Man seriously injured after being assaulted and struck by hit-and-run van in Derry

first_imgDetectives in Derry are appealing for witnesses to an incident in Drumleck Gardens of Derry during the early hours of this morning, Sunday, May 26.A 32-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after he was assaulted and struck by a van at around 1.40am.The assailant then made off in the van. Detective Inspector Conor McStravick (PSNI) said: “We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area or who may know the current whereabouts of the van, which is believed to be a blue Vauxhall.“Detectives can be contacted at Strand Road police station by calling 101, quoting reference 225 26/05/19.”DerryMan seriously injured after being assaulted and struck by hit-and-run van in Derry was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NBA Finals: Warriors dismiss unwritten rule about not shooting late in game during blowout

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — The incident irritated Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson so much. It did not involve someone committing a dirty foul. Nor did it involve some trash talking. With the shot clock winding down, Warriors guard Shaun Livingston took an open mid-range jumper with five seconds left in overtime.So with the Warriors nursing a 10-point lead and on their way to a Game 1 NBA Finals win, Thompson expressed his …last_img read more

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KaXu Solar One to ease pressure on SA’s energy grid

first_img2 March 2015Lorraine KearneyThe first house in South Africa got electricity in 1890; by 1996, 5-million homes were connected to the grid. But between 1996 and today, South Africa added 7-million houses to the national grid, “doing more in 18 years than the country previously managed in 106 years”.This was the word of Ebrahim Patel, the economic development minister, who was speaking at the opening of KaXu Solar One outside Pofadder on Monday. With this success has come problems, namely the need for more power to be generated.Solutions to this hunger for power are coming thick and fast, in the form of renewable and coal-fired power.KaXu Solar One is the first solar thermal electricity (STE) plant in South Africa. It is also the biggest of its kind in Africa and the southern hemisphere. In opening the plant, Patel said: “Tonight, when ordinary South Africans put on their lights, put on their stoves to cook food, or watch television, some of that electricity would have been generated today near Pofadder.”Open skiesKaXu, which means “open skies” in the local Nama language, will add 100MW of electricity from the sun to the national grid, which is equal to about 320 gigawatt hours of electricity a year.“This is equal to the consumption of 80 000 houses, so serving more than 400 0000 South Africans. In practical terms, this is the consumption of all the households in Mossel Bay, Oudshoorn, Knysna and Swellendam combined,” said Patel.The plant covers an area of three square kilometres. It is made up of 17nbsp;200 collectors; each collector has 10 modules; each module has 28 mirrors. There are a total of 336 000 mirrors on the plant. The mirrors track the movement of the sun.Importantly, STE technology allows electricity to be stored for two-and-a-half hours, which means power will be supplied to the national grid when it is needed most – at peak time after dark. And it saves 315 000 tons of carbon emissions per year, said Armando Zuluaga, the chief executive of Abengoa Solar, a partner of the project.Total investment was $891-million in KaXu, the largest parabolic trough project in the southern hemisphere, according to Javier Benjumea, the president of Abengoa Solar International Advisory Board. “It will generate power when the sun has set. It also offers increased flexibility in terms of storage. It offers the same electricity without carbon emissions and that is a game changer.”KaXu Solar One was opened by Geoffery Qhena, the chief executive of the Industrial Development Corporation; Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel; Armando Zuluaga, the chief executive of Abengoa Solar; and Fadiel Farao, the chairman of the KaXu Community Trust. All are partners in the project.Qhena said the IDC recognised the key importance of the green economy, and had increased its focus in renewable energy as a means to reduce reliance on coal-generated power.Job creationDeveloping the new industries had “facilitated job creation, the upliftment of rural communities, skills and industrial development,” he said. The IDC’s involvement had seen the industry become more competitive and attract interest from different players – demonstrating its role in de-risking the sector.KaXu had a capacity bigger than the installed capacity in the whole of Lesotho, said Patel, who spoke about other initiatives: on 3 March, the Kakamas Hydro Electric Power plant would be opened on the Orange River, adding 10 MW to the grid.“On [5 March], Abengoa directors will fly to Johannesburg to sign the closure agreement for the beginning of the next solar plant – next door. Xina will bring jobs to the community and bring power to the national grid and so help our country to build schools, build manufacturing and grow the economy.”Koeberg equivalentAlready 33 renewable energy plants had been opened and by the end of the month, there would be 1 685 MW available – almost equivalent to Koeberg’s entire output. “In 12 months we have been building plants that will generate almost as much as Koeberg. The difference is that Koeberg generates all the time.”Coal was not forgotten though, and Patel spoke of the Medupi synchronising taking place on the day of KaXu’s inauguration. “Over the next few months, we will make sure the system is stable, and we will bring 800MW of electricity into our grid. All of these are examples of the government working hard to solve the electricity problem.”The total cost of KaXu came in at R7.9-billion investment, with about R1-billion coming from the Spanish group, Abengoa. The balance was supplied by the IDC, Nedbank RMB, Development Bank of Southern Africa, and the International Finance Corporation.KaXu is owned by Abengoa (59%), the IDC (29%) and the KaXu Community Trust (21%). The risk was carried by Abengoa, said Patel, which had put in its equity.Community trustAn important benefit was the value of the project to the rural area of Khai Ma. During construction, 4 500 jobs were created, 80% of them local. Now during operations, there are 80 permanent jobs, and South Africans are being trained to run the plant.Through the trust, the dividends would be invested in long-term projects that would benefit the community for generations to come, said Fadiel Farao, the chairman of the KaXu Community Trust. Projects would be in education, health, and skills development.“Big projects come and go,” said Patel, “so we must see that they create something out of it so that generations to come can be helped.”Finally, a project like this made a positive contribution to sustainability of life on planet. “If we burn coal and petrol all the time, we damage the environment and will kill opportunities for our children and the next generation. We can’t destroy the earth to grow our economy. Renewable energy is a bit more expensive, but we have to invest in it. Because we use the power of the sun, it doesn’t cause damage to our environment.”The life of KaXu is 20 years, but there is an emphasis on growing local manufacturing of the components, which will allow the country to build a solar power manufacturing sector. “We pay more for renewable energy, so we must have a better return,” said Patel. Renewable energy used to cost 100% more than coal-fired power; now that cost had dropped to 50% – and this was dropping all the time as more companies invested in new technology.How KaXu worksSource: IDCWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Audio Checklist for Video Editors

first_imgImplement these audio tips for success and raise the quality of your video editing projects!Nothing screams “amateur!” like bad audio. Even if your project has stunning visual images, your project will suffer if proper attention isn’t paid to creating a quality, complimentary audio track.  We’ve put together the following tips for the video editor looking to improve the sound mix of their projects!Only use high-res audio in your projectsMP3s may be useful for web applications, but in video WAVs or AIFFs are better choices. These file types are less compressed and will sound cleaner and crisper. MP3s can also prove to be finicky in some video editing applications, like Final Cut Pro. An additional step you can take to avoid complications in post is ensuring that all the audio elements in your project have the same sample rate – the standard for digital video is 48 kHz. Check out our previous post on the best audio formats for video editing for additional information.Let music drive the videoYour goal is to use music to enhance the feeling of your video, not work against it. Pull a handful of songs that you think will work for a particular scene or project. Then, VERY roughly lay out the video track and audition each of these songs underneath it to see how they work together. Once you’ve decided on an audio track, then use that music as a guide for editing the video (in most cases cutting to the tempo and beats).Keep your audio tracks organizedAssign different audio tracks in your project to different audio types. For instance, keep all dialogue on tracks 1-4, all music on tracks 5-8 and all sound effects on tracks 9-10. Think to yourself, “if another editor had to sit down at this project would they be able to quickly identify each audio clip?” It’s best practice to keep the project organized as you go, but it’s ESSENTIAL to clean it up before archiving.  Keeping an organized timeline will likely save you time and a bit of sanity.Use sound effects to enhance actionSound effects are often one of the last things to get added to a mix, so it likely falls off when you’re up against a deadline. Instead, think of sound effects early in the post process. When you’re reviewing footage take notes of instances where sound effects may add value to a scene. If you’re working with a sound designer, discuss opportunities for incorporating sound effects in the mix. The right sound effects can help set the tone and add pacing to your project. Check out our previous post for other tips on using sound effects to improve your videos.Don’t skimp on the room toneConnect with the on-location audio person before the shoot to ensure they’re recording room tone every time the scene or environment changes. Anytime the on-camera sound drops off (this can often happen between cuts) make sure you’re using room tone to cover this audio dead space. This will keep the mix sounding most consistent and be less jarring to the listener.Test your mixOn what device will your project be seen? With the wide variety of digital video devices it’s important to listen to your mix just as the intended viewer would.  Get a strong baseline mix in you audio or video editing application, and then refine it to fit the final delivery format. For instance, you may want to consider adding extra bass to an audio track that will primarily be heard through treble heavy low-grade computer speakers. Keep the final output in mind when doing your final mix.Utilize meters when setting levelsYour ears will fool you. It’s impossible to keep a consistent mix when adjusting from your own hearing alone. If you’re making adjustments by ear you’ll likely find that the overall mix will get louder and louder through the timeline. As you become accustomed to the audio level you’ll unknowingly raise the audio little by little, so that the end of the project sounds significantly louder than the start.  Avoid this editing mistake by utilizing the audio meters within your video editing application.  A standard in digital video is to keep most audio around -12 db with audio spikes not exceed 0db (12 db of headroom).  If you’re outputting for web it’s likely you’ll want to run the mix a bit hotter to account for computer speakers (around -6db).  Everyone’s hearing is different so use the audio meters to get a consistent result.Have audio tips to share?  Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

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CWG OC to give 30 % free tickets

first_imgThe lacklustre public response to most of the events in the Commonwealth Games prompted Organising Committee (OC) vice chairman Randhir Singh to call for giving free entry to at least 30 per cent of the spectators.Crowds outside a ticket counter on Thursday.”I feel that 30 per cent of all stadiums should be thrown open for the public. Tickets may be distributed at the gates on a first come first serve basis. People should be encouraged to come and watch the events,” he said.”There have been some great performances, but unfortunately not many spectators are around to see them. It is such a pity,” he added.This came on a day when the government asked the OC to get its act together so that tickets were made available to the people.”There have been reports that some stadiums were wanting in audience, while in others, tickets were not available,” urban development minister Jaipal Reddy said after the group of ministers (GoM) on the Games held a meeting. Sports minister M. S. Gill, tourism minister Kumari Selja, chief minister Sheila Dikshit and OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi were also present at the meeting.However, four days into the Games, the tickets still remained elusive. Mismanagement and poor technology didn’t help matters either.With the holiday season setting in, the paying public is starved of tickets. Even the sarkari babus are aghast that tickets are not coming their way. Sports minister M. S. Gill’s office was reportedly upset that tickets were not available at all.advertisementEmpty stands at Delhi’s Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium.While OC officials said tickets sales were picking up, there was no clue where the complimentary tickets, which comprise almost 20 per cent for each venue, were.Sources said the number of free tickets, reportedly distributed by the OC to the ministry and the Sports Authority of India, was shocking.”Worse, there are no tickets for India-Australia or India-Pakistan hockey matches. We do not have swimming or boxing tickets either,” a source added.Angad, a Class XI student at Guru Harkishan Public school, called up the call centre and found out that tickets were available for the swimming event. But he had to wait for an hour at the counter as the server had crashed. And when his turn came, he was told the tickets had been sold. “I called up the call centre again and they said the tickets were available. I don’t know whom to believe,” he said.Shilpa Singhal, who had gone to buy tickets with her daughter Prachika, had an equally annoying experience.”The people at the counters can’t tell you the Games schedules. You can’t either get through the call centre line or it gets disconnected before you finish talking. I had to call up 50 times before I could get the information I wanted,” she said.B. Subramaniam, a part of the Malaysian Boxing Federation, had a suggestion. He said: “It makes sense to have separate stalls for more popular events like boxing and swimming.” At the Talkatora Stadium, Philip Masonda, an official attached with the Zambian squash team, had a worse experience.He had gone to the stadium to watch some of the aquatics events. He was not allowed to enter because his pass limited entry only to the squash events. Moreover, the volunteers failed to arrange a transport for him back to the Games Village until a journalist intervened and sought the help of the authorities.A Rajouri garden couple also experienced the volunteers’ apathy at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex on Wednesday.Deepak Bassi, who had an accident some time ago that left his leg severely damaged, went to the complex to watch some events. But he and his wife were made to walk a 3-km stretch from the parking lot, with no help from the volunteers.However, all he commented was that “we have channels through which we can route our complaints in the Village. And I would prefer those channels”.(With inputs from Amandeep Shukla and Agencies)last_img read more

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