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Battle of Kapyong

The Korean War took place in the Far East from 1950 to 1953 and more than 26,000 Canadians served in the cause of peace and freedom in this struggle. Some of the heaviest fighting our soldiers experienced in the war took place during the Battle of Kapyong.

The battle began in late April 1951. The retreating Chinese and North Korean forces regrouped and counter-attacked in the western and west-central sectors of the front. The South Korean forces in one area were overwhelmed and hurriedly fell back, putting them in danger of being overrun and wiped out. The 27th British Commonwealth Infantry Brigade–along with its Canadian contingent– was called up from reserve to the Kapyong Valley to cover this desperate retreat.

It was a wild battle and some of our positions were overrun; at one point the Canadians even called in an artillery strike on their own location to hit the enemy soldiers amongst them. The Canadians took cover while the attackers bore the brunt of the fire. The risky move worked and the enemy was driven off. By May 1st, the larger communist offensive had come to a halt.

The Korean War soon moved into a new phase as truce negotiations began in July 1951 and the front lines began to stabilize. For the Commonwealth contingent, the remainder of the conflict became largely a “war of patrols,” with few large-scale battles taking place. On July 27, 1953, an armistice finally ended the active fighting.

Holding the line at Kapyong was an impressive achievement, but came at a cost. Ten Canadians were killed and 23 were wounded, a total that could be considered relatively light in view of the fierce fighting there and a testament to the skill and organization of the defenders. Our fallen soldiers at Kapyong were among the 516 Canadians who died in service during the Korean War.

The Battle of Kapyong was an important episode in the Korean War. The soldiers of the 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry persevered in the face of great adversity to help prevent a potentially costly defeat for the South Korean and UN forces. Their heroic efforts did not go unnoticed with the Americans awarding them the United States Presidential Unit Citation–a very rare honour for a Canadian unit.

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Bechtel obtient la note maximale dans une étude portant sur les programmes anti-corruption

– La société obtient un « Très bien » dans une évaluation de Transparency International UK

RESTON, Virginie, 29 avril 2015 / PRNewswire — Bechtel a obtenu la note maximale dans l’Index sur les pratiques de lutte contre la corruption dans l’industrie de la défense 2015 de Transparency International UK (TI-UK), qui mesure la transparence et la qualité des programmes d’éthique et de lutte contre la corruption de 163 entreprises du secteur de la défense de 47 pays. Bechtel est l’une de seulement quatre entreprises à avoir obtenu la note maximale de l’indice, qui classait les firmes de la fourchette A (la plus élevée) à F (la plus basse) en utilisant des informations publiées.

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« La mesure indépendante des programmes d’éthique et de lutte contre la corruption de Transparency International UK contribue de manière significative à la lutte contre la corruption », a déclaré Nancy Higgins, directrice de l’éthique et de la conformité chez Bechtel. « La confirmation par une tierce d’un solide programme encourage les entreprises à maintenir leurs efforts. »

En publiant le rapport, TI-UK a exhorté les gouvernements à exiger que les entrepreneurs aient des programmes d’éthique et de lutte contre la corruption en place avant de soumissionner pour des travaux de défense en vue d’augmenter l’imputabilité. TI-UK a décrit ces programmes d’éthique et de lutte contre la corruption comme étant « l’approche d’une entreprise vis à vis de la promotion de sa culture éthique et de la réduction du risque de corruption ». L’évaluation des programmes des entreprises utilisait un questionnaire de 41 indicateurs organisés en cinq piliers : leadership, gouvernance et organisation ; gestion du risque ; politique et codes d’entreprise ; formation ; personnel et lignes d’assistance. Les questions couvrent ce que TI-UK considère comme les capacités de base qu’une entreprise mondiale du secteur de la défense devrait avoir mises en place.

« L’indice fournit une carte routière aux entreprises désireuses d’élaborer un programme efficace de lutte contre la corruption », a ajouté M. Higgins. « Par-dessus tout, le programme de chaque entreprise peut être renforcé en apprenant les meilleures pratiques des autres entreprises. »

Bechtel s’engage à respecter les normes de conduite éthique des affaires les plus strictes au monde. Pour en savoir plus sur l’éthique et sur la conformité, visiter : http://www.bechtel.com/about-us/ethics-compliance.

À propos de Bechtel :
 Bechtel est l’une des entreprises d’ingénierie, de gestion de projets et de construction les plus respectées au monde. Nous nous démarquons par notre capacité à réaliser un travail bien fait, quel que soient son envergure, sa complexité ou son éloignement. Bechtel exerce ses activités par le biais de quatre unités commerciales mondiales spécialisées dans l’infrastructure, l’exploitation minière et les métaux, le nucléaire, la sécurité et l’environnement, le pétrole et le gaz et les produits chimiques. Depuis sa fondation en 1898, Bechtel a travaillé sur plus de 25 000 projets dans 160 pays et sur les sept continents. Aujourd’hui, nos 53 000 collaborateurs travaillent en équipe avec nos clients, partenaires et fournisseurs sur divers projets dans près de 40 pays. www.bechtel.com.

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Huawei Holds Safe City Africa Summit in Cape Town

– Huawei Gathers Country Ministers to Discuss How Innovative ICT Makes Safe Cities Smarter

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei today held its Safe City Africa Summit in Cape Town as a platform for more than 400 industry members to share insights, development trends and global success stories on public safety in cities and discuss ways to reduce crimes and reinforce city safety through establishing innovative ICT safe city solutions.

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Huawei Gathers Country Ministers to Discuss How Innovative ICT Makes Safe Cities Smarter.

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At the Summit, Mr. Li Peng, President of Eastern and Southern Africa, Huawei, delivered a welcome speech, expressing that innovative ICT infrastructure is the foundation of building safe smart cities. He said, “In 2015, the ‘Year of China’ in South Africa, Huawei would like to reiterate our commitment to work hand-in-hand with our partners to provide Africa with innovative one-stop safe city solutions. These solutions will help to build safer and more harmonious urban residential, business and tourism environments to attract investment and increase employment for sustainable economic development.”

Innovative ICT Makes Safe City Smarter

The acceleration of global urbanization and the proliferation of the Internet will drive the convergence of ICT and urban infrastructure. Countries worldwide are actively formulating plans for the development of safe and smart cities to seize new opportunities generated by global urbanization. At the Summit, safe city project leaders from many countries including Madagascar, Kenya, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom shared their experience on ICT best practices to enhance public safety with innovative ICT.

Mr. Randimbisoa Blaise Richard, Minister of Public Safety of Madagascar, said, “As a multicultural country, Madagascar has gone to great efforts to meet the increasing requirements of economic growth and social stability triggered by the acceleration of globalization. Our major responsibilities are to maintain social order and combat crime, working to ensure that Madagascar is a safe country to live, travel, and invest in. To this end, we chose to cooperate with Huawei and adopt its safe city solution to protect both the lives and property of our residents, leveraging Huawei’s cutting-edge technology and consummate service in 2013.”

Mr. Richard Chace, Chairman of the Global Security Industry Alliance (GSIA), shared his insights from the perspective of global safe city standards and trends. He said, “I’m very focused on how urbanization trends around the world are driving the specification and implementation of safe city technologies and solutions. I feel very strongly that successful safe city programs build heavily on well developed public-private partnerships that are designed to be “win-win”. The best use of technology is the one driven by sound planning that first seeks to define problems and then match the right managable solutions for the long term.”

Forrester Research Principal Analyst, Ms. Jennifer Belissent spoke about the role of ICT solutions in protecting a city’s safety and making cities safer and smarter. She went on to explain, “Urbanization means that a growing population depends on cities to meet their social, environmental and economic needs. Safety is fundamental to those needs, and public safety is a concern of city leaders – whether it’s preventing crime, reducing infant mortality or mitigating the effects of natural disasters. Better access to data and new analytics tools makes that job easier. A safe city not only improves livability, but also encourages economic growth and ensures sustainable development. And, that makes safety a key element of any smart city.”

Open Cooperation to Provide One-Stop Safe City Solution

With a focus on ICT infrastructure, Huawei innovates with its partners and customers to provide a one-stop safe city solution. Working with industry-leading IT solution providers including Hexagon and SAP, Huawei develops solutions to address actual customer needs. Huawei also provides services to government customers though channel partners including Telkom, MIS (PTY), REUTECH, IRT, and Mustek.

At the summit, Justin Schmidt, Executive Manager of Hexagon Ventures, discussed how Huawei and Hexagon have developed the industry’s first joint safe city solution which fully meets business needs for city safety management. He said, “For the first time, the majority of the world’s population lives in cities, and this is putting pressure on cities to provide a safe environment for their citizens. Hexagon and Huawei are meeting this global challenge head-on with an integrated safe city solution that enables cities to determine threats, resolve crises more easily through collaborative efforts and resolve issues with intelligent analysis of big data.”

Huawei will continue to be integrated in the field of public safety, cooperating with leading industry partners to provide a one-stop safe city solution. Huawei’s Safe City Solution is the first of its kind in the industry to enable complete visualization of incident handling processes and comprehensive convergence of commands. It seamlessly integrates eLTE broadband trunking, video surveillance, Unified Communications (UC), and video conferencing systems with a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to achieve the visualization of command and dispatch. Leveraging the intelligent video analysis system based on big data, the solution can quickly and precisely extract clues from massive volumes of videos. This facilitates active prevention before incidents, quick response during incidents, and precise retrieval after incidents in public areas. To date, Huawei’s Safe City Solution has been deployed in more than 100 countries across 30 countries around the world.

Taking place between April 28 to 29, 2015, the Huawei Safe City Africa Summit featured keynote speeches and breakout sessions, and gathered government administrators, customers, partners, and industry experts, including Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, South Africa’s Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services; Ms. Mmamoloko Kubayi, South Africa’s Chairperson of Telecommunications and Postal Service Committee; Mr. Randimbisoa Blaise Richard, Ministry of Public Safetyof Madagascar; and Mr. Rong Yansong, Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy of South Africa. For more information on the summit, please visit: http://enterprise.huawei.com/topic/africa_saft_city_summit_2015/agenda.html

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About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider with the vision to enrich life through communication. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives our customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully-owned by its employees.

For more information, please visit Huawei online: e.huawei.com

Photo Release — ArKay Beverages Announces the Possibility of Opening an ArKay Social Cafe With an Investment as Low of $10,000

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Other cafe franchises may ask you to invest as much as $250,000 and pay upfront fees to open a coffee shop.

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ArKay Social Cafe is the best alternative to franchises because it is not asking for any fees, royalties, or entry tickets.

ArKay’s concept is unique and offers a brand new universe of integrating alcohol free liquor stores and gourmet cafes with high-end bakeries under the same roof.

The ArKay Universe features six areas, including a coffee shop, party shop, ice cream parlor, gourmet food store, cocktail bar, and alcohol-free liquor store.

You can socialize over a virgin liquor drink, while eating an alcohol free rum sponge cake or a delicious canape with smoked salmon.

Your investment may vary, depending on the size, location, and features of your ArKay Social Cafe, but it’s possible to open a small ArKay Social Cafe with an investment as low as $10,000. Later, you can open a larger ArKay Cafe, with all available features, for as little as $100,000, and profitability of as much as 50% ROI.

ArKay affiliates are free to decide the amount of their initial investment, depending on their budget. This is a plug and play opportunity; the more features are added to the cafe, the more it will cost.

ArKay will assist its affiliates in opening their ArKay Social Cafe, and they will never ask you for any fees, royalties, or commission on sales of any kind. The affiliate will only be required to buy all the products that ArKay produces — alcohol free liquors, cocktails, and beers, as well as ice cream, pastries, dressing, bakery products, etc.

Our affiliates will be able to re-invest their earnings in no time, expanding their ArKay Social Cafe with more features.

ArKay Social Cafe is the best choice available on the market. It’s a place for the family to enjoy, with no need for liquor permits, no fees, and no royalties. It’s the best place to hang out with people of all ages, from 9 to 99!

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Bechtel Receives Highest Grade in Study of Anti-Corruption Programs

– Company Scores “A” in Transparency International UK Assessment

RESTON, Virginia, April 28, 2015 / PRNewswire — Bechtel received the top grade in Transparency International UK’s (TI-UK) Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index 2015, which measures the transparency and quality of ethics and anti-corruption programs of 163 defense companies from 47 countries. Bechtel is one of only four companies that received the highest grade in the index, which ranked the firms from band A (highest) to F (lowest) using publicly available information.

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“Transparency International UK’s independent measurement of ethics and anti-corruption programs contributes greatly to the fight against corruption,” said Nancy Higgins, Bechtel chief ethics and compliance officer. “Third-party confirmation of a sound program encourages companies to continue their efforts.”

In releasing the report, TI-UK called on governments to require that contractors have ethics and anti-corruption programs in place before bidding for defense work to bring forth greater accountability. TI-UK described ethics and compliance programs as “a company’s approach to promoting its ethical culture and reducing corruption risk.” The assessment of companies’ programs used a questionnaire of 41 indicators organized into five pillars: Leadership, Governance and Organization; Risk Management; Company Policy & Codes; Training; and Personnel and Helplines. The questions cover what TI-UK regards as the basic capabilities that a global defense company should have in place.

“The Index provides a road map for companies seeking to build an effective anti-corruption program,” said Higgins. “More importantly, every company’s program can be strengthened by learning from the best practices of others.”

Bechtel is committed to the highest standard of ethical business conduct around the world. To learn more about ethics and compliance visit: http://www.bechtel.com/about-us/ethics-compliance.

About Bechtel:
Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right–no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries. www.bechtel.com

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