Selection controversy mars Commonwealth Games TT team

first_img It is understood that the Trials were staged at short notice to meet a Commonwealth Games nomination deadline and that Foster was unable to get time off from work to attend the event. Tomlinson is aggrieved that the 13 year-old Lewis hasn’t been selected. In a Facebook video post on September 29, Tomlinson said Solesha Young, Under-13 runner-up at the recent Caribbean Region Mini and Pre-Cadet Championships, had played her heart to make the team in finishing second to Francis at the Trials. “Is it right to leave a young, talented, hard working player off the team when they have met all the requirements?”, he asked on Facebook. The Games are set for April on Australia’s Gold Coast. SHORT NOTICE An eight-member squad has been named to represent Jamaica at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia. The team is led by national champion Simon Tomlinson and includes four men and four women. The men selected are Tomlinson, Christopher Marsh and Rahjni Brown, who placed first, second and fourth at the September 16 trial and Kane Watson, who injured his hamstring playing for Jamaica at the recent Caribbean Championships in Cuba. Not selected is Alphanso Morris who placed third at the Trials. The women’s team is headed by national champion Shenique Clare, and includes former national Yvonne Foster, Dadrian Lewis and Onika Francis. Neither Clare, former national champion Foster nor former national player Lewis played in the Trials, but Clare did fly from overseas where she now lives to play the National Championships in August, which was postponed at the last-minute.last_img read more

Di Maria no show leaves future in doubt

first_img0Shares0000Angel Di Maria shows his United shirt after signing from Real Madrid last summer. PHOTO/FileSANTA CLARA, July 26- The future of unsettled Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria was thrown into doubt here Saturday after it emerged the Argentine international had failed to join up with the club’s US tour as scheduled.Di Maria, who has been strongly linked to a move to French giants Paris Saint Germain, had been due to arrive in California on Saturday to join United’s pre-season training camp. But United manager Louis van Gaal told reporters after his side’s 3-1 friendly victory over Barcelona at the Levi’s Stadium that Di Maria had failed to board a flight to San Francisco.“I have heard that he’s not on the plane so I cannot say anything,” van Gaal said.“I have heard that he was not on the plane,” he reiterated.Di Maria had been excused from the first part of United’s tour after playing in the Copa America along with fellow Red Devils team-mate Marcos Rojo.Rojo had also failed to join up with the United squad, but van Gaal put the defender’s no-show down to a passport issue.“I heard Marcos Rojo was not on the plane, he had passport issues,” van Gaal said.“But Di Maria I do not know.”A report on the website of Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper shortly before kick-off on Saturday said van Gaal had informed United’s players that Di Maria was set to join PSG.Di Maria joined United last year in a 59.7 million pound ($92.6 million) transfer from Real Madrid but has failed to settle during a difficult first season with the Premier League giants.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fire prevention week in Fort St. John kicks off Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Fire Department will be kicking off Fire Prevention Week this year with a fun-filled barbeque and information session on Saturday.Fire Prevention Week has been held every year by local fire departments across North America to help citizens learn how to prevent fires at the homes and workplaces. The event’s origins come from the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that burned over one quarter of that city to the ground.This year’s theme is “Every second counts, Two Ways Out” Fire Inspector Alan Stobbe says that while many businesses have mandatory annual fire inspections, homes often don’t, and homeowners need to educate themselves on the exits they would use in the event of a house fire. He said that this year, the fire department will be visiting elementary school children during an assembly, and practice emergency evacuations with Grade 3 students in the Fire Prevention House, which firefighters fill with smoke to simulate a house fire.- Advertisement -The Fire Department will be holding its annual kick-off event at the Home Hardware parking lot this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Stobbe says that the event will feature a bouncy castle, barbecue, the Fire Prevention House exhibit, and the Fire Department’s newest fire truck.last_img read more

Have you had your Letterkenny Credit Union Christmas ReUnion?

first_imgLetterkenny Credit Union is inviting each and every one of its members to have their ‘Credit Re-Union’ in time for Christmas 2018. Members can drop into the office for their ‘Credit ReUnion’ in person or can call up one of the friendly members of staff, and ask about budgeting tips, prudent spending and sensible borrowing over the festive period.Letterkenny Credit Union is embarking on the pre-Christmas ‘Credit ReUnion’ as part of its ongoing commitment to tailoring services and products to the specific needs of its members. Commenting on the festive Credit ReUnion, Paul Hume, Chairperson of Letterkenny Credit Union said: “We are looking forward to reconnecting with those we have not seen in a while, and chatting to those members we know well, and offering them any assistance and guidance they might need with budgeting and spending tips for the Christmas period.Our aim is to ensure that all of our members have a stress-free and enjoyable Christmas and that financial worries will be the last thing on their mind.”Paul also urged anyone who might need to borrow to cope with the financial burden of Christmas to avoid moneylenders at all costs and to make Letterkenny Credit Union their first point of call.Paul continued: “We know that many might be tempted to seek out moneylenders this Christmas, but this a potentially very harmful financial decision to make. We find that people can quickly become trapped in a vicious circle where they need to borrow again just to meet loan repayments. “Should any of our members, including any of those who have not been active with us for a while, need to borrow a little extra, we would urge them to ask us here at Letterkenny Credit Union about our loans, which are very straightforward and have fair interest rates.“There are no penalties for paying a loan back early, nor are there any hidden fees or charges on our loans. Our Christmas loan, for example, is available at an affordable APR rate of 7.2%* and our friendly staff can offer guidance on arranging payments so you don’t have to deal with the headache of repaying the loan months after Christmas.”Letterkenny Credit Union has lent €66 million to the local community in the past 5 years.Letterkenny Credit Union is also advising people that they should avoid the temptation to become consumed with the December rush, and has put together its five top tips for sensible spending this Christmas:At Christmas, the key to spending within your means and avoiding unnecessary stress is to draw up a spending budget specifically for the festive season. Once you have decided on a budget for the household and set a limit to your seasonal spending, stick to these limits and you will be well on the road to spending within your means.Once you have your Christmas budget prepared, let this guide your spending. Make a list of what you need to buy every time you plan on hitting the shops and don’t allow yourself to buy anything that’s not on this list. This way, you are giving yourself the best chance to avoid over-spending.Do your research before you make a purchase; are the goods you want to buy available at a better price somewhere else? If so, then don’t be afraid to ask for a price match – or at the very least ask for a small discount. At worst you will be turned down – or you could get your goods for the best price on the market!Don’t forget to check out your local shops and stores where there is always a great range of good value and good quality gifts.Consider planning a Secret Santa or Kris Kindle with your family and friends. Not only can this be great fun, but it’s also a fantastic way to save without losing the magic of Christmas.Paul said “One of the keys to sensible spending at Christmas time is to set a budget for yourself and stick to it. Avoid deciding what to spend once you hit the shops, or you will be very likely to over-spend. Do your research before you make a purchase and ensure that you are getting the best price possible. And of course don’t forget to shop local, as you can often find some great bargains and some unique gifts in your local stories. Remember, if you need any help with budgeting or spending tips, drop into Letterkenny Credit Union for a friendly chat.” Contact us today on 074 91 02126, email Loans@letterkennycu.ie or log on to www.letterkennycu.ie for more details.* For a €1,000, 1 year variable interest rate loan with 12 monthly repayments of €86.52, an interest Rate of 6.95%, a representative APR of 7.2%, the total amount payable by the member is €1038.00 Information correct as at 16/10/2018Have you had your Letterkenny Credit Union Christmas ReUnion? was last modified: October 22nd, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FinanceLetterkenny Credit Unionlkculoanslast_img read more

West Metro Detroit WordPress: Get Your WordPress Questions Answered on July 17

first_imgYou’re invited to join us at our next West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 to get your questions answered about your WordPress site.Wondering why your widgets aren’t displaying the way you want? Need help styling your footer? Haven’t been able to get your theme set up correctly? Whatever your WordPress question, you can get the help you need from fellow meetup members. And you have the opportunity to help others with their WordPress questions. Whether you’re on a self-hosted WordPress site or have your site on WordPress.com, this meetup is for you! Get Your WordPress Questions AnsweredFrom design, development, content management, blogging, ecommerce, search engine optimization, usability and accessibility, there’s a lot to learn about your WordPress site! And that’s why it helps when a fellow WordPress user shares a helpful tip to make managing your site easier.Or when someone sits next to you and explains the options for a plugin they use on their website. And it’s the same plugin you haven’t been able to get work correctly on your website. That’s what this meetup is all about: helping each other with their WordPress site. And that’s one of the reasons I love WordPress so much: the community of people learning, and helping each other learn, about WordPress. Meetup Information and RegistrationThe meetup is Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm; pre-registration is required.We’ll meet at the Westland Public Library in Westland, Michigan (directions and map).The meetup is free, but since seating is limited to 10 people, pre-registration is required. As always, we’ll have time to network and discuss the latest WordPress news.See You There!Bring your laptop, Chromebook, or whatever digital device you have to the meetup. If you’re not able to bring your laptop, bring paper and pencil to take notes. I’m looking forward to the meetup and I hope you’ll join us for sharing, learning, and networking. See you July 17th!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWest Metro Detroit WordPress: Get Your WordPress Questions Answered on May 21Get your WordPress questions answered at our West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup on May 21, 2019; pre-registration is required.In “WordPress”Get Your WordPress Questions Answered at May 8 Quarterly WorkshopHave questions about your WordPress site? Trying to configure the settings on a plugin, but it didn’t work as you expected? Need help fixing the styling of your navigation menu? Join us May 8, 2017 at our Metro Detroit WordPress meetup for our quarterly WordPress Q & A workshop. Every…In “WordPress”West Metro Detroit WordPress: Share Your Favorite WordPress Tip or PluginYou’re invited to join us at our West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 when our members share their favorite WordPress tip or plugin. I’m a big fan of these kinds of meetups! Though I’ve been creating WordPress sites for more than 10 years, I always walk…In “WordPress”last_img read more

Drive to make 2010 spectacular

first_imgKeynote speaker Sibusiso Ndebele,Minister of Transport,is adamant that the World Cupwill unite the nation.The fourth and final edition of the 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference saw communications experts from the private and public sector pledging to use their Confederations Cup experience to deliver an outstanding 2010 Fifa World Cup.The football spectacular kicks off on 11 June 2010 and ends 30 days later.The one-day conference was an initiative of the International Marketing Council (IMC) and Government Communications and Information System (GCIS).It aimed to provide professional communicators with the tools to launch an intensified and coordinated 2010 strategy, which will reach as many people as possible and set off a wave of excitement and support that will sweep the entire continent.“The World Cup is South Africa’s next defining moment,” said acting IMC CEO Paul Bannister in his welcoming address. “This is going to influence how the rest of the world looks at us from now on. We have to get it right – who knows when the next defining moment will be?”Among the issues discussed were the safety and security of fans, the mobilisation of people across the continent, and the increased use of tools, such as the diski dance and the national anthem, to build excitement and national cohesion.The diski dance is as unique a facet of South African football as is the vuvuzela and the makarapa (a somewhat modified hard hat). The dance borrows much of its style from the Beautiful Game, and with moves like the Header, the Juggle and the Table Mountain, it is as infectious as the spirit of optimism that is fast pervading the nation.Safety firstMinister of Transport Sibusiso Ndebele said in his keynote address that his department’s prime responsibility is to get fans to the stadiums safely and on time, and back to their hotels afterwards.With around 500 000 fans expected to pour into the country during June and July 2010, said Ndebele, the safety of both citizens and visitors is non-negotiable.A tighter national strategy and better coordination between national and provincial government, he said, will assure fans of a secure environment. Part of this tighter strategy included the establishment of a single command structure to run the entire plan.Ndebele praised South Africa’s law enforcement agencies, saying that they have proven their capability during previous international sporting events. “They will continue to improve on their capacity to deal with crime incidents and will be ready to neutralise any potential threat.”He added that his department is waiting for Fifa’s final draw, which takes place on 4 December 2009. “Then we will have a better idea of where the big crowds will be and can plan accordingly, especially for the smaller metropolitan areas that may not be fully equipped to deal with huge crowds.”The transport department’s 2010 strategy involves a combination of various modes of transport including buses, trains and taxis.Negotiations with the local minibus taxi sector, which earlier in 2009 protested over the Rea Vaya bus rapid transport system, were continuing, but the minister expected a positive outcome.“Rea Vaya will go ahead,” he affirmed. “There is no turning back.”Feedback from the Confederations Cup, he said, was mostly positive but aspects such as the park and ride system still needed attention. These will not be neglected, he added.Marketing opportunityLocal Organising Committee (LOC) chair Irvin Khoza encouraged the country to make the most of the forthcoming extravaganza, and to understand the enormity of the project.“We won’t get another marketing opportunity like in this in the next 100 years,” he said, referring to the chance to promote South Africa in all its diversity to the international community.With the Confederations Cup now behind them, he said, the focus is firmly on the big event and communication must move into top gear. “We need to feel that the show is in town. This is the real deal.”Khoza likened the upcoming World Cup to a television commercial for South Africa, except that its duration is 30 days instead of 30 seconds.“This commercial will be watched by billions around the globe,” said Khoza, “and it is our chance to present South Africa as a dynamic and exciting place to visit”.Khoza said that the biggest legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, besides national pride, skills development, better infrastructure and more, would be to bury what he termed “Afro-pessimism”, and show that South Africa is on a par with developed nations in this sphere.He also urged South Africans to support all six African teams, and to shift support to a team from Africa should national team Bafana Bafana fail to make it to the later stages.Panel discussionsThe conference featured two panel discussions, chaired by TV veteran Jeremy Maggs and Paul Bannister respectively.The first session, centred on Confederations Cup feedback, featured transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele; Sindiswa Nhlumayo, deputy director-general in the Department of Tourism; Ron DelMont of Fifa’s local office; LOC marketing chief Derek Carstens; Gab Mampone, acting CEO of the embattled South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC); and assistant police commissioner Ben Groenewald.Each assured the audience that their departments and organisations were hard at work to address the flaws revealed during the Confederations Cup.Ndebele promised that the park and ride system would be overhauled, and that there would be smoother coordination between the various transport modes.Nhlumayo said the focus of her department would be on service excellence.“We want those 500 000 visitors to go home and become ambassadors for South Africa,” she said. “In this way we will penetrate markets we have not yet reached.”She mentioned that the tourism department had enlisted the help of the Disney Institute, the professional development and training arm of the Walt Disney Company, to conduct research, identify the weak spots and implement best practices across all service areas.She also announced the October 2009 launch of the National Service Excellence Initiative. This is a private-public partnership with the Tourism Business Council of South Africa to develop greater levels of service excellence, thereby increasing the sector’s US$19.7-billion (R159-billion) contribution to the South African economy, and ensuring its global competitiveness.South African Police Service (SAPS) assistant commissioner Groenewald stated emphatically that fans would be safe. The dry run of the Confederations Cup was a big success overall, he said, although there were a few critical areas that needed attention. Lack of communication and not enough standard operating procedures were identified as shortcomings that would be addressed.Fifa’s DelMont said the organisation was happy with the progress to date. He mentioned that although four stadiums were used for the Confederations Cup, there remained another six untried stadiums around the country. DelMont encouraged the six host cities to follow the example of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, which hosted events in its brand-new stadium before the Confederations Cup, and was therefore able to assess its performance in a live situation.Derek Carstens of the LOC reported that crucial targets for the Confederations Cup had been met. As an example, he said that ticket sales for the South African event had matched that of Germany, and in a world recession to boot.The LOC is also awaiting the final Fifa draw in December, said Carstens. “Then we will start driving hard.”Mampone of the SABC assured all present that the organisation would deliver on its promises. “Our plans are well advanced, and the resources we will need had been set aside a long time ago.”In broadcasting terms, he said, the Confederations Cup saw excellence all around, with over 200 countries receiving consistent high-quality signals.World media perceptionBetween panel sessions, the audience watched presentations by Wadim Schreiner of Media Tenor SA and Jos Kuper of Kuper Research.Schreiner spoke on the world media perception of South Africa and the 2010 Fifa World Cup, obtained through a survey of 42 countries across June and July 2009. Research revealed that, while recent strike action had dented the country’s image slightly, on the whole South Africa had recovered from its lowest point in May 2008 during the xenophobia attacks.He said it was likely that South Africa would receive strong international media attention from now until June 2010.Kuper reported that active engagement through, for example, the diski dance and the national anthem was crucial in order to stir up 2010 fever among South Africans.Igniting the nationThe second panel discussion, hosted by Paul Bannister, carried the theme Igniting the nation to deliver.Panellists included Rich Mkhondo and Derek Carstens of the LOC; Mvuzo Mbebe of the SABC; Wendy Tlou of South African Tourism; Kwakye Donkor of the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa; Themba Maseko of GCIS; Vish Naidoo of the South African Police Services; German branding guru Nikolaus Eberl; and David Smith of the Foreign Correspondents Association.All agreed that a multi-faceted strategy was necessary to galvanise the nation. Early and effective communication was needed, not only to reach the thousands of visitors but also the expected 18 000 media professionals.“We don’t want them to report on just the football while they’re here,” said Mkhondo.Maseko of GCIS agreed that communication was the key to delivering the best World Cup ever.“We need to develop an appropriate and resounding communication strategy,” he commented. “As government, we have set up a number of structures to enhance our marketing and communication plan and to ensure that government speaks in one voice.”To overcome communication and cultural barriers, said Naidoo, the SAPS plans to enlist police officers from other countries and bring them to South Africa to visibly patrol in their uniforms. This will help the SAPS to effectively police foreign nationals.UK journalist Smith commented that while the controversial issue of a “Plan B” host was over, the question of South Africa’s readiness was yet to be firmly established in the UK. “This is because we didn’t have a team in the Confederations Cup and there wasn’t much coverage,” he said.Smith encouraged the local media to accentuate the positives, but to be truthful about any shortcomings.The way forwardThe second part of the conference included four breakout sessions under the themes: domestic mobilisation, tourism, communication, and continental mobilisation. During the sessions participants pooled their ideas for boosting South Africa’s brand.The communication group decided to strengthen existing campaigns, and to integrate them in order to promote a positive attitude. For instance, the Football Friday strategy adopted by hotel group Southern Sun could be developed into a national event to be held later in the year.Getting the country behind the national football team, anthem, and flag were important elements of domestic mobilisation. The group also suggested the composition of a 2010 song.Continental mobilisation would benefit from better communication and wider access to information, it was decided. South African embassies abroad need more information, possibly in the form of an information package which could be easily distributed. It was suggested that other key events across the continent could be linked to the World Cup.The tourism group concluded that the diski dance and Fly the Flag for Football campaigns need to be used more extensively, in order to entrench them in the nation’s consciousness. It was suggested that the dance be taken to schools and performed at every domestic football game from now on.last_img read more

Browster Is Gone, But Are Web Previews Here To Stay?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Snap – preview technology for web sites and blogsThe makers of the Snap search engine recentlyreleased a site preview technology that allows bloggers and webmasters to turn onpreviews for any link on their site. Unlike Cooliris, Snap’s technology is powered byJavaScript that sits inside the page. To activate it, bloggers and webmasters need topaste a small chunk of code into their pages. Also unlike Cooliris, Snap shows a smallerpreview when the user moves the mouse over any link. TechCrunch recently added Snap previews and we sawquite a few readers complain about it getting in the way. Personally, I like the Coolorissolution better – since it requires an additional gesture to get the preview. Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManusLast week it wasreported that Browster, one of the firstcompanies to deliver previews of web pages, is done. Browster drew a lot of attention in2005 and was backed by a 6M first round from Advanced Technology Ventures, VanguardVentures, First Round Capital, and individual investors.Browster delivered previews of web pages (before clicking on a link) via a browserplug-in. Cooliris and Snap are companies doing similar things. But the questionof whether previews are actually a good – and viable – idea is still up in the air.Therefore in this post we look at various kinds of Web previews and decide if the conceptis here to stay, or will it go down with the Browster ship.What is a value of a preview?The basic idea behind previews is simple: they save you a click. Instead of clickingon a link to see the content, you can get a preview of the page using a gesture –typically a mouseover. Assuming you can decide if the page is interesting or not based onthe preview, you can save a click and more importantly the page load. The big assumption is thatthe preview is useful, which is not always the case. For instance a thumbnail preview maybe useful if you already know the look and feel of the site, but otherwise you can’treally tell what you are looking at. This is because scaling the snapshot of a page downto a thumbnail results in a substantial loss of information. As we will see below,Cooliris and Snap are using different techniques to avoid this problem.Netflix solves the problem in a different way.Instead of showing you a scaled version of the page, Netflix shows you a synopsis of themovie when you mouse over its link. For movies, this works really well – and it wouldwork well for many other things, like books, music albums and electronics. So it’s toobad that other sites do not do this.Netflix previewCooliris – the preview extension for FirefoxCooliris, one of the Firefox recommendedextensions, offers great quality previews. It works by popping up a little blue square whena user moves their mouse over a link. If the user clicks on the square, a preview of thelink comes up. The secret of Cooliris is its simplicity. Firstly, the previews shownare almost the size of the actual page. Secondly, the previews are not images, but actualpages loaded into an iframe and overlayed on top of the current page. While thisseemingly would be the same as loading the page in another tab, it definitely feelslighter. What helps is that we do not need to close the tab, because once we click awaythe preview disappears. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#search#web Sphere – blog search previews on steroidsTechCrunch also features a completely different kind of preview – dynamic blog searchresults from the blog search engine called Sphere[Ed: this is coming soon to R/WW too]. What Sphere does is very impressive, butperhaps what’s even more impressive is how it presents the results. In a way, Sphere’ssolution is similar to Netflix because it only shows a subset of information. Thisstrategy allows Sphere to generate an intelligent preview of the search results. Acombination of speed and excellent visualization makes this type of preview verycompelling. Monetizing previewsSince quite a few companies are doing previews, we need to understand their benefit.It seems that current preview makers fall into three major categories:Deliver advertising with previews (Browster)Use previews to drive traffic to the site (Snap, Sphere)Enhance user experience on the site (Netflix)The companies listed under the second and third bullets do not concern themselves withmonetization via preview, since they make money in a different way. For the companiesthat choose the preview to be their core business, some form of advertising must be inplace.What Browster used to do in the past was replace the advertisements from the pageswith their own. This made some publishers very angry. Altering the content of web pages is certainly a risky business and spellslawsuits. Augmenting the previews with context sensitive ads, outside the preview frame,seems to be cleaner – but it requires a heavier back-end engine and could cause delays,which would be deadly.Since Browster is out of the game now, it does not need to address this problem. Theircompetitor Cooliris looks to be a university project and so far they do not show anyconcern about making money. If they become serious about monetizing this technology, itwill be interesting to see what route they will take.ConclusionSo in the end we have to ask: Are previews a good idea? We think the answeris: Yes! If done right (and this is a big if), then previews can greatly enhance ouronline experience and save us a lot of time over the long run. Saving one click at a time will make usmore productive and will save us minutes every day. And since there are incentives forcompanies to deliver preview technologies, we expect to see more developments in the nearfuture. So: Browster is dead, long live previews. But let us know what you think aboutpreviews and tell us your favorite ones. Related Posts alex iskold 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Maruti to have high number of new model launches this FY

first_imgCountry’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India will have a “high number of new model launches” in this fiscal, including a compact sport utility vehicle, as it looks to consolidate its leadership position.The company, which will have a new manufacturing plant in Gujarat where its parent Suzuki Motor Corp will invest, said Centre alone cannot realize the dream of the country becoming a global manufacturing hub and states would have to play an important role.”2015-16 will see a high number of new model launches. Suzuki Japan and our engineers here have been jointly working on new model development, and the results are before all to see,” Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chairman RC Bhargava said in his address to shareholders in the company’s Annual Report for 2014-15.The company has already launched its premium crossover model S-Cross this week, while a new premium compact car is also around this festive season.”Sometime in the future, we will launch a Compact SUV which will raise our presence in the UV segment by a quantum leap,” MSI Managing Director and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said.Although the details of the compact SUV hasn’t been shared, the company said, “Soon, we will also introduce the Compact SUV, the concept of which was presented as XA-Alpha. This will help us cater to an emerging class of customers who prefer SUV appeal while staying compact.”Bhargava said, in 2014-15, after three years of stagnation, the company “grew 11.1 per cent (in sales), even though the rest of the passenger vehicle industry actually declined 1.3 per cent”.advertisement”Our market share, at the end of the financial year was 45 per cent and we have so far further improved this to 46.8 per cent. This has been achieved due to successful new model launches, and the efforts by all our employees in production, sales and service, supply chain, engineering, quality and other functions,” he added.For 2014-15 fiscal, the company had posted its highest ever annual sales at 12,92,415 units, up 11.9 per cent, from 11,55,041 units in 2013-14. The previous high was in 2010-11, when the company had sold 12,71,005 units.The company’s domestic sales during the last fiscal stood at 11,70,702 units, up 11.1 per cent, from 10,53,689 units in 2013-14 fiscal.On the Make in India campaign, Bhargava said, “The task of making India a globally competitive manufacturing hub cannot be completed in a short time or by the central government alone and states also need to play a major role.”He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given priority to manufacturing in his development strategy and many changes have been made in rules and regulations so as to make it easier to do business.last_img read more

Champions League: Borussia Dortmund cruise into last-16, Juventus held by Lyon

first_imgNeeding a win at Legia Warsaw to advance, Real Madrid squandered a 2-0 lead and allowed the Polish side to earn its first point of the campaign in what became a highly embarrassing 3-3 draw for the Spanish powerhouse.But while Zinedine Zidane’s team struggled, Borussia Dortmund had no such trouble and advanced to the knockout stages with two games to spare after a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon. It joins Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and five-time winner Bayern Munich, which all qualified on Tuesday.Zidane said he wasn’t surprised by a result that saw his team slip to second place in Group F, two points behind Dortmund.”It was a strange match, it didn’t go the way we wanted it to,” the Madrid manager said. “We lacked a bit of everything. Above all, when you score two goals we dropped our intensity, and when you do that they can score. Now we are going to forget this game.”Polish supporters didn’t have a chance to celebrate at Wojska Polskiego Stadium, as the doors had been closed to the public by UEFA as a penalty for fans’ racist behavior and the fireworks thrown during a previous loss to Dortmund.Coming off a hat trick in the Spanish league, Cristiano Ronaldo finished empty-handed and remains two goals short of scoring his 100th goal in European competition.Leicester dropped its first points in its first foray into the Champions League and needs to wait for another round of matches to seal a place in the last 16.advertisementHere’s a look at what happened in the Champions League on Wednesday in detail:GROUP E(AP Photo)In a tightly contested group, Monaco took a big step toward qualifying with a 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen claimed its first victory of the campaign at the expense of Tottenham.Monaco is now top of the group with eight points, two more than Leverkusen. Tottenham is another two points behind.Valere Germain took advantage of some hapless goalkeeping from Igor Akinfeev to open the scoring in the 13th minute. Radamel Falcao added Monaco’s second from Benjamin Mendy’s cross in the 29th and then used some neat footwork to make it 3-0 in the 41st.A record Tottenham attendance of 85,512 at its temporary Wembley Stadium home saw Kevin Kampl score in the 65th minute with a deflected shot for a 1-0 win which lifted Leverkusen into second place.GROUP F(AP Photo)Madrid looked set to romp to another big win after Gareth Bale netted an amazing opener from distance in the first minute before then setting up Benzema to make it 2-0.But Madrid’s slack defense – and over-confidence – let Legia rally in stunning fashion to take the lead. Vadis Odjidja and Miroslav Radovic struck from long range before Thibault Moulin also scored from outside the area in the 83rd.Madrid was facing a humiliating defeat until Mateo Kovacic fired in from near the edge of the box to at least rescue a point.Dortmund left its top striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang watching from the stands as his backup, Adrian Ramos, scored the only goal in the 12th minute of a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon.Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said Gabon striker Aubameyang was left out for “internal reasons.”The German side is atop the standings on 10 points, with Madrid trailing by two points and Sporting five further back.GROUP G(Reuters Photo)Following three straight wins, Leicester was held to a scoreless draw at FC Copenhagen and must now wait for a home game against a Brugge side that lost 1-0 at FC Porto for another chance to advance.Leicester dominates the group with 10 points, followed by Porto with seven, while Copenhagen is in third spot with five points.Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel dived to his right to claw away a downward header from Andreas Cornelius in injury time to earn the draw.Andre Silva headed home for Porto in the 37th minute at the Estadio do Dragao to end a winless drought at home in European competitions. The ball deflected off the shoulder of Brugge midfielder Tomas Pina before going into the top corner by the far post. It was Silva’s fourth goal in his last four matches with Porto.The result eliminated Brugge, which is yet to win a point after four matches.GROUP H(Reuters Photo)Sevilla moved closer to the knockout stages after easing to a 4-0 win over a Dinamo Zagreb side that played the entire second half with 10 men. Dinamo defender Petar Stojanovic received a red card just before the break with the score at 1-0.advertisementSevilla dominated throughout the match at its Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, with goals from Luciano Vietto, Sergio Escudero, Steven N’Zonzi and Wissam Ben Yedder putting the result beyond doubt.Sevilla, which had won the Europa League for the previous three seasons, leads Group H with 10 points. Dinamo was left with zero points.Juventus has eight points after drawing 1-1 with Lyon, which has four.The Italian hosts missed the chance to ensure qualification with a victory.Gonzalo Higuain netted a penalty in the 13th minute but missed an open goal shortly before halftime. Juventus looked on course for the win but Corentin Tolisso leveled six minutes from time.last_img read more