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Brand South Africa to host inaugural Nation Brand Forum aimed at positioning South Africa as a globally competitive destination

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first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 27 July 2016 – Brand South Africa will on Wednesday 24 August 2016 host the inaugural Nation Brand Forum to reflect on how to strengthen collective efforts to position the South African nation brand as a globally competitive destination.Brand South Africa is mandated to implement proactive and co-ordinated marketing, communication and reputation management strategies to position the South African nation brand positively. In this regard Brand South Africa will facilitate an exchange in ideas with identified stakeholders which will enable more cohesive and co-ordinated marketing and communication programmes for the South African nation brand.It is within this context that stakeholders from government, business, and civil society will meet at the Nation Brand Forum to discuss how to position South Africa as a globally competitive nation brand in a cohesive and consistent manner.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date: Wednesday 24 August 2016Time: 08h30 – 15h00Venue: The Maslow Hotel, 46 Rivonia Rd, Sandton, 2146RSVPS/Enquiries: Tsabeng NthiteEmail: tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comMobile number: 076 371 6810Media are kindly requested to RSVP by Tuesday 16 August 2016 for logistical reasons.Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandlast_img read more

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SA ocean gliders tackle climate change

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first_img22 October 2013 South African scientists have deployed the first robotics platform in the Southern Ocean in a bid to gauge the precise links between climate and the carbon cycle in the most southern waters of the world’s oceans. The pioneering project is being led by the marine robotics programme of South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and forms part of the CSIR’s Southern Ocean Carbon Climate Observatory programme. Announcing the project on Monday, the CSIR said the deployment of the robotics platform over 1 000 kilometres south-west of Cape Town would build on pioneering work from 2012, when the CSIR completed the longest high-resolution missions in the Southern Ocean using five unmanned buoyancy seagliders. The new robotics platform will combine both wave and buoyancy-driven gliders in an integrated fleet that will undertake a five- to six-month mission to the Antarctic pack-ice and back “at a crucial period, when there are currently no ship-based observations in place”, the CSIR said in a statement.Understanding ocean-climate links According to the CSIR’s Ocean Systems and Climate research group leader, Dr Pedro Monteiro, this will be the first global deployment of robotics-based carbon dioxide (CO2) observations in the Southern Ocean, signalling the start of a multi-platform strategy that will hopefully close the uncertainty gap in the global annual CO2 flux estimates within three years. “These deployments are a great leap towards aiding us in generating a more accurate understanding of the link between climate and the carbon cycle in the ocean,” Monteiro said. “Combined with global coupled models, this will allow us to understand the intricate relationship of the ocean and atmosphere processes and how these regulate the carbon cycle and ultimately the earth’s climate. It also underlines the important role of the Southern Ocean in global and regional climate.” The mission coordinator, the CSIR’s Dr Sebastiaan Swart, explained the significance of the dual deployment: “For the first time, we are deploying a wave glider in the Southern Ocean, but of more significance to climate researchers, we have twinned it with a seaglider that dives below the wave glider. “This will allow us acquire valuable information from both gliders in an integrated approach, but more importantly, this means we can link CO2 flux between the ocean and the atmosphere at the surface of the ocean with understanding of the connected physical and biogeochemical processes that are occurring below the surface and in the ocean interior,” Swart said.Wave and buoyancy-driven gliders The deployed liquid robotics wave glider is designed to ride on the ocean surface using the vertical movements of ocean waves to propel it forward. It has specialised instruments on board that measure CO2, the ocean acidity, and other physical variables of the surface ocean. The data generated are sent via satellite communications and viewed in real-time by climate scientists back at the CSIR. The buoyancy-driven seaglider dives between the surface and a depth of one kilometre. As the glider moves through the water column, it collects valuable data that describe the physics (such as temperature, salinity and the amount of light penetrating into the surface waters) and biogeochemistry (such as phytoplankton and oxygen concentrations of the ocean). These data are transmitted via satellite every time the glider comes back to the surface. Both gliders are fully controlled by pilots back on land who guide their navigation and activity. In 2012, the CSIR launched five buoyancy seagliders which were retrieved in February and March this year. According to the CSIR, the data from these gliders are currently being analysed by master’s and doctoral students at the CSIR and the University of Cape Town, with the first scientific papers ready to be submitted for publication in international journals. Engineering students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology have also been employed to complete their in-service training and obtain scarce skills from this highly advanced type of marine engineering and robotics technology. This contributes to the CSIR’s HCD goals and skills generation. “We plan to deploy another set of these gliders in December this year on the SA Agulhas II during its annual voyage to Antarctica so that we can expand our observational coverage,” Swart said. Monteiro praised the team for its progrees, noting that Swart was working “with some of South Africa’s the best ocean robotics engineers in Derek Needham and Andre Hoek and their new students Sinekhaya Bilana and JP Smit. “This team is rapidly becoming one of the best-skilled global robotics teams with special experience in Southern Ocean conditions and constraints.” Funded mainly by the Department of Science and Technology, the Southern Ocean robotics project is being undertaken with local partners Sea Technology Services, the South African Maritime Safety Association and the SA National Antarctic Programme; and with US partners the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington. SAinfo reporter and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Researchlast_img read more

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Case Study: Developer Says Android More Profitable than iOS

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first_imgsarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile There’s an interesting case study over on Computerworld this week regarding mobile application revenue generation, and this time, it’s not an iPhone success story – it’s just the opposite. JR Raphael takes a look at one development firm that’s actually earning more revenue via its Android application, a popular mobile game called Pocket Legends, than it is on iOS.Not only is the game more profitable on the Android platform, its makers say, the Android users are more engaged, too. They play the game more often and click on more ads.According the article, Spacetime Studios, the development firm behind Pocket Legends, a 3D MMO with hints of “World of Warcraft,” says that its daily user activity on Android is more than twice that on iOS. It sees more downloads per day on Android (9,000 vs. 3,000-4,000 on iOS) and is used around three times more on Android compared with iOS.The end result is that the game earns – get this! – 30-50% more revenue on Android than on iOS.That’s certainly a story you don’t hear very much.How? In-app Purchases, Virtual Goods, AdsThe game itself is free, as many Android titles are. The revenue it generates comes from in-app purchases and virtual goods, as well as mobile ads.We already know that in-app purchases are a better form of monetization than mobile ads for mobile social networking and social gaming applications. And we know that in-app purchases are on a huge growth trend this year – expected to grow over 600% in 2011, to account for nearly 30% of all mobile app payments. So is it any surprise, really, to hear that such monetization is working? No.What is surprising is to hear that the game’s in-app purchases are higher on Android than iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), especially because iOS has had official support for in-app purchases for some time, while official support from Google for Android apps has still yet to launch. (It’s expected this quarter). That means developers are currently using third-party services to fill their needs in this area for now.Another factor in Spacetime’s monetization scheme, it should be noted, is ads. Here, the trend it sees is higher clickthough on Android than iOS – again, up to three times as many clicks as on iOS. Comptuterworld quotes Spacetime CEO as saying: “this led us to stop advertising on Apple and throw all of our marketing dollars onto Android. It really just makes sense from a financial point of view.”Nope, that’s not something you hear much either.Outlier or Trend? You Tell UsOf course, one case study, while interesting, does not make a trend. But this has to at least pique your interest. It certainly did ours.Are you a mobile developer seeing similar revenue trends on Android vs. iOS? I’d like to know. Get in touch.last_img read more

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Android Gaming Console OUYA Set To Ship At End Of June

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first_imgTags:#Android#Mobile Games#now Eager gamers have a new date to look forward to: June 25. That’s the day that the much-anticipated OUYA gaming console is set to begin shipping to consumers that have been waiting since last summer to try out the newest gaming platform running Google’s Android mobile operating system.[See Also: Ouya Is Finally Set To Ship To The Game Console’s Backers]OUYA set the Internet on fire last year when it began as a crowd funded Kickstarter campaign, blowing past expectations to raise $8.6 million dollars in funds to bring Android games to TV sets. Today the company announced that is going big. OUYA landed $15 million in funding from a variety of venture capital and technology companies, including NVIDIA and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.[See Also: Can Startup Ouya’s Crowd-Sourced Gaming Console Challenge Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo?]The funding will help OUYA scale to meet what has become massive demand for the console. This is the second time this year that shipments of OUYA have been delayed. Most Kickstarter backers were supposed to see their consoles arrive on March 28 and will now have to wait just a bit longer. [See Also: From Kickstarter to Target: Indie Ouya Gets Mainstream Retail Partners]“The message is clear: people want OUYA.  We first heard this from Kickstarter backers who provided more than $8 million to help us build OUYA, then from over 12,000 developers who have registered to make an OUYA game, next from retailers who are carrying OUYA online and soon on store shelves, and now from top pioneering investors,” said OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman.Are you awaiting your OUYA? Are you planning on building games for the console? Let us know in the comments.  4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout readwrite 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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NIA recovers more pistols in Manipur missing arms case

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first_imgThe National Investigation Agency has recovered six more of the 56 pistols that went missing from the armoury of the 2nd Battalion of the Manipur Rifles during 2016-17 only to land in the hands of extremists.The recovery of the pistols on Saturday from a place 20 km from Manipur capital Imphal followed NIA’s arrest of Congress MLA Yamthong Haokip, 72, on charges of illegally “procuring” police weapons and distributing them among militant groups “to wage war against the State”.20 recovered so farThe NIA has so far recovered 20 of the missing pistols since taking over investigation into the missing arms case in May. The trigger for the probe was the recovery of three pistols besides two German-made rifles and a semi-automatic shotgun from an SUV near Manipur’s Ukhrul town on May 21 during a search by the Assam Rifles.An NIA spokesperson said David Hangshing, the chairman of the extremist Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA) who was arrested on Friday, had provided the address of the place were the six 9mm pistols had been hidden. The KRA is in an agreement of suspension of operations with the government.“During interrogation, he said he had received the police pistols from Saikul (Assembly seat) MLA Haokip,” he said.Matching numbersThe seized pistols were found to be from the lot of missing pistols. The serial numbers of five pistols matched with those of the missing pistols while that of one pistol had been erased, the spokesperson said.Hanshing was on Saturday produced before a magistrate, who remanded him to police custody. He will now be produced before a special NIA court.Mr. Haokip is one of 11 persons arrested in connection with the case of the missing police pistols. One of these pistols, bearing licence number 18506735, was seized from his Imphal residence during a raid on July 30.Two other pistols – a U.S.-made Beretta and an unlicensed 9mm Pietro Beretta Gardone pistol, made in Italy – were also seized from Mr. Haokip’s residence.Investigations revealed that apart from KRA, some of the 9mm police pistols reached United Kuki Liberation Front, another Manipur-based extremist outfit. Nine of these pistols were recovered from the house of this group’s chief Soson Haokip in Imphal on Thursday.last_img read more

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SEA Games: PH pugs start gold medal hunt

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first_imgRead Next Back then, the Philippines went home with five gold medals but there were more boxing events.Marcial will vie in 69kg-75kg, Fernandez in 52kg-56kg, and Kazakhstan President’s Cup champion Carlo Paalam in 46kg-49kg in the preliminaries starting at 3 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoining them is two-time champion and Olympian Charly Suarez who will also vie for honor in 69kg-75kg.Bautista will go straight to the quarterfinals in 49kg-52kg division, needing just one victory to ensure at least a medal finish. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ The same thing with 75kg-81kg bet Marvin John Tupaz, who like Bautista will start his quest on Monday.center_img PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Glittering start to Tabal’s journey to Tokyo Olympics View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial, right, celebrates winning the fight against Singapore’s Tay Jia Wei. Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee /KUALA LUMPUR — Four of boxing’s “Super Six” begin their quest for gold medals Sunday in preliminary bouts in the Southeast Asian Games at MITEC Hall 8.Eumir Felix Marcial, Mario Fernandez and Ian Clark Bautista, champions of their respective divisions two years ago in Singapore, will lead the crew tasked to duplicate a daunting feat.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd defender Lindelof: We’re having fun

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Lindelof: We’re having funby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Victor Lindelof admits the players are having “fun” after victory over Bournemouth.The Swede was again impressive for yesterday’s win.He said, “We scored four more goals, conceded one but I think we played well today and showed the crowd what we can do on the pitch. It was a fun day for us.”On two-goal Paul Pogba, Lindelof said he has really started to show his qualities in the last few fixtures.”I said it many times he’s an amazing footballer and in the last few games he’s really showed his qualities,” Lindelof said.”He’s been scoring goals and making assists so I’m really happy for him.”He has a bit of a free position on the left to find the good spaces so I think he’s enjoying that position and as you can see he’s doing great.” last_img read more

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9 months agoMan Utd midfielder Herrera hails Solskjaer tactics for Spurs win

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first_imgMan Utd midfielder Herrera hails Solskjaer tactics for Spurs winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera hailed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics for their win at Tottenham.Marcus Rashford scored the only goal to earn an important 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, by latching onto a magnificent long ball from the talismanic Paul Pogba in midfield. “The manager told us that at the beginning of the game it would be difficult to make short passes,” Herrera explained. “He told us that it would be easier for us to switch the play and to look – almost without looking – to the other side of the pitch to switch the ball, because that is where we were going to find spaces.“We scored like that, so thank you to the game plan as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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New York Post Under Scrutiny For Ridiculous Article Title

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first_imgNew York Post article says Johnny Manziel receiver admits to randomly killing jogger.new york post title johnny manzielIt’s become common practice for online publications to beef up article titles in an attempt to lure in readers. What you’ll see below is a little beyond the realm of what’s considered acceptable, however.Monday, reports surfaced that former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson – who played for the Aggies for one year – had admitted to murdering a man in Dallas on a jogging trail. Tuesday morning, the New York Post went with a very questionable title for its version of the story.I mean, come on @nypost. pic.twitter.com/DEsvuU9DyU— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 13, 2015Johnny Manziel, obviously, has nothing to do with the story.So far, the publication hasn’t backed down and changed its title. But it hasn’t been getting a very favorable response on social media.last_img read more

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Here’s A “Composite” College Football Preseason Top 25 Poll

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first_imgESPN CFBESPN CFBA college football writer from Bleacher Report has compiled a “composite” preseason top 25 poll that incorporates rankings from multiple outlets. Justin Ferguson of BR has a composite preseason top 25 poll that has incorporated the preseason top 25 polls from the following outlets:Bleacher Report, ESPN, Athlon Sports, FOX, Phil Steele, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, USA TODAY and Yahoo!The CFB preseason composite Top 25 has been updated to include @philsteele042‘s rankings: https://t.co/KGCErAEi1j pic.twitter.com/WcgxPYlj99— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) June 28, 2016Here’s his composite preseason top 25 poll:AlabamaClemsonFlorida StateOklahomaMichiganLSU Ohio StateNotre DameTennesseeStanfordBaylorHoustonMichigan StateOle MissTCUWashingtonIowa USCLouisvilleGeorgiaOregonNorth CarolinaOklahoma StateUCLAMiamiYou can view his full spreadsheet, which shows you every outlet’s preseason top 25 poll, here.last_img read more

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