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  • Joomla! will provide improved demo and a new free hosting option in partnership with SiteGround

    New York, NY, - August 28, 2014 - Joomla, one of the world’s most popular open source content management systems (CMS) used for everything from websites and blogs to custom apps and Intranets, announced today that SiteGround web hosting company is the RFP winner for the ongoing official Joomla Demo and the new Free Joomla Hosting option. The partnership is expected to increase the number of new users to Joomla by making it easier to get started.

    The opportunity to create a temporary Joomla Demo account has been available at demo.joomla.org since 2010, but included only a short 30-day free trial. With SiteGround as the new official host, the trial period will be extended to 90-days to give users more time to evaluate all the features of Joomla CMS. Additionally the sign up process will be faster and easier. This new version of the Official Joomla Demo will replace the current offer in September 2014. The Free Joomla Hosting option is expected to be launched later this year and it will allow the users to create and maintain a free Joomla website for unlimited time. The aim of both the extended Joomla Demo and the new Free Joomla Hosting is to make the start with the Joomla CMS easier and to increase the number of people, who choose Joomla as their favorite website platform.

    The contract has been granted to SiteGround by Open Source Matters (OSM) - the not for profit organization, created to provide organization, legal and financial support to the Joomla project. The President of OSM, Sarah Watz says: “SiteGround has been a very active and appreciated member of the Joomla Community for a many years supporting Joomla at many events globally and providing Joomla hosting that makes it easy to get started. I’m pleased to see that this new partnership brings that great experience to all users who are just starting with Joomla. “

    Lilyana Yakimova, who is the Marketing Director of SiteGround and will be in charge of the two projects, says: “We are very happy to be able to bring our Joomla hosting expertise to both these projects and to be a part of the future growth of this amazing CMS. I am also excited about the opportunity to work closely with the Joomla community, as it has always been a great example for me how the purely volunteer efforts of many people, who truly believe in an idea, can make a dent in the world, even in the IT world.”

    About SiteGround

    SiteGround is a leading web hosting company with a special focus on Joomla CMS. Its hosting platform is optimized for additional Joomla security with the help of specific account isolation and in-house developed Joomla security plugin and proactive Joomla security monitoring. The performance of Joomla CMS and its loading speed is also enhanced on SiteGround servers with the help of a special caching solution, developed by the company. SiteGround has also been an active sponsor of multiple Joomla events, including the Joomla! World Conference 2012, 2013, and 2014, JAB 2012, 2013 and 2014 and more than 40 other local Joomla! Days for the last 3 years.

    About Joomla!

    Joomla is one of the world's most popular software packages used to build, organize, manage and publish content for websites, blogs, Intranets and mobile applications. With more than 3 percent of the Web running on Joomla and a CMS market share of more than 9 percent, the free open source software powers the web presence of hundreds of thousands of small businesses, governments, non-profits and large organizations worldwide like Citibank, eBay, General Electric, Harvard University, Ikea, McDonald's and Sony. The award-winning CMS is led by an international community of more than a half million active contributors, helping the most inexperienced user to seasoned web developer make their digital visions a reality. Joomla's power and extensibility has resulted in its software being downloaded close to 60 million times.

    Editorial Contacts:

    Sarah Watz for Joomla
    +46708755115
    sarah.watz@opensourcematters.org

    Lilyana Yakimova for SiteGround
    +359885443999
    lilyana@siteground.com



  • Joomla Supports Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing as Silver Sponsor

     

    Joomla!®, one of the world’s most popular open source content management systems (CMS) used for everything from websites to blogs to custom apps to Intranets, is delighted to be supporting the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing as a Silver Sponsor.  The event is the largest of its kind in the world, with over 4,700 women coming together from 8-10 October in Phoenix, Arizona (USA) to learn, share and inspire.



  • Joomla Community Magazine | August 2014

    JCM August 2014

    The August issue of the Joomla Community Magazine is here! Our stories this month:

    Editors Introduction

    Putting the U in Community!

    Feature Stories

    Joomla Project and Product Marketing. One Can Not Exist Without the Other!
    Pizza, Bugs and Fun in The Netherlands
    Cum Munus - J and Beyond 2014
    The Nasty Business of Passing Off
    Talking Joomla! at WordCamp?
    The Heart of Joomla! is the Community

    Developers

    Video: David Hurley Becomes Joomla! 3.4 Release Leader
    Introducing The Wheel (The Power of Collaboration)

    Project News

    Leadership Highlights August 2014

    Events

    Roundup from JUG Corner - July 2014
    Upcoming Joomla! Events - August & September 2014
    JoomlaDay Minnesota and the Hope for a Local Joomla! Community
    Joomla! Bug Sprint in Manchester

    Designers

    Joomla! for Web Designers

    Book Reviews

    Book Review: Using Joomla!

    Google Summer of Code

    Keep Calm and Write Test
    An Easy Way to Benchmark a Webserver
    Project: JIssues Tracker Status Update
    Why Simple Structured Data (Microdata, RDFa) isn’t so Simple

    International Stories

    Français

    Créer facilement son site avec Joomla! (partie 2)
    Le Tour d'Adresse du Développeur
    J'ai le même problème...

    Portuguese (Brazil)

    Joomla Day Cidade do México 2014

    Spanish

    Resultados del Joomla Day Ciudad de México 2014
    J&Bellong, Joomla y el marketing
    01. Instalar VirtueMart 2.6.6
    Joomla! Para Diseñadores
    Tutorial: MasterBootstrap, instalación y puesta a punto
    Joomla en las Administraciones locales
    ¿Qué podemos hacer para cambiar la tendencia?

    In our next issue

    We want to publish your Joomla! story in the next JCM issue! So take a look at our Author Resources content to get a better idea of what we are looking for, and then register to become a JCM author and submit your Joomla! story!



  • Joomla! 3.3.3 Released

    Joomla! 3.3 - Do More

    The Joomla! Project and the Production Leadership Team are proud to announce the release of Joomla! 3.3.3. This is a maintenance release for the 3.x series of Joomla! and addresses issues introduced in 3.3.2 with the e-mail cloaking code and user configuration options not applying correctly.

    If you are currently running a Joomla! release on a server with PHP 5.3.10 or later, we encourage you to update immediately to Joomla! 3.3.3 via either the one-click update or the update downloads available at http://www.joomla.org/download.html.

    Note that in order to update directly to 3.3.3 via the core update component, you must be running 3.2.2 or later due to the raised minimum supported PHP version and the update system not supporting checking the server’s PHP version in older releases. Older 3.x releases will be prompted to update to 3.2.4 before being presented the 3.3.3 update.



  • Joomla! 2.5.24 Released

    Joomla! 2.5The Joomla Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 2.5.24.  This is a maintenance release for the 2.5 series of Joomla! and addresses two issues found with the e-mail cloaking code introduced into the 2.5.23 release.

    The update process is very simple, and complete instructions are available here. Note that there are now easier and better ways of updating than copying the files with FTP.

    Download

    New Installations: Click here to download Joomla 2.5.24 (Full package) »

    Update Package: Click here to download Joomla 2.5.24 (Update packages) »

    Note: Please read the update instructions before updating.

    Instructions

    *Please clear your browser's cache after upgrading

    Want to test drive Joomla? Try the online demo. Documentation is available for beginners.

    Release Notes

    Check the Joomla 2.5.24 Post-Release FAQs to see if there are important items and helpful hints discovered after the release.

    Statistics for the 2.5.24 release period

    How can you help Joomla! development?

    There are a variety of ways in which you can get actively involved with Joomla! It doesn't matter if you are a coder, an integrator, or merely a user of Joomla!. You can contact the Joomla! Community Development Manager, David Hurley, to get more information, or if you are ready you can jump right into the Joomla! Bug Squad.

    The Joomla! Bug Squad is one of the most active teams in the Joomla! development process and is always looking for people (not just developers) that can help with sorting bug reports, coding patches and testing solutions. It’s a great way for increasing your working knowledge of Joomla!, and also a great way to meet new people from all around the world.

    If you are interested, please read about us on the Joomla! Documentation Wiki and, if you wish to join, email Mark Dexter or Nick Savov, our Bug Squad co-coordinators.

    You can also help Joomla! development by thanking those involved in the many areas of the process. In the past year, for example, over 1,000 bugs have been fixed by the Bug Squad.

    Contributors

    Thank you to the code contributors and active Bug Squad members that created and tested this release:

    A. Booij, Achal Aggarwal, Aditya Didwania, Anja Hage, Bernard Saulme, Brian Coale, Brian Teeman, Constantin Romankiewicz, Craig Phillips, Cristiano Cucco, Cyril Rezé, Demis Palma, Denise McLaurin, Dennis Hermacki, Elijah Madden, Eugen Istoc, George Wilson, Hannes Papenberg, Hilary Cheyne, Izhar Aazmi, Jean-Marie Simonet, Jisse Reitsma, Joe Steele, Khanh Le, Kyle Luzny, Leo Lammerink, Marko Đedović, Matt Thomas, Max Sarte, Nicholas Dionysopoulos, Niels van der Veer, Nha Bui, Peter Lose, Robert Dam, Robert Gastaud, Roberto Segura, Roland Dalmulder, Sam Moffatt, Sander Potjer, Thomas Hunziker, Tobias Zulauf, Valentin Despa, Viktor Vogel, Vlad Zinculescu.

    Joomla! Bug Squad

    Thank you to the Joomla! Bug Squad for their dedicated efforts investigating reports, fixing problems, and applying patches to Joomla. If you find a bug in Joomla!, please report it on the Joomla! Issue Tracker.

    Active members of the Joomla! Bug Squad during past 3 months include: A. Booij, Achal Aggarwal, Anja Hage, Beat , Benjamin Trenkle, Bernard Saulme, Brian Teeman, Christiane Maier-Stadtherr, Constantin Romankiewicz, David Jardin, Dennis Hermacki, Elijah Madden, George Wilson, Hans Kuijpers, Hilary Cheyne, Jean-Marie Simonet, Jelle Kok, Jisse Reitsma, Joe Steele, Josien Verreijt, Leo Lammerink, Marcel van Beelen, Marco Richter, Matt Thomas, Max Sarte, Michael Babker, Mikhail M, Nick Savov, Nicholas Dionysopoulos, Niels van der Veer, Peter Lose, Peter Wiseman, Piotr Mocko, Robert Dam, Robert Gastaud, Roberto Segura, Roland Dalmulder, Sander Potjer, Sergio Manzi, Stefania Gaianigo, Thomas Hunziker, Thomas Jackson, Tobias Zulauf, Todor Iliev, Valentin Despa, Viktor Vogel.

    Bug Squad Leadership: Mark Dexter and Nick Savov, Co-Coordinators.

    Joomla! Security Strike Team

    A big thanks to the Joomla! Security Strike Team for their ongoing work to keep Joomla! secure. Members include: Airton Torres, Alan Langford, Beat, Bill Richardson, Claire Mandville, David Hurley, Don Gilbert, Gary Brooks, Jason Kendall, Javier Gomez, Jean-Marie Simonet, Marijke Stuivenberg, Mark Boos, Mark Dexter, Matias Griese, Michael Babker, Nick Savov, Pushapraj Sharma, Roberto Segura, Rouven Weßling, Thomas Hunziker.



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    AAR  Healthcare has announced plans of entering into  partnership with Swedfund , a financial firm owned by the Swedish Government, to inject USD 3 million( 225 Million) Into Health Care’s expansion program.

    Addressing Journalists at Serena Hotel in Nairobi, AAR Healthcare Chairman, Dr. Frank. Njenga confirmed that AAR was set to enter the inpatient Market by setting up hospitals through either acquisition of existing facilities or setting up new ones.

    Taking journalists through AAR’s History and background as well as the milestones, AAR Healthcare MD, Mark Achola confirmed that the expansion plans are part of the  greater plans to provide diagnostic services under one roof, as well as make healthcare accessible to all in the region.

     

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  • 03.07.13

    IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has announced a $4 million equity investment in AAR Health Care Holdings Ltd (AAR Healthcare), one of Africa’s leading health care providers. AAR Healthcare will use the financing to expand its operations and provide quality health services to a larger number of people. IFC’s investment is part of a $15 Million fund-raise by the company, marking the largest capital raise by an entity in the East African healthcare market.

    AAR Healthcare, one of the largest providers of outpatient healthcare services in East Africa aims to expand its outpatient network, enhance specialist consultation and acquire inpatient facilities in Nairobi, Kampala and Dar es Salaam, making it one of the few primary and secondary health care providers in the region. The company currently operates 28 clinics in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, serving over 500,000 outpatients annually. IFC’s investment will enable AAR Healthcare to serve an estimated additional 600,000 outpatients per annum by 2018.

    As a shareholder in AAR Healthcare, IFC will support the company’s growth by providing access to the World Bank Group’s networks and global expertise, in addition to capital. The company’s other shareholders include Swedfund and the Investment Fund for Health in Africa (IFHA), an IFC portfolio fund. IFHA was established in 2007; a venture capital fund dedicated to investments in private healthcare companies in Africa. The fund has invested in eight health sector companies across sub Saharan Africa.

    Speaking during the official Launch of the new AAR Karen Health Centre, AAR Healthcare Chairman, Dr. Frank Njenga, confirmed that the company had put in place strategic measures that will see the opening of secondary care hospitals across the region bringing quality healthcare as close as possible to the people. The AAR Healthcare Chairman also pointed out that the new Karen Health Centre will provide general, gynaecological, paediatric and nutritionist consultations, as well as comprehensive services such pharmacy, laboratory and radiology, all under one roof.

    On his part, AAR Healthcare Managing Director, Mark Achola explained that the separation of AAR Healthcare company from its sister company, AAR Insurance, will ensure  that the clinics’ services are open to all and not only restricted to AAR members. “AAR Healthcare runs as a separate entity and operates like any other hospital, including serving members of other insurance companies, and not only those from AAR Insurance”, he clarified.

    Oumar Seydi, IFC Director for East and Southern Africa said, “IFC supports AAR’s goal to become the first integrated healthcare provider across East Africa, as this will make healthcare in the region more competitive, providing better services at a lower cost. Private providers are able to reach a large number of people and can offer advanced medical equipment and services that may otherwise not be available.”

    In a recent report, the World Bank Group found that 50 percent of health expenditure in sub Saharan Africa is financed by out-of-pocket payments from individuals. IFC’s “Health in Africa” Initiative harnesses the potential of the private sector to meet the continent’s health care needs. Through the initiative, IFC invests directly in healthcare companies, mobilizes finance for health SMEs through banks and private equity funds and works with governments on public-private partnerships in health.

    IFC is the world’s largest multilateral investor in healthcare in emerging markets, with $2.5 billion worth of investments in 150 health care projects in 50 countries worldwide. Through its investments and advisory services, IFC aims to improve standards of quality and efficiency in healthcare, facilitate the international exchange of best practice, and create jobs for skilled professionals. IFC has a Health and Education team for Sub Saharan Africa is based out of its Nairobi office

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  • 03.07.13

    AAR Insurance made a big push in the insurance landscape with the opening of the new refurbished  branch in Nyeri on Friday, 24th May 2013.  The branch was opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Nyeri Deputy Governor and former Ambassador- Samuel Wamathai, AAR Healthcare MD- Mark Achola, AAR Insurance GM and Principal Officer- Caroline Munene and AAR Insurance  Nyeri Branch Manager- Charles Maina.

    The Nyeri branch opening is the second after Thika, part of an orchestrated expansion programme that will see AAR take its new insurance products to more regions in the country.

    Nyeri Deputy Governor, Samuel Wamathai  commended AAR Insurance for opening a fully-fledged insurance branch in Nyeri, saying that it was a demonstration of the faith that the business community has shown in Nyeri’s economic potential.

    Speaking during the launch, AAR Insurance General Manager, Caroline Munene pointed out that AAR Insurance believes in creating and providing products and services that put their clients in control of their lives.  The Branch manager-Charles Maina, added that the economic opportunities provided by Nyeri’s economic activities of coffee, tea ,beef and dairy farming and a burgeoning tourism sector accorded AAR Insurance with a market ripe with opportunity and added that the heightened economic activity which is more pronounced with the devolved system of government will exponentially increase the business opportunities available.

     

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