Nation branding challenges and successes faced by Eastern European countries such as Ukraine, Bulgaria and Kosovo, in the wake of political and social change in the region since 1989, were held up as lessons in nation branding.Professor Nadia Kaneva offered the analysis in a presentation titled “The branded national imagination and its limits: Insights from the post-socialist experience” given at a Brand South Africa Competitiveness Forum for South African academia. Held at the University of Pretoria, Tshwane, on 5 October 2016, the forum aimed at in-depth analysis of global and domestic issues influencing the reputation and competitiveness of the nation’s brand.“As communism was ending, the Romanian flag allowed for a discourse around the future of the Nation” says Dr. Nadia Kaneva @Brand_SA forum pic.twitter.com/31tJ98AQhF— Guido van Garderen (@GuidovGarderen) October 5, 2016Presenting at the event were key academics in the fields of business, humanities and political science, from a host of South African universities and tertiary institutions.The goal of the dialogue is to compile all presentations and contributions into a peer-reviewed journal, with a view to positioning South Africa as a thought leader in nation branding. Key to the success of that journal will be the keynote contribution from Kaneva.Bulgarian-born Kaneva is an associate professor in the University of Denver’s media, film and journalism faculty. She is a globally respected and widely published researcher who uses critical sociology and media studies to dissect the commercialisation of politics and culture in Eastern Europe through nation branding and reputation-building.Kaneva’s ultimate conclusion – that in order to be more effective, an imagined nation brand should align closer to and more realistically to the changes in the nation and its people – was honed through extensive research on radical changes in Romania after the fall of communism, post-conflict Kosovo during the 2000s and the relationship between Ukraine and Russia as recently as three years ago.The lessons learnt in the research can be just as easily applied to any nation brand, especially for emerging economies like South Africa, she says.In introducing Kaneva, University of Pretoria deputy dean of humanities Professor Maxi Schoeman highlighted the importance of getting an outsider view on building South Africa’s brand internationally, someone objective enough to weigh up the differences and similarities between the country and nations with similar histories.The science and application of nation branding was now very much part of mainstream academia and an essential tool for governance, Kaneva said at the start of her presentation. As a legitimate interdisciplinary field, the study of nation branding included elements of media and marketing ideas, anthropological study, business theory and sociology.Yet, Kaneva argued, developing and managing a national brand and reputation would always be a highly political and therefore delicate process, the success of which did not always lie in the area of savvy marketing or critical theory.This was evident in post-socialist Eastern Europe countries experiencing the swift changes of political and economic experiments, Kaneva said.Extensive global multichannel marketing campaigns by Romania and Kosovo highlighted each country’s promise in its people and economics in a vastly depoliticised way, focusing on things such as tourism and investment and replacing a more realistic national identity with something more market-oriented, in other words, what “the outside world wanted to see”.In 2009, two years after gaining independence, Kosovo’s first attempt at marketing the country to the outside world was in the form of a television commercial, The Young Europeans. While carrying a positive message of reconciliation and cultural tolerance as well as an eagerness to partake economically in the European Union, it told little about the country and its people to outsiders (investors, tourists) that would differentiate it from any other European nation.While initially successful, there was a negative reaction from citizens, who felt misrepresented by this imagined nation brand. As Kaneva says, a rejection of idealised, imagined branding is ultimately counter-productive to what a country brand really wants to achieve.Watch The Young Europeans:At the crux of the argument, Kaneva says, is honesty with the nation brand, creating an identity that can actually be recognised by the people it is supposed to be representing.Offering solutions to link the imagined nation brand closer to reality, Kaneva highlighted the following:Recognise that nation branding has a political element and embrace it, with all its shortcomings and diversities.Invest in programmes and policy that encourages and grows both citizen engagement and development in the nation and its brand: let people inform the national message.Look beyond the data of perception ratings to formulate effective nation brand evaluation and measurement: outside views, particularly those formulated with data, are important, but other research models are necessary to get the complete picture of a nation.Diminish the focus and use of transnational mass media nation brand advertising; look to niche marketing opportunities for creating a truer, most consistent national image and reputation.Concluding her presentation, Kaneva said that reconstructing and refreshing national identities, particularly for nations with a history of significant political and societal transformation, should always consider the transformations of the people it represented, adding that, “without a nation there will be nothing to brand”.Download full presentationSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Learning#web Although there’s been much talk that the future of education will be online, the Florida Virtual School (FLVS), the country’s first state-wide Internet-based public high school, is actually over a decade old. So for the 97,000 students who took classes via FLVS during the past school year, that future of online education is here now.FLVS doesn’t grant any degrees or diplomas, but it does offer more than 125 accredited courses, including the core subjects, honors classes, world languages, electives, and 14 Advanced Placement courses. There are no textbooks; all the material is online, and the instruction happens via the Web, email and phone. (The video below is a sample from the American History course, which all takes place inside an online game, but most courses at FLVS aren’t offered that way.)Students can enroll full or part-time, and according to FLVS officials, most students take the online courses to supplement their coursework at their local, “brick and mortar” schools, particularly when those schools don’t offer specific classes. About 66% of the students enrolled in FLVS attend other public schools.Teaching and Learning OnlineFLVS does not follow the traditional school calendar – 8 a.m. ’til 3 p.m., Monday thru Friday, fall thru spring. Rather, enrollment and classes happen on an ongoing basis. Students select the month they prefer to start the class, and the FLVS tries to place them with an available instructor. Courses last about 16 to 18 weeks, but they are asynchronous, meaning students are able to study the material when they want and at their own pace. FLVS has about 1,200 staff, and although FLVS teachers all have a Florida teaching certificate, they’re not all Florida residents, something that teaching online enables (and that time-zones and “anytime learning” demand.) The school trains teachers for online instruction and tries to recruit new teachers who are specifically interested in this sort of teaching environment. And as FLVS was founded in 1997 and has a long history of working in online education, the school touts itself as both a resource and a model.Funding an Online Education: Public or Private?FLVS is part of the Florida public education system, serving students in all 67 of the state’s districts. As such, courses are free to Florida residents. But the school is open to any middle and high schooler anywhere, with tuition fees for non-residents ($375 per class per semester. AP courses cost an additional $25.).Less than 900 students took FLVS courses last year from locations other than Florida – just a fraction of the school’s overall enrollment. But that revenue stream from non-residents is just one of the things that makes the school an interesting blend of a public education and private company. The classes for those outside of Florida are run by the school’s for-profit wing, the FLVS Global School, and if you’re interested in opening your own school, FLVS offers you the option to start your own “franchise.” Florida tax-dollars do foot the bill for the state’s students attending FLVS. But FLVS only receives payment from the state once a student successfully completes a course. That makes FLVS the only public school whose funding is tied directly to student performance. And as “student performance” and “funding” are as much buzzwords as “online education,” FLVS may find itself a model for more than just Web-based teaching and learning. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Related Posts Tags:#music#news#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Music streaming service Last.fm has been experiencing one of the most serious system outages it has ever encountered. It is just now returning to normal after being down for 24 hours. According to Last.fm database architect, the service has been “experiencing an extended period of downtime in all user-facing services,” and it could take some time before those services return to a fully stable state.While this was obviously a major problem for the company to solve, I wonder: did you notice? I can’t say that I did. I haven’t scrobbled in months on end. I can’t remember the last time I even streamed music from Last.fm. I’ve moved on to bigger and better things…have you?What Happened at Last.fmAccording to the Last.fm blog post, the issue was caused by a hardware failure. Yesterday afternoon, a fault in a blade chassis in one Last.fm’s datacenters broke, and took down the power supply for its rack with it. The onsite teams couldn’t resolve the issue with the chassis, but managed to restore power to the rest of the rack. However, the chassis had contained several critical components of the top-level load balancing systems, which are used to evenly distribute traffic across Last.fm’s data centers.Because the remaining data centers were then running under a higher than usual load, outages began to occur. There were problems not only with the radio service, but also with scrobbling and the website itself.Now, it’s a matter of waiting for fresh DNS information to propagate around the Internet. When that occurs, the service will be up-and-running for everyone. Last.fm users should know that scrobbles are safe in the meantime, thanks to client caching.So, Did You Notice?Obviously, plenty of regular Last.fm users did notice the outage, and were tweeting about it over the past day. But for me, the outage only served to remind me that the service existed at all. I no longer care for streaming radio services like Last.fm – or Pandora, for that matter – I’m using a subscription based music service instead, where I can access (nearly) any song I want on demand, create my own playlists and browse through playlist suggestions from others. You want “cloud iTunes,” you say? Well, you can have it now.In my case, I’m using MOG, a subscription-based streaming music service preferred by a couple of us here at ReadWriteWeb. However, ?Rdio, a similar service from Skype, KaZaA and Joost creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, is the better choice, according to many whom I’ve spoken to.It comes down to what features you really need. Rdio, for example, will match your iTunes catalog with its own, providing easy access to your favorite tunes. It also offers better social networking features for sharing recommendations via Twitter and Facebook. And its mobile applications are well-designed and easy to use.MOG suffers a bit in the design aspect of its apps, and according to some reports, their stability too, but its catalog is currently larger: 10 million tracks to Rdio’s 7 million. However, these numbers change regularly, as record deals are brokered. If you start to feel like you’re missing the serendipity that services like Pandora and Last.fm offered, both MOG and Rdio provide a “radio” option that lets you stream music, but MOG’s more configurable, much to the disappointment of someRdiofans.Although neither of these services are free, like Last.fm is, they’re both definitely worth the money. And frankly, since the time I started using subscription music, I haven’t been back to Last.fm at all.But I wonder where the rest of the early adopters are with this. What are you using these days for streaming music? Are you still a Last.fm fan? Or have you also moved on to MOG, Rdio, or – if you’re fortunate enough – Spotify? Or maybe you still prefer iTunes? 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App sarah perez 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
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Gianni Infantino was re-elected FIFA president unopposed at the congress of world football’s governing body in Paris on Wednesday as he claimed to have turned the organisation from being toxic and almost criminal back to its core values.Infantino’s re-election was marked by a round of applause from the congress after the statutes were changed earlier in the day to no longer require a vote if there was only one candidate for the position.The 49-year-old Swiss-Italian lawyer now has a four year mandate to try and accomplish his grandiose plans for football which were partly frustrated in his first term.He has been in charge of FIFA since February 2016, after succeeding Sepp Blatter in the wake of a damaging corruption scandal that Infantino claimed the body had now shaken off.”Nobody talks about crisis at FIFA any more or rebuilding it from scratch. Nobody talks about scandals or corruption, we talk about football. We can say that we’ve turned the situation around,” he told the congress in a lengthy speech at Paris Expo.”This organisation has gone from being toxic, almost criminal, to being what it should be an organisation that develops football and is now synonymous with transparency, integrity.””Today everything is open and transparent. It is not possible at FIFA to make hidden payments of do anything unethical with our money. There is no more place for corruption,” he claimed.Infantino said FIFA’s previously precarious financial situation was now looking rosy with the organisation’s budget increased from $5 billion to $6.4bn and reserves up from $1bn to $2.75bn.advertisementThis was despite increased spending on development projects in FIFA’s 211 member associations. FIFA spent $1.1bn in the period 2015-18 and will increase the sum to $1.75bn from 2019-2022, he added.Infantino claimed 11 areas of progress during his tenure, from financial health, women’s development, the fight against racism and a scandal-free 2026 World Cup bidding process. However, he said the implementation of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system had been his major triumph.”It’s the biggest success story. It has become an integral part of football inside one year. It doesn’t change the game, but it helps and cleans the game. It brings justice to the game. It’s not perfect but it’s very close to perfection,” he said.Infantino also used the opportunity to promote the new-look 24-team Club World Cup, which starts in two years’ time but is under threat of a boycott from Europe’s top clubs due to concerns over fixture congestion.”We know that clubs are the heartbeat of the game, they train the players. We need to offer clubs a chance to shine on a world stage and to challenge for a World Cup,” he added.Also Read | Rape case against Cristiano Ronaldo droppedAlso Watch:
The 2012 UNICEF Snowflake Ball, held on Tuesday, November 27 at Cipriani 42nd Street, honored UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte and U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board Member Dolores Rice Gahan for their commitment to saving and improving children’s lives.Presented by Baccarat, the eighth annual black-tie gala, which raised more than $2.5 million for UNICEF’s global child survival and development programs, was emceed by Bryant Gumbel and featured performances by Tony Bennett and the Wynton Marsalis Quintet.The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund presented the 2012 Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award to legendary singer, actor, and human rights activist Harry Belafonte. A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for more than 25 years, Belafonte has been outspoken about issues that affect children’s lives and has met with world leaders to champion UNICEF’s mission. His legacy includes advocating for better primary health care, treatment for HIV/AIDS, and free access to education for all children.“I didn’t anticipate that serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador would have such remarkable rewards,” said Harry Belafonte. “I am deeply grateful to UNICEF for giving me the opportunity to serve for so long.”For her commitment to vulnerable children around the world, physician Dolores Rice Gahan was presented with the Helenka Pantaleoni Humanitarian Award by Pantaleoni’s granddaughter, UNICEF Ambassador, and U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board Member Tea Leoni. Working alongside UNICEF, Gahan’s family pioneered an innovative community health program in Ghana, and she has provided leadership for UNICEF’s global HIV/AIDS campaign.“It is an honor to receive the Helenka Pantaleoni Humanitarian Award,” said Dolores Rice Gahan, U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board Member. “I have had the opportunity to travel around the world and see UNICEF programs in action. UNICEF staff often put their own lives on hold or at risk to do whatever it takes to save a child. It is amazing to see the dedication displayed in order to better the lives of children.”“We are thrilled to honor Harry Belafonte and Dolores Rice Gahan for their commitment to UNICEF and to children around the world,” said Caryl Stern, U.S. Fund for UNICEF president and CEO. “UNICEF and our honorees tonight know that when you put your faith in children, you create hope, and a future. You create a world in which ZERO children are denied clean water, food to eat, or any of the things we may take for granted.”Debra Shriver and Daniella Vitale co-chaired the event, with Nell Diamond and Jaime Jiménez serving as Next Generation Co-Chairs and Pamela Fiori as the Project Chair.For the fourth year in a row, the Snowflake Ball featured décor by interior designer, HGTV star and UNICEF Ambassador Vern Yip. His décor, which included artisan crafted felt trivets from Mongolia, was inspired by his recent visit there where he witnessed UNICEF’s education, health, protection, and water and sanitation programs benefiting children.The evening’s menu was created by UNICEF Ambassador Marcus Samuelsson, along with acclaimed chefs Marc Murphy and Michael Anthony. The gala’s live auction, hosted by Courtney Booth of Sotheby’s, featured experiences with UNICEF Ambassador Selena Gomez, NY Knick Tyson Chandler, and Nickelodeon. Mikimoto, Zagliani, Le Cirque, Barneys, and Baccarat donated items for the silent auction. Mikimoto also hosted the evening’s special photo booth and dressed Snowflake committee chairs and celebrity guests in signature pearl jewelry.Gala attendees included UNICEF Ambassadors Selena Gomez, Dayle Haddon, Téa Leoni, Marcus Samuelsson, Vern Yip, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte along with Michael Anthony, Tony Bennett, David Broza, Barbara Bush, Selita Ebanks, Boomer Esiason, Bryant Gumbel, Jenna Bush Hager, Lily Kwong, Matt Lauer, Kate Mara, Wynton Marsalis, Mia Moretti, Carolyn Murphy, Marc Murphy, Katy Perry, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Amanda Ross, Uma Thurman, and Allison Williams.The UNICEF Snowflake illuminates the intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue each year and serves as a beacon of hope and compassion for vulnerable children around the world. Designed by Ingo Maurer with 16,000 Baccarat crystals, the beautiful ornament was dedicated to UNICEF in 2002 by the Stonbely Family Foundation.For more information on the 2012 UNICEF Snowflake Ball, visit www.snowflake.unicefusa.org/snowflake-ball.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe spoke to the press of his disappointment after losing 2-1 at home to Manchester United at Vitality Stadium on Saturday.Callum Wilson opened the scoring for AFC Bournemouth but Anthony Martial equalized before the break, but a stoppage-time goal by Marcus Rashford left Eddie Howe and his team empty-handed.“It’s a tough one for us today. I think a lot of the aspects of our game were really good, especially during the opening period. We passed the ball well and there was a really good intensity to our play.” Howe said at a post-match press conference, via AFCB.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We were disappointed at half-time that we weren’t winning and we felt that we deserved to be leading by more than one. We knew the second half was going to be a different game.“Manchester United changed things and made substitutions but I was pleased with my players attitudes to the game and they gave everything to the match.“It was one of the best first-half performances I’ve seen us have in the Premier League since being promoted. I can’t fault anyone in terms of effort.”
Two schoolboys drowned in the Ramna Lake in the city on Sunday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased were Adnan, 15, and Mahfuz, 15, class-IX students of Willes Little Flower School and College.The two students drowned while taking bath in the lake around 4:00pm, said sub-inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police camp.Local people rescued the teenage boys and took them to DMCH where physicians declared them dead around 4:20pm, he said.