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“Chevron under fire for supporting the Myanmar military” – rights groups SumOfUs and International Campaign for the Rohingya say

Dozens of protesters gather outside Chevron offices around the country demanding the company suspend payments to the Myanmar military

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Energy giant Chevron is under fire for its decision to continue to support the Myanmar military, which has killed more than 700 people, including at least 47 children. On Friday, half a dozen demonstrations took place in cities around the US organized by the International Campaign for the Rohingya, SumOfUs, and many other groups — in San Francisco, LA, Houston, Denver, New York and Washington DC.

Photos/videos of the DC event can be found here at the SumOfUs flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sumofus/albums/72157718943019609

Outside Chevron’s offices in DC, Chevron’s new DC lobbyist Craig Hall was depicted on a piñata which protesters took turns batting. A mobile billboard was parked outside Chevron’s office for several hours on Friday, shaming the company for their continued support of the brutal military regime.

Simon Billenness, Executive Director of the International Campaign for the Rohingya said: “As the largest US investor in Myanmar, Chevron has for many years not just bankrolled the Myanmar military, but also served as the junta chief lobbyist and defenders in Washington DC.”

Groups are urging Chevron, French energy giant Total, South Korea’s POSCO, and all other oil and gas companies operating in Myanmar to suspend payments made to the state-owned oil and gas company — and instead place those payments in an escrow account where they will be released once democracy is restored. More than 94,000 people have signed petitions by campaigning groups SumOfUs and the International Campaign for the Rohingya.

Billenness added: “The civil disobedience movement has been demonstrating outside the offices of oil companies like Chevron and Total in Yangon, and now we are bringing their struggle to Chevron’s chief lobbying office in Washington DC.”

The US has already placed sanctions on several military Generals and a handful of military-run companies, but activists are now urging the US government to also sanction the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) — the state-run company that is the main financial lifeline for the military. MOGE’s revenues are the largest source of foreign exchange available to the military, forecasting to bring in USD1.5 billion this upcoming year. Military leaders have anticipated sanctions, but probably not sanctions on gas revenues which were exempted in the 2000s and were a linchpin for the regime’s financial viability.

If MOGE is sanctioned, it would also effectively force Chevron and Total to suspend payments to the military.

Rewan Al-Haddad, a Campaigns Advisor for SumOfUs said, “The sanctions placed so far don’t go nearly far enough to create meaningful change. If we’re to have any impact on the military’s calculus, the US must sanction MOGE immediately and urge governments around the world to follow.”

On Friday morning, SumOfUs parked a mobile billboard outside the Treasury Department urging the US Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen and the Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control Andrea Gacki to place MOGE on the list of sanctioned companies.

For more information or to set up an interview, contact Rewan Al-Haddad: rewan@sumofus.org

Statement from CNH Industrial

London, April 17, 2021

CNH Industrial confirms that it is has terminated discussions with FAW Jiefang with regard to the Company’s On-Highway business, and is continuing to pursue its existing plans for a spin-off of these activities in early 2022.

CNH Industrial believes there are significant opportunities to develop its On-Highway business by accelerating the deployment of ever more sustainable transport solutions and infrastructure, in line with the EU’s Green Deal ambitions.

CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI) is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website: www.cnhindustrial.com

Contacts:

Corporate Communications

Email: mediarelations@cnhind.com

Investor Relations

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MRO Middle East exhibition to showcase expert speakers and key industry topics for aviation sector

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul exhibition, will highlight the latest innovation in key areas including sustainability, digitalization, workforce and passenger confidence within the aviation sector through its new Go Live! Theatre feature. The event, taking place from 15th – 16th June 2021 at DWTC, Dubai, will offer complimentary content for all attendees alongside it’s long standing exhibition focused on connecting buyers and service providers in the commercial aviation aftermarket.

As part of the show floor agenda at MRO Middle East, airline officials will analyse ways to restore passenger confidence and how implementing technologies and processes can drive future recovery within travel. The content will also focus on how technology and digitalisation will continue to help the industry get to a new normal and help the aftermarket with revamping operations. A ‘spotlight on sustainability’ session will demonstrate how a combination of technology advances, operations and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) are needed to meet climate change targets.

“Exploring innovation initiatives and the digital strategies put in place by airlines and MROs for their recovery will be a key part of the event this year,” said Lydia Janow, Managing Director at Aviation Week Network. “MRO Middle East will analyse what technologies have garnered interest and excitement in recent months and facilitated new working methods for long-term use. Sustainability will also be high on the agenda as the industry continues to set targets for greater energy efficiency in the future. These areas of content focus will be reflected in the service and solution providers attendees will be able to meet on the exhibition floor. We look forward to welcoming industry stakeholders at the event.”

New for 2021, the Go Live! Theatre will host 2 days of engaging content. This will complement the exhibition, allowing for expanded networking and the opportunity to learn from expert speakers on crucial industry issues. In addition to the show floor theatre, further networking areas have been added to enhance attendees’ ability to safely reconnect in person.  MRO Middle East 2021 will be organised in accordance with Informa’s AllSecure health and safety standard.

The joint organisers of MRO Middle East, Tarsus Group, also announced that the Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) event will not be taking place in 2021 and look forward to its return in 2022.

Aviation Week’s MRO Middle East, taking place 15-16 June 2021, at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). MRO Middle East provides the ideal platform for suppliers and developers seeking to increase their presence in one of the fastest growing regions.

MRO Middle East features a two-day exhibition for key professionals uniting airlines and suppliers to provide the perfect environment to network and discuss the latest trends, regulations and issue impacting this industry. http://mromiddleeast.aviationweek.com/

About Aviation Week Network

Aviation Week Network is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace, and defense industries, serving 1.7 million professionals around the world. Industry professionals rely on Aviation Week Network to help them understand the market, make decisions, predict trends, and connect with people and business opportunities. Customers include the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers and suppliers, airlines, airports, business aviation operators, militaries, governments and other organizations that serve this worldwide marketplace. Aviation Week Network’s portfolio delivers award-winning journalism, data, intelligence and analytical resources, world-class tradeshows and conferences, and results-driven marketing services and advertising.

Aviation Week Network is part of Informa Markets, a division of Informa PLC.

About Informa Markets

Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. We provide marketplace participants around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, targeted digital services and actionable data solutions. We connect buyers and sellers across more than a dozen global verticals, including Aviation, Pharmaceuticals, Food, Medical Technology and Infrastructure. As the world’s leading market-making company, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit www.informamarkets.com.

About Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East

Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East is one of the most influential names in the aerospace industry’s events sector, and which launched the very first Dubai Airshow in 1989, in conjunction with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports and the UAE Armed Forces.

Covering all aerospace-related events in the Tarsus portfolio, Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East has a long-standing relationship with the global aerospace industry, an in-depth knowledge of the market and a hard-earned reputation for delivering event excellence. Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East maintains offices in Dubai and London.

Other events organised by Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East include Dubai Airshow www.dubaiairshow.aero and MEBAA Show www.mebaa.aero.

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Toga Limited’s Malaysian Wholly-Owned Subsidiary, TOGL Technology Sdn Bhd Was Selected For the Prestigious GAIN Program by the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia, April 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Toga Limited’s (OTC: TOGL) wholly-owned subsidiary, TOGL Technology Sdn Bhd (“TOGL Technology”) has been selected for the prestigious GAIN program run by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).

The Global Acceleration & Innovation Network (GAIN) program – a program under MDEC, a government-owned agency launched in 1996 – is designed to catalyze the expansion of Malaysian and Malaysia-based technology companies that have the potential to become global players, ultimately building more Malaysian global tech icons. They facilitate tech companies’ expansion into the overseas market through Business Support Ecosystems and business matching sessions established through their eight tech ecosystems in Australia, Cambodia, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

“It is an honor for TOGL Technology to be selected for the GAIN program as the program has strict guidelines around selecting Malaysian companies with strong financials, global aspirations, and forward-looking leadership, as well as scalable and innovative technology products and solutions,” said TOGL Technology Chief Technology Officer, Mr Freddy Chia Kah See. “With strategic collaborations with key stakeholders under our Business Support Ecosystems, we believe we will be well-positioned to take advantage of the ready-access to scale-up our business. Being part of the transformation of Malaysia’s digital economy is a testimony to our innovation, vision and achievements. We look forward to working closely with MDEC as it provides clear end-to-end expansion support for Malaysian tech companies, such as ours, at all growth stages.”

Contact:

Alexander D. Henderson
TOGA LIMITED, 515 S. Flower Street, 18th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071
(949) 333-1603
info@togalimited.com

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact (including, but not limited to, statements to the effect that Toga Limited or its management (the “Company”) “anticipates,” “plans,” “estimates,” “expects,” or “believes,” or the negative of these terms and other similar expressions) should be considered forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s guidance, outlook, growth, opportunities and long-term strategy. These statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations as of the date of this release. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks associated with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; the Company’s ability to execute on its long-term strategy; the Company’s ability to successfully compete in its intensely competitive industry; the Company’s ability to manage its growth; the Company’s ability to maintain or improve its operating margins; the Company’s ability to identify and react to trends in consumer preferences; product supply disruptions; general economic conditions; accounting standard changes; and other factors as set forth from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including, without limitation, the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The Company intends these forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time of this Press Release and does not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available, except as required by law.

Media platform providers told to remove advertisements on gambling

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has communicated with media platform providers such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to remove advertisements that invite Muslims to gamble to get funds for the “balik kampung” trip in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration.

In a statement today, MCMC said the content would be removed in accordance with the terms of service, as well as the community standards set by the overseas- based media platform providers.

The statement was issued following a two-minute video advertisement by a gambling company, which went viral on social media sites, inviting netizens to earn extra money for the Aidilfitri celebration by using the company service.

The commission said parties involved, such as the production team, should be more sensitive to not complicit in activities that promote online gambling, which is clearly against the law.

“Production of the content production is subject to the Communications and Multimedia Content Code which should be complied with by those involved in the production and distribution of content,” it said.

MCMC said in the freedom to provide content, providers should follow a content code that is in line with the norms of a pluralistic Malaysian society.

It said the act of disseminating the content would only directly help those involved in spreading messages that promote gambling which could be detrimental to the Malaysian community.

“Social media users should also be more responsible by reporting such matters directly to the authorities for action instead of disseminating the content,” it said.

According to MCMC, online gambling activities and promotions are subject to the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, which is under the jurisdiction of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

Since March 12, MCMC has been operating fast-track restrictions by enabling the PDRM to order Internet service providers to block access to websites that violate the provisions of the law under the act.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Existing vaccines still effective against UK, South African variants – Dr Adham

The COVID-19 vaccines currently being used in the country are still effective in protecting the recipients against the UK B.1.1.7 and South African B.1.351 variants, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

However, he said the Ministry of Health (MOH) was still awaiting reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relating to the effects of the vaccines against the two variants.

“We found that the existing vaccines that have been used so far were capable of fighting (the virus) and giving protection to the recipients, but we are also awaiting reports from the WHO and CDC relating to the effects (of the vaccines) and whether the two variants could cause the vaccine to be ineffective.”

The minister said this at a press conference after witnessing the signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Malaysian Red Crescent Society and Pfizer Malaysia here today.

It was reported yesterday that five COVID-19 cases with UK B.1.1.7 variant and 17 cases with the South African B.1.351 variant were detected.

Meanwhile, Dr Adham said the 10-day quarantine made compulsory to travellers arriving in Malaysia could still help detect positive COVID-19 cases involving the two variants.

He said this was because the travellers would be required to take a swab test three days before their departure date and that the result of the test must be verified by the authority.

“So far, it can still help detect positive cases as the symptoms would appear on the 10th day,” he explained.

On the Sarawak government’s request to be supplied with the CanSino single-dose COVID-19 vaccine from China, Dr Adham said the ministry was willing to work with the state government for the purpose.

In fact, the minister said the single-dose vaccine was more feasible for people living in the interiors and having difficulties going to their second vaccination appointment.

Yesterday, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas was reported as saying that the state government had requested approximately 800,000 doses of the CanSino vaccine to be supplied to the state to facilitate vaccination for the people living in the interiors.

He made the request during a meeting with the Coordinating Minister for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin in Kuching.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Police to question producer, actors involved in video promoting online gambling

The police will be calling in the producer and actors suspected to be involved in the viral video promoting online gambling.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the content of the video was clearly against the law.

He said the police investigations would focus more on the producer and actors who starred in the video.

“We will identify them and they will be called in to give their statement on the matter,” he said in a statement today.

Acryl Sani said Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department has lodged a report to investigate the origin of this video.

He said the Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) would also be contacted to assist in the investigation, adding that the case would be investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code and Section 4 (1) (g) of the Open Gambling House Act.

“The public is advised not to circulate or share this video through social media so as not to stir public concern,” he said.

The two-minute one-second Hari Raya Aidilfitri themed video clip, promoting online gambling had been making its rounds on social media since yesterday.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency