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Regional South Australia revoked as a hotspot

first_imgRegional South Australia revoked as a hotspot Department of the Chief Minister and CabinetThe NT Chief Health Officer has confirmed that Regional South Australia will be revoked as a hot spot from midday today. This means that people arriving in the Northern Territory from Regional South Australia will no longer have to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine. Anyone currently in mandatory quarantine from Regional South Australia will be able to exit.Greater Adelaide remains as a declared hotspot for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory. Greater Adelaide Local Government Areas still declared as hot spots are listed atwww.coronavirus.nt.gov.auIf you have been in Greater Adelaide, apart from the airport, at any point in the past 14 days, you are not permitted free access to the Northern Territory. If you arrived in the Northern Territory from Greater Adelaide in the 14 days prior to it being declared a hotspot you are still required to contact the COVID-19 Hotline 1800 008 002 and identify yourself as a person who has been in an area that has been declared a hotspot since you arrived in the NT. You should also practice high levels of personal hygiene and physical distancing.The Chief Health Officer has been monitoring the situation in South Australia closely, taking into account the monitoring and data collection of COVID-19, extent of community transmission and risks to the NT community.Multiple meetings have also been held with all of the Chief Health Officers from across Australia including through the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) to better understand the cluster of cases in South Australia and to discuss the extensive public health response that has been undertaken to contact trace and contain the outbreak.The risk of COVID-19 in our communities cannot be eliminated which is why it is important for everyone to follow all health directions.· If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not travel. Make sure you get tested and stay at home.· Maintain a physical distance of 1.5m at all times.· Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly.· If you have symptoms, stay away from others and book a COVID-19 test on 1800 008 002 /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Adelaide, airport, AusPol, Australia, Australian, community, coronavirus, covid-19, Government, health, Local Government, Northern Territory, Outbreak, public health, South Australia, travel, Waterlast_img read more

Turning junk into treasure

first_imgEl Anatsui’s 2011 piece Stressed World was commissioned for an exhibition titled When I Last Wrote to You About Africa.(Image: Konnect Africa) Calixte Dakpogan specialises in creating figures and masks from plastic, iron, glass, copper, wood, and whatever else he can find. This 2002 piece is named La mort debout – Resuscitated.(Image: CAAC Art) La Bouche du Roi, by Romuald Hazoumé, is laid out to resemble a now-famous print of the British slave ship Brookes.(Image: Art Focus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Think Africa PressRELATED ARTICLES• Waste gives Such artistic inspiration• Recycled cricket gear creates jobs• Itlhabolole: beauty from waste• ConCourt art tells SA’s story• Recycled corks, safer communitiesSource: Craig Halliday via Think Africa PressAfrican artists have been recycling and re-using materials for hundreds of years. In Benin, a vast number of imported copper pans were recycled to cast various objects such as the Benin bronzes, while in Ghana the unravelling of imported foreign silks were used to increase the availability of thread colours for Kente cloth.Artists have long interrogated the significance of using different materials in art and for many the material chosen holds a crucial conceptual importance.Understanding this symbolic significance of a material requires an understanding of the context and environment in which the artist is working.Transformation through re-use, not recyclingOne artist with a love of raw materials is Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui. His work includes the re-use of woods and metals, which he gathers himself and transforms into sculptures.Working with whatever his environment throws up, Anatsui frequently makes use of discarded liquor tops. The liquor tops are cut up, flattened, arranged in a sequence and joined together with copper wire to create large cloth-like sculptures. The once rigid metals become flowing rhythmic representations of Ghanaian cloth, which portray particular Ghanaian symbols and representational values.There are good reasons for Anatsui’s choice of used liquor tops. The bottle tops’ malleability allows the artist to puncture holes through them, a quality unobtainable with discarded soda bottle tops.Furthermore, they refer to the historic ties of the alcohol trade between West Africa, Europe and America; to the pleasure of drinking or “building the stomach”, a common cultural turn of phrase; and they reflect the consumptive nature of society as a whole.El Anatsui does not recycle these bottle tops, but transforms them. And the connotations they carry become a part of the work itself – a commentary on his society, cultural history and environment.Material choice representing heritageCalixte Dakpogan of Benin is another artist who uses discarded materials. Dakpogan’s skilful manipulation of materials goes back to the time of an ancestor, who was a blacksmith at the 19th-century royal court of King Toffa, and the tradition has been passed down from father to son ever since.Dakpogan benefits from a seemingly inexhaustible abundance of car wrecks in his home town of Porto Novo, and other abandoned bits and pieces to make sculptural figures and masks.This allows him a great deal of symbolism on which to draw. The automobile is often seen as a symbol of power under the protection of Ogun – the Yoruba god of metal work – and Dakpogan’s sculptures also relate to the Fon statues from the early 19th century.Through his choice to use and transform these materials into relatable sculptural forms, Dakpogan’s artworks intentionally play with associations to his heritage and culture.In working with recovered materials, Dakpogan bestows a level of energy upon his sculptures which would be unobtainable if the artist used new materials. Whilst it is clear that the materials’ easy availability plays a role in their use, there is no doubt that Dakpogan’s choice of materials is based on aesthetics and artistic vision rather than necessity.Objects as metaphorsRomuald Hazoumé in Benin takes a slightly different approach in his used of discarded objects. He does not transform his objects per se, but re-uses them. An object used repetitively in his work is the petrol can, which implicitly draws reference to the black market petrol trade and its deeper social significance.With cheaper petrol prices in neighbouring Nigeria – until recently – the black market saw petrol flow easily, if illegally, across the border. The cans carried by black market transporters are worked to breaking point then discarded, something in which Hazoumé sees similarities with enslavement.He says, “Many people live in the same kind of conditions, bound to work their whole lives for rich bosses who use them without regard for their humanity, and who then throw them away, like refuse”.Hazoumé’s representation of slavery is most notable in the multimedia installation La Bouche du Roi (the mouth of the king) in which he uses dozens of petrol containers laid out to resemble an 18th century print of the British slave ship Brookes – this now notorious image was used by campaigners, led by William Wilberforce, against the transatlantic slave trade.The individual containers represent the people of Africa who were crammed together in the slave trade. The piece refers to the exportation of oil to the West with little in return, juxtaposing the historical image with that of the implement used to transport petrol. The used petrol cans act as a metaphor for slavery past and present.El Anatsui, Calixte Dakpogan and Romuald Hazoumé are just three examples of African artists with the ingenuity, creativity and contemplation to turn what others discard or see as junk into works of art. And, in doing so, creating dialogue about social, historical, and political realities.A material or use of material simply does not hold one value, connotation or significance; instead, any material holds a different value and characteristic depending on the context in which it is used. This is nowhere clearer than in African artists’ re-use of everyday bits and pieces.last_img read more

Digg Getting More Social

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… josh catone 1 Sometime today, according to BusinessWeek, social news site Digg will launch a slew of new social networking features that will put the site in closer competition with services like Facebook and MySpace. The features will enable easier communication between diggers and allow them to form groups based around their interests. “This is really the first time that we have enabled communications between users,” Digg founder Kevin Rose told BusinessWeek.The reason for the change, implies BusinessWeek’s Catherine Holahan, is that as Digg has expanded its reach beyond technology focused stories, its early users have complained that the main page has become diluted with news in topics that don’t matter to them. The new features will allow users to form connections and share stories with people that have common interests.“Instead of submitting stories for review by the larger Digg community, users will be able to send — ‘shout’ in Digg terms — story links along with messages to particular Digg friends. Friends, or small groups of friends, also will be able to chat or discuss stories on their personal pages with posts to a message board, a feature akin to the ‘wall’ on Facebook.” — Catherine Holahan, BusinessWeekImage from BusinessWeek.Digg’s new profile pages will include expanded information about users. Users will be able to shares multiple photos — rather than just one small thumbnail avatar — lists of interests, expanded bio info, and links to blogs and social networking profiles. Like Facebook, users will have finely tuned privacy controls that will let them dictate who can see the information they share on their profiles.As BusinessWeek notes, the new social features could be a boon for Microsoft, who signed a multi-year ad deal with Digg earlier this year. Users sharing more personal information means better targeting of ads and potentially higher ad rates. Digg hopes that the new features will also attract more registered users — currently only 15-20% of the site’s 20 million monthly unique users are registered.Digg has a history of eliciting very passionate responses from its users when making changes to the site or enforcing rules. It will be interesting to see how users react to this latest round of changes to the site. To their credit, Digg has always realized that their site relies upon the happiness of its users and has a reputation of being responsive to their requests. To that end, BusinessWeek is also reporting that Digg plans to debut a long awaited Images section next month. Related Posts center_img Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Twitter Preps Developers for New Status ID Rollout

first_imgRelated Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img Tags:#hack#tips audrey watters Twitter announced plans to roll out a new Status ID generator, Snowflake back in June, and a message to third-party developers yesterday explains the some of the problems and some of the “next steps” on the path to Snowflake’s implementation.The need for Snowflake comes as part of Twitter’s move from MySQL to Cassandra, as the latter has no built-in way of generating unique IDs. These Tweet IDs are unique 64bit unsigned integers. Currently IDs are assigned sequentially, based on time. The full ID is composed of a timestamp, a worker number, and a sequence number.Snowflake Problems and SolutionsSnowflake’s new IDs could be big and Javascript doesn’t really “do” big numbers (or at least, it doesn’t support numbers greater than 53 bits), something that could conceivably break your app.In order to allow these IDs to be read, Twitter has provided a string version of any ID when responding in the JSON format. This means that Status, User, Direct Message, and Saved Search IDs in the main Twitter API, the Streaming API and the Search API will be returned as an integer and a string in JSON responses.Twitter has pushed the timeline back for the the Snowflake launch (string versions of ID numbers will start appearing in API responses on Friday). But in the meantime, here are the steps Twitter advises developers take “RIGHT NOW”You need to decode the JSON snippet given in the announcement, observe the output then:If your code converts the ID successfully without losing accuracy you are OK but should consider converting to the _str versions of IDs as soon as possible.If your code has lost accuracy, convert your code to using the _str version immediately. If you do not do this your code will be unable to interact with the Twitter API reliably.In some language parsers, the JSON may throw an exception when reading the ID value. If this happens in your parser you will need to ‘pre-parse’ the data, removing or replacing ID parameters with their _str versions.November 26 is now the target date for Status IDs that will exceed 53bits.last_img read more

Report: 7% of U.S. Web Traffic From Handheld Devices

first_imgAccording to new data from comScore, 6.8% of Web traffic in the U.S. comes from “non-computer” devices such as smartphones and tablets. This is an increase from 6.2% in the previous quarter.Phones account for the majority of non-computer traffic. Mobile devices drive 4.4% of total digital traffic, tablets contribute 1.9%, and other non-computer devices send 0.5% of traffic. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … jon mitchell Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#Trends#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The comScore data come from a recent report entitled Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices are Changing U.S. Digital Media Consumption Habits. The white paper is available for free (with registration) from comScore’s website.We reported earlier this year that worldwide mobile data traffic is expected to increase 26-fold to 75 exabytes per year (!) by 2015. That’s 19 billion DVDs, just to give you a sense. To put it another way, that’s 75 times the size of the entire Internet in the year 2000. The mobile revolution is underway, and it behooves those who make Web content to get onboard.How do you split up your Web use between desktop/laptop, mobile and tablets? Tell us in the comments. Related Posts last_img read more

Happy Project Management Week!

first_imgNovember 4 is the 7th annual International Project Management Day and in Arizona, Governor Brewer has proclaimed November 1- 7, 2010 as Arizona Project Management Week.  IPM was established as a way of recognizing the extraordinary efforts made by project management professionals – across a variety of industries and locations. In Arizona, Project Management Week is November 1-7 as proclaimed by the Governor. The proclamation acknowledges the efforts of the PMI Phoenix and Tucson chapters, and the contributions project managers have made across the state of Arizona in the world of government, business, and community service. The proclamation states that “project managers in Arizona have made a significant contribution to our quality of life, enhanced the quality of services within our communities, provided leadership during times of crisis, and helped support economic growth; and these dedicated professionals and their teams exemplify the importance of leadership, cooperation, innovation, initiation, and perseverance.” “Governor Brewer’s proclamation is a timely reminder that as the national economy starts to turn a corner, project managers are playing an important role in successfully leading new projects. …JGHlast_img read more

Win should spur officials to end feud

first_imgThe Indian men’s hockey team booking the 2012 Olympic ticket to London is indeed an occasion to cherish and celebrate. After all, they have qualified for the Games after eight years, during which a lot of unsavoury incidents have taken place in Indian hockey and the standard of the game, barring a few sparks like the one witnessed in Delhi on Sunday night, has been consistently going downhill.But the victory is a golden opportunity for officials of the two warring factions – the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and Hockey India (HI) – to put a yummy icing on the cake of Olympic qualification by making a symbolic bonfire of their inflated egos and coming together in the interests of the nation.IHF and HI officials have shaken hands in past, but only to go back on their word, with all that is left of their rapprochement being photos of the bosses of the rival bodies clutching each other in a tight embrace. Sadly, the warmth shown was fake and meant only for the cameras; the intent was missing.Now, with the International Hockey Federation (FIH)- supervised talks between the IHF and HI failing again, the mandarins of the two bodies should be wary of the punitive action that the FIH or the Court of Arbitration for Sport – the highest Lausanne-based global body that settles disputes – might take against them.Although the FIH bosses have said that they would soon be back in Delhi to try and bring the warring factions to the table once again, Sunday’s win is an opportunity for both the IHF and HI to surprise the world body by sinking their differences before its officials return. This would be the fittest tribute to pay to the sportsmen who did the country proud against France on Sunday night.advertisementHere’s a suggestion for the warring officials: they can take their elephantine egos to the India Gate lawns, aptly situated opposite the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium and make a symbolic ‘bonfire’ in full public view. Such a public display would ensure that they don’t go back on their word, as in the past.The amount of goodwill that the HI has earned by ensuring an almost glitch-free qualifying tournament would count for nothing if there’s more than one apex governing body and players are not mentally relaxed to give their best on the field.We have seen in the past how players feel uneasy while playing for one or the other national championships, unsure of how the rival body would react to their aligning with the other side.It’s time to remove such misgivings from players’ minds. Unlike administrators, their career is short; there’s also not much money to be earned in hockey; Perhaps most importantly, players often find themselves at the mercy of officials who generally have no playing experience, leave alone having been a part of the national team.Money is vital for players too and they should not be singled out if they want to earn through the game. We have seen many a sporting great of this country live and die in penury, going as far as having to sell their cherished medals or trophies to make two ends meet and sustain their families. So, let’s not be cavalier about the economic needs of the hockey players.If players feel they can earn good money by playing in the supposedly unauthorised World Series Hockey (WSH), starting on Wednesday, they can’t really be faulted. WSH is offering good money in a short time span and when the players are not engaged with the national team or with preparatory camps, there’s no harm in their taking part in such a tournament.Don’t Indian cricketers go to England in summer to play in the county championships? If cricketers can be allowed to supplement their income in this manner, why have a different yardstick for poor hockey players?===Why is Srikkanth keeping mum?Srikkanth (right): He must come clean on the issue.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s sudden initiative to begin preparations for the World Cup in 2015 came as a shocker. In no sport in India, leave alone cricket, do preparations start three years before an event. So, it was surprising to see Dhoni, who has hinted that he may not play the 2015 World Cup to be held in Australia-New Zealand, suddenly wake up and enforce a rotation policy as part of his blue print to retain the World Cup.It was all the more surprising because he had often said at press conferences that a rotation policy can’t be implemented for the Indian team. So what was the real reason for initiating the policy that led to a huge controversy? Well, several interpretations have been put forward but given the stout silence on BCCI’s part only Dhoni seems to know the answer.advertisementChairman of selectors K Srikkanth, who loves to talk non-stop, has also been quiet for a change. He owes an explanation to cricket fans on what led to the public spat between Dhoni and his vice-captain Sehwag. In the absence of a convincing explanation from the authorities, speculation is bound to continue and the media can hardly be blamed for this.===Aspirant coaches left in the lurchCoaches continue to get the rough end of the stick. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has not recruited coaches since 1992. So, when 100 posts were advertised for recently, it came as welcome news. But the 1,150-odd National Institute of Sports degree holders who applied were in for a shock.Last week, many of them turned up in Delhi to appear for interviews, spending their own money on travel and food. What they got instead was a terse message from officials. “The interviews for appointment of Grade-III coaches in SAI, scheduled to be held on February 21 and 22 at Delhi, February 23 and 24 at Bhopal and March 5 and 6 at Patiala have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances,” they were told. “Next course of action will be intimated in due course of time.”The official reason given was interesting. SAI secretary Gopal Krishna said it was felt that the selection procedure should be made more comprehensive. “It has been decided that we will also conduct a written test besides the interview,” Krishna told Mail Today. However, he couldn’t explain why the mandarins got the bright idea only after the aspirants had landed in Delhi. Sources say the postponement order came from the sports ministry.===Modi goes after JoshiFormer IPL chairman Lalit Modi.Due to India’s abysmal performance in Australia, recent developments within the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) got overlooked. Representing the next stage of the constant churning that goes on in RCA, its suspended secretary Sanjay Dixit and former IPL chairman Lalit Modi, also a former RCA president, have joined hands to fight the RCA faction headed by association president CP Joshi.One of the latest charges against Joshi, also a Union minister, is that he wants to shift the RCA office from Jaipur to Udaipur. “He says that he wants to correct a historic wrong by taking the RCA office to Udaipur,” said an insider.last_img read more

Pakistan romp to 248-run win against New Zealand in 1st Test

first_imgMisbah, Younis and Shehzad were all amongst run in Pakistan’s 1st Test winMisbah-ul-Haq became Pakistan’s most successful test captain with a thumping 248-run victory in the first test against New Zealand which ended Thursday.The victory lifted Misbah one ahead of former skippers Imran Khan and Javed Miandad’s joint Pakistan record of 14 test victories with a 1-0 lead in the three-match series against the Black Caps.”It’s a great feeling, especially being part of the winning team,” Misbah said after notching his third successive victory as he routed Australia 2-0 in the preceding test series.”It’s a young team and nobody expects from them to perform like that against top sides in the world.”Chasing a 480-run target, New Zealand was left lurching at 174-8 on the fourth day as they failed to cope with either the spinning duo of Yasir Shah (3-74) and Zulfiqar Babar (2-48) or the reverse swing of Imran and Rahat Ali (2-48).New Zealand’s No.10 Ish Sodhi delayed the inevitable for over an hour on the fifth day and top-scored with a gritty career-best 63 with seven fours and a six.He shared a 54-run last-wicket stand with Trent Boult before he was out leg before wicket to Imran Khan’s (2-37) inswinger to end the match.”They (Pakistan) are obviously a dominant team in these conditions and we have really good fight on our hands in the next two games,” New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said.Pakistan lost only five wickets across two innings to New Zealand’s limited attack, which was playing its first test on the UAE’s slow, turning wickets.advertisementMisbah scored his third successive century, Younis Khan smashed his fourth in five innings and opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad notched a career-best 176 in the first innings before fracturing his skull, ruling him out of the rest of the series.Mohammad Hafeez, who was under pressure after only 48 runs in the three innings against Australia, responded with knocks of 96 and 101 not out; his first test century in two years.The only positives for the Black Caps were the form of young opener Tom Latham, who scored a maiden test hundred in the first innings score of 262, and the defiance of Sodhi at the end.”The young guys have shown great temperament, they have really good head on their shoulders and obviously adapted to the conditions as well, so some positives we can claim,” McCullum said.”We just lost too many wickets in clumps and that can affect the team’s ability to post big totals in these conditions.”The second test begins at Dubai next Monday where the wicket is expected to suit Pakistan spinners more, followed by the last test at Sharjah from November 26.last_img read more