20 Dec

Photos: Kevin Durant dominates Patrick Beverley and Clippers in Game 3

first_imgAfter being held relatively in check for the past two games, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant exploded for 38 points.One of the subplots of the NBA playoff series was how Clippers guard Patrick Beverley’s defense was disrupting Durant on the offense end. So far, he was kind of successful holding the all-star to 23 points in Game 1 and 21 points in Game 2. The third contest was different as Durant dominated from the start. He scored 27 points in the first half. He also chipped in four …last_img read more

18 Dec

South African appointed president of global tourist guide body

first_imgDuring the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations convention, a South African guide was named president. Alushca Ritchie will be in the position for the next two years and thinks it is a great opportunity.Alushca Ritchie, a tour guide in the Western Cape, is appointed president of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations in February 2017 for a two-year term. (Image: Department of Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterA South African has been appointed the president of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA).Western Cape tour guide Alushca Ritchie was appointed during the 17th biennial WFTGA convention. It took place recently in Tehran, Iran.Ritchie said she was looking forward to representing all tourist guides on a global platform. “This will be a great opportunity to learn and to promote a sector which is very rarely recognised as a profession, although it is an integral component of the tourism value chain.”Travel and foodHer passion for travel intersects with her love for food. She described herself to News24 as an “oenophile and coffee lover of note, as well as a complete bibliophile and an avid foodie”.Because of her interest in food, Ritchie enjoys showing travellers the vast variety of cuisine on offer in South Africa. “Our huge array of different ways to eat, things to eat and places to eat at are all unbelievably diverse,” she said.Her travels had helped her realise how diverse South Africa was. “It’s something truly special,” she said. “Arriving home from an international trip always warms one’s soul.”An achievement“We are very proud of this global leadership achievement,” said Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, congratulating Ritchie.“This presents another opportunity for us to elevate the status of the guiding profession and to acknowledge the important role that our tourist guides play in providing superb visitor experiences,” he said.The organisationThe WFTGA is a non-profit organisation comprising tourist guide associations, individual tourist guides, educational institutions and others that have a direct or indirect association with tourist guides. It is also an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization.The president of WFTGA serves a two-year term and is supported by an executive board made up of delegates from Australia, Iran, the USA, Canada and the UK.The organisation’s convention was attended by about 350 participants and delegates from more than 40 countries.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

24 Oct

BCJ Wraps Up Western Jamaica School Tour

first_imgThe Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) wrapped up its sensitisation and awareness meetings in western Jamaica on Wednesday, March 20, with a successful session at Godfrey Stewart High School in Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland.More than 150 students took a break from the annual sports day activities to participate in the interactive one-hour session, where they were addressed by Executive Director of the BCJ, Cordel Green.Some of the topics discussed were: ‘Digital Switchover’; ‘Children’s Code for Programming’; ‘Managing Your Digital Self’; and ‘Traditional and New Media’.Speaking to JIS News after the meeting, Mr. Green said the three-school tour, held as part of the Commission’s media literacy programme, was an “overwhelming success”.He said the media literary programme is ongoing and the Commission will be seeking to reach more schools in western Jamaica under other phases. He said that discussions have already commenced for early follow-up sessions at Godfrey Stewart High.“They want us to go beyond their students and to engage with the parents as well. This will never stop because media literacy is an on-going exercise which is transformational,” Mr. Green said.Mr. Green in his presentation to the students, said the Commission is placing focus on the regulation of the electronic media, in light of the changing broadcasting landscape.“We are talking about the revamping of that legislative framework and revisiting the meaning of broadcasting, which is now taking in other platforms. We are not thinking about whether to regulate Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), rather the issue is whether the same regulatory approach to free-to-air television and cable would be extended to IPTV,” he stated.He said the large electronic billboards, which are “large programmable television screens” are also up for examination in the new electronic media policy, “which is on its way to the Cabinet, with a view to effecting changes sooner rather than later.”Grade seven teacher, Jody-Gaye Cummings, told JIS News that she was “very happy” for the Commission’s intervention.“The students needed it, because it will allow them to become more conscious of the social media, of the television, of the airwaves and the work that goes into protecting them as students so that they are not exposed to certain things that may damage their character and their psyche,” she stated. “They are now also more cognisant of the pros and cons of social media, which will influence their actions and better allow them to use these tools to their benefit rather than to their detriment,” Ms. Cummings told JIS News.The other schools visited were the St. James High School on March 6; and Barracks Road Primary in Montego Bay on March 7.The BCJ’s media literacy programme seeks to educate students about the pending change from analogue to digital broadcasting, called the “digital switchover” and challenges in the new media landscape.More than 20 educational institutions and 3,400 students have been engaged over the past two years.By Glenis A. Rose, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

24 Oct

MSME/Entrepreneurship Policy to be tabled by June

first_imgThe proposed Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (MSME)/ Entrepreneurship Policy, is expected to be tabled in Parliament by June. Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, whose Ministry is piloting the policy’s formulation, says in light of the 2013/14 Budget Debate, slated to get underway on April 18, and continue into May, it is unlikely that there will be adequate time on the Parliament’s schedule to accommodate the matter during that period. “We expect that we should be able to table the Green Paper by the end of May (into) early June,” he informed. The Minister was addressing the MSME Alliance public forum on the theme: ‘MSMEs Waiting to Exhale’, at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) auditorium, Trafalgar Road, St. Andrew, on April 11. Mr. Hylton said the policy represents a comprehensive effort by the government to “buttress” the MSME through interventions aimed at removing barriers to the sector’s growth and development, and enhancing its contribution to job creation. He informed that the framework entails formulation of a vision for the MSME sector, an analysis of the challenges stakeholders encounter, and recommended strategies to effectively address them. The Minister pointed out that the policy’s provisions represent the first such intervention to provide a “co-ordinated, coherent and targeted” framework of support for MSMEs. He explained that the policy’s framework was established through extensive consultations which the Ministry had with a wide cross-section of key stakeholders, resulting in the formulation of a 14th draft, based on revisions recommended. “I believe it is fair to say that after14 drafts, we would have captured quite a bit (of what needs to be revised). This has been a highly consulted document, as it should be, given the scale and scope of the activity we are addressing,” the Minister said. Mr. Hylton advised that the policy will go back to Parliament’s Economic Development Committee, which is expected to meet following the Budget Debate’s conclusion, for further deliberations. “We expect that the changes that were recommended, which have been put in place, will allow for easier passage in Parliament,” the Minister said. By Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

18 Jul

Telecom Italia board hangs up dials battle for control

© 2018 AFP Activist fund Elliott had called for the removal of six board members at a shareholders meeting next month, complaining about Vivendi’s management of Telecom Italia (TIM), which like many other former state monopoly operators has had trouble in the face of heightened competition and rapid technological change.But in a statement released on Thursday, Telecom Italia said that eight directors had announced their resignation, which it says under the company’s bylaws means that the entire board must be re-elected.”In resigning, the aforementioned directors have expressed their hope that this move would help to clarify and provide certainty to the governance of the company,” said a company statement.A shareholders meeting was called for May 4 to elect the new board.Among those who quit was executive chairman Arnaud de Puyfontaine, who is also Vivendi’s CEO, and whom Elliot sought to remove.”As chairman of TIM, and in the interest of all the shareholders, I want to free the board from the climate of uncertainty that was created,” de Puyfontaine told journalists.He said at the May 4 meeting “shareholders can rapidly elect a new board instead of voting for partial changes as requested by Elliot.”Sometimes called a “vulture” fund, Elliott has regularly invested in companies in difficulty or whose shares it considers undervalued, and often engages in showdowns with those companies’ management.Last week it called for a shake-up at the top “to improve both governance and performance at TIM”.Despite controlling only 24 percent of ordinary shares, Vivendi has managed to gain de facto control over the company through getting its people on TIM’s board and senior management.”Elliott believes that the company is managed in the interest of Vivendi and to the detriment of all other TIM shareholders,” it wrote. It also highlighted the 35 percent drop in the value of the company’s share price from when who it calls “Vivendi nominees” joined the board in December 2015 to “the day before our interest in the company was made public”.De Puyfontaine said Thursday the election “gives each shareholder an opportunity to choose between a business strategy capable of creating long-term value and a programme of short-term financial engineering.”Elliott will need to find allies to carry the day at the shareholding meeting as it holds a stake of around 5 percent in TIM. Eight members of Telecom Italia’s board of directors resigned on Thursday, triggering a re-election of the entire board as an activist investor fund has challenged the control over the company by France’s Vivendi. Explore further Telecom Italia said that eight directors had announced their resignation, which it says under the company’s bylaws means that the entire board must be re-elected China’s Tencent to take stake in Ubisoft games maker Citation: Telecom Italia board hangs up, dials battle for control (2018, March 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-telecom-italia-board-dials.html 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. read more