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Photo library: South Africa at work 1


first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download South Africa at Work contact sheet (1.5MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gauteng province: As part of a community outreach programme training young people from Alexandra to be traffic wardens, Gifted Jantjies practises pointman duties on Louis Botha Avenue. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: As part of a community outreach programme training young people from Alexandra to be traffic wardens, Aat Morfat practises pointman duties on Louis Botha Avenue. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Officer E Mosala supervising student points-duty class on Louis Botha Avenue in the township of Alexandra, in a community outreach programme training young people from the township to be traffic wardens. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction of the Bompas Road emergency access tunnel for the Gautrain rapid rail link. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Informal traders’ stalls at the Baragwanath taxi rank in Old Potchefstroom Road, Soweto. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Metro traffic officers staff a roadblock on Old Potchefstroom Road, Soweto. The computerised vehicle identification system allows the police to identify vehicles with outstanding traffic fines and warrants, while other cars can be quickly be waved through. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Metro traffic officers staff a roadblock on Old Potchefstroom Road, Soweto. The computerised vehicle identification system allows the police to identify vehicles with outstanding traffic fines and warrants, while other cars can be quickly be waved through. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Metro traffic officers staff a roadblock on Old Potchefstroom Road, Soweto. The computerised vehicle identification system allows the police to identify vehicles with outstanding traffic fines and warrants, while other cars can be quickly be waved through. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Metro traffic officers staff a roadblock on Old Potchefstroom Road, Soweto. The computerised vehicle identification system allows the police to identify vehicles with outstanding traffic fines and warrants, while other cars can be quickly be waved through. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageSOUTH AFRICA AT WORK 1: {loadposition saatwork}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more


UN climate talks extend Kyoto Protocol


first_img11 December 2012Countries meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18) that ended in Doha, Qatar on the weekend agreed on a firm timetable to adopt a universal climate agreement by 2015, and launched a new commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol.They further agreed on a path to raise the necessary ambition to respond to climate change, endorsed the completion of new institutions, and agreed on ways to deliver scaled-up climate finance and technology to developing countries.The Kyoto Protocol, the only existing and binding agreement under which developed countries commit to cutting greenhouse gases, has been amended so that it will continue as of 1 January 2013. The first commitment period ends on 31 December 2012. The length of the second commitment period will be eight years.The agreement came two days after Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa delivered South Africa’s country statement to the conference, urging the delegates to use the Doha talks to find a global solution to the current climate change crisis.“South Africa views the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol as the cornerstone of the Doha agreement” Molewa said.From the outset, South Africa was clear that a strengthened international climate regime was needed to ensure global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in order to prevent climate change from undermining development of the African continent.Governments have agreed to speedily work toward a universal climate change agreement covering all countries from 2020, to be adopted by 2015, and to find ways to scale up efforts before 2020 beyond the existing pledges to curb emissions so that the world can stay below the agreed maximum 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise.Governments also agreed at the Doha summit on the completion of new infrastructure to channel technology and finance to developing nations.Korea has been endorsed as the location of the Green Climate Fund and the work plan of the Standing Committee on Finance. The Green Climate Fund is expected to start its work in Sondgo in the second half of 2013, which means it will be able to launch activities in 2014.In terms of long-term finance, developed countries were encouraged to increase their efforts to provide finance between 2013-15 at the average annual level with which they provided funds during the 2010-2012 “fast-start” finance period.Governments will in the meantime continue a work programme on long-term finance during 2013 under two co-chairs to contribute to the ongoing efforts to scale up the mobilisation of climate finance.Germany, the UK, France, Denmark, Sweden and the EU Commission announced concrete finance pledges of an estimated US$6-billion for the period up to 2015.Countries also agreed on support mechanisms for developing countries. Part of the support is a registry that will record developing country mitigation actions that seek recognition or financial support. The registry will be a flexible, dynamic, web-based platform.Parties will meet again at the next UN Climate Change Conference – COP19 – in Warsaw, Poland at the end of 2013.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more


Classic South African action film returns to the big screen


first_imgJoe Bullet, a South African film made in 1971 had a limited re-release on big screens in Johannesburg and Cape Town this past January with more planned for the rest of the year.In 1971, Ken Gampu starred as Joe Bullet, a no-nonsense real South African movie hero. (Image: Retro Afrika Bioscope webpage)CD AndersonJoe Bullet has made an appearance back on the big screen. The South African action film, made in 1971 had a limited re-release in Johannesburg and Cape Town this past January, with more showings planned for the rest of the year.The film is the story of a local soccer team caught in the web of the criminal underworld. It features a strong black South African action hero, something almost unheard-of in the South African film industry during apartheid. It had an all-black cast, including singer Abigail Kubeka and Ken Gampu as Joe Bullet.A digitally restored Joe Bullet has recently been shown at The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg and in The Company’s Garden in Cape Town. It was restored by Gravel Road Distribution, supervised by the film’s original producer, Tonie van der Merwe.The showings proved to be a great success, with more screenings planned across South Africa for the rest of the year, as well as a possible DVD and digital release available soon, the company says.Originally banned by the apartheid government, and then later unbanned but never released commercially, Joe Bullet has a very South African feel and setting.Local filmmakers Van der Merwe and Louis de Witt specialised in making films for black South African audiences. The company’s aim was to tell South African stories using film, and developing black South African actors and technical expertise at a time when most film production was dominated by white South Africans.The producers made more than 400 films, quickly and cheaply, specialising in human drama stories and action films that did not upset the government too much. The films proved popular among black audiences eager to see stories and characters that they could identify with.However, due to the positive portrayal of a black hero in Joe Bullet, the film was their most controversial film. Apartheid government censors cut short the film’s potential to entertain the masses.Van der Merwe received an African Movie Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for his contribution to the South African film industry, and helping launch the careers of many of the country’s prominent black actors and crew workers, all in the face of apartheid government interference.Joe Bullet himself, Gampu, went on to act in local films and television series. He also had an impressive international film career during the 1980s, starring alongside some of Hollywood’s best, including Sharon Stone (in King Solomon’s Mines), Richard Burton and Roger Moore (in The Wild Geese). Gampu also starred in one of South Africa’s most popular cinematic exports, The Gods Must Be Crazy. He died in 2003.African films from the 1970s and 80s have enjoyed a recent renaissance among local film fans. Previously unavailable films have been released on DVD, while some of the era’s best films have been broadcast on the DStv Mzansi Bioskop channel (164).Watch the Joe Bullet trailer belowVisit the Joe Bullet Facebook page for more information on future screenings in Johannesburg and Cape Town.For more information on iconic South African films from the last 50 years, visit the Retro Afrika Bioscope website.Source: Channel24 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


WordPress Hits The Decade Mark: An Appreciation


first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Blogging#cms#content management system#Open Source#wordpress brian proffitt Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img On Memorial Day, while the U.S. was basking in the glow of the first holiday of unofficial summer, the software known as WordPress celebrated its tenth anniversary.WordPress began as a forked project in 2003, when Matt Mullenweg took the code from b2, its parent project. The code was originally designed to be a blogger’s platform, but has since growing into something much more.(Read ReadWrite’s own tenth anniversary celebration series.)Two Flavors Of WordPress: Blogging Platform & CMSWordPress actually has two implementations, which can confuse newcomers to the software. WordPress.com is a free service (not unlike, say, Blogger) that lets anyone create blogs using pre-built themes and tools.The other implementation is the open-source WordPress content management software, a standalone platform that you can install on a Web server with relative ease and have a website going in minutes. That’s not hyperbole, mind you, it really does take only minutes.Over the course of its existence, WordPress has matured from that simple-to-use blogging platform to a full-blown content management system (CMS) that rivals the sophistication of its open source rivals Joomla and Drupal – and a lot of closed source platforms, too. With a huge array of add-ons, WordPress can run anything from a community Web portal to a large e-commerce site.Strength From SimplicityWordPress’s real strength isn’t the sophistication of the platform – though that doesn’t hurt – but rather the core simplicity that runs all the way through the system. WordPress has always been easy to build with and manage. That is a huge advantage in a world where individuals and organizations often have to create websites at a moment’s notice.That consistency of simplicity is something Mullenweg noted himself when he penned a poignant letter to WordPress on the day of WordPress’ tenth anniversary:You’re so beautiful… I’m continually amazed and delighted by how you’ve grown. Your awkward years are behind you. Best of all, through it all, you’ve stuck with the principles that got you started in the first place. You’re always changing but that never changes. You’re unafraid to try new things that may seem wacky or unpopular at first.Anyone familiar with the passion that drives open source projects won’t be surprised by the tone of Mullenweg’s missive, and in this case, WordPress deserves the affection. For 10 years, it has proven to be a powerful content management platform and one of the flagships of the open source software movement.Blogging platforms like Tumblr may be getting all the headlines right now, but a lot of those headlines are being hosted on WordPress sites. Here’s to another decade of success for WordPress. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Indians killed in Iraq: ₹4 lakh each to the kin of victims from Himachal


first_imgThe Himachal Pradesh government on Wednesday announced ₹4 lakh each in interim relief to the families of four persons from the State, who were killed in Mosul in 2014. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur spoke to the families and assured them of all help. Sandeep Kumar, Aman and Inderjeet Singh hailed from Kangra and Hem Raj belonged to Mandi district.last_img


People on the Move 052710


first_imgOK! magazine has named Stephen Gregory Barr as publisher, replacing Lori Burgess, who left the magazine last month to serve as publisher at The Hollywood Reporter. Previously, Barr served as associate publisher of sales and marketing at VIV Magazine.Playboy Enterprises elected global investor Kai-Shing Tao to its board of directors. The company says Tao’s experiences and investments in Asia and emerging markets will be “great assets” for Playboy.Keith Sedlak was elected chairman of the Custom Content Council. Sedlakserves as chief marketing officer of Meredith Integrated Marketing. F+W Media named Nancy Soriano publisher and community leader for its Crafts business. Previously, Soriano served as editor-in-chief of Country Living magazine. Her appointment is effective May 27.Cara Deoul Perl was appointed vice president and creative director of corporate sales and marketing at Time Inc. Most recently, Perl served as vice president of creative marketing at the Condé Nast Media Group.Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Randall-Reilly promoted Michael Newman to the newly-created position of director of interactive marketing, construction. Previously, Newman served as electronic media manager for Equipment World magazine.last_img read more


LG G8 coming April 11 for as low as 670


first_img $210 at Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: LG’s 5G-rocking V50 ThinQ and G8: Editors react Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It $520 at HP CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • LG G8 ThinQ review: LG’s flagship can’t beat the Galaxy S10E Apple iPhone XS Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET $829 LG G8 is a Galaxy S10 alternative, available April 11 Rylo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. LG G8 ThinQ Angela Lang/CNET LG’s 2019 flagship, the G8 ThinQ, is almost ready for your pocket. It launched at MWC this year, but now we know that you’ll be able to preorder it in the US starting March 29. The company’s offering a limited-time promotion for $150 off the retail price of $820 (for qualified buyers), and it will start dropping into hands on April 11.Initial sales will be through LG’s usual suspects: AT&T, Best Buy, B&H, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, and Xfinity Mobile.   The G8’s headline feature is its vein-reading hand-sign-in security with a limited set of touchless gesture controls using the front-facing camera. While we weren’t impressed by the execution of these features — they felt distinctly first-gen — and it had to compete with more buzzworthy foldable phones like the Samsung’s Galaxy Fold announced at the same time, we did see promise in the technology. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best Buy 7:44 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read the Rylo camera preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Share your voice 1 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) LG,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $60 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $835 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 35 Photos The Cheapskate AT&T Wireless Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Phonescenter_img Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Turo Sarah Tew/CNET Comment $999 $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $6 at Tidal Chris Monroe/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $299 at Amazon See It Tags Comments Tags Mentioned Above LG G8 ThinQ (128GB, aurora black) 7 Sprint Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read Google Home Hub review Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It See at Turo $999 News • Enter for your chance to win* an unlocked LG G8 ThinQ phone $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $599 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $59 at eBay $999 See at Amazon See it Share your voice Read DJI Osmo Action preview Boost Mobile Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See it Amazonlast_img read more


Google patent calls on eyes to unlock smart glasses


first_img More information: Patent Citation: Google patent calls on eyes to unlock smart glasses (2012, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-google-patent-eyes-smart-glasses.html (Phys.org) — In patent language, the application granted to Google this week says simply “Unlocking a screen using eye tracking information” but the message seems clear enough that Google plans to offer a way for wearers of Google headsets from its Project Glass to unlock their systems with just movements of their eyes. The patent describes a number of systems and methods for seeing to it that eye movements will cause the computing system to switch from being in locked mode of operation to unlocked mode, based on eye-tracking information. The technology furthers the ideal of hands-free computing for wearable devices without having to resort to disconcerting gestures, waves, and taps when in public view. Google will benefit in strengthening its past history of coming up with the simple yet innovative for end users. The methods for making the eye tracking and eye movements work include projecting moving objects and displaying a path for the eye to follow. Alternatively, a method might consist of displaying text, and tracking the eye’s movement and speed to determine whether the user is actually reading the text. Reading through lines of text would unlock the device.The patent was filed in November last year but was made public this week. One of the inventors is Hayes Raffle; the other two are Adrian Wong and Ryan Geiss. Raffle is an award-winning product and interaction designer. His title at Google is Staff Interaction Designer, working on Project Glass. Project Glass is one of other projects being built inside the Google X lab near Mountain View, California. His past experience includes a lot of tinkering at the MIT Media Lab where he invented technologies and materials for interpersonal communication.According to the patent, “Methods and systems for unlocking a screen using eye tracking information are described. A computing system may include a display screen. The computing system may be in a locked mode of operation after a period of inactivity by a user. Locked mode of operation may include a locked screen and reduced functionality of the computing system. The user may attempt to unlock the screen. The computing system may generate a display of a moving object on the display screen of the computing system. An eye tracking system may be coupled to the computing system. The eye tracking system may track eye movement of the user. The computing system may determine that a path associated with the eye movement of the user substantially matches a path associated with the moving object on the display and switch to be in an unlocked mode of operation including unlocking the screen.” Explore furthercenter_img Apple bowl-headed patent shows wearable computing plans © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more