A Joburg factory hits a milestone

first_img11 September 2015Skyworth Digital’s Joburg factory had successfully completed its first shipment, delivering a total of 70 000 set-top boxes across South Africa, it was announced earlier this week.A set-top box is a device that usually has a TV-tuner input and displays output on a TV. It turns the source signal into a content form to be shown on a TV set. It is used by satellite television, and over-the-air television systems.The devices are necessary as South Africa migrates its broadcasting services from analogue to digital – a process called Broadcasting Digital Migration. The main focus is Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), which will enable South Africans to receive free-to-air digital television signals via satellite.When DTT arrived, City Press explained in a report unpacking the issue, we would all need decoders to receive the new TV signals. These were the decoders that all pay TV customers already had. Other viewers would have to buy new ones; yet others would receive theirs for free.Once the migration happened, said the newspaper, if you wanted to keep watching free-to-air TV (SABC, e.tv and community TV), you would need a decoder, or set-top box.“Skyworth Digital invests in its customers, their countries and the local people in order to foster long-term relationships, and so our strategy is to put our factories as close to where our customers are as possible,” said Angelique Boissy, the vice-president of global sales at Skyworth Digital.The company calls the strategy “edge manufacturing”. “It not only allows us to contribute to our customers’ local economies, but also speeds up time-to-market and reduces operating expenses: savings which can then be passed on to our customers,” Boissy said.The Johannesburg factory is the first in a series of new manufacturing centres Skyworth Digital plans to open as it looks to implement its edge manufacturing concept across the business.“Through partnering with local companies such as Bua Africa and increasing involvement in community initiatives and charities in South Africa, we have created hundreds of local jobs for underprivileged men, women and people with disabilities,” added Boissy.“We provide training and educational services to our staff to further develop their skill sets and provide them with tools for the future.”PartnershipsSkyworth Digital has partnered with various organisations in South Africa, including the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco), which helps people access vital government services, and Disabled People South Africa (DPSA), which helps to promote disability awareness.Currently, Skyworth Digital produces about 150 000 shipments a month, but it plans to increase this number to 400 000 shipments a month.About the companyShenzhen Skyworth Digital Technology Company provides solutions for the smart home through various devices.“With a strong background in consumer electronics, Skyworth Digital delivers more than 20 million units annually to more than 90 countries by partnering with customers to provide value-added, end-to-end solutions with the highest quality products and services.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


Open Source: Commercial Software no longer at the Leading Edge

first_imgA report out of Austrailia shows that Leading Edge companies there are selecting Open Source over Commercial proprietary software.Why? To get the most cutting edge technology. The report was done by Waugh Partners and surveyed 129 companies ranging in size from multinational to very small.“They must have robust, cheap, scalable technology to stay ahead of competitors,” said Jeff Waugh, director of Waugh Partners. “They have to keep so close to the bleeding edge.”It’s beginning to sink in on people that Open Source isn’t necessarily free, but it is more cost effective. The sectors that have been more accepting of Open Source have been financial institutions and government organizations.National Australia Bank, for example, built an internet banking application using Open Source. Their software platform was developed co-operatively by the open source community under an open source license.Part of the acceptance of Open Source is due to the fact that large Software vendors like IBM and Oracle backing some Open Source projects.last_img read more


Cancelo: ‘Walker above and beyond’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Joao Cancelo thanked Kyle Walker for “going above and beyond for the team” by taking the gloves in a 1-1 draw with Atalanta, but felt Manchester City were hard done by. With Ederson injured in the first half and Claudio Bravo sent off for taking down Josip Ilicic, Walker had to go in goal. “Going in goal is not my speciality! Kyle Walker showed a great attitude and he really went above and beyond for the team,” Cancelo told Sky Sport Italia. “It was a difficult moment, we needed someone to step up and Kyle did very well. After seeing the VAR, I think it’s impossible that the red card was given, because he didn’t touch Ilicic at all. This is not fair. “It was a deserved point, we are top of the group, have two games left and will try to do our best.” After his experiences in Serie A, how is Joao Cancelo finding his first season at Manchester City? “I am learning a lot with this coach, who I feel is the best in the world. I came here to work with Pep Guardiola and become the best.”last_img read more


The Cubs Cant Take The Heat

Make no mistake: The Cubs have good hitters overall. They produced baseball’s seventh-best Weighted Runs Created Plus this past season,3Among non-pitchers. and its 16th-most runs scored per game. And against all pitches (fastball or no), the Cubs tended to whiff less than average — 22.8 percent, against an MLB average of 23.3 percent.But velocity is the Cubs’ kryptonite. On top of their tendency to whiff against the hardest fastballs, Chicago also made a lot of weak contact, reflected by pop-ups and a low batting average. Even when the Cubs could bring the bat to the ball, they failed to do much with it.Maybe, too, the Cubs’ tendency toward whiffs was exacerbated by the low temperatures in New York. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick showed that high velocity is especially effective in the postseason, due in part to the effect of October’s low temperatures. When you combine the Mets’ powerful arms with the pressure of the playoffs and 40-degree fall temperatures, perhaps we should have expected the Cubs to struggle with contact.(As for the Cubs’ pitching woes: Those have been much more unexpected, and much harder to explain.)The outlook for the Cubs is now grim, as only one team in MLB history has come back from a 3-0 deficit. Then again, that one team (the 2004 Boston Red Sox) was also battling a curse with the help of a front office run by Theo Epstein. We’ll have to see if Epstein’s team can pull off the same trick twice, but it’s safe to say that the overwhelming velocity of New York’s pitchers has put the odds firmly against it. Chicago’s worst fear has come to pass: The New York Mets lead the Cubs three games to none in the National League Championship Series. Scoring only five runs in three games, Chicago’s usually powerful bats have been held in check, and a series sweep may be imminent. What happened to a Cubs team that looked like the pennant favorite after winning the National League wild-card game?One oft–repeated explanation of New York’s dominance is that Chicago’s hitters struggle against quality fastballs. According to this theory, that weakness is magnified against a Mets rotation headlined by three of the hardest-throwing pitchers in baseball: Noah Syndergaard (average fastball velocity: 97.7 mph), Matt Harvey (96.5) and Jacob deGrom (95.8). When New York dials up the heat, Cub bats wilt.Here at FiveThirtyEight, there’s nothing we love more than taking down faulty narratives. But this theory does seem to be borne out by the data. While the average MLB hitter whiffs at 96 mph fastballs 22.8 percent of the time,1Using data from PitchInfo from the 2015 regular season. the average Cubs hitter swings and misses 25.7 percent of the time against the same pitch type and velocity.2To get these numbers and generate the following chart, I modeled whiffs with a binomial logistic regression that incorporated count and fastball velocity. read more


Ronaldo is responsible for the whole attention Perez suggests

first_imgPortuguese international star Cristiano Ronaldo has made it clear to Florentino Perez that he really wants to leave Real Madrid.Real Madrid president, Perez has said that “Ronaldo must take all responsibility for publically announcing, himself, that he intends to leave the Spanish capital and the European champions behind,” Calciomercato, claims.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.This has informed the report that Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has made contact with Cristiano Ronaldo directly through numerous phone calls being held between the two. The report also suggests that Agnelli understood Ronaldo’s desires to be at the centre of attention, hence the convincing Ronaldo that he will be the star of Turin or even the star of Italian football.To show seriousness in signing the Real Madrid forward, Agnelli has also got to Ronaldo through his agent, Jorge Mendes, who is at the moment working out the costs and sustainability of the €100-€120 million transfer as well as the €30 million per year wage for the next four years. A deal is underway to be formally agreed between the two clubs, then the transfer, before an announcement.last_img read more


This day in history Scotland Goes To Poll

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTODAY Scotland goes to the polls to vote on whether or not they want to maintain a 307 year old union with the United Kingdom or go independent. The electorate made up of 4.3million people get to decide in a race that is tight but showing more people want to stay with the UK. A USA Today poll up to broadcast time said 47% would vote Yes to independence with 53% voting no. Supporters want direct control over their affairs obviously, saying an independent Scotland would be among the top 20 richest nations in the world. Those wanting to stay in the UK family believe they would continue to have more jobs, stronger financial services and continued use of the British pound along with the clout of being British. A sensational 97% of those eligible to vote have registered; voting age begins at 16 in Scotland. Polls are open from 7am to 10pm. Related Items:independence, scotland, UK Governor says voters need to decide on Independence Thousands of Haitian mark Flag Day differently in TCI for 2016 SANDALS RESORTS FIRST HIGH STREET STORE OPENSlast_img read more


Kenai City Council Approves Purchase Of New Fire Engine

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council approved a resolution allowing the Kenai Fire Department to replace an aging 1983 E-one fire engine. The city has contracted with Hughes Fire Equipment, in Florida, for the purchase of the engine in the amount of $571,583. In a letter to the council from Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker, the purchase of a new truck will allow the Fire Department to continue to effectively respond to emergencies within the City of Kenai. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “The Fire Department is going to make three separate trips to the facility, one a pre build, mid build, and one after it’s constructed. During that pre build there may be items that may need to be added or subtracted, this will allow for some flexibility.” The city has authorized the total amount of the engine plus an additional $27,218 in the event of additional changes or expenses during the construction of the new engine, and $8,600 for engine build design and inspection travel. The council unanimously approved the resolution at their meeting on Wednesday. The resolution authorizes the city to purchase a fire engine for the approximate cost of $581,000 from the city’s Equipment Replacement Fund. The purchase of a new truck also eliminates the expenses that are common with maintaining a thirty five year old truck, according to Chief Tucker.last_img read more


Mayor Pierce Says Borough Reduced Deficit By Almost 4 Million

first_imgAt the beginning of FY18 the borough estimated they would spend $4,152,291 more than they earned, but according to Pierce they deficit spent closer to $434,028. Mayor Pierce: “I certainly can’t take credit for all of that. I was the leader at the head of the table that was leading a lot of those discussions and trying to convince many to work towards finding savings. We certainly can’t take credit for all of the savings, we picked up some additional receipts from the state and federal government. I would say that there has been some significant changes within the borough, and I give credit to those borough employees.”  According to Pierce the borough saw the largest reduction in deficit spending of $3.1 million due to federal PILT money, or payments in lieu of taxes. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce says the borough had almost $4 million less in deficit spending than projected.center_img Mayor Pierce spoke to a joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on December 5: “We were going to deficit spend $4 million and we came in around $435,000 deficit spend.”  The borough received both state and federal funding during FY18 which helped towards reducing the total deficit spending.last_img read more


IHGF gears up for autumn fair

first_imgThe 42nd edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn 2016 will be held from October 14-18 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi. Around 2900+ exhibitors drawn from all over India will be exhibiting their products spread over in 14 halls with 2000 designs and styles.For smooth functioning of the mega event, one of the member exporters Naved Ur Rehman of  M/s Zed Sons, Moradabad has been nominated as President-IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn 2016  (Reception Committee). He is one of the stalwarts in the business of houseware, decoratives and gift items for the past 36 years and has made remarkable achievements during all these years, informed  Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director – EPCH. While Kishore Kumar Bhansali of M/s Makers Mart from Jodhpur and Leela Bordia of M/s Neerja International Inc from Jaipur have been nominated as Vice Presidents – IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn 2016 – Reception Committee. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMore than 5,000 buyers are expected to source their requirement at this fair.  Buyers from countries like USA, UK, Japan, France, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, China, Australia, Philippines, Hong Kong and many more have already confirmed their visit to the fair. However, buyers from Latin American region particularly Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Central Asia, Africa and Middle East will also be sourcing their requirement at this fair. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveApart from presence of a large number of overseas buyers, a sizeable number of domestic volume retail buyers from WestSide, Shoppers Stop, Hometown, Lifestyle and renowned e-commerce companies such as Ebay, Flipkart, Bedbath & More,  Pepper Fry, Urban Ladder, Fab Furnish and  many more have also confirmed their visit to the fair for bulk sourcing, further elaborated by Kumar, ED-EPCH.Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts [EPCH] which is a nodal agency for promotion and development of handicrafts has been organizing the IHGF-Delhi Fair for the last 22 years.  IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn 2016 is expected to generate huge amount of enquiries and orders.last_img read more