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Fulham to beat Everton to signing of Wigan star – reports

first_imgFulham are reportedly set to beat Everton to the signing of out-of-contract Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega.The Daily Mirror say Aston Villa and Stoke were also in the frame to sign the Colombian, while The Sun claim Celtic were keen on him.Meanwhile, QPR face competition from Liverpool for the signing of Celtic star Ki Sung-Yueng, according to The Sun.It is claimed that Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers is planning to offer £7m for the 23-year-old South Korean in a bid to beat R’s manager Mark Hughes to his signature.Rubin Kazan, Deportivo La Coruna and a number of German clubs are also said to be interested. This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cape film industry pulls investors

first_img14 March 2007Cape Town’s film boom has attracted 120 investments worth over R52-million to the region since July 2005, injecting over R2.6-billion into the Western Cape economy, says the Cape Film Commission.Commission chief executive Laurence Mitchell told Cape Business News last week that 2006 was a successful year for film in the Western Cape, with positive partnerships between the government and the film industry as well as significant international investment in the province.According to the commission, film activity during 2005/06 included 2 100 photography shooting days and the production of 687 film and TV commercials and 30 feature films – including major international movies such as Blood Diamond and Goodbye Bafana.There are currently 150 production companies, 1 650 skilled supply companies and six world-class equipment rental companies in the province.The Cape Film Commission, a joint initiative of the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government, was set up in 1999 in response to the rapid growth of the film industry in the province. The city has contributed R3.32-million to the commission, and the province R11.2-million, since 2002.Last week, the commission told the city’s portfolio committee for economic and social development, tourism and property management that it had fielded over 22 000 industry-related inquiries between July 2005 and December 2006.During the same period, the commission said, it had given assistance to just over 1 000 small businesses and 400 empowerment firms, trained 974 people, established 55 new businesses, hosted 74 industry events, and created over 2 000 new jobs.The city’s portfolio head for economic and social development, tourism and property management Simon Grindrod told Cape Business News said the city had decided to abolish film location tariffs on council land.“The phasing out of all tariffs charged to the film industry is one initiative that needs to be investigated as a vehicle to attract more business to the city in this sector,” Grindrod said.“Capetonians also must be educated and encouraged to help the City become more film-friendly. This will require a shift in attitude from one of resenting the inconvenience of location shoots to one of appreciating the direct benefits of the film industry.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Cape Town: top innovator

first_imgCape Town is one of the world’s mostinnovative cities, according to innovationagency 2Thinknow’s latest review.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library.) MEDIA CONTACTS Sam Roen2Thinknow, Communications+61 3 9225 5284 USEFUL LINKS• City of Cape Town• 2ThinknowJanine ErasmusGlobal innovation agency 2Thinknow has named Cape Town as one of the 256 most innovative cities in the world.The Melbourne-based company published its annual global innovation review in mid-2009. Since 2007 2Thinknow has published what it claims is the first comparative review of global cities according to innovative capacity. Innovation, it believes, is the key for future economic growth.The company also states that cities which show a potential for innovation today will prosper socially and economically in years to come, overcoming the effects of the global recession more quickly than those that lag in innovation. These are the cities to consider when looking for long-term investment opportunities.Although the world’s top innovative city for 2009 is Boston in the US, European cities dominated the upper section of the list, taking 61% of the top 75 positions.Boston came in second in 2008 but snatched top spot from last year’s winner, Vienna in Austria – the only other city to match its score of 28 – based largely on its two innovation powerhouses, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Cities were categorised into one of four regions: Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the emerging region. Most of the listed cities in the emerging region were in the Middle East.There were just four African cities in the line-up, two from South Africa. Cape Town, as well as Casablanca in Morocco, Johannesburg in South Africa, and Dakar in Senegal were the continent’s representatives.Four categoriesAccording to their score, most cities were placed in one of four categories.These were nexus cities (the top 25 cities, with critical innovation junctures); hub cities (the next 50 cities, with major innovation intersections); node cities (outside the top 75, but still showing key points of innovation); and influencer cities (cities that drive innovation globally).Cape Town, as a node city, is on a par with cities such as Taipei, Salt Lake City, St Petersburg, Jeddah, Mexico City, Mumbai, Athens, Adelaide, and Birmingham.Casablanca, with a score of 17, was named as an influencer, while Johannesburg, with a score of 16, was not assigned to a category. Only eight cities on the list were uncategorised. Dakar, at 11, was the lowest-ranked city on the list.In 2008 Johannesburg was the only African representative and came in with a score of 19, making it the second-highest emerging city, after Dubai at 20. In 2009 Dubai was eclipsed by Abu Dhabi.Broad range of indicators2Thinknow has developed a number of models to gauge innovation, taking into account that not all cities and regions are the same, neither can they all be assessed according to the same criteria.The company uses 162 innovation indicators focused on a broad range of cultural and economic activities, and measured against current trends, to compile a ranked list of cities. The indicators range from science and engineering, to global connectivity, to food and wine industries, tourism, government at all levels, and media, journalism and censorship.Cities were also analysed according to their ability to sell their innovations on global markets. Interconnected cities such as those in the European Union scored high here, while cities in regions with under-developed infrastructure, such as Asia, did not fare as well.“The key to innovation success is to know which innovation can succeed where,” said data analyst Christopher Hire, executive director of 2Thinknow.This benchmarking data is then used by 2Thinknow as a foundation for further comparative analysis. Cities receive a three-part score, each part out of 10, which adds up to their global innovation index score out of 30.Besides the compilation of the list, says 2Thinknow, the benchmarking data is useful for a number of other purposes. City management can use it in a competitive analysis of their city’s performance and to devise programmes for improvement where necessary.They can use it as a starting point for consultation with other cities and governments around the world, or to match areas where the city is strong or weak with those where other cities may be correspondingly weak or strong.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Going batty in Southern Africa

first_imgThe Cohen’s horseshoe species is only found in Mpumalanga in the Sudwala area near Nelspruit. (Image: Patty Ruback) Dr Samantha Stoffberg was responsible for the conclusive DNA studies that identified four new horseshoe bat species. The Mozambican horseshoe bat is a medium-sized species in the complex. It is widespread in Mozambique and northwest Zimbabwe. (Images: Stellenbosch University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Engela Duvenhage   Media: Faculty of Science   Stellenbosch University  +27 82 874 1291 RELATED ARTICLES • New bug leaps into history books • Mount Mabu yields hidden bounty • New solutions for water conservation • Cape Town gets new nature reservesWilma den HartighA group of South African zoologists and bat experts are part of an international team that has discovered four new species of horseshoe bats in East and Southern Africa.The discovery puts a spotlight on improving efforts to conserve the continent’s rich and expanding biodiversity, protecting new bat species in South Africa and recognising the important role of these flying mammals in the ecosystem.Previously scientists thought that there was only one type of large horseshoe bat, Hildebrandt’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hildebrandtii), widespread throughout East Africa, Zimbabwe and South Africa’s Mpumalanga province.However, after years of research, piecing together clues such as DNA data and the frequency of sonar calls, scientists have found that there are in fact four other species.They are: Cohen’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus cohenae), Smithers’ horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus smithersi), the Mozambican horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus mossambicus) and the Mount Mabu horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus mabuensis).The study was led by bat experts and evolutionary geneticists Prof Peter Taylor of the University of Venda, Dr Samantha Stoffberg of Stellenbosch University (SU), Prof Ara Monadjem of the University of Swaziland, Dr Corrie Schoeman of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Julian Bayliss of the Conservation Science Group at the University of Cambridge in the UK and the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust in Malawi, SU’s Dr Woody Cotterill and the Africa Earth Observatory Network.Conclusive DNA evidenceStoffberg, who is a postdoctoral researcher in the evolutionary genomics research group of the Department of Botany and Zoology at SU, was responsible for the conclusive DNA studies.“Describing new mammals is not that common, and certainly not four at once,” Stoffberg says. “And there are more on the way.”She explains that the newly-described flying mammals are good examples of cryptic species, which means that they are difficult to tell apart based on their external appearance.This is one of the biggest challenges in the study of bats, says Stoffberg. “Because they all fly and echolocate, they look very similar. DNA comparisons have made it possible for us to clearly distinguish between these species.”The scientists also used other characteristics such as skull shape, genitalia and DNA sequencing to identify and classify the new species.Distinct sonar callsHorseshoe bats can all be identified by their horseshoe-shaped noseleaves, which amplify and direct their very distinct echolocation calls.Echolocation, a biological sonar system, is a fascinating navigation tool used by mammals such as bats and certain birds that enables them to fly in the dark.Echolocating animals release a call and then listen for the echoes to return from objects near them. The echo of the sound waves helps these animals to determine the shape of surrounding objects.These specific calls were the first clues that the scientists scrutinised. “We found these differ not only among bats from various parts of Africa, but critically of bats found in the same localities,” said Cotterill.Renewed efforts to study and protect batsStoffberg developed an interest in bats when she was a third-year student at the University of Cape Town. “We were exposed to bats as one of the study animals and I was hooked,” she says.“There is so much about bats that we don’t know, especially in terms of answering evolutionary questions.”According to Stoffberg accurate identification of bats is important to ensure that the best conservation efforts are put in place to protect these animals.“The discovery of the new species is important in terms of conserving South Africa’s biodiversity,” she says, adding that knowledge of a bat’s geographical distribution, particularly if it is limited such as that of the Cohen species, is important for its survival.“To conserve something you need to know what you have,” she explains.The Cohen species is only found in Mpumalanga in the Sudwala area near Nelspruit.Prof Peter Taylor of the University of Venda, lead author of the study, is not aware of any other bat species being endemic to Mpumalanga, which highlights the conservation importance of the Cohen’s horseshoe bat.Cotterill explains that the Smithers’ horseshoe bat only seems to be found in the northwestern regions of the Zambezi escarpment in Zimbabwe, remote areas of the Kruger National Park in the Pafuri area, and the Soutpansberg Mountains in Limpopo.These bats have the highest echolocation frequency of all the members of this species-complex.Pest control and pollination Bats also have an important role in the ecosystem. “They eat a lot of potentially harmful agricultural pests and keep insect populations in check,” Stoffberg says.They are also very effective pollinators because unlike birds, they travel further. Fruit bats, for example, are responsible for pollination of baobab flowers.Stoffberg says that the study of bats has been neglected, but with advancements in technology it is becoming easier to study these fascinating animals.• Slideshow image courtesy of welchlinks.comlast_img read more

Gambhir named ODI captain as Dhoni, Tendulkar, Sehwag rested

first_imgGautam Gambhir was on Saturday named captain of the Indian team for the first two matches of the ODI series against New Zealand starting on November 28 with the selectors opting to rest five senior players, including regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh were not considered due to injury concerns as a 14-member ODI squad was announced after a selection committee meeting in Nagpur.”M.S. Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh were not considered due to injury concerns, which require attention and rehabilitation,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Ashish Nehra, who were part of the squad for the ODI series against Australia last month, were left out.Wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan and S Sreesanth were recalled to the ODI sqaud.The selectors also announced the Test team for India’s tour of South Africa next month with Dhoni as the captain and all the other four senior players rested for the ODI series against New Zealand returning.Saha also found a place in the 17-man Test squad, the same as paceman Umesh Yadav.Jaydev Unadkat, who was named in place of Zaheer Khan for the ongoing third Test against New Zealand here, was also retained in the squad.Team for first two ODIs against New Zealand: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Sourav Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanth, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja.advertisementTeam for Test Series against South Africa: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, S Sreesanth, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Jaydev Unadkat, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Social Media Marketing Is Easy! [Cartoon]

first_img Originally published Mar 12, 2010 8:30:00 AM, updated July 03 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Download the free video Learn how to use social media to manage your company brand.center_img Video: How to Use Social Media to Manage Your Company Brand Online and learn how to manage your company brand effectively using social media.last_img read more

3 SEO Lessons From Dreamforce

first_img Originally published Sep 7, 2011 8:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Last week, Dreamforce 2011 became one of the largest software technology conferences in the world. While I was there contributing to HubSpot’s presence at the event, I couldn’t help but think about all the SEO parallels — how a search engine would approach the crowd at Dreamforce as well as each space on the expo floor. After reflecting on those items, I broke them down into three big SEO lessons from what HubSpot did at Dreamforce that made us such an attractive target for people at the show, and what made the show a success for us overall.Lesson #1: Remarkable Content Gets You FoundFirst off, creating remarkable content will help you get found, regardless of where you put it. We created a series of non-descript booths with no signs, names, or banners hanging from the ceiling. Instead, we decorated those booths with staff dressed in orange jumpsuits and holding toy unicorns and iPads. As a result, people couldn’t help but approach us to ask questions and learn more. We also created an interesting iPad app that we demoed, which ran a Website Grader report for a person’s website and a competitor’s site. Our content stood out against the grey curtain backdrop, and people wanted to engage with us. This is rule one of inbound marketing and search engine optimization: create awesome, remarkable content that helps you get found online.Lesson #2: Let Your Swag Drive People to YouThe unicorns were like a badge or widget on the web — every single one was displayed, and they brought more people to us. People saw others walking around with little toy unicorns and wanted to learn more and visit our site as well. Just like distributing a badge or widget to other websites, every unicorn we gave away only further amplified our efforts and spread the word about what we were doing.Every item was the offline equivalent of an inbound link to our website. It spread the word, and people who were mentally searching for “cool stuff at Dreamforce” kept finding unicorns and orange jumpsuits. Just like Google’s algorithm, all of those inbound links kept pointing people back to us at the conference. Be the same in your search engine optimization. Create a widget, badge, or other item that people will want to show off on their website or blog, and each one will become an inbound link for your site.Lesson #3: Don’t Bombard Your Audience With All Your Content at OnceJust because you have a ton of great content created and you’re starting to pick up speed, doesn’t mean it’s time to blow out your whole funnel in one go. Unfortunately, we had only been able to acquire about 3,000 unicorns before we completely exhausted the supply of unicorns in the United States. After giving away almost a thousand on day one, we knew that we had to ration out our unicorns. Our brand impressions and activity at the end of the week would have been severely limited if we didn’t have any unicorns left to give out.And while we would’ve still had our ‘un-booths,’ it would have been harder to generate new leads and attract visitors to our booths without lots of unicorns floating around. Therefore, we had to consciously spread out their distribution in order to get them in front of as many people as possible. This same lesson holds true for your blog. If you front load your blog by publishing five articles in the first week but then have nothing left for the rest of the month, it will be much harder to keep a consistent flow of audience and traffic. Space out your content, and make sure you have a steady flow that will attract search engines and users back reliably.Image Credit: Timothy Takemoto SEO Topics:last_img read more

15 Pearls of Wisdom From the Legendary David Ogilvy [SlideShare]

first_img Originally published Jun 13, 2013 9:00:00 AM, updated June 25 2019 Let’s face it — it’s really easy to have Shiny Object Syndrome in marketing today. With such a rapidly changing industry, we’re always trying to stay up on the latest and greatest. “New tools! New social networks! New audiences! Gotta try them all!”But sometimes, it’s helpful to step back and remember that some marketing advice is timeless. Tools change, methodologies develop, but there are some core marketing truths that can stand the test of time. And sometimes, one person can be the source of a ton of timeless marketing advice.Today we wanted to highlight one such person: David Ogilvy. Widely considered the Father of Advertising, Ogilvy was the founder of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide and a prolific writer. Even though his books were published decades ago, his advice is still applicable today. So we rounded up his best advice for marketers to help inspire you on this dreadful Thursday morning. Here’s what Ogilvy has to say:Timeless Marketing Wisdom From David Ogilvy Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:center_img Timeless Marketing Wisdom From David Ogilvy from HubSpot All-in-one Marketing Software1) “I don’t know the rules of grammar … If you’re trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think. We try to write in the vernacular.” (Tweet This Quote)2) “It has been found that the less an advertisement looks like an advertisement and the more it looks like an editorial, the more readers stop, look, and read.” (Tweet This Quote)3) “Never write an advertisement which you wouldn’t want your family to read. You wouldn’t tell lies to your own wife. Don’t tell them to mine.” (Tweet This Quote)4) “Do not address your readers as though they were gathered together in a stadium. When people read your copy, they are alone. Pretend you are writing to each of them a letter on behalf of your client.” (Tweet This Quote)5) “Consumers [decide] to buy or not to buy [based on] the content of your advertising, not its form.” (Tweet This Quote)6) “On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.” (Tweet This Quote)7) “The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.” (Tweet This Quote)8) “Good copy can’t be written with tongue in cheek, written just for a living. You’ve got to believe in the product.” (Tweet This Quote)9) “Advertising people who ignore research are as dangerous as generals who ignore decodes of enemy signals.” (Tweet This Quote)10) “Never stop testing, and your advertising will never stop improving.” (Tweet This Quote)11) “Why should a manufacturer bet his money, perhaps the future of his company, on your instinct?” (Tweet This Quote)12) “Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it. Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.” (Tweet This Quote)13) “Training should not be confined to trainees. It should be a continuous process, and should include the entire professional staff of the agency. The more our people learn, the more useful they can be to our clients.” (Tweet This Quote)14) “If you always hire people who are smaller than you are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. If, on the other hand, you always hire people who are bigger than you are, we shall become a company of giants.”  (Tweet This Quote)15) “Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ball park. Aim for the company of immortals.” (Tweet This Quote)Which piece of Ogilvy’s advice resonated with you the most? Share your favorites with us in the comments. Marketing Advicelast_img read more

12 Reasons to Integrate Visual Content Into Your Marketing Campaigns [Infographic]

first_img1K+Save 10 Interesting Stats About Visual Content1) The brain processes visual information 60,000 times faster than the time it takes for the brain to decode text. (Tweet This Stat)2) Visual content makes up 93% of all human communication. (Tweet This Stat)3) Your content can generate up to 94% more views if you add compelling visual elements and graphics. (Tweet This Stat)4) 14% more views can be generated by press releases if they contain photos when published. (Tweet This Stat)5) You can see a 37% increase in engagement from targeted customers if your article is optimized by adding more compelling visual elements. (Tweet This Stat)6) With detailed images, you can get the attention of up to 67% of your targeted audiences. (Tweet This Stat)7) 40% of users online will provide better and more favorable responses to a particular piece of visual content than other plain and text-based content. (Tweet This Stat)8) 85% of internet users in the United States watch online video. (Tweet This Stat)9) 26% of the 25 million smartphone users around the world watch online video at least once per day. (Tweet This Stat)10) Use of visual content in Facebook campaigns generates 65% more engagement after only a month’s practice. (Tweet This Stat)Are you incorporating visual content into your marketing campaigns? How does it perform compared to your text-based content? Visual Content Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Jul 18, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated August 26 2017center_img Topics: When it comes to marketing content, the web is cluttered, and the competition is tough.This means it’s vital that your content be high quality, attractive, and memorable if you want to break through the clutter and capture the attention of your target audience.Luckily, a great way to make your content stand out online is to make it more visual. Visual content is not only easier and faster for the human brain to process, but it is also a great way to generate more views, clicks, and conversions.Download 195+ visual marketing design templates to use for social media posts, infographics, and more. The importance of visual content has been highlighted by the evolution of the social media sites marketers use every day to promote their content and brands online. Facebook continues to modify its News Feed to include larger and more prominently displayed images and videos, Pinterest is now the fourth most popular social networking site, and Twitter now pulls pictures and videos right into its timeline — and has used its recent profile pages update to allow for larger header photos and profile pictures.If you’re not convinced of the power of visual content or would like more in-depth information about visual content, take a look at the infographic below, created by Digital Marketing Philippines, for 12 data-backed reasons why you should integrate visual content into your marketing campaigns. Then scroll down for some interesting, tweetable stats about visual content that we pulled straight from the infographic.1K+Save last_img read more

How to Think of Better Ideas Without Waiting for a Lightbulb Moment [Infographic]

first_img Originally published Mar 10, 2015 4:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 394Save Topics: Don’t get your best ideas in the shower? That’s okay. As it turns out, most great ideas aren’t conjured during a morning shampoo. Instead, they’re a result of a process — one influenced by both our intuition and a variety of external factors.In other words, you can create an environment that fosters creative thinking. How? Check out the infographic below from Bluescape to learn what the lifecycle of an idea looks like and how to cultivate an effective idea generation strategy.394Save center_img Creativity Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more