Zark’s rises; eze, perpetual wallop jru

first_imgMOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Ricci Rivero participates in Gilas practice Mike Nzeusseu paced Zark’s-Lyceum, which rose to4-1, with 27 points and 11 rebounds while reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez added 18 points.“Wangs wanted to win as badly,” said coach Topex Robinson as he took responsibility for the near-collapse. “I wanted to give others a chance to play and it almost turned into a loss.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLater, Prince Eze recorded a rare triple-double to power Perpetual Help to an 88-72 rout of Jose Rizal University.Eze dominated with 24 points, 20 rebounds and a record-setting 11 blocks to become just the fifth player in D-League history to achieve the feat. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreakcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Altas halted the Bombers’ two-game run to tie their victims at 2-1. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Zark’s Burger-Lyceum overcame a late challenge by Wangs Basketball-Letran to escape with a 95-93 win and its fourth straight victory in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Pasig Sports Center.Jaycee Marcelino scored the deciding basket with 1:03, nailing a floater off an assist from MJ Ayaay.The Jawbreakers’ defense stood its ground in the return play, thwarting numerous attempts from the Couriers, the last of which was a fadeaway from Bonbon Batiller.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

How can we be confident in the future when the present is so depressing?

first_imgDear Editor,The Government of Guyana, as it reluctantly prepares to face the Guyanese people at the polls, is shamelessly clutching at every straw to avoid the electorate, and seems to have gone on a massive propaganda blitz. Almost daily, the Prime Minister’s Department of Public Information spends thousands of taxpayers’ dollars on full page colour advertisements in the newspapers titled “Confidence in Guyana”. Those advertisements seek to showcase what the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) deems as achievements, if they really can be deemed so in the first place. It seems obvious, unless one is oblivious, that advertisements are tantamount of using State resources for campaigning? This was something I recall the APNU/AFC when out of office making boisterous noise about. It goes to show what happens when the shoe is on the other foot.I have taken a keen interest in the advertisements paid for by the sweat and toil of the Guyanese people. Indeed, it was interesting to see what the Administration praises itself for. Many of the projects lauded as achievements begun under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration and the APNU/AFC has inherited and passed off as if it were their own doing. Nowadays, Guyanese will see the praise showered on the Cheddi Jagan International Airport expansion for instance. But it was the same APNU/AFC, when in Opposition, used their majority to deny funds to the very project they now market as a shining achievement. It goes to show, in my view, that there was not much new that this Government really brought to the table and they are in reality living off the work of those who preceded them.I notice too that one of the advertisements informed that more than $112 billion will be invested in maintenance of public security. Indeed, I couldn’t believe that such a stupendous sum was spent and I was less than pleased to learn of that fact. When one takes account of the large sum one cannot help but wonder whether our people are not being taken for a ride as that expenditure works out to almost $151,000 on a per capita basis. The question must be asked whether we have really gotten value for the monies expended. Nowadays our people are genuinely scared not knowing if they will be the next hapless victim of criminality. Today, the peace and tranquility of our villages and towns have shattered and fear stalks the streets. Our people are fearful about leaving their homes unoccupied and are afraid of going out in the evenings. They go about their business constantly looking over their shoulders. This is not the way our people deserve to live and undermines the notion of “confidence in Guyana”.I saw another advertisement which informs that $98 billion has been invested in the agricultural sector. This is yet another magnificent sum and I cannot help but wonder how it was spent. We see now our nation’s farmers being asked to pay higher land rents and increased drainage and irrigation charges. The large spending came when the sugar industry was significantly downsized and thousands made jobless. That investment came at the same time when the agricultural sector declined by more than seven per cent and foreign exchange earnings from the sector have fallen as well. The situation says a lot about “confidence in Guyana”.Through another advertisement, I learnt that $211 billion has been spent in the education sector. It is widely known that investments in education bear the best fruit and is the key ingredient to reduce poverty. It was, therefore, reasonable to expect that the sector would have grown by leaps and bounds but like the coalition, the fruits from the investment have been sorely disappointing. During the teachers strike last year, we became aware of the conditions of the classrooms. We heard that teachers use their own monies to buy school supplies. And, we have come to know about how shabbily our school cleaners are treated too.Yet another advertisement tells us that our Government has spent $158 billion on public infrastructure. Again, another large sum but have we gotten value? Let us just remember several hundred million in this area was diverted to what is notoriously known as D’Urban Park. The subvention to the Demerara Harbour Bridge was withdrawn and tolls were hiked by 100 per cent.  Many of our village roads are impassable. We recall too the serious difficulties our brothers and sisters in the interior regions experience as they traverse those roads during the rainy season.Today, while our Government tells us we should have “confidence in Guyana”, the Administration’s own policies and priorities undermine this very statement. Another advertisement in the series showed us all the important persons President Granger has met, and it is an impressive list – the Obamas, Queen Elizabeth, former Brazilian President Michel Temer, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Caricom heads, among others. It served to remind me about the billions that are being spent on travelling locally and abroad as well. The tens of billions spent to prop up the large Government bureaucracy. The hundreds of millions spent to paint Government buildings green. It also drove home how the substantial rise in taxes are being spent, why our children have lost their grant, why our elderly have lost their water and electricity subsidies, why our people are made to pay Value Added Tax on essential items, and so many of the new unsavory realities of life in Guyana.So today while we as Guyanese are asked to have confidence in Guyana, I ask how can we really be confident in the future when the present is so depressing and tomorrow appears so bleak.Yours faithfully,Patricia Persaudlast_img read more

4 MDs, 2 Health Workers Take Ebola Vaccine

first_imgThe Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (PREVAIL) is urging health workers at three health centers dealing with the present Ebola outbreak to come and take the vaccine in order to have themselves protected against the Ebola virus disease.The medical group said it has secured at least 1,700 doses of the vaccine for health workers who are working at Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA 2) Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), Duport Road Health Center and the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. These health centers are the ones that are presently dealing with this new outbreak in the country, according to the authorities at PREVAIL.The 14 family members of the Gbotees, two of whom are confirmed positive with the virus, are now quarantined at ELWA 2. The Gbotees’ 10-year-old son, Nathan, who died on Monday, was diagnosed with the virus at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center on Thursday, November 19, while some family members of the Gbotees, who reportedly had direct contact with their sick relatives, took treatment at the Duport Road Health Center.PREVAIL’s call is against the backdrop that health workers are on the frontline battling the deadly disease and that they need to be safe and protected before they can help to save the lives of anyone who might come down with the virus. Presently, according to Dr. Francis Kateh, Deputy Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer, 25 health workers who reportedly had contact with this current outbreak, are under surveillance. Among the 25 are 10 who are described as “high risk,” owing to the level of exposure they had with the sick patients, the Deputy Health Minister said.At the height of the epidemic when Liberians and others were dying, over 180 Liberian health workers who tried to help save the lives of their patients, contracted the virus and succumbed to it. As a result, many other health workers abandoned health facilities for fear of their lives. To show that the vaccine that is now being administered at the PREVAIL head office at JFK in the trial study are safe for humans, four medical doctors and two health workers on Wednesday, November 25, volunteered and took the Vesicular Stomatitis Virus-Ebola Virus vaccine. The vaccine, also known as VSV-EBOV, is an experimental vaccine for protecting against the Ebola virus disease. It was developed by scientists at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Canada.Dr. Fatorma Bolay, Director, Liberia Institute of Biomedical Research and Co-principal Investigator of the PREVAIL Vaccine Study; Dr. Billy C. Johnson, Chief Medical Officer, JFK Medical Center; Dr. Elizabeth Higgs, Global Health Advisor, NIH; Dr. Mark Kieh, Site Physician, PREVAIL Vaccine Study; Mr. Lawrence Fakoli, Research Associate, LIBR and Mr. Moses Badio, Biostatistician, PREVAIL, took the trial vaccine yesterday. They called on all health workers to take the vaccine. They said no health worker should die again as a result of the virus as the vaccine is effective in protecting them. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Most Chinese Projects to be Implemented This Dry Season

first_imgChinese Ambassador to Liberia Zhang Yue has disclosed that the 2016 Dry Season will see the implementation of most of the projects the Chinese government has promised Liberia.Speaking at an occasion marking the observance of the 67th National Day of the People’s Republic of China, Ambassador Zhang said upgrading of the Roberts International Airport Terminal, renovation of the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex (SKD), erection of the ministerial complex and construction of annexes of the Capitol Building are among major projects to be implemented.He said as a motto for China in its relation with Liberia and Africa at large, they believe in equal respect and a mutually beneficial foreign policy – which these major projects are based on.In a statement of appreciation for the many benefits of bilateral relation between Liberia and China, Vice President Joseph Boakai acknowledged that China remains one of Liberia’s top trading partners, as well as her biggest foreign investor.He said, “Against this background of the UNMIL drawdown, China helped Liberia promote its security sector capacity building through personnel and technical training as well as equipment donations. Last June, Chinese peacekeepers donated plenty of materials and equipment to Liberia as they accomplished their mission.”At the request of the Liberian government, the Chinese Ambassador disclosed that another batch of police officers to help Liberia’s law enforcement agencies is expected in the country.In his highlights of China’s contributions in adherence to protocols of the bilateral relation, Ambassador Zhang highlighted his government’s provision of between 24 to 50 scholarships to Liberian students each year.“China trains more than 200 personnel in various fields and more than 300 Liberian students benefit from Chinese Ambassador’s Scholarship and Chinese enterprises scholarships every year,” he said.As evidenced by the erection of a major health facility in northeastern Liberia and its role during the outbreak of Ebola, the Ambassador recalled that China helped Liberia in building the public health system, with a plan to set up a clinical laboratory in Monrovia to upgrade the capacity of hospitals.The bilateral relation under which China and Liberia share economic and social benefits is a policy principle that promises equality and mutual benefit to both countries. China-Africa relation has resulted into a periodic gathering of Chinese and African leaders under the Forum onAfrica-China Cooperation (FOCAC).At a meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, last year, China announced ten major China-Africa cooperation plans for the next three years and pledged US$60 billion in financial support.Conveying President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s and the government’s felicitation to the government and people of China on their National Day, Vice President Boakai acknowledged that “Liberia-China relation has seen a significant growth in trade, accounting for more than US$425 million, a 74 percent increase, in 2015.”In addition to the many contributions China has made to Liberia’s infrastructural development, VP Boakai hailed China for her expressed commitment to stepping up partnership with African countries during the 6th FOCAC, stressing that they welcome outcomes of the SherpaMeeting of July 29, 2016, held in Beijing, to work out the implementation of modalities of the Johannesburg Declaration.The Vice President also acknowledged the cultural exchanges China is promoting with Liberia, recalling Chinese cultural performances by the Zhejiang International Studies University Artistic Troupe in February this year.With vigorous teaching of the Chinese language in Liberia, VP Boakai said Liberians are thrilled with performances by Liberian students of the Confucius Institute, as they are now able to converse and perform various tasks in Chinese. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Library brings ’em in, but what next?

first_imgThe magazine lists some of the movies and television series filmed in Simi Valley, including “Poltergeist,” “Men in Black,” “Gunsmoke” and “Little House on the Prairie.” And for people who want to see some of the more remote areas, there is an article on hiking in the Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains. “We’re very proud of it,” said Leigh Nixon, chamber president, who said the magazine was produced by Journal Communications Inc. and paid for through advertising revenues, some of which are coming back as extra income for the chamber. She said Images has been produced for other communities, but the Simi Valley edition is the first in California. There were 7,500 copies printed initially, which will be distributed free at local hotels, the Reagan Library, the Simi Valley Town Center and other locations. People can also see a version of the magazine online at www.imagessimivalley.com. SIMI VALLEY – With the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum luring visitors from across the nation, local Chamber of Commerce officials saw the need a few years ago to help tourists find their way around Simi Valley. And this week, those efforts were culminated with the release of the city’s first tourism magazine – “Images of Simi Valley, California” – featuring a photo of the Reagan Library’s Air Force One Pavilion on the cover. “There are more than 800 hotel rooms in Simi Valley that are full much of the time,” said Colleen Janssen, vice chairwoman for tourism and marketing on the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce board. “We realized that we are a vacation hub that is safe and friendly and offers access to many of the attractions in Southern California.” The magazine includes articles on the library; plays, concerts and other cultural events tourists can attend locally; a piece about Grandma Tressa Prisbrey’s Bottle Village; and an article about the Cajun Creole Music Festival on May 26-27, billed as the biggest Cajun festival west of the Mississippi. “People at the hotels told us that their guests were asking where to go and what to do, so we wanted to provide a guide for our visitors,” Nixon said. “The hotels have been waiting for this magazine to come out.” Janssen said that although the chamber wants to bring more tourists to Simi Valley, the tourists are already here. “We are trying to help show them things to do,” she said, noting that many people from out of town might not realize that the area includes the Brandeis-Bardin campus of American Jewish University, Strathearn Historical Park and highly rated golf courses. The chamber is distributing the magazine along with a list of events and activities for tourists in Simi Valley monthly. The activities include this month’s Blues Festival, the Cajun Festival, the Simi Valley Street Fair Expo and the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard. The list also includes activities outside of town that are close enough for Simi Valley tourists to enjoy, including whale watching off the Ventura County coast and the Antelope Valley poppy fields. Simi Valley Mayor Paul Miller, who wrote a welcome note to visitors in the magazine, said Simi Valley has a colorful past, a safe environment and a variety of attractions visitors can enjoy. “I think the magazine will do much to help promote the image of the city and provide valuable information,” Miller said when the publication was released Wednesday. Randy Green, chairman of the Cajun Festival for the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, said the image of the Air Force One Pavilion was perfect for the cover. “The magazine is great,” he said. “It’s got everything from shopping to dining to history to the arts. Hopefully it’s going to draw people to live here in the community.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Danny Murphy: Liverpool must make these signings this month…

first_imgDanny Murphy has told Jurgen Klopp he must be active in the January transfer window to get Liverpool’s top four challenge back on track.Klopp revealed in December that he is reluctant to make any major signings mid-season as he wants to give the current squad the chance to make their mark.But after seeing his former club start the New Year with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at West Ham, Murphy says the German must alter his stance and bring in reinforcements.“I am looking at Liverpool to bring in a few because they really need to finish in the top four,” said the ex-England international, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I think they need a goalkeeper, a centre-half and maybe if you could get someone in on loan with a bit of pace. Someone you could nick who is not playing in one of the big teams, maybe.“Most importantly, though, they need a centre-half because I think they look vulnerable.”Klopp is expected to make his first signing at Anfield this week, with Marko Grujic on the verge of a £5m move to Merseyside.But the 19-year-old is expected to be loaned back to Red Star Belgrade until the summer before linking up with the Liverpool squad next season.last_img read more

Experts expected slowdown in home sales, housing starts

first_imgThe experts said it was going to be like this. Home sales and new residential construction started the year with a lot less energy than in 2005. That’s where the similarity ends. Sales fell off a cliff in the San Fernando Valley (down 31.6 percent), Los Angeles County (down 23.5 (percent) and the state (down 24.1 percent) in January. The experts didn’t expect that. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Whether the plunge results in a fatal wound remains to be seen. New home, apartment and condo construction just slid down a small hill. It’s off 10 percent from January 2005, according to the California Building Industry Association. And that’s not so bad because January 2005 got off to an extremely strong pace, the Sacramento group said. This January, developers were issued 12,357 building permits, 1,430 fewer than a year ago. It breaks down to 9,036 single-family homes (down 10.4 percent from January 2005) and 3,321 apartments and condominiums (also down 10.4 percent from January 2005). Alan Nevin, the association’s chief economist, said the January results matched his building forecast for the entire year. And he thinks that activity will pick up in the second quarter. “Despite the naysayer predictions for 2006, the permit count for the first month of 2006 is only modestly off from January 2005,” he said. He is equally bullish on the resale market, which is off to its slowest start in nearly a decade. But 2005 was one of the strongest years for sales since 1988. “I’m betting that the resale market rebounds by spring. There are still people looking for homes and, by spring, they will be back in the market,” he said. This year, Nevin predicts that developers will obtain permits for between 185,000 and 205,000 homes, condominiums and apartments, compared to about 213,000 in 2004 and 208,000 in 2005. That, coupled with a rising resale inventory, should work to cool appreciation rates, which began the year in double digits. “I’m really surprised,” Nevin said about the divergent paths taken by sales and prices. “I thought there would be some serious flattening out in … parts of coastal California and it really hasn’t happened yet.” Deals of Note Thibiant International Inc., a manufacturer of skin- and hair-care products, increased its footprint in Chatsworth. The company has signed a five-year lease valued at $2.6 million for 71,926 square feet of industrial space in the 20000 block of Nordoff St. The deal illustrates the continued strength of the Valley’s industrial market, said John DeGrinis, senior vice president of Colliers International, who helped broker the deal with company associate Partick DuRoss. DeGrinis said this is the company’s fifth distribution facility in the Valley. Industrial vacancy rates in the Valley now range from 1.9 percent to 2.2 percent. “It’s extremely tight,” he said of the market. “We’re really concerned where the supply is going to come from in the future.” DeGrinis and DuRoss represented Thibiant. Bennett Robinson of CBRE represented the lessor, Amir Development Co./Amiscope Properties. Thibiant executives could not be reached for comment. Over in the East Valley, Grubb & Ellis Co. reports that Xebec Development Co. in a joint venture with IDS Real Estate, both based in Los Angeles, bought an 80,000-square-foot industrial building on 152,000 square feet of land in Burbank for $9 million. The partnership plans to turn it into a creative office complex in a $30 million redevelopment project. The property, at 210 S. Victory Blvd., is already getting interest from a variety of potential users, including entertainment firms, national fitness centers and hotels, said Grubb & Ellis’ Brendan Monaghan and Bart Pucci, who will be marketing the development and represented Xebc and IDS. A variety of development options are being considered, including converting the property for use by a single tenant or breaking it up into office condos. Monaghan and Pucci said the facility is available for immediate short-term production and filming during the marketing and architectural planning process. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sous-traiter en Afrique du Sud

first_imgAlors que les societes a travers le monde qui repondent a une pression sur l’efficacite et les prix de plus en plus grande, l’Afrique du Sud devient un emplacement international de choix pour la sous-traitance de processus commerciaux.La sous-traitance des processus commerciaux (BPO) est une tendance mondiale importante et le secteur, estime peser 130 milliards de dollars par an, presente un taux de croissance attendu d’environ 50% pour les cinq prochaines annees.Le BPO implique de delocaliser certains processus commerciaux qui sont habituellement realises en interne par une societe au profit d’un fournisseur de services tiers comme un service clients ou des centres d’appel pour prester des services pour le compte de la societe concernee.Identifie comme un secteur cle au sein de la strategie du gouvernement pour accelerer le taux de croissance economique du pays et creer des emplois, la sous-traitance des processus commerciaux devrait creer 25 000 emplois directs et 75 000 emplois indirects en Afrique du Sud et contribuer jusqu’a 95 milliards de rands a l’economie nationale d’ici 2009.La sous-traitance des technologies d’information (TI) est aussi une activite end developpement en Afrique du Sud grace a la diversite du marche, un savoir-faire de classe mondiale et au contexte d’un pays en voie de developpement qui en font un laboratoire de test ideal pour les innovations.La sous-traitance TI represente plus d’un tiers des 30 milliards de rands du marches des services TI d’apres une etude de 2008 de la societe d’etude et de conseil IDC qui represente la plus grosse part des categories de services de TI.Gartner, le groupe d’etude international, classe l’Afrique du Sud parmi ses 30 destinations de sous-traitance de developpement de logiciels, l’etude de 2007 la mettant a egalite avec Israel dans la region Europe, Moyen Orient et Afrique et proche de l’Australie et de l’Inde au niveau mondial.Appeller l’Afrique du SudD’apres Business Day, le secteur local des centres d’appel a progresse d’environ 8% par an depuis 2003. Il emploie environ 54 000 personnes et contribue a 0,92% du produit interieur brut (PIB) de l’Afrique du Sud.Un programme de financement de BPO appuye par le gouvernement, lance en 2007, vise a ameliorer la competitivite de l’Afrique du Sud et comprend un budget d’incitations aux investissements de 1,1 milliard de rands. Le programme est axe sur:Une strategie marketing au sens large.Un programme de financement public qui comprend une subvention d’investissement et des subventions de formation.Un cadre de tarification en developpement pour les telecommunications.De avantages concurrentielsL’Afrique du Sud presentent de nombreux facteur favorables, comme:Des niveaux de services de rang mondial du personnel des centres d’appel.Une large base de connaissances en matiere de fournisseur de services et de gestion, associee a des connaissances en matiere de services financiers, surtout en matiere d’assurances, d’hypotheques et de traitement et collecte de prets.Un fuseau horaire partage avec l’Europe.Un niveau d’anglais courant eleve associe a de accents anglais neutres qui sont facilement compris sur les marches occidentaux.Un taux de change favorable.Un fort soutien public.Encouragements publics, comme des subventions pour les start-up et les expansions et des prix reduits des telecommunications.Un secteur des telecommunications moderne et en developpement.Le gouvernement prend des mesures pour garantir une capacite haut debit plus disponible qui permettra des appels telephoniques internationaux moins chers. De gros projets sont aussi en cours pour installer des cables de fibre optique sous marins le long des cotes est et ouest de l’Afrique afin d’augmenter la connexion du continent avec le reste du monde.Le monde en un seul paysLes societes internationales qui ont deja choisi l’Afrique du Sud comme destination de BPO comprennent IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Lufthansa, Virgin, Sykes, Avis et Car Phone Warehouse.L’engagement de l’Afrique du Sud a l’egard du secteur BPO a ete souligne en 2007 par la decision de construire un centre d’appels de 125 millions de rands et 1 500 places dans la zone de developpement industriel de Coega en dehors de Port Elizabeth dans la provinde d’Eastern Cape.Le Parc BPO s’etend sur cinq hectares dans le quartier des services commerciaux de Coega et comprend des lieux de formation et un espace de loisirs. La societe de gestion a declare que l’espace etait conçu pour prevoir differents scenarios et pourrait accueillir differents investisseurs.Les autres investissements recents sont : En mai 2008, la multinationale petroliere Royal Dutch Shell a ouvert un centre d’appels au Cap. Le centre offrira des services aux clients de Shell en Belgique, au Luxembourg et aux Pays-bas, avec des operateurs afrikaans natifs qui seront formes au neerlandais et au flamand.  En novembre 2007, le geant de sous-traitance de processus commerciaux base aux USA TeleTech a commence la construction d’une nouvelle usine en dehors du Cap, sa premiere base sur le continent africain. Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookBusiness Process Enabling South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryCoega Development CorportationBusiness Daylast_img read more

16 Days of Activism against abuse

first_imgImagine if, for 16 days, there was no rape, no child abuse. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one.South Africa joins the global 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign in 1998. (Image: South African Government, Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)Brand South Africa reporterImagine if, for 16 days, there was no rape, no child abuse. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one.For the 16th year, South Africa is taking part in the global 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, which runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December.With the theme “Count me in: Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward”, the campaign will be officially launched by President Jacob Zuma in Reiger Park, Ekurhuleni, on 25 November.While the campaign runs only for 16 days each year, its objectives are reinforced by a year-long programme and a national plan to combat abuse.South Africa is still home to high levels of violence against its women and children, despite a world-renowned Constitution and a legislative overhaul that safeguards women’s and children’s rights.The government, business, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations and the media are all participating in the drive to increase awareness of the negative impact of violence and abuse on women and children.The campaign also aims to:Challenge the perpetrators of violence to change their behaviour.Involve men in helping to eradicate violence.Provide survivors with information on services and organisations that can help lessen the impact of violence on their lives.While the campaign runs only for 16 days each year, its objectives are reinforced by a year-long programme and a national plan to combat abuse.What you can doSouth Africans are urged to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon – a symbol of peace – during the 16-day period to symbolise their commitment to never commit or condone violence against women or children.Other ways of supporting the campaign:Speak out against woman and child abuse. Encourage silent female victims to challenge abuse, and ensure that they get help. Report child abuse to the police immediately. Encourage children to report bullying behaviour to school authorities.Men are critical partners in the fight against the abuse of women and children. Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour.Families must stick together to create a safe environment for women and children.Parents and adults can make sure that children are not exposed to inappropriate sexual and violent material.Volunteer some of your time and energy in support of a non- governmental organisation or community group working in your area to help abused women and children. Use your life skills and knowledge to help support victims of abuse.Donate some money to organisations working to end violence against women and children by making a contribution to the Foundation for Human Rights. Tel: 011 339 5560/1/2/3/4/5.Engage in online dialogues such as the Cyber Dialogues organised by Gender Links which provides a platform to share issues and experiences and offer solutions, with experts participating in the online chats. Gender Links also offers way for you to support recent survivors or gender-based violence. See the online pledge form.Get connected with important contacts and information published on www.womensnet.org.za.Seek help if you are emotionally, physically or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children. Call the Stop Gender Based Violence helpline on 0800 150 150.Report illegal guns to the police – according to the International Action Network on Small Arms Women’s Network, women are three times more likely to die violently if there is a gun in the home.Join a community policing forum (CPF) or community safety forum (CSF) to help fight crime in your area. For information on how to join, contact your local police station.Rhetoric and realitySouth Africa, according to non-governmental organisation Gender Links, needs to close the gap between the “rhetoric of gender equality” and the “reality on the ground”.Gender Links says the country has made impressive strides in recognising the roles and rights of women and children.The Constitution recognises gender equality as the cornerstone of South Africa’s democracy, and new legislation – such as the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act and the Domestic Violence Act – have been lauded for enforcing the rights of women.But more needs to be done. “Changing laws can be swift,” says Gender Links. “Giving them effect, and changing the mindsets that often render them ineffective, is a much more demanding task.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.,Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Have Issues With Big Data? Check Out These 5 Data-as-a-Service Startups

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Data Services#news#web Data is big. By that, we mean that there’s not only a lot of data, but handling all that data is a problem that everyone from small businesses on up to the big boys, like Google and Facebook, has to tackle in one way or another.To help with the problem of handling Big Data, Dealmaker Media has announced a group of startups that it says are “providing answers to all your database problems in unique and innovative ways.”Dealmaker Media, the company behind the Under The Radar conference that brings together a number of early stage, “bleeding-edge technology startups” each year, has put together a list of companies under the title of “Data-as-a-Service.” “Scaling databases is a hard problem,” writes Dealmaker Media Community Manager Clare Jacobson. “In fact, both Google and Facebook have had to build their own solutions to avoid buckling under today’s online and data-thirsty society.”Companies that can’t build their own solutions, writes Jacobson, are left “looking to innovative startups to provide scaling solutions.”So, what companies did Dealmaker pick for their collection of data-as-a-service recommendations?AkibanClustrixHadaptNimbusRethinkDBIf you find yourself, like so many other companies, unable to handle the data deluge, then one of these five companies may be able to save you from developing your own solution. The full blog post offers more details on each of the companies. Related Posts mike melansoncenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more