Game on Africa – Marriott International Partners with NBA Africa Game 2017

Marriott International’s (www.Marriott.com) ongoing partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) (www.NBA.com) is heading to South Africa, for NBA Africa Game 2017. Marriott will bring the excitement of the NBA to members of its award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards, with unique experiences including VIP tickets to the game and the chance to interact and meet with NBA legends and an exclusive sweepstakes for South African residents.

Marriott Rewards members in South Africa can now enter the Sweepstakes at http://YouAreHereWithMarriott.com for a chance to win a weekend stay for two at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. Additionally, the winner will enjoy access to an exclusive meet and greet, an intimate breakfast with an NBA player or Legend and tickets to watch the NBA’s Team Africa take on Team World in support of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa (SOSCVSA). NBA Africa Game 2017 will take place Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.

“We are committed to creating unforgettable moments for our loyal members, and what better way to do so than offering exclusive access to, on and off court action at NBA Africa Game 2017,” said Neal Jones Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. “Basketball enjoys great popularity throughout the world, and has a growing fanbase in South Africa. This is an opportunity for us to engage with our loyal members through their passion for the sport and give them a once-in-a lifetime experience while amplifying the benefits of our Loyalty Program.”

NBA Africa Game 2017 is the latest event in Marriott’s partnership with the NBA that began in 2016 and provides loyalty members and hotel guests who are passionate about basketball with enriching and exclusive experiences. In addition to tickets to the game, Marriott will also host select members and guests at a special reception featuring meet and greets with former and current NBA players and mascots.

If you are not a member of the Marriott Rewards programme, you can visit http://JoinMarriottRewards.com/measummer17 to join and still be eligible to enter the Sweepstakes.

Marriott Rewards members can earn points or miles across 30 brands and more than 6,100 hotels worldwide, including Protea Hotels by Marriott, the leading hospitality brand in Africa, and enjoy benefits such as free Wi-Fi and Marriott Rewards member rates.

There’s never been a better time to be a member. Get more choice and exclusive access to unforgettable moments. To find out more, visit http://members.marriott.com.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Marriott International, Inc..

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About Protea Hotels by Marriott:
Protea Hotels by Marriott® is the leading hospitality brand in Africa and it is one of the most widely recognized brands on the continent with over 90 hotels throughout South Africa and seven other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana and Uganda amongst others. Protea Hotels by Marriott® is ideal for both business and leisure travellers by offering properties in primary and secondary business centres and desirable leisure destinations. Each hotel offers modern facilities, proactive and friendly service and consistent amenities such as full service restaurants, meeting spaces, complimentary Wi-Fi, and well-appointed rooms, ensuring global standards for a high quality, relaxed and successful stay. Protea Hotels by Marriott® is the winner of 8 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys, the winner of the Ask Africa South African Customer Service Award 2013 and Icon Brand 2015, and the winner of the Hotels category in the Ask Afrika 2015/2016 Youth Brands Survey. The hotel group was bought by Marriott International in April 2014 and forms part of Marriott’s global brand portfolio made up of 30 leading brands that operate more than 6,000 hotels in 122 countries. Protea Hotels by Marriott® is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at http://members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information, visit http://ProteaHotels.com.

About Marriott Rewards:
Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program – Marriott Rewards – spans 18 unique and iconic global brands and over 4,300 distinctive properties. Members of Marriott Rewards® – which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® – can link their accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at http://members.marriott.com for expanded benefits including instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer across portfolios. When members book their stays on http://Marriott.com or the Marriott Mobile app (http://mobileapp.marriott.com), they earn loyalty points, enjoy the advantage of exclusive Member Rates (www.Marriott.com/online-hotel-booking.mi), our lowest available rates, and gain an elevated stay experience with free Wi-Fi, mobile check-in and checkout, and Mobile Service Requests wherever available. The hugely popular Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Hotel Program of the Year–Americas” nine consecutive years as chosen by frequent travelers. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates. To enroll and for more information about the program, guests may visit. Connect with Marriott Rewards on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/marriottrewards), Twitter (https://Twitter.com/MarriottRewards) and Instagram (www.Instagram.com/marriottrewards).

About Marriott International:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,000 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 122 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.Marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.MarriottNewsCenter.com. Connect with us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/marriottinternational) and @MarriottIntl on Twitter (https://Twitter.com/MarriottIntl) and Instagram (www.Instagram.com/marriottint).

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Major Step Forward for Digitalisation in Africa

Multinational telecommunications company, Angola Cables (www.AngolaCables.co.ao), announced today that construction had begun on its South American data centre, located in Fortaleza, Brazil. The data centre is an important next step in the company’s roll-out of promoting the digital inclusion and empowerment of Africa by the use of subsea internet cable connecting Africa to the Americas and providing high speed internet at some of the lowest latency speeds between the two continents.

Angola Cables was launched in 2009 with the mission of becoming the leading driver of digital enablement in Africa. The Fortaleza centre represents another important step in developing international routes for digital traffic between the Americas and Africa.

Two key routes will run from the Data centre. The SACS system will connect the Fortaleza centre to Luanda and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. The Monet Cable will connect Miami with both Fortaleza and Sao Paulo Brazil and is due to be completed by the end of 2017. However, the Data Centre aims to accommodate more cables from the cable dense region of Fortaleza.

António Nunes, CEO of Anglo Cables says, “The systems will enhance Africa’s global communications networks, provide a ‘meet me’ point with high connectivity and access to larger markets. They will also deliver the lowest latency routing between Africa and South America.”

He said partnering with Brazil to establish this Data centre has been a productive journey so far. “We were delighted to be a part of the ceremony to mark the start of the building of the centre. This is a Brazilian tradition we were honoured to share in.” Clients who have already signed in Brazil include Prefeitura de Fortaleza, Claranet and AmLight.

Angola Cables’ product manager Fabio José said that the centre is a Tier 3 DC from a design and construction perspective, this will account for the different layers of security, humidity and environment controls and all the pre-cautions required to operate the DC with safety, efficiency and reliability. “We are creating a digital gateway between the closest point to Africa in South America.”

Angola Cables is focused on the 15 member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), having established itself as the main international telecom service provider for the Angolan market.

The WACS system, which Angola Cables is a partner in with 11 other companies and which links Yzerfontein in South Africa to London in the United Kingdom is already in operation greatly enhancing Africa’s connectivity to Europe and Asia.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Angola Cables.

For further information, contact:
Andrew Cole
Atmosphere Communications
Cel: +27 (0)79 483 3208
AndrewC@Atmosphere.co.za

About Angola Cables:
Angola Cables (www.AngolaCables.co.ao) is a multinational telecommunications company founded in 2009, which operates in the wholesale market and whose core business is the commercialisation of capacity in international circuits for voice and data through Submarine Cable Systems. SACS and the Monet cable system will interconnect three continents (South America, North America and Africa) as well as a Tier III data centre in Fortaleza to interconnect the cable systems. Angola Cables also runs Angonix, a neutral Internet Exchange Point located in Luanda, which interconnects global networks and content providers. Angola Cables also manages Angonap, a neutral data centre located in Luanda and the company’s traffic exchange point in Angola. For more information, visit www.AngolaCables.co.ao.

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Grohe’s smart and intuitive technologies revolutionise the shower experience

  • Extension of the popular GROHE SmartControl line
  • Intuitive push-and-turn buttons for perfect water control and a personalised shower experience
  • Great variety of design options for any bathroom décor

Immersing oneself in a new dimension of showering – this is what GROHE (www.GROHE.com) SmartControl is all about. Grohe’s “Push, Turn, Shower” experience has become even more multifaceted thanks to new models and combination options being added to this popular line of smart shower controls. In addition to the stylish on-the-wall model, the expanded range will also include a model for concealed behind-the-wall installation. Moreover, the spray faces as well as the SmartControl concealed units are optionally available in trendy white. As a result, the intuitive push-and-turn control system now offers an even greater variety of design options – for the perfect shower experience every time.

Smart and intuitive

GROHE SmartControl is packed with German technology and manufactured to the very highest standards of German workmanship, as encapsulated in the label “Made in Germany”. At its heart is the combined push-and-turn technology which gives users finger-tip control of the head and hand shower’s different spray patterns, while allowing control of the water flow rate by rotating the buttons. The intuitive operation is aided by unambiguous pictographs. When the water is switched off, the system automatically memorises the chosen flow rate until the water is switched on again. For a truly personalised shower experience that pampers the whole body, the generously dimensioned GROHE Rainshower 360 Duo head shower combines the gentle GROHE PureRain or GROHE Rain O2 spray with the energising TrioMassage setting. The shower session for all the senses is completed by the GROHE Power&Soul hand shower for freely targeted showering action. GROHE CoolTouch technology protects against scalding by preventing the chrome surfaces from heating up.

Only recently the GROHE SmartControl shower system garnered the Green Good Design Award for its combination of stylish design and intuitive flow rate control. Entries to this award – organised by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in conjunction with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies – are rated not only on their design but also on such aspects as energy consumption, environmental friendliness and resource conservation.

Exposed or concealed

The right design for every bathroom – customers and experts have been greatly impressed with GROHE SmartControl ever since the launch of this modern shower system. Now GROHE has developed two new versions. The first combines the key benefits of concealed and exposed shower systems: the water pipe is neatly concealed in the wall but the shower control unit remains exposed, doubling as a convenient shelf for shower gels and accessories. The second new version, SmartControl Concealed, is even more elegant. While using the same self-explanatory push-and-turn buttons, it features a very low-profile minimalist design. As usual, GROHE offers the new versions in a great variety of options. Available in square and round designs as well as in chrome or white finishes, the new shower control system is an optimum solution for any bathroom ambience and for any installation point. Moreover, the XXL-sized Mono head shower is now also sold separately.

Coordinated or contrasting

The latest additions to this popular line gives shower aficionados even greater freedom in designing their bathroom. In particular, the shower faces on the head showers as well as the concealed fittings are now available not only in the popular chrome finish but also in trendy white. This allows for visual coordination with the hand shower, which also features a white shower face. Alternatively, the chrome versions can be used to create exciting contrasts – another possibility to reflect the user’s personal style in the design of their bathroom.

Distributed by APO on behalf of GROHE.

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About GROHE:
GROHE (www.GROHE.com) is the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings and a global brand, dedicated to providing innovative water products. For many decades, GROHE has been committed to the brand values of technology, quality, design and sustainability that all illustrate GROHE’s commitment to creating exceptional experiences and to delivering “Pure Freude an Wasser”. With its engineering, innovation and design activities firmly anchored in Germany, GROHE products bear the badge of quality “Made in Germany”, ultimately strengthening the customers’ confidence in the brand. All plants of the GROHE manufacturing network make use of high-precision production engineering to ensure compliance with consistently high GROHE standards. This way GROHE ensures that its products live up to the most uncompromising demands in terms of workmanship and functionality. Over the past ten years alone, the success of GROHE has been confirmed by more than 240 design and innovation awards as well as several top rankings as one of “Germany’s most sustainable major companies”. Numerous high-profile projects around the globe are fitted with GROHE products, testifying to architects’, designers’ and developers’ preference for the brand. GROHE is part of the LIXIL Group Corporation, a publicly listed company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. LIXIL is the global market leader in the sanitary ware industry, managing a broad portfolio of well-known household brands such as GROHE, American Standard, and INAX. It is also Japan’s leading provider of housing and building materials, products and services.

About LIXIL:
LIXIL (www.LIXIL.com) is the most comprehensive and connected global company in the housing and building industry, delivering human-centric innovation that enhances people’s living spaces – we call this Living Technology. Delivering core strengths in water, housing, building and kitchen technologies, our brands including LIXIL®, GROHE®, American Standard Brands, DXV, INAX® and Permasteelisa® are leaders in their industries and regions. Operating in more than 150 countries and employing more than 80,000 people, we bring together function, quality and design to provide better living solutions to the world today and for future generations. Learn more at www.LIXIL.com and follow us at www.Facebook.com/lixilgroup.

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Equatorial Guinean Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue to Visit China

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang announces:

At the invitation of Vice President Li Yuanchao, Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue will pay an official visit to China from July 10 to 15.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

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