Zuma appoints Marikana commission

first_img24 August 2012President Jacob Zuma has announced the composition and terms of reference of the judicial commission of inquiry into the Marikana tragedy, calling for cooperation from all parties involved so that the country can come to a full understanding of the causes behind the tragedy.Thirty-four people were killed in clashes with the police at the mining town of Marikana near Rustenburg last Thursday. Prior to this, 10 other people – including two police officers – were killed in nearly a week of fighting between rival worker factions.A number of memorial services took place around the country on Thursday as South Africa mourned those who lost their lives and came together to show support for the families of the deceased.Addressing journalists in Pretoria on Thursday, Zuma said the commission of inquiry would be headed by Judge Ian Farlam, a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal, and include advocates Bantubonke Tokota and Pingla Hemraj.In investigating the events leading up to the tragedy, the commission has been tasked with looking into the conduct of mining company Lonmin, the South African Police Service (SAPS), and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).Regarding Lonmin, the commission will investigate, in particular, whether the company:Exercised it best endeavours to resolve any disputes which may have risen between itself and the labour force on one hand, and generally among its labour force on the other.Responded appropriately to the threat and outbreak of violence which occurred at its premises.By act or omission, created an environment which was conducive to the creation of tension, labour unrest, disunity among its employees or other harmful conduct.Employed sufficient safeguards and measures to ensure the safety of its employees, property and the prevention of the outbreak of violence between any parties.The commission will also examine Lonmin’s policies generally, including its procedure, practices and conduct relating to its employees and organised labour.“It will also investigate whether by act or omission, the company directly or indirectly caused the loss of life or damaged to persons or property,” Zuma said.Regarding the SAPS, the Commission will look at:The nature, extent and application of any standing orders, policy considerations, legislation or other considerations in dealing with the situation that gave rise to the incidents.The fact and circumstances that gave rise to the use of force and whether this was reasonable and justifiable in the circumstances.The role played by SAPS through its respective units, individually and collectively in dealing with the incident.Whether by act or omission, it directly or indirectly caused the loss of life or harm to persons or property.Regarding the NUM and AMCU, the Commission will look at:Whether the unions had exercised its best endeavours to resolve any disputes which may have arisen between itself and Lonmin or the other union or other parties.The extent to which the unions exercised effective control over its membership and those allied to it, in ensuring that their conduct was lawful and did not endanger the lives and property of other persons.Whether by act or omission, it directly or indirectly caused the loss of life or harm to persons or property.Zuma said the commission would also look into the role played by the Department of Mineral Resources, any other government department or agencies in relation to the incidents, and whether this was appropriate in the circumstances and consistent with their duties and obligations according to the law.“The Commission will also look into the conduct of individuals and loose groupings in fermenting and/or otherwise promoting a situation of conflict and confrontation which may have given rise to the tragic incident, whether directly or indirectly,” the President said.The commission will submit interim reports and recommendations to Zuma each month before the final report is presented.The commission’s work will be completed in four months, and within a month thereafter it will submit its final report to the President.“The commission shall, where appropriate, refer any matter for prosecution, further investigation or the convening of a separate inquiry to the appropriate law enforcement agency, government department or regulator regarding the conduct of a certain person or persons,” Zuma said.It will also have the necessary powers, including the power to enter and search premises, secure the attendance of witnesses and compel the production of documents.“We urge all affected parties to work with the commission so that the truth can be uncovered about what really happed in Marikana,” Zuma said.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Simple AMT WS-Eventing in PowerShell with the High Level API

first_imgNow when I hit the “Get Technical Help” button or hit the appropriate key sequence during the boot process, I can trap that event on my server: Since we subscribed to All Events, it will also trap other event alerts. For example I pulled the battery out of my local machine: Recently I started working with AMT and WS-Eventing and wanted to share a few things I learned along the way. I found the quickest and easiest way to get started was to download the AMT SDK / High Level API (HLAPI) (link) and start digging into the samples there.  It was pretty straight forward to get the samples working and I was actually able to create a subscription to an event and trap the alerts on my SCS server! Great! After that bit of success I wanted to see if I could replicate the functionality in PowerShell.First off, I needed to load the High Level API assemblies in PowerShell:n[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom(‘C:HLAPIHLAPI.dll’)n[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom(‘C:HLAPIIWSManClient.dll’)nnnAs you can see all you need to do is load the HLAPI.DLL and the IWSManClient.DLL. Once loaded we can create a connection to our AMT client and create a subscription to some events.Next we just need to create a connection to the AMT client. For my test I just used my local machine, digest user and non-TLS:n$auth = [Intel.Manageability.ConnectionInfoEX+AuthMethod]::Digest n$cs = New-Object Intel.Manageability.ConnectionInfoEX(“localhost”,”admin”,”P@ssw0rd”,$False,””,$auth,$null,$null, $null)n$amt = [Intel.Manageability.AMTInstanceFactory]::CreateEX($cs)nnnnWe also need to indicate where the “Listener” will be located:n$lstn = “http://192.168.1.10:999″nnnnWe also need to choose what Event filter we want to subscribe to. You can find a list of them and what events they cover at this LinkFor my simple demo, I just used the “All Events” filter, basically telling AMT to send me an alert for any event.n$wsfilter = [Intel.Manageability.Events.FilterName]::AllnnnnNext we need to indicate the SenderIDType and where you want to place that SenderID. You can read more about this in the HLAPI/SDK documentation here, but your choices here are: CurrentAddress, FQDN, NONE or UUID.n$sidtype = [Intel.Manageability.Events.SenderIDType]::FQDNn$sip = [Intel.Manageability.Events.SenderIDPlacing]::ReferenceParameternnnnNow we can pull it all together into a “subscription”:n$sub = New-Object Intel.Manageability.Events.Subscription($lstn,$wsfilter,$sidtype)nnnnNow that we have the subscription defined, we can use the connection to our AMT device to apply it:n$amt.Events.WSEvents.Subscribe($sub)nnnnNow we have a subscription created on our local host that will generate a WSEvent when our filter criteria are met!I went ahead and modified this a bit and wrapped a GUI around it: There are plenty of options when it comes to creating subscriptions / subscribing to events, be sure to check out the SDK/HLAPI documentation online for more information: Link It works great on the command line, but sometimes it’s nice to have that GUI experience as well.So now we are generating alerts off of AMT events, but how can we “Trap” them?Let’s create a simple PowerShell / HLAPI based WSevent Trap / Decoder:It starts out similar to that of the subscriber script, you have to load the HLAPI assemblies:n[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom(‘C:HLAPIHLAPI.dll’)n[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom(‘C:HLAPIIWSManClient.dll’)nnnnNext we just need to create a WSEventListener on our “Listening Server” indicating which IPAddress and Port I want to listen on:n$listener = New-Object HLAPI.Services.WSEventListener([IPAddress]::Any,’999′)nnnnNow we need to register an Object Event that will fire when we receive an alert:nRegister-ObjectEvent $listener OnNewEventArrived -SourceIdentifier $listener.OnNewEventArrived  -Action {write-host “”; write-host “Address: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.Sender ;    write-host “Alert Type: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.EventData.AlertType ;    write-host “Filter Name: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.EventData.IndicationFilterName ;    write-host “Indication Time: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.EventData.IndicationTime ;    write-host “Message: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.EventData.MessageDescription ;  }nnnnHere you can see that when the listener receives data, it fires off an Action. In our case it’s going to write out to the screen some information about the event such as the Alert Type, Filter Name, Indication Time and the Message of the event.Once we have our listener created, we can start the listener on our server:n$listener.StartListening()nnnnNow I have my AMT client ready to send out alerts based on events and we have our listener ready to trap them.In my demo I used the Get Technical Help icon in the Intel Management and Security Status Icon:last_img read more

Fracking can prime faults for subsequent quakes

first_imgHydraulic fracturing in western Canada can prime faults for earthquakes that strike months after fracking ceases, reports a new study published this week in Science. Although it has long been known that the injection of wastewater into disposal wells can trigger earthquakes by increasing pore pressure and destabilizing fault lines, rarely has fracking itself been identified as the source of tremors. Typically, fracking involves injections into impermeable rock layers that inhibit the spread of fluid and increase pore pressure. Looking at seismic records near Fox Creek, in northwest Alberta, where there are six drilling sites, researchers found an intermittent set of induced earthquakes between December 2014 and March 2015, clustered around fracking operations. The majority of seismicity occurred during fracking as the elastic response of the rock caused mounting stress. However the largest quake, which had a magnitude of 3.9, struck on 23 January 2015—2 weeks after fracking had been completed. The researchers believe that a limited recovery of fracturing fluids—one well retrieved only 7% of its fluids—pressurized a fault that extended down to the crystalline basement, resulting in the series of quakes over several months. In the future, they say, drillers should take account of such risks, especially when they fail to recover fracking fluids.last_img read more

BCCI spent Rs. 34.5 lakh on players’ treatment

first_imgIn just three months this year, the Indian cricket Board has spent Rs. 34.50 lakh on medical assistance of players, with pacer Ishant Sharma’s ankle surgery raising the single biggest bill among the current players- Rs. 15.82 lakh.The surgery on the 23 year-old pacer’s troublesome left ankle was performed in London in March and Ishant is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.Ishant rightfully deserves the treatment as one of the contracted players of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and one of its leading pacers, when fit. He is likely to return to action in August, for the home series against New Zealand and, therefore, needs to be kept in cotton wool.A top BCCI official disclosed that during the period under consideration, BCCI had released a total of Rs. 34,50,415 on the treatment of the current and former players. “Of this amount, Rs. 27,48,671 has been spent on five contracted players of the Board, namely Ishant, Murali Vijay, Sachin Tendulkar, Munaf Patel and Zaheer.And on nine retired players the Board has spent Rs. 7,01,744 between January and April,” the official told Mail Today. Tamil Nadu opening batsman Murali Vijay raked up the second highest medical bill of Rs. 8,94,912, on his trip to Australia for treatment on his injured wrist. He has since returned to action and represented the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL in April-May.In all, Rs. 1,27,840 was spent on Tendulkar’s medical care. He visited London in March to seek medical advice on his troublesome right toe. Also, he got injured during Mumbai Indians’ opening IPL game against Chennai, when a delivery from pacer Doug Bollinger hit his right glove and broke one of his fingers. He, too, has since returned to the field.advertisementBills of pacer Munaf and Zaheer were RS. 79,254 and RS. 64,190, respectively, and settled in the same period – January to April. Both regained fitness and played for their franchises in the IPL, and should be in contention for India’s next assignment, the two-Test series against New Zealand starting on August 23 in Hyderabad.Ishant’s father Vijay Sharma lauded the BCCI for taking care of his son. “The Board pays attention to all the players, especially those who are on its contracted list. Ishant was in Grade A for 2011-12, which was worth 1 crore,” he told Mail Today.The BCCI is showing its humane face. It has reached out to the ailing ex-first-class players too, apart from giving the retired players a handsome one-time purse from the surplus earned from the IPL and Champions League T20.The biggest beneficiary among the nine first class players is former Kerala player JK Mahendra, 61, who underwent angioplasty a few months ago in Chennai. The BCCI gave him Rs. 2,94,291.The other first-class players who benefitted were P Ramesh Naidu (Rs. 97,646), Michael Dalvi (Rs. 88,194), PK Dharmalingam (Rs. 37,000), Stanely Saldhana (Rs. 29,265), PR Punjabi (Rs. 5,282), and BB Nimbalkar (Rs. 1,415).”My two arteries were blocked. I had medical insurance but it had lapsed. About five months ago I wrote to the Board, through the Kerala Cricket Association, for financial assistance,” Mahendra, who played 39 first-class matches between 1967 and 1981, told Mail Today.”I was lucky that I got timely assistance, for which I am thankful to the BCCI. Without this help, I’d have been struggling.” The Hyderabad-based Sultan Saleem, 64, had a heart problem, according to P Man Singh, manager of the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian team. “He had a heart ailment for which he had received treatment,” said Man Singh, who’s also based in Hyderabad. “In the early 1960s, he scored a triple century in the first innings of a school match and a double ton in the second in a match of Basalath Jah inter-school tournament. It was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records too.”last_img read more

Electronic Platform Being Developed to Facilitate Investments

first_img Mr. Shaw said the NBP, being developed on a phased basis, will be the central point through which all investments are routed, providing access to all relevant stakeholders. This will serve to improve transparency and government cohesions. The Government has started development of two complementary electronic platforms that will enable increased efficiency in the investment and exporting sectors.The platforms are the National Business Portal (NBP) and the National Trade Portal.This was announced by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, during his address at the opening ceremony for the Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF), hosted at the Iberostar Hotels and Resorts in Montego Bay, St. James, on Tuesday (June 12).Mr. Shaw said the NBP, being developed on a phased basis, will be the central point through which all investments are routed, providing access to all relevant stakeholders. This will serve to improve transparency and government cohesions.“Ultimately, the NBP will seek to better streamline business approvals and will represent one key output of the National Investment Policy,” he said.The National Trade Portal, meanwhile, is aimed at fast-tracking information sharing, facilitating online application submissions; and enabling back-office interface among the Government’s Border Regulatory Agencies.The trade portal was approved by Cabinet in the 2017/18 fiscal year under the overarching Trade Facilitation Initiative.Mr. Shaw said both projects are funded through the Foundations for Competitiveness and Growth Project of the World Bank.“As a country, we have sought to build a strong and robust landscape in which business can thrive, recognising that comprehensive and supportive business facilitation frameworks are essential for investments and business development,” the Minister explained. Story Highlights The Government has started development of two complementary electronic platforms that will enable increased efficiency in the investment and exporting sectors. This was announced by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, during his address at the opening ceremony for the Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF), hosted at the Iberostar Hotels and Resorts in Montego Bay, St. James, on Tuesday (June 12).last_img read more

Lack of support holds Indigenous prisoners back

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN News Parole officers gave Parliamentarians a dose of reality on Indigenous incarceration Tuesday.Zef Ordman said he rarely recommends Indigenous prisoners for early release because they don’t have the employment, training or housing to help ease their transition into the outside world.“The white, middle-class, kid who’s got parents on the outside, and he’s 19 or 20, he’s got employment, he’s got education, he’s got housing,” Ordman told the House Committee of Public Safety and National Security.“The Aboriginal kid doesn’t have any of that.”Ordman said that won’t change unless Canada invests in Aboriginal-centred programs in health, education, employment and housing.Committee members heard release can be denied for something as simple as not having proper identification, because Indigenous offenders often come to prison without health cards or driver’s licences.“We had a job set up for (one inmate),” said Aura Andrews. “He couldn’t get it because he didn’t have his birth certificate or his (social insurance) card and he ended up failing.”Andrews suggested the department of Indigenous Affairs and its provincial counterparts visit prisons to hold identification clinics before offenders are released.The list of problems parole officers face is extensive, according to Andrews and Ordman.Everything from backlogs of individuals approved for transfer to being swamped with paperwork.“We need to be freed up to do our jobs, which is interacting with offenders,” Andrews said. “That is our job. So right now we’re so bogged down in paperwork and compliance issues that we can’t do our job.”“It’s sort of organized mayhem,” added Ordman. “You’re managing 30-plus offenders, right? And you’re sort of the central person, as a parole officer, you’re the central person.”tlamirande@aptn.calast_img read more

Myanmar harvests abandoned Rohingya fields

first_imgRohingya refugees cross a bamboo bridge as they arrive at a port after crossing from Myanmar, in Teknaf, Bangladesh, 25 October, 2017.Myanmar’s government began harvesting rice from farmland abandoned by Rohingya in northern Rakhine on Saturday, officials said, a move likely to raise concerns about the prospect of return for more than half a million refugees who have fled communal violence in the area.The border region has been emptied of most of its Muslim residents since late August, when Myanmar’s military launched a crackdown on Rohingya rebels that the UN has described as “textbook” ethnic cleansing.Hundreds of villages have been burned to the ground, with more than 600,000 Rohingya — a stateless group in mainly Buddhist Myanmar — fleeing across the border for sanctuary in Bangladesh.Under intense global pressure, Myanmar has agreed to repatriate “scrutinised” refugees who can prove their residence in Rakhine.But details of the plan remain sketchy, seeding concern about who will be allowed back, what they will return to and how they will live in a region where anti-Rohingya hatred remains sky-high.On Saturday the government began harvesting 71,000 acres of rice paddy in Maungdaw — the Rohingya-majority area hit hardest by the violence — according to state media and a local official.”We started harvesting today in Myo Thu Gyi village tract,” Thein Wai, the head of Maungdaw’s Agricultural Department, told AFP.”We are going to harvest some paddy fields of Bengalis who fled to Bangladesh,” he said, using a pejorative term for the Rohingya commonly used by officials and the Buddhist public.The official said he did not know what government would do with the rice or its proceeds.Workers were bused in from other parts of the country to assist with the harvest, according to the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar.- ‘Deeply disturbed’ -Rights groups blasted the government’s harvest as part of a systematic effort to expunge the Rohingya from Rakhine.”Government officials leading the harvest are clearly more concerned about these fields of abandoned rice than they ever were about the Rohingya people who sowed it,” said Human Rights Watch’s Phil Robertson.”This all reinforces a singular, local level Rakhine message to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh that what’s yours is now mine, and you’re not welcome back.”Fortify Rights said the harvest was an “outrageous” move by authorities who have a long history of land grabs, particularly in ethnic minority frontiers.Myanmar has denied charges of ethnic cleansing and defended its military campaign as a counter offensive targeting Rohingya militants who attacked police posts in late August, killing at least a dozen.But media, rights groups and the UN have documented consistent accounts from Rohingya refugees of atrocities at the hands of Myanmar security officers, who are accused of killing civilians, raping women and torching homes in the wake of the rebel raids.On Friday UN rights experts said they were “deeply disturbed” after speaking to refugees in Bangladesh.The accounts they heard “point to a consistent, methodical pattern of actions resulting in gross human rights violations affecting hundreds of thousands of people,” said Marzuki Darusman, who chairs the fact-finding mission.Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi — who has no control over the powerful army — recently created a committee to oversee resettlement in Rakhine, where tens of thousands of other minority groups were also internally displaced by the violence.The construction of homes for minorities such as the Mro has begun, according to state media, while Suu Kyi’s government has enticed business tycoons to donate to the rebuilding effort.But fear abounds that the rehabilitation will sideline the Rohingya — a group that has suffered under decades of state-backed discrimination and rising Islamophobia.Myanmar refuses to recognise the Rohingya as a distinct minority, rendering the 1.1-million strong group stateless.The army has spread the view that they are foreign “Bengalis” from Bangladesh, despite many having lived in Myanmar for generations.last_img read more

Rick Perry For Homeland Security Secretary And Beyoncé Buying The Rockets The

first_imgA lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all.This week, our panel weighs in on the possibility of Rick Perry becoming the next Secretary of Homeland Security, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick saying he wants better communication with the Texas House, and rumors that Houston’s own pop icon Beyoncé is interested in investing in the Houston Rockets. Our panel of non-experts this week includes:Freelance writer Kyrie O’ ConnorWayne Ashley, academic advisor, digital media strategist and editor of TexasLeftist.com Happy Houston Public Media retiree Paul Pendergraft Sharelast_img read more

MIT group shows unseen motion captured in video

first_img © 2013 Phys.org More information: people.csail.mit.edu/mrub/papers/vidmag.pdfweb.mit.edu/newsoffice/2013/cs … visible-changes.html Citation: MIT group shows unseen motion captured in video (2013, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-mit-group-unseen-motion-captured.html Explore further The process is called Eulerian Video Magnification. “Our method, which we call Eulerian Video Magnification, takes a standard video sequence as input, and applies spatial decomposition, followed by temporal filtering to the frames. The resulting signal is then amplified to reveal hidden information,” they wrote. They noted that their technique can run in realtime to show phenomena occurring at the temporal frequencies selected by the user.”We are inspired by the Eulerian perspective,” according to the scientists, “where properties of a voxel of fluid, such as pressure and velocity, evolve over time, in a spatially multiscale manner.” In their approach to motion magnification, they said they do not explicitly estimate motion but rather exaggerate motion by amplifying temporal color changes at fixed positions. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —A baby lies in the crib looking motionless, a typical situation causing worry to new parents, wondering if the baby is still breathing. A video run through an algorithm designed for amplification shows the baby is indeed breathing with movements that were invisible to the naked eye. It’s that special algorithm at the heart of interest in the work of a group of scientists at MIT who work on a project called motion magnification. They have said that “Our goal is to reveal temporal variations in videos that are difficult or impossible to see with the naked eye.” Their process breaks apart the visual elements of every frame of a video, reconstructed with an algorithm tool that can amplify aspects of the video. This is not the first time their advances have been publicized. The program was presented last year at the annual computer graphics conference, Siggraph. What is new is that the team has revamped the work and they posted code online for people interested in exploring such renderings of motion that otherwise would not be detected by the naked eye. “Our team is still actively working on this direction, so people can expect more to come,” said a team member. “We hope that it will motivate people to look deeper into this type of processing and different applications it can support.” Researchers amplify variations in video, making the invisible visible The team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory are working on the program to analyze videos to pick up movements. The program was first developed essentially to monitor neonatal babies. They believe their algorithm can be applied to other scenarios to reveal changes imperceptible to the naked eye as well, as in hospital monitoring of patients. You can see a person’s face flushing as the blood pumps from his heart. You can read a baby’s pulse. A spatial pattern of when the blood goes and where is seen; scientists could look to see where the blood flows on the body as well as on the face. “There is a big world of small motions out there,” said a team member. Overview of the Eulerian video magnification framework. Credit: Hao-Yu Wu et al.last_img read more