SA biologist wins thesis award

first_imgA hawksbill turtle, one of the many sea-dwelling species threatened by irresponsible fishing. (Image: The Conservation Report) Dr Samantha Petersen submitted thewinning entry in the 2008 UNEP/CMS thesis award programme. (Image: World Wide Fund for Nature)Janine ErasmusThe work of South African biologist Dr Samantha Petersen has won the second UNEP/CMS Thesis Award on Migratory Species Conservation. The award is presented by the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and is sponsored by National Geographic Deutschland and Lufthansa.The jury consisted of 11 leading scientists and conservationists. After narrowing the entries down to a shortlist of 10 theses, the judges agreed that Petersen’s entry, which focused on her research into the impact of commercial fishing on migratory seabirds, sea turtles and sharks, was by far the best out of those submitted by 32 candidates from 18 countries. She will travel to Rome in December 2008 to receive the award, which will be bestowed during the ninth CMS conference.Petersen is joined on the honours list by another South African, the distinguished ornithologist Dr Ross Wanless, who took third place with his work titled Impacts of the introduced house mouse on the seabirds of Gough Island. The thesis studied the predation by house mice (Mus musculus) on chicks of the Atlantic Petrel (Pterodroma incerta) and Tristan Albatross (Diomedea dabbenena). The mouse attacks have affected the breeding success rate of the Atlantic Petrel to such an extent that the population may be unable to sustain itself.Wanless was recently appointed as BirdLife’s Global Seabird Programme Coordinator for Southern Africa. BirdLife is a worldwide organisation dedicated to the enjoyment, conservation and understanding and study of wild birds and their habitat.A holistic approachPetersen currently works for the local chapter of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) where she is the Responsible Fisheries Programme Manager. This follows a four-year stint at BirdLife South Africa where she headed up the Southern African Save the Albatross Campaign.The latest UNEP/CMS Laureate holds a diploma in veterinary nursing from Onderstepoort Veterinary College, a BSc (zoology and environmental science) from Unisa and an honours degree and PhD, which she completed in February 2008, from Cape Town University.She financed her studies by working in the field on the Prince Edward islands, studying the impact of long-line – fishing lines up to 20km long with baited hooks at intervals – and trawl fishing on albatross and petrel species. Her project formed part of South Africa’s obligation as a signatory to the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.Petersen’s latest project, the Responsible Fisheries Programme, uses an ecosystem approach to help reduce the high death rate of certain sea creatures as a result of negligent and wasteful fishing practices. She described the number of seabirds, turtles and sharks killed every year by the fishing industry as “substantial and staggering”. Full implementation of the programme in South Africa and Namibia is expected by 2010.The ecosystem approach is defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity as ‘a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way’. Essentially it acknowledges that all elements of an ecosystem are linked and takes into consideration the effects of actions on all elements. The ecosystem approach is considered one of the most important principles of sustainable environmental management.The Responsible Fisheries Programme works with all stakeholders to protect and enhance the health of the marine ecosystem, compared with the traditional method which only monitored the health of commercial fish stocks. It focuses on finding win-win solutions to ensure efficient fishing, and raising public awareness on the impact of fishing on marine ecosystems.“Our work in this sphere is absolutely crucial now,” said Petersen. “In the last decade concern globally has grown over the impact of bycatch on these species, especially in long-line and trawl fishing, which decimated their populations. It’s estimated that 75% of global fish stocks are either exploited to their maximum or over-exploited and that around 25% of marine resources landed are dumped. This has led to a catastrophic decline in vulnerable marine life, including the loss of up to 90% of the large predatory fish.”Preserving migration patternsThe Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species, also known as the Bonn Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty established to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species wherever they occur in the world.Since the CMS came into force 29 years ago it has garnered members from Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania, which number 110 as of 1 October 2008. All but 10 African countries are bound to the CMS in some way, whether as a party to an agreement or a signatory to one of various memoranda of understanding, which are less formal than the legally-binding agreements. Most African countries are full parties to the convention.The UNEP/CMS Thesis Award on Migratory Species Conservation was launched by the Bonn Convention secretariat in 2004 to celebrate the organisation’s 25th anniversary. It is worth €10 000 ($13 000) and is presented every two years with a view to promoting research and conservation around migratory animals. Data from theses submitted is also entered in the Global Register on Migratory Species.The winner’s thesis must shed new light on the biology of migratory species or give details about external factors that may disrupt their migration patterns. Research results must also be applicable to conservation measures for migratory species.Commenting on Petersen’s thesis, the judges said that her work has made a significant contribution to improving affected species’ conservation status as it shows the devastating effect of the catching of non-targeted creatures by commercial fisheries. Seabirds, turtles and sharks get killed in large numbers during fishing operations, with the result that numerous species are now threatened. The winning thesis clarifies the circumstances under which death occurs, and therefore provides a platform for recommendations that will reduce the impact of fishing operations on threatened creatures.WWF South Africa CEO Dr Morne du Plessis said, “This is an important award as it demonstrates not only the scientific expertise in WWF and in South Africa’s scientific community, but also highlights the growing concern over the impact of human activity on marine resources.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at storiesSA manta a star in Atlanta Saving albatross, on sea and landBoulders penguins’ promised landLooking out for South Africa’s sea life Saving our vulnerable sharks Useful linksBirdLife South AfricaWWF South AfricaThe Convention on Biological DiversitySave the Albatross campaignGlobal register of migratory speciesSouthern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal BirdsConvention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Marinebio.orgThe Conservation Reportlast_img read more

Baobab export coup for farmers

first_imgJanine Erasmus The fruit of the mighty baobab is to beprocessed and exported to US food markets,bringing in better incomes for rural Africanfarmers.(Image: Graeme Williams, For more freephotos, visit the image library.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lucy WelfordPhytoTrade communications+27 21 790 5707 or 076 375 0220• Junita BesterAfriplex+27 21 872 4976The magnificent baobab tree, with its sturdy trunk and broad, root-like crown, is one of Southern Africa’s icons and a well-known sight in photographs and travel brochures.Not as well-known is the fact that the tree’s fruit and leaves are both edible, and the baobab fruit is particularly nourishing and rich in vitamins and antioxidants.Now, the benefits of baobab (Adansonia spp.) are to be experienced by millions of overseas consumers, with the September 2009 announcement that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the importation of baobab powder, made from the pulp of the fruit, into the US.This is significant for the hundreds of African farmers who derive a living from the massive trees.Harare-based PhytoTrade Africa is the driving force behind the application for export. The announcement follows PhytoTrade’s successful application to the European Commission, which gave its approval for export to Europe in July 2008PhytoTrade, a trade association, helps rural farmers in Southern Africa get their natural products to market. It represents thousands of producers across eight nations in the region and states its purpose as poverty alleviation and the protection of biodiversity by promoting sustainable, ethical and economically viable enterprises.In October 2008 PhytoTrade prepared its submission to the FDA under the “generally recognised as safe” (Gras) classification. The Gras food additive classification indicates that the additive has been deemed safe for its intended use. The evaluation is performed by suitably qualified experts. Gras-certified additives are exempt from the usual full FDA pre-market review.Now that Gras status has been conferred on locally produced baobab powder, PhytoTrade and its commercial partner, plant extract specialist Afriplex, will look at launching products in the US as soon as the beginning of November 2009.PhytoTrade communications director Dr Lucy Welford, based in Cape Town, said the application has been put together with a view to capitalising on the current popularity of African food in overseas markets such as the US.The 2010 Fifa World Cup is another useful platform which will assist in the marketing of baobab products, by creating greater awareness of Africa and African foodstuffs. PhytoTrade hopes that products will be available locally in time for football’s biggest tournament, which kicks off in June 2010.Billion-dollar industryPhytoTrade believes that baobab powder has the potential to spawn a billion-dollar industry, with health-conscious consumers showing increasing interest in exotic flavours and products that offer extra benefits, and adhere to Fairtrade standards to boot.Farmers are paid fairly for their produce and, said Afriplex, the big buyers also return a portion of their sales profits to the villages to fund community projects.According to PhytoTrade’s CE, Gus Le Breton, there is already strong interest in the powdery substance.“Dozens of companies have shown interest in baobab since we submitted the application,” he said, “and many have already conducted initial research. Now that approval has been given, they can progress to full-scale product development.”Health benefitsBaobab’s vitamin C content is up to three times that of an orange. In addition to its high levels of antioxidants, it contains natural fibre, calcium and iron. The fruit is also a source of riboflavin (vitamin B2) and niacin (vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid), as well as pectin and citric, malic and succinic acids. Baobab oil contains vitamins A, D and E.Both fruit and leaves can be eaten, while the bark is used to make rope.Outside Africa the fruit and leaves of the baobab are not eaten directly – the fruit is generally processed first to the fine white powder and then added to food and drink products.Baobab powder is particularly suited as a nutritious additive for thicker drinks such as smoothies, and can also be used in jams, cereals and cereal bars, and biscuits. The healthy drinks and snacks market is a top priority for PhytoTrade.Tree of lifeIn Africa, the baobab grows primarily in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Madagascar, where it is the national tree. Baobabs can grow as old as 1 000 years.According to a 2007 study written by marketing economist Ben Bennett of Britain’s Natural Resources Institute, the sustainable harvesting of baobabs has the potential to bring in an extra US$1-billion (R7.35-billion) into Africa annually. Up to 2.5-million poor households stand to gain work and income through this.Wild harvesting of baobabs and collecting fruit from the trees or the ground will ensure the sustainability of the process. And as a source of income, baobabs will act as a deforestation deterrent because people will be more eager to protect them and less willing to chop them down to clear space for other crops.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at read more

Isandlwana: past lessons apt today

first_imgThe sphinx-shaped hill of Isandlwana looms over the field of battle. (Image: Wikimedia Commons) President Jacob Zuma commemorated the 131st anniversary of the Battle of Isandlwana with a call to all Africans to heed the lessons of that day, and be as brave and tenacious as the Zulu warriors who fought for their freedom. In one of the most iconic paintings depicting the Battle of Isandlwana, a work by British artist Charles Fripp, a British commander can be seen pushing a bugle boy from his regiment ahead of him in an act of mercy, so that the youth could be killed quicker. Or so the story goes.This is just one of the thousands of stories that came out of the Battle of Isandlwana, fought on a patch of land 16km east of the Tugela River in then Zululand, now part of KwaZulu-Natal province. Almost to the day 131 years later, on 22 January, President Jacob Zuma stood on the very site to honour the 2 300 Zulu warriors and British soldiers who lost their lives.“At the time, the battle proved that although Africa may not have been as developed as the rest of the world, it was our determination and the spirit to fight for a better life, which is and will remain the main ingredient to success,” said Zuma.The president addressed a number of dignitaries including Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini, KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize, and the president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The Ugandan president was in South Africa on a state visit to complete a number of agreements related to development of agriculture, sanitation and public works amongst others.Drawing parallels to the Zulu triumph at Isandlwana, Zuma said Africans should use that same resilience to overcome our everyday battles against climate change and poverty.“As we continue the quest for peace and stability on the continent, we must be spurred on by the sacrifices of the warriors who fought so that Africa could be free and prosperous.”The Zulu army were led by the legendary King Cetshwayo who, said Zuma, believed in negotiation instead of war. According to Major Anthony Step, military historian and curator of the Buffalo Volunteer Rifles Military Museum in East London, Zuma’s statement holds true.“Cetshwayo told his impi warriors not to do anything until the British crossed the Tugela River into Zululand,” said Step.However, under the guidance of their commander-in-chief Lord Chelmsford, the British did just that, heading for Ulundi, the home of King Cetshwayo. The invasion mobilised the Zulus to attack.The battle started when a British scouting party found a massive gorge within which the Zulu army camped. Before the scouts could get their message back to their troops, they were killed, and thus the battle began.British excuses for defeatFor all the British technology and advanced weaponry, the Zulus’ warring spirit was all that was needed to ensure victory, albeit with assegais and shields made from animal hide versus the Martini-Henry breech-loading rifles and other artillery of the enemy.Step said there are many debatable reasons why the British were defeated. For one they were outnumbered and were beaten by the famous buffalo horn formation (izimpondo zankomo) that the Zulu warriors deployed.Zuma explained in his speech that the chest of the formation attacked the British infantry and the horns pounced on the right and left flanks, delivering a secondary blow that was to prove fatal. As a result, the 20 000-strong Zulu force annihilated the British third column.Step added that another reason for their defeat was that they ran out of ammunition. “Those who ran back for ammunition were denied by quartermasters who would not provide ammunition for troops in other companies.”Step also mentioned the construction of the metal boxes in which the ammunition were stored were cumbersome. The lid had to be unscrewed, which took too much time in the heat of battle. “The troops were not in a defensive position and they ended up in little pockets of resistance,” he said.Nevill Coghill and Teignmouth Melvill, both part of the South Wales Borderers infantry, made an effort to save the Queen’s colours of their regiment. While trying to cross the swollen Buffalo River, they were killed by the Zulus.“They both got Victorian Crosses for their effort. The colours were later retrieved, presented to Queen Victoria, and now reside at the Royal Welsh Brecon Museum,” said Step. “Their infantry’s lapel badge was that of a sphinx, and those who fought at the battle remarked that the Isandlwana mountain resembled the sphinx.”The British went on to redeem themselves at Rorke’s Drift, where they successfully defended their mission station against an assault of 3 000 to 4 000 Zulus.And what happened to the bugle boy in Fripp’s painting? “The boy was pushed ahead so that he could be killed quickly and not to be cut up into little pieces,” said Step.last_img read more

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Ateneo shoots for 5th straight triumph

first_imgWith this in mind, the Eagles try to extend their unbeaten start to five games as they clash with winless University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Working behind a fluid offense and a much-improved defense from last season, the Eagles have won their first four games of the tournament by double-digit margins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We can’t fall into the trap of looking [at] and enjoying our record,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “We’ve got to stay focused on our next game.”Tied with Adamson at fourth spot with similar 2-2 records, Far Eastern U and National U square off in the first game at 2 p.m. The Tamaraws are hoping to improve under rookie coach Olsen Racela, even after their 78-65 conquest of University of Santo Tomas on Saturday.Racela expects another dogfight against the Bulldogs, who lost to the Adamson Falcons, 83-76, on Sunday.“It doesn’t matter who you play, it’s really tough to get wins [in the UAAP],” said Racela. “That’s why I keep reminding the players to always grind it out.”Thirdy Ravena has stood at the forefront of the Ateneo attack, averaging close to 19 points in the first four games, while getting ample help from his teammates.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Who leads among win-win Pinoy warriors? LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games No team has come close to beating Ateneo in the first three weeks of UAAP Season 80. But the Blue Eagles know even the slightest sign of complacency can cost them a victory.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Championship culture the goal for Ohio State womens basketball

Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) drives to the basket during a game against Iowa Jan. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 81-74.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternDespite having a new coaching staff and playing the hardest schedule in the country, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is three games above .500 on the year and has plenty to look forward to on the season.The Buckeyes (12-9, 2-3) are led in scoring by sophomore guard Ameryst Alston, who is averaging 17 points per game and was a two-time Associated Press Ms. Basketball in the state of Ohio while at Canton McKinley High School.OSU has also received key contributions this season from another sophomore guard, Cait Craft, who leads the team in 3-pointers.Craft, who is averaging 8.8 points a game so far this season, said the OSU program has a very bright future.“I do have a lot of confidence in the team, especially this year,” Craft said. “I have a lot confidence with the new coaching staff. Everyone is buying into their system which makes it a lot of fun.”OSU coach Kevin McGuff is not only trying to change the culture of the program, but his attempts to bring in the nation’s best players are not going unnoticed. OSU’s 2014 recruiting class is ranked No. 7 in the country, according to ESPN.Not only has McGuff signed a top-10 recruiting class, he has also brought in two transfers from power conference schools, Georgetown and Duke.Freshman guard Kianna Holland from Duke and freshman forward Shayla Cooper from Georgetown are set to join the team on the court after Fall Semester exams are finished.Even with everything building toward the future, McGuff said he is still focused on the current season.“I have not thought too much about next year,” McGuff said. “When I think about the future, it is just about creating a championship culture.”Creating that culture could be made easier by the return of Alston and Craft to the lineup — both lead the team in average minutes per game — as well as redshirt-junior guard Amy Scullion, who is set to return next year as a fifth-year senior.Scullion, who leads the team in 3-point shooting percentage, said expectations are high going forward.“I want us to make the (NCAA) tournament,” Scullion said about the current Buckeye team. “I think coach McGuff has done a great job of changing the culture of this program and he has made it a winning program.”The Buckeyes missed out on the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since the 2001-02 season, ultimately leading to the firing of former coach Jim Foster. OSU also finished tied for eighth in the Big Ten last season, tied for their worst finish in the conference since the 2000-01 season.The Buckeyes are looking to further the winning culture this Thursday, as they are set to travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan (13-5, 4-1) at 7 p.m. read more

Mourinho Man United need wins right away

first_imgJose Mourinho is hungry for points as Manchester United look to get their top-four Premier League hopes back on track against Fulham on SaturdayThe Red Devils are on a four-match winless run in the English top-flight and find themselves already 18 points adrift of leaders Manchester City after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.With hopes of a Premier League title now practically over, United’s main goal for this season is to seal a top-four finish.But they are eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea and must return to winning ways immediately.Although Mourinho concedes that, even against bottom-side Fulham, nothing is guaranteed ahead of this weekend’s showdown at Old Trafford.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I sat here a few weeks ago speaking about December and [having] no defeats – that’s a reality,” said the United boss, according to SportsMax.“[We have had] good fights, good spirit but just one victory against Young Boys [in the Champions League], and three draws, [but] we need points, Fulham are the same.“I want to be positive and think we are going to win, but if we don’t [win], give credit to people who deserve credit.“The game is not 11 v 0, it’s going to be 11 v 11, with good players on the other side, the position and points [total] don’t say much about [the] potential of the team.“They have one of the two most important managers in Premier League history, they have the potential to come here and give us a difficult match.”last_img read more

Save the Date a Holocaust legend coming to Providenciales

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, #Turks and Caicos Islands – February 27, 2018 – Organisers are admonishing residents, especially fans of the legendary novel ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ to remember to save the date, Wednesday March 14, 2018 – that is when Eva Schloss will make an historic appearance and presentation.Schloss is one of the pivotal, real life characters from the acclaimed novel  which has been published in some 60 languages and she arrives in the Turks and Caicos in March for a series of events to share her captivating story.  The general public is invited to attend the free event at the Shore Club on March 14, 2018.  Doors Open at 6:30pm, the progam begins at 7pm.An Evening with Eva Schloss is courtesy of the Provo Jewish Community, with free admission.Schloss, who is a Holocaust survivor was the childhood friend and step-sister of Anne Frank and will share her own intriguing story of resilience. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#diaryofannefrank, #evaschloss, #provojewishcommunitylast_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons Security Innovation Announces Hack Through The Holidays Event

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Security Innovation, an authority in application security, announced it will make its popular CMD+CTRL cyber range available to the public for free for a limited time. With approximately 90% of attacks occurring at the software layer, and research indicating that skilled personnel is a primary reason organizations can’t adequately defend themselves, this initiative helps solve both problems.A primary goal of Security Innovation’s Hack Through the Holidays event is to educate users about the benefits of using Cyber Ranges to build and maintain skills in an engaging way.  Unique to the industry, CMD+CTRL is a simulator where users compete to find vulnerabilities in business applications in real-time. Unlike many holiday promotions, there are no strings attached: no credit cards, commitments, or software to download.The CMD+CTRL Cyber Range opens up at 9am ET on Friday, December 21.  Those looking to learn more about Cyber Ranges can find info in our series of blog posts, starting with Getting Started with a Cyber Range.Videos, blogs, and tip sheets will help those with limited security background; yet, there are plenty of challenges for even the most advanced hackers. Real-time scoring tracks user progress so you can track progress moving up the leaderboard. There are dozens of challenges of varying levels of difficulty. No one has found them all yet – can you?Summary Details:Runs from Friday 12/21  until Wednesday 1/2No tools needed – just an internet connection, browser, and attitudeRegister: Security InnovationSecurity Innovation is a pioneer in software security and trusted advisor to its clients. Since 2002, organizations have relied on our assessment and training solutions to make the use of software systems safer in the most challenging environments – whether in Web applications, IoT devices, or the cloud. The company’s flagship product, CMD+CTRL Cyber Range, is the industry’s only simulated Web site  environment designed to build the skills teams need to protect the enterprise where it is most vulnerable – at the software layer. Security Innovation is privately held and headquartered in Wilmington, MA USA. For more information, visit or connect with us on LinkedIn or Twitter.(NOTE: The above press release is from Security Innovation via Globe Newswire.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Security Innovation Wins Two Security Industry Awards In FebruaryIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Security Innovation Honored For Security Computer-Based TrainingIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Security Innovation & ICMCP Join Forces To Address Cybersecurity Talent ShortageIn “Business”last_img read more

Hero Working on Honda Activas Rival to Boost Sales

first_imgHero MotoCorp seems to be working hard on launching a rival to Honda Motor Co.’s best-selling scooter Activa, as it struggles with slowing demand in the motorcycle segment.To counter the stiff competition from former partner Honda, India’s largest two-wheeler maker is expediting its work on a rival to Activa, Live Mint reported quoting sources close to the matter.The new launch, a 110cc full metal body unisex scooter, is reported to be undergoing rigorous trials, as the company plans to release it for sale by July this year.The features include external fuel filling, telescopic front suspension, tubeless tyres, digi-analogue console, integrated braking system, remote-controlled seat and fuel lid opening, a USB mobile charging unit and a light in the under-seat storage.However, the new scooter did not feature in the models displayed by the company at the 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi due to competitive reasons, according to another source close to the development.”They want to take Honda by surprise,” the source noted. After the release of Acitva’s rival, the company is expected to introduce another scooter Dash, one of three new scooters it showcased at Auto Expo in Delhi. The other two models are Dare and ZIR.”While the new range of motorcycles, including the 250cc sports bike, were originally scheduled to be launched in the first half of 2015, the company wants to hold them back for some time,” said a person familiar with the development.Sales are motorcycles across the country have been slowing due to subdued demand from rural consumers, as their incomes are hit by unseasonal rains.”Going forward, Hero will increase focus on scooters, which has very much become an urban phenomenon. There will be more variants of Pleasure and Maestro,” said one of the sources.While scooters occupied a 58.68% share of Honda’s total sales in 2014-15, Hero’s scooter sales accounted for 12% of its overall sales.last_img read more