Senegal seeks partner for national carrier before new airport opens

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Senegal is searching for a strategic partner to relaunch its state carrier Senegal Airlines ahead of the opening of a new international airport next year as it seeks to become a hub for air travel in West Africa, President Macky Sall said on Tuesday.

In an effort to revive its tourist industry, hit hard by a rise in airport taxes and the Ebola outbreak in neighboring countries, Sall also said his government was analyzing whether to ditch visa requirements for foreign visitors.

Sall said Senegal Airlines has accumulated considerable debt and needed to be restructured. The company has some 250 employees, with some executives earning 10 million CFA francs ($16,150) a month, but owns almost none of its planes, he said.

Reporting by Daniel Flynn and Diadie Ba, editing by David Evans

“We have a new airport that is going to open next year and we need a working national carrier when that happens,” he told a news conference.

Tourism and Air Transport Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr said last week that Senegal Airlines had accumulated debt of 45 billion CFA francs ($72.68 million) and needed restructuring.

Sarr said there were talks taking place with a company from the United Arab Emirates to act as a strategic partner, without providing further details. Sall did not elaborate on this.

“We are in discussion with some partners and soon we will able to say whether this company is being reborn or will die definitely,” the president said. “I am optimistic that it can be taken in hand.”

Sall said his government was working on reducing high levels of airport tax and surcharges that were making Dakar uncompetitive as a regional hub.

“We must not allow taxes and bureaucratic procedures handicaps Senegalese tourism and the destination,” he said. “By the end of March we will decide on specific measures to ease this.”

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HealthSpot disrupts the lab industry with plans to bring 7 minute blood tests to retail pharmacy clinics

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HealthSpot demonstrates the telehealth industry’s first integrated lab test with Samsung Electronics’ rapid lab testing device at NACDS Expo in Denver

DENVER – August 24, 201510:00 am MDT – NACDS -The Total Store Expo – Booth #419 – HealthSpot®, a pioneer in patient-centric and provider-driven healthcare technology, will unveil new point-of-care lab technology from Samsung that analyzes your blood while you wait with a drop of blood from a finger stick. Pending FDA approval, consumers will be able to obtain fast, easy and accurate blood tests for cholesterol, diabetes and liver tests, as well as other lab tests simultaneously, and get results in as little as 7 minutes.

HealthSpot has already transformed the retail clinic by adding a virtual healthcare provider visit and in the future will be able to automate and integrate lab visits. The HealthSpot technology will connect lab results not only with the doctor’s electronic medical record but with the consumer’s personal health record and with the consumer’s insurance benefit plan and billing.

Through HealthSpot’s telehealth platform and integrated biomedical equipment, medical providers can virtually examine a patient using equipment similar to that found in their doctor’s office. With the addition of point-of-care technology, clinicians will be able to get on-demand results to make decisions right at the point of care, providing health systems with efficiency and cost reduction while improving health outcomes.

At NACDS Expo, taking place August 22-25 in Denver, CO, HealthSpot will showcase Samsung’s latest medical innovation, the Samsung LABGEO PT10, a smart, compact clinical chemistry analyzer, which HealthSpot plans to deploy into its stations. Attendees can experience HealthSpot’s innovative, private kiosk that virtually connects patients to providers from local and national health systems. With the addition of Samsung’s blood analyzer, consumers will be able to get affordable and on-demand lab results in addition to access to healthcare providers, inside HealthSpot stations at convenient retail pharmacy locations. The Samsung LABGEO PT10 saves time for clinicians, improving efficiency and accuracy through automated and rapid testing in seven minutes. It also reduces wait times for consumers while requiring less blood from the patient for the analysis.

“Adding labs to HealthSpot significantly enhances our mission to transform healthcare for consumers and providers. We are transforming retail clinics into a true extension of the local medical community and widening the scope of services that can be offered via telehealth. The addition of blood analysis via Samsung’s smart point-of-care technology will allow providers to go one step further for virtual exams inside the HealthSpot station and serve patients better than ever before,” said HealthSpot CEO Steve Cashman. “We are helping consumerize healthcare-no more needles, no more wait and all at a lower cost. People like that.”

HealthSpot is already bringing the doctor’s office to consumers in retail pharmacies across Ohio. The HealthSpot station is a fully-enclosed, 40-square-foot kiosk enabled with proprietary cloud-based telemedicine software that allows patients to be seen and treated for a series of illnesses and conditions.

About HealthSpot

HealthSpot® is healthcare, reimagined. A pioneer in connected care, HealthSpot has built a comprehensive healthcare delivery platform that combines cloud-based software with the award-winning HealthSpot station, digital medical devices and mobile applications. HealthSpot’s platform radically transforms today’s healthcare system by enabling the delivery of quality, affordable medical care through a diverse professional care network for patients in efficient, convenient locations like pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, employer and community sites, universities and the home. For more information on HealthSpot, go to

About the Samsung LABGEO PT10

The Samsung LABGEO PT10 is not FDA cleared and is not yet sold in the USA. The product is CE/IVD registered for international use and is currently sold outside the USA.

First Android One smartphone launched in Nigeria

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By Staff Writer @ IT News Africa

Google has revealed that it is set to bring its Android One initiative to Africa. According to Google the launch, which is set to be in Nigeria, will be a combined effort by Google, MTN and smartphone manufacturer Infinix.

The Infinix Hot 2 smartphone will form part of the campaign. According to Infinix, its latest device  is now available through MTN Nigeria stores for NGN 19,500. The dual-Sim Android 5.1 device comes with a 5-inch HD screen, 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and 2,200 mAh battery.

Google first launched Android One last year to work with manufacturers to bring simpler, low-cost smartphones to emerging markets. In Africa it plans to launch the Infinix phone in the coming weeks also in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco.

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(NYT) Intel to Invest Heavily in Software That Enhances Cloud-Computing Capabilities

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SAN FRANCISCO — Intel, the world’s biggest maker of computer chips, has seen its future. There may not be room for some of Intel’s old friends in it.

“A new world is coming, and it is inevitable,” said Diane M. Bryant, who runs Intel’s business in chips for industrial-size computing centers. “Everyone has to act differently.”

Indeed, Intel’s venture arm is expected to announce on Monday that it will put $100 million toward software that is used in cloud computing, an increasingly popular method for making bigger and more efficient computing systems.

Intel will lead a $75 million equity investment in Mirantis, a little-known start-up specializing in open-source cloud software, and will spend another $25 million on bolstering its own resources for working with Mirantis-type products, according to several people familiar with the deal. They declined to be identified in order to maintain relations with Intel and other companies.

Intel was part of a $10 million investment round in the company in 2013 and last year joined another group of Mirantis investors.

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Mobile Health Solutions enabling efficient healthcare

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The biggest tech trend in Africa, and the one that is making the biggest impact on the everyday lives of people is the rise of smartphones and feature phones.

Africa has seen the fastest uptake of mobile devices in the world and mobile subscribers are set to hit half a billion in the next five years, according to the GSMA.

This statistic supports the fact that mobile technology is and will continue to be the most powerful communications platform in Africa. Driven by cheaper mobile devices and continued innovation in the mobile space, mobile technology has the power to and will transform the delivery of healthcare service into Africa.

The obstacles we face in africa, however, are the infrastructural challenges that are hindering the adoption of consumer facing apps and limiting integration with local health systems. There is however a way to circumvent these.

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Upgrading to Windows 10? Use the Kodi Media Center (Free)

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If you are upgrading to Windows 10 you should know what Windows Media Center no longer exists. A free option is the Kodi Media Center. it actually has more feature than the Old windows media center but takes soem getting used to . it as plenty of add-ons and othe features. check it out.



Kodi™ (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. Our forums and Wiki are bursting with knowledge and help for the new user right up to the application developer. We also have helpful Facebook, Google+,Twitter and Youtube pages.

Disclaimer: Kodi does not provide any media itself. Users must provide their own content or manually point Kodi to third party online services. The Kodi project does not provide any support for bootleg video content.

Kodi is available as a native application for Android, Linux, Mac OS X, iOS, and Windows operating systems, running on most common processor architectures. A small overview of the features can be found on our about page. For each platform, we offer a stable and development release(s). For normal users we recommend installing the stable releases.

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(NYT) Google Introduces Router With Ease-of-Use Features

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Google has made a Wi-Fi router that aims to provide better Internet connections that make it easier for people to use its digital services and see more of its online advertising. Preorders for the $200 wireless router, called OnHub, could be made beginning on Tuesday at Google’s online store, as well as and The cylindrical device will go on sale in stores in the United States and Canada in late August or early September. The search giant said its wireless router would be sleeker, more reliable, more secure and easier to use. And its software will be regularly updated, according to Google. The company said most people would be able to set up OnHub in three minutes or less. Google collaborated with the networking device maker TP-Link to build OnHub.

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Mobile Health Solutions enabling efficient healthcare in Africa

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The biggest tech trend in Africa, and the one that is making the biggest impact on the everyday lives of people is the rise of smartphones and feature phones.

Africa has seen the fastest uptake of mobile devices in the world and mobile subscribers are set to hit half a billion in the next five years, according to the GSMA.

This statistic supports the fact that mobile technology is and will continue to be the most powerful communications platform in Africa. Driven by cheaper mobile devices and continued innovation in the mobile space, mobile technology has the power to and will transform the delivery of healthcare service into Africa.

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Home comforts: why Africans are increasingly investing in Africa

Investment into Africa has usually been the preserve of developed world firms seeking extra yield for their portfolios. However, in the past few years more and more money has been poured into African projects by local investors as African wealth increases.

‘Rising Africa’ is a term much bandied around in the investment world in 2015, often used by investors in developed economies fleeing from depressed yields in their own backyards and alighting on a continent that has an altogether more promising growth story.

As this growth picks up, it means not just more money coming into Africa, but more money generated within Africa, sloshing around and waiting to be put to good use. African investment in Africa has picked up significantly in the past couple of years, but finding suitable investment destinations, negotiating regulatory constraints and managing risk effectively are still big hurdles for local investors.

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Data-Crunching Is Coming to Help Your Boss Manage Your Time


You might be at work, but that hardly means you are working.

Mitesh Bohra thought that projects at his software company, InfoBeans, were taking too long. “Something was supposed to be done in a thousand hours and it would end up taking 1,500,” he said. “We were racking our brains to figure out where the time went.”

Increasingly, bosses have an answer. A new generation of workplace technology is allowing white-collar jobs to be tracked, tweaked and managed in ways that were difficult even a few years ago. Employers of all types — old-line manufacturers, nonprofits, universities, digital start-ups and retailers — are using an increasingly wide range of tools to monitor workers’ efforts, help them focus, cheer them on and just make sure they show up on time.

The programs foster connections and sometimes increase productivity among employees who are geographically dispersed and often working from home. But as work force management becomes a factor in offices everywhere, questions are piling up. How much can bosses ratchet up intensity? How does data, which bestows new powers of vision and understanding, redefine who is valuable? And with half of salaried workers saying they work 50 or more hours a week, when does working very hard become working way too much?


Myrna Arias, a saleswoman for Intermex, a money-transfer company, has claimed in a lawsuit that she was required to download an app on her cellphone that tracked her whereabouts 24 hours a day. Credit Monica Almeida/The New York Times

“The massive forces of globalization and technological progress are removing the need for a lot of the previous kind of white-collar workers,” said Andrew McAfee, associate director of the Center for Digital Business at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. “There’s a lot of competition, global labor pools of pretty good quality, automation to make you more productive and make your job more 24/7. These are not calming forces.”

Indeed, one way employees are pushed to work harder is tethering them to the office outside of normal business hours. Nearly a third of workers in a Gallup poll last year said they were expected to “check email and stay in touch”when they were not working.

“People in sales are continually measured and always know where they stand. Now this is happening in the rest of the white-collar work force,” said Paul Hamerman, a workplace technology analyst with Forrester Research. “Done properly, it will increase engagement. Done in the wrong way, employees will feel pressured or micromanaged.”

Myrna Arias, a Southern California saleswoman for Intermex, a money-transfer company based in Miami, was required to download an app on her cellphone that tracked her whereabouts 24 hours a day, she claims in a lawsuit now pending in federal court. Ms. Arias’ suit quotes her manager as saying, perhaps jokingly, that he knew how fast she was driving at all times.

“Ms. Arias believed it was akin to wearing a felon’s ankle bracelet,” said her lawyer, Gail A. Glick. She deleted the app and was fired. Her suit, which accuses Intermex of invasion of privacy and wrongful termination, seeks $500,000 in lost wages. Neither Intermex nor its lawyers responded to requests for comment.

Companies making work force technology that relies more on engagement than enforcement say it increases transparency and fairness.

“In the office of the future,” said Kris Duggan, chief executive of BetterWorks, a Silicon Valley start-up founded in 2013, “you will always know what you are doing and how fast you are doing it. I couldn’t imagine living in a world where I’m supposed to guess what’s important, a world filled with meetings, messages, conference rooms, and at the end of the day I don’t know if I delivered anything meaningful.”

BetterWorks is focused less on measuring how employees spend their time at the office than in making them more connected to it. One way to do that: Make it feel more like Facebook.

One of its clients, Capco, a financial services consultant, is seeking to make the millennials happy. “They are looking for gigs, not careers,” said Patrick Gormley, the chief operating officer. “The things that would keep them tied to a job in years gone past — a mortgage, a car loan — have evaporated. That really challenges us to create an outstanding employee experience, so we can retain the best.”

Capco’s 3,000 employees, who are spread out geographically, post their most ambitious goals for the year electronically for all colleagues to see and they, as well as executives, can issue “nudges” and “cheers” to each other.

“Transparency is a tough culture change, particularly for management,” Mr. Gormley said. “We’re not used to admitting that we’re not perfect.” He noted that 12 people had nudged him electronically, versus 52 cheers.

Other work force developers are enhancing the traditional process of evaluating employees, which used to be annual and backward looking. Now it is more spontaneous.

Amazon, the e-commerce giant, uses an internal tool called Anytime Feedback, which allows employees to submit praise or criticism to management. The company says most of the remarks are positive, though some Amazon employees complain that the process can be hidden and harsh.

Workday, which is based in the Bay Area, has developed a tool called Collaborative Anytime Feedback. Colleagues use it to salute each other — everyone in the company can see who is saying what.

“People wouldn’t put something negative in a public forum, because it would reflect poorly on them,” said Amy Wilson, Workday vice president of human capital management products.

The software also enables employees to comment privately, however, to a colleague’s manager. Workday says these remarks range from positive to at least constructive.

Workday also sells an employee time-tracking program, which it advertises as being able to increase worker productivity, along with reducing labor costs — presumably in human relations departments — and minimizing compliance risks.

Brown University is one of Workday’s customers, offering an endorsement on the company’s site. A university spokesman declined to comment on how the program was used at the Rhode Island campus.

 Some say time tracking simply replaces a manual time sheet and encourages honesty.

“We tell people not to focus on the Big Brother aspect. This is all about efficiency,” said Joel Slatis, founder, which makes clock-in software used by 1,400 small companies. “If you fill out a paper timecard and write down 8 a.m. when you come in at 8:02, no one is going to bat an eye. But if you do that when you leave too, that means you’re getting 5 minutes more a day. After a year, that’s a few days more vacation.”

Jamie Clausen, who clocks in and out of her job in customer service at a State Farm insurance office in Silicon Valley from her home using Timesheets, says she accepts it as a modern reality.

“It shouldn’t be an option to just show up at 9:15,” she said. Ms. Clausen, 29, previously worked in a call center, where she was closely monitored. She added that she had been watching “Mad Men,” and its portrayal of freewheeling 1960s office life “seemed crazy.” “It was a totally different world, back then.”

At InfoBeans, an Indian company whose United States headquarters is in the Bay Area, managers feared that workers’ inefficiency would lead to financial losses and client defections. So it began to use a software system called Buddy, which is made by Sapience, an Indian firm that is expanding into the American market.

Khiv Singh, a Sapience vice president, noted that data surrounds us. “We have pedometers to measure how far we walk, apps to monitor our blood pressure, stress level, the calories we’re taking in, the calories we’re burning. But the office is where we spend the majority of time, and we don’t measure our work.”

When InfoBeans first began using Buddy, Mr. Bohra was surprised by what he found.

“Engineers would write on their time sheets that they were doing development for eight hours, but we started to see a very different set of activities that people are performing,” Mr. Bohra said. “Meetings. Personal time. Uncategorized time. Performing research on something that maybe already should be a part of our knowledge repository.”

Mr. Bohra declined to let any of his employees be interviewed. But he said the work was more focused now, which meant smaller teams taking on bigger workloads. Eliminating distractions, including some meetings, lets people go home earlier, he added.