Daily Archives: April 3, 2019

La dernière grande ville nord-américaine sans services VTC vient de trouver sa solution avec Kater

Le 30 mars, Kater, une entreprise de technologie basée à Vancouver, a lancé la phase bêta de la première application VTC de la ville

VANCOUVER, 3 avril 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Kater Technologies Inc. a lancé la phase bêta de la première application VTC (en anglais, ride-hailing) de Vancouver le 30 mars dernier. L’application permet de mettre en relation les utilisateurs avec des chauffeurs VTC à la demande au moyen de leurs smartphones pour jouir de déplacements sûrs, prévisibles et fiables. Kater lancera sa flotte complète de voitures plus tard ce printemps.

Le PDG de Kater, Scott Larson, a déclaré : « Vancouver est une ville unique en ce qui concerne la réglementation des transports et des services VTC, et nous pensons que Kater est la solution à bon nombre des dilemmes de mobilité qui nous affectés pendant trop longtemps. D’un simple clic, vous pouvez réserver une voiture Kater pour venir vous chercher, obtenir une estimation du coût et de l’heure d’arrivée de votre déplacement, vérifier le nom et la plaque d’immatriculation du chauffeur, suivre votre voiture à son arrivée, payer via l’application et évaluer votre chauffeur. »

L’activité des VTC est un sujet controversé à Vancouver, puisque la législation en vigueur prévoit des exigences en matière d’autorisation, de règles de délimitation, de restrictions de prix et de qualifications des chauffeurs, ce qui empêche les entreprises traditionnelles du VTC de pénétrer sur ce marché. Kater a développé une solution hybride respectant le cadre réglementaire actuel.

Kater exploitera sa propre flotte de voitures neuves qui ne pourront être réservées que par le biais de l’application. Les chauffeurs de Kater auront la garantie de toucher un minimum vital de 20 dollars l’heure et pourront gagner jusqu’à 35 dollars l’heure. Les chauffeurs disposeront d’une voiture et les frais d’entretien, d’assurance, d’autorisation et de licence VTC, si nécessaire, seront couverts.

« Nous avons trouvé une solution immédiate qui est conforme à la réglementation en vigueur et offre une alternative indispensable aux Vancouvérois. Notre approche intelligente en matière de mise à l’échelle nous permettra de ne pas aggraver les embouteillages ou la pollution à Vancouver pendant les heures de pointe, et le succès des chauffeurs sera garanti grâce à un salaire minimum vital de 20 dollars l’heure. La sécurité est une priorité absolue pour Kater et, à ce titre, tous nos chauffeurs doivent posséder un permis professionnel de classe 4 et une licence VTC, en plus d’une formation rigoureuse. Je pense que le modèle de Kater peut être déployé dans d’autres villes du monde qui sont confrontées à certains de ces problèmes et qui recherchent des solutions plus globales », ajoute Larson.

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Seba recalls infected soya pieces from the market

Mzuzu, Seba Foods Malawi Limited says it has deployed teams on the market to remove contaminated Golden Goodness Tasty Soya Pieces with batch labels 061818A and 061218A.

The development follows a press release by Competition and Fair-Trading Commission (CFTC) last Friday, which accused the company for not taking steps in recalling the product from the market despite admitting that it was defective.

Despite the admission, Seba Foods Malawi Ltd has not taken steps to voluntarily recall the defective products and alert consumers about the harmful effects of the defective products, the press release reads in part.

It further states that besides being a threat to consumers, the conduct by Seba Malawi Ltd. is an infringement of the Competition and Fair Trading Act (CFTA) and Consumer Protection Act (CPA).

In an interview Monday, CFTC economist, Dalitso Chimota said the press release was issued after customers complained that there was rotten soya pieces product on the market.

She said contravening CPA attracts a penalty of K500, 000 or an equivalent of the financial gains generated from the offence, and five years imprisonment.

However, when asked in an interview as to why Seba Foods Malawi Ltd chose not to communicate to the public in the first place about the contaminated product, the company’s General Manager, James Parkin said communication was made.

We have communicated widely through a press release and we will continue to inspect the product and replace the substandard product.

We are also conducting an extensive root cause analysis to identify all causes of this quality issue and take all necessary steps to prevent a recurrence of this issue, said Parkin in his response to a questionnaire.

He said the company was committed to replace the infected products from its customers with quality ones.

He added that this was the first time for the company to have contaminated products on the market.

Source: MANA Online

Seba recalls infected soya pieces from the market

Mzuzu, Seba Foods Malawi Limited says it has deployed teams on the market to remove contaminated Golden Goodness Tasty Soya Pieces with batch labels 061818A and 061218A.

The development follows a press release by Competition and Fair-Trading Commission (CFTC) last Friday, which accused the company for not taking steps in recalling the product from the market despite admitting that it was defective.

Despite the admission, Seba Foods Malawi Ltd has not taken steps to voluntarily recall the defective products and alert consumers about the harmful effects of the defective products, the press release reads in part.

It further states that besides being a threat to consumers, the conduct by Seba Malawi Ltd. is an infringement of the Competition and Fair Trading Act (CFTA) and Consumer Protection Act (CPA).

In an interview Monday, CFTC economist, Dalitso Chimota said the press release was issued after customers complained that there was rotten soya pieces product on the market.

She said contravening CPA attracts a penalty of K500, 000 or an equivalent of the financial gains generated from the offence, and five years imprisonment.

However, when asked in an interview as to why Seba Foods Malawi Ltd chose not to communicate to the public in the first place about the contaminated product, the company’s General Manager, James Parkin said communication was made.

We have communicated widely through a press release and we will continue to inspect the product and replace the substandard product.

We are also conducting an extensive root cause analysis to identify all causes of this quality issue and take all necessary steps to prevent a recurrence of this issue, said Parkin in his response to a questionnaire.

He said the company was committed to replace the infected products from its customers with quality ones.

He added that this was the first time for the company to have contaminated products on the market.

Source: MANA Online

Japanese Organization Donates Books to Nalikule College

Lilongwe, A Japanese organization called Nippon Foundation has donated 90 books to Nalikule College of Education through the Japanese Embassy in Lilongwe as one way of introducing various aspects of Japanese culture and promote cooperation between Malawi and Japan.

Speaking during the handover ceremony held at the college on Tuesday, Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Kae Yanagisawa said the books will help increase the limited knowledge about Japan that most Malawians have.

Since 2008, the Nippon foundation has donated books in different fields such as economics and business, society and culture and history to four educational institutions such as Mzuzu University in Malawi, she explained.

Yanagisawa added that the foundation has also assisted African countries in other development sectors such as smallholder agriculture farming through the Sasakawa project.

Director of Higher Education, Dr Samson Mbewe expressed gratitude for the continuous support the Japanese government renders to Malawi in the sector of education.

These books will greatly assist those who get the opportunity to travel to Japan for studies to not experience culture shock because they will have acquired prior knowledge of life in Japan, Mbewe said.

Mbewe further requested the Japanese government to send professors from their country to Malawian colleges to assist in strengthening quality of education.

In her remarks, Principal for Nalikule College, Dr Ambumulire Phiri described the donation as timely and relevant as it would allow the students to be exposed to the Japanese culture and broaden their world view beyond Africa.

We have about five thousand volumes of books in our library which we are still working on building, so having additional books that are relevant is a good thing for us, Phiri said.

Nalikule College of Education was constructed in 2016 with a grant of 1.327 billion Japanese Yen and currently it has 600 students.

Source: MANA Online

MANAD’s call on sign language interpreters remains futile

Blantyre, Malawi National Association of the Deaf (MANAD) has expressed disappointment with institutions not heeding to the call to have sign language interpreters for easy access to information and telecommunication services for the deaf.

Last year in September, MANAD conducted a sensitization workshop for communication stakeholders on the need for telecommunication companies to have sign language interpreters in their respective institutions.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency on Tuesday, MANAD Information and Advocacy Officer, Gabriel Luzu said since the organisation conducted the workshop, no company has employed a single sign language interpreter despite giving assurance to do so.

Apart from the existing Malawi Broadcasting Corporation which has interpreters during news programmes and St. Pius Catholic Church, no company that attended the workshop has acted on our plea, said Luzu.

We are striving for a society in which the deaf enjoy equal opportunities in as far as communication and customer service is concerned, but up to now we feel left out and missing out on important information that every citizen ought to have, he added.

Luzu, therefore, said MANAD would continue urging various stakeholders to have interpreters in strategic institutions such as Immigration, commercial banks and airports.

Mibawa Television Station Chief Executive Officer, John Nthakomwa who attended the workshop, said plans to employ a sign language interpreter at the institution were at an advanced stage.

We are working tirelessly to comply with MANAD’s request. Right now, we are soliciting funds to employ the interpreter, Nthakomwa said.

Meanwhile, MANAD has embarked on a project to produce a sign language dictionary to enable people have sign language knowledge.

Source: MANA Online