Daily Archives: April 28, 2018

Hanergy Launches CSR Campaign to Bring Accessible Solar Powered Lighting to Africa

Company’s innovative thin-film solar powered “Humbrella” to help increase access to clean and free electricity

BEIJING, April 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hanergy, a pioneering multinational clean energy company, today announced the launch of its “Lighting Africa” Project, under which the company will donate its first off line bath of solar-powered Humbrella, which is worth of a million RMB (US$160,000) to Africa through the China NGO Network for International Exchange.

Founder of Hanergy Li Hejun takes a group picture with NGO representative and African Ambassadors

The Hanergy 2018 Humbrella CSR Launch Ceremony was attended by ambassadors from 22 African nations as well as representatives from 8 NGOs, 10 multi-national companies and stakeholders from various circles.

Humbrella is the latest addition to the company’s growing roster of mobile energy solutions. Combining the world’s highest conversion efficiency thin-film solar panels with the common umbrella, the Humbrella integrates four functions including off-grid power supply, electricity storage, night lighting, and terminal charging. The Humbrella has a diameter of 2.7 meters and weighs only 8.8 kilograms due to Hanergy’s amazingly light & flexible thin film solar panels.

Currently, only 37% of Africans have access to a stable power supply and electricity shortages routinely prevent children from having enough time for study, seriously impacting their education. The Humbrella offers a practical solution to this problem by converting sunshine and store as much as 40000 mAh electricity, ensuring a 10-hour high quality reading time for children, or charging more than 10 3000mAh smart phones. In addition to lighting, the Humbrella is equipped with 4 UBS ports, which could be plugged for lamps, small fans, or electric insect repellent.

At a speech delivered at the launch event, Hanergy CEO Li Hejun said, “It is an honor for us to be able to use our unique mobile energy and thin film solar capabilities to contribute to public welfare in Africa. We hope that the Humbrella will light up the lives of many Africans and open up new possibilities for the future of African development.”

“I take this opportunity to invite Hanergy Group to consider the possibility of investing in the energy sector in Senegal by taking advantage of the many opportunities and incentives that my government offers to foreign investors,” said Mr. Mamadou Ndiaye, Senegal ambassador to China.

Although in the popular imagination Africa has a beautiful and clean natural environment, the fact is that air pollution is very serious in many areas due to the widespread use of diesel power generators. These generators emit toxic and harmful gases and cause respiratory and heart disease while also contributing to the occurrence of acid rain, which threatens food production and biodiversity. Because the Humbrella leverages thin-film solar power generation technology to directly convert solar energy into electricity, it can replace diesel generators and achieve “zero emission” energy.

The Humbrella launch event in Beijing also saw the establishment of Hanergy’s public welfare initiative, the “Lighting Africa Foundation.” Open to participants from all over the world, the foundation will match every purchase of a Humbrella sent to Africa with one US dollar to be invested in long-term poverty alleviation and public welfare activities, thus doubly contributing to the public benefit of local communities in Africa.

“As China’s largest NGO, we welcome more companies like Hanergy could contribute to African people’s welfare. Hanergy provides a good mobile energy solution to Africa and sets a good example of corporate social responsibility. Hopefully more organizations and companies could join the project in making the world a brighter place,” said Liu Kaiyang, Deputy Secretary-General of China NGO Network for International Exchanges.

About Hanergy

Hanergy, the world’s largest clean energy company, has a comprehensive clean energy solution, covering hydro-power, wind-power, and solar power. Since 2009, Hanergy focuses on thin-film solar power research and development, and is launching a series of products including solar roof tiles, foldable solar-paper power bank, solar backpack, Building Integrated Photovoltaics, solar roads and many others. With a worldwide staff of more than 16,000 and more than 2500 patents, Hanergy is devoted to providing the world a clean energy solution for a better life and sustainable world.

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Egypt Jails Policemen in 2015 Strike for Better Pay

An Egyptian court has sentenced 13 policemen to three to five years in prison for taking part in a 2015 strike demanding higher pay and better working conditions.

Eleven were sentenced to three years in prison and two were sentenced to five on charges of illegal assembly, inciting against the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of law enforcement, and belonging to an outlawed group.

The Cairo Criminal Court’s verdict on Saturday was reported by the state-run Al-Ahram website. The verdict can be appealed.

In 2015, hundreds of policemen went on strike in the northeastern province of Sharqiya.

Egypt outlawed all unauthorized protests in 2013, after the military overthrew an elected Islamist president amid mass protests calling for his resignation.

Source: Voice of America

Former President Banda Returns to Malawi

Former Malawi President Joyce Banda has returned to her country after more than three years, where she faces possible graft charges.

Banda arrived in Lilongwe, the capital, on Saturday after spending three years outside the country, serving as a fellow at two think tanks in Washington, D.C.

A crowd of supporters was waiting for her at the airport when she arrived. Her spokesman said she would be going straight to her home.

She is expected to make public remarks at a rally on Sunday.

In the past, Banda said she would be willing to stand for re-election in 2019, but has not said recently whether she plans to run. She served as Malawi’s president from 2012 to 2014 but was implicated in a corruption scandal known as “Cashgate” that erupted in 2013.

After she lost the election, Banda was subject to an arrest warrant and left the country shortly thereafter. Earlier this year, Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau said it had no solid evidence against the former president. Police have not said whether they will pursue the matter now that she has returned to the country.

Banda was the country’s first female leader and the second female leader on the African continent. She founded the People’s Party in 2011 and remains its leader.

The Cashgate scheme in 2013 involved $30 million that government officials were alleged to have taken from government coffers. The scandal resulted in many of Malawi’s foreign donors withdrawing funds, which hampered development in the aid-dependent country.

Source: Voice of America

Suspected Jihadists Kill 40 Civilians in Northeast Mali

A governor in Mali said Saturday that suspected jihadists had killed at least 40 civilians in two attacks near the country’s border with Niger, where attacks have increased in the past year.

Menaka Gov. Daouda Maiga said gunmen on motorbikes staged the assaults Thursday and Friday. He said Fulani members of Islamic State Greater Sahara most likely attacked in retaliation for military actions supported by Tuaregs in the region.

In recent months Tuareg civilian defense groups, supported by French soldiers, have fought against jihadists in northeastern Mali.

The jihadist attacks may also be an attempt to further exploit tensions between Tuaregs and Fulani herdsmen over land.

In early April, the head of the U.N. mission in Mali’s human rights division, Guillaume Ngefa, said Tuaregs had killed 95 Fulani civilians in the region.

Source: Voice of America

Sudan: End Fighting, Open Humanitarian Access in Jebel Marra, Darfur

The United States is deeply concerned by the recent fighting in Darfur’s Jebel Marra region. There are credible reports that villages were targeted for attack during clashes between the Government of Sudan (GoS) forces and the Sudan Liberation Army-Abdul Wahid (SLA/AW), resulting in thousands of newly displaced civilians. We call on all sides � the GoS forces, SLA/AW, and armed tribal groups — to immediately halt their provocative actions and violent responses. In addition, the government should permit immediate and unhindered access by the United Nations � African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), UN Country Team elements, and national and international humanitarian agencies to the areas where violence is taking place, as well as to displaced populations.

The risk of violence in Jebel Marra highlights the importance of the GoS and the governments of the states of Darfur cooperating with UNAMID to establish its Jebel Marra Task Force. The United States implores all parties to redouble their commitment and take immediate steps towards a comprehensive peace process.

Source: U.S. State Department