first_imgThe ongoing stalemate in the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA), which began more than three months owing to the unremitting contest for “legitimacy and expiration of tenure,” has been attributed to the failure of the outgoing basketball president to “honorably resign.”Ali Sylla, co-chairman of the Liberia Basketball Presidents Association (LBPA) has restated his plea to the outgoing President Rufus Anderson to resign on principle to enable him keep his “honor” intact.He made the assertion yesterday in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on the Campus of the Muslim Congress High School on Mechlin Street.Sylla, who is also the founder and president of 2nd division basketball team D Rocks, said the continuous hanging on until the bitter end would not only hamper the game but affects his (Rufus Anderson’s) integrity and consequently result to him hanging his head in shame.“Some months ago, I was the first stakeholder who called for the resignation of Rufus Anderson for the promotion and development of basketball owing to the decline of the league and the lack of accountable,” Mr. Sylla said.He added, “I am again calling on Mr. Anderson to honorably resign in order for us to easily go to elections.“If he resigns, I don’t think it would be a cowardly resignation but rather it’s an honorable one – because it would be for the sake of the over 50,000 kids who are playing the game.”The LBPA co-chairman thanked the Ministry of Youth and Sports for seeking the involvement of the continental governing body, FIBA-Africa to avoid political interference.Sylla said they anticipate FIBA-Africa would begin its investigation by requesting the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) through the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) to help and expedite the resolution of the crisis.When contacted a source from Anderson told the Daily Observer that he is waiting for the intervention of FIBA-Africa.It may be recalled FIBA-Africa vowed to offer requisite provisions that would lead to finding a “relevant solution” in the leadership crisis of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) but did not say how and when.FIBA Africa’s letter was a reply owing to a two-page letter of complaint from the Deputy Sports Minister, Henry B. Yonton on the basketball leadership crisis.Minister Yonton said the aggrieved stakeholders raised five issues, which include: the violation of the constitution of the LBA by Mr. Rufus Anderson, for not holding elections the fourth year of his term and make his administration illegitimate and that club(s) that didn’t participate in the immediate past season should not be eligible for the congress.Meanwhile, Sylla has revealed plans to host a 6-team basketball tournament, which is expected to bring together four male teams and two female teams.“The pre-season tournament is intended to scrap the rust from the players and help to keep them in form,” Sylla said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall LATEST STORIES Ginebra and Meralco will be disputing the season-ending title for the third time in the last four years, with the first two best-of-seven series going a combined 13 games. The Kings won the 2016 edition with a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Justin Brownlee in Game 6, which snapped a long drought for Ginebra, while both played to a virtual stalemate until Ginebra pulled it out with a Game 7 thriller the following season.And those setbacks are still fresh for the Bolts, especially for Black, who did a lot of wheeling and dealing during the season to make sure that they have a fair chance in this race-to-four affair.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We are much more equipped this time out,” Black said after adding Raymond Almazan, a true center, and Allein Maliksi, a decorated sniper, to his roster that didn’t have a legitimate big man other than Allen Durham and a reliable outside shooter in the caliber of Maliksi in those two losses.“We feel like we’re in good shape. We tried to pace our players throughout the entire conference to make sure they would stay fresh,” Black said. “We went to the limit in the semifinals [against TNT]. We’ll be ready just in case it does go to a Game 7.” ‘People evacuated on their own’ But wait, it wasn’t only Meralco that added firepower.Stanley Pringle, probably the most prolific point guard in the league, is the face that Black and his Bolts didn’t see in those previous series, and Cone knows that he has a weapon that Meralco might not have an answer to.“It would be hard to stop us now,” Cone had said in an earlier interview.Still, in a series tipped to be a long one, nobody can deny the fact that winning the series opener would be a great advantage, for it gives the loser the burden of adjustment for the next contest and the winner the golden chance to take a comfortable lead come Game 2.“We’ll throw grenades at each other back and forth for a few games and try to come down to the wire and see who wins it all,” Cone said.ADVERTISEMENT US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra’s Tim Cone and Meralco’s Norman Black have seen a lot of things transpire in their very long careers in the Philippine Basketball Association, and know that the Governors’ Cup Finals, which they will be a part of, will be the start of a long chess match.“Obviously, if we could finish it early, we’d like that,” Cone said as he and his Gin Kings try to keep their mastery of Black and his Bolts starting with Game 1 slated at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. “But our feelings are it’s going to go down to a Game 7, that’s generally the case when you have two really good teams.”ADVERTISEMENT More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Alapag: ‘I didn’t have the guys ready to play’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Will Ginebra’s Barangay be a huge factor in the PBA Finals? PLAY LIST 03:49Will Ginebra’s Barangay be a huge factor in the PBA Finals?03:06Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance01:40Brownlee nails buzzer-beater as Ginebra wins title01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas On paper, advantage still is on the side of Ginebra, which has a very balanced, firepower-laden team, which point guard LA Tenorio orchestrates so well.The hunger factor, meanwhile, is obviously with the Bolts no matter what fans of the other side say.The Bolts still have Durham, the Best Import in those two seasons when they lost to the Kings. He is playing possibly his best in the last four years, churning out better all-around numbers mainly because he has a better supporting cast. INQSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

first_img1 Radja Nainggolan has been linked with Chelsea even since Antonio Conte took over at Stamford Bridge Roma are ready to offer Radja Nainggolan a new contract in order to persuade him to reject a move to Chelsea.The midfielder has been linked with a summer switch to Stamford Bridge for several months now after Antonio Conte was announced as the Blues’ new manager.The Italian is a big fan of Nainggolan and he wants to snap him up as he looks to revamp his squad at Chelsea.However, Roma are desperate to hold onto the Belgian after already losing Miralem Pjanic to Juventus.And, according to Corriere della Sera, they are now ready to offer Nainggolan a new contract to tempt him into staying.The 28-year-old currently earns around £2.5million-a-year and Roma are ready to increase that amount to around £3.2m-a-year.last_img read more

first_imgStewart Robson has hit out at Arsene Wenger ahead of Saturday afternoon’s top of the table clash with Premier League leaders Chelsea.The Gunners go into the Stamford Bridge meeting with their title hopes already dented following the shock 2-1 defeat at home to Watford on Tuesday night, which left them nine points behind the Blues in third place.And, speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, former Arsenal man Robson said Wenger was ultimately responsible for the players’ failure to deliver.“I watched the game [against Watford], and I have said it many times, on certain occasions Arsenal look as though they are unprepared for what’s going to take place.” Robson said.“That’s down to the manager. Look at the second goal – the ball is thrown in, Ramsey sort of half sticks a leg out at it and doesn’t recover quickly enough. Then we see Coquelin come across and get beaten easily and then the centre half get beaten as well.“It just doesn’t look as though the players are ready for the battle. They want to go out and play football but you have got to earn the right to play.“You can’t just go out there and expect to go out on the pitch and play your football right from the start of the game.“You have to win the battle, you have to earn the right. You might have to turn the opposition round a couple of times so you can get higher up the field.“Arsenal don’t do that. They think they can go out right from the start of the game and control it.”Speculation is still brewing over Wenger’s future at the club, as he is yet to sign a new contract, but Robson believes the only person who can control his destiny is the man himself.“He [Wenger] is in control of his own destiny – he runs Arsenal Football Club. There’s no question about that,” explained Robson.“The board like him because he makes money for the board and he certainly doesn’t spend too much money for them.“The only people who will get Arsene Wenger out are the supporters and I would say 50% have turned over the last few years.“What he has done well is, every time he’s under a lot of pressure when they‘ve lost a couple of games, he goes and wins the next game and says how everything is ok.“That could happen again tomorrow. Arsenal could go to Chelsea get a victory and everyone would say Arsene Wenger knows what he is doing again.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Stewart Robson IN FULL abovelast_img read more

first_img The Argentine has struggled for game time at Monaco this season 1 Southampton could announce the club-record signing of AS Monaco striker as soon as Thursday.The south coast have had a bid of £19.1 million accepted by Monaco, after initially failing with an offer of £13 million.According to L’Equipe, terms have been agreed and official confirmation is expected within the next 24 hours.The 26-year-old Argentinean has scored four goals in 15 Ligue 1 appearances so far this term, with 13 of those coming from the bench.Southampton have only managed to score 24 goals in 24 Premier League games this season.Mauricio Pellegrino has even reverted to the kids to solve his scoring problems, bringing on 17-year-old Michael Obafemi from the bench in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.The Saints lie in 17th place, just a point off the relegation places and with an FA Cup fourth tie against Watford at St Mary’s to deal with on Saturday.last_img read more

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Nemanja Matic will be out for a couple of weeks owing to a muscle injury.Matic was absent from the Manchester United squad to face Liverpool on Sunday, with Scott McTominay taking his place in the starting line-up. MONEY REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Nemanja Matic will be out for a couple of weeks for Manchester United RANKED no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Solskjaer has an injury crisis on his hands at Old Trafford, with Ander Herrera and Juan Mata both forced off injured in the first half at Old Trafford.Jesse Lingard, on his return from injury, was also withdrawn after just 20 minutes having replaced Mata himself.It was the first time since February 2009 that four substitutions has been made in the first half of a top-flight game. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow 1 BEST OF Getty ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move And ahead of his side’s crunch clash against their arch rivals, Solskjaer confirmed Matic had picked up a muscle injury – hinting he could miss United’s crunch clash with Paris Saint-Germain on March 6.“It’s a big blow, he’s had a muscle injury so will be out for a few weeks,” he revealed.“Nemanja with his experience and his performances lately had been vital for us.“Scott has played these games before and knows this fixture a lot as an academy lad.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions last_img read more

first_imgKilmarnock striker Kris Boyd says he is prepared for a hostile reception at Tynecastle after his comments about new Hearts manager Ian Cathro.Boyd claimed in his weekly newspaper column that Cathro would be “out of his depth” as manager of the Jam Tarts, prompting a fierce discussion across Scottish football.Killie now travel to Gorgie to face Hearts on Tuesday and Boyd is ready to cop some abuse from the home fans.He said: “Going to Tynecastle is always a great occasion to play in and I’m looking forward to it. “It’s never going to be easy but we will give it our best shot.“The [Ian Cathro situation] doesn’t bother me. I’ve been to grounds with hostile crowds time after time.“I’ve had the spotlight focused on me many times before but I’ll just do my best for the team and hopefully we will get the three points.“It’s up to Hearts how they handle the situation. He’s had a difficult start but we’re in the same boat now. “We’ve not won in a few games now and we know we need to go there and put on a performance.“It’s a difficult place to go but we’ve proved over the years we can go there and get a result.”last_img read more

first_imgThe resistant cultivar, right, compared to rust-afflicted growth on the left. (Image: IITA) MEDIA CONTACTS Jeffrey OliverIITA corporate communications manager+234 2 241 2626 ext. 2773 USEFUL LINKS • Int’l Institute for Tropical Agriculture • National Cereal Research Institute • UN Food and Agriculture OrganisationRELATED ARTICLES• Super sorghum for Africa • Ethiopian wins World Food Prize • Uganda leads rice researchJanine ErasmusWest and Central African farmers will soon be able to enjoy better harvests thanks to the development and imminent distribution of a soya bean variety that resists the invasive and highly destructive Asian soya bean rust.The plant was developed at the Nigeria-based International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, with further assistance from the National Cereal Research Institute.It is the first rust-resistant soya bean variety to be made available for cultivation, and is due to be released soon in not only in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, but also in other West and Central African countries.IITA pathologist Ranajit Bandyopadhyay, speaking to the Africa Science News Service in July 2009, said the new soya bean variety, known as TGx 1835-10E, has resistance genes that give it the edge against all types of rust fungus currently known in Nigeria.He also said that IITA has a back-up stock of several other resistant strains of soya beans, just in case the rust fungus adapts to TGx 1835-10E and the resistant soya bean succumbs.Seeds are expected to be available by the start of the 2010 sowing season at a nominal cost, making the new variety affordable for small farmers.Halting the spread of the fungal disease could literally mean the difference between life and death for many impoverished Africans who depend on soya production for their livelihoods.It is generally agreed that the most effective rust-control method is a combination of chemicals and the use of resistant soya bean strains. The latter have not been available until now, and chemicals are often unaffordable for African subsistence farmers.The new cultivar is not resistant to all fungal diseases, but it will go a long way towards providing peace of mind to those farmers whose entire income depends on the success of their crops.“It does give relief to farmers faced with the challenges of rust disease without any other solution,” commented Cereal Research Institute pathologist Olumide Shokalu.Disaster for farmersAsian soya bean rust originated in Japan in the early 20th century. There are several types which vary in virulence, but it is the most aggressive strain – caused by the Phakopsora pachyrhizi fungus – that is currently causing worldwide ruin.The disease means disaster for farmers, especially those working on a small scale, because the spread of its spores causes widespread defoliation and considerable yield loss – as much as 80%. And in countries which depend on agriculture for income, such as Nigeria where about 60% of Nigerians work in the agricultural sector, every plant counts.The disease is found in most soya bean growing areas of the world. While the parasite does need living tissue to survive, it is unfortunately compatible with over 90 other plant species, including commonly grown crops and weeds such as kudzu. This makes it even harder to eradicate.However, TGx 1835-10E offers hope for hard-pressed African farmers who do battle daily with plant diseases, wild animals that plunder their crops, and the unforgiving climate.The IITA says the new variety has the potential to significantly increase soya bean production in Africa’s high-risk areas. As well as being rust-resistant and early-maturing, TGx 1835-10E is also high-yielding. IITA data shows that it yielded an average of 1 655 kg/ha grain and 2 210 kg/ha fodder in field trials in Nigeria.The TGx 1835-10E breeding line was one of only three out of an initial 178 that excelled through successive rounds of testing in the field between 2002 and 2006.TGx 1835-10E received approval for general cultivation in Nigeria in December 2008 and was registered with the Nigerian National Variety Release Committee in June 2009.A worldwide curseThe P. pachyrhizi fungus arrived in Africa in 1996 and has spread rapidly across the continent, affecting countries including Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Mozambique and Cameroon. It was first reported in Nigeria in 1999 and in South Africa in 2001.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation names Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda as the continent’s main soya bean growers. However, these countries have suffered devastating losses to the persistent pest.According to stopsoybeanrust.com, South Africa has reported yield losses between 10% and 80% in recent years. Neighbouring Zimbabwe has lost between 60% and 80% of commercial crops due to the fungal disease.Soya bean rust reached South America five years after its arrival in Africa, and has caused heavy losses there too. Brazil is reported to have lost US$2-billion (R16-billion) due to crop failure in 2003, although the country had spent $400-million (R3.2-billion) on fungicides.In September 2004, fungal spores borne on hurricane winds reached North America, via Louisiana. By then, the US was on the alert and had put into place a control strategy.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

first_imgThe development of the Bloodhound supersonic car, seen here in model form, is expected to attract youngsters to careers in maths, science and engineering. Andy Green, who will steer the Bloodhound SSC to a new land speed record, is passionate about the educational aspects of the project.(Images: Janine Erasmus) A workforce from the Mier community has been working on clearing the surface of Hakskeen Pan for about three years now.(Image: Bloodhound SSC)MEDIA CONTACTS • Marina JoubertPR, Bloodhound SSC+27 83 409 4254RELATED ARTICLES• Northern Cape ideal for extreme sports• Telecoms boom for South Africa• Nougat becomes race food• Midmar Mile’s 89-year-old finisher• SKA: who gets what Janine ErasmusThere’s more to the Bloodhound SSC than just mind-boggling speed – the project is aimed at inspiring a new generation of scientists and engineers, and a Northern Cape community is benefiting through job creation, better communications infrastructure, and tourism.The Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car) land speed record attempt will take place in 2015 in the Northern Cape at Hakskeen Pan, a dry lake bed about 200km north of Upington.“The car is being built in the UK, but this is a South African event,” says Wing Commander Andy Green of the Royal Air Force.He’s the world’s fastest man, and driver of the Bloodhound SSC. Oxford mathematics graduate Green was the first and so far, the only person to break the sound barrier on land – in 1997 in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, driving the Thrust SSC, he set a speed of 1 228 km/h (763 mph).The record still stands today – but not for long. If anyone can break Andy Green’s record, it’s Green himself.The daredevil is visiting South Africa as a guest at the 2013 Scifest Africa, taking place in Grahamstown from 13 to 19 March under the theme Science on the Move. He’ll be introducing Bloodhound SSC as “An Engineering Adventure in South Africa” and talking about the technology, the preparation of the track, and the educational component of the project.Designed by project director Richard Noble, the Bloodhound SSC will reach a top speed of 1 610 km/h or 1 000 mph. The speed of sound on land is generally taken to be around 340 m/s or 1 236 km/h. This does vary with temperature.“This is faster than any fighter jet can travel at ground level,” says Green.Getting the kids interestedOne of Bloodhound SSC’s main goals is to inspire a new generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.“We need skilled people to solve the world’s problems,” says Green. “The solutions are there but do we have enough scientists to look after our future? We want to get kids interested in science, and excited about the fact that they’re getting science lessons in school.”The car is scheduled to arrive in South Africa for test runs in April 2014, which is later than previously announced but, says Dave Rowley, the project’s education director, it will give the team time to reach more schools.“We have 200 local schools signed up for our education programme,” Rowley says, “and 49 ambassadors who reach out to children from Grade One right up to university level.”The ambassadors visit these primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions and promote not only the project, but also engineering, technology, maths and science.“They are crucial to our project,” Rowley says. “If we can make science more exciting in the classroom, it will change the face of education.”All data generated by the project, including research, design, manufacture and testing stages, are available to teachers and students of registered schools around the world.Advanced, unique technologyThe core development team is the same as that which worked on Thrust SSC, says Green, but they have more powerful computers this time around. Safety is foremost in the minds of everyone involved.The propulsion system and body are being built separately.Bloodhound SSC is powered by a borrowed Eurojet EJ200 aircraft engine and a Falcon hybrid rocket engine, with a Cosworth CA2010 Formula One engine as the auxiliary power supply. The engines together produce around 135 000 horsepower and will allow the car to cover the 20 km distance in two minutes.The EJ200 is taken from a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter plane and works on the same principle as an internal combustion engine. It will be the first engine fired up and will get Bloodhound SSC to an initial speed of about 563 km/h.The Falcon, which was originally planned to be the only power source, will kick in at this time, and the two together will boost the car up to 1 689 km/h in a mere 55 seconds, subjecting the driver to about 2g of force. This engine is a hybrid because it uses a solid synthetic rubber, Hydroxyl-Terminated Polybutadiene (HTPB), as its primary fuel, with a liquid oxidiser and a catalyst to ignite it.The Cosworth engine drives the rocket motor’s fuel pump, which can deliver 800 litres of hydrogen peroxide – the oxidiser for the HTPB in the rocket – to the engine in just 20 seconds.This hybrid approach will allow Green to shut off the oxidiser if necessary, extinguishing the rocket engine. Although the system is still in an early stage of development, in October 2012 the team ran a successful test-firing event. The Cosworth engine reached 16 600 rpm during the test, producing enough pressure to fill a bath in five seconds.To withstand the forces produced by these powerhouses, Bloodhound SSC’s body has to be extraordinarily robust.The front part of the 14-metre body is constructed from carbon fibre in the manner of a racing car, while the back is made of a titanium skin over a titanium frame in the upper section and a steel skin over aluminium frame in the lower section.The driver sits within the carbon fibre part, which provides a rigid reinforced structure for added safety. His seat is fireproof.The four wheels are made from solid aluminium, each weighing 95 kg and measuring 910 mm in diameter. Two are housed internally in the front and the two rear wheels are mounted outside the body.It will take a three-step braking system to safely stop this speeding projectile. The airbrakes deploy at 1 287 km/h, followed by the release of a parachute at 965 km/h and finally the rear wheel brakes can be used at 322 km/h. Green will experience about 3g of force during deceleration.When fully fuelled the car weighs about 7 800 kg. The total development costs are estimated at around R320-million (US$35-million), all of which is funded by sponsors.Green is confident and enthusiastic about the run. “It’s actually quite safe,” he says. “If all the factors are in place, nothing bad will happen. The car is built to be super-strong with the same safety margins as an aircraft. The aerodynamics are also key – we don’t want the car to lift off and that’s why it’s great that we have the experience of the people who worked on Thrust.”The youngsters will only be impressed with success, he says – “so we have to do it right.”Green anticipates some 30 test runs at Hakskeen during 2014, followed by the record attempt in 2015. “After testing we’ll take it back and make whatever modifications are necessary, then return in 2015 – so the kids will get two seasons of Bloodhound.”Communicating with the worldAnother essential component of the project is communications. To allow the control team to accurately monitor the conditions in the car in real time, the speed of data transmission must be as fast as possible.Local mobile provider MTN is the official telecoms partner. The company will be using long-term evolution (LTE) technology to transmit video, audio and data from the car to Upington and then the world, and will install R30-million ($3.3-million) worth of new infrastructure at the pan.Krishna Chetty, the GM for radio optimisation and planning at MTN, says: “Our LTE network for on-car video and diagnostics will upload data at about 600 km/h.”MTN will also provide 3G/HSPA 900 Mhz coverage for visitors and media at the pan.Community involvementThe nearby indigenous community of Mier is responsible for preparing the surface over which Bloodhound SSC will hurtle. The team has nothing but praise for their efforts.“The Northern Cape government has employed a workforce over the last three or four years to clear the surface of the pan. Their work has been outstanding,” says Green. “They’ve prepared the world’s best race track for the world’s fastest car with an attitude of excellence, to show the world that they can do this thing, and do it well.”The 300-strong team has cleared six tons of stone from more than 20-million square metres of the pan’s surface, producing a track that’s 20 kilometres long and 1.1 kilometres wide.Using a programme designed by Swansea University to sift through satellite imagery, and after numerous visits to survey potential sites, the pan was selected as the best site out of about 20 000 possibilities around the world.“The community has completely embraced the Bloodhound,” Green says. “When team members visit the site they ask us ‘Where’s our car?’ They’re very proud to be involved.”Unemployment in the community stands at about 96%, but with increasing interest in the Bloodhound project, it is hoped that tourism in the area will grow, with a knock-on benefit for the people. Already the first Kalahari Speedweek in 2012 brought hundreds of speed freaks to Hakskeen to test their vehicles on a five-kilometre track near to the Bloodhound site. The presence of the Bloodhound during the next two visits will swell the numbers of visitors significantly, but anyone can visit the pan in the meantime.The community will also benefit from the cutting-edge communications infrastructure.There are other South African contributions, and Green commends those too. “A company here built a bespoke trailer with aluminium wheels that we can use to test the interaction of the wheels on the track.”Once the track has been cleared it will be scanned with a laser to check for bumps and inconsistencies, and graded to be utterly smooth and level.“These contributions will allow us to correctly set the suspension up ahead of time.”last_img read more

first_imgJust three weeks after she was placed on probation in a shoplifting case, a 19-year-old Grand Rapids woman went on a multi-state buying binge using stolen credit card numbers from dozens of victims.Sabrina M. Lopez and a teen accomplice amassed $33,800 in merchandise and gift cards between mid-March and late April, court records show. The spending spree came to an end when Kentwood police were able to connect Lopez to myriad losses at the Kohl’s department store at Woodland Mall and at other locations.Lopez, who has prior convictions for thefts at JCPenney and Meijer, appeared in court on Thursday, Aug. 8, for the latest batch of charges. She pleaded guilty to conducting criminal enterprises – a 20-year felony.- Sponsor – The criminal statute is often used when defendants work together to pull off high-end property crimes, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said. It is not uncommon to see losses in the thousands of dollars, he said.“It’s not just an isolated incident; it’s a group that’s going through and doing whatever the activity is,’’ Becker said. “It’s doing it multiple times that really pulls in the criminal enterprise charge.’’Kentwood police say Lopez and 18-year-old Makisa F. Daramy obtained Kohl’s charge card numbers from an unidentified third party. They used the stolen credit card numbers to make purchases at Kohl’s stores in Michigan, Arizona, Oklahoma, North Carolina, West Virginia, Ohio, and Missouri.“They did physically drive to seven different states where they used credit card numbers they obtained from a third party,’’ Kentwood Police Capt. Bryan Litwin said. “If it didn’t work, they’d try a different number or leave.’’ This went on for a little more than six weeks. The scheme started to unravel after an April 26 visit to the Kohl’s at Woodland Mall.Kentwood police officer Erin Kitchka stopped and identified the pair; they had used credit card numbers to buy more than $700 in merchandise. They were arrested after it was determined the purchases were made using stolen credit card numbers. The two linked all of the fraudulent purchases to their own Kohl’s loyalty rewards cards… WZZM13 News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more