Monthly Archives: November 2017

Final Draw is coming: Hisense invites footballing legend Ruud Gullit ...

MOSCOW, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, an official sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, is proud to announce that it is inviting footballing legend Ruud Gullit to take over their Twitter and Facebook during the Final Draw for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. As a proud sponsor, Hisense have created the unique opportunity as part of their global engagement activities for the tournament.

Final Draw is coming: Hisense invites footballing legend Ruud Gullit to take over their Social Channels

As one of the world-leading providers of televisions, Hisense will manage a live interaction between Ruud and fans across the world, as the groups and first fixtures for the participating 32 teams are announced in the Moscow Kremlin, on Friday 1st December at 3pm GMT. During the Final Draw, Ruud will be in a Hisense studio directly responding to fans’ tweets with personalized video replies and giving his unique take on the draw as it unfolds using the hashtag #RuudReacts.

Ruud Gullit, who captained the Netherlands national team and was a member of the 1990 FIFA World Cup™ squad said: “I’m so thrilled to be part of such a momentous occasion with a world class brand like Hisense. The World Cup can be an emotional tournament and this is when the rollercoaster begins! The Hisense team created a really fun way to interact with fans and tap into the storylines surrounding the Final Draw, and I’m excited to hear what they think about the results. I’m sure some will be celebrating, whilst others commiserating – but it’s all just the start of a wonderful journey!”

Zhu Dan, VP of Hisense International, added: “The Final Draw is an important milestone and marks the official start of the World Cup festivities with fans watching on TVs around the world. When the groups are revealed it’s always a nerve racking but also extremely exciting moment. As the Official Television of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, we’re delighted to bring Mr. Gullit on to be part of the event and help make the occasion extra special for the fans using our ULED TVs.”

“The event is also a special moment for our brand. As we continue to grow globally, we aim to use this sponsorship to deliver more experiences and provide additional value for our customers. We are honoured to be an official sponsor of the world’s most watched event in sports, and believe that the competition will vastly improve the international awareness and value of the Hisense brand.”

Hisense’s sponsorship with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is a significant sports marketing event sponsorship. As Hisense expands its business worldwide, sports marketing continues to play a very important role in introducing the Hisense brand to a global audience.

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Final Draw is coming: Hisense invites footballing legend Ruud Gullit ...

MOSCOW, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, an official sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, is proud to announce that it is inviting footballing legend Ruud Gullit to take over their Twitter and Facebook during the Final Draw for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. As a proud sponsor, Hisense have created the unique opportunity as part of their global engagement activities for the tournament.

Final Draw is coming: Hisense invites footballing legend Ruud Gullit to take over their Social Channels

As one of the world-leading providers of televisions, Hisense will manage a live interaction between Ruud and fans across the world, as the groups and first fixtures for the participating 32 teams are announced in the Moscow Kremlin, on Friday 1st December at 3pm GMT. During the Final Draw, Ruud will be in a Hisense studio directly responding to fans’ tweets with personalized video replies and giving his unique take on the draw as it unfolds using the hashtag #RuudReacts.

Ruud Gullit, who captained the Netherlands national team and was a member of the 1990 FIFA World Cup™ squad said: “I’m so thrilled to be part of such a momentous occasion with a world class brand like Hisense. The World Cup can be an emotional tournament and this is when the rollercoaster begins! The Hisense team created a really fun way to interact with fans and tap into the storylines surrounding the Final Draw, and I’m excited to hear what they think about the results. I’m sure some will be celebrating, whilst others commiserating – but it’s all just the start of a wonderful journey!”

Zhu Dan, VP of Hisense International, added: “The Final Draw is an important milestone and marks the official start of the World Cup festivities with fans watching on TVs around the world. When the groups are revealed it’s always a nerve racking but also extremely exciting moment. As the Official Television of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, we’re delighted to bring Mr. Gullit on to be part of the event and help make the occasion extra special for the fans using our ULED TVs.”

“The event is also a special moment for our brand. As we continue to grow globally, we aim to use this sponsorship to deliver more experiences and provide additional value for our customers. We are honoured to be an official sponsor of the world’s most watched event in sports, and believe that the competition will vastly improve the international awareness and value of the Hisense brand.”

Hisense’s sponsorship with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is a significant sports marketing event sponsorship. As Hisense expands its business worldwide, sports marketing continues to play a very important role in introducing the Hisense brand to a global audience.

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Globeleq Increases Stake in South African Renewables

LONDON, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Globeleq, a leading developer, owner and operator of electricity generation projects in Africa, has increased its shareholding in the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, De Aar Solar and Droogfontein Solar power projects in South Africa, by acquiring Mainstream Renewable Power’s minority shareholdings in the three plants. Globeleq will fund the acquisition through a mix of internal funds and available credit facilities.

Globeleq - Powering Africa's Growth (PRNewsfoto/Globeleq)

This is a natural progression for Globeleq in South Africa and reinforces our ongoing commitment to powering Africa’s growth.”  Paul Hanrahan, Chief Executive Officer for Globeleq said: “Globeleq is one of the few IPPs on the continent who has the experience and capabilities to develop, manage and operate a range of generating technologies including gas and renewables, which are vital components in the future energy mix on the continent.” He continued: “As a strategic and long-term investor, Globeleq is also an ideal partner to other developers who may prefer to recycle capital and exit their projects.”

Through its subsidiary, Globeleq South Africa Management Services Ltd, the company has been operating the renewable plants since 2014 when they achieved commercial operation in Round 1 of the Government of South Africa’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Program. Mainstream Renewable Power was the initial developer and managed construction of the three plants.

In addition to management and operation of the power plants, Globeleq supports unique scholarship and internship programs to develop skills and contribute to the renewable energy industry on the African continent. During the first three years of operations, the projects have contributed more than R60 million (approx. US$4.17 million) to the targeted socio-economic and enterprise development programs, supporting over 90,000 households across 115 beneficiary programs.

About Globeleq
Globeleq is a leading developer, owner and operator of electricity generation projects in Africa.  Its experienced team of professionals have built a diverse portfolio of independent power plants, generating more than 1,200 MW across 8 projects in 5 countries. The company has around 2,000 MW of power projects in development and plans to add significant MW of new power generation during the next 10 years. www.globeleq.com

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Globeleq Increases Stake in South African Renewables

LONDON, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Globeleq, a leading developer, owner and operator of electricity generation projects in Africa, has increased its shareholding in the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, De Aar Solar and Droogfontein Solar power projects in South Africa, by acquiring Mainstream Renewable Power’s minority shareholdings in the three plants. Globeleq will fund the acquisition through a mix of internal funds and available credit facilities.

Globeleq - Powering Africa's Growth (PRNewsfoto/Globeleq)

This is a natural progression for Globeleq in South Africa and reinforces our ongoing commitment to powering Africa’s growth.”  Paul Hanrahan, Chief Executive Officer for Globeleq said: “Globeleq is one of the few IPPs on the continent who has the experience and capabilities to develop, manage and operate a range of generating technologies including gas and renewables, which are vital components in the future energy mix on the continent.” He continued: “As a strategic and long-term investor, Globeleq is also an ideal partner to other developers who may prefer to recycle capital and exit their projects.”

Through its subsidiary, Globeleq South Africa Management Services Ltd, the company has been operating the renewable plants since 2014 when they achieved commercial operation in Round 1 of the Government of South Africa’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Program. Mainstream Renewable Power was the initial developer and managed construction of the three plants.

In addition to management and operation of the power plants, Globeleq supports unique scholarship and internship programs to develop skills and contribute to the renewable energy industry on the African continent. During the first three years of operations, the projects have contributed more than R60 million (approx. US$4.17 million) to the targeted socio-economic and enterprise development programs, supporting over 90,000 households across 115 beneficiary programs.

About Globeleq
Globeleq is a leading developer, owner and operator of electricity generation projects in Africa.  Its experienced team of professionals have built a diverse portfolio of independent power plants, generating more than 1,200 MW across 8 projects in 5 countries. The company has around 2,000 MW of power projects in development and plans to add significant MW of new power generation during the next 10 years. www.globeleq.com

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COMMITTEE REGISTERS ITS DISAPPOINTMENT WITH THE RESPONSE FROM DAFF

The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries was disappointed with the response it received from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) on the issues raised by the public during the extended public hearings in provinces on the National Forests Amendment Bill [B11-2016].

The DAFF, Forest Sector Charter Council, South African Forestry Company Limited (SAFCOL) and all the companies that lease plantations from DAFF, appeared before the Committee yesterday (28 November) to brief the Committee on the issues raised by the public during the extended public hearings in the provinces on the National Forests Amendment Bill [B11-2016]

The Committee was disappointed that DAFF had not prepared sufficiently to respond to the various issues which were raised by individuals and communities during the public hearings.

Besides DAFF being unprepared, the affected forestry companies also did not respond adequately to the questions which were raised by the people during public hearings. The companies that lease plantations used the opportunity of the briefing to advise the Committee on their broad based transformation plans, their employment equity statuses and their corporate social responsibility programs.

The specific issues which were raised at the public hearings require a detailed response which the Committee has not received. Some of the forestry companies and the council must go back and together with DAFF respond to each of the issues which were raised during public hearings and submit that to the Committee said the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Rosina Semenya.

The Committee will visit the forestry companies in the new year (2018) to follow up on the issues which were raised during public hearings as part of it's oversight mandate.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT ASKS EXECUTIVE TO SPEED UP AMENDMENTS TO ...

CAPE TOWN, The South African Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police has called on the Executive to fast-track the processes in amending the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act.

The committee on Tuesday expressed concerns about gaps in the Act, and has instructed the Civilian Secretariat of the South African Police to fast-track processes towards amending the act.

The Criminal Procedures Amendment Act provides, amongst others, for the taking of specified bodily samples (buccal samples) from schedule 8 offenders for forensic deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis. The DNA profiles are then stored in the National Forensic DNA Database (NFDD). The purpose of the act is to strengthen criminal investigation and ensure prosecution of repeat offenders.

The committee has called for the fast-tracking of the Executive processes in amending the act to remedy challenges within the system. DNA analysis plays a central role in the successful prosecution of offenders and, as such, it must be strengthened, Committee chairperson Francois Beukman said.

Beukman was responding to the DNA Board, which informed the committee that the two-year transitional period provided for by Section 7(7), which enabled the retrospective sampling of all persons convicted of schedule 8 offences, has come to an end.

Offenders are now unwilling to have a buccal sample taken, potentially rendering the South African Police Service (SAPS) unable to cross-reference DNA with the NFDD, which could undermine the resolution of cases.

Beukman said the amendment of the act will ensure that buccal samples are taken from all convicted offenders. This will improve the administration and management of the NFDD, and enable proper management of sexual offences data.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

News in Brief 29 November 2017 (AM)

End conflict by establishing an independent Palestine, urges Guterres

"Now is the time" to end decades of conflict by establishing an independent Palestinian State, "living side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel", said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday.

The UN chief made his plea in a statement to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

He said the Palestine question had been "inextricably linked" with the history of the UN, and "is one of the longest unresolved issues" on the organization's agenda.

Mr Guterres said he was convinced the two-state solution envisaged by General Assembly Resolution 181, 70 years ago, "is the only premise for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace".

He said leaders on both sides had restated their commitment to a negotiated peace, but needed to "tangibly demonstrate" that commitment and return to negotiations.

"The recent positive developments on intra-Palestinian unity, should be harnessed by all to move the process in the right direction", he added.

"Horrific" mass-killings in Jonglei region of South Sudan condemned by UN

The killing of around 45 civilians in the Jonglei region of South Sudan on Wednesday has been condemned by the top UN official in the world's youngest country.

Special Representative David Shearer, who also heads the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), said the "horrific" killings threatened to undermine on-going peace and reconciliation efforts.

South Sudan's been involved in a brutal civil conflict since 2013, when fighting began between troops loyal to the President and then Vice-President.

Reports suggest that Wednesday's attack, which also left 19 injured, involved the Murle and Dinka communities, who have been engaged in long-standing inter-ethnic violence.

Mr Shearer said the "vast majority" of civilians in the region wanted to see an end to the destructive pattern of "revenge attacks".

"I utterly condemn these killings and the abduction of perhaps 60 women and children which accompanied the attacks, and I urge both communities to show restraint and to put an end to the cycle of revenge killings that has occurred so much in this part of the country. It is crucial that the state and national authorities work together to bring the perpetrators of all attacks to account. From UNMISS's point of view, we will do whatever we can to try and bring peace to this area and support those communities that choose to follow a path of peace."

Mr Shearer said the dead included humanitarian workers who "worked selflessly for the people of Jonglei".

Their deaths were "pointless and utterly contemptible", he added.

Regional organizations "essential" to face global challenges: UN chief

"Strong and effective" regional organizations are essential to confront today's global challenges and threats, said the UN chief on Wednesday.

Antonio Guterres was addressing the opening session of the Africa-EU Summit in Abijan, CAte d'Ivoire, where African Union (AU) and European Union countries have come together to foster cooperation under the theme of "Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace".

The Secretary-General said that national governments had to lead the response to climate change, terrorism and conflicts, but multilateral cooperation and capacity-building was crucial.

He described the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the AU's Agenda 2063 as "ambitious and mutually reinforcing blueprints."

He told delegates that gender equality and women's empowerment were fundamental, with discrimination and violence blocking many women from being able to participate.

"Regional organizations are essential to face the very difficult challenges that threaten us. The importance or regional organizations grow with every decade that passes. Regional and global solidarity must be our guide, as we draw on our collective efforts to build a life of peace, dignity and prosperity for all."

Child malnutrition rate in East Ghouta reaches record high

Acute malnutrition rates are at a "record high" among children living in Syria's besieged East Ghouta district, close to the capital Damascus, said the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday.

About half of the 400,000 trapped in the rebel-held suburbs are children, and more than a third of them are suffering from life-threatening malnutrition-related illnesses.

Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, warned that children are the first to suffer the dire consequences of living under siege conditions.

He called on the siege to be lifted immediately, in order to "provide them with the life-saving assistance they need now."

Mr Cappelaere stressed that escalating violence by Syrian government forces who are trying to retake East Ghouta, and the lack of humanitarian access, had "severely restricted" children's ability to receive health and nutrition services.

Sky-rocketing food prices was another factor causing a drastic increase in malnutrition, he added.

Source: United Nations Radio

MEC Gwen Ramokgopa launches first Gauteng GP Care Cell

The Gauteng MEC for Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa together with the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD); USAID and Professional Provider Organisation (PPO) Services today launched the first Gauteng GP Care Cell in Atteridgeville, Tshwane.

MEC Ramokgopa said the GP Care Cell will go a long way in ensuring that the government uses all health professionals and all the capacity to achieve the 90-90-90 targets in the fight against HIV, TB and STIs.

The model is also a research and a pilot through which we will look at how best we can work using private practitioners, integrated data model and making sure that all South Africans have access to good quality care.

The GP Care model also looks at drug rehabilitation, medical male circumcision, TB treatment and HIV/ AIDS access to care. It is a project that can help us to reach more people as we look for the missing population in terms of prevention and treatment. This partnership can be used to build the model of National Health Insurance that all South Africans want, MEC Ramokgopa said at the launch.

The GP Care Cell model organises a number of GPs and community pharmacies into a network. Through this model private GPs will provide HIV clinical services with state-funded pharmacy and laboratory services to uninsured people living with HIV.

Dr Lindi Shange a GP and owner of the pilot practice, echoed MEC Ramokgopa' s sentiments stating that the GP Care Cell project is going to be an opportunity for public-private partnership which will enhance the quality of care and access to healthcare centres for HIV and TB patients.

Through this project we will be able to help our Tshwane District to attain their 90-90-90 targets. I am also hoping that this partnership is going to open a new door for us to be able to identify people who have HIV, initiate and treat them as well as linking them to other services of healthcare if the need be, explained Dr Shange.

Source: Government of South Africa