‘Toast’ with SA wine on Facebook

first_img1 February 2008South African winemaker Perdeberg is hoping to win the allegiance of a younger, savvier breed of customer by launching a new campaign that promotes the brand through social networking website Facebook as well as Media24’s blogging sites – and rewarding users with bottles of wine.Perdeberg Winery said in a statement on Thursday that it had launched the “Clink to win” application for the Facebook website, which allows the site’s users to raise a glass of Perdeberg’s finest to anyone else and then rewards them for doing so.“Through a tactic that gets people raising glasses online, the campaign will help raise awareness of Perdeberg Wines,” the statement said.“Masses of cases of Perdeberg wine are being gives as prizes to the users who receive the most toasts and to users who spread the word the most,” said Perdeberg. “And just for the fun of it, random prizes are also being awarded to Facebook users just for raising a glass to something they like.”Blogging enthusiasts can also raise a glass of Perdeberg wine to their favourite blogs on any of the 24.com blog sites, and by “clinking” to a blog they like, readers and bloggers alike stand a chance to win Perdeberg wines every week.The bloggers who receive the most glasses raised each week also stand a chance of winning a case of Perderberg wines.“The aim of the campaign is to facilitate online interaction – Perdeberg Wines is rewarding users, networkers, readers and bloggers alike by encouraging online applause for what they appreciate online,” Perdeberg said.“Altogether, Perdeberg is giving away over 3200 bottles of wine over the next five months.”Established in 1941, Perdeberg Winery is situated at the foot of the Paardeberg Mountain and is named after the mountain zebra that used to roam the area – giving rise to the name by which the winery refers to itself: “the one with the zebra”.The cooperative of wine estates has 42 individually managed vineyards, most of which are taken care of by third-generation producers.Perdeberg is the second South African winemaker to make use of innovative campaigns to promote its wines. Wellington-based winemaker Stormhoek has made use of blogging, a Facebook group and a YouTube channel to promote its wines, while also rewarding users with bottles of wine.More information on Perdeberg’s innovative promotion campaign and prizes that can be won, as well as a link to the Facebook application, can be found on the winermaker’s Clink to Win website.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Facebook: A leader in ICT, business and economic development

first_imgHeaded up by Ms Nunu Ntshingila, Facebook Africa stands firmly behind the growth of small women-owned businesses, and has availed its space for robust marketing opportunities, as well as first-hand connectivity to customers. Ahead of the ITU Telecom World taking place in South Africa for the first time this week, we sit down with the tech giant to discuss ICT and the role of business in the development of economies and societies.*Answers courtesy of Emilar Gandhi, Facebook Africa Public Policy Manager for SADC region.Matalane Ngobeni: Since 1994, great strides have been made to ensure women enjoy the same rights as their male counterparts in relation to education, employment, property, inheritance and justice. More however still needs to be done to ensure the full participation of women in the economy. What are the initiatives that Facebook has undertaken to promote gender equality and women empowerment in the workspace?Emilar Gandhi: Helping women to start and grow prosperous companies is a powerful way in which we can transform our society and create equal opportunities for all.Tools & TrainingsWe are always exploring ways that we can support women SMBs across Africa. This includes free training, which explores everything from building a business plan, through to using social media to market your products and services, as well as learning how to create engaging marketing campaigns etc. We have free business tools that are focused on helping to grow your business and have seen more than 80 million small businesses use Facebook to grow and create jobs. In South Africa for example, more than 57 million people from around the world are connected to a business in the country. This creates huge opportunity for Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) to export their locally produced products to the world.MentorshipWe recently announced South Africa as one of the five countries in which we’re expanding Mentorship to Facebook Groups, making it easier for people who want help achieving their goals to connect with others in their community with the experience or expertise. Last year we piloted Mentorship, a product that connects people who may need support or advice, with the people who have the expertise or experience to help. We’re starting with selected groups focused on parenting, professional and personal development, with plans to expand to more categories in the coming months.More than 200 million people on Facebook are members of groups they consider meaningful. They turn to groups to build and foster supportive communities around topics that matter most to them. Now, Mentorship makes it easier for people in groups to connect and build even stronger one-on-one relationships through a guided program. Group administrators can now choose and create an online mentoring program, let members sign up and match mentor/mentee pairs.Matalane Ngobeni: Women are underrepresented in the ICT space. What role can businesses and government play in bridging the digital gender divide? How do we remove barriers, change norms and attitudes to create a more encouraging and enabling environment for women in the technology sector?Emilar Gandhi: To achieve full gender parity in Africa, countries need to address structural barriers that discriminate against women and girls in accessing education, employment and finance. In a study conducted by Development Economics on behalf of Facebook, it is estimated that businesses set up by women in South Africa over the next five years (by 2022), hold the key to unlocking over R175 billion a year for the economy, whilst creating 972,000 jobs. We know that helping women to start and grow prosperous companies is a powerful way to transform our society and create equal opportunities for all. Matalane Ngobeni: What are the current or ongoing initiatives supported by Facebook (in South Africa/Africa) to develop young people who have an interest in tech?Emilar Gandhi: Facebook invests in partnerships and initiatives with communities across South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole, including start-ups, SMBs, developers etc. to create opportunities and drive economic impact. Examples include:Loeries Creative Week (South Africa)Our partnership with Loeries reinforces our commitment in nurturing young, creative and diverse talent. For the third year running, Facebook sponsored the annual Facebook Challenge as part of the Student Category at The Loerie Awards 2018. For this year’s student challenge, Facebook partnered with the International Federation of Red Cross where students were tasked with creating a mobile-first campaign, while our Creative Shop team was on hand to mentor and provide advice.Youth Online Safety Training (Sub-Saharan Africa)We work with NGO’s and youth groups such as JOX Africa and J Initiative across the continent to provide them with collateral focused on youth safetyIn South Africa we recently launched a Youth Online Safety Programme (Ilizwe Lam – a Xhosa word for My World) in partnership with Digify Africa. Aiming to train 1 000 South African young people between the ages of 13 to 18 across high schools and youth groups nationwide, the programme explores cyber security, provides practical tips and guides and created a number of youth ambassadors. NG_Hub in partnership with CC Hub (Nigeria)Launched in Nigeria in May 2018, this multi-faceted psychical space connects developers, start-ups and the wider community to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas. We also announced an initiative to train 50,000 people in vital digital skills across multiple cities and states in Nigeria in 2018, which includes:Digify Pro Nigeria – a two-month intensive boot camp, where aspiring digital professionals will find out what it takes to have a career in digital marketing. The programme is designed to fit the specific needs of the industry, covering a range of topics including community management, content and e-mail marketing, brand online reputation management, UX design and more.Boost Your Business – Made especially for micro, small and medium-sized business owners, the Boost Your Business training programme teaches digital marketing for business growth.#SheMeansBusiness – #SheMeansBusiness is a one-day training workshop and networking experience for female entrepreneurs, offering a mix of business and digital marketing training for female-led businesses, along with additional opportunities to network with fellow female entrepreneurs.FbStart Accelerator programme – a research and mentorship-driven programme aimed at empowering start-ups and students with technical & business support and funding to optimise their product for growth – focused on those building solutions using advanced technology, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)Developer Circles (Sub-Saharan Africa)A community-driven initiative by Facebook that members join for free, allowing them to connect, share ideas, learn, and collaborate. Each circle is led by a volunteer who arranges offline meetups and discussions, and also manages their own dedicated Facebook Group where members can continue the conversation between meetups, share code and deepen their knowledge on topics like React and Bots in Messenger.Since its launch in 2017, there are now 30 Developer Circles and a growing community of over 37,000 members across 16 countries in Sub Saharan Africa.Partnership with AIMS (Sub-Saharan Africa)Facebook partnered with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and Google to launch of a one-year intensive African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI).last_img read more

Dream team! Best of the lot after World Cup group stage

first_imgLionel Messi has been in scintillating form for Argentina in the tournament Imagine having World Cup standouts Lionel Messi, Neymar, James Rodriguez and Arjen Robben all in the same team.After two weeks and 48 group-stage games in what is widely considered the best World Cup in a generation, there are already some players who have shone above the rest.Below is a composite team of the tournament so far, in the heavily favored 4-3-3 formation:GOALKEEPER: Guillermo Ochoa(Mexico)Briefly punctured the euphoria in an expectant host nation by producing a series of stunning saves to secure Mexico a 0-0 draw against Brazil. One particular save, from Neymar’s header, will go down in World Cup folklore. The only goal he conceded was a late consolation by Croatia in the final group game. Is currently a free agent and will surely get snapped up after the tournament.RIGHT BACK: Didier Aurier(Ivory Coast)One of the few positives in an otherwise disappointing campaign for Ivory Coast, Aurier has stood out for his marauding thrusts down the right flank and his crossing ability that set up goals for Wilfried Bony and Gervinho in the 2-1 win over Japan. Expected to seal a move to a big club from Toulouse this summer on the back of his displays in Brazil.LEFT BACK: Junior Diaz(Costa Rica)Who would have thought that tiny Costa Rica would get through a group containing Uruguay, Italy and England – and concede just one goal in the process? The whole Costa Rica defense deserves credit but the experienced Diaz gets the nod as he has complemented the attack, setting up Bryan Ruiz’s qualification-clinching goal against Italy with a superb cross from the left wing.advertisementCENTER BACK: Rafael Marquez(Mexico)He has lost his long-time ponytail but the 35-year-old Marquez has retained the technical, positional and organizational skills that have helped guide Mexico into the last 16. Scored one of the goals in the 3-1 win over Mexico and his qualities don’t appear to have diminished with age.CENTER BACK: Thiago Silva(Brazil)As a nation frets around him, Thiago Silva has remained the unruffled presence at the heart of the Brazil defense, going about his business as quietly effective as ever. Four wins away from lifting the World Cup trophy on home soil – it doesn’t get better than that for a footballer.MIDFIELD: Charles Aranguiz(Chile)Has outshone the more illustrious Arturo Vidal in Chile’s midfield and been key for “La Roja” both going forward and protecting what can be a jittery back four. He was also the player who sealed Spain’s unceremonious exit from Brazil, scoring one goal and setting up the other in that memorable afternoon at the Maracana.MIDFIELD: Blaise Matuidi(France)A midfield fulcrum during France’s encouraging start to the tournament, Matuidi has passed astutely, tackled cleanly and covered the ground tirelessly in displays that don’t often attract the headlines but are so appreciated by his teammates. Also chipped in with one of France’s five goals in a great performance against Switzerland.MIDFIELD: James Rodriguez(Colombia)At the forefront of Colombia’s eye-catching march into the knockout stage, Rodriguez has scored in all three games – including one of the solo goals of the tournament against Japan – and dazzled with his vision and technical ability. The playmaker has achieved what many thought was impossible: Making Colombia fans briefly forget about injured star striker Radamel Falcao.FORWARD: Neymar(Brazil)The poster boy of the World Cup, Neymar came into the tournament under extreme pressure and is thriving on it. Two goals in the opening game against Croatia gave Brazil the perfect start and two more against Cameroon pushed the hosts into the last 16. Brazil expects more of the same from Neymar in the knockout stage.FORWARD: Arjen Robben(Netherlands)Scoring two goals and dovetailing in devastating fashion with Robin van Persie, Robben helped rip Spain’s defense apart in that jaw-dropping 5-1 win that signaled the end of an era for the now-deposed world champions. He then opened the scoring to set the Netherlands on its way to a 3-2 win over Australia that clinched qualification.FORWARD: Lionel Messi(Argentina)The Barcelona great and four-time FIFA Player of the Year is finally delivering on the world’s greatest stage. Has scored four goals – two of which proved to be match-winners – and is carrying Argentina’s attacking burden on his own while fellow strikers Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain struggle. It’s shaping up to be the tournament that moves Messi into the pantheon of football legends alongside Pele and Diego Maradona.advertisementCOACH: Jorge Luis Pinto(Costa Rica)Costa Rica didn’t just grind its way out of a tough group – the team went to-to-toe with Uruguay and Italy in its first two games and came away with two wins, four goals and a place in the last 16. The 61-year-old Pinto, who never played professionally, deserves credit for his bold and tactically astute approach.last_img read more

Final Report on Myles Munroe Crash Released

first_img Related Items:crash, final report, freeport, myles munroe Heavy rain flooding Grand Bahama homes, senior citizens call for Govt help Recommended for you Freeport Man Killed in ‘The Ghetto’, Homicide Count Now At 100 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Feb 2015 – Pilot error is what caused Dr. Myles Munroe plane to crash in Freeport in November. A report released yesterday reveals that the two-pilot crew made a maneuver without having full and clear view of the runway in Grand Bahama and that caused a 3-second mid-air explosion which led to the deaths of all on board. The Learjet the men were piloting with Dr. Munroe, his wife Ruth, a young family of three, a bi-lingual American minister, and his brother-in-law and Senior Vice President of Bahamas Faith Ministries: Dr. Richard Pinder on board was driven right into a crane on the dark stormy afternoon. The final report issued by the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority said: The right outboard wing, right landing gear and right wing fuel tank separated from the aircraft on impact. This resulted in the aircraft travelling out of control, some 1,578 feet (526 yards), before crashing inverted into a pile of garbage and other debris in the City Services Garbage and Metal Recycling Plant adjacent to the Grand Bahama Shipyard. Both crew members and seven passengers were fatally injured. No persons on the ground were injured.” The report comes three and a half months after the crash. The Aircraft Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit or AAIPU has determined that the probable cause of this accident was, and I quote: The poor decision making of the crew in initiating and continuing a descent in IMC below the authorized altitude, without visual contact with the runway environment. Bahamas Govt bids to buy Lucayan Strip resorts, PM Minnis tours sitelast_img read more