14 February 2006A South African consortium has struck a US$1.5-billion (R9.25-billion) deal to modernise India’s Mumbai airport.The consortium, made up of Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), Bidvest Group Limited and Indian infrastructure company GVK, beat nine other bidders to win the tender.Known as GVK-SA, the consortium will modernise, operate, develop and manage the airport for a concession period of 30 years, with the option of a further 30 years.During that time the Indian government will retain a 26% shareholding in the venture, with GVK holding 37% and Acsa 10%.South African Transport Minister Jeff Radebe welcomed the deal, saying it was “just the beginning” of Acsa’s global expansion. He said upgrading airports and other transport infrastructure to be efficient and well-managed was crucial for development.“This deal is not only important because of the money involved, but also because transport is important for the realisation of the Nepad [New Partnership for Africa’s Development] goals and objectives,” Radebe said.“As government we want to encourage Acsa to embark on more projects such as this, both in Africa and abroad.”Airport know-howMonhla Hlahla, managing director of Acsa, said the company would provide the project with know-how on policies and procedures, IT solutions, quality and environmental management, maintenance and engineering, safety, service standards, capacity planning and master plans, project management, route and traffic development, ands stakeholder management.Acsa will also provide technical exchange programmes as part of its skills transfer initiatives within various functional areas.“However, I must hasten to mention that the learning experience will be a two-way process for Acsa and the Mumbai International Airport employees,” Hlahla said.“Through these initiatives the company will gain invaluable experience from exposure to the Indian environment. This transaction will enrich all employees and partners involved.”The deal will also create jobs within Acsa, as seasoned professionals are to be regularly posted to Mumbai.She added that Acsa could also earn money for the Indian government through other commercial activities, as the company was positioned to “realise an all-encompassing commercial transformation for Mumbai International Airport”.The “remarkable” growth of commercial revenue has contributed significantly to Acsa’s financial success over the years.It has grown by 364% in the last eight years at a rate nearly three times that of the company’s air-transport revenues, Hlahla said.She explained that GVK had been chosen as a partner because of the company’s commitment to the deal and experience of various infrastructure projects in India, such as in the power sector, toll-roads and urban infrastructure.GVK has also had successful partnerships with credible international partners such as the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, its ability to raise debt finance in the Indian market, its approach of an equal partnership with the South African consortium and its shared values of corporate governance.Source: BuaNews
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7 July 2014 South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Monday for his first visit as Special Envoy of the President. President Jacob Zuma appointed Ramaphosa as Special Envoy to Sri Lanka and South Sudan during his State of the Nation address in February, following a request from both countries for assistance in bringing about peace and reconciliation. Despite the official end of the decades-long civil war between the Sri Lankan state and the militant separatist Tamil Tigers in 2009, religious conflict continues to dog the south Asian island nation, against a backdrop of rising ethnic tensions between the largely Buddhist majority Sinhalese and minority Muslims. Senior delegations from the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil National Alliance visited South Africa in February and April respectively. Both delegations met Ramaphosa and invited him to visit Sri Lanka. “We are going to listen to the Sri Lankans,” Ramaphosa said ahead of his visit. “We have already met them a few times in South Africa, but this time around we are going to go to Colombo and meet the government, the president of Sri Lanka and a number of other government ministers.” He is also expected to meet opposition parties and travel to the north, where conflict in that country is at its fiercest. “We will discuss with people in the community. We will also try to help the Sri Lankans with the truth and reconciliation process, their own constitutional reform, and make sure Sri Lanka does indeed become a stable country where they will enjoy human rights.” Ramaphosa is being accompanied by Deputy International Relations Minister Nomaindia Mfeketo. He is expected to return to South Africa on Wednesday. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
The Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles being deployed to search for MH370. Photo: Ocean Infinity. Deep sea search company Ocean Infinity has confirmed it has inked a deal to continue the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and says the search will start “imminently” in the zone identified by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.The company said the project’s sophisticated surface vessel, Seabed Constructor, was now close to the search area and the “no find, no fee” sweep, which was expected to last 90 days.“We are pleased that our offer to continue the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been accepted by the Government of Malaysia, who I would like to thank for giving us the opportunity,’’ OI chief executive Oliver Plunkett said.“Whilst there can be no guarantees of locating the aircraft, we believe our system of multiple autonomous vehicles working simultaneously is well suited to the task at hand.“I wish our team the best of luck in their endeavours and sincerely hope that we will be able to play a part in providing some answers to the many people affected by this tragedy.”The company also confirmed it would use up to eight Hugins autonomous underwater vehicles capable of operating to depths of 6000m and already tested to just above that limit.The company did not give any details of the agreement but Channel News Asia reported earlier today that it was a tiered arrangement that would see the company paid up to $US50 million if it is found in the ATSB search area and $US70 million if it is found beyond that.The report said the it would be paid $US20 million if the plane, which went missing in 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board, was found in first 5000 sq. km.The search will begin in a 25,000 sq. km area designated by experts in 2016 as the most likely crash site.Drift modelling and analysis of satellite imagery significantly boosted confidence among Australian experts that the wreckage of the Boeing 777, which went missing in March 2014, is in the southern half of a 25,000 sq. km.Scientists identified a location at latitude 35.6°S and longitude 92.8°E, near the seventh arc defined by satellite data, as the most likely location for the missing plane.However, if the wreckage is not found in the 25,000 sq. km search area the vessel will head north to areas proposed by other experts.Ocean Infinity said the use of “free flying AUVs” meant they were not tethered and could collect higher quality data.The AUVs are equipped with side scan sonar, multi-beam echo sounder, sub-bottom profiler, HD camera, conductivity/temperature/depth sensor, self-compensating magnetometer, synthetic aperture sonar and a turbidity sensor.They can scour up to 1200 sq. kms a day, meaning the initial search area could be covered in about three weeks.The discovery of the wreckage will leave the Malaysian Government facing the question of how to retrieve the debris and particularly the crucial flight data and cockpit voice recorders.The quickest way to start the process would be to use the Seabed Constructor.The Seabed Constructor. Photo: Swire Seabed.Sources have told AirlineRatings the sophisticated vessel is carrying remotely operated vehicles and a 6000-metre rated recovery winch capable of retrieving debris at the kind of depths at which it is likely to be located.They also saw the Seabed Constructor as the “asset of opportunity” if the wreckage is located before the winter weather sets in.Crucially, the ship is equipped with a dynamic positioning system that allows it to stay on station above the tethered robots as they work.Also on board to assist with analysis of sonar data are staff from Deep Ocean Search, a company which focuses on “ultra-deep water services” in depths of up to 6000m.DOS was instrumental in finding the SS City of Cairo, sunk by a German U-boat in 1942 while carrying 100 tonnes of silver coins from Bombay to England.Under contract to the UK government, DOS and recovered tons of silver coins from a depth of 5150m, a world record at the time and more than 1300m deeper than the Titanic.DOS told AirlineRatings it was unable to answer questions because it had signed a non-disclosure agreement with Ocean Infinity.But its website indicated operating at extreme depth was not without “serious technical difficulties’ which resulted in multiple breakdowns but were eventually resolved.ROV’s differ from the torpedo-shaped autonomous underwater vehicles being deployed in the search in that they are tethered to the ship by a cable and operated in real-time from consoles.They have cameras and often come equipped with sonar as well as thrusters and often manipulating armsSensitive electronics and data storage on deep water ROVs are protected in titanium vessels and an expert said every connector, cable and device had to withstand the pressure.He said there were many ROVs designed to run at a depth of about 3000m but very few work class ROVs rated for 6000m.However, he said the technology for deep dives was mature.“The ones around that can be used for this sort of thing are typically designed for something other than the oil and gas industry,’’ he said.Much deeper dives were conducted by the bathyscaphe Trieste in 1960 and by movie director James Cameron in 2012. Both dived on the Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench and reached depths of almost 11,000m .A Japanese remotely operated underwater vehicle called Kaiko established a depth record for umanned probes in 1995 when it reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep. Others to explore the abyss were Japan’s ABISMO, the US hyrbrid ROV Nereus and China’s Haidou-1.
Ed. note: I know this was a few days ago now, but I loved Mike Gundy’s post-TCU press conference, and Clint Davison kindly transcribed it for us. It’s a jewel (among jewels).No Monday presser this week, so let’s take a look back at Coach’s thoughts post-TCU annihilation. Let’s just start with this: he came to the podium eating a banana! Yes, mullet, visor…and a banana!Opening Comments• “First I’m going to say that was the best defensive effort, game plan, execution, tackling against some pretty elusive skill players, that I’ve seen in a long, long time.”• “Second thing is, we averaged 8 yards a carry rushing the football. And, I don’t think we had a turnover, did we? We did? We turned it over? Oh yeah, that’s right. So, we had one turnover. And they had two picks, so we won the turnover, got 8 yards a carry, and tackled well in space and that really kind of sums up what happened.”• “We were throwing the ball ok, not great. But, they were playing back pretty far in defending the past, especially with James.” (Takes bite of banana.) “Thankfully, we evolved and we can run the football pretty well now, along with tremendous defensive play and that allowed us to play really well. I’m very proud of our running backs, the way they’re running. Offensive line play, you know, I always try and tell you without watching the tape – I think it was pretty dang good. I don’t think we turned many guys loose and I think we created some running lanes.”Questions• What’s the difference between the end of season last year and this year? “Last year we got beat up and got a little tired. We also just didn’t play very well. We got out of position last year, and we got out of position against some really good teams – which makes it really bad.• Very interesting here: “We’ve adjusted our practice routine from last year. We’re considerably less overall and I think that it paid off for us today. We’re about 14 hours cumulative on-field practice time than we were at this time last year. You say, ‘It doesn’t seem like a lot.’ Well it is if it’s 15 minutes a day, 4 days a week. I think, knock on wood, it’s helped us from an injury standpoint and our players seem like they’re fresh. But, their attitude’s tremendous.”• What did you do to contain Kenny Hill? “I thought we would see a little more option, and read/zone concept than what we saw. That was just our guess.”• How satisfying to you is the improved run game? “I told our team that in 2006, 7, 8 and 9, that’s how we used to finish games. That’s what we were known for around here for a long time. When we’re not running the ball decent, it’s really hard on me. But, we’ve come a long ways, we were patient, we’ve built systems that allowed us to take full advantage of the players that we have. We created running lanes. Our Cowboy-backs were fantastic – they make it go. They chop people up. It makes it a lot easier for me to sleep when we know we can run the ball a little.”• How much has Carson’s development impacted the running game? “The attitude he brings to the game, in the running game – he’s a completely different person than he was last year, and I told the team that. He’s going to be in an NFL camp now, in my opinion.”• How would you describe who he is now? “He’s a pretty good running back now. I cautioned our team about listening to the outside after the 2nd and 3rd game of the year. I cautioned them again about listening to the outside when people are going to start telling them how good they are. But I felt comfortable in telling our team and Chris Carson today that he’s the most improved player on our team. He’s grown up a lot as a young man because it’s not easy to look past people saying, ‘What happened to you?’ He’s running like the guy we recruited now.”• This seems like one of those games that was won at the line of scrimmage on both sides: “It’s kind of fun to watch those games now. In this league we see so many of the other, and it was real chess match going on in the 1st half with all four staffs going against each other – offense/defense, offense/defense…and I enjoyed it. I thought we made great adjustments at the half. It’s just nice to watch a game played like that.”• What about Justice setting the freshman single-season rushing record? Does it surprise you he’s still running this hard as a true freshman? “It does. His savior was Chris Carson. If Chris wouldn’t have been able to come back, I just don’t know if his body could take it at this point. Not necessarily the hits, but just the fatigue it takes. Those freshmen run into a wall. He didn’t really run into it this year, but 2-3 games ago he slowed down a little bit. He just wasn’t quite himself it looked like, and he’s re-energized. And Chris Carson’s allowed for that to happen.”• Does their play remind you of Joe Randle and Jeremy Smith? “Sure does – that’s kind of what we’re getting out of them. You know, for a while there we were using Kendall (Hunter) and (Keith) Toston the same way. Toston was a lot like Chris, and Justice is a lot like, you know, shifty and a different kind of runner.They’re pretty impressive with their ability to come off tackles and keep their balance. Justice has the unique ability to have has body at more of a 45 degree lean and not go to the ground. And then Chris’ ability to run guys over and stay on his feet – that last run, he ran two guys over – that’s not easy to do. But, I will say this: I thought our offensive line play today was fantastic.”• How much better do you feel about going into Norman in two weeks than you felt last year? “Last year, in the latter part of the season, we were beat up. We were really beat up on defense – we were tired. Mason had a broken foot the latter part of the year. That’s not a good combination. So, I feel better about our team.”“I’m almost sure the only thing we got today was Kirk Tucker had a little turned ankle. (Jordan) Burton didn’t play today. We’re going to give him another 10 days off and then we should get him back full speed. Chad Whitener was in there some. So I feel better about where we’re at right now.”• Is the bye week “well timed”? “Well, I think it’s well time because it’s here and you can’t do anything about it. It is what it is. We lose a week in recruiting – I’ve not been a big fan of this. We’ll only have six days to recruit prior to the dead period. Obviously the conference is doing it this way to compete with the championship games. Obviously they’ve made a good call up to this point.”• Will the momentum carry over? “This team, I told you guys 6 weeks ago, they changed completely. They create an identity for themselves. I have a lot of confidence in them right now. I like where they’re at. I think they care about each other. Their attitude and body language is tremendous. They play the next play – they don’t worry about the last play. They didn’t come in here with any fear, they didn’t show any frustration and they didn’t show any fatigue.”• How about Chris Lacy’s play of late? “He’s still tremendous in the blocking game. That big run we had he was huge on the safety. It’s really nice to see young men that work hard and don’t get a lot of accolades – good things happen to them. He’s become a real weapon for us, not only in the blocking game but he’s making plays in the throwing game.”• Since the (1) 2 loss(es), what about the turnaround in your team? “You don’t’ get to 10 wins very often. Double-digits is a pretty special place to be. The one thing they did is, they stayed focused and they didn’t budge. You know, you go to Kansas State, you go to TCU, it’s not easy. You play a No. 10 ranked team in the country at home, it’s not easy. You play Texas Tech with Mahomes, it’s not easy. I just like where they’re at.“They train 342 days out of the year to get to this point. They don’t get very many days off, so they understand that and they don’t take it for granted. It’s all about them – it’s not the coaches – it’s their team. I have to say I agree with you – it’s been a heckuva transition from that point in the season.”• Did you handle that Shane Richards elbow pretty good? “Yeah, you know, I think it was his glove or something! I was ok with it. You know, I hadn’t been hit that hard since my wife did that to me a week ago! But, that was a pretty good blow there for me. You know – I’m old. I can’t take many blows like that.” What did you do to you wife to get that? “I just asked if there was dinner! In this generation, you can’t even ask for dinner! I said, ‘Well a guy deserves it.’ And she said, ‘Well I’m busy – fix it yourself.’” And that’s why we love him!• This is the 4th time in 6 years you’re playing for the conference title. Will you do anything differently? “Not really. We’re in better shape than we were. We did not play well on defense last year late, but we were beat up. I know we’re healthier and our team’s playing with a lot of confidence. We’re going to play a good team – playing a team that’s hot right now and playing really good. It’ll be a great challenge for us, but the guys have worked hard and they’re there. We’ll be there in two weeks.”• Do you allow yourself to think about where you’d be if it weren’t for the CMU loss game? “Well, we did get the win; nobody will ever convince me we didn’t get the win. But, yes and no. The reason I don’t is because I tell the team not to. But, I know Kirby (Hocutt) had mentioned that the committee feels a certain way about that game, but I think Kirby’s playing poker and that they see us as a 10-win team. That’s just my opinion.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. 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Let me start by saying to OU fans that I know where you’re coming from. Well, sort of.We all love our schools, whoever they may be. Whether it’s OSU or Texas or Valparaiso, we have a passion and a rooting interest in their success both on and off the field. But we can’t let that automatic defense mechanism that is so innately attached to our sports-fan psyche override common sense or our morals themselves.Two years ago, (almost exactly) I was a happy Cowboy.The Pokes had turned around what seemed destined to be their worst season in 10 years and made a Cactus Bowl appearance a possibility with none other than a win in Norman. A big part of the thanks was owed to a juco-transfer named Tyreek Hill who was the fastest player in the conference, if not the country. Bob re-punted to him with less than a minute left in Norman in 2014, and the rest is history.Then, just five days after cementing himself into OSU lore, Hill was arrested and charged with choking and punching his pregnant girlfriend. I received a text message that day from an OU-supporting friend of mine. We normally rib each other (I probably had gotten the better of the dual those few days prior.)But his latest text, which referenced a recent Bedlam remark I had thrown his way, read the following: “The freak, huh?”I immediately thought the worst, and I was not wrong. The most explosive player in orange had made a huge mistake. He let his emotions get the best of him, and it resulted in the harm of someone else (two other people actually). By the end of the week, Hill was no longer a Cowboy, and I didn’t read/hear many OSU fans complain. His talent was undeniable. His sin? Egregious.There are two differences with this instance and the one we have most recently been reacquainted with (Joe Mixon punching a woman in a diner).First, we didn’t see the tape of Tyreek Hill’s incident because there wasn’t one. One of the sadder parts of this present situation is that actually seeing the video makes us care that much more. We all knew what happened. We knew what we would see.Gundy chose to vanquish one of his studs because it was the right thing to do. The fact that Mike Gundy did what was right for the victim, for the school and for Tyreek makes the lack of a video more of a moot point. Hill was banished to West Alabama.Second, Mike Gundy, who many have come to view as the permanent younger sibling to Mr. Stoops, had to show Stoops what it’s like to lead an organization. This isn’t the first stain on Bob’s all-white robe. It also bares the marks of Dorial Green-Beckham, Frank Shannon and now Dede Westbrook.These guys are all stars (although DGB never got a chance to show it in Norman). Hill’s talent did show through at OSU. He made it to the NFL anyway. But while I will always appreciate what he was able to accomplish on the field, I cannot support him as being a Cowboy. And I am not upset that Cris Collinsworth calls him “Tyreek Hill from West Alabama.”We share this state with the Sooners. They have the premiere program. They are the top dog. Gundy’s Bedlam record proves it. They own the Big 12. When you rule the roost, though, much responsibility is given. Much is expected both on the field and as the crown jewel college athletic program of the entire state.Oklahoma is what Oklahoma State aspires to be as a football program.Or so we thought.OU has always paved the way when it comes to college football excellence, especially from where we’re sitting. Stoops has now cooked up nine Big 12 titles in his time in Norman. OU has shown OSU how to win big in the Big 12. How to be a national powerhouse in a conference with Texas in it. Norman is starting to stink of a lusty hunger for power that can never be satiated, though.Little brother is watching. Time for big brother to live up to its name. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Oklahoma State2.0954 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We have all seen the number by now. And if you haven’t, here it is.Fewest points allowed per game in bowls by Power5 conference may shock some folks: Big12: 21.5; ACC: 22.3; SEC: 25.4; Pac12: 29.2; B1G: 29.8— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 3, 2017The Big 12 played some defense in its bowl games. Some serious defense.Baylor 31 — Boise State 12Oklahoma State 38 — Colorado 8Kansas State 31 — Texas A&M 28Oklahoma 35 — Auburn 19Georgia 31 — TCU 28Miami 31 — West Virginia 14Combined, those six Big 12 opponents averaged 32 points a game throughout the year. They averaged just over 20 in the six bowl games played against Big 12 teams. Granted, the only big-time bowl was the Sugar Bowl which saw OU hammer Auburn, but this is still impressive. Only Georgia was better than its season average (24).Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has long been fed up with the #nationalnarrative that the Big 12 doesn’t have good defenses. Maybe, you know, they just have better offenses. This is a circular argument, of course, and there is no right answer. The bowl season doesn’t necessarily prove that the Big 12’s defenses are great, but it does show that maybe there is more to the conversation than what is normally presented.“There is no national discussion on that and I’m always wanting to take up for my kids,” Spencer told Robert Allen of GoPokes.com this week. “We played against some of the best big-play and most explosive offenses in the country and nobody else will try to get those facts out. The agenda is out and people are going to listen or put out whatever supports their agenda.”The OSU defense Spencer captained allowed 2.09 points per drive on the season which ranked No. 54 in the country. But it also faced five of the top 35 offenses in the nation in generating points per drive. Georgia State2.1559 North Carolina2.1860 “All of a sudden the national contenders (championship game) have a game like that and it’s revolutionary,” added to Allen. “They are blaming offenses for keeping a defense on the field so long and I’m thinking, ‘hey buddy, try doing that for 12 weeks out of the year.’“When we put out [tweets with defensive stats], Robert, that’s for recruiting,” Spencer concluded to GoPokes.com. “That is for those recruits we’re getting hammered with, these national kids that are maybe getting recruited by a couple of other conferences out there. You have to show them this is why we do what we do and this what we have to do to win, so it’s not always what that person that is recruiting against you is saying. We need to get some more good players in this league.”It’s true that there is a deficit of pros on defense in the Big 12 when compared to, say, the SEC. But there is also a deficit of pros at QB in the SEC. That slices both ways. It just depends on how you want to look at it. There is not a right answer when it comes to arguing conferences and styles. But there are multiple ways to win football games. Something I think more people need to recognize on a national level. Southern Mississippi2.1558 Army2.1357 Notre Dame2.0955 TeamPPDRank Old Dominion2.1356 Texas2.2261
Man Utd chiefs fear Eric Bailly facing longer outby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chiefs fear Eric Bailly won’t be seen until the New Year.The Sun says Bailly’s slow-moving progress from a nasty knee injury have left Manchester United officials in fear that the centre back won’t make a return to fitness until the New Year. Bailly is struggling to recover from a knee injury that has seen the 25-year-old sidelined for the duration of the current campaign, having picked up the knock during a pre-season outing against Spurs.The Ivorian underwent surgery in early August and club doctors were optimistic that the defender would make a speedy recovery.However, medical staff have been surprised at the length its taken for Bailly to recover. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
YouTube/USCAthleticsClay Helton may not be the guy that USC fans and former players want, but it is clear that he is extremely popular with players on the team. This morning, Helton had his interim tag removed by athletic director Pat Haden. USC released video of Haden introducing Helton as full-time head coach to the team, and the Trojans went absolutely nuts. That’s a pretty awesome sight. Now, Helton and the Trojans have to shift their focus to Stanford, who they face in this weekend’s Pac-12 title. Stanford defeated USC 41-31 earlier in the year, when Steve Sarkisian was still coaching the team.