UPDATE: 10amThere is now an alternative water supply available at Buncrana Fire Station, Cllr Jack Murray has confirmed.Repairs should now be completed by 2pm. A major water mains burst in South Inishowen has left leave homes and businesses without water today.The outage was first reported in the Buncrana area at around 6pm on Monday evening. Repair works took place late in the evening and were stood down until the morning. Works have resumed this Tuesday morning, however supplies are not expected to be restored until 6pm this evening.The burst has caused significant disruption for families and business owners who were without water during the night.Affected areas include Buncrana, Luddan, Moyle, Hillcrest, Derry Road, Fahan Road, Lisfannon Industrial Park, Laughan, Lock View, Legnatraw, Strandcourt, Sandymount, Logan Close. Irish Water has confirmed that works have an estimated completion time of 6pm. Property owners are being advised to leave 2-3 hours for supplies to fully return to all affected properties.Major burst leaves Inishowen homes without water was last modified: November 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
18 September 2012South African President Jacob Zuma has once again appealed for peace to return to the Marikana mining area in North West province following weeks of violent protests.Addressing the national congress of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Johannesburg on Monday, Zuma said worker rights were enshrined in the Constitution, and added that there was legislation giving effect to the constitutional provisions. But he urged workers to respect the country’s laws.He reminded the gathering of South Africa’s biggest trade union federation that employers and employees had the mechanisms to manage relations in the workplace. There was no need to resort to violence.Zuma said the judicial commission of inquiry he had appointed would establish the facts around what happened in Marikana last month when 34 protesting miners were killed in clashes with police, a week after 10 people had died, including two police officers, in ongoing violence among rival unions.Violence ‘cannot become labour culture’“But there are a few immediate lessons,” Zuma said. “Firstly, we have to find a way to restore workplace stability and labour peace. Violence cannot become a culture of our labour relations.”He said workers and employers needed to use the laws of the country, which spelt out clearly how to handle disputes.“Given the levels of violence and intimidation in Marikana, government deployed law enforcement agencies to stabilise the situation. This does not take away the rights of miners and residents to protest, peacefully and unarmed, as provided for in the laws of the land,” said Zuma.The agencies had been told to be firm, but to respect the rights of residents and strikers.This applied not only to labour disputes but also to service delivery protests, which were at times also accompanied by violence, including the destruction of property.Workers at Lonmin platinum mine are demanding a basic salary of R12 500 a month with employers last week offering a R900 increase to the current R4 600 entry level salary.Impact on the economyIn his speech, Zuma urged the workers and their employers to find solutions to the dispute without further delay, given its ongoing impact on the economy.He said indications were that the total rand value of production lost in the gold and platinum group of mines due to work stoppages over the past nine months was close to R4.5-billion. Losses in the coal sector, adds another R118-million to the total.The National Treasury estimates that through its indirect impact on the economy, the strike actions in addition to other stoppages have already subtracted close to R3.1-billion from the national fiscus.The impact went beyond the mining sector. The manufacturing sector, especially the fabricated metal products sector, was already showing signs of strain.“We cannot afford to go into a recession, and revert to the 2008 and 2009 period where the country lost close to a million jobs, which we are still battling to recover,” Zuma said. “We wish the employers and workers well as they seek a solution to this wage impasse.”The government would continue to provide support to the negotiations through the ministry of labour, Zuma added.Housing and living conditions of workersAccording to the Mining Charter, mining companies are required to improve the housing and living conditions of workers and also to invest in skills development, employment equity, ownership as well as local community development.They have to meet certain targets for the conversion and upgrading of single-sex hostels formerly used by migrant labourers into family units or single occupancy accommodation by 2014.Companies are also expected to facilitate home ownership by 2014.“Our monitoring indicates that 50% have complied with the provisions relating to improving living conditions,” Zuma said. “We applaud those companies that are complying with this provision to humanise the living conditions of workers.”Source: SANews.gov.za
6 October 2014 Exploration drilling at the Platreef platinum-palladium-gold-nickel-copper project, South Africa. (Image: Ivanhoe Mines )Construction work at Ivanhoe Mines’ Platreef Project will resume after South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) gave final approval of mining right for the development of the mine in Mokopane, Limpopo.The mining licence, given for an initial period of 30 years, authorizes the Canadian mining company to mine and process platinum-group metals, nickel, copper, gold, silver, cobalt, iron, vanadium and chrome at its Platreef discovery, on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex.Announcing the finalisation of the granting of the mining licence on Wednesday, 5 November, Ivanhoe Mines’ Executive Chairman Robert Friedland said the execution of the mining licence will enable the immediate resumption of preparations for construction at the Platreef site.“With the shared, ongoing commitments of the Department of Mineral Resources, our Broad-Based, Black Economic Empowerment partners and our supportive co-investors from the Japanese trade and industry consortium, Ivanhoe Mines’ Platreef Project is going to become a sustaining foundation of jobs and support serving the common interests of our host communities in Limpopo province,’ Friedland said.Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi said the final approval of the Platreef mining licence shows the department’s commitment to ensure mining companies comply with South Africa’s mining laws, while attracting investment and growing the economy.“The final regulatory approval of the Platreef Project’s mining right is significant not only for the development of the project itself but it also signals the South African government’s determination to grow our country’s economy. The Platreef Project will attract foreign capital, create much needed jobs and contribute significantly to socio-economic development in areas surrounding the project,’ said Ramatlhodi.Adding, Ramatlhodi said he is confident the Platreef Project will satisfy the environmental, socio-economic as well as Black Economic Empowerment requirements as set out in South African mining law. “We look forward to a constructive partnership on this project between Ivanhoe Mines, the South African government, communities and workers,’ he said.Under a broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) structure announced earlier this year, the Platreef Project is now 26% owned by 20 host communities, employees and local entrepreneurs. About 150 000 people live in the 20 host communities that form part of the B-BBEE transaction and 187 local entrepreneurial companies, representing 333 individual shareholders, took part in the entrepreneurial subscription.Ivanplats, Ivanhoe Mines’ wholly-owned subsidiary, will work closely with the DMR to ensure that the Platreef Project’s host communities receive maximum benefits from the company’s operations, said Platreef Project’s Managing Director Patricia Makhesha.“After all of the discussions that have been held with stakeholders about these very significant benefits that will flow from the development and operation of the planned mine, we are about to begin seeing our words translated into meaningful actions,’ Makhesha said.Following the granting of the mining licence, Ivanplats will immediately halt retrenchment plans that it started at the beginning of November. Work at the Platreef site had been suspended since May this year pending finalisation of the mining licence.SAinfo reporter
Rendering “memory colors” accurately can bring your project to life.Humans store memories of specific colors like we remember life events. The most common of these memory colors include grass, sky, and human skin tones. It’s curious that all of us recall nearly the same colors for these specific things, perhaps the result of millennia of evolution.It’s poetic that the strongest memory colors are tied to the red, green, and blue primaries on which fundamental color theory is based. Skin is a shade of red, grass is green, and the sky is blue. As we grow, we form specific color memories for textures like wood and steel. Humans also tend to remember the color of distinct animals like giraffes and peacocks.Rendering memory colors accurately makes your projects more lifelike. Whether you’re in session as colorist or creative, pay attention to several objects in the scene, notably sky, grass, and skin tones and depict them as authentically as possible. If there are multiple people present, there may be a range of what is acceptable. One person may want grass very saturated, while another might prefer less saturation with an emerald-green hue, not a yellow-green one. This scope of reasonable values could be based on each person’s different cultural experiences and varietal intake of media. Over time, these experiences alter our perceptions of how things look.The majority of us that aren’t professional colorists may not always be aware of media’s influence on our color memories. I believe one of the biggest influencers is our perception of black and white, our most fundamental colors.Changing Black and White PointsA current trend, especially in fashion work, involves tinting the blacks a shade of blue. Many creatives think this effect rarely worsens the image, and I personally agree. Pleasing color contrast occurs when bluish whites or shadows play against reddish skin tones.I remember coloring for a fashion brand several years ago. One setup featured a model against a white background. I balanced for white using my scopes to make sure the red, green and blue combined to make perfect white.When the client arrived, they had me skew the whites dramatically toward blue. To them, and maybe to you, this read as a cleaner white. What’s going on here?I’ve recreated the client scenario above with an image courtesy of Shutterstock. The scopes on the original image show a slight bias toward red, evidenced by the slightly higher red in the upper part of the waveform.I’ve white balanced the image as best I can.This approximates the look the client actually went with. The whites have been skewed toward blue, a look which may look cleaner and brighter to you.One of the factors at play is the shift away from incandescent bulbs, which are rated in the warm range of 2,700 to 3,300 Kelvin. The shift towards energy-efficient lighting isn’t just good for the environment. It also means there are more available color temperatures from which to choose. For example, LCD and CRT screens are more blue and can rate up to 10,500 Kelvin.Bluer lights at higher color temperatures can be perceived as brighter and cleaner, whereas by comparison, traditional orange light might look dim and dirty. As this perception becomes more accepted, creatives at ad agencies, photographers, colorists and others working in visual fields may shift their whites toward blue. Their output will enter the media where it affects others. The color shift can become reinforced over time. Your Industry’s Perception: Natural Versus CommercialConsider that your preferences may be affected by your industry. For high-end commercial brands, there may already be established color palettes that work for certain products. Steel-blue watches, golden necklaces, brilliantly saturated automobile chrome, perfect black screens of consumer electronics, and candy-colored kid’s cereals are some common examples. Knowing where the boundaries of convention lie can help determine if color will distinguish your brand or if you’re going too far just for a cool look.For example, skin tones are fairly desaturated, but it’s common practice on commercial jobs to push the saturation on skin past the realm of normalcy. Fashion clients often want skin veering towards magenta. It’s amazing how many people perceive natural skin as green.I’ve been asked to introduce artificial blue into white skies more times than I can count. Humans just don’t accept a white sky, even if the image is overexposed. Our eyes always seem to want that blue tinge. It’s de rigueur for me to qualify the sky and swing the highlights into slight blue as per client direction. Maybe I’ll edge the saturation up a little, but it can quickly look fake if it’s pushed too far. Where Does That Leave Us?A growing consciousness of color grading is seeping into public awareness. While it’s still far from comprehension for many, its popularity is evident, seen in the growing number of images uploaded with a considered, deliberate color palette to social media.An image’s color can work with memory colors or oppose them. While it’s not a bad idea to preserve memory colors, if you choose a more extreme palette, you may want to abandon natural tones in favor of making the shot sing in its own way. When in session, consider how extreme you want your colors. It may be that you’re grading natural objects and it doesn’t make sense to impose a radical look on something. Or, that may be precisely what makes sense. It’s most important for a mood or viewpoint to work in service of the project as a whole.Want to read more about memory colors? Check out this article by filmmaker Stu Maschwitz. For more about working with colors in DaVinci Resolve, take a look at these posts:Color Grading: Bleach Bypass Looks in DaVinci ResolveThe Isolated Color Look in DaVinci ResolveColor Grading: Using DaVinci Resolve’s Multiple Split ScreensEver noticed the influence of memory colors on your work? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.