Wolfsburg / Ningbo, October 24, 2013: The Volkswagen Group is expanding its production capacity as planned and thereby optimising the capacity utilisation of its production network in China. Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, and Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft Board of Management and President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China, were today joined by Hu Maoyuan, Chairman of SAIC Motor Corporation Ltd., to inaugurate Shanghai-Volkswagen’s new plant in Ningbo, south eastern China. The plant is designed for an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles. Prof. Dr. Winterkorn said: “This new, state-of-the-art factory is further proof of the Volkswagen Group’s comprehensive commitment in China. Here in Ningbo and together with our partners, our pioneering spirit is once again driving economic and technical progress in the Chinese automotive industry. We are working hard to offer our customers in … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Opens New Plant In Ningbo, South Eastern China
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Hey, you haven't been foolish even to treat yourself to a nice stay at a fancy place like the Hilton recently, right? Well, you might be SOL! According to CNN, a major chain of hotel franchises is the latest victim of credit card data theft: White Lodging — a company that maintains Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin hotel franchises — has apparently suffered a data breach that exposed guests' credit and debit card information in 2013, independent security researcher Brian Krebs said. Banking industry sources noticed fraud among hundreds of cards that had been previously used at Marriott hotels, wrote Krebs, who first reported that Target had suffered a massive data breach around Black Friday last year. Krebs said it was hard to pinpoint the source of the hack because of the "pattern of the fraud," which only showed up in Marriott hotels in Austin, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles among others. He said they realized the common thread was all of the locations were … [Read more...] about Oh Good, Another Huge Company Hacked for Credit Card Information
There are literal birds chirping, tweeting and running around our hotel for the BET Awards—the vast Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles, where scenes from the film True Lies were shot. These birds, however, are not just of the feathered kind but of these kinds, too. Yes, birds. Birds of the “Pick me, choose me, love me” kind that are currently being watched by the Twitter account @pickmepatrol, aka “Bird Watch.” I’ll never understand these kinds of birds. Even though I have been married before and went through various periods of “OMG, WHY DON’T I HAVE A MAN,” I haven’t been that woman since I was about 22 years old, and that was 18 years ago. Romantic love, while wonderful, and marriage, while aspirational, are both wildly imperfect. For every person, like my mom, who managed to snag a guy who has loved her both at her best and her worst for several decades, there are about a thousand other folks knee-deep in the … [Read more...] about Our Hotel Is for the Birds (Literally). Cuh-CAAAAW!
Excerpted from Brian Bartels’ The Bloody Mary: The Lore And Legend Of A Cocktail Classic, With Recipes For Brunch And Beyond, out March 28. Read our interview with Bartels here. In the late 1960s, Calgary Westin Hotel bar manager Walter Chell was asked to create something special. So he mashed up some clams, mixed their juice with tomato juice, and thus embraced the philosophy of “if it’s good enough to eat, it’s good enough to drink.” By the mid-1970s, the Bloody Caesar became Canada’s most popular cocktail. Originally, making clam juice had been a sore spot for bartenders. Speaking as someone who would rather engage the guests than break my elbows mashing clams and tomatoes for hours, I salute the good people of Clamato with my healthy elbows, which are better used for high-fiving friends, strangers, and playful dogs. And so should every other bartender alive! Classic Bloody Caesar 1.5 oz. vodka Combine all of the ingredients except the garnish … [Read more...] about Learn to make the Bloody Caesar, Canada’s favorite variation on the Bloody Mary
I turn 42 in August, and although I’m often mistaken for a 20-something (thank you, coconut oil and good genes), my inner being is that of an old black lady. If you took the DNA of Dorothy from Golden Girls, Daria Morgendorffer, Richard Pryor and Thanos, you’d basically have me. I’m kind of cutthroat and take no prisoners. But that is all part of my womanly essence. With that said, as I’m sitting here with my BFF, The Root Editor-in-Chief Danielle Belton, at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles, trying to get mentally prepared for the BET Awards, there’s one thing I’ve come to realize: I’m too old for this shit. During a phone call with my 19-year-old son, who is a college student and aspiring rapper (gag me with a spoon), he started talking about the performers up for nominations. And sure, I recognized a few names, but to the others I said, “Who the hell are you talking about?” He replied, “If you’re going … [Read more...] about BET Awards: I’m Too Old for This