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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Transport Minister launches grading of roads programme

Thyolo, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango on Sunday launched the ‘Grading/reshaping of roads programme,’ which will see the Roads Authority improving the condition of unpaved roads in rural areas across the country.

Mhango launched the programme at Mnjale Primary School in Thyolo where heavy machinery and plant vehicles demonstrated on Mnjale-Namikuyu Road how the reshaping will be done on the earth roads.

He said considering that 80 out of 100 people live in rural areas, there was need for better roads in such areas to improve accessibility and mobility to social amenities.

It is a fact that better roads will greatly contribute to poverty reduction in rural areas as people will be able to transport their goods and services to markets, said Mhango.

Speaking at the launch, Sub Traditional Authority (STA) Mulenga thanked government for considering grading feeder roads in rural areas, saying it would improve the lives of people in different aspects.

The sub chief said his subjects have been facing challenges to access health services due to poor road network but with the programme, he said accessibility to health services will be improved.

We’ve had women delivering on the way to hospital as ambulances used to come late due to bad roads. It is my expectation that the programme will solve such problems, said Mulenga.

He said the programme would also develop the agriculture sector which is country’s main economic activity for rural communities since it would improve mobility of crop produce from fields to market centres.

In the Southern Region, over 833 kilometres will be graded through the program which is funded by the Malawi Government through fuel levy to the tune of K624 million.

Source: MANA Online

NBM donates desks to Magawa Secondary School

Mchinji, National Bank of Malawi (NBM) last week donated 152 desks worth K2million to Magawa Secondary School in Mchinji.

Speaking during the handover ceremony held at Magawa Secondary School, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the bank Mcfussy Kawawa said physical conditions of classrooms and the general environment of schools are key in providing a conducive learning.

The desks and chairs will ensure that learners are seated comfortably and also encourage creativity and collaboration amongst them, he explained.

Kawawa said National Bank has been supporting education in Malawi for a long time since it believes that a good foundation in education is good for the country and its growth.

Headmaster for Magawa Secondary School, Fackson FaIliot Chimbatata commended National Bank of Malawi (NBM) for the donation of desks.

We are grateful to national bank of Malawi for the timely donation of 152-double-seater desks to Magawa secondary school, this will go a long way in addressing the shortage of desks at the school,” he said.

The head teacher added that Magawa had only 173 desks against an enrolment of 370 students, which meant that 197 students were sitting on the floor for almost eight years.

However, the head teacher said the school continues to face numerous challenges despite government’s effort to counter them.

He cited challenges such as limited boarding space (two hostels against a huge number of female learners), inadequate beds, a dilapidated laboratory, and no computers. He added that the school also has no brick fence, making students feel insecure.

Chimbatata therefore, appealed to the institutions and organizations to rescue the school.

Source: MANA Online

CYO in drive to promote hardworking among learners

Chiradzulu, Chinkombero Youth Organization (CYO) of Traditional Authority Mpama in Chiradzulu has come up with an initiative to promote a hardworking spirit among primary school learners by organizing different activities under ‘Nthawi ndi Chuma’ Project.

Speaking during the launch of the activities at Chiradzulu Primary School ground this week, CYO Director, Macfarlen Monjeleriwa said the initiative was a way of motivating learners to refrain from immoral behaviour to concentrate on their education.

We are here today to sensitize learners under St. Michaels Zone to desist from immoral behaviour and concentrate on education for a better future.

Early marriages, alcohol, drug and substance abuse are contributing to high school drop out in the district, he said.

Monjeleriwa further said learners who would scoop position one in all the nine schools during end of term examinations would have a tour to Mount Mulanje and Lake Malawi while others in good positions would be awarded with learning materials.

He, therefore, asked well-wishers to assist the organisation with either financial or material resources to accomplish their mission.

Chiradzulu Police Station Officer, Moses Chibwe commended the youth organisation for the initiative, saying such activities would go a long way in reducing cases of child abuse.

Chibwe, however, advised learners to listen to their parents and teachers for them to do well in school and also asked them not to discriminate persons with albinism in addition to reporting any child rights abuse.

District Youth Officer for Chiradzulu, Peter Ben urged youth organizations in the district to emulate the example set by CYO.

He said the youth office was working with the district health office in sensitizing the youth on the dangers of immoral behaviour and accessing youth-friendly health services.

CYO was established in 2011 as a charitable organisation whose funds are generated locally from well-wishers when the organisation is implementing its activities.

Source: MANA Online