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Collaborative Global Effort to Advance Blood Safety Moves Forward Across Ghana

LAKEWOOD, Colorado, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies, announced today the implementation of the Mirasol® Pathogen Reduction Technology (PRT) System for Whole Blood (WB) in Accra and Kumasi, Ghana. The Mirasol PRT system for WB will be used in conjunction with a hemovigilance program to better protect blood transfusion recipients in vulnerable patient populations, including pediatric, maternity and oncology patients. The program is a joint effort between Terumo Corporation and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

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In Ghana, as in many low- and middle-income nations, blood safety is a critical public health concern. Unlike in high-income nations, patients often receive transfusion of whole blood, rather than blood components; there is not enough blood available to meet the needs of patients; the blood that is available is more likely to be contaminated with pathogens such as viruses, parasites and bacteria1-4; and the majority of transfusions are given to pediatric and maternity patient populations. The Mirasol PRT system for WB was designed to reduce the pathogen load in whole blood and has been shown in clinical trials to be effective against malaria.5

“Both the Mirasol PRT system for WB and a hemovigilance program are important components of the collaboration for our continued drive towards improving blood safety in Ghana,” said Justina Ansah, MD, CEO of the National Blood Service of Ghana (NBSG). “I’m excited to see the direct results of this collaboration, which we hope will help to further reduce the risk associated with blood transfusions in Ghana.”

Terumo BCT, a Terumo Corporation company, worked closely with the NBSG on initiatives for blood safety to complete the African Investigation of the Mirasol System (AIMS) clinical study at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi. The study demonstrated a significant reduction in malaria transmissions through blood transfusion using whole blood treated with the Mirasol PRT system. As a result, the Mirasol PRT system for WB was CE marked in September 2015 and was approved for use by the Ghana FDA in August 2016.

JICA and Terumo Corporation also have a history of success. “In 2013, JICA and Terumo successfully collaborated to broaden transradial intervention (TRI) in Latin America,” said Takashi Baba, director of the Private Sector Partnership Division, JICA. “We believe this transfusion program, based on Japanese technology, will help Ghana address some key transfusion challenges such as malaria, which we do not face in Japan.”

The Mirasol PRT system for WB uses a combination of riboflavin (vitamin B2) and ultraviolet light to reduce the risk of exposure to pathogens and to inactivate white blood cells in whole blood for transfusion.

“We’re proud of this collaborative global effort to directly address the safety of the blood supply in Ghana,” said David Perez, president and CEO of Terumo BCT. “We look forward to working with the blood center staff to implement Mirasol PRT as part of their daily efforts to help ensure patients in need have access to safer transfusions.”

About Mirasol PRT System Global Use

Healthcare professionals in more than 70 centers across 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East, South America, Central America and Asia are currently using the Mirasol PRT system. As part of an effort to seek U.S. FDA approval for Mirasol-treated blood products, Terumo BCT is initiating clinical trials identified as MIPLATE and PRAISE to support these submissions.

About Terumo BCT 

Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies, is the only company with the unique combination of apheresis collections, manual and automated whole blood processing, and pathogen reduction technologies. We believe in the potential of blood to do even more for patients than it does today. This belief inspires our innovation and strengthens our collaboration with customers.

About JICA

JICA, an independent administrative corporation established under the International Cooperation Organization Act, is dedicated to enhancing the economy and society. JICA partners with companies and organizations throughout the world to advance understanding through research and address health issues with equipment, goods and emergency aid. Those working with JICA to support this initiative include the Ghana Ministry of Health, NBSG, Korle-bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Terumo Corporation and Terumo BCT.

1Adjei AA, Kuma GK, Tettey Y, et al. Bacterial contamination of blood components in three major blood transfusion centers, Accra, Ghana. Jpn J Infect Dis. 2009;62(4):265-269.

2Freimanis G, Sedegah M, Owusu-Ofori S, Kumar S, Allain J-P. Investigating the prevalence of transfusion transmission of Plasmodium within a hyperendemic blood donation system. Transfusion. 2013;53(7):1429-1441.

3Nkruma B, Owusu M, Frempong HO, Averu P. Hepatitis B and C viral infections among blood donors from rural Ghana. Ghana Med J;2011:45(3):97-100.

4Ampofo W, Nii-Trebi N, Ansah J, et al. Prevalence of blood-borne infectious diseases in blood donors in Ghana. J Clin Microbiol. 2002;40(9):3523-3525.

5MamaYe. Fact Sheet on Ghana’s Blood Services: 2015. www.mamaye.org/sites/default/files/u436/Ghana%20blood%20factsheet_2015.pdf. Updated June 2015. Accessed May 2, 2017.

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KERUI PETROLEUM Presents Its New Ecosystem for the Oil & Gas Industry at Houston OTC 2017

HOUSTON, Texas, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — KERUI showcased several new products at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), one of the world’s largest offshore technology events, held this year in Houston, Texas from the 1st to the 4th of May. KERUI’s presence at the event focused on setting conversations with energy companies working in the production field. Most of them have showed interest in KERUI’s new ecosystem which is an innovative and valuable one for the oil, gas and energy industries.

Potential customers seek cooperation at Kerui Petroleum’s booth

At the exhibition, KERUI PETROLEUM displayed its mudline suspension systems, multistage fracturing systems and FalconView brand wellheads, products on big demand in North America. During the conference, interested buyers had the opportunity to better understand KERUI’s products and services through VR interactive technology installed at the booth. The design and manufacture of the WEFIC® (MSW-I) mudline suspension system comply with API 6A, 17D and NACE standards, and can be used in water depths up to 150 meters (450 feet) and a pressure up to 15,000psi. The airtight multi-purpose system can be safe and left unattended for periods of time, providing buyers with an optimum price-quality ratio solution for maritime oil and gas exploration and drilling equipment.

KERUI PETROLEUM has successfully integrated international oil and gas resources. The new build-out is an interconnected ecosystem for the oil and gas industry covering products, technology, services, human resources and finances.

The ecosystem leverages the benefits of interactivity offered by the Internet at every step in the production chain and creates a cross-border e-business platform for the oil equipment industry.  ERUI International and the Victor International Institute of Petroleum Training (VIPT), both part of KERUI PETROLEUM, have joint efforts and have reset the scheme to optimize the global oil equipment sector establishing an industry-wide human resources service platform and a think tank specialized in engineering and technology.

The ecosystem applies Big Data and cloud technology to oil and gas engineering technologies to build an online trading platform for dormant assets across the sector. It offers a professional one-stop service where idle capacity can be identified and put to use through a transaction with an interested party or the asset can be outright traded with the party. The platform also includes a financial component identifying access to financial resources and a mechanism for contacting resources’ holders in order to meet investment and financing needs.

KERUI PETROLEUM established operations in the United States in 2011, and later in Canada and Mexico, creating a network covering all markets across North America. At the same time, the company set up two companies in the US, Falconview Energy Products LLC and Escalate Oil Tools LLC, to develop and manufacture wellhead and downhole tools and equipment. These two companies meet the demands of buyers in the North American market and supply them with products that comply with American standards as well as provide a sustainable level of quality service and fast delivery due to having a local presence.

With the new ecosystem for the oil, gas and energy industry in place, KERUI PETROLEUM and its partners work together and respond in a timely manner to new developments occurring across the sector and achieve a win-win relationship. KERUI PETROLEUM welcomes any firm with a presence in the oil and gas sector who would like to join the new ecosystem for the energy industry.

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Sabre celebrates ten years of growth in Nigeria

Travel technology leader supports a decade of travel industry success

LAGOS, Nigeria, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Global travel technology provider, Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), is celebrating ten years of success in Nigeria and the continued growth of the local travel industry.

To mark its important milestone, Sabre hosted an evening of celebrations in Lagos.  More than 200 professionals from the travel and tourism industry attended the event – including many of Nigeria’s most prominent travel agencies and airline partners, such as Kenya Airways, British Airways, Etihad Airlines, RwandAir, Dana Air and Arik Air.

Sabre logo.

“Nigeria is an important strategic market for Sabre, and a gateway into the wider West African region,” said Dean Bibb, interim senior vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Sabre.  “Since we formed Sabre Nigeria ten years ago, the country has experienced phenomenal growth and change.  Industries like retail and telecoms have helped the country to become one of Africa’s largest economies, and have fuelled the growth in international and domestic travel.  With our unique blend of expert people and latest technology, we’ve been able to help airlines, hotels and travel agencies unlock growth and success in this thriving market.”

The aviation industry now accounts for around 0.4 percent of Nigeria’s GDP* – and this looks set to increase, alongside an increasing appetite to travel.  A recent study by Sabre, of four African countries (Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Egypt), found that Nigerian travellers would be willing to spend 24 percent more on travel once the pan-African passport is introduced in 2018.  Furthermore, the survey highlighted that Nigerians were already well-travelled; 35 percent of Nigerians had travelled abroad within the last two years, compared with an average of just 23 percent across the four countries surveyed.  Technology played an important role in the journey for many Nigerians; 27 percent said that having the latest technology on board (e.g. wifi and superior on board entertainment) was one of their top three deciding factors when choosing an airline.

“Travel is an important facilitator of growth in Nigeria – and technology is making it easier than ever for people to shop and book travel,” said Gabriel Olowo, CEO of Sabre Nigeria.  “When we opened Sabre Nigeria, first-generation smartphones had yet to be launched.  Just a decade later, technology has transformed travel with at least 30 percent of Nigerians* now using smartphones and travel apps.  This trend will continue to snowball, and providing our travel partners with the latest technology and expertise will be key to helping them stay ahead in this globally competitive industry.”

Guests at Sabre’s 10th anniversary event, which took place at the new Renaissance Hotel in Lagos, enjoyed presentations from Sabre on the evolution of travel in Nigeria, as well as speakers from Babcock University, the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies and local aviation consultancy, Spring Fountain.

* IATA (2016)
** Africa Infotech Consulting (2016)

About Sabre Corporation
Sabre Corporation is the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.

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S Africans urged to protect new trains

Pretoria – Cabinet has called on South Africans to protect the new Metrorail trains against acts of vandalism.

The new state-of-the-art Metrorail (Peoples’) trains offer unparalleled levels of comfort and service, and will transform commuters’ travelling experience, Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo said on Thursday.

President Jacob Zuma launched the new PRASA trains and train service on Tuesday at the Pretoria Station as part of government’s ongoing commitment to ensure affordable and reliable public transport.

The new Metrorail (People’s) trains are part of the new fleet that will be rolled out by government over the next 10 to 15 years as part of the Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa’s (PRASA) Modernization Programme.

This initiative will create thousands of sustainable jobs and job opportunities, with the manufacturing plant for the new trains underway in Nigel, Ekurhuleni, Minister Dlodlo said.

She was briefing the media in Cape Town on the outcomes of a Cabinet meeting.

Source: South African Government News Agency


JOHANNESBURG, Solidarity, the South African trade union whose membership is mainly Afrikaaner, says it has filed a complaint with the International Labour Organization (ILO) against South Africa over its affirmative action and black economic empowerment policies.

Solidarity contends that government is committing unfair racial discrimination, and requests the ILO to investigate the matter and to give a ruling in this regard, the union said in a statement Wednesday.

This complaint of Solidarity is one of three that will be lodged against Government with various bodies of the United Nations in Geneva this week about racism and the double standards that apply to the way in which racism is handled.

Solidarity said it will file a complaint on Thursday with the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission and the next day it will do so again at the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

All of us are fed-up with race and the double standards that apply when dealing with the issue. The time of remaining silent as far as this matter is concerned is up, said Dirk Hermann, Solidarity’s Chief Executive.

We dare not allow that minorities, and specifically white people, are being criminalised on an ongoing basis. Practising double standards when it comes to matters of race are not only wrong; the practice is dangerous too. It has become so much part and parcel of South African society that it almost goes unnoticed. The purpose of our campaign is to show that the emperor is naked, and by so doing, we want to normalise the situation.

Solidarity said it is indicting the South African government, under the terms of Convention 111 of the ILO which, among other things, requires that affirmative action measures are measures aimed at redress and are temporary in nature.

In its complaint, Solidarity contends that the South African government’s system of racial quotas does not promote non-racialism as required by the Constitution; rather it has resulted in a new form of racism. The union said the system has nothing to do with redress, but everything to do with race, which it said gives rise to institutionalised racism.

In Solidarity’s complaint brought before the ILO, the union also stated that the current racial quota system categorises people in South Africa according to the apartheid categories of race. People are then promoted or appointed according to a mathematical formula based on the national race demographics. This mathematical system totally ignores redress of the disadvantaged, Solidarity said.

In its complaint Solidarity contends that this mathematical racial system has as effect that a person’s right to practise a profession is limited to the level of representivity of the specific race the person belongs to.

As far as black economic empowerment is concerned, Solidarity contends that the system only benefits a small elite group. The system in terms of which companies receive points for appointments made according to race and according to ownership, only means a further division of South Africa according to race, said the union.

In its complaint Solidarity said the race classification system in South Africa is not achieving redress and it is permanent in nature. South Africa is allowing a growing institutionalisation of racial classification. Not only are crude racial practices regarded as normal, but they are regarded as essential. Someone has to say that it is wrong,” Hermann said.

In South Africa norms about race have become so skewed that external watchdogs, such as the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation need to give an opinion on the matter.”

Solidarity said it had exhausted all internal remedies in South Africa and was now resorting to the ILO to comment on whether the South African government complies with Convention 111.

Hermann said South Africa is part of a larger international community through the United Nations, and specifically the ILO, and as such it could not act in isolation. There is agreement among countries as to what constitutes fair conduct towards their citizens and towards one another within the discipline of the United Nations.

Solidarity said: It is clear that as far as its affirmative action and black empowerment practices are concerned, South Africa finds itself outside of what constitute international limits of fairness. The international community has a duty to take steps against the South African government.”

Solidarity said earlier this week it filed complaints about racism and the double standards that is alleged apply when racism is handled in the country with the South African Parliament and the South African Human Rights Commission.