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SA aims for more women in justice

first_img8 August 2012 Women continue to be under-represented as judges in South Africa’s court system, with only about a quarter of them receiving permanent appointments, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday.“In the justice sector in particular, women are still the least represented category across the entire hierarchy of the courts.”Radebe, speaking at the opening of a new courthouse in Palm Ridge for the magisterial district of Alberton in Ekurhuleni, said that of the 233 permanent judges appointed to different Superior Courts in the country, only 65 were women. Of that number 45 were black and 20 were white.The minister said the problem of women in justice was not limited to judicial appointments.“The allocation of legal work and briefs to legal practitioners is one area where there is almost a complete absence of women,” Radebe said.Radebe said the government was beginning “radical reforms” to the State Legal Services to address the problem of women representation in South Africa’s justice system.These were aimed at ensuring that the government, as a consumer of legal services, would introduce programmes that increased the number of black and women law practitioners.The reforms would particularly affect the fields of constitutional litigation, competition law, aviation and social and economic transformation.Radebe added that his department was considering reopening Sexual Offences Courts in the country to improve the conviction rate for sexual crimes against women.Radebe said the number of rapes in the country was “startling” and had to be curtailed.“I therefore urge all role players and the judiciary in particular, to join hands to rid South Africa of horrendous crimes which damage the country’s reputation both at home and internationally.”Sapalast_img read more

Augustyn tackles top SA MTB race

first_img15 October 2013South African John-Lee Augustyn, who took a break from professional bicycle racing to recover fully from hip surgery, has begun his comeback in his home country and will line up for the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race on Sunday.The former Barloworld and Sky rider has teamed up with multiple South African women’s road champion and Athens Olympian, Anriette Schoeman, in the mixed category to tackle the tough seven-day 550-kilometre race. The pair will race as Team TREAD/32GI.Augustyn has started all three of road cycling’s Grand Tours – the Tour of Italy, Tour de France and Tour of Spain – during his career. At the age of 21, racing for Team Barloworld, he finished 45th in the 2008 Tour de France, showing moments of brilliance on some of the race’s biggest climbs and signalling the promise of a great career.SurgeryHe then raced for Team Sky in 2010 and 2011, but a crash he had suffered in the 2007 Tour of Portugal, which saw Augustyn break the very top of his femur, where it joins the hip, began to hinder him, eventually reaching a point where he required hip resurfacing surgery in 2011. He tried to return to racing in 2012, but realised he needed a longer recovery period and took an indefinite break.Augustyn and his Italian wife Greta Tonoli have been living in Adro, near Milan, where Greta is a fashion designer. Since June, he has been training in Italy in an effort to regain his best form and secure a professional road team contract for 2014.“I’ve been training consistently for the past four months and am happy to report that I have had no injury or health problems. The longer recovery period worked out well, but now I’m itching to get back into the racing scene,” Augustyn said in a statement on Monday.Recent formOn the weekend, he finished fourth at the MTN Crater Cruise on Saturday, a 103km mountain bike marathon in the Free State. He was the main protagonist in the race, which attracted South Africa’s top marathon racers, and he also claimed the King of the Mountains’ prize.“It felt good to go hard again. I didn’t have any team support and misjudged the hot, dry conditions so ran short on fluids and suffered in the last 10 kays, but I’m definitely feeling like the old me again and just need some race-conditioning now,” Augustyn smiled after the race.“Riding the Cape Pioneer Trek in a mixed team will allow me to get into a racing mind-set, but with little pressure.“Anriette has had a great road racing career, but she’s very new to mountain bike racing. She is more a sprinter and I’m more a climber. She is short and I am tall, so we’re going to just enjoy every stage of one of South Africa’s best mountain bike events and see how it goes. Maybe we’ll get a stage podium or two.”‘Crazy’“It’s crazy that one of the most talented bicycle racers ever to come out of South Africa is toiling away on the roads and trails of Italy far from any kind of spotlight, especially when he’s ready to begin racing at the top level again,” said Sean Badenhorst, editor of TREAD Magazine, who arranged for Augustyn’s return to South Africa.“Sure, he won’t be winning the Cape Pioneer Trek, but he’ll be gaining all important confidence and exposure.“John-Lee and the late Burry Stander raced head-to-head as youngsters on both road and mountain bikes, raising the overall standard of South African racing as they grew up. We’ve lost Burry, but we must appreciate and support John-Lee, who many believe still has his best racing years ahead of him,” added Badenhorst.Potential podium contendersOther potential podium contenders on the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek mixed category start list are the 2012 winners, Jennie Stenerhag, a former Swedish national road champion, and Craig Gerber (Asrin Cycling 2); Nizaam Esa and 2011 women’s Cape Pioneer Trek champion, Catherine Williamson (Asrin Cycling 3); and Gerhard Ebersohn and Christine Janse van Rensburg (Peptosport).Also lining up in the mixed division is former South African marathon champion, Cherise Stander, the widow of Burry Stander, and her father, Andre Taylor, in the iride4burry team.The Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek starts on Sunday, 20 October with a 14.8km prologue time trial at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, near Oudtshoorn.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

AT&T completes its nationwide LTE-M network ahead of schedule

first_imgRelated Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Ryan Matthew Pierson Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Your IoT devices may soon have a new network to connect to in order to transmit data directly to the cloud. AT&T has completed its nationwide rollout of its LTE-M Internet of Things (IoT) network.This rollout, which involved a software update to AT&T’s existing LTE network, enables IoT devices to connect from more places, and with better reliability than before.See also: How to feed and care for your wireless sensor networksThe LTE-M IoT network incorporates globally standardized 3GPP technology that makes use of licensed spectrum that affords carrier-grade security and reliability.The network is designed for large-scale rollouts, and plans are set to bring the network to nearby regions including Mexico and Canada.LTE-M Vs. LTEThere are some significant differences between the LTE network your smartphone uses and the one your IoT device(s) connect to.For one, the price AT&T is charging per connection is significantly smaller. Current pricing plans show a $1.50 annual charge per month per device. Additional discounts and bulk pricing plans will be available.LTE-M also does a better job at holding a strong signal through barriers such as walls and floors. It boasts a greater range and longer battery life for connected devices. This improved connectivity comes at the cost of bandwidth.LTE-M supports bandwidth of up to 384 kbps or 1 Mbps, depending on whether it is used in full-duplex or half-duplex mode. That’s quite a bit less than your smartphone, but IoT devices themselves don’t consume a lot of bandwidth at all. Generally, they are transmitting data to the cloud and receiving simple commands. Both of which are accomplished with very little bandwidth overhead.What are the advantages?In the world of IoT, size matters. The smaller the modules, the more versatile their uses can be. LTE-M enables manufacturers to work with modules that are 1/6 the size of the ones currently being used to connect to wireless networks.Battery life is better on LTE-M. LTE-M devices can enjoy a battery life of up to ten years.Connectivity is maintained through dense buildings and even underground. Maintaining a constant connection is imperative for many IoT applications. LTE-M especially useful for devices that travel in areas where maintaining a connection is an issue.“Our nationwide LTE-M deployment is another example of AT&T’s continued investment and leadership in IoT,” said Chris Penrose, President, IoT Solutions, AT&T. “We can now reach new places and connect new things at a price that’s more affordable than ever before. Our LTE-M starter kit will also spur developers to open the doors to IoT innovation.” Tags:#AT&T#Internet of Things#IoT#LTE-M#networks#wireless Follow the Pucklast_img read more

Chelsea goalie apologizes for refusing to leave field

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grizzlies overcome LeBron James’ triple double, dent Lakers’ playoff hopes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga reacts after stops a shot from Manchester City’s Leroy Sane during a penalty shootout at the end of the English League Cup final soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga apologized in a club statement on Monday for refusing to be substituted in the English League Cup final.The world’s most expensive goalkeeper was fined one week’s wages.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Although there was a misunderstanding, on reflection, I made a big mistake with how I handled the situation. I wanted to take the time today to apologize fully,” Kepa said in the statement.Manager Mauricio Sarri ordered Kepa to be substituted on Sunday as the final against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium was heading to a penalty shootout. Kepa had been cramping, but gesticulated wildly that he was not going to leave the pitch. Sarri was furious, too. His authority undermined by Kepa’s insubordination, he walked down the tunnel and returned just before the end of extra time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesKepa played on and City won in the shootout.Kepa and Sarri continued to describe what happened as a misunderstanding. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Kepa and I have spoken about the incident. It was a good conversation,” Sarri said in the statement on Monday. “There was a misunderstanding yesterday but he realizes he made a big mistake in the way he reacted. He has apologized to me, his teammates and the club.“For me, this matter is now closed. Everyone’s focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us.”Kepa’s refusal to obey instructions overshadowed the final, and a resolute performance by Chelsea after recent miserable results.The performance was tamping doubts about Sarri’s future at the club, until his credibility was undermined by Kepa and he was publicly humiliated, raising questions about his authority going forward.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Live With Kelly and Ryan coming to Niagara Falls Ontario

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement “Live has had a wonderful relationship with the city and the people of Niagara Falls. Our two previous visits are among our favourite Live remote broadcasts,” executive producer Michael Gelman said in a news release.The visit, of course, comes just in time for Canada 150 celebrations. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Go to KellyandRyan.com for information on how to get tickets to the broadcasts.Live airs Monday to Friday at 9 a.m. on CTV.BY DEBRA YEOcenter_img Advertisement Fresh off the announcement of their new daytime TV partnership comes news that Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest are heading to Niagara Falls, Ont., to tape two episodes of their show.The June 5 and 6 episodes of Live With Kelly and Ryan will broadcast from the Oakes Garden Theatre in the Canadian city, with its views of the American and Horseshoe Falls.It’s not the first time the series has made the trek north of the border. In 1996, when the show was known as Live With Regis and Kathie Lee, and again in 2006 when Ripa had joined Regis Philbin as co-host, the show was aired from the Oakes Garden Theatre. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Dean Possenniskie AE Networks managing director

first_imgDean Possenniskie, A+E Networks’ managing director for Europe, spoke to DTVE about growing audience reach, the importance of marketing and how to successfully extend existing channel brands.What are your strategic priorities?2012 has seen the strongest year ever of audience growth across our local channel portfolios. History in particular has grown more than 50% year-on-year in prime time audiences across key western European markets such as the UK, Germany and Italy. Continuing to reach our growing audiences in new ways will remain a priority for our local channels in 2013 and we will continue to invest in new interactive and social media products in 2013. Local commissioning is key to the local positioning and success of our channels. In 2012 we produced more local hours than ever before in Europe across History, Crime & Investigation Network and Bio, and plan to do even more in 2013. Crime and Investigation Network has proven a ratings success in recent launches in Spain, Holland and Poland – we aim to launch the channel into new markets across EMEA in 2013. We have exciting new channel brands in Lifetime and H2 that we are working to launch in Europe in 2013.Is the balance between free-to-air and pay TV revenues shifting?Across Europe we are seeing positive growth in our core pay TV business.  Pay penetration is growing, Germany has been a highlight as both DTH and cable subscriber numbers grow, while we see very strong growth in CEE markets such as Poland. We manage a complimentary free-to-air content distribution business alongside our pay channels and are seeing greater demand than ever for our programming.Are you seeing much success from alternative revenue streams?We operate successful local advertising businesses across key markets such as the UK, Spain, Germany and Italy. 2012 has seen the creation of local advertising windows on both History and Crime & Investigation in Poland and has already emerged into a significant revenue stream. We have an active home entertainment distribution business in Europe with direct partnerships and licensing deals in place throughout the region.How are A+E Networks’ brand values communicated?We work hand-in-hand with the marketing, on-air, digital and programming teams from our joint ventures and licensing partners to ensure that locally produced trade and consumer materials appeal to local tastes and cultures, while adhering to the brand proposition. We firmly believe that nothing beats face-to-face communication, so representatives from our corporate office in New York travel frequently to meet with the local teams, and the local teams send reps to New York to meet with their US counterparts. We also hold a yearly conference with representatives from our channels around the world to talk about what’s new for the brands, share success stories and exchange ideas.What marketing efforts have you undertaken with local partners? It is critical for programming providers to utilise their brands and content to help drive value for the pay TV platform.  Our expertise is connecting with consumers through compelling content, and by utilising this connection to help our partners sell their products and services, we derive mutually beneficial results for our businesses. We’ve done this successfully in a number of markets.  In the UK, BSkyB utilised The Kennedys to help drive subscriptions to the pay environment by targeting viewers on the free-to-air platform. This show delivered History UK’s highest ever audience. A+E Networks UK partnered with Ziggo to announce the launch of Crime & Investigation in the market. Ziggo utilised the launch to drive awareness of the package and increase subscriptions. They promoted it internally through their call centres and staff trainings and externally through their retail stores and platform promotional inventory.What are the risks of developing spin-off versions of core channel brands?The biggest risk to developing a spin-off version of a core brand is for the new brand to be viewed as a ‘lite’ version of the original, and that you water down your core brand if the spin-off voice is not distinct. But it can work.  As History has catapulted into one of the leading pay TV brands in the US, we saw some opportunities in the landscape that we could leverage. We transitioned our History International (HI) brand to H2 last year, and we built off the success of HI with an increased investment in original programmes that allow viewers to immerse themselves more deeply into topics they enjoy on History.  The strategy worked from go.  We did not see a drop in viewership from History. In fact the channel has continued its growth streak, while H2 has built upon the HI audience significantly and has climbed the charts. Both brands are stronger than ever.How are plans to launch Lifetime internationally developing? Our strategy is to launch Lifetime in all markets worldwide. We had our first international launch for the brand in Canada in August. We are in active discussions with partners worldwide to launch the channel and expect to make more announcements later this year.When does it make sense to localise programming?A channel brand such as History can present strong local stories, heritage and characters, which we have invested in more heavily than ever in 2012. It’s important that we have strong distribution in a market backed by a talented local team as we have done in markets such as the UK, Germany and Spain.last_img read more

Turners cable news net CNN International has hire

first_imgTurner’s cable news net CNN International has hired Owen Wyatt for a newly-created digital and affiliate sales role.Wyatt joins from YouTube channel operator Base79. At CNN International he will be tasked with growing the range of affiliates the news channel works with and developing its training and consultancy services.CNN’s new recruit will report to Greg Beitchman, CNN International’s vice president, content sales and partnerships who joined the company from Reuters late last year. He said: “With Owen on-board CNN’s partners can expect even more innovation and enterprising commercial opportunities.”Wyatt said: “As the leading global player in news, CNN also has a huge opportunity to grow our distribution with out of home partners in mutually beneficial relationships that takes CNN content to an even greater audience on new and innovative platforms.”Prior to Base79, Wyatt was head of video at newswire Reuters and a producer at Sky Sports.CNN’s international said his appointment marked another step in Rani Raad’s restructuring of the commercial business since becoming chief commercial officer in February 2013.last_img read more

John Wastcoat USbased OTT video technology specia

first_imgJohn WastcoatUS-based OTT video technology specialist Zixi has appointed John Wastcoat to the role of senior vice-president, alliances and marketing. Wastcoat will lead Zixi’s OEM, technology alliance and reseller ecosystem as well as directing corporate communications and messaging.Prior to joining Zixi Wastcoat served as vice-president of business development for Aspera, and in his eight years with the company grew the alliance community from 10 to 200-integrated partners, including partnerships with Akamai, Amazon, EVS, Microsoft, and Telstra. In addition to business development, he was part of the leadership team that merged Aspera with IBM after being acquired in 2014. Before joining Aspera, he held positions with Dexrex and Cantata Technology.“John has joined us with a great deal of success driving technology partnership revenue in Media and Entertainment and tangential Zixi verticals. We are thrilled to have his experience as we expand our product offerings and grow our worldwide customer and partner base,” said Gordon Brooks, executive chairman, Zixi.“Zixi is seeing the swift customer adoption with the success of its software solutions for broadcast quality video over IP. The company is uniquely positioned to help solve the problems associated with the transport of live streams at scale, and I am very excited to help further the company’s success,” said Wastcoat.last_img read more