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  • President Zuma to play his part for Madiba

    first_img16 July 2014 President Jacob Zuma will take part in an Operation Clean Up for Madiba activity at the Nelson Mandela School of Science and Technology in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape on international Nelson Mandela Day on Friday. Zuma said on Monday that the government had decided to honour Mandela’s memory this year through a massive Operation Clean Up for Madiba campaign, and called on all South Africans to “demonstrate our love for our beautiful country by cleaning our surroundings together. “In this way, we will be promoting working together to build our beautiful country, which is what Madiba taught us as South Africans,” Zuma said in a statement. “Secondly, we will also be demonstrating our collective commitment to a cleaner, safer and healthier environment and communities.” Zuma also urged both the public and private sectors to seriously reflect on how they dispose of waste. “We urge municipalities as well to use this campaign to discuss further improving refuse removal services in under-serviced communities.” The President said the Clean Up for Madiba campaign would build on existing environmental programmes, including Expanded Public Works Programme initiatives tackling waste, pollution and alien invasive vegetation, which had created over 700 000 work opportunities and 200 000 full-time equivalent jobs since 2009. It was also part of promoting the country’s growing green economy, he said. “For example, last year, we announced the National Green Fund with an R800-million allocation to support and catalyse investment in the green and lower carbon economy. This fund is now completely oversubscribed, with applications to the tune of some R10-billion, and has already approved investment of over R400-million in job-creating green economy projects with municipalities, other organs of state, community organisations and the private sector. After taking part in Friday’s clean-up activity, Zuma will officially open the Mvezo Komkhulu Museum, which will help to educate tourists on the history of Mandela and his family and how it is located as a royal family in the Thembu monarchy. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

  • Pew Claims Over 99% of Social Media News Links are to MSM

    first_imgSee below for response from Tom Rosenstiel, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism“More than 99% of the stories linked to in blogs came from legacy outlets such as newspapers and broadcast networks. And just four – the BBC, CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post accounted for fully 80% of all links.” This is one of the assertions in the latest report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, “New Media, Old Media.” The data the report is based comes from the New Media Index and the News Coverage Index. Pew describes the former as “a weekly report that captures the leading commentary of blogs and social media sites focused on news and compares those subjects to coverage in the mainstream press.”This figure seems wildly out of sync with the admittedly non-statistical experience of the editorial staff at ReadWriteWeb.No Original News on Twitter?Another surprising finding was about original news on Twitter. According to the study, there was no original news at all on Twitter. “Here half (50%) of the links were to legacy outlets; 40% went to web-only news sources such as Mashable and CNET. The remaining 10% went to wire stories or non-news sources…”Pew used the term “links” here, though earlier in the report they ask, “What types of news stories do consumers share and discuss the most?” Have they limited their discussion of Twitter solely to Tweets with links? It is a common way of sharing news on Twitter, but not the only way. ReadWriteWeb has reportedseveral times on not just news reporting but breaking news on Twitter.Questions to Pew about these figures and their sources were not returned by posting time. We will add an update when and if they are. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins A Difference in EmphasisWhich stories were deemed most important differed between mainstream media and social media and between types of social media. “Blogs shared the same lead story with traditional media in just 13 of the 49 weeks studied. Twitter was even less likely to share the traditional media agenda – the lead story matched that of the mainstream press in just four weeks of the 29 weeks studied. On YouTube, the top stories overlapped with traditional media eight out of 49 weeks. “Of all the social media covered in the study, YouTube had the most international focus. The report states that 26% of the news videos watched were of non-U.S. events. But the most-watched videos were not of “the most important or pressing topic of the week, but rather what image or video was the most interesting to view.” Examples included Susan Boyle on “Britain’s Got Talent” (the most popular video during one week in June and viewed 100 million times in less than a month) and a drunk bus driver endangering students. UpdateWe received this email response from Pew’s Tom Rosenstiel.The blogs looked at are the ones that are tracked by the prominent blog-tracking sites Icerocket and Technorati. They follow millions of blogs each day, so no complete list would be possible.As we described in our methodology, we collected the articles that were most linked to on blogs that made the top five lists on Icerocket and Technorati each weekday. Of those, 99% were from legacy outlets as you noted.Also, as we noted in the report, we relied on the “news” categorization that Icerocket and Technorati used. We made no judgment as to whether a story was considered news versus some other type of story.It also made no difference what the type of blog was making the link. It only mattered what the story was that they linked to – so if a knitting blog, for example, linked to a Washington Post story about the deficit, that would have been included.Your own experience may be different depending on the blogs or social media you follow, of course. This is a quantitative statistical analysis over far more material than one person would encounter.Some have argued that Technorati has been a less than robust source for social media information for some time. Icerocket has recently show signs of substantial re-invigoration but was on the fade for a while. The relationship between social media and traditional media is a strong one, a reality that should be pretty clear for anyone involved in both. The way that the study was done, however, focusing on a slice of a slice of a slice, may make it less indicative of the state of that relationship as a whole than it might seem at first blush. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Blogging#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

  • Video Showcase! Best Stop Motion Videos

    first_imgWe’ve rounded up 16 of the very best stop motion videos for your creative inspiration!The following roundup represents some of the very best stop motion videos today!  From detailed narratives to stripped down illustrations, these stop motion videos provide awesome inspiration for your creative projects!The featured stop motion videos showcase brilliant effects – frame by detailed frame.  Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments.GULP from Nokia HDADDRESS IS APPROXIMATE from The TheoryLOVE STORY IN STOP MOTION from Carlos LascanoPROTEIGON from BURAYANSKATEBOARD ANIMATION from Tilman SingerHUDSON “AGAINST THE GRAIN” from DropbearSORRY I’M LATE from Tomas Mankovsky(NOTES ON) BIOLOGY from ornana filmsTHE OLD MAN AND THE SEA from Marcel SchindlerZERO from Zealous CreativeTHIS IS WHERE WE LIVE from 4th EstateJOY OF DESTRUCTION from Xaver XylophonNO NOODLES from Tyler NicolsonWHAT’S COOKIN? from LRGSEED from Seed MovieAANAATT from Max Hattlerlast_img read more

  • Lava Iris X1 with Android Kit Kat launched at Rs 7,999

    first_imgIndian handset maker Lava has added a new smartphone to its X series, the Iris X1. The Iris X1 is powered by Android Kit Kat and Quad core processor. It is available exclusively on for Rs 7,999. Though, the device will sell on retail counters also.In a press release, the company said, “Lava Iris X1 takes a leaf out of the Iris Pro series as far as the aesthetics is concerned. The handset has excellent build quality and looks beautiful. On the performance aspect, the smartphone provides an excellent experience on the back of a 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Broadcom BCM23550 processor powered by 1GB RAM. Iris X1 provides an excellent 3D gaming experience and video performance with help of a specialized graphics engine based on Videocore multimedia technology. Iris X1 sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS (854 x 480 pixels) display that offers high-quality colour-reproduction and great viewing angles. The fully laminated touch screen eliminates the air gaps between LCD and glass and makes it look perfectly black in sleep mode. With an 8.9 mm of thickness and 138 grams in weight, the handset is also very convenient to carry.”The Iris X1 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash . The rear Camera, as per claim, supports full HD (1080p) video recording and playback and comes with Auto focus, touch to focus functionality and HDR mode that automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos to select the best possible shot. It also has a 2.0-MP front-facing camera for video calling.The device comes with 4GB of internal memory that is expandable up to 32GB via micro-SD card. On connectivity front, the dual SIM Iris X1 comes with 3G connectivity apart from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0 BLE (Bluetooth low energy), micro-USB and EDGE. It offers OTG support to enable file transfer through USB drive on the move.Mr. Hari Om Rai, Chairman & Managing Director, Lava International Ltd., said “Lava is proud to announce the launch of ‘X’ series with the Lava Iris X1, a beautifully crafted smartphone with best in class hardware & software features. It is for the consumers who not only want a high performance device but also a beautiful design. Iris X1 is designed to mesmerize the consumers and will surely create ripples in the market at this price point. We are confident that the latest hardware and software features coupled with its great design will surely deliver a rich experience to the consumers.”The Iris X1 will be available in black and white colours. It comes with an intelligent Flip cover powered by hall sensor that puts the phone automatically in sleep mode ensuring reduced battery consumption.last_img read more

  • Andy Murray seeks to end Rafael Nadal’s French Open domination

    first_imgRafael Nadal has won eight tiles in Paris with 64 match wins against a single defeatBriefly, and only briefly, Rafael Nadal was in a difficult spot in the French Open quarterfinals.For the first time in this year’s tournament, the eight-time champion dropped a set.And this had to be on Nadal’s mind: His opponent, David Ferrer, could present real problems. Not only is Ferrer ranked No. 5, and not only was he the runner-up at Roland Garros a year ago – to Nadal, of course – but he also beat Nadal on red clay the last time they played each other.So how did Nadal handle this test? Perfectly. From late in the second set, he won 10 games in a row, and 13 of 14 the rest of the way, to come back and beat Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1, setting up a semifinal Friday against Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.”At the beginning,” Nadal acknowledged, “David was playing with a higher intensity than me.”But once Nadal made a key adjustment – deciding to dispense with his surprisingly off-target backhand as much as possible and instead do whatever he could to use his topspin-heavy forehand – he took over.After committing 28 unforced errors across the windy first two sets, Nadal had zero in the third, and only three in the last.”When I was able to hit with my forehand,” Nadal said, “I felt that I was in control.”Ferrer, for his part, said that in the latter stages, “I lost my concentration, my focus.”advertisementIt was Nadal’s 33rd consecutive win at the French Open and improved his record in the event to 64-1. His only loss at the tournament came to Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009.The Spaniard, who turned 28 on Tuesday, is not used to facing much in the way of hardship at Roland Garros. So Nadal took what he was able to do against Ferrer as a good sign.”At the end of the day, I am rather happy to have been able to turn the situation around,” said Nadal, who wasn’t thrilled to be put on Court Suzanne Lenglen, the second-largest arena, for the second time this year. “I managed to pull through, even though it was complicated.”The route Murray took during his 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-0 victory over No. 23 Gael Monfils of France was far more circuitous, finishing right on the cusp of dusk after 9:30 p.m. In front of a crowd loudly pulling for Monfils at Court Philippe Chatrier, Murray was terrific at the outset, mediocre in the middle, then closed on a high.After a brief discussion with a tournament official over whether there was enough sun to play the fifth set – the Roland Garros courts have no artificial lights – Murray made the whole thing moot. He raced through that set in 21 minutes, winning 24 of 31 points, as Monfils appeared to stop trying.”Everything happened very fast,” Monfils said.Said Murray: “It was so dark at the end. Thankfully for me, he played a poor fifth set once I got ahead.”Murray will be playing in the French Open semifinals for the second time; he lost to Nadal in 2011. In all, Nadal owns a 14-5 edge in their head-to-head matches.”I need to recover very well,” Murray said, “and try to be especially calm for that one.”The other men’s semifinal will be No. 2 Novak Djokovic against No. 18 Ernests Gulbis.Earlier, No. 4 Simona Halep of Romania and No. 28 Andrea Petkovic of Germany both moved into the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Thursday’s other women’s semifinal will be 2012 champion Maria Sharapova against 18th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada.Halep beat 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-2, and Petkovic defeated 2012 runner-up Sara Errani by that very same score.A year ago, Halep arrived at Roland Garros ranked 57th. But over the past 13 months, she’s won seven titles. Petkovic, meanwhile, is enjoying a resurgence.She made it to the top 10 in 2011, when she was the only woman to reach three major quarterfinals (although she went 0-3). In late 2012, she hurt her right knee, and her ranking plummeted to 177th last year. But she’s worked her way back, and after eliminating Errani, the gregarious Petkovic kissed her racket – something she said she’d never done before.”I don’t know what happened to me. I was just overwhelmed by emotion,” Petkovic said. “I had no boy to kiss, so I kissed my racket, right?”last_img read more

  • Ian Fleming created Bond to create entertainment for others: Roger Moore

    first_imgMoore at the Lake Palace Hotel: Entertainment pays”It’s not an easy life,” sighs Roger Moore, alias James Bond, Ian Fleming’s indestructible secret agent with a licence to kill. Crossing his legs and lighting up a long, slim cigar, he collapses into a sofa at the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur.,Moore at the Lake Palace Hotel: Entertainment pays”It’s not an easy life,” sighs Roger Moore, alias James Bond, Ian Fleming’s indestructible secret agent with a licence to kill. Crossing his legs and lighting up a long, slim cigar, he collapses into a sofa at the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur. The heat, the pressures of filming, even the swarming long-legged beauties around him, seem to add to his tensions. Dressed in a white cotton shirt and tennis shorts, sporting open sandals and a shoulder bag, the 55-year-old star, whose father was a London policeman, is an astonishingly well-preserved man but remarkably un-Bondish in real life. Unlike the indomitable 007 whose lust for exotic locations, outrageous gadgets and voluptuous women never wanes, Moore’s energies sometimes do. On location for Octopussy, Moore took time off to explain what it takes to play Bond in an exclusive interview with Correspondent SUNIL SETHI. Excerpts:Q. It must he a bit exhausting to keep playing James Bond over and over again…?A. Yes, of course, especially as you have to work in idyllic locations where most normal people go for vacations. I mean, here I am running up and down Udaipur in a dinner jacket like some nut case! I was doing the same thing some time ago in Egypt: you do feel completely foolish. Naturally, your view of the places and the people tends to become somewhat jaundiced.Q. In what way is playing James Bond harder than working on another movie?A. Well, for one, the shooting schedule is much longer, five to six months as opposed to a normal one of about three months. Then, you’re required for 99.9 per cent of shooting time, so it’s inevitable that the pressures build up.advertisementQ. You’re the third star to play James Bond on screen; do you think others will follow?A. Yes, because Bond is a part that has no basic character. There are no details about his personality. Bond’s personality and physical make-up is probably very different to mine, but it’s a question of interpreting him in your own way. You just come on and do the part as it appears to you.Q. What do you think is the difference in your playing Bond and the way Sean Connery played him?A. I’m a lighter type of actor than Sean. It’s like Gielgud and Olivier playing Hamlet – they would both do it differently, and who is to decide which is better, because Shakespeare isn’t around. Nor is Ian Fleming. But I’ve tried to give Bond a lighter humour, a touch of irony, while Sean, being Scottish, was more dour.Q. Still, are there any particular characteristics, like a gesture, that you’ve given Bond?A. No, a spy is meant to be an anonymous character and I try not to invent tricks.Q. Do you think James Bond can live forever?A. As long as audiences want escapism in the form of a far-out spy extravaganza, yes, he can. He’s survived two decades on the screen. I don’t see why he shouldn’t survive another.Q. Is it true that when you play Bond you make up the dialogue as you go along?A. Well, yes, the last thing we get down on a Bond film is the dialogue, which is very sketchy, so I’m to be seen scribbling my ad lib till the moment of the shot. What I feel should be said in a scene sort of comes out automatically before the camera. And it is true that you’d be hard-pressed to find a page of the script that actually fits what we shoot.Q. So, you’re a kind of impromptu script writer for Bond movies?A. You could call me that if you like.Q. Does your double life get schizophrenic, that is to say do the twin stars, Roger Moore and James Bond, overlap on and off the screen?A. No, I sort of slip into the role and out of it. Yet I’m interpreting a character, admittedly close to my skin after all these years, not actually acting it. If the acting shows, something is wrong, wouldn’t you say?Q. Do you also play Bond because of the tremendous profit it makes for you?A. Two things I prefer never to discuss: one is my private life and the other is money I make. Ian Fleming created Bond to create entertainment for others but also a bank balance for himself. And I also play Bond for both reasons. I’m a commercial actor, after all, not a missionary.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Indian Youngsters Feel Bangladesh Match ‘Perfect Stage’ for 1st win of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Campaign

    first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Guwahati: Striker Manvir Singh, who was impressive in the Indian football team’s goalless draw against Qatar last month, on Monday said that upcoming World Cup qualifiers match against Bangladesh would be the “perfect stage” to notch up the first win of the campaign.After the memorable draw against Asian champions Qatar in Doha, an upbeat India take on Bangladesh in their third match of the second round qualifiers on October 15 in Kolkata. “It’s going to be a perfect stage for us to get our first win in the campaign and we’re eager to achieve that,” Manvir said on the sidelines of the ongoing preparatory camp here, which kicked off on October 3.”I played in Kolkata for a short stint and was mesmerised seeing the passion amongst the fans about the game. I just can’t wait to go out at the VYBK Stadium on 15th and win it together,” he added.The Punjab-born striker, who made 80 percent successful passes against Qatar, was praised by none other than captain Sunil Chhetri who, unfortunately, could not play his part in that match due to an illness.”I honestly don’t know whether I deserve to be praised like this. Sunil bhai said a lot of good things about me in front of everyone and even he wished me after the game personally. It’s huge for me,” Manvir said.Nikhil Poojary, who started in midfield against Qatar, sounded ecstatic while speaking about the match which was played in front of a 23,000-odd crowd at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.”It was a great night for all of us, let alone Indian football. Everyone played their due part and contributed to earn the desired result. Gurpreet bhai dished out one of his finest performances which will be remembered for long,” Poojary recalled.”As coach Stimac mentioned, we have to keep our heads down and keep working to get our first win now. Unless we get to win against Bangladesh, the draw against Qatar will lose its value,” he added.Vinit Rai, who came off the bench against Qatar, mentioned that the ‘never-say-die’ attitude in the dressing room helped India achieve the result against Qatar in front of a hostile crowd.”We can’t thank enough coach Igor Stimac for believing in our abilities. Now, we have a major task to cut out against Bangladesh in Kolkata and no matter what, we have to get the desired result,” Rai said. 2022 fifa world cupbangladeshcaptain sunil chhetriChhetri First Published: October 8, 2019, 9:41 AM ISTlast_img read more

  • ‘Humble’ Jose Mourinho Not Planning on Big Changes at Tottenham Hotspur

    first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Jose Mourinho is not planning on wholesale changes as he tries to turn Tottenham’s season around and believes he is humble enough to have learned lessons from his failed spell in charge of Manchester United.Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs boss on Wednesday after the Argentine’s five-and-a-year spell ended in the sack with Tottenham 14th in the Premier League. The Portuguese has won 25 trophies in a storied managerial career at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and United.However, his time in charge at Old Trafford ended in the sack 11 months ago having failed to win the league at a club for the first time since he left Portuguese minnows Leiria to join Porto in 2002.”I am humble enough to try to analyse my career. Not just the last year, my career, the evolution, the problems, the solutions,” said Mourinho in his first press conference as Tottenham boss on Thursday.”I was humble enough to do that. The principle of the analysis was not to blame anyone else.”Pochettino was let go less than six months after reaching the club’s first ever Champions League final, but results domestically have been on the slide for nearly a year.The Argentine had been keen for a bigger turnover of his squad in recent seasons to prevent his time in charge from growing stale.However, Mourinho insisted he will not demand millions to spend in the transfer market.”The potential of the club is huge, the potential of the players is great,” added Mourinho.”I don’t need players, I am so happy with the players I have, I just need time to understand them better, to know everything about them.”My gift is this squad, the squad is very, very good.”One of the reasons I decided to come was them. I tried to buy some of them for different clubs, I couldn’t. Some of them I didn’t even try because you know how impossible it is.”A return of just three wins from their opening 12 Premier League games leaves Tottenham already playing catch up to qualify for the Champions League next season, 11 points adrift of the top four, and already 20 behind league leaders Liverpool.Under Pochettino, Tottenham made huge progress to become Champions League regulars and compete at the upper echelons of the league, but failed to win a trophy.Mourinho, though, believes they are capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.”We cannot win the Premier League this season. I’m not saying we will do, but we can win it next season,” he added.”If we win titles it will be not the consequence of me, but of the club’s work, this is a package.” footballjose mourinhoPremier LeagueTottenham Hotspur First Published: November 22, 2019, 4:07 PM ISTlast_img read more

  • Mouser stocking Infineon’s TLE9250 high-speed CAN transceivers for automotive and industrial

    first_img Continue Reading Previous RECOM: long operation lifetime through single AA battery for SensorTile moduleNext Lanner: scalable 10G NIC modules for performance boost and connectivity enhancement Mouser Electronics is now stocking the TLE9250 high-speed CAN transceivers from Infineon Technologies. Designed for high-speed automotive and industrial Controller Area Network (CAN) systems that connect microcontrollers, sensors, and actuators, the TLE9250 transceiver serves as an interface between the physical bus layer and protocol controller to protect against interferences generated inside the network.The Infineon TLE9250 transceivers are designed to comply with SAE standards J1939 and J2284 and meet current and upcoming ISO 11898-2 physical layer specifications. Featuring high electrostatic discharge (ESD) robustness of ±8 kV (HBM) and ±11 kV (IEC 61000-4-2), the device’s RF immunity makes it suitable for use in automotive and industrial applications without requiring additional protection devices.Based on the high symmetry of CANL and CANH output signals, the TLE9250 transceivers provide low electromagnetic emission (EME) within a wide frequency range. This optimal symmetry also allows the devices to support data rates up to 5 Mbps to meet the CAN Flexible Data Rate protocol. The devices’ low EME allows them to fulfill stringent EMC test limits without the need for an additional common mode choke.Infineon’s RoHS-compliant TLE9250 transceivers are ideal for use inside high-speed CAN networks in automotive applications, including include engine control units, transmission control units, chassis control modules and electric power steering. The devices are also useful in a variety of industrial applications, as output current limitation and overtemperature protection features guard the transceivers from damage in harsh environments.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more