Daily Archives: May 25, 2016

Mandela Washington Fellows Discuss Sustainable Future for Africa

ACCRA, Ghana, May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Over 160 young leaders from 21 West African countries gathered in Accra, Ghana, to share their expertise and engage on critical issues for the future of Africa.  In support of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, USAID and IREX organized the West Africa Regional Conference for the Fellows in Accra from May 19 – 21, 2016. The Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs, public servants, and community activists who are creating positive change in their communities.

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The Conference highlighted key pathways for promoting a multi-sector approach to sustainable and inclusive development, fostering solutions to combat youth unemployment, building democratic governance, achieving the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and strategies for tackling emerging security threats. Launching the conference, Linda Etim, Assistant Administrator for Africa, USAID, remarked “We know what the challenges are, we also know there are opportunities and innovation potential in each country. It is only through inclusion at all levels of society that these opportunities can be realized.”

At the Town Hall on Agenda 2063 with Dr. Joseph Chilengi, Presiding Officer at the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union, emphasized to the young leaders, “We have to come together to build an Africa where the first priority is you.”

Event speakers also included Hon. Samuel Ablakwa-Okudzeto, the Deputy Minister of Education in Ghana; U.S Ambassador to Ghana Robert P. Jackson; and Theo Sowa, CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund.

The Conference included a pitch competition where Fellows presented their project or product ideas to a panel of judges representing the private and nonprofit sectors.  Mr. Oluwamayowa Salu from Nigeria was awarded 1st place for his educational comic books on malaria for youth, which he is sharing across Africa with the support of the Fellowship network.

The West African Fellows included participants from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, São Tome and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship brings hundreds of young African professionals from across the continent to U.S. universities for six weeks of leadership training in the areas of business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management. The Fellows are competitively selected for this prestigious program.

USAID and IREX support Mandela Washington Fellows with continuing professional development opportunities in Africa in coordination with the West Africa Civil Society Institute in Accra, Ghana.

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Erin Powell, Email: newsroom@irex.org, Phone: +1-202-628-8188 x108

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Les Mandela Washington Fellows débattent de l’avenir durable de l’Afrique

ACCRA, Ghana, 25 mai 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Plus de 160 jeunes leaders de 21 pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest se sont réunis à Accra, au Ghana, en vue de partager leur savoir-faire et de nouer le dialogue sur des questions critiques pour l’avenir de l’Afrique. En soutien de la Mandela Washington Fellowship pour les jeunes leaders africains lancé par le président des Etats-Unis Barack Obama, USAID et IREX ont organisé la Conférence régionale pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest pour les boursiers à Accra du 19 au 21 mai 2016. Parmi les boursiers figurent des entrepreneurs sociaux, des fonctionnaires et des activistes communautaires de tout premier rang qui impriment un changement positif au sein de leur communauté.

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Cette conférence a mis en avant des pistes essentielles pour la promotion d’une approche multisectorielle au développement durable et inclusif, favorisant des solutions dans la lutte contre le chômage des jeunes, l’instauration d’une gouvernance démocratique, la mise en œuvre efficace de l’Agenda 2063 de l’Union africaine, et des stratégies pour écarter les nouvelles menaces sécuritaires. En ouvrant la conférence, Linda Etim, administratrice adjointe pour l’Afrique à USAID, a déclaré : « Nous savons quels sont les défis actuels, mais nous savons également qu’il existe des opportunités et un potentiel d’innovation dans chacun des pays. C’est seulement avec une inclusion à tous les niveaux de la société que ces opportunités pourront se matérialiser ».

Lors de la réunion consacrée à l’Agenda 2063, le Dr Joseph Chilengi, président de séance du Conseil économique, social et culturel (ECOSOCC) de l’Union africaine, a déclaré devant les jeunes leaders : « Nous devons nous rassembler pour créer une Afrique où la première priorité, c’est vous ».

Parmi les autres intervenants figuraient également l’honorable Samuel Ablakwa-Okudzeto, vice-ministre de l’Education du Ghana ; l’ambassadeur des Etats-Unis d’Amérique au Ghana, Robert P. Jackson ; et Theo Sowa, PDG de l’African Women’s Development Fund.

La conférence a également inclus un concours au cours duquel des boursiers ont présenté leur projet ou des idées de produit à un collège de juges représentant les secteurs privé et associatif. M. Oluwamayowa Salu du Nigeria a obtenu la première place pour ses bandes dessinées pédagogiques sur le paludisme à l’intention des jeunes, qu’il distribue dans toute l’Afrique avec le soutien du réseau de la bourse.

Les boursiers d’Afrique de l’Ouest regroupent des participants du Benin, du Burkina Faso, du Cameroun, du Cap-Vert, du Tchad, de la Côte d’Ivoire, de Guinée équatoriale, du Gabon, de Gambie, du Ghana, de Guinée, de Guinée-Bissau, du Liberia, du Mali, de Mauritanie, du Niger, du Nigeria, de Sao Tomé-et-Principe, du Sénégal, de Sierra Leone et du Togo.

Le Mandela Washington Fellowship réunit des centaines de jeunes professionnels africains provenant de tout le continent et les envoie dans des universités américaines pendant six semaines afin de suivre une formation sur le leadership dans les domaines des affaires et de l’entrepreneuriat, du leadership civique et de la gestion publique. Les boursiers sont sélectionnés de manière concurrentielle pour ce programme prestigieux.

USAID et IREX soutiennent les Mandela Washington Fellows en leur offrant des opportunités de perfectionnement professionnel en Afrique en coordination avec le West Africa Civil Society Institute à Accra, au Ghana.

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Erin Powell, adresse électronique : newsroom@irex.org, téléphone : +1-202-628-8188 x108

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New Cellebrite Analytics Product Family Accelerates Forensics Investigations

Purpose-Built UFED Analytics Solutions Make All Sources of Digital Data Immediately Visible and Actionable, Enabling a Future-Proof, End-To-End Digital Forensics Investigative Workflow

PETAH TIKVAH, ISRAEL–(Marketwired – May 24, 2016) – Cellebrite, the leader in forensic extraction, decoding and analysis solutions, today unveiled its new UFED Analytics Platform. Together with its powerful UFED data acquisition solutions, Cellebrite’s new analytics offering delivers intuitive data analysis and management capabilities that instantly unify law enforcement and prosecution teams, accelerate investigations and generate defensible evidence. Cellebrite’s Analytics product family is comprised of three offerings: UFED Analytics Desktop is designed to meet the needs of a single forensic practitioner;UFED Analytics Workgroup addresses the needs of a small investigative team; and UFED Analytics Enterprise is built to support hundreds of users managing data across numerous cases. These solutions empower examiners, analysts, investigators and prosecutors to simultaneously organize, search, map, visualize and manage large sets of digital data to identify case critical evidence quickly and efficiently.

Cellebrite’s new UFED Analytics product family delivers a core set of analytic capabilities that bring unprecedented power to investigative teams. Advanced text, image, video, geolocation and link analysis capabilities deliver the deepest, most accurate insights possible, automating complex analytical tasks and allowing investigators to discover critical case details in real time. A planned case highlights mechanism applies predefined rules to reveal the “most important” pieces of information within large data sets. These analytic engines are designed specifically for digital investigations and will become a foundation for future enhancements that further transform the workflows that digital evidence practitioners employ to solve their cases.

Cellebrite’s new UFED Analytics Platform provides a progressive range of data management and analysis capabilities which include the ability to automatically merge, decode, index and store digital data sources – even historical case extractions – in a centralized robust digital forensics library to help analysts and investigators easily view and document all forensics artifacts. Available advanced user and case-level permission management controls ensure authorized stakeholders can view data independently or collaboratively as needed throughout the investigative process. All UFED Analytics solutions are designed to maximize current forensics technology investments and work with current data storage capabilities and policies.

“To work cases faster, investigators need direct access to all digital forensic evidence,” said Cellebrite Corporate Co-CEO Ron Serber. “Relying on the manual review of digital data – which is what is done today – increases the chance of leaving valuable evidence behind. The new UFED Analytics Platform automates digital data analysis and case management tasks, saving valuable time and investigative costs. Our customers tell us its fundamentally transforming their forensics investigation process.”

New Analytics Solutions at a Glance

UFED Analytics Desktop

The standalone UFED Analytics Desktop application simplifies and automates analytical tasks, allowing users to easily identify the critical relationships that can focus investigations. By immediately linking and unifying multiple disparate data sources, UFED Analytics Desktop helps generate leads and uncover actionable insights from existing call logs, application data, text messages, locations, private cloud sources, images, videos and more. This powerful, cost-effective forensics tool allows digital data to be viewed from multiple angles and isolate key details for easy analysis and reporting to case stakeholders. UFED Analytics Desktop will be generally available in July 2016.

UFED Analytics Workgroup

Designed for 50 users or less, UFED Analytics Workgroup delivers a local client-server solution that efficiently and effectively manages hundreds of digital data sources. It empowers a dedicated group of investigators, analysts and examiners to centrally store, review, analyze and cross-reference all available case data simultaneously via web-based tools. After an administrator loads data sources to a local server and assigns one or more investigators, the investigators can then log in and immediately review the data – no manual analysis required. UFED Analytics Workgroup is available on a limited basis today to qualified customers.

UFED Analytics Enterprise

UFED Analytics Enterprise supports a complete, end-to-end, digital forensics workflow. This scalable platform enables anywhere from tens to hundreds of users to collaborate on a case or perform cross-case analysis simultaneously. Whether handling forensics operations for a single department, an entire agency or multiple agencies, UFED Analytics Enterprise simplifies the complexity associated with managing and correlating forensic digital data. UFED Analytics Workgroup is available on a limited basis today to qualified customers.

“Investigators and prosecutors have intimate knowledge of the cases they work, yet don’t have the tools to find the evidence they need quickly and must instead rely on sifting through large extraction reports to uncover leads,” said Serber. “Our UFED Analytics solutions automate time-intensive analytical tasks, enabling them to instantly see common connections, merge data about the same person across multiple data sources, filter data based on relevant parameters and – most notably – apply key findings in real time.”

A force multiplier, the UFED Analytics Platform delivers the deepest, most accurate insights possible from the widest variety of mobile digital data sources – UFED and other forensics tools, private cloud, Telco and mobile applications – maximizing resources and accelerating investigative actions. To learn more, visit us online at www.cellebrite.com.

About Cellebrite

Every day around the world, digital data is impacting investigations. Making it intelligent and actionable is what Cellebrite does best. A pioneer of mobile data forensics since 1999 with a passion for technology innovation, Cellebrite is uniquely positioned to address the rapidly evolving needs of its diverse customer base to access, unify and defend digital evidence of all kinds. Together, our powerful UFED solutions deliver the only complete, end-to-end Digital Forensics Platform on the market. Our track record remains unchallenged. Our results? Proven and well documented. With more than 40,000 UFED licenses deployed globally in 100 countries, we allow law enforcement, intelligence services, border patrols, special forces, military and the private sector to achieve their missions quickly and effectively.

Cellebrite is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Sun Corporation, a listed Japanese company (6736/JQ).

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Jeremy Nazarian
CMO
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jeremy.nazarian@cellebrite.com

SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS NEW RULES TO TIGHTEN SECURITY

The Rules Committee of the National Assembly, the lower House of the South African Parliament, has adopted new rules which will strengthen security in Parliament and crack down on errant Members of Parliament, in culmination of a process which has taken more than three years.

Some opposition MPs have also expressed concern about the presence of the President Jacob Zuma’s security detail inside the Chamber.

“There must also be a dialogue between Parliament and the presidential protection (service) to inform them that the rules of the House are that there may be no arms on the floor unless there is a threat to life,” said opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party MP Natasha Mazzone here Tuesday.

However, PMs from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party say that members of the presidential protection service have the responsibility to ensure the safety of the president even inside the Chamber.

“The reality is that we have a Parliament which has become quite violent with the head of state in attendance,” said ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu.

Other MPs also raised concern about last week’s fracas in parliament when the president was here to reply to Oral Questions from MPs.

“I believe one of the EFF (opposition Economic Freedom Fighters party) ladies had a brick in her handbag, using it to hit a protection service member over the head with,” said DA MP Mike Waters.

Speaker Baleka Mbete said there was an urgent need to tighten security in Parliament.

The revised rules will now be tabled before the National Assembly on Thursday for possible adoption before they can kick in. EFF MPs were conspicuous by their absence in the rules committee.

The party has been critical of the process which it perceives as targeting its MPs.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Cuba praised for supporting SA priorities

International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers says government is satisfied with Cuba’s continued support in pursuit of South Africa’s national priorities.

Deputy Minister Landers said this at the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of South Africa-Cuba Bilateral Relations held at Wits University, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

“You will appreciate that over 300 Cuban medical staff and engineers are working in South Africa and most of them are deployed in the peripheral areas of our beautiful land. They unselfishly render important services to our poor and marginalised communities on a daily basis.

“As you may be aware, over 400 South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds have qualified as medical doctors through the implementation of the agreement between Cuba and South Africa.

“It is heartening to account that about 3000 South Africans are currently receiving similar training in Cuba,” he said.

He said the strength, cordiality and friendly relationship enjoins the two states to cooperate in a wide range of areas.

He said Cuba was commitment to assist South Africa’s leadership and the people in building the South Africa that all aspired to.

“It is not surprising that the implementation of the 2012 South Africa-Cuba Agreement on Cooperation in the fields of Public Health and Medical Sciences has yielded enormous results.

“We have over 30 signed bilateral agreements with Cuba which covers areas such as arts and culture, defence, education, science and technology, health services, housing and migration,” said the Deputy Minister.

Highlighting milestones achieved through South Africa’s relations with Cuba, the Deputy Minister said Cuba’s international solidarity and support for liberation struggles of the people of the South and all peace loving people of the world have been encapsulated in Cuba’s constitution since attainment of independence in 1959.

He said Cuba is a country with enormous potential for development and has proven its resilience throughout the long standing economic blockade.

“We believe that the implementation of Cuba’s Economic Assistance Package will assist in bolstering economic development and further contribute towards the betterment of lives in the island.

“Cuba remains an important global player despite longstanding economic sanctions. We acknowledge the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States of America. However, we call upon the US to once and for all lift the economic blockade,” he said.

The Anniversary was attended by the Cuban First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelino Medina and his delegation.

Source: Government Communication and information System