UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns

first_imgBritain’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson addresses the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKayBritish Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has resigned, Downing Street said in a statement on Monday, hours after Brexit minister David Davis stepped down.“This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary,” Theresa May’s Downing Street office said in a statement.“His replacement will be announced shortly. The prime minister thanks Boris for his work,” the statement said.Since cabinet approval for the plan on Friday, however, he had refrained from public comment.Mr. Johnson, who has been foreign secretary since June 2016, has been due to attend a summit on the future of the Western Balkans in London but did not show up – fuelling rumours about his imminent departure.His exit comes hours after David Davis resigned as Brexit Secretary shortly before midnight on Sunday.The resignations of two of the Cabinet’s most senior ministers left Theresa May’s government in its most tenuous position since last year’s general election result.Speculation had mounted that Mr Johnson could quit after he failed to attend a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee as well as a summit of Western Balkan nations being held in London.last_img read more

Spain start Enrique reign with win in England

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – Spain began a new era under Luis Enrique in impressive fashion as they came from a goal down to outplay England in a 2-1 win in their Nations League opener, at Wembley Stadium yesterday.Eight weeks after their memorable World Cup run was ended by Croatia in the semi-finals, the optimism sweeping England looked justified as Marcus Rashford opened the scoring after 11 minutes.But Spain, featuring only five of the players that started their last-16 World Cup penalty shootout defeat by Russia, hit back before halftime through Saul Niguez and Rodrigo.The second half was overshadowed by a nasty-looking injury sustained by England left back Luke Shaw who needed lengthy treatment after a clash of heads. Spain threatened to stretch their lead as they dominated possession but England finished strongly with Rashford wasting a great chance to equalise when he fired straight at David de Gea then having a goal by substitute Danny Welbeck disallowed deep into stoppage time.England’s defeat was their first in their last 25 competitive fixtures at Wembley. England and Spain will also face World Cup runners-up Croatia in League A Group 4 of the UEFA’s new tournament designed to add spice to the international calendar.There was an expectant mood in the 81 000 crowd as the game kicked off following the presentation of the World Cup Golden Boot trophy to home captain Harry Kane by England’s popular coach Gareth Southgate.England responded to go ahead in the 11th minute with a goal of stunning quality and one which spoke volumes for the brand of football Southgate is trying to establish. Playing out from the back rather than hoofing clear, England worked the ball to Kane who then found the marauding Shaw on the left and his pass was perfect for Rashford to slot past his Manchester United team mate De Gea.The home fans were still buzzing about the opener when Spain levelled two minutes later after a flowing move of their own – Saul Niguez shooting past Jordan Pickford after Thiago Alcantara’s neat cut back. Niguez began to pin back the hosts.England began to chase shadows and when Kieran Trippier dived in to foul Marcos Alonso in the 32nd minute, the resulting free kick by Alcantara caught the home defence napping as Rodrigo stole in at the near post to guide home.De Gea produced an acrobatic save to dent Rashford a second goal shortly afterwards but Spain ended the half on top.England were forced into a change early on in the second half after a sickening clash of heads left Shaw needing seven minutes of treatment by a posse of medics before being carried off the pitch on a stretcher. Danny Rose came on to replace him. The incident silenced the crowd and seemed to distract the hosts whose sloppiness invited Spanish pressure.England weathered the storm though and with Spain content to sit back, they pressed late on for an equaliser and should have had one when Welbeck rolled home after De Gea’s fumble only to be harshly penalised for fouling the keeper.There was much to ponder for Southgate who has now seen his side lose three matches in a row against Croatia, Belgium and now Spain – proof they are  still a work in progress.last_img read more

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

Brand South Africa encourages women in Mpumalanga to be active citizens

first_imgThe girls were encouraged to go out to their communities and play their part to uplift and encourage their peers to develop their communities. (Image: BSA)Brand South Africa’ women’s month celebrations ended off in Mpumalanga where women and girls were given the opportunity to speak about matters affecting them.On Saturday, 29 August, high school girls attended a workshop at the SABC offices where they covered matters related to dignity, health and empowerment.The girls were encouraged to go out in their communities and play their part to uplift and encourage their peers to develop their communities.The girls were given an opportunity to network and rub shoulders with influential women from Mpumalanga at a gala dinner later that evening in the Emnotweni Arena. The gala dinner was hosted in collaboration with Ligwalagwala FM.Guest speakers tackled issues of personal financial management, opportunities and investment portfolios available out there for women to explore and exploit.Other topics included women’s spirituality as well as a discussion about women’s health. To round up the evening, four Mpumalanga designers showcased their spring collections in a fashion show.last_img read more

Pinki Pramanik undergoes gender determination test

first_imgAsian Games gold medallist athlete Pinki Pramanik, accused of being a male and currently in judicial custody for alleged rape, underwent a gender determination test on Tuesday at a North 24 Parganas district hospital, police said.A seven-member medical board was constituted at the Barasat sub-divisional hospital where the athlete underwent the test. The report, in a sealed cover, will be placed before a court on Wednesday.Pramanik has also been referred to the government-run SSKM Hospital here for further tests.”A seven-member medical team conducted several tests on her, the reports of which in a sealed envelope will be sent to the court. There are some other important tests like chromosomal and hormonal blood tests which have to be conducted to determine Pinki’s sexuality,” Chief Medical Officer of North 24 Parganas district Sukanta Sil said.”As we don’t have the infrastructure to conduct such tests in the district hospital, we have referred the case to SSKM where these tests will be conducted tomorrow (Wednesday),” added Sil.The medical team supervised the proceedings in the presence of court officials.Pramanik was arrested late Thursday night and remanded to 14 days’ judicial custody by a court Friday after the athlete’s live-in partner, a divorcee and a mother of one, filed a police complaint accusing the athlete of being a male who repeatedly “raped and tortured” her.Subsequent to the arrest, Pramanik was taken to a private nursing home for a medical check-up where the test reports claimed that the former athlete was indeed a male.advertisementPramanik, however, claimed innocence and said it was a conspiracy.Pramanik, who retired from athletics three years ago, won gold in the 4×400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha in Qatar. She was a silver medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year.The Eastern Railway, with which the athlete is a ticket collector, on Sunday suspended Pramanik following her remand to judicial custody.last_img read more