Daily Archives: April 3, 2015

(RED) invites the culinary world to join top chefs and restaurateurs across the globe to support EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES this June (PR Newswire)

Food and drink businesses worldwide can sign up now to help fight AIDS this summer.

NEW YORK, April 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — From Michelin-starred restaurants to food trucks, bars and everything in between, EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES is a month-long campaign that unites the culinary world around one shared goal – the fight to deliver an AIDS Free Generation.

Starting today, businesses worldwide can sign up to join the global campaign, which raises money and awareness by simply adding a (RED)-inspired item to food and drink menus. 

“Anyone who has ever worked in a kitchen knows that the sum of our efforts always far exceeds what any one of us can do individually,” explains top chef and campaign spokesman Chef Mario Batali.  “This is what EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES is about… restaurants, bars and food trucks everywhere working together this June to save lives.”

Joining Mario Batali in support of the campaign are a number of today’s most world-renowned culinary figures, including Paul Qui, April Bloomfield, Dominique Ansel, Sanjeev Kapoor, Anthony Bourdain, Jose Andres, Art Smith, Michael Mina, Enrique Olvera, Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo – and many more.

To find out how to transform food and drink into a force to fight AIDS, register now at www.eatreddrinkred.org. Here, new and returning participants can find information on how to turn (RED) this June, and access promotional materials to participate in the campaign.

(RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. To date, (RED) has generated more than $300 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. Global Fund (RED) grants have impacted more than 60 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.


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Cocoa & Chocolate Industry and Ivorian Government Announce Agreement on Improved Cocoa Planting Material

ABIDJAN, Cote d’Ivoire, April 2, 2015 / PRNewswire — The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and Cote d’Ivoire’s Conseil du Café-Cacao have announced an agreement to improve cocoa planting material. The agreement is closely aligned with the Ivorian government’s 2QC national cocoa strategy and comes less than a year after WCF announced CocoaAction, the chocolate and cocoa industry’s strategy for sustainability in the cocoa sector.

As part of its efforts to improve planting material, WCF also announced its focus on new methods of propagation and addressing cocoa swollen shoot virus. These components are championed by WCF member companies Mars, Incorporated and Nestlé.

“WCF is pleased to be working with le Conseil du Café-Cacao to provide improved planting material to cocoa farmers in Cote d’Ivoire,” said WCF President, Bill Guyton. “CocoaAction supports the rehabilitation of cocoa farms to improve farmer livelihoods, and this partnership is a key step toward making that possible.”

“This agreement on access to planting material and the fight against cocoa swollen shoot virus is an important step toward carrying out concrete actions at the farm level,” said Massandjé Touré-Litse, Director-General, le Conseil du Café-Cacao.

To support the execution of the planting material strategy, WCF recently employed an Abidjan-based Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus expert, Dr. Mfegue Crescence Virginie. Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus is a disease that causes insufficient production of chlorophyll in cocoa trees, eventually resulting in death. Working in close coordination with le Conseil du Café-Cacao, Interprofessional Fund for Agricultural Research and Advisory Services (FIRCA) and the National Center for Agronomic Research (CNRA), Dr. Mfegue will support the identification and propagation of virus-resistant trees and developing in-field tests that allow for early detection of the disease.

Selected to participate in the Norman E. Borlaug Cocoa Fellowship program in cooperation with United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service and WCF, Kacou M’Bo of Cote d’Ivoire’s National Center for Agronomic Research is expected to provide research support on drought resistant varieties of cocoa trees. The fellowship provides fellows with skills and knowledge to help their countries become more competitive producers and exporters of cocoa and cocoa products.

In support of CocoaAction’s productivity component, WCF also announced the completion of a good agriculture practices guide that includes information on fertilizer use and soil fertility practices in Cote d’Ivoire. The guide, developed in partnership with the national agency supporting rural development (ANADER), Conseil du Café-Cacao, the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and WCF’s African Cocoa Initiative, will be used by public and private sector partners for training activities with cocoa farmers. The African Cocoa Initiative is a program supported by WCF member companies and the United States Agency for International Development.

About WCF: The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is an international membership organization that promotes sustainability in the cocoa sector. WCF provides cocoa farmers with the support they need to grow more quality cocoa and socially and economically strengthen their communities. WCF’s members include cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers, and other companies worldwide, representing more than 80 percent of the global cocoa market. WCF’s programs benefit farmers and their communities in cocoa-growing regions of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.worldcocoafoundation.org, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

RDF Command and Staff College Students Tour Israel, Vietnam

Senior officers attending the Senior Command and Staff Course at the Rwanda Defence Forces Command and Staff College in Nyakinama, Musanze District, are on an international study tour to Israel and Vietnam.

Their tour kicked off on March 28 and will end on April 5. The tour was part of a study themed: “The Resilience of a Nation in the face of National Security Challenges.”

The delegation comprises 76 students and staff from Rwanda, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan.

The students and faculty members arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel on March 29, received a briefing from senior officials at the Ministry of foreign affairs in Jerusalem on a variety of areas, including Israel-Africa relations” which were described as excellent, and a “Strategic Overview of Middle East”, which detailed geo-political situation and the recurrent threats to the State of Israel.

This was followed by another brief on “Terrorism in the Middle East” and “Israel Water Economy,” in which they heard about Israel’s innovative water harnessing and management system of de-salting sea water, and purifying recycled sewage water for domestic, agricultural and industrial use.

The delegation also visited Mount Harif, in the Negev desert, in the far south, where they received a briefing on southern threats, especially terrorism, illegal immigrants and drug smugglers who either cross the border illegally smuggle drugs along the border with Egypt.

They also visited a unit deployed along the border with Egypt and spoke to unit commanders and young girls and boys between the age of 18 and early 20s “deployed far away from their families and believe in the need for the ultimate sacrifice to protect their motherland.”

The group later visited a Cadet Officers training school in Bahad.

On day three, the students toured the Afek Command and General Staff College facility and were briefed on the history of the 60-year-old college.

They discussed the ‘Structure of IDF and its colleges and were taken through the training process of an IDF officer from a cadet officer to a General, followed by a range of very stimulating lectures on various topics such as regional strategic briefing and counter-terrorism briefing.

The students also visited several defence plants to witness how the IDF produces its own fighting equipment.

The three companies Elbi, Rafael and Israel aerospace industry (IAI) all provide advanced innovative technologies that facilitate the performance of land, air and maritime forces.

The students had the opportunity to see the famous ‘iron dome system’ that protected populated Isreal cities from rocket fire from Gaza during the “2014 Operation Protective Edge.”

The companies not only make but also upgrade existing equipment by adding more sophisticated visual equipment, communication and laser guided munitions, among others.


While in Vietnam, the delegation visited a field crop research institute and received a briefing on the measures the government has taken to ensure food security.

They also toured the Military Museum which tells the story of two wars: Vietnam’s war against the French, and the war against America.

They were briefed about guerilla tactics used during the wars and the role of the population.

They also visited Vietnam Defence Academy.

The team visited the largest telecommunications company in the country owned by the Ministry of Defence.

They also visited the Institute for the Middle East and African Studies and received a briefing on their research on areas of cooperation with Africa.

The ongoing tour aims at providing students with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of the history, defence and security establishment, geo-political environment and socio-economic initiatives taken by the host countries to ensure peace and stability.

Fleet Management to Reduce Cost, Fraud, Others

General Manager/CEO Coscharis Mobility Limited, Christian Chigbundu, has said that Fleet management will help you to reduce company’s fleet cost, reduce maintenance, fuel and other related Fraud.

Chigbundu stated this at a conference organised by Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria (ELAN) in Lagos, where the many benefits of fleet management, described as the way to go, were highlighted.

He said that fleet management, which simply means the act of managing commercial motors, vehicles, aircraft, ships, van, trucks, rails and cars, will also help the company to concentrate in its core business, have a fixed budget in fleet cost, have off-balance sheet use of asset financing, reduce tax liability and eliminate driver management problems amongst others.

Managing Director/CEO FleetCube South Africa, Michael Crankshaw, said in his presentation at the event that Fleet operations and management will change dramatically over the next ten years.

A major trend in fleet management, according to him, will be the emergence of e-connected vehicles that will provide online information on vehicles and drivers. These vehicle diagnostics systems will not only control the driver but also the vehicle itself. Even to the point of communicating with the driver, the fleet manager and the workshop.

Consequently, accidents will be more easily assessed and driver safety programmes will become more effective.

He said that some 30 percent of all vehicles on the global roads are fleet vehicles. It’s 25 percent in the US, 35 percent in Europe, 10 percent in China, 70 percent in South Africa. “The economics of fleet operations is judged on the criteria of cost per kilometre. Modern and future e-technology will be used to drive this cost downwards. Future business methods and management process will change and in turn they will impact on future fleet operations,” he said.

He said in today’s terms, a fleet owner still has to operate and manage vehicles and drivers on a daily basis. However, it will be essential to introduce management methods using the new developments coming in respect of overall fleet operations. “The six core areas of fleet management must be controlled effectively. These are: Vehicle acquisition – selection, purchasing and financing; Daily fleet operations – tracking, fuel, maintenance, drivers, fines, on road costs, etc.; Remarketing of used vehicles – resale prices, replacement cycles, resale methods, depreciation management.

“Safety management programmes for drivers – drivers training, accident management, driver behaviour; Vehicle asset management – utilisation and fleet right sizing; Cost management – in terms of budgets and cost per kilometre, benchmarking, depreciation management, operating cost management”.