Archive for September, 2010

Energy Indaba 2011 is a clarion call to action on South Africa’s energy crisis

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

South Africa must act now, to bring an end to uncertainty and instability within the energy sector and ensure a secure, sustainable energy future for both our country and regional neighbors, who depend on South Africa for much of their power supply.

So says Greg Nott of Dewey & LeBoeuf, an international law firm with leading industry expertise in the mining and energy sectors. The firm is one of the major sponsors of next year’s Energy Indaba, which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from March 1 to 3 2011.

“Our energy sector is at a critical juncture, decisions we make today could determine our economic future for the next 20 years. Energy is the driver of the economy; Africa’s largest. It is vital to socio-economic development and for the well-being of other key sectors of the economy, such as mining.”

However, says Nott, pessimism is unwarranted.”There has been an enormous amount of effort and consultation by Government in developing sound and far-reaching energy policies. Our firm has engaged extensively with stakeholders in various consultative forums and committees and it has become apparent that stakeholders agree: policy is moving in the right direction.”

He adds: “The concern and, in some instances, frustration, remains that there is a glaring disconnect between policy development and implementation. What we urgently need now, is action to finalize policy and regulations so we can move forward.”

Nott is calling on all stakeholders in the energy sector to throw their weight behind Energy Indaba 2011. He says the conference comes at exactly the right time for South Africa, and must strive to achieve, at the end of all the deliberations and discussions, an action plan supported by all stakeholders.

“South Africa has shown time and time again that when it comes to the crunch we can pull out all the stops to get it right,” he says. “We did this as a country in the 1990s, planning our democratic future. We hosted a triumphant 1995 Rugby World Cup that became the symbol of the Rainbow Nation. And this year we followed up with a Soccer World Cup that was lauded the world over.”

“It’s time to roll up our sleeves and build a bridge to a secure energy future, with clarity of purpose and an appreciation of just how close we are to the solutions. This is well within the scope of our will and abilities.”

Mr Greg Nott
Managing Partner, Dewey & LeBoeuf Johannesburg

Mr. Nott is the Managing Partner of the Johannesburg office of Dewey & LeBoeuf. Prior to him joining the firm in 2000, he was a partner at a Johannesburg law firm where he began his legal career in 1986. Mr. Nott is ranked in Chambers Global 2008. He has led and managed legal teams in complex legal matters.

Mr. Nott has advised empowerment consortia in obtaining casino licences on behalf of an international hotel group. He has advised an empowerment company in an empowerment transaction regarding the management and development of the Ellis Park Sport Stadium, South Africa’s largest sport stadium.

Mr. Nott has been a legal advisor to international companies. He has also been an advisor to various national and provincial South African administrations, including the Gauteng Tourism Agency, Northern Province government, the national government Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs, and the Gauteng Department of Economic Affairs and Education. This work has focused on compliance issues, regulatory adherence, and state-owned enterprise restructuring.

CONTACT DETAILS
To secure your participation at this prestigious event, please contact:
Liz Hart
Tel: +27 11 463 9184
Fax: +27 11 463 8432
Email: info@siyenza.za.com


3rd Annual Best Practice in Phase IV Clinical & Observational Research

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Phase IV clinical trials are one the fastest growing areas of clinical research. Such post-marketing studies are becoming increasingly important as regulatory agencies demand more long-term data which proves efficacy, safety and quality. Furthermore, a key driver is the demands of health technology assessors and payers and their need for evidence-based economic data, again over the long-term. However, as post-marketing studies tend to be more commercial in nature, successfully planning and implementing them can be a major challenge, especially in terms of motivating investigators and recruiting patients who may already have access to the latest medications.

The event will provide the latest and most valuable, real-life experiences in post-marketing studies, their benefits and challenges. It will be an ideal opportunity for benchmarking and networking with the experts.

Why Attend?

  • Gain access to the latest methodologies and real-life cases in the field.
  • Explore how market leaders are improving data accuracy.
  • Balancing conflicting scientific, regulatory & marketing needs.
  • Learn more about comparative studies and their value for drug safety.
  • Understand how key figures are affecting future trends and standards.
  • Understand regulatory / ethical priorities.
  • Find out how phase IV studies & observational research are being outsourced and how industry players are selecting the right partners.

Who will benefit?

Pharmaceutical & Biotech companies Vice Presidents, Directors & Managers of: Medical Affairs, Epidemiology, Clinical Development & Operations, Drug Safety, Pharmacovigilance, Data Management, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Outsourcing

Solution Providers: CROs, EDC & Data Management, Clinical Software, Market Access & Health Outcomes Consultancies
Academics & Doctors: Epidemiology, Principle Investigators, Primary Care
Government: Ministries of Health, Regulatory & Health Technology Assessment Agencies

Agenda request
To request the full agenda please follow the link:
http://www.nextlevelpharma.com/events/request_agenda/3rd_annual_best_practice_in_phase_iv_clinical_observational_research

For Booking Information contact:
Erika Vavrovicova

Tel: +421 232 660 382
Fax: +421 232 660 397
Email: erika@nextlevelpharma.com
Visit: www.nextlevelpharma.com

Marcus Evans Legal Series 2011

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
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continues to unite the world’s largest corporations with the most astute legal service providers,

securing successful partnerships of paramount importance for sustainable performance

The marcus evans Legal Summit Series consists of 10 events hosted around the globe, providing a unique forum for over 3,000 top executives actively looking to develop innovative legal strategies and build business relationships with leading service providers. Over three days, industry thought leaders will engage in vibrant benchmarking sessions, round table discussions and many networking activities.

marcus evans Summits, present a unique opportunity to develop meaningful and valuable business relations.


One-to-one meetings

  • Select one-to-one business meetings that fit your current priorities and preferences
  • Receive in-advance information about all participating executives and their strategic business needs
  • Control your agenda and optimize networking opportunities over the three days
  • Scheduled meetings with 20-30 decision makers requesting your services
  • Boost your Business Development. In 3 days, meet as many senior counsels

as you would normally in 6-12 months

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Contact
Lilly Pavlou
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Senior Marketing Manager
+357 22 849 321

Organisers

Every year, marcus evans produces more than 150 of the world’s leading business and economic summits for senior decision-makers. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-on-one business meetings to provide an effective, highly focused interactive event.

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Final Countdown to the International SOA & Cloud Symposium in Berlin

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Scheduled to launch in Berlin on October 5, 2010, the world’s largest conference dedicated to SOA
(Service-Oriented Architecture) and Cloud Computing. The 3rd Annual International SOA & Cloud Symposium
will feature over 100 speaker sessions across 17 tracks, together with expert panels, book signings, as well as pre- and post-conference workshops.


Exclusive Podcast Series Launch

The International SOA & Cloud Symposium has launched an official podcast series that features exclusive
interviews with speakers and experts associated with the event. Podcasts will be added daily leading up to
the conference start date.

Visit: www.soasymposium.com/podcast2010.php to view the latest additions.

Free Cloud Camp Event Added to Agenda

The first conference day (Monday, October 4th) will be dedicated to hosting a Cloud Camp event, which is open for anyone to attend free of charge. Cloud Camp events are based on the “unconference” format whereby experts and attendees openly discuss and debate current topics pertaining to Cloud Computing. The Cloud Camp day is further supplemented by lightning talks and informal workshops.

Sponsors Support Academic Participation

Academic involvement in this year’s International SOA & Cloud Symposium event is being supported by sponsors who have provided the funds necessary to make the conference accessible to professors, students, and others involved in the academic community.

London Post-Conference Workshop Added to Agenda

  • The post-conference certification workshops from SOASchool.com will be taking place the week of October 7-13. The workshops will include: Certified SOA Architect Workshop (5 days), Certified SOA Security Specialist
  • Workshop (2 days) and, for the first time in Europe, the Certified Cloud Computing Specialist Workshop (2 days).

Further, the Certified SOA Analyst post-conference workshop has been scheduled to take place in London.

Registrants who are also attending the International SOA & Cloud Symposium conference will receive a 10%
discount on workshop registration fees. For details, visit:http://www.soasymposium.com/workshops2010.php

Contest Giveaway Winners

The Facebook SOA & Cloud Symposium content winners have been selected! Over 8,000 Euros worth of prizes
have been given away. Visit the Facebook Fan Page atwww.facebook.com/SOACloud for the latest contest
information.

Dutch and Russian-Translated SOA Manifesto & Annotated SOA Manifesto

Following the release of the Spanish, Chinese, and French versions of the SOA Manifesto, a group of SOA
experts have collaborated to produce fully translated versions of the SOA Manifesto and the Annotated SOA Manifesto
in Dutch and Russian. The translators included Laurens Van Berge Henegouwe (Equens SE), Arco Keijzer
(Air France KLM), Johan Kumps (RealDolmen), Brian Lokhorst (Dutch Customs), Edwin Smink (Logica), and
Leonid Felikson. Several of these authors will also be speaking at the 3rd International SOA & Cloud Symposium.
Visit the translated SOA Manifesto pages at:

http://www.soa-manifesto.org/default_dutch.html
http://www.soa-manifesto.com/annotated_dutch.html

http://www.soa-manifesto.org/default_russian.html
http://www.soa-manifesto.com/annotated_russian.html

Teachers’ strike: Matric exam prep only affected if teachers were behind before strike

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Independent education expert Alexandra Pinnock says teachers that have returned to the classroom now have the opportunity to demonstrate that they deserve the salaries they are demanding. “The strike has caused so much disruption to our education system and has left many of our Grade 12 learners despondent and fearful of their final exams”, says Pinnock. “However, matric exam preparation should only have been affected by the strike if teachers had been behind in their work before the strike.”

According to Pinnock, the recent strikes have exposed an interesting irony: “The education force is prepared to aim as high as it can and stand firm on issues of remuneration, yet in the classroom the same workforce is prepared to settle for mediocrity. To improve education, we need to let go of mediocrity and develop the potential in each teacher and learner.”

This is addressed in Alexandra Pinnock’s presentation “Are we training thermometers or are we training thermostats” at the annual Education Week Convention and Learning Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa from 28-30 September. The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will open the country’s largest education convention and some 1000 education professionals are expected to attend.

According to Pinnock it is vital that teachers are assisted to develop leadership and management skills that will make them pro-active agents of change, able to take up the educational challenges and complexities of change and rethink the traditional ways in which teachers perceive their role in the classroom.

In her presentation, Alexandra challenges current educational issues such as lack of vision; power versus communication; adaptability and change and its representation of growth.

Education Conversations

The opening session of Education Week also features the Education Conversations panel discussion, during which high-level speakers will talk candidly about some of the critical issues facing our education system, particularly how best to move forward after the strike, repair relations and create functional schools and training systems. Access to this session is free to anyone interested in the state of education.

Panelists include:

  • Barbara Creecy, Gauteng MEC for Education
  • Marius Fransman, Chairperson, Parliamentary Committee on Higher Education and Training
  • John Samuels, Special Advisor, 1GOAL Campaign
  • Bheki Zulu, CEO, MAPPP SETA

The conference programme is divided into three streams: the Education Technology Indaba as well as two sector-specific streams: Basic Education and Higher Education and Training. These two streams will highlight recent policy and curriculum changes, look at overcoming specific challenges to the education system, and showcase some of the solutions and successes that have been achieved.

Education Week Expo

In addition to the three conference streams, Education Week also offers a visitors’ programme as part of the exhibition. Entry to the exhibition is free to everyone involved in education, and includes:

  • Access to workshops geared specifically towards teachers, which will focus on classroom management, stress management, time management and other techniques to enhance teaching.
  • Opportunity to experience the latest learning materials and technologies.
  • Prize giveaways, including a netbook, training courses, dinner, holiday, spa and cinema vouchers.

Event website: www.educationweek.co.za

Event dates and location: 28-30 September 2010 : Emperors Palace, Johannesburg

Alexandra Pinnock’s contact details: 072 603 4999

For more information, interviews and accreditation:
Communications manager: Annemarie Roodbol

Tel: +27 (0) 21 700 3558

Fax: +27 (0) 21 700 3501

Mobile: +27 (0) 82 562 7844

Email: annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com

GRINNELL Products Showcased at HVAC Asia Exhibition

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

SINGAPORE (August 25, 2010) - GRINNELL Products, a premium brand of Tyco Fire Suppression and Building Products, is promoting GRINNELL mechanical and fire protection products for grooved piping systems at Booth 3517 during the 2010 HVAC Asia Exhibition at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, from September 1 through September 3.

The GRINNELL products featured at this exhibition include the following:

  • Figure 472 Stainless Steel Rigid Coupling, suitable for installation on Stainless Steel Schedule 10 and Schedule 40 pipe and fittings, provides a rigid joint by gripping firmly along the circumference of pipe grooves.
  • Figure 772 Ductile Iron Rigid Coupling, UL Listed for grounding and bonding, offers a universal tonque-and-groove design to ensure trouble-free installation and allows for bonding systems with a maximum service entrance capacity of 200 amps.
  • Figure 405 Stainless Steel Flexible Coupling, capable of pressures up to 750 psi (51,7 bar), is suitable for installation on Stainless Steel Schedule 10 and Schedule 40 pipe and fittings.
  • Figure 705 Ductile Iron Flexible Coupling, capable of pressures up to 500 psi (34,5 bar), allows for angular and linear deflection, thermal expansion and contraction, and misalignments of pipe and flexible couplings.
  • Figure 71 Grooved Flange Adapter allows direct transitions from flanged components to GRINNELL grooved components.
  • Figure 219 Cast Tee and Figure 210 Cast 90º Elbow allows for changing direction, adding an outlet, and reducing or capping piping systems.
  • Model B8101 Low-Profile Butterfly Valve with Lever Handle, with a rated working pressure of 200 psi (13,8 bar), provides efficient fluid control in piping systems. Flow can be from either direction and the valve can be positioned in any orientation.
  • Figure S853 Grooved “Y” Strainer is suitable for installation with the Figures 705 and 772 Couplings.
  • Model CB800 Circuit Balancing Valve allows for accurate and efficient balancing of hydronic heating or cooling systems.

The company’s cast products are made of 90-percent, recycled metal that would otherwise have been part of the world’s solid waste stream. All waste paper, used cardboard, scrap wood, and EPDM waste from its plants are also recycled.

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About GRINNELL Products

GRINNELL is a premium brand of Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products representing a complete suite of mechanical, building construction, and fire protection solutions for commercial, industrial, institutional, mining, and governmental applications. Available products offer contractors, engineers, and distributors faster, more cost-effective tools for joining pipe over traditional welding methods. These products include grooved couplings and fittings, butterfly valves, high-pressure ball valves, strainers, circuit balancing valves, stainless steel and copper systems, and comprehensive, competitively priced engineering and planning support services. In addition to delivering innovative grooved piping solutions, GRINNELL products are backed by an industry-leading, 10-year limited warranty. www.grinnell.com

About Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products

Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products is a strategically aligned business unit with globally recognised products sold under leading brands including ANSUL, GRINNELL, HYGOOD, NEURUPPIN, PYRO-CHEM, RAPID RESPONSE, SKUM, and TYCO FIRE PRODUCTS. Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products produces fire protection and mechanical building construction solutions for commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, and residential customers.  Heavy emphasis is placed on research and development resulting in innovations and global approvals. Key products include manual firefighting equipment, detection/suppression systems, extinguishing agents, sprinkler systems, valves, piping products, and fittings. www.tycofsbp.com

ENERGY INDABA 2011 IS A CLARION CALL TO ACTION ON SA’S ENERGY CRISIS

Monday, September 6th, 2010

South Africa must act now, to bring an end to uncertainty and instability within the energy sector and ensure a secure, sustainable energy future for both our country and regional neighbours, who depend on South Africa for much of their power supply.

So says Greg Nott of Dewey & LeBoeuf, an international law firm with leading industry expertise in the mining and energy sectors. The firm is one of the major sponsors of next year’s Energy Indaba, which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from March 1 to 3 2011.

Our energy sector is at a critical juncture decisions we make today could determine our economic future for the next 20 years. Energy is the driver of the economy; Africa’s largest. It is vital to socio-economic development and for the well-being of other key sectors of the economy, such as mining.”

However, says Nott, pessimism is unwarranted. There has been an enormous amount of effort and consultation by Government in developing sound and far-reaching energy policies. Our firm has engaged extensively with stakeholders in various consultative forums and committees and it has become apparent that stakeholders agree: policy is moving in the right direction.

He adds: “The concern and, in some instances, frustration, remains that there is a glaring disconnect between policy development and implementation. What we urgently need now, is action to finalize policy and regulations so we can move forward.”

Nott is calling on all stakeholders in the energy sector to throw their weight behind Energy Indaba 2011. He says the conference comes at exactly the right time for South Africa, and must strive to achieve, at the end of all the deliberations and discussions, an action plan supported by all stakeholders.

“South Africa has shown time and time again that when it comes to the crunch we can pull out all the stops to get it right,he says. We did this as a country in the 1990s, planning our democratic future. We hosted a triumphant 1995 Rugby World Cup that became the symbol of the Rainbow Nation. And this year we followed up with a Soccer World Cup that was lauded the world over.”

Nott says plans and policies are not enough, and urges stakeholders to find practical ways to support Government, by bringing their expertise to the table to build capacity, and investing in and financing projects.

It’s time to roll up our sleeves and build a bridge to a secure energy future, with clarity of purpose and an appreciation of just how close we are to the solutions. This is well within the scope of our will and abilities.”

ENDS

September 6 2010

Issued by Siyenza Management

(011) 463 9184

liz@siyenza.za.com

On behalf of:  Dewey & LeBoeuf and the Energy Indaba

Notes to the editor

About Dewey & LeBoeuf

Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP is headquartered in New York, with 24 offices and more than 1 200 lawyers across four continents. The company has an established presence in 15 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Russia and China. The firm possesses leading industry experience in the energy sector and in other sectors such as banking, mergers and acquisitions and insurance. Dewey & LeBouef has been established in South Africa since 2000 and is led by a team of locally and internationally experienced lawyers. For more information visitwww.dl.com.

About Energy Indaba 2011

Energy Indaba takes place from March 1 to 3 2011 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg. The event brings together stakeholders from the global energy industry and the financial community, including energy providers, engineers, financial service providers, economists, government representatives and media. Visitwww.energyindaba.co.za

Contact details:

To secure your exhibition stand at this prestigious event, or to present a paper, please contact:

Liz Hart

Tel: +27 11 463 9184

Fax: +27 11 463 8432

Email: info@siyenza.za.com

Website: www.siyenza.za.com

About Siyenza Management

Siyenza Management is a multi-faceted communications company, well-established within the South African business community, and well placed to co-ordinate an event of this stature. We are immensely proud of both our South Africa roots and ability to provide services to global standards, in the fields of brand architecture, communication, event management, marketing and publishing. Siyenza, meaning we do in Nguni, provides a platform to facilitate the bringing together of people. Renowned as a world-class service provider, with strong networks across South Africa, Africa and the world, Siyenza is highly regarded in the business community and has sound track record of delivery, as one of the top 15 event management companies in Africa.