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South Africa’s Miriam Makeba named a legend

first_imgRay Maota Mama Afrika as Miriam Makeba was affectionately known was a musical icon and a human rights activist. Alex Okosi, senior vice president and MD of MTV Networks Africa, believes Makeba is a true legend and is rightly celebrated throughout the world. (Images: Jamati.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • MTV Networks Africa +27 11 706 2990 RELATED ARTICLES • SA wins big at World Travel Awards • SA scoops World Wine Awards • SA scientists win AU awards • Awards honour SA musiciansThe late Miriam Makeba will be honoured at the upcoming MTV Africa Music Awards (Mamas) for her immeasurable talent and role in bringing African music into the global arena.The icon, known for her worldwide hit song Pata Pata and her human rights campaigning, will be named the “Mama Legend” at a ceremony on 11 December 2010 in Lagos, Nigeria.The awards, which have been running for three years, have also posthumously honoured South African reggae singer Lucky Dube (2009) and the Nigerian pioneer of afrobeat music and human rights activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti (2008).The Mamas are jointly hosted by MTV and Airtel, a global telecommunications company operating in 19 countries across Asia and Africa.Andre Beyers, chief marketing officer of Airtel Africa, said: “Our support for this year’s awards was founded on our commitment to empower the youth through initiatives that will help Africa to identify and celebrate talent.”“Miriam Makeba is a true legend and rightly celebrated throughout the world for her beautiful voice, fighting spirit and pioneering interpretation of African music,” added Alex Okosi, senior vice-president and MD of MTV Networks Africa.MTV recognises African talentMTV Networks Africa – which oversees MTV, VH1, MTV Base and Nickelodeon channels in sub-Saharan Africa – introduced the Mamas in 2008 after realising that no MTV awards honoured African artists alone.The first ceremony was held at the Velodrome in Abuja, Nigeria, on 22 November 2008, with the following year’s taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 10 October.D’Banj, P-Square, Seether, Jozi, Nameless, 2Face Idibia, Amani and Wahu have been other award recipients over the years.The performance line-up at the 2010 ceremony includes African artists 2Face, Banky W, Barbara Kanam, Big Nuz, Cabo Snoop, D’Banj, Daddy Owen, Diamond, DJ Arafat, Fally Ipupa, J.Martins, Jozi, Paul G, P-Unit, Radio & Weasel, Teargas, Wande Coal, Sarkodie and the Parlotones.US hip-hop sensation Rick Ross and T-Pain will also perform.Africa’s gemMakeba was born in Johannesburg in 1932 to a Xhosa father and a Swati mother, who was a traditional healer.Her musical genius was first recognised after winning a talent show at the missionary school she attended. At the age of 20 Makeba began singing with The Manhattan Brothers, a South African jazz band, and toured the country with them.Her popularity grew further when she landed a role in King Kong, a legendary South African musical about the life of a boxer.Makeba also starred in the film Come Back Africa, where she played herself in a dramatised documentary about the lives of black people in South Africa. When the director of the film invited her to join him at the 1959 Venice Film Festival, she gained instant celebrity status.Later Makeba moved to New York where famed singer, actor and producer Harry Belafonte took her under his wing, helping her record Pata Pata and Qongqothwane (also known as the Click Song), which remain her most popular songs to date.Although a star overseas, Makeba’s songs were banned in South Africa under the apartheid regime. She could not even return to the country in 1960 to bury her mother, as her passport was revoked.While under Belafonte’s wing, she mingled with the rich and famous, including former US president John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. She also won a Grammy award for her work with Belafonte, making her the first African woman to do so.She used her fame to add weight to her fight against apartheid and oppression, and in her campaigning for universal human rights. Makeba was recognised for this with the Dag Hammarskjold Peace Prize in 1986. She was also awarded the Unesco Grand Prix du Conseil International de la Musique award for her audio-visual contribution to African heritage in the same year.Following more than 30 years in exile, Makeba returned to her homeland in 1990 after former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison.Once back in the country, Makeba continued her fight against oppression of all kinds and was appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador in 1999.After an illustrious career spanning over five decades, the songbird died from a heart attack following a performance in Italy on 10 November 2008. She was 76 at the time.last_img read more

How the Azure Stack brings the cloud to you

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Related Posts Jeff DeVerter Tags:#Azure Stack#Internet of Things#IoT#Microsoft Azure#Rackspace center_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Let’s face it, while the cloud has done some amazing things for a lot of businesses in recent years, it’s also been a source of confusion. This is especially true when it comes to deciding which workloads should run where. Should they be on a private cloud? A public cloud? Maybe certain legacy applications and data sources demand a mix of both? Unfortunately, these dilemmas — compounded by security concerns, compliance demands, and overall architectural needs — have led some IT decision makers to throw up their hands and decide that for certain parts of their business, there will be no cloud at all. See also: Why you should think about the cloud like you think about the power gridThat’s right, they’d rather leave some applications siloed off in on-premises data centers than re-architect and redeploy those applications into an uncertain and often complex new world. After more than a decade of this uncertainty, Microsoft has stepped in to provide a solution: Azure Stack, which is basically a private deployment of Azure running on cloud-inspired hardware you control, connected to the workloads you may already be running on the Azure public cloud. There’s been a lot of hype about Azure Stack in recent months, but here’s my take on this new cloud platform and where I think it’s going to add the most value.  What is Azure Stack?If I had to use an analogy, Azure Stack is like flying on a privately chartered plane as opposed to flying commercially.  When you fly commercial, the airlines do their very best to get you from point A to point B on a schedule that fits their routes on a plane that maximizes efficiency. When you fly privately, you control the schedule, you chose the plane and you choose the amenities. Of course, there’s a cost difference for this level of flexibility.At its core, Azure Stack is Microsoft’s response to those who want to consume its Azure public cloud services but need the ability to secure, customize and control their environment like a private cloud. Right off the bat, that’s a game-changer for companies in industries with strict regulatory requirements such as healthcare or financial services. Because the user interface looks the same as the Azure public cloud and it uses much of the same code base, Azure Stack also offers wide appeal to businesses with legacy applications or existing data stores that require single tenant infrastructure which previously prevented them from utilizing the power and efficiency of the Azure public cloud. This is also true for businesses that had those applications living in proprietary data centers while the rest of their business forged ahead on separate, public cloud deployments. With Azure Stack, businesses from every industry can harness the Microsoft Cloud, and unify the disparate systems operating across their organization. It truly brings it all under one roof, and it offers the ability to move between workloads seamlessly. For some, this may sound too good to be true, and it’s certainly unique. Microsoft is the only hyper-scale cloud provider to date that has built this kind of bridge between their single and multi-tenant clouds. While other hyper-scale providers have certainly gone deep on their clouds and the features and capabilities they hold, no one has built out the option to connect public and private infrastructures like this. And no one has created such an efficient way to bring together the various workloads that are still sitting in the proprietary data center and run them alongside their cloud-based counterparts, all within the same user interface. Up until now, you had to bring your data or your legacy applications to the cloud, if they went to the cloud at all. That meant clunky deployments and disparate systems with different code bases and APIs as well as multiple employees to manage each one. With Azure Stack, you can bring the cloud — essentially the same cloud — to those applications and data, and it’s all under the umbrella of Azure. Powerful but complexAs is the case with many new technologies, Azure Stack must be properly managed if it’s going to bring its true value to the customer. This also means a whole new set of skills (note that I didn’t say technologies) which will be required for companies to adopt and manage their private cloud. For instance, an Azure team inside of a company needs to have a working knowledge of the AppService in Azure in order to make efficient use of it. If the company is intending to enable AppService in their Azure Stack deployment, they’ll need to understand all aspects of how to manage that service so the developers can consume it.New, cutting edge technology is powerful, and while it can mean easier processes and more efficient workflows within your organization, getting there is still difficult. This is where leveraging a managed service provider makes a lot of sense, and with Azure Stack, that provider should be a longtime Microsoft partner who is familiar with the platform and has the chops to optimize it to its fullest potential. The author’s firm, Rackspace, has more than 16 years of Microsoft experience and expertise and has helped thousands of organizations navigate their journey to the Microsoft Cloud. They are also among the few selected Microsoft partners who are currently offering a proof of concept for Azure Stack, giving clients the opportunity to kick the tires on this new platform and see it in action before you put it to use. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

3 days agoChelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: I know I can improve

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: I know I can improveby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi says he’ll get better as he gets fitter.Hudson-Odoi is confident of his place in manager Frank Lampard’s plans.”I definitely think I can improve. I am not a perfect player,” he said. “I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come.”I just need to get up to speed and get my fitness back. I think once that happens gradually my dribbling and everything will come back to what it was. Now I am feeling a bit more confident to get on the ball and do my stuff.” last_img read more

Stars Of Soccer Aid For UNICEF Welcomed To 10 Downing Street

first_imgThis week, the British Prime Minister welcomed the stars of this year’s Soccer Aid for UNICEF, including former Olympic athletes Usain Bolt and Soccer Aid co-founder Robbie Williams to a reception at 10 Downing Street.The event celebrated the commitment by the UK government to match every £1 donated by the public through its UK Aid Match scheme, doubling the difference for children in danger around the world.Soccer Aid for Unicef star players including Sir Mo Farah and Olly Murs joined the Prime Minister to celebrate change made possible by the generous donations of the British public, who have previously raised more than £24 million for Soccer Aid for Unicef since the first match in 2006.The reception also welcomed young reporter Kendra, aged 14, who travelled to see how donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef can help children in Lesotho, school children and Unicef UK Children’s Champions – members of the public who campaign in support of children’s rights and UK aid in their communities.The garden event offered guests the opportunity to engage with and learn about the work done by Unicef through its partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID). Interactive stalls included a School in a Box, which helps at least 40 children continue their education in times of emergency and conflict, VR headsets showing childhood around world, and an opportunity to take part in the Soccer Aid Playground Challenge alongside school children.Soccer Aid World XI captain Usain Bolt said: “We as the Soccer Aid team are honoured to have met UK Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street today to celebrate the vital work made possible by donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef and the UK government, who are matching all donations this year pound for pound.”Robbie Williams, co-founder Of Soccer Aid for Unicef said: “Soccer Aid is always such a special event to be a part of, and seeing the real difference made by the money raised really helps the importance of the game hit home. I hope we can push the total even higher this year to help even more children around the world.”The Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Today’s reception is a chance to celebrate charity workers and the kindness of those who help raise money including the Soccer Aid for Unicef participants who have previously raised £24 million to support vulnerable children around the world.”“We could not have done this without the extraordinary generosity of people in the UK and their determination to support others in need.”Unicef UK Executive Director Mike Penrose said: “We are hugely proud of Soccer Aid for Unicef and the place it holds in the heart of the British public. Time and time again we have proved what a generous nation we are, and with the UK government matching public donations for Soccer Aid for Unicef pound-for-pound this year, together we can make double the difference for children.”International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said: “UK aid will continue to work to make the world – and ultimately the UK – a better, safer and more prosperous place and through UK Aid Match we are giving the British public a say in how the aid budget is spent. We will be matching all UK public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef pound-for-pound up to £5 million.“I want to say a huge thank you to the British Public whose fundraising efforts are helping save lives around the world. Today’s reception is about them.”Soccer Aid for Unicef features an impressive line-up of celebrities and former sportsmen this year, including: Robbie Williams, Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farah, Eric Cantona, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, Michael Sheen, Mark Wright, Brendan Cole, Joe Wicks, Rak-Su, Clarence Seedorf, Robert Pirès, Yaya Toure, Jaap Stam, Patrick Kluivert, Edwin van der Sar, Kevin Pietersen, David Seaman, Dan Carter, Phil Neville, Jamie Redknapp, Danny Murphy and Robbie Fowler.You can also join the Soccer Aid team and try your luck at the Blindfold Keepy-Uppy Challenge to see how many keepy-uppies you can do blindfolded. Share your videos with your social media followers and get them to donate to Soccer Aid for Unicef with the link unicef.uk/keepitup.The Soccer Aid for Unicef match will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June, just four days before the FIFA World Cup in Russia begins. Tickets are on sale now and the game will be broadcast live on ITV. Kick-off is scheduled for 20:00 BST.Soccer Aid for Unicef is the original England vs. Soccer Aid World XI charity match. It was launched and co-founded in 2006 by Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes and has previously featured A-list stars such as Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Mike Myers and Niall Horan, plus footballing royalty including Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho.Unicef, the world’s leading organisation for children, has joined forces with ITV to make the pro-celebrity football match bigger and better than ever, with more potential to raise money and vital support for children in danger. Soccer Aid for Unicef is produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, for ITV.100% of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will be doubled by the UK government, up to a total of £5 million, and will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children around the world. So far £24 million has already been raised through Soccer Aid over the last 12 years.Tickets for the Soccer Aid for Unicef football match on Sunday 10th June 2018 at Old Trafford are available now at www.manutd.com/socceraid or by calling 0161 444 2018 with tickets priced between £10 and £50.last_img read more

TMobile delays 5G network launch until the second half of the year

first_imgT-Mobile users may need to wait a little longer for 5G than those on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. Explore further In an interview with CNET Monday, T-Mobile chief technology officer Neville Ray said that his company will be pushing off the launch of its 5G network to the second half of 2019 as it waits for a phone that is better equipped to work with the company’s lower band wireless spectrum.At the industry MWC tradeshow in Barcelona last year the company said it was working to build out its network across 30 cities with a plan to start shipping its first 5G devices in “early 2019.”New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas were previously announced to be getting the new network first.The news of the T-Mobile delay comes on the same day that Sprint announced it would be turning on its own 5G network in Chicago, Kansas City, Atlanta and Dallas in May, with five other cities still on track to have 5G during the first half of 2019.T-Mobile and Sprint are currently in the process of trying to complete a $26 billion merger. Each carrier has stressed to lawmakers that it needs the other in order to speedily deploy 5G nationwide.T-Mobile did not immediately respond to a USA TODAY request for comment on the delay.By pushing off its launch, T-Mobile falls further behind rivals AT&T and Verizon in the mobile 5G race. AT&T launched its 5G network in 12 cities late last year, while Verizon last week announced that it will be the first carrier to offer Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 5G in the first half of the year.The three other carriers have announced that they too, will offer Samsung’s 5G Galaxy S10 this year, with T-Mobile on its website stating that it will offer the phone “this summer.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: T-Mobile delays 5G network launch until the second half of the year, report (2019, March 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-t-mobile-5g-network-year.htmlcenter_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Sprint’s 5G network will go live this May in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Kansas Citylast_img read more

Germany is EUs Eldorado for cash machine raiders

first_img‘Audi gang’Germany’s geographical position at the centre of Europe and its dense web of motorways, much of which is not covered by a speed limit, means that criminals can more easily shake off police than elsewhere—driving German-made sports cars, naturally.One particularly notorious group has plagued the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which shares a border with the Netherlands and where the largest number of bank raids are carried out. The press dubbed the group the “Audi gang” because their getaway car of choice tended to be rented or stolen vehicles of that particular high-end brand. Three members of the gang were hauled before a court in state capital Duesseldorf in June, accused of stealing more than 600,000 euros and causing 100,000 euros of damage in 2017-18.Last year, a total of 128 suspects were arrested over cash machine robberies, most of them from the Netherlands, the BKA said. Europol warns banks ATM cyber attacks on the rise This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Some 369 ATMs in Germany were blown up by criminal gangs last year, a 38-percent increase over 2017 Explore further Fighting backWhile cash machine attacks have mounted in Germany, the number reported in the other 10 nations studied by EAST, including France and Britain, fell 15 percent to just under 700 altogether.Such data highlight how banks can work together with government support to reduce the incentives to blast open ATMs.In the Netherlands, lenders created the “Geldmaat” network, agreeing to hold less cash in each machine but refill them more regularly in order to reduce the potential payoff for any one raid.France ordered banks in 2015 to fit ATMs with systems that stain banknotes if they are forcibly removed.Europol credits the move with sharply reducing the number of attacks in France, which fell from 304 in 2013 to just 58 in 2018, according to National Gendarmerie figures.Even in Germany, criminals fail to secure any banknotes in 60 percent of cases thanks to well-protected machines, the BKA said.But successful attacks can be highly lucrative.On average, 130,000 euros are stolen in each German crime, compared with just 17,100 euros across the 11 countries surveyed by EAST. Even so, Germany accounts for more than one-third of the attacks recorded across 11 large European countries surveyed by the European Association for Secure Transactions (EAST).The nation’s 58,000 machines make up just 16 percent of the installed base across all the countries in the study. Germany accounts for more than one-third of the attacks across 11 European countries Some 369 ATMs were destroyed by explosions last year, a 38-percent increase compared with 2017 and 10 times more than a decade ago, according to data from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA).Most of the crimes follow the same pattern, with perpetrators using an electric detonator or fuse to set off a mixture of gases pumped into the machine—or more rarely a solid explosive.Carried out late at night, perpetrators often plan the attacks “months in advance”, according to Europol.The crimes can be risky, with one man killed in October 2018 while attempting a similar attack on a ticket machine at a local train station in Halle, southwest of Berlin.But successful attacks on ATMs are highly lucrative.In May, raiders who blasted open a Commerzbank cash machine in Eschborn, near Frankfurt, made off with 190,000 euros ($215,000).The police managed to grab one suspect who returned to the scene of the crime in the small hours, but his accomplices and the cash have disappeared without trace, Frankfurt prosecutor Christian Hartwig said.Many cash machine crackers come “from the Netherlands and central Europe” to Germany simply because of its favourable geography, he added. “Search for black Audi after attempt to blow up a cash machine”, “Neighbours hear loud bang, perpetrators flee in Audi”, “Car chase through three federal states”: headlines like these have become commonplace around Germany as raids on cash machines have increased in number. © 2019 AFP While cash machine blow-ups have mounted in Germany, the number reported in other countries has fallen Citation: Germany is EU’s Eldorado for cash machine raiders (2019, July 3) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-germany-eu-eldorado-cash-machine.htmllast_img read more

Instagram rolls out new features to counter bullying with AI

first_img Citation: Instagram rolls out new features to counter bullying with AI (2019, July 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-instagram-features-counter-bullying-ai.html Explore further © 2019 AFP There have been growing calls around the world for greater oversight of platforms like Facebook and Twitter, amid widespread criticism over bullying, as well as the spread of hate speech and fake news.Instagram, which has more than a billion users worldwide, is a platform focused on images, allowing users to post photos and videos, which can then be commented on by other users.The company said it has used artificial intelligence to monitor bullying and harmful content for years, and will now use the technology to detect when a user is about to post something offensive and issue a warning.”This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment,” Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, said in a statement.”From early tests of the feature, we have found that it encourages some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful once they have had a chance to reflect.”The other new feature—”Restrict”—is aimed at limiting abusive comments on a user’s feed.”We’ve heard from young people in our community that they’re reluctant to block, unfollow, or report their bully because it could escalate the situation, especially if they interact with their bully in real life,” Mosseri said.Now they will be able to make posts from an offending person visible only to that person.”Restricted people won’t be able to see when you’re active on Instagram or when you’ve read their direct messages,” Mosseri added.Instagram’s move is the latest in a series of steps taken by social networks to protect users, especially from younger segments of society.According to a survey published by the Pew Research Center last year, 72 percent of US teenagers said they used Instagram.Bullying is just one of the many fronts on which social media titans have faced scrutiny in recent years.There have been growing calls for regulation of such platforms over the spread of hate speech and fake news—including allegations of states using social media to try and influence elections in rival countries—as well as more oversight of how they collect and use customer data.Firms like Facebook, in response, have rolled out policy changes and features aimed at increasing transparency and safety. Instagram ramps up battle against bullyingcenter_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain Instagram will introduce new features aimed at curbing online bullying, the Facebook-owned platform announced Monday, as social media giants face increased scrutiny over the harassment faced by many users. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mass screening detects hidden cases of cancers other ailments

first_imgIn 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that 1.5 lakh HWCs would be opened by 2022 under the Ayushman Bharat scheme   –  THE HINDU Health and wellness centres get cracking COMMENT Published on February 22, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img health SHARE A government-sponsored mass screening of 1.3 crore people aged above 30 years for non-communicable diseases has led to the discovery of a substantial number of fresh cases of hypertension, diabetes and various cancers. Over 9.01 lakh people (close to 7 per cent of the 1.3 crore screened) were newly identified to have high blood pressure. Of the 97.78 lakh persons screened for diabetes, 8.9 lakh (over 9 per cent) were newly found to have high blood sugar levels. Of 71.85 lakh persons screened for oral cancer, 13,747 tested positive. Cancer epidemic The data released by the Union Health Ministry said 1,495 oral cancer patients were on treatment currently and the newly identified cases are up to ten times higher than the number on treatment. Similarly, over 16.67 lakh women were screened for breast cancer and 12,098 were newly identified to be positive, while only 1,848 women are on treatment. Screening of over 12.26 lakh women for cervical cancer threw up equally alarming figures, with 11, 923 newly identified cases while 872 women are on treatment currently. New heath centres The screening was done at 10,252 health and wellness centres (HWCs) that were opened across the country less than a year ago. These centres are envisioned to provide preventive healthcare and are the first point of contact for a person seeking healthcare in their vicinity. The top States to have started HWCs are Andhra Pradesh (1,361), Tamil Nadu (1,318), Uttar Pradesh (912), Karnataka (700) and Kerala (678). Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in 2018 than 1.5 lakh HWCs would be opened by 2022 under the Ayushman Bharat plan which also entails extending cashless health insurance to 10 crore families. Opening 1.5 lakh HWCs by 2022 would entail building at least 50,000 HWCs every year in the coming three years. Critics say this is an unrealistic target. Up to 21,411 HWCs have been approved for building till date. “But according to available resources, we can build only 15,000 HWCs this year,” Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan had earlier told BusinessLine. COMMENTSlast_img read more

Education livelihood draw most CSR spend

first_imgIndia’s top companies allocated the largest chunk of the mandated CSR spend on education, livelihood and differently abled persons, with Maharashtra and Karnataka topping the list among states. Here’s a look. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for youlast_img