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Monday
Sep 24,2012

convenor Ali Sachedina; Dave Majeski; Eric Newell; Anne McLellan and Angus Watt.

EDMONTON – A creative surgeon made sure Eric Newell could play last week in a golf tournament that raised a Canadian record of $534,400 to fight global poverty.

The Aga Khan Foundation’s World Partnership in Golf is played in eight cities across Canada and was this year held at the Derrick Golf Club.

“Doctors said I wouldn’t be able to play golf again when I fell on ice and broke my right wrist last year,” said Newell, a former University of Alberta chancellor and CEO of Syncrude Canada.

The usual treatment for a broken, arthritic wrist is to insert a metal plate.

“But when I was out cold on the operating table, Dr. Mike Morhart knew I loved golf and that a plate wouldn’t give me enough movement to play,” Newell said.

The innovative surgeon make a workable wrist for Newell using a combination of a spare knuckle, a tendon from his arm and a screw.

“Dr. Morhart was grinning like a Cheshire cat when I came around,” said Newell. “He’s a true artist.”

Newell said he’s driving the ball about 20 metres less, but was delighted to play in the tournament.

“Global poverty is one of the most pressing issues of our times,” tournament convener Ali Sachedina said. “Some 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related diseases. We are delighted Edmontonians have raised the most funds in the country to help.”

Funds quadrupled

The funds will be quadrupled by grants from the Canadian International Development Agency and will be used to improve the quality of life in several countries, mostly in Asia and Africa.

“Among some 44 projects, we will teach girls in Afghanistan, help farmers in Mozambique and help train entrepreneurs in many countries,” Sachedina said.

Former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan is dedicated to helping the foundation, too. She played eight holes, dashed off to attend a Royal Alexandra Hospital Charitable Foundation meeting and returned at 7:15 p.m. for the tournament’s dinner and auction.

Stockbroker Angus Watt, another veteran supporter, said: “I like the fact the foundation is keen to improve the lives of thousands of women by giving them micro-loans to help them start their own businesses.”

On the bucket list

RBC’s Dave Majeski and his guest Phil Wiedman, the Focus Equities real estate developer, were the biggest spenders at the auction. They paid $38,000 to take four people to visit Nairobi, Dar-es-Salaam, Arusha and Zanzibar and three game parks during a two-week African safari. “This has always been on my bucket list,” Wiedman said.

A one-week stay at C.J. Woods’ luxury villa in Cabo San Lucas sold to Todd Bish for $21,000.

Two tickets to Paul McCartney’s concert went for $2,100.

A golden occasion

Canada was one of many countries wondering after the London Olympics if it had done enough to support its athletes, Majeski said.

“Canada’s goal was 22 medals and we won 18,” he said. “Are we doing enough to support our athletes on the world stage? Generally, no.”

Majeski, who attended the Olympics, is a driving force behind this year’s Gold Medal Plates Dinner and says the Oct. 18 event at the Shaw Conference Centre is sold out.

“If Canada wants to do better on the world stage, we have to support out athletes,” he said. “Net proceeds from the dinners across the country are handed to the Canadian Olympic Foundation, which supports athletes and high performance programs such as Own the Podium. To date, more than $6 million has been raised at Gold Medal Plate dinners.”

Adam van Koeverden, a multiple medallist in kayak, will emcee the event, supported by Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies and Canadian musical icon Barney Bentall.

A new auction item is an eight-day South African trip with singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy, his rock counterpart Sam Roberts and Olympic gold and silver triathlete Simon Whitfield.

Another hot item, pun intended, will be a trip to Chile led by Steve Podborski, chef de mission for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games and former “Crazy Canuck” downhill skier.

A helpful ear

Hairdressers hear everyone’s story, but Irish-born Joseph Scully was particularly moved by one. “When I heard school teacher Lana Pol tell of the dreadful plight facing abandoned young children, or children orphaned when their parents died of AIDS, I knew I had to do something practical,” he said. “Weeping wasn’t an option.”

He is helping Pol back the work of Dr. Mark Kumleben, an Edmonton doctor who returns home to South Africa for six months every year to help The Clouds of Hope non-denominational orphanage near the cattle community of Underberg in KwaZulu Natal. “Funds are needed for beds, bedding and appliances,” Scully said. “But primary concerns are school fees and housing.”

He is helping to screen an award-winning BBC documentary about South African orphans on Oct. 4 at the Paramount Theatre on Jasper Avenue. Tickets ($20) are available at Scully’s salon in the Sawridge Hotel, or by calling 780-708-3892.

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Saturday
Sep 22,2012

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 22, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, today announced that the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MCIT) has issued the company with a license that will enable Roshan to further expand and develop its already market-leading, innovative data packages via the 3G platform. Roshan celebrated the issuance of the license in a signing ceremony presided by His Excellency, Minister Amir Zai Sangin and other honorable ministerial dignitaries at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Kabul. Roshan is aiming for a commercial roll out of its 3G service later in the year.

Roshan has brought to market a range of robust data platforms for Afghan individuals and business.  Most recently, Roshan launched “Kahkashaan,” an innovative galaxy of web portal services that allows customers to access rich content on their mobile phones, including ringtones, pictures, games and applications. The company was also the first to bring Blackberry and M-Paisa mobile money services to Afghanistan.

“We are delighted to introduce 3G technology to Roshan’s six million and counting customers, expanding access to data-rich products and converged solutions to meet their needs,” said Karim Khoja, chief executive officer of Roshan at the ceremony. “Not only does the license further bolster Roshan’s robust and high-performing data services, but it also complements our existing state-of-the-art network that currently offers the widest, most reliable and highest quality coverage across all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces,” added Khoja.

“3G technology is vital for the economic growth and development of Afghanistan in a host of different sectors – from education to health to commerce,” said His Excellency, Minister Sangin. “In awarding this license to Roshan, we are embracing the mobile broadband revolution, expanding the country’s data services and enhancing capacity, aimed at improving the lives of Afghans as they connect with each other and the rest of the world,” added Sangin.

About Roshan

Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd) is Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider with over 6 million active subscribers and a network that covers over 230 cities and towns in all of the country’s 34 provinces.  Roshan is a true Afghanistan success story, serving as a catalyst for economic growth and actively contributing to the country’s long-term development. Since its inception eight years ago, Roshan has invested over $550 million in Afghanistan and is the country’s single largest investor and taxpayer, contributing approximately 5 percent of the Afghan government’s overall domestic revenue. Roshan directly employs more than 1,300 people, 19 percent of whom are women, and provides indirect employment to more than 30,000 people. Roshan is deeply committed to Afghanistan’s reconstruction and development. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is a major shareholder of Roshan and promotes private initiatives and building economically sound enterprises in the developing world. Also owned in part by Monaco Telecom International (MTI) and TeliaSonera, Roshan brings international expertise to the country and is committed to the highest standards of network quality and coverage for the people of Afghanistan.

 

Media Contacts: Shaheen Shivji Manager, Public Relations Roshan Office: +93 (0) 79 997 4845 E-mail: shaheen.shivji@roshan.af Website: www.roshan.af

Daniel Dean Hill+Knowlton Strategies Office: +1 212 885 0477 E-mail: daniel.dean@hkstrategies.com Website: www.hkstrategies.com

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/22/4844118/roshan-secures-3g-license-for.html#storylink=cpy
Thursday
Jul 26,2012

His Highness the Aga Khan together with the Secretary General of the East African Community ambassador Richard Sezibera have together signed an agreement meant foster and expand the economic, social and cultural development in the East African region. The founder of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) met the ambassador at EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania last week to lay down foundation and formulate possible strategies on the way forward for East Africa. The agreement signed upon is expected to nature long-term benefits to the East African people in terms of accelerating economic development.

The East African Community partner states shall now work hand in hand in building the region with the assistance of AKDN. The joint effort shall among many objectives focus on developing and modernizing Arusha in Tanzania to give it a new outlook in terms of governance, intellectual exchange and economic development. The religious and ethnic diversity are among the agendas stipulated in the agreement where emphasis has been placed on the importance of building a prosperous society. “This partnership reflects the vision articulated in the first EAC Development Strategy in 1997,” said Mr. Sezibera while specifying EAC’s commitment in enhancing economic developments in the region. He also gave an emphasis on the core mandate of the East African Community of fostering the agreements aimed at boosting both regional and international cooperation with its development partners.

Source: http://www.newstimeafrica.com/archives/27157