December 25


first_imgThe annual sponsored kayaking event from Dungloe to Burtonport scheduled for this afternoon has been cancelled due to weather conditions.The event was organised to raise funds for the Dungloe District Hospital and dozens of kayak enthusiasts from across the north west had signed up to compete.Organisers have reviewed the route from Dungloe bay to Burtonport this morning and feel it would be unsafe because of strong wind gusts. The event has now been rescheduled to Sunday, 29th September at 2.30pm as tides are unsuitable next week.Participants are collecting sponsorship and your support would be appreciated. KAYAKE CHARITY EVENT CANCELLED was last modified: September 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Dungloe to Burtonport Kayake for charitylast_img read more

December 18

Spotlight shines on African cuisine

first_imgAfrica’s food is as rich and diverse as its people, yet its culinary offerings are not that well known. Filmmaker and foodie Tuleka Prah wants to change that. She has started to chronicle traditional recipes made by ordinary people on her website, African Food Map. One day, she would like to create an African Food Dictionary. Jollof rice is one of the West African dishes Tuleka Prah features on her website chronicling African cuisine. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)• South Africa in top 20 best places to raise children• Suzelle’s DIY takes South Africa by storm• South African foodies cooking up a storm• Projects aim to empower women in agriculture• South African television Priya PitamberThe world over, people have heard of or eaten food such as pasta or stir fry. Yet as one of the largest continents, Africa’s cuisine tends to fly under the radar.Enter Tuleka Prah, filmmaker, traveller and foodie, who started to document the making of African dishes on her website, African Food Map.“African Food Map is literally a combination of the things I love because it includes food, travel and making films,” her website states. “It’s an authentic collection of the most popular recipes from around the African continent. It is the start of a growing record of African recipes just as they are made, by people who love to eat them, and who prepare them every day.”Born in England, Prah has lived in various countries in Africa – Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Lesotho, and Namibia. She now lives in Berlin and is studying towards her doctorate. According to the Design Indaba website, her online food offering helps her to “keep in touch with her gastronomic roots”.Speaking to fashion and lifestyle website Fashion Africa 254, Prah recalled how inspiration for her African Food Map started. “I was looking for a recipe for kontomire, a dish my Dad would make using spinach and either fish or beef,” she said. “I knew his recipe was – well, his recipe! And so I was looking for I guess a more ‘true’ version of it. I was looking at the pictures online, which weren’t so nicely done, and I thought ‘Wow, someone really needs to do this properly.’”Prah saw her chance, and took it.South AfricaPrah lived in South Africa for seven years, where she felt the country both nurtured the enjoyment she got from cooking as well as challenged her in other aspects.She could not understand the social expectations (and implications) of apartheid categorisations, and how she fitted into it all. Nevertheless, she writes on her website: “South Africa had the best range of food that I had, up until that point, experienced. I often loved what I ate and what foods were introduced to me there. I would even go so far as to say that this country nurtured the pleasure I now take from cooking and eating.”Prah describes South Africa’s bobotie as the ultimate “so-and-so-makes-it-best” dish. “The dish – a bold flavour-assembly of ingredients – has its roots in the Western Cape’s slave history, and is likely derived from a combination of ‘leftovers,’” she writes. “I ate mine with yellow rice and it was absolutely delicious.”Watch Chef Mako prepare his version of this popular dish – he adds coriander for flavour:She describes one of South Africa’s favourite dishes, samp and beans (in isiZulu, isitambu and in isiXhosa, mngqusho), as comfort food. She has only eaten versions without meat, Prah says, although meat is usually added, and the grains need to be cooked until they are really soft.“This popular dish is very easily tweaked and adjusted to suit personal tastes and is therefore a highly variable dish.”See the recipe:KenyaPrah and her family moved to Kenya in the early 1980s, and she returned for a visit in 2013. “My experience of Kenyan food at the time, largely consisted of ugali and a lot of leafy vegetables,” she writes.She got Diana Chipo Munanairi, a chef, entrepreneur and mother, to make sukuma wiki, a spinach dish that is a “common accompaniment to most meals”.Watch Munanairi whip up the dish:“Most people actually overcook sukuma wiki,” cautioned Munanairi. “So it turns the colour and it becomes something totally different because of over-cooking. We’ve tried to maintain the colour.”Ghana“For me, being in Ghana is synonymous with being around great food,” Prah writes on African Food Map. “With a coast, a tropical interior and a desert-like region to the north, the range of food in Ghana is very diverse and always exciting.”While in the country, she and her aunt, Cynthia Prah, made jollof rice, a one pot meal consisting of meat, vegetables, and well, rice of course.See the recipe:Optimistic feedbackThrough her website and videos, Prah has reached an audience that might not have otherwise known what African cuisine is all about.“What a great idea to give the world a glimpse of the rich African culinary traditions,” Constanze Klee writes on My African Food Map’s Facebook page.“What a discovery!” writes Giulia Aldrovandi‎. “I love your YouTube channel and I know absolutely nothing about African food despite having looked for some books in the past without much success… I am very determined to reproduce your recipes in my kitchen! Thank you for sharing them (beautiful photography as well I have to say).”What’s next?Prah would like to expand her work to create something to the effect of an African Food Dictionary.“I want it to be the go-to resource for African food,” she told Design Indaba. “I want to go to every country I can and collect and share as much as I can – everything from the recipes, to the ingredients, to the preparation, to the histories, to the quality of flavour.”If she has her way, food such as bobotie and jollof rice could become as globally popular as pizza, for instance.last_img read more

December 18

HIV project aims to reduce new infections among young women

first_imgWomen in their late teens and early 20s make up a large percentage of new HIV infections in South Africa, despite ongoing awareness programmes. Now, an initiative will test the effectiveness of preventative medication in that group.Helen Rees, head of Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, says PrEP is just one facet of a comprehensive HIV programme. Image: Wits)Sulaiman PhilipIn 2016, there were seven million HIV-positive South Africans. In spite of ongoing treatment and the largest programme in the world, as well as awareness programmes, there were 270,000 new infections last year.A large percentage of those new infections – 1,745 a week – are women in their early 20s. A new project beginning in January by the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, funded by Unitaid, will test the effectiveness of an oral medication to prevent HIV infection.Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will be given to 6,640 women and young girls between the ages of 15 and 24 in areas with the highest number of new HIV infections in that age group. Medication is just one part of a programme that includes comprehensive health services and counselling.Professor Helen Rees, executive director of the institute at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), said once the three-year, R143-million project proved successful in reducing the rate of new infections, it would be integrated into the national Health Department’s She Conquers campaign.“New HIV prevention technologies could make a major difference to the trajectory of the HIV epidemic. If we have new tools, even if they are partially effective, we must consider introducing them into the public sector if we want to stop new infections,” Rees explained at the launch of the PrEP programme.An HIV/Aids awareness billboard in Hoedspruit, Limpopo. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff)She ConquersThe project leader, Dr Saiqa Mullick, shares the objectives of She Conquers. Like the Department of Health programme, the PrEP initiative is working to reduce new HIV infections and decrease the incidence of teenage pregnanies and school droput rates. For Mullick, an important hoped-for outcome would be a reduction in gender-based violence by improving access to services and support for young women.“Adolescent girls and young women are a priority, high-risk population, particularly in east and southern Africa, but few programmes have been implemented for them on a large scale, and many questions remain about how to reach young women to initiate and sustain HIV-prevention options.”According to Mark Heywood, director of the Section 27 NPO, programmes such as She Conquers and the new Wits programme are important because there is “shockingly, a decline in knowledge of HIV among young people. It is like we have taken our foot off the accelerator, in certain respects.”A recent UNAids report found that young and adolescent women made up a quarter of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa. The agency said poverty, lack of education and violence meant the demographic was at “particularly high risk”. In South Africa, these women often have transactional sex relationships with older men who can afford to buy them gifts, food and clothing.Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a one-pill-a-day antiretroviral treatment that has proven to be 70% successful in reducing the risk of infection. There have been five international PrEP studies; the South African study differs in that researchers are looking at how PrEP works among populations that are already accessing health programmes. The programme, run by Wits, will give researchers insight into cost effective modelling to help guide national policy decisions.Said Unitaid executive director Lelio Marmora: “Our longer-term objective is to lay the groundwork for wider adoption of PrEP in high-risk groups. At scale, this project is expected to avert 3,000 HIV infections a year and save nearly $20-million (R267-million), the difference between the cost of PrEP and that of adhering to HIV treatment for a lifetime.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

December 17

Twitter’s Psychologist Strikes Again: Analyze Your Lists

first_imgjolie odell The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos When I looked at results for the list of women I follow, I saw they tweet a lot about sex, themselves, the past, anxiety and negative emotions, in that order. It was like watching an episode of Sex and the City flash before my eyes. They tweeted very little about money, learning, control (including self-control) and constructive behavior. Keep in mind, this isn’t a generalization about the state of womanhood on the Internet; I follow a very limited and eclectic group of ladies, all of whom I find very charming in their own fashion.Of course, I had to check out the stats on the ReadWriteWeb crew. We seem to tweet a lot about leisure and activities other than work. Uh, don’t tell the boss? However, tweets about work finished a close third, right behind tweets about ourselves. As a group, we don’t tend to tweet about personal things, such as money, sex or emotions.Other interesting hypotheses can be drawn when examining “social media” and “technology” lists. Many geek-centric lists I examined were shockingly devoid of tweets about leisure, positive or other emotions or physical sensations and dominated by tweets about learning, the self and control. Perhaps this is due to our realization that the personal and professional are quickly merging and our perceived need to present a reasonably consistent face and least objectionable programming-type content.At any rate, Zarrella’s given us another insightful peek into how Twitter reveals interesting snippets of information about various demographics and sociological segments.Give the new lists function a spin, and let us know your findings in the comments! Tags:#twitter#web And my lengthy list of San Francisco/Bay Area people on Twitter gave evidence of a complete lack of interest in celebrities and a preoccupation with self, the future and control.But when I looked at my “Southern Comfort” list of geeks south of the Mason-Dixon line, I got a very different picture. These folks are using the social web to tweet about their emotions, the passage of time, themselves, and dreams of unconscious thoughts, while they tweet less than others about celebrities, sex and money. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Dan Zarrella has long impressed us with his discourses on the science of retweets, as well as his psychoanalytic apps that scan and parse Twitter streams – one for general analysis and one for dreams.His latest project, TweetPsych for lists, is an enlightening and often amusing look at what your lists are talking about, how they view the world, what turns them on (or off), and more. Depending on how you group your Twitter friends, you can make interesting generalizations or conjectures about society as a whole. What do the denizens of L.A. or San Francisco tweet about most? What about women – what’s got them buzzing? Read on for more on precisely that cross-section of the Twittersphere.My “I Heart L.A.” list, a curation of tweets from the L.A. tech scene, shows a hilarious preoccupation with sex and a lack of tweeting about work, for example. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

December 16

Researcher Develops Password Hacking Software for Wi-Fi Networks Using Amazon Web Services

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… A researcher has developed software for breaking password protections used for wireless networks.According to Reuters, security expert Thomas Roth says he can break into protected networks by running 400,000 potential passwords per second using Amazon Web Services (AWS).Roth will present his findings at the Black Hat conference in Washington, DC. later this month.Roth made news last November when as we reported, he used the new Amazon Cluster GPU instance to crack SHA1 hashes. According to Wikipedia, “SHA-1 is the most widely used of the existing SHA hash functions, and is employed in several widely-used security applications and protocols.”Roth was able to crack 14 hashes with passwords ranging in length from one to six characters in 49 minutes.Now he has developed software using AWS that could be used to break into corporations, public institutions or the wireless networks people use in their homes.According to Reuters:Roth said that he used his software and Amazon’s cloud-based computers to break into a WPA-PSK protected network in his neighborhood. It took about 20 minutes of processing time. He has since updated his software to speed its performance and believes he could hack into the same network in about 6 minutes.“Once you are in, you can do everything you can do if you are connected to the network,” he said.Bruce Schneir is a security blogger who has also explored how the cloud is being used to hack passwords. He wrote in July about a mechanism that has been developed to capture network traffic that is then uploaded to the WPA Cracker. The data is then subject to a brute force cracking effort that can reduce exponentially the time it takes to crack a network. Schneir touches on other effects of the mechanism as well:It gets even better. If you try the standard 135-million-word dictionary and do not crack the WPA encryption on your target network, there is an extended dictionary that contains an additional 284 million words. In short, serious brute force wireless network encryption cracking has become a retail commodity.Password security is proving to be a risky proposition. Cloud computing makes it easier for hackers to take advantage of weak security networks. There will be some huge and successful attacks this year. The level of preparedness is just not high enough to expect anything else except for some very high profile break-ins. Related Posts alex williams Tags:#cloud#security center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

December 3

‘Launched new party to protect my honour’

first_imgAt his first public event in Lucknow after forming the Samajwadi Secular Morcha, Shivpal Yadav said on Tuesday that he launched a new front to protect his “honour” and not to seek any post in the Samajwadi Party.He did not name his estranged nephew and SP president Akhilesh Yadav during his address at the programme but said, “Now a days people only eye posts”.Mr. Shivpal Yadav quit the SP and launched his Samajwadi Secular Morcha on August 29.“I never wanted to part ways [with the Samajwadi Party]. I only wanted honour, which I didn’t get after change of leadership in the party. I never wanted posts. I took this step [of forming the Morcha] out of compulsion to protect honour,” Mr. Shivpal Yadav said.Citing the Bhagavad Gita and the Ramayana, Mr. Shivpal Yadav said: “Whenever anyone did not follow the path of ‘dharma’, he witnesses the same the fate as ‘Kans’ and ‘Ravana’. Dharma says everyone should get justice. Those who follow the path of truth win at last.”“I used to run cycle through the days but now running them for a few hours is considered a big achievement,” he said referring to the SP’s election symbol.He said he got government jobs in an inter-college and as a field officer in a bank but he joined politics on the directions of his elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav.“I had also washed clothes of ‘Netaji’ (Mulayam). I always helped everyone but was cheated many times. I can tolerate ‘chori’ (theft) but not “dakaiti’ (robbery),” he said.He said he would fight for “social justice” through the Morcha. There is no point “re-considering” the decision to quit the SP, he added.“In the Assembly elections too, attempts were made to ensure my defeat but I won with a margin of over 50,000 votes. In Mahabharata, the Pandavs had asked for five villages, but I never asked for anything,” he said.Mr. Shivpal Yadav had launched the Morcha, saying he would seek support of “neglected” party workers for it. He later announced his Morcha would contest on all 80 Lok Sabha seats in U.P.last_img read more