first_imgA Donegal man has been hailed a hero after saving a woman who was being sexually assaulted in a vicious street attack.Brave Damien Doherty saved the woman who was being viciously attacked in the street.Damien Doherty from Carndonagh, was driving to his home in England when he noticed the woman being savagely attacked.The woman’s attacker had ripped off her dress leaving her standing in public in just her underwear. As she frantically tried to put her dress back on, the attacker then tried to sexually assault her as he pinned her against a wall.While passers-by stood in shock at the attack which happened just before midnight in Weybridge on September 6th last year, brave Damien jumped from his car and came to her rescue.Although the attacker was much bigger than Damien, CCTV shows Damien reasoning with the attacker and talking him down.A police report revealed how the attacker had banged the woman’s had off a wall before grabbing her hair with both hands, shaking her violently and then attempting to sexually assault her. Now Damien, who lives in Guilford, has been given a Chief Constable’s commendation award by British police for his bravery.A police spokesman said: “Throughout the assault the victim was unable to defend herself and was visibly afraid of the offender who had degradingly assaulted her in full view of the public.“A number of people witnessed the assault, but it was only Damien who got involved to stop it.“If Damien had not bravely intervened, the victim would have suffered further abuse and serious injury.“This was a shocking unprovoked attack in a public place. Officers were very grateful that Damien was courageous enough to place himself at risk, to protect the female who was in an extremely dangerous and vulnerable situation.” Police later arrested the man who was subsequently charged with a number of offences.Although the victim did not wish to support a police case, Mr Doherty’s evidence was used for a third party prosecution.MAN HAILED HERO AFTER SAVING WOMAN IN VICIOUS STREET ATTACK was last modified: October 17th, 2015 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:attackCarndonaghDamien Dohertypolicewomanlast_img read more

Generating Electricity from the Sun

first_imgAlmost all of our methods for generating electricity are fundamentally the same. Coal-, nuclear-, and natural-gas-fired power plants boil water to produce high-pressure steam that spins a dynamo in a “steam turbine.” The wood-chip-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant that we want to build in Brattleboro works the same way. The heat sources used in these systems, of course, are very different—each with its own environmental and health concerns—but the way they actually produce the electricity is, fundamentally, the same. Hydro power plants use the gravitational force of flowing water to spin a similar turbine, and windmills use the power of wind to do the same thing.There’s only one fundamentally different power-generation technology that’s feeding a significant amount of electricity into the utility grid: photovoltaics, or the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity. Photovoltaic (PV) cells, remarkably, produce electricity with no moving parts. There’s no mechanical gearing to lubricate or wear out, essentially nothing to maintain. They just sit there, in the sun, and generate direct-current electrical energy.While simple in their effect, how PV cells work is quite complex. Here’s an oversimplification of the process: A PV cell is made of a “semiconductor” material, such as silicon—semiconductors are materials whose electrical conductivity can be changed by adding small amounts of impurities. In a typical silicon PV cell, there are two layers of slightly different silicon, separated by a “cell junction.” On one side of the cell, the silicon wants to get rid of electrons; the other side wants electrons.When photons of light strike the cell, the electrons in the silicon become energized, and some of them jump across the cell junction—but they con only cross that junction one way. As a result a charge differential is created, with more electrons (electrical charge) on one side of the cell than the other. By connecting a wire to the cell, this charge differential can be equalized by allowing the electrons to flow through the wire. This flow of electrons is direct-current (DC) electricity, and we can tap into that current to perform work—powering motors, producing light, etc.PV cells are wired together into “PV modules” so that the small amounts of current created by each cell are aggregated into useful quantities of electrical power. The modules, in turn, are often combined into “PV arrays”—sometimes huge arrays that generate many kilowatts or even megawatts of electricity when the sun is shining.Finally, inverters convert the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) that can operate standard electrical devices or be fed into the power grid using special equipment.The practical photovoltaic cell was invented in the 1950s by scientists at Bell Laboratories in New York. Initially, the cost was extremely high—thousands of dollars per peak watt of output. The first applications for PV were on space satellites where that high cost was not a concern. In fact, local PV expert Richard Gottlieb of Sunnyside Solar in Guilford, VT, worked at the Naval Research Laboratory installing PV cells on the Vanguard satellite as a college student in 1957.As the manufacturing of PV modules was streamlined and the cell efficiencies improved, costs came down. By the 1970s, PV power became practical for applications like remote radio repeater stations and Coast Guard signal buoys. In 1983, I organized a conference for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, “Photovoltaics: From Research to Reality,” which was held at MIT in Cambridge. By then, some pioneering designers were incorporating PV arrays into houses. Steven Strong, of Solar Design Associates in Harvard, MA, designed some of the first such homes, and he continues to be a leading designer of PV-powered homes.Today, there are tens of thousands of homes throughout the country that derive a significant portion—sometimes all—of their electricity from PV arrays. Many of these are “off-grid” homes that are totally independent of utility power. They have battery banks so that lighting and other electrical devices can be used at night or during very cloudy periods. There are dozens of such homes in the Brattleboro area.Other homes with PV power are “grid-connected.” Rather than batteries, these homes have “net-metering” systems that feed electricity into the grid when the sun is shining and the PV system is producing more electricity than the house needs to operate. In states with net-metering laws, including Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts, when the PV system is producing excess power the electric meter spins in reverse, and the utility company effectively pays you for that electricity at the same retail price you pay for electricity.Though PV costs have dropped a great deal since the 1980s, high first-cost remains an impediment to widespread use of PVs. For a grid-connected PV system (without batteries), installed costs today range from About $6,000 to $12,000 per peak kilowatt (kW) of capacity, before government incentives or tax credits. Thus, a 4.5 kW residential system, which would produce about as much electricity annually as a typical home uses, will cost in the range of $27,000 to over $50,000. Grid-connected PV systems are eligible for cash subsidies from the states of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York, as well as a 30% federal tax credit.For more information on costs and subsidies, contact an installer, such as Richard Gottlieb or one of the companies listed in last week’s column.last_img read more

These Simple, Performance-Driven Music Videos Do Songs Real Justice

first_imgStraightforward music video concepts can go a long way. These lean stunners will spark some low-budget, crew-optional ideas.Sky Ferreira’s “Everything Is Embarrassing” by Grant SingerShot in one day — on no budget — at the urgent request of Capitol Records, “Everything Is Embarrassing” is a straightforward, mostly outdoor performance. Los Angeles’s natural light glows to its maximum in the gaze of director Grant Singer, who took bedroom pop songstress Sky Ferreira out alone (without a crew) to the rooftop of the Capitol Records building, to a playground, and for a ride on the L.A. metro. The result is a fireworks show of Hollywood-starlet vulnerability in severe high contrast.“Everything Is Embarrassing” would introduce Ferreira’s new aesthetic to the world after reaching the Billboard dance charts as a teenager. Due to the short turnaround, Singer threw out an original plan to include a love interest in the video, as he told IMVDb. Ferreira didn’t need one. The focus on her delivery helped facilitate a breakout moment in her career. “Everything Is Embarrassing” dropped on October 1, 2012, about a month after the song had been released online. Two weeks later, upon the Ghost EP’s release, “Everything Is Embarrassing” was deemed “one of the year’s unlikely pop gems” via critic Jon Caramanica of The New York Times. Singer and Ferreira were already a team — he’d made other videos for her and cast her in his short IRL — and they continue working together.Solange’s “Losing You” by Melina MatsoukasEven if you don’t have the funds for an overseas (or out-of-state) trip, a deep neighborhood study (as a music video) can encourage you to flex two modes of filmmaking at once. Solange and her friend director Melina Matsoukas, took a documentary sensibility to Cape Town, South Africa, for “Losing You.” The singer told Pitchfork that the concept wasn’t firm when they decided on a location, only the desire to honor their adventures and an artful, fashionable group called the Le Sape Society (Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People).A book by Daniele Tamagni called Gentleman of Bacongo served as their compass. And the author advised. Audiences’ horizons were broadened, as they’ve been with other Solange joints like “I Decided,” which layer historical and civil rights references with her charming, high-toned pop music. Operations at a tailor’s shop, mural art on facades of buildings, and explorations down townie roads make a joyful recording of Cape Town and complicate the bittersweet “Losing You” to gorgeous ends.Now, Now’s “Yours” by Alexa San-RomanNow, Now‘s Brad Hale made glowy shapes in After Effects for projections, while his band-mate Cacie Dalager danced in front of them as the camera rolled. Sounds pure and simple, and it was — a wealth of energized material for director Alexa San Roman, who also filmed the pair in an eerily lit car and chased Dalager down the beach at night. The distinctly cool palette of pink, purple, and black melts against the grooves of “Yours.”The editing here is musical in its own right.  Hands reaching into the shot to embrace Cacie are a tender match for the breathless vocals in the song.Check out the sunset-soaked desert in San-Roman’s video for “SGL.”Cover image via “Losing You.”Looking for more industry inspiration? Check out these articles.E3 2019: How Video Games Are Changing Cinematic StorytellingWhat Is Panavision’s Liquid Crystal Neutral Density (LCND) Filter?What the Marvel Cinematic Universe Means for the Future of FilmIndustry Insights: Filming Documentary Subjects in Conflict Zones10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets Comparedlast_img read more

Modi launches projects worth ₹4,500-cr in Odisha

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a number of central government projects in Odisha worth more than ₹4,500 crore. The projects were unveiled during Mr. Modi’s second visit to the eastern state in less than a fortnight. He had unveiled some projects in Bhubaneswar and addressed a BJP rally near the historic Khurda town on December 24. Describing the projects as a new year gift to the people of Odisha, the prime minister expressed hope that 2019 will steer the state on a path of rapid development. The projects inaugurated by Mr. Modi are related to road highways and transport, petroleum and natural gas, railways, culture, tourism and passport services.Some key projects include four-laning of three major national highways in Odisha, laying of a section of a key LPG pipeline and doubling of an important railway line. The prime minister also flagged off a new passenger train on a route, unveiled multi-modal logistics hub in Balasore as well as a project for restoration and conservation of historical site of Haripurgarh.Mr. Modi also inaugurated passport sewa kendras at post offices in Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jajpur, Aska, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal through video conferencing. Currently, people have to go to the regional passport office at Bhubaneswar, officials added. Foundation laying and inauguration of a host of projects by the prime minister comes ahead of general election, which is due in a few months’ time. The assembly polls in Odisha are also slated to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls. During his last visit to Odisha on December 24, Mr. Modi had unveiled a number of projects worth more than ₹14,500 crore.last_img read more

SIT to probe Neha Shorie murder case

first_imgThe Punjab police on Monday set up a Special Investigation Team to probe the murder of the 36-year-old woman officer who was shot dead at her office last week in Kharar.Neha Shorie, posted as zonal licensing authority with the Drug and Food Chemical Laboratory in Kharar, was shot dead by a man who later killed himself as well.The five-member SIT, which will be headed by Inspector General of Police (Rupnagar Range) V. Neeraja, will probe into all the facts and circumstances leading to the incident, said an official statement here.last_img

London Olympics: Michael Phelps finally wins gold, breaks Games’ medals record

first_imgMichael Phelps broke the Olympic medals record on Tuesday with his 19th medal as the United States romped to a dominating win in 4x200m freestyle relay at the London Games. With 19 career medals spanning three Olympics, Phelps moved one ahead of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who got her haul in 1956, 1960 and 1964.And he finally got his first gold of these games, bouncing back from the disappointment of settling for silver when he glided at the end of the 200 butterfly earlier on Tuesday.The United States team of Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Ricky Berens and Phelps on the anchor leg won in 6 minutes, 59.70 seconds. France took the silver in 7:02.77, while China was third in 7:06.30.Phelps now has 15 golds, two silvers and two bronzes.last_img