DHL contest will send 5 lucky children from Africa to London to deliver Match Ball at Rugby World Cup 2015

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, May 19, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — DHL (, the world’s leading express provider and Official Logistics Partner for Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC2015) to be held in England, today announced the launch of the DHL Match Ball Delivery competition across Sub Saharan Africa. This platform offers a once in a lifetime experience to 5 children and their guardians to become a part of rugby history by delivering the official Match Ball onto the field at Rugby World Cup 2015 in London.


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This forms part of DHL’s global competition where 48 lucky children aged 8-15 years from all over the world will win the opportunity to deliver the official Match Ball onto the field of play at Rugby World Cup 2015 matches.

According to Megan Collinicos, Head of Advertising and Public Relations for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa, DHL is delighted to be able to offer this prestigious prize. “DHL is the Official Logistics Partner for Rugby World Cup 2015, so we are in a very fortunate position to be able to offer this money-can’t-buy experience. We made a decision to use various platforms to select the winners from Africa to ensure that it would be open to all of our stakeholders. These include a competition on our social media channels where you can upload a video or photo of your nominee showcasing their enthusiasm about rugby, a digital media competition open to the general public, a competition exclusive to our DHL customers across the region and an internal competition for our staff. We have also reserved one spot for a CSR initiative.”

Rugby World Cup is the premier event in rugby and one of the world’s most admired competitions, having established itself as one of the most important sporting events.

In addition to delivering the official Match Ball on to the field, the prize package includes flights and accommodation for the winning child and their guardians, RWC 2015 DHL Merchandise and an official Match Ball delivery photo as a memento.

Rugby World Cup 2015 will consist of 48 matches played by 20 nations over 44 days. During the tournament, there will be 920 players and team officials; over 60 citing, judicial, and match officials; 6,000 volunteers; 400,000 visitors to the United Kingdom; and an estimated $3.2 billion economic impact.

*The child and adult must have a valid passport and the prize is non-transferable.

Visit to enter. Simply upload a video or photo of your nominee showcasing their enthusiasm about rugby. Competition closes 5 June 2015.

DHL customers will be able to enter through their direct DHL communication channels

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Deutsche Post DHL.

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Megan Collinicos

Head: Advertising & Public Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa

DHL Express

Tel +27 21 409 3613 Mobile +27 76 411 8570

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IOM Aids Chadians Fleeing Boko Haram, Affected Border Communities

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 19, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Since the beginning of January 2015, an estimated 32,000 Chadians and other internally displaced persons (IDPs) have fled Boko Haram attacks and crossed the border from Nigeria into Chad’s Lac Chad region.

They are currently living in precarious conditions and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs in terms of food, water, sanitation, shelter and health services. Many also need psychosocial support, family tracing and reunification and onward transportation to their places of origin.

Local host communities, already experiencing spiralling living costs and loss of their cattle export business due to the closure of the border with Nigeria for security reasons, are also suffering.

IOM Chad, with support from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), is now registering and profiling returnees and IDPs in the worst-affected villages in the Lac Chad region to identify the most vulnerable.

It will work closely with UNHCR for the profiling exercise, which will target people with specific needs and vulnerable households, including single women and heads of family.

On 17th May, IOM provided medical screening, food and onward transport to their places of origin for 84 Chadian returnees from Bagasoula to Mayo Kebbi, Moyen Chari, N’Djamena, Mandoul, Logone Oriental, Tandjile and Logone Occidental.

CERF funding is also allowing IOM to provide non-food relief items and shelter kits to the most vulnerable. It will also fund capacity building for Chadian Red Cross volunteers to provide psychosocial support services, including psychosocial education, individual counseling, and recreational activities in the four sub-prefectures in the Lac Region.

“The Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria and in Chad are causing an influx of very traumatized and vulnerable people into the border area. Already vulnerable communities are shouldering the burden and generously sharing their meager resources with the new arrivals until the humanitarian assistance arrives. These people need help now,” said IOM Chad Chief of Mission Qasim Sufi.

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IOM Joins Emergency Cholera Response on Kenya-Somali Border

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 19, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In late April 2015, the number of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) and suspected cholera cases in the Kenyan-Somali border town of Dhobley in the Lower Juba region of Somalia started to increase rapidly.

In response, IOM, which has a strong presence in the border areas, started mass health and hygiene promotion, as well as oral rehydration salts (ORS) treatment in the most affected areas through a mobile outreach team and community hygiene promoters.

At the same time, IOM collected four samples from the suspected cholera cases and shipped them to its partner agency, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Dadaab, Kenya, for laboratory testing.

On 2 May 2015, two out of four samples were confirmed positive for Vibrio Cholera 01 Ogawa. As of 17 May, five people had died and a total of 129 patients had been admitted at Dhobley General Hospital for treatment.

As co-chair of Somalia’s Health Cluster, IOM has been taking a lead in the emergency response, as well as stakeholder coordination to contain the disease.

As of 18 May 2015, IOM had treated a total of 266 cases at two of its community oral rehydration centers; collaborated with partners to chlorinate two main water sources and over 1,000 donkey cart drums; conducted health and hygiene promotion with 1,092 households; and provided critical care medicine and rapid test kits to Dhobley General Hospital to treat severe cases.

In addition, IOM has been coordinating with local partners in the strategic distribution of the hygiene kits for 5,000 households throughout the affected area.

“Dhobley is a major migration route between Kenya and Somalia and is prone to waterborne diseases. While the rainy season continues, and the sanitation and hygiene situation, especially in the congested IDP settlement are poor, it is extremely important to continue and scale up our response, especially preventative intervention, in order to ensure the disease does not spread to other areas,” said IOM nurse Fatuma Mohamed, who is leading the emergency response in the field.

While the on-going emergency response is currently supported by the Government of Japan, IOM is appealing for additional funding from donors to continue and scale up the intervention.

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Burundian crisis triggers emerging humanitarian emergency in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, May 19, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A severe humanitarian crisis is developing in Tanzania as thousands of refugees from Burundi seek asylum due to escalating political tensions. The situation is especially worrisome in Kagunga village in Tanzania where the original population of 11 382 has increased to over 90 000 since the crisis began in April 2015.

Mass population displacements have peaked in the last few days with 500 to 2000 arrivals per day overwhelming the current health system infrastructure. The overall situation is accompanied with limited camping space, poor hygiene practices, inadequate sanitation facilities and inadequate safe water for drinking.

The crisis worsened on 13 May 2015 with the diagnosis of 15 cases of acute diarrhoeal disease that were reportedly negative for cholera. However, on 16 May 2015, two samples from the Nyarugusu camp tested positive for cholera and the number of acute diarrhoea diseases cases have rapidly climbed to over 1000 cases. Furthermore, 13 samples have on 17 May 2015 tested positive for cholera.

Identified vulnerable groups that are at risk include pregnant women, children, elderly and special groups needing special attentions including people living with HIV/AIDS, abandon children, the disabled and people with other chronic illnesses.

From 11 to 17 May 2015, a joint team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) conducted an initial rapid assessment of the situation. The team of experts assessed the situation and recommended emergency measures to ensure timely response in the Kigoma region.

The village of Kagunga, which is the main entry point of refugees, does not permit easy relocation of refugees to the Nyarugusu refugee camp in the Kigoma region due to absence of means of water transportation (the only two available boats can only convey 1000 refugees per day). The Nyarugusu refugee camp has also reached the threshold of maximum number of persons, and the asylum seekers are being housed in local schools awaiting temporary tents. A temporary holding area has also been identified at the Lake Tanganyika Stadium in Kigoma town, which needs a lot of inputs to make it habitable.

The Regional Health Management Team (RHMT) in collaboration with partners have established health posts at entry point and receiving areas of Kagunga, Lake Tanganyika and Nyarugusu where asylum seekers are screened and provided basic essential health services. However, the health posts are challenged by having few health care workers, limited availability of essential medicines and supplies and limited water and sanitation facilities.

There is a need to further strengthen coordination mechanisms to scale-up the provision of health care services and basic shelter, food and protection services to the high risk populations. Tanzania’s MOHSW has requested support in terms of human as well as financial resources to handle this emerging humanitarian crisis.

The initial comprehensive health assessment is being supported by the WHO in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Red Cross, Tanzania Water and Environmental Sanitation (TWESA), CARITAS, Plan International, and World Food Programme (WFP).

The UN Country Team and the leadership of the Resident Coordinator are working collaboratively in mounting the response effort across all critical sectors.

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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) appoints new Dubai CEO

DUBAI, UAE, May 19, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) ( has appointed Willem van Wyk as Chief Executive Officer for Dubai. He will report to Carsten Scheffel, Member of the Board of Management and Chief Regions & Markets Officer.

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Willem van Wyk has more than 25 year’s insurance experience; he started his career at AGCS as the Head of Market Management Australia in May 2008. Before that, he was Head of Business Development for a global broker in Dubai and Regional Manager for an insurer in South Africa.

He will lead the insurer’s Dubai office, which brings together AGCS’s expertise including Property, Liability, Financial Lines, Engineering, Energy and Marine. The MENA Region is a significant strategic segment for AGCS. The company plans continued growth, in line with its strategy of global diversification.

Carsten Scheffel, Chief Regions & Markets Officer, commented, “We are very pleased to see Willem assume this new role, bringing a lot of experience and expertise in a growth market for AGCS. He has developed our Australian business in recent years with great success. We have identified substantial potential for growth in MENA and I’m convinced that his leadership skills will help him succeed in this position.”

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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) ( is the Allianz Group’s dedicated carrier for corporate and specialty insurance business. AGCS provides insurance and risk consultancy across the whole spectrum of specialty, alternative risk transfer and corporate business: Marine, Aviation (incl. Space), Energy, Engineering, Entertainment, Financial Lines (incl. D&O), Liability, Mid-Corporate and Property insurance (incl. International Insurance Programs).

Worldwide, AGCS operates in 29 countries with own units and in more than 160 countries through the Allianz Group network and partners. In 2014 it employed more than 3,500 people and provided insurance solutions to more than half of the Fortune Global 500 companies, writing a total of €5,4 billion gross premium worldwide annually.

AGCS SE is rated AA by Standard & Poor’s and A+ by A.M. Best.

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Yale Honours Okonjo-Iweala with an Honorary Doctorate Degree

NEW HAVEN, USA, May 19, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala ( has received an honorary Doctorate degree from Yale University (, one of the United State of America’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning.

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The Minister was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters at Yale’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony in New Haven, Connecticut Monday.

She will be only the second Nigerian in the university’s 314-year history to receive its highest honour after Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka who received an honorary Doctor of Letters in 1980.

Giving out the award, the President of the University Professor Peter Salovey described Okonjo-Iweala as “a brilliant reformer and dedicated public servant.”

He went on to state that the Minister “has spearheaded efforts to stabilize and grow Nigeria’s economy, battling widespread government corruption and creating greater fiscal transparency and discipline.”

Yale’s honorary doctorate degree is seen globally as a very important honour.

According to the institution “those who have received honorary degree are scholars, public servants, Nobel Prize winners and heads of states.

“Collectively, they represent the aspirations of this institution. Yale honorary degree recipients serve as models of excellence and service to our students, to our graduates, to our community and to the world,” the institution says.

As Finance Minister in 2004, Okonjo-Iweala and the economic team that she led helped Nigeria obtain debt relief, wiping out $30 billion of Paris club debt, leading to a tripling of the growth rates.

The second time around as Finance Minister in 2011, Okonjo-Iweala has focused on building solid foundations and institutions critical for the survival and sustenance of the economy. She bravely fought corruption in governance with fierce dedication and unflagging energy.

Okonjo-Iweala was honored alongside the Chair of the Board of Governors of US Federal Reserve System Janet Yellen, world renowned Beninoise Singer and songwriter Angelique Kidjo, University Professor and founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University Gayatari Chakravorty Spivak, Professor and Director of the Starr Center for Human Genetics at Rockefeller University Jeffrey Michael Friedman, Inventors and Entrepreneurs Elon Musk and Dean Kamen, etc.

Yale had in the past honored a handful of other Africans such as Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria.

Issued by:

Constance Ikokwu

Media Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Nigeria

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