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40 Years Of ECOWAS: Region Hampered By Political Instability – Mahama

40 Years Of ECOWAS: Region Hampered By Political Instability – Mahama
Chairman of ECOWAS and president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has said that for the past 39 years, the region's quest for economic development and regional integration had been hampered by several factors including, political instability. ECOWAS will …
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The EU engagement in the Central African Republic
The challenges facing the Central African Republic (CAR) are so complex and interlinked that only a comprehensive approach focused on security, humanitarian aid, stabilisation and development cooperation will help make a difference. This is the …
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Iowa City Area Development Group Wins Economic Development Award for Helping Regional Companies Use Workplace Culture and a Talent Attraction and Retention Strategy


Iowa City, Iowa (PRWEB) December 10, 2014

The Mid-America Economic Development Council presented its annual Economic Development awards at the 2014 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum, held December 7-9 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago, and the Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) Group received First Place in the Business Retention and Expansion Category for their entry Making Iowa City and Iowas Creative Corridor a Hub for Workplace Culture.

Mark Nolte, ICAD Groups President, said this initiative stems from data collected through its annual existing industry survey. As we came out of the recession, we started to see a greater divide among area companies struggling for workers, losing workforce, and those who had unfavorable opinions on local workforce, versus companies that were seeing year-over-year growth, said Nolte. In fact, we noticed that companies that were showing high value and low risk scores were also receiving accolades as some of the ‘fastest growing’ and ‘best places to work’ in our region, so workplace culture became a priority.

In June of 2013, ICAD Group launched a series of workplace culture programs to help employers realize that today’s workers have a choice in companies, locations and communities, and culture plays a key role.

Included in that programming were visits from Hagie Manufacturing, an agriculture implement manufacturer in Clarion, Iowa, to share their story of transformational culture and rethinking the work environment to attract talented people; promoting World Blus Democtratic Workplaces certification for companies in the region (3 area companies were certified this past year); and the full-day Workplace (R)evolution conference, held this past summer in Cedar Rapids, that attracted attendees representing more than 70 companies from throughout Iowas Creative Corridor.

Plans are in place for Workplace (R)evolution 2015 in Iowa City and a workplace culture educational series at Kirkwood Community College. Additionally, a workplace culture coalition has since formed in the region known as TEAM, a concept promoted by ICAD Group and Diversity Focus. With TEAM, companies declare their intent to become TEAM Centered Workplaces and work toward greater internal collaboration and employee autonomy, through Trust, Enjoyment, Accountability and Managing the Whole Person.

Linda Barnes, Vice President of Organizational Agility for Geonetric, says creating a great workplace culture is critical to attracting and retaining top employees. ICAD Groups TEAM concept brings that to life, said Barnes. Being part of a coalition that meets monthly to share ideas and practices is invaluable as we grow our company here in the Corridor.

The TEAM Centered Workplace coalition currently consists of 24 regional employers and continues to add new members monthly. Participating employers are in varied disciplines, from banking to educational testing, software design to advanced manufacturing, with operations/offices in all seven counties of Iowas Creative Corridor.

When MediRevv first learned about the TEAM initiative founded by our partners at ICAD Group, we immediately saw the value to our organization as well as the opportunity to our Creative Corridor community, added Brad Baldwin, Vice President of Operations at MediRevv. The ideals of the TEAM initiative are foundational to building the human capital it takes to win in our business. While our mindset at MediRevv was already geared towards these principles, the TEAM initiative has allowed us to continue our momentum and share the ROI of our investments we experienced internally with our community partners.

Companies looking to learn more about TEAM Centered Workplaces can visit http://www.icadgroup.com/team.







Oxfords Skoll Scholars addressing some of Africas most critical social problems

Oxford, UK (PRWEB UK) 28 November 2014

Africa is a global hub for entrepreneurship with impactful ventures leading social and economic progress throughout the continent. The individuals founding and developing African ventures bring energy, commitment and dedication to their work – attributes highly valued in MBA students at Sa

Artistic Endorsement of His Excellency President Paul Biya of Cameroon by New York Based Diasporan Artiste

Brooklyn,New York (PRWEB) August 26, 2011

According to print media and online resources, Mr. Biya has been at the helm of Cameroon for more than twenty years serving with abnegation as president. American State Department reports concede that Mr. Biya has shown tremendous courage under fire making Cameroon a beacon of peace and stability in an occasionally turbulent Central Africa. He achieved diplomatic milestones that include hosting international conferences and guests from the secretary general of the United Nations to His Holiness Pope Benedict 16th.The visits were covered by the national TV (Cameroon Radio Television) and American based EWTN for the papal visit.The Green Tree Accords that awarded Cameroon the Bakassi Peninsula and which Mr. Biya signed with then Nigerian President Baba Olusegun Obasanjo under the auspices of the United Nations broke the stereotypes about chaos, violence and war in Africa.The major Nigerian and Cameroonian newspapers like The Punch and Cameroon Tribune, electronic and other media also covered the signing ceremony.The United Nations Department of Public Information also covers this treaty that was signed in New York on June 12,2006. .

Cameroon prides herself in tourism brochures as the Africa in Miniature. First Lady Mama Chantal Biya (Mafor/Nyia Meyong) has shown that behind every successful man is a successful woman through her charitable works throughout Cameroon and beyond. This has garnered her the prestigious title of UNESCO goodwill ambassador according to major publications. President Biya has pleasantly stunned some artistes with his humility by providing them moral and other support, their religion,tribe, status,linguistic group or otherwise not withstanding.According to state media ,on June 22,2011 Mr. Biya was endorsed by more than 200 Cameroonian musicians when he and his wife hosted them in his birth place of Mvomeka’a in the southern region of the country.

Mr. Biya committed to bringing hope to all Cameroonians in his speech during the golden jubilee of Cameroon’s Armed Forces in December 2010 vowing that no region will be forgotten in terms of development and delivery.This speech is covered by the presidency website- http://www.presidenceducameroun.com.Nation building is not a single individual’s chore. Late American President-John F.Kennedy’s assertion “Ask not What your country can do for you but what you can do for your country” is the major premise behind this endorsement.In the endorsement memo in Mvomeka’a the artistic community in Cameroon also pledged to channel its suggestions to Paul Biya’s administration . The same presidential website also features Mr. Biya and his wife being conferred traditional titles in the city of Ebolowa in December 2010.In accordance with African courtesies, the guests of traditional leaders always bear gifts during their visits. With this in mind, an “IWISA” from the Zulu Kingdom will be handed to Cameroon’s ambassador in Washington DC for onward dispatch to Mr. Biya.According to major websites the IWISA symbolizes strength, wisdom, protection, regality and above all a weapon. Hopefully, it will be used when ‘slaughtering’ the daily problems of Cameroonians. Accordingly, it is a great privilege to endorse H.E.Paul Biya for another seven year mandate as President of Cameroon.

Issued By:

Boniface Ndemping Wewe

Artistic Titles : (Ngonyama ka Brooklyn/Professeur Agrege en Sexologie)

Documentary Filmmaker/Author

Brooklyn, New York

USA

Contact Info:

African Artistic Ventures

1920 Pacific Street #3

Brooklyn, New York

New York, 11233

Email:Wewendemping(at)Yahoo(dot)com

Phone: (347) 607-5551

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Cheapflights.co.uk declares a ‘War on Gloom’

London (PRWEB UK) 26 January 2012

Rising APD, a dire economy and the post-Christmas blues all combine to make January an even duller month this year than usual. Cheapflights.co.uk is therefore waging a War on Gloom (#DefyTheGloom) by declaring travel to be the perfect antidote for beating the January blues with its list of Top 25 Cheap and Cheerful destinations.

Despite talk of another recession, Cheapflights.co.uk, the online leader in deals publishing, found in a recent survey that travel is still a priority for 83 per cent of the 15,000 Brits who participated. In fact, theyre cutting back in other areas of expenditure to protect their travel budget.

Are you fed up of reading gloomy headlines? So are we. We know that UK consumers are cutting back elsewhere to save up for a holiday. At Cheapflights we decided we could help and declared our War on Gloom. Together we can beat it! We have some great Cheap and Cheerful destinations and above all the widest range of cheap flight deals to help you escape. Click your mouse and grab your bucket and spade to take a stand for holiday cheer, says Hugo Burge, CEO for Cheapflights Media.

To compile the Top 25 list, Cheapflights.co.uk took its 100 most popular destinations from December and calculated their affordability and appeal based on a combination of factors: return flights, weather in January and February, recent currency performance, ground costs and third party rankings on safety for visitors.

The list is a combination of mainly exotic, long-haul destinations where the sun shines most of the year and ground costs are incredibly low. There are a few European destinations in the mix such as Prague, Amsterdam and Dublin, but our top five are all a bit of a trek however, they are great places to get away for a fun, affordable and off-the-beaten path experience. Following these five was a list of great spots within India all scoring the same since the weather, costs, airfare deals and other factors were so in synch. As a result, we ended up counting the country of India as a single Cheap and Cheerful destination.

The top five destinations are:

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2010 End of Year Message from the CEO and Founder of PCDI-Cameroon

Dear People of Goodwill,

Thanks for all your effort to keep the spirit of community development alive. There is nothing more important to humanity other than saving lives. Your continuous support is deeply appreciated.

As you might have noticed, PCDI has suffered a series of crisis in the past year. These crises range from poor management to staff malpractices. We have had difficult times with the Staff, BOD, Volunteers and projects implementations. However, PCDI was founded with the community in mind and shall continue to work for the empowerment of communities.

My deep thanks go to those who stood by us during our crisis. Our approach to management might have not been the best, but we thank you for your corrective action.
PCDI is willing to welcome any suggestions that will improve our operational standards.

We are proud to inform the international community that our mentor and volunteer Ms. Tamara Palamakumbura greatly motivated who we are today. Our international connections and overall success is thanks to Ms. Tamara. PCDI is your baby and we wish to continue working with you.

To all partner organizations, especially the AIA Club of the American University in Dubai, we say thank you for spreading the spirit of community development. You determination and involvement in the fight to alleviate poverty in Cameroon is highly lauded. Thank you for the school construction in Bambalang-Ndop.

For 2011, PCDI intends to carry out a series of project in partnership with other organizations. We are happy to announce our new partnership with the community oriented NGO (CIG) the Kencholia International Foundation (http://www.kencholiafoundation.com/). United we stand for greater achievement.

Finally, with effect from January 1st, 2011, PCDI’s head office shall be moved to the United States of America. PCDI International, a 501c registered organization, will take over PCDI-Cameroon. The Cameroon office shall henceforth be an execution office for all PCDI-International projects in Cameroon. This strategy is aimed at standardizing operations and monitoring. Contact our website http://www.pcdi-cameroon.org/p/contact.html for office location.

Accept seasonal greetings from the Staff and Management of PCDI.
Happy New Year 2011. 

Francis K. Chenyi
Founder and CEO PCDI-Cameroon

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PCDI CAMEROON
BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN CAMEROON: THE COMPLICATIONS

“Many developing countries remain poor largely because they had let the Industrial Revolution pass them by. They can ill afford to miss the information technology revolution”. M. S. Swaminatham (ICT for Poverty Reduction: Myths, Realities and Development Implications)

Information Communication Technology (ICT) is the modern day driver of economic growth and poverty alleviation. PCDI embraces this principle and works at bridging the digital divide in the rural communities of Cameroon through a multi-pronged approach. Firstly through IT training.

PCDI runs a school where software and hardware courses, and full time and part time courses are run. In fitting with PCDI’s objectives, places at the school are offered at no cost to vulnerable women and children. During our last graduation, we were proud to graduate one of these students and we will continue to offer her the necessary support so as to allow her to develop herself.

Secondly through offering internet access (PCDI is the only provider of such services in the division of 13 villagers).

However the reality is much more complex than these text book solutions suggest.

The proclaimed revolution in Mobile Phones technology is indeed being felt in Cameroon. It is rare for an individual to not have a phone. But it is equally rare for the normal populace to be able to afford to make a call. The phones are sold on a pay-as-you-go basis and people cannot afford to purchase the credit. So communication is via a system of “beeps”, whereby one person calls another but before the receiver can pick up the phone, the caller has hung up. This is a message to the second person that the first person wishes to communicate and if the second person has credit they should call back. Normally they do not have credit to return the call.


The Computer Revolution: Struggling For Survival in Rural Cameroon
Tamara Palamakumbura
Partners for Community Development Initiative (PCDI), Cameroon

ABSTRACT
PCDI (http://www.pcdi-cameroon.org) is a local CIG (NGO) based in rural Cameroon. This article discusses our efforts to "bridge the digital divide" and the reality behind the technological revolution. We face a battle on two fronts. Firstly, chronic poverty. For most of the population technology and its benefits is a luxury commodity. The necessities are foods and medicines and in a time of rising food prices, the luxuries must be cut down. We offer the only internet access in the entire division of 13 villagers and yet we face a daily battle to survive. The continuation of the internet services is by no means certain. Secondly, computer illiteracy. Much of the community has not and cannot use a computer. Yet when we offer free internet training, they refuse.

INTRODUCTION
"Many developing countries remain poor largely because they had let the Industrial Revolution pass them by. They can ill afford to miss the information technology revolution".  M. S. Swaminatham (ICT for Poverty Reduction: Myths, Realities and Development Implications)
Information Communication Technology (ICT) is the modern day driver of economic growth and poverty alleviation. PCDI embraces this principle and works at bridging the digital divide in the rural communities of Cameroon through a multi-pronged approach. Firstly through IT training. 
PCDI runs a school where software and hardware courses, and full time and part time courses are run. In fitting with PCDI's objectives, places at the school are offered at no cost to vulnerable women and children.  During our last graduation, we were proud to graduate one of these students and we will continue to offer her the necessary support so as to allow her to develop herself.
Secondly through offering internet access (PCDI is the only provider of such services in the division of 13 villagers).
However the reality is much more complex than these text book solutions suggest.
The proclaimed revolution in Mobile Phones technology is indeed being felt in Cameroon. It is rare for an individual to not have a phone. But it is equally rare for the normal populace to be able to afford to make a call. The phones are sold on a pay-as-you-go basis and people cannot afford to purchase the credit. So communication is via a system of "beeps", whereby one person calls another but before the receiver can pick up the phone, the caller has hung up. This is a message to the second person that the first person wishes to communicate and if the second person has credit they should call back. Normally they do not have credit to return the call.
Despite these obstacles the transformation caused by the introduction telecommunication is obvious, even to the casual observer. The computing revolution in contrast, has been much slower to take root. Before PCDI there was another internet café in the village. But the enterprise has long since shut its doors. This is PCDI's second attempt to provide internet services to the village and now we face a daily battle to survive. The future of our internet café is by no means certain.

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