Single emergency number by 2009

first_img19 March 2008Plans to introduce a single emergency number which South Africans can use to call for help from anywhere in the country are at an advanced stage, the Department of Communications says.Currently, there are more than 350 emergency centres handling various emergency services, set up by different organisations and operating using a variety of numbers.According to the department, the result is that there are numerous numbers of emergency service providers and in an event of a specific emergency one could get confused.The new 112 Emergency Centre will integrate all the services into one number, thereby making is easier for South Africans to get help in any type of emergency, and the department is on track to completing national implementation by the last quarter of 2009.Public private partnershipThe department has since opened a public private partnership tender process to appoint a private partner for the financing, design, management, maintenance and operating of the 112 Emergency Centre on behalf of government.The tender process is on track and the department hopes to appoint the successful bidder in the third quarter of this year.The department will closely work with the various fixed and mobile operators, the SA Police and emergency medical services on the technical specifications and inputs into the process.Once the 112 Emergency Centre tender has been awarded and the system is operational, the 112 centre agents will be able to direct calls to the relevant emergency services – irrespective of where they are in the country.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Play Your Part Episode 26: Synopsis

first_imgThe 26th and final episode of the Play Your Part Television Series will air on Saturday, 17 March 2018 on SABC 2 at 18h00.  Kabelo MabalaneIn this episode, Play Your Part ambassador and host Kabelo Mabalane will take viewers through some of the highlights of the season.Over the course of the season viewers saw a wide variety of people doing extraordinary things for the benefit of South Africa.  Viewers saw the pillars of Active Citizenship, Social Cohesion, Youth Development, Women Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Skills Development being promoted. Each of these pillars could stand on their own, but the foundation on which they stand is education. Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It’s about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life. The season saw individuals and organisations with a passion for educating and empowering others to get involved by being proactive, creative and  committed about the development of the country.You can continue to follow the conversation on follow the conversation on Play Your Part initiatives on #GetInvolvedTell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow Play Your Part on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSALike us on Facebook: Play Your PartWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Digital Urdu: New Software Improves Data Analysis of Pakistan’s National Language

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#NYT#web audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “Voice of the Citizen” Through Social Media Data MiningSrihari says she’s focused on the “voice of the citizen” in this project. “Some of the information is political and some of it is not,” she says, and despite the turmoil in the region, a lot of the social media chatter in Pakistan is about cricket.Srihari presented her findings at a recent conference – “Blogs & Bullets: Social Media and the Struggle for Political Change” – at Stanford Universitiy. She says she became interested in Urdu because they were looking at blogs from different cultures. Noting that the advent of the Web has caused an explosion in online content in a variety of languages, Srihari says, “When you start looking at blogs in different cultures, you can really start to understand public sentiment and opinions.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts The extent to which social media sites like Twitter and Facebook play a role in the recent political uprisings in Tunisa, Egypt, Bahrain and so on continues to be a source of debate. What is more clear, however, is that the major languages of these regions are not well-served by electronic resources that make text analysis of these documents and data possible.But now computer scientists have developed the first software system that will allow for the processing of documents in Urdu, the national language of Pakistan and one of the five most-spoken languages in the world.The software will help lay the foundation for data mining in Urdu and provide for more accurate transliteration, as well as open the door for projects in similar languages. “This is the first comprehensive, natural language processing system for Urdu,” says Rohini Srihari, University of Buffalo associate professor of computer science and engineering. The work is a joint project between her department and Janya, an Amherst-based company she founded that provides information extraction technology in multiple languages, including Chinese, Arabic, Pashto, and Russian.Natural Language Processing and UrduThe problem with data mining and sentiment analysis in other languages is that they don’t often have the same sort of “established electronic infrastructures” that we have for English and European languages. “If you are trying to do sentiment analysis – to find out what are the main topics people are talking about in a country, is there intensity building up over something and who is swaying opinion – then you must have an information extraction system,” Srihari says.That is what she has been working on with researchers, something that can perform word segmentation (tagging parts of speech, for example) and entity-tagging (recognizing people, place, and organization names) in a raw, untranslated Urdu document.last_img read more

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SAD fields ex-Minister Dhindsa from Sangrur

first_imgThe Shiromani Akali Dal on Friday announced former Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa as its candidate from Sangrur in Punjab for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Party president Sukhbir Singh Badal announced his candidature here in an official statement. Mr. Dhindsa will be contesting against Bhagwant Mann of the Aam Aadmi Party, who is the sitting MP from Sangrur. The Congress has not yet announced its candidate for the seat. The party had earlier announced the names of five candidates. Of the 13 LS seats in Punjab, the SAD will contest on 10 and the BJP on three.last_img read more

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Roque says Vicente left UE for ‘personal reasons’

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving AFP official booed out of forum It was the end of an unfruitful era for University of the East when former head coach Francis Vicente left.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Taking his place, in an interim basis, is the school’s athletic director Rod Roque who had his first match in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament against Far Eastern University Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Roque, who won eight straight titles as head coach of the UE boys’ volleyball team, said Vicente left the Lady Warriors for “personal reasons.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach Francis, I know deep within him why he left,” said Roque in Filipino after their loss to the Lady Tamaraws, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22. “He left personally, he just told us that he would be leaving due to ‘personal reasons.’”“When he said that, we didn’t even bother asking why. We respected his decision. When he said that it’s a personal reason that is what we will say to everyone. Let’s not dig into it.” Magnolia earns twice-to-beat, pulls plug on Meralco’s playoff hopes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Vicente, a multi-titled coach with University of Santo Tomas in the high school division, was UE’s head coach for four years where he compiled a record of 2-45 and those two wins were both against Adamson University.Roque added he wants the Lady Warriors, who fell to a 0-6 hole, to move on from what happened in the past and try to improve on where they are in the UAAP landscape.“I told them ‘we move on’and whatever they experienced in the past let’s just move on,” said Roque. “I won’t change anything under coach Francis’ system because it’s been there for four years.”“What I’ll do is slowly inject my own system. We’ll be correcting our mistakes in the next few days and we will try to improve.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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August 2 2002 in camp is being prepared for the i

first_imgAugust 2, 2002 in camp is being prepared forthe installation of a new acrylic cover. Agriculture employee Brett Snyder is loosening thewooden support beams to remove the old membrane that is covering thedrying chambers. [Photo & Text: SA] The construction crewand helpers from various departments are in place and the new cover isslowly unrolled. [Photo & Text: SA] The crew startedright after morning meeting to avoid the temperamental winds whichusually start around noon this time a year. But the wind started early,just couldn’t resist playing with this. [Photo & Text: SA] The crew had theirhands full. [Photo & Text: SA] The cover is inplace. Now it is just a matter of securing it. [Photo & Text: SA] The ends have to berolled in and everyone is making an effort to stretch the plasticmembrane evenly. [Photo & Text: SA] manager Adam Nordfors [with red bandana]is drilling the wooden support beams back into place. [Photo & Text:SA] TheGreenhouse is back on line. [Photo & Text: SA]last_img read more

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A rotating crop of fresh greens grows in one of th

first_imgA rotating crop of fresh greens grows in one of the greenhouses. After harvesting, the agriculture crew sells greens and other items from the garden at the farmer’s market at the Arcosanti Cafe. Fresh lettuce from the greenhouse are also available at the Cafe salad bar. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] March 2, 2005Agriculture department crew works in their new orchard next to the lake. February workshopper Ursula LeMaistre and Garden Manager Scott Dolan plant new apple trees. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] The apple orchard with the Arcosanti buildings in the background. [Photo & text: Yuki Y]Agriculture department crew works in their new orchard next to the lake. February workshopper Ursula LeMaistre and Garden Manager Scott Dolan plant new apple trees. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] A new crop of garlic grows in the garden. It will be ready to harvest in the middle of May. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] The apple orchard with the Arcosanti buildings in the background. [Photo & text: Yuki Y]last_img read more

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TV technology provider Espial has contributed addi

first_imgTV technology provider Espial has contributed additional software to the code base of the RDK initiative that it says will enable HLS and MPEG DASH adaptive streaming in an RDK environment.According to Espial, the additions will enable pay TV operators to offer additional OTT options as well as adopt a simplified software approach for set-top boxes, other IPTV platforms and OTT devices.The Espial software is now available as open source for use by RDK members.“We’re pleased to bring support for HLS and DASH streaming to RDK devices – capabilities which are critical for the next generation of Pay TV services. As the RDK environment grows, it allows Pay TV operators to quickly intercept new OTT markets with a wide range of platforms and services,” said Kumanan Yogaratnam, CTO, Espial.“The RDK provides a common software foundation for the Pay TV community – including cable, satellite and telco operators – by enabling new services and applications to be developed faster,” said Jason Briggs, Senior Director of Licensing and Strategic Development, RDK Management LLC. ”Espial is a key contributor to the RDK community and, through these contributions, are helping to move the entire RDK community forward.”last_img read more

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