After a well-played but otherwise unremarkable Game 4, Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was asked how he felt about the series.DeBoer chuckled, amused at the question.“Youʼre in the Western Conference final, you know 2-2, against a really good team.I feel pretty good. We have home-ice advantage. Yeah…, I feel good,” DeBoer said.Knowing his team would be disappointed after the Blues tied the series, the coach once again sent the right message. DeBoer essentially was telling his team: feel good, …
30 January 2013South Africa’s Allied Technologies (Altech) Group has acquired an 8.6% initial interest worth US$16.5-million in London-headquartered telecommunications company Liquid, with the aim of expanding its networking footprint and creating the largest single fibre network in Africa.The planned network will span South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.“The efficiencies this will create will be considerable and will enable the interconnectivity of the continent in a manner previously unachievable,” Altech said in a statement on Tuesday.Altech specialises in telecommunication, multimedia and information technology convergence.“Enterprises will, in many cases for the first time, be able to obtain point-to-point connectivity between a virtually unprecedented number of African countries.“The network will provide reliable, high-speed, cost-effective connectivity to carriers, mobile operators, internet service providers (ISPs), financial institutions and businesses of all sizes.”The acquisition of a stake in Liquid followed losses in Altech’s East African operations. “The Liquid transaction opens up a positive new chapter for Altech, in partnership with a group with proven expertise in its sector,” said Altech’s chief executive officer, Craig Venter.The deal also means speeding up work on fibre networks in Africa.“Liquid has been building and investing in a high-quality pan-African fibre network for many years, and this deal will accelerate our progress by enlarging our network footprint,” said Liquid’s chief executive officer, Nic Rudnick.“We are a strong and ambitious company and have a long-term investment plan for the region.“The compatibility and complementary nature of Liquid and Altech are important features of this strategic alliance – notably with regard to the use of Altech’s multimedia technologies and products, as we extend our value chain to the retail data markets in Africa,” Rudnick said.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I was wanting to finish beans last week and then a few things came up, we got a shower and we switched over to corn for a few days. Then we bounced back to beans and it looks like everything should be done before Thanksgiving — knock on wood. The corn yields have been average, not great. The last field I planted was around 18.5% moisture and was yielding in the 150s or so. On that side of town we didn’t have a lot of water. I was really concerned about one field and it only ran 115, but it didn’t have the water. I thought corn yields would be a little higher than we have seen but the beans were above my expectations.We had a field of beans at my brother’s that was pushing an 80-bushel average. I thought bean yields would be lower and I have been pleasantly surprised. Is it going to make up for the corn yields being lower? More than likely not.The corn price in the mid $3-range is not a good situation no matter what the yields are. If you can put it in the bin and sit on it I think that may help. We did some more contracting with beans. We are just trying not to overextend ourselves, try to hedge a little bit and take it day by day.We talked about doing some fall spraying and we have some ripping to do. We have had beautiful weather, but it sounds like a drastic change is coming. We’ll have to get everything winterized.All the wheat that we planted looks good. I don’t think there is a lot of wheat planted in the state. There was a good amount last year and a lot of straw baled and it will be interesting this next year.We couldn’t have asked for any better weather this fall.
Normal life in Kashmir was affected on Saturday due to a strike called by separatists to mark the sixth death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged on this day in 2013.Shops and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads due to the shutdown called by the separatists, officials said.Separatists Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), consisting of both factions of Hurriyat Conference and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), called for a shutdown to press for their demand that Afzal Guru’s mortal remains be returned for burial in Kashmir.Authorities have placed Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and several other separatist leaders under house arrest to prevent them from holding any protest marches, the officials said. Security personnel have been deployed in strength at vulnerable places across the valley for maintaining law and order, they said.Afzal Guru was hanged and buried inside New Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 9, 2013.