Play Your Part episode 11: synopsis

first_imgHere’s your sneak peek of episode 12 of the Play Your Part television series:Catharien Saayman is the principal of the Abraham Kriel Child & Youth Care Centre in Potchefstroom in North West. She is one of the guests featured on Play Your Part episode 12. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterCatharien Saayman is the head of the Abraham Kriel Child & Youth Care Centre in Potchefstroom. She oversees the facility, which cares for 230 children from North West.The children are referred to the centre by the children’s court. There are nine houses with adult caregivers who live with the youngsters.Saayman is one of the guests on Play Your Part episode 12, to be broadcast on Saturday, 2 December 2017 on SABC2 at 18:00.Here’s more on the other two guests featured on this week’s episode:Thato MokhothuThato MokhothuMokhothu is the founder of the company RTT Construction in Bloemfontein. She is also the founder of the initiative, Phenomenal Women. The NPO focuses on female and youth empowerment, and does things such as host finance workshops for the target group.Silindile MakhathiniSilindile MakhathiniZinakenjalo Hygiene founder and director Makhathini has a passion for education and the empowerment of women. Her company, Zinakenjalo – a Nguni name – is a 100% black female-owned manufacturing and hygiene company. It produces Authenticare sanitary pads.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

May 28 bypoll results: Beginning of the end for BJP, says Mamata Banerjee

first_imgEnthused by the victory of the Trinamool Congress and other non-BJP parties in the by-polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the beginning of the end for the BJP has started from Uttar Pradesh. Ms. Banerjee said the general elections can be held anytime in the next few months. Trinamool won the Maheshtala Assembly seat, earlier held by the CPI(M), by a margin of over 62,000 votes on Thursday. After an extremely violent panchayat polls there were hardly any complaints from the Opposition in the Maheshtala bypoll.Trinamool candidate Dulal Das secured 1,04,818 votes, while his nearest rival BJP’s Sujit Ghosh got 42,053 votes and the Left Front nominee Prabhat Chowdhury secured 30,384 votes. The Congress did not put up a candidate and decided to back the Left Front nominee in the by-poll. The margin of the Trinamool victory, at 62,765 votes, is almost five times the 2016 Assembly poll win, when the Trinamool candidate Kasturi Das won by a margin of 12,452 votes.While by-polls in West Bengal rarely spring a surprise and the ruling party has an edge over its rivals the rise in the vote of the BJP and slide of the Left-Congress vote is something that makes the polls crucial to political observers. The Left Front nominee in the 2016 Assembly polls secured 42.2% of the votes while its vote share in the by-poll dropped to 17%. The BJP which had got 7.7 % of the votes in the 2016 Assembly polls emerged as the main Opposition, securing nearly 23% of the votes. The decline in the vote of the Left parties and the Congress and the increase in the vote share of the Trinamool and the BJP has been a recurrent phenomenon in most of the by-elections in West Bengal since 2016.Ms. Banerjee described the results as “a lesson for the regional parties to unite” and take on the BJP. “The mandate is very clear: whichever party is strong in any particular region should take on the BJP in the general polls. This is requirement and also the formula,” she said. Citing examples from different States, she said regional parties are very strong now and the situation should not be compared to earlier times when H.D. Deve Gowda, Chandrasekhar and I.K. Gujral led governments at the Centre supported by regional parties.last_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between August 5, 2018 to August 12, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierWilmington remains may come home from North Korea by Jessica KasparianFirst Go4Life Family Walk For Grandparents Day by Heather BurnsBoard of Health tables vote on sale of tobacco products from convenience stores to Aug. 21 by Lizzy HillWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchWilmington Commuters Get Reprieve On MBTA Parking Rate Increase by Dave CopelandLowell SunWilmington community rallies for one who has helped so many by Kori TuittSmall town hyssssteria for missing lizard, Tiggs by Kori TuittLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

Google CEO Sundar Pichai to announce new initiatives for small Indian businesses

first_imgGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai will start the new year with major announcements for small businesses and startups in India on January 4. He is currently touring India on a personal holiday with his family. Also read: Google features PM Modi among ‘top 10 criminals,’ served court noticePichai landed in India on Sunday and arrived in Jaipur in a private jet from Chennai. The local administration doesn’t know about his whereabouts, but it is known that he is staying in a top hotel in his wife’s home state. The event in New Delhi will be attended by Union Minister of IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and senior Google officials. Pichai is expected to announce Google’s further inroads into India’s Start Up India and Digital India initiatives. “As Indian small businesses chart their journey, technology is playing a pivotal role in helping them explore new markets, engage different audiences and compete more effectively. At Google, we are excited about partnering with small businesses to help them unlock exponential growth through the power of digital…We invite you to join senior leaders from Google, the industry and business owners like yourselves, as we shine the spotlight on the Indian SMB ecosystem and delve into how digital can be a game changer for your business,” reads the Google invite, according to India Today. He had said in December 2015 he wants to help 20 million small and medium enterprises in India get online by 2017. This will be Pichai’s second public event in India since taking up the position as CEO. He had announced the Google My Business tool in December 2015, which allows businesses to update information regarding business hours, phone numbers and other particulars on Google. Last month, Google had announced that seven Indian startups will be part of its third batch of ‘Launchpad Accelerator’.  Google has also partnered with RailTel to bring high-speed internet to 100 railway stations. Their aim is to bring internet to at least 400 railway stations.last_img read more

Nonsubsidised LPG gas cylinders to cost Rs 100 less

first_imgNon-subsidised LPG gas cylinders will be available for Rs 637 per cylinder instead of Rs. 737.50.ReutersIn a major relief to households across the nation, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has declared that the price of non-subsidised cooking gas cylinders (LPG) will be cheaper by Rs 100.50 per cylinder from Monday, July 1. With this, the non-subsidised LPG gas cylinder will be available for Rs 637 instead of Rs. 737.50.The decision to cut rates was taken in view of softening LPG prices in the international market and a favourable dollar-rupee exchange rate, according to a press release by IOC. “Price of Non-Subsidised LPG in Delhi will decrease by Rs 100.50 per cylinder from 1st July. Upfront cash payment by consumer of domestic LPG will reduce by Rs 100.50 per cylinder,” said IOC in a statement.Indian Oil Corporation: As domestic LPG prices are subsidized by the Government, the effective price after subsidy to consumer will be Rs 494.35 per cylinder for the month of July 2019. https://t.co/2YQs6da0Jw— ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2019The release further stated: “As domestic LPG prices are subsidised by the government, the effective price has come down to Rs 494.35 per cylinder with this rate revision. The balance amount of Rs 142.65 per cylinder would be borne as subsidy by the central government and transferred to the consumer’s bank account after the purchase of a refill.”The recent development, which has been welcomed by the households using LPG gas cylinders, comes days ahead of the Union Budget on July 5. The budget for the financial year ending March 2020 will be presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. This is also the first budget of the Narendra Modi government after BJP came back to power in a landslide election win.However, LPG saw a price hike of 3.65 percent with effect from June 1 and the recent cut comes exactly after a month. Indian Oil said that amounted to an increase of Rs 25 per cylinder as compared to the last month. In any case, depending on changes in the average international benchmark LPG prices and foreign exchange rates, the extent of the subsidy varies from month to month.last_img read more

Lack of sleep makes people angry

first_imgLosing just a couple hours of sleep at night makes you angrier, especially in frustrating situations, a study has found. Other studies have shown a link between sleep and anger, but questions remained about whether sleep loss was to blame or if anger was responsible for disrupted sleep, said Zlatan Krizan, a professor at Iowa State University in the US. The research answers those questions and provides new insight on our ability to adjust to irritating conditions when tired. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Despite typical tendencies to get somewhat used to irritating conditions – an uncomfortable shirt or a barking dog – sleep-restricted individuals actually showed a trend toward increased anger and distress, essentially reversing their ability to adapt to frustrating conditions over time. No one has shown this before,” Krizan said. Study participants were randomly split into two groups: one maintained their normal sleep routine and the second restricted their sleep by two to four hours each night for two nights. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThose who maintained averaged almost seven hours of sleep a night, while the restricted group got about four and a half hours each night. The difference reflects sleep loss we regularly experience in everyday life, Krizan said. To measure anger, researchers had participants come to the lab – before and after sleep manipulation – to rate different products while listening to brown noise or white noise. Krizan said the purpose was to create uncomfortable conditions, which tend to provoke anger. “In general, anger was substantially higher for those who were sleep restricted. We manipulated how annoying the noise was during the task and as expected, people reported more anger when the noise was more unpleasant,” said Krizan. “When sleep was restricted, people reported even more anger, regardless of the noise,” he said. It is well established that sleep loss increases negative emotions, such as anxiety and sadness, and decreases positive emotions, such as happiness and enthusiasm, Krizan said. Researchers measured these effects to more generally understand the relationship between sleep, anger and emotions. They also tested whether subjective sleepiness explained more intense feelings of anger. Sleepiness accounted for 50 per cent of experimental effect of sleep restriction on anger, suggesting individuals’ sense of sleepiness may point to whether they are likely to become angered.last_img read more

Is Atlassians decision to forbid benchmarking potentially masking its degrading performance

first_imgLast week, Atlassian software company released their updated ‘Atlassian Software License Agreement’ and their ‘Cloud Terms of Service’, which would be effective from the 1st of November, 2018. Just as any general agreement, this one too mentions the scope, the users authorized, use of software, and so on. However, it has set up certain restrictions based on the performance of its software. As per the new agreement, benchmarking of Atlassian software is forbidden. Restrictions on benchmarking As per the discussion on the Atlassian Developer Community, Andy Broker highlighted two clauses from the restriction section have been highlighted, which includes: (i) publicly disseminate information regarding the performance of the Software Andy Broker, a marketplace vendor explains this clause as, “This sounds very much like the nonsense clause that Intel were derided for, regarding the performance of their CPU’s. Intel backtracked after being lambasted by the world, I can’t really understand how these points got into new Atlassian terms, surely the terms have had a technical review? Just… why, given all the DC testing being done ongoing, this is an area where data we gathered may be interesting to prospective customers.” (j) encourage or assist any third party to do any of the foregoing. Andy Broker further adds, “So, we can’t guide/help a customer understand how to even measure performance to determine if they have a performance issue in the “Software”, e.g. generating a performance baseline before an ‘app’ is involved? The result of this would appear sub-optimal for Customer and Vendors alike, the “Software” performance just becomes 3rd party App performance that we cannot ‘explain’ or ‘show’ to customers.” Why Atlassian decided to forbid benchmarking? As per a discussion thread on Hacker News, many users have stated their views on why Atlassian planned to forbid benchmarking on its software. According to a comment, “If the company bans benchmarking, then the product is slow.” A user also stated that Atlassian software is slow, has annoying UX, and it is very inconsistent. This may be because most of its software is built using JIRA which has a Java backend and is not Node based. Jira cannot be rebuilt from scratch only slowly abstracted and broken up into smaller pieces. Also, around 3 years ago Atlassian forked behind the firewall for two distinct products, multi-tenant cloud and traditional to get into the cloud sector with a view to attracting more potential customers, thus increasing growth. A user also stated, “Cloud was full buy into AWS, taking a behind the firewall product and making it multi-tenanted cloud-based is a huge job. A monolith service now becomes highly distributed so latency’s obviously mounted up due to the many services to service interactions.” The user further added, “some things which are heavily multi-threaded and built in statically compiled languages had to be built in single threaded Node.js because everyone is using Node.js and your language is now banned. It’s not surprising there are noticeable performance differences.” Another user has suggested, “the better way for a company to handle this concern is to proactively run and release benchmarks including commentary on the results, together with everything necessary for anyone to reproduce their results.” The user added that they can even fund a trustworthy neutral third party to perform benchmarking with proper disclosure of the funding. To read the entire discussion in detail, head over to Hacker News. Read Next Atlassian acquires OpsGenie, launches Jira Ops to make incident response more powerful Atlassian sells Hipchat IP to Slack Atlassian open sources Escalator, a Kubernetes autoscaler projectlast_img read more

Luxury hotel ditching key cards after hackers strike

first_img Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Tags: Austria, Technology Share << Previous PostNext Post >> PARIS — An Austrian luxury hotel says it’s ditching electronic room cards for old-fashioned locks and keys after having their systems frozen by blackmail-hungry hackers.The husband-and-wife management of Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt, in the Austrian Alps, says that one recent infection with ransom software resulted in the complete shutdown of hotel computers.They say they were forced to pay roughly 1,500 euros (nearly $1,600) worth of electronic currency to restore their network.Several publications incorrectly reported that the ransomware infection resulted in guests being locked into or out of their rooms.In a series of emails, the hotel said Tuesday that the infection only resulted in new guests being temporarily unable to get keys to their rooms.Hotel co-manager Christina Brandstaetter says the new arrivals were treated to champagne while they waited. Luxury hotel ditching key cards after hackers strike Source: The Associated Presslast_img read more

House adopts Slagh resolution on Omphalocele awareness

first_img25Jan House adopts Slagh resolution on Omphalocele awareness Photo Information: Rep. Bradley Slagh is joined by Ellie Hopke of Zeeland (left) and Brianna Steffen of Chesterfield Township (right) for the adoption of his resolution.A resolution introduced by Rep. Bradley Slagh, of Zeeland, to recognize families affected by an abdominal birth defect received unanimous support on the House floor this week.House Resolution 12 declares Jan. 31, 2019 as Omphalocele Awareness Day in the state of Michigan. An omphalocele is a birth defect that prevents the baby’s abdominal wall from closing properly during the course of a pregnancy, which allows for organs to partially or completely protrude outside of the baby’s body.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the birth defect occurs in roughly one of every 5,000 live births. After meeting with a young lady from his district, Ellie Hopke, Rep. Slagh said “Ellie’s story of overcoming obstacles is inspiring, and by tirelessly raising awareness, she gives hope and support to affected families who also need to overcome the physical challenges of this condition.”Ellie was able to visit the state Capitol to witness the House pass Rep. Slagh’s resolution. “I’m most proud to be helping create this awareness day because I know how uncommon and scary this whole process can be,” Ellie said. “I think it’s important to embrace our differences and not hide behind them.” She was joined by her mother Mindy Hopke, of Zeeland. This will be the eighth observance of Omphalocele Awareness Day.For more information, contact Rep. Slagh by calling (517) 373-0830 or emailing bradleyslagh@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Slagh Newslast_img read more

Digital TV penetration in Russia will reach 98 by

first_imgDigital TV penetration in Russia will reach 98% by 2020, up from just under 50% at the end of 2013, according to figures from Digital TV Research. The stats predict that nearly a third of homes in the country will be primary DTT households by 2020, up from just 7.5% at the end of 2013, with every platform having “ambitious plans to roll out digital services.”Digital TV Research claims that digital pay TV penetration will climb from 36.0% in 2013 to 60.7% by 2020.“Massive network construction (using the latest technology) is underway, which will irrevocably change the market. However, satellite TV is the boom market at present, with consumers attracted by low cost packages,” said the report.Analogue terrestrial switch-off is expected to take place in Russia in 2018, though Digital TV Research says it expects analogue cable switch-off to take longer. It predicts that analogue cable TV penetration will fall from 37% in 2010 to 2% by 2020.“Analogue cable subscribers include many homes which take the low-cost ‘social package’, which usually comprises retransmissions of the terrestrial channels. Although many of these homes will convert to DTT – or even pay digital platforms – some will hang on to the analog cable subscription for as long as possible,” said Digital TV Research.It claims that pay TV revenues in Russia will increase by US$1.14 billion between 2010 and 2020 to reach US$2.02 billion. “ARPUs for cable TV have traditionally been low and this trend is continuing with the popularity of cheap DTH packages. However, DTH ARPUs are expected to increase, with cable and IPTV slowly falling.”last_img read more