first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This NASA photos confirms that LI residents will be catch a glimpse of the rocket launch, weather permitting. (Photo: NASA)Don’t forget to take a peek outside Tuesday night.A planned NASA rocket launch is expected to light up the night sky for those lucky enough to live in the East Coast—including Long Island.The space agency is expected launch a U.S. Air Force Minotaur I rocket during a two-hour window from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday if the weather cooperates, NASA said.The launch, which will feature the deployment of 29 satellites into space, could be visible from northern Florida to southern Canada and west to Indiana.The rocket launch will take place at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.From NASA:The ORS-3 Mission, also known as an enabler mission, will demonstrate and validate launch and range improvements for NASA and the military. These include automated trajectory targeting, range-safety planning and flight termination systems. The launch also will be part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) certification process for the Minotaur rocket. The FAA has licensing authority over American commercial rockets.The Minotaur’s primary payload is the Space Test Program Satellite-3 (STPSat-3), an Air Force technology-demonstration mission. Thirteen small cubesats aboard are being provided through NASA’s Cubesat Launch Initiative. Among the cubesats is NASA’s Small Satellite Program PhoneSat 2 second generation smartphone mission. Also included is the first cubesat built by high school students.Of course, you don’t have to leave your couch if you’re not into this sort of thing. And we’re pretty sure social media will light up with images and videos of the launch for your viewing pleasure later on. Still, you might not want to miss this.You can also use your smartphone or tablet to watch the launch live here while staring at the sky.last_img read more

first_imgGenerous provisions Applications for unemployment benefits peaked at 665,000 during the 2007-2009 recession, when 8.7 million jobs were lost. Economists say the country should brace for jobless claims to continue escalating, partly citing generous provisions of a historic $2.3 trillion fiscal package signed by President Donald Trump last Friday and the federal government’s easing of requirements for workers to seek benefits.As a result, self-employed and gig workers who previously were unable to claim unemployment benefits are now eligible. In addition, the unemployed will get up to $600 per week for up to four months, which is equivalent to $15 per hour for a 40-hour workweek. By comparison, the government-mandated minimum wage is about $7.25 per hour and the average jobless benefits payment was roughly $385 per person per month at the start of this year.”Why work when one is better off not working financially and health wise?” said Sung Won Sohn, a business economics professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.Last week’s claims data has no bearing on the closely watched employment report for March, which is scheduled for release on Friday. For the latter, the government surveyed businesses and households in the middle of the month, when just a handful of states were enforcing “stay-at-home” or “shelter-in-place” orders.It is, however, a preview of the carnage that awaits. Retailers, including Macy’s, Kohl’s Corp and Gap Inc, said on Monday they would furlough tens of thousands of employees, as they prepare to keep stores shut for longer.According to a Reuters survey of economists, the government report on Friday is likely to show nonfarm payrolls dropped by 100,000 jobs last month after a robust increase of 273,000 in February. The unemployment rate is forecast to rise three-tenths of a percentage point to 3.8% in March.”A rough look at the most affected industries suggests a potential payroll job loss of over 16 million jobs,” said David Kelly, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management in New York. “The loss would be enough to boost the unemployment rate from roughly 3.5% to 12.5%, which would be its highest rate since the Great Depression.”Thursday’s claims report also showed the number of people receiving benefits after an initial week of aid jumped 1.245 million to 3.029 million for the week ended March 21, the highest since July 6, 2013 Topics : The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits shot to a record high of more than 6 million last week as more jurisdictions enforced stay-at-home measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic, which economists say has pushed the economy into recession.Thursday’s weekly jobless claims report from the Labor Department, the most timely data on the economy’s health, reinforced economists’ views that the longest employment boom in US history probably ended in March.Initial claims for state unemployment benefits surged 3.341 million to a seasonally adjusted 6.648 million for the week ended March 28, the government said. Data for the prior week was revised to show 24,000 more applications received than previously reported, lifting the number to 3.307 million.center_img Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims would jump to 3.50 million in the latest week, though estimates were as high as 5.25 million.”Similar to last week’s unemployment claims numbers, today’s report reflects the sacrifices American workers are making for their families, neighbors, and country in order to slow the spread,” US Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said in a statement.The United States has the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, with more than 214,000 people infected. Nearly 5,000 people in the country have died from the illness, according to a Reuters tally.The dollar was little changed against a basket of currencies. U.S Treasury prices were trading higher while US stock index futures pared gains.last_img read more

first_imgA Donegal Guide Leader who attended an international leadership seminar in France has returned home all set to make a positive impact on her local community.Eimear McElchar, a Leader with Convoy Guides, was one of 11 Irish Girl Guides (IGG) members to participate in the Juliette Low Seminar, which took place simultaneously in 18 countries around the world.The Guide Leaders jetted off to hubs across the globe, including to Poland, Switzerland, Oman, Madagascar, Mexico and New York while three stayed in Ireland to participate in the Irish hub, which took place in Gormanston Park, Co Meath. The young women were among 500+ young Guide Leaders from around the world to take part in the international seminar, which is organised by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) every three years.It was the first time for it to take place in different locations at the same time and IGG was honoured to be selected as one of the host nations.The 500+ participants all followed the same Lead Out Loud programme to help them develop their leadership skills. Each of them has pledged to share these skills with girls and young women in their own communities.Assuming each participant reaches 200 girls over the next two years, a total of 100,000 girls and young women will be empowered to also lead and bring about positive change in their communities. Eimear said taking part in the French hub, which took place at Noisy le Grand, just outside Paris, had been “an amazing experience”.She added “Getting the opportunity to go and learn all these new amazing skills and focus on becoming a better leader myself so that I can inspire other girls through my project was a fantastic experience,” she said.“Meeting other women from all over the world and hearing their stories and what they are planning on doing for their 100 Girls Project was truly inspiring,” she continued. “The week was intense, but interesting and full of laughs. I am so grateful to Irish Girl Guides for giving me this opportunity.”Irish Girl Guides welcomes new youth members from age 5-30. Ladybirds are 5-7 years old, Brownies 7-10, Guides 10-14 and Senior Branch members aged 14-30. Volunteer Leaders from age 18+ are also welcome (no previous Guiding experience is necessary as training will be provided). See www.irishgirlguides.ie or 01 6683898 to find out more.Convoy Guide Leader Eimear has “amazing experience” at leadership seminar was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Convoy GuidesdonegalEimear McElcharlast_img read more

first_imgQPR manager Mark Hughes is full of confidence ahead of the new season and says – given that the deal to sign Samba Diakite was agreed in January – he has spent a net total of £1.5m to transform Rangers’ squad this summer.Click here for the QPR v Swansea quizSee also:Hughes adamant new-look QPR will deliverFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

first_img 49ers on Wednesday: Where have all the defensive interceptions gone? “That’s usually where quarterbacks earn their money,” coach Kyle Shanahan said of third-down prowess. “… He was on tonight throwing and got to the right spots. When it wasn’t there, he made plays with his legs.”It also effectively served notice to skeptics who questioned Garoppolo’s worth on a team that’s largely won via its rushing attack and dominant defense. Garoppolo shrugged off such talk, that it’s merely “just people” outside the locker room doubting him.Garoppolo’s career-best game unfolded only after tight end George Kittle injured his knee on their first play, and only after the Cardinals (3-5-1) took a 7-0 lead on their opening possession. Once Garoppolo’s fourth touchdown pass found Dante Pettis, it seemed safe to celebrate, which Pettis did with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance move.A THRILLER from @JimmyG_10 to @dmainy_13 👀#GoNiners pic.twitter.com/4U9W2zMHIV— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 1, 2019 How much Jimmy G-to-Kittle is too much Jimmy G-to-Kittle? With a little health and stability, Jimmie Ward finally showing 49ers, NFL what he can do Hall of Fame QB who once tormented 49ers now sees them as the NFC’s top playoff seed FIRST LOOK: Hip-hop icon E-40 teams with 49ers on new music video GLENDALE, Ariz. — Yep, the 49ers are undefeated halfway through the season, and Jimmy Garoppolo reminded everyone Thursday night he can be a sensational reason why.Garoppolo’s career-high four touchdown passes were just enough to lift the 49ers to a 28-25 win over the Arizona Cardinals.His knack for converting third-down plays, meanwhile, truly saved them in a spooky fourth quarter on Halloween night. That lifted the Cardinals’ spell on the 49ers, who lost their past eight meetings and last won in Arizona in 2013.The 49ers (8-0) converted 11-of-17 third-down plays, and Garoppolo’s ability to move the chains with third-down completions to Emmanuel Sanders and Ross Dwelley killed the final minutes. Although Kittle overcame his knee’s apparent hyperextension, the 49ers lost starting linebacker Kwon Alexander to a pectoral injury in the fourth quarter. Alexander will undergo an MRI exam Friday.Now 5-0 on the road this season, the 49ers next play at home against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, Nov. 11.Here are the highs and lows — or tricks and treats, in the spirit of Halloween — of the Niners’ win.STUDS QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO: Touchdown passes three consecutive drives put the 49ers ahead 21-7 at halftime. Touchdown pass No. 4 came after he went through his progression, saw Pettis beat Patrick Peterson and threw to the back, right of the end zone. On the scoring strike to Kittle, Garoppolo also looked off the defense, then found Kittle open across the middle. Touchdowns Nos. 2 and 3 were to Kendrick Bourne (7 yards) and Emmanul Sanders (fourth-and-goal from the 1).“He makes some pretty gutsy throws out there, doesn’t he? Goodness gracious,” Kittle said.Garoppolo’s best pass: a 22-yard completion right into Sanders’ hands, before Sanders could barely look for the ball that moved them to Arizona’s 24-yard line in the third quarter. Garoppolo’s most clutch passes: third-down completions on the game-ending drive, capped by an 11-yarder to Ross Dwelley on third-and-9. Garoppolo was playing in Arizona for the first time since his starting debut in the New England Patriots 2016 season opener, which he won in comeback fashion.Garoppolo called this win “really fun” and had a “great time out there.” But he wouldn’t go so far to say it was was best football game ever. Instead, he downplayed it as: “Same as every other game. It wasn’t anything different for me out there. Just more opportunities, different opportunities and guys were making plays with the ball in their hands.”TE GEORGE KITTLE: He overcame a first-play leg injury, and just before the first quarter ended, he scored the game-tying touchdown on a 30-yard catch-and-run. That score came on third-and-3; Garoppolo was 15-of-15 this season when targeting Kittle on third down until the second series, when a third-and-2 pass was broken up by safety Budda Baker. He finished with six catches for 73 yards, as knee and an ankle injury kept him out of the closing minutes.George Kittle: UNSTOPPABLE 😱 @gkittle46 | #GoNiners📺: #SFvsAZ on @NFLNetwork | @NFLonFOX | @PrimeVideoHow to watch: https://t.co/I6INVckndX pic.twitter.com/RL3TnEyqMz— NFL (@NFL) November 1, 2019“I’m great, babe. Always,” Kittle said. “In football, stuff happens and you decide to go back out there or you don’t. I tried to give my team everything I could, and in the fourth quarter, I couldn’t go anymore, and I’m happy to have a guy like Ross Dwelley step up. I can’t say enough about Ross and the plays he made. I’m so happy for him.“Once something happens, you try to push through as much as you can. But if it comes to the point I feel I’m a liability for the and I’m not the best man for the job, I talked to my coach about it, and we made a decision. I definitely thought Dwelley was definitely more mobile than I was in the fourth quarter.”Kittle’s 30-yard touchdown catch was impressive in that not only did he beat Baker off the line but he fended him off again at the 9 en route to the end zone. “He made a couple good plays and I just had to remind him I was going to be here all night,” Kittle said.WR EMMANUEL SANDERS: In his encore, Sanders caught more passes (seven) than any other 49ers wide receiver had in a game this season caught. He finished with 112 yards, and he had a 1-yard, fourth-and-goal touchdown catch to close the first half for the 21-7 lead. He also drew a pass-interference penalty that brought the 49ers to the 5-yard line just before halftime. Meanwhile, Marquise Goodwin is a healthy scratch with the 49ers instead opting to play Sanders and four other wide receivers.Jimmy Garoppolo is building tremendous chemistry with Emmanuel Sanders! #49ers pic.twitter.com/MwXwOV1B82— ourSF49ers (@OSf49ers) November 1, 2019Related Articles TE ROSS DWELLEY: Filling in for Kittle, he didn’t just make a heroic catch on the final third-down conversion to kill the clock but it’s what he did after the catch: gain a couple extra yards so his 11-yard reception would succeed on third-and-9.Shanahan said: “Dwelley’s been huge for us this last month. We were messing with Dwelley all week, saying the No. 1 goal in this game was to win but the No. 2 goal was to improve Dwelley’s yards per catch average, because I think he was at 0 or 1, and to do that on the last play was pretty cool. I know the guys were pumped up.”“He’s kind of like ‘Baby George,’ ” guard Mike Person said. “He got the (yards) he needed today.”Dwelley’s reaction to the nickname: “Who said that? That’s a freakin’ heck of a compliment. I’m fine with that.”RB MATT BREIDA: Sore ankle? Of course he’d overcome it like he did so often last season, but, wow, Breida looked as quick as ever on a 31-yard run in the second quarter. He had 65 yards on six carries at halftime, then finished with 78 yards on 15 total carries.PUNT COVERAGE: Tarvarius Moore and Raheem Mostert combined to tackle Cardinals punt returner Pharoh Cooper for a 1-yard loss at the Arizona 9. The Cardinals totaled 17 yards on three punt returns.DUDSHEALTH SCARES: Alexander’s fourth-quarter departure with a chest injury is most concerning. That Kittle leg injury was a frightening way to start, but he returned to action the following series. Defensive tackle Arik Armstead missed time in the first quarter as he felt he had something stuck in his throat.CB EMMANUEL MOSELEY: His roughest start saw him allow his man, Andy Isabella, go for an 88-yard touchdown in the closing minutes, and the Cardinals’ ensuing two-point conversion pulled them within 28-25.Showing off that 4.31 speed 🚨@AndyIsabella5 goes 88 YARDS for the @AZCardinals TOUCHDOWN! #RedSea @K1📺: #SFvsAZ on @NFLNetwork | @NFLonFOX | @PrimeVideoHow to watch: https://t.co/I6INVckndX pic.twitter.com/KTDSF1Q9qr— NFL (@NFL) November 1, 2019OPENING DEFENSE: Opponents came out running at the 49ers once again, and Kenyan Drake busted past D.J. Jones and Fred Warner on the opening snap for a 36-yard gain. The 49ers also struggled in opening drives in their previous two road games, at Los Angeles (touchdown run) and Washington (missed field goal). Three-and-outs were forced in the 49ers’ first two games at Tampa Bay and Cincinnati. Drake’s touchdown run came on a sprint to the right pylon.WARNER’S HANDS: The 49ers linebacker, after letting Drake slip past him on the opening snap, dropped a potential interception later in the half. It would have been his first career interception in 24 games.Robert Saleh and Fred Warner played Murray perfectly… except for the important part. pic.twitter.com/mQJ2BIKuFY— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dieter) November 1, 2019DEEBO SAMUEL’S HANDS: The 49ers’ rookie dropped a potential, 13-yard touchdown pass after getting wide open in the end zone just before halftime. He did, however, show grit later and finished with four total catches for 40 yards.THIRD-DOWN PENALTY: Dee Ford kept alive the Cardinals’ opening drive with an illegal, horse-collar tackle of Kyler Murray. Ford rallied, however, and had one of the 49ers’ three sacks on Murray; Dre Greenlaw and DeForest Buckner had the others.CARDS QB KYLER MURRAY: Sure, he can be elusive, but his favorite target was to sail a pass well out of bounds as the 49ers applied pressure. Murray was 17-of-24 for 241 yards, with 88 coming on that touchdown to Isabella. Murray had five carries for 34 yards and got sacked three times but escaped others. “He’s like a little squirrel back there, running everywhere,” DeForsest Buckner said.Murray was the No. 1 overall draft pick — taken one spot ahead of the 49ers’ Nick Bosa, who had an uncharacteristically quiet night (one tackle).SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times.last_img read more

first_img12 July 2007Most of the early racing in the 2007 Tour de France has favoured the sprinters. One of the most visible of the fast men, so far, has been South African Robert Hunter, leader of Team Barloworld, the first SA-sponsored team to contest cycling’s most famous race.On Wednesday’s fourth stage, covering 193 kilometres from Villers-Cotterets to Joigny, Hunter came within a whisper of becoming the first South African to win a stage on the Tour. Victory went to Thor Hushovd of Credit Agricole, the winner of the green jersey in 2005, which goes to the leader of the points competition, with Hunter just behind the Norwegian.It was Hushovd’s fifth victory on the Tour and lifted him up to second in the overall standings, thanks to time bonuses he picked up en route to the finish. Fabian Cancellara, who has worn the yellow jersey since winning the prologue with a scintillating ride, remained in the lead after finishing safely within the main peleton.Happy, but frustratedHunter could have viewed his second place on the fourth stage in either of two ways: he could have been disappointed, or he could have celebrated his excellent finish. He chose the latter, although he admitted it was frustrating to come so close to a win without quite managing it.Hunter wrote on his website: “I can’t complain, I know, ’cause in the big picture things are going well for me and the team so far, but winning is always so much better.”Describing the finish, he said: “In the final it was really crazy and, once again, there was no real team that strung it all out, so there were riders all over the place. At two kilometres to go, I thought I had a great place, and next thing I know there are guys coming all around me.‘Two metres short’“Under the last kilometre, I was trying to get out and eventually found a gap on the right of the road, but then there were guys coming back that had just pulled. I saw Julien Dean pulling and launching Thor and when I got going he already had three metres on me. I came as hard as I could, but was about two metres short of road to come past.“The shout you all saw, I guess, was pure frustration and being so close is a pain in the butt.“I’m getting closer on the green, and I’m now in fourth, but that also won’t be an easy task. I’ll give it my best and we’re just gonna have to wait and see how it all goes.”Consistently strongThe South African star has been consistently strong throughout the early running, finishing amongst the frontrunners time after time.On the third stage, the longest of the race at 236.5 kilometres, Hunter was to the fore, finishing fifth as Cancellara took his second victory.Hunter was fourth on the second stage, with Belgian team Quickstep-Innergetic scoring a one-two on home soil, Gert Steegmans taking victory ahead of Tom Boonen.Team Barloworld’s leader led out the sprint on the second stage but, as he admitted afterwards, he went far too early for the finish line.‘Take the gap”Explaining his decision to go for it, Hunter wrote: “Okay, okay, I know it was way too long, but at that moment, when the front guys (Milram) sat up and I saw a huge gap open up in front of me at 65km/h, I made the decision to take the gap and go for it. My idea was, if I got 10 metres, it would have been game over for everybody else.“In the end, it never worked out as Vaitikus came after me straight away, but if you don’t try you will never know.”Despite being in with a shout at victory without quite making it yet, Hunter reckoned he is happy and confident with his form. He said he believes he is capable of scoring a win.A team of climbersIt won’t come easily, however; Hunter has pointed out that the Barloworld team is geared to perform in the mountains, with most of its members being climbers.Nonetheless, he said he is happy with the job his team is doing to assist him.“I really can’t ask for more,” he said. “At the end of the day it’s for me to sprint and get in the right position, and that’s what I’m trying to do.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgA industria automovel na África do Sul e um motor global a turbo para o fabrico e exportaçao de veiculos e componentes. O sector exporta cerca de 10% do que fabrica, fazendo dela uma parte crucial da economia da África do Sul.Com uma produçao anual de 535.000 veiculos em 2007, que se estima chegue aos 630.000 em 2008, a África do Sul pode ser considerada como um contribuinte menor para o fabrico de automoveis no mundo, que chegou aos 73 milhoes de unidades em 2007.Mas localmente o sector automovel e um gigante, contribuindo com 7,5% do PIB (Produto Interno Bruto) e empregando 36.000 pessoas.O governo classificou a industria automovel como um sector chave em crescimento, com perspectivas de aumentar o fabrico de automoveis para 1,2 milhoes de unidades ate 2020, ao mesmo tempo que se cre ira aumentar tambem a participaçao local.CrescimentoInvestimentoFord, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, VW …Programa de desenvolvimento para a industria automovelVantagens competitivasFabricantes de peças e componentes autoMimados por tanta escolhaCrescimentoA África do Sul tem sido um dos mercados mais bem sucedidos no mundo nos ultimos anos. Os valores de vendas de novos veiculos subiram para recordes absolutos em tres anos consecutivos, entre 2004 e 2006. Em 2006 as vendas subiram 14,4% para um pouco menos de 650.000 unidades, gerando receitas na ordem dos 118,4 bilioes.As vendas baixaram 5,4% em 2007 e espera-se que continuem a descer em 2008 devido ao aumento das taxas de juro e dos preços em geral.Apesar disso, as previsoes de exportaçao devem continuar a manter a industria local com sinal positivo. As exportaçoes de veiculos rondaram as 170.000 unidades em 2007 e a NAAMSA – National Automobile Association of South Africa (Associaçao Automovel Nacional da África do Sul) estima que este valor suba para as 285.000 unidades em 2008. Um extraordinario crescimento, sobretudo se comparado com 1997, quando foram exportadas menos de 20.000 unidades.A África do Sul exporta actualmente veiculos para mais de 70 paises, especial o Japao (cerca de 29% do valor total de exportaçoes), Australia (20%), Reino Unido (12%) e EUA (11%). Entre os restantes destinos de exportaçao contam-se a Argelia, o Zimbabue e a Nigeria.InvestimentoTodos os principais fabricantes de automoveis estao representados na África do Sul, assim como oito dos dez principais fabricantes principais mundiais de peças e componentes e tres ou quatro dos maiores fabricantes de pneus. Muitas das principais empresas multinacionais usam os componentes sul africanos e montam os seus veiculos quer para o mercado local quer estrangeiro.Entre 2000 e 2006, o investimento industrial em termos de produçao e exportaçao quadruplicou, de 1,5 biliao para 6,2 bilioes de rands, antes de abrandar para 3 bilioes em 2007. Conta-se que o investimento em 2008 ronde os 4 bilioes de rands.A maior parte foi investimento externo, com as empresas mae dos fabricantes de automoveis locais a expandirem a sua operaçao e a aumentarem a sua capacidade de produçao, exportaçoes e infra-estruturas de apoio.Todos os grandes fabricantes no pais lançaram programas de exportaçao nos ultimos anos – o ultimo (em Janeiro de 2008) foi a Ford Motor Company da África do Sul.Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, VW …FordEm Janeiro de 2008, a Ford Motor Company da África do Sul anunciou planos de investimento de mais de 1,5 bilioes para expandir as suas operaçoes no pais, com vista a produçao do camiao pickup compacto da nova geraçao Ford com motor Puma a diesel.O braço local do gigante americano afirmou que este novo investimento teria inicio em 2009 e seria dividido entre a unidade de montagem de Silverton, Pretoria, e a unidade de motores em Struandale, Port Elizabeth, sendo a maioria dos carros fabricados para exportaçao.General MotorsA General Motors South Africa, com sede em Port Elizabeth, no Cabo Oriental, detem as marcas Chevrolet, Opel, Isuzu, Saab, Cadillac e Hummer. Em 2005 a empresa foi agraciada com um contrato a seis anos para montagem e exportaçao do Hummer H3, traduzindo-se num investimento de 100 milhoes de Dolares na sua unidade de Struandale.A GM South Africa esta a construir em 2008 um novo centro de conversao de distribuiçao, que vai custar varios milhoes de rands e vai investir mais 481 milhoes de rand, aumentando, equipando e melhorando as suas instalaçoes.Mercedes-BenzA Mercedes-Benz South Africa fabrica os veiculos Mercedes-Benz e Mitsubishi na sua unidade fabril de East London, no Cabo Oriental. A sede da empresa fica na provincia de Gauteng, de onde os Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Maybach, Mistisubishi Motors, Freightliner, Western Star e FUSO sao comercializados e financiados.A Mercedes-Benz SA despendeu recentemente 2 bilioes de rands a melhorar as suas instalaçoes fabris, produzindo actualmente veiculos com volante a direita e a esquerda para o seu ultimo modelo Classe-C, tanto para o mercado interno como externo.ToyotaA Toyota South Africa completou ultimamente um programa de cinco anos de modernizaçao e revitalizaçao que custou a volta de 2,4 bilioes de rands. A sua fabrica em Prospecton, a sul de Durban, e agora uma fabricas da Toyota tecnologicamente mais avançadas do mundo fora do Japao, com capacidade de produçao de 220.000 unidades por ano.Como fabrica de produçao global, a Toyota South África transformou-se de um simples fornecedor meramente local para uma base solida de exportaçao, fornecendo veiculos para a Europa e a África. A empresa, que exporta para mais de 40 paises, espera alcançar as 140.000 unidades para exportaçao em 2008, ou quase 60% do total das exportaçoes automoveis da África do Sul.VolkswagenA Volkswagen South Africa situa-se em Uitenhage, junto de Port Elizabeth, no Cabo Oriental. Em 2007 a empresa celebrou o seu 56º aniversario neste pais e 2,5 milhoes de veiculos saidos das suas linhas de montagem. É lider no mercado de veiculos de passageiros, responsavel por uma fatia de 21% das vendas de veiculos novos.Entre 2000 e 2008, a Volkswagen South Africa investiu perto de 6 bilioes de rands em novos modelos, uma nova unidade de pintura e uma nova fabrica de montagem de camioes e autocarros.Programa de desenvolvimento para a industria automovelO elemento catalisador para este crescimento fenomenal tem sido o Programa de Desenvolvimento para a Industria Automovel (MIDP – Motor Industry Development Programme) do governo. Introduzido em 1995, preve-se que continue, com desfasamento progressivo, ate 2012.O MIDP lançou as exportaçoes, permitindo aos fabricantes de automoveis nacionais incluirem os valores totais de exportaçoes nos seus montantes locais, podendo assim importar mercadorias do mesmo valor sem impostos. Isto fez com que os fabricantes de automoveis se concentrassem no fabrico de determinados veiculos ou componentes para exportaçao, importando embora outros modelos.O programa concede ainda um subsidio de produçao aos fabricantes de automoveis que investem em novas fabricas e equipamentos, devolvendo-lhes 20% do seu capital, na forma de creditos sobre direitos de importaçao, por um periodo de cinco anos.O governo preve introduzir um plano sucessor do MIDP, destinado a melhorar a cadeia de valor nacional. O novo programa, que perdurara ate 2020, focar-se-a em valor acrescentado sendo consistente com as obrigaçoes multilaterais da África do Sul. É provavel que tome a forma de um subsidio de produçao.O Ministerio do Comercio e da Industria afirmou que este novo programa de apoio se traduzira em mais emprego e numa sustentabilidade a longo prazo para a industria. O plano apoiara a produçao e o investimento que “pretendam atingir um volume minimo de saida para cada uma das plataformas de 50.000 unidades por ano ao longo de um periodo de tempo razoavel.”Vantagens competitivasA industria automovel da África do Sul oferece uma serie de vantagens competitivas ao investimento estrangeiro. Incluida esta a possibilidade de um custo imbativel a nivel mundial em volume curtos ou baixos, custos de ferramentas competitivos e um elevado nivel de flexibilizaçao no fabrico.A industria local tem ainda bons acessos ao hemisferio sul e aos restantes mercados africanos.A industria sul Africana detem algumas tecnologias unicas, como por exemplo os fechos de porta centralizados para veiculos fora de estrada ou recreativos, soldadura de aluminio para radiadores e a capacidade de criar componentes tais como filtros de ar e limpadores de sistemas de ar condicionado e ar compativeis com as mais altas temperaturas e niveis de po de África.Estas unidades de produçao de primeira categoria tem tambem acesso a varias materias primas e a electricidade barata, bem como a redes de transportes estaveis e boas telecomunicaçoes.O Centro para o Desenvolvimento da Industria Automovel e o centro de testes GEROTEC, perto de Pretoria, sao excelentes instalaçoes para investigaçao, design, testes e formaçao.Novas oportunidades de investimento estao a ser criadas para esta industria, com a introduçao de acordos comerciais de comercio livre com a Uniao Europeia e a SADC – Comunidade de Desenvolvimento Sul Africana e a Lei Norte-Americana para Oportunidades e Crescimento Africano.Fabricantes de peças e componentes autoExistem mais de 200 fabricantes de peças e componentes auto em toda a África do Sul e cerca de 150 outros que fornecem esta industria numa base de nao exclusividade. A industria de peças e componentes tem um volume de vendas de 50 bilioes de rands, ou seja cerca de 2% do PIB nacional, e procura crescer bastante mais se o potencial de exportaçoes continuar a aumentar.A África do Sul exportou 30,3 bilioes de rands de peças e componentes auto em 2006, um aumento de 32% relativamente a 2005. Os catalisadores continuaram a ser a peça auto mais exportada, representando quase metade de todas as exportaçoes de peças e componentes.Outros tipos de exportaçoes no sector sao, por exemplo, motores, silenciadores e sistemas de escape, radiadores, rodas e pneus, cobertura de assentos em couro, radios auto e aparelhagens de som, e eixos, sobretudo para camioes pesados.A Alemanha, Espanha, Reino Unido, França e África Subsaariana sao os principais destinos das exportaçoes de peças e componentes sul africanas.Mimados por tanta escolhaEstao a disposiçao umas surpreendentes 1.390 variantes de automoveis, veiculos de recreio e comerciais ligeiros nos expositores de automoveis sul africanos, segundo um relatorio do site Fin24.com.A escolha mais do que duplicou nos ultimos 10 anos. Em 1997, pouco depois da reentrada da Alfa Romeo, Renault e Chevrolet na África do Sul – e quando os sul africanos começaram a gostar do Mahindra, Ssang Yong, Dacia, Kia, Hyundai, Daewoo, Saab e Subaru – havia 37 fabricantes com uma oferta de 595 modelos diferentes.Desde entao, a Bentley, Cadillac, Citroen, Maybach, Mini, Proton, TVR, GWM, Lexus e Tata marcaram a sua liderança no Mercado sul africano, quer de modo independente quer unindo forças com os distribuidores ja existentes e empresas relacionadas com os grupos.No entanto e apesar destas novas entradas, a maioria dos compradores sul africanos tendem a optar por marcas mais conhecidas e estabelecidas no pais ha mais tempo, como e o caso da Toyota, Volkswagen, Fordm, Mazda ou BWM. Estas marcas juntas representam ainda mais de 80% da fatia de mercado dos novos veiculos no pais.Este artigo foi actualizado em: Agosto de 2008Reporter infoSA. Fontes (websites em lingua inglesa):National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SANational Association of Automobile Component and Allied ManufacturersDepartment of Trade and IndustryGeneral MotorsMercedes Benz South AfricaNissan South AfricaToyota South AfricaBusiness DayEngineering NewsFin24last_img read more

first_imgIt’s mid-afternoon, July 13, 2005, and this reporter is catnapping 35,000 feet above Canada’s unforgiving Northwest Territories, en route from Atlanta to Tokyo Narita International. Aboard Delta Air Lines Flight 55, a sleek 777-200ER, a quiet drama is about to play out, one that will intimately illuminate how airlines, crew members, ground-bound physicians and, yes, even some passengers can work in concert to pull people through a serious medical emergency.A flight attendant has been hit in the head by a heavy serving tray in the rear galley. She’s showing signs of moderate concussion, a condition that demands close scrutiny.The call goes out on the cabin public address system for a doctor. No one responds. Another summons, this time for a nurse. No one answers. Finally, the voice of the chief flight attendant pleads for anyone with medical experience to help. I pause, then push the flight attendant call button on my seat console. It’s been three decades since I was a U.S. Army combat medic. I just hope I remember enough to helpOn board the Triple-Seven is a medical kit. I grab the blood pressure cuff and stethoscope and try to take a reading, the noise of the air rushing over the fuselage all but masking the telltale initial “tap-tap” systolic sound, as well as the fading “thump-thump” that signals the diastolic reading. It takes two tries to get a clear blood pressure, and it’s lower than it should be.The chief flight attendant calls the captain, who initiates a call to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Stat-MD operation in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, where emergency physicians are on call 24/7. He puts me on the line with a specially-trained doctor. I relay the vital signs, my overall impression of the patient’s condition.It’s time to make a decision. If Flight 55 is going to divert, the nearest airport close to appropriate medical help is Anchorage. And if we’re going to make ANC we need to start descending shortly. The diversion will cost Delta upwards of $100,000. The captain, in whose hands the final decision lies, asks the doc what he thinks. The three of us – passenger, physician and pilot – converse one more time. The patient’s pupils are equal and responsive to pulses from my penlight. Her blood pressure is coming back up. There’s no blood in the ears. Best get her to the crew rest area in the upper “attic” of the Triple-Seven and have me monitor her for the rest of the flight.No diversion, not this time. The rest of the flight is blessedly uneventful.A Decidedly Delicate Balancing ActAccording to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) airlines worldwide flew some 3.3-billion passengers in 2014, the last full year for which statistics are available. On the basis of data gathered between January 1, 2008 and October 31, 2010 authors of the May 2013 article Outcomes of Emergencies on Commercial Airline Flights in the prestigious publication The New England Journal of Medicine estimate “44,000 in-flight medical emergencies occur worldwide each year. Medical emergencies during commercial airline travel, although rare on a per-passenger basis, occur daily.”Let’s sharpen that per passenger statistic a bit. U.S.-based MedAire’s air-to-ground MedLink service, based out of the Emergency Department of Banner Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona in the US “receives an average of 37.5 calls for medical advice from aircraft in flight per 1 million passengers carried by the [airlines] that use our service,” says Dr. Paulo Alves, MedAire’s global medical director for Aviation Health. Some 70 airlines worldwide employ the MedLink.“Taking care of passengers is something unique to the transportation industry and, in particular, to air transportation,” says Alves. In his paper The Challenges of Medical Events in Flight, he goes on to say, “Once a flight is airborne, there is no possible access to any established health care system.” That creates a dilemma, how to strike a good balance “between the immediate risk and cost of a diversion, vs. the implied risk – or even liability—when deciding to continue a flight with an ill or injured passenger.”MedLink stats reflect one aircraft diversion per one million passengers flown. A diversion means a flight lands at an airport other than its intended destination.Air-to-ground doctor-to-aircraft systems, endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), “can help in significantly reducing unnecessary diversions,” says Alves.But what airlines want to prevent, at all costs, is an in-flight passenger death. While reported statistics are scarce, Dr. Alves says, “it’s estimated that one IFD (in-flight death) occurs for every 7.6 million passengers traveling. In addition to the human toll IFDs wreak, he says they can ignite “litigation and bad publicity for the airline.”What Ails YouMost in-flight medical emergencies, or IFMEs, says The New England Journal of Medicine’s (NEJM) study, have to do with lightheadedness, fainting, respiratory symptoms or gastrointestinal symptoms. Just about 30 percent of those situations got better while the flight was still in the air, so much better that emergency medical personnel weren’t needed upon landing. When things did not get better, and the pilot asked for EMS help upon touchdown, just over 37 percent of those passengers were taken to a hospital emergency room.“In addition to cardiac arrest,” says the NEJM report, “medical problems that were associated with the highest rates of hospital admission were stroke-like symptoms (23.5%), obstetrical or gynecologic symptoms (23.4%) and cardiac symptoms (21%).”Drilling a bit deeper into data, the report found obstetrical symptoms rarely cause medical emergencies, “a finding that supports existing recommendations that air travel is safe up to the 36th week of gestation [pregnancy].” The majority of obstetrical or gynecologic symptoms—just under 61 percent of them—“occurred in pregnant women at less than 24 weeks.” As for the popular belief that pregnancy begets bunches of flight diversions, the study tallied just “three cases involving pregnant women in labor beyond 24 weeks which resulted in diversion.”Tool Kits to Combat What Ails YouAEDs, automatic external defibrillators, those wondrous machines that can shock a heart back to beating, are mandated for passenger aircraft by US Federal Aviation Administration regulations. So is a well, and specifically, stocked Emergency medical kit, or EMK. A number of other worldwide regulatory bodies recommend or require the same.No mere first aid kit, EMKs are mini-pharmacies. They’re fitted with oral drugs such as Nitroglycerine tablets for heart pain. There’s injectable Epinephrine, to counter life-threatening anaphylactic shock, which can be triggered by severe allergies to things as simple (and potentially deadly) as peanuts.How to Avoid an IMFE in the First PlaceThe best way to handle a medical emergency, in the air or the ground, is to avoid it altogether. Dr. T.J. Doyle is medical director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Stat-MD program, which serves some 17 airlines throughout the globe. He says the most important role passengers can play in protecting their health aloft is to make sure they understand their own medical issues, particularly chronic conditions.Included in the chronic category is COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, where supplemental oxygen may be necessary. “It’s important to remember that even if you don’t need oxygen on the ground, the cabin altitude is [usually] the equivalent of being on a six- to eight-thousand-foot mountain,” says Dr. Doyle. “So, even if you don’t need it at sea level there may be a possibility you may require oxygen at altitude.”If you have a chronic pulmonary problem, Doyle suggests checking with your physician before flying, as well as the airline. That’s because “The solution now on the commercial airline side is portable oxygen concentrators.” Problem is “Most US commercial airlines either no longer provide, or give you the opportunity to purchase, on-board oxygen. Some of the Canadian airlines do.”There are a number oxygen concentrators approved by various governmental regulatory agencies such as FAA and EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency.So, how about those cylindrical oxygen bottles with the masks attached that you may have seen stowed on board? Why not use those? “The onboard [portable] oxygen is technically not for passenger use,” says Stat-MD’s medical director. “It’s really for the flight attendants in the case of a decompression emergency so they can walk around the cabin…[Passengers] shouldn’t have an expectation it’s available for them.”Another IFE-avoidance tip is a bit of a no brainier: “Make sure that if you take medications that you don’t put them in checked baggage,” says Dr. Doyle. “Have them with you in your carry-on.”More than a few flyers forget. “We get calls from people on transoceanic flights,” he says. “A classic [example] is they have forgotten their Insulin is in their checked baggage and that their blood pressure is going to be out of control.”Is There a Doctor On Board?MedAire doesn’t track the percentage of time on-board professional medical help is at hand, but Dr. Alves estimates it ranges from 60 to 80 percent – physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians and other first responders. As sort of a force-multiplier measure, MedAire runs training programs “designed to give cabin crew [flight attendants] the knowledge and skill to recognize and manage in-flight medical emergencies.”Still, Alves says the fact remains “Many airlines rely on the kindness of stranger by paging for a medical volunteer.” Problem is, “A medical professional doesn’t board a flight expecting to go to work—he [or she] is a passenger first,” a passenger who “may not have the skills necessary” to handle the situation they face. AirlineRatings.com is aware of one doctor who has saved Qantas the Australian airliners three diversions to Hawaii over the Pacific.Hovering over the situation, providing presumed cover for those strangers, is the Good Samaritan angel. In general, Good Samaritan laws offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those injured, ill, or in peril. But, as with everything involving the law, there are nooks and nuances you need to know about.Alves says, “Good Samaritan regulations that may cover those assisting during a medical situation could be negated if any form of compensation is offered. Someone who is compensated is not generally regarded as a volunteer.”Back to Delta Flight 55 for a second. After I tended to the flight attendant and got her settled in the crew rest area, the captain upgraded me to business class. I took him up on it, every few minutes checking on the condition of “my patient.” But—and here’s the irony of it—the moment I settled into that BusinessElite seat I may have stripped myself of legal cover, the Good Samaritan angel fluttering away outside the window.Even if I had declined the upgrade, Good Samaritan might not have applied. That’s because a week after I returned home from Tokyo I found a delivery driver at the front door with a goody basket of crackers and confections and a thank you note from Delta.Be compassionate, but play it safe. Assuming you’re qualified, volunteer to render aid. Remember, the physician, pilot, qualified passenger partnership really can save lives. But don’t expect anything aside from satisfaction in return. Decline anything that even hints of a gift.The greatest gift in all is human life. Ground-bound physicians such as Paulo Alves and T.J. Doyle understand that. They also understand, says Doyle, while an in-flight medical emergency “may be a once-in-a-career [event] for the cabin crew, the pilot, and…the on-board volunteer,” it’s virtually a daily occurrence at companies such as MedAire and Stat-MD. That’s why having an experienced, aviation-savvy ground-bound ER doc at the crew’s beck and call can be critical, even when medically-trained personnel are on board.“We do this all the time,” says Doyle. “We understand how [IFMEs] work…how they usually play out. It’s important that the flight crew trusts us.”Whether to divert or not remains the captain’s call. Doyle says pilots sometimes disagree with the ground doctor’s recommendations.But physicians thousands of miles away still have considerable sway as they help crew and on-board caregivers navigate the IFME storm, working to “take some of the fear and uncertainty out of the situation and, hopefully,” says Dr. Doyle, “help everyone onboard get through it.”last_img read more

first_imgDaniella Rodriguez, former Miss Texas shows off her engagement ring after Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa purposed after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Carlos Correa and Daniella Rodriguez both left Dodger Stadium with rings.The Astros shortstop proposed to his girlfriend on live television moments after Houston earned its World Series title with a 5-1 victory in Game 7 on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Correa and Rodriguez are living together in Houston with a beautiful puppy named Groot. Correa, the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year, had five homers and 14 RBIs in an outstanding postseason, capped by eight hits in the World Series, including two homers. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion SMC group stands by Narvasa, questions move by ‘renegade’ PBA governors John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments The proposal from her boyfriend of over a year completely surprised Rodriguez, a former Miss Texas USA.“He had been so focused on the game,” Rodriguez said. “All he ever talked about was winning the World Series, so I never really thought something like this would be on his mind, so when it all went down, I was just shocked.”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 shutoutShe also had no idea Correa had been urged to put a ring on it by his mother, and he was plotting a proposal for several weeks. Even Correa’s teammates were in on the scheme: Carlos Beltran, the Astros’ 40-year-old slugger, helped the 23-year-old shortstop pick out the ring.Correa said he gambled and waited for a dramatic finale to the Astros’ first championship year. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC03:102 gov’t execs wary of having separate dep’t for disaster risk reduction00:50Trending 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 “I knew we had championship potential, so I decided to hold out until the last game of the season,” Correasaid.Rodriguez said yes, once she regained the ability to speak.While Correa went to the clubhouse to spray champagne, Rodriguez gleefully flashed the huge ring to her fellow Astros wives and girlfriends, including Justin Verlander’s partner Kate Upton.Rodriquez said she’ll need a while to get over the shock.“Everyone knew besides me,” Rodriguez said. “I’m really good at finding stuff out. Every time I had a surprise birthday party, I would always find out. So I was literally in just the complete dark about this. Everyone knew but me.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextlast_img read more