first_imgThe RNLI has today announced that Lough Swilly lifeboat station in Buncrana is to be the first in Ireland to receive the new Shannon class lifeboat.The €2.4M lifeboat is the first class of lifeboat to be named after an Irish river, recognition by the charity of the role of Irish lifeboat crews and volunteers throughout the 190 year history of the RNLI.The new lifeboat is currently under construction in Lymington, England and is expected to arrive on station in Donegal next April. Lifeboat crew and station management from the Buncrana lifeboat station will next month travel to Lymington to see how their new lifeboat is progressing. It will replace the station’s current all-weather Tyne class lifeboat Robert & Violet and will be the first all weather lifeboat that has been specially commissioned for the lifeboat station, the previous two have come from the RNLI’s relief fleet.The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the RNLI fleet and the first to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making it the most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat yet. Waterjets allow the vessel to operate in shallow waters and be intentionally beached. It is 13 metres in length and weighs 18 tonnes.Its unique hull is designed to minimise slamming of the boat in heavy seas and the shock-absorbing seats further protect the crew from impact when powering through the waves. An improved Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) allows the crew to operate and monitor many of the lifeboat’s functions from the safety of their seats. As with all RNLI all-weather lifeboats, the Shannon is designed to be inherently self-righting, returning to an upright position in the event of capsize.It will replace the Mersey and Tyne class lifeboats, which are now nearing the end of their operational lives. Once rolled out, the entire all-weather lifeboat fleet will be capable of 25 knots, making the lifesaving service more efficient and effective than ever before. Lough Swilly’s lifeboats have launched 710 times and saved 47 lives, as well as bringing 517 others safely home, since its establishment in 1988. Of this total 380 of the launches have been to leisure craft, 262 during the hours of darkness and 70 of them in winds of force 8 or above.The Shannon lifeboat also has a further Irish connection. Peter Eyre, an RNLI Naval Architect from Derry was instrumental in the development of the new lifeboat, designing the hull form at the age of 24 in his spare time. Peter studied at Foyle and Londonderry College before studying Ship Science at the University of Southampton and undertaking a work placement with the RNLI.Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John McCarter added, ‘This is an historic day for Lough Swilly lifeboat station. We were established as an inshore lifeboat station in 1988 and in 2000 received our first all weather lifeboat. In those years Lough Swilly lifeboats have launched 710 times, sometimes in very challenging conditions, to help those in trouble at sea. The station acknowledges the great financial support it has received from the community and fundraising volunteers of North East Donegal. In addition Donegal County Council and Buncrana Town Council have provided invaluable infrastructural support throughout that time. This new lifeboat, which has been designed with the lifeboat crew in mind and which will make our response times even faster, will be a major advancement in lifesaving on the North West coast.’RNLI Regional Operations Manager Martyn Smith said, ‘The announcement of the first Shannon class lifeboat in Ireland is a day I have been looking forward to for some time. This lifeboat marks a significant advancement in search and rescue technology and we will be starting a comprehensive training programme for the lifeboat crew from next January before the Shannon’s arrival. The safety and welfare of our volunteer lifeboat crews was a key priority in the development of the new lifeboat class and this particular lifeboat will provide lifesaving cover off the North West coast for decades to come.“Before the arrival of the lifeboat next April there will be a huge commitment on the part of the lifeboat crew to ensure they are fully trained to operate this lifesaving vessel. I know every lifeboat crew in Ireland wishes the volunteers in Lough Swilly the very best for their new lifeboat.” DELIGHT AS LOUGH SWILLY RNLI GET FIRST NEW CLASS LIFEBOAT was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranadonegalLough Swillynew lifeboatRNLIlast_img read more

Neil defiant after Norwich defeat

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesNorwich manager Alex Neil said he understood the frustration of Canaries fans following a fourth consecutive defeat, but insisted he is doing everything possible to improve results.Neil’s side were beaten 2-1 by QPR at Loftus Road, where they had Martin Olsson sent off after only a minute.“The fans will be frustrated and annoyed, and I understand that,” said Neil.“My job is to win games. All I can say is that I am working extremely hard to turn things around and so are the players.“I thought they worked extremely hard and kept going until the last minute. We did better in the second half.”Conor Washington put QPR ahead at Loftus RoadBut Neil was unhappy with his team’s defending in the build up to both Rangers goals, particularly Conor Washington’s opener.He said: “When you lose a man after 30 seconds all the work you’ve done and everything you’ve spoken about during the week goes out of the window.“But we should do better for the corner. Even if you’re down to 10 men, it’s about individual battles. We lose the first header and then don’t pick up the second ball.“You’re looking to stick to the task and not concede sloppy goals, and then as the game goes on maybe quieten the crowd.“But once we conceded that goal it’s difficult. The two goals we conceded in the first half made it too easy for QPR.”   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mobile novel a hit with SA youth

first_imgKontax, Africa’s first dual-language mobile novel, has drawn a wide following of young South Africans due to its accessible and enticing format. (Image: Kontax) MEDIA CONTACTS • Steve Vosloo m4Lit Project Leader Shuttleworth Foundation +27 83 208 9891RELATED ARTICLES• Taking the internet to townships • SA internet use skyrockets • Skills via phones for rural women • Young reporters go mobileJanine ErasmusAfrica’s first dual-language mobile novel, or m-novel, Kontax, has grabbed the attention of local tech-savvy youth by offering an intriguing tale packaged in a highly accessible, exciting format.The story is available to download from the Kontax mobile site in English and isiXhosa. It can be accessed for free, although a once-off fee of R1.50 (19 US cents) is charged when registering via mobile.Those who do not have Wap-enabled mobile phones can still read the novel on their computers by visiting the mobile site in a normal web browser.Story for today’s youthLaunched at the end of September 2009, Kontax describes the adventures of a group of graffiti artists in a South African city. It’s written by award-winning scriptwriter Sam Wilson of the Cape Town-based production and content company Clockwork Zoo.Project developer Mobiles for Literacy (M4Lit) opted for a serial-release format, issuing one chapter every day over a period of three weeks, ensuring that young readers would come back for more. Chapters were no longer than 400 words to sustain readers’ interest.The mobile site encouraged interaction and discussion of the plot through polls and comments, with the best comment from each day’s release winning mobile airtime. Mobile wallpapers, featuring the characters and the book’s logo, are also available for download.At the end of three weeks registered readers were invited to submit their ideas for a Kontax sequel. The competition runs until 20 November 2009, offering a grand prize of ($261.45) R2 000 airtime as well as two runner-up prizes of ($130.68) R1 000 and ($65.24) R500 worth of airtime respectively.Big in JapanMobile novels evolved from text messaging, and are said to have been started by Japanese women writing about their romantic experiences. The genre is hugely popular in Japan, with several websites luring authors with prizes of up to $100 000 (R766 316), and generous offers to buy the print publishing rights to their novels.In 2008 six of the 10 best-selling books in Japan began life on the tiny screen. Some have criticised the growing trend, saying that it is unacceptable for a country with a rich, thousand-year legacy of reading, but Japanese youth pay no heed.As Bernard Kedge, manager of 107-year-old Cambridge bookshop Galloway and Porter, put it: “This is sometimes how education works. Anything that actually encourages people to read more is a really excellent idea.”Building a love of readingM4Lit is supported and funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation. Project leader and ICT specialist Steve Vosloo, also the foundation’s 21st Century Learning Fellow, and his team are exploring the significance of mobile literature as a tool for increasing literacy and a love of reading among South Africa’s youngsters.In many areas of South Africa, as well as in other developing nations, it can be easier to access a mobile phone than the internet or even a printed book, and teens tend to be well-versed in mobile applications such as MXit.“In South Africa there is about 10% PC-based internet connectivity,” Vosloo blogged on Tech Leader during October 2009. “While the number of people with access to mobiles ranges from 60% to 90% (depending on which community you look at). Of those phones, a high number are Wap-enabled and can access the internet,” he said.The objectives of the project are to encourage youth to read and write more through the mobile medium, to assess the response of youth to mobile sites such as that of Kontax, and to fine-tune the medium in order to entrench the mobile reading culture.“We know that Japanese m-novels are very popular and for South Africa, this is the beginning of more to come,” said Vosloo.According to the M4Lit website, readers have described how the novel is helping them stretch their literary muscles, saying that they turn to the dictionary for words they don’t understand, thereby broadening their vocabulary.Intrigue and moralityKontax is essentially a mystery novel involving the four-member Kontax graffiti team of Sbu, K8 (Kate), Songezwa and Airtime. Each person plays an important role in the team, bringing strengths of vision, training, technique and creativity.Graffiti is their life and they practise their craft wherever and whenever they can (and even where they shouldn’t). At a party Sbu meets a mysterious girl who then disappears, leaving only her mobile phone. Attempts to trace her prove fruitless, as her mobile contact list offers no help at all. The team senses danger but presses on, and eventually the characters find themselves in the middle of a kidnap drama.Wilson also added a couple of moral dilemmas to the novel for youth to ponder and discuss. One examined the acceptability of going through a person’s private information when his or her life may be in danger.Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4last_img read more

Minibus helps Masifunde learners get around

first_imgThe Masifunde Learner Development project, pioneers of youth development in the Walmer township outside Port Elizabeth, have received a much-needed boost with the donation of a transport vehicle from Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA).With the 23-seater Volkswagen Crafter at their disposal, the team will now be able to safely transport learners to and from school and to various locations for extra-curricular activities. Volkswagen Community Trust Manager, Vernon Naidoo (far left) and Jonas Schumacher (second left) with the Masifunde children (Image: VWSA)Established in 2004 by German-born Jonas Schumacher, the Masifunde Learner Development project aims to alleviate poverty by initiating sustainable development through holistic quality education and the moulding of change-makers.“I would sincerely like to thank VWSA for the vehicle sponsorship,” said Schumacher. “This assistance has allowed us to finally provide our learners with reliable and safe transport to and from school and the various activities.”The project’s main initiative is the sponsorship of full academic bursaries of 46 children from Grade R to Grade 12.“We have identified motivated and talented children from the Walmer Township and have offered them the opportunity to receive top quality education at excellent schools in Port Elizabeth,” said Jonas Schumacher. “Not only is their education sponsored but we also offer daily homework support to the children which is monitored and supported by two professional and experienced teachers.”HOLISTIC APPROACHWith a holistic approach to youth development, Masifunde Learner Development project also believes in giving the children an opportunity to explore and nurture their talents in the fields of art, music, media and sports.“We offer various extra-curricular programmes to assist the children in identifying their potential, like our ‘Born Free’ drama group or our ‘Walmers Own’ group for budding journalists,” explained Schumacher.Another key initiative is the ‘Learn4Life’ life skills programmes. These programmes provide informal education on various issues to over 200 learners with the aim of making them change-makers and active role models in their community.Through weekly lessons, educational excursions and interactive project work, the children are shown that learning is not only life changing, but also fun.“Education is one of our key focus areas for our multi-faceted CSI programme and the Masifunde Learner Development Project adds to our portfolio of educational projects such as Edu-Peg, Ikhwezi Lomso Primary School, Nal’iBali and the Adopt-a-School Project that Volkswagen is supporting,” said Volkswagen Group South Africa MD David Powels.last_img read more

Sloppy App Development Leaves Android Owners At Risk

first_imgAn analysis of thousands of apps found nearly 8% of them are vulnerable to what’s called a man-in-the-middle attack. That’s when a hacker intercepts data between the app and a Web server.Developers prevent this type of digital eavesdropping by implementing a cryptographic protocol called a secure sockets layer of protection. But researchers from the Leibniz University in Hanover and Philipps University of Hamburg found is that many Android developers do a miserable job implementing secure sockets layer.Using a self-built tool for identifying exploitable secure-sockets-layer, or SSL, bugs, the researchers analyzed 13,500 popular free apps on Google Play and found 1,074 vulnerable to man0in-the-middle attacks. The researchers examined 100 apps manually and found 41 with the same flaws.The cumulative installed base of all vulnerable apps ranged from 39.5 million to 185 million devices, according to data the researchers gathered from Google Play.“The actual number is likely to be larger, since alternative app markets for Android also contribute to the install base,” the researchers said in an overview of their findings.So what?So what were the researchers able to do with the security hole? Quite a bit.From the 41 apps analyzed manually, the researchers captured credit-account numbers, bank account information, and logons and passwords for a bunch of sites, including American Express, Diners Club, PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Live ID and Box.The researchers also were able to disable anti-virus apps, and remotely inject and execute code.For a hacker to do the same in the real world would not be easy, but it is possible. Man-in-the-middle attacks typically occur over compromised public Wi-Fi networks. In response, companies often set up virtual private networks for mobile employees to use when accessing corporate networks over the Internet.No surpriseSecurity experts were not surprised by the findings. Mobile-app development is immature, so mistakes in implementing something as complicated as a security protocol are expected. The same problems with secure sockets layer are found in site development, which has been around for 20 years.With mobile apps, problems arise when the rush to get products to market lead to mistakes. Or the developer may not know how to properly secure a product, said Chester Wisniewski, senior security adviser for anti-virus vendor Sophos. Secure sockets layer is a fragile, multi-part technology and if any one piece is not set right, nothing works.Carelessness also plays a part. Developers sometimes skip implementing secure-sockets-layer rules in beta versions of an app, and never go back when the app becomes generally available, Wisniewski said.“Most developers don’t really understand how SSL actually works,” he said. “They just know that they’re suppose to use it.”Fixing the problemFor a long time, experts have said that the biggest problem with Android apps is the lack of oversight. In many markets, apps go on sale before they are properly vetted, which leaves users at risk of downloading spyware, trojans and seriously flawed products.Google Play is one of the most trusted Android markets. To combat malware, Google uses an automated system to examine each app. Nevertheless, as the latest research shows, the bar for quality remains too low, and much more needs to be done to protect users. Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts Tags:#Android app development#lax security#man in the middle attack#research#security antone gonsalvescenter_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

The One Competitive Advantage Not Being Commoditized

first_imgSalespeople and sales organizations work very hard to differentiate themselves and their offerings as a way to create a competitive advantage. Many believe their company is the differentiation. Others think their solutions provide differentiation. Few would dare to describe their people as their competitive advantage, even when it is true. Even fewer would recognize caring as their competitive advantage and the superpower that it is in an age of commoditization and the conflation of everything to the transaction itself. Caring is the one competitive advantage that is not being commoditized, and by its very nature, cannot be reduced to a transaction.Caring is ExpensiveFrom an organizational perspective, caring is expensive. You must invest more time than you would in a transactional approach to a commercial relationship. You have to invest in people, the opposite approach of the many people infected with the idea they should reduce the number of people they need by automating as many processes as possible. The idea to enable humans with technology has morphed into a drive to replace humans with it.When your competition zags, you should zig. When care is removed, the competitive advantage shifts to those who are willing to provide what is missing. While others invest in technology, investing in human beings, the only resource capable of caring is to build a competitive advantage.Caring Takes Time and EffortThere was a time when customer service centers tried to reduce the time their agents spent on the phone when their customers called for help. The thinking was that the more time the agent spent with the customer, the more expensive the call. Over time, the pendulum has swung back the other direction, as companies discovered that as expensive as it was to pay the agent for their time, losing the customer was even more costly. Caring requires you to give people your time.There is no commodity more expensive or more precious than time. There are ways to acquire more of any other resource, but time is finite. When you invest time in one thing, you eliminate the option of investing it somewhere else. This is no truer than when it comes to the time it takes to care.Caring also requires considerable effort. You have to put forth the energy necessary to communicate frequently and effectively, trading your physical presence for what might have been an email. It requires the friction that comes with asking for and obtaining someone else’s time and attention. It also requires that you have the sometimes difficult conversations to solve problems.Caring Requires IntimacyCharlie Green of Trusted Advisor would tell you that trust is built on credibility, reliability, and intimacy, as well as a lack of self-orientation. He would also inform you that, of the four factors, the one that weighs most heavily is intimacy.Intimacy means that you know the other person. You know what’s important to them and why. You understand their preferences, you keep these things are front of mind and consider them in the decisions you take together. You can think of this as tailoring or customizing what and how you do things.I love that’s algorithm knows and understands some of my preferences, a transactional approach designed to fake intimacy. No one at knows me, and I don’t know anyone there. A savvy, independent bookstore could beat Amazon’s by taking a bibliophile’s past purchase data and calling to ask them if they’d like the bookstore to hold a new release for them. Even more, a human that knows the individuals that frequent their store could get to know them well enough to make recommendations.Only humans are capable of intimacy, and that means only humans are capable of caring. Intimacy is also the key to understanding how to create value for your clients.Caring Requires InitiativeWaiting until your client recognizes they need something and asks for your help is a transactional approach to the relationship. Even worse, allowing your clients to make mistakes or avoid changing before they are harmed is a form of negligence or complacency, both of which prove a lack of caring. If you want to make retention difficult and expose yourself to being displaced, given a long enough timeline, a lack of caring is all but guaranteed.Caring isn’t passive or reactive. It requires one to take the initiative. For caring to be a competitive advantage, you must act before it is necessary. You must maintain your intimacy and proactively propose and create new value.Caring and the Creation of PreferenceThere is a concept that we don’t pay enough attention to in sales. The idea is “creating a preference,” the very heart of sales.We seek technological solutions over human competencies, even when the technology that promises efficiencies reduces effectiveness. We look for a way to increase the speed at which we win deals, often using strategies that cause clients to select a competitor. We avoid the very things that might create intimacy.All the effort we put into selling is to create a preference to buy from—and work with—us instead of a competitor. Imagine two competitors, both vying for a client’s business. Both of these competitors have the business acumen and the solutions necessary to serve the client well. One of them spends more time with the client, working to understand their needs better and creates a sense of intimacy. That same salesperson is proactive and communicates in a way that ensures the client know they listened and heard them as they shared their wants and needs. The salesperson also showed up and made their presence felt by really working to understand the client’s business. The other salesperson did none of these things. Which of these two salespeople would you prefer as your strategic partner?When all things are equal, you must make something unequal. If there is a superpower in business, it is caring. If you want a sustainable competitive advantage that isn’t going to be commoditized now or in the future, look no further. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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