SA mine detector gets top recognition

first_imgRay Maota Landmines such as these pictured cause devastation during wars as they do not discriminate between combatants and civilians, who end being dismembered and killed. (Image: Wikipedia) The Husky 2G is used to clear the path of mines for the military and civilian personnel during combat. (Image: RSD) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rolling Stock and Defence Division  +27 11 914 1400 RELATED ARTICLES • Swedish army prefers SA vehicle • Two centuries of SA military history • SA provides security to South Sudan • Rooivalk gets its wingsThe locally made Husky 2G Vehicle Mounted Mine Detector (VMMD) has been named one of the top 10 greatest military inventions by the US army, proving that South Africa’s engineering ranks among the best in the world.The recent announcement was made in Washington DC at the annual meeting of the Association of the US Army.A ceremony held during the meeting paid tribute to inventions which have improved the lives of soldiers around the world.Scott Fish, US army chief scientist, commended the inventions and the brains behind them by saying: “They are all driven by a deep desire to make things better and are not satisfied with a concept of utopia. They go beyond that: they make something real and they make it happen now.”Fish compared the inventions to Apple products for their simplicity and ease of use, paying homage to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who recently passed away.Addressing delegates at the ceremony, Heidi Shyu, acting assistant secretary of the US army, said: “Anything you do to innovate and help our soldiers is incredibly appreciated by the folks who are deployed. I am so impressed. Thank you for what you do for our soldiers.”Unique detection systemThe VMMD was designed and developed by DCD-Dorbyl’s Rolling Stock and Defence Division.The two-seater vehicle is used to detect and clear the field of mines before army and civilian personnel move in.The Husky 2G is a derivative of the single-seater Husky Mark III, which has been used in combat since the early 1980s. It has helped clear mines in the Balkans, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.According to DCD-Dorbyl’s defence division, what makes the VMMD stand out from other mine-detection systems is its ability to pass over pressure-fused anti-vehicle landmines without detonating them.The system is so durable that in the event of a mine being detonated, any damage can be repaired within two hours.Nearly 400 of these South African-made systems have been used throughout the world in combat situations.Top 10 winnersThe nominations for the best inventions were put forward by veteran combat soldiers.In addition to the Husky 2G, they included: the 5.56mm M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round; 40mm Infrared Illuminant Cartridge; Green Eyes – Escalation of Force Kit Integration with the Crows System; Jackal Explosive Hazard Pre-Detonation System; M240L 7.62mm Lightweight Medium Machine Gun; mCare Project; Dismounted Mortar Fire Control System; RG-31 Robot Deployment System; and the Soldier Wearable Integrated Power Equipment System.The Enhanced Performance Round is a modified type of bullet used by US forces in Afghanistan, which has a larger steel penetrator on its tip.The Infrared Illuminant Cartridge makes it possible to track enemy troops more effectively at night.The Green Eyes technology disturbs an individual’s vision, making driving or aiming a weapon impossible.The Lightweight Medium Machine Gun is a less bulky derivative of the existing M240B machine gun.last_img read more

Buckeyes Fans Walked 19 Miles To Spell Out ‘Script Ohio’ On Google Maps

first_imgBuckeye fans spell out "Ohio" on their walk as seen on Google maps.Script Ohio Walk Buckeyes FootballOhio State fans may have seen their college football team win the national championship last year, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t hungry for more this year. One group of Buckeyes supporters is apparently so excited for the upcoming season, they walked 19 miles to prove it.The Ohio State fans, according to a Reddit user named @orweezy, walked for six and a half hours to spell out ‘script Ohio’ on Google Maps. They finished at Ohio Stadium, effectively “dotting the i.” Cleveland.com’s Ari Wasserman tipped us off to the photo.Script Ohio WalkCreative, for sure. If you’re wondering, they plan on biking it next year instead – for obvious reasons.last_img

Plane crash in Belgium kills 11

first_imgBRUSSELS- The plane crashed and came down ten minutes after take-off near the village of Marchovelette, in south-east Belgium.A small tourist plane carrying parachutists crashed in Belgium on Saturday, killing 11 people aboard.The plane crashed and came down ten minutes after take-off near the village of Marchovelette, 75 kilometers from south-east Belgium.Mayor of the nearby town of Fernelmont, Jean-Claude Nihoul said 10 parachutists and one pilot were killed in the plane crash.Eyewitnesses said the plane lost a wing and hit the ground. Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said he shared the sorrow with the families of the victims.last_img

Was Aaron Rodgers Trying To Game The Coin Flip

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Jan. 19, 2016), ESPN writer Bill Barnwell joins us as we look at whether Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were cheated out of their NFL playoff game by the flip of a coin. We ask FiveThirtyEight writer Ben Lindbergh whether sabermetrics is making baseball coaches smarter. And we explore the brilliance of Australian college basketball player Ben Simmons. Plus, a Significant Digit on 17-year-old soccer star Mallory Pugh.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:Bill Barnwell on Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s hyper-conservative decision not to go for 2 points.An academic study on gaming the coin flip.Ben Lindbergh on how sabermetrics is making baseball coaches better.Significant Digit: 17. That’s the age of Mallory Pugh, the youngest woman ever to gain a professional soccer contract in the U.S.So, how good is Ben Simmons? Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Jadon Sancho is already leading Borussia Dortmund

first_imgEngland sensation Jadon Sancho, was one of the biggest attractions in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 victory against Freiburg this Saturday.Maybe you still had doubts about this amazing player whom everybody is talking about, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is the Bundesliga’s best player at the moment and the most exciting young talent in the world alongside Kylian Mbappé.There is no escaping Sancho’s unique talents, us at Ronaldo.com, have been following his footsteps pretty much from the moment he started playing for the German club and we haven’t been able to look away ever since.When it’s not a great goal or an assist, the lad amazes all of us with an insane set of skills that get applause from the fans at Signal Iduna Park.England really does have the best talent since Wayne Rooney appeared as a youngster, Harry Kane doesn’t count in this equation because the Tottenham Hotspur’s player is a late bloomer and Sancho is already on that level while still a teenager.The man was the biggest headache for Freiburg’s defense this Saturday, he was taken down inside the box as he completed another one of his already famous dribbles and the awarded penalty was transformed into a goal by Marco Reus.Jadon Sancho 🔝 pic.twitter.com/jNA1uVn3mI— Hassan khalife (@khalifehassan) December 1, 2018After the break with Borussia Dortmund clearly dominating the match, we were still in for a treat that came straight from Jadon Sancho’s feet.The English lad took a ball behind midfield and charged against three defenders, he pulled off a set of skill that was very reminiscent of Zinedine Zidane.The characteristic ‘roulette’ was performed twice in the same moment by the winger, that was more than enough for him to get away with it and keep going on the attack after getting past three opponents.Sancho was the player who orchestrated the second goal that Spaniard Paco Alcacer completed, Jadon is having the time of his life in the Bundesliga and it pretty much seems like a one-sided competition with Bayern München trailing with 9 points behind the club that is filled with young talents just like Sancho.The Manchester City product is actually at the top of the assist table with 6 interventions that have ended in goals from his teammates, he shares the top spot with Haller and Neuhaus but there is no question that he is the top player in the competition right now.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.👋 Guten Morgen, Borussen! pic.twitter.com/KmR0Tc7qjb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 2, 2018If he keeps it up like this, there is no telling what Jadon Sancho will be able to do throughout his career but we can already tell that he is in for a wild ride.The transition that Sancho has gone through is truly unheard of for a teenager in the Bundesliga, as he started the season on the bench and he managed to convince the manager that he was a key part of the club’s success.In 13 matches he’s played for Dortmund so far, Sancho has already started in seven of them after coming in from the bench during the first six.The constant development this player has gone through in the last six months has also been helpful in his career as an international, Gareth Southgate was quick to realize what a talented player they have and he called the lad for the very last international break of 2018.Although he may have not participated too much in both matches they played, the youngster made his minutes count and left a very positive impression on the technical staff.We can certainly expect Sancho to become a regular in all the England lineups from 2019 going forward.Well done boys! Nice win for the weekend. Thank you to our fans for keeping us going! 🤩 Unbeaten run continues! @BVB #JS7 pic.twitter.com/PO6gG7ziow— Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) December 1, 2018How far can Jadon Sancho take Borussia Dortmund this season in all competitions? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Borough To Launch New Emergency Notification System

first_imgThe new system will work similar to the previous one, but instead of just calling peoples phones it will include texting and social media notifications. On Monday, April 30, residents will be able to log onto http://alerts.kpb.us to register for alerts to their smartphones. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management will be launching a new emergency  notification system, on Monday, April 30. Kenai Peninsula Borough Emergency Management Director Dan Nelson: “KPB Alerts is going to be our new public warning system in case of emergencies or other events on the Kenai Peninsula. Previously we’ve had systems before since the late 90s that have done this, but with the advances of mobile phones this new system is going to take advantage of that by going beyond just reverse calling our residents that might in the affected area.” center_img Nelson cited the recent tsunami warnings that were sent out following the 8.0 earthquake back in January: “Our system wasn’t able to make all of the phone calls that were needed to reach all of our residents in the amount of time that was required.”   KPB Alerts would notify Kenai Peninsula residents of an emergency situation directly to their mobile device, and social media accounts. The new system will be replacing the current ‘rapid notify’ system.last_img read more

Anchorage Police Investigating Body Found At Alaska Zoo

first_imgOfficers with the Patrol Division located the body of an adult male lying in the lower parking lot. Officers have closed that area of the parking lot, according to the Nixle report from APD. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Anchorage Police Department responded to the report of a body found in the parking lot of the Alaska Zoo, around 7:45am, this morning. In a social media post from Alaska Zoo “the Alaska Zoo will be closed until further notice as we cooperate with an Anchorage Police investigation.” center_img There will be a large police presence at the zoo as detectives investigate so be advised of possible delays in the area. Anyone with information about this investigation, is asked to call Dispatch at 311 (option #1).last_img

Gunman kills 3 at US hospital

first_imgLaw enforcement personnel investigates the area outside of the Chicago Mercy Hospital where a gunman opened fire in Chicago on 19 November 2018. Photo: AFPAn argument in a hospital parking lot escalated into a shooting that killed three people, including a police officer, in the US city of Chicago on Monday.The violence only ended when police engaged in shootout with the gunman inside Mercy Hospital.”We have four deceased individuals: police officer, two female staff employees at the hospital, and the offender,” police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told journalists.The shooter killed the first victim — a woman who was in a “domestic relationship” with him — during an argument in the parking lot, then fired at police when they got to the hospital, and ran inside, Johnson said.Additional police — including SWAT — arrived at the scene, and officers “engaged the offender for several minutes in the hospital, with gunshots being fired by the offender and by the police,” he said.During the shootout, the gunman killed a second woman when she got off an elevator, Johnson said. The shooter also fatally wounded, but it was unclear if he killed himself or was killed by police.Mayor Rahm Emanuel identified the two female victims as a doctor and a “pharmaceutical assistant.”Patients described being alarmed by the sound of gunshots outside Mercy Hospital and seeing a man apparently walking with a woman in the parking lot before shooting her three times in the chest.”Once she fell to the ground, he stood over her and shot her three more times,” bystander James Gray told reporters, adding that the attack played out “like a movie scene.”TV footage showed terrified patients and staff filing out of the hospital into a parking lot with their hands in the air after officers flooded the area.’Scared as hell’Patient Hector Avitia told the local CBS television affiliate he was with his wife waiting for test results when he saw a gunman dressed in black fire on someone on the ground several times in the parking lot.”Then almost immediately, an officer was already coming in an SUV, and (the assailant) exchanged fire at them and then reloaded and shot the person on the ground again,” another witness said.”And then he made his way into the hospital and more shots were fired.”The shooting followed a series of recent high-profile gun rampages that have fueled calls for reform of firearms regulations in a country plagued by gun violence.Less than two weeks earlier, a gunman killed 12 people in a California music bar packed with college students.That came after the worst anti-Semitic attack in modern US history, when a gunman opened fire on congregants at a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh on 27 October.Bypassers alerted to the latest incident spoke of hearing between six and nine gunshots that initially sounded like construction noise.”I am scared as hell. I have never been so scared, I hear of shootings going on every day at people’s workplaces, but not where I work at,” an employee of the hospital’s family clinic told the ABC affiliate.Mercy, founded in 1852, has locations throughout Chicago and provides outpatient treatment and acute inpatient care, boasting doctors who are leaders in their field.Another hospital employee quoted by the Chicago Tribune said she was in her office when a notice came over a public address system telling those in the hospital to lock their doors.”I don’t know what happened,” the unnamed employee told the Tribune.”They told us to run, so we did.”last_img read more

BJPs collapse started in Bengaluru will end in Delhi says Abhishek Banerjee

first_imgKolkata: Launching a scathing attack on the BJP government at the Centre, Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress MP and president of the party’s youth wing, said on Wednesday: “The beginning of the BJP’s collapse has started in Bengaluru and it will conclude in Delhi.”Abhishek, who was taking a stock of the preparations for the Martyrs’ Day rally on July 21, said results of the recently held elections have made it clear that the saffron party is not acceptable anymore to the people of the country. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe further said that next year, the entire country will witness the development work of Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee. When asked about the fight against the BJP in 2019 general elections, president of the party’s youth wing stated: “Of course the 2019 factor is there. But we interact with the masses round-the-year, starting with attending all the festivals with them to organising blood donation camps. Neither BJP nor CPI(M) is to be seen with them throughout the year.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe added: “This year, the Martyrs’ Day will enter its 25th year and we are all eagerly waiting to listen from Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.” Every year, the party holds the Martyrs’ Day rally on July 21 in the city to pay homage to 13 Youth Congress workers, who were allegedly killed in police firing in 1993, when the Left Front government was in power. “Every year people start pouring into the city two days in advance. But this year, they have started turning up four-five days in advance,” said Banerjee who is entrusted with supervising the entire event and keep an eye so that people do not face any sort of inconvenience. This year, a record number of people are expected to turn up at the rally. In connection with the pandal collapse incident during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in West Midnapore, he said: “We never do politics over these incidents. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was the first one to tweet praying for the speedy recovery of the injured persons. You all can see who is at present doing politics over the issue.”last_img read more

Arcosanti Arizona July 13 2011 – The Cosanti Fo

first_imgArcosanti, Arizona, July 13, 2011 – The Cosanti Foundation in Paradise Valley, Arizona announced today that its founder, internationally renowned architect Paolo Soleri has retired as its President and CEO.  In the space / time between today and my arrival in September, please know that Mary Hoadley and Tomiaki Tamura, as Officers of the Foundation, are in charge. They have the legal responsibility – and the confidence and respect of both Paolo and myself – for management decisions at Arcosanti.  I am honored to accept this complex new role and responsibility, which again, is a surprise.  I believe that this is the right thing to do, even if it is not the easy thing to do. As Paolo and the Cosanti Board have decided that this is how it will be, I look forward to contributing to the daily work at Arcosanti, and spending time in serious discussion with all of you about how best to do that in future.  A letter for the Wednesday Morning Meeting… “There are other things that I want to accomplish,” said the 92-year-old Soleri. “I am ready to leave the management of the Foundation and its primary project – the urban laboratory Arcosanti – to the next generation.” Our job now is to move Arcosanti forward, to honor Paolo’s legacy, your ongoing good work, and the work of 8,000 others who have helped to build and grow this place over the past 40 years. We are in a real “What If” position at this time, and the Whole World lies before us.  We are fortunate to have Paolo here with us as we continue our journey and work to move Arcosanti forward. I do not expect his thoughts – or the genius of his spirit  – to stop within the state of grace that is retirement.  As we now redouble our efforts on site, our intention will be to move forward together in full honor of Paolo.  And have fun doing so!  The job is to make Arcosanti a place where we can do the best work of our lives, keeping in mind the significant experimental nature of this place and what it may mean to the culture at large. Arcosanti Community Colleagues: Good morning; it’s Jeff Stein sending you this note.This is an important moment for Arcosanti.  Please know that I am thankful that you are all here, and accept my sincere apology for not being present with you this morning to share this news in person.  It is a surprise  – but a welcome one – for me to accept my new role as President of the Cosanti Foundation – in Paolo Soleri’s good stead. Every one of us have been brought here by the ideas of Paolo Soleri.  For the past two years, our friend and mentor, Paolo, has pondered his eventual retirement. This past weekend at our Cosanti Foundation Board meeting he made it official: at age 92 he has relinquished his management responsibilities with the Foundation, and with Arcosanti in particular.   center_img Jeff Stein AIA, President, Cosanti Foundation July 15, 2011[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 13, 2011]  New Leadership at Cosanti Foundation Preserving the enormous Soleri legacy while continuing to strengthen the Foundation as it pursues new areas of urban research is on our agenda ahead,” said Stein. “All of us connected with Paolo and the Foundation are looking forward to a new era in its work.” Best.Jeff That generation will now be led by Boston Architect Jeff Stein AIA who has been elected the Foundation’s new President by its Board of Trustees. Stein, a longtime Soleri collaborator, leaves his post as dean of the Boston Architectural College, the oldest and largest independent college of design in the nation, to accept the position in Arizona. [photo: Logan Bier & text: Cosanti Foundation]last_img read more