The Warriors are preparing to play the entire season without injured guard Klay Thompson.Thompson, who tore his left ACL in June, had hoped to return in time for a potential playoff run. The organization previously said Thompson would not play until after the All-Star break in February but, in a recent conversation with NBC Sports Bay Area, coach Steve Kerr said he isn’t expecting the all-star guard back at all this season.“It’s unlikely that he’s going to play this year,” Kerr told NBC …
16 April 2004The government says it is committed to developing the fledgling aerospace industry in South Africa – in the way that it has helped the country’s motor industry out of the starting blocks.South Africa’s strategy for aerospace industry growth – traditionally considered a difficult sector to enter – is to encourage international partnerships with overseas aircraft manufacturers in the component sub-system repair and maintenance area.R110m super-alloys plantThe industry was recently bolstered by the announcement of a R110-million Anglovaal Mining (Avmin) investment in a new plant to produce super-alloy metals for Rolls-Royce engines.The plant, at Pelindaba outside Pretoria, is expected to produce 4 000 tons of the super-strong steel within three years, mostly for export, with potential earnings of R750-million a year for South African Airways (SAA), Business Day reports.The project forms part of offset deals linked to arms and aircraft purchases by the government and SAA.Two Malaysian contracts for GrintekDefence technology group Grintek also announced recently that it had secured two contracts with the Malaysian government.ThisDay reports that Avitronics, a joint venture between Grintek and Saab of Sweden, has been awarded the first phase of a contract to supply Malaysia with 18 multi-sensor warning systems for its new Sukhoi fighter aircraft.The first and second phases of the order are valued at over US$20-million, or R134-million, with the first phase starting immediately.According to ThisDay, Grintek subsidiary Grintek Aviation Systems will also be supplying and installing instrument landing equipment to a civilian airport in Malaysia.The two deals follow numerous negotiations between the two countries, helped by President Thabo Mbeki’s visit to Malaysia last year.New aircraft purchases ‘have already paid for themselves’ThisDay also reported recently that South Africa’s multi-billion-dollar purchases of jet fighters and trainer aircraft from BAE Systems have already paid for themselves through offset investments in the manufacturing sector and export sales.BAE says it expects to achieve a R14.8-billion milestone in investments, exports and sales in 2004. “We have undertaken to deliver a significant economic benefit to the country”, BAE executive director Bernard Collier told ThisDay. “What we’ve done now is, instead of words, we’ve proven it with action.”The aerospace industry has proved a difficult nut to crack for newcomers – even when they’ve had the financial clout.Avmin’s Rick Menell says it has been looking for projects for the past six years to add value to minerals before they are exported. He told Business Day that the value of the nickel-based alloys could be multiplied by a factor of seven following the new investment.Menell added, however, that the market is “closed”, with accreditation very hard to achieve without a partner.Regional maintenance hubSouth Africa is increasingly becoming important as a regional hub for maintenance repair organisations serving operators flying in sub-Saharan Africa.During 2000-2005, capital expenditure by the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), a state-owned corporation and the largest airport operator in South Africa, is projected to be US$234-million.Several commercially run regional airports, some of which have international status, are sources for airport projects. Many local airport developers are also looking to fund the upgrading of existing smaller airports, and to turn them into more competitive international facilities.SouthAfrica.info reporter
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Pankaj Kumar, a Dalit youth was allegedly strangulated to death in Kamalpur village of Muzaffarnagar. The body was found near a tubewell outside the village on Thursday, police said. According to Vijay Pratap Singh, Circle Officer, Budhana, Kumar was missing since Wednesday night. Three people have been detained so far, Mr. Singh said.“The body was found near a tubewell outside the village on Thursday morning with the help of dog squad,” Mr. Singh said. He said prima facie it seemed like a case of strangulation but the police were waiting for the post mortem report. “The motive of the murder is being investigated. Pankaj lived with his sister and mother in the village. The family suspects three youths from the Dalit community. We have detained Ramesh Kumar and two others for interrogation,” said Mr Singh, adding samples picked up from the spot suggest that liquor was consumed there.