January 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about a knife attack on journalist Momodou Justice Darboe of the independent daily The Point at he was returning home at about 11 p.m. on 1 July in Banjul.“Even if there is so far no evidence that the attack was linked to Darboe’s work as a journalist, an investigation must be carried out to establish the circumstances and motive,” the press freedom organisation said.Darboe was treated at the Fajikunda health centre for the stab wounds inflicted by his assailant, who took nothing from him. After the attack, he learned from neighbours that persons who refused to identify themselves had been asking questions about him. Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia Follow the news on Gambia Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information July 23, 2019 Find out more GambiaAfrica GambiaAfrica News July 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about knife attack on journalist in Banjul August 6, 2020 Find out more Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom News to go further News Organisation
Arcata >> Sitting on a 3-1 lead, the Humboldt Crabs quickly turned things into a blowout in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday night.The Crabs, known for their capabilities of exploding for big-time run totals at any given point of a game, provided their latest offensive explosion against the Auburn Wildcats on Fireworks Night at the Arcata Ball Park. Humboldt dropped a 10-run inning on the visitors, allowing the Crabs to cruise to a 14-1 win over the Wildcats.Chase Fernlund, Alejandro …
17 February 2005The government, the SA National Blood Service (SANBS) and an expert committee have agreed on a new risk-rating model for blood donations, following the blood service’s admission in December that was using race and sexual orientation to profile blood donors.Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang gave the SANBS until the end of January to revise their risk model to identify the profile of a safe donor without taking race into account.The SANBS said profiling “was just one of the many factors” used to assess risk to recipients, and that donors were placed in categories to determine their risk profile.Health Department spokesperson Sibani Mngadi said the most significant threat to the safety of blood was posed by the window period during which currently available laboratory tests could not detect the presence of viruses such as HIV and hepatitis.The new risk model aims to minimise the risk currently posed by the window period, using the donor’s status as a primary risk indicator. This meas that first-time donors will donate blood for the screening of transmissible diseases.“After a donor has donated more than three times, it is accepted that the risk due to the window period has been significantly reduced, and his or her red cells can be used for treatment”, Mngadi explained.This group of donors is regarded as “low risk”, while those who have donated more than seven units of blood in the previous 24 months are regarded as “very low risk” donors whose blood can be used for all types of treatment.Mngadi said that although those who met the necessary health criteria were accepted as donors, all donated blood would be screened for transmissible diseases before being processed for transfusion services.“Blood from the three risk groups will continue to be stringently tested every time the individual donates, and donors are encouraged to avoid risky behaviour”, he said.Nucleic Acid Technology (NAT) screening technology will also be introduced to reduce the current window period in the transfusion service.Mngadi said the implementation of the new risk model and NAT would begin immediately, but that, due to infrastructural and technological obstacles, the new risk model would effectively be in place within the next six months.A campaign to explain the new model to hospitals, clinics, doctors and the country’s current blood donor base is being planned.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Sudafrika verspricht seinen Besuchern die Erfahrung ihres Lebens. Das Land zieht Reisende aus allen Ecken der Welt an mit seinen gastfreundlichen Menschen, herrlichem Wetter, spektakularer Landschaft, reicher Kultur, Natur und Wildtiere, sowie Hotels und Restaurants von Weltklasse.Die Tiere alleine sind Grund genug fur einen Besuch. Eines der ersten Wildtiernaturschutzgebieten der Welt war Sudafrika’s Kruger Park, der uber ein Jahrhundert alt ist. Heutzutage ist es nur Teil einer breiten Naturschutzzone, die sich uber private und offentliche Wildparks und uber Landesgrenzen hinaus in die benachbarten Lander Mozambik und Zimbabwe erstreckt.Eine Autostunde entfernt von Asphaltdschungeln wie Pretoria und Johannesburg konnen Sie Lowen, Elefanten, Buffel und hunderte weiterer Arten in ihrer naturlichen Umgebung beobachten. Vogelliebhaber finden hier eine unschlagbare Kombination aus Artenvielfalt und kundenfreundlichem Vogeltourismus.Es gibt aber auch andere Grunde fur einen Urlaub: Wie beispielsweise goldene Strande, einige der weltbesten Surfgebiete, spektakulare Landschaften von Bergen bis Wusten, Ökosysteme, die nirgends sonst auf der Welt zu finden sind, eine Moglichkeit, die afrikanische Kultur aus erster Hand zu erleben – und eines der preiswertesten Urlaubsziele, das Sie finden konnen.Erforschen Sie die ganze Welt in einem Land!Kulturelle ErfahrungenBei Touren durch die Gemeinden erleben Sie das echte Sudafrika. Kulturerbestatten wie Apartheid Museum und Robben Island bieten Ihnen einen Einblick in die gewalttatige Vergangenheit Sudafrika’s – und in das Wunder unserer Versohnung. Und vergessen Sie nicht, wo alles begann: Die Wiege der Menschheit. WeiterlesenErfahren Sie Natur und WildnisNichts ist mit dem afrikanischen Busch vergleichbar, und es gibt keinen besseren Ort auf der Welt fur Großwild. Neben seinen bekannten Nationalparks bietet Sudafrika eine Fulle an privaten Schutzgebieten, alle ausgezeichnet fur die Wild- und Vogelbeobachtung geeignet. Und das alles gegen einen Hintergrund von unvergleichnichem botanischen Reichtum. WeiterlesenSonne, Brandung und Wale beobachtenVon den wilden sandigen Westkuste zu den subtropischen Ufern von Maputaland gibt es einen Strand fur jeden Anlass. Beobachten Sie den Sonnenaufgang uber dem Atlantik oder dem Indischen Ozean, arbeiten Sie an der perfekten Sonnenbraune, oder werden Sie aktiv – Sudafrika hat einige der besten Surf-, Windsurfing- und Tauchangebote der Welt. Und dann sind da noch die Wale … WeiterlesenAbenteuerlandSudafrika verfugt uber 3.000 km Kustenlinie mit atemberaubenden Bergen – oft Seite and Seite. Die unterschiedlichen Terrains des Landes in Verbindung mit einem idealen Klima fur Aktivitaten im Freien, machen es zu einem reichen Jadggrund fur Adrenalinjunkies. WeiterlesenGolfer ParadiesFur Golfenthusiasten ist Sudafrika eine wunderbares Reiseziel – und dass ist noch untertrieben. Das Land bietet das ideale Klima, um draussen auf dem Fairway unter der strahlenden afrikanischen Sonne unterwegs zu sein, und ist mit einem großzugigen Angebot an Golfplatzen gesegnet. WeiterlesenKunst und KunsthandwerkVon Arbeiten auf dem Straßenpflaster und in den Markten der Großstadte bis in die Tiefen landlicher Enklaven, Sudafrikaner passen sich jedem Medium an und stellen eine beachtliche Bandbreite an Kunsthandwerk her. WeiterlesenWelterbestattenWußten Sie dass der Tafelberg mehr Pflanzenarten als die Britischen Inseln aufweist? Oder dass der Drakensberg gleichzeitig die hochste Bergkette in Afrika sudlich des Kilimanjaro hat sowie die reichhaltigste Ansammlung von Felsenkunst des Kontinents? Sudafrika ist Heimat von acht Unesco Welterbestatten, Orte von “außerordentlichem Wert fur die Menscheit”. WeiterlesenSAinfo reporter, mit Material von South African Tourism
26 November 2012Promotion of locally manufactured goods is critical to South Africa’s growth and job creation, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Monday.“All of us have a vested interest in promoting our country as an investment and tourism destination of choice,” Motlanthe said at Proudly South African’s “Buy Local” summit in Johannesburg.Motlanthe said Proudly South African had, since its inception, sought to “whet the appetite” of domestic and international consumers for locally produced goods.“No doubt this has contributed to the building of national pride, patriotism and social cohesion,” he said.He said interventions by the government, such as the local procurement accord signed last year, would go a long way towards ensuring competitiveness, investment and labour retention through locally produced goods.“As we deliberate on ways to improve the sale of locally manufactured products, we must be reminded that we live in a global village where goods and services no longer recognise borders … Thus as we seek to promote South African products, we must do so well aware that our people are spoiled for choice.”Motlanthe was accompanied by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Economic Development Minister Ibrahim Patel.Davies said there were a range of sector specific programmes to assist different sectors of the economy.“Our interventions seek to ensure that those manufacturers are going to be competitive, they are going to assist in providing jobs and are environmentally sustainable,” Davies said.He said that through the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), more than R15-billion had been provided to support the country’s motor manufacturing industry, with spin-off effects for the motor component industry.“We’ve seen advances in agro-processing industry in this country, we’ve seen progress being made by the film industry, but we still have a long way to go,” Davies said. “We have agreed as government that our main response to the global economic challenge is to invest in infrastructure.”Through the local procurement accord, local companies were set to benefit from the infrastructure build.Proudly SA CEO Leslie Sedibe said South Africans needed to learn more about the benefits of buying local.“By buying local you are not only creating jobs but you are contributing to the broader development of Brand South Africa; and local products are cheap because there are not extra tax costs,” he said.Source: SANews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Patty Davis has been named executive assistant for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Strategic Partnerships department, which was recently created to develop and manage key relationships and partnerships within the farm and food sector and with businesses, educators, public officials and others.Davis has over 20 years of private sector experience as an executive administrative professional, providing executive-level support in a variety of capacities, including service at Limited Logistics and KPMG. Most recently, Davis worked at Blue & Co., LLC in the dual role of executive assistant to the firm managing director as well as office manager.Davis is involved in the United Way Supplies for Scholars program. She has also taken part in supply and coat drives for East Columbus Elementary School and the KPMG Family for Literacy campaign.
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Andrey Kudievskiy is the founder and CEO of Distillery, a full-service software design and development company that works with enterprises and startups to create new products and fundamentally improve existing ones. Follow the Puck Tags:#automation#CALMS#Cultural Change#development#Devops#IT structure#Methodology#operations#Organizational Change Modern technologies allow businesses to deliver products and services faster and more efficiently with each passing day. Speed and efficiency are the key drivers of success in today’s business environment, which is why companies that have embraced DevOps as a business methodology are dominant. (Think Amazon, Netflix, and Target.) Organizations that have fully implemented DevOps are able to dramatically reduce the time it takes to deliver products to market while simultaneously lessening development costs.That’s not the only reason the DevOps market is projected to surge 19% by 2020 and reach an estimated $12.85 billion by 2025.Consider this: Employee job satisfaction is a major predictor of organizational success. As a business approach, DevOps can curtail problems with employee satisfaction. Software developers don’t like broken/slow environments and hate spending their time figuring out why they can’t deploy code with one push of a button.DevOps leads to happier, more productive employees while reducing organizational risks, improving customer satisfaction, and allowing for faster recovery times.Dispelling DevOps MythsBefore we explore why a DevOps implementation is such a competitive advantage, let’s be clear about what DevOps isn’t.DevOps is not automation. However, automating as much as possible is one of the primary principles of DevOps. Likewise, it’s not a replacement for the deeply technical and specialized skills in your organization. Eliminating the stovepipes of specialization does not mean firing your Linux and Oracle experts.DevOps does require deep cultural and organizational change. That typically means altering behavior — a lot. It means overhauling decades’ worth of practices that are deeply ingrained in your team.You have to tell the veterans of your organization who are accustomed to running things in a certain way that much of what they know and do every day is obsolete.It’s not easy to change your IT organizational structure. We can put developers and operations people together in a room and tell them to get it done, but those two groups of people won’t magically morph into a DevOps organization. They might as well be from different planets.Keep Calm and Rely on CALMSCALMS is a conceptual framework for the integration of development and operations, quality and security teams, and systems and functions within an organization. It’s often used as a maturity model, helping managers evaluate whether their organizations are ready for DevOps — and if not, what needs to change.If you work in operations, “doing DevOps” and making use of some development techniques doesn’t automatically translate to success.It’s critical to note that simply implementing software practices inside an ops silo isn’t sufficient. Cultural and procedural changes around CALMS implementation in your organization are required.The five pillars of the framework are:· Culture: There is a culture of shared responsibility.· Automation: Team members seek ways to automate as many tasks as possible and are comfortable with the idea of continuous delivery.· Lean: Team members can visualize work in progress, limit batch sizes, and manage queue lengths.· Measurement: Data is constantly being collected, and there is also technology that can provide visibility into all this data and the systems that house it.· Sharing: Easy-to-navigate channels allow teams in both development and operations to communicate. It’s incredibly important to eliminate any silos that exist between development teams responsible for disparate functions.Eliminating divisions helps organizations achieve the end-to-end accountability necessary to create effective software solutions. Within DevOps, an effective method of building internal trust involves bringing together team members to develop software and proactively respond to new issues in production with assistance from operations.Harnessing the Power of DevOpsIf you’re a decision maker at your organization who wants to harness the power of DevOps, here are five tips for a successful implementation:1. Choose the right development methodology.The underlying philosophy of DevOps is shorter, more focused work cycles that lead to superior outcomes. More agile development approaches like Scrum or Kanban can empower developers to define goals, prioritize tasks, and identify procedural problems. You can use a combination of both methodologies to optimize your approach based on your particular business objectives.2. Implement CI and CD strategies.Continuous integration, or CI, is a strategy for frequently and automatically testing against a code branch. Continuous delivery, or CD, automates the process of getting code into production after testing and approval (if needed).The code is held in a repository like Git or SVN for safekeeping and version control. But those repositories aren’t limited to code. Automated methods of configuring and deploying infrastructure have breathed life into the concept of “infrastructure as code.”Using infrastructure as code means that you can incorporate it into other DevOps processes, such as deployment or testing. One of the benefits of infrastructure as code is how it allows your systems to remain evergreen by making it easy to keep everything updated with new packages or versions.3. Consider using the cloud.For some organizations, DevOps relies on a cloud infrastructure that allows practitioners to provision and request resources. A prerequisite of DevOps is the ability to consume resources as you go and to detach the infrastructure for the central service.That cloud doesn’t need to be Amazon Web Services, though. It can be built as an internal private cloud. Enterprises working to embrace DevOps often struggle with legacy infrastructure, which sometimes does not interface well with cutting-edge tools. In most cases, however, such a transition is a requirement for successful DevOps adoption.4. Adjust and iterate.How well IT performs depends on certain DevOps practices, such as continuous delivery as well as using version control. The more time DevOps practices are given (and the more they are improved upon), the better they perform. And improved IT performance means there’s also a greater likelihood of improving performance across the entire organization. In fact, 46% of organizations with high-performing IT departments see improved ROI on technology.Moreover, these organizations are more likely to be at the forefront of digital transformation and invest in advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and customer experience tools.5. Focus on cultural change.Organizational culture is one of the strongest predictors of both IT performance and the overall success of an organization. High-trust organizations encourage an open flow of information, collaboration across departments, the ability to learn from mistakes and failures, and sharing responsibilities.These cultural practices and norms are core elements of DevOps, with DevOps practices frequently correlating with peak organizational performance. Job satisfaction involves doing work that’s challenging and meaningful, empowering us to exercise our skills and judgment. It’s also clear that job satisfaction encourages employees to bring their best selves to work, which leads to more innovation everywhere.To be clear, DevOps is a methodology that focuses on people rather than technology. Numerous studies have shown that healthy organizations — companies that have satisfied team members — are more productive than their competitors. A successful DevOps implementation will undoubtedly give you a competitive advantage. Moreover, it will create the type of internal mindset that will be necessary for success as technological change continues to disrupt commerce in the coming years. Andrey KudievskiyCEO of Distillery Reasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f…
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, is reporting a boost in the production for some 12 crops cultivated locally during 2012, and a massive reduction in imports of some of these produce.Minister Clarke was making his presentation in the 2013/14 Sectoral debate in Parliament on Wednesday, May 8, under the theme: ‘Grow Agriculture – Grow Jamaica’.The crops, which are seeing increased yields of between three per cent and 160 per cent, include cucumber, pak choi, pumpkin, scallion, ginger, onion, hot pepper, sweet pepper, cantaloupe, corn, Irish potato and sweet potato. These crops recorded their highest outputs for the 10 year period dating back to 2003.The level of production ranged between just over one million kilograms, in the case of ginger and onions, to just over 52 million kilograms for pumpkin.Consequent of the increase in domestic production there was a reduction in the quantities of several of these foods imported into Jamaica.The Minister informed that Irish potato imports fell by 9.9 per cent; pork – 37.4 per cent; cucumber – 69 per cent; cabbage – 9.3 per cent; cantaloupe – 17.6 per cent; sweet pepper – 28 per cent; carrot – 41 per cent; and iceberg lettuce – 67 per cent, while noting a two per cent increase in tomato imports. Minister Clarke, however, reported a two per cent increase in the country’s food import bill, which saw the figure moving from US$938 million in 2011 to US$959 million last year.He attributed the “marginal increase” to a seven per cent increase in world food prices, as indicated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), particularly for cereals “which constitute the bulk of our imports.”Mr. Clarke underscored the need to review the items that can be produced locally in an effort to reduce the quantity of imports.“It’s not an easy thing to do. We have to go through and put some serious programmes in place. But also, we have to deal with our own eating habits, to deal with some of those difficulties that we face,” he stated.Contact: Douglas McIntosh
New Delhi: All good things must come to an end, and that stands true for hugely popular shows like ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Big Bang Theory’, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Suits’. Here are some shows that are coming to an end soon: GoT: With a storyline that paints a whimsical world of dragons and White Walkers on one hand, and stays close to reality by showing how relationships cannot be trusted when it comes to ruling a kingdom, the show, with its story based on George R.R. Martin’s novels, has become a global phenomenon.’Game of Thrones’ Season 8 will premiere internationally on April 14. Suits: The story started when a hotshot lawyer Harvey Specter (essayed Gabriel Macht) took a gamble by hiring a brilliant college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) as an associate in his law firm, and gave the audience a glimpse of the trials and tribulations of the legal world. The drama began in 2011. Supernatural: Credited as the longest-running sci-fi genre show, ‘Supernaturals’ is all about the supernatural and paranormal. It follows brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester as they join their family business of hunting down supernatural monsters. Big Bang Theory: This show’s universe originated with the story of how four nerds – react when a girl enters their life as a friendly neighbour. Other shows include ‘Modern Family’, ‘Arrow’, etc.