eBook focus at Cape Town Book Fair

first_imgArchbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was a guest speaker at the 2010 event. The 2012 Cape Town Book Fair will attract more visitors than ever before, with 50 000 expected to walk through the doors.(Images: Cape Town Book Fair) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brian Wafawarowa  Executive director  Publishing Association of South Africa  +27 21 762 7159 RELATED ARTICLES • Young writer to publish 18th book • Crime lit in SA – a new phenomenon • Local author gets top sci-fi award • JM Coetzee archive heads to US • SA pupils win World Literary QuizShamin ChibbaWith books increasingly published in both paper and digital formats, the South African publishing industry will have to develop new business models in order to take advantage of the transition.This is just one of the issues that leaders in the book publishing industry will be discussing at this year’s sixth Cape Town Book Fair, taking place for the first time in its new biennial format.The event runs from 15 to 17 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), just three days after the city hosts the 29th International Publishers Association congress.According to the executive director of the Publishing Association of South Africa, Brian Wafawarowa, the fair will give exhibitors the chance to network with one another and also with the public.“It will allow traders to exchange knowledge and give the public an insight into the industry,” he said.         Some 200 publishers from countries in Africa and the Arab world, and developing nations such as India and China, will showcase their books to an expected 50 000 visitors.Companies will be launching new titles, profiling their authors and selling books at discount prices.“Authors will sign books and hold presentations,” said Wafawarowa.As well as the transition to digital, industry leaders will also discuss new business models that have to be developed because of the advent of the ebook, as well as the issue of access to books.The first morning is free to trade visitors who have preregistered before 1 June 2012. It is open to the public from 2pm and will run until 10pm.Small publishers benefitThe exhibition was a yearly affair but has since changed to a biennial event after the publishing industry asked organisers to remain in line with their production capacity.“They wanted it to be every two years because by then they would have a substantial number of books to display,” said Wafawarowa.He said this exhibition works well for small local publishers that do not have the exposure their larger counterparts receive at the London, Bologna or Frankfurt book fairs.“Some are hardly known in this country and they get good exposure here.”To add a snazzier feel to the event, organisers have unveiled an eye-catching new logo, which shows a stack of books arranged in the shape of Table Mountain.They have also partnered with Thebe Special Projects, Conferences and Events which will help enhance the quality of the event and the experience of exhibitors.First African IPA Congress everThe IPA Congress will be held in Africa for the first time in the organisation’s 116-year history.Between 12 and 14 June, the congress will take place at the CTICC with the theme Publishing for a new era.The event attracts between 600 and 1 000 professionals and policy makers from around the world, as well as representatives of Unesco, Microsoft and other leading publishers.Delegates will discuss literature’s migration to the digital format, intellectual property laws, the threats of state publishing, and how the slow recovery from the current economic recession affects the publishing industry.Wafawarowa said the decision to bring the congress to South Africa was based on the growing strength of the country’s publishing industry.“Though South Africa is a small market our contribution to literature is significant.”It had taken more than a century for the congress to come to Africa because the continent makes up less than 3% of the world’s book output.However, Wafawarowa said that events such as the fifth IPA Copyright Symposium that took place in Accra, Ghana, in 2002 might have convinced the IPA to bring the congress to Cape Town.last_img read more

Brand South Africa Partners with the Eastern Cape Department of Transport, Tourism, National Heritage Council and other stakeholders for second annual Eastern Cape SUV Challenge Tour 2019

first_imgBy Mduduzi MalingaBrand South Africa in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Department of Transport, Tourism and National Heritage Council hosted the second annual Eastern Cape SUV Challenge Tour from the 31 October – 3 November 2019. The challenge kicked off in Port Elizabeth, through Makhanda and Hamburg, making a stop at Mngqesha Great Place, then proceeded to East London, Butterworth, and Mqhekezweni and ended up at Coffee Bay.The event was part of a road-safety campaign, which not only connects communities, but is also an effective tool that creates awareness on profiling and promoting the Eastern Cape as a tourist and investment destination. Over 70 vehicles took part in the 500km expedition through the Eastern Cape, visiting towns, villages, schools and communities, relaying the message of road safety.This is in line with Brand South Africa’s mandate to promote road safety to empower rural communities to play their part through encouraging road to respect the rules and regulations on our roads.“The SUV challenge was instrumental in bringing together various stakeholders from government, universities and corporate South Africa, to affirm their commitment to road safety, as well as showcasing the heritage and tourism features of the province. These elements feed into the attractiveness of the South African Nation Brand. The tour illustrated the effectiveness of collaboration across sectors,’’ said Ms Toni Gumede, Strategic Relationship Manager for government at Brand South Africa.Event organizer, Siya Mbete said: “Our intention is to address the issue of road carnage but at the same time we want to assist learners to make informed choices as they go into universities and colleges.”Brand South Africa would like to thank Nissan South Africa, the Eastern Cape Department of Transport, Tourism and the National Heritage Council for playing their part in promoting the Nation Brand.last_img read more

LearnBoost Crowdsources Its Translation, Open Sources Its Node.js Internationalization

first_imgFree online gradebook LearnBoost has announced its plans to crowdsource translation of its app. The decision makes sense as the startup’s gradebook has already been adopted by teachers in schools in over 20 countries, and many have requested native language support. “Our product’s engagement levels have been through the roof,” says co-founder Thianh Lu, “but we knew that this approach would work when we received countless emails from users preemptively offering to translate our product for free.”Following Facebook’s Lead: Crowdsourcing TranslationLearnBoost’s decision to crowdsource the translation echoes the process that Facebook started two years ago, something that proved incredibly successful in helping the social network spread internationally. Facebook is now available in over 70 languages, thanks to the 300,000 or so users that helped translate the site. LearnBoost is hoping that taking a similar approach will give them a cost-effective way to boost their international audience as well. But with a far smaller engineering team and a far smaller user-base, LearnBoost has developed a technological solution that’s “better than Facebook’s,” boasts CEO and co-founder Rafael Corrales. This is in no small part because translators will never have to see or understand the HTML tags that often appear in other crowdsourced translation efforts. LearnBoost has created an active translation interface, showing teachers which phrases need to be translated, as well as where it is located in the application in order to provide some context. Submitted phrases are compared and vetted by an internal tool for accuracy, and the community can vote on the most popular phrases.Once a language has been translated, users will be able to view LearnBoost’s gradebook in their native language. And because of the way in which LearnBoost has built the tool, as new features and pages roll out, LearnBoost’s system will automatically include them in the crowdsourcing translation process. In other words, the translation feature will scale as LearnBoost grows.Open Sourcing Translation, Internationalizing Node.JSAnd while a translation project to spread LearnBoost to non-English-speaking educators is cool, as with many of LearnBoost’s undertakings, what’s under the hood is just as exciting. LearnBoost has built an internationalization layer on top of the Jade node.js template language that, in the words of co-founder and CTO Guillermo Rauch, “makes it easy for developers to define what needs to be translated. Traditionally, developers have to be bothered to add translation hooks that are too obtrusive and have to deal with HTML, which in turns is difficult for translators.” In addition, with the help of a tool called jade-serial, every time a new feature (and by extension a new phrase) is added, the internationalization systems checks to see if requires a translation.For very young and small company, LearnBoost has open sourced a number of impressive open source projects, and the startup already has over 2500 followers on GitHub. And this new translation tool, jade-i18n, is available alongside LearnBoost’s other projects, including Socket.IO and Mongoose. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#E-Learning#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Trade will be an irritant in US-India ties, reciprocal taxes likely: White House

first_imgThe United States has said it expects “free, fair and reciprocal” trade with India, and acknowledged it could cause the “most friction” in ties between the two countries which are otherwise on a “very strong footing”.Although the US government committed to “expanding the strategic partnership”, President Donald Trump has railed against Indian tariffs on Harley-Davidson motorcycles and threatened to impose “reciprocal taxes”. On Wednesday, his administration challenged a bunch of Indian export subsidies at the World Trade Organization (WTO).Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img

Students might have to undertake 60 minute of compulsory physical activity in school

first_imgThe Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry is considering the recommendation of a group, which if accepted, will make it mandatory for school students to indulge in 60 minutes of physical activity every day.As per HT report, the two-day ‘Chintan Shivir’ witnessed separate groups comprising of civil society activists and officials of the state governments and Centre hold deliberations on themes of digital education, life skill education, experimental learning, physical education and value education.Value educationCreation of a network of model schools that could impart value education was also proposed during the workshop.A senior ministry official said, ”Physical education should be an integral part of overall education and it has been proposed that it should be viewed as a core part of school education just like academics. One hour of physical activity everyday for all age-groups has been recommended by the group.”National physical education development fund The group that held discussions on physical education was headed by Kendriya Vidyalaya commissioner Santosh Kumar Mall. It also recommended that students’ fitness levels should be assessed and a national physical education development fund under the HRD ministry should be established.”The group has also recommended development of community coaches through indexing so that schools would know which area a particular coach resides in and they can seek their help. Also, a number of community and wedding halls remain vacant when they are not in use so they can also be utilised for sports,” said another HRD functionary.Read: HRD Minster Prakash Javadekar on NCERT survey exam: Education reforms expected after NAS results  NAS results advertisementRead: ‘Mo School’ Campaign announced by Odisha government to connect to childhood memorieslast_img read more

A new year… same ole AEK

first_imgThe year changed, but AEK continued their poor showings as they played to a 0-0 draw against Panetolikos at the OAKA Stadium. The Kitrinomavri created multiple chances to find the breakthrough but the MVP of the match, Dimitris Kyriakidis, denied the hosts to keep the clean sheet and point for his side.AEK dominated the 90 minutes of play but ended the game without finding the back of the net. The Kiitrinomavri created many chances of goal, but Kyriakidis was there to deny the hosts and keep the clean sheet for Panetolikos. The Greek goalkeeper made three big saves in the final 15 minutes (efforts from Johansson, Simoes, and Lambropoulos) to deny AEK as the home crowd booed off the players (and the coach for his decisions) at the final whistle.Panetolikos generated only two chances in AEK’s half, but both were great opportunities for the opener. On both occasions, Clesio was in on goal, on-on-one with Barkas, but the Mozambican international could not convert his attempts into a goal.AEK kicked off 2017 where they left off in 2016, with another poor showing and disappointing result. Today’s result marks AEK’s 5th draw out of 8 games at the OAKA Stadium as they sit tied four 4th place with Panionios (play tomorrow against PAS Giannina) in the standings. The Enosis will have a tricky away test over the weekend in Tripoli while 9th placed Panetolikos host an in-form Panionios side. Source: AGONAsport.com (Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Luxoft: LuxTrace accelerates trace timing analysis by 10x in the automotive sector

first_imgLuxoft has launched LuxTrace, a new and improved web-based version of TraceAnalyzer 4.0, a timing analysis tool for visualizing system timing in terms of the constituent ECUs, controllers, processors, buses and networks, which processes large traces up to ten times faster than the previous version.With LuxTrace, Luxoft has turned the desktop application TraceAnalyzer into a modern web-based solution. As such, it is ready for deployment in a continuous integration workflow. LuxTrace now enables engineers to formulate all timing requirements using a flexible test-case centric representation. Being Python-based, users can test even the most complex timing requirements automatically. At the same time, easy templates are provided for general test cases and offers a central, database-backed repository for all your tracing data.In addition, all test-cases can be run fully automatically, with test reports available interactively in the browser or in user-specific formats like Excel. LuxTrace offers a central configuration on the server and can be operated by multiple users at the same time. This means all timing projects can be reviewed in a single place – by everyone on the team.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous How to reuse your IIoT technology investments – nowNext Artila: Linux-ready Cortex-A7 SoM with preempt real time patchlast_img read more

England aim to weather Women’s World T20 storm with win over South Africa

first_img Read more Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Women’s World Twenty20 Topics Robinson is leaving his options open as to whether he sticks with a spin-heavy attack or picks an extra seamer, Tash Farrant, for the South Africa match. “I’ve looked at our pitch and it looked completely different to anything else,” he said. “I’m probably on to plan C.”If England can get the job done it will mean their final game of the group stage, against the in-form West Indies, will dictate who tops the group. Casting forward, a semi-final against Australia could be on the cards.“They have been talked up by you guys a lot, which is always entertaining for us to watch,” Robinson said, pointedly.“They are a good team and nobody can say anything different. We’re just trying to concentrate on ourselves. We have a hell of a game against South Africa and they will be coming at us hard.” Ominous Australia relocate mojo at Women’s World T20 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. South Africa cricket team Read more Amy Jones looking to seize World Twenty20 chance with both gloves Reuse this content England women’s cricket team Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook news Women’s cricket Cricket Share on WhatsApp If England can overcome South Africa, the team they squeezed past in last year’s World Cup semi-final, they can go to sleep on Friday having eliminated their recent rivals and secured safe passage to the final four of the Women’s World T20.That, according to coach Mark Robinson, would be some achievement given the hurdles presented to the team in terms of player availability and preparation in St Lucia, constant rain last weekend still preventing their bowlers from training at full tilt. That South Africa capitulated against West Indies – losing nine for 28 to be bowled out for 76 – only makes them an even more dangerous proposition. “They have always been a bit temperamental,” Robinson said. “On their day they are absolutely brilliant and they can beat anybody. This will be their Cup final – they need to win.”Since the rain largely subsided, England’s batters have been able to go through their paces across three heavy days of training but not the bowlers with run-ups unsuitable at their practice facility.Robinson is impressed by how they have rolled with the punches. “The girls have been outstanding,” he said, noting that the coaches had “flogged” them in the nets in order to make up for the vital days they had lost. “It is good to have stiffness and tiredness for the right reasons. I’d rather go in like that and slightly better prepared than undercooked.”Instructively, Robinson acknowledged he does not yet consider his team as likely to win the trophy as he did earlier in the year. “It has been quite hard work because we lost Sarah Taylor and Katie George and Katherine Brunt, then practice has been quite disjointed,” he said.“If you had asked me midsummer I would have thought we could have won it. Now we are just starting to get our teeth back into the competition.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Support The Guardianlast_img read more

Chelsea cannot count on Hazard to carry them

first_imgChelsea Chelsea can no longer count on Hazard to carry them as Conte’s issues go beyond Morata’s malaise Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 01:29 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(26) Eden Hazard Chelsea Leicester Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Antonio Conte Eden Hazard Morata Chelsea v Leicester City Leicester City Opinion Saturday’s scoreless draw with Leicester, who dominated the first half before being reduced to 10 men, shows nearly all of the Blues are struggling Alvaro Morata has been repeatedly identified as Chelsea’s biggest under-performer at the moment but Saturday’s 0-0 draw at home to Leicester City showed that his present malaise has spread to many of his team-mates.The Foxes peppered the Blues’ goal in the first half with 12 shots in total, the most by any visiting side in the opening 45 minutes of a game at Stamford Bridge since 2003-04. Indeed, while Chelsea ended the game on the offensive, that was only due to the second-half dismissal of Ben Chilwell’s senseless dismissal.In truth, Chelsea were lucky to escape with a point. Their historice third consecutive 0-0 draw in all competitions was undeserved, and for all the wrong reasons.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A stalemate looks all the more disappointing, given Leicester have lost 12 of their last 14 games against Chelsea in all competitions, but had Chilwell not got himself sent off, it’s likely that Claude Puel’s adventurous approach would have been rewarded with a victory. Alvaro Morata Chelsea LeicesterMorata and Eden Hazard started up front once again, which was unsurprising, with Antonio Conte seemingly having decided that 3-5-2 is the only way to go, after abandoning his preferred 3-4-3 following in light of his side’s a bad run in October. Chelsea’s £55 million striker will take more criticism after a match in which the only thing he did of not was earn his sixth booking of the season – and rightly so. Morata has scored just three goals in all competitions since November 22. However, he is not the only player performing poorly. Hazard still looks badly out of sorts, just as he did against Arsenal in midweek, and the Belgian was substituted for the third game in a row.Hazard is under intense pressure to provide a creative spark for Chelsea, as the sole player who links Morata to his midfield, and he is also covering a huge amount of ground in the 3-5-2 formation, not least because so many of his team-mates are out of form and offering little. In short, Hazard looks exhausted from carrying the Blues attack almost all on his own. Cesc Fabregas is a genius creator but his spark and fluidity has ebbed away in recent months, and it was no surprise to see him come off at the same time as Hazard. Conte decided against withdrawing Tiemoue Bakayoko but the midfielder still doesn’t look remotely close to justifying the club’s decision to sell Nemanja Matic and sign the ex-Monaco man for the same £40 million fee. Eden Hazard Chelsea LeicesterPedro and Willian came on in place of Hazard and Cesc but they made little impact. Indeed, Pedro has been the player to have declined most since last season, when his crucial goals played a huge part in Chelsea’s title win. Willian, perhaps, deserves more game time after some good performances against lesser opposition but with the club’s new, more cautious formation, his first-team chances have been limited.Overall, the worrying thing was that with Puel having lined Leicester up in a bold 4-4-2 formation, they outplayed Chelsea for long stretches, as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez played with the confidence that you would expect of a Chelsea player. The Blues were fortunate to claim what was their fourth stalemate in a row. They are now nine points off their total after 23 games from last season but, even more crucially, trail Premier League leaders Manchester City by a whopping 15 points, having played one game more than Pep Guardiola’s side. Conte’s reign at Chelsea has been great so far and, amid talk of him potentially leaving at the end of the season, most fans want to see him stay for at least another year.However, the negativity among the fans has hit its highest levels since the Italian’s arrival as Chelsea boss, with their side no longer enjoyable to watch. The Chelsea boss was raging on the touchline and he used up his substitutions after just 56 minutes, the earliest he has ever done so since taking charge. Leicester deserved their point and the problems at Chelsea go well beyond just Morata’s malaise. It extends to a whole group of underperforming champions. As Conte said afterwards, “I don’t think it is only Morata’s problem, also the other players, because we are not scoring goals. We are not conceding, but we are not creating chances.”The remainder of Chelsea’s season hinges upon Conte finding a solution. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

CMA CGM Books USD 100 Mn Loss in Q1

first_imgzoom French container shipping company CMA CGM reported a net loss of USD 100 million in the first quarter of 2016 in an environment characterized by strong pressure on freight rates, with average revenue per TEU fall of 17.6%.This is a substantial drop from USD 406 million profit posted in the corresponding quarter in 2015.CMA CGM’s revenue came in at USD 3.4 billion for the period, down from USD 4 billion when compared to first-quarter 2015 when the group benefited from particularly favourable freight rates and volumes.However, the company saw a 2.9% increase in volumes during the first quarter, to 3.2 million TEU, beating the market which grew by 1.2%.CMA CGM mainly attributed the increase to growth in the Transatlantic and Transpacific lines operating to and from the United States, which offset the decrease in volumes carried between Asia and Europe, where the group had scaled back its capacity in response to weaker demand.“In a very difficult environment, we have in the first quarter recorded an increase in volumes above the market average, while maintaining a positive core EBIT margin. We will continue our strict financial discipline, including the implementation of a significant cost reduction plan. In addition, we are moving forward on our strategic projects, namely the proposed acquisition of NOL and the creation of a new operational alliance OCEAN with a launching anticipated in April 2017,” says Rodolphe Saadé, Vice-Chairman of CMA CGM.CMA CGM’s acquisition of NOL has already received some of the required clearance from the relevant regulatory authorities, namely the European Commission as well as Indian authorities.In addition, prompted by tough market conditions the company has initiated a new plan to cut costs by USD 1bn within 18 months. The program will be rolled out in 2016.Looking at the market conditions CMA CGM pointed to recent trend on the Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean lines shows a slight improvement in its freight rates since 1 May 2016, but the environment remains fragile.last_img read more