College system making Jamaica stronger- Davis says rise on international stage coincides with athletes developing at home

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Director of Sports at the University of Technology (UTech), Anthony Davis, says Jamaica’s long-term success in track and field and that of the wider sporting disciplines at the international level depends heavily on the development of a good collegiate system. Davis, who heads one of Jamaica’s most prestigious college sports programmes at UTech, was the keynote speaker at yesterday’s launch of the third staging of the Montego Bay City Run, at the Holiday Inn Resort. “Once upon a time we never had a vibrant collegiate system, but now it’s been growing exponentially and because of the direct link we now have genuine track and field stars on the rise in our universities and colleges,” Davis said. “This can only mean a sustained presence of high quality athletes at the national and international levels for Jamaica,” he noted. Davis has witnessed the rise of many local track and field stars to have benefited from attending US colleges and universities through various scholarships. He believes the system has improved for young stars to be schooled and trained locally. “I have nothing against a student wishing to access higher education and training elsewhere, but we have seen a dramatic drop in the numbers opting to do so. Instead, we see them getting into local universities and colleges, train locally and are now at the top of the world in respective events,” Davis said. “It shows we are on the right path and are doing the right things to educate and elevate our student athletes,” cited Davis. According to Davis, the approximately 21 universities and colleges across Jamaica have been making great investments to upgrade coaches and facilities to meet the growing local demand. “Before this we depended on our talents being developed overseas, primarily in US colleges and while that served its purpose and still does, I am of the view that we have been more than holding our own with the rise, development and upkeep of our own stars. And that is always good for Jamaica,” he stated. Davis is also a committee member of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The MoBay City Run is set for May 1, 2016 and projected to attract more than 2,000 local and international marathon runners. It seeks to raise $5 million for tertiary level students in western Jamaica.last_img read more

Brand South Africa to host research dialogue on results of 2015 Anholt Nation Brand Index

first_imgPetrus de KockOn Wednesday 18 November Brand South Africa and Business Report will host a breakfast dialogue to announce South Africa’s performance in the 2015 Anholt Nation Brand Index. The Nation Brand Index is the only analytical ranking of the world’s national images and reputations.Dr Petrus de Kock, Brand South Africa’s general manager of research, will present the results and unpack South Africa’s competitiveness in the context of the most recent World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index, and the Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance.The dialogue will include a panel discussion with economist Dr Iraj Abedian and media monitoring expert Tonya Khoury.The details of the dialogue:Date: Wednesday 18 November 2015Time: 07h30 to 09h30Venue: Park Hyatt, RosebankAbout economist Dr Iraj AbedianIraj AbedianIraj Abedian is the founder and chief executive of Pan-African Capital Holdings. He was professor of economics at the University of Cape Town, before entering the business sector in 2000. He has served as a consultant on economic policy issues to public and private sector organisations in South Africa as well as internationally. His involvement in policy development in South Africa includes the transformation of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (1995), the RDP White Paper (1995), Growth, Employment and Redistribution (Gear 1996), Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF 1997/98), the Presidential Review Commission (PRC 1997/98), membership of the President’s Economic Advisory Panel 2006-2009 and Economic Advisor to Minister of Mineral Resources (2010 to 2012).Abedian is a prolific researcher and author of numerous articles and academic books.In 1999, Abedian was based at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, working on issues related to fiscal vulnerability assessment. In January 2000 he joined the Standard Bank Group at their head office in Johannesburg as group chief economist. He was appointed director and group economist in April 2000, and was a member of the Standard Bank Group EXCO. In 2003, Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals awarded him the title of “Top Economist of the Year”. As of March 2014, he is an honorary professor of Economics at Graduate School of Business, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.He also serves the following organisations and companies:• Chairman of the Board: Bigen Africa (Pty) Ltd (April 2009 to date)• Member of the Board of Directors of Munich Re of Africa. (2005 to date)• Member of Board of Capital Fund Ltd (May 2011 to date)• Member of the Advisory Board of the Auditor General of the SA Government.(2006 to date)• A Trustee of the Global Legacy Trust (2014)About media monitoring specialist Tonya KhouryTonya KhouryTonya Khoury has over 20 years’ experience in media monitoring and client liaison and is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in the South African and African media monitoring industry.Khoury is the founder and managing director of ROi Africa, a media monitoring company that uses cutting-edge technology to identify trends across media platforms. Her wealth of knowledge and experience means she is a regular guest speaker on Carte Blanche, Radio 702, SAFM, Chai FM, North West FM and 2 Oceans Vibe.Trained as a lawyer, Khoury started her monitoring career Newsclip until her entrepreneurial flair took the upper hand and she started Jisani Digitrack, the first black empowered media monitoring company in Africa.“I’m an entrepreneur and that is something deeply ingrained in me,” Khoury says. “Passion and attitude is everything – these are attributes you either have or not – and I believe that it cannot be taught, like skills and knowledge. I have experienced that all these aspects are important, but the former two are crucial and have been essential for my career and life as an entrepreneur.”Khoury believes the South African media monitoring industry needs a shake-up, as well as a move away from the advertising value equivalent, or AVE, as a measurement tool. “We have to be faster, sexier, more effective and more interactive,” she says.“Media interaction has to be lightning fast. You have to be quick and, more importantly, consistent. You have to fully understand the media monitoring industry.”Media monitoring is not a “nice to have”, she says, but an essential tool for business, especially in crisis situations. It is impossible for an individual to keep track of a story running out of control, as there are simply too many outlets. This job calls for specialists, in the form of media monitors, as negative brand reputation messages require immediate attention across all spheres.“I am not only an entrepreneur – I am also a South African,” Khoury says. “Africa is my home. I’m privileged to call myself a South African, and I’m hugely proud of what my country has achieved. I’ve been fortunate to travel to parts of the rest of Africa and I want more, I want to take a solution that is much needed into the rest of the continent.”last_img read more

Waymo’s self-driving cars spend day with emergency vehicles

first_imgDavid Curry Tags:#Alphabet#Arizona#Autonomous#Chrysler Pacifica#driverless#Google#Self-Driving#Waymo Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans spent a day with Chandler, Ariz Fire & Police Department, testing the car’s detection system for emergency vehicles.The minivans are outfitted with Waymo’s latest suite of sensors, which can hear from twice the distance and can also see flashing lights from much farther away.See Also: Google narrows case against Uber as court date nearsThe software running the self-driving car is able to decide what to do in different situations, for example, it pulls over if an ambulance is behind, but will yield at an intersection if the vehicle is ahead.Working for a full day on a range of practice tests allowed Waymo to collect significant amounts of information on the slight alterations in light, sound, and size of emergency vehicles on the road.This allows Waymo cars to detect an emergency vehicle even if the vehicle’s sound or size doesn’t match up to specifics stored on the car. If the system does spot differences, it will file the sounds and look into the system, for future encounters.“This training is key to reliably detecting and responding to emergency vehicles in Arizona and beyond. By teaching our cars this advanced capability, we’re moving closer to bringing truly self-driving technology into the world,” said Waymo on Medium.In the past few months, Waymo has moved from primarily California to Arizona for the latest batch of self-driving tests. It chose Chandler and Phoenix as its launch locations for the on-demand pickup service, and has yet to launch in California, due to the state’s self-driving laws. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more