DT chief hails US unit, calls for action at home

first_imgHome DT chief hails US unit, calls for action at home Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank tipped for T-Mobile trade Related Previous ArticleChina Mobile optimistic on pandemic impactNext ArticleReliance linked with TikTok move Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore2 13 AUG 2020 Deutsche Telekom eyes 5G, fibre lead Chris Donkin Deutsche TelekomQ2 earnings Author Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges (pictured) vaunted the company’s growth prospects in the US in its first earnings statement incorporating the newly-acquired Sprint, though urged policy action in Europe to avoid what he termed a digital suicide.During the company’s Q2 earnings call, Hoettges said it was spending large amounts of money on improving infrastructure in its European markets and “fighting to ensure Europe is not left behind in its digital transformation”.However, he added to there was a need to make significant changes in regulatory framework.Within Germany, he noted operators faced lengthy delays in the approval process for installing new masts and called for greater support from authorities to speed deployment of infrastructure across fixed and mobile.“Even before the pandemic it was clear we [in Germany] had a lot of catching up to do in terms of digitisation,” he added.In the US, he reiterated DT’s aim to lead the market, and pointed to organic growth in user numbers during the first half of 2020, even when stripping out those acquired from Sprint.HuaweiAddressing long-running speculation around the use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks in Germany, the executive said it looked like authorities had “no intention of expressly excluding any providers”, but noted the country was in the process of amending general communications regulations.Within updated rules, Hoettges called for the inclusion of laws related to open RAN technology, something the company has been a vocal supporter of.“We’re getting more independent from hardware manufacturers anyway,” he added. “So I would plead for legal foundation for open RAN.”NumbersSecond quarter revenue was up 37.5 per cent year-on-year to €27 billion, due partly to the inclusion of results from acquired US operator Sprint. Costs associated with integration in the US business contributed to the reduction of its profit by 20 per cent to €754 million.The company’s bottom line was also impacted by a fall in roaming revenue as a result of Covid-19 (coronavirus) lockdown measures, and declines at enterprise unit T-Systems. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN pathlast_img read more

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Stages Announced for 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge Stage Race

first_imgPRESS RELEASE: The Quiznos Pro Challenge™ officially announced the stages, host cities and race format for the inaugural 2011 international pro-cycling competition at a press conference today held at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.  Running from August 22-28, the event will be made up of seven stages, traveling through Colorado’s most picturesque landscapes and visiting 11 Colorado host cities.  Created to be the most challenging pro-cycling race in American history, the Quiznos Pro Challenge is set to cover nearly 600 miles of the region’s demanding terrain.Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and Governor-elect and former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper were joined by representatives from the 11 selected host cites including: personal coach to Lance Armstrong, Chris Carmichael (LOC Chair, Colorado Springs), Scott Damman (City Councilman, Salida), Leah Williams (Mayor, Crested Butte), William Buck (Mayor, Mt. Crested Butte), Jonathan Houck (Mayor Pro-Tem, Gunnison), Mick Ireland (Mayor, Aspen), Dick Cleveland (Mayor, Vail), Ron Wolfe (Mayor, Avon), Scott Myller (City Councilman, Steamboat Springs), John Warner (Mayor, Breckenridge), and Jacob Smith (Mayor, Golden).Denver professional football legend and avid cyclist Shannon Sharpe spoke at the event to help convey the importance of the race and the announcement to the international sports world.  Sharpe expressed his respect for international cycling and the endurance it takes to compete at a top level while on stage with professional cyclists Tom Danielson, Tim Duggan and Rory Sutherland, as well as Steve Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of USA Cycling.The 11 official stage start and finish communities that have been selected for the 2011 race, right after the break…The 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge Stages:August 22 – Stage 1, Prologue time trial, Colorado SpringsAugust 23 – Stage 2, Salida to Crested Butte, mountain-top finishAugust 24 – Stage 3, Gunnison to Aspen, mountain stageAugust 25 – Stage 4, Vail, time trail, former Coors Classic stageAugust 26 – Stage 5, Avon to Steamboat SpringsAugust 27 – Stage 6, Steamboat Springs to BreckenridgeAugust 28 – Stage 7, Golden to DenverThe 120 world-class cyclists anticipated to participate in the seven-day race will begin their journey in beautiful Colorado Springs, then crisscross their way over the treacherous Rocky Mountains.  The region’s unique topography will provide challenging climbs and extremely fast downhill legs with an awe-inspiring backdrop of several of the United States’ highest mountain peaks leading to the finish in Denver.“We are excited to welcome sports fans and the international cycling community to many of Colorado’s most beautiful regions,” said Governor Ritter. “The Quiznos Pro Challenge will provide a majestic tour of many of the state’s natural treasures while becoming the battleground for one of the world’s most intense competitions.”The initial idea to bring a major stage race back to Colorado is credited to Quiznos Pro Challenge partner Lance Armstrong who expressed interest to Governor Ritter last year.  The Quiznos Pro Challenge is now expected to become one of the most significant international pro-cycling events worldwide, created to reinvigorate the legacy of the Colorado-based Coors International Bicycle Classic which took place from 1979 until 1988.  The official race routes for the 2011 event are in the process of being charted and will be announced in the near future.“We had so much interest from incredible cities across Colorado that we could hold an event of twice the duration, said Ellen Kramer, Quiznos Chief Communications Officer.  “We worked diligently throughout the selection process to incorporate cities that provide terrain that is unique to Colorado and delivers one of the most exciting cycling events in the world.  The selected cities will make excellent partners and provide a demanding course for the world’s top cyclists.”To keep in touch with the latest news and updates on the Quiznos Pro Challenge, visit www.quiznosprochallenge.com.Here’s the original press video from Lance Armstrong:Oh, and here’s some Quiznos coupons.last_img read more

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Termination of Rift Valley Railways concession agreed

first_imgKENYA: The termination of Rift Valley Railways’ concession to operate the Kenyan section of the metre gauge Kenya – Uganda railway network has been agreed ‘by joint consent’ after the high court in Nairobi backed Kenya Railways’ attempts to end the contract.KR had sought to end the concession in the belief that RVR had not complied with the terms of the 25-year contract, which was signed in January 2006 and restructured in 2011. Discussions between RVR and KR had been underway since January this year in an attempt to resolve the dispute. The metre-gauge network also faces competition from the Chinese-backed Standard Gauge Railway which was inaugurated between Mombasa and Nairobi in May.‘RVR defaulted in its payment of concession fees, rent and other key performance indicators under the concession agreement’, KR Managing Director Atanas K Maina told local media. ‘The government will not be paying them anything since they are the ones in default.’Following the court’s decision, Maina and RVR Chief Executive Isaiah Okoth issued a joint statement on July 31 announcing the formation of a committee to engage with stakeholders to ensure service continuity and to manage the ‘seamless’ handover of operations and the concession’s assets. The handover was expected within 30 days. The majority shareholder in RVR is Qalaa Holdings, formerly known as Citadel Capital. The Egypt-based energy and infrastructure group has classified RVR as a discontinued operation since the first quarter of 2016, and said the transfer of the concession would therefore not have a negative impact on its consolidated financial statements. RVR said it wanted to assure employees, customers and stakeholders of its ‘commitment to ensure a smooth transition and continue operations’ as the process ‘moves forward to its logical conclusion.’last_img read more

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Many tourists choosing to stay in favelas during World Cup

first_imgXXX RIO-ECONOMY-056.JPG BRATourists are booking lodgings in Rocinha and neighboring favela Vidigal abound. (USA TODAY)RIO DE JANEIRO —With a sweeping view of the Atlantic Ocean and hundreds of colorful brick homes that blanket the hillside favela, it’s not hard to understand why guests are taken with the Rocinha Guesthouse.It’s either a 30-minute breathless walk or a $1.50 motorcycle taxi ride to get here from the ground-level neighborhood São Conrado, where the English national team stayed in the Royal Tulip hotel. Steep steps lead to the home’s third floor, where Irish visitor James Cherry, 34, sleeps in a narrow room with three bunk beds. The home is owned by a mother-son pair who have rehabbed the structure to receive guests.With hotels in Brazil’s World Cup cities charging prices so high — a beachside hotel room in Rio costs $600-$1,000 — that the consumer protection arm of the federal government has threatened to fine them for abusive pricing, many tourists sought instead to stay in favelas. There, prices are lower and the busy streets of the dense communities give guests a more human experience than luxury hotels. Visitors stay in favelas despite an increasing threat of violence.There’s no way to count how many tourists are staying in favelas, since they are spread out amongst hostels, Airbnb bookings and homestays, but they number at least several hundred, based on reports from several popular hostels and homestays. Prices range from as low as $20 a night to use a sleeping bag on the floor to $200 for a private room in a hostel near the Copacabana beach.“Once I found out I could live in a favela, I decided that’s the kind of place I want to go,” Cherry said.Favelas like Rocinha generally began as squatter communities on precariously steep hillsides, back when poor workers in Rio had few options for affordable housing near the city’s epicenters for jobs and construction work as the city grew over the past century.Even after living in three other countries, Cherry said his time here had been in a category of its own, given just how crowded and alive the community is. “Rocinha has been the most intense experience of my life.”The lion’s share of lodgings offered to tourists are in “pacified” favelas, meaning that they are a part of a community policing program that began in 2008. Permanent police patrols are stationed in areas once controlled by drug traffickers. The pacification program is intended to reduce violence levels by avoiding the shootouts that were common when police staged occasional incursions into communities to fight drug traffickers.But the pacification program in Rio, once a hallmark of the state government’s public security policy and the subject of numerous upbeat media reports, is in a deeply troubled time. Three and a half years of the program passed without a pacification officer being killed on duty, and reports of shootouts were a rarity. But in recent months, gunfire between cops and criminals in such favelas has increased dramatically.At least four police officers have been killed in pacified favelas this year, in addition to more than 30 pacification officers who survived on-duty shootings. (USA TODAY)Rocinha was pacified in 2011. (USA TODAY)In the favela Complexo Alemão, known to tourists for its cable car that takes visitors from hilltop to hilltop, a police officer was fatally shot on Sunday, as were two young residents.Still, reports of violence involving foreign tourists are all but non-existent. In a rare such case, a German tourist was shot in the abdomen in Rocinha last May.Cherry, the Irish visitor, estimated that he had heard 10 shootouts in his six weeks in Rocinha. He said locals will wave him inside bars when they begin to hear gunfire. “The people who live here are very afraid of the police,” he said.Still, tourists are booking lodgings in Rocinha and neighboring favela Vidigal abound. Elliot Rosenberg, the founder of Favela Experience, which maintains a network of favela homestays, said the bookings website has about 150 guests during the World Cup.Rosenberg said visitors are often in their late 20s and that a large number of guests come from the U.S. and Western Europe, though many also are from Latin America and even as far away as Japan, Singapore and Vietnam. He said they have had families and guests who split their time between a favela homestay and a regular hotel to have a more varied experience in Rio.Options in Favela Experience are far more economical than their ground-level counterparts: a private room for a couple can be $60 a night, whereas an “ultra-budget” traveler, in Rosenberg’s words, can bring their own sleeping bag and have a place to stay for as low as $20 a night during the World Cup.The Pura Vida hostel at the base of the Pavão Pavãozinho favela is charging $90 per person for a night in a 12-bed room, and they said they are sold out for game days in Rio.But Aaron Kleinmann and his travel partner would not be among the guests. They arrived at the hostel this week and quickly turned around, saying it hadn’t been advertised as being in a favela. The American said it was an unnecessary risk to stay in the community.“We’ll jump off cliffs, but we won’t do this. Plus it feels disrespectful,” Kleinmann said. He recalled seeing a “favela funk party” advertised on his trip already — one that wasn’t even in a favela.“It’s urban sociology 101,” he said of the experience.last_img read more

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Serena Williams on returning to the court after childbirth: ‘I win, or I don’t play’

first_imgWILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With Serena Williams nearing the end of her first pregnancy, the 35-year-old tennis icon opened up about her plans to return to the court early next year — and under what conditions she would choose to walk away from the game she loves for good.The 23-time Grand Slam champion announced in April that she is expecting her first baby with her fiance, Alexis Ohanian.In a new interview with Vogue, Williams admits that she used to think that having children would mean quitting tennis.“It’s hard to figure out what the end of your tennis career should look like,” she told Vogue. “But no. I’m definitely coming back. Walking out there and hearing the crowd, it may seem like nothing. But there’s no better feeling in the world.”In fact, Williams won her last major competition, the Australian Open, while she was a few weeks along in her pregnancy.Now, she said she plans on returning to defend her Australian Open title in January, even though that will be just three months after she gives birth.She said she knows returning to the court so soon after childbirth is going to be a big challenge, and adds that if she finds she isn’t the player she was at the height of her career, she will hang up her tennis shoes.“In this game, you can go dark fast. If I lose, and I lose again, it’s like, ‘She’s done.’ Especially since I’m not 20 years old,” Williams told Vogue. “I won’t win less. Either I win, or I don’t play.”Williams said aside from her career, she is also focused on the health and well-being of her child, and how that factors into life with her fiance and their growing family.“I’m nervous about childbirth. I’m not a spring chicken,” she said. “The biggest thing is that I don’t really think I’m a baby person. Not yet. That’s something I have to work on. I’m so used to me-me-me, taking care of my health, my body, my career. I always ask, ‘Am I going to be good enough?’”Although she knows she’ll have to worry about a daughter or son very soon, she told ABC News last month that she was enjoying her pregnancy and taking some time off from tennis.“I’ve never had this time off before,” she said. “I’ve been really enjoying my time off and getting ready for this new, massive chapter in my life.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Van Gaal dreams of FA Cup after replay stroll

first_imgUnited prevailed 3-0 in Tuesday’s replay against fourth-tier Cambridge at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and James Wilson, setting up a fifth-round trip to third-tier Preston North End.With rivals such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur having exited the competition at this stage, United are now favourites to end an 11-year wait to lift the world’s most famous domestic cup competition.But Van Gaal admits the visit to Deepdale in two weeks will be testing, especially after Preston’s impressive 3-1 replay victory away at cup specialists Sheffield United.“Every club in the FA Cup wants to win; we also,” said Van Gaal.“We have to beat Preston and that will not be easy. They won away against a cup fighter like Sheffield United, so it will be difficult for us to win in Preston North End.“I heard from (assistant manager) Ryan (Giggs) they (Sheffield United) are very good cup fighters and Preston beat them 3-1. So Preston is not a piece of cake.”Reflecting on his side’s performance against a team who are currently 79 places below United in the English league system, the Dutchman added: “I don’t think we played a very good match.“But it is always difficult against a defensive team. We could have done better, but I am pleased with the result.“Cambridge have played very well; a very organised team and with the mentality that was superb. The fans were fantastic from Cambridge United. We have done what we had to.”– Money for Money –He added: “I prefer to play against lower teams because the possibility to survive is higher. The FA Cup is a title and I am living for titles as a coach, but it is always difficult.“It is even sometimes more difficult to win against a lower team than a big team. That is good, but that is also what football is. It is what we all like, that not always the better team is winning.“We have a real chance now. Why? We are the highest qualified team in the FA Cup, so people are maybe betting on us. I am not allowed to. I give you a tip.” Cambridge might have taken a sensational lead, with forward Tom Elliott missing a glorious one-on-one opening by hitting a post inside the first minute before Mata and Rojo gave United a two-goal half-time advantage.Although he failed to get his name on the scoresheet, Belgian international Marouane Fellaini impressed in a role as a striker alongside Robin van Persie, playing a part in the two first-half goals.“Now with Fellaini, we have always also an attacking player through the air,” said Van Gaal.“We could also score through the air, not only along the floor, and that was our game plan and he has confirmed it again.“We could have scored more, I think. In the second half we played a bit more forward, I believe. We created more chances. Robin van Persie had four opportunities and could have scored more.”Cambridge could not match the dizzying heights of their first meeting with United, a 0-0 draw at the Abbey Stadium, but the £1 million ($1.5 million, 1.3 million euros) in funds generated by the replay was a huge consolation for losing manager Richard Money.“It means we can be safe and stable financially,” said Money.“We are not going to have a spending spree in the summer and have one massive effort to be promoted. We need to grow.“We need a new stadium and a new training ground or new facilities at the training ground. That is what the cup run will do for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, February 3 – Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal reiterated his determination to win a trophy in his debut season after his side beat Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round.last_img read more

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Anger as numerous pupils in South Inishowen denied school transport

first_imgInishowen Sinn Féin County Councillor, Jack Murray, has expressed his concern after being contacted by a number of families in South Inishowen whose children have been denied school transport to Buncrana.Cllr Murray said he has been contacted by families from both the Burnfoot and Muff areas whose children attend secondary school in Buncrana but were refused access to the school bus as they had no Bus Eireann ticket.“They have been told that it is now too late to obtain this ticket and that cannot avail of the school bus. “This is a ten mile journey twice a day, five days a week. Their families simply can’t drive them every day.“I have written to Bus Eireann, asking that this issue is addressed as a matter of priority. Children in rural areas must have access to education. It should not be impeded in any way.”Anger as numerous pupils in South Inishowen denied school transport was last modified: September 4th, 2018 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:donegalInishowenschool buslast_img read more

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Dog People Have More Friends Than Cat People, But Watch Less Hip TV Shows

first_imgA new study looked at dog people and cat people on Facebook to find the biggest differences between them.  And . . . they mainly just confirmed some stereotypes.  Here are the four big things they found . . .1.  Dog people seem more excitable and emotional . . . and cat people seem moodier and a little smug.The words that dog people are much more likely to use include “excited,” “proud,” “blessed,” and “fabulous.”  Cat people’s top words are “tired,” “amused,” “annoyed,” “happy,” and “sad.”2.  Cat people watch hipper TV shows.  They’re more likely to watch anime, “Doctor Who”, and shows on Cartoon Network.  Dog people are more likely to watch “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Duck Dynasty”.3.  Dog people have an average of 26 more Facebook friends, but cat people get invited to more events.4.  And finally, cat people are more likely to be single than dog people, 30% to 24%.last_img read more

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So You Want to Be A User Experience Professional?

first_imgYou’ve decided you want to be a user experience professional. But where do you start? That’s a question we get asked frequently at Detroit User Experience and Ladies That UX Detroit meetup events and online discussion groups. After years in a specific field, our members are looking to make a successful mid-career transition. Others are looking to move from print design to user experience design.Members want to know about the best online and in-person training, degrees, and individual courses to become a user experience professional. Their questions cover multiple areas:What local colleges offer user experience programs?Do you have any book recommendations?What ways can I speed up my learning process?Where Do I Start?Last week, when one of our members said she wanted to expand her skills and become a user experience designer, over 20 recommendations were shared on Facebook by members of both meetup groups. I was impressed by the wide range of advice and suggestions. We have a truly caring and giving group of user experience professionals in our area! To share with everyone, I’ve compiled the recommendations for books, online training, and academic programs at the end of the post. But learning about user experience isn’t all training, taking classes, and books.Here’s some helpful advice from our members:Developing a strong portfolio is an important step. You’ll want to showcase examples of where you improved the UX. There are several online sites or you could use something like a WordPress portfolio template.Josie Scott, User Experience Design Researcher at Synchrony FinancialI recommend exposure via education followed by volunteering to get some experience.Darren Hood, UX SpecialistFollow the #ux hashtag on Twitter. You can create a Twitter list of UX people to follow, or if you want check out my Twitter listDeborah Edwards-Onoro, Web Developer and UX ProfessionalBooksThe Elements of User Experience by Jesse James GarrettUser Experience Books for Beginners: a compilation of books by the good folks at UX BoothBooks by Don NormanAny book by Steve KrugAnd don’t forget the Rosenfeld Media booksHandbook of Usability Testing by Dana ChisnellInformation Architecture for the World Wide Web by Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville, and Jorge S. ArangoUniversal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill ButlerOnline Courses and TrainingLynda.com: online videos and trainingUdemy: they often have sales on their courses for as low as $10/courseUX Online Courses: over 70 online courses, many with comprehensive reviews, from UX Mastery. Courses range from free, to $25/month and up, to a one-time fee of $29 to $499Interaction Design Foundation: courses endorsed by Don Norman. Note: courses available for free to members.Certificates, Bachelor, and Masters Degree ProgramsYou’ll find post-secondary programs in the list below to earn certificates, Bachelor and Masters degrees in the fields of User Experience, Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Library and Information Science, Digital Design, Human-Computer Interaction, and others.University of MichiganKent State UniversityBentley University: offering certificate and Masters degreesUX Degrees: A list of post-secondary schools around the world offering degrees and certificatesHave any more recommendations or tips for learning user experience? Share them in the comments.Update July 6, 2015: Accessibility advocate Jennifer Sutton recommended another resource to learn about user experience, AccessibleUX, a community practice that combines accessibility and user experience. Launched last week, the site provides support to people and organizations with case studies, resources, critiques and more.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedUser Experience Groups in Metro DetroitWhen I attended my first Internet User Experience conference in Ann Arbor in the mid-2000’s, I knew I wanted to get involved with local user experience groups. The people I met at the conference were doing all the things I found fascinating about the web: user research, usability testing, and…In “User experience”February 2017 User Experience and Web Professional EventsIf you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”Lessons Learned from 12+ Years of Organizing Meetup EventsImagine you’re a project manager, invited to speak at a local meetup group. You’ve spent six hours creating and fine-tuning your talk and presentation slides. The day before your talk, you check the online event registration site to see over 45 people have registered to hear you speak. Whoa! It’s…In “Miscellaneous”last_img read more

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SA boosts earth observation

first_img7 December 2007South Africa’s earth observation capabilities have been given a boost with the establishment of the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), which will gather various data to ensure better management of existing resources and promote sustainable development.In addition, the Department of Science and Technology said in a statement last week that it has developed the South African Earth Observation Strategy (SAEOS) as a framework for coordinating and integrating the country’s existing earth observation capabilities, and to link them with complementary capabilities in neighbouring countries and to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).Earth observation is the use of satellites to gather various types data, including on land usage, oceans and atmospheric conditions.“South Africa needs a system of geospatial infrastructure to better coordinate the collection, assimilation and dissemination of earth observation data in order to support policy, decision-making, economic growth and sustainable development,” Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena said.He was addressing delegates at the 4th Ministerial Summit of the Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO), which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre last week.“This is where the SAEOS and SAEON will play a key role. By enabling us to understand our planet better, and provide the basis for evidence-based decision-making by policymakers, civil society and the private sector.”According to the department, the two programmes were established as part of its engagement with the international community, in promoting an integrated global earth observation system.SAEON is in the process of establishing “nodes” in each of the major biomes of South Africa, which are aimed at establishing long-term (30-year plus) monitoring of environmental indicators.The Egagasini Node for marine-offshore systems will use South Africa’s geographical advantage with regard to the Southern Oceans to garner information to inform climate change studies across the globe and fisheries management locally.“Within the SAEOS framework, SAEON aims to be comprehensive in scope by covering terrestrial, atmospheric and oceanic systems, inclusive of recent past environmental conditions that may be inferred from geological and palaeontological observations,” SAEON head Johan Pauw said.“SAEON’s scientific design is continuously refined to be responsive to emerging environmental issues and corresponds largely with the GEO societal benefit areas,” he explained.Mangena also praised the contributions made by the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), the international mechanism charged with the coordination of the international civil space-borne missions designed to observe and study the earth.Earlier this month, South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) took over as chair of the committee, a move that Mangena said would provide the country’s current and future space activities with global exposure in the space community, as well as access to world-class technologies in the area of satellite earth observation.“It will also provide an opportunity to foster partnerships with international space agencies and their partners to promote technology skills transfer and access to international research funding instruments,” he said.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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