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first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Buildings & Structures contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: Inside the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in the city centre. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: First National Bank offices displaying the 2010 Fifa World Cup logo, indicating that the bank is a national sponsor of the tournament, with Table Mountain behind. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Buildings in the commercial district. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Baxter Theatre. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com Download hi-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The historic clock tower at the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, South Africa’s most popular tourist destination. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The manor house at Groot Constantia, one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape winelands. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:The bell at Altydgedacht Wine Estate in the Durbanville Valley.Photo: Durbanville Wine Valley » Download high-res image Western Cape province: D’Aria Poplars restaurant in the Durbanville Valley.Photo: Durbanville Wine Valley » Download high-res image Western Cape province: The farmhouse at HillcrestEstate in the DurbanvilleValley.Photo: Durbanville Wine Valley » Download high-res image BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES 7: {loadposition bd}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Ground-breaking find by South African researcher

first_imgRay Maota Nokuthula Mchunu-Nxumalo has discovered that a certain fungus can be used to create a xylanase enzyme (pictured) which bleaches paper, thus eliminating the use of harmful chlorine in the food and paper industries. (Image: Naro Food Research Institute) Mchunu-Nxumalo is a doctoral student at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). (Image: DUT) MEDIA CONTACTS • Professor Suren Singh  HOD: Biotechnology and Food Technology  +27 31 373 5321 RELATED ARTICLES • Sci-Bono CEO gets French knighthood • South African women lead the way in science • South African whizz-kid in line for Google award • South African students tops at science awardsA South African microbiologist has discovered that a certain fungus can be used to create a xylanase enzyme which bleaches paper, thus eliminating the use of harmful chlorine in the food and paper industries.Nokuthula Mchunu-Nxumalo, a doctoral student at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), made the discovery during an 18-month study with academics at the University of Sains Malaysia’s (USM) Centre for Chemical Biology and the DUT.The work, which forms part of Mchunu-Nxumalo’s doctoral thesis, is a partnership between DUT’s biotechnology and food technology department and USM.Professor Suren Singh, head of biotechnology and food technology at the DUT, said: “Mchunu has spent close to a year at the Malay university and has made excellent progress in completing the sequencing of an industrially important thermophilic fungal genome, a world first.”Singh said the research finding was a milestone for the DUT.Through her work, Mchunu-Nxumalo has discovered more than 200 enzymes responsible for plant and waste degradation – which could also help in the production of renewable fuels.“South Africa has a lot of agricultural waste from growing maize, rice and sugarcane … the proteins can actually convert plant waste into biofuel,” she said.Heat-loving fungusMchunu-Nxumalo’s ground-breaking research in the sequencing of a thermophilic genome has been co-supervised by Profs Kugen Permaul and Maqsudul Alam from USM’s Centre for Chemical Biology.According to DUT’s Prof Singh, genomic sequencing refers to a combination of lab experiments and computer processing that elucidates the entire DNA sequence of a living organism.“Sequencing of the human genome is one of man’s greatest scientific accomplishments, taking approximately 12 years since 1989 to produce a draft version,” he said.“To this day, it is only approximately 90% complete and this is due, in part, to the large amount of DNA we possess and also since about 8% contains repetitive sequences that contain no genes.”The research by Mchunu-Nxumalo concentrated on a smaller genome from a thermophilic fungus, which prefers high temperatures of up to 60°C. This is vital for heat-intensive industrial processes.Professor Permaul said: “Mchunu’s research shows that there is a greater than 90% match between the genome and transcriptome (codes for real genes), demonstrating the high quality of the data produced by the high throughput genome sequencing.“The identified genes will be used to mass-produce enzymes that will be useful in industrial applications and processes.”A global academicMchunu-Nxumalo grew up in Port St John’s in the Eastern Cape, but now lives in Port Shepstone on KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast.She lectures undergraduates at DUT’s department of biotechnology and food technology.Once she returns from Malaysia, Mchunu-Nxumalo will join Singh and Permaul in studying the DNA sequencing of indigenous plants.Permaul said: “Mchunu intends producing at least two scientific articles from the results of her project as well as file patents for genes that produce enzymes of industrial importance.”Mchunu-Nxumalo also took part in a bilateral research project between DUT and Sweden’s Lund University as part of her master’s study.With DUT’s department of biotechnology and food technology investing R20-million (US$2.8-million) in upgrading its state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, Singh believes they will be able to extend ground-breaking research beyond 2011.Representatives from USM and DUT met on 26 August 2011 at the DUT’s Hotel School Conference Centre and signed a memorandum of understanding to establish future research prospects.last_img read more

YouTube Re-design in Beta

first_imgRelated Posts The other design changes are seen directly below the video. Here is the old version: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Today I spotted a link on YouTube to “Try out the NEW (beta) version of this page!”. Clicking through, I saw a fresh design for their video pages – not a huge re-design, but there were some subtle improvements. The main navigation and theme is largely the same, but links have been re-ordered, usability had been improved, and there is a splash of Ajax in the beta. The first noticeable change is in the right sidebar, which has been cleaned up and segmented better. Here is the old version: And here is the new version: richard macmanus The new version has specific sections for ‘Related Videos’ and ‘Promoted Videos’ (a.k.a. popular ones). The ‘Director’ videos have been cut, perhaps reflecting that popular videos aren’t necessarily professionally made by a director. At first glance it seems odd to cut the ‘More from this user’ section, but I think this has been integrated into ‘Related Videos’ (as with ‘Playlists’). So YouTube has reduced the number of clickable options, by consolidating them into one section. Also the embed code has been moved to below the video (see below).Note the added use of Ajax, in the ‘more info/less info’ toggle: Once again, the links appear to have been consolidated and made bolder (with less words). The main change though is that the embed options have been added directly below the video – in the old version the embed options are in the sidebar.ConclusionSo this isn’t a major re-design, mostly small improvements to the usability and a touch of Ajax. YouTube could do a lot more – e.g. the comments could be threaded and other social networking features added. But still it is good to see YouTube try out new design improvements. Note that I tried to check the YouTube blog for more details, but as of writing it is experiencing a 500 Internal Server Error. But not to worry, “a team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation” according to the error message 🙂 And here is the new beta sidebar: Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

E Wants To Be The Future of Networking

first_imgIn this web-enabled world of ours, you have to wonder why business cards are still so popular. Shouldn’t there be a better way? A number of startups have attempted to address this problem with ingenious solutions that range from iPhone apps to custom URLs. Others are calling for the use of QR Codes for mobile data exchange. Unfortunately, no one service has hit the sweet spot just yet, but newcomer “E” thinks they have it figured out. Will “E” succeed where the others have failed? Or is this one industry that refuses to become digitized?HelloMyNameIsE.com You have to appreciate E’s creative URL – it’s memorable, but also makes you curious. E? What’s E?, you wonder. When I first encountered the URL, it was in a tweet which read “I’m now using E to add friends to my Twitter account. More info on http://hellomynameise.com.” Did I click though? You bet. “E,” as it turns out, is a new spin on digital contact exchange. Instead of using paper business cards, you use your phone to exchange data. At first, you may think that sounds very much like mobile contact service Dropcard, but it’s not. The only similarity between E and Dropcard is that they both allow you to customize your profile online and share it with others, but the similarities end there. To use Dropcard, you either text or use a mobile app which emails your contact info to the person you just met. With E, you go to a mobile web URL that lets you exchange a passcode with your new contact. The passcode is simply a five-digit code which is entered into the mobile web app itself. They show your theirs, you show them yours…that sort of thing. Once connected, you don’t receive an email message with their contact info like with Dropcard. E goes a step further and actually adds that contact to all the services you’ve already integrated with E. Service IntegrationAt the moment, E allows you to integrate Twitter, PICNIC (a network for the PICNIC conference), and Soocial. However, Delicious, European social portal Netlog, and LastFM are listed as coming soon. After you integrate these services with E, when you add a contact they’re immediately added to all those other web services, too. And thanks to Soocial, an address book solution, E contact info can also synchronize with your email address book in Gmail, Highrise, your OSX address book, or the address book on your phone itself. Barriers To AdoptionE faces one of the typical problems that many web 2.0 startups do – they don’t work for you until a lot of people are using it. Just because you have a profile on E, that doesn’t mean that those you meet do. And unlike a service like Dropcard, there isn’t a way to use E without the other person’s involvement. In addition to the service itself, the developers of E came up with a crazy but interesting idea for a hardware device called the “Connector.” With this device, you can exchange contact info with others just by touching the two connectors together. While gadget junkies and shiny object collectors may find this device appealing, it could easily remain a niche gadget that ends up sitting on the shelf next to your Chumby and Nazbaztag. To cross the adoption barrier, those at E would be smart to sponsor events where everyone gets a Connector at registration. After a few high-profile events, they would have industry movers and shakers on board, and that’s always a good place to start. Sponsoring events may be just what the company is planning, though, since their site mentions that the “Connector will be released at large events in the near future.” Will It Work?At present, the E service is very basic. Twitter integration is the only service of note that works yet. (Soocial looks great, but is in private beta). The profiles themselves are also not as flexible as those with Dropcard are. You can easily add and remove services with Dropcard, but with E, I wasn’t even able to add a second company that represents my second job. The services section of the web site is confusing – it doesn’t allow you to do anything more than customize which services are connected. The actual profile information is entered under “Settings,” so you can’t specify that only personal contacts get your home address, for example. It appears to be all-or-nothing. E still has far to go to become a truly successful digital contact exchange service, but at least they’re trying something different. Because they operate via mobile URL, not an app specific to any one device, they’re better positioned for more universal adoption that a service that designates itself as iPhone-only, for example. The service is in private beta testing now, but you have the opportunity to make an impassioned plea as to why they should invite you on the signup page here. (If you get in, feel free to add me: 17975.)Check out the video below to see E in action:Hello, my name is E from Renato Valdés Olmos on Vimeo. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Features#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Corey May, CFI, LPC Promoted to Director, World Headquarters Business Continuity at Nike

first_imgCorey May, CFI, LPC was appointed director, world headquarters business continuity with Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike. May began his career at Nike in 2009 as a retail manager transitioning to a loss prevention business analyst in 2011, district loss prevention manager in 2013 and most recently as senior manager, global loss prevention operations. He was a non-commissioned officer for the US Navy and holds a bachelor of business degree from University of RedlandsCongratulations Corey! – Sponsor – Information provided by our partners at Loss Prevention Recruiters Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Stop forking NFV! And thrive.

first_imgBy Chris BuergerI had the opportunity to participate in Dave Ward’s (CTO Cisco) presentation at the fantastic OpenStack Summit in Vancouver last month. As part of his session, he made a strong statement that warmed my (open source) heart.To repeat his assertion: “By creating a ‘whole stack’ framework with multiple, loosely coupled open source projects, we can satisfy the need in NFVI for advanced functionality without forking. Stop forking up NFV.”Let’s unpack Dave’s statement.In my mind, the ‘whole stack’ framework concept that Dave talked about is squarely aligned with the intent of mid-stream NFV open source initiatives such as the Open Platform for NFV Project. OPNFV’s mission is to accelerate NFV through the creation of an integrated open platform based on the adoption of leading upstream projects such as OpenStack and OpenDaylight (ODL).The Arno release represents the first step to making this goal a reality by releasing fundamental enabling platform integration and validation technology into the community. Two years ago, Rose Schooler articulated a similar vision at Open Networking Summit 2013 in her announcement of the Intel Open Network Platform. We have been steadily releasing quarterly updates of ONP on Intel’s 01.org, and partners such as HP and Oracle are starting to leverage its capabilities.The main point is the same. While there is no doubt that individual ingredient open source projects are critical and are being integrated/consumed into existing systems (or are augmenting/replacing proprietary solutions), the ‘whole stack’ is the ultimate catalyst and delivery framework to create a complete solution to rapidly deploy SDN and NFV.The whole stack concept of ‘loosely coupled open source projects’ also has challenges. One challenge is to provide one or multiple common (generally technical) capabilities that act as linkages between the different projects. Think of it like a red thread running through the whole stack.For Intel, one such connecting capability is the popular Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), a set of open source libraries and drivers for fast packet processing. This capability is enabled from OpenStack, through ODL and all the way into the Open Virtual Switch (OVS), providing a consistent approach to accelerating packet performance and to optimizing workload placement across the entire NFV/SDN stack.Having spent many years on both sides of the supply/demand equation for service provider software solutions, I am acutely aware of the benefits that tightly integrated, highly innovative proprietary software products can provide.I do believe that creating unique NFV/SDN intellectual property (IP) and technical innovation should generate a commensurate financial return. What I think is different in NFV today, and what I believe is center to Dave’s and my argument, is that vendors will not be successful by creating forks of the open source projects making up the entire NFV stack.The level and timeliness of adherence to the latest open source ingredients has risen to become a primary purchase decision-making criterion. It is perfectly okay to augment open source with unique monetizable IP, just do not attempt to lock-in a customer by having them buy into your fork.We have already seen this in OpenStack with different commercial solution vendors touting the ‘pureness’ and increasingly short timelines to adopt the latest community releases. I also believe that the same movement will occur as OpenDaylight matures.Rose quoted Intel founder Andy Grove in her presentation at ONS two years ago. Her point was that with SDN, the networking industry had reached a strategic inflection point that is changing the way the industry thinks and acts.Now, we are entering a new phase in this process, moving from the open source ingredient level to the complete NFV stack level while elevating the smart integration and non-forked nature of these different components as a main benefit to end-users.  Slightly rephrasing Dave’s statement: Don’t fork NFV if you want to thrive.last_img read more

Corini confident over Dessena

first_imgDaniele Dessena left Brescia’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina on a stretcher and in tears, but Coach Eugenio Corini is hopeful “nothing’s broken”. Dessena risks suffering a similar injury to the double leg break that cost him the majority of his 2015-16 campaign, his right leg again caught in a collision with Erick Pulgar, but Corini was remaining upbeat. “There was some heavy bruising,” he told Sky Sport Italia after the game. “The lad got scared, given it was the leg he hurt a few years ago. “We’ll wait for the results of the tests, but the hope is that nothing’s broken.” The result, meanwhile, saw the Rondinelle halt a run of back-to-back defeats. “Fiorentina are a great team, we battled and we kept an important point at home, with less clarity and quality than we’d have liked but with character and the right spirit. “Dessena’s injury had an emotional impact on the team. We executed our game plan well, especially in the first half. “We also scored a goal, which was then disallowed. There were some potential openings for us, where we could’ve been more incisive. “We need to improve in our next few games. Our fixture list has been complicated so far, but my team have done well despite that. “We’ve dropped a few too many points away from home, the game against Bologna in particular. “The League will be difficult for all the teams fighting relegation, but we’ve shown that we can take our fight all the way to achieve our objective.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

IOWA HOUSE VOTES DOWN JAIL RELEASE PROGRAM

first_imgThe Iowa House has voted to end a pilot program that supporters say reduces the number of people who sit in jail while awaiting trial.After a person was charged with a crime, officials in Woodbury, Polk and Scott Counties this year used a computer program called “Public Safety Assessment” to weigh the risk of releasing that person without requiring him or her to post a bond.Representative Gary Worthan of Storm Lake, says some people who were released under that process should not have been released, including one in particular from Polk County:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/RELEASE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……level of supervision.” :19That person’s pre-trial monitoring was a once-a-month check-in call with a probation officer.Major Tony Wingert oversees the Woodbury County Jail and says the county had just recently started participating in the program:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/RELEASE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………see the questionaires. :07Wingert says the Iowa Department of Corrections ran the program which helped some low-income people charged with a crime who couldn’t afford bail get released while they waited for their trial:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/RELEASE3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..lower the bond. ;15Representative Worthan says the non-profit group that owns the computer software won’t let legislators review how the program evaluates a prisoner and recommends a certain level of supervision:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/RELEASE4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……at this time.” ;14The program saved taxpayers money by releasing low-risk people rather than racking up more than100-dollars-a-day keeping them in jail, waiting for their trial.last_img read more

The 4 qualities of powerful visual storytelling

first_imgContent syndication outlet NewsCred has teamed up with Getty Images to create a new site, The Power of Visual Storytelling. The online guide (and accompanying whitepaper) boils down the essentials of effective imagery into four principles:Be authentic. With stock images and Photoshop, it’s easy to be fake. Allow your readers to connect with the human side of your work by highlighting candid photos that show the reality of your work. Your images don’t have to be perfect, but they do have to stir emotion.Excite the senses. Don’t avoid the gritty details that bring a story to life. Generic or too-glossy photos remove the personality from your subject. Choose or create images that make your audience feel like they can almost hear, smell, and touch the world you’re inviting them into.Evoke a familiar archetype. Tap into what resonates with your audience by creating a persona to connect with their experiences or aspirations. Remember: powerful characters are a must for any great story.Be relevant. To really connect with your supporters, your images and stories need to reflect the things that are immediate and real to them. This means that your outreach must be current and culturally sensitive to make an impact. The Power of Visual Storytelling offers more insight on each of these components, complete with stats and examples. As you’re creating your next campaign, try incorporating all four elements to command attention and draw your audience even closer to your cause. Want more storytelling ideas? Download our free guide: Storytelling for Nonprofits.last_img read more

How Did You Handle…? 2 MORE Examples of Change Ups for 2014 Year-End Campaigns

first_imgRead Part One This post continues our new How Did You Handle…? series—specific how-tos based on your experiences. There’s still time to make productive changes to your year-end appeal! Here are more year-end campaign change-ups, attempted for the first time this year by some of your fundraiser peers (with early results where available).1. Change-Up: Launching matching gifts for first-time donors (including those coming in on #GivingTuesday).We secured two donors—one who is an absolutely new donor—to offer a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $1,000) for all first-time donors. We are also offering a separate $500 match to new online donors on #GivingTuesday.As director of development, I pushed the match approach and found supportive donors. I was thrilled when our executive director jumped on board and found a matching donor for #GivingTuesday.But that’s not all. Our executive director pledged a $500 gift if all staff members contribute to the campaign. Great news: Our board is already at 100%!Goal: I had used the matching challenge in other types of campaigns and found it highly successful in increasing the number of new donors and total gifts. We’re hoping to achieve the same value this year. We’ll keep you posted! Results to Date: Just starting our year-end campaign (our executive director hand-signs all appeal letters and adds personal notes to many of them).Source: Alan Gibby, director of development, Shelter Care Ministries2. Change-Up: Revising our channel and format mix for year-end appeals to include direct mail for prospects who don’t read our emails.After digging into our email database statistics, we noticed that many of our donors don’t check their emails. Direct mail is our best hope for engaging these folks; this way we know they’ll receive an appeal. We’re sending them our first-ever direct mail appeal.Goals: We hope to strongly encourage our consistent donors to increase their gifts and reactivate our lapsed donors.Source: Kiki Fornito, development associate, Build ChangeNote from Nancy: Other fundraisers reported very different changes in their year-end channel and format mix:· “We are moving to an 80-20 split between email and direct mail outreach to members in our fundraising campaigns; the goal is to convert members to donors. Early results are positive,” reports Laural Bowman, political affairs manager with the Ohio State Medical Association.· “We are reaching out via phone to donors as a supplement to our direct mail year-end campaign. Of course, we’re tracking what impact these calls, which are low cost but labor intensive, have on results, and we’ll use that data to fine-tune next year’s year-end approach,” says Jayme Hayes, president of Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore.Whatever your organization’s mix, the crucial takeaways are to always look hard at response patterns to year-end and other fundraising campaigns and to do more of what’s working and less of what isn’t.If one of these approaches makes sense for your organization—based on data and anecdotes, not just gut instinct—see if there’s at least some small way you can incorporate it into remaining elements of your year-end campaign. It just might make a difference!With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org.last_img read more