Kloppers makes Fortune’s top 25

first_imgJanine ErasmusSouth African Marius Kloppers, CEO of BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, has been ranked as the 18th most powerful businessperson on Fortune magazine’s list of the top 25 movers and shakers of today.Kloppers, who took over as CEO in October 2007, finds himself in the company of Steve Jobs of Apple, who tops the list, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch (2), investment billionaire Warren Buffett (5), Microsoft’s Bill Gates (7), Lakshmi Mittal of Mittal Steel (14), and Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi (22), who also tops the list of most powerful women in business.The 45-year-old Kloppers came in behind James McNerney of Boeing and ahead of Steve Schwarzman of the private equity firm Blackstone Group.Described by Fortune as an “aggressive executive with superior intellectual bandwidth”, Kloppers had barely taken over the reins at BHP Billiton when he launched a takeover bid for rival Rio Tinto, one of the world’s top three mining companies. Should the bid succeed, says Fortune, “the combined entity would be a resources superpower with a larger market cap than Microsoft and higher revenues (some $70 billion combined in 2007) than Dell or Boeing”. The deal will also go down in history as the second-biggest corporate takeover ever, after Vodafone’s $203 billion purchase of Mannesman in 2000.Rio Tinto is resisting the takeover and has declined BHP Billiton’s initial offer, but Britain’s Takeover Panel set an offer deadline of 6 February. In a statement released on that day Rio Tinto said that after careful consideration its boards have unanimously rejected BHP Billiton’s pre-conditional offers, because they significantly undervalue the company.On the fast trackCape Town-born Kloppers, now resident in Melbourne, Australia, attended Helpmekaar High School in Johannesburg. He graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. Kloppers also holds an MBA from Insead graduate business school in Fontainebleau, France, and a PhD in Materials Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States.In the early days of his career he worked with South African petrochemical company Sasol and conducted materials research with Mintek, South Africa’s national mineral research organisation. After obtaining his MBA he took a position as management consultant with the privately owned McKinsey & Co in The Netherlands. He has worked with BHP Billiton since 1993 and was appointed as CEO when American CEO Charles Goodyear decided to retire at the end of 2007.Within BHP Billiton Kloppers previously held the positions of group executive and chief executive non-ferrous materials (2007), group president non-ferrous materials (2006), chief commercial officer (2003), chief marketing officer, group executive of Billiton Plc and chief executive of Samancor Manganese (owned jointly by BHP Billiton and Anglo American). He held various positions at Billiton Aluminium, among them chief operating officer and general manager of Hillside Aluminium, South Africa’s major producer of primary aluminium.Kloppers played a significant role in BHP’s 2001 merger with Billiton, once part of oil company Royal Dutch Shell.BHP Billiton Group was founded in 2001 and produces primary aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, manganese, petroleum, nickel, uranium, steel, diamonds, silver, and titanium minerals. The company operates in 25 countries around the world and employs 36 000 people.Useful linksBHP BillitonRio Tinto Fortune magazineMintekSasollast_img read more

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Superstar’s spotlight shines on agriculture at the Ayars Family Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel Penhorwood and Matt ReeseCountry music superstar Luke Bryan performed last night on the Ayars Family Farm near Mechanicsburg in Champaign County for the first stop on his 2018 Farm Tour.In conjunction with the concert, in an effort to salute Ohio’s largest food and agriculture industry, Governor John R. Kasich declared September 27, 2018 “Here’s to the Farmer Day” in the State of Ohio.“I think a lot of times agriculture goes unnoticed. I think these kinds of events help draw attention to all of our farmers out there that work hard each and every day to provide the necessities of life,” said David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture from a hayfield serving as a parking lot for last night’s Bryan concert. “I think it is great that the Governor proclaimed this ‘Here’s to the farmer day’ and I think it is great that Ohio was able to bring this concert here. There are only about five of these every year. With our strong agricultural heritage and what it means to our overall economy, we are glad to be here and very proud. Agriculture provides 1 out of 8 jobs and adds $124 billion to our economy. It is not just the guy who is planting the seed in the ground. We’ve got food processing in Ohio — about 1,200 processors that employ 68,000 people. It doesn’t make any difference where you live, there is agriculture and agriscience happening near you.”Daniels pointed out that events like this concert can be a nice way to connect Ohio’s farm community with consumers.“I look forward to seeing all of the people here tonight. I see a lot of people here that look like they are involved in agriculture but also a lot of fans who maybe aren’t connected to agriculture,” he said. “Maybe the best thing that can happen here tonight is everybody gets a little bit better appreciation for what farming is and what agriculture is.”John, Bonnie, Lucas, and Eli Ayars milk 150 Guernsey and Brown Swiss cows and raise corn, soybeans and hay on 1,000 acres. Staring in 2010, the Ayars began using their milk to make homemade ice cream right on the farm. Ayars Family Ice Cream is available in over 30 stores. The family plans on serving up plenty of ice cream and was excited to host the concert.On the tour, Bryan is celebrating a decade of saluting the American farmer as he takes his tenth annual Farm Tour 2018 to six cities this fall setting up stages in the fields of local farms from Ohio to Florida. Joining Bryan on the tour as guests this year are Chase Rice, Jon Langston, the Peach Pickers, and DJ Rock.Over 100,000 fans have attended the tour each year since its inception in 2009. In addition to the on-farm performances, Bryan will continue giving back to the farmers by awarding college scholarships to students from farming families who are attending the local college or university near the tour stops. To date, more than 50 scholarships have been granted.last_img read more

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Homemade VFX: Create and Film a DIY Meteor Strike

first_imgComputer-generated visual effects are useful, but they aren’t perfect for every shot. Learn how models and good cinematography can create great visuals.With a decent camera, some elbow grease, and ingenuity, you can create a wonderful photographic illusion. Take my word for it – I just built my first miniature, and I think the shot works well. Let’s take a look at how you can rely on models and solid filmmaking to get the effects you want — without relying completely on your computer. The inspiration for this occurred to me recently as I was looking through a book by L.B. Abbott called Special Effects – Wire, Tape and Rubber Band Style and saw a couple examples of in-camera effects shots. One was a “glass painting” and the other a “hanging miniature.” These were nifty “trick shot” techniques that filmmakers used prior to the advent of the optical printer. These shots involved creating composites with separate elements in post production.Image: Ted Withers working on a “glass painting.”A glass shot is an outdoor technique using a large pane of glass between the camera and the background — the glass serves as the painter’s “canvas.” Filmmakers align the glass with some topographical element that needs enhancement: a sky replacement, a distant city, or (in this case) an Italian villa.The Germans were especially adept at in-camera effects shots, Fritz Lang’s incredible Metropolis is a monumental photographic achievement. In addition to glass paintings and hanging miniatures, Metropolis made extensive use of the Schüfftan process, a technique that involves a front surface mirror placed at a 45-degree angle to the camera. The mirror reflects a miniature or a painting with an area scraped clean to reveal the live action. Pretty heady stuff for 1927.A hanging miniature is a model suspended between the camera and the background to pull off a big-time illusion without a big-time build. A hanging miniature gives the director more time in the day for the shot because the light and shadow will correspond to the live-action background.I’m building a hybrid hanging miniature. Instead of hanging it with the pick points out of the camera’s view, I’m mounting the lightweight miniature on a blue rod I can key out.The blue patches on the face of the miniature will allow the real roof to “print through” and help the blend. You’ll need to shoot the shot without the model first. You will use this clean shot later to fill in the blue patches and replace the mounting rod.My loadout for this project: LUMIX GH4, 25mm lens, f 14, ISO 800 = 96fpsI needed less than fifty dollars of craft supplies to construct this 1/16th scale (3/4″ to 12″) miniature.In the old days, this model would have hung from thin wires or adhered to a large pane of glass.Adding patina to the miniature. Finessing the miniature so that it blends with the background can be the most important and time-consuming part of the entire process.Here’s the finished product after three test shots and many rounds of supplemental degradation of the miniature. It started to look pretty good after the failed fire test almost destroyed the model.Mark Vargo, ASC started his career in VFX, with his first credit going to The Empire Strikes Back. He joined the team at ILM to work on the films Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dragonslayer, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Return of the Jedi. He continued working in VFX, earning an Oscar nomination for his work on Ghostbusters.In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he shifted focus to working as a director of photography, leading the Second Unit on films like The Green Mile, The Patriot, 3:10 to Yuma, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.last_img read more

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PH squash team unhurt after bus crash ahead of SEA Games event

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ SEA Games: Coach wants to see more from Perlas Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES The bus was on its way from the players’ hotel in Putrajaya to the National Squash Centre. Photo from The Star Twitter @staronline.KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines’ squash team is shaken but otherwise unhurt following a bus accident on Monday morning.The Filipinos, as well as the Thai and Myanmar squash teams, were on their way to the National Squash Centre from their hotel in Putrajaya when their buses collided.ADVERTISEMENT Squash offers nine gold medals at the Games and is played at the National Squash Centre and the Raintree Club in KL.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul None of the Filipino players – seven of them in total – suffered any major injuries.The Thais also escaped unhurt but a couple of Myanmar players were sent to the National Sports Institute (NSI) for treatment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“What happened was just unfortunate. It was an accident after all,” said Filipino team manager Abad Santos.“There were two buses. We were in the first bus together with the Thailand team while Myanmar was in the bus behind us. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We also had a police escort and everything seemed fine until the second bus hit us strongly from behind.“Some of the Myanmar players had some slight injuries but my players are all fine and we’re still ready to play.”Due to the accident, the morning matches of men and women’s doubles have been temporarily suspended. The mixed doubles competition was initially scheduled to start at 2pm.“We’re putting the competition on hold until the players get medical clearance to play,” said SEA Games squash technical officer K. Sivanesan.“We’re rescheduling and we expect things to be up and running after lunch.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

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