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Gender Commission on assault of gender activist

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is shocked at the alleged assault of a gender activist, Pamela Mabini who has been leading marches against sex assault-accused Pastor Tim Omotoso, The Commission condemns the alleged assault by Jongisizwe Mali that has left Ms Mabini with swollen face. The Commission is also saddened by the allegations that she was assaulted or attacked for her stance against women and child abuse.

The Commission is calling for those who witnessed the alleged incident to cooperate or better still volunteer information with the police since a case of grievous bodily harm (assault GBH) has been opened. In this endeavour, they will not be supporting Ms Mabini but all survivors or victims of gender based violence who at times are left alone to face the ordeal of being assaulted or attacked.

The Commission is also calling upon the police for a speedy investigation and for the perpetrator if the allegations are true to be punished, henceforth pay for the damages of Ms Mabini's cellphone that got broken during the alleged assault. The alleged attacker should be made example off that society cannot allow innocent people to be attacked for exercising their constitutional rights. Ms Mabini should be applauded for spearheading and leading the voices against one of the serious crimes that is committed against humanity on a daily basis, not attacked.

The Commission will be monitoring the case to ensure that justice for both the alleged perpetrator and the victim is served.

We urge members of the public who have knowledge of and information on acts of gender based violence and abuse to call our Toll-Free Number 0800 007 709 to report such cases.

Source: Government of South Africa

Aptima® HIV-1 Quant Dx Assay Awarded World Health Organization ...

MARLBOROUGH, Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX) announced today that its CE-marked Aptima® HIV-1 Quant Dx assay has been awarded World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification for in vitro diagnostics.

The Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx assay, employing Hologic’s proprietary real-time transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) technology, is the first HIV-1 viral load assay with a dual claim for both diagnosis and treatment monitoring. The assay runs on Hologic’s Panther® system, a market-leading, integrated platform that fully automates testing, from sample to result. The system substantially reduces hands-on time for laboratories by providing random and continuous access with rapid turnaround time.

The WHO prequalification means that the Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx assay meets WHO standards of quality, safety, performance and reliability, and allows global health organizations to consider the Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx assay for public sector procurement in resource-limited countries.

“This milestone highlights Hologic’s commitment to, and progress toward, advancing the fight against HIV in highly affected regions of the world,” said Tom West, President, Diagnostic Solutions Division at Hologic. “Access to advanced HIV testing platforms is crucial to managing care and mitigating the spread of the disease in low- and middle- income countries.”

There are 36.7 million people living with HIV globally, with East and Southern Africa bearing the largest number of infected individuals – 19.4 million. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 64% of all new HIV infections.1,2

“Hologic has an impressive legacy in the virology space that started two decades ago with the development of nucleic acid tests to screen the blood supply, and qualitative assays for HIV and HCV in the early 2000’s,” said West. “We leveraged this expertise to develop an innovative and fully automated HIV viral load assay on our Panther instrument that is well suited for laboratories in resource-limited settings. Hologic looks forward to joining the battle to reduce the burden of this global epidemic.”

About the Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx Assay

The Hologic Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx assay is designed to meet today’s demands for HIV diagnosis and treatment monitoring. The new assay uses a dual target approach against highly conserved regions in the HIV-1 genome, a sophisticated primer design, and redundancy of oligonucleotides for protection against mutations, thereby helping ensure accurate detection and quantitation of HIV-1. The assay is designed to deliver both sensitivity and precision across a broad set of HIV-1 groups and subtypes. Laboratories can now have greater confidence in assay performance, despite drug selection pressures and growing genetic diversity.

About Hologic

Hologic, Inc. is an innovative medical technology company primarily focused on improving women’s health and well-being through early detection and treatment. For more information on Hologic, visit www.hologic.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking information that involves risks and uncertainties, including statements about the use of Hologic’s diagnostic products. There can be no assurance these products will achieve the benefits described herein or that such benefits will be replicated in any particular manner with respect to an individual patient. The actual effect of the use of the products can only be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the particular circumstances and patient in question. In addition, there can be no assurance that these products will be commercially successful or achieve any expected level of sales. Hologic expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements presented herein to reflect any change in expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.

Hologic, The Science of Sure, Aptima and Panther are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Hologic, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

Investor Contact:
Michael Watts
+1 858.410.8588
michael.watts@hologic.com

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References

1 https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/statistics.html
2 https://www.avert.org/professionals/hiv-around-world/sub-saharan-africa/overview

Update: Four suspects nabbed after four houses were torched

Mecklenburg - The police in Mecklenburg have arrested four (4) suspects, aged between 17 and 55 in connection with the torching of houses at Ntsoaneng village on Sunday (2018-01-14) afternoon.

This destruction of property was sparked by the death of an 18 year old Lesedi Malatji who died in December last year. Some community members suspected that the deceased was poisoned by one of victims whose house was burnt. Four families have since been displaced from their homes at the village. Seventeen (17) members from three of the four families that have been displaced, have been temporarily accommodated at the local police station.

The arrested suspects include the 55 year old father of the deceased. The suspects will appear in Mecklenburg Magistrate's Court soon on charges of Public Violence and Arson. More arrests are expected.

Source: South African Police Service

PRETORIA WANTS US EMBASSY TO EXPLIAN “S*ITHOLE” COUNTRIES ...

PRETORIA, The South African Department of International Relations and co-operation (Dirco) says if the United States Embassy here does not offer a valid and justified explanation of President Donald Trump's s*ithole countries comments regarding African countries, then they will demand an apology from him.

Dirco on Monday requested a meeting with a senior official from the embassy over Trump's comments and vulgar use of language when referring to migrants from Africa, Haiti and El Salvador.

Department Spokesperson Clayson Monyela said the department wanted to take action in order to protect and affirm the dignity of African people.

African people are very sensitive about discrimination based on race given the history that we come from," he added.

"That is why it is important for us as the South African government to protect the dignity of the people of Africa who are seeking residence in the United States. South African people are not going there to create problems for America, they are going there to contribute positively.

"We first want to demand an explanation and then from that explanation if we believe that the offensive statement has got no justification the next step obviously is to demand an apology."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Labour resumes national worker briefing sessions on introduction of ...

Department of Labour resumes national worker briefing sessions on introduction of NMW and amendments to the BCEA and LRA

The Department of Labour's national series on worker engagement/briefing sessions on the implementation of the national minimum wage (NMW) and amendments to labour legislation are set to resume this week.

The Department's next worker briefing sessions will be on 18 January 2018 at Emnotweni Tsogo Sun Casino - 15 Government Boulevard Riverside Park Extension 1 in Nelspruit; and on 19 January 2018 at Protea Hotel Marriot Emalahleni - 167 Jellicoe Street in Witbank.

The objective of the worker briefing sessions is to ensure that the NMW as a new labour policy intervention instrument is communicated to all the intended beneficiaries (workers). This also includes educating the workers on the implications of proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), the Labour Relations Act (LRA), the Accord on Collective Bargaining and Industrial Action and the Code of Good Practice on Collective Bargaining, Industrial Action and Picketing.

The worker engagement/briefing sessions started on 9 November 2017. The briefing sessions are targeting all sectors of the economy. Since the start of the roadshows - NMW and labour amendment briefing sessions have been held in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, George, Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay, Durban, Tzaneen, and Polokwane.

The National minimum wage is scheduled for implementation from 1 May 2018. The agreed national minimum wage at NEDLAC is pegged at R20 an hour for major sectors, with the exception of sectors such as farm workers, and domestic workers.

More worker NMW and labour amendments briefing sessions are still to be held in Klerksdorp (25 January), Rustenburg (26 January), Bloemfontein (01 February), Welkom (02 February), Umtata (07 February), East London (08 February), Port Elizabeth (09 February), Upington (15 February), and culminating in Kimberley on (16 February).

The briefing sessions on NMW and amendments to labour laws are held from 10-13:00.

Source: Government of South Africa

Hisense TV en tête des ventes sur le marché chinois pour la ...

PÉKIN, 12 janvier 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Selon les derniers chiffres publiées par CMM, à la fin de 2017 Hisense TV reste leader tant au niveau du volume que de la valeur au détail pour la 14e année consécutive en Chine. Le volume de ventes de Hisense TV a atteint 16,79 %. Et la valeur au détail de Hisense TV a atteint 17,96 % sur le marché chinois, soit 26,5 % plus que la marque à la deuxième place.

Sur le marché international, les résultats de Hisense TV sont encore plus brillants. Selon les informations publiées par le service chinois des douanes, les exportations de Hisense TV ont augmenté de 30,8 % en glissement annuel, à la fin novembre 2017, un chiffre supérieur à la moyenne du secteur. De janvier à octobre 2017, la part de marché de Hisense TV a atteint 22,4 % en Afrique du Sud et 19,6 % en Australie pour se placer premier localement.

Sur un marché des téléviseurs qui connaît une concurrence féroce, Hisense refuse de suivre la tendance de remettre en cause la qualité et les prix. La marque préfère au contraire insister sur l’innovation technologique et les standards de grande qualité. Grâce à des efforts soutenus dans des produits innovants et différentiés tels que les téléviseurs 4K laser, les U9 ULED et le système d’intelligence artificielle VIDAA, Hisense gagne encore davantage de parts de marché. Selon le rapport de CMM, la télévision 55 pouces 4K de Hisense se trouve à la première place de la liste de ventes de téléviseurs en Chine. En outre, Hisense a gagné 4 placés dans le Top 20 et la marque est devenue l’étoile la plus brillante dans la liste d’honneur.

Hisense TV sales leads China market for 14 consecutive years

BEIJING, Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — According to the latest data from CMM, Hisense TV ranked No.1 on both retail value and volume for 14 consecutive years in China by the end of 2017. The retail volume of Hisense TV has reached 16.79%. And the retail value of Hisense TV achieved 17.96% in Chinese market, which is significantly more than the brand in second place by 26.5%.

In the international market, Hisense TV performed even better. According to China’s Customs data, Hisense TV’s exports were up to 30.8% YoY by the end of November, 2017, which was way above industry average. From January to October 2017, the unit share of Hisense TV was up to 22.4% in South Africa and reached 19.6% in Australia, ranked first locally.

Against the backdrop of fierce competition in the TV market, Hisense refuses to follow the trend of competing at compromising on quality and price. Instead, Hisense insists on technology innovation and high-quality standards. Through continuous efforts in innovative and differentiated products such as 4K laser TV, U9 ULED TV and VIDAA artificial intelligence system, Hisense is gaining more and more market share. According to CMM’s report, Hisense’s 55-inch 4K TV has won the first in the annual TV sales list in China. Besides, Hisense has gained 4 places in the top 20 list and has become the brightest star in the honor list.

Provision of Vessels by Indigenous Contractors: Total Reaffirms ...

LAGOS, Nigeria, Jan. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Following a petition from the Indigenous Vessels Operators Association of Nigeria to the Senate Committee on Local Content, Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) and National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) attended a meeting with the Senate Committee on Local Content on the 9th of January at which TUPNI and NAPIMS provided clarification on an ongoing call for tender for the provision of support vessels.

Following this Senate Committee meeting, some media articles reported allegations of bribery and potential conflict of interest in the contracting process.

Total Upstream Nigeria Limited wishes to state that it has strict Conflict of Interest and Compliance policies. Total Upstream Nigeria Limited also wishes to state that it rejects all forms of bribery and corruption.

Total Upstream Nigeria Limited and its partners remain committed to the development of Nigerian Content and will continue to maintain strong and steadfast partnerships with the Nigerian government, NNPC and indigenous companies in developing the country’s hydrocarbon industry.

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