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Fujifilm Innovation Centre to bring more services to local customers



Earlier today Fujifilm invited local media to their recently overhauled African Innovation Centre in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, to see the revamped location, and look at the solutions and services that the company is focusing on at the moment.

As the first Innovation Centre on the African continent, it will serve as not only a one-stop demonstration area for new products, but also incorporates a number of improvements and Fujifilm devices previously unavailable locally.

Cameras on show

Visitors to the Fujifilm Innovation Centre will now find improved sections where they are able to test out and play with the company’s popular X Series mirrorless cameras and Instax instant cameras. The latter offering in particular have proved popular for the company, with Fujifilm noting that more than 10 million units of Instax camera were sold in the past year alone. 

Another first for Fujifilm South Africa is a replica of the Wonder Photo Shop concept store hosted inside the Innovation Centre. These photo print stores are established to ,”enrich people’s lives with photos,” according to the firm, with almost 90 stores in 25-plus countries. There is no Wonder Photo Shop in South Africa just yet, but Fujifilm has said that it plans to launch one, and are currently in talks with potential partners.

Medical solutions

Although South Africans might think of Fujifilm as a photographic and printing company, it has a strong lineage in the field of medical systems, digital and computer radiography systems, and X-Ray film. 

Found in the Innovation Centre is the Amulet Innovality, Fujifilm’s top of the range digital mammography X-Ray unit with 3D capability (Tomosyntheses) which helps in early stage detection of breast cancer. In order to generate greater conversations and innovations in this regard, Fujifilm is also planning to have a seminar in Johannesburg later this year, but no precise date is mentioned.

Added to this is the FDR Smart X-Ray machine that assists with, amongst others, the screening of tuberculosis patients. Also worth mentioning is the artificial intelligence-driven REiLi screening system, which aides in the acceleration of complex diagnosis, with this software tool being used to support radiologists’ clinical decision-making.

Culture of innovation

According to Fujifilm South Africa’s MD, Takeo Hata, the Centre reflects the company’s culture of innovation.

“With 80 years of experience in providing top of the range solutions in several industries, Fujifilm has firmly established itself as a world innovation leader. Seeing what’s on offer at the Fujifilm Innovation Centre Africa provides clients with a broader idea of what the company is truly capable of,” he notes.

“Fujifilm will utilise the Innovation Centre Africa to not only work together with our partners to further enhance our innovative solutions, but also to provide exceptional support and training,” Hata concludes.

The Fujifilm Innovation Centre Africa is open to their business partners and interested parties during working hours, Mondays to Fridays. It is situated at No. 5 Jockey Street, Stormill, Roodepoort. 

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Andy Murray’s Olympic gold post box hit by car in Dunblane




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The gold post box that commemorates Andy Murray’s Olympic medal win has been knocked down by a car.

It appeared a silver Mercedes rolled down the hill into the post box, according to local resident Graham Fleming, who saw the aftermath.

He added the car appeared to have just missed a group of teenagers sitting on a bench less than a metre away.

The post box, in Dunblane, was painted after the Olympic tennis champion’s singles win over Roger Federer in 2012.

Police Scotland confirmed they attended the “low speed collision” and that the female driver of the car had sustained a minor injury but did not require medical treatment.

It was unclear whether the woman was in the car at the time or not.

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Graham Fleming, the owner of Dunblane’s Bennet’s Butchers, lives next to the post box. He heard the crash from his lounge, and went to look from his window.

He told the BBC Scotland news website: “I heard a massive thud… I looked out the window and there was a load of kids there who had been sitting on the chair beside the post box.

“Literally the park bench they were sitting on was less than one metre away from post box.”

He added that he thought they would have seen the car coming and that none of the people on the pavement appeared to have been hurt.

Mr Fleming added: “A woman came down and drove the car away about a minute later… I think she was a bit embarrassed.

“She parked the car a few metres away and waited for the police.”

The tennis star’s mother Judy Murray tweeted her reaction in two words: “Oh no”

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed they had been called to the scene on Dunblane’s High Street at about 19:50 and that they were making inquiries into the circumstances of the collision.

Mr Fleming added that Royal Mail had been to the scene and that they had emptied the letters from the post box.

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Trial opens for Philippine journalist critical of Duterte | News | World




High-profile Philippine journalist Maria Ressa’s libel trial opened on Tuesday in a case that she and press freedom advocates see as government retaliation for her news site’s critical reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte.

Ressa, who leads online outlet Rappler and was named a Time Magazine “Person of the Year” in 2018 for her journalism, is out on bail and faces years in prison if convicted under the criminal cyber-libel law.

The news portal has written extensively and often critically on Duterte’s policies, including his deadly drugs war that rights groups say may be a crime against humanity.

Besides the libel case, Ressa and Rappler have been hit with 10 other criminal charges over the past year, prompting allegations that authorities are targeting her and her team for their work.

“The government hopes to intimidate us by syphoning both my personal time, our resources,” Ressa, who was not in court, told AFP.

“I won’t be intimidated. We continue to do our jobs.
The mission of journalism has never been as important as it is today in the Philippines,” she added.

Tuesday’s brief hearing ended after testimony from one minor witness, with the case set to resume on July 30. 

The case centres on a Rappler report from 2012 about a businessman’s alleged ties to a then-judge of the nation’s top court.

Government investigators initially dismissed the businessman’s 2017 complaint about the article, but state prosecutors later decided to file charges.

The legal foundation of the case is a controversial “cybercrime law” aimed at online offences ranging from hacking and internet fraud to child pornography.

‘Not exempted from assassination’

Ressa, 55, argues the law did not take effect until months after the story was published.

Government lawyers say it is effectively a new article since Rappler had updated it in 2014 to fix a typographical error.

Because the law allows the filing of charges up to 12 years after libel is committed, Ressa said it will have far-ranging implications on constitutionally protected freedom of expression as well as the way Filipinos use social media.

Ressa, who has been arrested twice this year, also faces tax and corporate fraud cases, as does Rappler.

The libel case has drawn international attention, with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright expressing concern over democratic rights.

Prominent rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who joined Ressa’s legal team this month, said the case echoed a recurring theme in her work, where “journalists who expose abuses face arrest while those who commit the abuses do so with impunity”.

Duterte, who denies being behind the case, has singled out Rappler for criticism, also banning it from covering his public events and forbidding government officials from talking to Rappler reporters.

Shortly before being sworn into office in 2016, then president-elect Duterte declared: “Just because you’re a journalist, you are not exempted from assassination, if you’re a son of a bitch.”

Rights monitor Reporters Without Borders ranked the Philippines at 134 out of 178 countries on its annual “World Press Freedom” index this year, when at least three journalists were killed “most likely by agents working for local politicians”.

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Lakers gain rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo, brother of Bucks star Giannis – SABC Sport




The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed Monday they have gained the rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo, younger brother of Milwaukee’s NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis.

Kostas Antetokounmpo, 21, was signed to a two-way contract by the Lakers. He appeared in two games for the Dallas Mavericks last season and played 40 games for the Texas Legends in the NBA’s developmental G League.

Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 60th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Antetokounmpo was acquired by the Mavericks in a draft-night trade.

Kostas is one of three Antetokounmpo brothers to play in the NBA. The eldest, 27-year-old Thanasis, has played in Greece, the G League and signed with the Bucks this off season.

That puts him on the team where Giannis has emerged as a superstar, leading Milwaukee to the best record in the NBA last season.

The Bucks fell to the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals.

When Giannis collected his MVP award, he thanked his brothers and his parents – Nigerian immigrants to Greece – in his speech.

Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas have all been named in Greece’s squad for the basketball World Cup that tips off in China on August 31.

There’s one more Antetokounmpo brother in the NBA pipeline, with teenager Alex hoping to make it there one day.

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