Monthly Archives: June 2018

Golden Agri-Resources’ latest Sustainability Report tracks progress on supply chain transformation

SINGAPORE, June 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Golden Agri-Resources’ (GAR) Sustainability Report 2017 highlights important milestones in the company’s efforts to transform its palm supply chain. GAR achieved 100 percent Traceability to the Plantation (TTP) at the end of 2017 for its 44 owned-mills. This means that 39 percent of GAR’s palm supply chain is now fully traceable. GAR is now working with over 420 third-party supplier mills to help them achieve TTP by end-2020.

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“TTP means we can guarantee the provenance of our raw materials and is in line with the efforts of others in the sector, including our major customers, who are also working on full transparency of their palm supply chain. For us, this achievement is an essential part of our wider efforts to help our suppliers change for the better. Through deeper engagement, we reduce supply chain risks while helping our industry become more responsible and resilient,” said GAR Chairman and CEO, Franky Oesman Widjaja.

In parallel with its mapping efforts, GAR is carrying out targeted site visits; monitoring suppliers as part of risk assessment and management; and assessing their needs to help them upgrade their capacity to implement responsible practices. As part of its ongoing outreach, GAR holds annual SMART SEED (Social and Environmental Excellence Development) workshops for its suppliers with practical themes such as achieving certification, improving labour practices and implementing traceability. GAR also holds special workshops as needed, and in 2017, organised a workshop for suppliers to heighten awareness of the protected status of the Leuser Ecosystem in Aceh, as well as how to improve procurement practices to avoid sourcing from growers who may be operating in that protected area.

The achievement of full TTP will help GAR share responsible practices with more agents, brokers and smallholders in its supply chain.

The progress made in this area aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production – as GAR tries to improve the livelihoods of its suppliers especially small farmers while ensuring sustainable production.

In 2017, GAR also made a breakthrough in long-term yield improvement through the launch of two new planting materials – Eka 1 and Eka 2. These non-GMO clonal seeds, which can potentially produce more than 10 tonnes of CPO per hectare per year, are set to revolutionise productivity and will be rolled out progressively in GAR plantations starting in 2022. Eka 1 and Eka 2 are the results of GAR’s longheld belief in investing in technology and R&D to advance sustainable productivity, while reducing the need to open more land for agriculture. This puts GAR on track to deliver UN SDG 2 which aims to increase agricultural productivity to relieve global hunger.

GAR continued to make progress on other fronts including its innovative community conservation partnerships. Participatory Mapping and Conservation Planning continued apace with 13 villages in conservation partnerships to protect more than 7,000 hectares of High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. GAR’s progress on forest conservation and other environmental initiatives contributes to the achievement of UN SDG 15 — the protection of Life on Land.

The SR2017 is based on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards Reporting Guidelines. The full report can be viewed on the GAR website. GAR has been publishing a Sustainability Report since 2011.

About Golden Agri-Resources Ltd (GAR)

GAR is one of the leading palm oil plantation companies with a total planted area of 500,345 hectares (including plasma smallholders) as at 31 March 2018, located in Indonesia. It has integrated operations focused on the production of palm-based edible oil and fat.

Founded in 1996, GAR was listed on the Singapore Exchange in 1999 and has a market capitalisation of US$3.4 billion as at 31 March 2018. Flambo International Limited, an investment company, is currently GAR’s largest shareholder, with a 50.35 percent stake. GAR has several subsidiaries, including PT SMART Tbk which was listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange in 1992.

GAR is focused on responsible palm oil production. In Indonesia, its primary activities include cultivating and harvesting of oil palm trees; processing of fresh fruit bunch into crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel; refining CPO into value-added products such as cooking oil, margarine, shortening, biodiesel and oleochemicals; as well as merchandising palm products throughout the world. It also has operations in China and India including a deep-sea port, oilseeds crushing plants, production capabilities for refined edible oil products as well as other food products such as noodles. For more information, visit: www.goldenagri.com.sg

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New Analog Trunking Gateway morphs from FXO to SIP when you go All-IP

For SMBs that need 8 FXO trunks for their IP PBX, Patton now offers a new menu of VoIP CPE solutions. The gateways can morph into eSBCs when the business transitions to ALL-IP.

SmartNode VoIP… More than just talk!

GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  Patton Electronics—US-manufacturer of UC, Cloud, and IoT-enabling solutions for carrier, enterprise, and industrial networks—announced today a new family of voice-over-IP (VoIP) gateways and enterprise session border controllers (eSBCs) with up to 8 integrated FXO interfaces for small-to-medium-businesses (SMBs).

The new SmartNode family of customer-premise analog-trunking devices provides flexible combinations of up to eight FXO, FXS, and BRI interfaces.

Patton’s new VoIP gateway models offer a special feature: they can morph into eSBCs.

When an enterprise decides to migrate to ALL-IP networking with SIP trunks (instead of FXO trunks to the PSTN), a license-key upgrade enables the eSBC functions.

There’s more. The FXO and/or BRI trunks can stay alive to provide a fallback path for the phone system when the Internet link fails (which we all know, it will).

Patton Cloud will provide remote license-key and additional element management functions for all Patton devices. Patton Cloud is soon to be released. Watch for the announcement.

“Patton has been doing analog trunking CPE for decades,” said Breton C.  Patton (Bret), product manager. “Lately, our loyal customers and business partners have been asking us for 8 FXO devices. Well, here they are!”

These new Patton VoIP products are perfect for delivering…

  • First-line analog trunks with any on-premise SIP PBX, including the likes of 3CX, Avaya, Asterisk, RingCentral, Mitel, Panasonic, and many others
  • Future-proof IP telephony (with analog trunks) with a seamless migration path to SIP trunking or hosted telephony
  • Hybrid analog and IP telephony with a SIP trunk and up to 8 analog FXO connections for PSTN breakout, fallback, and system survivability
  • Connectivity support for legacy devices: fax machines, analog phones, BRI phones, etc.

The new Patton SmartNode VoIP CPE solutions include:

  • SN4140  8-port Analog VoIP Gateway – field-upgradeable to eSBC
  • SN5540  All-IP Session Border controller with 8 analog FXS/FXO for legacy device connections and/or PSTN Fallback
  • SN5550  12-call hybrid FXS/FXO/BRI-So eSBC and Router

In related news, Patton recently announced a new business partnership with Canadian distributor GENTEK.

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TUV Rheinland Cyber trends 2018: PI Cybersecurity Smarthome and Testing 

COLOGNE, Germany, June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The smart home is a reality, but not yet standard. Leading international experts at TUV Rheinland expect this to change very quickly: They estimate that in five years’ time there will be around 500 devices, products, applications and components in every private household that are Internet-enabled or already connected to the Internet. This is a forecast from TUV Rheinland’s Cybersecurity Trends 2018, published by the globally active testing service provider for quality and safety. The problem: Many of these “smart” products and applications are not sufficiently tested for data security and cybersecurity.

Networked devices collect and exchange data

Smart networked devices include online control systems for roller shutters, lighting or heating as well as televisions, refrigerators or lawnmowers, mobile phones, tablet PCs or baby monitors. “Networked devices need to collect and exchange data in order to function. Otherwise these are not smart. At the same time, they must be well protected against data security and cyber-burglaries,” says Dr. Daniel Hamburg, Head of the Global Center of Excellence Testing and Certification at TUV Rheinland, the leading expert for product testing and cybersecurity. Among other things, it demands that standards for testing device security be extended to include tests for data security and cybersecurity. “Otherwise, the Smart Home will open the door to a new kind of burglar.”

Cyber criminals: New generation of burglars

In fact, there are already incidents in which it is possible to penetrate systems and products connected to the Internet with comparatively simple means. This is done, for example, via malware or WLAN. In a recent test, for example, experts from TUV Rheinland hacked an inverter in a solar power system. This would have made it possible to affect connected storage systems or even the power grid itself. Alarm systems or surveillance systems have also been hacked and levered out by burglars.

Ensure compliance with data protection regulations

To ensure that consumers can be more confident that products and systems meet current data protection and online security requirements at the time of purchase, experts demand independent testing according to uniform standards.

Dr. Daniel Hamburg said: “An example from Germany: The GS mark for tested product safety has existed in Germany for 40 years. We now need a similar test for smart products in order to make tested data security and cybersecurity visible to consumers at a glance. This creates an opportunity for comparison in the market and ensures trust in the manufacturers.”

TUV Rheinland has been developing such tests since 2017: The experts check the data protection and data security of products and applications that are connected to these products. Because an Internet-enabled device is almost always connected to a service, for example mobile and flexible control via a smartphone. When purchasing new smart devices, consumers should always inform themselves about compliance with data protection regulations and not just pay attention to the price.

Cybersecurity Trends presented for the fourth time

TUV Rheinland’s Cybersecurity Trends were published for the fourth time in 2018. They were researched and compiled over several months within an international team. The report is based on a survey of leading cybersecurity experts from TUV Rheinland and the experiences of companies in Europe, North America and Asia. To this end, the experts also surveyed companies and organizations in various industries and analyzed security incidents worldwide in the past year.

The Cybersecurity Trends 2018 provide information on eight major developments in data security, IT security, data protection and cybercrime. These include the effects of the new data protection regulations within the European Union – keyword: basic data protection regulation — the trend towards biometric recognition systems in everyday life and the development of artificial intelligence around cybersecurity.

600 specialists worldwide

For almost 20 years, TUV Rheinland has supported the private and public sector with comprehensive consulting and solutions expertise in the fields of cybersecurity and telecommunications. This includes cybersecurity solutions, consulting in the domain of digital transformation, planning of telecommunication infrastructures, IT services, management consulting and the accompaniment of innovative research projects. The Business Stream ICT & Business Solutions at TUV Rheinland employs around 600 experts worldwide.

The complete Cybersecurity Trends 2018 are available free of charge and can be downloaded at http://www.tuv.com/en/cybersecurity-trends-2018 from TUV Rheinland.

About TUV Rheinland

TUV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, founded 145 years ago. The group maintains a worldwide presence of more than 20,000 people; annual turnover is nearly EUR 2 billion. The independent experts stand for quality and safety for people, technology and the environment in nearly all aspects of life. TUV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects, and helps to shape processes and information security for companies. Its experts train people in a wide range of careers and industries. To this end, TUV Rheinland employs a global network of approved labs, testing and education centers. Since 2006, TUV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.

Sechrist Industries And Dartmouth’s Geisel School Of Medicine Work Together To Bring Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy To Tanzania

ANAHEIM, California, June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Sechrist Industries, Inc. has partnered with Jay Buckey, MD, Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine, to bring Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to Tanzania. A Sechrist Monoplace Hyperbaric Chamber will be located at the Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam and will be the first of its kind in mainland Tanzania. It will be used clinically to treat patients, as well as to further research into the use of HBOT. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy will be used to treat the following ailments:

  • Non-healing hypoxic wounds
  • Chronic bone infections
  • Injury to tissue from radiation treatment for cancer
  • Severe anemia
  • The team also hopes to evaluate HBOT for resistant mycobacterial infections

HBOT has been used for decades to treat decompression sickness, and in recent years, its use for other indications has grown and evolved. Sechrist looks forward to continued collaboration with Dartmouth, Dr. Buckey, and the Muhimbili Hospital as they train their staff and conduct research to expand knowledge about the use of HBOT.

ABOUT SECHRIST INDUSTRIES, INC.

Sechrist Industries, Inc. has been manufacturing the world’s best Hyperbaric Chambers since 1973. Having over 45 years of experience has made them an integral part of medical facilities across the globe. Currently, Sechrist produces the largest diameter Monoplace Hyperbaric Chamber available on the market. With quality being of huge importance to Sechrist, it maintains that all equipment is designed and built to the highest standards allowing for the best care possible for patients.

Dr. Jay Buckey (far left) Dr. Albert Magohe (far right); Dr. Ndeserua Moshi (second from left); Dr. Enica Richard Massawe (fourth from right).

Media Contact: Ryan Stein, 1-714-579-8384; rstein@sechristusa.com

The world leader in Hyperbaric Chamber technology. (PRNewsFoto/Sechrist Industries, Inc.)

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Uganda Releases First NDC Partnership Plan for Climate Action in Africa

The Ugandan Government approved the plan to deliver on the country’s commitments to advance the Paris Agreement on climate change; Plan identifies five priority areas set by the government and begins to connect them to available partner and program resources for climate change mitigation and adaptation

KAMPALA, Uganda, June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Government of Uganda today released its strategy to deliver on commitments under the Paris Agreement, in a blueprint known as the Uganda NDC Partnership Plan. Building off progress already made through Uganda’s existing climate plans and policies, the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement captures the country’s ambitions for a sustainable future. The Partnership Plan complements this vision, while also serving as an accelerator for action. The Plan identifies five priority areas set by the government for implementation of its NDC, and begins to connect those priorities to available partner and program resources from across the NDC Partnership and its network.

Uganda launches NDC Partnership Plan for Climate Action to Advance Paris Agreement on Climate Change (PRNewsFoto/NDC Partnership)

In its NDC, Uganda puts strong emphasis on adaptation actions, to ensure all people and communities are resilient to climate impacts. To reduce its impact on climate change, Uganda has committed to reducing its emissions by 22 percent by 2030, with actions focused in energy, forestry, and wetlands. Through the Partnership Plan, Uganda is raising its ambition by setting the timeline to achieve several NDC actions sooner. Uganda seeks to mainstream climate resilience across sectors and develop early warning systems and robust monitoring systems by 2020, much earlier than originally planned. The Plan also aims to create an enabling environment for the country’s NDC by elaborating and clarifying actions for transformative change as the country grows and develops into the future.

Key to achieving Uganda’s climate goals is effective coordination and prioritization as well as monitoring and reporting on its climate actions and response.

The five priority areas for Uganda identified in its NDC Partnership Plan are: strengthened operational and gender-responsive policy and institutional frameworks for the effective governance of climate change; increased climate financing for planning and budgeting on the national and local levels; effective and institutionalized measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems to monitor greenhouse gas emissions and gender-responsive adaptation measures; strengthened capacity of government officials, civil society, the private sector and academia to effectively integrate NDC and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) commitments with a gender lens into existing and future programs; and accelerated project financing for NDC implementation.

To deliver on these priorities, the plan identifies 49 activities for the next three years, including enacting a legal framework for climate action; developing a project pipeline of investment-ready projects for funding across priority sectors; establishing and strengthening national climate change funding mechanisms; modeling national temperature and precipitation and extreme event scenarios; and developing a national greenhouse gas inventory system.

Uganda Climate Change Department Commissioner Chebet Maikut said, “Uganda recognizes the importance of fulfilling its commitments under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, while at the same time welcoming the support of development partners in pushing Uganda’s climate agenda forward. To this end, to the development partners and the NDC Partnership that have pledged support to Uganda’s climate ambitions – I thank you!”

He added, “It’s through such partnerships that we can achieve and meaningfully contribute to the global climate ambition that we desperately require to save tomorrow’s climate today.”

The newly-approved NDC Partnership Plan serves as the basis for planning, coordination, resource mobilization and transparency on NDC implementation between the government and partners to work together to help Uganda achieve its climate and development goals.

To date, a number of implementing partners, both from inside and outside the NDC Partnership, have already pledged support to Uganda, including the Governments of Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Austria; the European Union; United Nations Climate Change (UNFCCC); United Nations Development Program (UNDP); the African Development Bank; the World Bank; the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI); Environmental Management for Livelihood Improvement Bwaise Facility (EMLI); Conservation International; International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); National Adaptation Plan – Global Network (NAP-GN); and World Resources Institute.

NDC Partnership Steering Committee member Ms. Carola van Rijnsoever, Ambassador for Sustainable Development at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, congratulated Uganda on its Partnership Plan, saying, “Uganda is showing a strong commitment in implementing the Paris Agreement and in aligning its climate action to the Sustainable Development Goals. The Netherlands is pleased to support these efforts jointly with other development partners committed to decisive climate and development action.”

Swedish Ambassador to Uganda Per Lingarde added, “As a member of the NDC Partnership, Sweden convened in cooperation with the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment and the Stockholm Environment Institute a half-day dialogue meeting on the progress of the implementation of Uganda’s Nationally Determined Contribution in Kampala on 19 June. The meeting highlighted the connection between climate and development, and between Uganda’s NDC and the Sustainable Development Goals. Sweden will through its development cooperation continue to engage with Uganda on ways to bring the challenge of climate change into a pathway of sustained development focusing on renewable energy and green cities.”

The NDC Partnership is a global coalition of countries and institutions committed to advancing ambitious climate and development action, co-chaired by the Kingdom of Morocco and the Federal Republic of Germany, which was represented at the launch event by German Ambassador to Uganda Dr. Albrecht Conze. The Partnership has grown to include 74 member countries, 17 institutional members and four associate members since its launch at COP22 in Marrakesh in November 2016. Of these members, Uganda was one of the first countries in Africa to join the NDC Partnership, and formalized its request for technical assistance in September 2017. The NDC Partnership is supporting more than 30 developing countries to enhance and implement their NDCs through technical assistance; capacity building; knowledge sharing and facilitating access to finance. Members give specific support to strengthen policy frameworks; mainstream climate actions into national, sectoral and sub-national plans; develop budgeting and investment plans; share knowledge and resources and build more robust monitoring and reporting systems in line with country-driven requests.

For more information on the NDC Partnership, visit ndcpartnership.org.

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