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
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Will FulerNo. 9 Notre Dame used some luck of the Irish to pull out a 34-27 victory over Virginia on the road. With starting quarterback Malik Zaire out of the game with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury, and his team trailing 27-26, back-up QB DeShone Kizer took the team downfield in the final minutes, tossing the game winning touchdown to wide receiver Will Fuller with 12 seconds remaining. Fuller’s game-winning score stunned the upset-minded Cavalier faithful. pic.twitter.com/o92NxfHftl— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) September 12, 2015Wow. What a gut-wrenching loss for Mike London and the Cavs, and what an escape for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish.
Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, has welcomed the entry of new pipes into the market, which will provide the National Water Commission (NWC), and other agencies with a wider array of ways to reduce losses from non-revenue water.The Minister was speaking on Thursday, May 30, at the launch and exhibition of eZeeflow PPR HDPE Pipes and Fittings, a collaboration of Patrick Commodities Limited, and Gobal Hardware Inc, at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston.Pointing out that some 65 per cent of the water produced and distributed by the NWC is non-revenue, due to illegal connections, leakage, and commercial losses, Mr. Pickersgill said a part of stopping this “haemorrhaging, is a pipe network which is hardy, resistant, and long-lasting.”“I am not in a position to endorse any one product…but I welcome the choices available to our water agencies, particularly the NWC, which is seeking to upgrade and expand its infrastructure this financial year, at a cost of approximately $10 billion,” he told the gathering.Mr. Pickersgill said the expansion and diversification of the market for pipes was necessary, due to the country’s aging water infrastructure.“I am advised that the new pipes being introduced represent a revolutionary new technology that holds the promise of bringing more alternative choices for the water sector as well as the water infrastructure network, which is so critical to the delivery of potable water and sewerage services throughout the island,” he said.The Minister informed that investigations are being done, and measures being implemented to improve distribution, and reduce non-revenue water.“In the future, this will include the implementation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition/Integrated Water Management System (SCADA/IWMS), which will improve NWC’s operations and maintenance capacity,” he explained.He noted that the deterioration of water and sewerage systems and non-revenue water is set against the background of increasing demands in water deficient areas.However, the Minister stressed that Government is addressing these issues, and will continue to strive to meet the growing needs of rural and urban populations, by continuing to improve and expand these water and sewerage infrastructure to increase access to potable water from 73 per cent to 85 per cent by 2017.Pipes, he said, are a crucial element of improving the infrastructure network, to meet this target.Poly Propylene Random Co-Polymer (PPR) is considered ‘food grade,’ lead free material, which can be used in major water distribution networks. These are used in a thermal fusion socket welding technique, which is cost effective, and fully leakage proof.Contact: Alphea Saunders
Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Wednesday proved the majority of his BJP-led government in the Assembly, comfortably winning a floor test in the House. Twenty MLAs voted for the motion of confidence in the two-day old government, while 15 opposed it. The special session of the House was convened by Governor Mridula Sinha to conduct the floor test, after Sawant was sworn in as the CM during wee hours of Tuesday. Besides 11 members from BJP, three each from Goa Forward Party, MGP and Independents supported Sawant during the head count conducted in the House. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Assembly session was presided over by Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo. All the 14 MLAs of Congress and one from NCP stood up against the motion. After winning the trust vote, Sawant appealed all the members to join hands with him to ensure that developmental work reaches every nook and corner of the state. The change in leadership in the coastal state was necessitated due to the death of then CM Manohar Parrikar on Sunday.
New Delhi: Ahead of the release of his film “Kesari”, actor Akshay Kumar visited a BSF camp and performed a mock fight with a woman officer here. Akshay on Tuesday took to Instagram and shared a video in which he can be seen engaged in a mock fight with a woman officer. The actor started the fight with some clever tricks but was quickly pinned to the ground by the officer. Appreciating the officer’s stint, Akshay wrote: “Woman strong, mother strong, sister strong, then country strong.” Akshay also posted a video in which he can be seen performing fake kickboxing with another woman officer. “Always treat to meet the jawans from BSF India. Their training, passion and enthusiasm is top-notch, always a learning experience,” Akshay captioned the video. “Kesari” is based on the 1897 Battle of Saragarhi, in which 21 Sikh soldiers of the British army fought 10,000 Afghan invaders. Directed by Anurag Singh, the film also stars actress Parineeti Chopra. It is due to release on Thursday.
New Delhi: In order to reduce pendency of cases, Delhi Police in four months (till april 14th) disposed of 93,764 pending cases. Sources said that Delhi Police Commissioner himself monitors the disposal and in several crime review meetings he reviewed the pendency of cases.Police sources told Millennium Post that from January 1 to March 30 as many as 77,994 cases were disposed off whereas 15,770 cases were disposed from April 1 to April 14. One of the districts disposed of 7,021 cases whereas four districts separately disposed of more than 6,000 cases. Three districts separately solved over 5,000 cases. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources said that in September last year, in a bid to clear the massive backlog of pending cases, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, in a crime review meeting with deputy commissioners (DCPs) of all districts and units of Delhi Police, directed them to expedite the process with proper investigation. Sources added that Joint commissioners and Deputy commissioners will be able to keep tabs on the probe undertaken by investigating officers (IO) in all cases pending for more than a couple of years. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources further said that till the start of New Year, as many as 1,02,094 cases were pending whereas 92306 cases added this year. Another meeting related to the disposal of cases took place this year. Sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was chaired by Special Commissioner of Police rank officer. “The discussions were held on pending complaints of VIP references from Public Grievances Commission (PGC), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Centralized Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), NHRC, Listening Post of Lieutenant Governor,” said sources adding that the pendency of the complaints was till February 5. In another meeting to review the redressal of grievances received through Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), Delhi Police was told that there should be sustained efforts at the police station level to build up trust among citizens of Delhi.