Digi International Introduces Patented Data Logger As Part of Its SafeTemps Solution for Transporting Perishable Goods

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Always-on, Smart Device-friendly Data Logger Dramatically Simplifies Use While Improving Data Capture for Supply Chain MINNETONKA, Minnesota and NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII), (www.digi.com), a leading global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today announced the immediate availability of its patented Digi Data […]

Digi International Ships Digi XBee SX 868 Sub-GHz Radio Module For EMEA

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Delivers Superior Long Range Connectivity, Low-Power Operation, and Industry-Leading Interference Immunity for Industrial IoT Applications MINNETONKA, Minnesota, Aug. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII, www.digi.com), a leading global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today announced the immediate availability of the Digi XBee® SX 868, a surface […]

Zambian Opposition Leader Pleads Not Guilty to Treason Charges

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JOHANNESBURG � Zambia’s top opposition leader pleaded not guilty to treason charges in court Monday, disappointing those who had hoped the prosecution would drop the charges to make way for talks between Hakainde Hichilema and his arch-rival, President Edgar Lungu.

The case has intensified the African nation’s deepening political crisis and prompted international mediators to intervene.

Hichlema’s lawyer was tight-lipped about what he plans to say when the opposition leader appears in court later this week.

They have pleaded not guilty to the charge, Keith Wemba told VOA from Lusaka, the capital. And the matter has been adjourned for trial Wednesday.

The long saga

The political impasse started when Hichilema cried foul after losing last year’s election to President Edgar Lungu, and has intensified since Hichilema’s arrest.

Last month, Lungu asked parliament to declare a 90 day state of emergency, after a fire destroyed the capital’s main market. He said the fire was an act of arson intended to destabilize the country.

Lungu’s spokesman said the state of emergency was not meant to stifle Zambians’ freedoms, as critics have claimed, but to keep citizens safe.

Hichilema was arrested after an April incident in which his convoy refused to yield to the president’s motorcade on a narrow country road.

Journalists were barred from the courtroom on Monday. The day before, several media outlets had reported Hichilema’s charges were to be dropped and he was to be released.

Those rumors swirled around the court Monday as a triumphant, but visibly leaner Hichilema waved from outside.

But the charges were not dropped. Analyst Nicole Beardsworth says it’s not known why prosecutors didn’t enter a nolle prosequi, a Latin legal term that means unwilling to pursue.

Speculation is that the reason for this is that because of all the media coverage of the intention to enter a nolle, that actually, the UPND (Hichilema’s party) was going to use it as sort of a photo opportunity, that that some prominent politicians from around the region were in the courtroom, and so the government, or the prosecutor, decided not to enter the nolle today, she told VOA.

So it’s very much on the cards of Wednesday, and we can expect that on Wednesday the nolle will be entered into the court papers and hopefully that Hichilema will be freed on Wednesday.

What next?

Neither the nation’s justice minister, information minister or ruling party spokesman answered numerous calls seeking comment.

But no one thinks the end of this trial will bring the political impasse to an end. Last week, the secretary-general of the Commonwealth group of former British colonies led a delegation to launch talks between Hichilema and Lungu.

Hichilema released a statement saying, We discussed a wide range of issues regarding the governance and economic development of our country, Zambia.

Analyst Ryan Cummings says the talks will be lengthy, I think it’s going to be quite a consultative process, first and foremost, and definitely something that will continuously play out over the coming months, weeks, months and possibly years as we move into the next election.”

Zambia, he notes, has also suffered from a harsh drought and slumping prices of its main export, copper. He says these talks must also address how to rescue the ailing economy.

Source: Voice of America

Labour hosts employment equity workshops in the Eastern Cape, 15 to 16 Aug

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Department of Labour campaign to strengthen employment equity implementation and compliance turns spotlight on the Eastern Cape

The Department of Labour is to host two workshops to advocate employment equity (EE) compliance in the workplaces in the Eastern Cape.

The Department of Labour uses the workshops to create awareness on compliance with the Employment Equity Act, publicise and help prepare the employers with the requirements needed to be used when submitting their online 2017 EE reports to the Department.

The two workshops held under the theme: Real transformation makes business sense � will be held on 15 August 2017 in East London at International Convention Centre � 2 Marine Park Complex, 22 Esplanade Street; and on 16 August 2017 in Port Elizabeth at Pine Lodge Hotel � Marine Drive, Summerstrand.

The agenda for the workshops will focus on the following:

To publicise the Amended Code of Good Practice on the Preparation and Implementation of the EE plans,

To encourage employers to submit EE reports online,

To publicise the 17th CEE Annual Report and the 2016 EE Public Register, and

To represent current CCMA cases on Employment Equity Act.

The national, annual workshops started on 11 July in Kimberley. Workshops have been held in Rustenburg, Nelspruit, Thohoyandou, Polokwane, Bloemfontein, Richards Bay and Durban.

More workshop are to be held in the Western Cape, George (22 August) and Cape Town (24 August); Gauteng, Pretoria (05 September) targeting mainly government departments at national and provincial level, Ekurhuleni (06 September), Vaal (07 September) and Ekurhuleni (08 September) targeting mainly municipalities.

The Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has partnered with the Department of Labour to share information on the status of employment equity case study.

The workshops are targeting: human resources executives and practitioners; EE Forum members; assigned senior EE managers/transformation managers; academics and trade unions among others.

The EE workshops are held from 08:30-14:00.

The EE Online and Manual reporting season opens on 01 September 2017.

Source: Government of South Africa

Support anti-dagga pickets

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As the case to legalise dagga is being heard at the North Gauteng Court, Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza has urged more Gauteng residents to join the picket against the legalisation, use and possession of dagga.The matter was broug…

Limpopo conducts MECs and HODs induction workshop, 15 to 16 Aug

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The Limpopo Provincial Government will host a two day interactive induction workshop on the 15 � 16 August 2017 targeting Members of Executive Council (MECs) and Head of Departments (HODs) in Bela-Bela, Waterberg District. The duties of HODs and MECs are core function of public financial management and service delivery.

They are guided by the provisions of the Constitution and subsequent enabling legislation, regulations, policy frameworks, guidelines, practices and principles of co-operative governance and intergovernmental relations.

The overall objective of the induction workshop is geared towards promoting and improving Public Finance Management (PFM) and African aspirations for creating the leadership much needed to improve service delivery and running of a clean administration, free of corruption. Some of the issues that will be covered at the workshop includes:

Constitutional and legislative basis for public sector financial management and budget process in South Africa;

Paradigm shifts in managing public sector: Managing fiscal puzzles for effective and efficient service delivery; and

African thought leadership perspectives and pondering the pursuit of African Aspirations for 2063. Including best practices and case studies.

This programme supports MECs and HODs with a comprehensive compendium of education, training and development (ETD) solutions. ETD’s main objective in this case is to improve the ability of a candidate to implement service delivery of their respective departments with greater consistency, efficiency and effectiveness taking into consideration available resources verses the people’s needs.

It also equips them with the requisite PFM fundamentals and Afrocentric approach that is required to deliver strategic objectives of government in pursuit of NDP 2030 and 2063 African aspirations within the context of South African public sector.

Source: Government of South Africa