Liberia Consulate Praised for Role in ACBC Donation

first_imgThe Liberia Acting Consular General in New York has been praised for his role in securing several containers of medical supplies to buttress the nation’s health sector.Acting Consul General Rudolph E. Sherman was praised for his tireless efforts, by the African and Caribbean Business Council (ACBC) and other donors, to get their donations to Liberia.The ACBC on Monday turned over six 40-foot containers of assorted medical items valued at US$1.5 million to the Government of Liberia through the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs.Included in the containers are 2.5 million syringes and 2800 plus pallets of gloves, personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other items.Members of ACBC, a Pennsylvania State non-profit corporation, headquartered in Philadelphia, said the donation was also made possible with the help of the State of Arkansas Department of Health. Briefing journalists after presenting two of the containers, Mrs. Christine Maycole, a US-based Liberian and a staff of ACBC, said it was part of her responsibility and duty to help rebuild the country’s broken health and education sectors.Mrs. Maycole, Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo and Consul General Sherman were among the promoters behind the medical supplies being sent to Liberia, as the nation continues to repel the deadly Ebola virus. They also thanked International ECO Fuel Savers, Inc and Ecowayz Liberia, Inc for their help in getting the items here.Mrs. Maycole had reinforced earlier statements made by ACBC’s president, Dr. Azuka Anyiam, concerning the negotiations for the successful arrival of the containers in Liberia.“I am passionate about my country that is why I cannot just sit abroad and do nothing when my country is in need,” she added.She stated that she was in Liberia when the Ebola broke out. “I came back in December with my team and I am back again. Our company wants to uplift the lives of the Liberian people. We are looking at educational opportunity, rebuilding the health sector and looking for ways to bring the next generation to another level.”Mrs. Maycole said the items will be used in the ongoing Ebola fight, but they are essentials in the health sector and in combating other diseases.Liberia currently has only one case of confirmed Ebola virus disease and that person is being treated at the “best” Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in the country.Speaking earlier, the Acting Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Elias Shoninyan, said the donation would still be needed in health facilities even after the Ebola crisis.It is yet unknown when Liberia will be declared Ebola-free. But three days before the donated items were turned over, the country had gone more than 21 days without a confirmed, recorded Ebola virus disease (EVD) case. The country was counting to 42 days to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO).“I just want to say to the African & Caribbean Business Council that the Government of Liberia truly appreciates the gesture,” Acting Min. Shoninyan said.Mr. Matthew Flomo, Deputy Health Minister for Administration stated that the Ministry was “overjoyed” to receive the containers. “We know that ACBC is here to help us.”Dep. Min. Flomo assured the donors that as Liberia turns towards the restoration of basic health services, the items would be used to help strengthen the health sector.Also speaking, Dr. Saye D. Bawo, Acting Chief Medical Officer, stated that there was no better time for the donation to come to Liberia than now.“The donation is timely. We need syringes and gloves even more. We want to make sure that no health worker dies again in any of our health facilities,” declared Dr. Bawo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Etihad flies daily to Cape Town

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “In addition to the strong demand for flights from expatriate South African nationals, business and leisure travellers, many thousands of football fans are expected to travel there next year when South Africa hosts the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Hogan added. 2 October 2009 The airline will make use of an Airbus A330 on the route. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has launched daily flights between its Abu Dhabi home base and Cape Town. Many more South African nationals live across the Middle East region and also will be able to connect quickly and easily back home via Abu Dhabi, the airline said. “South Africa is a leading global destination of choice for tourism and commerce and we are thrilled to launch a daily service to Cape Town, our second city in the country,” Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan said in a statement this week.center_img Etihad started flights to Johannesburg in December 2005, and has since then established itself as one of the airline’s most successful destinations. According to the statement, the new Cape Town service is expected to be welcomed by the South African expatriate community living in the UAE, which now stands at approximately 40 000 people. Expatriate community SAinfo reporter Cape Town becomes Etihad’s second destination in South Africa, after Johannesburg, and joins Cairo, Casablance and Khartoum as the airline’s fifth destination on the African continent.last_img read more

Redesigning a Cape Town landmark

first_img Entries were judged by two panels and were assessed against six criteria: aesthetic value, sustainability, cost, technical feasibility, buildability, as well as a reflection of the World Design Capital (WDC) ideals. Design24 is an official WDC project. Weideman said Media24’s “implementation team” would now find the best design solution, which could include elements of the top three designs, within the “modest budget”. Media24 is Africa’s biggest media company, with interests in newspapers, magazines, digital publishing, printing, distribution, book publishing and ecommerce. In August 2000, Media24 – the former Nasmedia – became an independent company. Its majority shareholder is Naspers, a multinational group of media and ecommerce platforms. SAinfo reporter 7 April 2014 Not one but three designs caught the eye of judges in the competition to redesign the façade of the landmark Naspers Centre, head office of Media 24, Africa’s most successful media company. Media24 chief executive Esmare Weideman named the winners at a function on the building’s roof on Friday night. While 94 designs were received, none met all the criteria set in the design competition, which sought concept ideas to reimagine and rejuvenate the iconic building, once the tallest skyscraper in the Mother City. Most fell short on the cost criteria. The company has set aside R15-million to complete the project. The Naspers Centre, located on Cape Town’s foreshore, still has a commanding presence, looking out across the harbour and Table Bay, as well as inland towards Table Mountain. “Some of the entries truly reimagined the iconic Naspers Centre, so even though there wasn’t a clear winner we decided to split the [R320 000] prize money equally between the top three entries as recognition of their artistic contribution,” Weideman said. The three companies are, in no particular order: Tsai Design Studio, whose design “Urban Sculpture” imagined a folded sheath wrapped around the building, with a prominent media wall facing Walter Sisulu Avenue.MLB Architects, whose design “Reimagining an Icon” used glass, mesh and green planting to create an entirely new silhouette for the building.DBM Architects, whose design “Roots” imagined tangled roots reaching up the full height of the building, in reference to Media24’s 100-year history in Cape Town. last_img read more

Bank hikes rates, calls for resolution of strike

first_img18 July 2014The monetary policy committee of the South African Reserve Bank decided on Thursday to raise its repo rate – the rate at which it lends to the country’s commercial banks – by 25 basis points, taking it to 5.75%.Speaking to reporters in Pretoria following the committee’s meeting, Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus said the central bank’s monetary policy stance remained supportive of the domestic economy, and that any future moves would be gradual and highly data-dependent.Marcus reiterated the bank’s view that monetary policy should not be seen as the growth engine of the economy.“The sources of the below-par growth performance are largely outside the realms of monetary policy. In the short term, an improvement in the interaction and relationships between management and labour is essential to foster a climate of trust and confidence, and get South Africa back to work,” she said.Earlier on Thursday, Standard Bank said it expected the bank to hike rates by 25 basis points, especially with inflation running above the bank’s target 3% to 6% range. Consumer inflation rose to 6.6% year-on-year in May.In January, the bank hiked the repo by 50 basis points, having previously left it unchanged at 5% since July 2012.Inflation forecast raisedOn Thursday, Marcus said the bank faced an increasingly difficult dilemma of rising inflation and slowing growth. While the core mandate of the bank was price stability, it had to be mindful of the impact of its actions on economic growth.The bank has upped its inflation forecast from an expected average of 6.2% to an average 6.3% for 2014, and from 5.8% to 5.9% for 2015.“Inflation is still expected to return to within the target band during the second quarter of 2015, provided that there are no further shocks to the system.”Marcus said the rand continued to pose an upside risk to the inflation outlook, with the currency having depreciated by 2.6% on a trade-weighted basis since May. The current trend in wage settlements posed a further upside risk, she said, adding: “These pressures are likely to intensify in the current difficult labour relations environment.”Growth outlook deterioratesAt the same time, South Africa’s growth outlook has deteriorated, compounded by continued labour disruptions.“Following a contraction of 0.6% in the first quarter, the outlook for the second quarter is expected to be positive but subdued, particularly in light of weak mining and manufacturing data in May,” Marcus said.The bank’s latest forecast – which assumes a speedy resolution of the metalworkers’ strike – sees growth coming at 1.7% for 2014, compared to 2.1% previously. The growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016 have been reduced from 3.1% to 2.9% and from 3.4% to 3.2% respectively.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Google Unveils Slicker, Faster iPhone Interface

first_imgrichard macmanus Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement According to our network blog last100, Google unveiled a new user interface today for its iPhone Web apps. Daniel Langendorf reports:“With Google for the iPhone, users will get an improved UI optimized for the touch screen, customization of default tabs (easy access to favorite applications), faster Gmail (email automatically show up, no refreshing needed), a speedier Calendar (including a new month view), and iGoogle.”According to Vic Gundotra, VP of engineering at Google, over Christmas the number of queries on Google search from iPhones surpassed the number of queries from Symbian-based phones for the first time. “It’s about usage, not just units,” Gundotra said in an interview with CNet. “The data proves that people are using the browser on the iPhone.” Dan noted:“By providing a quicker, slicker user interface, more customization, iGoogle gadget integration, and more speed for all apps, Google is acknowledging the iPhone’s rosy future. iGoogle on the iPhone can be reached by pointing the phone’s browser at google.com/ig/i.The standard mobile version of Google, made available just over a month ago, is still available at google.com/m, but it’s more limited and is available only in the U.S. It brought together a suite of applications like search, Gmail, Calendar, and Reader into one easy-to-use interface.”It should also be noted that iGoogle integration enables developers to create widgets for the iPhone, an option not available to them natively on the iPhone because it is not an open platform.Full story on last100…center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Google#mobile#Product Reviews#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more