5 May 2015Visitors to South Africa’s most luxurious lodges in Mpumalanga can now fly directly to their destination from almost anywhere in the world thanks to a new service from independent airline SA Airlink.SA Airlink signed a deal with Nedbank Capital in April, which will see the privately owned airline acquire four new Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft. These will be used to fly passengers to upmarket lodges in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, Nedbank Capital said in a statement issued in April.SA Airlink, which is in a strategic alliance with SA Airways (SAA), is a feeder airline specifically aimed at linking the smaller towns, regional centres and hubs throughout South Africa. According to its website, the airline currently carries more than 1-million passengers a year on more than 35 000 flights.Roger Foster, the chief executive of SA Airlink, said the airline had been involved in building up Skukuza Airport near Kruger National Park, which had created awareness among international travellers of the options when travelling to Sabi Sands, Business Day reported on Tuesday.Mpumalanga’s Skukuza Airport reopened in 2014, which was facilitated by SA Airlink “as part of a broader plan to introduce “seamless connectivity and convenience for national and international tourists wanting to visit the Kruger National Park area”, the statement said.The four lodges are: Ulusaba, Singita, Arathusa, and Londolozi.The acquisition of the Cessna aircraft was the final step in SA Airlink’s plan to grow its well-established feeder flight network by adding flights directly to a number of the most popular game lodge destinations in South Africa.Foster said passengers would be able to use the SAA flight reservations facility to arrange their flights all the way to their final destination.SA Airlink’s code franchising agreement with SAA removes “the hassle of having to arrange separate road shuttle services or complicated secondary aircraft charters from the main centres to their end-destinations”, he said.According to a report by the World Travel & Tourism Council, travel and tourism directly contributed more than 640 000 jobs and more than R103-billion of South Africa’s total GDP in 2013, James Geldenhuys, head of aircraft finance for Nedbank Capital, said.SAinfo reporter
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Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Even before the partnership was set, though, some athletes from Pancrase have already competed in ONE with former World champions Daichi Abe and Kazuki Tokudome having fought under ONE’s banner.Yuya Wakamatsu, a Pancrase World flyweight champion, will face Demetrious Johnson in the upcoming ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.“We believe this partnership is the start of a long-term relationship with ONE Championship, and we look forward to shaping the future of martial arts both in and outside Japan together,” said Pancrase President Masakazu Sakai.ADVERTISEMENT As part of the partnership, Pancrase athletes will compete in the ONE stage and also take part in the ONE Warrior Series.Selected Pancrase amateur athletes will also receive an opportunity to train at Evolve MMA in Singapore for a year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Following our partnership with Shooto, ONE Championship is excited to offer the same opportunity to Pancrase athletes and World champions to compete on the world’s largest stage for martial arts,” said ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.“We are fully committed to developing Japan’s martial arts ecosystem from the amateur up to the professional level. Our partnership with Pancrase once again marks the world’s top martial arts organizations coming together to create a new era of martial arts in Japan,” added Sityodtong. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Nutrition hall for PH national athletes now open Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MANILA, Philippines—ONE Championship continued strengthening its reach in the mixed martial arts world.Following a partnership with Shooto this January, ONE has now partnered with Japanese promotion Pancrase.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments
Norwegian maritime technology expert Kongsberg and its compatriot fertilizer producer Yara have teamed up on a project to build world’s first autonomous and zero emissions ship.Named Yara Birkeland, the vessel will be the world’s first fully electric container feeder, the duo claims, adding that the ship would produce zero emissions.Operation is planned to start in the latter half of 2018, shipping products from Yara’s Porsgrunn production plant to Brevik and Larvik in Norway. Yara Birkeland will initially operate as a manned vessel, moving to remote operation in 2019 and expected to be capable of performing fully autonomous operations from 2020.“Every day, more than 100 diesel truck journeys are needed to transport products from Yara’s Porsgrunn plant to ports in Brevik and Larvik where we ship products to customers around the world. With this new autonomous battery-driven container vessel we move transport from road to sea and thereby reduce noise and dust emissions, improve the safety of local roads, and reduce NOx and CO2 emissions,” says Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO of Yara.Under the partnership, Kongsberg will be in charge of development and delivery of all key enabling technologies on Yara Birkeland including the sensors and integration required for remote and autonomous operations, in addition to the electric drive, battery and propulsion control systems. According to the company, its integrated control and monitoring systems are already capable of providing technology for remote and unmanned operations.“By moving container transport from land to sea, Yara Birkeland is the start of a major contribution to fulfilling national and international environmental impact goals. The new concept is also a giant step forward towards increased seaborne transportation in general,” says Geir Håøy, President and CEO of Kongsberg.“Developing systems for autonomous operations is a major opening and natural step for Kongsberg, considering our decades of expertise in the development and integration of advanced sensors, control and communication systems for all areas of ship operations. Yara Birkeland will set the benchmark for the application of innovative maritime technology for more efficient and environmentally friendly shipping,” says Håøy.