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first_imgNeither side managed to create a clear-cut chance during a tepid start at Vicarage Road, where Charlie Austin’s hamstring problem means QPR are playing without a recognised striker.Niko Kranjcar took the role of Rangers’ lone forward, while Yossi Benayoun is making his first start for the club.Benayoun is playing in midfield alongside Joey Barton and Tom Carroll.Kranjcar fired a long-range effort well over the bar in the opening exchanges and sent a 22nd-minute shot wide of the target. QPR: Green, Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Assou-Ekotto, Barton, Carroll, Benayoun, Phillips, Hoilett, Kranjcar.Subs: Murphy; Traore, Johnson, Henry, Zamora, O’Neil, Sendles-White.Watford: Almunia; Doyley, Angella, Ekstrand; Cassetti, McGugan, Thorne, Murray, Bellerin; Fabbrini, Deeney.Subs: Bond, Battocchio, McEachran, Acuna, Iriney, O’Nien, Nosworthy. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA’s diva divine in

first_img3 February 2003South Africa’s first Zulu opera, Princess Magogo kaDinuzulu, is history as spectacle, from a stage crowded with a chorus costumed in artist Andrew Verster’s bizarre versions of traditional gowns, skins and ostrich feathers, to the most authentic and exciting Zulu dancing seen outside the Valley of a Thousand Hills.At the centre is diva Sibongile Khumalo, singing the role of the much-loved princess whose songs telling of love, life, faith, and the changing fortunes of the Zulu nation live on in the memory of generations of Zulu-speaking South Africans. The opera, launched in Durban last year, arrived in Pretoria at the weekend. It combines a western form – the opera – and African music.The story in this collection of set pieces offers plenty of scope for extravagance: King Dinuzulu, father of Princess Magogo, returns from exile in St Helena and is welcomed by his ecstatic subjects; a British officer strides into the royal kraal with the head of the rebel leader Bambatha; the young King Solomon is crowned.From oppression, to love, to humourIn between the pageantry there is the divine Khumalo. In Act I she sings of oppression, of the sad state of the Zulu nation; in Act II she veers from religious songs to love songs to humour, including a wonderful song, sung in a detached and ironic tone, about her lover.Home Affairs Minister Mangosuthu Buthelezi, son of Princess Magogo, says he is touched that Khumalo plays the role: “I remember occasions when we sat with her … at the feet of the Princess as she played ugubhu’ – a traditional stringed instrument- “and sang some of the songs that Sibongile sings in the opera’, he writes.Composer Mzilikazi Khumalo, in his programme note, explains the choral music: he used traditional African rhythms, scales and modes, with the singing style patterned on Zulu inflections. “All the songs … are in the Zulu language, which is a tone language. The gliding speech tones in the language (the rising, falling and rising-falling tones) are represented in the music by grace notes.”Best-known names in operaThe principals include some of the best-known names in opera in South Africa: in addition to mezzo-soprano Sibongile Khumalo, there is baritone Fikile Mvinjelwa as King Dinuzulu. Baritone Peter Mcebi sings two roles – Bambatha and Ndwandwe, the object of the Princess’s affections; tenor Given Mabena is Prince Solomon; and soprano Sibongile Mngoma is Queen Silomo, the Princess’s mother.The acting and singing skills – both crucial for opera – among the principals are first-rate. However, the chorus, while in splendid voice, is less at home on a stage. Producers Opera Africa, a Section 21 not-for-profit company, recruited a chorus in September, explains a board member, from among largely unemployed music inspectors, choirmasters and teachers, rehearsed them three times a week for three months, then sent them briefly for training in stagecraft.Opera clouded by lawsuitThe replacement of the original chorus, some principal singers and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, which premiered the show in Durban, has given rise to a lawsuit which has affected the opera’s immediate future. Those replaced for the Gauteng run and an expected season in Chicago applied for an urgent interdict earlier this year, claiming that contracts had been signed promising they would have the first option for roles if another production was staged within five years.The Chicago Heritage Festival, which had booked the opera for a three-night run, cancelled. The judge gave the company the go-ahead to perform in Pretoria; and Opera Africa’s lawyer has confirmed that the company has decided to hand the rights to the opera back to its authors, Mzilikazi Khumalo, librettist Themba Msimang and arranger and conductor Michael Hankinson, in an attempt to put an end to the controversy.Princess Magogo will be staged at the Spoornet State Theatre on 3, 5, 7 and 9 February 2003.last_img read more

SA ‘could be hub for ship, oil rig repair’

first_img5 July 2012 South Africa could create at least 5 000 jobs by providing ship and oil rig repair and maintenance, Transport Minister Ben Martins said in Cape Town on Wednesday. Addressing the 2012 South African Maritime Industry Conference, Martins said a re-invigorated maritime industry could become a key driver of economic growth and job creation in the country. One of the biggest opportunities that had been identified in the maritime sector was that of positioning South Africa as a centre for ship and oil rig repair and maintenance. Cape Town’s harbour is already involved in the repair of a number of rigs each year, but this could escalate, with 250 oil and gas explorations set to take place off the coast of West Africa in the next five years. “Repair work driven by the expected explorations could create about 4 000 to 5 000 direct jobs and a further 1 000 indirect jobs,” Martins said. He said the government had developed a draft Green Paper on maritime shipping, which would be tabled before the Cabinet shortly. Research was done on South Africa as a hub for the oil industry through the marketing of cargo, logistics and passenger shipping. A draft policy on making ports more competitive was also being compiled, Martins said. He said one consideration was to set up a transhipment hub in a special economic zone (SEZ) to carry out re-labelling and container repairs. Over the next three days, delegates at the conference – which is hosted by the SA Maritime Safety Authority – are expected to debate how to make the maritime industry more competitive, including taking lessons from the Philippines and Nigeria. Martins said over the next two weeks, his department would be talking to the chief executives and boards of the 12 public entities that report to the department to discover what improvements were needed. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Top 5 Web Trends of 2009: Structured Data

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Other big companies are also heading in this direction – in particular, Yahoo was an early leader.Example 3: Wolfram Alpha Ever since Wolfram|Alpha‘s much hyped launch in May, we’ve been tracking this innovative product closely. It’s a self-described “computational knowledge engine” and while it’s not quite the Google killer some predicted, it has many potential uses. Wolfram|Alpha has a search engine-like interface, allowing you to type natural language statements into it. But the main part of the product is the computations you can do on data. The product is premised on using and computing data. If Web 2.0 was about creating data (a.k.a. user generated content), then the next generation of the Web is all about using that data.ConclusionWe can see from the above three examples that structured data is rapidly becoming a feature of today’s Web. Companies like Thomson Reuters and Google are enabling data to be structured, and new types of products (like Wolfram|Alpha) will make use of structured data in ways we perhaps can’t imagine right now.ReadWriteWeb’s Top 5 Web Trends of 2009:Structured DataThe Real-Time WebPersonalizationMobile Web & Augmented RealityInternet of Things Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Example 1: OpenCalais Our first example product, OpenCalais, is probably the best current example of Linked Data (which is a type of structured data endorsed by W3C). Thomson Reuters, the international business and financial news giant, launched an API called OpenCalais in Feb ’08. In a nutshell, OpenCalais turns unstructured HTML into semantically marked up data. It orders data into groups such as ‘people,’ ‘places,’ ‘companies’ and more. This way, third party applications and sites can build interesting new things from that data – one of the defining principles of Linked Data. For a full explanation of Linked Data, read Alexander Korth’s technical introduction The Web of Data: Creating Machine-Accessible Information from April 2009. I also explained the background and benefits of Linked Data in a May ’09 post entitled Linked Data is Blooming: Why You Should Care. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Example 2: Google Rich Snippets In May this year, Google added structured data to its core search, in the form of a feature called ‘Rich snippets.’ Essentially this feature extracts and shows useful information from web pages, by way of structured data open standards such as microformats and RDFa. On launch in May, Google invited publishers to mark up their HTML. While it will take a while for this markup to become widespread, the fact that a huge company like Google implemented it shows the increasing importance of structured data on the Web. richard macmanus This week ReadWriteWeb will run a series of posts detailing what we think are the five biggest, most cutting-edge Web trends to come out of 2009. We’ll be posting one trend analysis per day. Then at the end of the week we’ll publish a major update to our standard presentation about web technology trends. The first major Web trend we’re looking at is Structured Data. In prior presentations, this has sometimes been referred to under the umbrella term of ‘Semantic Web’. However the way 2009 has panned out so far, it’s become clear that this trend is much more than the Semantic Web. In this post, we’ll analyze the developments in Structured Data this year and provide you with 3 product examples: OpenCalais, Google, Wolfram Alpha.Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’ll re-publish some of our best posts of 2009. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2010. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!Web of Data, Not DocumentsTim Berners-Lee said in February this year that we’re now in a Web of Data, rather than a Web of Documents. The organization that Berners-Lee heads, the W3C, has heavily promoted two key initiatives that are helping to build this Web of Data: the Semantic Web and more recently Linked Data. However over the past few years, we’ve seen that there are many other ways to structure data and enable others to build off it. The best current example is surely Twitter, whose API has historically been responsible for around 90% of Twitter’s activity – via third party apps.The basic principle of the Web of Data is still the same as what Alex Iskold articulated on ReadWriteWeb back in March 2007: “unstructured information will give way to structured information – paving the road to more intelligent computing.” Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Features#NYT#Structured Data#Trends#web last_img read more

YouTube: Flash Still Beats HTML5

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts mike melanson Tags:#Adobe#Apple#Google#NYT#web#YouTube A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The battle between HTML5 and Adobe Flash for dominance over video on the Web is likely to end poorly for one of the two, and lately it’s been looking worse and worse for Flash. Steve Jobs wrote an open letter to the Web stating why Flash would remain banned from iPhones and iPads, and just yesterday, Apple got an “unexpected ally” in its anti-Flash crusade – the adult entertainment industry. But today, just to keep from making things too cut and dry, Google-owned video site YouTube has come out with a list of its own reasons why Flash is here to stay – for now – and HTML5 simply isn’t qualified to handle the job at hand.Overall, YouTube software engineer John Harding’s argument comes down to one simple statement: “We need to do more than just point the browser at a video file like the image tag does – there’s a lot more to it than just retrieving and displaying a video.” He goes on to list several points where Flash still beats the up-and-coming HTML5

Obama at Facebook: “We Want To Start Making Science Cool”

first_imgRelated Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#Government#web dan rowinskicenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification President Barack Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down at Facebook headquarters this afternoon to have a townhall meeting that was streamed live to the Web.Via Facebook Live and Livestream, Obama answered questions from Zuckerberg, the crowd and participants across the Web. Even though Obama was sitting on stage at the quintessential Web 2.0 corporation, not much of the conversation veered towards technology.Questions included the national debt, the budget, the economic recovery, the Dream Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), immigration, Medicare and Medicaid and education. For a while it sounded more like an “Obama For Re-Election in 2012” campaign stop than it did a conversation with one of the leaders of the Internet industry.Technology topics that Obama did touch on included: the need for more engineers and programmers; what his administration is doing to change the education structure; the need for the education system to emphasize science and math; clean energy and the convergence of the healthcare industry and technology.This is not the first time that Obama has gone to techland. In February he met with the leaders of the tech industry and had dinner with some of the most influential people in the United States. It is also not the first time that Obama has visited the home turf of a tech giant to tout education, as he did when he visited Intel in February to reiterate the need for more engineers in the world. Since his last State Of The Union address where he spent a significant amount of his speech on the need to pour money into tech, Obama has been making the rounds of the leaders in the industry to push the point home.“We are in Silicon Valley, so, let’s talk IT stuff,” Obama said at one point. “I will try to pretend that I know what I am talking about.”Obama makes jokes that he is not tech savvy, but he is perhaps the American president most attuned to how current and emerging technology can lead the United States to a new economy and status in the global ecosystem.For Obama, that all starts with education.“[O]ne of the reasons that we had one of the first science fairs at the White House in a very long time [was] just because we want to start making science cool.” – President Obama“I want people to feel the about the next big energy break though or the next big Internet breakthrough the same way they felt about the moon launch,” Obama said. “That is how we are going to stay competitive for the future and that is why these investments in education are so important.”The president praised Zuckerberg as well as Bill Gates’ charitable organizations for the work they do in advancing education in the realm of science and technology.“Government alone cannot do it, there needs to be a cultural shift where we buckle down and say ‘this stuff is important,’” Obama said. “That is why the work you, Mark, are doing is important, work that the Gates Foundation is doing in philanthropic investments in best practices in education [is] going to be so important. We have to lift our game up. That is hopefully one of the most important legacies I can leave as president of the United States.”Obama talked about the need for a cultural shift in American education that would create the type of people that can lead the United States in a technological evolution. “That is why we are emphasizing math and science, that is why we are emphasizing math and sciences for girls, that is why we are emphasizing making sure that black and Hispanic kids are getting math and science. We have to do a much better job at STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and that is one of the reasons that we had one of the first science fairs at the White House in a very long time [was] just because we want to start making science cool.” Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Why You Don’t Need Mac Anti-Virus Software – Plus What You Do Need

first_imgMost Mac users don’t spend much time worrrying about computer viruses, but many companies wonder if they need to install anti-virus software on their corporate Macs. Nope, at least according a recent Forrester Research report that says the performance degradation caused by most AV technology outweighs the malware risks on a Mac. But that doesn’t mean Mac security isn’t a concern.Not Windows Vs. MacThe advice comes not because Macs are inherently more secure than Windows PCs. They’re not. Rather, the advanced viruses and Trojans most likely to infect Macs are seldom spotted by today’s AV software, which is more effective at catching run-of-the-mill malware distributed by less sophisticated hackers. The majority of those malicious apps are still aimed at Windows, so AV technology is more effective on those systems.“Some companies have done just fine having no anti-virus at all on their Mac population,” said David Johnson, a Forrester analyst and author of the report on managing Macs in the Windows-dominated computing environment found in most businesses.Mac & Windows: Equally SecureFor years, Apple marketed the Mac as more secure than Windows PCs, driving a longstanding debate between fans of the two personal computer platforms. The majority of security experts today agree that the systems are roughly equally secure, with the Mac’s biggest defense being its much smaller market share. Unless targeting specific companies or industries, cybercriminals typically launch hundreds of millions of malware-carrying spam to the biggest target, hoping to snare a tiny fraction of the recipients.Analyst’s AdviceJohnson’s practical advice stems more from the dismal architecture of today’s AV technology than any desire to rekindle the security debate. “It (AV) needs architectural changes,” he said. “It should be completely unobtrusive and transparent, and that has not been the case for some of the anti-virus tools out there.”In his report, Johnson derides AV software as “notorious resource hogs.” Scanning typically begins immediately after boot-up and continues for minutes while employees sit idly by. “Add this time up every day for a year, and it’s man-days worth of lost productivity for each computer,” the report complains.The lost productivity eclipses any benefit from AV technology on the Mac, according to IT administrators Forrester interviewed. Instead, the researcher recommends making use of other tools that are less intrusive and work for many companies. Which steps a company takes will depend on the level of security needed.6 Recommended Anti-Virus AlternativesOne easy-to-use tool is the personal firewall that ships with the Mac operating system. The software can be configured on a per-application basis to allow some ports to remain open to inbound connections. In addition, it can be configured enterprise-wide on a policy basis. Another security mechanism is Gatekeeper, which ships with Mountain Lion, the latest version of Mac OS X. The malware prevention tool can be set to ensure that only software from Apple’s Mac App Store or vendors with Apple-issued credentials can be installed.Skipping AV technology means other tools will be needed to combat infections. A strong automated recovery tool set, such as Archiware and Crashplan, is needed, so a Trojan-infected Mac can be restored to a pre-infection state that includes the users’ files and settings. Forrester see this option as much faster and easier than the AV alternative of finding and removing malware. “Modern Trojans require anti-malware vendors to develop extraordinary countermeasures, which can take weeks or even months to develop, test and deploy,” the report says.Patching is key to preventing run-of-the-mill malware from infecting known vulnerabilities, so Forrester recommends Mac tools like Casper Suite or Absolute Software to keep systems up to date. In addition, tools like Centrify are available to apply group policies for password strength, automated lockout and other security measures.For companies in highly regulated industries, endpoint data loss prevention (DLP) software is available, if really needed. Like AV technology, DLP is resource intensive and can cause significant frustrations to end user. “DLP should be reserved for highly regulated vertical [market]s or for specific groups in which the consequences of data loss far outweigh the productivity costs,” Forrester advises.Finally, the analyst firm recommends companies use Apple’s native disk encryption tool to encrypt the Mac’s entire hard drive. While such tools are often resource intensive, users have reported little impact from using Apple’s technology.Still The ‘Wild West’No one is saying allowing Macs into a Windows environment is risk free. While the methods to deal with problems are different, security is critical on both platforms, and companies do need to pay as much attention to employees’ Macs as to the company’s Windows PCs.“In too many cases, the thinking is lock down all the Windows boxes, but the Mac users are left on their own. It’s kind of a Wild West where anything goes,” said Aaron Freimark, chief technology officer for Mac service provider Tekserve. “But you’re subject to vulnerabilities too.”So skip the anti-virus technology and pay close attention to the alternatives. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Apple#enterprise#security Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now antone gonsalves Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Tsakos Columbia Chooses Electronic Payments for Crew

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pxhere Seafarers employed on Tsakos-owned vessels operated under its management arrangement with Columbia Shipmanagement will now be paid electronically as opposed to by ‘Cash-by-Master’.Under an agreement, signed with global maritime payments provider ShipMoney, the crewmembers will have complete control and access to their wages while onboard ship, including the timing and currency of remittances sent home.The contract with the Greece-based ship management company will see ShipMoney’s products being rolled out to its fleet of 90 vessels consisting of tanker, container and dry cargo ships, following a successful trial.“By introducing ShipMoney, we’ve been able to streamline the onboard crew payment process across the fleet by enhancing the safety in money transfer, reducing costs, saving time and providing a new benefit to our valued crewmembers and their families,” Harry Katsipoulakis, CFO of Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement, said.“One of the important benefits to the deal relates to foreign exchange, which is often a hidden cost for crew. The majority of today’s crew are contracted and paid in US dollars and most employers remit individual US dollar wire payments to individual seafarer bank accounts. If the seafarer’s home bank account is not denominated in dollars, then the receiving bank has complete control over the conversion from US dollars to the currency of the crew member’s account,” Stuart Ostrow, President of ShipMoney, said.last_img read more