Anti-poverty campaign visits E Cape

first_img29 July 2013Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and his delegation of ministers swapped suits for overalls on Saturday morning during a war on poverty campaign visit to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality in the Eastern Cape.The delegation visited four projects, inspecting the construction of a house in Chatty, visiting a local resource centre, painting a newly built house, and handing over furniture and groceries to a disabled 95-year-old man.The first stop of the delegation was a construction site where they joined workers building a house at stand No 12727 in Chatty.The construction project is a partnership between the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements, the municipality and the Housing Development Agency. The R110-million project is expected to be completed in 2014.Nicolas Tsweu of the Housing Development Agency said there would be 1 380 new houses built between now and March 2014. Over 500 houses have been completed and occupied since construction started in September 2012. An additional 1 060 houses will be built in phase 3 of the project.The delegation then visited the Helenville Resource Centre where they undertook a walk-about to see the building progress of the centre.They were then taken to a newly built house in Missionvale where a family of six is expected to move in during the first week of August.The new owner, 34-year-old Mbulelo Jamela, said the new house would restore his family’s dignity and enable him to raise his children in a decent home.The delegation then visited a 95-year-old disabled man who had been staying alone in a house. The house had been in a dilapidated state, without a bed or furniture, before various government departments contributed to its upgrading.Director-general in the Presidency Cassius Lubisi said that although upgrading the house might seem like a drop in the ocean, it would go a long way to restoring the dignity of the old man.The delegation concluded their campaign with a community meeting in which community members raised issues calling for government attention.Source: read more

Scent of a woman

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I invited my wife to join me in my ground blind for an evening of deer hunting recently. Because we would be hunting on the ground and at nose level to the deer, instead of from an elevated position such as a tree stand where scent control isn’t as critical, I advised her that clothing washed in scent-free soap was required, as was a shower using non-scented soap and shampoo prior to hitting the deer woods. She complied, but when we arrived in the blind Maria proceeded to unload a stash of stuff she had lugged along unseen by me that included a cell phone, a hard cover book, and a bottle of water straight from the refrigerator — all of which she produced from a tote bag she received as a premium for purchasing a load of fragrant hair care products. Needless to say, the four deer that approached appeared to hit a glass wall when they got downwind of us, where the does stopped suddenly, stared in our direction, snorted, turned tail and ran from our multi-scented hide.“Well that didn’t work,” she said afterward, adding: “That scent-free shampoo didn’t have my much conditioner in it anyway. My hair feels like straw.”If only it had smelled that way.Deer gun seasons openOhio’s 13th annual white-tailed deer hunting season for youths gives young hunters the opportunity to pursue the state’s most popular big-game animal statewide, on Nov. 21-22, and the regular statewide deer gun season gets underway Monday, Nov. 30 through Dec. 6. The youth deer-gun season is open to hunters with a valid youth hunting license and a deer permit. Youth hunters must be 17-years-old or younger at the time they purchase their youth hunting license.During each, deer can be hunted with a shotgun using slugs, a muzzleloader .38 caliber or larger, a handgun .357 caliber or larger, specific straight-walled cartridge rifles and bows during the two days. Go to for a complete list of legal straight-walled cartridge rifles.All participants must wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio hunting license as well as a deer permit. Youths must be accompanied in the field by a non-hunting adult. One adult may accompany no more than two youth hunters. Deer can be hunted from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset for all seasons.Youth hunters can commemorate their achievement with a First Harvest certificate, available at Parents can upload a photo and type in the hunter’s information to personalize thecertificate. Hunters can also share photos by clicking on the Photo Gallery tab online.Deer bag limits are determined by county. Hunters may harvest only one buck in Ohio, regardless of method of take or location. Antlerless permit use has changed for the deer hunting seasons, and these permits are no longer valid in some counties.Hunters are required to make their own game tag to attach to a deer. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, timeand county of the kill. Go to the Deer Hunting Resources page at for more information about the game check process.All other regularly scheduled hunting seasons will continue during the two-day youth deer season. Most other hunting seasons are suspended during the regular statewide deer gun season. All hunters (except waterfowl hunters) are required to wear hunter orange during this time. More information can be found in the 2015-2016 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations and at read more

CTRL+Console Video Editing Controller Released for iPad

first_imgIf you’re looking to speed up your video editing work check out the Kickstarter funded CTRL+Console control surface – now available on iPad.Earlier this year we first reported on CTRL+Console in a roundup of video editing controllers.  At the time the application was still in development, after having raised a whopping $40,000 on Kickstarter in the fall of 2012.  Fast forward, and CTRL+Console is now available for public release!Created on the premise that keyboards were made for typing not video editing, CTRL+Console aims to be a more intuitive controller for video editing. The app is gesture based, which lets you keep your eyes on the video footage instead of down on your iPad.Released as a FREE download through the iTunes store, the free version of CTRL+Console is a basic Quicktime video controller.  To bump up the app for video editing functionality you’ll need to upgrade via an in-app purchase of $29.99.  The editing controller works with Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro (version 5 through CC).  If you’ve never used a video editing editing controller before you can give it a shot without a major financial commitment – unlike many physical controllers are prohibitively expensive (like the Lightworks controller at $2,000+).  The controller works with video editing apps running on both Mac and Windows based machines.To download the in-app purchase of just the Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro controller (basic playback functionality) you’ll only part with $4.99.   You really can’t go wrong with that price…even if only to impress your client with your snazzy new gadget.Get more info on the CTRL+Console site.last_img read more

Calcium source

first_imgGetting enough calcium to keep bones from thinning throughout a persons life may be made more difficult if that person has lactose intolerance or another reason, such as a tendency toward kidney stones, for avoiding calcium-rich food sources. Calcium deficiency also effects the heart and circulatory system, as well as the secretion of essential hormones. There are many ways to supplement calcium, including a growing number of fortified foods.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

ISL: Atletico de Kolkata pip Mumbai City FC 3-2 in semi-final first leg

first_imgFormer champions Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) edged past ten-man Mumbai City FC 3-2 in a rip-roaring semi-final first leg of the Indian Super League at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium on Saturday.This was ATK’s second home win this season.ATK took the lead in the third minute through Lalrindika Ralte but soon fell behind to two goals from Mumbai’s Leo Costa and Gerson Viera.But the fate of the match swung rapidly in the hosts’ favour with Iain Hume striking a brace (39th and 45+4) towards the end of the first session.Mumbai’s Diego Forlan was sent off in the 74th minute after a double booking. The 2010 World Cup Golden Ball winner was booked first in the 51st minute.ATK play in Mumbai for the second leg next Tuesday.To the surprise of all, Jose Molina ringed in six changes with the likes of Debjit Mazumder — one of their key performers under the bar — finding a place on the bench.Mumbai, on the other hand, handed Leo Costa and Sunil Chhetri starts in place of Matias Defederico and Udanta Singh.ATK started as the brighter side and got their reward when the match was three minutes old, albeit from fortuitous circumstances.Borja Fernandez’s cross from the right found Ralte who knew little about his looped flick which cushioned into the top right corner, making it difficult for Amrinder to gauge.The hosts’ joy was shortlived though as the visitors drew level seven minutes later.Forlan’s free kick found Chhetri, who nodded the ball in the path of Costa for the Brazilian to slot it in.advertisementThe boisterous 12,500 crowd was stunned to silence moments later when the blue shirts took the lead.ATK’s sloppy defending was for all to see as Gerson Viera banged in a Forlan inswinging free kick with Henrique Sereno caught napping.Fernandez came close to equalising soon after the setback but his effort flew over.He was in the thick of things again when Hume headed back for Doutie to shoot on the half volley. Thankfully, Goian was at the right place at the right time to get an important deflection for keeper Amrinder to save.Just when it looked like Mumbai would go into the break with their noses ahead, ATK not only restored parity but went ahead for the second time in the game.Hume scored both the goals. First Ralte crossed from the byline for Doutie to set up Hume after Amrinder only got his fingertips to the ball. Hume then smashed home as Amrinder was left stranded.In the first half added time, Lalhmangaihsanga Ralte tripped Postiga inside the box to concede a penalty which Hume comfortably tucked in to the keeper’s right.After the breather, Hume and Chhetri were guilty of wasting two good chances.It became an uphill task for Mumbai when their star player Forlan saw his second yellow card of the game for kicking Jewel Raja after the Uruguayan failed to win a duel with him.Sehnaj Singh got into the referee’s book soon after as Mumbai seemed to be losing their cool.Hume came close in the dying minutes of the game, but his fizzing shot finished off-target.last_img read more

The unique challenges of IoT app development

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at ESC Boston 2017Next Open source unpredictabilitycenter_img It’s not enough just to adapt a desktop app for the mobile environment. Developers must be aware of key issues that significantly impact the way software is designed and built for the IoT. Some are new challenges, some require a more back-to-basics approach that focuses on key principles which may have been forgotten or overlooked in recent years.With the majority of devices running on battery power, energy efficiency is hardwired into the DNA of the IoT. There’s a huge diversity of hardware that forms the IoT ecosystem with most devices run on SoCs, so you can’t build a huge code base. Code must be optimised to ensure every instruction counts.It may be necessary to add components which proactively monitor and manage the system, for example matching capacity to periods of peak demand or running processes when maximum energy or bandwidth are available. It’s also important for apps to have built-in flexibility. That means using concurrent coding, enabling tasks and algorithms to be carried out simultaneously rather than sequentially, while remaining determinate. Many programmers are more used to writing sequential code, so may have to acquire new design patterns.One of the greatest concerns for developers targeting the IoT is security. We’re all aware of recent high-profile security problems involving big companies such as Talk Talk and Yahoo. In response to potentially damaging repercussions, companies such as Apple are adopting a policy of paying if a security bug in their offerings is identified.Retrospective add-ons are not the answer. It’s vital that robust security is taken into account right from the get-go. Involving a security conscious developer in the pre-project planning will ensure safeguards are embedded into the design of the core features and functionality of the app.Human security is equally important. Installers and end users will need adequate training and monitoring capability to ensure that high security levels are maintained.IoT devices are often controlling vital services and one simple glitch can cause major disruption. Therefore, IoT app developers need to concentrate even more effort on review and testing, putting in place robust verification procedures at key stages during the product development cycle. In addition, resilience is often mission-critical. Fault finding and evaluation should be essential parts of the post-installation support function.One of the main challenges that mobile app developers have had to overcome is cross-platform compatibility. In the IoT world, that challenge is on a whole new level, with a much wider variety of devices, many without traditional interfaces such as screens or trackpads. In many IoT devices you are simply relying on sensors for functionality. Building a user experience around sensors can be challenging and requires the programmer to have the skills and knowledge to make the coding effective.An app which controls an IoT device must enhance the user’s lifestyle, not complicate it. If you’re designing a program that contributes to aspects of people lifestyle, simplicity is what it’s all about.This is an exciting time to be a developer. More and more businesses are embracing the IoT concept and are looking for expert programmers to help them take full advantage of real-time data available from billions of connected devices. Being aware of and ready for the challenges is the first step to success in this massive global marketplace.— Mark Thomas is CEO of Coderus, a software development company in the U.K. Originally published on Embedded’s sister site, EE Times: “IoT apps pose unique challenges .” last_img read more