Daily Archives: March 20, 2019

South African Cricketing Legend AB de Villiers Turns Fan Selfies Into Social Impact via New App

AB de Villiers launches new social media app, ‘ABDCam’, in partnership with JET8

ABD Cam allows fans and users around the world to raise funds for youth in South Africa by posting photos and videos with AB de Villiers stickers and frames found in the app

Points earned from fan selfies can be contributed to social impact causes through the AB de Villiers Foundation

SINGAPORE, March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — South African cricketing legend AB de Villiers, in partnership with JET8 Foundation, today announced the launch of his own JET8 Engagement Technology powered social iOS and Android app called ‘ABDCam’.  From today, fans and supporters in South Africa, India, and all around the world will be able to use the ABDCam app to customise photos and videos with AB de Villiers personal Geo-stickers and Geo-frames, and earn points (‘JETPoints’) in exchange for their social influence throughout social media platforms. JETPoints can be used to redeem a variety of rewards and to contribute to youth-related social impact causes supported by the AB de Villiers Foundation located in Pretoria, South Africa.

JETPoints are rewarded to fans for likes, comments, and shares of social media posts when customised using AB de Villiers’ special Geo-stickers and Geo-frames, exclusively found in the ABD Cam app. Users are additionally rewarded JETPoints when sharing the posts onto other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

AB de Villiers aims to raise awareness for a range of charitable causes geared towards benefitting the youth in countries like South Africa, India and many other cricket-loving nations around the world.  Users contribute to this vision and cause using their JETPoints in the app.

AB de Villiers said of the social media app launch and JET8 partnership: “I wouldn’t be here without my fans, they are incredibly close to my heart. For a long time, I’ve been thinking of a way to reward my fans for their engagement, whilst giving back to causes that I strongly believe in. With the birth of the AB de Villiers Foundation and my new official app, ABDCam, my fans can now have access to exclusive, cool ways to create their own content whilst helping kids around the world.” Currently AB de Villers has over 10 million fans across all social media platforms.

“It’s a completely groundbreaking way of using social media technology, and I’m excited to partner with JET8 to raise the bar for social media fan engagement. Together, my fans and I can help carve a better future for our youth. I can’t wait for everyone to download ABDCam!” he added.

JET8 Foundation Co-founder, Mike Allen said: “World renowned for his overflowing talent and all around-sports excellence, AB takes his breathtaking enterprise to new heights with his first “social impact” focused iOS and Android community app. ABDCam not only allows AB to connect with his fans in a whole new way, it turns his fans into advocates for causes close to his heart. We are proud to have our technology used by these global talents to help make the world a better place.”

ABDCam is now available to download from the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store. For more information, visit https://abdcam.jet8.app/.

ABOUT THE JET8 FOUNDATION

With a focus on research and development, the JET8 Foundation is a non-profit organisation that supports the global adoption of decentralised engagement networks (DEN) together with the mobile engagement platform, JET8.

The social media apps available on the JET8 network support authentic and organic peer-to-peer communities, that connect people around their passion points and allows rewards for engagement to be exchanged between Brands and content creating users. JET8 innovates social engagement technology with the purpose of enhancing accessibility to ensure that anyone, anywhere, can earn from their social influence on a global stage.

The JET8 Foundation was founded in 2018 and is based in Singapore.

For more information, visit http://den.foundation/.

For more information about JET8 Technology, visit https://www.jet8.io.

Businesses in Seychelles must have approved waste collector by April 1

All private commercial institutions and entities will be obliged as of April 1 to have a contract for waste collection with an approved contractor, said a top official.

The chief executive of the Land Waste Management Agency, Flavien Joubert, told SNA that the agency has met with and registered companies that are capable of providing waste collection services.

The agency has provided them with the necessary information that would allow them to engage with potential clients. A letter has also been sent to all commercial establishments in our database to inform them on the migration and the list of contractors they can contact to cater for their needs, said Joubert.

Currently, the Land Waste Management Agency acts as a middleman in the process of disposing commercial waste. Businesses and establishments are contracted with the agency that in return use waste collection contractors.

Joubert said in a previous interview that this method resulted in bad debts and the agency saw itself subsidising the service as the price did not reflect the real cost of the service.

The decision was taken last year following the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers in August to better manage the commercial waste in the country.

For over 20 years the collection of waste in Seychelles was done mainly by the Societe de Traitement et d’Assainissement Regional (STAR).

With the new system, new businesses can now fill this role.

At the moment there are 19 contractors for the collection of commercial waste while municipal waste is being contracted out by the Ministry of Environment.

Stephen Dupouy, the director of Wastea, a local contractor for the collection of municipal waste, said it is good that the government is providing space for other businesses to enter into the collection of waste.

With regards to the new system for commercial waste, Dupouy said: It will help in the management of waste as some businesses were just disposing their huge amount of waste at bin sites, which are designated for municipal waste.

He added that the new system as it is will also provide a better record system of waste being collected and ending up at the landfill.

When the new system comes into operation, contractors have to keep records of transactions and provide information relating to the names of clients, types and amount of waste collected and where for. This will be required for the agency’s records and to keep public bin free from commercial waste.

According to a recent report — Solid Waste Management in Seychelles — compiled by students from ETH Zurich University and the University of Seychelles found that at least $4.5 million is going into waste management per year. The report found a large potential to recycle waste materials such as cardboard boxes, egg trays, paper bags and crushed glass, which can be reused in the national market.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Businesses in Seychelles must have approved waste collector by April 1

All private commercial institutions and entities will be obliged as of April 1 to have a contract for waste collection with an approved contractor, said a top official.

The chief executive of the Land Waste Management Agency, Flavien Joubert, told SNA that the agency has met with and registered companies that are capable of providing waste collection services.

The agency has provided them with the necessary information that would allow them to engage with potential clients. A letter has also been sent to all commercial establishments in our database to inform them on the migration and the list of contractors they can contact to cater for their needs, said Joubert.

Currently, the Land Waste Management Agency acts as a middleman in the process of disposing commercial waste. Businesses and establishments are contracted with the agency that in return use waste collection contractors.

Joubert said in a previous interview that this method resulted in bad debts and the agency saw itself subsidising the service as the price did not reflect the real cost of the service.

The decision was taken last year following the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers in August to better manage the commercial waste in the country.

For over 20 years the collection of waste in Seychelles was done mainly by the Societe de Traitement et d’Assainissement Regional (STAR).

With the new system, new businesses can now fill this role.

At the moment there are 19 contractors for the collection of commercial waste while municipal waste is being contracted out by the Ministry of Environment.

Stephen Dupouy, the director of Wastea, a local contractor for the collection of municipal waste, said it is good that the government is providing space for other businesses to enter into the collection of waste.

With regards to the new system for commercial waste, Dupouy said: It will help in the management of waste as some businesses were just disposing their huge amount of waste at bin sites, which are designated for municipal waste.

He added that the new system as it is will also provide a better record system of waste being collected and ending up at the landfill.

When the new system comes into operation, contractors have to keep records of transactions and provide information relating to the names of clients, types and amount of waste collected and where for. This will be required for the agency’s records and to keep public bin free from commercial waste.

According to a recent report — Solid Waste Management in Seychelles — compiled by students from ETH Zurich University and the University of Seychelles found that at least $4.5 million is going into waste management per year. The report found a large potential to recycle waste materials such as cardboard boxes, egg trays, paper bags and crushed glass, which can be reused in the national market.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Cyclone Idai: ‘Massive disaster’ in Mozambique and Zimbabwe

BEIRA, Three southern African countries are in the path of a rampaging tropical storm. Cyclone Idai has since late last week ravaged parts of Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwe and Malawi.

The effect of the Cyclone has aptly been captured as having left a trail of death and destruction, both by governments and by international humanitarian agencies working to help ease the pressure on the three countries.

The focus of this article is on Beira � the city most affected by Cyclone Idai. A city that was effectively cut off from the rest of the world and the country when the Cyclone arrived.

Beira has been severely battered. But we are also hearing that the situation outside the city could be even worse. Yesterday, a large dam burst and cut off the last road to the city.

1 � It is Mozambique’s fourth largest city coming behind Matola, Maputo City and Nampula.

2 � It is capital of the Sofala Province with an estimated population of 533,800 (2017 census).

3 � It is home to Port of Beira � a gateway for trade into the country as well as for land-locked Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

4 � The city is situated at a point of convergence of the Buzi and Pungwe Rivers � two major water bodies of Mozambique.

5 � According to international Red Cross, 90% of Beira was destroyed by Cyclone Idai.

6 � The city was established in 1890 by the Portuguese. Its was originally called Chiveve � named after a local river.

7 � The name Beira was after the Portuguese Crown Prince Dom Luis Filipe who carried the title Prince of Beira. The renaming happened after the prince became the first royal to visit Mozambique in 1907.

8 � The city was one of the worst-hit during the civil war of 1977 � 1992, at a point a famous hotel housed an estimated 1,000 locals.

9 � The last major natural disaster that hit Beira was in 2000. Floods in and around the city left millions homeless.

10 � Some of its tourists hotspots include the following: Old Portuguese residencies, the Cathedral, Lighthouse, Macuti Beach, the port, small Venice and the Savanna Beach.

Others are: Natural habitats the Forest in Inhangau, Praia Nova, Mira mar, the mangrove forests and walkways, the ruins of hotels, such as the Grande Hotel da Beira, Estoril, Don Carlos, among others.

The local economy is also boosted by way of restaurants, cafes, bars or hotels and resorts that serve tourists who visit the area.

Malawi suffered massive displacements arising from floods, scores were also killed before Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The cumulative death toll is in the region of 200 as at Tuesday 19 March.

But Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi told state media that the deaths in the country alone could exceed 1,000. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC, said that the death toll of less than 100 could significantly shoot up.

The scale of damage caused by Cyclone Idai that hit Beira was described by the IFRC as massive and horrifying. The city was cut off from due to the effect of strong winds and rains that continued across the week according to reports.

Most communities were submerged with all communication lines cut off. Deaths have been reported along with massive human displacement and destruction of buildings.

Jamie LeSueur who led the IFRC team on an aerial assessment said: The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous. It seems that 90 per cent of the area is completely destroyed.

Almost everything is destroyed. Communication lines have been completely cut and roads have been destroyed. Some affected communities are not accessible.

Beira has been severely battered. But we are also hearing that the situation outside the city could be even worse. Yesterday, a large dam burst and cut off the last road to the city, he stressed.

Source: Nam News Network

Tax Authority Warns it Will Name Corrupt South Sudan Officials

The South Sudan National Revenue Authority is threatening to publicly shame government and bank officials who steal tax revenue.

The Authority said it collected more than $9 million in February 2019 compared to $4.7 million dollars the month before, but Authority Commissioner Olympio Attipoe says a few, corrupt tax officials are still steering a significant amount of money into their private accounts.

He said the tax body will soon publicly announce their names.

Last month the revenue authority said it collected more than a billion pounds and $4 million after creating a block account to improve non-oil revenue collection.

Attipoe told reporters in Juba Tuesday that while revenue collection is up, the tax body’s local currency collection fell from 1.2 million pounds in January to 1.1 million pounds in February. Attipoe said that is due in no small part to tax evasion.

In February we had $9.1 million as revenue collection but if you look at the statistics, the pounds have fallen and we have 1.1 billion pounds, Attipoe told South Sudan in Focus.

He accused some tax officials of conspiring with certain commercial bank operators to divert tax revenue into private accounts.

You are helping those people to divert money, you some of the banks are still doing that and we are aware but it is going to be very unfortunate for you if we get the documents and evidence we need and we hold a press conference because we are going to be naming and shaming, said Atiipoe.

He advised corrupt bank officials to Put your house in order because very soon we are going to crack the whip and no bank is going to be immune.

And Attipoe had a few more pearls of wisdom for corrupt officials:

If you want to be rich go and do smart business and get rich, you cannot be pocketing government money and be proud that you are rich.

James Deng, Manager of the Kenya Commercial Bank in South Sudan, denies his bank helped corrupt officials steal tax money.

At KCB South Sudan, we are very clear and only have the block account which is given to us by the government and it is the only one we are operating and we don’t have any account that we hide, Deng told South Sudan in Focus.

Attipoe said the tax body will soon introduce an electronic tracking system to stop those who are evading taxes on cargo that comes into the country.

And that is only way we are going to reduce the diversion because we are talking about multi-purpose corruption activity. At times the cargo arrives in Mombasa and they claim they are destining for South Sudan so because they are transit goods, they will not pay duty there in Kenya, they disappear, meaning they are not destined for South Sudan, said Attipoe.

Attipoe said the revenue authority will make sure the tax collection system in the country is transparent but warns that after the money is collected, it is up to South Sudanese citizens and their elected representatives to hold government officials accountable as to how that money is used.

Source: Voice of America