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Inventus Power reçoit la certification ECE R100 pour ses batteries PROTRXion à force motrice

La certification valide la sécurité et la fiabilité des batteries lithium-ion PROTRXion 48V pour l’alimentation des véhicules électriques routiers à faible vitesse

WOODRIDGE, Ill., 13 juin 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Inventus Power, un leader mondial des systèmes de batterie avancés, a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir reçu la certification ECE R100 (Rev 3) pour son module de batterie lithium-ion (Li-ion) PROTRXion™ de 48 volts. Conformément à la réglementation ECE n° 100.03, le modèle M-48V60-TRX d’Inventus Power répond aux « exigences de sécurité relatives au système de stockage d’énergie électrique rechargeable (REESS) des véhicules routiers des catégories M et N équipés d’une chaîne de traction électrique ».

« L’obtention de la certification ECE R100 représente une étape importante pour notre entreprise. Elle témoigne non seulement de la conception avancée de nos batteries et de nos capacités de fabrication, mais nous permet également d’étendre notre présence sur le marché européen des véhicules électriques à faible vitesse homologués pour la route », a déclaré Oliver Bald, directeur principal du développement commercial EMEA chez Inventus Power.

Les batteries PROTRXion Li-ion d’Inventus Power sont conçues pour répondre à divers besoins d’électrification du marché qui ne sont pas satisfaits par des sources d’alimentation telles que les moteurs à combustion, les batteries au plomb et autres technologies conventionnelles. Avec des modèles initiaux lancés en 2020 pour cibler des marchés clés tels que la manutention, les plateformes élévatrices, le nettoyage professionnel, la robotique et les véhicules électriques à faible vitesse, la gamme de produits s’étend également pour prendre en charge des applications à forte puissance.

« À ce jour, nous avons certifié notre modèle M-48V60-TRX selon la réglementation ECE R100 Rev 3, mais notre feuille de route produit indique plusieurs autres modèles qui seront également certifiés ECE R100 dans les mois à venir », a déclaré Phu Tran, directeur de la gestion mondiale des produits. « L’obtention de la certification ECE R100 garantit à nos clients OEM et du marché secondaire européens que nos batteries peuvent être utilisées en toute sécurité dans une variété d’applications de véhicules électriques à basse vitesse. »

La batterie M-48V60-TRX constitue une solution de batterie intelligente, robuste et très performante pour les applications motrices lourdes et est évolutive jusqu’à 31 kWh. En plus de la certification ECE R100, la batterie M-48V60-TRX est certifiée ECE R10, UL2271, IEC62133, IEC62619, IEC60730 classe B, FCC classe B, CE et UN38.3.

Pour plus d’informations, visitez le site inventuspower.com/PROTRXion ou envoyez un courriel à info@inventuspower.com.

À propos d’Inventus Power :

Inventus Power est un leader mondial dans le domaine des systèmes de batterie avancés, spécialisé dans la conception et la fabrication de systèmes d’alimentation de haute qualité, fiables et innovants pour une large gamme d’applications portables, mobiles et stationnaires.

Pour plus d’informations sur nos produits, notre expérience et nos capacités, visitez le site inventuspower.com et suivez @inventuspower.

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Inventus Power Receives ECE R100 Certification on its PROTRXion Motive Batteries

Certification validates the safety and reliability of PROTRXion 48V lithium-ion batteries for powering on-road low-speed electric vehicles

WOODRIDGE, Ill., June 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Inventus Power, a global leader in advanced battery systems, announced today that it has received ECE R100 (Rev 3) certification on its 48 volt PROTRXion™ lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery module. In accordance with the ECE Regulation No 100.03, Inventus Power’s M-48V60-TRX model meets the “safety requirements with respect to the Rechargeable Electrical Energy Storage System (REESS) of road vehicles of categories M and N equipped with an electric power train.”

“Achieving ECE R100 certification is a significant milestone for our business. It is not only a testament to our advanced battery design and manufacturing capabilities, but also enables us to expand our presence in the European market for street-legal low-speed electric vehicles,” said Oliver Bald, Sr. Business Development Manager EMEA at Inventus Power.

Inventus Power’s PROTRXion Li-ion batteries are designed to address various market electrification needs not being met through power sources such as combustion engines, lead-acid batteries, and other conventional technologies. With initial models launched in 2020 to target key markets such as material handling, aerial work platform, professional cleaning, robotics, and low-speed electric vehicles, the product line is also expanding to support higher-powered applications.

“As of today, we have certified our M-48V60-TRX model to the ECE R100 Rev 3 regulation, but our product roadmap outlines several additional models that will also be certified to ECE R100 in the coming months,” said Phu Tran, Director of Global Product Management. “Achieving ECE R100 certification provides assurance to our European OEM & aftermarket customers that our batteries are safe to use in a variety of low-speed electric vehicle applications.”

The M-48V60-TRX is an intelligent, robust, and high-performing battery solution for heavy-duty motive applications and is scalable up to 31 kWh. In addition to ECE R100 certification, the M-48V60-TRX battery is certified to ECE R10, UL2271, IEC62133, IEC62619, IEC60730 Class B, FCC Class B, CE and UN38.3.

For more information, visit inventuspower.com/PROTRXion or email info@inventuspower.com.

About Inventus Power:

Inventus Power is a global leader in advanced battery systems that specializes in designing and manufacturing high-quality, reliable, and innovative power systems for a broad range of portable, motive, and stationary applications.

For more information about our products, experience and capabilities, visit inventuspower.com and follow @inventuspower.

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COVID-19 Deadlier During Pregnancy, African Study Says

Pregnancy puts women at higher risk of severe medical complications or death from COVID-19, according to a new study of more than 1,300 women in sub-Saharan Africa. Researchers argue that vaccinating pregnant women against the coronavirus should be made a priority across the region, where most countries do not yet recommend vaccination during pregnancy.

Multiple studies have already shown that COVID-19 is more dangerous to pregnant women than to those who are not pregnant. But most of the women in these studies lived in Europe, North America or Asia. Until now, little data was available from Africa.

“Africa is not Europe, is not the U.S.A.,” said Jean Nachega, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health and lead author of the new study. “We should not just rely on data coming from the U.S., Europe or China to try to understand COVID on the continent.”

Populations in Africa are typically younger than those in Europe, North America and East Asia. But certain infectious diseases like HIV, malaria and tuberculosis (TB), as well as noninfectious diseases such as sickle cell anemia, are more common there. Those conditions can make it harder for the body to fight off infections.

In the study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, Nachega and his colleagues from the AFREhealth research network analyzed health records from 1,315 women treated at hospitals in six countries in sub-Saharan Africa between March 2020 and March 2021. Roughly a third were pregnant and had tested positive for the coronavirus. Another third were pregnant and had tested negative, and the other third were not pregnant and had tested positive. The researchers tested how pregnancy, infection with the coronavirus, and conditions such as HIV, TB, malaria and sickle cell anemia affected a woman’s likelihood of severe disease or death.

The findings were grim. Pregnant women who were hospitalized in sub-Saharan Africa were five times more likely to die in the hospital if they tested positive for the coronavirus. And being pregnant doubled the odds that a woman admitted to a hospital with COVID-19 would die.

“We had it in both ways: pregnancy impacted COVID, and COVID impacted pregnant women,” said Nachega.

Pregnant women with COVID-19 were also at higher risk of serious complications requiring intensive care. It wasn’t possible to tell whether pregnancy made the combination of COVID-19 and TB or HIV riskier, but women with HIV, TB, malaria or sickle cell who had the coronavirus were more likely to get seriously ill.

“It’s very good that the study was conducted in sub-Saharan Africa, and it is very reassuring that the findings are consistent with the results of other studies,” said Ana Langer, a physician specializing in reproductive health and head of the Women and Health initiative at Harvard University.

Because the study considered only hospitalized women, it wasn’t possible to tell if pregnancy makes women more likely to get infected with the coronavirus or if they get sick from it in the first place. Using data collected in the past can also cause problems with the analysis, which the researchers used statistical tools to correct. But “this was the best study they could do with the availability of funding and the other circumstances,” Langer said.

Nachega hopes that his findings will convince policymakers in sub-Saharan Africa to recommend vaccination for pregnant women and women who could become pregnant.

“The bottom line is that pregnant women need to get vaccinated,” he said. “If not then, before even she gets pregnant. The most important implication of this study is to advocate for COVID vaccination in women of childbearing age.”

Multiple studies have shown that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective during pregnancy, and 110 countries recommend COVID-19 vaccination for some or all pregnant women. However, only 13 of sub-Saharan Africa’s 48 countries currently do so. Lack of government support stymies efforts to make the vaccine more accessible to pregnant women and is complicated by high rates of vaccine hesitancy in sub-Saharan Africa, where only about 19% of women intend to get the vaccine.

“Women and their families are worried about their safety, they think that the vaccine could harm them, or their fetuses and babies, and it has been extensively demonstrated that that’s not the case,” said Langer. “The vaccine is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women.”

Source: Voice of America

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Clashes in Sudan’s Darfur Kill More Than 100

Clashes in Sudan’s Darfur between Arab and non-Arab groups have killed more than 100 people, adding to a toll of hundreds in the region over recent months.

The latest fighting broke out last week between the Arab Rizeigat and non-Arab Gimir tribes in the district of Kolbus, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) from El Geneina, the capital of the West Darfur state.

It started as a land dispute between two people, one from the Rizeigat and another from the Gimir, before morphing into broader violence involving other members from both tribes.

“The fighting has so far killed 117 people and left 17 villages burnt,” including three Monday, Ibrahim Hashem, a leader in the ethnic African Gimir tribe, told AFP by phone.

Hashem said the deaths counted so far were largely among the Gimir tribe. He added that “many people” from his tribe have gone missing since the violence broke out and was continuing.

It was not immediately clear how many were killed among the Arab tribe.

The latest violence highlighted a broader security breakdown in Darfur which was exacerbated by last year’s military coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

The October coup derailed a fragile transition put in place following the 2019 ouster of President Omar al-Bashir.

In April alone, more than 200 people were killed in clashes between an Arab community and the non-Arab Massalit minority in the Krink area of West Darfur.

The United Nations estimated 125,000 people were displaced in that unrest.

A month earlier, fighting in South Darfur between the ethnic Fallata and the Arab Rizeigat tribes killed at least 45 people.

On Monday, U.N. special representative Volker Perthes said he was “appalled” by the violence in Kolbus.

“The cycle of violence in Darfur is unacceptable & highlights root causes that must be addressed,” he said on Twitter.

Perthes called on the fighting sides to “de-escalate.”

Sudan’s western Darfur region was ravaged by a bitter civil war that erupted in 2003.

The conflict pitted ethnic minority rebels who complained of discrimination against the Arab-dominated government of then-President Bashir.

Khartoum responded by unleashing the Janjaweed, mainly recruited from Arab pastoralist tribes, who were blamed for atrocities including murder, rape, looting and burning villages.

The scorched-earth campaign left 300,000 people dead and displaced 2.5 million, according to the United Nations.

Many Janjaweed have since been integrated into the feared paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, commanded by General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, de facto deputy leader of Sudan, according to rights groups.

In 2020, Sudan signed a peace deal with key rebel groups including those from Darfur.

The main conflict has subsided over the years, but the region remains awash with weapons and deadly clashes often erupt over access to pasture or water.

Source: Voice of America

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Central Sahel Crisis Emergency Response – Plan International West and Central Africa (WACA)/YEM&C, Apr-May 2022 Issue 7

9.7 million people are projected to be food insecure from June to August 2022 in the Central Sahel. Some of the root causes of the food insecurity in the region include poverty and inequality, poor governance, and heavy dependency on food imports. Children experiences on food insecurity are unique and their protection and well-being are directly affected by food instability. Reduced number of daily meals leads to high malnutrition rates, poor health, poor child development, and high child mortality rates. They become more vulnerable and might resort negative coping strategies including child labor, recruitment by armed forces and armed groups, abuse, and sexual exploitation.

In addition, when families face mounting food insecurity, girls are increasingly called upon to care for younger siblings so parents can work or seek food, forcing them to miss or drop out of school. Loss of access to education jeopardizes girls’ protection, and increases their exposure to GBV and other harmful practices including child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation. It also undermines their long-term wellbeing and future prospects.

Plan International is addressing the worsening food crisis, by scaling up responses such as food distributions, cash and voucher assistance, school meals, malnutrition screening and nutrition supplementation. In addition to lifesaving interventions, Plan International is stepping up livelihood protection and support activities such as livestock supplementary feeding, seed and other agriculture input provision.

With its special emphasis on preventing and tackling the distinct impact of food insecurity on girls, adolescent girls and youth, Plan International also focuses on gender responsive child protection, GBV prevention, early childhood development and sexual and reproductive health and rights services and for critical school feeding programmes. To implement the food security component of our humanitarian response, we need an additional 8 million euros. Time to act is Now! We hope you enjoy reading this overview and look forward to receiving your comments and questions.

Source: Plan International

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Kabuga Fit to Stand Trial Over Rwanda Genocide: UN Tribunal

Felicien Kabuga, an alleged financier of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, is fit to stand trial, a U.N. tribunal ruled Monday, saying it must begin “as soon as possible” in The Hague.

“The Defence has not established that Kabuga is presently unfit for trial,” the ruling said, after lawyers had sought to halt proceedings on health grounds.

Kabuga was arrested on May 16, 2020, in a Paris suburb after 25 years on the run.

He is accused of helping create the Interahamwe Hutu militia, the main armed group of the 1994 genocide that claimed more than 800,000 lives, according to the United Nations.

Kabuga, 87, is currently in detention in The Hague awaiting trial before the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), which is completing the work of the disbanded International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Various experts were involved in preparing the case for the tribunal, which “unequivocally demonstrates that Kabuga is in a vulnerable and fragile state and requires intensive medical care and monitoring,” the MICT said.

The opinions of independent forensic experts differed on Kabuga’s fitness to stand trial, but they agreed that his condition could render him unfit in the future, the tribunal said.

He needs “24-hour nursing care” and as such currently resides in a prison hospital, it added.

The judges conceded that the issue of Kabuga’s fitness to stand trial had not been “easy to determine” and recommended that his condition be monitored continuously.

The MICT said it was in the interests of justice for the trial to begin as soon as possible and to proceed in the tribunal’s branch in The Hague — rather than its Arusha chamber.

Kabuga, a former president of the Radio Television Libre des Mille Collines, which broadcast calls for the killing of Tutsis, is accused by the MICT of genocide, incitement to commit genocide and crimes against humanity.

Source: Voice of America

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UNHCR Regional Update #32 Ethiopia Emergency Situation, 31 May 2022

Key Developments

ETHIOPIA

Between 1 April to 31 May, 1,270 trucks transporting 49,235 metric tons of humanitarian cargo and 644,483 liters of fuel arrived in Mekelle. This includes 32 UNHCR trucks transporting fuel, core relief items (CRIs) and medicines. These supplies are however still not enough to meet the immense needs of the affected population in the region. According to OCHA, 100 trucks with humanitarian supplies are needed daily, to attain the scale needed. Lack of fuel to sustain relief operations in Tigray remains a critical bottleneck hindering onward distribution of relief supplies from Mekelle to other areas. Currently, priority for use of fuel is given to the distribution of food supplies.

On 22 May, WFP stated that over 10,000 tons of food and other critical supplies had arrived in Tigray. The convoys that arrived include the largest so far, involving 163 trucks. In addition, WFP and partners will continue to scale up deliveries with the return of over 100 trucks that had been in Tigray since July 2021.

Ethiopia Response

The humanitarian situation across northern Ethiopia continues to seriously impact refugees, the internally displaced and host communities. Civilians have endured over one year of conflict with extremely limited basic services and assistance available, leading to a significant escalation in humanitarian needs with ongoing new displacements. The security situation remains volatile, affecting civilians and constraining humanitarian actors on the ground, despite the announcement of a humanitarian truce.

On 13 May, UNHCR’s Regional Director for the East and Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes (EHAGL) conducted a virtual donor briefing on the Northern Ethiopia situation for key donor partners, including some representatives of Permanent Missions in Geneva, donors at the regional level and some donor capitals. The Regional Bureau Director provided a briefing from her recent missions to Sudan, Ethiopia, and Eritrea, highlighting the current humanitarian situations as well as UNHCR’s response. Also discussed were UNHCR’s efforts in contingency planning and preparedness.

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees