first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers are playing today without their leading receiver, George Kittle, and leading rusher, Matt Breida. That leads us to list off the following five players who could have a breakout game against the Arizona Cardinals:Running back Tevin Coleman: His best games as a 49ers have come at home, and he should be fresh after just nine carries (40 yards) and four receptions (32 yards) in Monday’s 27-24 overtime loss to Seattle. Of Coleman’s six TDs, five have come at Levi’s …last_img read more

first_imgGet a taste of what’s on offer when you register with Media Club South Africa, with our weekly photo essay featuring the best photography from the site’s free image library.The image library is a free public service provided by Brand South Africa – there’s no catch. To view the library, and download photos in high resolution, all you need to do is register with the site. Registration is quick and easy, and gives you immediate access to the photos.But remember you can only republish images if you credit Media Club South Africa, including a hyperlink to the site if they’re published on the web. If you don’t credit the site you are liable for financial damages as set out in the image library terms and conditions of use.Here are our top 10 photos of the week, and where they can be found in the library.ABOVE: Boys play with homemade wire toy cars in Freedom Square in the Soweto suburb of Kliptown, in Johannesburg, Gauteng province. The oldest area in the township, Kliptown was the site of the Congress of the People, a 1955 gathering of diverse anti-apartheid movements that together adopted the Freedom Charter. Freedom Square is a new development commemorating the event.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find this photo in the image library at People 1. (Register and log in first.)ABOVE: A community anti-abuse and HIV-awareness mural near the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng province.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find this photo at Arts & Culture 1.ABOVE: Crowds of fans at a match between Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national football squad, and Equatorial Guinea at Supersport Stadium.Photo: Chris KirchhoffFind this photo at Fifa World Cup 3.LEFT: An Otter Trail hot air balloon takes tourists to the skies near Hoedspruit in Limpopo province.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find this photo at Tourism & Leisure 14. ABOVE: Massive cooling towers mark the city skyline of Bloemfontein, Free State province.Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Infrastructure 10.LEFT: Quiver trees, which the San Bushmen used to make quivers for their arrows, in the Northern Cape province. Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Nature 3.ABOVE: New Mercedes Benz cars await export on the docks of the East London harbour, below the factory, in the Eastern Cape province.Photo: Rodger Bosch Find this photo at Business & Industry 12.ABOVE: Indigenous South African rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district of the Western Cape.Photo: Rodger Bosch Find this photo at Countryside 10.ABOVE: The Cape Town city bowl at night, with Signal Hill to the left, Western Cape province.Photo: Jeffrey Barbee Find this photo at Cities 4.ABOVE: The expansion project to rework B-material waste dumps at the massive Sishen open-cast iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape province. Sishen is one of the five largest iron-ore mines in the world and the largest in Africa. The reddish material coating everything is oxidised iron-ore particles, or rust.Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Business & Industry 21.To download these and some 2 000 other free high-resolution photos, register with Media Club South Africa. And don’t forget to read the image library terms and conditions of use.For more information, email us at info@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

first_img30 May 2012 South Africa possesses sound knowledge gained from over 25 years’ experience that makes it more than competent to run a large nuclear power plant, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told the National Nuclear Energy Conference on Tuesday. In a video message to conference, Motlanthe said South Africa had developed the complex overall systems required to competently operate and maintain a large nuclear power plant. “However, South Africa’s nuclear history goes back much further than that – it actually goes back to the mid-1940s, a period of over 60 years,” Motlanthe said. “This makes South Africa one of the oldest nuclear countries in the world. We have a long, proud history in the field of nuclear science.” Currently, state company Eskom runs the only nuclear power station in the country, Koeberg, located 30km north of Cape Town. The government has committed itself to producing an additional 9 600 Megawatts of nuclear power for the country’s electricity grid.Power plants ‘need to be spread geographically’ Most of South Africa’s coal and electricity generation is clustered in the eastern parts of the country, requiring very long high-voltage supply lines to distribute electricity across the country. Describing this scenario as “strategically unwise” in the longer term, Motlanthe said electricity needed to be produced in other parts of the country, which in turn required the use of energy sources other than coal. “Nuclear power is ideal in this sense, because we can build large nuclear power plants at points around our southern coastline, and potentially elsewhere in the future.”South Africa ‘could become nuclear exporter’ The construction of a nuclear power plant was a major task that would bring economic benefits to the local industry, which could play a major role in the construction and fabrication of nuclear power plants, Motlanthe said. “In fact, it is desirable that South African industry place itself in the position to be able to export nuclear power components internationally.” South Africa is already a world leader in the export of nuclear pharmaceuticals for medical use, exporting to some 60 countries. Nuclear analytical processes are also used constantly in industry, agriculture and elsewhere in the country. He urged the industry to forge international partnerships with companies in the nuclear sector, while calling on companies wishing to gain entry into nuclear power construction to ensure that they acquired the necessary quality assurance culture and practise at an early stage. “South Africa possesses a well-established system of nuclear facility operations. This includes construction and process licensing, nuclear construction and fabrication regulation, health and safety monitoring, and the training of the required skilled personnel. All of this is directly linked to general safety considerations.” Nuclear safety assurance was most important for public acceptance of the nuclear power industry, and South Africa’s strong record in this regard should be maintained as a primary foundation of the industry, Motlanthe said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Roberta Rottigni Tags:#cyber attacks#IoT#VPN Follow the Puck How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Roberta Rottigni is a tech blogger. Born in Italy but adopted by Israel, she loves writing, traveling, and learning about innovative, tech-related trends. She doesn’t leave the house without a good book in her bag! AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), despite their somewhat esoteric name, aren’t unknown to everyday users. Many people, including myself, use VPN apps or Chrome extensions like Hola to get onto sites that are blocked or otherwise inaccessible in certain countries.Many people find themselves using a VPN for the sake of convenience, very few implement one for the purpose of security.With the ever-growing popularity of IoT devices, however, it’s important to consider using a VPN as an extra security measure. IoT devices gather a variety of confidential data, which makes companies more than a little bit annoyed and apprehensive.  For IoT devices within the home, a VPN helps prevent sensitive personal information from passing into the wrong hands. For businesses, it helps shield confidential company data from potential exposure.Preventing Eavesdropping and LeaksThe eavesdropping potential for IoT devices — particularly for smart home speakers like the Amazon Echo — has caused skepticism and even fear about IoT devices in general. South Park captured these fears in one of its latest episodes. It’s a spoof in which Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos use Alexa to spy on and manipulate an unsuspecting public.Of course, South Park’s account is a hyperbole. But IoT devices, by their very nature, do collect hoards of personal or confidential information, leaving personal data especially vulnerable to hackers or spies. Within the home, for instance, a smart security camera gathers data about when family members are and aren’t home. A smart fitness device will know information about a person’s location, physical health and exercise habits — and what anyone in the house is talking about with their friends.VPNs not only encrypt data, but they also mask a user’s geographical location and IP address. Protecting this data helps prevent third parties, whether hackers, Internet Service Providers, government agencies, or others who might try to gather information about your activities. This means that other entities cannot infiltrate an IoT device and start eavesdropping or leaking confidential information.Protecting Against Common Attacks: Botnets and MITM AttacksA VPN can help protect against two common IoT attacks: botnets and MITM attacks.A botnet is a network of computers or other internet-connected devices that are infected with malware. The devices are controlled as a group, making it possible for hackers to launch large-scale attacks. These attacks can be conducted not just from computers but from all IoT devices as well; hackers can infect a large number of IoT devices with malware to create a botnet that they can use to debilitate a company or access its data. Using a VPN helps mitigate these risks by ensuring that the channel between an IoT device and its server are completely protected.Likewise, VPNs help prevent MITM (Man-In-The-Middle) attacks, which involve third parties intercepting network traffic — for example, between an IoT device and the network’s central access point. VPNs, by encrypting traffic, ensure that the data gathered from the IoT device is unreadable–even in the event that a malicious actor intercepts that traffic.VPNs and IoT Go Hand-in-HandWhile consumers and businesses love IoT devices for the sake of ease and convenience, there is a great deal of outcry over the security of such devices. No device, whether a smart home speaker or smart vacuum cleaner, is without such controversy.Business, as well as individuals, need to be cautious about the security loopholes that can come with such devices. For companies, there are plenty of recommended business VPN providers that will help ensure more secure operations without compromising on network speed. For everyday consumers, free VPN services, many of which are quite reputable and secure, work just as well.It’s ultimately the responsibility of the production side to make such devices more secure. As it stands, however, IoT devices have too little computing power to include inbuilt security features and encryption software.For now, it’s up to the users to take the first step in protecting themselves. In order to account for the lack of sufficient inbuilt security mechanisms, we need to make VPN use an inherent part of responsible IoT device use. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T…last_img read more

first_img Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that tourism has the potential to accelerate growth and reduce poverty in countries across the globe. Story Highlights “It can also help to promote social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction, resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change, cultural values, diversity and heritage, mutual understanding, peace and security,” he added, while participating in a World Tourism Think Tank in Costa Navarino, Greece, recently. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that tourism has the potential to accelerate growth and reduce poverty in countries across the globe.“An expanded tourism sector with a high degree of economic integration can produce positive and spillover effects that can help to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth,” he said.“It can also help to promote social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction, resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change, cultural values, diversity and heritage, mutual understanding, peace and security,” he added, while participating in a World Tourism Think Tank in Costa Navarino, Greece, recently.Minister Bartlett pointed out that tourism remains one of Jamaica’s few labour-intensive sectors, directly employing over 106,000 persons, while generating indirect jobs for another 250,000 individuals in linked sectors such as agriculture, the creative and cultural industries, entertainment, manufacturing, transportation, finance and insurance, electricity and water, construction and other services.“Direct contribution of tourism to our gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated at 8.4 per cent, while total contribution is estimated at a 27.2 per cent of GDP. Tourism is also the single most important generator of foreign exchange for the Jamaican economy,” he noted.Mr. Bartlett pointed out that the tourism industry in many developing and least developed countries (LDCs) has become the most viable and sustainable option for economic development, and in some countries the main source of foreign exchange earnings.According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 2014, LDCs received US$16.4 billion in exports from international tourism, up from US$2.6 billion in 2000, making the sector an important pillar of their economies and helping some to graduate from the LDC status.Tourism is also labour-intensive and supports a diverse and versatile labour market.Minister Bartlett argued that development and execution of sustainable growth strategies must incorporate broad-based input from a wide range of stakeholders in order to build consensus.He noted that visionary leaders in Government, industry and civil society must collaborate in order to create the needed infrastructures to overcome growth and competitiveness barriers.“We have to be strategic and smart in our approach. The global tourism pie is huge. It has maintained a level of profitability and dependability like no other industry and has been the main breadwinner for many countries. We must continue to build on our collective resources and be cognisant at all times that through partnerships and collaborations; we can all succeed in realising our dreams,” he added. “Direct contribution of tourism to our gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated at 8.4 per cent, while total contribution is estimated at a 27.2 per cent of GDP. Tourism is also the single most important generator of foreign exchange for the Jamaican economy,” he noted. last_img read more