29 August, 2012

International Wikipedia photographic competition celebrates South Africa’s heritage

Cape Town, 24th August 2012 – A month-long international photographic competition, Wiki Loves Monuments, will kick off in South Africa from the 1st September and will run throughout Heritage Month with special events planned for Heritage Day, the 24th September.

Members of the public are encouraged to celebrate South Africa’s living heritage by taking photographs of heritage sites (including buildings, sites of struggle and memory, graves, monuments, archaeological sites, etc.) and uploading them either via mobile or their computers to the competition website(www.wikilovesmonuments.co.za). A panel of South Africa’s most celebrated photographers will judge the uploaded photographs, and the winners will receive significant prizes. The best photograph from the national competition will be put forward for the international Wiki Loves Monuments prize.

To be eligible for entry, competitors must register on Wikimedia Commons via the Wiki Loves Monuments website , link the photo to its SAHRA number (or nominate a new site), and release the photographs under the CC-BY-SA licence for usage on Wikipedia and its aligned sites.

The international Wiki Loves Monuments project is organised by the Wikimedia volunteer community that created Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia, and built the free media archive Wikimedia Commons. The competition runs from 1st to 30th September 2012 and is being held to capture and contribute images and media of the world’s culture and heritage to the Wikimedia projects.

The ambitious goal of the global Wikimedia movement is for every person in the world to freely share the sum of all human knowledge. Since 2001, and through various projects, chapters, and the support of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, volunteers around the world have been contributing to the Wikimedia projects to achieve this goal.

The Wiki Loves Monuments competition is one way of doing this. A significant proportion of heritage photographs on the Wikimedia sites were created during the 2010 and 2011 versions of this competition. During the 2011 competition, 165,000 photographs were uploaded from 18 countries across Europe. The 2012 competition has more than 34 countries participating in the project.

Highlights of the South African competition include:
The launch event on the 1st September 2012 at the Slave Church, 40 Long Street, Cape Town at 16h00;
Upload Marathons at selected museums on Heritage Day, the 24th September 2012;
Nominations from the public for new national heritage sites, to be considered by the national heritage agencies;
A National Treasure Hunt in each province for un-categorised sites;
Competition closes on the 30th September;
Winners announced at a prize giving ceremony in Johannesburg in early November; and
Announcement of the international winners, date to be announced.
Wiki Loves Monuments is being launched in South Africa by Wikimedia South Africa, in partnership with WikiAfrica. Current competition collaborators are the South African Heritage Resource Agency, Heritage Western Cape, Art South Africa and the National Heritage Council.

The commencement of the Wiki Loves Monuments South Africa Photographic Competition on the 1st September 2012 coincides with the official launch of the South African Wikimedia Chapter.

17 August, 2012

Nokia & Zynga Partnership Grows To Bring Blockbuster Games To Nokia Asha Touch Feature Phones

Draw Something and Zynga Poker Coming to Over 100 Million Nokia Consumers

Nokia today announced they will bring Zynga’s global hit games, Draw Something and Zynga Poker, to Nokia Asha Touch devices in Q3 2012 as part of their partnership announced recently. Nokia Asha Touch users can soon challenge their friends to a round of the popular social drawing and guessing game, or enjoy their own virtual poker match. Zynga’s Draw Something and Zynga Poker will both be free to download from Nokia Store.

The announcement reinforces Nokia’s commitment to delivering must-have app and gaming experiences to consumers of Nokia Series 40 devices, including the Nokia Asha Touch range. Nokia Asha Touch users already enjoy a variety of mobile gaming experiences enabled by global partners such as EA, Gameloft, Rovio, NAMCO BANDAI and now, Zynga.

"It’s great to expand our offering of Zynga games to deliver more blockbuster titles across our portfolio of mobile devices, giving consumers great choice and tremendous value,” said Bryan Biniak, VP & GM, Global Partnering & Application Development, Nokia. “With premium design, powerful hardware and outstanding gaming capabilities, we’re redefining what consumers expect from today’s feature phone experience.”
Nokia Asha Touch devices have been designed to provide an incredibly rich, fast and engaging experience to consumers and are all available across East Africa:

• The beautifully crafted Nokia Asha 311 is a fast and fluid 3.5G capacitive touchscreen device, powered by a 1GHz processor to provide a great internet experience.
• The bright and edgy Nokia Asha 305 is a fun and affordable phone, featuring the exclusive Easy Swap dual SIM.
• Its sister, the Nokia Asha 306, is a single SIM model, and becomes Nokia’s most affordable Wi-Fi handset to date.
The devices feature the new, fully re-designed Asha Touch user interface, which combines proven ease-of-use from Nokia’s heritage with new, digital design innovations. The cloud-accelerated Nokia Browser 2.0 makes Internet surfing up to three times faster and 85% cheaper than comparable browsers, and is available to download for free from Nokia Store.

Recently, Nokia Store broke the five billion downloads landmark. From January to April 2012, 42% of all content downloaded from Nokia Store was delivered to Series 40 devices, including the Asha Touch range. To-date, more than 500 Nokia developers have apps which have achieved more than one million downloads, while India Games, Pico Brothers and Inode have all achieved more than 100 million downloads.
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06 August, 2012

Seven Olympians from around the Globe celebrate Gillette's "Get Started" Campaign with Ceremonial Shave

Olympians From Seven Countries Descend On The P&G Family Home For Special Shaving Event
Caption:: (L-R Back Row) Swimmers Felipe Franca Silva of Brazil,Alain Bernard of France,Paul Biedermann of Germany, Liam Tancock of Great Britain and (L-R Front Row) Nikita Lobintsev of Russia, Ryan Lochte of USA and Andriy Govorov attend the Gillette "Get Started" Ceremonial Shaving event at the P&G Family Home on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for P&G)
LONDON, August 5, 2012 – Today, Olympians such as Ryan Lochte, Alain Bernard, and Liam Tancock, among others, will celebrate Gillette’s ‘Get Started’ campaign with a ceremonial shave to take place in the Gillette Lounge at the P&G Family Home.  This honorary shave serves to not only celebrate the Company’s global campaign, but to also honor these Olympians and their tremendous accomplishments during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“These athletes exemplify Gillette’s conviction that in athletics and in life, a great start can go great lengths toward being successful in your endeavors,” said Patrice Louvet, President, Global Shave Care, P&G.  “Gillette is linked to great starts for more than 800 million men around the world every day and through these athletes, our ‘Get Started’ campaign is aimed at educating and provided the next generation of men with a great start in their lives.”

The athletes participating in Gillette’s Global Shave Event include:
Felipe Franca Silva
Alain Bernard
Paul Biedermann
Liam Tancock
Great Britain
Nikita Lobintsev
Andriy Govorov
Ryan Lochte

As part of Gillette’s global ‘Get Started’ campaign, Ryan Lochte also presented a check worth $25,000 to the USOC’s P&G|Team USA Youth Sports Fund, a fund aimed at providing broader access to youth sports development.  Lochte is one of 25 Gillette brand ambassador athletes at this year’s Olympic Games who are inspiring and encouraging future generations of men and Olympians to achieve greatness through great starts in athletics and life. This Gillette campaign was the first program launched as part of P&G’s global partnership with the IOC and support of the Olympic Movement, which carries through the next five Olympics to the 2020 Games.

The Gillette Lounge within the P&G Family Home is a uniquely designed refuge providing men with many of the creature comforts they typically enjoy at home.  Featuring an unrivaled grooming lounge, pool tables, video games, and a viewing area, the Male Grooming Space allows athletes and their families to un-wind from the day and get prepared for a great start the following day.


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