More support for SA’s women academics

first_img13 September 2012 South Africa’s Science and Technology Department is strengthening its support for women academics in a bid to increase the number of women with doctorates and masters degrees, as well as develop more black women academics. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said her department had introduced a number of interventions to increase the number of researchers and strengthen support for black women researchers through new funds added to the department in the last financial year. She was speaking at the 2012 Higher Education Resources Services SA (HERS-SA) academy held at the Upper Eastside Hotel in Cape Town on Wednesday. HERS-SA is a non-profit organisation advocated for the career development of women in academia. Strengthening support for emerging researchers Pandor said the National Research Foundation (NRF) had strengthened support for women through the Thuthuka programme, which is aimed particularly at young, black and female emerging researchers. A network of established researchers willing to serve as mentors to black researchers will be established and the department will also award about 115 once-off research development grants valued at up to R300 000 to qualifying researchers. Last year, just 29% of the 2 456 researchers that were rated by the NRF were women, while only 20% were black. The department will continue to make available block study-grants for part-time doctoral students and about 100 block study grants will be made in the next three years. The grants will support part-time doctoral students that are in the process of preparing a dissertation or at least one manuscript for submission to an accredited journal. The department will also offer research career advancement fellowships to senior post-doctoral fellows who will be groomed for potential candidates for the department’s Research Chairs initiative. Under the Research Chairs initiative, about 100 awards will be made in the next three years. The awards will consist of a taxable salary of R350 000 a year and a grant of up to R100 000 a year for operational and travel expenses.Women still under-represented She said although women now made up six out of every 10 first-degree graduates and honours graduates, women were still under-represented in higher degrees – the proportion of women Masters and PhD students only increased from three out of 10 to four out of 10 students between 2001 and 2009. Similarly, while progress had taken place in the enrolments and graduations of black women at honours and undergraduate levels, the number of black women fell dramatically at doctorate and master level. Pandor encouraged women academics to aim higher as the country only had three women vice-chancellors. What was needed was for more planning to be done to bring about the advancement of women in higher education, she said. Women in South Africa also needed to be pro-active and network more as this could help in their advancement and communication, and advocacy efforts needed to be increased so that more women came to know about the various programmes and initiatives available to women,. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Facebook developing satellite internet for Africa

first_img8 October 2015Facebook and French satellite operator Eutelsat wants to launch an internet-satellite that could boost internet connectivity in more than 14 African countries, including South Africa. Easier and more reliable access to the internet could offer substantial benefits to the vision of the social, educational and health care ideals of the National Development Plan.The Facebook-financed satellite, named Amos-6, would be able to offer faster and more reliable internet access to isolated areas in Africa, and was scheduled to be completed and in orbit by 2016, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, posted on the social networking site on 5 October.“Facebook has been exploring ways to use aircraft and satellites to beam internet access down into communities from the sky,” Zuckerberg wrote. “To connect people living in remote regions, traditional connectivity infrastructure is often difficult and inefficient, so we need to invent new technologies.”Facebook will bring free Internet to Africa with a #satellite called AMOS -6 http://t.co/DA28sBYRyZ pic.twitter.com/nrSL3EpkKR— SocialPubli.com (@SocialPubli) October 6, 2015The satellite project is part of Facebook’s Internet.org non-profit initiative that aims to bring free and reliable internet access to the two-thirds of the world that have been unable to receive it.Other projects include using solar-powered drones to beam out internet signals to rural areas, and the set-up of the Innovation Lab to mimic real-world connectivity issues for developers to test their apps’ performances. Similarly, Google’s Project Loon, that uses high-altitude balloons to bring internet to isolated areas, is being tested in the US, Australia and parts of Saharan Africa.Sub-Saharan Africa’s current level of broadband connectivity is the lowest in the world, according to the United Nations’ 2014 State of Broadband report. It reaches less than 2% of the populations in countries such as Guinea, Somalia, Burundi and Eritrea. The internet remains a novelty and not so much the vital communications tool needed to push African development and innovation forward.Governments will be able to use the surge in access to bring better services to people in rural areas: health and social services, education facilities and development capacity. In South Africa, this would fulfil outcomes of the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030, such as addressing the question of quality education, developing skills and, ultimately, creating a surge of economic growth in South Africa and on the rest of the continent.Facebook to bring Internet from space to Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016 http://t.co/PBL9bxEPV1 pic.twitter.com/gGIRWf4Qnk— RT (@RT_com) October 6, 2015Toby Shapshak, a technology trends expert, told ENCA news yesterday that satellites offered the best option for African internet access. “Satellites are the most rugged and reliable method to supply internet, but also the most expensive,” he said. Facebook’s investment in the project was both pioneering and momentous on a global level, he added.Facebook had just skipped ahead, over existing landline and cellular infrastructure, Shapshak explained, and had chosen to use satellites that would offer deregulated, unrestricted access. It would be unfettered by any laws of the countries it would service, offering a freer internet, while giving users fast and reliable internet access.While the idea might seem a little “pie in the sky”, he added, satellite technology was a proven method for connectivity – notably with conventional global telecommunications that had existed for more than 50 years. Industrial and global corporations present in Africa have been small-scale satellite internet connectivity for over five years, with the large costs involved making it impossible to roll out on a larger scale.With the Facebook investment, though, the idea of bringing fast, reliable and cost-effective broadband internet to Africa is slowly becoming a reality.“More places in Africa and South Africa that previously, due to a lack of infrastructure, could not get regular, effective internet access, will now have the opportunity to get it,” Shapshak said.He said Facebook’s move into internet service provision was a “bold and adventurous” one, a move that would spur the local and international service provider business into rethinking their own game of providing better internet services.Full interview with Toby Shapshak on ENCASource: News24Wirelast_img read more

New Features in Lightworks 11.5

first_imgGet up to speed with the new features in Lightworks 11.5 with these quick walk-through tutorials.The latest version of Lightworks brings some great new features to this serious editing application. As of yet it’s still only for Windows and Linux, but the Mac version will appear (hopefully) this year. If you’ve not heard of Lightworks before, it is the only professional level non-linear editing software that is free to download.The free version is fully functional, but will only allow you to export to Youtube or Vimeo at 720p. The paid for professional version now comes in three payment options:Monthly – $7.99/£4.99Annually – $79.99/£49.99One-time fee –  $279.99/£179.99New Features in Lightworks 11.5There are new features allowing for the customization of the user interface, including support for Retina Displays, modifying colors of the program, fonts and more. There are a huge number of new features which allow for a much greater range of flexibility and customizations to the editor’s personal preference (which I for one am a big fan of). There is now also support for AJA I/O devices (Kona and Io XT). These first two videos walk you through all the new user interface related features and their implications for using the software.Background Tasks in Lightworks 11.5You can now import, generate waveforms, render and export in the background. These features are incredibly helpful time-savers and it’s great to see them in this version.In this next video you can see how the new export options function. Export profiles allow you to export to presets in just a few clicks. The new preset in Lightworks is for direct upload to your Youtube account. Great for client reviews if that’s how you do it.Multicam Editing in Lightworks 11.5Lightworks allows you to create ‘sync groups’ (the Lightworks term for multicam functionality) and perform multicam editing tasks in a very quick and efficient way.Updated Effects in Lightworks 11.5Additionally, the built-in effects have been updated in 11.5, with a new curves based color correction tool. Lightworks also ships with numerous preset looks for quickly applying a specific style. A lot of the new features in Lightworks can be accessed in a new, right-click method.The last Lightworks feature that we’re excited about is the ability to make use of ‘macros’ to automate multiple keystrokes into one set of instructions (demonstrated in the next video). Carefully programmed macros can provide a huge efficiency boost for repetitive tasks.For a full list of all the new features in 11.5 download this PDF and check out the official announcement from Lightworks.last_img read more

WATCH: Kickboxer assaulted by fans after controversial KO win

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Grigorian appeared to be asking for a timeout and inexplicably turned his back on his opponent and walked towards his corner.The referee, however, did not see why the fight had to be stopped and Groenhart capitalized by landing a right hand which knocked Grigorian out cold.Groenhart celebrated his victory by raising his hands in the air, when he was attacked by two hulking men from the audience.The angered fans were believed to be agitated by Groenhart’s “cheap shot”, but ring side analyst Todd Grisham said the blow was completely legal.He also shared the video on his Twitter page, which showed the moment one of the attackers came flying in out of nowhere.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As seen in the Instagram video uploaded by ESPN, the two combatants were exchanging strikes in the center of the ring, when Groenhart connected with a flying knee. LaVar Ball on why son Lonzo is perfect for Lakers: ‘They really don’t have a leader’ What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Fighters are often cautioned by referees to “defend yourselves at all times,” and this viral clip certainly explains why.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChaos erupted at a Glory kickboxing event in Paris over the weekend, when fans stormed the ring and viciously attacked kickboxer Murthel “The Predator” Groenhart after his welterweight bout against Harut Grigorian.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES One of the craziest things I’ve ever seen at a fight. pic.twitter.com/ijAdtuF1NL— Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) June 10, 2017According to Yahoo News, Groenhart believed he suffered a broken jaw from the unwarranted attack. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:WATCH: MMA fighter gets slapped by mom after losing fight Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View commentslast_img read more