West Africa cable ‘online by 2011’

first_img5 May 2009The US$600-million, 14 000km West Africa Cable System linking southern and western African countries with Europe should be in service by 2011, providing high capacity international bandwidth and further reducing telecommunications costs on the continent.A consortium of leading African and foreign telecoms operators signed a construction and maintenance agreement with manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent last month to construct the 8.84-terabit-per-second, fibre-optic submarine cable and its landing points.Companies that signed the agreement include South Africa’s Broadband Infraco, MTN, Tata Communications/Neotel, Telkom and Vodacom, as well as Angola Telecom, Cable & Wireless, Telecom Namibia, Portugal Telecom, Sotelco and Togo Telecom.“The West Africa Cable System represents a significant telecommunications infrastructure investment through a joint effort of a number of African and global operators,” Vodacom Group CEO Pieter Uys said in a statement last month.The cable system would provide Africa with “faster and better connectivity to Europe and the rest of the world,” Uys said, with “ample capacity to serve the region’s international connectivity needs for many years to come.”Planned landing points for the cable include South Africa, Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo, Canary Islands, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, Portugal and the United Kingdom.The landings in Namibia, the DRC, the Republic of Congo and Togo will provide these countries with their first connection to a global submarine cable network.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA communicators call for mobilisation behind 2010 Fifa World Cup™

first_imgMinister of Transport Sibusiso NdebeleThrough the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, we can tell the story of Africa – tell her story because we are proud.At the fourth and final 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ communicators’ conference, hosted today by the National Communications Partnership (NCP), speakers including Minister of Transport, Mr. Sibusiso Ndebele and Dr. Irvin Khoza, Chairperson of the 2010 FIFA Organising Committee called for all South Africans and Africans to come together to ensure that we host an event that will be talked about by generations to come.“As a country and continent, we will need to pull together. The 2010 FIFA World Cup calls for unity of our people because together we can do more,” said Minister Ndebele. Dr. Irvin Khoza said that South Africans must realise the enormity of the opportunities that are being generated through the tournament. The World Cup will be delivered on a far bigger scale than the Confederations Cup.  To date, for example over 14 000 applications have been received for the volunteer programme.Dr Irvin Khoza, chairman of the 2010 FIFAWorld Cup Organising Committee According to Khoza, the psychological readiness of the nation is critical. “There is one show on the road at the moment and a psychological adjustment from all South Africans is needed.”Khoza said that South Africans need to be thinking of the World Cup as a 30 day commercial for the country that will be watched by billions around the globe. “The extent to which the tournament changes lives will be largely determined by the degree to which we use the tournament to build up to 2010.”The 11th June 2010, with the opening of the World Cup is arguably South Africa’s next defining moment. Historically, we have successfully hosted Rugby and Cricket World Cups, continental and global football tournaments, global conferences and four peaceful democratic elections, but never anything on a scale that is arguably larger than the Olympics.Khoza affirmed that the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee has a very good understanding of what is needed for next year’s event. “We must be relentlessly positive,” he said. “As South Africans, we have the tendency to be self critical. We should see everything in perspective and importantly, see the positive stories.” He referred to outstanding progress that has been made by 2010 FIFA Organising Committee over the past five years, through the building of six new stadiums in less than four years and the potential legacy that will be generated in terms of job creation, tourism, trade and investment.“We must be proactive and stay ahead of the story – not merely reacting to everything being said,” he added. The 2010 story is one of a continent that is being redefined in a historic way.“We must be Pan-African,” Khoza concluded. “South Africa 2010 must be pan-African in word and deed, as we stage a tournament that inspires all of Africa.” This tournament must ensure that our African teams feel like they are playing at home, as we celebrate Africa’s home-grown heros.” From Cape to Cairo, Khoza reiterated that Africa must stand together as never before –  to create a sweet chorus singing the same song in perfect harmony.“This World Cup is the real thing. You must feel that there is something happening in this country. The banners you use must be larger than life. Every street corner must be filled. We must feel that this show is in town,” Khoza concluded. About the International Marketing of South Africa (Brand South Africa) The International Marketing Council of South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. This did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective. This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign.  There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.About the National Communications Partnership Government Communications (GCIS) and the IMC are the custodians of the NCP. This partnership is aimed at forging alignment of communication among government and private-sector marketing and communication specialists.For further information:Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122last_img read more

South Africa condemns boy’s kidnapping

first_img30 April 2012 South Africa has condemned the kidnapping of a 12-year-old South African boy in Kuala Lumpur, and urged the government of Malaysia to do everything in its power to secure the boy’s release. Nayati Shamilin Moodliar was on his way to school when he was kidnapped on Friday morning. “The South African government condemns in the strongest possible terms this act of criminality and calls on the government of Malaysia to continue with its efforts to secure the release of Nayati Moodliar and to bring the perpetrators to book,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement on Sunday. It said the government has been in contact with the boy’s family both in Malaysia and South Africa. “The South African High Commissioner in Malaysia has visited the family to express the government’s support to them,” the department said. “The High Commission is in daily contact with the relevant authorities.” The government called on the public to support the Moodliar family until they were reunited with their son.SA in talks to secure release of SA nationa Meanwhile, South Africa is also in talks with officials in Sudan to secure the release of a South African man who was captured at the weekend, the department said. “Our ambassador is speaking to the [Sudanese] authorities. We are offering consular assistance to him,” department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said on Monday. He said South Africa was also working jointly with other countries that have nationals who are captured in Sudan. Thabo Siave and his South Sudanese colleague, who are employees of Denel Mechem, were participating in a United Nations humanitarian operation when they were captured. According to media reports, Denel Mechem said the men had full diplomatic immunity because of the work they were doing for the UN’s peacekeeping forces. Meanwhile, the authorities are waiting for details regarding the South African man who was reportedly shot and killed by his bodyguard in Somalia on Friday. The incident is said to have happened in Somalia’s Puntland region. “We don’t know anything about it,” Monyela said on Monday. “Our mission in Kenya is looking into it.” South Africa does not have a mission in Somalia. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Manipur ‘extra-judicial’ killings: will try to reconstitute Bench, says CJI

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to reconstitute a Bench to continue monitoring a CBI probe into alleged extra-judicial killings by the Army, the Assam Rifles and the police in Manipur when insurgency was at its peak.The case has been in the back-burner since Justice Madan B. Lokur, who led the earlier two-judge Bench, retired in December last. Justice U.U. Lalit was the companion judge on that Bench.Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, for the victims’ families and petitioners, made an urgent mention before Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, apprising him of the fact that the case had not come up in a while.Mr. Gonsalves submitted that he had first mentioned the matter before Justice Lalit, who told him to mention it before the CJI. The CJI alone had the administrative power to constitute Benches to hear cases.“We will try to reconstitute the Bench,” the CJI told Mr. Gonsalves.In 2017, the court ordered a CBI probe into the alleged 1,528 extra-judicial killings from 2000 to 2012. The last few hearings saw the Justice Lokur Bench facing pressure to recuse himself from the case.This was in the form of a plea by serving and retired Army officers that there was a perception of judicial bias caused by certain oral comments made by the judges in court. The plea claimed that certain oral remarks of the Bench in an earlier hearing, reported widely in the media, questioning the non-arrest of accused persons, spooked the Army personnel operating in the State. Incidentally, the plea was fully supported by the Centre. Attorney General K.K. Venugopal had pitched in, saying that “more soldiers are killed than insurgents”.But the court’s amicus curiae in the case, advocate Menaka Guruswamy, and Mr. Gonsalves, had assured the Bench that the plea was merely an attempt to “overawe” the court.Finally, the Bench, in a detailed judgment in November 2018, refused to withdraw from the case. It concluded that the plea was unfounded. It said the oral observations were not intended to compromise the independence of the CBI probe.last_img read more

Maruti looking to tap SUV segment by launching 2 new products in 2016

first_imgMaruti S-CrossIndia’s largest car maker Maruti has never really tasted phenomenal success with its Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). Neither the Grand Vitara nor the Gypsy have been able to set the sales chart on fire. In order to capitalise on the SUV segment, Maruti plans to launch two new products by 2016, which includes the highly anticipated XA Alpha.Seen at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, the XA Alpha Concept is a futuristic compact SUV, expected to be launched sometime this year. The Maruti SX4 S-Cross is a crossover SUV, which should be launched before the XA Alpha. Testing of the S-Cross has already started in the country and at present, it is on offer in global markets. In its segment, this vehicle will compete against the likes of Volkswagen Cross Polo, Toyota Etios Cross and the Fiat Avventura. XA Alpha, in turn, will primarily rival the hugely successful Ford EcoSport.           At the recent Tata Zest launch, it was revealed that Tata Motors also plans to bring in a new compact SUV called Nexon. In addition, Maruti will also be closely monitoring Renault Duster AWD to understand the demand for a 4?4 SUV.last_img read more

Price of Kawasaki Ninja 300 goes up by Rs 10,000; no change in features

first_imgKawasaki Ninja 300The price of sports bike Kawasaki Ninja 300 has been increased by Rs 10,000, making it available for Rs 3.96 lakh (on-road Mumbai). No change in the product has been reported so far to justify the increase.Reasons for increase in price have not been disclosed by Kawasaki. It still comes with the same set of features, colours and body work. For a sports bike priced close to Rs 4 lakh, it is surprising that it does not even come with Antilock Braking System (ABS), which is considered vital for a high speed vehicle. Given that the new KTM RC 390 has been priced attractively, it was expected that prices of Ninja 300 would be reduced, which appears to create doubts on the product.Ninja 300 is powered by a 296 cc four stroke engine with 38 bhp of power and 27 Nm peak torque, mated to 6 speed return type transmission. Its closest rival, KTM RC 390, powered by a single cylinder 373.27 cc engine produced 42 bhp power and and 35 Nm peak torque at 7,000 rpm, also mated to 6 speed gearbox. With the RC 90 priced Rs 1.5 lakh lower than the Ninja, will Kawasaki really be able to sustain itself? To get an answer to this question, keep watching this space for more.last_img read more

India vs. England: 2nd T20I Review- The Blues draw first blood with a spectacular…

first_img33rd stumping for MS Dhoni in T20I cricket; the most by any keeper. He went past Kamran Akmal’s tally of 32 stumpings in T20Is. #ENGvIND— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) July 3, 2018Brief Scorecard: England 159-8; 20 overs ( J.Buttler 69(46); K.Yadav 5-24)                            India     163-2; 18.2 overs (KL Rahul 101*(54); A.Rashid 1-25)Read Also:Cricket: Top executive to step down from post after 2019 ICC World CupCricket: Sachin Tendulkar sends his birthday wishes to the Turbanator AdvertisementImage Courtesy: DNA IndiaThe Men In Blue continued their dominance from Ireland after a comprehensive 8-wicket victory over the Three Lions. Kuldeep Yadav (5-24) and KL Rahul (101*) were the standout performers for India with the ball and bat respectively.Asking the English to bat first after winning the toss, Virat Kohli and co. had their plans executed to perfection despite a rocket-fueled start provided by the in-form pair of Jason Roy and Jos Buttler.It was the Yadav show after the powerplay, wherein Umesh Yadav broke the opening partnership before making way over to Kuldeep Yadav who managed to pick up 5 wickets to bring down the middle order.Few lusty blows by David Willey, helped England reach a total of 159-8, which was below par on a rather flat surface at the Old Trafford.Shikhar Dhawan’s tryst with edges did not seem to come to an end after the flamboyant left-hander fell victim to David Willey’s swing in the first over itself.In-form batsman KL Rahul oozed class from the very first ball to grace aggression and safety at the same time. The Kings XI Punjab batsman shared a 123 run stand for the second wicket alongside Rohit Sharma who played second fiddle in his knock of 32 off 30 balls.Special touch from @klrahul11. Making batting look very easy. A combination of great balance and good temperament. #ENGvIND— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 3, 2018The English bowling line-up had no answer to Rahul’s assault as the batsman waltzed his way to mark his second T20I hundred in just 53 balls. The Men In Blue managed to pick up the eventual victory with 10 balls to spare.This Indian batting line up – ❤️— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) July 3, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

Lightning Don’t Scare Islanders

first_imgSYOSSET, N.Y. — The New York Islanders know there are several areas they need to improve to avoid falling behind in their second-round series against Tampa Bay.They need to find a way to beat the Lightning’s defensive pressure, step up their passing and just be more aggressive.Returning home after the loss in the last game evened the best-of-seven series at one game apiece, the Islanders will look to get back on the winning track when they host the Lightning in Game 3 on the night of May 3. (7 p.m. EDT, NBCSN).“As a group, we know we can do more, guys have seen it on video,” coach Jack Capuano said May 2 after the team’s practice. “We just weren’t ourselves there for a big part of that game. So we all need to be better and I’m sure we will.”Islanders captain John Tavares agreed, adding: “We obviously want to play a lot better than we did on Saturday. We know it wasn’t our best.”New York, held to eight shots over the final two periods in the 4-1 loss on April 30, knows it has to generate more offensive chances — and that starts with shooting more.“I think it’s just a function of us not moving our feet,” Capuano said. “(The Lightning) are a good team. They rely on their speed and skill and quickness and deception, and if you’re going to stand around and watch, it’s going to be a long period for you.”The coaching staff made it clear that the players needed to pick up their intensity and be more physical.“Message was served,” defenseman Travis Hamonic said, “and that’s the style of our play that we’ve had all year, quite frankly, since I’ve been here my six years. … It’s probably one of those things where it’s quite never good enough, you can always try to do more and be more physical.”New York displayed some of that in latter parts of the third period with some pushing and shoving in the closing minutes, and seeing his players backing each other up was one of the positives for Capuano.“When things got a little edgy there, we had some pushback,” he said. “We play hard, we’re resilient and we want to continue to see that.”Playing more aggressively could help against the Lightning’s speedy forwards, including Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov and Jonathan Drouin. Those four have combined for five goals and four assists in the first two games.Tavares believes one way to slow them down would be for New York, outshot 67-42 in this series, to step up its own intensity on offense.“Any time you can make those guys defend and use their energy in their own zone, having to get the puck and have to defend, you see it wears them down,” Tavares said. “They’re less effective down there, so make it harder on those guys, I think all over the ice. Use our size, our strength, and obviously use our speed, too.”Better puck movement could also help against Tampa Bay’s strong penalty-kill, which has allowed two goals in nine chances in this series, and just three in 34 overall in this postseason.The Islanders dealt with a packed schedule down the stretch with six games in the final nine days of the regular season, then beat Florida in the first round in six games over an 11-day stretch. They’ve had to contend with extra rest in this series — due to arena availability issues in both Tampa and Brooklyn — with two off days between each of the first four games.“It takes you out of the rhythm a little bit,” fourth-line forward Matt Martin said, “but at the same time it allows you to spend some time with each other, with your families and get some rest along the way. They’re dealing with the same thing. We just got to be ready for (Game 3).”The Islanders might be benefiting from the extra gaps between games as forward Josh Bailey and defenseman Ryan Pulock — both injured in the opening round against the Panthers — have had time to heal and could be back in the lineup May 3.New York will also be looking to be energized back home in front of the raucous Barclays Center crowd that was fired up in the first round as the Islanders — playing their first season in Brooklyn after 43 years at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island — advanced to the second round for the first time since 1993.“Our crowd obviously has always been a big boost for us,” Tavares said. “(We’re) looking to feed off them, play with some controlled emotion and be able to fuel some of that and get some of that energy.”(VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Woman allegedly killed 8monthold son buried him in granary

first_imgGreater Noida: Gautam Buddh Nagar police have arrested a 25-year-old woman for allegedly killing her 8-month-old son who was missing from last 10 days. Cops said that the accused decomposed the body at granary at her house in Gopalgarh village in Jewar.According to police, the accused has been identified as Hema and she has been living with her husband Rohtash and two sons. “Hema is a housewife while her husband works as driver in a private company in Greater Noida,” said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe accused woman and her husband had also filed a missing complaint of their child on August 11. Kumar Ranvijay Singh, Superintendent of Police (rural), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that Rohtash returned home at night and found his wife was crying. “She told him that someone had kidnapped their son when she had gone outside to feed the animals,” said Singh. “On Wednesday morning around 8.30 am, Rohtash and his family members felt a foul smell coming from granary and when they opened the gate, they found the body of the infant. Police started the investigation from home and interrogated each member of the family separately. However, Hema’s statement were not found correct and she also kept on changing her statement,” added Singh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”During interrogation, she broke down and revealed that the infant had fallen from the cot while playing and died. She had stuffed the boy in a bag and put it in the granary, fearing the family members would scold her for negligence. Prima Facie it appears that the woman is having an illicit affair with her brother-in-law and was jealous of his wife. It is being suspected that she allegedly wanted to frame her sister-in-law in the whole incident. However, we are investigating the case from all angles,” Singh said.last_img read more

Apples new iPod Touch gets A10 Fusion chip starts at 199

first_imgApple brings the iPod Touch up to date with the newest release. Apple Apple released a new iPod Touch on Tuesday, saying it makes frequently used features like FaceTime perform better. The device uses Apple’s A10 Fusion chip to boost gameplay and to offer an “immersive AR experience” for the first time on the iPod Touch, according to a statement. The AR feature work across gaming and education apps and web browsing. The device’s chip has most recently has been used in the 2018 iPad. Apple $219 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple iPod Touch 2015 Mentioned Above Apple iPod Touch 2015 (16GB – blue) See it See All Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Walmart The new iPod Touch is available in space gray, white, gold, blue, pink and red on Apple.com as of Tuesday and in stores later this week. Prices start at $199 for the 32GB model, $299 for the 128GB version and $399 for the 256GB model. It comes with a 4-inch Retina display, an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. It runs iOS 12 and includes a headphone jack.”We’re making the most affordable iOS device even better with performance that is twice as fast as before, Group FaceTime and augmented reality starting at just $199,” Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of product marketing, said in a statement. Group FaceTime allows up to 32 people to join a video or audio call over Wi-Fi. Unlike an iPhone, an iPod Touch doesn’t make traditional phone calls or require a wireless subscription.See new iPod Touch at Apple(Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.)The last time Apple updated the iPod Touch was 2015. The revamp made the device more similar to iPhone 6 with an 8-megapixel camera. Apple retired the iPod Nano and the Shuffle in 2017. At the same time, Apple slashed iPod Touch prices and reduced storage capacity options. Originally published May 28 at 5:53 a.m. PT.Update, 6:31 a.m.: Adds background on iPod Touch updates. 3:38 13center_img Thoughts on the Apple iPod Touch refresh • Mobile Mobile Review • Apple iPod Touch review: 2015 specs packed into a tiny 2012 body $132 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: reading • Apple’s new iPod Touch gets A10 Fusion chip, starts at $199 See It Comments Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Applelast_img read more