ASA and Emoov ‘in discussions’ over website amendments following complaint

first_imgThe Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is ‘in discussions’ with reborn portal Emoov after consultant Andrew Stanton claimed that the portal is yet to fully update its website after being requested to do so by the marketing industry watchdog three weeks ago.Stanton complained to the ASA in September that the agency was making claims on its website about performance, reviews and market position based on its track record prior the website being bought by tech firm Mashroom in February this year.This included claiming that it was rated the UK’s No.1 Hybrid Estate Agent for the past three years; featured Trustpilot reviews posted before February 2019 and Google reviews and scores also from before February.Site amendedOn 13th November the ASA released a statement revealing that Emoov had agreed to remove the claims, and its website has been subsequently amended after ‘working closely with the ASA’.But Stanton has now re-contacted the watchdog to say that he believes not enough remedial action has been taken by the hybrid agency, claiming that consumers could still be misled.“The website may look different but my point to the ASA is that I believe it still misleads consumers who might be considering using its service,” says Stanton.He told The Negotiator that the link from Emoov’s website to its Trustpilot account doesn’t mention that its reviews include those posted prior to February.The tussle between Emoov, Stanton and the ASA highlights a key weakness in the ASA’s remit; it cannot fine or prosecute errant advertisers who are slow to amend advertising claims, or who simply refuse to do so, and relies on using publicity to coerce agents into action.The Negotiator approached Emoov for comment but has yet to receive a response.Read more about Emoov.  Andrew Stanton Mashroom Emoov December 6, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » ASA and Emoov ‘in discussions’ over website amendments following complaint previous nextAgencies & PeopleASA and Emoov ‘in discussions’ over website amendments following complaintOriginal complainant about the agency’s website has asked the watchdog to revisit his original point that Emoov is incorrectly using Trustpilot reviews.Nigel Lewis6th December 20190469 Viewslast_img read more

South Africa’s new Cabinet ministers

first_imgGwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde replaces Geoff Doidge as minister of public works.Lulu Xingwana replaces Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya as minister of women, children and persons with disabilities.Mildred Oliphant replaces Membathisi Mdladlana as minister of labour. Other deputy ministers appointed were: Source: BuaNews Communications – Obed BapelaSocial development – Maria NtuliPublic works – Benedict “Ben” MartinsArts and culture – Joseph PhaahlaCorrectional services – Ngoako RamathlodiTrade and industry – Elizabeth ThabetheEconomic Development – Enoch GodongwanaEnergy – Barbara ThompsonHigher education – Hlengiwe MkhizeHome affairs – Fatima ChohanMineral resources – Godfrey OliphantInternational relations and cooperation – Marius FransmanPublic service and administration – Ayanda DlodloRural development and land reform – Thembelani Thulas Nxesi 2 November 2010 Six new Cabinet ministers and 12 new deputy ministers have been sworn in by Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo following a major Cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma. New Cabinet ministers Bathabile Dlamini (social development), Malusi Gigaba (public enterprises), Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde (public works), Mildred Oliphant (Labour) and Fikile Mbalula (sport and recreation) took their oath at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on Monday. Notably absent was incoming Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, who still needs to be sworn in as a Member of Parliament. Others, such as new Communications Minister Radhakrishna “Roy” Padayachie, were not sworn in as they were changing from one department to another and had already been sworn in as part of their previous portfolios. The 17 deputy ministers appointed as part of Zuma’s reshuffle were also sworn in. Here are quick profiles of some of the new faces in Zuma’s Cabinet:Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba Malusi Gigaba, who has served as deputy home affairs minister since May 2009, takes over from Barbara Hogan as minister of public enterprises. The 39-year-old Gigaba served previously in parliament’s portfolio committees on trade and industry and agriculture and land affairs, and on the government’s joint monitoring committee on the quality of life and status of children, youth and disabled persons. One of Gigaba’s department’s most pressing tasks is that of helping power utility Eskom with a multi-billion rand expansion programme to ensure that South Africa’s energy needs are met. At the reopening of the Camden power station in Mpumalanga last month, President Zuma said the government would spend over R800-billion on energy infrastructure in the coming years, while Finance Minister Pravin Gorhan last week announced a further R174-billion state guarantee to enable Eskom to complete construction of two new power stations.Communications Minister ‘Roy’ Padayachie Radhakrishna “Roy” Padayachie takes over from Siphiwe Nyanda as minister of communications. Padayachie is well known in the sector, having served as deputy communications minister from 2004 until May 2009, when he took up the position of deputy minister of public service and administration. The microbiologist, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters in Science from the University of London, takes over a ministry responsible for some state-owned enterprises, including the SABC, which has been plagued by problems.Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini After serving for 17 months as deputy minister of social development, Bathabile Dlamini takes over as minister from Edna Molewa, who has been moved to the department of water and environmental affairs. Among Dlamini’s duties will be ensuring that her department achieves its primary functions, including managing social security. This will include social assistance and unemployment, disability and old age grants. The Department of Social Development is also tasked with developing sustainable social welfare services help to reduce poverty, vulnerability and the impact of HIV/Aids, in partnership with various state-funded institutions and non-governmental, community- and faith-based organisations. Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa Edna Molewa, previously minister of social development, replaces Buyelwa Sonjica as minister of water and environmental affairs. Molewa was appointed minister of social development in May 2009 after serving as premier of North West province from 2004 and 2009. She was credited with turning the province around. A former teacher, Molewa began her political activism serving in the underground structures of African National Congress (ANC) between 1976 and 1990. She currently chairs the ANC Women’s League in North West. Key imperatives for Molewa will be to coordinate and monitor the provision of basic services such as water, electricity, refuse removal and sanitation. Just last week, the Cabinet approved a national policy for provision of basic refuse removal services for indigent households. Tackling the issue of acid mine drainage and pollution of water resources in Gauteng province could also be one of Molewa’s immediate priorities.Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile After serving for 17 months as deputy minister of arts and culture, Paul Mashatile takes over as minister from Lulu Xingana, who has been named minister of women, children and persons with disabilities. Mashatile was previously the premier of Gauteng province, as well as provincial MEC for housing, transport and public works, as well as Safety. An active member in the underground structures of the African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party (SACP) during South Africa’s apartheid years, Mashatile was held for almost four years without trial, during which time he embarked on an 18-day hunger strike as part of a nationwide protest. Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula Fikile Mbalula, who served as deputy minister of police since May 2009, takes over from Makhenkesi Stofile as minister of sport and recreation. The appointment of the former leader of the African National Congress Youth League was welcomed by Gideon Sam, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. “The 2012 Olympics in London gets ever closer, and Minister Mbalula will be a key part of our drive for success in this regard,” Sam said following Mbalula’s appointment.Deputy Health Minister Gwen Ramokgopa Gwen Ramokgopa, previously mayor of the City of Tshwane, takes over as deputy health minister from Molefi Sefularo, who died in a car accident earlier this year. In 1995, Ramokgopa became the first black woman to chair the executive committee of the then City Council of Pretoria. In 1998 she was appointed chairperson of the Gauteng legislature’s portfolio committee for health. She went on to serve as Gauteng MEC for Health from 1999 to 2006, when she became Tshwane mayor. Ramakgopa qualified as a medical doctor in 1989, and was awarded a Masters degree in public health in 2007.Deputy Police Minister Makhotso Magdalene Sotyu Makhotso Magdalene Sotyu takes over as deputy police minister from Fikile Mbalula, who has been appointed minister of sports and recreation. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has welcomed Sotyu’s appointment, saying he was confident that her political career, which included involvement in parliamentary portfolio committees on water and environment as well as the police, would “stand her in good stead in her new role”. “In Deputy Minister Sotyu, we have acquired a stalwart and a hard worker who, just like her predecessor, hates crime with a passion,” Mthethwa said following Sotyu’s appointment.Dina Pule: deputy minister in the presidency for performance monitoring and evaluation Dina Pule has been appointed to a new deputy minister’s position in the office of Collins Chabane, the minister in the presidency responsible for performance monitoring, evaluation and administration. The ministry has an expansive mandate which includes guiding and monitoring the work of the government, across all sectors, for the next five years. Pule, previously deputy minister of communications, has a no-nonsense reputation and is intolerant of mismanagement. She made a name for herself in the Mpumalanga provincial legislature, where she held several executive council appointments, including that of safety and security and agriculture.Other changes to Zuma’s Cabinetlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 11 | Sonny, Corny, and Queezy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Episode 11 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, courtesy of AgriGold, travels all over Ohio and even a bit above it. Host Ty Higgins talks with Joel Penhorwood about his intense ride-along with crop duster Butch Fisher and the motion sickness that followed. Matt Reese hears from Brad Moffitt of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers about the ongoing ethanol tour. Dale Minyo was down in Cincinnati to see Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue make a big announcement about USDA. Also on the podcast, a bit from the new Dean of the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Cathann Kress, as she helped dedicate the newest greenhouse to grace the campus of ATI in northeastern Ohio.last_img read more

Sting And Trudie Styler To Be Awarded We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian

first_imgThe We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary songwriter and producer, Nile Rodgers, will honor Humanitarian Award recipients Sting and Trudie Styler at its inaugural We Are Family HONORS event on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom in New York City.Artists and activists Sting and Trudie Styler will receive the Humanitarian Award, which honors those in the public eye who have made tremendous efforts and inroads to improving the human condition throughout the world. Previous recipients of the Humanitarian Award include musical legends Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel, Sir Elton John, and television and radio host Larry King.Sting and Trudie Styler are committed to helping make a difference for children around the world and protecting the environment. In 1989, the couple founded the Rainforest Fund, an organization devoted to protecting rainforests and their indigenous peoples. To date they have raised more than $30 million for the cause and have expanded to a network of interconnected organizations in more than 20 countries. Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach. From raising funds and awareness for the UNICEF End Child Exploitation and United Against AIDS campaigns to visiting tsunami-affected Sri Lanka in solidarity with those affected by the devastating disaster, Trudie Styler has been a leading voice on behalf of some of the poorest and most vulnerable children on earth.“The We Are Family Foundation was born as a result of the 9/11 tragedy, after which I asked the question, ‘Can we organize for peace half as effectively as others do for hate?’” said Nile Rodgers, Founder & Chairman of the We Are Family Foundation. “My song, ‘We Are Family,’ was the inspiration to bring people together, celebrate our differences and share ideas across borders in order to solve some of the bigger problems facing our world. We are inspired by Sting and Trudie and their dedication to making the world a better place.”The funds raised will support WAFF’s mission and existing programs including WAFF’s signature program, Three Dot Dash, which identifies, supports and mentors Global Teen Leaders actively working on programs that address basic human needs and promoting a more peaceful world; and TEDxTeen, a global educational platform for extraordinary teenagers to share their stories and inspire millions.Tickets for We Are Family HONORS can be purchased in advance at wearefamilyfoundation.org. Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law; the non-deductible portion of each VIP Ticket purchased is $75, and each Concert Ticket purchased is $50. All who purchased tables or dinner tickets to the We Are Family Foundation Gala 2.0 on January 31, 2013, will receive complimentary admission to We Are Family HONORS. Please contact Lauren Lewis at [email protected] for details.last_img read more

Mobile Roadies CoFounder on What You Need to Know Now About the

first_imgMay 7, 2012 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img Why jump into the self-service game? How will it work with pricing and options?Schneider: We’ve always been in the self-service game — from day one. As of May 1, we now offer mobile websites — making any website mobile friendly — at $9 per month or $99 per year. There is also a free option. We also have added iPad on the high end and redesigned our system to take advantage of the iPad’s large screen. Stats show that consumers spend more time and more money in iPad apps. So we’re now empowering our customers to take advantage of that trend.Related: How Mobile Roadie Became a Leader in Do-It-Yourself AppsHow can companies monetize their apps?Schneider: There’s a huge value in data collected in an app, including the ability to reach users where they are, in real time, down to a one-mile radius. Additionally, our customers can sell physical and digital merchandise inside their app, place ads, and sell their apps to brands.Any advice to entrepreneurs on getting buzz and customers for their startups?Schneider: Nothing speaks louder than an amazing product. Focus on that, and “buzz” usually takes care of itself. Also try and get one marquee client on board per vertical that you’re going after. For example, after Madonna came on board in 2009, we had a much easier time selling in the music business. This was the same for sports after we began working with the Miami Dolphins.Why is it important for a brand to have their own app?Schneider: Right now, about 25% of traffic to any given website is from a smartphone. And yet brands still starts their marketing plan with a website first, and — maybe — optimizes it for mobile. Mobile is an afterthought right now. When you look at trends, it’s clear that by the end of next year, more than 50% of traffic to any given website will be from a smartphone, meaning mobile, first, will be the most important part of a brand’s outreach strategy. Native apps also provide distinct advantages compared to mobile websites in terms of ability to reach users — push notifications — as well as access to things like the phone’s camera and calendar for additional functionality.In short, the first screen is now the mobile phone, and brands everywhere have a huge opportunity to reach consumers in real-time, in context, where they are, in ways that were never possible before.Related: How to Build a Mobile App for Your Business Since launching in 2008, Mobile Roadie has created over 3,000 iPhone and Android apps for celebs and large organizations including Madonna, Taylor Swift, the Dallas Mavericks, Wynn Las Vegas, Harvard University and the World Economic Forum. With over 20 million downloads, Mobile Roadie recently launched a self-service mobile website and iPad option for businesses and brands to build their own custom apps. I spoke with co-founder Michael Schneider about the future of mobile apps and where Mobile Roadie is headed:What makes Mobile Roadie apps stand out?Schneider: A few things. Design, for one. Our apps look and feel custom, even though they are built using a common platform. Additionally, everything is social. And the social “buzz” that app users generate promotes the brand to Facebook and Twitter. There’s also a focus on monetization. We allow our customers to sell digital and physical goods, as well as advertise to their audience. Lastly, there’s a sophisticated dashboard and analytics platform on the back-end that brands can use to understand what their users are doing, where they are located, and reach them in real time where they are. min readlast_img read more