Joint statement in support of Erol Önderoğlu, facing 14 years in prison

first_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Help by sharing this information February 2, 2021 Joint statement in support of Erol Önderoğlu, facing 14 years in prison News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment The below-named freedom of expression, human rights and journalists’ organisations  denounce the judicial persecution of journalists in Turkey, and especially the journalist Erol Önderoğlu, who represents the press freedom watchdog Reporters without Borders (RSF) in the country. Erol faces a lengthy jail sentence for his work defending media pluralism.Standing trial for having participated in the “Editors-in-Chief on Watch” campaign in solidarity with the closed Özgür Gündem newspaper in 2016, Erol Önderoğlu and his two co-defendants, the physician and human rights defender Şebnem Korur Fincancı and writer and journalist Ahmet Nesin, were originally acquitted after three years of persecution. However, on 3 November 2020, the 3rd Penal Chamber of the Court of Appeals of Istanbul reversed the ruling of acquittal given on 17 July 2019.Consequently, on the 3rd of February, Mr. Önderoğlu and his co-defendants will once again be tried on charges of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization”, “openly inciting to commit crimes” and “praising the crime and the criminal”. They face these spurious charges solely for guest editing the aforementioned newspaper, which was forcibly closed in 2016 in the media crackdown following the attempted coup. Together, they face up to 14 and a half years in prison, under the Anti-Terror Law No. 3713 and the Penal Code of Turkey.The retrial of this tireless free speech advocate is a dreadful illustration of the witch-hunt waged by President Erdoğan’s government against its media critics. Currently, Turkey is Europe’s biggest jailer of professional journalists, and the few remaining independent media outlets are continuously harassed and marginalized, while detained journalists and closed media are denied any effective legal recourse.We denounce the ongoing detention and prosecution of journalists in Turkey as an autocratic attempt to silence all dissenting voices and to prevent independent journalists from carrying out their profession.We offer our support and solidarity to our colleague Erol Önderoğlu who has been prosecuted for the past four years in Turkey, and we call on the Turkish government to drop the charges against Erol Önderoğlu and his two co-defendants, Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Ahmet Nesin, and cease such oppression of journalists, academics and writers.“The judicial harassment of Erol is part of a broad crackdown on freedom of expression in Turkey, and is emblematic of the abuse of law we’re seeing meted out against hundreds of journalists and civil society actors in the country. We stand by him in solidarity and call for his charges, and the charges of his co-defendants Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Ahmet Nesin, to be immediately dropped,” said the head of Europe and Central Asia Programme, ARTICLE 19, Sarah Clarke.“Erol has been doing an important job of defending press freedom in Turkey, and his work should be appreciated, not punished. Turkish authorities should drop the charges against him, allow him to work in the country safely and take measures to improve Turkey’s devastating press freedom record,” said CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, Gulnoza Said.“The fact that Erol continues to be persecuted for an act of collegial solidarity is a damning indictment of the state of the rule of law in Turkey. We stand with him and demand an end to this relentless judicial harassment,” said ECPMF’s Advocacy Officer, Laurens Hueting.“Erol has always made sure to collaborate on the ground with the journalists’ unions and associations affiliated to the EFJ in Turkey. We consider that the judicial harassment he faces is in fact aimed at intimidating all journalists in the country. We stand with him,” said EFJ’s General Secretary, Ricardo Gutierrez.“The cruelty in Erol Önderoglu being acquitted from spurious charges only to be prosecuted again for the same is immeasurable and illustrative of a faulty and vindictive Turkish judiciary. The silencing of committed journalists like Önderoglu needs to cease. Be clear that the ongoing harassment and persecution of journalists is the big story the world knows and the one Turkish authorities need to consider rewriting by ending these attacks,” said IFEX Executive Director, Annie Game.“While this case is about Erol, its impact will be felt by every independent journalist and every citizen in Turkey. If the authorities succeed in silencing journalists such as Erol then citizens will be denied their right to information and democracy suffers. Drop the charges now!”  said IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger “The Turkish authorities’ unrepentant pursuit of Erol, Şebnem, and Ahmet is indicative of the appalling lengths to which they are willing to go in order to silence dissent. We are urging the authorities to fully and unconditionally respect the fundamental rights of the three human rights defenders – nothing more, nothing less,” said the Senior Policy Research and Advocacy Officer at Index on Censorship, Jessica Ní Mhainín.“The continued legal harassment of Erol Önderoğlu and his fellow defendants underscores yet again that the Turkish judicial system has been instrumentalized to serve the government’s crackdown on press freedom and freedom of expression. This is an outrageous, meritless case whose only purpose is to intimidate those who speak out in defence of fundamental rights in Turkey. IPI and its members around the world stand in solidarity with Erol,” said IPI Deputy Director, Scott Griffen.“Our colleague, Erol Önderoğlu, has for many years been at the forefront of the defence for freedom of expression in Turkey. This he has carried out with integrity, impartiality and objectivity. That he faces imprisonment solely for his defence of free media is a deplorable denial of the very rights he has fought to protect,” said the Europe Regional Program Coordinator at PEN International, Sara Whyatt.“Erol Onderoglu should be the honor of Turkey. Instead, he is prosecuted for arbitrarily reasons and even harassed. No country can be considered a democracy when its government and judiciary fight human rights defenders like this,” said RSF’s secretary general, Christophe Deloire.SIGNING NGOS : ARTICLE 19 Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)IFEXIFEX-ALCIndex on CensorshipInternational Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)International Media Support (IMS)International Press Institute (IPI)PEN AmericaPEN InternationalReporters Without Borders (RSF) Wan-IfraMedia Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Receive email alerts April 2, 2021 Find out more News News Organisation News April 2, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law On the eve of the start of the trial of RSF’s Turkey representative, Erol Önderoğlu, who is facing a possible 14-year prison sentence, 17 press freedom and human rights NGOs have issued a joint statement in support of this journalist and staunch defender of the right to inform in Turkey. 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Jazz Open Preseason With Win

first_imgSeptember 30, 2018 /Sports News – Local Jazz Open Preseason With Win Tags: NBA Preseason/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  The Jazz opened the preseason with a 130-72 win over Australia’s Perth Wildcats on Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena.Donovan Mitchell scored nine points in 21 minutes of work and Rudy Gobert scored 14 and pulled down nine rebounds.  Grayson Allen scored a game-high 19 points off the bench in the winning effort.The Jazz host the Raptors in exhibition action tomorrow night. Written by Robert Lovelllast_img

Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Recognize 6 Notable Women as Pennsylvania’s 2018 Distinguished Daughters

first_img Press Release,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today honored six outstanding women as this year’s Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. The women were recognized with medals for their achievements at an event at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.“These women are being recognized today because of a unique and important contribution each has made to the commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “They make us all PA Proud, and we are honored to name them as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.”The 2018 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania include Edith Bell (Pittsburgh), Mary Lou McLaughlin (Pittsburgh), Siobhan A. Reardon (Philadelphia), Dr. Carol Shields (Bryn Mawr), Judith M. von Seldeneck (Philadelphia), and Judy Wicks (Philadelphia).“Tom and I are proud to honor these incredible women for their profound contributions to the people and communities of Pennsylvania,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “Our commonwealth is a better place because of their selfless dedication and hard work, and we cannot thank them enough.”Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania began in 1948 to honor women who have shown distinguished service through a professional career and/or voluntary service. The women are nominated to receive the honor by non-profit organizations within Pennsylvania. They do not need to be natives of Pennsylvania, but must have lived in the commonwealth at some point.The 2018 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania include:Edith BellEdith Bell has been working for peace and social justice for 60 years. She is a long-time member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and works with the Thomas Merton Center. She co-founded the Pittsburgh Raging Grannies. Born in Hamburg, Germany, she survived concentration camps, lived in Israel after the war and in Panama, where she met her future husband Sidney Bell. Bell has a daughter in Pittsburgh and a son in Rochester, NY with families who are all supportive of her work. She continues her work, because “Evil can only happen, when enough good people stand idly by and do nothing”.Mary Lou McLaughlinA lifelong Pittsburgh resident, Mary Lou McLaughlin believes that volunteering is a privilege and a gift, a gift that keeps on giving. A dedicated volunteer since her high school days, her service has included the UPMC Patient Safety Committee, the McGowan Institute at the University of Pittsburgh and WQED Multimedia. In the 1980s, recognizing the need for low-cost housing for families who came to Pittsburgh for lifesaving medical treatment, she served as founding executive director of Family House, Inc., which to date has provided low-cost housing and comfort to more than 200,000 families and patients. The program serves as a national model. She is an emerita member of The Pittsburgh Foundation’s board and currently serves on the board of its Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, Riverlife, Little Sisters of the Poor and the Church Alive Foundation of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Seton Hill awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2006 and Carlow University named her a Woman of Spirit in 2016.Siobhan A. ReardonSiobhan Reardon is president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Through her leadership, the reimagining of the Free Library of the future is highlighted via the Library’s “Building Inspiration” campaign marking the physical and programmatic changes necessary to present a viable 21st Century library organization. Notable programmatic enhancements include the establishment of the Culinary Literacy Center, the Center for Public Engagement and the Business Resource and Innovation Center which supports the development and advancement of small businesses and entrepreneurs. Reardon holds a B.A. from SUNY Purchase (NY), an M.A. from Fordham University, and an M.L.S. from the Palmer School of Library Science at Long Island University. She serves on a number of boards in Philadelphia and nationally and was named Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year in 2015.Dr. Carol ShieldsDr. Carol Shields was trained in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and completed fellowship training in ocular oncology and ophthalmic pathology. She is currently Director of the Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, and Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Each year the Oncology Service manages approximately 500 patients with uveal melanoma, 120 patients with retinoblastoma, and hundreds of other tumors. Dr. Shields has co-authored 9 textbooks and over 1600 published scientific reports. She takes special interest in the management of retinoblastoma, uveal melanoma, conjunctival malignancies and many other intraocular, conjunctival, and orbital tumors.Judith M. von SeldeneckA pioneer in the executive search industry, Judith M. von Seldeneck is the founder and chair of Diversified Search. After working as an executive assistant to then-Senator Walter F. Mondale in Washington, D.C., in 1974 she founded what would become Diversified Search, and over time built the firm into a powerhouse placing C-Suite talent. In 2018, Diversified, which has nine offices throughout the U.S., was ranked fifth by Forbes magazine in its list of the Top 250 search firms in the nation. The recipient of numerous professional awards — including the William Penn Award, Philadelphia’s highest civic honor — von Seldeneck has been active on many public, private, and not-for-profit boards, and co-founded the Forum of Executive Women, the largest association of women business leaders in Philadelphia.Judy WicksAuthor, activist and entrepreneur, Judy Wicks founded Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Cafe in 1983, which became a pioneer in the local food movement and a model in sustainable business practices. She is founder of Fair Food Philly (2000) and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (2001) and cofounder of the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies – BALLE (2001). Wicks’ memoir Good Morning, Beautiful Business won a national gold medal for business leadership and has been translated into Chinese and Korean. Her work has earned numerous local and national awards, including the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Humanitarian Award and the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Lifetime Achievement Award. Wicks was inducted into the University Science Center’s Innovators Walk of Fame in 2016. Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Recognize 6 Notable Women as Pennsylvania’s 2018 Distinguished Daughters October 03, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Chris Nenzani steps down as Cricket South Africa president

first_imgCHRIS Nenzani stepped down as the Cricket South Africa (CSA) president on Saturday, three weeks before his term was due to end.Nenzani has been under increasing pressure in the face of administrative upheaval and left his post within hours of the organisation sacking its chief operating officer Naasei Appiah, and a day before the men’s national squad begins a culture camp. The post will remain vacant until CSA’s annual general meeting on September 5.Appiah, along with former head of sales and sponsorships Clive Eksteen, who was dismissed in June, is taking CSA to court to contest the decision to sack him. Appiah was found guilty of “transgressions of a serious nature”. Meanwhile, suspended CEO Thabang Moroe met with CSA last week but his case did not reach resolution. It is expected to conclude this week and ESPNcricinfo understands Moroe is likely to be dismissed as well, on the evidence of a forensic audit, which CSA commissioned when Moroe was suspended last December.A CSA statement, issued on Monday morning, gave no reason for Nenzani’s exit, and thanked him for his time in office. “Mr. Nenzani has provided valuable leadership, insight, assistance and direction in advancing the game of cricket with a focus on achieving transformation and access for the majority of the South African population,” the statement read.Not everyone feels that’s enough, though. “Given what has happened over the last nine months, the president owes stakeholders an explanation for why he is stepping down now,” Andrew Breetzke, SACA CEO, told ESPNcricnfo.Nenzani had been in the position since 2013 and served two three-year terms, the second of which was extended through a change in CSA’s constitution in 2019. That gave Nenzani an additional 12 months, to see CSA through a difficult period. But he has since said he regretted staying on.It is also during this time that Nenzani has come under the heaviest criticism. Since December last year, CSA’s disputes with the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA), initially over a proposed domestic restructure which has since been repealed and then over unpaid commercial rights’ fees, came to a head, three independent and one non-independent board member resigned, a major sponsor – Standard Bank – opted not to renew their deal and seven staff members, including Moroe, were suspended.A common demand among the players’ body, the board members who walked away and commercial partners was that Nenzani step down because of his role in the administrative crisis that ensued when Moroe was appointed on a permanent basis in July 2018.Under Moroe, CSA launched the Mzansi Super League but were unable to sell television rights for the two editions played to date, costing them in access of Rand 200 million (USD 11.49 million approx.).Additionally, CSA is forecasting losses of Rand 654 million (USD 37.58 million approx.) over the four-year cycle ending in April 2022, but is expected to report a profit for the 2020 financial year. In an attempt to mitigate against the losses, CSA proposed a new domestic structure, which would eliminate the franchise tier of the current system. SACA argued that up to 70 cricketers could lose their jobs if that happened, and took CSA to court to prevent the changes and rescinded when CSA U-turned on the restructure.Moroe also sought to overhaul the national men’s team structure, with a view to appointing a team director to replace the head coach and a director of cricket. He courted Graeme Smith for the latter role but Smith only signed on after Moroe was suspended and then did away with the idea of team director, appointing Mark Boucher as head coach. Despite that, South Africa endured their worst summer since readmission, winning just one of the five series they played in.The waters have remained choppy since the Covid-19 outbreak, which has seen the Black Lives Matter movement take centre stage in South African cricket. In recent weeks, former players and current coaches of colour have flooded the media with stories of exclusion and blamed the administration for not doing enough to create an environment that was comfortable for everyone.Nenzani was interviewed by Marawa Sports Worldwide last week and conceded that CSA had missed an opportunity by not appointing Geoffrey Toyana as head coach when Ottis Gibson got the job in 2017, an admission which prompted a fresh round of criticism on Nenzani’s leadership. Despite CSA’s assertion that Nenzani played a positive role in advancing transformation – under him a black African quota was introduced in 2013 and targets were increased the following year – Nenzani has found himself in the midst of the racial schisms currently playing out.Nenzani has undertaken to address the media at the conclusion of next month’s AGM where a new president is expected to be named. The president is chosen from the group of provincial presidents who sit on the CSA board (five of the 14 provincial presidents are members of the board) and there is no obvious candidate to replace Nenzani. Vice-president Beresford Williams has been identified as a possible successor.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more


first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (April 24, 2015)–Second, beaten a head in a driving four-horse finish, Nick Cafarchia’s homebred Tale of Papa Nick won Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita via disqualification, as the original winner, Gouyen, who covered 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:14.60, was taken down for a bumping incident at the top of the lane. Tale of Papa Nick showed the way down the hill under Felipe Valdez and was well clear of the incident which occurred between the first place finisher and eventual fifth place runner, Desert Steel.“Once in a while, you get lucky,” said Cafarchia, who has owned Thoroughbreds for “about 35 years.” Trained by Richard Baltas, Tale of Papa Nick, who was off at 6-1 in a field eight fillies and mares, paid $14.40, $7.20 and $4.80. A 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Papa Clem, Tale of Papa Nick came off a sixth place run going a mile on turf March 19, and she broke her maiden over the course two starts back on Feb. 26. She now has two wins from five starts and with the winner’s share of $34,800, she now has earnings of $83,348.“She doesn’t relax very well,” said Baltas of the winner, who carved out splits of 21.54, 44.47 and 1:08.40. “So we tried her a mile and it was too much for her, so we kept her down the hill today. I’m looking forward to Del Mar with her. I was hoping they would take Gouyen down, but you never know. He bumped a few around but I’ve seen them leave horses up that did that too, so…It was a double win for me though, because I got moved up to third (with Chaulk O Lattey) as well.”Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Sidepocket Run had one horse beat after a half mile, was caught six wide turning for home and made a steady late gain to run third, beaten a pair of heads. Off at 5-1, she was moved up to second on the disqualification and paid $6.20 and $4.00.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Chaulk O Lattey was mid-pack turning for home and finished a nose behind Sidepocket Run. Off as the 5-2 favorite, Chaulk O Lattey was moved up to third and paid $3.00 to show.Gouyen, who was full of run in second position crossing the dirt at the top of the stretch, shifted outward under Santiago Gonzalez, bumping Desert Steel and Tyler Baze. As a result, the stewards disqualified Gouyen from the win and placed her fifth.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. ORIGINAL WINNER GOUYEN IS PLACED FIFTH FOR BUMPING INCIDENT AT TOP OF STRETCHlast_img read more


first_imgThis Donegal supporter enjoying the good weather in Ranafast.  Beautiful picture of Dunfanaghy beach.  Building sandcastles in Falcarragh.Enjoying the sunshine in Marble Hill.PICTURE SPECIAL: Above are a selection of images sent into us that really capture the beauty of Donegal when its basking in glorious sunshine.The pictures were sent into us by people from all over Donegal who were taking advantage of the brilliant weather.As we all know the Irish weather is unpredictable so it’s important to enjoy it when it’s good because you don’t know when it will be so nice again.The pictures were taken from Ranafast, Falcarragh, Dunfanaghy, Glenveagh and Marble Hill.With the kids still off school on Easter holidays it was the prefect opportunity to get down to the beach.The good weather is expected to last until Saturday so if you’re out and about tomorrow send your snaps into us at [email protected] PICTURE SPECIAL AFTER ANOTHER GLORIOUS DAY OF SUNSHINE IN BEAUTIFUL DONEGAL was last modified: April 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Featuresnewspicture specialsunshineweatherlast_img read more

Govt gets tough on BEE fronting

first_img3 August 2005The government is to clamp down on companies that claim false black economic empowerment (BEE) credentials to win contracts from the Department of Public Works.Public Works Minister Stella Sigcau said on Tuesday that 15 companies with no BEE status had illegally claimed to be headed by black people, according to a two-year probe. The companies had therefore defrauded the department of more than R414-million.“People have made a career out of defrauding government and defeating the objectives of black economic empowerment,” Sigcau said. “The government will not countenance this.”She said the 15 companies would be blacklisted from the National Treasury and the Construction Industry Development Board, and would be subject to a forensic investigation by the National Prosecuting Authority.“Where service delivery is unlikely to be heavily affected, contracts executed by fronting enterprises will be cancelled,” the minister said.“From today, all contractors claiming BEE status will have to submit an accreditation certificate that attest to their claim before they can do business with my department.”The probe focused on contracts worth more than R10-million, executed for the department’s capital and maintenance programmes. These contracts accounted for over 70% of the department’s construction spending during the 2003/4 and 2004/5 financial years.“We selected 63 contractors, 11 of whom had not claimed BEE status. These were white companies which had committed to certain contract participation goals, such as to use black subcontractors,” she said.She said that in some cases the main company would do the work while the skeleton company would issue the invoice. The money would then flow back into the main company.“In other cases the black subcontractor would get the subcontracts, but would be told to lower their rates while the main contractor was charging the department much higher rates,” she said.Of 45 companies probed, 15 were found to be fronting – including companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Only 19 companies were in fact black-owned or black-empowered.Nineteen other companies – together awarded contracts worth R516-million – refused to cooperate with the investigation.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA scenery the best in the world

first_img13 December 2006The locals have long known it, and now UK visitors agree: South Africa is the most beautiful country on earth. In the 2006 Reader’s Travel Awards by UK magazine Conde Nast Traveller, South Africa’s scenery scored 97.8% – the highest in the world – with the country being voted the world’s fifth-best tourist destination.Now in their ninth year, the awards come out of a comprehensive survey of readers’ favourite hotels, spas, cities, countries and more, based on a range of criteria that are then compiled into a score out of 100. In the country category, South Africa’s overall score was 94.2% – putting it ahead of other destinations such as Thailand, France, the US, Greece and Malaysia.This is the sixth year in a row that South Africa has been ranked as one of the world’s top 20 destinations. In 2005 the country came in at ninth place, up from 13th place in 2004. The top country in 2006 was Italy, with a score of 95.57%, followed by New Zealand (94.81%), Australia (94.44%) and India (94.42%).South Africa’s hotels and spas were also rated among the best in the world, with six establishments making it onto the top 20 list of leisure hotels in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. Clinching second position in this category was the multi-award-winning Singita Private Game Reserve, with an overall score of 95.6% and a top score of 97.95% for service and staff.“Singita provides the ultimate sophisticated safari experience,” Conde Nast says of the reserve. “Three ultra-luxurious safari lodges (colonial Ebony, Afro-chic Boulders and converted farmhouse Castleton) are situated on an 18 500-hectare concession in Sabi Sand Reserve, bordering the Kruger National Park. Sophisticated, pan-African cuisine and a 35 000-bottle wine cellar bring civility to the bush. The goal-orientated game-viewing with knowledgeable, likeable rangers is excellent.”The other top South African hotels in this category, according to position and score, were:5 (94.2%) – Londolozi Private Game Reserve, Mpumalanga 9 (92.02%) – The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town 13 (86.36%) – The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town 18 (82.89%) – Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, Mpumalanga 20 (81.45%) – Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, KnysnaThree South African establishments also made it onto the list of the world’s top 15 hotel spas outside the UK. These were the Sanctuary Spa at the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town, in sixth position with a score of 88.67%, the Altiraspa at the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel in Cape Town (eighth position, 87.25%), and the Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa in Knysna (13th position, 83.67%). The Altiraspa was also singled out for its amenities and products (97.5%), and service and staff (95%).In the Top 100 category of the Readers’ Travel Awards, Conde Nast ranks the overall winners in all categories by their scores. Again, South Africa and its hospitality industry did well, with Singita Private Game Reserve in fourth position.The country’s other winners, according to position and score, were: 21 (94.2%) – South Africa (country) 22 (94.2%) – Londolozi Private Game Reserve, South Africa (hotel) 48 (92.02%) – The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town (hotel) Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

PLM Leaders

first_imgProduct Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a class of software that attempts to manage the lifecycle of a product from its conception, through design and manufacture, to service and disposal.  PLM components include requirements gathering, analysis and design stages, manufacturing, product distribution, quality assurance, and maintenance.PLM is not to be confused with PDM, Product Data Management.  PDM has been around for twenty or more years whereas PLM is relatively new.  PLM is about product lifecycle and business activities while PDM is more about the management of product data and maintaining relationships between the many pieces and components of engineering content.   On September 26, 2006, Gartner published their rankings of companies in the PLM space, Magic Quadrant for Product Life Cycle Management, 3Q06.  Gartner found that the total revenue for the top eight PLM vendors grew by 12% between 2004 and 2005, and they expect revenue to continue to grow at a rate of 14.5% through 2009.The complete Gartner report has been made available by UGS. UGS has been singled out as the leader in PLM by Gartner.  Only UGS, Dassault and PTC are ranked in Gartner’s upper-right quadrant.Like other enterprise software, there’s consolidation happening within the PLM space too.  For example, Dassault Systems purchased MatrixOne, and Agile Software acquired Prodika. Oracle is shown in the ‘Magic quadrant’ as trailing in ability to execute, but as Gartner notes, most of Oracle PLM adoptors are those companies that had already been using other Oracle products. Oracle has had a hard time selling itself into companies as a pure-play PLM solution.  Given Oracle’s recent string of acquisitions this might be enough of a strategy — there aren’t that many companies left that don’t already own an Oracle produjct. But given that Oracle has positioned its sights on SAP, and given that SAP excels in PLM, one has to wonder whether a PLM acquisition by Oracle might be in the cards too.  Like ECM and the Applications business, Oracle may find acquiring technology to be easier than developing it in-house.last_img read more

SMB Tech Roundup: Data Security, Résumé Clichés and Onward to 2011

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow Related Posts Tags:#biz#Reviews center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App On Tuesday, LinkedIn decided to sit us all down for an honest heart-to-heart. The buzz words we’ve been using in our LinkedIn profiles, they told us, are a bit much. The company released a list of 10 phrases that are overused across millions of profiles, such as “innovative,” “motivated,” “results-oriented” and “dynamic.” Topping the list was the phrase “extensive experience.” Our own Mike Melanson covered the announcement, advising readers that perhaps it’s time to start avoiding these phrases. Also on LinkedIn’s company blog this week, they reminded users why maintaining unique passwords across sites is really important, especially in the wake of Gawker’s recent security woes. The business networking site was kind enough to identify which of its users might be at risk as a result of the Gawker exploit and emailed them with a reminder to change their passwords. Speaking of online security issues, VentureBeat had a timely post on Wednesday outlining how companies can protect their data in this new “Wikileaks world.” Check out ReadWriteWeb’s security tips for SMBs for more ideas. Now users of Web form-building app Wufoo can accept recurring payments from those forms, thanks to a brand new integration with Chargify. This is ideal for companies who sell any kind of subscription or otherwise need to charge customers on a periodic basis. Chargify is the first automated recurring billing solution to be baked into Wufoo, but it joins good old fashioned PayPal, and Google Checkout on the ever-growing list of Wufoo integrations. Small businesses are optimistic about the near future, according to a survey released this week by Ebay. It found that 72% of SMBs were expecting increased sales this holiday season and that 60% are generally “optimistic” about the future as 2011 approaches. Looking to grow your business in the new year? Google announced it’s going to give growing small businesses a hand by matching the first $100 in AdWords spending a company does up until Feb. 15. Customers who spend that much will be given a $100 credit for more ads. The “Big Small Business Plan” as they’re calling it, is available now for existing AdWords customers, but newbies have to sign up for the service by Dec. 31 to qualify. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more