22 September 2011 South Africa’s reputation among people of the G8 countries has shown a steady improvement since 2009, the Reputation Institute said on Wednesday, with recent gains in beating crime boding well for further improvement still. The global reputation consulting firm said South Africa’s reputation had shown a steady year-on-year improvement since 2009, from a score of 44.27 in January 2009, to 44.60 in January 2010, and 46.70 in January 2011 (on a score scale of 0-100). South Africa’s reputation score spiked at 49.11 in August 2010, after the Fifa World Cup held at venues around the country. The G8 comprises the world’s eight most industrialised nations: Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Russia, the UK and the US. The institute said the top driver of South Africa’s reputation among people of the G8 countries in 2011 was whether people were welcoming and friendly. The perception of whether the country was a safe place was the second most important of the 16 drivers measured in 2011. South Africa achieved a “weak” score of 57.84 in the top driver, and its score as a safe place was considered poor at 37.32. Perceptions of the government’s effectiveness achieved a “weak” 41.6. The country scored the highest for physical beauty (72.19) and enjoyment (71.21), but these were only the fifth and seventh most important drivers of South Africa’s reputation. “This indicates that we can improve our reputation by working hard on safety and effective government,” the institute’s managing director in South Africa, Dominik Heil, said. “Recent gains that have been announced in safety and security are therefore really important and bode well for us in building a stronger reputation.” Out of the 50 countries measured in 2011, South Africa continued to be associated with mid-scale reputation countries such as Puerto Rico, South Korea, Mexico, Turkey and Egypt, and this year was ranked 33rd overall in the world. Several new countries were included in the 2011 survey, including Egypt and Nigeria. The survey ranked Egypt at 37th position. Nigeria was 47th, ahead only of Pakistan, Iran and Iraq. Canada was the best-regarded country in the world in 2011, while Sweden, Australia, Switzerland and New Zealand were in the next four. Norway, Denmark, Finland, Austria and Netherlands made up the rest of the top 10 countries in the world. Sapa
The national library of Great Britain and the world’s largest library, the British Library, is launching its first smartphone app today for iPhone, iPad and Android. The “Treasures” app offers a selection of the items available in the Library’s Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery and includes over 100 collection items, 250 high-definition images, and 40 videos with expert commentary, as well as information about the Library’s current exhibitions.The app includes major literary, political and musical texts: the first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Charles Dickens’s handwritten draft of Nicholas Nickleby, Nelson’s Battle Plan written before his victory at Trafalgar, Galileo’s letters, Jane Austen’s teenage writings, the original Magna Carta, Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks, and handwritten lyrics by The Beatles. The videos that accompany many of the items help put the collection in context and include, for example, linguist David Crystal discussing the poem Beowulf.Frances Brindle, British Library Director, Strategic Marketing & Communications stresses the importance of access to the library’s collections via mobile technologies. “The Library is committed to increasing access to its collections and broadening the reach of our services and this app demonstrates our commitment to engaging with the mobile community.”The iPhone and Android versions are available to download for £2.39 (US $3.99). The iPad version – in HD – will cost you £3.49 (US $5.99) There is an introductory discount for the apps that will run until January 24. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement audrey watters Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wrote to Odisha’s Naveen Patnaik on Saturday, urging him to retract his government’s decision to demolish the Mangu Mutt in Puri, which is associated with Sikhism founder Guru Nanak.Mr. Singh described as unfortunate the move to demolish the mutt, which has age-old significance for the Sikh community as Guru Nanak Dev visited the holy site to spread his message.‘Shocking decision’“It was shocking that while the whole world was getting ready to commemorate the 550th ‘Prakash Purb’ of the first Sikh Guru, the historically important mutt, a symbol of the connection between Sikhism and the Jagannath Temple, was sought to be demolished by the Odisha government,” said Mr. Singh in a statement.The Mutt is among many structures within 75-metre radius of the Jagannath Temple that are being demolished to ensure safety and security of the 12th century shrine, following a decision of the Odisha government led by Mr. Patnaik.Opposing the move, several organisations earlier said at least 12 major mutts and shrines associated with the Jagannath Temple are located within the 75-metre demolition radius.