MTN, Opera in mobile web partnership

first_imgOpera Mini, which claims to be the most popular mobile web browser, shrinks down websites and data by up to 90% before delivering the content to the phone, which according to MTN provides a faster, more affordable and user-friendly mobile web experience. “By offering faster access to websites and easy entry to MTN portals, MTN subscribers can reach the content they want, with less frustration and less expense,” MTN Group chief commercial officer Christian de Faria said in a statement this week. Small-screen strategy Under the agreement, MTN will centrally launch a tailor-made version of Opera Mini to each of its 21 markets, with localised links and content. By using Opera Mini, people get the most out of the web, plus get one-click access to MTN content portals via their Opera Mini startpage. Pan-African mobile operator MTN has signed an agreement with Opera Software to provide customers across its 21 markets with customised co-branded versions of the Opera Mini web browser, which cuts down on the amount of data used while browsing the web. “With just one click, customers have music, news, games and information on MTN products and services at their fingertips.” “We have seen incredible uptake of Opera Mini in that geography so far, and we look forward to building on that success with one of the region’s leading mobile communications providers.” Opera Mini has more than 115-million monthly users around the world, and is available on over 3 000 different phone models, including basic feature phones.center_img Bringing the best web experience De Faria said MTN wanted to offer its subscribers innovative mobile internet services that could have a positive impact on information, sharing and communication in their everyday lives. “We are eager to bring the best web experience to Africa and the Middle East, and working with MTN Group’s network enables us to achieve that,” said Opera Software CEO Lars Boilsen. The introduction of customised versions of Opera Mini strengthens the mobile operator’s small-screen strategy to radically improve its customers’ mobile web experience. 17 August 2011 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Yes, Bill Gates Wants Better Condoms. But It’s No Joke

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt Let’s get all the snickering out of the way first: yes, Bill Gates is funding condom research. But the reasoning behind the new initiative is more important than improving awkward experiences by the glow of the dashboard light: this is about saving lives and enhancing quality of life in developing nations.First off, it’s not just Bill Gates that’s funding the research: the proposed initial funding of $100,000 is being provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has a well-established record of seeking solutions for health issues that many of us in Western nations take for granted.Condoms are one such issue in developing nations, where they are needed to control transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and the HIV virus that causes AIDS. Their success as a birth control method, which can be a hot button issue in some cultures, is nonetheless undisputed.Cultural issues aside, one of the perceived problems (from the male perspective) is “that condoms decrease pleasure as compared to no condom, creating a trade-off that many men find unacceptable, particularly given that the decisions about use must be made just prior to intercourse,” according to the Grand Challenges in Global Health announcement.“Likewise, female condoms can be an effective method for prevention of unplanned pregnancy or HIV infection, but suffer from some of the same liabilities as male condoms, require proper insertion training and are substantially more expensive than their male counterparts,” the program added.To help solve the problem, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering $100,000 in initial funding (and up to $1 million) for anyone who can come up with the “next generation condom.”“We are looking for a Next Generation Condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use. Additional concepts that might increase uptake include attributes that increase ease-of-use for male and female condoms, for example better packaging or designs that are easier to properly apply. In addition, attributes that address and overcome cultural barriers are also desired,” according to the Challenge.Issues like this, which carry various ranges of cultural taboos, depending on your stance, are nothing new for the Foundation. Last August, the Foundation announced the winners of its $100,000 prize to come up with a better toilet. The lack of proper sanitation facilities is a huge problem for billions, and coming up with a cheap and effective means of waste disposal was important enough to weather the inevitable jokes.There is little doubt that reactions to this latest health initiative will contain similar jokes, because birth control is outside a lot of people’s comfort zones. But there are also serious cultural and theological issues to keep in mind as well, more so than the sanitation program ever started. It will be interesting to see if there can really be a solution that can beat this challenge. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#health#Sex Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Field Talk: A Q&A with Providers Supporting Military Families

first_imgThis post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. Field Talk is a monthly blog post sharing the voices of early childhood providers who serve or have served military families of young children with disabilities (birth to 5 years old).  We hope you find it to be educational, personable, and encouraging.This month we welcome Lana Sperry, M.A., CCC-SLP.  Lana works as a speech-language pathologist in Clarksville, TN.  The names within this interview have been changed and their stories used with permission.  This interview was edited for length and clarity.Describe your current role.I am a speech-language pathologist in a civilian hospital outpatient rehabilitation setting. In the clinic I see pediatric clients, where I am the sole provider of swallowing and feeding therapy for infants and children. I also provide augmentative communication device training, as well as speech and language therapy. Finally, I see adult and geriatric populations for whom provide swallowing, speech, language, voice, and cognitive therapy.What’s your favorite part of your current job?I love helping people. It’s an amazing feeling to see the smiles on people’s faces when they have accomplished a goal.Tell us about experiences you have had working with military families.In 2002, following graduate school, I moved to Clarksville, TN which is located very near Fort Campbell, KY. This area serves a large military population, and it was in in Clarksville that I began working with families in the military.The ages and diagnoses of individuals I have seen have ranged from infants to teens. These children have had diagnoses including: autism, spina bifida, developmental delays, Down syndrome, feeding difficulties, and speech-articulation impairments. I have learned that children with the same diagnosis can be very different.Fresh out of graduate school, I worked at a clinic that provided home health services to the birth to 3-year population. I vividly recall a 2 year old named ‘Sam,’ whose parents were young and the father was in the military. Sam was unable to communicate verbally. He would instead take adults to a desired object or bring an object to them. When upset he would escalate quickly and have difficulty calming himself. It was while working with Sam that I suspected he had autism. This was my first experience sharing my suspicions with parents. I referred them for further testing and this diagnosis was confirmed. Luckily the parents took the news well. It was important for them to remember that a diagnosis did not change their child. In therapy ‘Sam’ was able to use the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) to communicate. He was successful in using this system to request items such as toys and food. The family was reassigned and moved before we could try using an augmentative communication device with Sam. I will always remember ‘Sam’ as he was my first hands-on experience with a child with autism.Describe a rewarding experience working with military families.A few years ago I worked with a young child named Jessa. She had spina bifida, which resulted in her being paralyzed from the waist down. She was a cute little blonde who pushed herself around the clinic in a tiny wheelchair. Her communication skills were extremely limited due to severe oral and speech apraxia. She could produce a few basic vowels and would use these with appropriate voice inflection. A sentence such as “Look at that ball” might sound like “Oo aa aa ah.”I worked with Jessa 3 days a week, which allowed me to become close to her as well as her family. Progress was slow but present. We established that she could produce consonants such as “b” in “ball,” but she had to separate the word “buh – all”. Toward the end of her therapy, and prior to moving, Jessa could use a variety of word approximations involving many different consonants. When the family was preparing to move, the mom expressed sadness in having to leave the area and find a new speech therapist. It was very rewarding to have helped Jessa and to have given the parents a chance to see her progress. It is rewarding to have parents tell me that they wish they could take me with them to continue to treat their child. While I am pleased that parents have seen their child make progress, I am sad to say good-bye to them.Describe a challenging experience working with military families.Military families often move around a great deal which means frequent changes in medical and therapeutic providers. Therefore, it can be challenging to access therapy notes from former speech, physical, and occupational providers. Also, a child’s plan of care may not be met when a child is in my care for only a short amount of time due to military assignments.When one works with families for months or years there is a certain “sense of ownership” over the child’s intervention plan and their speech-language progress. So when a family has to leave and start working with another therapist, I feel a sense of loss. I do, however try to be available for the new therapist to answer questions.Also, as a civilian, I am not completely familiar with military terminology. This can be challenging when communicating with families. It is helpful to have some understanding of military acronyms.From your experience, how are military families similar and different from other types of families?Military families are generally in the area for shorter time periods than civilian families. I find that the parents, especially mothers, of children with disabilities are strong advocates for their children. In my experience, military mothers are often more assertive due to the need to fight for services for their child. In some ways, I adjust my practice when caring for a child in a military family. For example, if I know in advance that a family will only be living in the area for a short amount of time, I modify my plan of care to be more aggressive in an effort to address more targets during the family’s time here. However, in many ways I treat military families the same as civilian families.As providers, how can we support military parents who are deployed or away frequently due to trainings/school?  Communication between providers and families is essential. After every session I summarize the goals addressed in that session and the child’s performance on each goal. I send this home with the hope that it will help keep the caregiver informed of the child’s progress even when they cannot attend sessions.I try to understand the needs of each military family. If a family notifies me of upcoming travel or a deployment, and there is the need for the child to miss some appointments, I do my best to reserve availability on my schedule. For example, I am working with a child whose extended family is from another country. The mother has taken the children to visit family for the summer while the father is deployed. In this case, I did not discharge the child, but instead put his chart on “hold,” and when the child returns, I will re-evaluate him.Describe a specific stressor that military families with whom you have worked have shared or experienced.Military families who have children with disabilities have expressed stress when they have to re-establish services for their children in new towns. It can be difficult to move to a new city and try to find quality service providers. I generally try to do an Internet search or ask other SLPs to recommend providers. I also like to prepare a detailed letter including the child’s goals, test scores, and progress for the parent to give to the next therapist. This can help the new therapist initiate services.What “insider” tips or advice do you have for service providers working with military families who have young children with disabilities?Be open to and accepting of different cultures and ways of life. It is our place to listen to the parents and provide the best care possible to their children.If you could change or improve one thing for military families with young children with disabilities, what would it be?It would be nice if the military provided families with a list of physicians and service providers located near each military base.What types of resources have you sought out to feel more confident and competent at meeting the specific needs of military families? (e.g., trainings, blog posts, organizations, etc.)I have reached out to the parents of the children with whom I work. They are generally happy to explain the hierarchy of the military, the acronyms, the procedures, etc.last_img read more

5 officials detained for revelry at Shivneri fort

first_imgFive officials of the State Forest Department were booked by the Pune district rural police on Monday for allegedly holding a ‘liquor party’ in Shivneri fort in Junnar tehsil, 70 km from here.According to the police, the officials had indulged in inebriated revelry on Sunday night inside the fort premises on the eve of Shiv Jayanti celebrations. Maratha Warrior King Shivaji, who was born at the fort in 1630 C.E. had spent his childhood here.Some youths visiting the fort had filmed the officialsholding a drunken revelry in the fort premises. Junnar police detained the officials on seeing the clips. Two of them, Prakash Jadhav and Santosh Navgirhe, were suspended.With Junnar being actively promoted as the district’s ‘tourism tehsil’ , the officials had been assigned the task of upkeeping the fort premises and to prevent activities such as consuming alcoholic drinks on the premises.“A case has been registered against them under section 65 (e) of the Bombay Prohibition Act. While the officials were in the khaki uniform of policemen, they belonged to the State Forest Department,” said an officer from the Pune Rural Police.last_img read more

Land acquisition: Mayawati hits back, says Congress mother of corruption

first_imgUnder attack over violence in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday launched a scathing attack on Congress and BJP on the issue of land acquisition, saying farmers in states ruled by the two parties were agitated over poor compensation. Addressing BSP workers from Delhi at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium in New Delhi, the BSP chief alleged that Congress is considered as the “mother of corruption” in the country. Mayawati, under attack from opposition parties in UP on the issue of corruption, used the opportunity to attack the ruling party at the Centre on the same issue. Citing irregularities in the run up to the Commonwealth Games, she said the money wasted in corruption could haver been used to upgrade the living conditions of people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar who have come the national capital to earn a living. Mayawati alleged that the “corruption” during the Commonwealth Games had the patronage and encouragement of Congress-ruled Delhi government. On the issue of land acquisition, said before accusing her party of wrongdoings on acquiring farmlands in the backdrop of violence in Bhatta Parsaul village in Greater Noida, Congress and BJP should take stock of situation in states ruled by the two parties. She claimed in Congress-ruled Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Maharashtra and BJP-ruled Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, farmers were agitated over receiving poor compensation for their lands acquired by the state governments. “Right under the nose of the central government, lands of farmers ares being acquired in Delhi at poor rates,” Mayawati said. Mayawati said BSP would press for an amended Land Acquisition Bill in the Monsoon session of Parliament and if need be the party workers would ‘ghearo’ the Parliament House on the issue. She claimed that unemployment and recent hike in fuel prices have aggrevated the problems being faced by the common man but Congress-led UPA was not serious in dealing with the situation as its leaders were busy pursuing their “narrow political interests.” The BSP asked the cadre to prepare itself for the next assembly elections in Delhi and said they will have to work with a missionary zeal if they wanted to have the party’s government installed in Delhi.advertisement- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Woody Harrelson Speaks At Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts

first_imgLast week students at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from one of Hollywood’s leading actors.Mark Featherstone-Witty and Woddy HarrelsonWoody Harrelson visited LIPA to take part in a one-hour question and answer session with students during which he talked about some of his most famous and celebrated roles.Speaking to a packed and excited audience in LIPA’s Paul McCartney Auditorium, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actor reflected on his work over the last three decades. The conversation was chaired by the Founding Principal/CEO of LIPA, Mark Featherstone-Witty, who introduced clips throughout the session from Harrelson’s roles in films such as ‘Natural Born Killers’ and ‘The Messenger’ (for which he received one of his two Oscar-nominations), last year’s acclaimed detective drama ‘True Detective’ and the sitcom ‘Cheers’, the show which first brought him to the public’s attention.Asked by one of LIPA’s BA (Hons) Acting students how he approaches creating characters for film, Harrelson replied: “As you’re reading a script, you get a feel for your character, and how they fit in to the piece. You need to look for the thing that opens the door to that character.”One of his main pieces of advice was for students not to hold back when bringing their characters to life: “I want to encourage you guys to be bold with your choices, and not go with what’s safe. I would rather go for it and get pulled back by a director, than play it safe and not do something special.”Harrelson talked about how he felt about working with film icons such as Robert Redford, with whom he worked on ‘Indecent Proposal’. He said: “It was daunting, but pretty exciting to be working with Robert Redford. It was a great experience, but definitely nervous doing scenes with him.”Featherstone-Witty asked him about how he chooses what projects to go for and whether he looked at money or the quality of the material. Making a direct reference to Featherstone-Witty’s own advice, Harrelson said: “A man I’ve recently come to admire told me ‘Find out what you love doing and how to get paid for it’.”He added: “I don’t do projects just for money. If you do that, your career isn’t going to last. Someone once told me, careers aren’t made by how many times you say yes, but how many times you say no. If money is the prevailing thing, then you’re lost.”Harrelson was also asked whether he would be returning to the stage, or if he felt his future was in television and film. He disclosed that he has been writing a comedy and that he might try and put it on in London and said: “I prefer theatre. I think it’s the best way to get psyched as an actor. Getting up on stage is so exciting.”Speaking after the event, Harrelson commented on his visit to LIPA, saying: “I love it here. It’s learning at its best. The students are so enthusiastic and love what they are doing. What better environment could they have? There’s a great vibe.”Woody Harrelson’s appearance was the latest of LIPA’s regular masterclasses and question and answer sessions, which give its students the opportunity to learn from successful figures across different areas of the performing arts industry. In the past, LIPA has hosted sessions with Sir Ian McKellan, Alan Rickman, Dionne Warwick, Dawn French, and Will Young alongside luminaries in senior roles that are about making performance possible (such as award-winning producers and lighting designers).LIPA is located in Paul McCartney’s old school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys, which underwent a multi-million-pound renovation to turn it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution. It was founded by Paul and Mark Featherstone-Witty and opened in 1995 with the aim of providing the best teaching and learning for people who want to pursue a lasting career in the arts and entertainment industry, whether as performers or those who make performance possible.For further information about LIPA please click here.Source:Liverpool Institute For Performing Artslast_img read more

STATE REP RACE Dave Robertson Does NOT Support DandiLyons Boycott

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Below is a press statement from the campaign of Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury), running for the 19th Middlesex State Rep seat.Recently, Erika Johnson, Chair of the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee, posted on the her personal Facebook page encouraging people to boycott Dandi-Lyons, an ice cream and flower shop in Tewksbury owned by State Representative Jim Lyons of Andover.“Erika Johnson is not associated with, and does not speak for, this campaign or this candidate. She has never supported this campaign outside of a blanket committee endorsement,” said Gary DePalma, Campaign Manager for Dave Robertson. “Furthermore, we do not support boycotts for political gain. Dave supports local business owners and firmly believes that politics should be kept out of business.”For more information on his REAL stances, visit www.RobertsonForRep.com.This statement comes a day after one of his competitors, Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury), criticized Robertson for not condemning the boycott.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Stands With Dandi-LyonsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Campaign Declares Debate Victory; Knocks Robertson On Dandi-Lyons & Sanctuary StateIn “Government”last_img read more

If parents are good at maths so would be children

first_imgThe study specifically explored inter-generational transmission – the concept of parental influence on an offspring’s behaviour or psychology – in mathematic capabilities. “Our findings suggest an intuitive sense for numbers has been passed down knowingly or unknowingly from parent to child. Meaning, the math skills of parents tend to ‘rub off’ on their children,” said lead researcher Melissa E. Libertus, Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, US.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study revealed that the performance levels for early school-aged children on standardised mathematic tests could be reliably predicted by their parent’s performance in similar examinations. Specifically, major correlations in parent-child performance in such key areas as mathematical computations, number-fact recall, and word problem analysis were observed. In addition, the children’s intuitive sense of numbers – that is, the ability to know that 20 jelly beans are more than 10 jelly beans without first counting them – is predicted by their parents’ intuitive sense of numbers, the researchers said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“We believe the relationship between a parent and a child’s math capabilities could be some combination of hereditary and environmental transmission,” Libertus added. The findings represent the first evidence of intergenerational transmission of unlearned, nonverbal numerical competence from parents to children. The study is an important step toward understanding the multifaceted parental influences on children’s mathematic abilities. “This research could have significant ramifications for how parents are advised to talk about math and numbers with their children and how teachers go about teaching children in classrooms,” Libertus noted, in the paper published in the journal Developmental Science.For the study, the math abilities of 54 children between the ages of five and eight as well as 51 parents – 46 mothers and five fathers – between the ages of 30 and 59 were assessed.last_img read more

How to Prevent a Website Crash After a Traffic Spike

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the June 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Traffic director: Michael Kupermanof Akamai.Photo© Eva KolenkoQ: How can I manage crash-inducing traffic spikes to my website?A: First off, congratulations–this is a good problem to have. Maybe a new product on your retail website got big media attention. Suddenly your online traffic jumped sevenfold, and 90 minutes later, your site shut down, the victim of too many consumers trying to access your product.What could have prevented this catastrophe is a content delivery network (CDN) from Akamai, Amazon, CDNetworks or one of the many other providers worldwide. It’s a cloud-based automatic scaling service designed to optimize the delivery of any content–most commonly software and video–to your customers in the most reliable fashion. With a CDN in place, customers can access your site no matter how many visitors have the same idea at the same time. And they can quickly download your content whether they’re across town or halfway around the world.We turned to Michael Kuperman, senior director of platform operations at Akamai, who has a decade of experience in the content delivery network space.Who needs a CDN?If your consumer base is distributed over a wide geographic area, or if you have predictable online traffic patterns–for example, you know Cyber Monday and Mother’s Day are big days–or concerns about unexpected flash crowds due to content or a promotion, you need a CDN. If you require online speed to compete with rivals, as you would with online shopping services or travel reservations, you need a CDN. If your concern is a denial of service or cyber attacks, you, too, need a CDN.Who doesn’t need one?If your business is regional with a focus on local customers, you might not need one. If your website’s revenue isn’t tied to its performance, or if you have no global audience or no chance of showing up on Yahoo News, you don’t need a CDN.How do you choose a CDN?If your network is to serve, say, the Chinese market, you’ll want a CDN with a Chinese presence to add stability. You’ll also need to know if the CDN will support your application and meet your goals. And ask your short list of providers if they’re willing to do a head-to-head test using your application and content.How much do CDNs charge?If yours is a video delivery site, you’ll likely be charged in GBT (gigabytes transferred) or Mbps (megabits per second). If you have a shopping site or advertising application, costs may be by transaction, page views or other metrics related to your application. The prices per data delivery or transaction requests are mere fractions of a penny, but when you’re talking about millions of people flooding your site, keep in mind that it can quickly add up to real money.How fast can a CDN be put into place?With a good provider, once the terms are ironed out, turning it on can take just a few minutes. However, complicated applications can take a few days or weeks to configure. Give yourself at least one month to sort out what you need and whom you’ll use so you can make sure you’re getting a good deal. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 4, 2012 Register Now » 3 min readlast_img read more