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ملاعب كأس العالم تعزز المكانة العالمية لشركة إس آي إس بيتشيز الإنجليزية

لندن، 14 يوليو / تموز، 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

نهائي موسكو يقام على أول عشب هجين من نوعه

يشهد الأحد إقامة نهائي كأس العالم لكرة القدم، الذي يعد النهائي الأول على الإطلاق الذي يقام على طبقة عشب اصطناعي تمثل تقنية ثورية، وهو الأمر الذي يضخ ملايين الجنيهات إلى إس آي إس بيتشيز “SIS Pitches” الشركة الإنجليزية التي تقف وراء هذه التقنية الرائدة.https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_bah3f587/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

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قامت إس آي إس بتيشيز بتركيب عشبها الهجين باستخدام تقنية ضخ الألياف مع نظام تهوية تحت التربة في ستة ملاعب من بين 12 ملعبًا استضاف كأس العالم، ومنها ملعب لوجنيكي في موسكو الذي يتسع لـ 81,000 مشاهد، والذي سيستضيف الأحد المقبل النهائي المنتظر بين فرنسا وكرواتيا.

وتستخدم أرضية ملعب لوجنيكي عشب إس آي إس جراس “SISGrass“، – وهو عشب طبيعي بنسبة 95% ومعزز بـ 5% من الألياف الاصطناعية – وتقنية إس آي إس للتهوية “SISAir”، وهي نظام فريد للتهوية يستطيع التخلص من الأمطار المتدفقة من السطح خلال خمس ثوان، بينما يحسن من رطوبة الجذور عبر شبكة من الأنابيب تحت التربة.

وبهذه المناسبة، يشير جورج مولان “George Mullan”، المدير التنفيذي لشركة إس آي إس بيتشيز: “مع قرابة مليار شخص من المتوقع أن يشاهدوا المباراة النهائية، هناك ضغط واضح كي تكون أرضية الملعب في أفضل حال، على الرغم من استخدامها لأكثر من 60 ساعة – بما يعادل موسما كاملا من مباريات الدوري الإنجليزي الممتاز – خلال الأسابيع الخمس المنصرمة. وهو الأمر المستحيل تحقيقه على أرضية عشبية تقليدية”.

ويضيف، “تحدث الجميع عن جودة كرة القدم في هذه البطولة وبالتأكيد منحت أرضيتنا لمودريتش ولوكاكو ومبابي وكين مسرحًا مذهلاً للأداء. وكان التقييم الذي وصلنا من جميع المشاركين إيجابيًا بشكل هائل. فقد كانت البطولة بمثابة العرض الأول على مستوى العالم لهذه التقنيات التي اجتمعت في بطولة كأس العالم وأدت بشكل نموذجي”.

أما ملاعب كأس العالم الست التي تستخدم عشب إس آي إس جراس “SISGrass” فهي لوجنيكي، وسبارتاك، وسامارا، وكالينينغراد، وسارانسك، وروستوف.https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_n2rbz92m/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

وبعد تركيب أكثر من 80 عشبًا هجينًا حول العالم، بما في ذلك ملاعب فرق الدوري الإنجليزي الممتاز مثل تشيلسي، ونيوكاسل يونايتد، وفولام، وبورنموث، وملعب سيلتك بطل الدوري الاسكتلندي، ومجمع سانت جورج بارك الخاص بالاتحاد الإنجليزي لكرة القدم، ومع برشلونة  التي على وشك الانضمام إلى القائمة، تتوقع إس آي إس بيتشيز تحقيق عائدات سنوية ستنمو من 55 مليون جنيه إسترليني إلى 65 مليون جنيه إسترليني في 2019.

ويضيف مولان: “نحن نرى إمكانية تحقيق مكاسب كبيرة من الفرق الرياضية المحترفة في الولايات المتحدة واليابان، بالإضافة إلى قطاع الجامعات الأمريكي ونقوم هذا الصيف وحده بتركيب ثمان أرضيات من عشب إس آي إس جراس في فرنسا”.

ومنذ تأسيسها في 2001، تستعين إس آي إس بيتشيز بأكثر من 340 موظفًا حول العالم، ويقع مقر التصنيع في كمبريا، بإنجلترا. ولمزيد من المعلومات يرجى زيارة الموقع الإلكتروني http://www.sispitches.com.

صدرت بواسطة بيغ بارتنرشيب “BIG Partnership” بالنيابة عن إس آي إس بيتشيز “SIS Pitches“.

المصدر: SIS Pitches

8 Endangered Black Rhinos Die in Kenya After Relocation

Eight critically endangered black rhinos are dead in Kenya following an attempt to move them from the capital to a national park hundreds of kilometers away, the government said Friday, calling the toll “unprecedented” in more than a decade of such transfers.

Preliminary investigations point to salt poisoning as the rhinos tried to adapt to saltier water in their new home, the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said in a statement. It suspended the ongoing move of other rhinos and said the surviving ones were being closely monitored.

Losing the rhinos is “a complete disaster,” said prominent Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu of WildlifeDirect.

Conservationists in Africa have been working hard to protect the black rhino sub-species from poachers targeting them for their horns to supply an illegal Asian market.

In moving a group of 11 rhinos to the newly created Tsavo East National Park from Nairobi last month, the Kenya Wildlife Service said it hoped to boost the population there. The government agency has not said how the rhinos died. Fourteen of the animals were to be moved in all.

“Disciplinary action will definitely be taken” if an investigation into the deaths indicates negligence by agency staff, the wildlife ministry said.

“Moving rhinos is complicated, akin to moving gold bullion, it requires extremely careful planning and security due to the value of these rare animals,” Kahumbu said in a statement. “Rhino translocations also have major welfare considerations and I dread to think of the suffering that these poor animals endured before they died.”

Transporting wildlife is a strategy used by conservationists to help build up, or even bring back, animal populations. In May, six black rhinos were moved from South Africa to Chad, restoring the species to the country in north-central Africa nearly half a century after it was wiped out there.

Kenya transported 149 rhinos between 2005 and 2017 with eight deaths, the wildlife ministry said.

According to WWF, black rhino populations declined dramatically in the 20th century, mostly at the hands of European hunters and settlers. Between 1960 and 1995, numbers dropped by 98 percent, to fewer than 2,500.

Since then the species has rebounded, although it remains extremely threatened. In addition to poaching, the animals also face habitat loss.

African Parks, a Johannesburg-based conservation group, said earlier this year that there are fewer than 25,000 rhinos in the African wild, of which about 20 percent are black rhinos and the rest white rhinos.

In another major setback for conservation, the last remaining male northern white rhino on the planet died in March in Kenya, leaving conservationists struggling to save that sub-species using in vitro fertilization.

Source: Voice of America

Heavy Rain Complicates Life for Thousands of Displaced Ethiopians

Aid agencies say more than 800,000 people, displaced by violence in southern Ethiopia, are facing a humanitarian crisis as the rainy season sets in with inadequate shelter to protect them from cold, wet weather. Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes last month when inter-communal clashes broke out in southern Ethiopia’s Gedeo and West Guji zones.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says people have walked for days to escape the fighting, with nothing but the clothes on their back. It says many have been forced to sleep in the open along the way.

IOM spokesman Joel Millman says many of the displaced are staying with relatives in local communities or in rented accommodations. Others are sheltering in schools, government buildings and disused factories.

Thousands of people are crammed into overcrowded collective centers unfit for human habitation,” he said. “Others sleep outside on bare floors with nothing more than a tarpaulin to shield them from the cold and rain. Open-fire cooking in overly congested buildings, poor sanitation and cold weather are all contributing to a worsening environment from both health and protection perspectives.

Aid agencies report the displaced do not have enough food, clean water, shelter and other basic necessities. They warn people will be at risk of malnutrition and disease outbreaks if humanitarian assistance is not scaled up.

Millman says the IOM has distributed 1,000 blankets in the past week and is in the process of building 40 communal shelters and digging 150 latrines.

The international Committee of the Red Cross says it, together with the Ethiopia Red Cross, will provide relief to 100,000 people. The agencies say they also will provide medicine and health supplies to local clinics.

Source: Voice of America

Separatists Target Cameroon’s Defense Minister, Defense Chief

Armed separatists fighting for creation of an English-speaking state in Cameroon opened fire on the country’s defense minister and defense chief Friday. Neither official was hurt but at least 10 people were killed in the attack in the English-speaking southwest region, where the minister was visiting to encourage his troops fighting the separatists.

Military spokesperson Colonel Didier Badjeck says more than 100 armed separatists mounted several road blocks on the route linking the south western regional town of Kumba and the locality of Mbonge to stop Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo, who was leading a high profile military delegation dispatched by President Paul Biya to encourage the country’s soldiers fighting armed separatists.

Badjeck says as they removed the road blocks, armed separatists who were hiding in nearby bushes started shooting and the military fired back killing at least 10 of the attackers.

He says the terrorists who were heavily armed with war weapons, locally made guns, cutlasses and poisoned spears started shooting ceaselessly towards the military convoy and the minister’s car for about 30 minutes. He says the military fired back and hundreds of the attackers escaped to the bushes where they are still being hunted by the military.

Several members of the minister’s delegation were wounded. Hundreds of villagers and travellers along the road fled to the bushes.

Beti Assomo ordered the military to make sure all of the attackers are either arrested or neutralized. He also congratulated the military for what he called successes in the fight against armed separatists since President Biya declared war against them in November 2017, describing the separatists as terrorists.

He says he found a very determined military, ready to fight until peace returns in the English speaking north west and south west regions.

The armed separatists used social media to warn Cameroon’s defense minister against visiting any part of the English speaking northwest or southwest regions, which they claim as the new state of Ambazonia.

Tensions in Cameroon began in November 2016, when English-speaking teachers and lawyers in the northwest and southwest regions protested, seeking reforms and greater autonomy and expressing frustration with the dominance of the French language and the marginalization of Cameroon’s Anglophone population.

The crisis intensified when Ayuk Tabe, the self-declared president of the English speaking Republic of Ambazonia, was arrested alongside 48 others in Nigeria and extradited to Cameroon.

More than 160,000 people have been internally displaced and tens of thousands have fled to neighboring Nigeria, according to the United Nations. The government of Cameroon says more than 200 government troops and civilians have been killed.

International NGO and rights groups have decried the harsh government crackdown and indiscriminate arrests of suspects.

Source: Voice of America

Ethiopian Lost His Legs in Prison, Rebuilds Life as Free Man

When Kefyalew Tefera emerged from Ethiopia’s Kaliti Prison last month after 12 years of confinement, it was in a wheelchair with both of his legs missing, but with an overwhelming sense of gratitude intact.

“What kept me going were her dedicated visits, love and care, and words of encouragement that I would one day be free,” he said of his older sister, Weyinishet Derese. She was waiting at the federal prison in an Addis Ababa suburb when Kefyalew and more than 300 other detainees were released June 15. They were among thousands of prisoners freed this year in the government’s bid to calm political dissent.

Kefyalew, now in his early 30s, serves as an extreme symbol of the suffering inflicted in Ethiopian prisons. His release and that of other detainees comes as part of a wave of reforms and, for some, rising hopes in the Horn of Africa country.

A report issued last week by Human Rights Watch chronicling neglect, abuse and torture at Jail Ogaden in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region is the latest condemnation of inmates’ treatment in the country over the years.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who took office April 2 promising an array of changes, told parliament in June that the ruling party’s security forces had committed “terrorist acts” against citizens, unlawfully “torturing, causing bodily damages and even putting inmates in dark prison cells.”

Just before the report’s release, Ethiopia’s attorney general announced the heads of all federal detention centers had been replaced for failing to protect prisoners’ rights.

The Somali regional government denies the allegations of mistreatment at Jail Ogaden, located in the provincial capital of Jijiga. “This is far from the truth, and it’s fabricated,” Ismail Abdi, the information minister, told VOA’s Somali Service.

Amnesty International also has “documented a number of human rights violations” at prisons in Ethiopia’s Somali, Oromia, Amhara and Southern regions, as well as in Addis Ababa, said Fisseha Tekle, the rights group’s Ethiopia researcher. He said the victims generally have been political prisoners “university students, youths, online activists and any concerned individuals who are critical of the government.”

A devastating surprise

When Kefyalew caught the attention of security forces, he had just finished his third year of studying plant science at the Southern region’s Harwassa University. He was visiting his older sister in Addis Ababa and expecting to go on to their parents’ home in Oromia.

Kefyalew and several friends were walking to an Addis bus station on Sept. 14, 2007, when police opened fire, he said in a phone interview. One shot tore into his left knee; another grazed his right ankle.

“It could have been easily treated,” he said of that wound.

At the Federal Police Hospital, Kefyalew was told his left leg was so damaged that part of it would be amputated, he said. But when he awoke from surgery, his right foot was missing.

“Every time I asked for an explanation, they put me to sleep,” the young man said.

Later, his left leg was cut off above the knee. When gangrene infected his right leg, it was cut twice more to roughly 10 centimeters below his pelvis. A month after the shooting, Kefyalew was transferred to the capital’s notorious Maekelawi detention center and given a mattress on the floor of a crowded cellblock.

Kefyalew was charged with treason and with planning a bombing attack in Addis, he said. He also was blamed for the deaths of the three friends killed by security forces. He was stunned. Though he said he sometimes criticized government actions while in conversations with a few university friends, he hadn’t joined any political parties.

“I was a good student. I never even missed classes. But they kept asking us who sent us to explode bombs,” he said of his prison interrogators.

They tried to coerce a confession by hanging Kefyalew from his wrists and poking at his wounds, or by dropping him for sport, or subjecting him to “unspeakable” barbarity, he said. He was convicted of the charges and sentenced to life in prison.

But amid the cruelty, Kefyalew found kindness. Fellow prisoners carried him to the bathroom, helped him with basic care and provided encouragement. His sister, Weyinishet, alternated with the relatives of other prisoners to deliver communal food several times a week.

Struggles continue

Though Kefyalew no longer is imprisoned, his struggles go on.

Nerve damage radiates pain through his left thigh. His prosthetic legs, made for someone else, don’t fit properly and irritate tissue. He hopes to get medical treatment for various ailments, funded in part through modest donations from an online fundraising campaign.

The young man is staying with his sister and her husband in the capital city. Their bed-ridden mother still lives in Oromia; their father, grief-stricken over Kefyalew’s incarceration, died in 2011.

Each morning, Weyinishet helps Kefyalew from his bed into his wheelchair, where he spends the day. He said he hopes his health improves enough so he can complete his university studies. But now, he imagines a career outside of botany he’d like to start some type of nongovernmental organization.

Kefyalew doesn’t expect restitution for his 12 years spent in detention or for the permanent loss of his legs. He said it would be compensation enough to prevent the kind of abuse he experienced.

“I hope we will build a system where people no longer face extrajudicial punishment. I hope to see the rule of law prevail in Ethiopia,” he said.

Calls for assistance

Amnesty International’s Tekle contends Kefyalew and other detainees deserve redress. “Compensation is important for victims” of torture, he said. “Most of them still suffer psychologically and they need the current government in power to take responsibility.”

HRW’s Ethiopia researcher, Felix Horne, told VOA, “I think it would be an important step to acknowledge the suffering that these torture victims have undergone for many years.”

He recommended that the government provide services to address “the physical and emotional scars” of detainees’ treatment.

Horne also observed that “there’s just no treatment available.” Political sensitivities might prevent existing organizations from assisting former detainees, he said.

“With all the talk of reform, it is a huge opportunity for humanitarian agencies different NGOs to spring up to treat these individuals.”

Source: Voice of America