The ruling BJP’s embarrassing defeat in the byelections in Rajasthan has triggered a churn in the party, with senior leaders deliberating on the reasons for the triple drubbing — in one Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats. A beleaguered Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, already battling factionalism within the party and growing resentment among the people, has little time on her hands as she seeks to course-correct with Assembly elections scheduled for December this year.At a core group meeting at Ms. Raje’s residence here on Friday, BJP leaders reportedly analysed the factors responsible for the shrinkage in the party’s traditional support base. While sections of the Rajput community had announced their support to the Congress much before polling day, the impact of the Centre’s decisions of demonetisation and GST rollout was described as a “worrisome trend” beyond the State’s control.Farmers are also upset with the Raje government for its failure to act upon its announcement of agricultural loan waiver of ₹50,000 each. A committee appointed after a 13-day-long farmers’ agitation in the Shekhawati region is yet to take a decision despite having visited Kerala and other States to study their models.Rebel concernThe party is also facing resentment from a section of its workers who are drawn towards the “Deendayal Vahini” front floated by rebel MLA and former Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari. The Sanganer MLA raised the banner of revolt after he was denied a Cabinet berth and his outbursts following the bypoll results were distressful for the BJP. Mr. Tiwari alleged that the party’s central leadership was shielding a “corrupt government” in Rajasthan and questioned Ms. Raje’s continuation in office.Among the other factors responsible for the BJP’s defeat in Alwar and Ajmer parliamentary seats and Mandalgarh Assembly seat, according to political observers, are the bitterness among the business community, deteriorating law and order in semi-urban areas, enactment of a legislation to protect officers charged with graft and Gujjars and Brahmins turning against the party over reservation and other issues.The voting pattern in the urban pockets depicted a marked shift away from the BJP. In Ajmer city, considered the BJP’s stronghold, the party lost Ajmer North by 6,975 votes and Ajmer South by 13,070 votes primarily because of the traders’ anger over loss of business and complications in filing of GST returns.‘Cold shouldered’The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has maintained a distance from the Raje-led faction of the BJP ever since the party came to power in 2013. RSS volunteers were conspicuous by their absence during electioneering for the bypolls. They did not make any serious attempt to mobilise voters in the three constituencies. The “cold shoulder” given by Ms. Raje to RSS volunteers during ticket distribution in 2013 and her subsequent temple relocation drive in Jaipur are considered responsible for the Sangh’s aloofness.The Opposition Congress, on the other hand, put up a united front during the election campaign. Party leaders, including Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot, built up an atmosphere against the BJP’s policies and programmes while cashing in on the resentment among different sections of the population.In both Alwar and Ajmer, the Congress tried to forge new alliances with different caste groups in order to pose a fresh challenge to the BJP. The atmosphere was charged in Alwar in the wake of attacks on dairy farmers by cow vigilantes, while the contest in Ajmer was a direct one between Mr. Pilot and Ms. Raje.
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PH fighters bag 2 golds “Alaska is not a team you can relax against,” said RoS coach Caloy Garcia referring to the Aces. “We have to come out with the mentality of wanting to win rather than just playing the game.” Read Next The Beermen take on Phoenix Fuel at 7 p.m., right after the 4:15 p.m. duel between the Painters and the Alaska Aces.San Miguel coach Leo Austria got first-hand experience how it is paying against a team with nothing to lose when the Beermen needed a big finish and a huge game from June Mar Fajardo to subdue KIA Picanto, 118-112, in what he aptly described as “an ugly win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It is a wake-up call for us,” said Austria who is hoping to bring to the illustrious franchise its second Grand Slam.Rain or Shine will also guard against complacency when it battles Alaska. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine will shoot for wins on Wednesday that would push them closer to a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.And it’s not much of an advantage that the Beermen and the Elasto Painters will be facing teams that have scraped the bottom of the barrel. In fact, it could work against the two squads in the doubleheader at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Wrestler’s attorney suggests haircut due to ref’s tardiness Another eventful year in Philippine sports has passed and there were moments that stood out from the rest.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Believe it or not, it marked only the first time in the rich history of the PBA that the three SMC squads completed a season sweep, according to league head statistician Fidel Mangonon.Magnolia punctuated SMC’s dominance after it dismantled Alaska in Game 6 of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals last week while also ending the franchise’s four-year title drought.The Hotshots’ championship run was also the ninth time in 10 conferences that an SMC team won the crown.What makes SMC’s dominance more impressive is that it doesn’t look like it’s going to end soon with the 2019 Philippine Cup to come off wraps less than a month from now.The Beermen have been the undisputed all-Filipino champions for the past four seasons while the Gin Kings, who ruled the Commissioner’s Cup for the first time in 21 years, and the Hotshots appear to be just getting started.ADVERTISEMENT RELATED VIDEO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the next several days, INQUIRER.net runs down the top 7 sports stories of 2018.We kick off the list in the PBA and a season like no other.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefIt’s a good year to be under the San Miguel Corporation umbrella.Better yet, it was a historical season for SMC teams after pulling off a Grand Slam of sorts in the PBA with San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia each celebrating a championship in three separate conferences. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments
Mumbai, Mar 8 (PTI) Bollywood actress Sagarika Ghatge says it was a learning experience working with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi in the upcoming film “Irada”.The film, which revolves around a social issue, brings back the pairing of Naseeruddin and Arshad who worked together in “Ishqiya” and its sequel “Dedh Ishqiya”.Sagarika, best known for her debut role as Preeti Sabarwal in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Chak De! India”, says Naseeruddin has tremendous energy as an actor.”Working with Naseeruddin and Arshad has been a learning experience. Naseeruddin Sir has lots of energy. We shot for a combined scene recently and the feeling was amazing. He has a very warm presence on the set,” Sagarika told PTI.”While Arshad, more than anything else, is spontaneous and keeps on doing improvisations. That is a great quality to have as an actor because you get to a learn a lot as co-stars,” she added.”Irada” is helmed by debutant directors Aparna Singh and Nishant Tripathi. The actress says the directors got in touch with her as they had liked her performance in “Chak De! India”.”Aparna got in touch with me because she had seen Chak De and said she needed somebody like that character who is strong, independent and voices her opinion. That is how I came on board for the film.”Sagarika, who also participated in season six of TV reality show “Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi”, has no plans to do any more shows on the small screen.”I did Khatron Ke Khiladi because I connected with its sports, adventure theme. I have done lots of adventure sports myself. I had the time to do the show so I did it. I cherish memories from the show but TV was only a one off thing. I have no plans to get back to it.”advertisement”Irada” is scheduled to release this year. PTI JUR DK NDS
Nearly five months after a heartbreaking exit from the World T20 following a semi-final defeat at the Wankhede Stadium at the hands of West Indies, India will get a chance to square up with the Caribbean men again.Even if MS Dhoni leads his team to a 2-0 whitewash over West Indies, it would not exact revenge. That was the World T20, a do-or-die semi-final in front of home crowds at a venue where they had lifted the World Cup five years ago. (Also read: Whitewash of West Indies won’t be enough for India to get top T20I rank)But victory over the West Indies this weekend will be sweet. They are currently the most dangerous T20 unit in the world. And the short series is being played in the United States of America, at enchanting Florida. This is first time India are playing there and added to honour will be the weight of history.Both games, scheduled on Satuday and Sunday, have been sold out. There is a huge Indian presence in Miami and most of them are starved of high-quality live cricket. (Also read: T20 champions West Indies step into familiar territory with India as underdogs)To watch the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard up close would be a dream-come-true for many.Will the superstars live up to their usual hype and deliver some stunning performances over the weekend?Besides entertaining the capacity crowds, India have a lot else to play for. They will lose their second position in the International Cricket Council’s T20I rankings if they lose the series 0-2.advertisementLed by new captain Carlos Brathwaite, who had smashed four consecutive sixes in the ICC World Twenty20 final against England in Kolkata, the West Indies can move to second place on 127 points with a 2-0 win and push India to third place on 124 points. (Also read: Cricket tips to Miami Heat stars, Team India wooing the United States)However, a 2-0 win for India, captain by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will help it join number-one ranked New Zealand on 132 points but the Asian side will be ranked second when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. In this scenario, the West Indies will slip to fourth position with 118 points, one point behind South Africa. A 1-1 series draw will keep India ahead on 128 points with West Indies on 123 points.The individual performances in the series will also be keenly watched with a player from either side leading the player rankings for batsmen and bowlers.India’s Test captain Virat Kohli heads the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen with 837 points. With Australia’s Aaron Finch only 34 points behind, Kohli will be looking to consolidate his position at the top.Rohit Sharma is the next-highest ranked India batsman in 23rd position, while Dhoni, who had led India to victory in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 title in 2007, is in 50th position but the likelihood of getting more batting opportunities could see him rise in the ranks. (Also read: Cricket facilities in the United States surprise Anil Kumble)For the West Indies, big-hitting opener Chris Gayle (eighth) and experienced batsman Marlon Samuels (17th) will be looking to move up the ranks with Lendl Simmons (31st), Dwayne Bravo (37th) and Andre Fletcher (48th) also trying to climb the ladder.(With PTI Inputs)
The Railway Recruitment Cell, West Central Railway in the Jabalpur area has released a notification for the post of sport persons via sports quota.The last date to apply for this post is August 10, 2018. Candidates who wish to apply may note that the service bond of 5 years will have to be submitted by the selected candidates at the time of appointment.The application will be accepted on the official website of Indian Railways, www.wcr.indianrailways.gov.inVacancy and the number of postsTotal vacancies for sports person posts are 21Weightlifting: 4Badminton (M): 3Cricket (M): 4Hockey (M): 4Wrestling (M): 4Basketball (M): 2Educational qualification for the postsCandidates who wish to apply for these post must be passed in 10+2 or should be a graduate.No reservation for SC/ST candidatesAccording to the official notification, there is no reservation for SC, ST and OBC, being a Sub-quota. However the candidates who claims to belonging to SC/ST/OBC communities are required to upload Self attested photocopy of Caste Certificate issued by Competent Authority.Selection procedureTo get selected for Indian Railways, candidates will have to undergo trials in which their sports performance and suitability will be assessed.Interviews will be conducted by the committee and marks will be awarded (out of 60 marks) only to the fit candidates for their sports achievements, educational qualifications, general intelligence etc.Age limit:Candidates who wish to apply for the sportsperson post Age limit should be minimum 18 years and maximum 25 years on January 1, 2019. No age relaxation (upper and lower age) is permissible.advertisementSalary for the post:Candidates who will get selected in the following game trials will be paid these salaries:For weightlifting (56/62 kg): Rs 2,400/Rs 2,800For weightlifting (69/77 KG): Rs 1,900/Rs 2,000For badminton (M): Rs 1,900/Rs 2,000For cricket (M): Rs 1,900/Rs 2,000For hockey (M): The selected candidates will get a grade pay Rs 1,900/Rs 2,000For wrestling (M) (57/70 KG): The selected candidates will get a grade pay Rs 2,400/Rs 2,800For wrestling (M) (74/86 KG): The selected candidates will get a grade pay Rs 1,900/Rs 2,000For basketball (M): The selected candidates will get a grade pay Rs 1,900/Rs 2,000For more information, read the official notification on the website of Indian Railways, www.wcr.indianrailways.gov.inRead: Attend the walk-in interview at DRDO! Check eligibility criteria, other details hereRead: Air India Recruitment 2018: Apply now to earn upto Rs 32,200 per month
Saina Nehwal settled for a bronze medal in the women’s singles at the Asian Games 2018 after a 17-21, 18-21 loss to world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in Jakarta on Monday.This is Saina’s first medal at the Asian Games as she was ousted in the quarter-final of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.Saina beat Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the quarter-final to confirm a historic medal for India. Saina’s confirmed medal was a first in singles for India in 36 years.However, a win over Tai Tzu Ying was always going to be tough for Saina. With the loss on Monday, Saina has now lost her last 10 consecutive matches against the world No.1.A gallant display from #SainaNehwalPlayed with a true spirit of a champion though she suffered an unfortunate loss to Tai Tzu, Finishes her campaign with a , commemorating her best outing so far in an Asiad. #AsianGames2018 #IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/k4e1G7vFEjBAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 2018Both Saina and Sindhu have struggled against Tai Tzu because of her deceptive strokes and quick movement on the court. And the same was evident today.Saina fought hard throughout the match and even managed to get a few brilliant strokes to catch Tai Tzu off-guard but in the end the world No.1 was just too good. Tai Tzu, because of the quality of her strokes and variations, is the most difficult opponent on tour right now and has been the undisputed world No.1 since a long time now.advertisementTai Tzu deployed the quick attack strategy against Saina and for most of the match, she looked comfortable in her skin. She make a few unforced errors under pressure from the Indian but the result always looked inevitable.Tai Tzu opened up a big early lead only for Saina to match her stroke-by-stroke and level the score at 10-10. However, the Chinese Taipei player went into the break with a slender 11-10 lead.After the break, Saina kept in touch with Tai Tzu but soon the world No.1 upped the tempo and in just 19 minutes, she took the first game.The second game pretty much had the same story for both the players with the only difference being Tai Tzu looked in even more hurry after the break of the second game.Apart from a few errors, Tai Tzu went straight at Saina and the Indian made quite a number of net errors.In the end, Tai Tzu dispatched Saina 21-14 in the second game in 17 minutes to advance to the final.
Come on, admit it, we all love a theme day. But don’t worry. Opposite sex dress up day isn’t what we are talking about here. On June 11th a group of United States Congressmen will revive the sartorial tradition of National Seersucker Day and they invite all members of Congress, as well as those not on Capitol Hill, to wear the famed puckered fabric. Bring on the mint juleps!This is not a new phenomenon in DC. In the days before air conditioning, seersucker was a stylish necessity to battle D.C.’s summer heat—and political hot air. That tradition waned, but in 1996, Mississippi Senator (R) Trent Lott initiated an annual tradition in Washington to honor a simpler time when there was more charm and playfulness in Washington attire. For the better part of two decades, members of the House and Senate dressed in their best and brightest seersucker and gathered for a photo to kick off the summer. That tradition was shelved during the economic downturn but it’s coming back next week so dust off that summer suit and bring out your best bow tie.To celebrate National Seersucker Day, Seersucker champs Haspel (who we covered here) invite you to don your best and brightest seersucker. The brand will be hosting multiple seersucker giveaways via their social media channels in the days leading up to June 11, and they encourage everyone to participate in the summertime sophistication of wearing seersucker.For further information on National Seersucker Day and Haspel’s #seersuckerday giveaways, you can visit them here.Twitter: @Haspelclothing | Instagram: @Haspelclothing | Facebook: @Haspelclothing The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States Best Labor Day Sales on Men’s Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, and More The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work Retinol For Men: What to Know and What to Buy Editors’ Recommendations Celebrate National Tequila Day with these Awesome Agave Cocktail Recipes
Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, on Wednesday (July 18), assumed chairmanship of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors in Washington DC.Ambassador Marks’ assumption took place at a special sitting of the 14-member Caucus, at OAS headquarters.The Ambassador said she is honoured to serve in this new role at this very important juncture in Caribbean history.She noted that there are several important issues that the body will tackle over the next six months, such as trade, security, energy and immigration.As it relates to immigration, the Ambassador pointed out that, very shortly, the Embassy of Jamaica will host state-wide town hall meetings, given the importance of this topic to the Jamaican diaspora.“There are many changes relating to immigration that members of the Jamaican diaspora need to be aware of,” she said.Outgoing Chairman, Ambassador Leon Charles, Haiti’s Permanent Representative to the OAS, congratulated the Ambassador on her elevation to the new role.He lauded Jamaica for the important role the nation continues to play in CARICOM, adding that he has no doubt that Ambassador Marks will perform an excellent job at the helm of the grouping.Ambassador Marks will occupy the chair for six months, concurrently with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who is the Chairman of CARICOM.
Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ehsan Mani has insisted that his team will “not beg” India to play cricket with them, although he stressed on resuming bilateral cricket ties with New Delhi. “We will not beg India or any other country to play cricket with us; we want resumption of bilateral cricket ties with India in a decent and dignified manner,” the Dawn quoted Mani as telling the media at the Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday. India and Pakistan have not played any bilateral series since January 2013. Both the teams have, however, met several times in the multilateral events. Also Read – Smith, Warner make T20 return as Oz eye World Cup Mani also confirmed that the Pakistan women’s team will play matches of the ICC women championship in India this November and the team’s participation will help them understand whether bilateral cricket ties between the two arch-rivals could be resumed anytime soon. He further revealed PCB’s plans to resume international cricket in Pakistan and said that they will host Sri Lanka in September for two Test matches in what would be a part of the ICC Test Championship which will be spread over two years, concluding in 2021. Also Read – India to host 3×3 basketball Olympic qualifiers in March “We will host the Sri Lankan team for two Test matches of this inaugural edition of the event in September. Then our team will be flying to Australia in October/November for one day and night and one day Test of the championship,” he said. The Sri Lankan team will then play bilateral series in Pakistan in December this year which will feature three ODIs and three T20Is, said the PCB chief. Mani further said that the cricket board is trying to persuade the foreign teams to visit Pakistan and in this regard he is utilising his experience of heading the International Cricket Council (ICC) and his personal relations with different cricket boards. “We want to see our cricket arenas having international cricket activities on a regular basis, the way it used to be in the past and we are speeding up our efforts and contacts with cricket playing nations, as (now) things have improved a lot as far as the security situation is concerned,” he said.
APTN National NewsAn AFN national chief candidates’ forum was recently held in Toronto.Six candidates vying for the position took part in a question and answer session.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo was there.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – After Shepard Smith set off some internal Fox News Channel bickering over his description of “entertaining” opinion programming, a glance at the cable television rankings reveals the extent to which political talk has become a pastime for millions of Americans.The Nielsen company said 26 of the 40 most-watched programs on cable television last week were political shows on Fox News or MSNBC, including each weeknight telecast by Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity and Lawrence O’Donnell.Seven were telecasts of games from opening week of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament and four were professional wrestling. Only three scripted programs — AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” an HGTV episode of “Fixer Upper” and a Hallmark movie — made the list.Smith, the afternoon news anchor who signed a contract extension last week, had one show on the list. He said in an interview with Time magazine that some of Fox’s opinion programming “is there strictly to be entertaining.“I get that,” he said. “I don’t work there. I wouldn’t work there. I don’t want to sit around and yell at each other and talk about your philosophy and my philosophy. That sounds horrible to me.”Smith also said that Fox’s opinion shows don’t really have rules. “They can say whatever they want — if it’s their opinion,” he said.That comment drew rebukes from Hannity and fellow Fox prime-time host Laura Ingraham, who said both of their shows make news.Maddow’s Tuesday evening telecast on MSNBC, with 3.42 million viewers, was the most-watched news program on cable last week, Nielsen said. Hannity was in second and third place. Sixteen of the 26 political programs were on Fox, with the other 10 on MSNBC. Fox, which averaged 2.31 million viewers in prime time last week, was the most-watched cable network while MSNBC was second with 1.98 million, Nielsen said.CNN, which averaged 1.11 million viewers in prime time last week, has been losing ground to its rivals recently as viewers settle into political camps. That may be behind its decision last week to shuffle its lineup, adding a prime-time show with Chris Cuomo as host.CBS was the most-watched broadcast network last week, averaging 7 million viewers. NBC had 5.6 million, ABC had 4.7 million, Fox had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.6 million, ION Television had 1.5 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 1 million.Following Fox News and MSNBC, the remaining three networks in cable’s top five were boosted by the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. TBS averaged 1.78 million, TNT had 1.77 million and TruTV had 1.55 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.8 million. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.9 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.7 million.For the week of March 12-18, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NCIS,” CBS, 13.27 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 11.88 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.18 million; “This is Us,” NBC, 10.94 million; “Bull,” CBS, 10.64 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.08 million; “The Good Doctor,” ABC, 9.89 million; “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 9.25 million; “Instinct,” CBS, 9.05 million; “American Idol” (Monday), ABC, 8.41 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com
London – The strong growth of the manufacturing sector in 2013, particularly in the automotive, aerospace and electronics fields, helped consolidate Morocco’s balance of trade, says London-based think tank the Oxford Business Group.In recent years, the proliferation of manufacturers, both foreign and Moroccan, generated new sources of revenue from exports, which should help reduce the budget deficit, says OBG in a recent study.The value of auto exports grew 23.2 pc over the year to € 2.7 billion in 2013. In addition, exports of aeronautics grew by 20 per cent (717 million euros) while those of the electronics industry increased by 11.6 pc (697 million euros), the study said. The sustained increase in industrial exports is partly explained by the presence of major foreign players such as Canadian company Bombardier and French automaker Renault, OBG experts say, noting that the expanded network of suppliers of cable components in Tangier and Casablanca also weighed in the balance of trade of the Kingdom.
Rabat- King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan will pay an official working visit to Morocco on March 10-12 at the invitation of King Mohammed VI, the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery announced Sunday.“On this occasion, HM the King will hold official talks with His illustrious guest,” the ministry pointed out in a statement.“The Sovereign will also offer an official dinner, at the Royal Palace in Casablanca, in honor of HM King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, and their accompanying delegation,” it added.
Avaya Still on the Block, Resolution May Come Soon Beth Schultz August 14, 2019 As the company plugs away on cloud sales, CEO Jim Chirico looks to wrap up its review of strategic alternatives in the next 30 days. Avaya Continues Mulling Next-Step Options Beth Schultz September 12, 2019 In a brief update, company said strategic alternative review process continues, gave no indication of new expectations for wrapping it up. How Should Teams Influence Enterprise UC Strategy?It’s recommended that an organization break its requirements and the application’s capabilities into their constituent parts. From here, a business can develop a deployment plan that is focused on the benefits and not necessarily on adopting the application’s entire functionality at once. Tick, Tock, the Clock Is Running for Avaya Zeus Kerravala September 06, 2019 Lots of speculation surrounds Avaya’s future, but mum’s still the word on a final decision. So why does Teams seem to warrant such a hype, and is adoption as rapid as Microsoft claims? Microsoft has never disclosed how many individuals are using Teams, nor does it disclose how many of these have simply inherited Teams as pre-existing Office 365 users rather than making a conscious decision to use it. How does Teams differentiate itself from Microsoft’s previous collaboration offerings, or any other application on the market, for that matter? Dive into this topic further at Enterprise Connect, in the Monday, 2:00 p.m. session, “Transitioning to Teams: What’s Your Next Move on Microsoft?” led by consultant Kevin Kieller. If you haven’t yet gotten your pass for Enterprise Connect, coming to Orlando the week of March 18, register now to save. Get an extra $200 off your pass by entering the code NJPOSTS at checkout.Tags:News & ViewsMicrosoft TeamsUC StrategyOffice 365enterprise telephonyUnified Communications & CollaborationCloud CommunicationsEnterprise ConnectSCTCTeam Collaboration Tools & Workspaces Articles You Might Like Three partial deployment options should be considered. The first is to utilize Teams for its collaboration functionality only, without adopting any of the UC capability. The organization would retain the operation of a separate telephony and unified communications solution. The UC Side of the CoinTeams is to become Microsoft’s new, cloud-based UC solution in Office 365, replacing Skype for Business. The UC features in Teams include peer-to-peer voice and video calling, conferencing, individual and group personal messaging, plus enterprise telephony phone systems (subject to additional licensing). change_corkboard_774.png Justifying Workspace Applications: Time to Up the Game Marty Parker September 10, 2019 Communication technology vendors and their value-adding partners must take the lead in defining business justifications for their collaboration and workspace applications. On the flipside, however, putting control in the hands of the user can lead to security, privacy, and governance issues for enterprise IT. An organization must consider where it’s appropriate to store data based on who will then have access to it, as well as issues relating to backing up, archiving, and so on. Because of this, the key message applies to all vendors and offerings: Match the deployment to the requirement, and don’t be bullied into deploying all capabilities, especially when there is no business need. Mitel, Avaya Merger on Tap? Beth Schultz August 20, 2019 On the heels of word that Avaya is close to reaching acquisition deal, the focus turns to Mitel and a reported bid of $20 per share. It may aid understanding to consider Teams as two separate products: one offering for unified communications and one for team collaboration. Whilst the UC side of things is, according to Microsoft, a freshly written offering, elements of the team collaboration functionality have been recycled from existing applications. The user also benefits from a UC solution that is tightly integrated with desktop applications and information. However, this is constrained by the cloud-only limitation which does not, at present, act as a full substitute for much of the functionality of a legacy telephony system. As I’ve said, understanding of the Teams functionality can be aided by considering it as two separate products. It’s entirely understandable, however, that many consider it to be just one, as Microsoft seems eager to market Teams as an “all-or-nothing” solution. It’s this attitude that can complicate the adoption model and result in barriers to entry. Both aspects of the Teams offering present benefits and constraints to the end user. One benefit of the team collaboration functionality, for example, is how easily users are able to share work and collaborate around it. A second option is to utilize Teams for collaboration and personal unified communications, but not for enterprise telephony, retaining a traditional solution for enterprise telephony and location-based voice requirements. The third option is to utilize Teams for unified communications and telephony, whilst retaining existing legacy information storage and sharing solutions. “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide. Is the UC Landscape Changing?Collaboration products are certainly changing our outlook on unified communications, but don’t be influenced by one-size-fits-all vendor messages. Instead, match solutions to business requirements and strategic direction. There may still be a place in your organization for a separate unified communications solution; be prepared to mix and match and deploy hybrid solutions where necessary. sctcperspective_Small.png Microsoft Teams seems to have had a significant impact on the unified communications market since its release in early 2017. In fact, Microsoft claims that Teams is the fastest growing product it has ever released, with use of the app more than doubling between September 2017 and September 2018, rising from 125,000 organizations to 329,000. There is one key difference between Teams and its predecessors, however: Teams is available as a cloud-only solution — as an application within Office 365. Microsoft will no longer offer an on-premises UC solution to its customers. Team CollaborationThe collaboration side of Teams is based on the previous functionality of Office 365 Groups and includes document storage and sharing, with an automated front-end to SharePoint libraries and lists, and persistent messaging organized around channels, topics, and threads. Any of these deployment models are feasible and can often facilitate an earlier, and simpler, entry into the Teams-based unified communications and/or team collaboration space than would otherwise be possible. Be aware that your strategy may be challenged by those who have been fed the “all-or-nothing” message from Microsoft. Document your reasoning and consider how solutions are presented to your users. Explain any unused functionality to your users so as not to cause confusion. It would be advised to have a roadmap relating to omitted functionality, even if it includes non-Microsoft-based solutions. Is This Message Only Relevant to Microsoft Teams?Put simply, no. Teams may be driving the conversation, but this is mainly due to the manner in which Microsoft has created an instant user base, derived from existing Office 365 users. Many vendors are adopting a similar approach, including Cisco, with Webex Teams, and Unify, with Circuit. These offerings share two key characteristics with Microsoft Teams: They are primarily cloud-based, and their functionality centers around combining unified communications and team collaboration. Amongst other questions, the most pertinent is this: More on that later. First, let’s address our earlier question. How Does Teams Differentiate Itself?At face value, Teams seems to be a simple re-brand of Skype for Business, following predecessors Lync, OCS, and LCS. According to Microsoft, Teams doesn’t actually utilize much of the Skype for Business code, and the UC element is a total re-write. The application does, however, harness existing Office 365 Groups and SharePoint capabilities. See All in Unified Communications & Collaboration » Log in or register to post comments
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the three men and four women were shot dead on 29 January in San Carlos municipality in Antioquia province, where the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), right-wing paramilitaries and army troops were active. A woman and two babies were injured in the attack in which three men in green uniforms broke into a house and after asking for “the guerrilla weapons” opened fire, it added. It has not yet been established who was responsible. “The Office calls on the authorities to adopt the necessary measures to protect the civilian population from the violence of illegal armed groups and to guarantee adequate reparations for the victims,” OHCHR said in a statement yesterday.
Car production dips in October but optimism reigns Provisional output data for October released today by the Office for National Statistics shows: October CV production down 1.1 per cent on October 2004 Export production up 1.8 per cent on October 2004; year-to-date remains on par with 2004 Rolling annual total of 208,190 units at year-to-October ‘Commercial vehicle production in October remained within a few hundred units of last October,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘The sector remains in good shape, despite no overall increase in 2005, partly due to a fall in demand from European buyers. We’ve seen a small fall in production volumes of late but expect 2005 full year production to be close to 210,000 units.’The table below shows UK car production figures.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics shows: Car production fell 7.6 per cent in October; year-to-date volumes down 2.7 per cent Production for export rose 0.5 per cent over the year-to-date, but fell in October ‘Overall, car production figures continue to reflect losses at MG Rover’, said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘But two recent landmarks, the new Civic at Swindon and production of the two millionth Toyota at Burnaston, should send a signal that car production in the UK is still healthy. SMMT’s latest issues survey shows that car and commercial vehicle makers are optimistic about the future, despite concerns about the cost burden of legislation and a transport infrastructure that hinders competitiveness.’ Exports help stabilise 2005 CV production
Then-redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn (25) carries the ball during the 2014 OSU Spring Game on at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Lantern file photoThe dismissal of Bri’onte Dunn from the Ohio State football team has become much more clear, as today new details arose about an alleged altercation between Dunn and a woman who is thought to be his girlfriend.Dunn, 23, was dismissed from Urban Meyer’s team on Monday for a “violation of team rules” according to the coach of the Buckeyes. First reported by 10TV, a 911 call placed by the woman early Sunday morning outlined a series of events that ended with a protection order against Dunn and his dismissal from the team. The dialer claimed Dunn had struck her, then began to choke her when she returned some time later.“He hit me the first time at 4:40. I left,” the caller told police. “Then I was just calling my friend and see if I could sleep somewhere and nobody answered. So I made a circle back around and came back here and he was still here. So I came upstairs and I said, ‘You need to leave before I call the cops.’ He saw that I had my phone out cause I was going to try to record it because this isn’t the first time that this has happened and that’s when he started going crazy.”There have been no criminal charges filed against Dunn other than the protection order.Dunn was entering his final year of eligibility with the Scarlet and Gray after graduating at the end of the 2016 Spring Semester.
Great Ormond Street HospitalCredit:John Stillwell/PA Evelina said last month that it was not the kind of event it wished to be associated with and would “therefore be declining funding from it and returning all previous donations from the Presidents Club”. However, Lord Fink, the former hedge fund boss and Evelina’s honorary president, is said to have told trustees that he was opposed to returning the previous donations.”He doesn’t want to do anything which could disadvantage the sick children who are treated at the hospital,” a person close to Lord Fink, a former Conservative Party treasurer, told Sky News.In a statement, a spokesperson for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity said: “We have written to the Charity Commission about our proposed course of action and are currently in dialogue with them about our next steps.”It has been claimed that only one of the five organisations which vowed to return Presidents Club donations has so far formally applied to the Charity Commission watchdog to do so.The Royal Academy of Music is said to have requested permission to return a £10,000 donation made in 2017 as a scholarship for a violin student.The Liverpool-based Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and Alder Hey Children’s Charity have also said they will refund donations.GOSH said trustees would make a formal decision about the funds when they meet next month. A second children’s hospital is reconsidering its decision to hand back a hefty donation from the Presidents Club in the wake of the harassment scandal, it is claimed.Evelina London Children’s Hospital may keep two six-figure donations it had previously vowed to return after concerns were raised that sick children could lose out.The change of heart follows a similar rethink by Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) which has revealed it is in discussions with the Charity Commission about the £530,000 it had collected from the disgraced club since 2009.Evelina, which is supported by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, received four donations totalling £265,000 from the Presidents Club in 1998, 2013, 2016 and 2017.At last month’s controversial dinner at the Dorchester hotel, London, at which female hostesses were groped and sexually harassed by businessmen, restaurant tycoon Richard Caring also pledged to donate £400,000 for a new intensive care unit at the hospital.It is understood that in the wake of the scandal, which resulted in the Presidents Club closing down, he has offered to donate the money privately. 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.