Council talks mill rate at Monday’s meeting

first_imgBut even if the City chooses to keep the mill rate the same, property owners will likely see an increase in their taxes, because of increased property values.No decision was made at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, but Council will be deciding on an outcome in the near future. A one per cent tax increase this year could amount to $185,000 in extra revenue for the City of Fort St. John.That’s the word from Director of Finance Laura Sanders at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday afternoon.The figure was determined after B.C. Assessment reported that residential property assessments increased by roughly six per cent in the City this year.- Advertisement -City Council is in the preliminary stages of preparing the City’s 2010 operating budget.City Manager Dianne Hunter suggested to council three possible options for the City’s operational budget, including using more of the City’s Fair Share funding and keeping the mill rate at the 2009 level, increasing the mill rate and become less dependent on the Fair Share grant, or a combination of both options.The 2009 mill rate for residential was 4.9222 per cent.Advertisementlast_img read more

Another candidate enters the race to sit on Board of Trustees

first_imgThe new candidate is Tanya Clary, and according to Civic Info B.C., she joins Jeffrey Richert as the two running without prior experience in this particular political setting.The two incumbents on the list of candidates include Ida Campbell and Darrell Pasichnyk, while Erin Evans, who’s also looking to be elected, reportedly severed on the trustee’s board prior to 2011.The school board is still looking for two more candidates in order to complete the trustee board’s assembly with seven members.- Advertisement -The deadline to submit an application to sit on the trustee’s board ends this Friday.last_img read more

Romario runs for head of Brazilian federation

first_img“Many people have asked me to be a candidate. No one has fought more vigorously than me against this band. So the answer is yes, I can be a candidate,” he said on Facebook.“I meet all the criteria thanks to my contribution to football on and off the field,” said Romario, 51, who has been a senator since 2015.FIFA imposed a 90-day provisional ban from all football activities on Del Nero last Friday.The 76-year-old, a former member of the FIFA Council, is the latest prominent South American official to be banned by the sport’s governing body as part of its investigation into a vast corruption scandalDel Nero was indicted on corruption charges in the United States in December 2015. His predecessor at the CBF, Jose Maria Marin, has been on trial in New York since November alongside Paraguayan former CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napout and ex-Peruvian football chief Manuel Burga.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Le sénateur et ex-star de foot brésilien Romario de Souza Faria, le 11 mai 2017 à Brasilia © AFP/File / EVARISTO SARIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Dec 20 – Brazilian former international star turned senator Romario said Wednesday he wants to run for the presidency of the country’s corruption-tainted football governing body.Romario, a striker in the 1994 World Cup winning side, said he wants to clean up the Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF) after FIFA’s suspension of the current head Marco Polo Del Nero, who is accused of graft.last_img read more

Kenya improve in latest FIFA rankings

first_imgHarambee Stars are not expected to have any international assignment until March when new head coach Paul Put is expected to have his entire team assembled as he builds up for September’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana in Nairobi.Ghana, Kenya’s next competitive opponents have also moved one spot up and are placed 50th globally.Meanwhile, despite dropping one spot, Uganda remains the best placed East African team at position 75 while Rwanda is the best mover in the region, climbing seven places up to 113th.Tanzania have dropped a massive five places to 147th, Burundi down four places to 142nd while Ethiopia who will also face Kenya in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers have risen two places to 143rd.Senegal, Tunisia and Egypt remain the top three placed African countries at 23rd, 27th and 31st worldwide.Globally, there has been no movement amongst the top 35 with Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium remaining the best five national football teams in the world.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players celebrate after winning the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18- Despite inactivity in December, national football team Harambee Stars has moved one spot up in the latest FIFA rankings released last evening climbing from position 106 to 105.Stars had moved five places up in the last rankings released in December after the splendid CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup performance that saw them clinch a seventh title.last_img read more

Gor upbeat as team departs for Everton

first_img“Training has been good, and everyone is looking positive and energetic for the game. The competition is so high because everyone wants to be on the pitch on Tuesday against Everton,” Otieno, who has been holding forte in the absence of his boss Dylan Kerr said.Gor Mahia assistant Coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno when taking the team through morning training session. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUKerr travelled to England earlier to have some time with his family as well as attend a coaching class.Zico has meanwhile ensured the team remains in check and prepares well for the historic game, which will be a first for a Kenyan league side playing against a top English team at their own stadium.“It is a massive game for us as a Kenyan and African team and a he opportunity to show ourselves to the rest of the world. We are going there to learn and gain some experience which will improve us as a team. For the match we have to give our best and compete,” the tactician noted.At the training ground on Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning, there was a positive vibe going on, players chatting and happily training with the impending trip of course punching in some adrenaline into their legs after a very long season.Gor Mahia defender Wellington Ochieng attempts to pass the ball under pressure from Philemon Otieno during a training session at the Parklands Sports Club on October 30, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUApart from Stephen Okiro and Innocent Wafula who missed visas due to passport hitches as well as new signings Pascal Ogweno and Kenneth Muguna, the entire team will travel to the United Kingdom. The club is trying to secure a late visa for left-back Shafik Batambuze who recently joined the club“It is going to be an unforgettable experience for the players and I want to thank the sponsors SportPesa for ensuring the whole team travels.  It’s a motivation to each player and it will be something unforgettable even for those who will leave for other teams,” Otieno noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia football team posing photo before boarding for Everton departure. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 2 –Kenyan football giants Gor Mahia say they will not be merely going to tour Liverpool as the team departed the country on Friday morning for the United Kingdom to face English Premier League side Everton FC in a friendly match on November 6 at their Goodison Park backyard.K’Ogalo has been putting up their paces for the duel against Everton with assistant head coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno saying there are ready to go and learn as well as compete with one of the best teams in the English top division.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Slaven Bilic in line to succeed Sam Allardyce as West Ham boss

first_imgJohn Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager reveals Norwich are 4/5 to be relegated from the Premier League next season after the Canaries clinched promotion by beating Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final.He looks at the contenders to succeed Sam Allardyce as West Ham manager, revealing Slaven Bilic is the firm favourite at 8/15 to take the reins at Upton Park.And he also talks tennis, revealing Andy Murray is 9/1 for French Open glory, while world number one Novak Djokovic is priced at 5/6 to claim a second Grand Slam of the year.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Liverpool in shock move for Newcastle reject, Rodgers set for Swansea return?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in Antoine Griezmann this summer, although there are fears over his Premier League suitability. Griezmann has been the subject of intense Premier League interest over the past two years and at 25, he is now pondering a move away from Spain. (Daily Mail)Brendan Rodgers wants assurances about his budget before taking the Swansea job. Former Liverpool boss Rodgers is in line to make a sensational return to the Swans after being targeted as the Welsh club’s first choice to be their next boss. Rodgers is in pole position and the Swansea players believe he is likely to come back this summer, four years after leaving for Anfield. (Daily Mirror)Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a sensational return to the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The German boss is set to hand French international Ben Arfa another shot in the English top flight after a torrid time at Newcastle and Hull. (The Sun)Liverpool will launch a £35million bid to sign Callum Wilson and Aaron Cresswell. Bournemouth striker Wilson would cost £20m and West Ham defender Cresswell £15m. (The Sun)Klopp has also personally instructed his scouts to monitor Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic. The 17-year-old has broken into the Dortmund first team this season, making 10 appearances in total for the German club. And Klopp has put Pulisic on Liverpool’s long-term radar, viewing him as one of the premier talents in Europe. (Daily Mail)Tottenham are ready to offer Andre Schurrle a return to the Premier League. Winger Schurrle only joined Wolfsburg from Chelsea just over a year ago, but is already unsettled at the Bundesliga club. (Daily Mirror)Victor Wanyama is continuing to stall on a new deal at Southampton. The defensive midfielder is holding out for a move to title-chasing Tottenham this summer with just a year left on his contract. (Daily Mirror)Claudio Ranieri has made a last-ditch attempt to hijack Francesco Totti’s move to America. It looked as if Leicester were about to fail in their audacious bid to land the Italian icon — after it emerged that the star preferred a switch to the States to join New York Cosmos. But boss Ranieri has personally phoned the World Cup winner in a bid to convince him to head to Leicester instead. (The Sun)Stoke and Leicester scouts have been tracking Paris Saint-Germain youth midfielder Yakou Meite. (Stoke Sentinel)Eddie Howe was in Leeds watching teenager Lewis Cook on Tuesday as Bournemouth gear up to renew their interest in the midfielder this summer. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest headlines…??Exclusive – Invincible Lauren insists Arsene Wenger is still the ‘right man’ for ArsenalArsenal Invincible tells talkSPORT: ‘I don’t want to see Tottenham lifting that Premier League trophy!’ Arsenal FC: Funny clip – Ray Parlour forgot which country his Invincibles team-mate is fromAly Cissokho set to start Aston Villa exodus after relegation by making Besiktas switchManuel Neuer quashes Manchester City speculation by signing new long-term Bayern Munich contractLiverpool transfer report: Reds send scouts to watch Colombia ace Marlos Moreno at US tournamentBorussia Dortmund beat Liverpool to highly-rated French starlet Ousmane Dembele – reportsNewcastle to reignite interest in French midfielder Clement Grenier, but Lyon admit ‘he is not in a good place’Fenerbahce snubbed £8m deal for Riyad Mahrez last summer to sign Liverpool flop Lazar MarkovicTRANSFER FIGHT! Leicester, Liverpool AND Tottenham want Serie A star Josip Iliciclast_img read more


first_imgOne of Donegal’s best known Gardai is considering standing for election to Donegal County Council.Former Garda Christy GalliganRetired Sergeant Christy Galligan is known across the north-west for his no-nonsense style of policing.Christy, known locally as Robocop, retired last year and set up Gallic Private Investigations. Interestingly Galligan is the brother of Mary Harte, wife of Labour Senator Jimmy Harte who was also linked to run in the local elections this week.Galligan, 53, confirmed to the Donegal Daily this morning that he is considering standing for the county council elections in the Letterkenny Electoral Area.“I have been thinking about this for some time having been approached and spoken to a number of people about it.“I have not completely decided but I am certainly giving it good consideration,” he said. The Carrigart native said he would certainly stand as an Independent candidate if he does go forward for election next year.“At present none of the political parties out there appeal to me so I will be standing as an Independent.“I will be standing in the area of crime, security and public order because I think it is a very serious issue.“But I also feel very strongly about job creation and I feel we must stand up for Donegal and for putting the necessary measures in place to provide jobs for Donegal and not just Dublin and its surrounding counties,” he said.He said he understood there was going to be a certain amount of claims of nepotism in relation to his sister Mary standing for election. However, he said he wished Mary good luck and that she was “very much her own woman.”‘ROBOCOP’ CONSIDERS STANDING FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS was last modified: October 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgKaty and Daniel will tie the knot today!Former teenage golf star Daniel Sweeney has secured his best ever ‘birdie’ by walking up the aisle with the stunning Katy Boyle.Daniel, a native of Keadue, whose promising golf career was cut short due to a chronic shoulder injury, marries Katy in the beautiful setting of Melrose in the Scottish Borders.Friends of the couple think it was a ‘stroke’ of luck he managed to convince Katy to marry him, ‘putt’ she’s ready to walk up the aisle with the former Cruit Island golf prodigy. The sleepy village has been taken over by an invasion of Donegal people who have all traveled to wish the happy couple well!FORMER CRUIT ISLAND GOLF STAR DANIEL FINALLY GETS A ‘BIRDIE’ was last modified: September 13th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Daniel SweeneydonegalKeaduemarryScotlandlast_img read more


first_imgMARTIN O’NEILL has refused to rule out an international return for Shay Given after the Donegal man’s loan move to Middlesbrough.Shay could be back in the Ireland squad.O’Neill said that no discussions have taken place between himself and Given.However, he is open to speaking to the 37-year-old if there is desire from the player’s side. The veteran netminder retired from the international sphere after Euro 2012 before subsequently hinting that he was open to a comeback under Giovanni Trapattoni.He had fallen out of favour with Aston Villa, but a short term switch to Middlesbrough has ended Given’s long spell in the wilderness and O’Neill is monitoring his situation.“I would not discount that, not discount that at all,” he said.“I haven’t spoken to Shay. I would do at some stage. If he turned around and said, “Listen, I’m back” – he’s now out on loan at the moment – I wouldn’t discount it. “I’m having a conversation here about somebody I haven’t spoken to. I know Shay, I’ve met him a number of times but that’s before I’ve taken the job. That is something that I certainly wouldn’t rule out if I had a conversation and he was thinking about coming back. I might be a million miles out of my depth here because he might have no intention of coming back.”O’NEILL REFUSES TO RULE OUT COMEBACK BY SHAY was last modified: December 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:IrelandMartin O’NeillShay Givenlast_img read more


first_imgThe Heritage Council is inviting applications to the Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme 2015 across Co Donegal.The Maghery Heritage Group was awarded funding from The Heritage Council under its grants scheme in 2014 for the repair of the Templecrone graveyard boundary wall in Maghery and for a survey to record graveyard inscriptions.The purpose of the grants scheme is to support community-based projects that raise awareness of heritage or research or enhance, through good management practice, the heritage of towns, villages and landscapes.Grant applications must be submitted using the Heritage Council’s on-line application system at HYPERLINK “” before 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2015. “The Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme is a very important source of funding for heritage initiatives in County Donegal,” said Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.“In 2014, The Heritage Council provided €58,500 in funding for thirteen heritage initiatives in County Donegal. The announcement that €600,000 will be made available nationally in 2015 for the Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme is most welcome and goes some way to providing much needed support for heritage initiatives in the county.“Eligible projects that can be considered under the scheme include the preparation of conservation reports/plans; community-led research on placenames, field names, oral history and oral heritage; conservation specifications for the repair of structures or buildings; minor repairs to heritage buildings and structures at risk; conservation of heritage collections, objects and documents (in particular objects or documents that relate directly to the period 1916-1922 are encouraged); conservation or management of a wildlife site; support for community-based publications, websites and interpretative material; and heritage seminars and events.”Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, said that support for heritage projects has a very positive impact on local communities, where so much time and energy is given to conserving heritage projects on a voluntary basis. “As well as delivering conservation benefits for heritage in the long term, this scheme will also help to support building and conservation jobs at a local level. I have a huge appreciation for the value of protecting and promoting our heritage. It is expected that this scheme will fund up to 100 projects nationally, and I have no doubt that it will make a huge difference to the individual heritage projects which benefit.”Between 2006 and 2014, heritage initiatives in County Donegal received over €1 million in funding from The Heritage Council.The Heritage Council considers applications in the fields of national heritage specified in the Heritage Act 1995.This includes monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens, and parks and inland waterways.Please note the scheme does not cover the creation of new memorials; the erection of plaques; directional or promotional signage; amenity landscaping; postgraduate research; projects to carry out any part of any public sector body’s statutory or core responsibilities; archaeological excavations or post-excavation analysis and reporting. Applicants compete with applicants from all over the country. Grants of up to a maximum of €7,500 can be awarded. The grants usually cover between 30% and 50% of the cost of the work but, in exceptional cases, this can be up to 75%.  Applications to the Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme can only be made using the on-line application system on the Heritage Council website prior to the March 20, 2015 deadline.Further information on the grant scheme is available by contacting The Heritage Council in Kilkenny on (056) 777 0777 or at  Advice on applications is also available from the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council on (074) 917 2576.ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FUNDING FOR HERITAGE SCHEMES IN DONEGAL? was last modified: February 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHeritage Grantslast_img read more

When Good People Do Nothing

first_imgThanks to low turnout by those who respect traditional values, America will reap dire consequences.We don’t need to hear a sermon to be told this.  Live Science, no bastion of Christian conservatism (quite the opposite), seemed pleased to inform its readers of the social changes coming from national and state election results on November 6.  In “5 Ways the Election Will Affect Social Values,” Tia Ghose spelled them out:1. Drug laws: “Support for marijuana legalization has steadily increased, and last year, for the first time, a Gallup poll found 50 percent of Americans supported legalizing the drug.”2. Gay marriage:  “Obama’s re-election stands to be a boon for gay-marriage supporters.”  Maine and Massachusetts passed ballot initiatives to legalize gay marriage.3.  Immigration: “In his second term, Obama is likely to renew the push for comprehensive immigration reform, according to news reports. He  also is likely push for the passage of the DREAM Act, which would provide people brought here illegally with a path to citizenship if they attend college or enroll in the U.S. military.”4. Abortion:  “Obama’s re-election also may be good news for supporters of abortion rights. With the liberal wing of the Supreme Court aging, Obama may have the chance to nominate one or even two Supreme Court Justices, shoring up support for abortion rights on the court,” Ghose wrote.  “It also means that any national abortion legislation will arrive on Obama’s desk for signing before it can be approved.”5. Death:  “The country may be divided on when life begins, but it’s also conflicted about death,” Ghose wrote.  Ballot propositions on physician assisted suicide, for instance, have not yet gained a footing, but its proponents keep trying.In an 18-minute video on YouTube, Frank Turek explained why Christians should be involved in politics.  The difference between night-time view of the Korean peninsula show why: the south is brightly lit, and the north is dark — because of politics.  All laws legislate morality, he says.  If we do not present morality effectively, society will pay the consequences. (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Evolutionary Psychologists Deny Their Own Minds

first_img(Visited 564 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Need proof that evolutionists are not the fittest? Watch these two psychologists earn a Darwin award by cutting off the branch they’re sitting on.“Darwin awards” are whimsical trophies given to those who, by making dumb mistakes, risk eliminating themselves from the gene pool. Two psychologists writing for The Conversation, David Oakley and Peter Halligan, may have earned one for logical mistakes so serious that they reduce their arguments to mindless babble. It’s evident right in their headline: “What if consciousness is not what drives the human mind?”First of all, we see they are engaging in “what if” speculations. But worse, if consciousness does not drive the mind, then they must be asleep at the academic wheel.We suggest that our personal awareness does not create, cause or choose our beliefs, feelings or perceptions. Instead, the contents of consciousness are generated “behind the scenes” by fast, efficient, non-conscious systems in our brains. All this happens without any interference from our personal awareness, which sits passively in the passenger seat while these processes occur.Put simply, we don’t consciously choose our thoughts or our feelings – we become aware of them.We hope someone makes them aware that they have just undermined their whole argument. If they are not consciously choosing their thoughts, then “who” becomes aware of them? Obviously, it would have to be their conscious selves. The argument is self-refuting, like saying, ‘We argue that there are no arguments’ or ‘We choose to believe there is no free will.’ Thoughts or arguments reduce to apparitions of the Stuff Happens Law.Their idea is built squarely on evolutionary theory, because they speculate about what “gives humans their unique evolutionary advantage.”If the experience of consciousness does not confer any particular advantage, it’s not clear what it’s purpose is. But as a passive accompaniment to non-conscious processes, we don’t think that the phenomena of personal awareness has a purpose, in much the same way that rainbows do not. Rainbows simply result from the reflection, refraction and dispersion of sunlight through water droplets – none of which serves any particular purpose.Our conclusions also raise questions about the notions of free will and personal responsibility. If our personal awareness does not control the contents of the personal narrative which reflects our thoughts, feelings, emotions, actions and decisions, then perhaps we should not be held responsible for them.What is their purpose in writing this? It’s to say they have no purpose. This means that we can safely disregard everything they say, because by their own admission, they don’t know what they are talking about, or why. Their arguments have no purpose. They just happen. They are indistinguishable from rainbows. They are not responsible for them. In fact, they have the audacity to say you are responsible for them.In response to this, we argue that free will and personal responsibility are notions that have been constructed by society. As such, they are built into the way we see and understand ourselves as individuals, and as a species. Because of this, they are represented within the non-conscious processes that create our personal narratives, and in the way we communicate those narratives to others.Their argument is just a narrative—a story—emerging unconsciously from non-conscious processes. Why even listen to them? It’s like listening to a chainsaw to study philosophy.The only way they can imagine themselves saying anything sensible is by exercising the Yoda Complex and talking down to the rest of us, as if they have minds with free will but ordinary humans do not. That doesn’t wash. Their premise indicts the whole human race, including themselves.In their last paragraph, they try to rescue the illusion of free will, but to no avail. Free will is not a category of understanding. It is just a “notion” – a “vague or imperfect conception or idea of something” that could be anything.Just because consciousness has been placed in the passenger seat, does not mean we need to dispense with important everyday notions such as free will and personal responsibility. In fact, they are embedded in the workings of our non-conscious brain systems. They have a powerful purpose in society and have a deep impact on the way we understand ourselves.It’s no use. They are zombies. They operate by “non-conscious brain systems” engaged in “non-conscious processes.” If this all has a “powerful purpose in society,” what could that possibly be, if everyone in the society is also a zombie, with no purpose? Their own argument (if it can be glorified by that designation) is guaranteed to prevent any of us from ever being able to “understand ourselves.” In this view, understanding does not exist.Parents: Why would you ever risk sending your teenager to an institution run by zombies like this? Incredible that so-called ‘academics’ with PhD’s can be this thick.last_img read more

SA boosts earth observation

first_img7 December 2007South Africa’s earth observation capabilities have been given a boost with the establishment of the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), which will gather various data to ensure better management of existing resources and promote sustainable development.In addition, the Department of Science and Technology said in a statement last week that it has developed the South African Earth Observation Strategy (SAEOS) as a framework for coordinating and integrating the country’s existing earth observation capabilities, and to link them with complementary capabilities in neighbouring countries and to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).Earth observation is the use of satellites to gather various types data, including on land usage, oceans and atmospheric conditions.“South Africa needs a system of geospatial infrastructure to better coordinate the collection, assimilation and dissemination of earth observation data in order to support policy, decision-making, economic growth and sustainable development,” Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena said.He was addressing delegates at the 4th Ministerial Summit of the Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO), which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre last week.“This is where the SAEOS and SAEON will play a key role. By enabling us to understand our planet better, and provide the basis for evidence-based decision-making by policymakers, civil society and the private sector.”According to the department, the two programmes were established as part of its engagement with the international community, in promoting an integrated global earth observation system.SAEON is in the process of establishing “nodes” in each of the major biomes of South Africa, which are aimed at establishing long-term (30-year plus) monitoring of environmental indicators.The Egagasini Node for marine-offshore systems will use South Africa’s geographical advantage with regard to the Southern Oceans to garner information to inform climate change studies across the globe and fisheries management locally.“Within the SAEOS framework, SAEON aims to be comprehensive in scope by covering terrestrial, atmospheric and oceanic systems, inclusive of recent past environmental conditions that may be inferred from geological and palaeontological observations,” SAEON head Johan Pauw said.“SAEON’s scientific design is continuously refined to be responsive to emerging environmental issues and corresponds largely with the GEO societal benefit areas,” he explained.Mangena also praised the contributions made by the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), the international mechanism charged with the coordination of the international civil space-borne missions designed to observe and study the earth.Earlier this month, South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) took over as chair of the committee, a move that Mangena said would provide the country’s current and future space activities with global exposure in the space community, as well as access to world-class technologies in the area of satellite earth observation.“It will also provide an opportunity to foster partnerships with international space agencies and their partners to promote technology skills transfer and access to international research funding instruments,” he said.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Black Stars shine for Africa

first_imgGhana’s Black Stars are the only teamrepresenting the continent in the quarterfinal round of the first 2010 FifaWorld Cup on African soil(Image: CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 567• Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World CupLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121jermaine.craig@2010oc.comNosimilo RamelaAfricans are pinning all hopes on Ghana – the only country on the continent to make it through to the quarter-finals of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“We are so proud of Ghana, they’ve played really well and have kept Africans’ hopes alive in our first African World Cup,” said Thabiso Malesa from Tembisa, east of Johannesburg.The team, popularly known as the Black Stars, sent Africans into fits of excitement on Saturday 26 June when striker Asamoah Gyan scored the winning goal three minutes into injury time, defeating the US 2-1.“In 2006 we made the second round, now we have gone a step further. We have made Ghana proud and the whole of Africa proud. I am the happiest man in the world,” said Gyan.Samuel Musah, also from Ghana, shares his sentiments: “This is just amazing. These boys have represented this continent with such heart, have made us so proud and given us hope for Africa.”Musah was one of the 34 976 fans who attended the game at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West province. “The energy was fantastic at the stadium. I think our support, singing, screaming, dancing, praying and blowing the African horn motivated the guys. They knew the whole of Africa was behind them and they played their hearts out for their country and the entire continent,” he said.Speaking after the game, Ghanaian midfielder Andre Ayew said: “We did it for Africa. We knew we had the whole continent behind us and we did not want to disappoint. It gave us more energy to beat the US.”Carrying Africa’s hopesSouth Africa, Algeria, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon were all eliminated in the first round of the tournament, leaving the Black Stars as the only team in the tournament to represent the continent.“It’s amazing to have the whole of Africa behind us,” said fellow midfielder Sulley Muntari in a post-match interview with “Football means so much to Africans. Having the World Cup here is just incredible. It would have been nice if more African sides had reached the last 16, but we’re very proud to carry their hopes.”Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has congratulated Ghana for advancing to the quarter-finals, saying their victory is a positive indication of Africa’s ability to perform.He said the team has always been known as Ghana’s Black Stars, but they should consider changing their name to Africa’s Black Stars because they have represented the entire continent and made it proud with their performance.“I wish Ghana to proceed to the semi-finals and hope the whole continent, not only South Africans, will support the team,” said Mbeki.South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has also said the Ghanaian team has made Africa proud.The party’s Jackson Mthembu said they are fully behind Ghana. “We are, as the ANC, calling on all South Africans and all people who come from the length and breadth of Africa to be behind the Ghanaians. In fact, they are no longer Ghanaian stars, they are African stars.”When Ghana first qualified to play in a Fifa World Cup in 2006, the team got through to the second round, before being knocked out by Brazil. They are the third African team to reach the quarter-finals, after Cameroon and Senegal did so in 1990 and 2002 respectively.“We’ve created history,” said right back John Pantsil. “It’s the first time that Ghana has reached the quarter-finals and it’s incredible.”Musah says that when Ghana faces two-time World Cup winners Uruguay on Friday 2 July at Soccer City Stadium, “the whole of Africa will be behind the team. I believe their commitment and our support will carry them to the next round”.last_img read more

Ping Is Dead. Long Live Apple’s New Social Strategy

first_imgPing, the pseudo-social network once proudly baked into iTunes, will be no more by the end of the month, Apple announced on Thursday. It’s a smart (if overdue) move, but now the company needs to get more serious about integrating established social networks into its products. Amid celebrated hardware launches, anticipated operating system updates, and insane revenue numbers, Ping stood out as the most glaring product-related stain in Apple’s recent history. Nobody liked it, and the word Ping practically became shorthand for what happens when a tech giant launches a new product or feature only to see it fizzle. Apple deserves some credit for recognizing that Ping wasn’t working and deciding to focus elsewhere. After all, it rakes in billions of dollars each quarter, the vast majority of which comes from selling mobile hardware, followed by things like MacBooks and iPods, tied together by a converging pair of operating systems. The company has its hands full with digital media and related initiatives, too. It didn’t need its own social network. That said, this isn’t Apple’s last social hurrah. Social media still has an important role to play in the company’s future, and it needs to forge the right strategy. Rather than rolling its own, the company needs to ensure that existing social platforms are integrated with its products in ways that benefit its customers. The first phase of that strategy is well underway. Once Apple pushes out the next Mountain Lion and iOS 6 update, both of the company’s major operating systems will feature deep integration with Facebook and Twitter. But why stop there? That integration could be even deeper, and more important, it could include other popular social networks.Posting iPhone photos directly to Facebook and Twitter is nice, but the visual nature of Pinterest and Instagram begs for equally easy sharing to those services from within iOS. Tweeting and posting status updates from across the OS is great for users (and the services, at least as far as Twitter was concerned when iOS 5 launched), but there may come a day when the unthinkable becomes unavoidable and we see a Google+ button baked into the operating system. Don’t hold your breath on that one.However Apple’s social strategy shapes up, it will have to – by definition – serve the interests of users. That’s something Ping just wasn’t doing. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlowcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more