City Opens New TV Production Studios in Pasadena

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News The City of Pasadena openms its newly constructed television media production studios and facilities for Pasadena Media with an open-to-the-public ribbon cutting beginning at 1:00 p.m. next Wednesday, April 2.“The ribbon cutting marks the beginning of a new era for Pasadena Media,” said Lizelle S. Brandt, Board Chair for Pasadena Community Access Corp. (Pasadena Media). “We’re delighted to welcome the greater Pasadena community to see our new space supporting public, government and educational cable TV programming and media access.”The modern, 6,000-square-foot facility provides local independent TV produces with a multi-set production studio and the latest in virtual meeting studio equipment, editing facilities, meeting rooms and training areas, including new digital video upgrades, cameras and equipment.City officials, including Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, are expected to be on hand for the ribbon cutting and tours of the new facility April 2.With the new facility operational, Pasadena Media will be better equipped to work with community members seeking production capabilities to produce and air videos. The organization now can work on a community membership drive as well as offer its creative production services to other non-profit organizations, businesses and agencies wishing to produce informational videos and public service announcements.Local businesses also will be able to work with Pasadena Media Executive Director Keri Stokstad on sponsorship opportunities while nonprofit organizations will be offered training classes catered to their organizational needs.The ribbon cutting ceremony will include music by The Jazz Zone. Free light refreshments will be served. Parking is available at the Hilton parking lot and the lot at the corner of El Dorado and S. Oakland Ave.Pasadena Community Access Corporation (PCAC) dba Pasadena Media is a component unit, nonprofit 501(c)3 public benefit corporation recognized under Nonprofit Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes. PCAC’s purpose is to promote, coordinate, facilitate, produce and assist public service community programming on behalf of all residents of the City of Pasadena, California for all public and community access channels of Pasadena’s cable telecommunications system and to inform Pasadena residents of the potential services and benefits of the cable telecommunications systems.The studios are located at 150 S. Los Robles Ave., Suite 101. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business Newscenter_img Subscribe Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyBollywood Star Transformations: 10 Year ChallengeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Government City Opens New TV Production Studios in Pasadena Published on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 1:23 pm More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

In Ireland’s recent history, a model for clean growth

first_imgClean economic growth is not just a pipe dream — it happened in Ireland between 1990 and 2010, when emissions dropped 10 percent even as the country’s economy grew 265 percent, the leader of that country’s Green Party said Monday.“Ireland … is one of those countries you can point a finger to and say, ‘You can de-carbonize an economy and still develop,’” said Eamon Ryan.Ryan acknowledged that the growth came in relatively green industries, such as medical devices, finance, and digital technology. But he also said that even in a much slower economy, investment in clean energy continues to pay dividends. Today, Ireland generates 20 percent of its power through wind energy; on windy days as much as half the nation’s power can come from renewable sources.“We can actually change the energy system,” said Ryan. “It takes time, but what amazes me is how quickly you can start to change.”Ryan presented Ireland’s story in Mallinckrodt Hall, speaking as part of the Center for the Environment’s “Future of Energy” lecture series. Ryan, who served as energy minister from 2007 until the Green Party was ousted from power in 2011, was introduced by the center’s director, Daniel Schrag, the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and a professor of environmental science and engineering.One of the lessons from Ireland, Ryan said, is the importance of political consensus around clean energy. While he was energy minister, the parliamentary debate on wind power was more about how much than yes or no.Ireland had many factors favorable to wind power, Ryan said. The country was highly dependent on foreign fuel, with more than 90 percent of its energy coming from imported fossil fuels. Wind was not just a solution to environmental issues, it also provided the nation with greater energy security.Also a factor was agreement across Europe that something had to be done on climate change. To address the problem, Ryan said, power has to be de-carbonized — by linking fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage technology, by increasing nuclear power, or by boosting renewables.For Ireland, heavy use of renewables has been the way to go, Ryan said. The nation has set a goal to get 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, a target it will likely meet, he said.Integrating energy systems across Europe will play a key role in increasing the proportion of renewable power, Ryan said.Other important steps include pushing to increase the use of electric vehicles, particularly since housing development over the last 20 years has doubled the length of the typical commute. Ireland has already moved to reduce carbon emissions in transportation, taxing vehicles based on carbon emissions rather than cost, a policy that has led to more fuel-efficient cars.Ireland has also adopted energy-efficient building standards and is working to retrofit existing buildings, with some 250,000 upgraded so far. The nation passed a carbon tax, which allowed a cut in personal income taxes, a change that Ryan said showed the public that the government has its priorities lined up properly. The carbon tax brings in about 1 percent of overall revenue.Ryan said he believes the next wave in reforming the energy system will focus on eliminating waste. He also said a new energy economy has to offer things, not just take things away.“The new alternative economy has to be a better economy,” Ryan said. “If we’re going to stop people from going from A to B, you have to have a C.”One area that needs improvement, he said, is communication on climate change. Advocates for measures to address the issue should admit scientific uncertainty where it exists, admit that the changes — though worthwhile — may be costly, and engage with opponents in a constructive way.“We need everyone involved. We should stop telling people what to do and start asking people for their help,” Ryan said.last_img read more

Free trade talks point to new African era

first_img7 December 2011An important process that started three years ago will begin to move forward this week as the first round of negotiations to establish a free trade area covering 27 countries in east and southern Africa kicks off in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday.It is envisaged that negotiations for the proposed free trade area (FTA), which promises to be an important instrument for the future of trade and industrialisation in Africa, will be completed in about 36 months.The three trade blocs involved – the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) – decided in Kampala, Uganda in October 2008 to move towards a free trade agreement.Boosting intra-regional trade, industrialisationThe intention is to boost intra-regional trade. Because the market will be much bigger, there will be more investment flows, enhanced competitiveness and the development of cross-regional infrastructure.At the same time, the FTA will act as a spur to industrialisation, as countries move from selling primary products to making goods to sell.Competition with older, established and also bigger emerging economies might be a stumbling block initially, but the huge new market may make it possible for locally manufactured goods to compete with those imported from outside the FTA.With close to 600-million people live within the FTA, and a combined gross domestic product of $1-trillion, the region could find itself competing in the same league as the likes of China, India, Russia, Brazil, the US and the EU.The next economic frontierAnd it is becoming easier to make the world believe this, because the continent is already being touted as the next economic frontier.A glance at some figures confirms this view:Africa’s combined consumer spending was US$860-billion in 2008, and will be an estimated $1.4-trillion in 2020. With 43% of Africans currently under the age of 15, by 2040 there will be 1.1-billion Africans of working age.  Urbanisation enhances growth – Africa already has 52 cities with more than a million inhabitants, more than Europe. By 2030, around fifty percent of Africa’s populationi will be living in cities.  Africa’s returns on foreign direct investment (FDI) are the highest in the world. South Africa well placed to benefitSouth Africa, with its advanced and sophisticated economy, is best suited to exploit the advantages offered by such an expanded market.Already, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has rated South Africa first in the world for the strength of its auditing and reporting standards and for the regulation of its securities exchanges. The soundness of the country’s banks – rated second in the world – is an important asset these days when banks everywhere else are shaky.Add the certainty offered by the government’s recently announced National Development Plan, which sets out the country’s path until 2030, and it is clear that South Africa’s competitiveness will only be enhanced by the establishment of an African FTA.South Africa’s fellow BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – all started their upward economic trend based on huge domestic markets. With the establishment of an FTA, South Africa will have access a market 12 times bigger than the 50-million domestic customers it now has.Tough negotiations expectedHowever, the road to setting up the FTA could be a rocky one. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has warned that negotiations over industrial policy could be tough. South Africa has just set out to implement its Industrial Policy Action Plan, and talks around the trade in manufactured goods will be of particular concern.But South Africa does have an advantage. As Davies points out, unlike exports to the rest of the world, a high percentage of exports into Africa are already made up of value-added products.Other problems would be the levels of protectionism between African countries, restrictive trade permit needs, and very obvious economic disparities.Additionally, the fact that three existing trade blocs aim to merge into one is a stumbling block as they are at different levels of integration, with different rules and regulations.All of this will be part of the negotiations that start this week.The fact remains that economic growth in all participating countries will be boosted by increased intra-regional trade. For Africa as a whole, intra-regional trade currently stands at only 12% of all cross-border trade, whereas in Asia the figure is rising toward 50%, and in the European Union towards 80%.The FTA would also be an important building block towards achieving the vision of the founding fathers of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963 – a continent-wide African Economic Union.The December talks may be the first concrete sign of Africa rising to take its rightful place in the world.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

South Africa to launch first cube satellite

first_img14 November 2013 The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is set to make history with the launch of South Africa’s first cube satellite, ZACUBE-1, from the Yasny base in Russia at 09:10 South African time on 21 November, the university announced on Monday. The nano-satellite is a single unit carrying a space weather experiment, and will be sent up atop the RS-2OB rocket Dnepr. Running on the same amount of power as a five-watt bulb, ZACUBE-1 will orbit Earth up to 15 times a day at an altitude of 600 kilometres. Measuring only 10x10x10cm and weighing 1.2kg, it is about 100 times smaller than Sputnik, the first satellite launched into space in 1957. It will carry a high frequency beacon which will be used to study the spread of radio waves through the ionosphere. This will provide space weather data to the South African National Space Agency (Sansa). Funded by the Department of Science and Technology, the satellite was designed and built by CPUT postgraduate students in collaboration with Sansa, following the CubeSat programme at the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI). “The launch of CubeSat is proof of the skills and the facilities we are gradually developing to ensure space science and technology really benefits every citizen of South Africa,” Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said in a statement. The director of F’SATI, Professor Robert Van Zyl, said the strength of the CubeSat programme was its use of cube satellites as technology platforms for practical skills training and applied research. “This approach offers our students a unique learning experience and prepares them to participate in the South African space industry.” Established in 2009, the CubeSat programme has graduated 32 master’s students, bringing to 42 the total number of F’SATI alumni at CPUT. The programme has also provided internships to 15 of the graduates as engineers-in-training. The nano-satellite, designated “ZA-003” in the national register of space assets, follows in the footsteps of micro-satellites Sunsat and SumbandilaSat. Cube satellites, or “cubesats”, were originally developed in the United States in 1999 by California Polytechnic State University and Stanford University to help universities worldwide perform space science and exploration. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

GAC UK Inks Terminal and Marine Services Deal with Valero

first_imgzoom Shipping and logistics services provider GAC UK has signed a three-year terminal and marine services deal with Valero Logistics UK, a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation.Under the agreement, GAC UK will manage and support the discharge of 12-14MT of clean petroleum products each from up to 180 tankers a year at the ports of Cardiff and Plymouth, starting from February 1, 2017.On April 1, the company’s raft of jetty operation services for the energy giant will be extended to include Avonmouth.GAC UK said it will provide terminal services including “secure and safe manning of berths, ship/shore safety checks and connecting shore cargo lines to vessels’ manifolds.“The firm will also conduct value adding cargo sampling at three stages: from the vessels’ tanks before discharge, from shore lines during the operation and from the trucks. The results, including gauge readings before and after discharge, will be fed back to Valero.This latest signing comes on the back of a recent announcement of GAC UK’s contract to support Shell UK’s operations at Braefoot Bay.“This latest deal represents the continuing expansion of our terminal and marine services portfolio in UK ports,” Herman Jorgensen, Managing Director, GAC UK, said.last_img read more

THE STAGE IS SET FOR COUNTRY STARDOM CANADIANS HAVE SELECTED THREE FINALISTS

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We have some incredible artists in Top of The Country this season and I’m looking forward to seeing what they accomplish in the finale,” said Tracy Martin, President, CCMA. “We’re looking forward to celebrating their undeniable growth as artists when they take to the stage at Country Music Week. Congratulations and good luck to the three finalists!”Later this year, the three Top of the Country finalists will participate in a week-long SOCAN songwriting trip to Nashville, perform at a major country music festival and attend an exclusive mentorship session in Toronto with influential people from across the industry.The grand prize winner will be chosen live at SiriusXM Top of the Country Finale during Country Music Week 2019 in Calgary, AB from September 5-8. Finalists will compete live on stage before a soon-to-be-announced headlining act, airing live on SiriusXM. The winner will receive the $25,000 grand prize, plus an international SOCAN songwriting camp and more.SiriusXM Top of the Country in partnership with the CCMA is part of SiriusXM’s ongoing commitment to promoting and elevating the best in emerging Canadian music. SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists through its significant financial contributions and North American-wide reach of over 55 million listeners.To watch the finalist videos, please visit: siriusxm.ca/topcountry.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies ten years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2019 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker, the Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook TORONTO, May 27, 2019 – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, is thrilled to announce the three finalists for the second annual SiriusXM Top of the Country competition, in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA). These three artists will duke it out in a live onstage battle to be crowned Canada’s next big country star and win a $25,000 cash prize and an international SOCAN songwriting camp.The 2019 SiriusXM Top of the Country finalists, selected by Canadians are:Matt Lang (Hometown — Maniwaki, QC)Kelsi Mayne (Hometown — Windsor, ON)Tim & The Glory Boys (Hometown — Winnipeg, MB)“The talent competing in the first phase of SiriusXM Top of The Country was exceptional, and now the group is down to three,” said Jeff Leake, Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. “Our finalists now have the opportunity to show off their craft to some very big audiences this summer. We can’t wait to see them perform at the finale during Country Music Week.”last_img read more

Police searching for gunmen hit and run driver make drug arrests

first_img TCI: Man uses car to hit woman (CORRECTED) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 11, 2017 – Nassau – Police say a woman struck in a #hitandrun accident on Sunday July 30th around 9am died in hospital on Wednesday.    The woman was walking on Wulff Road near Mt Royal Avenue when a vehicle failed to stop and struck her.  Police are investigating in the hopes of finding that driver.One pound of marijuana and four males are locked up in connection to the find.    The dangerous drugs were found after a significant tip led Police to a home on Infant View Road.   The discovery and arrest happened on Wednesday.Police are also in need of public help to find two males responsible for a shooting on Wednesday and a man was hospitalized.    According to reports, shortly after 10:00pm, a man was sitting in front of his home located on Moore Avenue and Palm Beach Street, when two males armed with handguns approached and shot him before fleeing on foot.   The man was taken to hospital where he is detained in stable condition.In a separate armed robbery and car-jacking, which happened yesterday around 9pm at a home on Bernard Road, two males, armed with handguns approached and robbed a man of his white Honda Accord and took off in the car.In a another crime, in Nassau, a Blue Hill Road home was searched, dangerous drugs were found and the lone occupant, a male was arrested.    The drug in question, marijuana and it was ‘intel’ that led mobile division officers to search the residence yesterday around 9:30am.    Mobile Division officers have also arrested sixteen (16) others during the past 24 hours for: stealing, causing damage, causing harm and outstanding court warrants.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#hitandrun, #magneticmedianews TCI: Man uses car to hit woman (CORRECTED) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Car used as weapon, woman at hospital, another woman on the runlast_img read more