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Elion Resources Group Wins Green Great Wall Medal for Afforestation and Reforestation Work

BEIJING, Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — China’s national forestry and grassland administration has recently honored regional government officials, individuals, and enterprises who have made remarkable contributions to the Three-North Shelter Forest Program. Wang Wenbiao, Chairman of Elion Resources Group, last year’s winner of Lifetime Achievement Champion of the Earth from the UN Environment Programme, was awarded the Green Great Wall Medal.

The Greening of Kubuqi Desert

The year 2018 marks not only the 40th anniversary of Reform and Opening in China, but also the 40th anniversary of China’s mega afforestation project — the Three-North Shelter Forest Program, also known as the Green Great Wall.

Initiated in 1978, the program was planned to last 70 years, creating a 4,480km long green belt along China’s north frontiers to hold back the expanding Gobi Desert, and prevent soil erosion, land degradation, and now it has taken on additional importance for storing carbon dioxide to tackle global warming.

With an estimated investment of 5.5 billion RMB, the program has created a total afforestation area of more than 30 million hectares in the past 40 years, which has increased the forest coverage from 5.05% in 1977 to 13.57% and has helped reduce 11,479 km² of desertified areas in the three northern regions of China between 2009 and 2014 alone, according to the administration.

“The greening project of Kubuqi Desert is an important part of the Three-North Program,” said Wang. “I think what distinguishes the Kubuqi project is that Elion has created the market-oriented Kubuqi model, which boosts the local economy during the process of combating desertification. We have reclaimed more than 6,000 km² of the Kubuqi Desert, and this can’t happen without the joint participation of the government of Inner Mongolia, local residents of Kubuqi, and Elion, as an ecology company that provides technologies, experts, investment and job opportunities in this project. ”

The Kubuqi Desert, located in Inner Mongolia, is the seventh largest desert in China, with a total area of 18,600 km2. It is also the closest desert to Beijing and used to be one of the major sources of sandstorms hitting Beijing and the Tianjin Region.

Over the past three decades (the Elion Kubuqi Greening Project started in 1988), Elion has devoted persistent efforts to have restored one third of the desert and lifted more than 100,000 local residents out of poverty by developing eco-industries, such as solar power generation, tourism, and desert agriculture, in the Kubuqi Desert. As evaluated by the UN Environment, Kubuqi has been generating more than 72 Billion USD green wealth based on eco-restoration. The annual income of local residents has been raised from less than 110USD per capita to more than 2,500USD per capita. Kubuqi is now recognized as a green economy model by the Chinese government and the UN Environment Programme.

The Kubuqi model is now being shared in other parts of the world as Elion expands its business in African countries, including Nigeria and Morocco.

“Since the reform and opening up, the Chinese government has been encouraging private sectors to participate in public programs,” Wang said. “The Kubuqi model is a vivid example of this type of partnership, and it actually helps, because as a private company, we want to make sure every dollar we spend counts, so we are motivated to develop our technologies and enhance the survival rate of the saplings, also to focus on economic crops. Apart from Kubuqi, Elion is also responsible for another section of the Three-North Program in Hebei Province for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

“China effectively succeeded in not only halting the desert but in reversing the desertification. The Three-North program is the world’s largest afforestation and reforestation program and also a resounding success. This program has made a highly significant contribution to the global efforts towards protecting the eco-system and maintaining eco-system security,” said Alexander Buck, the executive director of International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) during a meeting in Beijing for the 40th anniversary of the Three-North Program.

Indeed, tackling global issues such as climate change and desertification requires united efforts worldwide at all levels. Not only China but also African countries are building their wall of trees to fight against desertification. Launched in 2007, the Great Green Wall, is an African-led movement with an epic ambition to grow an 8,000km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of Africa. The Wall promises to be a compelling solution to the many urgent threats not only facing the African Continent, but the global community as a whole – notably climate change, drought, famine, conflict and migration.

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HUAWEI CLOUD lance officiellement un service blockchain destiné aux utilisateurs du monde entier

SHENZHEN, Chine, 29 novembre 2018 /PRNewswire/ — HUAWEI CLOUD a lancé officiellement, le 15 novembre 2018, son service blockchain (BCS) qui pourra être utilisé dans le monde entier, après l’avoir lancé pour les utilisations commerciales en Chine, le 10 octobre dernier.

Désormais disponible sur le site web international de HUAWEI CLOUD, ce service aide les entreprises et les développeurs du monde entier à créer, déployer et gérer rapidement et à moindre coût des applications blockchain sur HUAWEI CLOUD. Ce lancement mondial jette les bases d’une plate-forme blockchain mondiale et distribuée

Être proactif est primordial pour construire un écosystème blockchain

La blockchain offre décentralisation, résistance aux intrusions et traçabilité, et elle renforce la confiance entre les parties prenantes des transactions. La blockchain crée par conséquent de la valeur lorsqu’elle est utilisée dans des applications d’entreprise, dans des cas de figure propres à chaque secteur. Les entreprises de différents secteurs d’activité explorent actuellement les applications blockchain, mais le déploiement d’une blockchain sur le cloud n’est pas une sinécure. En effet, les développeurs doivent posséder une compréhension approfondie des technologies blockchain. Le déploiement est également chronophage.

Dès 2016, Huawei a rejoint Hyperledger, le projet open source le plus influent dans le monde de la blockchain, hébergé par la Fondation Linux. Huawei a été reconnue comme un mainteneur primordial d’Hyperledger pour les contributions en termes techniques et de code qu’elle a apportées sans relâche à deux sous-projets, Fabric et STL. Huawei est également le seul mainteneur asiatique dans ces sous-projets.

BCS est un service cloud qui tire parti des avantages procurés par les technologies de sécurité et de conteneur de HUAWEI CLOUD, entre autres. Il est facile à utiliser, efficace et universellement applicable, et peut être utilisé dans les applications de données, l’Internet des objets (IdO), la finance, pour ne citer que ces domaines. Les cas de figure dans lesquels il peut être utilisé vont des transactions de données, de l’authentification de l’identité, l’attestation d’information (comme l’immobilier et l’éducation) aux soins de santé à distance, au traçage de la provenance des aliments, en passant par l’Internet des véhicules (IoV) et la gestion des dispositifs IdO. Il offre une aide très précieuse à la mise en œuvre d’un écosystème technologique et à la transformation numérique des industries.

BCS présente des avantages significatifs

HUAWEI CLOUD s’efforce désormais de développer sa plate-forme blockchain afin d’offrir un support technique aux entreprises qui développent des applications et solutions blockchain.

BCS offre les avantages suivants :

  • Ouverture et facilité d’utilisation

Construit conformément à Hyperledger Fabric 1.1 et Kubernetes, il offre une configuration simple, permet un déploiement en quelques minutes, ainsi qu’un fonctionnement et une maintenance automatique multi-angles de bout en bout.

  • Flexibilité et efficacité

De nombreux algorithmes de consensus efficaces (plus de 5 000 TPS) et une commutation flexible, une association ou abandon dynamiques de nœuds et membres multi-rôles, et une gestion des ressources physiques basées sur un conteneur.

  • Rentabilité

De moindres coûts de développement et de déploiement, une facilité du paiement à l’utilisation, une réduction des coûts de fonctionnement et de maintenance grâce à une gestion unifiée, ainsi qu’une mise à l’échelle automatique et une mise à jour / retour en arrière (rollback) sur demande.

  • Une sécurité et une protection de la confidentialité solides

Administration et isolation complètes des utilisateurs, des clés et des permissions ; chiffrement multicouche et garantie de la confidentialité ; infrastructure de cybersécurité ayant fait ses preuves.

HUAWEI CLOUD BCS s’efforce de fournir aux entreprises une base solide pour l’innovation et le développement, en travaillant de concert avec les entreprises à la construction d’un monde meilleur. Grâce à BCS, une entreprise peut installer un système blockchain parfaitement adapté à ses activités en l’espace de cinq à dix minutes. Nous attendons votre visite sur le site officiel de HUAWEI CLOUD pour vous permettre de tester les services et vous conseiller.

Lien : https://intl.huaweicloud.com/product/bcs.html

À propos de Huawei

Huawei est un grand fournisseur mondial d’infrastructures de technologies de l’information et des communications (TIC) et de dispositifs intelligents. Proposant des solutions intégrées dans quatre domaines essentiels – réseaux de télécommunications, informatique, dispositifs intelligents et cloud -, nous nous engageons à apporter le numérique à tout un chacun, à tous les foyers et toutes les organisations, pour contribuer à un monde entièrement connecté et intelligent.

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HUAWEI CLOUD Officially Launches Blockchain Service for Users Around the World

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — HUAWEI CLOUD officially launched its Blockchain Service (BCS) for global use on November 15, 2018, after launching it for commercial use in China on October 10th this year.

Now available on the international HUAWEI CLOUD website, the service helps global enterprises and developers create, deploy, and manage blockchain applications quickly and at minimal cost on HUAWEI CLOUD. Its global launch lays the foundations for a distributed global blockchain platform.

Being Proactive Essential to Building a Blockchain Ecosystem

Blockchain features decentralization, tamper resistance, and traceability, and builds trust between transaction participants. As such, blockchain generates value when used in enterprise applications in specific industry scenarios. Enterprises in various industries are currently exploring the applications of blockchain, but deploying a blockchain on a cloud is no mean feat. Indeed, developers need to have a thorough understanding of blockchain technologies. Deployment is also time-consuming.

As early as 2016, Huawei joined Hyperledger, the most influential open source project in the blockchain field, hosted by the Linux Foundation. For its continuous technical and code contributions in two sub-projects, Fabric and STL, Huawei has been recognized as a key Hyperledger maintainer. Huawei is also the only maintainer from Asia in these sub-projects.

BCS is a cloud service that capitalizes on the advantages of HUAWEI CLOUD’s container and security technologies, among others. It is easy to use, efficient, and universally applicable, and can be used in data applications, the Internet of Things (IoT), finance, and other fields. The scenarios it can be used in cover data transactions, identity authentication, proof of information (such as real estate and education), remote healthcare, food source tracing, the Internet of Vehicles (IoV), and IoT device management. It offers substantial assistance for establishing a technological ecosystem and digitally transforming industries.

BCS Has Significant Advantages

HUAWEI CLOUD is now focused on developing its blockchain platform to offer technical support for enterprises that develop blockchain applications and solutions.

BCS has the following advantages:

  • Open and easy to use

Built-in compliance with Hyperledger Fabric 1.1 and Kubernetes, featuring a simple configuration, deployment in minutes, and automatic multi-angle E2E O&M

  • Flexible and efficient

Multiple efficient consensus algorithms (5,000+ TPS) and flexible switching, dynamic joining or quitting of multi-role nodes and members, and container-based physical resource management

  • Cost-effective

Lower development and deployment costs, pay-per-use convenience, reduced O&M costs with unified management, and auto scaling and upgrade/rollback on demand

  • Robust security and privacy protections

Complete management and isolation of users, keys, and permissions; multi-layer encryption and privacy assurance; fully demonstrated cyber security infrastructure

HUAWEI CLOUD BCS is dedicated to providing enterprises with a solid foundation for innovation and development, working with enterprises to build a better world. Using BCS, a company can establish a blockchain system perfectly suited to its own business in just 5 to 10 minutes. Welcome to the official HUAWEI CLOUD website for service trials and consultancy.

Link: https://intl.huaweicloud.com/product/bcs.html

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

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INSTI HIV Self Test Earns WHO Prequalification Status for Home Testing

The newly WHO Prequalified INSTI HIV Self Test makes a mark as it expands into new markets

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — bioLytical Laboratories, a world leader in rapid infectious disease tests, is pleased to announce that its INSTI® HIV Self Test has been Prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO).  INSTI, the world’s fastest home test providing results in 1-minute, becomes the first and only blood-based HIV self-test to be WHO Prequalified.

First and only blood-based HIV self-test to earn WHO Prequalification

The INSTI HIV Self Test allows individuals to discreetly screen for HIV in the comfort of their own home using easy-to-understand, field-tested pictorial instructions.  The product is based on the INSTI HIV-1 / HIV-2 Antibody Test, which is the only rapid HIV test to be approved by the US FDA, Health Canada, WHO and European Union (CE Mark).  Because of this, INSTI is trusted by health care professionals across the globe with over 15 million rapid tests used in more than 60 countries.  The ease-of-use, reliability and convenience of a one-minute blood test was adapted from the point-of-care product to one carefully curated for home use.

WHO Prequalification signifies that the product meets the highest global standards of quality, safety and performance. The strict assessment includes a review of the product’s technical performance, inspection of manufacturing site, and a laboratory evaluation of the product.  Data supporting the INSTI HIV Self Test Prequalification demonstrates that the test has up to 100% sensitivity and 100% specificity when compared to a fourth generation HIV antigen/antibody ELISA test.  Rigorous field studies showed more than 95% of participants found the INSTI HIV Self Test easy to use, they would use it again and recommend to partners and family members.  A large focus is investigating a product’s suitability for use in resource-limited settings.  Only after the product has passed each stage and meets the prequalification requirements can it become eligible for inclusion by United Nations (UN) and other procurement agencies, such as Unitaid, PEPFAR, and/or the Global Fund.

“Unitaid is delighted that WHO has, for the first time, prequalified a safe and reliable blood-based self-test for HIV.  This now gives countries a choice of quality-assured self-tests to offer to individuals so they can find out their HIV status and is a critical step in fulfilling Unitaid’s strategic investment objective of building a healthy global market for these vital devices,” said Unitaid’s Executive Director, Lelio Marmora.

Based on its performance and usability, the INSTI HIV Self Test was selected for use in the UNITAID/PSI HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Initiative, which is the world’s largest ongoing demonstration of HIV self-testing to date.  The multi-year STAR project is an initiative to catalyze the market for HIV self-testing by generating information on how to distribute HIV home tests effectively and ethically, as well as scale up successful distribution models.

“We will continue to support countries as they develop and launch their self-testing policies, guidelines and programs, with expected launches into South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Rwanda and Nigeria in early 2019 and then globally as in-country policies come into effect,” said Ryan Bennett, bioLytical’s Vice President, Global Business Solutions. 

“Our portfolio of point-of-care and self-tests have become well-known market leaders across Europe and North America.  We are proud to have this certification as we continue to bring this highly-anticipated and much-needed one-minute test to Africa, as well as North America, Asia and Latin America.  Over the past year, countries and consumers have been actively calling for a quick, easy-to-use, blood-based test and with the achievement of WHO Prequalified status, we are now able to fill this demand.”

The INSTI HIV Self Test is already available in retail locations and online in France, UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Switzerland and Kenya.  Pilot programs are taking place in Armenia, Ukraine and Taiwan, with groundbreaking self-test studies using INSTI taking place globally. Approval of the INSTI home test further supports early detection of HIV infection and facilitates more effective interventions through 1-minute results and IgM detection capabilities.

About bioLytical Laboratories Inc.

bioLytical Laboratories Inc. is a privately-owned Canadian company engaged in the research, development and commercialization of rapid, point of care in vitro medical diagnostics using its proprietary INSTI technology platform.  With a world-wide footprint of regulatory approvals including US FDA approval, Health Canada approval and CE mark, bioLytical markets and sells its INSTI HIV test globally and INSTI HIV/Syphilis Multiplex test in Europe.  The INSTI product line provides highly accurate test results in 60 seconds or less, far faster than the 15-20 minutes required for competitors’ tests based on lateral flow technology.  bioLytical has an active R&D program with a pipeline that includes tests for diseases such as Zika, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and Ebola, among others.  The company also provides contract services to adapt the INSTI platform to meet custom functional and technical diagnostic testing requirements.  For more information, please visit www.biolytical.com.

Eva Siu
Marketing Manager
+1 604 204 6784
info@biolytical.com

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