Press Release, Veterans, Women’s History Month Continuing the Wolf Administration’s effort to support women in the commonwealth and recognize those women who have served their country through the military, the Pennsylvania Commission for Women is seeking statewide nominations for its fifth annual Female Veterans Day Ceremony as part of Women’s History Month in March 2020. The event will take place at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg and veterans selected will be honored by Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf.“Every March, Frances and I have the distinct honor of saying ‘thank you’ to a small representation of the vast population of brave women veterans in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “There are currently more than 70,000 Pennsylvania women serving in the military and I know that every single one of them has made profound sacrifices – each deserves much more than this honor, but it is our small way of recognizing women who serve and letting them know how grateful we truly are.”“Over the last four years since the Commission for Women launched this initiative, we have honored over 80 Pennsylvania women who have served their country proudly,” Commission Chair Randi Teplitz said. “The Commission recognizes the unique challenges faced by women in the military, as women only comprise about 20 percent of the armed services. I encourage anyone who knows a deserving woman veteran to nominate her for this honor.”The Female Veterans Day nomination form should be filled out online. Nominees must be current Pennsylvania residents and have served at least four years in any branch of the U.S. military. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2020. All final honorees will be notified via email by February 28, 2020.For additional information on the nomination process, please contact the Commission for Women at [email protected] December 03, 2019 Pennsylvania Commission for Women Opens Nomination Period for 2020 Female Veterans Day Celebration SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
In the UK, SMC has been hired for marine coordination services at the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm. Ørsted has four operational offshore wind farms in Germany and eleven in the UK. SMC has not disclosed which, if not all, projects will undergo foundation inspection. Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC) has been awarded two contracts by Ørsted for above-water structural inspection of the wind turbine foundations at the developer’s offshore wind farms in Germany and the UK. Prior to that, the company was awarded the same work on Taiwanese Yunlin offshore wind project. SMC recently won a contract to provide marine coordination services for the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm in Taiwan.
The match between Slovakia and BiH in Žilina, Slovenia will take place on 10 September, and the online sale of tickets began.Tickets can be bought on the websites www.futbalsfz.sk/vstupenky and www.ticketportal.sk, which requires registration, and a maximum of four tickets can be bought.(Source: klix.ba)
By Chris Rotolo |MIDDLETOWN – Residents of the Middletown adult community Shady Oaks say it is not unusual to encounter the flashing lights and blaring sirens of an ambulance along West Front Street, on its rush to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank.A concept plan to attract people to newly created soccer fields at nearby Stevenson Park should consider the traffic impact on the busy road, said Shady Oaks resident John Tocco at a township meeting Oct. 15.“Regardless of what you may believe about the area, you’re not living there and you’re not driving the road every day,” said Tocco. “I am. And the traffic is already unbearable and it’s a direct route to the Riverview hospital. There’s no question that when that park is crowded with visitors it will prevent an ambulance from getting to that hospital.”Middletown Township is seeking to create youth sports fields at 130-acre Stevenson Park, located on West Front Street, to help alleviate pressure on its other sports fields. The undeveloped park has the capacity to accommodate up to nine fields and 350 parking spaces, according to a $1.5 million proposal recently presented by township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante for consideration. For now, the township is seeking only to build just two fields, and is applying for a $250,000 Open Space matching grant from the county for the funding.Mercantante acknowledged the group’s desire for a traffic study, but conducting one in that area would be “sort of pointless,” he said.“We have parks all over town, some of which have many more facilities and attract many more people than would happen at Stevenson Park,” Mercantante said, referencing multisport complexes like Bodman Park off the highly trafficked Navesink River Road, Fairview Fields on Oak Hill Road, which is crossed by two rail lines, and McMahon Park, a North Middletown location in a residential area.When the concept plans for this project emerged in September, both Mercantante and Mayor Kevin M. Settembrino agreed that the township had great need for additional fields and that Stevenson Park is one of the last places in Middletown to place a meaningful cluster of playing fields.Deputy Mayor Anthony P. Fiore, a coach with the Middletown Soccer Club, said parks are most frequented on weekends, rather than during the week when roadways are congested with commuter traffic. He also remarked that the four soccer fields at West Front Street Park – a patch of green space at the intersection with Crawfords Corner Road – “don’t get anywhere close to 100 cars” at peak use, adding that “despite what anyone may think, there is a need (for these fields).”To reduce disturbances for neighbors, the plans do not include LED lighting towers and speaker systems.Linda Alonso has lived at Shady Oaks for five years and said the disturbance of the tranquil Stevenson Park setting with serene open space and lakeside views would be the most detrimental byproduct of this project, which proposes the potential development of nine fields in three phases of construction.“It’s not just residents of Shady Oaks who are concerned, it’s all of Lincroft. This would be the destruction of a piece of heaven. It breaks my heart to think about,” Alonso said.Fiore moved to suppress residents perceptions that nine fields were guaranteed for the site, emphasizing that though the concept plan did show nine fields could be designed to fit in the parcel, a project of that magnitude is not in the budget.“Ultimately, we don’t have the money for nine soccer fields, we just don’t. We have the money for two. That’s what the grant application is for,” said Fiore, referencing the $250,000 Monmouth County Open Space match grant Middletown would use to fund the construction of two fields. “This is the frustrating part about misinformation.”Resident Margaret Gordon questioned whether such a development would have environmental impacts, with potential fertilizer chemicals or pesticides used for routine field maintenance seeping into the nearby wetlands and Shadow Lake.Gordon’s comments prompted committeeman Tony S. Perry to discuss alternate sites for the two proposed fields, including Bayview Elementary School on Leonardville Road, where Middletown’s recreational flag football league currently plays.Perry described two lightly used baseball fields toward the back end of the school property that are “completely overgrown. The backstops and benches are completely rusted. And I think it would be a prime location for two multisport fields,” he said, stating that turf fields could be used not only for soccer, but flag football, lacrosse, field hockey and more.A development project at Bayview would require a shared service agreement between the Township Committee and the Middletown Board of Education.Perry also said he and Mercantante are spearheading a separate potential shared service agreement between the Township and Brookdale Community College for the use of their various fields.“If Brookdale is not utilizing certain fields (because they are out of season), we might be able to have our young athletes go play and practice at Brookdale. We’re still working out those details but I hope to bring that to a close fairly soon.”Denise Thompson, a volunteer manager with the Middletown Soccer Club and Monmouth United, applauded the efforts to find alternative locations for this development project, noting that without the installation of LED lighting – which is not included in the concept plan – the Stevenson Park proposal does not help local soccer players in the fall season.“I’m in a unique position here, because I live right next to (Stevenson Park), but I have two soccer players, 10 and 13 years old. These fields are not usable to us in the fall without lights because most coaches work during the day. This proposal doesn’t help us in the fall when we are most crunched for space,” Thompson said.Further discussion is expected on the matter at future meetings.This article was first published in the Oct. 18-24, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
The Nelson Neptunes continue to get better with age.The Heritage City club stole the show at the Kootenay Summer Swim Association Regionals this past weekend in Colville, Wash., finishing ahead of the rest of the field to claim the overall title.Neptunes coach Cynthia Pfeiffer said every single Neptune swimmer finished in the top three of their respective individual event, or top two in relay events.This means the entire team qualified for the upcoming BC Summer Swim Association Championships, August 19-21 in Coquitlam.“I don’t think it’s our talent in our pool that we can solely attribute our win to,” Pfeiffer said. “I believe the strong bond our team has, and the care and excitement we have for all of our teammates is what has gotten us through the difficulties of our last few seasons, and has allowed us to still come out on top.”Pfeiffer said the formula for selecting the winning team at the Regionals was calculated by taking overall points and dividing it by number of swimmers who attended the meet.Nelson took a clear lead in front of second place Kimberley and West Kootenay rival Castlegar.Highlights of this meet include Lachlan Bibby-Fox, Kallie Badry, and Jaylen Rushton sweeping gold in their events; Enna Cowan’s four best times; Madeline Holitzki’s first time 200-meter IM and Olivia Cowan’s first place 100 meter Freestyle.Then there was Morgan Robertson-Weir, Chloe Malenfant, and Jaylen Rushton’s Neptune sweep in 50-meter Butterfly as well as both Division 3 and Division 4 girls winning all four of their relays. “This little team has a lot of team spirit and I don’t think anything can slow them down,” Pfeiffer said.Pfeiffer said 13 of the 20 Neptune qualifiters have committed to make the trip down to Coquitlam to compete for the Kootenay region. She said races to watch for include Jaylen Rushton and Lachlan Bibby-Foxes 50-meter Breaststroke.The Neptunes, who spent the past few seasons on the road, will be back in the friendly confines of the NDCC Pool next now that renovations to the facility are close to completion.
WARREN‘S VENEDA ON TRACK FOR ADORATIONIs being outside of Beholder in Saturday’s Adoration Stakes an advantage for Warren’s Veneda?That question will be answered when the two square off in the Grade III, $100,000 race for fillies and mares, 3 and up, at 1 1/16 miles. Warren’s Veneda drew post position five to Beholder’s four in the field reduced to six with the scratch of Cast in Silver.“That’s the same question Ben Warren asked me,” trainer Craig Lewis said of the owner/breeder of Warren’s Veneda, who is named for Ben’s late wife, Veneda. Warren’s Veneda disappointed as the odds-on favorite in the Grade I Vanity Stakes on May 9, when she was in quest of her fourth straight stakes win.“You guys must think alike,” Lewis said. “I’ll give you the same answer. It doesn’t matter where we are. It doesn’t matter where Beholder is. The only plausible explanation for Warren’s Veneda’s third-place finish in the Vanity is, the pace was a little funky, she was giving away five pounds to the winner (My Sweet Addiction) and she only got beat a length. It wasn’t like she got annihilated.“But the bottom line is, she got beat, just like all of them do on occasion. All I can say is, I’m happy to have her and she’s put together quite a few good races for us, but we can’t expect any horse to run out of its mind every time it comes over.“That’s the bottom line. That being said, maybe she’s tailing off. We don’t know.”The field for the Adoration: My Monet, Gonzalo Nicolas, 15-1; Grandiose Tactics, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Beholder, Gary Stevens, 2-5; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; and Oscar Party, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1. John Brocklebank1544127%$181,540 Kristin Mulhall2045020%$117,300 Rafael Bejarano13733282124%$1,417,868 Flavien Prat11521231118%$1,267,360 Philip D’Amato49147629%$754,770 Jerry Hollendorfer56714713%$519,204 Mario Gutierrez4273817%$334,748 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won FINISH LINES: Trainer Simon Callaghan still hopes to make the Los Alamitos Derby on July 4 with Firing Line, despite the fact that the Kentucky Derby runner-up missed a scheduled workout Saturday due to a sore right foot. “It took four days to get right, but he’ll be back on schedule,” Callaghan said. “We’re still looking at the Los Al Derby. It’s going to be little tighter now but I think we still should be able to make it.” . . . Bolo, ticketed for the grassy Belmont Derby on July 4, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Friday in 48.80 for Carla Gaines . . . On Thursday, Wild Dude (five furlongs in 1:01.20) and Sahara Sky (six furlongs in 1:14.20) each worked for Jerry Hollendorfer, who plans to run them in the Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs on June 27 . . . Frank Mirahmadi, track announcer at Oaklawn Park and Monmouth Park currently filling in for vacationing Trevor Denman at Santa Anita, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper Saturday in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. Sunday’s guest will be Santa Anita morning line oddsmaker Jon White . . . Attention Triple Crown hero American Pharoah: Of the 19 horses with the top Beyers on the main track at a mile or over, you are not listed. However, three horses you dusted on the track, Materiality, Upstart and Dortmund, are. FIRST 5,000 FANS TO RECEIVE TRIPLE CROWN PRINT SATURDAYSanta Anita will provide the first 5,000 attendees Saturday a beautiful American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion collectable print, free of charge with paid General Admission. Each item will be accompanied by a protective plastic roll-up sleeve.The print showcases the Bob Baffert-conditioned Triple Crown Champ and jockey Victor Espinoza in three must-see shots–winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes–and thereby becoming racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years this past Saturday. (All photos were shot by acclaimed equine photographer Skip Dickstein).First post time Saturday at Santa Anita is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. (Please note, the American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion poster will not be available in Santa Anita’s Infield Area). Richard Mandella36108428%$726,540 Joseph Talamo1172192418%$825,498 John Sadler5359109%$292,974 Mark Glatt4657711%$264,134 Bruce Headley1341231%$117,490 Felipe Valdez9381489%$356,540 Carla Gaines2144119%$202,830 Mike Smith3578420%$613,296 WILD IN THE SADDLE STEPS UP IN ADORATIONWinless in five starts on grass including the Fran’s Valentine on May 23, Wild in the Saddle returns to the main track Saturday in the Grade III Adoration Stakes against the likes of Beholder and Warren’s Veneda.Wild in the Saddle finished sixth in the Fran’s Valentine after attending the pace in the one-mile grass race. In her two prior races, both at one mile on Santa Anita’s main track, she won the Dream of Summer for California-breds by 6 ¼ lengths on March 22 and an overnight race by a length-and-a-half on Feb. 20.Richard Baltas trains Wild in the Saddle. Through 28 racing days, Baltas was tied with Doug O’Neill for the training lead at 17 victories each. Baltas is winning at a sparkling 33 percent (17 for 51) and is the leader in purse earnings ($842,520).Baltas acknowledges that tackling two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder and Grade I winner Warren’s Veneda is asking a lot of Wild in the Saddle, a Cal-bred daughter of Silic.“It’s a very tough spot to bring her back in,” Baltas said, “but she had two strong wins on dirt before that so she’s good to go, she’s ready to run. Obviously, Beholder and Warren’s Veneda are pretty tough horses, but we’ll see what happens.”Baltas still has to look twice when he sees his name atop the trainers’ standings.“I never thought I’d be in this position,” Baltas said. “I guess it’s just one day at a time, really. Sometimes things fall into place. That’s all it is. One day at a time. I don’t really think about it. I mean, it’s kind of fun to see my name up there, but who would have ever thought it?” Eddie Truman1671244%$260,300 Ricky Agarie1941321%$124,220 Vann Belvoir444669%$159,700 Edwin Maldonado758131311%$368,246 Gonzalo Nicolas8766137%$226,298 Martin Garcia2873425%$221,410 Mike Puype53712713%$462,590 ‘NEWCOMER’ AGARIE TACKLES ADORATION HEAVYWEIGHTSRicky Agarie is a new face among Santa Anita trainers but an old hand when it comes to horsemanship.The 45-year-old native of Lima, Peru has been in the game for 28 years but has been on his own only since last November. He learned the ropes in tours of six years each with Carla Gaines, Kathy Walsh and Jack Van Berg.Agarie (pronounced Ah-GAR-ee) currently has 26 horses in his care, four of which have won at the Spring Meet from just 19 starts (21 percent).“I grew up here in Whittier and I’ve been around the race track since 1988,” said Agarie, who sends out longshot My Monet (15-1) in the Adoration Stakes. “We’re getting some good horses to claim and I’ve got horses from new owners. The stable’s getting bigger and bigger.“The good thing is, as long as horses are sound, they’re going to run for you. I think we’re going to be the speed of the Adoration. This filly is doing better in her last three races, so I expect her to go to the front and they’ll have to come and catch us.”MIDNIGHT STORM SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT IN SHOEMAKERStreaking Midnight Storm seeks Grade I status when he runs in Saturday’s $400,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf, a “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race which gives the nominated winner an automatic entry into the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 31.Sired by the stallion of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Pioneerof the Nile, Midnight Storm has won three straight races, including the Grade II Del Mar Derby last Aug. 31 before returning in an overnight race at one mile on turf at Santa Anita April 16, scoring by nearly eight lengths in typical front-running fashion.“I think with his natural speed, he should be right up there,” said Phil D’Amato, who trains Midnight Storm for Venneri Racing or Dye or Little Red Feather Racing. “Tyler (Baze) knows him very well and breezes him every time, so I’ll leave that in Tyler’s hands. But I see him right up there.”Addressing the 4-year-old colt’s absence from the races for more than seven months, D’Amato said, “It was nothing of note. He had a nice long campaign (seven races last year, from March 22 through Aug. 31) and came back a better 4-year-old.”D’Amato put his chances of winning the Spring Meet training title on the back burner, even though he was just three off the lead with 14 wins through Thursday.“I’m a few wins from the top and don’t have as much ammo as the big guys,” he said, “but we’re having a really good meet.”Under the enhancements of the Challenge series, Breeders’ Cup Limited will pay the $40,000 entry fee of the Shoemaker Mile winner to start in the Mile if that horse is nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by Oct. 19, the Pre-Entry deadline. Breeders’ Cup is providing all North American connections of horses based outside of Kentucky a $10,000 travel allowance to start in the Championships. The Shoemaker Mile is the third Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifier in the Mile division this year. On Jan. 10, Futura became the first to earn a Mile bid by taking the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Group 1) at Kenilworth Race Course in South Africa. The New Zealand-bred Keramadec qualified at Royal Randwick in Australia April 6 by winning the Star Doncaster Mile (Group 1). The field for the Shoemaker Winning Prize, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Talco, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Midnight Storm, Tyler Baze, 6-5; Seek Again, Jose Lezcano, 4-1; and Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 9-5. Martin Pedroza87613147%$329,824 Peter Miller651417522%$582,580 Richard Baltas51176433%$842,520 Fernando Perez10618171117%$726,980 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Michael Machowsky2154224%$133,820 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Victor Espinoza3166619%$489,320 Bob Baffert2462525%$287,970 Doug O’Neill8717161020%$735,788 Tyler Baze16625242515%$1,446,180 Drayden Van Dyke9413111014%$576,160 Alex Solis3373421%$271,834 WARREN‘S VENEDA OUT TO MAKE AMENDS IN ADORATIONBALTAS IN ‘WILD’ RACE FOR SANTA ANITA TRAINING TITLETRAINER RICKY AGARIE IS NO ‘OVERNIGHT SENSATION’MIDNIGHT STORM ONE TO CATCH IN GRADE I SHOEMAKERFIRST 5,000 FANS SATURDAY RECEIVE TRIPLE CROWN PRINT (Current Through Thursday, June 11) Tiago Pereira591010617%$413,710 Santiago Gonzalez7561568%$310,126 Robertino Diodoro2563324%$220,230
0Shares0000Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist, left, celebrates after opening the scoring from the penalty spot.NIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia, Jun 18- Sweden beat South Korea 1-0 in both countries’ first match at the 2018 World Cup in Russia thanks to a penalty from captain Andreas Granqvist that was awarded thanks to VAR.Veteran Swedish skipper Granqvist scored the only goal of the game from the spot after Viktor Claesson was upended by South Korean substitute Kim Min-woo Kim in the 62nd minute. Despite furious appeals, El Salvadorean referee Joel Aguilar, who had ironically been whistle-happy up until that point, intially waved away Swedish penalty claims.But after consulting the video, he pointed to the spot.It was the third VAR penalty awarded at these championships after France and Peru also benefitted from video referrals.The win was reward for Sweden’s more attacking approach, but it was unsurprising the winner came from the penalty spot in a game between two sides who had only managed two goals between them in seven games heading into Russia.Sweden never really convinced that they would score prior to the penalty despite their domination and a toothless South Korea did not manage one shot on target.However they should have equalised in the 90th minute but Hwang Hee-chan put a free header wide, spurning the Koreans’ best chace of the game by far.The victory leaves Sweden joint top of the group after Mexico’s surprise victory against world champions Germany on Sunday.Next up for the Swedes is an intriguing encounter against Germany in Sochi on June 23.South Korea started the game brightly, forcing the first corner in the fourth minute, but were gradually forced back by an attritional Swedish side.It was the Europeans who came closest to breaking the deadlock when forward Marcus Berg was denied by a fine point-blank save Jo Hyeon-woo in the 20th minute.Berg was denied again nine minutes later by a desperate last-ditch block from Kim Young-gwon.Captain Andreas Granqvist scored the penalty that gave Sweden victoryDespite their increasing dominance, Sweden also demonstrated why they have struggled to score goals.Berg, again, and Claesson went close before the end of the half, but it was clear for everyone to see why they had only scored once in their four matches prior to Russia.Korea threatened only on the break where Son Heung-min’s pace troubled 33-year-old Granqvist, who was without defending partner Victor Lindelof, who was ill.The somewhat rancorous build-up to the game — where Sweden were accused of spying on their opponents — was increasingly reflected in the niggly nature of the match.Resilient Sweden held firm after the goal and the Hwang late scare aside, and a half-hearted South Korea appeal for a penalty, their defence rarely looked troubled.The huge celebrations, the first match played in the $290 million stadium, at the end showed the importance the Swedes attached to this match.Before the game, South Korea’s coach Tae Yong-shin called it a “must win” game but the defeat leaves his side contemplating only an early exit.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Chelsea dominated much of the first half at Stamford Bridge but the best chance fell to Yohan Cabaye, who should have put Crystal Palace ahead.Pedro, making his home debut for the hosts, sent a left-footed strike wide and Willian fired over as they had the majority of possession.But Palace have so far defended well, passed the ball nicely and been a threat on the counter-attack.Bakary Sako found space in behind Branislav Ivanovic and brought a save from Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois.And when a succession of tidy passes culminated in Wilfried Zaha teeing up Cabaye, the Frenchman could only side-foot straight at Courtois.Eagles keeper Alex McCarthy produced a double save shortly before the break, stooping to his right to block Diego Costa’s low shot and then Cesc Fabregas’ follow-up.McCarthy was then called into action again, reacting quickly to keep out Nemanja Matic’s shot after the midfielder had made space for himself in the penalty area.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Baba, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Remy, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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
28 August 2013 South Africa’s economy rebounded in the second quarter, growing at 3.0 percent compared to 0.9 percent in the first quarter, with manufacturing the main driver of the growth, Statistics SA reported on Tuesday. “The seasonally adjusted real GDP [gross domestic product] at market prices for the second quarter of 2013 increased by an annualised rate of 3.0 percent compared with an increase of 0.9 percent during the first quarter of 2013,” Stats SA said in a statement. The nominal GDP at market prices during the second quarter was R836-billion, R23-billion more than in the first quarter. StatsSA attributed the growth to increased activity in manufacturing (up by 1.7 percentage points), finance, real estate and business services (up by 0.8 of a percentage point), the wholesale, retail and motor trade, and catering and accommodation (both up by 0.4 of a percentage point). The mining, agriculture, foresty and fishing were among the negative contributors to second-quarter GDP. South Africa’s manufacturing industry reflected positive growth of 11.5 percent, due to higher production in basic iron and steel, non-ferrous metal products, metal products and machinery, motor vehicles, parts and accessories, glass and non-metallic products, and textiles, clothing and leather products. The growth in finance, real estate and business services was due to increased activities in the banking sector and equity, bond and other financial markets. The mining and quarrying industry reflected negative growth of 5.6 percent, due to lower production in the mining of gold, “other” metal ores (including platinum) and “other” mining and quarrying (including diamonds). The unadjusted real GDP at market prices for the second quarter of 2013 increased by 2.0 percent compared with the second quarter of 2012. The estimate of GDP for the first six months of 2013 increased by 2.0 percent compared with the corresponding period in 2012. Source: SAnews.gov.za