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Tissue World Istanbul is returning at the Istanbul Congress Center from 4 — 6 September 2018

ISTANBUL, Oct. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Tissue World Istanbul is set to take place at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC), Turkey from 4 – 6 September 2018.

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Part of the international Tissue World portfolio established since 1993, Tissue World Istanbul is the 2nd edition of Tissue World trade show and conference in Turkey. Took place for the first time as a fully-fledged trade show in 2016, Tissue World Istanbul 2016 was a resounding success and welcomed a total of 1,602 participants from 65 countries across the 3 show days.

Strongly supported by the local and regional tissue industry, the show floor featured leading tissue manufacturers and industry suppliers which accounted for over 40% of the regional tissue business. Here are some of the leading players that the show is hosting: Aktül Kağıt, Cellynne Converter, Lee & Man, Hayat Kimya, ICM, Ipek Kağıt, Kahramanmaraş Kağıt , Mediterannean Tissue Mill, Lila Kağıt, Parteks Kağıt and Point Makina.

Trade visitors included key decision makers from a diverse range of profiles including traders, distributors, retailers, finished product manufacturers, jumbo roll producers and many more.

Tissue World Istanbul 2016 Show Floor

Being a huge tissue producer with a leading role in the MENA region mainly thanks to its strategic location, Istanbul is the ideal meeting point for the local and international players from Eastern Europe, Russia, the CIS, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.

New addition in 2018: Hygiene Nonwoven Machinery Suppliers introduced on the Show Floor

The hygiene nonwovens sector in Turkey shows a growing process in the manufacturing segment of the industry. According to figures collected and compiled by EDANA, the overall production of nonwovens in Europe grew by 3.6% in 2015, despite an environment of slow economic growth. Turkey continues to record double-digit growth in nonwoven production. Over the course of 2014-2017, the production has increased by 16%.

In addition, the Turkish retail market size in 2017 for wet wipes, nappies/diapers/pants and sanitary protection is estimated at US$1,006 billion, according to Euromonitor International.

Against this backdrop and in view of the compatibility with the business profiles of Tissue World exhibitors, the hygiene nonwoven machinery suppliers will be introduced on the 2018 show floor, all set to welcome a broader landscape of buyers from the manufacturing and converting side as well as traders, distributors and retailers.

For more details on Tissue World Istanbul, please visit www.tissueworld.com/istanbul/.

About Tissue World

Tissue World is the leading global event series serving the tissue industry worldwide since 1993. With events in Istanbul, Milan, Miami and São Paulo, it offers an integrated and intertwined platform consisting of exhibitions, conferences and a magazine providing an unmatched offline and online meeting place to do business, exchange ideas and learn, all year round.

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Gauteng Legislature on video depicting SAPS officials assaulted by foreign nationals

Community Safety Committee outraged by video depicting SAPS officials assaulted by foreign nationals

The Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Community Safety is outraged by scenes of a video that is doing the rounds on social media platforms, which depicts SAPS officials in Vanderbijlpark being physically assaulted and intimidated by foreign nationals.

The Committee strongly condemns these attacks and believes that no SAPS official should be prevented from carrying out their duties, particularly by those suspected of criminal activity and lawlessness.

The Committee views this in a very serious light and believes that it is tantamount to an attack and undermines State security.

The Committee is further concerned that no arrests have been made thus far; and urges law enforcement agencies in the Province to move with speed and bring those responsible to book.

As part of its oversight role on the work of SAPS in Gauteng, the Committee will on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 visit the Police Station where the affected SAPS officials are stationed to establish facts around the incident.

Source: Government of South Africa

Latest Drug-resistant Malaria in Mekong Region May Skirt ‘Superbug’ Status

PHNOM PENH � Som Aun contracted malaria after moving to the Thma Baing district of Cambodia’s Koh Kong province in 2002. Four years later, two of his children contracted the disease.

For five years, his son, An, now 19, and daughter, Sreyna, now 12, remained infected because no effective treatment was available, he told VOA Khmer.

“Sometimes the disease is healed for one month, but it would come back in the next two months,” he said, adding they both exhibited high fevers and chills.

His children, who work in banana plantations, were in and out of clinics, and “after they took medicines, they would be fine for a period of time, then they would have to go to the hospital if they were in serious condition,” Aun said. The family resorted to hospitals infrequently, because transportation cost 200,000 riel to 300,000 riel (or about $50 to $75).

Researchers are increasingly alarmed by the emergence of a strain of drug-resistant malaria in Cambodia, a so-called “superbug” that stares down the most commonly used anti-malaria drugs.

The superbug, first identified in 2008 in Cambodia, has spread into parts of Vietnam, Thailand and Laos. Last month, scientists from the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) published a letter in The Lancet saying the superbug’s spread throughout the Mekong area was a serious threat to malaria control and eradication.

“A single mutant strain of very drug resistant malaria has now spread from western Cambodia to north-eastern Thailand, southern Laos and into southern Vietnam and caused a large increase in treatment failure of patients with malaria,” says letter co-author Arjen Dondorp, and Oxford professor, in a MORU release. MORU is a collaborative effort involving Thailand’s Mahidol University, Oxford University and the U.K.-based Wellcome Trust.

“We are losing a dangerous race,” Nicholas White, one of the letter’s co-authors, said in the release. “The spread of this malaria ‘superbug’ has caused an alarming rise in treatment failures forcing changes in drug policy and leaving few options for the future.”

Local officials not concerned

Huy Rekol, director of Cambodia’s National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM), said he was not worried by the drug-resistant malaria.

“In our country, we don’t need to worry about matters of death or resistance because we have efficient drugs to use every day,” he said.

Malaria in Cambodia is caused by two types of viruses transmitted by female mosquitoes, according to the CNM. It identified several factors leading to a rise in malaria infections in 2015, including increasing mobility of people living in malaria-affected areas.

Rekol said that about 10,000 infections were detected in 2017, but all those identified as contracting malaria were treated. He said that any resistance was “manageable,” adding that more should be done to prevent transmission in the first place.

Nguyen Thi Khe, a former official at the government Institute of Public Hygiene, told VOA Vietnamese that malaria was “not a serious issue in Vietnam right now,” a sentiment that was repeated by other officials.

Dondorp said it was worrying that Cambodian malaria officials appeared to be unconcerned by the reports of drug resistance, which he said could undo the gains of recent years. “In northeastern Thailand, Srisaket province is affected, almost all of Cambodia is affected, as well as southern Laos, and South Vietnam,” Dondorp said in an email to VOA.

In an email, he said, “The evolution and subsequent transnational spread of this single fit multidrug-resistant malaria parasite lineage is of international concern.”

A risk to Africa?

Globally, an estimated 3.2 billion people in 95 countries and territories are at risk of being infected with malaria, according to the World Health Organization. Most of the deaths occur in Africa, and there, children age 5 and younger account for more than two-thirds of the deaths, according to WHO.

The big worry is that the new strain of malaria may spread from the Mekong area to Africa.

Dr. David Sullivan, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who is affiliated with its Malaria Research Institute, said health officials in Africa have been monitoring the situation for several years and that the new bug has yet to appear there.

But, Sullivan added, “in the age of global travel” he could not say there is “zero possibility” of it making the jump. However, “even if it does jump, it’s not that super of a bug that it’s going to leave us defenseless, as if we have no drugs at all for malaria.”

An analysis conducted at the request of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), WHO’s top advisory committee for malaria, found that while “the risk of drug-resistant malaria spreading to India and Africa cannot be discounted, the broad consensus was that drug-resistant parasites were more likely to emerge independently in other parts of the world than to spread directly from” the Mekong region consisting of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, according to Dr. Pedro Alonso, director of the Global Malaria Programme, in a Q&A published late last month on the committee’s site.

Alonso said that WHO experts do not “at this time” consider “the threat of antimalarial drug resistance a public health emergency of international concern.”

That drug-resistant malaria would emerge in Cambodia is not a surprise. “In the past 50 or 60 years, this is the fifth or sixth time this has happened,” Sullivan said. “This is not new.”

The new strain “is able to be tackled and held in check,” he said. “I understand the concern and the alarm, but I would not put a superbug label on it, although I can see why people have.”

“Treatment options for the new strain exist,” Sullivan said, by either adding a drug to those usually prescribed, or extending the treatment duration of the current treatment.

Substandard drugs

Cambodia adopted one treatment, to which resistance has apparently grown, but has since switched to another. The resistance was identified in the western Cambodian region of Pailin, later spreading to northeastern Thailand and southern Laos, according to the letter published by The Lancet.

Dondorp, deputy director of MORU, said in an email to VOA that resistance may have been encouraged by the use of substandard drugs to treat malaria.

“Malaria is a disease of the poor and disenfranchised. These are often populations living in border areas and in or near to the forest,” he said.

Source: Voice of America

Government, NGOs tackle gender-based violence

Government and non-governmental organisations are coming together to strengthen efforts to curb gender-based violence.

Representatives from numerous government departments and NGOs dealing with gender-based violence (GBV) in the country met in Tshwane on Thursday to map out ways to deal with the problem.

During the intra-governmental knowledge sharing forum on GBV, which was organised by the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), the lack of women empowerment, inequality and patriarchal values and norms in society were highlighted as major contributors to the increasing number of cases of gender based violence.

Amongst the issues that were raised was that most women are scared to leave abusive relationships and marriages because they rely on their abusers economically, and the abusers are aware that they are needed, hence the violence continues. Other women go as far as withdrawing criminal charges laid against their abusers because they feel like they need them.

However, other representatives called on men to do away with the patriarchal norms that drive them to assume power and control over women and to avoid taking out their frustration on women and children.

They said most men who were abusers suffer emotionally and financially and they do not turn to anyone for support, which leads them to taking out their frustrations on those who are vulnerable. Society has also taught men that they should not be weak, and that crying is a sign of weakness, which also frustrates them and causes them to act violently when they are in a vulnerable state.

For the society to heal and be peaceful, both men and women need to treat each other with respect and dignity, forum delegates said.

GCIS Acting Deputy Director General for Content Processing and Dissemination, Tasneem Carrim, spoke to SAnews about the importance of the collaboration between government and NGOs to address gender-based violence.

What is required is some unity in action. If we unite and bring our resources together, collaborate better and learn from each other, we can end the scourge of gender based violence in our society.

The issues that we face in our society are not new; they have been there for a long time, and because of environmental circumstances like unemployment, inequality and poverty, some of these issues remain and they fester until something blows, said Carrim.

She said no one sector can solve these issues alone. Government has to work with NGOs and communities, and NGOs need government’s support because they need the regulatory authority. We all need each other.

She said government discovered in today’s session that there are many NGOs and government institutions that are facing problems that include funding, planning and lack of support; and these disable them from addressing problems facing society.

Prevention is better than cure

Amongst representatives who spoke out against violence was television personality and activist Angie Diale, who spoke a bit about her experience of surviving gender-based violence.

From a personal perspective, having survived gender-based violence and having watched my mother survive it, as well as potential femicide, I am hoping that everyone who was here today is going to put in extra effort when they go back to their communities to ensure that they respond effectively to the issues that were raised.

The most important thing is that we should have a very strong preventative structure in place that will filter from basic education foundation phase right up to all households in South Africa and the media. If we can have one clear message that is strong, and always in our faces and ears every day, we will definitely see change in our society, said Diale.

Given the recent spate of cases of gender-based violence and killings of women, many young girls and women no longer feel safe in their communities.

Diale said many young women are now even scared of getting into relationships because they fear for their lives. Violence and the killing of women has changed the dynamics in many families and even at work places, she said.

When walking in a public area, you are very self-conscious you don’t trust anyone. This has to change,” said Diale.

She encouraged young women to never stop speaking about abuse so that the abusers can face the law, and this will also help them to heal because the more they talk about their pain, the less painful it will become.

She urged girls to forgive themselves when they have wronged themselves, and to learn to walk away from toxic relationships while they still can.

Her message to young boys was that they should never think that abuse will solve any problems, and that they must love themselves so that they will be able to love other people.

Source: South African Government News Agency

A woman’s strength is unlimited, says award-winning UN peacekeeper

Being a girl child, I dreamt of occupying a powerful position to influence and create change in the community. It was the segregation of women that I experienced in my childhood that gave me the strength to add my voice in everything I did.

These are the words of Annah Chota, who last month was honoured as International Female Police Peacekeeper for her service and achievements with the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

Growing up in Harare, Zimbabwe, Ms. Chota’s awareness of the inequalities that existed between girls and boys began at an early age. The way society groomed boys for professional careers and steered girls towards domestic chores led her to start dreaming of a more equal world.

My father had originally been disappointed by having only girl children [the four daughters were later followed by sons], but then he began to appreciate us more through the discipline and tenacity to succeed displayed by myself and my sisters. At the time of his death in 2007, he had sacrificed all to ensure that we were educated and, as he used to say, we did not need to depend on a man for survival, she told UN News.

Through her life, Ms. Chota fought to remove the fixed stereotype on the limitations of women and girls. She left Zimbabwe to study accounting in South Africa, but had to drop out of university at the end of her second year because her father could no longer afford the fees. She was then encouraged to join the Zimbabwe Republic Police by her brother-in-law, because that would give her the opportunity to work and fund her education.

Since 2006, Ms. Chota has been developing her passion for policing. In 2014, having graduated with a degree in Business Administration, she started leaning towards gender mainstreaming. And in November 2016, she was deployed to Sudan, where she was appointed as head of the Gender and Children Affairs Unit in the police component of UNISFA.

When I arrived, there was no institutions or a government that would make the work of advancing gender equality easier, so we had to look for initiatives that would allow us to have the support of the communities, not only to promote gender equality but also to help us with prevention and protection of women from gender-based violence, she recalled.

Through training workshops and campaigns with local communities, Ms. Chota contributed to a shift in how communities deal with rape, domestic violence, child marriage and forced marriage, by recognising marital rape as a criminal offence.

The biggest obstacle for gender equality is the absence of laws because it doesn’t give women the support they need to report cases of gender-based violence, she said.

That was the reality confronting Assistant Inspector of Police Annah Chota when she got to Abyei to take up her post. In response, she helped to start a new network that would allow women to speak out. The idea of creating that network came with Ms. Chota from Zimbabwe, where women also had to find a way of disseminating the message of equality.

Since she arrived in the field, her main concern was always to protect women and girls and that is what motivated her to start lobbying to find support. We needed to create a space for women to speak to their leaders. We needed to empower them, through community dialogues, to report and record the crimes, she added.

Today more women are reporting gender-based violence, and in the absence of a police service, community protection committees can now record and recognise sexual and gender-based crimes.

The success story of Abyei is that community policing models such as the problem-oriented approach and involvement of the community in policing have really helped to build confidence in the society to report cases of sexual and gender-based violence.

Ms. Chota was recognised for her key contributions towards restoring the public’s trust in the police and encouraging children, women and men to become partners in preventing and detecting crime.

In her opinion, gender equality is not an issue that only Abyei has to deal with. Issues of gender equality are global. The world at large is male dominated, and without empowering women, gender inequality remains solidified in the society.

Ms. Chota is the first police officer from Zimbabwe to receive the award, which recognises the outstanding accomplishments of female police officers serving with the UN and has been bestowed annually since 2011.

To be honest, representing my country is a dream, she said. When people watch athletes or world leaders representing their nations, they have this feeling that they want to also do something to raise the flag of their country high. I aspired to do it.

Upon receiving the award, Ms. Chota said that it underscores the value of hard work, professionalism, teamwork and discipline, which every peacekeeper must exhibit.

The UN is working to attract more policewomen to join the 1,098 female police officers from 69 countries, who are currently serving in UN peacekeeping missions. In 2009, the world body launched the Global Effort and has worked with Member States and national police services to recruit more female police officers into UN operations. The goal is to reach 20 per cent women in the UN Police by 2020.

Zimbabwe provides 85 police officers to UN operations in Abyei, South Sudan (UNMISS), Sudan (UNAMID), and Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), 31 per cent of whom are women.

Ms. Chota called on other women to join her in the fight for gender equality. Strength within women is unlimited. As women, we already play multiple roles, which indicates that also in peacekeeping we can do it and we can do more. What’s important is to believe in yourself, because if we advance women, everyone will succeed.

Peacekeeping gives unmeasurable feelings of joy when you are able to put a smile on the face of someone whose life was ravaged by war, abuse and poverty, she added, noting that this is what keeps her going when she misses her husband and two small boys.

Source: UN News Centre