Liverpool and Everton could lose out to Fiorentina in battle for PSG goalkeeper

first_img1 Salvatore Sirigu is reportedly on the hunt for a new club Everton and Liverpool will face competition from Fiorentina in their bids to sign Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.Both Merseyside clubs are on the hunt for a new shot-stopper this summer and have set their sights on the out-of-favour Sirigu, who has lost his place to Kevin Trapp at the Parc des Princes.The French champions want to keep hold of Sirigu as they see him as a viable back-up to Trapp but the 29-year-old Italian is wary of jeopardising his place in the national squad if he remains in Paris.According to L’Equipe, Fiorentina are planning to lure Sirigu back to his home country but may not be able to compete with Liverpool and Everton’s financial power in the transfer market.Liverpool are keen to provide competition for Simon Mignolet next season, while Everton are on the lookout for a replacement for the MLS-bound Tim Howard and their respective pursuits of the 29-year-old are set to intensify in the summerBut the report claims Sirigu is keen on returning to Italy next term and is ready to snub big-money deals from the Premier League.last_img read more

DANGEROUS DRIVING IS A DISEASE IN DONEGAL – JUDGE

first_imgA leading judge has described dangerous driving as “a disease’ amongst young people in Co Donegal.Judge John O’Hagan said he does not see such driving in any part of the country where he travels. His comments come just a week after a jury at Letterkenny Circuit Court found a man guilty of the manslaughter of a Garda after a head-on collision.Martin McDermott of Raphoe was jailed for seven years following the death of Garda Gary McLoughlin.Judge O’Hagan was speaking during the case of Stephen McLaughlin, 24, of Ballyare, Killygordan who was charged with dangerous driving.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard McLaughlin and another man were spotted racing at speeds of up to 180kph at Lisnaree on April 8th, 2010. Judge O’Hagan said “I said after a case last week that I wish the people of Donegal come into court and see what happens. Within a week I see another case.“I see the evidence of this type of thing every night when I am going back to my hotel – doughnuts on the road – it is plain for the eyes to see.“It doesn’t happen anywhere else but in my circuit – it seems to be a disease that young people get into cars and put everybody in danger,” he said.Garda Marcus O’Dowd told the court that he had to pull his patrol car off the side of the road as the racing cars were going so fast.Gardai chased the cars, reaching speeds of up to 180kph but the cars drove out of sight and were only caught when they pulled into a petrol station.Judge O’Hagan disqualified McLaughlin from driving for two years, fined him €5,000 and sentenced him to six months in prison – suspending it for two years. He also appealed for McLaughlin’s parents, who accompanied him to court, to send the message out to other parents about dangerous driving.“I don’t know what can be done. In some ways jail is too good.“Then I have parents giving out saying that it’s not fair and that their ‘Johnny’ only has an interest in cars.“I hope Mr McLaughlin’s parents will go out and send this message to other parents if they are here,” he said. EndsDANGEROUS DRIVING IS A DISEASE IN DONEGAL – JUDGE was last modified: July 27th, 2011 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:dangerous drivingJUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

ALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgCOUNTY DONEGAL GAA RESULTSBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2012 Gaoth Dobhair 0 – 4 0 – 8 St Michaels Machaire GathlanBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 Reserve Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2012 Gaoth Dobhair 1 – 6 1 – 9 St Michaels Machaire GathlanMount Errigal Hotel Junior B Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2012 Glenfin 2 – 7 1 – 10 Milford Moyle Park Milford 1st R 1st Leg19-Aug-2012 Glenswilly 1 – 11 1 – 16 MacCumhaills Glenswilly Pairc Naomh Columba 1st R 1st Leg19-Aug-2012 Naomh Ultan 1 – 4 2 – 14 Naomh Conaill Dunkineely 1st R 1st Leg McGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2012 Naomh Brid 0 – 12 3 – 12 Malin Naomh BridMount Errigal Hotel Junior B Football Championship Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2012 Letterkenny Gaels 0 – 9 2 – 10 Naomh Padraig Leifear Letterkenny 1st R 1St LegThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate Reserve ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2012 Naomh Colmcille 0 – 7 3 – 17 Naomh Columba Pairc Colmcille 1st. R 2Nd LegMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2012 Naomh Brid 2 – 12 0 – 10 Malin Naomh BridMount Errigal Hotel Junior B Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2012 Red Hughs 5 – 15 2 – 8 St Michaels Red Hughs 1st R 1st LegMount Errigal Hotel Junior A Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Aug-2012 Moville 3 – 14 2 – 9 Robert Emmets Moville Carrick Field 1st R 2nd Leg Line: JJ Lafferty/SP Doherty18-Aug-2012 Downings 1 – 9 0 – 10 Red Hughs Downings 1st R 2nd Leg Line: M Dorrian/J TreartyThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Aug-2012 Naomh Mhuire 0 – 11 2 – 8 Urris The Banks Mullachdergh Prelim Line: M Mc Ginley/J BrennanMount Errigal Hotel Junior B Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Aug-2012 Naomh Columba 1 – 7 2 – 4 St Eunans Pairc na nGaeil Glencolmcille 1st R 1st LegMount Errigal Hotel Junior A Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Aug-2012 Milford 1 – 14 1 – 6 Naomh Padraig-Muff Moyle Park Milford 1st R 2nd Leg Line: M Dorrian/G Mc HughCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Aug-2012 Aodh Ruadh 2 – 13 0 – 12 Buncrana Fr Tierney ParkMount Errigal Hotel Junior A Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Aug-2012 Convoy 1 – 11 0 – 6 Na Rossa Convoy 1st R 2nd Leg Line: B Trearty/K MolloyMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Aug-2012 Bundoran 2 – 22 0 – 8 Fanad Gaels Gaelic Park BundoranCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment17-Aug-2012 Naomh Naille 1 – 8 3 – 7 Burt Naomh NailleDONEGAL NORTH GAA RESULTSKavanaghs Supervalu Ballybofey U/15 Division Two ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Aug-2012 Malin 1 – 5 0 Downings Malin Preliminary Round extra time if needed19-Aug-2012 Milford 0 – 8 6 – 6 Red Hughs Moyle Park Milford Preliminary Round extra time if neededCrawford Trophies u/14 Division Thee ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment17-Aug-2012 Letterkenny Gaels 4 – 9 3 – 9 Termon Glenswilly-Pairc Naomh Columba champ shield final extra time if neededCrawford Trophies u/14 Division Two ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment17-Aug-2012 Malin 2 – 3 2 – 16 Fanad Gaels Pairc Colmcille Newton champ play off extra time if neededCrawfords Trophies u/14 Division 1 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment17-Aug-2012 St Eunans 2 – 19 0 – 1 Buncrana Convoy-Pairc Naomh Mhuire final extra time if neededCrawford Trophies u/14 Division Thee ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment17-Aug-2012 Milford 5 – 9 7 – 7 Moville Burt-Hibernian Park final extra time if neededKellys Furniture Falcarragh Minor Division One ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Aug-2012 Red Hughs 0 – 15 1 – 2 Sean MacCumhaills Crossroads Quarter final 2nd legKellys Furniture Falcarragh Minor Division Two ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Aug-2012 Milford 1 – 6 2 – 14 Fanad Gaels Moyle Park Milford 1st Round 2nd LegKellys Furniture Falcarragh Minor Division One ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Aug-2012 Buncrana 1 – 7 1 – 4 Cloughaneely Scarvey-Buncrana Quarter final 2nd legKellys Furniture Falcarragh Minor Division Two ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Aug-2012 Termon 4 – 7 2 – 11 Letterkenny Gaels The Burn Road 1st Round 2nd Leg15-Aug-2012 Glenswilly 2 – 5 0 – 12 Naomh Colmcille Newtown Glenswilly-Pairc Naomh Columba 1st Round 2nd LegKellys Furniture Falcarragh Minor Division One ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Aug-2012 Gaoth Dobhair 1 – 5 0 Malin Machaire GathlanKellys Furniture Falcarragh Minor Division Two ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Aug-2012 Glenfin 4 – 13 1 – 2 Naomh Padraig Muff Pairce Taobhoige 1st Round 2nd Leg14-Aug-2012 Carndonagh 1 – 4 3 – 12 Convoy Carndonagh 1st Round 2nd Leg14-Aug-2012 Downings 4 – 8 2 – 6 St Michaels Downings 1st Round 2nd LegKellys Furniture Falcarragh Minor Division One ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Aug-2012 St Eunans 2 – 12 1 – 5 Urris O Donnell Park-Letterkenny Quarter final 2nd legDONEGAL SOUTH GAA RESULTSU-13 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment17-Aug-2012 Dungloe 4 – 6 4 – 16 Ardara DungloeU-13 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment17-Aug-2012 Naomh Columba 1 – 2 4 – 9 Kilcar Naomh Columba17-Aug-2012 Naomh Naille 7 – 11 2 – 6 Killybegs Naomh NailleRegional U14s Division 2 Championship FinalDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Aug-2012 Naomh Columba 3 – 19 6 – 6 Naomh Naille Naomh Ultan Extra Time If Necessary. Linesman Declan Callaghan & Eamon BreslinUnder 14s Regional Championship Semi FinalDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Aug-2012 Dungloe 3 – 11 3 – 12 Naomh Conaill Na Rossa Extra Time If Necessary Linesman Patrick Caulfield& Eamon Breslin.ALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: August 19th, 2012 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:Donegal GAA resultslast_img read more

MacLOCHLAINN HITS OUT AS 100,000 PROTEST AGAINST WATER CHARGES

first_imgThe protest in Dublin was massiveDONEGAL TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has hit out at people misrepresenting his party’s position on water charges.The Sinn Fein Deputy was speaking as an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 people brought Dublin to a standstill on Saturday in protest at the water tax.While some platform speakers called for people not to pay the charges, Deputy Mac Lochlainn said the Right2Water protest’s official position is that each householder should make their own decision. He also said he would not be returning the Irish Water forms to the company.“There has been some confusion around Sinn Féin’s position on water charges over recent days. It has also been misrepresented by those yet again seeking division and short term political gain for themselves,” said Deputy Mac Lochlainn.He insisted: “Be very clear though. Those families who choose not to pay or those who simply cannot pay will have the full solidarity and support of Sinn Féin.”Sinn Fein says it will axe water charges if it gets into government in 2016. In an online debate, Deputy Mac Lochlainn said he and his family had decided not to return the Irish Water forms which must be returned by the end of this month.“It’s not the individual person but the family that must make that financial decision. Many families will reluctantly decide to pay voluntarily in order to avoid hundreds of euro more of a bill because they were stung before on the household charge and property tax protest,” he said.“Our household has decided not to return the form and not to pay voluntarily. But it shouldn’t be divide and conquer.“Just because some families reluctantly pay does not mean that they are not opposed to the water charges and are excluded from joining protests like the one yesterday.“Many people who travelled to the protest yesterday may reluctantly pay.” MacLOCHLAINN HITS OUT AS 100,000 PROTEST AGAINST WATER CHARGES was last modified: October 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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:dublin protestPadraig MacLochlainn TDSinn Feinwater chargeswater taxeslast_img read more

€500 FINE FOR TWIN-CAM DOUGHNUT DRIVER

first_imgA CONVOY man caught doing doughnuts on the rally weekend last year has been fined €500.Andrew Laird, who is 25 with an address at 80 Milltown in Convoy, was arrested by gardai at Raymoghy on June 22 last year.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said gardai observed Laird as he spun his car around in the middle of the road. The inspector was asked by Judge Paul Kelly what sort of vehicle Laird was driving.The inspector replied: “The ususal, Toyota Corolla twin cam. He even had the furry dice.”After his arrest Laird admitted doing the dougnut on the road and admitted a charge of carless driving.Laird had a previous conviction in 2010 for careless driving and for possession and use of cannabis.Judge Kelly warned Laird that he would lose his license if he appeared in court again.He fined him €500 and gave him a month to pay.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian asked his client when he could pay the fine.Laird replied: “Give me a couple of hours.”€500 FINE FOR TWIN-CAM DOUGHNUT DRIVER was last modified: July 16th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Andrew LairdconvoydangerousdoughnutdriverLetterkenny Courtlast_img read more

Cardiff tipped to snub bid as Fulham are linked with Carlton Cole

first_imgCardiff City are set to reject an offer from Fulham for Peter Whittingham, according to The Sun on Sunday, while West Ham striker Carlton Cole has been linked with a move to Craven Cottage.It is claimed Fulham will offer £2.5m for Bluebirds midfielder Whittingham, who scored 13 goals last season.The Sunday Express say Fulham want Fraser Fyvie, 19, who has turned down a new deal at Aberdeen, while The Sun suggest the Whites are one of several clubs interested in Burnley striker Charlie Austin.There is continued speculation about Clint Dempsey’s future, with the Daily Star on Sunday reporting that Liverpool’s American owners have sanctioned an £8m bid to buy him from Fulham.The People, however, suggest the Anfield club’s offer is unlikely to be more than £6m.Striker Andy Carroll has been linked with a move to west London as part of a possible deal for Dempsey.The former Newcastle man is also wanted by West Ham, and The People say Fulham will move for Cole if the Hammers get Carroll.The People also claim that Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones is interested in signing Joey Barton on loan from QPR.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry have another shooting milestone

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – The inquiry prompted Stephen Curry to offer some playful sarcasm. Or maybe the Warriors’ star simply conveyed his joy.In the Warriors’ 106-104 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Klay Thompson joined Curry as the lone players in NBA history to make at least 200 3’s for seven consecutive seasons. Where would Curry rank that milestone compared …last_img read more

More Good Science from Nature

first_imgThe natural world contains endless examples of intelligent design that can inspire scientists with wonder and inspiration.Biomimetics: The chemical tricks of our blood (Science Daily). Yesterday’s article mentioned quantum mechanics in biology. Research at the Vienna Institute of Technology is seeking to understand something very small, too: how the hemoglobin molecule works in our blood, and how chlorophyll works in plants. Tiny vibrations in these molecules are essential to their function.The job of hemoglobin in our body seems to be quite simple: It transports oxygen molecules through our bloodstream. But this only works so well because the hemoglobin molecule is extremely complex. The same applies to chlorophyll, which converts sunlight into energy for plants….Not only does this help to understand biological processes, it also opens up new possibilities for using the tricks of nature in the laboratory for other purposes – a strategy called “biomimetics” that is becoming increasingly important all around the world.Inspired by earthworms, new breathing material lubricates itself when needed (Phys.org). It looks like “gummy worms” candy, and it can’t reproduce itself, but scientists at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials are proud of their material that mimics one trick of the lowly earthworm: it can keep itself moist in a dirty environment. Some progress, at least:The surface structure of the new material also plays an important role: “Again, we were inspired by the earthworm. Its skin surface is not smooth, but rough. That’s what we took into account in our material and roughened the surface,” explains Cui. Precisely because of this roughness, a uniform lubricating film can form and adhere well. It depends on how friction-reducing the new material can behave. “The surface structure is also important for the longevity of the lubricating effect: “We compared the sliding film on our “earthworm structures” with a sliding film on a smooth surface: our structures survive 10,000 cycles of friction, whereas sliding films on smooth structures have only 300 friction cycles,” says the chemist Cui. It is precisely this combination of rough surface and the lubricant droplets inside that is special about the new material.Moving skin beyond the biological (Nature). Imitating the tender touch of the human hand is a big challenge for robot designers. Accident victims who have lost a limb miss that sensitive touch when outfitted with prosthetic devices. ‘Skin-like electronics that stretch and sense will create a way to monitor vital signals and build prosthetics with a sense of touch,” this article says. Katherine Bourzak writes eloquently in a way to arouse awe,Human skin is a sensitive, sophisticated and robust organ. It is water-resistant and heals when cut. Its multitude of mechanoreceptors detect sensations such as vibration, pressure and texture — they’re sensitive enough to detect the faint pressure of a breeze or alighting flies. The tight coupling of skin sensors with the peripheral nervous system is responsible for our reflexes and allows us to pick up objects of different weights, shapes and textures without conscious thought. Such properties might seem unremarkable, but for a person with an inert prosthetic hand or an electrical engineer trying to make resilient, low-power devices, human skin is a wonder.A water treatment breakthrough, inspired by a sea creature (Science Daily). A sea anemone is inspiring Yale scientists to design water treatment devices that mimic the creature’s ability to snare particles and ingest them into its mouth.Actinia is a sea anemone with a spherical body that has tentacles that retract while resting and extend while catching its prey. With this marine predator as their model, the researchers synthesized the coagulant, using organic and inorganic components to replicate the structure of Actinia.Similar to Actinia, the nanocoagulant has a core-shell structure that turns inside-out in water. The shell destabilizes and enmeshes larger suspended particles, while the exposed core captures the smaller, dissolved ones. It removes a broad spectrum of contaminants, from trace micropollutants to larger particles — many of which elude conventional methods and pose significant public health concerns.Speaking of sea anemones, Georgia Tech biomimetics engineers are studying how clownfish avoid the poison darts in the anemone tentacles. Science Daily says that they think the two organisms exchange microbiota on their surfaces, but they’re not sure. The researchers were impressed with how clever the clownfish are. They named one escape artist Houdini.Bacterial flagellum (Illustra Media), an amazing machine present in some pathogenic bacteria.Molecular motors: Chemical carousel rotates in the cold (Science Daily). Researchers at Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich have devised a molecular motor that can spin in response to light. Wow. “The researchers are confident that their motor’s novel driving mechanism and unique behavior will make it possible in the not too distant future for researchers to synthesize molecular machines which, thanks to their relative insensitivity to the precise environmental temperature, will enable unique applications not possible with hitherto known motors.” They have a long way to go to match the kinds of tricks that cells do every day.Building better batteries by borrowing from biology (Phys.org). Cell channels, that can let some molecules pass but block others, are inspiring researchers at Osaka University to imitate the feat. To increase the performance of batteries, they had to figure out how to let potassium atoms pass, but block smaller molecules.To solve this problem, the researchers used the same mechanism your cells employ to allow the large potassium ions to pass through their membranes while simultaneously keeping out smaller particles. Living systems achieve this seemingly impossible feat by considering not just the ion themselves, but also the surrounding water molecules, called the “hydration layer,” that are attracted to the ion’s positive charge. In fact, the smaller the ion, the larger and more tightly bound its associated hydration layer will be. Specialized potassium channels in cell membranes are just the right size to allow hydrated potassium ions to pass through, but block the large hydration layers of smaller ions.Insight into swimming fish could lead to robotics advances (Johns Hopkins University). This article begins with a video clip of a fish in a tank of moving water. “The constant movement of fish that seems random is actually precisely deployed to provide them at any moment with the best sensory feedback they need any to navigate the world,” researchers at Johns Hopkins found.  It’s called active sensing, and robots with that would be better swimmers. Fish can even do it in the dark with just their electrosensing equipment. “Sensors are rarely a key part of robot design now, but these findings made Cowan realize they perhaps should be.”Continuing from yesterday’s entry, we see a few more examples that are mere drops in the bucket of hundreds of examples of inspiring designs in life. In the years we have been reporting on biomimetics, almost every organism has provided inspiration, whether plant or animal, whether microbe or large multicellular giant, from tiny proteins to super-size dinosaurs and elephants. Let’s keep this kind of design-friendly science going. Our lives will improve, and the Darwin dogmatists will slither away back into the caves where the blind can lead their blind.(Visited 362 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

BMW SA to export 3 Series to China

first_img10 August 2012BMW South Africa’s Rosslyn Plant outside Pretoria will begin exporting its 3 Series vehicles to China later this year, after receiving a China Quality Certification clearance permit from the authorities there last week.BMW South Africa is the first car manufacturer in the country to be awarded the permit since the establishment of the country’s Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) in 1995.The MIDP is a support programme aimed at the development of a sustainable, globally competitive automotive industry by providing South African manufacturers incentives such as a reduction on import duties.China is one of the fastest growing major markets in the world, and BMW sales in the country are growing by over 40% every year. “The South African-built vehicles will go a long way towards addressing the booming demand in this market,” BMW South Africa said in a statement.The Rosslyn Plant was awarded the China Quality Certification following a comprehensive audit which confirmed that the plant’s production and quality management systems met global standards.It follows a R2.2-billion upgrade of the plant, which re-opened in March this year. Its production capacity will increase significantly in the coming years to exceed 90 000 units per year, BMW South Africa’s managing director Bodo Donauer said.“The China certification is a great vote of confidence in our plant and our people. It bodes well not only for our sustainability as a company, but also for the broader motoring industry in South Africa,” Donauer said.“While our Chinese exports will start at a small level at first, the plan is for this market to ultimately make up around 10% of our total export volume. In 2012, we plan to export around 3 900 units to China.”The Rosslyn plant was the first BMW plant to be established outside Europe, in 1973. It currently exports 50% of the vehicles it produces to the USA, with the remainder going to local and African markets, Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.“With more than R10-billion invested, BMW South Africa has led the local motor industry in a number of respects in terms of production and export,” the company said.“At the same time, BMW’s development of its production and export programme has been the catalyst for the company’s sustainable growth and contribution to the South African economy.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The mystery of the Ohio FFA jacket in Italy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are many diverse paths that lead Ohio FFA members to the organization and even more paths that will take them far beyond their FFA years. The one thing they will all have in common, forever, is the pride of donning that signature blue corduroy jacket.As we get ready to highlight thousands of these young people next month at the Ohio FFA Convention, I found out about one of those legendary jackets that may have chosen a path all its own.One of my friends on Facebook posted about her brother-in-law taking a trip to Florence, Italy, and noticing a fellow walking the streets in what wouldn’t be an unusual sight here in the U.S. — an FFA jacket. What made this jacket even more fascinating was where it was from. The back of the jacket had the great state of Ohio embroidered on it and below the FFA logo was the same exact school where my Facebook friend had graduated, as well as my Mom and Dad — Northridge High School in Licking County.Once this discovery was made, the gentleman was asked to stop and take a picture or two. Then, what everybody wanted to know was whose name was embroidered on the front of the jacket: John BevanTurns out Mr. Bevan graduated in 1977 (one year after my Dad and one year before my Mom) from Northridge High School. The guy in the picture, according to classmates on Facebook, was certainly not him. So, how in the world did his FFA jacket get halfway around the globe?“I held onto that jacket for almost 40 years and just last year I was in the process of moving,” Bevan said. “It wouldn’t fit me anymore so I asked my kids if they would like it and they said no, so it got packed up.”Eventually the bag that the jacket was stored in made its way to a Goodwill store in Texas, where Bevan now resides.“When I first saw it on Facebook with a guy in Italy wearing it I thought ‘Wow! How did it get there?’” Bevan said. “It was amazing.”Bevan grew up on a small farm in Croton, Ohio and worked for several area farmers throughout his youth.From the 1977 Northridge High School yearbook. John Bevan, sporting his FFA jacket, is top left.“Having that jacket and being in the FFA meant a lot to me,” Bevan said. “Being around the farm and being a part of the FFA gave me so many experiences that most people will never get and that I will never forget.”Bevan said even though it has only been a little over a year since he let his FFA jacket go, he wishes after seeing it on a stranger a half a world away that he could have it back.“There is no doubt that guy in Florence, Italy is looking better in that jacket than I would,” Bevan said. “When I could fit in that jacket, I had a beard very similar to that one and when I saw the pictures for the first time I thought it could be a younger version of me. It was very surreal. I wish I hadn’t let it go.”last_img read more