Zuma, Branson plan Disease Control Hub

first_img23 July 2009President Jacob Zuma and British entrepreneur Richard Branson have met to discuss a possible partnership between Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of Branson’s Virgin Group, and the government to establish a Disease Control Hub in South Africa.Branson, Zuma, Planning Minister Trevor Manuel and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi met at the Union Buildings in Pretoria this week.‘Unique public-private partnership’The Presidency said in a statement that the initiative would be a unique public-private partnership to tackle priority diseases such as HIV/Aids, TB and diabetes in the country and the southern African region.It will also help ensure that existing health initiatives were better integrated and supported.“Health is a key priority for government, and the Disease Control Hub is an innovative and needed resource to help strengthen our health system and health information,” Zuma said, praising Branson for contributing to the initiative.Saving ‘millions of lives’Branson said that by delivering better data and helping to scale responses more quickly, the initiative would play an important role in transforming South Africa’s health sector.“The Disease Control Hub is a critical initiative to help stop needless suffering from diseases such as TB, Aids, and other health conditions that have needlessly killed large numbers of people and hampered the growth of this incredible country,” he said.“We are pleased to be working closely with the South African government, and would like to call out to other business leaders, foundations and international bodies to join us in this partnership that will ultimately help save millions of lives.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Harver is on the Way to Reinvent High-Volume Hiring with $15M Series B Funding

first_imgBrad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite 4 Painless Ways to Pay off Small Business Loans… A leading pre-employment assessment platform Harver has raised $15M in Series B funding led by Insight Partners, bringing the company’s total funding to $35M. The company with offices in New York, Amsterdam, and London aims to digitally transform volume recruiting into an enjoyable process for recruiters, hiring managers and candidates alike. For more information on Harver, visit here.Through a combination of scientifically validated assessments and customized situational judgment tests, companies can make data-driven hiring decisions and mitigate against unconscious bias.Recruiters and hiring managers see how the candidates’ skills and characteristics match the role and the company, rather than having to make assumptions based on their background or previous experience. With Harver, organizations can focus on assessing characteristics that are truly predictive for success on the job.Harver is helping clients like KPMG, Zappo, and Booking, to manage large volumes of applicants and at the same time, provide an engaging candidate experience.Besides applying on mobile, Harver also allows candidates to self-schedule interviews and receive updates on their application process. As a result, recruiters and hiring managers save hours on pre-screening, leaving them with more time for other, arguably more important tasks.“In a reality where technology takes care of all the tedious work while removing biases, recruiters can do what they love to do: build a true connection between the applicants and the organization. Harver will provide this reality,” says Barend Raaff, CEO at Harver.By automating parts of their recruitment process, organizations can significantly decrease the time spent on filling their vacancies. One of the largest European supermarket chains, Albert Heijn, reduced their time to hire by 40 percent after implementing Harver.The company is planning to use the recent investment to further expand its product. The investment will help more companies digitally transform their recruitment process, empowering recruiters and hiring managers to make fast and data-driven hiring decisions.“We have been at the forefront of recruitment innovation since the inception of our company. This investment will enable us to take another leap forward in eliminating bias from the recruitment process and create a level playing field for all job seekers,” concludes Raaff. Related Posts Business Loan vs Equity Financing: How to Fund … Pyze Announces $4.6 Million Funding Round for A… Tags:#Harver#hiring#Hiring Process#Reinvent high-volume hiring Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Venture Capital Is Just One Funding Option, Rem…last_img read more

Muralitharan looks to play till 2013-14

first_imgLegendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan today made it clear he will continue to play cricket for another three years as he felt fit enough to feature in Indian Premier League and English county circuit.”I think my body is good enough to play cricket for another three years. I would like to play IPL and some county cricket in England. I have received some offers (from the counties) but can’t disclose them at this moment,” he said.Muralitharan was speaking at a felicitation function by his IPL team Chennai Super Super Kings here for taking 800 Test wickets.In a media interaction later, Muralitharan said that he had agreed to former Indian captain Anil Kumble’s offer to join him in starting an academy but refused to disclose the details of the venture.Asked whether he would play in next year’s World Cup in the sub continent, Muralitharan said, “It is still too early.I want to see how I play in the Champions League Twenty20 and then decide on the World Cup,” the 38-year-old Muralitharan said.Sanjay Manjrekar, who anchored the function, requested scribes before opening the floor for a question answer session not to pose questions on the match fixing allegations in Pakistan’s ongoing England tour.However, Muralitharan did answer a question on the issue, saying it is for the Pakistan Cricket Board and its English counterpart to deal with the situation and decide.”These are only allegations and I wouldn’t like to comment on these matters,” he said.advertisementMuralitharan said Harbhajan Singh has the best chance of reaching the 800 figure mark but he could not predict whether the Indian off-spinner would achieve the feat or not.”Harbhajan is only 29 and statistically it is possible for him to reach 800. But it is up to the bowler and I can’t predict anything. You should have the hunger to achieve anything,” he said.Manjrekar and former India captain S Venkataraghavan hosted a group discussion as part of the function.Tamil Nadu cricketers of Chennai Super Kings — Subramaniam Badrinath, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anirudha Srikkanth and Shadab Jakati — and operations director V B Chandrasekar recalled their experiences with their famous colleague in IPL events.Venkatraghavan, part of the famous Indian spin quartet of yesteryears, showered praise on Muralitharan and discussed the finer points of spin bowling.Venkatraghavan presented Muralitharan a Super Kings team shirt with the number 800 printed on the back and Sri Lankan star immediately wore it on the stage.last_img read more