German TV Pulls Roger Waters Concert Sponsorship Citing Antisemitism

first_imgGerman public broadcast corporation Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) recently announced that it will not sponsor former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters’ upcoming concert at Cologne, Germany’s Lanxess Arena on June 11th, 2018. WDR pulled its sponsorship of the Roger Waters concert following a public petition led by a German Jewish woman, Malca Goldstein-Wolf, that urged the local public broadcast network to “not to grant support with public money for…an antisemite” received 1,500 signatures.Before 2013, the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that fights against antisemitism in the United States, defended Waters, a leading figure in the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel, against accusations of anti-semitism. However, after the former Pink Floyd frontman, in an interview, compared Israel to Nazi Germany, the Anti-Defamation League changed its stance, stating that Waters’ “comments about Jews and Israel have gotten progressively worse over time. It started with anti-Israel invective, and has now morphed into conspiratorial anti-Semitism.”Tom Burhow, head of WDR took to social media to explain the broadcast company’s sponsorship pull, noting, “I tell you, since it’s important to me that you should know how important your feelings are to me: sponsorship of the concert is cancelled. Please regard my clear decision as a personal message of trustworthiness and understanding.”[H/T JTA; Photo: Chad Anderson]last_img read more

World Cup boost to SA advertising

first_imgNike launched a major ad campaign thatallows fans to celebrate their favouriteplayers.(Image: www.nikemedia.com)MEDIA CONTACTS• John WolfeGroup Mjo[email protected] ARTICLES• Business school to expand in Africa• World Cup mobisite launched• Capitec gets nod from Swiss• SA chocolates for all Oscar starsNosimilo RamelaThe South African advertising industry looks set for a R1.7-billion (US$221-million) increase this year as major sports brands invest millions in marketing targeting World Cup fans.Part of this is a major new ad campaign by global sports brand Nike, in direct competition to World Cup sponsor Adidas. The campaign, announced on 23 June, it has Facebook and Twitter messages sent by football fans displayed on a giant electronic screen alongside digital images of football stars signed to the brand.This super-ad appears on Africa’s largest digital advertising screen on the Life Centre building in Johannesburg. Soaring above the downtown area the 30-storey, 138-metre-high building is one of the city’s most iconic structures.Covering two sides of the building adorn are 90-metre-tall images of Cristiano Ronaldo and Robinho which, together, are the size of half a football field. The fourth-tallest in Johannesburg, the Life Centre is visible from across the city – prime advertising real estate.Nike is encouraging sports fans from around the world to submit special messages to inspire their favourite players. A hundred messages will be chosen each night and transformed into animation on the digital screen. When a fan’s message is chosen they are sent a notification with a picture of the headline and the animation created from it.One of the first people to post a message was Anton Ferdinand, brother of England captain Rio Ferdinand. The message – “Believe to achieve” – will be accompanied by an image of England star Wayne Rooney.The campaign is part of Nike’s Write the Future campaign launched for the 2010 World Cup. The Write the Future video has gone seriously vial on YouTube, with over 32-million views since its launch in May.Rising from the downturnThe recent global economic recession shrank South Africa’s economy to only 0.4% year-on-year growth in 2009, according to Group M, WPP’s combined media buying operation. This was a heavy blow for the county’s fast growing advertising industry which had benefited from double-digit growth for the previous eight years.South Africa’s hosting of the World Cup has seen Group M double its original growth forecast for 2010 from 3% to 6.8%. The country is now predicted to fetch in an estimated R1.7-billion ($221-million) more in advertising this year than in 2009.Television advertising alone is expected to be up by R153-million ($2-billion), a 10% year-on-year growth. “Despite the World Cup being one of the most predictable events for media growth, we were pleased to double our ad growth forecast to 7% this year, driven by TV,” said Adam Smith, director of Group M. “This is an unusually TV-dominated ad economy, which creates lots of leverage around sporting events.”Internet advertising is anticipated to be up R145-million ($19-million), a 20% increase.last_img read more

Ramaphosa explains the National Development Plan

first_imgSongezo Zibi from Business Day (far left) was the MC for the event and Cyril Ramaphosa (on the right) gave the lecture on how the NDP will improve South Africa. (Image: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zama Ndlovu+ 27 79 891 1301 RELATED ARTICLES • We look up to you: Ibrahim• Gender equality under the spotlight• SA is getting plenty right• Gauteng celebrates carnival culture Ray MaotaThe broad aim of the National Development Plan (NDP) is to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. The economic advantages of achieving this goal were discussed at an NDP Lecture, given by Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy chair of the National Planning Commission.Unpacking the plan, Ramaphosa, who is also the deputy president of the ANC, spoke to a hall packed to the rafters with students, business people and some members of the commission. The lecture took place at the Great Hall of the University of the Witwatersrand in Braamfontein on 10 September.South Africa can realise these goals, according to the plan, by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.Ramaphosa said: “When President Jacob Zuma decided to appoint the National Planning Commission in May 2010, he was motivated by an urge to have a plan for South Africa; he kept saying we were one country that didn’t have an overarching plan that united everyone.”He talked about how the Freedom Charter was a plan by the ANC, although it was incorporated into the Constitution. The NDP, he said, would be a blueprint which every South African would buy into and which would unite the country. Coherent programme“The NDP will serve as a vision and a coherent programme to overcome the challenges facing South Africa,” said Ramaphosa. These were inequality, poverty and unemployment. If South Africa was to overcome poverty and unemployment, then solving its economic challenges had to be at the heart of our objectives as a people and as a country.“All of us as South Africans will be able to say we seek an economy that serves all of our interests … an economy that will be able to absorb people seeking work, one that is competitive and [one in which] the incomes of the poor will be rising higher and higher,” he added. “Our vision is of an economy that is diverse in what we produce as South Africans and also in terms of who owns this economy, who manages this economy, and also who works in this economy.”The NDP identified improving the quality of public services as critical to achieving transformation. This would require provinces to focus on identifying and overcoming the obstacles to achieving improved outcomes, including the need to strengthen the ability of local government to fulfil its developmental role. “We seek firms or businesses that are profitable and play a constructive role in supporting development and social cohesion. We seek an effective state that allows business expansion, protects workers’ rights and ensures that the poor get a better life.”Ramaphosa added that despite making inroads since 1994, the South African economy still did not serve the interests of all. Many of the unemployed people in the country lacked the skills they needed to enter certain markets. The challenge of creating meaningful jobs would forever be present, and this was the struggle “we must engage in”.“We all want what is best for our people and what is best for our country. This plan is not perfect. There is no perfect plan in the world, and where there are differences, they must be resolved.”Although Ramaphosa’s lecture was generally well received, there were some interruptions by people protesting the Marikana massacre. Ramaphosa was a former board member at Lonmin. He has been criticised for calling for action against the mineworkers before the shooting.last_img read more

Lingard downs Chelsea as Man Utd come from behind

first_imgManchester United 2 Chelsea 1: Lukaku and Lingard complete Old Trafford comeback Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 23:59 2/25/18 jesse lingard - cropped Getty Images Manchester United moved back into second in the Premier League after coming from behind to beat champions Chelsea. Romelu Lukaku ended his wait for a Manchester United goal against a top Premier League side as the Red Devils came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday.The Belgium international cancelled out Willian’s opener and set up Jesse Lingard for a second-half winner as Jose Mourinho’s side moved back above Liverpool to within 13 points of league leaders Manchester City.United’s 2-0 win in this fixture last season was their only victory over Chelsea across 14 matches in all competitions, and it seemed that poor record was set to continue when Willian blasted home his 12th goal of the season to cap a strong first half-hour from the visitors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lukaku levelled before the break with his first opportunity though, combining well with Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial before slotting home his first goal against a team in the top eight in 2017-18.The game seemed destined to end in a draw until substitute Lingard headed home with 15 minutes left, lifting United two points back above Liverpool and leaving the reigning champions in fifth, two behind Tottenham.1 – Romelu Lukaku has scored 13 goals in the Premier League this season, however this was his first against a team currently in the top eight. Overdue. pic.twitter.com/bi4Qn1IwhY — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 25, 2018 Chelsea’s bright start saw them come within inches of taking the lead just five minutes in, with Alvaro Morata – restored to the starting line-up in the league for the first time since January 13 – crashing a volley off the crossbar from point-blank range after being picked out by Marcos Alonso.United had looked happy to allow the visitors the early possession and showed some more attacking intent midway through the half, with Alexis Sanchez spurning a terrific chance when he prodded the ball straight at Thibaut Courtois after taking what seemed to be an unnecessary extra touch.It proved a costly miss, as Chelsea stunned the hosts on the break 32 minutes in. Eden Hazard took the ball into the United half and played a fine reverse pass into the path of Willian, who had time to stride into the box and drill the ball past David de Gea, who should perhaps have done better.19 – Willian has been directly involved in 19 goals in all competitions for Chelsea this season (12 goals and seven assists); his most in a single campaign for the Blues. Handful. pic.twitter.com/UnLZuq1uJC — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 25, 2018 The visitors were comfortably on top but United found an equaliser six minutes before the break as their front three suddenly came to life. Sanchez fed Martial in the penalty area and the Frenchman laid the ball into the path of Lukaku, who side-footed past Courtois.The game settled back into a stalemate as neither team looked prepared to risk a defeat, although De Gea’s unconvincing stop from Danny Drinkwater led to a timely clearance by Antonio Valencia, with Alonso ready to pounce.Sanchez had found it tough to influence proceedings but he almost created a second for Lukaku, with Courtois reacting brilliantly to tip over the Belgian’s volley.But just as the game seemed set to end level, Lingard once more emerged as United’s hero, darting in behind Andreas Christensen to head in Lukaku’s cross from the right and send the Stretford End into raptures. Key Opta stats:- Manchester United have won two of their last three matches against Chelsea (L1) – one more than they managed in their previous 14 combined against the Blues (one).- Chelsea have lost back to back away Premier League matches for the first time since November 2015, when they were managed by Jose Mourinho.- The Red Devils have lost just one of their last 35 home league matches against the reigning top-flight champions (W20 D14).- Chelsea lost a Premier League match in which they scored first for the first time since last April against Crystal Palace – they had won 22 games consecutively when scoring first before today.- Willian has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season, equalling his best tally in a season for Chelsea (also 12 in 2016-17).- Eden Hazard has been involved in nine goals in his last eight appearances for Chelsea in all competitions (six goals, three assists).- Romelu Lukaku found the net against one of the sides currently occupying the top eight of the Premier League for the first time this season – he had played 10 games without scoring before this match.- Jesse Lingard has scored 13 goals in all competitions for Manchester United this season – only Lukaku (22) has scored more.- Chelsea have only lost four of their last 55 Premier League games played on Sunday – all four defeats have been in Manchester (two against United, two against City). read morelast_img read more

CMI Signs Cooperation Agreement with Antwerp Maritime Academy in Belgium

first_imgThe Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) has signed a cooperation agreement with Belgium’s Antwerp Maritime Academy (AMA) to develop a curriculum covering several key areas of study.Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, has lauded this collaboration which he said will facilitate capacity building and student and teacher exchanges between the institutions.Speaking at the recent signing ceremony at the CMI’s main campus in Kingston, Mr. Henry said the collaboration’s forging was timely in light of ongoing developments in the dynamic global shipping industry“The friendship between Jamaica and Belgium will be strengthened even more, as a result of this new bold innovative step. AMA is the leading maritime educational institution in Europe and CMI is the Caribbean’s leading maritime school. In this context, I am of the firm belief that these two institutions are marrying into a union that (abounds) with possibilities” he added.For her part, Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, who represented Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, also welcomed the collaboration noting that it presents an excellent opportunity to expand educational and training cooperation between Belgium and Jamaica.“The CMI’s growth and expansion of programme offerings over the past decade is a reflection of the increasing demand within the region for well-trained students for the maritime sector” she said.Dr. McLean added that as Jamaica moves to develop a logistics hub and more Caribbean territories build-out their maritime sectors, “we expect that there will be an even greater demand for well trained personnel to serve the region.” In this regard, she said the CMI would be called upon to make a greater contribution to facilitate this.“This agreement with the AMA with its well established training programmes for students from across Europe and outside the continent, augurs well for the exposure of regional students to the best and most current training techniques that are available” she contended.Dr. McLean further said that in addition to facilitating capacity building within Jamaica’s maritime sector, “in this era of global interconnectivity, the benefits to several countries and sectors will be immeasurable.”last_img read more

Just in time for the Bachelorette premiere on May 28 come Canadian

center_img Think of the ways that wine is connected to The Bachelor and Bachelorette franchise: the stars nearly always have a glass of the stuff on hand during dates on the ABC reality shows and fans have been known to imbibe as they watch.Consider the drinking games last season alone: “Quick, take a swig every time Arie Luyendyk, Jr. kisses someone!”Now, for those who like homogeneity in their lives, you can drink a Bachelor-branded wine while watching The Bachelorette when it debuts May 28. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img

TROPICAL STORM Matthew is now a KILLER

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:DDME urges residence to be prepared, one death reported in St. Vincent due to TS Matthew Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 28, 2016 – One death reported from St. Vincent and the Grenadines as strong TS Matthew lashes the islands of the South Western Caribbean.   DDME Director Dr. Virginia Clerveaux is being briefed regularly by her counterparts in the strike zone.The damage already being caused by the 13th named system for the 2016 season is further evidence that it only takes one, that one does not have to be a severe hurricane and proof that preparedness is key.  TCI has fortunately missed a direct impact so far this year, and this is a blessing.  Though there is a tendency for some to feel cheated when a storm dissipates or changes trajectory; it is undeniable that the spending on preparation is far less expensive and painful than paying for a direct hit.Storms in recent years caused mainly flood damage and have cost TCI hundreds of millions in direct spending and lost revenue, combined.  Matthew is forecast to become a hurricane and will make a northern turn which will send it in our general direction.  Brace for it by being prepared and recognize that here is still one more month left in the hurricane peak season.DDME has already had meetings with District Commissioners ahead of TS Matthew and tomorrow, Shelter Managers will run a simulation of setting up a storm shelter….. it will happen at the Gus Lightbourne Gym.last_img read more

Luciano Spalletti shrugs off rumours he could lose his job

first_imgInter Milan head Coach Luciano Spalletti has trashed the rumour that suggested he could lose his job, adding that “you’re always under scrutiny, as far as I’m concerned”.Inter has lost six matches out of their seven last games in all competitions, and reports emerged that Spalletti could lose his job to the likes of Antonio Conte, Diego Simeone and Jose Mourinho.“I’d have felt under scrutiny even if we’d got through the group [in the Champions League],” Spalletti shrugged, speaking in a Press conference today as quoted by Football Italia.“You’re always under scrutiny, as far as I’m concerned, one day when we have more time I’ll tell you about my career to get to Inter, they are beautiful stories to tell.“Rumours don’t bother me, maybe the support they want to give me annoys me, because if someone wants to give you support it means they want to help you, but at the same time they’re saying you can’t do it alone.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Let’s say I’m more sick of what you want to insinuate by writing it.”New CEO Giuseppe Marotta backed Spalletti yesterday, saying he should be left to work without disturbances and reacting to that, Spalletti continued:“Marotta’s words are pleasing, and what I’ll say is that I’ve had a lot of messages about not giving up, but I have the solutions inside. I’ve already been here, I know this subject.“I’ve been in dressing rooms with teams which have lost 13 games in a row. The support pleases me, but it’s just one thing more. These are words which can even damage you more.”last_img read more