12 May 2016Cote d’Ivoire is the best sub-Saharan African destination for investors, with South Africa in the top seven, according to Nielsen’s 2016 African Prospects Indicators report. The report, the second published by Nielsen, collects and analyses business, retail and consumer information on sub-Saharan Africa for investors.Nielsen’s assessment lifted Cote d’Ivoire above Nigeria as offering the best return on investment. Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Zambia made up the rest of the top five, with Cameroon at sixth and South Africa at seventh place.“Cote d’Ivoire’s position has improved based on its business outlook dimension, and it continues to rank top in terms of retail sentiment,” Allen Burch, Nielsen Africa MD, told CNBC Africa. “Despite the fact that it comes in third position on broader macro factors, its favourable economic growth and stable inflation climate and recent elections provide a fertile investment environment.”One of the key macroeconomic indicators the report measures is inflation. For Nielsen, inflation indicates conditions directly affecting consumers and their ability to save, spend or invest. Higher inflation creates unfavourable conditions and constrains growth. Zambia, for example, is notable as having the best ranking for consumers.Nielsen rankings: countries and categoriesTypes of media used in AfricaOverall opportunities for investment in AfricaAccording to Tarek Sultan Al Essa, CEO of Board of Agility in Kuwait, one of the six reasons there must be investment in Africa is that the continent needs connectors. “Lack of infrastructure hinders growth of imports, exports and regional business,” he wrote in WEF Agenda. “Companies that can connect Africans and markets can prosper.“Lessons from Dubai and Singapore tell us that once an infrastructure race is on in a rapidly expanding market, being the first mover is a significant advantage for investors.”The other factors Sultan Al Essa cited as improving investment prospects in Africa are:African trade barriers are falling and intra-African trade holds enormous potentialIncreased processing of local commodities – such as minerals, coffee and cotton – rather than exporting them in raw form could drive growth. That said, it will continue to be a challenge for regions with poor power and infrastructure to compete as global manufacturers.Customers are changing“Educated, urban professionals are young, brand-aware and sophisticated in terms of their consumption,” said Sultan Al Essa, adding that small to medium enterprises need to meet the demands of working alongside international supply chains to better compete with global brands.Digital transformationAfrica leads the world in mobile adoption. Improved communications infrastructure offers Africa new and innovative cross-sectoral economic opportunities. Ethiopia set up a telephone hotline in 2014 allowing small farmers immediate access to advice from agronomists. Over 3-million calls were received in the first six months of the pilot programme.Africa is diversifyingAfrican countries are packaging themselves to appeal to a broader set of investors. These countries are beginning to place bets on non-commodity areas where they can be competitive.Africa can lead in sustainable developmentIt is an advantage that Africa has so much unused or poorly used arable land. This gives the continent the opportunity to reap big agricultural breakthroughs and improve productivity in food production. Sources: CNBC Africa and the Africa’s Prospects Indicators digital report.
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Mar 2016 – The PNP Administration is proposing to spend $252 million dollars in the running of the country for 2016/2017 and according to the Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick there will be no new taxes this financial year. During House of Assembly meeting on Monday the Minister shared that the PNP Government is proposing to spend 4% more on recurrent expenditure and shared that earnings for TCIG is forecast to be $256 million. Based on these projections, the country will generate in the upcoming fiscal year a $4 million surplus. Hon Washington Misick reminded that the FSPS or the Financial Strategic and Policy Statement was tabled in the House since last December and on Monday, the Appropriation 2016-2017 Estimates was laid on the table. A whopping announcement came when the Finance Minister shared that in addition to the salary re-grade which resulted in significantly higher salaries for many in the civil service; another 2.5% increase in wages is planned for public workers. Pensioners will also get more money says Minister Misick, retired legislators will be getting more money. Non pensionable employees released in 2012 will get some remuneration; financial boost will come, said the Minister for crime fighting with 20 new recruits at a cost of $900,000; more money will go to indigents under social services. More money will go to environmental health and emergency services, an on the job productivity management team under the Ministry of Finance will be established and $1.5 million dollars has been allotted to give incentive to small business development, and an extra $250,000 is dedicated to the Center for Entrepreneurial Development. There is also a 19% reduction in non-recurrent expenditure according to the Minister, which he put at $8.8 million.“Mr. Speaker the significant reduction this is due to reduced debt service fees, as the $170 million bond has been retired.”The UK guarantee loan is now paid off, the House of Assembly wrapped up debate after 10pm on Monday night. TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Related Items:Financial Strategic and Policy Statement, house of assembly, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m
#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWashington D.C, USA, January 19, 2017 – We are in Washington DC where in just around 24 hours Donald J Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United states.Americans have flocked to the capital of the country for the ceremony to be held on the Washington Mall to thousands of citizens and guests on the scene and watching on television. We spoke to other journalists, students and behind the scenes engineers who are in DC for the historic moment.It is expected there will be protests, there is admitted trepidation about what Mr. Trump will be like as Commander and Chief but generally, there is an excitement. Last night, we caught some footage of Three Doors Down, Grammy Award winning rock band running a sound check as among the performers for the post swearing in concert set for the Washington Mall.Go to Magnetic Media Fanpage on Facebook to see our photos. Related Items:
Craft and arts publisher Interweave—a unit of Loveland, Colorado-based Aspire Media—has acquired CrochetMe.com from its developer, Kim Werker, the former editor of Interweave Crochet magazine. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Unrelated to the sale, Werker, who made the reverse jump from online to print in 2007, has resigned as editor of the magazine. Werker will remain with Crochetme.com as a blogger and creative consultant, Interweave said.Werker launched Crochetme.com in 2004. The site will join Interweave’s portfolio of online properties in its fiber craft division. In June, Interweave acquired four arts-related magazines—including American Artist—from Nielsen Business Media.
With big data comes big responsibility and as newer technology further enables information gathering, companies will need to utilize data-management techniques to grow their brands and extract streams of revenue.Here, Nick Cavnar [pictured], audience consultant for Nick Cavnar LLC and a featured panelist at FOLIO:’s MediaNext event on October 28 to 30 in New York, talks big data’s advantages and drawbacks and how b-to-b publishers can leverage collected data to drive content.FOLIO: There’s an enormous amount of data available to publishers, but is there too much? If you’re looking to better understand how your brands can thrive in a converged media landscape, register now for FOLIO: and min’s MediaNext event on October 28-30. Nick Cavnar: I don’t think it’s a question of too much or too little data. From what I see, most small to medium-size b-to-b publishers simply aren’t making effective use of whatever amount of data they have. Practically no one even has the ability to tie their web traffic data back to their registered subscriber database, to get a full picture of how individuals interact with all their content and advertising. At best, we’re tying together our various lists to get a little better audience profile. But we’re not using data to truly drive our content delivery or produce better leads for our advertisers.FOLIO: What’s driving the data craze and why has it become so important?Cavnar: Part of the craze comes from seeing how powerful data-driven communication can be. We all read accounts of how data was used to target voters in the last presidential election; we see Google using data to deliver targeted advertising; we know retailers are using data to determine which customers get which discounts and promotions. We can all see that this is the future. But we’re struggling to find “big data” strategies that fit the reality of our small niche b-to-b markets.FOLIO: Where do you feel mid-market b-to-b publishers should focus their data collection and analysis efforts?Cavnar: Absolutely, b-to-b companies need to focus on identifying their web traffic. We have good data on our audience when it comes to registrations—for magazines, email, events, or whatever. And we know how much traffic we drive to our sites through our email and other push communication to those registered users. But we lose sight of our audience once they get online.I also think we need to do a much better job of linking and identifying b-to-b audiences by company, and not just by broad industry demographics. Today’s business marketers want to target much more precisely—by specific companies or specific influencers within those companies. This requires tying more research and industry data directly to our audience databases.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, May 11, 2018:A Cypress Street caller reported her house was broken into. (2:32pm)Police issued a summons to Charles A. Hurcombe (38, Stoneham) for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License; Speeding; and No Or Expired Inspection Sticker. (6:09pm)A North Street caller reported a vehicle crashed into his mailbox and fence, then left the scene. Police were unable to locate vehicle. (6:17pm)Police sent several juveniles using the Shawsheen skate park on their way. (10:38pm)Police arrested Frank Dearborn (44, North Reading) for Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon; Malicious Destruction of Property Valued at Over $250; and Malicious Destruction of Property Valued Under $250. A caller reported Dearborn was causing a disturbance and threw a beer bottle during an argument. (11:38pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 7: Road Rage On Highway Ramp; Medication Stolen During Open HouseIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 27: Stranger Enters Resident’s House; Man Denies Asking Young Girls To Follow HimIn “Police Log”
Share your voice $299 Best Buy TVs Smart Home Mentioned Above Sevenhugs Smart Remote (Black) The Smart Remote U and X. Sevenhugs One could argue that remote controls are in the process of going away thanks to voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa. Logitech, the industry leader in universal remote controls, has noted this and even incorporates Alexa into its latest Harmony Express.For those who still hold affection for the venerable, no-voice clicker there are still some options out there. One of the wackiest is the Sevenhugs Smart Remote which uses “contextual awareness,” via a series of stick-on sensors, to tell what you’re pointing the remote at and then controlling it.A spokesperson for Sevenhugs has clarified that while the products don’t currently support Alexa or Google Assistant “the Sevenhugs remotes are voice enabled for future integrations with home systems”.I haven’t used the Smart Remote but it’s still unclear how the system would control components stacked on top of one another in an AV rack. If you a) don’t want to stick sensors on your walls or b) want to save a little bit of money, the newest version could be for you.The original Smart Remote is now the Smart Remote X ($299) and this makes way for the Smart Remote U ($199), which is more akin to the Logitech universal remotes. It doesn’t have the sensors, but the remote lets you swipe through your devices and control the one you want.The Smart Remote prototype my colleagues saw at CES 2016 only controlled three devices, but now the number of devices has grown to 650,000. Both devices have a touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and can learn new devices via infrared. Set up the Sevenhugs Smart Remotes via the Smart Remote app for iOS and Android. Preview • Sevenhugs’ Smart Remote aims to master all of your smart devices Tags Sevenhugs Smart Remote CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Post a comment 0 $265 See it Logitech
Neha Kakkar and Himansh KohliInstagramNeha Kakkar and Himansh Kohli were one of the most adorable couples, but they are no longer together. After their breakup, Neha had apparently deleted all their pictures from social media, but Himansh’s Instagram account still has their PDA photos.Neha and Himansh’s relationship had ended on an unpleasant note. The singer had made their split public by speaking about it on social media. She had even said that she was suffering from depression after the breakup.She was so upset with it that she was seen breaking down in public at multiple occasions. Post their breakup, Neha had deleted all her pictures with Himansh, and had even unfollowed him on Instagram.However, a look at Himansh’s Instagram profile shows that he has still not deleted the photos. Is Himansh still in love with the bubbly singer or there is a possibility of a reconciliation? Well, the truth can only be revealed by Neha and Himansh.Their split was a shocker for all the fans. The actor was vehemently attacked on social media by Neha’s fans, who had thought that he cheated on the singer. Neha’s public display of depression further made her fans upset, who had abused Himansh on social media.She soon had later issued a clarification saying that Himansh never cheated on her, and he did not deserve to be roasted on social media for this.Nonetheless, Neha has now come out of the difficult phase, and is seen often posting funny videos and updates of her work on Instagram. Recently she gave a dose of laughter to her fans with a video that showed her and YouTuber Lilly Singh pretending to be drunk. The act was to promote her latest single “Coca Cola Tu”.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a parade of the 6th Reunion of the Bangladesh Army Engineer Corps at the Engineer Centre and School of Military Engineering (ECSME) at Qadirabad Cantonment, Natore on Thursday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday directed the officers and soldiers of Bangladesh Army to stay ready always to address any external and internal threat to the country’s constitution and sovereignty.”You’ll have to keep a constant vigil to face any internal and external threat to safeguard the country’s constitution and sovereignty,” she said while addressing a parade of the 6th Reunion of the Bangladesh Army Engineer Corps at the Engineer Centre and School of Military Engineering (ECSME) at Qadirabad Cantonment.The prime minister said the army will have to play an important role in building a modern, developed, happy and prosperous Bangladesh alongside upholding country’s democratic and constitutional continuation.”You’ll have to keep the trend of democracy and constitution and make more important contributions to establishing a modern, developed and prosperous Bangladesh,” said Hasina, also president of ruling Awami League.She also put emphasis on maintaining peace and discipline in the country, saying her government does not want anyone to get involved in terrorism, militancy and drug addiction. “You must remain alert so that the country’s law and order is maintained.”Praising the role of army in the country’s development, Sheikh Hasina said members of this force earned trust and confidence of all through their integrity, efficiency and various welfare-oriented activities.She said their glorious role in the UN peacekeeping missions has brightened Bangladesh’s image across the world while the armed forces has set a unique example in facing natural disasters as well as providing help and assistance for the affected people during any accident. “Bangladesh is now a ‘brand name’ in maintaining peace in the UN peacekeeping missions which is a matter of pride for the country.”Appreciating the army for their works for the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals who fled to Bangladesh, the prime minister said their activities have further brightened the country’s abroad.She said her government continues its efforts for further development and modernisation of the force through formulating forces goal-2030 following the defence policy of Bangabandhu.The prime minister described the corp of engineers as a very important and a traditional organisation of the army.To further strengthen the corp of engineers, she said, the government has already constituted Engineer Construction Brigade and Engineer Battalion. Besides, the formation of RE Battalion, Engineer Construction Battalion and DIV engineer Battalion is under process, she said.Hasina urged all to work together to establish Bangladesh before the world as a dignified country, saying various development projects are being implemented with country’s own resources and none can now neglect Bangladesh.She said her government has established Bangladesh as a digital country and it has now entered into the era of 4G network from the 3G.Bangladesh is now marching ahead keeping pace with the world as Bangladesh Army has also been playing very important role in its overall development, she said.The prime minister said the government has taken various measures for turning the professional armed forces into world-standard modern forces imbued with the Liberation War spirit.Elaborating the government’s tremendous achievements in different fields, she said the aim of her government is to ensure development and people’s welfare.Hasina said Bangladesh is going to be elevated to a developing country from the least developed one as it has already fulfilled all criteria in this regard. “We’ll turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one before 2041 Insha Allah,” she said.The prime minister expressed her optimism that huge experience, guidelines and advices of the seniors at the reunion will inspire members of the army of the new era to work with honesty, patriotism and dedication. Hasina was given a guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent of the army. She took salute at the parade, and inspected the parade riding an open jeep.Earlier on her arrival at the ECSME Parade Ground, Hasina was received by chief of army staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq and the colonel commandant and the commandant of the ECSME.Later, the prime minister attended the annual commanders’ conference of the Army Engineer Corps.