Johannesburg, May 15th 2018: South Africans moving to Canada as Investors under the New Quebec Investor Program with increased requirements in 2018 Many South Africa wealthy Business owners and High Net Worth Employed Managers have discoved a very discreet solution for moving to Canada without all the restrictions of age, education and language proficiency requirements. The number of applicants has increased by 25% each year since 2010,but still with very small numbers compared to other countries that saw massive demand for Canadian Investor Immigration under the Quebec Investor Program. The influx maybe in part due to VIP business immigration, the largest Canadian investor immigration law partnership between immigration consultants, lawyers and Quebec financial intermediaries for the Quebec Investor Program providing immigration services. The Quebec Investor Program of 2018 which will start in September is drawing a lot of attention from potential investors from all of South Africa interested in immigrating to Canada for its security, quality of life, Low Business Taxes, best access to Free Trade Agreements Worldwide and much more. Over the last few years, more than 200 South Africans have moved to Canada as Quebec Investor Selected Immigrant. It is expected that with the new requirement such as having a Net worth of 2.0M Canadian or 18M ZAR, demand from South Africans will not decrease as the program gets out .. no age limit is the key factor. Over the span of the last few years, Canada has welcomed the highest levels of immigrants in more than 100 years, this is a huge indication that the new policies established by the Government and the favorable condition for immigrants to settle in Canada are having the right impact. Economists believe that the increase of interest from the investors has increased tremendously this year after introduction of The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) 2018, which is the only Canadian Business Immigration Program that . . .
Monday, 14 May 2018 – A recent report published by Statistics South Africa on jobs data for the last quarter of 2017, shows that the Western Cape created the most jobs in the last quarter of any province, at 92 000 jobs. [Source: parts extracted from https://goo.gl/yscCsq ]. Servest could not be more pleased to have contributed towards this number, it being 0.83% across the board of its service offerings. Although it reads marginally as a percentage, it should be viewed within the larger context of the provincial economy, which makes the actual number of jobs created by one company, rather significant. “Since launching the Servest head office and increasing our dedicated team in Cape Town on all levels, traction within the province has definitely increased – and this is only the beginning, says Steve Wallbanks, Servest’s CEO. Servest Cleaning division recently won the PMR diamond award for Cleaning Companies, who are doing the most in their sectors over the past 12 months, to stimulate the economic growth and development of the Western Cape Province. This is in line with the company’s commitment to doubling its 4000+ jobs in the Western Cape, almost a year ago. On 02 May 2017 Servest celebrated the opening of their new regional headquarters in Cape Town, at which time they were already employing over 4500 people. At the time, the company’s Group Head of Marketing,Farhaana Mohidien said “the Cape Town economy is growing rapidly and Servest is proud to be an active contributor to the growth in the region.” “We anticipated that our expansion would see the number of jobs double at an exponential level over the next 3 – 5 years and less than a year later, we are proud to report that we have contributed 0.83% to the overall job market in the Western Cape and 19% in respect of our company’s contribution that we envisioned at the time. We believe that we are on track to achieving the 4000 number of jobs over the next 5 years”, concludes Mohidien. Servest . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 14 May 2018, KaChing, the ticketless parking app is fast becoming a preferred payment method for parking. Just over seven months ago, KaChing was launched at the Mall of Africa, which follows its pilot launch at a few smaller malls, such as Melrose Arch, Thrupps and Morningside Shopping Centres. The system uses automatic number plate recognition cameras and smartphone app technology to make paying for parking much easier. This ticketless, cashless parking app is being installed at all 22 Netcare hospitals across the country. This will really add value to the hospitals, which serves as more than just a healthcare facility, it will also greatly assist in lessening the time it takes to park during emergencies. The drive in drive out experience uses number plate recognition cameras at each entry and exit, which automatically picks up customer details and opens the boom; customers don’t even need to stop, which not only saves on time, but comes at no extra cost to the driver. It also provides for the safety of the driver, particularly at night or in big parking lots where security guards are not always close at hand. This, the first such parking technology in more than a decade makes your parking experience, a non-event - you no longer need to take a parking ticket, you don’t need cash, there are no queues to pay, and you have no hassle with change or lost tickets. KaChing allows parking customers to use flexible payment options such as pre-pay, top up or credit card payments to securely pay for their parking. In addition to the ease of payment, the app also gives customers the security to track their parking activity online, and the option to connect multiple vehicles to one account. KaChing currently do in excess of 1500 parking instances, per day. Other property management companies that have also come on board with this technology include GrowthPoint, Investec, Attacq, Resilient and Pareto. Whether you are stopping off to make . . .
Caveau Announces Partnership with Sure Travel Innovative NEW Technology Reduces GDPR and PCI Compliance Risks for Leading South African Travel Agency Brand Miami, FL: Caveau, the personalized credit card vault technology designed to simplify financial transactions and safeguard personal and financial data, has announced a new partnership with Sure Travel, based in South Africa. The standardized PCI-compliant software and service custom-built for the travel industry provides a secure platform built upon Amazon Web Services (AWS) to limit dangers relating to processing, storing and transmitting credit cards and personal data in a GDPR, PCI and PII-friendly format. Caveau will deliver customized solutions to help Sure Travel meet critical new industry regulations and protect its customers, assets and public reputation. With GDPR and PCI-DSS with effective dates of May 25 and March 10, 2018, respectfully and the increasing threat of hackers and cyber theft, Sure Travel was searching to identify cost-effective ways to achieve compliance today and into the future. Says company CFO, Stefan van der Merwe, “After extensive research and a long hunt for an effective and affordable solution to secure our payment card handling processes, we are thrilled to have found a provider capable of understanding our needs. Caveau offers state-of-the-art capabilities and deep knowledge of the travel industry, enabling us to serve our global customers and partners confidently and securely.” According to Caveau CSO, Brian Dass, the partnership with Sure Travel is one of a series of new relationships for the recently launched software solution capable of delivering support to travel agencies, hotels and virtually any company that handles credit cards and personally identifiable information. “We’re excited to be working with Sure Travel to reduce the risks associated with of GDPR and PCI compliance. Our innovative product and comprehensive services lets travel businesses of all types . . .
ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 25 – Kodak Alaris announced today that its Information Management division will now operate under the name “Alaris, a Kodak Alaris business.” Starting today, partners and customers will see an updated website, logo, and social media presence. The parent company remains Kodak Alaris. For decades, the global technology provider has delivered information capture solutions for businesses. “Our new name is not about reinvention. It’s about reinterpretation,” said Don Lofstrom, President and General Manager, Alaris. “The division’s shift to Alaris puts greater emphasis on the image science expertise that helps clients make sense of data and information in their work. Rebranding will also help us target new markets, build new partnerships, and reach new customers.” Kodak Alaris has three other business units – AI Foundry; Kodak Moments; and Paper, Photo Chemicals and Film. Each will continue to use its current name. Alaris Portfolio Alaris-branded offerings were introduced last year with the launch of the Alaris IN2 Ecosystem. The new brand marked the shift towards integrated offerings that combined scanners, software and services. “The name is new but our Alaris line of scanners are built with the same unwavering commitment to productivity, reliability, and quality that our customers and partners have come to depend on for years,” said Lofstrom. “The Kodak-branded products that customers know and rely on will continue to be available and are an important part of the Alaris IN2 Ecosystem. Consistent with our ‘future proof’ promise, all Alaris-branded software is backward compatible to work with our current scanners. The product portfolio includes both ‘Kodak’ and ‘Alaris’ branded scanners.” Industry Recognition As winner of Buyers Lab’s prestigious Scanner Line of the Year Award for an unprecedented third consecutive year, “Alaris continues to set the standard for what a scanner needs to be in the age of digital transformation,” . . .
A new, digital asset exchange – ChainEX – has been launched on the world wide web. “ChainEX is the only digital asset exchange that provides a platform for South Africans to buy, sell or trade up to 20 different digital assets - using the South African rand as the default fiat-buying currency for some.” Director Otto Lessing said ChainEX’s mission is to provide a world-class platform to benefit every South African by providing them with easy access to global crypto markets. Recent statistics, he said, indicated that SA topped the list of countries with the most Google searches for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Slovenia is second, followed by Austria, the Netherlands and Australia. Bitcoin is also the most searched term on Investopedia, the world’s largest financial education website. ChainEX is playing its part in meeting the world’s ever-increasing appetite for cryptocurrencies, said Lessing. “The increased interest in cryptocurrencies comes as no surprise as more and more people are looking to get involved in this exciting opportunity.” After starting 2017 at a market cap of USD17.7-billion, according to CoinMarketCap, he said the value of the cryptocurrency market surged by more than 1 200 per cent during the course of the year. However, he warned, the increased amount of interest also had a downside. “Digital asset exchanges are increasingly struggling with the massive influx of users, which results in them experiencing frustrating delays when trying to access or transact on the platforms. “ChainEX strives to alleviate this problem by providing a trading platform that is secure, user-friendly and reliable with a well-tested, highly scalable matching engine.” Plans include expanding its asset base by introducing more digital asset currencies to its trading platform, thereby providing South African users with a better experience and more exposure to the world of cryptocurrencies. “There is also a possibility to present a platform . . .
Johannesburg, April, 19, 2018 - We are well into the age of technology, living an always-on, always-connected lifestyle. But just as we still have bicycles among motor vehicles and pencils in our pen holder, paper will always be close to our computers and smart phones. With Earth Day on 22 April and World Book Day on 23 April, the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) is highlighting the importance of paper in our lives and environment, and calling on us to put down our phones and pick up a book. Imagine a world without paper Can you think about what that would mean? Think about your bedside table, the doctor’s waiting room or your handbag. There would be no books, magazines and to-do lists on the back of old envelopes. Open your kitchen cupboard – there would be no paper packaging nor labels, no kitchen towel, no milk and juice cartons. A world without paper would also mean no toilet paper or tissues. If you’re a teacher, look around your classroom. Take note of everything that is there from posters to artwork and assessments; egg boxes and cereal boxes waiting to be transformed into something creative; tissue boxes too. These would not be there if it were not for paper. Paper serves many needs Paper is essential, and often hidden in plain sight. It cleans, wipes and mops up spills. It protects goods on their journey from A to B, from cornflakes to computers. It preserves our words and memories when we print photos, write a birthday card or proudly display our child’s first stick man painting for all to see. It conveys and communicates. Paper is tactile and stimulates our senses. The act of turning pages and taking in the words without the distraction of pop-ads and fake news cannot be undervalued. Paper is better for our brains too Researchers and neuroscientists are discovering that our brains prefer paper. We are able to navigate the content more easily. We understand and remember things better if we . . .
Johannesburg, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - Servest is pleased to announce their partnership with First National Bank, who have integrated card payment systems for parking in Ghana. “This credit/debit card payment facility was initiated by FNB and draws on the technology of the new parking systems that Servest installed at Kotoka International Airport, Accra in 2016”, says Mike Clark, Director of Servest Parking. People can now use their Visa or Mastercard credit or debit cards to pay for their parking at Kotoka International Airport. This is a first for Servest in Ghana and the next step in a number of innovations and new technologies Servest is planning for the parking market in Ghana and the African continent. In Ghana, Servest partners with Parking Solutions Limited. The initial reluctance from banking institutions to come on board has been put to rest as First National Bank has taken the lead in providing innovative ways to pay for parking as part of their improved customer service. The convenience of paying by credit/debit card or cashless payments for parking is increasingly adopted by parkers and no more so than at international airports, particularly for business people on the go. There is no more hassle about change, no cash in hand is needed, receipts are provided, payments are secure, and customers pay the same parking tariff with greater convenience. First National Bank saw the opportunity to extend their market and increase use of cards through Servest’s parking operations. According to Servest’s experience in the airport parking market, card payments for parking can exceed 50% of all transactions. The value of parking transactions at airports is significantly higher than at other typical retail and commercial parking facilities. This makes the payment cost per transaction more viable for banks and is a more convenient way for customers to pay for their parking. According to an article in the New York Times on 10 March 2018, “Ghana is . . .
One often hears the refrain from people that the mainstream media are not interested in their news. In this article MyPR will help you understand why that perception exists and lay out some methods that you could use to overcome the mainstream media's 'disinterest'. Let's define Mainstream Media: A media instance - commonly print - that has a large reach and has been in operation for many years. The perception still exists in most people's minds that any newsworthy event is not 'news' until it has appeared in print. Most people define succcesful exposure in the mainstream media as an appearance in a national newspaper, on TV or on a national radio station. Let's understand how a newsroom works: Mainstream media rely on journalists to 'go and get the story'. There is a downward pressure on newsrooms in terms of how many journalists they may employ and the overiding consideration that any Editor must entertain is the immediate profitability of his/her newspaper. Every decision that an Editor must make revolves around profitability TODAY. As there is a downward pressure on journalist headcount newsrooms find themselves under pressure to pay less which means that they get less experienced journalists and less all-round journalists. This leads to an emphasis on only covering stories that will appeal to the widest range of readers. For example, a sports journalist will therefore concerntrate only on the mainstream sports like Soccer, Rugby and Cricket and the lesser know sports like Sailing, Bowls, Netball etc. will not ever have a specialist journalist covering them. A newsdesk will assign stories to the journalst to cover and those decisions are made based on wide and popular appeal in order to sell as many newspapers as possible. Fewer journalists means a narrower emphasis on news, smaller newspapers and less money to spend on invetigative journalism. Today's journalist also has a number of 'layers' between him/her and final publication - a . . .
https://vimeo.com/263979762 EMPRESS AKUA REDEFINING REGGAE MUSIC WITH HER NEW MUSIC VIDEO RELEASE TITLED GWANN (DUTTY BABYLON) Reggae music has proven over the years to be a music genre of freedom and revelation of heartfelt messages. To this end, it is difficult for musicians to perform the genre of music without flaws. 2018 has however produced one of the most influential reggae musician who has redefined the music genre with her message packed songs. Notable among her songs is the new release titled Gwaan (Dutty Babylon). Lots of reggae fans have clamored for a flawless music with positive messages to depict the culture of the genre of music and Empress Akua has been revealed to be the answer to the yearnings of teaming audience of reggae music. Listening to the new release is an eye opener as the messages are clear, direct and healing to the soul. The music video is shot in a natural scene revealing the love for growth of nature packed in the song. The video resolution further shows the readiness of Empress Akua and her producer to improve the present situation of reggae music genre. In less than a few days of release of the video, it has received thousands of views on YouTube and the positive reviews received on Empress Akua’s Facebook page is highly tremendous and commendable. In the words of Aziza Young, she says that the music video is “Positive, intelligent and uplifting, this is what we need…” other viewers of the song have also testified to the fact that Empress Akua and her producer have done a very good job on the new release. Some have clamored for more of such successful music from Empress, while others have signified that Empress Akua is their number one reggae musician of the moment. Without doubt, Empress Akua has made the times of reggae lovers with her new release. This is a definite clarion call to further lovers to take good time to view and listen to the song Gwaan (Dutty Babylon) as the musician seems to be a promising star in . . .