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Casio to Release Compact G-SHOCK Offering Workout-Oriented Convenience

The First Square-Shaped Watch in the Sports-Driven G-SQUAD Line

TOKYO, June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Casio Computer Co., Ltd. announced today the release of the GBD-200, a new addition to the sports-driven G-SQUAD line in the G-SHOCK family of shock-resistant watches. Inheriting the iconic square-shaped case design of the very first G-SHOCK, these compact new watches offer convenient functionality for workouts as well as everyday use.


The GBD-200 boasts a new, smaller profile design for the case, which is 2.0mm slimmer, 8.8mm shorter, and 3.4mm narrower compared to the predecessor GBD-100. To make the watch look even slimmer, the case, bezel and other parts are carefully designed to appear flat when viewed from the side. The band is made of soft urethane to provide outstanding ventilation and flexibility and ensure a snug fit on the wrist. Holes near the lugs that fasten the band to the case ensure breathability, helping to shed perspiration and give the watch a comfortable, airy fit that is great for exercise. The precision 5mm hole-spacing employed for the band allows for precise length adjustments, as well.

The GBD-200 also boasts outstanding functionality. Just pair with a smartphone via Bluetooth® to adjust distances captured by with the watch’s acceleration sensor using smartphone GPS. When the user adjusts this once, the watch will then measure distances with even higher degrees of accuracy,* even when not connected to a smartphone. The watch also measures running pace and comes with an Auto lap feature that automatically keeps track of times over a set distance. When used with the dedicated G-SHOCK MOVE app, the watch offers great support for daily workouts, allowing users to check life logs with data on step counts and calories burned, activity logs, and more, right on the  smartphone.

*In comparison with distance measurements made by preceding Casio models using the accelerometer alone. Depends on the accuracy of the smartphone’s GPS function as well.

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Laserfiche Recognized as a Strong Performer in Independent Analyst Report on Content Platform Providers

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Laserfiche — the leading SaaS provider of intelligent content management and business process automation — has been named a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Content Platforms, Q2 2021. Laserfiche was one of 14 vendors evaluated based on the strength of its strategy and current offering.

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Laserfiche earned the highest rating possible in the criteria of Packaged Applications, Developer Support, Content Generation Services and Execution Roadmap. According to the report, “[Laserfiche’s] roadmap and cloud-first product vision equip it to scale into larger enterprises, and its market approach continues to have a programmatic focus on key verticals.”  The report also states that, “Laserfiche offers strong support for packaged applications and solution templates and supports interchange of these templates via customer and partner communities.”

Laserfiche maintains a cloud-first approach to enterprise content management (ECM), focusing on delivering a flexible, extensible platform that integrates easily with enterprise applications. The company continues to provide industry-leading records management, electronic forms and business process automation capabilities including RPA and smart capture. Laserfiche’s strong customer focus also drives product innovation and deep engagement with its user community.

“Laserfiche continues to drive industry leadership in content-centric process automation,” said Thomas Phelps, Laserfiche CIO and senior vice president of corporate strategy. “We believe that Laserfiche’s cloud-first product vision and commitment to empowering customers in highly regulated industries are why we are positioned as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave: Content Platforms.”

The Forrester Wave: Content Platforms, Q2 2021 evaluates vendors against 25 criteria, grouped into three high-level categories: current offering, strategy and market presence. For more information, download the Forrester Wave: Content Platforms, Q2 2021 here.

About Laserfiche

Laserfiche is the leading SaaS provider of intelligent content management and business process automation. Through powerful workflows, electronic forms, document management and analytics, the Laserfiche® platform accelerates how business gets done, enabling leaders to focus on growth across the enterprise.

Laserfiche pioneered the paperless office with enterprise content management. Today, Laserfiche’s cloud-first development approach incorporates innovations in machine learning and AI to enable organizations in more than 80 countries to transform into digital businesses. Customers in every industry—including government, education, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing—use Laserfiche to boost productivity, scale their business and deliver digital-first customer experiences.

Laserfiche employees in offices around the world are committed to the company’s vision of empowering customers and inspiring people to reimagine how technology can transform lives.

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LeddarTech Makes a Welcome Return to In-Person Events as a Lead Sponsor and Exhibitor at Tech.AD 2021 in Berlin, Germany

The Westfield AutoSweep POD

Westfield’s AutoSweep POD, the UK’s first fully autonomous pure electric road sweeper, featuring LeddarTech’s Leddar Pixell.

LeddarTech joins Tech.AD Europe as the Lead Sponsor and as both a presenter and exhibitor at this live event at the Titanic Chaussee Berlin, Germany, on July 1-2, 2021. Join LeddarTech either in person or digitally by registering today at

QUEBEC CITY, June 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech®, a global leader in Level 1-5 ADAS and AD sensing technology, is excited to be reigniting its physical event calendar as a lead sponsor and keynote speaker of Tech.AD. Tech.AD has long been recognized as one of Europe’s leading technical ADAS and AD conferences. LeddarTech’s CTO Pierre Olivier will serve on the honorary jury for the 8th Annual Tech.AD Europe Awards. These awards honor individuals and organizations who have designed exceptional solutions or products that contribute to ADAS/AD automotive development.

With a focus on environmental sensing that reimagines ADAS and AD solutions, the LeddarTech team will be participating in several capacities at this event.

Keynote presentation: July 1, 2021, 4:45 p.m. – 5:05 p.m. CET

Topic: Sensing Modalities, Sensor Fusion, and Perception for Autonomous Driving. The speaker, Pierre Olivier, Chief Technology Officer of LeddarTech, will explore the challenges and exciting opportunities facing the ADAS and AD business community.

World Café session: July 2, 2021, 1:15 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. CET

Topic: Sensor Café – Object Fusion vs. Raw Sensor Fusion – What Is the Superior Solution? Moderators: Reza Rashidi Far, PhD, and André Malz, PhD, of LeddarTech’s Strategic Product Management division.

Exhibition booth (6): July 1-2, 2021.

LeddarTech will feature solutions that solve critical sensing and perception challenges across the automotive and mobility value chain. LeddarTech will present these solutions through an innovative approach of on-site and live-streaming demonstrations of:

  • Mobility and ITS sensors, including the recently released Leddar™ Sight LiDAR and the award-winning Leddar™ Pixell;
  • LeddarVision™, a sensor-fusion and perception solution that delivers highly accurate 3D environmental models for L1-5 autonomy;
  • Special Feature: the Westfield AutoSweep, the UK’s first fully autonomous pure electric road sweeper, featuring the Leddar Pixell.
The Westfield AutoSweep POD

Westfield’s AutoSweep POD, the UK’s first fully autonomous pure electric road sweeper, featuring LeddarTech’s Leddar Pixell.

“Our technical teams from Israel, Germany, and Italy are excited to be joining our esteemed colleagues, peers, and partners at Tech.AD. Our much-anticipated return to in-person events is especially significant as we will be showcasing our customer Westfield’s autonomous AutoSweep POD, which features the Leddar Pixell,” stated Daniel Aitken, Vice-President, Global Marketing, Communications, and Product Management at LeddarTech. “Tech.AD provides an excellent opportunity to engage with many leaders in the industry both virtually and in person, and we look forward to demonstrating our latest technology, sharing our vision, and engaging with our customers,” Mr. Aitken continued. “Tech.AD is making all efforts to implement precautions to ensure a safe and fulfilling event for all delegates, and I welcome you to visit us in person or online during the event in July,” concluded Mr. Aitken.

For more information about Tech.AD, visit

Prior to Tech.AD register for the Automotive IQ Webinar: June 29, 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

Topic: A Clean Sweep: How Adopting Autonomous Vehicle and EV Technology Is Paving the Way to Increased Road Sweeper Efficiency and Safety While Reducing Environmental Impact. Join Pierre Olivier, CTO of LeddarTech and Julian Turner, CEO of Westfield Technology Group, for this Automotive IQ hosted event.

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About LeddarTech

LeddarTech is a leader in environmental sensing platforms for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems. Founded in 2007, LeddarTech has evolved to become a comprehensive end-to-end environmental sensing company by enabling customers to solve critical sensing and perception challenges across the entire value chain of the automotive and mobility market segments. With its LeddarVision™ sensor-fusion and perception platform and its cost-effective, scalable, and versatile LiDAR development solution for automotive-grade solid-state LiDARs based on the LeddarEngine™, LeddarTech enables Tier 1-2 automotive system integrators to develop full-stack sensing solutions for autonomy level 1 to 5. These solutions are actively deployed in autonomous shuttles, trucks, buses, delivery vehicles, smart cities/factories, and robotaxi applications. The company is responsible for several innovations in cutting-edge automotive and mobility remote-sensing applications, with over 95 patented technologies (granted or pending) enhancing ADAS and autonomous driving capabilities.

Additional information about LeddarTech is accessible at and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Daniel Aitken, Vice-President, Global Marketing, Communications, and Product Management, LeddarTech Inc.
Tel.: + 1-418-653-9000 ext. 232

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LeddarTech fait son retour en présentiel comme commanditaire principal et exposant à l’événement Tech.AD 2021 à Berlin, Allemagne

Le AutoSweep POD de Westfield

L’AutoSweep POD de Westfield, la première navette balayeuse électrique entièrement autonome du Royaume-Uni, équipée du Leddar Pixell de LeddarTech.

LeddarTech se joint à la conférence Tech.AD Europe à la fois à titre de commanditaire principal, présentateur et exposant lors de cet événement en direct qui se tiendra au Titanic Chaussee Berlin, en Allemagne, les 1er et 2 juillet 2021. Rejoignez LeddarTech soit en personne soit virtuellement en vous inscrivant dès aujourd’hui sur

QUÉBEC, 15 juin 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech®, chef de file de calibre mondial en technologie de détection pour les systèmes avancés d’aide à la conduite (systèmes ADAS) et de conduite autonome (systèmes AD) de niveau 1 à 5, est heureuse de renouer avec son calendrier d’événements physiques comme commanditaire principal et présentateur au salon professionnel Tech.AD. Cette conférence est depuis longtemps considérée comme l’un des plus importants événements européens dans le domaine des systèmes ADAS et AD.   Le chef de la technologie de LeddarTech, Pierre Olivier, fera partie du jury d’honneur de la huitième édition des prix annuels Tech.AD Europe. Ceux-ci mettent à l’honneur des personnes et des organisations qui ont conçu des solutions ou des produits exceptionnels contribuant au développement des systèmes ADAS et AD pour l’automobile.

L’équipe LeddarTech s’impliquera dans l’événement Tech.AD de différentes façons autour de la thématique de la détection environnementale réinventant les solutions ADAS et AD.

Présentation : 1er juillet 2021, 16 h 45 – 17 h 05 HEC.
Sujet : Modalités de détection, fusion de données de capteurs et perception pour la conduite autonome (en anglais). Le présentateur, Pierre Olivier, chef de la technologie de LeddarTech, explorera les défis et les opportunités passionnantes auxquels est confrontée la communauté des affaires en matière de systèmes ADAS et AD.

Séance « Café découverte » : 2 juillet 2021, 13 h 15 – 15 h 35 HEC.
Sujet : Fusion de données de capteurs basées sur les objets ou fusion de données brutes – Quelle est la meilleure solution? (en anglais) Modérateurs : Reza Rashidi Far, Ph.D. et André Malz, Ph.D., de la division Gestion stratégique des produits de LeddarTech.

Stand d’exposition (6) : 1er et 2 juillet 2021.
LeddarTech présentera des solutions qui résolvent des défis critiques touchant la détection et la perception sur toute la chaîne de valeur du marché automobile et de la mobilité. LeddarTech utilisera une approche innovatrice pour présenter sur place, à l’aide de diffusions en continu et en direct :

  • Des systèmes de détection destinés à la mobilité et au transport intelligent, dont le LiDAR Leddar™ Sight, récemment lancé, et le Leddar™ Pixell, lauréat de plusieurs prix;
  • LeddarVision™, une solution de fusion de données de capteurs et de perception qui fournit des modèles environnementaux 3D haute précision pour niveau d’autonomie 1 à 5;
  • Fait saillant : l’AutoSweep de Westfield, la première balayeuse de voirie tout électrique et entièrement autonome du Royaume-Uni, équipée du Leddar Pixell.
Le AutoSweep POD de Westfield

L’AutoSweep POD de Westfield, la première navette balayeuse électrique entièrement autonome du Royaume-Uni, équipée du Leddar Pixell de LeddarTech.

« Nos équipes techniques d’Israël, d’Allemagne et d’Italie sont impatientes de se joindre à nos collègues, pairs et partenaires de l’industrie lors de l’événement Tech.AD.   Notre retour tant attendu aux événements en présentiel est d’autant plus important que nous présenterons le POD autonome AutoSweep, de notre client Westfield, qui est équipé du Leddar Pixell », a déclaré Daniel Aitken, vice-président, Marketing, communications et gestion de produits mondiaux chez LeddarTech. « Tech.AD offre une excellente occasion de dialoguer avec de nombreux leaders de l’industrie à la fois virtuellement et en personne, et nous sommes enthousiastes face à cette opportunité de faire la démonstration de notre dernière technologie, de partager notre vision et d’interagir avec nos clients », a poursuivi M. Aitken. « Tech.AD met tout en œuvre pour s’assurer que l’événement se déroule dans de bonnes conditions et en toute sécurité pour tous les délégués par la mise en place des mesures de précaution adéquates, et je vous invite à nous rendre visite en personne ou en ligne en juillet », a conclu M. Aitken.

Pour plus d’information sur Tech.AD, visitez

Avant de vous joindre à Tech.AD, inscrivez-vous au webinaire Automotive IQ : 29 juin 2021, 11 h 00 – 12 h 00 HE.

Sujet : Un coup de balai : comment l’adoption de la technologie des véhicules autonomes et des véhicules électriques favorise l’amélioration de l’efficacité et de la sécurité des balayeuses de voirie tout en réduisant l’impact environnemental (en anglais). Joignez-vous à Pierre Olivier, chef de la technologie de LeddarTech et Julian Turner, chef de la direction de Westfield Technology Group, pour cet événement organisé par Automotive IQ.

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À propos de LeddarTech

LeddarTech est un chef de file dans le domaine des plateformes de détection environnementale pour véhicules autonomes et systèmes avancés d’aide à la conduite. Fondée en 2007, LeddarTech a évolué pour devenir une entreprise active dans les solutions de détection environnementale intégrées de bout en bout permettant aux clients de résoudre des problèmes critiques en matière de détection et de perception tout au long de la chaîne de valeur des segments de marché automobile et mobilité. Grâce à sa plateforme de fusion de données de capteurs et de perception LeddarVision™ ainsi qu’à sa solution de développement efficace, extensible et polyvalente pour LiDARs solid-state de classe automobile reposant sur le LeddarEngine™, LeddarTech permet aux intégrateurs de systèmes automobiles de rang 1 et 2 de développer des solutions de détection complètes pour niveaux d’autonomie 1 à 5. Ces solutions sont activement déployées dans des navettes autonomes, camions, autobus, véhicules de livraison, villes ou usines intelligentes et applications pour robotaxis. Détentrice de plus de 95 technologies brevetées (brevets accordés ou en instance) qui améliorent les capacités des systèmes d’aide à la conduite et de conduite autonome, la société a contribué à plusieurs innovations liées à des applications de pointe en matière de télédétection automobile et de mobilité.

Renseignements complémentaires disponibles sur et sur LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook et YouTube.

Contact :
Daniel Aitken, vice-président, Marketing, communications et gestion de produits mondiaux, LeddarTech Inc.
Tél. : + 1-418-653-9000 poste 232

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O Westfield AutoSweep POD

Westfield AutoSweep POD, o primeiro varredor de estrada puramente elétrico e totalmente autônomo do Reino Unido, com o Leddar Pixell.

LeddarTech participa da Tech.AD Europe como Patrocinadora Líder e como apresentadora e expositora deste evento ao vivo no Titanic Chaussee Berlin, Alemanha, de 1 a 2 de julho de 2021. Participe do evento também juntamente com a LeddarTech pessoalmente ou de forma digital registrando-se hoje mesmo no

QUEBEC CITY, June 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A LeddarTech®, líder global em tecnologia de detecção ADAS e AD de Nível 1-5, está animada para reacender seu calendário de eventos presenciais como patrocinadora líder e palestrante principal da Tech.AD. A Tech.AD há muito tempo é conhecida como uma das principais conferências técnicas da Europa sobre ADAS e AD. O CTO da LeddarTech, Pierre Olivier, será jurado honorário do Oitavo Prêmio Anual Tech.AD Europe. Esses prêmios homenageiam pessoas físicas e jurídicas que criaram soluções ou produtos excepcionais que contribuem para o desenvolvimento automotivo da ADAS/AD.

Com foco na detecção ambiental que reimagina as soluções ADAS e AD, a equipe da LeddarTech participará de várias sessões neste evento.

Apresentação principal: 1º de julho de 2021, 16h45 – 17h05 CET

Tema: Modalidades de Detecção, Fusão de Sensor e Percepção para Condução Autônoma. O palestrante, Pierre Olivier, Diretor de Tecnologia da LeddarTech, irá falar sobre os desafios e as oportunidades emocionantes enfrentadas pela comunidade empresarial da ADAS e da AD.

Sessão World Café: 2 de julho de 2021, 13:15 – 15:35 CET

Tema: Sensor Café – Fusão de Objeto vs. Fusão Primária de Sensor – Qual é a Solução Superior? Moderadores: Reza Rashidi Far, PhD, e André Malz, PhD, da divisão de Gestão Estratégica de Produtos da LeddarTech.

Estande de exposição (6): 1-2 de julho de 2021.

A LeddarTech apresentará soluções que resolvem desafios essenciais de sensoriamento e percepção em toda a cadeia de valor automotiva e de mobilidade. A LeddarTech apresentará essas soluções por meio de uma abordagem inovadora de demonstrações no local e ao vivo de:

  • Mobilidade e SEUS sensores, incluindo Leddar™ Sight LiDAR recém-lançado e o premiado Leddar™ Pixell;
  • LeddarVision™, uma solução de fusão e percepção de sensores que oferece modelos ambientais 3D altamente precisos para autonomia L1-5;
  • Apresentação Especial: Westfield AutoSweep, o primeiro varredor de estrada puramente elétrico e totalmente autônomo do Reino Unido, com o Leddar Pixell.
O Westfield AutoSweep POD

Westfield AutoSweep POD, o primeiro varredor de estrada puramente elétrico e totalmente autônomo do Reino Unido, com o Leddar Pixell.

“Nossas equipes técnicas de Israel, Alemanha e Itália estão contentes em participar do evento com nossos estimados colegas e parceiros da Tech.AD. Nosso tão esperado retorno aos eventos presenciais é especialmente significativo, pois iremos apresentar o AutoSweep POD do nosso cliente Westfield, com o Leddar Pixell”, disse Daniel Aitken, Vice-Presidente, Gestão Global de Marketing, Comunicações e Produtos da LeddarTech. “A Tech.AD oferece uma excelente oportunidade para engajamento com muitos líderes do setor, tanto virtual quanto pessoalmente, e estamos prontos para apresentar nossa tecnologia mais recente, compartilhar nossa visão e interagir com nossos clientes”, continuou o Sr. Aitken. “A Tech.AD está fazendo todos os esforços para implementar precauções para garantir um evento seguro e gratificante para todos os representantes, e espero que todos nos visitem pessoalmente ou online durante o evento em julho”, concluiu o Sr. Aitken.

Para mais informação sobre a Tech.AD, visite

Antes de se registrar no Tech.AD inscreva-se no Webinar de QI Automotivo: 29 de junho de 2021, 11h – 12h ET

Tema: Uma Varredura Limpa: Como a Adoção da Tecnologia de Veículos Autônomos e Veículos Elétricos está Abrindo o Caminho para Aumentar a Eficiência e Segurança do Varredor Rodoviário, Reduzindo o Impacto Ambiental. Junte-se a Pierre Olivier, CTO da LeddarTech, e Julian Turner, CEO do Westfield Technology Group, neste evento organizado pela Automotive IQ.

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Sobre a LeddarTech

A LeddarTech é líder em plataformas de detecção ambiental para veículos autônomos e sistemas avançados de assistência ao motorista. Fundada em 2007, a LeddarTech evoluiu, tornando-se uma empresa abrangente de sensoriamento ambiental completo, permitindo que os clientes resolvam desafios essenciais de sensoriamento e percepção em toda a cadeia de valor dos segmentos do mercado automotivo e de mobilidade. Com sua plataforma de percepção e fusão de sensores LeddarVision™ e sua solução de desenvolvimento LiDAR rentável, escalonável e versátil para LiDARs de estado sólido de grau automotivo com base na LeddarEngine™, a LeddarTech permite que integradores de sistemas automotivos de Nível 1- 2 possam desenvolver soluções de detecção de pilha completa para nível de autonomia 1 a 5. Essas soluções são implantadas ativamente em shuttles autônomos, caminhões, ônibus, veículos de entrega, cidades/fábricas inteligentes, e aplicativos robotaxi. A empresa é responsável por muitas inovações de aplicações com sensor remoto automotivos e de mobilidade avançadas, com mais de 95 tecnologias ADAS aprimoradas patenteadas (concedidas ou pendentes), e capacidade de condução autônoma.

Para mais informação sobre a LeddarTech, visite e LinkedInTwitterFacebook, e YouTube.

Daniel Aitken, Vice-Presidente, Gestão Global de Marketing, Comunicações e Produtos, LeddarTech Inc.
Tel.: + 1-418-653-9000 ramal 232

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Arab Foreign Ministers Meet in Qatar to Discuss Nile Dam Conflict

Arab League foreign ministers met Tuesday in Qatar, focusing on efforts to resolve the Nile River dam conflict between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. Egypt’s Foreign Minister said Cairo is seeking a diplomatic, not a military, solution to its dispute with Ethiopia over the filling of the dam, set to begin next month.

Arab League head Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdel Rahman bin Jassem al Thani talked to journalists Tuesday after Arab League foreign ministers met in Doha.

They said the group is calling on the U.N. Security Council to take up the water dispute between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

The league is trying to prevent a conflict when Ethiopia begins to fill the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam again next month despite the absence of a water-use agreement with Egypt and Sudan.

Mediation efforts by the African Union have not made any tangible progress and both Egypt and Sudan have expressed concern that their national security will be adversely affected if Ethiopia proceeds with filling the dam.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told Arab media Monday that Cairo is still trying to exhaust all diplomatic channels with Ethiopia before resorting to other means.

He said Egypt is trying to reach a solution within the current negotiating framework, but if it fails and there is damage or a threat to the lives of Egyptians or Sudanese, then both countries have a responsibility to defend and protect their people.

Sudan’s Irrigation Minister Yasser Abbas told a press conference Monday in Khartoum his country would approve the filling of the dam if Ethiopia enters into a binding agreement with both Sudan and Egypt.

He said Sudan is ready to accept a step-by-step agreement with Ethiopia if it will sign an accord including everything that has been agreed upon until now, including a guarantee that negotiations will continue within a finite period of time.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who repeatedly has insisted the filling of the dam will continue, as scheduled, at the start of July, said recently his country was not trying to use the dam to pressure its neighbors.

He said the dam is a sign of Ethiopia’s independence and through it, “we affirm that we have no behind-the-scenes colonialist project to use against our neighbors.” He added that Ethiopia is a “proud, independent country, and will continue to be so, forever.”

Egyptian political analyst Said Sadek told VOA that Ethiopia’s ruling party has been using the dam negotiations for “internal political considerations,” including uniting disparate ethnic factions within the country and rallying support ahead of upcoming elections.

He also believes Egyptian leaders will exhaust diplomatic means before taking more forceful action.

“Egypt is hesitant to jump into a war before fulfilling all the diplomatic channels so that anything that is done, at least we have legitimate international coverage, or we went through the channels of solving international problems peacefully and we failed,” Sadek said.

Paul Sullivan, a professor at the U.S. National Defense University in Washington, told VOA, “This is a very delicate and treacherous moment for negotiations,” and the situation could become “inflamed” if Ethiopia tries to fill the dam too quickly, causing water shortages in Egypt and Sudan.

“The situation is coming to a head, and what happens in the next few weeks could determine a lot,” he added.

Source: Voice of America


Tens of Thousands of Tigray Children Face Imminent Death, UNICEF Warns

The U.N. Children’s Fund warns at least 33,000 severely malnourished children in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region face imminent death if they do not receive immediate help to treat their condition.

UNICEF is appealing to the Ethiopian government to live up to its promise of unimpeded access to conflict-ridden Tigray province. Agency spokesman James Elder warns this man-made disaster will have unimaginably tragic consequences for thousands of children if aid agencies are unable to reach them.

“Incredulously, things can actually deteriorate further for children as food insecurity is expected to worsen over the coming months. So, we risk many more deaths than the 33,000 that we fear if crops cannot be planted. So, it is imperative that parties to the conflict ensures humanitarian access to UNICEF and unimpeded and safe access on the ground to stave off widespread famine,” he said.

UNICEF reports at least 140,000 people in Tigray are facing famine-like conditions. Amid this crisis, it projects some 56,000 children will need treatment for severe acute malnutrition. This, it notes is almost six times higher than the average annual caseload for the region.

Elder said helping these children will be difficult. He said the warring parties have inflicted extensive damage to essential systems and services on which children depend for their survival.

He said health facilities have been looted or damaged, and water infrastructure has been destroyed, causing safe drinking water to be in short supply. This, he warns could lead to outbreaks of disease, putting malnourished children at even greater risk of dying.

He said health workers have been attacked and harassed, discouraging many from returning to work.

“Mobile health and nutrition teams need to be able to do their jobs safely. They are trying right now as we speak to do upcoming measles, polio, vitamin A nutrition campaigns. Remember, it is not just the lack of food that kills under-fives, it is other diseases, water and sanitation,” said Elder.

UNICEF is calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities so children can safely receive the lifesaving services they need to begin to rebuild their lives. It says it also needs the cash to be able to fund these services.

The UN children’s agency says it is $13 million short of the $47 million it needs to care for 1.3 million children, many of whom are struggling to survive.

Source: Voice of America