Autopsy of security guard rules out murder

first_imgA post-mortem examination conducted on Keegan Boston, a security guard who was stationed at Cummings Electrical Company Limited, found that he died from a blunt trauma which is consistent with a fall.The 60-year-old resident of Lot 520 East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, Georgetown, was discovered in the guard gut with a wound to the back of his head on Sunday. Reports are that the man was last seen alive at about 23:00h on Saturday while executing his duties at the company in Garnett Street, Campbellville, Georgetown.However, Boston was found dead in the hut at about 06:15h on Sunday by an electrician attached to the company in the presence of another security guard who was supposed to relieve Boston of his duties.According to the security guard, he realised something was amiss after continuously calling for Boston to open the gate and not getting a response. After several minutes, the electrician decided to scale the fence and made the gruesome discovery.An alarm was raised and the police were summoned to the scene. The body was taken to Lyken Funeral Home where it awaited a post-mortem.Crime Chief Lyndon Alves noted that while there were reports which suggested that the security cameras were not functioning at the time of Boston’s demise, the police still have to pursue every angle possible in determining if the man was murdered and the motive behind it.last_img read more

Intra-African trade calls for ‘political will’

first_img11 May 2012 It is time to move past diagnosis of why African countries do not trade with each other nearly as much as they should, World Trade Organization director-general Pascal Lamy told participants at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday. The issue was not about diagnosis of what needed to be done, but on how to do it, Lamy said a conference session on intra-African trade. “We know that the necessary initiatives have to happen at the regional level. Regional organizations have to address these problems one by one. The key to removing these bottlenecks lies in the political energy of regional leaders to do it.” Obstacles to intra-African trade, delegates were told, include inadequate or non-existent infrastructure, complex bureaucratic procedures, inefficient border administrations, regulatory discrepancies that hamper trade and economies of scale – and, more recently, the tightening up of trade finance. “Trade finance is the oil of trade, and there is a potential problem given new financial regulations that have been developed worldwide since the [2008-09 global] financial crisis,” Lamy said.Regulatory environment ‘must be harmonized’ Africa’s trade landscape is characterized by a patchwork of trade rules and regulations that make cross-border trade cumbersome and, at times, impossible, delegates heard. The regulatory environment across the continent would have to be harmonized before Africa could realize its potential as a global trade powerhouse. If national governments could get their priorities clear on this, Lamy said, they would find there was plenty of funding available to help them achieve it. “African countries and regions need to set up a list of priorities of what needs to be done, and do it. It is not a problem of resources – we have the resources. The Aid for Trade lesson is that once countries have their priorities clear, money is not a problem.” African companies would not become global players until they captured regional markets, warned Jaidev Shroff, chief executive of United Phosphorus of India. “There is a lot of talk about Africa becoming a global supplier of food, energy, minerals, etc,” Shroff said. “But until governments make the business environment more competitive, it is going to be very difficult to achieve.”Increasing, diversifying productive capacity For Ethiopian Industry Minister Mekonnen Manyazewal, infrastructure and the capacity to manage and facilitate trade was “a basic”, but the need to reduce costs and diversify countries’ economic base was also paramount. “The issue of increasing our productive capacity and diversifying our products are key for trading,” Manyazewal said. African countries also needed to diversify their economic bases, he said. “It is time to look for quick wins by analysing the value chains from production to the markets and find the constraints that can be overcome through better coordination, better administration and efficiency.” Manyazewal called on the private sector to invest in Africa’s productive capacity, echoing calls by both Lamy and Jean-Louis Ekra, president of the African Export-Import Bank, for the private sector to mobilize and create “bottom-up pressure” on politicians to address the issues of trade openness and competitiveness.Call for private sector to engage “A few African entrepreneurs understand trade issues,” said Ekra. “It is important that they build capacity on these issues so they can put pressure on the government to negotiate in their favour.” In the wake of the global financial crisis, many national banks are cautious, which is why one of the roles of the African Export-Import Bank was to allow banks to feel more secure about instrument issued by other banks, Ekra said. The private sector needed to engage in this issue. “Once the African private sector talks to itself and speaks with one voice, there are grounds to improve and increase the level of transactions among them.” Mahmoud Eisa, Egypt’s minister of industry and foreign trade, pointed out that Africa should have a target to increase its percentage of global trade from 4%, and should set a target for intra-African trade. But trade without infrastructure “will always be an intention rather than an accomplishment”, Eisa added. Transport and communications were critical, but so was infrastructure such as laboratories, regulation and trade policies. Eisa pointed to the European Union, where trade regulations are harmonized, as a model. He also called for stronger standardization in the light of a “weak” African Regional Organization for Standardization. Source: World Economic Forumlast_img read more

Vodacom in SA renewable energy drive

first_img6 March 2013South African mobile communications company Vodacom has joined the country’s renewable energy drive by unveiling the largest array of solar panels on a single building in Africa at its offices in Century City in Cape Town.The installation, unveiled on Tuesday, forms part of the firm’s mission to reduce its energy consumption and is expected to contribute up to 75% of the electricity required during peak production.“The electricity produced will feed into the two main distribution boards and a display panel, installed in the reception area of the building, and will display instantaneous power produced (yield), energy yield and carbon emission savings,” Vodacom said in a statement.Vodacom recently became a voluntary signatory to the energy efficiency leadership network, which aims to improve energy efficiency in South Africa. It is one of 58 members of the network from the mining and energy, commercial, industrial and manufacturing sectors, business associations and government departments.‘Stimulating the green economy’“This commitment complements our existing environmental and sustainability efforts to reduce carbon emissions within the organisation by 5% per annum until 2014,” said Vodacom’s chief officer of corporate affairs, Maya Makanjee.“Through this particular project Vodacom aims to demonstrate that business can take the lead in promoting renewable energy solutions, thereby stimulating the green economy.”Local small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) installed the panels as part of the company’s policy to improve socio-economic development.Skills transfer also formed part of the project and a German engineer involved in the project provided on-the-job training to local construction workers.The roof tiles that were removed to make way for the panels were also all donated to a community centre project in Delft.This latest project to improve energy efficiency follows others such as the retrofitting of base stations with free cooling and the construction of what is regarded as the greenest building in the country, its Vodafone Site Solution Innovation Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.The building was awarded six stars for its water, energy and emissions efficiency by the Green Building Council of South Africa in October 2011“Through this initiative and other energy saving projects, Vodacom intends taking the lead in trying to reduce dependency on conventional energy sources and it is our hope that other companies follow suit,” Makanjee said.“We also want our customers to learn from our example and to become more aware of their own carbon footprint.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Photo Tagger: Facial Recognition for Auto-Tagging Facebook Photos

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#Product Reviews#web center_img Related Posts We have invites, click through to get yours! Earlier this year, a company called Face.com brought facial recognition technology to Facebook by way of an application called Photo Finder which scanned through untagged photos and identified the people within them. Now, using the same facial recognition algorithms that made Photo Finder possible, the company is introducing Photo Tagger, an app which scans through select online albums to automate the tagging process. The two Face.com Facebook applications are very similar in nature. They both use the company’s facial recognition technology to match people with their pictures by way of a special algorithm called the “hybrid descriptor-based funneled” model. To the layperson, though, all that matters is that the technology makes facial recognition possible even in “everyday” photos – meaning photos taken from different angles, out-of-focus shots, photos in low lighting or those in which people are making odd facial expressions, etc.About Photo TaggerBut where Photo Finder focuses on discovery, Photo Tagger focuses on productivity. With the new app, you can choose the albums to scan – whether your own or those belonging to your friends – and the app will process the photos they contain. Photo Tagger will batch the people it finds into groups and will then suggest tags for them. Once you confirm the tags, they’re automatically pushed to Facebook where the people tagged are notified, just as if the process had been done manually. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

I Know Tim Cook And Admire Him, But He And Apple Could Do Better

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting david sobotta Related Posts Two weeks ago my interview Dan Lyons on ReadWrite, What’s It Like To Work For Tim Cook? A Former Apple Sales Exec Dishes, caused a bit of controversy in the Apple world.Some of what was said about me, including the comment that I probably never met Tim Cook, made me smile and think that the Apple world in its own way is starting to resemble the strange reality of some American conservatives who have listened to their own voices for so long that they cannot hear or understand another voice.I am not a newcomer to the world of Apple. I started selling Apple computers in September 1982 at a small reseller in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. I sold everything from the Apple II+, Apple III, and Lisa to the original Macintosh. Then I went to work for the mothership in November  of 1984. I remained at Apple until July 2004 when I got shown the door. If you want more details on my life at Apple there is a book for that, The Pomme Company.Yes, I Know Tim Cook, And I’ve Been Writing About Apple For YearsUntil I pulled many of my Applepeels articles down in preparation for my book, I had over 1,100 pages online about Apple. No one at Apple ever challenged the truth in those pages. Some were there for seven years.In the summer of 2010, I did write an un-named executive a Thanks for arranging my exit from Apple. The executive was Tim Cook. The comments after that post are most interesting especially if you have never worked at Apple.Some of you might have even seen the follow-up article that I wrote in response to my comments on the Dan Lyons story, Tim Cook Is One Of The Three People Who Saved Apple. If you read my book along with my other materials and still think I hate Apple, I will be very surprised.To some, like John Gruber of Daring Fireball, I am a “noted Apple pessimist” who said in 2007 that the iPhone might be the high water mark for Apple. I actually I don’t think that I would change a lot about the comment except to say that the iPhone’s market share has gone down faster than anyone could predict, and that the iPad’s success has been as big a surprise to me as anyone.I’m Not Religious About Only Using A MacI am different than most computer users. I long ago decided that the best way to understand computers is to not be stuck in one environment. On my desk is a Windows 7 laptop, an I5 iMac, and an old Dell tower running the latest Ubuntu Linux. I use them all each day.Based on my experiences with competing hardware, I long ago predicted that Apple would have a very hard time getting to 10% market share in worldwide computer shipments. Even today with all the Apple hype, Apple’s 2 million units per quarter doesn’t even earn a place on the list of the top five companies with worldwide computer shipments, so I stand by that prediction unless Apple changes direction.Back in 2009, I believed that with aggressive promotions and by taking advantage of Vista dissatisfaction and a continued commitment to price competitiveness Apple could make a dent in the worldwide PC world. That really didn’t happen, and unfortunately for Apple, Windows 7 turned out to be much better than most of us expected.Apple has made more than a dent in the US PC market, but real success in the worldwide market has been much more elusive, and I don’t see the innovation coming out of Apple to continue to aggressively grow its PC share in the United States.  So as someone who has always thought that Apple has been and remains good for the world of technology, I am worried.While this is mild criticism of Apple and perhaps Tim Cook’s leadership at Apple,  I think that comments from people like me who love Apple in spite of everything should not be ignored by Apple or others in the Apple ecosystem.Perceptions Of Apple Are ChangingSince the iPod, Apple been a company that enjoyed success because a lot of people rightfully believed Apple was ahead of the rest of the manufactures in the technology world. That perception is subtly changing.  You can see it in the dialogue of many technology articles.  The Apple pendulum is swinging back somewhat.Having been at Apple when Apple had great technology and the world mostly ignored it, I know how dangerous it is for Apple to reach a tipping point on the perception it is a technology leader.I’m not sure what Apple has shown us since Steve died has done much to enhance Apple’s reputation of being a technology leader.  Interestingly when I was at Apple, one of the things the company believed strongly was that competing on specs was a road to failure.Competing on the resolution of your Retina Display is exactly that. It is likely not working out the way I suspect the folks at Apple thought.  Just look at comments on the iPad mini.Why Won’t Apple Innovate On Computers?It is hard for me to understand why a company that competes on design has been able to offer so little on design when it comes to towers, the Mac Mini and the iMac. The case on the Mac towers dates back to the summer of 2003.  Does Apple really believe their own press: “October 23, 2012—Apple® today unveiled a completely new iMac® with a stunning design?”  The design hasn’t changed much in five years.  Certainly the materials have changed, but I would argue that serviceability on the iMac is worse than it has ever been.Inevitably the comment will come back that Apple has moved beyond typical computers. That might be the case. However, there were 87 million computers shipped last quarter. Apple shipped a little over 2 million computers in the same quarter, so that looks like an opportunity to me. I also don’t think Apple has to get all the way down in the trenches with the lowest cost PC makers in order to make a difference.Is bringing innovation to lower cost world of PCs a challenge? Of course it is, but it might be easier than suing every other technology company. I would like nothing more than to write another post like, The genius of Apple, which I wrote on July 1, 2006 when I took delivery of my white MacBook. I haven’t seen an Apple computer under $1,000 worthy of such a post since then. I Wish I Could Get Excited About The New Macs, But I Can’tI might have gotten excited about the MacBook Air but in typical Apple fashion they left off something on the low cost system. Unfortunately it was my beloved SD slot. Certainly my I5 iMac with the hard drive hidden behind the LCD panel doesn’t deserve such a post. I’m also sure the new iMac doesn’t deserve a post since the SD slot is behind that lovely Retina Display. I cannot imagine reaching behind the display every time I want to move photos.I will remain on watch for that next bit of Apple computer genius. Maybe they will ship a compact, reasonably priced I5 or I7 mini-tower. Of course I have been waiting for that for a long time. I actually plan to go ahead and buy one of those small towers this shopping season, but it will be from one of the less innovative PC manufacturers who have figured out how to do what Apple either cannot or will not do.center_img Tags:#Apple#imac#iPad#iPhone#iPod 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more