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Durant spoils Kobe’s special night, lifts Warriors over Lakers in OT

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Ball had 16 points, six assists and six rebounds.Stephen Curry missed his fifth straight game with a sprained ankle, and Draymond Green sat out for the fourth time in five games with right shoulder soreness. Durant and the Warriors still had enough to handle the Lakers, who missed several opportunities down the regulation stretch to seize control of the game.The Lakers recovered from a five-point deficit in the final minute of the fourth quarter to force overtime, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a jumper at the buzzer that could have won it.Durant then hit a 3-pointer to open overtime, but Ball made a driving layup with 1:03 left to put the Lakers ahead 113-112.Durant drew a foul and made two free throws, but Julius Randle hit one of two to tie it before Durant’s winner.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers retire Kobe’s two jersey numbers LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 18: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors looks in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Kevin Durant scored 36 points and hit a tiebreaking 22-foot jumper with 7.3 seconds left in overtime, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Lakers 116-114 Monday night for their ninth consecutive victory.Klay Thompson had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the defending NBA champions predictably dampened a celebratory night for the Lakers, who retired Kobe Bryant’s two jersey numbers during a halftime ceremony.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Warriors nursed a narrow lead in the fourth period despite their two stars’ shooting struggles, but Ingram drove for the tying layup with 27 seconds left. After Durant missed, Caldwell-Pope drove downcourt with the crowd on its feet and a chance to emulate Kobe on a late game-winner — but Caldwell-Pope badly missed his long jumper at the buzzer.Bryant didn’t stick around for overtime, leaving with his family.KOBE’S NIGHTThe Lakers honored Bryant by hanging his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys high above the Staples Center court during a ceremony attended by dozens of his former teammates and competitors, from Shaquille O’Neal to Allen Iverson. Bryant is the leading scorer in franchise history, and Magic Johnson declared him “the greatest who ever wore the purple and gold.” Bryant spent his brief remarks thanking his friends and the Lakers before addressing his three daughters at courtside: “If you do the work, work hard enough, then dreams come true.”TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State played its final road game of 2017. … The Warriors will host the Lakers in Oakland on Friday night.Lakers: Ingram left briefly in the third quarter after taking a hard fall underneath the basket. He had a bruise on his right cheek, but felt good enough to continue. … Larry Nance Jr. threw down a superb dunk on Durant in the first half, bringing the crowd to its feet.UP NEXTWarriors: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.Lakers: At the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours READ: Lakers retire Kobe’s two jersey numbersPerhaps in tribute to Bryant, Durant and Thompson never stopped shooting even when they weren’t making many. The duo combined to miss 31 of its first 40 shots, but Durant went 4 for 4 in overtime, capped by that pure go-ahead jumper in OT.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lakers had a chance at the end, but David West blocked Lonzo Ball’s shot and Brandon Ingram couldn’t beat the buzzer.Kyle Kuzma scored 25 points in a reserve role and Ingram added 19 for the Lakers, who have lost three straight and eight of 10.last_img read more

Nitehawk ski hill holding fun filled events all long weekend

first_imgThe hill is officially opens at 11 a.m. Thursday, and will remain open to skiers and snowboarders all the way until 9 p.m. tonight, so riders can enjoy some fun in the sun, as well as some night time riding.Good Friday, also know as Frugal Fridays at Nitehawk, means $15 lift passes and $15 rentals between the hours of 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.   Progressing into the weekend, Saturday, March 30, the hill will be holding the annual Slush Cup, a contest seeing who can ski or board the farthest across a 100 foot long pond. Last year, approximately 80 participants took their shot at winning the Slush Cup, and organizers expect just as many this year.- Advertisement -The event is great for anyone interested in having some unqiue fun at the hill, and anyone interested in competing is welcome to attempt.Registration for the Slush Cup starts Saturday morning, and the competition begins at 2 p.m.Saturday will also feature a Ski/Board Rail Jam, which is open for the public to compete in. Registration will take place Saturday morning with the competition beginning at noon.Advertisement Finally, Sunday will be chalked full of fun activities at the hill, as it’s Customer Appreciation Day at Nitehawk, which will feature deals such as 50 per cent off rentals, and $99 family day passes.The tubing zone will also be offering some great deals, as Nitehawk will only be charging $70 for the whole family to tube, which includes the rental of helmets.A Mountain Bike 4-Cross is also being held at Nitehawk Sunday, which will see competitors racing down a snow track along the ski hill. The event will take place at 2 p.m. with registration opening at 11 a.m.In the spirit of Easter, Nitehawk will also be holding an Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, which will take place at 1 p.m. and will include free cake and hot chocolate for participants.Advertisement Staff at Nitehawk says the fun filled weekend will cap off a great season on the hill which began back on November 16. To add to the fun, staff claims the hill is in great condition because of last week’s heavy snowfall.For more information on all the events taking place at the Grande Prairie ski hill, visit Nitehawk’s official website.last_img read more

Fee hikes hurt immigrant budgets

first_img“It was a huge amount of money for me,” she said. “I went into overdraft to do it, but what else can I do – throw in the towel, just give up?” Becoming a U.S. citizen, or even a legal permanent resident, is already expensive. The proposal announced Jan. 31 by federal immigration officials would increase price tags on individual forms by an average of 66 percent. The $350 Nikitina paid this year to Citizenship and Immigration Services would go up to $645. She’s already filed these forms four times and has to resubmit them each year while she awaits her “green card” – as the legal permanent residency document is often called. The law allows some to file for free – members of the military, refugees, asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking among them. But for the vast majority of legal immigrants, the packet of four forms plus the fingerprinting fee needed for one person to become a permanent resident would go from $935 to $1,985 under the proposed fee schedule. “A lot of them are making very difficult choices, between food and bills and rent and these fees, plus whatever they have to pay an attorney,” said Susan Bowyer, managing attorney at the International Institute of the East Bay, a nonprofit which gives newcomers cut-rate legal help. “Even with our reduced fees, it would be a real hardship.” SAN FRANCISCO – Supporting herself and a 7-year-old son on a preschool teacher’s salary in suburban Marin County forces Sveta Nikitina to keep a tight budget. But there’s one expense the Russian immigrant can’t control: fees for filing immigration forms. Already, the cost of applications that allow Nikitina to work and travel in the United States while she waits to become a permanent resident have pushed her careful bookkeeping into the red. But a proposal by the Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services would increase the filing fees for more than two dozen forms. The proposed fee hikes, which are likely to take effect by summer, could make her plans – and those of many other immigrants – out of reach. The federal agency, mandated by Congress to support its operations with fee money, plans to use the funds to reduce months, and even years, of delays in processing certain applications. It would also use the money to strengthen its security and fraud investigations teams and modernize equipment, said agency spokeswoman Sharon Rummery. “We have an obligation to charge the amount of fees that are going to cover the cost of doing business,” Rummery said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL’S POP-UP-PUB CHAIN TAKES TO THE AIR!

first_imgCatriona outside one of her inflatable pubs which was officially launched today.Businesswoman Catriona Mulhern didn’t feel too ‘deflated’ when she decided to take redundancy from her old job.That’s because she had plans for a new business which left her walking on air.And today,  after first unveiling her plans on Donegal Daily two months ago, the Co Donegal mum-of-two finally realised her dream when she launched Ireland’s first Pop-Up-Pub. The inflatable bar comes complete with bar taps, furniture and even its own fake fire.Stephen Maguire from Donegal Daily with Catriona Mulhern from Pop-Up-Pups at today’s launch at the Traveller’s Inn in Milford.Catriona, who used to work in the bar trade, said the reaction has been amazing since she first began working on the idea.As well as booking from across Ireland, people have been calling from as far away as Dubai and America.Catriona said “The reaction has been amazing and not something we ever anticipated. We’re dealing with requests from customers all over the world including the USA, continental Europe, the UK, Asia, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. “We have a number of confirmed bookings for the coming weeks up and down the country from Donegal to Tipperary and we even have a booking for New Year’s eve. But this is where the hard work begins now.Family and friends help Catriona pull the first pint at the Pop-Up-Pub!The pop-up-pub provides the unit with a standing capacity of 50, along with the flooring, lighting, bar, optics, taps, a smoking shelter and furniture for 20 people seated.Customers can then add to the package by including extra seating, refrigeration, heating, cooler and tap systems, catering facilities, bar staff, an extra marquee, lighting, Karaoke, a DJ or a dance floor.Prices start from €300 and customers provide their own alcohol.The business also plans to cater for children’s parties and is currently designing a ‘party hut’ where kids have their own party venue in their back garden and houses are spared any mess. Catriona says partner Paul will do all the heavy lifting while she’ll plan a business strategy at home – something she has dreamed off all her life having spent many years on the road as a sale rep.“The idea of being able to spend more time at home with our two children is a real bonus. I can plan all our ideas and taking bookings form the office at home and still be with the children,” she said.Catriona revealed that it’s not just young party animals that are booking her Pop-Up-Pubs for 21sts or 40th birthdays.In fact, she has even received some calls from nursing homes looking to see if her company  can cater for senior citizens. “These people obviously can’t got to the pub but if we can bring the pub to them for a night then it will be really something,” she said.The Pop-Up-Pubs can be customised for weddings and other occasions.Catriona said the idea for the business just “popped” into her head.“Some people thought I was a bit mad but sure you can only give it your best shot and hopes it works out.“All the reaction has been positive and now it’s down to hard work and making it a profitable business,” she said.Today she was joined by family and friends who toasted Catriona and Paul well in two of the five inflatable pubs the company now offers.Alongside Paul and Catriona was publican Michael McBride of the Traveller’s Friend in Milford who has helped them from the start with their idea.“I really does hope it works out for them. They’ll have to work hard in the bar trade but Catriona and Paul aren’t afraid of hard work,” he said.The business aims to take the hard work out of planning a party and is fully insured for public liability. For more information on the pop-up-pub,visit www.popuppub.comDONEGAL’S POP-UP-PUB CHAIN TAKES TO THE AIR! was last modified: March 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Catriona MulherndonegalMilfordPop-Up-Publast_img read more

Quake toll passes 3,700

first_imgSecretary of State Condoleezza Rice said U.S. Agency for International Development personnel are in Yogyakarta, the central Indonesian city that bore much of the quake’s impact. The quake’s epicenter was 50 miles south of the rumbling Merapi volcano, and activity increased soon after the temblor. A large burst spewed hot clouds and sent debris cascading about two miles down its western flank. Bambang Dwiyanto of the Energy and Mineral Ministry could not say whether the quake caused the volcanic activity but warned that it could trigger a larger eruption. “It will influence the activities of Mount Merapi, particularly in the lava dome,” said Dwiyanto, head of the ministry’s geological division. Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. Saturday’s quake was centered about six miles below the surface, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Anthony Guarino of the CalTech Seismological Laboratory in Pasadena, said Indonesia has the second-highest number of erupted volcanos in historic time, outside of Japan. It also has the largest number of volcanos in the world – 76. As night fell across the disaster zone – stretching across hundreds of square miles of mostly farming communities in Yogyakarta province – tens of thousands of people prepared to sleep on streets, in rice fields and in back yards, fearful of aftershocks. International agencies and other nations promised to send relief immediately. Power and telephone service was out across much of the region, adding to their terror. After spending hours digging in vain through the smoldering debris, many said they were giving up their search for relatives or friends until morning. “It’s just too dark,” said Sarjio, who was looking for his 40-year-old neighbor, believed to be trapped beneath the remains of her house. “There’s nothing we can do now.” President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the army to evacuate victims and arrived with a team of Cabinet ministers to oversee rescue operations. He slept in a tent camp with survivors. At least 3,731 people were killed, rescue officials said. “The numbers just keep rising,” said Arifin Muhadi of the Indonesian Red Cross, adding that more than 3,400 people were hurt. The only foreigner reported killed or injured in the quake was a man from Holland. U.S. Embassy spokesman Max Kwak said he did not know of any American casualties. Yogyakarta is about 18 miles from the sea. In the chaos that followed the quake, false rumors of an impending tsunami sent thousands of people fleeing to higher ground in cars and on motorbikes. The city is 1,390 miles southeast of Aceh province, where 131,000 people died in a December 2004 tsunami triggered by a magnitude-9.1 earthquake under the sea. Many roads and bridges were destroyed, hindering efforts to get vehicles filled with wounded to hospitals. Doctors struggled to care for the injured, hundreds of whom were lying on plastic sheets, straw mats and even newspapers outside the overcrowded hospitals, some hooked to intravenous drips dangling from trees. Bloodstains littered the floor at Yogyakarta’s Dr. Sardjito Hospital, along with piles of soiled bandages. “We are short of surgeons,” said Alexander, a doctor who goes by one name. “There are still so many critically injured people here.” By nightfall, health officials at the hospital had tallied 89 dead, but bodies kept arriving and some family members were taking them home before they could be added to the official toll. Neighboring Malaysia said it will send a 56-member search team, doctors and medical supplies, and the European Commission said it would release up to $3.8 million in aid. The World Food Program was sending a plane with 2 tons of medicine and eight truckloads of fortified noodles and biscuits, agency spokeswoman Brenda Barton said in Rome. The Italian government also loaded a plane with 27 tons of tents, blankets, water purifiers, electric generators and other aid, the Foreign Ministry said. UNICEF is sending 9,000 tarpaulins, 2,000 tents, health kits and hygiene kits, spokesman John Budd told CNN. He said a hospital and several health clinics had collapsed, and about 4,000 houses were destroyed. Almost all people had already been evacuated away from the volcano’s danger zone, and there were no reports of injuries there. A geological researcher at the Indonesian Science Institute, Dani Hilman, said he did not believe the quake was powerful enough to create a large eruption. The quake cracked the runway and waiting area at the Yogyakarta airport, closing it to aircraft until at least today while inspections take place, Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa said. Officials said the famed 7th century Borobudur Buddhist temple, one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist attractions, was not affected by the quake.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For More Info BANTUL, Indonesia – Desperate relatives searched rubble for survivors Saturday after a powerful earthquake flattened nearly all the buildings in this rice-farming town while residents slept, killing more than 3,700 people on Indonesia’s densely populated Java island. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Village heads recorded their names so the victims could be added to the official death toll. Subarjo, a 70-year-old food vendor, sobbed next to his dead wife, his house destroyed. “I couldn’t help my wife. … I was trying to rescue my children, one with a broken leg, and then the house collapsed,” he said. “I have to accept this as our destiny, as God’s will.” It was the recent in a series of disasters to strike Indonesia – from the 2004 tsunami that ravaged Aceh province to a widening bird flu outbreak to the threat of eruption from nearby Mount Merapi. The United States responded with an emergency allocation of $500,000 for assistance to victims. “Through financial and material support, the United States is assisting with recovery efforts in coordination with Indonesian authorities, and we stand prepared to provide additional assistance as needed,” President Bush said in a statement released late Saturday. center_img • AP Video: 5/27: Indonesia Quake The magnitude-6.3 quake wounded thousands more and was the nation’s worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami. It also triggered fears that a rumbling volcano nearby would erupt. The earthquake struck at 5:54 a.m. near the famed Borobudur temple complex, caving in roofs and sending concrete walls crashing down. Thousands were wounded. Survivors screamed as they ran from their homes, some clutching bloodied children and the elderly. The worst devastation was in the town of Bantul, where 80percent of the homes were destroyed and more than 2,000 people killed. Residents started digging mass graves almost immediately, with family members sobbing and reading the Quran beside rows of corpses awaiting burial beneath a blazing sun. last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY U16s BEATEN IN LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL

first_imgGlenswilly notesUnder 16s unluckyThe Under 16 team were very unlucky to lose out to Milford in the league quarter final. After a competitive and closely fought game, the lads were finally beaten 1-9 to 2-4. Under 14 girlsThe U14 girls were forced to call off their game against Milford on Tuesday night due to a waterlogged pitch. This game will be rescheduled.Under 10sThe Under 10s will have their first blitz of the season away in Gaoth Dobhair this Saturday. All the travel arrangements will be on the club’s Facebook page and also on the blog. The very best of luck to all the boys and girls traveling. Under 12 boysThe Under 12 boys enjoyed a great friendly last week away to Glenfin and would like to thank their hosts for two great games. There was some great football and both games were played in great spirit. The lads are due to play Milford at home in their first league outing of the season on Wednesday, May 6th.Glenswilly 5KDetails are still being arrange for the 5k. A meeting will be held shortly when all the details and arrangements will be announced.Bingo Bingo continues in the hall every Wednesday starting at 9pm. Anybody who can give a hand on the night is asked to contact Paul Lapsley or any of the bingo committee.First communionAs the church was not ready for the Glenswilly National School First Communion last Saturday, it was decided to hold it in the GAA hall. It turned out to be a fantastic occasion for all the boys and girls and their parents. Credit should go to all those who helped prepare the hall in advance and also helped out on the day and in Glenswilly National School.Seniors The senior team failed to travel to Ardara to take part in the Gaeltacht championship as a mark of respect following a local bereavement. Congratulations to Naomh Chonail on their victory.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY U16s BEATEN IN LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGlenswilly GAANoteslast_img read more

FIRE CREWS TACKLE GARAGE FORECOURT BLAZE

first_imgFIRE crews are at a disused garage forecourt in Killea this evening after a blaze there.Crews are still at the scene, with Gardai also in attendance.The former Top service station has been closed for some time. FIRE CREWS TACKLE GARAGE FORECOURT BLAZE was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:firegarageKilleaToplast_img read more

National Chess Championship returns

first_imgComments CHESS–Ugandan chess players will be involved in a National Chess Championship this month for the first time in four years.The championship, slated October 19-22 at Hotel Africana in Kampala, was last held in 2013, with officials blaming lack of funds for putting the prestigious game of wits in a coma.But with the Garry Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa coming on board as sponsors, the championship is off the life support not headed for the mortician’s garney but out to feel the fresh breeze again.The championship has been held just twice in recent times, and International Master Elijah Emojong won the very last edition.IM Arthur Ssegwanyi won the other in 2011 ahead of the then National Junior champion FM Haruna Nsubuga on a tie-break.While it’s not held regularly, the national championship is actually used to select a couple of players for the national team.Winning the event automatically earns one a slot in the national team in both the Open and ladies category.IM Arthur Ssegwanyi earned his maiden appearance in the national team in 2011 following his triumph at the championship.It is supposed to be that way but because it’s held occasionally, UCF has been using the Olympiad qualifiers to determine who takes the number one slot in the team like the most recent in 2016 and 2014 when Ssegwanyi and Kawuma topped the qualifiers, respectively.This usually happens in the Olympiad years. Because the nationals were last held in 2013, Emojong will go into this one as the defending champion.last_img read more

Government is Prioritising Investment into ICT as South Africa Hosts the 2018 Telecom World By Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele Date of publication:…

first_imgBy Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services, Siyabonga CweleDate of publication: 10th September 2018This week South Africa and Africa are hosting world leaders in the Information and Communication Technologies in partnership with the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the private sector. The ITU Telecom World is being hosted in Durban at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli from today to 13 September 2018. The conference is expected to attract 7 000 government Ministers, leaders of multilateral organisations, regulators, business, entrepreneurs and small businesses. We are embracing this opportunity because it ensures that Africa’s voice is heard in the important technology discussions which include preparations for 5G networks, impact and ownership of Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity and the risks and opportunities of a smarter world. These are important discussions because Africa cannot afford to be left behind.  We also need to ensure that small businesses are not left behind because they can give the continent a great lever in the development of local solutions to our challenges, thereby, localising the digital economy. The ITU Telecom World will also afford about 50 African and SA small businesses an opportunity to partner with other entrepreneurs and to also seek potential investors. They will be showcasing their ICT capabilities, forging deeper partnerships and staying abreast with global ICT best practices. One of the key legacies of this conference will be the African Digital Transformation Centre which will amongst other things test and standardise new African technologies on the continent. This will ensure that African innovation is tested on the African continent.  This annual conference is being held on the African continent for the first time and it coincides with the centennial anniversary of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu. Mandela was the first democratic South African President to address the ITU in 1995. This year’s conference takes forward Madiba’s vision of bridging the digital divide, using technology for development and ensuring that nobody is left behind.Addressing the 1995 ITU Telecoms, Mandela said: “Given the fundamental impact of telecommunications on society and the immense historical imbalances, telecommunications issues must become part of the general public debate of development policies. Telecommunications cannot be simply treated as one commercial sector of the economy, to be left to the forces of the free market.” It is clear that we shall need collaboration to achieve our goals much faster. This collaboration has to be with governments, regulators, private sector, labour and academia. As South Africa, we are hosting this conference with the sponsorship of the private sector.The ITU Telecom World is scheduled to be addressed by His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, bringing hope of a new dawn for the country, Africa and the world. He is expected to emphasising once more that we should take advantage of the rapid technological developments to help our countries to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals in order to improve the quality of life of all humanity. Collaboration will also help us to define Africa’s strategy in relation to data, which is evidently the fuel that propels the digital economy. Our collective decisions and actions will determine if we are become slaves or own our destiny in the digital economy. Decisions we make about data should support localisation of the digital economy.In South Africa, we have the E-Government Strategy which is our guide for digital transformation and modernising our public service departments to improve service delivery to our citizens. This will enable the Government to offer more services online to the citizens. Some of the non-sensitive personal data generated through this initiative could be made available to third parties so that it can be used for development of new products.Another area of focus should be the collaboration in the area of connecting the people who remain offline. The Smart Africa Initiative has resolved on launching the One Africa Network which is aligned to modern thinking in the rollout of infrastructure as the continent strives to connect her unconnected citizens. New ways of connecting people are required because existing methods have left us with the infrastructure gaps which are now trying to resolve. Training people in digital skills is as important as rolling out infrastructure to cover everyone. In this regard, African countries are rolling out the Internet for All programme which focuses on the provision of digital skills, localisation of the internet content and manufacturing and the rollout of infrastructure. Some private sector companies are partnering with African countries to scale up digital skills training. All these initiative are important because they facilitate the meaningful participation of Africans in the digital economy and empowers them to do so in their own terms.We want this collaboration to cybersecurity. Cyber criminals do not respect national boundaries and they can be defeated through collaboration.The ITU conference is coming at a time South Africa is preparing to host the Investment Summit in October. It therefore offers an excellent opportunity to attract investment from ICT investors. South Africa is indeed open for business.As we host the 2018 ITU Telecom World, we are committed to ensuring that more and more African citizens are connected to this important human right.last_img read more

Dyyno Launches Free 1080p Live Streaming Solution

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Dyyno, which allows its users to stream and record live video from any application on their desktops, is launching a major upgrade of its service today. The company’s service will now allow users to stream live and recorded video streams in full 1080p HD resolution. Dyyno has also dropped the price for personal accounts – which can stream HD video – to zero. These personal account support up to 100,000 concurrent viewers. Previously, these accounts started at $10 per month.For the time being, Dyyno can only stream videos from Windows PCs. The company does offer a browser plugin for watching these videos on the Mac and Windows. The company’s CEO Raj Jaswa told us that a Mac client is on the company’s roadmap. We took a closer look at the service’s features when the company launched in August. While the desktop client has evolved since then, the basic features remain the same.In our tests, the service worked just as advertised and the image quality of the 1080p streams was very high. It takes a decent broadband connection to work well, however – the HD video streams take up about 3Mbps. Dyyno supports up to 30 frames per second and encodes its videos in H.264. The company does not automatically scale the video streams down for users with slower connections, though for on-demand video, content owners can choose different bitrates for their videos. Running Dyyno’s desktop client is very easy. After installing the application, you just have to drag the Dyyno logo from the client to any window on your computer and it will automatically start to stream this video on your personal Dyyno page. In addition to live streaming, users can also create a “WebTV” channels that plays videos at a set time. Requires a PluginThe fact that it takes a browser plugin to run the service could be a roadblock for some potential users, however. On the other hand, no other service that we are aware of offers free 1080p live streaming. PricingAs Dyyno’s platform is based on a P2P architecture, it only makes sense for the company to offer the live streams for free. After all, the more users watch the stream, the easier it will be for Dyyno to deliver the video. The company does charge users who want to store more than 1GB of video for on-demand streaming on Dyyno’s servers $10 per month. Dyyno does not charge for bandwidth. The P2P architecture doesn’t lend itself for on-demand streaming, so Dyyno chose to charge for this aspect of its service. The company also offers business channels for $100 month, which include a total of 10 video channels and up to 100GB of storage. The company’s high-end account, the Dyyno Broadcast station, costs $1,000 per month, and allows users to store an archive of up to 1,000GB of video and broadcast more than 100 concurrent video streams. Both the business and the broadcast accounts are stripped of all Dyyno’s branding. Dyyno plans to offer an ad revenue share model to companies that subscribe to these higher-end accounts and who want to make use of Dyyno’s on-demand streaming solutions. frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more