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World cup FIfa Rankings and algerian soccer

So the world cup finished finally. Germany is ranked number one and Algeria is ranked number 1 in africa in the 24th place.

Algeria did well this world cup, they got out of the group stage out competing Russia and South Korea. This team is more attack minded then the 2010 team.

Algeria held Germany untill overtime which is feat beause Germany destroyed Brazil 7-1. Mbolhi made excellent saves and Germany’s keeper had to save the team by going out the box 19 times. 

I think algeria has a chance to start a football dynasty. I see no reason that algeria should not attend the world cup every four years. Algeria can still improve. Algeria is still reliant on France born Players. football climate in algeria is starting to improve, training clubs are sprouting new talent.


Benin 1-3 Algérie (Complet) Qualification Coupe du Monde(Canal Algerie)

the full game algeria benin

1er et 2em mi-temps du matche Algerie vs Burkina faso


Algerian dessert is goldmine for solar energy

Could the internet be turned off In Your Country?

How hard is it to disconnect a country from the Internet, really?

That’s the number one question we’ve received about our analysis of the Egyptian and Syrian Internet blackouts, and it’s a reasonable question. If the Internet is so famously resilient, designed to survive wars and calamities, how can it fail so abruptly and completely at the national level?

The key to the Internet’s survival is the Internet’s decentralization — and it’s not uniform across the world. In some countries, international access to data and telecommunications services is heavily regulated. There may be only one or two companies who hold official licenses to carry voice and Internet traffic to and from the outside world, and they are required by law to mediate access for everyone else.

Under those circumstances, it’s almost trivial for a government to issue an order that would take down the Internet. Make a few phone calls, or turn off power in a couple of central facilities, and you’ve (legally) disconnected the domestic Internet from the global Internet. Of course, this level of centralization also makes it much harder for the government to defend the nation’s Internet infrastructure against a determined opponent, who knows they can do a lot of damage by hitting just a few targets.

With good reason, most countries have gradually moved towards more diversity in their Internet infrastructure over the last decade. Sometimes that happens all by itself, as a side effect of economic growth and market forces, as many different companies move into the market and compete to provide the cheapest international Internet access to the citizenry.

Even then, though, there’s often a government regulator standing by, allowing (or better yet, encouraging) the formation of a diverse web of direct connections to international providers. Here’s the problem: increased diversity at the international frontier often spells less money for the national incumbent provider (typically the old telephone company, often owned by the government itself). Without some strong legal prodding and guidance from the telecoms regulator, significant diversification in smaller markets with a strong incumbent can take a long, long time.

Here’s a map of the world, with countries colored according to the Internet diversity at the international frontier. We did a census, from our own view of the global Internet routing table, of all the domestic providers in each country who have direct connections (visible in routing) to foreign providers.


“Bloomberg-Afrique” TV Channel to be Launched from Casablanca Soon

Francophone African and Maghreban countries will shortly be able to watch a new TV channel, “Bloomberg-Afrique” that will beam its programs in French from the city of Casablanca.

The new channel will broadcast programs on the development of the continent in addition to its primary role as a channel of economic and financial information, said the project initiators who made the announcement last week in Dakar during the 5th Forum of African Media Leaders.
 The Bloomberg-Afrique project will be managed by the Casablanca Media Partners Company, under an agreement signed with the Bloomberg group.
The project initiators said it fits perfectly into the new vision of Morocco and will help it strengthen its position on the African arena on both the economic and political levels.
The project is being set up with the participation of private operators and a number of Moroccan investors are said to be interested in the project.
An Arabic version will soon be released by the Media Group of Prince Al Walid Ibn Talal. According to press reports, this channel will also be based in Casablanca.
Bloomberg Television is a 24-hour global network broadcasting business and financial news. It is distributed globally, reaching over 310 million homes worldwide. It is owned and operated by Bloomberg L.P. and is internationally headquartered in New York City with its European headquarters in London and Asian headquarters in Hong Kong. It was first launched in 1994.

Medical Tourism Booming in North Africa

Despite the unrest rocking several Arab countries, many foreign tourists are still heading to North Africa not only for holidays but also for plastic surgery which has become a big business namely in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco.
The pyramids of ancient Egypt, the antiquities & beaches of Tunisia and the mystical city Marrakesh (Morocco) are no longer the main attractions for international travelers. Tourists are now more and more coming to this region for liposuction, breast augmentations and other cosmetic surgery procedures.
The popular plastic surgery operations include tummy tuck, liposuction, facelift, breast lift or reduction, dental care, buttock augmentation & lift, nose job, ear surgery, eyelid surgery, chin augmentation and hair transplantation.
Its proximity to Europe, proven skill of certified board surgeons and moderate prices that make the three northern African countries attractive alternatives to India, Thailand, Pakistan or Latin America (the current giants in the field of medical tourism). The clinics there offer unbeatable packages which combine a beach vacation, relaxation and scalpel. Instead of a hospital environment, foreign tourists seeking a new look (flawless face or body), can enjoy the luxury and comfort newly built clinics, equipped with the most modern medical and surgical apparatus.
This highly attractive offer appeals to those short on time and who want to save money at a time economic & financial crisis is hitting badly Euro-zone. Thus, Europeans (women and men), who are looking for an affordable makeover and vacation wrapped into one deal, keep coming to North Africa from as far away as Sweden, Russia and the United States.
They keep coming because they’re paying half of the medical costs in their homeland, preferring to stay in a hospital like a 5-star hotel, and getting a safe and quicker treatment.
However, it is perplexing to see that countries that attract most medical tourists are often experiencing difficulties to give the adequate medical care to their own populations. So, it’s worth thinking about and one should start shopping around for a clinic that donates some of its profits to providing medical care for those who can’t afford it at all.

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