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Archive for August 2, 2013



Name one basic function you wish your iPad did better… If you said word processing–especially of the collaborative sort–you might want to checkout Quip , a new app brought to us in part by a guy who was head of Google’s Map division and also served as CTO of Facebook.

Maybe not a household name despite his accomplishments, Bret Taylor is headed off in a new direction with Quip. If he’s successful, mainstay apps like Google Docs and Apple’s Pages will face a serious challenge… Sure, Quip does some of the same things as Pages and Docs, but it also introduces handy checklists and (hopefully) much-improved collaboration. Other features you’d expect are there too, such as push notifications, offline access to documents, and cross-platform syncing.

Judging by the pricing structure, Taylor is aiming big with Quip. You can download the app for free, and the same no-cost entry applies to using the app with a team of up to five members. However, the hook sets in at $12 per month for each user when the teams get larger. For that monthly charge, there are some additional features such as remote device management.

If we haven’t said anything to make you think Quip is a game-changer, that’s understandable. Chances are we won’t know what truly sets it apart till jumping in and giving it a try. Those who have already done so are calling Quip reminiscent of Google Wave, but better.

Think Quip might solve some of your word-processing woes? Give it a try and let us know what you think.

via Try Quip, a Free Word Processing App That’s Getting Compared to Google Wave, Only Better | App Chronicles.

Rising healthcare expenses


PUTRAJAYA: The country’s healthcare expenditure is projected to rise about three percentage points to 7% of gross domestic product (GDP) by the year 2020, said Health Minister Datuk Seri S Subramaniam Sathasivam.

“The healthcare sector is expected to generate RM35.5bil in gross national incomes and create 181,000 jobs by the year 2020,” he said at the National Key Economic Area (NKEA) healthcare progress update yesterday.

Subramaniam said the healthcare sector is fast becoming a crucial segment in the overall economy and wants the private sector players involved in this vital industry to drive growth moving forward including to improve citizens’ accessibility to quality healthcare.

“It is mandatory that we set in place industry-friendly policies to sustain high growth momentum in the coming years. We will support collaborative efforts between public and public healthcare providers,” Subramaniam said.

He noted that to date, 15 out of 17 sub-sectors had been completely liberalised and including dental specialists, private hospitals, medical specialists sub-sectors where 100% foreign equity participation is allowed.

Subramaniam also announced five new projects under the healthcare NKEA with a total investment value of RM388.1mil and a projected gross national income of RM445.2mil.

This initiative could potentially reduce reliance on imports of these healthcare products by manufacturing them locally instead through locally incorporated companies and multinational ones.

“Currently Malaysia relies on imported infusion products which are costly. It is timely to have a manufacturing capability on our home ground,” he said in his speech.

Five locally incorporated companies will expand their investments through this initiative. They are: ABio Orthopaedics that will invest RM224.5mil for the expansion of orthopaedic devices contract manufacturing in Penang, Karl Mueller Scientific Sdn Bhd that will invest RM1.4mil to produce single and disposable medical devices and accessories, Kotra Pharma that will invest RM60mil to produce sterile injectables or infusion products, RB Lifescience Sdn Bhd investing RM94.5mil for the construction of a new pharmaceutical plant and Sima Medical to invest RM7.7mil for the development of orthopaedic clinical devices.

via Rising healthcare expenses – Business News | The Star Online.

Nepal bans chicken sales after bird flu outbreak

Staff of the Veterinary Epidemiology Center (VEC) carry sacks containing culled chickens at a farm in Naghkhel village on the outskirt of Kathmandu, Nepal, 01 August 2013. -EPA


KATHMANDU: Nepal on Thursday banned the sale of chicken after health workers found cases of bird flu at several poultry farms on the outskirts of the capital Kathmandu, officials said.

Officials at Kathmandu District Animal Health Office said the government had imposed a week-long ban on the supply and sale of poultry products to prevent the H5N1 virus from spreading to humans.

“We have taken this decision to save both human lives as well as the industry,” said Bolraj Acharya, the head of the office.

He said authorities could extend the ban unless the virus was under control within a week, adding that security forces had been deployed in markets to enforce the restrictions.

“We have also sent surveillance teams in the poultry farms. They will report to us if there’s any violation of the ban,” Acharya said.

Since the latest outbreak of bird flu two weeks ago, health workers have culled 20,000 chickens and destroyed more than 12,000 eggs at 30 affected farms, said Bijay Kant Jha, the head of the government-run Directorate of Animal Health.

“This is the biggest outbreak in Nepal so far,” he said.

Nepal’s first outbreak of bird flu in poultry was in January 2009. Since then, a total of 200,000 chickens have been culled and more than 400,000 eggs destroyed, Jha told AFP.

H5N1, a common strain of bird flu, killed 377 people globally from 2003 until July 5 this year, according to the World Health Organisation. -AFP

via Nepal bans chicken sales after bird flu outbreak – World | The Star Online.

Singapore company buys into PHL hospital owner


SINGAPORE-BASED international business group Chandler Corp. has acquired a minority stake in Professional Services Inc., owner and operator of The Medical City (TMC).

In a statement, David Walker, chief executive officer of the Chandler Corp., said “The Chandler Corp.’s shareholding in The Medical City, together with our recent acquisition of Vietnam’s Hoan My Medical Corp., provides us with a strong platform to grow and achieve our goal of becoming a leading healthcare service provider in Southeast Asia. Together, these two networks serve more than two million people annually. We share the same vision and principles as The Medical City and its founders. The Chandler Corporation’s investment in The Medical City reflects our philosophy of building and investing in great companies which create significant social value and drive national prosperity.”

Established in 1964, TMC has a large network of branded hospitals and clinics nationwide. It is recognized as one of the highest quality health-care providers in the Philippines and its flagship hospital in Ortigas is accredited by the Joint Commission International. TMC’s network is currently composed of three hospitals and 23 ambulatory clinics. Two more hospitals are scheduled to be opened in 2014, in Clark, Angeles City in Pampanga and in the US territory of Guam.

This investment complements the Chandler Corp.’s recent acquisition of an 80-percent shareholding in Hoan My Medical Corp., Vietnam’s largest hospital network, as well as its existing healthcare businesses in the Philippines, Indonesia and Kenya. The Singapore-based company wants to be a leading health-care provider in Southeast Asia.

For his part, Alfredo Bengzon, chief executive officer and cofounder of TMC, said “The Chandler Corp. is a globally renowned business group, which has a clear passion for and a strong track record of investing in great companies and high-growth emerging markets. The Medical City highly values the Chandler Corp.’s support as a strategic investor in achieving our long-term growth ambition.”

The Chandler Corp. builds and operates businesses in health-care, energy and environment, consumer and financial services, with operations in Asia Pacific, Africa, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East.

via BusinessMirror – Singapore company buys into PHL hospital owner.

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