Advertisement Advertisement Short films are the new scripts at Amazon Studios, which is opening its content development factory to shorts and concept videos for optioning into feature films.The new initiative begins today and works like Amazon’s existing script submission process: 2-15 minute videos can be submitted via Amazon Studios’ website either privately or publicly, with a 45-day option and evaluation period and a $10,000 fee awarded if a short is selected to the development slate.Amazon Studios has a first-look deal with WB and promises $200,000 to creators if their projects are produced with a $400,000 bonus if they top $60M at the box office. The upstart Amazon.com spin-off recently picked up five of its original TV pilots to series after launching their submissions program last year.COURTESY OF DEADLINE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement
TORONTO – Banks are at risk of being pushed to the sidelines in the age of social media and big data, Royal Bank of Canada’s chief executive David McKay said Friday.Customers are increasingly leaving a digital trail of their financial plans on social media or search histories, such as buying a house, allowing technology giants to not only capitalize on that information, but potentially get into banking themselves, McKay said.“As these technology players realize their digital dividend there is a risk that our visibility with clients will diminish in the networked economies — or ecosystems — of the future,” he told shareholders at RBC’s annual meeting on Friday.Technology continues to reshape the financial services landscape as more consumers do their banking online or via smartphone rather than in physical branches. McKay said Friday that mobile is now RBC’s number one digital channel, with 3.4 million active users, up 19 per cent over the last year.In turn, Canada’s biggest banks have been investing heavily in technological innovation to stay ahead of the curve. During the last fiscal year, RBC spent more than $3-billion on technology, including on digital initiatives, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.And while smaller financial technology companies are both partnering with and competing with traditional banks, larger tech companies and their deep pockets present a more formidable threat.Last month, for example, it emerged that Amazon was in talks with two large U.S. banks to start offering a chequing-like product to the e-commerce titan’s customers, according to the Wall Street Journal.McKay said there is a risk that these companies in search, e-commerce or social may be the first to deduce what customers’ needs are and direct them to financial institutions willing to pay for that information, but also get into banking themselves.“We think about somebody getting between you and your customer with that information, and start influencing the customer to choose other providers.”He added that RBC, Canada’s largest bank, has identified a number of digital “ecosystems” where its clients live and work within which the bank believes it can play an “integral role in the future.”McKay pointed to RBC’s recently released Drive app, which allows users to store car-related information, track trips and book service appointments.“We’re preparing ourselves for a world where others can see what you are trying to do before we see it,” he told reporters. “So we have a number of strategies to make sure that we stay connected to our customers. So we understand what’s going on and we can be relevant.”RBC is also investing heavily in artificial intelligence, and now has more than 200 data scientists working across the bank.While data allows RBC and other companies to develop more relevant products and refine its approach to customers, it is important to balance this with transparency, McKay said.The recent revelations that the Facebook data of millions of users was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, among other things, has prompted a “healthy dialogue” about how personal information should be handled.He said regulations may be needed to set the boundaries, but hoped that would not be necessary.“We’re poised for a societal discussion on how we’re going to use personal information… The way I think that we have acted in the past, globally, as government, industries, whatever it happens to be, may not be sufficient to meet societal norms going forward.”
Rabat – While 300 Sub-Saharans stormed the Melilla border fence, 12 Moroccan soldiers received injuries. Morocco arrested 141 migrants and will repatriate them.One of the 12 was seriously injured in the exercise. All the wounded were immediately transported to the Nador hospital for treatment, according to a military source who spoke to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).One migrant died after falling from the fence and 22 others were injured by the barbed wire. They were also transferred to Nador’s hospital. The Moroccan Ministry of the Interior said that public forces arrested 141 undocumented immigrants during the operation.Spanish authorities gave quite different figures, saying that only 200 migrants reached Spain, while 100 failed to cross.Morocco has decided to repatriate all 141 sub-Saharan migrants who attempted to cross the borders on Sunday, according to the ministry’s statement.On October 20, Melilla also announced it would repatriate 30 Moroccan migrants.According to El Faro de Melilla, the repatriated migrants had been rescued from the sea by Spanish authorities on October 19 and transported to Melilla.In July, at least 600 migrants crossed the border from Morocco to the Spanish enclave Ceuta.By July 30, more than 24,000 migrants entered Europe through the western Mediterranean route from Morocco in 2018.Spain’s Ministry of Interior said earlier this year 38,000 migrants are believed to have entered Spain in 2018.According to the Moroccan director of immigration and border surveillance, Khalid Zerouali, Morocco has aborted nearly 65,000 migration attempts annually since 2016.Morocco’s Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit met with his Spanish counterpart Fernando Grande-Marlaska on Saturday to discuss migration issues in Madrid.
Oscar Kamau Kingara, founder of the Oscar Foundation Free Legal Aid Clinic, was killed along with a co-worker yesterday as the two sat in their car in heavy traffic near Nairobi University in Kenya’s capital, Rupert Colville of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told reporters in Geneva. They were on their way to a meeting with staff of the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights, he added.The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston, had met with Mr. Kingara on his visit to Kenya, during which he found what he called “systematic, widespread and carefully planned” police killings in the country.Mr. Colville said that the Oscar Foundation had provided testimonies of family members of people who had been allegedly killed by police to the Special Rapporteur and, in 2007, had published a report entitled “License to Kill – Extrajudicial Executions and Police Brutality in Kenya.”High Commissioner Navi Pillay urged the Government of Kenya to ensure the safety of the witnesses to the shooting, to investigate this killing and bring the perpetrators to justice, Mr. Colville said. “The High Commissioner also urged the Government to take all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of all people with whom the Special Rapporteur had met during his recent visit,” he added.Speaking with UN Radio today, Philip Alston – who like all UN Special Rapporteurs reports to the Human Rights Council in an unpaid, independent capacity – confirmed that he interviewed both of the murder victims during his visit.He said the Government has accused the Oscar Foundation of having close links to a criminal gang, the Mungiki.“The problem of harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders has always been a very major one,” Mr. Alston stressed. “It’s an issue which the UN has adopted a very strong stance towards.” “We try to take every possible precaution to ensure the security of those that we speak with. At the end of the day if you have a very determined and ruthless group that is going to punish and intimidate these people, there isn’t much that can be done,” he said. 6 March 2009The United Nations human rights chief today called for an investigation after the founder of a Kenyan human rights organization was gunned down, one week after meeting with an independent UN expert investigating police killings in the East African country.
The volunteers demanded grant of general pardon and release of all prisoners who have been imprisoned for more than 23 years, ‘who have been denied justice’, release of all political prisoners who are in jail for more than 10 years, and the closure of all special camps for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees and permission for them to join their families. The police erected a barricade at the junction of Azad Road and Central Jail Road and prevented the volunteers from proceeding towards the jail. (Colombo Gazette) Over 70 protesters were arrested in Vellore, Tamil Nadu yesterday during a demonstration staged over several demands. including the closure of all special camps for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees.The Hindu newspaper reported that seventy-three persons comprising 65 volunteers of the Naam Thamizhar Katchi and eight of the Socialist Democratic Party of India (SDPI) were arrested as they attempted to lay siege to the Central Prison for men as part of a state-wide agitation.
Dr. R H S Samarathunga, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and Ms. Sri Widowati, Country Director of ADB Sri Lanka Resident Mission on behalf of the ADB, today signed the Loan Agreement and the Grant Agreement to obtain USD 37.5 million and USD 12.5 million respectively at the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media. (Colombo Gazette) The objective of the proposed project will be achieved through the following key outputs; (i) primary health care enhanced in the fourprovinces through rehabilitation of PHC facilities in district hospitals (DH) and primary medical care units (PMCUs), procurement of vehicles for the medical officers for supervision and outreach services and Increased public awareness and behavior change to use primary health care, (ii) health and disease surveillance strengthened through adopting health information technology for continuity of care and Implementing of IHR recommendation, (iii) policy development, capacity building and project management supported. The Government has mobilized Grant and Concessional Loan assistance amounting to USD 50 million from the ADB to improve the efficiency, equity and responsiveness of the primary healthcare system in Sri Lanka in line with the National Strategic Framework for Development of Health Services (2016 – 2025).The proposed health system enhancement project will be implemented in four provinces namely Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North Central with geographically, socially and economically deprived populations. The proposed ADB financing is comprised of a grant of USD 12.5 million and a concessional loan of USD 37.5 million. The total investment cost of the Project is USD 60 millionand the Government’s contribution to the project is USD 10 million.
This week’s Conversations with Goodman podcast features Lauren Shanahan, a career consultant in the Goodman Career Development Office.Originally from Niagara, Shanahan has a background in business consulting services and has recently joined the Goodman School of Business.The Career Development Office is a service for Goodman students to use, offering a range of services from resume and cover letter reviews to job search strategies and career coaching. In the podcast, Shanahan encourages students to reach out to a career consultant to find out how they can help and gives advice to students who need career guidance and perhaps do not know where to start.Students can make appointments with the Goodman Career team through CareerZone and start a conversation through the Goodman Student Portal. This is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community.
When Angels star Mike Trout went down for six weeks with a thumb injury at the end of May, it suddenly looked like the American League’s most valuable player title was anybody’s to claim. Would it be rookie sensation Aaron Judge? Or perhaps diminutive Astros sparkplug Jose Altuve would claim his first MVP crown. Could Boston’s strikeout machine Chris Sale work his way into the conversation? The race seemed wide open.Four months later, it’s becoming clear that we may have underestimated the best player in baseball.Trout returned from his first career DL stint after the All-Star break and started knocking home runs like he’d never left. In 51 games since his recovery, Trout has slashed .305/.457/.563, accruing a total of about 21 runs above an average player. Trout’s hitting has been so otherworldly that he has almost entirely closed the gap between himself and the best offensive players in baseball. Here’s a chart showing Trout’s Weighted Runs Created, which quantifies a player’s total offensive value, relative to the rest of the league since the start of the 2017 season. Throw in Trout’s decent defense and proficient base-stealing, and you have the league’s fourth-highest WAR total. And he’s gaining fast on current AL leader Altuve, who slowed down his pace of production slightly as the summer wore on, posting his worst on-base plus slugging rate in September. It’s a long shot, but Trout could pass Altuve in the next couple of weeks.Trout has been among the best players in baseball each full season he’s played. But he’s not only the best in his generation, he’s also the best player in history through ages 21-24. He’ll have to make up a little ground on Ty Cobb to extend that streak to age 25, but there’s no doubt that he’s on his way to an inner-circle Hall of Fame career.Even if Trout doesn’t manage to catch Altuve (or Cobb), he still has a legitimate shot at his third AL MVP award. While the WAR leaderboard doesn’t care about how good your team is, the same cannot be said for MVP voters. And that may be the best argument for Trout’s claim: The Angels are unexpectedly in the running for a wild-card spot, and they owe much of their success to Trout’s bat. To the Angels’ credit, they managed to slightly improve their playoff position in Trout’s absence, but their chances didn’t really take off until he came back.In retrospect, perhaps it was inevitable that Trout would make a run at league MVP. He is the king of consistency, after all. We can just add “injury” to the long list of factors, such as aging and opponent adjustments, that could end a mortal man’s career but barely seem to slow Trout.
Businessman and philanthropist George Behrakis has had one mission in mind over the past few years – to save the children of Greece from fatal illnesses caused by smoking.The retired pharmacist and researcher from Lowell, Massachusetts decided to dedicate a great portion of his time travelling to and from Greece over the last six years after having witnessed young girls aged 11 and 12 being handed free cigarettes in the school yard. “Due to the demonstrations taking place in the centre of Athens I stayed in a small hotel in Kifissia. “One morning I took a walk around the area and I happened to walk past a school where I witnessed two women dressed in black giving young girls free cigarettes,” Mr Behrakis told US publication Ethniko Kirika.“I called my cousin Panagioti Behrakis, a pulmonary physician and lecturer at the university and asked him what was going on. “Does the government allow people to give out cigarettes to young girls and boys? We have to do something.”With the knowledge that up to 80 per cent of lung cancer is caused by smoking cigarettes, Mr Behrakis was outraged at what he had witnessed; recognising the negative implications this would have on the future of these children and the country’s healthcare system. Since that very conversation, the philanthropist has reached out to the prestigious Harvard University and the Hellenic Cancer Society, and has spent more than $10,000 of his personal money. The campaign against smoking aims to encourage the children of Greece to stop smoking, or better yet, deter them from ever trying it. In addition to the lectures he has introduced to schools, Mr Behrakis has also self-funded and published a series of small booklets entitled ‘The truth about smoking’. With a simple and easy to read format, the series covers vital information about the risks associated with smoking with topics including ‘Education for a world without smoking’ and ‘I learn so that I don’t smoke’. In addition to educating the very young, the campaign is also aimed at adolescents who smoke and in particular pregnant women. The philanthropist has published a self-help guide for women trying to quit smoking during their pregnancy, with the cover bearing the photograph of a young mother kissing her newborn child entitled ‘Because I love you I don’t smoke’. When asked whether the time, effort and money spent had so far been worth it, Mr Behrakis confidently responded: “Of course it’s worth it. It feels good to be helping these children.”“We gather all the children, between eight and nine hundred of them, in a big space. We speak to them and then we give them awards for work. “For example, we ask them to draw how they will look if they start smoking, and we award the students with the best artwork,” he said to Ethniko Kirika. According to Mr Behrakis the response to the campaign has been overwhelmingly positive. “I am very impressed with these children. They are very capable and have a lot of knowledge,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Lumix DMC-3D1: photo et vidéo en reliefPanasonic annonce un nouveau venu dans sa gamme d’appareils photos Lumix, le 3D1. Comme son nom l’indique, ce compact peut prendre des clichés en relief grâce à ses deux objectifs.Le relief débarque dans les compacts. Panasonic livre sa nouvelle version de la gamme Lumix, le DMC-3D1. Comme son nom l’indique, ce modèle peut prendre photos et vidéos en 3D grâce à ces deux objectifs 5X. La vidéo est de plus Full HD, une première pour un compact numérique et tourne en 1920 x 50 pixels à la cadence de 50 images par seconde selon Engadget. À lire aussiPentax K-30 : le successeur du K-20 dévoiléLe capteur, ou plutôt les capteurs sont de 12 megapixels. Deux objectifs captent la scène et la transmettent à un capteur indépendant, ce qui donne ensuite par superposition l’effet 3D. Mais cette particularité offre d’autres avantages. Il est possible d’utiliser un objectif pour prendre la photo en grand angle et l’autre au téléobjectif. Et ensuite choisir quelle est la meilleure prise de vue. Outre ces effets relief, Panasonic annonce que son DMC-3D1 pourra prendre 8 clichés par seconde, et que l’appareil sera très performant en basse lumière. Le compact sera tout juste prêt pour entrer dans la hotte du Père Noël, comme son grand frère le GX1, puisqu’il sera commercialisé tout début décembre pour un prix public conseillé de 499 euros. Le 9 novembre 2011 à 11:19 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 6, 2017 – Nassau – NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM JOSE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT 6AM WEDNESDAY 06TH SEPTEMBER 2017.… JOSE EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE BY TONIGHT …AT 5:00AM EDT, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM JOSE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 12.5° NORTH ANDLONGITUDE 42.8° WEST OR ABOUT 1255 MILES EAST OF THE LESSER ANTILLES.TROPICAL STORM JOSE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST AT 13 MPH. A SLIGHTLY FASTER WEST TO WEST-NORTHWEST MOTION IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT TWO DAYS.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 60 MILES PER HOUR (MPH) WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST, AND JOSE IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE BY TONIGHT.THE NEXT NEWS ITEM WILL BE ISSUED AT NOON.PREPARED BY FORECASTER: ORSON NIXON Related Items:
Updated at 2:15 p.m. on April 12, 2018. The House released its farm bill today, with House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway taking questions from the media this afternoon. Read ASA’s response here. The House Agriculture Committee is expected to mark up the farm bill next week.House Agriculture Committee Democrats oppose SNAP provisions in the GOP proposal and say they won’t support a bill that includes them.Why does it matter? With the current farm bill set to expire in September 2018, there are still several obstacles to clear before passing a new bill. Crop prices are down 40 percent, and farm income is down 50 percent since 2013.What is the American Soybean Association (ASA) doing for soy growers? ASA participated in nine hearings and listening sessions on the bill, held by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. ASA is working closely with other farm organizations to enhance risk management tools and support enactment of a farm bill in 2018 that will strengthen the farm safety net, in order to offset the significant reduction in farm prices and income incurred since 2013. See more on ASA’s farm bill positon.What can you do to generate support for a strong 2018 farm bill? Keep up to speed on what ASA is doing and why it’s important. Call, write or post on social media. Ramp up your #FarmBill social media messages next week, as we expect the first mark up. Tell Congress why it’s important to keep the farm bill on track for a timely passage and why it matters to growers.
More than 200 miles of pipelines move oil, gas, and related products between offshore platforms and onshore facilities. To be considered, experts should have knowledge in crude oil production operations, pipeline inspection, leak prevention and detection, pipeline design, loss-of-integrity root cause investigations, common cause analysis, analysis of leak data, and general engineering practices. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) and the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) are seeking experts to provide recommendations on pipeline integrity and safety in Cook Inlet. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Experts wishing to participate in the Cook Inlet Pipeline Infrastructure Risk Assessment expert panel on pipeline integrity and safety now have until January 18, 2019, to apply. The previous deadline was January 5, 2019. The panel will meet in Anchorage three times in 2019. It is a voluntary position, but expenses and an honorarium will be provided. More information for prospective applicants. Graham Wood with ADEC: “A panel of experts related to the pipeline and oil industry to discuss the identified risks and how to mitigate them.”
Electrification and SUVs are all the rage right now, so it’s fitting that Infiniti’s first foray into the EV market will be with an electric SUV. The Infiniti QX Inspiration concept, which debuted Monday at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, gives us an idea of how that eventual production vehicle will appear. In short, it looks great, thanks to a well-done front fascia that makes a striking first impression. Infiniti’s designers were able to figure out how to design a fetching, grille-free electric vehicle. In the grille’s absence is a light-up, three-dimensional Infiniti logo framed by the outline of a grille that’s complemented by complex sculpting. This execution lies in stark contrast to other EVs, which simply look like they’re victims of rhinectomies. The complex sculpting continues into the doors. An upswept, carved-out character line prevents the SUV’s tall doors from looking slab-sided. The overall profile is beautified with a tapered, floating roofline that falls into an aggressively angled D-pillar garnished with a vermilion signature line. Don’t be surprised if that swath of vermilion ends up on the D-pillars of future Infinitis. Out back lies a full-width, arching tail lamp that echoes the look of the rear lights on the Audi Q8. That’s not a bad thing, because overall, the QX Inspiration is quite handsome, especially with a set of 22-inch wheels rounding out the exterior. The lack of a space-devouring internal-combustion engine up front meant Infiniti’s designers could create a cab-forward design, while still having small front and rear overhangs. As a result, the QX Inspiration boasts a wheelbase of 112.2 inches. That’s comparable to a midsize crossover, but the QX concept’s 183.1-inch length is more in concert with that of a compact crossover. Combine that with a 64.2-inch height, and you have the makings of a vehicle with an impressively roomy interior that’s also dressed up quite nicely. The panoramic sunroof is louvered with Japanese red cedar, so when sunlight filters through, you get a film-noir effect. That louvered theme is repeated on the center console, which features Tuscan Bianco Carrara marble that fades and strakes into black as it approaches the display screen at the leading edge of center console. Enlarge ImageCoach doors open to reveal an interior decked out in wood, leather and dot-quilted cloth. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow That screen is surrounded by four other displays: one inside the steering wheel hub, two in the extra-wide instrument cluster and one ahead of the front passenger. The sofa-style back seat, meanwhile, is purposely devoid of tech touches in order to give rear passengers a respite from screen overload. Instead, there’s a flower vase at the center console’s trailing edge, right in front of a cushion-mounted control panel, along with a desktop-style lamp adorning the right-rear door. Underneath that posh interior and its even posher floor — upholstered in suede — sits a battery pack that sends power to four electric motors, two at the front axle and two at the rear. Beyond the fact that this is an all-wheel-drive, electric SUV, that’s about all the powertrain info Infiniti is offering at this time. The only other tidbit is that this concept is also designed for autonomous driving, which means its pedals and screen-equipped steering wheel are designed to retract whenever the driver places the car into its autonomous setting. Infiniti is mum on when we’ll see the production version, but it wouldn’t be far-fetched to expect it to land at some point during the 2020 auto show season. Detroit Auto Show 2019 Infiniti Infiniti May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend reading • Infiniti QX Inspiration concept previews its first all-electric production vehicle Detroit Auto Show: See all the latest coverage.Concept cars: Get a glimpse of the future from Detroit and beyond. Share your voice Detroit Auto Show 2019 More From Roadshow Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better • Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show Now playing: Watch this: See All 3:10 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago 0 Post a comment Infiniti QX Inspiration concept previews the brand’s… 89 Photos Concept Cars Luxury cars Electric Cars SUVs Future Cars Crossovers Infiniti QX Inspiration concept is cover-worthy
Huawei’s P30 looks like fantastic forbidden fruit Share your voice Huawei CEO thanks US for ‘promoting’ its 5G program 3:32 Tags Now playing: Watch this: It’s decision time for Britain on China’s Huawei and the 5G build-out. Dan Kitwood / Getty Images China wants Britain to let Huawei play a role in developing its 5G network, suggesting that Britain can’t let fear get in the way of “win-win cooperation.”Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK, wrote about his country’s “good track record on security” in a Sunday Telegraph op-ed.He suggested that Britain must resist pressure and decide “independently based on its national interests.” The US has pressured its European allies not to adopt Huawei’s 5G equipment, saying the gear could be used to spy for China. Huawei denies the allegations. Politics Internet Services 18 Photos 2 The op-ed follows last week’s report that the scandal-laden Chinese telecom would be restricted to “noncore” parts of the next generation cellular infrastructure, which prompted the US Homeland Security Department and UK lawmakers to note that the company could still pose security risks. Lui acknowledged security risks must be taken seriously, but can’t “be allowed to incite fear” or hurt cooperation. He highlighted Huawei’s £2 billion ($2.6 billion) and 7,500-job contribution to the British economy as evidence of what they can achieve.Responding to the op-ed, a UK government spokesperson repeated its statement from last week, noting that it’s conducting an “evidence-based review.”Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 5:11 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:29 a.m. PT: Adds UK government response. Comments 5G Huawei
Tata Motors has appointed Guenter Butschek as chief executive officer and managing director. Butschek will take charge by 15 February, 2016, after he completes his last assignment at the Airbus Group, where he served as chief operating officer at Airbus and Member of the Group Executive Committee.Butschek will lead all operations of Tata Motors in India and in international markets, including in South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and South Africa. Jaguar Land Rover will continue to be managed by its Chief Executive Officer and Director Ralf Speth, who is also on the Tata Motors board, said Tata Motors in a statement.Prior to Airbus, Butschek worked at Daimler AG for more than 25 years on international automotive management, production, industrialisation and procurement. The last role he held was president and chief executive officer of Beijing Benz Automotive Co Ltd, a joint venture between Daimler AG and Beijing Automotive Industrial Holding in Beijing, China.Butschek graduated in business administration and economics with a diploma from the University of Cooperative Education, Stuttgart, Germany. His appointment comes two year after the unexpected demise of then MD Karl Slym on 26 January, 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand.”Tata Motors is going through an exciting yet challenging phase and Butschek’s appointment comes at an opportune moment. He brings with him rich global experience of growing organizations and developing new markets. I am confident that Butschek’s ability to lead high performing teams will enable our company to achieve sustainable, profitable growth,” said Cyrus P Mistry, Chairman, Tata Motors.
Share Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneCampaign volunteers work the phones at the Sri Preston Kulkarni campaign office in Sugar Land on May 8, 2018. Kulkarni faces Letitia Plummer in the Democratic runoff for U.S. Congressional District 22.At a glance, volunteers at Sri Kulkarni’s campaign headquarters are no different than those for congressional campaigns across the country — huddling over laptops, tapping voters’ numbers into their cell phones and concentrating on the call scripts in front of them.But when the person on the other end of the line picks up, some volunteers greet them not in English but in Vietnamese, Hindi, Urdu or Mandarin Chinese.For Kulkarni, a Democrat vying for a congressional seat in a Republican-leaning district, getting his message out to voters means not just knocking on doors and calling voters but also speaking the language they speak. “You need to reach out to those communities the way they are and the way they want to be reached,” Kulkarni said. “The blue wave is real. That force is coming from all of us.”Kulkarni and Letitia Plummer are vying in Tuesday’s Democratic runoff to take on U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land. Though President Donald Trump won the district by 8 percentage points in 2016, both Democrats see it as vulnerable, in part due to demographic changes — the same shifts that both candidates are using to their advantage. The district includes most of Fort Bend County, one of America’s most ethnically diverse counties: 20 percent of its residents are Asian, 20 percent are black, 24 percent are Hispanic and 34 percent are white. Clinton won the county decisively in 2016.In the March primaries, Kulkarni and Plummer came in first and second among five Democrats vying for the seat, drawing 32 and 24 percent of the vote respectively.Kulkarni, a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, has focused his campaign on groups of voters that he thinks will help bring about a local “blue wave” in November — particularly Asian-Americans and Latinos, who have had low voter turnout in the past. When they’ve gone block walking in minority neighborhoods, Kulkarni and his team said they’ve noticed a sense of gratitude mixed with shock because campaigns have so rarely engaged those areas.“A lot of folks have told me that no one has knocked on their door before, no one has called them before,” Kulkarni said. “Some of them just grab me and pull me in like a life preserver because they’ve never had somebody come out that way.”Kulkarni’s campaign has translated his website into Spanish and Chinese, visited local temples and mosques and arranged appearances with Latino, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese and Indian media outlets, including Hindi/Urdu, Telugu and Malayali talk shows.One of the campaign’s youth volunteers, Nathan Troung, said many of the volunteers who are part of the Asian-American/Pacific Islander community recognize that their respective communities have low voter turnouts — and see the campaign as a way to help change that trend.“Just by the fact that Sri has been able to amass volunteers that engage in those communities in their own languages and their own cultural understandings, I think that does bring a lot to the table,” Truong said.Last week, nearly a mile away from Kulkarni’s campaign headquarters, Plummer was rallying a crowd of her own at a local restaurant. Similar to the the ethnic diversity of Kulkarni’s team, Plummer’s supporters reflected the diversity of the community she’s running to represent — African-Americans, Latinos and Asian-Americans.“I’m a fighter,” said Plummer, who’s been in the race since June.Plummer can also point to her own unique political experience — the longtime dentist has worked on political campaigns and lobbied the Texas Legislature regarding adoption and surrogacy rights. In 2016, she worked behind-the-scenes of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as a fundraiser and sat on the campaign’s small business task force. Though she said she’s campaigning solely in English, Plummer stressed that she’s also helping energize communities in the district who haven’t voted in the past — and credits her identity as an African-American woman of Indian and Arab descent. “The diversity of the district is definitely going to support a Democrat, for sure,” Plummer said. “People are excited about this race. For the first time in history, they have someone who speaks to them.” Olson’s campaign spokesperson, Chris Homan, told the Texas Tribune that Olson is taking the race seriously. “Pete celebrates the wonderful ethnic diversity of the district and is constantly working with people from all backgrounds to ensure he is effectively serving them in Congress,” Homan said. Since Trump became president last year, early murmurs of a potential “blue wave” election in 2018 have transformed into speculation of how big that wave will be.Democrats have focused much of their efforts this year on unseating three of the state’s Republicans: John Culberson of Houston, Will Hurd of Helotes and Pete Sessions of Dallas. Though all three Republicans were re-elected in 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton beat Republican Donald Trump in all three districts that year. Collectively, the Democratic primaries in those districts drew nearly 20 candidates and millions of dollars in fundraising. Those three primary races are each now down to two candidates facing off in the May 22 runoffs.But Democrats are also still battling in several runoffs for congressional districts that Trump won, in hopes that a national mood favoring Democrats will be strong enough to sweep them into office as well.Jacey Jetton, chairman of the Fort Bend County Republican Party, said Olson’s district isn’t in danger of flipping because Republicans are campaigning aggressively enough to ensure that their supporters turn out in big numbers in November. With a focus on grassroots organizing, Jetton said the energy from red voters remains strong. “We are the most diverse county in the country and people move here from all over the country because of the county Republicans have built,” Jetton said. “Republicans are still showing up. We haven’t slowed down one bit.”Nathan Gonzalez, editor and publisher of the Washington, D.C.-based Inside Elections, said he’s skeptical when campaigns appear to be relying heavily on turning out non-voters, but doesn’t rule out the strategy’s potential effectiveness, particularly in a climate in which Trump’s presidency is prompting an increase in civic action.“I think the burden of proof is on Democrats to show that they can harness the energy from the protests and increasing fundraising and large number of candidates in races into votes,” Gonzalez said.
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The Radisson Hotel Group will expand its operations in Cyprus from three to six hotels by 2025 after signing a new master development agreement with SunnySeeker Hotels.The group currently operated one hotel in Larnaca, the Radisson Blu Hotel. Two more, the Radisson Blu Larnaca Beach resort and the Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel, are scheduled to open shortly, also in Larnaca.The new deal means the approximately 500 rooms of the group operating and under construction in Larnaca will grow to 1,000 within six years.“It’s a pleasure to continue our longstanding and successful relationship with Radisson Hotel Group, and to be working with them to develop a range of exciting opportunities across Cyprus,” Antonis Hadjinicolas, general manager of SunnySeeker Hotels, said.“We’re highly committed to the success of our cooperation with Radisson Hotel Group – as demonstrated by the recently opened Radisson Blu Hotel, Larnaca in the city and the upcoming opening of the Radisson Larnaca Beach Resort. We look forward to offering Radisson Hotel Group guests a growing range of outstanding experiences as part of this partnership.”SunnySeeker Hotels has been a partner of the group since 2015.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Veterans affairs official will be special guestArea veterans and military families are invited to a Veterans Town Hall meeting on Monday, April 21 in Walker, hosted by state Reps. Peter MacGregor and Rob VerHeuelen.Jason Allen, senior policy advisor of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will be the guest speaker.“Veterans, both young and old, deserve all the help and support we can provide,” said MacGregor, R-Cannon Township. “There are great benefits available to them, but many of our state’s veterans are unaware of these benefits or don’t know how to apply for them. A town hall meeting like this is a great opportunity to share information about veterans affairs programs and other ways we are working to help them make the transition back into civilian life.”Topics for discussion include current legislation impacting veterans, a discussion on local veteran issues and a general state government question and answer period.“A town hall is a great opportunity to meet with local veterans to answer questions they may have on veteran’s benefits and services,” said VerHeulen, R-Walker. “These men and women have served our country bravely. We look forward to lending a helping hand at home to ensure they are able to utilize available resources.”The meeting will be held at the American Legion’s Neal Fonger Post #179, located at 2327 Wilson Ave. in Walker, and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.The meeting is free and no reservation is required.Residents who are unable to attend may contact MacGregor toll-free at (855) 347-8073, by email at PeterMacGregor@house.mi.gov or through his website at www.RepPeterMacGregor.com.### 17Apr MacGregor, VerHeulen invite residents to April 21 veterans meeting Categories: VerHeulen News