20 November 2009Volkswagen South Africa is set to double the number of cars it exports from its plant in the Eastern Cape, after the company won an order to export 55 000 new-generation Polos to countries including the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore in 2010.The contract, which follows from a multi-billion rand investment programme by the automaker and its component suppliers, will also see the export of 19 000 of the cars to right-hand-drive country destinations around the world by the end of 2009.This will double Volkswagen SA’s total exports from approximately 28 500 in 2009 to 55 000 in 2010. Production of the new Polo hatch began at the Uitenhage plant in July, and the vehicle is due to go on sale in South Africa from early 2010.“By the end of 2009, Volkswagen South Africa will have invested R3.5-billion in new plant, local content development and new product,” VW South Africa MD David Powels said at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park in Uitenhage this week.“A further R500-million will be invested in 2010 to complete the process and ensure that the company is well placed to capture future opportunities both in the South African and global markets.”Supplier investmentAccording to the company, one of the key factors enabling it to secure the contract was the investment of approximately R600-million by suppliers, including Rehau, Bentler, Flextech, Faurecia and Grupo Antolin, in the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP).“The investment on the part of these five suppliers into the NMBLP has resulted in the creation of 685 highly skilled, new jobs in the Metro with upside potential in coming months,” Powels said.This has enabled the company to increase local content of the new-generation Polos from below 40% to in excess of 70%.“The establishment of the NMBLP has been a crucial step in the process to enable Volkswagen to become a globally competitive manufacturer of vehicles in the Eastern Cape,” he said.As a result of the suppliers’ investment in the park, 77% of suppliers to Volkswagen of South Africa are now based in Nelson Mandela Bay – a factor Powels described as critically important in Volkswagen’s globalisation strategy.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Much Needed Rain Helped Crop ConditionsRain throughout the state brought relief to many areas while pockets of dryness persisted, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 26th. Storms passed through the state midweek, boosting soil moisture levels on average, but farmers observed everything from parched ground to standing water, sometimes within the same county. Some wind damage was reported, and other local instances of severe weather was reported throughout the state. Producers are largely finished with planting, though some double crop soybeans will be planted after wheat harvest. Crop emergence is steady, and conditions improved with the much needed rain. With the planting finished, growers are focusing on applying nitrogen to corn, spraying herbicide, starting wheat harvest, and cutting hay.Read the full report here
Please join us Wednesday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, for our free webinar entitled ‘Hidden Heroes: Caregiver Stress and What to Do About It.’In this session we will address family caregiving: its role in society, the stress associated with it and the impact caregiving stress can have on a person. Additionally, we will discuss how military helping professionals can assist family caregivers.Presenter:Denise Miner-Williams, PhD, RN brings to the table 39 years of nursing background. Dr. Miner-Williams is an adjunct associate professor with University of Health Sciences San Antonio medical school, a retired Army Nurse Corps officer, and active as an Advance Care Planning Certified Facilitator and with ABODE Contemplative Home for the Dying. For over ten years she has worked with family caregivers with the Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers in San Antonio, TX. On a personal note, she remains involved with the military life having three children as Army officers. She also understands the role of family caregiver having had a daughter with dual diagnosis.Continuing Education Credit Available!The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration has applied for 1.0 continuing education credit from The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work for credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on “Hidden Heroes: Caregivers Stress and What to Do About It” The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on May 12, 2017.
London’s Chinatown is hosting an unusual Olympic fan- A farmer who says he has cycled on a rickshaw all the way from China for the games. Chen Guanming, 57, says he undertook the two-year trip to support the athletes and “spread the Olympic spirit.” He is also seeking a last-minute ticket to attend Friday’s opening ceremony.He said Thursday his extraordinary journey began in April 2010 in his village in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. Over the next two years, he said he covered 16 countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, Turkey and Italy. He arrived in Britain by a ferry from France on July 6, he said.His rickshaw, loaded with his possessions, is plastered with pictures of him posing in front of international landmarks like the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Australian Mixed Open player, Kristy Brennan tells www.austouch.com.au about her day on tour on Friday, which involved the ANZAC Day service and the first game of the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. Dear Diary,I was very excited waking up this morning knowing it was finally game day! A few made the early start and attended Mudgee’s ANZAC Day dawn service in town.There was a positive vibe entering the breakfast room this morning as I feel all three teams have been waiting for this day to arrive. The Women’s team were celebrating the young Kim Sue See’s 18th birthday. I can only imagine the overwhelming feeling of being on debut for your country and also celebrating your 18th birthday.It wasn’t long after breakfast that we were ready to leave to go march in the ANZAC Day service. It was a great honour and I feel we are all very lucky to be able march and play on a day that has such a rich history to our country and to our neighbours across the ditch. I would personally like to thank the community of Mudgee for allowing us to share in their service and for the support we received while walking down Elin’s favourite street, ‘Mortimer’ Street. Glen, our Australian photographer, seemed to be everywhere, as he was taking pictures behind us then as we would look forward, he would be right there in front of us. Great athleticism Glen!I hope our Flag Bearers’ arms weren’t too sore after carrying the Australian flag throughout the streets of Mudgee during the march. It must have been a great feeling and honour and one I hope to experience one day. Congratulations to Kristin, Matt and Steve for leading our contingent from the front. Once back at the Parklands Resort we had time to relax, enjoy lunch, have a nanna nap (Lambo), and take plenty of photos for Instagram (Laura, Yasmin and Patricia). I even had a visit from my wonderful fiancé, Craig. Before leaving to go to the fields, there was a quick trip to the physio to get my ankles strapped (thanks Jude), and I was enlightened by the conversation between the Doc and Elin about the benefits of Vitamin B. Steph and I were also surprised when we saw the Doc eat the stem of a pear!On the bus the tunes were pumping but they were short lived as it is only a five minute trip to the fields! The team entered the grounds together and were allowed the opportunity to explore the field prior to the game. The butterflies were well and truly flying in my stomach when walking onto the field again. The memories of Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium are all positive for me as it was this time two years ago that we were successful over New Zealand in the Trans Tasman series. Boots were on, GPS trackers set and it was time to get down to business. As Springy said, “Double time today people! Who’s ready to get to work?” It was clear in the warm up that we were all ready for work and to work for your mates either side of you on the field. Walking back from warm up, Cameron shared some words of wisdom on the meaning of love!In the sheds for the last time before taking the field, the love was shared by wishing each other good luck. A big shout out to our debutants Laura, Bundy, Sammy, Yasmin, Springy and Langy. Also Justin who has played before but somehow that didn’t count.I know we couldn’t have asked for a better result after day one of the 2014 Trans Tasman series. After scoring two touchdowns myself, our Mixed team was successful 10-2. The Women’s had a win 8-6 with the birthday girl scoring a hat-trick, congratulations Kimmy! And Trady’s Men are on their way to winning back the trophies with an outstanding 10-6 win.After the celebrations at the field, there was a quick dinner stop at KFC on the way home, much to Mick’s disgust (even though he ordered a pizza down the road). Then it was time to recover and focus on the challenging task ahead.Bring on day two! Good luck to our three teams for tomorrow and goodnight.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 Trans Tasman Series:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#transtasman2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksKristy Brennan Tour Diary
STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 13: A general view of Davis Wade Stadium during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Mississippi State Bulldogs on October 13, 2012 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Mississippi State can no longer win the SEC West after a loss to Alabama this past Saturday, but the Bulldogs still have a lot to play for. MSU, at 7-3, still has a chance to post a 10-win season for just the fourth time in school history. The Bulldogs will need to get things started with a strong bounce-back performance against red-hot Arkansas this weekend.Wednesday, the school released a two-minute hype video to tease the contest. Check it out:The Bulldogs and the Razorbacks are set for a 7:00 PM ET kick off.
Beijing: Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Chinese tech giant Huawei, on Tuesday denied that restrictions imposed by the US on its products and supplies will affect the roll-out of 5G technology. In an interview with Chinese state media, Ren said that the decision by some American tech companies to stop selling components and software to Huawei “doesn’t mean much” and added that the company was already prepared to deal with the ban, reports Efe news. “We can make chips as good as those made by US companies, but it does not mean that we will not buy chips from them,” Ren said. Huawei’s founder acknowledged that the clash with the US was inevitable owing to the company’s interest in becoming one of the global leaders of the 5G technology and said that “others will definitely not be able to catch up with Huawei in 5G technologies for two or three years”. “But in our business (5G), Huawei is at the forefront, though when it comes to comparison between countries, we are still far behind the United States,” he added. The Huawei executive also said that his company will not exclude US chips and that Huawei was “very grateful” to the US companies including tech multinational IBM. “Instead, we should grow together. But if there is a supply shortage, we have a backup. In the “peace period”, half of our chips are from the US companies and half from Huawei. We cannot be isolated from the world,” he said. When asked how long the crisis surrounding the company would last, Ren said the question should be directed at US President Donald Trump. “Blame should be directed at US politicians, not companies,” he said. Ren’s remarks comes a day after the US Department of Commerce issued a temporary general license lifting the ban on Huawei and its subsidiaries to prepare for a transition. The Department said in a statement that the decision was taken to grant “operators time to make other arrangements and the Department space to determine the appropriate long term measures for Americans and foreign telecommunications providers that currently rely on Huawei equipment for critical services”. Last week, the US included Huawei in a list of companies and individuals that would be denied access to US technologies. As an outcome of this ban, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has revoked Huawei’s Android license, which means the Chinese telecom giant will lose access to updates to the Android operating system except those available through an open source license and also no longer have access to Google’s proprietary services such as Google Maps. Huawei on Monday said it “will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally”. “We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally,” the company said in a statement. US semi-conductor companies such as Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx Inc and Broadcom and Germany’s Infineon Technologies as well as American chip manufacturing firms including Micron Technology and Western Digital will also stop supplying components to Huawei in compliance with Trump’s order, which could delay the global roll-out of 5G networks.
Arab and Muslim figures on Friday mourned the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, noting his cause as an example for the world to follow.Egypt’s presidency released an official obituary statement, reflecting on Mandela’s fight for justice and the struggle to end apartheid.“Egypt had a leading role in supporting the resistance of African countries to reach their freedom and independence. Because of its hard stance against racial discrimination in South Africa, Egypt did not hesitate to cut diplomatic relations with South Africa’s former racist government.” al-Masry al-Youm website quoted the statement as saying. “Leaders like Nelson Mandela, Gamal Abdul Nasser, and the African forefathers who struggled for freedom and independence will forever be a source of inspiration to people, and an example to lead by.“He will remain in the hearts and mind of Egyptians as one of the most prominent symbols of national struggle in the modern world,” added the statement.Ahmad al-Muslimani, presidential advisor to Adly Mansour, publicly commented on Mandela’s death, saying that Egypt and the African continent will always remember him as a lieutenant of pride and glory, reported al-Fagr news website.Cairo feels deep sorrow for the departure of an iconic figure of national freedom and independence, and his cause will always inspire those seeking justice, said the Egyptian official.Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani tweeted: “With a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Nelson Mandela. Surely, his legacy will remain a source of #inspiration and courage for all people.”Pakistan’s former Interior Minister Rehman Malik, like a number of Pakistani figures, also took to Twitter to mourn the Mendela’s loss.“The world has lost Nelson Mandela a great leader and symbol of struggle. May God bless his soul in peace,” Malik tweeted.Solid standPalestinian president Mahmoud Abbas also commented on Mandela‘s death, highlighting the former South African leader‘s stand with the Palestinian cause.“The Palestinian people will never forget his historic statement that the South African revolution will not have achieved its goals as long as the Palestinians are not free,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was quoted by AFP as saying.Influential Palestinian Islamist group Hamas called Mandela “one of the biggest supporters of our cause,” according to Reuters.“Today a great freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela has died, one of the world’s most important symbols of freedom,” Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas official, was quoted by Reuters as saying.In the United States, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization in the United States, released a statement to pay tribute to Mandela’s death.“Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela served as an example of strength in adversity to all those fighting for freedom and justice. His legacy of uncompromising perseverance in the face of bigotry and injustice will live on for generations to come,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad in the statement.CAIR‘s statement on the occasion quoted a saying by the Prophet Mohammad: “For every day on which the sun rises, there is a [reward] for the one who establishes justice among people.”Silent prayerSouth African political party group al-Jama’ah called on Muslims to perform a silent prayer for former president Nelson Mandela, reported South African-based news website Independent Online.The pro-Muslim group, founded in 2007, also released a statement reacting to the death of the popular leader.“The greatest gift one can give to a human being is freedom and that is what Mandela did for all South Africans,” The Independent Online quoted al-Jama’ah party leader Ganief Hendricks as saying in the statement.“The party has asked all Muslims to observe all protocols as Muslim leaders from every Arab and Muslim country visit South Africa over the next two weeks to pay their respects to the country and comfort South Africans,” he added.According to Hendricks, the party will be paying tribute to Mandela by feeding the poor and participating in goodwill programs over the next two weeks, reported the news website.Source: Al Arabiya
OSU’s football team plays Michigan State Sept. 30, 2012, at Spartan Stadium. OSU won, 17-16.Credit: Lantern file photoA trip to a BCS bowl game in Pasadena, Calif., will be on the line when the Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) and Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) football teams meet at the Big Ten Championship Game.Saturday’s winner is guaranteed to at least receive a berth in the Rose Bowl Game, but for No. 2-ranked OSU, a projected selection to the BCS National Championship Game hangs in the balance pending the game’s outcome.Even so, OSU players insist their focus this week is on winning Saturday rather than the later implications of that potential win.“You have to take it one week at a time, one day at a time,” junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett said Monday. “All we can do is win each and every week. If we do that … things will work out for themselves.”Although he acknowledged the Buckeyes were excited to move up to No. 2 in the BCS standings after then-No. 1 ranked Alabama lost to then-No. 4 Auburn, junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said the team has kept its attention on Michigan State.“We don’t really have to do much refocusing because everybody still understands what’s at task right now and understands how important this game is,” Shazier said. “We got to take care of business with (Michigan State) first, then we can move on and be excited about the next team to come up.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said his players have the right mindset going into the championship game.“They’re a very purpose-driven team and a very intelligent team so I don’t anticipate a problem (with focus),” Meyer said. “The biggest problem is we’re going to be facing an excellent team in Michigan State with great players.”The Buckeyes, though, seem to realize winning against the No. 10-ranked Spartans is no easy task.OSU has been led this season by the strength of its offense, which ranks third in scoring offense (48.2 points per game) and sixth in total offense (530.5 yards per game).The Buckeyes’ offense has been especially strong on the ground, ranking second nationally with 321.3 rushing yards behind the all-Big Ten play of senior running back Carlos Hyde and junior quarterback Braxton Miller.That offense, however, might face its toughest test of the season in the Spartans. Michigan State’s defense leads the nation with only 237.7 total yards allowed per game and 64.8 rushing yards allowed per game, and also ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense with only 11.8 points allowed per game.Meyer said the success of Michigan State’s defense starts with its players’ talent.“It always starts with players,” Meyer said. “They have very skilled players that are tough.”Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said the Michigan State defense likes to “just play you and see if their guys are better than yours.”“They don’t do a ton of different stuff,” Mewhort said in regards to Michigan State’s defensive scheme. “I respect them for that because they have good players and are able to do that a lot.”Mewhort pointed specifically to redshirt-sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun, redshirt-senior defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds and senior middle linebacker Max Bullough as players in Michigan State’s defensive front seven who could present a challenge to the OSU offense.“They’re a physical group,” Mewhort said. “Good players everywhere.“The game’s going to be won in the trenches, so it’s going to be us (OSU offensive line) vs. them (Michigan State defensive front),” Mewhort added. “It’s going to be one of those classic, smashmouth Big Ten football games. I think we’re going to really embrace that on our offensive line, and we’re looking forward to it.”While the OSU offense is preparing for its toughest challenge of the season, the Michigan State defense is doing the same.“For me to sit here and tell you (OSU is) not our biggest challenge that we’ve faced so far, they’re not our biggest test, would just be lying to you,” Bullough said Monday.Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Miller’s dual-threat ability to both pass and run the ball makes OSU’s offense particularly tough to defend.“The quarterback is a game-breaker,” Dantonio said. “He’s going to be able to create, take a bad play and make it a good one.”But even with the variety of challenges the OSU offense could present to its opponent, Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard said he does not expect the Spartans to change the way they play.“We’re going to play our game of football,” Dennard said. “We’re going to make those guys play our game. And that’s the way we look at it every game.”Michigan State redshirt-sophomore quarterback Connor Cook said OSU’s defensive struggles against Michigan Saturday gave his offense confidence, but said he and his teammates aren’t getting their hopes up for the Buckeyes to give up that many points and yards again.“Any time you see your opponent give up that many yards … quite honestly, you’re licking your chops,” Cook said. “But you just got to treat it like any other game that we’ve had all year.”Michigan State’s offense has had its share of struggles this season, ranking just 85th nationally in total offense (380.2 yards per game) and 63rd in scoring offense (29.4 points per game).Meyer said it is “very clear” what the Spartans, which have 502 rushing attempts and 354 passing attempts this season, want to do when they are on offense.“They’re balanced, but they’re going to run the football on you,” Meyer said. “So we’ve been decent against the run and we need to continue to be decent against the run.”Shazier said Michigan State is “really good” at running the ball. He also thinks Cook is a smart leader of the offense.“They have a really good O-line,” Shazier said. “And they have playmakers, and the quarterback, he’s a really good decision-maker. He doesn’t really make a lot of dumb decisions and make decisions that would hurt the team.”OSU’s defense versus Michigan State’s offense will be just as important to the game’s outcome, Meyer said.“The best defense is our offense hanging onto the ball moving the ball … but the way I feel, there’s no shortcutting Michigan State’s offense,” Meyer said. “As far as winning a game, we have to play excellent defense against this offense.”Kickoff is scheduled for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Gareth Southgate believes England players were “harsh on themselves” at half-time as they managed a 1-0 victory against Switzerland on Tuesday.After a lacklustre goalless first half, Southgate allowed the players a couple of minutes before coming in with the coaching staff to speak with the team and was happy with what he saw. ESPN reports.Southgate said: “I wasn’t in there at that moment because we always give them the first three or four minutes to themselves. We always encourage them to have a voice.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“They were frustrated the first half. It’s important they feel close enough that they can get on to each other. We have to make sure that doesn’t boil over but it was quite calm by the time we got in there.“That’s a good sign there’s some leadership in the group. They recognise when they want to be better. Today they were harsh on themselves.”England scored in the second half to win the game 1-0, thanks to a goal by Marcus Rashford.