Monthly Archives: November 2015

Agreement with TechExpress Expands Ergotron Product Availability in ...

AMERSFOORT, Netherlands, Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire — Ergotron, a leader in the sit-stand movement and global provider of ergonomic work and lifestyle products, announces TechExpress, a distributor of IT equipment and logistic requirements in South Africa, is now offering Ergotron’s full line of products for the office, healthcare and education markets.

“TechExpress is a value-add distributor. We try and create niche opportunities for our customers and vendors. Ergotron as a Vendor brings a range of products that complements our existing offering,” said Colin Flatau Managing Director TechExpress. “The concepts they have brought to market allows TechExpress to be part of a new market revolution. We believe the idea of “sit-stand” will become a generic concept and we want to be part of that wave of success.”

TechExpress, known for its service excellence, offers resellers through advanced information systems, a user friendly website and 24 hours fulfillment of orders to all the major centres in South Africa.

“Tech Express brings unique distribution opportunities to Ergotron and is part of our continuing expansion of our international business,” said Michel Spruijt, Ergotron’s senior director, EMEA business unit. “With TechExpress we are well-positioned to manage Ergotron’s affordable and innovative solutions that promote healthier, more productive environments for digital life and workstyles throughout the country.”

To learn more about Ergotron and its entire line of products visit or call +86 769 86018920. To learn more about Ergotron’s sit-stand initiatives visit To learn more about TechExpress visit

About TechExpress
TechExpress was formed in 2007 after winning a tender from an international brand to provide a supply chain solution to meet a market demand for IT peripherals. Off the back of this success TechExpress have grown in the peripheral market and become a trusted supplier to a channel of more than 300 resellers.

About Ergotron
Ergotron, Inc. is a global manufacturer of leading digital display mounting, furniture, and mobility products that have been improving the human interface with digital displays for over 35 years. This history of innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 70 patents and a growing portfolio of award winning brands—OmniMount®, LearnFit™, StyleView®, TeachWell®, WorkFit™, Neo-Flex®, and ErgotronHome™—for computer monitors, notebooks, tablets, flat panel displays and TVs. Ergotron’s products incorporate patented CF lift and pivot motion technology to achieve less effort and more ergonomic motion for a healthier and more interactive user experience when viewing any digital display. Whether to enhance computing wellness or entertainment excitement, improve workplace productivity or create business process efficiencies, Ergotron’s products are positioning your digital world. Ergotron is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with sales efforts in Phoenix, Amersfoort, London, Tokyo, and Singapore. Ergotron is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.(Nasdaq: NTK), a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit for more information.

Jail term for rapist thug

DURBAN: A KWAZULU-Natal rapist will live up to his name for the next 30 years for violating and robbing her victim. Vusi Jele (37), whose surname translates to “jail”, has been sentenced at the Empangeni Regional Court. He was sentenced to 20 years for rape and ten years for robbery.

This follows a case where a 27-year-old victim was attacked at her place of residence in December 2011, in Mandlanzini area at Empangeni. The accused entered the victim’s bedroom and threatened her with a screwdriver, demanded her cellphones and raped her.

A case of rape and robbery was reported at Richards Bay police station where a docket was transferred to Empangeni Family Violence, Child and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation. The victim was counselled at a local centre and on her way to the facility one day, she was able to notice the accused on the side of the road.

The accused was immediately arrested and made several court appearances until his sentencing. Police welcomed the sentence. “The sentence handed down to the accused will send a strong and clear message to other rapists that the police will arrest and prosecute them without any delay,” said the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni.


UK strengthens security at Kenya airports

NAIROBI: THE United Kingdom is boosting aviation security at Kenyan airports. The assistance is envisaged to make airports in the East African country a ‘harder target’ against terrorist attacks. Trainers from the UK Department for Transport have been in Kenya during November to deliver aviation security training courses to Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) supervisors and other key airport security personnel, including the Police and the Military.

The training covered how to handle various threats including armed attack, surface to air missiles and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Speaking at the ‘Protective Security Infrastructure’ course at the KAA’s Training School in Nairobi, the Regional Aviation Security Liaison Officer (RASLO) at the British High Commission, Vicky Hutchinson, said aviation was a global business, and through such a world-wide network airports were vulnerable to attack.

“As we have seen – including with recent tragic events in Egypt – we all face the same difficult challenges in defending our aviation industries from the threat of terrorism, so we must help one another and share experiences and best practice in our efforts to improve aviation security standards in the region,” she said.

Hutchinson said her country’s assistance would provide the KAA with best practice advice/training against current threats to aviation. The UK Government has and continues to offer various levels of aviation security equipment to the KAA including explosive trace detection machines and consumables; IED training kits and a set of liquid explosive test strips.


Buhari presents climate change policy to UN

LAGOS: NIGERIA President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the submission of the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The policy aims to address climate change.

Buahri approved Nigeria’s INDC last week and submitted to the UNFCCC ahead of Monday’s opening in Paris of the United Nations Climate Change conference (COP 21). The Federal Government’s policy to address climate change, as espoused in the country’s INDC, commits to 20 percent unconditional and 45 percent conditional Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) emission reduction post 2020.

“The action plan announced by the Government represents a fair and meaningful contribution to address climate change and equally reaffirms Buhari’s commitment to an economic transformation which places inclusive, green growth as key priority for this administration,” said his spokesperson, Femi Adesina. He said Buhari was fully aware of the acute threat that climate change poses to Nigeria’s development through flooding, desertification and insecurity, and many of these accrue from weather-related natural disasters.

In Paris, the issue of Lake Chad’s current depletion, which has become a cause of international concern, will be major focus of a meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Summit of Heads of State and Government, which Buhari will attend with Nigeria’s delegation on Tuesday. The Lake Chad is currently less than 10 percent of its original size and little of the remaining waters is in Nigeria.

Of an estimated 20 million people that lived on the Lake Chad Basin as at 2013, about 11,7 million were in the Northeastern region of Nigeria. Meanwhile, during the conference in Paris, Buhari is scheduled to participate in the launching of International Solar Alliance by the Indian Prime Minister and the French President, where he will seek international partnerships to deliver Nigeria’s climate change response.


Mixed fortunes for indigenous oil firm

LAGOS: SEVEN Energy, the indigenous Nigerian oil and integrated gas company, has released a mixed set of results for the nine months ended September 30. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and exploration fell to $106 million (2014: $164 million). Loss after tax was $74 million (2014: $41 million profit).

Cash flow provided by operating activities was $139 million, up $30 million from 2014. Gas deliveries by Accugas, Seven Energy’s gas processing, distribution and marketing subsidiary, up 179 percent, averaging 64 million cubic feet of gas per day (“MMcfpd”) (2014: 23 MMcfpd) Phillip Ihenacho, Chief Executive Officer, Seven Energy, commenting on the results said Seven’s business continues to develop its focus on domestic gas distribution with an increasing proportion of our sales volumes and revenues being to our local gas customers.

He said the ramp-up in gas deliveries had been slower than the company had forecast, principally due to completion of necessary electricity transmission infrastructure. Significant progress has however been made recently on the infrastructure and Seven Energy is well positioned to meet the anticipated increase in demand during the first half of 2016.

“We continue to tightly manage our resources, particularly in light of the current oil price environment, restricting capital expenditure to essential projects only and focussing rigorously on operating cost reductions,” said Ihenacho.


Emmanuel reports Akwa Ibom positive scorecard

ABUJA: AKWA Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has presented a report detailing the achievements of his administration since ascension to power. This weekend marked six months of his reign. “We are committed to industrialization and infrastructural development. We have had several ground breakings for new industries and resuscitated ailing and moribund ones. From LED factory to automobile, and fertilizer plant to others, industrialization is on its wings in our state,” said the governor.

He singled out prominent fun, Peacock Paints, which is operational again. “But I must say here that industrialization is a process and not an event. We will spare no effort to ensure the effective and lawful execution of our industrial drive. I solicit you rise up (Dakkada) and give us your hand of support,” Emmanuel said.

Emmanuel said the performance curve of the state government was rising higher. “Our people are enjoying regular electricity and areas like Okobo Local Government have benefited from our intervention,” he said.

“I was touched when Okobo Electricity Maintenance Committee, in a letter signed by its Chairman, Chief Effiong Edak Ekong, thanked me, for “restoring power supply in Okobo after many years of blackout, which had caused socio-economic hardship and under-development.” He added that the state government was providing clean water to stem the spread of water borne diseases. “We have revamped all sectors including health. St Luke’s Hospital, Anua, and Ibom Specialist Hospital are examples. We have undertaken several road construction projects across the state. This state is now a giant work site, and we should all be proud of this,” he said.

The governor said construction on the 3,5 km Ikot Udom Road with a 15m span bridge in Ibiono Ibom local government Area was on course. “The contractors are making good progress with site clearance and excavation works at 75 percent while pilling and constructions of bridges are ongoing. Major progress has also been made with the emergency works on roads in Oron.”

He said the dualization of 23.4km Eket-Etinan Road with 3 bridges is on-going, while the construction of bridges on the road have commenced in earnest and the construction of Uyo underground outfall drainage from Nsikak Eduok Avenue through Akwa Efak to the Tropicana is at advance stage. The dualization of Uyo-Etinan road with a flyover and water fountain at Etinan roundabout and the dualization of the 23.8km Uyo-Oron road Airport road-Okpedi-Oron Road by East West Road with 60m span bridge in Odobo are set to commence.

Other road projects of the administration include construction of 5km Ikot Usop – Ikot Edeghe – Ikot Ekpuk Road with 30m Span Bridge in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area and construction of 5km Mkpok-Okat Road in ONNA Local Government Area. “These will all be completed in record time,” Emmanuel said.


Finger rapist jailed for 15 years despite TB plea

Despite pleading with a court to consider his Tuberculosis (TB) illness, a man convicted of raping a seven-year-old girl using his finger has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

Absalom Ngwenya (42) from Msogwaba near Mbombela was sentenced in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Thursday.

He was arrested on February 11, 2014 after the girl’s family reported the incident to the police.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charge of rape.

“I am not getting any attention in prison. I need help to get my TB medication,” the accused told the court.

Magistrate Vanessa Joubert said his medical treatment would be the responsibility of the Department of Correctional Services.

“You must inform your correctional officers. Your sickness will be maintained during your correctional supervision,” said Magistrate Joubert.

Magistrate Joubert said inserting a finger in the victim’s private parts was regarded as rape and that a heavy sentence is applicable.

The magistrate said the girl was at the accused’s home to play with the accused’s eight-year-old daughter, as they were friends.

“After you sent your daughter to buy some ice cubes, you used the opportunity to drag the girl and put your finger into her vagina. That indeed is rape. It is devastating and degrading to the victim,” Magistrate Joubert said.

Magistrate Joubert, who declared the accused unfit to work around children, said the victim went home to tell her uncle and her grandmother about the ordeal.

“She went into the trauma of being examined on her private parts. She also suffered as she had to come to court to testify against you, after you pleaded not guilty.

“The victim had no control of the situation. She could not protect herself from you. She regarded you as a parent, as she was a friend of your daughter. You have destroyed the trust including that of your neighbours and her family,” said Magistrate Joubert.

The Magistrate said as a father of three and a breadwinner in the family, the accused should have thought about what he was putting his family through, before he committed the offence.

Magistrate Joubert said a suspended sentence would send a wrong message to the community.

“If will also affect the victims,” said Magistrate Joubert.

The magistrate sentenced the accused to 15 years imprisonment. His name will be placed in the national register for child offenders.


Mobile subscribers urged to report telcos’ disservice

ABUJA: MOBILE network subscribers have been urged to report their grievances through platforms the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC)has offered. The advice to use the regulator’s toll free number to air clients’ complaints comes amid poor services delivery blamed on the network operators.

“If you have issues with your service provider and you are not getting the needed service or attention to fix the issue from your service provider, then you can call NCC toll free – 622 to lodge your complaint,” said NCC Zonal Controller, Austin Odo. He was representing Executive Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, at the Ebonyi Youth Development Submit on ICT in Education in Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

In July this year, NCC released a dial toll free customer care line – 622, which customers can use to report unsatisfactory service from their service provider. The introduction of the service came on the back of poor service provision by the mobile operators. NCC has punished the companies through fines, but it appears such action is not deterrent.