Nokia’s South African online music store

first_img28 April 2009 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “South Africans have waited a long time for a local store offering both international hits and local favourites,” Nokia’s head of music for the Middle East and Africa, Jake Larsen, said in a statement last week. Record label alliances Tracks purchased can also be transferred via a PC to compatible Nokia devices, and the music collection can then simply be synchronised between the PC and a mobile device using the Nokia music PC client. Music on the Nokia Music Store can be purchased through a variety of payment options, including credit cards and pre-paid vouchers. Individual tracks cost R10, and an entire album can be purchased for R100. Customers to the store will also be able to listen to a 30-second clip from any track in the store prior to purchasing. The store’s intuitive user-interface makes downloading full-length tracks easy, and offers customers the options of create customised playlists and adding tracks to a wish-list before deciding on buying. Global cellphone giant Nokia has opened the virtual doors to its South African online music store, which will offer buyers a huge range of local and international tracks, including those by South African artists Prime Circle, Karen Zoid, Proverb and Simphiwe Dana.center_img “The Nokia Music Store caters for a variety of tastes and with just one account music lovers can access the store via any desktop computer or directly from optimised Nokia devices such as the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N96 and Nokia N95 8GB.” To ensure the Nokia Music Store is kept up to date with the latest tracks, Nokia has aligned globally and locally with major record labels such as Sony Music, Universal, EMI, Warner and local independents including African Cream, Coolspot, Sheer and Next Music. South Africa is the 16th country to see a local launch of the Nokia Music Store. Most recently, the store was launched in Ireland and the United Arab Emirates. The store boasts a variety South African artists, including rock bands The Narrow, Snotkop and Springbok Nude Girls; electronic acts Kalahari Surfers, Goldfish and Felix Laband: a full Afrikaans genre including the likes of Kurt Darren, Piet Botha and Karen Zoid; hip hoppers Prophets of da City; Judith Sephuma; kwaito guys Tzozo and Professor; MCs like Teba; and even traditional artists like Ladysmith Black Mambazo. /p> Buying music made easy The South African Nokia Music Store will also boast exclusive download rights for the MNet Idols season 5 winner track for a week, from 4 May onwards.last_img read more

Designer clothes, shoes on sale in Cape Town to support charities

first_imgAs part an on-going effort to support local charities, the Vintage, with Love initiative calls on regular South Africans donate or buy vintage designer clothes during their sale which begins on Spring Day.To help social enterprises that work towards educating communities and promote bettering literacy levels, the Vintage with Love event will have clothes and accessories on sale this weekend. Proceeds go to charities. (Image: Vintage with Love, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterProminent designer brand clothes, shoes and accessories are on sale at the popular fashion pop-up event Vintage, with Love from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September 2017 in Cape Town. This is an event where buyers will make a difference because proceeds will go to charitable causes and social enterprises.The Vintage, with Love sale promises to offer fashionable clothes, shoes and accessories that have been donated but is in good condition.Brand South Africa has previously joined forces with Partners for Possibility (PFP), one of the beneficiaries of this event. According to Dorcas Dube, marketing and communications manager of PFP, since the first event Vintage, with Love has raised enough funds to fully sponsor two principals from under-resourced schools.PFP is a leadership development and principal support process run by Symphonia for South Africa. Since 2010, Symphonia for South Africa has been supporting and empowering school principals by partnering business leaders to teach skills and knowledge to lead change.In the PFP process for example, business leaders guide principals to mobilise communities around their schools and work on leveraging resources.Watch this video to learn more about Partners for Possibility:The eventVintage, with Love posted a few sale items on Facebook:How Vintage, with Love startedVintage, with Love was founded in 2013 by Leigh Ord, a trained teacher and the co-founder of the Charities Unlimited golf day, and Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly, a journalist and communications consultant who specialises in décor, design, fashion, and food.With the help of volunteers, the two have hosted several large pop-ups in Cape Town and Johannesburg.According to the website, Vintage, with Love is a platform for women everywhere to be a part of a project to raise money for reputed literacy programmes – by simply clearing out their wardrobes.“Vintage with Love is inviting generous women in Johannesburg, Cape Town and elsewhere in South Africa, as well as designers and boutiques, to donate their once loved fabulous fashion items to a good cause,” reads the website.ContactEmail: info@vintagewithlove.co.zaTelephone: 079 521 9090Website: vintagewithlove.co.zaYou can also follow the team on Twitter or Facebook.Sources: Vintage with Love, Partners for Possibility and Vintage with Love, Facebook.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

5 Reasons You Should Consider Volunteering at Film Festivals

first_imgInterested in screening your films at film festivals? Here are five reasons why you should consider volunteering before you start making submissions.When you look at the huge number of submissions and all the competition to get into major film festivals, the odds of getting your project in can seem nearly impossible. However, if you’re eager enough, one great way to really learn how to get into your ideal film festival is simply to volunteer.Volunteering is much less competitive, and it can be a good way to make connections, see some great films and panels, and even support the filmmaking community.Let’s look at five of the best reasons to volunteer at film festivals — and how to maximize your time and personal investment.1. Free AccessWhile film festivals are forces of good for filmmakers and film fans alike, one downside is that they can become pretty pricey to attend. Your major festivals like Sundance and SXSW can cost upwards of $1,000 if you’re looking for a full badge or pass. So, if for no other reason, you should consider volunteering to get into festivals for free. Yes, you have to work, but many festivals reward their volunteers with passes that they can use on off days — or other opportunities to check out screenings, panels, and events.2. Get to Know the Programming StaffImage via Life and Times.Having covered festivals for several years (and even having been lucky enough to attend as a filmmaker), I will tell you that it’s the best way to meet the staff, programmers, and founders — or organizers. Festivals are really immersive environments, and you can easily find yourself spending 16-hour days with the same people over the course of a weekend — or sometimes a full week. It’s in those times that you can really get to know the key people involved and understand how they work.3. See the Movies (And What Makes Them Successful)If there’s one piece of advice that I would share with anyone trying to get a film into a film festival, it’s that it’s important to match the right film with the right festival. There are more film festivals in the world today than at any point in the past, and new ones are springing up by the week. Chances are there is a sub-genre, niche, or local festival that is the best fit for you — you just have to do the legwork to find it.Volunteering at festivals is great because it gives you a glimpse into what types of films a given festival shows (features, shorts, or other episodic/series). From there, you can tell if your projects are a good fit — or if you need to look for recommendations for other places more in line with your brand.Here’s an in-depth report on what types of movies get into SXSW (including genres and the cameras they used).4. Make Friends and ConnectionsImage via Jacob Lund.Having volunteered at festivals in the past, I would absolutely say it’s a great way to make new friends and connections — especially if you’ve just moved to a new town or university (as I had). Festivals are usually a good mix of locals and traveling filmmakers, so it’s easy to find people intermingling and introducing themselves as everyone gets to know one another.5. Move Up Next YearWithout stats or figures on this, I still feel safe saying that just about everyone who works in any capacity with a film festival started as a volunteer. Whether it was part time or helping out in some small capacity, everyone has to start somewhere. I’ve seen volunteers become programmers and even festival directors in under five years. It’s about showing up, having a good attitude, and coming back year after year. Once you’re a part of the system — and enjoying your time — volunteering can quickly turn into a bigger role, if not a full-time career.Cover image by Nick Starichenko.For more film festival insights and filmmaking advice, check out some of these articles.10 Things to Know Before Screening at Film FestivalsWhy Independent Film Festivals Matter Now More Than EverThe 10 Best Film Festivals For Up-And-Coming FilmmakersWhat to Include When Submitting Your Film to FestivalsAre Film Festivals Worth the Money?last_img read more

A peaceful Sunday in the Valley

first_imgLife in Kashmir Valley returned to normal on Sunday after two days of restrictions and strike as the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen “commander” Burhan Wani on Saturday remained by and large peaceful.Shops and other business establishments were open and public transport plied smoothly. Movement and assembly of people were unrestricted, officials said. Restrictions were lifted after two days as the situation remained peaceful on Saturday.Authorities restored mobile and broadband Internet services in Kashmir. While mobile Internet was restored on Saturday night, the BSNL’s broadband service resumed on Sunday morning. Only 2G connectivity An official, however, said only 2G connectivity was available on mobile networks. “The high-speed network is still suspended,” he said. He said the decision to restore it would be taken after assessing the situation.Internet services across the Valley were snapped on Thursday night as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of Wani’s death anniversary. Situation under controlThere were a few incidents of stone throwing on Saturday, but the situation remained under control and peaceful, the officials said.A woman was injured when she sustained multiple pellet injuries in one such clash in Shopian town. The separatists, including the Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the Yasin Malik-led JKLF, had called for a strike on Saturday. Restrictions had been imposed in five police station areas of Srinagar on July 7.last_img read more

Jalen Green posterizes 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto again

first_imgMANILA, Philippines–It was déjà vu all over again on Wednesday after Jalen Green, the prolific Fil-American guard, put the 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto on another poster in the 2019 NBTC League National Finals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments READ: Jalen Green puts Kai Sotto on a poster: ‘I just want to put on a show’But as if it still wasn’t enough, the 6-foot-5 Green got a steal on the next play then flushed home a two-handed slam off a lob.Green, who is the top US high school recruit in the 2020 class, dunked on Sotto during the same tournament last year. The only difference was, his latest poster had a little more emphasis.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES PBA: Alaska arrests skid, trumps Meralco to keep playoff hopes alive Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Green, who just seemed to have Sotto’s number, blew past his defender before exploding to the rim from the left baseline and threw down a nasty one-handed dunk over the Ateneo star in the second quarter of the game between FilAm Sports and the Blue Eaglets.JALEN GREEN POSTERIZES 7’2 KAI SOTTO! 😱 @JalenRomande #NBTConESPN5 #MadnessInMOA pic.twitter.com/6mFLn3oCSWFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics— ESPN5 (@Sports5PH) March 20, 2019 PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country directorlast_img read more

The Masters of Touch

first_imgThis interview is the last in a seven part series taken during the 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series held in Townsville from Friday, 11 to Sunday, 13 June.  In this interview we speak with Gavin Shuker.To view the video please follow the link http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865 or locate ‘MyTouch TV’ on the Touch Football Australia homepage www.austouch.com.aulast_img

9 months agoAllardyce withdraws from Huddersfield manager vacancy

first_imgAllardyce withdraws from Huddersfield manager vacancyby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town will not appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager.The Terriers parted ways with David Wagner on Monday by mutual consent.The German leaves with the club currently bottom of the table and eight points from safety. Reports had suggested that Allardyce was in the running for the role, given his history with saving clubs from relegation.But the former England boss has distanced himself from those links.He told talkSPORT: “As much as I like Huddersfield, it’s very difficult job indeed. For me, and I know the fans won’t want to hear this, it’s got to be about planning for relegation and then planning to get back into the Premier League.”For me, at this stage of my life if they made an approach I would chat with them, but I think it’s very unlikely, Alan.”They’ve only scored 12 goals in 22 matches, and while I’ve managed to pull teams out of the bottom end, at Sunderland I had Jermain Defoe and at Crystal Palace I had Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke.”Huddersfield’s trouble is not their performances, it’s a lack of goals and we all know what it means when you have a goalscorer.”It’s a very difficult task.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMaguire tells Man Utd fans: Goals coming soon

first_imgMaguire tells Man Utd fans: Goals coming soonby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Maguire is confident he’ll break his Manchester United scoring duck. The summer signing has yet to score in six Premier League appearances for United. Speaking ahead of Monday’s clash with Arsenal, Maguire said: “I see myself as a threat.”I’ve had a couple of headers this year up to now and I’m sure to get on the end of many more crosses and create chances in the box. It’s something I take pride in as I work on it on the training pitch. “I like to say I’ll chip in with some goals to help the team out in terms of getting some good results.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Texas House Committee Report Lays Foundation For Sandra Bland Act

first_imgSandra Bland/FacebookSandra Bland, who was found dead at the Waller County Jail on July 13.Fourteen recommendations in the Texas House County Affairs Committee’s recent report to lawmakers – including calls for them to increase police officer training for de-escalation and mental health awareness, to back jail-to-treatment diversion programs, and eliminate consent searches during stops – will be the foundation for the Sandra Bland Act.State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, announced last year that he would file the bill to address race, poverty, mental health and accountability in law enforcement and corrections.In 2015, former Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Brian Encinia stopped Sandra Bland in Prairie View after she failed to signal a lane change. Bland’s conversation with the arresting officer became heated, and she was arrested for assaulting a public servant.Bland, a 28-year-old Illinois woman, was found dead in her Waller County Jail cell three days after her arrest, sparking concerns about jail conditions and outrage across the country. Her death has been ruled a suicide by hanging. Share Though it’s legal, it doesn’t make sense for someone to be arrested because of a traffic violation or for a stop like Bland’s to escalate into an arrest, Coleman said.“If you look at Sandra Bland, the incident that led to her death – that’s all you have to look at,” said Coleman, who was the County Affairs chairman last session. Committee assignments for the 2017 session have not been announced.If a driver’s tail light is out, or they cross over the yellow line, no matter how briefly, “the law says they are jailable offenses, so we have to remove that from the statute,” Coleman said.“[Encinia] was well within his right to (arrest Bland), and that’s where we’re running into the problem,” he said. “It’s baked in the cake. Injustice is baked into the cake.”Other proposals from the committee include eliminating consent searches and raising the threshold for stops to something higher than the current “probable cause” and “reasonable suspicion.”Kevin Lawrence, executive director of the Texas Municipal Police Association, said his organization would oppose such changes.“It’s folly,”Lawrence said. “The whole premise behind it is the argument that the individuals are not truly consenting (to be searched), that somehow the officers are goading or tricking or whatever into consenting.”Lawrence said changing the standards for stops and searches would help defense attorneys confuse juries.“The standards are set,” he said. “The Fourth Amendment has worked well for 240 years now, and so tinkering with it at this point just because you’re trying to appease a constituency, not a good idea in our opinion.”Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh’s traffic stop based on probable cause is a good example of why the standards shouldn’t change, Lawrence said. McVeigh may have never been caught were it not for the traffic stop, he said.“During that stop, the officer, because of his training, his experience, his instinctive, intuitive perceptions of what was going on, he developed a reasonable suspicion to believe there was something more going on with that guy, so he went ahead and arrested him on the original traffic violation,” Lawrence said. “Once he did that, then they did a search of inventory of the automobile, where they found the lease agreement on the Ryder truck. And that was when they realized hey, we really have something more going on here, and they called the FBI, and the FBI traced that Ryder truck back to the Oklahoma City bombing.”In the proposal, the County Affairs Committee also recommends that lawmakers:require DPS to accurately document the race of the people they stopmandate that jails add electronic monitoring systems to document when “cell checks” are done on inmatescreate policies that promote more personal recognizance bonds — when courts release individuals without having to pay bail because they aren’t considered threats to the community or a flight riskensure that health care continues for people after they are released from jail. Medicaid, Supplemental Security Insurance and Social Security Disability Insurance are terminated when someone goes to jail, and the state takes over healthcare. The committee’s proposal calls for a suspension instead.Lawmakers also should address contraband behind bars by employing drug-sniffing dogs at all entry points of a facility, and officer contracts should stipulate that they be fired if they’re found guilty of perjury or aid another officer in committing perjury, said Cannon Lambert, an attorney for Sandra Bland’s family.Bland reportedly had marijuana in her system before she died.“They do regular walkthroughs,” Lambert said. “And to employ a drug dog seems sensible.”Encinia faces a perjury charge after a Waller County grand jury identified a discrepancy between what his official report says about why Bland stepped out of her car and what dashboard camera footage shows.The anti-perjury proposal “would change the culture of policing,” Lambert said. “That protects good officers from bad officers because the good officers can say ‘No, I can’t lie for you.’”Read more stories related to the Sandra Bland case:Texas’ top criminal justice lawmakers are considering sending community leaders into public schools to teach ninth graders how to interact with police.Texas county jails have seen an almost 60 percent decrease in suicides from last year.Two law enforcement agencies say they will start adding information on filing complaints to the citations they issue.The family of Sandra Bland — the woman who died in a Waller County Jail cell in 2015 — reached a settlement in September with Texas officials in a wrongful death lawsuit.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/03/texas-house-committee-report-lays-foundation-sandra-bland-act/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

Wyndham wins at Annual Vacation Ownership Awards

first_imgWyndham DestinationsWyndham wins at Annual Vacation Ownership AwardsWyndham Destinations Asia Pacific has claimed three Australian Timeshare Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC) Awards, with teams from the Gold Coast and Fiji and a Queensland resort manager picking up major accolades.Presented at the peak body’s annual conference in Fiji, the ATHOC Awards are nine prestigious honours that recognise and reward exceptionally talented individuals, teams and companies in the vacation ownership industry across the South Pacific.Wyndham Destinations’ Gold Coast-based Owner Marketing team, which communicates with the WorldMark South Pacific Club’s 57,000 vacation owner families and manages the company’s social media pages, was named Best Marketing Team of the Year.“Our Owner Marketing team has done an exceptional job of improving our marketing and social media efforts, site visitation and engagement through the optimisation of quality user-generated content,” said Gary Croker, Senior Vice President of Business Development Asia Pacific, Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific.“This Gold Coast team is skilled at building constructive relationships with our vacation owners and helping them gain an understanding of the power our product gives them. The team’s campaigns and solutions are leading the field in an area which is undergoing enormous technological change and disruption.”Meanwhile, the company’s Fiji Sales team was honoured with the Sales Team of the Year award, thanks to its commitment to customer service and using innovative ideas to showcase Fijian culture and hospitality to its guests.The General Manager at Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas, Duncan Mars, also received the Best Resort Manager accolade for implementing a high standard of personalised service and markedly improving the property’s performance.Duncan presided over a 7.8 per cent increase in occupancy during 2017 and an overhaul of housekeeping that brought about vast productivity improvements. Guests providing feedback on the resort now give Duncan and his team an average ranking of 9.09 out of 10.Source = Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacificlast_img read more