People who take up contracts with Red Bull Mobile will receive Red Bull branded smartphones and exclusive content. (Image: Ray Maota) Energy drink giant Red Bull will soon launch a mobile virtual network operation (MVNO) in South Africa, becoming the second player to do so after Virgin Mobile established itself in the country in 2006. The new South African venture will be a partnership between the beverage company and mobile network operator Cell C.The MVNO will be officially launched in Johannesburg on 8 February 2011. Details over pricing and the network’s range have yet to be confirmed.Initially, Red Bull Mobile will only offer contract deals, no pre-paid option. Those who sign up for contracts will receive branded smartphones offering mobile TV services featuring extreme sports.Consumers will also be able to download Red Bull content including music, wallpapers, games and videos.Red Bull Mobile has already established MVNOs in Switzerland, Hungary and Austria, and will be launching in Germany soon.It will join Virgin Mobile, of the Richard Branson-run Virgin Group, in utilising Cell C’s infrastructure.Virgin Mobile, a 50-50 partnership between Cell C and the Virgin Group, have not been as successful as they’d hoped to be in South Africa, admitting that their initial aspirations were to gain a 10% share of the market. The group now says it will settle for 1%.“Virgin Mobile banked on mobile number portability at its inception, but this did not pay off because South Africans are seemingly reluctant to change service providers,” said Spiwe Chireka of Frost & Sullivan, mobile-operator analysts.In light of Virgin’s dwindled market share, Cell C is rumoured to be considering selling its stake in Virgin Mobile to mobile phone distributor Allied Mobile.Value-adding the keyDespite the lack of market penetration by Virgin Mobile, analysts say they have faith in Red Bull Mobile.BMI-TechKnowledge MD Denis Smit said: “It’s no longer good enough to bring in a player that is only trying to claw at (mobile phone) minutes. They must be able to provide value to subscribers on top of those minutes and Red Bull can do this.“Red Bull is a marketing giant and can take advantage of promotion opportunities that come along with a niche mobile service.”BMI-TechKnowledge is a commercial and industrial research company.Andrew Snead, who works closely with Cell C and is a senior partner at telecoms consulting group Delta Partners, said: “For an MVNO to work anywhere in the world, it needs to have a clear value proposition.“MVNOs can offer something different but they have to keep the economics in mind. They must offer unique value to customers, perhaps by providing discounted tariffs, or offering value-adding content.”Massive successRed Bull was created in 1984 by Austrian entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz, who had become aware of the growing popularity of energy tonic drinks in Asia.Today, Red Bull’s headquarters are based in Fuschl am See, Austria, and are built to resemble two volcanoes symbolising power and energy.After developing a unique marketing campaign, Mateschitz began selling his product Austria in 1987, and the brand soon took off.Today its product line consists of Red Bull Energy Drink, Red Bull Sugarfree, Red Bull Cola and Red Bull Energy Shots.Nearly 4-billion cans of Red Bull are consumed every year.Red Bull hosts about 400 events in South Africa every year, ranging from surfing competitions, adventure sports, high-profile music events and the popular Red Bull Box Cart Race. Internationally, it also sponsors Formula One races.Third mobile network in SACell C was launched in South Africa in 2001 as the country’s third mobile network operator. Nowadays it has just over 6-million users.In November 2010 the operator introduced its much-anticipated internet network.Cell C’s CEO Lars Reichelt said at that launch: “It’s a high-speed packet access plus (HSPA+) with more bandwidth speed than that offered by other operators.” Other operators use only HSPA, making Cell C’s network faster.Cell C’s internet network has access to a 1 600km fibre-optic cable and 2 000 transmitters. It’s been working with companies like Neotel, Dark Fibre Africa and Nokia Siemens Networks to improve its functionality.
Brand South Africa Partners with the Eastern Cape Department of Transport, Tourism, National Heritage Council and other stakeholders for second annual Eastern Cape SUV Challenge Tour 2019
By Mduduzi MalingaBrand South Africa in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Department of Transport, Tourism and National Heritage Council hosted the second annual Eastern Cape SUV Challenge Tour from the 31 October – 3 November 2019. The challenge kicked off in Port Elizabeth, through Makhanda and Hamburg, making a stop at Mngqesha Great Place, then proceeded to East London, Butterworth, and Mqhekezweni and ended up at Coffee Bay.The event was part of a road-safety campaign, which not only connects communities, but is also an effective tool that creates awareness on profiling and promoting the Eastern Cape as a tourist and investment destination. Over 70 vehicles took part in the 500km expedition through the Eastern Cape, visiting towns, villages, schools and communities, relaying the message of road safety.This is in line with Brand South Africa’s mandate to promote road safety to empower rural communities to play their part through encouraging road to respect the rules and regulations on our roads.“The SUV challenge was instrumental in bringing together various stakeholders from government, universities and corporate South Africa, to affirm their commitment to road safety, as well as showcasing the heritage and tourism features of the province. These elements feed into the attractiveness of the South African Nation Brand. The tour illustrated the effectiveness of collaboration across sectors,’’ said Ms Toni Gumede, Strategic Relationship Manager for government at Brand South Africa.Event organizer, Siya Mbete said: “Our intention is to address the issue of road carnage but at the same time we want to assist learners to make informed choices as they go into universities and colleges.”Brand South Africa would like to thank Nissan South Africa, the Eastern Cape Department of Transport, Tourism and the National Heritage Council for playing their part in promoting the Nation Brand.
West Indies entered the Super Eights of the ICC World Twenty20 by virtue of superior net run-rate after their final group league encounter against Ireland was called off due to heavy downpour at the R Premadasa Stadium, here today.Despite both finished on a point each having lost their respective match against Australia, it was West Indies who qualified with a superior run-rate of -1.855 than Ireland’s -2.092 and will be playing the Super Eights against New Zealand, England and hosts Sri Lanka.The only worry for Darren Sammy’s men will be entering the next stage without having won a single match among the eight teams that will be fighting it out in the Super Eights.A disciplined effort by West Indies bowlers saw them restrict Ireland to a modest 129 for six in the rain-curtailed final Group B match.The match was reduced to 19-overs-a-side affair after steady drizzle delayed the proceedings by 50 minutes.Chris Gayle was the most successful bowler with figures of two for 21 while Ravi Rampaul, captain Darren Sammy, Fidel Edwards and Sunil Narine got a wicket apiece after the West Indian skipper opted to field.Ireland captain William Porterfield was again out of the very first ball of the match. After Shane Watson got rid off him with a perfect bouncer in their last game, it was Fidel Edwards’ turn to clean him up with a lethal yorker which he failed to dig out.Paul Stirling (19) and Ed Joyce (17) then hit a few lusty blows as Ireland reached 33 for one after five overs when steady drizzle stopped play.After a break of nearly an hour, the proceedings started once again and off-spinner Narine removed Joyce. It was an off-break which saw the left-hander getting bowled round his legs.advertisement
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone: Real Madrid improving a lotby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes they face an in-form Real Madrid today.In typical Cholo fashion, the Argentine shunned questions about either off-field or non-footballing matters.”I think that Real Madrid have very good players and when they take advantage of the spaces they are tough to defend against,” he responded, despite the question being on what he thought of Barcelona’s 300-euro fine for approaching Antoine Griezmann before his transfer to the club.”Bale is growing, Benzema is in fine form and Hazard has great qualities,” he added, independently of the initial question.Asked who were favourites, Simeone felt that there was very little in it, though he did note Madrid’s recent improvement.”These types of matches are tight and are defined by details which sway the game to one side or another.”Real Madrid improved a lot in Seville, and continued in that way against Osasuna even when they made changes. I imagine they will continue on that path,” he stated.
Wales coach Ryan Giggs: Man Utd must keep buyingby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWales coach Ryan Giggs says Manchester United need FIVE new players to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s under-fire side have won just five of their last 22 matches, and are winless in ten away games, ahead of today’s crunch Prem clash at Newcastle.Giggs told The Sun: “I see what Ole is doing and I support that. He’s brought in three players but he probably needs seven or eight.”So he needs another four or five. But you can’t do that over one transfer window, so you have to be patient because it will be slow.“What he is trying to do was much needed. He needs time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – The former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party, who stepped down from his position late last month amid allegations of sexual misconduct, said Sunday he can disprove the accusations.In a lengthy Facebook post, Patrick Brown wrote that he has been investigating the allegations reported by CTV News. He said specific details of the accusations from two unnamed women, which date back to when he was a federal MP, contain discrepancies that prove the accounts are false. Brown also alleged that both his accusers know CTV reporters socially, and the broadcaster left out a contradicting account from a witness.“I will clear my name,” Brown wrote in a post that had been shared more than 2,000 times as of Sunday afternoon. “THIS STORY IS FALSE.”The post echoed an interview Brown gave last week to the Postmedia news agency, which was published in the Toronto Sun and several other outlets, in which he proclaimed his innocence and said he was considering legal action.Following Brown’s social media statement, CTV defended its reporting.“CTV is aware of the claims made in Patrick Brown’s Facebook post (Sunday) and those reportedly made in his interview with the Toronto Sun. CTV News stands by its story,” Matthew Garrow, communications director for the broadcaster, wrote in a statement.Brown, whose resignation came just months before a spring election, wrote on Facebook that he will continue to fight for his family and his constituents, as well as his name and reputation.“The #metoo movement is important. I support it. I embrace it. My drive to public service includes creating a safer and more respectful world for women. The #metoo movement is too important to allow outrageous allegations like these to derail it,” he wrote.The allegations reported by CTV have not been verified by The Canadian Press.The broadcaster reported on Jan. 24 that one of the women, who is now 29, said she was still in high school when Brown allegedly asked her to perform oral sex on him.CTV reported the alleged incident happened in Brown’s bedroom with the door closed, but Brown said in his Facebook post that at the time of the alleged incident, he lived in an open concept apartment and the bedroom didn’t have a door.CTV also reported the second accuser was a university student working in Brown’s constituency office when he allegedly sexually assaulted her at his home after an event she helped organize.Brown alleged in his post that the accuser actually tried to kiss him that night, while the woman he was seeing romantically was in another room.“I stopped her immediately and offered to drive her home, which I did,” he wrote. “There are at least three witnesses, one of whom even spoke to CTV, that refute the details of her allegations.”He said CTV left that witness’s account out of their report.Brown stepped down in late January, just hours after an emotional late-night news conference in which he vowed to fight the allegations.A few days later, he was asked to take a leave of absence from the PC caucus, and interim leader Vic Fedeli said he would not sign Brown’s nomination papers if the allegations still stood at campaign time.A spokesman for the PCs did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Brown’s Facebook post Sunday afternoon.Brown’s resignation caused the PCs to launch a hastily planned leadership contest ahead of the June election.Votes will be placed online in early March, with the results announced on March 10.So far, three high-profile candidates — former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, former Ontario lawmaker Christine Elliott and Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney — have entered the race.Elliott has said that if Brown can clear his name, he should be allowed to run for the party in the coming election.
There are about three lakh voters out of nearly five lakh tea workers and their family members residing in more than 276 tea estates in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and North Dinajpur in West Bengal. But they are not enthusiastic about casting their vote. A sense of disbelief on the democratic system runs deep in the minds of people whose livelihood comes from the once-thriving Bengal’s distant tea gardens. Even when the tea tribe’s votes are high and political parties are wooing them, in all possible ways, their status remains unchanged. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe idyllic picture-perfect tea gardens with verdant plantations tucked away in state’s northern parts present a picture of neglect, deprivation and poverty. Jupiter Orang, one of the three lakh voters, is unsure if he should vote. “My wife, three children and I live in India, but survive on Bhutan’s water. My wife Nancy walks for miles to enter Bhutan to fetch drinking water. Frankly, we are not bothered who wins or loses as we have little time to think about candidates and governments. We’re too much bothered about our basic minimum daily needs of survival,” says Orang sitting in a room with a tin roof near Bandapani Tea Estate in Jalpaiguri. Also Read – Insider threat managementHe says former tea workers, who were forced to work as daily labourers after the closure of the Bandapani estate due to unrest, look up to Bhutan government to provide them water. Unavailability of drinking water, especially during torrid summer, aggravates their problem. “Last year, we had to give Rs 5,000 to authorities in the neighbouring country to use their water. We’re poor and find it difficult to eke out a living for ourselves, but we had no option. We somehow collected money from family members in the village and gave it to Bhutan authorities,” says Orang. Workers are unsure if they can survive under this financial burden for long. Bandapani garden workers in other gardens, like Carron and Lankapara, also spend a substantial amount of money to get water from Bhutan because there is no facility for drinking water in their areas. Fed up of the way they were treated, Orang’s fellow worker Ramkant Orang migrated to Bhutan to work at a factory. “In India, tea workers are living in sub-human conditions. Management asked us to collect 25 kilogrammes of leaves in eight hours. Earlier, it was 20 kg in eight hours. Again, wage is very less. What will you do with Rs 176 per day? I was forced to leave my home and migrate to Bhutan where working at a factory helps me sustain my family,” says Ramkant. Other than water crisis and poverty, problems that stalk tea gardens are low wages and lack of land rights for workers, whose votes are decisive in three Lok Sabha constituencies in North Bengal. The country’s second largest employer — tea industry — undermines labour rights and deprives workers and their families of the most basic needs. Other glaring problems the voters in nearly 300 tea estates face are malnutrition, human trafficking and starvation deaths. These are certain factors underscoring the desire for a better life. The availability of basic facilities like healthcare and education do not even meet the minimum criterion. Experts believe daily wage is a major bone of contention. “Tea garden workers in North Bengal have been demanding revision of minimum wages. Nearly three lakh workers in North Bengal called a three-day strike in August 2018. Right now, a worker gets a daily wage of Rs 159. After several meetings with the joint forum of trade unions, the West Bengal Labour Department issued a notification saying tea workers will have to be paid at an enhanced rate,” Debu Chaki, who has done research on North Bengal’s tea problems. “The wage rate has to be increased by Rs 10 from September 1, 2018, and by Rs 7 from October 1, 2018, which means, the new wage will be Rs 176 per day. This is an interim measure to help the workers until the minimum wage rate is finalised, says the government order. But in reality, the wage issue still persists as many workers are getting less than the amount,” adds Chaki. Anadi Sahu, general secretary of Centre of Indian Trade Unions, feels the condition of tea workers is getting worse by the day. “Tea workers are beset with a host of problems and the state government and Centre have turned a blind eye to their plight. We’ve raised the issue of their minimum wages, lack of livelihood and lack of sanitation, but to no avail,” says Sahu. He further questions the intent of the West Bengal government regarding minimum wage of tea workers. “A tea worker in Bengal struggles to get Rs 176. But think of Assam, where a tea worker gets Rs 350 for the same work. Centre’s 7th Pay Commission also recommended at least Rs 18,000 for such tea workers, but the recommendations have not been implemented yet,” adds Sahu. Another problem that stalks the gardens is human trafficking. “About 80 per cent of migrants from tea gardens are unsafe. Trafficking agents get Rs 40,000-50,000 per person,” says Binu Rai, an activist in the region. There are agents who lure unemployed tea workers with job promises. “First, they travel to Delhi, from where they fly to Saudi Arabia. Women, who get jobs as domestic help, are abused in foreign countries. In the past two years, only a few women were able to return and some of them came back with communicable diseases,” adds Rai. Speaking about the main reason behind the closure of tea gardens and financial condition of tea workers, secretary of Tea Association of India in Dooars, Ram Avtar Sharma, says, “Most of the tea estates are running in losses. India produces high-quality tea and a good amount of tea is exported to foreign countries, but we’re losing out to China, Kenya and Sri Lanka as they sell tea at a cheaper rate. Tea production has become costly and the profit margin is very less.” (The author is a journalist. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Maybe Jared Sullinger isn’t who we thought he was. Maybe Ohio State’s sophomore big man is a square peg we’ve tried to put in a round hole. Sullinger is obviously an exceptional basketball player. He’s proven over his past two years at OSU that he is among the best forwards in all of college basketball and was named a first-team All-American in the 2010-11 season. Because he’s been so productive and his teams have been so successful, he’s been anointed a superstar. But I think that’s a misnomer. I think Sullinger’s reputation has exceeded his ability. He’s playing the part of a superstar in a role player’s body. Let’s look at what makes Sullinger so good. His offensive fundamentals are phenomenal. He has a repertoire of inside post moves to give himself space and top-notch touch around the basket. He has a big sturdy frame and is strong enough to overpower most defenders off the block (although some would argue Sullinger’s weight loss hampered this ability). He has a high motor and passes well out of the post. Those are great attributes, but the typical superstar has a little bit more. In addition to refined skill, superstars have elite athleticism, explosiveness and the ability to make plays when everything else in a game is crumbling. Sullinger doesn’t have those qualities. Before almost every home game, sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. and sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon have a dunk contest. They do windmills, tomahawks, bank balls off the backboard and even come close to converting between-the-legs dunks. Before OSU lost to Wisconsin Feb. 26, Sullinger decided to make a brief cameo in the competition. Sullinger ran in from the 3-point line and attempted a windmill dunk. The 6-foot-9 man unimpressively leapt from the ground and missed the dunk. Badly. The fact is Sullinger just isn’t that athletic and doesn’t have the height to make up for it. During games, when things are crumbling for OSU, the team looks for Sullinger to make plays. OSU feeds him the ball inside, but Sullinger hasn’t been able to convert. He’ll catch the ball and try to make a move, but when a double team or quality defender arrives, he either flops for a foul or forces a bad shot. Sullinger is in no way a bad player. He’s just not what we’ve made him out to be. Monday, Sullinger was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his performances against Michigan State and Northwestern. He totaled 36 points and 28 rebounds in the two last two Buckeye wins and proved he can be dominant. He was named first team all-conference and as the Buckeyes head into postseason play, Sullinger’s play will dictate OSU’s success. Maybe Sullinger will prove me wrong. Maybe he’ll dominate the Big Ten Tournament and lead OSU on a deep run in the Big Dance. But Sullinger and the Buckeyes need to be realistic. The Buckeye big man is the best and worst thing OSU has going for them. He has more skill than anyone on the team, but if he overextends himself and tries to be what something he’s not, it spells trouble for the Buckeyes. Sullinger is no role player, but he’s no superstar either. To be successful, OSU and Sullinger will have to find the middle ground.
Cristiano Ronaldo is now the primary free-kick taker at Juventus, reveals teammate Miralem PjanicPrior to Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid last month, it had been Pjanic and Paulo Dybala who would regularly take the free-kicks for the Bianconeri.But now it’s the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who gets the priority going forward.“Cristiano is here now, someone who in the past few years has shown he is best in the world,” said Pjanic, according to Di Marzio.“At first when we trained on free kicks it would either be me or Dybala to take it. Now, it’s 100% him.“He is a tremendous free kick taker.”Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The last free-kick Ronaldo scored came back in the World Cup when he memorably equalised for Portugal in their opening game against Spain.The 33-year-old hasn’t got off the mark yet for Juventus after attempting 14 shots in his first two competitive matches.Although he did register an assist in Old Lady’s 2-0 win over rivals Lazio last Saturday.Ronaldo will have another chance to break his duck away to Parma this Saturday.