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Cannes Trend Talks 2021 Official Programme and invitation

Ster-Kinekor, the official Cannes Lions representative in South Africa, along with Bizcommunity, online media partner to Ster-Kinekor, and The Creative Circle, invite you to book now for Cannes Trend Talks 2021 presented by Ann Nurock.

This year, the world’s most prestigious advertising festival, Cannes Lions went online for the first time and Ann Nurock and some of SA’s leading creatives, who were all category judges at this year’s festival, watched the talks by global thought leaders, analysed award-winning campaigns and identified key themes, to bring you their insights at Cannes Lions Trends Talks 2021 taking place online Thursday, 22 July.

Get the inside scoop on what’s really cutting through with audiences, as well as what’s steering the direction for local and global creative communities. – Cannes Lions

Find out about the 42% of consumers who make up the global Accenture study who said they would switch brands from providers who did not have relevant societal impact, and curated examples of the award-winning work with analysis. Ann Nurock presents her annual case studies, which show how creativity continues to be a driver in identifying and addressing some of the world’s most urgent problems.

“The work this year was really fresh, not because it was new, but because it was more human. Work that solved problems delivered a better ROI,” Ann Nurock, senior partner: Relationship Audits Management, industry advocate and Cannes Lions reporter.

Book out 2pm-6pm 22 July 2021 in your calendar for this immersion session virtually together with your peers with Q&A sessions after each speaker.

Cannes Lions Trends Talks 2021 Programme

  • 2pm: Welcome by MC Neo Mashigo, presents Creative Circle rankings
  • 2.20pm: Ann Nurock “The year that changed everything” trends presentation
  • 3.20–3.30pm: Q&A
  • 3.30pm: Break, awards-winning reels
  • 3.40pm: Panel discussions:  
    • Brett Morris (Film Lions juror)
    • Steph van Niekerk (Industry Craft Lions)
    • Lufuno Mavhungu (Radio and Audio Lions juror)
  • 4.15pm: Break, award-winning reels
  • 4.35pm: Neo Mashigo hosts panellists:  
    • Nkgabiseng Motau (Print & Publishing Lions juror)
    • Tanya Schreuder (Media Lions juror)
    • Bryan Habana (Entertainment Lions for Sport jurors)
  • 6pm: Event to conclude

Book now for this annual industry highlight proudly brought to you by Ster-Kinekor, official SA Cannes Lions representatives, Creative Circle and Bizcommunity (supported by the Loeries).

Save the date and book now: 22 July 2021 | 2pm | R150 per ticket Secure your ticket by email: [email protected]

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App Radonautica becomes new TikTok trend – and it helps users avoid UK’s saddest

Called Randonautica, the free app that launched in February 2020 where users are taken to ‘happy locations’ based on the persons’ mood. Several users known as randonauts have shared their outdoor adventures across social sharing sites including Reddit, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. The app has attracted the attention of millions of people from across the globe where users have documented their random treks to places less visited.

A statement on the company’s website reads: “Randonauting is the act of using the Randonautica app to generate truly random locations sourced with quantum entropy.

“The user can then choose to venture to these locations to see what they find. They often discover that what they see lines up with their intention, which is what they were thinking about when they generated the point.

“But even if this doesn’t happen, it’s a way to mindfully explore the world around them.”

Setting up Radonautica is straightforward – you will be first asked your current location, then choose an intention (eg. forest) and finally follow the directions to a random point that the app selects.

Radonautica was created by Joshua Lengfelder from Texas, a former circus performer whose app has been downloaded over 11 million times.

Three different types of locations can be chosen from, each randomly generated – the first is called an “attractor” location which finds a dense area.

A “void” location does the opposite to the first option by finding sparse areas while an “anomaly” will search for places if you have a strong intention to discover more about a particular subject.

Coordinates are then randomly given for the user to follow which then decide whether to say yes or no to.

Up to 10 sets of coordinates can be generated for free each day users wanting to have more mystery walkabouts must then pay for more.

However, not all of the final locations have ended on a memorable note, in June 2020 a group of teenagers in Seattle, Washington found a bag with two dead bodies.

But as the past 18 months has proven for many that the worldwide lockdown has led to many people finding new ways to help cope with boredom and loneliness.

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Author: Hannah Hastings
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Award Winning Journalist and Author, Alicia Doyle, Examines the Upward Trend in Support of Legal Same-Sex Marriage

Award Winning Journalist and Author, Alicia Doyle

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, July 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — U.S. support for legal same-sex marriage continues to trend upward, now at 70% — a new high in Gallup’s trend since 1996. This latest figure marks an increase of 10 percentage points since 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize same-sex marriages.

Award Winning Journalist and Author, Alicia Doyle has some thoughts on the matter. “Unions of the same sex have a long history, with records showing such marriages going back as far as the first century A.D, states Doyle. “These unions occurred in Rome, regions in China, and Ancient Greece, as well as Europe.”

The current 70% also marks a 10 percentage point increase since 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples could marry in any state.
The increase is largely driven by the changing views of Republicans, who were previously generally opposed to legalizing same-sex marriages, according to Gallup.

Doyle continues, “While it’s hopeful that 70% of Americans support legal same-sex marriage, it’s disheartening that 30% in the U.S. still don’t believe all human beings are worthy of marrying the person they love.”

This year’s poll marks the first time a majority of Republicans support same-sex marriage, with 55% in favor of legal recognition. Democratic support is at 83%, about the level it has been over the past few years. Independents are slightly more in favor of it than in years past, with support in that group at 73%.

“Acceptance remains low because of religious fundamentalism polluting a civil/legal matter, such as marriage,” concludes Doyle. “The inability of the general public to move on from archaic definitions of marriage and biblical suggestions that made sense in societies long gone – which were made to fuel population growth which is no longer a concern – is still surprising, and scarily suggestive of wide spread ignorance.”

While there are still differences between age groups that support same-sex marriage, there is increased support across the board — 84% of young adults, 72% of middle-aged adults, and 60% of older adults say they are in favor of same-sex marriages. The data comes from Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll, which was conducted last month.


Alicia Doyle

Alicia Doyle is the author of the acclaimed autobiographical book, “Fighting Chance“. Since it was published in February of 2020 – just one month before the global pandemic hit – it has won three literary awards: First Place in Creative Nonfiction and Memoir in the 2020 North Street Book Prize Winning Writers Competition; 2020 WBAN “Cool Story of the Year”; and 2021 Best Autobiographical Book.

In April of 2020, Slavica Bogdanov, a 20-time-awarded Canadian screenwriter and owner of Empowering Entertainment, partnered with Doyle to bring her true story to the Silver Screen.

Doyle, a journalist for more than three decades, discovered boxing at age 28 in the late 1990s when she went on assignment at a boxing gym for at-risk youth. For two years, Doyle simultaneously worked as a newspaper reporter while training and competing as a boxer, making her one of only a few hundred women in America who infiltrated this male-dominated sport. During her boxing career, she won two Golden Gloves championship titles and earned three wins by knockout – and her pro debut at age 30 in the year 2000 was named The California Female Fight of the Year.

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Cryptocurrency price LIVE: Night of horror as BTC, ETH and DOGE fall – but ADA bucks trend

The crypto world started to bounce back yesterday after plummeting to its lowest level of 2021 earlier in the week. However, the signs of recovery appear to have been short-lived as Bitcoin (BTC) has now fallen again from $ 33,767 at 12.15am to $ 32,420 at 4.25am, which is a 3.99 percent drop. Meanwhile, Ethereum (ETH) fell from $ 1,972 at 0.20am to $ 1,896 at 3.50am – a 3.85 percent drop.

Meme coin Dogecoin (DOGE) also dropped from $ 0.2427 at 1am to $ 0.2235 at 3.15am after experiencing a 7.91 percent drop.

But Cardano (ADA) rose as it went from $ 1.21 at 2.30am to $ 1.31 at 5.45am, working out to a 8.26 percent rise.

Bitcoin in particular has had a tough week after it tumbled below $ 30,000 for the first time in five months following China’s announcement of its crypto-crackdown.

On Tuesday, it fell to about $ 28,890 and lost more than 50 percent of its value after reaching an all-time high of $ 64,870 in April.

It comes after banks in China were recently told not to accept cryptocurrency transactions.

Chinese authorise also forced Bitcoin mining in the province of Sichuan to cease last week.

The crackdown has sparked chaos as China made up around 65 percent of global Bitcoin production last year alone.


This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Finance Feed

UK holidays: 'Pampervan' trend offers 'five-star luxury' take on traditional camping

UK domestic holidays are in full swing and with international travel restrictions continuing to cause uncertainty, many Britons may be looking to switch their usual overseas jaunt for something closer to home. The good news is, there are plenty of stunning locations across the UK which travellers can now explore in style thanks to a new trend that is shaking up the traditional campervan industry.
Camplify has a huge selection of unique camper vans listed, each with its own unique features.

Take Comfort in the wild van, located near London.

According to Camplify: “The stunning interior of Comfort in the Wild feels more like a funky, homely log cabin than a campervan.”

This stylish van is home to a fully-equipped kitchen, double bed and even underfloor heating.

Or, for those seeking something which offers the hotel experience, there is “Taylor Made” located in Ayr.

According to Camplify, this campervan is often referred to as “a hotel on wheels”.

Sleeping four people, Taylor Made has a “well-tooled-up-kitchen”, a side washroom and even two televisions.

There are also plenty of family-friendly options too, such as “Walter” in Oakham.

This cosy van comes with a “pop-top roof” providing an ideal space for the little ones to sleep.

And it isn’t just kids who will enjoy a campervan holiday, according to Ms Carponi approximately “two-thirds” of the vans listed are “pet-friendly” too.

While there is certainly plenty of “luxury” to go around, according to Ms Carponi, it doesn’t always been sky-high pricing.

“Our van owners get to set their own reasonable prices, with many great discounts available out of the peak summer holiday season,” she explained.

“While many vans come with everything included, others may choose to offer extras at an additional price, such as quality bed linen, BBQs, bike rental, surfboards or paddleboards, and even Prosecco and strawberries.”

Of course, one of the biggest perks of these opulent abodes is the fact they can be moved to new locations whenever it takes holidaymakers’ fancy.

“All our campervans and motorhomes are covered by fully comprehensive insurance, so it’s possible for holidaymakers with a valid licence to easily hit the road and get exploring this beautiful country,” said Ms Carponi.

“However, hirers not feeling comfortable or confident enough with driving a van can organise with the owner to get the van dropped off at a campsite location of their choice.

“Owners will go the extra mile to get everything set up and ready to camp.”

Campervan owners are also usually on hand to help holidaymakers get the most out of their trip.

“Our local expert van owners love sharing their knowledge with holidaymakers,” continued Ms Carponi.

“Whether it’s sharing their favourite hidden gem campsites, conducting a full handover to show all the features of the van, or being available to answer any questions the hirer may have in the lead up to their holiday.”

She added: “Before every hire, our local expert van owners take holidaymakers through a full handover of their van and are happy to offer tips and advice about driving the van.”

Camplify has already reported a surge in demand as the summer months approach, so recommend customers “book their home-on-wheels soon”.

According to Ms Carponi, the pampervan experience could change the way you travel for good.

She said: “In fact, we have many people using our platform to ‘try before they buy’, often testing a few models to see if the ‘van life’ is for them.

“We even have people returning to hire their new van with us to earn some money when not using themselves.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

What is a SPAC? RT’s Boom Bust digs into the hottest trend on Wall Street

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This post originally appeared on RT Business News

Special-purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, have become one of the hottest financial market trends in recent months, with billionaires, celebrities and athletes racing to create the so-called blank-check firms.

Last year saw a record number of listings using SPACs, which commonly raise money from investors and then go hunting for takeover targets.

As the trend continued into the early part of 2021, RT’s Boom Bust talked to Tobin Smith of Transformity Research to explore the nature of SPAC-mania, which has captured Wall Street in recent months.

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The expert says SPACs previously weren’t very popular, with only about 20 companies making the move over the past 18 years.

“If you went SPAC, that meant that you couldn’t do an IPO,” Smith said. “And then DraftKings came out and completely changed the game,” he added.

He recalled how the fantasy sports company and bookmaker went public after merging with Diamond Eagle Acquisition, a SPAC with a market capitalization of roughly $ 500 million, and SBTech, a betting and gaming technology company, thus forgoing the typical IPO process.

For more stories on economy & finance visit RT’s business section

‘Dwindling trend’: Natural gas production in Europe plunged 23% last year

A new report by the European Commission (EC) reveals domestic gas output in the EU amounted to 54 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2020, down from 70 bcm in the previous year. Production was down 22.8% year-on-year.

The Netherlands produced 24 bcm of gas (versus 33.7 bcm in 2019) followed by Romania with 9 bcm (10 bcm in 2019) and Germany with 4.9 bcm (5.7 bcm in 2019). 

In the fourth quarter of 2020, EU gas production reached approximately 13.7 bcm, 15% (2.4 bcm) less than in the same quarter of 2019.

“During the whole Q4 2020, similarly to the previous three quarters, gas output was below the 2015-2019 range, reflecting the dwindling trend of gas production in the EU. Over the last seven years, total EU gas production in Q4 2020 was the second lowest quarterly figure,” said the report.
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The EC also said the “widespread practice of teleworking might have contributed to the increase of natural gas consumption in the residential sector in year-on-year comparison.” 

EU gas consumption in the fourth quarter of 2020 rose slightly, by 1.3% (1.5 bcm) compared with the same period of the prior year, to an estimated 119.2 bcm. It was also up from the 71.9 bcm in Q3 2020, with the onset of the heating season in October.

For more stories on economy & finance visit RT’s business section


Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal setting trend to oppose Novak Djokovic PTPA

When the PTPA was announced last year, world No 2 Nadal was quick to voice his opinion.

“Just because they created this organisation doesn’t mean they help tennis more than other players who believe in the usual structure,” he said.

“If we have experienced positive situations, it is thanks to the involvement of Roger, myself, but also Novak and Andy, because we have always been concerned with asking others what they need.

“If we compare the earnings of five, six, seven or eight years ago to today, it is clear that we have significantly reduced the gap between the lowest ranked and the best players.