Monthly Archives: April 2015

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:


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.

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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 inside view.

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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:

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.

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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.

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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

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
– 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.