Daily Archives: August 15, 2017

PRB Projects 2050 World Population at 9.8 Billion

Youth Population to Reach 1.4 Billion

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The world population will reach 9.8 billion in 2050, up 31 percent from an estimated 7.5 billion now, according to projections included in the 2017World Population Data Sheet from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB).https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_xl86c3jc/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

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PRB’s 2050 projections show Africa’s population will more than double to 2.6 billion by 2050 and account for more than half (57 percent) of the global population increase by that date. The number of people in Asia will rise about 750 million to 5.2 billion, while Europe (including all of Russia) is headed for a population decline from 745 million to 736 million. The population of the Americas is seen increasing to 1.2 billion from 1 billion now, and Oceania (which includes Australia and New Zealand) would rise from 42 million to 63 million.

The Data Sheet’s 2050 population projections indicate that:

  • India will be the world’s most populous country with 1.7 billion people, with China in second place at 1.3 billion. Currently China is at 1.39 billion, compared with 1.35 billion in India.
  • India will also register the largest numerical increase in population of any country, adding 323 million people by 2050. Nigeria will post the second-largest rise at 220 million, followed by Democratic Republic of Congo at 134 million.
  • Thirty-nine countries will have smaller populations in 2050 than in 2017. China will register the largest numerical population decrease of 44 million, followed by Japan at 25 million and Ukraine at 9 million.
  • The population of 30 countries, nearly all in Africa, will at least double by 2050.
  • The population of the United States will be 397 million, up from 325 million today.

Special Data Sheet Focus on Youth

This year’s Data Sheet includes a special focus on the world’s youth. Here are a few key figures:

  • The world youth population (ages 15 to 24) is projected to rise to 1.4 billion in 2050 from 1.2 billion now but the youth share of world population will fall to 14 percent from 16 percent.
  • Africa’s youth population will rise to 35 percent of the world youth total in 2050, from 20 percent today.
  • Ethiopia currently has the highest share of youth population at 21.8 percent while Bulgaria has the lowest share at 9.1 percent.
  • The global adolescent fertility rate (ages 15 to 19) is 50 births per 1,000 women, compared to only 16 per 1,000 in more-developed countries and 54 per 1,000 in less-developed countries.

Media Notice: Use the link below to access background information, graphic images, shareable images, and explanatory videos about the 2017 World Population Data Sheet: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B85ciVy-QP7cZUp5ME55R09nS28?usp=sharing

About PRB: PRB informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations. Find out more at www.prb.org.

Contact Peter Goldstein: datasheet@prb.org; tel: 1.202.939.5407

Spreadtrum Launches Complete Lines of High-Performance LTE SoC Platforms for the Global Mainstream Consumer Market

SHENZHEN, China, Aug 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On August 15 Beijing time, Spreadtrum successfully held its 2017 Global Partners Conference, “Infinite Chip, Infinite Intelligence”, in Shenzhen. Intel, China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom, Reliance, Vodafone, Orange, Telefonica, TRUE, Smartfren, Mircomax, Google, Huawei, ZTE, OPPO, VIVO, Gionee, Alcatel, Dialog and more than 1000 Spreadtrum global partners participated in this grand occasion. Spreadtrum shared their 2017 marketing strategy and provided details on their latest products to the global audience in attendance. Additionally, Spreadtrum presented its innovative solutions on mobile communication and IoT (automotive terminal, broadband communication and financial security). During the conference, Spreadtrum unveiled two complete series of high-performance but differentiated types of LTE SoC platforms: Spreadtrum SC9853I, which is based on Intel’s advanced 14nm foundry platform, Octa-core 64-bit Intel Airmont architecture and the highly integrated 5-mode solution; and Spreadtrum SC9850 series with low-power consumption. Mass production for both series of chips has already begun.

Spreadtrum Launches Complete Lines of High-Performance LTE SoC Platforms for the Global Mainstream Consumer Market

Built on Intel’s 14nm foundry platform, Spreadtrum SC9853I is targeting the global mid and high-level smartphone market. It features 1.8GHz Octa-core 64-bit Intel Airmont architecture based processor, which enables SC9853I to offer a high-performance mobile computing ability coupled with ultra-low power. The SC9853I supports LTE Cat-7 downlink and Cat-13 uplink for 5-mode communication standard (TD-LTE/FDD-LTE/TD-SCDMA/WCDMA/GSM), which can reach downlink speeds of 300Mbps and uplink speeds of up to 150Mpbs to achieve a true 4G+ on-line surfing experience. It also supports 1080P HD video playback, 18:9 FHD+ (1080*2160) screen display, and 16 megapixels resolution dual-cameras.

“Our first joint product was launched at Mobile World Congress earlier this year and we are pleased to continue our partnership with the release of Spreadtrum’s SC9853I SoC. The Intel Custom Foundry 14nm platform delivers industry leading PPA and offers turnkey foundry services and support. It is ideal for mainstream mobile designs that need high performance and low leakage,” said Dr. Zane Ball, Intel’s Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group, General Manager, Intel Custom Foundry. “Spreadtrum fully utilized all the advantages of Intel Custom Foundry’s 14nm platform and as a result, the SC9853l offers excellent performance and efficient power management which enhance the smartphone experience for global users.”

Spreadtrum SC9850 series is designed for overall mid and entry-level markets globally. It is equipped with a built-in Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 application processor, as well as ARM Mali 820 integrated 3D graphics accelerator. The SC9850 series supports five-mode communication standard (TD-LTE/FDD-LTE/TD-SCDMA/ WCDMA/GSM). It is also equipped with two-way carrier aggregation : Cat-7 Downlink (up to 300 Mbps) and Cat-13 Uplink (up to 150 Mpbs), 1080P HD video playback, 18:9 HD+ (720*1440) screen display and dual cameras up to 13 megapixels.

Meanwhile, both SC9853I and SC9850 series emphasize enhancing dual-camera processing capability. Both include a built-in 3DNR to boost night shooting, and features like refocusing, real-time face beauty, 3D modeling and AR. With Spreadtrum’s exclusive EverMuLTETM technology, these products are able to offer dual-SIM, dual-4G, dual-VoLTE functionalities to enhance call experience. Both series support urban NFC payment application, and are integrated with sensor control centers to provide a total solution that can enhance users’ experience.

Dr. Leo Li, Chairman and CEO of Spreadtrum, commented, “Spreadtrum’s LTE SoC platforms include the SC9853l, which is built on Intel Custom Foundry’s 14nm platform, using their highly-efficient computing capabilities and advanced technologies, and we are confident this will help our customers design more competitive smart terminal products. These platforms can offer better performance to meet the growing demand in the global LTE market. Additionally, these differentiated types of LTE chip solutions enable our customers to address multiple market segments when they develop their end products.”

For more information, visit www.spreadtrum.com.

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Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries update report on HPAI H5N8 outbreak in South Africa

Update report ´┐Ż HPAI H5N8 outbreak in South Africa

On the 7th August 2017 another case of HPAI H5N8 was detected in a commercial layer farm in Mpumalanga Province in the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality. Control measures were applied and all birds culled.

The first cases of HPAI H5N8 in Ostriches were confirmed in two commercial ostrich farms in the Western Cape Province in the Hessequa Local Municipality on the 9th August 2017. Quarantine has been instituted and the application of disease control measures have commenced.

These recently detected outbreaks bring the total number of outbreaks to 16; eight of which were in commercial chickens, three outbreaks in wild birds, two outbreaks in commercial ostrich, two outbreaks in backyard poultry and one outbreak in birds that were kept as a hobby.

The Department has received requests to vaccinate and these requests are under consideration. As can be appreciated, all possible pros and cons have to be carefully assessed in order for a decision to be reached. At the moment, vaccination against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza is prohibited for the long term benefit of the poultry industry at large.

The Department has applied for additional funding to deal with the disease control measures, including compensation where applicable.

Auction houses, buyers and sellers are still required to register with the Poultry Disease Management Agency (PDMA) to ensure traceability. Furthermore, gatherings of chickens should be avoided but in instances where this cannot be avoided, all registration requirements must be complied with.

The continued cooperation of the public and the poultry industry, in the timeous reporting of sick and dying birds to Government Veterinary Services, is vital for the speedy response and the necessary investigations in order to effectively manage the disease threat. DAFF will pay for samples which have been submitted by the State Veterinary Officials to the Onderstepoort Veterinary Research of the Agricultural Research Council. DAFF thanks the public and the poultry industry for their support in this regard.

Source: Government of South Africa

Death Toll Passes 300 in Flood-Stricken Sierra Leone Capital

At least 300 people are confirmed dead a day after mudslides and heavy flooding struck Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.

Authorities say they expect the death toll to rise as search teams, military personnel and distraught relatives continue digging through the mud, looking for people buried or swept away in the disaster.

Kelvin Lewis, a reporter for VOA’s English to Africa service, said the searchers have little hope of finding more survivors.

“They are still doing excavation work, because of a lot of buildings are still covered. What I got is that they are looking for only corpses. I don’t think they would be able to find anyone who is alive anymore,” he said Tuesday.

Lewis said a Freetown mortuary he visited is overwhelmed. “There are bodies are lying practically everywhere, naked,” he said.

Relatives have identified and taken away some of the dead, according to Lewis. He said the chief pathologist is recommending the rest be buried in mass graves, because the mortuary needs to make room for more bodies.

A spokesman for the Red Cross told the French news agency, AFP, that the group had accounted for at least 312 dead. Officials say thousands of others have been left homeless.

The mudslide occurred early Monday while many Freetown residents were still sleeping, after hours of heavy rains. Witnesses described a particularly-hard hit area in the Regent district, saying roads became “churning rivers of mud.”

Photos and video posted by local residents showed people chest deep in mud trying to traverse the roads.

Lewis said homes had been built on an unstable hillside composed of clay-like soil. He says the situation was made worse when people chopped down trees for firewood.

He said officials expect bodies to pop up in unexpected places for months to come, as many people were carried away from the Regent area by floodwaters.

Freetown is often hit by heavy rain and flooding for several months a year.

Source: Voice of America

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in dialogue with Religious Leaders: reaching out to men and boys

Soshanguve – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will, in his capacity as Chair of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), participate in the launch of the Religious Leaders’ Dialogue Series and HIV Testing Services Campaign on Thursday, 17 August 2017.

The launch will take place at the Soshanguve Community Hall, Pretoria, at 08h00.

The dialogue series is organised under the theme “Your faith, Your Health”. Partners in this initiative are:

the South African Network of Religious Leaders living with or Personally Affected by HIV and AIDS (SANERELA+);

the International Network of Religious Leaders living with or Personally affected by HIV and AIDS(INERELA);

The SANAC Civil Society Forum, and

Show Me Your Number HIV Prevention Project.

The purpose of this engagement is to launch a series of religious dialogues with men and boys with the aim of promoting HIV testing services, and broaden access to healthcare services. In this regard, mobile healthcare services such as HIV Testing, Screening for Diabetes, Blood pressure and TB, will offered to members of the surrounding communities at the launch.

In addition, it is also a platform to address issues of gender-based violence. The dialogues will further identify religious leaders who will be agents of change to support this course across provinces.

The dialogues will culminate in the presentation of a report to the bi-annual Men’s Parliament named Takuwani Riime that will be hosted in Parliament in Cape Town on 19 November 2017 as part of commemorating International Men’s Day.

Deputy President Ramaphosa will be joined by UNAIDS Country Director Dr. Mbulawa Mugabe and the following SANAC Men’s Sector Deputy Chairperson: Dr. Matome Kganakga; Mr Mabalane Mfundisi from the sport, arts & culture sector; actor and founder of AfriMAN Rising campaign Sello Maake ka Ncube; musician Mr Nkosikhona Khuzani Mpungose who is an ambassador of the Ubuntu Initiative, as well as various leaders from different civil society sectors.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa