SA ‘ahead of schedule for 2010’

first_img“Working with other stakeholders such as the 2010 Local Organising Committee, we are glad to announce that we have made significant progress in pursuit of our goal to host a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Motlanthe said. South Africa ‘on course’ Source: BuaNews “We have also started to pay focused attention to all the 2010 legacy projects, so that the facilities are used for the maximum benefit of our people and our country beyond 2010,” he said. South Africa will meet its infrastructure deadlines well ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told Parliament in Cape Town this week. “We are, however, confident that the economic benefits flowing from the 2010 Fifa World Cup competition will soften some of the cutting effects of this economic crisis,” he said. There are only three matches left before the curtain is drawn on Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions” – a test run for staging the World Cup – and no major incidents have been reported. Budget overrunscenter_img He pointed out that oversight visits conducted by members of the inter-ministerial committee had helped to ensure that the government and other stakeholders met their deadlines on infrastructure programmes. Motlanthe cautioned, however, that budget overruns by some host cities, especially in light of the current economic difficulties, needed to be addressed urgently so as to ensure that their expenditure was within budget. Motlanthe said that if anything was needed to confirm South Africa’s readiness to host world soccer’s showpiece event, the Confederations Cup under way had demonstrated that the country was on course to meet its objectives. 25 June 2009 The tournament “has also helped us identify areas that require improvement to deliver the best World Cup ever,” Motlanthe said, adding that the government was convinced that Bafana Bafana would continue improving ahead of 2010. The government had also noted concerns over delays in the construction of the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, and discussions with the affected parties were taking place to resolve all outstanding matters.last_img read more


2015 Proficiency award winners

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Fiber and Oil Crop Production – Tyler Stegbaruer, Fayetteville FFAForage Production – Janell Dean, Lynchburg Clay FFAFood Science and Technology – Mariah Cox, Zane Trace FFAForest Management and Products – Blake Fox, Lancaster FFAFruit Production – Alexandra Sabine, Firelands FFAGoat Production – Emily Beal, Miami East FFAGrain Production Entrepreneurship – Cody Perry, Anthony Wayne FFA Grain Production Placement – Justin Gravatt, North Union FFAHome and/or Community Development – Bailey Wagner, Ridgemont FFALandscape Management – Troy Mabis, Talawanda FFANursery Operations – Zebulon Burton, South Central FFAOrganic Agriculture – Devon Mullen, Amanda-Clearcreek FFAOutdoor Recreation – Gabriel Watern, Tri-Village FFAPoultry Production – Mitchell Swonger, River Valley FFASheep Production – Kathleen Tuggle, Firelands FFASmall animal production and care — Laci Welch, MarysvilleSpecialty Animal Production – Bethany Carlson, Edgerton FFASpecialty Crop Production – Clinton Liming, Felicity Franklin FFASwine Production Placement – Kathryn Barney, Anthony Wayne FFASwine Production Entrepreneurship – Augustus Mitchem, Miami Trace FFATurf Grass Management – Justin Lorentz, West Holmes FFAVegetable Production – Samuel Richer, Wauseon FFAVeterinary Medicine – Abby Motter, Crestview FFAWildlife Production and Management – Brandon Magee, Covington FFAlast_img read more


World’s Tallest Modular Tower Opens

first_imgThe tallest modular building in the world, a 32-story residential tower, has opened its doors in New York City.There are 363 apartments at 461 Dean, part of a 22-acre development called Pacific Park Brooklyn that ultimately will include 6 million square feet of residential space and 6,430 units of housing. It was constructed at the intersection of Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn next to one of the city’s major transportation hubs.Half of the units at 461 Dean have been set aside for low- and middle-income families, with studios starting at $559 a month (two-bedroom units at $727), according to an article posted at Wired. Affordable housing in New York City is in such short supply that 84,000 people submitted applications for the 181 affordable units this summer. Housing was assigned by lottery.According to the project’s website, market-rate studio apartments start at $2,450; two-bedroom units start at $4,750 a month.The building was constructed to meet the LEED-Silver standard, but the developer did not list any particular energy-efficiency features, such as added insulation or extra measures to reduce air leaks. Teething problems for modular buildingThe building — developed by Forest City Ratner Companies and designed by SHoP Architects — was constructed of modular units manufactured at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and moved to the site by truck. The building was an important test of how modular construction could make urban housing more affordable, Wired said, with Forest City originally predicting it would be ready for occupancy in 18 months and cost 20% less than a tower built conventionally.It didn’t work out that way. Construction ran two years behind schedule as the manufacturer, Skanska, struggled to develop the 960 different modules that would be needed to complete the building. The site itself also posed problems because it was triangular in shape, which resulted in triangular modules and added construction complexity.“In an effort to show modular has endless possibilities, we probably went a little overboard on the complexity,” Roger Krulak, who oversaw Forest City’s modular business, told Wired.As problems mounted, Forest City sued Skanska. Skanska returned the favor by suing Forest City, and Forest City ended up buying the module factory from Skanska. It has since sold the modular operation to Krulak, who founded a new company called Full Stack Modular.Even though the 461 Dean experiment wasn’t as successful as developers had hoped, Forest City CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin said the effort will help others develop complex modular buildings in the future, Wired said.last_img read more


Pro Tip: Exporting a Finished Video from Premiere Pro

first_imgNow that your edit is complete and ready for delivery, there’s one step left. Exporting a finished video with Premiere Pro is a required skill in any edit. Getting StartedTo export a video in Premiere Pro, go to File>Export>Media. You could also press the shortcut key Ctrl + M on PC, or Cmd + M on Mac. Make sure the sequence you want to export is selected when you do this.This will bring up your Export Settings window. In this window, you’ll select your desired settings (or presets) for the video, before sending it to Media Encoder for exporting.Decide on a DestinationThe first thing to think about when exporting a video is where the video will be delivered and how it’ll be viewed. Are you going to upload to YouTube and Vimeo? Compressing down the video so you can send it easily to a client? Or are you exporting a hi-res master version for presentation? The delivery destination is very important on deciding what the settings need to be. There are loads of useful presets already installed with Premiere Pro and Media Encoder. You can use these presets to quickly choose settings for your exported file.If you want to bypass these custom settings and export with the EXACT settings of your sequence, you can select Match Sequence Settings at the top. That’ll change your export settings to exactly match your sequence settings. Although, I don’t recommend this because most delivery destinations require codecs other than your common editing or intermediate codec. 4. Save Your Favorite SettingsIf you find yourself using a custom setting frequently, you can save your export settings as a new preset. Click the Save Preset button next to the preset dropdown in the export window. You can then name the preset whatever you like. Now you can use that saved preset in the future.As you can see, exporting a finished video from Premiere Pro is super easy and very customizable. Want to streamline your exporting even more? You can also add additional output files from the same source sequence in Media Encoder — very useful for creating different file types and sizes of the same video.Want more tips for using Premiere Pro? Check these out.15 Premiere Pro Tutorials Every Video Editor Should WatchQuick and Easy Compositing Tips for Adobe Premiere Pro15 FREE Camera Shake Presets for After Effects and Premiere ProHow to Properly Pancake Timelines in Adobe Premiere ProThe 3 Easiest Ways to Cut Clips in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 1. Select a FormatThe best setting for web playback is the H.264 codec. So, we’ll select our format as H.264. That is also the most common codec for video exports through Premiere. For eighty to ninety percent of your exports, you’ll be using H.264.We’ll select a preset that matches our sequence and desired output. Our sequence is 1080p with a frame rate of 23.976 fps.2. Check Your SettingsClick the output name to specify an output name for the exported video file. To learn more about properly naming a file, check out this article. Make sure that Export Video and Export Audio are both checked so the file has both video and audio.If you feel comfortable with changing settings to make them more customizable, you can do so in this window. Here’s my recommended settings for most of my videos exported in Premiere:Click the Render at Maximum Depth box.Change the Bitrate Encoding Settings to VBR, 2 Pass, then drag your Target Bitrate to your selected file size. The size will be shown at the bottom of the window. Make your Maximum Bit Rate double the Target Bit Rate.3. Select from Export OptionsNow, you can select one of two Premiere Pro export options: Queue or Export.Selecting Queue will send you to Media Encoder, with the sequence added to a queue.Then, all you have to do is press the green play button at the top to start the export. This is good if you want to add multiple Premiere Pro sequences to export at the same time. This also allows you to continue working in Premiere Pro while Media Encoder exports in the background. This is the method of exporting I use most often.Selecting Export simply exports the sequence right from that window. You won’t be able to use Premiere Pro while it’s exporting this way.That’s it! You just exported your finished video. Exporting in Premiere ProFor this example, we’ll be exporting from Premiere Pro to upload to YouTube. Premiere Pro also has presets for both YouTube and Vimeo that’ll export your project in the best recommended settings for both. However, for this example, we’re going to be exporting with custom settings.last_img read more