Rishabh Pant 1st Indian wicketkeeper to score Test hundred in Australia

first_imgRishabh Pant scored his maiden hundred in Australia and his second in Test cricket on Friday in the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). With the three-figure mark, Pant is now the only Indian wicketkeeper to have scored a century in Australia and he did it in style.Pant, who is touring Australia for the first time with the senior squad, scored a boundary off Marnus Labuschagne to reached the hundred in in 137 deliveries.Before Pant’s century, Farokh Engineer had the highest scorer of 89 for an Indian wicketkeeper in Australia, which he scored in Adelaide in 1967.With the hundred, Pant is now also the second highest scorer in the ongoing series in Australia. He overtook Virat Kohli’s 282 runs and trails Cheteshwar Pujara now, who leads with 521 runs.India vs Australia 4th Test Day 2 in Sydney: Live Cricket ScoreOut of the top 10 scorers in the series so far, Pant has the second-best average and the best strike rate.A moment to remember for Rishabh Pant!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/J8uK3gQPJhcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019Pant is also only the second visiting wicketkeeper to register hundreds in both England and Australia. Jeffery Dujon was the first when he scored centuries in Manchester and Perth in 1984.Pant is also the first wicketkeeper from Asia to score over 200 runs and affect more than 20 dismissals in a Test series.Pant has had a very colourful series in Australia so far – from incessant banter with Paine to eventually scoring a hundred, it’s been a good tour for Pant.advertisementPant, who was sledged by Paine for losing his place to MS Dhoni in the ODI and T20I team, went on to call Paine a “temporary captain” and one who “only knows how to talk”.Paine had even asked Pant if he would babysit for him so he could take his wife for movie. In an extremely funny move, Pant actually posed with his kids during both team’s visit to the Australian Prime Minister’s official residence. Paine’s wife Bonnie posted a picture of the same, calling him “best babysitter”.So far in the Sydney Test, there has been no banter between Paine and Pant.Also Read | Bharat Army’s song for Rishabh Pant: He’ll hit you for a six, he’ll babysit your kidsAlso Read | Clarke, Hussey weigh in on Vihari’s controversial dismissal: Don’t think he was outAlso Read | Pujara’s mammoth 193 sixth highest score by an Asian in AustraliaAlso Read | Australian Prime Minister to Rishabh Pant: Aah yes! You sledge right?Also Read | Tim Paine on Rishabh Pant’s viral baby sitter photo: He was a sportlast_img read more

Heynckes backs Madrid to see off PSG

first_imgUEFA Champions League Bayern boss Heynckes backs Madrid to see off PSG Niklas König Bayern Munich Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:14 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Bayern München PSG Bundesliga Videos The Blancos have struggled for consistency throughout the campaign, but the man who led them to European success in 1998 remains positive Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes is confident Real Madrid will recover from their recent malaise and beat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.Madrid currently sit fourth in the Liga table – 19 points behind leaders Barcelona – and despite having won the Champions League in each of the last two seasons are widely being written off in their last-16 tie against the Ligue 1 outfit.Pressure is building on manager Zinedine Zidane, with European silverware now their only chance of picking up a trophy to end the campaign after they were also knocked out of the Copa del Rey by lowly Leganes. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Heynckes – who guided Madrid to the Champions League title in 1998 during his sole season in charge at Santiago Bernabeu – believes the Blancos have what it takes to beat Neymar and co.”That Madrid is going through a low in the league at the moment is, in my opinion, quite normal, especially if you have won the Champions League twice and been Spanish champions too,” he told Goal  in an exclusive interview.”In addition, Real have given away three very good players in the summer with Alvaro Morata, Pepe and James Rodriguez, perhaps to save salaries.”They have not bought big and thought that with the young players they can compensate for that. You need a really good mix between young and old, between experienced and hungry players.”Nevertheless, you must not write off Real in the Champions League. They have much more experience than Paris Saint-Germain. Much more! I believe they will win the tie.”They have a good team for playing in European competition. When we first won the Champions League again in 1998, we finished fourth in the league. I know from personal experience Madrid should never be underestimated.”Heynckes himself guided Bayern through the Champions League group stages alongside PSG in Group B, setting up a tie with Besiktas in the last 16.The Bundesliga champions have not won Europe’s biggest prize since 2013 but are many people’s dark horses for the competition this time around after Heynckes resurrected their poor early-season form under Carlo Ancelotti.Jupp Heynckes exclusiveHeynckes, though, feels that the form and finances of Premier League clubs is making his own side’s task of winning the tournament more difficult, and is unsure whether they will be able to keep competiting in years to come.”We want to become Bundesliga champions, we are not yet. We also want to be successful in the German Cup and in the Champions League.”In the Champions League, it will certainly be very difficult, because there are top teams, who  – in part, with huge costs – have greatly improved their squads in the transfer market.”It will be increasingly difficult for the Bundesliga and also for Bayern Munich to be as successful internationally as Bayern have been before in their history.”There are always cycles in football. Recently, Real Madrid have been incredibly successful, before that it was Barcelona in a certain period of time. Bayern Munich were in 2013 and also in previous years. So there are always snapshots.”Right now it is said that the English Premier League is the best and at the moment it might be like that. But the English teams have to prove that now in the knockout phase of the Champions League.”last_img read more

Lane Kiffin’s New 10-Year Contract Means He’s Probably Gone After This Season

first_imgHead coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen.BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)FAU finalized a decade-long contract extension with Lane Kiffin after just one year with him at the helm of the Owls. It’s not hard to see why; he dominated the Sun Belt in year one and is poised to do so again this season.Kiffin was floated for a few different jobs that opened this off-season, though it didn’t sound like he was seriously considered for them. Even some Tennessee fans were open to a reunion, even with how poorly his last brief stint there lasted.Instead, he is back for a second fall in Boca Raton. The team is the favorite to repeat for the Sun Belt title, and could even compete for the Group of Five’s New Year’s Six game bid.Lane Kiffin may be inked to stay in FAU for 10 years, but the details of the new contract make it very likely that this fall will be his last at FAU.In college football coaching contracts, the number of years is basically meaningless. The only time it is really worth paying attention to is if a coach is actually entering his final year.Few programs ever allow things to get that far. Coaches on their final year can be the target of negative recruiting.The buyout is the most crucial number for both sides. With this new Kiffin deal, it is not a very big number for a school that wants to hire Kiffin to meet.According to FAU Owl Access, his buyout number has not been amended. It will cost a team $2 million to poach him away.FAU elected not to alter the buyout clause in Kiffin’s contract. Leaving between now and January of 2019 would cost Kiffin $2 million. The buyout drops $500,000 per year through 2021.If the Owls have the type of season most expect, it is hard to imagine him not landing a big job, unless the market is just very small. We should be seeing Kiffin back in a major conference pretty soon.[FAU Owl Access]last_img read more

London Offshore Consultants Opens First Office in South Korea

first_imgzoom London Offshore Consultants, a global specialist in marine and engineering consultancy for the shipping and offshore energy sectors, has further expanded its footprint in Asia, successfully registering LOC Seoul and opening the company’s first office in South Korea.SEOUL“Initially concentrating on the vibrant energy markets, our ultimate objective is for LOC Seoul to cover all aspects of our work,” said Captain Jon Walker, Regional Head of Asia for the LOC Group.“We currently work with many Korean shipyards undertaking offshore construction for global projects,” Walker continued. “There is also substantial international work undertaken by Korean offshore companies insured domestically, so LOC Seoul will now be able to service these clients directly.“We have already received our first major job,” Walker confirmed. “We have been appointed marine warranty service provider for the loadout and sailaway of piperack modules from here to Canada.”Newly appointed country manager, Zhoongkeun Kim, a senior engineer and warranty surveyor, has worked on numerous projects in the Middle East, Africa and India. His areas of expertise include marine warranty service project management and review, Naval Architectural calculations, marine and offshore structural verification, and mooring analysis and motion studies for vessels and offshore units. He has degrees in Offshore Engineering from the UK and Ocean Civil Engineering from South Korea.Kim has begun the process of recruiting local staff with specialist consultant skills to base in LOC Seoul’s office in Gangnam.“One of LOC’s commitments when opening any new office is to populate it, wherever possible, with local talent,” Kim said. “It’s a key way in which the Group establishes familiarity with the local markets from the outset, and also brings immediate security and comfort to domestics customers.”Last year, LOC opened a new office in Vietnam. Now, in addition to LOC Seoul opening, the Group also expanded its Thailand operations to larger offices. Further regional growth is also planned.LOC, April 28, 2014last_img read more

US Approves 2017 Funding to Aid Seaports Development

first_imgzoom The US Congress has approved the 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which will maintain or increase funding for programs in an effort to aid America’s seaports deliver economic prosperity, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) informed.“The funding levels in this legislation will benefit US ports by ensuring the federal government continues to contribute its share of capital to seaport-related infrastructure, port security and voluntary diesel emissions reductions efforts,” Kurt J. Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO, said.“AAPA’s US-member ports are especially encouraged by the robust funding provided for the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Navigation Program, which is a critical partner in ensuring that America’s waterside infrastructure is prepared for growing volumes of both export and import trade,” Nagle added.AAPA said that the specific funding levels within the bill that benefit US ports include USD 6.038 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, including USD 2.66 billion for navigation projects and studies, USD 1.301 billion for Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund work and USD 28 million for the Donor and Energy Transfer Ports Program.Additionally, USD 500 million would go for the US Department of Transportation’s TIGER program, USD 100 million for the Department of Homeland Security’s Port Security Grant Program and USD 60 million for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program, among others.“Seaport cargo activity accounts for 26 percent of the US economy,” Nagle said, adding that the 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill “will better enable seaports to meet a growing demand for the safe, efficient movement of freight.”last_img read more

Sugar Ray Leonard To Speak At Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Chicago Awards

first_imgBoxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, whose father is living with multiple myeloma, will serve as the evening’s Keynote Speaker at the 15th Anniversary of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) 2016 Chicago Awards Dinner.The event will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Chicago Cubs teammates Jon Lester and Anthony Rizzo, both cancer survivors and advocates, will deliver the evening’s opening remarks. For the 12th year, Actress, Director, Producer, Writer and longtime MMRF supporter and Honorary Board Member, Bonnie Hunt will host the event.The MMRF is proud to be honoring the Andrea and Michael Rosengarden Family with the Spirit of Hope Award. This award is presented annually to a patient, caregiver, or family who inspires hope through their resilience, perseverance and dedication to the MMRF and its mission. Chicago locals and longtime MMRF supporters, the Rosengardens, epitomize the true meaning of family, consistently demonstrating their devotion to one another, unwavering strength and commitment to finding a cure.“We see ourselves just doing what we are supposed to do,” says both Andrea and Michael. “Life has been good enough to us to make it possible to help others battling this cancer.”The MMRF is grateful for the support of these leading pharmaceutical companies: Takeda Oncology and Janssen Oncology. The MMRF is one of the leading cancer research organizations worldwide. This groundbreaking foundation has combined the most successful characteristics of a Fortune 500 company and a scientific research lab to invent a new kind of entity, with a culture of speed, innovation, accountability and results. The MMRF’s Precision Medicine Model is the only end-to-end system in cancer research today and is leading the way in developing the next generation of treatments and ultimately finding a cure.The MMRF Chicago Awards Dinner is a premier Chicago event attended by over 600 corporate leaders and philanthropists. For more information, please visit www.themmrf.org/chicagodinner. To reserve a table or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email events@themmrf.org or call 888-599-2682last_img read more

UN embarks on lowcarbon future by detailing its own emissions

That amount, more than half of which is generated by peacekeeping operations, represents just 3.3 per cent of emissions generated by New York City, the host city of the UN’s headquarters.“This first-ever inventory is just a stepping stone towards supporting the kind of goals that scientists deem necessary to combat climate change while realizing a low-carbon UN as part of a transition to a 21st century resource-efficient international body,” said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).The results are part of a new report, in response to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s determination to make the UN system climate-friendly, launched today in Copenhagen, Denmark, where nations are holding talks on an ambitious new climate change agreement.The publication uses a common approach and methodology to break down emissions by the 200,000-person strong world body, from the Secretariat to specialized agencies to field operations.Air travel is the main culprit in releasing greenhouse gases, accounting for roughly half of the emissions produced by the UN, it found.The world body’s headquarters in New York, built in 1952, is due for a full renovation which is under way. All major building systems are set to be upgraded, with a 50 per cent drop in total energy use expected.At the UN office in Nairobi and the base of UNEP, a new 1,200-person zero-emission office is being erected.Agencies and programmes, including the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), are also implementing measures to reduce their carbon footprint, such as increasing the use of video conferencing and pilot hybrid-electric vehicles.Another UNEP-backed report issued today spotlights the damage wrought by climate change on Viet Nam’s Mekong and Red River Deltas, two key agricultural areas and home to more than 40 per cent of the South-East Asian nation’s population of nearly 40 million.“More than one third of the Mekong Delta, where 17 million people live and nearly half the country’s rice is grown, could be submerged if sea levels rise by one metre,” said Young Woo Park, UNEP’s Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific Region.Viet Nam is one of the countries expected to bear the greatest brunt of global warming. In the past 50 years, it has experienced temperature surges of up to 0.2 degrees centigrade per decade, but rainfall patterns have also shifted, with precipitation levels having risen in the north and dropped in the south. Sea level rises of between 2 and 4 centimetres have been recorded every decade.According to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Viet Nam will lose over 12 per cent of its land if sea levels rise 1 metre, while a 2-metre rise would result in up to 16 per cent land loss. 15 December 2009As one of its first steps towards reducing its greenhouse gas footprint, the United Nations – after one of the most wide-ranging and painstaking exercises in its history – announced today that it emits 1.7 million tons of carbon dioxide annually worldwide. read more

Moose Jaw police reviewing RCMP arrest where man suffered broken leg

An outside police agency is looking into a complaint against a La Loche RCMP officer after a man’s leg was broken during an arrest.According to Saskatchewan RCMP, a man suffered a broken leg during an arrest in La Loche on Jan. 2. The injured man made a public complaint against the arresting officer three days later.“The public complaint was immediately investigated and determined that the level of force was acceptable, given the circumstances of the arrest,” the RCMP said in a news release issued Friday afternoon.Police said the investigation of the public complaint was further reviewed to ensure all policies and procedures were followed, as part of normal RCMP procedure. That review concluded that, due to the level of injury to the man, the incident should be investigated by an external police agency.A request was made by the Saskatchewan RCMP to the Moose Jaw Police Service to review the incident in its entirety. Moose Jaw police agreed on Aug. 12 to conduct the external investigation and now has ownership of the investigation. read more

Brock students experience Mayan culture during Reading Week

For 17 Brock students, Reading Week was an opportunity to explore a new world.The group of graduate and undergraduate students traveled to Guatemala from Oct. 5 to 15 as part of a Faculty of Education course on global education. Accompanying them were two faculty members and one staff member.Much of the trip was spent in two regions of Guatemala with indigenous Mayan communities that are striving to preserve their distinct cultures and languages.Alysia Nagasuye, a Concurrent Teacher Education student, participating in classroom activities during the group’s visit to a Nebaj elementary school.“Before this class I had very limited knowledge of what Mayan culture meant,” said Jenny Korkes, a Brock employee and part-time Master of Education (MEd) student. “To see a living, breathing culture and community was amazing, especially because it has such a long history.”Before leaving for Guatemala, students prepared with assigned readings, videos and in-class discussions of issues such as culture and development.“We learned the history and the challenges, struggles, violence and everything that they’ve experienced up until this point,” said Korkes. “Learning all of that and then going to see how strong and hopeful they still are, it’s inspiring. But it also makes everything real. These people went through all of these things and they’re still here.”Korkes’ Assyrian heritage made this experience more meaningful because she could draw parallels to the experiences of her own community and efforts to preserve Assyrian culture.“One of the highlights for me was the interaction between students and a different culture,” said Cecilia Garcia Vega, Graduate Student Support Co-ordinator and one of the trip organizers. “Seeing how students reflect on different rituals, ceremonies, music, art, food, nature and language made me realize the incredible potential that traveling has as a tool to develop skills that will accompany the student the rest of their life.”The group toured the Peace Park, the site of a 1990 massacre, attended music and cultural performances and participated in a traditional Mayan smoke ceremony. Students experienced Mayan home life with their host families in the village of Tzalb´al.The itinerary also included a visit to an elementary school, where students were able engage with local children and observe classroom management practices.Jenny Korkes and Olivia Belmonte during the group’s visit to the Ixil University.“It was really interesting to see how different their schooling is compared to what we’re used to in North America,” said Olivia Belmonte, a fourth-year Concurrent Education student majoring in French. The classroom management was very different. I find that here, we place a great deal of emphasis on structure and obedience. Whereas, the elementary school that we went to was unstructured and kind of laid back.”The group had the opportunity to connect with students from a local university created by the Mayan Ixil people to preserve traditional knowledge and create educational opportunities for Ixil youth. Brock students visited an Ixil University class held outdoors in the mountains.Learning in the community context was an important focus of the trip.The group toured a coffee plantation and Mayan co-operatives that produce chocolate and craft items. Students were able to participate in hands-on demonstrations of traditional beading and weaving techniques. These activities connected in-class learning with on-the-ground experience.“I already knew that experiential education was a beneficial thing,” says Belmonte of the trips hands-on activities. “I think this just really emphasized how important it is because it was not only an experiential learning opportunity for myself going into this culture, but I also got to see how experiential learning happened within their culture.”Wet weather and language barriers created some difficulties for the group. In some areas, double translation from English to Spanish to a local language was necessary to communicate with community members.“They were able to roll with the challenges, be it rain, modest accommodations and food that was tasty but different than they are used to,” said Michael O’Sullivan of the Brock group.O’Sullivan is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate Student Services, Research and International in the Faculty of Education. He was the trip leader and has a long history of work in the region.“The learning they soaked in will impact their future teaching practice and will influence their thinking, not just for the duration of the course, but for years to come,” he said.Belmonte agrees.“It allowed me to work with individuals who don’t have the same culture as me and don’t speak the same languages as me. That’s something that I think will be beneficial in my future classroom if I have students that come from different backgrounds, perhaps even different countries,” says Belmonte.For Korkes, the trip has inspired her to further explore her interest in indigenous identity, culture and education through her MEd studies. She is particularly interested in the preservation of indigenous cultures through education.Both Korkes and Belmonte were able to connect the lessons learned in Guatemala with their knowledge of Indigenous history and experiences in Canada.“The value of the trip does not end the day the students come back home,” said Garcia Vega. “Experiential learning opportunities like this allow students to expand their horizons, enrich their education, get involved with meaningful causes and reflect on their goals.” read more

Big coal producers differing export positions

first_imgThe two largest coal producers in the world are of course the USA and China. The latest edition of the National Mining Association’s NMA International Coal Review reveals a significant increase in US coal exports for the first half of 2007. The review also found that imports increased during this time period, but at a slower rate than the growth seen in exports.In total, US coal exports jumped 11.2%, an increase attributed to a weaker US dollar, which helped make the coal better value to overseas buyers. According to the report, steam coal exports increased 17.8% and metallurgical coal exports increased 6.7%. Exports also rose due to strong Asian demand, primarily in China and India. Elsewhere, bottlenecks in Australia, the world’s largest coal exporter, resulted in Europe having to rely on more US steam coal exports, while Indonesia, another major exporter, experienced difficulties related to an extended rainy season that impacted the ability to ship steam coal.The review found that imported coal accounts for 3% of US consumption and has continued to trend upward, particularly as East Coast power generators located near port terminals have taken more coal from Colombia and Indonesia.By contrast, Chinese coal exports in first half 2007 declined by 30.3% year-on-year, accompanied by a strong rise in imports. As Macquarie Research reports, facing “ever-increasing domestic demand and huge pressures to restrict coal mining investment and production, the Chinese government [has] announced several measures to reduce coal exports and encourage imports,” since the 1990s.The National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC) issued a report entitled China Coal Industry Eleventh Five-Year Plan, in which it blueprints the coal industry’s development for the next five years by emphasizing large-scale production. In January, Macquarie Research “expressed doubts about the production target set by NDRC, believing that it seriously underestimated China’s future coal production and demand. Recently, the NDRC issued its survey result. This shows an entirely different picture.” According to the NDRC’s coal mine capacity survey, China’s total coal mine capacity was 2,460 Mt by 2006 and will be 3,070 Mt by 2010. Macquarie further notes that “while the NDRC admitted that in 2006, 123 Mt [of] coal output was produced from output exceeding designed capacity, some coal mines in China’s key coal production regions were not able to reach their respective capacities due to transportation bottlenecks. Despite the fact that the government has intensified its investment into railway upgrades, we think the transportation bottleneck will continue to constrain capacity growth out to 2010.”“The China Coal Trading and Distribution Association (CCTD), a Chinese coal sector consultancy, recently issued its projections for China’s coal consumption by 2010. The projection, coupled with NDRC’s capacity survey, showed that by 2010, Chinese coal supply will be able to meet its own demand with a small gap of roughly 50 Mt. However, the weak coal supply/demand balance is subject to variables including transportation bottlenecks, macro-economic policy and conditions and small coal mine closure, among others.“We would also question the assumptions used on growth to 2010, which, already halfway though 2007, appear way too low – especially for metallurgical (steel).”last_img read more

VIDEO The most awful ways you could be woken up tonight

first_imgYouTube/clipnationdotcomVIDEO: Kids’s amazing trick to avoid eating his vegetables>Breaking Bad… as a family drama series in 1995>5 things we learned from One Direction’s Irish gig> AS YOU DRIFT off to sleep this evening… try not to think about these people who prank their nearest and dearest by rudely awakening them from their slumbers.And when we say rudely we mean with mousetraps, snakes, chainsaws, buckets of water and foghorns.last_img

911 service returns for some BG users after morning disruption

first_imgAn outage disrupted 911 service for Battle Ground residents who use Comcast’s telephone service for several hours this morning, according to Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, but services were restored before noon.The Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency said Comcast had the issues fixed by around 11:45. The agency said it had no information yet on the cause, and asked callers to refrain from dialing 911 to test the connection.Cell phone users and CenturyLink customers can still call 911, but Comcast VOIP customers’ calls were routed to a national call center.Battle Ground Comcast telephone customers were instructed to call the Clark County 911 center directly at 360-696-4461.last_img read more

The Himalaya Drug Company aims at revenue generation of Rs 2500 crore

first_imgThe Himalaya Drug Company, an Indian firm, is looking at generating revenues of  Rs 2,500 crore during the next fiscal. The company, which plans to expand its business and distribution network, will also hire around 1,000 people.The Bengaluru-based firm had posted an annual turnover of Rs 1,800 crore during the last fiscal and it expects sales worth Rs 2,100 crore during the financial year, which will end on March 30, 2017. “We are expecting revenues of upto Rs 2,500 crore in the next fiscal FY18 maintaining a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 20 percent year-on-year,” Philipe Haydon, CEO of Himalaya Drug company was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.The company’s personal care vertical (which is the biggest) contributes 42 percent to the company’s total sales. That is followed by pharmaceutical 32 percent, babycare at 15 percent, animal health 5 percent and wellness 5 percent. According to its CEO, the company is aiming to expand presence in all the verticals.”We have just launched Mothercare products with the launch of 4 products followed by at least 8 products in next one and one-and-half years. We expect this segment to contribute to 5 to 6 per cent to our revenues in next two years,” Haydon told PTI.Adding workforceThe company, which is popularly known for its herbal products aims to increase its workforce to 10,000 employees in the near future. At present, the company has 9,000 people on its payroll.”We plan to add atleast a 1,000 people during the next fiscal in all verticals as we increase our verticals and distribution network that we are in,” Haydon told the agency.The Himalaya brand offers a range of 300 healthcare and personal care products including popular brands like Liv 52, Cystone and Bonnisan. The company operates across 90 countries.last_img read more

RBI to soon issue new Rs 100 notes so what happens to

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon issue new Rs 100 denomination banknotes. The new banknotes will have a similar design as that of the Rs 100 banknotes issued previously in Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005. Warburg Pincus acquires airline services group AccelyaThe new currency notes in the Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005 will have an inset letter ‘R’ in both the number panels, bearing the signature of RBI Governor Urjit Patel and the year of printing ‘2017’ printed on the reverse of the banknote. The new note will have an ascending size of numerals in the number panels, bleed lines, and enlarged identification mark on the obverse as upgraded features, according to a new RBI notification.All the banknotes in the denomination of Rs 100 previously issued by the RBI will continue to be legal tender. In the wake of demonetisation, short-supply of Rs 100 notes and near absence of new Rs 500 notes in the market resulted in the general public reluctantly accepting Rs 2,000 note as merchants were not able to provide change for this higher denomination currency. In December, at the peak of the cash crunch, the RBI had asked banks to deploy a majority of the new Rs 500 notes in ATMs to ensure wider and equitable distribution of currencies. The central bank had directed banks to use a smaller share of the new currency in their branches to enable wider distribution of the currency among the general public and increase the acceptance of Rs 2,000 notes. Meanwhile, in a separate press release, the RBI notified that foreign institutional investors (FIIs)/foreign portfolios investors (FPIs) can now invest up to 36 percent of the paid-up capital of Cera Sanitaryware Ltd under the Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS). The limit before was 24 percent. The RBI stated that Cera Sanitaryware has passed necessary resolutions at its board of directors’ level and a special resolution by its general body agreeing for enhancing the limit from 24 percent to 36 percent. On Friday, shares of Cera Sanitaryware traded on the BSE at Rs 2,312, up 2.83 per cent from their previous close.last_img read more

India mulls ecigarette ban as health ministry wants to treat it as

first_imgNational health authorities are planning to ban vapour inhalers known as e-cigarettes treating them as ‘drug’.ANIThe Union Health Ministry has decided to ban the nicotine inhalers know as e-cigarettes years after the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended their worldwide ban in 2014. A notification banning the electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) is likely to be issued soon as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s 100-day agenda.The device that uses a concoction of chemicals including nicotine and flavouring agents are popular among a section of smokers as it does not emit smoke but only invisible vapours. There have been reports that some youngsters use the device for ‘vaping’ on banned drugs including marijuana. A notification to this effect is likely to be issued soon, a report in Moneycontrol said citing two unidentified health ministry officials. E-cigarettes are not licensed for sale in India and have made their way illegally into the country, reports say. The product is marketed as an aid to help people quit smoking, e-cigarettes have also been gaining as a lifestyle statement among younger people.The health ministry wants to ban its manufacture, import and sale in India, which is expected to help raise awareness about the device. “Regulatory measures to prevent the use of e-cigarettes are necessary. They are imported unlicensed products and are found to be widely sold online. The ministry is now considering to ban the product,” said a health ministry official.Government data show that more than 460 e-cigarette brands are available in India, with various configurations of nicotine delivery in nearly 7,700 flavours. However, under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, the government cannot ban these products, but only regulate their sale. Now the government has accepted the suggestion of experts at a drug consultative committee meeting on June 1 that e-cigarettes and similar devices would fall under the definition of “drug” under section 3(b) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 (DCA), and therefore could be banned. “ENDS, including e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, vape, e-sheesha, e-nicotine, flavoured hookah, and similar products, are used as a tobacco (especially smoking forms such as cigarettes) cessation product, and functions for nicotine delivery for reasons, including nicotine de-addiction. Hence, these devices and products fall under the definition of ‘drug’ in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act,” the minutes of the meeting said.The governments of Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh have notified ENDS, or e-cigarettes, as an unapproved drug under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules, 1945, and have begun prosecuting sellers, reports say. Haryana has also declared that “nicotine in its pure chemical form” is “poison” under the Poisons Act. Karnataka, Kerala, Mizoram, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have also issued orders banning the manufacture, distribution and sale of e-cigarettes as an unapproved drug under DCA.The United States banned e-cigarettes in 2014 and most other countries have already acted on the cue. The central drug regulatory authority wrote on February 22 to all state drug controllers that no ENDS products were licensed.last_img read more

Ershad to be buried in Rangpur Raushan agrees

first_imgHM Ershad (L) and his wife Raushan Ershad. Prothom Alo File PhotoShowing respect to the love of people of Rangpur for her deceased husband and Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad, Raushan Ershad on Tuesday agreed to bury him at Polli Nibash in his hometown Rangpur, reports UNB.She also made a request to keep aside a place beside Ershad’s grave so that she can be buried there after her demise, said a party press release.”It’s not possible to ignore the love and affection of the people of Rangpur for former president HM Ershad. So, the decision to bury him in Rangpur was taken considering the love and sentiment of the people of Rangpur.”Earlier, the fourth and final namaz-e-janaza of JaPa chairman HM Ershad was held at Central Collectorate Eidgah in the district town around 2:28pm with the participation of thousands of people.Huge number of law enforcement officials were deployed in and around the Eidgah to fend off any untoward incident as local leaders announced to thwart party senior leaders’ plan to bury Ershad at Military Graveyard in the capital instead of Rangpur.A grave was dug on Monday for the JaPa Chairman at the Litchi Orchard at Polli Nibash.On Sunday, JaPa secretary general Mashiur Rahman Ranga announced that their chairperson will be buried at the military graveyard in the capital.Earlier in the morning, the body of Ershad, who passed away in the capital on Sunday morning, was taken to Rangpur for the janaza.A helicopter of Bangladesh Air Force carrying the coffin of the Ershad landed at Rangpur Cantonment around 11:30am.JaPa acting chairman GM Quader, secretary general Mashiur Rahman Ranga, former secretary general Ruhul Amin Hawlader and Ershad’s son Rahgir Al Mahi Shad Ershad, among others, went there.Ershad, a former military strongman and five-time MP, breathed his last around 7:45am on Sunday while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka.His first janaza was held at the Army Central Mosque in Dhaka on Sunday while two other janazas were held in Dhaka on Monday.Ershad’s qulkhwani will be held on Wednesday at Gulshan’s Azad mosque in Dhaka.Ershad had been shuttling between his home and hospital for the last few months as his health condition deteriorated.He was admitted to the CMH on 26 June as he had been suffering from various old-age complications, including low haemoglobin, kidney and liver problem, high bilirubin and serious knee pain.last_img read more

Snap Taps McDonalds Marketing Exec Kenny Mitchell as First CMO

first_img Snap Intros $380 Two-Camera Spectacles — A Fashion Accessory for Snapchat AR Content ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Mitchell has also overseen brand and consumer marketing for NASCAR and was VP/GM at the Dew Tour, a division of the NBC Sports Group. Mitchell holds a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.Mitchell, in a statement provided by the company, said: “Snap is a great company with strong values, an inspired vision and innovative products that are empowering its global community. I look forward to helping Evan and Snap continue to tell their story to people around the world, and working with my new colleagues as we define the future of the camera and self-expression.” Snap, as part of rebuilding its senior exec team and angling to boost growth, has hired its first chief marketing officer: Kenny Mitchell, a consumer-marketing veteran who has worked at McDonald’s, Gatorade, NBC Sports Group and NASCAR.Mitchell will join the company in June 2019, reporting to CEO and cofounder Evan Spiegel. Mitchell will lead all consumer and product marketing programs at Snap, which has struggled over the past year to grow its user base. While he is Snap’s first CMO, he assumes duties that were previously the purview of former VP of marketing Steve LaBella, who exited the social messaging and media company last fall.“Kenny’s consumer marketing expertise and his deep understanding of our products will be a great combination for Snap,” Spiegel said in announcing his hire. “Throughout his career, Kenny has demonstrated his ability to successfully execute innovative, global marketing campaigns, many of which have leveraged our own vertical video and augmented reality products.”center_img In an memo to staff in October, Spiegel outlined the need for better marketing and communications — and acknowledged missteps with Snapchat’s widely criticized app redesign in 2018. “We rushed our redesign, solving one problem but creating many others,” the CEO wrote in the memo. “The biggest mistake we made with our redesign was compromising our core product value of being the fastest way to communicate.”Mitchell’s hire comes after a string of high-level departures from Snap’s senior management ranks in the past year. In addition to LaBella, those include chief strategy officer Imran Khan, chief content officer Nick Bell, head of ad sales Jeff Lucas (now at Verizon Media), and CFO Tim Stone.In the past six months, Snap has recruited three senior execs: Jeremi Gorman, chief business officer, former head of ad sales at Amazon; Jared Grusd, chief strategy officer, ex-CEO of Huffington Post; and Julie Henderson, chief communications officer, formerly with 21st Century Fox.Snap last month widely released an overhauled version of its Android app, which it hopes will drive up active users. In the first quarter of 2019, the company beat Wall Street financial expectations and — for the first time in a year — expanded its user base, netting 4 million daily active users to hit 190 million in the period.Most recently, Mitchell was VP of brand content and engagement for McDonald’s USA, where he led the fast-food chain’s strategic brand and consumer marketing agenda in the U.S. Prior to joining McDonald’s in early 2018, he was head of consumer engagement at Gatorade, where he led all global integrated consumer marketing efforts and pioneered the use of Snapchat vertical video and augmented reality tools. Those included Gatorade’s viral Gatorade Dunk AR Lens for the Super Bowl and the sports drink’s Serena Williams-themed Snap Ad game, which was played with by Snapchat users for an average of over 200 seconds, according to the company. Related Snapchat Parent Company Raises $1.265 Billion in Debt Financing, Citing Potential Acquisitionslast_img read more

TMC will never implement NRC in Bengal Partha

first_imgKolkata: The Bengal government will never implement the National Register of Citizens to divide people and the society, said Partha Chatterjee, secretary general of Trinamool Congress, on Friday.Reacting sharply to the statement made by BJP national president Amit Shah at an election meeting held in Alipurduar on Friday, he said that if BJP is elected in Bengal, it will implement NRC and drive out the ‘infiltrators’. “Trinamool Congress is against NRC which is used to divide people and terrorise them. We are against any policy that divides people,” he said, adding: “BJP is talking conveniently regarding the matter. In some states they are saying that NRC will not be implemented, while in some others they are saying that it will be implemented.” He pointed out that in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, BJP will be washed out so the question of implementing NRC will not come up. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataCriticising the BJP leaders for using unparliamentary language, Chatterjee said: “It is most unfortunate that from Narendra Modi to Sayantan Basu, BJP leaders are using such filthy language which does not go with Bengal’s political culture. BJP has created history through its use of obnoxious language.” Asked why Trinamool Congress leaders are going to the temples before starting their campaign, Chatterjee said: “It is because Trinamool is a secular party. We are visiting the temples, churches and mosques. Ask why BJP leaders are not visiting the churches or mosques. Secular persons respect people belonging to different religions, castes and creed, while the non-secular ones have no respect for people belonging to other religions.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe said that in the name of note ban, common people had been harassed. Many of them died in the queues waiting to withdraw their own money from the bank. “But Modi is silent on the issue. In the past five years, he did not call any press conference. However, he is spending crores of rupees for his own publicity,” he added. Criticising Shah for his statement that people were not allowed to vote in the Panchayat election, he said: “BJP is circulating lies but is never telling the truth that they have failed to field candidates in most areas.” Reacting sharply to the BJP leader’s statement that Trinamool will be ousted from Bengal, he said: “The Assembly election will be held in 2021” and advised Shah to ensure that the party can deploy workers in the polling stations. “The people of Bengal are with Mamata Banerjee, whom they trust. They have seen how she had launched movements to oust CPI(M). But BJP cannot launch any movement. They can only talk big to confuse people,” Chatterjee added.last_img read more

Web Sites Adapt to Mobile Access

first_img Most cell phone, smartphone and PDA owners have an option to surf the web from their mobile devices. But in the U.S., few actually exercise that option. Adam Wright, senior research manager with research group Ipsos Insight, sees a flattening out in rates of users accessing the web through mobile devices. “People are comparing it to their PC in the workplace or at home, and [they] feel it’s not a good experience,” says Wright. “It’s a user interface thing.” Small screens and other technical challenges make the experience pale in comparison with browsing on a regular computer.The U.S. reluctance to adopt the mobile web hasn’t escaped attention. Some new developments are aimed at improving the mobile web experience. The .mobi top level domain designed to help clear up web address confusion and let users know which sites are optimized and formatted for mobile devices opened for registration in 2006. On the first day .mobi was open to the general public, more than 75,000 businesses and individuals registered names. Visit http://pc.mtld.mobi for more information or to find a registrar. Meanwhile, the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, has published a working draft of the Device Independent Authoring Language, or DIAL, aimed at helping web designers create sites for viewing on any mobile device.Although some big players have already launched .mobi sites, entrepreneurs may want to wait and see if .mobi and DIAL catch on before making substantial investments in this arena. In the long run, Wright sees new mobile form factors like the ultra mobile Origami PC concept perhaps boosting mobile web access. Don’t look for any landslide shifts in mobile web use, but road warrior entrepreneurs are anticipating a better on-the-go web experience in the future. This story appears in the December 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » December 1, 2006 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 2 min read Listen Now How Success Happenslast_img read more

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour Sydney Celebrates Win At The 2013 TAA NSW

first_imgAfter having undergone a five month multi-million dollar refurbishment in 2012 to enhance its alignment to the PARKROYAL group of hotels across Australia and Asia, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney won the ‘Redeveloped Accommodation Hotel of the Year’ award at the 2013 TAA (NSW) Awards for Excellence last night. Craig Bond, Area General Manager, Oceania, Pan Pacific Hotels Group says, “We are very excited PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney won this award at the 2013 Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW Awards.  As a group we focus on enriching the experiences of our guests and are committed in providing them with the very best service during their stay. The hotel’s refurbishment really reflects the PARKROYAL brand with the goal of making guests feel as though the hotel meets their individual needs. Congratulations to our staff who continue to uphold the PARKROYAL values and offer our signature trusted local hospitality.”PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney collaborated with internationally acclaimed design firm HASSELL on every aspect of the redesign to harmoniously marry aesthetics and functionality. The design enhances every aspect of the guest experience from check-in to check-out with a vibrant contemporary interior and the latest in hotel technology. The hotel was nominated for four awards on the night including Concierge of the Year, Meeting & Events Employee of the Year, Redeveloped Accommodation Hotel of the Year and Sydney Superior Hotel Accommodation of the Year.Pan Pacific Hotels Group property, PARKROYAL Parramatta was also nominated for five awards on the evening including Workplace Health & Safety Hotel of the Year, Outstanding Community Service and Achievement, Front of House Employee of the Year, Food & Beverage Employee of the Year and Sydney Superior Hotel Accommodation of the Year. The hotel recently appointed a new General Manager, Michael Johnson, who joins the hotel after a successful tenure as General Manager at the award winning, PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport.  Interestingly Michael worked for PARKROYAL Parramatta when it was first built in 1986 as the then Assistant Food & Beverage Manager.The TAA awards are recognised as the most prestigious hospitality awards, honouring the achievement of excellence in a wide range of categories in the accommodation industry. TAA is focused on, and committed to, the future development and growth of the accommodation sector within Australia’s vibrant tourism industry. Source = PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydneylast_img read more