Daily Archives: March 19, 2015

Terror in Tunisia

The cradle of the Arab Spring–and its best exemplar–was beset by a vicious terror attack on tourists at a museum. 19 people were killed, including 17 tourists. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. “While Tunisia has been spared the catastrophic levels of violence that have plagued other Arab Spring countries like Syria, Yemen and Libya, the country has still suffered from occasional but deadly attacks carried out by Islamist extremists. In 2013, 22 people were killed. This included a suicide bomber who attacked a beach resort in Sousse. Last year 45 people were killed and already this year the death toll has reached 23, with Wednesday’s museum raid following an attack on a mountain checkpoint in February that killed 4 police officers.” (BBC http://bbc.in/1Cx27Bv)

What the Israeli Elections Mean for the Prospects of Peace and the Two State Solution…If you have 15 minutes and want to understand what happened in Israel, how damaging it is to Palestinian aspirations, and what’s next for supporters of the Two State Solution listen to this Global Dispatches Podcast episode—> http://bit.ly/1Cx0W53

The USA may send marines to assist in cyclone ravaged Vanuatu (Stars and Stripes http://1.usa.gov/1Cx0ljU)

Dodge this allegation…The EU watchdog has accused the union’s bank of flouting its own transparency rules and hiding what it knows about allegations of tax avoidance by a Zambian mining firm largely owned by the Swiss commodity trader Glencore. (Guardian http://bit.ly/1MKhfgc)

(Not So Humanity Affirming) Stat of the Day: The death toll in the world’s most brutal conflicts climbed by more than 28 percent last year from 2013 with bloodshed in Syria worse than all others for the second year running, according to a study released on Wednesday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1923CK8)

Africa

Hopes of an end to South Sudan’s 15-month old civil war were dealt another blow on Wednesday as President Salva Kiir ruled out a proposed power-sharing deal with rebels. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1923RVu) 

Nigeria has begun the “final onslaught” against Boko Haram, the country’s national security spokesman said on Tuesday, after the militants were ousted from the strategic town of Bama. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1ErdHch)

The Nigerian military, battling insurgency in the northeast, has had no news of more than 200 girls abducted 11 months ago by Boko Haram Islamists, the army chief said. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1FAXq99)

Pro-democracy activists from Senegal and Burkina Faso arrested in Democratic Republic of Congo on suspicion of planning to destabilise the country will be expelled and banned from returning, the government announced Wednesday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1923V7L)

A withdrawal of peacekeepers from Sudan’s Darfur region should not be conditional on an end to tribal violence, Sudan said as Khartoum began work with the United Nations and the African Union on an exit strategy for the $1.1 billion mission. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1ErdGoN)

Lesotho’s new Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili was sworn in on Tuesday, admitting the tiny country faces major challenges after an alleged coup bid last year. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1FAXjKz)

A lack of accountability in South Sudan for “atrocities, sexual and gender based violence, child soldier recruitment and mass graves” hinders a bid for peace in the world’s youngest state, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1FAXwgU)

Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer whose economy was battered by a low-level civil war and ensuing political unrest, should see double-digit growth this year, Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan said. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1ErdPbG)

Sierra Leone’s president on Wednesday fired his vice president, who was kicked out of their political party earlier this month on accusations of fomenting violence and trying to form a new party. (AP http://yhoo.it/1923I4o)

Four people died in a gun and grenade attack on Wajir town in northeast Kenya, the latest in a series of cross-border raids by Somalia’s Shebab militants, officials said Wednesday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1BV3aZK)

Tanzania will receive a total of $380 million in loans from India to finance two major water projects in the east African nation, the president’s office said. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1FAXiq9)

Liberia has managed to get its outbreak under control. But many residents, especially those in northern Lofa County, which was devastated by Ebola, are concerned the deadly virus might make a comeback through visitors from neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, which are not yet Ebola free. (VOA http://bit.ly/1H2fwCy)

Gabon’s striking public sector workers have rejected a temporary pay rise proposed by the government, trade unions said Wednesday, in a dispute that has already seen schools closed for over a month. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1MKhgAH)

MENA

Palestinian leaders on Wednesday called for international pressure on Israel and support for their unilateral moves towards statehood after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election win. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1923R7V)

Syria’s military took control of a village north of partly insurgent-held Aleppo on Wednesday, state media and a monitoring group said, giving it increased control of an area which armed groups have used as a supply route into the city. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1923Qkj)

The United States still wants a negotiated political settlement in Syria that excludes President Bashar al-Assad, and its position on the Syrian leader has not changed, top U.S. envoy John Allen told Turkish officials. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1923LNx)

Iraqi troops and militias who pushed Islamic State fighters from the northern town of Amerli last September proceeded to loot and burn down homes and businesses, Human Rights Watch said in a new report Wednesday. (VOA http://bit.ly/1H2fv1o

Asia/Pacific

International aid agencies ramped up appeals for cyclone-hit Vanuatu on Wednesday, warning that the powerful storm which affected more than two-thirds of the South Pacific island nation had wiped out crops and destroyed fishing fleets, raising the risk of hunger and disease. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1FAXu8P)

Bloody conflict in a remote corner of northern Myanmar has spilled violently across the border with China, risking a rift with the mighty neighbour and threatening peace efforts with an array of rebels. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1ErdOon)

The head of India’s Catholic bishops, speaking out after a nun was raped in the east of the country last week, has said the country should be as concerned about the welfare of its people as it is about its cows. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1BV3mIy)

The United Nations’ human rights chief is voicing concern over the “rushed” trial that led to a terrorism conviction and 13-year jail term for the Maldives’ former president. (AP http://yhoo.it/1BV3bNn)

General Motors will slash production in Russia and pull its mass-market Opel brand completely in the face of plummeting sales in the economically troubled country. (AP http://yhoo.it/1BV3gk4)

A group of Thai lawyers called on Wednesday for an investigation into allegations that four suspects held over a Bangkok bomb attack were tortured while in police custody. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1923L01)

A court in Bangladesh’s capital on Wednesday indicted a leader of a hard-line Islamist group and seven students in the hacking death of an atheist blogger two years ago. (AP http://yhoo.it/1923OJg)

The Americas

Brazilian civil defense officials say more than 20,000 people have been affected by flooding in the city of Boca do Acre in Brazil’s northern state of Amazonas. (AP http://yhoo.it/1ErdHJu)

Puerto Rico’s government said Tuesday that it has sold $246 million in bond anticipation notes to refinance part of its short-term debt and help generate more money for the financially strapped island. (AP http://yhoo.it/1ErdJ3X)

Leaders from leftist Latin American regional bloc ALBA gathered Tuesday for a summit in Caracas, a show of support for Venezuela in its mounting standoff with the United States. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1FAXtBK)

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s popularity fell to a new low in a poll released on Wednesday, weakening her even further at a time when she is facing public calls for her impeachment and trying to push austerity measures through Congress. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1923N8c)

…and the rest

Violent clashes between anti-capitalist activists and German police left dozens injured and a trail of destruction in Germany’s financial capital as the European Central Bank opened its new headquarters on Wednesday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1FAXFB6)

A long-term study has pointed to a link between breastfeeding and intelligence. (BBC http://bbc.in/1H2frik)

Opinion/Blogs

Seven women peacemakers who should be on your radar (GlobalPost http://bit.ly/1xeZD8W)

Why is Britain such an outlier on aid? (From Poverty to Power http://bit.ly/1MKl6tN)

Does the Development Industry really need new clothes? (Africa is a Country http://bit.ly/1MKkx36)

Why Investors Should Think Twice before Investing in Coal in India – Part 1 (Inter Press Service http://bit.ly/1CtsOVZ)

Ghana’s democracy is driving great progress in health and education (Guardian http://bit.ly/1H2fsmb) 

After Israel’s elections, what prospects for Middle East peace process? (IRIN http://bit.ly/1MKgKTl)

How can we empower women in agriculture to end hunger? (Guardian http://bit.ly/1MKhhon)

Rape in Conflict: Speaking Out for What’s Right (Inter Press Service http://bit.ly/1CtsOW7)

New DfID Report: Few Donor-Supported Anticorruption Policies Effective (Global Anticorruption Blog http://bit.ly/1MKkwMt)

Water, security, and the state (Reinventing Peace http://bit.ly/1MKkPH8)

Discussion

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Dongfeng Motor participe à nouveau au Salon International de l’Automobile d’Alger

ALGER, Algérie, 19 mars 2015 / PRNewswire — DongFeng Motor (DFM), l’un des plus grands groupes automobiles de Chine, participe à l’évènement annuel qu’est le Salon International de l’Automobile d’Alger 2015 à la SAFEX, à Alger, suite à sa première apparition en 2014. Cette fois DFM occupe près de 1 000 mètres carrés dans le hall U, et apporte une solide ligne de modèles de véhicules de tourisme tels que Dongfeng, Joyear, Fengdu, Fengxing et Xiaokang.

Lors de la cérémonie d’ouverture qui a eu lieu aujourd’hui, DFM a lancé deux nouveaux modèles stratégiques : la voiture A30 et le SUV (véhicule utilitaire de sport) AX7. M. Su Weibin, vice-directeur général de DFM, division opérationnelle à l’étranger, a présenté des informations générales sur l’entreprise, ainsi que la stratégie de développement à l’étranger de DFM. M. Medour Nouredine, directeur général du groupe Burgan, partenaire local de DFM, a parlé des brillantes perspectives de marché pour DFM en Algérie. Une centaine d’invités, dont M. Malek Serrai, l’un des consultants experts du Président Bouteflika, des représentants de l’Ambassade de Chine, du ministère algérien des Transports, du ministère algérien de l’Industrie, ainsi que des représentants des associations industrielles, des concessionnaires automobiles et des médias ont également assisté à la grande cérémonie.

Depuis son arrivée en Algérie en 2006, DFM a étendu ses activités et prêté attention au développement de la marque dans le pays, en se forgeant une bonne réputation et en obtenant de brillants résultats. Parmi les modèles présentés, on trouve tous les modèles de véhicules de tourisme, dont les voitures familiales confortables – A30, S50, H30 Cross, S30 et Venucia ; les SUV urbains – Joyear X3 ; le mini MPV (véhicule à usage multiple) – Fengguang 360 ; RICH, le pick-up phare de la société développé pour le marché algérien, ainsi que des minibus et des camions tels que les modèles largement acclamés C36 et V21. Ces modèles témoignent de la large gamme de produits Dongfeng offrant une conduite confortable et des performances fiables. DFM peut offrir aux clients locaux des prestations sûres, de qualité et rentables.

Pendant l’exposition, les différents produits présentés par DFM, son stand concis et élégant, et les évènements spectaculaires et vibrants attirent de nombreux visiteurs. Les représentants de l’entreprise DFM ont chaleureusement reçu les visiteurs et leur ont expliqué les caractéristiques des modèles exposés en détail, faisant ainsi du stand DFM l’un des plus populaires de la SAFEX.

DFM accélère de façon proactive son déploiement à l’étranger et promeut le développement de la marque afin de réaliser une transformation stratégique et un développement tous azimuts de ses activités à l’étranger. En Algérie, DFM va accélérer le développement du marché en lançant des produits commercialisables et en mettant en

Deutsche Post DHL Group Sends Disaster Response Team to Vanuatu

– Volunteer teams to provide airport logistics support in Port Vila to manage incoming aid for the cyclone-hit country

SINGAPORE, March 19, 2015 / PRNewswire — Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world´s leading logistics provider, has deployed the first Disaster Response Team (DRT) to support relief efforts in Vanuatu devastated by Cyclone Pam on March 14. The cyclone has left tens of thousands of people homeless, without food, water and medicine. DHL’s DRT is currently based at Bauerfield International Airport in Port Vila, Vanuatu’s capital, to provide airport logistics support to manage incoming international aid and expedite the distribution to those in need. A second DRT team will be deployed on March 27.

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Christof Ehrhart, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility, Deutsche Post DHL Group, said: “With Vanuatu comprising many islands spread over a vast area, the scale of the devastation wreaked by the cyclone has yet to be fully assessed. However, there is a critical need to provide basic necessities to the thousands who have lost their homes and crops. Speed is of essence in complex emergencies such as this and the DHL Disaster Response Teams comprise highly trained volunteers who can make a real difference here in helping the people of Vanuatu cope with this disaster.”

Deutsche Post DHL Group, in cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), established a global network of Disaster Response Teams to support airports in case of a natural disaster. The DRT network consists of over 400 trained DHL volunteers, who can be deployed within 72 hours. Since 2005, the DRTs have been deployed close to 30 times worldwide.

In Port Vila, a DRT of seven experts will provide logistical support free of charge for the movement of relief supplies, including unloading cargo planes, conducting professional warehousing and inventory management, and the loading of the relief goods for onward transportation to Vanuatu’s many islands.

Chris Weeks, DHL Director of Humanitarian Affairs said: “Our DRT members are well-trained to provide hands-on effective logistics support. In the aftermath of a disaster, airports can become bottlenecks that delay the delivery of emergency relief supplies for victims. In these situations, logistics expertise can make a huge difference in saving lives by ensuring a swift and organized handling and delivery of all aid, from food and water to temporary shelters.”

GoHelp is the disaster management program of Deutsche Post DHL and comprises disaster preparedness with the program “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” (GARD) and natural disaster response via the Disaster Response Teams (DRTs). Deutsche Post DHL provides the United Nations with access to its core competence in logistics, its global network and the know-how of its employees free of charge. To date, GARD was implemented to more than 25 local airports in countries like Armenia, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Turkey and Sri Lanka.

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XCMG Launches New Manufacturing Base and Heavy Truck Model ‘HANVAN’

XUZHOU, China, March 19, 2015 / PRNewswire — XCMG put their new heavy truck manufacturing base into production on March 18, the same day the company also launched new heavy truck model, the HANVAN, providing more value to the industry.

XCMG, whose products operate in 173 countries and regions, entered the heavy truck industry in September 2008, having developed rapidly in recent years, earning RMB two billion (USD 324 million) in 2014 and becoming the market leader in China regarding wide-body dump trucks. According to Loh Lap Yan, Managing Director at Malaysia-based Finbond Heavy Machinery, which has been working with XCMG for more than 20 years, XCMG mining dump trucks hold over 50% of the market share in Southeast Asia.

Located in the Xuzhou High-tech Industrial Development Zone in Jiangsu Province, China, XCMG’s new base occupies 228 acres with annual capacity of 60,000 heavy trucks and 40,000 construction machinery cabs. With an investment of RMB 2.5 billion (USD 406 million), the base marks the highest level of manufacturing technique for commercial vehicles in China. The management system is able to guarantee first-class modern facilities to provide high-quality, mature and reliable heavy truck models that can save energy and reduce emissions while at the same time achieving energy efficiency and environmental protection. Innovative coating workshops enable XCMG to achieve non-phosphorus emissions.

XCMG leads the way globally in model design, ergonomics employment and refinement standards, and heavy trucks manufactured this way feature high digitalization, intelligence, intensity and flexibility. The newly launched HANVAN is a new high-end model that is safer, more comfortable and economic.

HANVAN’s most competitive advantage is its degree of comfort. Multiple control technologies and noise-proofing devices are used, making indoor noise four to five decibels lower than the average industry level. Active warning and lighting systems are adopted for safety and in terms of cost-saving measures, it introduces a specially designed optimal dynamic system to reduce the wind-resistance coefficient. Its deadweight is lowered by using lightweight parts.

XCMG will now not only focus on construction and special vehicle production, but also transform from a single manufacturer to an operating service company offering key clients and projects value added solutions.

For more information, please visit: www.xcmgauto.com, or XCMG home pages on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or Carolina Li: xcmg_media@163.com.

Dongfeng Motor Attends Salon International de l’Automobile d’Alger Again

ALGIERS, Algeria, March 19, 2015 / PRNewswire — DongFeng Motor (DFM), one of China’s largest auto groups, is attending the annual Salon International de l’automobile d’Alger 2015 at SAFEX, Algiers, following up on its first appearance in 2014. This time DFM is taking up nearly 1,000 sqm in hall U, bringing a strong lineup of passenger vehicle models such as Dongfeng, Joyear, Fengdu, Fengxing and Xiaokang.

At today’s opening ceremony, DFM launched two new strategic models: the A30 car and AX7 SUV. Mr. Su Weibin, DFM Vice General Manager, Overseas Business Unit, presented general information about the company, as well as DFM’s overseas development strategy. Mr. Medour Nouredine, general manager of Burgan Group, DFM’s local partner, spoke on DFM’s bright market prospects in Algeria. Nearly 100 guests, including Mr. Malek Serrai, one of the expert consultants of President Bouteflika, and officials from the Chinese embassy and Algeria’s Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Industry, representatives from industrial associations, auto dealers and media also attended the grand ceremony.

Since its entry into Algeria in 2006, DFM has deepened operations and paid attention to brand development in the country, acquiring a good reputation and achieving brilliant results. The models on display include all passenger vehicle models, such as comfortable family cars – A30, S50, H30 Cross, S30 and Venucia; city SUVs – Joyear X3; mini MPV – Fengguang 360, RICH flagship pickup developed for the Algeria market, as well as mini buses and trucks like the widely-praised C36 and V21. These models show the wide range, driving comfort and reliable performance of Dongfeng products. DFM can offer local customers safe, quality and cost-effective services.

During the exhibition, DFM’s various exhibits, its concise and elegant booth, and impressive and lively events are attracting numerous customers. DFM’s business representatives have been warmly receiving visitors, explaining the exhibits’ features in detail, making the DFM booth one of  the most popular at SAFEX.

DFM is actively speeding up its overseas deployment and advancing brand marketing to accomplish a strategic transformation and all-round development of its overseas operations. In Algeria, DFM will accelerate market development by launching marketable products and implementing customer-oriented methods in the future so as to further enhance the influence of the Dongfeng brand and achieve newer and greater leaps.

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