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Fwd: News Update 8

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Patrick O'Beirne <[log in to unmask]>

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African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List

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Mon, 8 May 2000 22:40:17 +0100

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>User-Agent: Microsoft Outlook Express Macintosh Edition - 5.01 (1630)
>Date: Mon, 08 May 2000 18:25:03 +0100
>Subject: News Update 8
>From: Russell Southwood <[log in to unmask]>
>To: News Bunny <[log in to unmask]>
>X-Loop-Detect: 1
>X-MIME-Autoconverted: from quoted-printable to 8bit by gpo1.mail.iol.ie id
>SAA25812
>
>News Update 8
>
>What follows is a short report on a new all-Africa internet portal covering
>news, business and sport. If our correspondent is "off the mark" or you have
>factual amendments, mail them to us and we will include them in subsequent
>news updates. If you'd like to contribute, write and let us know.
>
>If you need information about a particular place or issue, just send your
>questions in. Some versions include additions mailed to me about past
>stories and interesting additional points appear in double brackets.
>
>If you want to subscribe to News Update, simply send a message saying I want
>to subscribe to [log in to unmask] Also if you no longer wish to
>subscribe, simply send a message saying I no longer want to subscribe to the
>same address.
>
>o Apologies
>
>Our sincere apologies for not crediting Christina Jordan of the Life in
>Africa Foundation (http://www.LifeInAfrica.com) for the item about wireless
>links in Uganda in News Update 7.
>
>+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>The next issue of News Update will look at Africašs largest internet market,
>South Africa .I promise .Išm editing it right now
>+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>
>o The all-African portal ­ A new contender enters the field
>
>There are many contenders for the title of all-Africa internet portal but
>few that generate the traffic to back up the claim. Until recently Africa ­
>Wo-Yaa (c300,000 hits per month) was one of those main contenders. However
>in February this year the launch of AfricaNewsNow.com saw another serious
>competitor enter the field.
>
>Completely free, it works like a TV remote control, allowing professionals,
>journalists and casual surfers to flick easily and quickly between latest
>headlines from over 120 leading news sources without visiting each site
>separately, and then to read their choice of stories in full on the
>publishers' web site. Its sources include AP, ABC, AFP via Voila, BBC, CNN,
>MSNBC and Reuters and it is updated every 5 minutes. It also has a
>searchable archive of over 50,000 news stories.
>
>Founder Yassin Akerabi told us:."Being an African in Europe, I had always
>thirsted for African News but all the time I went to the net, I only got
>news pieces. For one to get good and balanced news, one had to go to more
>than a dozen News sites. This forced me to think, why canšt someone bring
>all the news about Africa under one roof? With this idea AfricaNewsNow was
>born".
>
>The second hurdle to master was how to put this idea into practice. Yassin
>Akerabi takes up the story again:"I then had to consult an old friend Marc
>Wisser, Marc is more of a computer-freak and has more knowledge of internet
>technology than myself. Together as a team and with web spidering technology
>we were able to create this labour-saving service: 24-hour, fully automated
>newsfeeds focused on topics of our choice. The Newsfeeds consist of the
>latest headlines, each of which takes the user to the full story on one of a
>wide range of quality news and magazine web sites. AfricaNewsNow easily
>integrates into a site's look-and-feel.
>
>AfricaNewsNow is used daily by professionals at major companies within
>industries as wide-ranging as banking, media, energy, IT and education, as
>well as by government officials, ISPs, casual surfers and experts. As
>Akerabi says:"Everyone's a winner with AfricaNewsNow. Online news publishers
>profit because we send them more users and traffic and they get more ad
>revenue. End-users love it because we give them focused news from the best
>publishers". The service has now been extended to include business news and
>sport.
>
>It claims to be receiving 300,000 hits a month and is looking to increase
>this to half a million by the end of May 2000. Its usage has doubled in size
>every six weeks and it continues to grow as new sections of content are
>added.
>
>In partnership with Kabissa, it is starting a campaign to  presenting Africa
>country by country to the world investors, in a marketing campaign it calls
>"Marketing Africa Abroad" (see details:
>http://www.africanewsnow.com/business/index.html). It hopes to be joined by
>Governments, investment Authorities, the Chambers of Commerce and the
>Business community to promote African companies overseas.
>
>Akerabišs future plan is to make AfricaNewsNow a household name in Africa
>the "CNN of Africa". He is optimistic that as far as computer development in
>Africa is concerned; right now "95% of the African capitals are already
>hooked on to the internet. The computer will play a big role in the life of
>the younger generation, those in Primary School right now and those to
>follow".
>
>AfricaNewsNow Publishing Ltd
>
>email: [log in to unmask]
>URL: Http://www.AfricaNewsNow.com
>
>Africa Wo-Yaa
>
>URL: Http://woyaaa.com/
>
>o    Snippets
>
>An A-Z of African Studies on the Internet
>(http://docker.library.uwa.edu.au/~plimb/az.html) is the modest title of a
>rather excellent listing of sites covering African topics, some produced in
>Africa and some elsewhere. This guide, at its inception in 1995, was meant
>to be a mere quick ready reference, not a comprehensive survey, but some
>sections (e.g. languages, universities, newspapers) are, according to its
>creators,  now more detailed. However, inevitably there are still 1000s of
>sites not included. Should you visit it and notice any important omissions
>then e-mail Peter Limb, University of Western Australia
>([log in to unmask]).
>
>
>o Back numbers
>
>If you missed the previous news updates let us know and we'll send you a
>copy.
>
>4.1 covering Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda
>5 covering Madagascar
>6.1 covering Liberia
>7.  covering Sierre Leone
>
>This latest news update (along with back numbers) also appears on
>Kabissa.org (http://www.kabissa.org), which is a Balancing Act pilot
>project. For further information about Balancing Act and its pilot projects,
>contact Russell Southwood on [log in to unmask] or ring him on +44
>0207 720 5993.
>
>



  -------------------------------------------------------------
  Patrick O'Beirne B.Sc. M.A. FICS. IT Systems Consultant
  http://www.sysmod.com/ Tel: +353 (0)55 22294   Fax: 055 22297
  Systems Modelling Ltd, Tara Hill, Gorey, Co. Wexford, IRELAND

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