President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on Seed Global Health (SGH) to enter into an arrangement with the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine at the University of Liberia (UL) and other medical training institutions in the country to train medical practitioners who will improve health services in the country. SGH is a United States based organization that seeks to strengthen health education in countries, such as Liberia, challenged by a shortage of health professionals. SGH had earlier expressed interest in working with Liberia.SGH leadership over the weekend disclosed its intention to work with the Liberian government when a four-member delegation led by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Vanessa Kerry, paid a courtesy call on the President in Monrovia.President Sirleaf said her administration welcomes the partnership and cooperation with SGH to enhance the country’s healthcare delivery capacities. She underscored the compelling need to provide training for doctors, physicians, nurses as well as mid-wives, adding, “The progress we desire to make must be the best quality to achieve lasting and impressive results.” She said SGH’s intervention in Liberia’s health sector, through the deployment of experienced medical volunteers in partnership with U.S. Peace Corps would tremendously impact the building of a resilient health system in Liberia.The President also encouraged SGH to explore cooperation in the water and sanitation sector, particularly working with schools to ensure facilities are established and sustainably maintained for the good of the students.Dr. Vanessa Kerry said her organization will work with Liberia to help meet its long-term health care and human resource needs. This, she noted, would be done through the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) initiative. GHSP is a public-private collaboration between SGH, the Peace Corps and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The SGH, Dr. Kerry said, brings a rich experience and knowledge of medical and nursing education to resource limited settings. “We provide expertise in site selection and applicant recruitment in addition to coordinating orientation and training, field support, monitoring and evaluation, and debt repayment stipends with expertise to identify effective teaching sites,” Dr. Kerry said.Dr. Kerry, whose team had been in the country working with the Ministry of Health in areas that require quick interventions, expressed gratitude to President Sirleaf for the audience. While in the country, the SGH team visited the Phebe Hospital in Bong County, Cuttington University in Suakoko, J.F.K. Medical Center, the Tubman National Institute for Medical Arts (TNIMA), as well as the Mother Patern College of Health Sciences.Meanwhile, USA Peace Corps Africa Regional Director, Dick Day, has praised the authorities at the Ministry of Health for the kind of structures already in place, which he said are vital for assisting partners interested in making critical interventions in the heath sector. Mr. Day, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Mark Boulware and Peace Corps Liberia Director Kevin Fleming accompanied Dr. Vanessa Kerry.Established in 2012, the GHSP program is a novel federal initiative addressing vast shortages of health professionals in many parts of the world.The GHSP commits to helping increase clinical care capacities and strengthening health systems in resource-limited settings by cultivating the next generation of local doctors and nurses. The program places US health professionals alongside local medical and nursing faculty counterparts to meet the teaching needs identified at each partner institution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
23 January 2013A South African entrepreneur is providing residents from some of the country’s most impoverished areas with an opportunity to access the internet and learn about computers.Luvuyo Rani’s Silulo Ulutho Internet Cafe, which started out as a small business in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats, is changing the lives of students and adults who would otherwise have no opportunity to become computer literate.Since 2004, when Rani first opened the business with his brother and a friend, the demand for Silulo Ulutho’s services has grown so much that he’s opened 18 stores in Khayelitsha and five in the Eastern Cape – in Queenstown, Butterworth, Mthatha and East London.Through these centres at least 10 000 students have been educated, right up to advanced computer literacy programmes.‘Thinking out of the boot’It all started eight years ago when Rani, who worked as a teacher in Khayelitsha for five years, started selling refurbished computers out of the boot of his car in the Western Cape township.Little did he know that his creative idea would grow to become a successful and award-winning business.“People told me I was crazy,” Rani says, who started the business without any funding.But he had a dream, and he was determined to make it work.“I always knew it would work because I saw then, and still see now, many opportunities in the ICT sector in the townships,” he says.“We are actually overwhelmed by the response. People are hungry to learn, and are hungry to access the internet.”A teacher turned social entrepreneur“At the time when I was teaching, the Department of Education was just starting to introduce Outcomes Based Education, and teachers needed computers,” he says. But soon after selling the computers, Rani found out that the teachers weren’t using them at all.“They were gathering dust and this bothered me,” he says. “The teachers had no skills to use them, and they didn’t have access to the internet.”This is what sparked his idea to start a business that would give people in Khayelitsha access to the internet and teach them how to use computers as well as how to access the information stored on the web.Within a year of starting up, he won best entrepreneur in the Western Cape. “And then it all grew very, very fast,” he recalls.Initially, his main goal was to use the facility as a computer skills training venue for teachers, but soon the business started to meet a major need for computer services in Khayelitsha.“People needed help. They could operate Facebook, but didn’t have the skills to type out their own CVs. People couldn’t differentiate between a fax and e-mail,” he says.The absence of computer skills, or the technology and facilities to learn, is a dilemma for many people living in townships and remote areas in South Africa.“If you don’t have computer skills, you are at a disadvantage in the job market,” says Rani.To add to this predicament, people often have to travel long distances to an internet cafe to distribute their CVs when searching for jobs.“People have to do this at great expense and it takes a lot of time.”The Silulo Internet Cafe caters for both needs, and Rani has ensured that the pricing of his services are within reach of the majority of South Africans.An affordable service“What is central to my business model is affordability,” he says. “Our prices are low.” He believes that companies operating in emerging market economies should adjust their business models and profit expectations.“It is essential for entrepreneurs in these markets to be socially minded and not only profit-driven.”For just R6 (70 US cents), Rani’s customers can access the internet for one hour, whereas some internet cafes in the Eastern Cape charge as much as R30 ($3.38) an hour, R10 ($1.12) to send a fax and R3 (34 cents) for a photocopy.“This is simply unaffordable for most people,” he says. “Even if you just have R2 (23 cents), you can go onto the internet for 15 minutes,” he says.Silulo Ulutho operates in the Western and Eastern Cape, but in the future Rani would like to grow the business in other provinces, possibly through a franchise business model.“But the core must always remain that the business must benefit the community,” he says. “I am passionate about this.”In addition to internet cafe services, computer sales are still a core part of the business. Silulo offers IT support to assist customers with network connections, computer repairs, and maintenance, and software installation.As part of its computer sales division, Rani has entered into a partnership with mobile provider Vodacom. Customers who buy computers from Silulo can access prepaid internet services using a 3G connection from Vodacom, the dongle for which is part of the deal.More innovative thinkers for South AfricaRani believes there is nothing stopping more entrepreneurs from building successful businesses that can also impact society positively.“What we need is innovation. Young entrepreneurs must inspire and give hope to other young black people that they can do it if they work hard,” he says.He spoke out against entrepreneurs who want to achieve quick riches. “With transformation more people have been afforded opportunities, but this system is abused and people take shortcuts,” he says.He maintains the only way to grow a business is through hard work and commitment. “My advice to young entrepreneurs is to focus on your business and do it better than anyone else. Always maintain good business values, integrity and humility.”Thinking back on his childhood, Rani says he always had an interest in business. “My mother ran a tavern and I grew up in this environment which exposed me to entrepreneurship,” he says, remembering how he watched her run the business and interact with customers.“This shaped me more than anything.”First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
District of Columbia issued a notice advising on how the sales and use tax increases will apply to contracts and leases Sales and use tax rates increased in the District, effective October 1, 2018.Retail Payments Under ContractFor retail contracts entered into before October 1, 2018, payments received:– before October 1, 2018 are subject to the 5.75% rate;,– after October 1, 2018 are subject to the 6% rate.Lease and Rental PaymentsThe increased rates for rentals and leases of motor vehicles and other personal property apply to lease periods beginning on or after October 1, 2018. Generally, sales tax applies to each rental or lease period.New Sales and Use Tax RatesThe notice also lists all of the increased sales and use tax rates.OTR Notice 2018-04, District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue, December 19, 2018, ¶200-773Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
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Playful and confident, sun-kissed beauty Deepika Padukone is set to be the face of a global campaign for the spring/summer 2015 collection of an international eyewear brand. In a beautiful shoot, the actress is spotted basking in the sun on a Goa beach while sporting a range of summerfriendly fashion styles, ranging from a red and white stripe dress with small cut-out panels, an embellished collared shirt teamed with a billowing white maxi skirt, a printed beach jacket, a mosaic jumpsuit and a sexy criss-crossing dress.While Deepika is the Indian face for the ad campaign, two other international muses share the global campaign space with her – Victoria’s Secret Angel and Brazilian model Adriana Lima and Chinese actress Liu Shishi. This is the third year that Deepika has collaborated with the brand, and it’s the first time that she will represent it on a worldwide scale.The Indian campaign shots have been clicked by renowned fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth, who shot to fame by clicking supermodel Claudia Schiffer for her first Guess ad in 1989. For the current ad feature, the lens-woman conveys a global spirit of the brand while also paying tribute to the local flavour of the tropical destination.Talking about her favourite photograph from the shoot, Deepika says: “Out of all the shots, I think the one that really sums up what I feel is the ice-cream eating shot because 22 out of 24 hours, I am only thinking about food.” She further said: “I am very happy that I had the opportunity to work with Ellen. I think everyone wants to work with her at some point in their career. It’s a dream come true for us, it was great fun.”advertisement