Altech buys leading German STB maker

first_img12 September 2011South Africa’s Allied Technologies is to acquire SetOne, a German-based supplier of digital video broadcasting (DVB) products and solutions, in an effort to expand its international footprint and entrench relationships with its international partners.The deal is inclusive of all the intellectual property owned and already developed by SetOne.“This acquisition enhances our ability to diversify Altech Multimedia’s income streams by growing its international business footprint and reducing its reliance on locally generated business and is in line with the Altech Group’s strategy to increase non-SA revenue and profits,” Altech CEO Craig Venter said in a statement this week.Leading central European OEMSetOne was incorporated in 2005 and has since been positioned as one of the leading Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) companies in central Europe, with an especially strong presence in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.The company specialises in the domain of digital video broadcasting set-top box (STB) receivers, and has expertise and key skills in the supply chain design phase and product management of these products.Its strength as a preferred supplier is evidenced by its recent breakthrough into Spain, Italy and other neighbouring countries in Europe.“SetOne has established a significant track record in the STB repair and servicing business and is a preferred supplier in the central European region in terms of its OEM capabilities,” said Venter.“The company has produced profitable results since its inception and with this acquisition we are well positioned to further entrench our leadership in the telecommunications, multi-media and information technology sector.”Alliances with major key playersSetOne has built strategic alliances with major key players in the value chain of its products and services offering throughout Asia and Europe, which include license agreements with leading companies such as Sisvel, MPEG LA and Rovi.SetOne is especially strong in the management of a range of outsource manufacturing partners for the DVB-T/T2 products intended for the European retail free-to-air (FTA) markets, both satellite and terrestrial broadcast.The acquisition will enhance Altech Multimedia’s reach into international markets and further entrench its relationships with international partners regarding product development and management in these markets as well as leveraging established distribution channels and exploiting and cross-selling other business opportunities.“This acquisition complements Altech Multimedia’s broadband and broadcast product offerings to address convergence within the multimedia market and strengthens our service offerings,” said Altech Multimedia CEO Peter Balchin.Range of synergies between the twoAccording SetOne CEO Bartolomeo Caputo, the transaction brings together a range of synergies between the two companies that will be of enormous benefit to the European market.“Since the founding of our company in 2005, we have strived to provide creative and innovative products and reliable service to all our customers and business partners,” he said. “Now with Altech Multimedia we look forward to taking our business to the next level.”To preserve current efficiencies and standards, Altech will retain existing SetOne management and staff whilst it provides supporting administration services and strategic input to the company.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ernie Els goes wire-to-wire in Munich

first_imgEven an opening 63, however, does not guarantee a procession to the title and it was far from that for Els, who was passed by both Thomas Bjorn and Alexander Levy in the final round, but he kept his composure to sign for a third 69 on the trot and an 18-under-par total. LEADERBOARD “What an awesome week it was! T10 finish on debut is a dream come true!” he wrote on Twitter afterwards. Ernie Els captured the BMW International Open at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried in Munich, Germany on Sunday, having led the tournament from start to finish. It was a timely win for the South African great, coming just a month ahead of his British Open title defence at Muirfield. “Seven birdies and an eagle for a 63 was certainly a neat way of doing that. We knew it was going to be low scoring week, so if you come out of the blocks fast like that, it does somewhat take the pressure off for the rest of the tournament. It means you’re not having to play a game of catch-up all week.” ComposedHeading into the 18th, Els needed a birdie to win. He wrote afterwards: “It was tight right down to the wire, though, so we knew we’d probably have to make birdie on 18 to secure the win. To play that hole so well and make a secure two-putt birdie, that was obviously very satisfying. 270 Ernie Els (RSA) (-18) 63, 69, 69, 69271 Thomas Bjorn (Den) (-17) 68, 69, 65, 69272 Alexander Levy (Fra) (-16) 65, 68, 68, 71273 Martin Kaymer (Ger) (-15) 64, 71, 69, 69273 Alex Noren (Swe) (-15) 64, 71, 66, 72273 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) (-15) 66, 68, 71, 68274 Darren Fichardt (RSA) (-14) 70, 66, 69, 69274 Sergio Garcia (Esp) (-14) 71, 69, 65, 69274 Wen-yi Huang (Chn) (-14) 71, 69, 69, 65 ExcitmentThere was further excitement for South African golf fans when, after being given a sponsor’s exemption, Brandon Stone, who turned professional at the beginning of the month, tied for 10th in his first tournament in the paying ranks. He finished on 275 after rounds of 66, 71, 67 and 71. TiedIt tied him with compatriot Louis Oosthuizen, Italy’s Matteo Manassero and England’s Ian Poulter as the only golfers to have won European Tour titles in each of the past four years. Tjaart van der Walt and Justin Walters tied for 29th on 279, Jaco van Zyl shared 35th on 280, while Dawie van der Walt tied for 41st on 281. The victory was the 68th of Els’ career and his 28th on the European Tour. Surprisingly, it was the first by a South African in the BMW International. Fellow South African Darren Fichardt enjoyed a strong showing, finishing in a tie for seventh with Sergio Garcia and Wen-yi Huang on 14-under-par 274. The win, worth €333 330 (approximately R4.46-million), also secured a place for Els in the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the 2013 WGC-HSBC Champions and the 2014 Volvo Golf Champions. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 24 June 2013 Els’ victory was built upon a superb first round of nine-under-par 63. “That first round was the dream start for me,” he wrote on his website, “especially having come straight from a tough week in the US Open at Merion. Obviously I played some good stuff there, so my goal was to carry that form into the BMW. “Any time you have a tap-in birdie putt to win a golf tournament, you’re a happy man!”last_img read more

Brand South Africa mission heads for UAE

first_img3 December 2013Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane will lead a South African delegation to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week for a series of meetings set up and hosted by Brand South Africa to promote the country as a globally competitive business destination.The South African delegation will interact with Emirati business people, representatives of multinationals operating in the UAE and global South Africans based in the country over two days, starting on Wednesday.Among the planned presentations, Transnet Rail CEO Siyabonga Gama will outline the state company’s R307-billion programme to expand South Africa’s rail, port and pipeline infrastructure, while Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal’s Neville Matjie will discuss the province’s investment plans and programmes.Brand South Africa said last week that the sessions would focus on South Africa’s potential both as an investment destination and as a reliable partner in supporting development in the UAE.“South Africans have contributed to the development of the United Arab Emirates in the construction, health and financial industries, among others,” Brand South Africa said in a statement, noting that the landmark Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai had been build by South African company Murray & Roberts.According to the agency, the UAE is the 24th largest investor in South Africa and its largest trading partner in the Gulf region, with South African exports growing from Dh3.011-billion in 2009 to Dh3.055-billion in 2010, while non-oil exports from the UAE jumped from Dh1.26-billion to Dh2.41-billion.There is a growing community of South African nationals in the UAE, stimulated in part by a growing demand for South African skills, and in part by the more than 135 South African companies that have a presence in the country.According to Brand South Africa, the major areas for employment of South Africans in the UAE include construction, hospitality, financial, medical, retail management and education. South African restaurant brands, including Nando’s, Butcher Shop, Meat & Co, Mug & Bean and Debonairs Pizza, are also expanding into the UAE market.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Investing in Your Career

first_imgCollins has over 23 years of loss prevention and retail experience with Sears, Old Navy, and her current employer, Petco. After beginning her career as a sales associate, she’s held many roles, including store manager, loss prevention manager, corporate investigator, and the most challenging role, mother of three. Collins holds a degree in criminal justice.Why did you decide to pursue your LPC certification?While preparing my annual performance review for this past year, I decided obtaining the LPC would be a great objective for 2017. I truly believe the only person responsible for your continued growth and development is you. There is no better investment than one that provides both personal growth and professional development.- Sponsor – Was the course work what you expected?Yes, the course work is challenging and requires dedicated study time. It covers most areas relevant to the loss prevention field, and I enjoyed the background and historical information that was provided; I felt it added relevance to the process.Talk about the process of going through the course work and taking the exam.Working my way through the course work was initially a little more challenging than I expected. It really forced me to go back and review subjects I was not as familiar with or have not had as much experience with. Commitment to the training materials will prepare you for the actual exam. However, being able to apply your learnings in a practical application will be critical to a successful outcome on the final exam. I found it most helpful to look over all of the material first, take the chapter quizzes to determine what areas I needed additional focus on, and then study until I could pass each chapter exam 100 percent.Looking at your own personal background and knowledge, what information in the course helped you the most?While I have been exposed to almost all of the subject material provided, I would say there were areas that I did not have the depth of knowledge required to pass the test without the provided study materials. This certification requires a deeper dive into all operational areas impacting the loss prevention field.What was the most eye-opening information that was part of the curriculum?For me, I benefited a lot from the accounting and logistics material. The pharmacy section was also interesting as this is one of the areas with my least amount of exposure.What benefits have you seen from taking the course?One of the benefits it provides is the ability to expand my knowledge base while refreshing my previous studies. It is also a great reminder of the different aspects of the industry the loss prevention field impacts. I think sometimes we forget the other avenues open to those of us in the loss prevention field. Being reminded of this is especially critical in this ever-changing job landscape. This course material not only validated my experience but also prepared me to take on new challenges wherever my career should take me.If you could offer one key takeaway to someone currently considering getting certified, what would it be?Study. Not only is it important to understand the material provided, but also the ability to apply it in a practical application will be the key to the certification process. Work-life balance can already be a task for most, so careful consideration should be given to dedicated study time. The biggest takeaway I had is partnerships, both internal and external to your organization. There are a lot of moving parts to a successful long-term loss prevention plan. You need good working relationships with all the players and must know how to successfully leverage those partnerships.How would you compare the foundation certifications to other educational courses that you’ve taken?This was the first online certification I have obtained. I am hoping it prepares me for my next adventure as I undertake the CFI. I believe that the LPC indicates you see value in personal growth and education and helps you stay relevant in a competitive loss prevention market.How has certification changed your expectations of loss prevention as a career, for yourself and for others?The LPC process is a great reminder that loss prevention impacts all areas of operations. If you want to have a seat at the table to influence members of your organization, you must have an understanding of how loss prevention impacts the whole business. Certification indicates we are prepared to support our organizations, increase profitability, and build partnerships to drive initiatives critical to a successful loss prevention program. I think the LPC is a clear indicator of this understanding.Would you recommend certification to others?Absolutely. This course provides for personal growth and development. The course is an investment for both the employee and the employer. It requires not only a monetary investment but also time and commitment to the course material. The LPC is a great investment.Newly CertifiedFollowing are individuals who recently earned their certifications.Recent LPC Recipients Lucio Amicci, LPC, Sears Holdings Charles Bailey, Jr., LPC, CFI, Vector Security Shawn Bradley, LPC, Lowe’s Darlene De Francesco, LPC, FedEx Tyler Grandy, LPC, DICK’S Sporting Goods Michael Hawkins, LPC, Lowe’s Aaron Henderson, LPC, CFI, Penske Bruce Herritt, LPC, Walmart Stores Slade Jordan, LPC, Walmart Stores Arron Knight, LPC, FleetPride Lincoln LeFebvre, LPC, Home Depot Alan Lott, LPC, 7-Eleven Kevin Mgrdichian, LPC, Sears Holdings Jennifer Ponicsan, LPC R. Bryant Price, LPC, Gabriel Brothers Bryan Shepherd, LPC Steven Smith, LPC, ULTA Beauty Christopher Weaver, LPC, Walmart Stores Ashley Winkelmann, LPC, 7- ElevenRecent LPQ Recipients David Chartrand, LPQ, Goodwill Industries of Seattle Michael D’Antonio, LPQ, Stew Leonard’s Gregory Dolcich, LPQ, Security Resources Nathan Dowling, LPQ, Buffalo Run Casino Christopher Gipson, LPQ, 7-Eleven Ciera Hilton, LPQ, Protos Security Robert Jevarjian, LPQ, Stew Leonard’s Erin Koons, LPQ, Walmart Stores Kate McGorty, LPQ, L.L.Bean Brian Naughton, LPQ, Nordstrom Danielle Palentino-Dederick, LPQ, lululemon Pankaj Patel, LPQ, Indigo Kelley Portner, LPQ, Rite Aid Barbara Weaver, LPQ, Best Buy Mandie Wells, LPQ, KPH Healthcare Services Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

ORC Ring’s Take Valued at $500K; 5 Arrested

first_imgWestchester County police in New York arrested five people Wednesday who are accused of stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from TJ Maxx and other retail stores in recent months. They were taken into custody in Mount Vernon, Queens and the Bronx, and stolen property valued at more than $100,000 was seized.Several vans and a U-Haul truck were needed to haul away the seized stolen goods, police said. Investigators estimate the loss of goods to be valued at more than $500,000. The five are accused of engaging in identity theft and credit card fraud to commit the larcenies. Police said they obtained many cards for short-term use until discovered and shut down. They also made phony cards.Members of the ring would purchase several thousand dollars in merchandise a day, including Westchester County police arrested five people Wednesday who are accused of stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from TJ Maxx and other retail stores in recent months. They were taken into custody in Mount Vernon, Queens and the Bronx, and stolen property valued at more than $100,000 was seized.- Sponsor – Several vans and a U-Haul truck were needed to haul away the seized stolen goods, police said. Investigators estimate the loss of goods to be valued at more than $500,000. The five are accused of engaging in identity theft and credit card fraud to commit the larcenies. Police said they obtained many cards for short-term use until discovered and shut down. They also made phony cards. Members of the ring would purchase several thousand dollars in merchandise a day, including… Mount Vernon Patch Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Parson open to reviewing gun measures

first_img(Missourinet) Governor Mike Parson says Missouri needs to fundamentally look at what needs to be done and what can be done better to prevent mass shootings. Earlier this month, at least 31 people were killed in shooting sprees in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. At the State Fair in Sedalia, Parson, a Republican, says various measures could be considered. Missouri Governor Mike Parson, R, speaks to reporters at the 2018 Missouri state fair“The argument of gun control is going to be here for a long time and people are going to argue that. I’m going to be adamant to people that are legal citizens in this state on their Second Amendment Rights – their right to bear arms. You’ve got to be very careful not to take their rights away,” he says. “I think we need to look at all things that we can hopefully get that done, whether that means more law enforcement on the ground, whether that means the mental health side of it, whether that means people in social media today some of the things they’re putting out. Yeah, I think they should be flagged sometimes. If you’re threatening to kill somebody, somebody better know you’re doing that.”Parson points to the social environment that we are in today.“We’ve got three cities in the top 12 in the United States,” says Parson.St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield rank among the most dangerous cities in America, based on violent crime statistics.Missouri does not require a permit to openly carry firearms for those 19 years or older. A man tested out the waters earlier this month when he walked into a Springfield Walmart with a rifle, body armor and several rounds of ammunition. Twenty-year-old Dmitriy Andreychenko was videotaping the whole incident on his phone and scared customers out of the store. He has been charged with making a terrorist threat and told law enforcement he was checking to see whether the store would honor his constitutional right to carry a gun. The event happened days after the massacres in El Paso and Dayton.last_img read more

Governing council meets to discuss IPL 4 format

first_imgThe governing council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is meeting in Mumbai on Friday to discuss the format for the tournament’s fourth edition. The council is discussing the number of matches that should be played. With IPL 4 having 10 teams instead of the earlier eight, a need to reduce the number of matches has been felt. After the addition of two teams, it had been said that the total number of matches would be increased from 60 to 94 on a home and away basis. However, the governing council is looking to decrease the number of matches to 62 or 74. But suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi is not in favour of changing the format of the tournament. “Players make the IPL. That’s why we have the best talent. Take a survey and you will find out that most agree with the way it was conceived,” Modi said. On the issue of players’ pool, Modi said: “Any deviation will be done only to damage a highly successful league for and by vested interests. Clearly the way forward is all players in pool.” Taking a dig at Chennai Super Kings owner N. Srinivasan, he said: “This was as I said the core principle of the league and reaffirmed at the Bangkok workshop by seven teams, except the Chennai Super Kings.”last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Triumphant start for India against England

first_imgIndia started off poorly, but came back with a bang to beat England by a massive 126-run margin in the first ODI of the five-match series at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, on Friday. Score | Photos Electing to bat, India lost early wickets before Suresh Raina (61) skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (87 n.o.) revived the innings to propel the hosts to 300/7.In reply England could only manage to post 174 as the Indian spinners Ravindra Jadeja and offie R Ahswin took six wicket wickets between to provide India with a triumphant start in the series.Chasing 301, England started off poorly with Craig Kieswetter falling to Praveen Kumar early in the innings. An away moving ball took the edge of the opener’s bat and skipper MS Dhoni did the rest behind the stumps. England lost their first wicket in the third over on 7.New man Kevin Pietersen too did not last long and threw his wicket, run out on the first ball of the 10th over and England were down to 40/2.Post that wicket, England captain Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott continued to bat with easy and gradually upped the tempo.Cook quickly went on to complete his half century with Trott going steady at the other end. The two were looking dangerous for India, but in the 23rd over spinner Ravindra Jadeja managed to break their 71-run third wicket stand.Jadeja pitched the ball on the leg of the left-hander and the batsman went for a big hit but ended up getting caught by Vinay Kumar in the deep. Cook fell for 60 hitting seven fours on the way and England lost their third wicket on 111.advertisementThere was more to come as in his next over Jadeja got rid of Trott on 26. He trapped him leg before and England were down to 120/4 in 24.4 overs.Soon the other spinner, R Ashwin joined the party. He tossed up the ball to Ravi Bopara and the batsman played it straight to the bowler. Bopara departed caught and bowled Ashwin on eight and India were clearly in command with the opposition team reeling on 124/5. The two spinners were proving be rather tough for the England side as Jadeja came around to send Jonathan Bairstow back to the pavilion with just two more runs added to the total.It seemed as if the two spinners were competing against each other, as R Ashwin scalped tail-ender Tim Bresnan cheaply with skipper Dhoni performing the final rites with his fine stumping. And England were down to 134/7 in 29.2 overs.Paceman Umesh Yadav got rid of Graeme Swann with a low-bounce ball that entered the batsman’s gate to crash against his stumps and England lost their eighth wicket on 148.Yadav then accounted for Samit Patel’s wicket with a similar sort of ball and Patel walked back, bowled on 16.The last man Jade Dernbach could only score a double before falling to Ashwin on the first ball of the 37th over as England were all out for 174 falling short by 126 runs.India innings  Half-centuries by skipper MS Dhoni (87 not out) and Suresh Raina (61) helped India to 300. India captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat. The current series between the two nations is being played under new ICC rules for ODIs.However, India didn’t get the kind of start that the skipper would have wanted with Parthiv Patel getting run out in the fourth over of the innings, albeit in a very unlucky fashion. A straight drive by Ajinkya Rahane off Steven Finn touched the fingers of the bowler before crashing into the stumps at the other end and Parthiv was short of his crease. India lost their first wicket on 17.The start could have been worse had Jonathan Trott, standing in the slips, not dropped a sitter from Rahane off Finn’s bowling in the second over.Post Parthiv’s fall, Rahane and Gautam Gambhir attempted a quick revival and soon the hosts were back on track with the two batsmen going steady on the Uppal stadium track.Just when things started to look good for India, England struck again to remove the other opener Rahane. A turner off Graeme Swann on the fourth ball over his very first over beat the batsman and before he could realise Craig Kieswetter had removed his bails. Rahane was stumped out on 15 and India lost their second wicket on 52/2 in 11.4 over.In the 18th over a slower full toss from Jade Drenbach left Gambhir guessing. He tried to hit it away, but failed and the ball trapped him leg before on 32. India were down to 79/3.advertisementLater Virat Kohli and left-hander Suresh Raina got on with a partnership (44 runs) that revived India’s hopes. But, the feature didn’t last for long as England part-time bowler Samit Patel got the man England wanted.Patel’s delivery that pitched after a long loop was played inside out by Kohli and Kevin Pietersen jumped high in the air to take a fine catch inches off the ropes. Kohli walked back on 37 and India were down to 123/4 in 28.5 overs.Finally, Suresh Raina and skipper MS Dhoni resurrected the India innings that was on a downslide. Soon the left-hander crossed the 50-run mark. But no sooner had he completed his half-century that a Finn delivery saw him through.He attempted to slog off a widesh ball and paid the price as Jonathan Bairstow took a diving catch at point. His 61 came off 55 balls and included five fours and two over the fence shots. India lost their fifth wicket in the 39th over when the score was 195.Skipper Dhoni continued to bat and thwart the English attack and in the process he too completed his half-century.However, Dhoni’s partner Ravindra Jadeja could not stay in the middle for long and was run out on 27. Jadeja’s cameo included two sixes. Tail-ender R Ashwin too ended up getting run out in a bid to increase the tempo in the penultimate over.Dhoni scored an unbeaten 87 off 70 balls (10×4, 1×6) as India’s innings came to a close on 300/7.last_img read more

U17 WC: USMNT Under-17’s weakness

first_imgU17 World Cup Under-17 World Cup: What is USMNT Under-17’s weakness which India can target? Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 05:27 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) James Sands, New York City FC Alex Bregman U17 World Cup India U17 v United States U17 India U17 United States U17 Goal looks at the probable chinks in the armour of the USMNT Under-17 team who shall face India on Friday… India face the USA test on Friday in their opening Group A game of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.USA coach John Hackworth in an exclusive interview to Goal has claimed that his side go into the game as favourites  and are expected to progress into the knockout rounds of the competition.India coach Luis Norton de Matos would hope that his boys take his lessons in organization to heart and do not get jittery when they take the field for the very first time in a packed stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. There will at least be one chance coming towards India’s way or there is a possibility of someone committing a horrible error which India needs to capitalize upon. Can India make the most of the half chances?Every team in the world has certain areas which can be targeted upon. This USMNT Under-17 team is no different.Goal USA’s chief correspondent Ives Gallarcep pointed that USMNT U-17’s Achilles heel could be the central defence. The reason being that both James Sands and Chris Durkin are not centre-backs by trade.GFX USA U17 Weak PointSands is New York City FC’s first homegrown player and is a highly regarded prospect by coach Patrick Vieira. However, he is more of a right-back and defensive midfielder at the club level as opposed to being a central defender. Another point to note is that although he is very technical, he isn’t a big defender.Chris Durkin is among the taller players in the USMNT U-17 squad. He is a defensive midfielder but has been asked to operate as a central defender due to injuries. The 16-year-old is already part of D.C.United’s squad in the Major League Soccer (MLS). Although a highly regarded prospect and being scouted by several clubs in Europe, he isn’t a natural central defender.Having two players who aren’t central defenders fill in the crucial role could prove to be an area of concern for coach John Hackworth. USMNT U-17 could face problems if they come up against big strikers, something which Matos would take note of.last_img read more