Atento complète la vente de ses activités au Maroc au groupe Intelcia 

Cette vente englobe les activités d’Atento au Maroc, qui assure la prestation de services sur les marchés français et marocains Cette transaction permettra à Atento de continuer à renforcer son activité axée sur les principaux marchés en Espagne et en Amérique latine NEW YORK, 30 septembre 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Atento S.A. (NYSE:  ATTO), le fournisseur […]

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Capacity Africa 2016 : Angola Cables et DE-CIX remportent le prix « Best Africa Service Innovation Award »

LUANDA, Angola, KAMPALA, Ouganda et FRANCFORT, Allemagne, 30 septembre 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Angola Cables, l’opérateur IP international et le fournisseur de passerelle internationale numéro un d’Angola, a reçu le prix Best Africa Service Innovation au salon Capacity Africa à Kampala (Ouganda). Angola Cables, en tant que l’un des moteurs de transformation de l’Angola et de l’ensemble […]

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IHRC, Inc. Announces New Subsidiary Company IHRC Kenya Limited

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Capacity Africa 2016: Angola Cables and DE-CIX win Best Africa Service Innovation Award

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XCMG termine un projet d’installation marquant sur la montagne Mila, au Tibet, à plus de 5 400 mètres d’altitude

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Medicines360 et Population Services International annoncent un nouveau partenariat pour élargir l’accès aux DIU hormonaux pour les femmes en Afrique

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Barkindji Warrior eyeing Tokyo Olympics

WARRIOR: Two-time jiu jitsu world champion and UOW student Shantelle Thompson has turned her attention to wrestling in a bid to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Picture: Adam McLean

WARRIOR: Two-time jiu jitsu world champion and UOW student Shantelle Thompson has turned her attention to wrestling in a bid to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Picture: Adam McLean

SHANTELLE Thompson knows more than most about sport’s unique ability to heal wounds. 

Today the 32-year-old mother of three is a two-time jiu jitsu world champion and Olympic wrestling aspirant but, before that, came dark times for the woman known as the Barkindji Warrior.

“At 18-19 I was looking into martial arts because I was quite a bad-tempered young person and just by virtue of the way I grew up I would always defend myself with my hands and that was leading me down the wrong path,” Thompson recalls.

“I started messing around with jiu jitsu and that’s how I met my partner George at 20 but I didn’t start to take things seriously until after the birth of my twins [in 2009]. I developed post-partum depression and I became suicidal. I needed to find a way to work toward recovery from that because I didn’t want to go on medication. It just didn’t feel like the right path for me.

“I started training jiu-jitsu and after a couple of months I started competing. After a while, I needed another level of challenge and thought I’d like to have a crack at being a world champion. I’d never been an elite level athlete before so this was the first time. 

“Being an older female athlete with kids and that sort of thing, people were a little bit skeptical. That kind of lit the fire in me and I wanted to have a go at it, push myself and see what was really possible.”

Thompson went on to win back to back super-heavyweight purple belt world titles, the most recent coming in June this year. She’s now in the midst of a transition to wrestling that she hopes can put her in the frame to represent Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and ultimately the Tokyo Olympics in four years time.

A self-described “top game player” in jiu jitsu, Thompson has made quick work of the transition at national level, winning Australian and Oceania titles, but it was at elite training camps in Canada and Africa – with whom Australia is grouped for Olympic qualification proved eye-opening.

“I ended up fighting girls from Cameroon and Nigeria and got an absolute flogging but it was exciting,” Thompson said.

“I was excited because I’d never been so thoroughly thrashed before. The strength they had, the skill…I was excited by it. 

“Most people would say it’s not realistic, it’s not logical. Australia has only ever had one female Olympian in wrestling but I’ve always liked to see what is possible rather than looking at why it can’t be done

“I’m showing my kids and anyone else that you don’t have to let your age or circumstances define you.”

And she’s sharing more than just her story, making 10-hour car trips from her home in Melbourne as she completes an Indigenous Trauma and Recovery Practices course at the University of Wollongong, a field in which she plans to specialise.

“Inspiration is great but it’s temporary,” Thompson said.

“I want to help give people actual skills and tools to begin to heal themselves and not only survive their trauma but to thrive and become creators of their own life.”

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Agility Announces Winners of Africa 2016 Photo Competition

Agility (www.Agility.com), a leading global logistics provider, today announced the winners of its Africa 2016 Photo Competition (http://www.Africa-2016.com), a series of photographs that show how quickly Africa is modernizing, growing and even leading the way in new technology.

The annual contest, now in its second year, is a pan-Africa photography competition focusing on Africa’s rapid modernization. This year’s competition drew more than 2,500 photographs from professional and amateur photographers in 30 countries.

The winning images depicted a fisherman in a canoe on Lake Victoria on his laptop, a solar farm in Rwanda powering 15,000 homes, and the skyline of Harare, Zimbabwe.

A cash prize of $2,000 was awarded for each competition category. The winners were Stephen Simiyu, a photographer from Nairobi, Kenya (Technology); Henry Oliver Hakulandaba, an environmental consultant and photographer from Harare (Cities); and Esdore Hakizimana, a machine operator from Kigali, Rwanda (Industry). Simiyu also won the Grand Prize of $2,000 for his photograph of a fisherman using a laptop in a canoe on Lake Victoria, Uganda.

The winning photographs and the runners-ups were featured at a session at the United Nations General Assembly in New York earlier this month and will be shown at the Thomson Reuters Africa Summit 2016 in Cape Town in October. They will also be showcased in Forbes Africa, on CNBC Africa, and in Agility’s corporate magazine, Tradelanes.

Simiyu, the Grand Prize winner, said: I know Africa is developing, and to show this, I needed an image that could tell that story in one picture. The competition really made me think about Africa � there’s nowhere like it.rdquo;

Hakulandaba, winner in the Cities category, said non-Africans are continually surprised by the pace of change in Africa. Whenever I exhibit images of Harare or any other African city, there is always someone who says they never thought Africa has such development,rdquo; he said. This competition is a platform to reach a wider audience about African development. It will help change perspectives of the continent’s potential.rdquo;

The winning images speak eloquently about the historic change underway in Africa and the opportunities for Africans, African businesses and the world,rdquo; said Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa. As a company investing in the logistics infrastructure of the continent, we are proud to show the world powerful images that capture a more positive view of Africa and demonstrate the progress that has already been made, hopefully changing the perceptions of Africa in 2016.rdquo;

The competition was judged by an independent panel that consisted of Sneha Shah, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters Africa; Bronwyn Nielsen, Editor-in-Chief, CNBC Africa; and Salim Amin, Chairman of CameraPix and co-founder of Africa24 Media.

Source: Agility.

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DDB Middle East & Africa Named Network of the Year at the 2016 African Cristal Festival

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Applications Open For 2017-2018 TRACE Scholar Program; Peter A. Allard School Of Law At UBC Joins Participating Schools Georgetown Law, University Of Washington And King’s College, Cambridge

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XCMG Completes Landmark Installation Project on Tibet’s Mila Mountain at Altitudes of Over 5,400 Meters

NYINGCHI, China, Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG recently installed a heavy electric shovel on the remote Mila Mountain in Tibet using its large tonnage mobile cranes at altitudes of over 5,400 meters. Achieved in collaboration with a local copper mining company, this is the first time such a large tonnage, high altitude hoisting has […]

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