Daily Archives: April 4, 2019

NetDragon Signs Digital Education MOU with Russia’s Global Rus Trade at BRICS Business Council Midterm Meeting

JOHANNESBURG, April 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777) (NetDragon), a global leader in building internet communities, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on digital education with the leading Russian B2B-platform for cross-border e-commerce, Global Rus Trade, at the BRICS Business Council Midterm Meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. Held from April 3 – 4, the conference gathers representatives from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) and its related institutions to strengthen business, trade, and investment ties within the five-nation association.

NetDragon signed a memorandum of understanding with Global Rus Trade

The MOU seeks to leverage the respective technological and resource strengths of both countries’ enterprises and jointly promote such collaborative practices to the other BRICS countries. A core member of the BRICS Business Council’s Digital Economy Working Group, which brings together relevant business organizations from all member countries in an in-depth exploration of their industry, NetDragon was also invited to participate and share its independently-developed White Paper on Education Technology in BRICS 2019. The white paper analyzes the current education policy, systems, and performance in each country. “In the future, NetDragon will team up with other member companies to jointly conduct education research and offer planning recommendations for BRICS countries,” said Mo Junqi, vice president of NetDragon who attended the meeting in Johannesburg.

“In addition to working closely with the BRICS countries, NetDragon has confirmed two major partnerships with Russia in the field of smart education in the last two years, bringing our products to more than 20,000 classrooms across the country,” said Dr. Xiong Li, CEO of NetDragon. “Not only is NetDragon seizing the win-win opportunities opened up by rapid globalization, but we are also answering the call of the One Belt, One Road initiative and spearheading strategic cooperation with countries within this historic network, such as Serbia, Myanmar, and Egypt. Last but certainly not least, NetDragon is launching several educational products, platforms, and applications in the United States, Malaysia, and other countries, establishing a robust offering of hardware, software, and content that covers the spectrum of age groups and businesses to meet the diverse educational needs of global users.”

Mo Junqi, vice president of NetDragon gave a speech at BRICS Business Council's Digital Economy Working Group meeting

NetDragon first participated in the BRICS Business Council in 2017 and became a member of the Digital Economy Working Group in July 2018. As it has supported cooperation among BRICS countries and countries within the One Belt, One Road initiative, NetDragon has seen its overseas business flourish and extend further outward to cover more corners of the globe. Not only will this cooperation with Global Rus Trade enhance its efforts to provide digital education services in Russia, but it will also serve as an important step for NetDragon as it continues to cultivate its international objectives and capabilities among the BRICS countries and beyond.

About NetDragon

Established in 1999, NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777) (NetDragon) is a global leader in building internet communities. A vertically integrated, cutting-edge R&D powerhouse with a highly successful track record, NetDragon’s achievements include the development of flagship MMORPGs such as Eudemons Online, Heroes Evolved (formerly known as Calibur of Spirit), and Conquer Online. It also established China’s number one online gaming portal, 17173.com, as well as its most influential smartphone app store platform, 91 Wireless, which was sold to Baidu in 2013 in the then-largest Internet M&A transaction in China. As the country’s pioneer in overseas expansion, NetDragon has also directly operated a number of game titles in over 10 languages since 2003.

For more information, please visit www.netdragon.com.

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Varian Opens Office in South Africa to Support Regional Growth

PALO ALTO, California, April 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — At a grand opening ceremony held March 8th, the Varian office in Hertford Office Park, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa was officially inaugurated. Prior to the opening of the permanent location, a provisional office was utilized over the past two years.

Varian’s new facility is fully equipped with a dedicated call center and a connected meeting space. Field service engineers, sales and service managers as well as backoffice support professionals are employed at the office in Midrand. Varian also employs local sales and service managers in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, providing broad coverage throughout South Africa.

In Cape Town, South Africa, Varian also offers advanced education courses in collaboration with Groote Schuur Hospital. Several teams from Zimbabwe, Ghana, Ethiopia and Libya have successfully attended these courses, facilitating a better standard of care on the continent.

“We are proud to serve the South African market directly. We have integrated well with local healthcare providers and have witnessed great growth in the private and public sector, gaining significant market share in both our sales and service operations,” said Jean-Luc Devleeschauwer, EMEIA president, Varian. “Opening an office in South Africa has been of paramount importance for our local team and offers a base from which they can collaborate, provide sales and service support to our customers, and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders. In all aspects, our footprint in South Africa has greatly improved access to care throughout the continent.”

About Varian
Varian (NYSE:VAR) is a leader in developing and delivering cancer care solutions and is focused on creating a world without fear of cancer. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Varian employs approximately 7,000 people around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com and follow @VarianMedSys on Twitter.

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Islamic State Says It Killed 18 Soldiers in West Africa

CAIRO Jihadist group Islamic State said Thursday that it had killed 13 Nigerian soldiers and five troops from a west African anti-militant force in attacks over recent days.

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), which split from Nigeria-based Boko Haram in 2016, has carried out a series of attacks in the last few months.

In its newspaper Al-Nabaa, IS said its fighters killed the Nigerians in attacks on a military barracks on Friday, a military post on Sunday, and a town on Monday, all in northeastern Borno state.

Fighters also detonated explosives on Wednesday on a vehicle

in the Lake Chad region, killing five more soldiers, IS said, without specifying the country.

The militants said the vehicle was carrying members of a multinational task force made up of troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon set up to fight them.

A Nigerian military spokesman declined to comment, and a spokesman for the task force could not immediately be reached.

Boko Haram has waged a decade-long insurgency in northeast Nigeria that has killed around 30,000 people and forced about 2 million to leave their homes.

Source: Voice of America

WFP Algeria Country Brief, February 2019

In Numbers

125,000 people assisted in FEBRUARY 2019

2,349 mt of food assistance distributed

2,247 kcal/person/day provided through the general food basket

US$ 3.4 m six months (March�August 2019) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

In February, as part of General Food Assistance (GFA), WFP distributed 125,000 rations consisting of 8 kg wheat flour, 1.5 kg rice, 2 kg barley, 130g lentils, 1kg of yellow split peas, 1 kg CSB, 1kg sugar, and 1litre of fortified vegetable oil. The ration was complemented with 1 kg gofio (roasted maize meal), which is part of an in-kind donation from the Spanish region of Gran Canaria. Due to the reduced rations of rice and lentils, the WFP food basket initially covered 2,097 kcal/person/day, against planned 2,100 kcal.

The Algerian Red Crescent (CRA) decided to complete the missing quantities of rice (0.5 kg) and lentils (0.87 kg) with a bilateral contribution from South Africa. Thanks to these efforts, the food basket reached 2,247 kcal/person/day overall. WFP thanks the CRA and South Africa for the contribution.

WFP distributed daily rations of pre-mix 100g corn soya blend (CSB+) and 10g vegetable oil to treat moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) among 698 pregnant and lactating women (PLW).

For the prevention of malnutrition in PLW, WFP is exploring the distribution of fresh food vouchers.

To prevent chronic malnutrition, 13,989 boys and girls under five took home daily rations of 10g of a special spread (Nutributter). Additionally, 391 children received the specialized nutrition product (Plumpy’Sup) for the treatment of MAM.

WFP distributed mid-morning snacks consisting of 80g of milk and 50g of High Energy Biscuits to 30,843 boys and girls in primary schools and 8,113 children in kindergartens. Unfortunately, distribution could only start on 16 February due to operational delays.

The latest nutrition survey in 2016 shows challenges related to high anemia prevalence among children and women, as well as the emergence of new issues of public health concern such as overweight and obesity. WFP will redirect the focus of all activities to tackling malnutrition.

WFP has analyzed past resilience activities and identified opportunities for the future, summarized in a report. As part of this new resilience approach, WFP requires dedicated funding to continue its complementary livelihood activities: hydroponic production of green fodder, fish farming and other activities.

Source: World Food Programme

North West Health hosts thanksgiving ceremony for South African Military Health, 5 Apr

The North West Department of Health led by MEC Madoda Sambatha will tomorrow host a Thanksgiving Ceremony in recognition of the role played by the South African Military Health Services during Health service delivery disruptions in March and April last year. The Thanksgiving Ceremony will be held at the Mahikeng Provincial Hospital where the greatest need for the South African Military Health Services was much needed.

The intervention by the South African Military Health Services brought much relief to the health system in the Province. Within a day of their deployment they were able to deliver 18 babies at the Provincial Hospital and more than 200 by the time they handed over to the Department. They were also able to immediately secure the medical depot on the first day of arrival ensuring smooth delivery of medication to health facilities.

Source: Government of South Africa