POWERCHINA contribue activement au développement et au bien-être des communautés locales en Afrique centrale et occidentale.

BEIJING, 21 décembre 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Ceci est rapporté par China Report ASEAN affilié à China Report : « Construire des projets de qualité et se faire des amis dans le monde entier”, tel est l’objectif et l’engagement de POWERCHINA, le plus grand constructeur d’installations électriques au monde, dans ses activités à l’étranger. L’entreprise participe activement à […]

BEIJING, 21 décembre 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Ceci est rapporté par China Report ASEAN affilié à China Report :

« Construire des projets de qualité et se faire des amis dans le monde entier”, tel est l’objectif et l’engagement de POWERCHINA, le plus grand constructeur d’installations électriques au monde, dans ses activités à l’étranger. L’entreprise participe activement à la construction des projets « Belt and Road » et a étendu ses activités de construction aux pays africains. Outre l’amélioration des voies navigables, l’approvisionnement en électricité et la construction de routes et de ponts, l’entreprise s’est acquittée de sa responsabilité sociale envers les communautés locales sur les marchés d’outre-mer.

POWERCHINA contribue à la réalisation des objectifs de développement des Nations unies en créant des emplois grâce à de nouvelles infrastructures hydroélectriques, en développant les compétences de la population locale par le biais de formations, en fournissant une assistance en matière d’éducation et de soins aux orphelins, en construisant des hôpitaux et en donnant des médicaments. Ses efforts pour répandre l’amour et l’espoir en Afrique lui ont permis d’établir une amitié sincère avec les gouvernements et les populations locales.

Cultiver les talents locaux

La centrale hydroélectrique de Djibloho, que le gouvernement de la Guinée équatoriale qualifie de « projet des Trois Gorges de la Guinée équatoriale », répond à 90 % de la demande d’électricité du pays et constitue un moteur important de son développement économique. POWERCHINA a formé des employés locaux et les a aidés à acquérir des compétences. Une formation gratuite de deux mois en chinois a également été dispensée par l’entreprise pour faciliter la communication entre les opérateurs locaux et les ingénieurs chinois, et aider les employés locaux à mieux utiliser les équipements de l’usine.

POWERCHINA staff members take a group photo with teachers and students of a middle school during a volunteer activity in Abuja, Nigeria

Soins aux enfants

Au Cameroun, le bureau de POWERCHINA a une tradition qui fait chaud au cœur. Chaque année, autour de Noël et du Nouvel An, le bureau coopère avec les sociétés membres du groupe pour organiser des activités bénévoles dans les écoles et les orphelinats des zones situées le long des routes qu’il construit. Ils réparent les salles de classe et font don de papeterie aux enfants, et chantent et dansent avec eux pour célébrer la nouvelle année.

Selon Ngangoua Serge, représentant de POWERCHINA au Cameroun, l’entreprise se soucie des groupes défavorisés au Cameroun. Depuis qu’elle a commencé à opérer dans le pays en 2010, l’entreprise a organisé des activités de dons similaires chaque année, dans le but d’apporter de l’amour et du bonheur aux enfants dans le besoin.

Soutien médical

L’entreprise a également contribué à améliorer les conditions médicales locales dans les endroits où ses projets sont situés en construisant des hôpitaux et en faisant don de médicaments et d’installations.

Le nouvel hôpital de Niefang, un projet d’aide historique du gouvernement chinois dans le pays qui sera achevé par POWERCHINA d’ici 2022, renforcera le système médical dans le centre de la Guinée équatoriale et fournira des services médicaux de qualité aux habitants de la ville de Niefang et de ses environs.

Au Cameroun, l’entreprise a fait don de médicaments et d’équipements médicaux à un centre de santé publique près du site d’un barrage qui sera construit par lui. Les médicaments et les équipements médicaux, dont le besoin est urgent, ont considérablement renforcé la confiance du centre dans la lutte contre les maladies infectieuses et le sauvetage de vies.

Le 29 janvier 2019, le bureau de la Guinée équatoriale de l’entreprise a aidé l’ambassade de Chine et l’équipe médicale chinoise dans le pays à réaliser une clinique gratuite au camp de l’entreprise pour la centrale hydroélectrique de Djibloho. La clinique gratuite organisée avec l’aide de POWERCHINA est un témoignage de l’amitié entre les deux pays et une manifestation de l’accomplissement actif des responsabilités sociales par les entreprises chinoises en Guinée équatoriale.

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30th Anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards To Honor Courtney B. Vance, Stan Lathan, Tyrese Gibson, Zaila Avant-garde, Princess Sarah Culberson, Senators Raphael Warnock & Jon Ossoff, Airs Jan. 17 At 8 P.m. ET

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By PR Newswire ATLANTA, Dec. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Bounce, the nation’s popular entertainment television network serving African Americans, will present the 30 th Anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards — a night of inspiration, history and crowd-rousing performances celebrating African American achievements and contributions — on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. ET. Promo here. The 2022 Bounce Trumpet Awards will honor: Courtney B. Vance(Excellence in Entertainment Award): Vance’s debut in “Hamburger Hill” launched a prolific cinematic career that includes “The Hunt for Red October,”… Continue reading “30th Anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards To Honor Courtney B. Vance, Stan Lathan, Tyrese Gibson, Zaila Avant-garde, Princess Sarah Culberson, Senators Raphael Warnock & Jon Ossoff, Airs Jan. 17 At 8 P.m. ET”

Blue California-FineCap™ Microencapsulation Platform Serves the Purpose

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Dec. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Blue California, the producer of natural science-based ingredients, provides FineCap™ a comprehensive microencapsulation technology platform, equipped with 20 microencapsulation technologies, to deliver active ingredients and satisfy our clients’ needs. Microencapsulation is the process in which tiny particles of solid, liquid, or gas are packaged within […]

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Dec. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Blue California, the producer of natural science-based ingredients, provides FineCap™ a comprehensive microencapsulation technology platform, equipped with 20 microencapsulation technologies, to deliver active ingredients and satisfy our clients’ needs.

Microencapsulation is the process in which tiny particles of solid, liquid, or gas are packaged within a matrix to form a capsule. The capsule is coated with a protective layer to avoid degradation from exposure to environmental factors such as water, oxygen, heat, and light.

“Brands that seek to expand their products’ qualities and boost their product portfolios will find many benefits to the FineCap platform,” said Dr. Cuie Yan, vice president of encapsulation. “FineCap takes microencapsulation a step further by offering a variety of technologies and targeting customers’ specific needs in tackling active ingredients with unique characteristics, such as strong odor, taste or stability problems that challenge formulators.”

Microencapsulation systems have been widely used across multiple industries, including the pharmaceutical, food, supplement, personal care, and fragrance industries, for active ingredients like medicines, nicotine, flavors/fragrances, polyunsaturated fatty acids, probiotics, natural pigments, vitamins, antioxidants, etc. Space agency NASA also uses encapsulation technologies for spacecraft. The pharmaceutical industry uses microencapsulation often to control the release of active pharma ingredients (API).
Blue California has created the FineCap platform to serve customers’ growing demands for better performance of API, functional ingredients, dietary supplements, flavors, fragrances, cosmetics, and personal care products.

 

For example, FineCap protects API from degradation, unpleasant tastes or aroma, and maintains its efficacy, by controlling its release. FineCap enables flavors to thrive in food and beverages with integrity, intensity, and extended shelf-life.

In fragrances, FineCap guarantees brands to control the precise fragrance release rate, location, and duration. Personal care products benefit from FineCap by protecting the delicate top-notes and cosmetic actives from oxygen, moisture, temperature, and light deterioration. A more comprehensive look into the benefits that FineCap delivers in these product segments can be found here.

“Our comprehensive FineCap platform has been serving and supporting formulators looking to launch market-winning products with better qualities and shelf-life that consumers are seeking,” said Dr. Yan. “We’re enabling brands to quickly create products from innovative concepts, benchtop development, to pilot and full commercial manufacturing, with improved efficacy, taste, color, texture, and shelf life, along with vegan, organic, Kosher, or Halal certificate.”

 

The FineCap platform investment builds on Blue California’s 25-year legacy of producing botanical extracts and now natural flavors and fragrances and focuses on developing sustainable ingredients made through bioconversion or fermentation.

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CUAMBA SOLAR PV and ENERGY STORAGE REACHES FINANCIAL CLOSE

MAPUTO, Mozambique, Dec. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Globeleq, the leading independent power company in Africa and its project partners, Source Energia, a Lusophone Africa energy developer and Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), the Mozambican national power utility, have reached financial close on the 19MWp (15MWac) Cuamba Solar PV plant with a 2MW (7MWh) energy storage system. […]

MAPUTO, Mozambique, Dec. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Globeleq, the leading independent power company in Africa and its project partners, Source Energia, a Lusophone Africa energy developer and Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), the Mozambican national power utility, have reached financial close on the 19MWp (15MWac) Cuamba Solar PV plant with a 2MW (7MWh) energy storage system.

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The US$36 million project located in the Cuamba district, Niassa province (about 550 km west of the coastal town of Nacala) will supply electricity through a 25-year power purchase agreement with EDM. The project is the first IPP in Mozambique to integrate a utility scale energy storage system and includes an upgrade to the existing Cuamba substation.

Once operational, the Cuamba Solar plant will supply enough power for 21,800 consumers, and over the life of the project is expected to avoid the equivalent of more than 172,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. First power is expected to flow in the second half of 2022.

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (“EAIF”), a member of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (“PIDG”) provided US$19 million in debt funding, with PIDG’s Viability Gap Funding (VGF) grant facility providing US$7million to enable an affordable tariff, fund essential grid upgrades and an energy storage system for EDM. CDC Plus, the technical assistance facility of CDC Group, has contributed a US$1million grant towards the battery energy storage system.

Olivia Carballo, a Director at Ninety One Ltd, the managers of EAIF, commented: “This is a pioneering project for EAIF and PIDG. We congratulate Globeleq, Source Energia, EDM and Mozambique on reaching a key milestone in deploying more solar technology to the northern grid, and on installing Mozambique’s first grid-scale battery energy storage system.”

Sarah Marchand, CDC Director, CDC Plus, said: “We are delighted to support one of sub-Saharan Africa’s first grid-scale battery energy storage systems through this grant for the battery storage system. In line with CDC’s ambition to catalyse more storage solutions across the continent, CDC Plus will also offer support to capture and disseminate learnings around the battery component’s operational, economic, and development impact.”

“With the ongoing challenges due to the pandemic, I am proud our team has achieved financial close, and we can begin building the first solar and energy storage facility in the country. We fully support the Mozambican Government in their initiatives to support the Paris Agreement and provide its citizens with reliable and clean alternative energy options,” added Mike Scholey, Globeleq’s CEO.

EDM’s Chairman, Marcelino Gildo Alberto said: “This project is a demonstration of EDM’s commitment to provide sustainable solutions to speed up energy access to Mozambicans. In compliance with the Government’s Five-Year Plan to introduce 200MW of renewable energy, EDM is at the forefront of the energy transition in line with the Paris Agreement.”

“We are very pleased to make another contribution to the Mozambique Energy sector and look forward to supporting the future growth of the industry in the country. Our thanks go to our project partners and funders for their unparalleled patience and commitment during the development phase,” said Pedro Coutinho, CEO of Source Energia

The project will require approximately 100 workers during construction, many of whom will be hired from the local community. The Spanish company Grupo TSK has been appointed as the project EPC contractor and will immediately commence mobilisation of its construction team. E22, part of the Spanish Gransolar Group, will supply the complete battery energy storage system. Globeleq will oversee the construction and operations of the power plant, supported by Source Energia.

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White House Says Democrats ‘Need to Work Together’ on Biden Safety Net Legislation

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration says it is looking to push ahead with work on a social safety net spending bill after a key Democrat in the Senate said he could not support it.White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing…

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration says it is looking to push ahead with work on a social safety net spending bill after a key Democrat in the Senate said he could not support it.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing Monday that the administration is ready to “work like hell” with West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and other members of the Democratic caucus in order to achieve its goal.

“What’s most on the President’s mind is the risk of inaction,” Psaki said. “And if we do not act to get this legislation done and the components in it, not only will costs and prices go up for the American people, but also we will see a trajectory in economic growth that is not where we want it to be.”

Manchin has been a focal point in talks within the Democratic Party as leaders pushed to get the $2 trillion package passed by this week. The legislation includes plans to expand health care for older Americans, provide universal pre-kindergarten classes, authorize new funding to combat climate change and offer more financial support for low-income Americans.

Manchin has expressed opposition to the amount of spending, and in a radio interview Monday he reiterated that in his view the bill included too much spending without enough restrictions on incomes or work requirements for recipients.

Earlier Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate would vote “very early in the new year” on a revised version of the bill already approved by the House of Representatives.

Manchin’s vote is essential for Democrats in the politically divided Senate as they try to pass one of the key elements of Biden’s legislative agenda. None of the 50 Republicans in the 100-member chamber supports the plan.

Democrats had hoped to push through the legislation on a 51-50 vote before Christmas, with Vice President Kamala Harris providing the tie-breaking vote.

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Despite Bonanza, Aid Trickles Slowly to US Homeless Students

Frank Hardy, 18, has been homeless for the past eight years, moving in and out of shelters with his mom, or staying with his sister’s family while his mom has been in jail.As part of an economic stimulus package to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, the U…

Frank Hardy, 18, has been homeless for the past eight years, moving in and out of shelters with his mom, or staying with his sister’s family while his mom has been in jail.

As part of an economic stimulus package to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Congress voted in March to fast-track $800 million and urged educators to move quickly to aid the estimated 1.5 million students like Hardy who are homeless across America.

But the cash has yet to reach the Los Angeles Unified School district, which oversees Hardy’s high school. Some states and school districts rushed their millions to those in need. But California has only begun disbursing the first quarter of its allotment of $98.7 million.

The federal government authorized sending out a first $200 million in April followed by the rest last summer.

Other big states such as New York and Florida are even further behind, having yet to deliver a dime to the districts, because of bureaucratic logjams or because some districts are ill-equipped even to find students in need.

“In the early part of the pandemic, the most stable place in the lives of homeless students – school – disappeared,” said Barbara Duffield, executive director of SchoolHouse Connection, a Washington-based non-profit that addresses student homelessness.

Even with the return to in-class learning that followed initial moves to remote tuition, Duffield said, “We know we’re missing tons of students.”

SchoolHouse Connection and the University of Michigan conducted a survey in October of 700 school districts and found a 4% increase in student homelessness, compared to the same period the year before the pandemic.

A story of perseverance

Hardy is on track to graduate in June from the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, even after losing most of his junior year to the pandemic, living in a motel without a proper internet connection and trying to work off a faulty laptop.

“I was never going to let being homeless stop me from achieving what I want to achieve,” said Hardy, who dreams of becoming a professional singer.

Only 68% of homeless students graduated high school in 2019, some 18 percentage points below the national average.

Hardy currently lives with his mother Cherie Hardy, 51, at a People Assisting the Homeless shelter in Los Angeles.

Cherie Hardy said she has a record for robbery, theft and other offenses, but has straightened her life out in part because “I have a son that needs me.”

Many other homeless students have slipped through the cracks.

At least 420,000 homeless students lost contact with their schools during the pandemic, according to Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who along with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia championed the last-minute amendment that provided the $800 million.

Schools are using the funds to buy food, clothes and school supplies. In some cases they are paying for car repairs or car insurance to get kids get to school, or cell phones so counselors can check in with students. Cincinnati and Nashville schools have hired Spanish-speaking social workers.

Cherie Hardy said she would have welcomed help buying her son clothes or a laptop.

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s homeless liaison, Angela Chandler, said the district is exploring hiring staff to identify and reach out to homeless students, and she would like to help high school students continue their education by funding college tours that might inspire kids who otherwise would never visit a campus.

“The possibilities are endless,” Chandler said.

But the second largest district in the country has yet to receive any of the nearly $8 million it is due. Funds from the first tranche of $883,000 should be sent out “shortly,” a California Department of Education spokesperson said on Wednesday. A second tranche of $7.1 million will be received in January. The spokesperson did not address why the process has taken so long.

Florida school districts could only begin applying for their share of $43.8 million as of Dec. 2, a spokesperson for the state’s Department of Education said.

New York state has yet to issue any of its $58.9 million from the new funds. The application period of the first tranche was opened on Dec. 1 and closes on Dec. 22, its Education Department said.

Even Murkowski’s state Alaska “is a little bit overwhelmed with all this money,” said Dave Mayo-Kiely, a program coordinator for homeless students and families in Anchorage.

Elsewhere some states were applying time-consuming rules the federal government had said were unnecessary, while in others state legislative or local school board approvals were slow to come, according to the education news site Chalkbeat.

“There are a million things that go wrong, things you don’t expect to happen,” said Phyllis Jordan, associate director of the FutureEd independent think tank at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., describing schools failing to find tutors to hire.

Some states have moved more quickly.

Lisa Phillips, North Carolina’s coordinator for the education of homeless children and youth, said her state followed federal guidelines and set up an approval process before districts made requests. Districts are getting funding within 10 days of making a valid application, she said.

More than half of North Carolina school districts have received their share of funds in the second phase of the program, with another 25% being processed.

Source: Voice of America