Zuma assigns ministers to deal with xenophobic attacks

first_img2 April 2015President Jacob Zuma has assigned three ministers to attend to the xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal, the Presidency said on Sunday.Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and State Security Minister David Mahlobo would work with the provincial government to try to put an end to the violence that had broken out in the province, spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.“The president strongly condemns violence against foreign nationals as well as the destruction of property and the looting of shops in Durban and in any part of the Republic.“President Zuma has emphasised that government is addressing the issues that are being raised by citizens nationally, in particular, complaints about illegal and undocumented migrants, the takeover of local shops and other businesses by foreign nationals, as well as perceptions that foreign nationals perpetrate crime.”Shop petrol-bombedThe attacks, which started in Isipingo on March 25, spread to other areas around Durban, including Chatsworth and Umlazi.Ethiopian Tescma Marcus (22) died after suffering third degree burns when his spaza shop in Umlazi township outside Durban was set alight. He had been in South Africa for only four months.His brother Alex, 24, was also burnt when a mob locked them inside the container in which they had set up their shop and torched it.More police officers have since been sent to the area.Zuma said all spheres of government had been directed to enforce laws and by-laws to curb illegal trading and stop the spread of unlicensed shops.‘No justistification’“We urge citizens to allow government to attend to these and other immigration challenges and to not take the law into their own hands,” he said.He called on South Africans to remember that not all foreign nationals were in the country illegally, and that many contributed to the economy.“We reiterate that there can be no justification for attacking foreign nationals. Those who are in the country illegally should be reported to the police and they will be returned to their countries of origin in a lawful manner,” Zuma said.“Citizens should also provide information to the police if they know of foreign nationals who are engaged in criminal activities. They should not be attacked. We wish to emphasise that police will also take action against all people who engage in violence, including foreign nationals as well if they attack citizens,” he said.He said the government would help refugees and asylum seekers in terms of international law and the country’s Constitution.news24.com and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

BingTweets: Microsoft Launches a Twitter Search Engine

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Microsoft#news#NYT#Product Reviews#search#twitter#web frederic lardinois This is Federated Media’s second Twitter project together with Microsoft. The first was the launch of ExecTweets, a site that allowed users to find, follow, and engage business executives on Twitter.Not Quite A Fusion of Twitter and BingBingtweets looks like an interesting project, but while its tagline is “Fusing Twitter Trends with Bing Insights,” the reality is that it displays a Twitter feed next to Bing’s search results and there is no real fusion between the two. We do like, however, that Microsoft stressed overall trends on Twitter and allows users to quickly get a grasp on what a trending topic is about. After all, Bing’s results often display information about current news events like the earthquake in New Zealand today, for example. Breaking these trends down by popular terms, people, places, and products is also quite nice, and we are not aware of any other Twitter search engine that currently does this. We also like the ability to share results directly on Twitter through an oversized form at the top of the page.Overall, this is an interesting effort, though we are not sure that Bingtweets currently offers enough value to differentiate itself from other Twitter search engines and memetrackers like Twazzup or Tweetmeme. Microsoft, in cooperation with Federated Media and Twitter, launched its own full-blown Twitter search engine today. BingTweets mashes up real-time Twitter search with results from Bing, Microsoft’s new and increasingly popular search engine. The result is an interesting hybrid product that puts Bing’s search results at the center of the experience, while the real-time Twitter feed appears in a sidebar on the left. The top of the page features a list of trending topics, which are quite interesting, as BingTweets separates them out by popular terms, as well as by popular people, places, and products. Disclosure: Federated Media is a ReadWriteWeb advertising partner.Microsoft started to integrate some Twitter search results with the main Bing search engine a few weeks ago, but these were only from very popular Twitter users. Interestingly, BingTweets will run on its own Bingtweets.com domain, and, as far as we can see, isn’t linked to from the main Bing site. For now, it’s a completely separate entity, but chances are that Microsoft is already experimenting with other ways to incorporate more Twitter search results into Bing. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more