Brand South Africa welcomes President Ramaphosa’s new era of a more prosperous and equitable society Johannesburg, Tuesday 20 February 2018 – In his first state of the nation address, newly elected President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa encouraged South Africans to ‘seize this moment of hope and renewal.’ “We will be initiating measures to set the country on a new path of growth, employment and transformation. We will do this by getting social partners in our country to collaborate in building a social compact on which we will create drivers of economic recovery,” said President Ramaphosa.National priority areas mentioned by President Ramaphosa included but were not limited to the pursuance of higher levels of economic growth and investment, firming up measures to address challenges of youth unemployment and inequality, job creation and poverty alleviation as well as reinforcing sustainable measures of basic and higher education systems. Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “A new era has dawned upon South Africa, it is time for South Africans to collectively rise to its challenges and move the country forward. President Ramaphosa mentioned accelerating progress in building a more prosperous and equitable society.“We at Brand South Africa stand ready to heed this call and we committed to working with all sectors of society to ‘contribute to greater economic growth, reduce poverty, reduce inequality, enhance earnings and increase the competitiveness of our economy.’” Dr Makhubela concluded: “Feedback from opposition political parties during the debate on the President’s State of the Nation Address is also testament that there is a growing consensus and a paradigm shift that sees South Africa on the cliff of an economic-take off — a much needed response to the creation of more jobs and transformation.” “It therefore, incumbent upon each one of us, in both the public and private sectors to ‘jointly, boldly, and strategically’ champion and cultivate the development agenda to improve the socio-economic state of South Africans. We have to so this collectively, because we owe it to ourselves and those whom we represent.” Notes to the Editor About Brand South Africa Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. About Play Your Part Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone. Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.
Facebook is no stranger to being sued, but a new lawsuit filed against the company this month might be the weirdest to date. As of February 5, Facebook is being sued by deceased Dutch programmer and apparent social web pioneer Joannes Jozef Everardus Van Der Meer, who passed away in 2004 – the year of Facebook’s founding. The late Van Der Meer’s justice will be sought by Rembrandt Social Media, the company that now owns his patents, and the law firm of Fish & Richardson.Thomas Edison’s Legal Team v. FacebookThe lawsuit, filed in the state of Virginia’s federal court, alleges that Facebook infringed upon two of Van Der Meer’s patents. The first, U.S. Patent No. 6,415,316, introduced a “Method and apparatus for implementing a web page diary,” which the suit will contend was a precursor to Timeline. The second, U.S. Patent No. 6,289,362, outlined a “System and method for generating, transferring and using an annotated universal address,” and has the Like button in its sights. The patents were filed in 1998 and issued to Van Der Meer in 2002 and 2001, respectively. So both pre-date the 2004 launch of Facebook. Social bookmarking company Add This is also being sued for violation of the second patent.While it’s hard to imagine that such a strange case will have much ground to stand on, Fish & Richardson has deep roots in intellectual property, counting Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers among its early clients. Facebook’s legal team hasn’t been around since 1878, but isn’t exactly new to this sort of thing. (And hey, it’s hiring – this might be a long one, after all.) Patent-holder Rembrandt claims that the patents “represent an important foundation of social media as we know it” and is seeking royalties on this so-called foundational knowledge until 2021.Um, Surfbook?According to Ars Technica, it gets even weirder. Around the time he filed the patents, Van Der Meer also owned www.surfbook.com, though what he intended to do with the domain is a mystery. According to a Whois search, surfbook.com is now owned by brand protection group MarkMonitor. The IP claim on “web page diaries” would seem to have some big implications for pretty much the whole internet. Besides, some of us were already avidly documenting what we had for lunch on sites like Open Diary and LiveJournal in the internet dark age of 1999, back when Timeline was only a twinkle in Zuckerberg’s eye. Image of Mark Zuckerberg by Taylor Hatmaker Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… taylor hatmaker Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#lawsuits#Patents#social networks A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces antone gonsalves Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Just looking at ads is bad enough, so who would want to talk to them? While many people would likely answer “no one,” voice-recognition software maker Nuance says the opposite is true.What Is A Voice Ad?Wanting in on the booming mobile ad market, Nuance developed a way for people to chat with ads much as they do with Siri on the iPhone. Called Voice Ads, the technology works off the Internet connection of any iOS or Android mobile device.Voice-recognition software has been around for years, but remains relatively immature as a form of communication between humans and computers. Founded in 1994, Nuance has been developing the technology longer than most other companies. Nuance’s technology reportedly powers Apple’s Siri, although neither company will confirm it.Nuance’s voice-ad technology is available today through the mobile ad frameworks of Jumptap,Millennial Media and Opera Mediaworks. An ad framework is what developers embed into their mobile apps, so they can display advertising distributed by an ad network.Advertisers using Nuance’s software development kit could build two-way communications requiring only “Yes” and “No” answers – or ones with more complicated responses. An example of Voice Ads can be seen on YouTube.The development process is not self-service, though. Ad developers have to work directly with Nuance to connect the advertising to the company’s voice-recognition servers over the Internet. And because the technology is so new, it isn’t supported in third-party rich-media ad creation tools, except Celtra.Talking To Ads Could Make SenseIn many ways, Voice Ads make sense on a smartphone. Why fiddle with clicking on tiny links and trying to type on a 4-inch screen, when you can click once and start talking with a brand?As people get comfortable talking to their smartphones through personal assistants like Siri, it’s possible they could be enticed into starting a conversation through a product discount or promotional pricing. According to Nuance, advertisers see lots of potential.“When you actually have a live conversation with an ad, it’s sort of like you’re creating more of a tight relationship with the brand itself, because you’re having a discussion with it,” said Peter Mahoney, chief marketing officer for Nuance. “The brand feels more responsive. It feels like something you can actually have a real live relationship with.”While the thought of having a “tight relationship” with an ad may sound absurd, there is big money at stake. Worldwide mobile advertising revenue is expected to hit $11.4 billion this year, reaching $24.5 billion by 2016, according to Gartner. The key is the quality of the experience. Nuance’s technology will have to convince people they are actually having a meaningful, two-way conversation. Advertisers will have to give potential customers something in return for having that conversation with a brand.Speech is continuing to evolve as a means of communication with computers. As people get used to talking to the machines they use in their everyday lives, the jump to talking to an ad may not seem so extreme.Image courtesy of ShutterStock. Tags:#advertising#mobile advertising#Nuance#Siri#smartphones#speech recognition#voice ads The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Jofra Archer is a bowler who even India skipper Virat Kohli rates as the X-factor’ for favorites England as the 2019 World Cup gets underway on Thursday. But behind the joy and feeling of accomplishment, to have made it into the England squad for the showpiece event is days of hardship and hard work for Archer. He wasn’t picked in the provisional squad and was only included after some quality spells in the series against Pakistan in the lead-up to the World Cup. Not to forget former England players backing his inclusion.Speaking to IANS, Archer said that the best part is that he has been welcomed into the dressing room and nothing else matters. Having played with a few of the English players in the Indian Premier League — Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes — also helped as far as the latest pace sensation is concerned.”It’s been incredibly welcoming and I’ve felt a part of the team straight away. I think it’s helped to go into the room where I’ve played IPL cricket with a few guys. I’ve been made to feel like the guys are happy to have me there, so I’m happy.”It seems pretty whirlwind. I had it quite tough when I first arrived here, I took a big chance and you’re not guaranteed that it’ll pay off. With playing for England, I’d set myself for a seven-year wait. To be here now, it seems very much worth the wait,” he explained.The Indian bowling attack is one which has been the most talked about going into this World Cup and asked to pick one bowler in the Indian set-up who has impressed him the most or someone who he feels he can emulate or learn a trick or two from, the tearaway pacer decides to bowl the perfect googly. He picks none other than India pacer Ishant Sharma. While Ishant has been the pace spearhead in Test cricket for India, he has failed to break into the limited-overs team. But Archer fancies the lanky India fast bowler.advertisement”Ishant spent last summer with us at Sussex and he pretty much reminds me of myself. He swings the ball in and doesn’t swing it away too much, so I think both of us are the same as he is also tall. So, if I wanted to be an Indian bowler it probably would be Ishant,” he smiled.While getting selected into the English side is one thing, performing on the big stage will be a different ball game. But Archer believes that playing in front of the packed crowds in the IPL will help boost his confidence.”It really has to be the most people I have played in front of. More people than Big Bash, BPL, etc. I think it really challenges your skills as there is a lot of pressure and you have a lot of quality players and you can’t take anything for granted,” he pointed.With Kohli calling him the “X-factor” and him saying he would want to dismiss Kohli in this tournament, are there any special tricks up his sleeves to counter the run-machine or some of the other star players across teams, Archer refuses to divulge much.”You just got to keep practicing and believe in your abilities and skills. Sometimes it can be the day of the batsman as they are also good players and you have to understand that,” he signed off.Also Read | PCB offers to host Sri Lanka for Tests in PakistanAlso Read | New Zealand vs West Indies Highlights, CWC 2019 Warm-Up MatchAlso See
If you’re a five-star college football recruit, make sure you always hang onto your phone. Otherwise, your friends may feel the need to have a little bit of fun at your expense. Five-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who is considering a number of schools for 2016, tweeted out that he’s “100%” committed to LSU Wednesday afternoon. Minutes later, he revealed that it was actually one of his colleagues who’d tweeted it as a joke.Tigers fans, temporarily, were through the roof with excitement.Nate tweeted on my account sorry everyone— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) March 4, 2015Haskins tells me someone tweeted that he had committed to #LSU from his phone. Haskins has NOT committed— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) March 4, 2015Haskins is considering the Tigers, as well as Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State and others. We’ll let you know when he actually decides to commit.
Instagram/kingmali23The NBA Draft takes place on Thursday night, and 16 players will be in the green room for the event, waiting for their names to be called. The Vertical’s Jonathan Givony reported the full list, which features 15 players who starred in college basketball last season.Wade Baldwin, Vanderbilt Dragan Bender, Maccabi Tel Aviv Jaylen Brown, Cal Marquese Chriss, Washington Deyonta Davis, Michigan State Kris Dunn, Providence Henry Ellenson, Marquette Buddy Hield, Oklahoma Brandon Ingram, Duke Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Dejounte Murray, Washington Jamal Murray, Kentucky Jakob Poeltl, Utah Malachi Richardson, Syracuse Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga Ben Simmons, LSUThe list features many of the players expected to be taken at the top of the Draft, including Simmons and Ingram, the two forwards almost universally considered to be the top two players in the draft.Syracuse’s Malachi Richardson, a late addition to Givony’s list, shared the invite he received on Instagram. The Draft is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. on June 23, live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.[The Vertical]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
Unibet, the sponsor of Aston Villa’s kit last season, will continue in their partnership with Villa only that this time their logo will be emblazoned on the training kit.An exact date is yet to be revealed for the launch of the new kit, designed by Villa fan Luke Roper, of Luke 1977, but the club have explained it will be in ‘early July’. New Principal Partner: We’re delighted to welcome back @32Red for the 2018/19 season! #PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/Wst5jQY7IW— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) June 13, 2018Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.Aston Villa’s chief commercial officer, Luke Organ, according to Birmingham Mail said:“We are thrilled to be partnered with Kindred Group once again this season in a wider and more targeted partnership.“This season we will welcome back 32Red (a subsidiary of Kindred Group), a previous partner of the club, whilst we see a continuation of the great work with Unibet.“Throughout the first year of our relationship, Unibet successfully delivered multiple ‘bettor experiences’ for Aston Villa’s loyal supporters, ensuring at every opportunity they provided a unique and exciting engagement for our fans. The last 12 months has seen a fruitful relationship develop and we very much look forward to building on that for the seasons ahead.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he ready to make changes after his team labour to a 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.The Reds boss bemoans his side’s struggle to maintain their level of intensity during the second half. Klopp named unchanged starting XI for the third consecutive game but has told his fringe players to be primed for action as he prepares to test Liverpool’s squad strength.And he has hinted there could be changes for Saturday’s trip to Leicester City, the last game before the forthcoming international break.“I know how it looks at the moment – we played three times now with the same line-up,” said Klopp, according to Liverpool Echo.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Leicester we will see what we can do and then hopefully they all come back healthy (from the international break).”“But we have to use all of them and we will do. Then the games are really coming, it is an intense time and it looks like ‘How can you leave out him or him or him?”“Don’t forget Divock Origi and Dom Solanke trained really, really good and are not in the squad (on Saturday). That is really hard but they will be used as well and they will have a part to play.”
Nantes are understood to be delaying the confirmation of the Emiliano Sala deal to Cardiff City but both clubs remain in advanced talks, according to Sky Sports.The striker has agreed personal terms on a possible £18m deal to Cardiff and is waiting for permission to fly to the Welsh club for a medical ahead of a potential club-record move.The Bluebirds want to complete the transfer of Sala to play against Newcastle United this weekend but the French club want him to play one final game for them against Angers on Sunday.Nantes’ Kalifa Coulibaly was sent off in their league defeat against Nimes on Wednesday and the club’s desire for Sala to be available for selection at the weekend is understood to be holding up the signing.Nantes’ Kalifa Coulibaly was shown a red card in their league defeat against Nimes on Wednesday and Les Canaris’ desire for Sala to be available for the Angers game this weekend is understood to be holding up the deal.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Sala, who flew to Cardiff on Monday for talks with the club’s manager Neil Warnock and chief executive Ken Choo, has 12 goals in 19 Ligue 1 appearances so far this campaign, with Nantes sitting 13th in Ligue 1.Cardiff, who are 17th in the Premier League standings, have also agreed a deal with Everton to sign striker Oumar Niasse on loan until the end of the season.
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom San Diego to appeal costly pension ruling to U.S. Posted: October 17, 2018 October 17, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — KUSI political contributor Jan Goldsmith joined us in studio to discuss San Diego’s decision to appeal a costly pension ruling to the United States Supreme Court. KUSI Newsroom,