The incitement charge arose from his call to workers to stay at home in protest against South Africa becoming a Republic on 31 May 1961. Initially held in prison in Pretoria, Mandela was sent to Robben Island in late May 1963, but two weeks later was returned, inexplicably to Pretoria, a month before the arrests at Rivonia and elsewhere. He remained incarcerated with his comrades in Pretoria until the day they were found guilty, 46 years ago, on 11 June. Eighteen years later, in 1982, Mandela, Sisulu, Mhlaba and Kathrada were transferred from Robben Island to Pollsmoor Prison on the mainland. After he was diagnosed with Tuberculosis in August 1988, Mandela was treated at Tygerberg Hospital and then at the Constantiaberg MediClinic before being transferred to Victor Verster Prison outside Paarl in December that year. He was released from the gates of the prison on 11 February 1990. Goldberg had been released in 1985 and Mbeki in 1987. Sisulu, Kathrada, Mhlaba, Motsoaledi and Mlangeni had been released in October 1989. The World Cup kick-off day also marks the 22nd anniversary of the famous “Free Mandela Concert” held at London’s Wembley Stadium on 11 June 1988. The concert was billed as his 70th birthday concert, but was staged to highlight the plight of all political prisoners in South Africa and to call for their release. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA saves R2.2bn in HIV drug tender

first_img29 November 2012 South Africa achieved a massive R2.2-billion cost reduction in the R5.9-billion tender awarded to three pharmaceutical companies on Thursday for single-dose antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for the government’s HIV treatment campaign. Making the announcement in Pretoria, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said that the majority of South Africans on state-sponsored ARV treatment for HIV would, from April 2013, need only one tablet instead of the current three per day. Motsoaledi said South Africa had managed to reduce the cost of the tender – for a single dose of the triple combination of tenofovir, entricitabine and efavirenz – by 38%, a massive saving of R2.2 billion.‘Means we can treat more patients’ The price of the three-in-one combination is R89.37, which Motsoaledi described as now the world’s lowest price for this product. The tender was awarded to South African companies Aspen Pharmacare and Cipla Medpro along with US firm Mylan Pharmaceuticals. “This new tender has moved from an original cost of R8.1-billion to R5.9-billion for two years,” Motsoaledi said. “This savings means we can treat more patients with the same budget.” Motsoaledi said, from April, all pregnant women who were HIV positive would be given the single dose combination during pregnancy and breast feeding, regardless of their CD4 count. At least 80% of patients on ARV treatment would also be able to switch to the single-dose combination, though Motsoaledi noted that those who couldn’t switch for any reason could still take individual ARV drugs.Benefits of the single-dose combination Motsoaledi said the single-dose combination had major benefits for patients, and not only in terms of compliance with the daily routine; the combination meant fewer side-effects, and easier logistics and storage. “The fixed dose combination … is more effective than dual therapy and has fewer side-effects for the pregnant mother, in addition to its convenient dosage regimen.” The drugs will be available in all 3 000 registered health facilities across the country, said Motsoaledi, adding that there would be no more delays in supply, as experienced with the previous supplier. “We have asked the suppliers to give us their commitment on this, and all three of them have done so.” Dr Francesca Conradie, clinical adviser for TB/HIV at Wits University’s Clinical HIV Research Unit, said the new combination would not be harmful to pregant mothers in any way. “Simplification of the tablets is so much easier for mothers, and it will lead to better results,” Dr Conradie said. UNAids country coordinator Dr Catherine Sozi commended South Africa for being able to access the effective drugs at a small price. “The reduction in cost is way beyond what we’ve hoped for,” Sozi said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Promises Delivered

first_imgFigure 2 – Source: Intel internal measurements with preliminary Nehalem-EX results.My friends, this 55x result is off the chart from our promises of years ago!  Does performance matter?  We think so.  In so many ways, the quicker a job gets done or the more responsive a server is, the quicker a solution is found or more satisfied the end customer becomes – improving ROI or allowing for more options to be explored in the same amount of time.  That’s how we hope to fulfill our promise.There a lot of benchmarks and metrics, some probably useful, some not – but what’s important to you?  What do you look for when deciding whether to buy a “big iron” computer or a couple of smaller standard ones?  Let us know! Figure 1- Source: http://download.intel.com/pressroom/kits/events/idffall_2007/BriefingSmith45nm.pdf In the multi-processor space, we’re seeing the same trend.  Our upcoming launch of the next generation Intel® Xeon® processor (codenamed “Nehalem-EX”) is a WOW – even bigger than the 5500 series launch (formerly “Nehalem-EP”).  We’ve already disclosed some details – like delivering greater than nine times the memory bandwidth available to the applications over the 7400 series (formerly “Dunnington”), and we also talked publicly about being able to drive three times the number of transactions in database workloads.  The recent SuperComputer trade show (SC’09) had more discussion supporting that indeed this is a processor to keep an eye on for even HPC workloads – compute demand continues to be insatiable for researchers. Intel woke up many years ago and realized that if we didn’t keep sharpening our skills and a laser focus on delivering better experiences for our customers that they would go away.  And they started to.  So, a promise was made (and kept to-date) that we would deliver performance that mattered to our customers.  This turned into the “tick-tock” model where we shrink our manufacturing process every other year and on the alternate years we introduce a new microarchitecture.  You probably already have been reading about the multiprocessor segment (MP or EX-expandable servers as we call them internally); and you likely have heard rumblings about “Nehalem-EX”, but I wanted to let you know what I’ve seen on the performance side to-date.I dug up this old chart from 2007 (originally in a press briefing from 2004) talking about how we forecasted performance gains expected over the next 5 years or so (and no, we didn’t sandbag J).center_img By Frank Jensen, Performance Marketing EngineerData Center Group Marketing, Intellast_img read more

Three Reasons Why Top Cloud Service Providers Could Not Wait to Deploy Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

first_imgOver the last few years, innovations by the cloud giants have disrupted many traditional industries. Amazon and Alibaba changed the way we shop, Netflix and YouTube brought us new ways to consume video, and WeChat and Facebook revolutionized how we connect and communicate with our friends and families.The agile, elastic, and highly efficient cloud infrastructure is one of the key pillars of innovation these cloud giants are delivering. As a result, they have become the “North Stars” of efficient service delivery and data center architecture. Organizations look to Google, Facebook and others for cloud and data center infrastructure best practices when they set out to build their own to support their innovations and business transformation.So what are these top cloud service providers (CSPs) doing to modernize their cloud infrastructure now?They were eager to get their hands on the new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processorsOpens in a new window as soon as possible. I couldn’t be more excited to see them deploy Xeon® Scalable, modernize their infrastructure, and create new, differentiated services. More than 500,000 Xeon® Scalable processors have already shipped to over 30 customers, many of them CSPs. Based on my conversations with them, here are three top reasons CSPs are so thrilled about Xeon® Scalable.1) Disruptive performance efficiency across cloud workloadsFor CSPs, the math is pretty simple when it comes to profitable growth of their business. Because they sell computing as a service, price performance of their infrastructure, often measured with performance/total cost of ownership (TCO) dictates how efficiently they can generate profits from their services. When a new breed of processor such as Xeon® Scalable offers a performance boost that overwhelms the cost of upgrading, and a 65% lower TCO in a typical virtualization deployment scenario compared to a 4-year-old server**, CSPs jump on it.Google launched Xeon® Scalable-based cloud instances on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in February of this year and made the instance generally availableOpens in a new window on May 31. Bart Sano, Google’s Vice President of Platforms, told us that GCP customers running applications such as bioinformatics, machine learning on satellite imagery and finance simulation and report up to 40% improvement in many cases compared to the previous platforms. In some cases, where the customers tuned their software for Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512), they saw more than 100% improvement.Amazon Web Services, announced its new C5 instanceOpens in a new window last fall and called it the most powerful compute optimized instance and the best price to compute performance in EC2. This summer, Dr. Matt Wood, Amazon’s General Manager of Artificial Intelligence and an iconic figure in the AI space, stated that the computational power of the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor lets AWS customers use more data, to create innovative new products and experiences powered by machine learning, increasing machine learning inference performance by over 100 times.2) Enable differentiated services to expand into new marketsNew and emerging use cases such as AI, autonomous driving, personalized medicine, media and graphics, and gaming present opportunities for CSPs to innovate and monetize new user experiences. The workloads supporting these new services are normally compute or data intensive, and traditionally run on purpose-built hardware clusters. With the workload-optimized performance and acceleration Xeon® Scalable Platform brings, it is now feasible to offer these services in the cloudFirst, the high-performing cores of Xeon® Scalable can unearth new opportunities. Features such as Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) can accelerate performance by a factor of up to 2x over the previous generation of a range of compute-intensive applications, including security/crypto/compression, visualization, in-memory databases, deep learning, and modeling and simulation in HPC. 1Genomic sequencing and analysis used to mainly run on supercomputers, making is challenging for researchers worldwide to access and share resources.  Seven Bridges, a biotech startup, now provides a biomedical data analysis platform as a differentiated service in healthcare vertical on Google’s GCP to accelerate cancer diagnosis and precision treatment. With another 1.8X performance boost on Xeon® Scalable instance, Seven Bridges CEO Dr. Brandi Davis-Dusenbery believes its customers “will benefit from significant efficiencies and can use more of the world’s biomedical data to accelerate discoveries and improve health.” 2In addition, Xeon® Scalable goes beyond a processor, it is a flexible platform that can integrate with accelerators programmed to optimize the performance of emerging workloads, enabling a slew of new possibilities. Accelerators like Intel® FPGA give the cloud the speed, predictability, and energy efficiency along with easy customizability to take on emerging workloads such as AI, HPC, advanced analytics, and IoT, while the Intel® NervanaTM suite of products can accelerate AI training.Microsoft Azure based its Configurable Cloud on Intel® Xeon® and Intel® FPGA to achieve a degree of flexibility and performance that makes it much easier to create new cloud services to meet the emerging demands AI and analytics that are powering the next generation of enterprises. Kushagra Vaid, GM of Azure Hardware Infrastructure, Microsoft’s Azure Platform, also anticipates that Intel accelerators, such as Intel® FPGA, Intel® Xeon PhiTM and Intel® NervanaTM all will play a key role in this next generation of infrastructure to help the application developers be more productive in creating new services and new user experiences.3) Joint drive toward cloud innovation The workloads that the CSPs run on top of Intel® architecture are different, and the cloud services they create are diversified, but there is one thing in common among the feedback we got from the top CSPs. Every CSP collaborated with Intel one way or another to jointly drive new innovations in the cloud space. For some CSPs, such as Amazon and Google, the collaborative engineering efforts extend back a decade ago. From virtualization to containers, from a relational database to NoSQL, big data, AI and machine learning, Intel has been on the forefront of cloud computing and collaborating with CSPs to drive cloud innovations for years to make sure cloud workloads run best on Intel Architecture – faster, more efficient and more secure.More than 25 CSPs showcased their cloud services based on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors at our launch last month, and it is not too late to check them out. Visit our Xeon® Scalable portalOpens in a new window to find out how some of the most successful CSPs are putting Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors to work. 1 Up to 2X flops per cycle: when compared with Intel® AVX2 available on previous E5/E7 v3, v4 families2 1.8X faster than previous generation: when comparing Seven Bridges Graph Suite’s end-to-end whole genome processing pipeline running over Xeon® Scalable processor based GCP instances to previous E5-based GCP instances.Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.   For more complete information visit http://www.intel.com/performanceOpens in a new window.** Up to 65% lower 4-year TCO estimate example based on equivalent rack performance using VMware ESXi virtualized consolidation workload comparing 20 installed 2-socket servers with Intel Xeon processor E5-2690 (formerly “Sandy Bridge-EP”) running VMware ESXi 6.0 GA using Guest OS RHEL6.4 compared at a total cost of $919,362 to 5 new Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 (Skylake) running VMware ESXi6.0 U3 GA using Guest OS RHEL 6 64bit at a total cost of $320,879 including basic acquisition.  Server pricing assumptions based on current OEM retail published pricing for 2-socket server with Broadwell based Intel Xeon processor systems– subject to change based on actual pricing of systems offered.last_img read more