HOUSTON – Draymond Green fell and his head slammed hard on the ground.That moment did not just capture Green feeling in a state of pain. It marked the latest back-and-forth he has had with Rockets guard James Harden in the Warriors-Rockets playoff series.First, Green had injured Harden’s eyes in Game 2 after delivering an inadvertent elbow. Then in the Warriors’ eventual Game 4 loss to Houston on Tuesday, Harden took a 3-pointer over Green before his left arm struck Green’s left shoulder and …
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.
Caring4Girls is a programme under the Imbumba Foundation. Richard Mabaso is the founder of Imbumba. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)There was great excitement when the 27 climbers of the Trek4Mandela campaign got together yesterday to start their journey to climb Africa’s highest mountain.Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie were among those at the send-off event in Johannesburg earlier today.Mbalula said that he planned to join the climbers in summiting Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, at 5 895m above sea level, in 2016. He also pledged R100 000 to the campaign this year.Trek4Mandela, an initiative for Nelson Mandela International Day, is in its fourth year. It benefits Caring4Girls, a programme to provide sanitary towels and menstrual hygiene information to underprivileged girls in rural communities. Since it was established in 2012, Trek4Mandela has attracted massive interest from the government, the private sector and NGOs locally and internationally.It has generated support for over 50 000 beneficiaries, mainly in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.Many of the climbers – as well as those sending them off – made known their enthusiasm on social media:Take action. Inspire change, make everyday a #MandelaDay. Kicking off the @Trek4Mandela climb with @flysaa pic.twitter.com/5bB4aRDahZ— Liesl Laurie (@LieslLaurie) July 13, 2015Equality for our children must be a reality. #MyHeroes #Trek4Mandela https://t.co/2rrjnmZJWe— Greg Maloka (@GregMaloka) July 13, 2015#Trek4Mandela climbers leaving their footprints as they ready for their symbolic Long Walk to Freedom #Caring4Girls pic.twitter.com/2AM4pSL2tx— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) July 13, 2015The #Trek4Mandela team as they ready to leave South Africa for their summit of Mt Kilimanjaro #GirlChild #Dignity pic.twitter.com/YlxUXC6qol— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) July 13, 2015Good luck to the #Trek4Mandela team. That is a real #MotivationMonday ahead of #MandelaDay. Long live the legacy of #NelsonMandela— Real Steven Taylor (@StevenTaylorSA) July 13, 2015These are @GerriLiive ‘s blinged out hiking shoes for #Trek4Mandela . What do you think? #180OnFridays pic.twitter.com/WdxJSeRoep— 180 with Bob (@180withBOB) July 10, 2015Why the climb?The climb is led by Sibusiso Vilane, the first black African to summit Mount Everest, and the founder of the Imbumba Foundation, Richard Mabaso. It celebrates Madiba’s legacy through supporting the education of South African girls who cannot afford sanitary towels.Yase Godlo, the manager of Mandela Day and Outreach at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said to the South African Broadcasting Corporation that the objective of the climb was to help 270 000 girls across the country, or “30 000 girls per province”.It has been reported that girls miss up to 50 days of school a year each because they cannot afford sanitary towels.The climbers expect to summit Kilimanjaro by 18 July, Madiba’s birthday and Nelson Mandela International Day. There are 27 climbers in the group, one for each year that Mandela was in prison. They include hip-hop artist Proverb and television news presenter Leanne Manas. Each climber aims to raise at least R1.5-million for Caring4Girls.They will return to South Africa on 20 July. For more information on how you can contribute, visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation site. You can also sms the word “girlchild” to 42513 to pledge R30.
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#fitness tracker#Internet of Things#IoT#pollution#WHO Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Amanda Razani A recent study of air pollution in larger cities has produced some startling results. Exercise is supposed to improve one’s health, but the evidence is showing it could actually be harmful in some areas.An international team of scientists studied the health benefits of cycling and walking against the negative toll of air pollution. They documented air quality through average annual levels of PM2.5s and arrived at a tipping point – the amount of time after which exercising actually turns harmful to the health, due to breathing in fine particulates. In many large cities, including Delhi in India and Zabol in Iran, a mere 30 minutes of cycling can begin to damage one’s health.See also: How to make air pollution measurement more accurate“If you are beyond the break-even point, you may be doing yourself more harm than good,” explained Audrey de Nazelle, a lecturer at Imperial College’s Centre for Environmental Policy, and an author of the research project.Air pollution located in big cities is getting worse. According to the World Health Organization, over 80% of citizens living in urban areas that track air pollution levels are exposed to air quality levels that exceed the WHO limit of 10μg/m3. Those most at risk live in cities with lower-income levels.The medical conditions of people with asthma and emphysema are exacerbated by air pollution exposure. Respiratory disease, lung cancer, heart disease, and even damage to the brain, nerves, liver, or kidneys can be some of the long-term health issues caused by exposure to polluted air.The countries with the most cities that have the worst air pollution include Iran, India, Saudi Arabia and China. The research found that western cities like New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London did not have air that was polluted enough to outweigh the positive effects of exercise.But don’t give up on exercise“The benefits of active travel outweighed the harm from air pollution in all but the most extreme air pollution concentrations,” added Nazelle.“While this research demonstrates the benefits of physical activity in spite of air quality, it is not an argument for inaction in combating pollution,” said Dr James Woodcock from the Centre for Diet and Activity Research.The issue of air pollution has become of interest to several companies who have produced environmental monitors like the upcoming Flow Air Quality Monitor. It is a small device that can be easily carried wherever one goes to monitor air quality in the area. Perhaps soon, we will have fitness trackers that offer this ability as well, so that excercise will not be impaired. Follow the Puck Related Posts
A computer application creates seamless transitions and tells you when to cut. Will this technology shape the video editing future?What if a computer editing application could tell you where to make your video cuts? A new application being developed by researchers at UC Berkely and Adobe Systems aims to do just that…helping editors identify the best spot to make a cut based off of audio and visual features of raw footage. The program can auto generate seamless transitions to make the cuts visually smooth and undetectable.In recent years, audio transcription technology has advanced (for instance, the speech transcription tools in Adobe Premiere Pro and Audition CS6 software). This seamless video editing technology is an extension of what we’re seeing in those speech recognition tools, as it pairs the transcription back to the video image and analyzes it to find areas for optimal cutting. From the project’s research paper:“We present a hierarchical, graph-based algorithm for efficiently generating hidden transitions that considers visual features specific to interview footage. We also describe a new data-driven technique for setting the timing of the hidden transition.”In layman’s terms: Spots of the video where there is little audio or on-screen movement are given priority as ideal spots to cut, and are plotted on a “cut suitability” timeline. If necessary the application will insert natural looking pauses to bridge two cuts together. From the product demo (embedded below) it appears that editors can simply delete text from the transcript view and the application will go to work creating a seamless transition. An additional features allows for one-click removal of “ums” and repeated words.This tech seems useful for working with on-camera interviews (with only one subject), but in it’s current state it doesn’t seem like it would be effective at tackling more complex shooting situations.The project is in current development and will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2012. One of the leads on the project is a research scientist in the Creative Technologies Lab at Adobe, which begs the question… Is this technology in development for inclusion in future versions of Adobe video editing applications?Get more details and all the technical specs at Floraine.orgWhat do you think of this new technology? Let us know in the comments!
A day after the CBI issued summons to former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before the agency, the senior IPS officer on Saturday failed to turn up at its headquarters in the city. The Calcutta High Court had on Friday vacated the interim order providing him protection from arrest by the CBI in the Saradha scam, following which he was issued summons by the Central agency. A team of CBI officers met their counsel Y J Dastoor, who had represented the agency in the High Court, and discussed their options for more than a hour. “We are discussing the matter with our lawyers,” CBI Joint Director Pankaj Srivastava told journalists. Asked what action would the agency taker against Mr. Kumar, “We cannot disclose that,” he said.Mr. Kumar, who is posted as Additional Director General, CID, remained untraced in the day. The CBI served notice on him under Section 160 of The Code of Criminal Procedure in the multi-crore scam. Mr. Kumar was part of the Special Investigation Team ( SIT) set up by the West Bengal government to probe the case before the agency took it up in 2014. In February, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sat in dharna when the CBI tried to question the former Kolkata Police Commissioner.
Samsung Electronics has announced its earnings for Q4 ending 31 December, 2014.Net profit was 5.35 trillion won (approximately $4.88 billion) and operating profit stood at 5.29 trillion won (approximately $4.83 billion). Total revenues were up 11% quarter-on-quarter at 52.73 trillion won (approximately $48.11 billion), according to Samsung Tomorrow. Operating profit saw an increase of 1.23 trillion won (approximately $1.12 billion) quarter-on-quarter.However, the company witnessed a decline in operating profit compared to the corresponding quarter last year. It posted operating profit of 8.3 trillion won (approximately $7.5 billion) from 59.28 trillion won (approximately $54 billion) during the same period last year.Samsung’s earnings from its mobile division declined 73.9 percent to 1.75 trillion won (approximately $1.60 billion) in Q3 of 2014, its worst since the second quarter of 2011, but it did better in Q4, thanks to Galaxy Note 4, registering 1.96 trillion won (approximately $1.79 billion) in operating profit from consolidated revenues of 26.29 trillion won (approximately $24 billion).Earnings from mobile division are expected to grow in 2015 with demand for smartphones likely to increase in emerging markets like India and China, and 4G LTE services expected to expand.”Through new materials, innovative design and differentiated features, competitive products will be introduced to drive smartphone sales, while efficiency will be enhanced across R&D and marketing to increase profitability,” reported Samsung Tomorrow.The dip in Samsung’s Q3 earnings was mainly due to poor sales of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, which received negative response from many gadget lovers and Samsung fans, as it failed to have many features that were speculated before its release.Now, all eyes are on the upcoming Galaxy S6, which is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015) to be held between 2-5 March. Samsung will surely look forward to the device to boost its earnings in the second and third quarters of 2015. Reports on the device that have appeared so far, suggest that it will have significant changes in features and design.
A continuing bloodbath of cryptocurrencies has its apparent origin in the unexpected support for blockchain-based currencies from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), some observers feel.Cryptocurrencies are plummeting across the board. Bitcoin on Tuesday fell 7 per cent to $4,387, having lost almost a third of its value in a week.The premier blockchain currency is trading below $5,000 for the first time in 13 months, skimming the lowest level since October last year.The plunge is from the all-time high of $19,511 that it hit in last December, before sliding to $13,500 at the start of this year.”The crypto bloodbath continues,” said Neil Wilson, the chief market analyst at Markets.com told The Guardian. “Things look like they only get worse from here. Where is the incentive to buy? It does rather look like the bottom is coming out of this market.”One of the immediate causes of the crash is the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s action against two cryptocurrency startups that staged initial coin offerings, or ICOs, selling cryptocurrency tokens to the public, according to some media reports. Airfox and Paragon Coin agreed to pay civil penalties for conducting token sales last year without registering them as securities offerings.Digital currency systemThe development sparked warnings from some central bankers and JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon who declared in September 2017 that bitcoin was a fraud that would ultimately blow up.But IMF chief Christine Lagarde’s call for central banks to look into issuing sovereign cryptocurrencies is making investors wary of private blockchain currencies. Speaking at the Singapore Fintech Festival, Lagarde sought to make a case for governments to support digital currencies as private players do not have the credibility to offer cryptocurrency services.She wanted national governments to step in to prevent the digital currency systems from becoming a haven for fraudsters and money launderers.Sweden’s central bank has run some tests and the IMF has credited Canada, China and Uruguay as also going ahead with plans to provide a digital currency, observers say.Lagarde said central banks could take over the processing of transactions while private-players could continue to providers innovative services to customers.
President Abdul Hamid arrives in Astana on Saturday evening. Photo: BSSPresident Abdul Hamid arrived in Astana on Saturday evening to attend the First Summit of OIC on Science and Technology to be held in the capital of Kazakhstanon Sunday and Monday.The president arrived at Astana Nurshultan Nazarbayev International Airport at 8:25pm(local time) by a VVIP flight of Bangladesh Biman.Minister for justice of Kazakhstan Marat Beketayev, first deputy mayor of Astana Sergei Mikailovich and ambassador of Bangladesh to Uzbekistan Mosud Mannan received president Hamid at the airport.Hamid is leading a Bangladesh delegation to the OIC summit.The summit is expected to discuss and adopt the OIC Ten Year Action Plan on Science and Technology ‘OIC STI Agenda 2026’.President Hamid will make a statement at the summit calling for creating a new story of development for the wellbeing of the Muslim Ummah through active cooperation in science and technology.He will emphasise that the contributions of the member states individually, jointly or collectively to science and technology will enhance the image of Muslims, embolden their position in the world and give them due respect in global debate and discourse while improving the conditions of the Ummah.The president will also share the initiatives, programmes and success stories of Bangladesh government with the OIC member states in many areas of science and technology and give invaluable guidance to the OIC with his recommendations.During the visit, he is expected to have bilateral talks with his Kazakh counterpart and some of the counterparts from the participating member states.President Hamid is scheduled to return home on 12 September next.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina administers the oath of newly elected Panchagarh District Council chairman Md Anwar Sadat Samrat at the prime minister’s office (PMO) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the authorities concerned to undertake development projects in such a way so that arable lands are not damaged for it.“You’ll have to remain careful always so that cultivable lands are not destroyed in any way while undertaking any development scheme,” she said during the swearing-in ceremony of newly-elected Panchagarh District Council chairman Md Anwar Sadat Samrat.After the function, the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed newsmen.He said the prime minister also instructed the authorities concerned to undertake development projects as per the need of all places including districts and upazilas.“You’ll also have to prepare a master plan to this end,” she said.Sheikh Hasina also said mills, factories and other establishments will have to be built by protecting the environment.Earlier, the prime minister administered the oath of office to the newly-elected Panchagarh district council chairman.Local government division senior secretary SM Ghulam Farooque conducted the function.LGRD and cooperatives minister Md Tazul Islam, railways minister Nurul Islam Sujon, LGRD state minister Swapan Bhattacharya, PM’s principal secretary Md Najibur Rahman and PMO secretary Sajjadul Hasan were present.The by-elections to Panchagarh district council were held on 28 February in which Anwar Sadat Samrat was elected as the chairman.The post of the chairman fell vacant following the death of former chairman Md Amanullah Bachchu on 9 January this year.