South African-built drone to fly in 2012


first_img16 August 2011The Seeker 400 prototype, a South African designed and built unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, is due to make its maiden flight in the first quarter of 2012, says local defence company Denel Dynamics.UAVs can be used for national security, crime fighting, disaster management, election monitoring, and search-and-rescue operations.According to Denel UAV executive manager Tshepo Monaheng, the company’s decision to invest in the UAV, which is funded from its balance sheet, was based on global requirements for such capability.Israel and the US dominate in the global market which is estimated at US$14-billion per annum, however there is scope for South Africa to use local skills to create UAVs.Denel Dynamics is a division within the Denel Group with its core business covering tactical missiles, precision-guided weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles.Deployable in most conditionsDenel said the Seeker 400, which is deployable in most conditions, is larger and has more capabilities than the previous Seeker II. It is capable of staying in the air for 16 hours and can simultaneously operate two payloads. It has a range of 250km, but with the use of tactical ground stations, this can be extended to 750km.“There is already a launch customer for the Seeker 400, who operated the Seeker I tactical UAV in the early 1990s,” Denel said. “Two other countries, which currently operate the Seeker II, are also interested in the Seeker 400 because the new aircraft can be controlled by simply using their existing Seeker II control stations.”The Seeker 400 flight test programme will run for most of 2012, with production expected to start by the end of 2012. It is planned that weapons be added to the aircraft, with several countries having already expressed interest in an armed version of the UAV.“Globally, UAVs are becoming ever more important and more widely used,” Denel said. “Although costs are coming down, UAVs are not necessarily cheaper or easier to operate than crewed aircraft – some top-of-the-range UAVs are very expensive.”But the fact that they have no human on board means they can be sent into high-risk environments and can be kept aloft much longer than conventional aircraft, Denel added.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Congratulations to the Class of 2018


first_imgBrand South Africa congratulates all the Class of 2018 for successfully concluding their formal school careers. We wish the matriculants well as they pursue opportunities beyond schools, and urge them to play their part to positively contribute towards building our country.South Africa has produced sterling examples of how dynamic, tenacious and inspiring young people can play their part to fly our national flag beyond our shores including, amongst others, Phiwayinkosi Mhlongo from Bona Comprehensive School in Gauteng obtained the highest marks nationwide in Technical Mathematics, followed by Lungiswa Sibisi from Tetelo Comprehensive School, also in Gauteng. Mihlali Fipaza, from Bashee Senior Secondary School in the Western Cape, came in third.These young South Africans show us why it is critical that the National Development Plan (NDP) be implemented with haste, since all young people in our country must be empowered to achieve their full potential which will contribute to our country’s global competitiveness and reputation. The NDP has adopted a “youth lens” in preparing its proposals to ensure young people become active, contributing citizens and will see young people receiving quality education – particularly around maths and science programmes, skills transfer and training.South Africa’s matric class of 2018 achieved a total of 156,885 distinctions – a slight decline compared to the 161,081 distinctions obtained in 2017. The main provinces which contributed towards the distinctions obtained were KwaZulu-Natal with 41,734, Gauteng with 36,113, Western Cape with 24,822, Eastern Cape with 16,109 and Limpopo with 15,748. The three “rural” provinces – the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo – produced a combined total of 75,591 distinctions, equivalent to 46.9% of the total distinctions for the country.The number of distinctions attained specifically in the gateway subjects were:5,169 distinctions in Accounting, compared to 5,040 in 2017;5,828 distinctions in Mathematics, compared to 6 726 in 2017; and8,135 distinctions in Physical Science, compared to 7,861 in 2017.To the class of 2019, Brand South Africa encourages you to take up the challenge to improve upon the 2018 matric results and to grow our national skills base. We wish you luck in the year ahead and urge to seize all the opportunities this county has to offer.last_img read more

Golden Globe for U2, Mandela movie


first_img14 January 2014 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom achieved its first success of the film awards season at the 71st Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills on Sunday night, winning the Best Original Song award for “Ordinary Love”, composed by Irish superband U2. U2 were inspired to write a song for the big-screen dramatisation of Mandela’s autobiography after watching an early cut of the film. U2 has a long association with South Africa as supporters of the anti-apartheid movement and as supporters of Nelson Mandela’s projects, including 46664, Mandela’s global HIV/Aids prevention and awareness campaign. “This is amazing,” U2 guitarist The Edge said on accepting the award. “We have been working for President Mandela since the ’70s, since we were teenagers and when we did our very first concert against the apartheid movement, so it has taken us 35 years to write this song.” “This really is personal for us,” U2 lead singer Bono said. “Very, very personal. This man turned our life upside down, right side up. A man who refused to hate, not because he didn’t have rage or anger, but he thought love would do a better job. “We wrote a love song because it’s kind of what’s extraordinary about the film. You know about the global statesman, but you don’t know about the man, that’s why you should see this film.” Producer Anant Singh congratuled Bono and U2, saying they had composed “an amazing song that truly captures the love story of Madiba and Winnie. ‘Ordinary Love’ was their first song in three years. We thank them for their contribution to our film, and for their commitment to Madiba and to our continent.” Source: Nelson Mandela Foundationlast_img read more

Planning early is a key to effective on-farm research


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderMost Ohio farmers will agree that 2019 will go down in the history books as a year with tremendous variability. For those who conduct on-farm research, variability is one thing they attempt to reduce. One way to help reduce variability is to have a plan before you go to the field. A plan that is designed to have multiple replications of the various components can give you options.“If you have a plan, you will be more likely to implement it when you go to the field,” said Elizabeth Hawkins, OSU Extension, Agronomic Systems Field Specialist. “If changes need to be made due to changing conditions, you will be more likely to have options available that allow you to maintain the integrity of the research and not compromise the reliability of the results.”Elizabeth Hawkins, OSU Extension Agronomic Systems Field SpecialistHawkins feels that learning what works in different years is critical.“I am excited about the 2019 research, and the potential of what we can learn in what may become a new normal with the changing environmental conditions,” she said.Challenging conditions can result in very useful data with the proper plan.“As our weather variability continues into the future, data in unique years can be even more valuable as we can compare it to similar challenging years. This will be more true as heavy, infrequent, unpredictable weather events continue,” said Eric Richer, OSU Extension educator in Fulton County. “Even if farmers are doing on-farm research for their own purposes, the more replications they have planned, the better the results will be. I tell farmers there should be a minimum of four replications, and actually recommend six replications if possible so that if a couple are compromised, there are still a sufficient number available to gather the data from.”In some cases, there is value in “data cleaning” when doing the final analysis.“If you start your on-farm research plan with a randomized complete block design, it allows for weather occurrences and other unforeseen factors. Exceptions can be made when data cleaning and those exceptions can be thrown out,” Richer said.Factors that can compromise the on-farm research include everything from planter or sprayer mechanical error, to intense weather events, to yield monitor calibration issues, to unknown field or plot physical factors such as compaction zones.“Compaction is a huge issue this year,” Hawkins said. “Precision U will have a session on Jan. 8, 2020 focusing specifically on mitigating the compaction issue.”Precision U is a program hosted by The Ohio State University and the Digital Ag Team to help farmers make better management decisions. This specific program will help those in attendance learn how to minimize compaction and maximize soil productivity.One tip that Hawkins gives all farmers, regardless of the level of research they are conducting is to calibrate their equipment.“Accurately calibrating equipment is very important in reducing variability,” she said. “Farmers need to calibrate for the different scenarios they may encounter.”Taking good notes throughout the season is also important.“Making notes of any replant that had to be done, or marking any drowned-out spots, noting patterns observed during harvest, anything that a farmer observes that stands out will be useful when cleaning-up the data,” she said. “Often the replants and drowned out spots can be ‘clipped-out’ to prevent bias in the data.”Hawkins reminds farmers that the OSU Extension Digital Ag Team and County agriculture educators are available and willing to help both in planning on-farm research trials prior to when the season begins, and also can help make suggestions to clean up the data once harvest is complete.last_img read more

Centre expects cooperation from Mamata government: Rajnath


first_imgWhile maintaining that that there is no scope for “confrontation in a healthy democracy”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the Centre is expecting cooperation from the West Bengal government.During his visit to Kolkata, Mr. Singh, who interacted with party workers and journalists, was careful to avoid any direct criticism of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her government.Asked to comment on the law and order situation in the State as highlighted by several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, Mr. Singh said that law and order is a State subject.“The Centre will extend all help to control any kind of violence but it is for the State government to ensure that law and order is maintained,” Mr. Singh said.last_img read more

No Blatche for Gilas in Fiba Asia as Reyes bares Final 12


first_imgGilas Pilipinas will be without naturalized center Andray Blatche for the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon this August.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games READ: Filipinos fail to finish Gilas stint on a high note despite win over IranRounding up the roster are Raymond Almazan and Fil-German big man ChristianStandhardinger, who took Blatche’s place.In an earlier report from the Inquirer, Blatche was reluctant in joining the team because of the peace and order situation in Beirut, Lebanon.Gilas Pilipinas is set to compete in the continental championships, with Australia and New Zealand participating for the first time, from August 8 to 20.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Embattled Olympic boxing body picks Russia for 2019 worlds FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Coach Chot Reyes bared his 12-man roster Tuesday night with just two weeks left before the Philippines shoots for the Asian title after years of finishing with the silver medal.READ: Sources: Blatche reluctant to join Gilas in Lebanon Fiba Asia FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsVeterans June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Calvin Abueva, and Japeth Aguilar banner the team together with returning defender Gabe Norwood.Rookies Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright, and Roger Pogoy were also retained in the roster along with cadet Carl Bryan Cruz.center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Step-back 3 NBA’s new weapon, though not a shot for everyone


first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants D’Antoni figures someone will come along and shoot it well, and that player may have already arrived. Doncic is far ahead of anyone but Harden in attempts and makes, and the Mavericks rookie’s goodbye highlight in Europe was a one-legged, step-back 3 that helped Real Madrid put away Game 4 of the ACB Championship series.Doncic smiled when asked about the step-back 3, saying: “A lot of guys have special moves. That’s my kind of move.”And even Popovich, no big fan of the 3-point happy game the NBA has become, gives credit to the step-back shooters.“They are great at it, that’s for sure,” he said. “Take nothing away from them. It’s been developed, it’s used and no one is better at it than they are. It’s virtually impossible to guard, but they perfected it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “You mean when they jump backwards and travel and shoot a 3?” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich quipped. “I guess it has been made legal. I don’t know. It’s very difficult to guard.”That’s because the defender has to be prepared that the player with the ball is going to drive to the basket. But instead of continuing forward, the offensive player suddenly gathers his feet and steps backward to shoot, taking advantage of the extra space he has created.Curry is one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in history, but he’s also a wizard with his dribble. So whoever is defending him can never quite be sure which way he is going.“Obviously you respect the athletic guys that can drive and use their first step and explosiveness and all that type of stuff,” Curry said. “It’s a tough shot to make consistently, but the guys that do, it’s obviously a shot and a look that you can always kind of count on to create space and knock it down.”There will be more than a few hoisted up during the All-Star festivities.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town FILE – At left, in a Feb. 6, 2018, file photo, Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) defends as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) take a three-point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in New York. At center, in an Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors react as teammate Stephen Curry shoots a three-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, in New York. At right, in a Feb. 6, 2019, file photo, Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) attempts a three-point basket during an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, in Dallas. The step-back 3-pointer is the perfect weapon for the modern NBA, practically a necessity in a game where the ability to find space to shoot from behind the arc is more valued than ever before. (AP Photo/File)James Harden turned to it to become the NBA’s most unstoppable scorer.Luka Doncic has ridden it to stardom on both sides of the Atlantic.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The step-back 3-pointer is the perfect weapon for the modern NBA, practically a necessity in a game where the ability to find space to shoot from behind the arc is more valued than ever before.“Things have changed and the game is so spread out,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “All over the NBA and all over the world really, everybody’s stretching the range out a few feet more. The 3-point line is being covered much better than it has in the past so guys are moving back, and guys that can create space to shoot 3s unassisted have a special skill. It’s going to be a necessary skill more as the game continues to evolve.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut before guys who belong in the paint start hoisting them up from the perimeter, or taking balls off the rack and shooting step-backs during this weekend’s All-Star 3-point contest, there a few things to consider.Even Stephen Curry said it’s a tough shot to make. It’s fundamentally flawed and sometimes looks like a violation. But nobody shoots it more — or arguably better — than Harden, whose 151 step-back 3-pointers coming into this week represented 15 percent of the 1,006 makes thus far, according to the NBA’s statistics. He dribbles patiently until he sees an opening, then either drives for a layup or foul, or steps back for the 3, sometimes from a few steps beyond the arc.Harden, a seven-time All-Star, league MVP and scoring champion last season, has scored 30 or more points in 30 straight games, third-longest streak ever. Averaging 36.5 points, he is poised to win another scoring title in a runaway. He said he turned to the step-back 3 as a way to evolve with a game that has seen more than 2,500 step-back 3s taken already this season, after there were only 584 for all of 2014-15, according to NBAsavant.com.“I mean, every single year you have to come back better than you were the year before, and for me I had a pretty good year last year. But you’ve got to come back better and come up with a new move or a new package to keep defenders on their heels,” Harden said. “So whether it’s a step-back or a slide step, just to create separation to be able to get my shot off.”Harden has the green light in Houston, though that doesn’t make it a good shot — at least not for everyone else.There are times when Harden launches one where it looks like a horrible shot.He willingly takes longer attempts without fully squaring his shoulders up to the rim, which goes against just about everything coaches taught years ago, and critics watching him shuffle his feet have seen instances where he certainly appeared to get away with traveling .Because of the degree of difficulty, the step-back 3 may only be for a handful of players.Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni compares it to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s sky hook, a shot that everyone might try, but few could master.“Certain guys have certain talents but it’s a hard shot,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t know what the stats are, but it’s a low 20-percent kind of shot for most people and he’s at about 40.”Actually, Harden’s 41.5 percent on step-back 3s was only a little higher than the league average of 39.5 percent, though that could be misleading because so few players attempt them — and the ones who do are often already good shooters. Forbes: LeBron James tops NBA rich list again Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more