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

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 […]

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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 […]

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Internet PCS Inc. (BVI) and UnitedCorp Announce the Launch of a New Blockchain Cryptographic Token Called the GIGA

TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS / ACCESSWIRE / November 29, 2017 / BVI-based Internet PCS Inc. (“iPCS”) and Miami-based United American Corp. (“UnitedCorp”), (OTC PINK: UAMA) announced today the release of a smart contract for its new cryptographic Ethereum-based token called the GIGA, which uses the ERC20 standard. iPCS is the issuer of the token and […]

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News in Brief 29 November 2017 (PM)

Progress stalls on ending malaria: WHO

Progress “has stalled” in the fight against malaria, which still kills more than 440,000 people each year, according to the 2017 World Malaria Report, published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that major gains had been made in recent years, but “we are now at a turning point.”

“Without urgent action, we risk going backwards,” he said, adding that the global malaria targets for 2020 and beyond, would be missed as they required a reduction of at least 40 per cent in the mortality rate.

A major problem is a lack of funding, said WHO, both domestically and internationally.

The Special Envoy for Health in the UN’s Agenda 2030, which includes malaria targets, said that the estimated seven million lives saved since the beginning of the century showed how important it was to protect “hard-won gains”.

Ray Chambers said “we must double-down on our commitments, bring new technologies to bear, and increase investments.”

Hague Tribunal extends condolences to family of convicted war criminal

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), has extended its condolences to the family of Slobodan Praljak, who drank what he himself described as poison in the dock on Wednesday, as his guilty verdict was being affirmed.

Mr Praljak was one of six defence appellants hearing their final appeal, after being found guilty of war crimes in the city of Mostar, during the Bosnian war in the mid-1990s.

During the reading out of the judgement re-affirming his 20-year prison sentence, Mr Praljak began protesting his innocence, and then drank from a small vial of liquid.

His words were spoken, at the time, by an interpreter.

“Slobodan Praljack is not a war criminal. I am rejecting the court ruling. (Judge) Stop please, please sit down. (Praljak) I have taken poison.”

In a statement released after the dramatic incident, the ICTY said that the defendant fell quickly ill, and was assisted immediately by medical staff, while an ambulance was called.

He was then taken to hospital, where he died.

The statement added that “at the request of the ICTY, the Dutch Authorities (in the Hague) have initiated an independent investigation which is currently ongoing.”

Food supplies insufficient to stop “humanitarian catastrophe” in Yemen

Food supplies which are beginning to re-enter war-torn Yemen following a three-week Saudi blockade, are not enough so far to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, warned the UN on Wednesday.

The Saudi-led coalition, which is battling Houthi rebels for control of the country, closed all access to Yemen following a rocket attack on the Saudi capital.

Aid flights began again at the weekend, and two commercial vessels carrying food have arrived at the port of Hodaidah, with wheat and flour on board.

Three other ships carrying vital food supplies are awaiting Saudi permission to enter the port.

Here’s UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.

“Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, while some food has started to reach Yemen, it is not sufficient to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. In Yemen itself, the cost of diesel as doubled, while the price of petrol has risen by more than 70 percent and cooking gas by 18 percent. It is critical that fuel reaches all Yemeni ports immediately � fuel is essential to operate generators for hospitals and water pumps, as well as to deliver drinking water and food.”

Source: United Nations

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Germany Provides Critical Humanitarian Assistance For Refugees In Tanzania And Rwanda

DAR ES SALAAM � The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has contributed EUR 2 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in order to maintain food assistance for almost half a million refugees and asylum seekers residing in Tanzania and Rwanda. This funding is vital as WFP refugee operations in the region are facing critical funding shortages. WFP operations in Tanzania and Rwanda each received EUR 1 million from the contribution.

Stressing the urgent need for international support for refugees in Tanzania and Rwanda, German Ambassador to Tanzania Detlef WA�chter said, Being one of the largest international donors, it is our country’s duty to help and support the effort of host countries and international agencies in this humanitarian crisis. We hope our financial support helps WFP to overcome the current critical funding shortage.

In Tanzania, the German contribution was used to purchase maize meal which is included as part of monthly food rations that consist of pulses, salt, vegetable oil and a fortified porridge. In Rwanda, the contribution was used mainly to purchase maize and beans for monthly food distributions. WFP Rwanda also purchased fortified porridge, sugar and micronutrient powders to support the most vulnerable people who are in need of a particular diet.

In both countries, WFP provides supplementary food for pregnant and nursing women, children under the age of five, hospital in-patients and people receiving treatment for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. These targeted feeding programmes provide much needed nutrition through additional foods such as fortified porridge or micronutrient powders. These food items are important in the fight against stunting and undernutrition in children, and they boost the immune systems of vulnerable people. WFP also provides hot meals to refugees who are in transit and reception centres.

WFP is grateful to Germany, which over the last five years has been one of our largest donors and has cemented its commitment to humanitarian efforts in Tanzania, the region and around the globe, said WFP Tanzania Country Representative Michael Dunford. The continued support from Germany has been crucial in meeting the food needs of men, women and children who have fled their homes.

Since an upsurge of unrest in Burundi in 2015, 258,000 refugees have crossed into Tanzania, making it the largest recipient of Burundian refugees in the East African region. Tanzania currently hosts 317,000 refugees in three camps, which is an unprecedented five-fold increase compared to the refugee population two years ago. Rwanda currently hosts 172,000 refugees in six camps. Of these, 87,000 are Burundian, with 55,000 residing in Mahama camp who are wholly dependent on assistance to meet their food needs.

WFP is now able to continue to provide food to children as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women in refugee camps, thanks to the German contribution, said Jean-Pierre de Margerie, WFP Rwanda Country Director and Representative. As refugees have limited access to income generating activities in Rwanda, food assistance remains critically important.

The increasing influx of people into both countries has resulted in greater resourcing needs for WFP to meet the basic food needs of refugees. Since February, due to funding shortfalls, WFP in Tanzania has had to reduce food rations to 72 percent of the minimum 2,100 kilocalorie requirement.

To restore full rations and meet the food needs of refugees in both countries, WFP needs an additional US$29 million for its operations in Tanzania and US$10 million in Rwanda between now and April 2018. If additional funding does not come forward, WFP may be forced to reduce rations further.

Source: World Food Programme

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