Isidingo actress, Leeanda Reddy has won the first evening of Gateway’s Celebrity Chef Showdown where she competed with rugby legend, Stefan Terblanche on Wednesday, 27 August.

The competition took place at seafood restaurant, Ocean Basket. “I’m so proud of my new title. It’s a feather in my cap. I’m still so shocked because I honestly did not expect to win,” says Leeanda.

Leeanda’s winning menu comprised of; cheesy garlic prawn roll for starters; six prawn curry for the

main course and mud pie with ice cream for dessert. “I learned so much during my time in the Ocean Basket kitchen. Cooking is a very selfless craft – your sole purpose is to please the recipient of the meal.

Nothing beats seeing the smile of a satisfied customer,” says Leeanda. Stefan Terblanche didn’t expect to lose at Ocean Basket, after he won against Tatum Keshwar last year.

“I’m sad that I didn’t win. I thought that doing this for the second time would give me an advantage. It also seemed easier this year because I knew exactly what to expect. Congratulations to Leeanda.

Because I lost to her, I’m expecting her to win at the finals at Beluga. At least then I can say that I lost to the best Celebrity Chef in Durban”.

Visitors to Gateway are invited to make bookings to attend any of the five remaining evenings in order to enjoy a night of good food, entertainment and healthy competition.

On each of the restaurant’s evenings, the meals prepared by the celebrities will be in line with the restaurants normal menu offering. Times are 18h30 for 19h00 at R180 per person for a set menu which includes; a starter, main and dessert.

• 3 September – Vanessa Marawa vs. Terry Pheto: Circus Circus

• 10 September – Deena Naidoo vs. Natarah Nadesan: Nino’s

• 17 September – Gangs of Ballet vs. Rosie Motene: Mo-Zam-Bik

• 24 September – John Webb vs. Tumisho Masha: Café Limone

All winning celebs will take part in a final evening which will be held on 1 October at Beluga. Each celebrity that competes will select a local charity of their choice at the start of the campaign. 10% of the income generated through these events will be donated to the winning celebrity’s charity of choice.

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InstaTxtr goes 2.0, relaunches as a comprehensive photo edit

InstaTxtr, the iPhone app, initially built with simple & fun photo texting & filters for Instagram, now relaunches with version 2.0 as a full-fledged photo editor with comprehensive features. This new version comes complete with photo cropping & transformation tools, new filter packs & gorgeous light-leak overlay/texture & frame packs, which each can blend with any colors to create a myriad combinations of beautiful textures and frames for your photos & share them on Instagram & Facebook etc

InstaTxtr, a must-have photo effect & texting iPhone app for Instagram, now relaunches with version 2.0 as a full-fledged photo editor with comprehensive features. The new InstaTxtr 2.0 is an all-in-one photo editing app that has every tool to let the users edit their photos in just a matter of seconds to what they desire for sharing on their favorite photo sharing or social media networks such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr & more.

One of the unique features of InstaTxtr 2.0 that cannot be found in other photo editing apps is it comes with 24 & 28 beautiful & fancy photo frames & light-leak textures/overlays respectively, which each can blend with any colors through the selection of a color palette to create a myriad combination of gorgeous overlays/textures & frames for your photos.

InstaTxtr 2.0 also provides the users with capabilities of editing & taking photos in full & square sizes. It comes with cropping tools with 13 presets that allow the users to easily crop the photos into various preferred sizes without having to rely on third-party photo editing apps. The version 2.0 also comes with 4 new packs of filters which make up a total of 81 new photo filters.

The photo frames included with InstaTxtr 2.0 also let users use them for various sizes of photos, including the popular square for Instagram. It also includes the Square frame that allows Instagrammers to post full sized photos to Instagram; coupled with the cropping tools, allow the users to spark creativities easily for making many different sizes & positions of photos within a square frame to post on Instagram.

The InstaTxtr 2.0 will be released in the Apple app store today. All new features will be delivered as free for the existing users except the 4 new filter packs which can be purchased via in-app purchase at ultra-low prices. New features at a glance are as follows:

1. 4 new filter packs: Tone, Color, Glow & Tone 2 which each contains 27, 21, 13 & 20 filters respectively

2. 28 beautiful & fancy light-leak overlays/textures & photo frames to suit various sizes & square for Instagram

3. Ability to add multiple texts to photos, including gestures of drag, pinch to zoom in & zoom out to resize text & rotate texts. And more color options for texts.

4. Cropping & transformation tools: 13 preset cropping tools including Original, 1:1 (Square), 9:16, 4:6, 5:7, 3:4, 8:10, 16:9, 6:4, 7:5, 4:3, 10:8 & Free.

5. Square-ready frame to allow you to post entire photo to Instagram; which supports drag & pinch gestures to position, resize & rotate the non-square photo within the square frame respectively.

6. Redesigned of various adjustments including brightness, contrast, clarity, exposure, gamma, saturation, sharpen, vibrance & vignette

7. Camera is able to take picture in square mode or full size.

8. Flexible in-app settings for taking or editing photo at max resolution, auto finalize filter & overlays, image editing with history etc.

For more details about the new features, users can visit our website InstaTxtr.com and stay tuned with the news section for the upcoming feature-rich releases including more gorgeous textures, adjustable filters & a universal version of the app that fits all iOS devices including iPad.

The future of InstaTxtr iOS app will be dedicated & focused on adding more features with fun & straightforward interface design, to allow the the users to easily spark creativities with their photos to share on various social networks to wow their friends or loved ones including Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr & Twitter etc.

Chee (“Christopher”) Ket Yung is an independent mobile app developer and an Instagram enthusiast who is on a mission to help people across the world have more fun with their Instagram photos and videos. He’s developed a number of iOS apps for Instagram lovers including the AvFX video editing and filter app,InstaLiveFX photo filter app which can be found in the Apple App Store.


Introducing Hyperlapse By Instagram

Instagram engineers Thomas Dimson and Alex Karpenko pitched the idea for Hyperlapse to employees back in January. The app became so popular internally that it was given the green light by Facebook to launch as a standalone app rather than a tool within the main Instagram app.

After downloading the Hyperlapse app, users can tap to record and tap again to stop. Then you can select the playback speed, making shots up to 12 times faster. Videos are then saved to the camera roll and can be shared to Instagram or Facebook from there.

To learn more about Hyperlapse from Instagram, check out help.instagram.com.

Hyperlapse (also Walklapse, Spacelapse, Stop-Motion Time-lapse, Motion Timelapse, Moving Timelapse) is an exposure technique in time-lapse photography, in which the position of the camera is being changed between each exposure in order to create a tracking shot in timelapse sequences. In contrast to a simple motion timelapse – dolly shots, which are realized with short camera sliders; in hyperlapse photography, the camera is being moved through very long distances.

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Facebook to Host its First Ever Hackathon at Loeries

As part of Loeries® Creative Week™ Cape Town, Facebook will host its first Creative Shop Hackathon in Africa on Thursday 18 September. A Hackathon is a workshop where teams collaborate to solve real-world business problems, usually while working against a tight deadline.

Designed specifically for young creative designers with one to two years of experience, the workshop offers the opportunity to work on a real creative brief for the Loeries Creative Future Scholarship, with winners announced at the end of the workshop.  The Hackathon is limited to 40 participants and will take place between 10am and 4pm at Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town. The workshop is free and space is limited – email facebook@loeries.com to book your place!

In addition to offering winners free credit to bring their idea to life, Facebook will provide an educational session showcasing award winning work as well as the latest developments from Facebook HQ on tools and systems being developed specifically for Africa.

The Hackathon will be overseen by Rob Newlan, Head of Facebook Creative Shop Europe, Middle East and Africa.  As the head of a team of creative directors, strategists, entrepreneurs, and technologists, Newlan focuses on building creative ideas through a combination of art and science. Before joining Facebook four years ago, Rob spent his career working at Coca-Cola, Diageo and Unilever. Rob will also be speaking at the DStv Seminar of Creativity during Loeries Creative Week Cape Town on 19 September.

“Facebook is a platform that works best when creatives market for people, rather than at them,” says Newlan.  “In this workshop, we hope to show how social media allows brands and creatives to play a powerful and positive role in people’s lives by engaging with them in imaginative ways. We’ll also explore some of the great ways Facebook enables brands to forge close relationships with consumers.”

 Workshop details:

Venue: Southern Sun The Cullinan hotel

Date: Thursday 18 September

Time: 10h00 – 17h00

The workshop is free and space is limited – email facebook@loeries.com to book your place!

Original Article from : http://www.theloerieawards.co.za/loeries2014.aspx?link=festival_facebook

Here’s One Of The Worst Mistakes People Make On LinkedIn

Whether you’re searching for a job or just want to learn more about your industry, LinkedIn is a great place for meeting other professionals and maintaining relationships. 

But if you start every conversation by talking about yourself and your own projects, chances are you’re losing more connections than you’re gaining.

“Linkedin [is] all about making the conversation about others,” says Patrick Mayoh, an analyst for Euromonitor International, in a LinkedIn post. “What they do, what their career goals are, how you can help them.”

Mayoh recalls a recent interaction in which he introduced himself to a potential connection, hoping to start a conversation. “The person did accept to connect but added a message about this start-up project he was involved in, asking me to donate some money on a crowd-funding platform,” he says. “Not once did I sense this was mutually beneficial.”

Mayoh came away completely turned-off by the conversation, with no desire to help.

Networking through LinkedIn should involve the same two-way dialogue as face-to-face conversations. Simply boasting about yourself and your accomplishments won’t inspire anyone to want to help you.

Mayoh recommends thinking of how you can help every connection, instead of concentrating on what they can do for you. Going out of your way by showing interest in their projects and careers will motivate others to return the favor much more than asking for help point-blank would.

In the end, you’ll both get something out of the interaction.

Click here to read the full LinkedIn post.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/biggest-linkedin-mistake-2014-8#ixzz3BKeVEqRM

Against All Odds – By R.A Lang

Concealing the flow of blood still running down his neck and soaking into his clothes after a Kazakh lawyer with ties to the KGB attempted to kill him, Andy Lang managed to escape back to his home in the Caribbean only to be confronted by the evil voodoo priestess he had entrusted to housesit for him.

After the death of his father in 1981, Andy Lang made a promise to himself to honor his father’s wishes; to seize the day and travel the world on a non-stop adventure. Establishing a career as a chartered professional in the oil and gas industry meant that Andy was able to do just that, jumping between continents and experiencing different cultures from South Africa and carrying on to Libya, South Korea, Singapore, China, and Iraq to name but a few. But it was in the Caribbean, Venezuela and Kazakhstan that Andy would come up against dark forces and make dangerous enemies. After years of good fortune, Andy’s luck came to an end. Whilst attending a party in Kazakhstan, Andy had his drink spiked; disorientated, he was accompanied back to his hotel room where he awoke hours later, confused and with his gold Rolex stolen.

He was put in touch with a high-profile lawyer, who he learned had strong connections with both the KGB and Mafia. The situation quickly spiraled out of control, culminating in an attempt on his life and a terrifying escape from Kazakhstan back into the safety of Europe; to this day, Andy cannot travel back into Kazakstan due to the ever present risk of arrest by the Border Control Police and the lawyer’s ruthless contacts.

This was only the start of Andy’s troubles. Believed to be safely back at home in the Caribbean, a chance meeting in a bar with a voodoo priestess resulted in a vicious curse which was to stay with him for many years and result in a twelve hour life-saving operation, the pain of which still haunts Andy to this day.

Against All Odds is the roller coaster memoir of Andy Lang, a must-read for fans of biographies, action-adventure stories, different cultures and the supernatural. Described by Kirkus Reviews as an, ‘impressively detailed, almost forensically specific first-person account of his ceaseless travels around the world’, readers will follow Lang’s madcap journey as he evades death many times over, but never giving up the hope, or the will to survive.

About the author: Originally from Swansea, Wales, Andy Lang has travelled the world, working in over twenty-four countries for the past twenty-five years as a chartered professional in the oil and gas industries. He lived in the Caribbean for many years before returning to his roots and the relative safety of Swansea. Against All Odds by Andy Lang is available online at retailers including Amazon.com and can be ordered from all good bookstores. It has also been adapted into a Hollywood screenplay by Lawrence Koster. For more information please visit www.author-ralang.com.

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