NDSP ensures safety of students, fans during football gamedays

first_imgChris Collins | The Observer Notre Dame Security Police ensure the safety of the 80,000 fans who enter the stadium on football gamedays.Shibata said there are four key components of game day security: campus safety staff, technology, stadium security policies — such as the prohibited items policy — and good communication.“We do ask different groups like the ushers and the concessions team — we ask them at the beginning of their day to take a look through their spaces and make sure everything’s safe and that they don’t see any safety or security concerns,” she said. “They have to check in with us and let us know that’s done before we’ll open the buildings for use, so we’re really making sure that everything is safe.”Shibata said the construction of Campus Crossroads presented “a challenge in a positive way” to game day security efforts. Architects of the new buildings consulted with NDSP, the fire department and events management to discuss how to design structures conducive to security and safety.“The architects of the buildings also have a lot of expertise around security and these types of facilities, so I believe it was designed very well, which puts us in a great place to get started,” she said. “Because if we built the buildings and then decided how we were going to do security, that would be not as effective.”Moving the band off the field and into the stands has increased safety for both football players and band members, Shibata said.“That has some to do with wanting to clear the field itself of people so that people are not at risk of being hurt,” she said. “I would say that’s an improvement in safety, for the members of the band and the players and the people working on the field, so I would say that does increase safety.”Program manager for crowd control in Notre Dame athletics Jim Smith worked as an usher for 17 years prior to assuming his current position. He said ushers serve as the “eyes and ears” for stadium security.“We’re really not here to be the fun police,” he said. “All of our policies are in place for the safety and protection of the fans and the guests. Although you may not know why that policy is in place, a lot of thought has gone into it to make sure that we’re protecting the fans and so that they have a fun, family-friendly environment.”Smith said fans should familiarize themselves with the University’s security policies — in particular, the prohibited items policies.“Prohibited items policies is generally where we get the most pushback, if people are going through security and when we have to turn people away because they’re in possession of something that’s prohibited,” he said.Ushers also get pushback from students when discouraging pushups after touchdowns, Smith said.“ … At first it looks like we’re just trying to stop people from having fun, but when you think about it, the people who are sitting next to the person doing pushups who aren’t involved in pushups are the ones who will most likely be injured if that person gets dropped on top of them,” he said. “Most of the time, when we explain that to somebody they go, ‘Ah, that makes sense.’”Ultimately, Shibata said, communication amongst security staff is the most challenging, but also one of the most important parts, of gameday security.“There are so many moving parts and so many thousands of people involved in making gameday go well and they all have their own little pieces of responsibility for safety,” she said. “ … So it’s a lot of coordination and good communication is really important.”Tags: Football Friday Feature, gameday, NDSP, security Approximately 80,000 people will enter Notre Dame Stadium to watch the Irish take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday. Campus safety staff will be working hard to ensure the safety of each and every guest, chief of Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) Keri Kei Shibata said.“Our goal is really to have a pervasive culture of safety so that everyone has safety as their top priority and everyone is taking ownership, and reporting issues, and coming up with ideas, addressing problems and things like that,” she said.last_img read more

German coalition agrees to ban tobacco advertising

first_img“Limiting tobacco advertising on the street and in cinemas is long overdue,” Julia Kloeckner, the minister responsible for consumer protection, told local media.”Above all, we have to protect young people, so that ideally they don’t even start smoking.”Some 15 percent of German adults smoked cigarettes every day compared with an EU average of 19 percent, according to EU data from 2014. Advertising tobacco products in German streets will be banned from January 2022, according to a draft law seen by AFP on Thursday, following a U-turn by the governing conservatives.Although tobacco advertising is outlawed in the media, Germany is the only European Union country that still allows street posters and cinema advertising. The bill, due to be debated in parliament next week, was agreed after long negotiations among the governing coalition. A similar initiative in 2016 failed after it was opposed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU bloc, but the party changed its position at the end of last year.The proposed law includes plans to end free distribution of cigarettes at events and limit advertising in cinemas to films aimed at adults.The advertising ban will be widened to include electronic cigarettes by 2024.The new measures, combined with existing restrictions, are an “effective way to lower the number of smokers” in Germany, according to the bill. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Property investors look to unit blocks in beachside suburbs

first_img31 Seabeach Ave, Mermaid Beach. 31 Seabeach Ave, Mermaid Beach. 31 Seabeach Ave, Mermaid Beach.A PROPERTY investor has snapped a block of three flats in Mermaid Beach for a $1.275 million.Agent Luke Henderson of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach said the property at 31 Seabeach Ave sat in the heart of the popular beachside suburb.“This particular property consists of three older style, single store flats on a 455sqm site,’’ he said.“The property has a wide 15m frontage onto Seabeach Avenue, which is regarded as one of the suburb’s best streets.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago31 Seabeach Ave, Mermaid Beach.The three flats include two, two-bedroom flats and one, one-bedroom flat. Combined the flats are producing annual revenue of $42,000 per annum.Mr Henderson said sales in the Mermaid Beach property market, along with those in the neighbouring suburbs of Miami, Broadbeach and Mermaid Waters, were running strongly with demand from buyers outstripping supply.“We haven’t seen better conditions for sellers for many years,’’ Mr Henderson said. “Sellers of quality homes with sensible prices should enjoy quick sales success in the current market.”last_img read more

Exclusive – Eto’o for Liverpool? Good deal for Rodgers, claims ex-Merseyside star

first_imgTony Cottee has backed Liverpool’s shock move for Samuel Eto’o.The Cameroon international is available on a free transfer having left Chelsea at the end of last season, and has been linked with deals at West Ham United and Sunderland.But Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers is apparently now considering a surprise swoop for the former Barcelona star as he looks to reshape his front-line following the summer departure of Luis Suarez to the Nou Camp.He was close to a deal for Loic Remy before there was a problem with the QPR striker’s medical, and he has now reportedly turned his attention to Eto’o as a short-term option.And Cottee believes the 33-year-old’s potential arrival at Anfield would be good news for the Merseyside giants.“He’s an experienced player and the one thing Liverpool need is options,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “They didn’t have the distraction of the Champions League last season, but this year they’ve got it and they need a big squad.“I’ve been impressed with Brendan [Rodgers]. He was fantastic last year and he’s gradually building it up. You need a lot more players to play European football so I think he [Eto’o] would be a good signing.“He wouldn’t play every game but he’d be a good addition to the squad.”last_img read more

REJECTED! Man United have £52m Alvaro Morata bid turned down by Real Madrid

first_img Manchester United striker Alvaro Morata 1 Manchester United have had a £52million bid for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata rejected by the Spanish giants, reports claim.Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho wants Morata to replace the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the club’s main striker and had readied a big money offer.But, according to The Sun, Los Blancos have rejected the bid out of hand.They are said to be demanding a staggering £78.6m fee for the 24-year-old, who scored 20 goals in all competitions last season.Is it also claimed the offer did NOT include David de Gea, who is a top target for Real Madrid this summer having missed out on signing the Spanish number one goalkeeper last summer.It represents a big blow to jose Mourinho’s transfer plans, with the manager desperate to strengthen his forward line during the transfer window.If United’s pursuit of Morata continues to falter, it is suggested Mourinho will turn his attention to Torino striker Andrea Belotti – despite the £87m release clause in his contract.READ MORE: Marcus Rashford would welcome Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata at Old Traffordlast_img read more

Clean Coasts Week urges Donegal locals to clean up their coastline

first_imgRegistrations for the Coca-Cola Clean Coasts week are now open, and groups are encouraged to register now to receive their free beach clean-up. Taking place from June 1st- 9th, the week aims to encourage the nation to protect and enjoy our coastline while celebrating the thousands of volunteers across the island of Ireland who continuously work to keep the beaches clean all year around. Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. Clean Coasts has grown over the years and now includes two main nation clean-up drives- Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and the Big Beach Clean. There are currently over 700 registered Clean Coasts groups. Last year, 19 groups of volunteers between Donegal and Leitrim registered, with beach clean-ups happening in different locations across this region. These included free yoga sessions on Rossnowlagh Beach and a public discussion on how the local community can take better care of the Fanad coastline. Research confirmed that ‘doing good’ can help us reduce stress and improve health, which are the same effects that sport has on us. As such, this year’s Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week is back with the aim of getting people from the local sports communities involved. To register, visit www.cleancoasts.org. Registered groups will receive a free clean-up kit and other resources to organise clean-up events in your local areas. Clean Coasts Week urges Donegal locals to clean up their coastline was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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:Clean Coasts Weeklast_img read more

Joburg’s king of muti museum

first_img8 April 2004The Museum of Man and Science is overflowing with illuminating exhibits and interactive displays – of a different kind. It’s actually a shop, and provides an explosion of strange sights and smells.The 66-year-old museum (why it was originally called a museum is lost in time) is a traditional muti or medicine shop in Diagonal Street in Johannesburg’s CBD, and is described on the board above the door as the “The King of Muti, Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies”.It offers “a face of Africa that has largely disappeared in the push of western civilization and the march of ‘progress’ across the traditional life and cultures of the continent”.Walking into the darkish interior, you’ll probably bump your head on the ceiling displays: hundreds of bits of dried skins, horns still attached to skins, bits of bones, ox hooves and tails, ostrich heads and feet, strings of beads, seed anklets, and straw hats. Very interactive.Third-generation owner Peter Naidoo says there’s a cultural reason for having the displays so low. “When people come in they have to bend. This is a sign of respect in African culture.”Naidoo says his shop “caters for all tribes who live in Gauteng and in Africa”.Your nose will start twitching with a smell that is hard to define. Although not unpleasant, it’s pungent and earthy and dry, a mix of dried herbs and mild cow dung. Don’t worry, it’s nothing to do with the animal products – all have been dipped in formalin, a preservation medium.Once you’ve had your fill of the ceiling display, you’ll become aware of a pillar piled with horns and several dried carcasses of monkeys, another one with black and white tyre sandals. Then you’ll notice the counters. One is filled with painted clay pots (used by traditional healers for storing their mixtures) interspersed with metal candelabras.The front of the counter is decorated with walking sticks and metal “church sticks” (used by priests of Zion veld churches); drums decorate the front of another.Walk further in and you’ll find spears, knobkerries and shields and, down one side, pigeon-holes jam-packed with dried roots, bits of bark, branches, dried plants and herbs.The main counter has more walking sticks and knobkerries decorating its front, and rows of intriguing bottles of mixtures behind the counter, on the wall.Over 1 900 herbsNaidoo says there are over 1 900 different herbs in the shop, collected from as far afield as central Africa.The shop’s biggest local selling item is its dried herbs. The walking sticks and drums and other similar items are for sale to tourists, who visit the shop in busloads.The shop has a constant flow of customers, buying items on the instructions of an inyanga – a traditional healer who uses herbal remedies. They’ll visit the inyanga with a complaint, and he or she will advise what herbs are needed. Once the customer has purchased the mix, wrapped in a sheet of newspaper in the shop, he’ll go back to the inyanga who will prepare the remedy and give it to the customer to take.According to Naidoo, traditional African belief says that all things – animal, vegetable or mineral – have power, and small pieces of the animal or vegetable will be used in muti or potions to “ward off evil, for personal protection and luck, or to ensure the faithfulness of a lover or the defeat of an enemy”.“There are in this shop the ingredients to create a muti for almost every malady,” says Naidoo.“The various barks, roots, twigs, and bulbs, as well as the animal parts, are used, either by themselves or mixed together, to create a paste, liquid or powder which will be effective against illnesses, from mild fevers to serious diseases.”Sometimes the patient will only drink the froth on the top of a brew. For other remedies the patient will crouch over a boiling brew, with a blanket over his head, and breath in the steam.Consulting the sangomaThe sangoma, or diviner, is more concerned with the ancestors and keeping them happy. Some illnesses are believed to be caused by unhappy ancestors, who haven’t been respected or acknowledged sufficiently. The sangoma will throw a set of bones, and give advice to the customer on actions to be taken to appease the ancestors.Some items in the shop are exclusively for use by inyangas and sangomas. Calabashes are used by them to store muti, jackal fur caps are worn by them, as are belts decorated with cowrie shells. The tails of cattle, buffalo and wildebeest are a symbol of power and used as whisks to flick muti onto people, or around a hut or village to ward off disease or evil.At the back of the shop is a hut, stacked with muti, with bones and mats on the floor. Customers and tourists can make an appointment with a sangoma, who will throw the bones in the hut and offer advice.Conserving ancient knowledgeNaidoo maintains that 60 percent of all medicines are based on herbs. “It would surprise most people to learn how, of the pharmaceutical products on the shelves of the world today, most have come from information handed down through the traditional healer.”He says that a lot of this knowledge is being lost, as people become more urbanised and move away from their traditional roots.“It is a function of the Museum of Man and Science to recover such valuable information, and to study the effects of the various influences now being superimposed upon the traditional societies of southern Africa,” he says.Naidoo, a Tamil Hindu, also worships the dead. He has a quiet corner of the shop where an incense candle is burning. He says he offers prayers to his late father, Kasavaloo Naidoo.The shop was established in 1938 by the owner’s grandfather, Moonsamy Naidoo. His son, a medical doctor and homeopath, took over the business. According to Kasavaloo Naidoo’s wife, Moonsamy Naidoo used to work with Raymond Dart, who discovered the skull of the Taung child in 1924 near a town called Taung in the far north of the North West Province.Wander around the shop, marvel at the items on display, enjoy the new smells, but be sure of your purchase, because as you hand over your money you’ll notice a sign at the counter which reads: “No Cash Refunds”.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

A first for Africa: graduating with an indigenous knowledge degree

first_imgIt’s Africa Month so we take a look at the degree in indigenous knowledge systems offered at North West University. The first batch of students graduated in April.From left to right, Baatile Mamabolo, Morapedi Mohohlo, Vinolia Setshego, Nkhumisang Kekana, Thelma Molokwa, Monica Bhuda, Kgothatso Mafiri, Tshepiso Ndhlovu, Olefile Mogotsi and Lesley Mashego graduate on 24 April 2017 with degrees in indigenous knowledge systems (IKS), a first qualification of its kind, from North West University. (Image supplied)Priya PitamberKgothatso Mafiri and Peter Tshepiso Ndhlovu are two of the 12 graduates from the first cohort of students studying for a degree in indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) at North West University (NWU).“I have learnt that IKS is everywhere and it is not stagnant,” says Mafiri, who attended the graduation ceremony on 24 April 2017.“IKS can help with the many problems that humankind is faced with in recent times, such as sicknesses, climate change, poverty, and many other things.”During her studies, Mafiri says, she learnt a lot about who she was, both as a South African and as an Africa. “I have learnt to appreciate all the different cultures of the world and understand that none is more important than the other.”Ndhlovu has decided to continue his studies and will do a Masters degree. He says it is an opportunity to study something relevant to his identity. “Indigenous knowledge is one of the most undermined disciplines across the community and among other students so I [took the chance] to be one of the few to make a difference in studying the concept of livelihoods in the context of Africa.”#Indigenous knowledge systems could be a model for #ClimateChange mitigation: https://t.co/dAGicP0F5E pic.twitter.com/WVggAkjwui— UN Environment (@UNEP) January 22, 2016What is indigenous knowledge systems?The IKS course is interdisciplinary in nature and takes four years to complete, says lecturer Dr George Sedupane, a phytotherapist by profession. The modules cover four areas: arts and culture, health, science and technology, and agriculture. The students are guided by academics and knowledgeable members of the community.In its simplest terms, the course streamlines local knowledge as a curriculum.Watch:Sedupane uses the example of food indigenous to South Africa, of which many crops grow easily with minimal maintenance.“There is no reason for so many people to be having anaemia when indigenous greens such as amaranth thepe has 12 times the iron found in cabbage,” he says. “Pumpkin leaves have more than 22 times the iron found in cabbage.”But cabbage is associated with modernity and so is more likely to be consumed. “We are now buying Chinese cabbage and goji berries for their touted health benefits, as if we do not have our own God given greens and berries.“The indigenous knowledge qualification seeks to help us take pride in what we have and to use it. It makes economic, agronomic and nutritional sense.”He says IKS “will aid Africans in using the vast cultural, scientific and natural resources to address the pressing economic, health and food security challenges facing the continent, as well as aesthetic needs”.There are more than 50,000 flowering plants in sub-Saharan Africa, which many people don’t realise, Sedupane says.“Some of these plants have been used for various purposes, including medicine. In my own practice I have used certain indigenous plants to treat recalcitrant conditions that had not responded to conventional treatment. I believe that we have only scratched the surface.”Watch this to learn more about indigenous knowledge:Importance of indigenous knowledge systemsFollowing the establishment of the IKS Centre at the NWU, other countries have shown an interest in setting up similar initiatives. The university is providing advice, says Sedupane.The knowledge held by African people, he says, has either been denied, denounced and ignored or siphoned, exported and repackaged as other people’s expertise.“Thus the IKS qualifications were initiated to recognise and celebrate the value, validity and utility of African knowledge. Indigenous knowledge is a very important driving force for sustainable living and economic development.”Such a course is the perfect antidote to recent discussions on decolonising education, he says. “It is essential for propelling Africa into the 21st century, not merely as a consumer but as a producer of knowledge.”Starting outSedupane has always loved an indigenous lifestyle. Despite growing up in Montshiwa, in the city of Mahikeng, his family would visit his parents’ villages, Mareetsane and Khunwana, every year.“I loved the sights, sounds and activities of rural African life. The bellowing of beasts, their pasturing and milking, decorating with their dung — all had an enigmatic charm on my mind.”Qualifying as a phytotherapist allowed him to combine his interests in agriculture, nutrition and medicine. He lectured in phytotherapy for eight years at the University of the Western Cape. When he returned to his home town he was approached to become involved in the IKS centre.Africa’s history and knowledge“Much of Africa’s story has been told by people who saw it through a Eurocentric lens and thus it has been distorted to a large degree,” says Sedupane.As tools of cultural change, the media and education have a role to play in updating mindsets. “So indigenous knowledge needs to be embedded in curriculums from Grade 0 all the way to matric. Programmes that highlight, celebrate and teach indigenous knowledge need to be produced. Just as strenuous efforts have been made to make people gender sensitive, similar efforts can be made to make people indigenous knowledge or Afro sensitive.A student noted in his final year research project that South African museums had an opportunity to portray a full picture of African life. “So in his Masters research he is exploring how Afrocentricity can be infused in South African museology. This is just one of the ways we can promote our culture,” says Sedupane.Going forwardNdhlovu would like to share the knowledge he has gained with others, including the government, and people living in urban areas. “[I’d like] to show people from the cities that it is possible to know your livelihoods,” he says.Community upliftment and education are close to Mafiri’s heart and is already taking part in projects that “educate the African about who she truly is and the worth of her knowledge”.Ideally, she’d like to return to her home town in Limpopo to empower people because, she says, there is a high rate of unemployment. “I would like to implement projects that will teach people to be financially stable and be able to sustain themselves and their families on a long term basis.”She’s also thinking about furthering her studies.For his part, Sedupane would like to expand the course to include ethno-economics, ethno-politics and ethno-botany.The programme, he says, would be greatly enriched by students from other countries. “So our arms are open to students from Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, Angola, Mauritius, Seychelles, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This, however, does not exclude any other students from anywhere in the world.”Revolutionising education“It would be great if many of the mainstream universities could actually consider offering the course as we are being faced with a youth that is concerned with the African renaissance and revolutionising the education system,” Mafiri says.“We are the first of our kind and it is only a matter of time before we are recognised and start making a difference in our little corners.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S4: The Phone So Complicated, It Has An ‘Easy’ Mode

first_imgBest Photo: Takes a burst of eight pictures and selects the best.Auto: Classic smartphone camera feature, automatically adjusts for light settings. On by default.Beauty Face: Enhances facial features automatically.Best Face: Combines five photos of a face to create the ideal image.Sound & Shot: Takes a still photo and records nine seconds of sound to go with it. Annoyingly, the clips play automatically when you flip through photos in the gallery.Drama: Takes multiple pictures of a moving object and transposes them to one shot. A standard feature on most digital SLRs.Animated Photo: You take a picture of someone waving at you. You can then go back into the picture and freeze portions of it, but keep the waving hand moving. Kind of like taking a picture to create an animated GIF.Rich Tone: Hi-definition. Most smartphones do this nowadays.Eraser: Is there something moving in your photo you want t oeliminate. Eraser lets you edit the photo to remove people walking in the background, or traffic in the foreground. Eraser does not work on stationary objects (like someone photo-bombing your pictures).Panorama: Creates a simple multiple panel shot – already standard on Apple and HTC smartphones.Sports: Speeds up the camera take capture pictures of fast movement.Night: Improves low-light pictures without flash.Its quite a list, although a few functions, like Animated Photo, don’t work quite as well as they could. The camera also has a dual-function mode where you can insert your face from the front camera into the view finder of the back camera. All in all, except for maybe the HTC One, there may not be a better smartphone camera on the market. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Smartphone For Your Mom?The term “fear of missing out” – FoMo – has been applied to the sociological concept of not wanting to miss anything your friends are doing in relation to social media, but it could just as easily apply to the Galaxy S4. With all the things that this smartphone can do, it’s easy to get the feeling that you are missing out on the capabilities of your own device.Let’s take a look at some of the new features in the Galaxy S4:Air View: Hover over an item like an email or a calendar date and Air View will display a preview of what is inside. This feature originally appeared in Samsung’s Note 2 with the built-in stylus but now can be done with a finger.Air Gesture: Theoretically, you can answer a phone call, change songs on a music playlist, swap browser tabs or perform a variety of other functions just by waving your hand over he device. An extra infrared sensor picks up the motion and executes the command. At least it is supposed to. Except for one limited instance (moving an app from one home screen panel to another), I was not able to get Air Gesture to work. And this turned out be a disappointing theme with the Galaxy S4.Smart Stay/Smart Pause/Smart Scroll: With Smart Stay, the screen stays on as long as you are looking at it. Smart Pause is intended to pause a video if your eyes look away. Smart Scroll is supposed to follow your facial motion and the tilt of your device to automatically scroll down a website. But no matter how hard I tried, with a wide variety of apps, I could not get Smart Pause to work. Smart Stay seems to work OK, but it was often hard to tell since I mostly seem to look at my smartphone for only a few seconds at a time. It was also difficult to get Smart Scroll to work. The instructions for these features note that your face and the background behind you must be well-lit, so Samsung seems to acknowledge that these functions won’t work all the time.Multi-Window: You Can use two apps at the same time. A little tab appears on the left of the screen and essentially acts as a “recent apps” menu.[See Also: Samsung Galaxy S4: The Phone So Complicated, It Has An ‘Easy’ Mode]Easy Mode: For people who ave trouble using complicated devices, the Galaxy S4 has an entire mode with bigger fonts, icons and less home screen space. This works, but there’s no surer sign of the S4’s feature bloat than the need for an “easy mode.”WatchOn: OK, this feature is cool. WatchOn uses the device’s infrared sensor to turn the S4 into a programmable TV remote control. It even recognize your TV and cable/satellite provider and displays a programming guide.Samsung Hub: Samsung used to have several different media “hubs” for books, music, video and so forth. They have now all been consolidated to one Hub.Group Play: This feature lets you to connect to other Samsung devices and play the same song through all of them at the same time, with one person acting as the DJ. This could be fun in some situations, but it’s mostly just a gimmick.Expanded Settings/Notifications: Android comes with a simple drop-down notification center. Samsung’s TouchWiz has historically added radio buttons to it to control Wi-Fi, GPS, rotate and other functions. Since the S4 has so many new functions, the company added an entirely new section to the drop-down settings to toggle all the various features on and off.“What we have done is create a form here which allows people to learn about the feature and decide if you want to turn it on our off. It is another way making these really, really powerful features more accessible,” DiCarlo said.Samsung Galaxy S4 settings panelThe Galaxy S4 comes pre-loaded with widgets and apps on its Android home screen panels out of the box, but these can be easily removed. See the composite image below for the pre-loaded apps and widgets on a Sprint version of the S4. (Note: Spotify does not come pre-loaded. I put that in to the only available space I could find on the Galaxy S4. )With all this… stuff, is this really the phone that I would recommend to my mother? Or anyone’s mother? Related Posts Panorama modeOne note: Some of the functions (animated photo, sound and photo) are saved to the Galaxy S4 in a proprietary Samsung file and can be shared only with other Samsung devices.Hardware & DesignThe specs on the Galaxy S4 are comparable to other top smartphones on the market. The U.S. version sports the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor as the HTC One and LG Optimus Pro G.It has all the usual sensors – Gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity – as well as that extra infrared sensor that powers the gesture-based controls. It also is said to have a barometer and humidity sensors, but I have no idea what they do or how to use them.The Galaxy Sr’s 2600 mAh battery, biggest in a non-“phablet” smartphone, will definitely last all day and then some.The Galaxy S4 has the same flimsy plastic removable back as other Galaxy S models. DiCarlo explained the company’s reasoning:In terms of the material, we definitely heard the criticisms and comments. It definitely did not go unheard. Our thinking on that is that a removable battery is a good thing. If you are at CES working all day or at a concert or whatever, having an alternate battery is certainly a good thing. A lot of people still like removable memory. And a lot of our accessories allow the device to stay thin by replacing that back cover for wireless charging or whatever. There are a lot of user benefits as well as durability factor, something you can carry around with you in a case. Not to make any excuse for it, but just to explain the thinking.Samsung’s accessories, like the flip cover back, are definitely a big reason for the removable back. So is weight. At 4.59 ounces, it is almost a half-ounce lighter than the full-metal-casing HTC One. Even though the S4 is a little smaller than the Galaxy S3, its screen is a little bigger, growing from 4.8 inches to 5 inches. The very nice screen is HD Super Amoled, coming in at 441 pixels per inch. If anything, the colors may seem a little over saturated.You Might Want This Smartphone, You Might NotSamsung will sell a lot of Galaxy S4s. Consumers will like the size and shape, the screen and the camera. Developers will like the chance to play with the gesture-based controls like AirView (if they can actually get them to work). Enterprises won’t mind employees bringing the device to work with its capability to use Knox, Samsung’s mobile enterprise management solution.Really, the Galaxy S4 is a solid smartphone, in just about every way.You just have to put up with Samsung’s insistence on loading you down with bloatware, pre-loaded apps and features that you will likely never use and just get in the way. Once you cut through all that, the Galaxy S4 is a first rate smartphone. Tags:#Android#Samsung#Samsung Galaxy dan rowinski CameraThe S4’s cameras have so much going on it deserves its own focus. Fortunately, though, the advanced camera functions are easy to use and understand. The Galaxy S4 has a 13-megapixel back camera and 2MP front camera – more than most competitors.The goal of the Galaxy S4 camera is to give regular people (not just professional photographers) the ability to use more of its features. “Where we really focused was allowing people to really get a professional kind of photo experience super, super easy,” DiCarlo said.The camera interface uses a simple “mode” button on the display to toggle through the different ways the Galaxy S4 let you take a picture. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Your smartphone should not be a source of stress. With its new Galaxy S4, it seems Samsung may not have gotten the memo.It seems that every feature Samsung could possibly dream up ended up in the Galaxy S4. The company pushes the envelope with technologies and features that keep the rest of the industry on its toes. Yet it packs the Galaxy S4 with so many of its own branded apps, so many features of questionable value that don’t even work properly, that it detracts from the overall quality of the device.Samsung does allow you to strip away many of those features. Its custom-made widgets can be thrown out, and functions like Air Gesture and Smart Pause can be turned off. Once you strip away all the superfluous garbage, the Galaxy S4 is actually a pretty nice device. And there are indications that Samsung recognizes the problem.“Galaxy S3 and Note II are very feature-rich products. As is the S4. That is very core to the brand of ‘next big thing,’” said Nick DiCarlo, VP of Portfolio Planning and Product Marketing at Samsung Telecommunications America. “With the S4 you will notice that we have done a ton of things to make things simpler. We hope that this could be a phone that you would recommend to your mom.” The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

APM Terminals Chooses Builder of New Terminal in Morocco

first_imgzoom The Netherlands-based terminal operator APM Terminals has awarded the construction of a new container terminal at Tangier Med 2 port complex, situated in Morocco, to a conglomeration of four companies of Belgium’s Willemen Groep.The companies in question are Aswebo, Aannemingen Van Wellen, Franki Construct and Cosimco, all of them being part of Willemen Groep.The terminal will be built on a 53-hectar site and will have a quay length of 1,200 meters. It is understood that the new facility will be the first automated container terminal in Africa.APM Terminals has been active in the port of Tangier since 2007 and has decided to expand the container terminal to better serve future trade volumes and larger container ships.The Letter of Acceptance (LoA) between the terminal operator and the group was signed on November 7, 2016. It states that the work must be executed in a time span of 662 calendar days, from November 8, 2016, to September 1, 2018.According to Willemen Groep, the first sod will be cut in mid-February 2017.“This new container terminal for APM Terminals is not the first project in Africa for our group, but it is by far the largest,” Johan Willemen, President of Willemen Groep, said.Last month, APM Terminals ordered new cranes from Shanghai-based crane manufacturer ZPMC to equip its new terminal at the Tangier Med 2 port.A total of 12 remote-controlled Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and 32 Automated Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGs) have been ordered for the five million TEU APM Terminals MedPort Tangier facility.last_img read more