Rob Smith knows the reality of the situation. Coaches come and go, and finding replacements for them has become another part of the offseason agenda for the Jacks’ veteran head coach.It’s going to be no different this winter.All of a day after assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Darren Arbet accepted a job as the new head coach at Cabrillo College in Aptos, defensive coordinator Miles Kochevar has been hired under the same job title at West Texas A&M University, the school …
Microsoft’s Windows 7 computer operatingsystem is to be made avalable in 10African languages.(Image: Gregory Szarkiewicz)MEDIA CONTACTS • Adrian WainwrightMicrosoft SA communications manager+27 11 361 7629RELATED ARTICLES• Boost for software development• New African languages for PCs• Taking the internet to townships• South Africa onlineJanine ErasmusSoftware giant Microsoft’s latest version of its operating system for personal computers, Windows 7, will be made available in 10 African languages, five of them official South African languages.The successor to Windows Vista was released to general retail in October 2009. This comes less than three years after the launch of Vista, which took some time to gain acceptance and was widely criticised at first because of its initial high cost, heavy system requirements, and a few other issues.Translation into the 10 African languages is expected to be complete by the end of 2011. The move is part of Microsoft’s plan to make the operating system available in no less than 59 languages by the end of 2011.Also scheduled for translation is the latest version of the company’s productivity suite, Office 2010, which is currently in its first beta.Microsoft South Africa’s head of citizenship, Vis Naidoo, explained that the translation work is to be tackled by teams from South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya.Work has already begun, he said, and by the end of next year users will be able to navigate through the programmes in the local languages of Sesotho sa Leboa (northern Sotho), Setswana, isiXhosa, isiZulu and Afrikaans.In addition to the five South African languages, versions will also be available in Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, kiSwahili and Amharic, enabling users across West, Central and East Africa to become as familiar with the operating system as their southern counterparts.The company’s 2003 and 2007 suites and other popular applications are already available in some 100 languages, among them Uzbek, Quechua, Tatar, Bosnian, Punjabi, Macedonian, and Kyrgyz. Translations are applied through language packs, which can be downloaded for free and installed in Microsoft applications.South African localisation and translation company Web-Lingo played an important role in the release of Microsoft language packs in Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu and Sesotho sa Leboa for the 2007 office suite and Windows Vista.Web-Lingo MD Sonette Hill said that 4-million words commonly used in these software products were translated by a team of 40 linguists and two project managers.Unlimited potentialNaidoo is responsible for Microsoft South Africa’s programme of uplifting communities by bringing the benefits of technology to them. This is done through private and public partnerships under the Microsoft Unlimited Potential initiative. The long-term goal is to improve the lives of South Africans as well as create sustainable business growth for the software company.Lack of access to computer technology is a major stumbling block to progress, said Naidoo, and is estimated to affect more than half of all South Africans. The problem is exacerbated by people not being able to understand the language of the user interface.Naidoo was speaking at Microsoft’s Local Language Programme Africa Summit, held in Johannesburg from 16 to 18 November 2009. The gathering brought together teams from Microsoft, the company’s partners within South Africa and government representatives. The Local Language initiative is just one component of Unlimited Potential.Access to computer technology in their own languages, he said, will give millions of South Africans new possibilities for education and employment. Naidoo quoted a 2006 UN study which showed that learning and development is possible only through familiar languages, as people learn better in their mother tongue.Bridging the digital divide in emerging markets, by providing software in languages that are meaningful to the local population, is crucial to unlocking this growth potential.Translation and localisationLionbridge Technologies announced at the start of the summit that it would help the global software company with localisation across 35 languages, including the 10 African languages. Massachusetts-based Lionbridge specialises in translation, interpretation and localisation.“Emerging economies such as those in Africa are becoming the next computing frontier with strong demand for productivity and mobility technologies. Language plays a critical role in bringing sustainable technology adoption to these markets,” said Lionbridge CEO Rory Cowan.Microsoft is working closely with government and academia, as well as relevant bodies such as the Pan South African Language Board (Pansalb), in the development of its South African language packs.Experts are needed because it is important to maintain the style and culture of a given language, but also to accurately translate new terms, like “broadband”, which have never before been available in that language.According to Pansalb chair Sihawukele Ngubane, localisation must make it appear as though the application was originally developed in the local culture.The KwaDukuza Resource Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, an educational initiative for the local community, is one facility that has seen the benefits of localisation and translation after installing the isiZulu language pack.People who are literate in isiZulu but not in English can now receive computer literacy training, and the availability of programmes in their own language has encouraged people to enrol in greater numbers.
18 September 2012 South African state-owned defence equipment manufacturer Denel and Airbus Military have signed a new agreement with revised terms for manufacturing components for the A400M military transport aircraft. The renegotiated agreement, which will contribute to the financial turnaround of Denel, was signed in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, on Monday. Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said the new agreement demonstrated the confidence of major global aerospace companies in the abilities of the South African manufacturing sector. ‘A fully-fledged aerospace industry’ “The relationship between Airbus and Denel takes us to another step further towards the growth of a fully-fledged South African aerospace industry,” he said. Group chief executive of Denel, Riaz Saloojee, said the relationship with Airbus positioned Denel Aerostructures (DAe) as an established supplier of high-tech aircraft parts, and strengthened South Africa’s position in the global aerospace industry. Airbus Military senior commercial vice president Antonio Rodriguez-Barberan said the agreement “re-affirmed Airbus Military’s commitment to South Africa and its industrial partners and suppliers in the country. “With production of the A400M ramping up ahead of the first deliveries next year, it is comforting to know that we have a dependable partner in DAe which can be relied upon to provide top quality work, on time and within budget,” Rodriguez-Barberan said. DAe manufactures two major work packages on the A400M, the wing-to-fuselage fairings and the top shells, which form part of the aircraft’s mainframe. Small sub-contractors contribute to global programme Saloojee said the new agreement, together with the restructuring of the company and a strong order pipeline, would enable DAe to return to profitability within the next three to four years in line with a turnaround strategy introduced in 2010. The government had also demonstrated its confidence in the future of the company through a capital injection of R700-million earlier this year. “This agreement has vindicated this confidence and confirmed the viability and inherent potential of Denel Aerostructures in the years ahead,” Saloojee said. Chief executive officer of Denel Aerostructures, Ismail Dockrat, said the company had already ramped up its production of vital parts for the A400M that will be delivered to customers in the coming months. Denel’s participation in the programme has already brought significant benefits to the local aerospace industry. The new agreement will stabilise local supply chains and give experience to smaller sub-contractors to perform work on a global programme. Saloojee said the contract with Airbus confirmed South Africa’s status as a reliable supplier to multinational projects and an innovative design partner. “It provides DAe with the know-how and capacity to participate in future multinational ventures and to grow the local industry, as envisaged in the recent Defence Review 2012,” he said. “It will strengthen DAe’s position in South Africa’s aerospace industry, and confirms its position as a strategic public asset, its contribution to skills development and advanced manufacturing, and its potential to generate export revenue for the country.” Source: SANews.gov.za
Since the discovery of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB) in 1882, 24 March has been observed as World TB Day. We gather facts and figures on the disease.March 24 is World TB Day, learn more about this difficult to treat airborne bacteria. (Research and text: Priya Pitamber Design: Megan Budler)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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Solar Thermal Collectors Will Cool Steinway FactoryQUEENS, NY — The Steinway & Sons piano factory in Queens will soon be cooled by an 80-ton absorption chiller connected to a rooftop solar thermal array. According to Steinway, the installation is the world’s largest solar cooling system.Absorption chillers employ a cooling cycle based on ammonia and water. Examples of absorption coolers include Servel propane-fueled refrigerators and Robur ammonia absorption air conditioners. Although most absorption chillers are fueled by natural gas, other sources of heat, including solar thermal heat, can be used to drive the ammonia absorption cycle.Steinway’s new solar cooling system uses parabolic-trough solar collectors that focus the sun’s rays on tubing filled with a water/glycol mix. On a sunny day, the fluid reaches 350°F. In winter, the solar collectors will provide space heating for the piano factory. “It’s critical that we find energy-efficient ways to dehumidify our plant, and the solar panels are the answer,” said Steinway’s facilities manager, Bill Rigos.The $875,000 solar cooling system is a demonstration project funded by a $588,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and $266,000 in federal solar-energy tax credits. Since Steinway’s system cost $10,937 per ton of cooling, the equipment is clearly more expensive than a conventional air conditioning system.
[email protected] APTN National NewsAs Remembrance day ceremonies get set to go, minorities inside the miliary are reflecting on the challenges they’ve faced in battle – and at home in their own army.But now with a new minister of National Defence at the helm of the armed forces, will they now face few struggles?APTN’s Shaneen Robinson reports.
(Above: Work being done on the Barrie site in 2011 during the construction of the Allandale Go station.)Kenneth Jackson APTN National News A temporary stop work order has been placed on an ancient burial site of the Huron-Wendat people in Barrie, Ont. by the Ontario government halting any construction development, that is except the work planned by the government itself.The province is allowing GO Transit to continue with plans to expand on the 3.5 hectare site in downtown Barrie, Ont., known as the Allandale station lands, that could include additional track and infrastructure to the existing station that opened in 2012.Some work is to begin this summer, however the provincially-owned commuter railway has refused to tell APTN exactly what work will be done – just that it is part of the expansion of the layover facility, the first part of the project.Meanwhile, the city of Barrie is forbidden from breaking ground on any development until a determination can be made if the site is officially a cemetery according to a letter issued on March 24 by Nancy Watkins, the province’s Registrar of Burial Sites.“These sites must not be disturbed until this declaration has been issued,” said Watkins, which is expected to take months, if not more than a year because she is currently reviewing two archaeological reports done in 2012 and 2013.The letter was sent to various provincial departments, including Metrolinx, which operates GO Transit. But a spokesperson with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services confirmed the stop work order doesn’t apply to Metrolinx or any of the work they plan to do.“The reference to ‘sites’ in the letter refers to the burials sites themselves, which are located on land which is owned by the City of Barrie,” said a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.The problem is not a single person knows where the burials are because the site has never been properly excavated. Historians and archaeologists have documented burial pits, known as ossuaries common to the Huron-Wendat, on the site since 1846 when a pit of at least 200-300 bodies was found. Some historical estimates put the total as high as 1,000. Additional ossuaries were found later on the site, and other burials.Hundreds of human bone fragments were found between 2011-2012 less than 200 meters from where Metrolinx plans to expand.See related:• Buried Souls: How Ontario bulldozed through a rare Huron-Wendat burial site in Barrie• Buried Souls: Meet the man who almost built condos on a contaminated Huron-Wendat burial site• NDP continue to press Ontario Liberals on why agency allowed to develop site of Huron-Wendat burial groundThe government proceeding with work on the site is ignoring calls from Huron-Wendat to stop all construction because they believe the site contains more than what has been found to date.“What they found already, and what was disturbed, is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Grand Chief Konrad Sioui. “We believe there is a lot more to discover in terms of a cemetery. It has to be respected.”Sioui met with representatives from Barrie this week, who flew to Wendake, Que. to meet with the Huron-Wendat to address their concerns after APTN first reported in early March that a number of mistakes led to the GO station being built. Both left the meeting agreeing to conduct a thorough and “independent” archaeological survey of the land in the near future.“There’s going to be an independent investigation by an archaeological firm. (Barrie) supports this completely. Otherwise this is going to become a mess and it won’t help anyone,” said Sioui.However, Sioui hasn’t heard from any of the provincial ministers involved or Premier Kathleen Wynne, which he called “shameful.”It’s not clear how an archaeological survey can be completed while there is a stop work order.Also, much of the site is covered in asphalt after the previous construction done by Barrie and Metrolinx. As well, in 2012 Barrie put in a large sewer through the centre of the property at least 10 feet deep and six feet wide, which wasn’t monitored by an archaeologist. Sioui said he was “shocked” to learn of all the work that has been done on the site over the years, all without consulting with the Huron-Wendat.“This is a Huron-Wendat site and we’re going to make sure this site is protected and respected by a Huron-Wendat perspective,” he said.Metrolinx has been planning on expanding on the site for two years and as part of the process had an archaeological report done. A spokesperson said they have a draft of that report, completed in January, but won’t release it to the public until the fall.That report was done by Archaeological Services Inc., the largest firm in Ontario that called on the Ontario government to take “urgent action” to protect the site in 2015, after determining the GO station likely wouldn’t have been cleared, as it was, if the government had followed its own regulations.During the original construction between 2010-2012, Metrolinx had to remove a large amount of natural soil that was contaminated. Approximately 930 cubic meters of material were removed from the site and taken a place that treats contaminated soil.Some was also moved to another portion of the site, which is slated for removal. Metrolinx said it will be tested by an archaeologist for human remains.It will mark the first time Metrolinx has had the soil tested by an archaeologist on soil impacted by their work on the site. Metrolinx said all expansion work will be done in consultation with an archaeologist and everything outside of the work this summer still needs to be approved by Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. It appears Metrolinx is using previous approvals, as part of the environmental assessment approved in 2005, to conduct the work this summer on the layover [email protected]@afixedaddress
For most sports fans, this past weekend meant near-nonstop basketball watching — of the college variety, that is. But NBA players were also in action, so it’s time for this week’s edition of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings.How do these numbers work? All 30 NBA teams are ranked according to a projection of their true talent over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on the methodology, see our introductory rankings post.With the NBA playoffs rapidly approaching (they begin April 18), here’s a look at how the playoff picture in each conference has come together since the first time we issued power rankings and postseason odds on Jan. 19:The Western Conference playoff field has been relatively set since we started tracking it. Six of the eight slots were all but locked up in late January (the Portland Trail Blazers brought up the rear of that six-team group with a 94 percent playoff probability). The seventh spot was strongly favored to land with the Houston Rockets, who had an 80 percent likelihood of making the playoffs. Barring a Rockets collapse, the battle for the final spot out West was going to be between the injury-riddled Oklahoma City Thunder and the Phoenix Suns, with OKC holding the inside track because of a superior talent rating.Fast-forward to today, and seven Western Conference slots are practically set in stone (according to our model), as Houston quickly added the remaining 20 percent to its playoff probability not long after our inaugural rankings. That leaves three teams — the Thunder, Suns and New Orleans Pelicans — currently duking it out for the West’s eighth and final playoff slot.While the Thunder have continued to struggle with injuries, their chances of grabbing the No. 8 seed in the West are still 86 percent, as the Suns lost 49 percentage points of playoff probability since mid-January and the Pelicans have been treading water. Phoenix and New Orleans currently have better RPM talent ratings than Oklahoma City (despite the Suns jettisoning a lot of talent at the trade deadline), and both teams are within striking distance of the Thunder’s record. But the Suns’ remaining schedule is significantly more difficult1As measured by the average RPM power rating of their remaining opponents after adjusting for home-court advantage. than that of either Oklahoma City or New Orleans, and the Pelicans’ slim schedule and talent edges over OKC probably aren’t enough to offset a three-game deficit in the standings.Meanwhile, the Eastern Conference playoff picture isn’t a whole lot clearer than it was in January. Back then, six of its eight playoff slots were essentially locked up, with six other teams possessing a playoff probability between 15 and 70 percent. Now there are still six spots almost completely wrapped up, with five other teams’ playoff chances hovering between 15 and 75 percent. Only the Detroit Pistons dropped out of the race completely, shedding 39 percentage points of playoff probability since Jan. 19.Realistically, the Brooklyn Nets (17 percent playoff probability) are still long shots, and the Miami Heat (75 percent) are relatively likely to grab one of the two available spots. But the race for No. 8 is as wide-open as ever.A few weeks ago, the Indiana Pacers had a 71 percent chance of making the playoffs, but they’ve lost 29 percentage points of playoff probability since March 9, and now are only marginally better positioned than the Charlotte Hornets or Boston Celtics. Charlotte, too, has seen their playoff chances decline over the past two weeks; after having a coin-flip’s chance at the playoffs in early March, they’re looking at just a 35 percent shot at the postseason.And whenever one team loses playoff odds, another team (by definition) is there to scoop them up. One of those teams, the Heat, spent the past two weeks drastically shoring up their playoff chances after seeing them drop to 30 percent on March 9. Meanwhile, the Celtics have added 23 points of playoff probability since their odds bottomed out at 12 percent in late February. (Although Boston also lost 10 percentage points from their playoff chances over the past week.) Even the aforementioned Nets, left for dead at 6 percent a week ago, clawed their way back into the mix as Boston and Indiana saw their probabilities fall since last week.All of this figures to set up an intriguing three weeks of basketball to close out the regular season. Whoever wins out will have earned the right — in all likelihood — to lose in the first round of the playoffs. That said, most of the teams battling for the final playoff spots are good enough to keep the top seeds in each conference on their toes.
Urban Meyer raises the Cotton Bowl trophy following the end of game against the University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIt did not take long for the headlines to start appearing, all with a common theme: Ohio State dominates USC in 24-7 victory in Cotton Bowl.Just as soon after those headlines appeared did people begin to criticize the College Football Playoff committee’s decision to omit Ohio State from the top-four teams.But this game proved one thing to me: the committee got it right. Neither No. 5 Ohio State nor No. 8 USC deserved to be included in the playoff.The score shows a defensive battle between two Power Five champions. But the game looked quite the opposite of how the score turned out.USC quarterback Sam Darnold seemed to have Ohio State’s number right out of the gate. He made tough throws look easy and receivers often made similarly challenging catches look routine. He completed 26-of-45 passes for 356 yards, 79 more yards than Ohio State had total offense.The problem for USC and for Darnold was that what mistakes he made, they were major. The pick-6 he threw into the hands of safety Damon Webb was a terrible read, and Webb made him pay. The two fumbles he had were both the result of a constant torment of pressure from Ohio State’s defensive line that the USC offensive line failed to stop for much of the day. His top receiver, Deontay Burnett, also had a bad fumble in Ohio State territory that set the Buckeyes up in great field position. And overall, Ohio State scored 21 of its 24 total points after turnovers. Similarly, the only points USC was able to put on the board came when H-back and punt returner K.J. Hill muffed a punt on the Ohio State 15-yard line. Neither team scored in the second half. The only real chance either team had came when USC missed a 28-yard field goal attempt that bounced off the right upright.USC’s offense crossed the 50-yard line just seven times when it didn’t begin with the ball off a turnover, and Ohio State managed to cross it only three times when not set up by a turnover. Ohio State’s offense, which ranked No. 5 in scoring entering the game, had 13 total first downs while USC, led by a likely top-five NFL draft pick quarterback and a potential early-round running back, had 23.If Ohio State was a playoff team, it would have dominated a porous rushing defense that had given up 1,195 rushing yards to just five other top-30 rushing attacks. It would have decimated a passing defense that had allowed the 30th-most passing yards per game (246.5 per game). It would not have struggled to run the ball and muster just 163 yards on 38 carries. It would not have only passed for 114 yards and completed just 11-of-17 passes. And on the flip side, Ohio State’s defense should have been better against Darnold. While it forced some crucial turnovers, Darnold deserved more blame than Ohio State credit for his interception. He made some throws that were tough to make, but there were plenty others that were more the result of poor coverage. Ohio State’s defensive line and offensive line were really the only two units that lived up to the billing of a potential playoff team. The defensive line dominated USC to the tune of 14 tackles for loss, including eight sacks. On the other side, Ohio State’s offensive line only allowed four tackles for loss, three being sacks.But a playoff-caliber team needs to click more than Ohio State did against USC. Had that been a Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia or Alabama, Ohio State probably does not come out on the winning side of that matchup. It might not have been shutout again, but the way that offense played against a middle-of-the-road USC defense would not have fared well against top-six defenses like Alabama and Clemson. The way Darnold tore Ohio State apart, there is little doubt a Baker Mayfield, who already torched the Buckeyes once this season, would have again had his way with them. Ohio State had a fine season. It ended as Big Ten and Cotton Bowl champions. But it was not a playoff team. I’m sure if Alabama loses to Clemson, many will berate the committee for getting the No. 4 team wrong. But Alabama would have to lay an Ohio State vs. Clemson 2016-edition egg for this to look like the wrong decision by the committee.