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CNH Industrial présente son projet de gestion durable de l’eau en ...

La Société, avec sa marque mondiale de matériel agricole, New Holland Agriculture, compte parmi les principaux acteurs du forum de la Commission européenne sur le développement, grâce à une initiative de développement durable d’envergure lancée en Afrique du Nord.

LONDRES, 8 juin 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Organisées par la Commission européenne à Bruxelles depuis 2006, les Journées européennes du développement représentent le principal forum de discussion à l’échelle européenne sur les questions de développement et de croissance durables. Cette année, CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI), avec sa marque mondiale de matériel agricole New Holland Agriculture, a présenté son projet triennal de gestion durable de l’eau en Tunisie, démarré en 2016.

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L’initiative, lancée dans le cadre d’un accord de coopération signé avec la FAO, est mise en œuvre dans le gouvernorat de Kébili, l’une des régions les plus arides du pays. Ses objectifs sont nombreux : construire et réparer des systèmes traditionnels de collecte des eaux, créer des jardins potagers pour les familles, améliorer l’activité pastorale et créer de nouveaux vergers et des zones boisées. Le tout pour assurer une gestion pleinement durable de l’eau, une ressource d’autant plus précieuse dans une zone à risque de la désertification.

CNH Industrial et New Holland Agriculture contribuent à cette initiative avec un financement à hauteur de 50 mille dollars par an sur toute la durée du projet, de 2016 à 2018, auxquels s’ajoutent environ 200 mille dollars alloués par le gouvernement tunisien et, dans une moindre mesure, par d’autres commanditaires. En même temps, la participation active des populations locales est un aspect fondamental de l’initiative, dont l’objectif est d’intervenir non seulement sur les infrastructures, mais aussi sur le système éducatif, social et humain.

Hassen Chourabi, directeur général du ministère de l’agriculture de Tunisie, Daniela Ropolo, responsable du développement durable chez CNH Industrial pour la région EMEA (Europe, Moyen-Orient et Afrique) et Lars Skjoldager Sørensen, responsable des produits de récolte de New Holland Agriculture ont participé à la présentation du projet à l’occasion des Journées européennes du développement.

Elisabetta Lattanzio Illy, journaliste et photographe indépendante, est également intervenue en tant que témoin spécial et a raconté l’initiative en images. Des photos de grand impact, présentées en avant-première à Bruxelles, qui corroborent l’importance du projet pour les populations locales et documentent les transformations positives en cours.

Ces résultats ont pu être obtenus grâce à une étroite coopération entre les secteurs public et privé – une démarche toujours au cœur de la stratégie durable de CNH Industrial – et sont cohérents avec les « 17 objectifs pour transformer notre monde » des Nations Unies ; en effet, parmi ces objectifs, on trouve « Eau propre et assainissement », « Villes et communautés durables », « Consommation et production responsables ». Des objectifs qui, dans les zones arides de Tunisie, pourront également être atteints grâce au soutien fondamental de New Holland Agriculture et de CNH Industrial.

CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE : CNHI /MI : CNHI), est un leader mondial dans le secteur des biens d’équipement qui dispose d’une expérience industrielle reconnue, d’une large gamme de produits et qui est présent dans le monde entier. Chacune des marques individuelles détenues par l’entreprise représente un acteur majeur au niveau international dans son secteur industriel spécifique : Case IH, New Holland Agriculture et Steyr pour les tracteurs et les équipements agricoles, Case et New Holland Construction pour les engins de terrassement, Iveco pour les véhicules commerciaux, Iveco Bus et Heuliez Bus pour les autobus et les autocars, Iveco Astra pour les véhicules d’entretien de carrières et de construction, Magirus pour les véhicules de pompiers, Iveco Defence Vehicles pour la défense et la protection civile, et FPT Industrial pour les moteurs et les transmissions. Vous pouvez trouver des informations supplémentaires sur le site de l’entreprise : www.cnhindustrial.com

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CNH Industrial presents its Tunisian sustainable water management ...

The Company and its global agricultural equipment brand, New Holland Agriculture, were prominent participants in this year’s edition of the European Commission’s forum on development, owing to an important sustainability initiative launched in North Africa.

LONDON, June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — This year’s edition of the European Development Days saw CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI) and its global agricultural equipment brand, New Holland Agriculture, present a three-year sustainable water management project that was launched in Tunisia in 2016. Organized by the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium since 2006, the European Development Days event is Europe’s leading forum on sustainable development and growth issues.

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The water management initiative is part of a cooperation agreement signed with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and benefits the Governorate of Kebili, one of the country’s most arid areas. The project’s numerous objectives include building and repairing traditional water collection systems, creating vegetable gardens for families, improving pastoral activity, and developing orchards and new wooded areas. The overall aim is to ensure the fully sustainable management of water, a resource that is especially valuable in an area at risk of desertification.

CNH Industrial and New Holland Agriculture are contributing USD $50,000 of funding per year for the duration of the project, which is running from 2016 to 2018, on top of some USD $200,000 allocated by the Tunisian government and smaller sums donated by other patrons. At the same time, the active involvement of the local population is a key aspect of the initiative, which is intended to benefit not only infrastructure but also education, social and community services.

The project’s latest developments were presented at the European Development Days by Hassen Chourabi, General Director of the Ministry of Agriculture of Tunisia; Daniela Ropolo, Sustainable Development Initiatives Manager for the EMEA region at CNH Industrial; and Lars Skjoldager Sørensen, New Holland Agriculture’s Head of Harvesting Product Line.

Also in attendance was special guest Elisabetta Lattanzio Illy, a freelance journalist and photographer who has been compiling a photographic record of the initiative. Her high-impact images, which were previewed in Brussels, underline the project’s importance to the local population and document the positive changes that are taking place.

The first results from this project have been made possible thanks to close cooperation between the public and private sectors, an approach that has always been at the core of CNH Industrial’s sustainable strategy and is in line with the United Nations’ 17 Goals to Transform Our World, which include “clean water and sanitation”, “sustainable cities and communities” and “responsible production and consumption”. Even in the most arid parts of Tunisia, these aims can be achieved thanks partly to the crucial support of CNH Industrial and New Holland Agriculture.

CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI), is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website: www.cnhindustrial.com

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De jeunes responsables africains débattent et proposent des ...

JOHANNESBURG, 8 juin 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Plus de 100 jeunes responsables africains se sont réunis à Johannesburg (Afrique du Sud) les 7 et 8 juin afin de trouver des solutions aux graves difficultés qui touchent les communautés à travers la région en exploitant l’innovation et le leadership des jeunes.

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De jeunes responsables africains de 14 pays, à savoir l’Angola, le Botswana, les Comores, le Lesotho, Madagascar, le Malawi, Maurice, le Mozambique, la Namibie, les Seychelles, l’Afrique du Sud, le Swaziland, la Zambie et le Zimbabwe, ont participé à la Southern Africa Regional Conference organisée dans le cadre du Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders proposé par le Gouvernement des Etats-Unis.

« C’est merveilleux de rencontrer d’autres jeunes responsables qui veulent apporter le changement à travers toute l’Afrique australe », explique Bongekile Radebe, un Mandela Washington Fellow d’Afrique du Sud. « Cette rencontre est l’occasion d’échanger des idées et les meilleures pratiques avec d’autres qui créent de nouvelles entreprises ou qui développent celles qui existent déjà, qui défendent les droits de l’homme ou qui font appel à la technologie pour améliorer la vie des gens dans leur communauté ».

Pendant cette conférence, les Fellows ont débattu de la question « l’Afrique peut-elle financer l’Afrique », et ils ont partagé leurs projets, leurs idées, et proposé des solutions avec d’autres Fellows et des partenaires comme Impact Hub. Le public rassemblait des chefs d’entreprise, et d’autres jeunes pionniers africains ont donné leur avis grâce à un processus permettant aux Fellows de trouver des solutions.

Depuis 2014, le Mandela Washington Fellowship, qui est financé par le Gouvernement des Etats-Unis, a réuni 2 000 jeunes professionnels africains de l’ensemble du continent sur des campus d’universités américaines pendant six semaines de formation en leadership. Un millier d’autres Fellows se rendront aux Etats-Unis en 2017. Les Fellows sont sélectionnés de manière compétitive et représentent pour le continent la nouvelle génération d’entrepreneurs, de chefs de communauté et de fonctionnaires qui œuvrent en faveur de l’avenir de l’Afrique.

Le chargé d’affaires de l’ambassade des Etats-Unis en Afrique du Sud, Jessica Lapenn, a souligné que les jeunes responsables doivent envisager leurs objectifs et leur passion autrement qu’en se concentrant sur eux-mêmes. « Instaurez un réseau de soutien pour vous aider les uns et les autres et travaillez ensemble pour réaliser les objectifs que vous vous êtes personnellement fixés dans votre pays d’origine ».

En Afrique du Sud, juin est le mois de la jeunesse, et le conférencier invité, Lebogang Chaka, PDG d’Afro Visionary Legacy, a réaffirmé qu’il était important que les jeunes responsables africains collaborent afin d’améliorer les conditions sociales et économiques dans des communautés vulnérables dans toute la région.

La Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) a organisé une réception pour les Fellows et les partenaires de la conférence comme Microsoft, qui continueront à fournir un appui aux jeunes entrepreneurs sur l’ensemble du continent.

Le Gouvernement des Etats-Unis soutient le Fellowship initial, ainsi que ses activités de suivi en Afrique. USAID, avec son partenaire IREX, apporte son concours pour les initiatives de perfectionnement professionnel, de mentorat, de prise de contact et de formation visant à aider ces jeunes responsables à mener à bien leurs projets professionnels à l’heure où ils construisent un meilleur avenir pour l’Afrique et où ils renforcent les liens avec leurs pairs aux Etats-Unis.

« Le Fellowship a créé un magnifique réseau de responsables qui s’attachent à promouvoir la paix, la prospérité et une administration plus efficace », explique Kathy Evans, vice-présidente adjointe d’IREX. « Il profite non seulement aux habitants du continent, mais il permet de créer des liens entre les personnes et entre les gouvernements qui profitent tant aux Etats-Unis qu’à l’Afrique ».

Photos  et vidéo de la conférence disponibles en ligne.

Alex Cole, directeur des communications stratégiques, IREX
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Young African leaders debate and propose solutions to challenges ...

JOHANNESBURG, June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — More than 100 young African leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa from June 7 – 8 to identify solutions to tough challenges in communities throughout the region by tapping youth innovation and leadership.

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Young African leaders from 14 countries, including Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe attended the Southern Africa Regional Conference as part of the U.S. government’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

“It’s powerful to meet other young leaders creating change throughout Southern Africa,” said Bongekile Radebe, a Mandela Washington Fellow from South Africa. “This gathering is an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices with others launching new businesses or scaling existing ones, advancing human rights, or using technology to improve the lives of people in their communities.”

During the conference, Fellows debated whether “Africa can fund Africa” and shared their projects, ideas, and proposed solutions with other Fellows and partners like the Impact Hub. The audience comprised of business leaders, and other young African trailblazers provided feedback through a facilitated process to help Fellows identify solutions.

Funded by the United States government, the Mandela Washington Fellowship has brought 2,000 young African professionals from across the continent to U.S. universities for six weeks of leadership training since 2014. An additional 1,000 Fellows will travel to the United States in 2017. The Fellows are competitively selected and represent the continent’s emerging generation of entrepreneurs, community leaders, and public officials working to shape the future of Africa.

Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in South Africa Jessica Lapenn remarked that youth leaders need to align their purpose and passion to something bigger than themselves. “Create a network of support among each other and to work together to achieve the goals you have set for yourself in your home countries.”

In South Africa, June is youth month, and the keynote speaker, Lebogang Chaka, CEO of Afro Visionary Legacy, reinforced the importance of young African leaders working together to improve the social and economic conditions in vulnerable communities across the region.

Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) hosted a reception for Fellows and conference partners such as Microsoft, who remain committed to supporting young entrepreneurs across the continent.

The U.S. government supports the initial Fellowship as well as follow-on activities in Africa. USAID, with its partner IREX, assists with continuing professional development opportunities, mentoring, networking, and training to advance these young leaders along their professional endeavors as they build a brighter future for Africa and forge deeper bonds with counterparts in the United States.

“The Fellowship creates an inspiring network of leaders committed to advancing peace, prosperity, and more effective government,” said Kathy Evans, Associate Vice President of IREX. “That benefits not only people on the continent, but forges people-to-people and government-to-government relationships that benefit both the U.S. and Africa.”

Photos  and  video  from the conference are available online.

Alex Cole, Director of Strategic Communications, IREX
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POLICE MINISTER SAYS SOUTH AFRICA’S SECURITY SITUATION GIVING ...

CAPE TOWN, June 8 (NNN-SABC) -- South African Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has alluded to severe security breaches at the country's national key points when he appeared briefly before Parliament's police portfolio committee here Wednesday.

Mbalula also expressed concerns about endemic corruption within the South African Police Service (SAPS) and said the security of the country was giving him sleepless nights.

Mbalula appeared for all of 15 minutes before the committee yet he had much to share with Members of Parliament. The straight-talking politician was candid about departmental feuds within the SAPS and he was also extremely concerned about security operations at national key points.

Before I came here, I went to South African Airways (SAA), our national key point, and I didn't sleep. I could not sleep I can tell you and I immediately talked to the general. If you must know what is happening there, you will collapse and I think we need to attend to that because in the geographical political environment that we live in, this country will be embarrassed security-wise if we leave the situation as it is in some of these national key points."

Discussing the role of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) was also on his agenda. While he does not want IPID to be an obstacle to the work of the SAPS, he said IPID must stick to its mandate.

The minister said there's no room for feuds, and that IPID and the SAPS should interact with integrity. "That is why on our side we have acted in the manner in which we have acted, on the part of (Acting National Commissioner of the SAPS) General Khomotso Phahlane. We don't want people to say we are a hindrance to the execution of the law. No. Equally we don't want to be made a project but where police are erring, we need to act on that."

Mbalula said litigation processes come at a high cost for the SAPS.

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Lack of Power Lines Delays Sub-Saharan Africa’s Biggest Wind ...

COPENHAGEN � The biggest wind farm in sub-Saharan Africa is ready for launch but will remain idle until next year as Kenya's government has not yet installed the transmission lines needed to get the clean power to customers, the provider of the turbines said.

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems installed 365 turbines at Lake Turkana in the hot desert north of the east African country in March, completing construction two months ahead of schedule.

The project, which the government says will produce around 300 megawatts (MW) of power, is located in one of Africa's windiest places. Costing 70 billion Kenyan shillings ($678 million), it is the country's largest single private investment and closely watched by investors looking for opportunities in African renewable energy.

The wind farm had planned to begin producing power this month, but construction of the transmission line to the power grid, being built by state-run Kenya Transmission Company (KETRACO), has been delayed.

"The challenge is now to get the wind farms connected to the grid and that is indeed a project which is not with us," head of Vestas' Central European and sub-Saharan business Nils de Baar told Reuters in an interview at the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen.

"The expectation is that it will happen in early 2018," he said, adding that the project is Vestas' largest-ever in terms of the number of wind turbines being installed.

The 428 km power line from Loiyangalani in northern Kenya to Suswa in the center of the country was due to be completed by October last year, but demands for compensation from landowners along the route and other issues have delayed it.

Once in operation, the Turkana Lake wind farm is expected to provide 15 percent of Kenya's total electricity needs.

Source: Voice of America

Western Cape Local Government on severe weather and Knysna fire

Situation report: Severe weather event and Knysna fire: 6 � 8 June 2017

Knysna Fire update:

Humanitarian support is being co-ordinated for an estimated 8 000-10 000 residents of the greater Knysna area, after devastating fires last night.

Before dawn this morning, the united Incident Command Centre was assessing damage to almost 20 suburbs.

No further storm or fire-related human fatalities have been reported since the deaths of three people in Rheenendal yesterday. The total number of storm and fire-related fatalities across the Western Cape remains eight (8).

No additional fatalities reported despite severe conditions overnight.

Early estimates included severe devastation to the following suburbs of Knysna:

Brenton-on-Lake

Brenton-on-Sea

Nania

Eastford

Knysna Heights

Fisherhaven

Brakenhill

Belvedere Heights

Green Pastures

Greenfield

Jood se Kamp

White Location

Later today, damage assessments will be done.

Knysna Fire humanitarian support:

Western Cape Disaster Management will release the details of humanitarian aid required, in order that the public may assist.

A wide range of humanitarian agencies already met during last night and are collaborating to meet the need.

Since the fire broke out in the Eden District, the fire-fighting response has been under the command of Eden District Municipality.

Western Cape Government Disaster Management has rallied a wide array of resources to assist.

These include resources contributed by:

The City of Cape Town

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Working on Fire

Overberg District Municipality

The fire continues to burn on two broad fronts � fought by all available resources.

Reports of some evacuees heading back to evacuated areas in Knysna is a matter of concern.

This is not recommended and placing additional strain on the emergency responders on the ground.

Citizens will be informed when it is safe to return to areas that have been evacuated.

Additional resources being deployed include eight specialist vehicles from CapeNature.

Communication networks in Knysna and surrounds remain faulty.

Members of the public are urged to verify information they receive on social media, and to be directed by trusted sources.

Western Cape Disaster Management is working closely with all media and news agencies to ensure the accurate flow of information.

At present a process of registers of names and details of displaced people are being implemented in the various places of refuge in the Knysna area - where evacuees have been taken.

The details will be communicated to the public as soon as possible.

Cape Storm update:

City of Cape Town Metro Municipality: Approximately 827 Informal settlement structures were damaged due to flooding and roofs blown off.

Humanitarian relief have been offered to 2502 people across the Metro. A number of trees were uprooted in the Metro. Widespread electrical outages reported across the Metro are being assessed.

Cape Storm humanitarian support:

The City of Cape Town's and Western Cape's Disaster Management departments continue to direct available resources to those in need.

A needs assessment will be announced at 10h30 today, by Western Cape Disaster Management, working closely with the City of Cape Town.

A Press Conference will take place at 10h30 today, at Western Cape Disaster Management at Tygerberg Hospital.

Source: Government of South Africa

Moroccan Fossils Shake Up Understanding of Human Origins

WASHINGTON � The understanding of human origins was turned on its head on Wednesday with the announcement of the discovery of fossils unearthed on a Moroccan hillside that are about 100,000 years older than any other known remains of our species, Homo sapiens.

Scientists determined that skulls, limb bones and teeth representing at least five individuals were about 300,000 years old, a blockbuster discovery in the field of anthropology.

The antiquity of the fossils was startling - a "big wow," as one of the researchers called it. But their discovery in North Africa, not East or even sub-Saharan Africa, also defied expectations. And the skulls, with faces and teeth matching people today but with archaic and elongated braincases, showed our brain needed more time to evolve its current form.

"This material represents the very root of our species," said paleoanthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin of Germany's Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, who helped lead the research published in the journal Nature.

Before the discovery at the site called Jebel Irhoud, located between Marrakech and Morocco's Atlantic coast, the oldest Homo sapiens fossils were known from an Ethiopian site called Omo Kibish, dated to 195,000 years ago.

"The message we would like to convey is that our species is much older than we thought and that it did not emerge in an Adamic way in a small 'Garden of Eden' somewhere in East Africa. It is a pan-African process and more complex scenario than what has been envisioned so far," Hublin said.

The Moroccan fossils, found in what was a cave setting, represented three adults, one adolescent and one child roughly age 8, thought to have lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

These were found alongside bones of animals including gazelles and zebras that they hunted, stone tools perhaps used as spearheads and knives, and evidence of extensive fire use.

An analysis of stone flints heated up in the ancient fires let the scientists calculate the age of the adjacent human fossils, Max Planck Institute archaeologist Shannon McPherron said.

There is broad agreement among scientists that Homo sapiens originated in Africa. These findings suggest a complex evolutionary history probably involving the entire continent, with Homo sapiens by 300,000 years ago dispersed all over Africa.

Morocco was an unexpected place for such old fossils considering the location of other early human remains. Based on the shape and age of the Moroccan fossils, the researchers concluded that a mysterious, previously discovered 260,000-year-old partial cranium from Florisbad, South Africa also represented Homo sapiens.

The Jebel Irhoud people had large braincases that lacked the globular shape of those today. Max Planck Institute paleoanthropologist Philipp Gunz said the findings indicate the shape of the face was established early in the history of Homo sapiens, but brain shape, and perhaps brain function, evolved later.

But given their modern-looking face and teeth, Hublin said, these people may have blended in today if they simply wore a hat.

Homo sapiens is now the only human species, but 300,000 years ago it would have shared the planet with several now-extinct cousins in Eurasia - Neanderthals in the west and Denisovans in the east - and others in Africa.

Hublin did not hazard a guess as to how long ago the very first members of our species appeared, but said it could not have been more than 650,000 years ago, when the evolutionary lineage that led to Homo sapiens split from the one that led to the Neanderthals.

Source: Voice of America