New Zealand rugby sweeps world awards

New Zealand's captain Kieran Read (L) leads the team in the

It hasn’t been a vintage year by the All Blacks’ lofty standards but they‚ and New Zealand rugby‚ swept the World Rugby awards in Monte Carlo on Sunday night.

The Black Ferns‚ the New Zealand women’s team‚ made history by becoming the first female team to win the overall ‘Team of the Year’ gong as a reward for winning the 2017 Women’s World Cup in Ireland.

They beat out England men and the All Blacks for the award.

The All Blacks lost two matches in 2017 – once to the British & Irish Lions and one to Australia‚ while they also drew the third Test against the Lions.

It was the first time since 2011 that the All Blacks lost more than one game in a calendar year.

All Black flyhalf Beauden Barrett though was named 2017 World Player of the Year‚ retaining the crown he won last year.

Barrett became only the second player to win the prestigious award two years in a row‚ matching the achievement of his former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in 2009-10.

He received the award ahead of four other nominees in All Blacks teammate Rieko Ioane‚ England and British Lions duo Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje and Australia fullback Israel Folau.

Barrett said: “I’m very proud and surprised.

“I wanted to be better than last year and I still think I have plenty more to go.

“The Lions series put us under the most pressure I have probably felt in a black jersey and that’s a credit to the Lions.

“We learnt a lot from that series‚ particularly taking that into the World Cup.

“When I hang the boots up‚ that’s when I can look back and be really proud of this.

“I’ve got to thank my team. I am just one player amongst a great team.”

Blitzbok playmaker Rosko Specman lost out on the World Sevens Player of the Year award to the USA’s Perry Baker.

The American speedster was the Series’ leading try and points-scorer in 2016/17 with 57 tries and 285 points.

England mentor Eddie Jones was named World Coach of the Year after guiding England to nine wins in 10 Tests‚ their only blemish coming against Ireland in the Six Nations.

New Zealand winger Portia Woodman was named the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year 2017 after helping the Black Ferns win a fifth Women’s Rugby World Cup title in Ireland in August.

She received the award ahead of four other nominees in Black Ferns teammate Kelly Brazier‚ England winger Lydia Thompson and France back-row duo Romane Menager and Safi N’Diaye.

All Black wing Ioane was named World Breakthrough Player of the Year after scoring 10 tries in 11 starts this season.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “It has been an outstanding 2017 for rugby on and off the field and tonight we have recognised and celebrated those who have made it so special.

“From the players‚ teams and coaches who have inspired millions of fans to the unsung volunteers and projects who at community level are the foundation of our great game‚ we salute them all.

“Congratulations to all our nominees and award winners who have not just displayed excellence‚ but who embody rugby’s character-building values.”


Delaware Tech receives 13 marketing awards

Delaware Tech’s Collegewide Marketing and Public Relations team displays the College’s 13 NCMPR awards. Shown are in back (l-r) Judi Sciple, Dana Sawyer, Vassili Kormalos, Allison Hayes, John Painter, Jason Burlew and Tom Burn. In front are Adrian Wade, Jennie Hess, Tammy Watkins, Debra Troxler and Christine Gillan. SUBMITTED PHOTO
December 25, 2016

Delaware Technical Community College recently won 13 District 1 Medallion awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. The college was the recipient of three gold awards for first place, six silver awards for second place and four bronze awards for third place. The winning entries included the college’s 50th Anniversary Marketing Plan which won a gold award, and its microsite which won a silver award, as well as several campus-based projects.

The District 1 Medallion Awards is the only regional competition of its kind that honors excellence in marketing, design and communication exclusively among marketing and public relations professionals at community colleges. Delaware Tech’s entries were judged against all regional community colleges in NCMPR District 1.

Membership includes community colleges from Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, and United Kingdom. The council is the leading professional development organization exclusively serving two-year college communicators.


Facebook Bug Bounty Program Awards Indians the Most for Finding Flaws

Facebook Bug Bounty Program Awards Indians the Most for Finding Flaws


  • Facebook distributed a total of $611,471 to 149 researchers in H1 2016
  • Indians received the biggest share of the bounty in the period
  • Facebook received 9,000 security reports in first six months of 2016

Indians remain the biggest beneficiaries in Facebook’s Bug Bounty program, the company’s initiative to allow security researchers to find flaws on its platform. Joey Tyson, a security engineer at the company, wrote in a post that Indians lead the world when it comes to raking in the moolah, taking the biggest chunk of the $611,741 (roughly Rs 4.08 crores) distributed to 149 researchers via the program between January and June 2016.

(Also see: Bug Bounty Hunters and the Companies That Pay Them)

The USA and Mexico took the next two spots in the list of countries whose developers get the most money for finding bugs on Facebook. The company has distributed over $5 million among more than 900 researchers under the program in the five years since its inception.

India has been a dominant force in the Facebook bug bounty program over the past few years. Cyber-security researchers and developers from India had been awarded roughly Rs 4.8 crores since the program was started, according to data the company released in March this year. Facebook did not reveal the breakup of the bounty distribution for the first half of 2016.

Facebook’s Bug Bounty program lets white hat hackers report vulnerabilities in Facebook and its acquired companies and products, such as Instagram, Free Basics, Oculus, and Onavo. With the help of the Bug Bounty program, security researchers were able to report over 9,000 bugs on Facebook platforms in the first half of the year.

(Also see: Facebook Fixes Flaw That Could’ve Let Anyone Access Your Account)

This year, Facebook added WhatsApp to the program, expanded payment options to include Bitcoin, and switched to an automated payment process so researchers can be paid faster, Tyson said in the post. Additionally, the award notifications now include information on how the specific bounty was determined.

More changes are coming to the initiative, as Facebook plans to share more educational resources on security fundamentals and topics specific to our products.

Tags: Facebook, Facebook India, Facebook bug bounty, Facebook Security Researchers, White Hat Hackers


Goafest 2016: JWT India Leads Creative Abby Tally; Wins 5 Gold Awards

JWT India has also won the highest number of metals this year – 47. These include 5 Gold, 21 Silver and 21 Bronze Awards.

On April 9, the last lot of Creative Abby Awards was announced. But first, a quick look at the overall Creative Abby Metal Score.

Quick Round Up: In all, 419 metals were given away this year. These include 38 Gold awards, 134 Silver awards and 245 Bronze awards and a new award was introduced named Best of Category.

Goafest 2016
Goafest 2016

Categories in which maximum Golds were given are: Public Relations (8) and Design (4). 3 Gold Abbies were given away in Publication and Digital categories each followed by Print Single, Film Single and Integrated categories with 2 Golds. Film Craft, Ambient Media and the newly introduced categories Young and Gender Sensitive were given away one Gold award each.

Goafest 2016
Goafest 2016

Overall, maximum number of metals were given away in the Digital category (41), followed by Design (40).

In the Creative Abby Tally List, the top four organisations of 2016 are: JTW India (5 Golds), DDB Mudra (4 Golds), Publicis Communications (4 Golds) and Jagran Prakashan (3 Golds). Cheil India, Dentsu Creative Impact, Taproot Dentsu and Colombo based agency Sarva Integrated won 2 Golds each. Alok Nanda and Company (Communications), Brave New World Communications, Contract Advertising, Dentsu Webchutney, Early Man Film, Experience Commerce, Happy Creative Services, McCann Worldgroup, Out of the Box, R K Swamy BBDO, Scarecrow Communications and Star India won a Gold each.

Goafest 2016
Goafest 2016

From a number-of-metals standpoint, in the Creative Abby Tally List, the top organisations of 2016 are: JWT India (47), Taproot Dentsu (40) and Contract Advertising (26). DDB Mudra Group and Dentsu Creative Impact stood fourth with 23 metals each.

Goafest 2016
Goafest 2016

JWT India’s 47 metals include 5 Gold, 21 Silver and 21 Bronze Awards.

Taproot Dentsu’s 40 metals include 2 Gold, 19 Silver and 19 Bronze Awards.

Contract India’s 26 metals include 1 Gold, 9 Silver and 16 Bronze Awards.

Goafest 2016
Goafest 2016

Now, a look at the agencies that won Gold awards on April 9, the third and last day of Goafest 2016.

On Day Three, 17 Gold awards, 67 Silver awards and 128 Bronze awards were given away.

Goafest 2016
Goafest 2016

Day Three Gold Winners include the following organisations: Early Man Film, Contract Advertising, Dentsu Creative Impact, DDB Mudra Group, Publicis Communications, R K Swamy BBDO, Experience Commerce, McCann India, Alok Nanda Company (Communications), Out of the Box, JWT and Hectic Content.

Goafest 2016
Goafest 2016

There was no Grand Prix award winner this year but the newly introduced Best of Category award went to Publicis Communications for Ambuja Cements Limited (A Giant’s Story)

A quick look at the categories and sub-categories these companies won their Gold awards in, and the brands and campaigns they won them for.

Film Craft
No. of Golds in this category: 1
1. Early Man Film – Cat 23a : Direction – Ambuja Cement – Ambuja Khali 75

Print Single
No. of Golds in this category: 2
1. Contract Advertising – Cat 5A: Household and Business appliances – CCTV Camera – CCTV: Bank, Office, Parking lot
2. Dentsu Creative Impact – Cat 15A: Public Service, Appeals and Charity – Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India – Soccer

Film Single
No. of Golds in this category: 2
1. DDB Mudra Group – Statement of Film Single: Cat 6B: Automotive Vehicles and Accessories – Volkswagen – Ode to the bug
2. Publicis Communications – Statement of Film Single: Cat 9B: Household Products and Maintenance – Ambuja Cements Limited – A Giant’s Story

No. of Golds in this category: 2
1. DDB Mudra Group – Cat 15E: Public Service, Appeals and Charity – Unicef, India – Paheli Ki Saheli
2. Publicis Communications – Cat 9E: Household Products and Maintenance – Ambuja Cements Limited – A Giant’s Story

No. of Golds in this category: 3
1. R K SWAMY BBDO – Cat 18C a: Videos – – #HelpTheFarmer
2. DDB Mudra Group – Cat 18I b: Use of Copy – Volkswagen – Ode to the bug
3. Experience Commerce – Cat 18J c: Digital Abby – Integrated Digital Campaign – Cause related – Lenovo – #PitchToHer

No. of Golds in this category: 4
1. McCann India – Cat 17f: Use of Design in posters: film, event, corporate, traditional poster – Dabur Gastrina – French Horn
2. Alok Nanda and Company (Communications) – Cat 17g: Publications, Books, diaries, newspapers, magazines – Filter Press – Painful People
3. Publicis Communications – Cat 17l: Best integrated Design Campaign using 2 or more Design Sub-Categories (From categories 17a to 17k only) e.g Packaging and identity – Nerolac Impressions – Nerolac Calendar
4. Out of the Box – Cat 17o: Use of Illustration – Mother’s Pride/Marvel Group – The Prodigies of Mother’s Pride

Ambient Media
No. of Golds in this category: 1
1. JWT – Cat 16c: Special build – Eye Bank Co-ordination and Research Centre – Fountain of sight

No. of Golds in this category: 1
1. JWT – Cat 27 : Young Abby – Gender Violence – Question, Kidding, Old Fashioned

Gender Sensitive
No. of Golds in this category: 1
1. Hectic Content – Cat 26: Gender Sensitive – Anouk – The Calling

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