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.

Press Contacts

Mark Plungy
Director, Global Public Relations
+1 (650) 424-5630
mark.plungy@varian.com

Sue Schneidhorst
Head EMEIA Communications
+41 (0)79 246 96 01
sue.schneidhorst@varian.com

Investor Relations Contact

J. Michael Bruff
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
+1 (650) 424-5163
investors@varian.com

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.

Press Contacts

Mark Plungy
Director, Global Public Relations
+1 (650) 424-5630
mark.plungy@varian.com

Sue Schneidhorst
Head EMEIA Communications
+41 (0)79 246 96 01
sue.schneidhorst@varian.com

Investor Relations Contact

J. Michael Bruff
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
+1 (650) 424-5163
investors@varian.com

Why Women Live Longer Than Men

GENEVA New data finds women everywhere live on average 4.4 years longer than men because they see the doctor more frequently and generally take better care of their health.

While women outlive men around the world, the World Health Organization’s Statistics Overview 2019 says their life expectancy is sharply reduced because of maternal deaths. It says this highlights the big health gap that still exists between rich and poor countries.

The World Health Organization reports one in 41 women die from maternal causes in poor countries where access to health services are scarce. This compared with one in 3,300 maternal deaths in rich countries.

Samira Asma is WHO assistant director general for data, analytics and delivery. She says men die earlier than women because they do not take as good care of their health as women. Also, they tend to be exposed to greater risks.

In many circumstances, men use health care less than women. They are less likely to seek care and to continue care once diagnosed of a certain condition. And also, men are more likely to die from preventable and treatable noncommunicable diseases and road traffic accidents, says Asma.

Leading causes of death

Of the 40 leading causes of death, the report says men have higher death rates than women from 33 of the risk factors. For example, the report says men smoke and drink alcohol much more than women. It finds global suicide mortality rates are 75 percent higher in men than in women.

Asma says noncommunicable diseases are on the rise in most of the low- and middle-income countries, especially in Africa. She tells VOA this is due to the emergence of risk factors such as tobacco use, increase in alcohol consumption and unhealthy diets.

In terms of leading causes of noncommunicable disease-related deaths, are cardiovascular and ischemic heart disease. And hypertension. Though it is preventable and treatable, a risk factor is not being addressed, she said.

Asma says statistics on NCD-related deaths underscore the need to prioritize primary health care. She says people in these facilities can receive the medicine and treatment they need for their ailments. She notes that people who seek primary health care are made aware of the risk factors that can cause premature deaths.

Source: Voice of America

UN: Arab States Face Water Emergency, Urgent Action Needed

CAIRO Arab states are facing a water supply emergency, with per capita resources expected to fall by 50 percent by 2050, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday.

The Middle East and North Africa have suffered more than any other region from water scarcity and desertification, problems being complicated by climate change, FAO director-general Jose Graziano da Silva told a meeting of Arab states in Cairo.

In response, they needed to modernize irrigation techniques and coordinate water management strategies as a matter of urgency.

The per capita share of fresh water availability in the region is just 10 percent of the world average, according to the FAO. Agriculture consumes more than 85 percent of available resources.

“This is really an emergency problem now,” Graziano da Silva told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the conference.

The meeting, attended by around 20 states, was the first of its kind at which ministers of both water and agriculture were present, an effort to improve coordination between different branches of government that have often failed to work together.

“It’s unbelievable that this region does not have good governance on water management and land management,” Graziano da Silva told Reuters.

“[In Egypt], they have 32 ministers. Most probably of those 32 ministers, 30 ministers deal with water � water is a problem for them. And they don’t have ways to coordinate very efficiently.”

Egypt says it has already started working to improve ministerial coordination, for example by reducing rice cultivation to conserve water.

Graziano da Silva said he visited agricultural areas in Egypt’s Nile Delta where farmers were still employing inundation techniques used for centuries to irrigate their land.

“This is a waste of water. We need to move urgently to drip irrigation and other techniques that save water,” he added.

Water scarcity was also displacing rural populations and increasing the region’s dependence on cheap, highly processed food imports that were contributing to rising rates of obesity, he told the conference.

Source: Voice of America