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Hisense TV sales leads China market for 14 consecutive years

BEIJING, Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — According to the latest data from CMM, Hisense TV ranked No.1 on both retail value and volume for 14 consecutive years in China by the end of 2017. The retail volume of Hisense TV has reached 16.79%. And the retail value of Hisense TV achieved 17.96% in Chinese market, which is significantly more than the brand in second place by 26.5%.

In the international market, Hisense TV performed even better. According to China’s Customs data, Hisense TV’s exports were up to 30.8% YoY by the end of November, 2017, which was way above industry average. From January to October 2017, the unit share of Hisense TV was up to 22.4% in South Africa and reached 19.6% in Australia, ranked first locally.

Against the backdrop of fierce competition in the TV market, Hisense refuses to follow the trend of competing at compromising on quality and price. Instead, Hisense insists on technology innovation and high-quality standards. Through continuous efforts in innovative and differentiated products such as 4K laser TV, U9 ULED TV and VIDAA artificial intelligence system, Hisense is gaining more and more market share. According to CMM’s report, Hisense’s 55-inch 4K TV has won the first in the annual TV sales list in China. Besides, Hisense has gained 4 places in the top 20 list and has become the brightest star in the honor list.

ASECNA to Deploy Space-Based ADS-B in Western and Central Africa

Aireon and Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) will bring real-time air traffic surveillance to high-trafficked, terrestrial African corridors

MCLEAN, Virginia, Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Aireon announced today that it has signed a data services agreement with the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). ASECNA, created in December 1959 is an international public organization of 18 members States which headquarters is located in Dakar (SENEGAL).https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_u7i3s0py/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

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ASECNA’s members states are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Centrafrique, Comores, Congo, Côte d’ivoire, Gabon, Guinée Bissau, Guinée Equatoriale, France, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Sénégal, Tchad and Togo.

ASECNA is one of Africa’s largest Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), covering 16.1 million square kilometers of airspace, through six Flight Information Regions (FIRs) – Antananarivo, Brazzaville, Dakar Oceanic, Dakar Terrestrial, Niamey and N’Djamena.

ASECNA is responsible for air traffic services in a significant part of the African continent, handling frequently traveled routes between Europe, East and Southern Africa and South America. With AireonSM data, as early as 2019, ASECNA will be able to introduce a continuous layer of surveillance, augmenting existing infrastructure and completing coverage for their entire airspace. This will significantly improve service availability to airlines and enhance safety and efficiency in African airspace.

“The vastness of the landmass that ASECNA is responsible for poses an immense surveillance challenge, especially because it is not always possible to install or maintain ground infrastructure,” said Mohamed MOUSSA, ASECNA Director General, “With Aireon’s space-based ADS-B, we are looking towards the future, augmenting our capability and providing full, real-time air traffic surveillance to our airlines. This will not only provide a much higher level of availability of services, but will also significantly increase safety, as controllers will be able to see all aircraft, in real-time, across the ASECNA airspace. Safety will always be our top priority, and we look forward to having real-time surveillance in this part of the African continent.”

“The Agreement with ASECNA is a major step towards safety and efficiency in Western and Central Africa, allowing 17 African States to make a major step towards some of the main goals of the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan,” said Don Thoma, CEO of Aireon. “Safety has long been a top priority in the region, and we are proud to be working with leading organizations such as ASECNA. For the first time, more than half of the African airspace will be under real-time air traffic surveillance.”

ASECNA joins other African ANSPs in the deployment of space-based ADS-B. South Africa’s Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) and Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) have also signed agreements over the last 18 months.

For information about Aireon, visit: Aireon.com
For information about ASECNA, visit: ASECNA.Aero

About Aireon LLC

Aireon is deploying a global, space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system capable of surveilling and tracking ADS-B equipped aircraft around the globe in real-time. The system will be used to provide ADS-B coverage that will span oceanic, polar and remote regions, where current surveillance systems are limited to line-of-sight and densely populated areas. Aireon will harness ADS-B advancements already underway and extend them globally in order to significantly improve efficiency, expand safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings to aviation stakeholders. In partnership with leading ANSPs from around the world, NAV CANADA, ENAV, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon is developing an operational, global, space-based air traffic surveillance system expected to be available by 2018. For more information about Aireon, visit: www.aireon.com.

CONTACT:
Jessie Hillenbrand
Aireon
+1 (703) 287-7452
Jessie.Hillenbrand@Aireon.com

A New Animal Welfare Index Turns Prior Rankings On Their Head

Kenya and Tanzania emerge as global leaders in animal welfare

SYDNEY, Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Voiceless Animal Cruelty Index (VACI), a global interactive education resource, tracks the animal welfare performance of fifty countries — selected among the largest producers of farm animal products in the world (vaci.voiceless.org.au).   These countries account for almost 80% of the world’s farm animal production.

The new index complements the World Animal Protection Index (API) published in 2014.  While the API ranked the quality of animal welfare legislation across countries, the VACI focuses specifically on the welfare of farm animals.  This yields entirely new country rankings: thus, Kenya, India, Tanzania, and the Philippines displace Austria, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom at the top of the animal welfare league table.

Approximately 70 billion farm animals are slaughtered each year for human consumption globally.  This equates to 2,200 animals per second.  The number of animals slaughtered worldwide is increasing at a rapid pace.  As meat and dairy consumption rises, so does factory farming, which is rife with animal cruelty: most farm animals are permanently confined in cages or packed together in such large numbers that they struggle to find space to move or reach their food. Baby animals are mutilated without pain relief – the sensitive tails, teeth and genitalia of piglets and the beaks of chicks are clipped, as well as the horns, tails, and testicles of calves – because it is practical, cheap and, alarmingly, often lawful to do so.

For Ondine Sherman, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Voiceless: “The VACI is an important tool in raising awareness of the global suffering of farmed animals. It is a powerful educational resource that we believe can assist educators and advocates around the world make positive change for animals.”

For Jeffrey M. Masson, American author and animal rights advocate: “The animal rights movement has long lacked a reliable index that tells us how countries stack up when it comes to cruelty towards farm animals: what country kills the most animals; is eating the most meat; has the best laws; displays the greatest awareness? And at the same time, what changes can we monitor?  What great fortune that Voiceless has decided to do something about this!”

Voiceless, the animal protection institute is an independent think tank based in Australia www.voiceless.org.au . The VACI can be viewed at:  vaci.voiceless.org.au

 

Globeleq’s Azito power plant will increase its generation capacity

LONDON, Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Globeleq, a leading independent power producer solely focused on Africa, has indicated that its majority owned subsidiary, Azito Energie and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire have signed an agreement to enable implementation of technical improvements to its Azito combined cycle power plant near Abidjan.  The improvements will increase the plant capacity and efficiency, improve the availability of the plant and reduce CO2 emissions.

Globeleq - Powering Africa's Growth

The existing power plant has an installed capacity of 430 MW and already plays an important part in the sector, supplying around 25 percent of Côte d’Ivoire’s electricity. Once the technical improvements have been made, the plant’s capacity will increase by around 30 MW adding much needed electricity to the national grid.

With planned annual production of 3,130 GWh, the technical improvements will increase the efficiency of the power plant, avoiding the production of approximately 420,000 metric tonnes of CO2 over the life span of the plant.  The enhancements will also extend the lifetime of equipment, requiring less inspections and improving the plant’s availability.

Azito Energie’s Chairman and COO of Globeleq, Mike Scholey, commented: “Azito has been an ever present cornerstone of Côte d’Ivoire’s electricity sector since 1999, and is today one of the largest and most efficient thermal power plants in West Africa. The upgrade is scheduled to occur from the first half of 2018 to end of 2019.  This investment in improvements to the plant reinforces Globeleq’s commitment to ensure Côte d’Ivoire’s power generation sector continues to develop and supply much needed electricity to power Africa’s growth.”

About Globeleq

Globeleq is a leading developer, owner and operator of electricity generation in Africa.  Its experienced team of professionals have built a diverse portfolio of independent power plants, generating more than 1,200 MW in 8 locations across 5 countries.  The company has around 2,000 MW of power projects in development and plans to add significant MW of new power generation during the next 10 years.  www.globeleq.com

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First Tracker Designed for Bifacial Module & Certified by CPP, SkySmart Made its Debut in Global Market

SHANGHAI, Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Due to its high energy yield advantage, bifacial modules are becoming widely accepted by the solar PV market. Responding to the trend, Arctech Solar recently launched its innovative SkySmart tracking system. SkySmart is the world’s first tracker that is specially designed for bifacial modules, and it is also certified by CPP.

SkySmart: Single Row, Double Performance

Compared to standard tracking systems, there are six significant advantages of SkySmart.

  • SkySmart owns the industrial record N-S slope 20%, equivalent to 11.3 degrees
  • The number of foundations have been reduced
  • SkySmart tracking system has a double pitch risk-free drive-through cleaning advantage
  • SkySmart is compatible with all commercially available PV modules
  • SkySmart is a self-powered system with Li-ion battery as a backup
  • SkySmart is the world’s first supplier to apply LoRa-wireless communication technology to trackers

Including technical indicators mentioned above, when compared with standard tracking systems, what is particularly worth mentioning here is that SkySmart can maximize the value of bifacial modules with Artech Solar’s patented 4 point/6 point bifacial module fast mounting fixing method. It is a key design that differentiates SkySmart from other manufacturers in the solar PV industry. The newly patented installation method will help clients effectively reduce the module backside shading, accelerates project installation and increases the energy yield.

To know more about SkySmart datasheet at: http://www.arctechsolar.com/index.php/product/downloadcenter

About Arctech Solar

Arctech Solar is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and solution providers of solar tracking and racking systems. Through 8 years of development, Arctech Solar has set up manufacturing bases in Kunshan and Changzhou in China and has also set up subsidiaries and service centers in many regional markets such as America, Japan, India and Europe other than China. As of January 2017, Arctech Solar has cumulatively installed 10GW and completed almost 600 projects in more than 10 countries. With a production capacity of 6GW and 3GW in fixed mounting structure and tracker fields respectively (a total annual capacity of 9GW), Arctech Solar has grown into a reliable partner in the Global PV Tracking and Racking market.

Press Contact:
Sabrina Lyu
+86-150-0085-3002
sabrina.lu@arctechsolar.com

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Hisense Laser TV shines at the Kremlin

MOSCOW, Dec, 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, an official sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, today saw its innovative and versatile 100″ Laser TV bring the Final Draw for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ to life at Moscow’s iconic Kremlin. As a proud sponsor, Hisense will engage in various global marketing and advertising activities for the competition and help bring all the action straight from the pitch to fans across the world.

Hisense Laser TV shines at the Kremlin

Hisense had a strong presence at Final Draw which saw the groups and first fixtures for the participating 32 teams announced. The event was attended by national team managers, FIFA delegates and footballing legends.

As part of a commercial display inside the Kremlin, Hisense’s latest product was on show – the world’s leading 4K Laser TV, which delivers incredible contrast, color and detail with its innovative X-Fusion technology that utilizes a precise light source for sharper images and more natural colors. The product lit up the room as it showed the results of the draw.

Zhu Dan, VP of Hisense International, added: “Hisense is a leader in developing cutting edge technology for its customers. The Laser TV provides a heightened experience for viewers with 100″ anti-reflective screen that is easy on the eye, has 110 watts of superior audio and includes everyone’s favorite apps via the smart TV function. When viewing the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ fans will be able to watch the matches in the best picture quality available.”

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Indonesian National Population & Family Planning Board (BKKBN) to Develop Initiatives, Accelerating Access to Family Planning, Family Development, and Population Management Programs

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The 14th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on Population and Development (IIMC) launched on November 28-29, 2017 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Around 250 participants from 26 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, gathered at the event to exchange experiences in population, reproductive health and family planning. The outcome includes the Yogyakarta Declaration: Call for Action aiming to accelerate greater access to right-based family planning to achieve family welfare and development.

To view the full multimedia release, click here: http://www.prnasia.com/mnr/bkkbn_20171129.shtml

The Yogyakarta Declaration concluded key recommendations for managing population growth, family planning, and family development, including improving access to adolescent reproductive health education; family planning in the urban and rural setting; investment in promoting innovation such as counseling centers for marginalized population groups.

The outcomes of the conference will be brought to the 51st Special Session of the UN’s CPD in April 2018 in New York.

The 14th IIMC was hosted by the Government of Indonesia (BKKBN), in collaboration with PPD and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), entitled “Sustainable Cities, Human Mobility, and International Migration: A South-South Perspective and Intervention Needs.” Opening the event was Coordinating Ministry for Human Development & Cultural Affairs, Puan Maharani.

During the event, all delegates visited Kampong KB in Malangrejo, Ngemplak District, Yogyakarta to see the implementation of family planning program in Indonesia. Kampong KB is a program initiated by BKKBN to develop underprivileged areas in Indonesia, ensuring them to get convenient access to health services, education, and life skills.

Initiated in 2016, Kampong KB aims to educate women with good parenting knowledge, foster their creative skills, and provide them with creative home crafting which leads to entrepreneurship and family welfare. The delegates visited the Youth Information and Counseling Center (PIK-R), which allows members to attend knowledge sharing sessions about postponement of marriage, life skills, and gender equity.

In 15 years, family planning programs will bring about a significant increase in productive population in Indonesia. “The current dependency ratio is <50 and will decrease continuously to reach the lowest point at 47 between 2028-2031. This will be the golden opportunity to improve the quality of life for the Indonesian population,” said H. Nofrijal, Principal Secretary of BKKBN.

Media Contact:

Fabiola T
National Population & Family Planning Board
Phone +62-812-8400-7169
Email: fabiolatazrina@yahoo.com

Arab News Express