Call to action for a green economy

first_imgSouth Africa’s state power utility Eskom isinvesting heavily in wind and solar energytechnologies to reduce the country’sreliance on coal.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) Panellists at the roundtable discussionincluded, from left, Chamber of Mines CEOBheki Sibiya, City of Johannesburg MayorParks Tau and Eskom’s executive directorof resources and strategy Dr SteveLennon.(Image: Kathryn Fourie)MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122Kathryn FourieBrand South Africa and the Financial Times hosted a roundtable discussion at COP17 on 2 December 2011, highlighting the importance of working towards a green economy by setting emission reduction targets with strong implementation plans.Under the theme of “Opportunities and challenges of the Green Economy”, the event comprised a panel discussion between government and business leaders, including Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, City of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau, Eskom’s executive director of resources and strategy Dr Steve Lennon and CEO of the Chamber of Mines Bheki Sibiya.The panel was chaired by Andrew England, Southern Africa bureau chief of the Financial Times.The discussion was attended by various stakeholders from business, academia, government and civil society.Complex balancing actAt the heart of the COP17 negotiations are drastic changes in projected and real climate patterns and the increasing levels of carbon emissions which cause it.Reducing these emissions is a key component of worldwide strategies to combat climate change. Broadly termed “greening the economy”, reduction efforts are characterised by governments trying to balance the needs of their economies, people and the health of the planet – far from a straightforward business.Minister Molewa opened the event with a keynote speech highlighting the importance of working towards a green economy by setting emission reduction targets with strong implementation plans.This is directly in line with the National Green Economy Accord that was signed in Pretoria recently. The accord focuses on the move to a low-carbon economy, while creating substantial employment within this transformation.Figures around the 300 000 mark have been mentioned in terms of job creation, linked to a time frame of 10 years to make this a reality.During the discussions England posed a question around the feasibility of the targets set in the accord.South Africa is aiming for a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025. Fourteen years to reduce carbon emission by almost half the current levels, without compromising on employment rates and economic profit, is a tall order – further compounded by the fact that 90% of the country’s energy today comes from coal.Molewa stressed that while targets were high, they were based on sound study. “We will be getting into sustainable development that talks to our people, our economy and takes care of our environment,” she said.Cleaner coal and more renewable energyDr Lennon of state power utility Eskom was quick to defend government strategy in utilising a variety of energy production methods in its steps of transformation, and insisted that coal burning is not prioritised over other methods of energy production.While the government is investing heavily in wind and solar energy, with a resultant expansion in job numbers in these sectors, Lennon pointed out that Eskom is also investing in technology to produce more efficient and cleaner coal-based energy. Additionally, 20 000 new jobs will be created when the Medupi Power Station in Limpopo province comes online in 2012.Employment and the expansion of the job market is heavily linked to the greening of the economy, and in countries like South Africa – currently battling an unemployment rate of about 25% – it’s highly necessary that the government’s ambitious planning pays off, without compromising on the environment.last_img read more

Harnessing The Power of Facial Refinement in DaVinci Resolve

first_imgThe Face Refinement Tool allows for a quicker coloring process, while putting those tools into the hands of non-colorists.DaVinci Resolve is probably the most widely used grading program on any platform, in part because it’s free. Resolve Studio is a paid upgrade and includes some special features not available in the free version.One of the most helpful and powerful of these is the Face Refinement OpenFX plugin. It’s a tool that tracks a face in the shot, allowing you to grade that face separately from the other elements in the scene — making it stand out.To use Face Refinement, add it to a new node after the scene is equalized but before a LUT is applied. This’ll give you the most control over your image.Once the tool has found a face, it’ll run both forward and backward through the clip, tracking the face throughout the shot. Sometimes, it can get lost if you don’t start on an image where the face is clearly visible.Once the clip has been tracked, which will depend on your hardware speed, the tool lets you adjust — with a great degree of control — over just how it appears. You can adjust the entire face in regards to exposure, contrast, saturation, and tint. You can also adjust specific parts, like the brightness of the eyes, or even blur bags under the eyes, making them less visible.The tool even lets you change the color and saturation of the lips, cheeks, and chin — either removing makeup or adding bright colors — where they didn’t previously exist. This is much more effective and believable on closeups than it is on distant shots, but it can come in handy.The Face Refinement Tool doesn’t do anything that experienced colorists can’t already do with the tools that exists in Resolve; however, it makes the process a lot faster, without requiring hours for every shot.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Highway Hunters” By Denis“Craving for Adventures” By Vincent Tone“My Old Piano” By Magnetize Music“I Found You” By Magnetize Music“Novation” By CaliLooking for more on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles.NLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — Processing PowerNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — The CostLearn How to Fix a Variable ND Filter Vignette in DaVinci ResolveHow to Work with Different Frame Rates With The Same File in ResolveReview: DaVinci Resolve 16’s Cut Page — Is It Any Good?last_img read more

PMLA case: Ex-Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh, wife get bail

first_imgA special court on Thursday granted bail to former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, his wife and three others in a ₹7-crore money laundering case.Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted the relief to Mr. Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh, who were present in the court in response to the summons issued against them on the last date of hearing.The court also granted bail to Universal Apple Associate owner Chunni Lal Chauhan, besides other accused Prem Raj and Lawan Kumar Roach.All the accused got the relief on furnishing a personal bond of ₹50,000 and one surety of the same amount each.During the proceedings, ED counsel Nitesh Rana opposed their bail plea, seeking judicial custody for them.The court, however, granted them bail considering they were not arrested by the ED during investigation.The court had, on February 12, issued summons against the accused saying there was enough prima facie evidence against them.last_img read more

Private buses’ strike continues in Berhampur

first_imgCommuters in Odisha’s Berhampur had a harrowing time on Monday as private buses did not ply for the second consecutive day.The Ganjam District Private Bus Operators’ Association has decided to extend its strike indefinitely after its talks with the district administration on Sunday remained inconclusive. The private bus operators are protesting against the shifting of the bus stand from the heart of the city to Haladiapadar on the outskirts. Around 628 private passenger buses registered with the Ganjam District Private Bus Operators’ Association have remained off the roads since Sunday. This has affected passenger transportation from and to Berhampur from different parts of the State and adjoining Andhra Pradesh.Limited State buses Limited number of Odisha State Road Transport Corporation buses continue to play from Berhampur. Transportation to areas near Berhampur like Hinjli, Gopalpur and Chatrapur was not affected that badly because 28 city buses which ply to the areas continued their operations. But passengers wishing to travel to interior pockets of the district and other districts that do not have train communication were stranded at Berhampur bus stand.The district administration decided to shift the passenger bus terminus of Berhampur to a recently constructed bus stand at Haladiapadar on the city’s outskirts from July 1.According to the decision, buses coming to Berhampur from other districts of the State and from outside Odisha were to go straight to the Haladiapadar terminus. Only buses plying within the district were to ply from the bus stand within the city. This decision was not acceptable to the private bus operators who resorted to strike, demanding a withdrawal of the order.last_img read more

NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan’s last title in 1998

first_imgGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. APCLEVELAND — The first two games of the NBA Finals are the most-watched since Michael Jordan’s final championship in 1998.Despite two lopsided outcomes, Golden State’s two home wins over Cleveland averaged 19.6 million viewers, according to numbers released Monday by the Nielsen company.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games That’s an increase of 5 percent from the 18.6 million average in 2016.The Warriors’ 132-113 victory on Sunday drew an average of 20.1 million viewers, up 13 percent from Game 2 last year and the most for a Game 2 since Chicago and Utah met in 1998. The telecast peaked with 23.1 million viewers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis is the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals. Cavs ignore last year’s comeback after another 0-2 hole BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more