View post tag: USS South Dakota View post tag: GDEB Photo: Future USS South Dakota (SSN 790) underway during sea trials. Photo: GDEB View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Virginia-Class Groton-based shipbuilder General Dynamics Electric Boat has delivered the 17th Virginia-class submarine to the US Navy.The future USS South Dakota (SSN 790) was delivered in a ceremony on Sept. 24.The ship began construction in 2013 and is scheduled to commission in early 2019.South Dakota is the seventh Virginia-class Block III submarine. Block III submarines feature a redesigned bow with enhanced payload capabilities, replacing 12 individual vertical launch tubes with two large-diameter Virginia Payload Tubes, each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles.“South Dakota’s delivery is an important milestone,” said Capt. Chris Hanson, Virginia Class Program manager. “It marks the penultimate Block III delivery and will be a vital asset in the hands of the fleet.”The submarine’s sponsor is Deanie Dempsey, wife of former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman and retired Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.The submarine will be the third US Navy ship to be commissioned with the name South Dakota. The first South Dakota (ACR 9) was a Pennsylvania-class armored cruiser. The ship served in the Pacific until the American entry into World War I, where it patrolled the South Atlantic operating from Brazil, and escorted troop transports destined for Europe.During World War II, the second South Dakota (BB 57) was commissioned as the lead ship in its class. South Dakota served in the Pacific and Atlantic as a carrier escort and patrolled the North Atlantic with the Royal Navy. Share this article
Carlos Fierro Football Manager legend 1 Football Manager is quite possibly the greatest game ever invented and it’s time to say goodbye to friends and relatives for a few months because FM15 is out now.It’s the latest edition of a game treasured by millions and there are plenty of brilliant tales to tell from through the Football Manager years, so we asked talkSPORT listeners to share their FM moments.Where would we be without it? Probably not in a position to acknowledge the brilliance of young Chivas and Mexico player Carlos Fierro, pictured above.So take a break from playing Football Manager for five minutes and enjoy some fantastic, funny and very relatable tales from FM edition’s past and present…
After an overwhelming response to the call for entries for the 2nd annual South African Premier Business Awards, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Proudly South African and Brand South Africa are pleased to announce the finalists in the respective categories.The Awards which celebrate business excellence and honour enterprises which promote the spirit of success and innovation – as well as job creation, good business ethics and quality – will be held on Wednesday, 19 March, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.The finalists and winners have been chosen by an independent and specialist panel of judges. The judges represent business, government, organized labour and community constituencies.Along with category winners, a “Lifetime Achievement Award” will also be announced on the night of the event. This is a discretionary award.The finalists, per category, are announced as follows:EXPORTER AWARD:• Afrinatural Holdings• Hazleton Pumps International (Pty) Ltd• SAAB Grintek Defence (Pty) Ltd• Triggerfish Animation (Pty) LtdGREEN AWARD• Botho Ubuntu Cleaning• Earth Probiotic Recycling Solutions (Pty) Ltd• Hotel Verde• MechCalINVESTOR AWARD• QK Meats SA (Pty) Ltd• Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd MANUFACTURER AWARD• Bell Equipment Company SA (Pty) Ltd• SAAB Grintek Defence (Pty) Ltd• Willard Batteries, a division of Powertech Industries (Pty) Ltd• Pentafloor CCMEDIA AWARD• Carte Blanche (Angus Begg / Tuk-tuk Brothers)• Carte Blanche (Diana Lucas / African Entrepreneurs)• Kaya FM (Kaya Bizz)• Carte Blanche (Liz Fish / City Farms)MOST EMPOWERED ENTERPRISE: • Meondo Trading 369cc• Coega Development CorporationPROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN ENTERPRISE AWARD• Mantelli’s• Ekurhuleni Artisans & Skills Training Centre• Hands On Treatment (Pty) Ltd• Meondo Trading 369 CCQUALITY AWARD• Discovery• IMP Calibration Services (Pty) Ltd• Innovative Mining Products t/a New Concept Mining• Regenesys Business SchoolRURAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD• TEBA Limited• Techno Master Primary co-operative limited• Willard Batteries, a division of Powertech Industries (Pty) Ltd• Clover Mama Afrika TrustSMME AWARD• Avocado Vision• Bhafoni Ba Ntiro t/a MAID4U• Ekurhuleni Artisans & Skills Training Centre• Okuhle MediaTECHNOLOGY AWARD• Bell Equipment Company SA (Pty) Ltd• Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd• MechCal• SAAB Grintek Defence Pty LtdWOMEN-OWNED ENTERPRISE AWARD• Bhafoni Ba Ntiro t/a MAID4U• Hands On Treatment (Pty) Ltd• SSM Business Services cc• Student City S.A. cc t/a Stay City• 1000 Beautiful BraceletsYOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD• Botlhokwa Events and Projects• JK Olive Communications• Kgabu Project and Construction• Techno Master Primary co-operative limited Top business leaders, captains of industry and government ministers and officials will attend the Awards which are supported by Absa and Gibs. The theme for this year’s award is, “celebrating 20 Years of business innovation and excellence”.Media are invited to cover the event:DATE: Wednesday, 19 March 2014TIME: 17h00 for media registrationVENUE: Sandton Convention CentreFor further information or to RSVP please contact:Gillian de GouveiaProudly SA: PR ManagerEmail: [email protected]: 0824101195orMamosa Dikeledithe dti: Media LiaisonEmail: [email protected]: 0760234170
Important questions will be discussed in Kigali, Rwanda this week, as the World Economic Forum on Africa gathers under the theme “Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation”. We take a look at the meeting’s main sub-themes.WEF Africa is taking place in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali. (Image: Government of Rwanda, Twitter)There is widespread agreement that Africa needs to craft new approaches to trigger structural transformation. According to the Africa Competitiveness Report 2015, services are playing an increasingly important role in African economies, yet the share and value of services in regional and global trade are very low.In today’s increasingly connected world, with internet penetration at 26%, an integrated digital transformation strategy for Africa is imperative.For these and other reasons, the 26th World Economic Forum on Africa will address the following main sub-themes.Governance and institutionsMany countries in Africa have fully liberalised their ICT markets and are reaping the benefits in increased investments and use.How will ICT drive Africa’s digital transformation? Informal employment forms the largest proportion of employment opportunities, about 77% in 2012, despite inadequate working conditions and social protection regimes.How is e-government transforming service delivery in the informal sector? Regional trade agreements are becoming more complex, particularly in light of negotiations of new mega-regional trade agreements that could lead to a $2.7-billion loss of Africa’s exports.What is the future of regional trade agreements in the world trading system? More than 500-million smallholder farmers in Africa are still dependent on rain-fed agriculture.How can climate-smart food systems transform their lives? In 2015 only 11 African countries offer liberal visa access to all African citizens.What visa innovations can facilitate the movement of people within the continent?Foreign direct investment flows into Africa have remained stable at $54-billion, while they fell 16% globally.How can Africa’s leaders reduce the risk perception and attract higher investment? Finance and growthAbout 20% of African households have access to formal or semi-formal finance.How is technology transforming Africa’s financial services industry? Africa is home to nine of the world’s 15 fastest growing economies and is an increasingly attractive environment for global business investments.How will the continent continue to grow in the face of a slowing global economy? By 2040, renewables could provide more than 40% of all power-generation capacity in the region.How can smart grid solutions enhance investments in renewable energy? External sources of financing have increased from $5-billion in 2003 to $30-billion a year in 2012, leaving a financing gap of $50-billion to fill.How can innovative partnerships bridge mega infrastructure financing gaps? Smart mining, the integration of ICT solutions in the entire supply chain of the mining industry, is projected to reach $13-billion by 2020, up from $5.12-billion in 2013.What technologies are transforming the mining industry in Africa? Factory activity accounted for 10% of Africa’s GDP over the past decade. Manufacturing is widely considered to be the ideal industry to drive Africa’s development due to the labour-intensive, export-focused nature of the business.How is distributed manufacturing transforming production and competitiveness? Human development and entrepreneurshipEducation policy can accelerate literacy and digital skills training in primary, secondary and tertiary education.What digital platforms are accelerating skills development? Africa has one of the highest mobile phone penetrations in the world.How are mobile health technologies transforming healthcare? According to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, global creative services are growing significantly, yet Africa contributes only about 1%.How is the wireless revolution transforming Africa’s creative industries? The potential annual economic losses due to gender gaps in labour participation are estimated at $255-billion in sub-Saharan Africa.What innovations are bridging the science gender gap? Young consumers are driving offline sales through online traffic. This potential will increase as Africa’s middle-class consumers grow from about 355-million people to 1.1-billion over the next three decades.How is digital disruption changing the retail landscape in Africa? About 40% of Africans live in urban settlements, leading to increased traffic congestion and dwindling access to water and sanitation.How can smart cities improve water and transport management? South Africa will be sending a delegation to Kigali for the conference. Follow them on Twitter using #SAinKigali.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea drop Cesc asking price further in last 24 hoursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have dropped their asking price for Cesc Fabregas in the last 24 hours.Chelsea and AC Milan are locked in negotiations over a January fee for the Spain international, who is off contract in June.Tuttosport says Chelsea have cut their valuation from €10m to €8m, but it’s still too rich for the Rossonero.Milan are willing to cough up – but only to €4m.The big problem for all three parties is the threat of financial fair play penalties that are hanging over Milan – and as such restricting their spending plans for next month.
AC Milan coach Gattuso: We’re not taking Coppa Italia lightlyby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso says they’ll take their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria seriously.Milan also face Juventus next week in Jeddah for the Supercoppa.Gattuso said, “We’re not going on vacation to Genoa, we are taking part in a competition that we really care about.“Last season, we reached the Final of the Coppa Italia and that was a huge disappointment. “It’s true, we are facing a Sampdoria side in stunning shape, but we too will use the best team available to go through.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Really? Man Utd yet to approach anyone over technical director jobby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are still to hold talks with any potential new technical director.Indeed, they’re yet to approach a candidate over the vacant technical director job.The Telegraph says United’s search is continuing but there is an expectation it will be one of the club’s former players.It is believed the club want someone who can quickly understand the club.Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar has been heavily linked with a return. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say