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first_imgRead the full text of the address by South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telcom World 2018 on Monday 10 September at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre, eThekweni.Programme Director, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane,Acting Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Sihle Zikalala,Executive Mayor of Ethekwini, Ms Zandile Gumede,Ministers and Deputy Ministers,Secretary General of the ITU, Mr Houlin Zhao,AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr Amani Abou-Zeid,Members of the diplomatic corps,Distinguished delegates,Esteemed guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,It is a great privilege to address this opening session of the ITU Telecom World 2018.It is an honour as the government and the people of South Africa to host this event for the first time on the African continent.For us, the ITU Telecom World provides a guide to the future.The deliberations that take place here concern the economy and society of tomorrow that we are building today.We are at the dawn of a digital revolution that will reshape the way we work, they way we live and the way we relate to each other.Technological change is proceeding at a pace far greater than anything humanity has experienced before.It is through forums like this that we are able not only to anticipate technological change, but also to harness it for the advancement of humanity.It is through bodies like the International Telecommunication Union that we craft a digital agenda for inclusivity, sustainability and development.We have the means and the responsibility to direct the evolution of information and communications technology towards the achievement of a better life for all the peoples of the world.It is our task to ensure that the 4th Industrial Revolution improves the human condition and that no one is left behind.It is our task to ensure that this digital revolution responds to the needs of the developing world.It must assist in overcoming unemployment, not exacerbate it.It must bridge the digital divide, not widen it.It must employ the latest in communications technology and data analytics to solve some of the world’s greatest development challenges.The decisions we make now, as individual countries and as a global collective, will determine whether the 4th Industrial Revolution is the opportunity that so many people anticipateor the threat that so many people fear.As our economies become increasingly dependent on information and communication techology, it is critical that governments work more closely with industry to maximise the value of digital innovations.It is equally critical that both government and industry develop effective collaborative relationships with the communities they are both expected to serve.It is such relationships that are required, for example, for the accelerated rollout of broadband in areas that are generally seen asnot being economically viable.And yet, the presence of broadband in such areas is vital for the viability of the economy.The rapid expansion of broadband reach and accessibility is a priority in South Africa because it is a key determinant of economic inclusion.There are currently 20 million South Africans who do not use the internet, for a range of reasons such as unaffordable data prices, lack of internet-enabled devices and lack of access.Yet, about 87% of households in South Africa have access to mobile phones, presenting us with a great opportunity to overcome digital exclusion and to drive inclusive growth and innovation.Government has recently decided to accelerate the licensing of the radio frequency spectrum in the 2.6Ghz, 700Mhz and 800Mhz bands to hasten the growth of mobile communications.We have finalised consultations with the telecommunications industry and other stakeholders to ensure allocation of spectrum reduces barriers to entry, promotes competition and reduces costs to consumers.Following a Cabinet decision last month, our regulator ICASA is now preparing to licenceavailable high demand spectrum.In addition, we have begun work in preparation for 5G spectrum licensing as part of our efforts to build a smarter digital economy.Earlier this year, we announced plans toestablish a Digital Industrial Revolution Commission to ensure we are in a position to seize the opportunities of the rapid advances in information and communication technology.We are informed by research that associates investment in ICTs with such economic benefits as higher productivity, lower costs, new economic opportunities, job creation, innovation and increased trade.Information and communication technology also helps provide better services in health andeducation and strengthens social cohesion.Our work in this area coincides with agreement on the establishment of an African Continental Free Trade Area, which will create a single market of over a billion people.At the Plenipotentiary of the African Telecommunications Union held last month in Nairobi, South Africa was mandated to lead a five-country committee to coordinate the development of the continental response to the 4th Industrial Revolution.This is a task that we undertake in support of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, which seeks a continent with diverse and inclusive economies,advanced infrastructure and a skilled and capable population.In promoting this vision, we see a key role for technology.It was precisely this – the developmental role of technology – that South Africa’s founding President Nelson Mandela affirmed when he addressed the 7th World Telecommunications Conference and Exhibition in Geneva in 1995.It was the first year that South Africa participated in the global event as a full member of the ITU.In his speech, President Mandela said it was crucial for South Africa and the entire African continent to be part of the organisation that would drive international policy, technological development, cooperation and skills transfer.Now, in the year of the centenary of his birth, let us be guided by his vision of a world in which everyone is connected, not only by technology, but also by a common humanity.Since rejoining the ITU, South Africa has worked with other member countries to advocate for the transformation of the institution and the entire global communications landscape to promote equality and inclusivity.In the World Summit on Information Society,held in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005, we advocated for a people-centred and development-oriented information society, where citizens’ lives are enhanced by ICTs and member states are recognised on an equal footing.We continue to champion the internet as a tool for social and economic development.We support universal broadband and universal broadcasting to connect all citizens and ensure that they have access to information.Most recently, we have advocated for the safety of ICT infrastructure and secure use by all online.Important to Africa and developing countries is the need for countries to share manufacturing and localisation opportunities to allow equal access and shared growth throughout the world.We support equitable access to global ICT resources such as orbital slots, satellites and governance of the internet.Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,We firmly believe that there is a strong correlation between innovation and growth.South Africa recently embarked on an investment drive to attract $100 billion in new investment in the country over the next five years.This is part of a broader effort to set the economy on a new path of growth, employment and transformation.We will be holding an Investment Conference on 25-27 October, where we will showcase the country’s lucrative investment offerings.We are determined that the ICT sector be an integral part of this investment drive, with a focus on infrastructure investment, e-commerce, local manufacturing of equipment, and innovation.South Africa has demonstrated its capabilities in the development and deployment of information and communications technology.We expect that the Investment Conference will help to demonstrate the country’s great potential.In conclusion, we are certain that Telecom World 2018 will produce innovative solutions tosocietal challenges and establish a platform for greater inclusive growth.I thank our industry partners and state owned companies that heeded the call to support government in hosting this event for the first time on African soil.Special thanks to the Secretary-General, the entire leadership and officials of the ITU for having shown confidence in our country to host this event.To our guests from across the continent and across the world, we are honoured and delighted to welcome you to our shores.It is my pleasure to officially declare the ITU Telecom World 2018 open.I thank you.last_img read more

Apple’s Earnings Still Aren’t Good, But Its Swagger Is Making A Comeback

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#business#earnings#iPhone What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … taylor hatmakercenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Apple’s numbers are in, and the big one doesn’t look good. For the second consecutive quarter profits are down. So are iPad sales. Yes, iPhone sales were up and Mac sales bested their modest estimates, but on the whole, the company’s performance was sort of lackluster. So what’s going on?Considering the company’s unprecedented success, comparing Apple to Apple is a tricky business. And to be honest, Apple hasn’t really seemed like itself lately, what with its deflated stock, executive shakeups and product snafus (Maps, anyone?).See also: Apple’s Profits Are Down: Welcome To The New NormalBut in sharp contrast to his deflated performance at this time last quarter, today CEO Tim Cook channeled his predecessor’s winning formula: Unyielding confidence, total secrecy, and an obsessively product-minded approach. It’s possible that Apple’s long game just got interesting again. Cook’s Got Cards Up His SleeveThree months ago, Cook reluctantly reported—proverbial tail between his legs—that his company’s profits had fallen for the first time in ten years. Yikes. The call was about as upbeat as a funeral with a Q&A tacked on the end. But the call today struck a very different tone from that earlier Great Apple Humbling Of 2013. Instead of scrambling for answers, Cook was cool and confident—even evincing a touch of the classic Steve Jobs hubris on occasion.See also: Join ReadWrite And Ashton Kutcher To See The New Steve Jobs MovieCook answered nearly every question with an allusion to Apple products in the pipeline instead of reframing lagging stats in a positive light (i.e., making excuses). And he sounded like he might be checking his watch so he could get back to the whole making-the-iFuture part. “We’re here to make great products,” Cook said. “We think that if we focus on that and do it really, really well, then the financial metrics will also come.” Fair enough.And the “one more thing” thing? That vibe was back too. In the earnings report, Cook claimed that Apple is “laser-focused and working hard on some amazing new products that we will introduce in the fall and across 2014.” In the call, he sounded it.Apple’s September Surprise (Hint: It’s An iPhone)Sure, the explosive growth that we’ve come to expect from one of the world’s most valuable companies has stalled. But Apple is in a unique position: measured only against its own astronomical success to date, it’s really hard to look good. While there’s been no flashy new mobile gadget to buoy its stock prices or keep consumers in its thrall, 2013 won’t be a wash for the tech titan.According to Cook, Apple is “on track to have a very busy fall.” Translation: a new iPhone that will sell like hotcakes. More exciting—though perhaps less “sexy”—is the first total overhaul of Apple’s iconic mobile operating system, which hasn’t seen a dramatic redesign since its 2007 launch. With iOS founder Scott Forstall out as of late last year and design rockstar Jony Ive at the wheel, iOS 7 will be the most risky and exciting iPhone shakeup to date—and that goes for hardware too. Fingers crossed for a one more iThing. Apple’s Next Next MovesHow do you sell iPhones when everyone already owns an iPhone? How do you follow up a game-changer like the iPad without just iterating indefinitely? Well, you either create a new product category altogether or you fix what’s broken in other ones. Looking to Apple’s record, if you can’t be first, be best.For as many game-changing products that Apple has released over the years, it’s refined many more. The notebook computer, the MP3 player, the smartphone—all were honed to near-perfection by tight-lipped Cupertino tinkerers. Apple’s next trick? The iWatch rumors could very well pan out in 2014, or even this fall.See also: Why Apple Will Win The Battle For Your WristBut if Cook’s final comment of the call is any indication, Apple might have bigger plans for the connected car market than the iOS 7 liner notes have made plain. “Having something in the automobile is very, very important,” Cook said. “I think that Apple can do this better than anyone else.” That was literally the ending note.Connected car tech remains a manufacturer-made nightmare of buggy proprietary software and prohibitive pricing. In other words, it’s the exact kind of rough-around-the-edges market that Cook and co. could be the antidote for. Mysteries remain. How integrated will this “iOS in the car” system be? Is it just a glorified dashboard mount, or does Apple have some serious stuff cooking with major automakers? Today, it sounded like the latter.  Apple’s numbers may be in a holding pattern, but Apple is starting to sound like itself again. For a company with a fiercely product-centric philosophy, that can only mean one thing: Apple’s got some cool stuff in the pipeline and we probably can’t even imagine what some of it will be.Just like old times. Related Posts last_img read more

2011 ‘Be Active’ WA State Championships

first_img38 teams will contest the three day event across six divisions – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Men’s 30’s, Senior Women and Men’s 40’s.Included in the line-up is a team from Ramingining, East Arnhem Land, who will travel over 4,000 kilometres to attend the event for the second consecutive year. The team returns with a year of experience under its belt having also competed in the Northern Territory State Championships and the inaugural Arnhem Land Touch Football Festival in 2011, and are sure to again be crowd favourites.  Friday and Saturday will see round games contested, before finals are played on Sunday. The Mixed Open final will be played at 2.40pm, followed by the Women’s Open final, with the Men’s Open final to be played at 4.40pm. In the Men’s Open division, Wanneroo will be looking for back-to-back titles following their two touchdown win over the Southern Stars in 2010, while Southern will be hoping to take out their third title in the past five events at this year’s championships.In the Women’s Open division, Perth Brothers will be hoping to take out consecutive State Championships titles, following their 9-1 win over Northern Districts in 2010. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 ‘Be Active’ WA State Championships, please visit the event website:www.statechamps.com.aulast_img read more

Recently Ignited CCNI Arauco Returned to Owners

first_imgzoom The 300-meter-long container vessel CCNI Arauco, which ignited on September 1 in the German port of Hamburg, was returned to its owners after the teams on site extinguished the fire and completed the follow-on operations, according to marine and offshore services company Ardent Global.Following the incident, a salvage contract was signed to speed up the response and clean-up operations aboard the 2015-built containership, which lasted for four weeks.The aft hold was partly flooded to extinguish the fire, subsequently contaminating the water in the hold. The operations included discharging the contaminated water, which was pumped into tankers to bring it to off-site final disposal facilities.Additionally, the damaged containers, which were declared as dangerous waste and required special treatment, were discharged out of the vessels cargo hold.The boxship was subsequently returned to its owners for repair works.Earlier reports indicated that the incident could have started due to welding works which were being undertaken on the rear end of the ship, however, relevant authorities launched an investigation into the exact cause of the fire.With a length of 300 meters and a width of over 48 meters, the boxship was docked at the Port of Hamburg’s Burchardkai container terminal, at berth 1/2, at the time.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Can The Seahawks Get Back To The Super Bowl

201211811411993Lost divisional round OFFENSE RATINGDEFENSE RATING 2013116101139108Won Super Bowl 2015116117115109— 2014104138122128Lost Super Bowl YEARPASSINGRUSHINGPASSINGRUSHINGPLAYOFFS The Seattle Seahawks came into 2015 as championship favorites, having put up one of the best two-year runs in NFL history, with a bid for back-to-back titles undone by one of the most shocking twist endings in Super Bowl history. But things went downhill in a hurry. Seattle lost four of its first six games; then won two in a row, against the foundering 49ers and Cowboys; and in Week 10 dropped a crucial home game against the Cardinals that effectively killed any chance of a third consecutive NFC West crown. It was mid-November and the Seahawks were unlikely to make the playoffs, let alone win the Super Bowl.You can’t keep a good fish-eating bird of prey down, though. After three straight wins, including an impressive 38-7 dismantling of Minnesota on the road on Sunday, the Seahawks look like they’re rounding back into form — and are nearly back in their familiar perch atop our NFL Elo ratings. Elo even gives Seattle a healthy 83 percent shot at making the playoffs now. But making the playoffs and regaining the preseason championship favorite designation are two very different things, and reasons why the latter will be much more difficult for Seattle can be found both on the field and in the NFL’s playoff format.Russell Wilson is back!First, some good news: Seattle’s offense is showing signs of life. Since Week 11, QB Russell Wilson’s aerial attack has led the NFL by a mile in passing expected points added (EPA) per dropback — the difference between the No. 1 Seahawks and No. 2 Bengals is bigger than the gap between Cincinnati and the No. 19 Titans — after ranking 21st through Week 10. It helps that the three defenses Seattle has played — the 49ers, Steelers and Vikings — have mediocre EPA ratings against the pass, but the ways in which the passing game has improved are also encouraging.One puzzling thing about Seattle’s early-season passing woes is that they came despite the addition of Jimmy Graham — a tight end so productive with New Orleans that he wanted to be called a wide receiver. Graham had led all NFL TEs in receiving yards over the preceding three seasons and was expected to add a new dimension to the Seahawks’ offense.Thing is, Graham wasn’t associated with especially efficient short passing for New Orleans, doing most of his damage on seam routes and other deeper patterns. He was 17th among the league’s 32 qualifying1Minimum 80 targets. tight ends in yards per target on passes of 10 yards or fewer from 2012 to 2014; Saints QB Drew Brees ranked only 16th in Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) when tossing short to TEs.2Compared to his third-place ranking in passes of all yards, to all positions, over the same span. In Seattle this season, the same trends have manifested. The Seahawks have been great when Wilson throws the ball more than 10 yards downfield, but they ranked only 15th in per-dropback EPA on shorter routes during the season’s first 10 weeks, with Wilson also suffering the league’s worst sack rate.3Hence, their 21st overall ranking — they were good at deep passing but mediocre on short targets and allowed sacks at a frequency that would impress even David Carr. Graham ranks 17th once again in yards per target on short passes, and Wilson ranks 23rd in QBR on short passes to TEs.So perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the Seahawks’ short passing attack saw the opposite of adverse effects when Graham was injured for the season against the Steelers in Week 12. Or perhaps football is an incredibly complicated sport with a small sample of games each season, and it’s difficult to filter signal from noise in any individual player’s statistical footprint. Either way, Wilson and the Seahawks have finally found their passing rhythm of late and since Week 11 have had the league’s most efficient passing offense on both short and long routes, with Wilson being sacked 40 percent less often.It’s a good thing that the passing game is picking up. Seattle’s rushing EPA per play is down quite a bit from last year’s ridiculously efficient output, and the team’s defense has been on the downturn from its typical dominant form.Not the same SeahawksWe can trace Seattle’s evolution over the course of the Russell Wilson Era using the team grades I developed here, which place per-play EPA in a given category on a scale where the league average is 100 and one standard deviation in performance is +/- 15 points: Because passing is more important than rushing in today’s NFL, it won’t take much of an aerial improvement for the Seahawks to compensate for their decline in the ground game this season. However, the team’s defensive drop-off is more concerning. In 2013, Seattle defended the pass about as well as any team ever has, but it’s steadily become more mortal over time. The Seahawks now rank 14th — decent but not great — at defending short4Again, defined as pass attempts of 10 or fewer air yards. passes (they ranked second in 2013 and 2014) and a below-average 18th against deep ones (first in 2013 and 2014). Add in a commensurate drop in rush defense (to 10th this year) and the Seahawks — while still better than average on D — are no longer the fearsome defensive leviathan they built a reputation as over the past few seasons.As I mentioned earlier, even given all that, the Seahawks have still mustered nearly the best Elo rating in the league. But Elo also pegs Seattle’s chance of winning the Super Bowl at a mere 6 percent, far below the chances of their peers atop the Elo food chain. Even Denver and Cincinnati, inferior clubs according to Elo, have double-digit Super Bowl probabilities. The reason is simple: The teams ahead of Seattle have either already clinched their division (Carolina) or are overwhelmingly likely to do so.Seattle, meanwhile, almost certainly has a wild card date in its future. That means the Seahawks will need to win one more playoff game than most of their fellow title contenders. (Carolina and New England are practically guaranteed first-round byes; Arizona is highly likely to earn the same; and Denver and Cincinnati are nearly a toss-up to grab the remaining slot.) And as a likely No. 5 or 6 seed, Seattle will have to do it on the road. The reality of an extra single-elimination test slices into Seattle’s Super Bowl probability considerably.Assuming that the Seahawks do make the playoffs, though, they’ll be on everyone’s list of dark-horse Super Bowl candidates — and nobody’s list of preferred postseason opponents. They may not be in their typical role as title favorites, but all it might take to change that are sustained improvements in the passing game and a first-round playoff victory. read more

Ajax consider Barca as favourites to sign De Ligt

first_imgAjax sporting director Marc Overmars has tipped Barcelona to land in-demand duo Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong.De Ligt has been on the radar of Juventus, while De Jong is equally in demand with Barca keen on wrapping up a deal with the parent club.Multiple reports have said the Dutch giants would demand a whopping €140m to part company with their highly-rated star duo.“Barcelona are the favourites, they are a fantastic club,” said Overmars – who used to play at the Camp Nou – as cited by Football Espana.Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“But there are two other clubs who are also very close and all of Europe is moving, so Barca must do this well.“Can Messi help? Yes, but money is not the important factor for them – last year they turned down betters offers to stay here.“Will my time at Barca help? They already know about the club without the need for me to say.”last_img read more

Govt Deficit balloons to over 300M Personal benefits up to 14M

first_img Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 1, 2017 – Nassau – Government revenue is down and contingency spending due to Hurricane Matthew up; these together says the Central Bank of The Bahamas is what has led to a 112% spike in the country’s deficit for the first half of the fiscal year.The monthly financial report tells the story of a ballooning deficit despite a surge in taxes generated.  The deficit now stands at over $314.2 million dollars.  Taxes raised but not necessarily collected are at $761.9million.The Central Bank, in the report lists fiscal decisions at the half way mark for the Bahamas’ budget year and it is revealed that personal emoluments also spiked by 4.2%, to $13.9 million and there was also increase to non-profit organizations grew nearly 25% and came in at $3.8 million.#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

19YearOld Arrested For Damaging Lawns At Soldotna Prep And Soldotna High School

first_imgThe driver, Austin Jackson, 19, of Soldotna, was impaired by alcohol. Additionally, investigation revealed the lawns at both Soldotna Prep School and Soldotna High School were damaged in an amount estimated to be in excess of $750 each. At 2:36 a.m., this morning, Soldotna State Troopers were dispatched to the report of a white pickup driving on the lawn of Soldotna Prep School. According to the online trooper dispatch, the vehicle was located driving in circles on the lawn of Soldotna High School. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A 19-year-old Soldotna man was arrested for damaging the lawns at both Soldotna Prep School and Soldotna High School while driving under the influence. Jackson was arrested and remanded at Wildwood Pretrial Facility on two counts of Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree and one count of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Jackson is being held without bail, pending arraignment.last_img read more

Borough Assembly To Approve KPBSD Budget

first_imgKPBSD submitted their budget for approval to the assembly on April 3, and the assembly is required to determine the total amount of money that will be given to the district within 30 days of the receipt of the budget request. It would also draw $1.3 million from the district’s fund balance to cover the FY19 expenditures of $143.5 million. KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek: “Now it’s a lot of work with the assembly and also our public, but I’m confident that everyone will believe that our school district does great things and is a good investment for our kids.” KPBSD asked the borough for $52 million in order to fund the school district to the maximum level. The budget is primarily made up of funding from the borough and the state. The borough assembly will meet tomorrow evening, May 1, at 6 p.m., at the George A. Navarre Borough Building. According to the resolution, the borough is proposing that school funding from local sources for FY2019 be $46,738,432. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A resolution approving the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Budget is on the consent agenda for the Tuesday, May 1, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.last_img read more

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