Facebook Libra Coin – What You Need To Know for Q3 2019

first_imgIf the question here is about global “Blockchain” adoption, then yes, Facebook is a brand that is widely known in the world. The success of Libra can become the main driver of blockchain technology adoption in the general population. In addition to that, their partners will be invaluable in legitimizing blockchain technology as an innovation to be adopted by most, if not all, businesses dealing with intermediaries.That is blockchain technology, but what about Bitcoin adoption? Interestingly, the price of Bitcoin has soared from $9,000 to $12,000 since Libra’s unveiling. The philosophy behind Bitcoin is, in my opinion, unbreakable. Bitcoin is not backed by cash and government bonds like Libra. What gives Bitcoin value is the trust in its system. Libra does not represent the true nature of decentralization– the ideology that makes Bitcoin desirable. Could Libra also drag Bitcoin into mass adoption?We are pleased to officially announce our partnership with @LTOnetwork !! Go $LTO!!Please read our official press release:https://t.co/QQ4Vw5RH7m— Moonwhale Ventures (@MoonwhaleBV) July 11, 2019More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home Facebook Libra Coin – What You Need To Know If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking A survey was conducted by LendEDU with 1,000 adult Americans and has garnered interesting results. The participants were asked if they had invested or were currently invested in Cryptocurrencies and 91% or 910 people have answered “No”. 18% of these 910 answered “Yes” when asked if they would be interested in investing in Facebook’s Cryptocurrency and out of that number, 57% chose to do so because they trust companies like Facebook to deliver a reliable product.Libra as paymentsAt first, Libra will only be available in the Facebook messenger app and WhatsApp. With the other partners in the Libra Association, it is accepted that those companies will find ways to integrate Libra payments.Real-world Fiat to Crypto conversionAccording to The Verge, Facebook is also planning to install ATM-like terminals for people to manage their Libra coins while out and about. Eventually, it is planned to have shopping outlets accepting Libra as a form of payment. In our previous article on Facebook’s cryptocurrency, we discussed that the main problem with world-wide crypto adoption is the ease of exchange of fiat currencies to crypto.The massive number of Facebook and WhatsApp users worldwideThe most famous Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, is still limitedly accepted in the world and in order for it to properly flourish as a currency, it needs to be used in paying for products or services. Bitcoin currently is only used and exposed to a minority of the world’s population. Libra, on the other hand, shall be instantly exposed to 30% of the world’s population, if successful. That alone is a massive plus point for the mass adoption for the digital asset.Proven tech companies in most industries as partnersAs mentioned above, the partners of the Libra Association consist of successful, widely adopted services such as PayPal, Uber, eBay, Spotify, and plenty of others. Each with their own mass of user base. These companies have integrated themselves into the daily lives of most people (with an internet connection) and to establish a common currency among them will ensure a high level of penetration.What are the challenges to be faced by Facebook and Libra?Regulatory PressuresIn a tweet from a credible voice in the Crypto-space, Anthony Pompliano, members of Congress have sent a letter to Facebook asking them to stop the development of Libra. He continues to elaborate the fact that government entities will not be able to act as such to Bitcoin.The letter was reported in The Guardian as well, stating that until regulators and Congress have an opportunity to examine the issues, Facebook shall stop the development of Libra.Forbes also reported that a group of thirty-three consumer, privacy, economic policy, and other organizations have called Congress and regulators for a moratorium on Facebook’s Libra. To quote the letter,“The Facebook proposal to create a new cryptocurrency as part of its broader Libra project raises profound questions about national sovereignty, corporate power, consumer protection, competition policy, monetary policy, privacy and more…. We call on Congress and regulators to impose a moratorium on Facebook’s Libra and related plans until the profound questions raised by the proposal are addressed.”Converting True Crypto UsersBitcoin’s main purpose in its creation is to challenge the banks and allow people to control over their financial dealings, true financial freedom. The open nature of Bitcoin’s development is also a major plus in its longevity as anyone and everyone is able to work on its code. Decentralization is also the key philosophy of in a cryptocurrency. Libra is clearly not decentralized when we can establish that it came from a US-based company with central authority over a payment network.Not banking the unbankedWhile it is easy to assume that Facebook and Libra shall bank the unbanked on the surface, the truth is that they are not. To be able to obtain the Libra coin, users have to have access to a bank to facilitate the exchange of fiat currencies which means, only banked people shall have access to it. As discussed in The Conversation, the right documentation shall be a barrier towards someone who does not possess it. Despite only needing a mobile phone, we can expect users eventually have to submit to KYC check which requires documentation. It is nothing revolutionary with Facebook, only that it has the potential to tap into a massive market.The Rise of StablecoinsStablecoins are cryptocurrencies with values pegged to assets such as the US dollar or gold. They are a stable, scalable and secure means for transactions, aim to mimic traditional, stable currencies. It is a cryptocurrency that is pledged to the value of any underlying asset or commodity. Many Stablecoins are pegged at a 1:1 ratio with certain fiat currencies, such as the US dollar or the Euro, which can be traded on exchanges. Hence, Stablecoins are not subject to the extreme price volatility that other cryptocurrencies are affected by. Last month, Facebook made headlines when they announced their plans for Calibra. Calibra is a new subsidiary of Facebook that focuses on financial services. Their goal shall revolve around the utilization of a new digital currency, powered by blockchain, called Libra. Calibra will first introduce a digital wallet and is expected to launch in 2020. This announcement from Facebook has received mixed reaction from both the crypto and mainstream media.Despite the split opinions, there seems to be a consensus that Facebook can very well pave the way to global adoption of blockchain technology. The reason behind the consensus is that Facebook has more than 30% of the entire world’s population or 2.38 billion people as its users. As for the rest of the population, it is simply down to two key things on why they do not possess a Facebook account: no access to internet connection or freedom of choice.Let’s explore a little further.What is Libra?Libra is first and foremost, a cryptocurrency created to let people access and participate in the Libra Network. Users shall be able to exchange fiat currency into these digital currencies and use them in online transactions. Facebook is the latest to announce its plans on utilizing stablecoins for real-world usage.JPM Coin by JP Morgan & ChaseOn 14th February, Cointelegraph reported JPMorgan Chase introducing their cryptocurrency called JPM Coin. Like Bitcoin, JPM Coin speeds up transactions between JPMorgan customers. For more information on JPM Coin, please visit our blog post.Goldman SachsBloomberg reported that the CEO of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is “absolutely’’ looking at digital currencies and are conducting extensive research on tokenization.IBMAlongside Stellar Lumens, IBM is currently working on a Stronghold USD and shall begin experimenting with different ways for financial institutions to achieve a more reliable and safer transaction processing and money transfer throughout the world.TetherIn the world of Cryptocurrencies, no other stablecoin is more widely accepted than Tether. Despite its controversies, the stablecoin can be found in most exchanges as a substitute to the US dollar.What is next for Libra? The digital coin is essentially a stable coin as it is pegged to government-issued currencies such as USD, EUR, SGD, etc. Many decentralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum, are volatile in its valuation. Facebook seeks to create a more stable cryptocurrency to encourage it as a means of facilitating ordinary online consumer transactions.Traditionally, to make financial transactions, one has to go through banks or what is available today as online money transfers such as PayPal, Transferwise, and many more. However, it is important to note that existing financial systems today are of their own technology. For the sake of being brief, what makes Libra special as compared to other financial systems, is that it is powered by the blockchain.The Libra Association is made up of reputable partner companies such as Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Uber, and many others. These companies shall work together to ensure payment processes are faster, more accurate, and safer than existing financial technology by using Blockchain Technology.How Facebook plans on mass adoption?Brand RecognitionAn article by WIRED discussed how hard it is for modern-day individuals to escape being exposed to Facebook. The social media network has become so dominant till it still affects those who do not own an account. Parents have revealed that Facebook is an essential part of family life and is used to keep distant relatives informed. Therefore, it is undoubtedly an entity that has been integrated into the daily lives of the common people.last_img read more

Nextivity supports Commission for Communications Regulation ComReg in mobile repeater awareness campaign

first_imgCurrent mobile phone licences in Ireland only require MNOs (mobile network operators) to provide coverage for up to 90% of the population, with no geographical coverage stipulation. As a result, the country has many mobile ‘blackspots’ and away from densely populated areas, reliable 4G coverage is moderate at best.To address Ireland’s ongoing mobile coverage problem, which is being exacerbated by changing mobile phone usage habits, The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), has embarked on a rigorous publicity campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of mobile signal booster technology further to a change in the mobile repeater laws governing their usage in June last year.The regulator has asked Nextivity Inc, developers of next-generation mobile repeater technology, along with other suppliers to support their campaign. Apart from being fully compliant with the new ComReg specification, Cel-Fi by Nextivity is the only product range in the UK that satisfies Ofcom’s mobile repeater licence exemption specification, making it legal to use on all mobile 3G and 4G networks across the British Isles.“Purchasing and installing repeater devices that are not EU approved and compliant with the new specification issued by ComReg last June can cause harmful interference to operators’ networks, resulting in loss of service for consumers. They are also illegal to possess. A full list of compliant solutions and installers can be found on the ComReg website.” Karl Craine, Radio Spectrum Engineer, ComReg.The strength of a signal received on a mobile phone usually depends on how close that phone is to a mobile network mast. If a phone call is initiated indoors, the signal strength is often significantly weaker because building materials and insulation impede mobile signal transmission, sometimes blocking 3G and 4G signals completely.With smartphones becoming ever more sophisticated and mobile subscriptions on the increase the only way around the problem is to take the outdoor signal indoors via third party equipment but this has historically been expensive and shrouded in strict licensing regulation. The end result has been the widespread deployment of contraband equipment which can be damaging to the mobile networks themselves.“In our digital age, having to tolerate poor or no mobile coverage is simply not acceptable,” says Colin Abrey, VP Channel Sales, EMEA at Nextivity. “This is why our technical team has worked with the regulators in the UK and Ireland to ensure compliance with the licence exemption specifications across our entire Cel-Fi range. This protects the MNOs’ reputations while delivering a better service to consumers and businesses.”Further to ComReg’s relaxation in the Irish mobile repeater laws for in-building and in-vehicle use, any home or business owners wanting to improve their coverage situation can do so by purchasing and installing off-the-shelf equipment. The only limitation is that the equipment must be compliant with international EU standards and the licence exemption specifications of ComReg. Repeaters must, for example, not interfere with any of the mobile networks, must be able to detect and mitigate any signal variations in uplink and downlink frequency bands, and must control noise levels based on where they are in relation to the serving base station.In parallel to the mobile repeater awareness campaign, ComReg has also recently published a map of mobile coverage blackspots across the Republic and it is hoped that this, alongside greater awareness about mobile repeater technology, will help improve the mobile coverage situation across Ireland as a whole, particularly in rural areas.last_img read more

Vodafone Launch Irelands First 5G Network

first_imgVodafone Ireland has become the first mobile operator in Ireland to launch commercial 5G. Vodafone’s next generation network will not only provide faster speeds for customers but it is set to have a huge impact on technology use and adoption in nearly every industry across Ireland.Live across locations in Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Galway and Waterford, Vodafone will continue expanding the network to further locations in Ireland over the coming months.Furthermore, Vodafone has also announced a strategic partnership with the ASSERT Centre (Application of the Science of Simulation to Education, Research and Medical Technology) in University College Cork (UCC), making it the first 5G connected telemedicine and medical robotics training centre in the world.The ASSERT Centre at UCC enables clinicians, industry and academics across a broad spectrum of healthcare research, to design, develop, deploy and trial innovative and disruptive healthcare solutions, in a simulated healthcare environment that deliver real world solutions for healthcare problems in the developed and developing world.The ASSERT Centre showcases real-time monitoring, telemedicine, and robotic surgery, integrated with wearable IoMT-based devices. This provides a consolidated ecosystem that truly digitizes healthcare to provide personalised, precise, predictive, participatory and timely healthcare that benefits patients, their care-givers, healthcare professionals and healthcare providers.Today’s ground-breaking 5G announcement is set to revolutionise healthcare delivery across Ireland and the world, with ASSERT in Cork to become a Vodafone 5G global centre of IOT excellence for healthcare and end-to-end solution development.Vodafone’s new 5G network consists of fully standardised Ericsson 5G, which is being deployed over Vodafone Ireland’s recently acquired 5G spectrum. Using Ericsson Radio System, this game-changing network will support many other new technologies – including artificial intelligence, the internet of things, connected cities and self-driving cars.5G HandsetsVodafone Ireland bill pay customers have the option of purchasing a Huawei Mate 20X 5G in retail stores or online from tomorrow, 14th August or can pre-register for a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, which is available to buy from 30thAugust. Customers can pre-register their interest for a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G handset in store or on www.vodafone.ie from 14th August. Vodafone is the first operator in Ireland to launch both 5G devices.5G TariffsYou will need a 5G ready plan, 5G coverage and a 5G phone to connect to the Vodafone 5G network. All of  Vodafones consumer RED Complete Plans and RED Business plans are 5G ready and range in price from an introductory offer of €25 euro per month for sim only and from €40 euro per month with a handset. Handset pricing depends on choice.Details on consumer 5G are available here https://n.vodafone.ie/network/5g.html and at https://n.vodafone.ie/en/business/why-choose-us/5g-for-business.html for business customers.Once you have a 5G ready plan, simply visit a Vodafaone store, call them on 1907 or access web-chat online to request 5G.Speaking at the event, Anne O’Leary, CEO of Vodafone Ireland said: “This is truly a historic occasion for everyone at Vodafone, for me personally and for the ASSERT Centre. As a business, we have spent the last 18 months preparing the groundwork for the launch of Ireland’s first commercial 5G network and today we begin our switch-on in locations in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. 5G is set to revolutionise how we use and adopt technology and will have a huge impact on businesses and society in Ireland. It will bring high speed, ultra-low latency and highly secure connectivity to a massive amount of devices; and is a technology that will unlock a vast array of new use cases through Vodafone’s next-generation network.“I am incredibly proud to announce a new strategic partnership with the ASSERT Centre in UCC, Cork, a centre truly at the cutting edge of medical innovation. This is the first centre of its type in the world that will be connected to 5G. Through ASSERT, and its connection to Vodafone’s 5G network, surgeons can now train to use world leading technologies that will radically change our lives and deliver solutions to healthcare problems across the developed and developing world.”  Professor Barry O’Reilly, Director of ASSERT at University College Cork, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, said” I am delighted to announce this strategic partnership. Vodafone Ireland has embraced the importance of this type of technology in healthcare innovation. 5G will revolutionize medicine with rapid connectivity of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). From advanced wearable technologies that will facilitate the care of patients at home, to immediate connectivity of new diagnostic technologies like handheld smartphone connected ultrasound between point of care and hospital specialists at for example a road traffic accident and an emergency department, to remote robotic surgery.The ASSERT/ Vodafone strategic partnership will create a Global 5G incubator for the MedTech sector to test new technologies, assess 5G functionality and roll out to clinical trials providing that bridge between clinicians, research, innovation and the MedTech industry.” John Griffin, Managing Director of Ericsson Ireland said:“We work closely with our customers to be at the forefront of technology and we were the first to support the launch every generation of mobile technology in Ireland. We are therefore proud to support the first 5G launch too.Ericsson has been investing in Ireland for 60 years. Our Research and Development centre in Athlone is still one of the biggest in the country, where they have currently developing key components of 5G networks and firmly putting Ireland on the map of 5G innovation.By providing solutions for almost two-thirds of all commercially launched 5G networks spanning across 4 continents, Ericsson is leading the way for the next generation of connectivity”last_img read more

Beware deadly virus killing dogs puppies

first_imgSymptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, not eating and lethargy. If your dog is experiencing these symptoms, then contact the vet as soon as possible.The league will re-open on August 1.Public Safety will not be permitted to pick up stray dogs until the kennels re-open.How do dogs get infectedParvo is not airborne. A dog must come into physical contact with the Parvovirus to contract the disease. Generally, dogs contract it by sniffing, eating or licking an infected dog’s faeces or vomit. When a dog sniffs, its nose usually touches the object it sniffs. The virus enters the body through the respiratory system because the dog touched it.The reason lay people believe it is airborne is that they cannot understand how dogs kept separately catch the disease. This happens because dogs can also pick up the virus by touching anything that an infected dog touched, including bedding, grass in the yard, bushes and clothing on a human that was not disinfected after handling a Parvo-infected dog. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) kennels have closed due to an outbreak of the deadly Canine Parvovirus (Parvo).15 dogs have already died as a result of this killer virus.Canine Parvovirus is highly contagious and is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their faeces. This virus is not airborne. It may infect other mammals, but not humans.Vaccines can prevent this infection, but mortality can reach 91% in untreated cases.Treatment often involves veterinary hospitalisation.last_img read more

Town abandoned by Lotto machines

first_imgIt seems that Ladysmith is now without Lotto machines.Many shops and centres have the machines, but not online.The question is: Is this fair – how can a person try their luck at winning the jackpot in this town?Many store owners are waiting for their Lotto machines to arrive.“I really hope this problem gets sorted out as soon as possible,” said one unhappy shop owner.From the new operators Facebook:ITHUBA is aware that there are retailers who are still experiencing difficulties with their terminals and we are dealing with all the issues as quickly as we can. We are requesting that retailers inform us of any issues via our Retail Helpline 0860 456 886 or info@ithubalottery.co.za. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience caused.Seems like it will be a long wait before any lotto machines are operational in Ladysmith. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Anger at missing bok emblem misplaced

first_imgWhile the removal of the Springbok emblem from the front of the national rugby team’s jerseys has sparked controversy.It seems South Africa and Australia are in the same boat with the infamous ‘Wallaby’ also falling foul of World Cup Rugby 2015 rules… WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite See full story HEREFor the latest news visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.last_img

Acaciavale residents tired of roaming cattle

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Cattle roaming freely around the Acaciavale area is once again becoming a problem for residents. People are up-in-arms about livestock “running free” in their neighbourhoods. They say the livestock includes goats and cattle.The animals evidently get into people’s yards, trample their driveways, and eat their flowers and grass. People are complaining that they can’t plant any flowers in their front yards, because the cattle just destroy and eat them.They also tear up bin bags and make a terrible mess. When municipal workers come to pick up the bin bags, they simply leave the mess where it lies and it stays that way for days on end, leaving a terrible stench in the air. Not only are the cattle destroying plants and yards, but they walk like they own the road, anywhere and everywhere. Motorists have a difficult time, as they have to wait for the “stubborn creatures” to move out of the road in their own sweet time.“The owners of the livestock obviously have no interest in controlling them and this causes a lot of problems for residents living in this area. If we wanted to live on a farm, we would go and stay on a farm. Livestock owners need to catch a wake-up and keep their animals in their property,” said a furious resident.last_img read more

Anger over rude car guards

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Local resident Mrs Pillay recently had a terrible encounter with a car guard in Murchison Street.She parked her car in the main street and walked to the bank, where she needed a bank statement.She says it was less than half an hour later when she returned to her car. As she was reversing out of the parking spot, a car guard approached her.Realising she had no change to give him, she frantically looked around to see if she had any coins. She eventually found a 50 cent coin and handed it to him…To her horror, he threw the money back into the car while she was reversing and shouted, “Only 50 cents!”He then evidently started talking in isiZulu, which she didn’t understand. She immediately stopped her car and asked what his problem was; why had he thrown the money back in her face, so to speak? He answered arrogantly that he can’t work for only 50 cents. As traffic was piling up behind her, Mrs Pillay had to drive away, leaving the car guard muttering away to himself.“It would’ve been a very different story if I had parked there for hours, but it was less than half an hour! Seriously, car guards need to sort out their attitude and the way they think.“If this is the pathetic service we get from them, then parking meters need to come back,” says Mrs Pillay.“We don’t need attitude from car guards; they need to be grateful for what they get – there is no law stating we have to give them a tip for looking after our vehicles. We tip them and do so from the goodness of our hearts,” she adds.The general consensus from motorists in town is that you get a few car guards who are friendly and grateful, but many others are arrogant, ungrateful and have a bad attitude. People are also saying that the majority of vehicles have alarms, so why do we need car guards, especially when we have to listen to vulgarity coming out of their mouths?“I hope that the guards change their way of thinking and working, and perform their task in a professional manner,” concludes Mrs Pillay.last_img read more

Loadshedding on standby ends

first_imgBig business came to the party, with large companies reducing their electricity footprint in Ladysmith yesterday afternoon. This  allowed the municipality to temporarily halt load-shedding.Group 3, which was supposed to go down from 3pm to 6pm yesterday, was given a reprieve.  And so was Group 1.However, there was no guarantee that Eskom would not make further demands on Ladysmith today.And the power utility did just that.Group 2 is currently down due to load-shedding, with Group 3 expected to go down from 9am to 12pm. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

19 injured in horror crash on bypass

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 19 people were injured as a taxi and a bakkie collided on the bypass (N11) near the Ladysmith Motel turn-off this afternoon (Saturday).Sharaj Ambulance Services paramedics, together with EMRS, worked tirelessly to stabilise the many injured at the scene before transporting them to hospital.Public Safety officers controlled passing traffic.last_img

Son out on bail for dads alleged murder

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 61-year-old Mr Danny Maharaj is dead after an argument between him and his son turned deadly on Wednesday night last week. His son, Navesh Marharaj, appeared in ‘C’ court at the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court this morning.He was released on bail of R1500 and will appear in court again on May 5. According to court papers, he faces a charge of murder. The full police report received this morning reads as follows:Police are investigating a case of murder. Over the weekend a 60 year old man died as a result of injuries he sustained during an assault which happened on 1 April 2015 at his home in Tanjore Road. The deceased’s 36 year old son was subsequently arrested for the murder and is set to appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court this morning.Update: However it is understood the house belonged to family and not Mr Danny Maharaj.last_img read more

3 ways to be more productive during the weekend

first_imgWhen Monday morning comes round and you feel like you got nothing done on the weekend, it makes you feel depressed, doesn’t it? Especially listening to your friends and colleagues talk about their epic weekends.But never fear because, lucky for you, weekends happen 52 times a year. So make the next one count! Here are 3 ways to become more productive over the weekend. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 1- Don’t go balls-to-the-wall drinking on Friday night: Sometimes you can’t help it when you’ve had a tough week, and the gin and tonic is calling your name, but try and limit yourself to no more than three drinks. Having a two-day hangover is not the best way to spend yet another weekend.2- Meet new people: It’s easy to get stuck in the same routine every weekend, seeing the same faces and going to the same places. Don’t be scared to introduce yourself to people outside your social circle. You could end up making a great friend or awesome contact to help you in your career.3- Get outside: Being active can give you a ‘second wind’. Try doing something different with your friends or family.Hope this inspires you and gets you motivated for next weekend. In the meantime, have a relaxing Sunday afternoon and evening!last_img read more

Cars collide headon near Limit Hill robots

first_img6 people were injured in a head-on collision on the N11 close to the Limit Hill robots last night (Saturday).A VW Polo and Toyota Yaris collided, but details of the crash are still sketchy. Both lanes were closed due to the wreckage.The injured were all stabilised at the scene and transported to hospital by Sharaj, ER24 and EMRS. Serious to minor injuries were sustained. The road was closed while clean-up operations were carried out. This included sawdust being used to remove oil that had spilled on the road. Once the roadway had been cleared, traffic was allowed to flow freely once again.Police, Public Safety and towing services were also at the scene.Click here for video: http://youtu.be/fWu1gu73YUo WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img

Morocco Salafi clerics back death for journalist

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family A preacher in the far eastern city of Oujda near the Algeria border then made a YouTube video on June 28 condemning el-Ghzioui as a “dyouth” a religious term for someone who willingly lets his wife commit adultery, and called for his death.The preacher, Abdullah Nahari, was then summoned by the local prosecutor to answer to the charge of inciting a crime.Abou Hafs, Omar el-Heddouchi and Hassan al-Kettani, the three most prominent clerics of the ultraconservative Salafi strand of Islam in Morocco, all spoke out in support of Nahari on their Facebook pages late Thursday.“The arrogance of the secularists has become intolerable,” Kettani said. “A dyouth tells the world he would let his family sin and is then denounced by a sheikh and then it is the latter who is threatened with prison?”The three men were imprisoned in 2003 and later implicated for inspiring a string of bombings by Islamist militants in Casablanca that killed 45 people. They were pardoned by the king in February.On Thursday, journalists demonstrated outside the offices of the newspaper in support of el-Ghizioui.Khadija Riyadi, the head of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, called for the canceling of article 490 of the penal code criminalizing sex outside of marriage in an interview June 18, sparking an unexpected debate in the normally conservative state-run media. Sponsored Stories Associated PressRABAT, Morocco (AP) – Three of Morocco’s most prominent conservative clerics have publicly backed a demand that a journalist be put to death for supporting greater sexual freedom in the North African kingdom.Mokhtar el-Ghzioui, the editor of the daily al-Ahdath al-Maghribia, publicly supported a call by a Moroccan human rights activist to decriminalize sex outside of marriage. He said in a TV interview last week he would be fine with his mother or sister having consensual sexual relations outside of wedlock. Comments   Share   Top Stories She described the controversy as a part of the battle between the monarchy and the newly elected Islamist government that came to power in November elections, pointing out that her organization has often taken such stands and been ignored by the establishment media, which is dominated by the powerful royal court.Opposition political parties with close ties to the palace often try to make the Islamist government look bad by portraying them as overly conservative on social issues.“We know that the Islamist government is not universally liked by the higher levels of power, and I realize that many political actors, especially those connected with the palace, have exploited my statements to settle their scores with the elected government,” she told The Associated Press.“Still, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t necessary to have more debate on these subjects,” she added.A new constitution adopted under the pressure of Arab Spring demonstrations gives Morocco’s elected politicians more powers, but ultimate authority still lies with the king and his powerful courtiers.Morocco, a favored destination for European tourists, is overwhelmingly Muslim and both drinking alcohol and sex outside marriage are prohibited by law. The laws are not strictly enforced, however. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Quick workouts for men Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Up to 6000 Rohingya Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of migrants abandoned at sea by smugglers in Southeast Asia have reached land and relative safety in the past two days. But an estimated 6,000 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar remain trapped in crowded, wooden boats, migrant officials and activists said. With food and clean water running low, some could be in grave danger.One vessel that reached Indonesian waters early Monday, was stopped by the Navy and given food, water and directions to Malaysia. “We believe there may be more boats coming,” Jamil said.Thailand has long been considered a regional hub for human traffickers.The tactics of brokers and agents started changing in November as authorities began tightening security on land — a move apparently aimed at appeasing the U.S. government as it prepares to release its annual Trafficking in Persons report next month. Last year, Thailand was downgraded to the lowest level, putting it on par with North Korea and Syria.Rohingya packing into ships in the Bay of Bengal have been joined in growing numbers by Bangladeshis fleeing poverty and hoping to find a better life elsewhere.Up until recently, their first stop was Thailand, where they were held in open pens in jungle camps as brokers collected “ransoms” from relatives. Those who could pay continued onward, usually to Malaysia or other countries. Those who couldn’t were sometimes beaten, killed or left to die.Since May 1, police have unearthed two dozen bodies from shallow graves in the mountains of southern Thailand, the apparent victims of smuggling rings, they say.Thai authorities have since arrested dozens of people, including a powerful mayor and a man named Soe Naing, otherwise known as Anwar, who was accused of being one of the trafficking kingpins in southern Thailand. More than 50 police officers are also under investigation. Spooked by the arrests, smugglers are abandoning ships, sometimes disappearing in speedboats, with rudimentary instructions to passengers as to which way to go.Vivian Tan, the U.N. refugee agency’s regional press officer in Bangkok, Thailand said there is real sense of urgency from the international community.“At this point, I’m not sure what the concrete next steps are or should be,” she said of a string of meetings with diplomats and international organizations. “But there doesn’t seem to be a clear mechanism in this region for responding to something like this.”___McDowell reported from Yangon, Myanmar; Associated Press writers Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Ali Kotarumalos and Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Worried that boats will start washing to shore with dead bodies, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the United States and several other foreign governments and international organizations have held emergency meetings, but participants say there are no immediate plans to search for vessels in the busy Malacca Strait.One of the concerns is what to do with the Rohingya if a rescue is launched. The minority group is denied citizenship in Myanmar, and other countries have long worried that opening their doors to a few would result in an unstemmable flow of poor, uneducated migrants.“These are people in desperate straits,” said Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch in Bangkok, calling on governments to band together to help those still stranded at sea, some for two months or longer. “Time is not on their side.”The Rohingya, who are Muslim, have for decades suffered from state-sanctioned discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which considers them illegal settlers from Bangladesh even though their families have lived there for generations.Attacks on members of the religious minority, numbering at around 1.3 million, have in the past three years left up to 280 people dead and forced 140,000 others from their homes. They now live under apartheid-like conditions in crowded camps just outside the Rakhine state capital, Sittwe, where they have little access to school or adequate health care. The conditions at home — and lack of job opportunities — have sparked one of the biggest exoduses of boat people since the Vietnam War.Chris Lewa, director of the non-profit Arakan Project, which has been monitoring boat departures and arrivals for more than a decade, estimates more than 100,000 men, women and children have boarded ships since mid-2012.Most are trying to reach Malaysia, but recent regional crackdowns on human trafficking networks have sent brokers and agents into hiding, making it impossible for migrants to disembark — in some cases even after family members have paid $2,000 or more for their release, she said.Lewa believes up to 6,000 Rohingya and Bangaldeshis are still on small and large boats in the Malacca Strait and nearby international waters.Tightly confined, and with limited access to food and clean water, their health is deteriorating, she said, adding that dozens of deaths have been reported.“I’m very concerned about smugglers abandoning boatloads at sea,” said Lewa.In the last two days, 1,600 Rohingya have washed to shore in two Southeast Asian countries.After four boats carrying nearly 600 people successfully landed in western Indonesia, with some migrants jumping into the water and swimming, a fifth carrying hundreds more was turned away early Monday. Indonesia’s Navy spokesman, First Adm. Manahan Simorangkir , said they were trying to go to Malaysia but got thrown off course.“We didn’t intend to prevent them from entering our territory, but because their destination country was not Indonesia, we asked them to continue to the country where they actually want to go,” he said.Those who made it to shore aboard the other boats on Sunday were taken to a sports stadium in Lhoksukon, the capital of North Aceh District, to be cared for and questioned, said Lt. Col. Achmadi, chief of police in the area, who uses only one name.Some were getting medical attention.“We had nothing to eat,” said Rashid Ahmed, a 43-year-old Rohingya man who was on one of the boats. He said he left Myanmar’s troubled state of Rakhine with his eldest son three months ago.A Bangladeshi man, Mohamed Malik, said he felt uncertain about being stranded in Aceh, but also relieved. “Relieved to be here because we receive food, medicine. It’s altogether a relief,” the man said.Police also found a big wooden ship late Sunday night trapped in the sand in shallow waters at a beach of Langkawi, an island off Malaysia, and have since located 865 men, 101 women and 52 children, said Jamil Ahmed, the area’s deputy police chief. He added many appeared weak and thin and that at least two other boats have not been found. Comments   Share   An ethnic Rohingya migrant receives medical treatment at a temporary shelter in Lhok Sukon, Aceh province, Indonesia, Monday, May 11, 2015. Boats carrying nearly 600 Bangladeshis and long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar washed to shore in western Indonesia, some after captains and smugglers abandoned the ships, leaving passengers to fend for themselves, survivors and migrant experts said. Thousands more are believed to be stranded at sea. (AP Photo/S. 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Ireland gives resounding 621 percent yes to gay marriage

first_imgMichael Barron and Jaime Nanci, a gay couple legally married in South Africa five years ago, celebrated with friends at the Dublin City counting center as the reality sank in that, once Ireland’s parliament passes the complementary legislation, their foreign marriage will be recognized in their homeland.“Oh.My.God! We’re actually Married now!” Nanci tweeted to his spouse and the world, part of a cavalcade of tweets from Ireland tagged #LandslideOfLove.Political analysts who have covered Irish referendums for decades agreed that Saturday’s emerging landslide marked a stunning generational shift from the 1980s, when voters still firmly backed Catholic Church teachings and overwhelmingly voted against abortion and divorce.“We’re in a new country,” said political analyst Sean Donnelly, who called the result “a tidal wave” that has produced pro-gay marriage majorities in even the most traditionally conservative rural corners of Ireland.“I’m of a different generation,” said the gray-haired Donnelly, who has covered Irish politics since the 1970s. “When I was reared up, the church was all powerful and the word ‘gay’ wasn’t even in use in those days. How things have moved from my childhood to now. It’s been a massive change for a conservative country.” Top Stories Ireland’s deputy prime minister, Labour Party leader Joan Burton, said Ireland was becoming “a rainbow nation with a huge amount of diversity.” She said while campaigning door to door, she met older gay people who described how society made them “live in a shadow and apart,” and younger voters who were keen to ensure that Irish homosexuals live “as free citizens in a free republic.”The “yes” side ran a creative, compelling campaign that harnessed the power of social media to mobilize young voters, tens of thousands of whom voted for the first time Friday. The vote came five years after parliament approved marriage-style civil partnerships for gay couples.Those seeking a “no” outcome described their defeat as almost inevitable, given that all of Ireland’s political parties and most politicians backed the legalization of homosexual unions.David Quinn, leader of the Catholic think tank Iona Institute, said he was troubled by the fact that no political party backed the “no” cause.“We helped to provide a voice to the hundreds of thousands of Irish people who did vote no. The fact that no political party supported them must be a concern from a democratic point of view,” he said. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Gay couples hugged and kissed each other amid scenes of jubilation at counting centers and at the official results center in Dublin Castle, whose cobblestoned central square was opened so thousands of revelers could sit in the sunshine and watch the results live on big-screen televisions.“We’re the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world, of liberty and equality. So it’s a very proud day to be Irish,” said Leo Varadkar, a Cabinet minister who came out as gay at the start of a government-led effort to amend Ireland’s conservative Catholic constitution.“People from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in Ireland are a minority. But with our parents, our families, or friends and co-workers and colleagues, we’re a majority,” said Varadkar, who watched the votes being tabulated at the County Dublin ballot center.“For me it wasn’t just a referendum. It was more like a social revolution,” he said.In the first official result, the Dublin North West constituency voted 70.4 percent “yes” to gay marriage. But the outcome was already beyond dispute as observers, permitted to watch the paper ballots being counted at all election centers, offered precise tallies giving the “yes” side an unassailable nationwide lead. Fianna Fail party leader Michael Martin, a Cork politician whose opposition party is traditionally closest to the Catholic Church, said he couldn’t in good conscience back the anti-gay marriage side because “it’s simply wrong in the 21st century to oppress people because of their sexuality.”Some in Martin’s party — the perennial heavyweight in Irish politics but decimated since its ouster from power following Ireland’s 2010 international bailout — did privately oppose the amendment, but only one spoke out in favor of the “no” side.John Lyons, one of just four openly gay lawmakers in the 166-member parliament, waved the rainbow flag of the Gay Pride movement in the Dublin City counting center and cried a few tears of joy. He paid special credit to the mobilization of younger voters, many of whom traveled home from work or studies abroad to vote.“Most of the young people I canvassed with have never knocked on a door in their lives,” Lyons said. “This says something about modern Ireland. Let’s never underestimate the electorate or what they think.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national vote on the issue.As the official ballot counting continued, the only question appeared to be how large the “yes” margin of victory from Friday’s vote would be. Analysts said the “yes” support was likely to exceed 60 percent nationally when official results are announced later Saturday. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

VMware says its looking to acquire Pivotal

first_imgVMware today confirmed that it is in talks to acquire software development platform Pivotal Software, the service best known for commercializing the open-source Cloud Foundry platform. The proposed transaction would see VMware acquire all outstanding Pivotal Class A stock for $15 per share, a significant markup over Pivotal’s current share price (which unsurprisingly shot up right after the announcement).Pivotal’s shares have struggled since the company’s IPO in April 2018. The company was originally spun out of EMC Corporation (now DellEMC) and VMware in 2012 to focus on Cloud Foundry, an open-source software development platform that is currently in use by the majority of Fortune 500 companies. A lot of these enterprises are working with Pivotal to support their Cloud Foundry efforts. Dell itself continues to own the majority of VMware and Pivotal, and VMware also owns an interest in Pivotal already and sells Pivotal’s services to its customers, as well. It’s a bit of an ouroboros of a transaction.Pivotal Cloud Foundry was always the company’s main product, but it also offered additional consulting services on top of that. Despite improving its execution since going public, Pivotal still lost $31.7 million in its last financial quarter as its stock price traded at just over half of the IPO price. Indeed, the $15 per share VMware is offering is identical to Pivotal’s IPO price.An acquisition by VMware would bring Pivotal’s journey full circle, though this is surely not the journey the Pivotal team expected. VMware is a Cloud Foundry Foundation platinum member, together with Pivotal, DellEMC, IBM, SAP and Suse, so I wouldn’t expect any major changes in VMware’s support of the overall open-source ecosystem behind Pivotal’s core platform.It remains to be seen whether the acquisition will indeed happen, though. In a press release, VMware acknowledged the discussion between the two companies but noted that “there can be no assurance that any such agreement regarding the potential transaction will occur, and VMware does not intend to communicate further on this matter unless and until a definitive agreement is reached.” That’s the kind of sentence lawyers like to write. I would be quite surprised if this deal didn’t happen, though.Buying Pivotal would also make sense in the grand scheme of VMware’s recent acquisitions. Earlier this year, the company acquired Bitnami, and last year it acquired Heptio, the startup founded by two of the three co-founders of the Kubernetes project, which now forms the basis of many new enterprise cloud deployments and, most recently, Pivotal Cloud Foundry.last_img read more

Awards for top matrics at Town Hall

first_imgThe Mayoral Matric Excellence Awards took place on Friday afternoon at the Town Hall. This was held to honour the top 30 matriculants from different schools in Ladysmith, who achieved seven A’s.Proud parents and matriculants took their seats as they waited for the formalities to begin. Mayor Vincent Madlala addressed the crowd about the clean audit achieved by the local municipality and the great future that lies ahead for these matriculants.Thereafter, the Grade 12’s received their trophies and certificates.Lunch was provided for all.It was definitely a day to be remembered by all the matriculants and their parents who attended the function. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

Captain in SAPS and as a fishermanCaptain in SAPS and as a

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Captain ZS Langa (Ladysmith SAPS Social Crime Prevention Commander) recently attended the National Fresh Water Angling Championships that were held at Bloemhof Dam.The event catered for teams from eight of the nine provinces. The Free State did not participate this year.The capable captain had to play two roles at the event. Firstly, he was appointed to head the KZN team. Between multi-tasking the duties of team captain, he also had to fish at the same time in order to keep his scores high. The captain bagged no less than 24 fish during the event.His efforts did not go unrewarded, as the KZN team was placed second, after Gauteng province.last_img

Search continues for missing possibly drowned 5yearoldSearch continues for missing possibly drowned

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The search for a 5-year-old child who is believed to have drowned last Thursday in the Ekuvukeni area is currently on the go.Police officers – together with six search and rescue dogs from the Ladysmith Dog (K9) Unit, Empangeni K9 Unit, Port Shepstone K9 Unit and Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit – resumed the search for the missing child this morning (Thursday).The child went missing on Thursday last week (October 16) while on her way home after school. It is alleged that she was crossing a stream when she was swept away in a flash flood.Officers attached to the Ladysmith K9 Search & Rescue Unit have been searching ever since and with the additional manpower, an area consisting of mountainous terrain is being combed.last_img read more