17 July 2007South Africa’s largest township got its own community television station this month, as SowetoTV started broadcasting from the Tloreng Primary School in Orlando West, Soweto.The station has been granted a licence to broadcast for a full year by the Independent Communications Authority (Icasa), an achievement the station’s management and staff consider a victory for both themselves and the township at large.“This television station will make South Africa proud. It’s a creation of the people of Soweto for the people of Soweto,” SowetoTV’s secretary, Meshack Mosiya, said at the launch of the station on 1 July.The television station, which occupies two classrooms at the school, will offer community-oriented content, such as documentaries on social issues, as well as programming about music, poetry, HIV/Aids and tuberculosis.Run largely by volunteers, SowetoTV first broadcast in July 2005 for eight hours a day for a month, with a second one-month run taking place in December 2006.SowetoTV chief executive, Tshepo Thafeng, said the idea to start a community television station was hatched in 2000, and the station had encountered “ups and downs” until Icasa issued a licence to broadcast for a month in 2005.He hoped that over the coming year, the station would develop into a fully commercial enterprise.“The main objective of the station is to educate, inform and entertain the people of Soweto. It will be the voice of the voiceless covering issues that affect the people of Soweto,” Thafeng said.Mosiya said various organisations had chipped in with much-needed help to make the station a success, particularly Urban Brew Studios, which provided essential technical support.“The station will benefit the people of Soweto in many ways. It will [also] create job avenues for the youth of Soweto [and] it will develop skills in television broadcasting and in fields such as music and other performing arts,” Mosiya said.It was not set up to compete with broadcasters like the SABC or e.tv, but was meant to complement these stations, according to Mosiya. “We actually need their support to make this community station a success.”The station is available across Soweto on the UHF, bang after the e.tv frequency. However, the signal in some parts of the township, like Mofolo, Phiri and Dobsonville, was weak on Sunday.Deon Botha, the advertising sales manager, said the technical team would work flat out on Monday to rectify this.“Our technical team will identify all those areas in Soweto where the signal is weak and we hope all areas in Soweto will receive a clear signal,” he said.Source: City of Johannesburg
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Inside cool water-filled tanks in southern Ohio, the laws of nature are being defied. Female yellow perch mate with other female yellow perch; male bluegills with other male bluegills.This might make one wonder, unless, of course, your profession is selective breeding of fish, and your goal is to get them to grow faster. Hanping Wang, who manages The Ohio State University’s Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development, has succeeded in raising faster-growing fish by artificially mating them in a not so typical way.On average, the resulting offspring reach market size six months faster than bluegills or yellow perch bred out of standard male-female mating. That’s because among yellow perch, females grow quicker than males. Among bluegills, males grow faster than females.For an Ohio fish farmer, having fish that mature faster than average could be a significant savings in fish food and in time waiting to sell them, said Wang, whose center in Piketon is part of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The aim of the center is to spur the state’s aquaculture industry, in part through research on two of the state’s most common fish: yellow perch and bluegill.Aquaculture, the practice of raising fish in a controlled environment of indoor tanks or outdoor ponds, is slowly growing, but still a relatively small Ohio industry. In 2017, 227 people in the state had permits allowing them to sell seafood. Any advances in farming that make it faster or easier to raise fish or shellfish could prove useful and profitable.“We’re using the animals’ maximum potential to make them grow faster for human benefit,” Wang said. “We have to do it this way to meet the growing need for food, specifically protein. You need to have a process to produce more animals — more chickens, cows, pigs and fish.”Among yellow perch, the females grow 60 to 70% faster than the males, and they grow larger than the males. As a result, it makes sense that a breeder would want to produce the fastest-growing female yellow perch. So Wang did exactly that. He mated females to females with the help of grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state-based Ohio Sea Grant program, which funds research in the Great Lakes and aquaculture.On average, it takes a farmer 16 months to raise a yellow perch to reach market size. Now it can take as little as 10 months if neo-males are mated with typical female yellow perch, Wang said.“The farmer saves on labor, saves on feed and saves on space,” he said.With bluegills, the males grow faster and bigger than the females. So, Wang took males and mated them with males through a process similar to what was done with the yellow perch, so they became what Wang calls “neo-females.” The offspring of a neo-female bluegill and a male bluegill were all male fish that could grow to 1 pound, the size needed to sell them, in about a year, cutting three to five months off the typical time needed for them to mature.“It doesn’t matter if it’s a fish or a tomato or a soybean, if you can shorten the amount of time it takes to grow the item to market size while still maintaining the same nutritional quality, that will just improve the farmer’s profit margin,” said Matthew Smith, an OSU Extension aquaculture specialist. Smith’s main priority is expanding sustainable, profitable fish farms in Ohio.Aquaculture can play a critical role as our oceans and Great Lakes are overfished, Smith said. “It’s a way to provide a balance.”
One soldier was killed in a fierce exchange of fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri as Pakistan resorted to “unprovoked” ceasefire violation in Pir Panchal Valley’s Rajouri district and the Kashmir Valley and two Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants, including a ‘commander’, were killed in an encounter in Anantnag on Tuesday.A Jammu-based Army spokesman identified the soldier killed as Naik Krishan Lal. “The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Sunderbani Sector in Rajouri on Tuesday. The Indian Army responded strongly and effectively. Heavy damage to Pakistani Army posts and casualties to Pakistani soldiers have been inflicted by our troops,” he said.Rajouri and Poonch districts have witnessed intermittent incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the past one week, which left a 12-day infant dead and two civilians injured.Pakistani troops also resorted to heavy firing and shelling in Kashmir’s Kupwara from 1 p.m. up to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday. The residents of Karnah had to ran for cover as shells rained near residential areas. Nazir Ahmad, a local, said his family members were stranded at different locations for many hours due to the sudden shelling.“Two residents received minor injuries and were shifted to the Sub-District Hospital, Tangdhar. Both are out of danger,” said sub-divisional magistrate Dr. Alyas Ahmad.National Conference (NC) president and Srinagar MP Dr. Farooq Abdullah said it was the population living across the LoC that had to bear the brunt of escalation of tension between India and Pakistan.“It’s high-time both the countries respected the dignity of lives of people living across the border. The need of the hour calls for total cessation of hostilities,” he said.2 Jaish militants killedThe police said the slain militants were JeM commander Fayaz Panzoo from Tral and his associate Shaan Showkat from Kanalwan area.“Panzoo was a top commander and was involved in an attack on the CRPF in Anantnag town on June 12 this year, which left five CRPF personnel and one police officer dead,” said the police.
World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide With no movement as the deadline for player changes elapsed, TNT KaTropa will stick it out with the mammoth import that took the Texters this deep in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, as they try to turn the tables on the rock-solid, fancied San Miguel Beermen.TNT will come in as the underdog in the best-of-seven title series starting with the 7 p.m. opening contest at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, and the Texters have embraced that tag even more so with Joshua Smith functioning on only one good foot and the Beermen looking as sharp as ever.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Defense sorely lacking in Horn’s fight blueprint Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jason Castro is the biggest local weapon of the Texters, and the fleet-footed guard showed that much by pumping in 38 points in Game 4 of the Ginebra series.But Castro was quick to downplay the role he will play in this series, insisting that individuality has no place in their team.“When we play together as a team, good things always happen,” Castro said. “It will not be Jason Castro against anyone in the San Miguel lineup, we will need total team effort to beat San Miguel.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments June Mar Fajardo and import Charles Rhodes will be the main concerns of the TNT defense, and once this duo dominates the inside, TNT could be in for a heap of trouble when they clog the lanes with Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and a whole lot of others there to make the outside shot.If Smith comes out healthier than he did in the last two games of the Ginebra series, the Texters stand a good chance to upset the Beermen as he could more or less make life difficult for Fajardo because of his size and leave the locals to try and handle Rhodes.San Miguel has the hunger factor despite this being the Beermen’s fifth trip in the title series in the last eight conferences. The winningest team in the league has not won this tournament since 2000, a 17-year thirst the Beermen would want to quench.After winning the Philippine Cup in all of the last three seasons, the Beermen have been unlucky in this conference owing to import problems.They have none of that here, with Rhodes displaying utmost professionalism and jiving with the star-studded local roster.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Team sources told the Inquirer on Tuesday afternoon that the local players had asked coaches, led by Nash Racela, to play Smith in the series opener, knowing that the entire team owes the 6-foot-9, 330-pound banger something for taking them past No. 1 ranked Barangay Ginebra in the Final Four.No one in authority confirmed this news, though, but it seems logical since TNT has opted not to tap standby import Mike Myers—at least for Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Miguel will be shooting for the second jewel of a coveted Triple Crown sweep and the Beermen have the roster that can pull it off.In their Final Four with sister team Star, the Beermen won the last three games with contributions coming from everywhere. What ‘missteps’?
Top Kurdish officials said their fighters were advancing ‘street by street’ and voiced confidence that ISIS would soon be ejected from the town.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said the latest advances were mainly in the south of the besieged town.‘The (Kurdish) People’s Protection Units (YPG) recaptured streets and buildings in the south of Kobane, after a fierce battle against IS that began yesterday (Monday) evening,’ the Observatory said. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe monitor also said the YPG and its Iraqi peshmerga allies shelled IS positions on Tuesday elsewhere in Kobane.Kobane has been under siege from IS since mid-September and more than 1,000 people have been killed in the fighting, most of them jihadists.Syria’s Kurds have been backed by Iraqi peshmerga fighters and Syrian rebels in their fight for the town, as well as a wave of air strikes by the US-led coalition against IS. Syrian Kurdish chief Saleh Muslim said YPG forces were advancing ‘street by street’ and that they would ‘recapture the town in a very short time’. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanThe Kurds’ top field commander in Kobane, Narin Afrin, a 40-year-old woman, said by telephone: ‘We have been resisting for 56 days in very difficult conditions.’ ‘We will liberate the town house by house, and we are determined to exterminate terrorism and fundamentalism,’ she said.Kobane has become a symbol of resistance against jihadists who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, committing brutal abuses against rivals and the local population.
Kolkata: The state government will seek some sort of relaxation from the Supreme Court which, on Monday, restrained the government from processing tenders issued by it for the supply of burnt mobil oil to keep herds of elephants away by using fire torches.”We are examining the order of the apex court. A meeting will be conducted consisting of senior officials and legal experts. Our Chief Wildlife Warden is currently in North Bengal. We have been using such fire torches to scare the elephants in order to avoid the jumbos’ conflict with man. Now, if there is a restriction we have to look for alternative means,” state Forest minister Binay Krishna Burman said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNK Pandey, the principal chief conservator of forests of the state and the head of forest force said some foreign countries use alternative techniques like taking some heavy lights to scare the pachyderms. “It is difficult for our guards to carry such heavy lights. There are hamlets inside forests, the road is not congenial for taking such lights and it is difficult to have those type of lights here. We have been asked to file an affidavit within two weeks in which we will point out the difficulties,” Pandey said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior Forest official said we are continuously taking awareness drives among people to minimise man animal conflict. “We do not inflict torture on the jumbos by throwing fire torches we only use these to scare them away. When they enter villages and create havoc to farmlands, they flee if shown such torches. There has not been a single case of inflicting torture on elephants by throwing torches,” a senior official of the Forest department said. The bench has also asked the Bengal government to file affidavit stating the name and designation of the person who will be responsible in each forest division in the event of a mishap due to fire. The bench has also directed the Odisha government to file an affidavit in this regard. It may be mentioned that the Centre through Additional Solicitor General ANS Nadkarni, assured the bench that a meeting is scheduled on December 1 for forming a task force or a steering committee to assist the Centre and the states to formulate and implement measures to deal with conflicts with elephants. The bench was hearing a writ petition filed by Prerna Singh Bindra, a well-known conservationist and author, seeking the formation of such a task force in different parts of the country to prevent the elephants from being subjected to violence.
If you work in technology, you may have heard about World Backup Day. Founded in 2011, World Backup Day was designed by Ismail Jadun, a digital strategy and research consultant, to boost awareness for businesses and individuals that may not recognize the importance of regular data backups. The goal, according to the World Backup Day website, is to use March 31 as the date each year to reach those who have never backed up their data, and even people who might not have ever even heard about data backup.”World Backup Day started out when someone on Reddit lost their hard drive and wished someone had reminded them to back up,” said Jadun. “I thought it was a wonderful idea … it’s wonderful to see people and schools around the world promoting the importance of backing up our data.”One of those companies promoting World Backup Day is Datacastle, an analytics and endpoint protection services company. President and CEO Ron Faith said his company endorses the new occasion because he often finds that small businesses don’t truly understand the threats from ransomware, data loss and data breaches. “It is important for small businesses to be honest with themselves that they don’t know what data is on all their company laptops, tablets and smartphones,” he said.What you need to know about data lossDon’t think of data loss as something that only happens to massive companies or to individual employees who drop phones in swimming pools. Jadun and Faith want you to know that any company or individual can fall victim to data loss and theft. Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks are incredibly simple ways that hackers target companies, without having a massive army of coders on their side. An excellent example of a BEC attack is a fraudulent email sent from someone pretending to be the company’s CEO to the company’s human resources (HR) manager. Without realizing that he or she is being scammed, an HR manager willingly sends personal employee data to the scammers. Since 2013, more than 7,000 of these attacks have occurred, totaling losses exceeding $740 million according to FBI data.Not protecting your company’s data can be a costly decision. The average global cost per stolen confidential record in 2016 rose from $154 to $158. Last year, there were 38 percent more attacks on companies than there were in the previous year, and most attacks stay dormant within a company’s system for over 140 days before the company even realizes they’ve been infiltrated. Attacks are happening more often, they’re more sophisticated and they’re becoming more and more expensive for businesses. Or, as Faith said, the cost to the company’s reputation “is far greater from an embarrassing data loss or data breach incident than the cost of most [backup and protection] solutions.”How to stay safeFaith advised businesses to create a simple, company-wide, data protection policy that will automatically back up the endpoint data to the cloud. He said the solution “should be friction-free for the employees and not really require the employees to do anything.” If your company doesn’t have the resources to dedicate to a corporate-wide backup, Faith said companies should start with the executives’ laptops. “It is a smaller group with the most sensitive data. This enables the executives to lead by example on protecting endpoint data,” he said.Jadun said it is crucial for companies to audit the data they produce. This includes customer data, product data, HR data and sales data, among many other examples. By doing this, companies can fully understand the stakes of any data loss incident. Once you’ve audited your data, he advised companies to determine the potential ways data could be lost and then create a data protection plan to protect those assets.”Depending on how much downtime your organization can handle, you can then set about looking at various data protection and backup solutions. Your business should strongly consider creating local backups as well as backups in an offsite location. Then, go about setting up protocols to both automatically back up and test those restore regularly.” March 31, 2017 Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
AddThis ShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgRice U. political scientist available to comment on Texas governor’s and House races‘White’s thoughts now must begin to turn to his 2012 campaign for the US Senate’Rice University political scientist Mark Jones is available now through Election Day to comment on the Texas governor’s race between Gov. Rick Perry and former Houston Mayor Bill White. Jones provided the following commentary for attribution in news reports:“With only three weeks remaining until Election Day, and less than one week before early voting begins, the door is slowly closing on the possibility of a Bill White victory over Gov. Rick Perry in this year’s gubernatorial contest. Over the past seven months, despite White and his supporters’ substantial advertising campaign and his tireless efforts to meet with voters throughout the state, White has been unable to significantly reduce the approximately 6 to 8 percent difference in the polls that has separated him from Perry. While White’s quest for the governorship is not a lost cause, time is rapidly running out for the type of game-changing event he needs to dramatically alter the dynamics of the gubernatorial campaign.“With victory increasingly unlikely, White’s thoughts now must begin to turn to his 2012 campaign for the U.S. Senate. A strong showing against Perry Nov. 2 (more than 45 percent of the vote) in what is turning out to be a very difficult year for Democrats nationwide would make White an early favorite for the 2012 Senate race. Conversely, a poor performance (less than 40 percent of the vote) would raise serious doubts about White’s viability as a statewide candidate.”Jones, who has also conducted research on the Texas House, provided the following statement regarding House races:“Republicans are certain to increase their number of seats in the Texas House of Representatives, picking up between five and 10 seats currently held by Democrats while losing only one or two seats presently occupied by Republicans. Ironically, a substantially larger Republican delegation in Austin in January may increase the prospects for efforts by conservative Republicans such as Warren Chisum (Pampa) to oust current Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio. In 2009, Straus himself overthrew then-Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, with the backing of a handful of moderate Republicans and an overwhelming majority of Democrats.”Jones, who is Rice’s Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, can conduct interviews in English or Spanish and may be reached at email@example.com or 713-348-6777.