Daily Archives: April 2, 2015

15 Soldiers, 2 Civilians Killed in Egypt Si…

NNA – Fifteen soldiers were killed in five simultaneous attacks Thursday targeting security checkpoints in Egypt’s North Sinai, where the army is battling the local branch of the Islamic State group, police said.

Gunmen opened fire on soldiers with automatic rifles and rockets at separate checkpoints south of Sheikh Zuweid, east of the provincial capital of El-Arish, police officials told Agence France Presse.

Fifteen soldiers and two civilians were killed in the attacks, while 15 militants died in subsequent gun battles, the officials said–AFP.


Qaida Frees 300 Inmates in Yemen Jailbreak

NNA – Al-Qaida militants stormed a prison in southeastern Yemen on Thursday, freeing several hundred inmates including one of their leaders, a security official said.

Khalid Batarfi, a senior al-Qaida figure who had been held for more than four years, was among more than 300 prisoners who escaped from the jail in Hadramawt province, the official told Agence France Presse.

Two prison guards and five inmates were killed in clashes, the official said.

Batarfi is among al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) top regional commanders, known for his leading role in a 2011-2012 battle with Yemeni government troops during which extremists seized swathes of territory in the south and east.

Al-Qaida militants also clashed Thursday with troops guarding the local adminstration complex in the provincial capital Mukalla, a branch of the central bank and the police headquarters, the official said.

Yemen has descended further into chaos since a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes a week ago against positions held by Shiite rebels and their allies across the deeply tribal country.

Observers have warned that Yemen-based AQAP, classified by the United States as the network’s deadliest franchise, could exploit the unrest to strengthen its presence in the country–Naharnet.


Tripp Lite Appoints Eran Kessel as Director of Sales and Marketing for Sub-Saharan Africa

IT manufacturer restructures management to focus on expansion plans in key region

CHICAGO, April 2, 2015 / PRNewswire / — Tripp Lite, a world-leading manufacturer of power protection and connectivity solutions, has announced the appointment of Eran Kessel as its new Director of Sales for Sub-Saharan Africa.

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As Director of International Marketing, Mr. Kessel has been leading Tripp Lite’s marketing efforts in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia since 2012. Now, as Tripp Lite sharpens its focus on the region, he will work in a multidimensional role, also heading the company’s business expansion project in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Eran has a unique and nuanced perspective on the IT industry. Thanks to his diverse background, he’s seen it from all angles – engineering, sales, and marketing,” said Darwin Haines, Tripp Lite’s Vice President of Sales – EMEA and Asia. “He possesses the competent leadership and experience we need to head our aggressive business expansion project in Sub-Saharan Africa. Eran is ideally suited to help us stimulate growth and accelerate the development of our business in the dynamic SSA region.”

Mr. Kessel will retain the role of Director of International Marketing for Europe, Africa and Asia along with his new responsibilities. “I have been working closely with the African market for many years and have learned a great deal about the unique business challenges and opportunities it presents,” said Mr. Kessel. “I look forward to working alongside our experienced sales team and network of loyal partners in the region as I lead Tripp Lite’s effort to fortify our position in the African market,” the executive continued.

Mr. Kessel has over 25 years of experience in the business world and close to 20 years of experience in the IT and datacenter industry, in both Product Management and Senior Marketing positions. He holds an Advanced Business Management diploma from Tel Aviv University’s Recanati School of Business.

About Tripp Lite

Outstanding product reliability and exceptional service have been Tripp Lite trademarks for more than 90 years. Tripp Lite’s innovations include the world’s first UPS system for personal computers and the world’s most trusted surge suppressor, the Isobar®. Tripp Lite maintains inventory of more than 3,000 different products, including UPS systems, racks and cooling solutions, PDUs, KVMs, cables and connectivity products, and more. Headquartered in Chicago, Tripp Lite maintains a global presence with offices worldwide. Additional information can be found by visiting www.tripplite.com.

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Northern Cape Police and Local Municipality Feeds Impoverished Community This Easter [press release]

The impoverished community in Petrusville were ‘over the moon’ yesterday (104) when police and the local municipality (Renosterberg municipality) gave out food parcels and fresh fish to the community for Easter.

The project “Masi Khothane Amanxeba”(which means Let’s support Each Other) is a project that was initiated by a member at SAPS Hanover in 2012.

The project is now in its fourth year and every year the venue is rotated within the De Aaar policing cluster. Stakeholders in this project included the Departmental of Environmental Affairs, Department of Social Development, Nature Conservation, SASSA, Departmement of Health and the SAPS.

Police members were allowed to fish in the Van Der Kloof Dam and whatever fish was caught were distributed to the local community. Each family that attended were given 2 fishes to prepare for Easter. Police members from 12 stations in the De Aar cluster prepared sumptuous meals with fish and fed the community as well.

As an incentive the three best stations in terms of preparations, presentation of the food and team spirit were awarded certificates. The winning stations were De Aar (1st). The De Aar station also won it last year as well. SAPS Colesberg were second and SAPS Hanover was third.

Brigadier Nomahlubi Sofika, the Cluster Commander of De Aar stated that during this time, everyone is eating fish and there are those that cannot celebrate Easter as they have no food.

Therefore, the mentioned stakeholders worked together in bringing smiles to the many faces of the Petrusville community. The aim of this project is to strengthen the relationship between the police, the community and other partners and this was clearly evident through the success that we all can work together in alleviating poverty within the communities as well as decreasing crimes.

Brig Sofika also warned the community to be responsible during this Easter holidays and not to over indulge in alcohol. Special operations have been planned for the entire weekend and there will a g police presence in the area.

Source : South African Police Service

The Matric Results We Never Saw Depict an Education System in Crisis [press release]

There is little reason for celebration when one delves deeper into the results of the 2014 National Senior Certificate (matric) exams. A reply to a DA parliamentary question has revealed that more than half of the 75.8% of learners who passed were effectively grade-appropriately innumerate and fewer learners are taking the subjects that are required to address this country’s critical skills shortage.

I will submit further parliamentary questions to probe:

what is being done to curb the trend away from subjects crucial to the development of critical skills

the details of teacher vacancy levels and teacher qualifications at schools that performed particularly poorly in critical subjects

the details of school-based turnaround strategies and

the methodology the Minister of Basic Education is using to track turnaround progress, particularly with respect to numeracy and literacy, in each province.

A massive 10 4924 learners failed Mathematics and 49 556 failed Mathematical Literacy. This means that 28% of all learners writing matric last year failed any form of numeracy assessment. What is more startling is that 70% of all learners failed to achieve above 50% for any form of numeracy.

In the case of Mathematics, 4 430 of the learners enrolled to write, did not do so. For Mathematical Literacy, the situation was worse, with 6 261 enrolled learners not writing. The obvious assumption is that these children were likely to fail, and were therefore precluded from writing so that they would not negatively influence their school’s pass rate.

The ratio of Mathematics to Mathematical Literacy is decreasing, contrary to the demands of the labour market. The percentages of learners taking each subject are trending as follows:

2012 2013 2014

Mathematical Literacy 56% 57% 58%

Mathematics 44% 43% 42%

The trend shows fewer learners are taking the subjects that are required to address the shortage of critical skills in our country. For example, the following numbers of learners wrote critical subjects:

2013 2014 Decrease

Accounting 145,427 125,987 -19,440

Business Studies 218,914 207,659 -11,255

Computer Applications Technology 44,848 40,910 -3,938

Economics 150,114 137,478 -12,636

Life Sciences 301,718 284,298 -17,420

Mathematics 241,509 225,458 -16,051

Physical Science 184,383 167,997 -16,386

The quality of matric passes is largely poor, with extraordinary numbers of learners achieving very low marks. The following subjects exhibit the most troubling results:

Less than 50%

Accounting 77%

Agricultural Studies 74%

Business Studies 48%

Computer Applications Technology 56%



Geography 71%

Life Sciences 70%

Mathematics Literacy 66%

Mathematics 78%

Physical Science 78%

The above statistics show that our education system and its ability to prepare our children to contribute meaningfully to our economy is severely compromised.

Drastic and urgent action is needed by Minister Motshekga for the sake of our children, their future prospects and the future of our country.

Annette Lovemore

Shadow Minister of Basic Education

Source : Democratic Alliance