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first_img31 October 2006South Africa’s motor industry will invest more than R1-billion in technical skills development over the next six years with an eye to selling a million vehicles a year in SA by 2015 – and manufacturing a million vehicles a year in SA by 2020.According to Business Report, the skills programme will be undertaken by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) together with its own members as well as those of the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers and the Retail Motor Industry Association.Naamsa president and Toyota SA CEO Johan van Zyl told Business Report that South Africa’s motor industry had trained around 12 000 people in technical disciplines since 2000.Between now and 2012, Van Zyl told the newspaper, the industry aimed to train another 24 000 people “either as technicians or as artisans, or through technical learnerships.”He described this target as “ambitious” but “doable, given a continuing strong economy and ongoing improvement in general living standards” in South Africa.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


first_imgOn its way out the door, the Obama Administration greenlit 10 sites across the United States that will become “proving grounds” for autonomous cars, including one in Michigan and two in California.The Department of Transport (DoT) announced its picks one day before Obama left office, one of the hundreds of pieces of legislation passed in the last days of the administration.See Also: Google’s Waymo self-driving cars kept offline to avoid hackersWillow Run, an old B-24 bomber plant in Michigan, will be the flagship proving ground. The American Center for Mobility is converting the 311-acre site to test autonomous cars from Ford, General Motors, and Hyundai.The state of Michigan is bankrolling the effort, to the tune of $80 million, in the hope of bringing automotive jobs back to Detroit. It expects the site to pay for itself after a while, through federal grants and possible payments to test vehicles.Michigan has already pushed through meaningful legislation to legalize self-driving cars in the state, and some auto and tech firms have moved their autonomous operations into Detroit.What will Trump do?A decommissioned Naval base in Concord, California, will also be redeveloped for autonomous vehicle tests. Other sites in Arizona and Washington were chosen, but the DoT have not said how much will be spent to convert the sites for autonomous testing.“The designated proving grounds will collectively form a community of practice around safe testing and deployment,” said ex-U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. “This group will openly share best practices for the safe conduct of testing.”The Trump Administration has not said anything about the onset of autonomous cars, but considering his commitment to bringing jobs back to U.S. citizens, the administration could most likely be against any further development of autonomous technology. That could be an issue for the auto and tech firms that have spent millions preparing for the self-driving revolution. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Tags:#automotive#Autonomous car#California#cars#GoMentum#Internet of Things#IoT#Obama#Self-Driving#Silicon Valley#Willow Run center_img David Curry IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more


first_imgBoston, Aug 21 (PTI) Scientists have identified a bacteria in the digestive tracts of elite runners and rowers which aids their performance, an advance that can help develop improved probiotic supplements for athletes.”We are more bacteria than we are human. The bugs in our gut affect our energy metabolism, making it easier to break down carbohydrates, protein and fibre,” said Jonathan Scheiman, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the US.”They are also involved in inflammation and neurological function. So perhaps the microbiome could be relevant for applications in endurance, recovery and maybe even mental toughness,” Scheiman said.Researchers collected fecal samples on a daily basis from 20 athletes training for the 2015 Boston marathon one week before and one week after the race.They sequenced the genomes of the sampled bacteria, using computational metagenomic methods to figure out how many and what types of microbes inhabited the fecal samples.On comparing the pre-race and post-race samples, they found a sudden spike in the population of one particular type of bacteria after the marathon.”This bugs natural function is to break down lactic acid,” Scheiman said.They found that during intense exercise, the body produces more lactic acid than usual, which can lead to muscle fatigue and soreness. This bacteria could potentially help with that.Researchers are now feeding the bacteria to mice to measure its effects on lactic acid levels and fatigue.In another set of experiments, the team is comparing the bacteria from ultramarathoners to those found in rowers training for the Olympics.advertisementThey found a type of bacteria in ultra-marathoners that can help break down carbohydrates and fibber – which is key during a 100-mile run – that was not present in the rowers, suggesting that different sports may foster niche microbiomes. PTI APA SAR SARlast_img read more


first_imgHOUSTON — New York Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi admitted he didn’t know anything about Yangervis Solarte when he was signed to a minor league deal in January.The rookie is quickly teaching his manager all about himself.Solarte had three hits and an RBI in his first major league start and Derek Jeter drove in a run to give the New York Yankees their first win this season, 4-2 over the Houston Astros on April 3.“You have to give a lot of credit to our scouting department and front office for finding this kid because he gives us a lot of options being a switch-hitter and can play all over the infield,” Girardi said.The 26-year-old Solarte has spent time in the minors with Minnesota and Texas, but never got called up until this season after hitting .429 this spring.“I’ve worked very hard for this, and to be able to help the team, that’s even better,” Solarte said in Spanish through a translator. “These are the small things that are key.”Solarte singled in a two-run third inning which put New York up 2-1. He doubled in the fifth and scored on a single by Jeter to push it to 3-1.Houston cut the lead to one in the bottom of that inning before Solarte came through again, this time with a single that drove in Ichiro Suzuki.Solarte, the third baseman, also had a nifty defensive play when he grabbed a bullet hit right at him by Jose Altuve in the eighth.Ivan Nova allowed six hits, two runs and walked five in 5 2-3 innings. He was helped by a defense which turned four double plays with him on the mound.“This could have been a game where he gave up a lot of runs without those double play balls,” Girardi said. “He made big pitches when he had to.”David Robertson, who took over as closer for Mariano Rivera, pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.Dexter Fowler continued to shine in his first season with the Astros, getting two singles to become the second player in franchise history — and first since Ken Caminiti in 1987 — to begin his Houston career with three straight multi-hit games.“We had our chances, especially early on there,” Houston manager Bo Porter said. “I think we hit into four double plays in the first five innings. We had baserunners everywhere. It was probably one big hit away from getting some separation early in the game.”Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer also went 5 2-3 innings, allowing five hits and three runs while fanning five.Suzuki doubled with two outs in the seventh before scoring on the RBI by Solarte. Solarte’s hit was a high pop-up which dropped right between three Astros players assembled directly in front of home plate.Solarte doubled with one out in the fifth and scored on a two-out single by Jeter to make it 3-1. Jeter was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double.Houston got to 3-2 when Jonathan Villar doubled and scored on a single by Fowler in the bottom of the inning. The fourth double play by the Yankees got the first two outs before Chris Carter grounded out to end the inning.Oberholtzer retired the first seven batters he faced before running into trouble. Suzuki and Solarte hit consecutive singles before a third one by Brett Gardner scored Suzuki to tie it at 1-all.Jeter walked and Carlos Beltran’s sacrifice fly scored Solarte to give New York a 2-1 lead.Fowler and Grossman hit back-to-back singles to start the first before Nova plunked Castro to load the bases. Altuve grounded into a forceout that left Castro out at second and scored Fowler to make it 1-0.Carter walked to load the bases again, but the Yankees turned a double play to limit the damage. The Yankees also used double plays to get out of the third and fourth innings.Castro was also hit by a pitch in the third inning to become the first Astro since Brad Ausmus on April 7, 2007, to be hit twice in a game. He remained in the game before being replaced by Carlos Corporan in the top of the sixth with a bruise on his right foot. X-rays were negative and he is day to day.(KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd draw up plans for four new signingsby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United plan to make four new signings for the start of next season.The Manchester Evening News says United want to sign a full back, midfielder, a forward and a striker to add depth and quality to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.United chiefs ‘held a recruitment meeting’ at the start of last month to begin drafting a shortlist of targets for the January transfer window and next summer.It is claimed that James Maddison, Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell and Declan Rice are principal targets as they look to continue their recent transfer strategy of purchasing young, British players.The club know that those deals would require significant negotiating and therefore the club is also drafting a longer list of targets. last_img read more


first_imgJaylon Smith helped off the field by trainers.Jaylon Smith Injury Jaylon Smith InjuryJaylon Smith InjuryFew players had a worse NFL Combine than Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith, through no fault of his own. Smith was failed by multiple teams on his physical due to potential nerve damage stemming from the significant knee injury he suffered against Ohio State, which included a torn ACL and LCL.Smith, once viewed as a potential top 10 draft pick, will probably fall out of the first round altogether, but he’s doing whatever he can to prove that he is healing up. In an interview with Yahoo Sports, he revealed that he is currently leg pressing over 600 pounds, and squatting over 400.Can Smith feel a tangible difference physically in the past five weeks?“Oh yeah, absolutely,” Smith said. “A few weeks have made a huge difference, even the past two weeks. I can feel it.“Rehab is going great. I am leg-pressing over 600 pounds right now. I am squatting over 400 pounds. I am getting that strength back. It’s just a matter of time.”Asked whether it has been determined if he suffered nerve in the injury, Smith was a bit vague, but he remained upbeat.“We’ll see when I go back there [to the medical recheck],” Smith said. “We’ll see what the doctors say then. I feel like I’ve regained some of it. I’m happy where I am at right now.”When healthy, Smith is an incredibly impressive prospect. Hopefully he finds a team that will take a chance on him.[Yahoo Sports]More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Championship >>>last_img read more


first_imgMark Wahlberg says he’s donating $1.5 million US to the Time’s Up legal defence fund after reports suggested he was paid more for re-shoots than his co-star, Michelle Williams. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Mark Wahlberg says he’s donating $1.5 million US to Time’s Up after controversy erupted over the pay he received for re-shooting scenes in the film All The Money In The World.Two reports said Wahlberg was paid significantly more than co-star Michelle Williams to return for extra filming after Kevin Spacey was erased from the film. Wahlberg appeared to confirm his pay Saturday in a social media post about the donation.“Over the last few days, my reshoot fee for All The Money In The World has become an important topic of conversation,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter. “I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5M to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.”Wahlberg, left, was paid $1.5 million US for 10 days of reshoots, while Williams was reportedly paid less than $1,000 for the same work. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images) USA Today reported earlier this week that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for the 10 days of re-shoots, while Williams got less than $1,000 in per diems for the same work.last_img read more


first_imgChris Stewart APTN National NewsMedia of all forms were in Edmonton over the weekend as the Canadian Association of Journalists held its annual conference and awards gala.APTN was nominated for four national awards, capturing two. APTN Investigates won with Dennis Ward and Murray Oliver taking home the award for human rights reporting for their story, a Soldier Scorned, that detailed an Inuk woman who faced racism and sexual harassment in the military.“You know, Murray and I are the two that are holding on these plaques and stuff (but) a lot of people at APTN work on these stories,” said Ward. “This is a real team effort. That’s how APTN is. A big team.”APTN Investigates took its second award with Melissa Ridgen’s story, Hunting for Work, about Indigenous workers in Winnipeg working under unsafe conditions and getting hurt picking up the city’s garbage.“It’s a great night for APTN,” said Ridgen. “This shows that APTN is covering a lot of stories that matter to Indigenous people.”APTN reporters also took part in journalism panels throughout the weekend.Tina House moderated a panel on missing and murdered Indigenous women where panelists thanked APTN for how reporters have worked on countless stories for many years.Jorge Barrera and Ridgen also hosted a popular panel on how to follow the money on First Nations. The CAJ conference is being held in Toronto next year.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The officer held responsible for the accidental shooting down of a military helicopter at the height of India-Pakistan tension in February will be charged by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for culpable homicide not amounting to murder along with three others, according to reports. The IAF is yet to officially acknowledge reasons for the Mi-17 helicopter’s crash on February 27, the day Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jets attempted to cross the Line of Control (LoC). But reports suggest that it was shot down in a friendly fire by IAF’s own air defence missile. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The Court of Inquiry into the incident killing all six onboard is yet to be completed. The IAF maintains that the investigation was still going on but multiple reports indicate that there was a lapse in following the Standard Operating Procedures. A report said that the officer commanding the Srinagar air base, where the crash took place, has been removed. The officer who was presiding over operations will face charges of culpable homicide, a criminal offence, according to another report. The incident had occurred in Jammu and Kashmir in the melee when IAF jets had engaged intruding PAF fighters over the LoC a day after air strike on terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.last_img read more


first_imgAlexandria — The family of a blogger whose death became a rallying cry in Egypt’s 2011 uprising called for the maximum jail term as a court readied to give its verdict Monday in the retrial of two policemen.Policemen Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismail Suleiman are accused of torturing and killing Khaled Said in June 2010 after unlawfully arresting him at an Internet cafe in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.An initial trial sentenced the defendants to seven years in jail in October 2011 after finding them guilty of unlawful arrest and excessive brutality. Egypt’s Court of Cassation ordered the retrial after the defendants appealed, while angry supporters of Said felt the sentence was too lenient.“We have asked for the maximum sentence, which is 15 years in prison,” Mahmud el-Bakri Atifi, lawyer for Said’s family, told AFP, adding that the earlier verdict was an “injustice”.“Egyptians must be reassured that the police offer them security and are not a threat to them.”Police initially said that Said choked to death after swallowing a packet of drugs.Medics, however, said he died of asphyxiation after being beaten, and that the packet of drugs was thrust in his mouth when he was unconscious.Pictures of Said’s badly marred face after his death spread on the Internet and his case became synonymous with police brutality under then president Hosni Mubarak.His death became a flashpoint between Mubarak’s government and opposition activists, who vented their anger on a Facebook page called “We are all Khaled Said”.It was on this page that one of the first calls was issued for the revolt which toppled Mubarak.Said’s supporters and opposition activists have often clashed with security forces, in particular during the trial hearings.last_img read more