It was just a few months ago that the public could purchase a 330ml Coke in a Can for a price, now the same can a little narrower and a little taller is on the shelves of every store pub and restaurant, yet only contains 300ml of Coke, at the same price of the not so old 330ml Coke can. How is it that they can get away with that so easily and no one complains and accepts it?
Now some say it’s because of the sugar tax imposed by the government, and some say it is because our living spaces are becoming smaller and Coca Cola made the new smaller size Coke’s smaller and longer so that they can fit better in your our little fridges or refrigerators. However if that was true why are we paying the sugar tax for Coca Cola by settling for 30ml less coke for the same price?
It does seem that Coca Cola refuses to lose the money they have to pay for the sugar tax, so they came up with this brilliant idea of letting the public pay, by reducing the size of the can (a saving for Coke) and then reducing the amount of coke in the can by 30ml. Therefore Coca Cola looses nothing in fact they still gain out of sales by selling us a smaller can of Coke for the same price as the 330ml a few months ago.
Once again the public is the loser and the mighty Coca Cola Company covers the governments sugar tax and in the process still manages to add a small profit.
Another question Googling this it seems that other countries have also changed to a longer narrower can but their content rangers from 320ml to 330ml as opposed to South Africa being only 300ml?
Why not add your comments or am I the only one to notice or have a problem with this, Coca Cola will be more than happy if no one comments and if no one does then you all deserve……………
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Momentum Life a South African Insurance Company says that based on the outrage following the insurance company’s rejection of a R2.4m payout, it is clear that the public is not as informed about policy payouts as they would have hoped.Momentum’s rejection of a life insurance payout due to the non-disclosure of a pre-existing health condition by policy holder, Nathan Ganas, has sparked anger on social media and widespread debate about the guidelines governing insurance companies’ right to reject or approve claims. On Twitter and Facebook, policy holders have threatened to cancel their insurance with Momentum if the decision is not reversed.
Ganas died from gunshot wounds in March 2017 when he was hijacked in his driveway. But the insurance firm refused to pay his R2.4m policy claim after it was discovered that he suffered from high blood sugar levels. Momentum said its decision to reject the claim has also been confirmed by the Ombudsmen for Long-Term Insurance.
“We recognise that although we are doing the right thing, it is apparent that the public at large are not as informed as we hoped. As an industry, we need to elevate the importance of full disclosure.” Question: If he did not die from High Blood Sugar Levels but a bullet through his body what is the problem with paying out, no wonder many people don’t trust the Insurance companies
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Notable designers, brands and artisans will be on-hand to help attendees learn about the industry via hands-on workshops and demonstrations, indigo art installations, pop-up shops and more. Heralded musician Nikki Lane, a fashionista and denim devotee, will headline the performance stage. She’ll also be selling vintage wares from her beloved store High Class Hillbilly. Cult-followed brand imogene + willie will be in attendance and host a party to commemorate the event. TENCEL ™ branded fibers by Lenzing is the title sponsor of the festival.
“We participated in Denim Days in New York, and I’ve attended Denim Days in Amsterdam before,” says Tricia Carey, TENCEL’s Director of Global Business Development. “We wanted to take on a bigger role in the Denim Days Festival because we wanted to have a stronger connection to the consumer.”
Visitors can expect a visual experience showing how TENCEL™ goes from trees to denim. The goal is to help the consumer understand what the product is and the value behind buying products that incorporate the fibers. For the event, TENCEL™ is creating a festival shop stocked with garments using its fiber. Featured brands include 3X1, Mavi, Reformation, Godfather of Denim and more.
TENCEL™ fibers are produced from sustainably sourced raw wood. The fibers are manufactured using an environmentally responsible production process. Composed of natural material, TENCEL™ fibers are biodegradable and compostable and can fully revert back to nature.
The fibers enhance the aesthetics and functionality of fabrics and can be combined with a wide range of other textile fibers.
“You can make a really soft, sustainable, strong fabric from trees, and you can have it in a variety of different looks,” Carey says. “We really want to show the whole lifestyle behind what TENCEL™ denim represents.”
The Denim Talks Speaker Series will feature Q&As, panels, and lectures geared towards jean aficionados. The schedule includes topics like pursuing a fashion career in Nashville and strategies from social influencers.
Noted author and philanthropist Buddy Teaster will give a lecture on the intersection of social enterprise, poverty, and the fashion industry. Panelist Sarah Bellos of Stony Creek Colors, makers of bio-based dyes, will be indigo-dying bandanas for festival-goers. Embroiderer Matt Davidson of Ranger Stitch will be onsite to custom embroider denim for attendees. Atelier & Repairs, a brand built around the idea of transforming the forgotten, is partnering with Belmont University on a T-shirt challenge, asking students to transform $5 t-shirts into garments of their own design.
The winner will receive a mentorship with Atelier & Repairs creator Maurizio Donadi. Effortlessly cool fashion brand Madewell will be on hand to present its “Blue Jeans Go Green” initiative, which allows guests to recycle their old jeans in exchange for $20 towards a new pair of Madewell dungarees.
Nashville Denim Days is a festival for die-hard denim fans, fashionistas, music lovers, and foodies alike. The action-packed, two-day schedule includes an outdoor denim bazaar, pop-up shops, food trucks, festival games, musical entertainment and more.
“It’s a nice atmosphere to talk about how the product is made and the art and craft behind denim,” Carey says.
Mayor Briley will officially sanction November 10 and 11 as Nashville Denim Days. To commemorate the event, the city will paint the town blue by lighting up the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge.
According to the New York Times, Graham died at his home in Montreat, N.C., on Wednesday (Feb. 21). He was 99 years old. Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, confirmed the news. Graham had dealt with a number of illnesses in his last years, including prostate cancer, build up of fluid on the brain and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Graham became probably the best-known Christian evangelist in the world during his six decades of preaching the gospel. His website states that he preached to nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries over the course of his long ministry.
Graham was known as “America’s pastor,” and he served as a counselor to many U.S. presidents. He also had a strong connection to country music. Graham brought his massive, stadium-filling crusades to Nashville three times, in 1954, 1979 and 2000. He was close friends with and a spiritual guide to a number of country artists, including Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels and Ricky Skaggs. In an email to Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper in 2009, Graham counted Johnny and June Carter Cash among his dearest friends.
“(Nashville is) one of the most dynamic cities I’ve ever visited, forward-looking and full of energy,” he wrote. “The Nashville of the 1950s is a far cry from the Nashville of today but there’s a reason for that: the spirit of its people. I hope you never lose that enthusiasm.”
Country musicians including Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Sara Evans, Josh Turner and Brad Paisley came together for the soundtrack to the movie Billy: The Early Years in 2008. Turner also appeared in the film.
Best Buy, formerly one of the biggest music merchandisers in the United States, has plans to pull CDs from all of its stores by July 1, Billboard reported. Target could be the next retailer to do so, as it’s now demanding that music suppliers sell them inventory on a consignment basis and pay for unsold inventory. One music manufacturer is leaning towards saying no to this deal, according to Billboard.
This should come as no big surprise — between streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify taking over and vinyl returning to popularity, there doesn’t seem to be much of a place for CDs anymore. Over 800 million CDs were sold in the United States in 2001, but that number has since dropped down to 89 million, according to Consequence of Sound.
Despite the fact that CD sales have been dropping rapidly for years, people seem to be shocked and upset with Best Buy’s decision to pull them from its shelves.
Justin Timberlake has been hard at work rehearsing for his Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday (Feb. 4), and fans can get a sneak preview of his performance in behind-the-scenes rehearsal video that has leaked online. In footage obtained by TMZ, Timberlake is putting together a huge spectacle large and flashy enough to play well not only in a stadium-sized venue, but on live TV, complete with what looks like an extensive cast of dancers, pyrotechnics and plenty of fast tempos to keep the show moving.
Timberlake will take the stage at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday for the halftime at Super Bowl LII, and contrary to rumors, sources tell TMZ that there is no NSYNC reunion planned for the spot, and that Janet Jackson will not appear as a nod to her past wardrobe malfunction. Prince is reported to appear in a hologram tribute in his hometown.
After securing two major deals with Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV, Facebook has signed three more significant music licensing agreements – this time with SESAC’s HFA/Rumblefish platform, Kobalt Music Publishing and Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights.
Rumblefish was acquired by SESAC as part of its Harry Fox Agency (HFA) buyout in 2015, and specializes in services for US-based independent publishers – including composition and recording administration, data and royalty management, licensing and network monetization.
SESAC says that its new Facebook agreement – a standardized deal in which indie publishers can choose to opt in – will provide ‘streamline music licensing and administration for the independent publishing market’.
“Facebook will ensure songwriters are paid fairly and new revenue streams are created for user uploaded video.” Willard Ahdritz, Kobalt
Willard Ahdritz, Kobalt Founder & CEO of Kobalt, said of his firm’s multi-year deal: “In the spirit of a true partnership, Facebook will ensure songwriters are paid fairly and new revenue streams are created for user uploaded video. “We look forward to working closely with Facebook throughout our partnership. And, Kobalt is committed to distributing royalties in a fully transparent way.”
Global Music Rights is Irving Azoff’s US Performing Rights Organization which represents such writers and performers as Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars, Drake, Bruce Springsteen and Smokey Robinson, among others.
“With our deep relationships and unparalleled reach to both the major and the indie publishing market, coupled with the most comprehensive service suite, Rumblefish is a natural partner for Facebook.” Michael Simon, SESAC/HFA/Rumblefish
Irving Azoff commented, “Our partnership with Facebook reflects that when music is valued properly, it’s easy for both sides to view it as a win-win.”
The deals will enable Facebook to provide social features that involve Rumblefish, Kobalt and GMR-managed music across Facebook, Instagram and Oculus.
Scott Sellwood, Head of Commercial Music Publishing Partnerships at Facebook, said: “Facebook and SESAC’s HFA/Rumblefish are excited to offer the vibrant independent publishing community the opportunity to participate in a new licensing program with Facebook.
“The program will enable users to upload and share videos with music on Facebook, Instagram and Oculus and allows publishers to be compensated for the use of their music.
“Rumblefish will also help Facebook optimize the identification and clearance of musical works through an innovative data-sharing agreement. This partnership with HFA/Rumblefish and an opt-in for independent publishers opens as of today.”
Michael Simon, President, Rumblefish and HFA, said: “With our deep relationships and unparalleled reach to both the major and the indie publishing market, coupled with the most comprehensive service suite, Rumblefish is a natural partner for Facebook.
“This alignment not only reinforces Rumblefish’s position as home to the world’s largest, most authoritative database of musical works linked to-recordings, but also our commitment to bring new licensing opportunities to the publishing market.”
NMPA President & CEO David Israelite added, “This new partnership between Facebook and the music publishing industry is a great step forward for the platform and for songwriters. Music provides value to Facebook and its users and ensuring that the creators of that music are compensated is paramount.
“We appreciate Facebook’s willingness to recognize the economic contribution of songwriters as well as its effort to create a system that properly streamlines payments moving forward. Other digital services should take note and follow suit.”
Guitar Boot Camp is a group where we work on getting better at playing guitar while having as much fun as possible 🙂 We’ll be learning both current and classic hits, plus we’ll tackle new grooves, picking, dynamics, and lots more. Whether you’re a G-chord strummer or a bar chord picker, all skill levels are welcome in this crash course in guitar Fun! We’ll be learning both current and classic hits, plus we’ll tackle new grooves, picking, dynamics, and lots more. There will be ample opportunity to ask your guitar questions, and you’ll take home a binder with charts and diagrams for all songs covered in class.
UPDATE TWO – Thursday November 30 – 6.12am eastern time / 11.13am GMT: AOL has again been experiencing issues in the US today. Independent website Down Detector has registered hundreds of reports of AOL down today. Some 62 per cent of those affected are experiencing problems with their e-mails, while 25 per cent are having problems with their internet. According to the Down Detector outage map, the main areas affected are New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Bronx, and Richmond.
The AOL Customer Support Twitter account has been busy responding to customers hit by issues today. They have said the issue has been identified and AOL are working on a fix. In one tweet they said: “We apologize for the inconvenience you are experiencing. At this time, we have identified the issue and it is being addressed. “While we cannot provide a specific time when the issue will be resolved, our team is working to correct it as soon as possible.”
UPDATE ONE – Tuesday November 28 10.50am eastern time / 3.50pm GMT: The issues affecting AOL seem to have been resolved.
Down Detector reports of AOL down has fallen from a peak of over 1,440 to just a handful.
ORIGINAL: AOL is down right now for hundreds of users in America who have reported the mail and internet services as not working for them. Independent website Down Detector has received a surge of reports of AOL down today. Some 58 per cent cent of those affected had issues with their e-mail while 30 per cent had problems with their internet. Users also reported seeing bad gateway 504 and bad gateway 502 error messages.
Down Detector is an independent outage monitor which monitors social mentions to track outages across the globe.
The site has received hundreds of reports of AOL down today, with the issues beginning before 6am pacific time, 9am eastern time and 2pm GMT. The Down Detector outage map says the main areas affected in the US are New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, Tampa, Bronx, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh.
The AOL Customer Support Twitter account has tweeted to say they are aware of the issues customers are experiencing today and are working on a fix. They tweeted: “We’re aware that service is slow or inaccessible for some of our users. Our Engineering team is aware and working quickly to resolve.”
Hundreds of AOL customers have reported issues with the service today
While another posted: “@AOL AOL Mail is down, getting “504 Bad Gateway”.
And one added: “@AOL why is my email down and not working? it says “bad gateway” each time I try..”
This is not the first time recently that AOL customers in the US have been hit by an outage.
Last week on Monday November 20 Down Detector again received thousands of reports from AOL customers experiencing issues with the service.
During the outage AOL customers again reported issues with their e-mails and internet connection.
By DION DASSANAYAKE