Humboldt State men’s basketball clinches CCAA tourney spot despite loss to San Francisco State

first_imgArcata >> The Jacks’ 2016-17 season will live to see at least one more game.The way they’re heading into the California Collegiate Athletic Association Postseason Tournament might not be how head coach Steve Kinder so desired, though.No. 13-nationally ranked San Francisco State handed the Humboldt State men’s basketball team a 88-74 loss in Saturday night’s regular-season finale. But even with the Jacks’ loss, HSU claimed the eighth and final spot in the CCAA tournament thanks to Cal State …last_img

Toyota SA gears up for exports

first_img12 April 2007Toyota South Africa has completed the R2.4-billion expansion of its manufacturing plant in Prospecton, south of Durban, paving the way for the company to become a major exporter of fully built-up vehicles.The company, 75% owned by the Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan, began its expansion programme five year ago to enable production of the new Hilux as part of Toyota’s global International Innovative Multipurpose Vehicle (IMV) programme for both local and export markets.Approximately half of the investment amount was set aside for local suppliers and contractors.Toyota SA said in a statement last month that the new facility has more than doubled the component stamping capacity at Prospecton, as the company aims to produce 220 000 vehicles a year on a two-shift basis by 2008.“The successful completion of this project and the introduction of the IMV resulted in Toyota Motor Corporation giving an emphatic indication of its confidence in Toyota South Africa as a partner in its global manufacturing network by announcing that the Prospecton plant would become a source plant for a second high-volume export model,” said Toyota SA chief executive Johan van Zyl.“Like the IMV, this model is destined for export to Europe, in both right- and left-hand drive form, with production due to start during 2007.”The stamping facility features two new-generation presses using technology developed by Toyota for use only in its own plants. Toyota South Africa is only the third country, including Japan, to make use of this technology.Improvements at its manufacturing plant will also bring a steady steel supply to the company’s stamping lines, eliminating the need to source steel from Gauteng.“When Toyota SA is producing at its 220 000 units per annum design capacity, approximately half of the production will be for export markets,” Van Zyl said. “This will be a 120% increase over the 50 000 plus units exported by Toyota South Africa in 2006.”The company commissioned a state-of-the-art R1-billion water-based paint plant in August 2006, one of only five such plants commissioned globally by reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA’s new Antarctic research ship

first_imgThe new vessel will replace the 31-year-old South African Agulhas, due for retirement in 2012.   (Image: South African Agency for Scienceand Technology Advancement)   MEDIA CONTACTS • Zolile Nqyai Department of Environmental Affairs +27 21 402 3702 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Big break for biotech in SA • New biosphere reserve for SA • South Africa protects its oceans • SA medics in Antarctic rescueNosimilo NdlovuThe South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Finnish shipbuilder STX Finland Oy have signed R1.3-billion (US$171-million) agreement to build a new Antarctic supply and research ship for the country.The department signed and announced the deal on 17 November at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, in the Western Cape province.The currently unnamed vessel will replace the 31-year-old SA Agulhas, which will retire in 2012.According to the department, the new vessel will be “one of a kind” designed to carry cargo, passengers, helicopters and fuel; while serving as a research base for the three South African stations on Marion Island, Gough Island and Antarctica.The three stations fall under the South African National Antarctic Programme (Sanap) which government has set up to carry out research in the area. They are managed by the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Antarctic and Islands directorate.“The new vessel is vital for South Africa to maintain its strategic presence in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica,” the department’s research chief, Dr Johan Augustyn, said at the announcement.“We are looking at our future role in researching climate change in the Southern and Indian oceans. We wanted a ship with more laboratories that can accommodate other branches of science. We are hoping to do marine biology research with the new vessel,” he said.The new vessel will enable scientists to lower sophisticated probes into the depths of the ocean to measure water temperature, depth, oxygen, light and the presence of phytoplankton. The equipment stores data so that it can be compared over a number of years, giving insight into temperature changes driven by climate change.Scientists aboard the new vessel will also be able to assess changes in the distribution of certain ocean plants and animals that depend on a particular temperature range for survival. A proliferation of tropical species and a decline of cold water ones could be an indication of global warming.Satellites and ocean buoys can collect similar data, but the advantage of a research vessel is that it is very flexible – it can move scientists around with ease, enabling them to use a far wider range of sensors and techniques.Mega-icebreakerThe new, 134m-long vessel will be built at the Rauma shipyard in Finland. Rauma director Timo Suistio said the design and engineering will start immediately and construction will begin in September 2010. “The ship will be delivered to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs in spring 2012,” he said.Suistio said it was the company’s first ship-building project for a South African client and part of its long-term strategy to break into the African market. “Our aim is to make this vessel an example of our ability and use it as a reference for future jobs,” he said.Augustyn said the new vessel will be able to break through thicker ice at higher speeds than South Africa’s current research ship. “It will be a more effective tool and not cost much more to maintain than the SA Agulhas, as it has three times as much power and is more fuel-efficient,” he said.The icebreaker will have shelter and a landing area for two Puma class helicopters, a gym, a library and a small hospital. It will accommodate 45 crew members and 100 passengers or researchers.The SA Agulhas currently carries cargo and passengers to the island of Tristan da Cunha in the south Atlantic Ocean around September each year. The ship drops off the tourists and then moves on to Gough island to deliver cargo and exchange research staff, giving the public an opportunity stay on Tristan for up to three weeks. It is expected that the new ship will offer a similar service.Greater capacityEquipped with 800 square metres of research space, the vessel will act as a mobile laboratory for scientists and be able to collect weather data for meteorological institutions around the world.It is hoped that the top-class facilities will attract foreign experts and help South Africa rebuild its deep sea research capacity, which has dwindled over the years due to a lack of infrastructure and shortage of scientists. Many have left to work overseas or moved into the private sector.“The new ship, apart from its supply function, will be a catalyst to rebuild the deep-sea oceanography capacity in South Africa,” said Henry Valentine, Antarctica and Islands director for the department.“This will also attract participation of international scientists and researchers, thus significantly contributing to research projects addressing new challenges and changing interests [such as climate change],” he said.Allocating this level of funding for the new vessel, despite current pressures, reflects the South African government’s commitment to the Sanap, said Valentine.last_img read more

Saina makes shock exit, Indian campaign ends at Asian Games

first_imgIndia’s Saina Nehwal looks dejected after losing to Hong Kongs Yip Py during the quarterfinal match of the women’s singles badminton event of 16th Asian Games at Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China on Thursday. PTIIndia’s gold medal hope Saina Nehwal suffered a shock defeat in the women’s singles quarter-finals as country’s campaign ended in the badminton event of the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Thursday.World number three Saina lost 8-21 21-8 19-18 to last edition’s silver medallist and world number 12 Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong in the fiercely fought quarter-final, which lasted 46 minutes.Saina was carrying millions of Indian hopes as all of her compatriots had already crashed of their respective events early in the day.The second seed Saina came back well after surrendering the opening game but her weak net-play, in comparison to her sixth seed rival, dented her chances severely.The Indian saved a match point in the decisive game but a service error at crucial 19-20 stage sealed her fate.Both the players fought their hearts out in the third and final game. Even till the deep end the scores were tied 18-18.Yip attacked Saina’s backhand throughout the match and earned her first match point with the same strategy with a smash winner.Saina managed to save that and got her service back but unforced error on the next point brought curtains on her campaign.At Beijing Olympics also Saina had lost at the same quarter-final stage.Early in the day, men’s singles player Aravind Bhat and mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju also crashed out.advertisementBhat lost 19-21 12-21 to world number sixth Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in his second round encounter at the Tianhe Gymnasium here.Jwala and Diju further plunged the Indian camp in dismay as they squandered a first game advantage to lose a gruelling battle against Koreans Baekcheol Shin and Hyojung Lee in the mixed doubles event.The Indian pair lost 21-17 13-21 16-21 against the Korean combination in a 36-minute match.Bhat, who had got a walk over in his opening round match against Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka, found it tough to negotiate the smashes of Poonsana as the Thai player scored 20 smash points compared to Bhat’s seven.In the first game, Bhat caught up with Poonsana after trailing 5-10 to make it 12-12 and moved neck-to-neck till 17-17 but the Thai shuttler marched ahead from there on.In the second game, Poonsana opened a six point lead and did not allow the Indian to come back as Bhat’s game crumbled.Bhat’s compatriot and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Parupalli Kashyap had made a first round exit on Wednesday.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more