Merc rolls out new CLA; says not worried about demonetisation

first_imgMumbai, Nov 30 (PTI) Mercedes-Benz, which today rolled out a souped up version of its popular compact sedan CLA Class, said demonetisation has not really impacted sales as yet although it has lowered footfalls at dealerships.”In the medium to long-run, demonetisation is a very positive step as it will definitely take out a lot of black money in the system.”From a sales point of view, of course there is less footfalls at the dealerships as customer sentiment has taken a hit. But I am not worried about it at all as I hope by Christmas, things should get clearer,” Mercedes-Benz India MD & CEO Roland Folger said here.He further said, “Demonetisation, GST are not going to impact our business plans here. But having said that, we have not finalised our 2017 plans yet as there is no clarity at all on anything now. Probably, we will get clarity when the rates are finalised and there is more clarity on implementation side.”Explaining why he is not bothered about the impact of demonetisation, he said, anyway more than 95 per cent of sales are financed and there is negligible cash payment happening at the Mercedes dealers end. But yes, sentiment has been impacted which does not mean there is a crisis situation now.Folger also said, the CLA is the 12th product from the the company this year, but the firm will be launching one more model this year as against the original plan of 12 models. However, he did not name the new model.advertisementThe new CLA is the ninth model to be manufactured by the company at its Pune plant and the fourth model to be added to the local assembly line this year-after the GLS 400, GLE 400, and the GLC 220 class.The company had launched the first model of the CLA in January 2015 and in eight months time, its local production from Pune, making India the only other market outside Europe to do so.The new CLA Class comes in four variants – two each in diesel and petrol, with engine capacity of 1.99 litre to 2.14 litre, and the ex-Mumbai price ranges from Rs 31.40 lakh to Rs 43.68 lakh.While the stylish new CLA 200 d Style is priced at Rs 31.40 lakh, CLA 200 d Sport comes at Rs 34.68 lakh and the CLA 200 Sport is priced at Rs 33.68 lakh.Describing the CLA Class as a landmark in automotive design, Folger said the car carves out a niche for itself with its sporty style and interiors. He added that the new model, being rolled out from the Pune plant is ready for sale at dealerships from today.Folger said the CLA remains one of the best sellers in the new generation cars portfolio of Merc and underlines the compact sedans popularity, especially amidst the younger generation. (More) PTI BEN NP ABI RYSlast_img read more

Hollyoaks Stars Celebrate Anniversary of Ronald McDonald House Manchester

first_imgStars from television’s Hollyoaks – Holly Weston, Jessica Forrest, Emmett Scanlan, Claire Cooper and Joe Tracini – were the special guests at a fun-filled family event, held on Tuesday 21 May 2013 to mark the first anniversary of the opening of Ronald McDonald House Manchester.The flagship 60 bedroom House opened in May 2012 and over the last year has provided free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to more than 800 families who have children receiving treatment at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.To celebrate the first year of this special House, families and guests were treated to a delightful line-up of fun activities including a balloon race, face painting and arts and crafts.The Hollyoaks stars joined in the fun.Credit/Copyright: Paul HeyesHouse Manager Mike Fairley says: “A bit of celebrity stardust added some welcome glitz to what was already a very special celebration. I was particularly pleased to see so many familiar faces who have been with us over the last year and to hear their stories. Everyone at Ronald McDonald House Manchester is looking forward to building on a memorable first year and to helping more families remain near their children when they are in hospital.”For more information about Ronald McDonald House Manchester visit www.rmhc.org.uk/manchesterlast_img read more

Who has the rights A look at how streaming services are confusing

first_imgTORONTO — Marie Conception was three seasons into the TV series “Gossip Girl” when Netflix yanked the entire show from its lineup. Advertisement Login/Register With: How long a streaming licence lasts will vary depending on the show or movie. Many contracts are signed for around a year, especially for films, which guarantees services like Netflix have a steady rotation of content from some of Hollywood’s big studios. Netflix brands a selection of its content as “Netflix Originals” even though it doesn’t actually own all of them outright. Both “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” are owned by outside studios who licence multi-year windows to the streaming service. Those contracts between a streaming company and a TV or film distributor are nothing new — they exist for traditional broadcasters, too. But in an era where many people stream much of their entertainment, what’s available is suddenly a bigger part of the conversation. The frustration is all too familiar for many TV viewers. You’re invested in “Mad Men” or “The West Wing” when the shows suddenly disappear from streaming services overnight. Fans still complain about how “Lost” can’t be found, and “Friday Night Lights” went dark. Left hanging in the middle of the teen drama’s juicy plot twists, the Burnaby, B.C. resident says she questioned why she signed up for Netflix in the first place. For instance, viewers have urged Netflix Canada to stock up on past seasons of “Game of Thrones,” but the blockbuster TV show is owned by HBO, its biggest competitor. Bell Media owns the licences the HBO content in Canada, but hasn’t made them available on any standalone streaming service. Advertisement The confusion over where to watch their favourite TV shows isn’t likely to subside for Canadians any time soon. Next year, CBS Corp. plans to enter the market with CBS All Access, potentially holding onto certain licences for TV shows it has a stake in, including “The Big Bang Theory.” When Disney rolls out its streaming platform in the coming years, there’s a good chance it’ll eventually keep its most valuable new content for itself, rather than license it to Netflix Canada. Those negotiations are still open, and Netflix could make Disney an offer too attractive to refuse. TV series can have an even longer licence that stretches for several years and covers a number of seasons. Sometimes, those rights switch to another service; other times they expire and disappear into the digital ether, especially in Canada where many popular shows aren’t available to stream. But streaming companies might have some explaining to do when the licenses for some of their “original series” end in the coming years. Advertisement Confused yet? Things get even more complicated when you turn to Netflix Canada, who bought licences for TV series like “Riverdale,” which appear on the platform shortly after they air on U.S. television. Twittercenter_img The reason TV shows or films are removed from streaming platforms can vary, though it almost always comes down to content licensing “windows,” the set periods of time a company gets the rights for a program. “You commit to purchasing Netflix or CraveTV because they have certain shows,” she says. “It’s a little upsetting when they pull stuff out for whatever reason.” Josh Scherba, executive vice-president of distribution and content at DHX Media, says the Toronto-based kids TV maker watched the value of its shows climb over the past five years as more streaming companies bulked up their virtual shelves. With more companies entering the market, the bidding increases. Once those terms end, the shows are free to be sold elsewhere, which means they will almost certainly land on broadcast TV or other streaming platforms. It’s already happened with Amazon Original series “Transparent,” which began airing on cable channel Showcase earlier this summer. “At the end of the day, if we do our jobs well enough, we’re renewing content that has a consumer appetite and reinvesting in new content,” he says. Mike Cosentino, senior vice-president of content at CraveTV, often hears the message loud and clear when he makes the call on what to stock on Bell Media’s platform. Those licences aren’t cheap, and the battle for content is getting more expensive. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment But it isn’t always up to CraveTV, Netflix or Amazon Prime Video which entertainment they can license. “We think for the foreseeable future that’s going to continue,” Scherba says. “They do this weird thing where they sometimes take (a TV series) out, but they bring it back a few months later,” she says. “But with ‘Gossip Girl’ they didn’t.” All of these decisions are part of ongoing talks that don’t affect viewers until they notice something has gone missing from their streaming library. None of these shifts make it any easier for viewers to figure out where shows like “Gossip Girl” can be seen these days. Some websites like justwatch.com aim to help streamers find what they’re looking for. But that didn’t give Conception any idea if the show was returning to Netflix. Ultimately, consumers will probably foot the bigger monthly bill. Netflix Canada is already raising its monthly subscription by a dollar or two saying it’s partly due to rising costs for buying content and making its own original series. Facebook She eventually gave up and bought the show on DVD.by David Friendlast_img read more

Last call to vote ahead of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony

first_img Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, July 23rd 2015 – Industry insiders, consumers and stakeholders from across Europe are being urged to cast their ballots ahead of the deadline for votes at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2015.The ceremony will take place at Forte Village, Sardinia, Italy, on September 5th, with voting scheduled to close on July 26th.Ahead of the Europe Gala Ceremony 2015 World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “Preparations for the next stop on our annual Grand Tour are well underway and we are looking forward to our time in Sardinia with Forte Village later this year.“With just days to go until voting for the Gala Ceremony closes, now is the time to make your voice heard.“Recognition by the World Travel Awards is rightly seen as the highest accolade in the industry, and your vote can really make a difference.“Register for your chance to vote now.”A full list of nominees can be seen here, while interested parties are urged to head over to the official World Travel Awards website and register to vote here.World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media. Premier Of The Turks And Caicos Islands, Dr. The Honourable Rufus W. Ewing Addresses The Foreign Affairs Committee On Governance In London Related Items:Forte Village, Italy, london, Sardinia, world travel awards, World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2015 Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Callenders Names Six New Associates Broad Range of Specialty Practice Areas

first_img Related Items:6 new associates at Callenders 0& Co. Counsel & Attorneys, Adrian Gibson. Crispin S. Hall. and Pearline Y. Ingraham joins the Freeport firm of Callenders, Syneisha Bootle. Garth Philippe and Marissa Pyfrom has joined the Nassau offices of Callenders & Co. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCallenders & Co. Counsel & Attorneys announced today six new associates have joined the firm with offices in the heart of Nassau, western New Providence and Freeport.  “Callenders, the country’s oldest legal practice, was founded in 1903 and celebrated continuous service to local and international clients for more than 100 years over a decade ago. During all that time and for the next decade and more, there was a member of the Callender family at the helm.  Sadly, Mr. Colin Callender passed away in December, for the first time leaving Callenders without a member of the founding family in either Freeport or Nassau.  Although Mr. Callender’s death was untimely, he and the firm’s partners had been seriously recruiting the brightest and best new talent, an exercise that resulted in identifying a number of well-educated, high energy, thoughtful and diligent younger legal minds,” said Chad Roberts, Managing Partner, Nassau.  “We are now pleased to announce that six associates have proved themselves and have been named to the firm, each bringing a singular strength in a current area of demand among our client base.”Attorneys Adrian Gibson, Crispin S. Hall and Pearline Y. Ingraham joined the Freeport firm headed by Fred Smith, QC, though Gibson works out of the Nassau office.  Syneisha Bootle, Garth Philippe and Marissa Pyfrom have joined the Nassau office.  According to Mr. Roberts, it was the first time in the history of the firm that nearly every new associate had received at least part of his or her pre-law or legal education in The Bahamas, either at The College of The Bahamas or at the Eugene Dupuch Law School or a combination of the two.In Nassau, Syneisha Bootle who spent six summers interning at Callenders, returned with degrees from Keele University, (LLB), Staffordshire and Northumbria, both in the U.K.  She holds a Masters in Marine Insurance, and is an Accredited Mediator at a time when The Bahamas is moving toward becoming a neutral centre for mediation worldwide.  Marissa Pyfrom specializes in Probate, Estate Planning and Real Estate and quickly earned a reputation for accomplishment after resolving a contentious probate matter in months that had been pending for years, bringing together parties who had previously refused to negotiate or cooperate.  Rounding out the new Nassau offices associates is multilingual Garth Philippe, who studied law in Spain, France and The Bahamas and is a former advisor to the United Nations, is a member of the New York Bar and the Bahamas Bar.  He holds a graduate level Diplome de Relations Internationales in Public International Law, worked with a tri-state (New York) private lending firm and has negotiated numerous contracts with Chinese companies based in Hong Kong and mainland China.  Philippe speaks fluent French and Spanish and is conversant in Mandarin and Dutch.Adrian Gibson, assigned to the Nassau office, has been dubbed the firm’s youngest Renaissance man – lawyer, educator, journalist and mass communications specialist. Gibson pens the popular Tribune column, A Young Man’s View, spent 10 years teaching in government schools and his alma mater, College of The Bahamas, before earning his law degree, maintains a schedule of symposium and presentation speaking engagements and appearances and has been called on in a number of high profile legal matters in civil and commercial litigation including judicial reviews. Crispin S. Hall was selected to represent The Bahamas twice at mooting competitions and though trained in corporate law, maritime and civil litigation while serving in the Nassau office, he elected to take a post in Freeport to follow his passions – environmental law, human rights, employment, immigration and judicial reviews as well as contract litigation.  Like Hall, Pearline Ingraham was drawn to the Grand Bahama office of Callenders for its strong stance in human rights, civil litigation and the firm’s overall strength in insolvencies.  She has been a member of the Bar of England and Wales and the Bahamas Bar for more than a decade and continues to practice civil litigation, commercial law, conveyancing and real property and condominium disputes.“As the laws of The Bahamas continue to evolve, so must the country’s legal firms and this exhaustive exercise on the part of Callenders & Co. in Grand Bahama and in Nassau is an indication that despite our awards and recognition, no firm can stand on yesterday’s laurels,” said Fred Smith, QC, Senior Partner, Callenders, Grand Bahama office. “I am particularly pleased to know that some of the most capable young lawyers want to join Callenders because of our commitment, especially in Grand Bahama, to fighting for human rights and environmental protection and preservation.”last_img read more

MEGA MILLIONS winning numbers are in

first_img Dave Scott Dave Scott, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The numbers are in for one of the biggest jackpots in MEGA MILLIONS’ history. The winning numbers are: 28, 70, 5, 62 and 65 and the Mega Ball is 5. There are no reported winners, but according to California Lottery, a ticket from San Diego matched 5/6 numbers. KUSI confirmed with a CA Lottery representative, the partial winning ticket was sold at a Del Cerro Chevron gas station at 6301 Del Cerro Blvd. Updated: 9:19 PM Posted: October 23, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter October 23, 2018 No #MegaMillions jackpot winners in California, but 8 tickets sold in San Luis Obispo, Stockton, Rancho Cucamonga, San Diego, Chatsworth, Arcadia, Norwalk and San Francisco matched 5 of 6 numbers to win a still undetermined amount of prize money.— California Lottery (@calottery) October 24, 2018KUSI’s Dave Scott was at Murphy Canyon Liquor, where he talked with people before the drawing. MEGA MILLIONS winning numbers are inlast_img read more

Chrome change could hobble ad blockers

first_img Comments 5 Share your voice Google Chrome dominates the browser market. Stephen Shankland/CNET A Google plan to improve the Chrome web browser has triggered an explosion of concern that it’ll also cripple extensions designed to block ads, improve privacy and protect against security problems.Google’s proposed approach would torpedo ad blocker uBlock Origin, tracker blocker Ghostery, privacy and password manager Privowny, JavaScript software blocker NoScript and a malware blocker from F-Secure, according to their developers.In a statement Wednesday, though, Google said it’s trying to improve Chrome while keeping all those extensions working.”We want to make sure all fundamental use cases are still possible with these changes and are working with extension developers to make sure their extensions continue to work while optimizing the extensions platform and better protecting our users,” the company said in a statement.The controversy shows the difficulties that arise from Chrome’s dominance 10 years after its debut. Google’s browser accounts for 62 percent of website usage today, according to analytics firm StatCounter. But if a Google change causes problems, then extension authors and website developers can be stuck with it unless they can get millions of people to change to a different browser like Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari.Chrome’s power also is amplified by the fact that other browsers, including Vivaldi, Opera, Brave and soon Microsoft Edge, use Chrome’s open-source foundation, called Chromium.Extensions let you customize web browser behavior to do things like take screenshots, manage tabs, disable websites’ potentially risky JavaScript software and even replace photos of President Donald Trump with images of kittens. But ad blockers are a top extension use. Indeed, it was one of the uses Google specifically called for when it first revealed its Chrome extensions plan in 2008. uBlock Origin has been installed more than 10 million times, for example, according to Chrome Web Store statistics.Ghostery developer Cliqz said Google’s proposed change is radical, and threatened legal action if it goes forward.”This would basically mean that Google is destroying ad blocking and privacy protection as we know it,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “Whether Google does this to protect their advertising business or simply to force its own rules on everyone else, it would be nothing less than another case of misuse of its market-dominating position. If this comes true, we will consider filing an antitrust complaint.”Chrome’s Manifest v3 destinyGoogle revealed the change way back in October as part of a broader plan to improve Chrome extensions. Some developers are only now noticing the part that could hurt ad blockers, called Manifest v3. Manifest v3 is designed to improve Chrome extensions’ performance, privacy and security. One part of that change, though, limits how extensions will be able to examine aspects of websites. The thorny limit affects how an extension can check if website elements originate from a list of hundreds of thousands of advertising sources. Google has proposed a limit of 30,000.One extension designed to protect people who click on malicious links, Blockade.io, “will cease to function” under Google’s Manifest v3 plan, said Brandon Dixon, who maintains the extension. “There is a 30K rule limit imposed, which is not enough to handle our ruleset (~250K),” Dixon said in a Wednesday mailing list post.Safari and Firefox have embraced variations of Chrome’s extensions technology, an approach that in principle makes life easier for extension authors trying to support multiple browsers. But Privowny’s Daniel Glazman lamented the fizzling of an effort to turn Google’s extensions technology into a web standard all browsers collectively develop and support.The browser extension technology is “fully in the hands of Google, [which] can and will change it anytime based on its own interests only,” Glazman said in a blog post Wednesday.Google probably will amend its extensions plan, though not its aspiration to improve performance and security, Chrome team member Devlin Cronin said in a mailing list response Wednesday.”This design is still in a draft state, and will likely change,” Cronin said. “Our goal is not to break extensions.”First published Jan. 23, 10:49 a.m. PT.Updates, 10:58 a.m.: Adds more Google comment; 11:29 a.m.: Includes further background; 4:11 p.m: Adds comment from Ghostery.’Hello, humans’: Google’s Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition. Tags Software Internet Security Microsoft Edge Advertising Brave browser Chrome Chrome OS Firefox Privacy Googlelast_img read more

Morocco bans burqa Reports

first_imgMap of MoroccoMorocco has banned the production and sale of burqa full-face Muslim veils, apparently for security reasons, media reports said Tuesday.While there was no official announcement by authorities in the North African nation, the reports said the interior ministry order would take effect this week.“We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom,” the Le360 news site quoted a high-ranking interior ministry official as saying.It said the measure appeared to be motivated by security concerns, “since bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes.”Most women in Morocco, whose King Mohammed VI favours a moderate version of Islam, prefer the hijab headscarf that does not cover the face.The niqab, which leaves the area around the eyes uncovered, is also worn in Salafist circles and in more conservative regions in the north, from where thousands of jihadists have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq.In some commercial districts of Casablanca, the country’s economic capital, interior ministry officials on Monday conducted “awareness-raising campaigns with traders to inform them of this new decision,” the Media 24 website said.In Taroudant in southern Morocco, authorities ordered traders to stop making and selling burqas and to liquidate their stock within 48 hours, the reports said.Retailers in the northern town of Ouislane were said to have received similar instructions.It was unclear if Morocco plans to follow in the footsteps of some European countries such as France and Belgium where it is illegal to wear full veils in public.The reports were met with a muted response in the absence of official confirmation, though Salafists expressed concern that the measure could be expanded to include the niqab.“Is Morocco moving towards banning the niqab that Muslim women have worn for five centuries?” Salafist sheikh Hassan Kettani wrote on Facebook.“If true it would be a disaster,” he added.last_img read more

Trumps travel ban makes US citizens cancer treatment impossible

first_imgDonald Trump. File photoMaziar Hashemi, a naturalized US citizen who lives in Massachusetts, has been told by doctors that his best hope for surviving a rare form of blood cancer is a bone marrow transplant.President Donald Trump’s travel ban could make that impossible.Bone marrow transplants require a close match between donor and recipient. A few months after his diagnosis last September, Hashemi, 60, learned that his brother in Iran, Kamiar Hashemi, was a rare 100-per cent match. The only problem was Kamiar’s nationality.The latest travel ban, issued as a presidential proclamation and implemented on 8 December after months of legal wrangling, bars most travellers to the United States from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea, as well as certain government officials from Venezuela. Although the ban allows for case-by-case waivers to be granted, including for medical need, Kamiar Hashemi has so far been denied a visa.Attorneys who regularly deal with visa issues say the waiver process is opaque. Visa applicants aren’t allowed to apply for waivers; they are simply granted or not without explanation. US officials won’t say how they make their decisions or how long they generally take.A US State Department official told Reuters that since the ban took effect, more than 375 waivers have been approved but he declined to say how many total visa applications have been filed from countries covered by the ban. He said he could not comment on the specifics of Hashemi’s case.Kamiar Hashemi began the visa application process soon after learning he was a match for his brother. In February, the 57-year-old small business owner travelled to Armenia to be interviewed at the US embassy there, since there is no embassy in Iran.Later on the day of the interview, Kamiar’s brother back in Massachusetts checked the status of the application on the State Department’s website. A pop-up window announced in bright blue letters: “Refused.”Waivers can later be granted to applicants initially refused for visas, according to the State Department, so Maziar Hashemi continued checking the website each day, but his brother’s status hasn’t changed. He hired an immigration lawyer, Mahsa Khanbabai, hoping she might smooth the way.Transparent as MudThe Trump administration has said travel restrictions are needed to protect the United States from terrorism.Critics have challenged the latest ban, as they did previous versions, saying that it discriminates against Muslims. Six of the eight countries included in the current ban are majority Muslim.Under the current proclamation, waivers can be granted in cases where denying entry would cause undue hardship, when the individual is found not to be a threat and when their entry is in the national interest.The proclamation lists ten examples of situations in which an applicant might be eligible for a waiver. One reason mentioned is an applicant’s need for urgent medical care, something that comes close but doesn’t exactly fit the Hashemis’ situation, since it isn’t Kamiar Hashemi, himself, in urgent need.The State Department has declined to provide details of how waiver decisions are made beyond some general answers to frequently asked questions posted on its website. But a State Department letter obtained by Reuters earlier this month said “there is no waiver form to be completed” and that applicants who fall into the categories outlined in the proclamation “must be considered” for one.“The process is as transparent as mud,” said Hashemi’s attorney Khanbabai. “There are no clear guidelines. It’s difficult to figure out what the process is and who is actually doing the processing.”Nevertheless, Khanbabai submitted a packet of information on the Hashemis’ behalf to the embassy on 19 March, including a letter from Massachusetts General Hospital explaining that a perfect match for a bone marrow transplant is very rare and could provide the only viable treatment for Maziar Hashemi’s Myelodysplastic syndrome.Worried about the ticking clock, Kamiar Hashemi looked into traveling to India to have his bone marrow harvested there and rushed to the United States, but that option was also thwarted.A non-profit organization trying to facilitate the transfer, Be The Match, said it had to pull out after its legal team concluded that Kamiar’s bone marrow couldn’t be exported to the United States because of US sanctions on Iranian exports.“Can you imagine that the cells of an Iranian needed in order to help a US citizen are embargoed?” said Maziar Hashemi, a civil engineer who has lived in the United States since the 1970s.“It is just unfair,” he said in a phone interview. “I cannot wait much longer.”last_img read more