Sep 052014
 

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, September 5, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ —

• 21st century LED technology will provide a makeover to the Castle of Good Hope during the conclusion of Philips’ fifth consecutive Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow

• The Castle of Good Hope is the latest addition to a pan-African line-up of iconic city monuments lit by Philips during the roadshow

Royal Philips (AEX: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) (http://www.philips.com/africaroadshow), the global leader in lighting, today unveiled a stunning lighting makeover of the historic and iconic Castle of Good Hope (http://www.castleofgoodhope.co.za) in Cape Town at the conclusion of its fifth consecutive pan-African Cairo to Cape Town roadshow (http://www.philips.com/africaroadshow). Philips’ latest LED lighting technology has been utilized to create eye-catching, dynamic and colourful lighting effects that will bring this architectural monument to life, while allowing energy savings of 80% over the traditional lights that are currently used in the Castle.

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The magnificent Castle, which is in the foothills of the iconic Table Mountain, remains a major international tourist attraction, in addition to being an architectural masterpiece with a rich history and unique design. Philips’ visual lighting concept will provide the building with an imposing look, with the world famous Table Mountain acting as a splendid backdrop behind the Castle. Philips has used its innovative Vaya Flood LED (http://bit.ly/1qBB4fg) range combing a spectrum of red, blue and green lighting creating an almost mythical atmosphere around the Castle that brings history to life.

Philips enlivens marquee Castle in World Design Capital 2014

“Philips is very proud to have placed its know-how and technology at the service of this iconic monument” says JJ van Dongen, Senior Vice President and CEO, Philips Africa. “For us the challenge was to devise effective lighting that would enhance the beauty of the site without at any time overwhelming it. We are very delighted by the final results and hope that this enhanced lighting will improve the tourism value of the Castle; in addition, we believe that this spectacular illumination of the Castle of Good Hope contributes hugely to Cape Town’s unique distinction as the World Design Capital of 2014” (http://www.wdccapetown2014.com).

The Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. Constructed between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, it was once a fort, but today functions as a museum of the Cape’s early days. It is an example of a “star fort”, and attracts thousands of visitors annually. The spectacular Philips LED lighting is likely to significantly improve the tourism and marketing value of the monument.

“We are delighted with this historic project Philips has completed at the Castle of Good Hope,” states Mr Calvyn Gilfellan, CEO, of the Castle of Good Hope. “It is great that the iconic Table Mountain will now have a wonderfully well-lit Castle at its feet. We are extremely proud to work in the Castle of Good Hope; to see the visual and perceptual transformation of this historic building to such an extent is magnificent and a real credit to Philips. With the spotlight now firmly on us, our goal – to bring the people to the Castle and take the Castle to the people – has now received a significant boost”

The advantages of the LED lighting provided at the Castle of Good Hope include:

• Dynamic lighting that makes it possible to adjust the atmosphere of the site (change of intensity and color).

• A longer lifespan of the installation: around 50,000 hours compared to 12,000 hours with conventional lighting.

• A reduction in maintenance costs: LED luminaires require little maintenance, while at the same time they cut energy consumption by 80%.

The fifth pan-African Cairo to Cape Town roadshow

Cape Town is the final stop on Philips’ annual flagship Cairo to Cape Town roadshow which focuses on key challenges facing Africa today – the need for energy-efficient lighting and the revitalization of African healthcare infrastructure. The roadshow kicked off in Cairo on 14th April 2014 and concluded today, 4 September, in Cape Town visiting 10 cities and 7 countries enroute.

Philips had committed to lighting up and illuminating iconic monuments in every country visited during the roadshow and it delivered this commitment by providing a stunning lighting makeover of historic, well-recognized monuments in African cities including The Baron Place in Cairo, the Maqam Echahid in Algiers, the Wilaya City Hall of Casablanca, Kenya National Archives building in Nairobi, Nigerian National Arts Theatre in Lagos and the historic Black Star Monument in Accra.

JJ van Dongen summarizes, “Although we are concluding our fifth Pan-African roadshow, Philips remains dedicated to continuing the engagements, partnerships and commitments we have made on this journey. Issues like Mother and child care and energy efficiency are of high priority for policy makers and societies. Philips recognizes this need and will continue to create dialogue and cooperation between governments and non-governmental organizations, between public and private stakeholders. Philips remains committed to Africa which is an important growth market to us.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Royal Philips.

For more information please follow the Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow on: http://www.philips.com/africaroadshow

For further information, please contact:

Radhika Choksey

Philips Group Communications – Africa

Tel: +31 62525 9000

E-mail: radhika.choksey@philips.com

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) (http://www.philips.com is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 113,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at http://www.philips.com/newscenter.

Sep 052014
 

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, September 5, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The European Commission has today announced €140m of funding for the countries currently affected by the Ebola virus in West Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.

€38 million of the new package is specifically designed to help those governments bolster their health services (for example through reinforcing treatment centres or support for health workers), both during the crisis and in the recovery phase. It will also provide support in the areas of food security, water and sanitation, which are essential in terms of safeguarding the health of the population.

Announcing the support today during his official visit to Benin, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, said “The ongoing Ebola crisis remains extremely concerning; not just because of its obvious impact on health services but also due to the wider challenges it brings to the region in terms of economic stability, food security, water and sanitation. Our package shows that the EU continues to be committed to a strong, coordinated international response and will do all it can to help governments in those countries affected in the areas where it is most needed.”

Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, said: “The situation is going from bad to worse, despite the brave efforts of humanitarian organisations and despite early and substantial assistance provided by the international community, including the EU. We are helping make a difference on the ground, but the needs are outpacing the international community’s capacity to react. We need to pool our efforts and provide adequate air transportation and medical equipment to our partners in order to fight this menace.”

The total package of €140 million will be split as follows:

€38m to strengthen healthcare systems, including in the areas of healthcare provision, food security, water and sanitation.

€5 million towards providing mobile laboratories for the detection of the virus and training health workers (as part of the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, or IcSP).

€97.5 million will be spent in Budget Support (BS) operations to Liberia and Sierra Leone, to reinforce governments’ capacity to deliver public services – in particular health care – and macro-economic stability.

Background

The fact that affected West African countries have seen a spiralling of Ebola cases reveals, among other things, the inadequacies of their current health systems. Contagion can be controlled with adequate measures and gear, but through active engagement of local and international partners. Any measures aimed at isolating these countries would only exacerbate the situation.

Several European specialist teams of the European Mobile Laboratory project for dangerous infectious diseases have been dispatched to Guinea and Nigeria (and one will arrive in Liberia next week), with mobile laboratories to support with viral haemorrhagic fever diagnostics, rapid analyses of samples and confirmation of cases.

The European Commission has been scaling up its response to the epidemic since March 2014 and has pledged a total of €11.9 million in humanitarian aid (including €8 million from the €38million mentioned above to strengthen healthcare systems). Humanitarian experts have been deployed in the region, monitoring the situation and liaising with partner organisations and local authorities.

This is the first Ebola virus outbreak registered in the region. Highly contagious, human to human transmission of Ebola occurs by contact with blood and body fluids.

The European Commission is also working closely with the EU Member States within the Health Security Committee to keep them informed about the latest developments and secure the synchronisation of measures. A travel advice leaflet has been endorsed by the Health Security Committee and is available in all EU languages.

Sep 052014
 

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, September 5, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The European Commission has today announced €140m of funding for the countries currently affected by the Ebola virus in West Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.

€38 million of the new package is specifically designed to help those governments bolster their health services (for example through reinforcing treatment centres or support for health workers), both during the crisis and in the recovery phase. It will also provide support in the areas of food security, water and sanitation, which are essential in terms of safeguarding the health of the population.

Announcing the support today during his official visit to Benin, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, said “The ongoing Ebola crisis remains extremely concerning; not just because of its obvious impact on health services but also due to the wider challenges it brings to the region in terms of economic stability, food security, water and sanitation. Our package shows that the EU continues to be committed to a strong, coordinated international response and will do all it can to help governments in those countries affected in the areas where it is most needed.”

Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, said: “The situation is going from bad to worse, despite the brave efforts of humanitarian organisations and despite early and substantial assistance provided by the international community, including the EU. We are helping make a difference on the ground, but the needs are outpacing the international community’s capacity to react. We need to pool our efforts and provide adequate air transportation and medical equipment to our partners in order to fight this menace.”

The total package of €140 million will be split as follows:

€38m to strengthen healthcare systems, including in the areas of healthcare provision, food security, water and sanitation.

€5 million towards providing mobile laboratories for the detection of the virus and training health workers (as part of the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, or IcSP).

€97.5 million will be spent in Budget Support (BS) operations to Liberia and Sierra Leone, to reinforce governments’ capacity to deliver public services – in particular health care – and macro-economic stability.

Background

The fact that affected West African countries have seen a spiralling of Ebola cases reveals, among other things, the inadequacies of their current health systems. Contagion can be controlled with adequate measures and gear, but through active engagement of local and international partners. Any measures aimed at isolating these countries would only exacerbate the situation.

Several European specialist teams of the European Mobile Laboratory project for dangerous infectious diseases have been dispatched to Guinea and Nigeria (and one will arrive in Liberia next week), with mobile laboratories to support with viral haemorrhagic fever diagnostics, rapid analyses of samples and confirmation of cases.

The European Commission has been scaling up its response to the epidemic since March 2014 and has pledged a total of €11.9 million in humanitarian aid (including €8 million from the €38million mentioned above to strengthen healthcare systems). Humanitarian experts have been deployed in the region, monitoring the situation and liaising with partner organisations and local authorities.

This is the first Ebola virus outbreak registered in the region. Highly contagious, human to human transmission of Ebola occurs by contact with blood and body fluids.

The European Commission is also working closely with the EU Member States within the Health Security Committee to keep them informed about the latest developments and secure the synchronisation of measures. A travel advice leaflet has been endorsed by the Health Security Committee and is available in all EU languages.

Sep 052014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 5, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — While South Sudan continues to grapple with widespread insecurity and mass displacement, IOM is continuing to build the new country’s limited administrative capacity.

IOM Juba this week hosted a five-day training on document examination, imposter recognition, and risk profiling for 22 officers from South Sudan’s Directorate of Nationalities, Passports and Immigration (DNPI).

The goal of the training was to improve the skills and capacity of immigration officers from Juba International Airport and the two most frequented border crossings into Uganda – Nimule and Kaya.

IOM is currently working closely with DNPI and international experts to develop an immigration processes and procedures manual and a set of border management training modules. These are crucial tools to ensure that border management policy decisions are understood and implemented by officers in the field. IOM constructed seven new border posts in South Sudan in 2013 and 2014.

To date, IOM delivered 27 technical trainings benefitting 675 officers. Topics addressed have included human-trafficking and smuggling, detection of forged documents, investigative skills, interviewing skills and overall migration management and policy principles.

The trainings and the construction of seven new border posts throughout the country were funded by the Government of Japan.

Sep 052014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 5, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — While South Sudan continues to grapple with widespread insecurity and mass displacement, IOM is continuing to build the new country’s limited administrative capacity.

IOM Juba this week hosted a five-day training on document examination, imposter recognition, and risk profiling for 22 officers from South Sudan’s Directorate of Nationalities, Passports and Immigration (DNPI).

The goal of the training was to improve the skills and capacity of immigration officers from Juba International Airport and the two most frequented border crossings into Uganda – Nimule and Kaya.

IOM is currently working closely with DNPI and international experts to develop an immigration processes and procedures manual and a set of border management training modules. These are crucial tools to ensure that border management policy decisions are understood and implemented by officers in the field. IOM constructed seven new border posts in South Sudan in 2013 and 2014.

To date, IOM delivered 27 technical trainings benefitting 675 officers. Topics addressed have included human-trafficking and smuggling, detection of forged documents, investigative skills, interviewing skills and overall migration management and policy principles.

The trainings and the construction of seven new border posts throughout the country were funded by the Government of Japan.

Sep 052014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 5, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM has delivered emergency aid to more than 100 people burned out of their homes when fire raged through a displacement camp in the town of Bosaso in the Puntland area of Somalia.

A blaze, possibly started by a cooking fire, broke out on August 16th at the 55 Bush settlement in Bosaso, which lies in the Bari region of northeast Somalia.

IOM worked with local authorities and partner agencies to provide emergency aid to more than 100 people whose makeshift shelters were destroyed. The traditional shelters are called “buuls” and are made of wooden sticks, cloth and cardboard boxes.

Isaac Munyae of IOM Somalia said that most displaced people in Bosaso are from different parts of south central Somalia and tend to cluster together based on their clans.

A rapid assessment after the fire identified urgent needs including shelter, food, water, non-food relief items, protection for under-age children, and protection for women and girls from gender-based violence (GBV).

IOM helped the local authorities to provide water trucking, shelter, water, hygiene and sanitation kits, and other non-food relief items for the affected families.

IOM’s emergency assistance in Bosaso is supported through its mixed migration programme, which is funded by the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).

Sep 052014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 5, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM has delivered emergency aid to more than 100 people burned out of their homes when fire raged through a displacement camp in the town of Bosaso in the Puntland area of Somalia.

A blaze, possibly started by a cooking fire, broke out on August 16th at the 55 Bush settlement in Bosaso, which lies in the Bari region of northeast Somalia.

IOM worked with local authorities and partner agencies to provide emergency aid to more than 100 people whose makeshift shelters were destroyed. The traditional shelters are called “buuls” and are made of wooden sticks, cloth and cardboard boxes.

Isaac Munyae of IOM Somalia said that most displaced people in Bosaso are from different parts of south central Somalia and tend to cluster together based on their clans.

A rapid assessment after the fire identified urgent needs including shelter, food, water, non-food relief items, protection for under-age children, and protection for women and girls from gender-based violence (GBV).

IOM helped the local authorities to provide water trucking, shelter, water, hygiene and sanitation kits, and other non-food relief items for the affected families.

IOM’s emergency assistance in Bosaso is supported through its mixed migration programme, which is funded by the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).

Sep 052014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 5, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM, in collaboration with the Government of Mozambique, will conduct a four-day training-of-trainers programme next week (9-12/9) in Maputo on improving protection assistance…

Sep 052014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 5, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM, in collaboration with the Government of Mozambique, will conduct a four-day training-of-trainers programme next week (9-12/9) in Maputo on improving protection assistance…

Sep 052014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 5, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM Angola will next week organize a three-day workshop on labour migration and development in Luanda for Angolan government officials, private sector representatives and civil society organizations.

The training is the first of a series of six organized by IOM in partnership with the Angolan Ministry of Interior to build the capacity of key government branches.

It will familiarize participants with various aspects of labour migration, including migration and development, international cooperation, regulation and administration of labour migration programmes, protection and integration of migrant workers, recruitment and diaspora engagement.

Since the signing of a peace agreement in 2002, Angola has experienced sustained economic growth which has stimulated migration within, to and from the country.

After waves of mass emigration and forced internal displacement during the intermittent 27-year civil war, the country is now experiencing complex migration flows including growing numbers of documented and undocumented economic migrants, migrants in search of international protection, former Angolan refugees returning home, victims of trafficking, and unaccompanied minors.

A “Commission for Migration Policy” has been put in place by the Ministry of Interior to develop Angola’s first migration policy to address the challenges and opportunities of these new developments.

At the request of the Ministry of Interior, IOM is providing guidance and technical support to the Commission. It will contribute expertise in areas including mapping stakeholders’ capacities and needs, capacity building through migration management workshops, surveys of best policy practices through study tours, and guidance in intra-governmental consultation between ministries.

The six workshops will take place through September and October in the Angolan capital. Subsequent topics will include mixed migration and migrant assistance, international migration law, immigration and border management, and migration and health. The project is funded by the IOM Development Fund (IDF).

Sep 052014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 5, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM Libya is monitoring the growing insecurity of some 200,000 overseas migrants living and working in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi. They include some 7,000 individuals IOM categorizes as “vulnerable migrants” in urgent need of evacuation assistance.

Nearly 150,000 Tripoli residents made homeless by two months of ever-intensifying conflict – almost 31,000 families – have fled the city, according to the local authorities.

“The situation is difficult and evacuations are risky, but we are committed to do our utmost to help migrants living in appalling conditions in Tripoli immigration detention centers or displaced by the fighting with no food, water or sanitation,” said Othman Belbeisi, IOM Chief of Mission in Libya.

“If we don’t help those who want to return home safely, many may risk boarding unsafe boats in the hope of reaching the security of Italy,” he notes.

As Libya’s security deteriorates, IOM continues to field telephone calls from individual migrants wanting to return to their countries of origin and foreign embassies seeking help to evacuate their citizens.

In the past week IOM has received an urgent request from Pakistan’s embassy to help rescue as many as 2,000 Pakistani nationals from embattled areas of Tripoli and Benghazi and to organize their safe return to Pakistan.

According to Belbeisi, immigration detention centers in the north of the country have also either closed or migrants have been released in recent weeks due to acute shortages of supplies.

Some of the migrants are being moved to centers further south. Others feel they have little option but to join a tide of migrants including refugees, seeking to leave Libya by sea, a route that has become increasingly perilous since the latest fighting broke out.

Since Libya’s latest crisis started in mid-July, IOM has repatriated 125 migrants from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Côte d’Ivoire via Tunisia. It is presently working to arrange the evacuation of 30 Yemeni laborers seeking safe passage from Tripoli.

IOM this past Sunday successfully evacuated from Tripoli 12 women from Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire to Tunisia. The women were living without basic assistance – food, water, psychological support – in immigration detention centers in Libya’s capital.

Through the month of August IOM monitors say at least 6,000 Egyptian nationals have also fled Libya through the country’s borders with Egypt and Tunisia. Nonetheless, IOM estimates up to one million Egyptians remain in Libya.

Despite the difficult circumstances, IOM intends to continue evacuation operations for as long as it can.

Sky-rocketing food prices, severe power cuts, fuel shortages and difficulty in purchasing basic goods and services may limit all relief agencies’ efforts in the field, IOM’s Chief of Mission warns.

“This security situation has an impact on our capacity to deliver assistance. Our staff in Tripoli can no longer move freely, but are doing all they can to help migrants in dire need of assistance,” he says.

Sep 052014
 

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, September 5, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Global news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) (http://www.afp.com) has announced that it’s English news content will no longer be available via SAPA (South African Press Association) in the new year.

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Harry Lee-Rudolph, Commercial Manager for AFP southern Africa said “SAPA and AFP has had a long and mutually beneficial relationship and the decision to withdraw our news service from SAPA was not taken lightly. However, the changing media landscape in South Africa has necessitated the exploration of new commercial approaches in keeping with AFP’s growth goals for the African region”.

AFP has a clear strategy to strengthen and enhance its coverage of Africa in all mediums. “From a commercial perspective we will focus on supplying clients a comprehensive media package to address all needs in terms of content and platform” Lee-Rudolph said.

AFP has 200 bureaus across the world in 150 countries of which 18 bureaus are based in sub-Saharan Africa. AFP’s English news wire delivers some 600 dispatches a day on world and African news. It offers varied and wide-ranging coverage on international news, politics, economics, social issues, sport, culture and science.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Contact: Harry Lee-Rudolph -Tel. : + (27 11) 530 9900 – Harry.LEE-RUDOLPH@afp.com

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