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Kolkata, Mar 7 (PTI) Two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto is looking to sell around 50,000 units of 150CC V bikes in the country and will decide on extending the brand to other segments after 12-18 months.”This is the sixth brand from our stable. We expect to sell 50,000 units of 150CC commuter segment V brand motorcycles in the next 12-18 months using metal from the dismantled INS Vikrant,” Bajaj VP Marketing (motorcycle) Sumeet Narang said here today. He said that company was open to evaluate on whether to extend V brand to other bike categories, but that would depend on acceptance level and to which category of consumers.”The brand will continue,” Narang said when asked what after the Vikrant metal gets exhausted. The official added that currently the 150CC segment ruled the sport segment. Speaking about the sluggish market scenario, he said despite the motorcycle market remaining subdued, the three launches last year were successful to beat the market trend.”We have launched a new model of CT-100B in January this year which costs about Rs 31,000 ex-showroom Delhi as the scope for rural penetration still remained high. Its nationwide launch is being gradually done. The CT-100 was launched last year at Rs 35,000, when industry price was hovering at Rs 40,000,” he said. He further said the rural demand is expected to grow with the government giving impetus to the segment in the budget.Meanwhile, for booking done between March 10-20, the company would attempt to deliver the bikes on March 23, the Martyrs day. PTI BSM PR ADI MKJadvertisement
“And if the brand makes a false claim, then the”And if the brand makes a false claim, then the celebrity is a victim of fraud, even more than the consumer and not a party to the fraudulent claim,” he said.Echoing similar view, Santosh Desai, esrtwhile adman and now managing director and chief executive of Future Brands, said, “I think it is a completely flawed co-relation that is being drawn. It is one thing to draw a co-relation and another to convert it into legally enforceable punitive action.”I think it is at best an association between two things and converting it into a hardline like a law is not fair. The advertiser has the primary responsibility and the celebrity is not competent to adjudge the technical viability of a product that he/she endorses,” he said.Brand consultant Harish Bijoor, however, feels both the company and the celebrity are liable.”Celebrities use their charm and appeal to entice consumers. Celebrities use their charisma to sell and tout. When they do that, they need to be more careful, especially so in the category of the foods and beverages, and skin care items, etc in particular. The key stakeholder is the brand owner, and then it is the brand-endorser. Both are liable.”Varun Gupta, managing director of Duff & Phelps, a valuation services firm, said, “The intent is perfectly legitimate but the implementation needs to make sure that you go after the celebrities only if you prove that they were aware of any malafide intentions and they still went ahead with the endorsement.”advertisementDesai points out that with the power of social media, people are quite vociferous in their views and use it well to let the celebrity know their displeasure.”Being a public figure, if people dont like it they will let you know but to convert that into a legal liability and responsibility is to overstep,” Desai said.Recently, cricketer M S Dhoni had to resign as brand ambassador of Delhi-based developer Amrapali, after residents of a housing society started a protest campaign against the builder and the cricketer on the social media.Gupta further says if the recommendations become a law, celebrities could start charging a higher fee while cutting back on endorsement deals.”Celebrities may start demanding higher fees, and may become more selective in what they endorse. They may also make their contracts more complicated, demanding indemnities from advertisers. It would certainly make the whole business more complicated,” he said.Bijoor, too, expects celebrities to seek full indemnity on their involvements from brand owners.”Brand endorsers will be forced to do better due diligence on brands they promote. They will show that much more care now,” he added. PTI DS BEN GK GVS PTP
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is set to start Sunday’s Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix from the back of the grid as he tries out an upgraded Honda power unit in practice on Friday.Rules permit a driver to use no more than five complete power units and their constituent components over the course of a season.Running the upgraded power unit will result in Alonso taking on new variants of five of the six components that comprise it, which will cost the Spaniard 30 places on the 22-car Sepang grid.The double world champion took a similarly hefty engine-related penalty in last month’s Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, where he also exceeded his permitted allocation of power unit parts.”We knew these penalties would come,” said Alonso, who lost some of his allocation of power units to reliability issues earlier in the season.”One of the best places was Spa because of the conditions of our engines at that point. The second best was maybe Malaysia because the weather could play a big factor in the race…”Honda, engine suppliers to the Woking-based McLaren squad, have made steady progress after a difficult renewal of their once-dominant partnership last season.The upgrade they have brought to Malaysia this weekend is the latest in a spate of enhancements they have been making to the engine over the course of the year.The latest change features a lighter engine block and a redesigned exhaust aimed at boosting the power units efficiency, a Honda spokesperson said.advertisementAlonso will run it during Friday’s opening practice session, with Honda deciding whether to leave it in the car for the second 90-minute session in the afternoon.They will revert to their old-specification power unit for Saturday’s qualifying and the race.Alonso finished seventh in Belgium, despite having started dead last, and is targeting another points finish on Sunday.”That’s the target for both cars,” he said. “Even if I start last then hopefully we can recover places quite soon.”The 35-year-old, who took his first pole position in Malaysia and has won the race three times, is 11th in the drivers standings.Team mate Jenson Button, celebrating his 300th grand prix start this weekend is 19 points adrift in 15th.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Watching rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. running past and around opponents is fueling Victor Cruz’s comeback from knee surgery.Cruz said that his rehabilitation from patella tendon surgery more than two months ago is progressing and that he hopes to start running soon.The dynamic Giants wideout known for his salsa-dancing after touchdowns can bend his right knee, has full range of motion and is doing calf raises, leg raises, knee extensions and all the fun stuff that comes along with rehab.The real fun has been watching Beckham and thinking about them being a dynamic one-two combination for quarterback Eli Manning in 2015.“He’s been great,” Beckham said. “That kid is a heck of an athlete, heck of a ball player. Just seeing the things that he’s doing out there is motivating me to come back and be able to play next to him and do some really good things next year.”Beckham has become the catalyst of the offense since Cruz was injured on Oct. 12 against Philadelphia. After missing the first four games of the season with a hamstring injury, the 12th pick overall in the draft has 79 catches for 1,120 yards and 11 touchdown catches — all team rookie records.This is the second straight season that Cruz did not finish the season because of a knee injury. He played in 14 games last season and only six this year, finishing with 23 catches for 337 yards and one touchdown.Even tougher was watching the Giants (6-9) struggle through a seven-game losing streak that started in the game in which he was hurt.“It’s been tough being out, obviously, during that span of those games that we lost because you feel helpless, like you want to do something but you can’t,” Cruz said. “But watching Odell has been fun.”Cruz, a former free agent who like Beckham developed a huge fan following with his play, has told the rookie to stay grounded, keep the same inner circle that he has always had and turn away the new people trying to horn in.“He’s a good kid and he’s really learning on the fly, which is good,” Cruz said. Cruz does not have a timetable for getting back on the field. When the trainers tell him to play, he’ll play. Patience is his new friend.The 28-year-old has spoken to many people about coming back from his injury.Hall of Famer Michael Strahan told him to enjoy his time away from the game. Teammates Marcus Harris and Zack Bowman said they returned from patella surgery stronger and faster than before it.Cruz knows there are people who have concerns about players who are injured two seasons in a row and he was ready when a reporter asked about whether he had concerns about returning at 100 percent, calling him ‘a doubter.’“There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll return to form and I’ll return to the type of player that I was in years past and I’m excited to put myself through this,” Cruz said. “I’ve overcome a lot of obstacles and I feel like this is just another one that’s come across that I have to conquer it and move forward.”Cruz said the injury has taught him that nothing is guaranteed in football. “I know for sure that this game is what I love and what I want to do and I’ll never take it for granted again,” he said.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Electromechanical Continue Reading Previous Want to include digital writing in your apps and UIs?Next Public key infrastructure for the IIoT Connected devices are disrupting every facet of today’s home – from entertainment, to access control, to daily tasks, and more, with the U.S. market seeing 29 million of its homes growing even smarter by the day.While consumers are easily captivated by the amazing features and efficiencies these products offer to their household, it’s important that engineers also keep in mind the physical interface. The look and feel of a device dictates a product’s price and has long-standing effects on customer satisfaction. For IoT device engineers, this means one thing: you have to sweat the details. Every component choice matters, particularly given most IoT products’ small size.Switches and buttons are the unsung “heroes” responsible for driving the smart home tech movement. There are six important reasons why they shouldn’t be an afterthought in a smart home product engineer’s designs.Hardware Hardware ranging from the switches, sensors and screens used on smart televisions, connected door locks, smart thermostat controls, etc. – play a critical role in the proliferation of a smart home’s connected devices. Humans are tactile creatures so the way a product feels is a critical part of a user’s overall satisfaction.“On/off” switches are generally the only product control feature a user physically touches; in fact, many times the switch is a customer’s first interaction with a product. It is critical that switches create a delightful experience or else consumers will search out another product that better meets their needs. Security Internet Protocol (IP) cameras are a common feature in many smart homes, and it’s no wonder why: According to an iControl Networks study, a burglary takes place every 14.1 seconds in the United States. IP cameras allow a person to monitor what’s going on at home from their laptop, smartphone, or any other smart device from anywhere in the world. IP cameras also act as a deterrent to crime, help police apprehend criminals and simply provide piece of mind to a homeowner.KMR Mini Tactile Switch (Source: C&K) But these valiant efforts in protection will go to waste without the right switch powering the smart cameras. For these types of applications, a miniature tactile switch’s small size is perfect for meeting the needs of shrinking form factors – such as smaller lens displays – but are also robust enough to prevent an intruder from breaking the camera, rendering it useless.Access Control IP cameras only capture images of people who are not supposed to enter your home. Access control provides an additional level of security for the 90 percent of consumers concerned with personal and family security when it comes to smart home adoption, again according to iControl Networks.Internet doorbells with built-in cameras can show you who is at the front door, while smart door locks allow you to unlock the door remotely. These devices can come in handy to unlock your house for the babysitter or forgetful teenagers who left their keys at school. Most smart locks utilize some type of miniature tactile switch to set or reset the lock. These switches need to be small, have long life and be able to deal with harsh conditions like rain and humidity. Switches used on Internet doorbells also require high cycle life and the ability to accommodate over-travel and over-force conditions (e.g., kids, delivery persons and neighbors who pound on the doorbell repeatedly). Smart Thermostats Almost half (41.5 percent) of residential energy consumption in the United States is due to heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This is why many consumers are installing smart thermostat systems into their homes that automatically regulate heat and air conditioning systems that help cut energy costs.KSC Electro-Mechanical Switch(Source: C&K) Many smart thermostats use touch screens for the operator interface; however, many companies use standard switches as a low-cost solution. The best type of switches to use are small, electro-mechanical and navigation switches that provide a customized sound and feel that denotes quality. These switches can also be used for reset functions to protect against power surges that can make a product inoperable. Heating and Cooling Smart thermostats can help consumers save on heating and cooling costs, but they do little to warn when a larger building’s HVAC system will break down.Sensors align the different components of a smart HVAC system to alert building owners to any abnormal activity or when it’s time for a repair. But, these sensors would be useless if the proper switches weren’t in place to power the system in the first place. Because HVAC equipment and controllers are commonly located in utility rooms, basements, and other dirty environments, these products’ switches must be able to accommodate harsh conditions. Corrosion resistance is a key factor to maintain reliable electrical signals in the presence of dust or moisture. With thermostats and commercial room controllers, cycle life is also an important consideration as these products are generally built to last up to ten years.Modern Smart Lighting Lighting represents 19 percent of global electricity consumption and 23 percent of electricity consumption in the United States. According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), one of the simplest ways to reduce a building’s carbon footprint is to retrofit lighting.SDA DIP Switch (Source: C&K) For improved smart lighting efficiency, one of the most common products is the occupancy, or motion sensor. These products can be mounted in a corner of the room or be part of a wall light switch. The device typically incorporates a passive infrared (PIR) sensor to determine movement, but many of these sensors require the use of a DIP switch to adjust sensitivity and timing settings, or else the system won’t function properly. The DIP switches are generally required to have low-profile miniature footprints and have a contact system that can resist corrosion and provide reliable switching at low current levels.A typical U.S. home could contain more than 500 smart devices by 2022 according to research firm Gartner. However, hardware still plays an important role in these products. The simple tact, pushbutton, and DIP switches – generally the last components to be added to the design and one of the lowest cost items on the bill of materials – are typically the only part of the end product the consumer actually touches. When they work, they go unnoticed. But when they don’t, the results can be expensive and frustrating.Mike Bolduc is Global Marketing Manager at C&K, where he is responsible for leading market strategy and global growth efforts for the industrial and medical business segments. 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Sports fraternity on Friday saluted the Indian soldiers who made sacrifices on the line of duty, on the 20th anniversary of India’s triumph in the Kargil war. Players across different sports took to Twitter to hail the Indian soldiers.The Indian armed forces had defeated Pakistan on July 26, 1999. Since then, the day is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas.India cricket team captain Virat Kohli said: “We will never forget all the sacrifices you made for us. Respect, Love, Salute. ???? #JaiHind #KargilVijayDiwas.”Gautam Gambhir, Former Indian cricketer and East Delhi MP, tweeted: “ai mere vtn ke logon, tum khuub lgaa lo naaraa ye shubh din hai hm sbkaa, lhraa lo tirNgaa pyaaraa pr mt bhuulo siimaa pr, viiroN ne haiN praann gvaaye kuch yaad unheN bhii kr lo, jo lautt ke ghr n aaye / ” kaargil ke shhiid jvaanoN ko meraa dil se sht sht nmn bhaart maataa kii jy #KargilVijayDiwas.” India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan said that he will not forget the sacrifices made by the Indian Army.”I will never forget the sacrifices made by the martyrs of our Indian Army, the courage they showed in the Kargil war. Jai Hind! #KargilVijayDiwas,” Dhawan tweeted.India batsman Suresh Raina also paid his tribute as he wrote: “I salute the unflinching courage of our martyred soldiers & everyone who fought the Kargil War diligently, protected the nation & its people. Your sacrifices will be held in high regard & remembered today & every day. #KargilVijayDiwas.””I bow down to the sacrifice of the soldiers who reclaimed the peaks, sacrificed their lives and salute the courage and valour of the men and women who stand guard. #KargilVijayDiwas,” former Indian cricket VVS Laxman wrote.advertisementFormer Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif tweeted: ” “Kargil ke Amar Jawan, Aapko hamara Salaam”. Homage and gratitude to our brave soldiers. The nation will always be grateful to you for your sacrifice, valour and courage #KargilVijayDiwas.””All Gave Some,Some Gave All. Fallen But Never Forgotten. #KargilVijayDivas #20YearsOfKargilVijay,” wrote Indian boxer Vijender Singh on the micro-blogging site.Also Read | Sri Lanka eye winning farewell for Lasith Malinga in 1st ODI vs BangladeshAlso See:
Monaco 1 Paris Saint-Germain 2: Cavani & Neymar bail out wayward Mbappe Omnisport Last updated 1 year ago 05:59 11/27/17 AFP A wayward Kylian Mbappe helped keep Monaco in the match against Paris Saint-Germain, but the visitors’ class eventually told on Sunday. Paris Saint-Germain pulled further clear in the Ligue 1 title race with an ominous 2-1 win over Monaco, despite Kylian Mbappe’s difficulties on his return to Stade Louis II.Edinson Cavani and Neymar scored either side of half-time as Unai Emery’s men rocketed nine points clear at the top.Mbappe – whistled throughout by the home fans – was in a forgiving mood, the teenager incredibly wasting four clear-cut chances before he inadvertently deflected in a late consolation for the hosts. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Cavani was less generous in the first half as he spared his team-mate’s blushes by stabbing in the opener inside 20 minutes.Mbappe’s ongoing profligacy plagued PSG after the restart but it ultimately proved inconsequential to the result, which Neymar sealed by winning and scoring a penalty.Monaco, who for much of the match looked incapable of mounting a fightback, did gain hope when Joao Moutinho’s free-kick deflected off Mbappe to cut the deficit, but it was not enough to prevent the champions from falling further off the pace.FULL TIME: PSG edge Monaco for a 2-1 win and three points on the road !! #ASMPSG #ALLEZPARIS pic.twitter.com/X3hntlMDGf— PSG English (@PSG_English) November 26, 2017Mbappe was sprightly on his return to the principality, but his first chance came and went early on as he raced onto Neymar’s pass and touched the ball past the onrushing Danijel Subasic, only to inexplicably finish wide of a vacant net from a manageable angle.A second clear-cut chance for an early opener escaped PSG in similarly agonising fashion. Cavani cleverly helped Mbappe’s byline cut-back to the far post, where a stretching Julian Draxler could only steer it the wrong side of the upright.But the visitors only had to wait until the 19th minute to make their dominance count.Adrien Rabiot fed a simple pass into Draxler’s feet and the German did likewise for an unmarked Cavani, who poked high into the roof of the net at close range.Monaco had Subasic preventing greater damage at the end of a one-sided first half after the goalkeeper reacted sharply to Draxler’s low drive.PSG started the second half in much the same manner as they began the first, Neymar first cracking the right-hand post before Mbappe tried to be too cute in a one-on-one.But any frustration evaporated even quicker this time around as the Brazilian dispatched a 52nd-minute spot-kick into the bottom-left corner, having been bundled over in the area by Almamy Toure.However, even the two-goal buffer could not ease Mbappe’s nerves around goal. The France star blazed another fine chance over the bar and could have had four when he poked wide with a final one-on-one.And the jitters seemed to spread, Cavani nodding wide of a gaping target shortly after Jemerson had turned a low cross against his own post.Mbappe became even more central to Emery’s irritation when Moutinho’s free-kick flicked off his head and wrong-footed Alphonse Areola in the 81st minute, but PSG were never truly threatened again in stretching their lead at the top. KEY OPTA STATS- Kylian Mbappe missed four big chances, the most in a Ligue 1 game this season.- PSG have only lost once in their last 34 Ligue 1 games (W28, D5), v Nice on 30 April 2017 (1-3).- Monaco have scored in their last nine league games, only Marseille are currently on a better streak in the French top-flight (18).- PSG have scored 45 goals after 14 games in Ligue 1 this season, their highest tally ever at this stage and the highest in Ligue 1 since St Etienne in 1969/70 (46).- Emery’s side have netted 71 goals in all competitions this season. In 2016/17, they achieved this on 24 January 2017 versus Bordeaux.- Paris have hit the woodwork 12 times in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other team. read more
Now that the community touch season for Juniors draws to an end in many parts of Australia, it is time to consider planning for the next season, particularly if you are considering starting a junior competition, growing an existing one or allowing 5 – 8 year olds to be a part of your competition. It’s been four years since the introduction of the AusTouch program, and it continues to play a fundamental role in the development of touch football for juniors with success and growth all over the country.AusTouch is the basics of touch football in a fun and progressive program, which builds on the skills, concepts and rules over the sessions. If you local school or affiliate/club is not yet involved then this is the perfect opportunity to have a look at the program with Development Staff all over Australia starting to plan their activities for the upcoming months to roll into a bumper Summer Season. Please see the link below for an example for an implementation plan that has been previously been developed and executed. This can be used as a guide to starting your Centre; you can take this document and adjust it to suit your own requirements. Implementation PlanFor more information about AusTouch or running an AusTouch program please click on the AusTouch icon on the left hand side of the page. Small sections that maybe relevant are included below: What is AusTouch?Includes benefits, implementation and promotional footage of the program. http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=702Centre HighlightsAre practical applications of the program in a variety of models and methods.http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=773AusTouch in SchoolsHighlights the versatility of the program and its use as a Leadership Model in a school framework. http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=698 AusTouch Centre AdministrationSorts of information that can assist in the administration of a Centre and a sample of information contained on the AusTouch Leader Resource Kit.http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=695Don’t forget also that affiliates are able to purchase the AusTouch Leader Resource Kit, which is a DVD and CD Rom which can assist with ideas for junior coach’s in doing training sessions. This can be purchased through the Canberra Touch Football Australia Office by calling 02 6212 2800.
VICTORIA – A pod of orcas has made a brief visit to Victoria Harbour, the second excursion by a group of killer whales in as many weeks.Jackie Cowan, who lives on a boat in the harbour and is also a captain on a whale-watching vessel, says the pod cruised in on Sunday evening.She identified them as transient orcas, which prey mainly on seals, sealions and dolphins.Cowan says the group of at least four orcas arrived in the harbour as they tracked the tide line and the marine creatures it carried with it following a very low ebb tide earlier in the day.The pod left the harbour about 30 minutes later.On June 4, another pod of transient orcas spent about an hour in the harbour, marking the first appearance of the mammals in the waterway in decades.Cowan says Sunday’s visit was likely related to the recent low tides.“Animals and organisms that aren’t normally affected by tide were swept out with exceptionally low tides of recent days and were coming back in with (the rising) tide,” Cowan said.She said smaller marine mammals that are the whale’s usual prey would likely have been following the large amount of nutrients carried along by the tide, which is why the killer whales were not far behind.
Get ready to rock this holiday season during The Salvation Army’s sixth annual Rock the Red Kettle concert.Taking the stage will be some of music’s top up-and-comers, including returning headliner Becky G, with additional performances from rising singer songwriter Jacob Whitesides and rising young pop artist Jake Miller. The free concert, which will take place on Saturday, December 5 at 5 p.m. PT at the L.A. LIVE Event Deck in Downtown Los Angeles, will be streamed live on RedKettleReason.org.This year’s Rock the Red Kettle performers will also share their personal motivations for giving by posting their #RedKettleReason throughout the holiday season and inviting their fans to do the same.Fans can also win awesome prizes for sharing their #RedKettleReason in the weeks before the concert. The Army is partnering with Teen Vogue to give fans the chance to win a retweet from their favorite performers, a trip to L.A. to attend the Rock the Red Kettle concert or even the chance to meet the artists before the show. For more information, visit teenvogue.com/redkettlereason.“I am excited to be involved with Rock the Red Kettle for the second year. One of my favorite things last year was seeing all of the amazing #RedKettleReason posts my fans shared,” said Becky G. “I support The Salvation Army because I know firsthand that the money they raise goes toward ensuring families will have a roof over their heads and kids will not go to bed hungry. My family struggled when I was younger, and we were lucky to have organizations like The Salvation Army help us get through tough times.”“The Salvation Army is one of those organizations that people know about – but may not realize all of the awesome things they do,” said Jacob Whitesides. “I want my fans to know that they can help make a difference in someone’s life by doing something as simple as dropping the change from their pocket into a Red Kettle at the mall or just going online to share their #RedKettleReason. I grew up watching my mom work multiple jobs to support my sister and me and I feel lucky to be in a position to give and ask the fans in my life to give back too.”“I’ve been really inspired to learn about all the great things The Salvation Army does,” said Jake Miller. “”It’s an honor to perform on their behalf and celebrate giving back during the holidays.”In addition to Becky G, Jacob Whitesides and Jake Miller, this year’s concert will feature other up-and-coming artists including Quinn Martin, Alec Bailey and Tahj Mowry.“This is such a powerful and talented generation of young artists, and their desire to partner with us and show their fans the true meaning of the holiday season is inspiring,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “It does not matter whether you are rich or poor, young or old, we all have the ability to offer hope and change to those in need, by supporting The Salvation Army.”“We are excited to host Rock the Red Kettle at L.A. LIVE again this year and offer a night of free entertainment while raising awareness for an iconic organization,” said Lee Zeidman, president of L.A. LIVE. “We enjoy our partnership with The Salvation Army because the Red Kettle Campaign has such a positive impact in communities nationwide.”Rock the Red Kettle will raise awareness of the 125th annual Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States. Money raised during the campaign helps The Salvation Army serve approximately 30 million of America’s most vulnerable through an array of social services, including food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless and toys for children at Christmas.“Rock the Red Kettle is an awesome way to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Red Kettle campaign,” said Ned Specktor, the show’s producer. “The concert provides a unique way to educate the future generation about the importance of helping those in need with the help of The Salvation Army and through the power of music.”The concert will be streamed live on RedKettleReason.org so music fans and young philanthropists near and far can join in on the fun. In addition to giving online or to the more than 25,000 Red Kettle bell ringers found on street corners and retail entrances across the country, supporters can donate through the Army’s text-to-give program. By texting the word “KETTLE” to 80888, donors can send $10 to the Red Kettle Campaign through December 24.From its humble beginnings as a San Francisco donation collection by Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It enables The Salvation Army to provide Christmas toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round.To learn more about the event and get tickets, visit redkettletickets.com.
Rabat – Following his dismissal as appointed Head of Government last week, Abdelilah Benkirane told reporters on Thursday that he is “still the caretaker of the government and Secretary General of the Justice and Development Party (PJD).”After the end of the General Secretariat of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), Benkirane said, “I was the designated Head of Government. I did not manage to form a coalition government. King Mohammed VI [then] appointed a new Head of Government.”“The period [in which I was an appointed Head of Government] is over with its positives and negatives,” Benkirane continued. “It is the period which is over, not me – I am still alive.” Benkirane had spent five months attempting to conduct a fruitful negotiation with party leaders. He added that his successor as Head of Government, Saad Eddine Othmani, is the current speaker. Othmani, who said that King Mohammed VI’s decision for him to replace Abedlilah Benkirane took him by surprise, wasted no time, starting negotiations with party leaders on Tuesday.To date, Othmani has met with Aziz Akhannouch, the Secretary General of the National Rally of Independents Party (RNI), a delegation from the Istiqlal Party (PI), Idriss Lachgar, Secretary General of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), and Mohamed Nabil Benabdallah, Secretary General of the Progress and Socialism Party (PPS).Following Secretary General, Ilyass ELomari’s meeting with Othmani, the PAM issued a communiqué on Wednesday, repeating their previously expressed position that they will not participate in the coalition government. However, in his first interview with foreign media, Othmani said that he is well supported and expects to form the coalition government soon.
20 November 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the need to increase international cooperation to unleash Africa’s potential, saying that the continent’s development can contribute to a better world for all. With the continuing global economic crisis reducing demand for African exports, constricting foreign aid, and hindering the flow of remittances, Mr. Ban noted that Africa’s share of the weakened global economy remains “disproportionately low.”In a message marking Africa Industrialization Day, whose theme this year is “Competitive industries for the development of Africa,” he stressed the need to increase international cooperation in order to “unleash the continent’s potential.”“We know that processing Africa’s agricultural and mineral resource will yield higher-value products that can help integrate the continent into the global economy,” he said. “Our collective challenge is to assist Africa in building capacity to do this.”Mr. Ban emphasized the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) support for the African Union’s plan for the Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa but noted that success will depend on African countries and their partners. Pointing to the widespread difficulties caused by the global economic crisis, the Secretary-General observed that poverty and instability can “reverberate far and wide” and urged greater support for Africa’s push towards “a greener and more prosperous future.”“A sustainable approach to industrial development in Africa can help uplift societies, protect the environment, and contribute to a better world for all,” he said.The heads of the African Union Commission, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and UNIDO issued a joint statement on Friday, in which they urged the creation of “competitive industries, as a way for promoting Africa’s development.”They noted that, in recent years, many African countries have undertaken comprehensive policy reforms, aimed at creating a conducive policy environment for industrialization and development in general.While prudent policies are critical for development, “they on their own do not present sufficient condition for stimulating a strategic and sustainable development process. Instead, a multitude of other conditions must also be met,” they stated.Meanwhile, at a press conference in New York on Friday, UNIDO’s Representative to the UN, George Assaf, told journalists that the theme of this year’s Day goes “right into the heart” of the agency’s mandate. “Africa needs to integrate more efficiently into international markets,” said Mr. Assaf. “Africa needs to accelerate economic growth.” In 1989, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 20 November Africa Industrialization Day with the intent to mobilize the commitment of the international community to the industrialization of Africa.
“We are in the process of trying to find new suitable dates for these discussions,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.Originally scheduled for 18 and 19 April, the talks were to follow on meetings between the Secretary-General and Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri held in New York on 7 March. Asked about Iraq’s reason for the postponement, Mr. Eckhard said, “They indicated to us that they did not want anything to distract from the attention being given to the problem in the Middle East.”When the original mid-April dates were announced late last month, Mr. Eckhard had said the Secretary-General was “hoping for a substantive and focused discussion, specifically on the issue of arms inspectors to Iraq.” UN inspectors have not been able to operate in the country since 1998.Meanwhile in a letter released today at UN Headquarters in New York, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it remained ready to go into Iraq once it gets the green light. “If it were to resume these verification activities, and provided that it could satisfy itself that Iraq’s nuclear activities and nuclear assets have not changed since December 1998, the Agency would be in a position to move to the full implementation of its ongoing monitoring and verification plan,” IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei said in his letter to the President of the Security Council.
BATON ROUGE, La. – Controversy continues to surround presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments painting Mexican immigrants as criminals, but the women taking part in the upcoming Miss USA pageant Trump co-owns say the show must go on.Several Hispanic candidates and one immigrant from Albania taking part in the contest sat down with The Associated Press to discuss the pageant and Trump’s comments.They said everyone has a right to their opinions but distanced themselves from his comments on immigrants, said they’re proud of their roots and hoped the upcoming pageant would shed light on the contributions of immigrants.“It was hard to hear,” said Natasha Martinez, whose mother emigrated to the United States as a young girl from Nicaragua.“I think it’s important to understand that immigrants come here looking for a better life, and they do make these hard sacrifices like leaving their kids and their countries for long periods of time in hopes that they will be reunited and that they will be able to have a better life here in America,” said Martinez who represents California.Trump, a real estate developer, television personality and now-presidential candidate, co-owns Miss Universe which produces the Miss USA pageant. The Miss USA pageant is scheduled to take place on July 12 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.Trump slammed Mexican immigrants while announcing his presidential candidacy in June, blaming them for bringing drugs and crime to the U.S. and saying some are rapists.The fallout was extensive.Macy’s dropped his line of business suits. The Spanish-language broadcaster Univision cut ties with Trump. NBC dropped its pageant telecast. Trump has also been a fixture on NBC as host of “The Apprentice” and its celebrity offshoot, but an agreement that he would no longer be on the show predated the current controversy.Many celebrities tapped as judges, performers or hosts pulled out of the pageant.But the pageant will be broadcast. The cable and satellite channel Reelz, which reaches 70 million homes, said Thursday that they had acquired the rights to show the pageant because of a belief that the pageant and the women who compete in it “are an integral part of American tradition.”Miss Mexico pageant director Lupita Jones said Mexico would boycott Miss Universe. She said Trump damaged the pageant and its tradition of convening countries for an event that showcases “friendship, unity and breaking down cultural barriers.”But the women who spoke to the AP said they were determined to remain in the pageant and compete despite their personal feelings about Trump’s comments.The women arrived in Baton Rouge last week where they have been rehearsing for the Sunday presentation and taking part in a number of pageant related activities.Anea Garcia, who represents Rhode Island, has a grandmother from the Dominican Republic.“It’s not fair, and it’s not OK to generalize one group of people,” she said.Miss Texas Ylianna Guerra said she was determined to stay in the pageant for herself and her supporters back in Texas. She said she worked hard to get to this point and she “wasn’t going to let anybody down.”Polikseni Manxhari emigrated to the U.S. at the young age of 5 from Albania and is now representing Massachusetts.She said she’s already brushed aside Trump’s comments and is determined to stay focused on her mission — to live out her pageant dream and “inspire all immigrants to know that they can come here and make something of themselves and live the American dream.”The women also came out in support of fellow beauty pageant winner, Paulina Vega of Colombia who is the reigning Miss Universe. Vega has condemned Trump’s comments but says she won’t give up her crown, sparking Trump to call her a hypocrite.“She’s worked extremely hard to get to the position where she is right now, and I think she’s been a great Miss Universe. She’s entitled to her own opinion, just as he’s entitled to his own opinion,” said Guerra.__Santana reported from New Orleans. In this Monday, July 6, 2015 photo, contestants rehearse for the upcoming Miss USA Pageant, to be held this week in Baton Rouge, La. Left to right are Miss Virginia Laura Jordan Puleo, Miss South Dakota Lexy Schenk, Miss South Carolina Sarah Weishuhn, Miss West Virginia Andrea Mucino, Miss Pennsylvania Elizabeth Cardillo, Miss Washington Kenzi Novell and Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Trump’s comments on immigrants ‘hard to hear’ for Miss USA contestants but show must go on by Stacey Plaisance And Rebecca Santana, The Associated Press Posted Jul 7, 2015 4:06 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2015 at 5:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Jun 1, 2016 8:14 am MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Survey: US manufacturing grew again in May WASHINGTON – American factories expanded for the third straight month in May, helped by a weaker U.S. dollar.The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its manufacturing index rose to 51.3 last month from 50.8 in April. Anything above 50 signals growth.The index was stuck below 50 from October through February as American factories struggled with economic weakness abroad and a strong dollar that made U.S. products more expensive in foreign markets. The dollar has fallen against other major currencies since the end of January, giving factories some relief.“Manufacturing has stabilized,” Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, wrote in a research note. “The weaker dollar this year has already made a material difference to exporters.”In China, two surveys released Wednesday showed that factory activity remains feeble, worrying global investors. An official index from the Chinese Federation of Logistics & Purchasing came in at 50.1, unchanged from April.Separately, the private Caixin/Markit survey was more pessimistic, with activity falling to 49.2 in May from 49.4 the previous month. Total new business fell for the first time in three months while new export orders declined for the sixth straight month, Caixin said.The Chinese reports suggest that Beijing has little to show for its recent efforts to stimulate the world’s second-biggest economy, which has been decelerating since 2010.In the United States, the ISM reported that manufacturers’ new orders and production grew more slowly in May. Export orders and a measure of employment were unchanged. The index was pulled up by an increase in deliveries from suppliers. Overall, 12 of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth last month, led by wood products manufacturers and textile mills.The ISM, a trade group of purchasing managers, surveys about 200 U.S. companies each month.American manufacturing has been sending out mixed signals recently.The Commerce Department reported last week that orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose 3.4 per cent in April, the most since January. But the details of the durable goods report weren’t as positive. Most of the April strength came from the volatile commercial aircraft category, and a measure that tracks business investment fell for the third straight month.The U.S economy got off to a rough start this year, growing at a lacklustre 0.8 per cent annual pace from January through March.Manufacturers’ troubles weighed on growth. But economists expect the growth rate to rise to perhaps 2.5 per cent in the second quarter as a robust American job market gives consumers the incomes and confidence to spend more. Employers have added a healthy 2.7 million jobs over the past year.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedThree, including teen, remanded for Corentyne labourer’s murderOctober 10, 2017In “Court”Suspect in murder of 16-year-old captured in Suriname, not Guyana- PoliceAugust 10, 2017In “Crime”School dropout arraigned with murder of Whim labourerNovember 22, 2018In “Court” The 25-year-old man who allegedly slit the throat of his 16-year-old lover on July 29, was on Tuesday morning remanded to prison when he appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore at the Sisters Magistrates’ Court. Ryan SinghRyan Singh, of lot 48 West Ruimveldt and Number 2 Village, East Canje Berbice was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on the day in question, he murdered Parbattie Lakhpal also known as Rosana Lakhpal.The matter was transferred to the New Amsterdam Magistrates’ Court and he is expected to appear on September 29, 2017.Inews had previously reported that on July 29, 2017, Rosana Lakhpal, a former Berbice Educational Institute (BEI) student was murdered reportedly at the hands of her boyfriend- identified as Singh.Reports were that the duo reportedly met on Facebook and they subsequently started living together.Inews was informed that the relationship commenced before the young girl turned 16.Neighbours said they had made numerous complaints to Lakhpal’s mother that Singh was abusing her daughter when they were alone. However, the teen reportedly denied that the abuse was happening.On the day that the 16-year-old met her demise, Singh and the teen were reportedly arguing over his lack of interest in finding a job.The accused was reportedly angered by her “nagging” and this reportedly resulted in him slitting her throat, leaving her in a pool of blood.Murdered: Rosanna LakhpalAn eyewitness had related that the girl’s face was partly covered with a pillow as she lay on a carpet on the floor with her neck slashed. He then reportedly flung the knife he used several feet away and fled the scene.Singh was on the run until Tuesday last when he was captured.Singh has also been implicated in an incident where he almost killed a previous girlfriend, after stabbing her over 50 times about her body.
Managing Director of Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Dr. Richard Van West-CharlesThe Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has raked in revenue in excess of $4Billion in 2018, an increase of $3.6Billion or 10% over 2017.Speaking at the water company’s year-end press conference on Monday, Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles credited the increase in revenue to a more intense approach to debt collection.The increase also resulted from the reduction of the sum owed to the company from $5.2B to $3.6B, by defaulters last year.Dr Van West-Charles explained that the increase in revenues will go towards bridging some of the gaps that exist within the networks and improving the water systems across the country.“As we go through the years, there are some calls from some communities, for instance, I got a call from a community in Region Three (La Harmonie) and we got in there and there are a number of homes not connected to the system and obviously we have to run lines so that they can get access and that costs.” Dr. Van West-Charles added “so, the money that we have is then applied to these different projects. Looking at ensuring that that water at the schools are tested on a timely basis, we have to purchase reagents, so these additional resources collected, which are due are applied in that manner,” Dr. Van West-Charles explained.Additionally, the Public Utility Commission approved the harmonized tariff of $250. “This now enables us to apply the fixed charge in a real way. So, that residents become aware as to where the fixed charge is being applied for the improvement of the distribution network… Now in 2018, October, November and December the fixed charge as we would have agreed with the PUC would be applied to the distribution networks and improvements of the network and addressing some of the gaps throughout the country.”Some of the resources from the fixed charge will go towards Soesdyke, Crabwood Creek, Providence Phase Three, Farm and Covent Gardens, Bush Lot, Skull City in Region Three and Good Intent among others.GWI has projected a $5.8B revenue for 2019. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFixed charge for water supply to increaseJanuary 1, 2019In “Business”GWI to conduct customer satisfaction surveyMay 8, 2017In “Business”Illegal mining affecting Mahdia’s potable water supply- GWIJuly 11, 2018In “Business”
MINSTER FOR JUSTICE Alan Shatter said today that he and the Minister for Health James Reilly have started work on legislation that will mean staff and hospitals would have to tell patients or families of any medical negligence.Speaking today to the Family Lawyers Association, the minister referenced the situation in Portlaoise Hospital, where serious concerns have now been expressed the deaths of four babies over six years.“There can be no valid excuse for the manner in which some families were treated by Portlaoise Hospital as disclosed in recent days,” Shatter said.“The distress caused to families through lapses in medical care should not be magnified by the conduct of hospitals and state authorities subsequently engaging in an unnecessarily contentious and defensive handling of such unfortunate events,” he said. “Families should not face further and ongoing hardship caused by hospitals and state bureaucracies refusing to engage and acknowledge fault where it properly and obviously rests with them.”The new legislation would mean hospitals and medical personnel have to tell patients and families of any medical incidents that have caused harm to the patient.“I believe that if hospitals were to investigate an incident and to admit liability quickly once medical negligence had been established, such reform would be much more beneficial to families,” the minister said.He also pointed out that this would avoid families having to go to court to prove negligence, saving them the expense of legal costs. It would also save taxpayers money because it would “no longer be wasted by state agencies seeking to defend the indefensible”.Read: Concerned parents turn to helpline after Portlaoise Hospital revelations>Read: Health Minister calls for report into the death of babies at Portlaoise Hospital >