They face stiff competition from Singapore’s Kelly Sim Son Shwu Yuen and Huang Zihui, and Tin Lai Ng and Tan Shiang Theng, as well as Hong Kong’s Chen Mei Kit and Yip Wai Yan.Start of the pool play starts at 7 a.m.In the men’s division, BVR titleholders Jade Becaldo and Calvin Sarte of Ato ni Bai spearhead the country’s campaign along with Kevin Juban and Raphy Abanto of University of Visayas, and Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad of National U.Singapore’s Kam Lung Chui and Masato Itabashi, Malaysia’s Raja Nazmi Hussin and Mohd Aizzat Zokri, and South Africa’s Dominik Same and Martin Sramek are the foreign participants in the men’s side.The top two teams from each bracket in the women’s and men’s division will advance to Sunday’s semifinals. The gold medal and bronze medal matches will be played in the afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT In their final training Friday, Tuguegarao’s Charo Soriano and Bea Tan pose with other international players competing in the Beach Volleyball Republic International Santa Ana Open. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWindy conditions create more challenge for the local and international players in the Beach Volleyball Republic Santa Ana Open, which begins Saturday in Santa Ana, Cagayan.Squads from Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and South Africa will slug it out against the Filipino bets in the two-day battle, BVR’s second international event, which dangles a total of $19,000 in cash prizes.ADVERTISEMENT Two Singapore pairs and a Hong Kong duo will vie for the crown in the eight-team women’s field while squads from Singapore, Malaysia, and South Africa will slug it out in the 10-team men’s competition.BRV founders Charo Soriano and Bea Tan will be representing the Philippines along with BVR women’s champions Lot Catubag and Karen Quilario of Davao, and Iloilo’s DM Demontaño and Jackie Estoquia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe three pairs are coming off a stint in last month’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open.Other Filipinos competing in the women’s side are Far Eastern University’s MJ Ebro and Ivana Agudo, and Cebu’s Therese Ramas and Dij Gutierrez. View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls 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 Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Philippines goes winless in first day of Fiba 3×3 World Cup Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Since losing back-to-back league games to drop out of the lead and, at one point, seven points behind Liverpool, City has been in relentless form — winning five straight matches in all competitions and scoring 24 goals in the process. Among them was a 9-0 win over third-tier Burton in the English League Cup.This latest victory moved City five points clear of third-placed Tottenham, which lost at home to Manchester United on Sunday.Wolves were potentially tricky opponents for City, given their strong record against the top six in the league. Nuno Espirito Santo’s team drew against City at home in August and recently beat Tottenham.Boly’s straight red card put paid to any chance of an upset at Etihad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, left, scores with penalty against Wolverhampton Wanderers during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)MANCHESTER, England — Gabriel Jesus kept up his scoring spree for Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League on Monday, moving the champion back to within four points of Liverpool.The Brazil striker has seven goals across three competitions in the past nine days for City.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil His opening goal against Wolves was a 10th-minute tap-in following a left-wing cross from Leroy Sane, who was sent free by a searching ball forward from center back Aymeric Laporte.When Wolves defender Willy Boly was sent off in the 19th minute for a dangerous tackle on Bernardo Silva, it quickly became a damage-limitation exercise for the visitors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJesus added his second goal from the penalty spot in the 39th after Raheem Sterling was fouled by Ryan Bennett.City piled on the pressure in the second half — it finished the game with 76 percent possession — but had only one more goal to show for it, with Conor Coady glancing a header into his own net from substitute Kevin De Bruyne’s cross. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Football player hurt as lightning hits field in Brazil LATEST STORIES
KPL insist two teams will be automatically relegated while FKF say the 16th placed team will head into a play off with the third placed team from the National Super League on top of the two automatically relegated.An Appeal Court ruling scheduled for Friday morning over the composition and size of the league was set to give a major direction on the small battle, but the same could not happen as the judges had not listed it in the day’s order.It is expected that the ruling will be delivered on notice, once the judges wrap up the ruling and are available.In the meantime, KPL teams will be fighting to avoid the bottom three slots.-Muhoroni Youth-Muhoroni Yoyth’s Bliss Kityo (right) celebrates his late equalizer against Sofapaka with team mate Collins Agade during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Nyayo Stadium on July 29, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMuhoroni Youth are placed bottom and after their 6-2 spanking at the hands of Bandari on Wednesday, their goose seems cooked already. They will be relegated from the top tier after a five year stay if they lose away to Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday and either Mathare or Thika win on Sunday.The sugar belt side is currently seven points from safety. A loss with a win for Mathare or Thika will make it mathematically impossible to catch up as it will increase the gap to 10 points and they have only three matches left.Meanwhile, Mathare, Thika and Western Stima placed 15th, 16th and 17th respectively still have their hopes high to retain top tier status.-Mathare United-Mathare United players line up a wall to defend a freekick during their match against Gor Mahia on October 14, 2017 at the Thika Sub-County Stadium. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMathare play at home to Nzoia Sugar, Thika will be away to deposed champions Tusker FC at Ruaraka while Stima play at home to Ulinzi Stars in Kisumu.A win for Mathare will keep them above the red zone. The slum boys have not lost in their last five outings, but the most unconvincing stat is their win rate having won only one of the five, the rest being draws.However, head coach Francis Kimanzi continually keeps a brave face that his boys have what it takes to ensure they remain in the league.“They are young players but at the same time, they have shown that spirit needed so I am not worried at all. It is a tricky end to the season where each team is looking for three points and I know it is not going to be easy,” Kimanzi noted.A loss for Mathare against Nzoia coupled with a win for Thika who play Tusker at Ruaraka will see the two sides swap places, Mathare going down to the 50/50 relegation spot of 16th and Thika back to safety.-Thika United-Posta Rangers midfielder Georson Likono goes dowon under a challenge from Thika United’s Eugene Said Tsuma during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on September 23, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIt is a scenario Thika boss Nicholas Muyoti hopes for, but knows fate is out of his hands.Ahead of their tie against Tusker, a side they beat 2-0 in the first leg, Muyoti’s charge is slowed down with the absence of striker Onwudi Chibueze.The Nigerian forward scored the lone goal in Thika’s crucial 1-0 win over Sony Sugar in midweek, but in the same game received a red card. His absence, serving a one match ban will be a huge blow for Muyoti.Tusker have found their rhythm in the sunset days of the season and will be a hard nut to crack for Thika having won three of their last five matches, moving to second on the log.Stima will also be in a tough battle in Kisumu, facing soldiers Ulinzi Stars who have had an underwhelming season and will be aiming to jump back on their feet failing to win any of their last five matches.Stima have no option but to win against an opponent they have played to three consecutive 1-1 draws with over the last three meetings. Head coach Richard Makumbi knows the task ahead and he remains confident, despite the midweek loss to Gor Mahia that they have what it takes.“We have improved so much since I came in and I am very confident that we can get out of this situation. At the moment, the only thing we need to improve on is scoring. That is the only open secret of doing well in football,”KPL weekend fixtures:Saturday: Kakamega Homeboyz v Chemelil Sugar (Mumias Complex), Kariobangi Sharks v Muhoroni Youth (Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani).Sunday: Tusker FC v Thika United (Ruaraka Complex), Mathare United v Nzoia Sugar, AFC Leopards v Nakumatt (Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani), Bandari v Posta Rangers (Mbaraki Complex), SoNy Sugar v Sofapaka (Awendo Stadium), Western Stima v Ulinzi Stars (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Zoo Kericho v Gor Mahia (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Western Stima’s Ezekiel Otuoma celebrates his goal against Gor Mahia. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 3- With three matches remaining before the end of the season, the fight for survival in the 2017 Kenyan Premier League season will be down to three teams; Thika United, Western Stima and Mathare United.It is not yet clear how many teams will land on the relegation chopping board with both the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and Kenyan Premier League (KPL) speaking different languages.
Steve Nicol has welcomed reports Liverpool are planning a big-money move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.Brendan Rodgers is on the lookout for a prolific striker this summer having seen his side struggle for goals in 2014/15.Benteke, rated at around £30million by Villa, is understood to be Rodgers’ top target, and Nicol believes the powerful 24-year-old would be a perfect signing for the Merseyside club.“I am very positive about Benteke,” former defender Nicol, who played 468 times for Liverpool, told the Sports Bar.“I wouldn’t like to play against him. The guy is a beast. He scores goals and I actually don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for the talent he has with his feet.“I would be more than happy for Christian Benteke to be at Liverpool next season.”Liverpool are also being linked with a £15m swoop for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin, but Nicol believes, unlike Benteke, the 25-year-old would represent a huge gamble by Rodgers.The Reds chief has come in for criticism over his signings in the transfer market and, while Nicol rates Austin highly, he is unsure if he has what it takes to be a hit on Merseyside.He added: “Charlie Austin scored so many goals for QPR, who were bottom of the league for most of the season. That that means he has got talent. The question is, can you put the talent into Liverpool’s team?“We thought when [Adam] Lallana came from Southampton, he has got ability, he has got skill, he has got a little bit of something different to other players, like Charlie has, but that hasn’t worked.“He [Austin] is going to be another player that falls into the category of we need to wait and see. Liverpool need to sign players that from the get go we know what we are getting and we know they are going to drive the club forward from the situation they are in.”
Gerry’s very own Santa mobile! Pic courtesy of Chris Dykes Photography.Santa needn’t worry if Rudolph and the lads are feeling a bit under the weather this Christmas.He can always give Ballyshannon man Gerry Kelly a shout.Gerry has been turning heads across Donegal in recent days after turning his car into a mobile Christmas theme park. Originally a Dub (that may explain it!), Gerry has gone to extraordinary lengths to spread the Christmas feeling.His friends explained he didn’t like to lave the Christmas lights on at home – so he took them with him!Gerry has decorated his car with flashing snowmen, Santa signs and multi-coloured lights throughout – inside and out.Friend Chris Dykes said his pal Gerry just loves people smiling at his car and it helps him to smile inside. “With all the talk of storms and water charges, I think what he has done is very nice and I hope it brightens up everyone’s day,” he said.Santa is good to go if his reindeer call in sick! GERRY GETS INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WITH HIS OWN SANTA MOBILE! was last modified: December 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallyshannoncarCHristmasdonegaldublingerry kellySANTA
IT’S become the anthem of an All-Ireland campaign. And as Jim McGuinness says himself: “We want to win one more match.”Jimmy’s Winning Matches has lifted the hearts of fans overseas.So when the Donegal Boston Gaelic Football Team gathered at the weekend to raise money for the Players Fund, the song just had to be played.But with Kilcar songwriter Rory Gallagher back in Donegal, and Senegal Jimmy stuck in Lanzarote, the Donegal exiles in Boston came up with this version. Click to play JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES: THE DONEGAL BOSTON GFC VERSION! was last modified: September 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Boston GAADonegal GAAJIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES: THE DONEGAL BOSTON GFC VERSION!
DONEGAL Ladies Football News: The Junior B Final between Naomh Muire and Urris will take place at Páirc Naomh Colmcille, Newtonwcunningham this Saturday (October 11) with a 11.30am throw in.The Newtown club is also the venue for the quarter finals in Section B and Section C of the U13 Girls league championship.Those games are scheduled as follows: Section C1.30pm – Fanad Gaels v Glenswilly2.30pm – Mac Cumhaills v DungloeSection B 3.30pm – Naomh Muire v Red Hughs4.30pm – Killybegs v BuncranaThe quarter finals of Section A will take place on Saturday, October 18th at the Centre of Excellence. The semi-finals of B and C are also scheduled to take place that same afternoon. Fixtures to follow Saturday’s games.In other news, well done to the Four Masters senior ladies who defeated Ballymartin (Co. Down) in the Ulster Intermediate Championship 3-14 to 2-04.And congratulations to Carndonagh who defeated Faughanvale of Co Derry 2-13 to 2-05 in the Ulster Junior Championship in Carn at the weekend. DONEGAL LGFA NEWS: JUNIOR B FINAL AND U13 FIXTURES SET FOR SATURDAY IN NEWTOWN was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalJunior B FinalLadies FootballLGFANewtowncunninghamU13 news
Myriads of organisms live in and on our bodies, reminds an article in the Feb. 27 issue of Science,1 and they’re not just freeloaders on a hayride. We need them, and they need us. “We are not alone,” claim the three microbiologist authors, but “we get by with a little help from our (little) friends.” Is this an uneasy truce between enemies, or a loving relationship between friends, promoting health and happiness? Microbiologists have tended to investigate the nasty germs, but does that focus give a distorted picture? “Remarkably,” the authors note, “we know far less about the thousands of species that make up our intrinsic microbiota than we know about the few dozen microbes that cause disease.” We need to start thinking of ourselves as communities, they say:Genomic and evolutionary analyses show us that we are not the single “individuals” that we think we are. Instead, we and other complex organisms are composed of an interconnected ecosystem of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells whose interactions can best be understood in the context of community ecology.The authors feel the community is a result of coevolution, but seem somewhat befuddled at the growing realization that many of our beneficial bacteria share mechanisms with the harmful ones. Friend or foe, they ask:The historical emphasis on pathogenic bacteria and their diseases has led to an assumption that genes encoding virulence factors are specific to those relationships. However, several of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie interactions between an animal and its beneficial microbiota are remarkably similar to those first found in pathogens. Svanborg described how molecules that enhance persistence at a site where a given microbe is a member of the normal microbiota can be the very factors that promote disease when these bacteria emigrate to other sites of the body…. Thus, the presence of these genes may indicate the potential for host interactions, which may be pathogenic or benign according to how these genes are regulated or the sensitivity of the tissue in which they are expressed.The Type III secretion systems, for instance, “first described as a mechanism by which animal pathogens hijack their host‘s cell biology, have been implicated in mutualistic associations between nonpathogenic bacteria and their hosts.” The study of these heretofore misunderstood relationships, they say, forms a “wide-open frontier” with big paradigm shifts ahead:As the depth of host-microbe interactions and the mechanisms underlying them continue to be unraveled, fundamental paradigms of pathogenic microbiology, developmental biology, and immunology will need to be reevaluated. For this reason, a specific recommendation arising from the workshop is that biology be taught in a new way, incorporating our growing knowledge about the importance of beneficial microbial interactions and their evolutionary, ecological, and biochemical impact on both animals and plants.1Edward Ruby, Brian Henderson, Margaret McFall-Ngai, “Microbiology: We Get By with a Little Help from Our (Little) Friends,” Science.One of the most frequent and hard-to-answer criticisms of creation science has been the presence of pathogens. Bacteria and viruses, if designed, would seem to be the nefarious products of a malevolent genius rather than of a compassionate Creator. This was one of the main reasons for Darwin’s slide to agnosticism, from youthful admiration of Paley to middle-aged rejection of Christianity, revelation and purpose in nature. While most people can appreciate the abundant evidences of design in nature, creationists have been hard pressed to explain disease-causing bacteria and viruses. But what if they were beneficial living machines running wild, out of bounds and out of control? The Type III secretion system looks like a weapon, designed to inject poison into a hapless victim. But could it have originally been like a compassionate doctor’s hypodermic needle, intended for good? Instead of weapons, were pathogens originally regulatory devices, meant to act as governors on our engines? Do our metaphors mislead us? After all, too much of a good thing can be bad. We need accelerators, but we need brakes, too. These authors seem open to the possibility that harmful pathogens may be the exception rather than the rule. They point out that beneficial interactions probably vastly outnumber harmful ones, and at least some of the harmful ones may be beneficial interactions out of kilter. Their chosen belief is that these interactions “coevolved” on the long Darwinian road from bacteria to man, but this fails to explain the intricate design of even the one-celled organisms. There is an alternative explanation that should not be arbitrarily dismissed, because it explains good design gone bad: the curse because of sin. See also 03/14/2003 and 02/21/2002 entries on this subject, and also the next headline, below.(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Flags of the members of the African Union. Photo by: GCIS / CC BY-ND The month of May is recognized as Africa month – a time when the continent of Africa commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Celebrated on the 25th May since its establishment in 1963 – Africa Day as it is now known, marks the beginning of a quest for the unity of the continent and for the political and economic emancipation of its people as well as co-operation among them.As part of the celebrations, Brand South Africa in collaboration with its stakeholders will host dialogues on Africa Day, Constitutional Awareness and the role of the creative arts in fostering democratic values throughout the country.Follow the conversations on social media #SANationBrand for more information on the dialogues.Some interesting facts about Africa Day;“May This Convention of Union Last 1000 Years”Five years later on May 25, 1963, following the sentiments of the conference held in Ghana, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was formed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosted by Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie. The OAU was formed in a meeting seating over thirty African nations with the aim to influence the decolonization of African countries including Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, and Southern Rhodesia. The organisation covenanted to support freedom fighters and remove military access to colonial nations, and a charter was established to improve the livelihood of member states across Africa, where Selassie pledged, “May this convention of union last 1,000 years.”Common African Unity and IdentityThe first Conference of Independent African States convened on April 15, 1958, in Ghana and further encouraged and stamped a common African identity of unity and fighting against colonialism. The conference further called for the observance of African Freedom Day once a year to mark, “The onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolise the determination of the People of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.” April 15th was therein enacted as African Freedom Day or Africa Liberation Day, and countries all over the continent celebrate and mark the commemoration each year, with South Africa celebrating its Freedom Day on April 27th of each year.South Africa’s Rise in African UnionFrom South Africa, the liberation party against Apartheid Rule, the African National Congress (ANC) could not formally attend the first Conference of Independent African States in Ghana as it was prevented by the ruling apartheid government. However, a memorandum was sent to the conference. On behalf of the party, was a member of the ANC in the Transvaal and a 1956 Treason Trialist, Alfred Hutchinson, who left the country after his acquittal, and attended the AAPC (All African People’s Conference), which was held a few months later.South Africa only became part of the Organisation of the African Union (OAU) in 1994 following the end of Apartheid rule, where 21 more member states had joined the OAU since its foundation in 1963. Thirty-eight years after its formation, the OAU evolved into the African Union (AU) on May 25, 2001, where South Africa paved the way as a founding member. Although the organisation of the AU remains headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, its legislative arm, the Pan-African Parliament, is situated in Midrand, South Africa.Women Empowerment in the African UnionUpon welcoming the sitting of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the first woman chair of the UA Commission, many argued that the continent was not ready for a woman to take that position. However, Dlamini-Zuma managed leaps in her tenure and cracked the assumption that women are incapable of being involved in the continental organisation.Opportunities for two more women out of five candidates, who are in the running for succeeding Dlamini-Zuma’s position as the AU Commission’s Chairperson. This indicates that she has laddered up on the advocacy of women’s involvement in the AU and in continuing the fundamental objectives of Africa Day.During her tenure, Dlamini-Zuma made women’s rights the theme of two consecutive AU summits, where the continental body started a major campaign to end child marriage, which has seen notable results. While the success of the campaigns relies on the implementation by member states, she did manage to get political buy-in for the plan and popularise it.Following up to the implementation plans, the President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, hosted a high-level breakfast on the Implementation of the Common African Position on Ending Child Marriage in Africa in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC).Continent-wide Disease Control and PreventionJanuary of 2017 marked the launch of Africa’s continent-wide public health agency, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), which was established to help African member states of the African Union to respond to public health emergencies. The African Union Assembly of Heads of State authorised an annual contribution from the overall African Union operating budget for 2016 to safeguard Africa’s health, seeing the importance of public as an impactful element on national, social and economic development.The need for an Africa CDC is to safeguard the required support to African countries in their monitoring and response methodologies to public health threats as was recognised by the African Union in 2013 and formalised in 2015.An Emergency Operations Center has also been set up at the Addis Ababa Headquarters, where 10 highly qualified epidemiologists are ready to monitor for disease threats across the continent. The epidemiologists will be responsible for disease surveillance, analysis, investigations, and reporting trends and anomalies from the continent, and all information on the surveyed public health threats will be shared with international networks.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandSource www.africa.com
The Fortune 500. Large companies have long been the target for software companies. The contracts were big and so usually were the margins. But that’s no longer the thinking. Vendors have moved their focus to SMBs, companies with between 200 and 2000 employees:Headline: SMBs will be IBMs Biggest Market in Five Years.Headline: Oracle Revs Up Battle for Mid-Market Applications CustomersArticle: …HP and its rivals, which include IBM and EMC, believe the SMB market offers the best prospects for new customers…Article: …Embrace Small and Midsize Business: Microsoft remains the SMB king…Gartner estimates that the 80 million small and midsize companies in the US will spend $450 billion in 2007. In the first quarter of 2007, IBM had $4.1 billion in SMB sales compared to $6 billion in financial services, their biggest vertical. Soon the SMB market will become IBM’s largest.IDC reports that IT spending for SMBs will grow 8 percent in 2007, but the report notes that not all vendors are correctly packaging their software to sieze the opportunity. Many software vendors strip out features and lower prices to address the small to mid-market.IDC reports rather than stripping features software targeting SBMs needs to be simplified or made easier to use, something that can often requires greater effort than creating the software and services bundle typically sold to large enterprises.SaaS is one trend in IT that seems to be a perfect match for SMBs budgets and resources. Yet the IDC report found that only two percent of SMB respondents are using SaaS.