Northern Health has issued a notice cautioning that some health facilities under its authority may have served Maple Leaf products contaminated with Listeria. The notice lists a number of local hospitals and long term care facilities which have confirmed that they received recalled products from Maple Leaf Foods, including Fort St. John General and the North Peace Care Centre. Northern Health urges high risk groups – including the elderly, the very young, those with weakened immune systems and pregnant women – to contact their health provider if they believe they’ve consumed the product and are experiencing symptoms such as persistent fever, severe headaches, neck stiffness, nausea and vomiting. More information is available at Northern Health’s website.- Advertisement –
Brand South Africa has partnered with the Cape Town International Film Market Festival (CTIFMF), to strategically uncap the creative industries as an imperative contributor to the Nation Brand image and competitiveness. As a result, the “Most Patriotic South African Arts Ambassador” award category was created by Brand South Africa to promote Nation Brand pride and patriotism.A call to entry was put out, and the public had an opportunity to nominate young South African creatives doing amazing work in their respective fields. After a thorough adjudication process, the following three nominees were selected:Trevor NoahTrevor Noah is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is known for hosting The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central. Born in Johannesburg, Noah began his career as a comedian, presenter, and actor in his native South Africa in 2002. Trevor established a thriving stand-up comedy career in South Africa before he moved to the USA to expand his career opportunities. Zwai MbulaZwai Mbula is a South African marimba and percussion player who combines traditional African music with modern pop, Afro Jazz and World music. Zwai grew up in Guguletu Township in Cape Town and was surrounded by marimba music. He took up the marimba at age 12 when he joined a group at the local community centre. The group won the Shell Road to Fame Talent Show in South Africa in 1996.Zwai studied at The College of Music at The University of Cape Town and has played in a variety of bands across a range of different styles of music. For eight years, Zwai was a member of the very successful marimba band, Abakhaya who represented South Africa music at the FIFA World Cup of ’98. In 2010, Zwai released an album showcasing his musical heritage and conveying the spirit of South Afrian music. It features some of Cape Town’s top jazz musicians, including Allou April, Spencer Mbadu, Robbie Jansen, Nyamie Mbula and Lush Nqikashe. Russel HlongwaneRussel Hlongwane is an arts administrator and creative industries consultant. His area of interest is in heritage; tradition and modernity in South Africa and Africa as a broader frame. He is strongly engaged in film, music, and design with an interest in pedagogy and the mechanics of the creative economy.Based in Durban, Russel works with a broad range of arts organisations through his arts advocacy portfolio. These include Arterial Network, the Performing Arts Network of South Africa, KZNSA Gallery and ASSITEJ. Russel co-founded, Onexus Music Business, a music business education company that teaches emerging musicians about the ever-changing music industry. He recently established a lean consultancy, Cultural & Creative Commerce, a formal entity that allows his creative production and administrative based work to coalesce and exist in a complementary manner.
klint finley Tags:#cloud#Trends Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yesterday at the GigaOM Structure Big Data conference in New York City, Apache Cassandra parent company DataStax announced a new product that integrates Cassandra, Hive and Apache Hadoop. The new product, called Brisk, essentially uses Cassandra to replace Hbase and the Hadoop storage layer. “There’s a lot of nice properties about using the Hadoop programming model on top of a Cassandra layer, especially if you’re already using the database and want to do more large-scale batch processing,” says ReadWriteWeb resident big data expert Pete Warden.This new permutation of Hadoop represents the ongoing evolution of the database.A Cambrian Explosion of new programming languages, frameworks and databases has been underway in recent years. RedMonk’s Stephen O’Grady attributes this to a shift in preference from general purpose tools to specialized tools. Relational database systems are general purpose tools that have ruled for decades. Now non-relational databases are showing up for many special purposes, and new methods of interacting with datastores – such as Hadoop – are emerging to deal with the data.What we’re seeing now is not necessarily a consolidation in the market, though that’s happening in the columnar database space and elsewhere. More importantly we’re seeing technologies converge, as projects split apart and combine to form new tools. The process is already underway, as Cassandra itself combines concepts from Amazon.com’s Dynamo and Google’s BigTable.The merger between CouchOne and Membase is another example. This was both a market and technical consolidation: the forthcoming Couchbase Elastic Server will combine Membase and Apache CouchDB.Hadoop and Hbase have been around for a few years now, and Google has been using MapReduce and BigTable for even longer. But the relational database paradigm has been around for about four decades. These new databases, and the algorithms for manipulating them, are still remarkably new.Projects like Brisk and Couchbase are likely only the beginning of the forks, mergers and strange offshoots we’ll see in coming years. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Publishers are looking to get in on the magazine-layout aggregation app game, swimming in the waters currently inhabited by tablet apps like Flipboard, Zite, and News.me. Pressjack, a publishing tool created by former publishers, is looking to create the same look and feel of those applications in your browser.The idea is simple – take RSS and social feeds and turn them in to a branded, slick user interface. Pressjack is an attempt to make it easy and intuitive to publish on the Web with existing tools and, for once, not let the Silicon Valley startups eat their lunch.According to The Next Web, Pressjack is aimed squarely at publishers. We downloaded a free trial of the app and it looks like it is a simple tool that brings in RSS feeds and repackages them. It is still in early beta and the trial application is a little buggy but it looks like the ability to turn a feed into a branded, browser-based magazine is a straightforward process.The outcome, in theory, should be a Flipboard-like experience. This is both forward thinking and backward thinking. Pressjack was created by Trinity Innovations, a company founded by former publishers in 2004.“As ex-publishers, we understanding that publishers already had the skills in-house, all they needed was a software solution that automated the conversion of content into a digital magazine format,” the company says on its site.”The publishing industry, with a few exceptions like the New York Times, has been miles behind in the thought race to create new and interesting ways to consume content on the Web. Yet, Pressjack is not exactly unique nor is it the only way to create browser-based magazines. InMag has offered the same type of functionality for a while and Good Noows makes an decent-looking browser aggregation interface.The hope for something like Pressjack is that it does not become a static interface in the browser. People are still having nightmares of the late 1990s and early 2000s when a lot of publishers tried to put their content on the Web via a PDF magazine that was essentially a scanned version of the print product. Tools like RSS and Twitter feeds change how content can be curated and presented.Trinity Innovations’ vision is an interesting one. Instead of a going to a news site and navigating through the classic browser interface, the Web could be comprised of more attractive online magazines that are sleeker, more intuitive and easier to sell ads against. Where does Pressjack aim to take content? Into the future or back 10 years? dan rowinski Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Publishing Services#web
Vladimir EvtushenkovVladimir Evtushenkov, the chairman and majority owner of Russian energy to media conglomerate Sistema has been arrested and charged with money laundering related to the acquisition of Bashneft, the major energy company in the Republic of Bashkorostan.Sistema issued a statement saying that the company’s management believed the acquisition of the Bashkorostan group was legal and transparent and that it was cooperating with the investigation. It said it would use all legal means to defend its position.Under Russian law Evtushenkov could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of RUB1 million (€20,000) if convicted.Sistema’s shares lost over a third of their value on the news, while shares in telecom subsidiary MTS fell by about 8%.Sistema is Russia’s largest publicly traded diversified holding company, operating across the telecoms, technology, energy, aerospace, banking, retail, media, tourism and healthcare sectors, with reported revenues of US$8.8 billion (€6.8 billion) for the second quarter and total assets of US$45.2 billion.Sistema Mass Media, in which the holding company has a 85.7% stake, owns and manages pay TV channels provider Stream, Russian World Studios, Maxima and TsTV.Sistema also holds an effective majority stake in telecom and pay TV provider MTS, the country’s largest service provider by revenue. Stream is 55% owned by Sistema and 45% owned by MTS. Evtushenkov owns a 64.2% stake in Sistema and his personal fortune is estimated at around US$9 billion.