British Royals touch down in SA

first_img3 November 2011The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Rosemary, arrived in South Africa on Wednesday afternoon for a four-day visit at the personal invitation of President Jacob Zuma.The Prince was greeted by a military guard of honour – and a stunning amber sunset – as he touched down under blue skies at Waterkloof Air Force Base near Pretoria on Wednesday.His Royal Highness was met on arrival by British High Commissioner in South Africa Nicola Brewer, who introduced him to South African Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and South Africa’s Chief of State Protocol Vusi Bruce KolwaneThe Duchess arrived separately in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning. Together, the royal couple will attend engagements in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Kwazulu-Natal and Cape Town before leaving after a church service on Sunday.The royal tour will go to townships, community programmes, a nature reserve and sustainability projects, giving special attention to sustainability issues in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Durban from 28 November.It will also focus on the issues of trade and investment, jobs and development, education and disadvantaged youth, and shared heritage and conservation of traditional livelihoods and wildlife, particularly the work of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Prince Charles recently became president of WWF UK.The Prince will not be meeting President Jacob Zuma, who is attending the G20 Summit in Cannes, France.The Prince of Wales visited South Africa in 1997 when he introduced his son, Prince Harry, to southern Africa. His last official visit to Tanzania was in 1984.This is the Duchess of Cornwall’s first official visit to southern Africa, though she has visited privately. She has never visited Tanzania.SAinfo reporter BuaNewslast_img read more

Public works programmes ‘have benefited 3.5m people’

first_img21 February 2014 South Africa’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) has been a success story which has benefited more than 3.5-million people since it was introduced in 2004, President Jacob Zuma said in Cape Town on Thursday. Replying to the debate on the State of the Nation address in Parliament, Zuma dismissed the criticism of some members of the opposition, who had said that the EPWP was not a solution to unemployment in South Africa. Zuma said the formal economy could not absorb all work seekers, adding: “The fact is this innovation has made a massive impact in the lives of the poor.” Working for Water and similar programes that set people working to tackle waste and fire hazards and support the country’s wetlands, together with the Environmental Youth Services Programme, had created about 750 000 work opportunities and more than 200 000 full-time equivalent jobs since 2009. More than half of the beneficiaries of these programmes were young people, Zuma said, noting that the majority of South Africa’s unemployed were reportedly between the ages of and 24 and 30. Meanwhile, Zuma said that social grants remained the most effective poverty alleviation tool in addressing the legacy of apartheid. More than 16-million people in South Africa are beneficiaries of social grants. For more than 22% of households in the country, social grants are the main source of income. “It must also be noted that the majority of beneficiaries of social grants, 11-million specifically, are vulnerable children,” Zuma said. “The rest of the beneficiaries are older persons receiving the old age pension, persons with disability, military veterans and other vulnerable persons.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Mobile Application to Diagnose Disease by Hearing you Cough

first_imgTags:#health#mobile#news#NYT#Real World#web Feeling a bit under the weather? Soon you’ll be able to cough into your mobile phone for an instant diagnosis. A research firm called STAR Analytical Services is working to develop software that can analyze the sound of a cough and identify it as either associated with a common cold, the flu, or something worse – like pneumonia or another serious respiratory disease. Just as doctors have been doing for years, the software will “listen” to the wetness or dryness of a cough and determine whether all you need is a lozenge or if you need to come in for a doctor’s visit instead. Turn Your Head…Towards Your Mobile PhoneThe American and Australian scientists at STAR have received a $100,000 grant from the Gates Foundation to develop the cough-analyzing software for developing countries where access to health care is more limited than in first world nations. Despite the poor economic conditions of these under-developed countries, there are a plethora of mobile phones which are being used for everything from early warning systems to mobile payments to health alerts. An mobile app that diagnoses disease would fit right in. The way the diagnostic software works is by comparing the sounds of the mobile user’s cough to a database of coughs associated with all the different types of respiratory diseases. There would also be multiple coughs per disease stored in the database to take into account variations by age, gender, weight, and other factors. While to our untrained ears, many coughs sound just alike, a tuned-in doctor – or in this case, a mobile app – can listen to the entire structure of a cough from the initial intake of air to the final 100-150 milliseconds of a cough that contains the distinctive “wet” or “dry” and “productive” or “unproductive” sounds that help to classify the cough’s seriousness, explains an article on Discovery News. Even the loudness of a cough is taken into account – healthy people have coughs that are 2% louder than a sick person’s. At the moment, the software exists as a computer application but the scientists plan to have it re-written, when complete, as an application for mobile phones. There’s no word on when the mobile application will be released, but the scientists will need to collect around 1000 cough samples before the database is ready. If they’re able to then design a successful analytical tool for mobile phones, the impacts to people’s health would be far-reaching – and not just in developing countries, but everywhere in the world. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Trust the Sales Process. Trust Your People.

first_imgYou have to trust your sales process.You have to trust that by reverse-engineering how you have value-creating conversations, how you generate all the necessary outcomes between target and close, and how you gain the necessary commitments you need, your process provides you with the best possible chance of creating and winning an opportunity.When you decide to skip some of those conversations, forego the outcomes you need, and fail to gain the necessary commitments, you are decreasing the likelihood of winning that opportunity. And you are selling poorly.Trust the ProcessIf the sales leadership team doesn’t trust the process, neither will the sales force. If you are a sales leader and you don’t strongly commit to the process, neither will your team. If you install a process and aren’t engaged in ensuring that process is working, then you will never trust the process, and neither will your managers, nor will your sales force.You have to trust that the process outlines the best and most likely path from target to close.You have to trust that the outcomes that are necessary at each stage are the right outcomes, and that they create value for your prospective clients and position you to win.You have to trust that the commitments you need as you move along the path are the right commitments.If you don’t trust that the process is the right process or that it is going to position you to sell effectively, win or lose, change the process. But not enforcing the process is the same as not having a process. Without a process, you are effectively allowing your sales force to wing it and hope for the best.Trust Your PeopleYou also have to trust your people.A sales process is a roadmap. It doesn’t constrain the salesperson’s resourcefulness or their creativity. Like any map, there are times when it doesn’t resemble the terrain, and the salesperson must call on their initiative and creativity to move things forward.There is no end to the need for creativity when it comes to achieving the outcomes the process dictates, for collaborating with your dream client around the right solution, or for developing powerful questions and dialogue that move deals forward. But all of that exists inside the framework of the sales process.You can only trust your people to be creative within the framework of the process if you actually trust the process. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Reliance likely to buy team in hockey league

first_imgReliance Industries is likely to be the next bigwig to join Hockey India League. According to sources, the business house will be the new owner of the Mumbai franchise after Dabur reportedly terminated its contract with Hockey India. “As per the recent developments, there are discussions being held with the Reliance group to take over the Mumbai franchise. An official confirmation is expected within a month,” a source told Mail Today.The Dabur group had pulled out of the league citing financial reasons. However, Hockey India has denied this even as it has been trying to find a new owner in its place. “After the success of the first two editions, the top officials were looking at expanding the league in the next season. So, after the Mumbai franchise pulled out, they did not want the team to be removed and hence started looking for possible owners to replace them. However, there is nothing confirmed as yet,” he said. The league, which was looking to expand from six teams to eight next season, suffered a huge setback after two of the six current teams withdrew. Besides Mumbai Magicians, Ranchi Rhinos also exited due to an alleged tiff with Hockey India over the franchise fee.While the players of the Mumbai team have already signed fresh auction forms for the mini-auction slated for next month, the players of the Ranchi team have not been informed about the future course of action.”We have only received an email from Hockey India stating that the Ranchi owners have withdrawn. There was no mention about the auction. We are yet to sign the auction forms,” a Ranchi Rhinos player told MAIL TODAY.advertisementNew Pune franchiseMeanwhile, Hockey India, on Friday, officially announced the inclusion of a new Pune-based franchise in the league. With the coming in of this franchise, there are now five teams in the fray, after the withdrawal of Mumbai Magicians and Ranchi Rhinos. The Pune franchise has been brought by a businessman, Anirban Sarkar.last_img read more

Hockey World Cup: Pakistan stars woo fans in Bhubaneswar, dance to Bollywood songs

first_imgThere was a lot of uncertainty around the Pakistan hockey team’s participation in the ongoing World Cup in Bhubaneswar due to visa and sponsorship issues but the decks were cleared for the four-time champions in the eleventh hour.As it turns out, Pakistan are enjoying their time in their neighbouring country. Despite ordinary performances on the turf, Pakistan are a big hit among the passionate fans in a carnival-like atmosphere in Bhubaneswar.The hockey fans were entertained by the Pakistan team, which visited the bustling Fan Village at the Kalinga Stadium. The Men in Green didn’t hold back as they danced to Bollywood numbers and sang them, amid cheers from spectators.Pakistan hockey player Muhammad Irfan stole the show at the Fan Village as fans grooved to the Bollywood number he sang. He sang the Bollywood song, ‘Dil Diyan Gallan’ of film Salman Khan-starer Tiger Zinda Hai..@PHFOfficial’s Muhammad Irfan is multi-talented star. After singing, he pulls up the authentic Bhangra moves with Olly at the Fan Village in Odisha.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/lhb7agQas2Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018The multi-talented star also pulled up the Bhangra moves with the World Cup mascot Olly at the Fan Village while other players joined him.Pakistan bidding to qualify for knockout stagesPakistan are currently on the third spot of Pool D table, behind Germany and the Netherlands after collecting only one point from two matches. They are slated to face the Netherlands in their last pool match on December 9.advertisementAfter losing to Germany, Pakistan played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Malaysia in a Pool D match on Thursday.The hockey players of Malaysia, the Netherlands and Germany also showed their moves as they took part in a dance-off with the mascot Olly at the Fan Village.The Fan Village set up in an area of 18,000 square meters has been designed to keep visitors engaged in various activities.”We love the crowd. We are happy to be here. It’s incredible to play here,” said Billy Bakker, the Netherlands team captain. He also shared his love for Indian food.Later, the German team visited Odisha Police stall at the Fan Village. They were accorded a rousing welcome in the presence of DGP RP Sharma.Also Read | Anil Kumble attends Argentina-France game as special guestAlso Read | Good start from India but need to keep the momentum going, says Sardar SinghAlso Read | France stun Argentina 5-3 to reach knockouts, Spain eliminatedlast_img read more