Vodacom launches The Grid

first_imgVodacom’s new product The Grid is set tochange the future of mobile socialnetworking.(Image: Absol) Vodacom managing director ShameelJoosub with the Comms MEA award.(Image: ITP Publishing)Khanyi MagubaneSouth African cellphone network operator Vodacom has introduced the latest in social networking platforms, The Grid, which  connects a user’s mobile with a web browser.The location-based advertising network is a new marketing tool that uses tracking technology to determine where a user is at any given time, and so send out location-specific advertising.Vodacom’s portfolio manager for social networking, Vincent Maher, says the system already has buy-in from top retailers. “For the launch of this product we have partnered with Nando’s, Sportscene, Jay Jays and Synergy pharmacies to deliver advertising within radii ranging from zero to 10km from your physical location, delivered via the web.”Fast-food chain Nando’s has, for instance, tailored its advertising for each of their Cape Town branches, so that a different type of advert will appear in different parts of the city.When the network picks up that a user is within range of a registered product, and is logged on to The Grid, a short message  appears with information about the physical location of the product, such as a supermarket or fast-food chain. The Grid was launched in February 2008, and is available to all mobile users.Besides the marketing aspect, The Grid website allows users to share videos, leave text notes for friends and upload pictures on their profiles. It also tells them where their friends are at any given time, using the mobile mast triangulation.The Grid is a further expansion on the currently available OpenGrid application-programming interface, which allows Vodacom to partner with other network operators such as MTN to access the service.“Although it’s called OpenGrid, we are not opening it to the general public because of the legal and privacy agreements that first need to be in place to guarantee our users’ safety,” Maher said at the launch.Tried and testedThe Grid has also been launched in other parts of the continent, with Tanzania going live in April  2008.Just months after its launch, the Grid SA was recognised during the prestigious Comms MEA awards in Dubai, where Vodacom walked away with the 2008 award for New Telecommunications Service of the Year.Organised by ITP Technology Publishing, a media company that focuses on Middle East Technology news, the Comms MEA Awards brought together more than 250 senior executives in the telecommunications industry in Africa and the Middle East.Awards in 12 categories are given on the night, with the Telecommunications Service of the Year award deemed as the most prestigious.Each year, a panel of judges drawn from various parts of the telecommunications industry from both regions, are brought together to choose the winners.The nominees are judged on a number of criteria including industry leadership and investment in technology.Speaking at the awards last year, managing director of Vodacom South Africa Shameel Joosbub said, “The impact of this innovative technology reaches far beyond traditional social networking borders as anyone with The Grid loaded on their cellphone can find friends in their area on The Grid, locate them on a map, chat to them and share experiences and much more.”The “new” social lifeClickatell, a mobile messaging service available in South Africa, is adamant mobile social networking is the future.“Not only do people want to be connected through social networks to friends, family members and colleagues; they want to be connected wherever they are and whenever they want,” reads its website.According to Clickatell, when you add text mobile messaging systems to your already existing networking application, it increases the value of the social network, and is a great advertising tool.The increasing number of mobile users who have access to internet on their handsets makes this possible.In South Africa, Clickatell is responsible for the highly popular teen chat site Mxit, where a user can send low-rate text messages to several friends during chatting sessions.Corporates have also found great value in using the services. High profile companies that are making use of the service include South Africa’s national carrier South African Airways, top banking groups First National Bank, Standard Bank and insurance groups Metropolitan, Sanlam and Old Mutual.Internationally, Clickatell’s customers include broadcast channels the BBC and CNN, petroleum giants BP and Shell as well as network operator Vodafone.The bulk messaging system, which enables a company to reach all of its customers, is fast becoming increasingly popular.Opera Interactive, another company making use of mobile social networking, says on its website that mobile communications have changed the business landscape around the world.Another advantage of mobile social networking is the money one can make from it.According to Mobile Marketing South Africa, a blog that focuses on mobile marketing, a bonus of using the system is the “freemium” a new term meaning that a business is able to provide a basic service for free, while charging users a premium rate, thus making “free money” for the service provider.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] Related articlesSA web users to double by 2014 Low-cost phones for Africa Recycle that old mobile Broadband centre launches in SA HIV/Aids fight moves to mobile Useful linksThe Grid Vodacom ClickatellMobile Marketing SAlast_img read more

Call for unity as South Africans celebrate Heritage Day

first_imgThe mood among South Africans was celebratory as they commemorated Heritage Day, with those who attended the main celebrations in the North West being addressed by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.Cyril Ramaphosa, the Deputy President, says Heritage Day is a day for citizens to tell their stories about who they are and where they come from. (Image: GovernmentZA, Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterEach year on Heritage Day, 24 September, South Africans dig deep into their wardrobes and fish out their traditional attire to celebrate their unity in diversity.Some citizens, however, see this as a day to meet together with friends and undertake what has become a unique South African tradition – buy plenty of boerewors for a braai.Formally known as Shaka Day before 1995, the day is a national holiday and gives South Africans a chance to pause and take stock how their diversity can contribute to building a better South Africa.Heritage DayThere are different ways that South Africans have come to celebrate Heritage Day. Some wear traditional attire at work – usually on the day before Heritage Day – and some gather at stadiums for a day of celebrations which includes music, dance and speeches by local leaders.Tsonga women adorn their familiar xibelani attire, a waist-high skirt made of metres of cloth; married Zulu women wear skirts made of cow hide called izidwaba; Venda women parade in their colourful skirts called minweda; and Xhosa women distinguish themselves with their beautifully painted faces and head gear.But it’s not only women who showcase their flair for traditional fashion. Zulu men also embellish modern trousers and shirts (usually khaki trousers and shirts) with detailed designs and patterns which have come to be known as umblaselo.In most cases the big occasion is the “official” Heritage Day celebrations where a top government official addresses masses of people in a chosen region. This year the official celebrations were held in Klerksdorp, in the North West province, where Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa urged citizens to forge a united society.“South Africans unite”Ramaphosa said South Africa has done quite a lot to unite all South Africans in the past 20 years, but should continue to strive to build “a nation of citizens that care for each other, respect one another and share a deep love for our country”.“We are building a nation that is proud of its national symbols, our flag and our anthem. They reflect our shared values and the principle of unity in diversity,” he said.He said South Africa has developed a National Development Plan as a way to guide its efforts to develop a better society over the next 20 years.“The NDP accelerates our efforts towards building the society that is envisaged in the Freedom Charter.“In particular, the NDP is concerned with securing a better future for young people through better educational and economic opportunities.“In isiZulu, we say: ‘Indlela ibuzwa kwabaphambili’. Before we undertake any journey we must remember where we come from and learn from those who have gone before us.“We dare not neglect our past. We dare not ignore our heritage,” Ramaphosa said. Heritage Day is a celebration of South Africa’s “rich, proud and diverse heritage”. Although South Africans speak different languages, practice different beliefs and engage in different cultural practices, they are bound by a common African heritage. “This notion is reflected in the words inscribed on our country’s coat of arms, !ke e: /xarra //ke, which calls on diverse people to unite,” he said.Telling storiesHeritage Day encourages South Africans to celebrate not only their own cultural traditions, but also the diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the South African nation, according to Ramaphosa.He said it is a day for citizens to tell their stories about who they are and where they come from. “This day allows us to create awareness through educational programmes, dialogue and public engagements about the meaning and importance of our heritage.”But society is not static. As society transforms, so does heritage, said Ramaphosa, adding that as people do not replace what has come before, rather, they should enrich and enhance what they inherited.While South Africa has made significant progress in changing the institutional barriers that previously divided country, the quest for a non-racial society is far from over.Ramaphosa conceded that too many citizens “cannot live where they want, cannot pursue the professions they desire, and cannot achieve the standard of living they seek”. “We are still prone to stereotyping each other. We are reluctant to trust those who do not look like us or who don’t speak like us – or who do not belong to the same economic stratum.“The challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment unmask the reality that there is much that still divides us.“We are all too aware that our cultures, traditions and value systems are still influenced by the spatial, economic, social and ideological distortions of colonialism and apartheid,” he said.However, this reality is what should drive South Africans to forge a common identity, an inclusive nationhood and a better future.“This is a future where all people feel they belong, have access to opportunities and can develop their talents. It is a future where their quality of life will give them a sense of place, security, purpose and comfort,” Ramaphosa concluded.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

New Study Confirms China Is the Chief Source of Banned Gas

first_imgTwo industrialized provinces in eastern China are responsible for most of an increase in emissions of a banned chemical that depletes the Earth’s ozone layer, scientists say in a recently released report. New observations confirm the suspicions of scientists who said last year that they had detected increased emissions of CFC-11, a chlorofluorocarbon once widely used as a blowing agent in foam insulation. The chemical was phased out as part of the 1987 Montreal Protocol, and levels have been gradually declining. At the time, scientists said they thought the new emissions originated in east Asia, but they couldn’t be any more specific than that. In a report published in Nature on May 22, researchers said they now believe that at least 40% to 60% of the global increase in CFC-11 could be traced to the northeastern Chinese provinces of Shandong and Hebei.RELATED ARTICLESA Banned Threat to the Ozone ReappearsChina is Alleged Source of Illegal Blowing AgentEPA Warns Against Unapproved Refrigerants in Air ConditionersA New Blowing Agent With a Lower Environmental Impact “We find no evidence for a significant increase in CFC-11 emissions from any other eastern Asian countries or other regions of the world where there are available data for the detection of regional emissions,” the authors of the study said. They added that the increases that have been detected are likely the result of new production and use of the gas, which should have been phased out by 2010. The levels of CFC-11 in the atmosphere have fallen sharply since the mid 1990s as manufacturers switched to alternatives. The uptick in emissions will slow the eventual recovery of the ozone layer by a decade or more, The New York Times said in an article about the new study. The Times said its own research found evidence that factories in Shandong were producing or using the chemical as a blowing agent in insulation. CFCs, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, were also used as refrigerants and solvents. They were originally developed in the 1920s as safer replacements for methyl chloride, a refrigerant. Chlorofluorocarbons are non-toxic, but in the upper atmosphere they decompose into inorganic chlorine and destroy ozone. A loss of ozone allowed more harmful UV-B radiation to reach the surface of the Earth, which increases biological damage to plants and animals. In addition, CFCs are powerful greenhouse gases. Those discoveries led to the worldwide ban mapped out in the Montreal Protocol. New pressure on Chinese government The report is likely to add pressure on the Chinese government to root out illegal use of the chemical, The Times said. Last year, when preliminary reports were published, the government said it would stop any illegal production and use of CFCs but said it didn’t appear to be a serious problem. The Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment told the newspaper that it was preparing answers to questions about the new observations. Originally, observations of increased levels of atmospheric CFC-11 came from Hawaii, some 5,000 miles away from the suspected source. The more recent data come from monitoring stations on islands just a few hundred miles from the Chinese coast. Still, scientists are not able to account for all of the new emissions. Some could be coming from South America, Africa, or even other parts of China, but researchers don’t have enough information to know. The Environmental Investigation Agency, a nonprofit advocacy group, also looked into the problem after the initial announcement last year. In response to the new study, the organization said the findings underscored the need for better enforcement of the Montreal Protocol: “The fact that scientists cannot pinpoint the source of the remaining emissions demonstrates the lack of sufficient monitoring capacity in other parts of the world,” EIA’s assessment says. “This cannot be treated as isolated cases in China and underlines the need to fundamentally revisit the Montreal Protocol’s monitoring and enforcement regime, including expanding approaches to tracking the supply chain of controlled substances.” The new study found that CFC-11 emissions from eastern China increased by 7,000 tons per year after 2012, the equivalent of 33 million tons of CO2, EIA said. Illegal production between 2013 and 2017 may have created nearly 4 gigaton of CO2 equivalent in polyurethane foam production, much of which hasn’t even made it into the atmosphere. Getting rid of hidden stockpiles of the chemical would require a “significant and sustained intelligence-led enforcement effort in China,” the group said.last_img read more

UST averts winless season, beats UE

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas avoided a winless season after pulling off an 88-85 victory over University of the East for its only victory in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Growling Tigers finally came through in the endgame, making pressure-packed free throws and a defensive stop in the waning seconds of the game. ADVERTISEMENT Regie Basibas topped UST with 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block, while Cameroonian big man Steve Akomo posted 18 markers, 20 boards, three assists and six blocks..Eric Caunan also got a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds with two assists to boot, while Lee had 11 markers, five boards, and three dimes.“It feels like we’re champions,” said Lee as UST halted its 17-game losing skid dating back to last season.Pasaol paced the Red Warriors with 18 points, five rebounds, and five steals, while Jason Varilla had 16 markers and three boards, and Maloles collected 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists in the defeat.UE wrapped up their campaign on a four-game slide to end up with a 3-11 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next The scores:UST 88 – Basibas 21, Akomo 18, Caunan 14, Lee 11, Garcia 10, De Guzman 6, Sta. Ana 4, Escalambre 2, Macasaet 2, Romero 0, Huang 0, Faundo 0.UE 85 – Pasaol 18, Varilla 16, Maloles 15, Conner 10, Acuño 8, Cullar 7, Manalang 7, Bartolome 2, Olayon 2, Derige 0.Quarters: 23-15, 43-39, 63-61, 88-85. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The win gave the school something to celebrate despite having its worst UAAP season ever, ending the year with a 1-13 record.“We’re glad that we weren’t zero [wins] and at the same time, this is part of our rebuilding process,” said UST coach Boy Sablan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe victory, though, didn’t come easy for UST as it lost a five-point lead, 84-79, with less than a minute remaining. Philip Manalang and Mark Maloles kept UE in the game, trimming the deficit to one, 84-83, with 19.7 ticks left.Marvin Lee and Oliver de Guzman sank four free throws before the Growling Tigers secured a huge stop in the final 5.5 seconds, swiping the ball off Alvin Pasaol to preserve the win. Fowler has share of lead at OHL Classiccenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments MOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Video: ESPN Aired An Incredibly Emotional Tribute To Chris Fowler

first_imgThe College GameDay crew in Columbus Ohio.ESPN College GameDayAfter serving as the host of ESPN’s College GameDay for 25 years, Chris Fowler has moved on to focus on his duties as play-by-play announcer for ABC/ESPN’s prime time Saturday night games. While Rece Davis should fill in admirably, GameDay definitely won’t be the same. To pay tribute to Fowler, GameDay put together an amazing feature piece, narrated by Tom Rinaldi. After the piece, Fowler joined his old GameDay crew, and Davis, on stage. Things got pretty emotional when Fowler discussed his relationship with Lee Corso, who he spent all 25 years with on the show. He even gave Corso a kiss on the cheek.It is getting a bit dusty in here this morning. We’ll miss you, Chris.last_img read more

Ancelotti pays tribute to John Terry

first_imgNapoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti has described it an honour to have worked with John Terry in his latest tribute to the former England player following his retirement.Carlo Ancelotti had a successful stint at Chelsea, winning the Premier League and FA Cup in the 2009-10 season before being sacked the following summer after a trophyless campaign.Last night his skipper for those occasions, who made over 700 appearances for the Blues, announced his retirement and Ancelotti paid tribute on his Instagram page.“An honour to have had you as captain,” the Napoli manager wrote.“Wishing you much success in your future endeavours.”John Terry has been tipped to nail a managerial role in the next few months to come in the bid to replicate his success story.And most Chelsea fans will be hoping he gets the chance to manage his beloved club.last_img read more


first_img Related Items:attorney general, director of public prosecution, JoAnne Meloche, rodney adams Attorney General announces 14 Law Reforms for 2016 AG’s Office warns against false Registrar of Lands accusations Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Dec 2014 – There will be no renewal of contract for JoAnne Meloche; and by early next year the country will have a new Director of Public Prosecutions. While the change is being called a resignation; others say it is more like a non-renewal of her contract which pays $125,000 a year. The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was historically set up after it was determined that the work load of the Attorney General’s chambers was too big; its scope also too large. Meloche is the first DPP and some believe this is fall out following the verdict in the Rodney Adams case. Meloche was quoted in media criticizing the results of the case; obviously disappointed. Today, Mr Rodney Adams returns to work after being reinstated last weekend…. He is the Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police.last_img read more

Latrvia Grant Award Created at Brighton University to Honour Late Past Student

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurkss and Caicos, June 12, 2017 – Providenciales – Latrivia Grant, Former Turks and Caicos Islands student of Brighton University has been honoured with a prestigious award, in her name, at the University.The late daughter of Tracey Ewing-Hurddle and Albert Grant Jr. was a student of Event Planning and Hospitality studies at Brighton.The Student Union created the Latrivia Grant Award, which is aimed at commemorating the hard work and commitment Latrivia executed to the union and fellow students, and the charisma she radiated. The awardee of the Latrivia Grant Award must reflect a similar level of dedication, diligence and conscientiousness that Latrivia put at the heart of everything she did. This year’s award ceremony was held earlier this week.Latrivia passed away at 22 years of age on December 23, 2016.#magneticmedianews#latriviagrantaward Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#latriviagrantaward, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Upper Kenai And Russian Rivers Opened At Midnight

first_imgLegal tackle in the Russian River area is a single-hook, artificial fly, with hook gap no larger than 3/8 inch. Most anglers use a bucktail streamer fly, such as a Russian River Coho Fly, with enough weight at least 18 inches ahead of the fly so that the hook travels close to the bottom of the river. The Russian and Kenai River make up one of the most popular sport fishing spots in Alaska. Russian River is open from June 11–August 20, these waters are fly-fishing-only waters, according to the Department of Fish and Game. Fishing areas are managed between multiple different agencies who all work cooperatively to keep anglers informed of forecasts, and to ensure the areas are maintained and regulations followed. Oftentimes, best success is early morning or late evening, when the sun is not directly shining on the river. Sockeye also tend to hug the bank, and long casts are not necessary. Good numbers of fish aren’t usually present until the last week of June, according to DF&G.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Ready, set, go, it’s time to start fishing. As of midnight Tuesday, the Upper Kenai and Russian Rivers officially opened to fisherman. https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232213last_img read more

March 30 2012Soleri Vernal Equinox Event – PICNIC

first_imgMarch 30, 2012Soleri Vernal Equinox Event – PICNIC WITH A FISH took place last Saturday, March 24. 2012. [photos: Chihiro Saito & text: from Scottsdale Public Art Blog] [photos: Chihiro Saito & text: from Scottsdale Public Art Blog] The Soleri Bridge and Plaza on the Scottsdale Waterfront was transformed into a one of kind picnic by award-winning local artist Mary Lucking. Boxed lunches were available, or free oranges while people could sit among balloon trees in the company … … of White Amur – the fish that keep our Valley’s canals clean. This report continues on Monday with more photos. last_img read more