Daily Archives: March 12, 2019

First Endothermic Cryptocurrency Miners Released by OnMiners

LUXEMBOURG / ACCESSWIRE / March 12, 2019 / OnMiners S.A (www.onminers.com) has recently earned the distinction becoming the first company ever to introduce an extraordinary range of endothermic cryptocurrency mining rigs. A team of investors working towards making crypto mining simple and profitable, OnMiners has introduced three highly efficient mining rigs utilizing the latest endothermic chip technology. Each of these products offers biggest hash-rates available in the market while minimizing power consumption and heat/noise generation.

The three OnMiners mining rigs named On2U, On4U, and OnTower can mine Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Monero, Dash, and Zcash. Users can start mining their preferred coins immediately because all the units come pre-configured and just need to be plugged in. The most noteworthy feature of these mining rigs is their endothermic nature. Unlike any other similar product in the market, these miners absorb heat energy from the surroundings instead of releasing it. This ensures incomparably low energy consumption for the units.

Mentioned below are the hash-rates offered by the products for mining different coins.

On2U: 140 TH/s for Bitcoin, 38 GH/s for Litecoin, 5 GH/s for Ethereum, 230 KH/s for Monero, 1.3 TH/s for Dash, and 1.1 MH/s
On4U: 270 TH/s for Bitcoin, 75 GH/s for Litecoin, 9 GH/s for Ethereum, 450 KH/s for Monero, 2.5 TH/s for Dash, and 2.1 MH/s
OnTower: 1620 TH/s for Bitcoin, 450 GH/s for Litecoin, 54 GH/s for Ethereum, 2700 KH/s for Monero, 15 TH/s for Dash, and 12.6 MH/s

All the mining rigs from OnMiners are delivered all over the world except for the countries in the war zone. These products are compatible with universal sockets 110v-240v and come with a one year warranty from the manufacturer. In order to minimize noise, OnMiners has utilized the company’s proprietary air cooling noiseless system.

”With hash-power rates like never before, we are extremely confident that our mining rigs will have a game-changing impact on the market,” said Hisao Saito, the CEO of OnMiners.

To find out more about OnMiners and their products, please visit https://www.onminers.com/

About

OnMiners is a company founded by a group of investors that have invested in the new generation of Endothermic Multi Algorithm CHIP. Their goal is to deliver cryptocurrency miners that are powerful, but have lower power consumption. Utilizing the endothermic chip technology, OnMiners offers a comprehensive range of mining rigs that are easier to set up, release less heat compared to others, and save energy bills for the users.

Contact:

Lucie Weber
lucie@onminers.com
+352 27 86 12 84

SOURCE: OnMiners S.A

Veteran Diplomat Set to Guide Algeria’s Transition After Protests

CAIRO Lakhdar Brahimi, the veteran diplomat who is expected to steer Algeria’s political transition after mass protests, has won respect from foreign leaders and his country’s political elite during his long career.

But his appointment may not go down well with protesters demanding rapid change. At 85, he is three years older than President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and from the same generation that has presided over Algerian politics since the 1954-62 war of independence against France.

Bouteflika yielded to the protests on Monday by postponing elections and dropping plans to stand for a fifth term. Brahimi is now likely to chair a conference planning Algeria’s future, a government source said.

A former foreign minister, Brahimi has carried out troubleshooting missions for the United Nations across several regions and mediated on some of the Middle East’s thorniest conflicts.

Though not directly or publicly involved in national politics, he is a heavyweight of Algeria’s establishment, long viewed as a possible presidential candidate. He is close to Bouteflika.

“The voice of the people has been heard,” Brahimi said on state television after Bouteflika’s announcement that he would not seek a new term. “Young people who took to the streets acted responsibly and gave a good image of the country. We must turn this crisis into a constructive process.”

Bouteflika has said his own final act will be to usher in a new system that will be in “the hands of a new generation of Algerians.”

The “inclusive and independent” national conference that Brahimi is expected to head is tasked with drafting a new constitution and setting a date for elections by the end of 2019.

It is likely to include prominent war veterans as well as representatives of the protest movement which has brought tens of thousands of people on to the streets since last month, political sources said.

The plan may struggle to win support, however. Large crowds turned out again in cities across Algeria on Tuesday, protesting against the extension of Bouteflika’s term and calling for faster change.

‘Great friendship for’ Bouteflika

Educated in Algeria and France, Brahimi launched his career during the independence war, representing the National Liberation Front (FLN) in Southeast Asia while Bouteflika and other future leaders joined the FLN on the home front.

A career in the foreign service followed, including ambassadorial roles in the 1960s and 70s during Algeria’s post-independence diplomatic heyday, when a youthful Bouteflika was foreign minister.

Brahimi was foreign minister himself from 1991 to 1993, as Algeria slid into a civil conflict.

In an interview published in 2010, he said elections that were cancelled by the army, with the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) poised to win, should never have been held, given the Islamists’ strength.

But he said that once the first round was held in December 1991, the second round should have gone ahead too “because what followed could not have been worse.”

Fighting that pitted security forces against an Islamist insurgency eventually killed as many as 200,000 people, with Bouteflika overseeing amnesties that drew the conflict towards a close after he became president in 1999.

From the 1980s, Brahimi served in multinational bodies, helping mediate an end to Lebanon’s civil war for the Arab League in 1989-91, an experience he described as formative.

He spent six months heading the U.N. observer mission to South Africa before Nelson Mandela’s election as president in 1994, and served twice as U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan, before and after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. In 2004, he was special envoy to Iraq.

In what was expected to be his final high-level mission, in 2012 he was named U.N. special envoy for Syria as the war there worsened, leading negotiations between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and rebels in Switzerland.

Brahimi quit two years later, unable to break intra-Syrian and international deadlocks. He told the U.N. Security Council: “I go with a heavy heart because so little was achieved.”

In December 2018 Brahimi told Jeune Afrique magazine that he did not foresee a domestic crisis in Algeria.

“Recently I traveled a little in the interior of the country and I have the impression that Algeria is doing quite well,” he said, citing infrastructure development in his home region south of Algiers.

He said he did not believe Bouteflika was widely contested, and that he did not have an opinion on whether the president should stand again.

“I have great confidence in him and great friendship for him,” he said.

Source: Voice of America

President Cyril Ramaphosa: SA-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission

Opening Remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa during the SA-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission, Harare, Republic of Zimbabwe

Your Excellency, President Emmerson Mnangagwa,

Vice President Chiwenga

Vice President Mohadi

Honourable Ministers and Deputy Ministers,

Your Excellencies, High Commissioners,

Senior officials from our respective governments;

Good morning,

I wish to express my sincere appreciation to you, Mr President, for the warm hospitality extended to me and my delegation in your beautiful country.

I am very pleased to visit Zimbabwe once again, for this important meeting of the Third Session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission.

I am encouraged that we are both committed to adhering to the BNC Agreement signed in April 2015, which stipulates that the two countries should meet annually.

Although our BNC is only just over three years old, our relations date several decades.

We fought side-by-side against colonialism, apartheid and white minority role.

We will remain eternally grateful for the support that Zimbabwe gave to our struggle at a great cost to its own security and development.

Through steadfast servicing of this BNC, our two countries will be able to consolidate the bilateral cooperation existing between our countries and to explore other areas of cooperation.

Since the inaugural session of the BNC, there have been increased interactions between our respective government departments.

I am confident that the report that will be presented to us shortly will be reflective of the positive outcomes emanating from those engagements.

Today, we reiterate South Africa’s commitment to work with Zimbabwe in addressing the socio-economic challenges experienced by our two countries.

We commend your new administration for all your efforts through your Programme of Action to take Zimbabwe out of its current difficulties and make it a viable partner for South Africa, the region and other development partners.

In support of your commendable efforts, in February of this year at the World Economic Forum, South Africa made a call to the international community to assist Zimbabwe and lift sanctions.

We are pleased that the European Union heeded the call, and in February 2019 decided to lift sanctions on the current members of your administration.

This is the first of many steps needed to support Zimbabwe’s recovery.

As South Africa we are also emerging from a difficult period not only of poor economic performance but also of diminishing public trust in state institutions and low investor confidence.

We have been forthright in acknowledging the effects of decline of governance, corruption and what we describe as ‘state capture’ on our economy, our institutions and our people.

We have also recognised that we will not be able to meaningfully address the triple challenges that our country and people face, of unemployment, poverty and inequality without increased investment in critical areas of our economy.

We have welcomed interactions we have had with the private sector representing both local and international businesses on a number of issues that are of concern to them and some matters of concern to us.

It is for this reason that we have prioritised the restoration of a policy and regulatory environment that is stable, consistent, predicable and conducive to attracting investment in South Africa.

We have taken decisive steps to ensure policy certainty in areas that had been a hinderance to investment. Amongst these was the move to speed up the finalisation of the our transformative Mining Charter which deals with the regulatory architecture of our mining industry and number of other regulatory frameworks.

We have further recognised the challenges raised with us by investors, including among other things, our visa regime, administered prices for ports, rail and electricity, the cost to communicate as well as infrastructure bottlenecks.

We have also embarked on an ambitious investment drive, with a target of $100 billion of new investment in our economy over 5 years.

To this end, I have appointed four investment envoys tasked with traversing the length and breadth of our country and indeed the world to mobilise investment to South Africa.

As a result of these efforts, South Africa is firmly on a path of growth and renewal.

As we work to correct the mistakes and missteps of the past decade, we are focused on lifting economic growth and creating jobs.

South Africa stands ready to render support to Zimbabwe within our means in your quest for economic renewal.

It is our wish that, using the BNC mechanism, we should at our level strive to provide the strategic impetus to drive the bilateral relations to a significantly higher level.

It is also our wish that we should work together to explore a variety of issues to further deepen our cooperation. This includes deepening the social ties between the peoples of our two countries, and the region, through greater people-to-people cooperation.

Our two countries already work together in many critical areas, such as economic cooperation and infrastructure development, energy production, mining, defence, health, transport, migration issues, and information and communication technology.

To date, we have signed 45 agreements that are being implemented by our departments.

I am informed that we also have other agreements and memoranda of understanding that are being finalised.

It is our wish that the agreements and MoUs signed should not merely be ceremonial.

Our officials should ensure that they are successfully implemented to improve the economies of our two countries.

I am encouraged by the participation of South African business in various sectors of the Zimbabwean economy, such as in engineering, construction, banking, retail, hospitality, mining exploration and services, among others.

There are undoubtedly good prospects for both of our countries, but there is a need to ensure ease of doing business and elimination of trade barriers.

This should include the urgent conclusion of all outstanding work on the Beit Bridge One Stop Border Post for facilitation of free movement of persons, goods and services.

We need to continue to deepen existing people-to-people linkages, especially through tourism, sports and culture.

In the spirit of good neighbourliness, co-existence should be encouraged and facilitated through existing legal and procedural requirements.

Our two countries should continue to be united in pursuit of a peaceful, politically stable and prosperous Africa.

Our interactions should extend beyond bilateral cooperation to regional, continental and international issues of mutual interest.

Thus, the strong support of our two countries to the current Chair of SADC, Namibia, as well as to the Chair of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, Zambia, is indispensable.

In August this year, Zimbabwe will be assuming the position of the Chair of the Organ on Politics Defence and Security Cooperation. We are confident of Zimbabwe’s ability to execute this responsibility with distinction to champion the interests of our region and its people.

During this time, elections will be held in Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia.

We are assured that the region will be in good hands under your capable leadership.

South Africa will be holding elections on 8 May 2019.

Malawi will also hold elections in May 2019.

This will therefore be an important year for SADC as we continue to deepen democracy and good governance.

Our two countries and all other member states should continue to work together to ensure a successful SADC Summit in August 2019, as well as to ensure that economic, social and other regional issues are addressed.

Another important event in our region will be the SADC Solidarity Conference with the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, which will be held in South Africa on 25 March 2019.

Preparations are underway for this event and I am looking forward to hosting you in South Africa.

We join in continuing to work towards the ‘Africa we want’.

Like you, we want inclusive sustainable development that incorporates the participation of women and youth in a peaceful and stable environment.

In this regard, economic growth of our continent is vital.

Economic projections indicate that the African continent will attain GDP growth of 4% in 2019 and 4.1% in 2020.

Furthermore, the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area will stimulate intra-Africa trade and investment.

This development will present more opportunities for both our countries to address our common socio-economic challenges.

To benefit from the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area, we need to focus our efforts on industrialisation, infrastructure development and the diversification of our economies.

We must deliberate too in our efforts to ensure that the benefits of the Continental Free Trade Agreement accrue to the women and youth of our countries, our region and the continent.

Your Excellency,

Allow me once again to thank Zimbabwe for its support for South Africa’s election to a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2019 – 2020.

As we begin our tenure on the Security Council, we reiterate our commitment to the African Agenda, a strong multilateral system and to the reform of the United Nations.

In conclusion, I am certain that our engagements today will strengthen bilateral economic cooperation, and will support our joint efforts to promote regional integration, continental development and intra-Africa trade.

Your Excellency, thank you for inviting us.

I look forward to the report of the Commission and to constructive bilateral talks.

I thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa

Remarks by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, at the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, Johannesburg

I would like to thank the Thabo Mbeki Foundation for inviting me to participate in this important dialogue about the important role of women in advancing Africa’s development.

To drive development in the modern world, science, technology and innovation have to be placed at the centre of the developmental agenda. Without sufficient participation of women in science and technology, Africa will remain saddled with many developmental challenges.

Recent reviews of the South African system of innovation show that the participation of women in the research system has grown substantially. In 2013/14, including doctoral and postdoctoral students, women comprised 44 percent of research and development (R&D) personnel. However, significant inequality persists, especially at the higher levels. Black women make up less than five percent of the full professoriate. This represents a significant challenge for making the research system more inclusive, diverse and resilient.

A world that is deprived of women’s participation in science, technology and innovation is a world that is poorer in terms of perspectives essential to addressing gender dimensions and the burden of infectious diseases, which often affect women disproportionately. Part of our responsibility as the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is to fund researchers, and we have realised that along the researcher pipeline, women mysteriously disappear. We have realised that this is because our funding model is not adequate.

We recently initiated a process of restructuring our research funding model, especially with regard to the funding of women researchers. Part the limitation of the current funding model is that it does not cater for women who want to start families. For this reason, a women often has to choose between continuing to conduct research and starting a family. And if she does decide to start a family, keeping up with her research means cutting short the time for breastfeeding. Admittedly, the situation I am describing goes beyond funding, speaking also to the capacitation of the work environment with facilities for mothers and their young children.

With the current funding model, mothers who are researchers are not able to travel with their children. In addition, most scientific conferences are conceptualised around male preferences, in that the facilities for mothers I referred to above are seldom made available. Once again, women are presented with obstacles that make it very difficult for them to remain in the field. This in part explains the appalling number of female professors.

According to the 2018 World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap report, “the largest gender disparity is on Political Empowerment, which today maintains a gap of 77,1%. The Economic Participation and Opportunity gap is the second-largest at 41,9%, while the Educational Attainment and Health and Survival gaps are significantly lower at 4,4% and 4,6%, respectively. This means that we have more women and girls entering the education system, but they fail to find opportunities and consequently their economic participation remains low.”

The report further says that “all eight geographical regions assessed in the report have achieved at least 60% gender parity, and two have progressed above 70%.” And it goes on to say that “if current rates were to be maintained in the future, the overall global gender gap will close in 61 years in Western Europe, 70 years in South Asia, 74 years in Latin America and the Caribbean, 135 years in Sub-Saharan Africa, 124 years in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 153 years in the Middle East and North Africa, 171 years in East Asia and the Pacific, and 165 years in North America.”

Evidently, to attain gender parity in the area of science and technology will take even longer. This means that we need to radically change the pace at which we are transforming the system of science and innovation in favour of women.

In this regard, the DST has initiated a number of programmes to intervene positively and ensure that we bring more women into the system of science and innovation.

Last year, we established 10 OR Tambo Africa Research Chairs, which will be located at various institutions across the African continent. These chairs will focus on research priorities identified by each host institution in conjunction with the Science Granting Councils Initiative and the African Research Universities Alliance, and in alignment with the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024. Gender, disciplinary and geographical spread issues will be the underlying considerations in the awarding of a chair. At least 60% of the chairs will be held by women, and up to 40% in the humanities and social sciences. Each chair will be applicable for one five-year term in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional terms of five years each, subject to excellent performance and availability of funds.

Locally, we introduced the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), and more recently have managed to increase the number of women appointments in these positions to 40% of the 201 current research chairs.

Furthermore, for the past 14 years, the DST has been running the South African Women in Science Awards (SaWiSA), to encourage and reward women who are already working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Among other things, SAWiSA demonstrates that women and girls can succeed and excel in areas of science and research that have always been regarded as the sole preserve of men.

SAWiSA finalists work in fields as diverse as conservation biology, biotechnology, commerce and administration, early childhood development, nanotechnology, and indigenous knowledge systems. To celebrate the completion of the 64-antenna MeerKAT radio telescope, last year’s edition of SAWiSA introduced an award for outstanding women researchers in astronomy. We also decided to rename the “DST Fellowship Awards” as the “DST-Albertina Sisulu Fellowship Awards” in honour of the centenary of Albertina Sisulu, which we celebrated last year.

We have also started the process of establishing an Albertina Sisulu SARChI Chair in Nursing Care, which will be awarded to a woman researcher to work in this important area.

At a continent-wide level, the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence stands out for its regional awards, which specifically recognise women who are front-runners in STEM careers and their utilisation of STEM in solving national challenges that also have a transnational face. The Next Einstein Forum is also gaining traction in igniting cross-sectoral dialogue on bridging the gap for women in STEM. With a keen focus on raising up the next generation of African scientists, the Next Einstein Fellows Programme is a select initiative which recognises Africa’s best young scientists and technologists. At least 40% of these innovators and emerging leaders are women.

We are also cognisant of the fact that we are implementing initiatives for gender transformation in a system that is already undergoing transformation. I am referring to the technological transformation commonly known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In the same way that the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution have the potential to leapfrog countries from being behind technologically to being at the technological cutting edge, I believe that these technologies can also help us to fast-track gender transformation. For example, technologies such as virtual reality and the Internet of Things can help us overcome the problem of researchers who are mothers by creating virtual workstations.

However, the Global Gender Gap Report to which I referred has also found that “only 22% of artificial intelligence professionals globally are female, compared to 78% who are male”. This is not encouraging, as it is a mirror image of the gender inequalities we have witnessed in the usage of ICT. If we do not do something about it, women will become the objects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

There is a lot that still needs to be done, and there is a lot that we can do to advance and enhance the role of women in science and innovation. Increasing women’s participation will in turn lead to greater women’s participation in Africa’s development.

I thank you.

Source: Department: Science and Technology (DST)