PRAMERICA UNVEILS NEW BOSS CAROLINE

first_imgONE of Donegal’s biggest employers has unveiled its new boss.Caroline Faulkner has been named senior managing director and head of Letterkenny’s Pramerica Systems Ireland Limited.She replaces Henry McGarvey who stepped down earlier this year to pursue other business interests. “We are delighted to promote Caroline to this position. Her proven skills and ability, depth of knowledge, dedication to quality service and commitment to community service make her the perfect choice to lead Pramerica into its future,” said John Fox, vice president, Global Business & Technology Solutions at PFI.“As one of our original seven employees, Caroline played a key role in Pramerica’s success. Since then, I have been continually impressed with her ability to lead business projects that are critical to the success of our PFI business partners.”Ms. Faulkner, who is also senior vice president and chief information officer at Pramerica, collaborates with PFI senior executives to help ensure continuous business improvement through cost reduction, quality improvements, innovation and risk mitigation, said the company.Ms. Faulkner joined Pramerica as senior programme manager when the company was established in 2000. In 2002, she was promoted to director of information systems and became chief information officer in 2010. In 2006, Ms. Faulkner was awarded PFI’s “Rock Solid Leadership” award for her strong people management and collaboration skills.Over the years, she has forged close working relationships between Pramerica, FAS Ireland and the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) to develop educational programmes that have created a pipeline of talented and prepared information technology professionals.Prior to joining Pramerica, Ms. Faulkner was an information technology manager for Abbott Laboratories, a U.S. pharmaceutical company with five facilities in Ireland.Ms. Faulkner has a bachelor’s degree in computing science from the University of Ulster; a master’s degree in Leadership and Innovation from LYIT; and a diploma in accounting and finance from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.She is a member of the CIO Executive Council and the CIO European Research Board. She served on the LYIT Board of Governance for several years and was chair of its Audit Committee. Pramerica Systems Ireland provides essential computer-technology and client-contact services to PFI businesses around the world.Its Information Technology Group develops software and other systems solutions for PFI business groups and its Operations Group functions as a back-office contact centre for PFI business group.PRAMERICA UNVEILS NEW BOSS CAROLINE was last modified: April 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalletterkennypramericaPRAMERICA UNVEILS NEW BOSS CAROLINElast_img read more

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‘Don’t underestimate South Africans’

first_imgRomaana Naidoo Baby Jake Matlala gives the thumbs up for “Inspiring New Ways”, with Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, Andy Higgins, and Emile Engel.(Image: Romaana Naidoo)MEDIA CONTACTS• Anusha Jogi Jenni Newman Public Relations+27 11 506 7350RELATED ARTICLES• New slogan for Brand South Africa • Hold on to freedom, says Brand SA• What makes you a true South African? • World to serenade MadibaInspiring New Ways, Brand South Africa’s new slogan, was launched on Wednesday 4 July at a dinner in Midrand, Johannesburg. The occasion was marked with the screening of an innovative television commercial filmed locally and abroad, featuring some of the country’s most influential people across all fields, from sport to technology.This comes as a natural progression from Brand South Africa’s previous slogan, Alive With Possibility, which was used to define the company’s role in marketing the country.Miller Matola, Brand South Africa’s CEO, believes the 60-second commercial encapsulates the “can-do” spirit of South Africans. He trusts that it will illustrate the determination of the country’s citizens to overcome obstacles and find new and better ways to get things done.The spirit of South Africans was captured in the ad. Instead of looking for a single example of this, the makers decided to get some well-known and not-so-well-known citizens to talk about it in their own words.It begins with Baby Jake Matlala saying: “They told me I was too small”, and continues to feature other prominent figures before ending off with musician Toya Delazy and comedian Trevor Noah together saying: “We don’t think we can change the world – we know.”Former boxing great Brian Mitchell’s line goes: ” Don’t underestimate South Africans.”Host of starsOther people in the ad are Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Natalie du Toit, Lucas Radebe, Brian Mitchell, Greg Minnaar, Trevor Rabin, John van de Ruit, Shaun Tomson, David Tlale, Khotso Mokoena, Colin Thornton, Oyama Matomela, Andile Dube, Andy Higgins, Tebogo Skwambane, Nkhensani Nkosi, Emile Engel, Simon Ratcliffe, Zibusizo Mkhwanazi, and Fatima Vawda.Matthew Barnes, the executive creative director at Publicis, the agency that made the ad, said: “The mix of characters in the commercial was chosen from a long, long list. While some of the people we wanted to include were not available, we were extraordinarily fortunate to get some of the people who star in the final product.“We did not just go for people who have won world cups and major awards and trophies. We wanted to show a spread of people, demonstrating the breadth and depth of the South African can-do spirit,” Barnes said.The team had to film at various locations in South Africa and in Los Angeles. The latter was to show some home-grown talent that had made it big internationally, such as Rabin. The musician became an international rock star with bands like Rabbitt and Yes; he now composes and produces soundtracks for Hollywood movies.Others filmed in Los Angeles were Noah, the multi-lingual comedian; Tomson, who was at the top of world surfing for many years; and Minnaar, a multiple world mountain bike champion.Moses Semenya, the assistant direct at Catapult, which produced the commercial, said: “Whether we were filming at home or in the US, we were struck by the humility and down-to-earth nature of the people we filmed and their absolute willingness to participate in the project and give something back to their country.”Turning negatives to positivesSemenya explained that to describe the ability of South Africans to find new ways of doing things, the first half of the commercial explores negatives, which are turned into strong positives and successes in the second half.The television commercial will be aired on e.tv on 5 July about 8:30pm, before moving to SABC channels and MNet; then it will make its way on to international media. But this is only the beginning; the people in the commercial will later be featured in stand-alone segments.“Through this television commercial we want to get across the message that Inspiring New Ways is an over-arching country position for South Africa relating to everything we do and that we are including our people, our culture and heritage, tourism, exports, governance and investment and immigration,” Matola said.“Since our hugely successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, our inclusion in the Brics [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] grouping of nations and in the G20, South Africa has matured a lot and come of age to a large degree.“We are no longer an adolescent nation and this progression needs to be reflected in our brand identity and positioning.”Matola added that the South Africans featured in the ad characterised the quintessential spirit of the country as they found ways to realise their dreams and achieve their goals.“Whether it’s Baby Jake Matlala proving that he was not too small to become a world champion boxer, or Oyama Matomela becoming a commercial pilot at the age of 19, or astronomer Simon Ratcliffe who helped to bring the Square Kilometre Array project to our country, these people all portray the essential spirit of South Africa and South Africans.”The people featured in the ad had all found ways to get ahead, improve themselves and make a contribution to society, he added. “At Brand South Africa, we want to inspire all South Africans to play a role in shaping the future of our country.”The path since democracyInspiring New Ways was devised to reflect how far the country has come over the past few years since its democracy and the increasingly significant role it is playing in international affairs.South Africa has not only been the only African nation to host a football world cup, but it has also become a leading force in the African Union, Southern African Development Community, New Partnership for Africa’s Development, Brics and G20.Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko, Brand South Africa’s strategic marketing and communications director, said: “In many ways, we punch above our weight in international affairs and we also occupy a strong representative position on behalf of Africa, the developing world and emerging market economies.“We have our own challenges as a country, especially with regard to issues such as education, poverty, inequality and corruption, but we as South Africans have demonstrated that we will be inspired to find new ways to overcome these challenges.”More importantly, Chabeli Mazibuko said, Brand South Africa wanted Inspiring New Ways to be a slogan that was aspirational and created a vision of where people wanted to be.“The slogan and television commercial is a call to action for South Africans to find new and better ways of doing things for the benefit of themselves, their communities and the country as a whole,” she added.Entertainment at the launch included Yvonne Chaka Chaka, who performed three songs; Mi Casa, and a children’s choir. Chaka Chaka took her music to the floor as she walked through the crowd while singing, encouraging people to dance by grabbing some of them by the hand. They let loose after that and by the time Mi Casa went on stage, they swamped the dance floor without any encouragement from the band.last_img read more

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Skills project to ‘honour Anene Booysen’

first_img19 April 2013 A R10-million skills development and job-creation investment in construction-related programme will be launched by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande to honour Anene Booysen and benefit the Bredasdorp community. The 17-year-old teenager and her small Overberg town of Bredasdorp in the Western Cape, came under intense national and international media spotlight in February following her brutal gang-rape, mutilation and murder. Nzimande – through the Construction Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) and in partnership with the Cape Agulhas Local Municipality – will launch the project on Saturday with the intention of benefiting locals in various training including apprenticeships, learnerships and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programmes. Nzimande said the impact of the training, particularly of the largely unemployed youth, will be positive and make a difference in the impoverished rural town near the southern-most tip of the African continent in the Western Cape Province.‘Long-term, sustainable benefits’ “In addition to about 700 learners receiving different training programmes, each trainee will also receive a monthly stipend of about R1 500, which will help in alleviating the socio-economic conditions of the community in the short term while the skills they will receive will lead to longer-term more sustainable benefits,” he said. The training will last for a minimum of nine months and a maximum of 12 months depending on field of training, with a stipend of R1 500 per month per learner who will receive short skills programmes, learnerships and apprenticeships. “Because we recognise that in our communities there are quite a number of informally trained and skilled artisans, this investment will also include an RPL process so that these artisanal skills can be formally recognised and certified,” he said. “This is very exciting as our economy needs artisans now more than ever.’ The short skills programmes will include electrical construction, health and safety and solar geyser installation, while learnerships will be in community house building and road construction. There will also be apprenticeships offered in carpentry, plumbing and electrical construction. About 250 learners will be taken through a construction RPL process. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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MS Dhoni shares a laugh with David Warner after SRH finally beat CSK

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni didn’t play the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday but he was very much a part of the post-game activities at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium and was once again seen interacting with the opposition team players on the field once the home team completed their 6-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings.Dhoni shook hands with the SRH players after the match got over and was seen talking to David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma and had teammate Shardul Thakur amidst the discussions as well.Dhoni has been frequently seen interacting and chatting with the opposition team players throughout this season of the Indian Premier League.”#Thala at the epicentre of the huddle to discuss the #Yellove and much more about the game!,” Chennai Super Kings captioned the video which they posted on their social media accounts late on Wednesday night.#Thala at the epicentre of the huddle to discuss the #Yellove and much more about the game! #WhistlePodu #SRHvCSK pic.twitter.com/6OAq7IvipyChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 17, 2019Sunrisers Hyderabad completed a convincing win over Chennai Super Kings on their home ground to snap their three-match losing streak and climb up to sixth place in the points table with their fourth win from 8 games.The Super Kings were led by Suresh Raina in the absence of Dhoni, who missed the game with back spasm.”He (Dhoni) is feeling better. His back was stiff and might play the next game,” Raina said at the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisementThe short and sweet singa nadai as #Thala bids adieu to Hyderabad’s #yellove! #WhistlePodu #SRHvCSK pic.twitter.com/cO1lz2K4taChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 17, 2019The Super Kings were stopped at 132 for five after they opted to bat, and then, SRH chased down the target with 19 balls to spare.Before Wednesday, Chennai Super Kings had won 8 out of 10 IPL matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Last year, CSK had won all their 4 matches vs SRH including the final thanks to a Shane Watson hundred.Also Read | Warner, Bairstow and Rashid script rare SRH victory over Dhoni-less CSKAlso Read | A sweet moment in Hyderabad brings a smile on David Warner’s faceAlso Read | SRH vs CSK Highlights, IPL 2019last_img read more

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