South Africa Expos in China focus on investment projects

first_img14 October 2014South Africa will promote its projects and export products for investment at the upcoming annual South African Expos in China, says the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).This comes as the two countries celebrate 16 years of diplomatic ties this year. “South Africa in China celebrations also coincide with South Africa’s celebration of 20 years of freedom and democracy. South Africa is therefore conducting a series of activities including cultural promotions, art shows, trade exhibitions and fairs, among others,’ said the department’s Rob Davies.The expos will take place from 20 to 31 October in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Shanghai and Beijing.This year’s expos are under the theme: The Year of South Africa in China. A delegation of 51 South African companies will participate in the expos to ensure that trade and investment is increased between the two countries.South Africa is using the expos to focus on value-added products and investment projects.“South Africa’s major exports to China have traditionally been mining products, iron and steel, heavy chemicals and nonferrous metals exports in the region of $5-billion a year.“South African imports from China are dominated by clothing, machinery, televisions, communication equipment, furniture and footwear,’ said Davies.The two countries have entered into a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership aimed at strengthening political and economic relations, as well as to improve the current trade structure between the two.“The top 10 identified products and projects cut across different sectors of the economy, as outlined in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP). They provide considerable opportunities for South Africa to diversify its export base to China. “The South African Expos in China is a strategic project serving as a conduit to accelerate development and industrialisation,’ said Davies.The companies participating in the Expos are in the agro-processing, plastics, chemicals, aluminium, transport, and paper and pulp sectors, among others. Last year, 63 South African companies participated in the expos.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Why PayPal Rushed A New Logo To Market

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#David Marcus#e-commerce#logo#Mobile Payments#New PayPal Logo#online payments#Payments#PayPal#PayPal logo Related Posts owen thomas Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting PayPal president David Marcus is in a hurry. He’s got new payments products to roll out—ones that will ease e-commerce, speed up real-world transactions, and spread PayPal’s reach in the apps on your phone.So he’s got a new logo to roll out. Expect to see it a lot of places starting Wednesday—including, for the first time, in your living room, through PayPal’s first-ever American TV advertisements.Hanging Up A New Sign At The StoreWho cares about a new logo, right? It’s easy to see PayPal’s rebranding as an exercise in corporate self-congratulation, the eBay subsidiary breaking its virtual arm patting itself on the back. Admittedly, Marcus has moved quickly on many fronts to fix PayPal’s problems, from its needlessly complex application programming interfaces to its user-surly customer service, as he told the audience at a ReadWriteMix event in January.See also: PayPal’s David Marcus Has A Plan—And It’s So Money 3.0Logos in the digital age aren’t just a matter of the sign at company headquarters, though. Everyone from app developers to online merchants to physical retailers like Home Depot and Jamba Juice to everyday eBay sellers display the PayPal logo to indicate they accept PayPal for payment. As PayPal mounts an aggressive push to refresh existing services and roll out new ones, the old logo was holding it back, Marcus told ReadWrite in an interview.David Marcus greets attendees at the January 2014 ReadWriteMix event at Say Space in San Francisco.“The new in-context checkout experience that we’re rolling out globally [and] a bunch of new experiences across all of our products—as we push all of these experiences out there, we wanted to have a better identity with a new modern design,” Marcus said. “There’s a lot of integration that has to happen at the merchant level as well. We might as well do it at a time when we don’t have to go back to these guys and say, ‘Update your buttons because we have a new identity.’”PayPal = PeoplePayPal’s original white logo got replaced by a blue version in 2007, and was updated with slightly rounder type in 2012. But those changes didn’t address the rise of mobile and the need for a simpler, more compact symbol that worked well on mobile devices, embedded within apps, and on storefronts.The new symbol combines a double-P “monogram” with a modified “PayPal” logotype. The monogram, which Marcus likens to Nike’s distinctive “swoosh,” is meant to allude to people coming together, a major theme of PayPal’s television campaign. It will also become the new icon for PayPal’s mobile app, and appear alone in other contexts as well.“We also wanted to have a shorter form of expression,” Marcus told me. “That gives us a lot more freedom.”PayPal’s thinking here reminds me a bit of the design process Google worked through in 2008 to find a new icon that would display well on mobile phones.Marcus and his team worked with Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject, a design firm that has serviced Jawbone and Nivea, as well as earlier industrial-design projects for PayPal, like its in-store Beacon device and its Here credit-card swiper. The project kicked off in December—a fast timeframe considering the quantity of products and scale of change involved.The new television commercial ads—as well as print, outdoor, and in-store ads—will start running this summer in PayPal’s major markets, including the U.S., Germany and the UK. (It’s not a global first: PayPal had previously run some TV ads in Australia, Turkey and Israel. Australia will also see PayPal’s new ad campaign.)Here’s one of the new commercials:And here’s a visual history of PayPal’s logos:What do you think of the new logo? Take a poll: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Panasonic’s tech inside of the Chrysler Portal is simply amazing

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Autonomous vehicles, futuristic passenger cabins, facial recognition… These are a few of the things we can look forward to when it comes to automotive technology. Recently, I had a chance to check out all of Panasonic’s auto tech in one place during CES 2017 and there’s a lot to pay attention to. But with all of this tech coming out in the future, one of my favorite discoveries was definitely the Chrysler Portal…Panasonic and Chrysler worked together on this amazing future concept cabin, but the good news is that it’s built on technology that actually exists today. The Portal is decked out with technology that really gives you a sense of living in the future.Approaching the car will trigger the facial recognition cameras and identify each user that’s present in the vehicle. From there, your favorite music, preferences, and other preferred customizations will be loaded to give you a real sense of personalization during your driving experience. Once you’re seated, the High-Mount display is the main source of navigating all of the tech inside. This display will show driver and passenger content, spacial awareness information, and more. The information here will provide stats on not only what’s happening within the vehicle, but outside of it as well, which is pretty amazing.When it comes to enhancing the driving experience, look no further than Personal Zoned Audio. This amazing technology creates an acoustical bubble around each person in the car. What does that mean for you? Well, this will allow for personal listening zones contained within each seat allowing each person to jam out to their favorite tunes without disturbing others.The Chrysler Portal also allows for home automation control. If you’re a fan of smart home setups, Panasonic’s integrated technology makes it easier than ever to control things whether you’re on the way home or heading out for the night. On the center stack in the Portal, there’s a very awesome “Home” section, which puts all of your smart home devices in one place, right at your finger tips. Everything from adjusting the temperature to door locks, and climate control is all possible from the Portal.Seeing all of this technology within a vehicle is truly amazing. The Chrysler Portal is truly something ripped from the future. The amazing part is that this is all technology which actually exists today. Everything Panasonic and Chrysler worked on implementing within the Portal is ready for the here and now. So we’re not just talking about an experience ready for 2025, but potentially one that’s ready for tomorrow. Just imagine having all of this awesome tech within an autonomous vehicle. Instead of actually driving somewhere, you’re just relaxing and enjoying the ride.To access additional videos on Panasonic’s transportation initiatives, see this site. Produced in partnership with Panasonic. Dom Esposito Tags:#autonomous vehicles#Chrysler#driverless cars#IoT#panasonic#smart transport Related Posts center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Velingkar disbands breakaway unit, to rejoin RSS in Goa

first_imgPanaji: Members of the breakaway faction led by sacked Goa unit RSS chief Subhash Velingkar on Monday unanimously dissolved the rebel unit and announced their collective re-entry into the parent body.Addressing a press conference here , Mr. Velingkar, however said, that their re-entry into the RSS fold did not mean he and the local RSS cadre, had mended bridges with the Goa BJP, and warned BJP leaders not to deviate from the core values and principles of the RSS.Mr. Velingkar also said that all members of the RSS, who had stepped out of the organisation with him, would rejoin the shakhas and continue their work as volunteers of Sangh under the aegis of the Nagpur-based organisation. Message to BJP“The BJP cannot take all RSS rank and file for granted on the matters of ideology, core values and principles, for they know to en mass stand against it and teach BJP a lesson. This is the message which has gone on an all-India level. This is the biggest takeaway from this six-month exercise,” asserted Mr. Velingkar replying to a question about the achievement of the rebellion.RSS publicity division chief Manmohan Vaidya later told presspersons that the re-entry of Mr. Velingkar and other swayamsevaks back into the RSS fold was expected.“This was bound to happen. We had initially said that Mr. Velingkar would join back,” said Mr. Vaidya.Earlier, Mr. Velingkar said that the Goa RSS leaders and volunteers had shown immense respect towards the ideals and teachings of the RSS, despite their exit from the organisation in September last year.Mission complete“When we stepped out of the RSS hierarchy, our objective was to teach the Goa BJP, which was destroying the core of RSS teachings, a lesson in the Assembly elections. We have succeeded in doing that. Our mission in that sense is complete. The BJP leaders should realise that they should never take the RSS for granted,” Mr. Velingkar said.Mr. Velingkar was sacked from the RSS in August last year after he incessantly attacked Defence Minister and former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, and the Goa BJP for “deviating from RSS teachings and betraying the cause of regional languages by declining to stop the government grants to English medium primary schools, most of which are run by Arch Diocese”.After he was sacked, Mr. Velingkar formed a rebel Sangh outfit in September with the backing of thousands of local volunteers as well as several State unit office bearers.In a bid to defeat the BJP, Mr. Velingkar and the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch(BBSM), the movement spearheading the cause of regional languages in primary education, went on to form a regional party — Goa Suraksha Manch — which contested the February 4 elections in alliance with the Shiv Sena, and the MGP, one of Goa’s oldest regional political party, which broke its alliance with BJP just ahead of elections.During his tenure as CM, Mr. Parrikar through a Cabinet decision in 2012, had allowed continuation of State financial grants to English medium primary schools as against RSS and BJP’s direct participation in the BBSM agitation in the run up to the 2012 Assembly elections, opposing grants to English schools granted by the previous Congress government.Mr. Velingkar, who is also the convenor of the BBSM had responded by accusing Mr. Parrikar and the State unit BJP of betrayal and had unleashed a stringent public campaign across the State which led to his eventual ouster as state RSS chief and the appointment of Laxman Behare as his replacement.On Monday, Mr. Velingkar insisted that their stand over opposition to English medium primary school grants and involvement in BBSM movement and GSM as political party will continue. When asked what was the hurry to merge with the RSS ahead of election results as their own party, the GSM, is in the fray, Mr. Kiran Nayak, vice-president of GSM and senior member of Velingkar group recalled their earlier announcement that they would merge on February4. However,it was delayed because some time was needed to convince everyone for a collective and unanimous decision.“To work as RSS we don’t need to wait for results of the election. We are sure BJP will be defeated. Imagine if we were to join after the results and on the background of BJP defeat, we would have been accused of being selfish and opportunists,” said Mr. Nayak.“The Sangh constitution is such that RSS members can join any party. Only he cannot be an office bearer in the Sangh if he joins a party,” Mr. Vaidya said over the issue of continuation of the Velingkar-led Sangh members in the political outfit.last_img read more

AAC Football’s Official Twitter Account Trolled Penn State

first_imgAmerican Athletic Conference twitter page trolls Penn State.American TweetPenn State made some news yesterday when it was revealed that the team literally buried the game tape of its 27-10 season-opening loss to Temple with a shovel. In the embarrassing defeat, the Nittany Lions surrendered 10 sacks. While Penn State was ready to let that game go, the American Athletic Conference, of which Temple is a member, wants to relish the memory of it . That’s why the AAC’s official football Twitter account dropped a solid troll job on Penn State this morning. Penn State may have buried the game tape, but you can watch all 10 @Temple_FB sacks from Sat on our YouTube page https://t.co/xkp5lidkzS— American Football (@American_FB) September 9, 2015That’s tremendous. This was Temple’s first win over PSU in over 70 years, and they set a conference sack record in the process. The AAC doesn’t have many opportunities to brag about its football accomplishments, so it is understandably proud of the Owls’ performance.last_img read more

Common Joins AdoptAClassroomorg And Burlington Stores To Support Teachers And Students

first_imgAdoptAClassroom.org, the award-winning national non-profit organization that helps teachers and students get the materials they need to learn and achieve in the classroom, is proud to announce its inaugural partnership with the national off-price retailer, Burlington Stores.COMMON Joins AdoptAClassroom.org and Their Partner Burlington Stores to Support Teachers and Students NationwideThe two have combined forces this back-to-school season to launch a national point-of-sale campaign in all 599 Burlington stores nationwide to raise funds for classrooms in need across the country. Joining their efforts is Oscar winning actor and musical artist Common and his mother, a 35-year educator and Chicago Board of Education member, Dr. Mahalia Hines. Together, with their relentless passion and activism for education, the mother-and-son duo have worked with hundreds of students in Chicago to provide opportunities, resources and tools to help them become future leaders.Ninety-one percent of K-12 teachers purchase classroom supplies out of their own pockets, spending on average $600 of their own money each year, with nearly twenty percent of teachers spending more than $1,000 annually. As a result of this campaign, Burlington hopes the funds raised will lessen this burden on teachers and help provide them with the support and classroom resources they need to do their job and make a real impact with students.The fundraising effort launched July 9th at all 599 Burlington stores across the country, encouraging customers to donate $1 or more at checkout to support AdoptAClassroom.org. The back-to-school campaign will run through August 19, 2017. All funds raised will be disbursed to teachers this fall in communities where Burlington operates stores. Additionally, for each new store Burlington opens across the country this fall and next spring, they will adopt all teachers in a school within close proximity to the new store. This is yet another demonstration of Burlington’s on-going commitment to giving back where their associates and customers live and work.Today, Common joined AdoptAClassroom.org and Burlington Stores to announce a surprise donation of $10,000 to adopt the Renaissance School of the Arts in Harlem, New York. Each teacher will receive funding from AdoptAClassroom.org towards school supplies such as Chromebooks, calculators, book sets and science kits, amongst a multitude of other items, so that their students have access to what they need to learn and prosper in the upcoming school year.“Growing up, I watched how my Mother cared for her students, both as an educator and outside of the classroom. I realized very early just how important it is to have an adult in your corner, and for many kids that adult is often a teacher,” said Common. “I’m proud to support AdoptAClassroom.org and their partnership with Burlington to help provide classroom supplies to teachers and students in need.”“At Burlington Stores, giving back is a part of our culture as a caring company and we know the importance of supporting teachers and their students. This back to school season, we are excited to partner with AdoptAClassroom.org to be able to provide the necessary funding so that teachers can get the supplies they need for their students to succeed,” said President, CEO and Chairman of Burlington Stores, Tom Kingsbury.“We are thankful to Burlington and their millions of customers and thousands of associates nationwide for their support to help us further our mission. This initiative will help to fill the resource gap in classrooms across the country,” said Executive Director of AdoptAClassroom.org, Ann Ness. “We look forward to getting even more classroom materials into the hands of students through this meaningful partnership.”We encourage customers to shop Burlington for all their back-to-school needs this summer and donate $1 or more at checkout now until August 19th to help support teachers and their students locally and nationwide.For more information visit BurlingtonStores.com or AdoptAClassroom.org.last_img read more

Rob Lowe is heading to Vancouver to Direct Star in THE BAD

first_imgFilming starts February 26th and wraps March 30th Facebook THE GRINDER: THE GRINDER premieres this Fall on FOX. Pictured: Rob Lowe. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Company. Cr: Justin Stephens/FOX Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Twitter Rob Lowe will be directing and starring in a remake of the classic 1956 Oscar-nominated thriller The Bad Seed for Lifetime.Lowe plays the father who must stop his seemingly perfect daughter Emma from hurting people.The reimagining of the cult 1956 psychological horror film is penned by Barbara Marshall(Wish Upon) based on a best-selling novel by William March that was adapted to a long-running Broadway play.  Lowe, The Wolper Organization’s Mark Wolper (“Bates Motel”, “Roots”) and Elizabeth Stephen executive produce. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

British Columbia Utilities Commission issued final report onGasoline and Diesel Prices in

first_imgThe BCUC also received more than 70 letters of comment from members of the public and interested parties as well as three reports prepared by two independent consultants, shares the BCUC.The process also included four days of Oral Workshops for the Panel to ask Interveners questions, and for Interveners to ask questions on the independent reports.The Panel has recommended a one-month comment period on the Report to provide the Inquiry’s participants with an opportunity to submit additional evidence relevant to questions posed by the BC Government.To review the Panel’s detailed findings, refer to the Executive Summary or Final Report; CLICK HEREThe BCUC shares a final copy of the report has been provided to the Honourable Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued its Final Report with responses to questions posed by the Provincial Government and its key findings from its Inquiry into Gasoline and Diesel Prices in BC.Following the inquiry process, some of the Panel’s key findings include;There is a significant unexplained difference of approximately 13 cents per litre in wholesale gasoline prices between Southern BC and its Pacific Northwest cost comparator;The wholesale market for gasoline in BC is not truly competitive with high market concentration levels, high barriers to entry, and their ability to influence prices. Retail market prices can also be controlled by five refiner-marketers;There is no evidence to suggest that there is collusion among the retail operators nor is there evidence of cartel behaviour; andRegulation could potentially reduce the wholesale and/or retail margins to what is earned in comparable jurisdictions and reduce price volatility. However, further investigation should be done to determine if such an approach would be of benefit to British Columbian consumers.According to the BCUC, they established an independent, transparent and public inquiry process. The Panel considered evidence filed by 11 registered interveners including all major companies that have refining and retail business in BC.last_img read more

Cong slams Modi govt over election commissioner Lavasa recusing himself from meetings

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Saturday hit out at the Modi government over Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa recusing himself from EC meetings to discuss poll code violations, saying erosion of institutional integrity is the hallmark of the present dispensation. Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala cited a media report which claimed Lavasa, who disagreed with the poll panel’s decisions to clear Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of charges of violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), has since May 4 recused himself from all meetings to discuss MCC issues. Lavasa has reportedly insisted that he will do so only after dissent notes and minority decisions are included in the orders of the commission. “The Election Commission or Election Omission! Another Dark Day for Democracy!” Surjewala tweeted, tagging the media report. “Sh Ashok Lavasa, Member CEC, who dissented on multiple occasions when EC was busy giving clean chits to Modi-Shah duo, opts out of EC as the ECI even refuse to record dissent notes,” he said. Erosion of institutional integrity is the hallmark of the Modi government, Surjewala alleged. “SC Judges going public, RBI Governor’s resigning, CBI Director getting removed, CVC giving vacuous reports, Now dividing Election Commission!” the Congress leader said in another tweet. Will EC save the embarrassment by recording Lavasa’s dissent notes, he asked.last_img read more

EUs new support To Morocco new sign if Its commitment towards

first_imgBrussels  –   The new 176.9 million Euro extended to Morocco by the European Union reflects anew the EU commitment for Morocco and its social development, said the European commission.These funds come to support the new government which will need to apply a series of reforms, the release says, pointing out that it is part of the 2013 work program meant to back Morocco’s gradual anchoring to the EU and support the Moroccan education strategy launched in 2008.A part of these funds, worth 87 million Euros, will go to the “succeeding the advanced status” program meant to support the Kingdom’s efforts to adapt its legislation to the EU’s for gradual integration with the European market. The 89.9 million Euro-worth backing to the education strategy seeks to secure fair access to basic education nationwide in order to improve the quality and governance of education.last_img read more