Open letter to Dilma Roussef about failure to punish murders of journalists

first_imgNews Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more BrazilAmericas Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general Receive email alerts News Paris, 1 June 2015 Dear President Roussef,After two brutal murders of journalists in the space of a week, Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, urges Brazil to quickly adopt concrete and effective measures to guarantee the protection of news providers and to combat impunity for crimes of violence against them.Brazil is the western hemisphere’s third deadliest country for the media (after Mexico and Honduras), with a total of 38 journalists murdered in a clear or possible connection with their work from January 2000 to December 2014. Almost all were investigating sensitive subjects such as organized crime, human rights violations, corruption or different kinds of trafficking. The organized crime presence in certain regions makes covering these subjects particularly risky. At the same time, the impunity prevailing in most of the cases increases the probability of their recurring. The trend has worsened in recent years with at least ten journalists killed in Brazil in direct connection with their work in 2012 and 2013, two in 2014 and now three since the start of 2015.The latest victim was Djalma Santos da Conceição, a radio journalist with RCA FM in Conceição da Feira, in the northeastern state of Bahia, who was kidnapped and shot dead on 22 May. His body bore the marks of torture. According to local sources, he had been threatened and had been investigating the murder of a teenage girl by traffickers.Evany José Metzker, an investigative journalist who kept a blog called Coruja do Vale, was found beheaded near Padre Paraiso, in the northeast of the state of Minas Gerais, on 18 May, five days after being reporting missing. He had been investigating drug trafficking and child prostitution for several months and had covered several regional corruption cases in his blog, accusing local officials of involvement.Gerardo Servian Coronel, a Paraguayan journalist working for Radio Ciudad Nueva, was gunned down in Ponta Porã, a Brazilian city near the Paraguayan border, on 4 March.An increase in violence against journalists has also been seen during the major protests against public transport price hikes in São Paulo and against spending on the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Local and foreign journalists covering these protests from June 2013 to July 2014 were the targets of abusive treatment by the police that included insults, threats, arrests, arbitrary detention, physical violence and beatings. The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalists (ABRAJI) registered 210 cases of abusive treatment of professional and non-professional journalists, 38 of them during the World Cup. The military police were responsible for most of these cases. Bandeirantes TV cameraman Santiago Ilídio Andrade was fatally injured while covering a protest in Rio de Janeiro on 6 February 2014.In a report on violence against journalists issued in March 2014, a month after Andrade’s death, the Human Rights Secretariat recommended creating an Observatory for Violence against Journalists in partnership with UNESCO, and putting the federal authorities in charge of investigating crimes against journalists. More than a year later, no action has been taken. A bill that would have put the federal authorities in charge of investigating such crimes was rejected on 20 May by the Chamber of Deputies commission on public safety and combatting organized crime.In view of the level of violence against journalists, implementation of the recommendations by the Human Rights Secretariat’s working group on the safety of journalist is more necessary and urgent than ever. Combatting impunity must be a priority. Journalists will continue to be in danger as long as crimes of violence against them are not the subject of independent, impartial and thorough investigations that result in those responsible being identified and punished.We thank you in advance for the attention that you give to our request.Sincerely, April 15, 2021 Find out more June 1, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Dilma Roussef about failure to punish murders of journalists to go further Follow the news on Brazil Reports BrazilAmericas RSF_en News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Appalled by the brutal murders of two Brazilian journalists in the space of a few days, Reporters Without Borders has written to President Dilma Roussef asking her to end the prevailing impunity for crimes of violence against media personnel in her country. President Dilma RoussefPalacio do PlanaltoPraça dos Três Poderes Brasília Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Related documents carta_dilma_-_pt-3.pdfPDF – 151.21 KB last_img read more

France Suspends Burundi Security Cooperation

first_imgFrance has decided to suspend its security cooperation with Burundi, a French diplomat says, amid a crackdown on anti-government protesters in the Central African country.The diplomat, whose name was not mentioned in reports, said on Tuesday that Paris is halting its aid to Burundi’s police and defense establishment due to the ongoing crackdown on those who oppose President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive term in power. France helps train the Burundian police, who have been recently engaged in a violent suppression of anti-government street protests. It also helps train the Burundian army for international peacekeeping missions.France’s decision came a day after a protester was shot dead and two others wounded during an anti-government demonstration in the town of Muyange in southern Bururi Province. Burundi has been the scene of violent clashes ever since Nkurunziza announced his plans to run for a third term in late April.last_img read more

Brett Favre attempts to clarify ‘hero’ comment about Colin Kaepernick, Pat Tillman

first_img“It’s not easy for a guy his age — black or white, Hispanic, whatever — to stop something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, and put it on hold, maybe forever, for something that you believe in,” Favre said of Kaepernick to TMZ. “I can only think of right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman is another guy who did something similar. And, we regard him as a hero. So, I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”Many Americans, including President Donald Trump, consider Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem — which he did in the 2016 season — to be disrespectful to the American flag and U.S. military. Kaepernick got the idea to kneel from former Army Green Beret Nate Boyer, who was trying to make the Seahawks as a long snapper. Kaepernick had been sitting during the anthem.Kaepernick has been out of football since opting out of his 49ers contract in March 2017. Including Pat Tillman’s name in the interview on Colin Kaepernick was not a comparison of the two, but a recognition that they both sidelined their football dreams in pursuit of a cause. Pat tragically lost his life, making the ultimate sacrifice, and deserves the highest honor.— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) June 22, 2020The Hall of Fame quarterback drew heavy criticism for telling TMZ Sports that Kaepernick would, in time, be considered a “hero” for speaking out against police brutality and racial injustice just as Tillman is considered a hero for qutting football to enlist in the U.S. Army after 9/11.MORE: Trump says Kaepernick should get another NFL job if he shows he can play Brett Favre tried Monday to add nuance after appearing to equate Colin Kaepernick’s protests with the late Pat Tilllman’s military service.Favre, in a tweet, referred to Tillman’s 2004 death in action in Afghanistan, writing the former NFL defensive back “deserves the highest honor.” last_img read more

Use it or lose it

first_imgYears later, while working in both Russia and Ukraine, I started election observing for alocal group in Kiev, and then later occasionally for IRI (International Republican Institute), which does nonpartisan work overseas. I discovered that I loved the experience. As an election observer, I was to look for specific elements to ensure that the election is conducted with integrity. Observers, who always work in pairs, are told that there should be no campaign literature in the polling facility, the ballot box must be visible, voter IDs must be checked, and the process should be orderly. Teams of election observers visit different polling stations throughout the day. In addition to working with a partner, we were provided with an interpreter, car, and driver. Since I speak Russian, I didn’t need the interpreter, so it freed me up to talk to more voters and observers.Even when the outcome was predictable, the whole election process in the former Soviet Union was colorful. Election Day in the USSR was always a holiday. Designated voting buildings were cleaned and filled with fresh-cut flowers and decorative photographs. Election officials decked themselves out in their good clothes, and the whole affair had a festive air.  One time, though, in Ukraine in 2004, the occasion was far from celebratory. When we arrived at a local polling station in the eastern city of Donetsk to observe the presidential election, we were met with voters fleeing the site. We entered the building, and were shocked to find Plexiglas ballot boxes slashed, and ballots strewn all about the floor. The remaining voters huddled in a corner of the room, pointing to an office in the back. There we discovered the local election official, a woman, in charge, cowering with the police officer assigned to protect the polling station. We told her that we would report the incident to the authorities. When we went back outside, we found that the tires of our car had also been slashed. That slowed down our travel to other polling places, as another vehicle had to be procured (but not our resolve). That election was subject to so many irregularities, including one district reporting 127 percent of the population voting, that it later required two additional elections before a winner was declared.My enthusiasm for monitoring the voting process was such that I took and passed an exam to be an official OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) observer. In 2005, I was part of a 70-member international delegation observing the Azerbaijani presidential elections. This assignment took me up to the remote mountainous area near the Russian border. We traveled through large, uninhabited areas seemingly populated only by sheep and an occasional shepherd. It made me feel I was traveling back into biblical times in a modern Mercedes bus. Most of our election-observing flock spent the day at local voting stations. But my partner and I were assigned the night shift at the regional Central Election Headquarters, where all the cast ballots were brought for official tabulation, so we started at 10 pm. At the end of the day, all the local polling stations put their paper ballots into a box with an accompanying placard signed by all the election officials. The town driver and policeman then set off with this precious cargo for our post at the Central Election Headquarters. During a previous election, the ballots had been tampered with on this journey, so fear of a repeat offense caused some locals to jump into their own cars and chase the police car. It soon became an Indy 500 race. While hazardous, it prevented the escort policeman from stealing any ballots. It was exciting to hear the screeching of brakes and watch as the cars careened into the Headquarters parking lot.  My partner and I sat in an alcove, observing the technician who transferred the paper ballots into the computer. Late during that long evening, we spotted the technician entering an altered ballot figure. We reported it to OSCE headquarters in Baku, as we were not allowed to interfere with the local precincts. A few days later at the official OSCE closing ceremony, the election was declared marred by fraud. We were relieved and proud to think that judgment was partly based on our efforts to protect the integrity of the electoral process from a small town in the Azerbaijani mountains.Today in America, with a presidential election looming before us in the middle of a pandemic, voting has again become a big issue, for several reasons. Mail-in voting is increasingly important, as physical voting can lead to physical propinquity. Thus, in recent state elections, there have been fewer polling stations open, causing people to wait interminable hours to cast their ballots. While many Democratic politicians have been strongly promoting mail-in ballots, the president and many followers have been opposed. The president has even gone so far as to suggest that children might be stealing ballots from mailboxes. This is particularly strange, as he himself votes by mail-in ballot. But what began as a partisan divide has become more snarled as the president has pushed to shut down or privatize the U.S. Post Office. Certainly, the volume of ballots is a new issue. It has been observed that mail-in voting in the recent New York primary caused long delays in counting the vote. Perhaps we should consider encouraging more foreign observers like OSCE to oversee our election.The president has even suggested that the November election be postponed, although he doesn’t have the authority to cancel or postpone an election. At this tumultuous time, with the election and virus both competing for our attention, I am reminded of my mother’s declaration of how lucky I am to be an American. It seems particularly fitting to close with the words of the late John Lewis: “Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society; you must use it, because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.”  I was 5 years old when my Norwegian-born mother became an American citizen. She never stopped stressing the importance of voting. She pointed out how lucky I was to be American, and that it would be a crime to skip an election. I never have.  Grace Kennan Warnecke is the former chairman of the board of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and author of the memoir “Daughter of the Cold War.” She is a seasonal resident of Vineyard Haven.last_img read more

Port of Olympia Welcomes the Arrival of the Aster K

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0The Aster K, a Weyerhaeuser vessel, is expected to arrive at the Port of Olympia’s Marine Terminal on April 14, 2012. After loading cargo (logs), it’s scheduled to depart on April 19, 2012.Vessel: Aster KVessel Flag: PanamaDestination: Hiro, JapanBoard Footage: Approx 5.8 MillionCustomer: WeyerhaeuserStevedore: SSAAgent: K-Line AmericaTentative Work Schedule: Day shifts (Sunday-Thursday)Tug: CrowleyJobs: No fewer than 400 jobs annually are associated with the movement of cargo in and out of the Port–NOTE: This includes direct, indirect and induced jobs.*last_img read more

Harlequin Productions’ “The Language Archive” Explores the Power of Love

first_imgFacebook26Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Harlequin Productions On May 5, Harlequin Productions premiers The Language Archive, a romantic comedy by Julia Cho running until May 28. I sat down with the show’s director, and Harlequin’s Managing Artistic Director, Scot Whitney, to discuss his latest project.What made you select this show as your next directing project?I started a theater company because I want to tell great stories. Now we’re committed to finding seven per year. I’m constantly searching for compelling stories that need to be told. In this case, I read a description of the play and it sounded intriguing, so I ordered a copy, hoping that it might grab me. I do that often, and most of the time they don’t, but this one did.From beginning to end, it swept me up in its delightful elegance and whimsicality. It is a beautiful, somehow magical, modern romance that shatters all expectations of what that seems like it ought to mean. It’s funny, poignant, heartbreaking and inspiring. Ultimately, it’s impossible to describe, because there is nothing quite like it. Words don’t do it justice. Which is, coincidentally, exactly what the play is about.The Language Archive is currently running at The State Theater.What is the cast bringing to the show so far in the rehearsal process?The cast is bringing what I always hope a cast will bring: their time, talent, intelligence, experience, perspective, honesty, wit, passion, patience and commitment. They’re actors! That’s what they do! I love actors! They do the heavy lifting and allow me to pretend that I’m actually good at what I do.On the comedy-drama spectrum, it seems this show lands somewhere in between. Should audiences be expecting to laugh, cry, think…or all three?In my humble opinion, audiences should expect all three from every play they see. That’s what they’re for. This is a rich, gorgeous story about the power love has on our lives, and our inability to express that love through words. Is there anyone in the world who can’t relate to that? Is there anyone who hasn’t laughed, cried and thought hard about that particular subject? I don’t think I’ve met any. I’m not sure I want to.“It is a beautiful, somehow magical, modern romance that shatters all expectations of what that seems like it ought to mean.” – director Scot WhitneyWhat are you hoping to give audiences members with this play? What is the effect you intend it to have?Theater is a lot like travel. 200 people get on a plane and they fly to Paris for a week. They are all affected differently by the experience, but their perspective has been expanded and their lives are made richer. Of course, there are those who spend their whole time grumbling because the Big Macs don’t taste the way they’re supposed to, but I’m not sure why they went to Paris in the first place.What would you say to someone who says they’re on the fence about seeing the show?The seats in our theater are much more comfortable than a fence. And the view is probably more interesting.The Language Archive runs May 5-28, 2016 at Harlequin Productions.Tickets and more info available at 360-786-0151 or at read more

Reading v QPR line-ups: Changes for Rangers, Royals duo out

first_imgDarnell Furlong makes his Championship debut for QPR, while Idrissa Sylla returns up front and new signing Kazenga LuaLua is on the bench.West London Sport revealed on Wednesday that Furlong, recently recalled from a season-long loan at Swindon, was set to start at the Madejski Stadium after James Perch was sent home ill from training, and also revealed that Jordan Cousins has been sidelined by a thigh injury.Michael Doughty, also recalled from Swindon, is on the bench too, while Ryan Manning starts for the third league game in a row. Conor Washington is out injured.Reading, meanwhile, are without the injured Paul McShane and Callum Harriott.Reading: Al-Habsi, Gunter, Obita, Van den Berg, L Moore, Swift, Williams, Kelly, Beerens, McCleary, Kermorgant.Subs: S Moore, Cooper, Evans, Samuel, Wieser, Meite, Watson.QPR: Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek, Hall, Luongo, Manning, Mackie, Sylla.Subs: Ingram, Doughty, LuaLua, Ngbakoto, Shodipo, Comley, El Khayati.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Grooming future leaders: priceless

first_imgRay Maota Four hundred and fifty female pupils from 10 schools in four of the country’s provinces will benefit from an entrepreneurship development programme sponsored by MasterCard Worldwide. (Image: For more free images, visit the image library) TV presenter and poet Lebo Mashile said that learners need to be motivated as building their confidence will enable them to write their own success stories. (Image: Cheesekids) MEDIA CONTACTS • Linda McClure  Junior Achievement South Africa: MD  + 27 11 331 3150 RELATED ARTICLES • Putting education first • Teens take control of their moolah • Instilling a love of reading • All aboard the Youth ExpressFour hundred and fifty female pupils from 10 schools in four of the country’s provinces will benefit from an entrepreneurship development programme sponsored by MasterCard Worldwide and run by Junior Achievement South Africa (Jasa).Through JA BizVenture, the grade 11 pupils will learn skills ranging from managing their own businesses and money to life skills including conduct in business. The courses will run over the next 11 weeks until August, and will be conducted after school hours.Jasa is a non-profit organisation which partners with the business community as well as teachers to develop much-needed entrepreneurial skills for young South Africans who are still in school.The programme was launched at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on 30 May where Jasa MD Linda McClure and Zanele Twala, country director of human rights advocacy group Action Aid and a trustee of Jasa, spoke on the importance of this and similar projects. Also present was TV presenter and poet Lebo Mashile, who addressed the pupils, teachers and female business leaders who were in attendance.“This programme will equip the young women with the skills that they will need to launch their own businesses, so that they in turn can employ others,” said McClure.“A project like this will help break the cycle of unemployment faced by school leavers that threatens the future of South Africa’s youth, and will address job creation, which is one of government’s top priorities.”The schools involved in the programme are in Gauteng, the North West, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.Anna Jones, from MasterCard Worldwide’s South Africa office, said the country had come a long way in giving women access to education and regular employment opportunities, which are essential building blocks to further empowerment, financial independence and leadership.“This programme addresses all of these building blocks in its course content, and we look forward to welcoming these pupils into the business world when they emerge as successful entrepreneurs,” she said.What the programme entailsThe pupils each receive start-up funding to the value of R1 000 to come up with a product or service from which they can make a profit – they have to repay the funding to MasterCard once they’ve completed the course. They are also given the services of facilitators who would mentor them.Participants are required to present their product at the end of the course.“The pupils learn the theoretical aspects of entrepreneurship first before embarking on the practical side of things,” explained McClure.In addition to the sales and marketing training, they are taught how to conduct themselves in a business environment, conduct market research, open a business banking account and other aspects related to running a business.There is no strict selection for participants, and the schools involved choose the pupils they wish to put on the programme. One requirement, though, is that those who are selected be passionate about learning business skills.To incentivise the process, pupils are allowed to keep the remainder of the money they would have made, making the programme financially rewarding for them as well.“Education and skills transfer are only part of the formula needed to help young people achieve their full potential. They also need to be motivated, and they need to build the confidence to be able to write their own success stories from the start,” said Mashile.Boitumelo Chenepe took part in the programme while studying at St Anne’s High School in the North West in 2010.“The programme helped me learn about the business world and its challenges, and I also learnt how to become a successful businesswoman,” she said.“I now know that I was meant to be an entrepreneur.”Train them while they’re youngA project like this is essential as South Africa, like the rest of the world, is battling with a situation where school leavers make up a large number of the unemployed. Entrepreneurship has been highlighted as a way to get them to be self-sustainable and make work available for others in the process.According to Nimo Naidoo of the Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year competition, the UN estimated in 2011 that 74-million people between the ages of 15 and 24 remained unemployed worldwide, while over 6-million young people dropped out of the labour force globally.Ezra Ndwandwe of Dualpoint Holdings, a business solutions consultancy, recently addressed up-and-coming entrepreneurs at a discussion forum hosted by Brand South Africa on 12 June, and highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship.“Entrepreneurship is overused and least understood. It is about innovators and creators of solutions that fill a gap,” he said.“It is about coming up with solutions to societal problems and ways to create employment for others.”last_img read more

Vacancies – Stakeholder Relationship Manager: Civil Society

first_imgVacancies – Stakeholder Relationship Manager: Civil SocietyApply for the “Stakeholder Relationship Manager: Civil Society” vacancy by emailing: [email protected] your contact details.Attach your CV document.DEPARTMENT OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONSSalary: R 758, 905 – R 992,058 (TCTC)Minimum years experience needed:5+Valid From:2017-05-26To:2017-06-09Job Description:To manage and influence relationships with key stakeholders as prioritised in the strategic plan, to extend Brand South Africa’s Marketing and Communications objectives. To play a key relationship manager role in the definition and delivery of projects by assessing the needs and expectations of stakeholders and ensure that they are effectively addressed. To leverage stakeholder resources effective and efficiently. The Strategic Relationship Manager is the main Brand South Africa custodian of these relationships with stakeholders for the sustainability of all collaborations.Minimum Requirements:Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science / Economics / Social Science / Sales and Marketing / Business Management or equivalentPreferred: Postgraduate degree in Political Science / Economics / Sales and Marketing / Business Management (e.g. MBA)5+ years combined experience in marketing, communications, public relations, stakeholder relations, (account management) at a senior levelTrack record of successfully brokering/negotiating collaborations and joint ventures in a highly political / pressured environmentComprehensive understanding of the political and legislative environment (domestic and international.Comprehensive understanding of the political, socio-economic and legislative environment (domestic and international)Thorough knowledge of the workings of the business and macro-economic environment (domestic and international)An understanding of the civil society environmentWorking knowledge of systems and processes and how they contribute to organisational performanceAdvanced knowledge of how to determine value from a customer perspectiveList of skills needed:Key Performance Areas:1) Contribute to the development of the overall stakeholder management strategyEstablish the correct networks and channels and provide input on portfolio priorities, plans and budgets.Feed market insights into the overall knowledge management system.2) Contribute to the development of programme specific projects and initiativesWith reference to Brand South Africa’s business plan and signed agreements with priority stakeholders, unpack, research, workshop and help develop implementation plans to activate the delivery of a project/initiative/campaign in line with the integrated marketing and communications programme and stakeholder expectations.Contribute to media plans and publications.Establish relationships with the right decision-makers and influencers and canvass all input from geographic and stakeholder plans and target group information.3) Sell the project/initiative/campaign plan for buy-in and approval (sign-off) with the stakeholder priority base (levels, locations, platforms, decision-makers, beneficiaries)Sell the project/campaign/initiative to the relevant stakeholder bases and decision-makers / beneficiaries to ensure buy-in in terms of the content, tone, roll-out mechanism(s), budget, audience target(s), collaborative ownership, timelines and output.Feedback stakeholder inputs, research, scanning of the environment, and other relevant information (budgets, changing priorities) back to Marketing and Communications for refinement and amendment in the activation plans to ensure sign-off.4) Facilitate and manage the stakeholder relationships in the delivery of the projects/campaign/initiative plansFacilitate, drive, and maintain the established relationships with key stakeholders on the signed-off projects/initiatives to ensure that delivery happens on schedule and that expectations, perceptions, feedback are managed actively and successfully.This also involves, on occasion, actual organising and delivery of meetings, events and functions.5) Compliance, monitoring and reporting.Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the stakeholder-implemented initiatives (including risks) and reflect this in the quarterly reporting in accordance with the contracted performance measurement and business plan scorecard of the organisation.To scan the wider policy environment to identify and exploit opportunities for future work where supportive of the strategic aims of Brand South Africa and to develop leads to establish relationships with policy makers and influencers and identify opportunities for joint future work where appropriate. (E.g. new international relations strategy, diplomacy rules for sectors and geographic regions).Ensure adherence to the project corporate identity, copyright, appropriate representation, referencing, necessary Brand South Africa support to effect the objectives of the stakeholder roll-out plans.This function also entails brand monitoring to ensure brand alignment.Monitor resource spend and financial expenditure in accordance with the approved project plans.Support Brand South Africa team members by providing capacity and information when neededTo participate actively in the advisory clusters6) Organisational management and governanceCompliance and implementation of the corporate identityDevelop policiesPerformance management of relevant supplier relations and inputting the specs for supplier relations management (where the supplier performance management system sits in Operations) and contributing to the SLAsSupport Brand South Africa team members by providing capacity and information when neededTo participate actively in the advisory clusters7) Compliance, Monitoring and reporting (including risk)Develop systems for monitoring and gathering knowledge on the activity of government, parliament and stakeholder organisations, informing the rest of the senior management team and contribute by offering advice on appropriate action and follow-up.Develop and deliver communication plans to promote and maximise the impact of Brand South Africa. This will, from time to time, include contributing to media plans and publications.Monitor and report on departmental plansMonitor the achievement of departmental plans through monthly and quarterly progress reports (on content, financial and staff, etc)Monitor & evaluate the effectiveness of the stakeholder management strategy (including risks) and reflect this in the quarterly report in accordance with the developed performance measurement structure of the organisation.Monitoring and reporting on departmental plans8) Staff management and developmentDelegate work assignments and tasks to appropriate individuals, providing sufficient direction so desired business outcomes can be achieved.Provide direct reports with leadership, direction, and coaching to achieve work objectives and improve performance and skills.Performance Management – ensure that team members achieve their Performance Objectives as per individual agreements.Staff development, motivation and trainingRecruit respective staff and select9) Financial management/ oversight and complianceBudget planning and allocation and monitor expenditure in accordance with strategic objectives and ensure compliance with relevant policies.Manage financial resources cost effectively.Apply for the “Stakeholder Relationship Manager: Civil Society” vacancy by emailing: [email protected] your contact details.Attach your CV document.last_img read more

Is Android More Open? Google Kicks Kongregate Out of the Marketplace

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Kongregate is a site where independent publishers post casual Flash games. It’s a cool site. Jeff Bezos invested in it and it was acquired by a much larger gaming service called GameStop this Summer.The Kongregate Android app acts like a browser, CEO Jim Greer said. Google said that it removed the app because it was acting like an app store itself. Fortunately for Kongregate, Android apps can be distributed through independent marketplaces and websites – so the company is still promoting its Android app heavily. Getting booted from the official app marketplace can’t be good, though.“It does seem like a pretty extreme distortion to call something that plays content in a browser to be the same thing as an application store,” Greer told VentureBeat. “By this definition, we don’t see why apps like the Kindle or other music apps aren’t across the line.”Is this evidence of Google’s open marketplace perhaps being more fickle and less different than Apple’s than is believed?Greer made different statements to two different news outlets tonight that capture well the ambivalence that he’s likely far from alone in feeling.He said to Joystiq: “I’m not ready to say it’s a philosophical shift from Google; you could misinterpret our app and think those are all native experiences, but right now I’m just confused.”But he told Venturebeat: “It’s weird to me that at the same time Apple is becoming more transparent and more open about their app store policies that Google would be kind of shutting down on games.”Google hasn’t yet responded to our request for comment.Austin renaissance woman and game producer Silona Bonewald offered an appropriate response (imagine her exhaling slowly) “oof well that was awkward of Google…”What do you think? Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web Google’s Android is widely considered the more open and democratic of the two leading smartphone operating systems, whereas Apple is criticized for its allegedly tight control over what apps get accepted into its app store. Perhaps contrary to that reputation for openness, tonight we learn that casual game service Kongregate has had its gaming app kicked out of the Android Marketplace.The move was reported on in-depth by VentureBeat’s Matthew Lynley, who focuses on the idea that this might be a signal that Google is finally going to make its much-anticipated big move into mobile gaming soon. That’s of less interest to me than what might be an important example of Android being less open that many people think. It might be, but that’s subject for debate. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more