Google Hires Kenyan Activist to Shape Africa Policy

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “The role will involve developing policy (and) strategies on a number of areas of relevance to Google and the Internet in Africa and will involve working with different parties including government leaders, policy makers, regulators, industry groups and so on. It is a huge opportunity to bring Google’s resources to bear as far as the growth and development of the internet in Africa (and hopefully a reminder of why I went to law school in the first place!).”Jon Gosier, Director of Product for SwiftRiver at Ushahidi told us he thinks Okolloh might help make Google’s actions on the continent more coherent. “Google Africa hasn’t really been as focused as it has been in other parts of the world. I think hiring Ory is the right move as she’s a lawyer, so she understands the policy side of things, but she also founded and ran a technology company for three years. There isn’t a better a choice for the position, although it’s bittersweet to lose one of my colleagues.”Okolloh told ReadWriteWeb she would be based in Johannesburg, RSA, starting in mid-January, with a portfolio that includes the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. “Overall, I’ll be working to get more people online and policies favorable to that, also (cultivate) support for local content and an environment which supports innovation.”Read more ReadWriteWeb coverage of Google and of Ushahidi. Okolloh photo from World Economic Forum | other sources: Los Angeles Times Kenyan Blogger Ory Okolloh has been hired by Google to oversee that company’s policy in Africa. Most people outside the continent imagine Africa as being the size of a France or two. (In reality it’s the size of the U.S., China, Japan and most of Europe.) So it’s a big job for a big company that hasbigplans over a big area of the world.Okolloh seems like a good candidate to handle such a job. A Harvard-educated attorney, she was involved in the global blogging project Global Voices early on and is the co-founder of crisis mapping outfit Ushahidi and a TED Fellow. She steps down from Ushahidi as Executive Director to take the Google job. On her blog, Okolloh described the new position of Policy Manager for Africa. curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

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Music Showcase: The Best Royalty Free Pop & Top 40

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How to Make Your Opportunity Your Client’s Priority

first_imgI had an interesting conversation with Hank Barnes last week. We were discussing competitive displacements, a euphemism for stealing clients from your competitors, and the conversation turned to client priorities. Part of displacing your competitor may also include displacing other priorities. Your client may want to change, need to change, and have every intention of eventually doing so, but yet they push that initiative into the future.Make It Strategic: There is a reason that you should start at Level 4, strategic outcomes in client conversations. The more strategic the outcome, the more important it is. The more important an initiative is to producing the strategic outcomes your client’s need, the more it is imperative that they take action. To make your opportunity more compelling, you need to tie it tightly to what is already compelling. How does what you are proposing to help your client with even greater outcomes?Increase the Delta: The larger the difference between the client’s current results and the results they need, the more likely it gets done. But looking at cost savings is only one measure of value, and perhaps not the most interesting. How the savings can be used to invest in their other priorities may make the delta more compelling. More still, if your client’s results are poor in one area, the time and energy being exerted to work around issues should be being put towards the more strategic outcomes.Critical Path: If there is a way you can make your opportunity part of the critical path to results, you can increase the probability of crowding out other initiatives that aren’t tied to the client’s most important projects and initiatives. If you can show how their results would be diminished by moving forward before making the changes you are recommending, you can increase the need to move your opportunity forward.None of this is easy. It likely means you need to have big conversations with your client’s leadership team to discuss priorities. You also must be able to position your opportunity as something strategic, something essential to their future success. It is, however, necessary and important to create a compelling reason to displace your competitor—and to displace other priorities. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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5 PH footballers begin camp, nurse dreams of trip to Munich

first_imgView comments The five were chosen after the National Youth Futsal Cup organized by Allianz PNB Life, PFF and Henry V. Moran Foundation last May.The four-day AJFC, now on its ninth edition but with the Philippines in the lineup just this year, is being held at Finns Recreation Club under the supervision of FC Bayern coaches led by Klaus Augenthaler and retired striker and AJFC ambassador Giovane Elber.“Have fun and enjoy,” Sollorin remembered the coaches telling them.Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Singapore also sent their players aged 14 to 16. The final cast will fly to Munich on Aug. 17 to 22 to meet the FC Bayern players, train under the coaches of the German club and watch the Bundesliga 2017-2018 opening match at Allianz Arena.One participant will also get the Good Sportsmanship award which is equivalent to a one-week scholarship later this year at Aspire Academy, an internationally-renowned sports institution in Doha, Qatar.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “They get shy around the other kids,” said Landagan. “At the same time, they’re still very playful.”“I told them to interact with the other kids and assert themselves on the field,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKonrad Keim Sollorin of Ateneo de Iloilo, Aeron Tenollar of Baguio City, JM Mitra of De La Salle Zobel and Gawad Kalinga Football Program’s Jasper Beruan and Jeofrey Fresado arrived here Monday and began camp the following day.They were accompanied by Allianz PNB Life brand director Rei Abrazaldo. Mitra’s parents and Sollorin’s father are also here. Former FC Bayern Munich striker Giovane Elber (fourth from left) joins PH’s Konrad Keim Sollorin, JM Mitra, Jasper Beruan. Aeron Tenollar and Jeofrey Fresado at theAllianz Junior Football Camp at Finns Recreation Club in Bali, Indonesia.BALI, INDONESIA—More than skills training and the much-coveted trip to the FC Bayern junior camp in Munich, Germany, camp directors want the 49 teenage players participating in a football clinic here to learn teamwork and improve on their character.Coach Jess Landagan of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) said the five Filipino players, all aged 14, at the ongoing Allianz Junior Football Camp (AJFC) have yet to overcome their timidness and develop concentration.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Battle on top: SMB, Star collidelast_img read more

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Gold medal or bust for Hidilyn Diaz in Turkmenistan tilt

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Diaz said she wouldn’t be pleased with herself if she can’t take the gold medal in the AIMAG in Turkmenistan, where other Filipino athletes are also competing, from September 17 to 27.Simply put, it’s championship or bust for the 26-year-old weightlifter.“I have to set my mind that the only acceptable thing for me to bring home is the gold medal,” said Diaz. “I must be determined because I can’t be contented with what I am right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaOlympian Hidilyn Diaz hasn’t competed in a major weightlifting tournament since her silver medal finish in the Rio Summer Games, and she heads to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games knowing the pressure has built up.Most of the pressure, though, is coming from within.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Lyceum routs St. Benilde to stretch unbeaten run to 11 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I’m not pressured by anyone except myself,” said Diaz in Filipino Thursday during a small luncheon with the media at College of St. Benilde, where she studies Business Management. “I always think to myself ‘do I still have it in me?’ because I was relaxed for four months.”Diaz became the poster girl of Philippine sports in 2016 when she ended the country’s 20-year medal drought winning the silver medal in the women’s -53 kilogram event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHer triumph in Rio was her moment in the sun but after reaching the peak doubts have started to creep in.“The comeback is the hardest part, after so many tears I don’t know if I can ever return to that form,” said Diaz who lifted a total of 200 kg. in Rio. “I think this is why other medalists or champions quit after winning because it’s hard to sustain the strength and the discipline after all the accolades.” Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

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All weather country

first_imgOptions in other seasons for these states.Arunachal PradeshArunachal Pradesh Tourism Centre, Arunachal Bhawan, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi; tel: (011) 2301 3915; Itanagar: (0360) 221 4745; www.arunachaltourism.inSpring at Bhalukpong: A scenic town on the way to Tawang, Bhalukpong is where you can tackle the mahseer at the Kameng river or trek in the glorious mountains that surround you. The orchidarium at Tipi, nearby, houses more than 7,500 varieties. Nearest big town is Tezpur in Assam, 60 km away.Summer at Tawang: Visit the world famous Tawang Monastery, the second largest in Asia and the biggest draw of the state. Explore the Tawang village and drive to nearby Shonga-tser and Panga-teng lakes. About 180 km from Bomdila.Winter at Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary: Rising in tiers to a height of 4,500m, Namdapha is the only sanctuary of its kind in India and offers a rare chance to spot the clouded leopard and the snow leopard. Fly to Dibrugarh and enter from Mia, 112 km away.DelhiDelhi Tourism Development Corporation, 18-A, D.D.A. SCO Complex, Defence Colony, New Delhi; tel: (011) 2464 7005, 2469 8431, 2461 8026; e-mail: tourism@delhitourism.gov.in; www.delhitourism.nic.in Spring in Old Delhi: Spring is the best time to dig into mouth-watering food at Old Delhi in Chandni Chowk. Take the Delhi Metro and make your way to Paranthewali Gali to dig into piping hot paranthas that are available in many delicious flavours. Also visit Karim at Jama Masjid for those succulent kebabs and mutton burrahs. Karim; tel: (011) 2326 4981 or visit www.karimhoteldelhi.com.Summer at nightclubs: While its burning in the day, step out in the evening when it is cooler to experience the city’s hip nightlife. You can head to Blue Bar at Taj Palace or Aqua at The Park for a quiet drink, but if you are looking for something hipper make your way to LAP. This is a VIP lounge and hip club rolled into one and is one of Delhi’s most happening places now. Blue Bar, tel: (011) 2611 0202; Aqua, tel: 2374 3000; LAP, tel: (011) 2410 3762.Monsoon for mall crawl: While it is pouring outside take refuge at Delhi’s malls and fill in your shopping bags. Select Citywalk in Saket is an upscale shopping destination housing over 150 brands and F&B outlets under one roof. But if it’s the international designers you are looking for head to DLF Emporio in Vasant Kunj which has brands like Armani, Gucci, Burberry, Fendi, Dior and more. Visit www.selectcitywalk.com and www.dlfemporio.com for more details.Winter for heritage walks: Re-live the history of Delhi through heritage walks which are organised at 10 locations including The Nizamuddin Shrine, Chandni Chowk and Hauz Khas village. Each tour will take walkers being guided by experienced individuals who have a passion for Delhi’s heritage. Visit www.delhiheritage walks.com for details.Jammu and KashmirJammu and Kashmir Tourism,  Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar; tel: (0194) 245 2690-91; e-mail: dtk@jktourism.org; www.jktourism.orgSpring at the Tulip Festival: During the months of March and April, The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar is a riot of colours with over 1.2 million tulips of 70 varieties in bloom. At this time, a Tulip Festival is held for 10 days. The location could not be better–at the foothills of Zabarwan range, overlooking the Dal Lake, this festival is the one of its kind in the country.Summer at Hemis National Park: Summer is the best season to go for a trek at the Hemis National Park, located in the moonscapes of the Eastern Ladakh region. Enthusiasts go here in search of the elusive snow leopard though all you may be able to spot is the kiang, ibex and Tibetan antelope. As many as 16 mammal and 73 bird species can be found here. Contact Deputy Conservator of Forests, Hemis National Park; tel: (01982) 225 0953Winter at Gulmarg Snow Festival: During the winter season, Gulmarg is covered with snow and the best way to experience this haven is by taking part in the Gulmarg Snow Festival organised by J&K Tourism. Held in December, this festival officially starts the winter sports of the season. The Gulmarg Snow Festival has a variety of sporting action like snow baseball, rugby, snow cycling, night skiing and ice skating. Gulmarg is two hours from Srinagar. Visit www.jktourism.org for more information.ManipurTourist Information Centre, Imphal; tel: (0385) 245 0038. In New Delhi: (011) 4575 0800Spring at Loktak Lake: The largest freshwater lake in the North-East, Loktak is famous for the floating islands called phumdi, and their wild inhabitants, the sangai or brow-antlered deer, only found here. About 50 km from Imphal. Winter for the city: Explore the city of Imphal when the winter sun is out, the perfect time to explore the ruins of Kangla Fort at its heart and to shop at Ima Keithal, the largest market in Asia run by women. MizoramGovernment of Mizoram, Aizawl; tel: (0389) 233 3475/ 4474; www.mizotourism.nic.inSpring for celebrating Chapchar Kut: Be anywhere in the first week of March in Mizoram and you will find celebrations of Chapchar Kut on in full swing… People turn up in traditional attire and you can witness the Cheraw, the local bamboo dance of Mizoram.Summer atop the Phawngpui Peak: Located within the Phawngpui National Park, this is the highest peak in the state. At 2,360m, trekking up to the summit is a challenging but rewarding experience as you witness the stunning Blue Mountains. Over 300 km from Aizawl and needs overnight stay.Winter at Dampa: Dampa Tiger Reserve is the biggest wildlife sanctuary in Mizoram and the rolling hills and rippling streams cut a pretty picture. You can spot the tiger, leopard, sloth bear and the Himalayan black bear and, of course, the hoolock gibbon. 127 km from Aizawl.TripuraTripura Tourism Development Corporation Limited, Swetmahal, Agartala; tel: (0381) 222 5930/ 3893; e-mail: tripuratourism09@rediffmail.com; http://tripuratourism.inSpring at Agartala: Enjoy the city when the sun is still mild, walking around the Kunjaban Palace gardens and the one kilometre-long Ujjayanta Palace, home of the erstwhile royalty.Winter for the Orange Festival: Witness the undulating hills of Jampui in the north district of the state come alive during the Orange Festival, usually held in November. Join the festivities or just marvel at nature’s colourful spread. 250 km from AgartalaWest BengalWest Bengal Tourism Development Corporation Ltd; Hemanta Bhawan, 4th Floor, 12 B.B.D.Bag (East), Kolkata; tel: (033) 4401 2086/2082; e-mail: wbtdc@vsnl.com; www.westbengaltourism.gov.in Spring for the melas: The Gangasagar Mela, a three-day fair that is the largest festival of the state, is held at Sagar Dwip during Makar Sankranti. At the same time, in Birbhum, is the Kenduli Mela, where a large number of baul singers fill the air with delightful music.Summer for Darjeeling: For the tea estates and for the hills, Darjeeling is the best summer getaway from West Bengal. Explore the town, ride the DHR or visit the monasteries. Fly to Bagdogra and drive the 100 km.Monsoon at Santiniketan: Santiniketan takes on an added poetic charm during the monsoon. Visit the laidback city, make a stop at Uttarayan, the complex where Tagore lived, and see the museum and art gallery. 212 km from Kolkata.Winter for the Kolkata Book Fair: Started in 1976, this is the largest book fair in Asia and a big draw to the city. Winter is also the best time to explore Kolkata’s many charms–while away hours on Park Street and New Market and enjoy the famous street food.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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