Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet CubaAmericas Organisation New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders said today that it hoped UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will remind Cuba of the goals of the Non-aligned Movement in relation to human rights and fundamental liberties as the country took over the Movement’s three-year rotating presidency and began hosting its five-day summit.Fifty heads of state and government, 3,000 delegates from 116 member countries (soon to be 118 with the forthcoming membership of Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis) and representatives of several observers countries, such as China are expected in Havana for the movement’s 14th summit from 11-16 September, in the presence of the UN Secretary General.The worldwide press freedom organisation said it was determined to point out that several heads of state who hold press freedom and pluralism in contempt, such as Iran’s, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf and Vietnam’s Nguyen Minh Triet, will be greeted in the Cuban capital by another predator of free expression in the person of Fidel Castro.“This summit should not be used as a screen for governments for whom the imbalance between North and South justifies dictatorship, oppression and the absence of a state of law”, said the organisation, stressing that, “The protection and promotion of human rights are among the objectives in the draft final document which will be submitted to member countries for approval during the summit.”“The Ministers reaffirmed the significant importance attached by the Movement to the promotion and protection of human rights and commitment to fulfil obligations to promote universal respect for, and observance and protection of, all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all in accordance to the UN Charter, other instruments relating to human rights as appropriate and international law”, says paragraph 193-1, ratified on 30 May 2006 in Putrajaya, Malaysia. We can unfortunately expect that countries such as Iran, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe, Libya and Belarus will sign a promise that they have no intention of honouring, not forgetting Cuba, which as president of the Movement, is supposed to see that it is respected. References to the UN Charter and International laws with which these countries adorn themselves, logically obliges them vis-à-vis the UN and the international community. We hope that the Secretary General Kofi Annan will remind them of this. The Cuban authorities have already shown signs of bad faith on the eve of the summit, of which it is doing its utmost to limit coverage, by expelling foreign journalists. Cuba is the second biggest prison in the world for journalists, after China, with 23 journalists behind bars.The Non-aligned Movement was founded in Belgrade in September 1961 under the auspices of Yugoslav President Marshal Tito, whose objective at the time was to gather countries refusing to take either the US or Soviet side in the cold war. As Havana hosts the 14th summit of the Non-aligned Movement from 11-16 September, Reporters Without Borders points out that most countries which it lists as ‘predators of press freedom’ are members of the Movement, which however promotes respect for human rights and fundamental liberties. News Follow the news on Cuba May 6, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas Help by sharing this information September 11, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cuba reminded of goals of Non-aligned Movement as it takes over presidency and hosts summit October 15, 2020 Find out more News to go further News October 12, 2018 Find out more RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Receive email alerts
Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily 2020-09-04 Christina Hughes Babb in Daily Dose, Featured, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe About Author: Chuck Green Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Call it bust out time for mortgages in active forbearance. After staying the course for the last couple of weeks, they more than found their footing by improving more dramatically than anticipated, receding over the last week by 147k (-4%), according to Blackknightinc.com, In fact, since the May peak, active forbearances are now down about 1M (-21%), stated Black Knight’s McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker. While slowly and deliberately, overall, there was continued improvement in COVID-19-related levels of forbearance. A total of 3.8M mortgages remain in active COVID-19 related forbearance plans as of September 1. That’s 7.1% of all active mortgages, a drop off from 7.4%. They represent $804 billion in unpaid principal; of which 75% have had their terms extended. Portfolio-held loans, which descended by 75K this week, along with a drop of 49K in active forbearance plans, fueled the decrease. Meantime, there was a weekly fallback of -23K in FHA/VA loans. Active forbearance yielded ground over the last 30 days, dropping by 171K (-4%), with the heartiest uptick again among GSE loans (-128K, -8%). FHA/VA forbearances (-23K, -2%) and private/portfolio loans (-20K, -2%), experienced more moderate traction. This month, more than 2M COVID-19-related forbearance plans are on the brink of expiring, paving the way to a significant volume of extension/removal activity later in September and early October. Since the COVID-19 crisis swept the country, forbearances sagged, according to data from Black Knight. According to the McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker, as of June 2, 2020, 4.73 million homeowners, representing 8.9% of all mortgages are in COVID-19 mortgage forbearance plans. While there was actually a net decline of 43,000 forbearances among government-backed mortgages (Fannie, Freddie and FHA/VA) from May 26 to June 2, it was partially offset by an increase of 9,000 forbearances among mortgages in bank portfolios and private-label securities. “While this decline is welcome news, there are still concerning signs in the data,” said Black Knight CEO Anthony Jabbour. “According to Black Knight’s McDash Flash Payment Tracker, far fewer homeowners in forbearance remitted May payments than did in April. If that trend holds true through the end of the month, the market should be prepared for another likely rise in the delinquency rate for May. Also, expanded unemployment benefits are scheduled to end on July 31. It remains to be seen how that will impact both forbearance requests and overall mortgage delinquencies.” Chuck Green has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune and others covering various industries, including real estate, business and banking, technology, and sports. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago September 4, 2020 1,155 Views Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Latest Housing Market Stats Next: The Week Ahead: The Need for Financial Aid During Pandemic Home / Daily Dose / Mortgages in Forbearance Down From Peak The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Mortgages in Forbearance Down From Peak
News UpdatesBombay HC Rejects PIL Seeking Inclusion Of Services Rendered By Lawyers In The Category Of “Essential Services” [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap16 July 2020 1:42 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court last Friday rejected the criminal writ petition filed by an advocate seeking declaration of services rendered by lawyers as essential service and thus exempt lawyers from restrictions imposed with regard to movement of traffic during lockdown. Division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice Madhav Jamdar concluded that it was within the exclusive domain of the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court last Friday rejected the criminal writ petition filed by an advocate seeking declaration of services rendered by lawyers as essential service and thus exempt lawyers from restrictions imposed with regard to movement of traffic during lockdown. Division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice Madhav Jamdar concluded that it was within the exclusive domain of the state legislature to legislate on which services will be included in the list of ‘essential services’, keeping in view paramount interest of the community. It was contended on behalf of the petitioner by Advocate Kareem Pathan that on June 29, he was appearing in a bail application filed before the Metropolitan Magistrate at Esplanade court and so he left home on his friend’s motorcycle but was stopped by the police on the Western Express Highway. Despite the petitioner showing his advocate ID and telling them about his appearance before the Esplanade Court, the cops did not listen to him and charged a challan of Rs.500. Thus, said petition was filed seeking inclusion of legal service providers in the category of essential services. Court perused through the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act, 2017 and observed- “As it is evident from reading the aims and object and the aforesaid provisions of the said Act that, it is within the exclusive domain of the State Legislature to legislate as to whose services to be included into the essential services, keeping in view paramount interest of the community. In the present Petition the Petitioner has sought mandatory directions to the 2nd Respondent to include the advocates legal services into “essential services” In our considered view, no mandatory directions, much less directions, can be issued to the State Legislature to include the legal services rendered by the advocates into “essential services”. Hence the reliefs claimed in terms of prayer clauses (a) and (c) cannot be granted.” Thereafter, the bench referred to the prayer clause (b) wherein the petitioner sought the challan issued against him to be revoked. Court rejected said prayer noting that the petitioner has an alternative efficacious remedy for claiming the said relief. Additional Public Prosecutor Deepak Thakare, on instructions, submitted that the respondents are ready to consider the grievances raised by the petitioner. To this, petitioner’s advocate Kareem Pathan submitted that a comprehensive representation will be filed before the State Government. Finally, the bench said that respondents were free to consider whatever representation is filed on behalf of the petitioner and rejected the prayers in the petition.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Story
The Ivorian had injured his knee in taking a shot moments earlier and he was due to be assessed back in Manchester on Monday. City already trailed 1-0 when Toure left the action after Raheem Sterling rewarded Liverpool for a ferocious start with a sixth-minute opener. Martin Skrtel doubled the lead from a corner as City proved sluggish early on, but playmaker David Silva sparked a comeback. Silva pulled one back after 57 minutes and then forced Glen Johnson to turn into his own net. The Spaniard was then narrowly close to adding a third but Philippe Coutinho pounced on a Vincent Kompany mistake to settle the contest 12 minutes from time. There was more drama as Skrtel escaped punishment for handball in the area and Liverpool had Jordan Henderson sent off for a late challenge on Samir Nasri. City also had another good penalty appeal against Mamadou Sakho rejected earlier in the game. Demichelis, 33, said: “We finished the first half playing really well and had some chances to score. We could have scored going into half-time. “After this we needed to adjust some things. Especially we needed to find a balance between attack and defence. “When we were attacking, we knew how strong they were in counter-attacks and this is when we had a lot of problems. “Then their only clear chance came from our mistake. “I can only complain about how unlucky we were. We should have got a draw at least. “Unfortunately we couldn’t bring a more positive result to our fans, but we can still bring something positive from now until the end.” Press Association Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has vowed to fight to the end in the Barclays Premier League title race. But with two games in hand on the sides above them, City remain firmly in the picture and the battle looks likely to remain tight over the final month of the season. Demichelis told City TV: “We will fight until the end. No-one left the stadium thinking they were champions. “Obviously we are not happy about the result but we know we have still got matches ahead. “We have seen in football that we can still win and they can make mistakes. “Hopefully we will win the rest and there will be some mistakes from Liverpool.” City, who have six games remaining, famously clawed back an eight-point deficit in their final half-dozen matches to win the title in 2012. They will resume their quest when they host bottom side Sunderland in the first of their games in hand on Wednesday. Key midfielder Yaya Toure could be a doubt for that game after limping off after just 19 minutes at Anfield. City suffered a serious setback in their bid to reclaim the crown as they were beaten 3-2 at leaders Liverpool in a pulsating clash at Anfield on Sunday. The result left City third, trailing the Reds by seven points and second-placed Chelsea by five.
Saints defender Wesley Hoedt made a hash of dealing with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass, allowing Salah to tee up Firmino for a clinical finish.Liverpool increased their lead in the 42nd minute when Firmino turned provider for Salah with a fine flicked pass that the Egypt forward slotted home for his 29th club goal of a dream first season with the Reds.3 important points – with a clean sheet ??Let’s do the same on Wednesday!#YNWA #LK1 #LFC pic.twitter.com/nrJIRgaWL0— Loris Karius (@LorisKarius) February 11, 2018Klopp’s men are four points clear of fifth placed Chelsea, who face West Bromwich Albion on Monday, as the battle hots up to qualify for the Champions League via a top four finish.“It was not a brilliant performance. It was difficult circumstances with the wind. We did the job. That is very important,” Klopp said.“We scored early, got the second goal in the right moment and then controlled the game.“We want to finish the season top four and we need the points.”Southampton are third bottom following their first defeat in five league matches.Huddersfield climbed out of the relegation zone after a 4-1 win against Bournemouth at the John Smith’s Stadium. goal off for the season. @22mosalah is your @carlsberg Man of the Match. ? pic.twitter.com/AGpPCDAZU7— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 11, 2018David Wagner’s team took a seventh-minute lead as Alex Pritchard collected Steve Mounie’s pass and drilled in his first Huddersfield goal since his January move from Norwich.Junior Stanislas equalised for Bournemouth with a cool finish from Ryan Fraser’s cross seven minutes later.But Benin striker Mounie restored Huddersfield’s advantage with a 27th-minute header and Steve Cook’s own goal put the hosts in control in the 66th minute.Rajiv van La Parra converted a stoppage-time penalty to lift Huddersfield out of the drop zone.Huddersfield’s first league win in nine matches was marred by an injury to Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy, who was stretchered off with a knee problem 15 minutes from time.Share on: WhatsApp “It wasn’t going to happen for us today. Newcastle gave what they have, that’s a beautiful thing in football.“We made a defensive mistake and when they are in front they had only one thing in mind and gave their lives to keep a clean sheet.”Newcastle had kicked off in the relegation zone, but a first win in five league games — their first success against United since 2013 — lifts them to 13th place.At St Mary’s, Liverpool moved above Tottenham into third place as goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah killed off lowly Southampton.Jurgen Klopp’s side, who featured former defender Virgil van Dijk on his first return to the club he left in January, took a sixth minute lead when Brazil forward Firmino netted for the 20th time this season.– Dream season for Salah – Jose Mourinho’s second placed side, beaten by Tottenham in their last away game, were rarely at their best at St James’ Park and paid the price in the 65th minute.United defender Chris Smalling was booked for needlessly diving inside his own half and from the resulting Jonjo Shelvey free-kick, Dwight Gayle latched onto a header and played a backheel towards Ritchie.His run was completely untracked by United’s sloppy defence and the Newcastle winger fired low past David De Gea.Mourinho responded by pulling off Paul Pogba after another underwhelming display from the France midfielder.And United should have equalised soon after, but when Newcastle failed to clear a corner, Anthony Martial saw two shots blocked on the line by Gayle.“Newcastle fought like animals, I hope they take that as a compliment. The gods of football were on their side,” Mourinho said. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Matt Ritchie condemned Manchester United to a shock 1-0 defeat at struggling Newcastle, while Liverpool cemented their top four place with a 2-0 win over Southampton on Sunday.United’s second defeat in their last three Premier League games leaves them 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.
There’s a new sheriff in town patrolling the ice surface at the NDCC Arena.Instead of a shiny badge this sheriff wears a “C” on his jersey.His name is Colton Schell and promises bigger and better times ahead for the Green and White on his watch.“I feel this year will be a lot better than last year,” the 20-year-old New Westminster native said prior to stepping onto the ice this week.“I feel we’re going to be better a lot sooner than last year and challenge for the division because so far everyone’s getting along . . . we’re all friends and we all are eager to put in the hard work to be successful.”This is Schell’s third go-around with the Leafs. That veteran leadership played a big part in No. 18 getting the “C” on his jersey prior to the start of the current campaign.“We’re happy with Colton being our captain and we think he’s going to be a great leader,” Leaf skipper Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily.“This is (Schell’s) third season here, and being 20 (years old) and wanting to come back as a 20-year-old and Colton being a leader off the ice helped us make the final decision.”Fans have seen the Leaf franchise take a slide the past few seasons back to number 3 in the hotly contested Neil Murdoch Division behind Castlegar and Beaver Valley.During that period Nelson failed to get out of the first round of the playoffs, losing to both the Rebels and Hawks. A reason for the drop after Nelson dominated not only the division but also the league in the latter years of the last decade has been the lack of stability behind the bench.The unsteadiness at the coaching ranks only led to a less than cohesive dressing room.“We all have to come to the rink ready to play, not only in games but also at practice during the week,” Schell explained. “There was a lot of joking around in between periods and a lot of drama off the ice that affected the team.”“That has to, and has already, change this season,” added Schell, finishing the last season with 23 goals and 42 assists in 48 games.Schell also proved to be a feisty player, accumulating 92 minutes in penalties.Of course two games doesn’t make a season for any team.Especially when the team plays a four-game exhibition season that the coaching staff uses to get a good look a rookies on the team.“I feel we’re going to be better sooner than later,” Schell said, after Nelson opened the season gaining one of a possible four points during a two-game set against Castlegar – playing to a 5-5 tie Friday and losing 1-0 Saturday in the Sunflower City.“We’re starting the season with everyone getting along with each other really well. We all talk and there’s no little groups like there was last year which I feel is a must to have success in any league.”Those idiosyncrasies every player brings to the rink has will be put to the test when Nelson plays the next three games on the road, beginning Thursday in Grand Forks against the new-and-improved Bruins.After going through the entire season with only one victory, the Bruins got that monkey off their back on opening weekend after surprising the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 3-2 in overtime.No doubt the new sheriff of the Leafs has already told his mates to be ready.ICE CHIPS: The Leafs had left-winger Brendan Colter in camp on a tryout basis. Princeton Posse released the 6-foot winger after Colter scored nine times in 39 games for the Okanagan Division squad. No word from the coaching staff if Colter will see any action this weekend. . . .Coach Maida was non-committal on the injured players, including two defencemen, Blake Arcuri and Andy Miller. All players are listed as day-to-day. . . . Nelson travels to Creston Saturday and Beaver Valley September 28 before returning home to face the defending KIJHL champs Saturday, September 29.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2015)–Due to a high probability of rain, Santa Anita Park has cancelled a special screening of the 2003 hit movie Seabiscuit this Saturday, which had been scheduled to start following the races at 6:30 p.m. in the track’s Paddock Gardens Area.The screening, which was planned to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the legendary Seabiscuit winning the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap, will be rescheduled at some point later this spring or summer, according to track officials.Directed by Gary Ross, “Seabiscuit” was nominated for seven Academy Awards and it marked the big screen debut of jockey Gary Stevens, who portrayed jockey George “The Ice Man” Woolf. Stevens, who returned to riding following a seven-year retirement in January, 2013, has won four Santa Anita Handicaps dating back to 1990, and he is scheduled to ride Chilean-bred Catch a Flight in this year’s $1 million Big ‘Cap on Saturday, March 7.Stevens will be available to media in the lead-up to America’s longest continually run “Hundred Grander,” as will other prominent horsemen, including Jerry Hollendorfer, who conditions the early Big ‘Cap favorite, Shared Belief.In addition to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, Santa Anita will also present a blockbuster 11-race card that includes the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf), the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes and the Grade II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes on March 7.Special early first post time on Santa Anita Handicap Day, March 7, is at 12 noon. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m.
Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has slammed the Government’s Gaeltacht Bill, which takes power from the people and gives the Minister of the day too much control over Údarás na Gaeltachta.Senator Ó Domhnaill has also raised concerns about the cutbacks involved in this Bill and the Government’s failure to commit to resources for Gaeltacht regions.“Far from preserving and developing the language, this Bill involves further cutbacks. It is clear that the Government has no intention of providing any extra resources to implement this new legislation, making it extremely difficult for the Bill to attain its objectives,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. “But more worrying still is the fact that this legislation will spell an end of the democratic elections to the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta. The Gaeltacht Minister clearly doesn’t have confidence that the people will elect who he wants to the board, so he wants to change the system so that the Minister of the day will appoint many of the board members himself. The remainder of the board will be nominated by County Councillors, many of whom have no connection with the Gaeltacht whatsoever.“In addition to this, the Bill fails to define the type of organisation that can apply to prepare a language plan for an area. The Minister will approve each Language Plan and will decide whether they are being implemented fully or not. Once again, this gives too much power to the Minister and the Coimisinéir Teanga should have a role in this work.“There are a number of questions about how this will work in reality. It is clear that there is no intention to provide any extra resources to implement this new legislation, making it extremely difficult for the Bill to attain its objectives. It places responsibilities on Foras na Gaeilge, although the Minister nor the Oireachtas has control over the Foras as it is a North/South body. As a result it is not possible to be sure that the Foras will be happy to deliver on the responsibilities in the long term.” MINISTER WILL HAVE TOO MUCH CONTROL OVER ÚDARÁS – SENATOR was last modified: June 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MINISTER WILL HAVE TOO MUCH CONTROL OVER ÚDARÁS – SENATOR
Address by Chief Marketing Officer of Brand South Africa, Ms Linda Magapatona-Sangaret to the Annual Conference of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) Thursday 18 August 2016 Southern Sun Elangeni, Durban, KwaZulu-NatalIt is an honour to be amongst some of the country’s best marketing and communications professionals at the 2016 annual Conference of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA).As we sit here we, as professionals of the marketing and communication discipline, find ourselves in a very competitive and demanding business environment. The theme under which this Conference is being held, “Advance, Rise, Grow,” is very apt in this environment and has implications for us all – not just our Chief Executive Officers.Most importantly, this theme encourages many opportunities for innovation in our business environments, and also in our field.Ladies and gentlemen,I thought that I would use this opportunity to discuss with you some elements around a relatively new field of study and about which I am passionate, that of nation branding and building a strong globally competitive nation brand.Brand South Africa is the agency mandated to develop a compelling nation brand identity which positions the country positively.Practitioners in our field will be aware of why a positive brand identity is important, particularly in this contemporary age where brands compete with each for share of voice and more importantly, consumer attention.Positive perceptions and a strong reputation is the key currency of brands. This is also becoming increasingly important in a shifting communication landscape where negative perceptions can gain significant traction on social media platforms in a relatively short period of time. It is sometimes almost impossible for your brand to recover from such an onslaught.Positive attitudes and perceptions are a pre-condition to people choosing to visit, or migrate, to the country or to invest in a particular country.In this regard, the discipline of nation branding is particularly beneficial to developing nations. Various theorists have concluded that programmes to build strong nation brands should be part of the holistic economic programme of the country. This ensures that the country is elevated in the ranks of the global attention economy. Once a nation is part of the attention economy it is easier to attract tourists, investment, skills and positive coverage.Ladies and gentlemen,Practitioners of the discipline of marketing and communications will be all too aware that the strongest messages and exciting creative solutions are not sufficient to ensure positive perceptions of a brand, if these do not match reality.This is all the more challenging with a nation brand when each citizen is a shareholder of the brand identity and equally a consumer. The behaviour of each citizen impacts on how the nation brand is perceived.To ensure that each citizen is aware of the impact they may have on the reputation of the South African nation brand and how it is perceived, Brand South Africa has developed and is implementing its flagship domestic programme, Play Your Part. As the name suggests, it is a call on citizens to play their part to build South Africa’s reputation. It is a call for citizens to be aware of their impact on how the country is perceived.In the long term, we are confident that when all citizens become aware of their role in the nation brand building project, our behaviour will begin to match the messages we communicate both domestically and internationally.In this way, our place and ranking in the attention economy will also increase and South Africa will continue to be a sought after destination, for a variety of reasons. The South African nation brand will be able to effectively demonstrate its ability to make turn aspirations into reality while continually striving and moving to new heights.Ladies and gentlemen,I would also like to emphasize that, outside of what Brand South Africa does to build the country brand and image, a lot of work being done to position South Africa as a globally competitive destination by many roleplayers within the country. In this regard, our National Development Plan is currently our guiding framework to creating a socially and economically equitable country.Since the best communication and marketing programmes and campaigns rest on both reality and aspiration, a socially cohesive and economically strong nation brand, will go a long way towards assisting us to collectively position South Africa positively.Ladies and gentlemen,As I prepared to address you today, I remembered the words of the Roman poet, Horace, who so eloquently said: “Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.” This finds popular expression in the phrase, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”Positioning South Africa positively is something which matters to us all, it is something that we each have a vested interest in. I have no doubt that our collective desire to see our country stand out positively in the attention economy will stimulate our creative juices and therein, we will find new ways of creating value for our industry. The message that we communicate about our nation brand, its people and its prospects for the future, will be stronger for the passion we have to do what we do best.Let the theme of this conference, Advance-Rise-Grow, inspire us on this journey.I thank you.
Not only are company data archives overflowing, the data is dirty. Gartner says that 25 percent of Fortune 1000 company critical data collected over the next two years will be inaccurate, incomplete or duplicated. Gartner thinks that three quarters of large enterprises are experiencing dirty data problems and that it won’t be at least until 2010 when they will be able to start getting a handle on the problem. Only three years away, that timeline seems a bit optimistic since dirty data has been a problem that has always plagued systems.There are many causes of dirty data. For example, the original transaction may have been inaccurately recorded, or the recording of the data might have been delayed. Any time that data gets out of sync with reality, there is a problem.Dirty data can affect day-to-day operations, slowing down processing. Poor data can also directly affect the quality of the analysis produced by data warehousing projects. In order to comply with regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley and Basel II, accuracy of data is also very important.What’s the solution? Gartner sees that any solution must approach the problem from a holistic approach. Software tools, like Enterprise Information Management systems, are being made available to address the issues of dirty data. But the solution can’t be software-based only. To fix the problem, the enterprise must adopt a plan that incorporates elements of company vision, strategy, governance, infrastructure, processes and people. Getting the processes and people aligned correctly is the most difficult piece of the puzzle.Gartner recommends that enterprises set up corporate data management groups. These groups need to act as as ‘data stewarts’ and they need to be trained to manage information as a corporate asset. That would require a big change. Companies that allocate dedicated employees to manage corporate data are very rare. But total commitment from the enterprise is needed in order for the process to work.