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Nation Brand Forum speaker profile: Martyn Davies

first_imgSouth Africa has as many global companies as South Korea, but the world doesn’t know this, says Martyn Davies. For South Africa to be recognised as a global business leader, he believes its people need to share the same national values. He will be speaking at Brand South Africa’s 2017 Nation Brand Forum on 5 October. Catch economic analyst, Martyn Davies, at the 2017 Nation Brand Forum being held at Summer Place, Johannesburg on 5 October. Davies will discuss ways of improving South Africa’s standing on the global economic stage. (Image: Shamin Chibba)A 2010 World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader, Dr Martyn Davies currently leads global firm Deloitte’s Emerging Markets and Africa division as well the Africa firm’s China and Japan Services Group.Davies has led the World Economic Forum’s Mining and Metal Industry Group and has been awarded a WEF Dangote Fellowship for young Africans, an honour bestowed to those who show outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments and commitment to society.He was previously ranked the number one analyst in South Africa in the Other African Economies and Markets category by the Financial Mail in its annual Analysts of the Year awards.Beyond working with a third of all companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, he has advised governments including those of Botswana, Ghana, South Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK and South Africa.Davies completed his PhD at Wits University and went on to study in South Korea, Harvard and Oxford universities. He is a visiting professor at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain. He believes that South Africa does not get the credit for its business acumen, and has often pointed out that the country has created a similar number of globally competitive corporations as South Korea, a country hailed for its economic miracle.He believes that until South Africans begin to see the bigger picture and understand and embrace its role in the world, the country will not fulfill its potential. “We need to forge a nation and we are not doing enough to forge a nation state…I think that one of the negatives of South Africa is that we still need to see similar, true values – political, national values – being created and instilled in people for us to truly progress as a nation.”Married, with three children, he was awarded national colours in cycling for South African Universities. An avid reader, Davies himself has published articles in accredited journals, including Asian Economic Policy Review, the Review of African Political Economy, and the South African Journal of International Affairs. He has been a commentator for the Financial Times and The Washington Post, BBC, Al Jazeera and AFP.last_img read more

South African politician receives Spanish knighthood

first_img28 July 2015South African politician Ebrahim Ebrahim has received the rank of knight commander, one of the highest honours given by the Spanish king to foreign citizens. The award is given to those deemed to have made an extraordinary contribution to politics, culture and society.Other recipients of the Order of Civil Merit this year include Indian fashion designer Ritu Beri and Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC, the world’s largest NGO. “His Majesty the King of Spain has given this honour to a highly deserving freedom fighter who sacrificed a lot for freedom, peace, justice and human rights,” The Presidency said yesterday.Ebrahim was a significant player in the anti-apartheid movement and was one of the few freedom fighters imprisoned on Robben Island twice. He is a former deputy minister of international relations, and was an important peace broker in conflict around the world. He is currently a parliamentary counsellor to the president.“We congratulate Mr Ebrahim for this rare honour which he has described correctly as an honour for all the people of South Africa who made history by putting the past behind them to build a new society together,” said the president’s statement. “The honour was not only for his contribution to the South African struggle, but for strengthening the diplomatic relationship between South Africa and Spain.”The knighthood was bestowed on Ebrahim in Pretoria on 25 July. “We are delighted that one line in your distinguished CV will now be associated with Spain’s recognition and appreciation,” Spanish ambassador Juan Sell told Ebrahim at the ceremony.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Warner Bros Adds 5 More Movie Titles to Facebook Rentals, But Is It a Threat to Netflix?

first_imgaudrey watters A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Earlier this month, Warner Bros announced that it would become the first Hollywood studio to make its movies available for sale or rental via Facebook. Its first offering: The Dark Knight. Now Warner Bros has added five more blockbuster titles to its Facebook rental catalog: Inception, Life as We Know It, Yogi Bear, and the first two Harry Potter movies.The new films will cost between 30 and 40 Facebook credits (between $3 and $4) for a 48-hour rental period. During that time period, you’ll have unlimited streaming access to the movie, meaning you can pause, rewind, watch on different computers, and watch numerous times. The movies are purchased and streamed within the Facebook page, meaning you won’t have to leave the site in order to watch. You’ll still be able to update your status and chat with friends. However, as the video player is Flash, you won’t be able to watch your Facebook movies on your Apple devices. The move by Warner Bros to make its films available to stream via Facebook is an effort to expand the company’s digital distribution efforts. The titles released today include a number of very recent movies. Yogi Bear was just released on DVD last week, and Life As We Know It came to DVD in early February.But the real competition here might not be the DVD rental business: it’s likely Netflix and its video streaming service. Certainly renting a movie for $3 to $4 a pop isn’t as good a deal as Netflix’s $8-per-month streaming subscription. Netflix has more titles, and that $8 gets you unlimited access to them.However, none of the six titles that Warner Bros has released via Facebook are available to stream on Netflix. (You can get the DVDs in the mail, of course, with the exception of Yogi Bear. New titles have a 28-day waiting period before coming to the movie rental site).Recent statistics point to Netflix as controlling a major share of the video streaming market – 61%. But despite its success with customers, the movie rental company has frequently butted heads with the movie studios. Warner Bros has not indicated what its plans are for releasing more movies via Facebook, but it may be looking to sidestep that control that Netflix currently has over the online streaming market.center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#NYT#Video Services#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Delhi University’s first cut-off hits ‘insane’ 100%

first_imgThe cut- off marks for admission to Delhi University’s prestigious colleges have always been high. But this year, they have touched the height of absurdity.Consider this. Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) has pegged its first cut-off for its hugely popular B.Com (Honours) course at a staggering 100%, for students who haven’t studied any of the commerce subjects – Mathematics, Accounts, Economics and Business Studies – in Class XII! Incredibly, SRCC Principal P. C. Jain does not see anything absurd in insisting that students from the non- commerce stream in Class XII score perfect marks in all their subjects.”We get the best students from across the country and getting 100% in the aggregate of your best performance in four subjects is no longer impossible in Board examinations,” said Jain on Tuesday.Jain clearly hasn’t been tracking the results in various states. In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, the topper Akash Yadav secured 92.3%. In Karnataka, of the over five lakh students who appeared for the 12th standard exam, fewer than one hundred scored in excess of 95%. In West Bengal, the topper in this year’s West Bengal Secondary Certificate examination scored 95%.The tale is similar across the country, with even various state-level toppers failing to score the minimum entry marks for admission to a top Delhi University college. This has virtually slammed the door in the face of applicants from other states.But SRCC is not the only one with stratospheric cut-offs. Colleges such as Ramjas, Hindu and, surprisingly, even Keshav Mahavidyalya are not too far behind. For B.Com (H), Hindu College expects applicants to have scored between 95.5% and 99%. At Keshav Mahavidyalya, the cut-off ranges from 94 to 99%.advertisementMost colleges have substantially increased the cut-offs to try and stem the rising tide of applicants. Among science subjects, the increase in the first cut-off marks, as against last year, is as much as 10% in North Campus colleges.Lokesh Bhandari, a student of Ahlcon Public School in Mayur Vihar, was happy with his aggregate of 91.25% – till the cut- offs were announced. “I am interested in economics and mathematics, but I think I’ll have to wait till the third or the fourth list to see if I can get through any of the North Campus colleges,” he said.The absurdity of the increase registered in the qualifying marks of the first list has also been acknowledged by the university at the time of announcement, albeit tacitly.The university press release sent to all newspapers states: “Colleges have exercised abundant caution in declaring the first cut- off list. Aspirants for admission are advised not to get discouraged. Most colleges are expected to announce four more lists with lower cut- offs.” The “abundant caution” exercised is due to the new admission process adopted by the university. DU, from this year, has discontinued the use of pre-admission or application forms.As per university rule, once the cut-off is declared, colleges have to compulsorily admit all students who come to them with marks equal to or above the cut-off within three days of announcing the cut-offs. So, if the qualifying mark is kept too low, the institution could end up admitting more students than the sanctioned capacity.In absence of any application data, colleges have played safe by pitching higher cut-off marks for the general category.The degree of precaution taken is so extreme that colleges do not mind if they don’t admit even a single student in the first list. How else could one explain Kirori Mal College pitching its first cut-off for B. Com (H) at 97%,higher than even SRCC, which is the most sought after college for commerce?”We are in no hurry to admit students. Instead of being the first ones to close admission in the first list, we have decided to proceed very carefully this time,” said VK Srivastav, principal, Hindu College.Even that may not help students from other states. Malini Bhagat, principal of Kolkata’s Mahadevi Birla school, said the total number of students scoring above 90% in subjects in the state higher secondary exam has gone down significantly this time. “It naturally becomes difficult for students coming from the state boards to qualify,” Bhagat said.Apart from blaming the new admission procedure, college principals have also pleaded helplessness in the light of the unprecedented number of students who have scored above 90% in the CBSE exam this year.The category of students scoring above 95% across the country in the CBSE exam witnessed an unprecedented spike as its number jumped from 1,202 in 2010 to 2,097 this year. In the Delhi region alone, this number trebled from 288 last year to 818 students this time.advertisementAccording to Krishna Kumar, former head of NCERT, the marks inflation has been going on for quite some time. “The National Curriculum Framework made by the NCERT in 2005 had suggested various reforms to contain this trend of inflating results. Board results are no longer indicators of a student’s real potential,” said Kumar.”The real problem is the gap between demand and supply. There is a need to create more quality institutions of higher learning,” said Ashok Ganguly, former head of CBSE.Admission guideIf you are eligible in the first cut-off list for a college of your choice, then take admission and do not wait for the second list.If you don’t, you lose your right to admission the next time.If you want to change your college after the second list, then go to the previous college to cancel your admission only after you have an admission slip from the second college or a verbal assurance of admission from them.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Tiger Shroffstarrer Rambo to go on floor in March 2020

first_imgMumbai: Tiger Shroff will be ready to go on floor with his desi Rambo avatar in March next year. The film is an out-and-out action extravaganza reinventing Sylvester Stallone’s iconic John Rambo for Bollywood buffs, and has been generating a buzz ever since director Siddharth Anand announced his decision to make the film. “Rambo is a global icon. When we launched the film at Cannes, we realised the magnanimity of the character. When we spoke to journalists from across the world, they were all very enthused and keen to know what we will do with it because it’s a much-loved character,” the director told IANS, around the time when the “Rambo” remake’s poster was unveiled at Cannes in 2017. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The original Hollywood series starring Stallone is about John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former US Army Special Forces soldier. “India doesn’t have that history, so obviously there had to be a major adaptation in the sense of character, story and setting. That’s why the project has taken two years. We have taken the mythology of Rambo forward and that’s what we are playing on, more than remaking it,” Anand said.last_img read more

Billy Zane And David CM Carter Launch The BREAKTHROUGH Project

first_imgActor Billy Zane (best known for Titanic) and international mentor David C.M. Carter are to launch The BREAKTHROUGH Project to teach students the components of being a great leader as well as how to create, build and share self-created economic opportunities.The project is set to launch in Chicago in 2014, Zane’s hometown. It aims to assist the positive work of local authorities to alleviate gun and gang deaths by helping underprivileged youth take on entrepreneurial endeavors.“The BREAKTHROUGH Project” was inspired by Carter’s book BREAKTHROUGH: Learn the secrets of the world’s leading mentor and become the best you can be (on-sale August 1), and to support this initiative David is donating 100% of his US profits from the sale of BREAKTHROUGH to “The BREAKTHROUGH Project.” David, known as THE MENTOR, has guided many of the elite CEOS and philanthropists in attaining success in their businesses, ranging from Kirsty Bashforth, Head of Organizational Effectiveness for BP to Joan Shafer, former Chief Learning Officer, Merryck & Co.. He has also helped over 50 clients become multi-millionaires and now shares with everyone his proven methods for success. For a great overview of the book & David’s history, you can watch him on After the Bell or in this video in which he gives an overview of his philosophyThere is a lot of discussion about Trayvon Martin & Chicago violence right now, and with this project Zane and Carter offer the flipside & highlight the positive preventative measures being taken to circumvent these issues.last_img read more

Bank of Baroda in talks to buy stake in Central Banks housing

first_imgBank of Baroda is in negotiations to acquire a majority stake in Central Bank Home Finance (CBHFL), the housing finance subsidiary of Central Bank of India. Central Bank of India owns 64 percent stake in CBHFL, while the other promoters of the house finance unit are Hudco, UTI and National Housing Bank, Press Trust of India reported. However, it is not clear whether Bank of Baroda has approached other shareholders of the housing finance subsidiary to purchase their stakes as well. “Talks are at an advanced stage. Central Bank has agreed to sell its entire stake to BoB,” a source was quoted as saying by the agency. SBI Capital Markets has been appointed by Bank of Baroda and some other merchant banks such as IDBI Capital have been hired by Central Bank to act as advisers. Investment bankers quoted by the agency said that Central Bank could raise as much as Rs 250 crore for its 64 percent stake in CBHFL.Central Bank had received capital infusion worth Rs 1,729 crore from the central government earlier this year. India’s home loan market is roughly growing at 25-30 percent, the report added.Bank of Baroda reported a 59.73 percent fall in Q1 net profit at Rs. 423.62 crore from Rs. 1,052.15 crore in the corresponding period last year. The sharp decline was due to an almost three-fold spike (234 percent) in provisioning for bad loans. The bank had to provide Rs. 2,004.07 crore towards bad loans in Q1 as compared to Rs. 599.74 crore in the year-ago quarter.Shares of Bank of Baroda closed at Rs 162.10 apiece on Friday, up 2.27 percent from their previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Similarly, Central Bank of India stock closed at Rs 86.85, up 0.06 percent from its previous close on Friday on the BSE.last_img read more

Sony Ericsson Ainoa Smarter Phone Access All Media Content Any TimeAny Where
Sony Ericsson Ainoa Smarter Phone Access All Media Content Any TimeAny Where

first_img Explore further Nokia launches latest handset: Nokia 6125 What Ainoa Is About:Ainoa 3G is about connectivity and quick and easy access to content via your PC, Playstation 3, a built-in 8.1 MP digital camera, video, music files, movie clips, social networking and in some regions TV. Ainoa has a 3-inch 432 x 240 pixel screen with 16,777, 216 color TFT, 55 MB internal memory with an 8-GB SanDisk micro-SD card slot, with compatibility to the full range of Sony memory cards. The sleek .06-inch depth and stylish 4-inch futuristic design has a retractable keypad, control wheel, an intuitive touch UI in media mode with easily navigable launch buttons for switching to various modes. The Question Is—What Can’t Ainoa Do?Ainoa Media Go allows users to keep up to date with the latest music and videos. Media Go transfers, plays and organizes all your music, photos, videos, podcasts by WiFi directly from your PC. PlayStation 3 owners may control and access media content on the Ainoa handset’s 3-inch vibrant screen any where and any time using Remote Play. Users may opt for local network connections or utilize the Internet with the built-in WAP 2.0 XHTML or Web feed from anywhere world-wide. Sony Ericsson announced the integrating and scintillating new smarter phone, Ainoa also spelled Aino in London on May 28, 2009. By smarter, I mean the future of communications is exemplified by the 4.1-inch x 2.0-inch x .06-inch, 4.7-ounce Obsidian Black Ainoa phone. Ainoa 3G with UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100, UMTS HSUPA 850/1900/2100, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 will hook you up on every device you own, dream of owning or is on the drawing board in a R&D lab. The future is now. Sony Ericsson Ainoa This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Sony Ericsson Ainoa Smarter Phone: Access All Media Content Any Time–Any Where (2009, May 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-sony-ericsson-ainoa-smarter-access.html I will highlight some interesting features of Ainoa, for a full list see the following link. Ainoa has an 8.1 MP digital camera with a digital zoom up to 16x, picture blogging, geo tagging, image stabilizer, video blogging, picture fix, face detection, photo flash/light, video recording, red-eye reduction and touch or auto focus. As an entertainment device, Ainoa has FM radio with RDS, tracker, video streaming, video viewing, JAVA, motion gaming, 3D gaming and more. Ainoa music capabilities include shake control, Track I.D., MP3, AAC, MegaBass, Bluetooth Stereo A2DP, Media Player and stereo speaker capabilities. Connectivity is Ainoa’s middle name. Ainoa features PictBridge, WiFi, USB support, USB mass storage, synchronization, a modem, Bluetooth technology, DLNA certified, Google Maps and a GPS. Ainoa has all the organizing features one would expect, a calendar, flight mode, timer, world clock, notes and a touch screen. Ainoa’s communications and messaging features include, sound recording, predictive text input, instant messaging, picture messaging, text messaging, exchange active sync and email. As a phone, Ainoa features video calling, vibrate alert, speakerphone and polyphonic ringtones. Ainoa is currently advertised by Sony Ericsson in their Americas web site. It will be available in Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela and Western Europe and eventually world-wide. The current price for the USA is not available nor is the release date. Historically speaking, Ainoa Times refer to the era in Hawaiian history post-Western influence noted for being an era of mixed blessings, marked by the introduction of new diseases and exceptional adaptation to new circumstances.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Sony Ericsson Ainoalast_img read more

Just walking around can help you live longer
Just walking around can help you live longer

first_imgEven if you do not sweat it out in the gym very morning, swapping out just a few minutes of sedentary time with some sort of movement can help you live longer, suggests new research.In the study involving over 3,000 people aged 50 to 79, the researchers found that the least active people were five times more likely to die during the study period than the most active people and three times more likely than those in the middle range for activity.“You did not have to even get a good sweat to experience the reduced likelihood of mortality,” said study lead author Ezra Fishman from University of Pennsylvania in the US. “Activity doesn’t have to be especially vigorous to be beneficial. That’s the public health message,” Fishman noted. For the study, the participants wore ultra-sensitive activity trackers, called accelerometers, for seven days, generating data compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For these same people, the agency then tracked mortality for the next eight years.“When we compare people who exercise the same amount, those who sit less and move around more tend to live longer,” Fishman said. “The folks who were walking around, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor tended to live longer than the people who were sitting at a desk,” Fishman noted. Though the scientists did not discover any magic threshold for the amount a person needs to move to improve mortality, they did learn that even adding just 10 minutes per day of light activity could make a difference.last_img read more

Two in hospital after three vehicle accident on A51

first_imgThe approximate location of the accident (Image: Inrix/Google) Paramedics also attended an accident on the A52 in Swinscoe in the Staffordshire Moorlands following an accident on the road at around the same time earlier today. The road was partially blocked following the accident, which was affecting traffic between Leek and Ashbourne. Read MoreMan performs sex act at Staffordshire fishing pool No one was injured in that collision, West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed. For the latest news from the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire visit our dedicated traffic and travel channel here. For live updates from across the region each weekday, visit our live news service here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo people have been taken to hospital after an accident on a busy North Staffordshire road this morning. The collision happened on the A51, near the Swan with Two Necks pub and the junction with the A53 in Blackbrook in Newcastle Borough at around 8am. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they had sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene. She said: “We transported two patients to Royal Stoke University Hospital. Firefighters were required to extricate the patients. “One had neck pain and the other had a hand injury.” A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said firefighters from Newcastle and Loggerheads had been called at around 8.41am today. She said: “The incident was near the Swan with Two Necks pub and involved three vehicles. “We released one female casualty.” The A51 remains closed in both directions near the A53 and Wharmadine Lane, according to traffic data company INRIX. Recovery is understood to be under way as of publication, with the accident also having a knock-on effect on traffic on the nearby A53. Read MoreMenswear stolen after raiders target shoplast_img read more