African communicators coming to Johannesburg

first_imgThey will be attending the third annual 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference. The conference will be held in Johannesburg on July 29 and 30.The theme of the 2008 Conference is ‘Africa’s time has come, Mobilising for 2010 and beyond’. This is a call to action to everyone to stand up and be counted. It is derived from South Africa’s bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, which was themed ‘Africa’s time has come – South Africa is ready’.The many entities that work within the shared communication framework of South Africa’s 2010 National Communication Partnership include Government Communication Information Systems (GCIS) the International Marketing Council (IMC), Proudly South African, the South African 2010 FIFA World Cup™, SA Tourism, private sector and Civil Society.Explains Nkenke Kekana, the Chairperson of the 2010 National Communication Partnership, “We want to achieve a coherent and action-oriented plan. That is why the conference this year is held over two days as against the one day conferences we held in 2006 and 2007. The conference will make it possible for African communicators to exchange ideas and practical suggestions on how to improve the continent’s image and reputation in the world, using the opportunities presented by the 2010 World Cup”.“It is also a way to build African solidarity and to foster a climate that contributes to African growth and development”, said Nkwenkwe Nkomo, the Co-Chairperson of the 2010 National Communication Partnership.The first day of the conference will have a South African focus, and delegates will be introduced to the United South Africa Campaign.The second day will focus on sharing the Partnership’s communication framework for the next two years and the emphasis will be on Africa. One of the highlights will be a presentation by a Public Relations expert from Africa who will address the way to mobilise, communicate and market the continent.Ends.Issued by:Meropa Communications on behalf of The National Communication PartnershipFor more information, please contact:Lauretta Theys: 011 772 1000/ 083 444 4755laurettat@meropa.co.za orPamela Dlamini: 011 772 1000// 082 686 2198pamelad@meropa.co.zaGosebo Mathope IMC: 078 784 3724gosebom@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Google hiring artificial intelligence talent in China despite being banned

first_imgDavid Curry A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Google is building an artificial intelligence team in Beijing, China, despite having its search engine and mobile app store banned in the country.The search giant has been recruiting heavily over the past year, and in May hinted that an AI research team based in China could be on the cards, according to the Financial Times.See Also: Neura AI aims to make the connected home truly smartEngineering talent in China has forced many Western companies to set up research and incubators, allowing them to hire even when their services are banned.Google is going up against local search rival Baidu, which has invested heavily into AI research and self-driving cars over the past three years. Like Google, Baidu has unveiled an autonomous shuttle service and is embedding AI into its search engine.Alibaba and Tencent, who with Baidu make up the “big three” in China, also spend a lot hiring engineering talent from top Chinese universities.Google has around 600 employees based in China, mostly focused on advertising.China wants to leadThe Chinese government has set a goal of becoming a world leader in AI by 2030. It already has one of the largest engineering talent pools, although experts still think the U.S. and Britain has an edge when it comes to division leaders.Google has had a tough relationship with the Chinese government. Seven years ago, the company accused the government of a cyberattack that tried to find information on human rights activists. Shortly after, Google stopped censoring search results in the country, and was quickly banned.The relationship is apparently warmer now, but Google is far away from having its services unbanned, if it even wants to work under China’s censorship. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storagecenter_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Baidu#Beijing#China#featured#Google#Machine Learning#top AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

CWG Village wears deserted look as athletes begin to leave

first_imgWith just two days left for the Commonwealth Games to end, the Games Village here today wore a deserted look with a few bidding their good bye to others including volunteers.Some international delegates and athletes, who were staying here for past few days, have also left.Residents were seen going to the bank here to collect foreign exchanges. They also bought souveniers for their loved ones back home.”I have come here to buy something for my wife. I will rather choose an Indian style saree or Salwar suit,” said a Kenyan athlete.Even the international zone which houses recreational facilities like cafe, stores, bar, restaurant, discotheques, games parlours and hair cut salon had a few visitors. Many others were trying to get confirmations of their departure tickets.Only about 5-6 players were seen practicing in the training area.The 12-day long sporting event featuring 17 sports disciplines like archery, cycling, gymnastics, swimming, boxing and shooting will conclude on Thursday.Security personnel also seemed to be in a slight relaxing mood as there were fewer visitors to come to the Village today unlike other day.last_img read more