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President Jacob Zuma appoints members to serve on the Board of Trustees of Brand South Africa

first_imgMEDIA STATEMENTTO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS14 April 2015PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA APPOINTS MEMBERS TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF BRAND SOUTH AFRICAPresident Jacob Zuma has appointed new members to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Brand South Africa Trust for a period of three years.Brand South Africa’s key mandate is to develop and implement proactive and co-ordinated marketing, communication and reputation management strategies for South Africa, with the ultimate aim of contributing towards economic growth, job creation, poverty alleviation and social cohesion by encouraging local and foreign investment, tourism and trade.NEW MEMBERS• Ms Khanyisile Kweyama, with extensive business leadership and management expertise, has been appointed as Chairperson of the Brand SA Board of Trustees. She is the CEO of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and a former executive director at Anglo American South Africa.• Ms Babalwa Ngonyama has been appointed as Deputy Chairperson. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Sinayo Securities. A chartered accountant, she is a member of Advisory Board of African Women Chartered Accountants. and She is also a former interim CEO and former Treasurer of the Black Business Council. She holds directorships on other Boards.• Ms Thembi Kunene, an expert in Tourism, Marketing as well Business Management and Strategy, and has wide experience in quality assurance in the tourism sector.• Mr Mpho Makwana, independent non-executive Chairman of Arcelor Mittal South Africa. He brings to the Board vast experience in executive business leadership, business strategy and management, transformation, strategic communications and stakeholder relations. He is also a former chairman and former acting CEO at Eskom.• Mr Kuseni Dlamini, Chairman of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings and of Massmart Holdings. He brings extensive business executive leadership, strategic communication and management expertise to the board.• Ms Janine Hills, the founder and CEO of Vuma Reputation Management. She brings expertise in reputation management, stakeholder relationship management and media relationship management to the Board,• Ms Lehlohonolo Bonoko, lawyer and partner in the law firm Bonoko and Maphokga Attorneys, who brings legal expertise to the Board.• Ms Muditambi Ravele, the chairperson of Boxing South Africa who brings sports marketing expertise. She previously held directorship positions in Women in Sports International, Netball South Africa, and South African Sports Hall of Fame among others.• Mr Arthur Mafokate, musician and producer. He is founder of 999 Music, an independent black owned music label. He is a pioneer of the kwaito music genre, and also an astute marketer and entrepreneur.• Ms Given Refilwe Sibiya, a chartered accountant and director of Xabaniso Consulting, and previously served on the Board of Basil Read.• Mr Rashid Lombard, the founder of Cape Town International Jazz Festival has a played a pivotal role in conceptualising, strategising and implementing the marketing strategies for the festival now branded as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering“. He previously worked as an international political and war photojournalist for over 28 years and is former CEO of esp Afrika (Pty)Ltd.RETURNING TRUSTEESThe following persons have been re-appointed to the Board of Trustees;• Mr Stavros Nicolaou, the Senior Executive responsible for Strategic Development for Aspen Pharmaceuticals.• Mr Mzimkulu Malunga, media and communications consultant and former CEO Urban Brew and former MD of BDFM Publishers, publishers of Business Day and Financial Mail publications.• Ms Pumla Ncapayi, the Deputy Director-General responsible for trade and exports at the Department of Trade and Industry.The new team will join the only current serving member, Mr Geoffrey Rothschild, consultant and former head of government relations at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.President Jacob Zuma wishes the new trustees well in executing their duties.Enquiries: Bongani Majola on 082 339 1993 or bonganim@presidency.gov.zaIssued by: The PresidencyPretoriawww.thepresidency.gov.zalast_img read more

Will Wearable Computers Make Our Tech Addictions Even Worse?

first_imgTags:#Apple#Google#Google Glass#iWatch#wearable Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … john paul titlowcenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement If you think we’re hooked on social status updates now, just wait. As connected computing starts to shift from our pockets to wearable devices like Google Glass and Apple’s rumored iWatch, the flood of messages and bite-sized digital content is going to become even more relentless. Just like smartphones, these devices will have a transformative impact on things like communication, navigation and productivity. But some are concerned that, like their pocket-sized counterparts, wearables could increase our reliance on technology in unhealthy ways. The First Step: Admitting We Have A ProblemIt’s now beyond debate that owners of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets often exhibit something resembling an addiction to those gadgets. It may not be as serious as something like alcohol or crystal meth, but it’s a type of dependence nonetheless. Sure, some of the press coverage of this topic may be overblown, but the science supporting the existence of widespread smartphone addiction keeps piling up. If that’s not convincing enough, just look around.  A few weeks ago, I was waiting for a table in a crowded restaurant. As I sat on the bench, I couldn’t help but notice the scene next to me: An entire family – mother, father and three kids – were all sitting in total silence, each of them staring intently into little glowing screens. Not once over the course of several minutes did any of them look up from their devices or say a word. Of course, I only noticed this family of smartphone zombies because, for once, I wasn’t glued to my own phone.Scenes like this are incredibly common these days. Sometimes, they’re short-lived and innocent. In some cases, relationships, productivity and mental health can become strained. Evidently, we haven’t yet figured out how to best fit these amazing little computers into our lives. While we’ve had no trouble discovering all kinds of beneficial uses for them, many of us have a hard time knowing when not to use them.What makes us think we’re prepared to wear computers on our faces and wrists? That’s precisely the question some psychologists are asking. Larry Rosen is a research psychologist at California State University and author of iDisorder, a book about the psychological impacts of technology, particularly as our reliance on it increases. “We are already so distractible, checking in with our technology all day long,” says Dr. Rosen. “When we don’t have to reach into our pockets or our purses, we will be even more enmeshed and face even more obsession and compulsion.” With wearable devices, checking messages and updates not only becomes physically easier, but it will also be less noticeable to those around us. For human beings, pulling a small rectangle-shaped device out of our pockets and interacting with it is a relatively new behavior. Looking down at our watches is not, and thus it’s less conspicuous. Sure, it would still be obvious and unusual if I were to look at my watch dozens of times in an hour, not to mention periodically swipe its touch screen. But by even slightly reducing the physical barrier to interacting with the digital world, we’re ensuring we’ll do it more.  Mainlining The Internet Directly Into Our EyeballsHead-mounted computers are a little different. For one, they’re not intended for everybody. Not yet, anyway. When Google Glass first hits the market, we’ll know (and probably disapprove) if somebody is wearing it at the dinner table. Early Glass users won’t be able to use them whenever and wherever they please. But when they do use it, they’ll be developing new digital habits. Instead of compulsively checking Facebook on their phones, they’ll be able to mainline status updates and notifications directly into their eyeballs. For awhile, the obvious design of products like Glass will limit their use, and thus curtail whatever disruptive effects they might have. But what happens when head-mounted computers become more seamlessly designed into normal glasses frames? Eventually, we’ll have connected contact lenses. Hopefully we’ll have enough time before their arrival to figure out some of the glaring social and psychological issues these technologies raise. In the meantime, there’s plenty to be excited about. As Sarah Rotmann Epps outlined recently, wearable devices can be hugely beneficial to our lives, especially if they’re designed with our brains’ limitations in mind.  And while Google Glass raises a number of weird social questions, there are lots of very compelling use cases for the device. It’s like any major advance in technology: There are going to be issues. The tech is going to evolve more rapidly than laws, etiquette or certainly the human brain itself. The era of wearable computing is coming regardless of how ready we are.   Related Posts last_img read more

Mavericks stop 4-game slide with win against Bucks

first_imgKidd said his team should have been ready for the 3-point barrage.“Coming into the game we had talked about how they are second in the league in attempts,” Kidd said. “They just haven’t made them. But tonight they made up for all those misses.”Milwaukee went 6 of 25 from 3-point range.TERRY RETURNSJason Terry played the final couple minutes for Milwaukee and got a standing ovation from the crowd. The 40-year-old Terry played for Dallas from 2004 to 2012 and helped the Mavs win the NBA title in 2011.Terry scored on his only field-goal attempt, leading to a large roar from the crowd.“I knew he was gonna score,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “I was gonna clap, I wasn’t sure how appropriate that was. You know how I feel about him, that’s one of the reasons we’re all wearing rings here.”TIP-INSBucks: C John Henson went 3 for 10 at the free-throw line. … Kidd had two stints in Dallas as a player and averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 8.4 assists in 500 career games with the Mavericks. … The Bucks host the Mavericks on Dec. 8.Mavericks: C Nerlens Noel only played three minutes. Noel played six minutes in Friday night’s 111-87 loss to Minnesota and has been replaced in the rotation by Salah Mejri. … Dallas still leads the NBA with 14 losses this season. View comments Milwaukee had won four in a row. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks (8-7), and Khris Middleton added 23 points.It was Milwaukee’s first loss since it acquired Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 7.“I think the ball was just stuck,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “The ball got sticky and we were afraid to let go of it to a teammate.”The Mavericks never trailed after Matthews’ 3-pointer made it 22-20 with 3:07 left in the first quarter. Dallas went 19 for 38 from beyond the arc, including a shot clock-beating 3 from near midcourt by Barea that made it 88-64 in the fourth quarter.“I had to shoot that one,” Barea said. “You don’t see a lot of those.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 UP NEXTBucks: Host the Washington Wizards on Monday.Mavericks: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday. LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, shouts at an official calling for a foul after attempting a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks’ first win in a couple weeks was quite a relief for Wesley Matthews and company.Matthews scored a season-high 22 points, and the Mavericks stopped a four-game slide with a 111-79 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’center_img MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “It rejuvenates you,” Matthews said. “Everybody feels good. Aches don’t hurt as much, you just feel better about everything you’ve done. You don’t need moral victories, you’ve got the real one and you can actually see everything we’re trying to bring together.”Matthews also had eight assists while helping Dallas (3-14) to its first win since Nov. 7 at Washington. He had six of the Mavericks’ franchise record-tying 19 3-pointers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were playing basketball, and one of the hardest things to guard is random movement,” he said. “That’s when I’m at my best, when we’re just playing and stay in a rhythm.”J.J. Barea had 20 points for the Mavericks, and Harrison Barnes finished with 18. Yogi Ferrell had 16 points and Dwight Powell grabbed 13 rebounds. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Harden scores 29 to lead Rockets past Grizzlies Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan to celebrate New Year in Dubai

first_imgBollywood superstar and a host of other A-listers are planning to ring in the new year in Dubai.The actor will be joined by his wife Gauri Khan and a group of other Bollywood friends are likely to check into a luxury hotel on the Palm Jumeirah from December 30 to January 1.Actor Hrithik Roshan and his wife Susanne Khan, director Karan Johar and lawyer Kaajal Anand will also join the King Khan.Khan, who has a home on the man-made island, however, plans to throw an extravagant party there, Emirates 24/4 reported.According to the report, actor Chunky Pandey is also on the guest list while Arjun Rampal is reportedly yet to firm up his plans.last_img

SL and Pak boards begin probe after expose

first_imgSri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday began investigations into the television sting operation which alleged that the umpires were willing to fix T20 matches. The channel showed video clips purportedly taken by their undercover reporters, in which the umpires were shown to be allegedly willing to give certain decisions in exchange for money. A SLC official said that they are studying the tapes of the sting operation. SLC chief executive Ajith Jayasekara said there has been no official communication from the International Cricket Council on allegations that Sri Lankans were among six international umpires willing to fix matches. He said the local anticorruption unit will work with the ICC in the investigations. The six umpires, who are purportedly shown in the TV sting willing to fix matches , were Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui of Pakistan, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage of Sri Lanka. PCB also said it has launched investigations into the matter. “We are in contact with ICC and carrying out a detailed investigation into the matter. We have sought the details involved in the matter. For us it is just a TV report and it is too early to say anything,” a PCB spokesman was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. “The PCB maintains that we have a zero-tolerance policy towards any kind of corruption in cricket at any level.” The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on its part, said since no Indian umpire was involved, it would wait for the ICC to complete its investigations. “The ICC has to take a call on it. They (ICC) will be taking appropriate action. As far as we are concerned we will take action as we deem fit,” senior BCCI official Rajeev Shukla said. “Our job is to keep the game clean. The BCCI takes strong and immediate action whenever such cases come up.” Ghauri said in Lahore that he was innocent. “I was approached by some TV channel from India who asked me to do an interview through Skype. They did ask me about the fixing stuff but I had nothing to say on the topic,” Ghauri told reporters. “They asked me to come to India and be part of their TV shows but I said I would come only if they sponsored my visit, but we didn’t reach any agreement.” Dissanayake, meanwhile, outrightly rejected the accusation.”I reject all allegations. This is an attack on the entire Sri Lankan umpiring fraternity by an external force,” he told reporters in Colombo. He said that he had already written to local cricket authorities and is open to thorough investigation in order to prove his innocence. Soon after the sting operation was beamed on Monday night, the ICC said it would investigate the matter and asked the channel to give any information which can assist in the probe. “The ICC and its relevant members have been made aware of the allegations made by India TV this evening and calls on the station to turn over any information which can assist the ICC’s urgent investigations into this matter,” the world body had said.advertisementlast_img read more

Police arrest 35 year old man in Provo in connection to March

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 12, 2017 – Providenciales – Despite challenging circumstances on the islands at this time, The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police are continuing their task of providing service and protection to the communities of Providenciales.Detectives have arrested and charged a 35 year old male of Providenciales for Conspiracy to Rob in connection with a report made on Saturday 4th March 2017.   Around 2:29am that date, police responded to the Cheshire Hall Medical where the victim told officers that upon exiting a vehicle in his hotel lobby he was approached by two masked men who shot him before making off with an undisclosed amount of money.   The male is presently on remand.Yesterday morning (Monday 11th September 2017) around 1:40am, officers responded to a report of an attempted Burglary at a business establishment, a 24 year old male was apprehended and is in police custody assisting with the investigation.Around 12:29am this morning (Tuesday 12th September 2017), Tactical Unit officers responded to a firearm related offence where three persons were arrested and are assisting Police in the investigation.   A firearm was also recovered and investigations are ongoing.“Officers are working hard despite some losses at their homes, we are committed to protecting the communities of the Turks and Caicos and these arrests are part of the work to tackle crime.”  said Commissioner James Smith.Press Release: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Here are all details from Selena Gomezs 27th birthday celebration in Italy

first_imgFor Selena Gomez’s 27th birthday, the young starlet took off to Italy. Right after serving as a maid of honour at her cousin Priscilla DeLeon’s Texan wedding over the weekend, Gomez, along with her pals, flew off for an overseas birthday extravaganza.Strolling the streets of Rome in gorgeous maxi dresses and looking gorgeous under the Roman sun, Selena certainly looked like a sight to behold!According to a source quoted by E! News, “Selena arrived for lunch with a group of friends. The table shared several dishes such as raw fish, tagliatelle with lobster, pasta with vodka sauce and various salads.” The insider further added, “They were chatting and laughing the entire time. No candles, cards or cake, but they did have a dessert of ice cream and tiramisu.”Selena had a very good time as her birthday rang in. “They had a two-hour lunch at Pierluigi, one of Selena’s favourite places where she loves to eat in Rome. They sat inside and had a long lunch with many different courses to enjoy. After they finished they had a driver pick them up and take them away,” revealed an insider.’Cause we can’t get enoughYeah, we can’t get enoughYeah, we can’t get enough of Selena Gomez in Italy. https://t.co/gX3bRd1Twn pic.twitter.com/7fkDVhqGR5— E! News (@enews) July 23, 2019 Selena Gomez in ItalyTwitterPictures further convince us that the Wolves singer had a great time. “After lunch they walked around near Piazza del Popola and the Spanish Steps. It was a hot day so they didn’t stay out too long. They cooled off with bottled water and did some sightseeing and shopping at street vendor stands and in women’s clothing stores. Selena seemed very happy to be in Rome and was taking in the beautiful sites and all of the culture.”How cool! Part of her Italian rendezvous also included her visiting the island of Capri as Gomez and her squad took off in a boat. “Selena sipped on an iced tea and stopped to look at leather sandals and hats,” the source told E! News. “Selena and her friends posed for pictures on the boat that Andrea took for them. Selena seemed very happy and content with her friends. She was hugging them and they were all having a lovely time.”.@SelenaGomez looks gorgeous as she spends her 27th birthday in Italy.? pic.twitter.com/MKqidwwisr— Pop Crave (@PopCraveNet) July 22, 2019 Selena Gomez in ItalyTwitterIt won’t be long before the singer returns, although the exact date has not been revealed yet. After going through a tough year as she dealt with tremendous mental health concerns and therapy sessions, this trip looks like it was much needed!last_img read more

Volunteers need umbrella org for effective disaster response

first_imgSpeakers at a roundtable on `Institutionalisation of Urban Community Volunteers` organised by Prothom Alo in association with Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) of Save the Children at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office on Wednesday. Photo: Abdus SalamUrban planners and people concerned at a roundtable on Wednesday said volunteers at the urban level of disaster management need to be brought under one umbrella organisation in order to ensure effective and prompt response to disasters.The roundtable styled “Institutionalisation of Urban Community Volunteers” was organised by Prothom Alo in association with Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) of Save the Children at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office in the capital.Speakers highlighted various aspects and obstacles of disaster management, especially in at an urban level.Citing the difference between coastal and urban disaster management, they said volunteers working in urban areas needed different training and technical support.Although many NGOs conducting different training programmes for volunteers, most of them are ad hoc or project- based. When their training project ends, the volunteers do not have proper guidelines about their service that leads them to drop out in many cases. Institutionalising community volunteers would make their services well-organised.The discussants said the Bangladesh government is committed to train 62,000 community volunteers as the densely populated nation is highly susceptible to earthquakes.Emphasising the issue of awareness building, the disaster management and relief ministry’s additional secretary Satya Brata Saha said a nation needs a vision for development.The discussants suggested initiatives to create awareness about the disaster management among people through TV programmes, community radio and street plays.The Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) conducts training, seminars, street plays and campaigns to raise awareness on disaster management.Speakers at a roundtable on `Institutionalisation of Urban Community Volunteers` organised by Prothom Alo in association with Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) of Save the Children at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office on Wednesday. Photo: Abdus SalamThe discussants said a single agency should take all the responsibilities for the urban community volunteers with particular roles. The agency should be strengthened so that they can lead efficiently during any disaster.Describing community as the worst sufferer and first responder during any disaster, director general at Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence brigadier general Ali Ahmed Khan said, “Trained volunteers are assets for any society.” Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence have already trained up 33000 volunteers with the financial support of Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme, he mentioned.Ali Ahmed Khan said, “The fire service in association with community volunteers can build up a sustainable force “.He said the fire service maintained a manual database not a digital one. So they faced difficulties to find volunteers during a fire. Besides they couldn’t share their database with the city corporations, the municipality and other offices in the district level so that they could get help from the volunteers.Praising Prothom Alo’s initiative, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on relief and disaster management Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu said, “The government is currently working on building an umbrella organisation for all the volunteer groups.”Disaster being a barrier to development, disaster management needs to be more effective and up to the standard to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, he said.Trained volunteers Mohammed Wahid and Mohammed Shaheed Alam, director general of Disaster Management Directorate Md Reaz Ahmed, director (admin) of CPP Ahmadul Haque and director of Programme Development and Quality at Save the Children Reefat Bin Sattar and other also spoke at the roundtable.Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum moderated it.last_img

Cop closed for torturing woman in police station

first_imgAn assistant sub-inspector of police was closed on Friday for physically torturing a woman at Dhunat police station over dues.The action was taken against Shahnur Rahman after the allegation was found to be true in primary investigation, said officer-in-charge of the police station Ismail Hossain.The victim, Kohinoor Khatun, 42, of Nightpara Boubazar in the district town, is now undergoing treatment at Dhunat Upazila Health Complex.Kohinoor said she used to run a food shop in front of the Judge’s Court in the town and ASI Shahanur used to take food from it. She also claimed that he took Tk 60,000 from her as loan.When she asked for money, the official proposed that she entered an illicit relation with her, she said, adding that she later served a legal notice on him.The police officer called the victim to Dhunat police station on Friday morning in the name of returning her money. At one stage, they locked into an altercation and he beat her mercilessly and drove her out of the police station.Contacted, Shahanur claimed that Kohinoor had long been demanding money to him threatening to implicate him in false cases. “To avoid harassment, I had given her Tk 60,000 through a settlement. Even after that, she came to the police station again and threatened to file a case against me. Being angered, I slapped her.”The OC said the superintendent of police was informed of the matter and later an additional superintendent of police found the allegation to be true after primary investigation and ordered action against the ASI.Departmental action will be taken against him after further investigation, he said.last_img read more