Joburg in top 50 commerce hubs

first_img29 November 2007Johannesburg has been ranked 47th out of 50 cities worldwide in a new study of the centres of commerce that shape the global economy.The findings of the study, the MasterCard Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index, were presented in Johannesburg this week.Compiled from research by a panel of eight independent economic, urban development and social science experts from leading academic institutions around the world, the index explores the strategic role that cities play in driving the global economy.Based on six measurement dimensions consisting of over 100 data points, the index assesses the legal and political framework, the economic stability, the ease of doing business, the financial flow, the business centre capabilities, and the knowledge creation and information flow of the world’s 50 leading cities.Occupying first position in the index is London, followed by New York, Tokyo, Chicago and Hong Kong. Completing the top 10 are Singapore, Frankfurt, Paris, Seoul and Los Angeles.Johannesburg’s highest ranking was in the “financial flow” dimension, where the city was ranked 26th. The city also scored high in the “ease of doing business” dimension, where it was ranked 33rd. However, it scored low for “economic stability” and “knowledge creation and information flow”.Speaking at the presentation in Johannesburg, MasterCard Worldwide’s general manager for Africa, Eddie Grobler, said the city’s ranking “demonstrates its position as a continental hub. As the city with the highest ranking in Africa, Johannesburg’s ranking tells an amazing growth story.”Parks Tau, a member of the city’s mayoral committee for finance and economic development, said Johannesburg had increased its capital investment significantly over the past five years.“There has been considerable growth in government-led public investment to support growth in the city, along with a concerted effort by the City, in partnership with the private sector, to develop the city,” Tau said.At the same time, Tau said there were areas where the city could improve, especially public transport. This would change for the better with the introduction of a bus rapid transit system, which would give Johannesburg a “safe and reliable” transport system.Mike Schussler, senior economist at T-Sec, said Johannesburg would also have to improve its knowledge base and its network capabilities if it was to succeed in the broader game of global growth and city wealth.“We do, however, know that between now and 2010, continued capital investment is planned by the City of Johannesburg for areas such as business process outsourcing, tourism and its public transport infrastructure,” Schussler said.“These investments, coupled with increased attention from the City on law enforcement and traffic congestion, will enable Johannesburg to improve its position as a world centre of commerce significantly.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Video: Where is Matt in South Africa?

first_imgMatt Harding became famous thanks to an internet video of him dancing (badly) in different locations all over the world. His video has been watched by over 27-million people. Now he’s been learning South Africa’s World Cup-inspired Diski Dance, and practising it all over the country …Matt does the Diski on Table Mountain, on Robben Island, at Hout Bay, in Nelson Mandela Square, in Mbombela Stadium, at Boulders Beach, at the Soweto Cooling Towers, at Soccer City, at the Cape of Good Hope, in Blyde River Canyon, at Bourke’s Luck Potholes, at the Mac Mac Pools, at Lesedi Cultural Village … he’s been to more places in the country than most South Africans!Click arrow to play video.Published on SouthAfrica.info on 16 March 2010.last_img read more

You still have until April 15 to earn all 10 souvenirs

first_imgHave you visited Earth, Venus, and Mercury but have yet to venture to Pluto? Don’t worry, Planetary Pursuit explorer, you still have time to earn all 10 souvenirs and become an Official Space Explorer! Through April 15, find different cache types and collect points on the Friend League to earn up to 10 new souvenirs. Ground Control believes in you and your geocaching abilities. Over and out. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedPlanetary Pursuit launch support (aka FAQ)February 27, 2018In “News”Planetary Pursuit Starthilfe (aka FAQ)February 27, 2018In “Deutsch”It’s not too late to become an Official Space ExplorerMarch 27, 2018In “News”last_img read more

Publishing Gun-Owner Names: Can Public Information Be Too Public?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Government#politics#privacy Related Posts On December 23, the Journal News published an interactive map showing the names and addresses of all pistol-permit holders in two New York counties. Some 43,000 comments later, the battle over the paper’s move rages on. Incensed gun owners claimed the article made their homes targets for thieves and drew unwarranted attention to them “like it was some sort of sex offender registry.” More than 20,000 people responded by circulating the author’s address, phone number on social media in a “How do YOU like it?” strategy.It didn’t end there. On January 3, Putnam County officials refused the paper’s request for its pistol permit records, citing the risk of “endangering citizens.”Is it Legal?The fight will probably go to the courts, and the county will probably lose, because the newspaper is perfectly within its legal rights to publish the information. The information was obtained legally, and everything published was available, for free, to any resident who asked.According to Mark Rumold, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontiers Foundation, the issue is cut-and-dried: “I can say, in no uncertain terms, that publishing the information was legal and squarely protected by the First Amendment. Whether or not publishing the information was the right thing to do, or smart, or in the public interest, is probably a question of journalism ethics that I’m not qualified to answer.”Another criticism – leveled at both the newspaper that published the data and the gun owners who later published the author’s address – is that it’s a question of “intent.” According to that argument, if the intent of the publication was to shame the named parties, the First Amendment doesn’t protect that.Again, Rumold dismisses the argument: “The First Amendment, if it protects anything, certainly protects the publication of truthful, lawfully obtained information about a topic of significant public interest. That protection includes shielding a newspaper from civil liability – for example, for violations of privacy.” He adds that the line gets blurry in some “edge cases,” such as publicizing a rape victim’s name, but, in his opinion, “this case doesn’t even approximate that level of privacy intrusion.” So until someone comes out and says “Let’s all meet at 5pm to steal their guns,” Uncle Sam is fine with it.But Is It Right?As ReadWrite’s Fruzsina Eördögh pointed out in a recent article on minors’ privacy rights, having the ability to do something isn’t a green light to go ahead and do it. Journalists choose not to print information all the time, if they believe that information could cause harm.Legal does not equal ethical.Clearly, the paper published the list to attract readers, and that worked in spades. It’s less obvious that it considered the additional ramifications of its actions. Still, all of the permit holders referenced in the article are over 21 and (one would hope) aware of the fact that their permits were open to the public. If they were not made aware of that fact, the fault lies with the permitting system – not the newspaper. Rumold agrees: “In my opinion, for those upset about the publication of the information, I think their grievance is with New York’s legislature’s for making the information a public record.”What Happens Next?Governing bodies clearly have failed to anticipate the kind of proactive publication modern technology allows. While publishing a database of public information may be perfectly legal, it could very well cause unintended headaches. Over the next few years, we’ll probably see a lot more protections against massive data aggregation pop up in the form of data throttling or outright bans on publication, followed by court challenges to all those moves.We’ll see how that all plays out, but for now, it looks like the press has the advantage.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img cormac foster Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Raptors rout Magic as Kyle Lowry bounces back

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “He did a great job of bouncing back,” Leonard said. “He’s a pro. That’s what pros do, they know it’s just one game and they come in the next game ready to play.”Lowry, who missed all seven attempts in Game 1, shot 8 for 13 and led his team with seven assists.“He was big time tonight,” Nurse said. “That’s him at his finest.”Siakam said Lowry was visibly more tuned in Tuesday than he was Saturday.“From the jump he had that fire in his eyes,” Siakam said. “That’s the Kyle we know.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Leonard scored 12 points in the opening quarter as the Raptors led 26-18 after one.“Their defense set the tone for the game in the first quarter,” Clifford said.Lowry scored 11 points in the second and Siakam added six, putting Toronto up 51-39 at halftime. Orlando shot 13 for 40 in the opening two quarters.Leonard connected of seven of nine attempts in the third, scoring 17 points. The Raptors outscored the Magic 39-27 to take a 90-66 lead into the fourth.“At halftime, I thought we had settled down,” Clifford said. “Then, at the beginning of the third quarter, they were good and, frankly, we were awful.”TIP-INSMagic: Orlando missed its first five free throw attempts before Ross made two of three at 2:11 of the first. The Magic shot 8 for 16 at the line in the first half and finished 13 for 24. … Ross had 15 of Orlando’s 17 bench points in the first half. … The Magic were outscored 52-36 in the paint. … Orlando has outrebounded Toronto in all six meetings this season.Raptors: Lowry snapped his scoring slump by splitting a pair of free throws at 10:48 of the first, leading to thunderous applause. He was cheered again after hitting a 3 at 6:52. … Only four players scored in the first half. Leonard had 17, Lowry 15, Siakam 12 and Serge Ibaka 7. … Toronto has won nine straight playoff games in which it makes more 3-pointers than its opponent. Toronto shot 11 for 35 Tuesday, while Orlando was 9 for 34. … G Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) was not available despite practicing the previous two days. … Toronto is 8-8 all time in Game 2s.TURNED OVEROrlando had just 11 turnovers in Game 1 but gave the ball away 17 times in Game 2, including on both of its opening two possessions. MOST READ LATEST STORIES “If we’re going to make this a long series, and hopefully we will, we’re going to need to be stronger with the ball,” Gordon said. “Simple as that.”HOME SWEET HOMEOrlando has won nine straight at home and is unbeaten on its own court since a Feb. 22 loss to Chicago.“We feed off the crowd, we like their energy,” Gordon said.UP NEXTGame 3 is Friday night in Orlando.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH teams Pasig, Balanga hope to pull off surprises in FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masterscenter_img Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, right, falls after being fouled by Orlando Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams (7) during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kept off the scoreboard in a Game 1 defeat, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was “at his finest” in Game 2, at least in the eyes of coach Nick Nurse.Fellow All-Star Kawhi Leonard wasn’t too bad, either.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Leonard scored 37 points, Lowry bounced back with 22 and the Raptors routed the Orlando Magic 111-82 on Tuesday night, evening their Eastern Conference first-round series at one win apiece.Pascal Siakam had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who never trailed and led by as many as 34.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGame 3 is Friday night in Orlando.Leonard said Lowry “led us in intensity,” helping the East’s No. 2 seed avoid a 2-0 hole. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Despite playing in foul trouble for much of the night, Leonard finished with a career playoff-high 15 field goals. He made his first nine attempts from inside the arc before missing a layup.Leonard shot 15 for 22 before leaving to a standing ovation with 4:46 remaining and Toronto ahead 104-73.“Leonard was great,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “What are you going to do? He was great.”Leonard’s career playoff high is 43, set with San Antonio against Memphis on April 22, 2017. He made 14 baskets in that game.“Tonight he was just in a groove, getting downhill, getting to his spots,” Lowry said. “He’s a player who knows where he wants to be on the floor and when he gets to those spots, he’s pretty tough to guard.”Aaron Gordon scored 20 points, Terrence Ross had 15 and Evan Fournier 10 for the Magic, who won the opener 104-101 on a tiebreaking 3 by D.J. Augustin with 4.2 seconds to go.Nikola Vucevic, who shot 3 for 14 in Game 1, struggled again in Game 2, going 3 of 7 and scoring six points.“They did a good job taking away a lot of my strengths,” Vucevic said. “I’ve just got to figure out a way to be more aggressive, be more efficient offensively.”Augustin, who had 25 points Saturday, shot 1 for 6. Seven of his nine points came at the free throw line.Orlando didn’t score for almost five minutes to start the game, missing its first six shots and four straight free throws. The drought ended when Gordon rebounded and scored on Vucevic’s miss from the line at 7:14 of the first, answering an 11-0 Toronto run. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more