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Oman (Sultanate of) Internet access in Oman gets easier in Arabic
For the first time in Oman, the Telecommunications Regularity Authority (TRA) has launched the first Arabic domain ".oman" to facilitate Arab users of the Internet. This initiative is a major step towards encouraging individuals and institutions to use the Arabic domain name as an address for their websites.
Global Security Laws Promulgated
The government on Wednesday promulgated national security laws that allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense and expand the range of overseas activities by Self-Defense Forces troops. The laws, which were approved by the Diet, the country’s parliament, earlier this month, are slated to take effect within six months.
Australia Data Retention Act Needs Reviewing
Internet Australia has asked the federal government to review the Data Retention Act which comes into effect on Tuesday, saying there are security issues and costs that need to be addressed. Under provisions of the Act, telcos and ISPs will be mandated to retain a range of customer data for 24 months. ISPs who could not comply with the regime by October 13 were asked to submit an implementation plan to the Attorney General’s Department detailing how they intend to become compliant within 1 ...
Global Innovation to Improve Transportation’s Efficiency and Effectiveness
“Innovation in regional transportation systems should address the evolving challenges encountered in transport sector and further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations,” said Philippine Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya on Friday. Abaya made this announcement to transportation ministers who met in Cebu, the Philippines at the 9th APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting to address vital topics relevant to the support of region’s growth ...
Global Climate Change Risks Prompt Disaster Framework Launch
Senior disaster management officials from the 21 APEC members have introduced a new collaborative platform for strengthening the defenses of Asia-Pacific economies, the world’s preeminent drivers of growth, against the ‘new normal’ of increasing natural disaster threats due to climate change. The APEC Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction was finalized by officials meeting in Iloilo, in the central Philippines, against the backdrop of temperature changes in the Pacific Ocean that have resulte ...
Global Top 10 Forecasts for IT Organisations and Users for 2016 and Beyond
Gartner has revealed its top strategic predictions for 2016 and beyond, looking at the digital future, as well as an algorithmic and smart machine-driven world where people and machines must define harmonious relationships. “The 'robo' trend, the emerging practicality of artificial intelligence, and the fact that enterprises and consumers are now embracing the advancement of these technologies is driving change,” says Daryl Plummer, vice president, distinguished analyst, Gartner.
Nigeria Nigeria: The Second Leg of the Outward Selling and Investment Mission (OSIM) between Nigeria and SA
Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina has arrived in Nigeria for the second leg of the Outward Selling and Investment Mission (OSIM) which aims to increase trade and investment between the two countries. The Deputy Minister is leading a business delegation to Ghana and Nigeria. Having arrived in Nigeria on Thursday, after departing from Ghana, the Deputy Minister is expected to address the South African and Nigerian business communities during a business seminar.
South Africa South Africa: Compensation Fund to Review Functional Model
The Compensation Fund will soon review its functional model to establish the most effective way of rendering its pensions fund, medical aid and insurance functions. Acting Commissioner Vuyo Mafata said the intensive exercise is expected to be concluded by early 2017. He said the outcome of the assessment exercise would give a proper gauge on the efficacy of the business and enable the organisation to efficiently deploy its resources.
South Africa South Africa: Digital Fuels Growth in Africa’s Entertainment and Media Industry
After more than a decade of digital disruption, the African entertainment and media industry has entered a new landscape – one where the media is no longer divided into distinct traditional and digital spheres, according to a report from PwC titled Entertainment and media outlook: 2015 – 2019 (South Africa – Nigeria-Kenya). The Outlook forecasts that South Africa’s entertainment and media industry is expected to grow from R112.7 billion in 2014 to R176.3 billion in 2019, at a compound annual gr ...
South Africa South Africa: The Presidency Re-Launches Batho Pele
The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), as a department responsible for fostering good governance and sound administration in the public service, took part in the Batho Pele re-launch organised by the Presidency at the Union Buildings, west wing lawns. The event was attended by the Director-General in the Presidency, Dr Cassius Lubisi and all the Deputy Directors-General in the Presidency.
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