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Africa’s new voice

first_imgA photographer in Ethiopia. There aremany uplifting stories needing to be told allacross the continent, without focusing onwar, corruption and poverty.(Image: Stock Exchange)Janine ErasmusAfrica will soon get a new dedicated 24-hour independent news channel. In the spirit of CNN, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and South Africa’s own recently-launched eNews channel, A24 will bring news from the African continent delivered from an African perspective. The Nairobi-based initiative is the brainchild of Kenyan Salim Amin, the son of renowned cameraman Mohamed Amin, who died in a plane crash in 1996.Previously, Africa has depended on international news services such as Reuters or Associated Press to tell its stories. Since these media houses tend to rely on hard news for their content, all too often the picture painted of Africa is a bleak one that sends the message to the world that war, corruption, poverty and upheaval are the norm on the continent.While this may hold true for certain regions, it is not the only truth. All across Africa there are exciting stories of hope, upliftment, and innovation that are just waiting to be told, and they too are the realities of living in Africa. A24 will step into that gap, presenting a more balanced view of the continent by offering user-generated content focusing on business and economic growth, culture, sport, healthcare, wildlife, as well as current affairs.South Africa’s independent television broadcaster e.tv launched a round-the-clock news service in June 2008. The eNews channel, available as a pay channel via satellite, provides news from an African perspective, reporting not only on local, regional and international hard news, but also offering live and breaking news, sport and weather, entertainment, financial information and in-depth analysis.Initially, says A24 chair Amin, the channel will operate as an online agency for pan-African video footage and still images, focusing on the “news behind the news”. Amin and his team aim to give African journalists a platform that will expose their stories to international broadcasters while still allowing them to keep their copyright and, with a 60:40 revenue split in favour of the contributor, to earn decent wages from their hard work.Amin hopes that this will have a knock-on effect and put contributors into a better position to continue submitting their stories. “Getting hard news on a daily basis from around the continent is a hugely expensive exercise,” he says, “which is why we decided to go the agency route as opposed to starting a 24-hour news channel first, which was our original plan.”Features with a fresh angleJournalists, broadcasters and NGOs may submit their stories to the editorial team at the A24 offices in Nairobi, Kenya, where material will be sub-edited and checked for accuracy. The finished product will be an A24-branded story of the highest technical and journalistic quality, which will then be marketed to broadcasters worldwide. Interested parties can view and purchase all material online.“We want to start by giving broadcasters around the world an option to pick up features on Africa that highlight other aspects of our continent,” says Amin, “such as business successes and opportunities, sport, art, culture, environment, history and some current affairs as well. This is content that they are not able to get anywhere else as they rely mainly on Reuters or AP, or the main international broadcasters, for their African content.”The A24 test site has performed to Amin’s satisfaction and went live at the beginning of September, on schedule. Channels of distribution will include satellite and cable television, radio and the internet.Top-notch teamA24’s advisory board comprises a group of eminent journalists with many years of shared experience in the international media. Chris Cramer, John Owen, Max Uechtritz and Jeff Koinange have worked for Reuters, CNN and the British, Canadian and Australian Broadcasting Corporations, have won a number of awards, and have travelled the world covering events of historical importance.But A24 has its roots in journalistic history too – Salim Amin’s late father Mohamed was a widely respected photographer and cameraman whose coverage of the 1984 famine in Ethiopia eventually led to the foundation of the Live Aid global charity initiative.Mohamed was also the founder of Camerapix, established in 1963 in a small shop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The company has since grown into a modern, independent media concern employing more than 30 media professionals. Camerapix is not only a repository of over four-million images of Africa, Asia and the Middle East and more than 8 000 hours of valuable footage, it also offers television production, publishing and photography services.Salim Amin began his career in 1992 in Somalia during Operation Restore Hope, the ill-fated peace-keeping mission that was intended to provide relief to starving people but led to the Battle of Mogadishu. Working with his father, he also covered the genocide in Rwanda, the bombings in Mombasa in 2002 and other events both peaceful and violent. After his father’s death he took the helm at Camerapix and later established the Mohamed Amin Foundation, which is now regarded as one of Africa’s premier broadcast training schools.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesAll-day news for SA viewers Useful linksA24The Mohamed Amin FoundationCamerapixWorld Press Freedom Daylast_img read more

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Will the demise of Microsoft Band kill enterprise wearables?

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Word that Microsoft is shutting down its line of Band devices could be a blow to the future of mainstream enterprise wearables.Computer Weekly discussed the impact of Microsoft’s decision to kill off its Band series of smart watches. This decision marks the exit of the only large enterprise vendor active in the wearables field.“We have sold through our existing Band 2 inventory and have no plans to release another Band device this year,” said a spokesperson discussing the disbanding of Band’s hardware team. Microsoft has also taken down any Microsoft Store references to Band devices and its related software development kit.Though Microsoft’s Band primarily focused on personal health, its demise further proves the challenges facing enterprise wearables of any kind.A Kony report from last month found that wearable developers are finding it very difficult to transition from consumer applications to business-focused products. The report found that almost 75% of those surveyed found designing wearables for the enterprise market was challenging.“Forward-thinking enterprises are eager to take advantage of the wealth of new devices and form factors entering the market today, but capitalising on these innovations remains a challenge for today’s mobile app design and development teams,” said Kony’s Dave Shirk.The report also found that 40% of respondents saw communication problems between IT stakeholders and developers as a top challenge.Microsoft isn’t the only strugglerMeanwhile, consumer wearables are facing their own share of difficulties.A report from this summer found Apple Watch sales had fallen to 1.6 million in the second quarter of 2016, representing a 55% decline from the 3.6 million sales recorded in the same quarter last year. This combines with predictions by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who sees Apple Watch overall sales falling in 2016 despite the Apple Watch Series 2 launch.One bright patch comes from China, which could become the world’s largest wearable customer in 2017, if sales continue to surge. In the past year, the country has seen an 84% increase in wearable sales, reaching 9.5 million between April and June. Tags:#Apple Watch#Band#devices#IoT#Microsoft#wearables Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Donal Power Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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Farmers clash with U.P. police

first_imgFarmers, demanding better compensation for their land acquired for a residential project here, clashed with the police on Saturday when government officials visited the site to clear encroachment.Several injured Several farmers were injured as police lathicharged the protesters, used tear gas and water cannons. Many policemen, including the Additional SP, were also injured as the protesters threw stones at them, District Magistrate Devendra Kumar Pandey said. The farmers are demanding better compensation for their land acquired for the Trans-Ganga City project, an upcoming township near Kanpur. Mr. Pandey, however, said the farmers have been adequately compensated. “There is a faction of anti-social elements who are misleading the farmers and others for their selfish motives, despite the fact that their grievances have already been resolved,” he said.Two arrested Those who threw stones are mostly anti-social elements, Mr. Pandey said, adding that two people have been arrested in connection with the incident. Local BJP MLA Pankaj Gupta, who went to the spot on coming to know of the clash, asked officials to resolve the matter.last_img read more

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