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The drinks brand has lampooned itself in their latest advert after a rebranding blunnder. 
Coca-Cola brand Schweppes changed its branding a few months ago. It didn't go down well with customers.
Many people were confused by the similarity between Schweppes Soda Water and Tonic Water.
As an apology for the mess-up, Schweppes lampooned itself in an advert.
Drinks brand Schweppes lampooned itself in a Twitter advert this week after customers took to social media to complain about it rebranding – and the company promised to roll back a hated change to its branding.
 #OhSchweppes, we're so sorry that our mix-up ruined your mixing. For the record, we agree with you - our packaging blunder wasn't our brightest moment. We'll be better.
The Coca-Cola brand had changed the look of its Soda Water drink – which had left many to confuse it with Schweppes Tonic Water.
Schweppes now admits that was "not our brightest moment".
Schweppes senior brand manager, Mukundi Munzhelele, taking ownership for coming up with the rebranding idea. 
The senior brand manager, Mukundi Munzhelele, who came up with the bright idea, to marketing manager Nerisha Maharajh who signed off on it, various staffers took it on the chin and lampooned themselves for the mistake in the social media ad.
Marketing manager, Nerisha Maharajh after realising she was the Einstein who signed off on this "bright idea". 
"The complaints we received were passionate and heartfelt," Munzhelele tells News men in South Africa.
"It was only fair to them (customers) that the actual people who worked on the campaign not only see the responses, but respond in a manner that was fitting."
Roger Gauntlett, general manager of Coca-Cola Southern Africa is not laughing at the tricked people. 
According to Munzhelele, the team wanted to modernise the labels. But a change in colour caused a lot of confusion.
Schweppes changed the colour of its soda water branding on its bottles to grey, which made it look like its tonic water labels. It has now changed the labels - tonic water is yellow, and soda water has a stripe of grey.
"We took some time to look at our packaging with the feedback received from consumers and decided not to simply revert to the previous design," says Munzhelele.
The response sat well with many consumers who applauded the brand for taking responsibility.
Source: Business Insider
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Tecno Mobile has announced the launch and availability of its new smartphones, the Camon 11 and the Camon 11 Pro, in Kenya.

The 2 devices have notches and also come with AI technology for selfie photography for better portraits and all round better pictures.

The Camon 11 comes with:

Screen: 6.2 inch IPS LCD touchscreen (720*1500)
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
Chipset: MediaTek Helio A22
CPU: Octa-core 2.0GHz
GPU: PowerVR GE8320
Rear camera: Dual 13MP + 2MP with Quad flash
Selfie camera: 16MP with LED flash
Internal storage: 32GB. Upgradable via microSD to up to 128GB
Network: 2G/3G/4G. It supports Faiba 4G
Battery: 3750mAh
Colours: Bordeaux Red, Aqua Blue, Midnight Black

The Camon 11 Pro comes with:

Screen: 6.2 inch IPS LCD touchscreen (720*1500)
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
Chipset: MediaTek Helio A22
CPU: Octa-core 2.0GHz
GPU: Mali-G71 MP2
Rear camera: Dual 16MP + 5MP with Quad flash
Selfie camera: 24MP with LED flash
Internal storage: 64GB. Upgradable via microSD to up to 128GB
Network: 2G/3G/4G. It supports Faiba 4G
Battery: 3750mAh
Colours: Bordeaux Red, Aqua Blue and Midnight Black

Camon 11 is available immediately in Tecno and Telkom Kenya shops countrywide. Camon 11 Pro is available on pre-order until 25th November and will be available for purchase thereafter.


Source: PmNews

Published in Telecoms

Reductions in malaria cases have stalled after several years of decline globally, according to the new World malaria report 2018

To get the reduction in malaria deaths and disease back on track, World Health Organisation, WHO and partners are joining a new country-led response, launched today, to scale up prevention and treatment, and increased investment, to protect vulnerable people from the deadly disease.

For the second consecutive year, the annual report produced by WHO reveals a plateauing in numbers of people affected by malaria: in 2017, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria, compared to 217 million the year before. But in the years prior, the number of people contracting malaria globally had been steadily falling, from 239 million in 2010 to 214 million in 2015.

“Nobody should die from malaria. But the world faces a new reality: as progress stagnates, we are at risk of squandering years of toil, investment and success in reducing the number of people suffering from the disease,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

“We recognise we have to do something different – now. So today we are launching a country-focused and -led plan to take comprehensive action against malaria by making our work more effective where it counts most – at local level.”

Where malaria is hitting hardest

In 2017, approximately 70% of all malaria cases (151 million) and deaths (274 000) were concentrated in 11 countries: 10 in Africa (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania) and India. There were 3.5 million more malaria cases reported in these 10 African countries in 2017 compared to the previous year, while India, however, showed progress in reducing its disease burden.

Despite marginal increases in recent years in the distribution and use of insecticide-treated bed nets in sub-Saharan Africa – the primary tool for preventing malaria – the report highlights major coverage gaps. In 2017, an estimated half of at-risk people in Africa did not sleep under a treated net. Also, fewer homes are being protected by indoor residual spraying than before, and access to preventive therapies that protect pregnant women and children from malaria remains too low.

High impact response needed

In line with WHO’s strategic vision to scale up activities to protect people’s health, the new country-driven “High burden to high impact” response plan has been launched to support nations with most malaria cases and deaths. The response follows a call made by Dr Tedros at the World Health Assembly in May 2018 for an aggressive new approach to jump-start progress against malaria. It is based on four pillars:

  • Galvanizing national and global political attention to reduce malaria deaths;
  • Driving impact through the strategic use of information;
  • Establishing best global guidance, policies and strategies suitable for all malaria endemic countries; and
  • Implementing a coordinated country response.

Catalyzed by WHO and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, “High burden to high impact” builds on the principle that no one should die from a disease that can be easily prevented and diagnosed, and that is entirely curable with available treatments.

“There is no standing still with malaria. The latest World malaria report shows that further progress is not inevitable and that business as usual is no longer an option,” said Dr Kesete Admasu, CEO of the RBM Partnership. “The new country-led response will jumpstart aggressive new malaria control efforts in the highest burden countries and will be crucial to get back on track with fighting one of the most pressing health challenges we face.”

Targets set by the WHO Global technical strategy for malaria 2016–2030 to reduce malaria case incidence and death rates by at least 40% by 2020 are not on track to being met.

Pockets of progress

The report highlights some positive progress. The number of countries nearing elimination continues to grow (46 in 2017 compared to 37 in 2010). Meanwhile in China and El Salvador, where malaria had long been endemic, no local transmission of malaria was reported in 2017, proof that intensive, country-led control efforts can succeed in reducing the risk people face from the disease.

In 2018, WHO certified Paraguay as malaria free, the first country in the Americas to receive this status in 45 years. Three other countries – Algeria, Argentina and Uzbekistan – have requested official malaria-free certification from WHO.

India – a country that represents 4% of the global malaria burden – recorded a 24% reduction in cases in 2017 compared to 2016. Also in Rwanda, 436 000 fewer cases were recorded in 2017 compared to 2016. Ethiopia and Pakistan both reported marked decreases of more than
240 000 in the same period.

“When countries prioritize action on malaria, we see the results in lives saved and cases reduced,” says Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “WHO and global malaria control partners will continue striving to help governments, especially those with the highest burden, scale up the response to malaria.”

Domestic financing is key

As reductions in malaria cases and deaths slow, funding for the global response has also shown a levelling off, with US$ 3.1 billion made available for control and elimination programmes in 2017 including US$ 900 million (28%) from governments of malaria endemic countries.  The United States of America remains the largest single international donor, contributing US$ 1.2 billion (39%) in 2017.

To meet the 2030 targets of the global malaria strategy, malaria investments should reach at least US$6.6 billion annually by 2020 – more than double the amount available today.


Source: NAN

Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 05:53

50 killed in suicide bombing in Kabul

A suicide bomb attack on a gathering of religious scholars in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed at least 50 people.

At least 83 people were also wounded as the clerics met at the Uranus wedding hall, a large banqueting complex near the airport, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

It is one of the deadliest attacks in Kabul in recent months.

According to BBC, no-one has yet claimed it was behind the blast.

So-called Islamic State and the Taliban have carried out a string of attacks in recent years.

But the Taliban has denied involvement and condemned the attack.

Some 1,000 people were said to be in the complex at the time of the explosion.

Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for Kabul police, said that “Islamic scholars and their followers had gathered to recite verses from the holy Koran to observe the Eid Milad-un-Nabi festival”.

The suicide bomber gained entry and headed for the centre of the gathering, where he detonated his explosives.

Religious studies lecturer Mohammad Hanif said there was a deafening explosion and “everyone in the halls was screaming for help”.

Images from the scene showed ripped and blood-stained clothes, broken glass and overturned furniture.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack as an “unforgivable crime” and declared Wednesday a day of national mourning.

The Islamic State in Afghanistan group, sometimes known as Islamic State Khorasan, has claimed responsibility for most of the recent deadly attacks of this kind.

It said it was behind two attacks in Kabul in August that killed dozens of people.

Dozens of people were also killed across the country as voters cast ballots in the nation’s parliamentary elections in October.

The Taliban have also continued attacks, although many of them target security forces.


Source: PmNews

Published in World
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 04:23

South Korea airline orders $4.4bn 40 Boeing

Jeju Air Co Ltd, South Korea’s biggest low-cost carrier, purchased 40 Boeing (BA.N) 737 Max 8 planes worth 4.4 billion dollars, the airline said on Tuesday.

The deal marks the biggest contract by a South Korean carrier in  of a single aircraft type model, the company said.

The Media exclusively reported earlier this month that Jeju Air was in talks with Boeing and Airbus to buy 50 jets.

The airline planned to expand its network that includes one of the world’s busiest routes.

The purchase contract includes an option to buy an additional 10 aircraft, Jeju Air said.

The airline operator said it planned to take delivery of the planes between 2022 and 2026.

Six South Korean budget carriers saw the number of passengers using international routes quadruple to 20.3 million in 2017.

This number blosomed from 4.9 million in 2013, according to South Korea’s transport ministry.

“The order of Boeing 737 Max planes will help the company maintain its cost competitiveness, fuelling us to grow as a leading carrier,” Jeju Air said.

The company currently operates 58 routes with 38 Boeing 737-700 planes, reports.


Source: Business linking

Published in Travel & Tourism

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said the Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company accrued loss totalling N18.67 billion in seven months this year as it was idle for the same period.

According to the monthly report prepared by NNPC, the refinery lost N3.81bn in February, N2.63bn in March, N4.22bn in May, N2.98bn in June, N2.35bn in July, and N2.68bn in August, but made a profit of N2.96bn in April.

There are four refineries in the country with two in Port Harcourt and one each in Kaduna and Warri, with an installed capacity of 445,000 barrels per day.

The refineries have over the years performed far below installed capacity, resulting in huge imports of refined petroleum products into the country.

The refineries, according to the report, lost a total of N68.12bn in the first half of this year, making a profit of N928.81m in April, for the first time in 10 months.

Total crude processed by the refineries in August was 56,804 metric tonnes as against the 90,872MT processed in the preceding month, translating to a combined yield efficiency of 80.74 per cent as against the 73.82 per cent in July.

According to the NNPC, only Warri and Port Harcourt refineries produced 53,881MT of finished petroleum products and 8,017MT of intermediate products out of the 56,804MT of crude processed at a combined capacity utilisation of 3.02 per cent, compared to 4.83 per cent combined capacity utilisation achieved in July.

“The lower operational performance recorded is attributable to the ongoing revamping of the refineries which is expected to further enhance capacity utilisation once completed,” the corporation added.

The corporation also said it had been adopting a merchant plant refineries business model since January 2017.

It said: “The model takes cognisance of the products worth and crude costs. The combined value of output by the three refineries (at import parity price) for the month of August 2018 amounted to N8.67bn while the associated crude plus freight costs and operational expenses were N9.78bn and N9.68bn respectively.”


Source: The Ripples

Published in Business
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