6 October 2014The opening of a new wind tower manufacturing plant in the Western Cape, will expand South Africa’s manufacturing base, provide much-needed jobs and spur economic growth in the country.The R300-million Gestamp Renewable Industries (GRI) wind tower manufacturing factory will produce 150 wind tower masts a year for the local and export market, said Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies at the official launch of the plant on 5 November.“The opening of this facility is welcomed by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) as part of our drive to expand the capabilities of the South African manufacturing industry and to increase the country’s industrial base. The Green Economy has been identified as a key focus area in the Department’s Industrial Policy Action Plan, and provides significant opportunities for job creation and economic growth,” said Davies.Located in Atlantis, a town in the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, the wind tower manufacturing plant will employ more than 200 people some of whom will go through training in specialised fabrication processes.Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA), a division of the dti, worked closely with Green Cape, a development agency established to support the growth of the green economy in the Western Cape, to provide a seamless investment experience for GRI. Davies said the development incentive grant received from the dti was put to good use in constructing the Atlantis facility which has become a landmark in the area.“the dti is working closely with the green industries sector to develop policies that will enable further investment. We launched a study on localisation for the manufacturing of PV solar panels in South Africa. A similar study is currently being undertaken for the localisation potential in the wind industry,” said Davies.City of Cape Town executive mayor Patricia de Lille said the GRI production facility is the first major investment that the City has attracted through its pilot Investment Incentive Scheme in Atlantis.She said together with the dti, the Western Cape government and Green-Cape, the City is working towards the designation of a Special Economic Zone in Atlantis “where even more green technology companies will be incentivised to do business here’.“In so doing, the City of Cape Town will be playing its part in the protection of our environment, the strengthening of our economy, and improving the lives of residents,’ she said.GRI is the second wind tower investor in South Africa after DCD Dorbyl invested R300million in a wind tower plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth. DCD Dorbyl used the former Manufacturing Investment Programme grant from the dti to set up the Coega plant which is currently manufacturing 110 towers per year.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While many across the country are still digesting the national election results from November, the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) has been busy getting ready to work with the new members of the Ohio General Assembly. Not much changed in Ohio during the 2016 election cycle. Most of the media have been billing the national election as a “change” election; in Ohio little has changed as Ohio Republicans in the Senate and the House of Representatives held onto their supermajorities in both chambers.The Ohio Senate is made up of thirty-three elected Senators from across Ohio. During the 131st General Assembly (2015-2016), the upper chamber consisted of 23 Republicans and ten Democrats. Leading up to the election most folks around the Statehouse were in agreement, there would be three targeted races this fall. Democrats were hoping to win a suburban district outside of Cleveland and Columbus while Republicans were once again trying to win an Eastern Ohio Senate district held by a Democrat incumbent. Things will change slightly during the 132nd General Assembly as the Republicans were successful in defending their two open seats while defeating State Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville), the only incumbent in the state to lose this election cycle. Senator Gentile served as the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Agriculture Committee and was designated “Friend of Agriculture” by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.The House of Representatives in Ohio is made up of 99 elected representatives from around Ohio. During the 131st G.A., the Republicans had 65 of those seats while the Democrats were seated in thirty-four house districts. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) and House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) both stated that as many as 10 seats were potentially in play leading up to the election. When the dust settled on election night, the Republicans picked up an open seat in Southeastern Ohio as well. The makeup of the House heading into the 132nd General Assembly will be 66 Republicans to 33 Democrats.Policy talk for the upcoming General Assembly is still uncertain due to the upcoming lame duck session, but Kasich Administration officials and some legislators have shared some information. Tax policy is likely to be shifting once again and filling a huge budget deficit is also going to be priority number one for Republican leaders. Low job growth and slower than projected tax revenues are stirring conversations around the Capitol about budget cuts. We do know that Ohio agriculture will continue to be well served by House Ag Committee Chairman and OSA Legislator of the Year, State Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) and Ranking Minority Member, Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson), who are both are returning. In the Senate Ag Committee Chair, Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) will also be returning.
PBA IMAGESAfter a failed semifinals bid, TNT and Glen Rice Jr. are ending things on a sour note.The TNT managed has slapped a hefty $10,000 (P500,000) fine on the volatile import for his “undesirable, unprofessional, unruly and unsportsmanlike” behavior in the team’s 115-105 loss to Ginebra in the PBA Governors’ Cup semis last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Ferrer on Rice ejection: ‘I didn’t do anything’ TNT also added that Rice’s behavior has affected the “wholesome” image of the KaTropa and the reputation of the PLDT group, which is owned by Manny V. Pangilinan.“Mr. Rice, as a professional player, promised to comply with all the Team’s rules and regulations and to act or conduct himself in a gentlemanly manner at all times so as to project a totally wholesome image for the Team and the PLDT Group,” the statement also read.Rice, who flew out of the country Tuesday night, was earlier ordered to pay P26,000 by the PBA for his ejection.The total amount of fines will be deducted from his final payday with TNT.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NBA: Embiid seals reported $148 million 76ers deal Read Next MOST READ In a statement released on Wednesday, TNT said Rice’s attitude which got him thrown out with 1:41 left in the opening quarter of Game 4 was constituted a “willful violation and breach of his contract.”READ: TNT import Rice ejected early in Game 4FEATURED 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 shutoutThe 26-year-old son of NBA great Glen Rice threw the ball at Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer and continued to engaged in trash talk he was ejected for incurring a flagrant foul penalty one and a technical.He was seen taunting Ginebra fans on his way to the dugout and instead of waiting for game to finish inside his team’s locker room, he immediately left Smart Araneta Coliseum. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Kings: Hield had five 3s in the third when Sacramento turned an 81-73 deficit into a 103-96 lead. … Marvin Bagley III is expected to resume basketball activities within the next 10-14 days. The second overall pick in the draft, Bagley has been out since Dec. 14 with a bruised bone in his left knee. … Iman Shumpert was held out with a sprained right index finger.UP NEXTWarriors: Host New York on Tuesday night.Kings: Host Orlando on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber cautious on new Australian Open tie-break rule View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The teams exchanged 15-0 runs in the first half.Golden State made four consecutive 3-pointers, including a four-point play by Quinn Cook, and Durant soared through the key for an emphatic two-handed dunk that put the Warriors up 37-22 in the first quarter. The Kings made their surge in the second behind 3s.Sacramento trailed by 16, but pulled to 70-69 in the first half.TIP-INSWarriors: Durant needs two blocks to reach 900 for his career. … Golden State shot 8 of 11 beyond the arc in the first quarter. … Cook scored 10 points in 9 1/2 minutes off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, drives against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter and had 10 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 127-123 on Saturday night.Kevin Durant added 29 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 20 points to help the Warriors complete a three-game sweep of the season series. The three games were decided by a total of 10 points.ADVERTISEMENT Coming off a 135-134 overtime loss to Houston on Thursday night when they let a 20-point lead slip away, the Warriors blew another big lead in the third quarter before storming past the Kings over the final 12 minutes.Curry led the way with five of his 3s in the fourth, and had a pair of key three-point plays. Curry also closed out the quarter with a pair of free throws with 9.4 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionBuddy Hield scored 32 points on a career-high eight 3s for Sacramento. The Kings set a franchise record with 20 3s.Justin Jackson added a career-high 28 points, and Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
A SPECIAL EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE WEDNESDAY IN SIOUX CITY TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES REGISTER TO VOTE.THE LOCAL DISABILITIES RESOURCE CENTER WILL HOLD THE EVENT AT CENTENNIAL MANOR TO HELP RESIDENTS UPDATE THEIR VOTER REGISTRATION AND ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT VOTER RIGHTS AND HOW TO VOTE BY MAIL.WOODBURY COUNTY AUDITOR PAT GILL WILL TAKE PART INTHE EVENT WHICH IS AT 2:30PM WEDNESDAY AT 441 WEST 3RD STREET IN SIOUX CITY.
The Director is encouraging persons to utilise their right to know, under the Act. A Cabinet submission highlighting reforms to the Access to Information Act, is to be presented to Parliament by the end of the third quarter of the financial year.Director of the Access to Information (ATI) Unit at the Office of the Prime Minister, Damion Cox, says the reforms are part of the recommendations made by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament which carried out a review of the Access to Information Act in 2011.Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Mr. Cox said amendments to the Act are being legislated, “to ensure that public authorities apply a public interest test in relation to more categories of exemptions.”A public interest test, he said, is the process whereby public authorities are expected to identify any relevant public interest.Explaining further how the exemptions work, Mr. Cox informed that a public interest test is only applied to two sections of the ATI Act. Section 19 of the Act stipulates that an exemption can be applied to government deliberative process, while section 21 mandates that the test be applied to documents dealing with any historical, archaeological, anthropological and natural resources, as well as national monuments.Similarly, he advised that the exemptions protect “things relating to personal privacy and national security, as well as commercially sensitive information of public and private entities.”Mr. Cox also added that the Act therefore, “seeks to balance the public interest in terms of those documents that can be readily released and those that an exemption can be applied to.”Meanwhile, the Director is encouraging persons to utilise their right to know, under the Act. He noted that everyone has a right to access government information, since the passage of the legislation.“The Act provides for proactive disclosure and we are looking to strengthen that. Where we are right now, in terms of routine disclosure, is a far way from where we were prior to this Act being introduced as part of the transparency and open governance framework,” Mr. Cox said.He added that the aim of the legislation and its implementation is to ensure that Jamaica is conforming to international standards.Mr. Cox also pointed out that the global move, in terms of open data, is far greater than just gaining access to information that is available.“It is how we can use the vast data that government collects to create applications that can provide citizens with good services,” he explained, while pointing out that this is what pertains in many other jurisdictions.The Act, which was passed in 2002, gives Jamaican citizens and individuals across the world the opportunity to access official government documents, while promoting freedom of information. Reforms are part of the recommendations made by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament. Story Highlights Reforms to the Access to Information Act, is to be presented to Parliament by the end of the third quarter of the financial year.
zoom Marshall Islands owner of dry bulkers Eagle Bulk has managed to cut its loss in the first quarter of 2017 having reported USD 11.1 million loss, bouncing back from a loss of USD 39.2 million posted in the same period last year.Adjusted EBITDA, which Eagle believes is one of the key metrics to measure operating performance, was USD 4.6 million for the first quarter of 2017, against USD -14.4 million a year ago.Net time and voyage charter revenues were USD 45.9 million also up when compared with last year’s USD 21.3 million. The increase in revenue was assigned to higher time charter rates in Q1 2017 as well as an increase in available days due to chartered in vessels.The company said that its fleet utilization increased from 98.4% to 99.3% due to better vessel performance and lower off hire days.“During the first quarter, Eagle finalized the acquisition of 9 Crown-63 Ultramax dry bulk sister vessels – a transaction that will significantly increase our operating scale and provide meaningful exposure to the Ultramax segment. In total over the past year, we have acquired 11 modern Ultramax vessels as part of our fleet renewal and growth strategy which, in conjunction with the continued build-out of our active operator business model and charter-in fleet, is beginning to drive increased revenue. Importantly, these developments are occurring against the backdrop of continued improvement in the dry bulk market itself with respect to both trade demand and vessel supply fundamentals,” Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, commented.“Looking ahead, we are increasingly optimistic concerning Eagle’s enviable positioning within the dry bulk market, as well as our ability to generate value for all stakeholders.”Since the beginning of the year the company took delivery of three vessels, the MV Singapore Eagle along with MV Mystic Eagle and the MV Southport Eagle, the first two of the nine vessels acquired from Greenship Bulk.At the end of the quarter, the company’s cash totaled USD 145.8 million, with total liquidity standing at USD 170.8 million.
“CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?! ABBY WAMBACH HAS SAVED THE USA’S LIFE IN THIS WORLD CUP,” announcer Ian Darke screamed in disbelief. But those who knew Wambach probably weren’t too surprised her dome had rescued the team. In the 2004 Olympic final — also against Brazil — a 24-year-old Wambach scored the game-winning goal in overtime — also with her head. Want some other crazy Wambach stats?According to ESPN’s Paul Carr, Wambach scored a goal every 99.3 minutes for the USWNT, the best rate of the 13 players with 40 or more goals;She holds the USWNT match record (in a six-way tie) for the most goals in a game (5);She also holds the USWNT career record for the most multiple-goal games (39);And the most yellow cards (23) — a result of her tenacity in her early days, and her flop-like tendencies in her later days.But snapshot statistics don’t do Wambach justice. For more than a decade, she dictated the style of American women’s soccer (for better or for worse). Wambach will play her last game for the USWNT on Dec. 16, but her legacy will live on in long balls and last-minute headers, a relic of the ’99-ers style of play that many are ready to retire … until the U.S. needs saving and Wambach won’t be there to header one home. With 184 international goals — the most of any soccer player in the world, male or female — Abby Wambach is going out on top. The 14-year veteran of the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) announced her retirement today (after snapping a selfie with POTUS, no less), marking the end not just of her reign in women’s soccer but also the end of one of the most dominant careers in American sports.Not all great athletes have a single moment that encapsulates their career, but for me, Wambach does. Down 2-1 against Brazil in the 122nd minute of the 2011 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal, the game appeared all but over — a loss for the Americans would have meant the worst performance in a World Cup by any USWNT. A cross from Megan Rapinoe on the left side seemed hopeless, until you saw Wambach on the far right, floating above four Brazilian defenders and heading the ball in. At nearly 6 feet tall, Wambach was plain dominant in the air in the women’s game. She has scored 77 international goals with her Twitter-famous head. That means her head, by itself, is the seventh-most prolific scorer in USWNT history.But focusing only on her head ignores the 107 goals Wambach has scored with the rest of her body. Even minus the headers, Wambach has scored more goals internationally than all but one man.
It took the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team a while to get going, but once it did, it never looked back. The Buckeyes beat the Detroit Titans, 14-8, in Saturday’s season opener at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Following the trend that started during preseason play, OSU went into an offensive hibernation for about 10 minutes during the first period and allowed Detroit to take a 3-1 lead. “We kind of let up a bit on the offensive end,” said senior attacker and co-captain Logan Schuss. “We didn’t make some of the opportunities we had, but overall we got into our offense and that’s what coach wanted.” The Buckeyes trailed 3-2 at the end of the first period but managed to come back during the second period, outscoring Detroit, 4-3. Heading into the locker room at halftime tied 6-6, OSU coach Nick Myers said he knew he had to say something to get his team going against a talented Detroit team. “I told them to take a deep breath. It’s 30 minutes left, it’s 0-0,” Myers said. “It’s not the first half that we intended to play, so let’s go out there and play the second half the way we know we can.” The Buckeyes kept up their second period pace during the third and fourth periods, out-scoring Detroit 8-2 en route to the victory. OSU improved its all-time record against Detroit to 5-0, all under Myers. OSU also remains undefeated at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center with the win, with 11 wins and no losses all-time. Schuss had a career day, tying a career high with seven goals and setting a new career high of 10 points in one game. Myers, though, wasn’t surprised. “His job is to score goals. I know Logan would like to have two or three more goals to be honest with you,” Myers said. “If we are going to get him scoring opportunities, he’s going to take care of them. He’s done that for four years for us, it’s a good start for him and we’re going to build on it.” Freshman attacker Tyler Pfister, who scored two goals in his regular season debut for the Buckeyes, said he was encouraged by the teamwork showed during the match. “I think sometimes it’s just us being ourselves. I think we showed today that we can play cohesively. We know our strengths and we can play to them,” Pfister said. OSU is set to travel to Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday to take on Jacksonville University at 3:15 p.m. in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic.
Head coach Chris Holtmann talks to the Buckeyes during a timeout in the second half of the game against Michigan State at the Big Ten tournament on Mar. 14 in Chicago. Ohio State lost 77-70. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State head coach Chris Holtmann has never lost in the Round of 64. Because of the Buckeyes’ 62-59 win against No. 6 Iowa State on Friday, that remains true, remaining 5-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.But to move into the Sweet 16, the Buckeyes will have to go through No. 3 Houston for an attempt at its first Round of 32 win since 2013, something Holtmann has a less successful history in. In the four previous times Holtmann has led a team into the Round of 32, his teams have went 1-3.Projected StartersNo. 11 Ohio State (20-14)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 11.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.1 apgG — Keyshawn Woods — Redshirt senior, 8.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apgG — Musa Jallow — Sophomore, 2.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.7 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 8.7 rpg, 4.0 rpg, 1.8 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 14.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 apgNo. 3 Houston (32-3)G — Corey Davis — Senior, 16.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.8 apgG — Galen Robinson — Senior, 7.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.9 apgG — Armoni Brooks — Junior, 13.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Braeon Brady — Senior, 6.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.5 apgF — Fabian White —Sophomore, 6.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.7 apgThe Cougars come in winners of 32 of their 35 games this year, most recently defeating No. 14 Georgia State 84-55.Houston held the Panthers to 30 percent shooting while getting 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists from senior guard Corey Davis.Davis is the Cougars’ leading scorer, averaging 16.9 points per game, shooting 38.2 percent from 3 and a team-high 86.7 percent from the free-throw line.While Houston averages 77.8 points per game, No. 2 in the American Athletic Conference, its strength is on the defensive end.The Cougars allow 61.1 points per game, seventh-least in the NCAA, forcing opponents to 36.5 percent shooting from the field, the lowest in the nation.Teams shoot an NCAA-low 27.5 percent from 3 against Houston on the season.Another strength for Houston is on the boards, with its 1,442 rebounds ranking No. 3 in the NCAA.Against Georgia State, the Cougars outrebounded the Panthers 51-27.The rebounds come from a variety of pieces on the roster, with eight Houston players averaging two rebounds or more.According to KenPom, Houston ranks as the No. 12 team in the country, ranking No. 22 in offensive efficiency and No. 12 in defensive efficiency.The Buckeyes are No. 41 on KenPom, and are given a 32 percent chance to win on the analytics website.No. 11 Ohio State takes on No. 3 Houston in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 8:40 p.m. Sunday.