London, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge to Manchester City has faded dramatically in recent weeks as Eden Hazard’s goals have dried up to leave Maurizio Sarri’s men 10 points adrift of the champions ahead of Saturday’s clash between the sides at Stamford Bridge.Even in the midst of an 18-game unbeaten run after City eased past the Blues 2-0 in the Community Shield in August, Sarri insisted Chelsea wouldn’t be able to last the pace against a team he considers the best in Europe.However, the Italian admitted his concern at the scale of his side’s downturn in recent weeks as defeats at Tottenham and then at Wolves where Chelsea capitulated from 1-0 up to lose 2-1 on Wednesday.Those losses as well as a goalless home draw with Everton mean Chelsea are hanging onto their top-four place only on goal difference.“City are the best team in Europe, maybe the best in the world,” said Sarri. “Manchester City are in another category. We have to play and to fight to be in the top four.”It is no coincidence that Chelsea’s dip has coincided with Hazard’s early season hot streak cooling off.The Belgian captain stood out as an exception to many players suffering a World Cup hangover. After being crowned the second best player on show in Russia, Hazard scored seven goals in his first six league starts of the season.At the time, Sarri talked of Hazard having the potential to score 40 goals in a campaign although his previous best for Chelsea was 19.However, with speculation mounting over whether Hazard will tie his future to the club by signing a new contract worth a reported £350,000 ($450,000) a week or hold out for a move to Real Madrid, the Belgian hasn’t scored in 11 games for club and country dating back two months.– Silva lining to De Bruyne absence –Sarri has blamed a series of niggling injuries as a demanding summer has finally started to take its toll. “It’s normal at the moment he isn’t at the top of his physical condition,” added the Italian this week.Yet, it is clear that without Hazard firing, Chelsea will struggle to even see off Tottenham and Arsenal for a place in the top four, let alone challenge the unbeaten City or Liverpool for the title.Strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have just six goals between them in the league all season and after promising a turnaround with a double against Crystal Palace last month, Morata’s famously fragile confidence looks shot again.That dependence on Hazard contrasts sharply with City, who have been without another Belgian, Kevin de Bruyne, for practically the whole season and still barely missed a beat.The outstanding individual in a collective 100-point masterclass as City stormed to the title last season, De Bruyne has played 81 minutes of league football this season due to two prolonged spells on the sidelines with injury.In his absence, Bernardo Silva has pounced on the chance to shine in a more central midfield role, freeing up the wings for Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane to wreak havoc.Sane and Mahrez were on target on Tuesday as City won a seventh straight league game 2-1 at Watford despite leaving Sterling and many others on the bench as Pep Guardiola made six changes.By contrast, Sarri’s decision to make five changes was questioned after defeat at Wolves.“I don’t think it depends on the changes; it depends on the mentality of the team,” said Sarri. “We can lose a match, but not without a reaction.”Now he needs a reaction against the toughest team of all.Share on: WhatsApp
And most importantly, congratulations to the MVRHS Class of 2020. We have enjoyed our time with you these past 4 years, we will miss you and we look forward to seeing the impact you make in our world.Sara Dingledy, PrincipalNoelle Warburton – Administrative AssistantAmy Lilavois – Class of 2020 AdvisorMatt Malowski – Class of 2020 Advisor To the Editor: The MVRHS Class of 2020 has graduated. On Sunday, July 26, 155 students walked across a stage and received their diplomas. Over 200 cars seated with family members watched on a giant LED screen while their graduates, wearing caps and gowns, sat in chairs placed 6 feet apart and family members near and far live-streamed the event. In the spring, an overwhelming majority of students had expressed their want for an in-person graduation. We weren’t sure it could happen but we were determined to try. After four months of monitoring the state’s shifting health and safety guidelines, an immense amount of anxiety and patience on the part of everyone involved, and an incredible community effort, we pulled it off. The graduating class and their families participated in a one of a kind, in-person, socially-distanced, memorable event that will not soon be forgotten.None of this would have been possible without the support and generosity of so many Island individuals and organizations. To the West Tisbury Select Board — thank you for approving this event without a blink of an eye; to Omar Johnson and the West Tisbury Board of Health and to the West Tisbury Police Department — we thank you for your guidance and patience with our planning; to Kristina West and Chris Lyons of the MV Agricultural Society — thank you for your flexibility and your guidance working with a group of educators who have never before parked cars or organized an event of this size; to the abutting neighbors of the Ag Hall — thank you for the permission to hold this event; MVTV — thank you for editing the video tribute, filming the event to be live streamed for those who couldn’t attend and for volunteering all of your time; to Charlie Esposito for his calming presence and his expertise in all areas technical; Maria Thibodeau, Chris Baer, and Kate Hennigan for capturing the moment on film and video; to MV United Soccer, Point B Realty, Amy Upton and Corona Stompers, MV Social Justice Leadership Foundation, MVCS, MV Youth Task Force, Johnny Cupcakes, Patti Leighton and MV Bank, the parents of the Class of 2020 and countless other generous individuals, thank you for donating time and money to support our students.
“It’s bad out there, it’s real bad. It’s always been bad there,” said Flaherty. By Allison Perrine Also among discussions at the Aug. 27 meeting was the new reverse angle parking law, an idea originally brought for ward by the mayor to keep pedestrians safe. After hearing complaints about the law from residents, the borough will review the situation at the end of the summer season. Work will start sometime this fall and will have an estimated useful life of 10 years. At a recent meeting, Jack Flaherty of Monmouth Place questioned why the project would start at the north end of the pavilion because, according to Flaherty, sand typically travels south to north. Mayor Sue Howard said the starting point, known as the “hot spot” in the borough with the largest loss of sand, was determined by the Army Corps of Engineers. MONMOUTH BEACH – The Army Corps of Engineers will begin replenishing sand in Monmouth Beach this fall, starting at the north end of the Bathing Pavilion and continuing north for as far as funding will allow. At the Aug. 27 meeting Commissioner David Stickle said he is dissatisfied with the engineering work done by T&M Associates for the recently striped fire lane at the pavilion. According to Stickle, state law calls for 20-foot clearance and the work completed allows for about 19 feet 4 inches of clearance. Timing is perfect as beach replenishment is currently being funded at the federal level, Howard said, when in the past the borough had to petition for support from the state government and legislature for more sand. The original 50-year contract between the borough and the federal government allowed for the possibility of beach replenishment every six years. The borough’s recent law on reverse angle parking will be reevaluated after the summer season.Photo by Allison Perrine In June, resident William McGowan said he had a hard time maneuvering his way into the angled spot in the crowded parking lot. “The biggest problem is the line of traffic I was stuck in when I first pulled in. It’s like an automatic traffic jam. And that’s on a Wednesday,” he said at a June meeting. The borough will pay just over $1 million toward the project – 15 percent of the total cost – which includes the installation of sand and sediment as well as associated dredging, pumping and sculpting, the approved bond ordinance states. “We at one point waitedfrom 2004 to November of2011 to replenish.” Howardsaid. “This is a good thing forMonmouth Beach.” “You have to accommodate in some way the fact that people have big SUVs now,” said Stickle. “You need to account for that so there’s still 20 foot clear as a fire lane.” He suggested at the meeting that the borough not pay the bill until the work is corrected. If any restriping is done it will likely not be done until next spring.
Meanwhile, government officialsat all levels are working to halt transmission of the virus. “It’s funny, it was a similarsituation with the SARS virus,” noted Ted Friedli, owner of Excel Travel in LongBranch. One client who contacted himwith concerns about the virus has plans to travel to China in 2022. Like other health care professionals in the state, Bayshore is relying on updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Public Health to advise its customers. So, what can people do to avoidcontracting NcoV? “There could be so many morediseases between now and then,” he said. Friedli advised him to remaincalm and wait things out. Travel to China and the FarEast has grown increasingly popular in recent years, Friedli said. The best defense is prevention,health experts say: Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, use a tissueor, in a pinch, your sleeve to cough or sneeze into rather than your hands. Tryto avoid touching your face. The majority of the calls fall into the category of, “Am I at risk?” he said. That includes people who have recently traveled to or from China, people planning to travel there individually or as members of international exchange programs, and people who have returned from China with children who will be re-entering school in New Jersey. Those cases have been confirmedin Washington, California, Arizona and Illinois, the CDC reported. With the height of the flu season upon us, business at Bayshore Pharmacy in Atlantic Highlands has been brisk. Meanwhile, New JerseyCongressman Frank Pallone (D-6), who chairs the House of Representatives Energyand Commerce Committee, which oversees public health and quarantine, isadvising Americans to rely on the CDC and other reliable sources for updatesrather than social media. “The information that I have right now is that weshouldn’t panic,” he said during an appearance on MSNBC last Tuesday. “There’sa lot of misinformation out there.” “At this time, there are more than 6,000 confirmed cases. The majority of the cases are in China, which has experienced at least 132 deaths. There are 92 confirmed cases outside of China, with five cases in the United States.” While those numbers appear alarming, it helps to keep in mind that more than 11 million people reside in the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the city of Wuhan. British Airways and a fewsmaller airlines have suspended all flights to China and United Airlines hasreduced its service there. The sneezing and coughing most peopleare doing around the Two River area these days are not caused by NcoV but insteadrelated to the perennial winter woes that come with the common cold and flu. The pharmacy did experience a bit of a run on face masks this week but, Stryker said, their effectiveness in blocking an individual from contracting the virus isn’t great because the masks aren’t capable of preventing the inhalation of the virus. They’re more valuable in preventing someone who is already sick from spreading germs through sneezing and coughing. Earlier this week, U.S. Sens.Bob Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey called for NcoV passenger screeningsto be instituted at Newark Liberty International Airport, the fifth busiest airportin the nation. To combat a wave of misinformation being generated as the word spreads, the New Jersey Department of Health has established a hotline in cooperation with the NJ Poison Control Center to answer residents’ questions about the new virus and allay unnecessary fears. “The biggest concern right nowis that we don’t really know what this coronavirus is…we need to know moreabout the virus itself, how it’s transmitted, what is its impact and there’snot a lot of information out there right now.” Those with upcomingreservations who are facing a change of plan and a possible loss of theirvacation dollars, Friedli said, have the option to cancel, postpone or changetheir plans and some travel providers will be generous in helping them make thebest choice with the least amount of financial pain. But, Friedli said, “Thebiggest lesson is to do something in advance: Take out some travel insurance.There are policies you can buy that allow you to cancel for any reasonwhatsoever.” “We’ve been getting quite a fewquestions,” Stryker said. “The news has it pretty whipped up.” “Media and the government blowthese things out of proportion,” Friedli says. “There’s so many other thingsthat we could worry about, like getting hit by a car on the Garden StateParkway.” According to Jerry M. Zuckerman, M.D., vice president of infection prevention and control at Hackensack Meridian Health, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which are thought to cause up to 30 percent of common cold cases. Hackensack Meridian encompasses nine medical centers around the state, including Riverview in Red Bank and Bayshore in Holmdel. But along with the chills,fever, coughs and runny noses that accompany the flu, some customers are sufferingfrom worries about contracting the novel coronavirus (NcoV), said pharmacistRichard Stryker. Symptoms of NcoV are similar to the flu but can swiftlyprogress to more serious complications like pneumonia. Newark has since been added tothe list of airports conducting enhanced screenings. While the risk of contractingthe NcoV virus here in the U.S. is low, the threat remains serious, Zuckermanstressed. “Although the risk to thepublic remains low, we understand that residents have questions about this newvirus,” New Jersey Department of Health commissioner Judith Persichilli notedin a press release. “This hotline provides factual information to alleviatefear and dispel rumors.” The hotline is part of a wide-reaching effort by the medical and scientific communities to reassure the public while taking steps to identify and treat any patients who contract NcoV. In an effort to halt thetransmission of the virus, Chinese officials have instituted a quarantine inWuhan, the epicenter of the virus. For Americans set to travel toChina soon for business or vacation, the threat of NcoV very likely means achange in plans. By Eileen Moon | Published Jan. 30, 2020 “Certain strains like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), whichappeared in 2002, and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), which appearedin 2012 and now the 2019 novel coronavirus can cause more serious illness,”Zuckerman said. No cases of NcoV have been identified in any of Hackensack Meridian’sfacilities, Zuckerman said. Bruce Ruck, managing director of the NJ Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, said that his office has received more than 100 calls about the corona virus in the last 24 hours. Nevertheless, concern aboutcontracting the new virus is rising. The five cases of NcoVidentified in the United States as of Jan. 29 have occurred in patients who hadrecently been in China. Fortunately, the risk ofcontracting the new virus first identified in Wuhan, China in December is low. In Monmouth County, FreeholderDeputy Director Sue Kiley, liaison to the county health and human servicesdepartment, said the county is maintaining close contact with area hospitalsand is prepared to respond should the virus appear. Right now, Kiley said, it’snot an issue. “Obviously, we’re watching it very closely.” Nevertheless, the appearance ofNcoV in our increasingly global community has been ramping up fears on socialmedia. “Basically, all those things your mother told you,” said Stryker, the pharmacist.
Former Kootenay Wildcats sniper Daley Oddy scored once as Team B.C. shocked Alberta 2-1 at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship in in Saguenay, Que.The win was the first for Team B.C. in years at the in Under-18 tournament.After Cassidy Hendricks (North Vancouver, B.C.) stoned Team Alberta during the opening frame, Oddy gave B.C. a 1-0 advantage five minutes into the second frame.Stephanie Schaupmeyer (Kelowna, B.C.) made it 2-0 late in the period.The lead held up until the final minutes of the game when Alberta cut the B.C. lead to a single goal by Eden Murray (Medicine Hat, Alta.)Aimee DiBella of Nelson and goalie Kimberley Newell, who plays for the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League, are also on Team B.C.DiBella is a member of the Okanagan Hockey Academy.Team B.C. faces another tough opponent as defending gold medallists Ontario Red takes to the ice at 2 p.m. PDT.Alberta plays again at 7 am. PDT against Manitoba.Ontario Red, tied with Team B.C. for the Group A division lead, opened the tournament by dumping Manitoba 8-2.Catch all the action live at www.hockeycanada.fasthockey.com
The Beaver Valley Nitehawks regained home-ice advantage in the Murdoch Division Semi Final against the Nelson Leafs Monday night at the NDCC Arena.Beaver Valley scored five times in the third period to post a 5-2 to Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Green and White before a crowd of more than 500 fans.The Hawks take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with game four Tuesday in Nelson.Puck drop is 7 p.m.Nelson appeared poised to ride a first period goal by Dylan Williamson to the series lead after scoring the all-important road victory — 5-4 in overtime — Saturday in Fruitvale.Williamson, a marked man on the Leafs roster all night, opened the scoring in the first period.The speedy winger took a pass at the blueline before speeding past the Beaver Valley defence and depositing a backhand shot past netminder Carsen Schamerhorn. Nelson missed a great opportunity in the second period when Reid Anderson was whistled for a five-minute major for boarding.However, the Leafs failed to increase their lead as Schamerhorn came up big in the Beaver Valley nets.The opportunity cost the Leafs in the third as the game quickly changed in favour of the Hawks.Spencer McLean and Taylor Stafford, his first of two in the game, scored 73 seconds apart to turn a deficit into a lead for the visitors.Beaver Valley kept the pressure on the Leafs scoring two power play goals 12 seconds apart by Andrew Miller and Mitch Foyle.Nelson cut the margin to 4-2 when Brendan Smith scored.But Stafford ended any comeback with his second goal, also on the power play, in the final minutes of the game as the Hawks out shot Nelson 15-9 in the third period.Nelson ended the game with a 31-29 advantage in shots thanks in part to a 16-9 margin in the second frame.Schamerhorn registered the win, while Jason Mailhoit took the loss in goal after a stellar performance Saturday in Fruitvale.BLUELINES: The Leafs dressed 16 players and two goalies, including three from the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget Hockey League — netminder Jason Mailhoit, forward Tanner Costa and Aigne McGead-Bruce. Hawks had a full roster of 20 players. . . . Leaf defenceman Darnel St. Pierre served the second game of his two-game suspension for check-to-head hits. St. Pierre will be a welcome edition to the Leaf blueline, that saw Nelson move forward Blair Andrews back to bolster the defensive core. . . . Before the game Nelson Leaf president Larry Martel presented Bill McDonell and Denis Kleine with a cheque for $500 in support of the purchase of the “Man in Motion” bronze sculpture located at the NDCC entrance. A replica is on display in the Nelson Leafs cabinet next to the Sound Booth. . . . In Spokane, Castlegar scored twice in the third period to edge the Braves 2-1 and grab a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch semi. Yannis Soukas, on the power play, and Darren Medeiros scored for the Rebels. Game four is Tuesday in Spokane.
Goal scorers included Kaliana Forte, Maddy Hopkins, Lennox Lockhurst and Cayenne Caney. Keeper Faith Stefiuk was outstanding in goal, conceded only one marker throughout the entire tournament.”It was a true team effort, everyone did their part,” said coach Heath Lockhurst.”They executed our game plan perfectly. The girls pushed through injuries and kept their composure when the pressure was on.”The squad now turns its attention to the indoor season to prepare for the 2018 campaign which begins early next year. The Nelson Selects concluded the 2017 Rep Soccer season with a gold medal performance at the Eye of the Storm Girl’s Youth Soccer Tournament in Castlegar.The Selects won the Girl’s U14-15 Division undefeated at 2-0-2 against Vernon United, Columbia Valley, and both KSYSA U14 and KSYSA U15.
Edwin Maldonado4382419%33%$236,030 Santiago Gonzalez711610523%44%$576,330 Philip D’Amato3367918%67%$396,540 Jeff Bonde1132027%45%$81,660 Ty Kennedy191325%32%$66,780 Agapito Delgadillo1822211%33%$65,284 Gonzalo Nicolas141207%21%$34,590 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will honor Paddock Captain John Shear in the Winner’s Circle after the fourth race Sunday on the occasion of his 95th birthday . . . Fans can feast on the cheap this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when Santa Anita offers another of its Dollar Days, with draft beers, hot dogs and sodas on sale for just a buck. Santa Anita will be dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Live racing resumes Friday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. . . . As a thank you to fans, Santa Anita offers FREE General Admission and FREE general parking every Thursday and Friday during the Winter Meet . . . Probable for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs: Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo; Kiss at Midnight, no rider; Living The Life, Flavien Prat; Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez; and Sunday Rules, Mike Smith. Trainer Peter Eurton said he is considering two races for Kyriaki, the Santa Monica and the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 30 . . . Popular former world featherweight champion Danny (Little Red) Lopez, his wife, Bonnie, and sister-in-law Murphy were Santa Anita press box visitors Saturday . . . With two wins yesterday, Santiago Gonzalez overtook Rafael Bejarano for the riding lead, 16-15, through 13 racing days. The 32-year-old Venezuelan also is making his presence felt nationally, ranking eighth in purse earnings through Jan. 13 with $343,700. Bejarano was fifth in that category with $436,720. Among trainers, Richard Baltas, tied with Bob Baffert at Santa Anita with seven victories, was third nationally in money won at $301,940, while Baffert was fourth at $289,680. Vladimir Cerin721229%71%$70,850 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Brice Blanc131048%38%$148,490 Peter Eurton1946321%68%$154,830 J. Keith Desormeaux1520413%40%$51,360 Martin Garcia3454715%47%$327,014 ROTHBLUM MINDING THE FORT FOR TEAM O’NEILLWhile Doug O’Neill and his entourage were in Florida today awaiting the formality of Nyquist being named champion two-year-old male of 2015 at the Eclipse Awards, team member Steve Rothblum was minding the store at Santa Anita, where O’Neill had three horses entered.“We work our butts off,” Rothblum said, offering a condensed version of the reason for their success. “We get together and get a ton of stuff done, but at the end of the day, if we’re not smiling about it, we just feel like it’s been wrong.“We have a saying, ‘Everyone’s welcome but no one’s safe,’ because we give each other hell. But everybody knows what we need to do and what’s expected of them. The credit has to go to Doug, because he’s open enough to listen to all of us. We put together a good team, because every member is pretty good at what they do.“Doug listens to us, but he’s good at what he does, too. He delegates authority and he never panics. We’ve been together so long, we have a lot of trust in each other and that’s really important. We all represent the brand, we all care about it and try to move forward every day.“I’ve trained on my own for 30 years and have been with Doug since 2007 and couldn’t be happier or ask for a better work situation.” Jeff Mullins831038%50%$77,530 William Spawr1152045%64%$120,874 Mike Smith2742215%30%$386,640 Barry Abrams821025%38%$94,260 Jerry Hollendorfer362556%33%$174,792 Steven Miyadi1534220%60%$99,266 DORTMUND AND EXAGGERATOR IN SOLID WORKS‘TEAM’ KEY WORD IN SUCCESS OF TEAM O’NEILLDOLLAR DAY AGAIN AT SANTA ANITA ON MONDAY Drayden Van Dyke2832211%25%$140,200 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Victor Espinoza242318%25%$242,130 Kent Desormeaux3136510%45%$282,970 Peter Miller3552114%23%$176,380 Tiago Pereira251514%28%$118,602 David Lopez40721018%48%$233,328 George Papaprodromou1320215%31%$48,080 Abel Lezcano1821111%22%$86,570 Kristin Mulhall1342131%54%$150,100 John Sadler2122210%29%$102,750 James M. Cassidy1420214%29%$154,420 Patrick Gallagher1031130%50%$206,684 Alex Solis720229%57%$114,384 Richard Baltas2774226%48%$427,730 Jack Carava921022%33%$40,420 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 15) Doug O’Neill5047108%42%$244,882 Steve Knapp920122%33%$48,630 Flavien Prat3953813%41%$272,522 Fernando Perez4944118%39%$233,696 Gary Stevens1631019%25%$360,080 Bob Baffert3073523%50%$405,760 Mark Glatt2131114%24%$88,360 Jose Verenzuela811113%38%$20,930 Rafael Bejarano631514424%52%$749,060 Alonso Quinonez2235114%41%$130,250 Brayan Pena710014%14%$17,120 Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 EXAGGERATOR IN ‘GREAT’ BREEZE FOR SAN VICENTESanta Anita Derby winner Dortmund and Delta Jackpot winner Exaggerator worked on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday morning in preparation for upcoming stakes engagements at The Great Race Place.Dortmund, ticketed for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12, went four furlongs under regular rider Martin Garcia in a bullet 47 seconds flat for Bob Baffert, who is in Florida awaiting the coronation of Triple Crown king American Pharoah later today.Exaggerator, set to make his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15, went six furlongs according to Santa Anita clockers in 1:13.80 for trainer Keith Desormeaux.“It was a great work,” said Keith, who gave his brother, Hall of Fame rider Kent, a leg up for the drill. “I clocked him faster than what’s on the tab, however, I got him in 1:12 1/5.” Tyler Baze63410106%38%$275,668 Martin Pedroza3032110%20%$62,970 Mario Gutierrez5569511%36%$325,904 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Joseph Talamo5288415%38%$364,190 Jorge Gutierrez420050%50%$32,410 -30-
Eureka >> Without further adieu, the Times-Standard sports desk brings you the 2016-17 Times-Standard Boys All-Star Basketball Team.We’ve debated and discussed, considered everything we possibly could — from stats to intangibles and all other variables in between — and feel like we’ve come up with a list recognizing the top players in the county.While we had to make tough decisions as to players that are on the list and players that just missed the cut, we are confident that the ones chosen …
31 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 material