Presidential Press Corps launched

first_img7 April 2003Working relations between the country’s media houses, political reporters and government is expected to improve following the launch of the Presidential Press Corps in Pretoria on Friday.President Thabo Mbeki and the chairman of the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) Mathatha Tsedu formally inaugurated the corps.The move follows the Sun City talks in 2001 between government and Sanef, where it was agreed to improve information-sharing between the Presidency and journalists.Speaking to reporters at the ceremony, which was attended by several ministers, editors and leading reporters, Mbeki committed the government to make information available, adding that there should be a level of trust around sensitive issues such as off-the-record briefings and embargoes.Mbeki added that government was not against criticism from the media, but stressed that it was equally important for journalists to understand government policies and issues so as to analyse and report fairly and accurately.Government Communication and Information System chief executive Joel Netshitenzhe said the move would not exclude journalists who are not part of the press corps. “This is in addition to current arrangements, not a substitution,” he said.Netshitenzhe added that journalists would still interact with government through the usual ministerial and departmental briefings and press conferences.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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South Africa, Australia to share SKA?

first_img5 April 2012 A decision on the site of the Square Kilometre Array has been delayed to allow a scientific working group to explore ways of maximising investments already made by rival bidders South Africa and Australia-New Zealand – raising the possibility that the hosting of the world’s biggest radio telescope could be shared. South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built. The international SKA organisation members met in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on Tuesday to discuss a report and recommendation by an advisory committee on which site was thought to be technically superior, along with commentary made by the SKA board of directors at a meeting in Manchester, England last month.SA site tipped as technically superior Unconfirmed media reports have tipped South Africa as the site technically favoured, but the members made no comment on this. Instead, the SKA board, after a follow-up meeting on Thursday, said in a statement that the members “wished to move ahead with the site selection process, and recognised that it is desirable to maintain an inclusive approach to SKA. “They noted that it is important to maximise the value from the investments made by both candidate host regions. They therefore agreed to set up a small scientific working group to explore possible implementation options that would achieve this. “This working group will report back to the members at a meeting in mid-May; its report will provide additional information to facilitate the site decision for SKA.” South Africa’s science and technology minister, Naledi Pandor, expressed disappointment at the delay, saying in a statement: “I hope that the SKA organisation will make a decision in the first half of 2012 and that the decision will reflect the best scientific outcome. “We believe we have an excellent site at which exciting science will be done,” Pandor said. “We in Africa are ready to host the SKA.”Massive impact on skills development in science More than 70 institutes in 20 countries, together with industry partners, are participating in the scientific and technical design of the SKA telescope, which will be located either in Australia and New Zealand or in southern Africa extending to the Indian Ocean Islands. Construction is likely to start in 2016 and take place in phases over several years, with completion by about 2022. The design, construction and operation of the telescope will have a potentially massive impact on skills development in science, engineering and associated industries, not only in the host countries but in all project partner countries. The SKA project will drive technology development in antennas, fibre networks, signal processing, and software and computing, with spin-off innovations in these areas set to benefit other systems that process large volumes of data.MeerKAT: world-class in its own right South Africa is currently building a 64-dish precursor instrument for the SKA, the Karoo Array Telescope (also known as the MeerKAT) which, regardless of whether South Africa wins the SKA bid, will be a powerful scientific instrument in its own right – as will Australia’s SKA precursor, the 36-dish Pathfinder, which is currently under construction. The MeerKAT is being built adjacent to the site proposed for the SKA, in a radio astronomy reserve near the small town of Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, where it is due to be commissioned in 2014/15. An engineering test bed of seven dishes, called the KAT-7, is already complete. In the process of building the MeerKAT, South African engineers are already working on some of the SKA’s technological building blocks – such as a prototype dish antenna that combines new materials with innovative design processes to meet the SKA’s exacting precision, durability and cost criteria. The MeerKAT will be the most sensitive centimetre-wavelength radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, and astronomers from around the world are already queuing up to use it.KAT-7: proof of SA’s abilities The MeerKAT scientists are fully embedded in the international SKA project, participating in technical committees and working groups set up by the SKA project development office. In South Africa, the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory and the South African Astronomical Observatory are participating in the MeerKAT project, while researchers and students at many universities in South Africa and the rest of Africa are also actively participating. Last month, the SKA South Africa project office announced that the KAT-7, a seven-dish precursor to the MeerKAT, had produced the first atomic hydrogen spectral line images of a nearby galaxy. SKA South Africa director Dr Bernie Fanaroff said the KAT-7’s latest results “have given us confidence that we know how to build a cutting-edge radio telescope in Africa to answer some of the fundamental questions in radio astronomy”. According the Fanaroff, a large proportion of the science planned for the SKA – and the MeerKAT – involves mapping the universe using neutral hydrogen. “Our team in the SKA South Africa project and universities has again shown that they can deliver cutting-edge technology and do excellent science on a very tight schedule,” Fanaroff said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 27 June 2009

first_imgJoint exhibition combining social networking and enterprise social media formatsPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesDiscount for early booking (expires September 25th)Free pass for exhibition only 1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies15 – 16 March 2010: London2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams: 16 July 2009: San FranciscoMobileBeat 2009Join the most influential investors, mobile industry executives, entrepreneurs, press, and analysts at MobileBeat 2009 (presented by VentureBeat) for one day of in-depth discussion, debate, and power networking. Join us July 16th at the Parc 55 hotel in San Francisco. 22 – 23 September 2009: SingaporeSocial Networking World Forum — AsiaThis two-day conference hosted by the Social Networking World Forum – Asia features key speakers from social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. Related Posts 9 – 10 November 2009: Santa Clara, CaliforniaSocial Networking World Forum — CaliforniaThis event taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center actually consists of three conferences: two days dedicated to social networking, one day dedicated to enterprise social media, and one day dedicated to social TV. Key speakers include social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only Joint exhibition combining social networking and mobile social networking formatsEvening networking receptionDiscount for early booking (expires August 21st)Free pass for exhibition only 10 – 13 November 2009: Las VegasPubCon VegasPubCon Las Vegas is a multi-track educational conference hosted by SearchEngineWorld & WebmasterWorld. PubCon events are for thought leaders and professionals in search engine and Internet marketing to gather and to share best practices in the design, development, promotion and marketing of their Internet businesses and brands. PubCon London 2009 is a social networking event. 11 – 12 November 2009: Denver, ColoradoDefrag 2009 Conference — Denver, ColoradoAs online data is growing and fragmenting at an exponential pace, individuals, groups and organizations are struggling to discover, assemble, organize, act on and gather feedback from that data. In the largest sense, we’re all looking to augment the pace at which we achieve insights on raw data — to accelerate the “A-ha” moment.Defrag explores the intersection of topics like:Business intelligenceBusiness process managementSocial computing and analyticsNext-level discoveryEnterprise 2.0Next-gen emailThe semantic Webcenter_img We’ve added a few good events to our schedule this week. So, pull up your calendars and block off days for the ones that match your interests. This events guide is a regular feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.4 July 2009: LondonPubCon London 2009Registration is open for PubCon London’s networking event at the Citte of Yorke pub, London, 4 July 2009.Internet and search engine marketers will meet and discuss the latest hot news topics, current challenges, technologies and developments, and have the opportunity to network in an informal environment. Such events are high productivity networking sessions for webmasters and for businesses seeking practical Internet and search marketing solutions.13 July 2009: Tel AvivTWS2009TWS2009, scheduled for July 13th, aims to find and present the 10 most promising Internet startups in Israel. The event is of, for, and about the leading figures and companies that are driving innovation in the Israeli Internet economy. Well-known professionals worldwide, such as Brian Solis, Rafe Needleman, Ron Conway, Stowe Boyd, Dave Sifry, Jeff Pulver, Deborah Schultz, Marc Goldberg, and Saul Klein, will choose the 10 winning startups. The event is organized by Yaron Orenstein, who also runs Israel’s biggest blog the.co.ils, with Globes as a partner. ReadWriteWeb readers get a 40% discount on admission. Tags:#Events Guide#web andrew lobo 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 24 August 2009: Charlotte, North CarolineSocial FreshSocial Fresh is a 1 day Social Media Conference with speakers from Best Buy, Rubbermaid, IBM, and Keynote Speaker David Armano (@Armano). Social Fresh content is focused on the tangible social media successes of today and the technology that will drive those successes tomorrow. Think less concept and more real case studies and examples directly from businesses and developers who are using the social web successfully. 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Why you should think about the cloud like the electric grid

first_imgFollow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Jeff DeVerter A century ago, many large manufacturers in the U.S. were still powering their factories with in-house electricity generation. It may sound illogical now, but at the time it made sense.Just as these manufacturers needed to be near a railway or major waterway to get raw materials in and products out, they also needed their own power generation on-site. This was because it was either too expensive to get electricity from the power grid to their factory, it was unreliable (particularly at scale) or it was simply unavailable where they were.As the power grid became regionally available, electricity turned into more of a utility than a novelty, and companies began shutting down their on-site power plants because they could get commercial power at a competitive rate.More importantly, creating power was not central to what these businesses did. It made sense to stop dedicating resources to power generation and instead free those resources up to focus on what their core business was.Fast forward to the on-premises data centerThere is a similar trend occurring today with the on-premises data center and cloud technology.Just as it once made sense for manufacturers to produce electricity on-site, for years it’s made sense for companies to power their businesses themselves using on-prem servers in their own data centers. The considerations and dilemmas have been similar to those faced by manufacturers 100 years ago: cost, capability, and availability.And just as on-site electricity generation took up a large amount of in-house resources for these manufacturers, building, staffing and maintaining on-prem data centers is resource-heavy and takes up a considerable chunk of a businesses’ operations. It’s also not relevant to the majority of these companies’ core business functions.When businesses first began building their own data centers — in some cases more than 20 years ago — cloud providers were not yet in existence, particularly at scale. Much like the electric grid coming online, cloud providers have become increasingly available over the last 10-15 years, and leveraging them to manage and support business workloads is akin to powering down your on-site power plant and plugging into a utility company’s power source.The resources that were being diverted to your on-prem data center will now be available to work on your core business, and you’ll have a stable, specialized and supported IT environment.Not a one-for-one switch, but betterEven as their colleagues were making the switch to the power grid, there were certainly manufacturers in the past who questioned the business case for abandoning their own electricity generation and moving to a provider.With power production in-house, they could control costs and reliability, or so they thought. Why put that in a third party’s hands? For many, the tipping point only came with competitive pricing provided by utility companies and the advancement of stronger, more reliable electric grids which drove reliability up and transmission costs down.For today’s businesses, the concerns aren’t always that simple — cost and reliability are just the start. Security, for example, wasn’t a major inhibitor for someone moving to the electric grid. For many businesses considering a move to the cloud today, it’s  the top concern.But where history has shown us that a move to the electric grid was a no-brainer, moving your business to the cloud is actually more beneficial than keeping all that stuff in-house. 100 years ago, it was a one-for-one switch — manufacturers were more or less getting the same electricity they had been generating themselves when they switched over to the power grid.Today, when businesses partners with a cloud provider, they instantly have access to more compute power and more resources than they had with their previous on-prem environment and they have the benefit of letting somebody else manage their data center, patch servers or handle the capex operation of making sure there’s enough compute power when it’s needed.It’s not a one-for-one switch but an upgrade, especially when you consider the added capability of an increased workforce focused on core business goals as opposed to “energy creation” or in today’s case, “IT management.”It’s not always “lift and shift” eitherToday, it’s hard to argue against many compelling reasons to move to the cloud, just as there were many compelling reasons to outsource power generation many years ago. However, as many enterprises will tell you, it doesn’t always make sense to move everything to the cloud, and a business’ shift usually won’t happen all at once. This is where the parallels start to diverge — moving over to a cloud environment isn’t as easy as flipping off one switch and turning on another.Businesses, especially larger legacy businesses, will likely have a combination of clouds and dedicated gear, or a hybrid cloud, and some may even have clouds from multiple vendors or a multi-cloud. This is another reason why it’s important to partner with a managed service provider, preferably one with experience and expertise across multiple clouds, to help you customize an environment that fits your business needs.Jeff DeVerter, CTO, Microsoft Technologies at Rackspace Managed HostingDespite the benefits, skeptics remainRegardless of all of the benefits that a business can derive from moving some, most, or all of their applications and operations to a managed cloud environment, I still see business leaders holding back.Some of the biggest reasons I hear from CIOs and other decision makers are that they “know their servers better than anyone else,” and they have trouble trusting a third party to do what they do. Another big sticking point is cost, as some IT environments are seemingly not economical to operate on a utility basis.To borrow from the above analogy one final time, would you trust yourself to install all your needed electrical wiring? Probably not, and there are inherent benefits that come with offloading complicated and critical tasks to a certified service provider.With regards to security, recent data shows companies are actually safer in the cloud. Think of it this way — is your data center more secure on-prem when a hyperscale cloud provider like Rackspace typically spends more on security than your business makes in a year?And with regards to cost, have you really crunched the numbers around staffing and retaining the talent needed to maintain an on-prem data center? What about growing that data center with new technologies and engineers and architects who are able to use them?The managed cloud differenceMany of the concerns that come up during a business’ journey to the cloud can be mitigated by working with a managed cloud provider.Why go it alone when you can leverage the experience and expertise of a partner who’s been there before? For many businesses, it’s been as clear a choice as it was 100 years ago when manufacturers shut down their in-house electricity generation and moved to the electric grid.The author is CTO for Microsoft Technologies at Rackspace Managed Hosting.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#cloud#Data Centers#edge computing#Internet of Things#IoT#Rackspace Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

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Parking Lot Priorities

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Some companies reserve the spaces closest to the door for their leadership team. They start with the CEO or President and work their way down from there. With those spaces taken, customers are required to park further away from the doors. Priorities are revealed.Other companies reserve the parking spaces closest to the door for their clients and customers. They make all their employees park in spaces further from the entrance, regardless of rank or title.The way parking spaces are distributed provides a glimpse of how the leadership team of a company thinks.Some people believe their company exists to serve their customers. Others believe that the leadership team’s comfort takes precedence over the customer. If you want to lead an organization that creates value, you need to get value creation in the right order.last_img read more

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Leaving a final mark

first_imgBREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PBA approves deal that sends Erram to NLEX OAKLAND, California—Damian Lillard certainly left his mark over the years at Oracle Arena, and again in perhaps his final visit to a building he frequented as an NBA-crazed boy.Lillard hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime and scored 21 points back home in Oakland, sending the Portland Trail Blazers past the Golden State Warriors, 110-109, in a wild one Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Curry’s 33-footer with 8:42 left in the third on a pass from Draymond Green got Golden State within two, then Curry found Green for a tying layup the next time down to make it 55-all.A series of silly mistakes followed: Thompson made a steal and threw it toward midcourt and Green couldn’t keep the ball from going over the line for a backcourt violation, as Portland regained possession. Then, Green clanked a one-handed dunk try off the back of the rim. This after he had earlier thrown a pass off Thompson’s head.In his last five games against the Warriors, Lillard has averaged 31 points, shooting 42.4 percent and 38.8 percent on 3s.“I represent this city, so when I come here I want to represent myself well. I have a lot of family and friends coming to see me play, so you’re excited about that,” Lillard said.When Lillard was 9 or 10, he came to a Rockets-Warriors game with his brother and lucked into getting to take a shot on the court.“My brother and I were up at our seats and Steve Francis was doing his pregame workout and the ball bounced up and into the stands and I ran down the stairs and got it and I was going to throw it back and he was like, ‘No, come shoot it.’ And I went on the court and shot a 3 and airballed. That’s the story.” —AP LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jusuf Nurkic had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who helped coach Terry Stotts pass Rick Adelman for second place on the Blazers’ career wins list with 292 behind Jack Ramsay’s 453.The Warriors couldn’t overcome a comedy of errors in losing a second straight at home. They took a 127-101 beating from the Lakers on Christmas night.Seth Curry largely outplayed big brother and Golden State star Stephen—whose poor pass with the Warriors leading by two was stolen on the sequence that led to Lillard’s shot.Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer with 10:46 to play in regulation, then his little brother rattled off 11 in a row with three consecutive 3s.Klay Thompson continued struggling. He went 6 for 19 and was just 2 of 9 on 3-point tries on the way to 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lillard shot 7 for 20 with friends and family cheering him in the Blazers’ final scheduled trip to Oracle Arena before the Warriors move to San Francisco next season.“That’s a hell of a way to go out,” Lillard said. “We needed this win. It was a big game for us, especially having to play them two times in a row, having to play such a solid game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefKevin Durant missed a 13-footer off the front rim as the final buzzer sounded but finished with his second triple-double of the season: 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.“I’ve got to make that shot, plain and simple,” Durant said. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

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