Daily Archives: April 10, 2015

News in Brief 10 April 2015 (AM)

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Nicholas Haysom. UN Photo/Loey Felipe (file)

Killings of civilians in Afghanistan condemned by UN

The killing of at least 18 civilians in separate incidents over the past 24 hours in Afghanistan has been condemned by the UN mission in the country (UNAMA).

UNAMA says there was an armed attack on the Prosecutor’s Office in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif on Thursday, and on Friday, a suicide bomb incident in Jalalabad city and a road-side bomb explosion in Ghazni province.

The head of the mission, Nicholas Haysom said the killings of civilians and the indiscriminate use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) must cease immediately.

Probe of allegations of a mass grave in DR Congo launched by UN

An independent investigation into allegations of the existence of a mass grave in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is being carried out by the UN human rights office in the country.

Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani says the grave in Maluku commune near the capital Kinshasa may be holding up to 421 bodies.

“Our Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC has been working closely with the authorities over the past few weeks, including by supporting the judicial investigation into these serious allegations. We are also conducting our own investigation.” (13)

Funding urgently need to help cyclone-hit Vanuatu

Funds are urgently needed to continue providing basic relief supplies in Vanuatu, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA).

OCHA says that almost one month after Cyclone Pam hit the island nation in the South Pacific, thousands remain in need of food, safe drinking water and shelter.

A funding appeal for almost US$30 million was recently launched to cover the needs of 166,000 cyclone-affected people for three months.

To date $10.7 million or 36 per cent of the appeal has been pledged.

Catherine Hasselberg, United Nations

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Yemen war must stop to allow aid in, says UN

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Refugees on Yemen’s Red Sea coast. Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri (file)

The fighting in Yemen must stop to allow humanitarian supplies in “by air or by boat”, a top UN aid chief said Friday.

Johannes van der Klaauw, who heads the UN refugee agency’s (UNHCR) humanitarian effort there, warned that services were at risk of collapse amid “complete lawlessness.”

He said it was critical to deliver supplies before stressing the need for a political solution to the conflict since it could not be solved by humanitarian means.

Daniel Johnson has more.

In his appeal to “all parties” now battling for control of Yemen to allow aid into the country, Johannes van der Klaauw described a country on a knife edge.

Fifteen of Yemen’s 22 governorates were now affected by the conflict and Aden, the second city, has been overrun with what he called “uncontrollable militias”.

Children, meanwhile, have been armed by several militias in the city who were operating a “kind of vendetta war”, the UN aid coordinator said.

He told journalists in Geneva that it was “only a matter of days” before millions of people in Aden lost access to drinking water; hence his call for a “humanitarian pause”.

“I’ve been calling for three things; one is that parties to the conflict must protect the rights and the lives of the people and must protect civilian infrastructure, second, I’ve asked parties to allow aid workers and humanitarian organisations to be present in the country to be able to transport aid…and third…for the parties to resume around the negotiating table.”

Because of the fighting “thousands of Yemenis” have fled the country to Djibouti, the UN spokesperson said.

It’s normally the other way round, according to the UN refugee agency, which is expecting to see 130,000 Yemeni refugees returning to the Horn of Africa in the next six months.

Latest UN figures point to 648 people killed in the conflict to date, with nearly 2,200 injured.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations


Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence into Mauritius

MADISON, New Jersey and PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, April 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Espral International Ltd, a land and property development company in Mauritius, has joined its luxury real estate network and will now do business as Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty.

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The firm, which is represented by Gilbert Espitalier-Noel as chief executive officer, will be managed by Diane Watkins and Timo Geldenhuys and serve the high-end real estate market throughout Mauritius.

“Our expansion into Mauritius continues our commitment to providing access to the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s exclusive real estate services in key countries around the world,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Mauritius is a beautiful island nation in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of the African continent. Known for its blue seas, white sandy beaches and luxury hotels, the island is also home to significant luxury real estate offering a truly unique lifestyle.  We are proud to have this team of professionals represent us in this fine market.”

According to Geldenhuys, Mauritius is a relatively small market with a very distinct separation between local and international buyers. “International buyers are only allowed to purchase in dedicated government approved developments and hence the local market prices are not inflated by international investment,” he said.  “Cultural diversity within the local market demands the abilities of a skilled agent.”

“We boast a young and dynamic team, driven by passion and excellence, with a culture that favors communication and discussion,” said Watkins.  “We have an in-depth knowledge of the local market and our products. We believe the client always comes first and we go the extra mile to assist in finding the best fit for their needs. Now with the support of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand we can bring our extraordinary properties to the far-reaching corners of the world.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 16,500 sales associates located in approximately 760 offices in 60 countries and territories worldwide.  Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and their clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

About Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC
Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services.  In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house.  The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit www.sothebysrealty.com.


David Russell
Director, International Marketing and Public Relations
Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC
Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square
United Kingdom
(+44) 208 123 1985

Diane Waktins
Managing Director
Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty
227B Mall of Mauritius l  Bagatelle 80832  l Mauritius
O:  (+230) 404 9660
C:  (+230) 5 421 6505

Hisense s’associe avec l’écurie de Formule 1 Infiniti Red Bull Racing

SHANGHAI, 10 avril 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, le premier fabricant de produits électroniques de Chine, a annoncé aujourd’hui un partenariat de plusieurs années avec Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

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L’annonce a été faite sur le circuit international de Shanghai avant le Grand Prix automobile de Chine et complète les programmes de parrainage de Hisense aux États-Unis avec NASCAR, avec le tournoi de tennis Open d’Australie et l’équipe de football Schalke 04 en Allemagne.

« Infiniti Red Bull Racing est l’une des écuries les plus couronnées de succès et les plus renommées dans un sport réputé pour sa technologie, son travail d’équipe et sa compétitivité », a dit le Dr Lin, vice-président exécutif de Hisense Company Ltd. « Tout comme Infiniti Red Bull Racing, nous sommes une marque challenger et fiers de l’être, et nous innovons constamment dans nos produits de consommation les meilleurs de leurs catégories pour garder une longueur d’avance sur les autres. Nous avons hâte de les partager avec l’écurie pour les aider tout au long de la saison. »

Le responsable de l’écurie, Christian Horner, a déclaré : « Toute personne associée à Infiniti Red Bull Racing est enchantée d’accueillir Hisense dans notre équipe. Leur approche de l’innovation et du développement technologique est impressionnante et nous sommes impatients de voir notre partenariat se développer au fil de la saison. »

Le partenariat signifie que Hisense va fournir sa gamme de pointe des produits électroniques de consommation à l’écurie à la fois sur la piste et dans l’usine.

Hisense est le premier fabricant de télévisions en Chine, une place que la société a conservée pendant 11 ans consécutifs. À travers ce partenariat, Hisense cherche à devenir la troisième marque de télévisions la plus populaire au monde, occupant ainsi une meilleure place que l’année dernière. En 2017, Hisense vise à réaliser un chiffre d’affaires total de 7,5 milliards de dollars US sur le marché étranger.

Hisense Partners with Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One Team

SHANGHAI, April 10, 2015 /PRNewswire — Hisense, China’s leading electronics manufacturer, announced today a multi-year partnership with Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

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Hisense Partners with Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One Team.

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The announcement was made at the Shanghai International Circuit ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix and complements Hisense’s sponsorship programs in the USA with NASCAR, The Australian Open tennis tournament and Schalke 04 football team in Germany.

“Infiniti Red Bull Racing is one of the most successful and most talked about teams in a sport renowned for technology, teamwork and competitiveness,” said Dr. Lin, Executive Vice President of Hisense Company Ltd. “Like Infiniti Red Bull Racing, we are a proud challenger brand and we continually innovate our best-in-class consumer products to stay ahead of the others. We look forward to sharing these with the team to help them throughout the season.”

Team Principal, Christian Horner, said: “Everyone associated with Infiniti Red Bull Racing is delighted to welcome Hisense to our team. Their approach to innovation and technological development is impressive and we look forward to our partnership developing as the season unfolds.”

The partnership means Hisense’s cutting edge range of consumer electronics products will be supplied to the team both at track and in the factory.

Hisense has been the No. 1 television manufacturer in China, a position it has maintained for 11 consecutive years. Through this partnership Hisense is looking to become the third most popular global TV brand, one place higher than last year. In 2017, Hisense aims to reach a total revenue of 7.5 billion USD in the overseas market.