Top safety plan for World Cup

first_imgNew SAPS vehicles were paraded in Sandton toshow that South Africa’s security agenciesare prepared for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) South Africa’s security agencies will do their utmost to ensure fans are protected and the country remains safe during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the country’s government has promised.The agencies, which include police and various emergency services, have been ready for some time now, National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele said at a parade in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 17 May. “We are ready to host the World Cup …”Local and international journalists, many of whom are already stationed here for next month’s tournament, were in Sandton to witness the display of high-tech armoured police and traffic vans, chase helicopters and ambulance fleet to be used during the June-July period.The display should give overseas reporters a good indication of the country’s security preparations, Cele said. “The international media must tell the world what they see,” he added.The nation’s expertly trained soldiers also showed off their skills during the parade, as the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the army will work together on various operations during the World Cup.Government had allocated R1.35-billion (US$179-million) to these two forces to ensure maximum security for the month-long tournament.As the country counts down the 23 days remaining until kick-off, the display was “a show of strength of all agencies”, Cele said. “Definitely, South Africa is ready. We’re ready to secure all stadiums …”Some R665-million($88. 2-million) has been spent on World Cup security equipment, which – in addition to the armoured vehicles and helicopters – include sniper rifles, surveillance cameras, advanced bomb-disabling equipment and water cannons.About 41 000 SAPS officers will be deployed during World Cup operations. The group will consist of 31 000 permanent officers and 10 000 reservists, with a combined budget of R640-million ($85-million).Joint forcesPolice and intelligence officers will also work with Interpol and the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO). Ronald Noble, Interpol’s secretary-general, announced in April that about 25 of its member countries will supply additional security personnel to South Africa for the World Cup.While Interpol will provide top-notch intelligence and surveillance equipment, SARPCCO is expected to play a critical role in helping South Africa secure its borders and ensure that people don’t enter the country illegally during June and July.The remaining 31 teams that have qualified for the World Cup will also send their own security officers to deal with any terrorism or general crime threats.International security agencies have given a “thumbs up” to South Africa’s World Cup security plans, Cele said.Lasting legacySouth African forces have received training in crowd control management from the French National Police Force. Thanks to the leadership and expertise of French General Herve Niel, among others, SAPS members are now well equipped to deal with violent outbreaks.“The resources that have been put in place and the training will be there to benefit the people South Africa long after the World Cup,” Cele said.“South Africa will never be the same again after the World Cup,” added Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.The South African Football Association is satisfied with World Cup security plans, said its CEO Lesley Sedibe. Security of all 32 participating teams will be prioritised, he added. “We’re confident that the security of all the teams is in good hands.”last_img read more

South African market hungry for the Joule

first_imgJoules will go on sale in 2013.(Image: Optimal Energy)MEDIA CONTACTS• Jaco van LoggerenbergMedia LiaisonOptimal Energy+27 21 462 7804 or +27 82 903 7947RELATED ARTICLES• Model ‘green’ car in SA for World Cup• Mercedes-Benz SA tops for quality• Electrifying SA’s motor industry• VW SA wins multibillion contractBongani NkosiThe South African market looks ready to buy into the Joule, the country’s first stylish electric car.Although it will only be mass-produced late in 2012 and go on sale in 2013, there’s already a considerable demand for it, said Jaco van Loggerenberg, spokesperson for the car’s developer, Optimal Energy.“Demand in South Africa is there and it will grow,” he said. “We get phone calls from customers everyday, people are asking where they can buy the Joule.”The South African Department of Science and Technology and state-owned Industrial Development Corporation have invested heavily in Optimal Energy to get the project off the ground.Optimal Energy is a private South African company based in Cape Town.South Africa is proving to be one of the markets willing to embrace eco-friendly electrical cars, according to Van Loggerenberg. “You can see that readiness in many countries is growing. You see a level of readiness even in South Africa.”Most potential buyers have indicated they are concerned about conventional vehicles’ impact on the environment. “People want the electric car because it has fewer emissions,” said Van Loggerenberg.Export plans The outlook is that Joule sales will surge in the UK and other European countries, where there’s already strong demand for electric vehicles.Optimal Energy is planning to produce between 30 000 and 50 000 Joule units per year from 2013. “A lot of these cars would go to Europe, looking at the readiness of those countries,” Van Loggerenberg said.“The South African market is important to us,” he added, “we’ll sell many cars in South Africa, as much as the market can absorb”.Optimal Energy is hoping that the South African government will give incentives to electric car buyers, as is already done in countries like UK, the US, Japan, France and Spain.Chic, high-speed vehicleThe Joule, launched at the Paris Motor Show in 2008, is a trendy four-wheel vehicle with a top speed of 135km/h, enabling it to drive on highways. The five-seater zero carbon-emission car is powered by a lithium-ion battery which, if charged overnight, could last for about 300km.But experts say the Joule is more suitable for urban motorists, who drive about 150km a day.The batteries are currently produced by South Korea’s Energy Innovation Group, but there are plans to manufacture them in South Africa closer to production time, Van Loggerenberg said.The Joule also has an additional solar panel fitted on its rooftop to power accessories like the air-conditioner and electric windows.The vehicle, designed by South African-born Keith Helfet, a former top designer at Jaguar, will sell for between R235 000 and R285 000 (US$31 000 and $37 700).Creating jobsAll Joule cars will be manufactured in South Africa, with the production plant certain to be set up in Port Elizabeth or East London in the Eastern Cape province.The project is expected to create between 8 000 and 10 000 jobs for locals, “which will be of great benefit to South Africa”, Van Loggerenberg said.A limited number of Joule cars will be released onto the South African market later in 2010 to test the public’s interest. “We want to gauge feedback from customers and the media,” said Van Loggerenberg.last_img read more

On this day 50 years ago: Mandela arrives at Robben Island

first_imgMandela and Walter Sisulu were both held at Robben Island. Keeping all political prisoners in one prison was a mistake Mandela has said. (Image: Mandela Foundation)• Robben Island revisited digitally • Nelson Mandela: a life in photographs • From Liliesleaf to Robben Island • The Rivonia Trialists today • Places to visit on Madiba’s JourneySulaiman Philip“The names of those who were incarcerated on Robben Island is a roll call of resistance fighters and democrats spanning over three centuries. If indeed this is a Cape of Good Hope, that hope owes much to the spirit of that legion of fighters and others of their calibre.” – Nelson Mandela Inaugural Speech, 1994Today, 50 years ago, Nelson Mandela arrived on Robben Island to begin serving a life sentence after his conviction for sabotage at the Rivonia Trial. For the next 24 years the oval spit of scrubland would be his home. To the warders he was not his reputation – a charismatic leader, a keen amateur boxer and ladies’ man – he was simply prisoner number 46664, a convicted terrorist. But his status as leader of the political prisoners on the island made him a target of abuse from the warders. Realising that he had to draw a in the line sand or the abuse would never end, especially when the mistreatment came close to violence, he turned on his tormentor. “I was frightened; it was not because I was courageous, but one had to put up a front and so he stopped.”  As Mandela remembered, “I say, ‘you dare touch me, I will take you to the highest court in this land and by the time I’m finished with you, you will be as poor as a church mouse’. And he stopped.” For Madiba it was more than just winning peace and respect from his jailers. It was him living the spirit of his philosophy. “I believe the way in which you will be treated by the prison authorities depends on your demeanour and you must fight that battle and win it on the very first day.”June 13 1964 was not Madiba’s first day on Robben Island; he had begun serving a five-year sentence for leaving the country without a passport a year before. He was transported back to Pretoria in June 1963 to stand trial for sabotage in what was to be become known as the Rivonia Trial. Mandela and Walter Sisulu were both held at Robben Island. Keeping all political prisoners in one prison was a mistake Mandela has said. (Image: Mandela Foundation)Robben Island: an isolated worldIn Long Walk to Freedom, his autobiography, Mandela wrote about the ferry ride from Cape Town to Robben Island. “Journeying to Robben Island was like going to another country. Its isolation made it not simply another prison, but a world of its own.”Within hours of their guilty verdict, around midnight of June 12 1964, Mandela and Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni were flown to Robben Island to begin their sentences. Often before his release, first being moved to Pollsmoor and then Victor Verster prisons, Madiba was offered freedom by the apartheid government, but he found the strings they attached too onerous. As younger, more militant activists started arriving as prisoners after the 16 June 1976 Soweto uprising, the older prisoners found an unspoken fear realised. As the struggle had evolved and become more violent in response to more violent oppression, the prisoners on Robben Island were frozen in time. “These young men were a different breed. They were brave, hostile and aggressive; they would not take orders. To be perceived as a moderate was a novel and not altogether pleasant feeling,” Mandela wrote. Robben Island: the tourist attraction“South Africans must recall the terrible past so that we can deal with it, forgiving where forgiveness is necessary but never forgetting.” – Nelson Mandela, on leaving office as South African president, 15 June 1999Today you can take a high-speed ferry from Cape Town and for a half a day walk through the quarry where Mandela’s eyesight was damaged by dust and the glaring sun. A visitor can enjoy the wild life, originally released as hunting stock to feed passing ships.Visitors to Robben Island, today a national heritage site and tourist attraction, are free to roam the concrete jail house and cells that housed the Category D prisoners, or stop over at the shrine of Muslim leader; Tuan Guru; the Lepers Graveyard; and the house where Robert Sobukwe spent nine years in solitary confinement.Each cell is uniformly bleak – a bedroll on the floor, a tiny stool and a ceramic pot – and each was kept spotlessly clean. This simple act of domesticity was revolutionary for the prisoners. “To survive in prison one must develop ways to take satisfaction in one’s daily life. One can feel fulfilled by washing one’s clothes so that they are particularly clean, by sweeping a corridor so that it is free of dust, by organising one’s cell to conserve as much space as possible. The same pride one takes in more consequential tasks outside prison, one can find in doing small things inside prison.”Madiba began his life sentence as a determined politically radicalised activist; he left Robben Island determined to be a leader. The roots of the statesman he became are on the island, or as he said; “Robben Island matured me.”last_img read more

Lift & Extract in Premiere Pro: Moving Clips

first_imgThe useful thing about this is the exact portion you wanted from the original ‘camera sequence’ is now on your clipboard and ready for you to paste it into your main sequence.At this point you may get a little worried that while it will paste in, it will overwrite whatever is present in your master sequence.  You may feel the need to do an INSERT edit rather than an OVERWRITE edit.Instead of just doing the normal shortcut for paste (on a Mac it’s Command and V, on a PC it’s Control and V), simply add a SHIFT to the combination and you will end up with an insert edit of the clips you lifted or extracted from your camera sequence.  This will push the existing footage down the timeline to make room for the copied clips.SHIFT + CNT/CMD + V = Insert Edit of All Clips From the ClipboardUse Lift & Extract in Premiere Pro to move portions of the clips you want into a new timeline with ease. Getting the right portions of selected clips from one sequence to another is simple in Premiere Pro using the ‘Lift’ & ‘Extract’ options.  Here’s how to use this timesaving tool.Sometimes it’s useful to seperate cameras into sequences of their own to simply the editing process.  You may want to put all the media clips from one camera end-to-end in a single sequence and call it “Camera 1”.  Of course, this may result in multiple sequences each representing different cameras.The question then is how to grab footage from each of these sequences and bring them into a master sequence for the main edit.  You could select clips and cut/paste them into the master sequence, but more often than not you don’t want whole clips.  Instead, what you need is select portions of clips.You could nest each of these sequences into the main sequence, but this is a very difficult way of working and not recommended.This is where the “Lift and Extract” option comes into play in Premiere Pro.  In this post, we’ll take a look at how to use Lift and Extract, a quick way of moving portions of clips around from one sequence to another.  Before we start, it’s worth noting that some people don’t like to have a work area bar and a time ruler in the sequence/timeline window and just like to work with IN and OUT points. Did you know you can turn both of them off in Premiere Pro CS6? Just go to the panel menu and un-check these options.Options to Un-Check to De-Clutter TimelineThe end result is that your timeline looks like this (you don’t have to do it, but it certainly leads to a cleaner looking timeline):After Un-Checking OptionsNow, it’s just a case of going through your footage with the sequence selected and choosing IN (shortcut is i) and OUT (shortcut is o) points in the TIMELINE of the ‘camera’ sequences.  This can include as much or as little of the clips as you’d like, and doesn’t have to be complete clips.IN and OUT Point Selected In The TimelineIn Premiere Pro, the ‘Lift’ & ‘Extract’ buttons are found here in the Program Monitor:LIFT & EXTRACT Buttons in the Program MonitorLIFT (keyboard shortcut is ; ) will copy the clip to your clipboard and remove the selected portion from the timeline, leaving a hole in the timeline shown below:LIFTWhereas EXTRACT (keyboard shortcut is #) will copy the clip to your clipboard, remove the selected portion from the timeline AND close up the resulting hole as shown below:EXTRACT (with gap closed)last_img read more

Jharkhand teacher held for 2017 FB post

first_imgA government college teacher has been arrested here for allegedly writing an “objectionable post” on Facebook two years ago in support of a beef party in Chennai, the police said on Sunday. Jeetrai Hansda, a contractual faculty member at Jamshedpur Co-operative College, was arrested from a village in the Sakchi area of Jamshedpur on Saturday night, an officer said, adding that the teacher had been evading arrest. “Hansda has been booked under various sections of the IPC and the IT Act, and the process to forward him to judicial custody is currently under way,” Rajeev Singh, the officer-in-charge of the Sakchi police station, said. The teacher, a resident of Parsudih here, had allegedly written a post in support of a beef party organised by the IIT-Madras students, prompting the Akhil Bharatiya Vishwa Parishad (ABVP), the student’s wing of the RSS, to file a complaint against him, the officer said. The beef fest was organised at IIT-Madras in 2017 in protest against the restrictions imposed on cattle trade by the Union government. The student’s union had demanded the sacking of Mr. Hansda. The post was then deleted, the officer added. Asked for a reaction, Kolhan University Vice-Chancellor Shukla Mohanty said Mr. Hansda was a guest faculty member at the Graduate School College for Women when he posted the message on Facebook. He was later absorbed as a contractual teacher in the women’s college.Show-cause notice “A show-cause notice was served on Mr. Hansda after receiving a complaint about his objectionable Facebook post, He then apologised,” Mr. Mohanty said, adding that Mr. Hansda had joined as a contractual faculty member at the Co-operative College recently.last_img read more

Blazers hope for another post-All-Star break revival

first_imgRead Next Center Jusuf Nurkic, who came to Portland in a trade a handful of days before the All-Star break, went on to average 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 20 games with the Blazers. Portland was 14-5 with the 7-footer in the starting lineup.Portland made the playoffs for the fourth straight season, but fell in the opening round to the Warriors.This season, Portland is in the thick of the race. Lillard leads the team with 26.1 points per game, sixth in the league, while also averaging 6.6 assists. Backcourt teammate CJ McCollum is averaging 21.7 points, and Nurkic is at 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds.Stotts was asked just before the break whether he was happy with the team’s position.“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. We’ve got a lot of teams out there fighting for playoff spots,” the coach said. “It’s not about where we are. It’s about where we’re headed.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Afterward, Lillard sounded like he was taking it upon himself to improve the Blazers’ playoff position.“Each season, it’s always a few teams that fall by the wayside and we’ve just got to make sure we’re not one of them,” he said. “As a leader, I’ve got to be the guy to lead that charge.”In 2015-16, Portland was 27-27 at the All-Star break after winning eight of nine games going into it. The Blazers finished the regular season 44-38 and in fifth place in the West. They got past the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the Warriors in the conference semifinals.Last season, Portland lost three straight games to go into the break at 23-33. Shortly thereafter, an overtime loss at Detroit put them 11 games under .500.But in March, Portland caught fire and went 13-3, best in the NBA. Lillard was named the conference’s Player of the Month, averaging 29.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 16 games. Terry Stotts was named Coach of the Month.ADVERTISEMENT “I mean, I think that’s in the back of our minds. We know that we’re usually a better team in the second half of the season,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said. “We can’t just go into it saying, ‘All right, we’re always good at this part of the season.’ I think mentally we have to understand how close of a race it is and that we’ve got to be sharp all the way through.”Portland is 32-26 at the break, tied for sixth in the West, which is better off than it was last season at the same point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the Blazers are one of five teams in the West with 26 losses. The Warriors and Houston Rockets sit comfortably atop the standings with the next eight teams jostling for position.The Blazers headed into the All-Star Game with a 123-117 victory over Golden State, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Warriors. Lillard had 44 points, his third straight game with 39 or more and the best scoring stretch of his career. His 133 points over the last three games is the best such run in franchise history. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, dribbles past Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers have been known for their post-All-Star break revivals for the past two seasons. Those late-season rallies will no doubt be an ongoing theme in the congested Western Conference playoff race once Portland resumes the season on Friday, Feb. 23,2018 in Utah. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)PORTLAND, Ore. — The Trail Blazers have enjoyed post-All-Star break revivals the past two seasons.Those late-season rallies will no doubt be an ongoing theme in the congested Western Conference playoff race once Portland resumes play on Friday in Utah.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Struggling Hornets fire general manager amid 24-33 season View commentslast_img read more