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I used to work on Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug. Is the company spinning bad data?

first_img About the Author Reprints Tags dementiapharmaceuticalsresearch When I learned last week that Biogen had completed a retrospective analysis of the aducanumab data — the same data that seven months earlier the company had said justified stopping work on the drug — I thought of my father, my friend, George Scangos, and people around the globe with Alzheimer’s, ALS, and other diseases for which there are no cures.I hope that Biogen made a mistake in its futility analysis back in March. But if it didn’t, and this is another example of the American public watching big pharma trying to spin bad data, then I can’t help but wonder if Biogen, and perhaps the industry, has lost its way.Ted Whitford is a veteran of the biotech industry who now privately invests in the health care market. Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images That day, George Scangos, who was the CEO of Biogen at the time, called an all-company meeting just after lunch. He asked that everyone stop what they were doing and come to the auditorium to talk about dexpramipexole. An Alzheimer’s patient on what was lost when Biogen shut down its trial, and what may be gained again Ted Whitford @teddybiogame I worked on and around aducanumab, an experimental treatment for Alzheimer’s, for years during my time at Biogen. I thought it was going to work. I wanted it to work — my father had died of Alzheimer’s disease. It was awful watching his mind disintegrate over the course of a decade, which made me even more hopeful for a positive outcome for aducanumab.I had also worked on dexpramipexole, a molecule that Biogen and Knopp Biosciences were testing as a treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. I wanted it to work, too, since one of my close friends had ALS. He was taking part in the trial for the drug, which made me even more hopeful for a positive outcome.But dexpramipexole didn’t work any better than the placebo it was being tested against. I cried the day I found out. I remember sitting in a bathroom stall in Biogen’s building in Weston, Mass., with tears dropping onto my gray business casual trousers, crushed by the knowledge that my friend wouldn’t be helped, nor would countless others.advertisementcenter_img He said the results made him profoundly sad, but made it clear that Biogen would do no fishing for false signals in subtypes or subgroups that, in the picked-over carcass of the dataset, may have appeared to have responded to the drug.He said it was important to have the integrity to admit failure when failure was clear and how it was our responsibility to respect patients and their families by not giving them false hope. He then shared his resolution that Biogen would not stop fighting ALS and the company would focus its capital, time, and effort on the next generation of therapies.Biogen’s stock got hammered, dropping more than 8% that day. Yet I’d never been more proud than I was that day to work for George and for Biogen, having seen for years companies hem and haw at negative results and claim that if you squint and look sideways that the molecule really did work, hoping that investors would have mercy on the stock price — and in the process ignoring the responsibility to be honest and forthcoming to patients and their families. George wasn’t a natural public speaker, and at times it showed. On that day, though, he walked to the podium without a discernible shred of discomfort. He stood calmly in front of the company, investors, and the media and, with a presence I had never before seen, told the crowd in no uncertain terms that dexpramipexole did not work and would not be a treatment for ALS.advertisement 7 burning questions now that Biogen has resurrected its ‘failed’ Alzheimer’s drug Related: First OpinionI used to work on Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug. Is the company spinning bad data? Related: By Ted Whitford Oct. 28, 2019 Reprintslast_img read more

UK Prime Minister Arrives

first_imgPhoto: Dave ReidPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (right), looks on as Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson is introduced to Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), the Rt. Hon. David Cameron (third right), by British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency David Fitton (left). Prime Minister Cameron arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, today (September 29) for a two-day official visit. Story HighlightsA 21-gun salute by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) greeted Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), the Right Hon. David Cameron, as he arrived in the island, today (September 29), for a two-day official visit.Accompanied by the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, Mr. Cameron was met at the foot of the aircraft by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; and British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency David Fitton.The Prime Minister is scheduled to leave the island after his address to Parliament. RelatedJamaican Embassy Promoting Business Opportunities in Venezuela A  21-gun salute by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF)  greeted Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), the Right Hon. David Cameron, as he arrived in the island, today (September 29), for a two-day official visit.Accompanied by the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, Mr. Cameron was met at the foot of the aircraft by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; and British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency David Fitton.Following  the welcome, the UK anthem was played.  Mr. Cameron then inspected  the JDF’s guard of honour, after which the Jamaican anthem was played.Mrs. Simpson Miller then led him to a receiving line, where he was greeted by Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Andrew Holness; Speaker of the House of Representatives,  Michael Peart; President of the Senate, Floyd Morris; High Commissioner to the UK, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet Assamba; Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla; Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding; Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill; and State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown.After leaving the airport, the British Prime Minister headed to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Lyme Bay, at Kingston Wharves, for a secure briefing.He will also participate in a floral tribute in honour of soldiers of World Wars I and II; hold bilateral discussions with Mrs. Simpson Miller; and address a joint sitting of  Parliament on September 30.The Prime Minister  is scheduled to leave the island after  his address to Parliament. RelatedLink between Maritime Transport and Trade Emphasised UK Prime Minister Arrives Foreign AffairsSeptember 29, 2015Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwardscenter_img RelatedJamaica Fully Supports UN 2030 Agenda UK Prime Minister ArrivesJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

Madrid held 3-3 by Legia, Dortmund advance in Champs League

first_imgWarsaw (AP) – One more team booked a ticket in the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday and it wasn’t the star-studded defending champions, Real Madrid.Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, is challenged by Legia Warsaw’s Jakub Rzezniczak, right, and Adam Hlousek during their Champions League Group F match at Stadion Wojska Polskiego, in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)Needing a win at Legia Warsaw to advance, Madrid squandered a 2-0 lead and allowed the Polish side to earn their first point of the campaign in what became a highly embarrassing 3-3 draw for the Spanish powerhouse.But while Zinedine Zidane’s team struggled, Borussia Dortmund had no such trouble and advanced to the knockout stages with two games to spare after a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon. They join Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and five-time winners Bayern Munich, who all qualified on Tuesday.Zidane said he wasn’t surprised by a result that saw his team slip to second place in Group F, two points behind Dortmund. “It was a strange match, it didn’t go the way we wanted it to,” the Madrid manager said. “We lacked a bit of everything. Above all, when we scored two goals we dropped our intensity, and when you do that they can score. Now we are going to forget this game.”Polish supporters didn’t have a chance to celebrate at Wojska Polskiego Stadium, as the doors had been closed to the public by UEFA as a penalty for fans’ racist behavior and the fireworks thrown during a previous loss to Dortmund.Coming off a hat trick in the Spanish league, Cristiano Ronaldo finished empty-handed and remains two goals short of scoring his 100th goal in European competition.Leicester dropped their first points in their first foray into the Champions League and need to wait for another round of matches to seal a place in the last 16.Here’s a look at what happened in the Champions League on Wednesday in detail:___GROUP EIn a tightly contested group, Monaco took a big step toward qualifying with a 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen claimed their first victory of the campaign at the expense of Tottenham.Monaco are now top of the group with eight points, two more than Leverkusen. Tottenham are another two points behind.Valere Germain took advantage of some hapless goalkeeping from Moscow’s Igor Akinfeev to open the scoring in the 13th minute. Radamel Falcao added Monaco’s second from Benjamin Mendy’s cross in the 29th and then used some neat footwork to make it 3-0 in the 41st.A record Tottenham attendance of 85,512 at their temporary Wembley Stadium home saw Kevin Kampl score in the 65th minute with a deflected shot for a 1-0 win which lifted Leverkusen into second place.___GROUP FMadrid looked set to romp to another big win after Gareth Bale netted an amazing opener from distance in the first minute before then setting up Benzema to make it 2-0.But Madrid’s slack defense — and over-confidence — let Legia Warsaw rally in stunning fashion to take the lead. Vadis Odjidja and Miroslav Radovic struck from long range before Thibault Moulin also scored from outside the area in the 83rd.Madrid were facing a humiliating defeat until Mateo Kovacic fired in from near the edge of the box to at least rescue a point.Dortmund left their top striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang watching from the stands as his backup, Adrian Ramos, scored the only goal in the 12th minute of a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon.Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said Gabon striker Aubameyang was left out for “internal reasons.”The German side are atop the standings on 10 points, with Madrid trailing by two points and Sporting five further back.___GROUP GFollowing three straight wins, Leicester were held to a scoreless draw at FC Copenhagen and must now wait for a home game against a Brugge side that lost 1-0 at FC Porto for another chance to advance.Leicester dominate the group with 10 points, followed by Porto with seven, while Copenhagen are in third spot with five points.Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel dived to his right to claw away a downward header from Andreas Cornelius in injury time to earn the draw.Andre Silva headed home for Porto in the 37th minute at the Estadio do Dragao to end a winless drought at home in European competitions. The ball deflected off the shoulder of Brugge midfielder Tomas Pina before going into the top corner by the far post. It was Silva’s fourth goal in his last four matches with Porto.The result eliminated Brugge, who are yet to win a point after four matches.___GROUP HSevilla moved closer to the knockout stages after easing to a 4-0 win over a Dinamo Zagreb side that played the entire second half with 10 men. Dinamo defender Petar Stojanovic received a red card just before the break with the score at 1-0.Sevilla dominated throughout the match at their Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, with goals from Luciano Vietto, Sergio Escudero, Steven N’Zonzi and Wissam Ben Yedder putting the result beyond doubt.Sevilla, who won the Europa League for the previous three seasons, lead Group H with 10 points. Dinamo are left with zero points.Juventus have eight points after drawing 1-1 with Lyon, who have four.The Italian hosts missed the chance to ensure qualification with a victory.Gonzalo Higuain netted a penalty in the 13th minute but missed an open goal shortly before halftime. Juventus looked on course for the win but Corentin Tolisso leveled six minutes from time.last_img read more

Sports India Show Year-end awards: Top 5 ODI bowlers in 2018

first_imgAdvertisement 6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsi8hjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4zufc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cquwifWould you ever consider trying this?😱nwCan your students do this? 🌚8b9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Bowling is an interesting side of the game. Over the years, cricket playing nations having strong bowling lineups had extended periods of superiority in cricket. The ever dominant Windies side of the 70’s and 80’s and the great Australian team of the 2000’s had potent bowling attacks which were instrumental for their supremacy in cricket. Such glory was achieved due to the skills and determination of some extraordinary ODI bowlers.Advertisement Best ODI bowlers of 2018.In One-Day Internationals (ODI), while the batsmen definitely help build good platforms and apply pressure on the opposition by putting up imposing totals, it eventually is the bowling dimension which provides the team with the decisive edge to win matches.2018 has been quite a year for spinners in ODI cricket – six of the top 10 wicket-takers this calendar year and four of the top five are spinners. However, this list doesn’t take just wickets taken into consideration.Advertisement Today, we look at the five ODI bowlers who have impressed us the most this year with their consistent astounding performances.  Advertisement Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)Presently ranked number 2 in the list of ODI bowling rankings by the ICC, Rashid Khan’s jaw-dropping strike rate of 22.2 in 20 matches he played this year gives us an indication of the skill and temperament of the Afghanistan leggie. Rashid has taken 48 wickets this year in only 20 innings, with a very low economy rate of 3.89. He has two five-fors this year and one occasions on which he took 4 wickets. The Afghanistan bowler has been a mainstay for the national team. The 20-year-old outperformed every other bowler of his country in the Asia Cup this year where they had to face the giants like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, he picked up 10 wickets in 5 matches and eventually finished as the joint leading wicket-taker in the entire torunament. Kuldeep Yadav (India) India’s Kuldeep Yadav is second on the list. Kuldeep, a rare breed of chinaman bowlers in the modern day, has revived the art out of its grave. With 45 wickets from 19 innings, and a five-for to his credit, the youngster has had quite the year. Kuldeep along with Rashid Khan and Mustafizur Rahman were joint leading wicket-takers in the Asia Cup. His best performance this year came against England in Nottingham, with Kuldeep taking 6 wickets from his 10 overs and giving away only 25 runs. That bowling performance saw India take a convincing 8-wicket win, and Kuldeep declared Man of the Match for his efforts. Kuldeep ends 2018 in Number 3 on the ICC’s ODI bowling rankings – an all-time career high for the 24-year-old. Adil Rashid (England) English leg-break bowler Adil Rashid comes in at number 3. Playing against India in the final ODI of the three-match series in Leeds, Adil Rashid left everyone stunned with the delivery that dismissed Virat Kohli. He took the important wickets of Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik and Suresh Raina and was adjudged the Man of the Match, as England completely outclassed India in the third ODI. He was crucial for England in their series victory. Since the 2015 World Cup ended, he is the second leading  wicket-taker in ODI cricket with 116 wickets (as of Dec 15 2018) – a stunning stat that shows you the unsung hero that he has been to England’s 50-over fortunes. The 30-year-old, has taken 42 wickets this year from 23 innings, at an economy of 5.41. There is no doubt that he will continue to be one of England’s main aces in the 50-over format heading into the 2019 World Cup. Yuzvendra Chahal (India) For a spinner, especially a leg spinner it is very important to take risks in the shorter formats. That’s what Chahal is good at. Being a former Junior Chess Champion, he  is a clever thinker. He bowls the slower ones, the wrong ones, flights the ball; he makes the batsman attack him and thats what make him different. He never minds if he gets hit for runs and he always looks for wickets. The Indian rockstar is one of the most effective bowlers in the shortest format of the sport. In 17 ODI matches this year, Chahal bagged 29 wickets with best figures of 5/22. Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav spin-duo will be key behind the success of Indian Cricket Team in the World Cup next year. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan) Afghani teenager Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been perhaps cricket’s revelation of 2018. A self-taught cricketer who learnt to bowl by watching YouTube videos, Mujeeb has bamboozled some of the best batsmen in the world since he made his international debut last December and became the first male born this century to play at the highest level. Mujeeb has taken  37 wickets this year in the 20 matches that he has played this year, at an economy rate of 3.84. Mujeeb also became the youngest bowler to claim five wickets in an ODI this year surpassing Pakistan great Waqar Younis. Advertisementlast_img read more

Pumas’ mixed results

first_imgTHE Pakenham Pumas Baseball Club opened up the Dandenong Base ball Association’s 2010 season with a win and a loss…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Holland scores twice to lift Hawks past Storm to square KIJHL Final

first_imgAfter dropping the opener in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Final, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks had the Kamloops Storm right where they wanted.Dan Holland scored twice, including once in a three-goal second period, to spark the Hawks to a 6-2 thrashing of the Storm Saturday night in Spoolmak Country.Beaver Valley squares the best-of-seven KIJHL Championship series at 1-1 with Games three and four, Monday and Tuesday in Fruitvale.Trailing 2-1 after one period, the Hawks scored the next five goals to secure the win, out shooting the host team 32-18 in the final 40 minutes. Holland finished the game with three points while Riley Brandt, Ryan Edwards, Dallas Calvin and Braden Fuller also scored for Beaver Valley.Brock Balson and Daniel Buchanan replied for Kamloops, the overall regular season winners.Brett Clark rebounded from a Game one loss to register the win in goal for the Hawks.Wade Moyls started the game for Kamloops but was replaced by Liam McLeod for the final period.This is the third consecutive series Beaver Valley has played the first two games on the road and third time the Hawks have headed home even.The winner advances to the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 10-13 in Nelson.last_img read more

Connacht Rugby launches Official 2020 Calendar

first_imgConnacht Rugby have launched an official 2020 Calendar with all proceeds go directly to the grassroots game. The official Connacht Rugby calendar will make the ideal stocking filler for all Connacht fans. It is the perfect Connacht Supporters gift. The calendar is priced at just €10 (€13 including p.p.) and will be available to purchase at various points in The Sportsground on Saturday 21st of December during the Connacht v Munster game.Speaking at the launch of the Official Connacht Rugby 2020 Calendar, Joe Gorham, Head of Domestic Rugby at Connacht Rugby said ‘The funds raised from this initiative will give a huge boost to our young underage teams at a Grassroots level in Connacht. We are looking forward to seeing the calendars on sale during the upcoming Munster game on Saturday December 21st and would like to thank our supporters in advance for their generosity.”For more information or to get your copy, call 091 561568 or email [email protected] WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The calendar brings to life many aspects of Connacht Rugby, featuring a mixture of striking and fun images ranging from Connacht Rugby Summer Camps to the Connacht Women’s Players, as well including several familiar favourites from the Connacht Rugby Professional Team. All photography included is taken by Connacht Rugby’s official partners INPHO Photography.last_img read more

SA ready for Rea Vaya

first_imgThis Rea Vaya station in Johannesburg will start operating at the end of August. Commuters will now have affordable, safe transportation in and around the city. School children will also benefit immensely from the BRT system as it will cover a number of stops around the city. (Images: Rea Vaya)Khanyi MagubaneSouth Africa’s transport system is set for a major boost when phase one of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system comes into effect on 30 August in Johannesburg, Africa’s leading economic hub.Named Rea Vaya – meaning “we are going” in township slang – the project will start operating at 23 of its 27 stations across greater Johannesburg.About 3.5-million trips are made in the City daily. Of these, 47% are made by public transport including minibus taxis, trains and busses.The system, however, has not been upgraded or improved over the years, resulting in public transport becoming increasingly unreliable and unsafe to use.But, according to Head of Transport in the City of Johannesburg, councillor Rehana Moosajee, the current state of transportation in the City, and the country as a whole, will soon be a thing of the past.“Johannesburg’s commuters will have a first taste of their own world-class public transport system.“We must never forget that BRT is … for the elderly and school children to travel safely, for mothers that need to reach their children speedily and for people with disabilities to have access.”Phase one A, will consist of a main route, known as the trunk route, which will run from the Regina Mundi station in Soweto to Ellis Park East in Johannesburg’s central business district.Supported by four complementary routes, the 143 busses included in the roll out plan will make stops at several key places in the City including University of Johannesburg’s Doornfontein campus, the fashion district, the City’s cultural hub Newtown, the City library and the Johannesburg art gallery.At a media briefing on the progress made on BRT, Moosajee revealed some facts and figures of phase one A of the project;25.5km of dedicated lanes have been constructed, which will serve an estimated 69 000 passengers on a daily basis.3 300 jobs were created during the building phase of Rea Vaya.It’s expected to generate R158-million (US$20-million) in its first year of operation and will use a smart card system, which passengers can reload at approved vendors’ kiosks.One of the attractive features of BRT is its affordability. Bus fares will range between R8 ($1) for a full trip using both the trunk and complementary routes, and R3 (39 cents) for the complementary routs running within the city.Buses will arrive at stations every three minutes during peak hour and every 10 minutes during off peak hours.SA transport new lookThe BRT system is part of the South African government’s plan to overhaul the public transport system in the country, ahead of the upcoming 2010 Fifa World Cup and beyond.BRT has been designed on similar types of public transport models developed in Columbia, France, Australia, Equador and Brazil.In the countries where the system has been tried and tested, BRT benefits cited have been its efficiency and reliability, its friendliness to people living with disabilities and the elderly, as well as its decreased energy consumption and vehicle emissions.Cape Town, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth will also be rolling the BRT system concurrently, and in Cape Town, the system is expected to be operational in March 2010.Roping in the taxi industryOne of the biggest challenges in rolling out the BRT system has been the resistance from the minibus taxi industry, currently Johannesburg’s majority means of transport.The taxi industry’s concerns have been the anticipated major job losses and collapse of the industry when the new BRT system is implemented.  The industry is also concerned with how the new system would fall in line with the government’s taxi recapitalisation programme, which is already underway.The taxi recapitalisation programme, approved in 1999, was set up to reduce the number of old vehicles on the road, as well as introducing a new non-cash based system.Government partnered with the industry to remove old, unroadworthy taxis by offering operators a “scrapping allowance” to replace ageing and unsafe minibus taxis with newer models.According to a survey conducted in 2000, there were approximately 126 000 taxi vehicles in South Africa.Most of the vehicles were at least 10 years old and no longer fit for road use as public transport.Government had planned to spend R7.7-billion ($56-billion) over seven years to finalise the system.In the wake of confusion over the future of the taxi industry, on 24 March, Johannesburg was brought to a standstill when taxi drivers staged a major protest against the new BRT system.Taxis blockaded major highways around the City, causing traffic standstills on various key roads to and from the City.In the wake of the unprecedented move by the taxis, President Jacob Zuma pleaded with the council that Rea Vaya should be put on hold, to give the new administration a chance to acquaint themselves better with the project and the grievances of the taxi industry.Fortunately, significant progress has been made with the industry, represented by the National Taxi Association, Top Six and the Greater Johannesburg Regional Taxi Council.After a steering committee was set up, both the City of Johannesburg and the steering committee have been able to reach some agreements with regards to the future of the taxi industry in Johannesburg. Local taxi operators have now been offered a stake in the new bus operating company as well as a stake in the station management companies.Some taxi drivers will be employed as bus drivers, as well as station managers.Those previously in the taxi industry will also have the opportunity to invest and own companies linked to the BRT system.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] articlesCape Town’s new bus systemNew infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World CupFirst glimpse of the GautrainUseful linksRea Vaya City of Johannesburg Scrap Taxilast_img read more

More Lotto funds for social development

first_imgIt also includes sports and recreation for talent development, education designed for early childhood, adult literacy and vocational training. “Any misuse of funds intended for development of communities will not be tolerated,” she said. “We call upon the National Lotteries Board and the Distribution Agencies to deal severely with people found to be misusing funds, including referring them to the police for appropriate action to be taken.” Priority funding areas They will also streamline the processing of applications by the National Lotteries board, all the way from application point to payment, in order to make the process more transparent and efficient. Organisations that received funding before from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund will still be required to produce such audited statements, as required in the Lotteries Act. Removing barriers to access Over and above this, there were concerns that the funds were not being distributed to development of communities that really needed them. Public, beneficiary concerns “This requirement was onerous and excluded a number of deserving beneficiaries,” the department said. “It is important that the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund be distributed in a manner that addresses developmental needs in rural, poor and under-privileged communities,” the department said. Having considered the accessibility of the fund to smaller non-governmental organisations and community-based organisations, Davies has decided to do away with the compulsory requirement for first-time applicants to produce audited financial statements when applying for funds. “These funds must benefit rural development and educational needs in a meaningful manner,” the department said.center_img 23 July 2010 The regulations, which fall under Section 60 of the Lotteries Act of 1997, seek to improve the efficiency and distribution of resources of the National Lottery Distribution Fund. In order to minimise the risk that may arise with the removal of this requirement, the DTI’s deputy-director general for general, consumer and corporate regulation, Zodwa Ntuli, said that thorough checks would be done on applicants, including site visits and reference checks. As a result, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has directed that at least 50% of the funds available for distribution must go to priorities that include the expansion of home-based care services, development of facilities for disabled people, and substance rehabilitation and treatment services. The new regulations come into effect on 30 July 2010. Specific attention would be given to organisations that have a history of failing to account for funds received from other donors and those whose members were previously involved in misusing donor funds. Thorough checks on applicants According to a statement by the department this week, a number of concerns were raised by the public and beneficiaries of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund that the funds were not reaching its beneficiaries on time, and that there were no effective measures in place for expedient distribution of these funds. South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry has introduced new regulations that will see National Lottery resources being used increasingly for community and rural development, while also making it easier for first-time applicants to access funding. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Doodle to make a difference

first_imgCreative South Africans are asked to getdoodling now in aid of education.(Image: Samsung)MEDIA CONTACTS • Bernadine DawsonAccount director, Orange Ink+27 11 465 4075Shamin ChibbaSamsung and the Nelson Mandela Foundation have teamed up to encourage South Africans to unleash their inner artist in honour of the former president, ahead of this year’s Mandela Day.The initiative is also expected to improve education and access to knowledge in the country.Doodle for International Nelson Mandela Day, both a charity and a marketing initiative by Samsung, asks users to create a graphic about topical issues or any other inspiration, and then submit it via the company’s Facebook page or at one of their public campaigns that is travelling to ten shopping centres around the country.The first of these public events took place in Sandton City, north of Johannesburg, between 10 and 12 February.Upcoming venues include Menlyn Park in Pretoria, Canal Walk in Cape Town and Gateway in Durban, among others.For every doodle uploaded, the company invests R5 (US$0.64) into the campaign, whose proceeds will go towards the development of another solar powered internet school and will also help organisations to set up libraries in schools.According to Samsung’s head of mobile products, Paulo Ferreira, the company has already launched such a solar powered school in Qunu, Mandela’s home village in the Eastern Cape.“The campaign is more than just about connectivity for pupils. It is about creating access to educational content,” said Ferreira.The solar powered internet schools are housed in shipping containers that have been transformed into fully equipped and functional classrooms.Ferreira added that Samsung plans to build more solar powered internet schools around the country in coming months. The company is also looking to help equip schools across the African continent.Taking action for better educationFor Samsung South Africa’s MD Deon Liebenberg, the campaign is all about ensuring that people in needy communities have a sustainable future.“Samsung is committed to investing in viable, tangible and measurable corporate social investment projects,” he said.The doodle initiative has proven that South Africans are not slouches when it comes to charity. According to Ferreira, the response from the public has been overwhelming so far.“It is a positive campaign and as South Africans we all benefit from this [initiative],” he said.Aspiring doodlers are first asked to like the Samsung Mobile South Africa Facebook page before clicking on the “Doodle and Win” link. The link directs the would-be artists to the Galaxy Note application that allows them to upload a photograph of their choice and customise it to their heart’s content with an online digital pen.The doodler with the most votes so far is Carmen Blumrick with her “Save the Rhino” picture, which shows a person planting a kiss on a rhino. She has over 500 votes.South Africans are urged to visit the company’s Facebook page to vote for and share their favourite doodle and in the process stand a chance of winning one of twenty Galaxy Notes.The campaign is also live on the company website for those who are interested in entering the competition. The winning doodle will be displayed on Samsung’s local Facebook page.last_img read more