10 January 2013South African new vehicle sales grew by 9.2 percent to 623 914 units when compared with a total of 571 415 new vehicles sold in South Africa in 2011, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) said on Wednesday.Naamsa director Nico Vermeulen said export sales performed relatively well during 2012 and stood at 277 844 vehicles, which was the second highest annual export figure on record.“On balance, 2012 turned out to be a year of relatively solid growth.“New vehicle sales generally, and new car sales in particular, performed well above initial expectations despite a slowing economy,” Vermeulen said.He said motor industry-related sales turnover had grown by about 11 percent and reached about R182-billion in 2012.New vehicle export sales were estimated to have added a further R52-billion to the total industry revenue.SA’s track record ‘firmly established’Vermeulen said South Africa’s track record as a car manufacturer had been firmly established, with vehicle exports currently destined for 148 international markets.Total industry exports were projected to reach about 361 000 units during 2013, he said.On the assumption that the South African economy would grow in real terms by three percent in 2013, Naamsa projected an increase of 7.3 percent in vehicle domestic sales.December sales up 1.8% y/y New vehicle sales ended 2012 on a positive note with a year-on-year increase of 1.8 percent in December, Naamsa said.A total of 46 016 vehicles were sold in December 2012, an improvement of 825 on the previous year.The new passenger car market recorded a year-on-year increase of 7.6 percent, which was supported by a strong demand from car rental companies, a sector which accounts for 14.3 percent of total sales.Export sales recorded a substantial year-on-year increase of 5 554 units or 39.2 percent.Naamsa said that after extensive discussions, Mercedes-Benz would resume full reporting of its new vehicle sales and exports.In December 2011, the German manufacturer withdrew from reporting its sales to Naamsa after a global directive by its parent company Daimler AG. Sapa
frederic lardinois Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web Ning, the popular online service that allows users to create their own custom social networking sites, launched Ning Apps today. Ning Apps gives users the ability to embed over 90 new apps and widgets on their social networks. Given that Ning Apps is based on the OpenSocial standard, however, developers will surely create a lot more apps in the near future. Ning added basic OpenSocial support to its service last year. At that time, however, Ning only supported about 30 applications and users could only add OpenSocial applications to their own profiles but could not publish them on their network sites so that everybody could see them. Now, Ning Network Creators – that is, users who administer their own social network on Ning – can finally embed these apps and make them available for all the users on their custom social network. Among the apps launched today are a service that allows artists to sell merchandise from Sellit, a BlogTalkRadio app for podcasters, Huddle workspaces, PollDaddy polls, as well as WordPress apps to display blog posts and a Ustream app for live video streaming. A complete list of existing apps is available here.While other social networks have obviously provided their users with access to these kinds of apps and widgets for a long time already, this is a major step forward for Ning. Ning, according to its own stats, currently hosts over 1.5 million different social networks (how many of these are active is a different question, however) and has about 33 million registered users. If Ning wants to continue to compete with Facebook and other social networks, it simply needs this kind of open development environment to provide its users with the right set of features, though it also looks like Ning actually has an Apple-like approval process for new apps in place. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
A time of change for DowThe announcement comes as Dow Chemical prepares for a merger with DuPont and as it takes full control of Dow Corning. Dow announced in late June it was cutting 2,500 jobs globally, about 4% of its total workforce.Dow Solar employs about 130 workers in Midland, Michigan, and Milpitas, California. Most of those positions will be affected by the cutbacks.Powerhouse shingles were launched in 2011. At the time, the company said the single was “integral to Dow’s transformation, and a key part of its strategy to invent and innovate new technologies.” The Solar System 2.0, first released last year, was the latest version of the shingle with better power density and easier installation, according to Dow.CertainTeed continues to make a roofing shingle with an integral solar collector, the Apollo II PV Roofing System. Unlike Dow’s Powerhouse, it uses mono-crystalline silicon cell. The 60-watt modules weigh less than 3 pounds per square foot and have a wind rating of up to 150 mph. Dow Chemical is giving up on its line of building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing shingles.Less than five years after entering the market, the company says it will accept orders for the Powerhouse Solar System only through July 28 and make its last shipments by August 10, MLive reported.A Dow spokesperson said in an email that the company planned to “transition its Powerhouse platform to a licensing business model.”The solar shingles are manufactured with flexible solar cells made with copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) produced by NuvoSun, a wholly owned subsidiary acquired by Dow in 2013. As Greentech Media notes, NuvoSun is one of many companies that have ventured into CIGS technology with hopes it would be an efficient, less obtrusive, and lower-cost alternative to conventional crystalline silicon solar panels.That hasn’t quite worked out. The shingles have a low profile, but the thin-film CIGS cells aren’t as efficient at generating electricity as standard solar modules, and they’re difficult to manufacture. In the end, investing in building-integrated solar “amounts to paying a premium for less of a return,” as Greentech Media’s Julian Spector put it.Pricing information posted at the Dow website seems to bear that out. The company says that if a typical residential roof using conventional materials costs $10,000, the same roof incorporating enough Powerhouse shingles to generate 3 kilowatts of electricity would be $25,000, after federal and utility incentives.At $3.50 per watt, standard PV modules rated at 3 kW would cost $10,500 installed, before the 30% federal tax credit.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 17: Fans of the Michigan Wolverines react to a 14-3 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 17, 2007 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It may be June, but Ohio State and Michigan are in mid-season form in the trash talk department. Saturday night, Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith, taking exception to what appears to be a recruiting pamphlet produced by Michigan, blasted the Wolverines on Twitter. Smith, who is clearly ticked off that Michigan is is promoting its assistant coach Jedd Fisch as a better alternative for recruits to develop under, fired back, boasting about Ohio State’s three victories in a row over the Wolverines.Smith also predicted a fourth straight victory and posted a photo of all of the rings he’s won in his coaching years. It’s strong.U mad bro?? #LevelsToThis #IfTheyAintHatingYouAintPoppin pic.twitter.com/QhnJceNL4W— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015@CoachZachSmith that’s all they got?!— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) June 7, 2015Check my Resume… And if it’s confusing… Check my live resume next November. It will be the same resume as the last 3 Novembers.— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015Back to my regularly scheduled Saturday… #ThisAintWhatYouWant #Zone6 pic.twitter.com/6bxT0IoN3E— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015Jim Harbaugh and his staff certainly aren’t bowing down to Ohio State. But the Wolverines may want to win a few games before they start comparing anything between the two schools.
APTN National NewsTo this day, the Mohawk uprising of 1990 is an inspiration for Indigenous resistance.It’s also inspired countless works of art.A new exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Oka crisis has gone on display in Kanesatake.APTN’s Tom Fennario has the story.
CALGARY, A.B. – Albertans dealing with steep discount prices for oil produced in the province expressed frustration Thursday with Ottawa’s fiscal update that they say offered little acknowledgment of pain being felt in the oilpatch.But Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in Ottawa the federal government is aware of the “acute issue” of a glut of oil in Alberta that exceeds export pipeline and rail capacity and pledged to be “relentlessly focused” on long-term solutions.Despite increases in world oil prices over the past year, prospects for more activity in the Canadian oilpatch are limited, according to the 2019 drilling forecast issued by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors on Thursday morning. It calls for an increase of only 51 wells to about 7,000 next year compared with 2017, as price discounts discourage spending on exploration. The industry drilled about 13,000 wells in 2014 before global oil prices crashed.“Other industries in the same situation would be holding their hands out for a government bailout. Yet instead our industry has only asked for government permission and support to get our products to market,” said association president Mark Scholz at a morning event.“The lack of action and attention by the federal government to this pressing issue is deafening.”He criticized Ottawa for failing to put in place measures to allow the building of oil export pipelines needed to win better prices in Alberta, despite buying the Trans Mountain pipeline and its stalled expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer.Premier Rachel Notley, the keynote speaker at the event, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will likely hear a great deal of frustration as he visited Thursday to give a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and meet with oil and gas company CEOs.“There are a lot of folks here who would be forgiven for saying, ‘Gee if there were this kind of economic crisis going on in the manufacturing sector in Ontario, we’re pretty sure it would make its way into the first two paragraphs of the fiscal update.’ Yet it didn’t find its way into the first two paragraphs,” she told reporters. “I think that Ottawa needs to be seized of the matter and I suspect they will be by the end of the prime minister’s day here today.”In a statement, Calgary chamber president Sandip Lalli said she is “disillusioned” that Wednesday’s economic update did not meaningfully address the oil market access problems that are costing the Canadian economy as much as $80 million a day.She applauded, however, the government’s decision to allow the full cost of machinery and equipment used in the manufacturing and processing of goods to be written off immediately for tax purposes.At an event in Ottawa, Morneau said challenges are “very significant” in Alberta. “It’s much more dramatic than we’ve seen previously given the enormous difference in the price that we get for our oil versus the world price,” he said. “And there are significant economic impacts, the most dramatic of which are in Alberta, but they are Canada-wide. Our forecasts have incorporated that.”Alberta has called on Ottawa to help increase crude-by-rail shipments. On Thursday, Notley said the province is willing to go it alone to buy trains to add between 120,000 and 140,000 barrels per day of oil export capacity if the federal government isn’t willing to help.That capacity would be in addition to current record levels of crude-by-rail shipments, she added. The National Energy Board reported Wednesday exports reached about 270,000 bpd in September.Asked about the rail request, Morneau said pipelines are his preference, vowing to continue to push to build the Trans Mountain expansion.It remains in limbo after the Federal Court of Appeal struck down its NEB approval in August, citing inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on marine environment.Notley announced Thursday her government would add oil and gas drilling to a list of trade-exposed industries exempt from the province’s carbon tax, a move expected to provide $750,000 to $1.5 million per year in relief for the drilling industry.She also announced that six projects to partially upgrade oilsands bitumen have been short-listed for up to $1 billion in government incentives. Partial upgrading would allow the heavy oil to flow with less added diluent, freeing up pipeline space.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is tackled during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor the better part of the past two seasons, Ohio State’s junior quarterback Braxton Miller has been the crutch the Buckeyes lean on when things go wrong.But so far this season, Miller’s third as the starter for OSU, that crutch has started to splinter.Now with Iowa and the eighth-ranked run defense in the Football Bowl Subdivision coming to Columbus, Miller said Wednesday OSU has to be careful not to repeat its early season mistakes.“(Iowa has a) pretty good defense, you know, probably the best we’ve faced so far. Got to have good preparation throughout the whole week,” Miller said.Miller made his return from an MCL sprain against Wisconsin Sept. 28, throwing four touchdown passes, but then struggled against Northwestern the following week. No touchdowns and three turnovers, including two fumbles, had fans calling for redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton.Miller said he struggled against the Wildcats with ball security, but the fumbling issues are something that can be fixed.“I’ve been watching film on it. I really wasn’t holding the ball correctly when I was cutting (through) the holes, and I wasn’t holding the ball real tight and it’s an easy fix,” Miller said.Coach Urban Meyer said Miller played well against Northwestern, but he can’t ignore his issues with ball security.“I expect him to be ‘Braxton Miller’ with better ball security,” Meyer said to the media Wednesday. “You take away those two fumbles, he actually played pretty good that game, real good, but that’s like saying take away a bad golf shot on the 18th hole. That’s the way it is.”Despite his praise of Miller, Meyer said he was close to putting Guiton in the game after Miller’s second fumble.Since Northwestern, Meyer said he has noticed Miller working harder on holding onto the football.“I see a guy that I wanted to see and I did see, a guy that recognized the mistakes he made, and then he’s going to work hard to correct them,” Meyer said. “No. 1 was ball security, that was the No. 1 issue.”Miller said Wednesday the coaching staff made him carry a ball during team stretches to practice ball security.“It’s always just keep it tight when I take off and run, QB run or anything like that,” Miller said. “Throughout the stretching at the beginning of practice, it’s ‘hold it tight.’ They had me hold the ball throughout the whole stretch.”Although ball security has been a big focus for the coaching staff, it might not be the only issue Miller is struggling with.Miller said his knee made it difficult to run the way he wanted to against Northwestern, but he is almost back to full health.“I’d say just a little bit on my cutting-wise and you know,” Miller said. “Just not my old self in running a little bit, but I’m still working on it, it should be good.”Miller, though, is still a valuable leader for OSU, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said after the game against Northwestern.“He’s still vocal. He’s still going to tell us what we need to do,” Brown said. “He’s the quarterback of the team so whenever he talks, everybody listens, and we’re just going to follow his lead and go where we need to go.”Miller will look to right his wrongs from the previous game when the Buckeyes kick off against the Hawkeyes Saturday, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.For Miller, success will depend on if he is able to get back to the standard he’s set for himself.“I wasn’t fully myself throughout the whole game,” Miller said. “Playing on grass a little bit, you know, little bit on my running, I just wasn’t my old self, I felt like and you know just got to keep getting healthy, getting treatment on it and just get back to my old ways.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Jun 2015 – An inaugural flight touches down at the Providenciales International Airport on Saturday from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, a service of United Airlines. Media has been invited to cover the event where the Minister of Tourism will be on hand to receive the first passengers directly out of Houston. Houston was one of the six stops on the recent Premier’s North American Sales & Investment Blitz, where a luncheon was hosted at Pappas Bros Steakhouse, that group arguably giving the loudest applause to the Turks and Caicos Islands promotional video. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:George Bush Intercontinental Airport, houston, Pappas Bros Steakhouse, Portia smith, Premier’s North American Sales & Investment Blitz, providenciales international airport Beautiful girls on Beautiful beaches, Turks and Caicos scores with Sports Illustrated Road Show delegation starts in the Western USA Providenciales Airport Reopens Today Recommended for you
Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said a committee has been formed to identify and remove illegal vehicles from the streets of Dhaka, reports UNB.He said the committee, led by DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon, was given two months’ time to resolve the problem saying, “The committee will detect the small vehicles which run on the streets illegally and stop their activities.”He made the announcement at the board meeting of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) at Nagar Bhaban.The minister also said the committee will work to reclaim the footpaths across Dhaka.”Footpaths are for pedestrians. This committee will conduct campaigns to recover the illegally occupied footpaths,” he said.He assured that the practice of illegal parking will be stopped across the city.”We believe we can remove the menace of traffic jam if we try sincerely,” Quader added.
A view of the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch. Photo: ReutersNew Zealand’s police commissioner said on Friday 49 people were killed in Christchurch at two mosques and one man of four people arrested had been charged with murder.As many as 41 people died at one mosque, seven at another and one person died in hospital, Mike Bush told reporters, describing the attack as a “very well-planned event”.The man charged with murder is in his late 20s and should appear in Christchurch court on Saturday, Bush added.