21 Aug 2013


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the launch of internet.org, a global initiative that aims to extend global internet access. The organisation includes partners such as Nokia and Qualcomm who aim to cut the cost of internet access to 1 per cent of its current level within 5 to 10 years.

The INDEPENDENT- In an official launch statement the organization notes that there are currently 2.7 billion people worldwide with internet access. This figure is growing by just under 9 per cent each year andinternet.org wants to increase this rate, making the internet “available to the next 5 billion people.”

"There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy,” said Zuckerberg. “Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it.”

The organisation has outlined three main challenges it will focus on to achieve its goal. These include reducing the cost of hardware such as smartphones necessary for accessing the web; improving networks to “more efficiently handle data”; and partnering with businesses to develop new models to “get people online”.

Many similar initiatives to expand internet access and improve existing networks already exist, albeit without the philanthropic presentation. These include Google’s Project Loon (a plan to offer internet access to remote areas using weather balloons) and Zuckerberg’s own Facebook for Every Phone (an app for developing countries optimised to use minimal data).

Schemes such as these are certainly beneficial by offering new knowledge and opportunities through the web, but they are also expanding the customer-base for internet companies. Markets in developed countries are nearing saturation for Facebook and its ilk, and expanding overseas is an obvious next step.

This taint of self-interest has meant that such projects have attracted criticism from leading figures in the industry. Bill Gates recently criticised Google’s Project Loon in an interview with Businessweek, saying “when a kid gets diarrhea, no, there’s no website that relieves that.”

With the launch of internet.org Zuckerberg has addressed some of these criticisms obliquely, noting that whilst Facebook’s does make profits from advertising to users “it may not actually be profitable for us to serve the next few billion people for a very long time, if ever.”

He maintains that “connecting the world” has always been Facebook’s mission statement, and that there will be direct economic benefit to the countries through their involvement in “the global knowledge economy.”

Citing research from McKinsey, Zuckerberg notes that “the internet now accounts for a larger per cent of GDP in many developed countries than agriculture and energy” and that “it has also accounted for 21% of GDP growth in developed countries in the past five years.” Exactly how increased internet access effects developing countries is less well understood.

However, internet.org not only aims to connect individuals to sites owned by its partner companies, but to also offer access to basic internet services for no cost at all. Zuckerberg has defined these services as “non-data-intensive, which means primarily text-based services and very simple apps like weather.” This would include free access to email and Wikipedia: two services that offer straightforward and direct benefits for developing countries.

Facebook’s engineers also have a proven track record in this sort of development. The company launched the Open Compute Project in 2011 as a way of freely publishing cost-efficient designs for servers and data centres. “Anything that makes networks more effcient will ultimately increase the effciency of delivering data and bring down costs for people worldwide,” says Zuckerberg of the project.

This maxim might ultimately hold true for the internet.org project as well. Although the scheme is certainly motivated at least in part by profit there will still be humanitarian benefits.

Manchester United re-open Rooney talks with Chelsea and moot Mata swap as part of discussions

With news emanating from goal.com, Man United ace striker, Wayne Rooney, might be on his way to Stamford Bridge anytime soon, with a probable swap deal about to be reached by Manchester United and Chelsea Football Club management. This impending deal could involve Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata as part of the bargain between the two English giants

Goal- Old Trafford officials have held informal discussions with their Premier League rivals in the last 48 hours, with talks centring on the forward's value and the Spanish midfielder.

Manchester United have re-opened informal dialogue with Chelsea over the proposed sale of Wayne Rooney - and have also enquired as to the availability of Juan Mata as part of discussions.

Goal understands that despite continued public insistence from United manager David Moyes that Rooney is not for sale, officials from both clubs have held informal dialogue over a potential deal for the forward in the last 48 hours. 

Central to those talks has been the disparity in the two clubs' valuation of the Rooney, with United are holding out for £40 million having instantly rejected Chelsea’s second bid for the 27-year-old, worth around £30m.

However, United have also used discussions to reiterate their interest in Mata, who was rumoured along with David Luiz to be offered to the Premier League champions as part of the Blues’ initial offer for Rooney.

Chelsea at the time denied including any of their own players in the deal while confirming that their written bid had been rejected.

But United's willingness to re-enter dialogue about a potential deal only 12 days before the transfer window closes will encourage the Blues in their hope of yet doing a deal for the England international.

"Wayne is acting and training professionally at Carrington but is making no secret of his desire to leave," a source close to United told Goal.

While the club and Moyes are not keen on selling him to a rival on the back of a frustrating summer transfer window, United feel compelled to explore all avenues should he submit a transfer request in an attempt to force a move.

They believe the arrival of Juan Mata - although unlikely - would certainly go a long way to appeasing fans should that happen.

Mata was left on the bench for Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Hull having missed much of the club’s pre-season preparations following the Confederations Cup.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that Mata is part of his plans this season but their are doubts over how the attacking midfielder will fit in to the Portuguese’s system.

Mourinho is desperate to land a top class striker this summer having started the season with Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba as his three forwards.

Chelsea failed with attempts to bring Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Robert Lewandowski to Stamford Bridge before turning their attention to Rooney.

Mourinho claimed in July that Rooney was his only target, but insisted this week that the Londoners have been making alternative plans.

"We have plans B and C. Don't ask me names. It's difficult to speak about players from other clubs," Mourinho said.

"We have the conditions to try to improve our team by bringing in one more player and we are going to try that till the end."

Malaria Vaccine “Discovered” 3 Weeks After African Meeting in Nigeria Adopts DDT Malaria Eradication

It is rather interesting and alarming that barely 3 weeks after African nations decided to spray and eliminate malaria as it is in Europe, a sudden discovery of another malaria related marketable product, a malaria vaccine was announced by the colonial masters

NewsRescue-  On August 9th, just 3 weeks after a meeting of African heads of state in Nigeria resolved to adopt DDT spray to eradicate Malaria, globalist media announced the discovery of a 100% effective malaria vaccine. This is similar to the announcement of the “discovery” of HIV cured cases by the same globalist media, barely 3 months after a Nigerian scientist with scientific journal publications announced preliminary results of a 60% cure rate after 6 months therapy with his Dx-liquid concoction.

World health organizations have been sounding the alarm on the increase in malaria infections in economically collapsed Greece. Malaria was kept in check for 4 decades till the recession hit.

Greece austerity has constrained municipal governments ability to afford the spray it uses to kill the anopheles mosquito.

The interesting first bit of news here for many in Africa, is the fact that Europe used DDT in a 1955 World Health Organization program to eradicate malaria worldwide. This kept the mosquitoes in check while most of Africa and the entire sub-Saharan region was disallowed by the colonial lords from using it on the pretext of “risks to health.” Greece’s malaria dropped from 2 million cases a year to a handful/year. Malaria which was the world’s largest killer disease in history, affecting two thirds of the world, from London to Boston, was largely eliminated by DDT, except in Africa where its use was stopped. DDT got the Nobel prize for medicine in 1948.

Pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars selling anti-malaria medicine to Africa.
In a recent meeting held in Nigeria, African nations finally decided to emancipate themselves from the shackles of colonialism and resolved to spray. 

It is rather interesting and alarming that barely 3 weeks after African nations decided to spray and eliminate malaria as it is in Europe, a sudden discovery of another malaria related marketable product, a malaria vaccine was announced by the colonial masters. 

Does the so-called new discovery of a 100% efficient malaria vaccine not have any connection to Africa’s decision to spray and the wish to stop or still maintain markets in Africa via the release of this vaccine?

The second bit of news is the direct link of poverty and disease as Greece unfortunately suffers. In line with this, African leaders are directly murderers and terrorists for failing to provide healthcare services that clearly and directly lead to epidemicity of disease and death. In Greece, new HIV infections jumped 200% due to austerity measures. Money saves lives. Health woes are also predicted to increasingly affect Spain and Portugal, two other European nations also in financial crises.

Breaking-info blog- Malaria is caused by blood parasites transmitted from person to person through the bites of infected mosquitoes. In the absence of prompt and effective treatment, malaria often causes death.

The African Region accounts for 85% of malaria cases and 90% of malaria deaths worldwide. Malaria causes avoidable and often catastrophic spending for households and is an obstacle to the development of affected African communities and nation.

85% of malaria deaths occur in children under five years of age. Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria. Malaria episodes in pregnant women cause anemia, and other complications in the mother and newborn child.

People Living With HIV/AIDS have a higher risk of recurrent malaria episodes and severe malaria. 

15 Aug 2013

Felllaini Poised For Manchester United Move

The Belgian has his heart set on a move to a Champions League club, but the Toffees boss is more confident of keeping Leighton Baines despite interest in both men from David Moyes

Everton manager Roberto Martinez expects Marouane Fellaini to leave the club this summer, but the Spaniard remains hopeful of keeping Leighton Baines at Goodison Park.

Both the midfielder and left-back are targets for Manchester United as former Toffees boss David Moyes looks to bolster his squad and aid his side’s title defence following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

Moyes' priority is to sign a central midfielder and the Scot has turned his attention to Fellaini having missed out on a number of high-profile targets this summer, most notably Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas.

Fellaini is keen on a move to Old Trafford and Martinez has privately admitted to friends that he expects the £22 million-rated Belgian to leave the club, with plans already in place to sign potential replacements.

"Roberto is preparing to lose Fellaini next season but he thinks the team will be ready for it," a source close to Martinez told Goal. "Baines is a slightly different matter as United don’t look like offering the money Everton want and the player won’t kick up a fuss."

United’s task of prising the 25-year-old from Goodison Park have been made tougher by dint of the fact the player’s buyout clause expired on July 31. Had the clause been triggered a transfer would have been "straightforward", according to Martinez. 

The Spaniard is, however, more confident of keeping Baines on Merseyside despite United’s continuing interest in the England left-back having failed earlier this summer with a £12m bid.

Martinez has reviewed every game Everton played last season and believes Baines is more important than Fellaini to the way he wants to play in the new season.

Both players are understood to have conducted themselves well throughout the summer but Fellaini has made no secret of his desire to play for a club in the Champions League.

The 25-year-old was a target for Arsenal earlier in the summer but the Londoners have now turned their attention to Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who is also being targeted by Wolfsburg.

Fellaini operated in a largely attacking midfield role for Everton last season, scoring 11 Premier League goals, but Moyes is believed to want the former Standard Liege man to play in a deeper position should he move to Old Trafford.

Source: Goal