Daily Archives: July 14, 2016

Figuratively Speaking: “Love: From Cave To Keyboard, Imagined By Pepsi®” Explores History Of Non-Verbal Communication In New Interactive Exhibit

Global World Emoji Day Celebration With Maggie Gyllenhaal And LION BABE

PURCHASE, New York, July 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — #PEPSIMOJI — From hieroglyphics to pictograms, conversations have certainly evolved – yet throughout history, non-verbal communication has continued to transcend borders, connect cultures and speak volumes, without ever uttering a word. Today, communication around the world has been emojified with the whimsical, emotion brimming and visually surprising rotund digital images moving beyond just the keyboard. In celebration of World Emoji Day on July 17th and the brand’s global #PepsiMoji campaign, Pepsi® is opening an interactive exhibit that follows how love has been communicated through the ages.

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Love: From Cave to Keyboard, imagined by Pepsi, explores the evolution of communication through the emotional lens of love – from primitive etchings on earthen walls to illustrative hieroglyphics; icons drawn by hand to icons on the screen; from <3 to today’s evocative global language: emojis.

“Inspired by the communication currency of today’s digital culture and our very own emoji, the iconic Pepsi globe, and the more than 1,000 proprietary PepsiMoji designs created for our global PepsiMoji program – we’re bringing a unique and fun perspective on visual language and cultural conversation with this immersive exhibit,” said Carla Hassan, SVP Global Brand Management, Global Beverage Group, PepsiCo.

The limited engagement exhibit carries attendees through a variety of communication mediums, including:

  • Silent Film: In an Art Deco-style theatre-built-for-two, guests will be transported to the era of early awe-inspiring cinema, with a reel celebrating great moments of love captured on silent film narrated by Golden Globe winner Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Music: A sensorial, immersive experience showcases the transformative power of music to convey emotion with special DJ set from Soul / R&B duo LION BABE
  • Illustrations & Icons: One of the most iconic female illustrations – the creation of legendary animator Max Fleischer – and a global portrait of love, Betty Boop (#booplove) is getting a modern makeover for today’s generation, complete with her very own PepsiMoji design and layered augmented reality bringing her to life
  • Sign Language: A pop-up vignette performed by Amelia Hensley, Daniel Durant, Miles Barbee and Treshelle Edmonds – cast members from the Tony-nominated production of Spring Awakening, produced by Deaf West Theater – depicts the story of young love blooming over first date jitters, told completely through the beautiful and intensely expressive medium of sign language
  • Photography: A collection of curated images will portray the power of photography – one of the most personal and treasured means for capturing memories, telling stories and immortalizing the images of those we love. Capturing some of these stories in real-time, images shot by Instagram photographersDaniel Arnold (@arnold_daniel), @Roon and @JoshFromNY will create a photographic mosaic of various expressions of love from the exhibit’s own attendees
  • Ancient Communications: An interactive look back to history’s early incarnations of “love notes” through cave drawings, smoke signals, hieroglyphics, cuneiform, runes, symbology, Morse Code and other historical communication forms
  • The Rise of Emoji: The final installation tracks the evolution and many incarnations of the modern day emoji and features “Heart,” an original sculpture by Brooklyn-based artist Shinji Murakami, who brings to life a retro 8-bit image of a heart emoji into 3D. The installation leads to an immersive PepsiMoji experience, complete with facial recognition technology matching your expressions with a PepsiMoji design for social sharing.

Following a private, star-studded opening night celebration on Thursday, July 14th, Love: From Cave to Keyboard, imagined by Pepsi will be open to the public. Located at 433 Broadway in the heart of SoHo in Manhattan, the exhibit is free and open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th.

This year, Pepsi took the world’s global language – emojis – offline inviting consumers to “Say It With Pepsi” by unleashing over 1,000 proprietary PepsiMoji designs in more than 100 markets connecting people around the world through unique and provocative ways. The PepsiCo Design & Innovation Center created the catalogue of globally and locally relevant designs for a universal visual language system for the brand. To experience the full range, download the PepsiMoji Keyboard App for free on the Apple App and Google Play stores.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2015, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

Frost & Sullivan Acclaims NuWater’s Strong Customer Service Model for the Modular and Mobile Industrial Waste Water Treatment Market

NuWater has expanded its customer base by consistently providing above-industry average levels of services

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the modular and mobile industrial waste water treatment market, Frost & Sullivan recognises NuWater with the 2015 sub-Saharan African Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. Since its establishment, NuWater has demonstrated a commitment to exceeding customers’ expectations with its high-performance, reliable, and cost-effective solutions for water and wastewater treatment. Its outstanding ‘modular and mobile’ solutions as well as innovative commercial models are a testament to its clear thought leadership, and reflect its key business principles of responsiveness, flexibility, and scalability.

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“The modularity and mobility of NuWater’s solutions is made possible by its advanced membrane technologies, both proprietary and integrated third-party technologies, that enable significantly more treatment capacity to be accommodated in a far smaller plant footprint,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Constance Nyambayo. “It further distinguished itself by delivering rapidly deployable, and where relevant, re-deployable, water and wastewater treatment solutions along with the related services and financing solutions.”

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NuWater pioneered the use of high-flux 16″ Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology with its patented Flow Distributor (FD) and Electromagnetic Field (EMF) technologies that reduce fouling and scaling, the two major challenges in RO technology usage. Its 16″ RO technology can reduce the footprint of a NuWater RO plant to less than half of that of a similar plant based on conventional 8″ RO technology.

Its compact form factor makes it feasible for a single plant installation to treat more than 20 million litres of wastewater every day. Alternately, NuWater plants can be scaled down to treat as little as 50,000 litres per day. This ability to rapidly add and reduce capacity over the lifetime of a customer’s project, as well as to change plant configurations in line with a customer’s operational changes or the chemistry of the wastewater, eliminates redundancy and ultimately, lowers costs.

Reliability and energy efficiency are the two other key areas of design focus for NuWater, which translates to the most attractive OPEX and CAPEX in the market. In addition, NuWater has incorporated alternative energy sources such as solar to offer complete off-grid solutions. This ‘green’ approach showcase NuWater’s thought leadership within the WWT sector / water-energy nexus.

Other research thrusts include brine treatment technologies including eutectic freeze crystallisation, membrane distillation, and heavy metal recovery coupled with hydrogen production from acid mine drainage via microbial electrolysis.

“NuWater’s keen technological innovation, and the resulting flexibility and responsiveness of its solutions are evident in its commercial offerings. It provides a complete value proposition covering plant design, build, financing and operation,” observed Nyambayo. “Consequently, customers are able to transfer the technical and financial risks associated with setting up a new plant back to NuWater. This business model better aligns the interests of customers and the service provider.”

Maintaining ownership of its plants as well as the responsibility of their day-to-day operation and maintenance allows NuWater to safeguard the longevity of the equipment and ensure that plants are run efficiently with as little downtime as possible. Its attention to plant automation, remote monitoring, and data-driven performance management has placed it in a position to make better informed technology upgrade decisions based on quantifiable investment returns.

While Sub-Saharan African countries present exciting growth opportunities for NuWater in its main target industrial sectors, it has also entered the traditionally conservative municipal water and wastewater market. It has already secured its first project in this sector with a modular and mobile plant to augment an existing water treatment plant in South Africa by 20 million litres per day.

Acknowledging the impressive customer-centric strategies of NuWater, Krishna Srinivasan, Global President and Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan remarked, “The key to the long-term success of any company is its ability to continuously nurture and enhance the value of its services to its customers. As such, Frost & Sullivan is excited to recognise NuWater for its industry-leading focus on enriching customer experience and customer ROI for its services in the modular and mobile industrial waste water treatment market.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers by improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognises the company’s inordinate emphasis on refining the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and ultimately customer base expansion.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About NuWater

NuWater is a technology-led company that designs, builds, owns and operates advanced ‘Modular & Mobile’ water and wastewater treatment and desalination plants. The company has international operations in South Africa, Singapore and Mexico and is expanding its presence to India, Thailand and the Middle East. The company has a strong focus on emerging markets, and in particular on sub-Saharan Africa.

NuWater specialises in the mining, energy and power sectors. These industries require large volumes of high quality water to operate and are producers of large volumes of wastewater. NuWater’s flexible, rapidly deployable, and readily scalable treatment plants, combined with its innovative build, own and operate commercial model, is helping establish NuWater not just as a thought leader but also as a trusted delivery partner to its customers. The combination of innovative technical and commercial solutions is also finding increasing traction in the public sector as the conventional approach to large-scale fixed and centralised infrastructure fails to keep pace with growing populations.

NuWater’s commitment to delivering reliable and cost-effective distributed water and wastewater solutions will continue to support the company’s rapid growth.

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Jhpiego Reaches Two Million Men and Youth with Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention

BALTIMORE, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — More than 2 million men and youth across sub-Saharan Africa have reduced their lifetime risk of HIV infection by accessing Jhpiego-supported voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services. This milestone represents more than 15 percent of the World Health Organization-estimated 11.7 million VMMCs performed worldwide.

Jhpiego, a nonprofit global health affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University, has worked with the governments of 12 African countries since 2008 to implement VMMC as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy aimed at interrupting the transmission of HIV to save lives. Studies have shown that VMMC reduces female-to-male HIV transmission by approximately 70 percent.

Jhpiego’s work to provide 2 million safe, high-quality VMMC procedures has been funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program.

New mathematical modeling to be released by PEPFAR through USAID’s Supporting Operational AIDS Research project suggests Jhpiego’s results alone could avert more than 50,000 HIV infections through 2025.

“The world has made incredible progress in its efforts to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. Jhpiego is proud to have played a part in that progress. With the strong leadership and partnership of local governments and providers, and the support of the US Government, we look forward to accelerating the pace of change to create an AIDS-free generation,” said Leslie Mancuso, Jhpiego CEO and President.

In cooperation with countries’ ministries of health and defense, and the World Health Organization, Jhpiego has been instrumental in preventing the spread of HIV on global and national levels. Jhpiego has helped shape the clinical standards for quality VMMC implementation and co-written the WHO reference manual that serves as the definitive clinical resource for VMMC programs. Jhpiego has worked with countries to train thousands of health workers to provide safe, high-quality procedures and developed quality assurance and improvement protocols for VMMC programs.

Increasing access to VMMC services has been one of Jhpiego’s most profound contributions to the challenge of preventing the spread of HIV. Jhpiego’s work has enabled men and boys across Africa to access HIV testing, information about sexual and reproductive health, and other health screening, along with circumcision. For more information, visit www.jhpiego.org.

Labour on Manufacturing Sector stakeholder engagement session

South Africa’s workplaces reflect a picture in which the privileged continue to enjoy advantages in accessing opportunities, said Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) Chairperson, Tabea Kabinde.

Addressing a stakeholder engagement session with the Manufacturing Sector on employment equity issues, Kabinde said there was no movement at top management of new people. She said the people at top level who were moving were being recruited at top levels elsewhere.

The Manufacturing Sector engagement was held today at Saint George’s Hotel in Irene. The stakeholder engagement sessions are hosted by the Department of Labour and the Commission for Employment Equity. The first engagement session was held last month with the Retail and Motor sector.

The engagements are planned to be held with business leaders from the various sectors.

This follows the continued slow pace of transforming the South African labour market, where designated groups are still confined to the lower levels in the workplace.

During the launch of the 16th CEE Annual Report, Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant promised that the Commission for Employment Equity will embark on engagements with business leaders of the various sectors to establish what causes the snail pace of transformation in the workplaces.

The aim of the sectoral engagements is to consult business leaders or their representatives (managers, human resource officers, EE officers among others) on employment equity issues. The CEE is interested in establishing challenges that employers face in employment equity implementation and strategies so as to overcome them.

The Commission for Employment Equity is a statutory body established in terms of section 28 of the Employment Equity Act. Its role is to advise Labour Minister on any matter concerning the Act, including policy and matters pertaining to the implementation of the EE Act.

The 16th CEE Annual Report found that after 18 years since the enactment of the Employment Equity Act, the top and senior management positions in the workplace are largely still occupied by white people.

The make-up of manufacturing sector in terms of the national economically active population (EAP) in terms of population group(s) and gender is as follows – Africans constitute 77,4 percent (male 42,1 percent; female 35,3 percent), Coloured (male 5,4 percent; female 4,6 percent), Indian (male 1,7 percent; female 1,0 percent), White (5,6 percent; female 4,3 percent).

In terms of workforce profile at the top management in the Manufacturing Sector, the White group constitute 73,5 percent for all genders compared to African group at 6,9 percent for all genders. Foreign nationals sit at five percent.

The disproportionate situation is the same in terms of recruitment and promotion, where the White group still dominate in comparison with other population groups.

Kabinde said this situation reflects entrenched trends. She said training trends in the sector shows that skills development was being extended mainly to the training of white males, and this paints a wrong picture.

“Through the engagements we want to find out why transformation is not happening at a rate we want. We have not been honest in our engagements on transformation matters. We need to pick your brains how to change the picture. Perhaps we need a policy change and new best practices in order to transform,” she said.

Out of the engagement today the Commission has identified among areas of concerns issues such as: skills development, extending of skills pool, ownership and skills development are inseparable, that transformation is easy to implement in a booming economy, stereotypes and poaching.

The Commission has concluded that it will look at mindset change, strategies to develop skills, and criminalise non-compliance.

More engagements are planned to be held later this month up until September 2016 with sectors such as Finance, Catering & Accommodation, Mining & Quarrying, Wholesale, Construction, Transport, Educational Institutions and Local Government.

All engagements will include Sector Education & Training Authority (SETA) and trade unions operating in that particular sector. All the planned engagements will be held in Gauteng with the exception of one that will be held on 04 August 2016 in Cape Town. Venues of the other engagements will be confirmed in due course.

Source: Government of South Africa.

President Zuma to attend AU Summit in Rwanda

President Jacob Zuma will travel to Kigali, in the Republic of Rwanda to attend the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) Summit from 15-18 July 2016.

The 2016 mid-year Summit will be held under the theme: “2016: African Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on Women Rights.”

The 2016 theme is of significance as the continent continues to reflect on progress made in the field of human rights, especially women’s rights, at a time when the thrust of the African Union Agenda 2063: “A Shared Strategic Framework for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development,” is being implemented and domesticated by AU Member States and their respective regions.

Among the other major issues of focus, the Summit will look at the state of peace and security in Africa, the financing of the AU, United Nations reform, the integration of the continent and the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area, the implementation of NEPAD projects and the consideration of reports such as Aids Watch Africa and the African Trade and Implementation of the Kigali Water Action Plan, amongst others.

South Africa is a member of the Peace and Security Council until 31 March 2018.

The countries of the Southern African region, (SADC), have endorsed the candidature of Dr Pelonomi Venson-Motoi, the Foreign Minister of Botswana to succeed Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as AU Commission chairperson.

Ministers and authorities designated by the governments of the AU Member States participating in the 29th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, are deliberating on the different reports of the Specialised Technical Committee ministerial meetings organised by the AU Commission during the last six months.

President Zuma will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; the Minister of State Security, Mr David Mahlobo; and the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa