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Police website for the people

first_img5 April 2007The South African Police Service (SAPS) has launched a new website to boost interaction with the public and provide information on personal safety, community policing and crime-fighting initiatives.SAPS head of communications Joseph Ngobeni said the SAPS Journal Online would allow South Africans to submit their stories about crime, as well as showcase stories of police successes and convicted criminals.“The site will also provide South Africans, and the world, with stories ranging from policemen and women who risked their lives fighting crime and saving others to those of dedicated investigating officers who have spent days and nights pursuing criminals in order to bring them to book,” Ngobeni said.Ngobeni urged South Africans to use the site to contribute meaningfully towards fighting crime in the country, adding that people could also use the website to report suspected corrupt activity among police officers.“We are transparent. If there is any corruption, we are not going to sweep it under the carpet, and if some of the stories that come from the public will be exposing [corruption], they’ll be welcomed,” he said.SAPS publications manager Strini Govender said the site would be updated daily, with stories coming from provincial communications officers.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Seven questions with ProVerb

first_imgThe Black Consciousness Movement is at the heart of his music and has shaped him as a man, says ProVerb. He has taken the words of Martin Luther King Jnr and the writings of Steve Biko and used them as the basis of his songs to get a message across to his many fans. Media Club chats to the rapper. From rapper to Idols producer, ProVerb’s career has been varied and vast. (Image: Supplied) • Swan Lake: the South African adaptation • Hashim Amla: a life in cricket • Prince Harry’s royal tour of South Africa and Lesotho • Rural Southern African doctors go the extra mile• Suzelle’s DIY takes South Africa by storm  Media Club South Africa reporterProVerb has been in the music business for more than a decade. Best known as a rapper, he has also done time as a presenter on Idols. His music and lyrics are influenced by the black consciousness philosophies of South African activist Steve Biko and American leader Martin Luther King Jnr.Considered by many to be one of the luminaries of South African hip-hop, he is a reference for those who look to the music as a means of keeping themselves informed and of sharing their ideals. He speaks about how black consciousness – both the Black Consciousness Movement started by Biko in the 1970s and the philosophy with roots across the black diaspora – has shaped him as a man and influenced his music.Media Club South Africa: What is your definition of black consciousness?ProVerb: Being aware of who we are from an identity point of view, in terms of ideology and our roots. Also what our aspirations are not only as individuals but as a community. Black consciousness as a mindset structured by knowledge of self and forward-thinking.MCSA: Is black consciousness relevant today?PV: Black consciousness is more relevant today than ever before purely based on the direct link between the ideology and our identity. Modern black South Africans have grown conscious of their roots and further embrace the reality and beauty in being black.MCSA: Judging by your hit I Have a Dream, it is clear that the Black Consciousness Movement has a direct influence on your content. How accurate is this observation?PV: The forefront of the Black Consciousness Movement is composed of aspiration, confidence and forward-thinking. This is clearly evident in my song I Have a Dream that I not only titled after Martin Luther King Jnr’s speech, but continued to glorify it by quoting it in the chorus. The subject matter in the song further validates my interpretation of the movement through lyrical content where I intertwined the ideology with rap music, successfully capturing the essence.MCSA: In I Have a Dream you are fixated on the ideals of King. Which other pro-black activists have made this sort of impression on you?PV: Martin Luther King Jnr made a tremendous impression on me and so did the likes of Steve Biko, Che Guevara, Oliver Tambo and Tata Nelson Mandela. The common thread that links these great leaders is that they fought for the benefit of the greater rather than their own. In essence I draw inspiration from their selflessness.MCSA: Is there a link between your recent hit Writers Club and Biko’s words in his compilation, I Write What I Like?PV: Steve Biko coined the line first but he gave birth to a new concept using the line, thus illustrating my in-depth understanding and awareness of the roots of the movement as a whole.MCSA: In your opinion, why is it necessary to use hip-hop as an avenue to explore and promote black consciousness? And has hip-hop successfully interpreted the essence of black consciousness?PV: Hip-hop is a powerful tool and medium to communicate to peers, youth and any like-minded, forward-thinker. Hip-hop has, in fact, successfully interpreted the essence of black consciousness.MCSA: What can we expect from you in relation to black consciousness in the near future?PV: One of the cornerstones of the Black Consciousness Movement is forward-thinking, identity and aspirations. As long as I am consistently moving forward and growing as an artist and as a man who not only understands but also embraces my roots, I will always be about black consciousness.last_img read more

The Limpopo province has many competitive advantages

first_imgPolokwane, Friday 2 September 2016 – Brand South Africa will conclude its three day programme aimed at showcasing the competitive strengths of the province of Limpopo later today.The media tour programme commenced on 30 August, and ends today 2 September 2016. It was designed to profile provincial programmes that highlight the attractive science, technology, innovation and investment opportunities. Partners included the National Research Foundation, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Limpopo Provincial Department of Health, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as well as the Department of Home Affairs.Day one of the tour showcased an IDC funded SME – KT Beverages, which produces Kombucha tea, in Limpopo. KT Beverages received R4.8 million from the IDC three years ago and currently produces 25 000 litres on a day, which are supplied to not only local clients, but also clients based Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia,” said KT Beverages CEO and Founder Mr Paul de Villiers.The Department of Home Affairs in collaboration with the Limpopo Provincial Health Department showcased the early registration of birth at Seshego Hospital. In addition, the benefits of having inter-institutional partnerships to ensure that all new born children are registered was highlighted.Media were later hosted at the recently re-launched Seshego Industrial Park, by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) together with the Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA). The Dti is investing approximately R21 million in the upgrading of the infrastructure at the Seshego Industrial Park based in Polokwane.The Regional Industrial Development Chief Director from the Dti, Ms Stieneke Samuels said: “The objective of the programme is to revitalise state-owned industrial parks across the country in order to promote industrialisation and increase their contribution to job creation and the country’s economic growth.”Finally, media visited the University of Limpopo on day 3 where the SARChI Chair for Computational Modelling of Materials and research was showcased. Media also interacted with the SARChI Chair for Ecosystem Health and its research.The programme concluded with media attending the annual National Research Awards where were hosted in Limpopo for 2016.The media tour comes within the context of Brand South Africa’s mandate to positively position South Africa’s competitiveness. Provincial and city brands are the building blocks of the Nation Brand. Competitive strengths of provinces and cities therefore impact positively on the South African Nation Brand.Follow the conversation on #ExperienceSAlast_img read more

Are Energy-Saving Settings Bad for the Environment?

first_imgAnd much as the cheat devices made VW car buyers think the product they were purchasing was more environmentally friendly than it really was in actual use, consumers may be misled when eco buttons and modes enable manufacturers to score top marks in government-mandated energy labeling programs. “You may not see the energy savings that you were expecting to see because the tests are done in conditions that don’t reflect reality,” says Christoforos Spiliotopoulos, an energy policy officer with Brussels-based product standards advocacy group ECOS. RELATED ARTICLES Choosing an Energy-Efficient RefrigeratorTackling the Plug Load ProblemAll About Washing MachinesAlternatives to Clothes DryersAll About DishwashersChoosing an Energy-Efficient Television Consumer distrustSuch disappointing experiences breed consumer distrust, with sometimes ironic outcomes. Consider Europe’s efforts to make dishwashers more efficient. The European Commission’s Ecodesign program mandates that each dishwasher offer a “reference” cycle that cleans an average load of dishes with minimum energy and water use. But a sudsy debate has erupted since 2011, when European standards body CENELEC instructed manufacturers to name that official reference cycle “Eco” on their dishwasher control panels.The problem, say consumer groups, is that users may distrust the label and choose another cycle.Defending dishwashers’ regulated eco button is Milena Presutto, the senior researcher at Italian energy research agency ENEA who drafted Europe’s legislation covering dishwashers. She says that while eco modes of the past could not always handle normally soiled dishes, today’s standards assure consumers that pressing the eco button will clean everyday dishes with the efficiency promised on the machines’ energy labels. “That’s the issue we wanted to solve,” says Presutto.The problem, say consumer groups, is that users may distrust the label and choose another cycle. Their concern is supported by a large market study by Stamminger and his colleagues published this year — one of the few to date examining how consumers relate to eco modes. The survey of dishwasher use in several thousand German households found that most shy away from eco cycles. “They are used for less than 20% of dishwashing cycles,” says Stamminger.The net result could be that European dishwashers are using more energy than necessary, since manufacturers focus their engineering efforts on perfecting the legally mandated reference cycle.Topten International Group, a Zürich-based consumer product rating and advocacy organization proposed a solution: test and regulate dishwashers based on a cycle labeled “Normal” or “Standard,” rather than what Topten calls “the rather exotic eco cycle.”Stamminger suggests another solution: better education. He is calling on European governments to back up the Ecodesign program with advertising that encourages consumers to press the eco button. “Eco mode is not sufficient if it’s not used,” he says. “What is needed is to standardize the eco mode and have a big public campaign as well.” By PETER FAIRLEYVolkswagen’s deceptive engine controls, uncovered last year, gave its cars a dual personality: one for everyday operation and a secret greener one used to rank higher than warranted on vehicle emissions tests. Regulators in the U.S. and Europe are now examining whether some television manufacturers similarly misbehaved, programming their screens to detect a standard video test clip, dial down their brightness and thus cheat on energy consumption tests.While action deliberately aimed at providing deceptively favorable information about environmental impacts could obviously make a person cynical about a company’s claims, efficiency advocates see similar risk hiding in the open in the “eco” buttons popping up on a wide array of products, from automobiles and TVs to dishwashers and water heaters.The multiple energy personalities in today’s devices present complex, ill-defined, and often confusing options for consumers and regulators to consider. “It’s not simply on and off anymore,” says Noah Horowitz, who runs the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Center for Energy Efficiency.While eco buttons and modes allow consumers to set their devices for lower power consumption, in many cases they also degrade the quality of service the products provide. As a result, eco buttons, which can promise savings of 10% or more when they’re deployed, may have little real impact on energy consumption. “It’s good for selling a product to offer an eco mode,” says Rainer Stamminger, an energy expert at the University of Bonn in Germany. “But in reality I fear they’re not often used.” Worth savingNRDC’s Horowitz says eco modes that actually reduce energy use are worth saving, even when they trade a bit of convenience for enhanced energy efficiency. The same eco button that takes the fun out of driving for some, or renders a TV lifeless for me, may be just fine to others. Sometimes, he says, it’s simply a matter of context. An eco cycle on a clothes dryer that runs for two hours at low temperature to save kilowatts may be a nonstarter if one is running multiple laundry loads to keep a family clean, but it could work great for a single load. “If you’re going out to a movie, you don’t care [if the laundry’s done quickly] and you should have the option to save energy,” Horowitz says.Household energy consumption already is beginning to decline in many countries, thanks to better insulation and more efficient appliances. Eco modes, says Horowitz, can help accelerate that. “We can drive that trend even further if we take proper advantage of these settings and capabilities,” says Horowitz.For the responsible consumer, this means giving those eco buttons a fair try, when they are available, to see if the results fit your expectations. You can even do a few measurements to see how much energy is at stake. (I checked the impact of mode switching on my TV by plugging it into an easy-to-use device called the Kill A Watt meter.)And what if the eco buttons come up short? Think about letting the world know about it. One of the biggest challenges facing rating programs such as EPA’s Energy Star, academic researchers and consumer advocates alike is a dearth of feedback on how consumers actually use products. Those efficiency wonks are dying to hear from you.center_img Drivers and dryersEco-mode performance degradation is a turnoff in other products as well. Consider automobiles, where an increasing array of models come equipped with a console button promising fuel savings by dampening vehicle acceleration.Jack Barkenbus, a political scientist at Vanderbilt University’s Climate Change Research Network, admits to seldom pressing the eco button in his Nissan Leaf: Motoring with the button pressed, he says, is akin to “trying to drive through molasses.” He suspects that, as with my TV experience, he is not the only one forgoing an eco option’s promised energy savings.“If the eco label comes with a trade-off in performance, the public isn’t buying,” Barkenbus says.The good news with eco buttons in cars is that no one is being misled. EPA rules require buttons-off operation when testing cars’ fuel economy. And if people do press cars’ eco buttons, they really can save fuel.That wasn’t the case with clothes dryers, according to 2011 tests by the NRDC: they discovered two dryers’ eco modes left clothes damp, requiring a second run through, which negated any energy savings. Eco-button loopholeI got my first glimpse of what Spiliotopoulous and his colleagues call the “eco-button loophole” two years ago when I set up a new TV emblazoned with the logo for Energy Star, a mark of excellence maintained by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, the preset energy-saving mode that had earned my TV its Energy Star credential delivered a drearily dim picture. Its efficiency promise went out the window as I set the TV to another preset mode called “Movie” that uses about 10% more power.It turns out that my experience is widely shared. Consumer Reports noted in 2014 that many TVs qualify for Energy Star by employing a power-saving mode that “can result in a dim or washed-out picture.” The magazine endorsed my solution, suggesting the switch to “Movie” mode for “a natural-looking picture.” HomeTheaterReview.com concurred last September, advising readers to dump the “ridiculously dim Standard mode” created for Energy Star.Katharine Kaplan, who leads the EPA team that develops Energy Star’s specifications, says that is worrying feedback, since one of her program’s founding tenets is that certified products should deliver as good or better all-around performance than the competition. Kaplan says that the EPA has responded, adjusting its TV specifications twice in the past three years to protect against manufacturers using dim settings to win efficiency ratings. The EPA’s October 2015 update defines, for the first time, an absolute minimum brightness for standard home viewing. Peter Fairley is an independent reporter based in British Columbia who covers energy and the environment. This post originally appeared at Ensia.last_img read more

Intel moves away from wearables after Basis Peak failure

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Intel may be in the process of drastically downscaling its wearable division, as it starts to curtail losses in several emerging markets.The chipmaker has reportedly sent emails to staff in the New Devices Group (NDG), providing a brief of the situation. The email didn’t mention job losses, but unnamed sources claim Intel will be downscaling the division. The extent of the downscale is not yet known.See Also: Intel adds more AI brains with Nervana Systems acquisitionThe firm has had trouble breaking into the wearable market in any capacity. Its efforts with Basis—which it acquired in 2014—haven’t produced results. Earlier this year the company recalled the Basis Peak, after failing to fix overheating issues. To inspire customer confidence, Intel offered a full refund to all Peak owners, costing the company a decent chunk of cash.Efforts to sell processors to wearable manufacturers hasn’t seen much success either, Qualcomm commands the largest share of the market.Not clear when Intel axe will fallIt is not clear what sections of the NDG division Intel plans to cut, we would assume the company wants to step back from actually manufacturing wearables and focus on selling components to manufacturers.Intel has denied withdrawing from the wearables market. In a statement to TechCrunch, it said:“Intel is in no way stepping back from the wearables business. In fact, we have several products in the works that we are very excited about, as well as prior launches that highlight our wearable technology such as the TAG Heuer Connected watch and recent Oakley Radar Pace smart eyewear.”You can take from that what you will, we’ll keep an eye out on the next few weeks, to see what changes (if any) occur. David Curry Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Basis Peak#Intel#Internet of Things#IoT#wearables How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …last_img read more

Touch Football on Totally Wild!

first_imgTouch Football South Australia juniors featured on popular kids program, Totally Wild on Monday, 21 December.Totally Wild presenter Seamus Evans joined Touch Football South Australia Operations Manager, Miles Wilson and junior participants, explaining the rules of the game and what they enjoy about the sport of Touch Football. To view the video, please click on the link below (starting at 9:15) – http://tenplay.com.au/channel-eleven/totally-wild/season-23/episode-77Related LinksTotally Wild!last_img read more

10 months agoSTUNNER: Australia name injured Huddersfield midfielder Mooy in Asian Cup squad

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say STUNNER: Australia name injured Huddersfield midfielder Mooy in Asian Cup squadby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAustralia have named injured Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy in their Asian Cup squad.Mooy will be assessed by the Socceroos medical staff on Friday when team physio Phil Coles travels to the U.K.Terriers supporters were shocked to hear the news considering Mooy was recently ruled out for eight weeks with a knee injury. However, the Australians are checking every box in order to get one of their best players on the pitch.”Aaron Mooy’s knee injury will be assessed independently and by FFA’s High Performance Coordinator – Senior Physiotherapist, Phil Coles, in the United Kingdom on Friday, 21 December 2018,” said their statement.”FFA expects to be able to provide an additional update regarding Mooy on Monday, 24 December 2018 following consultation with Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon (UK time).”Nations competing in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 have until six (6) hours before their first match of the tournament to replace a player in their squad due to injury.” last_img read more

a month agoCrystal Palace striker Benteke: I’d be Liverpool star

first_imgCrystal Palace striker Benteke: I’d be Liverpool starby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has claimed he could make it into Liverpool’s first team if he was still playing at Anfield.The Belgian striker made the move to Palace in 2016 after just one season with the Reds.He told Sportbible: “Yeah. It’s easy to say now because I play for Palace and they play for Liverpool, but when you train every day with the same players and the manager believes in you, it’s easier.”People will say I’m making excuses, but everyone knows the club was going through a transition when I was there.”If you compare the team from when I was there to the current team, I think there are only three, four players still in the first XI, most of them are new.”Benteke scored 10 times in 42 appearances for Liverpool following his transfer from Aston Villa in 2015. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

CPI releases manifesto, announces assured pension of Rs 9k per month

first_imgNew Delhi: The CPI on Friday announced that it would give a minimum pension of Rs 9,000 per month, grant full statehood to Delhi and Puducherry and a one-time comprehensive loan waiver for farmers as part of its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls.The Communist Party of India (CPI) also proposed a law for agricultural workers and a separate budget for agriculture. The party said it would increase the number of guaranteed employment days under the MNREGA scheme to 200 days per family and ensure wage payment within the period of guaranteed statute and at par with legal minimum wages for unskilled farm labour. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’CPI leader D Raja, who released the manifesto, came down hard on the RSS-BJP and said that they, along with its other allied right-wing extremist organisations, had become “aggressive in pushing their ideology and agenda” which are “divisive, secretarian, communal and fascist.” “There is a systematic attack on our constitutional bodies and institutions… Authoritarianism and demagogy are the characteristics of Prime Minister Modi… The RSS ideology always played the politics of polarisation and alienation of the Muslims…The foreign policy of the BJP Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Kgovernment is even a larger mess of failures… “The use of armed forces for political mileage is condemnable and detrimental to morale of the forces,” he said. It also announced that it was for the implementation of the one rank one pension to all the retired defense personnel, universalisation of the PDS system, ensuring allocation of six per cent of GDP to health sector and the functional autonomy of the EC, CAG, RBI, CBI, CVC and other institutions of oversight.last_img read more