South African student is world photo finalist

first_imgThis scene in a nightclub has earnedNina Grindlay a place in the finals of theSony World Photography Awards.(Image: Nina Grindlay)MEDIA CONTACTS • Nina Grindlay+27 78 457 0458RELATED ARTICLES• SA director makes festival finals• Bieber wins top press photo award• Photoafrica shows Africa’s cityscapes• The boy who sees in pictures• Nikon to nurture young photographersShamin ChibbaBy coupling patience and an eye for detail, a South African student has been selected as one of the finalists for the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards’ Student Focus competition.The announcement came earlier in February that Nina Grindlay, a photography student from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, is short-listed amongst ten finalists from nine different countries for her Nightclub Portrait Series.Grindlay is the only representative from the Africa/Middle East region.She now stands to win US$61 000 (R453 000) worth of Sony digital imaging equipment for her institution when the World Photography Awards ceremony takes place at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel on 26 April.Capturing a fleeting momentAccording to Grindlay, the picture was part of a series created for an exhibition at Rhodes.She chose the nightclub not as a way to merely capture the scene but as a way of looking at those subtle moments of human interaction within social environs.“I wanted to capture a fleeting moment that people do not usually notice unless it is captured by a camera,” she said.This year’s competition brief was based on the philosophy of the haiku poem. Photographers were asked to take on the role of a haiku poet and capture a decisive moment in time.Grindlay said the subtlety of the image is akin to a haiku and like a poet she spent many hours in various locations patiently waiting to seize that one moment.She is confident about her chances in the competition. “I am an optimistic person but if I don’t win, it’s okay. This is an opportunity to make contacts and meet people.”Since receiving her own disposable camera as a child, the Durban-born photographer has always been intrigued by the way the lens captures the human condition.“I find it amazing that I can freeze a moment in time with the click of a button and that through these pictures, recall all emotions, smells and sounds,” she said.Entering the competitionAccording to the rules of the Student Focus competition, it’s up to the tutor to submit a selection of students’ works.In Grindlay’s instance, senior photography lecturer Brent Meistre entered her into the competition, along with the rest of his third and fourth year students.Meistre said that Grindlay is motivated and has a good eye; traits that will give her a good chance in the final.“She has quite a graphic style. She leans more towards the genre of street photography, meaning that she waits for the moment instead of composing it,” he said. “That is what makes her pictures dynamic and unusual.”However, he did acknowledge that her chance of winning is determined by the second stage of competition. The theme is Your world in colour and photographers are asked to create a series of images that evoke emotion through their choice of colour.Meistre said Grindlay will have to be explorative during this stage in order to impress the judges.Snapping socio-political South AfricaFor Your world in colour, photographers have to capture their images using the latest cameras supplied by Sony. This stage will be completed in each of their resident countries a month before they are to fly to London.For this stage, Grindlay wants to focus her lens on the more socio-political side of South Africa instead of the aesthetic.“Capturing the socio-political aspect is relevant in this country,” she said. “There are a lot of issues we deal with. I want to see the deeper meaning behind the pictures and make the viewer think.”She has already received her Sony camera and is now traversing Grahamstown in search of the perfect shot.About Student FocusStudent Focus finalists were chosen by a panel of three judges, all of whom are World Photography Organisation Academy members.They include Belgian Carl de Keyser, co-founder and director of the XYZ Photography Gallery; the UK’s Sarah Toplis, commissioning editor for Young Tate; and executive director of the Society for Photographic Education in the US, Virginia Morrison.During their stay in London, the Student Focus finalists will receive lectures and master classes from industry leaders and academy members.Their images will also be on show at the month-long World Photo London exhibition, between 27 April and 20 May.The Student Focus competition is a global education programme created by the World Photography Organisation. It is open to universities from around the world that run photography programmes.Since its conception in 2007 when just ten universities from Europe entered, the competition has grown to attract entrants from over 200 institutions across six continents.last_img read more

It’s Official: Wood is a Green Building Material

first_imgAbout this time last year, President Obama introduced America’s Great Outdoors, a conservation initiative aimed at restoring the country’s forests, protecting watersheds and natural recreation areas, and protecting conservation-program jobs. In February 2011, in a follow-up to the president’s announcement, the top people at the Interior and Agriculture departments, and at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Council on Environmental Quality, all signed off on a report, “America’s Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Generations,” that identifies strategies that can be used to strengthen the program.One such strategy surfaced late last month as the U.S. Department of Agriculture helped celebrate the launch of the International Year of the Forests, a United Nations-sponsored awareness campaign for 2011 that promotes responsible use and management of the world’s forests. At a Year of the Forests event held on March 30, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack presented a three-part plan to upgrade the green building practices of the USDA, including its U.S. Forest Services branch.Touting the virtues of responsibly harvested woodThe first part of the plan makes it a priority for the Forest Service to “preferentially select wood in new building construction while maintaining its commitment to certified green building standards.” The USDA also committed to using wood and other agricultural products as part of its effort to comply with an executive order issued by the president – titled Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance – that required federal agencies to submit a 2020 greenhouse gas pollution reduction target, increase their energy efficiency in all operations, conserve water, reduce waste, support sustainable communities, “and leverage federal purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies.”Second on Vilsack’s list was a request that the Forest Service examine how green-building materials research can be improved. Third was a commitment to “the innovative use of wood as a green building material” for new structures of 10,000 sq. ft. or more using green building standards such as LEED, Green Globes, or the National Green Building Standard. A news release about the USDA’s initiative cited a recent Forest Service lifecycle analysis that found harvesting, transporting, manufacturing, and using wood in lumber and panel products in building “yields fewer air emissions – including greenhouse gases – than resource extraction, manufacturing, and use of other common building materials.”Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell responded to the USDA declaration by directing all agency units to use locally milled timber in all of its new buildings and facilities.last_img read more

UP takes on soaring Ateneo

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting After all, they are getting their act together at the right time.“This is not our peak yet. I feel there’s more to come,” said UP coach Godfrey Okumu after UP swept La Salle with a three-set triumph last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsUP tests Ateneo at 4 p.m., after Far Eastern University collides with University of the East at 2.The Lady Maroons will have their hands full against the Lady Eagles who, after dropping their first game to La Salle, have logged seven straight victories and show signs of slowing down. MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Boxers in limbo say AIBA as IOC mull Tokyo 2020 exclusion View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines has twice beaten defending champion La Salle, the only team that has beaten league-leading Ateneo so far.Small wonder the Lady Maroons are upbeat as they get ready to take on the Lady Eagles on Saturday in UAAP Season 81’s women’s volleyball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UP will have to make full use of its double-barreled gun in Tots Carlos and Isa Molde, who unloaded 24 points in its victory over La Salle (25-16, 26-24, 25-19), if it wants to hammer out another major upset.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Yuvraj Singh dedicates his innings against Pakistan to cancer survivors

first_imgIndian batsman Yuvraj Singh has dedicated his ‘game-changing’ innings to Cancer survivors on the occasion of ‘Cancer Survivor Day’.He has also expressed his thoughts and prayers to all those impacted in the London terror attacks.”My innings on #CancerSurvivorDay is dedicated to all the heroes and survivors. Also my thoughts and prayers to all impacted in #londonattack,” Yuvraj Singh tweeted.My innings on #CancerSurvivorDay is dedicated to all the heroes & survivors. Also my thoughts & Prayers to all impacted in #londonattack yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 4, 2017Defending champions India came with an all-round performance to defeat arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs through Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method in what turned out to be a one-sided Champions Trophy encounter at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground here on Sunday.Chasing a revised target of 289 runs in 41 overs, Pakistan were bundled out for 164 runs with Wahab Riaz not coming to bat because of an injury he sustained during India’s innings.Except opener Azhar Ali, none of the Pakistani batters could stay for a long time at the crease and cope up with the pressure – of the target as well as of the Indian bowlers.Pakistan made a decent start to their innings with Azhar smashing six boundaries in his 50-run knock.Pakistan were eventually bundled out for 164 for 9.The Indian bowlers were superb as apart from Jasprit Bumrah, every bowler was among the wickets.Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for India as he finished with the figures of three for 30 while Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya took two wickets each.advertisementBhuvaneshwar Kumar also chipped in with a wicket.During India’s batting, skipper Virat Kohli (unbeaten at 81) and Yuvraj Singh (53) continued the good work put in by the openers as they too scored aggressive fifties to guide India past the 300-plus mark.While Yuvraj was hitting freely, Kohli slowly gained momentum and hammered his 40th fifty off 58 balls and his first against Pakistan.Yuvraj was declared ‘Man of the Match’ for his brilliant batting performance.The Kohli-led side will now lock horns against Sri Lanka at the Kennington Oval in London on June 8.last_img read more

Sridevis daughter Janhvi Kapoor looked like million bucks but got trolled for

first_imgJanhvi Kapoor trolled for book launch event picturesInstagramSridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor recently attended a book launch event in Delhi, where the actress looked absolutely stunning in a traditional avatar. However, she made a blunder there that led to her trolling on social media.Janhvi looked like million bucks in a white saree at the book launch of “Calling Sehmat”. While her fans cannot stop praising her beauty, there are others who noticed something wrong in the pictures shared on social media.One celebrity photographer posted her pictures from the event, where Janhvi is seen holding the book upside down. As soon as people on Instagram noticed it, they started mocking Sridevi’s daughter for the mistake.Although she later corrected the mistake, the damage was already done as scores of comments trolling the star kid poured in. well, social media is truly a cruel place. On the work front, Janhvi has a couple of promising upcoming movies. After her successful debut in Dhadak, the young actress will next be seen in Gunjan Saxena’s biopic, shooting of which is already done.She also has a mega budget multi-starrer Karan Johar film titled Takht. She will be working with Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Vicky Kaushal, Anil Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Bhumi Pednekar.last_img read more

Full Show City Hiring Freeze and Political Roundup Sept 26 2018

first_imgOn Wednesday’s Houston Matters: A hiring freeze is in effect for the City of Houston. We find out why and what it means for the city going forward.Also this hour: From the debates between Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O’Rourke, to the latest on allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, our experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Then, an urban policy expert explains how investing in arts and culture could help Houston spur innovation.And we hear from two local writers whose work is featured in a new book, I Am Strength: True Stories of Everyday Superwomen.  WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:19 We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Listen Xlast_img read more

Study looks at immediate health benefits of renewable energy plants

first_img Explore further Is natural gas a ‘bridge’ to a hotter future? As the researchers note, most studies that look into the benefits of converting “dirty” energy production to “clean” renewable resource based systems, focus on the benefit to the planet as a whole, i.e. reducing greenhouse gas emissions and thus slowing global warming. They suggest another approach is to look at the health benefits that would occur for the people that live in the area—air pollution, it has been estimated kills approximately 200,000 people in the U.S. each year—and a lot of that pollution comes from coal fired power plants. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if it might be possible to create models that would reflect the immediate health benefits to people that live in the vicinity of dirty plants if they were replaced with non-air polluting plants.As a start, the team chose to use dollar amounts spent on health care due to pollution as a metric, because it can be quantified. Next, they chose six geographical areas to evaluate: Cincinnati, northern Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Chicago. For each of those areas, the team looked at what the impact would be of replacing a coal fired plant with either a 50 MW solar or wind plant, or two pollution reduction schemes that would involve reducing the amount of electricity meted out to customers. Then, they looked at the impact that each of the types of projects would have on the amount of electricity generated versus savings or constraints on the local grid, and of course the difference in emission of pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide.Putting it all together resulted in a model that they could use to estimate the health benefits (in dollars) under each of the different scenarios. They found it was different for each region depending mostly on population density and baseline pollution levels—savings ranged from $5.7 to $210 million each year. The researchers believe their models could be used by planners to forecast potential health benefits when considering power generation options in the future. More information: Health and climate benefits of different energy-efficiency and renewable energy choices, Nature Climate Change (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2771AbstractEnergy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) can benefit public health and the climate by displacing emissions from fossil-fuelled electrical generating units (EGUs). Benefits can vary substantially by EE/RE installation type and location, due to differing electricity generation or savings by location, characteristics of the electrical grid and displaced power plants, along with population patterns. However, previous studies have not formally examined how these dimensions individually and jointly contribute to variability in benefits across locations or EE/RE types. Here, we develop and demonstrate a high-resolution model to simulate and compare the monetized public health and climate benefits of four different illustrative EE/RE installation types in six different locations within the Mid-Atlantic and Lower Great Lakes of the United States. Annual benefits using central estimates for all pathways ranged from US$5.7–US$210 million (US$14–US$170 MWh−1), emphasizing the importance of site-specific information in accurately estimating public health and climate benefits of EE/RE efforts. (—A team of researchers with affiliations to several institutions in the Boston area has conducted a study to determine the immediate health benefits to different parts of the country if coal or gas fired plants were replaced with solar or wind farms. In their paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the team describes how they created their models and why they believe they could be used to help with planning energy systems in the future. Journal information: Nature Climate Changecenter_img Citation: Study looks at immediate health benefits of renewable energy plants (2015, September 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 Solarkraftwerk Waldpolenz, the first Solar 40-MW CdTe PV Array installed by JUWI Group in Brandis, Germany. Credit: JUWI Group This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

And then there was light Cardinal breaks law to restore power for

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Konrad Krajewski, seen in this November 15, 2013 photo at centre behind Pope Francis, has drawn the ire of Italy’s anti-immigrant interior minister by climbing down a manhole and breaking the law to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building. He is now a cardinal and runs the Vatican office that distributes the pope’s charity funds. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Konrad Krajewski, seen in this November 15, 2013 photo at centre behind Pope Francis, has drawn the ire of Italy’s anti-immigrant interior minister by climbing down a manhole and breaking the law to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building. He is now a cardinal and runs the Vatican office that distributes the pope’s charity funds. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo A close aide to Pope Francis has drawn the ire of Italy’s anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini by climbing down a manhole to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building.Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, 55, whose job is to distribute the pope’s charity funds, went to the disused state-owned building near a Rome cathedral on Saturday night and broke a police seal to re-connect electrical circuit breakers.To some, he was a hero of sorts by Monday morning as the news went viral. Rome’s left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper ran a banner headline calling him “The Pope’s Robin Hood” and praising him for doing the right thing under the circumstances.“What can I say? It was a particularly desperate situation. I repeat: I assume all the responsibility. If a fine arrives, I’ll pay it,” Krajewski said in an interview in Corriere della Sera newspaper on Monday.The building has been occupied since 2013 by Italians who had lost their homes and migrants. It houses some 450 people, including about 100 children.It had been without power since May 6 because some 300,000 euro in electricity bills had not been paid.“Defending illegality is never a good sign,” Salvini, who has often clashed with the pope on migration and other social issues, told reporters on Monday.“There are many Italians and even legal immigrants who pay their bills, even if with difficulty. People can do what they please but as interior minister, I guarantee the rules.”Krajewski, who rides around Rome on a bicycle, said he would pay the building’s electricity bills from now on but that for him, the issue went beyond money.“There are children there. The first thing to ask is ‘why are they there? What is the reason? How is it possible that families are in such a situation” he told Corriere.Krajewski, a Pole, was already a minor celebrity in Rome. Since the pope named him to the Vatican charity job in 2013, he became known for dressing down into simple layman’s clothes at night and bringing food the city’s homeless in a white van.He was also responsible for opening shelters near the Vatican were the homeless can wash, get haircuts, and receive medical care.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more