New appointment: International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) appoints COO

first_imgPaul Mackenzie has been appointed chief operations officer of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), responsible for managing its day-to-day operations. The COO is a new position, created to add management capacity to the IMC as it continues to grow and expand its staffing numbers, projects and influence. The role of the COO includes planning; financial oversight and compliance; HR development; and operational management.Prior to joining the IMC, Paul was general manager of the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), a leading economic policy research and advocacy organisation. He has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg.The IMC was established in 2000 to create a positive, united image for South Africa. Using the slogan, “South Africa: Alive with Possibility” its mission is to articulate a brand for South Africa in order to attract tourism, trade and investment and to build national support for Brand South Africa.last_img read more

British Police at it Again: Admin Arrested

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Fresh on the heels of yesterday’s news about the raid and arrest of the founder of by British police, comes word that British and Dutch police raided the servers of invite-only public torrent tracker (formerly and arrested the site’s 24-year-old server admin.According to the BBC, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) had been investigating OiNK for two years. OiNK’s servers, which were located in Amsterdam, were apparently seized during a series of raids by Dutch police and coordinated by Interpol last week, while the site’s founder was arrested this morning in the UK. OiNK supposedly had hundreds of thousands of members and hosted a very large number of torrents. According to the IFPI, it was one of the main sources for leaked, pre-release music on the Internet, responsible for leaking 60 major albums this year. “BitTorrent has fast become the most popular file sharing client, and while the technology is now commonplace, closed criminal networks such as OiNK take time to develop; make no mistake, this operation will cause major disruption to this illegal activity,” predicted BPI’s Geoff Taylor. “The government is now well aware of the scale of damage this theft causes to music — copyright theft starves the creative industries of income, which both threatens future investment in artists and vandalises our culture.”The employer of OiNK’s unnamed admin, as well as the home of his father, were also raided by British police. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web center_img josh catone 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Managing name changes and provisioning deployment failures with Altiris\SCS

first_imgI often see testers get hung up when they try to repair a system that has been provisioned with an improper FQDN.  Here’s a shortlist if things you can look at if you are in a similar situation.If a pre-existing profile assignment exists in SCS, it will be reused, and the client will be provisioned with stale data. Altiris utilizes profile auto-assignment for provisioning clients that do not have a preexisting profile mapping.  Altiris can be configured with entries that map the domain suffix of a to-be-provisioned client to the appropriate AMT profile and desired organization unit.  The remaining setting that needs to be retrieved is the FQDN of the to-be-provisioned client.  To retrieve this, Altiris first attempts to match the to-be-provisioned client to one already in its database by performing a match based on GUID or MAC address.  If those fail to produce a match then a reverse lookup is performed based on the IP address received via the hello packet.  If any of these methods produces stale data, the client will be mis-configured.In order to clean up after an already configured client or a client that is currently being improperly configured, three areas must be examined:SCS:If a profile assignment exists for a client’s UUID, the client will be assigned the settings in that assignment during provisioning. These assignments can be viewed in the Altiris console via Settings > Remote Management > Out of Band Management > Intel AMT Systems > Profile Assignments.  If an incorrect assignment is present delete it.  If desired a correct assignment can be manually created as a replacement or the profile auto-assignment mechanism can automatically create one at the time of provisioning.Altiris DB:As stated, the profile auto-assignment mechanism first looks through the Altiris database to retrieve the client’s FQDN.  There are several ways in which this can yield the wrong data.  The most common is if the client was previously in the Altiris DB with a different FQDN.  Several steps must be taken to repair such a situation.Agent Uninstallation:First, the Altiris agent must be removed from the client. When the agent is installed on the client, the install retains the FQDN of the client at the time the agent was installed.  If the client’s FQDN is changed, the agent will still retain the old FQDN.  The agent periodically re-populates to the Altiris DB, so if an agent with a stale FQDN is left installed, improper entries will repopulate to the Altris DB. To uninstall the Altiris agent is log onto the client and execute c:\Program Files\Altiris\Altiris Agent\aexagentutil.exe /uninstall /clean.Altiris DB clean-upAfter the agent is removed, delete stale client instances from the Altiris DB.  This can be done by accessing Manage > All Computers from within the Symantec Management Console, and deleting all stale entries pertaining to the effected client.DNS:During profile auto-assignment, the Altiris DB is searched, and if no matches are found for the to-be-provisioned client, Altiris will attempt a reverse lookup to retrieve the client’s FQDN from DNS.  If a stale reverse lookup exists in DNS or is cached in the management core’s DNS cache, it can result in improper assignment of the FQDN.  Furthermore, DNS scans are also used to populate the Altiris DB, so if stale forward lookups exist they can result in incorrect entries populating to the Altiris DB.To fix this, view the forward and reverse lookup zones on the DNS server and eliminate any stale entries.  Then on the management core machine execute ipconfig /flushdns to remove any stale entries that may have been cached locally. More general information can be found here: read more

Parma suffer double blow

first_imgParma will be without key duo Bruno Alves and Roberto Inglese for at least the next game after they suffered injuries. Parma thrashed Genoa 5-1 on Sunday to move up to eighth in Serie A – but at the expense of Inglese. That is because, as per the Ducali’s official website, the striker sprained his ankle and needs two weeks of treatment “and subsequent recovery”. He lasted just 12 minutes at the weekend and was replaced by Andreas Cornelius, who scored a quick-fire hat-trick. With the next international break scheduled for November 11-19, it seems unlikely Inglese will return before then. Alves, meanwhile, missed the win against Genoa with what Parma describe as “a grade-I injury to his left hamstring”. The defender should therefore miss only his side’s next match at Inter this Saturday, although there is a midweek round coming up. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

16 days agoScotland coach Clarke snaps at Redknapp over Robertson claims

first_imgScotland coach Clarke snaps at Redknapp over Robertson claimsby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteve Clarke has dismissed claims from former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp that Andrew Robertson is being hurt by Scotland’s lack of quality. Redknapp last night highlighted how the Scotland captain had struggled to impose his usual game during his country’s Euro 2020 qualifying defeats to Russia and Belgium in the last international break.Ahead of this week’s Group I games against Russia and San Marino, Scotland boss Clarke has snapped back at Redknapp.“If I go down the route of answering one pundit then I have to answer every single pundit who comes out with something that they’re paid to say,” said Clarke.”He’s a paid pundit, he’s got his opinion and Jamie also has a Liverpool connection so maybe he’s tried to protect Andy a little bit.”But Andy is a big boy. He doesn’t need protecting. Every time I name a squad Andy is the first to reply, ‘When is it gaffer? I’ll see you there!’.“So I’m not going to go down the route of talking about every pundit who has something bad to say about the national team.”The only way to stop them saying bad things is to start winning games. I don’t hide from that fact.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Strengthening Local Government Key to Building Better Caribbean Cities

first_img Kingston’s Mayor, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says strengthening relationships at the local government level is key to building better Caribbean cities. Senator Williams noted that regional municipalities and states share a common background, history, culture and way of life. “We believe that will serve us well in the City of Kingston and will also serve the cities, towns and municipalities across the Caribbean region,” the Mayor said. Kingston’s Mayor, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says strengthening relationships at the local government level is key to building better Caribbean cities.“We believe that will serve us well in the City of Kingston and will also serve the cities, towns and municipalities across the Caribbean region,” the Mayor said.He was speaking at today’s (April 10) meeting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) at the council’s chambers on Church Street on the benefits of the inaugural Caribbean Conference of Mayors now under way in the nation’s capital.Senator Williams noted that regional municipalities and states share a common background, history, culture and way of life.“So our experiences… in terms of the issues we face and the problems we encounter… across the Caribbean are similar,” he said.The Mayor argued that while each city may approach situations and challenges differently, countries can learn from each other to rectify challenges based on past experiences.Meanwhile, Senator Williams said the decision as to whether the Conference of the Mayors should be expanded to include non-English-speaking countries in the future is being explored.“That decision we will be make before the conclusion of this conference,” he said.During Tuesday’s sitting, Senator Williams welcomed visiting international and local Mayors attending the inaugural Conference, which ends on April 11.The visiting officials are the Mayor of the City of Miramar, Florida, Wayne Messam; Mayor of Castries, St Lucia, Peterson Francis; Mayor of Georgetown, Guyana, Patricia Chase Green; Mayor of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Alderman Joel Martinez; and Chairman Mayor of the Mayaro Rio Claro Regional Municipality in Trinidad and Tobago, Glen Ram.SHARE TO FACEBOOKSHARE TO TWITTERSHARE TO LINKEDINSHARE TO WHATSAPPSHARE TO MESSENGERSHARE TO EMAILSHARE TO TELEGRAMSHARE TO MORE132The conference is being held under the theme ‘Caribbean Cities: Honouring the Past, Embracing a Smart Future’.It is geared towards building relationships and understanding among mayors and local government practitioners from across the Caribbean.It is being coordinated by the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Blake Lively closes Amazon deal will develop two projects

first_imgLos Angeles: Hollywood diva Blake Lively has signed a deal with Amazon and the actor will be developing two projects for the streaming platform.Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke made the announcement on Saturday at Television Critics Association summer press tour, reported The Wrap.”It took a long time but we just closed our deal with Blake. We closed a first-look deal and we’re talking and developing a show. It’s not ready…” Salke said.Reports of a partnership between Lively and Amazon started doing the rounds in October, stating that they would team for a scripted series set in the fashion world.Salke confirmed that the series is in the works.”It’ll be set in New York City and there will be a ‘fashion component’, though don’t call it strictly a fashion-centric series,” she added.She also revealed that there is another project in the making, but did not share additional information about it.Lively is currently expecting her third child with husband Ryan Reynolds. PTIlast_img read more

Abrogation of special status of JK big milestone will ensure development Amit

first_imgJind (Haryana): Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted on Friday that scrapping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is a “big milestone for the unity and integrity of the country and will ensure development of the state. Shah also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on Independence Day on creating the post of Chief of Defence Staff will strengthen the country’s defence manifold. The creation of the post, recommended after the 1999 Kargil War, is aimed at having a better synergy among the three services, and between the government and the military. The CDS acts as a single-point military adviser to the prime minister on key defence and strategic issues. Addressing a public rally in Jind, known as the heartland of the Jat community, ahead of Haryana polls, the BJP president said the revocation of provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution would help develop Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, and make the region free of terrorism. Saying that the Modi government scrapped the special status of J&K in 75 days of coming to power in its second term, he slammed the previous Congress-led governments for not doing it in their 72 years of rule because of “vote-bank greed”. “Abrogation of Article 370 and 35A is a big milestone for the unity and integrity of India. We had been saying that Kashmir was an integral part of India, but Article 370 was giving some sort of message that something is still incomplete,” he said. “From Jind rally, I want to tell the country that after removal of Article 370, whatever stumbling block in the development and progress of Jammu and Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh was there, has now been removed.” He also praised Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for eradicating corruption and bringing transparency in recruitment for government jobs in the state. Elections in Haryana are due in two months.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,149.92, down 46.12 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 15 cents, or 1.36 per cent, to $10.87 on 112 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down $1.52, or 7.31 per cent, to $19.28 on 18.2 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Down four cents, or 9.41 per cent, to 38.5 cents on 18.2 million shares.Cronos Group Inc. (TSX:CRON). Health care. Up $1.31, or 8.77 per cent, to $16.25 on 18 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Inc. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Up 87 cents, or 11.3 per cent, to $8.58 on 15.3 million sharesHexo Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Down 63 cents, or 7.22 per cent, to $8.10 on 13.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Tilray Inc. (Nasdaq:TLRY). Up $59.08, or 38.1 per cent, to US$214.06 on 30.7 million shares. The marijuana company’s shares continued to soar, one day after the licensed producer said it got approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to export a cannabis drug to California for a clinical trial. The stock peaked at US$300 on the day, following a nearly 30 per cent jump on Tuesday after the Nanaimo, B.C.- based firm announced it got the green light to export cannabis in capsule form to a researcher at a university in the U.S., where the drug is still illegal at the federal level.Cineplex Inc. (TSX:CGX). Up 41 cents, or 1.3 per cent to $32.71. The movie theatre company says it has signed an agreement with immersive cinema company CJ 4DPLEX Co. Ltd. to bring 4DX technology to 13 cinemas. The deal with Seoul-based CJ 4DPLEX will mark the first time Cineplex will deliver 4DX’s motion, wind, fog, rain, lightning, snow, bubbles, vibration and scent features to theatre seats in markets outside of Toronto.last_img read more

Housing data decision opens door to real estate innovation say realtors

first_imgTORONTO – Realtor Daniel Steinfeld has wanted to post home sales data on his business’ password-protected website for as long as he can remember, but it took a seven-year court battle between the Competition Bureau and the Toronto Real Estate Board for him and other realtors to land the right to publish the numbers.Steinfeld, the owner of On the Block Realty and an online real estate auction platform that prevents blind bidding, is still working to get the information posted on his website, but he and other realtors think the right to publish the numbers could open the door to increased innovation in the Canadian real estate market.“The more the barriers come down and access improves, it reduces people’s tentativeness in trying to do more,” said Steinfeld.“Real estate is one of those weird industries that hasn’t seen a considerable amount of change in years and years and years. Releasing sales data isn’t really an innovation, but access to information and how you can use it is really what people are looking for and more and more people are going to find ways to do that.”TREB, which began releasing the data through a feed on Tuesday, has restricted realtors from scraping, mining, selling, reselling, licensing, reorganizing or monetizing the data, but Steinfeld envisions a future where real estate companies will be able to increase their craftiness.Already he’s imagined realtors using the data to build tools that create timelines of housing sales at a specific address or offer side-by-side comparisons of neighbourhoods or properties.But those would pale in comparison to some of the innovations the American and British markets have seen. San Francisco-based Opendoor, for example, allows users to request an offer for their home from the company through an app. If the seller agrees to the offer and a commission fee, Opendoor buys the property and then flips it to another buyer, allowing the original seller to move on to their next home without the hassle of waiting for their place to sell.Then there’s No Agent, a U.K. company that lives up to its name by allowing customers to sell their homes without a broker, and Reali, which allows buyers and sellers to complete their entire transaction through an app.While none of the companies have announced plans to head to Toronto, the ability to publish the TREB data could empower international companies to set their sights on Canada, said Steinfeld.Purplebricks, a commission-free real estate company, and Zillow, a prominent U.S. listings service, were both preparing for their entry into Canada in the months prior to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision not to hear the home sales data case, effectively forcing TREB to allow realtors to publish the numbers.TREB had fought the release at three judicial bodies for seven years by arguing that allowing the numbers to be released on password-protected websites would infringe on privacy and copyright. The Competition Bureau insisted keeping the data under wraps was anti-competitive.As the fight dragged on, real estate companies watched anxiously and probably realized, said Steinfeld, that they would be “remiss” if they didn’t enter the Canadian market.“Anywhere there is business to be had or a problem to be solved, innovation should be welcomed,” he said. “Toronto being as big a market as it is, alongside Vancouver, is probably the most logical starting point for new innovations in real estate.”Phil Soper, chief executive officer at Royal LePage, doesn’t think the TREB decision will be enough to push American innovators into Canada because many of them still have plenty more room to grow and markets to conquer in the U.S., but he still expects some novel ideas to come from Canadian companies.His company, for example, will focus on trends by crunching the data to show what neighbourhoods have markets that are rising and falling, how price projections differ from what properties actually sold for and how investments, zoning and new schools are affecting the market.“But it’s not like these things haven’t been occurring anyways,” he said, noting that Canadian real estate companies have toyed with artificial intelligence and maps to lure in customers.“Perhaps this will excite consumers to be more open to using those kinds of tools rather than always using people.”On top of innovations, Queen’s University real estate professor John Andrew said he expects TREB’s decision to spur the liberalization of data across the country.Real estate boards in Calgary, Greater Moncton and B.C.’s Fraser Valley told The Canadian Press they were all looking at how to release their sales data following TREB’s move.“Who knows what could be done with it,” he said. “We are only limited by our imaginations.”Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.last_img read more