North Korean athletes arrive in South Korea for Olympics

first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea >> Ten North Korean skaters and skiers arrived in rival South Korea on Thursday to participate in this month’s Winter Olympics, which has brought a temporary lull in tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons program.The North Koreans are the second and final batch of 22 athletes from their country who have won special entries from the International Olympic Committee for the Feb. 9-25 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. A dozen North Korean female hockey players came last …last_img read more

Relive Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s five Grammy-winning moments

first_imgSouth African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo won their fifth Grammy at the 2018 Grammy Awards, confirming their status as one of the country’s greatest cultural exports.South African isicathamiya group Ladysmith Black Mambazo rose to global fame with their appearance on Paul Simon’s Graceland album. As one of South Africa’s most prolific groups, the singers are world ambassadors for South Africa and its cultures. (Image: Ladysmith Black Mambazo website)CD AndersonOver the last 40 years, the KwaZulu-Natal ensemble have brought traditional Zulu harmonies, called isicathamiya, to a global audience. They won the 2018 Best World Music Album award on 28 January for Shaka Zulu Revisited, a contemporary reworking of their 1987 breakthrough album.Ladysmith Black Mambazo first came to the world’s attention through their work with Paul Simon on his multiplatinum, Grammy-winning album, Graceland, in 1986.However, it was the original Shaka Zulu album – the follow-up to Graceland – that group founder Joseph Shabalala always considered their landmark album in taking the South African sound to the world. It won them their first Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Recording in 1988.To mark the 30th anniversary of the album, Ladysmith, led by Shabalala’s four sons since his retirement from music in 2008, re-recorded it. They gave the songs a modern feel without losing the traditional elements that have made the singers’ music so popular.Thamsanqa, Msizi, Thulani and Sibongiseni Shabalala said that the album was a way to pay tribute to their father and his leadership, as well as a dedication to the legacy of the many members of the ensemble over four decades, many of whom have since retired or died. Ladysmith Black Mambazo currently includes Shabalala cousins Albert and Abednego Mazibuko, as well family friends Russel Mthembu and Ngane Dlamini.In addition to a host of South African, African and global music and cultural awards, the group have been nominated for Grammys 19 times.Tweets about “Ladysmith Black Mambazo” The 2018 win is Ladysmith’s fifth Grammy. The group was also nominated this year for the Best Children’s Album award for Songs of Peace & Love For Kids & Parents Around the World. That Grammy went to American Lisa Loeb’s Feel What U Feel.Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader Msizi Shabalala accepts the award for Best World Music Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, USA, on 28 January 2018. (Image: Official Grammy website)On accepting the Best World Music award in person at the Grammys in Los Angeles, group leader Msizi Shabalala dedicated the win to his father and his commitment to using music as a way to bond the world’s diverse cultures. The group’s philosophy behind the music, Msizi said, was always “that people have to unite… not in fighting with each other but [in] harmony and peace and love”.Ladysmith are currently on a world tour to promote their new albums and celebrate their continuing success, longevity and fans around the world.Here are the five Grammy-winning moments that made Ladysmith Black Mambazo a global music sensation:“Unomathemba” from the 1988 Best Traditional Folk Recording Shaka Zulu“Selingelethu Sonke” from the 2004 Best Traditional World Music Album Raise Your Spirit Higher“Vela Nsizwa” from the 2009 Best Traditional World Music Album Ilembe: Honouring Shaka Zulu“Emgodini” from the 2013 Best World Music AlbumLive: Singing for Peace Around the World“Hello My Baby” from the 2018 Best World Music Album Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration Read more about Ladysmith Black Mambazo and other great South African music in these Brand South Africa articles:Mambazo’s golden anniversaryA journey around Africa with ten great songsSouth African music gets three Grammy nodsWatch: Salif Keita and Black Mambazo call for harmony in AfricaSouth African musicSource: News24, official Grammy website, WikipediaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Harvest issues in Brazil

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems that all the rain that central and northeastern Brazil lacked between October and December is falling now in January.  In some areas, it has rained every single day since Jan. 1 and the precipitation anomaly approaches 100%. But for some areas in Mato Grosso, the top Brazilian soybean-growing state, those rains have arrived too late. That’s why AgRural cut its yield estimate again in early January, from 46 to 43.8 bushels per acre. If realized, this average yield will be the lowest for Mato Grosso in 10 years. In some irrigated areas of Bahia and Minas Gerais, where the first areas are already mature for harvest, there are some cases of pod sprouting.Bad for harvest and some mature fields…Those rains have delayed the harvest progress in Mato Grosso. Last Friday, 3.6% of its soybean area was harvested, compared to 7.4% a year ago and 5% on the five-year average. Yields vary from 22 to 36 bushels per acre, but areas planted later have higher potential. Besides the excessive moisture (which has had a decrease from the previous week, but is still high), the erratic planting pace also contributes to the slow harvest progress. In Paraná, the No. 2 producing state, harvest is complete in 2.3% of the area, compared to 5% last year and 2% on the five-year average. Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul, in central Brazil, have also begun the harvest, but it is still very incipient (0.3% and 0.6%, respectively). In Brazil as a whole, 1.5% of the soybean area is harvest, compared to 3.5% last year and 2% on the five-year average.…but good for the bulk of the cropAlthough holding back the harvest pace in some areas, the constant rains in January have benefited many soybean fields across the country, especially those planted later in Mato Grosso and also in the Northeast states. In the South, the drier and warmer weather inspires some concern, especially in Rio Grande do Sul, where the crops still have a long way to go. But the soils have abundant moisture and there is no real threat to the crop development so far. Also, there is rain in the forecasts.Still above 100 mmt?On Jan 12, the federal crop agency Conab made just a minor adjustment in its soybean production forecast. The Brazilian production fell from 102.5 million tons in December to 102.1 million tons. A 0.8 million ton cut in Mato Grosso was partially offset by upward revisions in other states. Although the crop failure is not going to be as severe as initially expected, it is hard to believe that the Brazilian production will surpass 100 million tons. In early January, AgRural lowered its production estimate from 99.7 million to 98.7 million tons, still a record high. Much can still happen. Soybean yields still depend on weather conditions until March or April, depending on the state.CornSummer cropThe summer corn crop, which was planted from September to December, is in very good shape, since at this time of the year the production is concentrated in the South and in the Southeast, where the weather conditions have been favorable. AgRural projects the production at 27.6 million tons, compared to 30.1 million tons last year. The 8% decrease is due to the smaller planted area. In December, the forecast was at 26.7 million tons.“Safrinha”For the second crop, or “safrinha,” which is planted right after the soybean harvest, AgRural expects a record planted area, with an increase of up to 5%, because the domestic prices are good. Brazilian exports have been very strong, we almost don’t have corn at the spot market right now and the summer crop, which is 5.3% harvested so far, is smaller than a year ago. So, the market is pushing up prices in order to “buy” more acres for corn. Also, many farmers have already sold a significant part of the crop and must plant in order to meet contracts.Corn shortageWith record exports and prices skyrocketing in the cash market, small poultry and pork producers have had a hard time to feed their flocks. Last Friday, the federal crop agency Conab announced that it is going to sell 500 thousand tons out of its 1.476 million ton stocks.DelayThe delay in the soybean crop in some states, especially in Mato Grosso, is a problem, but farmers are likely to plant corn until the end of March, after the ideal window, hoping for an extended rainy season. Planting is 0.8% complete in south-central Brazil, compared to 3% a year ago and also 3% on the three-year average.Total corn productionIf we have favorable weather conditions until May or mid-June, Brazil can produce 82 or 83 million tons, compared to 84.7 million tons last year.last_img read more

Take a look at our top 7 IoT predictions for this year

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck ReadWrite Sponsors Related Posts At the beginning of any new year comes the inevitable sense of curiosity and wonder as to what the next twelve months will have in store. This phenomenon holds especially true in our current day and age where the ever expanding Internet of Things is transforming business models, enabling brand new products and services that are truly revolutionizing the world in which we live in.Now, with a few weeks already in the books, we wanted to share our Top 7 IoT predictions for 2017.1. 4G IoT takes center stage, 5G buzz grows louderAs many cellular carriers roll out plans to shut down their 2G and 3G networks – it’s no news that 4G LTE has evolved from a differentiator to more of a standard for IoT connected businesses to remain competitive. Now that we’re beginning to wrap our heads around the potential of 4G and the ways that these networks can be deployed – it’s expected that, despite many unknowns, the topic of 5G will become an increasingly popular discussion topic with an influx of opinions and predictions from industry thought leaders, analysts, and research firms around the future role of 5G and how it will be adopted and applied to the IoT.2. Emergence of narrowband IoTTaking a look at the other extreme IoT trend, we foresee greater adoption of Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) for technologies that require less robust and less frequent data transmissions to automate and simplify existing tasks. 2017 could be the year for NB-IoT to make a splash for applications in Utilities, Structure Monitoring, and Agriculture where the miles-long connection ranges and affordable price points are especially attractive.3. eSIM matures — how will carriers respond?Sometimes regarded as the “Holy Grail” of IoT connectivity, many anticipate the maturation of portable subscription management via embedded SIM (eSIM) cards to advance in the coming year. eSIM allows wireless IoT devices to shift from network to network in order to optimize coverage presenting the opportunity for faster, more reliable, and more powerful IoT applications. The technology is essentially already here – the real question lies in the commercial realization of the connectivity opportunities, primarily by the cellular carriers themselves.By embracing and facilitating a wide-open infrastructure, the carriers could redefine themselves and transition from a network carrier to a true facilitator of mobile utilization.‎Alex Brisbourne, CEO, KORE Wireless Group Inc.4. IoT-managed tablets taking the reinsTablets have been wildly popular in the consumer market for years now, but the shift to B2B adoption is set to provide a tangible link between IoT “vision” and “execution”. For deskless workers operating in industries ranging from Retail and Hospitality, to Field Services, to Healthcare; the IoT managed tablet provides many advantages over the traditional PC. Its physical makeup as a lightweight, practical device for easy transportation during a day’s work is complemented by its task-oriented usability and power to connect to the Internet by virtually every means available, extending beyond the limitations of WiFi.5. IoT security comes to the forefrontBoth wired and wireless Internet connections have introduced a multitude of IoT ingress points for hackers to get ahold of – many of which present the potential for disaster. With these concerns coming to life, 2017 should present both significant funding and attention into consumer, commercial, and industrial security of IoT. As IoT solution providers work to decrease vulnerabilities – expect to see movement on security development and protocols as new standards and devices enter the marketplace.6. Consolidation in the IoTWith the IoT become more widely adopted across a nearly infinite number of vertical markets – a growing number of wireless companies will join the race looking for their piece of the IoT pie. With more providers comes the inevitable consolidation of the industry with smaller companies looking to provide the edge and value required to be absorbed by the biggest and best in the space.7. Rise of “plug and play” IoTAs a fairly new area of technology – the IoT vendor ecosystem has traditionally been one of fragmentation, creating complexities for those looking to launch an IoT deployment. In 2017, all-in-one IoT partners and providers will gain increasing appeal by accelerating time-to-market, providing technical expertise and support, providing interoperable components, and enabling ubiquitous connectivity via multiple worldwide wireless networks.This article was produced in partnership with KORE.The author is CEO and KORE Wireless Group Inc. and has over 20 years of experience in the networking and telecommunications industry in companies all over the world, including in Europe, North America, and Asia. He has extensive experience in wireless, enterprise, and fixed-line services, and he sits on the Advisory Boards for a number of technology companies in the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, he served for a year as Chairman of the IoT M2M Council, the largest and fastest-growing IoT and M2M trade group.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#top Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more