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Huskies to welcome Fairview in first exhibition game of pre-season

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first_imgWhen asked to describe the team with one word based on what he’s seen in practice this week, Clothier responded, “committed.”As usual, the game will be held at the dog pound (the North Peace Arena), with the puck scheduled to drop at 8 p.m. Along with a first glimpse of this year’s potential team, fans in attendance will also get a look at the NWJHL’s newest team, the Fairview Flyers, which was voted into the league over the summer.Friday’s game will be the first of a home-and-home series between the Flyers and the Huskies, with game two taking place in Fairview Saturday, September 15.Huskies assistant coach Jeremy Clothier, says there somewhat of a level of unfamiliarity with the leagues newest team.- Advertisement -“We know absolutely nothing about them. We know their head coach was over in Germany playing pro and from seeing them play minor hockey, they are going to be big.”The Huskies have been on the ice a few times this week during team practices, giving coaches an opportunity to not only work off some of the players’ off-season rust, but also to evaluate their team.Final cuts will be made following the scheduled exhibition games, and Clothier says players’ performances in these games can determine whether or not they will make their way onto to roster.Advertisementlast_img read more

Choppers to curb 2010 crime

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first_imgThe Robinson R44 Raven II, which is nowa part of the South African Police ServiceAir Wing. (Image: SA Air Force) The SAPS already has 31 choppers inits fleet and is expecting the number toincrease to over 40 by mid-2009.(Image: SAPS)Janine ErasmusThe South African Police Service (SAPS) took delivery of two new Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters in October 2008, to strengthen its crime-fighting capabilities ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The state-of-the-art aircraft, worth R5-million (US$496 000) each, are part of a consignment of six specifically commissioned with 2010 in mind. Armscor, the official procurement arm of the South African Department of Defence, facilitated the purchases from the National Aircraft Company, which specialises in aircraft sales and maintenance, as well as pilot training.The deal was funded by the SAPS 2010 budget, which has seen more than R600-million ($60-million) set aside for the purchase of equipment relating directly to the Fifa World Cup. The other four helicopters will be delivered at the end of November 2008.The SAPS is also anticipating the acquisition of at least five Eurocopter BK117 utility and transport helicopters from the South African National Defence Force in the early part of 2009.According to Minister of Safety and Security Nathi Mthethwa, who presided over the handover, the helicopters are part of government’s 2010 Fifa World Cup capacity-building programme, which is focusing strongly on the air support capabilities of the SAPS.“This acquisition forms part of the procurement of various items of equipment to enhance our capacity to secure the 2010 Fifa World Cup in an efficient and professional manner,” said Mthethwa. “Other specialised equipment already on order includes state-of-the-art water cannons, body armour, portable cameras, high-performance motor vehicles and surveillance equipment.”The craft will be based in Pretoria and dispatched to other host cities when necessary. The SAPS will use them primarily for crime prevention, including organised crime, specialised and intelligence operations, recovery of stolen vehicles, and aerial monitoring of major events, allowing police officers to reach crime scenes quickly.The R44s will also take to the skies for the 2009 Confederations Cup, which takes place in South Africa from 14 to 28 June as a prelude to the big event in 2010. Games will take place in four host cities, namely Johannesburg (Ellis Park stadium, also known as Coca-Cola Park), Pretoria (Loftus Versveld stadium), Bloemfontein (Free State stadium, also known as Vodacom Park), and Rustenburg (Royal Bafokeng stadium).However, emphasised Mthethwa, all equipment bought will be used before and after the football events for general crime prevention tasks. He added that he expects the new helicopters to make a positive impact on crime-fighting in South Africa and will prove to be major assets during what he described as the best World Cup ever.Airborne tacticsThe SAPS Air Wing helicopter fleet currently consists of 13 BO105 twin helicopters, two BK117 twin helicopters, 13 AS350 helicopters and three Hughes 500 helicopters, deployed around South Africa. The new arrivals will boost the fleet to 37. The defence force acquisitions in 2009 will bring the total number of aircraft at the SAPS’s command to over 40.The single-engined Robinson R44 Raven is an American-built four-seater that features an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers. The Raven II is a high-performance machine popular with police forces around the world, with its specialised equipment such as infrared imaging, global positioning system and enhanced radio systems.Studies by law enforcement officials, especially in the US, have shown that a helicopter is the equivalent of at least five ground units in search ability, and gives a tactical advantage during high-speed chases. The various SAPS machines, said Mthethwa, have proven to be one of the most vital and effective tools in the ongoing fight against crime.“The R44 can remain on station for up to three hours when fully fuelled,” he said. “The powerful engine, coupled with an aerodynamic fuselage, enables the aircraft to cruise at up to 209km/h. The R44 is a workhorse, able to fly 24 hours a day, seven days a week – ideally suited to police flying demands.”For the past four years the SAPS has been training pilots as part of a Designated Pilot Training Programme. This uses a screening process to designate various SAPS members, including women, from previously disadvantaged backgrounds for training as fully-fledged pilots by the Air Wing. Training is conducted on the Robinson R44 Raven.Pilots fly at least 100 hours in the R44 until they have enough experience to progress to the larger SAPS turbine helicopters. It is also expected that the new machines will allow the SAPS to train pilots more quickly, with the training period reduced by 18 months, according to Visible Policing Divisional Commissioner Arno Lamoer.High-tech crime fightingThe new additions to the SAPS fleet are equipped with forward looking infrared cameras. This is a type of infrared imaging system that uses detection of thermal energy to assemble a real-time image for video output. It can be used to help pilots and drivers steer their vehicles even at night or in conditions of poor visibility.The wavelength of infrared that this device detects differs from that of night vision aids. The device is often fitted to naval vessels, fixed-wing craft and helicopters, and armoured military vehicles. Its military and civilian uses include surveillance, target tracking and acquisition, warning drivers of animals in the road, locating people through walls during fire-fighting operations, and monitoring active volcanoes.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Related articlesCrime in South AfricaCrime in SA still a challengeSA ready for 2010Useful linksSouth African Police ServiceSouth African Air ForceRobinson R44 RavenArmscorNational Aircraft CompanyStadiums in South AfricaSouth Africa 2010last_img read more

Meghalaya, Mizoram Chief Ministers register protest against Citizenship Bill

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first_imgThe allies of the BJP in Meghalaya, led by Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday to convey their opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.Meghalaya and the other north-eastern States are opposing the Bill that seeks to legitimise the stay of non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who came to India till December 31, 2014, because of religious persecution.Mr. Sangma, accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, told Mr. Singh that all the six coalition partners in the State felt that the Bill would affect Meghalaya’s social fabric and cause a serious law and order problem in the region. “Everybody in Meghalaya is opposed to the Bill. I urge your good office to reconsider the decision..,” BJP leader and Health Minister Alexander L. Hek told Mr. Singh. Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga too voiced concern over the Bill.last_img read more

Amarinder for open access to more gurdwaras across border

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first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said he would take up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the issue of persuading Pakistan to grant Indian devotees open access to more historic gurdwaras across the border.Expressing his gratitude to Mr. Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for helping realise the Sikh community’s dream of visiting the Kartarpur Gurdwara, Capt. Amarinder hoped this would be followed by more such gurdwaras in Pakistan, such as Panja Sahib and Nankana Sahib, being opened to Indian devotees.He said he would personally take up the matter with Mr. Modi and urge him to raise the issue with Mr. Khan.Capt. Amarinder acknowledged the support given by the Union government in making the historic celebrations a success and expressed happiness at the participation of people from different political parties, as a tribute to the first Sikh guru.President present President Ram Nath Kovind, who attended the celebrations, said Guru Nanak Dev tried to free people from caste and creed and ritualism by teaching them lessons of equality, brotherhood, kindness and morality. “True followers of Guru Nanak Dev Ji work for the welfare of all, live in harmony and do their job with diligence and honesty,” he said. Mr. Kovind paid obeisance at Gurdwara Ber Sahib and then went to the stage set up by the Punjab government for the celebrations. Later, he went to the other stage (pandal) set up by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.Two stagesHowever, the setting up of separate stages for the celebrations didn’t go down well with the pilgrims, many of whom felt that the Guru’s message of ‘oneness’ was unheeded by political parties.Forty-five-year old Baljinder Singh from Patiala, who had come to the holy town for the first time, said that he was peeved at the two stages. “They [SGPC and the State government] should have joined hands and set up only one stage. Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s idea and message of ‘oneness’ has been disregarded by them,” he said.“I’ll pay obeisance at the gurdwara and return. I’ll not go any of these stages,” he added.A group of youngsters from Jalalabad in Fazilka expressed similar sentiments. “How will they [political parties] preach the message of the Guru, when they seem to be involved in their advertising through there stages and events?” said 32-year-old Daljeet Singh.Seventy-five-year-old Darshan Singh from Amritsar said: “Such division is not good for humanity. The message of unification and integration should have been sent, instead an opposite message has been conveyed.”Guru Nanak Dev had spent 14 years of his early life in Sultanpur Lodhi.last_img read more

JERA KOGAS and CNOOC Team Up on LNG Business

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first_imgzoom Japan’s energy company JERA has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with South Korean natural gas company Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) and China-based operator of LNG terminals and pipeline networks Cnooc Gas and Power Trading and Marketing Limited (CNOOC) to cooperate in the LNG business. Under the MOU, the parties intend to discuss joint procurement of LNG, joint participation in upstream projects, and cooperation related to LNG shipping and storage.“LNG demand fluctuates widely depending on economic conditions and energy policy in each country. JERA believes that in order to cope with such fluctuation it is essential to develop the business environment through means such as accommodation schemes between buyers,” JERA said.JERA added it expects the MOU to provide a platform for sharing views on issues related to traditional LNG business practices such as destination restrictions. The firm said it will help find ways to gain even greater flexibility in procurement.Commenting on the newly signed MOU, Lee Seung-hoon, President of KOGAS, said that the firms from Korea, China and Japan are now expected to play a more active role in the LNG market.last_img read more