Severe Weather Preparedness

first_imgAs North Carolina is now in the time of year when severe weather occurs, it’s important to be ready.As part of severe weather preparedness week, people should remember these tips to stay safe when driving:•    State law requires that vehicle headlights be on when using windshield wipers;•    If a tornado hits while driving, drivers shouldn’t seek shelter under a highway overpass. Instead, they should move into a sturdy building nearby or stay in the car and bend low, covering their head with their hands; and•    Never drive through standing water – turn around. It’s difficult to know how deep the water is and a vehicle can be swept away in just one foot of water.Additional information on tornadoes, emergency kits and overall severe weather readiness is available at ReadyNC.org or in the ReadyNC mobile app.last_img read more

Toyota looks toward solar energy

first_img7 May 2008Toyota has become the latest company to answer power utility Eskom’s call for companies to reduce electricity consumption and to find alternative energy sources, by installing over 200 solar panels at its Prospecton plant in Durban.With the country’s growing at some 15% per year and putting strain on existing infrastructure, Eskom had asked businesses to cut power usage by 10% in order to reduce demand by 3 000 megawatts.“We would like to work together with Eskom’s new task team to aid in load reduction,” said Toyota South Africa spokesperson Ferdi de Vos in a statement this week.“This will ensure that our economy does not suffer loss from unnecessary load-shedding.”By the end of 2008, Toyota will have installed 270 solar panels into its Durban plant, which will enable them to operate at full capacity while also reducing demand on Eskom.Where the plant previously used electricity and gas to heat water, it will now use energy converted from the sun as a source of heat. Solar panels collect and convert energy from the sun into energy and heat that is then used by nearby buildings.Toyota’s renewable energy project began in 2006 with the installation of 44 panels, and the second phase was completed in June 2007 when 150 panels were installed. In the third phase of the project, Toyota will install a further 120 panels.While the project has cost Toyota R3.5-million, the company expects to save R95 000 per month on energy costs when the project is completed in the next few months.“Not only is this a significant financial saving, but it shows that Toyota is supportive of Eskom’s energy saving initiative,” said De Vos.The environmental impact of electricity use in South Africa is also a concern that big electricity users like Toyota needed to help address, and the manufacturer pointed out that the change would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by approximately 1 350 tons per year.“Our solar power initiative is done with the environment in mind,” said De Vos.According to the company, over 18% of global final energy came from renewables in 2006.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Air New Zealand adds Seoul, defers aircraft deliveries

first_imgAir New Zealand will defer aircraft deliveries worth $NZ750 million and introduce further cost-cutting initiatives as it adjusts to a lower growth environment in the immediate future.But passengers will see a new service to Seoul later this year, and frequencies to Taipei and Chicago boosted to up to five a week.There will also progressive introduction of an enhanced Business Premier product on long-haul routes later in 2019 and a more spacious long-haul economy offering from mid-2020.And the airline will offer free wi-fi on all capable international aircraft immediately“I want to be clear that although there will be changes to our business, Air New Zealand has always and will always keep the customer at the core of everything we do,’’ chief executive Christopher Luxon said.“ As such we have some exciting developments in the customer space to announce in the coming weeks and months, and we remain unequivocally committed to creating an exceptional travel experience that is the envy of airlines around the world.”The changes were announced as part of a business review announced when the Kiwi carrier revised its profit guidance for fiscal 2019 and designed to boost earnings despite lower growth prospects.READ: Fuel costs see Air New Zealand profit fall 34 percent.The airline is still planning network growth but says it will now average 3 to 5 percent over the next three years instead of the 5 to 7 percent it originally expected.Key foci will be ensuring aircraft are directed on profitable routes and ensuring growth stimulates tourism to, from and within New Zealand by tapping into new markets and increasing frequencies on others.This includes the launch of new direct service from Auckland to Seoul from November 2019, the increased frequency on Auckland-Taipei from the same month and on Auckland-Chicago services from December.The airline will fly three times a week to Seoul’s Incheon airport from November 23 andf up to five times a week during the peak December to mid-February peak holiday period.The new service will be operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with a flight time of around 12 hours northbound and just over 11 hours southbound.Services to Taipei will increase from three a week to up to to five during the Northern Winter flying season from December while Chicago wil move to up to five services a week over the New Zealand summer peak.Air New Zealand will also change the timing of Auckland-Hong Kong to free up an aircraft from late October.Luxon said the airline was putting extra effort into lifting the performance on routes not meeting their potential while directing assets to those performing ahead of expectations.“Our number one priority is optimizing our network mix to maximize profitable growth,’’ he said.“Therefore, it is terrific to be able to announce today that we will be increasing frequency into Taipei and Chicago.“I’m also excited to announce that we will start flying from Auckland to Seoul up to five days a week from late November 2019.”The airline will also continue to invest in product, starting with an enhanced version of its existing Business Premier seat towards the end of calendar 2019 with the rollout due to be complete by December 2020.“We have undertaken considerable customer research and testing over the past 12 months to come up with enhancements to the existing award-winning seat as well as a new food, beverage and service offering that reflects the essence of who we are as a nation,’’ Luxon said.“We are confident our Business Premier customers will love their Air New Zealand experience more than ever.”Ongoing is an $NZ50m upgrade of nine lounges across the next two years as part of a previously disclosed program.The aircraft deferrals will see the deliveries of three A321neo aircraft destined for the airline’s domestic network set back by a year and an A320neo earmarked for trans -Tasman services delayed by two years.Capital expenditure in the 2020-2023 financial years will be decreased by deferring by at least four years the delivery of two long-haul aircraft as part of a fleet replacement program to replace the airline’s B777-200 fleet.However, the airline plans no change for the delivery date of its 14th Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which will be leased from October 2019.A two-year cost reduction program designed to deliver more than $NZ60 million annually will benefit from the end of disruptions due to Rolls-Royce engine problems as well as reduction of about 5 percent in overheads.This will be in addition to an annual cost saving of $NZ50m a year that has enabled Air New Zealand to largely offset inflation over the past three years.“Our confidence in Air New Zealand’s long-term strategy, customer proposition and financial performance remains strong,’’ Luxon said.“The steps we are taking today will provide a strong foundation for future earnings growth.”last_img read more

Winter Olympics: Lots of gold medals, sure, but how about those 15,000 eggs

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives SPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWith that in mind, here’s some numbers that might help make sense of it all:3 — Mikaela Shiffrin’s goal is to do what no skier has ever done — win five gold medals on the slopes. The young American star probably won’t do that, but there’s a good chance she can win three, something skiers have done only three times. Shiffrin is a prohibitive favorite to defend the slalom title she won in Sochi, a top contender in the giant slalom and the favorite in the combined. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Unfinished business brings Will Gozum back to UP LATEST STORIES $900 million — The amount of ads NBC has sold for its broadcast of the games.14 — The time difference in hours from New York, which is why some of the biggest prime-time events on NBC will actually take place in the morning in Korea.86 — The number of workers ill with norovirus a day before opening ceremony. The figure is expected to rise, forcing organizers to bring in 900 military personnel to take the place of sick or exposed security workers.4 – If it’s a Winter Olympics there have to be new sports. There are four of them in this Olympics, including a mass start speedskating event featuring 24 skaters that has been compared to a NASCAR race on ice.168 — Russia is officially banned from the Olympics because of a state-sponsored doping scheme the country carried out in Sochi. But 168 Russians will still compete under a neutral flag as “Olympic athletes from Russia” and 45 others could win last-minute appeals and make their way onto the snow and ice.10.5 — The over-under for gold medals won by U.S. athletes.100 — The perfect number Shaun White scored last month to give him a spot in the snowboard halfpipe. The U.S. star won the first two golds in the sport before flaming out in Sochi.32 — The temperature water freezes, and also the forecast for Friday night’s opening ceremonies. Organizers are giving 35,000 fans heated seat cushions, hand warmers and other gear to ward off the cold in the outdoor stadium, where winds are expected to make it feel like it is in the 20’s. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 2 — The number of North Korean athletes who qualified for the Olympics on merit. Up to 22 will actually compete in the games, cheered on by a highly choreographed group of singers and dancers, along with the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.13,500 — The number of eggs Norway’s Olympic team will be sending back after a breakfast order went sunny side up. Norway thought it was ordering 1,500 eggs from a Korean distributor for the Games but a translation mistake caused 15,000 to be delivered instead.50 — Miles from the mountains of Pyeongchang to the North Korean border.4 — The unofficial over-under for the number of halfpipe snowboarders carried off the slopes on stretchers. White himself was sent to the hospital twice after crashes last year, and defending gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov was knocked out in a scary crash last month at the Winter X Games.149 — In Sochi the best teams were made up of NHL players, 149 of them in all. No current players will be in Pyeongchang, after the league decided its best interests were not served by shutting down in midseason for three weeks like it did the last five Winter Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games They will unfold — officially, at least — without the Russians who dominated on the ice and snow and in the backroom of the drug testing labs four years ago in Sochi. And they will take place amid rising world tensions and a last-minute rapprochement of sorts between the two Koreas that may be as much of a show as the games themselves.Politics are very much in play, but in the end the Olympics are usually defined more by numbers than philosophies.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto MOST READ Max Parrot, of Canada, trains ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The world hasn’t seen such an intersection of sports and politics since the U.S. boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics and the Soviets returned the favor four years later in Los Angeles.The Winter Olympics begin Friday in a rugged and brutally cold area of rural mountains near the North Korean border, with a lot more at stake than the glittery medals chased by the best ice and snow athletes in the world.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

Domestic car sales in December How Maruti Suzuki Hyundai Mahindra Renault Toyota

first_imgMaruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL) has reported 4.4 percent drop in domestic car sales for December, the first full month of demonetisation. Exports grew 47.1 percent, making for overall decline in sales by 1 percent on a year-on-year (YoY) basis. Hyundai posted decline, while Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) sales rose 29 percent. Mahindra has also reported 8 percent fall in sales. Renault posted a robust growth. The MSIL stock  was trading flat at Rs 5,292 on Monday on the BSE while the Sensex was down 0.23 percent, at 9.25 am after a positive opening. Maruti SuzukiMSIL sold 1,06,414 cars in the domestic market last month, in comparison to 111,333 units sold in December 2015, while exports rose to 11,494 units from 7,816 cars in December 2015.The overall sales stood at 1,17,908 units last month as against 1,19,149 cars sold in December 2015.Mid-size (Ciaz) and utility vehicle (Gypsy, Ertiga, S-Cross and Vitara Brezza) segments remained unaffected by demonetisation, registering growth of 30.6 percent and 75.3 percent, respectively.Other segments — mini, compact and super compact — witnessed drop ranging from 8.6 percent to 29.2 percent during the month, YoY. Models in these segments include Alto, WagonR, Swift, Dzire, Baleno and Ritz.Hyundai MotorThe Indian arm of Korean automaker sold 40,057 units last December, 4.3 percent lower than 41,861 cars sold in December 2015.In calendar year 2016, the company sold 6.63 lakh cars (including exports), 2.9 percent more than calendar year 2015.”2016 has been an Year of Excellence for Hyundai in India achieving various milestones – Celebrating 20 years in India, the roll out of 7 Millionth car in November’16, crossing the 5 lakh domestic sales in CY2016 and the fastest 50,000 unit sales in the month of October,” YK Koo, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India said, in a statement.Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM)The company’s sales were up 29 percent to 14,093 units on the back of robust volume growth for Innova Crysta and the new Fortuner.Mahindra & MahindraThe Mumbai-based company sold 16,698 passenger vehicles last month, down 8 percent from 18,197 units sold in December 2015. On an overall basis, including tractor and heavy vehicle sales, the cumulative number stood at 36,363 units (including exports), a drop of 4 percent from 37,915 units in December 2015. Exports plunged by 33 percent to 2,053 units. Renault IndiaThe French carmaker’s Indian arm sold 11,244 units last month in comparison to 10,292 units in December 2015, a growth of 9.2 percent. For the calendar year 2016, sales grew 146 percent to 132,235 cars as against 53,847units in 2015.”We plan to launch at least one new product every year, over the next 5 years, beginning with some exciting product innovations starting this year. We will continue to build our network this year as well, with strategic measures to make our cars more accessible to customers across the country,” Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO & Managing Director, Renault India Operations, said in a statement.Other carmakers such as Nissan, Ford, Tata Motors and Honda are yet to report their December numbers.The NSE Nifty was down 40 point at 8,145.Analysts had by and large expected auto companies to post weak numbers for December 2016 in view of the impact of demonetisation. Two-wheeler makers were hit the most, according to them.”The real impact of demonetization on auto sales volumes is expected to be felt in December-16. Post our interaction with various dealers, we expect M&M in the PV space, Hero in 2Ws and Ashok Leyland in CVs to be hit the most. MSIL is relatively well placed on account of its waiting period for Baleno and Brezza,” Motilal Oswal Securities had said in a note earlierNomura had predicted a similar trend. “We expect December wholesales to be impacted by a sharp decline in retail sales due to demonetisation, and inventory de-stocking by OEMs to clear off 2016 model year inventory. Our channel checks indicate that rural retails are impacted more (double-digit decline) compared with the urban segment, due to the liquidity crunch.”last_img read more

Through A Tense Game 7 Houstonians Have Stayed Energized Behind Their Team

first_imgVideo Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/01201841/WhatsApp-Video-2017-11-01-at-8.11.45-PM.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Fans at 3B’s in Kingwood celebrate Springer HR to give Astros 5-0 lead. Across Houston, Astros fans have been glued to their TVs.Energy has been high as watch parties at homes, bars, and Minute Maid Park have been rooting for Houston to bring home the first world series title 9 outs away and Orbit is keeping the #Astros fans hyped with the shirt cannon! pic.twitter.com/u0tFHrROeH— Omar Villafranca (@OmarVillafranca) November 2, 2017 Share – / 4 Here’s Minute Maid Park on the Puig lineout to end the 5th. #Astros #EarnHistory #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/OnLZ76PnZp— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) November 2, 2017 Bars downtown #houston are booming. EVERYBODY glued to the TV. BRING IT HOME #ASTROS #ABC13 pic.twitter.com/BkAiVqmx65— Chauncy Glover (@ChauncyOnTV) November 2, 2017last_img read more

Verizon to Take 46 Billion Charge for Oath Wiping Out Nearly All

first_imgVerizon’s rollup strategy combining Yahoo and AOL hasn’t panned out the way it expected.The telco spent around $10 billion to acquire Yahoo and AOL, merging them under the Oath operating division. But the internet-media business isn’t performing as well as Verizon originally expected — and on Tuesday, Verizon said it expects to record a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of approximately $4.6 billion (pre-tax) in the fourth quarter of 2018.That write-down represents the elimination of nearly the entire goodwill balance of $4.8 billion that Verizon was carrying on its balance sheet for the Oath acquisitions. In accounting, goodwill reflects the value of intangible assets of an acquired entity.“Verizon’s Media business, branded Oath, has experienced increased competitive and market pressures throughout 2018 that have resulted in lower than expected revenues and earnings,” the company said in an SEC filing. “These pressures are expected to continue and have resulted in a loss of market positioning to our competitors in the digital advertising business.” Oath also has “achieved lower-than-expected benefits from the integration of the Yahoo Inc. and AOL Inc. businesses,” Verizon said.The Oath strategy was engineered under a previous leadership regime, including Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Marni Walden, EVP and president of global media. McAdam is retiring, Armstrong exited Oath this fall and Walden stepped down at the end of 2017.K. Guru Gowrappan (pictured above), formerly an executive at China’s Alibaba Group, took over the reins as Oath CEO effective Oct. 1, reporting to Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg, who stepped into the job in August. In the SEC filing, Verizon said the new leadership team — including Gowrappan and Vestberg — completed a five-year strategic planning review of Oath’s business prospects, which resulted in the downward revision for Oath’s financial projections.Oath has been losing share in the digital-ad space since 2017, as other players including Amazon have made gains. Last year, Oath represented 4.1% of U.S. digital ad revenue (around $3.6 billion); its market share is projected to decline to 3.3% in 2018 (roughly $3.7 billion), according to research firm eMarketer.Also in Tuesday’s filing, Verizon said it will take a charge of $1.8 billion-$2.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018 for severance costs, after around 10,400 employees accepted the company’s voluntary buyout offer initiated in September. Nearly half of those employees will exit in December, with rest to leave by June 2019.In addition, Verizon disclosed that it expects to complete a reorganization of “legal entities associated with its wireless business” in December 2018. That will result in a one-time deferred tax benefit of around $2.1 billion in Q4 of 2018, the telco said. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more