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Report suggests Germany may miss defence spending target

BERLIN — Germany’s tightening public finances are raising questions over whether the country will miss its military spending target at a time when the U.S. is increasing pressure on its European allies to increase defence budgets.The dpa news agency reported Tuesday that a Finance Ministry document circulated to other ministries for discussion suggests defence spending won’t increase sufficiently to meet targets amid a projected budget shortfall of 24.7 billion euros ($28.3 billion) through 2023.The Finance Ministry wouldn’t comment, saying only the numbers won’t be finalized until the end of March.Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on a Latvia trip that Germany would still meet its goal to increase military spending to 1.5 per cent of GDP by 2025, already less than the 2 per cent NATO members agreed in 2014.The Associated Press read more

Badou Zaki to Coach Algerian Club Mouloudia Club dOran

Rabat – The former Atlas Lions’ coach, Badou Zaki, has officially signed contract with a club in the Algerian Professional league, effectively confirming recent rumors.While recent reports revealed that the Moroccan legendary goalkeeper and former national head coach was to engage with the USM Alger starting next season, Zaki has committed to Oran-based Mouloudia Club d’Oran (MCO) for the upcoming season.MCO’s executive board announced the decision on the club’s Twitter yesterday, definitively putting to rest speculation surrounding the Moroccan legend’s coaching future. Badou Zaki nouveau Hamraoui!!! pic.twitter.com/FhxokdpDmq— MC Oran ?? (@MCO_Officiel) 6 mai 2018The 1986 African Player of the Year, was reportedly approached by a number of Algerian clubs as a priority coaching pick, according to Algerian footballing outlet, Dzfoot.com, recalling that Badou Zaki won the Algerian cup in 2017 as the head coach of CR Belouizdad, an Algiers-based club.Speaking of Zaki’s ended contract with USM, Algerian sports outlet Competition.DZ reported that the former Moroccan national coach demanded that his salary be paid to his Moroccan bank account, a proposal that the Algiers-based club’s board rejected.“I will not be coaching USM Algiers. The project has been called off, as we did find a common ground regarding some terms of the contract,” the Moroccan confirmed, in an interview with DZfoot.com. read more

Disney and TakeTwo rise while Ralph Lauren and GIII fall

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday:Walt Disney Co., up $1.86 to $133.20The entertainment company struck a deal with Comcast to get full ownership of the streaming video service Hulu.Take-Two Interactive Inc., up $3.54 to $103.55The publisher of “Grand Theft Auto” and other video games beat Wall Street’s fiscal fourth quarter profit forecasts.AbbVie Inc., up $1.57 to $78.44The drug developer settled a potentially costly patent dispute over its arthritis treatment Humira with Boehringer Ingelheim.Tencent Music Entertainment Group, down 99 cents to $15.01The Chinese streaming music service said that a co-president is resigning and it is making several other management changes.Ralph Lauren Corp., down $4.33 to $113.95The upscale clothing company reported a dip in revenue from its key North America market.G-III Apparel Ltd., down $1.43 to $32.59The company produces a large amount of its clothing in China and could suffer in the ongoing trade war.Western Digital Corp., up $1.64 to $44.63The data storage device maker and other technology companies bounced back on optimism that the U.S. and China will eventually settle their trade dispute.Marathon Oil Corp., up 48 cents to $15.46The energy company and its peers gained ground as oil prices rebounded from a decline on Monday.The Associated Press read more

Chad calls on world to stand by its UN development summit pledges

28 September 2010Chad voiced concern today that despite the pledges at last week’s United Nations summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the proposals for stepping up the fight against poverty, hunger disease and a host of other will remain mere words. Chad voiced concern today that despite the pledges at last week’s United Nations summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the proposals for stepping up the fight against poverty, hunger disease and a host of other will remain mere words.“Chad hails the UN focus on the challenges of development, currently on achieving the Millennium Development Goals and their funding,” Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat told the General Assembly at its annual session. “But we fear once again that the pertinent recommendations of this meeting will remain without effect.” He stressed that Chad’s own financial resources are way behind its needs and appealed for additional resources. In an outcome document at the end of the summit, world leaders expressed deep concern that progress had fallen far short of what is needed but voiced confidence that with renewed global commitment the MDGs could still be achieved by their 2015 deadline.In a wide-ranging speech touching on global flashpoints, Mr. Mahamat cited the “complete normalization” of relations between Chad and Sudan, called for peace in Sudan’s conflict-torn Darfur region, and warned that a failure in the “high-risk” process leading to an independence referendum in southern Sudan could compromise peace and security in the whole sub-region.He noted that Chad was still sheltering 290,000 refugees from Darfur as well 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and reiterated his country’s readiness to cooperate with the UN in all efforts to promote peace and security in eastern Chad, Darfur and the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR). As have most African countries, he also called for Security Council reform with proper representation for Africa, “The international community must not accept this marginalization of the African continent which also has so much to offer the world,” he declared.Mali called for full reform of the world’s financial and economic institutions and reiterated its support for two permanent and five non-permanent African members on the Council.“Millions of people across the planet are still waiting for the Millennium declaration to be turned into concrete acts,” Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane said, turning to the MDGs and citing a long list of conference at which the industrialized countries pledged funds for development. “Mali believes it is of prime importance to speed up enactment of commitments made at the major international conferences.” Angola, too, referred to the aid deficit. “We are convinced that the international community is also aware of how much still has to be done, particularly in the areas of funding for development, and the materialization of the commitments made at major international conferences on financing for development,” Secretary of State of External Relations Georges Rebelo Chikoti said.He also called for the democratization of international relations. “The reform of the Security Council must remain a topic in the agenda of our organization,” he added.Mozambique said a more democratic Council would adequately cater to the necessities of the international community. “For a meaningful reform of the Security Council, it is imperative that the historic injustice with regard to the African continent be corrected,” Foreign Minister Oldemiro Marques Balói declared.“It is no longer acceptable that a continent that represents almost 30 per cent of the whole UN membership and whose concerns contribute more than 60 per cent of the Council’s agenda is not represented in the category of permanent member.”Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili of Lesotho stressed how the recent financial crisis had hampered efforts to attain the MDGs. “We appeal to our development partners to fulfil their commitments on official development assistance (ODA) to help accelerate our progress to the achievement of the MDGs,” he said.Vice-President Mompati Merafhe of Botswana called for a redoubling of efforts to attain the MDGs. “In this era of growing and complex challenges, the need for a more dynamic and proactive financial, economic and political architecture is far more apparent now than ever before,” he said. São Tomé and Príncipe Foreign Minister Manuel Salvador dos Ramos said the defence of multilateralism was of vital importance in seeking solutions based on the UN Charter.The UN role in preventing conflicts, promoting peace and supporting development should also be bolstered, he said. Burkina Faso Permanent Representative Michel Kafando called for permanent African representation on the Council and said the MDG summit had given hope that “commitments to the poorest will be translated into facts.” All speakers touched on climate change, the devastating impact it could have and the need to take mitigating measures, and broached major international flashpoints such as the search for peace in the Middle East. read more

Pakistan UN assessment team reports largescale crop destruction from floods

20 September 2011Almost three quarters of crops in Pakistan’s flood-devastated province of Sindh have been destroyed or damaged, and nearly 37 per cent of the livestock lost or sold to avoid loss, a joint assessment mission of the United Nations humanitarian office and Pakistani Government officials has reported. An estimated 67 per cent of food stocks have also been destroyed and only 24 per cent of the affected population have access to markets, Elisabeth Byrs, the spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters in Geneva today.“At least five million surviving animals are at risk, lacking feed and shelter and facing increased exposure to debilitating diseases and worm infestations,” said Ms. Byrs.More than 5.4 million people have been affected by the flood in Sindh, with 1.8 million of them displaced from their homes in inundated villages, according to the mission, which also reported that there are 6,000 temporary settlements in the province.More than 6,000 schools had been damaged by the floods and 1,363 education facilities are currently being used as relief distribution sites, according to the assessment team that visited 16 districts in Sindh.The UN and its humanitarian partners have asked donors to fund a $357 million rapid response plan to support efforts by the Pakistani Government to respond to the needs of those affected by the floods.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is distributing tents and other emergency items to families who have been forced out of the homes by the floods, the agency’s spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, said.UNHCR also led a rapid protection assessment mission in Sindh. It reported that vulnerable groups in the flood-affected areas faced difficulties accessing assistance. Those groups included female-headed households, people with disabilities and minorities.“There are also problems of child/family separation, missing family members and loss of civil documentation such as national identity cards, which may hinder access to some types of assistance,” said Mr. Edwards. The assessment team also reported worsening of protection problems, including domestic violence, child labour and exploitation. read more

CID arrests two suspects with nearly 10 kgs of heroin

The Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested two suspects with nearly 10 kgs of heroin in Seruwawila.The heroin was valued at approximately Rs. 118 million. (Colombo Gazette)

UN refugee agency chief thanks Chad for hospitality urges peace deal for

António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also called on the wider international community to increase its support for the Darfur peace negotiations aimed at bringing peace to the western Sudanese region where the two-year conflict has killed at least 180,000 people and sparked a wave of displacement, with nearly 2 million people crowded into Sudanese camps, and 200,000 others living in 12 refugee camps in Chad. The African Union-led talks, set to resume shortly in Abuja, Nigeria, were suspended in July following the signing of a preliminary agreement between the parties aimed at ending the fighting. “We believe there is a window of opportunity that is open, and the international community must work fast that this window does not close, and that peace can be gained quickly – by the end of this year,” Mr. Guterres said from eastern Chad’s Iridimi camp, home to 15,000 refugees, on the third day of his 10-day visit to the region.He said it is time to refocus world attention on Sudan, a country that is “a bit forgotten” as other world crises attract attention. “We send an appeal to the international community to help create peace in Sudan, and to invest in creating conditions that are necessary to help Sudanese return to their homes once peace is established,” he added in a meeting with refugees and local people.After visiting camps for displaced persons in Darfur and southern Sudan in Darfur and Khartoum over the past two days, he said he was impressed with Iridimi because of its spaciousness and its health centre and schools. He added that the fact that people are living in tents spaced far apart and not in cramped conditions is due to the generosity of the local people and authorities in giving over large tracts of land for UNHCR’s camps in eastern Chad.On Friday, he goes to the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, where he is expected to repeat his appreciation of Chadian hospitality and to call for more international financial support for Chad, itself one of the poorest countries in the world. read more

Draft Executive Compensation Program

The Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act, 2014 (BPSECA) authorized the Ontario government to establish compensation frameworks for executive compensation in the broader public sector.Subsequently, the government outlined principles and regulations for broader public sector employers to follow when drafting compensation programs for designated executive positions.In accordance with this legislation, the University has completed a draft designated executive compensation program which has been approved for posting for public comment by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and the Treasury Board Secretariat, and approved by the Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee.  Click here to read details of the draft program. read more

Military Wives go head to head with Gareth Malone in battle for

first_imgThe Military Wives Choir has gone up against their former mentor in the Christmas charts, as early figures show they have a lead over Gareth Malone.The famous choir master helped the charity group beat pop group Little Mix in the race to number one five years ago.But now their two singles – the Military Wives’ Home For Christmas and Gareth’s Only You – are competing for the top spot. #HomeForChristmas is number 2 in the classical charts, just behind @realaled! Let’s try and get that number 1 in time for Christmas pic.twitter.com/SZneFwPIAT— MilitaryWives Choirs (@MWChoirs) December 5, 2016 With more than 1,000 wives taking part, the group features 65 choirs who have joined up to release the collection of 12 carols and songs personalised with lyrics reflecting what Christmas means to the military community. Gareth Malone is aiming for the top spot Only You The Military Wives’ album of the same name is currently number two in the Classical Album charts, while Mr Malone’s A Great British Christmas album – which was only released on the 2 December – has not yet featured.“It’s going well so far,” said Rosie Dow, the director of Military Wives.“It’s been a steady start and I think it’s well ahead now.“Gareth is our friend and patron so it’s been great fun taking him on. He hasn’t been involved in this campaign or album. But the women think it’s funny we are going up against him. They love him. We hope we beat him – in a fun and friendly way of course.” One member of the group is Beth Calvert, 34, whose husband Chris is tactical submariner and will be away until the spring.“It’s hard having him away,” said Beth. “I have four kids – ranging from 17 to 9 – and they will miss their dad over Christmas. We have no contact whatsoever and have no idea where he is.center_img “I didn’t see the lyrics of the single until the day of recording. And when I heard them I just burst into tears because it related so much to me, with Chris being away.“We are reminding people that these members of the military can go for months on end with no family contact. For me the choir is a lifesaver because its all wives of submariners – we all understand what each other is going through.”On going up against Gareth Malone, Beth said there had been “a lot of banter” among the ladies but said: “There’s definitely no hard feelings. We didn’t expect to go up against him so it’s all fun and games.” Gareth Malone is aiming for the top spot Only You Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. I didn’t see the lyrics of the single until the day of recording. And when I heard them I just burst into tears because it related so much to me, with Chris being awayBeth Calvertlast_img read more

Toshiba Libretto W100 un netbook aux allures de Nintendo DS

first_imgToshiba Libretto W100 : un netbook aux allures de Nintendo DSJapon – 25 ans après la sortie de son premier portable, Toshiba commercialise un nouveau Libretto. Le W100, c’est son nom, est une machine qui se situe entre le Netbook et la tablette internet.Avec de fausses allures de Nintendo DS, le Libretto W100 permet à Toshiba de se positionner sur le marché des ordinateurs portables petit format. Possédant deux écrans 7 pouces, le dernier-né de la firme japonaise possède un affichage modulable, l’écran inférieur pouvant afficher la partie inférieure d’une page web ou se transformer en outil comme un clavier, par exemple. Ce libretto est animé par Windows 7 Home premium et est équipé d’un microprocesseur de 1,2 GHz ainsi que de 2 Go de Ram. Le W100 bénéficie également de connexions Bluetooth et WI-Fi. Il devrait être disponible dans les prochaines semaines au prix de 900 euros environ.Le 22 juin 2010 à 12:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Wikipedia protestera contre les lois antipiratage SOPA

first_imgWikipedia protestera contre les lois antipiratage SOPAA l’instar du réseau social Reddit, l’encyclopédie en ligne va fermer son accès pendant 24 heures pour protester contre les lois antipiratage SOPA examinées par le Sénat américain.Pour Jimmy Wales, le fondateur de Wikipedia, il n’est pas question que les lois antipiratage SOPA, qui consistent en des mesures de filtrage de n’importe quel site soupçonné de favoriser le téléchargement illégal, passent sans lutter. Il a ainsi annoncé que pour protester contre ces mesures, la version anglaise de l’encyclopédie en ligne sera fermée durant 24 heures ce mercredi 28 janvier, relaye Zdnet. Quelques 25 millions de visiteurs uniques journaliers ne pourront donc consulter Wikipedia.À lire aussiHadopi : Aurélie Filipetti règle ses comptes”Et alors que nous regrettons d’avoir à empêcher le monde d’avoir accès Wikipedia, même pour une seconde, nous ne pouvons pas ignorer le fait que SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) et PIPA (Protect IP) mettent en danger la liberté d’expression à la fois aux États-Unis et à l’étranger, et créent pour le monde un précédent effrayant de la censure sur Internet”, a ainsi expliqué Jimmy Wales. Par ailleurs, le réseau social Reddit a décidé de fermer son service mercredi pendant 12 heures pour les mêmes raisons. Pour ces sociétés, l’Internet libre nécessite effectivement ce genre de sacrifices… Le 17 janvier 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WrestleMania 32 free for new WWE Network subscribers

first_imgFacebook Google+ WhatsApp Courtesy of WWE.com:#FreeWrestleMania for new WWE Network subscribersLeave it to The Great One to break the big news.The Rock took to Twitter today to help kick off WWE’s first-ever #FreeWrestleMania campaign. New subscribers who sign up now for WWE Network will receive a free month trial that includes this year’s Showcase of the Immortals, WrestleMania 32, on April 3!Previously, The Rock indicated he will be in Dallas for WrestleMania, sparking speculation among the WWE Universe about what he has in mind for the big day. In the meantime, check out The Rock’s Twitter announcement, and, new subscribers, be sure to sign up now for WWE Network to watch WrestleMania for free! What are you waiting for?“Get ready @WWE Universe for some electrifying ‘heart stoppin’ elbow droppin’ news for #WrestleMania32… Twitter WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler) center_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Miz and Mrs. Season One coming to the WWE Network Friday, September 20 Pinterest SPOILERS: 9/1 NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff Fallout TV Tapings to air on WWE Networklast_img read more

Another Del Mar cliff collapse renews calls to move train tracks
Another Del Mar cliff collapse renews calls to move train tracks

first_img October 23, 2018 Posted: October 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Another Del Mar cliff collapse renews calls to move train tracks Dan Plante 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 SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – Another major cliff collapse happened in Del Mar, making it the fourth one in the last month.This is not only dangerous for the locals, it’s also potentially dangerous for the trains that run along the coastline.KUSI’s Dan Plante has the details. Dan Plante, last_img read more

Sources Migrants being encouraged to join another march at the border
Sources Migrants being encouraged to join another march at the border

first_img KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitter Updated: 9:38 AM Posted: December 1, 2018 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 SettingsTIJUANA (KUSI) – KUSI has learned from sources close to border security, that migrants in the caravan are being encouraged to join another march, or action, at the border on Saturday, December 1, 2018.The top portion of flier reads,We must march to the border on Saturday, December 1st. The day of the inauguration of the new President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Open the border or we close it! Everyone has to be allowed in! Our last action brought us closer to victory. Mexicans and AMericans fight together with us.This flier is being distributed to all migrants, but a core of migrants, considered the most aggressive, and some paid as provocateurs, are, our sources say, planning to rush the border, and force Border Patrol reaction, which happened last Sunday.The organizer of the march is affiliated with a website called BAMN.com. They are known as advocates of the migrants, and are set on embarrassing the new Mexican President, upon his inauguration, this Saturday.Our sources tell us the march will occur near the location known as the Chapparal gate.Furthermore, around 4,000 U.S. military members, including active- duty troops from Camp Pendleton, are likely to remain at the U.S.-Mexico border through the end of January, it was reported Friday.The Associated Press, citing anonymous sources, reported that the Department of Homeland Security recently made a formal request to the Department of Defense to extend the timeline of military support at the border for an additional month and a half. The DHS request, which the AP said has not yet been approved by Defense Secretary James Mattis, would reduce the military footprint from 5,600 to 4,000.Rumors swirled last week that the federal government would begin sending troops home, with a full disengagement planned for Dec. 15. During a visit to Border Field State Park on Nov. 20, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen ducked a question about that timeline, saying only that they would continue their work “until it is resolved.”Active-duty troops, including about 1,100 from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, have been stationed at the border since the beginning of November, reinforcing existing fencing with jersey barriers, concertina wire and other barricades in anticipation of migrant caravans from Central America.Despite the proposed reduction in military presence, DHS officials are now asking federal agencies, including the State, Justice and Energy departments, to send civilian law enforcement officers to the border, according to NPR.It is unclear how many officers DHS is requesting and whether they would serve as de-facto replacements for the roughly 1,600 troops that would be sent home under the new proposal.Members of the migrant caravan have remained largely peaceful, especially toward American immigration authorities, since they began to trickle into Tijuana about 20 days ago. A subsection of the group attempted to cross the border without permission last Sunday, spurring Customs and Border Patrol agents to arrest 42 people and use tear gas and pepper bullets to disperse the crowd, much to the chagrin of immigration advocates and activists. The military members stationed at the border did not engage the crowd of migrants during the testy exchange. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Immigration KUSI Newsroom Sources: Migrants being encouraged to join another ‘march’ at the border December 1, 2018last_img read more

Google Allo shuts down today Heres how to save your chats

1:09 Tags Review • Google’s Allo messenger app is a know-it-all Share your voice Google Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Mobile Apps 0 Post a comment Ads coming to Google image search, Samsung already working… Google Allo Today is the last day for Google Allo. Jason Cipriani/CNET Google Allo, the search giant’s smart-messaging app, is shutting down Tuesday. In December, Google announced it was shutting down Google Allo in March. If you go to Allo’s website Tuesday, you’ll see a banner across the top saying goodbye.   The company’s plan is to focus instead on its Google Duo video-call app and Messages, as well as Hangouts Chat and Meet for G Suite customers. You can still save your Allo chats before the service is put to rest. To do so, you must have the latest version of Allo. Open the app Tap Menu and then tap Settings Tap Chat Select either Export Messages from Chats or Export Stored Media from Chats. Exporting messages from chats won’t include photos or videos. Exporting media will save photos, videos and other files. Choose where you want to store the files. The messages will save as a CSV file and media attachments will save as a zip file. Find where you downloaded the file once it completes Anything you don’t export will be deleted. If you previously backed up files to your Google Drive, they’ll be inaccessible after Allo goes offline.  read more

Visakhapatnam 2day expocumsale begins in city
Visakhapatnam 2day expocumsale begins in city

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Bringing a range of saris, dress material, kurti, artificial jewellery, rakhis and health products, among a plenty, Chandamama, a Children’s Welfare Society, commenced its two-day exhibition-cum-sale at Lions Club, Ramnagar on Wednesday.With Varalakshmi puja around the corner, the platform offers options to bring home puja items and gift articles to present them as part of ‘vayanam’ (a set of items presented to women when they visit homes) on the occasion. Deities of Goddess Lakshmi in different shades, jute bags, eco-friendly gifts, seed-stuck flags for Independence Day celebrations and rakhis, plants, pots and attractive accessories were some of the products displayed at various stalls set up for the purpose. For entrepreneurs, the Forum gave them an opportunity to connect with clients directly. The fair, where a part of the proceeds will go for charity, will be open at the club from 9 am to 9 pm.last_img read more

BMWs Revamped X1 Launched at ₹279 lakh Onwards PHOTOS

first_imgGerman luxury car maker BMW on Thursday showed off a revamped version of the X1 SUV in India with a price staring from ₹27.9 lakh onwards. BMW’s Face-Lifted X1 LaunchedInitially unveiled in 2010, the X1 is one of the most popular SUVs in the entry-level segment and over 5,400 units were sold in India till now. With the launch of the improved variant, BMP hopes to boost its sales in the sub-continent. BMW’s Face-Lifted X1 Launched”This year we are looking at a certain growth in India. This will be on the back of new models such as the new X1 and 1 series, which will be launched towards the end of the year,” said Philipp von Sahr, President of BMW Group India, at the launch of the new variant.The all new X1 sports several changes in its exterior and interior specifications. The company has introduced three variants of X1 in the country. On the mechanical front, the SUV comes with a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine which is expected to generate 18hp of power, 380 Nm torque and reach 0-100 kmph acceleration in 7.9 seconds. Improvements were also seen in its headlight, tail lamp, bumper and steering wheel. The new BMW car will be assembled at the company’s Chennai plant. BMW’s Face-Lifted X1 Launched”We believe in profitable and sustainable growth. If you look at competition with respect to sales numbers every month you lose focus. We don’t want volumes at the cost of profitability,” said Sahr. BMW’s Face-Lifted X1 LaunchedThe SUV will be pitted against Audi Q3, imminent Volvo V40 Cross Country and Mercedes-Benz B Class. BMW is also seeking to expand its dealer network across India in a bid to consoldiate more market share for its SUV.  Last year, the company sold a total of 9,375 units X1 units in the country.”We will be adding new dealerships and this will give us new market,” Sahr said. BMW’s Face-Lifted X1 LaunchedThe low-end sDrive 20d variant is priced at ₹27.9 lakh, while the top two models – Drive 20d Sport Line and sDrive 20d xLine – come for ₹32.5 lakh.last_img read more

SpiceJet Supersale Airline Offers 5 Lakh Seats with Fares Starting from ₹1499

first_imgAjay Singh-led SpiceJet Airlines announced a deep-discount airfare programme “Super Sale,” on late Tuesday. The programme offers 5 lakh seats with fares starting from ₹1,499 all-inclusive.The sale is open for booking between 28-30 January and is valid for travel between 15 February and 30 June. ReutersSpiceJet’s Chief Commercial Officer Kaneswaran Avili said that the sale was meant to price air tickets at attractive fares, in a bid to increase the occupancy rate, in turn improving revenues.The sale proceeds is likely to shore up revenues during the lean travel season that begins in January until the start of summer break in May. “As we continue on our re-structuring path, the return of our Super Sale in 2015 at the onset of low season is a continued vote of confidence in the fact that such sales and promotions, if done right, are a win-win-win for customers, airlines, and the travel ecosystem at large,” NDTV Profit quoted Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Operating Officer of the airline as saying. SpiceJet is struggling to manage its fleet of aircraft, with the current lessors demanding the planes be returned over non-payment of dues. Singh has indicated that he wants to expand the fleet of planes soon, and plans to re-induct staff laid off in the past few months. Reports suggest that the airline is sourcing leased planes from Middle East to tide over the crisis.The recent weeks has seen a spurt in deals offering reduced air fares by Air India and Air Asia, hoping to tide over the lean season.SpiceJet shares were trading at ₹21.90, down by ₹0.70 or 3.10% at 2:26 pm.last_img read more

Alcohol intake in India up 38 this decade
Alcohol intake in India up 38 this decade

first_imgIndia’s annual alcohol intake increased by 38 per cent between 2010 and 2017, according to a study published Wednesday which found the total volume of alcohol consumed globally per year has risen by 70 per cent since 1990. Published in The Lancet journal, the study of 189 countries’ alcohol intake between 1990-2017 and estimated intake up to 2030 suggests that the world is not on track to achieve targets against harmful alcohol use. Between 2010 and 2017, alcohol consumption in India increased by 38 per cent – from 4.3 to 5.9 litres per adult per year, said researchers from TU Dresden in Germany. Over the same timescale, consumption increased slightly in the US (9.3-9.8 litres) and in China (7.1-7.4 litres), they said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs a result of increased alcohol consumption and population growth, the total volume of alcohol consumed globally per year has increased by 70 per cent — from 20,999 million litres in 1990 to 35,676 million litres in 2017. Intake is growing in low- and middle-income countries, while the total volume of alcohol consumed in high-income countries has remained stable. The estimates suggest that by 2030 half of all adults will drink alcohol, and almost a quarter (23 per cent) will binge drink at least once a month, researchers said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAlcohol is a major risk factor for disease, and is causally linked to over 200 diseases, in particular non-communicable diseases and injuries, they said. “Before 1990, most alcohol was consumed in high-income countries, with the highest use levels recorded in Europe,” said study author Jakob Manthey, from TU Dresden. “However, this pattern has changed substantially, with large reductions across Eastern Europe and vast increases in several middle-income countries such as China, India, and Vietnam. “This trend is forecast to continue up to 2030 when Europe is no longer predicted to have the highest level of alcohol use,” said Manthey. He said the World Health Organization (WHO)’s aim of reducing the harmful use of alcohol by 10 per cent by 2025 will not be reached globally. Instead, alcohol use will remain one of the leading risk factors for the burden of disease for the foreseeable future, and its impact will probably increase relative to other risk factors. Over the same period, it also measured prevalence of people who did not drink for their whole lives or were current drinkers (ie, drank alcohol at least once a year) using surveys for 149 countries, and binge drinkers using surveys from 118 countries. In 2017, the lowest alcohol intakes were in North African and Middle Eastern countries (typically less than one litre per adult per year), while the highest intakes were in Central and Eastern European countries (in some cases more than 12 litres per adult per year). Globally, alcohol consumption is set to increase from 5.9 litres pure alcohol a year per adult in 1990 to 7.6 litres in 2030. However, intake varied regionally. Between 2010-2017, consumption increased by 34 per cent in southeast Asia, with increases in India, Vietnam and Myanmar.last_img read more

Can the UN reach a deal to better regulate the global arms

first_imgNo related posts. NEW YORK – Talks resume Monday on a United Nations treaty to regulate the sale of conventional arms ­– amid roadblocks put up by some of the world’s key players.After four weeks of negotiations failed in July, the 193 members of the global body will again attempt to hammer out an accord that could force states to assess, before making a sale, whether weapons will be used for human rights violations, terrorism or organized crime.But hurdles loom large since major arms producers and buyers have fought to chip away at the sales conditions and even to exclude whole categories from the treaty.The United States, for example, refuses to include ammunition. China wants to protect its small arms, and Russia opposed including gifts and transfers of arms that could be made to an ally.The U.S. State Department reaffirmed Friday that it opposes any treaty that includes ammunition because of the financial and administrative burden of keeping checks.“The United States is steadfast in its commitment to achieve a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.But he added that his country, the world’s top arms producer, could only agree on a “treaty that addresses international transfers of conventional arms solely.”U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meanwhile called for a treaty that includes ammunition.“It is our collective responsibility to put an end to the inadequate regulation of the global trade in conventional weapons – from small arms to tanks to combat aircraft,” he said.As talks were about to get underway, Amnesty International urged action by pointing to conflicts in Syria, Mali and elsewhere.“Syria, Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sri Lanka are just a few recent examples where the world bore witness to the horrific human cost of a reckless global arms trade steeped in secrecy,” Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s secretary general, said in a statement.“It shouldn’t take millions more dying and lives destroyed before leaders show some backbone and take action to adopt global standards to effectively control international arms transfers.”Amnesty has highlighted how the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – account for more than half the global sales of conventional arms. Facebook Commentslast_img read more