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first_img7 June 2005Investors in Africa, friends in leadership positions and the Diaspora of Africans living around the world are key to building and projecting a new African brand, the World Economic Forum’s Africa Economic Summit 2005 heard last week.During a special session at the three-day summit, which ended in Cape Town on Friday, participants were advised to stop asking the media to write “positive stories” about Africa – but to help a news-hungry media identify the many stories that would show a continent ripe with opportunities for investment.The session focused on the images Africa would like to see projected, how to raise awareness about trade and investment opportunities, and identifying core components of an African brand.Diaspora a potentially massive resourceSeveral members of a panel of African business leaders identified the African Diaspora as a brand-building opportunity.Ishmael Yamson, non-executive chairman of Unilever Ghana, said African countries too often made those who left for other countries feel they were traitors – when in fact they represented a huge amount of human capital.Countries should see their emigrants as a positive resource, Yamson told delegates, both for projecting positive images of their continent and as a source of funds and as potential returnees.According to Yamson, Ghanaians living abroad sent US$-800 million back into the country in 2004 – more than Ghana earned from cocoa or gold.“Why is the money coming back now? Because they are beginning to believe in their country, because they are beginning to see consistency of leadership, of economic environment and of political environment,” Yamson said.‘Stop asking for positive stories’Carol Pineau, producer and director of the film “Africa: Open For Business”, said that Africa has an image problem as a continent of war, famine and disaster. However, she said, the solution was in news coverage, not in seeking a positive slant for Africa.The Africa you never seeJournalist and filmmaker Carol Pineau meets entrepreneurs from 10 African countries, emerging with a picture of the continent you won’t get from watching the evening news.“Stop asking for positive stories”, Pineau told participants at the session. “I don’t do positive stories. [Journalists] are not publicists. We do news.”Pineau said that news coverage of Africa was unbalanced because it did not show the whole story of Africa – Africans with an economic life, a family life and individual personalities.Africans should demand complete news coverage, she said, pointing to news stories such as that of the Ghana stock exchange, the fastest growing in the world.Yvonne Johnston, CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa, said Africa was a brand, and that if Africans did not like the way the continent was portrayed, it was up to them to change it.Johnston urged participants to stop entrenching negative perceptions by using phrases such as “Afro-pessimism”, and to help project a balanced image and context. “We don’t want sunshine journalism,” Johnston said. “What we want is the whole truth.”‘Africa needs a pay-off line’The value of friends in leadership positions other countries as brand ambassadors for Africa was highlighted by Cyril Ramaphosa, chairman of Shanduka Group South Africa. “We need to engage key stakeholders around the world about the progress we are making,” Ramaphosa said.“We need to get Tony Blair to go beyond setting up the Commission for Africa. We need him to stand on a platform and advocate our story, our successes. We need the G8 to say positive things about a continent that is changing. We need the United Nations to be used as a platform to talk not about problems, but about progress.“The greatest success can be found in getting those who support our cause to help us build [Africa’s] brand and tell our story as it should be,” Ramaphosa said.Ramaphosa said Africa also needed what advertisers called a “pay-off line”, to be used by political and business leaders. He suggested “Africa, the changing and growing continent”.The session was told later that Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, had endorsed the idea and had suggested a variation: “Africa the changing continent with a soul”.‘Africans must believe in themselves’Lazarus Zim, chief executive of Anglo American Corporation of SA, said a continent of 800 million people, spread over 50 countries and 12 economic communities, would always have problems. Africa had to project its positive messages to build a strong brand.Yamson said branding a continent was not the same as branding a product, but that basic principles would always apply. Africa’s brand had to be honest, credible and different, and backed by emotional and financial commitment. “A brand is a bundle of promises, benefits and experiences,” Yamson said. “We must be clear about what we are offering the world.”Millard Arnold, director of Murray & Roberts South Africa, emphasised the communication value of existing investors, saying the best way to attract foreign investment was “to talk to investors already in your country.“Put them on film and let them tell others why they invested,” Arnold said. “A business person is far more likely to pay attention to another business leader who is saying he is in Africa because it makes business sense.”Pat Davies, chief executive designate of Sasol South Africa, said for Africa to build its brand and encourage foreign investor confidence, it first had to focus on the fundamentals – once the substance was right, the perceptions would follow.Davies also emphasised the role that Africa’s private sector could play. “The more we locals invest, the more we will encourage foreign investors and so build this brand,” he said.Maria Ramos, group chief executive of Transnet South Africa, said Africans would have to build and sell the African brand themselves. “If we believe in it, others will believe in it. We will never get it done unless we believe in ourselves.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

first_img The team at Buffer shares what worked and what didn’t work for them when they switched to asynchronous meetings. (Image credit)Going Beyond…Leo Babauta shares a tip on how to stop overthinking by cutting through indecision. We will never have the certainty we’d like to have in our lives so it’s quite good to have a strategy for dealing with uncertainty. As I’m struggling with this a lot, I found the article helpful.The ethical practices that can serve as a code of conduct for data sensemaking professionals are built upon a single fundamental principle. It is the same principle that medical doctors swear as an oath before becoming licensed: Do no harm. Here’s “Ethical Data Sensemaking.”Paul Hayes shares his experience from trying to live plastic-free for a month and why it’s hard to stick to it. It’s surprising how shopping habits need to be changed and why you need to spend your money in a totally different way and cannot rely on online stores anymore.Oil powers the cars we drive and the flights we take, it heats many of our homes and offices. It is in the things we use every day and it plays an integral role across industries and economies. Yet it has become very clear that the relentless burning of fossil fuels cannot continue unabated. Can the world be less reliant on oil?Uber and Lyft admit that they’re making traffic congestion worse in cities. Next time you use any of those new taxi apps, try to remind yourself that you’re making the situation worse for many people in the city.Thank you for reading. If you like what I write, please consider supporting the Web Development Reading List.—Anselm (cm)From our sponsors: Monthly Web Development Update 8/2019: Strong Teams And Ethical Data Sensemaking HomeWeb DesignMonthly Web Development Update 8/2019: Strong Teams And Ethical Data Sensemaking Monthly Web Development Update 8/2019: Strong Teams And Ethical Data SensemakingYou are here: Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 Posted on 16th August 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share No more custom lazy-loading code or a separate JavaScript library needed: Chrome 76 comes with native lazy loading built in. (Image credit)AccessibilityThe best algorithms available today still struggle to recognize black faces equally good as white ones. Which again shows how important it is to have diverse teams and care about inclusiveness.SecurityHere’s a technical analysis of the Capital One hack. A good read for anyone who uses Cloud providers like AWS for their systems because it all comes down to configuring accounts correctly to prevent hackers from gaining access due to a misconfigured cloud service user role.PrivacySafari introduced its Intelligent Tracking Prevention technology a while ago. Now there’s an official Safari ITP policy documentation that explains how it works, what will be blocked and what not.SmashingMag launched a print and eBook magazine all about ethics and privacy. It contains great pieces on designing for addiction, how to improve ethics step by step, and quieting disquiet. A magazine worth reading.Work & Life“For a long time I believed that a strong team is made of stars — extraordinary world-class individuals who can generate and execute ideas at a level no one else can. These days, I feel that a strong team is the one that feels more like a close family than a constellation of stars. A family where everybody has a sense of predictability, trust and respect for each other. A family which deeply embodies the values the company carries and reflects these values throughout their work. But also a family where everybody feels genuinely valued, happy and ignited to create,” said Vitaly Friedman in an update thought recently and I couldn’t agree more.How do you justify a job in a company that has a significant influence on our world and our everyday lives and that not necessarily with the best intentions? Meredith Whittaker wrote up her story of starting at Google, having an amazing time there, and now leaving the company because she couldn’t justify it anymore that Google is using her work and technology to get involved in fossil energy business, healthcare, governance, and transportation business — and not always with the focus on improving everyone’s lives or making our environment a better place to live in but simply for profit.Synchronous meetings are a problem in nearly every company. They take a lot of time from a lot of people and disrupt any schedule or focused work. So here’s how Buffer switched to asynchronous meetings, including great tips and insights into why many tools out there don’t work well.Actionable advice is what we usually look for when reading an article. However, it’s not always possible or the best option to write actionable advice and certainly not always a good idea to follow actionable advice blindly. That’s because most of the time actionable advice also is opinionated, tailored, customized advice that doesn’t necessarily fit your purpose. Sharing experiences instead of actionable advice fosters creativity so everyone can find their own solution, their own advice.Sam Clulow’s “Our Planet, Our Problem” is a great piece of writing that reminds us of who we are and what’s important for us and how we can live in a city and switch to a better, more thoughtful and natural life.Climate change is a topic all around the world now and it seems that many people are concerned about it and want to take action. But then, last month we had the busiest air travel day ever in history. Airplanes are accountable for one of the biggest parts of climate active emissions, so it’s key to reduce air travel as much as possible from today on. Coincidentally, this was also the hottest week measured in Europe ever. We as individuals need to finally cut down on flights, regardless of how tempting that next $50-holiday-flight to a nice destination might be, regardless of if it’s an important business meeting. What do we have video conferencing solutions for? Why do people claim to work remotely if they then fly around the world dozens of times in their life? There are so many nice destinations nearby, reachable by train or, if needed, by car. Monthly Web Development Update 8/2019: Strong Teams And Ethical Data Sensemaking Monthly Web Development Update 8/2019: Strong Teams And Ethical Data Sensemaking Anselm Hannemann 2019-08-16T13:51:00+02:00 2019-08-16T12:35:43+00:00What’s more powerful than a star who knows everything? Well, a team not made of stars but of people who love what they do, stand behind their company’s vision and can work together, support each other. Like a galaxy made of stars — where not every star shines and also doesn’t need to. Everyone has their place, their own strength, their own weakness. Teams don’t consist only of stars, they consist of people, and the most important thing is that the work and life culture is great. So don’t do a moonshot if you’re hiring someone but try to look for someone who fits into your team and encourages, supports your team’s values and members.In terms of your own life, take some time today to take a deep breath and recall what happened this week. Go through it day by day and appreciate the actions, the negative ones as well as the positive ones. Accept that negative things happen in our lives as well, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to feel good either. It’s a helpful exercise to balance your life, to have a way of invalidating the feeling of “I did nothing this week” or “I was quite unproductive.” It makes you understand why you might not have worked as much as you’re used to — but it feels fine because there’s a reason for it.NewsThree weeks ago we officially exhausted the Earth’s natural resources for the year — with four months left in 2019. Earth Overshoot Day is a good indicator of where we’re currently at in the fight against climate change and it’s a great initiative by people who try to give helpful advice on how we can move that date so one day in the (hopefully) near future we’ll reach overshoot day not before the end of the year or even in a new year.Chrome 76 brings the prefers-color-scheme media query (e.g. for dark mode support) and multiple simplifications for PWA installation.UI/UXThere are times to use toggle switches and times not to. When designers misuse them, it leads to confused and frustrated users. Knowing when to use them requires an understanding of the different types of toggle states and options.Font Awesome introduced Duotone Icons. An amazing set that is worth taking a look at.JavaScriptBen Frain explores the possibility of building a Progressive Web Application (PWA) without a framework. A quite interesting article series that shows the difference between relying on frameworks by default and building things from scratch.Web PerformanceSome experiments sound silly but in reality, they’re not: Chris Ashton used the web for a day on a 50MB budget. In Zimbabwe, for example, where 1 GB costs an average of $75.20, ranging from $12.50 to $138.46, 50MB is incredibly expensive. So reducing your app bundle size, image size, and website cost are directly related to how happy your users are when they browse your site or use your service. If it costs them $3.76 (50MB) to access your new sports shoe teaser page, it’s unlikely that they will buy or recommend it.BBC’s Toby Cox shares how they ditched iframes in favor of ShadowDOM to improve their site performance significantly. This is a good piece explaining the advantages and drawbacks of iframes and why adopting ShadowDOM takes time and still feels uncomfortable for most of us.Craig Mod shares why people prefer to choose (and pay for) fast software. People are grateful for it and are easily annoyed if the app takes too much time to start or shows a laggy user interface.Harry Roberts explains the details of the “time to first byte” metric and why it matters.CSSYes, prefers-reduced-motion isn’t super new anymore but still heavily underused on the web. Here’s how to apply it to your web application to serve a user’s request for reduced motion.HTML & SVGWith Chrome 76 we get the loading attribute which allows for native lazy loading of images just with HTML. It’s great to have a handy article that explains how to use, debug, and test it on your website today.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid’s retirement from international cricket means that the country’s fabulous four has now been reduced to the terrible three, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag and V.V.S. Laxman, who have been in miserable touch with the bat in Test cricket.”I thought I had a great run. I have given this a serious thought. I knew I had to go… I did not feel the need to drag it on any longer,” Dravid said on Friday while announcing his retirement, probably also showing the other three veterans the way. It would be beneficial to Indian cricket if they retire when the time is right so that the young generation finally gets a go for India in Test cricket. Tendulkar, Laxman and Sehwag had a miserable 2011. “…the time was right to move on and I was happy with what I had achieved,” Dravid said replying to a question. Now that ‘the Wall’ has shown the way, probably the time has come for the other gentlemen to follow his example. Age seems to have caught up with Tendulkar and Laxman, while Sehwag seems to have no application or intent to put a value to his wicket in Test cricket. Rookie fast bowlers in England and then in Australia made the big three of Indian cricket hop, skip and jump. No wonder, the calls for their retirement are gathering force. Recently, former Indian skipper Kapil Dev said in an interview to Headlines Today that Tendulkar should have retired at least from the ODI soon after he achieved the biggest feat in a cricketer’s life by winning the World Cup last year. Even Sourav Ganguly too advocated for the Master Blaster’s retirement. With Virat Kohli finally showing his potential and the likes of Manoj Tiwary making the most of his limited opportunities, it seems time for the old generation to make way for the young guns. Probably it is time for Tendulkar, Laxman and Sehwag to follow Dravid and retire gracefully to usher in the future of Indian cricket.advertisementlast_img read more