Photo library: Countryside 18

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Free State province: Sunflower fields in the Western Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: Hay bales in the green farmland of the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: Hay bales in the green farmland of the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: Water pump on a sheep farm in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: Water pump on a sheep farm in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: A reservoir filled by a wind pump on a sheep farm in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: A reservoir filled by a wind pump on a sheep farm in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: A sheep farm in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: A sheep farm in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image COUNTRYSIDE 18: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

South Africa leads African data storing project

first_imgRay Maota Data sharing allows countries to better anticipate natural disasters such as earthquakes. (Image: National Geographic) Chinese minister of science and technology Xu Guanhua, says China will establish 40 data centres by the end of 2010. (Image: Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Tim O’Connor South African Environmental Observation Network +27 33 343 3491 RELATED ARTICLES • Blast-off for space weather centre • Research centre for African oceans • South African model for African maths centres • New centre to foster science careersSouth Africa is at the forefront of an endeavour to beef up the African continent’s data collecting and storing capabilities. This was announced at the annual conference of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (Codata) in Cape Town towards the end of 2010.At the conference delegates were treated to a preview of the prototype of the World Data Centre on Biodiversity and Human Health in Africa, set to be opened in 2011 in South Africa.The importance of the centreThe centre will focus on topics such as geomagnetism (the earth’s magnetism), astronomy, and solar activity. It will allow researchers to understand how environmental trends relate to one another, such as climate change and malaria for example, by compiling data on such topics.Scientific data on Africa is currently dispersed mainly in countries off the continent, but the new centre aims to bring all this data together into a single resource that will be accessible online.Because data collection and management is still under-developed on the continent, policies to protect information have not yet been conceived and implemented.Daisy Selematsela, executive director of the Knowledge Management and Evaluation Directorate at the National Research Foundation in Pretoria, said that the lack of such policies has resulted in a fear of how the data will be used.“This is one of the things we need to look into,” she said. “There is a tendency to control access to data, perhaps because of concerns over its mis-interpretation or because data is power.”The centre will be on par with over 50 other data centres around the world, most of which are located in East Asia, Europe and the US.Data expert Wim Hugo of the South African Environmental Observation Network is confident that the centre will help researchers identify gaps in existing data, and give them historical data to compare to new findings. Hugo is an advocate of the new centre.With South Africa spearheading this initiative, there has already been collaboration between SA and Nasa in the US. The space agency sent more than 30 terabytes of free earth science satellite data to local researchers for them to use in environmental applications, and to support sustainable development.However, Unesco’s head of science policy Lidia Brito, speaking at the conference, cautioned that Africa’s challenge lies in being able to manage and interpret these increasing amounts of data.“We need to have the eyes to look beyond the data,” added Brito.The centre’s operations will initially depend on data sets currently hosted in South Africa and the US, while African organisations will be encouraged to contribute their own data as it becomes available.The Committee on Data for Science and Technology Part of the International Council for Science, Codata was established in 1966 in an effort to improve the accessibility of scientifically important data, as well as its quality, reliability and management.This resource provides scientists and engineers with access to international data activities, keeps them abreast of new international knowledge, and allows for direct cooperation.A major driving force in the establishment of Codata was the fact that the efficient management of scientific data was beyond the scope of a few dedicated individuals.Data sharing in the worldChina will provide over 80% of its data relating to research into pure science such as theoretical mathematics, physics and chemistry, making the knowledge freely available on the internet.Chinese minister of science and technology Xu Guanhua, said that to achieve this goal, China will establish 40 data centres by the end of 2010.”They will cover 300 databases relating to the environment, agriculture, human health, pure science, engineering and regional scientific and technology information,” he said.“All of them will be openly accessed through a public portal initiated by the Ministry of Science and Technology in China,” Xu added.Preventing disasters through data sharingA UN and World Bank report released in November 2010 has revealed that humanitarian disasters caused by natural forces such as earthquakes and floods could in some cases be averted through global collection and sharing of hazard data.This would help to build up an international picture of risks to help make more sophisticated predictions on a local level, it reported.“Few countries collect data on hazards. Data on where past hazards have struck, frequency, intensity, and even data that is collected is not made accessible,” said Apurva Sanghi, a senior economist at the World Bank.“A lack of basic information means donor agencies that want to lessen the impact of, say, drought can’t make optimal decisions,” he said.last_img read more

Children’s Parliament salute to Madiba

first_img14 July 2011Nelson Mandela will receive a gift of a different kind for his 93rd birthday, with the inaugural Annual Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament to be hosted at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on Friday, ahead of the great man’s birthday on Monday, 18 July.Children have always occupied a special place in Mandela’s heart. Within his first year as President of South Africa, Mandela had launched the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) as a sign of his commitment to the well-being of children.Children will return the honour of his pledge to their cause by staging a National Children’s Parliament as a way of saluting him for placing them high on South Africa’s national development agenda.Ranked as the key strategic activity in the building of a national child rights movement, the Children’s Parliament is initiated through a partnership between the Department for Women, Children and People with Disabilities and the NMCF.Welcoming the inaugural Children’s Parliament, Minister Lulu Xingwana said her department believed children should not only be seen but also heard.“Nothing better represents an opportunity to give credence to this collective view than convening a National Children’s Parliament where leaders from various spheres of government can affirm children’s voices with their valued presence.“Holding all of us in authority accountable represents both the spirit and letter that our founding democratic President Nelson Mandela had set in motion on April 27, 1994,” said Xingwana.Holding those in authority accountableThe Children’s Parliament will be held under the theme, “Holding those in authority accountable.” Deliberations will focus on three supportive sub-themes which are health, education and safety and security.Elaborating on the theme, NMCF Acting CEO Moipone Buda-Ramatlo said: “By authority we mean the exercise of responsibility, duty and obligation to act in the best interest of the child to ensure their safety, wellbeing and development at all times.“Families, communities, civil society and all spheres government dare not take leave from the wellbeing of children because in them lies the foundation of the future society envisioned in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.”For the first time, government officials will be making a conscious effort to be part of a National Children’s Parliament session hosted under the navigation of Speaker of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Lindiwe Maseko.Maseko said the Gauteng Legislature had had its share of civil society voices heard within its corridors, but looked forward to the element of difference that the Children’s Parliament would be bringing.“The future we are battling to create can only be better by trying different but well-meaning approaches to the kind of a future we would like our children to inherit,” Maseko said.Children parliamentarians will receive a salutary message from former President Mandela during the seating of the Children’s Parliament on Friday.Represented at the Children’s Parliament will be five children from each of the country’s nine provinces.The inaugural Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament is scheduled to start at 10am.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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CLT20 2014: Top cricketers choose IPL giants over domestic teams

first_imgChampions League T20 tournament is scheduled to be played in India from September 13 to October 4All the players named by more than two teams for the Champions League Twenty20, including South African legend Jacques Kallis and West Indian dasher Kieron Pollard, have opted for their IPL franchises instead of their domestic teams.”Eight players scheduled to take part in the competition were in high demand after being named in more than one squad, after their respective Twenty20 clubs from around the world qualified for the tournament,” CLT20 organisers said in a statement.The tournament is scheduled to be played in India from September 13 to October 4.Explaining the process for deciding which teams these players would represent, CLT20 Governing Council member and Director of Legal and Business Affairs, Dean Kino, said like previous seasons, the IPL franchises will have to financially compensate the teams that the players have left.”Like previous seasons, players who have been named by more than one team have been asked to nominate which side they are going to represent. Players are free to make any decision they wish. Teams are then allowed to replace any player that has withdrawn from their squad and elected to play for another side,” he said.”CLT20 regulations state that when a player elects to play for their ‘away’ team, that team must pay the ‘home’ team $150,000 compensation per player. A ‘home’ team is classified as a team from the country a player is eligible to represent in international cricket,” he added.advertisementTherefore, New Zealand’s rising star Corey Anderson will play for Mumbai Indians, while Australia’s George Bailey will turn up for Kings XI Punjab. Kallis has opted for Kolkata Knight Riders instead of Cape Cobras, while Pollard and Lasith Malinga have gone with Mumbai Indians.The tournament will follow a format similar to the three previous editions, with a Group Stage preceded by a Qualifier. A total of 29 matches will be played in the competition. The Group Stage will be played from September 17 to October 4. 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