Passenger vehicle sales hit speed breaker grow just 27 in FY19

first_imgNew Delhi: Passenger vehicle sales in India rose just 2.7 per cent in 2018-19 as weak customer sentiment led by liquidity crunch, high vehicle prices and uncertainty revolving forthcoming elections put brakes on the sales growth in the segment. According to data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) Monday, domestic passenger vehicles (PV) sales were at 33,77,436 units in 2018-19 beating the previous record of 32,88,581 units in 2017-18. However, despite new product launches, sales failed to revv up during the second half of the last fiscal which had even prompted the industry body to lower the sales forecast for the PVs from the earlier estimate of 8-10 per cent to 6 per cent. The final figure of 2.7 per cent is even lower than that. “If we look at the positive side then we have continued to grow, though not in high single-digit or double-digits, but low single-digit. Also, it is the highest-ever sales and production in a financial year,” SIAM President Rajan Wadhera told reporters here. Domestic car sales in 2018-19 were at 22,18,549 units as against 21,74,024 units in 2017-18, displaying a growth of 2.05 per cent. Utility vehicles (UV) sales were at 9,41,461 units last fiscal as against 9,22,322 units in 2017-18, a growth of 2.08 per cent. However, exports of PVs were down 9.64 per cent at 6,76,193 units in 2018-18 as against 7,48,366 units in 2017-18. “In the year gone by, we faced many challenges. The biggest being high commodity prices during the year which prompted companies to hike vehicle prices which impacted demand. Further issues like compulsory insurance, liquidity crunch at funding companies impacted the sales,” Wadhera said. With the current fiscal lined up with many challenges, including general elections in the first quarter and transition to BS VI-compliant products later during the fiscal, SIAM said it expected PV sales to grow in the range of 3-5 per cent during the current financial year. “We expect some pre-buying to happen before the transition to BS VI emission norms. Hope it leads to some growth. We firmly believe in India growth story,” Wadhera said. When asked if the industry would be able to achieve the target, he added that with the government’s ongoing infrastructure projects and focus on rural areas expected to continue, growth is expected across both urban and rural areas. During 2018-19, market leader Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) sold 17,29,826 units of PVs at a growth of 5.25 per cent. Rival Hyundai Motor India clocked 5,45,243 units, up 1.68 per cent. Homegrown auto major Mahindra & Mahindra’s PV sales were at 2,45,351 units posting a growth of 2.21 units, according to SIAM data. The industry said it expects two-wheeler sales to grow by 5-7 per cent, commercial vehicles by 10-12 per cent and three-wheelers in the range of 7-9 per cent in 2019-20. In 2018-19, two-wheeler sales rose by 4.86 per cent to 2,11,81,390 units as compared with 2,02,00,117 units in 2017-18. Commercial vehicle sales, on the other hand, rose by 17.55 per cent to cross one million sales in a financial year at 10,07,319 units as compared with 8,56,916 units. Sales across categories rose 5.15 per cent to 2,62,67,783 units in 2018-19 from 2,49,81,312 units in 2017-18. In March, PV sales dropped 2.96 per cent, making it the eighth decline in eight months. The sales stood at 2,91,806 units during the month from 3,00,722 units in the year-ago period. Car sales declined 6.87 per cent to 1,77,949 units during the month as compared to 1,91,082 in March 2018 Motorcycle sales last month slipped 14.27 per cent to 9,82,385 units from 11,45,879 units a year earlier. Total two-wheeler sales in March declined 17.31 per cent to 14,40,663 units as compared to 17,42,307 units in the year-ago month. Sales of commercial vehicles were up marginally to 1,09,030 units in March, SIAM said. Vehicle sales across categories registered a decline of 14.21 per cent to 19,08,126 units from 22,24,224 units in March 2018, it added.last_img read more

Ban welcomes conclusion of presidential election in Guinea urges reconciliation

Mr. Ban congratulated the president-elect, Alpha Conde, and encouraged him to work to consolidate and promote national unity.Guinea’s Supreme Court certified the results of the run-off presidential election held on 7 November in which Mr. Conde was pitted against the country’s former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo.The run-off poll followed the first round of the election in June. It was the final stage of the interim Government’s efforts to restore democracy after Captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized power in a coup in 2008 following the death of long-time president Lansana Conté.Mr. Ban deplored the incidents of violence and violations of human rights that followed the release of the provisional results on 15 November. “He emphasizes the need to respect international human rights standards and calls on the security forces to ensure the protection of all Guineans. He warns those who may incite or perpetrate violence that they will be held accountable,” said a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.Mr. Ban commended all those who facilitated the transition process in Guinea, including the country’s leaders, President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso – in his capacity as the mediator mandated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and Guinea’s other international partners.“The United Nations will continue to support national reconciliation, peace building and development efforts in Guinea,” the statement added. 3 December 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the certification of the results of the presidential poll in Guinea and urged the people of the West African country to accept the outcome and to move towards peace and national reconciliation. read more

Now is a pivotal time for climate action says UN chief looking

When scientist revealed that chlorofluorocarbons, found mainly in refrigerants and aerosol sprays, were tearing a hole in the ozone layer – a fragile shield of gas that protects the earth and helps preserves life – the world responded with the Montreal Protocol. The landmark 1987 global agreement, heralded the phasing out of the production of ozone-depleting substances. “We can draw inspiration from the Montreal Protocol, a shining example of how the world can come together for people and planet,” added the UN chief.Phasing out ozone-depleting substances has not only helped protect the ozone layer but also contributed significantly to global efforts to address climate change.Moreover, it has protected human health and ecosystems by preventing some harmful ultraviolet radiation from reaching the earth. “Thanks to this global commitment,” Mr. Guterres stated, “the ozone layer is expected to return to its 1980 levels by mid-century.”“However,” he continued, “this work is not yet done.”We can draw inspiration from the Montreal Protocol, a shining example of how the world can come together for people and planet – UN chiefHe explained that the landmark Kigali Amendment, which enters into force on 1 January 2019, sets its sights on hydrofluorocarbons; powerful climate-warming gases, still being used in cooling systems throughout the world.“So far,” Mr. Guterres said, “46 countries have ratified this new instrument,” as he called on all others to show their commitment to a healthier planet and “follow suit.”“I expect countries to demonstrate significant progress in implementing the Kigali Amendment at the Climate Summit I am convening in September 2019,” the Secretary-General stressed.For over three decades, the Montreal Protocol has done much more than helped repair the ozone layer.“It has shown us how environmental governance can respond to science, and how countries can come together to address a shared vulnerability,” said Mr. Guterres.“I call for that same spirit of common cause and, especially, greater leadership as we strive to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and mobilize the ambitious climate action we so urgently need at this time,” he concluded.Keep Cool and Carry OnThe theme for this year’s Ozone Day, commemorated annually on 16 September, is a “motivational rallying call” urging everyone to protect the ozone layer and climate under the Montreal Protocol.“The theme has two connotations – that our work of protecting the ozone layer also protects climate, and that the Montreal Protocol is a “cool” treaty, as exemplified by its outstanding success”, says the UN’s official webpage marking the day. read more

What happened in Ohio State sports during winter break

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell shoots a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThough Ohio State’s students went home for break, many athletes continued their seasons. This is a roundup of news that happened involving Ohio State teams and athletes.Women’s basketball continues win streak with Michigan victoryThe No. 10 Ohio State women’s basketball team responded from a 69-60 road loss to No. 16 Duke by rattling off an eight-game win streak. It capped off the stretch with a 78-71 road overtime win against No. 23 Michigan Sunday afternoon.Preseason All-American guard Kelsey Mitchell helped spark the run and earned conference player of the weeks honors Monday for the third time this season. She has not scored less than 21 points in her past seven games, which includes a 37-point performance against Michigan and a 31-point, nine-assist, seven-rebound showing against Cincinnati.Senior guards Linnae Harper and Sierra Calhoun also have consistently performed well during the win streak. Calhoun scored in double figures in seven of the past eight games and Harper has not scored less than 10 points the entire season.Ohio State’s schedule gets tougher in the next couple of weeks. The Buckeyes have a rematch against Michigan in Columbus on Jan. 16, then go on the road for matchups with No. 11 Maryland on Jan. 22 and No. 18 Iowa on Jan. 25.Ohio State women’s tennis player Francesca Di Lorenzo goes proAfter two years of college, Francesca Di Lorenzo determined she was ready for another challenge.Ohio State sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo prepares to return a serve Credit: OSU AthleticsThe two-time singles All-American, two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and one-time doubles All-American decided to forgo her remaining college years and pursue a professional tennis career.“I could not figure out why it was so challenging to simply turn pro and commit to something I have been dreaming about since I was 10,” Di Lorenzo said in a letter addressed to Ohio State on Dec. 18. “After taking the fall off and thinking about this grueling decision nonstop every day, I was finally able to understand why it was so difficult for me. Ohio State has given me everything I could have possibly imagined.”A New Albany, Ohio, native, Di Lorenzo went 74-7 in singles competition and holds the best career singles win percentage in program history (.917). She also holds the program record for career doubles win percentage (.887) for going 55-7 with a partner. Ohio State women’s tennis head coach Melissa Schaub called Di Lorenzo the “most successful player in program history.”Di Lorenzo is ranked 303rd internationally in singles and 356th in doubles by WTA Tennis.Former Ohio State forward Natalie Spooner to represent Canada in Winter OlympicsThe only 100-goal scorer in the history of the Ohio State women’s hockey program, former forward Natalie Spooner, was selected to play for Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held in February in PyeongChang, South Korea. This will be the second Olympic Games for Spooner, who played for Canada in 2014. She will be looking to win her second gold medal in the Olympics.“It’s humbling, not just for us coaches, but for the players as well, to look up and see her picture in our rink representing both Canada and the Buckeyes,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said in a statement. “All of us here with Ohio State women’s ice hockey wish her well and, as a Canadian myself, we hope she brings home the gold.”Spooner ranks second in program history in both points (163) and power-play shots (33). As a senior, she was one of the 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award, which is given to the top collegiate women’s hockey player.Ohio State wrestling team dominates, as expectedThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team entered the season with sky-high expectations and has lived up to its lofty goals. It has dominated every dual meet, won both meets at the Thanksgiving Throwdown and won the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational team title.That reign of supremacy continued into the past weekend. On the road, the Buckeyes decimated Maryland 45-3 and took down No. 17 Rutgers 29-11. Top-ranked 125-pound wrestler Nathan Tomasello returned from an injury that kept him out of the first two months of the season, with a technical fall win against the Terrapins. He did not wrestle against Rutgers.Ohio State has multiple matches against highly ranked opponents left on its regular-season schedule. It will take on No. 7 Iowa, which is undefeated, on Jan. 21, and faces No. 1 Penn State in a battle of the top two teams in wrestling on Feb. 3.Ohio State ranked No. 8 in men’s lacrosse preseason pollOhio State followed up its NCAA championship-runner-up season with its highest preseason ranking by Inside Lacrosse since 2014. The Buckeyes came in at No. 8 in the preseason rankings. They are ranked behind No. 4 Maryland, which beat Ohio State to win the 2017 NCAA championship, and No. 7 Rutgers. Fellow Big Ten teams Johns Hopkins and Penn State are also ranked in the top 25 at No. 11 and No. 13, respectively.Ohio State will take on eight teams ranked in the top 25, including four at home. It will also play against Duke, the top team in the rankings, in an exhibition before the season opener on Jan. 27.Sophomore attack/midfielder Tre Leclaire, sophomore midfielder Ryan Terefenko and senior defense Ben Randall were also named to Inside Lacrosse’s preseason All-American team.Ohio State will kick off its season with a game at Cleveland State on Feb. 3. read more

Manchester attack victims family urges Government to open its eyes

first_img“Her life was taken away after 18 short years by evil, evil men prepared to ruin lives and destroy families, for what?”Georgina was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside, with a smile that was never ending.”She always had big hugs for everyone and her life was blooming like the flowers she loved.”The family paid tribute to the “wonderful police and rescue services” and thanked the public for their support.They said the “hugs, love and kind words” from people in their local community had had “a profound effect” on them.Lesley Callander found her daughter on a stretcher as paramedics fought to save her life in the aftermath of the explosion. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Here was a girl who was loving life,” they said.The family’s statement said: “On the 22 May 2017 our lives changed forever as our amazing daughter Georgina Bethany Callander was senselessly taken away. The night’s event was supposed to have been a memorable one for the young music fan.She had previously met Grande and posted a picture of the pair together on social media.As the date of the concert came closer, excitement reached fever pitch, her mother said.”She kept texting me telling me her tummy was turning over.”She was so, so excited.”Speaking through tears, her father Simon said he felt guilty for not being with his daughter that evening.”I should have been there to hold her hand, when she was lying there,” he said.center_img Manchester bombing victim Georgina Callander’s family has hit out at the Government over her death, saying it must “open its eyes” or more parents will lose children to terror.The 18-year-old was killed in the blast shortly after her favourite artist Ariana Grande left the stage at the Manchester Arena on Monday.In a statement released through Greater Manchester Police, her family said the teenager’s life had been cut short by “evil, evil men prepared to ruin lives and destroy families”.It added: “I wish I could say that Georgina is one of the last to die in this way but unless our Government opens its eyes we know we are only another in a long line of parents on a list that continues to grow.” The teenager, from Chorley, was in her second year of studying health and social care at Runshaw College in Leyland, Lancashire, and had previously been a pupil at Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy.She had recently passed her driving test, was “doing great” in her exams and had been accepted into Edge Hill University. She described her desperate efforts to bring comfort to the teenager’s final moments to ITV news on Saturday.”I was just screaming and shouting at her. I was rubbing her hands, I was rubbing her tummy, I was rubbing her face,” she said.”I don’t know what was running through her mind.”It was just a flicker of hope that she’d move her hand or move her leg or try and open her eyes a little, just to acknowledge that I was there, just to let me know that she was very, very poorly but she knew that I was there.”last_img read more

Alket Rizaj nabbed

first_imgGreek Police recaptured twice-escaped convict Alket Rizaj, on Monday. He became one of Greece’s two most wanted fugitives in February, after escaping with fellow convicted felon Vassilis Paleokostas in a carbon copy prison break by helicopter from Korydallos prison near Piraeus. Rizaj was arrested in a coordinated operation by detectives and Greek Police’s special forces unit EKAM at the town of Ano Souli in Marathon, northeast of Athens. The fugitive’s hideout was pinpointed by Police a few days earlier and was placed under surveillance. Rizaj, an Albanian national, was arrested together with his female companion and another couple, who were all, living together in the hideout. Police searched the premises to collect clues and evidence, while the four detainees were taken to police headquarters later in the day. Paleokostas and Rizaj became Greece’s most wanted fugitives for a second time on February 23, after escaping once again by helicopter, in an audacious repeat of their Hollywood-style escape from the same prison on June 4, 2006 during which they were spirited away from the courtyard of Korydallos prison near Piraeus, in a spectacular operation masterminded by Paleokostas’ brother Nikos, then a fugitive from justice. Vassilis Paleokostas was re-captured on August 2 in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, and was named by police as the mastermind of the abduction two months earlier of Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (SBBE) president and Alumil aluminum industry CEO George Mylonas outside Thessaloniki. Mr Mylonas was later released after his family paid a hefty ransom. Rizaj was captured three months after the June escape in the coastal village of Prodromos in Viotia prefecture, while fugitive Nikos Paleokostas was arrested a few weeks afterwards near Livadia, also in Viotia prefecture, after years of eluding police capture. The police investigating the case believe that this second escape was organized by Rizaj, with money supplied by Vassilis Paleokostas. They also said that a key role was played by a 35-year-old woman who chartered the helicopter from the private Interjet air charter company. The woman, and her male accomplice, are both believed to be foreign nationals, possibly Albanian. The woman, posing as a businesswoman, had approached Interject twice, chartering a helicopter twice on February 13 and 15, with which she flew to Itea. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Inondations en Australie crues record à Brisbane

first_imgInondations en Australie : crues record à BrisbaneBrisbane, capitale du Queensland, est menacée par de violentes crues qui ont déjà fait 8 morts. Plusieurs quartiers périphériques de la ville ont dû être évacués. Le nord-est de l’Australie est littéralement ravagé par des inondations qui ne cessent d’inquiéter la population depuis trois semaines. Selon le dernier bilan fait par la police, huit personnes sont mortes noyées et 66 autres sont portées disparues. Un bilan qui devrait s’alourdir en raison des dernières crues particulièrement dévastatrices, note Reuters. En effet, le pic des inondations qui menacent Brisbane (2 millions d’habitants) est attendu pour demain ou jeudi. Le Premier ministre du Queensland, Anna Bligh, parle d’une situation “sombre” et “désespérante”. Par endroits, les rivières sont montées de huit mètres en une heure, prenant les habitants et les autorités par surprise. Ce niveau pourrait atteindre 16 mètres dans les jours à venir.Alors que les pluies battantes ne s’arrêtent pas, le niveau des eaux pourrait bien dépasser celui des inondations de 1974. Cette année-là, la montée des eaux avait fait 14 morts dans la capitale du Queensland.Les inondations qui ont débuté en décembre se sont étendues sur une zone grande comme la France et l’Allemagne réunies. Elles sont dues au phénomène climatique La Niña, qui refroidit les eaux de l’est de l’océan Pacifique.2010 a été la troisième année la plus humide de l’histoire de l’Australie depuis le début des relevés météorologiques à la fin du XIXe siècle. Le 11 janvier 2011 à 09:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Liverpool John Moores University receives living wage accreditation

first_imgLiverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.The university, which employs around 2,500 members of staff, has committed to paying permanent employees and third-party contractors at least the living wage rate of £8.25 an hour.The voluntary rate is calculated according to the basic cost of living and is updated annually. It is distinct from the government’s national living wage rate of £7.20 an hour, which is mandatory for employees aged 25 and over.Professor Philip Vickerman, executive director to the vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and enhancements at LJMU, said: “This is a significant step for LJMU because becoming accredited as a living wage employer means that our staff have the opportunity to earn enough to provide for themselves and their families.“It is important for us as a large employer in the city to welcome the new hourly rate and encourage other organisations to do the same, especially in highlighting the benefits, which include boosting staff morale, increasing productivity and job fulfilment, and satisfying stakeholders that employees are always paid a fair wage.”last_img read more

38 believe workplace pensions are the safest way to save for retirement

first_imgMore than a third (38%) of respondents aged under 40 years old or aged 40 and over who have not yet retired believe that a workplace pension scheme is the safest way to save for retirement in the period July 2016-December 2016, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its Early indicator estimates from the wealth and assets survey also found that 68% of respondents who have not yet retired cite an occupational or personal pension as an expected source of retirement income between July 2016 and December 2016. This compares to 62% in July 2014 to June 2016.The research also found:20% of respondents feel that workplace pension schemes are the retirement saving method that will make the most of their money in July 2016-December 2016, compared to 49% who cite property as the saving vehicle that will make the most of their money.15% of respondents aged under 60 years old who are not in receipt of a pension and are not currently contributing to a pension say they do not contribute to a pension because they do not know enough about pensions between July 2016 and December 2016. Other reasons for not saving into a pension include low income, they are not working or they are still in education (55%), and not being able to afford to contribute into a pension (29%).84% of employee respondents aged over 22 but under the state pension age are aware of automatic enrolment in July 2016-December 2016.18% of respondents aged 16 and over report that their decisions on pensions, savings and investments had been influenced by something in the wider world, for example the EU referendum, in July 2016-December 2016. This compares to 15% in July 2014 to June 2016.32% of respondents aged under 40 or aged over 40 but not yet retired have thought about how many years of retirement they might need to fund in July 2016-December 2016, compared to 16% of respondents aged 16 to 24 years old. Of the respondents who have thought about how many years of retirement they might need to fund, 37% expect to be retired for between 20 and 24 years in July 2016-December 2016.54% of male respondents under 65 years old and female respondents under 60 years old are fairly or very confident that their income in retirement will provide the standard of living that they hope for in July 2016 to December 2016.59% of respondents currently in work or those who are not retired but intend to work in the future expect to retire between 65 and 69 years old in July 2016 to December 2016.Nathan Long, senior pension analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Confusion with pension planning is worryingly on the rise. Investing in property is seen as the best way of making the most of your money despite it being one of the least tax-efficient ways to invest. More people are now citing a lack of understanding as the reason why they are not in their workplace pension, even though auto-enrolment means most will not make any decisions whatsoever to join.“The tail end of the retirement journey also is starting to show signs of people expecting to work longer, but with more than a quarter of older people not properly planning their retirement the reality could be even more severe. As people live longer and the cost of social care rises, the likelihood of inheritances acting as an additional income in retirement falls.”last_img read more

Playboy Names ExMaxim Editor Digital SVP

first_imgPlayboy today named Jimmy Jellinek, the former editor of Maxim, as its senior vice president of digital content, digital media, a newly-created position. Jellinek will report to Tom Hagopian, division executive vice president and general manager, digital media, and will be based in New York.He’ll begin work on September 2.Jellinek—most recently the VP of entertainment and programming for—was replaced at Maxim by Jim Kaminsky last August, shortly after the $240 million sale of Dennis Publishing to Kent Brownridge, a former Wenner Media executive, was finalized. Prior to Maxim, Jellinek served as editor-in-chief of Maxim sibling Stuff, editor-in-chief of Complex and in various roles at FHM. He began his career in publishing at Details as an editorial assistant.Jellinek’s hiring comes at a pivotal time for the company as Playboy shifts its resources online and tries to translate its iconic brand to the digital arena.last_img read more

Facebooks in the midst of an identity crisis and the Portal is

first_img CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home See All Do we really care though?Perhaps most interestingly, this hasn’t stopped people from buying Portals — or Amazon smart speakers. CNET’s own Rick Broida isn’t bothered by Facebook’s privacy stuff:I’ll just say I’m fully aware that every company on the planet is already collecting and sharing data about me in order to try to sell me stuff. And for the most part I’m not bothered by it. That’s just me.Well, maybe not just me: The Portal has a 4.6-star average rating from over 400 Best Buy customers and a 4.4 average from over 300 Amazon customers. Seems as though people really like the product, Facebook issues notwithstanding.Another colleague, Ian Sherr, feels differently: Why can’t you [Facebook] fix all this stuff before trying to sell us a device that, at best, already faces an uphill battle in trying to convince people that putting yet another internet-connected doorway into their homes is a good idea?(Gut check: Am I the only one who thinks Facebook’s Portal is the wrong product at the wrong time? Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said Portal is “downright creepy” and wanted to ask, “How much pain are you willing to go through to see it succeed?”)Some people will always care more about privacy than others. And that’s all fine and good. But I can’t imagine anyone thinking the Portal and the Portal Plus were well-timed product releases in light of Facebook’s ongoing issues or that we’d all just line up and buy a bunch of these things. Mark Zuckerberg’s social network is in the midst of a serious identity crisis. “Hey Portal, flash your screen once if you need help.” Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Facebook’s pricey Portal Plus brings loved ones closer • The Facebook Portal gets a huge price cut: $99 Facebook Portal is an excellent video chat device held back by Facebook’s trust problems Related links Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 3:05 4 Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Portal, interruptedThe Portal idea is sound in theory: Buy a Portal for yourself and give a friend or family member far away another Portal. Make dinner in your apartment while you video chat with your parents across the country. You can move around naturally within the Portal’s field of view, pulling cheese, milk and butter from the fridge. (We’re apparently making mac and cheese in this made-up scenario… and now I’m hungry.) You’re fishing for the stock pot in that hard-to-reach spot in the lower cabinet across the kitchen and grabbing pasta from the pantry — all within your parents’ view as you catch them up on your week. The Facebook Portal is a video-chatting system first and foremost. Admittedly, and perhaps annoyingly, Portal does this job really well. It also offers a limited dose of smart home functionality via a built-in Amazon Alexa speaker, select apps including Newsy, Pandora and Spotify (Premium only) and Facebook’s own “Hey Portal” voice assistant. Note: Facebook has temporarily dropped the price of the Portal to $99 and is offering it bundled with the Portal Plus for $200 off through May 12, just in time for Mother’s Day, all while reports of privacy breaches continue to trickle in. And other news surfaced this week that Facebook is working on new AI tech for the Portal, Oculus and other upcoming, as yet unannounced Facebook products. Could Facebook be working on a rival to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant in addition to its existing “Hey Portal” assistant?A spokesperson told me over email that Facebook hasn’t announced a new voice assistant, but rather that they “are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products.” Hm. facebook-portal-messenger-chat-2204Enlarge ImageThe Facebook Portal looks a lot like the Amazon Echo Show. It only works over Facebook Messenger, so you — and the people you want to chat with — have to have Facebook to use it. James Martin/CNET Portal privacy and youAnticipating our reticence to the Portal, Facebook detailed its smart display privacy policy on this support page. While Facebook says it doesn’t listen in on or “keep the contents” of your Portal chats, a spokesperson told us that Facebook does gather info about the calls you make to determine what ads to show. It won’t listen in on the calls, but it will log the length and other data. The company shared more details in an email to Recode: “Portal voice calling is built on the Messenger infrastructure, so when you make a video call on Portal, we collect the same types of information (i.e. usage data such as length of calls, frequency of calls) that we collect on other Messenger-enabled devices. We may use this information to inform the ads we show you across our platforms. Other general usage data, such as aggregate usage of apps, etc., may also feed into the information that we use to serve ads,” the Facebook spokesperson said. I wonder if Facebook execs ever discussed temporarily or permanently shelving Portal so its person-tracking camera didn’t launch during the same time people were deactivating their accounts in outrage? But the company instead went for the “Hey, it’s cool. You can totally trust us” vibe. That approach demonstrates a shocking level of tone deafness. (Again, I’ll refer you to this story outlining many of Facebook’s major privacy leaks and other serious issues the company’s faced lately.)Facebook isn’t the only media company scaring the crap out of us, though. Amazon employs, you know, human people, to listen to your Alexa recordings. Creepy doesn’t even come close to cutting it. Comments 18 Photos Tags Privacy Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Smart Speakers & Displays Media Streamers Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Enlarge ImageThe $199 Facebook Portal is currently on sale for $99 through May 12. James Martin/CNET Like many folks, I felt uneasy about the Facebook Portal from the jump.Having been an only intermittent Facebook user over the past several years made me an even less willing participant when it came time to test the smart display and the company’s pricier Portal Plus last fall. Did I have a Facebook account? Yes, technically. But it was as good as inactive save the odd toggle-share from Instagram that I rarely checked. Despite Instagram’s propensity toward over-curated fakery (#blessed) and the fact that it’s a Facebook company (irony abounds), it’s still largely considered the “good side” of social media. It’s the place guaranteed to have adorable puppies, drool-worthy food and far-flung travel destinations when you need a break from the more serious side of the internet. Facebook has a different reputation. It’s the underbelly of the ol’ world wide web, complete with awkward familial spats over political convictions, cryptic messages from college sweethearts and, worst of all — multiple, privacy-threatening data leaks. So it was surprising when Facebook announced the camera-equipped, Facebook-Messenger-dependent Portal ($199) and Portal Plus ($349) in 2018, amid regular breaking news stories about how Facebook misused user information and then tried to downplay it to the loyalists remaining on the platform once it was uncovered. What’s more, Portal cameras aren’t like most smart display cameras. They have particularly smart tech that differentiates between people and houseplants and can therefore follow you around a room — not exactly the device you want from a company cited for its privacy problems. reading • Facebook’s privacy crisis makes its Portal video device a tougher sell than ever Facebook’s video calling smart display connects you with friends and familylast_img read more

Santwinder Singh Waraich says style is a reflection of your own attitude

first_imgSantwinder Singh WaraichPR HandoutFashion is something that comes from within. Santwinder Singh Waraich is a classic example of it, as he claims to be the first Sikh fashion influencer. Based in Chandigarh, he is a fashion mentor as well as an international model.The way Santwinder Singh Waraich carries himself whether be in traditional or the western attire has a great impact on the youth across the globe. He has gained a lot of recognition among the top brands of India. Some of the branded campaigns he has worked include Skechers India, Flying Machine, Daniel Wellington, Superdry, Jack & Jones and several other sports and nutrition brands.Born on November 17, 1992 in Fatehgarh Sahib, Santwinder has achieved a lot at a very young age. His father Gurnam Singh is a farmer and his mother Harwinder Kaur is a homemaker. He has two siblings – an elder sister and a younger brother. Their childhood was spent in a village due to their father’s profession.However, their mother made a choice to move to Chandigarh to give them good education. Santwinder Singh completed his secondary education from Guru Nanak Public School and later attended Punjab Technical University to study Civil Engineering.Who knew that life had some other plans for him? In his 20s, he realised that his passion lies in the fashion industry. He considers his mother to be a big inspiration in his journey of being a fashion influencer. He began his blogging career when he was in college. With having a unique style of his own, many of his classmates took fashion advice from this Sikh fashion expert.On April 14, 2014, Santwinder presented himself as a fashion blogger on Instagram and he received a great response. There has been no looking back for him since then. He has earned a lot of achievements within a short span of time.Santwinder has been featured in world’s largest wedding magazine Asiana International Wedding Magazine and has also been featured on several publications like ScoopWhoop, MensXP and India Today to name a few. He was also ranked among the top 13 desirable men in Chandigarh.Santwinder has 122K followers on Instagram and 170K subscribers on his YouTube channel. Well, that’s what the fashion industry has given this man. Talking about style he believes, “Style is a reflection of your own attitude and personality” and we totally agree with him.last_img read more

Houston Participates In Small Business Week

first_img#SmallBusinessWeek is a time to recognize, celebrate & collaborate w/our small business community, which is the backbone of this great city. About 99% of Houston’s businesses are considered small by our partners at the Small Business Administration—we will hear from them today— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 30, 2018 Belen Bailey —through hard work, ingenuity and a bit of luck— Belen turned a side business into the dessert shop “Sweets by Belen” in Gulfton—helping make a “Complete Community” a bit sweeter. #SmallBusinessWeek— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 30, 2018 Sharecenter_img Photo: City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity via Twitter @HoustonOBODuring an event held at City Hall on April 30, 2018, and coinciding with Houston’s participation in Small Business Week, Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) talks about how entrepreneurs can help develop his Complete Communities initiative.Houston is participating in the National Small Business Week, which features a series of events and workshops for small business owners, as well as entrepreneurs.During an announcement made at City Hall, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner noted that small businesses are vital for the Complete Communities initiative, which he has made one of the cornerstones of his administration.Turner explained that the concept of Complete Communities aims for all Houston’s neighborhoods having access to quality education, affordable housing, transportation options and economic opportunity with an ultimate goal of creating “sustainable, complete neighborhoods that are safe, affordable and economically viable and that’s where small business owners come in, it is their investment that helps create jobs in these complete communities.”One of the most important elements of what is happening in Houston during Small Business Week is ‘Innovation Week,’ which is a series of workshops and events that provide information on a multitude of topics ranging from business law to web design.Tim Jeffcoat, district director of the Small Business Administration (SBA), underlined at the mayor’s announcement that 99 percent of Houston’s businesses are considered small by the SBA.Jeffcoat said that one of the main tasks of the SBA is connecting entrepreneurs or people who want to start a small business with funding sources and highlighted that “last year, we guaranteed loans just under a billion dollars” in the Houston area.The City’s Office of Business Opportunity (OBO), which helps entrepreneurs with applications for permits, as well as workshops, free legal resources and business resource guides, plays an important role in Small Business Week.Carlecia Wright, director of the OBO, also noted during the mayor’s announcement that “currently, there are more than 3,300 minority women businesses registered with the Office of Business Opportunity bidding for work with the City of Houston.”Happy #SmallBusinessWeek! #SmallBizWeek— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 30, 2018last_img read more

WiFi signals can see through walls

first_img Explore further More information: Through-Wall Tracking Using Variance-Based Radio Tomography Networks, Joey Wilson, Neal Patwari, arXiv:0909.5417© 2009 Image: arXiv:0909.5417. Cognitive radio helps guarantee reachability of emergency services ( — Researchers at the University of Utah, USA, have discovered that variations in signal strengths in wireless networks can be used to “see” movements of people on the other side of walls or doors.center_img The scientists, Joey Wilson and Neal Patwari, detected movements by measuring the signal strength of the radio waves between the nodes of wireless network devices. The presence of people moving through the field is registered as a change in signal strength. The space is interrogated by many signals that are picked up by many receivers, and this allows a picture of the movement in the space to be built up. The technique is called variance-based radio tomographic imaging.Wilson and Patwari set up a 34-node network outside a living room in a house to test the system, and were able to detect movements to about three feet through the wall. At present the scientists are only able to detect movements, and are not yet able to generate images, but they are sure this will be possible in the future. They are equally confident they will be able to improve accuracy, even with fewer nodes. They also say that adding GPS to each node would enable it to work out its own location, and this should improve the imaging process.The researchers expect the system to find application in search and rescue operations, such as finding people trapped under collapsed buildings after earthquakes. The scientists envisage emergency workers using Wi-Fi radio technologies to install a network of sensors around an emergency area to detect the presence of survivors and bodies.According to Wilson and Patwari, the radio sensors could be deployed around a disaster site by the emergency workers, either by dropping them or throwing or launching them in some way. Each sensor would then form part of a network and begin to transmit information about signal strength measurements across the web of sensors to a base station computer. The computer would correlate the information and determine the likely locations of survivors.The advantage of this technique over existing systems capable of sensing what is on the other side of a wall is the price, since the nodes in the network are cheap and off-the shelf. The disadvantage of a cheap and simple system is its potential use as a spy tool by nosy neighbors, peeping toms or burglars, and all the privacy and safety issues such uses raise. Citation: Wi-Fi signals can see through walls (2009, October 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Playa del Carmen to become Smart City with ATT Mexico

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — A collaborative agreement signed between Playa del Carmen and AT&T Mexico will turn the municipality into a Smart City.The signing of the new agreement, which was done between AT & T Mexico, the municipality of Solidaridad and the Institute for the Development and Financing of the State, will see Playa del Carmen implement an Intelligent Beach Project as part of the new smart city features.The Intelligent Beach Project will provide free Wi-Fi connectivity within delimited areas, while the smart city aspect will allow monitoring of vehicle and pedestrian traffic in real time, among other applications.Intelligent nodes will be installed in varying streetlights around Playa del Carmen to build intelligent corridors. With them, lights can be automatically turned on and off and their intensity controlled.In some spaces, the existing security cameras will be enabled so they can obtain an analysis of pedestrian and vehicular flow, while others will have environment sensors. In turn, the municipality could find a more sustainable consumption of lights as well as strengthened security.This project seeks to promote the creation of smart cities in Mexico uniting communities, people and infrastructure through technology and the power of the AT&T network. The company is the first to make use of the LTE-M network in Mexico, which has been designed for the deployment of the Internet of Things on a large scale, to the benefit of the tourist community of Playa del Carmen.“The commercial and tourist activity of Playa del Carmen has shown a great growth in recent years, therefore, having more connectivity will help to continue promoting this potential. An intelligent city represents a more accessible space for our inhabitants and is more attractive both for tourism service operators as well as for visitors and future investors,” said mayor Christine Torres Gómez.Andrés Canales, vice president of Internet of Things at AT & T in Mexico explained, “Internet technology allows connecting objects, machines or ‘things’ to accelerate business and services, generate savings, improve safety and optimize mobility in cities.“With this project, we will seek to improve the quality of life of the population of Quintana Roo and the tourists who visit the destination.”As part of the agreement, the installation of Wi-Fi modules on the luminaires will also be evaluated, as well as to offer free connectivity to people who have devices.The project is being done in part with the Institute for the Development and Financing of the State through its investment promotion platform Pro Quintana Roo and is a follow-up to the collaboration initiative announced in December 2017.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Obama says he regrets Polish death camp gaffe

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Karski later became a professor at Georgetown University and died in 2000.For days, Obama’s words have dominated the news in Poland. Prime Minister Donald Tusk said the entire Polish nation felt affected.“We always react in the same way when ignorance, lack of knowledge, bad intentions lead to such a distortion of history, so painful for us here in Poland, in a country which suffered like no other in Europe during World War II,” Tusk said Wednesday.Komorowski’s reaction was more muted. He said Wednesday that he knew Obama’s words did not reflect any bad intentions but that they were nonetheless “unjust and painful.” He wrote that day to Obama, and Obama’s letter came in reply to that.In his response, Obama noted that “the Polish people suffered terribly under the brutal Nazi occupation during World War II.”“In pursuit of their goals of destroying the Polish nation and Polish culture and exterminating European Jewry, the Nazis killed some six million Polish citizens, including three million Polish Jews during the Holocaust,” Obama wrote. “The bravery of Poles in the underground resistance is one of history’s great stories of heroism and courage.” Sponsored Stories Later Friday, Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted in reaction to Obama’s letter: “Thank you, President Obama. Truth, honor and the legacy of Karski satisfied. Please feel free to send us your staffers for re-education.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments Share Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) – President Barack Obama has written a letter to the Polish president expressing “regret” for an inadvertent verbal gaffe that caused a storm of controversy in Poland this week.Obama on Tuesday used the expression “a Polish death camp” while honoring a Polish World War II resistance hero rather than wording that would have made clear that he meant a death camp that Nazi Germany operated on Polish soil during its wartime occupation of Poland.center_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home How men can have a healthy 2019 The vital role family plays in society Warsaw has been waging a campaign for years against phrases such as “Polish death camps” or “Polish concentration camps” to refer to Auschwitz, Treblinka and other German killing sites. The language deeply offends Polish sensitivities because Poles not only had no role in running the camps, but were considered racially inferior by the Germans and were themselves murdered in them in huge numbers.“In referring to `a Polish death camp’ rather than `a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland,’ I inadvertently used a phrase that has caused many Poles anguish over the years and that Poland has rightly campaigned to eliminate from public discourse around the world,” Obama wrote. “I regret the error and agree that this moment is an opportunity to ensure that this and future generations know the truth.”“The events of the past few days and the U.S. president’s reply may, in my opinion, mark a very important moment in the struggle for historical truth,” President Bronislaw Komorowski told reporters.Obama made the verbal slip-up while posthumously awarding the Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter who struggled to tell the outside world about the murder of Jews in his country. Karski, who was Catholic, smuggled himself into the Warsaw Ghetto and a death camp, witnessing the atrocities committed against the Jews firsthand. He then took that information to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and other Allied leaders, imploring the world to act. Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img

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scientific community continues to confirm to me that in fact it is a favorable situation that is to say a continuous discharge of energy" De Bernardinis who is an expert on floods yesterday told the court that he used the word "favorable" because he believed that the "swarm" had neither increased nor decreased the probability of a major quake striking the region in the near future He came to this conclusion he said after having read two articles written by another of the indicted Giulio Selvaggi of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) and three stories published by the ANSA news agency He said that his impression of "normal" seismicity was reinforced by what he heard during the 31 March meeting including the statement that more powerful tremors were improbable "If they had said to me that the risk had increased I would have called Bertolaso straight away" he said referring to his then boss Guido Bertolaso Testifying first yesterday before De Bernardinis was Enzo Boschi who at the time of the quake was president of the INGV He said that swarms could not be considered precursors of earthquakes saying that "a seismic sequence whether consisting of big or small tremors cannot tell us if a major earthquake is on the way" He ruled out the idea that a discharge of energy might reduce the chances of a major quake "It is neither favorable nor unfavorable" he said explaining that scientists cannot know how much energy there is to discharge Defendant Claudio Eva a geophysicist at the University of Genoa agreed that swarms cannot predict the occurrence of major earthquakes pointing out that the L’Aquila quake was the only strong tremor in Italy in the past 50 years to be preceded by a swarm Eva however revealed at the time of the 31 March meeting he didn’t realize the area around L’Aquila was subject to a swarm and he also testified that he didn’t know that two major historical quakes in the region in the 15th and 18th centuries were also preceded by swarms When the prosecution made its case to indict the seven now on trial it contended that the commission members’ discussions at the meeting contained little real evaluation of the ongoing swarm describing their analysis as "approximate generic and ineffective" During yesterday’s testimony Boschi told the court that he went to L’Aquila expecting the discussion to be "more thorough" and "much longer" than the 45 to 60 minutes that it turned out to be "Afterwards I understood why it was shorter" he says "The fundamental point was to understand whether or not one can predict earthquakes so things ended there" Boschi’s comments in court yesterday follow the release of a recording of a phone conversation on the Web site of the newspaper La Repubblica in January in which Bertolaso is heard telling a regional civil protection officer on 30 March 2009 that the meeting was being set up "not because we are frightened and worried" by the swarm but because "we want to reassure the public" In that recording Bertolaso said that he wanted to "shut up any imbecile" which is thought to be a reference to Gioacchino Giuliani a technician at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics near L’Aquila whose claim to have predicted the earthquake was widely derided by earthquake specialists While not among the seven currently on trial Bertolaso is now also being investigated by L’Aquila prosecutors The main trial meanwhile which started in September last year now breaks for the summer and will resume this September when the prosecution and then the defense are due to present their final arguments to the judge who is expected to give his verdict before the end of October Neville Nell/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 20) Trump’s new oceans policy washes away Obama’s emphasis on conservation and climate By David MalakoffJun 19 2018 9:15 PM Marine conservation and addressing climate change are out Jobs and national security are in That’s just one message sent by a new executive order detailing a revised 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