Daily Archives: November 11, 2015

PW Power Systems Announces Successful Commercial Operation of MOBILEPAC® Gas Turbine Generators in Sub-Saharan Africa

GLASTONBURY, Connecticut, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — PW Power Systems, Inc. (PWPS), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), today announced successful commercial operation of three MOBILEPAC gas turbine generator packages in sub-Saharan Africa. The three MOBILEPAC units are located in Conakry, Guinea, and are operated by Miami Capital Holding Corporation’s subsidiary, K-Energie.

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MKH Engineering installed the equipment with engineering and technical support from PW Power Systems. K-Energie specifically procured the MOBILEPAC units earlier this year to rapidly and efficiently augment Guinea’s power generation capacity.

PW Power Systems also has units operating in Togo and Benin to provide energy to the region. “Sub-Saharan Africa is a focus market where we are pursuing numerous projects in those countries that have the greatest need,” stated Charles Levey, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In support of the Power Africa initiative, PWPS is committed to working with government leaders and private partners to bring reliable power to millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa.

The MOBILEPAC gas turbine package is an industry leader, delivering state-of-the-art technology for over 30 years. Utilizing the proven SWIFTPAC® gas turbine package technology, this package is designed to provide quick, reliable power. Benefits include its environmental compatibility, dual fuel/dual frequency, remote operability and many others. There have been over 550 FT8® engines provided to the industry with over 125 packages in a MOBILEPAC configuration.

About PW Power Systems, Inc.
PW Power Systems, Inc. (PWPS), headquartered in Glastonbury, Conn., is a world leader in the supply of energy solutions for the power generation industry. PWPS provides an array of products and services, including gas turbine packages, industrial gas turbine aftermarket services, and engineering, procurement and construction services. PWPS is a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI). MHI, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world’s leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated net sales of $33.22 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. MHI’s diverse lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding, power plants including distributed power, chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures, industrial and general machinery, aircraft, space systems and air-conditioning systems. To learn more about PWPS, visit www.pwps.com.

Contact: Lucia Maffucci, 860-368-5535, Lucia.Maffucci@pwps.com

New education program targets 2 million children in Nigeria

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2015 / PRNewswire — More than 2 million children in three critical Northern Nigerian states will be the target of a new program to improve reading skills and increase access to basic education, Creative Associates International announced today. (www.CreativeAssociatesInternational.com)

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Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the five-year program called the Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) will improve states’ ability to provide both greater access and higher quality basic education in formal and non-formal schools—especially for girls, out-of-school children and other marginalized groups.

Led by Creative Associates International, NEI+ will be implemented in the Northern states of Bauchi and Sokoto. A third state will be announced.

“By strengthening the educational system itself and working closely with teachers, parents, communities and civic society organizations, NEI+ will ensure both short-term and long-term benefits to schools and the students they serve,” says Creative’s Semere Solomon, who will direct the program.

Solomon notes that 30 percent of school-aged children in Northern Nigeria do not have access to basic education. This is attributed to a combination of cultural beliefs, lack of educational facilities and insecurity as a result of the insurgency.

Learning outcomes are also poor for a variety of reasons. For example, pre-service institutes in Nigeria do not have early grade reading instruction in their curriculum. Furthermore, existing educational materials—which are already in short supply—do not incorporate modern pedagogical approaches.

Federal, state and local education authorities have agreed to participate in the five-year NEI+ project. More than 30 Nigerian local nongovernmental organizations will be involved in the program.

Partnering with Creative are three U.S.-based international organizations—Education Development Center, Florida State University, Overseas Strategic Consulting—and four local organizations—Value Minds, Association for Education Development Options, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All and the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria.

Creative’s years of work in Nigeria
Creative has been working on a variety of specialized development projects in Nigeria for more than a decade.

“NEI+ builds on Creative’s programmatic and operational strengths in the region, including our extensive relationships with communities, NGOs, traditional and religious leaders and government officials,” says Creative President Leland Kruvant. “We are honored that USAID selected Creative to carry out this important project in this vital region of Africa.”

In addition to NEI+, Creative is also implementing a USAID-funded initiative to support internally displaced students in three Nigerian states. More than 2.2 million Nigerians have been displaced from their places of origin, the largest concentration in Africa, as a result of the insurgency.

Launched in 2014, Education Crisis Response program is expanding access to quality and protective non-formal education and alternative education opportunities for out-of-school children ages 6 to 17 and reducing the burden on local schools already stretched thin by limited resources.

It is implemented by Creative and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), along with local nongovernmental organizations, such as Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All and the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria.

To learn more and view videos, please visit the multimedia special report. (http://www.creativeassociatesinternational.com/special-reports/nigeria-providing-hope-and-community-support-to-internally-displaced-children/)

About Creative
Creative Associates International works with underserved communities by sharing expertise and experience in education, economic growth, governance and transitions from conflict to peace.

Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has active projects in more than 15 countries. Since 1977, it has worked in nearly 90 countries and on almost every continent. Recognized for its ability to work rapidly, flexibly and effectively in conflict-affected environments, Creative is committed to generating long-term sustainable solutions to complex development problems.

Started by four enterprising women with diverse backgrounds, Creative has grown to become one of the leaders among the U.S. private sector implementers of global development projects. Creative is minority owned and operated.

South Africa’s Yonder Media Now Part Of GroupM

LONDON and JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — WPP’s GroupM, the world’s leading global media investment group, announces the addition of Yonder Media, South Africa’s leading specialized mobile marketing agency, to its portfolio in conjunction with its acquisition of a majority stake in the company.  Yonder Media will continue operating as an independent brand and also lend speciality services to the GroupM agencies – Mindshare, MEC Group (MEC and NotaBene), MediaCom and Maxus. With this addition, GroupM’s agencies will be ahead of the market in developing effective and creative mobile solutions for clients.

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“GroupM is the leading media investment group in South Africa; we grow this position by continuously evolving to meet clients’ needs, and today those needs are digital,” said Michelle Meyjes, Chief Executive Officer, GroupM, South Africa.  “Mobile and digital usage are in rapid growth mode across South Africa.  With Yonder Media, we will establish a mobile/social hub of excellence to support our client base and agencies and lend our scale and resources to help Yonder continue its best-in-class independent services.”

Established over 10 years ago, Yonder Media is a full-service – mobile first – digital and social media agency offering mobile and social media strategy, application development, media planning, buying and management, as well as related services like mobile airtime rewards, mobile coupon management and mobile reply path in traditional media executions. All of this is powered by Yonder’s proprietary technology framework.  In addition to social and mobile display media (premium direct, video and programmatic) where it is seeing its fastest growth, Yonder has also developed a strong strategic and executional competence in the mass market mobile text and voice-based media still used by the majority of African consumers.

“Our Yonder Media team has distinguished its excellence in digital and mobile advertising by leading the market and garnering international recognition with awards at Mobile Marketing Association’s Global Smartie Awards for the past three years running,” said Rick Joubert, CEO Yonder Media.  “WPP’s acquisition of a majority stake in our company is further validation, and we are thrilled that we’ve been able to maintain our independence whilst working with our new partners to accelerate the growth of mobile and social media advertising in South Africa and the African continent.”

This acquisition continues GroupM’s focus on growth in new markets as well as its emphasis on developing effective solutions for clients on digital platforms.

About GroupM:
GroupM is the leading global media investment management company serving as the parent to WPP media agencies including Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, and Maxus, each global operations in their own right with leading market positions. GroupM’s primary purpose is to maximize performance of WPP’s media agencies by operating as leader and collaborator in trading, content creation, sports, digital, finance, proprietary tool development and other business-critical capabilities. GroupM’s focus is to deliver unrivaled marketplace advantage to its clients, stakeholders and people.

Discover more about GroupM at www.groupm.com.
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About Yonder Media:
Johannesburg and Cape Town-based Yonder Media is a digital and social media agency with mobile at the heart of all it does.  With a high quality portfolio of direct and indirect clients and a suite of digital media management services, Yonder leads the mobile advertising market in South Africa and is growing across other African countries.  The agency has its roots in mobile software development, device and back-end, and counts a robust team of software engineers among its growing team of 42 mobile media professionals. Yonder has a distinguished track record supporting full-service media agencies in mobile and social and the agency has received recognition in Africa and internationally for its innovative campaigns. For more about Yonder Media, visit www.yonder.co.za and follow @YonderMediaSA on Twitter.


Procera Networks to Speak on Monetising Data at AfricaCom 2015

FREMONT, California, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Procera Networks, Inc., the global Subscriber Experience company, today announced that Subscriber Experience Evangelist Thomas Vasen will present “Six Strategies to Monetise Data” as part of the New Revenue Streams track at AfricaCom in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday, November 18 at 12:30 p.m. SAST.

Procera Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: PKT), the global Subscriber Experience company, is revolutionizing the way operators and vendors monitor, manage and monetize their network traffic. Elevate your business value and improve customer experience with Procera’s sophisticated analytics solutions. For more information, visit http://www.proceranetworks.com or follow Procera on Twitter at @ProceraNetworks.

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The track will explore options for identifying new revenue opportunities for fixed and mobile operators beyond voice as well as partnerships, pricing and revenue sharing strategies to generate revenues from new services. Vasen’s presentation will dive into six different case studies that demonstrate how IP intelligence solutions can be used to create service offerings that enhance operator revenue, including:

  • Moving from minutes to bytes using service micro bundles with up-sell triggers,
  • Basic OTT service packaging delivering “all you can eat” for a specific app, or apps, only (i.e. app restricted bytes such as Facebook-only or other popular apps),
  • Co-operating with the OTT vendors to offer zero rating on sponsored data – separating traffic type (like music) and charging for this differently either by sponsoring it themselves or by the OTT supplier,
  • Multi-device packages – how to use multi device and the IoT trend to make more money,
  • Utilising location information – unlocking the value of the customer’s location for third parties,
  • Driving usage by looking at QoE – using ScoreCard to enhance quality, so subscribers use more data.

Procera will exhibit in booth #E23 where it will showcase ScoreCard, the award-winning solution that delivers improved visibility and measurement of the quality of experience (QoE) that operators’ networks are capable of delivering to subscribers. Also on demo will be PacketLogic/V, a groundbreaking NFV-based solution that enables flexible deployments of PacketLogic software using industry-standard COTS hardware and software virtual machine environments.

Procera’s solutions help broadband operators monitor, report and take action to monetise and improve the subscriber experience. AfricaCom takes place at the Cape Town Convention Centre from November 17-19, 2015. For more information, please visit Procera Networks at booth #E23 during the event or contact Procera on Twitter at @ProceraNetworks.

Currently, Procera is hosting a brief Mobile Broadband Quality Experience survey. With each response it will donate $1 to the non-profit organization Charity: water, which supports efforts to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations, including Central Africa. Fill out our survey today.

About Procera Networks, Inc.
Procera Networks, Inc., the global Subscriber Experience company, is revolutionizing the way operators and vendors monitor, manage and monetize their network traffic. Elevate your business value and improve customer experience with Procera’s sophisticated intelligence solutions. For more information, visit http://www.proceranetworks.com or follow Procera on Twitter at @ProceraNetworks.

Press Contact
Mike Tomlinson, Engage PR for Procera Networks, 510-748-8200 x209, mtomlinson@engagepr.com

Western Cape Education on enrolment deadline for 2016 academic year

The December summer holidays are less than one month away. Schools will close their doors on 10 December 2015 so that our educators and school staff can go on a much deserved break.

Teachers will return to school on the 11 January 2016, whilst learners will return on Wednesday 13 January 2016. Educators start the school year a little earlier so that they can address any last minute administration matters before getting off to an effective start by Wednesday.

Between this period, (10 December 2015 to 13 January 2015) the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) will be unable to confirm with schools, the progress of an application for the registration of a learner.

I would therefore like to take this opportunity to make an urgent and final appeal to parents to enroll their child before the end of the 2015 school year. This can be done by contacting their nearest district office for assistance. It is extremely important for parents to enquire about enrolling their child within the next month.

Their lack of action in this regard will result in their child losing valuable learning and teaching time at the start of the 2016 academic year.

The school population in the Western Cape is growing rapidly year-by-year and I am concerned at the number of parents who have, in the last couple of months, moved to the Western Cape from provinces such as Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal and who, on arrival, demand places in schools of choice for their children. This is simply not possible at this late time of the school year.

The responsible way to go about your relocation would be to apply at schools before moving to other provinces. Schools of choice were full as early as May of this year.

The WCED has an obligation to assist all parents with placement of their children. This however does not mean that we guarantee a place in a school of choice, even if these schools are the closest to your new home.

Those parents who fail to enroll learners on time place a massive burden on our officials at the start of the school year.

In addition, this disrupts teaching and learning time for their own children, and we call on the public to work with us so that we can prevent undue disruptions.

Media enquiries:

Jessica Shelver

Cell: 076 175 0663

E-mail: Jessica.Shelver@westerncape.gov.za