9 May 2011Brazilian mining giant Vale has opened a new US$1.7-billion (R11.39-billion) coal mine in Mozambique, tapping the southern African country’s thermal and coking coal reserves of around 23-billion tonnes.Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and outgoing Vale chief executive Roger Agnelli opened the mine together on Sunday by pressing a button that triggered an underground explosion, enabling the company to bring to the surface its first coal from the mine in Moatize, outside the city of Tete in northwest Mozambique.As a giant smoke cloud mushroomed over the hundreds of VIP guests, a large truck brought a symbolic load to a conveyer belt and onward to a coal washing plant.“A dream of decades today becomes a reality,” said Guebuza.Largest single investmentThe $1.7-billion project is the largest single investment to date in Mozambique, one of the world’s poorest countries.Vale plans to start production in July and export one-million tonnes of coal this year, ramping up output to 11-million tonnes in a few years – and, local officials hope, boosting Mozambique’s current economic growth of 6.5%.Agnelli said the project would add as much as $3-billion to the economy.“Africa means opportunities,” he told journalists.Mozambique’s coal reserves have gone largely untapped since independence from Portugal in 1975. A civil war from 1977 to 1992 crippled the country’s economy and decimated its infrastructure.Two decades later, Mozambique is welcoming foreign investors to its mineral wealth and licking its lips at the prospect of a boom.In 2004, Vale became the first international mining giant to be granted a concession in Mozambique. At the peak of preparations, the company counted 7 500 workers, mostly Mozambican.Australian mining company Riversdale, in a partnership with Indian companies Tata steel and Jindal Steel and Power, are also developing major coal mines in Mozambique.Infrastructure concerns remainBut concerns remain about getting the product to market, as infrastructure renovation lags behind: “We are running at this stage to get the infrastructure ready for export,” said Agnelli, adding that exports would start in July, though railway authorities told AFP they would only be ready in August.Mozambique is scrambling to finish a much-delayed rebuilding of the 600-kilometre Sena railway line that connects coal-rich Moatize to the Indian Ocean port city of Beira. The coal terminal at the port is also unfinished.Even when ready, the Sena line will only be able to handle six-million tonnes of coal a year – four-million allocated to Vale and two-million to Riversdale – caps that are less than half the companies’ respective export goals.Vale is investing in another railway line from Tete to the northern port of Nacala, the coutry’s only deep-water port and a gateway to Indian Ocean ports for Mozambique’s land-locked southern African neighbours.The company is also funding the reconstruction of an international airbase in Nacala, Agnelli said.Sapa
25 August 2014Banyana Banyana outplayed Zambia in an international friendly at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday, recording a convincing 4-0 victory.Shiwe Nongwanya gave the South African national women’s team the lead at the break, while veteran striker Portia Modise netted a hat-trick in the second half to ensure coach Vera Pauw’s charges’ triumph in the contest.African Women’s Championships’ preparationThe match was the fifth match the Sasol-sponsored team has played as part of its preparations for the African Women’s Championships, which will take place in Namibia from 11 to 25 October.The home side enjoyed most of the possession in the opening 10 minutes of the match and put Banyana Banyana under pressure by forcing them to play in their own half.Great saveSouth African goalkeeper Roxanne Barker was forced into making a great save by tipping the ball over in the fifth minute as she denied “She-polopolo” the opening goal.In the 22nd minute, South Africa came close to breaking the deadlock, but the Zambian goalkeeper reacted well to get her hands on a cross from Simphiwe Dludlu to stop the danger.Opening goalSasol Banyana Banyana then hit the front on the half-hour mark after Nongwanya received a great pass from Refiloe Jane, before scoring from inside the box.Pauw made her first substitution of the match at the start of the second half, replacing youngster Thembi Kgatlane with Silindile Ngubane.With Banyana Banyana changing the pace of the game in the second stanza, they enjoyed the better of the ball possession.Modise’s firstModise doubled the score for Sasol Banyana Banyana in the 63rd minute after receiving a hard and low cross from Nongwanya, which she finished with an easy tap-in.With the 2012 African Women’s Championships runners-up now comfortably in charge of the match, Modise completed her brace in the 73rd minute and a hat-trick in the 90th minute as South Africa ended the match handsome 4-0 winners.Forthcoming friendlySasol Banyana Banyana travel back to South Africa on Monday afternoon to continue with their camp ahead of their next assignment in Polokwane against Tanzania on Saturday, 31 August.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Greg Beebe, Beebe Seed Farms, North Bend, NE The group included Greg Hartschuh, Rose Hartschuh, Ashley Weaver, Bill Jordan, Brandie Finney, Caleb Rausch, Candace Lease, Chad Gebhardt, Derek Looker, Emily Rudd, Ethan Hall, Fred Durant, Jason Hartschuh, Jerry Holman, Joel Griffin, Kayle Roe, Kelsie Williams, Kurt Weaver, Luke Dull, Matt Dauch, Matt Reese, Matt Rudd, Nadine Miller, Ron Hurst, Sam Kline, Sara Tallmadge, Tom Miller, Tyler Miller, and Zolton Feldman. We kept finding dead fish that had been left behind from the high flood waters. The hospitality in North Bend was amazing. Wynford FFA members on the trip Digging out fence buried in debris The fence posts were not this short three weeks ago More dead fish Luke Dull from Montgomery County helped cut up trees dropped in fields by the flood so they could be removed. The silt was a couple of feet deep in some places from the flood. We spend a fair amount of time removing dead trees dropped in fields from flood waters. This was taken during the flood. We were working out in the middle of that sea. This the gate after it was cleaned up. The crews stacked up debris to be burnt. The silt from the flood piled up around and then flood water washed out the dirt around the wheels of the pivot irrigation, sinking them a couple of feet below the field’s surface. The silt from the flood piled up around and then flood water washed out the dirt around the wheels of the pivot irrigation, sinking them a couple of feet below the field’s surface. Before the fence was cleaned up The silt from the flood piled up around and then flood water washed out the dirt around the wheels of the pivot irrigation, sinking them a couple of feet below the field’s surface. The water flowed over the streets of North Bend a couple of feet high and swamped basements. unloading supplies Unloading supplies There was up to 10 feet of water in the lower elevations of this photo after 18 inches of snow melted, rains fell and the Platte River flooded. Luke Dull is cleaning debris off fence on the Hines farm. Alex Hines shows how high the water got near his farm. This gravel road washed out completely and has had sand applied to make it functional. Fred Durant, Matt Dauch, and Derek Looker The water flooded into the bottom of this bin causing the beans inside to expand and burst the bin. Photo by Ashley Weaver. One farm lost a significant number of they cattle and they kept track of the survivors with these notes on a feed wagon. Photo by Ashley Weaver. The flowing water twisted these pivots and broke them. Photo by Ashley Weaver. The loss of cattle is an unfortunate reality on many farms in Nebraska as high flood waters tore through pastures and barns. Photo by Nadine Miller.
Learn how to design and create animated icons for your corporate explainer videos — without ever having to leave After Effects.Whether you are a video producer or motion graphic designer, if you work directly with clients, it may be necessary to display information like statistics or other forms of data. Animated icons can help spruce up your video and help limit the amount of words you may need to use to explain an idea. If used correctly, animated icons can be great for visual corporate storytelling.This After Effects tutorial will cover the basics of conceptualizing icon design, how to create icons with shape layers inside of After Effects, and how to use shape layer parameters to animate an icon.Image: PureSolution’s Set Web Icons Business Finance Communication pack, available on ShutterStock.com.Here’s what you’ll take away from this exciting Animated Icon After Effects tutorial:How to conceptualize an icon design for your projectDesign an icon using shape layersAnimate Icons with shape layer parametersBe sure to do your research to ensure your icon design and animation makes sense for the type of work you are doing.Download the Free AssetsDownload the free project file used in this tutorial by simply clicking on the button below. This project file is free for you to use, but please do not distribute without permission.DOWNLOAD FREE ANIMATED ICON TEMPLATE FOR AFTER EFFECTSTime-Saving Advice for Design IconsThere are a multitude of designs for every type of icon you can think of. For example, if you are looking to design a cellphone icon, you could design it hundreds of different ways. So how do you focus your efforts?It’s best to search for the type of icon you want to create before you get to work. Find an icon you already like (instead of creating something you may not like), take note of what works about the design, and put your own unique creative touch on it.Places like Shutterstock.com can be a great place to get ideas when looking for icon designs for your videos. The ShutterStock icon library contains endless examples of icon designs. If you are dealing with time constraints, purchasing vector icons can be a huge time saver. Having a vector icon pack in your personal library will allow you to skip the icon design step. With a little bit of Adobe Illustrator knowledge, you can copy the vector paths inside of Illustrator and paste them directly into shape layer paths in After Effects. We will post that workflow in a future video.How do you approach animated icon design? Share your tips in the comments below!
Maximize Your Production DayImage via Alexei Zatevakhin.Once you have your client onboard, you’ll want to set up a tight shooting day. Unless your bar or restaurant opens early, they usually operate on an afternoon-to-evening schedule. In my experience, I’ve always found that roughly a noon-to-midnight day is usually what I need for all elements of production. If you can get in before they officially open (but have still cleaned from the night before), you can get a lot of your stylized food and drink shots before they’re too busy. You can carefully lay out table elements to showcase some of their best dishes.From there, as the establishment opens and customers begin to slowly trickle in, I’d recommend moving to recording patrons enjoying the food, drinks, and establishment for a few hours. As the evening goes on, I’d recommend moving more to the wings to stay out of the way during peak business hours — but be sure to get the majority of your wide and establishing footage when the establishment is in full swing to capture the most life.Consider Adding TalentImage via S_Photo.When shooting people, sometimes it’s best to go with talent. While you can certainly hire professional actors, you could also just bring in coachable friends of the establishment — or your own. Very often, these people will be happy to model eating and drinking if it’s free.You can take your talent through a shot list of wides, mediums, and close-ups of them enjoying the food and the atmosphere. You can also get them to set your shots by repeating bites and sips under your direction while you tinker with lighting and camera settings.Make Your Workflow RepeatableImage via ImageBySutipond.Finally, if you’re looking to make this a steady production stream and a reliable source of income, once you’ve worked with one client, you can shop your services around to the next. If you’re confident in the prospects of making a steady job out of this, you can always do your first client for free or for bartered services — i.e. free food and drink over a set period of time, or up to a price point. You can create a case-study of your first client and show how your video efforts improved marketing and promotion, and even increased overall revenue. Cover image by lapandr.For more advice, tips and tricks for finding success in the film and video world, check out some of these articles below.5 Essential Rules for Working with a Second Camera OpInsights into the State of the Music Video Production IndustryFive Filmmaking Tips for Getting Connected in a New CityWhat to Keep in Mind When Creating Facebook Video Ads21 Free Motion Graphics Templates for Adobe Premiere Pro In this short guide, we round up some advice for filmmakers and videographers shooting promotional videos for restaurants and bars.In the professional video world, clients come in all shapes and sizes. Traditionally, bars and restaurants have not used video much in their marketing efforts — unless they’re at the chain level, or for the occasional TV spot. However, with the rise of affordable videography, and the need to use video content as part of grassroots advertising and social marketing measures, video is suddenly making sense for many bar and restaurant owners.Let’s look at some tips on how to approach these potential clients and how to start shooting strong promotional video content to help them grow their online brands.Get the Most out of the InvestmentImage via wong yu liang.If you’re going to approach bars and restaurants to shoot promo videos, you need to talk in terms of investment and returns. What is the ROI on paying you to shoot these videos, and how does that add money to their pockets? You’ll want to quickly show them all the ways video will help maximize their investment.Typically, bars and restaurants can use video in more ways than most owners realize. It might take some creativity on your part to capture all the necessary elements and create some targeted edits, but here are a few ways video can help restaurants and bars:Website landing page video: add flash to their website with a ready-loaded video showcasing their establishment.Yelp videos: a short video on a professional Yelp page can be more powerful than any user-generated content.Social Media videos/campaigns: these days, social media channels like Facebook and Instagram are some of the biggest drivers of small local business. Having a smart sizzle reel to go along with their targeted marketing efforts can be a huge boost.Stylized photos: while not a necessity, if you’re a videographer that also knows a thing or two about photography (and has a good two-way camera), adding 20-30 stylized photos to your deliverable package can go along way toward landing a good contract.
MILTON, Ont. – The company that employed two men who were struck by a falling tree in a massive windstorm Friday says both men have now died.The men were servicing trees in Milton, Ont., when the incident occurred on Friday afternoon, leaving a 28-year-old man dead at the scene and badly injuring another.On Saturday afternoon, employer Miller Tree wrote on Twitter that the second man had died.Halton Regional Police confirmed the death, adding that the man was only 18 years old.The storm is also blamed for the death of a man in his fifties who was killed Friday in Hamilton while trying to clear a downed power line.Meanwhile, utilities in Ontario and Quebec say they’re making progress reconnecting the hundreds of thousands of people blacked out by the storm.Ontario’s Hydro One reported Sunday morning that approximately 100,000 customers remained in the dark, down from a peak of more than 200,000.Toronto Hydro crews were still working to reconnect some 4,200 customers, while in Quebec the Sunday morning number was about 20,000.
Credit: Gage SkidmoreLast updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:08 pmMany believe it is not worth having contracts with Chinese companies because Chinese companies can and regularly do breach their contracts with impunity. However, this belief is both wrong and counterproductive. First off, The World Bank ranks China fifth among the 186 countries it ranks for “enforcing contracts.” But even beyond enforceability, there are several good reasons to have contracts with Chinese companies.Clarity. Having a well-written contract in Chinese will ensure that your Chinese counterparty understands what you expect from it. If you ask a Chinese supplier if it can deliver your product in 30 days, it will invariably say, “yes,” but what it means is simply that it may occasionally be able to deliver in that timeframe when everything is perfectly aligned for your order. But if the Chinese supplier signs a contract mandating that its failure to ship your product within 30 days will require it to pay you 1 percent of the value of your order for each day it is late, you will know the supplier is serious about the 30-day shipping terms. When crossing borders and cultures on a deal, clarity is essential.Compliance. Having a contract with the Chinese counterparty also serves to convince the company that it will be better off complying with your contract than violating it. By creating a contract that is at least potentially enforceable in China, you make clear to your Chinese counterparty that its failure to comply with your contract could subject it to a lawsuit it might lose. If your Chinese supplier makes widgets for 25 foreign companies, but only three of those foreign companies have written contracts with clear time deadlines and clear contract damages provisions for delays, which companies will the Chinese manufacturer prioritize if it begins falling behind on production? The three companies with good contracts, of course. If your Chinese counterparty believes there is even a chance your contract may be enforced, it is likely to act accordingly. Getting paid. When paying overseas companies, Chinese companies must first have their RMB converted to U.S. dollars or some other convertible currency. This conversion is subject to strict rules issued by China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange to prevent capital from illegally leaving China. To comply with these rules, Chinese companies must provide documentation proving there is a legitimate underlying transaction for which payment is being sought. The basic documentation for proving this is a formal written contract (preferably in Chinese), executed, dated by both parties and sealed by the Chinese party.U.S. courts. When your company is sued for late or defective product, would you prefer your lawyer be left defenseless trying to explain to the jury why you had nothing in writing making clear your product needed to be delivered on time and free of defects? Or, would you prefer your lawyer give the jury a contract showing that you did what you could to ensure a timely and safe product?Enforceability. When my firm has sued, threatened to sue, arbitrated or threatened to arbitrate on good Chinese contracts, it has seen that China does indeed enforce contracts. We hear similar stories from other law firms. However, just about every week, one of my firm’s China lawyers advises an American company that it is not worth paying us to sue a Chinese company with which the American company does not have a written, China-specific contract.Dan Harris is a founding member of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with offices in the United States, China and Spain. He is also a co-editor of the China Law Blog. Dan will be taking questions during the International Law and IP Roundtable at the Wisconsin International Trade Conference. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe