Daily Archives: March 12, 2015

Somalia: UN envoy condemns attack that killed security personnel, civilian bystanders

12 March 2015 – The United Nations envoy in Somalia has strongly condemned today’s attack in Baidoa town in the Interim South West Administration, which resulted in the death and injury of security personnel and civilian bystanders.
Nicholas Kay, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), offered his sincere condolences to the families and friends of those affected by the attack.
“I condemn today’s attack in Baidoa town. I have spoken to President Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan today and offered my deepest condolences for the tragic loss of life,” he said in a statement to the press.
“We remain resolute in our support for the Somali people. Despite such atrocities, Somalis are successfully rebuilding their Government institutions and security forces with the full support of the international community,” he added.
Mr. Kay pledged continued support from the UN, saying it will continue to work to help Somalis realise their hopes and aspirations for a peaceful and stable future.

Precision Aviation Group Named Luminator Authorized Repair Center and Distributor

ATLANTA, March 12, 2015 / PRNewswire — Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry has been named a Luminator Technology Group, LLC (Luminator) Authorized Repair Center and Distributor for their Rotorcraft product line.

This agreement authorizes PAG companies -which includes seven FAA / EASA / TC and CASA Approved Repair Stations- to perform Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services on Searchlights manufactured by Luminator, as well as provide outright sales and exchanges on New and Overhauled units – worldwide.

“The agreement expands on PAG’s current relationship with Luminator. Their products are on the aircraft platforms we support and being named an ARC / Distributor will allow us to expand the number of Luminator products and services we can offer to our customers. Additionally, it enables a tremendous convenience to the mission critical operators we support by combining searchlight availability (on our shelves) and a highly experienced sales and technical team,” said Ketan Desai, Vice President, Sales & Marketing of PAG.

“Luminator is excited to announce the new partnership with PAG, a known leader in component MRO and OEM product distribution,” states Steven Boyd, Vice President, Sales & Marketing (Aerospace) of Luminator. “PAG will serve as an Authorized Distributor and Service Center for our rotorcraft product line. We chose PAG because of their industry experience, diverse MRO capability, and global sales team but most importantly for their proven track record of satisfied customers.”

“Building OEM partnerships is critical for our long term success, and we are proud to represent Luminator,” said Desai.

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About Precision Aviation Group (PAG)

Precision Aviation Group (PAG) is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry. With nine locations and more than 235,000-square-feet of sales and service facilities in the United States, Canada and Australia, PAG uses its distinct business units and customer-focused business model to serve aviation customers through two business functions – Aviation Supply Chain – and its trademarked Inventory Supported Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (ISMRO®) services.

PAG provides MRO and Supply Chain Solutions for Fixed and Rotary-wing aircraft through: Precision Heliparts – PHP (www.heliparts.com); Precision Aviation Services – PAS (www.precisionaviationservices.com); Precision Accessories & Instruments – PAI (www.precisionaccessories.com); Precision Heliparts Canada – PHP-C (www.heliparts.ca); Precision Accessories & Instruments Canada – PAI-C (www.precisionaccessories.ca); PHP-Instruments & Accessories – PHP-IA (www.heliparts.la); Precision Aero Technology -PAT (www.precisionaerotechnology.com), Precision Heliparts – Australia – PHP-AU (www.precisionheliparts.com.au), Precision Accessories & Instruments – Australia (PAI-AU) (www.precisionaccessories.com.au) and Aviation Controls, Inc. – ACI (www.aviationcontrolsinc.com). PAG subsidiaries have MRO capabilities on over 35,000 products, including accessories, avionics, engine components, hydraulics, instruments, NDT, starter/generators, and wheels/brakes (www.precisionaviationgroup.com).

About Luminator Technology Group (LTG)

Luminator Technology Group, LLC (LTG) manufactures state of the art LED based lighting, signage and passenger communication systems for the mass transit industry. LTG branded products – Focon, Lawo, Luminator, Mobitec, Axion, VSN and TwinVision – are developed and manufactured around the world to address global customers in a global marketplace and at the same time stay focused on local customer needs. LTG products cover a wide range of applications for the aerospace, bus and rail markets from customized interior passenger lighting, exterior indication and navigation lighting to emergency lighting, signage and searchlights. LTG brands are recognized throughout the industry for their high quality and performance achieved through world class engineering innovation and design. LTG cultivates innovative talent through a forward thinking attitude toward technology. We seek innovative breakthroughs by way of the latest design concepts and up to the minute technological advances.

S Africa powers past UAE and into quarter-final (Al Jazeera)

Team trying to shake off “chokers” label after inconsistent form in lead up to World Cup’s knockout rounds.

South Africa’s 146-run victory over UAE in their final World Cup Pool B clash was exactly what the team needed heading into the quarter-finals, captain AB de Villiers said.

De Villiers’ side have experienced an inconsistent campaign and were still to secure qualification for the last eight before Thursday’s match at Wellington Regional Stadium in New Zealand.

South Africa had displayed their best form when twice registering scores of more than 400 runs but also appeared vulnerable in losses to India and Pakistan, raising doubts over the side’s ability to shake off their “World Cup chokers” tag.

“I won’t say ‘yes that win has given us the confidence to believe that we are better than ever’ but those games need to be respected and the boys rocked up with a great attitude,” said man of the match De Villiers, who scored 99 runs in his side’s total of 6 for 341.

“We wanted to win. We wanted to play a good game of cricket. Which we did,” he added after UAE were dismissed for 195 with Fahad Alhashmi unable to bat after injuring his leg while bowling.

“It was a good performance. Those are always tricky games. I thought they bowled pretty well up front and made it difficult for us (and)… they made us work for our runs.

“Everyone bowled nicely. Very happy with the fielding display as well. Those kind of opportunities will help us going into the knockout rounds.”

De Villiers said South Africa probably had some selection issues ahead of their quarter-final, likely to be against Sri Lanka in Sydney presuming the remaining Pool A matches go as expected.

Faf du Plessis, who did not play due to a back injury should be fit in time for next Wednesday’s clash with Rilee Rossouw, who scored 43 against UAE and pulled off three spectacular catches and Farhaan Behardien (64 not out) likely to be competing for a spot.

Motovac Donates to SOS Villages

Motor vehicle parts dealer, Motovac, has donated two cheques worth P10 000 each to Tlokweng and Serowe SOS Children Villages.
Motovac sales director, Mr Samir Patel said when handing the donations on March 10 that they saw it fit to extend a helping hand and give back to the community. Mr Patel said this was a way of helping the underprivileged children and to restore their hope.
He said last year, the company created a Facebook page to raise awareness of Motovac as well as promoting their intentions of giving back to the community. Mr Patel said they gave the community the opportunity to choose organisations that they would like Motovac to donate to and added that they have saved P20 000 to assist those in need at SOS.
He stated they have so far donated to communities in Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique communities and added that the company also has operations in South Africa. Furthermore, he added that Motovac would continue donating to other communities to help the less privileged.
Mr Patel encouraged those with the capability of giving back to the community to assist the less privileged no matter how small the donations would be.
SOS Education coordinator, Mr Bikie Morebodi from Serowe SOS appreciated Motovac for the donations, adding that their villages would use the money to help buy stationary, uniforms and food for children, as well as contributing to the day to day running costs of the two centers.
Source : BOPA

Zambia Records Improved Food Security

ZAMBIA has recorded an increase in its score on the Global Food Security index by 1.7 points while maintaining the 98th position out of 109 countries.
The 2014 Global Food Security index was released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) study, commissioned by DuPont Institute.
The index is measured on food availability, affordability and safety and quality.
Zambia scored 32.6 out of 100 points in 2014 recording an increase of 1.7 points from 2013 while maintaining the same position.
Myanmar recorded the most declined score with -4.1 points followed by Madagascar.
South Africa with 61.1 points is the best performing African country followed by Botswana.
Zambia performed better than three of its neighbours Tanzania, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The first top five countries are US, Austria, Netherlands, Norway and Singapore while the last five are Burundu, Togo, Madagascar, Chad and the DRC.
Overall, the report said food security had slowly, but markedly, improved during the past year.
“Approximately 842 million people today are estimated to be experiencing chronic hunger, down from 868 million a year ago, an almost three per cent decline. This caps a quarter of a century of progress, with the number of undernourished individuals falling by 17 per cent since 1990,” the report said.
Improvement was evident across the globe, but particularly in developing countries, which generally started with more food-insecure environments.
Low-and lower-middle-income countries (a group in which Zambia falls) particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, recorded the largest gains despite facing the weakest food security environment.
Notwithstanding such progress, global food insecurity remained a challenge.
In particular, food price inflation appeared to be negatively impacting food security in many regions.
Although advanced countries generally outperformed their developing neighbours, they experienced their own challenges caused by lower economic growth rates.
The index builds on existing food security research and frameworks, including the annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the Global Hunger Index of the International Food Policy Research Institute, and the Maplecroft Food Security Risk Index, among others.