Strengthening African Regional Geoprocessing Centres with a Relational and Spatial Database

An African Minerals Development Centre-led (AMDC) initiative for strengthening African regional geoprocessing centres with a relational and spatial database will take place on 13 October 2017 at the UN Conference Centre.

The database is envisioned as a tool for managing geological and mineral information and implementing the African Mining Vision. African regional geoprocessing centres will have access to relational and spatial database; which allows geological and mineral information to be gathered, organized, standardized, and made available in a single geo-referenced environment in a digital format. This will lead to a sustainable process of exchange, update, analysis, and dissemination of geological and mineral information.

Kaiser de Souza, geology and mineral information expert of AMDC, said, “The availability of geological information allows the public and private sectors to take appropriate decisions. The more accessible the information, the lower the risk of investment in mineral exploration and development; and the greater the possibility of its practical use in areas of social and environmental interest, including territorial planning and management.”

Taking into consideration all issues related to ownership of data, confidentiality, and data security, a regional relational and spatial databasewouldallow data sets to be organized with standard terms and arranged to enable regular communication of data between African geological survey organizations (GSOs), scientific community, prospectors, future applicants for plan of work for exploration of different mineral resources, and government agencies. It would also allow existing maps to go through a process of standardization of terms for accessibility for remote online searches, with the possibility of downloading maps and related information.

The project is being developed by João Henrique Gonçalves, database and geoprocessing expert and AMDC consultant. AMDC, together with Gonçalves, will be at the Conference Centre to present the regional database on 13 October 2017.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

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Madagascar: IFRC to deploy first-ever plague treatment centre, releases 1 million Swiss francs as infections spread

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is deploying a treatment centre to provide urgent care for hundreds of people in Madagascar who have been infected with plague.

A full medical team will be deployed along with the 50-bed treatment centre that has the capacity to isolate and treat patients suffering from plague. The treatment centre will operate using national health staff in addition to the international medical team, and will significantly bolster in-country capacity to respond to the outbreak.

In Madagascar, cases of bubonic plague—a disease spread between animals to humans through flea bites– occur nearly every year. The emergence of the more virulent pneumonic form has raised serious concerns because of its rapid spread into urban areas as well as a confirmed case of plague that has been exported to the Seychelles.

“Our past experience in outbreak response has underlined the importance of responding quickly and effectively”, said Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, IFRC Regional Director for Africa. “This week we released 1 million swiss francs from our Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to scale up the Malagasy Red Cross’ medical treatment capacity to stop further spread of this disease. Drawing on our experience responding to the West Africa Ebola outbreak, we’ve been able to quickly mobilize a clinical treatment centre and nearly one thousand volunteers.”

To date there have been over 550 cases of the plague, of which more than 70 per cent are the pneumonic form and 57 people have died of the disease.

“The treatment centre will operate 24/7 for people infected with plague.” said Andoniaina Ratsimamanga, Secretary General of Malagasy Red Cross. “Alongside this, the Malagasy Red Cross will continue the important work in communities across 22 regions to provide life-saving information, community based surveillance, environmental sanitation and vector control and, if needed, safe burials. This multi-targeted approach is the only way to stop this outbreak.”

The IFRC will be launching an emergency appeal for additional funds to support further expansion of Red Cross efforts in community surveillance and engagement, water and sanitation, vector control and safe burials. The medical team at the Red Cross treatment centre will include an infectious disease specialist and community health experts, as well as senior finance and audit staff.

Distributed by APO on behalf of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

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Media accreditation for the or Tambo centenary celebration

Members of the media, who wish to attend and cover the centenary celebration of Oliver Reginald Tambo that will be held on 27 October 2017 at Nkantolo village outside Mbizana in the Eastern Cape, are advised to apply for accreditation.

To apply for media accreditation, kindly complete all the fields in the online registration form on the link: http://www.GCIS.gov.za/Content/Media-Registration.

Deadline for submission of applications is 19 October 2017 at 16h00.

The celebrations will be used to draw lessons from Tambo’s life and acknowledge the sacrifices and contributions he made towards a free, non-racial and democratic South Africa. The centenary celebrations will take place under the theme “Life and Legacy of OR Tambo”.

Details for collection of accreditation cards will be communicated in due course.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information.

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The new kids on the blockchain, Modex, announces Initial Coin Offering in Financial Times Arab Banking and Finance report today

Following the Jamie Dimon’s strange rebuke of crypto currencies and Lloyd Blankfein’s ambiguous tweet about still making up his mind on the future of blockchain the enfant terrible. Modex, a smart contract marketplace based in London and Bucharest best known for its social money transfer app Moneymailme (www.Moneymail.me), addressed the Arab banking and financial community in the Financial Times today with a bold announcement of its own ICO.

Article in Financial Times Friday Oct 13, 2017: Unlocking the Power of Blockchain

Modex Smart Contract Marketplace Accelerates Adoption for Established Businesses.

Aside from the many well-founded reasons that financial leaders everywhere are becoming increasingly bullish on Blockchain, we at Modex embrace banking, business, and political leaders across the world who value the possibilities that cryptocurrency and Blockchain offer.

Modex, a company facilitating the adoption of Blockchain as a new mechanism for expanding markets, offering financial access for hundreds of millions of people, and for creating wealth in new economic sectors and business verticals, we are energized by the vast opportunity that this new borderless financial system offers investors, business leaders, and consumers everywhere.

Our company is launching its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) later this fall to facilitate the launch of the Modex Smart Contract Marketplace (MSCM), a groundbreaking platform designed to connect developers and businesses and bring the benefits of Blockchain to the real world.

The Blockchain industry needs its own App Store to reach mass adoption, and that is what Modex provides a central platform that enables businesses to deploy smart contracts and Blockchain solutions in their various verticals.

The Modex Smart Contract Marketplace provides companies with the ability to deploy smart contracts in industries such as financial services (payroll, P2P, interbank, et.), insurance, real estate, rentals, retail, supply chain, ecommerce, and much more.

Modex is building on its existing fintech payment application, Moneymailme. The app will be used to deploy smart contracts and crypto currencies alongside traditional currencies to create a robust, borderless social payment ecosystem, which is in particular high demand in emerging and frontier markets across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Modex is actively building strategic corporate partnerships with firms and organizations that seek to implement Blockchain into their business environments.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Moneymailme.

Media contact:
Michaela Becheru
Tel: +40 766 350 466
Email: Mihaela@Moneymail.me

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