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Cyber-attack on Yemen Online

first_img RSF_en News Organisation March 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-attack on Yemen Onlinecenter_img Help by sharing this information Yemen Online, a news website with reports in English and Arabic, was the target of a cyber-attack in which unidentified hackers managed to change photos and text. The site’s administrators said they wanted to move it to servers abroad for better security. Owner Jamal Al-Awadhi said he had received several calls from ruling party members criticising the site’s coverage of the current situation in Yemen. last_img


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Anderson .Paak Welcomes Kendrick Lamar For SNL Performance [Watch]

first_imgMulti-talented west coast hip-hop artist Anderson .Paak was the latest guest to perform on Saturday Night Live, celebrating and performing two songs from his brand-new album, Oxnard.Released in mid-November, the Dr. Dre-produced record is the follow up to 2016’s Grammy-nominated Malibu and features collaborations with rappers Kendrick Lamar, Pusha-T, J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Q-Tip, and BJ the Chicago Kid, and vocalists Kadhja Bonet, Norelle, Cocoa Sarai, and more.For his Saturday Night Live debut, .Paak performed two songs from the album: “Tints” and “Who R U?”. For the first song, .Paak’s impressive musicianship was on full display from behind the drum kit while he effortlessly delivered his verses in “Tints”. Toward the end of the song, Kendrick Lamar walked on stage to deliver his own parts of the song, much to the surprise of all those watching. Later in the show, Anderson .Paak delivered an exceptional solo performance of “Who R U?”, showcasing his ability to entertain an audience with only his voice, a microphone, and some serious dance moves.If he wasn’t already on your radar, you better be sure he is now. Anderson .Paak leaves no room for misinterpretation: he’s real, he’s raw, and he’s here to show us all. Watch both performances below.“Tints” feat. Kendrick Lamar[Video: SNL]“Who R U?”[Video: SNL]last_img read more


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BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgSOUTHAMPTONVS EVERTONEverton last won at Southampton in April 2002; since then, in six visits, they have lost three and drawn three. And they have failed to score in their last three games. Saints are still without Ryan Bertrand, while there are doubts over Jordy Clasy, Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos. Everton Leighton Baines, Muhamed Besic, Gerard Deuloeu, Darron Gibson, Tony Hibbert, Aiden McGeady, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Pienaar.SUNDERLANDVS NORWICH CITYSunderland lost 4-2 while Norwich were beaten 3-1 last weekend, but Norwich arrive with confidence; they are unbeaten in their last four Barclays Premier League games against the Black Cats. Sunderland test Gomez and Yann M’Vila while the Canaries are without Youssef Mulumbu and have doubts over Kyle Lafferty and Martin Olsson.SWANSEA CITY VS NEWCASTLESwansea City held Chelsea to a 2-2 draw last weekend and face Newcastle, a team they are unbeaten against in their last six Barclays Premier League meetings, winning five. However, Papiss Cisse scored twice at the Liberty Stadium to steal a draw for Newcastle. Swansea test Ki while Newcastle have doubts over Anita Vernon, Remy Cabella, Paul Dummett, Emmanuel Riviere, Curtis Good and Sylvain Marveaux.TOTTENHAMVS STOKE CITYBoth teams lost to Championship contenders last weekend; Spurs were beaten at Manchester United while Liverpool won at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke beat Spurs home and away last season but for this game they miss defender Ryan Shawcross and have doubts over Marko Arnautovic, Bojan Krkic, Marc Wilson and Erik Pieters. Tottenham test Danny Rose, Roberto Soldado and Andros Townsend.WATFORDVS WEST BROMNewly promoted Watford bring Premier League football back to Vicarage Road after drawing 2-2 at Everton. The last time the teams met there in the top division, Watford won 5-1, in August 1985. Watford’s Miguel Britos and Giedrius Arlauskis complete two-match bans. Albion, meanwhile, are still without goalkeeper Ben Foster.LIVERPOOL VS BOURNEMOUTHAfter losing narrowly at home to Aston Villa in their first ever Barclays Premier League game last weekend, Bournemouth travel away for the first time in the competition. It is the first time they have ever played Liverpool at any league level; Liverpool won 3-1 at Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup in 2014, and in a total of six cup clashes, Liverpool have won four and drawn two.last_img read more


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Quantity Surveyor Dearbhla swapping hard hats for heels in Miss Universe Final

first_imgAn ambitious Donegal woman has set out to inspire women in construction as she competes in this year’s Miss Universe Ireland competition.Dearbhla Walsh from Kerrykeel is a Top 30 finalist in Miss Universe Ireland 2019. An experienced pageant titleholder, she will be hoping to do Donegal proud once more as she takes to the stage of The Round Room in Dublin’s Mansion House on Thursday night.All eyes will be on Facebook Live on August 1st to find out who will win reigning queen Grainne Gallanagh’s crown. The Buncrana woman placed in the Top 20 of the 2018 world final in Thailand last December. But there has to be a new queen, and Dearbhla is hoping to be that new role model.The 26-year-old has a strong message to share about her career. With a BSc Hons degree in Quantity Surveying, Dearbhla shows that you can be a ‘girly girl’ and succeed in the male-dominated construction industry.She has set out to encourage more women to enter the industry. “Many females are put off thinking it’s manual labour, but that’s not the case. I feel it’s time for a change,” Dearbhla told Donegal Woman. Dearbhla has been working in London for the past two years and is currently studying for her chartership. With blonde hair and blue eyes, she describes herself as ‘like legally blonde, but more like construction blonde!’She said: “For me, I am feminine and a girly girl. But there’s no heavy lifting or physical work. I’m a professional, I’m in my office, I’m dealing with all the costs and projects. Once a month I’m out assessing the site.“It’s an amazing job and no day is the same. You don’t know what type of building you’re going to get. I love the diversity, you learn so much every single day.”Dearbhla’s ultimate ambition is to be a TV Presenter for a construction related show like ‘Room to Improve’ or ‘Grand Designs’, offering expert advice on builds.Dearbhla WalshDearbhla previously held the title of Miss Earth Northern Ireland in 2015 and was crowned Miss Derry in 2014, as her mum Siobhán is from the county.This time, she is looking forward to wearing the Miss Donegal sash. “I’m so proud to be representing Donegal. It’s my home and I try to come back as much as I can because I am really close with my family,” she said.Applying for MUI, Dearbhla said, enables her to share her passion for being a female Quantity Surveyor. She is also promoting a unique initiative she is developing through work.“I am part of a team working on an initiative for supporting a tutoring programme to help underprivileged children improve their mathematical ability in the boroughs of London.“We hope to help children with mathematics and hopefully from a young age, we are opening up their eyes to that world,” she said. Dearbhla has also adopted a social cause as part of her campaign and plans to organise a charity run in aid of the ISPCC.Dearbhla has a strong passion for pageants and the platform they give to young women.It’s an all-round good experience, she says: “Pageants are an awful lot more than beauty. A lot of people look dimly upon it, especially males, who look at it in that light. Miss Universe Ireland is about empowering females. It’s about giving women a voice and letting them know they have a network of people around that will support them. It also builds your confidence.”The Miss Universe Ireland Final Show kicks off at 7.30pm this Thursday. The winner gains a once in a lifetime role as a goodwill Ambassador of Ireland at Miss Universe 2019, along with modelling opportunities and up to €70,000 in prizes.Quantity Surveyor Dearbhla swapping hard hats for heels in Miss Universe Final was last modified: July 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:constructionDearbhla Walshmiss universe irelandlast_img read more


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49ers pregame: Seahawks QB Wilson pays Sherman a visit

first_img#49ers Richard Sherman was saying hello to #Seahawks … (CLICK HERE,  if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SEATTLE — Russell Wilson didn’t shy away from Richard Sherman, at least before the 49ers and Seahawks game today.While Sherman chatted up former Seahawks teammate Doug Baldwin in an end zone two hours before kickoff, Wilson interrupted and exchanged a friendly bro-hug with Sherman. Wilson then retreated to midfield to begin his warm-up throws.last_img


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South Africa’s wireless future

first_img26 May 2006South Africa is to focus on less costly wireless networks as it moves to roll out a broadband infrastructure across the country that is “robust enough” to cater for all socio-economic, business and research needs.And state-owned company Sentech, Africa’s largest broadcast signal distributor, is to “form the core” of South Africa’s wireless broadband rollout, Minister of Communications Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri said in the National Assembly on Thursday.While Sentech would be the driver of this infrastructure rollout crucial to meeting the communication needs of a growing economy, this would coincide with the strengthening of a liberalised policy environment that would seek to attract other investors to wireless broadband infrastructure.Affordable accessJustifying the use of Sentech to push wireless broadband networks, the communications minister said in her budget vote speech, that international experience had shown that where adequate broadband infrastructure existed, access to it was more affordable.“Experience has also shown us that where adequate infrastructure is in abundance, this has been as a result of direct and deliberate government intervention, particularly so in developing countries.“Consistent with Cabinet’s declaration that ours is a developmental state we have decided to examine the contribution that the assets of state-owned enterprises can make to achieve affordable broadband access in our country.”The reason for the emphasis on wireless broadband – as opposed to the backbone cables that link South Africa’s business centres – is because of the great costs involved in digging trenches for the rollout of the fibreoptic cables that transmit the data-carrying digital signals.‘Less costly’With the need to provide broadband access to the country’s remote and rural areas, “wireless broadband networks are less costly to roll out as they do not require the digging of long trenches”, said the minister.Sentech, already a leading company in the provision of converging communication solutions, is to be the vehicle for this.On top of this, its wireless broadband infrastructure network is to be expanded beyond its current footprint to enable it to carry voice to the end user, making full use of its multimedia licenceDiscussions on an appropriate funding model for the commercially-driven state-owned enterprise were being finalised, said the minister, adding that this would take into account “the fact that Sentech provides and should continue to provide both public and commercial services”.Eassy accessAnother major development regarding broadband rollout is the development of the Eassy cable that will finally complete the broadband infrastructure surrounding the continent.This cable – the Eastern Africa Submarine Sea Cable commonly referred to as Eassy – involves 23 African countries including South Africa, which is a co-initiator of the project, and more than 30 African companies under the coordination of NEPAD’s e-Africa Commission.With fears over costs of access to this cable – due to be completed by next year – already being voiced by some of the smaller telecommunications players in the continent, as well as potential consumers, the minister moved yesterday to restore broad confidence in this major project that should drastically reduce telecommunications costs along Africa’s eastern flank.With ministers of the 23 countries participating in the Eassy project meeting in Johannesburg in two weeks’ time, Matesepe-Casaburri said she had taken a policy decision to support “the application of open, non-discriminatory and affordable access to these networks”.Electronic communicationsThe new Electronic Communications Act, with its references to “essential facilities” would regulate access by local operators to international communications networks.To support this non-discriminatory access, Matsepe-Casaburri announced her backing of the use of special purpose vehicles (SPVs) as a business model for the development, ownership and maintenance of the cross-border terrestrial and submarine cable segments of these networks.South Africa’s mobile operators would now be invited to participate in the project, she said, adding that the self-help principle of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development had won the day.The Electronic Communications Act has been signed by the president and gazetted, with a date yet to be determined for it to take effect in law.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


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Taking action for a safe South Africa

first_img1 September 2008A coalition of public and private organisations have launched Action for a Safe South Africa, a civil society initiative to address the context and factors that feed the cycle of crime in the country and to encourage South Africans to become part of the solution.The initiative hosted the first Action for a Safe South Africa convention at Vodaworld in Johannesburg last week. The four-day conference saw over 300 representatives of the country’s business community, civil society and government coming together to produce a manifesto and start working towards a practical implementation plan for a safe South Africa.The conference was attended by prominent leaders such as African National Congress (ANC) heavyweight Cyril Ramaphosa, Graça Machel, wife of former president Nelson Mandela, businesswomen Cheryl Carolus and Wendy Luhabe, SA Human Rights Commission chairman Jody Kollapen, and Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya.From enforcement to preventionAccording to Roelf Meyer, project leader for Action for a Safe South Africa, the country’s thinking, spending and action on crime needs to shift from security and enforcement to preventative strategies.Meyer, a former Cabinet minister who emerged as a key figure in the negotiations that led to South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, says Action for a Safe South Africa “chooses the route of significant reduction of demand on the criminal justice system.”Addressing last week’s conference, Barbara Holtmann, a crime researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), said a safer society was one that worked primarily on prevention, tackling the issues that gave rise to aberrant behaviour of all types. While enforcement was important, it was limited to dealing with the consequences, not the causes, of aberrant behaviour.Graça Machel told told the conference that Action for a Safe SA was the first movement she knew of that was focusing on safety, not crime.“If we are focused on crime, we can only be reactive to elements that are perpetrating crime,” Machel said. “But if we are focused on safety, we are proactive and we develop profound, holistic, comprehensive, and more importantly, constructive ways of addressing our problems.“This movement brings to the core that issues of safety are not only for police, or government and courts. But mostly for us and how we relate to each other, in our families, in our schools, in our communities and in our society.”‘We did it before – we can do it again’Cyril Ramaphosa echoed Machel, calling for a return to the strong community leadership of the early 1990s to tackle crime in the country.“‘There is no problem without a solution’ was what underpinned the negotiations around our constitution during the early 1990s,” he told the conference. “Today, 14 years later, we are called upon again to demonstrate that determination to overcome obstacles that are in our way.“We succeeded in 1994 because we had discovered the best in one another, because we were able to overcome evil,” Ramaphosa said. “We can do that again, to respond to the call to make South Africa safer, to struggle once again, to rediscover our leadership strengths, to stand up and be counted.”Breaking the cycle of crimeAccording to Barbara Holtmann, who is also vice-president of the International Centre for Prevention of Crime (headquartered in Canada), a combination of research and expert opinion helps to contextualise the cycle of crime and identify factors that trigger this cycle.“Interventions at any point in the cycle, such as ensuring all children attend school, thereby lowering the truancy rate, will positively affect the cycle outcome.”Each and every South African, she says, is going to have to stand up and play an active role in making the country safer. “It can start with something as small as deciding to not bribe the traffic officer when you get pulled over.”Action for a Safe South Africa is a collaborative effort of a range of organisations, including the CSIR, the Institute for Democracy in SA (Idasa), the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, the Institute for Security Studies, the Gordon Institute of Business Science, and the International Marketing Council of South Africa.Safe South Africa charterThe Safe South Africa charter drawn up at the conference reads as follows:“Over the past four days, Action for a Safe South Africa (AFSSA) has grown from being a collaborative effort of a small group of organisations to being an explosive, organic and dynamic coalition of individual and collective activists who share a vision of a safe South Africa.“Crime and violence has already caused untold hardship, disruption and loss of life in our country. It jeopardises the foundations of our Democracy and undermines the principles that formed the basis of our transition to Democracy as embodied in our Constitution. Millions of our citizens live in continuous fear as a result of the climate of crime and violence.“We recognise that the social and economic transformation of the country is not nearly complete and that South Africans are still suffering economic deprivation. Whilst the correction of the said imbalances should be a common objective, crime and violence remain obstacles in the way of rectifying the socio-economic climate essential for allowing a better life for all.“Fixing the Criminal Justice System (CJS) is obviously an important goal for any society, yet we realise that it alone will not make us a safe society and unless we significantly reduce the demand on the CJS it will never be able to deliver justice for all.“We recognise the need for a practical and an achievable vision of a safe South Africa – a vision that encapsulates an ideal safe society. We know that realising this ideal will be lengthy process and we commit to working innovatively, cleverly and with resilience to realise the capacity, funding and structures to achieve this.“We aim to enable every South African to contribute to making South Africa safe through sustained science-based, inclusive partnerships and actions. We will not duplicate nor compete with any other initiative with similar or complementary objectives. We will strengthen each other through co-operation and the development of a critical mass of those who respect the rule of law and work constructively to build a safe society.“We commit ourselves to the practical implementation of a plan comprising of the specific outcomes of this Convention as outlined during the report-back session, by representatives of the eight working groups. These plans will be articulated in a book produced with ‘South Africa – The Good News’ and will be widely circulated to all those who so generously contributed over the last few days and to all those in South Africa who wish to participate and contribute in the future.“We have consulted and will continue to consult those whose contribution to this civil society initiative is essential. We mandate the organisers of this Convention to continue this consultation with those not represented at this Convention and in particular the Department of Social Development, the faith-based community, organised labour and other key sectors.“We ask the organisers to ensure that the required mechanism and capacity are in place to implement the plans we have developed, to secure the necessary funding and to report in writing to us and by reconvening an expanded Leadership Forum within a period of 75 days from this Convention.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


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How to use our free photo library

first_imgAll you need to know about locating and downloading high-resolution images from Media Club South Africa’s free photo library.One of Media Club South Africa’s offerings is a free photo library containing over 3 000 images of people and places across South Africa.The photos are available in low resolution (50KB to 200KB in size) and in high, print-ready resolution (1MB to over 10MB in size) – free of any charge.The photos are organised into 12 categories.PeopleCitiesInfrastructureBusiness and industrySouth Africa at workArts and cultureTourism and leisureNatureCountrysideDevelopmentBuildings and structuresSoccer fans and stadiumsTo download the high-resolution version, right-click on “Download high-res image” below the thumbnail and select “Save … as” (wording varies by browser) to save a copy of the photo onto your computer.If you republish the photos on the web or in print you are obliged to credit both the photographer and Media Club South Africa.On the web, this credit must include a link to Media Club South Africa.See also:Photo library terms and conditions of usePhoto library previewIf you have any further queries, or need help, email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more


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Govt to engage with labour movement

first_img22 May 2013 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant wants to engage with South Africa’s labour movement on what she describes as the adversarial nature of industrial relations in the country, and the threat this poses to the system of collective bargaining. Delivering her department’s budget vote speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Oliphant said that ructions in South Africa’s mining industry, especially in the platinum belt, had changed the collective bargaining framework, while causing a considerable dent in the economy, the effects of which would be felt well into the future. She said that talks on the character of a new and centralised bargaining arrangement in the platinum sector were continuing. She announced that the department would hold a labour relations indaba to discuss the changes in the nature of collective bargaining in the country. It would be an opportunity to engage stakeholders and roleplayers in a conversation on the future of collective bargaining and social dialogue. “We want to generate greater interests and concerns of social partners in respect of labour relations conflict, and identify measures to strengthen labour relations and dialogue in order to achieve labour marker stability and peace,” Oliphant said. In addition to the mining labour problems, strikes in the road freight sector and protest action by Western Cape farmworkers reminded South Africa of just how important the “responsible exercise of labour relations to the country and the economy” was, she said. The department would continue to protect vulnerable workers by using sectoral determinations, which she said remained one of the most effective tools for this purpose. These determinations regulate the minimum wage that workers can earn in any given industry. In the past year, the department had amended and reviewed the determinations in the hospitality, contract cleaning, taxi, private security, civil engineering, retail and farmworker sectors. Oliphant said proposed changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UIF) Act would give increased benefits to beneficiaries, increase the benefit period from 8 to 12 months, which meant that workers would be paid over a longer period without additional contributions, and give domestic worker maternity benefits. Also, the income replacement rate for women on maternity leave would be increased to 66 percent from 38 percent. Workers would also get adequate time to claim UIF benefits – up from six months to 18 months for death benefits, and to 12 months for other benefits. The UIF continued to play a vital role in creating jobs, Oliphant said, noting that a partnership between the UIF and the Industrial Development Corporation had created 21 234 new jobs and saved 20 161 jobs in 2012/13. The minister said that over the year R30.4-billion had been allocated to Ditsela, the workers’ education institute that builds capacity by training union officials. During 2013/14, she said, more than R8-million would be invested in job creation initiatives in mining beneficiation, agriculture, tourism and manufacturing. The Public Investment Corporation had been allocated R3.2-billion to plough into job creation projects. An allocation of R39-million per annum over the next three years would be used to assist companies in distress to save jobs and keep people in employment. Oliphant said her department had received an appropriation of R2.415-billion for 2013/14. The focus of spending over the medium term would continue to be the protection of vulnerable workers, the reintegration of work-seekers into the labour market, and ensuring decent work. However, the first priority in the coming financial year would be to work together to achieve a peaceful environment in labour relations and collective bargaining, Oliphant said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


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‘Insulating’ Paint Merchants Dupe Gullible Homeowners

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Scammers have been selling “insulating” paint to gullible consumers for at least 27 years. Among the exaggerated claims made by distributors of these overpriced cans of paint is that the “low-e” coatings will “lower energy bills.” In addition to liquid paint, some fraudsters sell powders or paint additives, usually described as “miracle” products containing “micro-spheres” or “ceramic beads.”Every few years, the sleepy regulators at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wake up long enough to send warning letters to the most egregious paint scammers. For example, in 2002 the FTC clamped down on Kryton Coatings International, a manufacturer which claimed that its paint was equivalent to 7 in. of fiberglass insulation. In March 2009, the FTC took action against Sumpolec, a marketer of coatings that were said to “equal R-100 insulating value.”To find them, just lift a few rocksIn spite of these rare actions, however, marketers of “insulating” paint continue to thrive. With a simple Google search, any Web surfer can conjure up dozens of distributors of insulating paint, including those hawking Nansulate and Super Therm.When I was the editor of Energy Design Update (EDU) — a position I held before joining the GBA team in November 2007 — I regularly exposed exaggerated energy claims made by paint manufacturers. My March 2004 article, “R-Value Scofflaws,” fingered the manufacturer of Super Therm. In June 2008, I wrote “Scam and Exaggeration Roundup,” an article highlighting exaggerations made by Nansulate. Although both articles were forwarded to the FTC, the agency has so far failed to act against either manufacturer.RELATED ARTICLE An ‘Insulating’ Paint Salesman Is Tripped Up By His Own ProductPodcast: Martin Holladay discusses “insulating” paint in a radio interview“A barrier to heat transfer”The manufacturer of Nansulate — Industrial Nanotech of Naples, Florida —describes its flagship coating as a “liquid applied home insulation.” The company’s Web… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more