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Rheinmetall takes over Denel subsidiary

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first_imgDusseldorf-based Rheinmetall will own 51% of the new company, to be known as Rheinmetall Denel Munition, while South African state-owned defence equipment contractor Denel will hold onto the remaining 49% stake. SAinfo reporter In terms of the agreement, both Rheinmetall and Denel will boost investment in the new company to modernise the business operations and improve its production structures and flows, setting the stage for solid, profitable growth. “In fact, as one of the crucial pillars of the strategy, equity partnerships with major global players will provide the Denel businesses like Munitions with world-class technology and skills, operational improvements, market access and scale to best serve its clients.” Rheinmetall Denel Munition commands special expertise in artillery, mortar and infantry systems as well as plant engineering. “Annual sales of weapons, ammunition and propellants by Rheinmetall amount to approximately US$1-billion (about R7.9-billion); Denel Munitions’ sales equate to roughly a tenth of this figure,” Rheinmetall said. “In future, Rheinmetall and its new South African subsidiary will market their expanded joint product portfolio in their respective key markets,” the company said. The Rheinmettal Group has acquired a majority stake in South Africa’s Denel Munitions, following approval of the takeover by the country’s competition authorities, giving the German defence company access to new and strategically significant markets.center_img The company said the acquisition underscored its position as a premium global supplier of weapons and ammunition for armour, artillery and infantry, as well as a leading maker of propellants. “With this acquisition, which is associated with a long-range supply programme for the South African armed forces, the Rheinmetall Group continues to grow its defence business and enhance its market presence,” Rheinmetall said in a statement last week. 9 September 2008 Whereas the bulk of Rheinmetall Defences’ business is transacted with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) countries, Denel Munitions’ markets include South Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. “This agreement with Rheinmetall ties in with Denel’s turnaround strategy,” Denel executive Lana Kinley said in a statement after the deal was first announced in February. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA bank robberies down by 58%

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first_img8 September 2011 Co-ordinated efforts by police and business saw bank robberies drop by a massive 58% over the last year, marking the biggest decline in South Africa’s generally improved crime statics for 2010/11. Releasing the country’s annual crime statistics in Pretoria on Thursday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said there were just 39 bank robberies in 2010/11 compared to the 93 cases recorded in 2009/10. The minister attributed the success to coordinated efforts between police and businesses. Cash-in-transit heists also declined significantly, by 18.7%, which Mthethwa attributed to the arrest of key criminals involved in bank and cash-in-transit robberies, coupled with the police’s rapid response. Allowing photographs of criminals wanted for these crimes to be published had also led to arrests and contributed to the decrease.ATM bombings up 61.5% However, Mthethwa expressed concern over ATM bombings, which had increased by 61.5%. Most of these blasts took place in Gauteng province, which accounted for 57.1% for ATM bombings, followed by North West province with 12.4%. “Some of these trends are informed by migration and displacement of crime from one province to another, but we are beginning to intensify our operations in some of these hard-hit provinces,” he said. Despite the massive increase in ATM bombings, the minister noted that there were also some successes. “According to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre, this form of crime has started to decline, with a 17% decline in ATM robberies since April 2011 compared with the same period last year.” The crime statistics also indicated a 2.8% increase in commercial crime ratio. The minister noted that commercial crime was not only a South African problem but a global challenge, adding that the police hoped to partner with their international counterparts to improve their methods of tackling such crime locally. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

No new U.S. classic scrapie cases since April 2016

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the January 2017 National Scrapie Eradication Program (NSEP) report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service conveyed that no new positive U.S. classical scrapie cases have been reported in either sheep or goats in fiscal year 2017, which runs Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017. Also, no new infected or source flocks have been identified in fiscal year 2017.In fact, the last case of classical scrapie was reported in April 2016. This is the longest period without a positive case since the beginning of the NSEP.As of Jan. 31, 2017, there were two open infected and source flock statuses for classical scrapie. One flock was designated as a Nor98-like source flock in October 2016 as a result of a sheep sampled in September 2016 that tested positive.RSSS started April 1, 2003. It is a targeted slaughter surveillance program which is designed to identify infected flocks. Samples have been collected from 531,701 animals since April 1, 2003. There have been 480 NVSL confirmed positive animals* (471 classical cases and 9 Nor98-like cases) since the beginning of RSSS. As of January 31, 2017, 11,197 samples have been collected in FY 2017, 9,551 from sheep and 1,646 from goats.The January report is available at www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_diseases/scrapie/downloads/monthly_scrapie_report.pdf.last_img read more

Goa beach safety tightened, ‘no selfie’ zones identified

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first_imgIn an effort to reduce the number of accidents and falls, Drishti Marine, a State government appointed lifeguard agency, have identified ‘no selfie’ zones at 24 unsafe points along 106 km coastline of the tourist State. Areas identified in North Goa include Baga River, Dona Paula Jetty, Sinquerim Fort, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Ashwem, Arambol, Kerim and between Bambolim and Siridao; and in South Goa, the signs will be placed at Agonda, Bogmalo, Hollant, Baina, Japanese Garden, Betul, Canaguinim, Palolem, Khola, Cabo De Rama, Polem, Galgibagh, Talpona and Rajbagh. These points will have ‘no-selfie’ signages.“Further, signage boards are being upgraded with pictorial instructions on flags, an emergency toll free number and dos and don’ts while visiting the beaches of Goa,” Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Marine said.The move came following continued reports of drowning. Recently a couple from Tamil Nadu reportedly drowned while taking selfies in North Goa. Earlier the agency had issued an advisory cautioning tourists and visitors not to venture into the sea during the monsoon season, June to September, as the sea and wind conditions are not favourable for swimming or water-based recreational activities. Red flags have been put up on all beaches marking them as no-swim zones. Drishti lifeguards are closely monitoring the weather conditions and are on duty throughout the monsoon period from 7.30 a.m. till 6.00 p.m. daily. Additionally, two Drishti lifeguards are available at every lifeguard tower to handle any emergency arising post 8.00 pm. Post sunset till midnight, the beaches are monitored and patrolled by the Beach Safety Patrol.last_img read more

Fernandez enjoys coaching players from other schools in NCAA All-Star

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first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Fernandez was finally able to get one against Robinson, as the Saints team, made up of stars from San Beda, Letran, San Sebastian, Perpetual, and St. Benilde, escaped the late rally from the Heroes crew, comprised of standouts from Lyceum, JRU, EAC, Arellano, and Mapua.The Red Lion mentor  the rare chance to have players like Rey Nambatac, Bong Quinto, and eventual All-Star MVP Prince Eze in his team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They’re really good. You know them when you’re facing against them, but once you coach them, you can really see their basketball IQ,” he said.Fernandez was also caught by surprise with how the unheralded players from the Golden Stags and the Blazers worked hard in practice. Coach Boyet Fernandez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda coach Boyet Fernandez isn’t putting too much thought his victory over Topex Robinson when his Saints prevailed over the Heroes, 84-80, in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game on Friday.“It’s a different situation. Even though Topex is coaching the other team, it’s still an All-Star game and we’re just enjoying today’s game. It’s for the fans and the students of the member schools of the NCAA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I’m surprised of the three San Sebastian players. They can play and they just play. The same goes with St. Benilde. They really enjoyed their time even if they came from different schools,” he said, praising the attitude of San Sebastian’s Ian Valdez, Kevin Baytan, and Alvin Baetiong, as well as St. Benilde’s JJ Domingo, Edward Dixon, and Gerard Castor.With the midseason festivities now done with, Fernandez’ focus is back in the second round as San Beda returns to action against St. Benilde.“We know the second round will come on Tuesday. We’re enjoying this now and tomorrow, we’ll already focus on the second round,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Globalport stuns TNT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

MS Dhoni booed at Lord’s, Virat Kohli defends former captain

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first_imgMS Dhoni became the fourth Indian batsman to go past 10,000 ODI runs but there was no standing ovation for the former India captain at Lord’s. Instead, Mahi was booed and his dismissal applauded.Indian supporters at Lord’s were left frustrated with Dhoni’s slow approach to a steep chase of 323 in the second ODI against England.India were already behind the asking rate when Dhoni walked in to bat at the fall of Virat Kohli’s wicket. His approach thereafter was baffling: Dhoni scored 37 off 59 balls and hit only two boundaries.At the end, when Lord’s did reverberate with applause, it was because Dhoni was dismissed by Liam Plunkett in the 47th over of the Indian innings.That was in stark contrast to what Dhoni is used to from the audience by now.When Dhoni walked in to bat at the fall of Kohli’s wicket, India needed 183 runs in 23 overs and the required run rate was just under 8. Ideal! One would think.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSHowever, the picture completely changed in the next 20 overs and eventually India lost by 86 runs while England levelled the three-match ODI series 1-1.In the 20 overs between Dhoni’s arrival and dismissal, India scored just 75 runs and the asking rate completely shot up. MS Dhoni failed to entertain the crowd at Lord’s during the second ODI between India and England. (AP Photo)In the last 15 overs, India could not manage more than 10 runs in any over and the last 10 overs produced just 42 runs.India looked like they had decided they would not be able to win the match and were only playing out the overs.advertisementAlso read – MS Dhoni 4th Indian after Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid to score 10000 ODI runsDhoni came under severe criticism on social media. Most people were completely baffled by his innings, where he scored just 37 runs off 59 deliveries, while some felt he was playing for a personal milestone.I am a massive fan of MS Dhoni but what was that all about ? He is the king of finishes but todays innings baffled me !Matthew hoggard (@Hoggy602) July 14, 2018This is very disappointing , MS DHONI playing this match for his own records.subhash (@subhash_ever) July 14, 2018Eventhough i Am Big Fan Of Ms Dhoni Really Very Disappointed By His Batting Innings Yesterday !!!!Why He Played Very Slow ?? After IPL Form I Expected Lot From Him Yesterday !!!Yesterday Innings Was A shock To His Fans Like me…..KARTHIK ? (@KarthiiOfficial) July 15, 2018#ENGvIND baffling play by India and MS Dhoni. This clearly justifies the end of road for Raina, dhoni in ODI.Bala (@Bmdsuccess) July 14, 2018MS Dhoni is preferred over Karthik because of his past achievements and reputation. This approach will take India to nowhere. #ENGvINDVasu Garg (@IamVasuGarg) July 14, 2018Even the crowd is booing MS Dhoni after every dot #ENGvIND???? (@bharathr002) July 14, 2018Despite all the criticism, captain Kohli came out in support of Dhoni and said as a team, it was their idea to “take the innings deep”.He said that people jump to conclusions and the team is not at all affected by all the criticism.”The idea was to take the innings deep. We don’t want to lose by 160 or 170 runs. You want to take it as deep as you can and he has got the experience, but some days it just doesn’t come off. People just jump to conclusions, which we as a team don’t. We totally believe in him and in the abilities in all the other players.”Kohli said the team was not affected by the criticism of Dhoni. “This thing comes up again and again when he is not able to play the way he does. It is very unfortunate that people just jump to conclusions very quickly. When he does well people call him best finisher ever. And when things don’t go well people pounce on him. We all have bad days in cricket. Today was I think a bad day for everyone, not just for him alone. And just as a batting unit we could not click,” Kohli said.India will play the third and deciding ODI on June 17.last_img read more

Costa Ricas Bryan Vásquez fails to unify boxing crown

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first_imgNo related posts. TOKYO – Japan’s Takashi Uchiyama pulled off a technical knockout victory over Costa Rica’s Bryan “Tiquito” Vásquez  to win a unification bout in the World Boxing Association (WBA) super-featherweight title on Monday.Uchiyama piled up the points by pummelling Vásquez with lefts and rights to the stomach, and finished off the fight three minutes into the eighth round, unloading punch after punch.“My opponent had never lost a match before and never suffered a knock down, so I really wanted to win the match in a good style,” said Uchiyama, 33.“This champion’s belt is just a formality. My top priority is to become stronger,” he added.It was Uchiyama’s sixth defence of the title, which he wrested from Juan Carlos Salgado of Mexico in January 2010, maintaining his unbeaten record at 19 wins, including 16 KOs and one draw.The 25-year-old Vásquez now has 29 wins, including 15 KOs and one defeat. He’s married to World Boxing Organization junior middleweight World Champion Hanna Gabriel Valle. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Polish pay TV operator nc is to launch a new pre

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first_imgPolish pay TV operator nc+ is to launch a new pre-paid service on October 1, offering over 50 channels, including 19 in HD, from PLN19.90 (€4.75) a month.The operator is providing new users with free access to 130 channels, including premium Canal+ channels, for the first month, after which they can choose to subscribe or take the stripped down pre-paid offering.The nc+ telewizja na kartę offering provides a range of channels via the ITI 5800SX HD DVR decoder for upwards of PLN19.90 a month, with a one-off top up offered after three months.Piotr Malicki, sales director for pre-paid products and services, said that the new offers was “an excellent option for those who do not want to be tied to long-term contracts” and offered an extensive range of HD services including Ale kino+ HD, Planete+ HD, Eurosport HD and Eurosport2 HD, TVP Sport HD, TVN24 HD and Romance TV HD.last_img read more

Air Links existing TV service Chinabased settop

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first_imgAir Link’s existing TV serviceChina-based set-top box specialist Hybroad and Denmark-based middleware provider Nordija have teamed up to deliver an integrated IPTV and OTT set-top system for telco Air Link to launch an upgraded TV offering for viewers in Trinidad and Tobago next year.The platform integrates the Nordija middleware platform fokusOn on the new 4K HEVC Hybroad box with new features, according to the pair.Air Link operates a digital cable pay TV service, as well as telecom services, on Trinidad and Tobago.“We’re happy to see the joint solution of Nordija middleware on Hybroad STB, providing the operator market a cost-effective and ready-to-go IPTV/OTT STB solution with functions like EPG, linear TV, VOD, catch-up, nPVR and much more, both available on Linux and Android platform,” said Kevin Xia, VP at Hybroad.“It has been a great collaboration and we are excited about the possibilities for the future. Airlink has great potential and Hybroad fits excellent in their future plans,” said Jeroen van Vliet, CCO at Nordija.“We see this partnership with Nordija as playing a critical role in achieving our goal of always evolving to meet the ever-changing demands of the pay TV market,” said Keenan Singh, Airlink.last_img read more

Human sperm retains its complete viability within different gravitational conditions

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first_imgRadiation impairs the quality and viability of human sperm, and these effects are expected to be greater on fresh sperm than on frozen samples, which are cryopreserved in special cryostraws and transported in cryotanks. So our first step was to investigate gravity conditions and frozen sperm samples. Our best option will be to perform the experiment using real spaceflight, but access is very limited.”Dr Montserrat Boada from Dexeus Women’s Health in Barcelona Source:European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019Zillionaires like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos who see the ‘colonization’ of space as an answer to the Earth’s ever threatened resources will be reassured to learn that human sperm retains its complete viability within the different gravitational conditions found in outer space.In a study reported today at the 35th Annual Meeting of ESHRE investigators said that the lack of difference in a range of sperm characteristics observed in frozen sperm samples exposed to microgravity and those maintained in ground conditions ‘open the possibility of safely transporting male gametes to space and considering the possibility of creating a human sperm bank outside Earth’.The results are presented here in Vienna by Dr Montserrat Boada from Dexeus Women’s Health in Barcelona, whose group worked with microgravity engineers from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona. The Aeroclub Barcelona-Sabadell of Spain was responsible for the parabolic flights to create microgravity conditions.As background to the study, Dr Boada explained that, while the effects of microgravity on the cardiovascular, musculo-skeletal and central nervous systems are well known and tested in space flight, relatively little is known about the effects of different gravitational environments on human sperm and eggs. ‘Some studies suggest a significant decrease in the motility of human fresh sperm samples,’ said Dr Boada, ‘but nothing has been reported on the possible effects of gravitational differences on frozen human gametes, in which state they would be transported from Earth to space.’The study was performed using a small aerobatic training aircraft (CAP10), which can provide short-duration hypogravity exposure. The plane executed a series of 20 parabolic maneuvers, providing 8 seconds of microgravity for each parabola. Overall, ten sperm samples obtained from ten healthy donors were analyzed after exposure to the different microgravities found in space and ground gravity.Related StoriesRecurrent pregnancy loss may be caused by sperm DNA damage, finds studySperm quality among Swiss men in ‘critical state’, say expertsLong-term cryopreservation of semen does not affect future clinical outcomesThe sperm analysis comprised a full range of measurements currently performed for fertility testing – concentration, motility, vitality, morphology and DNA fragmentation – and results found no difference whatsoever in any of the parameters between the microgravity space samples and the control group samples from Earth. Indeed, said Dr Boada, there was 100% concordance in DNA fragmentation rate and vitality, and 90% concordance in sperm concentration and motility. These minor differences, she added, ‘were more probably related to heterogeneity of the sperm sample than to the effect of exposure to different gravity conditions’.Dr Boada described this as a preliminary study and her group will now move on to validate the results and then to larger sperm samples, longer periods of microgravity and even fresh sperm. ‘But we do need to know,’ she added. ‘If the number of space missions increases in the coming years, and are of longer duration, it is important to study the effects of long-term human exposure to space in order to face them. It’s not unreasonable to start thinking about the possibility of reproduction beyond the Earth.’Dr Boada noted that one reason for using frozen sperm in this study was the known effect of radiation on fresh sperm.last_img read more