The Life's Way - A Lifestyle and Technology Blog By Aashish Rai 

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

M&M’s Introduces The New #Peanut & #Hazelnut Limited Edition #Chocolates #MMsDareToShare

Hi Friends, 

Good news for nut lovers. M&M’s® has introduced the M&M’s® Peanut and Hazelnut limited edition for the first time in South Africa, as of 04 March 2019. Talk about an elevated way for chocolate lovers to enjoy this treat! 
M&M’s Introduces The New #Peanut & #Hazelnut Limited Edition #Chocolates #MMsDareToShare
Whether you are a fan of peanuts, hazelnuts, or both, the delicious colorful buttoned-shaped peanut and hazelnut coated in milk chocolate variant will be on shelves at all major retail stores nationwide, while stocks last. 

Mars Confectionery Senior Brand Manager, Ashleigh Sanderson, says the peanut and hazelnut M&M’s® are available in 90g and 128g bags. “So, don’t miss out. Make your way to your favorite retailer and grab a distinctive green and yellow packet of M&M’s®. You won’t be disappointed.” 
M&M’s Introduces The New #Peanut & #Hazelnut Limited Edition #Chocolates #MMsDareToShare
Feel free to share these tasty M&M’s® with your friends. You will be glad you did. Though I was unable to do so as I loved them too much, maybe the new packets that I will buy, I will share with my family and friends! 

Brought to you by Mars Multisales Africa, the world’s leading manufacturer of chocolate, chewing gum, mints, and fruity confections. 
M&M’s Introduces The New #Peanut & #Hazelnut Limited Edition #Chocolates #MMsDareToShare
For more information on the latest addition, visit the M&M’s® South Africa on Facebook and mms_southafrica on Instagram. Check them out and buy some of the packets for family and friends!

Cheers!!!
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Sunday, 10 March 2019

New Tantalising Flavours From @OrbitGumSA #TeamOrbitWatermelon #TeamOrbitBubblegum

Hi Friends, 

Prepare for a burst of fun and fruity flavour with Orbit Gum's new bubblegum and watermelon flavours. Introduced to its fantastic range of gum for the first time in South Africa, the new flavours will be on shelves from 4th March 2019. 

Whether you're a watermelon or bubblegum fan, the popular sugar-free gum will continue to offer you the long-lasting flavour and fresh, clean feeling you have come to expect from Orbit Gum. 
New Tantalising Flavours From @OrbitGumSA #TeamOrbitWatermelon #TeamOrbitBubblegum
Mars Confectionery Senior Brand Manager, Ashleigh Sanderson, says Orbit is excited to boost its range in South Africa with the new, delightful flavours. ''Just like all our other flavours, Watermelon and Bubblegum will provide the same benefits, a brush of clean feeling including a boost of confidence to achieve your daily goals.''
New Tantalising Flavours From @OrbitGumSA #TeamOrbitWatermelon #TeamOrbitBubblegum
Brought to you by Mars Multisales Africa Confectionery, the world's leading manufacturer of chocolate, chewing gum, mints, and fruity confections, the new fruity flavours will available at all popular retailers worldwide. 
New Tantalising Flavours From @OrbitGumSA #TeamOrbitWatermelon #TeamOrbitBubblegum
For more information on the latest addition, visit the Orbit Gum SA on Facebook
New Tantalising Flavours From @OrbitGumSA #TeamOrbitWatermelon #TeamOrbitBubblegum
I got this surprise package which contains the newly launched Bubblegum and Watermelon flavoured Orbit Gums. I chose to be part of the Team Watermelon so my package was oriented towards that. The surprise goodies I got inside was Body Shop Watermelon Lipbalm, Typo Watermelon Earphones, Typo Watermelon Cable holder and best of them all is the Instax 9 Mini camera with 10 Instax mini sheets. This is my first Instax camera and I am totally in love with the same. Thanks to the team for sending me the same. 

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Saturday, 9 March 2019

@MonsterJam Trucks History & Drivers Names #MonsterJamSA @Showtime_SA @McDonalds_SA

Hi Friends, 

Let's see who drives these big jumping trucks and what's the history behind each truck in detail - 

EL TORO LOCO – Becky McDonough
McDonough_Becky_El Toro Loco
McDonough_Becky_El Toro Loco
El Toro Loco® is one raging bull who can the smell fear of its competitors. In 2001, the custom-built bull was introduced to a crowd in Lafayette, Louisiana and a few years later, shared the Freestyle Championship title at the 2004 Monster Jam World Finals®. The El Toro Loco team expanded in 2012 to a four truck team, adding additional drivers to tame this five-ton beast including Becky McDonough, Chuck Werner, and Marc McDonald. One of the most recognizable Monster Jam trucks in the sport, the crazy bull can be counted on to give its all in the ring. In 2013, El Toro Loco debuted two new looks. A yellow and black El Toro Loco Monster Jam truck joined the ever popular existing orange truck. These two new El Toro Loco Monster Jam trucks will still be a fan favorite and will continue to have the same “raging style” that makes the crazy bull a fan favorite. 


Johnson_BJ_Gas Monkey Garage
Johnson_BJ_Gas Monkey Garage 
GAS MONKEY GARAGE – Brandon BJ Johnson
Based on the garage made famous in Discovery Channel's hit television show, Fast N' Loud, the exciting new Gas Monkey Garage® Monster Jam truck was introduced in 2016. The truck’s body was designed by Gas Monkey Garage owner Richard Rawlings himself. Based in Dallas, Discovery Channel's most highly rated and watched the show, Fast N' Loud, features Rawlings, an expert at buying, restoring and selling classic cars and hot rods. Rawlings has created a one-of-a-kind '70s muscle car body for the Gas Monkey Garage Monster Jam truck and the custom artwork reflects the spirit of the garage. A team of Monster Jam engineers and technicians designed and build the chassis. Veteran B. J. Johnson was selected to drive Gas Monkey Garage in Monster Jam competition. 




GRAVE DIGGER – Charles Pauken
Pauken_Charlie_Grave Digger
Pauken_Charlie_Grave Digger
Dennis Anderson came up with the concept for Grave Digger® back in 1981. Originally built out of an old 1957 Chevy Panel Wagon and parts that he scrounged from junkyards, Grave Digger as of today has grown by leaps and bounds. No longer do the trademark red headlights come off of old school buses, and the paint job has changed from dull orange to the famous green and black flame motif we see today. Grave Digger is one of the most decorated Monster Jam® trucks in the world and Anderson has won four Monster Jam World Finals® championships, capturing the racing title in 2004 and 2006, and the freestyle title in 2010 and 2000. The Grave Digger team that competes at Monster Jam includes Adam Anderson, Carl Van Horn, Charlie Pauken, Jon Zimmer, Pablo Huffaker, Randy Brown, and Morgan Kane in addition to Anderson. 


MAX-D – Colton Eichelberger
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Eichelberger_Colton_MaxD
Perhaps the most striking Monster Jam® truck on the Monster Jam circuit, the body of Max-DSM is officially classified as a "futuristic SUV." Featuring an orange and silver paint job coupled with a low-to-the-ground, aerodynamic body style, it's well-known that Max-D is possibly the fastest machine in the sport. In fact, driver Tom Meents has been crowned Monster Jam World Racing Champion no less than six times, the most recent coming at the 2012 Monster Jam World Finals®. But Meents isn't just the master of speed; he's quite the daredevil as well, claiming five Monster Jam World Freestyle Championships over his career. In fact, Tom is the only driver ever to win both titles in the same year, and he even managed to do that twice in a row! The Max-D fan base has grown so much in recent years that multiple Max-D Monster Jam trucks are now also touring. Max-D received a make-over for the 2013 season to help celebrate a decade of destruction with two all-new designs.

MEGALADON – Chad Tingler
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Tingler_Chad_Megalodon
From the oceans of the pre-historic dark comes the Monster Jam® version of one of the most powerful predators in history: Megalodon! This giant shark (fossil remains suggest a length of 59 feet/18 meters) concept was developed into a Monster Jam truck in 2016, making its competitive debut in Nashville, Tennessee on January 7, 2017. The newest member of the family of Monster Jam beasts, which features foam fins to create a life-like shark wiggle on the track, Megalodon was an instant success in Monster Jam competition, winning the 2017 Monster Jam Triple Threat SeriesTM Central points championship and has quickly become a favorite at pit parties where fans of all ages enjoy getting an up-close look at this menacing Monster Jam truck.

Sims_Steven_Monster Energy
Sims_Steven_Monster Energy
MONSTER ENERGY – Steven Sims
Monster Energy entered the Monster Jam® world in 2012 as a major team sponsor when Monster Energy debuted in Birmingham, Alabama. The machine that represents a high-profile product made a big splash right from the start as 2009 Monster Jam World Finals® Freestyle Champion Damon Bradshaw was tabbed to drive the awesome new piece with Bradshaw’s long-time crew chief, Coty Saucier, joining the Monster Energy team at the same time. Monster Energy made an immediate impact on the circuit, winning its first major stadium freestyle competition on January 14, 2012, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, and then winning the racing trophy in the same building the following day. Monster Energy is always a contender to win in both racing and freestyle, as evidenced by the team’s impressive performance at Monster Jam World Finals XIII, in Las Vegas. In that 2012 battle for world titles, Monster Energy, in its first year of competition, advanced all the way through the racing bracket and into the championship race, falling to Max-DSM in the title race by .02 of a second, one of the closest Monster Jam World Finals Championship races in the sport’s history.

Jolly_Candice_MM Dalmatian
Jolly_Candice_MM Dalmatian
MONSTER MUTT DALMATIAN – Candice Jolly
Imagine if your family dog suddenly sprouted six-foot tyres instead of legs and grew to almost twelve feet tall; now you have a pretty good picture of Monster Mutt®. There are actually four versions of the canine of carnage: the original brown Monster Mutt, Monster Mutt® Dalmatian, Monster Mutt® Rottweiler, and Monster Mutt® Junkyard Dog. All three Monster Jam® trucks share similar body styles, and both have massive floppy ears, tongues, and even tails! Monster Mutt Dalmatian is driven in SA by the beautiful Candice Jolly one of the outstanding female drivers competing in Monster Jam. Monster Mutt Dalmatian is a huge fan favorite and can be seen at Monster Jam World Finals®! 





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Musawwir_Bari_Zombie
ZOMBIE – Bari Musawwir
Once again Monster Jam® listens to the fans like no other sport and moves into the future with the creation of the ZombieTM Monster Jam truck. Zombie was picked to “come back from the afterworld” and into reality in Monster Jam. Several names and designs for potential new Monster Jam trucks were unveiled online at MonsterJam.com with fans offered the opportunity to vote on the one they most wanted to see created. The winner of the fans vote: Zombie! So the ultimate fan’s input into the future of the sport became reality with a Monster Jam truck theme completely selected by the sport’s incredible fans. Zombie debuted in 2013 with experienced driver Sean Duhon, who previously had success in several other Monster Jam trucks including the popular SupermanTM.



SHOW INFORMATION 2019
DURBAN: Saturday, 20 APRIL, Moses Mabhida Stadium
CAPE TOWN: Saturday, 27 APRIL, Cape Town Stadium
JOHANNESBURG: Saturday, 04 MAY, FNB Stadium

SHOWTIME: 6pm

DURATION: Approximately 2 to 2,5 hours including intermission

TICKET PRICES including VAT
Durban & Cape Town: R150, R250, R350, R450, R600
Johannesburg: R150, R250, R350, R450, R600.
Cape Town only: Premium Lounge R800 includes Pit Party access
IMPORTANT: Event ticket is NOT a Pit Pass.
PIT PARTY
Limited tickets on sale.
Ticket must be integrated EVENT TICKET + PIT PASS @ R150 for entry
Time: 1pm to 3:30pm. Final entry at 3:00pm
Durban & Cape Town: R300, R400, R500, R600, R750
Johannesburg: R300, R400, R500, R600, R750.
Cape Town only: Premium Lounge R800 includes Pit Party access

Get your tickets now to this Monster Trucks madness and be in awe with all the action and thrill at the shows in the nearest city! 

Cheers!!!
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A Memoir - This Month Last Year - Feb 2018 www.thelifesway.com #TheLifesWay

Hi Friends,

February is the month of various celebrations as I got married long ago in this month, along with the month of valentine's day. I have been working hard and foolishly promoting a lot of brands and companies thinking that they will respect me and will want to work for me. But this thinking has really made my life miserable and dependent on others rather than myself taking charge and things in my hands. I was so sentimental about the same and now I am not doing it, I am feeling little lost on the number of posts and tweets but at least I am happy that I have plenty of time for myself and family.

1. Introducing 5 New Nokia Phones @NokiaMobile #HMD2018 #MWC18 #AndroidOne - Nokia launched their new smartphones to come back in the market but I am now aware how they are doing after a year of their product launch. I can see they are coming back to Pureview cameras with 48MP capabilities and in India, Alia Bhatt is their brand ambassador. I was not invited to the launch last year too and now also, I don't know whether these new phones will be launched here or not. 

2. Start With The End In Mind @SamsungSA #CustomerService #DigitalCommunication - Samsung has been the front runner in customer service and some of their products have reached Global No.1 status from time to time. I am a fan of their products and bought myself Samsung Note 8 (from Amazon India) and using the same here. It's more than a year now and I am still in love with my purchase. 
The concentration at its best - Aashish Rai Jain @AcerAfrica #PredatorThronos Gaming Chair
The concentration at its best - Aashish Rai Jain @AcerAfrica #PredatorThronos Gaming Chair
3. @AcerAfrica Introduces The Synergy Partner Portal #AcerSynergy - Acer Africa keeps on going and doing what they do best and that is to bring out some of the gaming and other products which will take your breath away. I recently went and checked out the Thronos Gaming Chair and fell in love with the same immediately. I also loved their accessories and some of the other Predator gaming range of products. Now I have their Tshirt and cap which I got as a goodies bag to attend Thronos Gaming Chair launch. 

4. New #ScoreZero Packs A #SugarFree Explosion of Power and Flavour @DrinkScore - This is one of the PR company who keeps sending me some of the drinks from time to time and I totally love to receive them. I love energy drinks especially Red Bull but this one is also comparable to the same. This one too comes in different tastes and CAN size and is easily available in the market. Let's see if they are able to beat the competition or not but I wish them all the very best. 

5. 16 Days To www.TheLifesWay.com 5th Birthday Celebrations #5YearsofTheLifesWay #27Dec2017 #Dreams - My story towards the 5th anniversary continued in Feb 2018 too as I took a lot of time to write the whole stuff. This year I did complete 6 Years on 27 Dec 2018 and finally, I made my rate card which I religiously sent to all the PR companies. Whether they will come back to me or not that's their choice and wish, but I am not going to do any free stuff anymore unless I want to. I don't need any pen drives and I don't eat any food at any of the launch events so I will do what I am paid to do! I don't want to waste mines and another person's time. 

Let's see what March has in store for me but overall Feb 2019 has been a great month for me from many perspectives. 

Cheers!!!
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Friday, 8 March 2019

@VolvoCar_SA to Impose 180 kph Speed Limit on all Cars to Highlight Dangers of #Speeding #StandForSafety

Hi Friends, 

Volvo Cars, as a worldwide leader in safety, is sending a strong signal about the dangers of speeding and will limit the top speed on all its cars to 180 kph from 2020. The company’s vision, which aims for no one to be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020, is one of the most ambitious yet practical safety visions in the automotive industry. But realizing that technology alone will not get the speed all the way to zero, Volvo Cars is now broadening its scope to focus on the driver’s behavior.

Research by Volvo Cars has identified three remaining concerns for safety that constitute so-called ‘gaps’ in its ambition to completely end serious injuries and fatalities in its cars, with speeding being a very prominent one. “Volvo is a leader in safety: we always have been and we always will be,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president, and chief executive. "Because of our research, we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limit is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life.”

Apart from limiting top speeds, the car manufacturing company is also investigating how a combination of smart speed control and geofencing technology could automatically limit speeds around schools and hospitals in the future.
@VolvoCar_SA to Impose 180 kph Speed Limit on all Cars to Highlight Dangers of #Speeding #StandForSafety
“We want to start a conversation about whether car-makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver´s behavior. We want to tackle things like speeding, intoxication or distraction,” said Mr. Samuelsson. “We don’t have a firm answer to this question, but believe we should take leadership in the discussion and be a good example.”

The problem with speeding is that above certain speeds, in-car safety technology, and smart infrastructure design are no longer enough to avoid severe injuries and fatalities in the event of an accident. That is why speed limits are in place in most western countries, yet speeding remains ubiquitous (let us find another word) and is one of the most common reasons for fatalities on the roads. 

“Volvo Cars South Africa intends to support the brand’s international call to lobby other car manufacturers into a discussion around what can be done to end carnages on the roads. We want to establish whether car-makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that change their driving behavior,” adds Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director of Volvo Cars South Africa.”

Volvo Cars will present ideas to tackle the problem areas of intoxication and distraction while driving at a special safety event in Sweden, which will be shared globally and strategically implemented by 2020.

Volvo Car Group in 2018
For the 2018 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 14,185 MSEK (14,061 MSEK in 2017). Revenue over the period amounted to 252,653 MSEK (208,646 MSEK). For the full year 2018, global sales reached a record 642,253 (571,577) cars, an increase of 12.4 percent versus 2017. The results underline the comprehensive transformation of Volvo Cars’ finances and operations in recent years, positioning the company for its next growth phase.

About Volvo Car Group
Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo Cars are one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales of 642,253 cars in 2018 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars have been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) of China since 2010. It formed part of the Swedish Volvo Group until 1999 when the company was bought by Ford Motor Company of the US. In 2010, Volvo Cars were acquired by Geely Holding. In 2018, Volvo Cars employed on average approximately 43,000 (39,500) full-time employees. Volvo Cars head office, product development, marketing, and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars head office for China is located in Shanghai. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium), South Carolina (US), Chengdu and Daqing (China), while engines are manufactured in Skövde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China) and body components in Olofström (Sweden).

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@AcerAfrica Launched #PredatorThronos Gaming Chair in #SouthAfrica #PredatorGaming

Hi Friends, 
  • Announced this year at IFA to wide acclaim, Acer’s Predator Thronos gaming chair is now available to buy in countries worldwide
  • The Predator Thronos 1.5 meter tall gaming chair has an ergonomic design, support for three 27-inch gaming monitors, and a steel structure design with looks that kill
  • Acer announces a line-up of in-country media events to demonstrate the immersive experience offered by Predator Thronos and invites journalists to come and ‘feel’ the game
Acer Africa announced the worldwide availability of its newly launched and much-acclaimed gaming chair, The Predator Thronos. Acer is the only company to produce a gaming chair that has been engineered to work specifically with a set of components, including three 27” Predator display monitors, a customised Predator gaming PC and a range of premium gaming accessories, which deliver a fully immersive experience through sound, haptic feedback and vibrations that correspond with gameplay.
@AcerAfrica Launched #PredatorThronos Gaming Chair in #SouthAfrica #PredatorGaming
“Our Predator Thronos is a dream come true for every gamer;” said Belinda Marais, Marketing Manager at Acer. “The games’ sounds are transferred to the back of the player to immerse them deeper in play and haptic feedback is provided to the user through sound vibrations rumbling throughout the chair which allows gamers to really ‘feel’ the game.”
@AcerAfrica Launched #PredatorThronos Gaming Chair in #SouthAfrica #PredatorGaming
The Acer Predator Thronos Gaming Chair
The all-new Predator Thronos reimagines the gaming chair for a new level of gamer. Its steel structure is 1.5 meters tall and comes in menacing dual-tone black with white or blue accents. The chair immerses the gamer in the game through deep impact vibration, synced with in-game activity. The chair is adjustable and includes an ergonomic seat design, footrest, and a cabin that reclines up to 140 degrees. The overhead brace supports three 27-inch gaming monitors and a space for a Predator gaming PC. Integrated with a Predator PC and triple Predator monitors plus gadgets, the Thronos becomes more than a gaming chair— it becomes a fully immersive gaming experience. It’s handsomely designed to cocoon the user in a steel cave that contains game controls and displays in a chair that can rotate to the optimal “driving” position. With its three displays taking up most of a gamer’s field of view, the Predator Thronos immerses the user in their gaming world with dedicated controllers to adjust the seat’s position.
@AcerAfrica Launched #PredatorThronos Gaming Chair in #SouthAfrica #PredatorGaming
Acer has introduced a host of new products in its expanding Predator and Nitro gaming portfolio this year including four new gaming monitors and a complete set of gaming gadgets designed to bring games to life. In October, Acer refreshed Predator Orion 9000 and 5000 gaming desktops powered by Intel 9th Gen Core Intel processors and top of the line NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPUs.
@AcerAfrica Launched #PredatorThronos Gaming Chair in #SouthAfrica #PredatorGaming
Luckily, I was also part of the launch event! Thank You! #AashishRaiJain #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Acer Predator Thronos Specifications
Cabin dimensions: 153.8 x 100 x 158
Colors: Dual Tone Black with Blue or White Accent
Weight: Cabin bottom weight 40kg
Cabin and seat weight 140kg
Total cabin and chair weight: 180kg
Voltage: 220 v-240v or 110v
Wattage: 180w
@AcerAfrica Launched #PredatorThronos Gaming Chair in #SouthAfrica #PredatorGaming
Pricing and Availability
The Thronos is available through special order from www.shopacer.co.za and pricing is dependent on product specification and requirements. 

This Gaming Chair is something you will always want/desire/wish to install in your house and if you have the money and passion to buy it - Go For It! There are so many features built into the overall package which are amazing - from the inclined seat to auto fold to leg rest to massaging your back, this Thronos has everything! Definitely a worth buy!

Cheers!!!

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Eight Larger-Than-Life @MonsterJam Trucks Head to #SouthAfrica #MonsterJamSA @Showtime_SA @McDonalds_SA

Hi Friends, 

Get ready for full throttle family fun when Monster Truck Juggernaut Monster Jam® tears through Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg for the first time ever! With just weeks to go before the most family-friendly motorsport in the world today makes its debut at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on Saturday, 20 April followed by Cape Town Stadium on Saturday 27 April and ending at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on Saturday, 04 May 2019, tickets are selling fast exclusively from Computicket, the official authorised Monster Jam SA ticketing agent. 

With the best truck line-up assembled for an international stadium performance, the show will feature eight of the world’s most famous Monster Jam trucks, including Monster Jam World Finals® champions Grave Digger® and Max-DTM, providing an unforgettable experience for the entire family. Monster Energy, Gas Monkey GarageTM, Megaladon®, ZombieTM, El Toro Loco® and Monster Mutt Dalmatian® join the larger than life spectacular that takes place on specially-designed tracks that optimise mobility so the most recognizable trucks in the world can go head to head in wheelies, donuts, obstacle course racing and freestyle competitions pushing the Monster Jam trucks to their limits. 
Eight Larger-Than-Life @MonsterJam Trucks Head to #SouthAfrica #MonsterJamSA @Showtime_SA @McDonalds_SA
The 2019 Monster Jam season sees trained, world-class international male and female athletes, battle it out for supremacy on the track. They have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete but the vital dexterity to control 4,500 kg machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds of up to 110 km per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motorsports action seen around the world.

El Toro Loco is one raging bull who can the smell fear of its competitors. Driver Becky McDonough is one of the outstanding female Monster Jam drivers and the first-ever Monster Jam female crew chief who also holds the 2013 Arena Wheelie of the Year title. Don’t be fooled by the cute ears, tongue, and tail of Monster Mutt Dalmatian, the Monster Jam truck driven by the fellow female driver, Candice Jolly. This “puppy” is ferocious on the track! Look out for Bari Musawwir as the ever popular Zombie comes back from the afterworld to rev up the competition while Monster Jam veteran, BJ Johnson drives Gas Monkey Garage based on the garage made famous in Discovery Channel's hit television show, Fast N' Loud. Driven by Charles Pauken, Grave Digger is one of the most decorated Monster Jam trucks in the world producing championship winning racing. Possibly the fastest machine in the sport, Max-D is driven by Colton Eichelberger but the title of the most menacing looking Monster Jam truck must surely go to Megaladon, driven by Chad Tingler. Steven Sims drives Monster Energy, the machine that represents a high-profile product with power, drive and of course, loads of energy!
Eight Larger-Than-Life @MonsterJam Trucks Head to #SouthAfrica #MonsterJamSA @Showtime_SA @McDonalds_SA
Brought to South Africa by American-based Feld Entertainment and leading local promoter, Showtime Management together with McDonalds in association with SuperSport and regional radio media partners East Coast Radio, Kfm 94.5 and JacarandaFM, Monster Jam is also known for its pre-show ‘Pit Party’, giving the crowd unprecedented access to the stars of the show. Fans can meet their favorite drivers, get up close to each Monster Jam truck, participate in a variety of fun activities and purchase official Monster Jam merchandise such as flags, t-shirts, and hats to show support for their favorite truck, team, and driver. Tickets for the Pit Party cost R150 each. Quantities are limited and available only with an event ticket. A Pit Party ticket is included in the exclusive Premium Lounge tickets at R800 per ticket. The Pit Party is from 1pm to 3:30pm with final entry at 3:00pm. 

Get ready for the ride of your life! Having electrified crowds in some of the world’s most iconic stadiums, Monster Jam is set to rev South Africa for the first time. Discounted family packages available plus a Pit Party family option! Book now by calling Computicket on 083 915 8000 or book online at www.computicket.com

Fans are encouraged to book through Computicket, the only official authorized ticketing agent for Monster Jam. There are significant risks in buying from other sources and entry to a Monster Jam event is not guaranteed if you do so. For more information on Monster Jam log onto MonsterJam.com or follow us via our social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. #MonsterJamSA

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#KCA #ZoëLife @Qualcomm Launch #KidzAlive App to Enhance Pediatric HIV Prevention & Treatment #WhenIGrowUp

Hi Friends, 

Keep A Child Alive and Zoë-Life, in collaboration with the Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ Initiative, today launched the KidzAlive Talk Tool App, an innovative mobile health solution that equips healthcare workers to provide age-appropriate HIV education to children and adolescents, as well as their primary caregivers.

Great strides have been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS globally, and while this is particularly true among adults in South Africa, social and structural barriers are leaving children and adolescence behind. Primary caregivers fear to get their children tested because of the possibility of having to disclose an HIV-positive result and the stigma of living with HIV. Healthcare workers are often overwhelmed by the difficult task of talking to young children who are at risk and who require counseling and testing - they express a lack of confidence in how to approach these conversations and often do not have child-friendly job aids to assist in the process.

Innovated by Zoë-Life, the KidzAlive Talk Tool App provides healthcare workers with the support they need to interact with children and their caregivers in an age-appropriate way. Healthcare workers use the app to engage children in the animated journey of a frog named Sibusiso as he goes for HIV testing, learns his positive status and comes to understand the importance of adhering to his treatment.

The app has built-in prompts to assist healthcare workers in guiding children through their own journey of HIV testing, learning their test results, overcoming stigma and learning about prevention and healthy living. The app, which is currently available in three languages, includes interactive games which keep the children focused and engaged and increases their retention of information.

“The KidzAlive Talk Tool App demonstrates a creative and effective way to use mobile technology to improve health services and involve communities in HIV prevention and treatment,” says Antonio Ruiz-Giménez, Jr., Executive Chairman, and CEO, at Keep A Child Alive. “We are very excited about partnering with Qualcomm Wireless Reach on this project.”

In a recent pilot study of the KidzAlive Talk Tool App, 33 healthcare workers at private- and government-healthcare facilities in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal trialed the app following in-depth training. “After their training, healthcare workers experienced a 62 percent increase in confidence and competence in providing age-appropriate counseling and care for HIV-exposed and -infected children,” says Dr. Stephanie Thomas, Executive Director, at Zoë-Life. “Primary caregivers participating in the pilot study were more willing to give consent for their children to receive HIV testing and counseling.”
#KCA #ZoëLife @Qualcomm Launch #KidzAlive App to Enhance Pediatric HIV Prevention & Treatment #WhenIGrowUp
“At Qualcomm, we believe that advanced mobile technologies have a great role to play in improving access to healthcare services, lowering costs and increasing efficiencies,” says Elizabeth Migwalla, Senior Director of Government Affairs for Africa and the Middle East, Qualcomm International, Inc. “We are proud to collaborate with Zoë-Life and Keep A Child Alive to extend South Africa’s AIDS response to its most vulnerable populations and support the nation’s children in leading healthy lives.”

Zoë-Life is a non-profit organization which believes that unlocking a resilient future for the continent lies in bringing wholeness to its children and youth. To this end, its work revolves around forging pathways to a hopefully future by collectively raising a generation of healthy, productive and fulfilled individuals. The mission of their KidzAlive programme is to bring peace and comfort to children with chronic diseases and to free them from stigma and fear. Zoë-Life is the sub-grantee of Keep A Child Alive, founded in 2003 by AIDS activist Leigh Blake and Grammy Award-winner Alicia Keys to get life-saving medication to children dying of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm invents breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects, computes and communicates. When we connected the phone to the Internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our inventions are the foundation for life-changing products, experiences, and industries. As we lead the world to 5G, we envision this next big change in cellular technology spurring a new era of intelligent, connected devices and enabling new opportunities in connected cars, remote delivery of health care services, and the IoT — including smart cities, smart homes, and wearables. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, the QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Qualcomm and Wireless Reach are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Wireless Reach is a social responsibility program of Qualcomm Incorporated.

To find out more about how Qualcomm and its collaborators are using mobile technology to improve social and economic development in underserved communities, visit www.qualcomm.com/wirelessreach.
To learn more about Zoë-Life, visit http://www.zoe-life.co.za/.
To learn more about the KidzAlive programme, visit http://www.kidzalive.co.za/
To learn more about Keep A Child Alive, visit http://keepachildalive.org.

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#BankingReImagined: How #HelloPaisa Is Driving Change Through Technology @HelloGroupSA @Sasfin

Hi Friends, 

In South Africa, over 60% of our residents live in informal settlements. This means that a substantial portion of our population cannot open a bank account, cannot deposit their hard-earned cash safely, cannot send or receive EFTs and cannot grow their businesses. It is with this in mind that Hello Paisa, in partnership with Sasfin Bank, has launched a new banking initiative that is set to revolutionize the banking experience in South Africa. They have a single vision: to improve the lives of all South African residents through easily accessible, tech-fuelled solutions.

What is fundamentally unique about Hello Paisa’s tech is that everything - and we mean everything - is built in-house, from the ground up. In fact, the only technology that Hello Group has outsourced to date is from Sasfin, to develop their banking infrastructure. From governance, risk and compliance to user experience development, Hello Paisa is passionate about consistent innovation on the ground to keep ahead of the competition. After all, sustainable and profound change can only be achieved through exceptional software.

According to Shaazim Khamissa, the Chief Technology Officer of Hello Group, it is these insights that set Hello Paisa’s banking solution apart from their competitors. “Because Hello Paisa takes a greenfields approach to technology and we build up all of our structures based on first principles, it makes us far more agile and responsive to our consumer’s needs. We have the rare opportunity to monitor user behavior across a spectrum of services, we have unprecedented insight into what problems our consumers have, and how better we can serve them. Because we work so closely with this data and ultimately have a single view of the customer, we have the opportunity to be both proactive and reactive to execute quick iterations to satisfy their needs.”
#BankingReImagined: How #HelloPaisa Is Driving Change Through Technology @HelloGroupSA @Sasfin
As the first company to be authorized as an Independent Money Transfer Operator in South Africa, Hello Paisa is no stranger to pushing the envelope. While this banking solution is a first for the company, Hello Paisa has been in the financial services software development game for the past five years and implemented digital onboarding more than eight years ago. With fourteen years’ experiences under their belt holistically, Hello Paisa have both the expertise and the tenacity to make a difference. Khamissa elaborates, “As a financial solutions provider, our aim is twofold: satisfying our regulators through compliance and satisfying our customers through bleeding edge technology. It may be novel, but this is the level of service demand and expect from any bank. So, we took on the challenge ourselves.” 

In order to meet their customer’s needs, Hello Paisa and Sasfin have tailored their banking solutions by addressing concerns that South African residents have with safety, security, and access to digital banking. Hello Paisa’s solution comprises an adaptable ecosystem of services, including an intuitive mobile app, mobile sim card bank account and a Visa debit card that operates at any ATM or POS device. Based on this ecosystem, Hello endeavors to bundle its offering to suit South African’s needs. 

Nadir Khamissa, founder and CEO of Hello Group, concludes that this collaboration with Sasfin, spurred by technology, will allow Hello Paisa to offer more value to their customers: “For the past fourteen years, Hello Paisa has thrived on the principle of doing well, and doing good. Fundamentally, we are a community company focused on empowering people, and creating a culture of social enterprise in which technology is the catalyst. We have changed lives, through offering our customers a SIM card to call their families, remittance solutions to send money home, and now we embark on the next chapter of offering a bank account to keep their money safe and a debit card to transact - anywhere and everywhere.”

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Monday, 4 March 2019

11 Years of Service in a Single Organization #TheLifesWayReviews

Hi Friends, 

It's been long 11 years in a single organization for me after my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Banking. It was definitely a dream come true to finally get into the organization which I could not gain entry after my engineering because of my awareness and careless attitude. It took me more than 6 years to get a job which can pay for my past, present and future requirements after Engineering and MBA degree in my hands. This is definitely a road to riches story for me as I started my wages from R20 per day before I started working for this organization. It was not because I was not educated, I was already an Engineer in Electronics and earning R20 a day I was still happy that I was able to wake up and go someplace at a certain time. I am still not rich to afford everything I want or desire but I am able to eat and travel wherever I want within my budget. I am grateful for all the 12 cheques I receive every year from this organization since last 11 years that I have been able to make my lifestyle and build a fortune.

My first month was for the Trainee Program to get into the culture of the organization and learn the specific skills required to work up the Corporate Ladder. The training program was full of new people to become friends with and enjoy the camaraderie among all the new joiners. We will go to a day-long class together, prepare case studies, play in the evening and then have dinner together. It was a culture to learn from them and also make them friends for life. I was given my preferred choice in terms of my career goals and location and soon I was there reporting to the allocation associates. I still remember that from my first salary, I bought myself jeans and a t-shirt as it was the worst purchase ever in my life because of the quality of clothes.

I spent some time on the bench before I could get into my first project as I was waiting for my training to get over in Oracle Apps. Soon I traveled to Kolkata on a business trip to learn the Oracle Apps in a classroom session and that's where I realized the grandeur of my organization. I got transit quarters to stay and was served best of food in the evening. It was there I watched Yuvraaj Singh hit 6 sixes live on TV one evening while enjoying the Air conditioning of the room.

Soon, I was back to projects and was assigned one after another. Some of them were as per my skills and some not. But overall I kept going and learning whatever I could from all the new associates I could meet in my organization and all the bosses I was working under. I did undergo a lot of online training in various topics when I was on the bench while learning Income Tax rules too and trying to save some money out of my junior trainee level salary. After my initial luck in the organization where my dream of drinking tea in a ceramic cup was achieved in a project where we were sitting at the client location and the catering there used to provide us food, tea, snacks, and cold drinks as and when we just call the kitchen. I really enjoyed my 3-4 months in that project before I took leave for my marriage.

After my marriage holidays, I was back on the bench and waited for more than 2 months to join another project and soon I was working day and night setting up myself in the project as well as at home as my wife came back to stay with me after leaving her job in Mumbai. This was the biggest mistake of my life and she could not find any suitable job for the next 2.5 years and my money problems raised instantly. I used to get some money from my brother to take care of all the accessories and special items needed to run the household and he was literally paying for all my credit card purchases. I continued to struggle to pay mines and my wife's education loan and savings was none.

11 Years of Service in a Single Organization #TheLifesWayReviews

We were blessed with a baby girl and soon after she turned 6 months, my wife got an opportunity to join back in her job profile. It was hectic at first and soon we could find one nanny and soon it felt that life is on track now. Savings wise it was still zero and I tried stock market too with the advice of my father's friend but soon I lost out on that too. As I changed the house from one rented one to another, I was given an opportunity to go to London (Onsite) and work there for six months. That brought another kind of challenge as I had to leave them in India as my wife could not travel and nanny too ran away because of some police checkings at that time (2010).

Being in London was a dream come true, my savings increased with which I could pay my loan off in the next 6 months and during the next 8 I stayed there, I saved for my future house. I bought my first laptop, my first Walkman, my first iPod Dock, my first Sony Handycam and many more things which are still part of my day to day life. I am still using my Dell Laptop XPS today and wants to move to Apple MacBook Pro. The job there also gave me the confidence to work under pressure and with an intelligent client. Meanwhile, I had to come back after 14 months as my wife and daughter were struggling without me.

Once you come back from onsite, the next one will be like you have to stand at the back of the queue and will take you some projects in between. Life was good as you could meet your friends daily and drink the tea at the tapri outside office. India offers a lot of good food and during this time, I enjoyed a lot with family and friends. For me, it took me more than 2 years and two overseas banks (worked at offshore centers) to come to my third one here in Johannesburg, South Africa. Coming here also took a lot of time due to VISA and other requirement but it was worth the wait. I have been working in Johannesburg for the last 5 years with various clients and it's a great experience.

Loyalty with one company doesn't pay you much in terms of salary hikes but it pays in the long terms due to onsite travel where you get additional benefits like extra allowance to sustain your living expense in a foreign country. I have been able to make the best of it all as I never thought about changing my job to any other company. But one day, I too want to work for the Apple's and Google's of the world but only if I am some kind of expert in the area they are looking for the right person and I am able to fit in that puzzle piece.

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