Council criticised for its planning conduct

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SA to target organised crime

first_img1 July 2008While organised crime makes up a small percentage of total criminal activity in South Africa, it still wreaks havoc on society and is therefore being paid special attention by the government, says Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula.He was briefing the media in Pretoria this week, following the release of the latest crime statistics, which point to a continued decline in crime levels in the country – though the government has conceded that they still remain unacceptably high.“Organised crime continues to be a big problem because of the damage it inflicts on society. Firearms are used in many organised crime cases and people are killed, including innocent bystanders,” Ngakula said.“Organised criminal gangs are also involved in the illicit drug trade, which is affecting many of our people, especially the youth. The organised gangs also use their ill-begotten financial resources to corrupt people.”Organised crime groupsThe South African Police Service identified and investigated 145 organised crime groups during 2007/08, most of whom were involved in drug-related crime, motor vehicle theft and hijacking, fraud, corruption, and trafficking in non-ferrous metals, precious metals and stones.“[A total of] 131 syndicate leaders and 375 syndicate members (or runners) were arrested,” Nqakula said. “This means that 27.41% of the organised crime projects that were under investigation for the period under review were taken to court.”Of the total arrests of 1 274 062 made by the police during the period under review, 170 097 were for social related contact crimes and 24 592 for violent organised crime.Police analyst Chris de Kock said, however, that there had been a significant decrease in cash-in-transit robberies, which is a highly organised type of crime, with the number of cash-in-transit heists decreasing from 467 to 395 between 2007 and 2008.Shifting attention elsewhereHowever, De Kock warned that the gangs involved could have shifted their attention somewhere else, such as automatic teller machine (ATM) bombings.“One of the latest developments involves attacks or bombings aimed at ATMs. During 2005, only 12 such incidents were recorded, which escalated to 54 incidents during 2006, 386 incidents during 2007 and a projected total of 538 for 2008.” He said. “The increase between 2005 and 2007 alone stands at 374 cases, namely from 12 to 386 incidents.”De Kock said that during the past three to four months, since the successful strikes against cash-in-transit robberies, the nature of ATM bombings had advanced.The criminals involved had recently shifted their attention from less populated areas to the metropolitan areas or cities themselves, with more affluent areas also being targeted.Previously, the criminal gangs were only made up of two or three members, however, gangs of 10 to 14 heavily armed men in at least two vehicles were now carrying out these robberies. The bombings were also becoming more sophisticated as gangs were using double bomb blasts as opposed to only one.De Kock said these changes had resulted in more monetary gain and more police casualties.Positive resultsOn the whole, the crime trends show that the government has made various interventions to fight crime in the country, with Police stations being beefed up with more officers and better resources and community or geographic policing being increased to curb crime in informal settlements.Partnerships with communities, business, labour movements and religious sectors had also yielded positive results.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Brand South Africa and Owami Women celebrate great women this Heritage Day

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 23 September – This Heritage Day, Brand South Africa will celebrate the country’s heritage with the women’s organisation Owami Women. The event, hosted by Brand South Africa and Owami Women will celebrate women who play their part in preserving the country’s heritage.Through its flagship programme ‘Play Your Part’, Brand South Africa recognises and celebrates South Africans who continue to make a positive contribution in their communities. Brand South Africa therefore recognises the positive impact that Owami Women has played in addressing women’s issues in the country ranging from social to business matters. It is for this reason that Brand South Africa, through Play Your Part has partnered with Owami Women.At the Heritage Day event, Owami Women’s members will have an opportunity to share how they each play their part in making South Africa a country of which we can all be proud. A great line-up of inspirational women is planned and there are six women who will be receiving special recognition Play Your Part awards on the day courtesy of Brand South Africa at an awards ceremony. The women who will be honoured are Nawaal Mdluli, Motlalepule Mokhine, Kea Refilwe Modise-Moloto, Sithe Ndaba, Nthabiseng Monareng and Nothado Baloyi.Entertainment will be provided by live performance of the famed duo Roots 2000 MXO and Sliq Angel who will be singing their fusion of great musical sounds.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date: Thursday 24 September 2015Venue: Oasis Lonehill Lodge, 31 Mulbarton Road LonehillTime: 11h00 – 15h30Dress: Traditional attireRSVPBrand South Africa: Boitumelo Mpete at [email protected] or 011 712 5007Owami Women: Bridget Nkuna at [email protected] or 083 547 1262last_img read more

The emergence of a new IT species: The IT/OT hybrid professional

first_imgA key tenet of Darwin’s theory of evolution is the idea of adaptation, in which a species changes over time to better adapt to its environment. Based on discussions with industrial organizations getting involved in the industrial Internet of things (IIoT), I believe we’re witnessing a similar phenomenon among the ranks of industrial technologists.See also: IoT and jobs — lots of great opportunitiesUntil recently, there was a clear division between IT, which controlled the data center, and OT, which was responsible for the care and feeding of operational automation systems. IT and OT were two distinct species with different backgrounds, skillsets, and priorities. Now, however, we’re beginning to see the emergence of a new breed of hybrid IT/OT professionals, who are bridging the gap that has traditionally separated these two worlds. IT and OT convergence is occurring at the level of the individual technologist.Why is this happening?An instructive analogy can be found in the rise of cloud computing. When developers found that IT was not responding to their needs, they did an end run around the barrier and used public cloud services instead. As developers took it upon themselves to secure the IT infrastructure they needed to run their applications, DevOps was created. This “Shadow IT” trend, well-established in business enterprises, is now gaining momentum in industrial organizations. As computing and data collection are moving closer to the edge — the domain of OT — a new combination of skills is needed, giving birth to the IT/OT hybrid.There is also a generational shift occurring. Many OT professionals have been in the game a long time and are now approaching retirement. As they move on, a new generation is taking their place. Far from being intimidated by technology, these young digital natives were raised on it. They recognize the possibilities of the IIoT and will look to realize those possibilities as they increasingly push intelligence out to the edge and leverage data and analytics in new ways. How to actively recruit for thisForward-looking industrial enterprises are actively recruiting specialists with the skills required to manage both IT and OT technologies. They recognize the value of recruiting professionals as comfortable working with servers as they are with machine tools, packaging lines, or pumps and valves. Whatever their background, IT/OT hybrid specialists share a passion for the intersection of technology and industrial operations. These professionals will likely have new expectations for the technology they use as well. Recognizing the value of data produced at the edge, they will likely place data protection at the top of their priority list. IT/OT specialists will also look for solutions that offer a better ownership experience, including working with vendors who assume responsibility for system availability. In short, they will demand solutions they don’t have to worry about.How soon will we see this new species emerge? Unlike the natural world, this evolution will happen quickly — likely within the next two to three years. 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Jason Andersen The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Jason Andersen is vice president of business line management and is responsible for setting the product roadmaps and go-to-market strategies for Stratus Products and Services. Jason has a deep understanding of both on-premise and cloud-based infrastructure for the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and has been responsible for the successful market delivery of products and services for almost 20 years. Prior to joining Stratus in 2013, Jason was director of product line management at Red Hat. In this role, he was responsible for the go-to-market strategy, product introductions and launches, as well as product marketing for the JBoss Application Products. Jason also previously held product management positions at Red Hat and IBM Software Group. Tags:#enterprises#Internet of Things#IoT#IT#OT Related Posts Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

Bangalore is young and liberal

first_imgI was born in the city and so was my daughter. This is also the city where I co-founded both my companies. So Bangalore to me is home in more ways than one. I grew up in traditional Bangalore (Jayanagar). Over the years I have also lived in the colonial,I was born in the city and so was my daughter. This is also the city where I co-founded both my companies. So Bangalore to me is home in more ways than one. I grew up in traditional Bangalore (Jayanagar). Over the years I have also lived in the colonial bastion, in the cantonment area (Cooke Town), and am now settled in the exuberant bustle of new Bangalore (Bannerghatta Road). Bangalore is a young, liberal, cosmopolitan and fun-loving city. Its quintessential weather is just a welcome bonus.I am proud to be a part of its artistic, technological, social and cultural journey. Having taken to running as a sport more recently, the lovely trails in and around Bangalore make it worth the traffic congestions that one has to often endure. The verdant environs of Cubbon Park, Lalbagh, and trails such as near the Decathlon on Sarjapur Road (many of these trails are fast disappearing though), Bylekere Peacock Reserve, and the rolling hills of Kanakapura, allow runners the space to practice. I am looking forward to running the full Bangalore marathon later on this year. Bangalore is also close to nearby trails such as the Kaveri Trail, which is along the River Kaveri and cuts through the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary. My entire team at Theramyt have also registered for many running events this year and completed events like the recent 10K run in the city.Today, Bangalore is also home to many start-ups, and the entrepreneurial spirit is pervasive in the city. The culture of creativity, self-expression and enterprise has been fostered by the larger framework established by the city’s excellent institutions and think tanks. The setting up of Inbiopro was a huge learning experience. I prepared for that role by taking up the Executive MBA programme at IIM Bangalore. When we sold Inbiopro to Strides Arcolabs five years later, my business partner, Sohang Chatterjee, and I were ready to get out there again and do something new. That is why we set up Theramyt Novobiologics, to address a different domain in biologics of Biobetters and NBE’s. I believe that as a community, we need to strive towards a stable ecosystem of transparency, ecological balance, sustainability and social relevance in the start-ups we create.advertisementThe writer is director and COO at Theramyt Novobiologics.last_img read more

Pushed to the brink, Lady Eagles never doubted they could return to UAAP Finals

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo’s graduating players Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag were pushed to the brink of ending their collegiate careers early after FEU’s stunning victory in the Final last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess 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 Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img The Lady Eagles returned to the finals a year since the Lady Tamaraws booted them out of contention in the Final Four in Season 80, which ended the streak of six straight finals appearance from Season 74 to 80.Now, Madayag and de Leon have a chance to wrap up their UAAP careers with a shiny hardware.“There’s one more job to do but we’re thankful we got here, we didn’t entertain the thought that this would be our last game,” said De Leon, who finished with nine points. “We knew and we trusted that this game was for us.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid But as the Lady Eagles, whose twice-to-beat edge was diminished, fought for their lives in the UAAP women’s volleyball Final Four on Wednesday, the possibility of playing their last game in the league didn’t cross their minds.“We didn’t even treat an early exit as one of our options for today,” said Madayag, who had 12 points in the 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-14 win over FEU that clinched the last finals berth Wednesday.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, logisticsREAD: Ateneo soars back to UAAP volleyball finals, stops FEU in its tracks“I’m kind of speechless because this is my last year so it’s nice to be back in the finals.” Enes Kanter seeks Ramadan advice from NBA great Olajuwon Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

Nominations for PM’s National Youth Awards for Excellence Open Sept. 6

first_img Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in Kingston today (September 3), Minister of State, Hon. Floyd Green, said this year the focus will be on nation builders and youth leaders in corporate Jamaica. He said the Nation Builders award, which is a new segment of the recognition scheme, will reward youth who have dedicated their services to the development of communities. Nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence will open on September 6 and run until October 5. Story Highlights Nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence will open on September 6 and run until October 5.Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in Kingston today (September 3), Minister of State, Hon. Floyd Green, said this year the focus will be on nation builders and youth leaders in corporate Jamaica.He said the Nation Builders award, which is a new segment of the recognition scheme, will reward youth who have dedicated their services to the development of communities.“Young people are shining right across Jamaica, so nominate our youth. Let us get the applications, so we can vet and see who are qualified,” Mr. Green added.The State Minister said that “we want to reward young people who have formed community groups, given back to the communities in different ways, and lobbied for community centres and sport facilities”.Mr. Green said he is encouraging persons to visit, or for application forms.The State Minister pointed out that the Corporate Leadership award, also new, is in keeping with the Government’s drive to create role models “among young people in business, and reward those young people in corporate life who have shown strong leadership”.The Prime Minister National Youth Awards for Excellence was introduced in 1998 to recognise young Jamaicans who have excelled and contributed to national development.Since its inception, 224 awards have been conferred on individuals in the fields of Academics, Sport, Arts and Culture, Environmental Protection, and Journalism.It is open to all Jamaican nationals between 15 and 29 years old who are living in Jamaica and the diaspora, who have attained excellence and world-class achievement.“We can hold them up as role models for other youth to excel and embrace their positive qualities,” Mr. Green said.last_img read more

Bahamas tells US we are praying after Las Vegas killings shooter had

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #StephenPaddock Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, October 4, 2017 – Las Vegas, Nevada – An expression of solidarity comes from The Bahamas in the horrific, unthinkable shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada being described as the worst crime against Americans in recent times on US soil.   The US was assured that The Bahamas is praying for the American people, in particular, the loved ones of those fallen and injured in the senseless attack.“We are always saddened by such inexplicable violence and we commiserate with our friends and neighbors in the United States over this tragedy,” commented a spokesperson from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   It was also shared that there had been no reports of Bahamians being affected by the attack.The gunman is identified as 64 year old #StephenPaddock, a gambler, a golfer, a regular guy; yet he killed 59 people and injured a reported 520 others in the shooting where he opened fire from the 32nd Floor of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino hitting unsuspecting festival goers.   A recent New York Times article said Paddock had a bump stock attached to his rifle to make it a rapid fire weapon.More than 23 firearms were found in Stephen Paddock’s hotel suite, brought into that room in 10 suitcases.   From Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada at least 19 other guns and explosives were confiscated.   Paddock was found dead in that hotel room.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more