Daily Archives: September 5, 2018

Radiant Earth Foundation Releases First Earth Imagery Platform for Global Development

WASHINGTON, Sept. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Radiant Earth Foundation (formerly known as Radiant.Earth) announced today the release of its new open Earth imagery platform, fundamentally changing the way humanitarian aid workers, policymakers, researchers, journalists, and others use satellite images to understand and serve their communities. The platform is the first of its kind to offer instant, secure, and free access to Earth observation data on the cloud and help the global development community apply the data to real-world problems.

Today, there are more than 600 Earth observation satellites orbiting the planet, each one generating an estimated 6.4 terabytes of data each day. From seeing the scale of natural disasters to supporting Ebola outbreak responses, this data can measure global changes in near real time, leading to better-informed interventions and investments from the public and private sectors.

However, the current growing market for Earth observation data is highly fragmented and often cost-prohibitive for NGOs, multilateral organizations, government agencies, and others focused on social entrepreneurship. Working with organizations such as NASA, the European Space Agency, the Group on Earth Observations, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and private companies around the world, Radiant Earth Foundation’s platform brings together billions of dollars’ worth of satellite imagery and makes it available to the global development community. Additionally, the platform provides user-friendly analytical tools and support, empowering a range of users to consume and analyze the data in their everyday work.

“As global threats like climate change rapidly grow, observation systems and analytical technologies such as machine learning allow us to analyze landscapes and communities at a scale that was previously impractical and inaccessible to global development practitioners,” said Anne Hale Miglarese, founder and CEO of Radiant Earth Foundation. “And while satellite imagery offers a front row seat to humanity’s footprints, data alone doesn’t advance solutions. Our platform has been built by and for the development community, providing the best of today’s technology tools and insights to support the people who need it most—from a refugee camp in Myanmar to a small island nation in the Pacific.”

During its beta phase, Radiant Earth Foundation served more than 100 organizations including the World Bank and Catholic Relief Services and developed use cases that will be available to the public at large. The platform’s open API also allows users to integrate non-imagery data, including air quality, population, and weather statistics.

“I’ve been using drones to help low-income farmers across Botswana analyze crops, but I struggled with incomplete data, let alone data storage,” said Mmoloki Morapedi, a 2017 Mandela Fellow who uses Radiant Earth Foundation’s platform in his work as a drone designer, pilot, and analyst. “The platform allows me to streamline my drone data and help farmers better understand when and where to plant their crops—ultimately increasing their potential revenue and reducing food insecurity in Botswana.”

With funding from Omidyar Network and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Radiant Earth Foundation serves as a neutral, not-for-profit organization helping the growing satellite imagery industry balance bottom lines and higher purpose.

“The opportunity to create positive change through Earth observation data has never been greater,” said Peter Rabley, venture partner at Omidyar Network. “Radiant Earth Foundation is truly democratizing access to and use of satellite imagery, bringing clarity to an industry that has been confusing and costly for the global development community. The platform has the potential to spark solutions for some of society’s most entrenched issues—from rapid, unchecked urbanization to environmental degradation and more.”

Radiant Earth Foundation’s platform is now available to the public at app.radiant.earth through secure self sign-up or integrated social sign-on via Twitter, Facebook, GitHub, or Google accounts. Radiant Earth Foundation will host a webinar on September 26, 2018, at 11 a.m. EDT to demonstrate the platform’s unique features to users. To attend the webinar, please register here: http://bit.ly/REFPlatformWebinar.

About Radiant Earth Foundation
Founded in 2016, Radiant Earth Foundation (formerly Radiant.Earth) is a nonprofit organization committed to aggregating the world’s open Earth imagery and providing access and education on its use to the global development community. Radiant Earth Foundation’s open technology platform helps people discover and analyze the vast resources of Earth imagery, improving decision-making and fueling new solutions, discoveries, and innovations for society. Radiant Earth Foundation also offers a robust, integrated community development program to guide people in the use of Earth imagery, geospatial data sets, and tools. Visit us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Medium, and GitHub.

Media Contact:
Louisa Nakanuku-Diggs
Louisa@radiant.earth
+1.202.596.3603

La vodka Belvedere s’associe avec le célèbre artiste Laolu Senbanjo dans une collaboration mondiale où figure une éblouissante bouteille de série limitée

Le partenariat se distinguera par une suite mondiale d’expériences artistiques créées de concert et par des événements accompagnant la commercialisation de bouteilles cet automne

NEW YORK, 5 septembre 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Belvedere, la vodka originale de catégorie super-premium synonyme de goût et de personnalité a le très grand plaisir de faire part de son partenariat mondial avec Laolu Senbanjo, artiste visuel couronné de récompenses, musicien et activiste, en particulier dans une commercialisation limitée d’une bouteille superbe arrivant à l’échelle mondiale dans les magasins en septembre 2018. Avec une vision artistique qui révèle la beauté à l’intérieur de chacun de ses sujets, la nouvelle bouteille en série limitée anime l’interprétation de Senbanjo de la complexité, des nuances et du caractère du liquide offert par Belvedere.

Belvedere Vodka 2018 Limited Edition Bottle

Artiste de scène, artiste visuel, nigérian de naissance et basé à Brooklyn, Senbanjo a choisi la peau comme support artistique principal ; il est surtout connu pour sa peinture corporelle mise en lumière sur « Lemonade » de Beyoncé, album visuel distingué par les Grammy Awards. Il a été à la une du Washington Post et mis en vedette par The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, BBC, CNN et NBC. Outre Beyoncé, il compte parmi ses collaborateurs des artistes comme Alicia Keys, Swiss Beatz, Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Alek Wek et Danielle Brooks.

Senbanjo applique aux concepts muraux, aux partenariats de la mode, aux événements artistiques en direct et aux installations sa devise « Tout peut être ma toile ». Aujourd’hui, il la met en pratique sur la nouvelle bouteille de vodka Belvedere de série limitée. La première bouteille de Belvedere est entièrement enveloppée en faisant appel à une technologie de gaine de haute qualité et elle se singularise par une conception aux bords très nets symbolisant l’eau et le seigle œuvrant ensemble pour produire à la fois dimension et goût. Une subtile texture dont le toucher rappelle la peau réagit à la lumière ultraviolette et sert à apporter une composante sensorielle supplémentaire à la bouteille. La couleur charbon et des formes distinctes créent des designs complexes, riches d’histoire et qui s’inspirent largement de son héritage yoruba.

« Lorsque Laolu peint un sujet, chaque concept est unique, propre à ce qu’il pense décrire le mieux sa beauté interne. Ce message phénoménal s’aligne de façon harmonieuse sur notre mission cherchant à révéler la beauté inattendue de la vie, » a souligné Rodney Williams, président de Belvedere Vodka. » « Laolu est aussi un défenseur des droits sociaux et un ancien avocat des droits de l’homme. Ses philosophies correspondent tout à fait avec notre engagement envers les communautés et la genèse d’actions positives dans le monde, en l’occurrence l’organisation (RED) et le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le VIH/SIDA en Afrique, cause que nous défendons depuis 8 années. »

« En tant qu’artiste, j’ai l’occasion de partager mon âme avec les gens qui m’entourent, mon environnement et le monde. Je suis ainsi à même de canaliser mes expériences comme mon parcours d’avocat des droits de l’homme et aussi en tant que nigérian, » a fait remarquer Laolu Senbanjo. « La conception de la bouteille de Belvedere provient de cette inspiration et j’ai aussi fait beaucoup de recherche sur ce qui est au cœur de Belvedere comme le seigle et la pureté de son eau. Cette bouteille est une fusion étonnante de mon art et elle fait vivre ce que Belvedere personnifie : je peux ainsi faire partie de la société et lui donner quelque chose en retour, ce qui veut dire beaucoup pour moi. »

La vodka Belvedere et Laolu dévoileront la série limitée de cette bouteille à l’occasion d’un événement prévu pour la Semaine de la mode printemps / été 2019 à New York en septembre. La bouteille servira à apporter un soutien au Fonds mondial contribuant à éliminer le VIH/SIDA en Afrique. Elle sera largement disponible à partir de septembre et se présentera sous des capacités de 70 cl, 75 cl, 1 litre et 1,75 litre.

À PROPOS DE BELVEDERE VODKA
Produite dans l’une des distilleries polonaises de vodka au plus long fonctionnement continuel dans le monde depuis 1910, Belvedere a été la première marque à générer une nouvelle norme d’excellence en établissant la catégorie de vodka super-premium. Aujourd’hui, le goût distinctif et l’intégrité sans compromis de Belvedere jouissent de la reconnaissance internationale des enthousiastes exigeants de vodka qui en apprécient la personnalité dynamique et complexe. Élaborée en faisant uniquement appel à une classe supérieure de seigle Polska et d’eau puisée dans sa propre source cristalline, Belvedere est purement naturelle, sans additifs ni ajout de sucre, et elle est produite conformément aux exigences légales de la vodka polonaise. La profil de sa saveur est structuré, élégant et équilibré, avec une douceur subtile, riche en bouche, et un fini onctueux et net. Pour davantage de renseignements, visitez https://www.BelvedereVodka.com.

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Belvedere Vodka Joins Forces With Acclaimed Artist Laolu Senbanjo For Global Collaboration Including Stunning Limited Edition Bottle

Partnership to feature a global series of powerful co-created art experiences and bottle launch events this fall

NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Belvedere Vodka, the original super premium vodka that stands for taste and character, is excited to announce its global partnership with award-winning visual artist, musician, and activist Laolu Senbanjo, including a striking limited edition bottle available in-store globally September 2018. With an artistic vision to reveal the beauty within each of his subjects, the new limited edition bottle visually brings to life Senbanjo’s interpretation of the complexity, nuance and character of the Belvedere liquid.

Belvedere Vodka 2018 Limited Edition Bottle

A Brooklyn-based Nigerian-born performance and visual artist, Senbanjo’s main artistic medium is the skin; he is best known for his body-painting featured in Beyoncé’s Grammy Award-winning visual album, “Lemonade.”  He’s graced the cover of the Washington Post, and has been featured in TheNew York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, BBC, CNN, and NBC. In addition to Beyoncé, he counts artists including Alicia Keys, Swiss Beatz, Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Alek Wek, and Danielle Brooks among his collaborators.

Senbanjo applies his mantra, “Everything is My Canvas,” to mural designs, fashion partnerships, live art events and installations, and now to the new limited-edition Belvedere Vodka bottle. The first Belvedere bottle with high-quality full-wrap sleeve technology features a flowing design with sharp edges that represent the water and rye working together to produce dimension and taste. Subtle skin-sense texture, which reacts to UV lights, is used to bring another sensory component to the bottle. The charcoal coloring and distinct shapes create complex, story-rich designs, which draw heavily from his Yoruba heritage.

“When Laolu paints a subject, each design is unique to what he believes depicts their inner beauty. This phenomenal message is seamlessly in line with our mission to reveal the unexpected beauty in life,” said Rodney Williams, president of Belvedere Vodka. “Also as a social advocate and former human rights attorney, Laolu’s philosophies align with our commitment to community and creating positive action in the world; in this case, the program supports the (RED) organization and the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa, a cause we’ve been supporting for 8 years.”

“As an artist I get to share my soul with people around me, my environment and the world and I’m able to channel my experiences like my journey as a human rights attorney and as a Nigerian,” said Laolu Senbanjo. “The Belvedere bottle design came from that inspiration as well as doing a lot of research about what Belvedere is at its core, like the rye and the pristine water. The bottle is an amazing blend of my art and bringing to life what Belvedere stands for – and I get to be a part of giving back to society, which means a lot to me.”

Belvedere Vodka and Laolu will reveal the limited edition bottle at an event planned for Spring/Summer 2019 New York Fashion Week in September. The bottle will support the global fund to help eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa. Widely available beginning September, the bottle comes in 70cl, 75cl, 1L and 1.75L sizes.

ABOUT BELVEDERE VODKA
Produced in the one of the world’s longest continuously operating Polish distillery that has been making vodka since 1910, Belvedere was the first to generate a new standard of excellence by establishing the super-premium vodka category. Today, Belvedere’s distinctive taste and uncompromising integrity are recognized internationally by discriminating vodka enthusiasts who appreciate its dynamic and complex character. Crafted using only superior grade Polska rye and water from its own local pristine source, Belvedere is all natural, contains no additives nor added sugar, and is produced in accordance with the legal requirements of Polish Vodka. Its taste profile is structured, elegant and balanced, with a subtle sweetness, rich mouthfeel and smooth, clean finish. For more information visit https://www.BelvedereVodka.com.

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Oriental Yuhong Attends 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit

BEIJING, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The 2018 FOCAC Summit held on Sep 3rd and 4th, invited Oriental Yuhong to attend the summit. Representatives of the company attended the session between Chinese private enterprises and the delegation from Mauritius. Mr. Liu Bin, President of Oriental Yuhong Waterproofing Group, shared the experience of Oriental Yuhong’s waterproof project services in the African market, and revealed future service plans in Africa.

Africa is a key market of Oriental Yuhong. The company has successfully undertaken major projects, such as Mombasa-Nairobi Railway, Tanzania Kiggobni Sea-crossing Bridge and Angola Fevereiro International Airport. Africa has become one of the important markets for Oriental Yuhong as it continues to expand. Oriental Yuhong is looking forward to providing high quality products and internationally recognized services for more buildings in Mauritius.

Mr. Liu said that “over the past 20 years, Oriental Yuhong has adhered to the international high standards and self-discipline. The high-quality waterproof system service has been successfully used in the construction of Beijing’s new Airport, National Stadium and High-speed railways. Oriental Yuhong has become one of the world’s leading waterproof system service providers.”

Oriental Yuhong has been exploring and expanding in international markets for 13 years. The company has applied waterproofing system solutions to major industrial and civil infrastructure and commercial buildings. The company’s high-quality products have been exported to more than 100 countries and regions including Africa, Germany, the United States and Brazil.

For more information about Oriental Yuhong, visit http://en.yuhong.com.cn/

the dti to Observe International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day in Kuruman, Northern Cape

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will observe the International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day (FADS) with the aim of intensifying awareness of and educating young people and women of child bearing age in particular about the harmful effects of alcohol abuse during pregnancy. The event will take place in Kuruman, Northern Cape on 8 September 2018, under the theme No Amount of Alcohol is Safe During Pregnancy.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are a group of conditions that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. The most severe form of the condition is known as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Problems may include an abnormal appearance, short height, low body weight, small head size, poor coordination, low intelligence, behavioural problems, and problems with hearing and sight.

According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, South Africa is a developing country where alcohol consumption is associated with party spirit. He said according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the annual liquor consumption by South Africa amounts to 7.81 litres of pure alcohol per person and the rate of consumption ranks South Africa 52nd on a list of 191 countries.

According to FARR (Foundation for Alcohol Related Research), in South Africa approximately 78% of pregnancies are unplanned. As a result of this, women often do not realise that they are pregnant and therefore continue to use alcohol, especially during the first trimester (3 months of pregnancy). This is a very vulnerable time for the fetus as most of the organs develop during this period. Due to a variety of reasons, such as unplanned pregnancies, limited resources, attitudinal challenges and lack of knowledge, women often visit antenatal services very late during their pregnancies and therefore further delay the possibility of getting information about FASD and the necessary support.

The South African government is concerned that South Africa is estimated to have alcohol consumption at a score of 4 which is riskier in a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being least risky and 5 being riskiest. It is against this backdrop, that we deem it significant to intensify education and awareness around alcohol and liquor abuse and drinking while pregnant. Partnerships between government and communities are vital to decrease alcohol intake in South Africa, says Davies.

The International FADS Day is commemorated annually on 9 September across the globe to enhance awareness of the dangers of consuming alcohol while pregnant. The event is part of the dti’s Sobriety Campaign whose purpose is to raise awareness on the high-risk behavioural activities related to alcohol abuse such as violence, risky sexual activities, and the spread of HIV/AIDS, and encourage behavioural change by offering alternatives in the form of government services aimed at empowering communities, including women and children.

Source: Department of Trade and Industry