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Social media analysis report on RSA protest actions

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-27 - 12:54 By: danie

Following the recent cabinet reshuffle and subsequent downgrade of South Africa's economic rating, there has been a surge in the number of public tweets and posts on related topics. Praesignis, in partnership with Insights Radar, conducted an advanced social media analysis on the protest actions in South Africa.

No real surprises actually but it is good top see South Africans able to communicate with each other online. It also helps keep politicians in tune with what their electorates are thinking and saying.

See http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=161329:Social-media-analysis-report-on-RSA-protest-actions&catid=160
Social media analysis report on RSA protest actions | ITWeb

Social media analysis report on RSA protest actions | ITWeb

Plain cigarette packaging could drive 300,000 Britons to quit smoking

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-27 - 12:40 By: danie
glynmoody@joindiaspora.com 2017-04-27 07:16:30:

Plain cigarette packaging could drive 300,000 Britons to quit smoking - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/apr/27/plain-cigarette-packaging-could-drive-300000-britons-to-quit-smoking let's hope so, & that others follow suit
Plain cigarette packaging could drive 300,000 Britons to quit smoking

Review by research organisation Cochrane suggests impact of UK’s ban on branded packs could echo results seen in Australia

A Dark Year for Press Freedom

Posted on: Wed, 2017-04-26 - 23:33 By: danie

Violations of press freedom are less and less the exclusive prerogative of authoritarian regimes and dictatorships, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The France-based NGO has today released its 2017 World Press Freedom Index, detailing that in democracies media freedom is proving to be increasingly fragile. “In sickening statements, draconian laws, conflicts of interest, and even the use of physical violence, democratic governments are trampling on a freedom that should, in principle, be one of their leading performance indicators,” the organization says.

See https://international.thenewslens.com/article/66930
A Dark Year for Press Freedom - The News Lens International Edition

The underlying story in Asia is that most countries in the region are in a 'difficult situation' or a 'very serious situation,' according to the world's press freedom watchdog.

Experts: Popular Belief That Saturated Fats Clog Up Arteries “Plain Wrong”

Posted on: Wed, 2017-04-26 - 23:00 By: danie

The poplar belief that saturated fats clog up arteries is just plain wrong. That’s the message from three cardiologists in a just published editorial, summarizing the fairly convincing evidence:

"BJSM: Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions"

Instead of worrying about saturated fats or cholesterol, the cardiologists advise people to eat “real food” (like a higher-fat Mediterranean diet), stop smoking and consider stress reduction and regular physical activity.

See https://www.dietdoctor.com/experts-popular-belief-saturated-fats-clog-arteries-plain-wrong

#fat #heart
Experts: Popular Belief That Saturated Fats Clog Up Arteries “Plain Wrong” - Diet Doctor

The poplar belief that saturated fats clog up arteries is just plain wrong. That’s the message from three cardiologists in a just published editorial, summarizing the fairly convincing evidence: BJSM: Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy...

Here’s hoping this Google Pixel low-light photography experiment gets real

Posted on: Wed, 2017-04-26 - 22:48 By: danie

Google’s Pixel already boasts a formidable camera, among the best in smartphone photography. A Google Daydream engineer Florian Kainz revealed how much more incredible it could be specifically in the area of night photography, when he set himself the task of reproducing DLSR-style nighttime picture quality using both a Pixel and a Nexus 6P.

So why isn’t this ready to go for general consumer use? Well, because if you’re not already deeply in love with painstaking desktop image processing, it’s going to be well beyond the average user’s patience or skill level. But Kainz expresses hope at the end of the Research blog post that software “should be able to process the images internally” on a phone, once developed, and that the only ingredient required thereafter from a user’s perspective would be setting up their smartphone on a tripod – a relatively low bar these days, even for casual mobile photographers.

See https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/26/heres-hoping-this-google-pixel-low-light-photography-experiment-gets-real/

#photography #night #camera
Here’s hoping this Google Pixel low-light photography experiment gets real | TechCrunch

Here’s hoping this Google Pixel low-light photography experiment gets real | TechCrunch

Today’s Energy

Posted on: Wed, 2017-04-26 - 22:33 By: danie

#Jobs Are in Solar, Not #Coal

President Trump has promised to revive the coal industry and double down on fossil fuels, creating “so many energy jobs,” but he has not focused on the increasingly important role of renewable power in America’s energy economy.

Last year, the solar industry employed many more Americans than coal, while wind power topped 100,000 jobs.

See https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/04/25/climate/todays-energy-jobs-are-in-solar-not-coal.html
Today’s Energy Jobs Are in Solar, Not Coal

Today’s energy jobs are in solar and, increasingly, wind power, rather than coal. But jobs are unevenly distributed across the country.

How to Unblock Restrictions of the Great #Firewall in #China

Posted on: Wed, 2017-04-26 - 21:54 By: danie

From the article: "The problem for users in China is finding a VPN that works in China, and then identifying which of those they can get is best. To help you with your choice, I have conducted an extensive review of all the main VPNs to see which offer the best service for people in China. To do this, I have spent time living in China and road-tested dozens of VPNs while I was there."

See http://www.addictivetips.com/vpn/best-vpn-china/
Best VPNs for China in 2017 [Tested and Reviewed]

Our research has identified the best VPNs for China that will allow you to bypass the Great Firewall in 2017 and stay anonymous

VID_20170419_132211.mp4

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-20 - 13:04 By: danie

CocoaFair - Chocolate factory at Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town Short video clip of chocolate being made. This is one of a few chocolate manufacturers in Cape Town, but this one does have its manufacturing still in full view of the public. http://bit.ly/2opVAUf

California Moves to Turn Freeway Traffic Into Electricity

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-20 - 12:04 By: danie

California Moves to Turn Freeway Traffic Into Electricity California legislators are looking to put the state’s notorious car traffic to good use. State officials recently approved a plan to generate electricity from vibrations produced by cars driving down freeways, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The California Energy Commission recently voted to put $2.3 million into two piezoelectricity projects, which convert pressure into power. One pilot will test a 200-foot-long piece of asphalt on UC-Merced’s campus, while the other experiment will be built by the San Jose green technology company Pyro-E. The company's technology is expected to generate enough power to supply 5000 homes using less than a half-mile of piezoelectric highway. See http://ift.tt/2o1UBgF

Joburg buses get trackers

Posted on: Thu, 2016-10-13 - 06:36 By: danie

Joburg buses will soon inform commuters when the next bus will arrive

Trackers have been installed in all Rea Vaya and Metrobus vehicles as part of the second phase of the City of Joburg's plan to improve public transport through an app, called VayaMoja.

This forms part of the app's second phase roll-out. VayaMoja was launched in July and currently gives users access to information on all Rea Vaya and Metrobus routes, bus frequencies and stops, as well as fare information.

"Currently, users can see bus routes and stops, but they don't have a sense for when the next bus is coming. Once this phase of the project is live, users will be able to make better decisions when navigating the complex Johannesburg transport system, as they'll be able to track bus movements and get timing estimates directly on the app," Heckrath explains.

Heckrath says the team hopes to reach full functionality of the app for all users by the beginning of next year.

See http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=156648

Johannesburg's VayaMoja bus route app will soon show exactly when the next bus is expected to arrive, based on a tracker fitted to the vehicle. Track..

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