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NFL power rankings: Chiefs at top, Saints up to No. 2

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.1. Kansas City (8-1)Facing Cardinals is closest thing Chiefs can get to a bye (until they play the Raiders twice). Andy Reid’s crew has a week to sharpen up before Mexico City showdown with Rams on Nov. 19.Last week: 2 Next: Arizona2. New Orleans (7-1)In the NFC driver’s seat ahead of Rams following win Sunday. But here’s the rub — Saints face four more teams currently with winning records. The Rams face two. Oh, and the …last_img

Eassy to go live soon

first_imgThe Eassy cable has connection points along the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. James Wekesa is WIOCC’s chief commercial officer. (Images: WIOCC blog) MEDIA CONTACTS • James Wekesa WIOCC Chief Commercial Officer +254 20 374 6594/5 [email protected]  RELATED ARTICLES • Broadband boost as Eassy hits SA • Seacom: new era for SA internet • Better broadband for Africa • African broadband to rise 500% • Wacs cable gets the green light Bongani NkosiConstruction of Africa’s largest undersea fibre-optic broadband cable, the East African Submarine Cable System (Eassy), has been completed – paving the way for improved internet connectivity between the continent and the rest of the world.The West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC), the leading partner in the project, has announced that the installation of the Eassy cable was completed on 19 April along the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.This marked the conclusion of the installation phase of the project, which began in Maputo, Mozambique, in December 2009. The cable was laid by the Ile de Batz vessel.The next step is to test Eassy before introducing it to the market in July, said WIOCC’s CEO Chris Wood in a statement.“Now that this critical stage of the project has been completed successfully and ahead of time, we will start system testing almost immediately. Once this is finalised, we are looking forward to connecting our first customers to the network from July 2010.”Eassy now runs along the Indian Ocean floor to the Red Sea, from the coast of Mtunzini in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province to the major shipping zone of Port Sudan.Rivalling SeacomThe 10 000km-long high-capacity cable will significantly boost broadband connectivity and the general telecommunications industry in 21 sub-Saharan countries, connecting those states with each other and elsewhere around the globe.Eassy’s landing stations in Mtunzini, Port Sudan, Maputo, Toliary in Madagascar, Moroni in the Comoros, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa in Kenya and Djibouti offer greater connectivity than any other cable in the region, which includes Seacom.Eassy will have the capacity to transmit 1.4 Terabytes (Tb) per second, compared to the 600m-long Seacom, which offers bandwidth at the speed of 1.28Tb per second.Countries in East, Central and Southern Africa in particular will have access to faster and affordable broadband once Eassy is active. The cable will link with numerous other international undersea cable networks, creating a “diverse [and] seamless” connectivity to Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia.“… Eassy offers carriers in Africa affordable, high-speed connectivity into other parts of the continent, and direct access to key internet exchange points in Europe and North America,” said James Wekesa, WIOCC’s chief commercial officer.“For international carriers, it offers a reliable, high-capacity route into parts of Africa that have previously been seen as difficult-to-reach locations. In both cases it does so with a degree of commercial flexibility that has until now been completely unattainable.”Connecting East Africa to EuropeEassy will be the first undersea cable system to directly connect Africa’s east coast nations to Europe. This gives it an edge when compared to existing systems, which are routed via India and the Middle East, according to Ryan Sher, chairperson of Eassy’s technical working group.“… Other east coast systems use longer routes via the Middle East or India; our optimised routing means that we are able to offer the lowest latency service to our customers,” Sher said.“Eassy will … minimise the time taken for traffic from Africa to reach the key internet peering points in Europe and North America, and vice versa,” he added.The majority of international traffic is internet-based, and most of Africa’s internet traffic is destined for Europe and the US “where the most popular content and applications are located”, Sher said. “Our ability to deliver content faster gives us and our customers a competitive edge in the market.”Reaching out to landlocked countriesNine landlocked African countries – Botswana, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Lesotho – will also enjoy more efficient broadband connection through Eassy.“At WIOCC we are also working with our shareholders to deliver high-speed, fibre-optic connectivity not just to the Eassy landing stations, but deep into the interior of Africa,” said Wood. This will enable us to satisfy the growing customer demand for end-to-end service and provide improved geographic reach.”A major African stakeAs the largest shareholder with a 29% stake, WIOCC was set up specifically to drive investment in the Eassy cable system. The consortium’s headquarters are in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. It was initially owned by 12 African telecommunications companies, until Zimbabwe’s TelOne and the Libyan Post, Telecom and Information Technology Company bought in recently.The two joined Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, Dalkom Somalia, Djibouti Telecom, Gilat Satcom Nigeria, the government of Seychelles, Lesotho Telecommunications Authority, Onatel Burundi, Telkom Kenya, TDM Mozambique, U-COM Burundi, Uganda Telecom and Zantel Tanzania.All WIOCC’s sub-Saharan Africa stakeholders will play a key role in rolling out the fibre-optic networks, generated from Eassy, in their respective countries.Numerous other public and private companies have invested in Eassy. South Africa’s MTN, Vodacom, Neotel and Telkom also have a stake. Others include Sudan Telecom Limited, Comores Telecom, Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited, Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited and Mauritius Telecom.African telecom operators own more than 92% of the Eassy project, with the remaining shares taken up by international ventures, such as France Telecom, Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Telecom Company, Bharti Airtel India and the Communications Global Networks Services.last_img read more

Education rights affirmed

first_imgThe information in the charter provides an indication of what children, their parents and other caregivers may expect of the education system.(Image: Ray Maota) Lindiwe Mokate of the SAHRC said that the right to a basic education is a constitutionally protected right that is unequivocally guaranteed to all children in South Africa. (Image: SAHRC) MEDIA CONTACTS • Isaac Mangena   SAHRC: Communications Coordinator  + 27 11 877 3603 RELATED ARTICLES • New uniforms for needy pupils • Class of 2012 does it better • Teaching teens to fish • Safeguarding our future leadersRay MaotaA charter on basic education has been drawn up to clarify the South African government’s obligation to provide quality education to children, and to track its progress.The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has established its Charter of Children’s Basic Education Rights, and each year will measure progress against the charter using national and provincial data from Statistics South Africa, the Department of Basic Education and other research. While the charter is not legally binding on the state, it gives advice on how the state can meet its obligations, and will monitor its education delivery. South Africa is the third country in the world after Ireland and the United Kingdom to have a basic education charter.Lindiwe Mokate, the commissioner for children’s rights at the SAHRC, said: “The right to a basic education is a constitutionally protected right that is unequivocally guaranteed to all children in South Africa. It is considered a central facilitative right that is not qualified by expressions such as ‘available resources’, ‘progressive realisation’, or ‘reasonable legislative measures’, which are applicable to other socio-economic rights enshrined in our Constitution.”She added that it had increasingly been recognised at an international level that national human rights institutions were best placed to determine the monitoring indicators for economic and social rights given their independent nature and knowledge of local conditions.“The charter provides a statement of the various obligations of the state to ensure the realisation of the right to basic education, notes key shortcomings and inequities, revisits commitments made to address the gaps in achieving quality education, and the key role players are identified,” said Mokate.Aida Girma, Unicef’s representative in South Africa, said that the right to education was invaluable in attempts to eradicate poverty and tackle these challenges. “It is my hope that this charter will contribute to renewal of, and re-commitment to, quality basic education for all children in South Africa,” she said. The charterThere are many underlying factors behind the poor quality of education and educational outcomes.According to the SAHRC, these include: social and economic factors, such as poverty and low literacy levels and low levels of formal education in children’s families; insufficient levels of educational support at home; insufficient school infrastructure and basic services at schools such as water, sanitation and electricity; lack of learning resources and materials such as libraries, laboratories and text books; the cost of schooling; poorly trained teachers and teachers with insufficient subject knowledge; and lack of access to early childhood education, among others.The charter is an informational and advocacy tool that will help a wide range of stakeholders know their rights and responsibilities.The information in the charter provides an indication of what children, their parents and other caregivers may expect of the education system; an educational tool for parents and caregivers regarding the role they may be required to play so that children can enjoy their right to basic education; and a summative planning and monitoring tool for the departments of basic education regarding their respective obligations.It also includes a planning tool for institutions of higher learning and the national Department of Basic Education for their roles and responsibilities in relation to improving the quality of teachers, teaching and learning in the classroom, among other things.“Twenty years into the democratic dispensation we are still arguing about the norms and standards of education. Every child is entitled to a good education. We have spent time talking with little action as far as the child’s right to education is concerned,” said the SAHRC’s chairman, Lawrence Mushwana.The charter includes:The availability of education: basic education must be made available by the state to all children;The accessibility of education: education must be accessible to all children;Acceptable education: the curriculum, teachers, teaching methods, educational outcomes and teacher and  learner behaviour must be acceptable; and,Adaptable education: the education system must be inclusive, flexible and responsive to children’s different circumstances and learning needs.Mokate added: “The charter provides a benchmark of where we are in terms of fulfilling the right to a basic education and where we need to go to ensure that every child receives an education.”last_img read more

“HTTPS Now” Campaign Aims To Secure The Internet

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Access, a digital freedom activist group, have partnered together to start “HTTPS Now,” a campaign to spread awareness and advocate for increased Internet security.HTTPS — Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure — HTTPS is built on HTTP and integrates the Secure Sockets Layer/Transfer Layer Security protocol to ensure data encryption over a secure channel. It provides 128- to 256-bit encryption, which means that it is virtually unhackable. “We’ve heard a lot about how malicious tools like Firesheep can be used to steal data, including passwords for email and social networking accounts,” said EFF activist Eva Galperin in a press release. “HTTPS Now is aimed at protecting users from attacks like these by spreading the word about HTTPS and how to use it correctly. HTTPS provides the minimum level of security for websites. Without it, no site can make any meaningful security or privacy guarantees to its users.”The EFF has worked with Internet browser companies to help HTTPS become more ubiquitous. It has partnered with the Tor Project on “HTTPS Everywhere,” a security tool for the Firefox browser that encrypts a users’ browsing and changes it from HTTP to HTTPS whenever possible. The HTTPS movement is gaining more traction lately with a series of high-profile hacks forcing the hands of websites and social networks. Facebook issued an “HTTPS always-on” option after CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s account was broken into and Twitter recently created an option to always use HTTPS when using Twitter.com shortly after uber-user Ashton Kutcher’s account was hacked.“We want to make it easier for web users to get the security they need and deserve, but we can’t do it alone. We need an accurate picture of the state of HTTPS on the Internet. After that, we can target website operators and make it easy for them to update their sites,” said Jochai Ben-Avie of Access. “Working together, we can all be safer from identity theft, security threats, viruses, and other things that come from an insecure Internet.” dan rowinski Tags:#security#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

San Miguel back in PBA Philippine Cup finals anew after ousting Phoenix

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew FIFA bans eight players for life over match-fixing Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte From there on, Wright and RJ Jazul took turns in clipping the lead, but was turned back by a jumper from Terrence Romeo, who has yet to taste his first trip to the Finals.San Miguel now awaits the winner of the Magnolia-Rain or Shine series, that could be decided Friday, 7 p.m. at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MANILA, Philippines–Coming off the heels of a masterful victory, it was clear that the reigning champions remain the force to be reckoned with in the prestigious PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting San Miguel Beer took everything the top-seeded Phoenix Pulse could offer on Thursday night, and still pulled out a 105-94 Game 5 win at Cuneta Astrodome to book its fifth straight Finals appearance—the second most in the league’s storied history.Chris Ross scored 24 points, his most in the semifinals, as the Beermen closed this half of the semifinals and moved closer to preserving their historic four-time reign in the all-Filipino conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAlex Cabagnot joined the scoring fray, unloading 22 points—15 of those coming from the three-point stripe, while five-time Most Valuable Player June Mar tossed in 17 more.LA Revilla, Phoenix’s diminutive guard, figured as the biggest threat for San Miguel. He tallied 15 points—second to Matthew Wright’s 20—to help bring the Fuel Masters pull within eight. PH 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 Krausslast_img read more