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Jaguars win on dramatic day in WICB Regional Four-Day Championship

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):Leaders Guyana Jaguars remained on course for a title repeat when they trounced Windward Islands Volcanoes by six wickets on a dramatic third day when 17 wickets fell yesterday.The visitors were dismissed for 339 in the morning session to secure a first innings lead of 123 at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium and then promptly dismissed Volcanoes for 161, to set themselves a target of 39 for victory.Drama then followed as Jaguars crashed to 13 for four before Man of the Match and captain Leon Johnson smashed a four and a six in an unbeaten 17 off 15 deliveries to see his side to victory in the eighth-round contest.The win handed the title-holders 18 points and propelled them to 125 points, keeping them in pole position to pick up their second straight Regional four-day title.Resuming the morning on 310 for six, Jaguars added 29 runs with Barbadian Raymon Reifer finishing on 37 not out and seamer Mervin Matthew claiming six for 81 – his third five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.Reifer then sliced through the Volcanoes innings to finish with four for 35, while Test leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed three for 71, as Volcanoes slumped badly in their second innings.Veteran opener Devon Smith hit his second half-century of the match with 51, while Shane Shillingford struck 26 and Dalton Polius got 22.They were cruising at 90 for two at one stage, but lost their last eight wickets for just 71 runs.In one final twist, off-spinner Shillingford (2-26) combined with seamer Kyle Mayers (2-13) to stun the Jaguars’ top order before Johnson restored order.Red Force poised for victoryAt the National Cricket Centre: Leeward Islands Hurricanes, trailing Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 181 runs, were 147 for five in their second innings at the close on the third day of their eighth round game here yesterday.Scores: HURRICANES 225 all out (Jahmar Hamilton, 53; Nkrumah Bonner, 47; Rahkeem Cornwall, 31; Montcin Hodge, 24; Rayad Emrit, 3-55; Marlon Richards, 3-55; Imran Khan, 2-63). RED FORCE 406 for nine (Imran Khan, 82; Narsingh Deonarine, 68; Steven Katwaroo, 50; Marlon Richards, 31 not out; Yannic Cariah, 30; Rahkeem Cornwall, 5-88; Gavin Tonge, 2-73).last_img read more

Ellen Flies to African-Arab Summit

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, heading a high-level delegation, has departed the country for an official visit to the State of Kuwait, where she is expected to attend the African-Arab summit. She will also pay a working visit to the government and people of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) capital Dubai , after which she will head westward to participate in the 2013 European Development Days Forum in Belgium.According to the President’s office, President Sirleaf’s first stop will be a four-day visit to Kuwait, where she will attend the 3rd African-Arab Summit to be held at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City on November 19 and 20.Highlighted on the Summit’s agenda will be trade and investment issues that would impact positively on the peoples of the two regions. The Summit will be held under the theme: “Partners in Development and Investment.”At the conclusion of the summit, it is anticipated that delegates will adopt a declaration and resolutions to advance the achievement of the aims of the partnership.While in Kuwait City, President Sirleaf will hold bilateral meetings with the Emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and other government officials in the interest of the government and people of Liberia.The first such Summit was held in Cairo, Egypt, in March, 1977. Three decades later, the event was revived at a 2nd Summit held in October, 2010, in Sirte, Libya.Immediately after the climax of the summit, the Liberian President will begin a three-day Working Visit to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday, November 21, at the invitation of Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.President Sirleaf will hold discussions with Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, as well as other high-ranking officials. The Liberian leader’s focus at the discussion will be on infrastructure. She will visit the Dubai Port facility; the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industries; the Road and Transport Authority; and the Emirates Competitive Council.In furtherance of her journey, President Sirleaf and her delegation will arrive in Brussels, Belgium, on Sunday, November 24, to participate in the 2013 European Development Days forum.“As one of three Co-Chairs of the United Nations High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, President Sirleaf will address the EDD Opening Plenary, titled “A Vision for the Post-2015 Agenda.” Other high-level speakers are: the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso; the President of Niger, H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou; the Prime Minister of Cape Verde, José Maria Neves; and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma,” the Executive Mansion said.President Sirleaf, who also chairs the African Union’s High-Level Committee, will serve as a panelist during the closing post-2015 discussion on “A New Development Agenda: The Way Forward.”African Union’s High-Level Committee was set up to ensure that the African Common Position is clearly incorporated in the formulation of the next global development agenda which will succeed the Millennium Development Goals,Other panelists expected to grace the event are the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs; the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson; the Executive Director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima; the Chair of Southern Voices on Post-MDGs, Debapriya Bhattacharya; and the Director for the Centre for the Study of African Economies at The University of Oxford, Professor Paul Collier.In her capacity as Chair of the High-Level Panel on Fragile States, President Sirleaf will preside over morning and afternoon side events on the subject. The Panel is an initiative of the African Development Bank.President Sirleaf will hold a series of bilateral meetings with the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso; the Director General of the European Investment Bank, Tamsyn Barton; the Executive Director of the International Trade Center, Arancha Gonzalez; the Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), Aisa Kirabo Kacyira; the European Union Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs; the President of the European Council, Herman Von Rompoy.The Liberian President will also hold a trilateral meeting with the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security/VP of the European Commission, Baroness Catherine Ashton, together with the President of Malawi, Her Excellency Mrs. Joyce Banda. The European Development Days was organized by the European Commission and is Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation – the gathering of European development practitioners and their partners worldwide.Its aim is to win hearts and minds of all stakeholders, fostering engagement and facilitating the implementation of the agenda for greater aid effectiveness. Since it was launched in 2006, EDD has become one of the fastest-growing international forums and a landmark event in the development calendar. It is anticipated that the Liberian leader will return home on Friday, November 29. While she is away, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Amara Konneh, will chair the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.Members of the President’s delegation have not been disclosed, but reliable sources have it that the President left with a large number of her cabinet, include two independent journalist; one from the print media and another from the electronic media.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Apostolic Church Reaches Out to 30 Orphanages in Nimba County

first_imgMadam Tokpah receives the items on behalf of BahnOrphanage Home, while Mr. Lloyd receives the items for Saclepea Children’s Home.The Jorg Wolf Foundation through the New Apostolic Church Mission Aid (NACMA) has concluded nationwide distribution of food and non-food items to Saclepea Children Homes, Gbeyee-Temgbihn Orphanage Home and Bahn Orphanage Center in Nimba County.The exercise came following the request of Apostle Alexander Wreh to donors in Germany.The donation, which was valued at over US$5,000, was geared towards complementing efforts of the government to fight against hunger and poverty.Apostle Wreh said that every year, the church, with funding from Jorg Wolf Foundation to Africa, has been giving humanitarian support to less privileged communities, the aged, and destitute children in orphanage homes across the country.Wreh said that the church is not only limited to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ but to help the poor as Jesus Christ used to do, because He was not only preaching the Gospel but was also feeding the poor.In separate remarks, while receiving the items on behalf of their respective homes, each of the beneficiaries thanked the church for choosing them for the donations.Mother Ma Zoe Tokpa of the Gbeyee-Temgbihn Orphanage Home, said that the church is the first religious organization that has made such a valuable donation to them. She meanwhile called on other organizations to emulate the good example of the New Apostolic Church by reaching out to orphanages.Also, Matthew Lloyd of the Bahn Orphanage Center appreciated the church for remembering those unfortunate children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

N. Korea No. 2 says no nukes

first_img“It is important to make efforts to ensure that South and North Korea cooperate and six countries each assume their responsibilities,” Lee said. Kim Yong Nam also called for the two Koreas to work together to reunify the peninsula, which was divided after World War II and remains officially at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty. As talks resumed today, the two sides agreed to resume reunions of families split across their border. A South Korean official said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the ongoing talks that reunions over a video link will be held this month, with face-to-face meetings set for May. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea’s No. 2 leader reiterated Thursday his country’s pledge to abandon its nuclear weapons, as the impoverished nation sought a resumption of aid at its first high-level talks with South Korea since conducting an atomic test. Kim Yong Nam said “the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is the dying wish” of the country’s founding president, Kim Il Sung, the father of current leader Kim Jong Il. North Korea “will make efforts to realize it,” he told South Korean Unification Minister Lee Jae-joung in Pyongyang, the North’s capital. Lee pressed for North Korea to follow through on its breakthrough Feb. 13 agreement with the U.S. and four other countries to shut down its sole operating nuclear reactor in 60 days, and to eventually dismantle all its atomic programs. last_img read more

Walcott shines as Arsenal trounce Benfica

first_imgAs if that wasn’t depressing enough for Walcott, he has watched Wenger splash out a club record £52 million ($68 million) for Lyon striker Lacazette and make a so far unsuccessful attempt to sign Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.But, in his 11th year with Arsenal, 28-year-old Walcott served notice he isn’t going to be cast aside without a fight as he produced two clinical finishes and laid on the cross for a Lisandro Lopez own goal.Olivier Giroud and Alex Iwobi were also on target as Arsenal ran riot in their first match in the four-team friendly tournament at the Emirates Stadium.Lacazette, introduced to a huge roar, had few chances to impress in his brief cameo, but the France international is likely to start against Sevilla on Sunday.Franco Cervi and Eduardo Salvio were the scorers for Portuguese champions Benfica, who looked lost at the back following the sale of Sweden defender Victor Lindelof to Manchester United.Walcott started for Arsenal with Lacazette on the bench and wantaway forward Alexis Sanchez not due to return to training until Sunday after Confederations Cup duty with Chile.But Walcott’s headline-grabbing show came after Arsenal fell behind in the 11th minute as Jonas set up Cervi to drill a low strike past David Ospina.Sead Kolasinac, a free transfer recruit from Schalke, made his reputation as a buccaneering left-back and, although the Bosnian was deployed in a back three by Wenger, he got forward to help Arsenal equalise in the 24th minute.Arsenal’s striker Alexandre Lacazette controls the ball on July 29, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONPressuring Pizzi into surrendering possession as the Benfica defender tried to shepherd the ball out of play inside his own area, Kolasinac saw goalkeeper Julio Cesar was out of position and chipped a cross towards Walcott, who volleyed home from 10 yards.Walcott bagged his second in the 32nd minute, converting a Francis Coquelin cross from close range.Coquelin then limped off having been caught on the ankle earlier in the half and Benfica equalised in the 39th minute.Ainsley Maitland-Niles squandered possession outside the Arsenal penalty area and Pizzi pounced to set up Salvio, whose deflected effort beat Ospina.But Wenger’s side regained the lead in the 52nd minute when Walcott’s cross towards Giroud was deflected into his own net by the lunging Lisandro.Giroud then netted Arsenal’s fourth with a volleyed finish from promising youngster Reiss Nelson’s pin-point cross and Iwobi made it five with a ferocious strike into the roof of the net in the 70th minute.In Saturday’s other Emirates Cup match, Sevilla beat German Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig 1-0 thanks to Wissam Ben Yedder’s 34th-minute penalty.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s midfielder Theo Walcott (C) and teammates celebrate after Benfica’s defender Lisandro Lopez scored an own goal on July 29, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 29 – Theo Walcott gave Arsene Wenger a timely reminder of his qualities with a brace in Arsenal’s 5-2 friendly thrashing of Benfica as Alexandre Lacazette made his Gunners home debut in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.Walcott is in danger of being reduced to a fringe figure following a disappointing campaign that ended with the England winger being left out of Arsenal’s FA Cup final win against Chelsea in May.last_img read more

Iheanacho out with fractured hand

first_imgIheanacho did not make the matchday squad for the Serbia clash at The Hive Stadium in London, where a brace from Aleksandar Mitrovic handed Nigeria a defeat.Super Eagles head coach Gernot Roar confirmed the injury just before the Serbia game, and Leicester will assess the damage on Thursday when their striker returns to the club ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Brighton.“Unfortunately, we have one broken hand,” said Rohr, according to the Leicester Mercury. “This player cannot play. He has fractured the first metacarpal. This is Kelechi Iheanacho, so he will not be with us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iheanacho did not make the matchday squad for the Serbia clash at The Hive Stadium in London, where a brace from Aleksandar Mitrovic handed Nigeria a defeat.LAGOS, Nigeria, Mar 29- Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a broken hand while on international duty with Nigeria.The 21-year-old started for the Super Eagles in the 1-0 friendly win against Poland at Stadion Miejski on Friday, but picked up the hand injury ahead of Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to Serbia.last_img read more

HOW NIALL UNDERWENT AN AMAZING TRANSFORMATION!

first_imgNiall’s amazing before and after pictures!A Letterkenny man has undergone an amazing transformation after admitting he genuinely feared for his life.Well-known tax consultant Niall Doherty has gone from flab to fab in just 11 short weeks.The Hawthorn Heights man weighed in at a gut-busting 17.7 stone and had to wear size 38 trousers. But after putting himself on an intense training and diet schedule, Niall is turning heads after getting into terrific shape.The 31 year old revealed he genuinely feared for his own health and well-being.“It got to the stage that I was worried that I was going to develop diabetes or have a heart-attack.“I just had to do something and I promised myself that I would seek out the right people to help me reach that goal,” he said. Those people were Seamus Fox and Reece Moore.Niall went to personal trainer Seamus, who runs the Evolve Gym in Derry, and asked him if he could help him.He also works with Letetrkenny-based Reece who runs the Fighting Fit Bootcamp.“Seamus told me that if I was honest with his programme then I could get into good shape and get healthy again.“I put my faith in him and stuck rigidly to the programme and I’m delighted to say that Seamus was right. “Without himself and Reece I just couldn’t have done it,” he said.But getting into the shape of his life wasn’t easy and Niall admits he took him pure dedication and many sacrifices to reach his goal.He had to weigh all his food each day, eating out was just not on and a grueling training schedule of intense weights and cardiovascular work was included.“It is not for everyone but I had to do it for myself. There are sacrifices. The idea of having a scone with a cup of tea is just not on,” he said. Niall says he is delighted that he has reached his goal – especially for the sake of his wardrobe!“I had a lot of clothes that haven’t fit me for years and I purposefully didn’t throw them out.“I can now fit into them and I’m delighted with that. But it is not for aesthetics or for other people – this has always been about me and my health,” he said.He knows he can never keep up this intensity but Niall says he knows what he must do to remain in a healthy weight.“I can allow myself a little leeway but I now know the science of what I must do to keep myself at this weight.“I never knew that before but Seamus and Reece showed me how to do that and I will always be grateful for that.“They showed me it can be done but it does take time and commitment,” he said.HOW NIALL UNDERWENT AN AMAZING TRANSFORMATION! was last modified: September 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

TRAGIC PENSIONER LOST BELOVED FIDDLES IN ARSON ATTACK

first_imgThe late Dan Joe GallagherA PENSIONER who died a week ago had lost two violins in an arson attack, a court has heard.Dan Joe Gallagher, who would have been 87 on St Stephen’s Day, died in a boating accident in Rathmullan last Monday. Letterkenny District Court heard that Mr Gallagher had been owed compensation by a teenager after the thug torched his car outside his home near the Co Donegal town on September 16th 2011.The pensioner had received most of the money – almost €4,000 – but was owed another €600.This was handed in to court today by the solicitor for the accused teenager Frank Dorrian.Judge Paul Kelly was told however that he will never get the rest of the money.“Mr Gallagher passed away in sad circumstances,” said Inspector Goretti Sheridan.The teenager has admitted a number of offences. He cannot be named because he was a minor at the time.A second pensioner also lost a vehicle on the same night when it was also set on fire.The teenager has admitted a series of other offences in the same year including possession of knives.Judge Paul Kelly asked that Gardai contact single man Mr Gallagher’s next of kin to see if he left a will.TRAGIC PENSIONER LOST BELOVED FIDDLES IN ARSON ATTACK was last modified: November 19th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arson attackDan Joe GallagherRathmullanviolinslast_img read more

It Takes More than Eyes to See

first_imgWe think of eyes as objects that see, but vision requires a whole system of parts.  One of the most important is the brain.  Without your thalamus, vision would be a hopeless jumble of jerky signals, reported scientists from the National Eye Institute.    Writing in PNAS,1 Ostendorf, Liebermann and Ploner found that the human thalamus contributes to perceptual stability across a moving visual field.  “We continuously move our eyes when we inspect a visual scene,” they began.  “Although this leads to a rapid succession of discontinuous and fragmented retinal snapshots, we perceive the world as stable and coherent.  Neural mechanisms underlying visual stability may depend on internal monitoring of planned or ongoing eye movements.”  By distinguishing ongoing from planned eye movements, they were speaking of the continual oscillations the eye muscles perform unconsciously, called saccades, that aid in preventing saturation of the retina.  Receiving a combination of self-induced motions and automatic motions would seem to produce a hopeless jumble.  The thalamus helps sort it all out.    The researchers studied a patient who had a stroke that affected the right lobe of his thalamus.  He had trouble monitoring his eye movements and locating visual stimuli.  Combined with research on macaques, this information indicated to the researchers that “the human brain draws on transthalamic monitoring signals to bridge the perceptual discontinuities generated by our eye movements.”    The patient’s visual abilities were impaired, but not enough to cause a breakdown of visual stability in his everyday life.  Why?  The visual system is provided with backup systems for this important function:Although proprioceptive information about eye position seems to play a negligible role for the maintenance of visual stability, a number of alternative corollary discharge pathways may help to partially compensate for the affected transthalamic pathway.  Visual stability plays a fundamental role for any kind of visually guided behavior and should therefore be maintained by robust and redundant mechanisms.  This is in keeping with the observation that only large and bilateral brain pathology may occasionally lead to the subjective experience of compromised visual stability…. Temporal contiguity of visual stimuli across saccades and constancy of relative positional information in a visual scene may thus mainly account for visual stability in most everyday situations.  Even a distorted and coarse internal monitoring signal might, under these circumstances, convey sufficient temporal and spatial information to complement the evaluation of visual reafferent information.   ….impaired corollary discharge transmission comes at a perceptual cost: Whenever the brain starts to question the prior assumption of a stationary world, visual space perception across eye movements is compromised and affected by oculomotor noise.  Transthalamic monitoring signals may thus significantly contribute to the correct attribution of self-induced vs. externally imposed changes in the continuous flow of our sensory experiences.Getting the visual scene right can actually affect our sense of self.  They noted in conclusion, “Central aspects of our self-conception may build upon the integration of such corollary discharge-transmitting loops and their disturbed functioning might contribute to the symptomatology in devastating diseases such as schizophrenia.”  The scientists did not attempt to explain how these integrated, coordinated, robust, overlapping systems might have evolved.1. Ostendorf, Liebermann and Ploner, “Human thalamus contributes to perceptual stability across eye movements,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, December 28, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0910742107.If you counted up the stories we have reported about integrated biological systems in which every component contributes to exquisite function, and the researchers who studied them avoided the topic of evolution, it would be a substantial list.  Even the subset of stories about the human eye would be substantial (three examples: 08/07/2008, 05/12/2005, 08/28/2003).    The force of these stories is in the details.  We’re going to keep piling them on as long as we can till the weight of evidence shames the Darwinists into whimpering irrelevance.  We’d like to do more and do it better.  Have you considered supporting this resource?(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Microsoft invests in South African talent

first_imgIt’s anticipated that the deal will take Microsoft from a Level 4 to a Level 2 BEE contributor, subject to the relevant audits. “We want to create a new model for entrepreneurship and set a new benchmark for developing talent in the local software industry.” Rigorous vetting process Participants will be chosen from responses to a nationwide request for proposals, slated for issue in early May, and it is expected that between five and 10 companies will be part of the initial programme. After a rigorous vetting process by external consultants KPMG, the shortlist will be identified, interviewed and selected. Microsoft then hopes to select the finalists and start working with them as soon as July. Enterprise development, job creation Nyati said Microsoft would focus “significant time, energy and resources” on growing the fledgling companies, which would build partners in new, potential high-growth areas and hopefully generate greater competition in the South African technology industry overall. The selection process kicks off on 28 April with the issuing of the nationwide requests for proposals, inviting black-owned software development companies to apply. “The country can only be transformed if empowerment plays its rightful role in business,” Ntuli said. “We need to ensure it is linked more effectively to the development of skills, and to growth of local businesses. The Microsoft programme covers both aspects well.” “The best way to do this was to ask the right questions within unique context of South Africa. So we asked: what does the market need? What are the government’s priorities? And what is the greatest impact we can make? The result is the significant investment being made for economic development seen here today.” ‘Highest levels of support’ Financial muscle, expertise “We’re looking to take existing software development companies and transform them into companies that compete in South Africa and around the world in areas like cloud computing,” he said.center_img “In the conversations with our global leadership team in Seattle, they made it clear that this was South Africa’s moment, and this was the time to step up our commitment to the country,” said Faramawy. “This is the first time a major multinational is willing to put both financial muscle and expertise behind the growth of the SME sector, as opposed to a generic offering of money that is not applied to a specific outcome,” said Goldstuck. Arthur Goldstuck, the MD of technology research house World Wide Worx, welcomed the deal as a significant step for BEE in the technology industry. “We anticipate these small companies will learn and collaborate with our existing partners, and in doing so create new software solutions and approaches for the unique challenges we have in South Africa – and for those of international markets,” said Nyati. “Research from our annual SME survey points clearly to the fact that small businesses that think like big businesses, and use so-called big business tools, are far more likely to be highly competitive in their given field. If this deal is able to give the chosen companies that business approach and tools, it has a good chance of achieving something different in the BEE environment.” Nyati said the investment would directly address some of the key challenges facing the government and South Africa as a whole – namely creating jobs, developing enterprises, building the local software economy and developing scarce technology skills. Microsoft Middle East and Africa President Ali Faramawy said at the launch that there was overwhelming support for the move from the highest levels of the company, with global CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft International president Jean-Philippe Courtois and other senior leaders completely behind the move. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material In one of the biggest equity-equivalent deals seen in South Africa to date, Microsoft is to invest almost half-a-billion rand in the local software industry over the next seven years as part of the company’s broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) programme. The deal, announced by Microsoft South Africa MD Mteto Nyati and Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Maria Ntuli in Sandton this week, will see the multinational software giant spending R472-million to help small, black-owned software development companies to grow into global businesses by 2017. 26 April 2010last_img read more