Staff at Nissan Sunderland capped the plant’s 25th anniversary year with a string of new UK car industry records. In 2011, the plant made a total of 480,485 vehicles, besting the 423,262 cars produced in 2010, which was the first time any UK car plant made more than 400,000 cars in one year.Demand for the Qashqai and Juke models meant the plant exceeded the previous record in November 2011, itself an all-time record month with 46,606 vehicles rolling off the production line.This new record reflects the first full calendar year in which there has been 24-hour production of the Qashqai and Qashqai+2, as well as the first full year of Juke production. The number of jobs at Nissan Sunderland Plant also reached an all-time high in 2011, with 5,462 people directly employed on site.There will be more developments for the Sunderland facility in 2012, with the launch of Nissan’s first lithium-ion battery production facility outside Japan and preparation for the start of Nissan LEAF production in 2013.Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK, said, “Our 25th anniversary year will go down in UK car production history and all our staff can be proud of the many milestones we have passed.“Our 26th year promises to be equally exciting, as we launch the new Battery Plant at Sunderland and prepare the plant for production of the 100% Nissan LEAF alongside the Qashqai, Juke and Note.”Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, added, “Many congratulations to the Nissan team for achieving record-breaking production volumes. They demonstrate the strength of UK automotive manufacturing which continues to buck the economic trend, outperforming 2010 by an anticipated 6%.“2011 saw the UK attract a remarkable level of investment with global vehicle manufacturers committing in excess of £4 billion to plants and facilities securing future model production and employment. Despite the uncertainty within the Euro-zone, there is real confidence in the future of UK manufacturing and it will make an increasing contribution to exports, economic growth and employment in the coming years.”In June 2011, Carlos Ghosn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Company, announced that workers in Britain will design, engineer and build the next version of the company’s Qashqai model.Find out about other high-profile announcements from UK automotive companies regarding investment, expansion, new models and employment.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ohio State football is used to success. In Jim Tressel’s 10 years as coach, he led the Buckeyes to eight BCS bowl game appearances and six consecutive Big Ten Championships. The 2011 season was different. OSU won just half of its regular season games, finishing with a 6-6 record and its first loss to archrival Michigan since 2003. It also dropped its final three games of the year. Senior wide receiver DeVier Posey, who was playing his second game of the year after serving two five-game suspensions, said the locker room felt “weird” after the loss. “We’ve never lost to Michigan,” Posey said, “It’s just an eerie feeling. You have a weird feeling in your stomach.” Despite the drop in success this season, the Buckeyes were reluctant to call the season a disappointment. “I think it’s a disappointment in terms of what the fans think and everything,” senior linebacker Tyler Moeller said. “Obviously you want to go out there and win every game. We fought and battled out there. Every game that we have lost, we were in them. We fought them. Sometimes in life that happens.” OSU has the minimum number of six wins to be eligible for a bowl game, but for the first time since 2004, OSU won’t be selected for a BCS bowl. Senior center Mike Brewster said dealing with all the losses has been difficult after having so much success in the past. “It’s hard,” Brewster said. “Just kind of shows you when you’re playing a team sport, decisions you make can affect your teammates.” OSU is still awaiting the decision as to whether or not they’ll be selected to play in a bowl game. Although six wins grants a team eligibility to participate in a bowl, it does not guarantee a team will be selected. Traditionally, OSU has had an advantage in the selection process because of the program’s reputation for traveling well to postseason games and drawing high TV ratings. One report from the Orlando Sentinel said representatives from the Gator Bowl are interested in choosing the Buckeyes to participate in the Jan. 2, bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., and pitting them against the Florida Gators. The hypothetical matchup would pit the team Urban Meyer coached from 2005-2010 (Florida) with the team Meyer will coach for the 2012 season (OSU). According to athletic director Gene Smith, current coach Luke Fickell will coach the bowl game and Meyer will no role in the team’s preparation. No matter what bowl game OSU is selected to or the coaching situation the team faces, junior defensive lineman John Simon said it won’t affect how his team will prepare. “We’re motivated,” Simon said. “We get excited for every game. We’ll make the corrections about this game tomorrow when we watch the tape and get back to work.” Moeller agreed. “Any game that we’re dealt, we’re going to work hard,” he said. “Just as hard as any other bowl game that we had. We’re going to try to win that.”
A lawyer for the widow of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan is slated to square off in court in Toronto on Thursday against counsel for Omar Khadr.Tabitha Speer and a former U.S. soldier are trying to go after Khadr’s assets.They want an injunction aimed at preserving any money the federal government paid Khadr for breaching his rights. Ottawa reportedly paid the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner $10.5 million last week.The action comes as they seek to have a Canadian court enforce a US$134-million award against Khadr from Utah.In response, a lawyer for Khadr argues the injunction application should be rejected.He says it’s unlikely a Canadian court would enforce the Utah award and that Khadr has a right to keep his financial affairs private.
Inside the Southport house.He said care options for elderly parents might be too expensive so living together as a family was a cheaper alternative.He also said there was an “expectation issue” among younger generations, who wanted a three-bedroom house straight away instead of buying a smaller place first then upgrading in future as their parents did decades ago.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThat was leading children to live at home longer so they could save more money.Liz Francis built a second house on her Tallebudgera property so her mother could live with the family. Mr Molloy said the reduced cost of living was appealing to many homeowners and he believed it would become a more popular housing option.LJ Hooker Mudgeeraba agent John Fischer said many people were even letting some of their dual living spaces out, particularly as holiday rentals on Airbnb.“There are a lot of people looking for that extra income,” he said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 This Southport house at 26 Loweana St also offers dual living on a lower level. Mrs Francis’ home at 16 Tyalla Court, Tallebudgera. The second living space.“We decided there was no better place for her to be than with us,” she said.She said living in separate houses on the same block meant they could spend plenty of time together as a family while her mother remained independent.“It just meant that she was very incorporated in our every day activities,” Mrs Francis said.“It was special for her and special for us.”Hope Island Resort Realty agent Evan Molloy had noticed the increased demand for dual living properties. Inside the extra dwelling.“I’ve got three properties (on the market) at the moment that are dual living,” he said.“The waterfront one was built with that in mind – it’s interesting we’re seeing it in new builds.”He said some families were selling multiple homes interstate so they could buy a much bigger residence on the Coast that would accommodate everyone.“We’ve had a good amount of people looking specifically for that purpose, particularly interstate buyers escaping Sydney and Melbourne (markets).”MORE: Beach vs Hinterland 1. 8 Timberlea Court, Helensvale This Helensvale property at 8 Timberlea Ct has a second self-contained dwelling, which was once the shed. 4. 16 Tyalla Court, Tallebudgera Liz Francis built an additional house on her block so her mother could live with the family. Pictured with Samara Seth, 5, Amy Seth and Olivia Seth, 3, at home in Tallebudgera. Picture John GassLONG gone are the days parents push their children out of the nest as soon as they reach adulthood.The Gold Coast property market is adapting to allow children to live with their parents long after they have grown up.Leading property valuation firm Herron Todd White’s November Month in Review report found there had been a “strong shift” toward multigenerational housing on the Coast with more properties now accommodating three generations. FOUR DUAL LIVING GOLD COAST HOMES The second house Mrs Francis built on her Tallebudgera block.“Many dwellings are being converted to form secondary living areas or multiple dwellings on one property,” the report said.“Generally speaking, it’s the older members of the family moving into the secondary areas.”Herron Todd White director Tod Gillespie said affordability was the obvious reason behind the shift but there were many underlying factors contributing to the trend.“We seem to be seeing more dual occupant houses being built, especially in the acreage areas, for family reasons,” he said. Outside the Southport house. 2. 26 Loweana St, Southport MORE: Fisherman’s hut going under the hammer 3. 11 Wisteria Court, Tallebudgera Valley