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“Tech Attracts Investment, Promotes MSME,” Commerce Minister Addy Says

first_imgThe Minister of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), Axel M. Addy, said an innovative economy is a dynamic and attractive one, and showcasing progress on the Information Communication Technology (ICT) front can help Liberia to attract investment and promote micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) across the country.Minister Addy made the assertion Thursday at the kickoff of this year’s MSME conference held at the Liberian Marketplace in Sinkor, which was graced by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; United States Ambassador Christine Elder; John B. S. Davies, President of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI); Frederick B. Norkeh, Minister of Post and Telecommunications; Chief Executive Officer of Orange Liberia, Mamadou Coulibaly; as well as members of the National Legislature and innovative entrepreneurs of Liberia among others.He called Liberian innovators, MSME stakeholders and policy-makers to embrace this year’s MSME conference to exchange ideas and share lessons learned, in order to derive innovative solutions and policy recommendations to ensure ICT’s full potential will be exploited.“Through ICT innovation, MSMEs can combine growth with social impact, uplifting not only the economy, but also solving the social challenges our fellow Liberians may still face. Because of this inclusive growth it generates, ICT innovations hold a great promise for the future of our country and of our people,” Minister Addy said.He observed that in order to fully seize this opportunity and continue to push the frontiers of technology, this year’s focus on “Promoting Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Liberia” will highlight the vital role of innovation in our economy.Minister Addy said the MSME conference is also intended for key stakeholders from the public and private sectors to meet to discuss the challenges the country still faces to fully play a role in the digital revolution and what policy-makers, business community and civil society organizations can do to encourage and facilitate innovation in Liberia.“We all share a responsibility in exploiting these new opportunities and expanding our productive frontiers through innovation, in order to truly enable Liberia to take off. MSMEs need to adapt innovative solutions for their business development. Policy measures and public programs must encourage ICT usage and innovation by fostering a conducive business environment,” he added.He said “To create a middle-income Liberia, both grand and small innovations are necessary. This conference is not only the opportunity to proudly present cutting-edge innovations, but also to prove that innovation is accessible to all. Marginal adaptations of technology to everyday products can profoundly impact our routines.”Minister Addy said this year again, “Our Entrepreneur-Plus (“E+”) program, a two-year business incubation program awarding US$100,000 in seed funding to reward the most promising young entrepreneurs, will take place in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden and Mercy Corps. We are also hosting a business innovation pitch competition to award prizes worth US$20,000 to ICT innovators.”Minister Addy said Vice President, Amb. Joseph N. Boakai will reward the best innovators on Saturday, as everyone enjoys a day of shopping and music at the concert organised by Orange.He said “From international marketing strategies to streamlining daily processes, inventory tracking, e-payments and cashless transactions, ICT is already present in many aspects of our MSMEs lives. But seeing that the sector already represents 7% of Africa’s jobs, and that 12% of the world’s cross-border trade in goods happens through e-commerce, it becomes evident that while digital innovations have impacted everyday life in Liberia, much of the revolution’s potential remains untapped.”Christine Elder, United States Ambassador to Liberia, said while the conference focuses on ICT, entrepreneurship is only partly driven by technology, stating “Entrepreneurship involves having a vision and taking risks.”According to her, technology can help entrepreneurs to be more efficient and successful, whether working in a market stall, storefront or from the kitchen table, describing info technology and this year’s location as excellent choices for the conference.She said a modern ICT sector has the potential to contribute to Liberia’s progress from increased economic growth to improved agricultural productivity and enhanced access to education and health.“The United States applauds Liberia for committing to develop a robust ICT sector and for acknowledging the central role this can play in strengthening the country’s economy and development, adding “The United States remains committed to help Liberia achieve this goal.”In addition, Madam Elder said the United States provides support for e-government and digital financial systems that can bring financial service to Liberians currently not being served by the formal banking sector. “We are also providing technical assistance on policies to help Liberia develop the regulatory and policy environment to grow its ICT sector.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said she was impressed with the level of contribution made to the sector MSME by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), and its partners which has impacted the sector largely.“The present of entrepreneurs here today and our partners demonstrate the gains being made and will continue to contribute to the development of the sector. I am proud to see our market women speaking and demanding of what they want,” she said.Keynote speakers Mlen-Too Wesley and Charles D. Cooper, founders of Cookshop.biz, called on Liberian innovators to partner in order to make progress within the sector.“Liberia needs more ICT innovators and working together as innovators will greatly help in achieving such a milestone. Liberia can make serious progress within this sector when everyone comes together and continue to build collaboration,” they noted. They said Liberia will achieve more within the ICT sector if innovators can see partnership as key to the general development of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chiefs earn share of Del Rio title

first_imgCamacho hit a free throw before La Serna scored on Sergio Arambula’s baseline drive to pull the Lancers within a 3-point basket with 27 seconds remaining in regulation. The Chiefs’ Marco Sabino missed a pair of free throws, but Maurice Cole made one with 2.2 seconds left and the Chiefs could breathe easy. The three-point lead wasn’t safe in the Chiefs’ minds. Just minutes earlier, La Serna’s Mike Acosta had made a 3-pointer to pull the Lancers to within 51-48 with 25 seconds left. Eddie Zozaya then drilled a 3-pointer to tie the score 51-51 with 17 seconds to play. Cole unintentionally stepped out of bounds on the Chiefs’ next possession with five seconds left, but Acosta’s attempt from 35 feet for the victory was short. The teams finished the regular season with identical records, 20-7 overall and 9-1 in league. In the overtime, Jaycob Camacho’s basket in the lane broke the 51-51 tie, and Michael Munoz made it 55-51 with a running 8-footer for his only basket of the game. SANTA FE SPRINGS – It was only a modest 5-0 run in a game that featured more than 100 points, but they might be the sweetest five points of the season for Santa Fe High School. They came in overtime and provided the Chiefs not only with a 57-51 upset over La Serna, the three-time defending Del Rio League champion that came into the game unbeaten in league, but also with a share of the league championship. center_img Santa Fe led most of the game, including by as much as 15-2 early. After La Serna closed to within 29-26 at halftime, the Chiefs built a 41-28 lead midway through the third quarter. “I thought we had the game won, and then they hit those two 3-pointers,” Chiefs coach Mike Geren said. La Serna coach Randy Villegas said, “The first time we played them, we made shots. This time, we didn’t. The game was decided before the first half ended when they had that little (7-2) run and then opened the second half 10-0 (actually 12-2). That’s the difference right there. We didn’t rebound like we needed to.” Santa Fe had four players score in double figures, led by Cole with 13. La Serna was led by Acosta with 12. Jenna French scored 28 points and had 21 rebounds to lead La Serna’s girls to a 59-46 victory over Santa Fe. The Lancers finished the Del Rio League season unbeaten. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 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

Report: Rocker, Bell part of drug probe

first_imgRocker’s publicist told the New York Daily News that he admitted taking HGH, now banned by Major League Baseball, but said it was for medical reasons. “That was a growth hormone that was prescribed by a doctor in relation to his rotator cuff surgery in 2003, so I don’t really think there is anything to the story,” Debi Curzio, Rocker’s publicist, told the paper for a story on the newspaper’s Web site Tuesday night. SI.com reported that Rocker received two prescriptions for somatropin between April and July 2003. Bell told SI.com he received the shipment of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) last April but said the drug was prescribed “for a medical condition,” which he declined to disclose. Steven and Karen Lampert of Anti-Aging Centers in Nanuet pleaded not guilty in an Albany County, N.Y., courtroom and were released without bail. They are charged with submitting prescriptions to a Florida pharmacy – some “obviously forged” according to the district attorney – for drugs totaling more than $50,000 for people without a medical need. Belliard `victim’ of alleged shakedown: The athlete targeted in an alleged $150,000 shakedown by an unemployed ex-con was former St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Ronnie Belliard, a person close to the matter confirmed to the Associated Press. Federal prosecutors have described the athlete in court only as “the victim.” Court papers referred only to a “John Doe” in accusing George Edwards, 48, of extortion for allegedly seeking money for silence about the player supposedly impregnating Edwards’ daughter. Two more people linked to a nationwide investigation into the illegal sale of steroids were arraigned Tuesday on drug-related charges as published reports implicated more athletes, including former star relief pitcher John Rocker. SI.com reported Rocker, fellow former major leaguer David Bell, 1996 Olympic wrestling gold-medalist Kurt Angle and Victor Martinez, winner of the latest Ohio bodybuilding competition named for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, all showed up on a client list of Applied Pharmacy, a Mobile, Ala., company raided in connection with the investigation. center_img The person familiar with the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is pending, Tuesday identified the player as Belliard, a married father of two children who spent part of last season with the Cardinals and recently signed a minor-league contract with the Washington Nationals. Vasquez, White Sox agree to extension: Pitcher Javier Vazquez and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a $34.5million, three-year contract extension through 2010.The right-hander went 11-12 with a 4.84 ERA with the White Sox in 2006. Infirmary: Florida Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson has an irritated ulnar nerve that will likely force him to miss at least the first two months of the season. … Oakland designated hitter Mike Piazza was hit just above his left elbow by a pitch from the Kansas City Royals’ Brian Bannister in an exhibition game. The A’s announced the injury as a bruised left triceps. … Reigning National League batting champion Freddy Sanchez (Burbank High) hurt his right knee and left the Pittsburgh Pirates’ exhibition game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Sanchez was injured when the Phillies’ Rod Barajas slid into his knee as he was turning a double play at second base in the fourth inning. Sanchez told reporters that he was OK and was scheduled for an MRI exam. Also: Jason Isringhausen struggled to throw strikes in his first batting practice of spring training, another step as the St.Louis Cardinals closer comes back from hip surgery that sidelined him during the postseason. Facing non-roster outfielders Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwig, only a few of Isringhausen’s 25pitches were strikes. … Cuban defector Yoslan Herrera was among eight players the Pittsburgh Pirates reassigned to their minor league camp. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

“Please save my house”

first_imgFern Lea Peter, Latigo CanyonEven as flames scorched the area just days after Thanksgiving, Latigo Canyon resident Fern Lea Peter found much to be thankful for. Peter’s Latigo Canyon home, with a sweeping view of the Pacific, was saved by firefighters’ quick action. The 76-year-old said she awoke at 3 a.m. to find her wooden deck engulfed in flames, but firefighters were soon on the scene. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I have been here 48 years and have never seen a fire like this,” she said. “I grabbed my purse and my pillow – it’s what I like to sleep with. At that point, you’re not thinking. You’re absolutely out of it. “The Fire Department came and I said, `Please save my house.”‘ After the fire had passed, Peter acknowledged the loss of a portion of her home but was optimistic. “But I had Thanksgiving before and I have my home – and that’s a nice thing.” Cynthia, Malibu mobile home park At a Malibu mobile home park on Pacific Coast Highway, a woman who gave her name only as Cynthia mourned the loss of her greenery, but praised firefighters for saving her mobile home, three dogs and six cats. “I lost my back yard, my beautiful English garden. … but I’ve got my house,” she said. When she went back inside, after watching the home next door burn, she found a note that read: “Saved.” It was signed “Long Beach Fire Department.” She sought out the firefighters to thank them and opened her arms to the crew’s chief. “He said, `You don’t want to hug me.’ I said, `You bet your butt I want to hug you.’ And I hugged every one of them.” Rick Hernandez, Agoura HillsIn Latigo Canyon, fire crews and water trucks waited patiently for Southern California Edison crews to clear downed power lines from the narrow roads. Rick Hernandez, 50, of Agoura Hills, had come to help rescue two horses on his friend’s property in the canyon. At midday, Hernandez waited his turn to move his horse trailer up to his friend’s home. “They told me, `If you’re going to evacuate horses, I’ll let you go up, but you may not get very far.”‘ Jon Pfeiffer, Corral Canyon The Pfeiffer family awoke at 4 a.m. Saturday to the stifling smell of smoke. Sheriff’s deputies knocked on the door of their Corral Canyon home shortly before 5 a.m., telling them to evacuate. “This will be the fifth time we have been evacuated,” said Jon Pfeiffer, a 20-year Malibu resident. “The second time in a month.” Pfeiffer stood on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway on Saturday morning, taking pictures of the firefighting effort. His sons, Michael, 19, and Jack, 16, were with him. Before the family left their home, they took their computer hard drive, passports, financial records, a change of clothes, and family photos. Michael Pfeiffer, a freshman at Georgetown University, still had his belongings in his suitcase. The family dog, Duke, a golden retriever, is also safe. About 9:30 a.m., six hours after the fire started, Pfeiffer said he still didn’t know whether his house was still standing. But if it is destroyed, the 49-year-old attorney vowed to rebuild on the same spot. “It’s a beautiful place to live.” Ken Kearsley, MalibuMalibu City Councilman Ken Kearsley, who had weathered earlier firestorms, said he refused to evacuate because he had cleared a wide area around his home, which is along a creek. “You figure what your life is worth,” Kearsley said. “It’s not worth a house. I got the car out and was ready to go. I figured if it got to my trees, I was outta here. But it never did.” Kearsley said he beat back embers flying through the air from the main fire. “You fight it,” he said. “You’re out with buckets and you’re out with hoses and you’re out with burlap bags and you fight it.” Wendy Kappas, Tantalus DriveAs she stood on the beach side of Pacific Coast Highway, Wendy Kappas knew her home was gone because she could see the retaining wall built behind it. She and her husband, Michael, had been building their Tantalus Drive home for three years. “We just put the roof on this week,” she said. The doors and windows were slated to be installed in two weeks. The couple planned to move in in February or March. Now they will start all over again. “You have to do it,” Kappas said. “It is an absolutely gorgeous property.” She heard from a neighbor that her guest house, also under construction, survived. The couple will stay at their Malibu condo until they rebuild. The condo itself burned in a 1998 electrical fire and the couple rebuilt. “Maybe we aren’t supposed to be here,” Kappas said halfheartedly. “Maybe someone is trying to tell us something.” Deborah Congdon-Abrams, Sycamore Meadows Drive Deborah Congdon-Abrams, a 53-year-old mortgage broker, lives next to Kappas and said she woke about 4 a.m. in her Sycamore Meadows Drive home to the smell of smoke. She told her husband, Harold Abrams, to pack a suitcase while she grabbed financial records and photos. Congdon-Abrams is no stranger to wildfires. She lost everything – including her children’s scrapbooks, her great-grandmother’s rag doll, and her grandmother’s jewelry box – in a 1993 Laguna Beach fire. “You have your life,” she said. “Everything else is replaceable.” The important thing is that her husband, and their two Briard dogs, Dudley and Nikki, are fine, she said. At first, she was anxious about her home after a neighbor who stayed at his home told her that her garage had been damaged. But from where she stood on Pacific Coast Highway, once the smoke cleared, she could see her home’s red tile roof and it had survived. “Wow, look at that!” she exclaimed, watching helicopters dump water in the neighborhood. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Parolee arrested; stolen car dents cop cruiser

first_imgSAUGUS – Sheriff’s deputies, chasing a man Friday who had bolted from a stolen car, parked a black-and-white behind it, unaware the stolen vehicle was in gear. When they brought the handcuffed suspect, Andrew Jones, back to the patrol car, they found it dented – the stolen Chevrolet Cavalier had rolled into it. Jones, on parole for an unrelated offense, was spotted by Deputy James Peterson on Urbandale Drive in Saugus driving a silver 2002 Cavalier that came back stolen, Deputy Larry Gump said. Peterson was following the car, awaiting backup, when Jones, 25, of Van Nuys spotted him and took off. He stopped the car, and ran, Gump said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsPeterson parked his squad car in front of the Cavalier and followed, detaining Jones at gunpoint in a nearby backyard, Gump said. Jones was booked on suspicion of auto theft and held without bail because of his parole status. He is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in Santa Clarita Superior Court.last_img read more

Andy Goldstein Sports Bar daily podcast – Monday, May 15

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein and Tony Cascarino for the best bits of Monday’s Sports Bar show.On today’s show, the boys debate and take calls on whether Antonio Conte’s title win is better than Jose Mourinho’s and Carlo Ancelotti’s with Chelsea.Plus, there’s another top Swap Shop Feature, a look at the latest back pages and much, much more!Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.last_img

Barca, Dortmund, Napoli all falter: What you may have missed this past weekend

first_imgBarcelona have drawn both of their last two La Liga games (Photos by Agencies)Barcelona made it two draws in as many games as they were held to a goalless draw away to Atheletic Bilbao on Sunday night.Ernesto Velverde’s charges who were coming off a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia last weekend could not get past Iago Herrerin in Bilbao’s goal despite Captain Lionel Messi striking the upright in the first half. The result means that Barca’s lead atop the La Liga is now reduced to six points going into the final 15 games of the season.The team that is now hot on Barca’s heels is none other than eternal rivals, Real Madrid who were 3-1 winners over Atletico on Saturday afternoon.Real who have now won all their last five league games started brightly with casemiro putting them in front on 16 minutes. Atletico’s talisman Antoinne Griezmman eqaulised 10 minutes later before Sergio Ramos converted from the spot on 42 minutes to ensure Santiago Solari’s men are infront by halftime.Despite relentless pressure by the home side as they tried to find an equalizer, Gareath Bale struck with 16 minutes to play to seal a 3-1 victory for Real and hand his side the bragging rights of Madrid for the mean time.Real now move onto 45 points, six behind leaders Barcelona. For Atletico, they slip into third with 44 points from 23 games.Elsewhere, fourth placed Sevilla came from two goals down to salvage a point at home to Eiber on Sunday.The visitors where 2-0 up by the 63rd minute as Fabian Orellana and Charles both found the back of the net. However, despite seeing Ever Banega given his marching order on 65 minutes, Sevilla struck two late goals through Ben Yadder (88) and Pablo Sarabia (90+2) to ensure the game ended all sqaure.Sevilla are still fourth on the standings with 37 points, 14 points off the pace.In the other La Liga games played on the weekend, Getafe, Leganes, Espanyol and bottom side-Huesca were also victorious. Getafe defeated Celta Vigo 3-1 at home, Leganes were 3-0 winners over Real Betis, Espanyol scrapped to a 2-1 victory at home to Rayo Vallecano while Huesca overcame Girona 2-0.In Italy, Juventus resumed normal duty with a comfortable 3-0 victory away to Sassoulo on Sunday evening. Sami Khedira, Cristaino Ronaldo and Emre Can were all on target for the Old Lady who now move back onto 11 points ahead of second placed Napoli having gathered 63 points from 23 games.Juventus are 11 points on top of the La LigaFor Napoli, they were held to a 0-0 draw away to Fiorentina on Saturday evening, in a match that they have themselves to blame after missing a host of chances.AT the Stadio Ennio Tardini, Inter Milan required Lautaro Martinez’s lone strike, 11 minutes from time to overcome a spirited Parma side 1-0. Inter who had failed to win any of their last three League games remain third on the standings with 43 points, four ahead of fourth placed Milan who comfortably defeated Cagliari 3-0 at the San Siro. Milan’s goals were scored by Krzysztof Pitek, Lucas Paqueta and an own-goal off Luca Ceppitelli’s foot.All the other top six teams won their respective fixtures in the Serie A. Roma took care of Chievo 3-0 on Friday, Atalanta came from a goal down to defeat SPAL 2-1 at home while Lazio overcame Empoli 1-0 on Thursday.The other big winner in the Serie A was Frosinone who shocked Sampdoria 1-0 at the Stadio Communale Luigi Ferraris, thanks to Daniel Ciofani’s 25th minute strike.In Germany, Borrusia Dortmund’s lead at the top of the Bundesliga was cut to 7 points following their 3-3 draw at home to Hoffenheim.Dortmund are now only 7 points ahead of second placed BayernLucien Favre’s side blow a three goal lead with only 15 minutes to play and in consquence, draw a second League fixture in as many games.Coming off a 1-1 draw at Frankfurt, Dortmund led by 3 goals to nil inside the opening 66 minutes with Jordan Sancho, Mario Gotze and Raphael Guarrero all on the score-sheet. However, they concede three at the other end, Ishak Belfodil (*2) and Pavel Kaderabek both on target for the visitors.As a result, Dortmund are now just 7 points ahead of Bayern Munich who defeated Schalke 04 3-1 at the Allianz Arena on the same day. The Bavarrians took the lead off Jeffery Bruma’s own goal and despite the visitors leveling through Ahmed Katucu, Robert Lewandowski and Serg Gnabry struck in the second half to seal all three points for Robert Kovac’s side.The shock of the weekend was witnessed at the Borrusia Park as Monchengladbach were walloped 3-0 by visiting Hearth Berlin. Ondrej Duda, Solomon Kalou and David Salke were the scores for Hearth who had failed to win any of their last two League games prior to Saturday.Elsewhere, Hannover snapped a four game losing streak, overcoming Nurnberg 2-0 at the HDI Arena.The trio of Leverkusen, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Bremen were also victorious in their respective fixtures. Leverkusen were 5-1 winners away to Mainz, Bremen defeated Augsburg 4-0 while Dusseldorf overcame Stuttgart 3-0.In the French Ligue One, PSG returned to winning ways thanks to a 1-0 win over Bourdeaux on Saturday. Edison cavani who would later be forced off the pitch with a serious injury struck the winning goal on 42 minutes off a penalty kick to ensure the Capital side remains 10 points ahead of Lille in the standings despite having played two games less on Christoph Galtier’s side.Cavani scored the winner on the weekendFor Lille, they continued their fine run of form, winning 2-0 away to Guingamp on Sunday. Rafael Leao and Loic Remy scored the goals that ensure Lille have now won all their last five league games.At the Stade de la Baeujoire, home side Nantes defeated Lyon 1-0 on Sunday night thanks to a Remi Walter penalty on 69 minutes.Olympic Marseille where 2-1 winners away to Dijon on Friday night. Mario Balloteli and Lucas Ocampos were the heros on the night as they canceled out Jordan Marie’s opener on the 18th minute.Elsewhere, Rennes, Nimes and Angers were also winners over the weekend. Nimes overcame Nantes 4-2 away from home, Rennes were 3-0 winners over St. Ettiene while Angers scrapped to a 2-1 victory over Strasbourg.All the results in La Liga:-Valladolid 0-0 Villareal-Getafe 3-1 Celta Vigo-Atletico Madrid 1-3 Real Madrid-Espanyol 2-1 Rayo Vallecano-Girona 0-2 Huesca-Leganes 3-0 Real Betis-Valencia 0-0 Real Sociedad-Sevilla 2-2 Eibar-Atheletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona-Deportivo Alaves 0-0 LevanteAll results from the Serie A:-Lazio 1-0 Empoli-Chievo 0-3 Roma-Fiorentina 0-0 Napoli-Parma 0-1 Inter Milan-Bologna 1-1 Genoa-Sampdoria 0-1 Frosinone-Atalanta 2-1 Spal-Torino 1-0 Udinese-Sassuolo 0-3 Juventus-AC Milan 3-0 CagliariAll results in Ligue One:-Dijon 1-2 Marseille-PSG 1-0 Baudueax-Aimens 1-0 Caen-Strasbourg 1-2 Angers-Montpellier 2-2 Monaco-Nantes 2-4 Nimes-Toulouse 1-1 Reims-Guingamp 0-2 Lille-Rennes 3-0 St. Ettiene-Nice 1-0 lyonAll results in the Bundesliga:-Mainz 1-5 Leverkusen-Dortmund 3-3 Hoffenheim-Leipzig 0-0 Frankfurt-Monchengladbach 0-3 Hearth Berlin-Hannover 0-2 Nurnburg-Freigburg 3-3 Wolfsburg-Bayern 3-1 Schalke-Bremen 4-0 Augsburg-Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-0 StuttgartComments Tags: topWhat you may have missed over the weekendlast_img read more

SA targets corruption, overspending

first_img25 October 2012 The National Treasury is to introduce reforms aimed at developing a procurement system that prioritises value for money while strengthening the fight against corruption in South Africa. The reforms, to be led by a Chief Procurement Officer in the National Treasury, are among several initiatives announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday to reign in South Africa’s widening deficit and improve the impact of public spending in the country. Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in the National Assembly in Cape Town, Gordhan said the Treasury had completed the preparatory work needed to set up the position of Chief Procurement Officer, drawing on international best practice, and that key appointments would be announced shortly.Additional anti-corruption measures The Treasury also plans to introduce safeguards, such as reviews by the Auditor-General and the Parliamentary standing committee on public accounts, for tenders above a certain amount. It also wants to assign authority and improve capacity within the Treasury to investigate the value for money associated with tenders, as well as to institute a series of detailed expenditure reviews to consider the outcomes that are achieved from the use of public finances. There is also a plan to strengthen South Africa’s anti-corruption system by providing additional resources to agencies such as the Office of the Public Protector, the Anti-Corruption Task Team and others, Gordhan told Parliament.State spending The government is expected to spend R1.06-trillion in the current financial year, rising to R1.1-trillion in 2013/14, R1.2-trillion in 2014/15 and R1.3-trillion in 2015/16. Of the government’s R1.1-trillion expenditure for 2012/13, the bulk will be spent on health and social protection (R246-billion) and education (R220-billion). The biggest rises in spending between 2012/13 and 2015/16 are in employment and social security (9.1%) and local government and housing at nine percent. The government has decided not to make any upward adjustment of the spending projection set out in the 2012 Budget, tabled in February, over the next two years – namely in 2013/14 and 2014/15. In preparing their medium-term plans – for spending over the next three years – departments have been required to reprioritise spending away from underperforming programmes and identify savings within existing budgets. Over the next three years, the real growth in compensation of state employees would average 1.3%, while capital payments would grow at 4.3%, according to the Treasury.Managing the public sector wage bill Gordhan wants the government, in the coming years, to take a more deliberate approach to managing overall employment and wage trends across the public sector, including state-owned entities, in particular by curtailing unwarranted growth in personnel numbers. The wage agreement reached this year between the government and public sector unions was higher than projected in Gordhan’s 2012 Budget tabled in February, and will cost the R37.5-billion over the next three years. This will absorb a large portion of the allocations the National Treasury had made available through reprioritisation. To free up additional allocations, the National Treasury has also reprioritised R40-billion in funds, which, combined with drawdowns from the contingency reserve, will allow budget baselines to be revised without effecting an increase in government spending. The funds will be shared between national, provincial and local government, to help pay for the higher cost in the public sector wage bill and to meet government priorities. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

The Kite Patch: fighting malaria

first_imgA mosquito repellent patch, made using non-toxic substances, is being developed to curb diseases such as malaria. Developed by Olfactor Laboratories in the US, the company hopes to release its innovation in the first quarter of 2017.A patch has been created that will help beat malaria by repelling mosquitoes. (Image: Indiegogo)Brand South Africa reporterA sticker patch could be the next step in malaria prevention in Africa. It is being developed in California by Olfactor Laboratories. People wearing the patch became invisible to mosquitoes, said the company, and could be guarded against bites for up to 48 hours.Called the Kite Patch, it uses safe chemicals that stop mosquitoes from detecting the carbon dioxide humans breathe out, which the insects use to track people.“Our goal is to be ready to ship Kite Patch in Q1 2017,” reads the campaign page on the crowdfunding website, Indiegogo.“When you wear Kite, the product makes you practically invisible to mosquitoes,” said chief researcher Dr Michelle Brown in a video. “And we’ve been able to accomplish this using food-grade FDA approved compounds, removing the need to use toxic and dangerous chemicals that are currently found in today’s products.”Watch the video:Kite Patch from SPARKHOUSE on VimeoBrown said science was integral to fighting malaria, but there was no silver bullet. “However, we are confident that our work to make humans invisible to mosquitoes will be transformational in the broader war against mosquito-borne diseases.”Funding and field studyThe project was co-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and money was raised using the crowdfunding methods on Indiegogo.Innovative @KitePatch blocks a mosquito’s ability to sense humans. Interesting approach in fight against #malaria: http://t.co/mNMXSgrnTy— Bill Gates (@BillGates) August 26, 2013The team travelled to Uganda as part of their field survey.“We researched and tested various technologies, brought in experts and worked with development partners to make Kite Patch a possibility,” reads the Indigogo site. “Some approaches proved unscalable, some underperformed and all required a long regulatory approval processes.”However, researchers have said that at this stage, the patch is not yet as effective as other Kite mosquito repellents. “As we continue to develop it, we seek to make it a complementary product to Kite Shield [mosquito repellent spray].”Source: Biz NewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Putting your finger on what Content Management is

first_imgThere’s been a number of articles and blogs over the last week that show that the definition of ‘Content Management’ has become blurred and is continuing to change.  Jim Rapoza at eWeek says that things like collaboration, portals and wikis are ouside the definition of traditional Enterprise Content Management (ECM).  Jim thinks that vendors are labeling their products as ECM systems when their functionality is actually much more limited. He asks, for example, whether a vendor could call a collaborative portal product that adds “document collection management” an ECM product.  Good question.Vern Imrich on Gilbane’s Content Technology CTO blog sees a bifurcation of the definition of Content Management products.  Vendors like Oracle and Microsoft are creeping into the content management realm by gradually incorporating CM type functionality at the infrastructure level — with Oracle’s Content DB coming at it from the database and Microsoft coming at it from the file system.  At the other extreme are vertical applications that are extending their feature space into areas traditionally considered as content management.  Content Management can play a part of both infrastructure and high-level applications.In another article, John Newton sees the Web2.0 influences on today’s content management applications and has dubbed the new breed of application ‘Content Management 2.0’.  He sees content management as being changed by collaborative web capabilities like blogs, wikis and syndication.Defining exactly what Content Management (or Enterprise Content Management) is and what feature set it includes is something that never has been clear.  AIIM has had their share of interesting art and posters that try to draw relationships between the pieces.  The ECM space is huge.  Core ECM consists of capabilities like scan/capture, imaging, document management, and workflow/BPM.  Other important capabilities include Web Content Management, Records Management and Digital Asset Management.  Very few vendors can claim solutions in all categories of the ECM space.At Formtek we recognize Collaboration as central to ECM solutions and we have a diagram called the Formtek Enterprise Collaboration Mosaic that shows key pieces of ECM at a high level.last_img read more