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Hydroid has recognized the Sensor & Weapon Systems Department within the Royal Netherlands Navy’s Directorate of Materiel Sustainment as an authorized REMUS Service Center. Hydroid presented the Directorate with a plaque on September 12, 2018 recognizing its commitment to excellence in AUV service and technical expertise.Through the Royal Netherlands Navy’s investment in facilities, security and diagnostic equipment, and commitment to training technical staff, the Directorate of Materiel Sustainment has integrated AUV support into their service center in Den Helder for the maintenance and repair of Hydroid REMUS 100 vehicles and ancillary equipment.This local capability will increase operational availability for the Royal Netherland’s Navy. The team of technical staff at Den Helder offers first-line technical and field support, ensuring more successful deployments.“Hydroid is so pleased to have the Directorate of Materiel Sustainment as an authorized service and support center in the Netherlands,” said Maureen Kelly, customer service manager at Hydroid. “Since the first delivery of a REMUS system to the Netherlands in 2005, the Royal Netherlands Navy has worked with Hydroid Europe to set a goal of providing depot-level support. Through their investment in their facilities and training courses, the Royal Netherlands Navy has accomplished that. Having reviewed their maintenance capabilities firsthand, I am confident the Directorate shares Hydroid’s commitment to product excellence and operational availability of equipment.”
All you need to know about the 2010 Fifa World Cup in one place: media toolkit, host cities, stadiums, a history of the tournament, the lowdown on South Africa’s national squad, team statistics, photographs, information on Fan Fests, health, transport … 2010 Fifa World Cup journalist’s toolkit The journalist’s toolkit provides media professionals with comprehensive in-depth background information, statistics, facts, figures and more with over 60 detailed official documents on the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Read more … 2010 Fifa World Cup host cities Nine South African cities are host to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with the tournament’s 64 matches being played in 10 stadiums, two in Johannesburg and one in each of the other cities. Read more … 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums Get facts, figures and photographs on the 10 stadiums hosting the 64 matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, five of which were built from scratch and one of them – Soccer City, the event’s showpiece – having undergone a massive upgrade to make it the largest stadium in Africa. Read more … A brief history of the Fifa World Cup A lot happened in 1930. Constantinople was renamed Istanbul, the planet Pluto was discovered, and Agatha Christie’s first Miss Marple novel was published. And world football as we know it emerged with the first Fifa World Cup in Uruguay. Read more … A brief history of Bafana Bafana South Africa’s national football team, Bafana Bafana (“The Boys”), has a relatively short international history, only playing its first match in 1992 – two years before the country’s first democratic elections. Read more … Download the 2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Guide Download the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee’s comprehensive 92-page guide to the tournament, packed with information on stadiums, host cities, fan parks, transport, health, safety and much more. Read more … 2010 Fifa World Cup team statistics Get to know the 32 teams competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup: the matches they’ll be playing, their past performances in the tournament, their countries as footballing nations and much more. Read more … 2010 Fifa World Cup final squads The final 23 players for the 32 squads competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup were announced after the deadline for confirmed teams passed on 1 June. Get the low-down on the 736 footballers battling it out for sport’s biggest trophy. Read more … 2010 Fifa World Cup image library The 2010 Fifa World Cup section of the MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library has been completely revamped, with hundreds of new, specially commissioned high-resolution photographs of the stadiums, fans, teams and celebrations. Read more … 25 questions on the 2010 Fifa World Cup Whether you plan to be watching the games in a stadium or fan park on the southern tip of Africa, or on the screen back home, here are the answers to 25 frequent questions about the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and the host country. Read more … Football in South Africa Football is the most widely played sport in South Africa, and the quality of the local game keeps improving – as demonstrated by the increasing number of South African players-in-exile among the glamorous European clubs. Read more … Sport in South Africa South Africa has a proud sporting history, and its people hold many world records and titles across a host of disciplines, on both an individual and team level. The country is also renowned for its successful hosting of major sporting events. Read more … 2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Fest guide Fan Fests – massive, open-air big-screen gatherings to watch Fifa World Cup matches – attracted more than 18-million people at the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany. Now it’s South Africa’s turn to throw its own world-sized football parties. Read more … The vuvuzela: Bafana’s 12th man Some find it quite annoying, and others even want it banned from stadiums, but South Africans love it dearly: it spurs the crowds on and is the very best local way to show support for Bafana Bafana – it’s the vuvuzela, and it’s here to stay. Read more … Flying the South African flagThe 2010 Fifa World Cup has hit South Africa, and the country’s striking six-colour national flag is everywhere – wrapped around buildings, on car windows and rear-view mirrors, lining the highways and flying outside homes from suburbs to townships. Read more … 80 pieces of World Cup triviaThe first Fifa World Cup was played in 1930 in Uruguay, where the winning home squad were awarded the Victory trophy. The 1950 Fifa World Cup had no official final match. Be the know-it-all in the stadium during 2010 with our guide to World Cup trivia. Read more … 2010 Fifa World Cup guide to transport Fans attending 2010 Fifa World Cup matches need to have a clear idea of how they are going to get to the stadium, and back. Find out all you need to know about transport arrangements for the World Cup. Read more … 2010 Fifa World Cup health facilities The South African government has assured fans that the country’s health facilities – both hospitals and clinics – are ready for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and will provide health services of an international standard. Read more … Download the Traveller’s Guide to Customs The South African Revenue Service has released a handy guide to customs requirements when entering and leaving the country for the 300 000 international visitors expected for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Read more … Galleries 2010 Fifa World Cup Stadiums Nelson Mandela meets Bafana Bafana Launch of the Gautrain Tight security for the 2010 Fifa World Cup 30 days to Fifa World Cup Soccer City workers 100 days to kickoff The People’s Bus Beetle mania Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Altech said the convertible loan has a term of 3 years and will bear interest at a fixed rate calculated with reference to the 3-year LIBOR USD swap rate plus 3% per annum. Convertable loan Shareholders will be asked to vote on the transaction at a general meeting scheduled for 20 July, while the transaction is expected to be finalised on or before 1 August. Intel capital also has the option to convert the loan into ordinary Altech shares at any time between the first and third anniversaries of the date from which the transaction is effective. Altech CEO Craig Venter told TechCentral this week that the investment was evidence of new market opportunities that are emerging as large-scale broadband communications infrastructure becomes available in South Africa, West Africa and East Africa. 24 June 2011 Intel Capital, the investment division of global semiconductor giant Intel, is to invest a convertible loan of US$5-million in South Africa’s Allied Technologies (Altech), in a deal that will see the two companies working to accelerate the adoption of broadband services in Africa. According to a statement by Altech, the investment will form part of an ongoing strategic business relationship that will explore various areas of collaboration in the telecommunications, multimedia and information technology sectors across Africa and other applicable emerging markets. “The board of Altech is of the opinion that the proposed transaction will benefit shareholders and, accordingly, recommended that shareholders vote in favour of the resolution,” the company said in a statement this week. “As demand for more services grows, we will see more investment in communications infrastructure and the resultant services that follow on top of that infrastructure, be it mobile, broadband or data,” he said. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
24 July 2012 South Africa’s Gauteng province launched the first of 20 jobs centres on Monday in a bid to address unemployment and poverty among the province’s youth. The Lulaway Job Centre is a walk-in facility equipped with computers and staffed by trained young graduates on Louis Botha Avenue in Highlands North, Johannesburg. The provincial Department of Health and Social Development plans to register and train 8 000 young job-seekers by the end of 2012/13. Of these, 5 000 will be placed in various permanent positions in the private sector, with more than 107 companies having pledged their support for the project. At the centre, young job-seekers will be able to register on the job portal, receive career guidance, conduct screening tests and be assisted with job placement and job counselling. Free assessments are offered to ensure that young people pursue careers that complement their strengths. The department’s spokesperson, Sello Mokoena, explained that one of the unique features of the jobs centre model was to ensure that entry level positions were only available to the unemployed youth. “We intend establishing 20 job centres throughout the province,” he said, adding that some of the areas that will benefit from the project include Thembisa, Khutsong, Kagiso, Kwa-sokhulumi, Devon, Mamelodi, Diepsloot and Sicelo in Midvaal. “The centres will be housed in existing development centres, Thusong Centres and Business Enterprise Centres as they are closer to communities,” he said. Mokoena said it was important for job seekers to possess skills such as problem- solving, creativity, synthesis and analysis. “We need to increase access to information and to ensure that job-seekers are equipped with the relevant knowledge and market-related skills,” he said. Given the unemployment level in the province, employers would have to engage young job-seekers, and ensure that they have suitable credentials and practical experience to advance the economy, and to improve their lives. “We are concerned about limited employment opportunities for young people. They need to take cognisance of what job opportunities are available in the marketplace, and they should also seek more job opportunities and capitalise on their personal strengths,” Mokoena said. He said jobs centres should be seen as a part of a greater strategy for ensuring that young people survive the challenges of the globalised economy, as Gauteng is part of the international jobs market. Mokoena said too many young people find themselves locked into poverty and unemployment because of ignorance and lack of information. “We urge them to make use of government services and to make informed decisions, which is why we have initiated this project.” Source: SANews.gov.za
Is completely original art even possible? In this post we take a look at some examples of films who borrowed ideas from others to create something wholly original.Original ideas hold a lot of weight in our culture. As creatives we are pushed to create never before seen content. Government reinforces this with copyright protection. And while this protection is valuable in keeping your intellectual and artistic property protected, could it also contribute to the hindering of creative innovation?In the following article we will examine if completely original artwork is even possible – and why the focus should be placed on creating innovative work. We’ll examine a few films who pull influence directly from other films and expanded on their techniques/ideas…in some cases making them even better.“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” – Pablo PicassoHow We LearnWe learn by copying. From our infancy we learn to do basic life skills by mimicking those around us. For example, language isn’t something we just learn one day. We copy the sounds used by others because the words hold meaning to those hearing them. Without a common language we would all be speaking without mutual understanding thus making it impossible to transfer ideas or innovate in any way (i.e. Tower of Babel)Language however is more than just the words we speak. As artists we speak to the world through recognized mediums (film, paint, instruments) and styles. Just as a baby learns to use certain words when they are hungry or tired, artists select certain mediums to convey ideas to the outside world through their work.As we stated before, our society places a huge emphasis on being wholly creative, while at the same time rewarding artwork that resonates with that society. This harsh double standard impedes innovation by forcing many artists to focus more on creating original artwork than creating meaningful artwork.Let’s take a look at the insanely popular Star Wars franchise…Star Wars was a combination of dozens of previous ideas and common story arcs but it has arguably changed American culture more than any film in the last 50 years. Why? Because George Lucas knew that the secret to success was innovation, not necessarily originality.Lucas expertly combined well known film conventions (shots, character types, story structures, etc) in a unique way. The following video by Kirby Ferguson expertly articulates this point:In Ferguson’s third video he talks about the three elements of creativity: Copying, Transforming, and Combining. Each element builds off each other and the end result is an innovative product or piece of art that is useful to society.Innovation is the end goal, not simply copying. Innovation adds value while copying tries to steal value. Innovation takes the work and ideas developed by other fellow artists and combines them to create something with more value than the individual parts.Examples of Innovation: GoodFilmmaker and video editor Ali Shirazi has created montage videos that compare Scrosese’s Gangs of New York and Kill Bill against the directing work of Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino. The similarities are uncanny. Examples of Copying: BadThe line between copying and innovating can be a blurry one so always ask yourself…is my idea adding value?American Screenwriter and Playwright Willson Mizner said “Stealing from one is plagiarism, stealing form many is research.” In your quest to create meaning try utilizing the people and resources around you to build greater work than what could have been accomplished as alone. Copy, transform and combine elements and add in your own voice.More Resources Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Everything is a Remix – Documentary Series
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A Virginia-based health care management firm is opening a call center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., on the first floor of a building used by the Air Force’s Financial Services Center.Advance Health is leasing the space through the enhanced use leasing program (EUL). Base officials worked through the governor’s office of economic development and the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority to court Advance Health, which was looking for a more central and western location for a call center, reported the Rapid City Journal.“We have our first success with that program,” said Scott Landguth, director of the Ellsworth Development Authority.The call center will employ about 17 people in July, with the workforce rising to 40 by the end of 2015, according to Advance Health. In three to five years, the company could employ up to 200 workers.At a ceremony Tuesday, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) applauded the arrangement, saying it will provide good-paying jobs for western South Dakota, income to offset the base’s operating costs and an added reason to keep Ellsworth off a future BRAC list.“It also makes it highly likely that we’ll be able to do this again. I’m hopeful that Advance Health will be the first of many enhanced use leases we can put into place at Ellsworth Air Force Base,” Daugaard said.The space in the Financial Services Center building opened up after nearly 400 workers were let go in 2011. The remaining Financial Services Center employees work on the second floor.