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Caroline Wanjiku Kihato Describes the Challenges of Autobiographical Social

Caroline Wanjiku Kihato Describes the Challenges of Autobiographical Social
The book follows the lives of various women from Rwanda, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Congo Brazzaville, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Burundi, who now live in Johannesburg. Drawing on their stories of love, illness …
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Boxers bring the heat Saturday; Brook, Dirrell, Figueroa win
Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) of Flint, Michigan also won a unanimous decision over Sakio Bika of Australia via Cameroon (31-6-3, 21 KOs). The pair made their bad intentions toward each other clear from the opening bell. It was also clear referee …
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Joanna Rowsell adds Commonwealth title to Olympic crown

Joanna Rowsell adds Commonwealth title to Olympic crown
Sarah Clark won gold in the under-63kg division when she beat Helene Wezeu Dombeu of Cameroon. The 36-year-old Clark – a former European champion who won silver when ….. It also criticises the poor level of facilities available in most local …
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SLO nonprofit links Cal Poly students with humanitarian projects
Projects awaiting construction include a medical clinic in Ethiopia, a business training center in Uganda, and a rescue home in Cameroon for children recovering from human trafficking. Fellows, a Cal Poly graduate in recreation, parks and tourism …
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Feicom handed 63 billion FCFA to Cameroonian municipalities in 2013
(Business in Cameroon) – Fonds spécial d'équipement et d'intervention intercommunal (Feicom), Cameroon's municipal bank, handed out a little over 63 billion FCFA to decentralised local communities in 2013 in the form of additional municipal cents …
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Latest Cameroon News

Cameroon cocoa grind purchases up by end June -NCCB data
Sic-Cacaos processes raw cocoa beans into cocoa powder, cocoa cake and cocoa liquor which are sold in the six nations of the CEMAC sub-region, while CHOCOCAM, an affiliate of South Africa's Tiger Brand, manufactures chocolate sold in Cameroon.
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World Cup: Cameroon investigating teammate clash
Cameroon's football federation is investigating what it calls "disgraceful behavior" by some of its players in the 4-0 loss to Croatia at the World Cup, when defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto head-butted a teammate. FECAFOOT said players could be punished …
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Nigerian, Udom Isong, replaces Georges Wega as Managing Director of
(Business in Cameroon) – The Nigerian banking group, United Bank of Africa (UBA) has just appointed Nigerian Udom Isong to the post of Managing Director of its Cameroonian subsidiary, replacing Georges Wega, terminated by Société générale Cameroun, …
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GYMGUYZ Enthusiastic to Attract Military Veterans As Franchisees Through VetFran Partnership


New York (PRWEB) July 11, 2014

GYMGUYZ, the #1 in home personal training company that brings premier health and wellness services directly to their clients, is honored to announce a partnership with the International Franchise Associations VetFran program. As part of its commitment to the initiative, which helps returning military members access franchise opportunities, GYMGUYZ offers honorably discharged former servicemen and women the opportunity to join the brand as franchisees at a $ 5,000 discount.

It is with extreme pride that we are now able to provide a monetary incentive for those who have served our country, while providing them an opportunity to help them transition into business ownership, said Josh York, founder and CEO of GYMGUYZ. Potential franchisees can rely on our strong brand foundation and proven business structure for ensured long-term success; and be part of a business that is fulfilling and allows veterans to continue making a positive impact on our country.

GYMGUYZ has established itself as a top career choice for small business ownership. By joining a franchise system, veterans can take advantage of the rewards and benefits of entrepreneurship while still receiving strong corporate support from a growing national brand. Veterans who have bravely served bring a well-rounded skill set to the franchise system, including experience, strong values, dedication and hard work.

Through our partnership with VetFran, we hope to recruit candidates with diverse backgrounds and contribute to the growing American franchise community that reflects all types of individuals, said York. Leading people is part of the military experience as is optimizing processes so were very excited to have such qualified individuals join GYMGUYZ.

GYMGUYZ brings state-of-the-art fitness technology, equipment and expertise to the doors of its rapidly growing customer base. GYMGUYZ coaches then use their expertise to structure workouts that will help each client meet his or her individual needs, tracking progress over the course of a 15-week program.

York notes the GYMGUYZ business model has already proven itself to be not only convenient, but also lucrative. Like-minded individuals with a passion for fitness and business would serve as prime operators to capitalize on their own business pursuits, as well as to expand the GYMGUYZ brand on a national scale.

Veterans interested in learning more about the opportunities available through GYMGUYZ and the VetFran program are encouraged to visit http://www.gymguyz.com and http://www.vetfran.com. The in-demand company is set for expansion across the United States and is aggressively developing territories in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

About GYMGUYZ

GYMGUYZ is # 1 in Home Personal Training providing convenient, customized, and creative workouts. Headquartered in Plainview, N.Y., bringing their premier health and wellness services to the comfort of a customers home, office, or setting of choice. Founded in 2008 by fitness specialist Josh York, today the brand employs a full fleet of trucks to bring state-of-the-art fitness equipment and expert coaches to their customers doors. Whether providing one-on-one training or inclusive group sessions, GYMGUYZ helps equip individuals with the resources to reach their fitness goals. Propelled by a unique take on an in-demand service, and fueled by a passionate corporate team, GYMGUYZ is pushing itself toward significant expansion through franchising. For more information on GYMGUYZ, visit http://www.gymguyz.com/. To learn more about franchising opportunities with GYMGUYZ, visit http://www.gymguyzfranchise.com/.







At the Crucial Nexus of Water and Energy

At the Crucial Nexus of Water and Energy
Nevertheless, GWP's experience in Africa shows that water managers are finding practical, yet simple solutions to the water crisis, while taking into account the energy needs of communities. Andrew Takawira, senior programme officer, GWP-Africa, Water …
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Never-Ending Security Headache
Cameroon: Never-Ending Security Headache. By Kimeng Hilton Ndukong, … The majority Hutu people, who lost out to the minority Tutsi community, sought refuge in eastern DRC and have hardly abandoned their quest to reconquer power in Kigali. Thus, the …
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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

Thursday

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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