Japanese automaker Nissan will axe hundreds of staff at its car plant in northeastern England due to a sharp fall in diesel car sales, a source told AFP on Friday. Nissan to cut hundreds of jobs at UK car plant: source, photo AFP Questioned about media reports of hundreds of job losses at Nissan's factory in the coastal city of Sunderland, a source close to the matter confirmed the news but declined to give a timeframe. The news also comes as Britain's car sector, which is largely foreign-owned, continues to face Brexit uncertainty on the horizon. The Sunderland plant -- which builds the Juke, Leaf and Qashqai car models, many of which are diesel -- employs 7,000 workers who produce some 500,000 vehicles per year. However, Nissan saw British sales slump 35 percent in the first quarter on an annual comparison. That mirrors a broader trend across the British automobile industry, with demand sliding on UK government plans to improve air quality. And diesel car sales are also … [Read more...] about Nissan to cut hundreds of jobs at UK car plant: source
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A: This week, a series of New Year's greeting cards from our listeners came to our office, confirming the arrived of the New Year's greetings and gifts we sent. Otto Schwartz of the US wrote: "Thank you for the interesting, informative, educational, insightful, entertaining, and helpful programs during last year. Thank you also for being so responsive to my letters, questions, and comments, and for the always beautiful QSL cards and lovely souvenirs." B: Thank you so much for your generous comments and being with us over the years. We'll try to continue improving our programs to meet your expectation. Here I have lovely postcards from Christopher Stacey, Howard Barnett, and Edwin Southwell of England, Hans Verner Lollike of Denmark, and Carlo Prazzoli of Italy. They thanked us for sending them wall calendars. Reiner Peuthert of Germany sent us a photo of Branitz Park, which is a shadowy forest. A: I always love the beautiful postcards with hand-written wishes. They give me a … [Read more...] about January 16, 2013
VietNamNet Bridge - Nature generously gives a gift for the humans on this earth a source of "free" fuel, a tremendous renewable energy resource. It is the wind, or wind energy. Now, many countries are widely using the power produced from wind turbines. But hundreds of years ago, many nations knew how to use the strength of wind instead of muscle strength to run windmills and to pull sail boats cross the ocean or to push hot air balloons in the air. Anyone who once visits Nordic countries would have the opportunity to see along the highways, not only old windmills but also the new wind turbines. … [Read more...] about The golden opportunity of wind power
Vietnamese community in Czech Republic enjoys full rightsThe Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic has enjoyed equal rights as other recognised foreign communities there, stated Hoang Dinh Thang, head of the Vietnamese Association in the Czech Republic. Since being recognised as the 14th ethnic minority group in July 2013, the Vietnamese community has benefited from the rights of ethnic minority groups as stated in the Czech Republic's law, including having a representative at the Council for Ethnic Minorities at all levels, and engaging in discussions on ethnic minority affairs. The Vietnamese can also keep their full name in their native language and enjoy the right to learn their mother tongue in schools and maintain and promote their Vietnamese identity, said Thang. The Czech Republic's government and its relevant agencies have also granted funds for the Vietnamese community's projects, including those on compiling the Czech-Vietnamese dictionary and publishing the "Bong Sen" … [Read more...] about Social News 30/7
A noted oceanographer says Vietnam is overlooking an abundant energy resource, the waves of the East Sea. Dr. Nguyen Tac An is former dean of the Vietnam Institute of Oceanography in Nha Trang and current Chairman of Vietnam's branch of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). An talked with the HCM City newspaper Thanh Nien about the potential for wave power development in Vietnam. In 1973, An says, research began on wave power in some developed countries like the US, Portugal and France. In 2003, Portugal deployed the first 30 MW wave power plant. The production cost of wave power is equivalent to wind power, that is, about 10 US cents per kilowatt-hour. What is wave power? Wave power is the capture of wave energy to do useful work, for example, electricity generation or water desalination. An easy way to capture the already abundant energy in the ocean is through a simple air chamber. As the waves rise and fall in the chamber, they force air … [Read more...] about Energy challenges: Why not wave power too?