Soweto gets Toyota dealership

first_img3 December 2007Toyota South Africa has joined forces with Barloworld Automotive and long-time Soweto entrepreneur Richard Maponya’s Maponya Group to establish the first Toyota dealership in the country’s largest township and take advantage of the rising disposable income of its residents.“We have long sought a franchise outlet in this important and burgeoning market,” Toyota South Africa chief executive Johan van Zyl said in a statement last week.“Soweto has been a long standing ‘open point’ in our dealer network. As the vehicle market has expanded in recent years, the urgency to fill this point with a viable dealership has grown.”Van Zyl said that it was necessary for his company to take its products closer to key markets, so that it could continue to maintain its position as the market leader in the country. The envisaged development will be a world-class fully-fledged Toyota dealership with the latest corporate identity.“We commend Toyota SA for taking the bold step and showing confidence in the market by awarding this opportunity in Soweto,” Maponya said.According to the statement, the Maponya Group, the largest independent employer in Soweto, is a successful black business organisation with interests in food retailing, fuel retailing, and property development.In September, the Maponya Group opened a R650-million shopping mall in Soweto with Pick ‘n Pay, Woolworths, and Edgars as anchor tenants. Future projects include a 100 000-square metre Motor City investment, of which the Toyota dealership forms the first stage.A study commissioned by the City of Johannesburg’s economic development unit in 2003 found that the township’s residents had disposable income of about R4.3-billion, of which R3.4-billion was spent outside the township.Toyota said it was therefore unfathomable that Soweto did not have a motor dealership while statistics indicated that the car population of Soweto was growing at an increasing rate.“This opportunity will again create jobs and bring investment into Soweto,” Maponya said. “More importantly, the people of Soweto will now be able to purchase vehicles and get quality after-sales service right at their doorstep.“This will undoubtedly add to the changing face of Soweto.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

MFP details announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details of the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments announced by the Trump Administration in May. MPF will provide up to $14.5 billion to producers in up to three tranches starting with a first round of payments this August.Payment rates vary by county from $15 to $150 per acre based on USDA’s calculated damages from tariffs in each individual county affected — most in the $50 to $75 range per acre, according to USDA. That single-county rate will be multiplied by a farm’s total planted acreage for all MFP-eligible crops in aggregate for 2019, not to exceed total 2018 plantings. The county rates for Ohio can be found here. In addition, dairy producers who were in business as of June 1, 2019, will receive a 20-cent per hundredweight payment on production history, and hog producers will receive an $11 per head payment based on the number of live hogs owned on a day selected by the producer between April 1 and May 15, 2019.For cover crops, producers affected by natural disasters who filed prevented planting claims then planted an MFP-eligible cover crop, with the potential to be harvested or for subsequent use as forage, qualify for a $15 per acre payment. Acreage of cover crops must be planted by Aug. 1, 2019 to be considered eligible for MFP payments.Sign-up for farmers with eligible crops begins Monday, July 29, with those who are first to sign up expected to receive an initial payment equal to 50% of what they are eligible for in mid to late August. Second and third payments, each equal to 25% of the total qualifying payment, are slated for November 2019 and January 2020 contingent upon market conditions and trade opportunities. Producers can continue to sign up through Dec. 6, 2019.Farmers who earn 75% or more of their income from agriculture will be eligible for up to the $250,000 MFP payment limit and retroactively eligible for up to the $125,000 payment limit for the 2018 program. MFP payments are limited to a combined $250,000 for non-specialty crops per person or legal entity and a combined $250,000 for hog or dairy farmers per person or legal entity. No applicant can receive more than $500,000 total.In May, President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other trade disruptions. The MFP, Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP), and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) will assist agricultural producers while President Trump works to address long-standing market access barriers.“China and other nations have not played by the rules for a long time, and President Trump is the first President to stand up to them and send a clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate unfair trade practices,” Secretary Perdue said. “The details we announced today ensure farmers will not stand alone in facing unjustified retaliatory tariffs while President Trump continues working to solidify better and stronger trade deals around the globe.last_img read more

Arjun Rampal on girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades: My daughters have accepted her

first_imgArjun Rampal is elated these days as the actor is all set to become a father for the third time. The Rock On actor’s girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades is expecting in late July or early August. The actor recently hosted a cozy baby shower for the beautiful mom-to-be Gabriella.Before dating Gabriella, Arjun Rampal was married to Mehr Jesia. The couple, however, announced their separation on July 25, 2018. Arjun has two daughters with Mehr – Mahikaa, who is 17-year old, and Myra, who is 13.In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, the actor opened up about his private life. He said, “It’s been sheer hell for the last five years but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, doesn’t it?”Initially, Arjun kept his relationship with Gabriella under the wraps. But the Daddy actor made it official through an Instagram post.Rumour have been doing rounds that Arjun met Gabriella during an Indian Premiere League afterparty in 2009, but they reconnected and began dating only a few years ago. She was by his side when his mother, Gwen Rampal, passed away last year.Talking to the daily, Arjun addressed these rumours. He said, “We met through common friends. So, what can I say? That she stalked me? Wishful thinking that, buddy! It’s only been a year since we started dating and here we are. For keeps. And I must add that it was of prime importance that my daughters should accept her as a part of the family. I’m blessed that they have, no questions asked.”advertisementBefore throwing a lavish baby shower, Arjun and Gabriella headed to Maldives to spend some quality time with each other. Arjun took to Instagram and shared a loved-up photo of them. He captioned it, “When you wake up to this, you know you are blessed.”Earlier in April, Arjun had announced Gabriella’s pregnancy with a post that said, “Blessed to have you and start all over again… thank you baby for this baby.”It was earlier reported that Mehr is taking Gabriella’s preganancy sportingly. According to an earlier report, though Arjun and Mehr haven’t filed for divorce yet, Mehr’s friends say that she has accepted the fact that Arjun has moved on.”They are still working out the financial terms of the separation,” Mehr’s friend told a daily. “Mehr is a wonderful mother and wants to do what works best for her children,” her friend added.On the work front, Arjun was last seen in The Final Call, a web series.Also See: Arjun Rampal hosts baby shower for pregnant girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades. See picsAlso Read | Arjun Rampal’s ex-wife Mehr Jesia is fine with his girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades’s pregnancy: ReportAlso See | Arjun Rampal announces girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades is pregnant: Thank you baby for this babyALSO READ | Has Arjun Rampal moved in with his girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades?ALSO READ | Inside story of Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia’s separationALSO WATCH | Ranbir-Katrina to Farhan-Adhuna, big Bollywood break-ups of 2016last_img read more

JAMAICAN POSTCARD COLLECTION ON DISPLAY IN WASHINGTON DC

first_img Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 7 (JIS): A collection of over 200 postcards, depicting Jamaica’s rich history, is currently on display at an exhibition being hosted by the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C. The exhibition, titled: ‘Greetings from Jamaica, a Country of History in Postcards’, displays the compiled collection of Jamaican Speech Pathologist, Marva Shand McIntosh, who resides in the United States capital.It was formally opened on December 3 by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the USA, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie.The displays include the first locally produced postcard, titled ‘Jamaica 1877 Paid’, dating back to the year 1877.That initial production coincided with Jamaica’s admission to the membership of the International Postal Union (IPU), which facilitated locals with the opportunity to mail postcards overseas, unlike the previous arrangement which restricted them to intra-island postage.The exhibits also include several series capturing the January 1907 earthquake that rocked Jamaica; as well as the advent the island’s tourism industry during the early 20th century. Speaking at the exhibition’s opening, Ms. McIntosh said the displays also depict and cover several other themes topics. These include: the ingenuity of the Jamaican people; rivers and beaches; the military; grand hotels; sugar estates; art; cultural traditions; sports; churches and a synagogue; transportation; gardens and groves; markets; King Street, downtown Kingston; country life; education; health; mineral baths; memorials; and agriculture, specifically activities related to banana and sugar cane cultivation. Ms. McIntosh advised that most of the postcards being exhibited were mailed from Jamaica to Europe and North America. She said postcards were initially used in Jamaica for business purposes during the early years period they emerged, as well as friendly correspondence during World War II.She pointed out that postcards leaving the island during the war, between the 1930s and 1940s, were given special markings, which can still be seen on a number of the exhibits currently on display.Ms. McIntosh said the exhibits also include more recently produced postcards particularly those depicting the work of renowned Jamaican photographer, Ray Chen. Related Items:international postal union, jamaica, Jamaican Speech Pathologist, Marva Shand McIntosh, postcard, stephen vasciannie Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Recommended for youlast_img read more

Prizewinning underwater photos will make you want to learn to dive

first_img Paddle through 16 breathtaking and prize-winning underwater photos Tags Share your voice Post a comment 0 16 Photos Sci-Tech “This year’s outstanding underwater images in the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition continue to raise the bar for underwater photographers,” said Scott Gietler, owner of Bluewater Photo and Travel and publisher of Underwater Photography Guide. “Myself and the other three judges were honored to be viewing such amazing results of the dedication and drive of the human spirit.”More than $80,000 in prizes were awarded in 16 categories in the contest’s seventh year. Our gallery above displays the first-place winners from each category.The Best of Show image, taken by British-born photographer Duncan Murrell, shows three giant devil rays performing a graceful ballet. Other photographs include a clown fish caring for its eggs, a friendly seal, and a giant ray investigating an underwater diver. Not all of the shots are peaceful, however. In one, a crab devours a molted fellow crab, with a hungry gaze and no mercy. No one said underwater life was easy.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.Netpicks: What’s on your favorite video streaming sites around the web. Some of us can barely take respectable photographs on land, never mind trying to do it well below the ocean’s surface. That’s why these just-announced winning images from the 2018 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, made such a splash.last_img read more

Who is Prasidha Menon OYO Hotels appoints its new Head of Communications

first_imgOYO RoomsReutersPrasidha Menon has been appointed as the new Head of Communications for the hospitality chain OYO on Monday, August 27.Menon had previously worked for Uber and her work profile involved managing communication, brand building, product launches, geographical expansion including the market entry for UberEats business and its expansion to over 20+ cities in India within 15 months.At 35, Menon is one of the youngest corporate communications leads in the country along with PAYTM’s Sonia Dhawan and Policy Bazaar’s Aman Dhall. Menon with an overall experience of 13 years, will be working on driving the reputation of OYO by managing communication and building the brand name.She will also be taking care of both the internal and external communications of OYO in India as well as in international markets.”It is heartwarming to see a group of dynamic young individuals, determined to make a difference, spearheaded by a passionate group of leaders committed to the company’s mission. I am thrilled to join this team and be a thought partner as we prepare to write the next chapter of OYO’s success story in India and the world,” Prasidha Menon told ANI.Speaking on the appointment of Menon, Ritesh Agarwal, founder and CEO of OYO Hotels told ANI: “In the last five years of building OYO ground up, we have witnessed the significance of quality communication and the role good content and authentic storytelling can play in the building, protecting and, nurturing the brand. With Prasidha taking on this mantle, we are certain that more and more people will second OYO’s mission of creating beautiful living spaces, for everyone, anywhere. We are really excited to welcome her to the OYO family.”last_img read more