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Miriam Makeba, freedom singer

first_img10 November 2008South African singer Miriam Makeba, one of Africa’s best known voices, passed away on Sunday after collapsing during a special benefit concert in the southern Italian town of Caserta, Italian news agency ANSA reported on Monday.Makeba (76) was performing in a concert for Roberto Saviano, a writer threatened with death by the Mafia, the Italian agency said. She died shortly after singing for half an hour, along with other singers and artists, for the young author of Gomorrah at Castel Volturno near Naples.She took ill and was rushed to a clinic in Castel Volturno, where she died of a heart attack, ANSA reported.“One of the greatest songstresses of our time, Miriam Makeba, has ceased to sing,” South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in a statement on Monday. “Miriam Makeba, South Africa’s Goodwill Ambassador, died doing what she did best – communicating a positive message through the art of singing.”Makeba, known as “Mama Africa”, was for decades the musical voice of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.Born of a Swazi mother and Xhosa father in Johannesburg on 4 March 1932, Makeba captured international attention as a vocalist for the South African group The Manhattan Brothers when they toured the United States in 1959.The following year, when she wanted to return home to bury her mother, the apartheid state revoked her citizenship, and later also banned her music. As a result she spent 31 years in exile, living in the United States and later in Guinea.She became the first black African woman to receive a Grammy Award, winning the Grammy for Best Folk Recording with US folk singer Harry Belafonte for the album An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba in 1965.Two years later, her fame sky-rocketed with the recording of the all-time hit “Pata Pata” (Xhosa for “touch, touch”, describing a township dance) – although she unknowingly signed away all royalties on the song.She hit an all-time low in 1985 when her only daughter, Bongi, died aged 36 from complications from a miscarriage. Makeba did not have money to buy a coffin for Bongi, and buried her alone, barring a handful of journalists from covering the funeral.But, according to her biography, she picked herself up again, as she had done many times before: when her father died at a young age; when recovering from cervical cancer; and after her many unhappy relationships.She returned to South Africa in the 1990s, after Nelson Mandela was released from prison, but it took a cash-strapped Makeba six years to find someone in the local recording industry to produce a record with her.She since released Homeland, which contains a song describing her joy to be back home after many years in exile during which she spoke out against apartheid and testified twice before the United Nations.“I kept my culture. I kept the music of my roots,” Makeba says in her biography. “Through my music I became this voice and image of Africa and the people without even realising.”Source: BuaNews-ANSAlast_img read more

President Cyril Ramaphosa Unveils the Nelson Mandela Statue at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly

first_imgPresident Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled a life-sized statue of late president Nelson Mandela at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, as South Africa celebrates Heritage Day on Monday 24 September 2018.           This comes as part of South Africa’s continued centenary celebrations of the founding father of the nation’s democracy – President Nelson Mandela. The year 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, thus providing a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his life and times and to promote his legacy.President Cyril Ramaphosa says the late Nelson Mandela will forever hold a special place in the world for his dedication to peace and his legacy of forgiveness. “This celebration has provided us with an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made as a young democracy and the tasks that still lie ahead of us. It has also reinforced the need for South Africa to continue to build on the legacy of President Mandela in working towards a peaceful, just and prosperous world,” added President Ramaphosa.President Ramaphosa called on global leaders, international organisations and civil society groups to work together to restore the primacy and relevance of multilateralism, and emphasised the need for strengthened efforts to a more proactive approach to the maintenance of international peace and security.Team South Africa – led by President Ramaphosa kicked off their 2018 participation at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in the form of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit which was hosted in collaboration with the UN and coincided with Heritage Day in South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Peace Summit included a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, the unveiling the Mandela live-size statue, and a reception hosted by South Africa for about 300 delegates on 24 September 2018. The high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, aimed to adopt a political declaration negotiated by Member States.President Ramaphosa concluded: “In line to the philosophy and practice of the Mandela years, South Africa continues to seek warm fraternal relations and strong economic ties with all the countries if the world, regardless of size, influence or alignment.“We remain firmly committed to the rules-based multilateralism as the most sustainable and effective approach to the management of international relations – and will continue to advocate for the needs and interests of developing countries to be placed at the top of the international agenda.”The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) commenced on 18 September 2018, and the first day of the high-level General Debate starts today – Tuesday, 25 September 2018, and is scheduled to last for nine working days.Article Submission by: Tsabeng NthiteFollow the conversation on #SAatUNGA73 #BetterAfricaBetterWorldlast_img read more

NFC Gets More Flexible with “Open NFC” for Android

first_imgTags:#Android#mobile#news What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts What he means is that, without something like Open NFC, any smartphone manufacturer that wanted to build phones using chips from another company besides NXP would have had to rewrite a substantial portion of the code found in the Android OS to allow the stack to work with a different NFC controller or combo connectivity chip.What Else Open NFC DoesThe code referencing the NXP hardware is not confined to a thin hardware-specific layer, Martineau said, but is found throughout the stack. With Open NFC’s hardware abstraction layer, however, adapting that stack to new hardware is much simpler.Open NFC itself is not new – it was introduced last year. This is just the first time it has been ported to Android. The Android version of the stack includes the ability to both read and write tags and it supports peer-to-peer communications, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing, interactions with single-wire protocol SIMs and other secure elements and is compatible with smart cards and RFID tags.The stack is also available for WinCE 6.0, Windows Phone 7, Linux 2.6, MeeGo and other mobile platforms in addition to Android. The software download will be available for Android 2.3/2.4 via Inside Secure’s website at the end of the month. It’s free and open-sourced under the Apache License. Developer documentation is available here.Why NFC Matters NFC, a short-range wireless communications technology, has been widely used in other parts of the world, especially in regions within Europe and Asia, but has not yet caught on in North America. But with the launch of Android 2.3 and the newest Google Android flagship phone, the Nexus S, NFC support is built right in.The technology forms the basis for upcoming mobile payments platforms which would allow you to wave your phone at a device at the point of sale in order to make a purchase – no credit cards required. Google is working on a mobile payments service of its own, which would tie together several of its products, including Google Places, Hotpot (local business recommendations) and, of course, Android. Both Apple and RIM have plans for NFC in their phones, too, although less is known about their particular initiatives.More importantly, three of the four leading U.S. mobile operators – AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, have teamed up on a mobile payments service called Isis which will utilize NFC technology. The service will be rolled out over the next 18 months in key markets, says the group.And other startups are taking advantage of NFC as well. For example, person-to-person mobile payments company mPayy interfaces with NFC technology in its mobile payment services for public transit and brick and mortar retailers. Another startup, Bling Nation, is offering stickers that NFC-enable phones that don’t include the necessary hardware.Forrester research analysts pegged NFC as one of the top mobile trends for 2011, saying that in some regions in the U.S. where NFC infrastructure is in place, the technology will begin to move from the trial stages to broader adoption this year.Note: We’ve reached out to NXP for comment and will update when it arrives. Stay tuned.Update: The following is NXP’s statement from Henri Ardevol, Vice President and General Manager, secure transactions, NXP Semiconductors:NXP is committed to the open-source development of NFC APIs and protocol stacks. We’re working with partners from across the eco-systems which include many parties such as Google, handset manufacturers, mobile network operators to support the development of NFC devices and applications. The NFClib from NXP has a classical layered structure, with a Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) providing a clear abstraction of the underlying Hardware and the Operating System.This HAL represents a fraction of the total software stack, as is typical in any connectivity technology implementation. NXP is the only supplier to provide the full stack in open source, including the HAL.The HAL API is located in phHAL4Nfc.h file and is also available to any other HW manufacturer willing to map their Hardware. Ultimately a standard API for Hardware abstraction will be provided by the NCI currently in specification phase at the NFC Forum. NXP plays an active role in the NFC-Forum to drive NFC related standards. The rest of NXP’s code is developed to support a broad range of industry standards, and is not proprietary to any specific hardware platform. By supporting the industry in this way, we believe that this will drive the creation of compelling NFC applications by handset manufacturers and independent application developers alike.” sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Semiconductor solutions provider Inside Secure has released an open source NFC protocol stack for Android 2.3, code-named “Gingerbread,” which it will provide to chip vendors, smartphone manufacturers, wireless carriers and software developers for free. The stack, called Open NFC, is the first hardware-independent implementation of NFC (near field communication) for Google’s Android mobile operating system.Prior to this launch, Android’s support for NFC code would only work with NFC chips from the vendor NXP Semiconducters. With Open NFC, however, different NFC chips can be used in Android phones, with less effort than would have been required before.Why Open NFC?Explains Philippe Martineau, executive vice president of the NFC business line for Inside Secure, “Open NFC relies on a separate, very thin and easily adaptable hardware abstraction software layer, which accounts for a very small percentage of the total stack code, meaning that the Open NFC software stack can be easily leveraged for different NFC chip hardware.”“This has tremendous cost, time-to-market and flexibility advantages for NFC chip vendors, smartphone manufacturers and software developers who would otherwise have to contend with rewriting the hardware-specific elements of the Gingerbread NFC protocol stack,” he said. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Kushwaha warns of violence against ‘vote loot’

first_imgRashtriya Lok Samata Party president Upendra Kushwaha on Tuesday threatened that there would be violence and bloodshed if attempts were made to tamper with EVMs and the results of the Lok Sabha polls. Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Kushwaha urged the people of Bihar to take up arms to prevent the “loot of votes”. “If anyone attempts to tamper with EVMs or the Lok Sabha poll results, there would be violence and bloodshed,” he said. Leaders of other parties in the Mahagathbandhan — the Congress, the RJD, the Vikassheel Insaan Party and the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) — were also present at the press meet. Mr. Kushwaha has contested from Karakat and Ujiyarpur Lok Sabha constituencies against strong NDA candidates Mahabali Singh (Janata Dal-United) and Nityanand Rai (BJP). Under the seat-sharing pact of the Mahagathbandhan, the RLSP contested from five seats of the total 40 in Bihar.‘Exit poll illusion’ Mr. Kushwaha recalled the time when incidents of booth capturing were common in Bihar. “Today booth capturing does not take place but attempts are being made to loot the election results. If any attempt like this happens, then I would urge the people of the State and Mahagathbandhan to pick up arms to protect their votes,” he said. “An illusion is being created through the exit polls by BJP leaders… we do not accept these exit polls,” he added.His remarks came in the wake of reports of alleged movement of EVMs in trucks and vans from one place to another in the State. Earlier, former Chief Minister and RJD leader Rabri Devi had tweeted: “EVMs are being confiscated from trucks and vans near strongrooms in the country. When, why, who and for what are they taking these EVMS? Is it a part of a pre-scheduled programme? The Election Commission should make it clear soon.”last_img read more

Madhya Pradesh: Five cops suspended for chatting on WhatsApp during duty

first_imgFive policemen were suspended after they were found chatting on WhatsApp while on duty in sensitive areas of Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur city on the day of the Supreme Court’s verdict in Ayodhya case, an official said on Sunday. The five personnel, all sepoys, were deployed in some sensitive city areas on Saturday in view of the apex court’s judgment in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya. Jabalpur’s Superintendent of Police Amit Singh said when he conducted a surprise inspection in those areas, he found five policemen busy chatting on social media platform WhatsApp.“All the five were suspended late Saturday night,” the official said. In view of the apex court’s order in the Ayodhya case, over 2,500 police personnel were deployed in various parts of the city, he said. Several police pickets and 25 temporary police outposts were set up for continuous surveillance across Jabalpur, he added.last_img read more