Press release: UK-Southern African trade: boosting UK and African economies

first_imgTrade Minister George Hollingbery said: this support can take the form of loans, guarantees and insurance to help UK exporters win, fulfill and get paid for exports, and offer their overseas buyers attractive financing terms alongside high-quality goods and services UK Export Finance, the UK’s export credit agency, provides export finance support, to ensure no viable export fails due to lack of finance or insurance from the private sector this announcement follows substantial increases to UK Export Finance’s appetite for 10 African markets over the last 18 months, as well as the introduction of support in 16 African countries About UK Export Finance: This week’s visit with the Prime Minister has highlighted the importance of the UK increasing trade with our partners in Southern Africa, through transitioning existing trade arrangements, supporting exporters and reducing barriers to trade. Our trade relationship with the region is already worth £10 billion, and trade is a key driver of economic growth for both Southern Africa and the UK and will support UK producers and value chains, as well opening up new markets for UK exporters. Today’s announcement is the most advanced statement of progress to date with around 40 existing EU trade agreements that the UK is transitioning, and an important step in positioning the UK as a global champion of free trade and development. Strengthening our partnerships with Southern African nations demonstrates that the UK is committed to deepening our relationships across the world as part of our Global Britain vision. The UK-Southern African Economic Partnership Agreement is a key element of a package of measures to boost African growth outlined by the Prime Minister, who highlighted that Africa’s long-term success matters to the UK, so it is in the world’s interest to help secure African jobs and growth.Trade Minister George Hollingbery, who is joining Theresa May for her Africa visit, met with his counterpart from Botswana, who represented the trade ministers from the 5 Southern African Customs Union countries (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini (Swaziland)) and Mozambique.Today in Cape Town, Minister Hollingbery and Minister Kenewendo signed a joint statement confirming that our trade agreement will be ready to enter into force as soon as the EU deal no longer applies to the UK. This means that UK consumers will be able to continue to enjoy Southern African wine, tea and fruits, among other popular goods, helping to support Southern African producers and exporters.Further, UK businesses will continue to be able export goods including cars, motor parts and pharmaceutical products into Southern African economies – the overall trading relationship between the UK and these countries is worth nearly £10 billion annually.This is one part of a package of trade measures to bring the transformative power of private sector trade and investment from the UK to Africa, a continent that is home to 16% of the world’s people but just 3% foreign direct investment and 3% of global goods trade.Other measures, which are all part of the UK’s new and distinctive offer to work alongside, invest in, and partner with African nations for our mutual benefit, include: the UK government has made an extra £5.5 billion in support from UK Export Finance available to 8 markets across Africa, supporting UK-Africa trade – this includes Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia a new Prosperity Fund programme of up to £8 million will support implementation of the new UK-Southern African Economic Partnership Agreement – the funding will increase trade with and within Southern Africa by helping to remove barriers to trade, and in doing so expand import and export opportunities for UK and African businesseslast_img read more

Signal the Frog® celebrates Australia Day

first_imgFrom January 26-28, 2018 geocachers all over the world got together to celebrate Australia Day!Geocaching events were held in 85 countries, with more than 31,800 geocachers in attendance. The “Where in the World is Signal? Australia Day 2018” souvenir was awarded 25,700 times. Signal also brought a gift to the party: A country souvenir for Australia! All geocachers who have found or will find a geocache in Australia will earn the new country souvenir on their profiles! So far, the souvenir was awarded 168,772 times.From a chilly barbecue event in Borgsum, Germany to Signal’s vacation in Australia, we’ve gathered photos from events photos to show how Australia is celebrated around the world.View the photos! 12345678910111213141516171819<> Do you have a favorite moment from your Australia Day event? Share how you celebrated in the comments!Share with your Friends:More Germany, Schleswig-Holstein (GC7GH12) United States, Idaho (GC7GNVN) France, Bretagne (GC7GRGY) Australia, Queensland (GC7GH4J) Finland (GC7GZR5) France, Bretagne (GC7FV15) Netherlands, Groningen (GC7FRMB) Germany, Niedersachsen (GC7GQWF) Netherlands, Zuid-Holland (GC7GXBF) UK, Northwest England (GC7H2Z3) Germany, Schleswig-Holstein (GC7G2QQ) Japan, Aichi (GC7G92V) Australia, New South Wales (GC7FVX8) Netherlands, Zuid-Holland (GC7G67N) UK, Northern Scotland (GC7FR4F) Australia, Victoria (GC7F50C) Slovenia (GC7GEVA) United States, Washington (GC7GX26) Australia, Queensland (GC7GF3Q) SharePrint RelatedCanada Day celebrations from around the globeJuly 11, 2017In “News”Where in the world is Signal the Frog®? Australia!December 5, 2017In “Community”Dönerstag celebrations from around the worldApril 24, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

Why IoT really means the “Integration of Things”

first_imgIt’s a well-documented position that the IoT market is generally yet to move beyond the early-adopter stage in many industry verticals and use-cases. The adoption curve versus the hype curve is still behind, but there’s a very evident shift in the market to suggest that activity is ramping up significantly.When comparing this market maturity against the wide range of tools and products available for IoT solution development, there is an abundance of choice for enterprises and IoT solution providers. However, this abundance can often look more like confusion as most weeks seem to pass by with the announcement of another IoT platform or device management toolset, designed to simplify and speed IoT solution delivery time to market.Dale Rankine, Co-founder and CEO, ReekohEnterprises are quickly coming to realize that it’s more about how the data is used throughout the business that determines the value of the investment and the returns gained from it. It’s not generally a question now of how to generate the data, it’s about how to integrate that data with the organization on a business system and process level. The good news is the market is full of options for ingesting device data, and working with it through various all-in-one tools for storage, data visualization, rules, and analytics. It’s about the Integration of Things. IDG has identified Systems Integration as one of the top IoT adoption challenges for enterprises. Gartner too suggests that “orchestration of workflows and processes looms as a major concern for those planning to implement IoT.”When evaluating IoT solution tools, particularly IoT platforms, enterprises should really be asking questions such as these …1: How well does this tool integrate IoT data into my existing business processes and systems?Integrating business systems and data has been a fast-growing practice within enterprises due to the wide adoption of API’s. The same approach should be applied to data from connected devices so that the full business value can be realized rather than creating new IoT data or process silos. It also has an impact on end-user training, in terms of not having to introduce any new systems requiring interaction. 2: Does this tool work openly with systems I’ve already invested in?Presenting scenarios where existing investment can be further leveraged always goes down well with CFO’s and decision makers. IoT solutions will ultimately need to move beyond simple dashboards and visualizations in order to deliver a return for an enterprise, so making sure that your IoT data can openly and easily integrate with the business with minimal new system cost could make projects much more viable. 3: How locked-in will I be to this tool in future business expansion?It’s not always the original project cost, but the ongoing project expansion costs that come up in IoT solution planning, particularly given how new IoT is to many organizations. As a result, they simply can’t see far enough ahead into the future to adequately scope where projects may lead. Choosing tools that allow for changes in where IoT data is managed inside the organization will provide a degree of flexibility which will be highly valuable in the long run. 4: How much application development investment is required on top of the platform to achieve our goals?Many IoT tools and platforms seem off-the-shelf, but in reality require a large investment of time and cost to develop the solution or application that will ultimately be deployed. It may be that the required development skills aren’t in-house, and would need to be brought in through third parties or expanded headcount. While you can never really expect a simple “plug and play” outcome, there are options that reduce software development time and cost and that can help to accelerate delivery.   It’s important to fully understand the answers to these questions which choosing the tools for delivering business outcomes and value using IoT and to measure the impact of tools that are not designed for system integration. What may get you through a trial or POC may not get you much further, especially when looking at scaling or moving the solution into the broader organization’s tech landscape. There’s also an added layer of risk-mitigation when taking this approach. Removing questions around new investment in tools that already exist in the business, staff retraining, additional certification, and auditing, can make the business case stack up even faster when taking an IoT solution to the CFO. These are all issues that relate to a market that is still maturing, and a vendor landscape that is growing along with it. There are no silver bullets, but there are approaches that can reduce risk, cost, and friction in an organization that is developing an IoT strategy or product roadmap. Removing the system integration hurdle, and leveraging tools that give greater access to the broader IoT ecosystem, are two ways to embarking on a pathway to success in enterprise IoT.This article was produced in partnership with Reekoh – IoT Integration Platform and Marketplace. Tags:#APIs#Gartner#IDG#Internet of Things#IoT#Reekoh What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img Follow the Puck How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… ReadWrite Sponsorslast_img read more

Tim Howard Lost But He Just Had the Best Match of the

After losing 2-1 to Belgium on Tuesday, the U.S. men’s national team will be left to contemplate its future; after years of steady improvement, there are hints U.S. men’s soccer has hit a plateau. But one American left the tournament with a strong argument for his international quality: Goalkeeper Tim Howard.Howard was FIFA’s Man of the Match despite conceding Belgium’s two goals — both in extra time. The award is deserved. In fact, Howard’s game probably was the best by a goalkeeper in the World Cup to date.So far in the tournament, there have been three saves for every goal conceded (excluding penalties and own goals). If we account for shots in the same way that the National Hockey League does — a shot must result in either a goal or a save by the goalie, while shots stopped by another defensive player are considered “blocked shots” instead — this implies that every shot has a 25 percent chance of scoring. (In practice, soccer statisticians usually consider blocked shots to be shots on target as well, but we’ll go with the NHL’s definition as it better isolates goalkeeper performance.)Howard faced 18 shots from Belgium by this definition. If 25 percent of shots score on average, that implies Belgium would typically score 4.5 goals on this shooting volume. Instead, Howard conceded two goals. That means he saved a net of 2.5 goals for the United States.That +2.5 score — which we’ll call Howard’s “net goals saved” — was the best single-game performance in Brazil so far. The second-best belongs to Ecuador’s Alexander Dominguez, who made nine saves and allowed no goals against France for +2.25 net goals saved. That’s pretty good but slightly behind Howard’s total; Howard’s seven extra saves slightly outweighed the two goals he let in.The worst single-game performance belongs to Jung Sung-ryong of South Korea, who allowed four goals and made just one save in a poor performance against Algeria — a net goals saved score of -2.75. Spain’s Iker Casillas was nearly as bad in conceding five goals against the Netherlands, but he at least made five saves to go with them.Howard has not quite had the best overall tournament, however, because his net goals saved was exactly average (+0.00) entering the Belgian match. Instead, that honor goes to Colombia’s David Ospina, who has made 18 saves and allowed just two goals in four games so far, for a net goals saved of +3.00. read more

Ramos Spain still bitter over World Cup exit

first_imgSergio Ramos said that Spain are still feeling bitter over their disappointing World Cup campaign ahead of tonight’s Uefa Nations League game with EnglandLa Roja had been one of the pre-tournament favourites heading into Russia before controversially losing manager Julen Lopetegui in the build-up to the World Cup.Under Sporting Director Fernando Hierro, Spain suffered an early exit at the last-16 stage to tournament hosts Russia in a penalty shoot-out loss.But, following the arrival of Luis Enrique as Lopetegui’s long-term successor in July, Spain have since won both of their Nations League and lead Group A4 with six points.A win tonight at Seville against England will secure their place in the Nations League finals next June and Ramos feels that the squad are determined to prove themselves after Russia.“There’s a bitter taste in the mouth from Russia, given we were knocked out of the tournament so early, while knowing that we had a team that could’ve competed with the best,” said Ramos in a pre-match press conference on the Spanish football federation’s YouTube.“That wasn’t the case, but now we’re into a new era with a new coach. I think our mentality is very positive once again and we have to try to achieve our targets.“We have to enjoy the Nations League, which is an important competition and it’s what lies ahead of us, so we want to start with a good run of results, perform well and win, as we’ve been doing.“We have a very important game against England tomorrow, which will be a fantastic clash.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Despite England failing to collect a single win in their two Nations League games, Ramos will not be taking them lightly.“I think they’re a very good side,” said the Spain captain. “They’ve been going through a new cycle, with players leaving the national team.“But they are a team that competes very well, with players that can make things happen and are very dangerous going forward.“They’ll be tough opponents for us, but we’ll try to hurt them in the ways that we’ve been working on for some time.”Enrique also gave his thoughts in the press conference ahead of the match at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, which starts at 20:45 (CEST).Partido importante con un objetivo claro: sellar el primer puesto. Esperamos lo mejor de nosotros ⚽ y de vosotros 🙌. Important match with a clear objective: securing the first place.We expect the best from us ⚽️ and from you 🙌.#VamosEspaña 🇪🇸— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) October 14, 2018last_img read more

Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital – Post Hurricane Irma Update

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 10, 2017 – Providenciales – Both hospital sites continued to function throughout the storm and successfully protected its occupants despite challenges from the unprecedented intense weather conditions from Category 5 Hurricane Irma.There was a contained breach in a section of the roof at Cockburn Town Medical Centre on Grand Turk, which has been temporarily repaired. Cheshire Hall Medical Centre on Providenciales sustained roof damages and an analysis is being conducted.    Compared to other hurricane ravaged countries, the surrounding physical structure of both healthcare centres were resilient.   Both medical centres are currently being powered by generators until electricity is restored by Fortis TCI.Several surgeries were performed during the storm and two babies were delivered at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre. We wish to express appreciation to our Medical Teams and Support Services staff from all departments at both centres who remained onsite during the storm. *UPDATE ON RESUMPTION OF NORMAL SERVICES*Cheshire Hall Medical Centre:The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital remains under emergency operation mode at both centres.   The Outpatient Department at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre will provide limited services for Obstetric Patients/Expectant mothers, especially patients 36 weeks or more, and Surgical patients who secured appointments prior to Hurricane Irma, effective Monday, September 11th, 2017.Efforts will be made to contact patients, however, due to telecommunication service disruptions, some patients may be unreachable.   If you are an expectant mother or surgical patient with a pre-arranged appointment, please visit the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre on the aforementioned date for guidance.Clinics such as Internal Medicine, Rehabilitation, Diagnostic Imaging, Paediatrics, Orthopaedic and Family Practice will remain closed at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre until further notice.    Since both medical centres are currently generator-powered, all elective surgeries have been postponed until further notice.Dialysis Services resumed immediately post-Hurricane Irma.    Oncology patients will be contacted regarding their scheduled treatments.    Please visit our Help Desk at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre main reception for more information.TCI Hospital is currently liaising with the Government’s National Blood Bank to obtain additional blood units as a precautionary measure.    Interested donors are invited to visit the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre in Providenciales on Monday, September 11th, 2017 after 10:00am.Cockburn Town Medical Centre:Due to the declaration of Grand Turk in a ‘State of Emergency’, Cockburn Town Medical Centre will continue to only offer Emergency Services.    All other clinics will remain suspended until further notice.Release: interHealthCanada Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

DHSS Commissioner Assumes Management Of Alaska Psychiatric Institute

first_imgThe decision was made in response to the considerable problems that continue to put patients and staff in jeopardy at API and in light of recent and ongoing investigations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other state and federal regulatory agencies, according to a release from DHSS. If Wellpath is successful in the first phase,  by preparing the hospital to return to its full capacity by June 30, 2019, the company will assume full responsibility of API after July 1, 2019. Commissioner Crum: “I recognize this decision may take Alaskans by surprise, but it was not made lightly. Changes have been needed at API for a very long time. This decision will help us solve these long-standing problems at API, and then allow us to more effectively broaden our focus to address the entire continuum of behavioral health care across Alaska.” In the announcement it stated that Wellpath will “provide administrative leadership” over the Alaska Psychiatric Institute in Anchorage. All API staff will remain in their positions as State of Alaska employees. Gavin Carmichael will continue as API’s acting chief executive officer. As part of assuming authority over API, Commissioner Crum has chosen to contract with Wellpath Recovery Solutions, a Nashville, Tenn. based company.last_img read more

Kenai Peninsula College Director Thanks The Borough For Support

first_imgTurner stated that KPC and Valdez receive support from their municipalities. Turner explained scope and size of KPC. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In light of Governor Dunleavy’s proposed budget and dramatic cuts to the University of Alaska System. Kenai Peninsula College Director Gary Turner, addressed the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, Tuesday night and thanked the assembly for the support of funding for KPC.center_img Turner: “I truly appreciate the resolution to support Kenai Peninsula College and funding from the State of Alaska. As we all know we are living in very challenging times, budget wise. Virtually every department, agency, borough, municipality, so for you to provide the support of a resolution that will be sent to the Governor and the Board of Regents and President Johnsen, I can’t say enough how much the college appreciates that. All I’ve done since February 13th, is budget.” Turner: “KPC is the biggest community campus in the state and there’s 14 of them. We’re bigger than the Juneau campus.”last_img read more