ACCA, Coca-Cola Beverages co-host corporate dinner

LAHORE (PR): The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited (CCBPL) co-hosted a corporate dinner with the ACCA executive team based on the theme ‘Education to Employment’.

The corporate dinner was aimed to enlighten the prestigious employers and educational institutes about the development plan of ACCA for the students and members through capacity building and greater prosperity by enhancing the finance profession.

At the event, Helen Brand shared that “ACCA is a diverse organisation, and we want to keep it that way. Our members work across the public and non-profit sectors, in public practice and in the corporate sector. They add value across the whole spectrum of business activity”.

Further she added that “Constant consultation with employers is important. We work to ensure the qualifications our members work so hard to attain are respected and valued wherever they may wish to work. We keep up-to-date with your needs through dedicated staff across our markets that develop better links with and support for employers. ACCA being a global professional body is closely aligned with employers’ requirements and aspirations for your businesses”.

Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited (CCBPL)Public Affairs and Communications Director Zafar Abbas Jafridelivered a key note address highlighting CCBPL’s contributions to the economy and its extensive community welfare projects. He said, “I take great pride in sharing with you that sustainability is deeply embedded in our business. We have a simple belief that if we cannot help create sustainable communities where we operate, we won’t have a sustainable business. Our focus areas are water, women empowerment and promoting active and healthy lifestyle amongst the youth, education and broader societal development,” he added.

The dinner was attended by Helen Brand, Chief Executive, ACCA; Barrie Jackson, Non-Executive Advisor to the Chief Executive, ACCA; Steve Heathcote, Executive Director-Markets ACCA; Peter Large, Executive Director, ACCA; Raymond Jack, Executive Director Finance & Operations, ACCA;  Stuart Dunlop, Regional Director-MENASA, ACCA, Sajjeed Aslam, Head of ACCA Pakistan and other senior representation from the education and sector and the two organisations.

Shell Eco-Marathon Asia: Pak team wins top position

KARACHI (PR): Students from South Asia, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa have conquered the streets of Luneta Park, Manila to set five new mileage records at Shell Eco-marathon Asia. Clean Diesel Team from Hyogo Prefectural Tajima Technical Institute, Japan clinched first place in the Prototype Shell FuelSave Diesel category with a new record mileage of 1,245 km/l at the street circuit, more than double of last year’s winning score. Also doubling last year’s result was ITS Team 2 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Indonesia, who recorded 153 km/l in the UrbanConcept Shell FuelSave Diesel category. For the first time, Pakistani Team Innova of PIEAS achieved the 3rd position in the Urban Concept Shell Fuelsave Gasoline category by driving 58.1 km/litre, over 42 other teams in the category.  

“We are elated to be the first Pakistani team to achieve such a position in the competition. We strived for almost a year, working day and night to ensure our vehicle met the high safety standards and specifications required at SEM Asia 2015. I think the main reason behind our success is that every team member understood and played his part with commitment and diligence. I’m grateful to each one of them for supporting my decisions and for stretching themselves beyond their comfort zones,” said Ali Shahzad, team lead of Innova from PIEAS, Islamabad.

Last year, the Pakistani team from GIKI managed to secure 6th position while PNEC-NUST won the Off-track Communications Award. Speaking of Pakistan’s progress in SEM Asia 2015, Afshan Khan, Social Investment Manager, Shell Pakistan Limited said,

 “This is a remarkable achievement for Pakistan and proves that resilience and persistent hard work pays off. Shell Pakistan has been working closely with our student teams to help them perform better each year, and we’ve seen an amazing increase in energy and focus with all the Pakistani teams – we applaud all the teams, especially PIEAS for coming this far and hopefully we can win a 1st position prize next year.”

Three other teams achieving new mileage records include Team LH – Gold Energy of Lac Hong University, Vietnam who won the UrbanConcept Alternative Fuel category with 164 km/l on ethanol, and Prototype Battery Electric champion Team NSTRU Eco-Racing from Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University Thailand with a mileage of 451km/kWh. Team UiTM Eco-Sprint from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam Malaysia bettered their own winning result last year to champion the Prototype Hydrogen Fuel Cell category again with a record mileage of 315 km/m3.

“We are very happy to be the first Vietnamese team ever to win at a Shell Eco-marathon Asia event. We are honored to represent Vietnam and proud that we are bringing our university to a regional competition,” said Le Phuong Long, Team Leader of LH – Gold Energy from Lac Hong University, Vietnam. “The team has learned a lot and done our best to achieve the best possible fuel efficiency, and we dedicate this win to Vietnam.”

Thailand has emerged overall victor for the second year running at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia street circuit event. Apart from Team NSTRU Eco-Racing in the Prototype Battery Electric Category, the contingent won two

other on-track titles including Team ATE.1 from Kong Thabbok Upatham Changkol Kho So Tho Bo School who clinched the Prototype Shell FuelSave Gasoline award with a mileage of 1,490 km/l. Team Virgin of Sakonnakhon Technical College Thailand, winner of 2014’s Prototype Shell FuelSave Gasoline category, clocked the highest mileage of the competition in a different category this year with 1,572 km on a litre of ethanol – the approximate equivalent distance between Manila and Ho Chi Minh City.

“The team wanted to challenge itself with a new type of engine this year and decided to build a new vehicle with a carbon fibre body which makes the car lighter,” said Sakonnakhon Technical College’s Team Advisor Mr. Pramuan Ronyut. “I’m very proud of the team’s performance in an international arena like this – it is a great platform for students interested in this field to compete against and learn from other country teams.”

This year’s winners bested over 120 student teams from 17 countries across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa – including new entrants from Australia, Bangladesh, Oman and Saudi Arabia. Teams submitted vehicle entries in either the UrbanConcept or Prototype category in any of the seven different energy types. Results are measured on who can drive the furthest on the equivalent of 1 kWh of electricity, 1 m3 of hydrogen or 1 litre of fuel.

“I’m proud to see more teams and nations than ever joining the Shell Eco-marathon family this year. It’s very impressive that new starters from countries like Australia, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bangladesh have made successful runs and recorded results in their first year, and I look forward to welcoming more newcomers in the next edition,” said Norman Koch, Shell Eco-marathon Technical Director.

6m people access Facebook through Mobilink

ISLAMABAD (PR): Mobilink has announced that 6 million of its subscribers now use Facebook through one of the many social media friendly internet packages. Since the launch of 3G services in Pakistan, Mobilink has introduced affordable and youth centric internet packages which have resulted in an almost 90% growth in Mobilink’s Facebook user base.

Aamer Manzoor, Head of Data, Mobilink said “With the largest customer base using Facebook through its services, Mobilink clearly understands the value of engaging with social media enthusiasts in a way that brings value to the relationship. Expanding on our vision to include the social media, we look to offer innovative communications solutions to our subscriber base in the form of free offers, competitions and other youth centric schemes that make each day better for them. Our actions have created a more open and connected community online; a pioneering step in social media usage”

Mobilink’s 3 Day Social Bundle offer subscribers the opportunity to use Facebook, Whatsapp Messenger, and Twitter for 3 days in just PKR.10+tax. Mobilink is also offering the Daily Social Bundle, which allows subscribers to use Facebook & WhatsApp on their mobile phones for a minimum cost of PKR.5 by dialing *114*5#.  Through these bundles, Mobilink customers can enjoy an unlimited access to their daily dose of Facebook status updates.

; follow friends’ timelines, tagging pictures, sharing albums, chatting, and more – all via Facebook on the go.