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China viewed by African youth as one of most influential countries…

first_img53 African countries to attend inaugural China-Africa trade expo FILE PHOTO: Special Economic and Commercial Counsellor Guo Ce of the Chinese embassy in Kenya, addresses reporters at the launch of the 3rd China-Africa Industrial Capacity Cooperation Expo in Nairobi. PHOTO: CGTNChina is viewed by African youth as being one of the most influential countries and institutions in Africa, according to a survey commissioned by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation.The survey, titled African Youth Survey 2020, saw 4,200 young people aged 18-24 interviewed in 14 African countries: Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The survey reported that 74 percent of respondents said that China was one of the nations, internationally, which held a significant sway in the continent.China ranked second only to the United States, which was marginally ahead with 79 percent of respondents saying it was one of the most influential countries.However, China scored more favourably compared to continental unions such as the African Union and the European Union, which came in third and fourth respectively.The report also sought views of the youth on which countries and institutions which have positive influences on the continent.“When confronted with the influence of particular countries, however, an overwhelming majority of African youth are positive,” the survey said.China scored highly with 79 percent of respondents saying that the world’s second-largest economy was one of the international countries whose effect on the continent was good. China was third in the list only behind the United States (83 percent) and the United Kingdom (82 percent).China has built more than 6,000 kilometers of railways and roads as well as nearly 20 ports and large power stations in Africa. Such infrastructure has boosted Africa’s industrialization and enhanced its self-reliance capacity.China is currently Africa’s largest trading partner and one of its major development partners having financed and constructed several mega-infrastructure projects around the continent. China has also offered aid in terms of money and expertise to Africa with the most recent coming during Africa’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.The survey also found that Chinese President Xi Jinping was identified as one of the international leaders who was seen by African youth as being a primary driver of their future in the next five years.President Xi’s time in office has seen a significant strengthening of bilateral ties between China and Africa. Indeed, in March 2013, Xi chose Africa to be the destination of his first overseas visit as president of China.Related Talk Africa: China-Africa Investment Forumcenter_img Talk Africa: Youth and Migration in Africalast_img read more

Gov’t and opposition can work together

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNewsPolitics Gov’t and opposition can work together by: – April 20, 2018 393 Views   5 comments Opposition Leader Lennox Linton (left) and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at a 2015 press briefing following Tropical Storm Erika (Photograph compliments The Office of the Prime Minister)Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has expressed the view that there can be friendship in politics and that government and opposition members can work together for the country’s advancement.The Prime Minister, who lamented the current political atmosphere on the island, said it is unfortunate how some people operate and see politics. He added that politics was never intended to be about harming people but rather about different ideas converging for the good of Dominica.The Prime Minister made the observation while addressing the swearing in ceremony of a former opposition senator, Joseph Isaac as a government minister on 13 April 2018.At that ceremony, Mr. Skerrit gave an example of collaboration between himself and former Prime Minister, Eddison James on an important project in the Marigot Constituency.“I called Mr James once and he invited me, as Member of Parliament for Marigot, to come to see a water situation in North End and to visit some of the roads,” Mr Skerrit recalled.Upon visiting Marigot, Mr Skerrit said he and Mr. James visited the North End Water Supply System and he observed that it was “a very primitive water system” and I said to Mr James ‘but how you guys have people drinking from that?’”“I went back to the office and we had already approved in the Cabinet, 1.3 million dollars for the Vieille Case Water system and…I decided to redirect that 1.3 million dollars to fix the North End Water project in Marigot,” he said.Mr Skerrit who is the Parliamentary Representative for Vieille Case said he decided to redirect the funds approved for his Constituency to Marigot because he felt that there was water in Vieille Case and “we can wait some time to fix our water system”. The North End Water Supply project, which costed in excess of 1.6 million EC dollars, was officially commissioned in September 2011.“So government and Opposition can work together for the good of people if we’re really serious about it,” the Prime Minister noted and recalled that there was a good working relationship between himself and former opposition leader, Earl Williams. “So we can work together, but sometimes you get the impression that some would like their people to stay in their poverty, in their decadence, and so forth and to say that the government is not helping,” Mr Skerrit added.Moreover, Mr. Skerrit said he recognizes himself as the Prime Minister “of everybody in Dominica” and maintains this when allocating funding for housing assistance and other community projects.“Even with the housing program we have now fixing homes for people, doing various things, even if the Opposition has not submitted one name; I have approved for Marigot, 1.2 million dollars, I have approved for Salisbury 1.3 million, and for Wesley 1.4 million dollars. Mr Skerrit said his government is committed to assisting all citizens and communities across the island irrespective of their political affiliation or preference.“We’ve gotten hold of the village council in those communities and leaders in the communities and told them let’s get the estimates for these people…, let’s get the invoices and let’s fix their homes,” he informed.“When those names come to me, I don’t go through it and say well ‘who is red, who is blue’, and so forth. It comes to me, I approve it and we send those monies to the councils to fix the homes,” Mr Skerrit stated. The Prime Minister also refuted claims that his government only focuses on the constituencies won by the Dominica Labour Party and not those won by the Opposition.“I just approved five hundred and forty thousand dollars to fix to reconstruct a road in Salisbury. The Parl. Rep. didn’t ask me for it, but I know that there’s a need and we’re doing it,” he noted. “So it is not true that we’re not helping these constituencies, it’s not true at all. We’re committed to every part of Dominica and every one in Dominica,” Mr Skerrit said. Sharecenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

“Christmas is for giving,” by Carlyn XP

first_imgLocalNews “Christmas is for giving,” by Carlyn XP by: – December 22, 2018 Sharing is caring! Share 421 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share “Christmas is for giving” and Carlyn XP is sharing in this tradition. In the true spirit of Christmas, She visited The Giraudel Primary School, the same school she attended when growing up, where she donated school accessories to deserving students. She also made a donation to the Ebenezer S.D.A Primary School. A $500.00 cash donation and a handmade Chocolate Bouquet was also presented to the dance club of the Convent High School. The Dominica Infirmary received food stuff to aid in the caring of the elderly.Carlyn XP feels the need, as a Dominican, to support and encourage the youth. And as a registered nurse, Carlyn has a soft spot for the elderly and felt she needed to show her appreciation for their contribution to society. She intends to keep up with this Christmas spirit of giving and encourages others to do the same.last_img read more

Anritsu Exhibiting Advanced Signal Integrity Solutions at DesignCon 2020

first_imgAt DesignCon 2020, Anritsu, is providing design engineers with a portfolio of advanced signal integrity solutions. They are demonstrating test instruments and emerging techniques to verify designs featuring PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0/4.0/5.0, Ethernet PAM4, and other high-speed interconnect technologies to help engineers gain confidence in the chipsets, cables, interconnects and systems being developed.Headlining the test demonstrations in the Anritsu DesignCon booth is a new PCI Express test solution that supports the PCIe 5.0 Base/CEM Specification Stressed Receiver Test. At the center of the demonstration is the Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A Series with installed Automation Software for base specification calibration and BER Measurement Software supporting the SKP Filter. With the system, engineers can easily configure a measurement environment for early-stage development of PCIe 5.0 IP and devices, expediting the rollout of technology.The MP1900A is being featured in other demonstrations on verifying high-speed designs. It is integrated with the BERTWave MP2110A and MS9740B OSA to conduct 400G optical PAM4 TDECQ tests, as well as in a configuration to conduct automated high-speed serial bus RX tests.Also on display at their booth is the ShockLine MS46524B 4-port VNA that conducts de-embedding and network extraction measurements. The VNA is also displayed in a 110 GHz signal integrity measurement configuration for more efficient device modeling.Technical Sessions at DesignCon 2020Further discussion on conducting accurate evaluations of high-speed designs will be held on Thursday, January 30, in Great America – Room 2. Anritsu will lead a series of technical sessions addressing emerging test considerations, including:Characterizing O/E Components – This One session discusses techniques to accurately characterize opto-electronic (O/E) and electro-optical (E/O) components, considered the building blocks of communication systems, and crucial elements for next-generation networks to work seamlessly.PCIe 4.0/5.0 Tx/Rx LEQ Compliance Test – Held in conjunction with Teledyne LeCroy, the talk gives engineers an understanding of the PCIe test specifications, detailed test procedures, and optimal test equipment configurations to ensure their products pass PCIe 3.0/4.0 TX/RX compliance testing. A PCIe 5.0 test solution will also be introduced.PCIe 4.0/5.0 SerDes Test – This session discusses how PCIe addresses challenges associated with making 32 GT/s function with NRZ signaling. It will include descriptions of the technology complemented with detailed guidance through the crucial SerDes tests.400G BER and Jitter Tolerance Test for 53 Gbaud PAM4 with FEC – Anritsu will present the latest test techniques and requirements of the PAM4 400GbE standards. The focus will be on 100G PAM4 signal integrity, jitter tolerance test, ISI injection/emulation, and error distribution analysis to determine how error(s) can be corrected by FEC (Forward Error Correction). Subsequently, Anritsu will conduct a live demo of 100Gbps PAM4 BER and FEC Error Analysis.Click here to view more highlights from DesignCon 2020.last_img read more

Sharapova, Jankovic advance to semifinals

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Former world No. 1s Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic remained on course for a final showdown with quarterfinal wins at the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Thursday, while Ai Sugiyama raged against the dying light to move into the semifinals of the doubles competition.Russia’s Sharapova, feeling her way back after a 10-month injury layoff, put in an all-action, fist-pumping performance to beat Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 7-5, racking up a count of six aces and eight double faults along the way. “The goal is to be aggressive and not be passive,” Sharapova said. “That’s my game and that’s how I’ve always played. I like to attack and that usually means I’m going to make more errors, but it’s all about execution.”The win earned Sharapova a semifinal clash against Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska and fueled her confidence that she can return to the form that brought her three Grand Slam titles earlier in her career.“I feel like I’m certainly getting that feeling back of, not automatic mode, but being patient when you have to be patient and maybe being a little more aggressive when the time is right,” she said. “That’s one of the things that I’ve had to work on. . .”Jankovic set up a semifinal meeting with China’s Li Na after overcoming Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-3 earlier in the day.Both players struggled to find their rhythm in a first set in which seven of the 10 games went against service, but a rapid 3-0 lead in the second set gave Jankovic the platform to finally get the better of Bartoli after losing to the Frenchwoman in their previous four encounters.“What makes the difference is when my mind is on court, then I play at another level,” Jankovic said. “I showed that today, and it was a big difference to the previous matches. Today I controlled the ball well and I didn’t let her play her game. I was out there showing what I can do, and the difference was obvious.”One of those losses to Bartoli came in January’s Australian Open, at the start of what has been a turbulent year for the Serbian.“There are so many things that have happened in the past year,” she said. “I changed coach, my mum got sick and had surgery and my grandmother died. So many things were happening that of course it affects my game and I’m not able to concentrate. There are more important things in life.“Now I am trying to focus on my tennis and trying to enjoy it. I can only do what I can in the next few tournaments, and then try to start 2010 better than this year.”Sugiyama and Slovakian partner Daniela Hantuchova went into their doubles match against second-seeded Spaniards Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual knowing it could be the last of Sugiyama’s 17-year career.The 34-year-old will retire after the Tokyo tournament, and having pulled out of the singles competition through illness earlier in the week, the stakes were raised when Medina Garrigues and Ruano Pascual recovered from a set down to take the match to a super tiebreaker.But Sugiyama shook off the lingering aftereffects of her fever to land a series of crucial points, earning a 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 10-7 win and setting up a semifinal against Gisela Dulko and Nadia Petrova.“Compared to my singles match I was feeling much better, and of course with doubles the points are shorter and you only have to run about a quarter as much as you would in singles,” Sugiyama said. “I wasn’t confident about my energy, but Daniela played a great match and she really pulled me through.”A return ace from Sugiyama with the tiebreaker at 8-7 brought up match point, and the veteran forced a mistake at the net to secure the win.“It was a tough match right from the beginning and it could have gone either way,” she said. “We had to be aggressive, and we were able to change the flow into the super tiebreaker. That return ace was something I was talking to Daniela about, that being aggressive was really only the way to beat such a great team.” center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Ruffridge Selected To Fill Open Seat On Soldotna City Council

first_imgSeat F became vacant when former City Council member Keith Baxter resigned in March. Ruffridge is a member the city’s planning and zoning commission, and works at a local pharmacy in the community. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council, at their bi-weekly meeting last night, selected Justin Ruffridge to fill the vacant seat on the council. During the interview process Ruffridge spoke on the annexation process, responded with that it should “happen slowly and deliberately”, and with public input. Ruffridge also spoke about utilizing more of the cities natural resources.center_img Ruffridge was sworn in and filled the seat for the remainder of the council meeting, and will serve a partial term, until the upcoming regular elections. The council voted unanimously to appoint Ruffridge after interviewing Ruffridge, and another candidate Jordan Chilson, a member of the Soldotna Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.last_img read more

Numbers game: Derby County (A)

first_imgThe Robins secured their first win at Pride Park since 2011, thanks to first-half goals from Andreas Weimann and Josh Brownhill.Here are some of the numbers from our midweek win in the Sky Bet Championship fixture.TEAM STATSGoals: 2 (Andi Weimann 16′, Josh Brownhill 45+1′)Possession: 33%Shots: 8On target: 3Total passes: 333Passing success rate: 72%Tackles: 15last_img

Fulham star Cairney faces several weeks out

first_img[/media-credit] Tom Cairney was injured against Burnley Fulham expect captain Tom Cairney to be out for several weeks.The midfielder, who has pulled out of international duty with Scotland, picked up a foot injury in last week’s Premier League win against Burnley.He was quickly ruled out of Fulham’s game against Brighton this weekend and is now expected to be unavailable for some time.AdChoices广告Boss Slavisa Jokanovic said: “Tom Cairney is going to be unavailable for the Brighton game.“He has a foot injury and we still need to assess him but it is our expectation that he will be unavailable for a few weeks.”Neeskens Kebano, meanwhile, injured his ankle in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win over Exeter and is likely to be sidelined for at least a month.“Kebano has an ankle problem and he is probably going to be out for four weeks,” Jokanovic added.“I am not a doctor, but it has a similarity to Cairney but it is not the same thing.” See also:Fulham’s Kebano suffers possible ligament damageJokanovic: Fringe players could keep places against BrightonBeing closer to home ‘a big thing’ for MawsonInjured Cairney withdraws from Scotland squadFulham defender Mawson targeting England placeNo need for Sessegnon to play every game – JokanovicFulham boss working on a plan without Cairneycenter_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more