COCA-COLA, BUREAU VERITAS, ACCENTURE TO LEAD FOR 2022 AFRICA EDITION OF CEILING TOUCH THE SKY(R)

Africa’s Best organizations to share and learn best practices for leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, and success on June 1, 2022.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — House of Rose Professional Pte. Ltd (HORP) today announced that its 2022 Africa Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® – the success and leadership summit for women will be held virtually on June 1, 2022, bringing together virtually leaders  from the best Companies in Africa to share best practices on leadership, diversity & inclusion, and success. Coca-Cola, Bureau Veritas, and Accenture will lead as the early sponsors for this Edition.

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Break the ceiling touch the sky® is the world’s leading forum for women in leadership, having inspired and enabled over 30000 women leaders to greater success across editions in Africa, North America, Europe, Middle East, ANZ and Asia since 2015. The summit is based on the best-selling book “Break the ceiling touch the sky: success secrets of the world’s most inspirational women” by Anthony A. Rose, Chairman and CEO, House of Rose Professional.  The summit supports MISSION 2029 FOR A BETTER WORLD – a 10-year global initiative led by HORP and several global partner organizations to shape a better world by quintupling the number of Female CEOs in the worlds 500 largest Companies by 2029 and doubling the number of Male CEOs advocating and investing in diversity & inclusion.  With some of the world’s fastest growing economies in Africa, the Region is expected to contribute significantly towards this Mission.

Commented Philippine Mtikitiki,Vice President, South Africa, The Coca-Cola Company, “Diversity and inclusion is at the core of our business. We continue to invest and make progress in unlocking the full potential of our people with equal access to development and opportunity.  We are delighted to partner with Break the ceiling touch the sky® for this important 2022 Africa Edition and contribute to accelerating the development of human capital in the region.” 

Commented Marc Roussel, President Government Services & International Trade & SVP Africa, Bureau Veritas“An Africa Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® is an important development in the mission for global gender diversity & inclusion. Gender diverse companies are financially more successful, better employers, greater innovators, and better corporate citizens. Bureau Veritas Africa looks forward to sharing and learning best practices on leadership, diversity & inclusion best practices alongside many other winning organizations at the 2022 Africa Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky.”

Vukani Mngxati, Chief Executive Officer & Board Chairman, Accenture in Africa, shared, “We believe the future workforce is an equal one. There is no doubt that the pandemic hit women the hardest. From skyrocketing unemployment to taking on more responsibilities at home, it has never been more important to ensure equitable experiences for women. We expect leaders at all levels to help create and sustain a culture of equality. I personally believe that inclusion helps us to unleash greater innovation and enables  our people to perform at their very best. Through Break the ceiling touch the sky® we share our learnings on leadership, diversity & inclusion to benefit the broader industry and  learn from others’ best practices as well.”

Companies or individuals can register for the summit at

https://houseofroseprofessional.com/btctts-world-tour-2022/africa-2022/

House of Rose Professional Pte. Ltd® is a global leader in the Talent, Training and Transformation businesses via its three core brands Break the ceiling touch the sky® (Training), Dream Job International®(Talent) and CEOSmith® (Transformation).

Inquiries contact:

Anthony A. Rose
House of Rose Professional Pte. Ltd.
Email: anthony@houseofroseprofessional.com
www.houseofroseprofessional.com

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Vela Diagnostics présente ses panels de séquençage des gènes du cancer ciblés (60 gènes) et complets (525 gènes) basés sur les NGS

HAMBOURG, Allemagne, 28 mars 2022  /PRNewswire/ — Vela Diagnostics a annoncé aujourd’hui le lancement de ses nouveaux panels de séquençage OncoKey® SL 60 et 525 Plus. Ces panels basés sur les systèmes de séquençage de nouvelle génération (NGS) sont conçus pour détecter les biomarqueurs d’ADN et d’ARN du cancer à partir d’échantillons de tissus fixés au formol et inclus en paraffine (FFPE), pour un maximum de 64 échantillons par cycle de séquençage.

Vela Diagnostics propose deux panels de séquençage des gènes du cancer : le système OncoKey® SL 60 Plus et le système complet OncoKey® SL 525 Plus. Avec seulement 40 ng d’acide nucléique, le panel de séquençage peut détecter les biomarqueurs suivants en un seul test : polymorphisme d’un seul nucléotide (PSN), insertions ou délétions (indel), variations du nombre de copies (copy number variations, CNV), instabilité des microsatellites (microsatellite instability, MSI), fusions, épissage alternatif, virus et bactéries oncogènes, et peut mesurer la charge mutationnelle tumorale (CMT).

Ces panels basés sur les NGS présentent un flux de travail hautement automatisé, de l’échantillon au résultat. Ils peuvent produire des résultats en cinq jours, ne nécessitent que 2,5 heures de travail manuel et assurent une traçabilité élevée des échantillons, de l’extraction automatisée des échantillons au contrôle de la qualité (CQ) des données. VELA® Analytics permet de créer des rapports internes concis, fondés sur des données probantes, qui fournissent aux clients les informations nécessaires pour prendre des décisions éclairées quant aux options de traitement possibles. Par ailleurs, les laboratoires disposant de peu d’échantillons peuvent choisir d’effectuer les tests manuellement.

Le flux de travail des panels OncoKey® SL 60 et 525 Plus repose sur les plateformes de séquençage Illumina. Les panels peuvent donc s’adapter sans problème aux situations actuelles des laboratoires. Associés à des adaptateurs UMI-UDI doubles, à un système de capture par hybridation, à un séquençage par synthèse et à un pipeline bio-informatique validé avec soin, les panels présentent une sensibilité élevée et un profilage complet des variantes, ainsi qu’une couverture de séquençage uniforme.

« Les panels OncoKey® 60 et 525 Plus de VELA sont un formidable progrès dans la médecine de précision pour le cancer, a déclaré le Dr Andreas Goertz, directeur général de la division européenne de Vela Diagnostics. Ces panels sont composés de gènes pertinents d’un point de vue clinique et ont été conçus sur la base de contributions de personnalités influentes dans le domaine de l’oncologie, ainsi que de références à des directives professionnelles, à des essais cliniques et à des bases de données sur le cancer. »

« Vela Diagnostics prévoit de rendre disponibles les panels OncoKey® 60 et 525 Plus au quatrième trimestre 2022 aux États-Unis et en Asie-Pacifique, a ajouté Sam Dajani, PDG et président exécutif de Vela Diagnostics. L’utilisation de ces panels sur le flux de travail automatisé de Vela Diagnostics permettra de réduire les erreurs humaines et de minimiser la contamination croisée des échantillons qui peut être engendrée par un flux de travail manuel. Par ailleurs, nos solutions et services VELA® Analytics peuvent identifier et interpréter les variantes génétiques dans les tumeurs, ce qui permet de fournir rapidement et avec précision des options exploitables aux professionnels de la santé et de la recherche. »

À propos de Vela Diagnostics

Vela Diagnostics est un fournisseur de premier plan de solutions intégrées de diagnostic in vitro, de l’échantillon au résultat. Les solutions de test de VELA utilisent la plateforme automatisée Sentosa®, et offrent la possibilité unique d’utiliser un seul système pour les tests NGS et PCR dans le domaine des maladies infectieuses et de l’oncologie.

Tous les produits Sentosa® énumérés ci-dessus sont de Vela Diagnostics. Pour plus d’informations, consultez le site www.veladx.com. Tous les autres noms de produits, marques déposées et logos sont la propriété de leurs détenteurs respectifs.

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Vela Diagnostics Launches Focused (60 Genes) and Comprehensive (525 Genes) NGS-Based Pan-Cancer Panels

HAMBURG, Germany, March 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Vela Diagnostics announced today the launch of its new OncoKey® SL 60 and 525 Plus Panels. These next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based panels are intended for detection of DNA and RNA cancer biomarkers from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue specimens, for up to 64 samples in a single sequencing run.

Vela Diagnostics offers two pan-cancer gene panels: the focused OncoKey® SL 60 Plus Panel, and the comprehensive OncoKey® SL 525 Plus Panel. With just 40 ng of nucleic acid, the panel can detect the following biomarkers in one assay: single nucleotide variations (SNVs), insertions/deletions (INDELs), copy number variations (CNVs), microsatellite instability (MSI), fusions, splice variants, oncogenic viruses and bacteria, as well as measuring the tumor mutation burden (TMB).

These NGS-based panels feature a highly-automated, sample-to-result workflow. They are able to produce results within 5 days, requiring only 2.5 hours of hands-on time, and provide high sample traceability, from automated sample extraction to data quality control (QC). VELA® Analytics can create concise, evidence-based in-house reports that help customers with the information to make timely, informed decisions about possible treatment options. Additionally, laboratories with low sample volumes can choose to perform the assays in a manual workflow.

Crucially, the OncoKey® SL 60 and 525 Plus Panel workflow is wrapped around Illumina sequencing platforms. Thus, the panels can be seamlessly adapted to current lab situations. Combined with dual UMI-UDI adapters, hybrid capture target enrichment, sequencing by synthesis and thoroughly validated bioinformatics pipeline, the panels boast high sensitivity and comprehensive variant profiling, plus sequencing coverage uniformity.

“VELA’s OncoKey® 60 and 525 Plus Panels represent an exciting development in precision medicine for cancer,” said Dr Andreas Goertz, Managing Director of Vela Diagnostics’ European organization. “These panels consist of clinically relevant genes of interest and were designed based on input from key opinion leaders in oncology, as well as references to professional guidelines, curated clinical trial and cancer databases.”

“Vela Diagnostics is planning to launch our OncoKey® 60 and 525 Plus Panels in Q4 2022 in the USA and Asia Pacific,” said Sam Dajani, CEO and Executive Chairman of Vela Diagnostics. “Using these panels on Vela Diagnostics’ automated workflow will reduce human error and minimize sample cross contamination which can be generated by using a manual workflow. In addition, our VELA® Analytics solutions and services can identify and interpret genetic variants in tumors making it possible to provide actionable options for healthcare and research professionals quickly and accurately,” added Mr Dajani.

About Vela Diagnostics

Vela Diagnostics is a leading provider for integrated IVD system solutions, from sample to result. VELA’s test solutions utilize the automated Sentosa® platform, providing the unique ability to leverage one system for NGS and PCR testing in infectious disease and oncology.

All Sentosa® products listed above are by Vela Diagnostics. For more information, visit www.veladx.com. All other product names, trademarks and logos are the property of their respective owners.

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Presales Open for Metahunter: The Metaverse for All

The combination of MMORPG, Sandbox, and open-world concepts opens the door to a new Metaverse.

SINGAPORE, March 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A new dawn is coming to the virtual world in the shape of Metahunter, a platform that is focused on accessibility, education, and opportunity for any and all who want to experience the metaverse. Presales have now begun at https://metahunter.com/.

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With over 500 influencers onboarded into the ecosystem, Metahunter is on track to becoming the largest Metaverse space in the world. Metahunter aims to become the Metaverse for all by providing equal opportunity to all regardless of social level, becoming the first of many to make the virtual experience a reality for millions of unserved people worldwide.

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Unlike many other projects created in the market, Metahunter isn’t just trying to take advantage of the hype and short-term profits. Instead, Metahunter makes the Metaverse experience accessible to tens of millions of people in the market who don’t currently have the opportunity and knowledge to participate due to high entry costs and other barriers.

Not only does Metahunter provide a beginner-friendly platform, but it also provides a place for newcomers to learn more about play-to-earn gaming and blockchain technology. It gives everyone a chance to get into Metaverse at an affordable price. The new platform will offer those that haven’t been able to participate in play-to-earn gaming a unique first-time opportunity.

Allen Tan Chee Hoe

Founded by Allen Tan Chee Hoe, who previously founded Findwork, a recruitment platform with over 4 million verified and certified users that connects underserved personnel to working opportunities. Currently, Allen leads the Metahunter team of seasoned executives in blockchain, technology, capital markets, marketing, entrepreneurship, gaming, influencers, community builders, and more. The Metahunter team has a background from companies like Facebook Gaming, SuperCell, J.P. Morgan, Renaissance Capital, etc.

Unlike other platforms which rely on bots or other sources to generate traffic, Metahunter will build an organic approach. With a possible outreach of at least 100 million people globally, Metahunter is on track to create the most immersive Metaverse experience.

Metahunter is a “Metaverse for All” where everyone can play, learn, and earn together. Take advantage of this early opportunity, and let’s build the largest Metaverse world together!

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FIFA U-20 WWC: “Our target is to go beyond the group stages”—Black Princesses Coach

Accra, March 28. GNA – Ben Fokuo, Head Coach of Ghana’s national female U-20 team, the Black Princesses, says the team’s target at the upcoming Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) U-20 Women’s World Cup (WWC) is to go beyond the group stages.

The Black Princesses booked a spot at the U-20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Costa Rica, after beating their Ethiopians counterpart 2-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium in the second leg encounter, edging them 5-1 on aggregate.

The gallant U-20 female national team would be making their sixth appearance at the football showpiece come August but have never progressed beyond the group stages of the competition.

According to the gaffer, the aim of participating in the World Cup was to progress beyond the group stages, something they had set their sights on.

“We would try our best to qualify from the group stage and that is our target. Once we have qualified, we must come back and make sure the areas we need to strengthen we do that, because the world cup is different,” he said at a post-match interview.

Speaking about their two-legged encounter with the Ethiopians, Coach Fokuo said: “After our first game in Ethiopia, we needed to come back to prepare for the second leg, because the Ethiopians are a very good side, we can’t underrate them.

“For me, it was a nice and competitive which everyone was expecting because it was the last game for the world cup in Costa Rica.

 “The girls played well although we didn’t win by the goals margin we wanted too. We won 3:0 in Ethiopia so we wanted to score more than three goals here. It didn’t happen but the girls have done well.”

The 2022 edition of the biennial tournament is scheduled to be staged in Costa Rica Wednesday, 10 August, to Sunday, 28 August 2022.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana Athletics not dead—Ghana Athletics Veep

Mr. Charles Osei Asibey the 2nd Vice President of Ghana Athletics (GAA), insists that Ghana Athletics is not dead as being perceived but rather, the sport lacks investment.

He said, “Athletics is Ghana’s prime and image saving sport as it has often climaxed Ghana’s participation in major international sporting events like the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and the Africa Games”.

Mr. Osei Asibey who also doubles as the General Secretary of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Koforidua during the Circuit III Athletics organised by the GAA on Saturday.

He recounted the breaking of about 80 per cent existing national athletics records, the latest by ever improving Benjamin Azamati on Friday, the sterling performances of the men relay team at the 2019 Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco, and the last Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, all in recent times.

He insisted that resources were the bane as the budget for sports was often channelled to football, hence athletes like other sports were unable to access the allocation to enable them organize competitions to develop and unearth more talents.

“Corporate Institutions are also unable to invest in sports because of various economic reasons, but we at Ghana Athletics have in our small ways through strategic partnership and friends sustained athletics,” he noted.

He added that “Athletics is a top brand and the mother of all sports. All we advocate for is financial investment by Government and corporate Ghana. Athletics would produce high level performers and world leaders in Track and Field”.

The Circuit III Athletics championship in Koforidua, one of the many competitions in the year by Ghana Athletics, was dominated by Ghana Armed Forces and attended by teams from Eastern, Volta, Greater Accra Regions, and the Security Services.

The board of Ghana Athletics, former President Professor Francis Dodoo, Directors of Joy Industries and Django Drinks who supported the event and top officials within the Eastern Region.

Kumasi would host the next athletics event on the weekend of April 2, 2022.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Army Ladies beat Immigration Ladies to cruise to last eight of Women’s FA Cup

Army Ladies FC continued to show their dominance over fellow security service team, Immigration Ladies FC to progress to the next stage of the ongoing Women’s FA Cup.

Army Ladies secured a 2-0 scoreline courtesy a goal each from Adama Alhassan and Erica Appiah. 

Army Ladies made their intentions clear right from the blast of the Referee’s whistle mounting pressure on the Immigration Ladies.

In the first half, Harriet Akuokor Adjetey of Army Ladies hit the crossbar from a deflected free kick taken by Zenabu Mumuni outside the 18-yard box of the opponent. 

Army Ladies went close to scoring again with a free kick near the right corner flag of Immigration Ladies which was missed by the Immigration Ladies’ goalkeeper Mary Neequaye but her defenders were quick to send the ball out of harm way which ended first half goalless.

Army Ladies continued from where they left off in the first half as Alhassan once again forced a save from goalkeeper Neequaye after a good build up. Erica Appiah in the 57th fired a low shot just inches wide off the Immigration Ladies’ goal post from a good team buuld up.

The Pressure finally paid off goal as right back for the camouflage ladies, Alhassan scored the opener in the 62nd minutes with a shot which went into the button right corner of the Immigration Ladies goal post.

Appiah got rewarded for her performance on the day with a goal 20 minutes later to confirm the victory for Army Ladies.

Adama Alhassan of Army Ladies was named the best player of the match.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CAF gives Nigeria clearance for full capacity ahead of clash with Ghana

The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has given Nigeria the clearance to have a full capacity at Moshood Abiola Stadium when they meet Ghana in the second leg of the 2022 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

A statement from CAF said, “the final World Cup decider of Nigeria and Ghana on Tuesday can have a full capacity crowd attendance”.

This follows a request from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to CAF to have a full capacity at the stadium.

The official capacity of the Moshood Abiola Stadium is 60,000.

The Super Eagles would take on the Black Stars to decide which team picks one of the five slots for Africa at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

CAF initially approved 30,000 fans for the highly anticipated encounter but with the stakes being much higher, the NFF requested 30,000 more, which was granted.

It would be recalled that C0AF also allowed a full capacity at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi during the first leg, which is 40,000 capacity stadium.

Source: Ghana News Agency