by Phindi MadunaOn 14 June 2018, Brand South Africa partnered with the Sunday Times Generation Next and HDI Youth Marketers to host the 14th Sunday Times Youth Marketing Conference, Interactive Showcase and Awards. The collaboration with Generation Next is a way to ensure that relationships with key stakeholders are maintained to create an inspiring narrative for the Nation Brand.The Generation Next survey is the leading barometer of youth opinion towards brands in South Africa. Brand South Africa is honoured to partner with this initiative that promotes how young people see and and experience brands this opens up opportunities on what the country has to offer.The three part engagement began with a Youth Marketing Conference where a variety of industry experts shared their research findings, experiences, trends and insights. The discussion focused on various aspects of youth marketing such as the ethical aspects of youth marketing, youth entrepreneurship, digital marketing, youth media consumption and technology trends.Brand South Africa’s Research Manager, Leigh-Gail Peterson was part of a panel that discussed youth trends and insights that help brands build sustainable relationships. “Research methods must evolve with the dynamic audiences. Data collection methods for example must adapt and be flexible. This includes the mediums that we utilize when we collect data. Social media is one such tool that we cannot over look when collecting data in today’s research environment” said Peterson.Source: Brand South AfricaThe panel discussion was followed by an Interactive Showcase where youngsters had an opportunity to experience several brands including Brand South Africa at the Play Your Part exhibition. They shared their acts of active citizenship and pledged to play their part in their respective communities.Source: Brand South AfricaThe day ended on a high note with an energy charged Awards Ceremony. Some of the winners included South African brands like Metro FM, First National Bank, DSTV, Mr Price, Mall of Africa, Dischem, Engen, Spur Restaurants and Pick ‘N Pay; with Nike winning the overall coolest brand for 2018. Local personalities who also walked away with awards were rapper Nasty C, DJ Black Coffee and Gqom Star Babes Wodumo.Source: @ST_GenNext Twitter PageBrand South Africa extends a big congratulations to all the brands and personalities who continue to put South Africa on the global stage and take charge in contributing towards building a positive nation image. As the custodian of the Nation Brand, we celebrate brands that contribute positively towards the country’s reputation.
At least three stories published this week home in on problems associated with climate change, with one story focused on the politics of climate change legislation, another aimed at challenges to limiting greenhouse gas emissions caused by home energy use, and the third on what the science community says will happen should we fail to significantly reduce emissions sooner rather than later.An article in Wednesday’s New York Times offered a sober assessment of the prospects for U.S. Senate adoption of a bill to combat global warming – a bill that almost certainly would be weaker than the American Clean Energy and Security Act, more commonly known as the Waxman-Markey bill, or H.R. 2454, passed by the House of Representatives in June.The House bill has a provision that would require a 17% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (the original target was 20%) and an 83% reduction by 2050 from 2005 levels through a cap-and-trade system. The House bill also calls for the establishment and nationwide implementation of improved building energy code, a provision opposed by many industry groups, including the National Association of Home Builders. The national code would mandate a 30% increase in efficiency over 2006 IECC requirements upon enactment, a 50% increase by 2014, and a 75% increase by 2029.A Capitol Hill WorkaroundAs the Times story explains, Senator John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, have teamed up to try to create consensus on climate change legislation. But they are focusing more on a bill that, as Graham put it, would create jobs, whether by drilling for offshore oil or building wind turbines. The cap-and-trade option has, for this year at least, been nudged off the table and into the dumper.The two other stories, meanwhile, suggest that the more prudent long-term course of action for our Senate lawmakers would in fact be to hew very closely to H.R. 2454 rather than retreat from key measures such as cap-and-trade and national code.Dailyclimate.org, a division of nonprofit Environmental Health Services that provides overviews of news coverage related to climate change, on Monday posted a story highlighting challenges to improving the energy efficiency of housing in the U.S. The article cited an almost 5% increase since 2007 in the number of homes built to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star standard, but also noted that those homes accounted for only about 17% of the new inventory.Selling efficiency to homebuyersThe story cites comments by Sam Rashkin, the national director of the EPA’s Energy Star Homes program, that illuminate housing’s role in emissions. Home energy use, he says, accounts for 16% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. But he adds that even though 99% of its homes are poorly insulated and sealed, most could be made at least 30% more energy efficient with cost-effective improvements.Among the principal challenges are finding ways to help prospective homebuyers and current homeowners manage the costs and understand the benefits of energy efficiency. One priority: urge the mortgage industry to more prominently market “energy efficient” mortgages, which roll the cost of energy efficiency improvements into the mortgage. Marketing the benefits of energy efficiency in a convincing way may be the tougher challenge, but also the most expedient one, the story points out.“Consumers really, really need more information about efficient homes,” Aleisha Khan, executive director of the Building Codes Assistance Project, told Dailyclimate. “They just aren’t getting it.”Scientists reemphasize a pointAs if to remind everyone of the urgency of the situation, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit advocacy group formed in 1969 by MIT faculty and students, posted a news release on Tuesday that reiterates climate scientists’ imperatives regarding greenhouse gas emissions.The UCS points out that a failure by the U.S. to pass a comprehensive climate bill in the coming months – including a provision that would require emissions cuts at least 80% below 2005 levels by 2050 – would lock in the worst consequences of climate change, most especially the trapping of heat by the earth’s atmosphere. The quickest and by far least expensive way to deal with the problem, the scientists say, is to act this year.Intended to fire up interest in the subject before President Obama’s State of the Union address on Wednesday, the group targets as in adequate the compromise proposal being floated in the Senate, and says it includes loopholes and exemptions that “would do less to promote renewable energy sources than state policies already in place.”H.R. 2454, on the other hand, would put a price on carbon emissions and offer a mix of market incentives compelling enough to make its carbon cap goals realistic, UCS says.“Economists agree that a carbon price is a critical, cost-effective way for the United States to reduce its emissions and transition to a clean energy economy,” UCS economist Rachel Cleetus says in the memo. “A strong cap would encourage investments in clean energy sources and energy efficiency and help ensure that U.S. companies capture a share of the growing global market in clean technologies. Green is the new red, white and blue.”
A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Profile Write startVarun Agarwal, 25, is the city’s flavour of the month for more than one reason. He is not only the cofounder of Alma Mater, which is a million dollar venture, but he has also just published his debut,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.ProfileWrite startVarun Agarwal, 25, is the city’s flavour of the month for more than one reason. He is not only the cofounder of Alma Mater, which is a million dollar venture, but he has also just published his debut novel How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company. Alma Mater is an online store that sells T-shirts and accessories of various premier schools and colleges in India.Commencing his online venture in 2009, what had started as an idea, with a trial run in his former school in Bangalore has since expanded to over 500 schools and colleges not only in India but across the world. The book is the young entrepreneur’s story in which the reluctant engineering graduate chronicles his journey to success. Varun says he finished the manuscript in eight days while recovering from a brief illness which kept him at home, and gave him the time to fast track the writing process.The book is a breezy work of nonfiction meant to inspire young people to follow their hearts rather than succumb to familial and societal expectations. Released recently by Rupa Publications, the book which was launched with a modest number of printed copies has already gone into reprint.(Varun Agarwal is an engineering graduate. He didn’t want to get a conventional corporate job and had to fight several odds before setting up his own company. His personal experiences inspire his debut book).-Ayesha AleemRestaurantadvertisementTake it easyLe Cristaal is the new hip joint in town for great continental cuisine. This chic new restaurant that has just opened its doors on Vittal Mallya road brings forth the idea of ‘casual fine dining’ and the menu is a mix of French, Italian and Greek cuisines, with the dishes being reasonably priced as well as delicious.The all-day deli has been designed to look like a Parisian cafe with dramatic red floors, stark black high gloss furniture and decals of chandeliers on the walls. On a pleasant day you can also sit at one of the tables outside to enjoy some sun and fresh air. Stop by in the morning for a breakfast of sunny side up eggs or an omelette with asparagus and goat’s cheese. There’s also the more familiar mushroom and cheese omelette as well as pancakes and waffles with either maple syrup, honey, nutella and seasonal fresh fruits. For lunch or dinner, try the penne arrabbiata with spinach ricotta ravioli and black olive tapenade or seafood risotto with saffron and roasted bell peppers.Get your caffeine fix with an espresso, cappuccino or cafe latte and choose from exotic teas like cranberry raspberry and elderflower or Earl Grey. Also, the mixologist here makes a mean line of foam-based cocktails.Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes (without alcohol).At: 36, Vittal Mallya.Tel: 41462747.-Ayesha AleemWhat’s upAugust 10-19: Collective art showThe third edition of the premier art and culture festival, ‘Art Bengaluru’ will be on at The Collection at UB city this month. All works on display will also be for sale. An annual forum which brings together various stakeholders in Indian art, this year’s show will feature artworks from 15 art galleries across India.At: The Collection, UB City, 24 Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore.Tel: 25001169.All through this month: Italian indulgenceGet out this weekend for an Italian style Sunday brunch at Bene. On offer are dishes like risotto with sun dried tomatoes and shaved parmesan, molten provolone cheese with marinated capsicum and grilled polenta cake with rosemary and balsamic vinegar.Price: Rs 1,295 plus taxes per person.At: Sheraton Bangalore Hotel, Brigade Gateway, 26/1, Dr. Rajkumar Road.Tel: 42521000.Ongoing till August 31: All that glittersAmrapali has now opened a new silver jewellery store in the city, where the Treta Yuga collection is on display. The collection features eight unique pieces that include ethnic, tribal, contemporary and antique pieces.Price: Rs 500 to Rs 2 00,000.At: Horizon Building, Wood Street, Richmond Road.Tel: 25361130.GadgetsNokia Lumia 610Nokia has launched the Lumia 610 to take on the onslaught from affordable Android smartphones. Featuring a 3.7 inch capacitive touch display, it runs the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. It has a 256MB RAM and 8 GB storage onboard, with no expandable memory card slots. Unlike other Windows phones, the 610 is powered by an 800 Mhz processor and has a 5 MP ca era.Price: Rs 1,299.Karbonn Smart Tab 1It is Karbonn’s turn to launch an affordable tablet. Its Smart Tab 1 is a 7 inch tablet with five capacitive touch points. Running the Android Ice-Cream Sandwich OS, this tablet has a 1.2Ghz single core X-Burst processor, 2 MP camera, 3700 mAh battery and Full HD video playback. It has Wi-Fi compatibility and will support 3G connectivity using a USB dongle. Karbonn is giving a Reliance NetConnect free with the tablet.Price: Rs 6,990.Canon Cinemaeos C300 and 650DCanon India has entered the cinematography imaging domain in India with the launch of its Cinema EOS range consisting EOS C300, EOS C500 and EOS 1D-C. The EOS C300, featuring cinematic 2K video recording with 50Mbps 4:2:2 XF codec, a compact body and a 35mm equivalent CMOS sensor, will be the first to be available in India. Canon has also announced the launch of its new flagship entry-level DSLR, the EOS 650D. The 18 megapixel camera stands out for its high-speed sensor-based hybrid AF system and 3 inch touchscreen viewfinder which can be used to focus as well as shoot. The speed needed for the camera comes from the DIGIC 5 processor, which is six times faster than its predecessor.Price: Rs 13,90,000 and Rs 55,995 (body only).Sandisk SuiteThe new SanDisk Extreme Pro micro SDHC UHS-I card is the world’s fastest memory card, ideal for smartphone and tablet users. The SanDisk Extreme USB Flash Drive is USB 3.0 enabled and can store and share large files up to 10 times faster with speeds of up to 190MB. It is available in 16GB to 64GB capacities. The 128GB Cruzer Glide USB Flash Drive is SanDisk’s highest-capacity USB drive ever, while the Cruzer Facet is a durable drive with stainless-steel casing designed with a variety of rich vibrant colors and a faceted texture. The Cruzer Pop, meanwhile, has a unique design that opens with a “pop” and conceals and protects the connector when not in use.Price: Rs 283 onwards.Mitashi Full HD TVsMitashi Edutainment Pvt. Ltd has launched Full HD LCD and LED TVs in 42 and 32 inch screen sizes. The new range of televisions offer dynamic contrast ratio of up to 500,000:1 and a viewing angle of 178/178 and can play multimedia files directly from USB storage devices. The televisions feature 2 USB ports and 3 HDMI ports for you to enjoy multiple connectivity options.Price: Rs 23,990.Toshiba Satellite SeriesToshiba India has introduced a new stylish range of laptops under its C, L, M and U series. Powered by Intel’s 3rd generation Core processors, the highlight features of the Satellite Series laptops are a high speed start up (30 per cent faster than normal boot time), USB 3.0 for 10X faster data transfers, Bluetooth 4.0, high-definition Webcam and HDMI connectivity ports, SRS premium sound HD and Toshiba Audio enhancement. The ‘sleep and charge’ USB option is also available in the L series laptops.Price: Rs 23,000 onwards.Sennheiser IE 80 and IE 60Sennheiser’s IE 80 and IE 60 ear-canal phones are ideal for those who want to hear music with as much fine detail as possible. They use dynamic transducers that cover the entire frequency range, keeping distortion at a minimum even at high sound pressure levels. The IE 80’s dynamic transducer is capable of reproducing the most subtle nuances in complex musical passages.Price: Rs 24,990.Sony Smart WatchDesigned for consumers who want to do more with their smartphones, the SmartWatch launched by Sony Mobile syncs with Android phones over Bluetooth. Available in different colours, this good looking watch has an OLED display that can be used for reading SMSes and email, calendar, Twitter and Facebook updates. The watch can also answer, reject or mute calls as well as act as a remote snap button for your Android phone.Price: Rs 6,299.Samsung DishwasherSamsung Electronics has for announced its foray into the dishwasher segment in India with the launch of the smart and powerful DW-FN320T. Packed with features like intensive wash programme, Power 3 Nozzle spray, Delay Start, Half Load, Flexible Racks, Samsung claims it is perfect for Indian cooking styles and utensils. The appliance boasts 50 per cent reduction in noise, 30 percent reduced water consumption and 20 per cent less electricity than the most energy-efficient dishwashers available in the market. The Samsung DW-FN320T has quick and easy out-of-the box installation and carries a oneyear warranty.Price: Rs 31,990.Available at: 2nd Floor, Forum Mall, Koramangala Tel 64518820; GK Vale, MG Road Tel 41232098; Computer Warehouse, Barton Centre, MG Road Tel 41713972; Sennheiser Electronics India, Cunningham Road Tel 49037800; Sony Centre, 100 ft. Road, Indiranagar Tel 42116677.Gadget Reviews by India Today G&G www.gadgetsngizmos.inadvertisementadvertisement
Historic gathering as Assemblies of God conference begins in Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Jun 2015 – By popular demand, Bradley Handfield and his Auntie Fannie Adventure will find themselves in the capital Grand Turk tomorrow where there will be a book signing ceremony there. Along with sponsors and four schools in the Capital, the event will be held at the Victoria Public Library, which has already received donated copy, and where sponsors will have the chance to present more copies of the children’s book to the schools namely: Ona Glinton Primary, Eliza Simons Primary, Susanna Wesley Christian Academy and the Newman’s Preparatory school… a representative from the Mary Robinson Primary of Salt Cay may also be in attendance. The Premier, Hon Rufus Ewing has confirmed to be a part of the event where Handfield will also read an excerpt of the story which is set in Belmont, North Caicos to the students attending. The book signing is set for 11am. Related Items:auntie fannie adventure, bradley handfield, Eliza Simons Primary, Ona Glinton Primary, Susanna Wesley Christian Academy and the Newman’s Preparatory school Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Four year old gunshot victim takes rest in the Bight Recommended for you Resorts & Bookstore also carrying Auntie Fannie adventure book by Handfield