Nine reporter has big plans for little workers cottage

first_imgChannel 9 reporter Alex Heinke has bought a fixer-upper in Ashgrove. Picture: Supplied.CHANNEL 9 reporter Alex Heinke has snapped up an Ashgrove renovator with a big yard and plans to create a character stunner worthy of its leafy location. The two-bedroom, one bathroom workers cottage is on a 607sq m block and features separate living areas, a sun room, timber floorboards and high ceilings. Mr Heinke said the home fell into the category of a fixer-upper but he was prepared for the challenge. “I like that Ashgrove look with the big deck and pool out the back (so) … I’ll raise the house and get rid of some of the asbestos, but I’ll keep that cute cottage feel,” he said.Mr Heinke said he planned to move into the home and “chip away” at the renovation. “There’s no real timeline,” he said. “I’ll move in within a few months and hopefully it will start looking a bit different by Christmas.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe two-bedroom workers cottage is in need of some TLC.The Brisbane local admitted he was more at home behind a microphone than a nail gun, so he would be relying on the expertise of his carpenter brother and his more handy mates.He said he was prepared to compensate them appropriately, though.“I think I’ll be buying quite a few cases of beer,” he said. Mr Heinke spent his teenage years in Ashgrove and currently rents in the popular suburb.He said he saw Ashgrove as a fantastic area with “so much potential”. “My parents live about a kilometre from the new place. They know how good Ashgrove is,” he said. Mr Heinke bought the home through Murray Pegg of Place Newmarket.last_img read more

Is your suburb at risk of a bushfire this year?

first_imgUnderstanding your risk of bushfire is crucial for your safety and, on the extreme end, your survival. You should know both how bushfires will affect you, and what preparations you’ll need to make in advance of bushfire season.The first place for people to start is either the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website says Superintendent James Haig of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.“I’d recommend you hop online and take advantage of the tools we’ve created to assist,” says Haig.“Most important is to create your own Bushfire Survival Plan so you can make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for a bushfire if it does happen,” he says.“The plan includes useful information to help you understand your risk and what you can do to manage it, as well as simple processes to prepare a plan that is right for your situation.”“We also have a map system where people can enter their suburb or postcode and see the bushfire potential in their area.”What else can increase the risk of bushfires? Supt Haig suggested a few locality and property factors which are important to understand.Your property area’s population“Many people think it’s only rural areas that are at risk, but the reality is different,” he says. “People who live near the bush in city suburbs also have an element of risk from bushfires.“This includes some of the more populated areas that have bushland nearby, which creates a pleasant environment for recreation but also has a bushfire risk.”Even those living in outer-city suburbs are at risk of bushfires. Picture: Kate HunterIf you’re living in one of those areas, Haig says it’s important to take some steps to prepare your property, such as clearing gutters of debris, cleaning up your garden and ensuring there’s clear access to your property should emergency services need to visit.Your property’s proximity to bushland“In most cases we’d suggest people living within a few kilometres of bushland definitely have a Bushfire Survival Plan and take these preparations,” says Supt Haig.“Other areas further from the bush may be less at risk, but we still urge people to learn about bushfire and prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan. This is because they may travel to or through higher bushfire risk areas for work, school or on holidays. Also, the smoke from bushfires can travel long distances and can affect people even in very urban areas, especially if they have any respiratory conditions.”The type of land your property is onTake note of the type of land your property sits on when assessing its vulnerability. Picture: Kate Hunter“Generally speaking, people who live on sloping land with vegetation below need to take particular care because fires tend to increase in speed and intensity as they run uphill,” says Supt Haig.“Slope is a risk factor that people need to take into consideration when preparing their plans.”The current weather conditionsWeather conditions will play a big role in determining how at-risk you are. Bushfire season in Queensland usually runs from late August to the end of the year but can start earlier and finish later in difficult seasons.“The reason we call it bushfire season is that the bush tends to be drier and the weather patterns that create strong winds with dry air are more common than other times,” says Haig.“Those factors come together to increase bushfire risks on some days making bushfires easier to start, more intense and harder to control.last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar hobbles out of training, setting Brazilian alarm bells ringing

first_imgNew Delhi: Neymar limped out of a training session on Tuesday, sending warning bells in the Brazil camp as they prepare for their second FIFA World Cup 2018 game against Costa Rica on Friday“Neymar came out of training today with a painful right ankle,” said Vinicius Rodrigues, a spokesman for the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).He put the knockdown to the number of fouls Neymar received in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don in Brazil’s opening Group E outing.Neymar had not taken part in training on Monday, as the side returned to their base in Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea coast.Rodrigues said the problem concerned the Paris Saint-Germain star’s ankle and not the foot he fractured in February, an injury that forced him to miss the rest of the club campaign.“As soon as he felt the pain he went to the physio. He will stay there for today and tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, and will train as normal tomorrow,” added Rodrigues.Brazil are then due to travel to Saint Petersburg, where they will play Friday’s game  For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Purple & Bold: Lakers mailbag on load management, mid-range shots and more

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the Monday, Nov. 11 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.In the way that winning glosses over problems, it also glosses over uncertainty.The Lakers lost Sunday night to the Toronto Raptors, a team, on paper, that seemed poorly equipped to beat the top team in the Western Conference. But speed kills – and it killed the Lakers’ slow-footed defense to end a seven-game win streak.This seems as appropriate time as any to introduce a new feature to our newsletter: a mailbag every two weeks where I answer your Lakers questions to the best of my ability as someone who is at every practice and every game. What are you concerned about? What do you want to know about the Lakers? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDrop me a line, and every other Monday, I’ll be dishing out responses to the most interesting and pressing questions.It will go like this:Twitter user @lundinbridge asks: “What happens when the *whispers* load management inevitably comes?”This is the million-dollar question. Even though LeBron told ESPN this weekend that he wouldn’t be submitting to load management as long as he’s healthy, and even though Anthony Davis said he hopes to play every game this year, there should be stretches of the year when resting stars makes sense.LeBron is turning 35 next month, and frankly, precedent isn’t on the side of 35-year-olds playing at sustained MVP levels. With Davis, there’s a more immediately pressing question with his shoulder – which he admitted on Sunday night is giving him some discomfort: “It’s really never a play I don’t feel it, but I’m gonna go out there and play.” We’re about to learn a lot about the Lakers’ strategy for resting their stars: The team’s first back-to-back is this week with a game Tuesday in Phoenix then back at Staples on Wednesday night. The distinction between the Lakers’ stars and what the Clippers are doing with Kawhi Leonard is that Leonard has an injury. The NBA has reviewed his medical records and determined that the Clippers’ management of Leonard’s knee is a reasonable precaution. It’d be interesting to see if the Lakers could make the same case with Davis’ shoulder – if they even wanted to.The problem the Lakers will run into is banking wins. They need to win games right now, during the easiest portion of their schedule, to assure that they’ll be comfortable come March and April. Even though a 7-2 start is great, it’s also, in a sense, necessary protection from the ups and downs of how the roster is equipped to deal with its stars taking time off. Upcoming games include the Warriors, Kings, Hawks and Thunder – all winnable games that the Lakers, in the grander scheme of things, really need to win.The most significant player on the team statistically is LeBron: The Lakers outscore opponents by 12.8 points per 100 possessions when he’s on the floor (his net rating). That flips to minus-8.7 when James subs out – a 21.5 net rating flip, which is a monstrous impact. That tells us that without James, the Lakers are essentially a losing team. Davis also has a wide gap (9.5 net rating to 1.5 when he’soff the floor), but not as wide as James. There’s also some meshing there, because James is extremely effective when he has Davis to play with (the Lakers have a 16.6 net rating when both of them play together), but when you consider that Davis has put up MVP-level numbers on mediocre New Orleans teams for years, it’s pretty clear that James’ performances have a stronger correlation with winning basketball games.You use the word “inevitably,” and I think that’s pretty fair here. I doubt that James and Davis will each play 82 games. James has proven he can win without Davis, but vice versa is not true. On nights when James is sitting out, which seems reasonable the closer we get to playoff time, Davis will have to prove he can carry the load. It would also help if Kyle Kuzma, who has come back pretty rusty from a lengthy injury, could step up to the third star level, because it’s going to be very tough to win games without LeBron or A.D. if Kuzma doesn’t resume his role as a go-to scoring threat.Twitter user @15_simba asks: “Is there any particular reason the Lakers have been taking so many midrange shots?”At this point, everyone knows that 3-pointers and layups are the preferred shots of number crunchers everywhere. So why does a team take any midrange shots at all?Part of this is because modern NBA defenses are also geared toward stopping those shots. Teams prefer to keep big men protecting the rim, and then to chase shooters off the 3-point line. The Lakers have a host of 3-point shooters who aren’t doing all that well right now: The only regular rotation player shooting above 34 percent is Danny Green (40 percent). That’s because, in part, opponents are geared to taking away 3-point shots for those guys, and the team hasn’t quite gelled enough to have the rhythm to find and hit these open shots with consistency.For role players, a lot of midrange shots are counters to being chased off the 3-point line. You’ll see a handful of possessions where Green or Avery Bradley get their 3-point look contested, so they take an inside dribble where they have an open, if inefficient, shot. Open looks are still open looks. LeBron and A.D. are more empowered to take midrange shots because they can often be an advantage: Davis has a killer post-up game, while James has a reasonably reliable stepback jumper. Neither is really a first option, but both are good enough to go to when other half-court options break down.There’s also the matter that perception doesn’t match reality: According to Cleaning the Glass, the Lakers take the 14th-most midrange shots of all NBA teams, about 31.7 percent. Middle of the pack isn’t an unreasonable place for a team with two midrange-capable superstars. The more concerning fact, however, is that the Lakers haven’t been hitting those shots too well: They’re the No. 1 shooting team at the rim (71.4 percent) but the third-worst team in midrange (34.1 percent). Their shooting numbers need to improve across the board, but that’s definitely one area where they could get a lot better.Twitter user @czarkingdom asks: “Any update on THT?”Talen Horton-Tucker, the 46th overall draft pick of the Lakers, is back to playing – you might have missed it, because he made his season debut with the South Bay Lakers. That long-healing stress reaction in his foot is finally OK, and in his G League debut, THT had 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists on 6-for-13 shooting in a 120-114 loss.It’s not a bad start after what amounts to pretty much a lost summer for the youngest Laker on the roster. But it should be noted that it’s hard to see THT doing much in the NBA this year with so much veteran talent already vying for rotation spots.Twitter user @hmfaigen asks: “what is your favorite cinematic incarnation of the Joker?”Hmm, what an offbeat question that seems like a total non sequitur from the Lakers. I haven’t seen the latest Joaquin Phoenix version, so I don’t have the most complete picture of the cinematic universe. But with respect to all the flesh-and-blood actors who have portrayed the Joker on the big screen, my Joker will always be Mark Hamill, who can’t be outdone in the creepy laughter department.— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Click-en friedDanny Green’s open-door policy – The veteran swingman can connect to All-stars and everyday people alike.Keeping an eye on (not over) your shoulder – Anthony Davis talked Monday about his lingering soreness (we will have more on that soon).Toronto takedown – The Lakers struggled against the defending champs on Sunday night.Championship DNA – Mark Whicker admires how the Raptors showed their mettle despite being down bodies.Rajon Rondo’s impatience – Mirjam wrote about Rajon Rondo’s looming return.Still, aren’t the Lakers back? – Mark Heisler finds an oasis this season after six years in the desert.Sharing the load – Jim Alexander finds ball-sharing is a key tenet of the Lakers’ success.Turning down the Heat – A 2-3 zone was no defense for AD and LeBron.Sweet memories – Erik Spoelstra misses Dwyane Wade and LeBron from the good ol’ days.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Forrestdale School Transformed into Entrepreneur’s Marketplace

first_imgBy Emma Wulfhorst |RUMSON – It’s not every day a school becomes a bustling hub of entrepreneurship.But sellers recently packed the Forrestdale School’s cafeteria where over 60 student vendors set up shop, displaying everything from shark’s-tooth necklaces to ornaments to original artwork for the school’s first ever TREP$ Marketplace.The market was the final step of the TREP$ program, a curriculum developed for schools in which fourth- through eighth-graders learn everything they need to know to start their own businesses. Maureen Gordon, a Forrestdale enrichment program teacher, brought the program – short for “entrepreneurs” – to the school after learning about it through an email. “I knew it would be something students would just love to do,” Gordon said. “I know how much they love to create and build.”Gordon approached the Forrestdale administration and asked for permission to make TREP$ a part of the school’s enrichment program for gifted and talented students for the 2017-18 school year. “They said yes right away,” said Gordon and she began the class in September. The TREP$ curriculum was developed in 2006 by two New Jersey mothers after their sons attempted to create their own small business.Forrestdale’s program was open to all fourth- and fifth-grade enrichment students, as well as any sixth-grade students who were interested. The class met one hour a week for the fourth- and fifth-grade students during a regularly scheduled enrichment class. But the sixth graders had to sacrifice a lunch and recess period two times a week in order to participate.“They learned concepts and skills in school through workshops,” said Gordon. During the classes, the students were taught key business skills and terms, including profit, expenses, marketing, brainstorming and creating a plan, all part of the TREP$ curriculum.“A lot of work was also done at home,” said Gordon. Students physically created their products entirely on their own time using their own money or borrowed from their parents to produce the items. However, if students borrowed money, they were required to write up a contract with terms for repaying the loans. Any profits students made could be used to satisfy the loans. If students did not turn a profit, they had to present written explanations of the different lessons they learned during the program.“Most of them really worked on it themselves,” said Gordon about the students’ creation of their products, “but there was a lot of parental support.” Gordon said some of the students even paid their siblings or friends to help them produce, market or sell their goods.According to Gordon, about 95 percent of students made a profit. While most kept the money as a reward for themselves, some chose to donate it to various organizations.Amanda Harmon, a fifth-grader at Forrestdale, made a profit of $150 by selling her beach-themed ornaments, chalkboards and picture frames. “I loved it when people walked by my stand and saw my product and they loved them,” she said. “It really made me feel good to have people enjoy what I made.”“She was focused on doing something beach-themed and using sand,” said Amanda’s mother, Tara Harmon, also the publicity coordinator for Forrestdale’s TREP$ program.Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from Forrestdale School in Rumson participated in the TREP$ Marketplace, the culmination of a program which taught them about all aspects of starting and running a business. Photo courtesy Tara HarmonIn total, 16 sixth-graders, 28 fifth-graders, and 21 fourth-graders participated in the program, but Gordon expects a bigger enrollment when she runs the program again. “I already ordered more workbooks for next year,” she said. “I’ve had seventh- and eighth-graders beg me to do it again.”Gordon is overjoyed by the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the entire Forrestdale community. “I received numerous emails form parents thanking us, telling us what an amazing learning experience it was for their child,” she said.As a parent, Harmon relished TREP$. “I thought it was pretty awesome,” she said. “It was a great opportunity for the kids to use their creativity and see how a business works.” Harmon is also excited for her daughter to participate again. “She and her friends are already planning what they want to sell next year.”This article was first published in the Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Hawks surprise Rebels in Game one of Murdoch Final

first_imgDarren Medeiros scored the other goal for Castlegar.Beaver Valley out shot the Rebels 25-19 making a winner out of Perehudoff.Netminder Jarrod Schamerhorn, injured in Game five of the Murdoch semi final against Nelson, was back on the bench as the back-up goalie for Beaver Valley.Edwards, leading the KIJHL in playoffs scoring with 15 points, has 12 points in his last four games.The series shifts to Fruitvale for Games three and four Thursday and Friday.Knights need extra time to take lead on EaglesIn Armstrong, Marty Saharchuk scored in overtime to lift the North Okanagan Knights to a 6-5 win over Sicamous Eagles in Game one of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Semi Final.The Knights lead the series 1-0 with Game two set for Tuesday in Armstrong. Ryan Edwards continued his hot scoring streak, scoring a power play goal midway through the third period to spark the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Rebels Monday night in Castlegar.The Hawks, winners of four straight, lead the best-of-seven Murdoch Final 1-0.Game two is Tuesday in the Sunflower City.Castlegar, entering the game the hottest team in the KIJHL with 10 wins in 11 games, opened the scoring on Beaver Valley netminder Zach Perehudoff less than two minutes into the game when Diego Bartlett combined with Brenden Heinrich and Bryan Lubin.The goal, however, never fazed the Hawks which outshot the Rebels 10-7 in the period and tied the game on a marker from Michael Bell.Beaver Vallley rookie Riley Brandt scored his first playoff marker with seconds remaining in the middle frame before Edwards notched the winner in the third giving the Hawks a 3-1 lead.last_img read more


first_imgLettermacaward NotesChurch of Ireland Dance  Church of Ireland Lettermacaward are having a fund raising dance in Elliott’s lounge on Sat 9th Feb starting at 9 pm. Come along for a night of good music and craic with family neighbours and friends.* – Beware Cheap ImitationsFollow us on Twitter  –  DD LOCAL: LETTERMACAWARD COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: February 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:DD LOCAL: LETTERMACAWARD COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more

Company caught thief after installing new CCTV system at Donegal business

first_imgA company installed a specialist CCTV system to catch a suspected thief after their accountant noticed their business was not performing as well as it should be.Castle Interiors, a painting and decorating supply company in Co Donegal had noticed their books were not tallying over a period of time. They installed a new surveillance camera system and observed one employee who was caught red-handed dipping in and out of the till.Alan Moore appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal today for sentence after previously being found guilty of ten counts of theft at the shop at the Courtyard Shopping Centre in Letterkenny.A jury of twelve found him guilty on all charges by a majority verdict of ten to two.The court heard how the owner of the shop, Rossa McCosker, had been informed by his accountant that there had been an unexplained shrinkage in stock.The accountant also said the shop was not performing as it should be.Employee Alan Moore, aged 54, had been reprimanded on a number of occasions for leaving the till open.An older surveillance system which had to be played back by staff was then replaced but Moore had not been told of this.When the new ‘live’ surveillance system was put in place, a member of staff in the company’s Ballyshannon office monitored the activity in the shop.Between 22nd November, 2013 and December 2nd, 2013, the employee made a contemporaneous note of everything that happened in the shop while watching the live CCTV stream.She had noted when to ring in some items into the till put money in or took money out.The jury was shown footage of ten specific incidents when More took cash out of the till and put it into his pockets.The court was told that a total of €794 had not been rung into the till and that €780 in cash had been taken from the till.Because the items were not being rung into the till there was no excess of cash in the till to be lodged at the bank.When approached about the incidents Moore became very angry and later claimed that Mr McCosker had wanted to close the shop and did not want to pay out redundancy money.She was strongly denied and the court was reminded that the Government paid 60% of redundancy payouts in any case.Detective Garda Paul Lynch gave evidence of interviewing Moore after he was arrested.He admitted that he had operated a haphazard system for operating the till for a number of years but this had been tolerated by management.In his victim impact statement, owner Mr McCosker said he operated a number of businesses and after this, he had found it difficult to trust employees.“I am less able to trust individuals and am watchful and needy and I feel more vulnerable to fraud,” he said.The court was told that Moore was now a 56-year-old married man with two sons and had no issues with drugs, drink or gambling.Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case to decide on a sentence which he said he will pass on May 8th next.Company caught thief after installing new CCTV system at Donegal business was last modified: May 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Alan MooreCastle INteriorsCourtyard Shopping Centredonegalfraudtheftlast_img read more

A look back at national election results

first_imgStaff writerSouth Africa has held five national elections since 1994, one every five years. As we await the results of the country’s latest national vote, which took place on 7 May 2014 in South Africa’s 20th year of democracy, we look back at past election results.The relative number of National Assembly seats in Parliament political parties have won in South Africa’s four previous democratic elections.The proportional representation systemThe proportional representation system is also called the party list system. Every vote counts. The total number of votes cast for a party decides the number of seats it gets in Parliament.Parties draw up lists of candidates, and the number of people that get in will be decided by the number of seats the party wins. This is the system used in all South African national elections since 1994, and will be used in this year’s elections.For example:Party A: 100 000 votes – 100 seatsParty B: 20 000 votes – 20 seatsParty C: 50 000 votes – 50 seatsThe first 100 people on Party A’s list will get seats in Parliament, as will the first 20 people on Party B’s list and the first 50 people on Party C’s list.The 1994 electionsThe struggles waged by exiled liberation movements and communities inside South Africa, together with international pressure, led to the unbanning of organisations and a negotiated transition period, including the drawing up of a democratic Constitution.The resulting 1994 elections were historic because they were the first-ever non-racial democratic vote in South Africa.After fighting for so long for democracy, 19.7-million South Africans cast their ballots, with a turnout of 86.9% of registered voters. 1994 NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTSVotes wonNational Assembly seatsAfrican National Congress (ANC)62.7%252National Party (NP)20.4%82Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)10.5%43Freedom Front (FF)2.2%9Democratic Party (DP)1.8%7Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)1.3%5African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)0.5%2The 1999 electionsThe 1996 Constitution said that there must be elections every five years, so new national and provincial elections had to be held before the end of July 1999. The were held on 2 June 1999, with 16.2-million South Africans voting for a registered voter turnout of 89.3%.1999 NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTSVotes wonNational Assembly seatsAfrican National Congress (ANC)66.4%266Democratic Party (DP)9.6%38Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)8.6%34New National Party (NNP)6.9%28United Democratic Movement (UDM)3.4%14African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)1.4%6Freedom Front (FF)0.8%3United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP)0.8%3Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)0.7%3Federal Alliance (FA)0.5%2Minority Front (MF)0.3%1Afrikaner Eenheidsbeweging (AEB)0.3%1Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo)0.2%1The 2004 electionsSouth Africa’s third democratic national and provincial elections were held on 14 April 2004.2004 NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTSVotes wonNational Assembly seatsAfrican National Congress (ANC)69.7%279Democratic Alliance (DA)12.4%50Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)7.0%28United Democratic Movement (UDM)2.3%9Independent Democrats (ID)1.7%7New National Party (NNP)1.7%7African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)1.6%6Freedom Front Plus (FF+)0.9%4United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP)0.753Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)0.733Minority Front (MF)0.352Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo)0.252The 2009 electionsThe fourth democratic national and provincial elections were held on 22 April 2009.2009 ELECTION RESULTSVotes wonNational Assembly seatsAfrican National Congress (ANC)65.9%264Democratic Alliance (DA)16.7%67Congress of the People (Cope)7.4%30Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)4.6%18Independent Democrats (ID)0.9%4United Democratic Movement (UDM)0.9%4Freedom Front Plus (FF+)0.8%4African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)0.8%3United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP)0.4%2Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)0.3%1Minority Front (MF)0.3%1Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo)0.2%1African People’s Convention (APC)0.2%1last_img read more

The Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Foley and Audio Mixing

first_imgOrganize Audio Clips and Sync Sound with FootageAfter shooting and recording foley, you’ll have plenty of audio to work with from dialogue, sound effects, and music. With all these different files, it’s important to make sure you organize all your clips and tracks so you can sync them.To keep things in order, you’ll need a solid folder structure. You can create your own or just download some free programs that will create folders structures for you. The Film Look has also provided their own Premiere Pro folder structure that you can download here.You will then see them import and rename all of their footage based on the name of the take. Then you can start syncing footage either by using a program like PluralEyes or syncing it yourself in Premiere Pro.For more on syncing audio and footage, check out these articles:Three Ways to Sync Audio to VideoQuickly Sync Audio and Footage in Premiere ProPluralEyes: The Best Workflow for Syncing Audio Did you enjoy this series? Want more like this? Let us know in the comments below. Editing and Mixing AudioOnce you’ve organized, synced, and edited your project, you are ready to start mixing. First, adjust the volume on your machine. This will give you a reference point for how your final video should sound, so you will have a rough idea of how low to mix SFX compared to dialogue.Here are a few level ranges to keep in mind while mixing:Dialogue between -6dB and -24 dBHard foley -5dB to -25dBSoft foley below room tone up to -7dB Ambience will depend on room tone — shouldn’t be overpoweringRoom tone is also important to avoid dead silence. Be sure to match to the levels of room tone silence recorded on set. If some parts of the dialogue are hard to hear, or too loud, you can use keyframes to raise or lower the volume of specific dialogue. While cutting dialogue and SFX, fade in and out of clips to avoid harsh peaks. Finally, layer a variety of SFX not only for practical onscreen noises but also to emphasize emotions. The Final SceneIf you are curious how all of this played out from recording audio to the final mix, you can see the final scene here.Now that you’ve seen everything from recording audio to mixing, you can enjoy this final behind-the-scenes look at the whole process. Check out this comprehensive guide for working with audio in post-production. Learn about foley art, syncing audio, mixing, and more.All images and video via The Film Look.In the original Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording Audio, the guys at The Film Look covered topics like audio levels, microphone position, room tone, and capturing wild takes. You can read more and watch the first five episodes here.In the remaining episodes of this series, The Film Look will talk about working with audio in post — specifically, capturing foley and mixing sound. Let’s dive in.Capture the Perfect SFX in Post with FoleyFoley is the reproduction of sound effects in post-production. It mixes in time-specific sounds, like making sure a tap sounds just as a finger hits a table. Mixing in foley is part of a true cinematic experience.If you don’t have a quiet room to record foley, find a space where you can hang some sound blankets and cloth to dampen sound. Then, grab an assortment of props to use to create sounds. Remember, you don’t have to use the exact same dishes or props as you saw on set. You are looking to create the perfect sound; it doesn’t have to be an accurate one.You will need a way to play back a scene so you can time the sound effects, so be sure to have a monitor, laptop, or phone nearby. Then it’s just a matter of recording foley with the right timing.Remember, if you didn’t capture a wild take or can’t recreate a specific sound in foley, you can always browse SFX libraries for additional noises.For more on foley work, check out these videos and articles.Foley: The Art of Making Sound EffectsRecording Foley and Sound Effects: The FundamentalsBehind the Sound Design: Nerf John Wicklast_img read more