South Africa TV White Space Project Receives Support from USTDA

DURBAN, South Africa, Aug. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — During a signing ceremony with key stakeholders, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) today awarded a grant to support an Adaptrum-led project to help improve internet access to rural areas of South Africa. The grant from USTDA, which focuses on facilitating export opportunities for U.S. companies in support of sustainable development projects globally, will fund several TV White Space (TVWS) deployments with the goal of establishing business and deployment models that can be replicated across the country.

As the first country in Africa to publish a TVWS regulatory framework, South Africa has long seen the potential for the technology to bridge the nation’s digital divide. Encompassing an unreached population of more than 20 million people in rural areas and difficult-to-reach terrain, South Africa is an ideal location for TVWS, which uses unused broadcast spectrum to deliver long-range wireless connectivity. The project is intended to demonstrate that TVWS is a feasible business solution for economically and affordably connecting rural South Africa.

“Since deploying the first TVWS system in Africa, Adaptrum has sought ways to use TVWS to bring much needed connectivity across Africa,” said Haiyun Tang, CEO of Adaptrum. “Now that TVWS is allowed in South Africa, we are extremely pleased to have the support of USTDA for this project to ensure our technology can be deployed affordably and sustainably by our local South African partners.”

The Adaptrum-led project team is a consortium of U.S. and South African partners including Microsoft, International Data Corporation and Project Isizwe.  The consortium will collaborate with the grant recipient, the Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA), to deploy three TVWS network builds and develop a business plan to help ISPs and their investors understand and take advantage of commercial opportunities with TVWS.

“The support from USTDA today validates what we’ve seen in South Africa and many other locations – TVWS is a valuable and important technology for enabling affordable and reliable connectivity,” said Kevin Connolly, Director of Airband International at Microsoft. “Microsoft works with hardware partners like Adaptrum and investment partners like USTDA to accelerate bringing connectivity to millions of people around the globe who lack internet access, and we’re excited to bring this work to fruition in South Africa today.”

Once a successful business model is established, additional TVWS projects across South Africa and in other areas of Southern and Eastern Africa can be developed — bringing much needed connectivity investment to the continent by tackling issues such as the cost of infrastructure needed to reach the rural poor.

About Adaptrum:
Driving both technical and regulatory innovations, Adaptrum has pioneered the use of previously underutilized TV White Space spectrum. Founded by leading experts in wireless communications, our creative and experienced team is committed to fundamentally changing the wireless industry and enabling universally affordable broadband.

To learn more about Adaptrum wireless broadband solution, please visit: http://www.adaptrum.com

About USTDA:
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.  USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

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‫شركة سنيورة للصناعات الغذائية تحقق صافي أرباح بقيمة 2.775 مليون دينار أردني (3.913 مليون دولار أمريكي) في النصف الأول من العام 2019 بنسبة نمو بلغت 25% بالمقارنة مع نفس الفترة من العام الماضي

6 آب 2019- عمان، الأردن

أعلنت شركة سنيورة للصناعات الغذائية م.ع.م، الرائدة في صناعة اللحوم المبردة والمجمدة والمعلبة في المنطقة  والمدرجة في بورصة عمان عن نتائج أعمالها المالية الموحدة للنصف الأول من العام 2019، حيث حققت الشركة صافي أرباح بقيمة 2.775 مليون دينار أردني (3.913 مليون دولار أمريكي) ، بنمو بلغت نسبته 25% مقارنة مع نفس الفترة من 2018، كما حققت صافي مبيعات وصلت إلى 30.369 مليون دينار أردني (42.834 مليون دولار أمريكي) بنمو نسبته 8% مقارنة مع نفس الفترة من العام الماضي.https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_plks3lgw/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

وفي تصريحه قال السيد طارق عمر العقاد رئيس مجلس إدارة سنيورة أن هذا النمو في نتائج الشركة كان نتيجة كفاءة ونجاح خطط الشركة في كافة المواقع، حيث استطاعت تحقيق نمو في المبيعات الاقليمية بنسبة بلغت 10% مقارنة مع نفس الفترة من العام الماضي، اضافة الى نمو حصة علامة “سنيورة” المتخصصة في اللحوم المبردة بنسبة 8% في السوق الاردني وبنسبة 6% في السوق الفلسطيني مقارنة مع نفس الفترة من العام الماضي، وبذلك تعزيز نمو حصتها السوقية وموقعها الريادي في كافة الاسواق التي تعمل بها. مضيفاً أن الشركة تمكنت من تحقيق نمو ملحوظ في مبيعات اللحوم المجمدة وخاصة في اسواق التجزئة وقطاع الفنادق والمطاعم حيث بلغت نسبة النمو 32% مقارنة مع النصف الاول من العام الماضي.

من جانبه صرح الرئيس التنفيذي للشركة السيد مجدي الشريف بأن الخطط الموضوعة وجهود الادارة التنفيذية العليا وتوجيهات مجلس الادارة في مصنع الماسة لتصنيع اللحوم في دبي تكللت بالنجاح حيث تم تحقيق نمو في المبيعات بنسبة 24% مقارنة مع نفس الفترة من العام الماضي والذي أثر ايجابا على النتائج المالية للشركة وارباحها بامتياز. وأضاف الشريف بأن النجاح الباهر الذي تحقق منذ انطلاق خط اللحوم المجمدة في الاردن في العام 2016 واستمرار تحقيق نتائج مبيعات مميزة أدى الى بدء الشركة بالتجهيز لاطلاق خط المنتجات المجمدة في السوق الفلسطيني خلال الربع الاخير من العام الحالي 2019 ، واختتم الشريف بأن الشركة ستواصل العمل لتعزيز مكانتها الريادية وزيادة حصتها السوقية على المستويين المحلي والاقليمي.

يذكر بأن شركة سنيورة للصناعات الغذائية هي الشركة الرائدة في مجال صناعة اللحوم في المنطقة، وتمتلك علامة سنيورة القدس وعلامة يونيوم المشهورتين في مجال اللحوم المبردة واللانشون. بدأت عملها في القدس، فلسطين منذ عام 1920، ومن ثم افتتحت مصانعها في الأردن في عام 1992. وقامت شركة سنيورة بالاستحواذ على شركة الماسة لتصنيع اللحوم في دبي في عام 2016. تعتبر شركة سنيورة من أولى وأكبر شركات إنتاج اللحوم المصنعة حيث تقوم بالانتاج من خلال ثلاثة مصانع مجهزة  بأفضل التقنيات، الأول يقع في القدس الشرقية بفلسطين، والثاني يقع في المنطقة الصناعية للملك عبد الله الثاني في الأردن والثالث في دبي الامارات العربية المتحدة. في العام 2015 أنشأت الشركة خط انتاج جديد لانتاج كافة انواع اللحوم المجمدة في الأردن. تحافظ مصانع شركة سنيورة للصناعات الغذائية في فلسطين والأردن على أعلى شهادة دولية في سلامة الغذاء FSSC: Food Safety System Certificate 22000 (ISO/TS22002-1). ويُعد الحفاظ على هذه الشهادة تأكيداً على أن شركة سنيورة تعمل وفق أعلى معايير الجودة والسلامة الغذائية العالمية خصوصاً بأن هذه الشهادة معتمدة من أبرز الهيئات الدولية، ومن أهمها جمعية الأغذية والمشروبات الأوروبية، ورابطة التصنيع الأمريكية، والمبادرة العالمية لسلامة الأغذية، إضافة الى شهادة المواصفات والمقاييس الفلسطينية وشهادة وشعار الحلال الاردني الصادرة من مؤسسة المواصفات والمقاييس الاردنية.  كما تحافظ مصانع الشركة في الأردن وفلسطين على شهادتي OHSAS 18001: 2007 لإدارة لأنظمة السلامة والصحة المهنية و ISO14001: 2004 لإدارة انظمة البيئة منذ العام 2014. تسوّق الشركة منتجاتها من خلال شبكة تجار واسعة، ومتاجر كبيرة ومراكز تسوّق في فلسطين والأردن والسعودية والامارات وعدد من الدول في الشرق الأوسط. كما يوجد للشركة فرع للتوزيع في المملكة العربية السعودية وآخر في الإمارات العربية المتحدة، وقسم خاص بالتصدير لأسواق الخليج ومختلف دول المشرق العربي. سنيورة هي شركة مساهمة عامة مدرجة في بورصة عمان (ASE: SNRA)

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Israel Approves Hundreds Of Units In Gush Etzion Colonialist Block

The far-right extremist Israeli government on Benjamin Netanyahu and the Civil Administration Office, the executive and administrative branch of the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank, including Jerusalem, approved the construction of hundreds of units in Gush Etzion illegal colonialist bloc, south of Bethlehem.

Israeli Channel 7 has reported that the approval was for 300 new units in Etzion.

Shlomo Neeman, the head of Gush Etzion block, welcomed the approval of the 300 additional units, and said that this would pave the way for more units in the colonialist block.

Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are direct violations of International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention and various united nations and security council resolutions.

Source: International Middle East Media Center

Premier: Netherlands, EU, and rest of world countries must hasten to recognize state of Palestine to save two-state solution

RAMALLAH, Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh stressed that the Netherlands, along with the European Union and the rest of the world countries, which have not recognized the Palestinian state and are committed to supporting the two-state solution, must hasten to recognize the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital in order to save the two-state solution from collapse.

This came during a meeting with Dutch ambassador Kees Van Baar at the premier’s office in Ramallah, where they discussed the latest political developments in Palestine.

Shtayyeh said that there is a systematic destruction by Israel and the US administration of the chances of establishing a Palestinian state in an attempt to preserve the status quo, particularly through the isolation and blockade of Gaza, settlement expansion, land expropriation, and removing Jerusalem from any political solution.

He asked: what does the EU expect from the US deal of the century which has not been presented nor discussed and which part of it has already been implemented on the ground?

Shtayyeh stressed that the assistance provided to the families of martyrs and prisoners in Israeli jails was agreed upon in the Oslo agreement, affirming that ‘we will continue to support them’.

The premier praised the efforts of the Netherlands and the European Union to support the building of the institutions of a Palestinian state and development projects there.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency

Israel demolishes several structures west of Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Israeli forces today demolished four structures besides to a house under construction in Bir Oneh village in Beit Jala city, west of Bethlehem.

Head of the Bethlehem Office of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Committee Hassan Breija said that Israeli forces stormed and cordoned off the village, before a bulldozer demolished four barns and the foundations of a house under construction purportedly for being without a license.

The owners of the barns and the house under construction were identified as Mohammad Zreineh and Daoud Ghneim respectively.

Zreineh’s barns were demolished twice although he has a title deed which proves he is the owner of the plot of land on which the barns are built.

Using the pretext of illegal building, Israel demolishes houses on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.

At the same time, the municipality and government build tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in East Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favor of the Jewish settlers in the occupied city.

Although Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian Territory that has been subject to Israeli military occupation since 1967, they are denied their citizenship rights and are instead classified only as “residents” whose permits can be revoked if they move away from the city for more than a few years.

They are also discriminated against in all aspects of life including housing, employment and services, and are unable to access services in the West Bank due to the construction of Israel’s separation wall.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency

Israeli bulldozers demolish structures in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian house and a retaining wall in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Israeli police cordoned off an area in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina as a bulldozer proceeded to demolish a house belonging to Eyad Khalil Kiswani.

Kiswani told WAFA correspondent that the demolition took place although he had not received any prior notice.

He added that he himself along with wife and three children, aged 13 to 16, were forced out of their 140-square-meter house by police at gun point before the demolition was carried out.

Meanwhile, Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported that Israeli police raided the Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiyeh, paving the way to a bulldozer to demolish a retaining wall and an outdoor ground.

The Silwan-based watchdog posted a video showing police blocking the entrance to a Palestinian house, whose owner is not identified, as the demolition was carried out.

Both structures were demolished under the pretext that they were built without a permit.

Using the pretext of illegal building, Israel demolishes houses on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.

At the same time, the municipality and government build tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in East Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favor of the Jewish settlers in the occupied city.

Although Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian Territory that has been subject to Israeli military occupation since 1967, they are denied their citizenship rights and are instead classified only as “residents” whose permits can be revoked if they move away from the city for more than a few years.

They are also discriminated against in all aspects of life including housing, employment and services, and are unable to access services in the West Bank due to the construction of Israel’s separation wall.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency