A Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD) man was on Wednesday morning robbed at gunpoint in the vicinity of the No 44 Minibus Park, Longden Street, Georgetown.Rohan Persaud, 27, was relieved of one mobile phone valued $30,000 by four men, one of whom was armed with a hand gun and another with a knife.Reports are Persaud was walking on the pavement about 05:30h when he was confronted by the suspects, who held him at gunpoint and relieved him of the phone.After committing the act, the men escaped on foot. The matter was reported and based on information gathered, one of the suspects was identified as “Lil Boy”. An investigation has been launched.
Infraco is tasked to improve broadband connectivity across South Africa. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) David Smith, Infraco’s CEO, said they want to become a top broadband wholesaler. (Image: Broadband Infraco) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fahim Mohamed Company Secretary Broadband Infraco +27 11 235 1760 RELATED ARTICLES • Main One boosts Africa’s broadband • Eassy to go live soon • Broadband boost as Eassy hits SA • Wacs cable gets the green light Bongani NkosiBroadband Infraco, the state-owned ICT enterprise formed in 2006, will introduce its long-awaited internet services to the South African market in November 2010.“We’re launching our broadband capacity network,” said Infraco’s account manager Charmaine Fredericks in an interview on the sidelines of the My Broadband conference in Midrand on 20 October.The parastatal will now have access to an approximately 12 125km fibre-optic cable and other telecommunications infrastructure, which have been used exclusively by Neotel over the past four years.The infrastructure is owned by the government due to it being laid by state-owned enterprises Eskom and Transtel. It has since been transferred to Infraco, but Infraco couldn’t use it as Neotel was the sole licensee.“We’ve had the network for the last four years, but we couldn’t operate on it. We got our operational licence last year from Icasa,” said Fredericks.“Neotel’s role as the network’s sole custodian comes to an end soon and that’s why we’re launching. We can now go commercial and bring customers on board,” she added.Infraco has been improving the network’s infrastructure over the last four years, while Neotel has maintained the existing system, according to Fredericks.The infrastructure initially offered 2.5 gigabits per second bandwidth speed, but it’s been upgraded to offer 10 gigabits per second.The network’s services now also cover the border areas of South Africa. “The network is quite a lot bigger than what we had when Neotel started,” said Fredericks.A new connection ring has been included, meaning “when one ring fails, we connect to another so that traffic is not disturbed”.“There’s a lot that we’ve done in the past five years to prepare us for our day of launch,” Fredericks added.The Department of Public Enterprises owns 74% of the national broadband utility, while the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) owns the other 26%. The IDC is also a state entity.Open-access wholesalerAs a broadband wholesaler, Infraco will not offer services directly to end-user customers, but rather to internet service providers. “Our aim is to be the wholesale provider of choice to our customers,” CEO David Smith said at the My Broadband conference.It’s an open-access service provider which will enable the government to offer nation-wide connectivity at a lower cost and lead to investments in building the country’s long-distance fibre-optic networks.Infraco’s primary mandate is to get providers to cover areas in South Africa that are currently not served or underserved. “We want to become a carrier of carriers,” said Fredericks.It has set up a number of broadband Points of Presence (POPs) across the country, which are now connected to the national network. The POPs include various small towns and rural areas like Ermelo, Mahamba Border, Beit Bridge, Newcastle, Onseepkans and Zimbane.According to Fredericks, the government has identified 37 such places where connectivity must be fast-tracked. “We will provide connectivity from the closest POP in that underserved area.“Then we’ll be looking for partnerships with internet service providers, like Internet Solutions or iBurst, to service the areas,” Fredericks said.“We are trying to get as many providers as possible into the network, so that connectivity prices can come down,” she added.West African cable systemBroadband Infraco’s network services will receive a major boost when the West Africa Cable System (WACS) it has invested in comes on stream.WACS will land in Yzerfontein along the Western Cape coast and is expected to go live by July 2011.The much-anticipated marine cable will connect South Africa directly with the UK, and will have landing stations in Portugal and along the coastlines of various West African countries.“WACS will be massive. Major operators like MTN and Vodacom have also invested in WACS,” Fredericks said.
Brand South Africa is at the 45th World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos from 21 to 24 January 2015 to share that message that South Africa is a globally competitive nation, an integral part of a rising Africa, and open for business. Open for businessAt the 2015 WEF annual meeting in Davos, Team South Africa will be showcasing eight major economic sectors that are open for business to international investors. More >Click on an image for a larger version.MINING AND BENEFICIATIONAGROPROCESSINGINDUSTRIAL INFRASTRUCTURETOURISMHEALTHCAREMANUFACTURINGINFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGYFORESTRY & RELATED PRODUCTS Introducing WEF Davos 2015South Africa to showcase its success at Davos15 January 2015 – President Jacob Zuma will be heading up the high-level South African delegation of cabinet ministers and business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, from 21 to 24 January, the Presidency said on Wednesday. More > South Africa’s education system critical to competitiveness15 January 2015 – As Team South Africa prepares to showcase the country’s successes at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, we must remember that a quality education for young people is critical to our global competitiveness, writes Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola. More >A plan to move South Africa forward15 January 2015 – On the eve of the World Economic Forum at Davos, South Africa grapples with three challenges in building an equal society: high unemployment, poverty and inequality. A way forward is in infrastructure investment, considered the most direct way to creating skilled, high-paying jobs. More > Four key issues on the agenda for WEF Davos 201515 January 2015 – The world is changing at a breathtaking pace. In the past year, it seems to have become a darker place, marked by deepening geopolitical fault-lines which jeopardise the era of economic expansion, integration and partnership that began with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. More >Gallery: Nelson Mandela at Davos12 January 2015 – The World Economic Forum has unearthed historic photographs of Nelson Mandela attending the annual meetings in Davos in 1992, two years before he became South Africa’s first democratically elected president, and in 1999, the final year of his presidency. More >
IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#Autonomous car#EPFL#featured#france#Self-Driving#Sensor#top#Wi-Fi Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Related Posts Swiss academics have developed an autonomous vehicle system able to mimic a human driver and a Wi-Fi network to share data between vehicles.École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) said an autonomous vehicle could be single or part of a “platoon” and should be able to follow multiple human-controlled cars.See Also: Will Nevada be the next state to legalize self-driving cars?The system is designed with 2030 in mind, when researchers expect Wi-Fi sensors to be built into highways and 360-degree cameras and Radar to track cars far away easily.Autonomous vehicles using the EPFL system should be able to give way to other cars and know when a car is going to switch lanes or leave the highway before it happens. This self-aware system may reduce the amount of accidents on the road, according to EPFL.“The whole goal of the project is to essentially increase coordination on the road and eventually achieve reduced fuel consumption and additional safety,” said Alcherio Martinoli, head of the group’s algorithms laboratory. “For the first time we were able to validate what we had achieved in the simulation. And the number of vehicles in the convoy has no impact on the complexity of the control mechanism.”Autonomous vehicles are already hitting public roads in Michigan, Arizona, Britain, and Singapore, but it will be a few years before consumers are driving these cars. It will take even longer, according to EPFL, for autonomous cars to overtake regular human controlled vehicles on the road. David Curry
Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Relentless Foxes hold on after Chilwell red Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 00:53 1/14/18 Getty Images Leicester City forced Chelsea out of their rhythm but could only claim a draw at Stamford Bridge after Ben Chilwell’s dismissal. Chelsea missed a chance to go second in the Premier League as they were held to a 0-0 draw by a relentless Leicester City side that finished the match with 10 men.Leicester put on a masterclass in pressing until Ben Chilwell was shown a second yellow card for a lunge on Victor Moses, but the champions were unable to take advantage and claim the three points that would have moved them above Manchester United.Claude Puel welcomed Jamie Vardy back after two games out with a groin injury and the England striker, along with Riyad Mahrez, caused Chelsea no end of problems – his chasing of a long ball leading to returning captain Gary Cahill going off with a hamstring injury in the 33rd minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Foxes had the better of the chances and Antonio Conte reacted by replacing Eden Hazard, ineffectual with Leicester’s intense closing down robbing him of service, and Cesc Fabregas with Willian and Pedro before the hour mark.A second booking in the space of five minutes for Chilwell meant Leicester had to play out the final 20 minutes a man light, and the Blues could not make their numerical superiority count.Chelsea’s fourth successive draw in all competitions could see them slip to fourth by the end of the weekend, while Leicester will take heart from a thoroughly deserved point at Stamford Bridge.Full-time: Chelsea 0-0 Leicester.The points are shared this afternoon. #CHELEI pic.twitter.com/gbidBf0Rlx— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018Leicester began with great energy and should have gone ahead when Chilwell cut back to Shinji Okazaki inside the six-yard box, only for the Japan international to steer over.Vardy failed to hit the target from dangerous positions twice in less than a minute, before Wilfred Ndidi’s free header following a corner was parried brilliantly by Thibaut Courtois and Antonio Rudiger stopped Aleksandar Dragovic slotting home on the follow-up.Chelsea responded by launching a counter-attack from which Fabregas warmed the gloves of Kasper Schmeichel with a low drive from an acute angle.Leicester continued to overrun the hosts, who were forced to replace the injured Cahill with Andreas Christensen just after the half-hour mark.But Chelsea soon showed signs of getting to grips with the game, Alvaro Morata pulling a save from Schmeichel after charging in along the byline, while the Dane did well to tip a fierce Fabregas drive over three minutes before half-time.12 – Leicester have had 12 shots against Chelsea so far – the most of any visiting team in the first half of a @premierleague match at Stamford Bridge (since 2003-04). Brash. #CHELEI— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2018Leicester were soon back on top after the restart. Mahrez was at the heart of the action for Puel’s men and, after being refused a penalty having gone down softly as he ran at Christensen, he drove in from the right and saw a 20-yard shot deflect narrowly wide off the centre-back.Conte had seen enough and replaced the disappointing Hazard with Pedro, while Fabregas got the chop for Willian as Chelsea switched to a 3-4-3.The hosts were handed a boost when Chilwell was shown a second yellow card for catching Moses, but they found it difficult to create openings as Leicester sat back.A 25-yard effort from N’Golo Kante was held by Schmeichel, before Tiemoue Bakayoko sent a pair of attempts from outside the box off target.Morata’s frustrations got the better of him as he picked up a yellow card for a petulant foul on Harry Maguire towards the end of another lacklustre showing, while Marcos Alonso had a stoppage-time free-kick pushed around the post by Schmeichel as Leicester kept Chelsea at bay. Key Opta stats:- Chelsea have drawn three consecutive games 0-0 in all competitions for the first time in their history.- Leicester had 12 shots in the first half – the most of any visiting team in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge since 2003-04. However, they managed just two shots after the interval.- The Foxes have kept consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since May 2017.- Only Watford (4) have been shown more red cards than Leicester (3) in the Premier League this season.- Indeed, Leicester were shown the last Premier League red card of 2017, and the first of 2018. read more