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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 Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: Luxury apartments look onto the marina at the V & A Waterfront, a mixed-use shopping, hotel, business and residential development set in a working harbour.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: The cable car up Table Mountain.Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Hout Bay. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The lighthouse at Cape Point. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is a shopping and entertainment complex set in a working harbour. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A view of Table Mountain from the ferry to Robben Island. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A guard tower on Robben Island, once an infamous jail for political prisoners, most notably Nelson Mandela.Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The manor house at Groot Constantia, one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape winelands. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The manor house at Groot Constantia, one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape winelands. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image TOURISM AND LEISURE 8:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Big Data: Businesses Still Uncertain how to Use the Technology

first_imgBusinesses say they just don’t know how to apply and what to expect from Big Data technology.  A survey from SnapLogic and TechValidate that focused on how businesses are using Big Data and Hadoop technologies found that 52 percent said that the technology is too new to really know how to best implement and use it.  78 percent said that they weren’t sure when they would implement the technology.  Despite the uncertainty though, topping the budget for this year for many organizations will be purchases of technology for big data analytics.Here are two of the results from the survey.What are the goals of today’s Big Data Projects?Customer analytics (52 percent)Operational analytics (40 percent)Internet of Things and Data-Driven products (38 percent)What are the barriers to achieving Big Data ROI?Lack of technical skills (42 percent)Compliance and Security (41 percent)Data Fragmentation (34 percent)last_img read more

4 Questions You Should be Asking as You Prep Your Mobile Strategy for 2014

first_imgWhat tasks will be performed on the device? Companies need to weigh the long-term pros and cons of device decisions. While some devices might be best suited to one environment (i.e., multimedia display in the field), other devices may better support other areas of the business (i.e., back-office work, document creation). Will we strictly issue company devices or permit a bring-your- own-device (BYOD) environment? How will this decision affect data and network security?Opens in a new window How will it affect the usability of existing and future software purchases in need of support on multiple operating systems? Where should we locate our data? How sensitive is the data being used? Does local storage of information on the device make sense to improve performance and offline availability, or is the data better suited to the cloudOpens in a new window for security reasons? As industry experts roll out their end-of-year retrospectives and their predictions for 2014, one thing is obvious:  mobile will continue to have a significantly disruptive effect on business in the upcoming year. Forbes recently predictedOpens in a new window that in 2014, businesses will be “putting remote wipe and encryption software on personal devices, as well as mobile virtual workspaces that separate work data in a separate, encrypted area on a user’s personal device;” and  dealing with blurred boundaries as “employees complete work during evening and weekend hours, as well as on vacation.” As you examine your organization’s 2013 internal mobile projects and prepare for 2014, what are the questions you should be asking yourself? The analysts at IDC Health Insights offer the following guidelines:With mobility now a core attribute of IT strategy rather than an optional add-on, there are many best practices and key areas of concern that companies need to contemplate when approaching their mobility strategies. Important questions that companies need to ask themselves include: center_img How long must the battery last per charge? Will the device be used by people with regular access to electrical outlets, or must the battery last from 8 hours to 12 hours per charge for employees out in the field? In addition to these questions, one of the most important topics that companies need to address is mobile device management. Companies are integrating mobile capabilities into all aspects of the business, and as the business mobilizes its employees, and more importantly, their data, the ability to remotely secure, lock/unlock, and wipe data from a mobile device will become critically important to corporate security and protection of data covered. IDC Health Insights expects investment in remote mobile device managementOpens in a new window and security software to experience significant uplift over the next few years.In the comments section, tell us: Which mobile trends do you predict will have a disruptive impact on business in 2014?Want more information on mobile trends? Check out the attached IDC Health Insights’ whitepaper on mobility in the life sciences industry.For more information from Intel’s IT Center and conversations on enterprise tablets click on the Hashtags below:   #ITCenterOpens in a new window #InsideTabletsOpens in a new windowlast_img read more

How Does 2015 J.W. Rudolph Compare to 2011 Brandon Weeden?

first_img[Justin Crosswhite]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Comp.Yds/gmTDINTRush yds/gmRush TDTot. TD Brandon Weeden (2011)73%350166-11016 J.W. Rudolph (2015)63%32614713418 Stats, I have them.Forget about the running game just for a minute (I know this is difficult). Let’s talk about the two-headed monster at QB Mike Gundy has in J.W. Walsh + Mason Rudolph (the best two-headed monster at QB for an OSU team in 2015 so far?)Rudolph has been solid for all but about five quarters this year and Walsh has been pretty much perfect. A leader, a closer in the red zone and basically an extra running back on a team not deep with running backs.It’s been a hodgepodge, but it’s also been pretty good. So how does it compare to the best QB season in Oklahoma State history (i.e. Brandon Weeden in 2011)? It’s closer than you might think.Pretty interesting, right? Now Weeden had RBs vulturing a ton of TDs whereas these guys pretty much have to create all their scores on their own. But still. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Brandon Weeden was a whirlwind of absolute greatness — the best OSU has ever had. But these two dudes? They’re not so bad either.last_img read more

Messi passes Ronaldo with free-kick goal

first_imgBarcelona Messi passes Ronaldo for free-kick goals in La Liga Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 06:37 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(33) Lionel Messi, Barcelona Getty Barcelona Lionel Messi Primera División The Barcelona superstar netted his 21st direct free-kick in league play on Sunday to give his side a late victory against Alaves Lionel Messi’s late strike against Alaves on Sunday gave Barcelona the 2-1 win, and also gave the Argentine the advantage over Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga free-kick goals.With Sunday’s game deadlocked in the 84th minute, Messi curled home a dead-ball effort to earn a victory for the league leaders at the Camp Nou. It was Messi’s 21st career direct free-kick goal in La Liga, giving the Argentine the most of any player since Opta began collecting data in 2003-04. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player 21 – Lionel Messi has scored 21 direct free-kick goals in La Liga, more than any other player since at least 2003/04 (Cristiano Ronaldo, 20). Magic. pic.twitter.com/5INzUggstM— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 28, 2018Messi and Real Madrid star Ronaldo went into the mach deadlocked at 20, but the late winner against Alaves saw the Argentine put his nose in front. Sunday’s match marked another milestone for the 30-year-old, who made his 200th career Liga appearance at the Camp Nou.Messi has notched a remarkable 211 goals and 74 assists in those 200 appearances. Barcelona’s win restored their 11-point advantage over Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.last_img read more

TFA National Training Squads Announced

first_imgDean Springfield Rohit Prasad Sarah Peattie Tim Good Matt Prowse Jonathan Palau Jess McCall Leah Opie Kristin Boss Kristy Brennan Michael Law Oscar Sanft Danielle Davis Emilee Cherry Ashleigh Quinlan Charlotte Caslick Catherine Sargent Scott Buckley Willie Bishop Daniel Barton Lizzie Campbell Scott Bundy Tim Glazebrook Patricia Michaelopolous Nicole Beck Louise Winchester Kim Sue See Alicia Quirk Elin Mortimer Women’s Open Rob Nakhla Emily Hennessey Jordan Marshall Peta Rogerson Rachel Beck Sarah Spacie Marikki Wategocenter_img Peter Norman Kirsty Quince Cara Zaremski Sam Brisby Terry Deegan Jenna Hitch Trent Touma Kylie Hilder Dylan Thompson Steve Roberts Mixed Open Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au for all of the latest news and information regarding the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. Related Filesnts_announcement_release-pdfRelated LinksNational Training Squads Leah Percy Touch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to announce its National Training Squads for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series against arch rivals New Zealand, which will take place in Mudgee, New South Wales in April, 2014.The Open teams (Men’s, Women’s and Mixed) will be looking to win back the prestigious Trans Tasman trophy following a loss to New Zealand in the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, with the Women’s team the only side of the three to win their division.The squads consist of 18 players across the divisions yet to represent Australia at an Open’s level, with plenty of exciting up-and-coming talent selected in the squads following Australia’s Youth division clean sweep over New Zealand in the Super Trans Tasman Series. While there are some new faces in the squads, the teams will still contain a great deal of international experience, with the three Open’s teams combined comprising a total of more than 550 Australian Touch Football caps.Touch Football Australia wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian squads: Melissa Peters Kristian Congoo Maddison Studdon Simon Lang Matt Tope Laura Peattie Justin Mitchell Dan Withers Luke Tonegato Lawrence Oberleuter Michael Chapman James Shute Claire Winchester Men’s Open Adam Pryde Sebe Rey Nick Good Stuart Brierty Dylan Hennessey Nicole McHugh Ben Moylanlast_img read more

CSAV Wants 25 Pct Stake in HapagLloyd

first_imgzoom Chilean shipping company Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV) has set sights on increasing its stake in German counterpart Hapag-Lloyd to at least 25 percent.CSAV is one of the primary shareholders in Hapag-Lloyd and based on the information from July this year it held 22.6 percent share in the company.In order to buy the additional stake, CSAV said it would launch a capital increase via the issuance of 6.1 billion of new shares. The company expects to raise USD 280 million for the purpose.CSAV is pursuing the move as it wants to keep its influence in decision-making processes regarding Hapag-Lloyd’s fundamental matters, including capital increases, mergers, and acquisitions, that require a 75 percent quorum approval.The Chilean shipowner further added that the stake increase has been agreed with Hapag’s two remaining primary shareholders Kühne and the City of Hamburg.The share offering will be launched on October 10, the company said.The shares will be priced based on a volume-weighted average price over a three-day period prior to the preferential rights period, minus a 10% discount.Current Hapag-Lloyd’s shareholder structure comprises CSAV (22.6%), Kühne (17.6%), the City of Hamburg (14.9%), Qatar Investment Authority (14.4%) and the Public Investment Fund on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (10.1%).In addition, there is a free float of 20.4% percentages and the free float includes institutional shareholders with a shareholding of less than 5%.German carrier Hapag-Lloyd announced in September that it intends to carry out a capital increase, agreed upon as part of its merger with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), with the gross proceeds expected to reach USD 414 million.The capital increase is backstopped by the company’s primary shareholders for the aforementioned total amount.Hapag said that the main shareholders committed to exercise their subscription rights and to acquire new shares that are not acquired by other shareholders.The German liner plans to use the proceeds from the capital increase for debt repayment.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Health as national agenda

first_imgThe recently-concluded general elections lacked talk on healthcare for people, even though health and education form the basis for any kind of social development. Unfortunately, both have been pushed to oblivion in election campaigns which were essentially centred on evoking emotion and sentiment. This is a very sad reflection of our political scenario. Even the representatives of the most marginalised sections of society, who are the worst affected due to poor state support on these two core issues, have failed to highlight these concerns. Also Read – Drivers of the economyIn the last about two decades, our country has moved ahead in advanced healthcare. But much of it has developed in the private sector because of which, access is limited to only those in the high-income group of our population. Focus on health tourism in healthcare provides opportunities to the rich and affluent from abroad to avail advanced healthcare in India at a cost lower than what is available in their countries. These policies, however, leave a vast majority of our population devoid of access to quality healthcare. Also Read – The water pictureInequalities in healthcare are a global issue but they are worse in developing countries. In 2017, nearly 50 per cent of the world’s total population did not have access to quality essential services that protect and promote their health. Around 800 million people were spending 10 per cent of their household budget on out of pocket health expenses. As a result, 100 million people were being pushed into extreme poverty every year. In our country, out-of-pocket expenditure by households constitutes 63 per cent of Total Health Expenditure (THE). Due to this, 6.3 crore people are being pushed below the poverty line every year. The share of out of pocket expenditure on healthcare as a proportion of total household monthly per capita spending is 6.9 per cent in rural areas and 5.5 per cent in urban areas. This is considered to be catastrophic expenditure. According to the National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO’s) 71st report on ‘Health in India’, India accounts for a relatively large share of the world’s disease burden. Lack of access to food, education, safe drinking water, sanitation, shelter, declining control over land and its resources by the already marginalised sections and falling opportunities for employment further add to disease burden. There has also been an epidemiological transition from communicable diseases to non-communicable diseases. Public spending on health in our country is only around 1.1 per cent of its GDP (2015-16). As high as 86 per cent of the rural population and 82 per cent of the urban population are not covered under any scheme of health expenditure support. Ayushman Bharat provides coverage only for indoor care whereas about 70 per cent expenditure is incurred on outpatient care. The scheme excludes a major part of the low-income group population. Rural households primarily depended on their ‘household income/savings’ (68 per cent) and on ‘borrowings’ (25 per cent); urban households relied much more on their ‘income/saving’ (75 per cent) for financing expenditure on hospitalisation than on ‘borrowings’ (only 18 per cent). About 60 per cent people took treatment without any medical advice. This was primarily attributed to ‘financial constraints’ (57 per cent in rural, 68 per cent in urban). Out of the total medical expenditure, around 72 per cent in rural and 68 per cent in urban areas was made for purchasing ‘medicine’ for non-hospitalised treatment. The National Health Accounts (NHA) estimate for 2014-15 shows that Government Health Expenditure (GHE) per person per year is just Rs 1,108. According to NHA, THE for the same period worked out to Rs 3,286 per person. Of this, out-of-pocket expenditure was Rs 2,394, constituting 63 per cent of THE. The Centre:State share in total public expenditure on health was 31:69 in 2015-16. India is one among 193 countries who have signed the agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched by a UN Summit in New York in 2015. Goal 3 of SDGs solely focuses on health. It comprises 13 targets which include, no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being for people, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation etc. Some important targets to be achieved by 2030 include maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births, end preventable deaths of new-born and children under 5 years of age, reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births. It also envisions to end the epidemics of AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat Hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases. This demands national strategies and programmes to achieve universal healthcare and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all. This requires 5-6 per cent of public spending of GDP. Since our public health spending is around 1.1 per cent only, meeting these targets appears difficult. According to SDG Index and Dashboards Report, 2018, India’s ranking in SDG is 112. In comparison, other South Asian countries barring Pakistan have better performances. Their rankings are Pakistan: 126, Sri Lanka: 89, Nepal: 102, Bangladesh: 111, Bhutan: 83, China: 54. In SDG on health, India ranks 143 out of 188 countries. NITI Ayog has been assigned the task of taking steps to achieve SDG targets. There is a need to involve various stakeholders for implementing these. Health is a state subject in India but health policy decisions are guided by the Centre. Therefore, the government should come out with all details on the steps taken to date. Global experience shows that better results are achieved by a State’s direct spending on health. There is a need to immediately increase public health spending to 3 per cent of GDP and increase it to 5 per cent to be able to meet the SDG requirements on health. In a multi-country consultative workshop to assess the progress on implementation of health and health-related sustainable development goals, it was observed that the Low- and Medium-Income countries (LMICs) need special assistance to meet these goals. It is to be ensured that these goals should not meet the fate of the Alma Ata declaration signed in 1978. The Alma Ata declaration had envisioned health for all by the year 2000. India too was a signatory. But the targets were never achieved. We cannot lose time; effective measures need to be taken for not only the points mentioned in target 3 of SDGs – other related targets need to be equally fulfilled if desired results are to be achieved. A special focus has to be laid on gender equality as women are by and large greater sufferers in the pursuit of better health. Maternal and child healthcare have to be given priority. Since out of pocket expenditure on health is one of the major causes of impoverishment, families send children for labour to support their everyday needs. There are reports that some families mortgage their children to meet healthcare needs. Income disparities have to be reduced. Steps have to be taken for economic reforms targetted at working people’s needs for appropriate remuneration. Ensuring job and food security alongside curtailing prices of essential commodities is essential in assisting low-income groups. Growth has to be made inclusive so that its gains can be translated to deprived sections. Goal no. 4 stresses on quality education. This can be fulfilled only through an education policy with an increase in public spending on education. Right to Education should apply to all levels of education. Steps need to be taken for the promotion of good climate. Goal no. 16 is emphatic on peace and justice as conflicts are leading to reversals in SDG progress. The countries that are facing armed conflicts and civil wars, more so those in the category of low-income countries, are finding it difficult to meet health objectives. India is the second biggest buyer of arms. Our spending on defence is adversely impacting spending on health and education. To reverse this trend, it is pertinent to hold mutual dialogue with neighbours and sort pending issues. It is time people come forward to demand the effective implementation of SDG targets on health. Health has to be made a national agenda by society. (The author is Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and Senior Vice President, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), among other engagements)last_img read more

CSIS gathered info on peaceful groups but only in pursuit of threats

first_imgA CSIS witness testified the spy service “is not in the business of investigating environmentalists because they are advocating for an environmental cause, period.”Still, another CSIS witness spoke of the need for “domain awareness” to identify “potential triggers and flashpoints” _ in part to ensure the service is aware of what is happening should a threat arise, the report says.Ultimately, the review committee concluded CSIS’s information collection fell within its mandate, and that the service did not investigate activities involving lawful advocacy, protest or dissent. The report indicates that any information on peaceful groups was gathered “in an ancillary manner, in the context of other lawful investigations.”The report also says there was no “direct link” between CSIS and the chilling effect groups mentioned in testimony before the committee. But after analyzing evidence and testimony, the committee concluded the fears of CSIS surveillance were unjustified.The heavily censored review committee report, completed last year and kept under wraps, is only now being made public because of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association’s challenge of the findings in the Federal Court of Canada.In its February 2014 complaint to the CSIS watchdog, the association alleged the spy service had overstepped its legal authority by monitoring environmentalists opposed to Enbridge’s now-defunct Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.It also accused CSIS of sharing this information with the National Energy Board and petroleum industry companies, deterring people from expressing their opinions and associating with environmental groups.The review committee’s dismissal of the complaint has been known since September 2017, but a confidentiality order by the committee prevented the civil liberties association from releasing the report. As the association fights to overturn the dismissal, redacted versions of the detailed findings and related documents are being added to the public court record.The association, which became concerned about CSIS activities through media reports, told the committee of a chilling effect for civil society groups from the spy service’s information-gathering as well as comments by then-national resources minister Joe Oliver denouncing “environmental and other radical groups.” OTTAWA, O.N. – Canada’s spy service collected some information about peaceful anti-petroleum groups, but only incidentally in the process of investigating legitimate threats to projects such as oil pipelines, says a long-secret federal watchdog report.The newly disclosed report from the Security Intelligence Review Committee acknowledges concerns about a “chilling effect,” stemming from a belief that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service was spying on environmental organizations.Advocacy and environmental groups Leadnow, the Dogwood Initiative and the Council of Canadians are mentioned in the thousands of pages of CSIS operational reports examined by the review committee.center_img The civil liberties association considers some of the findings contradictory, pointing to the 441 CSIS operational reports deemed relevant to the committee’s inquiry, totalling over 2,200 pages.For instance, one of the largely censored CSIS records, now disclosed through the court, says the reporting was further to “the Service’s efforts in assessing the threat environment and the potential for threat-related violence stemming from (redacted) protests/demonstrations.”Another refers to the Dogwood Initiative as a “non-profit, Canadian environmental organization that was established in 1999 ‘to help communities and First Nations gain more control of the land and resources around them so they can be managed in a way that does not rob future generations for short-term corporate gain.”’The passages before and after the description are blacked out.“It’s our view that these documents demonstrate that CSIS was keeping tabs on these groups, even if they weren’t formal targets,” said Paul Champ, a lawyer for the civil liberties association.“But we maintain it’s unlawful to keep information on these groups in CSIS databanks when they are only guilty of exercising their democratic rights.”The committee report says CSIS should review its holdings to ensure it is keeping only information that is strictly necessary, as spelled out in the law governing the spy service.The report cites “clear evidence” CSIS took part in meetings with Natural Resources Canada and the private sector, including the petroleum industry, at the spy service’s headquarters, but says these briefings involved “national security matters.”The committee also concludes CSIS did not share information concerning the environmental groups in question with the National Energy Board or non-governmental members of the petroleum business.Even so, the perception of CSIS discussing security issues with the oil industry can “give rise to legitimate concern,” the committee report adds. “This needs to be addressed.”The committee urges CSIS to widen the circle of its public security discussions to include environmental and other civil society groups.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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