National governments the driving force behind UN pilot project says top official

The so-called “Delivering as One” scheme was launched in 2007 to respond to global challenges and test how the UN can provide more coordinate development assistance in the nations which volunteered to become pilot cases: Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Viet Nam.Together with the world body, these nations are experimenting with ways to increase the UN’s impact through more coherent programmes and speed up the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.“The governments of the ‘Delivering as One’ countries have stated clearly and unequivocally on numerous occasions that this reform of the UN development system in their country has supported enhanced national ownership and leadership of the development agenda,” Helen Clark, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, said today.She was speaking at the opening today of a conference in Hanoi, Viet Nam, to review lessons learned so far under the initiative.“Without [the pilot nations’] support and advocacy, it would not have been possible for the UN development system to embark on this reform,” Miss Clark stressed. “Where this process goes from here will also owe much to their advocacy and on our joint ability to show results.”The gathering is bringing together representatives from the UN system, pilot countries and donors.The creation of the pilot project was suggested in Delivering as One, a report by the UN High-Level Panel on System-wide Coherence that was released in November 2006.That report recommended, among other elements, that the UN “deliver as one at the country level, with one leader, one programme, one budget, where appropriate, one office” with the aim of avoiding fragmentation and duplication of efforts.So far, the “Delivering as One” pilot has helped to reduce “both duplication and gaps in UN system support,” Miss Clark said today.In Rwanda, the UN Country Team has created a multi-faceted HIV/AIDS scheme supporting the Government’s prevention and care efforts, while in Albania, the world body has supported increased women’s participation politics during an election which resulted in the more than doubling of the number of women in the country’s Parliament.These pilots, the UNDP chief underlined, are an “important achievement” for UN reform. “They have followed a bottom-up approach, driven and owned by the national government involved.” 14 June 2010National governments have proven to be the engine behind the success of an eight-nation pilot programme seeking to better coordinate development activities nationally, a senior United Nations official said today. read more

Review How does Samsungs Galaxy S III stack up against Apples iPhone

TORONTO – For many consumers wondering whether to buy Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, there’s really only one question to be answered: is it an iPhone killer? Or, perhaps more fairly, does it stack up against Apple’s popular iPhone 4S?Well, aside from the most faithful Apple fanatics who really wouldn’t consider anything other than an iPhone anyway, there’s no question that Samsung’s latest and greatest — out Wednesday — would satisfy most consumers in the market for a top-of-the-line phone.One of the biggest differentiators between iPhones and Samsung’s latest smartphone models is screen size. While not quite as oversized as the 13.5-centimetre screen of Samsung’s Note smartphone/tablet hybrid, the Galaxy S III’s 12.2-centimetre display is dramatically larger than the iPhone’s 8.9-centimetre screen. Apple’s smartphone seems a little tiny when lined up side by side with the Galaxy S III.While Apple has done an incredible job bringing the mobile web to the masses, the extra few centimetres of screen real estate is very much welcomed when browsing the web, particularly when navigating full-scale versions of websites and not just the scaled-down mobile versions. It’s similarly satisfying to have the extra screen space when watching video, playing a game or using an app. And the trade off, having a larger phone to stick in your pocket or tuck inside a purse, really isn’t much of a negative. It doesn’t slip covertly into a shirt pocket but will fit comfortably in all but the tightest of jeans. And when comparing the resolution of the Galaxy S III versus the iPhone’s much vaunted Retina display technology, it’s a wash. Both can output razor sharp text — even when zoomed in unnecessarily close — and vividly colourful photos and video.While the Galaxy S III, which runs on the latest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, competes strongly against any other phone on the market when it comes to technical specifications, it’s not something Samsung is boasting about or even highlighting much. Visit the website promoting the phone and you can’t even find a comprehensive list of its specs, which include a dual-core processor, two gigabytes of RAM, an eight-megapixel camera and the ability to handle near field communication to wirelessly connect with other devices. But during a product briefing, Paul Brannen, a vice president with Samsung Canada, noted one of the Galaxy S III’s tag lines is “designed for humans,” meaning the company is trying to emphasize user experience over technical strengths.“As consumers we always knew what the processor was in our computers and today, I couldn’t tell you,” Brannen said.“I think the phone industry is going to go down that path where the technology will become irrelevant to the device, it’s how we utilize the device and how that becomes integrated in our day-to-day life.”Among those “designed for humans” features is a recognition tool that learns the faces of friends and family and automatically shares photos you take with them. If you’re writing a message and decide you’d rather talk to the person instead, raising the phone to your ear will start dialling their phone (assuming you have their number in your contacts). The front-facing camera can identify your eyes and sense when you’re looking at the phone. When you look away, it shuts down to save power (or at least it’s supposed to, it didn’t always work for me). And placing the phone face down on a table silences it if it starts to ring at an awkward time. There’s also a Siri-like app that takes voice commands to control the phone, although it’s not quite as well executed as Apple’s version. Overall, the features are clever but require some work to find in the settings, turn on, and learn. And while potentially useful, they’re probably not quite cool enough to sway Apple fans.For those who have already bought into the Apple ecosystem, it’ll be difficult to get them to stray. As good of a job that Samsung has done in creating a smartphone that will appeal to many, the Galaxy S III likely won’t strike much fear in Apple. Review: How does Samsung’s Galaxy S III stack up against Apple’s iPhone 4S? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 26, 2012 9:49 am MDT read more

Phillips Machine expands its activities in South Africa with new facilitieslocal manufacturing

first_imgPhillips Machine South Africa, under the direction of Larry G Cantley, Phillips Machine South Africa Managing Director, is a branch of an American based Phillips Machine that has been involved in almost all phases of repairs, remanufacture, fabrication, development and sales of underground mining equipment, for the past 35 years in the US. The South African branch has been trading with the Phillips name since 2008 and has moved into newly-built premises, which includes 1,000 m2 of workshop space, 250 m2 office space in Middelburg, Mpumalanga Province, where Phillips Machine SA has commenced local manufacture of equipment line, and will be hosting an opening ceremony to all South African mining groups early in February 2010.Phillips Machine says the specific equipment it has supplied to the local market “includes battery and cable operated shuttle cars, ranging from 16 to 20 t payloads, higher payloads than comparative models in the current market, due to a free flow frame design. Also battery operated scoops with a three-post canopy for better visibility, equipped with Enersys cells (of which we are a South African Agent) for improved battery usage, and a fully sealed dual bearing centre section.”Phillips Machine SA also overhauls, fabricates new and assembles industrial mining batteries on any underground equipment.And Phillips Machine SA’s latest addition has been the complete supply of a cutter drum to STA Mining, with which it has achieved up to 20% reduction in vibration, improved sump and sheer speeds, better turning and visibly less washing on the pick holders.  Phillips Machine SA will have a lacing fixture in-house to re-lace cutter drums to customer requirements by the end of January 2010.The company says “Our equipment log currently consists of 13 x FC16 (16 t) battery operated shuttle cars, three PM2110-FC16 (16 t) cable operated shuttle cars, 15 x PM2110-FC20 (20 t) shuttle cars and 13 Model number S280 battery operated scoops in the field, and a current back order list to fulfill in 2010.”last_img read more