East African data cable lands in KZN

first_imgIts 1.4 terabits-per-second system design capacity, coupled with its two fibre-pair configuration, equips EASSy with the highest capacity of all undersea cable systems along the east coast of Africa. According to a report by ITWeb this week, the cable will make its way from Mtunzini past Mozambique towards Tanzania, where it will connect to the other half of the cable, which is being built from Port Sudan on the north-eastern coast of Africa. In all, there are nine EASSy landing stations, in Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Comoros, Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa, with shore-end landings having taken place so far in Mozambique and Sudan. “EASSy is one of the elements of Telkom’s cable investment strategy and is a key step towards the process of establishing a Telkom fibre ring capability around Africa,” Telkom’s Alphonzo Samuels said in a statement last week. Telkom is the South African landing partner for the cable. “Ultimately, we believe that EASSy will also go a long way towards increasing Africa’s bandwidth capacity, affordability and create increased diversity and fibre redundancy between South Africa and Europe as well as within East Africa.” Interconnection with various other undersea international cable systems will enable traffic on EASSy to seamlessly connect to Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia, thereby enhancing the east coast of Africa’s connectivity into the global telecommunications network. The East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy), a 10 000km undersea fibre-optic cable system that will link countries along the continent’s eastern coast to the rest of the world, has landed at Mtunzini on the northern KwaZulu-Natal coast and will start service by August 2010. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Improving African connectivity 17 February 2010 “EASSy is routed from South Africa to Sudan, linking the coastal countries of East Africa,” Samuels said. “An extensive backhaul system linking landlocked countries to the coastal countries has been developed and is at various stages of completion.” Telkom’s cable investments included the trans-Atlantic COLUMBUS3, SEA-ME-WE3 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe), SAT3/WASC/SAFE (South Atlantic Telecommunications/West Africa Submarine Cable/South Africa Far East), EASSy, EIG (Europe India Gateway) and WACS (West Africa Cable System). “EASSy further increases the robustness of Telkom’s international bandwidth offerings and portfolio,” Samuels said. “Together with other undersea cables and/or land-based fibre routes, EASSy creates redundant fibre access prospects into East Africa.” “Our investments are geared by the participation of other operators and we firmly believe that investment sharing translates to better unit costs and improved customer prices,” said Samuels. Telkom cable investmentslast_img read more

Remember EBay? Traffic at Auction Site Keeps Falling

first_imgAccording to Ina Steiner from AuctionBytes, eBay experienced a major drop in traffic over the last few months. Based on data from Nielsen, Steiner concludes that eBay’s page views in May 2009 dropped 32% compared to May 2008, and compared to May 2005, page views were down by 40%. With a 7% drop from May 2008 to May 2009, the unique visitor numbers show a slightly less dramatic decline, but things are clearly not going too well for eBay right now. Identity CrisisAs Saul Hansell points out on the New York Times Bits blog, eBay is currently suffering from a major identity crisis. As we reported earlier this year, eBay’s attempt to drive users away from auctions and towards fixed-price transactions (‘Buy-it-Now’) drove a lot of users away from the service, which, after all, used to be all about auctions. As Hansell rightly points out, a lot of this is meant to make users feel more secure about shopping at eBay, but at the same time, the company has also managed to annoy its traditional base of smaller sellers by focusing more on large retailers, while confusing users about what eBay really wants to be (auctions or Amazon competitor?).Of course, it is also important to note that the current state of the economy also doesn’t do eBay any favors. Consumer spending in general is down, and a lot of the items purchased on eBay were often collectibles and other items that were not necessities. Related Posts Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinoiscenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Slow start can’t stop Bolt in debut at last worlds

first_imgJamaica’s Usain Bolt greets his fans before a men’s 100m heat during the World Athletics Championships in London Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON — It was classic Bolt. The World’s Fastest Man saved his best for last.Lumbering out of the starting blocks and closer to last than first for half the race, Usain Bolt sped away nonetheless to an easy victory in his opening 100-meter heat Friday at his final world championships.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In truth, it looked like almost all of his 100-meter runs have over the years. He is 6-foot-5, more than a head taller than anyone else on the track and, as usual, he looked like a baby giraffe trying to gain his footing as he clambered out of the start.“I just sat there small and tried to beat him at whatever point in the race I could beat him,” said Warren Fraser, the 5-foot-8 veteran from the Bahamas, who lined up to Bolt’s right and kept things even for the first 12 strides.At 50 meters, Bolt started pulling ahead. At 75, he was looking to his left, where he saw nobody. At 90, he was shutting things down to coast to the finish line.Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 10,000m final during the World Athletics Championships in London, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Bolt had some fun afterward, flashing the thumbs-up sign to the crowd and toying with the hedgehog mascot, who played with the Jamaican’s shoes — one gold, one purple — before the champion headed off for his lengthy round of interviews.Earlier in the week, he essentially guaranteed a win. Few could disagree, and when the man thought to be his best competition, Andre De Grasse of Canada, dropped out with an injury, the sentiment only grew. Among those who might challenge him include Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake, American Christian Coleman — he of the much-discussed 4.12 second 40-yard dash that he posted to social media — and Bolt’s longtime challenger, Justin Gatlin.ADVERTISEMENT His time — 10.07 seconds — didn’t matter.Neither did the fact that the evening’s best drama — and biggest cheers — belonged not to him, but to British distance runner Mo Farah, who got tripped and nearly jostled off the track twice on the last lap but still came away with his third straight world title at 10,000 meters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWhat does matter is that Bolt, as expected, made it through safely to Saturday night, where he’ll run the semifinals and, if nothing crazy happens there, will be favored to win his fourth world title at 100 meters.“The race overall was a poor start,” Bolt said. “I had to push myself a little to get back in the race. But overall, I’m glad I got to push myself, blow the cobwebs out. I’m feeling OK, but it wasn’t a great race.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Curry misses cut, still impresses golf’s best MOST READ LATEST STORIES Is he firing on all cylinders?“I didn’t get to run as smooth as I wanted, so I can’t really say,” he said. “But the fact I got back into the race real quick means I’m pretty much in decent form. Tomorrow, we’ll see how the semifinals go, and then I can really say what’s what.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Everybody wants to make that moment happen,” said Gatlin, who lost to Bolt by .01 seconds at worlds two years ago.The first medals awarded on this evening were actually for races run years ago. Before the meet began, the IAAF held ceremonies for the 2013 U.S. women’s 4×400-meter relay team and others who lost to runners — mostly from Russia — who were later found to have doped.“Awkward and bittersweet were definitely the way to describe it,” Natasha Hastings said while holding her new gold medal.But better than nothing, which is what Jenn Suhr will get.America’s top pole vaulter won the Olympic gold medal in the same stadium five years ago and was looking for an encore. She didn’t clear the bar in three attempts at 4.55 meters, and was gone before the medals round.“I don’t want to think about this,” she said. “I walked into the stadium and had tears in my eyes for good memories. I don’t want to leave disappointed.”Bolt also has great memories of London.In 2012, he completed his second of three Olympic sweeps. Before those races, he put his finger to his lips, as if to shush the doubters, many of whom saw Blake beat him twice earlier that year and thought there was a changing of the guard in store.Blake isn’t the threat he once was.And though the seven men who will line up against him Saturday night may disagree, the only person who may be able to knock off Bolt is Bolt himself.last_img read more

Sony XA3 goes quirky with no chin and huge forehead

first_imgSony has been one of the few companies over the last few years to completely avoid the display notch in its smartphones. Its premium XZ series of flagship smartphones have till date stuck to an 18:9 display aspect ratio. It isn’t difficult to predict that Sony probably did this to avoid the disproportionate aesthetics of the notch. However, of late we have seen renders of Sony’s upcoming flagship device gaining larger, or rather a taller, display. Sony seems to be following its own trend of putting taller displays on more affordable Xperia phones as well.Official renders of a Sony smartphone, discovered by WinFuture, have leaked on the Internet. The device is slated to be called the Xperia XA3 and will sport the new taller display ratio that we have previously seen for the leaked renders of the XZ4. The renders show that the front of the phone will sport a modern narrow-bezel display, but in a quirky fashion.The side bezels are extremely thin as usual. The top bezel, as seen in the renders, is extremely thick. In fact, it’s as thick as smartphones with 16:9 displays with thicker bezels from yesteryears. The fat forehead hosts the earpiece and possibly, the front camera as well as the sensors. The display is similar to the 21:9 “Cinemawide” panel rumoured to make an appearance on the XZ4 as well. Wonder what’ the benefit of such a thick forehead in a smartphone in 2019?A slim chin.The Xperia XA3 renders show an almost non-existent chin at the bottom, sitting flush with the side bezels. In fact, the chin seems to be as perfect as the one on the iPhone XS.advertisement Basically, what Sony has done is reverse the display arrangement the completely. In other Android phones, manufactures tuck in the display connectors and drivers under the bottom bezel, due to which they gain a noticeable chin. In the XA3, Sony has probably housed the display driver on top of the phone. This has resulted in a weird yet interesting solution for Sony to tackle the issue of a notch or a thick chin.Rest of the smartphone seems fairly conventional. The XA3 render shows the usual buttons, speaker and ports arrangement as seen on previous Sony Xperia devices. The rear of the phone sports a horizontally mounted dual camera module. The device will also sport NFC as standard. The renders also show a host of colour variants that Sony could offer on the Xperia XA3 when it’s launched.Do you think Sony’s implementation of avoiding a notch is more practical than the existing convention of notches or slider displays?ALSO READ | New Nokia 9 PureView renders once again reveal notch-less display, five rear camerasALSO READ | Facebook is making it easier for you to see how your contact info is used for targeting adsALSO READ | Is WhatsApp planning to leave India? No, but it is concerned about government demandslast_img read more

13 days agoMan City chief Txiki: Claudio Bravo preparing for management

first_imgMan City chief Txiki: Claudio Bravo preparing for managementby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain says Claudio Bravo could yet stay next season.Bravo is approaching the final six months of his contract with the club and the Blues have brought in a number of goalkeepers since that will be looking to push Ederson for a place in the team; Zack Steffen and Aro Muric are both on season-long loans at Fortuna Dusseldorf and Nottingham Forest respectively. “We need a little time to confirm what we are seeing,” Txiki told El Mercurio. “We must remember that he’s been injured for a year and this is not seen in one or two months. After that time, we will make a joint decision, which depends on the two parties, because this is our decision and then his, but I want to make it clear that there is nothing settled. To this day, we are delighted with him.”He added: “He’s preparing for the future. He could have gone to another club to play every game. Here he is taking all experience, collecting everything he has lived, especially in Barcelona and Manchester, to become a great manager.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

USF to Establish Internet Wi-Fi Hotspot in Sam Sharpe Square

first_imgStory Highlights The engagement is being carried out under the Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project of the USF, an agency of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology. Mr. Wilson emphasised that access to Wi-Fi is a gateway to technology, adding that “it’s a gateway to information and it’s a gateway to enhance productivity”.“So [providing] free public Wi-Fi to the residents of St. James and, in particular, Montego Bay will form a great part in enhancing the productivity of this city,” he further stated.Mr. Wilson also advised of plans to establish an additional three free public Wi-Fi hotspots in eastern and central Jamaica during the 2019/20 financial year.“So we are looking at either in Clarendon or on the eastern side [which would be] in St. Thomas or Portland,” he indicated.For his part, Mayor Davis welcomed the initiative, which, he said, will facilitate greater Internet access to persons utilising Sam Sharpe Square.A section of Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St. James, where free Internet access will be established under the Universal Service Fund’s Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project. Persons will soon be able to access free secured Internet service in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, St. James.This is expected to be in place in June when the Universal Service Fund (USF) establishes the platform facilitating the provision as part of a three-year $14-million project.The engagement is being carried out under the Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project of the USF, an agency of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology.A USF team headed by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Daniel Dawes, along with Montego Bay Mayor and St. James Municipal Corporation Chairman, Councillor Homer Davis, and the council’s Superintendent of Road and Works, Bryce Grant, toured Sam Sharpe Square Wednesday (April 10) to explore potential sites for the wireless access point’s installation.Universal Service Fund (USF) Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Dawes (left), in discussion with (from second left) USF Projects Officer, Keith Slater; Director of Projects, Kwan Wilson, and Superintendent of Road and Works at the St. James Municipal Corporation, Bryce Grant, during a visit to Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay on April 10, to explore potential locations for the installation of a wireless access point to provide Internet service under the USF’s Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project. The USF’s Director of Projects, Kwan Wilson, told JIS News that the plan has been finalised for the undertaking, which is on track to be commissioned into service within two months.He said the approximately $14 million to be spent over the next three years will cover installation costs and maintenance.“The USF, as part of its mandate, provides Internet access across Jamaica. Montego Bay has not had a public Wi-Fi. We are now branching out to all areas of Jamaica, and Montego Bay is our first stop,” the Projects Director disclosed.Universal Service Fund (USF) Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Dawes (left), greets Montego Bay Mayor and St. James Municipal Corporation Chairman, Councillor Homes Davis, at the council’s office prior to visiting Sam Sharpe Square on April 10, to explore potential locations for the installation of a wireless access point to provide Internet service under the USF’s Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project.center_img This is expected to be in place in June when the Universal Service Fund (USF) establishes the platform facilitating the provision as part of a three-year $14-million project. Persons will soon be able to access free secured Internet service in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, St. James. “This is the age of technology and we have to bring technology very close to the people, [and] this is one way. So with Wi-Fi soon to be available in Sam Sharpe Square, it means a great deal to the people of this city. It is very timely, and I am anxiously awaiting the completion of this project,” he told JIS news.Six public Wi-Fi hotspots have already been established in high-traffic areas in Kingston and St Andrew, Manchester, and St Elizabeth.last_img read more

Ohio State womens lacrosse set to open Big Ten play against rival

Senior defender Taylor Donahue (left) streaks up the field during a game against Niagra on March 1 in Columbus. OSU won, 15-2.Credit: Leah Alexander / Lantern photographerAfter women’s rowing was added to the Big Ten in 1999, it took 14 years for another women’s sport to officially join the conference. That changed in June 2013 as the Big Ten announced that women’s lacrosse would be joining the conference as the 28th official sport.Almost two years later, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Northwestern and Ohio State are set to open the first Big Ten women’s lacrosse season this weekend.After playing in the American Lacrosse Conference throughout her career, OSU senior attackman Jackie Cifarelli said she is honored to be playing in the Big Ten.“It’s awesome. Being a Buckeye, just knowing you’re in the Big Ten, going against some of the best schools in the country, it’s exciting,” Cifarelli said. “Having the Big Ten logo on our jerseys now, it’s an honor.”Fittingly, the No. 14 Buckeyes (8-2, 0-0) are set to take on Big Ten rival, the Michigan Wolverines (5-4, 0-0), in their first game competing in the conference. Last year, the Buckeyes played the Wolverines for the first time in the program’s history and won, 18-3. But despite that blowout victory, coach Alexis Venechanos said she won’t overlook Michigan this year.“They are a more improved team and they play a physical brand of lacrosse, so we are excited to match that and use that to our advantage,” Venechanos said. “I think you just kind of throw away the records and throw away all the numbers when you play such a rivalry game.”The Buckeyes had high expectations entering the season after appearing in the NCAA tournament last year for first time since 2003. OSU started its 2015 season 8-2, but suffered losses to No. 15 Stanford and No. 19 Notre Dame. OSU has yet to showcase its true potential, Venechanos said. “We talked about playing a fearless brand of lacrosse. We haven’t played our best lacrosse yet, but we’ve had a great week of practice. And if we just continue to be aggressive and be fearless, we can be successful,” she said. The Buckeyes have the some key individual pieces in place, but Cifarelli said success comes from the whole team working together to play the full game. “Our team is so dynamic, so just being able to play the full 60 minutes, just finishing every game and finishing every goal,” Cifarelli said. “We are so fast, our midfielders are always working so hard down the field, but I think now just practicing and knowing when to slow it down, we can limit our turnovers and win the games.”Venechanos said the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten game presents an opportunity to improve after losing to Notre Dame on Saturday.“Every time we step on to the field we want to be better. We are excited to always leave a mark. Our program has continued to get better and we are excited for these opportunities,” she said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Wolverines on Friday at 5 p.m. and Hofstra on Sunday at noon. read more

Frank Lampard I cant wait to take on Mourinho

first_imgFrank Lampard is relishing the prospect of going head-to-head with his former coach Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford on Tuesday night Carabao Cup game between Derby County and Manchester UnitedLampard, who was appointed in his first managerial role at Derby this summer, will take his side out to Manchester to face off against the struggling United.The Red Devils dropped more points in the Premier League last weekend following a 1-1 home draw against Wolves.But Lampard is taking nothing for granted against the man who has had a huge influence on his career.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I remember being 25 when he walked into the building at Chelsea and it gave an up-lift to my career. Football has these crazy pathways,” he said in a pre-match press conference.“You will find Jose Mourinho players being managers all over the place because he has been so successful in his career.”“They’re expected to win, quite rightly so with the squad they’ve amassed there,” he said. “It’s a challenge for us and we want to go there and do as well as we can.”Lampard played under Mourinho at Chelsea in two separate spells and together they won back-to-back Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Marcelino unsatisfied with Valencias 21 win

first_imgValencia boss Marcelino Garcia Toral was left to rue his side’s lack of clinical edge in front of goal after narrowly beating bottom side SD Huesca 2-1On the back of drawing for the 10th time in only 16 games at SD Eibar last weekend, Valencia got off to a bright start at the Mestalla against Huesca.Captain Dani Parejo put Los Che in front, after some great play with Denis Cheryshev and Rodrigo Moreno, before Santi Mina was denied adding a second by Huesca keeper Roberto Santamaría.After Carlos Soler was denied by Santamaría in the second-half, Huesca were awarded a penalty after Cucho Hernandez was pulled in the area.The Colombian forward then stepped up to slot the penalty-kick home to even the scoreline at 1-1.However, a stoppage-time winner from Italian defender Cristiano Piccini secured Valencia a fourth win in La Liga this season.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“It’s a result that doesn’t give us much; we’ve drawn ten games in which we deserved much better results,” Marcelino told the club website.“In Eibar, we deserved to win. This result compensates for one of the many draws that we’ve had.“We hope that this win helps boost our belief in ourselves. We’re a competitive team who have played as equals against big sides.“However, we have had -and still have- a serious problem, which is our lack of goals.“We have to work on this. I’m optimistic and I think that this situation is going to be turned around.”Valencia have now broken into the top-10 of La Liga and will next take on Deportivo Alaves on January 5.last_img read more