Official Funeral for Arthur Williams Snr

first_imgRelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History RelatedOfficial Funeral for Arthur Williams Snr RelatedOfficial Funeral for Arthur Williams Snr Official Funeral for Arthur Williams Snr InformationJuly 5, 2012 Advertisements Contact:   Communications Unit-OPM       Tel:   926-0244   Fax:   920-4684                                         Email: [email protected] FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Arthur Williams Sr is to be accorded an official funeral. The decision was taken by Cabinet at its meeting on Monday. The service will take place on Friday, July 6, 2012 at the University Chapel, starting at 10.00 am. Teacher Williams, as he was affectionately known, served as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Member of Parliament for South Manchester, where he represented the Jamaica Labour Party. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in paying tribute to the former parliamentarian described Mr. Williams’ passing as an end to the physical presence of a man who gave his all on behalf of Jamaica, adding that his contribution will not be forgotten, especially by those whose lives he helped to inspire. She said Mr. Williams came from a generation of Jamaicans who believed in taking the vocation of teaching beyond the confines of the classroom. It was that commitment to service that led him to spend most of his active adult life giving of his knowledge, skills, and energy in the political vineyard on behalf of the people of Manchester.last_img read more

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Google’s Android licensing regime in the spotlight

first_img Tags HomeDevicesNews Google’s Android licensing regime in the spotlight Related AndroidGoogleMicrosoftNokia Google pulls plug on Android Things Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Author Google has used “little-known contract restrictions” to compel device makers to install all of its apps on Android devices, with the prominence it requires, including setting them as defaults, according to a blog post from an associate professor at Harvard Business School.According to Benjamin Edelman, in order to obtain apps such as Google Search, Maps and YouTube, vendors must sign a Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA), which contains the requirement to bundle the full suite of Google apps, including guidelines on where specific apps are placed.And the MADA also includes a clause which prohibits vendors from disclosing its existence, although it has been disclosed in the Oracle versus Google lawsuit – but the document was not made available online.Edelman said that while a vendor may feel that a specific product is available which is competitive with the Google alternative, others are crucial to a modern smartphone – for example the Google Play content store, or YouTube app. The need for these apps means that a vendor is locked into using the full Google portfolio, even where alternatives exist.While the post notes that other apps can be installed alongside, this creates duplication for users, and “in the key categories of search and location”, Google’s apps must be set as default.The news comes shortly after Android Police reported that in order to gain access to the Google Mobile Services portfolio, the search giant is set to force device vendors to adopt newer versions of the Android platform – there had been some criticism that vendors were still offering smartphones powered by early versions of the OS.The latest version of Android (KitKat) has been designed to work on devices with less capable hardware, removing one reason for vendors to stick with earlier incarnations.And as more and more Android functionality is evolved to include integration with Google’s cloud services, functionality is being migrated from the core open source version of Android (AOSP) to become part of Google Mobile Services.According to ABI Research, the number of devices using Android, but not Google’s products and services, is on the increase, in no small part due to the use of the platform by vendors in China.To offer a compelling device internationally without including Google services, a vendor would need to source alternative location services, search tools and app store, among others.But Amazon, for example, has already done this, and it is reported that Nokia is considering following a similar path, using Microsoft-powered alternatives – and in many ways, Microsoft is one of the few companies able to compete with Google on such a broad level.center_img Steve Costello AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 FEB 2014 Previous ArticleAirtel confirms Loop deal; plans Mumbai’s largest mobile networkNext ArticleSingTel linked to AIS shareholder stake — report Devices Google taps retail with NYC store Google refreshes Nest Hublast_img read more

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Superior Energy Services Q1 Profit Declines

first_imgSuperior Energy Services, Inc. reported net income from continuing operations of $42.6 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, and net income of $36.7 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, on revenue of $1,061.4 million for the first quarter of 2014.These results compare with the first quarter of 2013 net income from continuing operations of $80.6 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, and net income of $63.7 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, on revenue of $1,086.9 million.During 2014, the Company has repurchased and retired approximately 2.8 million shares of its common stock for a total purchase price of $82.3 million (average price of $29.12) pursuant to the Company’s $400 million share repurchase program.David Dunlap, President and CEO of the Company, commented, “We anticipated that extreme winter weather in the U.S. would create challenges during the first quarter. As weather improved during the second half of the quarter, we witnessed activity increases, driven by an increase in horizontal drilling. In addition, U.S. margins were positively impacted by the cost improvement initiatives that we enacted during 2013. Our U.S. land revenue was 7% lower than the same period a year ago and 1% higher than the fourth quarter of 2013. Gulf of Mexico revenue was 13% higher as compared with the first quarter of 2013, but 3% lower than fourth quarter of 2013 primarily due to seasonal factors. International revenue was 1% higher than the first quarter of 2013, but 8% lower than the fourth quarter of 2013 primarily due to lower revenue in drilling products and services.“Overall, the quarter finished up strong and should serve as a foundation to achieve further growth as the year progresses, particularly in the U.S. land markets, driven by higher utilization across various products and services.“We continue to focus on operational efficiency and returning cash to shareholders. We have repurchased about $93 million under our $400 million share repurchase program since inception in October 2013 and issued our first quarterly dividend of$0.08 per share in February 2014.”U.S. land market revenue was $681.3 million in the first quarter of 2014, as compared with $732.8 million in the first quarter of 2013 and $673.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Gulf of Mexico market revenue was $211.0 million, as compared with $186.8 million in the first quarter of 2013 and $218.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. International market revenue was $169.1 million, as compared with $167.3 million in the first quarter of 2013 and $184.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.Drilling Products and Services segment revenue was $220.2 million, a 14% increase from first quarter 2013 revenue of $194.0 million and a 2% decrease from fourth quarter 2013 revenue of $223.6 million.On a sequential basis, Gulf of Mexico market revenue increased 11% to $101.4 million, which was offset by a 21% decline in international market revenue to $51.4 million. U.S. land market revenue was unchanged at $67.4 million. Gulf of Mexico market revenue was higher due to increased demand for premium drill pipe and accommodations. The primary drivers of the lower international revenue were lower demand for premium drill pipe in the North Sea and accommodations in Latin America.Onshore Completion and Workover Services segment revenue in the first quarter was $389.9 million, an 8% decrease from first quarter 2013 revenue of $426.0 million, and a 4% increase from fourth quarter 2013 revenue of $374.5 million. Virtually all of the revenue in this segment is generated from U.S. land market areas.On a sequential basis, revenue increased in fluid management services, which more than offset small declines in revenue from pressure pumping and well service rigs. The increase in fluid management revenue was primarily associated with increased demand for heating-related activity.Production Services segment revenue was $321.2 million, a 13% decrease from first quarter 2013 revenue of $367.4 million and an 8% decrease from fourth quarter 2013 revenue of $349.4 million.U.S. land market revenue declined 6% sequentially to $202.3 million, primarily due to reduced demand for coiled tubing, remedial pumping and snubbing services. International market revenue decreased 3% to $84.3 million primarily due to a decline in hydraulic workover and snubbing activity, partially offset by an increase in remedial pumping in Latin America. Gulf of Mexico revenue declined 28% to $34.6 million primarily due to seasonal factors in the shallow water market area, leading to lower activity for coiled tubing, wireline and hydraulic workover and snubbing services.Technical Solutions segment revenue, which includes revenue from continuing operations only, was $130.1 million, a 31% increase from first quarter 2013 revenue of $99.5 million and a 1% increase from fourth quarter 2013 revenue of $128.2 million.Gulf of Mexico market revenue decreased 5% sequentially to $74.9 million due to a reduction in well control work following the completion of large projects in the prior quarter. International market revenue increased 3% to $33.4 million as a result of an increase in well control work. U.S. land market revenue increased 28% sequentially to $21.8 million primarily due to an increase in demand for completion tools and products.Press Release, April 25, 2014last_img read more

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Four year court battle finally ended

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 6 Views   no discussions Share Prime Minister Skerrit (left) and Petter Saint Jean (file photo)A near four-year court battle over the legitimacy of Dominica’s Prime Minister has finally ended. The election petition appeal brought by the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) seeking to disqualify Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Petter Saint Jean’s eligibility to hold office has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.The decision was handed down by Chief Justice Janice Pereira in St. Kitts on Monday, March 11th. Other presiding judges were Justices Don Blackman and Davidson Baptiste. However, the decision was written by Justice Pereira and Justices Mario Mitchell and Don Mitchell.The decision comprises of six orders but the main gist of the decision revolved around the failure by the petitioners to provide sufficient evidence of the existence of French passports or renewals of them. No order was made as to costs.Roosevelt Skerrit was therefore the duly elected member for Vieille Case and is properly installed as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica as well as Petter Saint Jean.This Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in election matters; hence there can be no further appeal to the Privy Council.Click here to read the judgment in its entirety: Election petition judgment March 11Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img LocalNews Four year court battle finally ended by: – March 12, 2013 Share Sharelast_img read more

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Show brings out the hot in mother

first_imgIn a room full of knockout mothers adorned with showy jewelry, cowboy hats and outlandish boots, Erin Hamilton boasted the ultimate accessory: 5-week-old Dylan Joseph Hamilton West. The 38-year-old disco singer and teen counselor heard producers were on the hunt Sunday for the “Hottest Mom in America,” a reality program in development. She bundled her young son into his stroller, threw on a black dress – better for nursing – and headed to The El Rey Theatre on the Miracle Mile. A line of moms in high heels, tight jeans and low-cut tops snaked down Wilshire Boulevard. Inside, photographers’ strobes fired and mothers smiled and struck sexy poses. Hamilton, a Koreatown resident, rocked Dylan back and forth as she filled out her application. He was an attention magnet. “When you see a woman in her early 40s at the supermarket with a little kid and some super-low-rise jeans, she might be better looking than your 22-year-old girlfriend,” Greenfield said. “Your girlfriend looks good because she’s young. The 40-year-old looks good because she works at it. And that’s hot.” Oh, and work at it, they do. Blanca Arias, a 34-year-old kindergarten teacher from Pomona, came to try out at the insistence of her four children. Classy-looking in a red blouse, black shorts and black stilettos, her look belied her packed schedule. “I wake up at 4 a.m. and work out from 4:30 to 6:30,” she said. “Drop the kids off, work to 3:30 and pick ’em up. Soccer practice, baseball practice, theater, back-to-school night, make dinner, put them to bed and then do it all over again.” Some contestants got a little extra help, such as Olympia Schorr, a Palm Springs mom who enlisted the help of her husband, Kurt. While she tried out inside, he spoon fed their 14-month-old son, Oliver, a mango chicken pur e and watched over the stroller. “My wife gets a lot of compliments when she’s out. People don’t believe she’s really a mom,” Schorr said, scraping chicken chunks off the bottom of the bottle. “But she’s a great one. She’s really sacrificed a lot, so I wanted to support her out here today.” Three kids and a packed schedule couldn’t keep Rachelle Meyer, a 28-year-old Encino mom, stuck at home. In addition to trucking around her 5-,7-, and 8-year-old children, she works full time as an events planner and expects to look good in the process. With her long, slim legs tucked tightly into blue jeans and a red tank top that matched her high heels, Meyer looked like, well, a hot mom. As she waited for her turn before the camera, she twirled her brown hair around long, delicate fingers. “I think it’s important to take care of yourself and stay proactive – nails done, hair done, eyebrows done,” she said. “It’s important to feel good about yourself if you’re going to raise your kids. Plus, with three children, I’d better look good enough to keep my husband around.” [email protected] (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “Aww, c’mon, Booger. Good baby,” she cooed at him. “You gotta have a sense of humor as a mom. Otherwise, all you care about is stinky diapers and smelly milk.” While other mothers showed off their still-taut bodies and wrinkle-free faces to compete for the attention of cameramen, Hamilton hoisted her baby to her shoulder and beamed. Many moms flaunted their bosom for the judges; she used hers to nurse. Producers have scoured Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, New York and now Los Angeles for mothers with good looks and plenty of attitude. On Sunday, they expected 1,000 moms to make their way to the El Rey. There, they were evaluated by judges keen to see how their looks, charm, poise and grace held up against a relentless torrent of screaming kids, soccer practices and broken-down minivans. By midnight, they planned to whittle the field down to five. In coming months, those finalists will compete against other cities’ top moms and a nationwide field of Internet applicants. In spring, the show should take shape in seven to 13 episodes, which executive producer Jeff Greenfield hopes to shop to networks and develop for overseas production. As “The Graduate” did a generation ago, “Desperate Housewives” has made moms a hot commodity once again. last_img read more

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16 June 1976: the day Hector Pieterson died

first_img“I saw a child fall down. Under a shower of bullets I rushed forward and went for the picture. It had been a peaceful march, the children were told to disperse, they started singing Nkosi Sikelele. The police were ordered to shoot.”(Image: South African History Online)Brand South Africa reporterThese are the words of Sam Nzima, recalling the events of 16 June 1976, when over 500 people were killed as they protested over the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in township schools.Nzima’s photograph of the dying Hector Pieterson being carried by a fellow student was published around the world, and came to represent the anger and tragedy of a day that changed the course of South African history, sparking months of clashes between police, schoolchildren and protesters.Hector, 12, was one of the first casualties of what came to be known as the Soweto Uprising.Hastings: June 16’s forgotten heroFifteen-year-old Hastings Ndlovu was probably shot before Hector Pieterson, although he died later. But no photographer was on hand to record the moment.Another boy, Hastings Ndlovu, is believed to have been the first child to be shot on that fateful day. But Nzima, a photographer for Johannesburg newspaper The World, was on the spot when Mbuyisa Makhubo picked Hector up and, together with Hector’s sister Antoinette, ran towards a press car, into which he was bundled taken to a nearby clinic, where he was pronounced dead.“I was the only photographer there at the time”, Nzima says. “Other photographers came when they heard shots.”A few months after that, The World was banned and shut down.Hector Pieterson MuseumWhen you visit the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto, you’ll see Nzima’s legendary photograph showing the unconscious Hector being carried by Makhubo, with Hector’s sister – now Antoinette Sithole – running alongside.You might also get to see Antoinette herself, who works at the museum, giving guided tours.But don’t expect to come away with an image of what Hector looked like – the family do not have a single snapshot of their famous son.Soon after 16 June, journalists approached the Pieterson family for pictures of Hector. Photographs were handed over with the promise they would be returned – but they weren’t. Thirty years later, the search for the photographs continues.The museum, which opened on 16 June 2002, follows the chronology of the build-up to 16 June 1976, starting with the way tensions were building among Soweto’s school children, with one school after another going out on strike.The museum stands two blocks from where Hector was shot and fell, on the corner of Moema and Vilakazi Streets in Orlando West, Soweto. There are houses on all four corners of that intersection, so the museum is located up the road in Kumalo Street.Hector’s mother, Dorothy Molefi, lives in nearby Meadowlands. “I’m very proud that there’s a museum for Hector, and that children are learning about him in history,” she says. “We still visit his grave every few months.”Hector’s father died not long before the opening of the museum.The museum is an impressive red-brick building, two storeys high, with irregularly shaped windows in a haphazard pattern. The community asked that the building blend in with the dwellings around it – small red-brick, semi-detached houses with iron roofs.Walking through the large rust-red door, the immediate impression is of a cathedral, with its double volume ceiling, tall thin windows, stripped wood floors, concrete columns and tall red-brick walls.The wall opposite the door is filled with an enlarged photograph of marching children, with banners and posters protesting the use of Afrikaans in township schools.The musuem’s chief curator, Ali Hlongwane, is sensitive to the differing accounts of why that day’s protests exploded the way they did.There is some debate about the extent to which several student organisations, in particular the South African Students Organisation and the South Africa Students Movement, were involved in the lead-up to the uprising. The role of the liberation movements – the African National Congress and the Pan Africanist Congress – is also unclear.“The re-representation of the story is an ongoing process”, says Hlongwane; the museum continues to record people’s stories and add to its displays.“We may get someone come into the museum, look at the photograph, and say: ‘This is me’, or ‘I know that face’. We will then record and archive their experiences”, Hlongwane explains.There seems no doubt about the role of various cultural activists in building solidarity among the youth, inspired by Black Consciousness philosophy. Writers, poets, dancers, singers and painters captured the injustice of apartheid, and some of these works are on display.Build-up to 16 JuneBut it is generally agreed that tensions in schools had been growing from February 1976, when two teachers at the Meadowlands Tswana School Board were dismissed for their refusal to teach in Afrikaans.Students and teachers throughout Soweto echoed this sentiment, and the African Teachers’ Association of South Africa presented a memorandum to this effect to the Education Department. From mid-May around a dozen schools went on strike, and several students refused to write mid-year exams.On 16 June, students from three schools – Belle Higher Primary, Phefeni Junior Secondary and Morris Isaacson High – planned to march from their schools to the Orlando Stadium, about a kilometre from the museum, to hold a meeting. But before they got to where the museum stands today the police met them, in Moema Street.There are conflicting accounts of who gave the first command to shoot, but soon children were turning and running in all directions, leaving some children lying wounded on the road – among them Hector Pieterson and Hastings Ndlovu.A major part of the museum’s presentation of the story of the day is done through TV monitors, recording the world’s footage of the events, as South Africa had only just got television. Text panels scattered throughout the museum give eye-witness accounts and background viewpoints.Inside the museumThe museum is arranged in a series of interleading spaces joined by ramps, moving you closer to Nzima’s photograph – enlarged and waiting for you at the top of the second ramp.The interior is dominated by red brick walls, with some areas plastered and painted white and black, and others left in grey concrete. Large square windows at the top of the ramps give views of the suburb’s significant sites: Orlando Stadium, the Orlando Police Station, Moema Street, and several schools. Combined with black steel banisters and high ceilings, the effect is stunning.One of the few walled-in rooms in the museum is the Death Register, the room that records the names of the children who died over the period from June 1976 to the end of 1977.But the day, and the events that followed, had positive consequences. Thousands of students joined the broader liberation movement, ensuring that resistance to apartheid was maintained and escalated. International solidarity movements added to pressure on the apartheid government.The use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction was dropped. More schools and a teacher training college were built in Soweto. Teachers were given in-service training, and encouraged to upgrade their qualifications by being given study grants.And most importantly, urban blacks were given permanent resident status in South Africa. Before, they had been considered “temporary sojourners” with permanent residence only in the designated homelands, often inferior pieces of land far away from industrial centres and jobs.Like the Apartheid Museum at Johannesburg’s Gold Reef City, this much smaller museum – the first museum in Soweto – has a simplicity which allows the drama of the story to have maximum impact.What became of them?What became of some of the chief protagonists of 16 June 1976?Sam NzimaNzima, who took six sequence shots of 12-year-old Pieterson in those brief moments, left Johannesburg for Limpopo – then the northern Transvaal – about a year later, when it became clear that his safety in the city was under threat. “The security branch phoned me and told me to go to John Vorster Square, but I went into hiding for three weeks,” he says.The harassment didn’t stop after he left the city. “In 1978 the security branch from Nelspruit phoned and told me that they knew of my whereabouts and what I had done.”Nzima set up a bottle store after he settled up north, and later served as a member of parliament in the homeland Gazankulu government. He opened a school of photography in Bushbuckridge after being donated a black and white enlarger by The Sowetan newspaper.“There is an art to developing black and white pictures”, he says.When the Independent Group bought Argus newspapers in 1999, he was given copyright to his Hector photographs.Theuns ‘Rooi Rus’ SwanepoelThe police commander who is believed to have given the command to fire on the schoolchildren on the day, Theuns “Rooi Rus” Swanepoel, was described by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 1998 as a policeman “who already had a long history of human rights violations as chief interrogator of the security branch”.Swanepoel told the TRC: “I made my mark. I let it be known to the rioters I would not tolerate what was happening. I used appropriate force. In Soweto and Alexandra where I operated, that broke the back of the organisers.”Die Afrikaner, the far-rightwing Herstigte Nasionale Party mouthpiece, gives the following version of how the first shot was fired in Orlando West: “In the heat of the struggle, (Swanepoel) and his men are called in from leave to stop a mass of seething, threatening youths. The atmosphere is laden and then one of the blacks throws a bottle into the face of the Red Russian (“Rooi Rus”).“A war breaks out as the young men let loose on the seething crowds and the one responsible for throwing the bottle looks like chicken mesh after the automatic machine gun flattens him.”Swanepoel allegedly lost his right eye in the incident. He died of a heart attack in 1998 at the age of 71.Mbuyisa MakhuboMbuyisa Makhubo, the schoolboy who picked up Hector, was harassed by the police after the incident and eventually went into exile. His mother, Nombulelo Makhubo, told the TRC that she received a letter from him from Nigeria in 1978, but that she had not heard from him since. She died in 2004.Antoinette SitholeAntoinette Sithole, Hector’s older sister and one of five sisters, still lives in Soweto. She was 17 in June 1976.“On the day, I was hiding in the second house next to my school Phefeni High School,” Antoinette says. “There were younger children at the march who shouldn’t have been there. I don’t know why they were there – Hector was one of them. There were random shots, we were not familiar with teargas shots. I was confused, those first shots could have been teargas.“I came out of hiding and saw Hector, and I called him to me. He was looking around as I called his name, trying to see who was calling him. I waved at him, he saw me and came over to me. I asked him what he was doing here, we looked around, there was a shot, and I ran back to my hiding place. When I looked out I couldn’t see Hector, I waited, I was afraid, where was he?“Then I saw a group of boys struggling. This gentleman came from nowhere, lifted a body, and I saw the front part of the shoe which I recognised as Hector’s. This man started to run with the body, I ran alongside, and said to him: who are you, this is my brother?“A car stopped in front of us, a lady got out and said she was from the press, and offered us a lift to the clinic. We put him in the car. I don’t remember how I got to the clinic, but the doctor said Hector was dead so I gave his details.“I was so scared of how I was going to tell my mother. Two teachers from a nearby school took me to my grandmother’s house. A neighbour phoned my mother at work, and when she got home at 5.30pm my uncle was standing outside the house with me. She said she had heard on the radio that children had died. My uncle broke the news – she was calm, she showed no emotion.“My father lived in Alexandra – my parents are divorced – he saw the picture in the paper and recognised me and wondered why I wasn’t at school.“My mother’s strength – she was stronger than my father – helped me come to terms with death. I can accept now that we are all going to die.“My mother is still alive and still very strong. She still lives in the same house in Soweto. Hector was her only son, and since the uprising she has lost one of my younger sisters in a car accident.“To me and my family, Hector did not die in vain.”Source: City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Kerzner back with new hotel

first_imgAn outside view of the majestic One&Only Cape Town hotel overlooking the V&A waterfront. A luxury suite with a classical yet modern,contemporary feel. Each room at the hotel boasts a colourful ensemble of interesting décor. The giant sized pool can accommodate the needs of both social and avid swimmers. (Images: One&Only Resorts)Khanyi MagubaneHotel mogul Sol Kerzner is set to open the South African chapter of his One&Only international luxury hotel chain on 3 April.The hotel, the One&Only Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront, which cost about R1-billion (US$100-million) to build, will be officially opened at a glittering affair with about 400 hand-picked guests and celebrities in attendance.The hotel will be one of South Africa’s most expensive, with rates ranging between R6 000 ($600) and R50 000 ($5 000) a night.The hotel chain prides itself on offering pure opulence to guests, all of which naturally come at a price.For the grand opening of the One&Only Cape Town, Kerzner has left nothing to chance. Hotel staff uniforms have been designed by top South African fashion designer Jenni Button and are made of pure silk, to ensure that the standard of the hotel is maintained on all levels.A little piece of heavenThe hotel, designed by distinguished architectural firm, Dennis Fabian & Berman and Ruben Reddy, is a seven-storey construction of luxury. It will offer an exclusive wine selection that promises to satisfy even the most discerning wine lovers. The 6 000-bottle wine cellar is affectionately called The Wine Loft and boasts glass walls and designer trimmings.For avid swimmers, the hotel has a 350m² infinity-edge swimming pool.Other features include luxury suites – some of which have their own en-suite spa treatment rooms.All of the suites overlook either the V&A Waterfront marina or panoramic views across to Table Mountain, and are said to be generous in size – ranging from 63m² for a basic suite to 383m² for the presidential suite.Kerzner travelled to South Africa last week to supervise the finishing touches to his hotel, which is expected to attract a flurry of the rich and famous.A night to rememberIn traditional Kerzner-style, the opening ceremony for the One&Only Cape Town will be graced by some of the world’s most famous celebrities and influential business moguls.The star-studded event will be Kerzner’s first in 17 years in South Africa after he opened his grand R300-million ($30-million) Palace of the Lost City – an add on to the Sun City casino and resort in 1992.Speaking to journalists on his arrival, the tycoon said he was not all nervous about opening night, “There’s no pressure. Sure, this is by far one of the biggest events I’ve done in South Africa, but it doesn’t help to get nervous.”The guest list for the event, described as a cocktail party, will include US actors Sharon Stone and Robert De Niro. UK-based actress Thandie Newton and supermodel Naomi Campbell will also be in attendance.Each guest will be provided with a personal butler who will be at their back and call.This event will also be a much smaller one than the November 2008 extravaganza at the opening of Kerzner’s Atlantis hotel in Dubai.The one night celebration, co-ordinated by party planner to the stars Colin Cowie, will be a “relatively low-key” event.Guests at this year’s party will be treated to a feast created by 79 local and international chefs, who will be creating the scrumptious dishes from the hotel’s modern-state-of the-art kitchen.  A passion for the hotel industrySol Kerzner’s rise to the top of the hotel industry was not just one of luck, but of calculated risk and right timing.Often described as the “Sun King” or the Donald Trump of South Africa, Kerzner is secretive about how much his worth, and at one stage even claimed that he didn’t know the grand total of his fortune.Kerzner was born in Johannesburg on August 23 1935, the youngest and only son of four children to Russian parents who had immigrated to South Africa six years earlier.Although he grew up poor in the downtown suburb of Doornfontein in Johannesburg, Kerzner had a happy childhood, and love for classical music.After he graduated as a chartered accountant from the University of Witwatersrand, Kerzner quickly rose up the ranks of one of the largest accounting firms in Durban, and at the age of 26, he became partner.But his spirit was elsewhere. He found number crunching boring and it was then that he decided to turn his attention to the hotel trade. He leased a hotel, which he managed at night and on weekends, while still continuing with his day-job. His hard work paid off when it became a flourishing establishment.In 1963, with borrowed venture capital and no previous track record in the industry, he set out to build South Africa’s first five-star hotel, despite never having seen one or ever having travelled out of the country.Speaking of those trying times Kerzner says he remembers what it feels like to convince people to have confidence in him, “I had no capital of my own, no track record and many people were sceptical about what I was doing. I remember sitting around the reception rooms of finance houses, trying to convince them what I wanted to do was financially viable.”After a fact-finding mission in America, he started building the Beverly Hills Hotel.The hotel was a runaway success and he went on to build the 450-room Elangeni Hotel on Durban’s southern beachfront.His newfound success prompted him in 1969, to establish the Southern Sun hotel chain in partnership with South African Breweries.By 1983, the chain was operating 31 luxury hotels with more than 5 000 rooms.In 1979, he built Sun City in the North-West province, after striking what has been described as an allegedly controversial deal with Bophuthatswana homeland leader, Lucas Mangope, for exclusive gambling rights.After his success on home soil, Kerzner ventured overseas where he has built his One&Only hotel resorts in several countries including Mexico, The Bahamas, Mauritius, Maldives and Dubai.Speaking to UK newspaper, The Telegraph, Kerzner said he really loves his work, “I have always said that the thing that drives me is not the money – although there are obviously advantages to living like this – but it’s the excitement of the business, the thrill of creating.”And a rich lifestyle he does have.His properties include a private estate in Hout Bay, a R10.5-million ($1.5-million) four-bedroom penthouse he bought for his daughter, Beverly, in New York, a portfolio of residences in London’s posh Chelsea suburb and a villa set on 2.8ha of Mediterranean cliff side in Monaco, as well as a home in the south of France.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? 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History’s Longest Imprisoned Blogger, Kareem Amer, is Free

first_imgThe man believed to have been imprisoned longer than anyone else in the world for the contents of a blog, Egyptian Abdul Kareem Nabeel Suleiman, has been released after four years and 10 days of detention, his supporters have announced on their blog.Suleiman, who blogged under the name Kareem Amer, was sentenced in 2006 to four years of jail for insulting religion and the leadership of Egypt on his blog. He was critical of, among other things, Egypt’s treatment of women and of its Coptic Christian minority. Supporters report that during those four years, Amer was tortured, beaten, attacked by other prisoners, disowned by his family and had his books, letters and personal effects taken away. His case is of international interest not just because of his humanity, but because of the political conflict between authoritarian states and a new world of freely self-published bloggers who would challenge them with new Web technology.Due to the political importance of his case, Amer gained an international support movement that kept him in the online news throughout his time in prison. ReadWriteWeb has covered his case at least five times, most recently and in depth when his sentence expired, but he remained in state custody for an additional 10 days.Amer’s supporters say he is declining interviews while recovering from his detention.Part of a Larger TrendThough Kareem Amer was the longest-imprisoned blogger known, detained for most of the history of this young phenomenon called Social Media, he was not alone. A report by international media watchdog organization Reporters Sans Frontières last year found that there were 151 people in prison around the world because of the contents of their blogs in 2009, a nearly three-fold increase over 2008.Iranian cultural satire blogger Omid Reza Misayafi is believed to be the only blogger killed in prison to date. He was sentenced in 2008 to 30 months in prison for “insulting Islamic Republic Leaders” but died under mysterious and allegedly abusive circumstances after just six months of detention.With brave bloggers in mind who are free, imprisoned and deceased around the world, we leave you with the moving short video Iran: A Nation of Bloggers, about just one of many places where disruptive social media and authoritarian tradition clash, and where the stakes are at their highest.IRAN: A Nation Of Bloggers from ayrakus on Vimeo. marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Tags:#international#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Satya Nadella Proves That Microsoft Hasn’t Changed At All

first_imgTags:#cloud#enterprise#Microsoft#Microsoft Azure#Satya Nadella#Windows#Windows 8#Windows Phone 8 dan rowinski Microsoft wants you to work. Your life is just an afterthought.In an email to Microsoft employees today, CEO Satya Nadella outlined the core of the company’s strategy and vision and focus for the coming years. Nadella underscored his message to the world from earlier this year that Microsoft is a company focused on “ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence” in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Today, Nadella took those vague basic concepts a step further.Microsoft provides computers, software and operating systems so you can get your shit done.Nadella stated:At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more. Productivity is the name of the game throughout Nadella’s 3,186-word statement, with the rest of your life somehow tacked on as an afterthought to everything else Microsoft is doing. The word “productivity” shows up in Nadella’s message 20 times; variations of the word “work” make 27 appearances. He says that Microsoft must be a company hyper-focused on its customers. But the tenor and tone of the missive makes one thing abundantly clear.You and I are not the customers he is thinking about. Here Comes The New Boss, Same As The Old BossNadella’s pitch is not to the average consumer, the normal person working an everyday job that uses a computer and a smartphone to get things done. No, we are just a consequence. Nadella is really pitching the IT departments of the world, the decision makers who ostensibly choose the devices we will use to be productive.Nadella seems to forget that the biggest that the biggest trend in the employee/gadget realm over the last seven years has been “bring your own device.” Over that time, many—OK, the vast majority—of those devices have not come from Microsoft.We will deliver digital work and life experiences that are reinvented for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. First and foremost, these experiences will shine for productivity. As a result, people will meet and collaborate more easily and effectively.It’s hard to say that Nadella’s focus on productivity is a winning message in the mobile-first world he keeps talking about. In his vision, people are apparently employees first and people second. Throughout Nadella’s statement, the notion of your personal life always comes second after the notion of productivity. A division of Microsoft is even called “Digital Work & Life Experiences”—and the order in which those terms appear is no accident.Nadella states:We think about productivity for people, teams and the business processes of entire organizations as one interconnected digital substrate. We also think about interconnected platforms for individuals, IT and developers. This comprehensive view enables us to solve the more complex, nuanced and real-world day-to-day challenges in an increasingly digital world. It also opens the door to massive growth opportunity – technology spend as a total percentage of GDP will grow with the digitization of nearly everything in life and work.Microsoft biggest competitors on the device, operating system, cloud and services fronts are Apple and Google. Nadella doesn’t mention either by name, but the insistence on work and productivity is Microsoft’s way of setting itself apart from Apple and Google’s finely tuned machines.See also: The New “One Microsoft” Is—Finally—Poised For The FutureThe difference is that Apple and Google focus on people—Apple more so than Google. Through Mac OS X and iOS, Apple provides quality products first; if people want to take them to work and be productive with them, that’s their prerogative. That’s been a fantastically successful strategy for Apple, one that played a huge role as it clawed itself back from the brink of death in the mid-to-late 1990s. Now enough people have carried iPhones and iPads into the workplace that IT departments have been forced to adapt to employees rather than the other way around. Google has also had this same effect through pure volume: it ships so many Android devices that people across the globe are bound to use them for work. Microsoft doesn’t have the benefit of Google’s volume—at least outside of largely desktop-bound Windows systems—or Apple’s style. Hence Nadella has to focus on selling his company’s core products and services inside-out from the model its rivals have perfected. In other words, as far as Microsoft is concerned, you work all the time. Its job is just to make it easier for you to work.Microsoft: Same As It Ever WasThe work/life balance message has always been at the heart of the difference between Apple and Microsoft. In the 1980s and 1990s—when IT departments held all the power of which device people used—this was a winning message for Microsoft. But that world is mostly gone. Apple has proven that it can win by putting people and experiences first and force the IT department to adapt. Google’s take on this dichotomy is a little different, as befits the fact that it’s fundamentally an advertising company. Google just wants as many people  on the Web as possible; everything it does serves that purpose, especially Android. Google doesn’t necessarily serve people or employees first—it serves the Web, which ties everything together (including, of course, its advertisers).Nadella, in noting how Microsoft’s employee culture needs to change, hammers the company’s focus:We have clarity in purpose to empower every individual and organization to do more and achieve more. We have the right capabilities to reinvent productivity and platforms for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. Now, we must build the right culture to take advantage of our huge opportunity.Microsoft may have a new CEO, a new culture and a new worldview on software development and distribution. 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