Daily Archives: July 24, 2015

UN health agency welcomes European regulators’ initial green light on malaria vaccine

24 July 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today welcomed a major regulatory hurdle cleared by a malaria vaccine, saying it expects to make a policy recommendation later this year on its use in the context of an overall panoply of public health tools for combatting the disease which kills one African child a minute.

“This is the first time ever that a malaria vaccine has gotten to the point to be reviewed by a regulatory authority,” WHO spokesperson Gregory Hartl told reports in Geneva following the announcement by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) that it had adopted a “positive scientific opinion” for the vaccine Mosquirix for use outside the European Union.

Mr. Hartl hailed the decision as “a big development” but “not finished yet.”

The spokesperson said the EMA assessment will be reviewed by WHO in October, taking into account public health aspects of the vaccine such as affordability and cost-effectiveness, using the vaccine in field situations in developing countries, and other effective malaria control measures such as such as scaling up bed nets and rapid diagnosis tests.

Following that step, he said, the UN health agency’s policy recommendation – which will go beyond simply the efficacy, quality and safety issue aspects of the vaccine and look into whether or not this vaccine should be added to existing malaria control tools – is expected in November 2015.

There are currently no licensed vaccines against malaria, which is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, which is transmitted via the bites of infected mosquitoes. In the human body, the parasites multiply in the liver, and then infect red blood cells.

Symptoms of malaria include fever, headache, and vomiting, and usually appear between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite. If not treated, malaria can quickly become life-threatening by disrupting the blood supply to vital organs.

According to the latest statistics available from WHO, there were nearly 200 million cases of malaria in 2013 and close to 600,000 deaths.

“Most deaths occur among children living in Africa where a child dies every minute from malaria,” according to WHO’s latest malaria fact sheet.

Mr. Hartl explained that the clearance given by the EMA did not constitute a regulatory authority approval, since the vaccine was not destined for use in the European Union. The EMA only gave an opinion on its efficacy, quality and safety.

He also clarified what “from a public health perspective” meant, namely, addressing its implementation, its use in the field in conjunction to other measures to combat malaria and measures to make the vaccine fit in with other vaccines.

Key interventions to control malaria include: prompt and effective treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies; use of insecticidal nets by people at risk; and indoor residual spraying with insecticide to control the vector mosquitoes.

First-ever UN Nelson Mandela Prize winners honoured by General Assembly

24 July 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly today marked Nelson Mandela International Day – which is observed on 18 July – by awarding the first-ever UN Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize, recognizing the South African leader’s contributions to democracy, justice and reconciliation and his dedication to the service of humanity.

Nelson Mandela International Day is a global call to action for all citizens of the world, to take up the challenge and follow in the formidable footsteps of Madiba; a man who transformed his life, served his country and freed his people,” General Assembly President Sam Kutesa told an informal meeting of the 193-member body.

The Prize, he explained, was designed to honour and recognize the “outstanding achievements” of two distinguished individuals, one female and one male, who have dedicated their lives to the service to humanity, particularly in the promotion of reconciliation, social cohesion and community development.

The first two laureates of the Prize are Dr. Helena Ndume of Namibia and Jorge Fernando Branco Sampaio of Portugal. Dr. Ndume of Namibia is an ophthalmologist whose life’s work has been the treatment of blindness and eye-related illnesses, both in Namibia and throughout the developing world.

Mr. Sampaio of Portugal became a leader in the struggle for the restoration of democracy in Portugal, and served as Deputy Minister for External Co-operation; as Mayor of Lisbon from 1989 to 1995; and, from 1996 to 2006, as President of the country.

The Prize was also established to pay homage to Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life and legacy of reconciliation, political transition and social transformation.

“Nelson Mandela inspired the world, inspired all of us,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in remarks delivered by his Chef de Cabinet, Susana Malcorra. “Although he suffered terrible atrocities, ‘Madiba’ never sank to the level of his oppressors; instead, he rose to the moment in history.”

The United Nations no longer has apartheid on its agenda, but the international community continues to confront racial and other forms of discrimination that drive abuses and violence in all countries, Ms. Malcorra stressed. “On this Day, let us pay tribute to Nelson Mandela by actively fighting for human rights, development and peace in our communities and our world.”

Every year, as part of the Take Action, Inspire Change campaign on Nelson Mandela International Day, individuals throughout the world are encouraged to devote 67 minutes to helping others – by volunteering in a hospital, tutoring a child, providing food for the homeless, or any other community service activity.

The campaign is based on people devoting one minute of their time for every year that Nelson Mandela devoted to public service – as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and as the President of South Africa.

Later today, at The UN Headquarters, staff volunteers will partner with New York City Parks’ Green Thumb programme to tend community gardens in Manhattan, lending support to important green spaces in the city.

Some of the volunteers will be working in the newly established United Nations Food Garden, which will be officially opened today by Ms. Malcorra, along with the New York City Commissioner for International Affairs, Penny Abeywardena, and the New York City Commissioner for Parks and Recreation, Mitchell Silver.

The event will be hosted by the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach.

The United Nations Food Garden is an initiative of a group of United Nations staff members who partnered with NYC Parks’ Green Thumb programme and Brooklyn Grange to transform unused land at the Headquarters complex into sustainable food gardens.

MallforAfrica Announces Expansion into Kenya with New Website, MallforKenya.com

Ecommerce platform allows Kenyan shoppers to purchase products from the United States and United Kingdom

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 24, 2015 / PRNewswire — MallforAfrica (MFA), Africa’s largest online mall, announced today its expansion into Kenya with its new website, MallforKenya (MFK). The global e-commerce company will enable Kenya’s 47 million residents immediate access to over 50 stores and more than 1.5 billion items.

Shoppers will now have the ability to purchase items ranging from clothing to jewelry to electronics from stores such as Macy’s, Carolee, Carter’s, Bebe, Zappos and Amazon. Products purchased through the MallforKenya platform will be received by customers within 4-15 business days. The same secured payment options as MallforAfrica will be available to all users.

Founded in 2011 by Nigerian tech entrepreneur Chris Folayan, MallforAfrica enables Africans to purchase products from the US and UK. Its guaranteed payment system allows consumers access to over 8.5 billion items, while ensuring payment to vendors and handling all transactional fees. MFA works with over 150 of the best retailers in the world with plans on rapidly expanding across Africa.

“As Kenya is one of the leading e-commerce capitals in the world, we are thrilled to be joining the Silicon Savannah,” said CEO and founder of MallforAfrica, Chris Folayan. “Since almost two-thirds of all homes have at least one mobile phone, consumers will now have the opportunity to shop at our US and UK retail stores.”

The launch of MallforKenya coincides with Chris Folayan speaking on intra-regional entrepreneurship and trade at this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on July 25 in Nairobi, Kenya.

As an official sponsor of One World Play Project, MallforKenya kicked off a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative to positively impact the lives of youth living in disadvantaged communities across Africa through play. As of today, through the MFK shopping app, consumers in Kenya can buy One World Futbols, ultra-durable soccer balls that never need a pump or go flat, even when punctured. The balls were designed for those living in the harshest environments where play is either flat or non-existent. Research has shown that play is a fundamental component of healthy physical, emotional and social development, especially for children living in conditions where play resources and time for play are scarce.

Johnny Rockets ouvre un nouveau restaurant en Tunisie

ALISO VIEJO, Californie, 23 juillet 2015 / PRNewswire — Johnny Rockets a ouvert ses portes et accueille les habitants de Tunis dans son nouveau restaurant, situé au cœur du célèbre quartier commerçant El Menzah 5. Johnny Rockets est connu pour ses célèbres hamburgers grillés sur commande, ses sandwiches maison, ses salades fraîches, et ses Shakes agités à la main.

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Johnny Rockets logo.

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« Nous sommes ravis d’accueillir les clients tunisiens dans le premier restaurant décontracté sous franchise américaine du pays », dit Walid Gahbiche, partenaire franchisé. « Les résidents locaux souhaitaient une expérience culinaire à l’américaine et Johnny Rockets, avec son service amical et son ambiance entraînante, est exactement ce dont ils avaient le plus envie. Nous sommes impatients d’offrir l’expérience Johnny Rockets à tous les convives de Tunis ».

La famille Gahbiche a choisi d’ouvrir un Johnny Rockets à El Menzah 5, quartier très fréquenté par les consommateurs qui en apprécient les nombreux magasins et restaurants gastronomiques. Les propriétaires comptent ouvrir trois Johnny Rockets en cinq ans et recherchent un immeuble pour leur deuxième emplacement, qui ouvrira également à Tunis.

« Il s’agit du premier restaurant Johnny Rockets en Tunisie et, donc, d’un élargissement de notre empreinte en Afrique », déclare James Walker, président des opérations et du développement chez Johnny Rockets. « Notre expansion en Tunisie renforce notre dynamique stratégie de croissance internationale, alors que nous visons à offrir une expérience culinaire à l’américaine aux clients du monde entier ».

Le restaurant qui fait environ 3500 pieds carrés, peut accueillir quelque 90 personnes. Johnny Rockets sera ouvert du dimanche au jeudi, de midi a 23h00 et les vendredi et samedi, de midi à minuit. Les clients peuvent contacter le Johnny Rockets de Tunis à l’adresse Facebook.com/JohnnyRocketsTunisia ou via Instagram @JohnnyRockets.tn.

Aujourd’hui, les partenaires franchisés de Johnny Rockets exploitent plus de 125 restaurants en dehors des États-Unis, et ce nombre devrait doubler d’ici 2017.

A propos de Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets est une franchise de restauration internationale offrant un menu innovant de plats de haute qualité, tels que, notamment, des hamburgers frais, jamais congelés, 100 % bœuf, grillés sur commande, le hamburger Veggie Boca®, des sandwichs au poulet, des frites croustillantes et de délicieux shakes et malts agités à la main. Cette marque évoquant un style de vie dynamique offre un service amical et une ambiance musicale entraînante, ce qui ajoute une touche de sérénité décontractée à l’atmosphère emblématique de la chaîne. Fondée en 1986, Johnny Rockets exploite plus de 330 franchises et sociétés dans 26 pays à travers le monde. Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter le site www.johnnyrockets.com.

XCMG entre dans le top 10 de KHL des plus grands fabricants d’engins de chantier

XUZHOU, Chine, 23 juillet 2015 / PRNewswire — XCMG, le plus grand fabricant chinois d’engins de chantier, est entré dans le top 10 du dernier Yellow Table, un classement des 50 plus grands fabricants d’engins de chantier du monde établi par le groupe KHL, le plus grand fournisseur au monde d’informations internationales sur la construction. Le Yellow Table de l’édition 2015 d’International Construction a estimé le chiffre d’affaires 2014 de XCMG généré par la vente d’engins de chantier à 6,15 milliards USD, soit 3,9 % des ventes mondiales.

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The first successful operation of the world’s largest crawler crane XGC88000 in Yantai, China.

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« XCMG a gagné trois places, une performance exceptionnelle qui reflète nos capacités techniques et la large contribution de notre département recherche et développement. Notre stratégie de recherche et développement consiste à développer des produits compétitifs sur le plan international et à améliorer notre capacité à apporter des innovations radicales », a déclaré Wang Min, le président de XCMG.

D’importants investissements en matière de recherche et développement ont permis à XCMG de réaliser des progrès avec son système d’innovation, sa plateforme de développement collaboratif internationale et son équipe de talents de haut niveau.

Avec un moment de levage maximal de 88 000 tonnes/mètre et une capacité de levage maximale de 4 500 tonnes, la XGC88000 est la plus grande grue sur chenilles du monde, et c’est un exemple parfait des réalisations du département recherche et développement de XCMG en matière de grues sur chenilles à fort tonnage.

Cette grue sur chenilles de 4 000 tonnes incarne parfaitement la toute dernière technologie de recherche et développement de XCMG. Le système d’équilibrage de la charge de la grue améliore considérablement sa capacité à s’adapter à différents terrains ; le système de commande synchrone à quatre treuils en fait une machine à la fois sûre et intelligente ; trois différentes puissances de levage lui permettent de s’adapter à différentes conditions ; et le design modulaire et intégré réalise de multiples combinaisons et améliore le taux d’utilisation du produit.

Le développement de la XGC88000 montre la voie à suivre dans le secteur des engins de chantier en Chine et marque une étape importante pour la technologie mondiale des grues sur chenilles.

Les grands camions incendie à plateforme élévatrice de XCMG, comme le DG100 et le DG88, représentent également des avancées technologiques. Ces camions incendie s’élevant à 100 m de haut ont atteint les plus hauts niveaux internationaux en termes de performances et de capacité d’adaptation aux environnements extrêmes.

« Nos objectifs en matière de recherche et développement sont de favoriser la culture de l’innovation chez XCMG et d’influencer le secteur chinois des engins de chantier », a déclaré Wang Min. « C’est seulement ainsi que nous pourrons maintenir un chiffre d’affaires élevé dans un marché exigeant et devenir une véritable entreprise innovante. »

Actuellement engagée dans la fabrication d’engins de chantier, XCMG envisage d’ajouter de nouvelles lignes de production, notamment d’équipements d’assainissement, de machines pour l’exploitation minière, de machines portuaires ou encore de machines agricoles, afin de répondre aux besoins changeants des clients, et de poursuivre les innovations technologiques sur les produits actuels.

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