Daily Archives: April 28, 2015

Plant Health: Member States endorse reinforced measures at EU level to prevent the spread of Xylella Fastidiosa

EU Member States experts in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF) today endorsed reinforced measures, proposed by the Commission, to prevent further introduction and spread within the EU of Xylella Fastidiosa. The bacterium is a quarantine organism harmful to olive trees and potentially dangerous for a broad range of other plants important for the EU agriculture, such as grapevine and citrus.

The new EU measures require Member States to notify new outbreaks in the EU, to carry out official surveys, and to promptly demarcate infested areas. Strict eradication measures in such areas are put in place, which include removal and destruction of infested plants, and all host plants within a radius of 100m, irrespective of their health status. The measures also provide the possibility for Italy to apply containment measures in the whole province of Lecce, where eradication is no longer possible. In this case, it is mantained the requirement to remove systematically all infected plants and to test the surrounding plants (within 100m) in a 20km zone adjacent to the provinces of Brindisi and Taranto.

Imports and movement within the EU of specified plants known to be susceptible to Xylella Fastidiosa worldwide will be subject to strict conditions. A specific ban is put in place on the import of coffee plants originating in Honduras and Costa Rica, considering the high risk of being infected by the bacterium.

The occurrence of Xylella Fastidiosa in the EU was notified for the first time by the Italian authorities on 21 October 2013. The area affected by this organism is the entire province of Lecce in the south of Italy, with a new outbreak recently confirmed in the neighbouring province of Brindisi. EU emergency measures were first taken in February 2014 and further detailed in July 2014.

The lack of effective treatments to cure the plants once they get infected, the broad range of plants species known to be susceptible, as well as the high probability of spread and establishment further in the EU, make this bacterium a very serious threat to the EU agricultural sector.

On the basis of the scientific opinion of the European Food Safety Authority, published in January 2015, and the findings of the audits carried out by the Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office in 2014, the Commission has presented a set of reinforced measures aiming to preserve the healthy plants located in the affected area, as well as to prevent further spread of the bacterium in the rest of the Union. Strict measures are also taken on import from third countries.

For more information on plant health and biosecurity:

http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/plant_health_biosafety/index_en.htm

Dr. Hisham Mahmoud moves to Golder Associates as New President and CEO

ATLANTA, April 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Golder Associates, the global consulting and engineering firm, announces today that it has appointed Dr. Hisham Mahmoud as its President and CEO. Dr. Mahmoud has been appointed to this role after an extensive global search over recent months. He will be based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Mahmoud’s career spans some 27 years, the majority of which has been in diversified global engineering and construction companies. He joins from SNC-Lavalin where he was hired in 2013 as part of the new executive team. There he served in the newly-created role of President of the Infrastructure Group, which included the company’s Infrastructure Concession Investments (ICI), Engineering, Construction, and Operations & Maintenance Businesses. Upon announcing his departure, SNC-Lavalin commended Dr. Mahmoud publicly for his lasting, positive contribution to the company. He was credited with tackling very challenging parts of the business, creating an efficient structure and world-class team, and preparing the groundwork to help the company move forward and reach its goals. This included to the company’s pursuit of some of the largest infrastructure projects in its markets, highlighted by its recent successes.

Dr. Mahmoud joined SNC-Lavalin from AMEC, where he last served as Group President, Growth Regions, responsible for the company’s Mining, Oil & Gas, Power, and Environment & Infrastructure business in the Middle East, Africa, CIS, Asia, and Australia. He also served as the President of AMEC’s global Environment & Infrastructure business. Prior to AMEC, Dr. Mahmoud worked for URS and their legacy companies Woodward-Clyde and Dames & Moore, where he played key roles of increasing responsibility in their Infrastructure and Environment business.

In welcoming Dr. Mahmoud to Golder Associates, Ian Smith, Lead Board Director, commented “Hiring our first external CEO represents a pivotal moment in the history of our great company. Hisham has all the attributes we sought to take the business forward. The common feature of his working life has been his ability to drive strategies that add value and generate business growth.”

Golder Associates has a footprint spanning major regions of the globe, working on complex projects across many sectors. Its clients represent a broad range of public and private sector organizations that include many internationally recognized companies.

For further information please contact the Golder Associates communications team at WITH PR on +44 207 249 7769 or golder@withpr.co.uk

Notes to editors

About Hisham Mahmoud
– Dr. Mahmoud holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from Qatar University, and a Masters and PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, both from Arizona State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in several US states.

About Golder Associates www.golder.com
– As a global, employee-owned organisation with over 50 years of experience, Golder Associates is driven by our purpose to engineer earth’s development while preserving earth’s integrity. From over 180 offices worldwide, our more than 7,000 employees deliver solutions that help our clients achieve their sustainable development goals by providing
a wide range of independent consulting, design and construction services in our specialist areas of earth, environment and energy.

Nexmo s’associe à Mobilis pour introduire des services d’identification mobile et de communications cloud en Algérie

SAN FRANCISCO, 28 avril 2015 / PRNewswire/ – Nexmo, le principal fournisseur d’API de communication cloud, a annoncé aujourd’hui un partenariat stratégique avec Mobilis, un prestataire de premier plan de solutions de télécommunications d’Algérie. Mobilis, une division d’Algeria Telecom, a joué un rôle clé dans l’introduction de services de connectivité 3G et d’autres services de pointe tels que des communications cloud dans le pays. Les entreprises algériennes auront désormais accès à une vérification d’utilisateur mobile et à des communications cloud de calibre mondial dont la capacité à augmenter significativement et immédiatement les taux d’acquisition et de conversion des clients a été démontrée.

À l’heure où le nombre de comptes piratés augmente, les numéros de téléphone s’avèrent plus efficaces pour vérifier l’identité de l’utilisateur que les tactiques traditionnelles qui dépendent du courrier électronique ou des médias sociaux. Bien que les mots de passe et les profils de médias sociaux deviennent plus faciles à pirater, répliquer ou créer frauduleusement, les numéros de téléphone sont disponibles à l’échelle mondiale, difficiles et coûteux à contrefaire, et leur mise en œuvre est peu coûteuse. Grâce à Verify de Nexmo, il est facile pour les entreprises d’automatiser la vérification des numéros de téléphone et Number Insights leur permet de détecter les numéros invalides ou virtuels et de réduire les coûts de vérification. Et, par le biais des partenariats « direct-to-carrier » de Nexmo, les entreprises sont rassurées que leurs messages de vérification sont livrés à temps et avec les taux de livraison les plus élevés.

« Nous sommes très heureux de nous associer à Nexmo pour intégrer des outils de communications avancés à notre réseau en pleine expansion », a déclaré Sid Ahmed Zaidi, directeur adjoint en développement commercial et itinérance internationale chez Mobilis. « À l’heure où le trafic « application-to-person » continue de croître à un rythme soutenu en Algérie, nous savions que nous devions nous associer à Nexmo pour fournir le niveau de service optimal auquel nos clients s’attendent désormais. »

Ce nouveau partenariat permettra aussi aux entreprises et aux développeurs algériens d’envoyer des messages vocaux et de synthèse de la parole et des SMS sortants avec une qualité de service optimale. La société Nexmo est la seule à allier une technologie de pointe à des partenariats inégalés pour assurer une performance de premier ordre. La technologie de routage adaptatif de Nexmo trouve automatiquement la voie la plus rapide pour le flux des messages, atteignant les clients Mobilis à temps et avec une latence incroyablement faible.

En s’associant directement avec des opérateurs tels que Mobilis dans le monde entier, Nexmo optimise la qualité du service en réduisant le nombre d’obstacles que les messages doivent typiquement franchir. À chaque fois qu’un message est échangé entre des opérateurs ou des agrégateurs de réseau, le risque qu’un message soit perdu ou qu’il fournisse un résultat faux positif de livraison concluante est significativement accru.

« Ce jour marque un jalon important pour Nexmo et pour nos clients. En nous associant à l’un des plus importants réseaux d’Algérie, nous pouvons rendre l’espace des communications mobiles cloud encore plus fiable et plus décisif », a confié pour sa part David Vigar, directeur des relations avec les opérateurs chez Nexmo. « Par le biais de notre partenariat avec Mobilis, nous allons continuer ensemble à innover la façon dont les gens reçoivent des informations sur leurs appareils mobiles tout en permettant aux entreprises d’exploiter l’une des populations mobiles les plus dynamiques d’Afrique. »

Depuis plus de quatre ans, Nexmo combine sa portée mondiale avec des connecteurs nationaux. Avec un accès à plus de 8 milliards de téléphone et un service dans 239 pays et régions, plus de 80 000 clients confient leurs communications essentielles à Nexmo.

À propos de Nexmo
Nexmo fournit des API de communication novatrices qui comblent le fossé entre les services vocaux et textuels traditionnels et les communications cloud. Nexmo permet aux applications et aux entreprises de faire des appels téléphoniques ou d’envoyer et de recevoir des messages textuels en toute facilité afin d’améliorer l’expérience des clients, où qu’ils se trouvent. Des sociétés de communications à grand volume telles qu’Alibaba, Airbnb, Line et Viner envoient chaque mois des millions de messages en utilisant les API de Nexmo. Nexmo a été nommée dans la liste « 2014 CNBC Disruptor 50 », parmi les « 2014 Hottest Companies of San Francisco » par Lead411, et a été reconnue comme « 2014 Cool Vendor in Communication Services ». www.nexmo.com par la firme d’analystes Gartner.

À propos de Mobilis
Mobilis, une filiale d’Algeria Telecom, a été le premier opérateur mobile d’Algérie à devenir indépendant en août 2003. Depuis sa création, Mobilis se fixe trois objectifs clés : la satisfaction du client, la fidélité du client, et la technologie. Cette philosophie a permis à la société d’obtenir près de 10 millions d’abonnés en temps record.

CONTACT : Adrian Richardson, +1 (510) 279-3778, adrian.richardson@nexmo.com

Nexmo Partners with Mobilis to Introduce Mobile Identification & Cloud Communication Services to Algeria

SAN FRANCISCO, April 28, 2015 / PRNewswire — Nexmo, the leading cloud communication API company, today announced a strategic partnership with Mobilis, a leading provider of telecom solutions to Algeria. Mobilis, a division of Algeria Telecom, has been the leader in bringing 3G connectivity and other cutting edge services like cloud communications to the country. Now Algerian businesses will have access to world-class mobile user verification and cloud communications that are proven to significantly and immediately increase customer acquisition and conversion rates.

As the number of hacked accounts increases, phone numbers are proving to be more effective in verifying user identity than traditional tactics that rely on email or social media. While passwords and social media profiles are getting easier to hack, replicate or fraudulently create, phone numbers are globally available, difficult and expensive to fake and inexpensive to implement. With Nexmo’s Verify, businesses can easily automate phone verification and with Number Insights, they can detect invalid or virtual numbers and save on verification costs. And by Nexmo’s direct-to-carrier partnerships, businesses can be assured their verification messages are being delivered on time and with the highest delivery rates.

“We are extremely happy to partner with Nexmo to bring advanced communication tools to our growing network,” said Sid Ahmed Zaidi, Business Development and International Roaming Deputy Director for Mobilis. “As application-to-person traffic continues to grow at substantial rates in Algeria, we knew we had to partner with Nexmo to provide the highest level of service our customers have come to expect.”

With the new partnership Algerian businesses and developers will also now be able to send outbound SMS, voice and text to speech messages with an industry-leading quality of service. Only Nexmo combines industry-leading technology with unparalleled partnerships to deliver best-in-class performance. Nexmo’s Adaptive Routing technology automatically finds the quickest path for messages to travel, ensuring Mobilis customers on time and with incredibly low latency.

By partnering directly with carriers like Mobilis around the world, Nexmo further increases quality of service by cutting down the number of “hops” messages typically go through. Every time a message is exchanged between carriers or network aggregators, it greatly increases the chance a message will be dropped or delivers a false positive of being correctly delivered.

“Today marks an important milestone for Nexmo and our customers. By partnering with one of the largest networks in Algeria, we can bring even more reliability and decisiveness to the cloud-based mobile communications space,” said David Vigar, Nexmo’s Director of Carrier Relations. “Through our partnership with Mobilis, together we will continue to pioneer how people receive information on their mobile devices while empowering businesses to tap into one of the fastest growing mobile populations in Africa.”

For over four years Nexmo has combined global reach with local country connectors. With access to over 8 billion phones and service in 239 countries and regions, over 80,000 customers trust Nexmo for their mission-critical communications.

About Nexmo
Nexmo provides innovative communication APIs that bridge traditional voice and text services with cloud communications. Nexmo enables applications and enterprises to make phone calls or send and receive text messages with ease to improve user experiences, no matter where in the world customers are located. High-volume communication companies such as Alibaba, Airbnb, Line and Viber send millions of messages per month using Nexmo APIs. Nexmo was named to the 2014 CNBC Disruptor 50 list, the 2014 Hottest Companies in San Francisco by Lead411, and was recognized by analyst firm Gartner as a 2014 Cool Vendor in Communication Services. www.nexmo.com.

About Mobilis
A subsidiary of Algeria Telecom, Mobilis is the first mobile operator in Algeria to become independent in August 2003. Since its inception, Mobilis has three key objectives: customer satisfaction, customer loyalty, and technology. By pursuing this the company has gained nearly 10 million subscribers in a record time.

CONTACT: Adrian Richardson, (510) 279-3778, adrian.richardson@nexmo.com

Deutsche Post DHL Group Sends Disaster Response Team to Nepal Within 48 Hours after Earthquake

– Volunteer teams to provide logistics support at Tribhuvan Kathmandu International Airport to assist with relief efforts following the devastating earthquake

SINGAPORE, April 28, 2015 / PRNewswire — Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group, the world´s leading logistics provider, has deployed their Disaster Response Team (DRT) in Kathmandu, Nepal, following the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has claimed thousands of lives to date in addition to those being severely injured. The international aid community is now gearing up to fly in urgently needed goods like technical equipment, water and food. DPDHL Group’s DRT will provide logistics support to help manage the incoming international aid and handle the goods at Tribhuvan Kathmandu International Airport for further distribution by local and international organizations to those in need.
12345 Deutsche Post DHL Group Sends Disaster Response Team to Nepal Within 48 Hours after Earthquake
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Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, said: “The massive scale of destruction from the Nepal earthquake has hugely crippled infrastructure and damaged roads and local airports, posing a great logistical challenge towards relief efforts. It’s a race against time to rescue those still captured in the debris as well as those in urgent need for critical assistance and amenities like medical help, food and water. The sudden influx of relief goods at Kathmandu airport challenges the local capacities to distribute these goods in a timely manner to reach beneficiaries. This is the specific logistics support that our DHL Disaster Response Team will provide at the airport. Our team comprises highly trained volunteers who provide logistical expertise to help coordinate the relief aid at the airport for further distribution to the victims in the speediest manner possible.”

A team of DRT volunteers consisting out of DHL employees from countries such as Bahrain, Belgium, Dubai, India, Malaysia and Singapore arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal on 27 April and are supported by Gagan Mukhia, Country Manager of DHL Express Nepal. The team will work with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) to mobilize and coordinate humanitarian relief efforts in Nepal.

Chris Weeks, DHL Director for Humanitarian Affairs, said: “In the aftermath of a disaster airports can become bottlenecks that delay the distribution of emergency relief supplies. In these situations, logistics expertise can make a huge difference in coordinating the incoming supplies, and so save lives by ensuring a swift and organized handling of all aid. However, there is a high level of competency and preparedness in Nepal to deal with the aftermath as we had jointly conducted a ‘Get Airports Ready for Disaster’ (GARD) program with local Nepalese authorities and the United Nations Development Program in 2010.”

The GARD program was conducted in 2010 at five airports — TIA (Kathmandu), Nepalganj, Biratnagar, Simara and Pokhara.

GoHelp is the disaster management program of Deutsche Post DHL and comprises the programs “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” (GARD) and natural disaster response via the Disaster Response Teams (DRTs). In a partnership with the United Nations since 2005, Deutsche Post DHL Group provides the UN 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 jointly with the United Nations Development Program 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. In cooperation with UNOCHA, DPDHL Group also 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 over 30 times worldwide, with the most recent deployment to Vanuatu following the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam in March 2015.
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DHL — The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With more than 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, they connect people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including e-Commerce, technology, life science and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 56 billion euros in 2014.