Various party affiliates have, however, been making the rounds in vehicles in an effort to mobilise voters. One resident, who was offered a lift to the polling station told The Gleaner that she refused, as she has no reason to vote. Seventy – five year – old Mercelin Bennett says she will be willing to vote if she was provided with cooking gas. Bennett says she has voted in past elections, but will not yield unless her immediate needs are met, which at this time is gas to prepare her next meal. Voting in the community of Danvers Pen in the St Thomas West constituency is off to a slow start. Most of the persons at the Prospect Primary School polling station in the district are in fact election day workers, with actual voters few and far between.
Jack Valenti, who spent nearly four decades as head of the Motion Picture Association of America, was hospitalized in Maryland after suffering a stroke, the MPAA said Tuesday. News of the stroke, which occurred last week, had been kept private and little information is being released about the condition of the 85-year-old Valenti. He is being cared for at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “His family tells me that doctors are encouraged by his progress to date,” Warner Bros. Chairman and Chief Executive Barry Meyer, a longtime friend of Valenti, said in a brief statement released by the studio. Valenti appeared robust at last month’s Directors Guild of America Awards, where he worked the red carpet with his wife, Mary Margaret, and Dan Glickman, his successor as MPAA head. Valenti told the Daily News at the DGAs that he was still keeping a breakneck schedule, which included frequent trips to the West Coast. Mary Margaret Valenti and their children asked Meyer to “express their deep appreciation of the outpouring of love, support and prayers.” National Association of Theater Owners President John Fithian, who considers Valenti a mentor and good friend, said Tuesday that he is optimistic about Valenti rebounding from this health crisis. “He’s the toughest leader I’ve ever met, so to me it’s a temporary setback,” Fithian said. “He’ll be giving speeches and writing books and inspiring people in no time.” Valenti officially announced his retirement from his job as president and chief operating officer of the MPAA at the ShoWest convention three years ago this month. He served for an additional six months before being succeeded by Dan Glickman, a former secretary of agriculture under President Clinton. The MPAA said Tuesday that Glickman would have no comment at this time. The two men had remained in regular contact with Valenti continuing to remain active behind the scenes and keeping a full calendar at his office in Washington, D.C. “In an unofficial way, he’s always there to provide counsel to Glickman or me or any studio executive,” Fithian said. “He’s just as important as a background leader as he was out front.” During his 38 years heading the MPAA, which represents the interests of the major movie studios, Valenti devised the ratings system in 1968 that is still in place today. Prior to his MPAA career, Valenti was a special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was riding in the presidential motorcade Nov. 22, 1963, when President Kennedy was assassinated. Valenti was aboard Air Force One when Johnson was sworn in as president. Valenti, a diminutive man with a Texas drawl and white hair, had lately been working on his memoirs. One of the anecdotes he could share is about the day he announced his retirement as MPAA head to theater owners and movie industry figures at the 2004 ShoWest convention at Bally’s Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. After a prolonged ovation, the usually reserved Valenti choked up. “I didn’t realize how emotional this time would be,” he said. Earlier that day, he told reporters he had mixed feelings about it all: “When you have done something for so long, it’s difficult to tear yourself away from it.” — Greg Hernandez, (818) firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
16 January 2003The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched an Open Source Centre to help stimulate the adoption of open source software technologies in Africa.According to the CSIR’s business unit, icomtek, open source software is very much like digital meraka – a Sotho term for common grazing land. “People may engage in private or communal productive activity on this land, but the land itself is kept for the common good.”Unlike most proprietary software, open source software is available at little or no cost. More importantly, the intellectual property of its inner workings – the source code – is not a closely guarded secret of any individual or organisation.The free availability of the source code encourages a model of software development, testing and modification based on public collaboration.icomtek specialises in information and communication technology projects which are geared to development and societal needs. The Centre plans a number of strategic interventions within the private sector, government and civil society, as well as in education and training.South Africa and Africa, icomtek argues, “will not be able to afford the investments in imported technology that are required to be a full participant in the global information society in future, if conventional approaches are followed.“Open source software has emerged as a software model that is particularly viable in the developing world, providing local software developers with access to quality code generated by international experts, allowing users to escape from the cycle of ever-increasing international licensing fees, and facilitating the development of systems that address localised needs.”The importance of open source software within the South African context is underscored by its inclusion as a component in almost every major ICT strategic proposal, such as the SA National Reseach and Development Strategy document, the bilateral Indo-SA initiative, and the proposed Advanced Institute for Information and Communications Technology.The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) has already helped the government save millions of rands by implementing open source software in the public sector.SITA spokesman Mojalefa Moseki says the government can save still more money on licensing, software procurement, support and upgrades through the use of open source software.According to Moseki, the Northern Cape provincial government is the largest user of open source software, while the Western Cape government also uses an OS-based document management solution, and bases its portal on the system’s platform.“The department of Land Affairs uses Linux and is about to implement Oracle on Linux”, Moseki says, adding: “We believe open source software is as good if not better than commercially available software. In many cases, it’s more stable and more reliable.”Open Source Centre initiatives include the following:Digital Doorway project – An initiative which explores the viability of “minimally invasive education” as an alternative means of promoting wide-scale computer literacy.Open School project – Involving the implementation of a platform to facilitate collaborative development of local educational content over the Internet, using open source principles.Culturally adaptive software – The development of systems that change their look-and-feel, context, content and language according to the culture of the person accessing the system.Open source school management system – The CSIR is part of a consortium, along with the Wits School of Computer Science, Kgatelopele Technologies and NetDay, that are working towards creating a school management system that caters for outcomes based education, and releasing it under an open source licence.The Open school initiative – Involving the implementation of a platform to facilitate collaborative development of local educational content over the Internet, using open source principles.Cultureware project – Together with South African Tourism, the Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Agency and the University of Fort Hare, the CSIR initiated a culture preservation project known as Cultureware, which aims to bringing cultural heritage into mainstream economic activity and commercial exploitation.Open source in government – Various proposals have been submitted to the Centre for Public Service and Innovation as part of their open source thrust in government.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
27 September 2010The successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup has done wonders for South Africans’ national confidence and the country’s image abroad, according to pre- and post-tournament surveys commissioned by Fifa.“These findings highlight what we felt all along, that hosting the event in South Africa would prove to be a huge success,” Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke told a media briefing in Johannesburg following a 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee board meeting on Thursday.“South Africa’s success has created a new benchmark.”Perceptions abroadAccording to the post-tournament survey results, released last week, 84 percent of international guests rated South Africa in an even more positive light after the World Cup than they had done before.Almost three-quarters of international visitors polled said they were visiting South Africa for the first time. Fans stayed in the host nation for an average of 12 days and combined their stays with other tourist activities.About 83 percent of international fans polled said they would return to the country, while 94 percent said they would happily recommend a visit to South Africa to their friends and family.Another aspect rated highly by the international fans was the extent of South Africa’s preparations for the tournament.The country’s 10 World Cup stadiums, all of which were either newly built or renovated for the event, were appreciated by 99 percent of visitors – a clear show of gratitude for the efforts made by the thousands of workers involved in the event’s construction phase.Perceptions at homeThe post-tournament survey results also showed a major lift in South Africans’ national confidence, with 9 out of 10 South Africans feeling their country had a stronger sense of self-belief, while 87 percent felt more confident in the nation’s capabilities.The proportion of South Africans who felt that crime would be an issue for international visitors to the country plummeted to 27 percent post-tournament, compared to 66 percent when Fifa conducted its pre-tournament survey in December 2008.The overriding emotion reflected in the post-event survey was that of pride – mixed with a touch of defiance. About 91 percent of South Africans said they were proud that their country was able to prove the doubters wrong.When asked in 2008 whether they thought the World Cup would be able to bring the South African people even closer together, 75 percent of those asked had said they believed this was possible.Post-event findings suggest that the event had strengthened this sentiment, with 91 percent of South Africans saying their country was now more unified.BuaNews
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