19 October 2012 The government will require the support of investors to realise the speedy implementation of South Africa’s proposed mega infrastructure programme, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. Zuma was speaking at the Presidential Infrastructure Investment Conference in Johannesburg, where a memorandum of understanding to take the infrastructure roll-out plan forward was signed between different ministers and potential investors. Zuma told the gathering that infrastructure development was a catalyst to sustainable economic development, job creation and poverty alleviation. The infrastructure plan, announced by the government in February, is expected to guide the construction of new infrastructure while speeding up current projects that support economic growth.18 strategic integrated projects It proposes 18 strategic integrated projects (SIPs) covering more than 150 specific infrastructure interventions, ranging across rail, road, ports, dams, irrigation systems, sanitation and energy. Some of the projects are already commissioned. They include the Dube Trade Port in Durban as well as the expansion of the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape. Zuma said the summit was about the crucial role of partnerships on infrastructure development in the present and future South Africa. He urged investors to take advantage of and support the plan. The costs of the 18 strategic projects are estimated at about R4-trillion over the next 15 years. The government is expected to contribute R844-billion of the R1.3-trillion needed for the projects over the next three yearsPrivate sector support needed Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, also addressing the conference, said the government, with the support of the private sector, wanted to make the plans a reality. “We need their support for the projects included in the plan to be a success. The projects cannot be financed solely through domestic savings … we need the support of other development institutions, banks as well as other partners,” Motlanthe said. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel told reporters on Friday that the government was committed to mobilising public funds to speed up the progamme, but pointed out that the private sector would have to play its role. “Construction needs money, it needs minds … so there has to be co-investment; we have to ensure there is coordination between private sector investment and public sector investment.” Patel said the infrastructure programme would provide long-term opportunities for both the state and the private sector. “Investors clearly do want to be part of these opportunities, and so if you look at the long-term demand, including commodity demand over the next 15 to 20 years … what government is doing now in the short term will help create a conducive environment for investment in the long term.”Crucial jobs driver The country’s New Growth Path sets a target of five-million new jobs by 2020, and the government believes that infrastructure development will be a crucial jobs driver. Zuma said the parties had been identified to be part of the conference because they were “crucial stakeholders with whom government can forge a partnership to enhance the implementation of the country’s long-term infrastructure plan”. Zuma said the government had paid special attention to the lessons learnt from building infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. That experience should be used to build new infrastructure crucial to the economic development of the country. “We all have proud recollections of how we managed to build stadiums, roads and refurbished airports ahead of the World Cup. We must use that project management experience to change our country’s landscape and improve living conditions while growing the economy.” This would include prioritising skills development, public and private investment as well as creating the right environment for economic growth. Source: SANews.gov.za
2 October 2013 Competing against more than 400 other global entries, South African movie Felix won the Best Children’s Film award at the Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in Germany on the weekend. The panel of judges included four children. The producers, in a South African first with an all-female team, were awarded with R101 816 in prize money. The team includes Safta Lifetime Achievement winner Roberta Durrant directing; Natalie Haarhoff as the director of photography; Shirley Johnston as the screenwriter; Kate Schalk as the line producer; Surisa Surisa as the art director; Ayesha Khatieb as the wardrobe stylist; Islyn Goliath as the hair and makeup artist; and Maryke Kruger as the editor. Rave reviews Reviewers and film fundis alike have been gushing about Felix. The Vancouver International Film Festival described the film as “an inspiring coming-of-age tale about finding the courage to fulfil your ambitions and the strength to let the past go”. The Lucas International Children’s Film Festival gives a nod to the film’s South African roots, saying, “This is a film that reflects the South African ‘love for life’.” Closer to home, local tabloid newspaper The Daily Sun calls the movie a “gentle, life-affirming tale”, while the Mail & Guardian’s Matthew Krouse says it’s “Perfect for a kiddies’ birthday party … or as a special treat for gran.”Heartwarming story Set in picturesque Cape Town, Felix follows the fortunes of 14-year-old Felix Xaba who hankers after being a saxophonist, just like his father. His mother, Lindiwe, however believes jazz is the devil’s music and wants her son to concentrate on his studies at the elite private school he’s won a scholarship to. Felix rebels, looking up his dad’s old jazz buddies to mentor him to play in the school’s jazz concert. Culturally inspired soundtrack The movie’s score takes its cue from Cape Town’s rich jazz heritage, with musical director Murray Anderson, who’s worked with the likes of jazz great Abdullah Ibrahim, teaming with former Standard Bank Young Artists of The Year Mark Fransman and Bokani Dyer, as well as triple 2012 South African Music Awards nominee Lwanda Gogwana. The film’s cast includes Johannesburg-born Oscar-nominee Dame Janet Suzman in her first South African film; South African Film and Television Award (Safta) Best Actress winner Linda Sokhulu (Isidingo) in her feature debut; and newcomer Hlayani Junior Mabasa, who was cast as Felix from over 400 auditions across the country. Felix is currently showing at 40 cinemas countrywide and will be screened at both the BFI London Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival. SAinfo reporter
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… I was reading a Time magazine article online today, entitled Marketing to yourmind. This article was very provocative and I enjoyed reading it. But after I wasdone, something else caught my attention. I was surprised to see a row of ‘web 2.0’buttons at the bottom of the article. Time magazine, a mainstream publication, has animpressive array of web links to these services. Is this an indication that mainstreammedia has caught the new social media winds? Time magazine after all did name theWeb-enabled YOU as their person of the Year last year.Media is the vehicle for disseminating new servicesWhether we like it or not, media has a huge influence on us. We learn news and inexchange media gets to pitch us (gently) their points of view and their advertisements.The blogosphere has a strong hold on the minds of early adopters. However, it ismainstream publications that reach millions of people – many of whom still know verylittle nothing about new web technologies.Saturating media hubs – like New York Times, PCMagazine and Business Week – with linksto popular new web sites and services, is critical to achieving the threshold for massadoption of those services. So the key question is: Has mainstream mediarecognized ‘web 2.0’ (or the read/write Web, or whatever you want to call it)?To answer this question, we reviewed the web sites of some prominent newspapers andmagazines. The result is the chart below. Related Posts richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As seen from the chart, and perhaps surprisingly, many publications have incorporatedweb 2.0 services into their sites. Time magazine has a particularly impressive array,followed closely by New York Times, Washington Post and InfoWorld. Notably twopublications owned by IDG, Macworld and ComputerWorld, are lagging behind. Yet even thesepublications recognize the power of RSS – the single most widely adopted feature. Indeed,all the mainstream media websites I surveyed had RSS feeds.Mainstream adoption is nearingIt appears that we are nearing a tipping point for the mass adoption of prominent web2.0 services, like digg and del.icio.us. Endorsement by mainstream media opens theseservices up to millions of people who otherwise would either not know about them, or nottake them seriously. So these are not just links, these are literally endorsements – orrecognition of additional value for mainstream media.The image above is from Dr. Barabasi’s networkgalleryAnd if 2007 brings massive adoption to services like del.icio.us, digg and facebook,what would those services be worth then?! Ironically I am writing this from one of theStarbucks cafes on Wall Street, which after it got burned by tech stocks in 1999practically closed its doors to the tech IPOs. Could the mainstream adoption of theseservices change the minds of gray-haired men and women in Armani suits? Perhaps. What wedo know is that whenever crowds come, the (advertising) money follows. Of course onlytime will tell, but it seems like 2007 will provide a good measuring stick for mainstreamadoption of ‘web 2.0’. Tags:#Analysis#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick As critics point out, however, Google still allows advertisements for paid links to be run through the Google Adwords service. Though they don’t pass on pagerank, AdSense ads themselves are of course paid links that do deliver traffic for a fee. Perhaps Google just doesn’t like paid links that they don’t get a piece of the payment for. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Like any system for determining worth, counting inbound links is now as open to gaming as anything. Where the line lies between gaming Google and engaging in legitimate commerce is ultimately subjective. Google is in all likelihood not even going to try to go after all sellers of paid links; just the most “egregious violaters.” As Sullivan says, though, it is Google’s search engine – none of us have a right to any particular treatment in it.For extensive and informed discussion on the topic, see Sullivan’s coverage at his group blog Search Engine Land. Related Posts Tags:#search#web Search guru-supreme Danny Sullivan got an answer out of Google this weekend concerning the search engine’s long-suspected practice of punishing websites in search results when they are alleged to have sold outbound links not including a nofollow tag. It’s a controversial policy that has an unclear impact on the search landscape. Links bought with the intention of increasing not just traffic but conferring pagerank authority from the seller to the buyer may in many cases give artificial authority to the sites of link buyers. Punishing this practice, though, may hurt the pagerank of reputable sites that the public fully expects to appear high in search results but whom happen to sell links.
Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Created by former Google employees Carl Sjorgreen and Adrian Graham, privately funded San Francisco-based Nextstop launched this morning to help thrill seekers, tourists and foodies find the concise recommendations they need to plan their daily excursions. At first glance, Nextstop may appear like an amalgamation of crowd-sourced review site Yelp, Yahoo’s event site Upcoming and travel listing site Dopplr; however, the site has two major differences – recommendations are positive and can only contain a maximum of 160 characters. Nextstop hopes to remove the presence of rants and emotional weather reports from the discovery process. The company’s commitment to brevity and positive discovery ensures that recommendations stay relevant and therefore more conducive to search than some earlier review-space predecessors. In other words, Nextstop is scaling back the capabilities of user-generated content for the sake of utility. You might actually find a good Chinese restaurant on your first try. In addition to the limitation/feature of the 160 character count, Nextstop’s contributors reap the benefits of Google’s APIs as each recommendation is met with automatic address and image suggestions. And like any child of the 2.0 era, what would a recommendation site be without Facebook and Twitter and blog integration? Nextstop also sponsors community Challenges to encourage new recommendations. Challenges generally consist of top 5 lists with recommendations on everything from hot spots in Salt Lake City to vegetarian restaurants in New York. Upon completion of many of these challenges, Nextstop makes a donation to a local charity in the area of the recommendation. To complete a challenge in your city visit nextstop.com/communitychallenges.
Preconception screening can help couples prepare for the possibility their child may be born with a medical condition. Pregnancy comes with many unknowns. Perhaps one of the most harrowing is whether a child will be born healthy. Now, preconception screening—looking at the genetic risk factors of both partners before they conceive—is starting to answer that question.Many companies offer an array of screens to prospective parents. But these typically focus on a few hundred conditions, and couples often have to select which they’d like to be tested for. The problem is that some recessive conditions don’t show up in family histories, and the partners themselves may never have symptoms—making it unlikely they’ll ask the right questions. Now, researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research Consortium are trying to expand screening options using whole-genome sequencing, which allows researchers to look broadly for carrier risk rather than screening specific genes or targeted panels.Science spoke with Sue Richards, a clinical medical geneticist at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and a leader of the project, about findings published today in The American Journal of Human Genetics. 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Laboratories like mine have been offering carrier screening for many, many years, [but] the paradigm is shifting now from doing screening for single genes and targeted well-known variants [for disorders such as cystic fibrosis] to really a very large number of genes. [With whole-genome sequencing], we had the opportunity to cast a very, very large net.Q: What did you want to find out from this study?A: We wanted to know how patients choose what they want to learn about. And then, when they get their results, how do they use that information? The goal is to really empower people so they can make informed decisions about reproductive choices.Q: What did you do?A: Anyone who chose to be in the study would be screened for any life-threatening … genetic disorders. Then those results would be reported back. Then, we gave them a whole list of other types of genetic disorders that they could get carrier testing for—more than 700—and asked them if they wanted to know their results … for severe disorders, mild disorders, adult-onset disorders, and unpredictable disorders, where you wouldn’t be able to be sure about the phenotype. One of the findings … was that most people, over 90%, wanted all categories returned.Q: What else did you find?A: We found that the majority of people carry a variant, at least one. Some [carry] up to five disease-causing variants for a rare disorder. Between 3% to 4% of people had findings that were medically important for themselves. They had some gene [variant] that [meant] later in life they could develop cancer or cardiac disease or something like that.Q: What are the upsides? Why would people want to get this new kind of testing?A: Because we were using this technology of whole-genome sequencing, we were able to screen and offer people additional information about their own personal health. If you have a clinically actionable variant that for example is going to predispose you to have breast cancer or colon cancer, then we would report that finding if they wanted that. It was interesting that 99% wanted [medically actionable] information back. I think it speaks loudly to the fact that people want to know this information when they’re given that choice.Q: What are the downsides?A: A general practice in genetics for diagnostic testing is to also report those variants we can’t interpret, and we don’t know if they actually cause disease or don’t cause disease. … This is a huge problem. What we wouldn’t want to end up doing is having patients with great anxiety or having a prenatal diagnosis done for a variant of uncertain significance because you wouldn’t be able to interpret anything and that’s not making an informed choice. That’s not good knowledge—that could be harmful.Q: When will whole-genome prescreens be commercially available?A: It might be a little premature yet to do that. It’s close to being ready, but there were some regions of the genome that even this technology doesn’t get yet. There’s some common genetic disorders where the genes are very similar to other genes … this doesn’t work well for that. If there’s a repeat region, like in a fragile X, or Huntington disease, those kinds of regions are hard to screen for. In a very few years, we’re going to be ready, certainly technology wise.Q: Would you recommend this new kind of testing?A: Just because you can do more, should you do more? In this study, we were conservative in our approach, and we only reported variants we were quite confident were pathogenic, disease-causing variants. There’s going to be a discussion that continues in the genetics community. … When is the appropriate time to offer it? Let’s [not] do it until we’re really ready to do it right, because we don’t want to make mistakes.*Correction, 11 May, 9:47 a.m.: The image has been updated; the previous image showed an incorrect DNA helix. Getty Images/iStockphoto By Roni DenglerMay. 10, 2018 , 11:25 AM Should you get a genetic screen before having kids?
Both teams are tied at 12 points and today’s winner will take the top spot in ISL standingsAtletico de Kolkata played out a goalless draw against Chennaiyin FC in a high-intensity Hero Indian Super League fixture to maintain their top spot on Friday.Record-breaking Chennai | Koke Heroics | Atletico’s Riot | Delhi’s Struggle Watched by a starry Bollywood gathering of Bachchan father-son duo and Deepika Padukone, the match had all the ingredients of an eventful contest, including a 11-minute interruption thanks to a familiar power outage at the Salt Lake stadium.But a goal eluded both the teams as ATK would consider themselves unlucky after their star striker Fikru Teferra fluffing an easy chance while their marquee player and captain Luis Garcia’s shot hit the crosspiece.Even Chennaiyin FC very nearly went one-up in the 80th minute when Balwant Singh scored using a Jean-Eudes Maurice cross. But the Indian striker’s deflection of his hands was quick to be spotted by referee Pratap Singh who disallowed the goal.Chennaiyin’s star Brazilian forward Elano Blumer also had a lacklustre day, missing some easy opportunities while his clinical freekicks too eluded him a goal.Both teams refused to play second fiddle in the top of the table clash but it was ATK who had the best opportunity with Fikru firing it wide of the post.In a 21st minute move, a full charged-up ATK dished out some amazing interplay between Garcia, Nato and Fikru who found himself in front of an open goal. But the Ethiopian let the team down firing it wide of the post in the best chance of the first-half.advertisementIf Fikru’s shot broke the hearts of the 45,000-odd crowd in the first-half, former Liverpool star Luis Garcia hit the crossbar after a powerful curling left-footer on the edge of the box in the 62nd minute.The Spaniard sent the ball curling towards the right top corner but the framework denied him as ATK had to settle for one point to retain their lead over the Chennai side on top of the league table by virtue of goal difference.ATK made a couple of changes to their line up as their influential playmaker Jofre, who was suspended for their last match, returned in place of Kingshuk Debnath while Lester Fernandez replaced Cavin Lobo.In their battle for the top spot, Chennaiyin FC also made two changes, bringing in Eric Djemba-Djemba and Dane Pereira for Bojan Djordjic and Denson Devdas.Starting XI(from):Atletico de Kolkata: Subhasish Chowdhury(gk); Baljit Sahni, Arnab Mondal, Josemi, Biswajit Saha; Ofentse Nato, Borja Fernandez; Lester Fernandez, Luis Garcia(c), Jofre; Fikru Teferra Chennaiyin FC: Gennaro Bracigliano(gk); Dane Pereira, Gouramangi Singh, Mikael Silvestre, Dhanachandra Singh; Harmanjot Khabra, Marco Materazzi, Eric Djemba-Djemba; Elano Blumer(c); Balwant Singh, Stiven mendoza Valencia
DND water-logging increasing locals’ miseries. Photo: UNBThe recent series of rainfalls have devastated the everyday lives of those living in the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) area, with many residents reported to be marooned and institutions being inundated, reports UNB.Locals are also alleging that the rainwater is mixing up with the dumped chemicals from nearby factories, polluting those in contact with the contaminated water.Authorities at the DND pump house said that water was already flowing in the main canal above danger level even before the rains began.During a recent visit, it was found that the home of Amir Hossain, a resident of Sadar upazila’s Kotalerbag area, was inundated waist-deep.He said that the dyeing chemicals mixed with the flood water have damaged most of the furniture in his house.Amena Begum, a resident of South Sastapur area, said that this year the water-logging was the worst she has ever seen.The areas of Masdair, Gabtali, Lamapara, Tagarpar and others of Sadar upazila have all been inundated to a great degree, including the neighbouring zila parishad office, Fatullah Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Cricket Stadium and others.Deputy divisional engineer of Shimrail DND pump house Abdul Jabbar said that if there is no further rainfall, then the existing pumpers will be able to extract 500cusec water per second, enabling the water levels to fall in the next 3-4 days.Project director of Development of Drainage System of DND Abdul Awal has said they have taken a project involving Tk 5.58 billion to solve the problem of the area.He expected the project work to commence from November, also adding that the DND area residents will have to adjust to the crisis, which will be resolved by 2019.
Map of BagerhatAn easy-bike driver and a cyclist were killed being hit by a truck on Khulna-Mawa highway at Bishwa Road intersection in Fakirhat upazila in Bagerhat on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased are Rabbi Sheikh, 20, son of Hossain Ali of Aatpaki area and Jahangir Alam, 43, son of Sheikh Md Alid Molla of the upazila.Katakhali Highway Police Officer-in-Charge Rabiul Alam said a cattle-laden truck hit the easy-bike first and then a bicycle, leaving Rabbi dead on the spot and Jahangir severely injured.Jahangir died on the way to hospital, the OC added.Five injured passengers of the easy bike were taken to Fakirhat Upazila Health Complex and Khulna Medical College and Hospital.