Daily Archives: September 12, 2015

Greeley and Hansen Joins Largest-Ever U.S.-Led Trade Mission to Africa

John C. Robak, President and COO of Greeley and Hansen, Participates in U.S. Department of Commerce Business Forum in Mozambique and South Africa

CHICAGO, Sept. 11, 2015 / PRNewswire — Greeley and Hansen, a leading global civil and environmental consulting engineering and architectural firm, is one of more than 100 U.S. companies heading to Africa for the U.S. Department of Commerce-led Trade Winds—Africa trade mission and business forum. Trade Winds—Africa is the largest-ever U.S. government-led trade mission to Africa.

“Africa presents an incredible opportunity for global U.S. companies,” said Regional Senior U.S. Commercial Officer Donald Nay, the highest-ranking commercial diplomat in Sub-Saharan Africa. “We are excited to bring these companies to the continent, connect them to promising opportunities, and get them on the right path to success.”

Trade Winds is a business forum and series of business-to-business meetings in Johannesburg, South Africa, plus seven optional trade mission stops in Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Tanzania. At each mission stop, attending companies meet directly with government leaders, market experts, and pre-vetted potential business partners in the region.

“Greeley and Hansen is strategically expanding business operations in key international growth markets,” said John Robak, Greeley and Hansen President and Chief Operating Officer. “This trade mission to Africa offers a valuable opportunity for our firm to build connections with local utility officials and business leaders in this targeted high-growth region for water and wastewater infrastructure.”

About Greeley and Hansen
Greeley and Hansen is a leader in developing innovative engineering, architecture, and management solutions for a wide array of complex water, wastewater, and related infrastructure challenges. The firm has built upon 100 years of proven civil and environmental engineering experience in all phases of project development and implementation to become a premier global provider of comprehensive services in the water sector. Greeley and Hansen is dedicated to designing better urban environments worldwide. http://www.greeley-hansen.com/new.htm

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At Least 2 Dead in Blast at Northeast Nigeria Refugee Camp: Emergency Services

NNA – At least two people were killed in a blast at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria, the emergency services said on Friday.

“There was a blast at Malkohi IDP (internally displaced persons) camp in Yola around 11 o’clock this morning (1000 GMT),” Red Cross official Aliyu Maikano said.

There were conflicting reports of the death toll at the camp, one of several in the capital of Adamawa state housing men, women and children who have fled the brutal, six-year conflict.

Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar told AFP two people were killed and seven injured, while the Red Cross’ Maikano put the toll at three dead and nine injured.

Suleiman Mohammed, director of response, relief and rehabilitation at the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), said five were killed and 20 injured.

The Adamawa state governor, Jibrilla Bindow, was reported as telling a meeting of northern governors that children were among the dead.

“There were NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) officials, IDPs and some from the AUN (American University of Nigeria)” among the casualties, said Mohammed.

Lionel Rawlings, head of security at the AUN, which is based in Yola, confirmed student volunteers were injured by flying debris.

“None was in direct contact with the explosion but there was flying shrapnel. We dodged the bullet,” he said.

Abubakar and Mohammed both said the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device left by tents in the camp, which is just outside the city to the south and near an army base.

Security had been tight after hundreds of women and children held hostage by Boko Haram were brought to the camp after they were rescued by the military earlier this year.

Armed soldiers manned the gates and carried out checks on vehicles and passengers, AFP reporters witnessed on a visit to the camp in May.

“Our men are there,” said Abubakar. “They are trying to find if there are any other explosives.”———(AFP)