Africa, mining industry ‘must grow together’

first_img3 February 2014A major shift in how mining companies operate in Africa is required for the industry to contribute effectively to the continent’s growth, South African Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday.“This should entail a shift from the exporting of largely raw material to ensuring that minerals serve as a catalyst for accelerated industrialisation through mineral value-addition,” Shabangu said in her opening address to the 2nd annual Mining Indaba Ministerial Symposium.“This will also require development corridors that are a subject of multi-purpose infrastructure development.”Shabangu pointed out that mineral resources generally occured in remote areas that were often characterised by high levels of poverty, the marginalisation of host indigenous communities, and a lack of of both physical and social infrastructure.She said that the financing of multi-purpose infrastructure development should not be the burden of one stakeholder at the expense of another, as had been the case in the past.“It requires clear goals and objectives to be outlined, infrastructure requirements delineated and costed, and partners in development to agree on a creative win-win formula for financing of such infrastructure that will deliver ‘Africa’s Promise’ and enable the emergence of a resilient African continent.”She further stressed the importance for African mining development to be integrated and interlinked with infrastructure development initiatives such as the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa that had been adopted by the African Union (AU).The programme, which is led by the AU and chaired by South African President Jacob Zuma, seeks to integrate regional and continental infrastructure networks and services in order to improve intra-African trade and promote socio-economic development on the continent.Shabangu also highlighted the need to establish enduring partnerships between Africa and mining development partners, based on their respective strengths, in order to achieve mutual development priorities.However, she said it was important that Africa’s “mining vision” be driven and led by Africans, who had to ensure that Africa’s mineral resources were exploited in an equitable and optimal manner that underpinned sustainable, inclusive growth and socio-economic development.At the same time, the exploitation of these resources “should be undertaken in a manner that addresses environmental concerns, especially on water and biodiversity and other related mining pollution”.Source: read more

Facebook Confirms Hiring Famous iPhone and Sony Hacker, GeoHot (George Hotz)

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez George Hotz, also known as “GeoHot” on the Internet, is now working at Facebook, the company confirms. Hotz is best known for both his iPhone hacking skills and as the person who jailbroke and reverse engineered Sony’s PlayStation 3, leading to legal battles. In April, Sony announced it reached a settlement with Hotz, with Hotz agreeing to a permanent injunction against publishing any further code.The following month, Hotz was hired at Facebook. Hacker’s New Day JobReportedly, Hotz began work at Facebook as a software engineer in May 2011 and his first day was May 9.  A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed the hire but did not provide any other details regarding Hotz’ position or duties.The news was reported by TechUnwrapped and others over the weekend, citing an interview with Chronic-Dev Team member Joshua Hill (aka “P0sixninja on Twitter). The Chronic-Dev Team, for those unaware, is a group of developers who work to release software for jailbreaking iPhones and other iOS devices.In a video interview (see embed below), Hill discussed the upcoming jailbreakers’ convention known as MyGreatFest, During the chat, Hill also mentioned that he recently challenged Hotz to find an exploit for the iPad 2, but Hotz turned him down due to his current employment at Facebook, as well as his desire to escape the limelight after his legal troubles with Sony.Additional confirmation came from Gabe Rivera, founder of the tech news aggregator Techmeme. He did a little sleuthing of his own and discovered that Hotz had announced his employment at Facebook via his Facebook profile. According to this post (viewable by Hotz’ Facebook friends and network only), he began in May and revealed the news to friends in June. Facebook has yet to officially confirm Hotz’ role with the company, only his hire, but speculation has it that he may be involved with Facebook’s mobile efforts, specifically its upcoming iPad app. The New York Times reported earlier this month that the iPad app, in development for nearly a year, may only be weeks away from release. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Government confirms that no plans to make yoga compulsory

first_imgThe term ‘Yoga’ has been applied to a variety of practices and methods, including Jain and Buddhist practices. On Thursday, the government has confirmed that until now there is no plan to make teaching of yoga mandatory at all the educational institutions. According to a report in the Times of India, Ayush Minister Shripad Naik said, “No. However, yoga is one of the subjects along with physical and health education, and is also included as part of the physical activity in all schools affiliated to CBSE across the country.”  He further added that yoga is included as one of the units under physical education curriculum at the senior secondary level.He quoted that while framing the revised 12th plan guidelines on the scheme ofdevelopment of sports infrastructure and equipment at universities andcolleges. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has notified that yoga has been incorporated in the modules on the health, nutrition, fitness and general well being in all courses at the under graduate and post graduate level.”He concluded that yoga is a subject along with physical and health education for schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). On September 27, 2014, Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi declared 21 June as International Day of Yoga during his address to UN General Assembly.last_img read more

Paes signs three-year deal with Legendari Group

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 3 (PTI) Indian tennis legend Leander Paes was today appointed as the global brand ambassador of the Legendari Group, that owns the IPTLs Japan Franchise, for a period of three years starting 2016. Legendari Group?s association with Paes will commence from Chennai Open. In his role as brand ambassador, Paes will be part of #TeamLEGENDARIAthlete. “The Legendari Group aims to utilise the power of brand Leander as a springboard to promote tennis and other growing sports across India and Asia. The Legendari Group will support Paes in every step towards achieving Olympic glory as he prepares to participate in the prestigious quadrennial event for a 7th consecutive time,” a press release said. “I am thrilled to grow my partnership with the Legendari Group. I am excited to associate with them to promote sports, especially tennis. It is an honour to be the first #LegendariAthlete, and I look forward to utilizing my abilities to drive the growth of sports as a way of life,” Paes said. Executive Chairman & Managing Director, Shanthan Reddy said, “Leander has inspired many generations of tennis players and sportsmen in our country, and across the world with his game. We are absolutely delighted with this opportunity, and wish him success at Rio 2016 and through the year.” PTI AT ATlast_img read more

Anchovy High Wins Poster Competition

first_img Anchovy High School, in St. James, has emerged tops in the Jamaica Productivity Centre’s (JPC) 2013 poster competition. The competition targeted students 14 to 18 years old in schools islandwide, who were asked to design a poster which depicted the theme for the week in a creative manner. The winner of this year’s competition received a computer tablet and trophy, as well as a desktop computer for the school. Story Highlights Anchovy High School, in St. James, has emerged tops in the Jamaica Productivity Centre’s (JPC) 2013 poster competition.Students and teachers of the school erupted in cheers when young Kadian Thomas was placed third; and the cheers grew even louder after Tatyna Harvey, was named winner of the competition.  The second place finisher was Anthony Smith, of Knox College.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, presented the winning trophy to Tatyna and her teacher, Donovan Hart, during the opening ceremony to mark the start of National Productivity Awareness Week, on October 7, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. The week is being celebrated under the theme: ‘Productivity-Pathway to Competitiveness and Growth’.The competition targeted students 14 to 18 years old in schools islandwide, who were asked to design a poster which depicted the theme for the week in a creative manner. The designs had to include the JPC logo, as well as a slogan to show that they understood the concept of productivity.Chief Judge, Robert ‘Kibo’ Thompson, praised the quality of the entries, which he said displayed creativity on all levels, and thanked the teachers who guided the students along the way.He also informed that the number of entries almost doubled from last year, with six schools having six entries each.“In choosing the winner, we saw a definitive purpose in execution that is applicable today in the way in which we communicate through technology, through efficiency and clarity in the message that we bring to the market place. I believe that the winners that we selected hit it right on target, that we could actually take these works, reproduce them tomorrow or tonight and go straight to communicating through productivity,” Mr. Thompson said.Meanwhile,   Mr. Hart praised his students for their hard work and thanked the academic staff for their support. “The students here (Anchovy High) are very hard working. They are more than determined to be successful and every time I work with these students it really lightens by heart to see the kind of effort that they put out,” Mr. Hart said.This is the second national competition that the school has won this year, having also topped the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) competition earlier.Tatyana told JIS News that she was feeling “good” about winning and thanked her teachers for their help and encouragement. “We worked hard on it with our teachers, they helped us the most,” she said.“I feel good knowing that we have won these trophies for my school and myself. We worked hard on it and it actually paid off,” said third place winner Kadian, who is now in Grade 11 at Anchovy High.Three students received special mention for their entries – Denroy Mitchell of Green Pond High School in St. James; Lowen Allen of Jose Marti Technical, St. Catherine; and Sherona DaCosta of Tarrant High in Kingston.The winner of this year’s competition received a computer tablet and trophy, as well as a desktop computer for the school, while the runner-up received a book voucher valued at $25,000, a bank account valued at $10,000, along with a trophy. The third place finisher received a $15,000 book voucher, a trophy, and a $10,000 bank account. The students also received gift baskets courtesy of LASCO.last_img read more