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Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 18:00 (Kyiv time), 10 March 2015

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World Fluorochemicals Market, Freedonia (PR Newswire)

LONDON, March 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Global demand for fluorochemicals is forecast to accelerate, rising nearly four percent per year through 2018. Robust global growth in aluminum demand, due in part to the increasing use of aluminum in motor vehicles, will lead to strong gains in inorganic and specialty fluorochemical demand. The rapid adoption of high performance fluoropolymers in motor vehicles and advanced manufacturing will also contribute to healthy global fluorochemical growth, albeit from a much smaller volume base. Despite strict, ongoing regulations, fluorocarbon demand will continue to increase at a healthy pace, reflecting strong demand for air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, especially in the developing world. However, faster growth will be limited by the development of fluorocarbon alternatives, and the efforts by a number of developing countries to begin implementing the Montreal Protocol.Growth in manufacturing to boost demandGlobal aluminum production is forecast to grow significantly, due in large part to the increased use of aluminum as an alternative to steel in cars and light trucks. As a result, consumption of aluminum fluoride, a key component in the aluminum smelting process, will increase, boosting demand for inorganic fluorochemicals overall. Additionally, rising production of semiconductors, advanced batteries and other electronic components will fuel demand for specialty gases and other high-value, inorganic and specialty fluorochemicals.Fluoropolymers to see rapid gains from a small baseFluoropolymers will see the most rapid gains in volume demand, albeit from a small base, driven by expanding opportunities for high-performance materials in the motor vehicle, chemical processing, electronics, and coatings markets, especially in developing parts of the world where their intensity of use remains low. Fluoropolymers will continue to account for a disproportionately high portion of value demand. Despite the ongoing impact of the Montreal Protocol and growing regulatory scrutiny of HFCs in developed countries, demand for fluorocarbons will remain healthy due to greater production of cooling and refrigeration equipment. The Protocol’s phaseout schedule will continue to cause demand shifts in the fluorocarbon segment. Going forward, HFCs will experience robust demand growth as HCFCs are phased out throughout the developed world and begin a gradual step-down process in developing economies. However, even HFCs have come under scrutiny for their contribution to global climate change, which will limit faster gains as nonfluorinated alternatives are developed.China to offer best growth opportunitiesChina will continue to be the largest and one of the fastest growing markets for fluorochemicals, and will account for over half of the overall increase in fluorochemical volume demand through 2018. Only India will post faster growth for fluorochemical volume demand through 2018, although from a much smaller base. Both the Eastern Europe and Africa/ Mideast regions will experience healthy growth through the forecast period, due in large part to higher primary aluminum output in those regions. In addition, while demand growth in Western Europe, North America, and Central and South America will be modest, it will signify an improvement from recent declines or flat growth.Study coverageThis upcoming industry study, World Fluorochemicals, presents historical data (2003, 2008 and 2013) plus forecasts (2018 and 2023) by product type and application for six regions and 15 countries. The study also details market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 50 competitors.Download the full report: https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/843540/About ReportbuyerReportbuyer is a leading industry intelligence solution that provides all market research reports from top publishershttp://www.reportbuyer.comFor more information:Sarah SmithResearch Advisor at Reportbuyer.comEmail: query@reportbuyer.com  Tel: +44 208 816 85 48Website: www.reportbuyer.com
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Food Concepts Partners Pioneer Foods of South Africa

Food Concepts Plc; a market leader in the West African food industry with a basket of top brands including Chicken Republic, Butterfield Bakery and Free Range Farms, on Monday announced its partnership in its Baked Good Division, with Pioneer Foods; a leading South African FMCG company. Food Concepts Plc was founded by dynamic entrepreneur; Mr. Deji Akinyanju in 2001. The company, whose shareholders include International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank member, and Development Partners International (DPI), a UK based private equity firm focused on African investments, continues to evolve in a remarkable story of a revolution in the Nigerian food sector.
The company recently demerged its Baked Goods Division into Food Concepts Pioneer Limited (FCPL). Pioneer Foods acquired 50.01per cent of FCPL while Food Concepts Plc retains 49.9 per cent. FCPL will house Butterfield Bakeries, a baked goods business specializing in bread and sausage roll production. This will allow Pioneer Foods to leverage existing infrastructure and brand recognition – both crucial elements of consumer packaged-goods companies. Pioneer Foods will implement several operational changes to the Butterfield bakery to increase its efficiency and consistency.
Pionner Foods PTY Ltd is a leading South African FMCG company with a market cap of $3bn, it has globally trusted brands like Ceres Juice, ProNutro, Weet-Bix breakfast cereal etc. Pioneer already has a significant export footprint in a number of African countries, and the conclusion of this partnership with Food Concepts Plc creates an in-market presence for Pioneer Foods in Nigeria. Speaking on the partnership Phil Roux, CEO Pioneer Foods said “Butterfield provides an ideal opportunity to leverage our expertise to grow the bread category. Pioneer aims to be a leading FMCG company in Africa and Nigeria is a key market for any food company in search of growth,”
On his part, Deji Akinyanju Chairman of Food Concepts Plc said “the partnership will benefit from the combination of the respective strengths which will be used to tap into the vast opportunities in the Nigerian FMCG sector to deliver extraordinary value to customers.”

Lights, Camera, Robbery! Five Ways Journos Can Do Their Jobs Safely

You would think that bright lights and a news crew filming live would be enough to ward off any robbers with bad intentions. But no. After SABC contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko and his colleagues were mugged last night, you might be wondering how this could have been avoided. RA’EESA PATHER has a few tips for journalists seeking safety on the streets of South AFrica.
1. Kick it old school: use nothing but a pen and notepad
Approximately three to four armed men then demanded from the SABC news team cellphones, laptops & broadcast equipment #SABCNEWS — Chriselda Lewis (@Chriseldalewis) March 10, 2015
Cellphones are not worth your lives, dear comrades. Journalists usually have the best stationary swag but would the robbers stalk us for our pens and paper? Not unless they’re the type to also hold up a Typo store. We don’t really need to read a stream of live tweeting; and these days it seems recording sound and pretty pictures is just too risky. Our messy handwriting and ink-stained hands will have to do. (Cries).
2. Do all your live reports outside an SAPS station
#sapsGP SABC crew robbed while filming outside Milpark Hospital. No arrests. #TipOffs -> #CrimeStop 08600 10111. ME http://t.co/8uOWm8iOxf  — SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) March 11, 2015
Just to be on the safe side, journalists should consider doing all their reporting from in front of a police station. Hopefully this, if not the rolling cameras and live feeds, will serve as some sort of deterrent. We advise journalists not to report on SAPS, however as we cannot be held liable if they throw teargas at you or demand that you delete any incriminating pictures or video.
3. Make sure the cameras are always rolling
You robbed our colleagues live on TV. We will use the same media to expose you. Pic via @Chriseldalewis pic.twitter.com/LnMLBAih4a #StopCrime — Sthembiso Sithole (@SITHOLEEXPRESS) March 10, 2015
Now that the faces of Myoko’s muggers have been posted all over the world and been watched more than 300,000 times in less than 24 hours, you can be sure that many a robber will fear your camera. So we suggest journalists be required to take cameramen on all assignments – regardless of whether the footage is for broadcast. Dashcams must be set up on all cars; and, where possible, journalists should be equipped with pinhole pocket spycams. Who says the State Security Agency should have all the fun?
4. Stick close to VIPs
I didn’t know the Stig & his family were bodyguards for Zuma #SONA2015 #TopGear pic.twitter.com/XLCjvDy9KH — Hungry… .I’m hungry (@Ash00Naidu) February 13, 2015
Yesterday, a member of the Twitterati raised a point of order with the SABC’s Chriselda Lewis, who was part of the group that was mugged. “Where was the security guys?” asked @Xikhiya.
“We do not have security when we do our jobs. It comes with the territory, sir,” replied Lewis.
Some South Africans are valued so highly that they get armed guards and blue light brigades to protect them wherever they go. Journalists, as last night’s incident showed, are not among this group. Political reporters however might be able to get away with some incidental security services if they stick close enough to cabinet ministers. However the downside of getting too close to an MP is that you might not be able to write what you like.
5. Keep your cool
Mvoko was cool, calm and collected even while the muggers were circling his team. Although his cool may not have been enough to stop the mugging, it certainly helped raise the alarm bells on just how prevalent crime in South Africa is – not to mention ensuring his own personal safety. What’s a wallet, compared to your life?
So, if you forget to follow our advice and find yourself on the wrong end of a weapon while live on air, keep calm and keep reporting the news. Remember to describe the situation, even if it involves saying things like: “We are being mugged,” or “Now they are taking our car keys and cellphones.” Maintaining records is an important of any investigation.
But seriously, we’re shocked at the incident and are glad that Mvoko and his colleagues were unharmed. Reporting the news can be dangerous and even life threatening. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 17 reporters have already lost their lives in the line of duty this year. The CPJ’s journalist security guide has everything you need to know to stay safe while you’re out there. (Although it does not appear to actually say anything about street crime.)

Diplomats Assured of Africa's Readiness to Speak With One Voice

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reassured the African Union (AU) Member States Permanent Representatives to the United Nations about the continent’s readiness to speak with one voice during the negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda.
According to a Dispatch from New York, U.S.A., the Liberian leader, who currently chairs the High Level Committee (HLC) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, made the remarks when she held discussions with Permanent Representatives of the AU Member States in New York on Monday, March 9, 2015.
President Sirleaf observed that African leaders are very pleased with the consultations leading to the adoption of the African Common Position (ACP), which she attributed to a broad consultative process. The Liberian leader said the aim of such consultations are intended to bring everyone on board, and above all, to ensure that views gathered are harmonized to form part of the global agenda. She, however, emphasized that Africa will endeavor to work along with partners to achieve global development objectives.
In remarks earlier, the Ambassadors of South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, while expressing appreciation to President Sirleaf for her leadership role in negotiating Africa’s Common Position, appealed to the AU through the Chair of the HLC to continue to press forward and ensure that Africa’s concerns are reflected in the global economic agenda.
They also reminded the Liberian President that financing was key to the realization of the “ambitious plans” being reflected in Post-2015 Development Agenda and argued that the ACP contains a sound foundation in achieving economic prosperity for Africa. Responding, President Sirleaf indicated that the most critical component of the discussion has to do with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She pointed out that infrastructural development and trade terms are issues that must be taken into account in order to ensure that Africa gets a better deal for her natural resources.
At the same time, the Liberian leader expressed heartfelt gratitude on behalf of the Government and the people of Liberia to the African Permanent Representatives for the level of support and solidarity provided Liberia during the Ebola crisis. She said the regional intervention ensured that the 10-years of peace was not wasted in vain and revealed that at present, there is no known case of the Ebola virus disease in Liberia.
In other presidential news, the Liberian leader has met with a cross-section of the Liberian delegation attending the Conference of the Commission on the Status of Women at the country’s Permanent Mission in New York. Presenting the delegation to President Sirleaf, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs. Julia Duncan Cassell, said that Liberia is fully represented at the Conference with several individuals from the various sectors of society.
For her part, President Sirleaf advised the delegation to make maximum use of their presence and participate actively in all the proceedings with the view of broadening their understanding of the issues confronting their society. She urged them to serve as Ambassadors for their country.